Al's Ramblings

Saturday, March 31, 2012

(3/31/2012 07:08:00 PM) - Al

Ann with those pesky facts about out of control spending and silly diversions for the rubes to concentrate on.

It's not a revenue problem...

3/31/2012 07:08:00 PM

(3/31/2012 06:37:00 PM) - Al

Reason with their nanny of the month...Alabama tries to ban annoying people, and NYC says bagels are worse than going hungry.

You have to wonder just how these idiots manage to turn their computers on.

3/31/2012 06:37:00 PM

(3/31/2012 04:40:00 PM) - Al

When you offend ultra-lefty Piers Morgan, you really managed something.

3/31/2012 04:40:00 PM

(3/31/2012 03:53:00 PM) - Al

#93 in LF was Josh Prince, who recently converted to OF from SS. Prince's ceiling is probably that of a utility player, so having him play several spots is probably wise. He's one of those one tool (speed) guys the Crew hopes develops one or two of the others.

3/31/2012 03:53:00 PM

(3/31/2012 03:48:00 PM) - Al

Scooter Gennett just made a very nice play. Concerns about his defense, as almost always is the case, are likely overrated. Errors totals in the minors are always high due to crappy fields and official scorers who are still unhappy they aren't playing.

How can you not love a 2B named Scooter? It's the baseball equivalent of disliking puppies.

My top ten list of prospects will be released some time over the next month, and Scooter will be atop the list. I think he'll be the 2B in '14 or '15 and remain there for several seasons.

3/31/2012 03:48:00 PM

(3/31/2012 03:33:00 PM) - Al

Gomez is going to get some team to give him a 4-5 year, $7M+ per deal when he's a free agent in a couple seasons, based on his speed, defense, and power.

And you know what? He might be worth it.

3/31/2012 03:33:00 PM

(3/31/2012 03:30:00 PM) - Al

My Gamel is like Overbay projection is looking better every day. You don't hit in AAA for years without being able to hit. All the secondary signs...continued improvement, walking more, and so on are there as well.

3/31/2012 03:30:00 PM

(3/31/2012 02:54:00 PM) - Al

Roenicke says they may go to an eleven man staff at times, but realistically, with Dillard and Parra as the bottom two guys, both without options, they likely won't unless they either give up on or DL one of them. Estrada, however, does have options remaining, so he could be a guy bounced back and forth.

That is, of course, assuming the rotation remains healthy and effective, as they were in '11.

3/31/2012 02:54:00 PM

(3/31/2012 01:58:00 PM) - Al

I had not heard Ryan endorsed Romney. Add him to Rubio, it becomes clear...the nomination is so obvious, everyone is falling in line.

3/31/2012 01:58:00 PM

(3/31/2012 01:27:00 PM) - Al

It was a good week. Hearing the justices say the exact same thing as many of us small government is good government folks have been saying for two years was gratifying.

If we lose the entire health care industry, other aspects, such as energy and food, are likely sure to follow, and soon, people are like, "Hey, what happened?"

3/31/2012 01:27:00 PM

(3/31/2012 01:17:00 PM) - Al

Our church purchased the license to show the movie Courageous and we are showing tonight at 7:00 at the City Auditorium. It is a free showing and we will have free popcorn from Rural Route 1. I have to admit, the movie is WAAAAYYYY BETTER then I anticipated. I thought it would be good, this is a great movie!

From a Facebook friend in Richland Center. Free movie and popcorn, I'd be there in a second.

Actually, I'd probably sit home in my sleeping shorts, but let's pretend for a moment.

3/31/2012 01:17:00 PM

(3/31/2012 01:15:00 PM) - Al

OMG..u mean CNN was wrong?!?! Lol :)--Brew Crew Amy

Now nothing more than a punchline.

3/31/2012 01:15:00 PM

(3/31/2012 01:01:00 PM) - Al

As I guessed a week ago, it looks like Ishikawa will make the team if Hart is unable to start the season. I thought Travis' lack of a 40 man spot might work against him, but it doesn't look like it.

3/31/2012 01:01:00 PM

(3/31/2012 01:52:00 AM) - Al

I'm surprised the Brewers continue to stay with WTMJ, when any one of several other stations in Milwaukee would likely match the money and all but make their schedule 24/7 Brewers to accommodate them, with various specials, talk shows, and pre/postgame coverage.

3/31/2012 01:52:00 AM

Friday, March 30, 2012

(3/30/2012 11:40:00 PM) - Al

CNN reporting nobody won the Mega Millions jackpot.

$1.2B jackpot, here we come.

EDIT: CNN does it again, three winners. Also in the news, Andy Cooper reports mass violence in Superdome after Katrina. That wasn't true either.

3/30/2012 11:40:00 PM

(3/30/2012 10:12:00 PM) - Al

What 20K lottery tickets looks like.

3/30/2012 10:12:00 PM

(3/30/2012 10:03:00 PM) - Al

Mega Millions numbers are:

46 23 38 4 2 23

I have a ticket in my wallet, but until I look, there's a chance I might have won, so I'm not sure if I'll ever bother.

By the way, if no one wins, the jackpot will be over $1B, likely $1.25B. That's billions...that's an unimaginable amount of money...unless you're a fiscal liberal, in which case, it's not nearly enough...for anything.

3/30/2012 10:03:00 PM

(3/30/2012 09:59:00 PM) - Al

Dear old media...I did not care about really rich guys when they tried to fly around the world and crashed in a plane or hot air balloon, nor do I give a rat's behind about the guy in the sub, nor this buffoon going down a volcano.

And you know what? When they lose radio contact and announce they're calling off the search, some poor news babe is going to have to pretend she's surprised and gives a damn.

3/30/2012 09:59:00 PM

(3/30/2012 09:42:00 PM) - Al

Hilarious, and true Reason video on why health insurance is so expensive.

They don't even mention how easy it is to sue for malpractice and get punitive damages. As often is the case, the real problem rhymes with shovernment.

As the brilliant John Stossel said last year a mile from my house, "Not letting insurance companies charge more for preexisting conditions is like making them charge Lindsay Lohan the same for auto insurance as me."

Eliminate punitive damages, set a high standard for legal action, and eliminating the things every policy has to pay for would probably cut health insurance costs in half. Then, have them quit paying for check-ups, $5 drugs, and $12 blood tests...that's like making an auto insurance claim every time you need to rotate your tires and change your bogs down the system and quite frankly, is so asinine, I'm almost positive Jimmy Carter came up with it.

Finally, allow everyone to add to their HSA accounts tax free to cover the cost of sane, high deductible plans...most people spend $2K a year or less on health care, except in that one "bad year" out of might get cancer, or have a heart problem, or break a bone. Heck, try finding a high deductible plan on your's almost impossible, because every policy is required by law to cover spousal abuse counseling (not married, don't care) and prostate screening (you're a woman, tough luck).

You will not see a single one of these ideas enacted by the way...too busy calling cops idiots and speaking at fundraisers to pass a budget for three years, never mind enact anything involving legal reform...they're huge donors you know.

3/30/2012 09:42:00 PM

(3/30/2012 09:13:00 PM) - Al

Friend of Ramblings Sam sends in this link he came across.

I have no idea if it's true or not, but the odds of someone making all that up is off the charts. If a fraction of it is true, it's a headshaker.

3/30/2012 09:13:00 PM

(3/30/2012 08:49:00 PM) - Al

“Fewer than five” nationwide sponsors of the program actually pulled out, he said.--Hot Air

Those are Rush Limbaugh sponsors, by the way. Reports of a mass exodus, of 30-100 sponsors lost seems to have been a wee bit exaggerated.

I, for one, am shocked. The old media never fails to underachieve no matter how remarkably low I set my expectations.

3/30/2012 08:49:00 PM

(3/30/2012 08:45:00 PM) - Al

In a few hours, possibly before the 31st officially hits, Ramblings will set a record for page views.

Thanks in part to the link from Gleeman, though we really only had about 400 more views that day than average, we'll soon complete our most successful month. Thanks to you all for reading, and don't forget, Ramblings will always be free...mostly because no one would ever pay for it.

3/30/2012 08:45:00 PM

(3/30/2012 08:42:00 PM) - Al

It's Food Stamp Friday down at the club.

I'm not sure if this is hope or change.

When you're done celebrating the fact our economy is going gangbusters and the world adores us, get back to me on that, will you?

3/30/2012 08:42:00 PM

(3/30/2012 08:38:00 PM) - Al

I got home late tonight, about 7:40, and had to take supper out of the crock pot and feed the Rambling son. After we ate together, I turned on the Bucks...CLE had 70some points, the 3rd quarter was almost over and despite squinting for several seconds, I kept seeing 98 by MIL.

Those games don't come along very often, especially on the road.

3/30/2012 08:38:00 PM

(3/30/2012 08:30:00 PM) - Al

Early favorite for line of the year:

Keith Olbermann has been fired from Current TV, because he no longer reflects the company’s values, it was announced today. He will be replaced by a man who cheated on his wife with a prostitute.--Patterico

It's funny, because it's true.

More on Keith here, and as stated by almost everyone who has read this, his viewer must be devastated.

3/30/2012 08:30:00 PM

(3/30/2012 08:29:00 PM) - Al

That's OK, neither has anyone who voted for it.

3/30/2012 08:29:00 PM

(3/30/2012 08:26:00 PM) - Al

I don't think it's fair to compare Romney's grasp on foreign affairs to a former community organizer.

Of course, Romney knows enough not to promise he'll close Guantanamo Bay and then pretend he never said it.

Heck, maybe Mitt will buy himself a spiral notebook...

3/30/2012 08:26:00 PM

(3/30/2012 08:24:00 PM) - Al

Thank you old media for giving this publicity seeking clown a platform for his insane ramblings.

3/30/2012 08:24:00 PM

(3/30/2012 08:19:00 PM) - Al

Amaury Rivas was successfully outrighted to Nashville, meaning he cleared waivers. How exactly a team felt Zelous Wheeler has a higher ceiling than Rivas, who struggled last year in AAA but had surgery after the season to fix a troublesome elbow, is a complete mystery to me.

I assumed the Orioles would outright Wheeler right away, but apparently they have not yet. Often, players on the cusp are claimed and then that team immediately tries to sneak him through. It's a brilliant move if you have 40 man roster space. You don't pick up stars, but you can fill some organizational holes and the price is so cheap ($50K), it's well worth it.

3/30/2012 08:19:00 PM

(3/30/2012 08:18:00 PM) - Al

Brewers close to extension with Maryvale.

3/30/2012 08:18:00 PM

(3/30/2012 03:27:00 PM) - Al

As I have said in the past, I find it very strange a woman can be as promiscuous as a bunny, and no one cares. But, heaven forbid she makes a penny, and then all hell breaks loose.

3/30/2012 03:27:00 PM

(3/30/2012 02:03:00 PM) - Al

My pro poker players on Twitter are buying hundreds of Mega Millions tickets, one guy bought $500, another bought $600, and reported they took 15 minutes to print.

I would think many stores will open lottery only lines, as many regulars are going to be unhappy waiting 15 minutes to buy coffee and gas.

3/30/2012 02:03:00 PM

(3/30/2012 12:53:00 PM) - Al

Paul Ryan's budget gets 235 more votes than Obama's, and it will now go to the Senate, where Hank Reid will let it die, because it's fiscally sane and not more loaded with pork than a Southern BBQ cookoff.

By the way, that's Hank Reid who called the Iraqi surge a failure before it had began. You know, the surge that led to victory in Iraq.

