Al's Ramblings

Friday, August 31, 2012

(8/31/2012 11:22:00 PM) - Al

Eric Farris will be up tomorrow, and I assume3-5 more will join him after the AAA campaign ends Monday.

Farris is a 2B, but has played 10+ games at SS and LF. His only future is as a utility guy, so if he could play 3B and CF (I assume he could easily play RF if he can play LF). He does run fast, steals at about 80%, but that's about it.

He's also out of options (I think), so they'll have to decide if he's worth a 40 man spot over the winter. Given his ceiling is so low, I don't see it.

8/31/2012 11:22:00 PM

(8/31/2012 11:07:00 PM) - Al

I check this site most days, though I often end up laughing at how "unmanly" most of the posts are.

That said, this post on how to make your home neat and especially the "file fold" technique of putting away your

8/31/2012 11:07:00 PM

(8/31/2012 10:39:00 PM) - Al

Thank goodness, I've been meaning to learn how to grocery shop for quite some time.

Headshaking goofiness.

8/31/2012 10:39:00 PM

(8/31/2012 09:54:00 PM) - Al

After a week of up and coming speakers...many of which were minorities (check the news if you watched MSNBC), here's the list of the Dem speakers.

It reads like a who's who of important far-left groups (Planned Parenthood? Really?).

8/31/2012 09:54:00 PM

(8/31/2012 09:45:00 PM) - Al

Mother of fallen Seal blasts Clinton (and Obama, by association) for the ad they put out while they play politics while discussing the loss of our military heroes.

That is a "what was he thinking?" moment.

It's all about the next election. Sure Medicare will run out of money in a decade...that's way after November, so Ryan's plan is evil.

It's simply astounding.

8/31/2012 09:45:00 PM

(8/31/2012 09:33:00 PM) - Al

In addition to KRod and Marcum, the idea that not a single team wants to add Nyjer Morgan is embarrassing.

8/31/2012 09:33:00 PM

(8/31/2012 09:16:00 PM) - Al

Eastwood far more popular than anyone else who spoke at the GOP convention. Only two in the same ballpark are Ann Romney and Condi.--PPP

The irony there? The Dems are making fun of Clint's speech. I thought it was hilarious, and I was raised not to make fun of the elderly. 

8/31/2012 09:16:00 PM

(8/31/2012 08:47:00 PM) - Al

The left is very unhappy, because suddenly, they know they might just lose this thing.

8/31/2012 08:47:00 PM

(8/31/2012 08:43:00 PM) - Al

So sad seeing Doc Severinsen knowing Johnny and Ed have passed away. Those guys were the best, and a joy to watch every night.

8/31/2012 08:43:00 PM

(8/31/2012 08:37:00 PM) - Al


Love the blog. I also liked the line Romney had about not promising to stop the rise of the oceans.

The commentators on MSNBC couldn't believe he would bring that up because afterall, global warming and the rising of the oceans is a VERY serious problem.

I know I shouldn't watch MSNBC, but it's like passing a car accident, you don't want to look but you have to.

You are so right, the more they reach for things to make Republicans look bad, the more they turn them into rock stars.


Mitt sneakily worked in a fine point. The Dems worry about changing the US into a utopian land where everyone skips happily through the meadows filled with pretty flowers that smell good, and all the GOP offers is the promise of letting you keep more of your money if you have success.

The audience laughed, because they're all intelligent enough to know you can't change ocean depth. MSNBC clue.

It's also why many find roasts so offensive, while I do not. To me, if it's funny, it can't be that bad. 

8/31/2012 08:37:00 PM

(8/31/2012 08:31:00 PM) - Al

Doug says he does not expect Marcum or KRod to be traded.

I suppose it is possible that the Brewers did not offer to pick up enough salary, but I find it to be a shame no one thinks either of those guys can help.

8/31/2012 08:31:00 PM

(8/31/2012 08:21:00 PM) - Al

Good luck to Cody Ransom, claimed by the D'Backs and not taken back by the Crew. Not sure if ARI feels they are in the hunt (they are 6.5 games out, heck, the Brewers are 8.5), or if they want him and hope he returns next season. A player will be added tomorrow, and possibly more than one, when rosters expand.

Since the Crew is not in the playoff hunt, I doubt they'll bring up more than 2-3 before the AAA season ends, as they want to keep a good relationship with Nashville.

8/31/2012 08:21:00 PM

(8/31/2012 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Do as I say, not as I do.

8/31/2012 01:00:00 PM

(8/31/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Many of the pretend Milwaukee voters are no longer there.

Nope, no fraud there. None.

8/31/2012 09:00:00 AM

Thursday, August 30, 2012

(8/30/2012 10:18:00 PM) - Al

It took a great speech to not be embarrassed after Rubio, Ryan, and others.

Speech of his life. And from many on Twitter, just so presidential. Particularly liked his pride in his country, no apologies, and dare I say it, telling those who dislike us to go to hell.

8/30/2012 10:18:00 PM

(8/30/2012 10:11:00 PM) - Al

President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans. [laughter] MY promise…is to help you and your family.--Romney

Heh. Great line.

8/30/2012 10:11:00 PM

(8/30/2012 10:00:00 PM) - Al

In American we celebrate success. We don't apologize for success.--Mitt Romney

Mitt does not seem to understand the fact he never built a damn thing.


8/30/2012 10:00:00 PM

(8/30/2012 09:42:00 PM) - Al

I think people should start to practice the words President Romney.--Michael Moore

Love to see the Dems deflated and very, very worried.

8/30/2012 09:42:00 PM

(8/30/2012 09:24:00 PM) - Al

These are the ideas that people come to America to get away from.--Marco Rubio

Yep. If you'll recall, the USSR was very utopian as well.

8/30/2012 09:24:00 PM

(8/30/2012 09:12:00 PM) - Al

Many on Twitter noticed Eastwood is doing an old Bob Newhart style stand-up routine.


8/30/2012 09:12:00 PM

(8/30/2012 06:41:00 PM) - Al

Usually I think that "young Reagan" stuff is overplayed when Republicans bring it up, but I got a little bit of it off Paul Ryan.--Dennis Miller Tough to miss.

8/30/2012 06:41:00 PM

(8/30/2012 05:02:00 PM) - Al

She can say whatever she wants.

I'm still a fan.

8/30/2012 05:02:00 PM

(8/30/2012 04:57:00 PM) - Al

That's two days in a row KRod is not pitching the 8th with a small lead.

Trade? Injury? Fatigue?

EDIT: Possible Frankie has the 9th today too, I s'pose. 

8/30/2012 04:57:00 PM

(8/30/2012 03:19:00 PM) - Al

0-2 on calls at 1B, and both were obvious to everyone in the ballpark...except one.


But, of course, it is hot out there.

8/30/2012 03:19:00 PM

(8/30/2012 02:07:00 PM) - Al

Marcum looking very unimpressive, velocity 85-86, walking weak Cubs' hitters. Hurt by minute strike zone, which is also inconsistent.

8/30/2012 02:07:00 PM

(8/30/2012 02:06:00 PM) - Al

I think the answer is obvious...the military does not vote for him.

Still another example of hellishly bad judgement, of course, but what's another to thousands?

8/30/2012 02:06:00 PM

(8/30/2012 01:09:00 PM) - Al

I didn't think the royals could be any more nauseating.

I was wrong

In 500 years, someone's going to say, "Can you believe they had a monarchy until X?"

8/30/2012 01:09:00 PM

(8/30/2012 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Glenn writes truthfully about the outcry we would be having...if W was still in office.

As with the homeless, the old media looks the other way, and reports on another celeb getting married/divorced/pregnant.

8/30/2012 12:00:00 PM

(8/30/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I have no idea what her demons are, but we all know they ain't stress and anxiety.

LeAnn used to as beautiful as any woman around, but that was back when she weighed in at more than 102. Her personal life seems to have declined just as her weight. Damn shame.

8/30/2012 11:30:00 AM

(8/30/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

My guess? Both hands were on hookers.

8/30/2012 11:00:00 AM

(8/30/2012 10:13:00 AM) - Al

You just can't write this stuff.

8/30/2012 10:13:00 AM

(8/30/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

How the mega-rich party in Vegas.

Adult language at the link.

I remember how a poker player logged he was staying at the Rio, which is all suites, and he thought it was really nice, but he had to stop telling people, because everyone kept telling him what a dump it was. Maybe this is what they're used to.:)

8/30/2012 10:00:00 AM

(8/30/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I'm all for helping the helpless, but I don't give a rat's ass about the clueless anymore.--Dennis Miller It's the entitled and pretend disabled that irritate me. And almost everyone else. No one is bothered by the disabled getting a small check each month. They always have, and a society is judged by how we treat our most helpless. I think it's apparent there's a big difference between them and the people who make up the majority of those receiving "disability."

8/30/2012 09:00:00 AM

(8/30/2012 07:00:00 AM) - Al

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8/30/2012 07:00:00 AM

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

(8/29/2012 11:20:00 PM) - Al

Everyone should round like Chipotle did. Pennies are a waste and anyone attached to them needs to buy a clue.

8/29/2012 11:20:00 PM

(8/29/2012 11:07:00 PM) - Al

Before I ran for district attorney, two Republicans invited my husband and me to lunch, and I knew a party switch was exactly what they wanted.  So, I told Chuck, ``We'll be polite, enjoy a free lunch, and then say good-bye.''  But we talked about issues -- they never used the words Republican or Democrat,
conservative or liberal.  We talked about many issues, like welfare, is it the way of life or hand up? Talked about size of government, how much should it tax families and small businesses?  And when we left that lunch, we got in the car and I looked over at Chuck and said,  ``I'll be damned. we're Republicans.''--Gov. Susana Martinez

Many people were brought up thinking Republicans were the party of the rich, so they refuse to call themselves anything but Democrats...especially in the South.

8/29/2012 11:07:00 PM

(8/29/2012 10:46:00 PM) - Al

Condi Rice didn't use a prompter. President Obama would need a prompter to say "Condi Rice didn't use a prompter.--Dennis Miller

Rare form of late. Brilliant stuff. 

8/29/2012 10:46:00 PM

(8/29/2012 10:30:00 PM) - Al

A couple stolen bases and extra bases taken could be the difference in a short series. The Reds should not hesitate to use him, as they only need 9-10 pitchers at most.

"Specialty" players are valuable if you can fit them on a roster. Years ago (like when I was young), long snappers and nickel backs were just filled by, they're taught, drafted and scouted to fulfill these jobs.

8/29/2012 10:30:00 PM

(8/29/2012 10:19:00 PM) - Al

After watching Paul Ryan's speech, Joe Biden has just voluntarily entered the Federal Witness Relocation Program.--Dennis Miller

Compare Ryan's speech to "he'll put y'all back in chains!"

The difference is vast, and incredible.

8/29/2012 10:19:00 PM

(8/29/2012 10:17:00 PM) - Al


Not a single Republican has said they had only been proud of their country for only a couple months.

