Al's Ramblings

Thursday, May 31, 2012

(5/31/2012 10:16:00 PM) - Al

As a candidate in 2010, Scott Walker asked to be judged based on two criteria: He would eliminate the state's structural deficit and he would create 250,000 private-sector jobs in his first term.

Though we can argue about the costs of doing so, the deficit is largely eliminated. The state Legislature did not substantially increase taxes to do so. These must be counted as real accomplishments for Walker and the GOP.

As the Wausau Daily Herald Editorial Board interviewed candidates for dozens of local-government offices this spring, we heard again and again from officials who said state budget reforms allowed them to substantially hold the line on taxes without making major program cuts. That experience did bear on our decision in this recall race.--Wausau Daily Herald, in endorsing Walker

Eliminating the near monopoly the teacher's union insurance had is probably one of the greatest political accomplishments in the 21st century.  Jerry Bader mentioned this AM what this election is that union members cannot have dues withdrawn, membership is down 30-70%. When people have to voluntarily give away their money, they balk...and everyone knows it.

As often mentioned, Barrett used Walker's reforms in Milwaukee aggressively, and now pretends he did not.

5/31/2012 10:16:00 PM

(5/31/2012 09:43:00 PM) - Al

This is why we must have the internet...the Jenny McCarthy body count.

Oprah and the old media have plenty of blood on their hands as well, giving a busty blonde who has no medical knowledge whatsoever airtime and pretending she has any credibility at all. Those guys that look for Bigfoot between swilling incredible amounts of beer look like nuclear physicists compared to Jenny, who is just proof winners of the genetic lottery are rarely blessed twice.

5/31/2012 09:43:00 PM

(5/31/2012 09:35:00 PM) - Al

Ann is live blogging the debate, which I did not know was tonight, and am giggling about to myself. I can only imagine what Barrett will fib about, and sure enough, he's still using old estimates rather than actual, confirmed job numbers. I'd be embarrassed to have a candidate using pretend data from last year in late May.

On Twitter, someone just pointed out Barrett cited FDR, who spoke numerous times against public sector unions. Talk about old, uninspired ideas full of falsehoods. I guess when the facts are not on your side and the public disagrees with why the recall is happening, you're going to look pathetic at times.

5/31/2012 09:35:00 PM

(5/31/2012 09:20:00 PM) - Al

One thing the past few games seem to show is how little many roster spots matter. When you hear casuals being concerned about Tim Dillard, just disregard and move on. There are about twenty roster spots that you worry about, and five you do not...what many folks do not realize is that Cesar Izturis is one of the best reserve SS's in MLB, yet he's not that much better than AAA fodder like Maysonet...5-10 runs a year.

If your 12th pitcher is pitching anything but blowout innings, your SP's are not doing the job, and no team is going to do anything but suck without at least a mediocre rotation.

5/31/2012 09:20:00 PM

(5/31/2012 09:15:00 PM) - Al

Mark A says the Brewers will look to be buyers.

He has spoken before about not feeling a total rebuild would work in Milwaukee, and Doug has avoided it as well in his time. The one obvious trade piece if the Crew falls out of contention is KRod, as non-contenders do not need a closer/setup man who makes $8M.

5/31/2012 09:15:00 PM

(5/31/2012 09:04:00 PM) - Al

Obama's campaign seems as helpless as his economic advisers.

All they have is lies and proof tax and spend does not work. And hundreds of claims that many of us, including Cory Booker, are racist.

5/31/2012 09:04:00 PM

(5/31/2012 08:57:00 PM) - Al

If this is true, he should not be impeached, he should be flown out of the country and never allowed to return.

When you don't have any respect for $1T, you don't care about a few thousand here and there either. That, times a bijillion, sums up what's wrong with our finances...Obama just figures that the rube taxpayers can pay for his haircut, because he's better than them.

And you know, the only thing they can think of is, there's nowhere left to cut, you idiots who have jobs are just going to have to pay more.

This is obviously W's fault.

5/31/2012 08:57:00 PM

(5/31/2012 08:43:00 PM) - Al

The stereotypes of blacks is that they are far more anti-gay than other races.

Their church leaders don't seem to be setting a new precedent.

The irony is, you know almost all will still support Obama and the Dems...though one has to think the turnout will be far lower than in '08.

5/31/2012 08:43:00 PM

(5/31/2012 08:30:00 PM) - Al

New York City bans carbonated beverages in a drinkable size one day, announces "donut day" the next.

If you'll excuse me, I've given up on the search for intelligent life in he northeast...outside of Chris Christie, of course.

5/31/2012 08:30:00 PM

(5/31/2012 08:25:00 PM) - Al

Wolf told Roenicke he didn't want to travel ahead of team for Friday start. Team to arrive at 5:45am.--JS

I don't think I would have asked.  He'll be lucky to get in bed before 7AM, and more than 5-6 hours of sleep. Tough to be 100% throwing 110 pitches after that.

I could have sworn there was a rule against traveling two time zones east after playing a game and playing the next day...maybe it's three time zones. I know it affects the Mariners, as they rarely have a day off at home, as they always have to use several off days for travel.

5/31/2012 08:25:00 PM

(5/31/2012 08:13:00 PM) - Al

Watching the national spelling bee finals, and during a break, it was so funny, that tonight, it's spelling, tomorrow, it's the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

5/31/2012 08:13:00 PM

(5/31/2012 08:10:00 PM) - Al

I never heard of the Hatfields and McCoys until after it was all over...highest rated show in cable history.

That surprises me because it's late May, and many people are playing softball, volleyball, and taking walks. Also, I rarely watch History, as that's why I did not know it was even on, and I can't believe that's unuique to me, since I'm a history lover, and most people are not.

5/31/2012 08:10:00 PM

(5/31/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

They all love us now.

Thank goodness we got rid of that dumb hick, W.

5/31/2012 10:00:00 AM

(5/31/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Moyer will get an offer soon. He's not much better than Suppan, a 5-6 inning, 4.50-5.25 ERA guy, but many teams do not have five better SP's.

5/31/2012 09:00:00 AM

(5/31/2012 12:00:00 AM) - Al

E-mail, from the small print of the Marquette law school survey:

Are you ABSOLUTELY going to vote? 2 weeks ago: Republicans 91%. Now: 92%

Are you ABSOLUTELY going to vote? 2 weeks ago: Democrats 83%. Now? 77%.

This is why the Barrett campaign insists their "internal" polls show that it's a dead heat. It's not that I don't believe them, it's that I am damn near positive they are incapable of telling the truth.

Fight like a girl, we ain't won nothing yet. 

5/31/2012 12:00:00 AM

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

(5/30/2012 11:44:00 PM) - Al

Happy Birthday to the Rambling mom today, who passed away a few years ago, but, it is still her birthday. The Rambling brother reports tomorrow is the 60th anniversary of the Rambling parents' wedding.

I realize very few of you ever met the Rambling mom, but while biased, I recall one of my old neighbors and classmates saying it best at her funeral, when he said, "She sure was a nice lady. Never had a bad word to say about anyone, and never heard anyone say a bad word about her."

On a lighter note, I recall the Rambling wife and I discussing this a couple months ago. At the end of a basketball game, Bucks or Badgers I assume, a player on the visiting team fouled out, and the crowd started singing along to "Hit the road, Jack" to send him off. For whatever reason, I could suddenly hear the Rambling mom's reaction to that.

(without a hint of sarcasm, mind you) Well, THAT isn't very nice.

5/30/2012 11:44:00 PM

(5/30/2012 11:15:00 PM) - Al

The Big Apple is officially the nanny city of the nanny state.

This is what they feel is the best use of their time. Help me Rhonda.

5/30/2012 11:15:00 PM

(5/30/2012 10:58:00 PM) - Al

Meghan McCain's latest book is out.

5/30/2012 10:58:00 PM

(5/30/2012 10:05:00 PM) - Al

I think Lucroy may be exaggerating how many messages his wife got. One is too many, but I'd expect a few.

5/30/2012 10:05:00 PM

(5/30/2012 09:47:00 PM) - Al

Early favorite for the Darwin award.

That's a shame.

5/30/2012 09:47:00 PM

(5/30/2012 09:42:00 PM) - Al

But the state Department of Revenue now estimates that the state will take in about $265 million more than the bureau expected, which should translate to a $275.1 million surplus on June 30, 2012, and a $154.5 million surplus on June 30, 2013, Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch wrote in a letter to Walker.
Huebsch said revenue officials based the projections on larger-than-anticipated tax collections through April and revised federal Bureau of Economic Analysis forecasts showing better-than-expected personal income growth in 2011.
State law requires that if revenue exceeds initial projections, half of the surplus must be deposited in the state's rainy day fund. If Walker's projections hold, about $45.4 million would go into that fund after June 30.
That would mark the first time in state history that state officials have added to the fund in consecutive years, DOA spokeswoman Jocelyn Webster said. The Walker administration added $14.78 million at the close of the 2011 fiscal year, she said.--LaCrosse Tribune

Who would have guessed that by not raising taxes, you would actually collect more?

Oh, that's right.

Me. Every damn day.

5/30/2012 09:42:00 PM

(5/30/2012 09:35:00 PM) - Al

Matt Kemp comes back too early, reinjures hammy.

They always come back too soon, and always are shocked when they get hurt. Take an extra few days, it's a long season.

5/30/2012 09:35:00 PM

(5/30/2012 09:30:00 PM) - Al

You know those numbers Walker made up? Confirmed.

I'm afraid they might say he eats dogs...wait, never mind.

5/30/2012 09:30:00 PM

(5/30/2012 09:25:00 PM) - Al

Money wasting government worker back at high paying, lavish benefit job.

Hope he enjoyed that month off. That'll teach him.

And, they don't understand why the voters are so frustrated.

5/30/2012 09:25:00 PM

(5/30/2012 09:21:00 PM) - Al

I can't tell you how many times I've thanked my lucky stars that the old media is so damn conservative.

My aching sides indeed.

5/30/2012 09:21:00 PM

(5/30/2012 09:20:00 PM) - Al

Much like the weather in San Francisco, if you do not like an Obama position, wait a few will change.

When you don't stand for anything...

5/30/2012 09:20:00 PM

(5/30/2012 09:15:00 PM) - Al

To be blunt, most Southern Dems are Republicans, fiscally at least. More than one person has pointed out that an OK Democrat is far more conservative than John McCain and other moderates. 

5/30/2012 09:15:00 PM

(5/30/2012 09:10:00 PM) - Al

A guide on men wearing shorts.

Ann Althouse disagrees.