I'd compare Hank to a stupid circus animal, but I wouldn't want to offend a stupid circus animal.

3/30/2012 12:53:00 PM

(3/30/2012 11:42:00 AM) - Al

Of course they do. Everyone hates Bobby Valentine, he's a selfish goon who thinks it's all about him. That said, players will still selfishly try to do well, so it makes no difference.

3/30/2012 11:42:00 AM

(3/30/2012 10:13:00 AM) - Al

What? Hypocritical behavior? On the left?

Anyone that denies that has never heard of Sarah Palin.

3/30/2012 10:13:00 AM

(3/30/2012 09:15:00 AM) - Al

"Slut" creates MSM firestorm. Tweeting home address to a mob, not so much. New Media forced Spike Lee's hand. Old Media covered it up.--John Nolte

It's like I'm living in a sitcom, but it isn't funny. The old media could not be more biased if they tried.

3/30/2012 09:15:00 AM

(3/30/2012 05:22:00 AM) - Al

Glenn points out a double standard that has been happening for a couple decades.

3/30/2012 05:22:00 AM

(3/30/2012 03:30:00 AM) - Al

The fact we even consider minting new pennies is all the proof I need our government is full of incompetent buffoons.

3/30/2012 03:30:00 AM

(3/30/2012 03:30:00 AM) - Al

NBC refuses ad due to "religious reasons."

Gee, who do you think NASCAR fans are going to vote for, NBC?

Obvious much?

3/30/2012 03:30:00 AM

Thursday, March 29, 2012

(3/29/2012 11:24:00 PM) - Al

Nanny staters want to ban plastic bags, because they're idiots.

3/29/2012 11:24:00 PM

(3/29/2012 11:05:00 PM) - Al

Slippery slope.

Maybe he'll say, if I had sons, they would talk or look nothing like those Brits.

3/29/2012 11:05:00 PM

(3/29/2012 09:07:00 PM) - Al

Sources tell Ken_Rosenthal and me Indians are close to trading outfielder Trevor Crowe. Not clear if he is in the Bobby Abreu deal.--Morosi

I like Crowe for what he is, a cheap reserve who can play all three OF spots and not suck, but I don't see a spot on the Crew.

3/29/2012 09:07:00 PM

(3/29/2012 09:01:00 PM) - Al

If my math is correct, the Crew should be announcing their 2Mth ticket sold soon.

I'm sure they could have done it in County Stadium. Wrong side of history for many, who would still be fighting electricity and the wheel if they could.

Progress is often scorned by those without an eye for the future.

3/29/2012 09:01:00 PM

(3/29/2012 09:00:00 PM) - Al

Today is Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans' Day.

You may recall, back in the "good old days," many vets were treated rudely by the anti-war crowd, because they were shortsighted and did not understand what being patriotic and defending your country was about.

Luckily, the vast majority get it now, except for the Occupy crowd, whose only concerns are drugs and rape...because they're far better than the rest of us.

3/29/2012 09:00:00 PM

(3/29/2012 08:41:00 PM) - Al

Whenever I want to ensure I'm in the right place, it's nice to know idiots like Roseanne are on the other side.

By the way, she may never have been a looker, but holy heck.

3/29/2012 08:41:00 PM

(3/29/2012 08:09:00 PM) - Al

Gord Ash says Jaramillo was signed to catch most days in AA.

3/29/2012 08:09:00 PM

(3/29/2012 07:43:00 PM) - Al

School tells child she cannot use walker.

1. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to shuffle off in front of a truck.

2. Not only that, she better have a veggie in her lunch, damn it.

Small people, big power. Pathetic pencil pushers, overpaid, underworked, and guess who pays for their bloated salaries?

3/29/2012 07:43:00 PM

(3/29/2012 07:30:00 PM) - Al

Adam tells us the moves and the obvious assumptions.

3/29/2012 07:30:00 PM

(3/29/2012 07:26:00 PM) - Al

Ronald Reagan used to broadcast games on radio using the play-by-play from the teletype machine, and the Big Ten Networks has announcers broadcast games from the studio all the time...leave it to Craig to be astounded Seattle managed to pull it off.

3/29/2012 07:26:00 PM

(3/29/2012 07:17:00 PM) - Al

Izturis told he has made 25 man roster, though I suppose they could always pick up someone on waivers.

3/29/2012 07:17:00 PM

(3/29/2012 07:13:00 PM) - Al

Catcher, and Racine, Wis. native, Jason Jaramillo signed a Minor League contract with the Brewers on Thursday, days after the Cubs released him. Jaramillo spent parts of the past three seasons with the Pirates and is likely to start at Double-A Huntsville.--Adam,

As you'd expect, solid defender, can't hit a lick. See if they keep Paul Phillips at AAA or bump Jaramillo up at some point soon.

3/29/2012 07:13:00 PM

(3/29/2012 07:09:00 PM) - Al

I hate losing anyone on waivers, but I can't believe the O's see low ceiling prospect Zelous Wheeler as the best of the lot.

As always, anyone with power or velocity is tough to get through.

3/29/2012 07:09:00 PM

(3/29/2012 04:20:00 PM) - Al

Every 3K miles has long been far too often, but it's been heavily promoted by the oil change industry, and has become part of the language.

Luckily, for those of us whose cars use oil, we change our oil about a half quart at a time. And somewhere in the Midwest, an extended warranty company continues to get bad feedback on the BBB website, and laughs and laughs.

3/29/2012 04:20:00 PM

(3/29/2012 04:03:00 PM) - Al

Playboy Radio didn't support Rush Limbaugh. They supported the use of free speech.--Hugh Hefner

What's that old saying, I'm for free speech, unless I'm not? That's the modern day Democrats.

Allow me to say, freedom is what this fine country was built on. I remember when it was patriotic to rip W personally, and I'm currently living in a world where criticizing the policies of the administration is racist.

May you live in interesting times.

3/29/2012 04:03:00 PM

(3/29/2012 03:25:00 PM) - Al

Best Buy needs to cut overhead, get more aggressive on price matching, and be more easy going on returns.

They're main competition is Wal Mart and Amazon, and they come in #3 on damn near every front.

3/29/2012 03:25:00 PM

(3/29/2012 03:22:00 PM) - Al

I admit, you should have to have a job to take as many vacations as the first lady.

And, the taxpayers have every right to wonder what she's thinking...I'm fresh out of ideas.

3/29/2012 03:22:00 PM

(3/29/2012 02:59:00 PM) - Al

The minimum wage leads to higher costs, and slows growth.

If you're not bound to a brick and mortar location, it also leads to business leaving.

Realistically, the problem I and other capitalists have with the minimum wage is simple...if I want to take a job at night doing some filing for a neighbor, and we agree on a price of $5 an hour, the government should not stand in our way, as we have an agreement that appeals to both of us. Talk of a "living wage" is just political pandering, at no time in our nation's history has an entry-level, low skill job been able to support a family. Those that argue for a "living wage" are ignorant of history, or are trying to appeal to those struggling...or both, as was/is the case with Ted Kennedy and others.

3/29/2012 02:59:00 PM

(3/29/2012 12:53:00 PM) - Al

There was a 4-car wreck in Mexico yesterday. 87 people died.--Alan Garner

I am just posting this to make everyone aware of the obvious racism out there.

Of course, if you laughed, never mind.

3/29/2012 12:53:00 PM

(3/29/2012 11:42:00 AM) - Al

I think Glenn hits the nail on the head...white people who believe in fiscal responsibility are to blame for everything.

3/29/2012 11:42:00 AM

(3/29/2012 11:26:00 AM) - Al

Way to bring both parties together, prez.

His accomplishments in the past 3 years could fit in a berry pie. Granted, he did spend $1T on nothing like nobody's business...

3/29/2012 11:26:00 AM

(3/29/2012 10:07:00 AM) - Al

NYC education department's list of banned words.

We're in the very best of hands.

3/29/2012 10:07:00 AM

(3/29/2012 09:05:00 AM) - Al


Cutter at one time said he was going to hand over his signing bonus for his Dad to invest because he was good at that. I don't remember what his Dad went to prison for but I hope Cutter has some cash to because she might cost something to run around with.


Supposedly, most or all of Cutter's signing bonus is gone. Lenny is in prison for fraud, or some offshoot of it.

I don't think she's very attractive, considering she's an actress and all. That said, Cutter probably needs a sugar mama, so if that's the case, she's likely as good as he's going to get.

3/29/2012 09:05:00 AM

(3/29/2012 09:04:00 AM) - Al

So much hate, coming from the president.

Yep. And, with only a handful of facts, and many of the early reports 100% incorrect. As pointed out, most media outlets are still using a picture of a little boy while Martin was 17 and over 6 feet tall...fits the narrative.

Martin's, and all deaths of young people, are tragic. The president chose to speak about this far too early and very unwisely. One more extremely poor decision in a presidency of bad decisions.

3/29/2012 09:04:00 AM

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

(3/28/2012 10:56:00 PM) - Al

It should be noted that this dude is several days behind the news cycle, as everything he said has been proven incorrect.

3/28/2012 10:56:00 PM

(3/28/2012 10:47:00 PM) - Al

Biden, the gift that keeps on giving.

The irony here is, remember how proud they were of him in '08, what a genius he was on...well, something.

3/28/2012 10:47:00 PM

(3/28/2012 10:41:00 PM) - Al

Adam likes Scooter almost as much as I do.

He hits, plays middle infield, and he's a very good athlete. He's going to be a solid major leaguer.

3/28/2012 10:41:00 PM

(3/28/2012 08:16:00 PM) - Al

Congrats to Don Nelson, inducted into the Hall of Fame.

3/28/2012 08:16:00 PM

(3/28/2012 04:21:00 PM) - Al

Announced 183 new jobs at Spaulding Clinical Research in West Bend. $6m investment in economy.--Governor Walker

Rumor has it the Dems in the Senate will vote it down due to "environmental impact."

3/28/2012 04:21:00 PM

(3/28/2012 03:26:00 PM) - Al

I'm reading this all over, that the court striking down health care will help the Dems in '12.

Given our nation's newly found entitlement mentality, I understand it. Many people simply have no understanding of what the Constitution is and all they care about is one thing...gimme, gimme, gimme.

3/28/2012 03:26:00 PM

(3/28/2012 02:25:00 PM) - Al

Bullying and violent is not OK, even when politics are involved.

Hate and hypocrisy on full display. Vandalizing veteran's memorials were also a poor choice while selfishly begging taxpayers for more money.

3/28/2012 02:25:00 PM

(3/28/2012 12:21:00 PM) - Al

Spike Lee is just ignorant enough to be dangerous.

The past week or so has made it abundantly clear what happens when you fail to have a personal belief system.

3/28/2012 12:21:00 PM

(3/28/2012 11:54:00 AM) - Al

Giant rats loose in Florida Keys.

It would take poison the size of my head to kill one of those things.

3/28/2012 11:54:00 AM

(3/28/2012 10:56:00 AM) - Al

She's as goofy as Ron Paul, but you gotta admit, Kate Winslet is even more beautiful today than she was as a young actress in Titanic.

3/28/2012 10:56:00 AM

(3/28/2012 09:34:00 AM) - Al

A supporter of Governor Walker may have had her puppy killed last weekend.

I won't jump overboard without knowing all the facts (read between the lines as you wish), but allow me to say, this will go over big with the independents if proven to be true.

3/28/2012 09:34:00 AM

(3/28/2012 09:05:00 AM) - Al

Open and shut murder case "cluttered up with facts."

