Al's Ramblings

Monday, April 30, 2012

(4/30/2012 10:41:00 PM) - Al


4/30/2012 10:41:00 PM

(4/30/2012 10:35:00 PM) - Al

He hasn't done anything is a near prefect summation of the past three years, if you ignore taxing and spending, of course.

Because he's done a lot of that. And that.

4/30/2012 10:35:00 PM

(4/30/2012 10:32:00 PM) - Al

What he means is, "I don't care, because it's after November, 2012."

However, many of us love our country, and care about its future.

4/30/2012 10:32:00 PM

(4/30/2012 10:28:00 PM) - Al

I gotta agree with Jerry here. I want everyone to be successful, or at least have the opportunity to be.

Dems look at that guy and say, "How can we take this guy's money and give it to someone who has not done a thing to earn it?"

That's what spreading the wealth is, and it only works until you run out of people with money.

4/30/2012 10:28:00 PM

(4/30/2012 08:01:00 PM) - Al

You will not see this in a US paper.

4/30/2012 08:01:00 PM

(4/30/2012 07:36:00 PM) - Al

MN nanny states away fireworks rights. Never mind you can drive across the border to WI, IA, or SD from most of the state and buy whatever you want.

4/30/2012 07:36:00 PM

(4/30/2012 06:59:00 PM) - Al

Dan Rather, still blaming others and denying he's a mouthpiece for the left.

Just once, I'd like to hear one of these clowns say, Yeah, you caught me, but they all suck!"

4/30/2012 06:59:00 PM

(4/30/2012 06:51:00 PM) - Al

Once again, a player's ignorance goes beyond just being hellishly stupid to wondering how he manages to find the arena every day.

4/30/2012 06:51:00 PM

(4/30/2012 06:25:00 PM) - Al

New Brooklyn Nets logo...a B in a basketball.

Impressive...for a 5 year-old.

4/30/2012 06:25:00 PM

(4/30/2012 07:38:00 AM) - Al

As often as the wind shifts direction, so does Paul Krugman, everyone's favorite old media liberal.

When you don't stand for anything, your beliefs change often.

4/30/2012 07:38:00 AM

(4/30/2012 07:31:00 AM) - Al

The Constitution? Damn those Founding Fathers for providing the guidelines for our nation.

It can be changed if needed, but it should never be skirted.

4/30/2012 07:31:00 AM

(4/30/2012 07:19:00 AM) - Al

What's this? Companies can legally shuffle profits from high tax areas to lower tax places?

Gee, that might be why raising taxes never leads to the bushels of money coming in.

4/30/2012 07:19:00 AM

Sunday, April 29, 2012

(4/29/2012 09:59:00 PM) - Al

When people defend the Death Tax they say "Why would you want to spoil your kid?" Then I say "And remind me, why do I want to spoil yours?"--Dennis Miller

Follow the money. That's all it's about.

4/29/2012 09:59:00 PM

(4/29/2012 09:41:00 PM) - Al

I realize the strategy is to laugh it off, but I do not see moderates, conservative Dems, and independents seeing this as anything but an out of touch president becoming more strange and out of touch by the minute.

His advisers, at best, seem to really be struggling, even with the old media printing whatever they ask.

4/29/2012 09:41:00 PM

(4/29/2012 09:08:00 PM) - Al

JS refuses to run piece on Walker's jobs record, because it uses to many damn facts.

The old media just hates the facts...because it is working.

4/29/2012 09:08:00 PM

(4/29/2012 08:55:00 PM) - Al

NYC may ban, wait for it, special pricing at bars and restaurants.

Some are seeing it as an attack on happy hour and blatant nanny state silliness. I see it as a cutthroat offensive on dare private businesses try and spark sales during slow stretches of the day?

Lenin would be proud. 

4/29/2012 08:55:00 PM

(4/29/2012 07:21:00 PM) - Al

Rangers, by the way, thinking they have a real shot at drawing over 3 million this year.--Olney

Incredible, considering the heat down there.

4/29/2012 07:21:00 PM

(4/29/2012 05:46:00 PM) - Al

I hung up all my ties on my two "tie hangers" today, and discovered I guess I have 39. Of course, I have about ten I should just throw out or donate to Goodwill, as they are either stained, good for Toys R Us employment but nowhere else, or too skinny for today's fashion. 

I have six Xmas ties, one Easter, one Halloween, and one St. Patty's Day. Take those out of the rotation, along with the 3-4 "too ugly/too strange," that leaves a rotation of about 25. Next time I grab one that is dirty, I'm just going to start a "giveaway" pile, and add to it on occasion.

Wow, in the words of Kramer on the Seinfeld Merv Griffin episode, I think we've hit rock bottom.

4/29/2012 05:46:00 PM

(4/29/2012 05:19:00 PM) - Al

Milwaukee has won 51 consecutive games in which it has led after the seventh

That's even more amazing than Axford's streak, because the opponent has six outs to score a couple runs.  

4/29/2012 05:19:00 PM

(4/29/2012 04:32:00 PM) - Al

I gotta admit, I know what the thought process was, but if you're going to try that "steal and stop" play, it should be done with two outs, and with a weak hitter at the plate. The odds of that play working is not very high at the big league level...though it would go up if the runner going was a surprise.

Axford's streak has a lot of luck involved, as today shows, because his single allowed is a DP ball if it's a few feet toward Rickie. It doesn't take much to give up a single run, especially against a middle of the lineup like that.

4/29/2012 04:32:00 PM

(4/29/2012 02:30:00 PM) - Al

There is just not anything left to cut!

Secret Service to have chaperones accompany agents to help them make better decisions.

I'm truly embarrassed by the lack of fiscal discipline on display in DC.

4/29/2012 02:30:00 PM

(4/29/2012 02:25:00 PM) - Al

Strangely, the White House's anti-bullying guru is nothing but an ignorant bully himself.

*adult language at the link*

They are over their heads on every single decision.  Their only criteria is to be far-left, which often leads to moments like this.

4/29/2012 02:25:00 PM

(4/29/2012 02:10:00 PM) - Al

Lefties in OR seek to kill birds to save fish.

You just can't write this stuff. Of course, as long as no jobs are created, they'll be happy.

And to be sure, this will cost a lot of money.

4/29/2012 02:10:00 PM

(4/29/2012 01:53:00 PM) - Al

Kimmel with two plus minutes of anti-Obama humor.

Remember when the country rallied around you in hope of a better tomorrow? That was a good one.

It's funny, because it's true.

4/29/2012 01:53:00 PM

(4/29/2012 01:47:00 PM) - Al

The main problem with younger voters is they often don't vote. It often takes a terrible illness for a senior citizen not to vote. Hence, when in doubt, I'd prefer older support to younger.

I used to see several seniors every day, and those that shared their political views were 80% GOP, 5% Dems, and 15% disgusted with everyone.

4/29/2012 01:47:00 PM

(4/29/2012 01:38:00 PM) - Al

Michael Fiers tossed six shutout innings and allowed just three hits. Reliever Juan Perez, who earned the win, struck out three and walked two in two innings. Amaury Rivas earned his first save with a scoreless inning. Brooks Conrad had two of the Sounds' seven hits with a double and a

Those are probably the top four guys on the Sounds likely to come up, actually. Not to pat myself on the back (heh, that's all I do), but I've been predicting for a couple years now Rivas was likely to find success as a reliever. SP's who struggle at AAA and only have a couple plus pitches...that's just too easy. 

4/29/2012 01:38:00 PM

(4/29/2012 01:15:00 PM) - Al

W with a bike race which includes many wounded vets.

The Facebook page is 100% positive toward W, and he looks younger than the incumbent. Every day, history smiles a bit more on W's eight years in office. 


4/29/2012 01:15:00 PM

Saturday, April 28, 2012

(4/28/2012 10:59:00 PM) - Al

Casey sends this in, which I guess I missed while out on collection visits this afternoon.

Isn't humidity the measure of the "air thickness?" That is easily comparable.

I would assume the increase in power numbers have a lot more to do with the size and strength of the players today, as well as many ballparks today being smaller than their predecessors. 

4/28/2012 10:59:00 PM

(4/28/2012 10:33:00 PM) - Al

The Mavericks have a foul to give. On a related note, Brian Cardinal checks into the game.--ESPN play-by-play

It's funny because it's true.

4/28/2012 10:33:00 PM

(4/28/2012 09:53:00 PM) - Al

Minnesota will vote on Vikings' stadium.

With the plan in place, the state only need to cover about 40% of the cost and much of that can be done with user fees and revenue from additional gambling. Major league sports are what separates a major city from a city like Des Moines, which is a wonderful city, by the way. They add huge amounts to what a city is known for nationwide Salt Lake City to Boise, for example. Seattle and Portland to Albuquerque.

4/28/2012 09:53:00 PM

(4/28/2012 07:06:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife called at 5:45 to say she was done with church, but was going to stay for the business meeting. It's over 1:20 later, and she still hasn't called. Either she has a boyfriend there, or someone is really wordy.

4/28/2012 07:06:00 PM

(4/28/2012 07:00:00 PM) - Al

Tonight, I let the Rambling dog out when I got home. He raced down, and proceeded to tangle himself around the weed near the end of his chain. I went out and made a motion to circle around it, and after watching me for 15 seconds or so, turned and expertly walked around the weed, untangled himself, and raced up the stairs, looking very happy with himself.

I could not have been prouder if he had been produced from my own loin.

4/28/2012 07:00:00 PM

(4/28/2012 06:46:00 PM) - Al

The first of many, I'm sure.

4/28/2012 06:46:00 PM

(4/28/2012 06:37:00 PM) - Al

I just saw an ad for Malibu Red...remember back when we were young, only beer was allowed to be advertised on TV, and at some point, wine and liquor was approved.

I don't recall a huge increase in alcoholism or alcohol related road deaths when that happened, do you? The nanny state has been a failure forever.

4/28/2012 06:37:00 PM

(4/28/2012 06:31:00 PM) - Al

If only I was as open minded, polite and civil as the left.

4/28/2012 06:31:00 PM

(4/28/2012 06:24:00 PM) - Al

Charlie Sykes tweeted out that Governor Walker got a huge ovation today when he was mentioned at a veteran's dinner/salute of some kind.

My kind of people.

EDIT: This was in DC, at the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.

Yeah, like those WW2 vets understand fighting for what's right.:)

4/28/2012 06:24:00 PM

(4/28/2012 06:21:00 PM) - Al

Reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose tore his ACL in a Game 1 win against the Sixers; is out for the remainder of the season.

Wow. That's why you don't play stars in meaningless games, as injuries occur often enough in important games. 

4/28/2012 06:21:00 PM

(4/28/2012 06:17:00 PM) - Al

It's funny how many people think socialism is cool once they're worth nine figures.

The old Maggie Thatcher saying, "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money [to spend]," seems to fit in perfectly here.

4/28/2012 06:17:00 PM

(4/28/2012 06:12:00 PM) - Al

Someone forgot to fill out the spiral notebook.

When you don't stand for anything, it's easy to get confused over pesky fiscal issues, especially ones like this, which can't be solved by the massive overspending that is a trademark of this administration.

4/28/2012 06:12:00 PM

(4/28/2012 06:08:00 PM) - Al

CA's obit has been written, though some would argue it's not dead yet.

Sadly, if it's not, it is now in the "painful, maybe it'd be better if it died" stage.