My opinion? Wear shorts whenever you want, and I don't much care how short they are, unless you're built like me, then cover up a bit.

5/30/2012 09:10:00 PM

(5/30/2012 08:58:00 PM) - Al

James sends this link, the next step in reducing taxpayer costs...401K plans, just like the rest of us.

5/30/2012 08:58:00 PM

(5/30/2012 08:56:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son just showed us the newsletter which says all students need to bring in a flashlight for an end of the year activity.

I swear they just want to ensure we spend our non-working hours searching for working batteries and the like.

5/30/2012 08:56:00 PM

(5/30/2012 08:43:00 PM) - Al

I watched some Erin Burnett last night while I rode my exercise bike. Not even her in a short skirt could keep me on CNN for more than 30 seconds.

And apparently, I'm one of the few watching that much.

5/30/2012 08:43:00 PM

(5/30/2012 08:34:00 PM) - Al

Intrade now has Walker win at 96.1%.--Charlie Sykes

Up from 80% a couple weeks ago. 

Fight like a girl.

5/30/2012 08:34:00 PM

(5/30/2012 08:18:00 PM) - Al

Move On says they need more money.

Lying and covering up costs a lot of cash.

5/30/2012 08:18:00 PM

(5/30/2012 08:16:00 PM) - Al

Funny, I haven't heard about the starving children or the elderly dying on the streets in Canada.

Spending more money doesn't do anything except pad the pockets of those close to those spending it. Spending less is not just responsible, but absolutely necessary. We're committing child abuse, and all some say is "We'll about that later."

5/30/2012 08:16:00 PM

(5/30/2012 08:05:00 PM) - Al

That's exactly what I'd say if I was building a bomb.

5/30/2012 08:05:00 PM

(5/30/2012 07:58:00 PM) - Al

If we were down 7, I'd say punch back twice as hard.

Hence, we need to punch back three times as hard. Pull hair. Call the cheerleaders fat and accuse the skinny ones of having an eating disorder.

In the immortal words of war on women victim Sarah Palin, fight like a girl. We ain't won nothing yet, and we all know fraud will be rampant in the Milwaukee/Madison metro.

5/30/2012 07:58:00 PM

(5/30/2012 07:36:00 PM) - Al

A Facebook friend linked to a quote of James Mattis, one of the Marine commanders in the Middle East.

Go to his Wikiquote page (adult language) and you have to wonder if he would find a thing wrong with his Marines peeing on fallen enemies. I wonder if he'd be the first to do so.

They are tough men, trained to kill without a bit of hesitation. They may not know how to fold a napkin, but I'm glad they're on my side.

5/30/2012 07:36:00 PM

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

(5/29/2012 10:56:00 PM) - Al

I'm sad she'll probably never wear that outfit again.

5/29/2012 10:56:00 PM

(5/29/2012 10:54:00 PM) - Al

Obama "misspeaks" an incredible amount for someone who reads everything he says, and is oodles more intelligent than W.

5/29/2012 10:54:00 PM

(5/29/2012 10:11:00 PM) - Al

Axford has been solid, for the most part, with a lot on his mind.

That's a good sign for later.

5/29/2012 10:11:00 PM

(5/29/2012 09:27:00 PM) - Al

We'll see how it looks after his entire outing, but a 4.42 ERA in the hitter friendly PCL probably translates to a 3.25 ERA in pitcher friendly Dodgers stadium.

Yes, I realize the Dodgers are better.

5/29/2012 09:27:00 PM

(5/29/2012 09:24:00 PM) - Al

After using six SP's in 2011, Fiers becomes #7 in 2012, in late May.

And we wonder why Doug isn't as smart this year.

5/29/2012 09:24:00 PM

(5/29/2012 08:14:00 PM) - Al

This is why states raising taxes does not raise any money. The wealthy can easily move, and they do.

It's hilarious that people do not consider this when they keep insisting that taxpayers are just an open wallet.

5/29/2012 08:14:00 PM

(5/29/2012 08:08:00 PM) - Al

I knew Romney had a good chance when Daily Kos insisted it was over a few weeks ago.

Whenever a biased Dem comes out that strongly when the polls are somewhat close to 50/50, it's out of fear. The idea there's no way a challenger could gain a few percent in six months, with a bad economy and Obama's approval under 50%, was so ridiculous, it reeked of overkill.

The interesting thing is, a few months ago, there were about 7-9 states that were considered swing states, and Mitt needed 5-6 of them. Now, there's about 14-15, and Mitt needs 8-10.

5/29/2012 08:08:00 PM

(5/29/2012 07:41:00 PM) - Al

Lucroy out 4-6 weeks, Marty Maldonado will come up and catch most of the time, while Kottaras rehabs.

After a breakthrough offensive campaign in '11, Marty is getting out 73% of the time in AAA thus far. Much of his success last season is probably directly related to his .370 BAbip, which is unsustainable.

I see him as a solid backup, probably a .300/.375 or so. He does have some pop, as even this year, almost half of his base hits are for extra bases. He certainly has some upside, and everything I've read has him as a plus defender, especially his throwing arm. He's thrown out 42% of basestealers in his career, while Yadi Molina is at 44% in the majors. 

5/29/2012 07:41:00 PM

(5/29/2012 07:31:00 PM) - Al

Obama has been driving the economy for the last 3.5 years with the handbrake on. All Romney needs to do is push the button and release it.--Dennis Miller

I said Obama's policies would lead to a slow growing economy, followed by another downturn. Sometimes, I wish I was wrong. 

Reagan slashed the highest tax rate from 70% down to 35% (or so, I'm not going to look it up), and it basically led to 25 years of growth, with minor blips here and there. Fail to learn from history? Not much I can do.

5/29/2012 07:31:00 PM

Monday, May 28, 2012

(5/28/2012 09:25:00 PM) - Al

Caleb Gindl with a .390/.457 line in his last ten games at AAA. Looks to be healthy and back at it of late.

5/28/2012 09:25:00 PM

(5/28/2012 09:10:00 PM) - Al

Forbes with a contrarian viewpoint that makes a lot of sense.

Helmets are a weapon, not a protective piece of equipment.

5/28/2012 09:10:00 PM

(5/28/2012 09:06:00 PM) - Al

Front Row Amy posted some pics of her Memorial Day weekend.

I, for one, am offended.

That I wasn't invited.

5/28/2012 09:06:00 PM

(5/28/2012 08:54:00 PM) - Al

Ask for help on an obvious missed call?

Why would we do that?

Wait 'til it gets hot out...they'll be far, far worse...but, they'll still have lucrative jobs. That's quite a set-up they got there. 

5/28/2012 08:54:00 PM

(5/28/2012 08:45:00 PM) - Al

It is very possible that if Lucroy's hand is not broken, he'll be able to go in a couple days...and then Kottaras will be DL'd.

May you live in interesting times.

5/28/2012 08:45:00 PM

(5/28/2012 08:07:00 PM) - Al

With all the PR people available in the world, it's astounding how badly these fools are at apologizing.

He might as well have said, "I'm sorry I was honest and said those fools aren't heroes. I hate my country because it's not a far-left utopia."

He will, however, get a hearty ovation at the folk song singalong at the commune Friday night.

5/28/2012 08:07:00 PM

(5/28/2012 07:15:00 PM) - Al

5th in RS (of 16 in NL)
15th in RA

9th in RS
10th in RA

15th in ERA in SP
13th in ERA in RP

The irony is, most folks ignore the pitching, even though it remains the more pressing issue, even thought the everyday lineup in in shambles. 

5/28/2012 07:15:00 PM

(5/28/2012 06:55:00 PM) - Al

Lucroy out with bruised hand, taking Xrays. Kottaras will play despite hammy problem.

5/28/2012 06:55:00 PM

(5/28/2012 03:01:00 PM) - Al

On Wizbang, Warner Todd Huston blogged, “Happy Memorial Day, Chris Hayes. I’d like to remind you that many of those Neanderthals that you despise so much died for your right to hate them.”

A blogger at The Right Sphere, who noted he is a veteran, wrote that he “can’t quite bring myself to be angry about it.”

“I feel sorry for Chris Hayes because sadly, this is his worldview. It’s how he thinks. It’s his value system, and it’s sad. This is a man who over and over again has spoken with greater reverence about the ‘Occupy Movement’ than he did today about our fallen service members,” Tommy wrote.

Meanwhile, Ann Coulter took to Twitter to give her assessment of the MSNBC host’s comment. “Chris Hayes ‘Uncomfortable’ Calling Fallen Military ‘Heroes’ — Marines respond by protecting his right to menstruate,” she tweeted.--Politico.

I cannot tell you how happy I am that I do not share the political leanings of Chris Hayes and his elite tax, spend, and hate America views.

Whenever I question a position, I need not look further than idiots like this, and know that they are on the wrong side of history, and hence, I am not.

5/28/2012 03:01:00 PM

(5/28/2012 02:56:00 PM) - Al

I can't believe it's that close.

5/28/2012 02:56:00 PM

(5/28/2012 02:31:00 PM) - Al

I also have no doubts about Van Jones' patriotism, or his communist beliefs.

You know, the current administration happily hired him. Loyalty over qualificartions. It's no wonder we have the president we do.

5/28/2012 02:31:00 PM

(5/28/2012 02:10:00 PM) - Al

Today we honor the dead of our wars. We recall their valor and sacrifices. We remember they gave their lives so others might live.–President Reagan

After a decade under the dark cloud of war, we can see the light of the new day on the horizon.--Obama

And to think, we used to think he was a good speaker.

5/28/2012 02:10:00 PM

(5/28/2012 02:01:00 PM) - Al

Heckler interrupts McCain during Memorial Day address. Gets taken out by security. McCain waits, then says, "Jerk!"

Heh. Our president would have apologized. 

5/28/2012 02:01:00 PM

(5/28/2012 11:54:00 AM) - Al

No way this hard throwing righty makes it through waivers. He's likely to be claimed by a half dozen teams or more.

5/28/2012 11:54:00 AM

(5/28/2012 11:21:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling son and I are having an early lunch and are off to play mini-golf. They were closed at 10:30 when we showed up, but they said they will open at noon.

So much for missing the mid-day heat.

5/28/2012 11:21:00 AM

(5/28/2012 11:18:00 AM) - Al

Mike Hunt can say nothing in more words than anyone I know.

5/28/2012 11:18:00 AM

Sunday, May 27, 2012

(5/27/2012 06:57:00 PM) - Al

Ishikawa to DL, Conrad returns.

Roenicke said after the game Loe was unavailable due to a sore elbow.