Well put, and an embarrassing too fast, too soon, too quick to judge reaction.

They need to take a step back and look at things with their heads, not their hearts.

3/28/2012 09:05:00 AM

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

(3/27/2012 10:54:00 PM) - Al

Former Brewers' farmhand dating actress I never have seen, but have heard of.

On a semi-related note, imagine being 22 and dating a 30 year-old broad. It's like going to a steak house and ordering a salad to go.

On that note, I'm off to bed.

3/27/2012 10:54:00 PM

(3/27/2012 10:25:00 PM) - Al

It is official: Magic Johnson and Stan Kasten have purchased the Dodgers for $2 billion.--Fox

Buying on potential, obviously, as the Dodgers were awful at the gate last season.

3/27/2012 10:25:00 PM

(3/27/2012 10:20:00 PM) - Al

Seriously, on Monday the Obama administration argued the penalty for non-coverage wasn't a tax, today they argue it is. What could possibly go wrong?--Jerry Bader

I'm telling you, spiral notebooks...

3/27/2012 10:20:00 PM

(3/27/2012 10:05:00 PM) - Al

Newt's wife was in Wausau today and she spoke to mostly empty chairs, about 25 people.

3/27/2012 10:05:00 PM

(3/27/2012 09:58:00 PM) - Al

I can't say I recall this Bidenism, but thankfully, I ran across it again.

He is the gift that keeps on giving.

3/27/2012 09:58:00 PM

(3/27/2012 09:06:00 PM) - Al

If Jack Cust can play 1B, I'd love to have him, but I don't think there's a roster spot open.


1. Cust has never played an inning at 1B, even though he's an awful defensive OF.

2. Cust bats LH, somehow, I was thinking he was a RH bat or switch-hitter.

No desire to add him at all, except as possibly a bench bat if Hart is out for a couple weeks to start the campaign.

3/27/2012 09:06:00 PM

(3/27/2012 08:45:00 PM) - Al

We're not stupid.--Scalia

If Obamacare was a stock, it would have crashed today.

39 seconds of embarrassing inability to answer a simple question. He is realizing right about then that he knows what he is saying is a crock, and even worse, they know what he's saying is a crock.

3/27/2012 08:45:00 PM

(3/27/2012 08:44:00 PM) - Al

Who would have ever thought they would want to...wait for it...raise taxes to pay for more spending?

I, for one, am shocked.

3/27/2012 08:44:00 PM

(3/27/2012 07:43:00 PM) - Al

Arlen Specter waxes poetic of Sarah Palin and her legs.

I read somewhere once to google "Sarah Palin's legs." I did, and while I forget the number, it was massive, and the page was full of every campaign stop she ever made.

There's no doubt, she's mighty attractive for a gal my age.

3/27/2012 07:43:00 PM

(3/27/2012 07:37:00 PM) - Al

The Royals have a fine offense, but their pitching looks well below average. If you combined the Crew and KC, I'm not sure a single KC SP makes the rotation.

EDIT: Personally, I would take Sanchez over Narveson, but it is not clearcut.

3/27/2012 07:37:00 PM

(3/27/2012 07:22:00 PM) - Al

For a site dedicated to being "manly," it spends 75% of its time talking about shaving and formal attire.

It's the least manly site I visit.

3/27/2012 07:22:00 PM

(3/27/2012 07:00:00 PM) - Al

I do credit the Obamacare lawyer not cracking up as he argues that mandating someone to purchase health insurance is not forcing someone to buy something.

To me, that's just doubletalk, and may I add, embarrassingly bad doubletalk. I have to wonder if this is really the best they could do. The justices, in their own stuck up way, seemed to be asking, "Are you kidding me?" by their leading questions.

3/27/2012 07:00:00 PM

(3/27/2012 06:53:00 PM) - Al

Casey Blake released today by COL. He hits LHP, but not much better than Brooks Conrad, and Brooks can play 2B/corner OF, in addition to 1B/3B.

3/27/2012 06:53:00 PM

(3/27/2012 06:47:00 PM) - Al

Lucroy will get $13M if he qualifies as a Super 2, $11M if he does not. If he improves and has one good season, he may well have got $8M in his final season of arby.

I don't see much downside for the Crew, barring a career threatening injury.

3/27/2012 06:47:00 PM

(3/27/2012 03:26:00 PM) - Al

Classy. Sadly, this is what happens when people announce innocence and guilt while knowing just a fraction of the story.

I don't know what happened, but I do know there's probably far more to it than the Jackson/Sharpton tale.

3/27/2012 03:26:00 PM

(3/27/2012 02:51:00 PM) - Al

Miller Park will hold a special WW2 memorial this summer. Have not heard of this until now.

More on that event at MP on 8/11.

3/27/2012 02:51:00 PM

(3/27/2012 01:20:00 PM) - Al

Still easily on pace to destroy the monthly page views record. Thanks Gleeman and spring training, damn you RSS feeds.

3/27/2012 01:20:00 PM

(3/27/2012 11:45:00 AM) - Al

Once again, a spiral notebook to write down what he said in the past would have been a very good investment.

3/27/2012 11:45:00 AM

(3/27/2012 11:44:00 AM) - Al

13.5 credits are required to graduate high school, yet I needed 21? Thank goodness I got physics and calculus in...I used those a lot in retail and sales.

I recall a science teacher complaining four English credits were needed, as it's very difficult for a kid who fails English to then pass two courses of English at the same time. I agreed, and still do. I wish I could have went to high school three years, or even 3.5, and then got started on basic college credits. Now, with so many online courses, it would be wonderful if this was the goal.

3/27/2012 11:44:00 AM

(3/27/2012 11:38:00 AM) - Al

I agree, Bogut is not injury prone.

That said, he's unlucky, and rarely do guys get healthier as they age. And to be honest/blunt, 7 footers tend to be a bit on the brittle side, as they are living in a world made for people far shorter, and they tend to have bone/joint issues, partially because of their size.

3/27/2012 11:38:00 AM

(3/27/2012 10:32:00 AM) - Al

Dividend tax to increase threefold next year.

Of course, that only effects the wealthy...and the 60% of Americans with 401K's.

3/27/2012 10:32:00 AM

(3/27/2012 09:06:00 AM) - Al

Also in the news, grass is green, and the sky is blue.

I'd hate to hear someone try and tell me they weren't exploiting his death.

3/27/2012 09:06:00 AM

Monday, March 26, 2012

(3/26/2012 10:27:00 PM) - Al

Incredibly small things miss planet by thousands of miles.

Again, explain to me why this is news?

On my way home from work today, I missed hitting several 2000 pound vehicles traveling 30 mph by just a few feet. That's far more newsworthy.

3/26/2012 10:27:00 PM

(3/26/2012 09:59:00 PM) - Al

Just heard from reliable source that Rob Jeter will be next coach at Mississippi State.--WI BB Yearbook

Good for him. I wonder if they'll consider bringing Bruce Pearl back to UWM.

3/26/2012 09:59:00 PM

(3/26/2012 08:42:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal says Lucroy's 5 years will be for more than $11M, will depend if he qualifies as a Super 2. I assumed he would with my $14.5M guess, but I suppose it's possible he will not.

3/26/2012 08:42:00 PM

(3/26/2012 08:20:00 PM) - Al

Rotation set, barring injury/setback.

3/26/2012 08:20:00 PM

(3/26/2012 08:00:00 PM) - Al

I'll guess 5y/$14.5M for Lucroy.

3/26/2012 08:00:00 PM

(3/26/2012 07:54:00 PM) - Al

Not only do they not find it patriotic, it's been called racist since 1/09.

3/26/2012 07:54:00 PM

(3/26/2012 07:45:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal reporting Lucroy contract for five years...not sure if any are options.

3/26/2012 07:45:00 PM

(3/26/2012 07:30:00 PM) - Al

Polite, civil, and far better than me.

The odd thing is, I'm pro-choice, even though I despise abortion, but don't think government has the right to make medical decisions for a person. Many others say they're pro-choice...but in reality, are pro-abortion...which I struggle to remotely understand.

Hate and hypocrisy. Very sad. I know I'm on the right side, because I'm not on theirs.

3/26/2012 07:30:00 PM

(3/26/2012 07:21:00 PM) - Al

Mitch Stetter and Joe Biemel are available if the Crew wants to have Braddock begin at AAA and want another LH in the 'pen.

Either would be a very nice pickup for Nashville with some sort of opt-out. Neither is any more than a loogy.

3/26/2012 07:21:00 PM

(3/26/2012 07:00:00 PM) - Al

Lucroy nearing multiple year extension, did not play today so deal must be all but done.

I'm a little disappointed Jonathon has "only" been mediocre thus far, but considering he can throw, and isn't an automatic out, he's better than half the league right there. Hopefully, he will continue to improve, and granted, he was forced to learn in the majors, after Salome went through issues and Zaun was injured a couple years ago.

Hopefully, he can figure out how to call a game for Wolf without painfully having to walk to the mound every other pitch.

3/26/2012 07:00:00 PM

(3/26/2012 04:40:00 PM) - Al

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner. Liberty is a well-armed lamb. ~Benjamin Franklin

Thanks Ben.

3/26/2012 04:40:00 PM

(3/26/2012 02:20:00 PM) - Al

I've argued this for years...the more germs you're exposed too, the fewer things make you sick.

This is why germaphobes are always sick. Keep a consistent sleeping habit, drink lots of water, and shake lots of hands. Sure you'll get colds and minor illnesses, but you won't get many long illnesses.

Pilots, police officers, firefighters, and others who work strange shifts, and bounce schedules have been shown over and over to be far more health problems that make them miss work. Your body simply is not designed for it.

3/26/2012 02:20:00 PM

(3/26/2012 12:56:00 PM) - Al

Why does it seem like the old media is incredibly biased?

Because they are.

3/26/2012 12:56:00 PM

(3/26/2012 11:54:00 AM) - Al

It's a scary thought how far left they might go in a second term.

3/26/2012 11:54:00 AM

(3/26/2012 11:44:00 AM) - Al

Apparently, I'm a non-drinker because I've always had so much luck with the ladies.

Sadly, only the Rambling wife is laughing as much as you all should be.

3/26/2012 11:44:00 AM

(3/26/2012 11:03:00 AM) - Al

I wonder if Marcum said he didn't want to discuss a contract during the season or if Doug wanted to wait.

It is unlike Melvin to volunteer anything...for example, he never said anything about Prince like that, even though common sense made it obvious.

3/26/2012 11:03:00 AM

(3/26/2012 10:32:00 AM) - Al

I just found out the Trayvon Martin incident took place almost a month ago.

Took the jackals a while to see financial potential, apparently. I, of course, do not know what actually happened, except that you can bet Jackson and Sharpton are incorrect, as their track record is that bad.

That, my friends, is really can be a month behind and still be counted on to be incorrect.

3/26/2012 10:32:00 AM

(3/26/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

They'll be posts popping up throughout the day, just like this one did. Enjoy the journey.

3/26/2012 09:00:00 AM

Sunday, March 25, 2012

(3/25/2012 05:14:00 PM) - Al

The Hunger Games does $155M over the weekend. I guessed $200M after it opened so strong, and the entertainment sites were guessing $125M. Most tickets ever sold in three days.

3/25/2012 05:14:00 PM

(3/25/2012 02:37:00 PM) - Al

$5B on a Vegas train?

You can almost hear the Solyndra comparisons. Why would people drive 100 miles to take a train another hundred?

The only thing they understand is spending vast amounts of taxpayer money. Whether it works is not important, winning in November is all that matters.