4/28/2012 06:08:00 PM

(4/28/2012 06:06:00 PM) - Al


I listened to some talk radio on the drive home this afternoon and thought of you, as suddenly, some fans have suddenly noticed the pitching is really struggling. 

It didn't help that the host said, "They have the highest ERA in the NL. A few days ago, they were in the middle of the pack."

As you have pointed out, they have been in last since the first weekend.


It should also be noted that Axford and KRod have been as ineffective as anyone overall. And the SP's have been just as bad as the mostly no name bullpen.

And, irony of ironies, Parra has been  mostly superb, as he has been for most of his career as a reliever, but casuals argue that point, because "I remember him getting hit hard."

That's nothing, I remember you're an idiot.

If healthy, the top four of the rotation should settle in and be fine. Even if Estrada or one of the Fiers/Peralta combo can come close to matching Chris' expected 4.40 ERA, I doubt they'll come close to his 180 expected frames, which will further strain the bullpen. Part of the problem in the relief corps is likely just general overuse, especially this early in the campaign.

4/28/2012 06:06:00 PM

(4/28/2012 05:56:00 PM) - Al

Milwaukee optioned right-hander Mike McClendon to Triple-A Nashville and on Sunday will transfer left-hander Chris Narveson to the 60-day disabled list and purchase the contract of right-hander Vinnie Chulk from

Chulk is a journeyman, but he's a fresh arm that can be abused if necessary. I forgot Narveson could be put on the 60 day, since he's out for the season. 

4/28/2012 05:56:00 PM

Friday, April 27, 2012

(4/27/2012 09:47:00 PM) - Al

As bad as Dillard has been versus LH hitters, it's difficult to imagine him ever being more than what he is, a long man who might be used in some higher leverage situations versus RH's...and he can be used frequently with little fear, due to his lack of ceiling.

It's kind of mean, but true.

4/27/2012 09:47:00 PM

(4/27/2012 09:37:00 PM) - Al

I not only don't get the anti-vaccine crowd, I think they're ignoring you remember polio?

4/27/2012 09:37:00 PM

(4/27/2012 09:20:00 PM) - Al

Mike Fiers was scheduled to start tonight in Des Moines, but the game was canceled due to weather. Not only is he available, but he's just a short drive from St. Louis.

Other pitchers on the 40 are likely farther away, Scarpetta has not pitched yet, Rogers has only worked two innings, Stinson is in AA, Manzanillo is throwing hard and horribly in AA. Braddock may be placed on some sort of "non baseball related injury" list, as he is again seeking treatment for an undisclosed ailment of some kind, as that would open a 40 man spot for someone; Juan Perez, Vinnie Chulk, and Amaury Rivas have been the most effective in AAA, 

4/27/2012 09:20:00 PM

(4/27/2012 09:09:00 PM) - Al

Have to see what the outcome of the pitching staff is...I would have let Yo continue onward, as while he was far from himself, he also deserved a far better fate, as several ground balls just found a hole, that easily could have been outs.

As is, McClendon went as long as he could and then might be farmed out due to the fact he still has options, and someone on the 40 man, Fiers most likely, unless he just started, will be be brought up just for a healthy, available arm.

4/27/2012 09:09:00 PM

(4/27/2012 07:05:00 PM) - Al

If only we would have seen this John McCain back in '08.

Let's be blunt, he's forgotten far more about defense than Obama will ever know. That's why he's rubber stamped all of W's policies, even though he said they were a disaster. Can't be bothered with that trivial stuff, he's got an election to win.

4/27/2012 07:05:00 PM

(4/27/2012 02:25:00 PM) - Al

1.5 trillion divided by 150 million = 10K

As much as I hate to bring common sense in, a $15T debt, if we were magically able to stop the runaway spending currently going on in DC, 10% interest is $1.5T a year. For the 150M folks currently working, that's $10K a year...just to keep the debt at a measly $ addition to what you pay now. If you seriously think you can raise that kind of money just by hitting folks who make over $250K per, of which there are very few, lots of luck. The only answer is simple...cut spending, and do so yesterday. In four more years, I guarantee you it's $20-30T, and the low end is only if Obama is not reelected.

4/27/2012 02:25:00 PM

Thursday, April 26, 2012

(4/26/2012 10:23:00 PM) - Al

If you believe in freedom, liberty, self-determination, free enterprise, I don’t care if you’re a Muslim, Jewish, Agnostic, Christian, gay, straight, Latino, black, white, Irish, whatever. Join us.--Paul Ryan

It's a big tent, and welcome. However, allow me to say, if you're a big government lover who doesn't think a $20T debt is a problem, you might want to read a book and remain in *some other* party.

4/26/2012 10:23:00 PM

(4/26/2012 09:50:00 PM) - Al

Interesting flip-flop, Yo starts tomorrow, Marco Saturday, and then Estrada's next start will be skipped, so he will not start again until Tuesday, 5/8...meaning the Crew will go with an extra man in the bullpen for about a week.

4/26/2012 09:50:00 PM

(4/26/2012 09:10:00 PM) - Al

The previous post was my 27,000th, and coincidentally, about 400 of which that made fun of the genetic lottery winners known as English royalty. That said, that Pippa is mighty cute.

4/26/2012 09:10:00 PM

(4/26/2012 09:08:00 PM) - Al

Someone should tell Bob Redford Chuck can say whatever meaningless drivel he feels like, because he's a figurehead with no real power at all that the old media insists on covering because they might do something embarrassing, like fall down, or cheat on his young pretty wife with some ugly, old broad. Hypothetically, of course.

4/26/2012 09:08:00 PM

(4/26/2012 08:56:00 PM) - Al

You can almost hear Michelle saying "let them eat cake" can't you? By the way, note those are blue collar voters in swing states, not fiscally conservative, free market, evil capitalists like me.

4/26/2012 08:56:00 PM

(4/26/2012 08:53:00 PM) - Al

I guess I have been far too kind on John Edwards. My goodness. He may be the worst human being I've ever read about.

4/26/2012 08:53:00 PM

(4/26/2012 08:37:00 PM) - Al

I'm trying to comprehend the stupidity of the Browns trading a 4th, 5th, and 7th round pick to the Vikings to move up one spot, when you fully realize there's no way MIN makes that trade if CLE is going to take their guy.

4/26/2012 08:37:00 PM

(4/26/2012 08:26:00 PM) - Al

Darwin award winner, and as often is the case, will have to awarded postmortem.

4/26/2012 08:26:00 PM

(4/26/2012 08:23:00 PM) - Al

More on IL being broke. That could easily be WI if not for a fiscally responsible governor, and two houses that send bills to him that, you know, do terrible things like eliminate deficits and balance budgets. Evil, pure evil. It's especially bad for IL, as all five states that border them have lower taxes. The only people stupid enough to maintain an IL residence or business probably aren't making much money.

4/26/2012 08:23:00 PM

(4/26/2012 08:18:00 PM) - Al

I don't know what I used to laugh at. They may not laugh at themselves, but I do enjoy giggling about them.

4/26/2012 08:18:00 PM

(4/26/2012 08:16:00 PM) - Al

Remember, with Obama in charge, the world was going to love us? The irony? Heck, us don't even love us.

4/26/2012 08:16:00 PM

(4/26/2012 08:14:00 PM) - Al

Palin (and everyone else under the sun) blasts bill, administration withdraws it the next day! They are as clueless as clueless gets, and worse, they don't stand for anything.

4/26/2012 08:14:00 PM

(4/26/2012 10:23:00 AM) - Al

It must be hard living in a free country when your fantasies revolve around controlling other people’s behavior. From the comments of this post. They just hate freedom, and that it gives people the right to, sigh, ignore those who despise capitalism.

4/26/2012 10:23:00 AM

(4/26/2012 10:19:00 AM) - Al

Angels' OBPs: Morales .291, Aybar, .286, Pujols .282, Kendrick .282, Abreu .259, Wells .250. Again, those are OBPs, not BAs.--Rosenthal Angels are off to a slow start, but likely due to small samples and that they've faced good pitching thus far. Those numbers are not likely to hold up over 40 games, never mind 162.

4/26/2012 10:19:00 AM

(4/26/2012 10:17:00 AM) - Al

In fairness, the speech was held before noon, and Occupy already had a drug use session scheduled.

4/26/2012 10:17:00 AM

(4/26/2012 10:13:00 AM) - Al

The reading was the latest example of fizzling momentum in the labor market

I credit for typing that with a straight face. That said, at least they didn't say unexpectedly.

4/26/2012 10:13:00 AM

(4/26/2012 10:10:00 AM) - Al


4/26/2012 10:10:00 AM

(4/26/2012 10:08:00 AM) - Al

Very good analysis of the electoral college and how it will states look to hold the key, and WI could be one of them.

4/26/2012 10:08:00 AM

(4/26/2012 09:57:00 AM) - Al

Bias? Wisconsin unemployment rate: 6.8%; City of Milwaukee rate: 10.4% JS story on Milwaukee job losses does not even mention Mayor Barrett.--Charlie Sykes

This is why the only ones mentioning the facts are the Walker ads. The rest is meaningless drivel with quick editing, hoping their sleight of hand implies the governor hates puppies.

4/26/2012 09:57:00 AM

(4/26/2012 09:50:00 AM) - Al

It's a race between IL and CA to see which one goes bankrupt first.

Couldn't happen to more fiscally irresponsible folks. And when the day comes someone suggests the feds bail them out, it may be the turning point many of us have been waiting for.

Tax and spend is not an economic plan, it's a plan for disaster. Look at DC.

4/26/2012 09:50:00 AM

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

(4/25/2012 10:42:00 PM) - Al

It's been a rough 3+ years, but I think he just hit rock bottom.

Jimmy Fallon has never done anything funny in his life, and this is representative of his work.

Who's advising him right now? If he'd wear a sweater and make a nationwide appeal to turn up the thermostat, he would literally be Jimmy Carter.

4/25/2012 10:42:00 PM

(4/25/2012 10:35:00 PM) - Al

I love it, because they're signs of desperation. The average American is far more fiscally conservative than they were a few years ago. That's why no one is discussing that, but things like "women's issues" and "worker's rights."

That said, desperate people are the ones you must fear the most, because they have nothing to lose.

4/25/2012 10:35:00 PM

(4/25/2012 10:26:00 PM) - Al

I just saw my first Doug LaFollette ad...he speaks like he's going to cover you with phlegm.

Lotsa luck, Doug.

4/25/2012 10:26:00 PM

(4/25/2012 10:08:00 PM) - Al

I personally hope both Hammonds and Skiles are signed to extensions. That said, it's a business, and results matter. Skiles took a team this year that lost Bogut and was undersized at nearly every position and kept them playing hard on defense all year. Hammonds lost Bogut and once again made a brilliant salary cap move, shuttling Bogut and Jackson for Udoh and Ellis.

What people overlook is, MIL needs to build with the draft and trades, as no one is going to come to MIL as a free agent, except complimentary types like Gooden. Because of that, their window to win is going to be shorter, 2-3 seasons at a time.

EDIT: If Herb does decide to start over, I'd let Jerry Sloan have full reign, be both the GM and coach, and/or personally handpick a coach/successor if he so chooses.  The NBA is a league of pathetic desperation, it reminds me of the King of Queens where Carrie says, "We are long-term investors...we're looking at two, or maybe even three weeks."