The fact they were so healthy last year helped immensely, and is hurting this year. These things tend to balance out. 

5/27/2012 06:57:00 PM

(5/27/2012 06:10:00 PM) - Al

Bucks' fans, Jon Brockman's girlfriend is playing softball on ESPN, CF and clean-up hitter Kimi Pohlman for UW.

5/27/2012 06:10:00 PM

(5/27/2012 05:25:00 PM) - Al

The cries of racism are now being heard on the Dem side.

I gotta agree with Glenn, it's hilarious, and fun to watch the hypocrisy. 

5/27/2012 05:25:00 PM

(5/27/2012 05:19:00 PM) - Al

This is, perhaps, the most astonishing stat I've ever seen.

5/27/2012 05:19:00 PM

(5/27/2012 05:10:00 PM) - Al

Poker player and entrepreneur Dan Fleyschman correctly points out that you cannot buy 40 ounces of any beverage, including water, for under $2 at the retail level...except malt liquor.

Strange, but true. 

5/27/2012 05:10:00 PM

(5/27/2012 05:07:00 PM) - Al

What's the most strange is, the Crew has the most depth in the OF, but neither Schafer or Gindl have been used yet (both have been beat up and off to slow starts as well).

Maldonado for Kottaras swap possible after today's game. Marty is already on the 40, so it will be painless, except for George's hammy.

5/27/2012 05:07:00 PM

(5/27/2012 04:57:00 PM) - Al

The left wonders why they get the reputation as being unpatriotic and anti-military.

Because many of them are.

By the way, I'm not sure if two people on the planet look more alike than Rachel Maddow and this clown.

5/27/2012 04:57:00 PM

(5/27/2012 02:33:00 PM) - Al

Ramblings wishes a quick recovery to Brewgalfan Spectacular participant Erika, who suffered some nasty injuries when she was stopped at a light and slammed into by a lady going 40-50 mph.

Erika's a ton of fun, and you should follow her on Twitter. You may not agree with everything she says, but she'll say it loudly and not care at all what you think. She's a refreshing voice.

5/27/2012 02:33:00 PM

(5/27/2012 02:27:00 PM) - Al

I chat with Maddy all the time on Twitter, and while I may not agree with her on every stance, I certainly support her right to say it.

If only the left felt the same way.

They seem to realize that if other options exist, they will lose...hence, censorship is the only path. Thank goodness I am not a sheep.

5/27/2012 02:27:00 PM

(5/27/2012 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Travis Ishikawa has strained left oblique that could land him on the DL.--Tom H

My goodness.

This is why more guys should be built like me. You can't pull fat.

Never underestimate how vital good depth is. And please, Brooks Conrad's 20 PA's are as meaningless as it gets. Heck, 100 PA's is a meaningless sample. 20 is absurdly silly to concern yourself with. 

5/27/2012 02:00:00 PM

(5/27/2012 01:56:00 PM) - Al

As I expected, Fiers will start Tuesday, presumably taking McClendon's roster spot, though you could argue for Dillard or Perez as well.

I have to giggle that this is exactly what I thought, and Tom H (who watches every game you know) has been incorrect every time he made a comment.

5/27/2012 01:56:00 PM

(5/27/2012 01:40:00 PM) - Al

The Indy 500 on a hot day.

They should have just canceled it. Maybe hold it in the winter...unless it's too cold, of course.

If the wagon trains going west left today, they'd be back by sunset...too sticky.

5/27/2012 01:40:00 PM

(5/27/2012 01:34:00 PM) - Al

...George Kottaras, who has falled off after a blistering start to the season.--Tom H, JS

Tom write good. He gets paid for it, you know. 

5/27/2012 01:34:00 PM

(5/27/2012 01:28:00 PM) - Al

McCain's "kick the can down the road until after the election" analogy is fitting of the entire Obama presidency.

Thank goodness we have men like John McCain, who has faithfully served his country for 50 years.

Meanwhile, our president plays golf and reads lies off a teleprompter...badly, I might add.

5/27/2012 01:28:00 PM

(5/27/2012 01:11:00 PM) - Al

Is it me, or is Rock of Ages, the film about a band in the 80's, going out of its way to hide the fact Tom Cruise plays the lead singer of the band?

He used to be on of the biggest draws in entertainment, and it now seems he is so disliked they don't want anyone to know he's in it.

5/27/2012 01:11:00 PM

(5/27/2012 01:11:00 PM) - Al

Hopefully, everyone is having a fine Memorial Day weekend. Mine didn't begin until 5:10 or so yesterday, but many are working today and tomorrow, so I cannot complain. We went out to breakfast and stopped at Target for a couple things. The Rambling son and I threw our new frisbee around the back yard for a while upon getting home. Our old one broke when it hit the deck last time a week ago or so...lesson learned, do not leave outside all winter, the cold makes plastic very brittle.

I just looked up Memorial Day, as I do not recall it being thought of as a military holiday when I was young. While it was began as a way to memorialize those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms, many have used it to put flowers on graves. Many feel this has become moreso since 1972, when it became the final Monday in May, as the long weekend has created more of a party atmosphere; cookouts, get togethers, and the like. Since many folks do not have any family who perished while serving, the discussion often is about relatives who have passed away. In fact, a bill has been introduced every year since '87 to change it back to May 30th, and in doing so, hopefully make it a day we remember those who died while fighting for the finest nation in the history of the planet. It never even gets to a vote, nor will it.

I have often said the true heroes are those who come home in a flag draped coffin. They are the reason we have the freedom to spend the first unofficial weekend of summer cooking out (the Rambling wife bought cheddar bratwurst patties yesterday, I gained 3 pounds looking at the box). Thanks to them, and for all the veterans who served.

5/27/2012 01:11:00 PM

(5/27/2012 12:39:00 PM) - Al

Adam Jones even seems to realize BAL is overpaying.

He's being paid for 40 games, even though he has half-a-decade of experience. He's 26, so a minor improvement might be expected, but he's not going to keep this pace up. He's getting a Ryan Braun contract and he's a Corey Hart...solid, but more of a complementary player.

He is a valuable cog, especially if he is able to play CF. Just not that valuable.

5/27/2012 12:39:00 PM

(5/27/2012 12:33:00 PM) - Al

Komatsu available again. Sooner or later, someone will manage to get him through waivers, and the Nats will take him back, I assume.

Not sure why the Twins are not hanging onto him, as they are not contending this season.

5/27/2012 12:33:00 PM

(5/27/2012 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Hi Al,

I was at the game last night and I have to say it was very frustrating.  You can't win a game when you let the lead-off batter on base for 5 straight innings. I thought I picked the best game of the series with Greinke pitching.  Watching his body language, it looked like he didn't want to be there at all. We live in Phoenix and get one Brewer game per year, that was not a fun one watch. However, I would say 15% of the crowd were fellow Crew fans. Great blog by the way, huge fan.


You knew Greinke was in trouble from the moment he took the mound. Wasn't backing up throws, and so on. Zack is very talented, and he has many apologists every time he has a terrible performance, they oddly will blame those of us who truthfully analyze his outing as "crappy" and say we're picking on his medical condition...which, if it effects his pitching, should be picked on.

As I said last night, when you have a guy who has openly discussed not bothering to give a max effort in the past, and he appears "out of it," that's a bad sign.

Thank you for the kind words, Joe, I'm glad you enjoy it.

5/27/2012 12:30:00 PM

(5/27/2012 12:02:00 AM) - Al

Juan Perez showing flashes of brilliance as well. Not many lefties have a big breaking curve like that.

5/27/2012 12:02:00 AM

Saturday, May 26, 2012

(5/26/2012 11:15:00 PM) - Al

If McClendon was just supposed to be up for a few days and then be sent down when Tuesday's SP is brought up, Mike just made that a very tough decision.

He's never going to be shutdown guy, but he'll give you innings and a 3.50-4 ERA.

5/26/2012 11:15:00 PM

(5/26/2012 10:37:00 PM) - Al

Whenever you see Greinke struggle, it'd hard not to harken back to his Royals' days, when he admitted not giving much of an effort when his team was struggling, even though he was making several million dollars. Add that to his overall weirdness, his anxiety disorder, and his tendency to have blow-up starts despite excellent stuff, and you'll see why several teams will have no interest in him.

Depending on your point of view, that might make him a "bargain" or a risk.

5/26/2012 10:37:00 PM

(5/26/2012 10:27:00 PM) - Al

The worst part about Greinke pitching terribly is he's so mentally weak, Roenicke is afraid to leave him out there to try to recover and give the team 5 innings.

5/26/2012 10:27:00 PM

(5/26/2012 08:58:00 PM) - Al


Cher was tough to take even back when she was hot.

5/26/2012 08:58:00 PM

(5/26/2012 07:23:00 PM) - Al

This is why I would never dream of being critical of a US military mission while it is taking place.

Some say you can support the troops and not support their objective. I say try telling that to Regan's fiancee in the picture above. There's no harm at all in being patriotic, but there is harm in running your mouth when you have nothing good to say.

Either be positive or shut the hell up.

5/26/2012 07:23:00 PM

(5/26/2012 06:30:00 PM) - Al

Izturis DL'd, Maysonet back.

Jeff Bianchi, who is a former 2nd round pick picked up on waivers and brilliantly maneuvered off the 40 man by Doug in the offseason, is probably just a few good offensive games away from being given a chance, as he was a top prospect before he missed an entire season with an injury.

5/26/2012 06:30:00 PM

(5/26/2012 06:23:00 PM) - Al

Don't look now, but a privately owned company just did what NASA has been doing...and likely, far better and cheaper.

You know, if I didn't know better, I'd say this "free market" thing might just catch on.

5/26/2012 06:23:00 PM

(5/26/2012 06:19:00 PM) - Al

I think his "Jimmy Carter moment" will last 4 years...heaven forbid 8.

Note how negative the UK media is about his performance...while here in the USA, the old media still puts "unexpectedly" after every bad job report. Painfully biased.

5/26/2012 06:19:00 PM

(5/26/2012 12:02:00 AM) - Al

Taylor Green replaces 3B Aramis Ramirez, who was drilled on leg by pitch in top of ninth.

Ramirez was, of course, hit just above the elbow. Tom doesn't even bother watching the games as he reports fictional events.

The absolute worst in the business. 

5/26/2012 12:02:00 AM

(5/26/2012 12:00:00 AM) - Al

Adam Jones is a solid CF, but he's going to be massively overpaid if those numbers are correct.

5/26/2012 12:00:00 AM

Friday, May 25, 2012

(5/25/2012 09:38:00 PM) - Al

And people wonder why I don't like going to parties.