They just don't get it.



No they don't.

I just read today that some Dem operative had commented that last night was "a bunch of patriotic, flag-waving fools who applaud on command if you mention Reagan, our military, or the American way."

I still think it's hilarious this was said as a negative. Heaven forbid people that love their country show up to support the return of what made their nation the greatest the planet has ever known.

8/29/2012 10:17:00 PM

(8/29/2012 10:01:00 PM) - Al

Turned over to Paul Ryan speech after the game...nothing has changed my mind that he should be the nominee. He simply gets it. So many great lines, I feel like I'm watching a young Reagan. Twitter seems to be exploding with excitement as well.

8/29/2012 10:01:00 PM

(8/29/2012 09:43:00 PM) - Al

Twitter abuzz with Condi Rice great speech talk. Hope to see it later when it's repeated.

Paul Ryan also being cheered mightily. 

8/29/2012 09:43:00 PM

(8/29/2012 09:03:00 PM) - Al

Also of note, the Brewers have outscored their opponents by 11 runs, giving them an "expected" record of 65-63, 4 games under where they are. Last year I wondered aloud if bullpen ERA would be a good way to see if teams won more games than their runs scored/allowed would suggest, and it did not work, though the Crew's 'pen was very good, and they ended up with six more wins than they "should have."

My new thought? I wonder if bullpen ERA in just the 8th and 9th innings would work, or possibly, in "close and late" games, though I do not know if such numbers are kept for pitchers, and if they are, if they readily available.

Even moreso, it's just "small sample" enough to render meaningless.

Of course, at best, even if there is a pattern, I'm not sure how repeatable it is. KRod has been very solid, minus a month or so. How do you "plan" for that? Loe's been very close to his career norms. Parra has too, minus a two week stretch, after which he sat out for ten days or so and then has been back to his old self since, which reeks of pitching with an injury.

8/29/2012 09:03:00 PM

(8/29/2012 08:45:00 PM) - Al

You might want to check my math, but I'm calculating that the 2012 Brewers are scoring 4.6 runs per game vs. the 2011 Brewers who scored 4.5 runs per game. Arguably with better defense.

I think that narrows down the list of culprits, with the biggest ones being in the bullpen. I also think it points to where the Brewers could turnaround in 2013 without a ton of major moves.


Ramblings contributor Robert pops in with a doubt the bullpen's low ranking is the main culprit of the sub .500 record, as the offense is above average, and the rotation has been no worse than average.

The defense ranks lower than last year using UZR and DRS, though most of that is because Weeks' numbers are horrible, and while his range seemed subpar in April, he has been back to his old self, or close to it, since May. Still, the difference of a few runs over the course of 162 has not made much difference.

As for '13, the offense certainly projects to be top half. The bullpen is by far the easiest thing to fix, but the thing is, relievers tend to be a bit of a small sample...a couple bad outings can skew their numbers for an entire season. As I have said often, the young pitching will be a key...right now, it's Gallardo, Fiers...and other guys with talent who do not project badly...but we have no idea who will fill the spots. Many will look at it as a bit of a "bridge season," but obviously, there's quite a difference if a veteran like Greinke or Edwin Jackson is the final SP, or if it's Tyler Thornburg or another youngster who projects with a 5.25 ERA; not to mention 40-50 fewer IP.

3rd in runs scored (just behind #2 COL, and probably 2nd if you factor in home ballpark)
9th in SP ERA
13th in RP ERA

Not to mention, the SP's would likely rank 6th or 7th had Greinke not been traded, and the team was in contention.

8/29/2012 08:45:00 PM

(8/29/2012 08:10:00 PM) - Al

Brewers believe OF Khris Davis will get to majors via bat but limited to LF defensively. Might Ryan Braun switch to RF sometime in future--JS

That's a smart man's question...someone must have mentioned this to Tom H, whose idea of intelligence is wondering if two AB's is enough to make a long-term decision.  Davis is in the midst of a breakout season, but as I mentioned when I saw him in Appleton, he has the weakest arm I've ever seen. Here's what I said about him two years ago:

Advanced bat for this level, good power-hitting RH. Took 2B on a WP that barely bounced in front of the plate. Extremely weak arm, on play at the plate, one-hopped the cut-off man.

That said, Bill S is correct, the bat plays. I wonder if his season is a bit of a fluke, as 300 PA's, while not a small sample, is barely half of a "normal" MLB year of 550. That said, Huntsville is a very tough place to hit, and a .450 OBP is impressive if you're hitting off a tee.

As for Braun, it's up to him. Ryan has made himself into a quality LF, and he certainly has the tools to play RF (he could play CF, as he's certainly speedy enough).

8/29/2012 08:10:00 PM

(8/29/2012 07:56:00 PM) - Al

Brewers saving spot for Gamel in AFL.

8/29/2012 07:56:00 PM

(8/29/2012 04:40:00 PM) - Al

It's been my feeling for a long time that they start classes early because teachers want to get done earlier in the afternoon.

Otherwise, it makes no sense, as no student want to begin earlier than 8 or 8:30.

8/29/2012 04:40:00 PM

(8/29/2012 03:30:00 PM) - Al

I must have missed the memo that trading was no longer allowed in MLB.

8/29/2012 03:30:00 PM

(8/29/2012 02:52:00 PM) - Al

Eight Milwaukee Brewers minor-league prospects have been selected to take part in the Arizona Fall League.

RHPs Johnny Hellweg, Nick Bucci, Jimmy Nelson, Santo Manzanillo (taxi squad) and Kyle Heckathorn, outfielders Khris Davis and Brock Kjeldgaard (taxi squad) and first baseman Hunter Morris are all assigned to the Phoenix Desert Dogs.--JS

Manzanillo has been injured most of the year. Hellweg is a minor surprise because he was shifted to relief to limit his innings.  I think Kjelgaard has been banged up as well.

8/29/2012 02:52:00 PM

(8/29/2012 02:42:00 PM) - Al

MSNBC chooses to edit out minorities at the GOP convention.

Does not fit the narrative. Next.

8/29/2012 02:42:00 PM

(8/29/2012 02:34:00 PM) - Al

I'd claim Joe Mauer in a second and put him at 1B or RF. It's a huge risk, given his salary, but I'd be happy to take a chance on a guy in his prime who gets on 40% of the time. His power numbers would skyrocket in Miller Park as well.

8/29/2012 02:34:00 PM

(8/29/2012 01:00:00 PM) - Al


If Obama would have been president in the 50's, there'd have been car lots full of Edsels.

Our president does not believe in supply and demand. I don't know why.

8/29/2012 01:00:00 PM

(8/29/2012 12:00:00 PM) - Al


It's funny because it's true.

8/29/2012 12:00:00 PM

(8/29/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I contribute to student gift registries...I pay taxes. Until they stop handing out grants like water at a 5K in Mississippi, the term "cash strapped student" is an oxymoron.

I have an idea...join the military or get a part-time job and shut up.

8/29/2012 11:30:00 AM

(8/29/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

While I'm sure 2016 is a film I'd enjoy, that's just preaching to the choir. Hopefully, some indys will attend, and more importantly, those people who went to the movie will put in some time making phone calls and knocking on doors.

8/29/2012 11:00:00 AM

(8/29/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Record farm income, huge subsidies as well.

May you live in interesting times. Jim Rogers, who is probably the world's second best known investor, has been buying acreage in South America by the thousands and millions of acres (hectares) for a decade, and has been advising others to do so as well.

8/29/2012 10:00:00 AM

(8/29/2012 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Common sense and public schools are getting so far apart, it's remarkable.

They've pretty much done all they can to be regularly mocked.

8/29/2012 08:30:00 AM

(8/29/2012 07:50:00 AM) - Al

Polite and civil.

Yeah, right.

8/29/2012 07:50:00 AM

(8/29/2012 07:00:00 AM) - Al

I'll guess Nancy Reagan, with Tebow as my runner-up.

That said, Palin would bring the house down, and preaching to the choir is what conventions are all about.

8/29/2012 07:00:00 AM

(8/29/2012 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Gov. Scott Walker was interrupted by a huge sustained ovation from GOP delegates inside the convention hall as he tried to announce Wisconsin’s votes for Mitt Romney in the roll call of the states Tuesday night.  
When he was finally able to speak, Walker  touted his state as the home of the NFL’s MVP (Aaron Rodgers), the home of Major League Baseball’s MVP (referring to National League MVP Ryan Braun) , the home of Miss America, the home of RNC chair Reince Priebus, but “most importantly, someone I know as the bravest person I know in politics, the most courageous and yet the most decent, the next vice president of United States, Paul Ryan.”--JS

He is a bonafide rock star, thanks to those foolhardy Dems.

Still waiting on that check to pay for the recall, by the way. It's not the law, but it's the decent thing to do...especially considering how much more damn polite and civil they are than us. 

8/29/2012 03:00:00 AM

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

(8/28/2012 09:57:00 PM) - Al

Mr. President, real leaders don't follow polls. Real leaders change polls.--Chris Christie

Excuse me while I wipe a tear from my eye.

8/28/2012 09:57:00 PM

(8/28/2012 09:41:00 PM) - Al

Mom also came from nothing. She was raised by a single mother who took three buses to get to work every day. And mom spent the time she was supposed to be a kid actually raising children - her two younger siblings. She was tough as nails and didn't suffer fools at all. The truth was she couldn't afford to. She spoke the truth - bluntly, directly and without much varnish. I am her son.--Chris Christie Thank God for Mrs. Christie.

8/28/2012 09:41:00 PM

(8/28/2012 09:25:00 PM) - Al

As good as he has pitched his last few outings, I am shocked KRod is still with the team. What team can't use another solid relief arm?

8/28/2012 09:25:00 PM

(8/28/2012 09:20:00 PM) - Al

I just read Chris Christie's speech he will soon give.

This is why I'm a proud conservative, and moreso, a proud American.

I do wish he was our nominee. Romney is a good man, but Christie is a dynamic speaker, and tells it exactly like it is, an incredibly contract with the current president.

8/28/2012 09:20:00 PM

(8/28/2012 09:05:00 PM) - Al

ESPN will pay double for MLB.

I tbhink they could have got more. Live sports is the only reason many of us have cable, and that number will only grow. 

8/28/2012 09:05:00 PM

(8/28/2012 08:30:00 PM) - Al

Friend of Ramblings Hank e-mails this link that the O's are close to signing Randy Wolf.

8/28/2012 08:30:00 PM

(8/28/2012 08:19:00 PM) - Al

Mia Love's speech getting rave reviews.

Wait until she's labeled stupid and racist tomorrow. And you think I'm kidding.

8/28/2012 08:19:00 PM

(8/28/2012 07:32:00 PM) - Al

Bianchi may not hit much, but he can plays an adequate SS, so he doesn't need to. He'll have a long career as at least a utility infielder.

He has options, so he may well spend next season in AAA, barring a Segura regression. He also has never played 3B, so he should get in some reps there at some point. I assume Gamel or Green will be on the roster next year, also assuming Ramirez returns.