I often chuckle at how they draft 20 year-olds, call them flops at 22, and watch as they become all-stars and sign a 5y/$45M deal at 25. The Bucks were a deep team, and had lots of solid role players, but they were one player away...give them Dwayne Wade or another top shooting guard/small forward, they are probably a #2/3 seed.

The problem is simple, and it comes directly from the top...they do whatever they can to sneak into the playoffs each season, instead of looking at the big picture. They could have easily dealt Ersan for draft picks/overpaid vets, but chose not to. That's not going to change as long as Herb owns the team, as GM's and coaches need security to think long-term.

4/25/2012 10:08:00 PM

(4/25/2012 09:59:00 PM) - Al

The growing consensus among some NBA officials is that Ilyasova, an unrestricted free agent this summer, will command — and get — a multi-year deal for $8 million a season.--Racine Journal Times

Geesh. Ersan is far from a great player, though he has many skills that would git in especially well with a defensive minded center.

4/25/2012 09:59:00 PM

(4/25/2012 09:28:00 PM) - Al

Laws are racist.

4/25/2012 09:28:00 PM

(4/25/2012 09:02:00 PM) - Al

Well said.

4/25/2012 09:02:00 PM

(4/25/2012 08:56:00 PM) - Al

I was just chatting on Twitter with two of my favorites, a 16 year-old and a 21 year-old, and just realized their combined ages equal my age...six years ago.


4/25/2012 08:56:00 PM

(4/25/2012 08:13:00 PM) - Al

This gal never even went to school, and she seems perfectly normal and intelligent.

Tell me again the benefits of spending so much money per student again...

4/25/2012 08:13:00 PM

(4/25/2012 07:49:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife told me about this, and Facebook is very unhappy about this, as it hurts 4H and family farms around these parts. I would have no problem with doing something to prevent young kids from driving big tractors, but this seems, as government regs often do, to be shortsighted and having many, many unforeseen consequences.

4/25/2012 07:49:00 PM

(4/25/2012 07:41:00 PM) - Al

Throw more money after bad money. What an idiot.

I have a better idea, phase out the post office, and make certain it loses less money by eliminating pensions and raising the price of all postage. It's called user fees. If you don't want to pay, don't.

I'd plan on privatizing it and letting Fed Ex run it by 2020. The improvement would put the former entity to shame, and likely begin a phase of "What else can we move to the private sector?"

And that, would only be a good thing.

4/25/2012 07:41:00 PM

(4/25/2012 07:31:00 PM) - Al

As Dennis Miller said, many folks are just hoping and praying for a Not Obama victory. Since campaign donations are limited to so much for the primary and so much for the general election. No matter who they gave to for the primary, they are giving to Romney now.

4/25/2012 07:31:00 PM

(4/25/2012 07:23:00 PM) - Al

Occupy is just about dead, as none of those slackers can stay sober and/or stand out in the cold long enough to make a stand about anything other than free drugs. That said, it is funny that what little life is left is being ignored, despite arrests, littering, and the like, because common sense says this is a Dem based movement, and independents despise spoiled brats like this, and the more it is mentioned, the more indys will flock to Romney.

It is what it is, but it's not helping the Dems win in November.

4/25/2012 07:23:00 PM

(4/25/2012 07:17:00 PM) - Al

Jason writes to tell me that there's a message thread going over Ramirez's mental error, and many are ready to give up on him. He makes the apt comparison to the classic film Office Space, that Aramis typed up a TPS report incorrectly and should be severely disciplined.

As I pointed out, runners forget how many outs there are all the time, it happens every couple weeks or three during the season, one team or the other. Braun has done it, Weeks, and so on. Heck, on a related note, I thought the Brewers were up 4 last night going into the 9th, and was chuckling the TV guys were saying that was a save situation. I'm not sure how I thought 2+1=4, but I did. I even justified Axford coming in with a 4 run lead, thinking since the Crew had tomorrow off, John could not go more than 3 days in a row. Made perfect sense.

Given that little bit of info, it's amazing someone doesn't get confused every game, as I lost track just watching, and clicking on links of fiscal recklessness, of course.

4/25/2012 07:17:00 PM

(4/25/2012 03:29:00 PM) - Al

I second Glenn here, there must be an error of some sort, as Obama would never say one thing and do another.

Tax and spend ideas lead to taxing and spending.


4/25/2012 03:29:00 PM

(4/25/2012 03:28:00 PM) - Al

Stopped at home to let the Rambling dog out, and by far the biggest story in the game is the fact Estrada is up in the bullpen. Roenicke said he was mulling the rotation, as Adam pointed out here, and has apparently decided to move Marco to the bullpen until he has to start, which if my math is correct, is Tuesday.

That would leave him available in relief Friday and Saturday, and maybe Sunday, depending on how he feels and prepares, I suppose.

4/25/2012 03:28:00 PM

(4/25/2012 09:05:00 AM) - Al

Now that things have quieted down, jobs are up 15,600 in 2012. Unemployment down to 6.8% (lowest since 2008).--Governor Walker

It's working.

4/25/2012 09:05:00 AM

(4/25/2012 08:58:00 AM) - Al

Newt will drop out next Tuesday. Seems like yesterday they were trying to convince me it wasn't over.

That's because it was.

4/25/2012 08:58:00 AM

(4/25/2012 08:55:00 AM) - Al

Brewers still last in NL in runs allowed, but now 3rd in runs scored.

Gotta fix that offense. Nothing I despise more than old media types that think math is a fad.

4/25/2012 08:55:00 AM

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

(4/24/2012 10:08:00 PM) - Al

Conan falls below Chelsea Lately.

I could say I told you so, but I won't. The idea of Conan being mentioned in the same breath as Leno and Letterman was laughable.

4/24/2012 10:08:00 PM

(4/24/2012 10:01:00 PM) - Al

Six years of Prince at 1B, I never recall him not being able to find the bag.

Why defense is overrated, reason 233.

4/24/2012 10:01:00 PM

(4/24/2012 09:47:00 PM) - Al

Think how pretty she would have to be to be popular and that ignorant.

4/24/2012 09:47:00 PM

(4/24/2012 09:38:00 PM) - Al

Poker Stars will buy Full Tilt, repay players.

I can't recall what I had on Tilt, but it wasn't enough to worry about.

4/24/2012 09:38:00 PM

(4/24/2012 09:28:00 PM) - Al

“It’s still about the economy,” Romney added, bluntly. “And we’re not stupid.”

I like that slogan even better than the last one.

4/24/2012 09:28:00 PM

(4/24/2012 09:21:00 PM) - Al

I always say I'd prefer taking out a SP a pitch too early rather than a pitch too late.

HOU seemed to really want Norris to finish that inning, despite oodles of high breaking balls. Maybe their bullpen is shot, I don't keep up with them.

4/24/2012 09:21:00 PM

(4/24/2012 09:16:00 PM) - Al

Happy Earth Day!

I'm glad they're not on my side. When in doubt, be on the opposing side of the hypocrites.

4/24/2012 09:16:00 PM

(4/24/2012 09:10:00 PM) - Al

A bit surprised Travis didn't bunt here, and then send Aoki/Lucroy up.

4/24/2012 09:10:00 PM

(4/24/2012 09:09:00 PM) - Al

A better America begins tonight.--Romney's last line of his victory speech tonight

Ding, ding, ding...I think we got us a slogan.

Granted, it can't get much worse.

4/24/2012 09:09:00 PM

(4/24/2012 09:05:00 PM) - Al

Wonder if KRod is available tonight, and Veras for that matter. I assume Loe has the 7th, since he was up in the 6th.

4/24/2012 09:05:00 PM

(4/24/2012 08:37:00 PM) - Al

Ishikawa fitting in nicely as Gamel's backup. If he was a SS, he'd make $10M a year, but as a 1B, he doesn't have the bat to play every day, well, the SLG at least.

It isn't perfect that they both hit LH, but he does have a nice compact, short swing that would seemingly fit in nicely on the bench. 

4/24/2012 08:37:00 PM

(4/24/2012 07:48:00 PM) - Al

Astros have .255 team BA and 3.57 team ERA. Brewers are at .227 and 4.86 yet have 8-9 record compared to Houston's 6-11.--Tom H, JS

Despite a plethora of stats that actually work, Tom chooses to use BA, which is meaningless. What a dunderhead. Calling it in, only in April.

4/24/2012 07:48:00 PM

(4/24/2012 07:43:00 PM) - Al

The difference between us? We admit we are partisan.

4/24/2012 07:43:00 PM

(4/24/2012 03:00:00 PM) - Al

They're guilty of looking at a small sample of climate...anywhere from 100-2000 years, and trying to pretend what happened before that is unimportant.

Clueless, and more importantly, just in it to make a quick, shady buck.

4/24/2012 03:00:00 PM

(4/24/2012 01:00:00 PM) - Al

I'd put Biden down in the basement and have him label my socks.

4/24/2012 01:00:00 PM

(4/24/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Here, here.

4/24/2012 11:30:00 AM

(4/24/2012 10:15:00 AM) - Al

Medicare has an unfunded liability of $38T...and Paul Ryan is evil for wanting to make changes to it.

Head in the sand deep enough?

May you live in interesting times...

4/24/2012 10:15:00 AM

(4/24/2012 09:52:00 AM) - Al

That number just kept creeping downward.

When you believe in spending more and taking more money from those who earned it, it is inevitable, because raising taxes on the wealthy raises pennies compared to the runaway spending. The "Buffet Rule" would have raised enough cash to run the fed for half a day.

4/24/2012 09:52:00 AM

(4/24/2012 04:00:00 AM) - Al

We should be eliminating reasons to go to court, not adding them.


4/24/2012 04:00:00 AM

Monday, April 23, 2012

(4/23/2012 10:34:00 PM) - Al

Axford consistently hitting 97-98 tonight, according to the TV gun at least.

Lots of guys throw 91-93, but hardly anyone hits the high 90's. It's not just 5% faster, you might only see that once a week, or less.

4/23/2012 10:34:00 PM

(4/23/2012 10:05:00 PM) - Al

Christie pushes forward organ donation.

I agree with the author that those who give should be first to receive.

4/23/2012 10:05:00 PM

(4/23/2012 09:20:00 PM) - Al

Heckuva play by Lee. His defense is far from good, but often is overstated as terrible. Not only is he not bad in LF, but he's been very good at 1B.

4/23/2012 09:20:00 PM

(4/23/2012 08:57:00 PM) - Al

Ah, that free speech thing was just a fad anyway.

4/23/2012 08:57:00 PM

(4/23/2012 08:22:00 PM) - Al

I was on the right track, as Mitch Stetter is 7-0 at MP. CC Sabathia was the obvious guess, but I never thought of him.

4/23/2012 08:22:00 PM

(4/23/2012 08:14:00 PM) - Al

My guess on trivia was John Axford, but I looked it up, and he's 8-2 at MP.

4/23/2012 08:14:00 PM

(4/23/2012 08:11:00 PM) - Al

Freakonomics ask why no one runs out of gas anymore.

I never have, and I'm not sure if folks run out less or not. If they do though, I would guess it's two fold...better mileage and more gas stations. Despite five years of driving for work, I never was more than ten miles or so away from a fill up.

4/23/2012 08:11:00 PM

(4/23/2012 08:00:00 PM) - Al

Free Market US had its Twitter account suspended after releasing its on the money video I embedded this AM.

Big Brother is still alive and well.

4/23/2012 08:00:00 PM

(4/23/2012 07:39:00 PM) - Al

Funny Hart apparently does not hit ground balls to the right side of the infield, when he hits tons of doubles/hoe runs that way.