10-1 someone said it tasted like chicken.

5/25/2012 09:38:00 PM

(5/25/2012 09:22:00 PM) - Al

Politics is the only profession where you're called courageous simply for keeping your word.--Governor Walker

From my Twitter feed, the big laugh is how many times Barrett said he'd add something without ever saying he'd cut anything. Heh.

5/25/2012 09:22:00 PM

(5/25/2012 08:50:00 PM) - Al

You get the feeling this is what the old media found, so they just pretended they didn't.

5/25/2012 08:50:00 PM

(5/25/2012 08:39:00 PM) - Al

Ann is live blogging the governor's debate.

I can't believe they are having a pair of them, as what exactly do people need to know? Barrett's record of taxing and spending in Milwaukee is well known, as is Walker's of, you know, lowering taxes and eliminating Doyle's deficit.

5/25/2012 08:39:00 PM

(5/25/2012 07:52:00 PM) - Al

Kameron Loe has now pitched in 4 of the last 5 games & has thrown 110 total pitches allowing just 3 earned runs.--Trenni

A casual blogger asked if there's something wrong with Tim Dillard.

Yes there is...he turns every LH hitter he faces into Babe Ruth. 

5/25/2012 07:52:00 PM

(5/25/2012 07:37:00 PM) - Al

Marathon rant time... Ok, I've done over 65 different marathons now, in all ranges of heat, cold, wind, Nor'easters, and snow/ice storms, and can say with absolute certainty that if a race provides sufficient water and ice, a marathoner can safely finish a marathon in 90 plus degree heat. The fact is, that during the last hot marathon in Madison, the half marathoners had a greater med-tent rate. It is one thing to "cancel" it during, so at least people have a shot to finish the marathon unofficially, but quite another to cancel it two days out. They are apparently assuming that their marathoners will be undertrained, ignorant and hyper-competitive. Poor form, I'm ashamed of my home-town marathon. Boo.--Facebook friend

I won't divulge her name because I'm reprinting without permission, and she's a lawyer. We worked together about 20 years ago, and she's a winner. Good to see we still are on the same page about common sense.

5/25/2012 07:37:00 PM

(5/25/2012 07:22:00 PM) - Al

 I'm flabbergasted how many of the ultra-wealthy think socialism sounds so appealing.

They don't seem to realize that socialism only works if most everyone lives in squalor. It does make everyone equal (except the party elite), as it turns all into have-nots.

They just don't get it...they are living the life they are because of free markets and capitalism, and yet they think we'd be better off without them.

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

5/25/2012 07:22:00 PM

(5/25/2012 07:11:00 PM) - Al

Tom H seems shocked Roenicke seems to be saying the team will call someone up to make Tuesday's start, as he failed to even consider that McClendon was just brought up for a few days.

He has the imagination of a sloth.

5/25/2012 07:11:00 PM

(5/25/2012 07:09:00 PM) - Al

Adam of says Tyler Thornburg is being considered to be added to the big league roster, but 40 man roster considerations make it very difficult.

His numbers are stellar, but I do not see him having long-term success as a SP, as sub 6 foot RH SP's are very rare, especially those who are successful 3+ seasons.

5/25/2012 07:09:00 PM

(5/25/2012 07:00:00 PM) - Al

If you haven't noticed the obvious hypocrisy, you're not paying attention.

5/25/2012 07:00:00 PM

(5/25/2012 06:57:00 PM) - Al

Just when you thought our boy Johnny Edwards has hit rock bottom, he manages to dig a little more out of the hole.

I think he should be sentenced to ten years for being a first degree scumbag.

5/25/2012 06:57:00 PM

(5/25/2012 01:30:00 PM) - Al

More good news.

Don't get cocky folks. Be loud and proud. We ain't won nothing yet.

I still think the DNC not sending a penny for TV ads was the best sign I've witnessed. For the 2nd time, we have independent polls showing Walker just barely losing in union households.

That said, voter turnout can alter elections. Vote, and offer to drive those who believe in low taxes and sane spending to the polls. 

5/25/2012 01:30:00 PM

(5/25/2012 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Casey sends this example of what happens when you don't tax people to death...they find money to do good deeds.

5/25/2012 09:30:00 AM

Thursday, May 24, 2012

(5/24/2012 10:00:00 PM) - Al

Reason discusses their poll...Walker is strong, but even moreso, the public depises public unions.

On that happy note, I'm off to bed.

5/24/2012 10:00:00 PM

(5/24/2012 09:58:00 PM) - Al

Nancy Pelosi wonders why he just doesn't have a handful of Air Force planes on she did, because she's a despicable, terrible, rotten human being.

Don't worry...we'll read the bill after we pass it.

5/24/2012 09:58:00 PM

(5/24/2012 09:54:00 PM) - Al

I do not see any of the VP candidates as bringing in many votes...and it's difficult to imagine any of them being half as much fun as Chris Christie.

5/24/2012 09:54:00 PM

(5/24/2012 09:50:00 PM) - Al

Marlins looking for a CF, too bad Morgan got off to a slow start.

Not only do the Brewers have twins in Aoki and Morgan, Schafer is probably as close to a clone of them as you can find in AAA anywhere in baseball.

I do not worry about having too much talent, to say the least.

5/24/2012 09:50:00 PM

(5/24/2012 08:39:00 PM) - Al

Chris Christie feels adults can be adults and live with the consequences.

Good for him. Another strike against the plethora of nanny state silliness.

5/24/2012 08:39:00 PM

(5/24/2012 08:10:00 PM) - Al

It ain't over until it's over.

We know how dirty they will fight, how many dead folks will vote in Milwaukee and Madison, and that every single ad is full of deceit, lies, and deceitful lies.

Fight like a girl, punch back twice as hard, and don't be the least bit afraid to let people know you are proud to vote for fiscal sanity. 

5/24/2012 08:10:00 PM

(5/24/2012 07:30:00 PM) - Al

Funny, I don't recall W spending $1T on pork in blue districts.

Rewriting history in the present. Will that fit on a bumper sticker?

5/24/2012 07:30:00 PM

(5/24/2012 07:28:00 PM) - Al

One of the fastest moving storms I've ever seen on radar, went north of us.

The Rambling dog slept through it like a pro.

5/24/2012 07:28:00 PM

(5/24/2012 07:24:00 PM) - Al

Watch Ryan's Story, about a fella about my age who accompanied a WW2 vet to see see the WW2 Memorial.

After you watch it, send it out to your e-mail least those who won't scoff at the fact you love your country.

Thanks to Dennis for e-mailing it to me. 

5/24/2012 07:24:00 PM

(5/24/2012 07:07:00 PM) - Al

Hot, humid, and windy all day today...thunderstorm and tornado warnings just issued for the Wausau area. Back soon, I hope.

5/24/2012 07:07:00 PM

(5/24/2012 09:30:00 AM) - Al

ABC rips Obama so badly, it's hard to believe they're part of the old media.

5/24/2012 09:30:00 AM

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

(5/23/2012 10:17:00 PM) - Al

I'd say they might move further left...but I seriously doubt it's even possible. 

5/23/2012 10:17:00 PM

(5/23/2012 10:10:00 PM) - Al

Walker, Obama both lead by 10 (in WI) in poll that took five days to be released.

I guess that's why no one has ever heard of Reason-Rupe.

5/23/2012 10:10:00 PM

(5/23/2012 09:20:00 PM) - Al

Skiles being discussed for Magic coaching job.

5/23/2012 09:20:00 PM

(5/23/2012 09:13:00 PM) - Al

Hustler runs photoshopped picture of SE Cupp, in a tasteless manner.

Glenn Beck says it best...if they did this with Michelle Obama, not only would the world be on fire, Glenn Beck (and myself) would proudly join the burning. But, since SE is a conservative, the Dems will remain quiet, and the old media will all but ignore this, just like they did Sarah Palin. 

That's the difference between us. Obama only cares about Trayvon Martin because he's black, and if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon. I care about people of all colors having a chance to succeed without getting taxed to death and being a kizillion dollars in debt because they keep adding pork to get reelected, so they can add more pork.

5/23/2012 09:13:00 PM

(5/23/2012 08:46:00 PM) - Al

Fiers is scheduled to start tomorrow night. If he starts, he'd be set up to pitch again next Tuesday...when Estrada's turn would be.

If it is him, he will probably only go a few innings. If he gets pulled after 3-5 frames, he'll likely be the guy. Of course, if that's the case, they will probably bring up a reliever like McClendon for a few games, as it's just a way of maximizing their 25 man roster.

They should know Estrada's situation by tomorrow afternoon, and Nashville is in Vegas...a short flight from Arizona, where the Crew plays this weekend.

5/23/2012 08:46:00 PM

(5/23/2012 08:28:00 PM) - Al

Estrada's injury does not appear to be minor.

Fiers and Peralta have to be the favorites to come up, though Parra was mentioned as well. Manny has never had much success as a SP, but in theory, could be effective in that role. At the very least, Roenicke said they would need someone to "back up" Parra if they did go with him, as it is unlikely he would go more than 2-3 innings.

EDIT: Peralta followed up a horrible start with a poor one last night. You have to believe Fiers will get the call, whether they need a SP or a stretched out reliever. 

5/23/2012 08:28:00 PM

(5/23/2012 07:55:00 PM) - Al

I've never been so unimpressed.

"Look, it's so small," is rarely an interesting phrase.

5/23/2012 07:55:00 PM

(5/23/2012 07:35:00 PM) - Al

Ransom is one of those "improve the roster" type moves that, in theory, barely makes a difference if you look at the math. However, he might hit a HR to win a game, and that's all they're hoping for. Also, on a minor note, Maysonet has never really played 3B, so they'd move Izturis over to 3B and play Edwin at SS, which weakened them at SS too.

The bar is set very low at C and SS, so if you can catch the ball and have any sort of offense, you can make a fine living.

5/23/2012 07:35:00 PM

(5/23/2012 07:24:00 PM) - Al

Ransom only has 381 career innings at SS in the majors, and his UZR is -0.9, so he should not a disaster there.

5/23/2012 07:24:00 PM

(5/23/2012 07:17:00 PM) - Al

Brewers claim Cody Ransom from ARI. He's 36, and a decent hitter, but while he has played SS in the past, he has barely played there in the past five years, so it's safe to say his range will likely be below average.

Maysonet goes down to make room for him. Not sure if there's a 40 man move or not.

Cody is a RH hitter, and has career numbers of .310/.409, meaning it's a good thing he can play 2B/SS/3B (or catch), or he'd have been done years ago. 