3/25/2012 02:37:00 PM

(3/25/2012 02:26:00 PM) - Al

Jerry Bader reports Paul Ryan hit a HR. It doesn't cut nearly enough for my tastes, as Ryan's plan is infinitely better than what's in place, but I still don't think it's feasible over 50 years.

That said, Ryan explains what his plan is and why it works a hundred times better than Obama (and unlike Biden, he can actually speak without making the masses giggle). And, he actually has a plan and a budget. I heard him mentioned for VP after he performance this morning, and it was impressive. It's hard not to love the idea of Chris Christie debating Joe Biden, but Biden versus anyone will be funny.

3/25/2012 02:26:00 PM

(3/25/2012 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Brewers added two more dates for the peanut controlled section at Miller Park.

3/25/2012 12:30:00 PM

(3/25/2012 11:28:00 AM) - Al

Australia and Canada trying to avoid USA economically, because the economic disaster is inevitable.

The only deniers are the ones not looking past November. It's a fiscal cliff, and it's all about politics.

3/25/2012 11:28:00 AM

(3/25/2012 10:55:00 AM) - Al

Today is Cash Mob day, which I had never heard of, but after googling it, is people who want to support local business by buying things they don't really need/want, under some grandiose illusion it will somehow help the local economy.

It will help the business where the money is spent, short-term at least. As for the rest of it, which appears to be some sort of social meet and greet, good for them, but I'll pass.

3/25/2012 10:55:00 AM

Saturday, March 24, 2012

(3/24/2012 11:24:00 PM) - Al

Freedom is just another word for grilled meat.

Amen, and God Bless America.

3/24/2012 11:24:00 PM

(3/24/2012 11:06:00 PM) - Al

Media not hiding bias in gas prices coverage.

I, for one, am shocked.

3/24/2012 11:06:00 PM

(3/24/2012 10:25:00 PM) - Al

How high would gas prices be without the efforts of W's administration?

They didn't get as much golf in, but they visited troops and worked hard.

3/24/2012 10:25:00 PM

(3/24/2012 06:59:00 PM) - Al

Best wishes to our former VP Cheney, who actually showed leadership and has been proven correct numerous times by the clumsy double talking flip-floppers that followed.

How's that Guantanamo Bay closing promise holding up, by the way? I don't think they even knew what it was.

3/24/2012 06:59:00 PM

(3/24/2012 06:54:00 PM) - Al

I am finished so i can comment, if that was a charge we took seven.--Jordan Taylor

Heh. I don't think they called a charge the entire game. Mindnumbing how they reward incompetence by not asking them how it's possible not a single offensive foul occurred in 40 minutes.

3/24/2012 06:54:00 PM

(3/24/2012 06:39:00 PM) - Al

This is what government tries to solve a problem by eliminating the solution.

Overpaid, underworked buffoons...100% funded by the taxpayers. They should be eliminated, swiftly, with one stroke of the pen. No one would ever miss them.

To cure the problem, one must realize what government was intended to do...defend our borders, lock up criminals, teach kids how to read and write, and build roads. They keep adding more and more, spend far too much, and they suck at damn near everything, because they have no incentive to do it well.

Simply get rid of the guys who are causing problems, and the rest will learn to shut up. Start with the buffoons telling us what to pack our kids for lunch (I don't recall that in the Constitution) and make an example of the nerds trying to regulate not getting lost. Reduce every single department by 5-10% a year, and start lowering benefits by adjusting them to the average person working in corporate America...after all, people being paid by the taxpayer should never have more/better add-ons than those paying their salary.

The fact that this is not already been done shows how out of whack the system is.

3/24/2012 06:39:00 PM

(3/24/2012 06:27:00 PM) - Al

I've long been a fan of Theriot for his OBP. I don't think Doug would trust Fontenot to play SS every day, so I don't see a match there. Is Theriot better than Izturis? Certainly on offense, and while only average on defense, overall, I'd a lot rather see Ryan on the roster if Gonzalez blew out a knee and was going to miss a month or two.

3/24/2012 06:27:00 PM

(3/24/2012 05:42:00 PM) - Al

Heh. The anger begins.

3/24/2012 05:42:00 PM

(3/24/2012 04:15:00 PM) - Al

I don't think Doug cared at all about Lawrie's attitude, he needed pitching, and Weeks played 2B. That said, we miss him already. As I've said just by looking at his stats, he's probably going to be every bit as good as Braun, and maybe better.

3/24/2012 04:15:00 PM

(3/24/2012 04:07:00 PM) - Al

Beautiful open letter to iron workers union.

The truth hurts. Being shortsighted cost them thousands of great jobs, and what did the Dems do with all that money? Voted against them, and could not care less.

3/24/2012 04:07:00 PM

(3/24/2012 03:45:00 PM) - Al

One version begins with preachers in a rural county demanding the government ban the sale of alcohol on Sundays. "Alcohol", they say, "is a vile drink and efforts should be made to restrict its spread through society, especially on the Lord's Day." The Baptists' electorate votes the county dry.

But the demand for alcohol does not disappear with the supply. People still want to drink on Sundays and so the bootleggers step up and illegally sell alcohol. And because the supply is restricted because far fewer people are selling liquor, one day a week the bootlegger gains monopoly power and the lucrative market that goes with it.

The Baptists, in their turn, point to the widespread use of alcohol on Sunday as evidence that laws need to be tightened further, and propose to ban sale of alcohol on Saturday as well. This causes a spiral of tougher and tougher laws that are enforced less and less.

The more rules and regs, the less each one is enforced. The above is the description of Bootleggers and Baptists in Wikipedia. In effect, they are effectively creating the illegal demand. That's one reason you don't hear anyone selling illegal spirits in our area, you can buy plenty of cheap booze at the liquor section of your grocery or convenience store. But, if you try and "discourage" people from buying buy slapping a $10 tax on each bottle, suddenly, it's profitable to drive in a truckload bought elsewhere, or maybe for amateurs to make their own.

3/24/2012 03:45:00 PM

(3/24/2012 02:40:00 PM) - Al

Suddenly, the shooting in FL is looking more and more like self-defense, or at least provoked.

If Jesse Jackson is one one side, you can usually depend on common sense being on the other. Al Sharpton shook his fist in disgust for months until the facts of Tawana Brawley's case became public, and most of us stopped taking anything he said seriously. Jackson entered that category years ago too.

It says it all when you consider the only networks that put Sharpton and Jackson on are those so desperate for ratings they're wiling to ignore the facts and go with hearsay.

3/24/2012 02:40:00 PM

(3/24/2012 02:32:00 PM) - Al

Just saw Star Parker on a cable show, she's a black conservative writer. She said she's sop thankful she can afford to have someone on staff to look through all the hate on the left that personally attacks her, so she doesn't have to be brought down by such negativity.

Think about that a few minutes.

3/24/2012 02:32:00 PM

(3/24/2012 08:48:00 AM) - Al

Obama talking pipeline after killing it a couple months ago.

That election must be coming up.

3/24/2012 08:48:00 AM

(3/24/2012 08:44:00 AM) - Al

Due to fog Bucks diverted to O'Hare last night. Bused to Milwaukee. Added 2hrs to return from NC. Makes tonite even tougher. 3rd game in 3 days vs Ind.--Ted Davis

Two hours of sleep/rest makes a measurable difference. What's astounding is, they had three days off in a row last weekend on the road, and now are playing 5 games in 6 days. Nice scheduling.

3/24/2012 08:44:00 AM

(3/24/2012 08:39:00 AM) - Al

Much like Al Gore, Jesse Jackson makes no money if he tells the truth.

So, he doesn't. Jackson is just a deplorable human being, and his actikons are inexcusable.

3/24/2012 08:39:00 AM

Friday, March 23, 2012

(3/23/2012 11:27:00 PM) - Al

Luckily, the old media will ignore this damning evidence of complete and utter incompetence, not to mention mishandling of millions in taxpayer dollars.

You can almost hear the next press conference...Mr. President, how's the golf game? Back to Hawaii soon?

3/23/2012 11:27:00 PM

(3/23/2012 10:46:00 PM) - Al

Bullpen coming into focus, and as expected, Parra and Dillard favored because they are out of options. So, add in Braddock's recovery and options remaining, it would appear McClendon is the guy on the bubble, just in case of injury or Marcum being delayed.

3/23/2012 10:46:00 PM

(3/23/2012 10:33:00 PM) - Al

As common sense dictates, criminals are unaffected by gun laws, while responsible gun owners are...responsible.

It's a non-issue, and those who don't get it are utopians who think if we'd add just a few more rules and laws, the streets would be paved with gold, with everyone working toward a common goal.

When government grows too big to to run smoothly, you have no choice but to...make it bigger. Sadly, that's the mantra of the left.

3/23/2012 10:33:00 PM

(3/23/2012 10:30:00 PM) - Al

Just flipped on Seattle/Houston MLS on NBC Sports (used to be Versus). Seattle's pitch (stadium) looks packed, and it's been nonstop chanting, just like in Europe.

EDIT: 38K in Seattle. They are an outlier in US soccer, but the MLS is the best kept secret in pro sports.

3/23/2012 10:30:00 PM

(3/23/2012 09:09:00 PM) - Al

I have little to say about the Martin case, except that losers like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton seem to only care that it's a black child that was shot.

The fact they feel the need to throw in that adjective in order to be unhappy about it seems to prove they are nothing but publicity seeking clowns who add nothing to an intelligent conversation. I have no respect for either, and wish the old media would quit pretending they have a clue.

That said, you get the feeling plenty of people are disgusted the killer is not a Caucasian wearing a sleeveless T-shirt that could easily be held up as an example of the angry white dude.

As always, nothing I find more amusing than hearing a bunch of students walked out of school "in protest." This is a big city school. Skipping class is not a political statement, it's a Friday tradition, which often spills over to Wednesday and Thursday.

Pretending otherwise is like the old media pretending to be shocked John Edwards was having an affair while his cancer stricken wife lie dying in the Tar Heel state. It's a perfect "I can't believe this got out after I covered it up for months...I mean, happened."

3/23/2012 09:09:00 PM

(3/23/2012 09:07:00 PM) - Al

Don't say I didn't warn you, but admittedly, even Carter is probably red-faced about the comparison.

3/23/2012 09:07:00 PM

(3/23/2012 09:02:00 PM) - Al

Santorum appears to have double talked his way into an embarrassing quandary. Inevitable, I suppose, when your entire campaign has been "he sucks more!"

Considering he had enough in his campaign coffers to buy a value meal before, this may well spell the end.

3/23/2012 09:02:00 PM

(3/23/2012 08:31:00 PM) - Al

One thing no one has brought up is that 150 Brewers' games are scheduled to be on Fox Sports Wisconsin, while all 70 Bucks' games are supposed to be on FSW. For instance, on 4/13 and 4/14, both the Bucks and Brewers are scheduled to play in the, what's going to happen? Is it possible FSW will arrange for cable/satellite companies to have both on, one on an alternate channel? Would the broadcasters bother to carry them both?

3/23/2012 08:31:00 PM

(3/23/2012 07:57:00 PM) - Al

Found while looking up other things:

Hawaiian race breakdown:

White: 24.7%
Black: 1.6%
Asian: 38.6%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 10.0%
two or more races: 23.6%
Hispanic/Latino: 8.9%

Excuse the fact it adds up to 107, as it's the US Census numbers, we're lucky it doesn't add up to Honolulu's zip code. I've often said that the mishmash of races will make racism more and more rare, as in 500 years, there will be very few "white," "black," and "Latino"...just various shades of tan.