I don't think I've ever seen a 1B play that far away from the bag.

4/23/2012 07:39:00 PM

(4/23/2012 07:34:00 PM) - Al

Our neighbor the handyman fixed our mower, and reports it did not have a drop of oil in it.

I am my father's son.

4/23/2012 07:34:00 PM

(4/23/2012 07:33:00 PM) - Al

Granite bedrock beneath eastern Waupaca County is slowly adjusting to a great weight being lifted off it when the last glacier melted more than 10,000 years ago. As the granite stretches, rising only a few millimeters a year, it can crack to relieve pressure.

The crack releases enough energy to create a seismic wave that rises to the surface--JS

Little known fact? The Ice Age was caused by the over reliance on fossil fuels.

Al Gore says so. 

4/23/2012 07:33:00 PM

(4/23/2012 06:56:00 PM) - Al

I'm sure Doug has talked to Boras about Gonzalez. I wonder what he'll end up getting.

4/23/2012 06:56:00 PM

(4/23/2012 05:46:00 PM) - Al

Not news because of his party.

4/23/2012 05:46:00 PM

(4/23/2012 05:19:00 PM) - Al

Unemployment and underemployment is perfect for the polite and civil left, as they can volunteer in all their spare time, because they're so much better than us.

And yes, I am aware they do not. That's why it's funny.

4/23/2012 05:19:00 PM

(4/23/2012 05:00:00 PM) - Al

The worst thing for seniors is the status quo.

Because Obama doesn't care about anything other than getting reelected. And if you want to fix the problem, you're just evil.

4/23/2012 05:00:00 PM

(4/23/2012 04:53:00 PM) - Al

Hope Solo struggles with the fact she's anti-social, just like me.

Of course, it really isn't a problem, but it is in this cliche driven old media world.

4/23/2012 04:53:00 PM

(4/23/2012 04:40:00 PM) - Al

I believe I've said numerous times that the stimulus was spent on pork in blue states.

Look what they found, in far more words.

I, for one, am shocked.

4/23/2012 04:40:00 PM

(4/23/2012 01:38:00 PM) - Al

Medicare to be broke in '24, and Social Security in '35.

Luckily, that's after November of 2012, so nobody cares.

Paul Ryan is the only politician who has said a word about this, by the way, and he was attacked mercilessly for pointing out the truth and for, get this, daring to say changes had to be made.

It would not surprise me at all if history books look back at this as the "look the other way" era. Obama doesn't even pretend to have a solution, and could not care less.

4/23/2012 01:38:00 PM

(4/23/2012 01:02:00 PM) - Al

NBC will not apologize, because they don't think it's wrong to change the news.

Neither did Dan Rather, who did it for decades before getting caught.

4/23/2012 01:02:00 PM

(4/23/2012 12:41:00 PM) - Al


4/23/2012 12:41:00 PM

(4/23/2012 12:33:00 PM) - Al

So far in 2012, domestic revenues are at $3.1 billion, up 16.6 percent from last year's, according to

The death of the American cinema is the most often printed obit in history, and it has a simple cure...Hollywood making movies people want to see. 

4/23/2012 12:33:00 PM

(4/23/2012 12:20:00 PM) - Al

2011--5th in runs scored, 7th in ERA
2012--6th in runs scored, 16th in ERA

The irony is, the JS acts like the offense is the sole cause of an, actually, well within range, 7-9 start.

I can't see the forest, too many trees in the way.

4/23/2012 12:20:00 PM

(4/23/2012 11:14:00 AM) - Al

Edwards has a 3% favorability rating, and a -42 overall.

1. I guarantee you, somewhere in the reelection campaign, the slogan, "39% more popular than Edwards," is being bandied about.

2. I have no proof, but I bet Satan got at least a 6%.

3. How easy to please is that 3%?

4/23/2012 11:14:00 AM

(4/23/2012 11:08:00 AM) - Al

Apparently, Keith did not spend his hiatus studying economics.

4/23/2012 11:08:00 AM

(4/23/2012 11:02:00 AM) - Al

I admit, seeing the incumbent party in full retreat and panic mode does my heart good, even if it is over a subject this ridiculous.

And the punchline...they can't even take it back to the economy, because it sucks, as it has for three plus years.


4/23/2012 11:02:00 AM

(4/23/2012 10:55:00 AM) - Al

Even France went fiscally conservative, albeit less than 20%, to keep the jokes coming for decades.

4/23/2012 10:55:00 AM

(4/23/2012 10:47:00 AM) - Al

Todd talked to Ramblings' favorite Frank Cat...tto.

Check it out and bookmark it while you're there.

4/23/2012 10:47:00 AM

(4/23/2012 10:47:00 AM) - Al

Romney with his "not that there's anything wrong with that" phrase.

With all the foolhardy racism claims, Romney needed to find a way to attack Obama without coming off as a bad guy. By saying he's a nice guy, and then saying his policies do not work, he brilliantly manages to skirt the line.

By far, the best couple weeks of his political career. Not sure if it's coincidence that it comes right after Santorum finally drops out, or if they had been saving the big guns for this moment.

Regardless, simply as close to perfection as you can get. Especially when you're as wooden as Mitt.

4/23/2012 10:47:00 AM

(4/23/2012 10:47:00 AM) - Al

Lawmower, despite storing it all winter with no gas, and putting fresh gas into it, did not start this morning.

1. This frees up another 45 minutes of my day.

2. Does anyone has a haybine for rent?

4/23/2012 10:47:00 AM

(4/23/2012 10:45:00 AM) - Al

Taxes are down, spending is down, and common sense government is back in style.

Tell me, what's the negative of this again?

4/23/2012 10:45:00 AM

(4/23/2012 10:36:00 AM) - Al

I don't think I've ever embedded a video on here before. That's because there's never been one that hit the nail on the head like this. Note the Ice Age/global warming/keep a straight face line, which I've pointed out many times. Share it with those who know the USA is the greatest economic machine in history because of capitalism, not because of overhanded regulation.

4/23/2012 10:36:00 AM

Sunday, April 22, 2012

(4/22/2012 05:20:00 PM) - Al

South Sudan has lost 500K to ethnic cleansing, still under attack.

The old media has not said a word.

4/22/2012 05:20:00 PM

(4/22/2012 05:13:00 PM) - Al

More artificial price hikes, this time on sea critters. 

4/22/2012 05:13:00 PM

(4/22/2012 05:04:00 PM) - Al

23% celebrate Earth Day, 26% strongly approve of Obama.

Those two numbers seem awfully close to be coincidental. 1 of 4 people are so far left, there's no return.

4/22/2012 05:04:00 PM

(4/22/2012 04:54:00 PM) - Al

Notes about Romney's great week.

He has showed a terrific ability to counterpunch as the Obama operatives stumble and mock motherhood (they're just so much smarter than us hicks in flyover country). As Palin has said often, now is the time to fight like a girl. I doubt Romney has that in him, but that doesn't need his campaign won't.

4/22/2012 04:54:00 PM

(4/22/2012 04:41:00 PM) - Al

The narrative isn't fitting the facts. The Brewers are 5th in runs scored, but 14th in runs allowed. For the most part, the defense has at least been OK, which would seem to suggest the problem lies in the pitching.

4/22/2012 04:41:00 PM

(4/22/2012 04:26:00 PM) - Al

Nice call, blue. Must be time for one of those four weeks of vacation in his six month work year.

Efrickingads. I'd mention a halfhearted effort, but I wouldn't want to offend those who give a halfhearted effort...far more than those overpaid loafers.

Especially wonderful after a day of the home plate dude looking laughable on a dozen occasions. 

4/22/2012 04:26:00 PM

(4/22/2012 01:46:00 PM) - Al

Akinator figured out I had chosen Kelly Bundy in less than 20 questions.


Ryan Braun took 30. Got Reagan and Kramer in 11 and 16.

Heidi from Tool Time 29.

Theo Huxtable in 17.

I finally won, as I used Julia Duffy's character on Newhart, Stephanie Vaderkellen. 

4/22/2012 01:46:00 PM

(4/22/2012 01:15:00 PM) - Al

I am not the only one noticing all the hate and bigotry is on the left. The anti-Mormonism is a desperate ploy that seems to have already failed...Romney is now several points ahead, having been behind just a couple weeks ago.

When your record is what Obama's is, you only have the other stuff. And the other stuff doesn't seem to be working.

4/22/2012 01:15:00 PM

(4/22/2012 09:36:00 AM) - Al

Melvin declined to say whether the Red Sox called about the Brewers' stable of outfielders, which includes prospects Logan Schafer and Caleb Gindl. On Saturday, Boston traded for slumping Cubs veteran Marlon

Doug isn't trading guys that like that unless he thinks he's one player away. I would assume that if BOS did call, they asked about Gomez. There's no way there's 20 CF's better than Carlos when defensive value is figured in. 

4/22/2012 09:36:00 AM

Saturday, April 21, 2012

(4/21/2012 10:55:00 PM) - Al

Amazing how easy it is to smack some extra-base hits when pitchers miss their location by a foot or so. I refuse to show pretend angst while in the midst of a tiny sample, so I'm not exactly in tune with the casual fans.

So be it.

4/21/2012 10:55:00 PM

(4/21/2012 10:52:00 PM) - Al

It’s a national trend: Parents are fed up with traditional public schools because they are failing to adapt—or failing outright. The number of charter-school students nationwide has nearly quadrupled over the past decade to more than 1.6 million in the 2009-10 school year. In 2007, the most recent data available, the number of homeschooled students was about 1.5 million, a 76 percent increase since 1999. Many new charter schools cost the state less money than traditional schools and craft school-specific curricula, free from rigid state and district requirements. And although they spring from Indiana’s attempt to create competition for (and, thus, higher quality in) public schools, they also represent a demand-side phenomenon: Parents would not seek alternatives to a healthy public-school system.
Indiana surrendered to the demand in 2001, when its Legislature sanctioned charters. A few years later, it went further and allowed state funding to follow the student. Muncie’s two high schools began hemorrhaging pupils, and the pace is picking up: They have lost more than 17 percent of their enrollment since the 2007-08 school year.
At Hoosier, four days a week, the queue of small sedans, SUVs, and trucks waiting to drop off students forms a wide circle around the parking lot. The academy leases space in the unused wing of a Catholic school on the city’s south side. Under its “blended” model, children go to their classrooms two days a week for face-to-face instruction. Three days a week, they work at home with a parent or other adult while connected electronically to the high-tech school. Teachers and coaches meet at least once a month to review each child’s progress. “Everybody is on the same page all the time,” Whitehead says.
Coordination with parents is a given. “It took me a whole school year to see he wasn’t keeping up” in public school, says Jamie Leffel of her second-grader. Frustrated, she too moved him to Hoosier. What he got there highlights where the public schools have gone wrong. Hoosier students receive a passport to the digital age: Everyone who qualifies for a free or reduced-price lunch is eligible for a free desktop computer and printer, as well as an Internet stipend. Pupils still need to take government-mandated standardized tests, but the academy’s computer-driven metrics allow teachers and parents to track how well the kids are doing in real time. (They record the grade for every assignment, confirm that work is completed on time, and inform teachers that students need special attention when they can’t exceed 80 percent performance after the first few attempts.) It’s a high-tech education for a high-tech world. Parents get a constant stream of e-mails and, therefore, feel more invested. With Hoosier’s approach, “the partnership with the parent and teacher becomes crucial,” says Melissa DeWitt, the academic director of Hoosier Academies, the parent company based in Indianapolis.--National Journal

Competition makes everything better, and less expensive. Pretending that is true in everything except education is as ridiculous as making it nearly impossible to fire bad teachers.