5/23/2012 07:17:00 PM

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

(5/22/2012 09:28:00 PM) - Al

SF hasn't joined the "play on the warning track" club yet. I'm not sure if I can recall a team playing their OF's so shallow.

5/22/2012 09:28:00 PM

(5/22/2012 08:37:00 PM) - Al

Mr. Obama calls Mr. Romney to say he thinks it is time the country had a Mormon president. But just as Mr. Romney is thanking the president for the apparent concession, Mr. Obama interrupts him to say, “My baptism is on Saturday."--NY Times reports this joke is making the round

I do promise you Romney did not sit in a racist, anti-American church for two decades...

5/22/2012 08:37:00 PM

(5/22/2012 06:55:00 PM) - Al

MLB-wide batting average on balls in play now down to .291. Down for 5th consecutive season. Lowest since ’92 per Fangraphs.

Shifting defenses and an emphasis on defense.

Defense is far cheaper than pitching or offense, but it is for a's only about 10-15% of the game.

5/22/2012 06:55:00 PM

(5/22/2012 06:54:00 PM) - Al

I've never heard of Ray J, but he needs to get off the drugs.

5/22/2012 06:54:00 PM

(5/22/2012 03:51:00 PM) - Al

Braun in, Hart gets the night off.

5/22/2012 03:51:00 PM

(5/22/2012 03:28:00 PM) - Al

Real unemployment at 22.3%.


5/22/2012 03:28:00 PM

(5/22/2012 02:44:00 PM) - Al

Hypocrites, one and all.

5/22/2012 02:44:00 PM

(5/22/2012 02:33:00 PM) - Al

The Obamaconomy has done what traffic engineers said could not be

5/22/2012 02:33:00 PM

(5/22/2012 02:28:00 PM) - Al

This is why we must have the internet.

5/22/2012 02:28:00 PM

(5/22/2012 01:03:00 PM) - Al

$20M of taxpayer dollars to promote Obamacare.

May you live in interesting, if albeit, shockingly fiscally irresponsible, times.

5/22/2012 01:03:00 PM

(5/22/2012 01:02:00 PM) - Al

Brewers' starters have a 2.82 ERA over the last 13 games (79.2ip, 25er) with 10 quality starts, including 3 in a row.--Brewers

The SP has come around nicely, but despite over six innings a start, the bullpen is still wearing down, in part due to the extra inning games. That's why a stretched out arm like Fiers might really help. I've long been a proponent of having a fella capable of going 3-4 frames, especially for use in a 7-2 game, when the SP has to be removed due to high pitch count or if they're needed to be PH for. Estrada has filled that role in the past, though he was rarely utilized for a long stretch like that.   

5/22/2012 01:02:00 PM

(5/22/2012 12:44:00 PM) - Al

Jason Marquis will contribute to a MLB team this season. His velocity is the same as it's been the past two seasons, and he likely just needs an adjustment. He didn't just lose it overnight, but if you miss location, you start getting hit.

5/22/2012 12:44:00 PM

(5/22/2012 12:30:00 PM) - Al

High payroll equals losers thus far.

That's a shame, though I promise you the Phillies will be fine. The Tigers too, as they can win 80 games and still win the Central.

5/22/2012 12:30:00 PM

(5/22/2012 12:27:00 PM) - Al

They're just so much better than us mere mortals.

5/22/2012 12:27:00 PM

(5/22/2012 11:25:00 AM) - Al

Romney "too focused on bottom line."

I'll give Obama that...he's not focused on anything but getting reelected, and certainly not the least bit concerned about balancing a budget or spending less.

Lenin would be proud.

5/22/2012 11:25:00 AM

(5/22/2012 11:06:00 AM) - Al

Why we can't get overconfident...they will lie, deceive, and do anything to win.

Desperate times could easily lead to a "leak" of something totally untrue. They are ignorant hacks, but they are ignorant hacks that will happily steal an election. 

5/22/2012 11:06:00 AM

(5/22/2012 12:51:00 AM) - Al

You can't help but wonder if Loe pitching a meaningless 9th yesterday after that ill timed, asinine ejection by an umpire who doesn't understand the most obvious nuances of the game...and like they all do, think they are bigger than the game, may have kept him from working tonight, forcing Juan Perez to pitch to a RH, and working his third game in a row.

They may be forced to call up a pitcher just to have some fresh arms in the bullpen tomorrow, as you would think Veras, Parra, and Perez are unavailable. I'm the first to admit, Perez is pure roster filler, he's a 30+ loogy, though he does throw hard.

5/22/2012 12:51:00 AM

(5/22/2012 12:45:00 AM) - Al

With Loe's pitch count getting high in the ninth inning Sunday, the Brewers were a batter away from bringing in a position player to close out the ballgame. Roenicke said center fielder Carlos Gomez and infielder Edwin Maysonet were his first two

Painful how one fool can turn a game into a sideshow. 

5/22/2012 12:45:00 AM

(5/22/2012 12:40:00 AM) - Al

Good to see Caleb Gindl have a 2-2 night with 3 walks. Caleb has struggled this season after a stellar '12. Doug brushed it off the other day as a slow start after playing with the big league club all spring, implying it was all mental. Hopefully, it is.

5/22/2012 12:40:00 AM

(5/22/2012 12:38:00 AM) - Al

I'd love to see Mike Fiers brought up to work in middle relief, as I think his stuff would be especially effective working just once to each hitter.

5/22/2012 12:38:00 AM

Monday, May 21, 2012

(5/21/2012 10:06:00 PM) - Al

Nice to see many people attend, even if they likely do it for the publicity.

5/21/2012 10:06:00 PM

(5/21/2012 10:00:00 PM) - Al

Thank goodness they got short sentences so they could commit other crimes.

5/21/2012 10:00:00 PM

(5/21/2012 09:55:00 PM) - Al

Money isn't everything it's made out to be. Trust me, John Lennon cashed every residual check for "All You Need Is Love.--Dennis Miller Heh. I'm sure he did.

5/21/2012 09:55:00 PM

(5/21/2012 09:09:00 PM) - Al

I'm struggling to comprehend that $300M worth of cheese was destroyed, and that somewhere, people pay $11 a pound for cheese.

I paid $4 for a pound of baby swiss once, and felt dirty for a week.

5/21/2012 09:09:00 PM

(5/21/2012 08:51:00 PM) - Al

Izturis is an automatic out from right side. Don't understand why he switch-hits.--Tom H, JS

career LH--.293/.315, 608 OPS
career RH--.298/.335, 633 OPS

Despite having media notes prepared for him every game, not to mention the entire internet a click or two away, Tom is such an imbecile, he refuses to use any of it and instead sends out incorrect information.

I'd call him a senseless buffoon, but I wouldn't want offend senseless buffoons.

5/21/2012 08:51:00 PM

(5/21/2012 08:25:00 PM) - Al

This should be enough to get us from today to a new arena.--Marc Marotta, Bradley Center dude

Marc must be new to Milwaukee politics. The Bucks would be in Kansas City or New Orleans or Charlotte had the Pettits not built the Bradley Center...because they didn't think there was anything wrong with the MECCA. And don't forget, they complained about having to take care of the infrastructure, despite the fact they were given a brand new arena.

I'll believe it when the dirt starts to move.

I can't believe they got $1M a year in naming rights either. Miller is getting a huge bargain from the Crew only paying $2.1M, as it should be at least 3 times more, and probably more than that. As I said at the time, Miller got incredible value out of the construction accident and the media mentions that came with it...they had not even started paying for it then.

5/21/2012 08:25:00 PM

(5/21/2012 08:10:00 PM) - Al

He is the most ill-prepared person to assume the presidency in my lifetime. This is a guy who literally is walking around in a dark room trying to find the light switch of leadership.--Chris Christie

He wasn't ready, and he's hellishly over his head. All I wonder is, what exactly the 27% who "strongly approve" would do if, you know, he did anything except play politics.

5/21/2012 08:10:00 PM

(5/21/2012 07:55:00 PM) - Al

The left hates it when lefties are not blatant anti-capitalists like their president.

Attacking companies like Bain is just not understanding economics and how the free market works. Often times, companies fail to see what they have, or how to fix it. A third party can properly value this far better than someone that is "too close" to things. 

5/21/2012 07:55:00 PM

(5/21/2012 07:32:00 PM) - Al

Yeah, it's hard to believe that the brilliant strategy of telling your opponent exactly what you plan to do and not consulting your military leaders hasn't worked out.

5/21/2012 07:32:00 PM

(5/21/2012 07:28:00 PM) - Al

Nice to have the budget under control so they can add land to the state reserves.

It's good for tourism too. With so many landowners being so strict about people hunting on their land, many folks need/want a place to hunt, and they spend lots on supplies, food, lodging, and so on. 

5/21/2012 07:28:00 PM

Sunday, May 20, 2012

(5/20/2012 09:51:00 PM) - Al

Because all religious holidays can't possibly fit, they ignore them all.

Brilliant. Government run education at its finest.

5/20/2012 09:51:00 PM

(5/20/2012 09:46:00 PM) - Al

Just watched Cheaper By The Dozen, the 1950 version, and the first episode of Jericho on Netflix through Roku.

We've had that for ages, and I've only watched a couple things on it, because it's always been downstairs, in the family room. The Rambling wife says since she usually watches shows on the DVR, she never watches anything on it, so I might as well take it. The Rambling son can watch Netflix on his Wii, so he doesn't use it either. I have seen every Criminal Minds and SVU episode a few times, so variety is a good thing.

It's simple, but it works. Since they ran a new internet wire to the house, our streaming is nearly perfect.

5/20/2012 09:46:00 PM

(5/20/2012 09:34:00 PM) - Al

Do not argue with math. Taxing job creators has never, and will never, help the greatest capitalist nation the planet has ever known grow its economy.

If we do not learn the lessons of Reagan, we are doomed to repeat the problems of Carter.

5/20/2012 09:34:00 PM

(5/20/2012 04:29:00 PM) - Al

Our tax dollars at work. Note that when confronted with the truth, the teacher did not back down and again tried to quiet the rebellion with more untruths.

Obviously, a union member.

Should be fired the second the recording leaked. What a freaking idiot.

5/20/2012 04:29:00 PM

(5/20/2012 03:58:00 PM) - Al

Another blogger giggles over the JS leans right thought.

Let's hope she's correct about just choosing the winner.

5/20/2012 03:58:00 PM

(5/20/2012 03:45:00 PM) - Al

Dems accuse JS, which ignored the bad behavior at the capitol last year, of right-wing bias.