That said, look how high the Asian-American population is in Hawaii. I know many first and second generation Americans have moved from Japan, I wonder if that's why that number is so high.

3/23/2012 07:57:00 PM

(3/23/2012 07:20:00 PM) - Al

The Hunger Games is being promoted as a conservative friendly movie on the blogosphere, as much of the film's plot involves a post apocalyptic world where the government controls all aspects of life, made $20M last night at the midnight screenings, and is predicted to take in about $70M today and around $200M this weekend.

I guess if you're going to hitch your beliefs to a film, one that is doing mega business is a good one to start with.

The Rambling wife read the book, and described it as "very depressing." Much like Carter's second term, I would guess.

3/23/2012 07:20:00 PM

(3/23/2012 07:17:00 PM) - Al

Notice the worst school district in the state spends the most per student.

This is why unions hate testing...the results suck.

3/23/2012 07:17:00 PM

(3/23/2012 07:12:00 PM) - Al

If Stossel keeps making so much sense, the nanny state has mighty tough goin'.

We need to start minimizing the size of government one small step at a time, and that will start when people stop thinking it can fix everything.

The government has never fixed anything, but it has made a lot of things far worse.

3/23/2012 07:12:00 PM

(3/23/2012 04:59:00 PM) - Al

Note how disappointed the folks in Clintonville are that the loud sounds have nothing to do with meth labs, Bigfoot, or a UFO.

Nothing bores me more than people dismissing the simple explanation and going right for the goofy. This is why no one ever uses the proper spelling of "they're," "there," or "their" on Facebook.

3/23/2012 04:59:00 PM

(3/23/2012 04:56:00 PM) - Al

Romney well ahead in WI.

3/23/2012 04:56:00 PM

(3/23/2012 04:54:00 PM) - Al

Danish TV host notices that Obama doesn't keep a spiral notebook so he won't embarrass himself repeatedly either.

Too bad the old media would go dark before they'd show this.

3/23/2012 04:54:00 PM

(3/23/2012 04:50:00 PM) - Al

Allow me to say that despite the high error rate, the IRS does a magnificent job.

Bless them and their hard working ladies and gents.

3/23/2012 04:50:00 PM

(3/23/2012 04:47:00 PM) - Al

When your wife looks like that, she need not know math.

It's like being disappointed your girlfriend that's a model is a poor cook.

3/23/2012 04:47:00 PM

(3/23/2012 01:34:00 PM) - Al

Libertarians set to nominate Rupert for governor.

Gary Johnson discussed having Drew Carey as his VP for publicity reasons too. In the two party system, it's awful tough breaking through from 1% to 10%...and even when you do, you don't win anything.

I'm pretty much a social libertarian, though I would still enforce heavy penalties against selling drugs and weapons illegally, as possession and use are rarely punished now, nor will they be anytime soon. Having laws on the books involving prostitution, sports wagering, and wearing a seat belt or helmet is what has led to the pathetic nanny state, where politicians give $500M to Solyndra to burn up in the sun (see what I did there?), and pay paper pushers that come in late, leave early, and take three hour lunches to go through a 6 year-old's lunch and tell her parents they need to include some carrot sticks for the youngster to throw away.

while some of it is just ignorant, these same burdensome rules keep companies from hiring more people, creating new products, and seeking out new investors.

3/23/2012 01:34:00 PM

(3/23/2012 01:45:00 AM) - Al

Oh, and by the way, Solyndra wasn't Obama's fault.

There's a hilarious sitcom to be written here, but sadly, we're all living it. There's never been a human being in this far over his head. Pathetic.

3/23/2012 01:45:00 AM

(3/23/2012 01:42:00 AM) - Al

Obama struggles to handle a single heckler.

1. Must not have been a witty retort on the teleprompter.

2. I wonder why he didn't just throw a pile of money we don't have at him...that's how he handles most problems.

3/23/2012 01:42:00 AM

(3/23/2012 01:03:00 AM) - Al

As I mentioned earlier in the week, I had to miss the Badgers' game live tonight, so I DVR'd it and watched it about 10:45.

They played well, shot well from 3, barely turned the ball over at all...and still lost. Syracuse simply outathleted them, hitting several tough shots and also many high degree of difficulty drives.

As Johnny Mac often points out, sometimes, you just gotta have the other team miss some shots. Other than the free throw late, it just didn't seem like Syracuse missed much of anything.

The last possession was far from perfect, but I have to note, it seems like the entire world missed the obvious...Taylor had to force up a covered three, but we've all seen him hit shots like that, The thing is, not only did Gasser miss the hurried rebound, Bruiser had the ball in his hands with 2-2.5 seconds left at the rim...and it slipped out of his hands. If he could have caught that ball and collected himself in the air, we'd be replaying that put back for all of eternity.

Hard to believe Jordan Taylor will never wear a Wisconsin uniform again. He played an awful lot of minutes in his four years, and the last three, was the undisputed leader of the team.

Always tough losing by a single point, Bergerren's phantom foul in the first half that put him on the bench was probably the key play in the game, as they struggled without his presence inside.

As always, just a pleasure watching that team play. They play hard, they play smart, and they make the other team beat them. Sadly, that's exactly what happened.

3/23/2012 01:03:00 AM

Thursday, March 22, 2012

(3/22/2012 07:00:00 PM) - Al

I know I ask this a lot given their behavior, but, how can these can these teachers keep their jobs?

3/22/2012 07:00:00 PM

(3/22/2012 05:02:00 PM) - Al

Whitney Houston had more drugs in her than the Walgreen's on the corner.


3/22/2012 05:02:00 PM

(3/22/2012 04:59:00 PM) - Al

Meanwhile, the Bucks offer sounds the same as last year, right down to the free parking and $400 concession gift cards.

3/22/2012 04:59:00 PM

(3/22/2012 04:55:00 PM) - Al

If the Crew is up 10%, and they sold their 2Mth ticket last year in mid-late April, I would say they are probably close to 2M sold now.

Also, 16K FSE's is higher than even the debut season at Miller Park. Very impressive.

3/22/2012 04:55:00 PM

(3/22/2012 04:46:00 PM) - Al

Carpooling and ridesharing are not popular for many reasons...awkward silence, forced stops, have to get up earlier, conflicting schedules, what do you do if someone has to leave early/start late due to illness, a sick child, an appointment of some sort, and so on. Or, the simple fact that, much like myself, a vast amount of people are simply antisocial and would rather do almost anything to avoid chatting with someone from whom* you cannot escape.

What's amazing is, some people are so shortsighted they do not understand why everyone does not carpool.

*I can't believe I used "whom" in a sentence, though admittedly, I have no idea if I used it correctly, nor do I care.

3/22/2012 04:46:00 PM

(3/22/2012 04:40:00 PM) - Al

Self-absorbed drama queen retakes the SAT.

Then, he painfully goes over the process, and the results.

More painful than the above description. Adult language at the link, so be warned.

3/22/2012 04:40:00 PM

(3/22/2012 04:31:00 PM) - Al

I can only imagine the thrill a moderate voter in WA would have voting for the most liberal member of the House...who is also from Ohio.

I suppose if the new district is in a far-left area of a lefty state, it's possible (somehow, Hillary Clinton won, and she's as hated as anyone).

3/22/2012 04:31:00 PM

(3/22/2012 04:25:00 PM) - Al

Marco Rubio's name gets floated for VP so often, I wonder if he's taking medication for seasickness. I'd call him the favorite, with Christie and McConnell close behind.

Heck, Mitt could choose Ron Paul or dozens of others and they'd be a better choice than Biden, who much like an elderly grandfather, is considered to have had a good day if he doesn't wet himself.

3/22/2012 04:25:00 PM

(3/22/2012 03:57:00 PM) - Al

Adam's mailbag includes an interesting possible option instead of Izturis.

I have to wonder if Cesar is banged up, as while errors are plentiful on the non-major league caliber fields in Zona, most of his have been on throws, it seems at least. Luis Cruz can't hit a lick, but no one has ever questioned his D. Of course, no one has ever questioned Izturis' either. Small samples exist in the field as well.

EDIT: I should mention that plenty of teams, about 3-8, are in the market for a reserve infielder, especially a SS (the Twins only have their 2B backing up Jamey Carroll at SS, who will require at least a day off every other week, and I assume more often than that. Most teams will have a lower waiver position than the Crew, so barring a trade, I would still expect Izturis to go north.

Using the month in Arizona instead of career production is like deciding who to marry based on what cereal they enjoy...not only is it pointless, it ignores far more justifiable reasoning, like if they can take a walk, or how they look in a tank top.

3/22/2012 03:57:00 PM

(3/22/2012 03:47:00 PM) - Al

I gotta admit, Bill Maher's op-ed makes sense. It actually completely agrees with my fake racism posts.

Even moreso, we also need to stop apologizing for being the finest nation in the history of the planet, and for being patriotic.

3/22/2012 03:47:00 PM

(3/22/2012 01:05:00 PM) - Al

IBD doesn't seem to grasp that the administration loves higher gas and oil prices. It justifies throwing money at "green" energy subsidies, and we all know how much the left adores overpaying for anything.

3/22/2012 01:05:00 PM

(3/22/2012 12:56:00 PM) - Al

Baby steps. It took years for WI to gain the reputation as an over regulated, overtaxed state, and it will take years to lose that rep.

Those looking for a quick fix are the same ones wondering why throwing $1T up in the wind at the federal level failed miserably.

3/22/2012 12:56:00 PM

(3/22/2012 12:02:00 AM) - Al

Conrad looks good for a roster spot.

I guessed this when he was signed. I may suck at lots of stuff, but Brooks just made too much sense to ignore. I still think he'll end up playing 1B versus most LHP's. He's not going to get many innings at 2B/3B, barring injury, though Aramis may well take some day games after night games off.

3/22/2012 12:02:00 AM

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

(3/21/2012 11:54:00 PM) - Al

No offense to Bob Dole, but Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul don't have anything else to do. It's not like they have to get back home and plant the fields, or get back to their businesses...they are professional politicians.

3/21/2012 11:54:00 PM

(3/21/2012 03:04:00 PM) - Al

Just about to start the #Brewers AAA game. Note, George Kottaras will catch Marcum.--Mike Vassallo

More proof Kottaras will be in MIL, with Maldonado in Nashville.

3/21/2012 03:04:00 PM

(3/21/2012 02:56:00 PM) - Al

Looks like 29 judges should be removed from the bench.

As someone said a week ago, they did not get their jobs based on intelligence or performance, they got them for their loyalty to the left.

Laws and rules are for the little people. And this is why it's so difficult to find an impartial court.

Hat tip to Casey for the link.

3/21/2012 02:56:00 PM

(3/21/2012 02:45:00 PM) - Al

Filed to ESPN: Denver and Jets have encountered language in Tim Tebow's contract that could nullify trade.

My guess, Latin.

3/21/2012 02:45:00 PM

(3/21/2012 02:38:00 PM) - Al

Rush says Romney is sounding more conservative, gives his best speech yet.

3/21/2012 02:38:00 PM

(3/21/2012 02:31:00 PM) - Al

Unions act childishly and seem to be criticizing the kids for doing exactly what they did.

Maybe they're upset because the kids didn't call in sick to protest.

3/21/2012 02:31:00 PM

(3/21/2012 02:30:00 PM) - Al

They tried to have a press conference with Uecker, but a stand-up routine broke out.