Thankfully, though the government is nearly worthless at doing anything except throwing money at the problem and not getting any improvement, as the piece states, the public votes with their feet. The charter schools have had success at, wait for it, holding people accountable.

Insanity is expecting different results while doing the same thing over and over. The results are in, and public schools are really struggling, especially in urban areas. Pretending they are fine and continuing the ways of the past is not even an option.

Thankfully, the pendulum has swung. Some like to pretend the '10 elections never happened, but they did. Fiscal common sense is back in style.

4/21/2012 10:52:00 PM

(4/21/2012 08:16:00 PM) - Al

As I've said many times over the years,  Braun can look terrible one second and perfection the next better than any hitter who has ever played the game.

Of course, the past couple years, he hasn't had many bad stretches.

4/21/2012 08:16:00 PM

(4/21/2012 06:58:00 PM) - Al

Politifact not sure how to rank Obama's claim he ate dog.

Partisan hacks always do have a tough time when they claim to be nonpartisan. Case in point.

Do they think Obama was lying? That he was himself?


4/21/2012 06:58:00 PM

(4/21/2012 06:38:00 PM) - Al

Long piece about possible drug programs that are more cost effective than the current, and less stupid than full on legalization.

4/21/2012 06:38:00 PM

(4/21/2012 06:36:00 PM) - Al

Estrada hitting 91-92 tonight, surprised to see he averaged 91 last year and 91.3 the year before.

4/21/2012 06:36:00 PM

(4/21/2012 06:10:00 PM) - Al

John Edwards, a scumbag among scumbags. Note what a dedicated dad he is, to his daughter who goes to private school two hours away. He signs up to bring juice boxes, well, surely that will make up for cheating on her mom, who was lying in bed, dying from cancer.

The worst of the worst. It takes a special type of disgusting human being to not just live horribly, but to lecture others how they need to do more because not everyone is into wealth redistribution like you are.

The funniest thing? He's managed to get drummed out of the party that tolerated Ted Kennedy's drunken public behavior for his entire adult life, even after he killed that woman with his irresponsibility.

4/21/2012 06:10:00 PM

(4/21/2012 01:33:00 PM) - Al

Source: Red Sox closing in on deal for Cubs OF Marlon Byrd.

Byrd hasn't been himself since he got hit almost a year ago. That reeks of desperation for BOS. 

4/21/2012 01:33:00 PM

(4/21/2012 08:34:00 AM) - Al

The only ones profiting off Obama are the government "workers" and those who make fun of him.

4/21/2012 08:34:00 AM

(4/21/2012 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Taking money from those who have it to invest only helps the economy in the bizarro world.

How many times do we need to prove this?

4/21/2012 08:30:00 AM

Friday, April 20, 2012

(4/20/2012 09:37:00 PM) - Al

Statements like this are why many people think Barb Boxer is the devil herself.

4/20/2012 09:37:00 PM

(4/20/2012 09:35:00 PM) - Al

I recall seeing this years ago, but not being able to remember what it was. It's basically the protein. 99% of all blood is drained during the slaughter process.

4/20/2012 09:35:00 PM

(4/20/2012 08:39:00 PM) - Al

UK paper says something you'll never see in the US.

4/20/2012 08:39:00 PM

(4/20/2012 08:30:00 PM) - Al

BA mentions Roy Oswalt as a possible replacement for Narveson.

4/20/2012 08:30:00 PM

(4/20/2012 08:27:00 PM) - Al

Entitlement nation.

You know most of them are at least "stretching" the severity of their ailments. But, you realize, there's no penalty for applying and getting turned down. I'm sure many figure, what the heck?

Well, I guess this is change...

4/20/2012 08:27:00 PM

(4/20/2012 08:11:00 PM) - Al

You can't hire me, I quit.

4/20/2012 08:11:00 PM

(4/20/2012 07:58:00 PM) - Al

An Obama flip-flop?

Like Twain said about the weather in Frisco, if you don't like a position, don't worry, it will change soon.

4/20/2012 07:58:00 PM

(4/20/2012 07:50:00 PM) - Al

Eric Hovde should just repeat that "we borrow 38 cents out of every dollar we spend" phrase over and over in his ad. He says it, and then moves on, and while it's a stunning number of just how broken DC is, and how completely unsustainable the spending is. If he would just repeat it, the left would mock it, but moderates and Dems with some fiscal common sense would pause and go, "Really? 38%?"

4/20/2012 07:50:00 PM

(4/20/2012 07:45:00 PM) - Al

Brewers announce Chris Narveson to the DL with a rotator cuff tear.

Oof. One reason the Brewers won 96 games is they had their top 5 SP's start all but a handful of ballgames. Estrada will move into the rotation, and while he has pitched valiantly, I doubt he'll be able to do it over a long stretch, as you can name the amount of successful RH SP's in MLB that are shorter than 6 feet tall. Wily Peralta will come up to fill Loe's spot, and Mike McClendon will take Narveson's spot on the 25 man.

4/20/2012 07:45:00 PM

(4/20/2012 02:35:00 PM) - Al

It's a shame that they feel the need to take 20 pounds off every woman. Many say it's because the fashion industry is filled with men who like the look of little boys, but I have no proof of that.

4/20/2012 02:35:00 PM

(4/20/2012 02:28:00 PM) - Al

VP JoeBiden likens President Obama's policies to "legalizing rattlesnakes in the lobbies of hotels in Arizona." What does that mean??--John McCain It means Joe Biden is not qualified to mow my lawn, never mind be VP.

4/20/2012 02:28:00 PM

(4/20/2012 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Spiral notebooks for all!

4/20/2012 12:00:00 PM

(4/20/2012 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Sarah tells it like it is.

4/20/2012 10:30:00 AM

(4/20/2012 09:06:00 AM) - Al

Mike McClendon seems like the obvious choice to come up for three games to replace Loe, as he's on the 40 and has a 1.17 ERA thus far. Wily Peralta has also pitched well, but I'm not sure when he last started a game, and he might well not be able to loosen up quickly or multiple times a game.

4/20/2012 09:06:00 AM

(4/20/2012 08:56:00 AM) - Al

I would say the MN legislators are 3-6 months...or certainly no more than nine months away from seeing the Vikings pack up and go to LA. On that note, please do not tell me the Bucks are safe. No team is safe without a modern place to play.

4/20/2012 08:56:00 AM

Thursday, April 19, 2012

(4/19/2012 11:02:00 PM) - Al

Romney's been making a lot of brilliant moves of late. The attack on Ann seems to energized the campaign. There's no defense when the news is showing pics of boarded up factories, and jobless claims are up again.

Even if they were unexpected...

4/19/2012 11:02:00 PM

(4/19/2012 10:04:00 PM) - Al

Be interesting to see who comes up for Loe when he goes to his grandpa's funeral this weekend. I haven't paid any attention to the first couple weeks at Nashville, as small samples like that are meaningless, but, not when they're looking for a hot arm to throw a couple scoreless frames.

I would assume it would be a 40 man roster guy, so it's probably limited to just 2-3 options.

4/19/2012 10:04:00 PM

(4/19/2012 09:37:00 PM) - Al

I tell you, when even the very dry and unwitty John McCain jumps on the dog eating train, one has to think it's close to over.

4/19/2012 09:37:00 PM

(4/19/2012 09:08:00 PM) - Al

Somehow, the fact she's gorgeous does make it a lot less sleazy.

That said, let's not forget, as far as I can tell, the Secret Service guys were fired for allowing a guest into their hotel room where sensitive info was, not for hiring a hooker.

On a related note, next time, pay the independent contractor performing a perfectly legal occupation in Columbia $50 more, and you still have your jobs. As far as I'm concerned, the issue was being too miserly. The rest is a discussion between the agents and their significant others, that frankly, bores me to tears, unless one of them is named John Edwards.

4/19/2012 09:08:00 PM

(4/19/2012 09:01:00 PM) - Al

Beam me up Scottie.

Spend less money and legal reform that would allow the system to throw crap like this out without so much as a second glance would be the first two steps to fixing the vast majority of the problems that plague this nation. Many fail to understand that the legal costs of...everything makes health care, cars, gas, and every single thing cost more...because unbeknownst to many, companies pass malpractice and legal costs onto the consumer.

4/19/2012 09:01:00 PM

(4/19/2012 08:59:00 PM) - Al

What's that old saying about fools and their money?

4/19/2012 08:59:00 PM

(4/19/2012 08:54:00 PM) - Al

You may recall myself asking the same question. It takes a UK paper to notice just how blatantly the old media avoids the truth, as I guess we are supposed to believe not a single person read the book until now.

They read it, but just like his minister, it did not fit the narrative, so it was ignored.

4/19/2012 08:54:00 PM

(4/19/2012 08:51:00 PM) - Al

I watched the Survivor from last night with the family, and now I'm watching the game from today, meaning I'm way behind, and my internet looking is quite limited.

That said, allow me to say one word...unexpectedly.

I know the economy has gotten steadily worse since early '09 (I blame W), but the fact it still surprises the left is simply off-the-charts funny to me.

4/19/2012 08:51:00 PM

(4/19/2012 10:21:00 AM) - Al

Adam reports Nyjer says Sedar's stop sign was trying to fool the Dodgers.

I thought of that, but since no cutoff was involved, I wonder about the truthfulness of it.

4/19/2012 10:21:00 AM

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

(4/18/2012 10:44:00 PM) - Al

Today on Facebook, about 50 people wished me a happy birthday. I've seen less than 15% of them once since high school.

4/18/2012 10:44:00 PM

(4/18/2012 10:38:00 PM) - Al

I lived in the Twin Cities area for over five years, and their inability to do anything except tax and spend foolishly was legendary. They need a hero to step up like Norm Coleman did, but are inept in every way.

4/18/2012 10:38:00 PM

(4/18/2012 10:01:00 PM) - Al

Gleeman asks how many can throw as hard as Moyer?

Not many. I topped out at 69 at the Metrodome speed gun years ago, and no one else in my group of four cracked 60.

I've seen hundreds try, and the highest I've witnessed was 72. I think Aaron's guess of 1% is way, way high. I doubt if it is over .25%.

From the comments:

I am 6’5″ 225, a respectable all around athlete, and 48 yrs old. Could throw a pretty decent football in my day. Never pitched, but was good at nailing a guy from the outfield at home plate. Played tennis and could crank a pretty solid serve in the 110′s.

So I fancied myself to have quite the cannon for an arm the first time I sauntered up to one of those booths at a AAA game. Threw 10 pitches, topped out in the high 60′s. My arm and my ego were a little sore for several days after that.

Most of us never hit 80 once, never mind at 49 while hitting a target the size of a belt buckle from 60 feet.

I'm showing my age, but Mike Caldwell never hit 80 in a game way back when, I recall Rene Lachemann trying to explain it that most pitchers throw in the 80's, so when a guy throws 90+ or <80, it's a tough adjustment. Back then, guys that "threw hard" often hit 91-92. The guys throwing like Axford were few and far between, and often went by the name "Nolan."

4/18/2012 10:01:00 PM

(4/18/2012 09:59:00 PM) - Al

Hitler mourns the loss of his dog.