This is why their message is not playing to moderates and independents. You have to be brain dead to believe bunk like this. 

5/20/2012 03:45:00 PM

(5/20/2012 03:26:00 PM) - Al

Scott sends in this puff piece by a Occupy dweeb who answers her own questions...she says most are unemployed, but then says later they wish they could sit in a cubicle to help make someone else rich.

Attitudes like that get weeded out through the interview process. Druggies who have no desire/incentive to work, especially in a job involving menial labor, have never been active in the job force, because they don't make good employees. This isn't any different now than it ever was, there's just more of them now, as the financial aid is so mind-boggingly easy to get. After being paid to party through college, which is now socially accepted to take up to six years, getting up and going to work five days a week (and heavens, maybe not even Mon-Fri!) is mighty tough.

There's an entitlement issue here, as habits of expecting to be paid for nothing is a tough one to overcome, especially when the alternative is free health insurance until you're 26 and your parents/grandparents/boyfriend/girlfriend/the system is taking care of you.

This is why extended unemployment benefits have been shown over and over to increase the length of unemployment. 

5/20/2012 03:26:00 PM

(5/20/2012 03:10:00 PM) - Al

Any chance the Brewers' runs scored numbers are awfully skewed/misleading because they seem to score 8+ runs one game and 1 run for the next 5?


Kevin's using selective memory here.

Their problem is they allow far more runs than they score...most all teams finish within 1-3 wins of where they "should." Last year, the Crew won six more than they "should have"...I think it was mostly due to good fortune and outstanding late inning relief, not just from Axford and KRod, but Loe, Saito, and Hawkins.

Most teams that have success and win 95+ also have a winning record in close games...but their lesser percentage (win 58% overall, 54% of 1-2 run games, and 60% of 1-2 run games) indicates close games often come down to luck or a fortuitous break. Good teams tend to be lucky as's team has hit the ball hard, but also had a number of bloopers fall in.

Winning teams win 10-8, 2-1, and 13-3. They also lose 12-1 less often. All those things add up to run differential. With 160 runs versus 201, they should have 16 victories...guess how many they have?

If you want to lose an argument, argue against math.

5/20/2012 03:10:00 PM

(5/20/2012 01:33:00 PM) - Al

Jim Henderson has allowed 1 unearned run in 20 2/3, and Johnnie Lowe hasn't allowed any runs in 15.1IP--Jeff Hemp

Both at AAA Nashville. Neither is a prospect, both veteran journeymen.

Of course, some guys find something that "clicks" late, so you never know. Lowe, however, has a 1-1 BB/K ratio and only 3.5 K/9, so his success is going to be short-lived. 

5/20/2012 01:33:00 PM

(5/20/2012 01:08:00 PM) - Al

I admit, I have a tough time telling people to quit walking and running because it's a bit muggy compared to usual.

I truly doubt if a single settler would have made it past the Mississippi  if we tried to go west today. Too dangerous folks, back to the old country. Make sure you're wearing your lifejacket, the voyage takes months.

The temperature was 70 degrees with 63 percent humidity at start time, warmed to 74 an hour later, and reached 80 by 9 a.m. That forecast was markedly different from last year’s race weather, when temperatures were cool but high winds posed challenges for runners.

Somewhere in Africa, there are tribes that call 80 degrees a respite from the heat.

Oh, and hundreds of participants ignored officials and kept on running and walking. I'm wondering how they can allow this baseball game I'm watching to take place, given the weather. 

5/20/2012 01:08:00 PM

(5/20/2012 01:02:00 PM) - Al

It's not racist when you fail to investigate the fact a nominee went to a church whose minister preached anti-America and anti-Caucasian rants from the pulpit every week for a score of years.

However, using hearsay to print stuff about a nominee...perfectly legit.

I wish someone would print up the old media's rulebook, so I could chuckle over the hypocrisy on my lunches. 

5/20/2012 01:02:00 PM

(5/20/2012 12:57:00 PM) - Al

When female news anchors and the New York Times prints an opinion piece cutting down Obama and praising the free market, you sense that even the far-left knows the wind has changed.

5/20/2012 12:57:00 PM

(5/20/2012 12:51:00 PM) - Al

Roenicke hints Rickie's hand is bothering him since he was HBP a while back. Here's the link to Rickie's numbers since then.

Causation/correlation, no. But, 14 K's is a ton, and would hint he's not 100%, and pain has a way of making things fart more difficult.

5/20/2012 12:51:00 PM

(5/20/2012 12:47:00 PM) - Al

Rumors already online about the Brewers' FA to be SP's, Greinke and Marcum (and maybe Wolf, depending on how the Crew feels about his '13 option), being a huge part of the trading deadline moves. Mark A has discussed he doubts whether or not they could ever do a complete "sell-off," as their 3M fans do not expect to see that.

That said, if the Brewers continue on with their current pace, they would be about 44-64 at the end of July...and well into looking at 2013. Realistically, they will go into the offseason with several spots open...1B/SS/CF/SP/SP...not to mention key bullpen spots. We can hope Fiers and Peralta will be ready (I think both will be at least as good as Narveson/Estrada right away, but that's just me), but we have no idea, and plus, they're one pitch away from serious injury, like all pitchers.

Right now, our best hope is that the Crew can start scoring more runs, and/or start preventing more from being scored. The pitching is more likely to work its way back, as their May numbers show. Weeks, Ramirez, Morgan, and even Izturis can be expected to improve, while Lucroy, Hart, Braun, and Ishikawa are at or above their expected production.

The pitching is tougher to quantify, as Wolf is the SP who can actually be expected to get better...Yo slightly, but not much more than good fortune. KRod and Axford have terrible numbers overall, and hopefully will return to their "norm." Veras has also struggled, but has always had results which seem "off" considering his stuff. Loe and Parra have pitched fine, as has Dillard. McClendon and Chulk were both used to eat innings and save the rest of the bullpen, and predictably struggled. Mike has pitched poorly in AAA upon his return as well.

As for defense, it has been worse than last year, as I predicted. However, while UZR measures them as 6 runs below average, 5 of those are Weeks, which make me question Rickie's overall health, as his fielding was poor upon his return as well. I do not know if Rickie is healthy or not, but did notice early in the season he was not altering his stride to hit 1B with his "good foot"...but seemed to do again the other day. \

I recall reading in a fantasy guide a couple seasons ago that almost every vast decline in production, not related to normal aging, could be traced to an injury of some relevance. While it might be wishful thinking of sorts to hope his all-around troubles are to blame on playing in pain, it makes sense too. That said, he's also been hitting in bad luck thus far, and that tends to balance out. If his BAbip were to rise to the league average of .300ish, his overall numbers would be far easier to live with, as his OBP would be near his regular level.

5/20/2012 12:47:00 PM

Saturday, May 19, 2012

(5/19/2012 11:01:00 PM) - Al

2011--RS, 4.45
2012--RS, 4.00

2011--RA, 3.94
2012--RA, 5.03

I may be the only one using math to show the problem, but as Doug says, it's all about run differential. Most folks are overreacting about the scoring, as most of us expected a 5% dropoff or so because we knew Prince would be missed. However, no way they can give up over 5 runs a game and expect to have success.

5/19/2012 11:01:00 PM

(5/19/2012 09:36:00 PM) - Al

Liberal JS endorses Walker.

Even they don't see the point.

5/19/2012 09:36:00 PM

(5/19/2012 07:10:00 PM) - Al

Jerry Brown has no idea where he'll get the money for his choo choo that will lose money by the bucketful...but that isn't stopping him from building it.

Let's note CA is billions in debt, and WI's governor eliminated his state's deficit (created by, ahem, another party's reckless spending and catering to special interests). What do you s'pose the difference is?

Fiscal responsibility is for the other guys, according to some.

And if you doubt it will lose money, of course it will...otherwise, private business (some goofy thing known as the free market and capitalism) would have already done it.

5/19/2012 07:10:00 PM

(5/19/2012 07:00:00 PM) - Al

I forget when Gomez is back, but I think it's tomorrow. I assume it will be either Conrad or Green...Taylor makes more sense for a depth and platoon advantage, but Conrad has yet to reach base, albeit in a tiny sample.

5/19/2012 07:00:00 PM

(5/19/2012 06:52:00 PM) - Al

Watching the game on DVR. If they start suspending umpires for bad behavior, they're going to run out replacements in about a week.

Good to see, but in most jobs, when you don't follow the rules, you get fired, not a day off from your lucrative job with incredible benefits. Unions protect the crappy, because the good ones don't need any assistance.

5/19/2012 06:52:00 PM

Friday, May 18, 2012

(5/18/2012 10:41:00 PM) - Al

Occupy tries to march to Rush Limbaugh's office...miss by 1K miles.

Kids, don't do drugs. You stay in school.

5/18/2012 10:41:00 PM

(5/18/2012 09:56:00 PM) - Al

If you're an anarchist who's mad about the government not doing more, you're doing it wrong.--IowaHawkBlog

When you're on drugs, lots of things seem to make sense. The only consistency is their inconsistency.

And pure stupidity. 

5/18/2012 09:56:00 PM

(5/18/2012 09:33:00 PM) - Al

Never heard of a rock star themed cruise, but it sure sounds like Kid Rock's was successful.

5/18/2012 09:33:00 PM

(5/18/2012 09:07:00 PM) - Al

I've been saying this for years. the idea of a "tornado watch" every time it's hot and humid is painfully ignorant.

All they do is make 95% of us ignore tornado watches.

5/18/2012 09:07:00 PM

(5/18/2012 08:40:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son opened a pack of peeps and they got all crunchy, so I threw them out to the back of our backyard by the weeds and tall grass. I just let the Rambling dog in, and there's two little bunnies knawing at them.

They're going to be looking for more of them the rest of their lives, and they'll probably never find a single one.

5/18/2012 08:40:00 PM

(5/18/2012 02:14:00 PM) - Al

It's amazing how many people lie to make their story better.

Or, in this case, seem more backwards so they can say they overcame more adversity.

5/18/2012 02:14:00 PM

(5/18/2012 12:00:00 PM) - Al

A list of, ahem, statements that turned out not to be completely true, from our president.

You might want to refresh your beverage, it's kind of long.

When you don't actually stand for anything...

The irony of his presidency is he has had success in foreign policy by not changing a thing W was doing...though he said he would, and that it was a disaster.

His domestic policy has been a disaster because he has implemented his own ideas, which, while promoted as "hope and change" has actually been "tax and spend."