3/21/2012 02:30:00 PM

(3/21/2012 02:27:00 PM) - Al

WI economy expected to grow about 2% in next six months.

Baby steps. It wasn't Club Med when Doyle left office. But, it's getting better.

Who knows what could be accomplished if they'd stop chasing high paying mining jobs away.

3/21/2012 02:27:00 PM

(3/21/2012 02:15:00 PM) - Al


You should run for one of those open positions. I'd just love to hear your opponent say something like "I think we should enhance our revenues," and hear you respond, "How about you come up with a single idea on what we can do without anyone paying more taxes."

The silence would be deafening.

The Hammer

Thanks Hammer. I'll take it under advisement.

3/21/2012 02:15:00 PM

(3/21/2012 01:38:00 PM) - Al

State GOP Rep. JerryPetrowski will run for 29th Senate seat, against Dem Rep. Donna Seidel.Seat vacated by Pam Galloway.--WI Reporter

My assemblyman is trying to be my senator, as my senator is retiring.

I'm trying not to take this personally.

3/21/2012 01:38:00 PM

(3/21/2012 01:31:00 PM) - Al

Dickie V says the Badgers can win if they hit their 3's.

I am a genius.

3/21/2012 01:31:00 PM

(3/21/2012 01:27:00 PM) - Al

GAB seeking $975,000 to cover costs of recall administration, including $250,000 for educational campaign on voter ID. First bill $404,500.--WI Reporter

Lock your wallets, boys...the Dems are back, and they love our money.

Luckily, gas prices being up are a good thing...

3/21/2012 01:27:00 PM

(3/21/2012 01:19:00 PM) - Al

Glenn points out just how deep CNN's bias goes.

They completely ignore the fact that many people commute 30-60 minutes a day, and even at 30 mpg, that's $3K a year at $4 a gallon. As Charles Payne pointed out last week, if you fill up once/twice a week for $100, even those making $50K per are paying for gas with 10% of their gross income. Many guys; plumbers, contractors, roofers, and so on, have to drive a lot and have to drive trucks.

Of course, as our president says, "Go buy a new car!"

3/21/2012 01:19:00 PM

(3/21/2012 01:15:00 PM) - Al

so wait, tebow is drafted in the 1st rd 2 yrs ago, exceeds pretty much everyones expectations, and now is only worth a 4th?--George Lind III

I'm puzzled as well. I wonder if the Jets just wanted him because they feel he's worth more, and will look to swap him when he's worth more.

Another odd thing...I have trouble believing RG3 will have a better first two seasons, and look what the Skins gave for him?

3/21/2012 01:15:00 PM

(3/21/2012 01:08:00 PM) - Al

Tebow goes to Jets, will run a handful of plays a game and be Sanchez's backup, I suppose.

Hard to believe JACK or MIA could not have beat that offer and made him their starter.

3/21/2012 01:08:00 PM

(3/21/2012 12:44:00 PM) - Al

Just for the record I am totally single! Have no time for dates! Having a blast on my new show and hate rumors!--Jennifer Love Hewitt

It's times like this that I wish the Rambling wife wouldn't have settled.

3/21/2012 12:44:00 PM

(3/21/2012 12:03:00 PM) - Al

What's funny is, they're arguing over semantics. Paltrow and Ray aren't up at 4AM measuring ingredients and double checking times and temps. These people are "assisting," not ghostwriting.

The Times seems to be trying to invent a controversy, which is pretty much all they do.

3/21/2012 12:03:00 PM

(3/21/2012 11:46:00 AM) - Al

Bob Uecker will be honored this summer with a statue placed outside of Miller Park.--Joe Block

August 31st, if you wish to make plans. Good for Bob and the Brewers.

Like it or not, Bob's the face (and voice) of the franchise, as much as Yount or Braun.

3/21/2012 11:46:00 AM

(3/21/2012 11:40:00 AM) - Al

Gloria Estafan is about 50, and she looks better than the average college woman.

Correction, she'll be 55 later this year. Goodness.

3/21/2012 11:40:00 AM

(3/21/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al

More on former conservative Andrew Sullivan changing his positions at the drop of a hat.

I still think he has sold his soul to get gay marriage legalized, and is now just a one issue person. Whenever you get too close, your vision gets blurry.

3/21/2012 11:30:00 AM

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

(3/20/2012 11:09:00 PM) - Al

Bucks blowing out a decent Trail Blazers club, PORT was 14-7 at home before tonight, are down 24 with 2 minutes left.

Scott has his players believing they can beat anyone anytime.

3/20/2012 11:09:00 PM

(3/20/2012 08:41:00 PM) - Al

Romney gaining 52 percent of the vote compared to 319 percent for Santorum.--AP

So, is that just incompetence, or is AP trying to mislead?

3/20/2012 08:41:00 PM

(3/20/2012 08:18:00 PM) - Al

Ron Johnson tells it like it is.

We've heard it before, but he organizes it very nicely. The thing is, we all knew this is what would happen, but no one ever bothered to report the truth.

3/20/2012 08:18:00 PM

(3/20/2012 08:05:00 PM) - Al

Remember the rules, only the left can make racial remarks. The irony is, they see the world only in black and white. Painfully sad.

The real crime was that DeNiro's "joke" wasn't funny.

3/20/2012 08:05:00 PM

(3/20/2012 07:47:00 PM) - Robert R.

I don't know how big The Hunger Games will open, but with 25 million copies in print and good early reviews the range is very big to massive. Continuing a trend of people showing up for movies that they're interested in seeing.

I think the string of early successes this year bodes well for box office as a whole. The best thing for movies is for movies to come out that please the customers and get them anticipating what comes next. Send them home happy and chances are they'll come back for the next big thing. A rising tide lifts all boats.

3/20/2012 07:47:00 PM

(3/20/2012 05:05:00 PM) - Al

The elder daughter of U.S. President Barack Obama is spending her spring break in the historic Mexican city of Oaxaca in the company of 12 friends, a state police official said.

The young tourists, including 13-year-old Malia Ann Obama, are staying at a downtown hotel in this city famous for its colonial architecture and well-preserved native American traditions, the official said.

Malia Obama and her friends are guarded by 25 U.S. Secret Service agents as well as Mexican police.

Seriously? It's almost like the Secret Service are acting as chaperones. Twelve friends? Great googily moogily. How much is this little field trip costing the taxpayers?

Talk about out of control spending.

3/20/2012 05:05:00 PM

(3/20/2012 04:51:00 PM) - Al

Dogs are good for your health.

No doubt at all about that. They lower your stress level and make you care about something else rather than worrying about your problems. Dogs do that more than other pets because they actually have strong feelings for you. Others, like fish and cats, would trade its owner for an automatic feeding machine in a heartbeat.

3/20/2012 04:51:00 PM

(3/20/2012 04:49:00 PM) - Al

I think they may start to report when Obama is telling the truth.

It's amazing what happens when someone actually checks out what he says.

3/20/2012 04:49:00 PM

(3/20/2012 03:47:00 PM) - Al

Bourgeois' name being in trade rumors and actual deals proves to me Eric Farris could have a healthy demand as a 2B/OF, even though I'll be the first to admit Jason is overvalued because he can runs fast.

3/20/2012 03:47:00 PM

(3/20/2012 03:06:00 PM) - Al

You know when I say the "stimulus" was pork that went to blue districts...I speak the truth.

3/20/2012 03:06:00 PM

(3/20/2012 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Fed Medicaid $$ for WI is down $1 BILLION in '11-13. We added $1.2 BILLION to Medicaid to protect those most in need, without raising taxes.--Governor Walker

Sadly, he has to keep repeating this because of the lies, fibs, and untruths.

3/20/2012 03:00:00 PM

(3/20/2012 01:59:00 PM) - Al

Ann weighs in on the fact that, apparently, polite and civil fails to describe the liberals at the capitol last week.

How dare someone, on public property, disagree with a far-left viewpoint? The nerve.

3/20/2012 01:59:00 PM

(3/20/2012 01:56:00 PM) - Al

Obama economic adviser abandons ship.

3/20/2012 01:56:00 PM

(3/20/2012 01:26:00 PM) - Al

I've never heard of this fella, and I do feel the author is using mock outrage. That said, I'd agree with the premise, a retired number should be a retired number.

3/20/2012 01:26:00 PM

(3/20/2012 01:20:00 PM) - Al has been known for exaggeration in the past...let's hope that's the case here.

3/20/2012 01:20:00 PM

(3/20/2012 10:28:00 AM) - Al

Charlie Sykes asks what the old media would do if Governor Walker's sons went on spring break, with taxpayer funded security in tow.

Same reaction, I'm sure.

And yes, the hypocrisy between the way Obama's family is treated and Palin's family is treated is not just apparent, but painful.

3/20/2012 10:28:00 AM

(3/20/2012 10:23:00 AM) - Al

Sam Dekker's high school classmates stopped by the capitol and drowned out protestors with pro-Walker chants.

As pointed out, they did not engage in any bad behavior, like damaging war memorials...which I thought was impossible.

Now I'm really glad that 3 went in.

3/20/2012 10:23:00 AM

(3/20/2012 10:16:00 AM) - Al

I take two things from this article:

1. Skiles expects nothing but 100% effort from his players, even his best players.

2. Skiles seems to be very secure in his position in Milwaukee, or he just does things his way regardless and doesn't care.

3/20/2012 10:16:00 AM

(3/20/2012 10:09:00 AM) - Al

Filed to ESPN: Denver and Peyton Manning reached agreement on a five-year, $96 million contract. Manning introduced as QB at 3 pm ET.

No idea how much of this is guaranteed, but considering his age and neck issues, I don't see him fulfilling this contract.

And let the bidding for Tebow begin. Jaguars, Dolphins, and Patriots expected to be top suitors.

3/20/2012 10:09:00 AM

(3/20/2012 10:08:00 AM) - Al

Another former Brewers' employee passed away recently.

3/20/2012 10:08:00 AM

(3/20/2012 10:03:00 AM) - Al

Paul Ryan is preaching to the choir, but admittedly, I'm impressed by the fact he actually has a plan for federal spending other than "say anything to get elected in November, and who cares after that?"

It is mind boggling that anyone can look at those graphs and not be scared senseless, never mind say, "Yes, I want more of that!"

3/20/2012 10:03:00 AM

(3/20/2012 09:49:00 AM) - Al

A young woman I used to work with (I, of course, have great fondness for my old associates, especially the really pretty ones) in retail is now married and her hubby recently released his first musical CD, which can also be purchased in MP3 format. Be warned, it is Christian music, so please do not click on the link if that sort of thing offends you.

3/20/2012 09:49:00 AM

(3/20/2012 09:43:00 AM) - Al

It's only racism when their political beliefs are fiscally responsible.

3/20/2012 09:43:00 AM

(3/20/2012 09:21:00 AM) - Al


No chance for Eric Farris to make the 25 man?


Nope. He can only play 2B, and hasn't hit even at AAA. I think he stands a good chance of being dropped from the 40. Good defensive 2B that can run are not a dime a dozen, but they're not a rare commodity either.

They should try to turn him into a jack-of-all-trades utility guy, because that might minimize his poor SS defense. If he could play 2B/3B/OF, that might gain him enough value to overlook the fact he's barely passable at SS. His speed may allow him to get by in the OF even though he has no experience out there.

EDIT: Farris was sent down a couple days ago, though he may appear in some games. It barely registered with me, as I had dismissed his chances of making the team weeks prior.

3/20/2012 09:21:00 AM

(3/20/2012 12:22:00 AM) - Al

Don't look now, but Ramblings is on pace to set an all-time viewership record in March.