8/28/2012 07:32:00 PM

(8/28/2012 07:27:00 PM) - Al

Marcum on trade waivers, I would assume he may well be claimed by the Dodgers and Nationals in the NL, as well as Tigers and others in the AL.

8/28/2012 07:27:00 PM

(8/28/2012 07:22:00 PM) - Al

Switched over to the RNC during the commercial to see NH model governor Kelly Ayotte on stage.

That is one good looking fiscally sane broad. 

8/28/2012 07:22:00 PM

(8/28/2012 07:19:00 PM) - Al

Don't mess with the Donald.

8/28/2012 07:19:00 PM

(8/28/2012 04:58:00 PM) - Al

Cut down blackberries? Now I've heard everything.

That's like putting up curtains so you don't have to watch the cheerleaders practice on your neighbor's lawn.

8/28/2012 04:58:00 PM

(8/28/2012 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Apparently, he's a terrible basketball player too.

8/28/2012 02:30:00 PM

(8/28/2012 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Darwin Award nominee.

8/28/2012 02:00:00 PM

(8/28/2012 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Freedom of the press doesn't apply if the left is targeted...please excuse the reference to violence.

8/28/2012 01:00:00 PM

(8/28/2012 12:00:00 PM) - Al

The average looking don't get more endorsements than the below average looking. Recap and full paper here.

Note to self: There will never be any endorsement income in your future.

8/28/2012 12:00:00 PM

(8/28/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Whatever else history may say about me when I'm gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears, to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty's lamp guiding your steps and opportunity's arm steadying your way. My fondest hope for each one of you—and especially for the young people here—is that you will love your country, not for her power or wealth, but for her selflessness and her idealism. May each of you have the heart to conceive, the understanding to direct, and the hand to execute works that will make the world a little better for your having been here.--President Reagan, 1992 RNC

This is why so many people my age have leaned Republican our entire lives. 

8/28/2012 11:30:00 AM

(8/28/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Talk about missing the real problem.

8/28/2012 10:00:00 AM

(8/28/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Jerry Bader posts a hilarious video.

It's funny because it's true. And racist.

8/28/2012 09:00:00 AM

(8/28/2012 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Our rights come from nature and God, not government.--Paul Ryan

No wonder the left fears him.

8/28/2012 06:00:00 AM

Monday, August 27, 2012

(8/27/2012 09:40:00 PM) - Al

Hilarious watching the casual bloggers on Twitter embarrass themselves as they try and make strategic moves and cite stats that are 100% incorrect.

Especially so when they say Loe is terrible versus LH hitters. He used to be, but has been very solid since 2011. When you don't pay attention for an entire season and five months, it's tough to take your crap seriously.

8/27/2012 09:40:00 PM

(8/27/2012 07:48:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife went out with friends for dinner after work. Went to one of the Wausau areas highly rated restaurants, Basil. $12 for chicken stir-fry with noodles. Just got home, complained of being hungry, made popcorn.

This is why I don't do "fancy."

8/27/2012 07:48:00 PM

(8/27/2012 01:26:00 PM) - Al

Applebee' friendly during the day, young people hangout after 10PM.

I think it's a brilliant use of space that would normally be empty. It is not difficult to be greater than zero.

8/27/2012 01:26:00 PM

(8/27/2012 01:10:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal says Dodgers still want to add another SP.

Hard to believe they could find better than Marcum.

EDIT: Twitter is pointing out Marcum has not yet been through waivers.Also, any team could claim Marcum just to block LA's interest...though at the moment, no other true wildcard contenders in the NL have a worse record.

8/27/2012 01:10:00 PM

(8/27/2012 12:25:00 PM) - Al

Can report that are close to acquiring Steve Pearce from as a RH bat for down stretch.

Pearce would be an all-star if all pitchers were LH. Nice pickup. 

8/27/2012 12:25:00 PM

(8/27/2012 12:23:00 PM) - Al

When I die, maybe Obama can post a picture of himself looking at a piece of pie.

Down 68 pounds by the way. I ain't Gleeman, but I'm doing OK.

8/27/2012 12:23:00 PM

(8/27/2012 12:01:00 PM) - Al

Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times.--Mark Twain

Heh. I just realized if Twain was live today, he'd be considered a racist and evil. Makes me sad.And the old media would lead the charge with mock disgust...because they're far, far better than their minds.

8/27/2012 12:01:00 PM

Sunday, August 26, 2012

(8/26/2012 09:31:00 PM) - Al

Today we stopped at the grocery store to pick up a couple items before we brought Culver's home. The Rambling son grabbed a cart and was following me, and I stopped...and he did not notice. Slam into the back of my ankle with the cart.

I leaned forward and put my hands on my knees, groaning. Another shopper looked at me and said, "Are you OK?" I never answered, I just walked away. Later, I spoke about leaving space between people and taking your time, paying attention, and mainly, how he could have seriously injured a small child if he had hit one instead of me.

Just now, I mentioned to the Rambling son how much it had hurt. With disgust in his voice, he responded, "Ah, if it hurts so much, go to bed."

No sympathy to be had in this house.All that was missing was him telling me to rub some dirt on it.

8/26/2012 09:31:00 PM

(8/26/2012 08:36:00 PM) - Al

Biden told Obama "that's not how you spell Ohio. You've got the O's switched around."--Dennis Miller


8/26/2012 08:36:00 PM

(8/26/2012 07:15:00 PM) - Al

They have learned nothing.

It will all be W's fault. And we'll laugh and laugh.

8/26/2012 07:15:00 PM

(8/26/2012 06:37:00 PM) - Al

I talk about this every year, but the best tennis on the planet is in the evenings at the US Open. It begins tomorrow, and it goes two weeks...but the best tennis is almost found during the first week. I have a special soft spot for the evening sessions on the first weekend...CBS takes the more well known players for their afternoon programming, and the players left to play at night often are far more equal and this often leads to a long, thrilling match.

ESPN2 has the action this year, and most weekdays, will carry live tennis from 11AM-11PM...or until the matches end. The Tennis Channel carries some live action as well, they are just limited to certain courts, and on the first weekend which I spoke of so highly.

8/26/2012 06:37:00 PM

(8/26/2012 03:57:00 PM) - Al

Haircut and then a nap.

Great to see Rogers with a nice 5 inning outing. Young pitching will be the key to 2013.

8/26/2012 03:57:00 PM

(8/26/2012 11:10:00 AM) - Al

Hope and change...and the most negative campaign ever.

And yes, I realize that's all he has. His record is what it is.

8/26/2012 11:10:00 AM

(8/26/2012 10:59:00 AM) - Al

If life was reported like sports:

Today's noon grilling has been cancelled due to rain/wet grounds. The event has been rescheduled for Culvers. All tickets and passes will be honored.

8/26/2012 10:59:00 AM

(8/26/2012 10:42:00 AM) - Al

How do post deadline trades work? I don't understand how the red sox and dodgers can make a trade like that?


I replied to Scott, the other day, but figured many are thinking the same thing. Best link I found is here. The thing to remember is, most players easily clear waivers, as there's no incentive for teams to claim cheap, effective players...they will be taken off. Also, teams can't claim everyone...they have to make room for them if they do pass through. So, with players being put on waivers heavily, teams can only claim a few.

8/26/2012 10:42:00 AM

(8/26/2012 10:22:00 AM) - Al

Hi Al,

Brewers pitching leads the majors in strikeouts.  I don't think I've seen anyone mention that before.  Their pitching has been bad but there are some highlights.

Overall, they are 23rd in ERA and 24th in WHIP.  I don't recall seeing a pitching staff that missed that many bats get hit as hard as they do.  Usually its combined with lots of walks but the Brewers staff isn't that bad at that.  Thoughts?


They are actually close to the all-time MLB record, about 10 under the pace as of today. Steve must not watch the games, as Bill and Brian have mentioned it of late.

There's no doubt strikeouts and good pitching go can't give up cheap hits if they miss it. However, as Billy Beane pointed out years ago, K's take at least three pitches, and often quite a lot more. He called it "a pound of flesh," as they wear down the pitcher than a routine grounder or fly ball. Sure, it hardly ever results in a baserunner, but I've pointed out often (I'm the only one who has noticed, it would seem) that the SP's are near the bottom of the league in IP (13th of 16 in the NL, and only 11 innings ahead of the 15th place Cubs, the Rockies' experiment renders this stat meaningless for them), which means more innings for the 'pen, which often results in two bad things:

1. Fatigue.

2. More innings for the worst arms.  

Greinke is dominating when he's on, and gets all the headlines. That said, in the past three years:

Marcum--3.52 ERA, 6.19 IP/G
Greinke--3.98 ERA, 6.29 IP/G

Shaun has been more effective, even though he does it without the great stuff. You'd think Zack would get a couple more outs a start, but he doesn't, probably due to pitch counts. This is even more pronounced when you figure Marcum had major arm surgery in 2009 and has been very limited, rarely going over 100-110 pitches.

8/26/2012 10:22:00 AM

(8/26/2012 09:59:00 AM) - Al

Food prices going up? Funny, I have not heard a peep about it in the old media.

Check your ads, and go to Wal Mart and price match. You will easily save 20-30%. And you know what? I've been price matching uncooked pasta for 99 cents a box for the past six months. It's always on sale somewhere.

8/26/2012 09:59:00 AM

(8/26/2012 09:53:00 AM) - Al

Lies? From the hope and change fellas?

After so many false racism accusations, I must admit, I find the anti-Mormon bigotry deliciously ironic. They are inept and incredibly frightened.

It's great.

8/26/2012 09:53:00 AM

Saturday, August 25, 2012

(8/25/2012 10:25:00 PM) - Al

I gotta admit....I didn't see this coming.

The public is starved for stuff that doesn't suck. That's why I watch more TVLand and A&E (Criminal Minds) than all other channels combined.

8/25/2012 10:25:00 PM

(8/25/2012 10:00:00 PM) - Al

Nice piece on the real American

Note the Justice Department's about face...a year after effectively shutting down the online game, they admitted it was not against the law they had been enforcing.

Nice work federal government.

8/25/2012 10:00:00 PM

(8/25/2012 08:35:00 PM) - Al

I love Allen West, even if he is obviously a racist.

It's still a crap sandwich. That pretty much sums up the last 3.5 years.

8/25/2012 08:35:00 PM

(8/25/2012 08:29:00 PM) - Al

Worst part of watching the Brewers on the DVR...reaching for the remote to FF through the commercials...and realizing you're caught up and watching the live broadcast.

If only we could FF through dentist appointments, and then go home and take a long nap during the time we "saved."

8/25/2012 08:29:00 PM

(8/25/2012 08:11:00 PM) - Al

My first thought...only 19?

8/25/2012 08:11:00 PM

(8/25/2012 08:07:00 PM) - Al

It's directly related to people not having any concern over how much something cost...because they didn't pay for it.

A new contender for a Darwin Award.