Try not to laugh.

4/18/2012 09:59:00 PM

(4/18/2012 09:54:00 PM) - Al

Yet another Carter/Obama parallel.

4/18/2012 09:54:00 PM

(4/18/2012 09:09:00 PM) - Al

In case you haven’t heard, the Secret Service is keeping an eye on Ted Nugent. The other eye is scanning for hookers.--uncredited

It's funny because it's true.

4/18/2012 09:09:00 PM

(4/18/2012 08:54:00 PM) - Al

I have even more serious questions about Uthoff's maturity level after reading this story. He sounds like he belongs in a Taco Bell commercial with other slackers.

Hard to believe he'll ever develop into much of a player with such a "go get 'em" attitude.

4/18/2012 08:54:00 PM

(4/18/2012 08:48:00 PM) - Al

Example number one zillion how government is different than the private sector...oh my.

4/18/2012 08:48:00 PM

(4/18/2012 08:43:00 PM) - Al

I don't see the big deal about eating dogs, just like I fail to see the problem with eating horses. I don't want people eating my dog, or any other pet, but in some places in the world, I'm sure many of us would kill for worms, dog stew, or any number of things we would consider "icky" in the land of plenty.

The irony is, of course, is that Obama admitted this himself in his own book, and the old media investigated him so thoroughly no one noticed until now.

4/18/2012 08:43:00 PM

(4/18/2012 07:50:00 PM) - Al

Propaganda disguised as book learning.

My goodness.

4/18/2012 07:50:00 PM

(4/18/2012 07:48:00 PM) - Al

All I ask for is one impartial judge.

Too much.

4/18/2012 07:48:00 PM

(4/18/2012 07:43:00 PM) - Al

Act 10 works...yes, it does.

It's amazing what fiscal responsibility accomplishes in government. What if it would catch on in DC?

4/18/2012 07:43:00 PM

(4/18/2012 06:40:00 PM) - Al

Terribly sorry, scheduled posts do not seem to be working, as nothing came out today either. I just hit publish and they all popped up, so I assume Blogger is having issues with its scheduled upgrade.

Sorry nothing has been publishing during the times when I am working or sleeping.

4/18/2012 06:40:00 PM

(4/18/2012 04:58:00 PM) - Al

WEAC should release survey results that show teachers responses: schools are doing better than in past.--Governor Walker

Does not fit narrative.

4/18/2012 04:58:00 PM

(4/18/2012 04:16:00 PM) - Al

What an idiot. Grow the hell up.

Whatever happened to being polite and civil?

4/18/2012 04:16:00 PM

(4/18/2012 03:27:00 PM) - Al

When the day comes that they try and use federal funds (that's our money) to bail out California, I can all but guarantee you the entire nation will descend on DC and literally kick the bums out.

Oh, and by the way...there's nothing more that can be cut!

It's so sad.

4/18/2012 03:27:00 PM

(4/18/2012 12:21:00 PM) - Al

The NFL may eliminate kickoffs in the future to cut down on injuries.

It's just painful to see how much damage they can do to the game. You can't hit a guy when he catches a pass either, you know.


4/18/2012 12:21:00 PM

(4/18/2012 12:03:00 PM) - Al

A flip-flop?

I, for one, am stunned.

4/18/2012 12:03:00 PM

(4/18/2012 11:52:00 AM) - Al

Leno joins the attack, halfheartedly.

4/18/2012 11:52:00 AM

(4/18/2012 11:42:00 AM) - Al

To be fair, if we start prosecuting government employees for wasting money, we'll need more prisons.

Lots more prisons.

Heck, we might need to hire people to oversee the building and maintaining of the extra prisons. And pay them immense amounts of money, to be unaccountable.

And benefits...oh, the benefits.

Who will pay? The peasants, of course.

Rubes, one and all.

4/18/2012 11:42:00 AM

(4/18/2012 10:04:00 AM) - Al

What's amazing is, the old media isn't even hiding it.

4/18/2012 10:04:00 AM

(4/18/2012 09:58:00 AM) - Al

The atomic bombs killed lots of Japanese, but saved a lot of American lives.

Tough to argue that.

4/18/2012 09:58:00 AM

(4/18/2012 09:11:00 AM) - Al

1800 people renounced their citizenship last year...eight times than in 2008.

Well, that is "change."

4/18/2012 09:11:00 AM

(4/18/2012 09:07:00 AM) - Al

One of the underrated keys to the Brewers success in 2011 was a surprisingly good defense, as they managed to convert a lot of balls into outs that other teams weren't able to get to. However, new third baseman Aramis Ramirez is a defensive downgrade, and Mat Gamel isn't much of a glove man over at first, so the infield defense remains a problem. While the Brewers' pitching is strong on paper, their National League-worst 5.65 ERA shows that the defensive support might not be in place to help the pitchers live up to expectations. If the Brewers are going to hang around in a tight NL Central race all year, they're going to have to address those defensive issues at some point.--SI Power Rankings

That's 100% correct, but the casuals are not going to get it, as they insisted the Crew's defense was weak last year, even though they were top ten in MLB in the only two metrics I find that work, which are ultimate zone rating and defensive runs saved.

And, there's no doubt in my mind that Ramirez is a step down from McGehee, though Gonzalez is better than Yuni, while Gamel is probably as good or better than Prince (though Fielder was consistently picked on and was barely below average). Add all that up, and I would say the Crew is probable to be a bit worse defensively...but not by much, maybe 0-5 runs above average, while they were about +10 last season.

I am a contrarian by nature, but often, that's just because the average fan doesn't pay attention.

4/18/2012 09:07:00 AM

(4/18/2012 09:06:00 AM) - Al

Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley in Maryland has tried to raise the gas tax. Democrats Bev Perdue in North Carolina and Christine Gregoire in Washington tried to raise the sales tax. Democrat Jerry Brown in California is trying to raise the state’s income tax to the highest in the nation. Democrat Dan Malloy in Connecticut already pushed through the largest tax hike in that state’s history. Democrat Pat Quinn in Illinois increased income taxes by 66 percent.

The result? Democrat-led states are falling behind Republican-led states on job creation.--Phil Cox

The GOP doesn't get it. Taxpayers are nothing but an open wallet, ripe for picking. Otherwise, how will we spread the wealth and create a utopia full of puppies, grassy meadows, and endless salads with no dressing for all?

4/18/2012 09:06:00 AM

(4/18/2012 04:22:00 AM) - Al

Just realized friend of Ramblings and huge fan favorite of Brewgalfan Spectacular Erika has the same birthday as I do.

Same day, not same year. Otherwise, it would have been Brewoldgalfan Spectacular.

EDIT: I forgot Erika was an amateur philosopher as well. Is there anything she does not do well?

4/18/2012 04:22:00 AM

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

(4/17/2012 10:48:00 PM) - Al

One thing to remember, Izturis has a higher career OBP than Gonzalez. Those that bemoaned Cesar's weak bat in the lineup for a few days forget that the most important offensive tool is not getting out.

Chicks may love the long ball, but OBP scores you runs. It also wears out the SP and gets you into the bullpen quicker, against the weakest pitchers on the team.

4/17/2012 10:48:00 PM

(4/17/2012 10:03:00 PM) - Al

Know what's funny? The biggest complaint I saw on the message boards was how weak the bench is. I thought it was above average, and thus far, it's probably been the best in MLB. Ishikawa doesn't really have a role, but he's still a better hitter than your average bench guy.

4/17/2012 10:03:00 PM

(4/17/2012 09:59:00 PM) - Al

Gamel must have been the only person in the park with that bad of an angle, as he was almost stopped just before 2B, not sure if that ball would be caught. Speed isn't a very important tool for a 1B, but it was on that double.

By the way, the Brewers have not lost a game since last July 4th that they have led after 7 innings. That's about as unreal as it gets...that's winning every single game, even though about 25% is left to play.

4/17/2012 09:59:00 PM

(4/17/2012 09:51:00 PM) - Al

I'd love to see a hit and run here, rather than the sac bunt.

4/17/2012 09:51:00 PM

(4/17/2012 09:49:00 PM) - Al

Gamel with an outstanding night, and a near perfect PA in the 9th.

4/17/2012 09:49:00 PM

(4/17/2012 09:42:00 PM) - Al

This is the best thing I've seen from Romney. As Ms. Palin would say, fight like a girl.

I feel a lot better about Romney since the "she's never worked" fiasco. In the past week, he seems as angry as many Americans.

4/17/2012 09:42:00 PM

(4/17/2012 09:36:00 PM) - Al

Do BA and Rock not know that Jansen throws only a cutter? Stop calling it a slider.--JP Breen

Fangraphs says Jansen has never thrown a cutter. I wish I could have the faux anger others do.

4/17/2012 09:36:00 PM

(4/17/2012 09:05:00 PM) - Al

I don't find them evil.

If you don't question their patriotism, you haven't been paying attention. By dictionary definition, I do not see it.

Ted Nugent is far from a perfect gent, but I share more of his values than I do with the president.

4/17/2012 09:05:00 PM

(4/17/2012 08:57:00 PM) - Al

Hey Al, will you be putting together your top prospect list soon? Always enjoy it.


I have leaked that Scooter Gennett will be #1 on the list, but yes, the rest of it will be out soon, probably over the weekend.

And yes, Scooter is #1 on my list because he's not on any other. He's young and he's had success at every level, despite being younger than most at said level.

4/17/2012 08:57:00 PM

(4/17/2012 08:34:00 PM) - Al

Chris Christie has stunning numbers, especially in liberal New Jersey.

The tide has changed immensely since '08, as the '10 elections showed.

4/17/2012 08:34:00 PM

(4/17/2012 07:34:00 PM) - Al

Josh Bell is a switch-hitting 3B who was a top prospect. Given the state of 3B in MLB, and the fact he has power, the toughest skill to find, and often the slowest to develop, I have to think he'll get claimed.

Bell might well find his niche as a bench guy who can play all four corner slots.

4/17/2012 07:34:00 PM

(4/17/2012 07:08:00 PM) - Al

No offense to Uthoff, who has every right to transfer and/or go to school wherever he wishes, but considering the UW gave this kid a year of free education and he chose to redshirt, I'd have no problem asking him for his out-of-state tuition, or have them restrict schools.

These malcontents tire me out.

4/17/2012 07:08:00 PM

(4/17/2012 07:04:00 PM) - Al

Only one of my scheduled posts showed up today, all the rest were still "scheduled" even though the time has past. I moved several to tomorrow, except for the more timely ones.

Refunds will be sent out on a first come, first served basis.:)

4/17/2012 07:04:00 PM

(4/17/2012 06:52:00 PM) - Al

Adam had a chat yesterday. I don't see them being out of contention, but if they were, I don't think they'd hang onto guys to win a 77th game. Mark A did not get where he was being that shortsighted.

4/17/2012 06:52:00 PM

(4/17/2012 11:49:00 AM) - Al

Well, it's a step up from apologizing.

4/17/2012 11:49:00 AM

Monday, April 16, 2012

(4/16/2012 10:39:00 PM) - Al

Old media admits bias.

Who woulda thunk it?

4/16/2012 10:39:00 PM

(4/16/2012 10:25:00 PM) - Al

Why is Verlander going 131 pitches in mid-April?

4/16/2012 10:25:00 PM

(4/16/2012 09:07:00 PM) - Al

Lefty pollster PPP has Barrett down 5 and Falk down 7 versus Walker.