I fear for the future.

3/20/2012 12:22:00 AM

Monday, March 19, 2012

(3/19/2012 11:23:00 PM) - Al

2012 25 man projections













To summarize, barring injury, 80% of the team was set before the team showed up in Arizona. You never know who might become available on the waiver wire or in a minor trade. They'll always look to improve. I thought Ishikawa might get a look in case Corey needed extra time, but the 40 man looks packed. Kintzler hasn't pitched at all and has plenty of options, so I do not see him going north.

3/19/2012 11:23:00 PM

(3/19/2012 11:03:00 PM) - Al

John Edwards' Two Americas comes WI.

Excellent piece, and look for the Chris Christie quote.

3/19/2012 11:03:00 PM

(3/19/2012 09:56:00 PM) - Al

If ATL doesn't want Pastornicky, I'm sure the Brewers would be happy to take him off their hands.

Note the quote about 27 meaningless March AB's. It must be painful to be so ignorant.

3/19/2012 09:56:00 PM

(3/19/2012 08:42:00 PM) - Al

Dennis Miller is loaded with common sense. I'm glad he's on my side.

Drilling, and giving incentives for drilling, make a lot more sense that throwing money at wind, solar, and whatever else the flavor of the month is...that don't really work. I'm all for alternate energy...if it can survive without subsidies.

And yes, nuclear does work, but the nimbys only want that if it's far, far away from their house. Because they're selfish, and for the most part, clueless.

3/19/2012 08:42:00 PM

(3/19/2012 08:35:00 PM) - Al

Brilliant take on Maher and HBO's hatred of showing both sides.

3/19/2012 08:35:00 PM

(3/19/2012 07:23:00 PM) - Al

The "I told you so" folks are out in force.

And they're 100% correct.

If the government could easily solve problems, they would figure out a way to not lose billions delivering the know, like UPS, Fed Ex, and others do...while making a profit.

3/19/2012 07:23:00 PM

(3/19/2012 06:13:00 PM) - Al

The Badgers are now staring down the stewards of the zone defense, a team that has, for the past couple of decades or so, transformed the average Division I team into a jumpshooting team. So here’s your two sentence unremarkable preview of the next round: expect a lot of jumpshots from Wisconsin on Thursday. If they go in, the Badgers will win.--BTN

Very simple, but it sounds a lot like my preview.

3/19/2012 06:13:00 PM

(3/19/2012 05:00:00 PM) - Al

Revised Jeff Samardzija draft guide projection: 8-8, 4.18 ERA, 121/63 K/BB in 142 IP. He ranks 123rd among SPs.--Rotoworld

Reason #455 why you never give up on velocity. You can't teach 95+ mph.

3/19/2012 05:00:00 PM

(3/19/2012 05:00:00 PM) - Al

I'll do the math another time, but the blanket assessment that the Crew's defense will be better is a bit simple. Yuni was a few runs below average, and Alex was mediocre or higher depending on what metric you use. Ramirez, however, has been quite bad the past two campaigns, and well below decent for half-a-decade. Fielder was limited, but he made the routine plays, so any improvement is probably going to be very slight.

3/19/2012 05:00:00 PM

(3/19/2012 03:55:00 PM) - Al

Bristol Palin asks when her call will arrive.

Wonderful point, and again, the obvious hypocrisy is in full view.

3/19/2012 03:55:00 PM

(3/19/2012 03:15:00 PM) - Al

Some scheduled stuff will be popping up later today, as I will be out.

3/19/2012 03:15:00 PM

(3/19/2012 12:50:00 PM) - Al

Reason shows us how classy, polite and civil Dave Axelrod is, comparing Romney to Hitler.

I worry about how this will be explained to the Obama daughters...

Meanwhile, I blame his problems on math.

3/19/2012 12:50:00 PM

(3/19/2012 12:28:00 PM) - Al

The numbers do not lie. And "unpatriotic" is a kinder word than I would use.

3/19/2012 12:28:00 PM

(3/19/2012 12:16:00 PM) - Al

I don't think the Broncos would bother trading Tebow for a 5th round pick. A good backup is worth far more than that, especially when your starter is old and has not played for 18 months.

That said, considering both MIA and JACK needs a QB, one of them may well "overpay" and give more.

3/19/2012 12:16:00 PM

(3/19/2012 12:13:00 PM) - Al

The chances of Schafer or Ishikawa going north just took a significant hit.

3/19/2012 12:13:00 PM

Sunday, March 18, 2012

(3/18/2012 11:34:00 PM) - Al

Badgers play at 6:15 Thursday evening.

I have a commitment that night. It turns out I'm not anti-social enough.

3/18/2012 11:34:00 PM

(3/18/2012 11:32:00 PM) - Al

John Edwards owes the taxpaying public $2M.

Unless they start paying folks based on their abilities to be a total scumbag, lotsa luck with that.

3/18/2012 11:32:00 PM

(3/18/2012 10:42:00 PM) - Al

Back in 1982 this week, the screen at my hometown drive-in theater was knocked down in heavy winds.

No doubt in my mind, directly related to climate change.


3/18/2012 10:42:00 PM

(3/18/2012 10:14:00 PM) - Al

Funny how much tougher the answers are when you're in charge, and you don't care about anything except getting reelected.

3/18/2012 10:14:00 PM

(3/18/2012 10:10:00 PM) - Al

I wonder why people are rushing to buy guns.

3/18/2012 10:10:00 PM

(3/18/2012 01:24:00 PM) - Al

MN has to explain to drivers that it's best to utilize the road you have, rather than change lanes when you see a sign that says "Lane closed 3 miles ahead."

I did this every day when I lived up there, and it got me home about ten minutes quicker, on average. Not sure what confuses people, as the math just makes sense...go 55-65 as long as possible, and don't leave a lane unused for any length of time.

3/18/2012 01:24:00 PM

(3/18/2012 12:08:00 PM) - Al

Mike Fiers was called into mtg with RR, Doug and Gord this morning. Then Wily Peralta. Guess we'll be getting word of more camp cuts.--Adam,

Yep, those guys with plenty of options really don't have a chance on a team that uses intelligence. Poorly run teams will go with a guy who had a better spring, and release the out of options guy...and then on May 8th, will be on the phone trying to find a pitcher because they had to DL someone.

Using options is just like running clock when you're ahead in other sports. Casuals don't get it, but that's why they're casuals.

EDIT: Mark Rogers also sent down. He'll have to make the 2013 roster as he's out of options, so I hope they make him a reliever and pitch him 1-2 innings 2-3 times a week in Nashville, which is his best chance at staying healthy and will be his role in the majors anyway.

3/18/2012 12:08:00 PM

(3/18/2012 12:02:00 PM) - Al

Biden is booed heavily. They must have seen his work.

Because of the old media's censorship policies, this will never be discussed again.

3/18/2012 12:02:00 PM

(3/18/2012 11:58:00 AM) - Al

Brooks Conrad was just getting lessons behind the plate with bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel. Jack of all trades.--Adam,

They would not spend this much time with a player they did not see making the team. A couple months ago, I was the only one expecting him to make the team. Now, everyone does.

3/18/2012 11:58:00 AM

(3/18/2012 11:50:00 AM) - Al

Tom Oates says no one predicted the Badgers would win two games.

No one is a stretch, but they were a trendy pick to lose to Vandy. Teams that defend never get any respect.

3/18/2012 11:50:00 AM

(3/18/2012 11:37:00 AM) - Al

Long, but informative piece on Foxwoods' $2B+ debt. Foxwoods is the largest casino in the world, and is doing things to survive, and have recently become profitable.

Note they are making deals with lenders, which decreases the amount owed and lowers interest rates paid. Funny, when have you ever heard government doing that?

You haven't, because they don't care. Remember, the private sector has a reason to survive, the public sector does not...only to spend more. No one ever discusses privatizing the DMV because everyone at the DMV would lose their jobs, because they suck at customer service, politeness, everything.

3/18/2012 11:37:00 AM

Saturday, March 17, 2012

(3/17/2012 11:19:00 PM) - Al


Soon to be heard in the skies of Arkansas: "Attention passengers, we're getting ready to land at Bill and Hillary Clinton Airport, please fasten your seat belts. Pardon me ma'am, that includes you. Off your knees, back to your seat."


That was in poor taste Sam. I'm so offended, I'm going to stifle my chuckle, and I'm pretty sure if this was about a GOP politician, it would be sexist. Luckily, it's not, so carry on.

3/17/2012 11:19:00 PM

(3/17/2012 11:13:00 PM) - Al

Yeah, this nice weather is bothering me too.

Reagan was incredibly positive, and was loved. Obama, not so much. I know, he's trying to hint it's warmer because of climate change, but given the two decade long cooling trend, that's an incredibly ignorant statement even considering this is the guy who insisted throwing $1T into blue district pork would keep unemployment under 8%.

3/17/2012 11:13:00 PM

(3/17/2012 11:08:00 PM) - Al

One if by land, two if by sea, and three if it's by Jordan Taylor.--Badgers basketball Twitter


3/17/2012 11:08:00 PM

(3/17/2012 11:00:00 PM) - Al

Eric writes to say he saw the Rambling son play today and that with the right coaching, he might go pro.

No, actually, he didn't.

3/17/2012 11:00:00 PM

(3/17/2012 10:46:00 PM) - Al


1. Agree with you on every Badger ref post you had today. Yikes, were they awful. Glad it didn't cost the better team the W.
2. My buddies and I were saying the exact same thing about playing hard. Their switches and popping out on D were top notch for most of the day. Felt that if Bucky was beat, they at least left everything out there. Weird to think this was a team that stumbled earlier in the season, but hot shooting by the opponent will do that. It's just a down year in College bball, no one seems that great.Feel like they have as good a shot as anyone with their D.
3. I am A-ok with Bucky being an underdog the rest of the way. Good matchups for them from here out.
4. Didn't watch much of Dekker, but when I did...Wow.

Hope you are doing well, and keep up the good work. I'll keep reading.


I found it funny after the game people were saying the Badgers should have been called for a foul on a rebound late. Watching the Big Ten all season, you don't see that called unless a player ends up on a cheerleader. I hate whistles, and am all for a tough, hard game, those ticky-tack calls are far too inconsistent and disrupt the flow of the game. Besides, a tough game favors the underdog, as you're not going to outjump or outathlete an elite team...but you can outtough them.

The game is far more even today than it used to be in part because of the 13 scholarship limit. I hate it because it hurts the Badgers, but there's only about 70 major schools, and they only have 2-3 free rides a year to give out. There are hundreds of fine high school seniors each year, and the major conferences only get 200 of them. So, the midmajors and smaller schools get the rest, and they end up with most of the late developers, the projects, and the guys a step slow, an inch or two too short for their position, and the 6-5 inside players. The thing is, enough of those guys improve or are good enough that the difference between the best team in the Missouri Valley and the 5th/6th best team in the major conferences is minimal.

3/17/2012 10:46:00 PM

(3/17/2012 09:55:00 PM) - Al

Heckuva Division 1 title game.

3/17/2012 09:55:00 PM

(3/17/2012 09:52:00 PM) - Al

How many times do we look at the Sweet 16 and say, "oh Wisconsin is there again"? Remarkable how Bo Ryan manages his program.--Tim Brando

One great thing about college basketball is, in effect, the coach is both the coach and the GM. He controls who he ends up with, who he goes after, and so on. That's why Duke has a dynasty, as Coach K never gets stuck coaching guys that suck.