8/25/2012 08:07:00 PM

(8/25/2012 07:25:00 PM) - Al

NBC being inept was never this funny until today.

Also in the news, rumors of a Lynard Skynard/Neil Armstrong tiff still not proven.

8/25/2012 07:25:00 PM

(8/25/2012 07:23:00 PM) - Al

This Ryan dude...dated women (only the left cares an iota about race), worked menial part-time distinctly American.

If only he had smoked pot and got such good grades he refuses to release them.

8/25/2012 07:23:00 PM

(8/25/2012 07:13:00 PM) - Al

Brewers clear a spot on the 40 by outrighting McClendon to Nashville. Very likely this was done to make room for one of the kids to come up in September, and/or to clear a spot for a youngster they hope to acquire for Marcum/KRod.

Too bad for Mike, as I'm sure he was hoping to come back when rosters expand...that's worth about $75K now, huge money for a minor league veteran.

8/25/2012 07:13:00 PM

(8/25/2012 07:08:00 PM) - Al

He's not the same pitcher he was two years ago. He doesn't seem like he throws as hard. It doesn't seem like he has the command of his pitches like he used to. ... Has he pitched a lot of innings? I don't know. Are there other issues? I don't know that, either. I just look at the results.--Don Money, on Mike McClendon

No doubt Money was replaced for his pathetic refusal to use facts, hence, this rambling diatribe of nothingness. Money could easily check velocities in five minutes, but he chooses not to, and be grumpy.

Too bad, as I'm sure he has a lot to teach about hitting and defense. Too bad he doesn't use those gifts.

8/25/2012 07:08:00 PM

(8/25/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Roenicke does a fine job in selling Marcum and KRod.

I wonder if Marcum has cleared waivers. I'm sure Frankie has.

8/25/2012 11:30:00 AM

(8/25/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Considering they're paying both of them, I can't be excited about the Pirates' recent swap of relief arms.

8/25/2012 10:00:00 AM

Friday, August 24, 2012

(8/24/2012 09:41:00 PM) - Al

Las Vegas Pokers: OMG...I can feel your pain. My poodle is 16 and my Bichon is 15. I get ill thinking about losing them.--Doyle Brunson

The Rambling dog is also 16, and I feel the same way. If people were more like dogs, I wouldn't be so anti-social.

8/24/2012 09:41:00 PM

(8/24/2012 09:07:00 PM) - Al

The Dodgers are expected to pick up more than $260MM of the $271.5MM in combined salary that the Red Sox are sending to them.--Boston Herald

Holy crap.

8/24/2012 09:07:00 PM

(8/24/2012 08:35:00 PM) - Al

The old media has also forgotten about the homeless. Doesn't fit the narrative.

8/24/2012 08:35:00 PM

(8/24/2012 08:22:00 PM) - Al

You know, there's a lot of foods far cheaper than eggs.

8/24/2012 08:22:00 PM

(8/24/2012 08:15:00 PM) - Al

Heh. It's funny because it's true.

8/24/2012 08:15:00 PM

(8/24/2012 08:09:00 PM) - Al

I used to work from home when I was in sales, and I never accomplished anything. Tough to make sales calls when you can ogle Dr. Oz's daughter on The Chew or laughing at Frank say "Holy crap!" on Raymond for the 5Kth time.

8/24/2012 08:09:00 PM

(8/24/2012 08:04:00 PM) - Al

The anger and disgust is there, and this weekend, at your local theater.

Think how terrible those people must be. And racist, don't forget racist!

8/24/2012 08:04:00 PM

(8/24/2012 08:00:00 PM) - Al

Huge trade going down tonight between BOS and LA...Beckett and Gonzalez for sure, maybe Crawford.

8/24/2012 08:00:00 PM

(8/24/2012 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Destroying workplace productivity on a Friday antiperspirants (and deodorant) overcame a rough beginning and is now used by almost everyone.  

I wish they'd come up with one that doesn't melt in the car. I often have to reapply halfway through the day, because I'm so damn masculine. I still just use deo, because I'm still not sure it's good for you not to sweat.

8/24/2012 03:30:00 PM

(8/24/2012 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Romney has the edge among white Evangelical Christians (70-18 percent), white voters (53-36 percent), married voters (51-38 percent), men (48-40 percent) and seniors (50-41 percent).--Fox News

53-36 among whites? 70-18? Those are incredible spreads.

8/24/2012 02:30:00 PM

(8/24/2012 12:00:00 PM) - Al

I would agree. As the brilliant Rudy G said when some suggested skipping the New Year's Eve Times Square celebration because of a possible terrorist attack,

Look, I'm anti-smoking, I'm thrilled restaurants and bars are smoke free. But, I do not pretend to know what's right for all. If you wish to smoke, have unsafe sex, not wear a seat belt, sleep in weeds filled with snakes and bugs, and so on, more power to you.

And as I've pointed out, it goes against the American system that you can all the sex you want for free, but if you dare make a nickel on it, it's illegal. The days of throwing money away trying to ensure Mona gets a good job instead of $50 a trick is long gone. 

The idea the nanny state can control bad habits and ideas is exactly why the government can accomplish a damn thing except lose money. Make the streets safe, control crime, and if the worst we have to contend with is teen smoking, so be it.

8/24/2012 12:00:00 PM

(8/24/2012 11:45:00 AM) - Al

Even Andy Cooper can't take the untruths anymore.

And he started 90% of them*!

*That's not really true. That said, he is a complete hack.

8/24/2012 11:45:00 AM

(8/24/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I'm surprised this did not come out during the tough investigating reporting the old media did on know, right before the Dems "found" the votes in a cabinet that put him over the top.

It's funny because it's true. May you live in interesting times.

8/24/2012 11:30:00 AM

(8/24/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

I'm beginning to feel a bit better about November.

Far from confident, but you can sense the anger and disgust, and that's a good thing. Plus, every time I see an Obama bumper sticker, it's from 2008.

8/24/2012 10:00:00 AM

(8/24/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Fun game: every news report you hear about Mormons, replace "Mormon" with "Jew" "black," or "Catholic" and think how it sounds.--Jonah Goldberg

That makes the libs just a bunch of bigots.

That's because they are. They just make sure they only pick on groups they make fun of...usually limited to Christians, gun owners, and those damn evil capitalists. 

Read this link if still unsure. Please. Dems would slaughter puppies and kittens by the wheelbarrow if it would win them an election. 

8/24/2012 09:00:00 AM

(8/24/2012 06:30:00 AM) - Al

I guarantee you it will be double that. Obama's budget is so full of loaded numbers, I'm surpised it doesn't explode when they set it down.

Remember, Obamacare will cost less, because it saves on paperwork. Well, except for that kijillion dollars.

8/24/2012 06:30:00 AM

(8/24/2012 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Lance Armstrong pleads "I don't care anymore."

I have no idea if he cheated or not, but I do know he never failed a single test. They need to find someone else to pick on.

8/24/2012 06:00:00 AM

Thursday, August 23, 2012

(8/23/2012 10:00:00 PM) - Al

Those of you that have been here a while will remember posts like this before.

That said, I don't care.

The Rambling dog has been having some "tummy trouble," the Rambling wife woke up at 3AM to find him pacing the hall, so she let him outside. This morning, the Rambling son cleaned up an accident, and then later found where he had thrown up.

So, we've been through this before, usually once or twice a year. Twice, it's lasted a few days and we've put him on a rice and protein concoction for a couple weeks. But, all the advice is the same...withhold food for 24 hours, and then feed him lightly for a day or two. This gives his stomach a chance to heal, and even our old neighbor, who was also a vet assistant, agreed. Still, considering he's never missed a meal (heck, or even eaten slowly) by choice in 12.5 years, that's easier said than done. It doesn't help we feed him four tiny meals a day to make it easier for him to digest...on a normal day, he eats around 7, 12, 5, and much as he sleeps, it probably seems like he's always eating.

Lot of love in our old dog. This also brings up thoughts we hate to have, including the inevitable, and that none of us get healthier as we get older. Dogs are an incredible blessing, but one gets the feeling it might be a sad end of the road.   

8/23/2012 10:00:00 PM

(8/23/2012 08:04:00 PM) - Al

Unexpectedly...for 42 months now.

8/23/2012 08:04:00 PM

(8/23/2012 07:21:00 PM) - Al

We'll never know if Doug put in a claim or not, as Theo nabs him.

He fits Melvin's "type," I will say that.

8/23/2012 07:21:00 PM

(8/23/2012 04:30:00 PM) - Al

You could see it coming. Anything over 120 is a ton.

8/23/2012 04:30:00 PM

(8/23/2012 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Obama spent about a jillion more dollars than McCain. So be it.

I'm not one to limit what free people want to give money to.

8/23/2012 03:30:00 PM

(8/23/2012 03:00:00 PM) - Al

It is free men and women that drive our economy. Freedom is what makes America work. And President Obama, bless his heart, has tried to substitute government for free people–and it has not worked, and it will never work--Mitt Romney

I'd be supporting the GOP nominee if it were Barney Fife, but he is sure paraphrasing me a lot of late. The government loses $50M a day delivering half as much mail as they had 30 years ago. They ain't fixing nothing.

8/23/2012 03:00:00 PM

(8/23/2012 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Land of the free?

Well, maybe free*.

8/23/2012 02:00:00 PM

(8/23/2012 12:00:00 PM) - Al

If they were more inefficient, they'd get even more taxpayer money.

8/23/2012 12:00:00 PM

(8/23/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I fully expect this to be the picture they use in history books.

It does fit, you gotta admit. When he doesn't use it, he comes up with "you didn't build this...someone else did!"

8/23/2012 11:30:00 AM

(8/23/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I know I'm in the solid minority (though not as much as people think, probably 1/3rd of the GOP is pro-choice), but I feel eventually, the party that believes in limited government and less government intervention will come around to my viewpoint...abortion before the "baby" is viable is outside the womb is a shame, in most cases pathetic...but none of our business. I think we'd be much better off focusing on making adoption more affordable (removing legal obstacles would lower the price immensely), fully tax deductible, and actually mentioned as an alternative at Planned Parenthood than making it illegal. Seriously, no one is talking about putting anyone having an abortion in prison anyway.

And yes, I realize I'm mirroring Bill Clinton's "safe, legal, and rare" comment. I think he got it right.

However, terminating a pregnancy in that last trimester...many babies are being born at 6-7 months and surviving/thriving, for any other reason other than saving the life of the mother...I'm sorry, I just don't know what planet you're from. Do the freakin' math.

8/23/2012 11:00:00 AM

(8/23/2012 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Though that would explain why Biden is so well liked in DC.

8/23/2012 08:30:00 AM

(8/23/2012 05:00:00 AM) - Al

Who allows him to be associated with these thugs?

8/23/2012 05:00:00 AM

(8/23/2012 03:00:00 AM) - Al

I'm glad the Brits choose to throw away taxpayer money on these clowns. Wake up and enter the 17th century.