5/18/2012 12:00:00 PM

Thursday, May 17, 2012

(5/17/2012 10:15:00 PM) - Al

Since we have reached the 40 game mark, I'll be taking a look at some of the early stats over the next few days, as anything prior to this can safely be called an irrelevant tiny sample.

Also, I think I'll begin posting my top ten prospects list one at a time starting soon. I just don't have the desire to type up all ten in one sitting, despite having the top four complete.

5/17/2012 10:15:00 PM

(5/17/2012 10:07:00 PM) - Al

Liz Warren music video.

The irony is, she's possibly the most Caucasian woman I've ever seen.

5/17/2012 10:07:00 PM

(5/17/2012 09:50:00 PM) - Al


Wondering if you've seen Lt. Gov. Kleefish's TV ad. I assume not, as she can only be described as "leggy."


No, but I am now looking forward to it.

However, I can only assume this makes her a target of the party that's so friendly to women.

EDIT: I assume this is it, though I'm disappointed after Pete's description.

5/17/2012 09:50:00 PM

(5/17/2012 09:47:00 PM) - Al

The nanny state at work, Utah school will pay $15K in fines, for selling carbonated beverages .

This, my friends, is why we need big government.

5/17/2012 09:47:00 PM

(5/17/2012 09:31:00 PM) - Al

If you seek peace, if you seek prosperity... come here to this gate... open this gate... Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! -President Ronald Reagan

Obama can rewrite history all he wants...he will never leave a fraction of the legacy Reagan did.

Besides, we all know he would apologize for the US not knocking it down...

5/17/2012 09:31:00 PM

(5/17/2012 09:27:00 PM) - Al

You won't see this news on CNN, because you don't watch CNN.


And neither does anyone else. CNN had fewer nationwide viewers the other night than attend most games at Miller Park.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to laugh and laugh and laugh. Meanwhile, people wonder why Fox leans right. Because the left leaning audience is already split up seven ways.

5/17/2012 09:27:00 PM

(5/17/2012 08:55:00 PM) - Al

Politico thinks Edwards may get off by proving how ignorant he was.

Heh. He certainly is a weasel and a buffoon, but he knew exactly what he was doing, funneling donor cash to his mistress while his wife was dying of cancer. Let's not be afraid to let the truth out...he's a despicable human being, who should be found guilty and sentenced to a couple years in white collar, dorm life prison, where the thread count on the sheets is far below par, and the haircuts are done by a barber, not a stylist. 

There are two Americas, Johnny boy, and you're an embarrassment to your species in both of them. Shut up and go be a pathetic dad to your plethora of young'ins.

5/17/2012 08:55:00 PM

(5/17/2012 08:43:00 PM) - Al

In answer to the question, it is easy to miss what you do not care to find.

I have to agree with Ann's hubby Meade, it's likely just like Liz Warren claiming to be Native American when it helped her, despite the fact it was a lie. Obama has been shown to be less than truthful in his autobiography, and has never released his college records. Odds are, he may well have said he was not born in Hawaii to get more assistance, and at some point, that story likely spread, and made it all the way to a book jacket.

5/17/2012 08:43:00 PM

(5/17/2012 08:36:00 PM) - Al

The Kennedys sure don't put the "fun" in dysfunctional.

What a motley group.

5/17/2012 08:36:00 PM

(5/17/2012 07:41:00 PM) - Al

I got all 13 right as well.

Most would agree libs let their emotions get in the way of rationale thought. Protecting people that make $75K a year on average while the average taxpayer makes $40K makes no sense to anyone, unless you're part of a union.

5/17/2012 07:41:00 PM

(5/17/2012 07:08:00 PM) - Al

Marcum had trouble "getting loose" per TV team. Rib area it looks like.

Peralta and Fiers both pitching well in AAA. They are likely far more excited about that news than they will ever admit.

5/17/2012 07:08:00 PM

(5/17/2012 06:55:00 PM) - Al


It's funny because it's true.

Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme. Oh, and take from someone else, my money's all tied up in my pension plan funded by someone else. Thank you.

5/17/2012 06:55:00 PM

(5/17/2012 06:51:00 PM) - Al

A new steak found? Seriously?

5/17/2012 06:51:00 PM

(5/17/2012 09:35:00 AM) - Al

45% of union households plan to vote for Walker, 50% plan to vote for Barrett.
MU Poll: On collective bargaining, 53.4% of independents say keep Walker reforms, 38.5% say restore prior law. Plus 15% issue for Walker.--Scott Manley

Let those numbers sink in, and you'll understand why Walker is ahead.

5/17/2012 09:35:00 AM

(5/17/2012 09:30:00 AM) - Al

EDIT: I'm closing this in my mind, though you can still vote if you haven't. 40% agreed with me, and 33% thinks she looks better skinny as a rail, and are wrong.

Hey, it is my blog.

The rest thinks she looks equally appealing in both pics, which means:

A. You're lying.

B. You're really dull.

An e-mailer did point out he liked her revealing outfit on the left, but likes her slighter build on the right. 

Thanks for voting.

Original post: I realize I'm a contrarian, but I much prefer the curvy, heavier version of Shawn Johnson on the left to her frail look now.

It might be time for a poll.

What picture of Shawn Johnson looks more attractive? free polls 
You can only vote once, so make it worth your while.

5/17/2012 09:30:00 AM

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

(5/16/2012 08:06:00 PM) - Al

Umpires who stare down players should be shot.--Miller Park Drunk

They are simply awful, and seem to think they are above the game.

When you have no fear of losing your job, your performance is going to be terrible. Unions prove this every single day. For some reason, some insist on ignoring this nugget of fact. So be it.

5/16/2012 08:06:00 PM

(5/16/2012 07:56:00 PM) - Al

WI now considered a toss-up in the presidential race.

I knew good things were going to happen when the Daily Kos said a month ago that Obama had reelection sewn up. Those types of biased sites don't report the news, they try and make the news.

It was the first of many signs of desperation.

5/16/2012 07:56:00 PM

(5/16/2012 07:48:00 PM) - Al

Republicans more likely to vote in recall.

Never underestimate how unhappy people get when one side acts rudely.

Quietly, they are a ticked off giant. The other day, I happened to witness a very quiet, softspoken gent start screaming as he disgustedly talked about the Dems who went to IL to try and "beat the system," and then complained when they missed the vote.Even though the old media never quite got around to saying that, people noticed.

Trust me, that type of stupidity and hypocrisy does not play well among those who work hard and pay taxes.

Walker's approval at 50%, Obama's at 45% in that poll. That makes sense, as WI's economy is in far better shape.

ADDED: As many are pointing out, now is not the time to get cocky. Fight like a girl, and punch back twice as hard. This is not just an election, it's a way of life.

Life would continue even if the Dems win, but WI wants no part of higher property taxes (already far too high) and IL like deficits. 

5/16/2012 07:48:00 PM

(5/16/2012 07:42:00 PM) - Al

Dem PAC still using job numbers that have been revised.


5/16/2012 07:42:00 PM

(5/16/2012 08:51:00 AM) - Al

Original estimate of WI jobs created now thought to be off by about 60K.

You'd think they could push paper and not suck at it.

5/16/2012 08:51:00 AM

(5/16/2012 08:43:00 AM) - Al

Romney unleashes 4 minute ad in Iowa.

Very well done. Note the optimistic words and flags. Dare I say it, it's Reaganesque. 

5/16/2012 08:43:00 AM

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

(5/15/2012 10:24:00 PM) - Al

I bet he answered every question "OBAMA!"

They mock Palin because they're deathly afraid of her. Look at how the candidate they wanted to win and is admittedly a poor speaker is doing versus their hero.

5/15/2012 10:24:00 PM

(5/15/2012 10:18:00 PM) - Al

I mentioned this yesterday. The DNC apparently does not feel the contest is in doubt.

The GOP cannot get overconfident, but it's a good sign.

Ann talked about how many Walker signs her and Meade see on their walks. I have yet to see a Barrett sign, and see dozens of Walker ones each day, including many yards with multiple Walker placards.

5/15/2012 10:18:00 PM

(5/15/2012 09:58:00 PM) - Al

Brewers are 7th in ERA the past week, and 10th in May.

Still 15th for the season, and using a smaller sample to disprove a bigger one is mathematical insanity. That said, it does appear the tide has turned. Their above ERA's are 3.68 and 3.70...and 5.12 in April. They're giving up 1.5 runs a game less, and that will likely lead to a lot of victories if it continues.

5/15/2012 09:58:00 PM

(5/15/2012 08:25:00 PM) - Al

David Wright seems extraordinarily worried he'll be hit by a pitch in retaliation, or the pattern of such things.

5/15/2012 08:25:00 PM

(5/15/2012 08:21:00 PM) - Al

You know how I joke about rewriting history? Obama has been caught actually doing just that, and on President Reagan at that.

He seems destined to only be included in the same phrase as Reagan when someone says, "He was no Ronald Reagan."

5/15/2012 08:21:00 PM

(5/15/2012 07:59:00 PM) - Al

Walker up 5, Romney up 1, Baldwin trails every single GOP candidate by 4+ in Daily Kos poll.

5/15/2012 07:59:00 PM

(5/15/2012 07:44:00 PM) - Al

Old media pretends new poll showing Romney leading among women voters never happened.

Does not fit narrative.

Meanwhile, good to see the president hitting a real interview and not being lobbed softballs by the far-left ladies on The View...oh, wait a second.

5/15/2012 07:44:00 PM

(5/15/2012 07:40:00 PM) - Al

I love the fact that all the casual fans insisted that Taylor Green be inserted at 1B every day, even though, as I pointed out, Ishikawa has decent numbers, especially if platooned, and is a far superior glove man. Travis is not going to hit like Prince, and probably a bit below Mat even, but he certainly has value.

I feel good saying Izturis will be fine at SS because they are sure he will not. Very few SS's hit at all, and Cesar at least has a decent OBP. 

5/15/2012 07:40:00 PM

Monday, May 14, 2012

(5/14/2012 09:49:00 PM) - Al

I missed the Carson special on PBS tonight, didn't know it was on until I saw an article on it when it had 15 minutes remaining.

Just set the DVR to record it 10-12 Wednesday.

5/14/2012 09:49:00 PM

(5/14/2012 09:01:00 PM) - Al

I think it's safe to say the DNC is telling WI they already wasted $5M on Falk, so if you want to run someone else, pay for it yourself.

Love to see the infighting.

5/14/2012 09:01:00 PM

(5/14/2012 08:02:00 PM) - Al

No he won't.

Barring injury, of course.

5/14/2012 08:02:00 PM

(5/14/2012 07:56:00 PM) - Al

Barrett's wife sends out political e-mail from public school account. No one cares.