The fact they purposefully spin the question to get the results they want and can do no better than that is a very good sign.

4/16/2012 09:07:00 PM

(4/16/2012 08:24:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers' John Steinmiller just sent an announcement that the team had sold it's 2 millionth ticket on the earliest date in club history. Miller Park attendance is one of the most remarkable stories in baseball over the past five years.--Adam M,

Not as early as I assumed it would happen, but still the earliest ever, so that's a good sign.

4/16/2012 08:24:00 PM

(4/16/2012 08:10:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife and I also lived together, but neither of us had done so before. For many, it seems to be a financial thing, I know several couples who stayed together after "breaking up" and continued to share the rent and utilities.

4/16/2012 08:10:00 PM

(4/16/2012 08:07:00 PM) - Al

If Palin would have said it, we'd never hear about anything else.

Since it was the president, I wonder if the networks mentioned it.

4/16/2012 08:07:00 PM

(4/16/2012 04:03:00 PM) - Al

A senior citizen drove his brand new Corvette convertible out of the dealership. Taking off down the road, he floored it to 80 mph, enjoying the wind blowing through what little gray hair he had left. "Amazing," he thought as he flew down I-94, pushing the pedal even more. Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw a state trooper behind him, lights flashing and siren blaring. He floored it to 100 mph, then 110, then 120. Suddenly he thought, "What am I doing? I'm too old for this," and pulled over to await the trooper's arrival. Pulling in behind him, the trooper walked up to the Corvette, looked at his watch, and said, "Sir, my shift ends in 30 minutes. Today is Friday. If you can give me a reason for speeding that I've never heard before, I'll let you go."
The old gentleman paused. Then he said, "Years ago, my wife ran off with a state trooper. I thought you were bringing her back."

"Have a good day, sir," replied the trooper, as he walked back to his car.


4/16/2012 04:03:00 PM

(4/16/2012 02:05:00 PM) - Al

an economist says oil supply has a lot to do with gas prices...and the administration is doing nothing to enhance supply.

It seems like I've head that somewhere before...

4/16/2012 02:05:00 PM

(4/16/2012 01:52:00 PM) - Al

Friend of Ramblings Todd has started his own site about baseball. Check it out, and read his interview with Ms. Niekro, and his other updates.

Bookmark it while you're there.

4/16/2012 01:52:00 PM

(4/16/2012 12:21:00 PM) - Al

Unmitigated disaster?

Maybe a bit strong, but history may well judge them that harshly, as the debt is simply unsustainable and far more than inherited.

4/16/2012 12:21:00 PM

(4/16/2012 11:42:00 AM) - Al

Why isn't anyone talking about this?

I think it's pretty obvious. It was ludicrous when he said it, and no one with any economics background is at all surprised it has completely failed.

That said, it does not fit the narrative, so it is buried, along with just about all the facts of the administration's fiscal results. Spending far more money than they have is not only financial suicide, but the only thing they are known for.

4/16/2012 11:42:00 AM

(4/16/2012 10:07:00 AM) - Al

Allow me to help...we're talking about two adults here. The state needs to focus on real crime and real criminals. Two adults can have a relationship if they so choose, no matter if it seems "icky," to use a scientific word.

Another example of government trying to make some sort of utopian society, when they should be concentrating on building safe roads and spending less money.

4/16/2012 10:07:00 AM

(4/16/2012 09:06:00 AM) - Al

Nice piece on Hooters' brand, and how they use it.

4/16/2012 09:06:00 AM

(4/16/2012 08:07:00 AM) - Al

Not a whole lot to discuss as far as the Brewers go...5th in runs scored, 16th in runs allowed. SP's are 16th, bullpen is 14th. One surprise? They have the 3rd most K's, meaning the odds are, the low standing in runs allowed is at least partially bad luck.

No way they will finish 16th, barring many injuries. My concern is that Wolf may be far from 100% and just hiding it. If that's not the case, I feel fine.

4/16/2012 08:07:00 AM

(4/16/2012 04:22:00 AM) - Al

Hope. Change.

As has been pointed out by many, one look at the results, you understand why he is talking about everything but.

4/16/2012 04:22:00 AM

(4/16/2012 02:22:00 AM) - Al

Light rail in Cities leads to booming economy...not.

4/16/2012 02:22:00 AM

Sunday, April 15, 2012

(4/15/2012 08:13:00 PM) - Al

About five years ago, Laura Schara was featured in a magazine with her boyfriend, who owned some bar/restaurant. By the looks of this photo, she must have got to keep their penthouse apartment, as she looks to be above the sky.

4/15/2012 08:13:00 PM

(4/15/2012 02:56:00 PM) - Al

I would assume Axford will be on to pitch the 8th, has not worked in several days.

4/15/2012 02:56:00 PM

(4/15/2012 02:40:00 PM) - Al

It seems every single MLB team has a far better 7th inning stretch than the Brewers, who still, as far as I know, trot out the tired "Roll Out the Barrel" number.

4/15/2012 02:40:00 PM

(4/15/2012 02:08:00 PM) - Al

I agree.

What's funny is, be it Obamacare or trying to explain why a bad economy is good, the entire administration simply is unable to talk with a straight face once challenged with the facts.

This is why they talk about hoodies and school lunch a lot.

4/15/2012 02:08:00 PM

(4/15/2012 01:42:00 PM) - Al

I would argue that health and education jobs are up so much because the government pays for most of it, and needless to say, they have never had a firm grasp on the purse strings...because it's other people's money.

4/15/2012 01:42:00 PM

(4/15/2012 11:26:00 AM) - Al

Sad to hear the Sacramento arena talks have somehow fallen apart, even after they looked to be complete a couple weeks ago.

Sadly, Milwaukee has no one that cares about the problem a fraction as much as Kevin Johnson.

4/15/2012 11:26:00 AM

(4/15/2012 11:15:00 AM) - Al

A piece about an online pro, suffering because his profession has been taken away by the nanny state.

It was a year ago today the US stopped being the land of the free. Thankfully, the fiscal and social irresponsibility that has filled DC is not permanent, and will someday be mocked in the history books.

4/15/2012 11:15:00 AM

(4/15/2012 11:10:00 AM) - Al

Reason with a contrarian take on the Secret Service scandal.

I've said a few times I find it anti-capitalism that no one cares if a woman has sex, only if she gets paid for it. Using real resources to investigate and prosecute such trivial matters is a shame...after all, they could be going after real, hardened people that play a game of skill online.:)

4/15/2012 11:10:00 AM

(4/15/2012 10:32:00 AM) - Al

A wonderful obit, and I bet he would have been a great guy to have known.

At the very least, I think he proves a point...the tired ideas of the masses have not worked, and the future is a horror movie. That dude lived his life his way, and he had every right to do so. It's refreshing to see political incorrect behavior in age of the old media turning into a nanny state of liberal thought.

4/15/2012 10:32:00 AM

(4/15/2012 09:56:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling dog had a bad evening last night. Sadly, his health is not going to improve as he gets older, but it sure is hard to see him slowly slide down hill. Since his UTI about a year ago, his troubles have been minimal. When your dog is 16, you know how the story is going to end, you just don't know how long it's going to be.

4/15/2012 09:56:00 AM

(4/15/2012 09:54:00 AM) - Al

The old media doesn't think that innocent until proven guilty stuff still applies.

4/15/2012 09:54:00 AM

(4/15/2012 09:06:00 AM) - Al

If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.--The Marines Hymn

Corporal Alex Martinez was laid to rest in Elgin, IL today. I never knew him in life, but I honor him in death.

4/15/2012 09:06:00 AM

(4/15/2012 04:22:00 AM) - Al

I had almost forgotten Biden makes money from the Secret Service protecting him.

I'm sure we'd hear nothing about this at all if Palin were VP...

4/15/2012 04:22:00 AM

(4/15/2012 02:22:00 AM) - Al

Sarah wonders if she would have been fired if she did not make any money stripping.

A capitalist beauty. What a country.

4/15/2012 02:22:00 AM

Saturday, April 14, 2012

(4/14/2012 08:15:00 PM) - Al

My internet friend Cassy discusses "mercy killing," which seems to be a fancy way of saying something far nastier.

I'm an amateur futurist, and I often discuss "in 50 years" or "in 500 years" when answering a question. I have often said I have little doubt suicide will be legal and likely a business venture at some point in the future. We justify ending our pet's lives, but frown upon a person in immense pain choosing to drift off to sleep permanently.

As for the question Cassy talks about, she hits the nail on the head when she brings up the "slippery slope" this would lead to. We don't know what the severely disabled feel, so we choose to err on the side of making their life as comfortable as we can. Do I see a shift to the other side in a few decades? Nope.

I don't see that changing. As often is the case, the audience fails to grasp the situation at hand, which is why many are easily influenced by pictures of puppies, bumper sticker slogans, and $5 words to describe 25 cent situations. Ask them if they feel we should "invest more into education," and the sheep will shake their fists; but when you ask them to pay more money in taxes on their hard-earned cash, they'll shoot you that look like you told them how the mystery movie is going to end.

4/14/2012 08:15:00 PM

(4/14/2012 08:06:00 PM) - Al

Rich Thompson DFA'd by the Angels, and will certainly get claimed, over a K per IP last year, 90+ mph fastball, 87 mph cutter.

Given the Twins waiver position, I don't see him getting past them.

4/14/2012 08:06:00 PM

(4/14/2012 07:32:00 PM) - Al

Someone on Twitter discussing the Northwestern spring football game.

I wouldn't care if I was a Northwestern alumni or season ticket holder. Unfollow.

4/14/2012 07:32:00 PM

(4/14/2012 07:27:00 PM) - Al

As I often say, when you're not sure if you're on the right side of an issue, look at the people on the other side and see if they are the people you respect.

Yep, feeling confident. They not only dislike Scott Walker, but they are idiots that hate the finest nation in the history of the planet.

The hell with 'em.

4/14/2012 07:27:00 PM

(4/14/2012 07:09:00 PM) - Al

And yet, many will insist that Louis is not a racist. It's like saying grass is not green.

By denying it when you see it, and pretending it's there when it isn't, they're simply making racism more acceptable. The double standard on the n word does the exact same thing.

4/14/2012 07:09:00 PM

(4/14/2012 07:06:00 PM) - Al

Ann took pics at the Tax Day rally in Madison today...which I did not see mentioned in the JS when I checked in there.

Go figure.

4/14/2012 07:06:00 PM

(4/14/2012 07:04:00 PM) - Al

Heh. I must be missing something.

4/14/2012 07:04:00 PM

(4/14/2012 06:53:00 PM) - Al

It's really tough to take Fangraphs seriously when they talk about how many runs batting Willie Bloomquist leadoff is costing the DBacks...batting order is all but meaningless, just like worrying about strikeouts are. While I would not say the result is +/- 0, you're talking about such a minute number...10 runs a year maybe, it's not worthy of a serious discussion.

Simulations of a bizarro order, batting the pitcher 3rd, your worst hitter #1, your best hitter #9, and so on, results in about a .25 runs a game reduction, I would assume mostly from your better bats getting fewer PA's. That's about a 5% reduction in runs scored, so pretending this or that is meaningful enough to concern yourself with...yawn.

4/14/2012 06:53:00 PM

(4/14/2012 03:27:00 PM) - Al

Pork, in a blue district, that did not create jobs?

Blasphemy! The stimulus worked, I'm telling you!