It always is funny when people find their boorish behavior surprising. If I didn't have a job and had endless piles of cash, I'd have spent the entire decade of my 20's just like Harry. That doesn't make it right, or any less of a waste of hard earned cash.  Heaven forbid business owners hire an extra person with money that they, you know, made themselves.

8/23/2012 03:00:00 AM

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

(8/22/2012 08:42:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son just banged his toe on the coffee table leg.

The term over-dramatic has never been so fitting. I don't foresee a future in special forces or athletics for our offspring.

8/22/2012 08:42:00 PM

(8/22/2012 07:52:00 PM) - Al

I forgot to mention it last night, but I don't see Tony Campana with the Cubs. He only does two things well, run and defend, but as a 5th OF who is rarely needed to start (and well down the list of PH's), he'd be a nice role player. His SB success is remarkable 91% (50/55), so he can get into scoring position if used as a PR without using an out (Gomez is 79%, and catchers hardly ever get him, only pitchers). His OBP is right around .300, so his value at the plate is minimal.

I have kind of penciled in Schafer to back up Gomez and pick up a start or two a week (more if Carlos struggles) versus tough RHP, but I do like Campana if they feel Logan should play everyday in AAA (or if Aoki can play CF 1-2 times a week, freeing up Tony to be available on the bench.

When the day comes they expand the rosters to 27, many teams will carry a guy like Campana. I think the Red Sox added Joey Gathright two different years to do this in September and the playoffs. Brewers' fans may recall Mel Stocker doing just this a couple different seasons as well.

Trust me, lefty relievers and speedsters are anxiously awaiting roster expansion.

8/22/2012 07:52:00 PM

(8/22/2012 07:37:00 PM) - Al

I didn't think military members were allowed to discuss this kind of stuff while still in the service.

8/22/2012 07:37:00 PM

(8/22/2012 07:34:00 PM) - Al

Both Brian and Bill said they think Wolf will be picked up soon as well. They usually know far more than they let on.

8/22/2012 07:34:00 PM

(8/22/2012 07:27:00 PM) - Al

Watching the game on DVR, I'm a bit surprised by Wolf's release, though as with all things Doug, there's probably a plan in place.

1. I thought they might need him to pick up some starts after others get shut down.

2. As BA said, I have little doubt teams will talk to him, as he would likely be a nice addition as a 6th SP (if you have makeup games), a reliever, and especially so if you don't play in a HR happy place like Miller Park.

3. Heck, I'd love to have him next year, as unless he retires, as he'll only get a minor league contract or a 1y/$1M after a tough '12. A vet like him would be a nice piece (much like I envision Livian Hernandez will be, if he is back) to take the pressure off a young staff.

Of course, some of it may be related to his inability to work with Lucroy, though the result the other night was predictably painful. I have no idea if Wolf is an arrogant guy who insists on calling his own game, if Lucroy is just a dumb redneck, or some combo platter of the two. I doubt we'd hear anything about it, as Doug never says a negative word about anyone.

I think a team or two might well have called and said they'd like Wolf, but wanted to give nothing. If no player or no partial salary was forthcoming, they might have just let Randy choose where he ends up himself...or maybe there is little interest.

They just said that Wolf worked out before the game with the Crew, so there seems to be little animosity, and that the A's (who play home games in a mammoth ballpark, have a tiny budget, and have George Kottaras) lost Bartolo Colon to a suspension today. That would almost make too much sense to ever happen.

8/22/2012 07:27:00 PM

(8/22/2012 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Soft times. In spelling bees, in addition to asking to hear the word used in a sentence, kids can now ask the moderator to spell the word--Dennis Miller

Heh. It would not surprise me at all. 

8/22/2012 02:30:00 PM

(8/22/2012 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Ryan seems to have not only added excitement, he also has made it popular to discuss the simple mathematics of the current administration...which, of course, are not pretty.

As this poll shows, Obama was far more popular when he was a bumper sticker slogan, and not a guy with a record and little to show for it.

Walker won because voters realized he meant what he said and said what he means. I don't see Obama getting that kind of response.

8/22/2012 01:00:00 PM

(8/22/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

You have to wonder why his campaign is in debt, considering he never pays his bills.

8/22/2012 11:00:00 AM

(8/22/2012 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Kimmel is probably the funniest of the three by far, and he is also the only one who even dreams of making fun of Obama.

I've enjoyed his work since The Man Show, which was possibly the most hilarious show ever on basic cable.

8/22/2012 09:30:00 AM

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

(8/21/2012 09:44:00 PM) - Al

I'll be honest, I'm a bit disappointed neither Mrs. Axford nor Mrs. Lucroy are any more than mildly attractive.

8/21/2012 09:44:00 PM

(8/21/2012 09:29:00 PM) - Al

Hi guys. FYI, I am unable to get into my Yahoo mail this evening, due to "technical difficulties." I'm all but sure they will be saved for me eventually, so feel free to keep writing.

Some internet issues as well, so I did not post much. For some of you, you're welcome.

8/21/2012 09:29:00 PM

(8/21/2012 05:30:00 PM) - Al

Chris Christie will not tone it down in keynote address.

Of course not. He is what he is...hilarious, honest, and truthful.

8/21/2012 05:30:00 PM

(8/21/2012 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Meaghan's right, but I'm not sure if Hillary would accept. She's gone out of her way not to be close to Obama, and Bill has said many negatives about him, as recently as a month or two ago.

8/21/2012 03:30:00 PM

(8/21/2012 02:00:00 PM) - Al

They also ignored the drug use, rapes, and constant barrage of bodily waste/garbage/vandalizing these wastes of human life the Occupy fools proudly took part in.

And you know what? Every single one is a proud lefty.

8/21/2012 02:00:00 PM

(8/21/2012 01:30:00 PM) - Al

I know, his record is horrible, but sooner or later, you'd think he'd hit truth just by mistake.

Remember how Walker just kept repeating what he'd done over and over? Not Obama. He's running the bizarro Walker campaign.

8/21/2012 01:30:00 PM

(8/21/2012 12:30:00 PM) - Al

I don't know how religious they are, but I do know this...the top five states for giving are all very red, and the low five are all very blue...just coincidence I'm sure.

Liberals love spending other people's money.

8/21/2012 12:30:00 PM

(8/21/2012 11:50:00 AM) - Al

Phyllis Diller was funny, and broke the stereotypes.

The great thing about her, she always laughed hardest even when the joke was about her. Makes you wonder about the thin skin of certain politicos even more.

8/21/2012 11:50:00 AM

(8/21/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Damn 2nd amendment.

That's what criminals say by the way. Law abiding citizens have nothing to fear, as criminals do not bother getting licenses and training.

8/21/2012 11:00:00 AM

(8/21/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

All hate crimes are stupid...crime is crime, but this especially so.

8/21/2012 10:00:00 AM

(8/21/2012 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Lies, fibs, and deceit.

Hope and change. Heh.

8/21/2012 09:30:00 AM

(8/21/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

It is "the new normal" until he stops raising taxes and spending so much money.

8/21/2012 09:00:00 AM

(8/21/2012 08:30:00 AM) - Al

To those who don't believe an Oklahoma Dem is more conservative than most GOP'ers, read this.

I'm having trouble believing this is happening in 2012, and not 1955.

8/21/2012 08:30:00 AM

(8/21/2012 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Wayne Brady apologizes over Trig Palin joke.

The lack of outcry from the old media was deafening, by the way. Brady has every right to say it, and as I said then, a greater crime was that it wasn't funny, as many roast jokes were offensive, to blacks, women, gays, and others. I certainly would not be bothered if they told a joke about fat Caucasians, but that's the new law of the offended, be very offended.

I have to wonder how many people realize that writers, like Jeff Ross, write nearly all the jokes for "celebs" at those roasts.

8/21/2012 06:30:00 AM

(8/21/2012 05:30:00 AM) - Al

1. The military loved W.

2. They do not love Obama.

I know whose side I want to be on.

8/21/2012 05:30:00 AM

Monday, August 20, 2012

(8/20/2012 10:06:00 PM) - Al

After all that Akin STILL leads McCaskill, 44-43. Little difference from our last poll which was Akin 45-44.--PPP

Several GOP women (SE Cupp and Ann Coulter both wrote columns) called for Akin to step down. I would probably agree, but it's tough to drop out when you're ahead.

He said something stupid, but so did Clinton when he denied having sexual relations with Lewinsky, and then committed perjury lying about it again. One vote in the Senate might be the difference between the 2nd Amendment being weakened and/or Obamacare being repealed. That's a mighty tough call.

PPP is a very friendly with the Dems, by the way. That may indicate he's ahead by 3-4. 

8/20/2012 10:06:00 PM

(8/20/2012 09:36:00 PM) - Al

Marcum dominates in Appleton, will return this weekend.

Rogers likely to be done soon. Fiers and Estrada likely to not pitch late in September either. Doug mentioned Wily Peralta and Thornburg on FSW tonight, said they have plenty of innings left, and both pitching well.

8/20/2012 09:36:00 PM

(8/20/2012 09:01:00 PM) - Al

Jeff Kent and Lisa Whelchel  (Blair from Facts of Life, who is now some sort of Christian activist), will be on Survivor.

I wonder if Kent told folks who he was, as rich guys have little chance of winning if they admit they are wealthy.

8/20/2012 09:01:00 PM

(8/20/2012 08:21:00 PM) - Al

Whoever came up with the "type in these two words to prove you're human" thing should be shot through the head.

That's all I got.

8/20/2012 08:21:00 PM

(8/20/2012 07:37:00 PM) - Al

Roenicke says Rogers will make 0-2 more stats after tonight, innings limit close, per Adam,

8/20/2012 07:37:00 PM

(8/20/2012 07:19:00 PM) - Al

I understand they needed fresh arms, but DFAing a reliever striking out a guy an inning and with a sub 3 ERA? That's a puzzler.

8/20/2012 07:19:00 PM

(8/20/2012 04:30:00 PM) - Al

Bias being presented as fact?

I, for one, am shocked!

8/20/2012 04:30:00 PM

(8/20/2012 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Floating cabin and family of three in a tiny studio.

Just interesting enough to take time out from work to check.

8/20/2012 03:30:00 PM

(8/20/2012 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Saturday night, the Rambling wife was out on the deck talking on the phone, and she noticed what looked like bees flying around by a vent out of our utility room. It was already dark, so when the game went to commercial, I took my long shooting bee killer poison bottle and shot it into the hole. I did not see any bugs of any kind.

Sunday morning, when she walked into the utility room, there were dozens of dead bodies on the floor. I sprayed the rest of the poison, and actually went to the hardware store and bought two more, and coated the outside with it three more times...still bees flying around, and there's a couple dozen dazed ones floating around inside.

Those are tough creatures. Amazing we never even noticed them all summer.

8/20/2012 01:00:00 PM

(8/20/2012 12:00:00 PM) - Al

The new Newsweek is openly pro-Dem...and this was their lead article this week.