3/17/2012 09:52:00 PM

(3/17/2012 09:50:00 PM) - Al

Greg Anthony on Wisconsin: "They don't win with the 5 best players.They win with the 5 players who play best together"


3/17/2012 09:50:00 PM

(3/17/2012 09:45:00 PM) - Al

Calling them hypocrites doesn't even do them justice. Funny, I haven't heard this reported in the old media...

How will they explain this to the kids, as they eat their fat-free curds and lactose-free whey?

3/17/2012 09:45:00 PM

(3/17/2012 09:34:00 PM) - Al

Bo's postgame talk to the team.

I don't think they'll lose until they miss most of their open 3's. Still playing, only 16 teams can say that. 11 tourneys in a row, 10-1 in the first round, another Sweet 16. I never would have thought I'd ever see the day.

3/17/2012 09:34:00 PM

(3/17/2012 09:27:00 PM) - Al

Gee, who would have thought spending more money and not paying for anything would lead to more debt? It's an absolute embarrassment, from beginning to end.

If only Scottie could beam me up. But, someone has to clean up the might as well be us.

3/17/2012 09:27:00 PM

(3/17/2012 09:09:00 PM) - Al

HBO tried to censor "welfare queens" video. Maher refused, and played it.

HBO is now proven to be to the left of Bill Maher. Somewhere, Vlad Lenin wonders why they never had HBO in the old country.

3/17/2012 09:09:00 PM

(3/17/2012 08:43:00 PM) - Al

Why crazy cat ladies are crazy.

The Rambling dog may drive us nuts when he tangles up his chain around the deck, but at least his feces aren't full of parasites.

3/17/2012 08:43:00 PM

(3/17/2012 08:15:00 PM) - Al

In this last state tourney game, Badgers' recruit Zak Showalter plays for Germantown. He turned down several scholarships to be a "preferred walk-on" for the Badgers.

3/17/2012 08:15:00 PM

(3/17/2012 08:13:00 PM) - Al

Josh Gasser was throwing up all last night, didn't know if he would play.

That may have been why Brust was in the game late. Next man up.

3/17/2012 08:13:00 PM

(3/17/2012 07:26:00 PM) - Al

This Badgers' team sure plays hard, win or lose. Good to see teams win that do that.

3/17/2012 07:26:00 PM

(3/17/2012 07:23:00 PM) - Al

That whistle blew before Vandy ever had the rebound. They've been assuming the entire game. Embarrassing.

You cannot rebound a ball and call timeout in 0.2 seconds. Mathematically impossible.


3/17/2012 07:23:00 PM

(3/17/2012 07:22:00 PM) - Al

Thank goodness that Vandy 3 missed.

3/17/2012 07:22:00 PM

(3/17/2012 07:15:00 PM) - Al

Bo Ryan's on top of everything. Refs stop game to warn Vandy bench & then get set to resume play. Ryan tells em it's under 8 TO-He's right.--Badgers' basketball

1. Warning? This ain't grade school. Make the call or shut up. Gutless.

2. Three officials and the table don't know the rules?


3/17/2012 07:15:00 PM

(3/17/2012 06:42:00 PM) - Al

This would seem to indicate the administration, once again, is very good at telling untruths...and not a whole lot else.

Socialism is but one very, very small step away. Reagan is wondering what the hell happened to his country.

How's that working out for you?

3/17/2012 06:42:00 PM

(3/17/2012 06:06:00 PM) - Al

Refs should be replaced at halftime, and banned from the sport. Worst 20 minutes I've ever seen. Punches in the face ignored on replay, clean blocks whistled as fouls before contact ever occurred, an obvious charge called a block.

How can these clods be at this level?

3/17/2012 06:06:00 PM

(3/17/2012 04:11:00 PM) - Al

Red Bull creator dead at 89, said to be looking forward to a sound night's sleep.

3/17/2012 04:11:00 PM

(3/17/2012 03:53:00 PM) - Al

No doubt Aoki has a below average arm for RF.

3/17/2012 03:53:00 PM

(3/17/2012 03:24:00 PM) - Al

Fiers has three options, so will likely begin in AAA, but he will spend time in Milwaukee. He just gets guys out.

Gamel with a ringing double to LCF. By midseason, I doubt I will be the only one comparing him to Overbay.

3/17/2012 03:24:00 PM

(3/17/2012 03:23:00 PM) - Al

Ronald Reagan loved Back to the Future, and asked to replay a scene where he's the butt of a joke by Doc Brown.--OMG Facts

Obama would pull their invite to the White House. The differences are vast, but of course, the obvious one is, Reagan was a success.

3/17/2012 03:23:00 PM

(3/17/2012 03:18:00 PM) - Al

If you don't recognize her as an adult, Candace played DJ on Full House. I assume she's out of the entertainment business, as she's come out of the closet as a Christian conservative.

3/17/2012 03:18:00 PM

(3/17/2012 03:09:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son played in a church basketball tournament today...they won Division Two...back in my day, this was called 5th place. He's very excited, because he scored a basket.

As Seinfeld would say, a little too much chlorine in his gene pool to have much of a ceiling.

3/17/2012 03:09:00 PM

(3/17/2012 02:54:00 PM) - Al

Airport renamed after Clintons.

The jokes about "first class treatment" and "excuse me, but this has a stain on it" will now be said by tourists for an infinite length of time.

3/17/2012 02:54:00 PM

(3/17/2012 02:43:00 PM) - Al

No green food for me, thanks; I got enough of that in my own fridge.-Maxine

I can't say I ever celebrate St. Patrick's Day, though I do have a tie from Ireland the Rambling sister gave me, and it's a nice conversation starter. That said, if I was an alcoholic, I'd think today was wonderful.

Alas, I'm not.

3/17/2012 02:43:00 PM

(3/17/2012 02:41:00 PM) - Al

Every boy should have a dog, and every dog should have a boy.

3/17/2012 02:41:00 PM

(3/17/2012 02:20:00 PM) - Al

Had my first problem price matching at Wal Mart today, as the cashier was unable to figure out how to do it, and ignored my assistance (things sold by the pound, like pork or steak, have to be done a bit "backwards"). She asked the guy who was getting change for another register, and he was rather short and rude with me, telling me I should have an ad so they can verify it...but of course, he would do it "this time" for me.

The Rambling wife and I do this "backwards," as we make our list, she prints it out, and then I spend 5-10 minutes online finding that item on sale at one of our local groceries. I don't do it with everything, but things like cereal, steak, and chicken breasts are always on sale somewhere, and in a few minutes, you can easily find $20 in savings, especially if you buy stuff for the freezer. I can't make $100 an hour any other way (hey, I'm not a young Julia Roberts), so it's an easy decision.

Wal Mart's policy is easily found on their web site, and distinctly says, "No ad is needed," as I would have to bring in several and, as their cashiers have told me others do, "Make it a big production." I just write the price down next to the item, separate the price match items from the others, and it takes them about 30 seconds.

The real irony here, as I pointed out to them when I e-mailed, is it would have been far quicker and easier to provide quality service with a smile, but he chose not to do so...yet gave me exactly what I asked for anyway, albeit in an accusing, unfriendly tone (luckily, I'm married, so I'm used to it).

That, my friends, is government worker service. Luckily, Wal Mart is a proud, capitalist company, and wants their customers treated well, and actually wants feedback.

3/17/2012 02:20:00 PM

(3/17/2012 01:59:00 PM) - Al

Funny, I haven't seen this mentioned on CNN, MSNBC, or any of the major networks...

3/17/2012 01:59:00 PM

(3/17/2012 01:26:00 PM) - Al

A brilliant letter to the Panic Now website. Look, times are tough all over, it's the Obamaconomy (or Carter's second term, whichever you prefer). People want to help other people, especially family. But, we have bankruptcy laws that protect those hopelessly in debt. We have entitlement programs to protect the sick, feeble, and weak.

We're not talking $100 here, or $500, or $1000. We're talking thousands upon thousands, and most of us are not millionaires. Do what you can, but make limits, and make them quickly.

3/17/2012 01:26:00 PM

(3/17/2012 01:21:00 PM) - Al

Too bad the kids at Occupy are too drugged up to be able to read.

3/17/2012 01:21:00 PM

(3/17/2012 01:10:00 PM) - Al

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to bang my head into a concrete wall.

Our government does nothing except spend money and pass stuff like this. Mind boggling.

3/17/2012 01:10:00 PM

(3/17/2012 01:02:00 PM) - Al

Badgers are a one point underdog this afternoon, and Vandy seems to be a trendy pick. If Wisconsin shoots well, I think they'll win.

3/17/2012 01:02:00 PM

(3/17/2012 12:50:00 PM) - Al

I love you, but I'm embarrassed for you right now.

The 11 year-old is approximately one jillion times more intelligent than his mom.

The fact is, some people just can't stand not to be the center of attention, even if they are being mocked and ridiculed.

3/17/2012 12:50:00 PM

(3/17/2012 12:46:00 PM) - Al

Sam Dekker just accomplished more in the last ten minutes than most of us ever did/will athletically.

3/17/2012 12:46:00 PM

(3/17/2012 12:37:00 PM) - Al

Check that, Sam Dekker's fun to watch now.

3/17/2012 12:37:00 PM

(3/17/2012 12:36:00 PM) - Al

Of course he will.

3/17/2012 12:36:00 PM

(3/17/2012 12:33:00 PM) - Al

Sam Dekker is going to be fun to watch in Madison.

3/17/2012 12:33:00 PM

(3/17/2012 10:32:00 AM) - Al

Sam Dekker, Mr. Basketball in the state and highly touted Badgers' recruit (Bo called him "Robbie Hummell with good knees" the other day) plays for Sheboygan Lutheran at 11, Brewers on at 3, Badgers at 5:10, and Matt Thomas, an uncommitted junior who the Badgers have offered, plays at 6:30 for Onalaska in their title game.

TV geeks, unite.

3/17/2012 10:32:00 AM

(3/17/2012 10:21:00 AM) - Al

So, how's that "ignore the problem and go from there" solution working out for you?

This would be the entire state if a leader would not have emerged to practice restraint and limit spending. It's embarrassing, really. Thankfully, they are proving Walker correct and providing campaign facts for him.

3/17/2012 10:21:00 AM

(3/17/2012 10:18:00 AM) - Al

When you can't win an election, and the lefty police fail to make a charge...hope you get a lefty judge.


3/17/2012 10:18:00 AM

(3/17/2012 10:12:00 AM) - Al

More on the guy who made up his entire story about how Apple is estimate yesterday that it may have some truth in it somewhere...may have been overly optimistic.

Much like the climate change debacle, never believe anyone whose story is dependent on making oodles of money from said story. Al Gore would not have made a penny if he had told the he didn't.

3/17/2012 10:12:00 AM

These are the good old days. Some folks are just too busy wishing the streets were paved with gold to enjoy the good times.

Whatever strikes me as interesting, and serious Milwaukee Brewers thoughts. If you are a believer in respecting OBP, throwing strikes, and keeping the ball in the park, you may have found the place you've been searching for. I believe in low taxes, small government, and am not afraid to be labeled patriotic. If you are interested in sausage race results, walk up music, or professional wrestling, you may wish to click elsewhere.

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I'm happy to pay taxes to help the helpless. I don't like paying taxes to help the clueless. Look at the Occupy movement...I'm forced to pay taxes to help those whose plight I delight in.--Dennis Miller

If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, and your life will be brief.--President Trump

Never have lives less lived been more chronicled.--Dennis Miller

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