By the way, there's nothing sexier than a woman who uses puns.

4/14/2012 03:27:00 PM

(4/14/2012 01:25:00 PM) - Al

I used to recommend this tax dodge almost daily...nice to see even those who hate tax "loopholes" using it too.

4/14/2012 01:25:00 PM

(4/14/2012 12:21:00 PM) - Al

Allow me to say, I think this scuttlebutt about the Obama White House being a boy's club is silly...after all, it's not like they openly display horrendous values...nevermind.

4/14/2012 12:21:00 PM

(4/14/2012 11:44:00 AM) - Al

You cannot tell me the government could not be every bit as inefficient as they are now with 10-20% fewer overpaid, underworked "workers."

4/14/2012 11:44:00 AM

Friday, April 13, 2012

(4/13/2012 10:31:00 PM) - Al

Eric Farris up, Alex Gonzalez will be gone a few days on paternity leave.

Farris can play a good 2B, but is a weak SS and I don't believe he's ever played 3B, so Maysonet and Conrad are probably both cursing their non-40 man status.

4/13/2012 10:31:00 PM

(4/13/2012 08:45:00 PM) - Al

LaCrosse has volunteers preventing drunk drowning.

Once again, it's just astounding how the public can prevent problems government cannot.

4/13/2012 08:45:00 PM

(4/13/2012 07:30:00 PM) - Al

Read the Cap Times embarrass themselves as they try to make a woman feel guilty for having worked at Hooters.

I assume they are upset someone actually worked their way through college, as that offends those that want handouts for all.

The left is confused of day it's not OK to be a mom and not work, the next day it's not OK to be a waitress...I'm having trouble keeping the hypocrisy of the day straight.

4/13/2012 07:30:00 PM

(4/13/2012 03:18:00 PM) - Al

The Bidens may only give 1.5% to charity, but I'm all but certain that's up from previous years.

However, we can all agree Joe has always been very charitable with taxpayer's money.

4/13/2012 03:18:00 PM

(4/13/2012 03:15:00 PM) - Al

By the way folks, if I had a daughter, she would look like Ann Romney.--Rush

Heh, and brilliant.

4/13/2012 03:15:00 PM

(4/13/2012 03:06:00 PM) - Al

My distant cousin's stepson will have his funeral tomorrow. This is a very well done piece from a Chicago TV station about this fallen Marine.

4/13/2012 03:06:00 PM

(4/13/2012 12:53:00 PM) - Al

Two decades ago, DC decided government workers could do a better job fixing escalators.


4/13/2012 12:53:00 PM

(4/13/2012 11:44:00 AM) - Al

Pro-choice means you should do exactly what some liberal gal wants you to do. She's long as your choice is the same as her choice.

4/13/2012 11:44:00 AM

(4/13/2012 10:04:00 AM) - Al

Excuse me, I can only eliminate my bowels between the hours of 8AM and 10AM, per my city's new water saving ordinance.

Sure, now this seems silly. Five years ago, this would have as well. The nanny state takes one tiny step at a time, and most of you don't even notice.

4/13/2012 10:04:00 AM

(4/13/2012 09:07:00 AM) - Al

I must admit, the Zack Greinke excuse brigade after every less than stellar outing is hilarious. You know, not only does he have a documented nervous disorder, he has also admitted to not giving 100% at times when he played with the Royals. Questioning him is not mean or bad, but expected and reasonable.

The thing is, casuals do not think with their heads, as they allow their emotions to get involved. Every pitcher has bad games, but Roenicke hinted rather strongly that after the four pitch walk, he did not feel Zack had a chance to recover. Last year, he had an awful start, versus the Red Sox if memory serves, and was also removed rather quickly. Adversity is a tremendous yest of character, you do not know a person until you've seen them in a tough situation.

4/13/2012 09:07:00 AM

(4/13/2012 08:50:00 AM) - Al

$4.13 tickets today at 9AM!!!

Click here to buy.

4/13/2012 08:50:00 AM

Thursday, April 12, 2012

(4/12/2012 09:11:00 PM) - Al

Gee, I wonder what they'll say?

4/12/2012 09:11:00 PM

(4/12/2012 08:09:00 PM) - Al

Uthoff to transfer. Strange he would decide to leave after only a year of practice.

4/12/2012 08:09:00 PM

(4/12/2012 08:07:00 PM) - Al

Dennis Miller caller makes perfect sense.

She must have a real job.

4/12/2012 08:07:00 PM

(4/12/2012 07:58:00 PM) - Al

If you understand math, you know it's working. That's why the data is so difficult to find.

4/12/2012 07:58:00 PM

(4/12/2012 06:25:00 PM) - Al

A contrarian way to eat at restaurants.

I would never do this because I won't eat icky foods.

4/12/2012 06:25:00 PM

(4/12/2012 06:20:00 PM) - Al

In a couple minutes, my neighbor and congressman's wife, Rachel Duffy, will be on CNBC. Find the channel and tune in quickly.

4/12/2012 06:20:00 PM

(4/12/2012 05:36:00 PM) - Al

Adopt a pet from a shelter. They are just as good as the pet store, but you are not supporting puppy mills, and you're saving money.

4/12/2012 05:36:00 PM

(4/12/2012 05:32:00 PM) - Al

Romney ahead 43-37 among independents. That and ensuring Republicans, especially those on the right, show up and vote Romney are the two biggest keys for a GOP victory. Keep discussing gas prices, unemployment and taxes...and ignore the rest.

4/12/2012 05:32:00 PM

(4/12/2012 05:27:00 PM) - Al

Romney takes advantage of the verbal slip (of course, she was just being honest).

The reaction from the administration has been, as has the past three years, one of being slow to react, and unsure when they do. When in doubt, spend more money...doesn't apply here.:)

4/12/2012 05:27:00 PM

(4/12/2012 04:49:00 PM) - Al

After the gmae, Fox had a profile of this young woman.

Despite her tough upbringing and handicap, note how she got where she is today...great family, hard work, and a private, charitable foundation. The government probably would have been happy to send her a check, but not relying on their assistance got her where she is today.

4/12/2012 04:49:00 PM

(4/12/2012 04:34:00 PM) - Al

The irony is, some people are surprised by this.

Not having to answer to your shareholders is why the public sector is a different beast than the private. It's far easier to just let your bad employees just skirt by than it is to deal with it.

Heck, it's just taxpayer money!

4/12/2012 04:34:00 PM

(4/12/2012 03:12:00 PM) - Al

I predict wholesale changes after the top of the 6th, barring a several run outburst by the Crew. Might see Kottaras at 1B, and Ishikawa in the OF or at 3B.

I seem to recall Carlos Gomez always says he can play SS (well, he does have the arm for it), and takes grounders there every day. He just might get his chance today.

4/12/2012 03:12:00 PM

(4/12/2012 03:07:00 PM) - Al

This sounds like the most stressful, more work than work weekend I've ever heard of.

He lost me at "get up at 6AM," not to mention the double digit hours of driving in order to hike...goodness, I have a state park and any number of trails within ten minutes of my house, as do many people.

4/12/2012 03:07:00 PM

(4/12/2012 02:51:00 PM) - Al

Gamel made a mental mistake, of course, but Gonzalez is not blameless in throwing a ball one, either.

I think it was my last season of playing softball, I was at SS in a coed game, and made, if I say so myself, a near perfect diving stop on a grounder in the hole. I scrambled to my knees, and went to throw to 2B...and the girl playing 2B had never moved, still at her position halfway between 1B and 2B. No problem, I thought, I'll throw to 1B...the 1B was walking toward 2B, pointing, telling the girl to cover. I looked back to 2B, and it looked like the girl and the runner were to arrive there about the same time. After double or triple pumping, I tried to decide where to throw the ball, as the 2B was cuter than she was talented. Somehow, I managed to fire the ball into her glove, and despite the velocity of the throw pushing the glove a couple feet off to the side, it somehow managed to stick. Given the obstacles, it was one of the better plays I ever made, though it looked routine once I had the grounder in my glove.

We'll probably see several moves made to rest regulars and give them a partial day off.

4/12/2012 02:51:00 PM

(4/12/2012 02:47:00 PM) - Al

For Braddock, the beat goes on.

Like it or not, the fact issues like this can manifest itself and put a player on the sidelines for long stretches of time is why many teams hesitate to commit nine figures to Greinke. It falls under the category of "one more thing."

4/12/2012 02:47:00 PM

(4/12/2012 02:39:00 PM) - Al

Mark your calendar for this of the best Brewers' ticket deals I can recall, though if you live a distance away, you may need to day a day off, as it is all weekday games.

EDIT: I just noticed they include club outfield in that deal. If I lived close to Miller Park, I'd be all over that.

4/12/2012 02:39:00 PM

(4/12/2012 02:38:00 PM) - Al

Clevenger has a .350 OBP in parts of two seasons at AAA. He's far from a surprise.

4/12/2012 02:38:00 PM

(4/12/2012 02:27:00 PM) - Al

Greinke the victim of bad luck and hole finders in the 3rd. Hopefully, he can recover mentally and give the team another 2-3 IP, as the bullpen doesn't need to be throwing 5 innings before a weekend in ATL.

4/12/2012 02:27:00 PM

(4/12/2012 01:36:00 PM) - Al

Astounding how players try and return from injuries too quickly, again and again.

Take an extra week or two, especially when the weather is cold.

The Brewers seem to be doing a very nice job with Hart, who still has not played a complete game, and who took yesterday off. I'd probably give him a day off before or after the next team off day as well, to give him 48 hours of consecutive rest.

4/12/2012 01:36:00 PM

(4/12/2012 01:30:00 PM) - Al

I wonder if PETA understands you have to remove the fur before you eat an animal.

4/12/2012 01:30:00 PM

(4/12/2012 01:22:00 PM) - Al

Strange that Ramirez gets a day off before Gamel and Gonzalez (Weeks too, but Rickie usually plays nearly every day, unless injured).

4/12/2012 01:22:00 PM

(4/12/2012 01:17:00 PM) - Al

Good chance KRod will get the day off today, regardless of situation. Has pitched three days in a row, and just missed 30 pitches yesterday.

4/12/2012 01:17:00 PM

(4/12/2012 01:13:00 PM) - Al

I'm off today, so I'm making one of the Rambling wife's favorite meals, BBQ ribs and cheesy hash browns for supper tonight (you elitists may refer to the evening meal as "dinner," which is fine as I do not attack others for their choices, unlike some). I always make the ribs and she makes the hash browns, so I googled it. Every recipe is the same...mix with soup, cheese, whatever you want, bake for an hour.

That's my type of recipe.

4/12/2012 01:13:00 PM

(4/12/2012 12:54:00 PM) - Al

97% side with Ann Romney, White House sprints away from adviser who said it...who has visited White House three times more than Biden.

That sound you heard was independent women wondering what exactly the administration thinks of them.

4/12/2012 12:54:00 PM

(4/12/2012 12:49:00 PM) - Al

I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.--Ann Romney

Not from what I hear.

4/12/2012 12:49:00 PM

(4/12/2012 12:47:00 PM) - Al

They won't answer because they would not have done it...and still raised taxes.

Leaders make tough decisions and balance budgets. Others run deficits, do not have balanced budgets, and criticize those who do.

4/12/2012 12:47:00 PM

(4/12/2012 09:24:00 AM) - Al

Kids, don't do drugs.

You stay in school.

4/12/2012 09:24:00 AM

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