8/20/2012 12:00:00 PM

(8/20/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I would agree. Both were indefensible, but as always, the liberal's were ignored.

8/20/2012 11:00:00 AM

(8/20/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Read what Emily Meanwell says has happened to education in the last 50 years, and why her name is ironic.

Know what? Education was far better 50 years ago, before government got involved. Sadly, all they have done is throw money at unions, and wondered why nothing has improved.

8/20/2012 10:00:00 AM

(8/20/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

You get the feeling the far-left judge would agree with anything the far-left teacher did.

Note the union is doing nothing to prevent the teacher from teaching again. Their only job is to protect the worst of the worst. Painfully ignorant, and this is why they are so hated.

Congrats public school parents and kids...Mrs. Child Abuse is going to be running things this year!

And they wonder why home schooling is booming. Common sense is not just missing, it is not desired.

8/20/2012 09:00:00 AM

Sunday, August 19, 2012

(8/19/2012 04:13:00 PM) - Al

Funniest part of HOU's coaching staff moves? They replace Bobby Meachem as 1B coach.

Bobby, we think we need to improve the manner in which you tell players how many outs there are, and hold their protective padding.

They might go undefeated the rest of the way.

8/19/2012 04:13:00 PM

(8/19/2012 04:10:00 PM) - Al

I'm off to nap. Thank goodness for cool weather on Sunday afternoons.

8/19/2012 04:10:00 PM

(8/19/2012 02:56:00 PM) - Al

Breaking: Campaign season has officially begun, the Obama family went to church today!--Breanna Howe

No word if his minister of 20 years discussed how much he hates America, yet the president failed to hear that part.

It's funny because it's true.  

8/19/2012 02:56:00 PM

(8/19/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I don't see many misses myself. Her life is a dumpster fire, and it will very likely end badly.

That said, Lohan and swimwear go together very nicely.

8/19/2012 11:00:00 AM

(8/19/2012 09:55:00 AM) - Al

One of the most amazing things I've heard in a long time...the Giants knew about Melky's positive test a month plus ago, before anyone else did, before the trade deadline.

And, they now have Gregor Blanco starting in LF. Really. He's a decent 5th OF, but LF is the second most important offensive spot. There are plenty of better options available even now, Nyjer Morgan for one, and he's in the bottom half.

8/19/2012 09:55:00 AM

(8/19/2012 09:43:00 AM) - Al

Coal miners line up to see Romney speak.

Somewhere, Dems see this and wonder what the hell is happening.

8/19/2012 09:43:00 AM

(8/19/2012 09:41:00 AM) - Al

Campaign fails...over and over.

Granted, they have nothing successful to talk about.

8/19/2012 09:41:00 AM

(8/19/2012 09:36:00 AM) - Al

Astros are going through a complete "tear down and build it back up" rebuild. Odds are, they'll use at least two more managers before they're any good.

Whoever is hired next will have the same expected life span as the first boyfriend of a woman who was married ten years and just got divorced. That's a very weak major league club, with little help at the upper levels. They are 4-5 years away from being this year's Pirates...if things go well.

8/19/2012 09:36:00 AM

(8/19/2012 09:12:00 AM) - Al

Why Medicare must be changed.

I'm not even sure he mentions a simple fact...Medicare is broke, and going deeper in the red every day.

8/19/2012 09:12:00 AM

Saturday, August 18, 2012

(8/18/2012 09:46:00 PM) - Al

The old media insists all tea party folks are angry white dudes.

The truth hurts, even when it doesn't fit the narrative. That said, they are angry, at the money being thrown away on pork in blue states.

8/18/2012 09:46:00 PM

(8/18/2012 09:25:00 PM) - Al

Just saw ARodg at CVS. I guess that's the plus side of having to go buy tampon.--Erika on Twitter 

She's fun, and she's my birthday buddy. Follow her

Speaking of women that are both funny and gorgeous, Amy Schumer is coming up at 10 on Comedy Central. 

8/18/2012 09:25:00 PM

(8/18/2012 08:41:00 PM) - Al

All but assured the Crew's choice of relievers tonight has something to do with showcasing arms for the trade market. Loe pitches 2 frames for the first time in ages, and KRod going a 2nd night in a row.

KRod looks better than ever, by the way. One has to wonder if he was banged up and he has healed up/taken a cortisone shot since.He has had three days or more in a row off twice since he was eminently hittable...he might have needed rest or something to ease the pain. He'd be a steal for a team to pick up for use as a middle reliever if he's back to "normal."

8/18/2012 08:41:00 PM

(8/18/2012 08:31:00 PM) - Al

Mom, I’m proud of you for the small business you created. You DID build that!--Paul Ryan They should buy tons of ad time and run that clip over and over, in 15 second spots. It's so distinctly American, and a positive message. And, it's the opposite of our president, who goes out of his way to put down his country every chance he gets.

8/18/2012 08:31:00 PM

(8/18/2012 08:13:00 PM) - Al

Thompson with an 11 point lead over Baldwin.

I'm sure this comes as a shock to Dems, who think the whole state is just a bit left of Marx, as they felt Walker would lose easily.

WI is a swing state which leans a tad to the left. However, I felt comfy as soon as I heard Baldwin was running. She's a Madison liberal, and that doesn't play well to moderates.

8/18/2012 08:13:00 PM

(8/18/2012 07:51:00 PM) - Al

Easy questions for $400, Alex.

Because Hope Solo is hot, and boxers are not.

8/18/2012 07:51:00 PM

(8/18/2012 06:05:00 PM) - Al

It may have started before Andy Cooper started reporting fiction that told the story he wanted to tell, even if it was not true.

But that is the main culprit. People, like me, get really, really mad when some total buffoon lies, cheats, and steals, and his "punishment" is a halfhearted apology a month later, his own primetime show, and the old media celebrating his terrible reporting by calling him a hunk.

I haven't watched a second of CNN in a decade. It's a far-left joke, and everyone knows it. It's not even good enough that the far-left bother, as they have MSNBC and the networks. 

8/18/2012 06:05:00 PM

(8/18/2012 05:52:00 PM) - Al

Personally, I blame:

1. W.

2. Business owners. After all, not only did they not build this, they are so greedy, 95%+ fail within the first seven years...what right do they have to make a profit?

Who would have guessed an economic plan based on Robin Hood would fail so historically?

8/18/2012 05:52:00 PM

(8/18/2012 05:43:00 PM) - Al

Thank goodness some actresses ignore the stereotypes.

She's far heavier than 95 pounds. And far better looking.

8/18/2012 05:43:00 PM

(8/18/2012 05:25:00 PM) - Al

I'm surprised they managed to fix it after "only" 2500 tickets.

8/18/2012 05:25:00 PM

(8/18/2012 03:45:00 PM) - Al

Amy Schumer on Comedy Central tonight at 10 Central. Set your DVR, as she is very funny and extremely easy on the eyes.

8/18/2012 03:45:00 PM

(8/18/2012 03:20:00 PM) - Al

Heh. History will mark this touch of irony far more than the old media, who, if you recall, called Biden a foreign policy expert.

Why? Because he talked about countries no one had heard of on the Sunday talk shows.

8/18/2012 03:20:00 PM

(8/18/2012 03:10:00 PM) - Al

How is it possible I know so many people getting married this year? I'm not even ready to commit to buying a movie on iTunes versus renting--Meghan McCain

To quote the greatest sitcom of all time,


8/18/2012 03:10:00 PM

(8/18/2012 03:02:00 PM) - Al

I get this e-mail at least once a month. Reagan lowered the tax rate overall which led to basically a 30+ year period of economic growth (with the always present booms and busts, but overall, it is as close to a straight line upward as you will find).

Heck, I'd happily raise some sin taxes and what I would call user fees if I were made king. But overall, taking money from hard working taxpayers and giving it to the government to squander is rarely a positive idea.

8/18/2012 03:02:00 PM

(8/18/2012 02:58:00 PM) - Al

I hate to see it, but even Amanda Bynes has fallen off the mythical gorgeous cliff.

The peak is at 19-23, and the decline is quite steep, and often very frightening.

8/18/2012 02:58:00 PM

(8/18/2012 02:47:00 PM) - Al

Castro has a very good chance to earn every penny, plus far more.

That said, so does Segura....especially when one considers Jean will "only" make about $16M over the next six years. The value of pre-arby players is control, and inexpensive.

8/18/2012 02:47:00 PM

(8/18/2012 02:00:00 PM) - Al

I don't care about the walks, he misses bats. A couple adjustments, he'll be in the bigs next season. The Crew should show him their bullpen stats and give him an opt-out on June 1st.

8/18/2012 02:00:00 PM

(8/18/2012 01:30:00 PM) - Al

If I looked like Paul Ryan, I'd eat donuts and pie every damn meal, with a side of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

And then, I'd buy regular mayo for the first time in 20 years.

8/18/2012 01:30:00 PM

(8/18/2012 01:00:00 PM) - Al

I think all you need to know is in a very tight election, they have Biden resting at home this weekend, while Ryan is wowing excited crowds who are lining up for hours for a glimpse/whisper.

I mean, you think he could at least tour the safe Northeast and stay on message. But he can't. Not without a gaffe a day.

8/18/2012 01:00:00 PM

(8/18/2012 01:00:00 PM) - Al

72 jokes from beautiful women, whose pictures may be suggestive.

8/18/2012 01:00:00 PM

(8/18/2012 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Our post office loses $50M a day, but it's far better at returning crap than Angola!

2nd was El Salvador. I have nothing to say about that, except a one of the students in college I knew was from ES, and she was really, really attractive.

8/18/2012 12:30:00 PM

(8/18/2012 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Somehow, the Rambling wife told the Rambling son we'd have a picnic on Rib Mountain and go for a hike. That's probably where we are as you read this.

I wish she'd quit drinking.

8/18/2012 12:00:00 PM

(8/18/2012 11:45:00 AM) - Al

Fools thinking Marilyn Monroe was fat is why I think we need to stop listening to the fashion/looks advice of gay men (not that there's anything wrong with that).

As for weight, which I haven't discussed in a while. I was down 6 more pounds this week, meaning I have lost 65 since early this year. I still look like Gleeman's before picture, and I have no desire to get to 170 like him (I haven't weighed 170 since I was 14, and I never will).

--I have been enjoying a sandwich or two a day, ham/turkey/salami/swiss on dark rye bread, about 400 calories each, along with lean protein (we had roast beef one evening, rotisserie chicken once, and so on).

--I have not been exercising except I stand more at work, and usually once or twice a day, I end up doing some sort of lifting/moving while at work.

--As always, tons of water and diet pop.

--Not a single person has noticed , which means I am still quite fat. The Rambling wife added two more holes to my belt a few weeks ago with one of my scrapbooking tools, and I'm now always in the last one.

--And, I still almost always have a free day, Sunday usually, when I just eat whatever. We have Taco Bell on the menu tomorrow, as that's the Rambling son's favorite.

Off to the mountain. I hope you enjoy your day as well.