Imagine that. I'm sure it's be the same if she had sent out pro-Walker stuff.

Snicker, chuckle, guffaw.

Rules are for the little people. And the capitalists.

5/14/2012 07:56:00 PM

(5/14/2012 07:45:00 PM) - Al

Look how CA is spending their high speed rail money.

Wisely, Governor Walker knew it was fiscally unwise, so he turned it down. Giving someone $50K and telling them you have to buy a $300K house is not the same as getting $50K. CA is clueless as to their budget, and so is DC.

5/14/2012 07:45:00 PM

Sunday, May 13, 2012

(5/13/2012 10:00:00 PM) - Al

Your ox will be gored.

Recalls over selfishness set a terrible example. Not to mention, the fiscal abyss that would accompany a Walker defeat.

As I have often said, time spent vandalizing property and cursing out 12 year-olds would be far better spent working at the grass roots level. That's exactly what the tea party has done, and if you'll notice, DC is far more conservative than it used to be. 

5/13/2012 10:00:00 PM

(5/13/2012 09:48:00 PM) - Al

I'm offended by the hacks, but mostly by the fact they don't even pretend to hide their bias.

5/13/2012 09:48:00 PM

(5/13/2012 03:10:00 PM) - Al

Short answer...some people hate capitalism.

5/13/2012 03:10:00 PM

(5/13/2012 03:07:00 PM) - Al

The ghost of Nick Punto just told Taylor Green to run through 1B, as you slow yourself down when you dive.

5/13/2012 03:07:00 PM

(5/13/2012 01:54:00 PM) - Al

Went to Best Buy to buy a dishwasher, and because of a pushy sales guy, walked out with a laptop.

As the Rambling wife said, our dishwasher is 12 years old, and still functions, though it is very loud and struggles to clean anything but water glasses and plates that have been licked clean by the Rambling dog...and a new one would be a vast improvement over that. Listening to him say that selection would be shortsighted, at best, is frustrating.

5/13/2012 01:54:00 PM

(5/13/2012 01:23:00 PM) - Al

Amazingly, the demand for oil and coal is strong and growing.

Who woulda thunk it?

I, for one, am shocked.

5/13/2012 01:23:00 PM

(5/13/2012 01:17:00 PM) - Al

If you do not see the obvious comparisons between Obama and Carter, I think you're beyond help.

The problem, as I've pointed out often, is that Ronald Reagan will not be elected in November.

5/13/2012 01:17:00 PM

(5/13/2012 01:04:00 PM) - Al

Twitter is abuzz with people offended that the administration "hijacked" Mother's Day to promote a health care proposal that will literally do nothing it has promised, and, oh by the way, no one has even the remotest idea of how to pay for (nor cares about that nugget of fact), several years later.

They seem to know how to cater to their base, but are clueless how to attract undecided and independents. Of course, when the record is what it is, I suppose that's going to be a problem regardless. That said, if they think using fondness for mom to sell something the majority hates is going to do anything but irritate like the proverbial pebble in your shoe, good luck with that.  

5/13/2012 01:04:00 PM

(5/13/2012 09:58:00 AM) - Al

The quacks have been given legitimacy by the old media, so many folks, celebrity struck and gullible (you know, there's a show about Bigfoot hunters called Finding which guys wander around in the forest pretending to look for Bigfoot, and never find Bigfoot...yet people watch), believe that life saving and changing vaccines are bad.

Just like with the Trayvon Martin debacle, the old media has blood on their hands, and should be ashamed of themselves. 

5/13/2012 09:58:00 AM

(5/13/2012 09:53:00 AM) - Al

They found out reality sucks, so they are now living in their own little fictional utopia.

The irony is, every word she writes is exactly how it has gone down.

5/13/2012 09:53:00 AM

(5/13/2012 09:50:00 AM) - Al

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. T. jordan

Tony Robbins tweeted that out.

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there today...even the ones who have never worked a day in their life.*

*brought to you by failed talking points of the left

5/13/2012 09:50:00 AM

(5/13/2012 09:24:00 AM) - Al

Read Maher's explanation, shake your head, and read Norquist's...Grover, despite his muppet-like name, makes oodles more sense.

Companies, large and small, are nor reinvesting because they know the current administration despises them and their blatant capitalism, and will look to raise their taxes at every opportunity. Obama himself said that's why the Bush tax cuts had to be extended...right before he called for higher taxes, because they do not have a spiral notebook of current positions. .

FYI, the USA corporate tax rate is the highest in the world...and that's not taking into account that dividends are taxed twice. But no, the problem is always is.

Heck, I still blame W. Let's not forget how the economy was sputtering along with what would now be considered higher than full employment.

5/13/2012 09:24:00 AM

(5/13/2012 09:13:00 AM) - Al

Yo was going to go to left, Braunie was going to short and Izzy to second," Roenicke said, referring to left fielder Ryan Braun and shortstop Cesar

Had Weeks had to leave the game Friday night.

That wouldn't have been pretty, except for those who own Braun in fantasy leagues in which one game played defensively makes you eligible for that position the rest of the season.

Only Estrada and Gallardo were left...Greinke had PH, and I assume Marcum was already home, getting his rest for his early start the next day. 

5/13/2012 09:13:00 AM

(5/13/2012 09:04:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling son's computer gave out a few weeks ago, and has been at a friend's house getting worked on in his spare time ever since. He's been using my old work laptop, which would not connect to the internet this morning until "IT mom" restarted the modem, rebooted the computer, and patted her head while rubbing her tummy. The Rambling wife's computer, despite attempting to reboot, will not "start up."

Luckily, my laptop is working fine, so I find this discussion both boring and none of my concern.

Yeah right. Off to Best Buy we go.

5/13/2012 09:04:00 AM

Saturday, May 12, 2012

(5/12/2012 11:01:00 PM) - Al

Mark A looks at the Brewers just like a real business.

5/12/2012 11:01:00 PM

(5/12/2012 10:35:00 PM) - Al

Hi Al,

Still love the blog, even after all these years.

So I stop at the downtown Milwaukee post office to drop off mail after work a few times a week (it's open later than the rest). They have this glass display case in the lobby showcasing their various boxes, envelopes and other supplies that you can buy from them. One time when I walked past the case I noticed that two of the boxes had tipped forward and were leaning against the glass. This was before Christmas and they are STILL like that. I wonder how many post office employees walk past that case everyday, and yet not one of them will stop to fix it.

Keep up the good work.


Thanks for the kind words Ben.

And you wouldn't have time to fix it either if you spent your day counting your huge pension that the taxpayers have funded because you do work at a fraction of the efficiency of Fed Ex. 

What's so sad is, everyone knows the post office is laughably bad, and yet, people defend it like their eldest child...what, close down branches hardly anyone uses? But what about the elderly and disabled? Of course, in reality, if the elderly and disabled used it with any regularity, their numbers would not be so pathetic. And, at the risk of using common sense...who the hell uses the post office? I haven't been in one in five years other than to buy stamps, so a simple vending machine at Wal Mart would solve my needs.

5/12/2012 10:35:00 PM

(5/12/2012 09:38:00 PM) - Al

I don't for a second think Romney is pulling away.

I do, however, think Obama's support is, at best, tepid. Incumbents are difficult to beat, but incumbents that preside over bad economies (Carter, Bush I) have proven to have targets on their backs (insert your own crosshairs joke here, take a pharmaceutical you nanny staters). 

November is several months away, and polls will bounce in the meantime. However, my initial thought that the gay marriage "redo" was one of desperation is looking accurate. Many have said it was a play for cash, and I can't disagree.

As usual, however, I think they misread middle America...while many are like me and agnostic on the issue, very few moderates and independents are nearly as far left on the issue as the president is perceived as being...though in reality, his "endorsement" was legislation suggested, basically said it's up to the states.

I expect a couple more "adjustments" before the convention. One thing that has not been talked about much is the black community, on the whole, is far more anti-gay marriage (and anti-gay in general) than other ethnic groups. While no one thinks Obama won't receive a vast majority of the black vote again, this contrast could cause many to stay home. That has to be a huge concern to the prez's campaign.

5/12/2012 09:38:00 PM

(5/12/2012 09:14:00 PM) - Al

Corey Hart's and Garth Iorg's wives suffered injuries last night in separate accidents.

Lucky Rickie does not have a fracture and neither of the ladies were injured more than they were. 

5/12/2012 09:14:00 PM

(5/12/2012 08:45:00 PM) - Al

If memory serves, I think 79% of JS readers said they should move Hart to 1B. As I said then, I don't think Aoki projects any better than Ishikawa. Small sample return this far...I'm right.

Never mind Hart would be unlikely to be very good on D at 1B, and Aoki can't throw even remotely good enough to be a RF every day.

5/12/2012 08:45:00 PM

(5/12/2012 08:19:00 PM) - Al

Edwin Maysonet...wonder if he'll make Rickie Weeks the next Wally Pipp.

We can hope.

I really like Tim Dillard in his "up by so many runs, we can put Dillard in" role. And, as I have pointed out until I'm blue in the face, he is very good versus RH's, and even moreso, historically bad versus LH's.  

5/12/2012 08:19:00 PM

(5/12/2012 07:21:00 PM) - Al

Nice to see my former employer receiving mention for the worst customer service in retail.

I can promise you that corporate is shocked...shocked by this occurrence, even though it's been taking place for the past decade. The only worse corporate I ever worked for was the party store in the Twin Cities where almost everyone at the office was related to the founder of the company. They went bankrupt a few months after I left, and I still recall chuckling at the huge errors they would make consistently. Right before I left, I found out the "inventory control manager" was the idiot son-in-law...I had been cleaning up his messes for 18 months. One of my biggest regrets is not blasting him by name in my exit interview.

5/12/2012 07:21:00 PM

(5/12/2012 07:11:00 PM) - Al

Post office loses $ 90 days.

They are up to $36M a day.


5/12/2012 07:11:00 PM

(5/12/2012 06:37:00 PM) - Al

Everyone should have a bag like this in case of flood, road closures, and the like.

5/12/2012 06:37:00 PM

(5/12/2012 06:34:00 PM) - Al

Obama a disappointment worldwide.

They are all selfish and looking out for themselves, so that's not a bad thing. The problem is what a disappointment he's been to, you know, Americans.

5/12/2012 06:34:00 PM

(5/12/2012 06:10:00 PM) - Al

Good to see the post office advertising on Fox baseball.

I guess losing $25M a day isn't enough for them.

5/12/2012 06:10:00 PM

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

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