8/18/2012 11:45:00 AM

(8/18/2012 10:30:00 AM) - Al

The outing was more impressive considering Gallardo pitched Friday with family matters in the back of his mind. A relative's illness called him home to Ft. Worth, Texas, immediately after the game, but he is expected back Monday and will make his start as scheduled Wednesday against the

That's mighty impressive. 

8/18/2012 10:30:00 AM

(8/18/2012 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Izturis will be playing for a contender somewhere.

8/18/2012 10:30:00 AM

(8/18/2012 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Obama failed econ? Sounds about right.

Not to mention, Harry Reid has done nothing to dispel the rumor he's a pedophile. His staff won't even comment on it! Google it! Harry Reid pederast is the 3rd most searched for Harry Reid item...hmmm.

Transparent? Heh. 

Fight like a girl. Pull hair, call them fat, and spread rumors they are not just a slut, but have an eating disorder.

8/18/2012 09:30:00 AM

(8/18/2012 07:30:00 AM) - Al

I adore Meghan, and totally agree with her opinion on Biden.

8/18/2012 07:30:00 AM

(8/18/2012 05:30:00 AM) - Al

All right, I'm off today, but I'll be doing family stuff. There's some scheduled stuff that will be popping up, however.

Oh, and by the way, I posted this last night too. Because unless I'm currently peeing, I'm sleeping right now.

8/18/2012 05:30:00 AM

Friday, August 17, 2012

(8/17/2012 10:27:00 PM) - Al

Obama's tax and spend policies...and fascination with providing health care...damn the cost and unknowns, is simply destroying the economy...49 of 50 states lost working folks last month.

Who would have thought Carter's second term would be worse than his first?

8/17/2012 10:27:00 PM

(8/17/2012 10:21:00 PM) - Al

This makes sense, though it's too easy.

8/17/2012 10:21:00 PM

(8/17/2012 10:09:00 PM) - Al

Sometimes, people e-mail me and say Detroit is not the disaster I keep saying it is.

Yes it is. It's worse, actually.

8/17/2012 10:09:00 PM

(8/17/2012 10:02:00 PM) - Al

That's actually three scoreless outings for KRod in a row. He'd be a fine addition to a staff looking for some middle innings help.

It would have to be a team with a strong GM, who can explain why he's picking up a guy with a high ERA.

8/17/2012 10:02:00 PM

(8/17/2012 09:59:00 PM) - Al

I love watching Hernandez pitch, and it would not surprise me at all to see him in the same role next season with the Crew, especially if they go with several youngsters from the system on the staff.

I assume he'll be willing to sign a minor league deal.

8/17/2012 09:59:00 PM

(8/17/2012 09:36:00 PM) - Al

Finally got caught up to live action. I must admit, the DVR sure makes it easier to enjoy a game.

8/17/2012 09:36:00 PM

(8/17/2012 09:32:00 PM) - Al

Tough not to be impressed with Segura...for being just 22, he appears to be a passable SS right now, and will certainly get better for the next several campaigns.

Not to mention, he can run like the one even mentioned that when he was acquired.

8/17/2012 09:32:00 PM

(8/17/2012 09:25:00 PM) - Al

Laynce Nix is proof you can have a major league career without having any idea how to hit a breaking ball.

I don't think there's a player you can say that about with a fastball, however.

8/17/2012 09:25:00 PM

(8/17/2012 09:21:00 PM) - Al

The rubes are unhappy, and looking for some real change.

8/17/2012 09:21:00 PM

(8/17/2012 09:16:00 PM) - Al

The strange thing about Strasburg's artificial limit is they could have done a dozen things to have him throw fewer innings...skip a start when they have an off day, move him to the bullpen for a month, or as I would have done, just limit him to 5 innings.

8/17/2012 09:16:00 PM

(8/17/2012 09:04:00 PM) - Al

Sharpton, a certified oaf mind you, speaks negatively about Paul Ryan because he...has a family, and is intelligent.

Heh. It's funny because it's true.

8/17/2012 09:04:00 PM

(8/17/2012 08:38:00 PM) - Al

Bill Clinton talked about this when Obama did it to Hillary. This has been a nasty campaign already, and from Reid to Pelosi to Obama, it's all been fibs and innuendo.

When your record is what his is, I can't blame him.

8/17/2012 08:38:00 PM

(8/17/2012 08:30:00 PM) - Al

I'd buy donuts if I get out there, just like I'll happily buy chicken sandwiches from Chik Fil A.

I don't even agree with their stance, but I'll defend to the death their right to have it. You don't like it? Change the laws. Otherwise, it's perfectly legal and you should relax.

8/17/2012 08:30:00 PM

(8/17/2012 08:20:00 PM) - Al

Look at 'em...flag in front, sitting respectfully, those darn evil...fiscal conservatives!

One of my favorite events of late...old media lies about tea party, makes them seem somehow bad, yet proudly talks up the Occupy losers, who end up vandalizing, committing rape, and trespassing, putting good, family run places out of business. Old media tries to ignore crimes and mayhem Occupy caused, which, as I predicted, died because they disliked cold weather and the druggies got bored and arrested and moved on to other dirty deeds.

Meanwhile, tea party still going strong, working hard for fiscal sanity, and not committing a single crime. Occupy was worse than the stories they made up about the tea party!

May you live in interesting times.

8/17/2012 08:20:00 PM

(8/17/2012 08:13:00 PM) - Al

Oh to be as polite and civil as the left.

I'll just have to be stuck with the "party of Reagan" tag. 

8/17/2012 08:13:00 PM

(8/17/2012 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Extremely well put.

Note Obama's "plan" is to cur the deficit to $1.12T. Really.

8/17/2012 04:00:00 PM

(8/17/2012 03:30:00 PM) - Al

I have not been writing much about the Brewers, and to be blunt, they are in fact just playing out the string. I still watch the games and enjoy them, but the excitement is far moreso in seeing how the players who will still be around next year are looking...and if just possibly, a guy like KRod can put it together enough to have a contender give the Crew a live arm or a project for the rights to him.

4th in runs scored
9th in SP ERA
15th in RP ERA

The good news, most of the offense will be back, and Segura will be 23, hopefully still improving, and the bench should be stronger, with some combo of Green, Gamel, Maldonado, and Schafer.

More god news? The bullpen has been the weak point, but that not only turns over the most each season (I expect only Axford and Henderson to return (and Jim has three options), though I would not mind Parra/Loe/Veras at the right price), but for the most part, is a very cheap area to put together, except for closers.

Obviously, the big question mark right now for the '13 version is the rotation, as Gallardo/Fiers/Estrada will probably be a part of it, and the rest really is not known. I'd also expect Rogers to be in the bigs if healthy. That's a lot of unknowns, to say the least. Compared to the boredom of the past offseason, when about 22 guys had spots sewn up, it will be a unique opportunity to add talent, and they should have substantial funds to do so, barring Greinke returning, and maybe even if they do sign a top SP (I estimated they have about $62.5M spent with 7 spots to fill here).

I'm three hours away from Miller Park, but if I was closer, I'd be taking advantage of Stub Hub and other cheap ticket options, as those days have been few and far between the past few years. 

8/17/2012 03:30:00 PM

(8/17/2012 12:30:00 PM) - Al

How is it that Obama can require illegal immigrants bring birth certificates and proof of residency for amnesty, but can't ask for ID to vote.--Bill Carver

We should be working on making it easier for hard working foreigners from all over the world who want to live the American dream to do so, but we should not be giving a single lawbreaker amnesty.

And we know why. So it's easier to cheat.

8/17/2012 12:30:00 PM

(8/17/2012 12:00:00 PM) - Al

It's the era of irresponsibility.

It all comes down from the top. It's one of those things that happens when you classify a 26 year-old as a child. Laws of unintended consequences many of us saw coming a mile away.

Let's see, financial aid is handed out like water, and the insurance is free as long as you're not successful...the recipe is apparent...avoid getting a job at all costs!

8/17/2012 12:00:00 PM

(8/17/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

You can sense it, but at this point, after 3.5 Carteresque years, and Obama is still even in the polls, you gotta wonder. African-Americans are going to pull the lever at a 95%+ clip for him (though one wonders if they will turn out as much as in '08). Romney will have to pick up vast amount of Caucasians and others, and it seems unlikely Latinos will flock to the party, as they may have a bit had Rubio been the VP nominee.

8/17/2012 11:00:00 AM

(8/17/2012 09:30:00 AM) - Al

CBS and NBC don't consider it news when conservatives get shot, they call it a blessing.

It's not the bias, it's that they don't even try to hide it.

8/17/2012 09:30:00 AM

Thursday, August 16, 2012

(8/16/2012 10:24:00 PM) - Al

I'm pretty sure this is a sure sign of the end of the world.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to go looting.

8/16/2012 10:24:00 PM

(8/16/2012 08:48:00 PM) - Al

Last week, there was talk about Castro being benched, and I commented the Crew had a spot for him.

No such luck with Theo in charge. Panic and shortsighted silliness is a thing of the past at Wrigley. I seriously think they may have a dynasty in a couple seasons. As soon as the Soriano and other contracts of the previous regime expire, watch out.

8/16/2012 08:48:00 PM

(8/16/2012 08:39:00 PM) - Al

If MSNBC does not take a stand against this guy, all hope is lost.

8/16/2012 08:39:00 PM

(8/16/2012 07:36:00 PM) - Al

The latest quarterly numbers show that Wisconsin added 37,464 private-sector jobs from March 2011 through March 2012, the Workforce Development Department said.

At the same time, the government workforce shrunk by 9,364, for a net jobs gain of 28,100.--JS

Baby steps. Both numbers are headed in the right direction.

My place of business recently decided to add a position, and in less than a week, they have been flooded with apps. Lots of people looking, and lots of people looking for better.

And yes, it's painful how far behind the official numbers are. They are compiled by the government, so, obviously, there's no rush. Break time!

8/16/2012 07:36:00 PM

(8/16/2012 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Everyone realizes we're going broke.

Except the left. They think we can find trillions under the sofa cushions.

8/16/2012 03:30:00 PM

(8/16/2012 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Thompson will be favored versus Baldwin, and as far left as she is, her name might print off the ballot in November.

I actually voted for Fitzgerald, as a thank you for getting Walker's money saving budget passed.

Tommy is a fine man who did some great things ages ago. Hopefully, they won't destroy him due to ageism (well, we know they will, but I hope it doesn't work).

8/16/2012 12:30:00 PM

(8/16/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

If Mitt Romney said it, he'd be removed as the nominee. Bill Maher says it, no one blinks an eye.

The left is allowed to be racist. Just because. And, it's getting more blatant.

8/16/2012 11:00:00 AM

(8/16/2012 09:30:00 AM) - Al

That's because the government cannot create jobs. Or recoveries.

That's what the private sector does. And they're clutching money tight, hoping Obama loses.

8/16/2012 09:30:00 AM

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

(8/15/2012 09:38:00 PM) - Al

Watching an old Frasier tonight, and they edited out a word...I assume it was "Chinks," as Martin was talking about the Korean War and what he was afraid of.

We are nothing if not politically correct, even a decade plus after it was aired.

8/15/2012 09:38:00 PM

(8/15/2012 09:11:00 PM) - Al

To call Joe Biden an ass-hat is to do a disservice to fedoras worn on one's derriere.--Dennis Miller Dennis tells it like it is.

8/15/2012 09:11:00 PM

(8/15/2012 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Maybe someday, we'll be this polite and civil.

8/15/2012 01:00:00 PM

(8/15/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

It is difficult keeping track of all...57 states.

8/15/2012 11:00:00 AM

(8/15/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

It's funny because it's true.

8/15/2012 09:00:00 AM

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

(8/14/2012 10:10:00 PM) - Al

People get upset when I call other blogs "casual."

Check this out, guest blogger suggests Cesar Izturis be "sent packing"...posted today.

Oy vey.

I'm not Al casual.

8/14/2012 10:10:00 PM

(8/14/2012 10:06:00 PM) - Al

Tommy Thompson has finally built up a substantial lead after being nearly even with Eric Hovde all evening, up 11K with 60% of the vote in. Congrats to Tommy, whose reign as WI governor was debt free and full of reforms (welfare, unions).

8/14/2012 10:06:00 PM

(8/14/2012 09:40:00 PM) - Al

As I've said, this isn't even much of "a choice." The only reason Obama has a chance is the A/A vote,

8/14/2012 09:40:00 PM

(8/14/2012 09:22:00 PM) - Al

Fight like a girl.

Good to see Romney getting tough. When the record is awful, attack the record. That's not being negative, that's just telling the truth.

8/14/2012 09:22:00 PM

(8/14/2012 09:09:00 PM) - Al

I, for one, am shocked.


8/14/2012 09:09:00 PM

(8/14/2012 05:51:00 PM) - Al

This is the type of guy Doug likes to take a flyer on...tall, lanky hard throwing RH reliever who misses bats and keeps the ball in the park.

Just turned 26.

8/14/2012 05:51:00 PM

(8/14/2012 05:31:00 PM) - Al

I wish the old woman they show Paul Ryan pushing off the cliff in the commercial was Pelosi.--Dennis Miller

So do I.

8/14/2012 05:31:00 PM

(8/14/2012 04:18:00 PM) - Al

I will also this, I'm sure many people think the Crew will sign a reliever or two. I agree. In fact, many solid set-up men may be drawn to MIL due to the unsettled closer situation.

This is similar (as it is exactly the opposite) to the fact Doug has tried to sign a spot starter/long reliever for depth the past couple years and had no luck at all, because all five spots in the rotation were full. Money and opportunity are the two things free agents look for, and the Brewers have both.

8/14/2012 04:18:00 PM

(8/14/2012 04:04:00 PM) - Al

People who think a tax boost will cure inflation are the same ones who believe another drink will cure a hangover. – Ronald Reagan

Sadly, many seem to think a tax boost will cure everything. 

8/14/2012 04:04:00 PM

(8/14/2012 03:42:00 PM) - Al

The scary thing is that Obama actually BELIEVES his "You didn't build that" rhetoric!--Dennis Miller

Some people have no understanding that capitalism built the greatest country in the history of the planet.

8/14/2012 03:42:00 PM

(8/14/2012 03:39:00 PM) - Al

Friend of Ramblings Scott sends this story in, about a man and his elderly dog.

8/14/2012 03:39:00 PM

(8/14/2012 03:29:00 PM) - Al

It's laughable how bad the government is at almost everything.

Including getting ballots out.

8/14/2012 03:29:00 PM

(8/14/2012 03:21:00 PM) - Al

CNN is unbiased. What makes you question this?

Their bias is topped only by how inept they are.

8/14/2012 03:21:00 PM

(8/14/2012 02:37:00 PM) - Al


Only the government can build stuff, damn it. And look how the economy thrives...

8/14/2012 02:37:00 PM

(8/14/2012 02:36:00 PM) - Al

About one in four voters want to cheat.

8/14/2012 02:36:00 PM

(8/14/2012 02:34:00 PM) - Al

So far this season three MLB teams have 100+ steals and they rank 22nd, 27th, and 30th in runs per game.--Gleeman

It's all about OBP and SLG. All the rest is for the casuals.

Actually, SB's help, but CS's hurt more. 

8/14/2012 02:34:00 PM

(8/14/2012 02:29:00 PM) - Al

I blame W.

Seriously, birds die in large groups all the time, it's happened several times just in the past few years. I believe the most common cause is loud noises startle the birds in large groups, and since their brain is the size of a pinhead, they run into things.

I only wish this happened to birds that tasted good.

8/14/2012 02:29:00 PM

(8/14/2012 02:21:00 PM) - Al

She's a caricature of herself.

8/14/2012 02:21:00 PM

(8/14/2012 02:17:00 PM) - Al

Rory Vaden talks about not getting caught up in the small stuff.

And to be truthful, most all of it is small stuff.

8/14/2012 02:17:00 PM

(8/14/2012 02:08:00 PM) - Al

Christie will give keynote.

That's appointment viewing. That will be funnier than any sitcom not currently on TBS in the afternoon.

8/14/2012 02:08:00 PM

(8/14/2012 02:04:00 PM) - Al

When you can't run on your record, you lie, cheat, and steal.

The facts are on our side, just like it was in WI. Fight like a girl, and sprint to the finish line.

8/14/2012 02:04:00 PM

(8/14/2012 01:59:00 PM) - Al

I posted a brief recap of Doug's interview with Bill Michaels a couple days ago. 

One thing jumped out at me...Doug seemed to indicate he is happy with the position players, and is going to go with several young pitchers on the staff in '13.

I believe him, Doug does not lie, but he sometimes does not tell the whole truth either. As I try and read between the lines a bit, one thing does not add up...the roster Doug is proposing, will cost only a fraction of what the '12 roster does...Mark A has said he does not plan a "tear it down first" rebuild.

Gallardo, Fiers, Estrada, Narveson, Axford, Henderson, Rogers, Lucroy, Maldonado, Hart, Weeks, Segura, Ramirez, Green/Gamel, Braun, Gomez, Aoki, Schafer.

I, of course, have no idea if these guys will be on the '13 roster, but they all make sense, and they all add up to $62.65M, and they are 18 of 25 (though I doubt Narveson will be ready to go). Considering Peralta, Thornburg, and other young arms will be given opportunity to make the team, that would seem to leave vast amounts of payroll for one of two things:

A slugging 1B/RF, or a top of the rotation SP.

As happy as he is with Hart at 1B, and as hard as they went after Greinke, I'd expect the latter.

Who is available other than Zack?

Ervin Santana and Edwin Jackson. Santana is having a down season, though much of it seems to be bad luck. Also, Shawn Marcum being injured may keep his price and years down, and he has said he loves the Midwest.

8/14/2012 01:59:00 PM

(8/14/2012 01:21:00 PM) - Al

It was just pointed out to me via e-mail I started my organizational position recap, and then forgot all about it.


My memory is excellent, but very short.

I suppose I could write them all up and then schedule them one a day, but that reeks of work.

8/14/2012 01:21:00 PM

(8/14/2012 01:08:00 PM) - Al

Biden uses slavery metaphor.

He's a living, breathing gaffe.

8/14/2012 01:08:00 PM

(8/14/2012 12:49:00 PM) - Al

Forbes joins the online poker legalization bandwagon.

Obama's DOJ took it down, and then admitted there is no law against it. It is painful how wishy-washy and ignorant this administration is. It all starts at the top.

8/14/2012 12:49:00 PM

(8/14/2012 08:30:00 AM) - Al

I'm not officer drunk.

8/14/2012 08:30:00 AM

(8/14/2012 07:30:00 AM) - Al

Cassy is way too close to the subject to be objective about it. I was not offended by the joke, but it wasn't funny either, which is a greater crime in my mind.

8/14/2012 07:30:00 AM

Monday, August 13, 2012

(8/13/2012 09:55:00 PM) - Al

I see my visitor count is way up today, so I went to the referral page to see how folks found Ramblings.

Seems an extraordinary amount of people googled "Ellen Barkin stroke" and ended up here.

The internet is astounding.

8/13/2012 09:55:00 PM

(8/13/2012 07:48:00 PM) - Al

The Olympics came with a price tag of $14 billion - three times the original estimate.

The government always estimates way low...that's how they get rubes to go along. That's why they didn't tell us what was in Obamacare until it was passed...and why the public is so angry to this day.  

8/13/2012 07:48:00 PM

(8/13/2012 07:44:00 PM) - Al

You can sense the fear. The lack of a condemnation of that "Ryan pushing grandma off the cliff" ad means the left is above nothing, and will stop at nothing to win; down, dirty, or whatever.

If only us lowly fiscal conservatives, who believe in spending what you take in, had such high morals and were more polite and civil.


8/13/2012 07:44:00 PM

(8/13/2012 04:30:00 PM) - Al

The best Ryan post I can find of my own is right here.

His common sense, quit spending so damn much money message will hopefully appeal to moderates, indys, and conservative Dems. That is, of course, assuming the old media doesn't manage to make his Midwestern work ethic into proof he's an idiot...despite the fact Joe Biden's reign as VP has been one gaffe after another.

For the second election in a row, I wish the dynamic speaker and one that excites people was on top of the ticket.

8/13/2012 04:30:00 PM

(8/13/2012 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Ann predicted the ticket back in April.

I had Christie early, and have been on Rubio train for a while.

That said, I was disappointed Ryan did not run for president, as I saw him a favorite in a no name field.

8/13/2012 02:00:00 PM

(8/13/2012 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Team Obama actually blamed Mr. Romney for the tragic cancer death of a woman named Ranae Soptic. Here’s its twisted logic: In 1999, Mitt Romney left Bain Capital. In 2001, a Bain company called GST Steel that had employed Mrs. Soptic’s husband, Joe, closed its doors. In 2006, Mrs. Soptic was diagnosed with end-stage lung cancer and soon died. Never mind that Mrs. Soptic had her own insurance from her employer rather than purchasing it through her husband’s employer. Never mind that Mr. Romney had stepped aside seven years before Mrs. Soptic’s horrible diagnosis. It’s Mitt’s fault! 

But it gets worse.

When confronted with these facts, the Obama campaign — and there’s no easy way to put this — did not tell the truth. It was caught red-handed. Recognizing the radioactive and demonstrably dishonest claims put forward by the Obama-friendly super PAC Priorities USA, top officials in both the Obama campaign and the White House falsely claimed that they were unaware of the patently dishonest Soptic story. Bald-faced falsehoods and falsehoods about falsehoods. The Obama campaign has been touting the false Soptic story on its own website since May and a conference-call recording surfaced of Team Obama discussing the fallacy.--Washington Times

That sound you hear is the administration throwing mud against the wall, and praying something sticks.

8/13/2012 01:00:00 PM

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