Al's Ramblings

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

(10/31/2012 08:35:00 PM) - Al

Brewers inform Veras he will not be asked to return.

In Adam's piece, he mentions Roenicke's frustrations that he often had to have someone warming up and Jose could not finish the inning. That will wear out a bullpen over the course of a season, in fact, overuse may well have led to Parra's ineffectiveness, as he was very good for much of the season.

Granted, Veras has always just kind of been a decent middle relief guy, despite plus stuff, as I have pointed out often. That said, durability and stuff is a pretty good recipe for a reliever, especially one not expected to pitch the 8th/9th.

10/31/2012 08:35:00 PM

(10/31/2012 06:21:00 PM) - Al

Well, to be fair, it's hard to remember the names of all 57 states.

10/31/2012 06:21:00 PM

(10/31/2012 06:19:00 PM) - Al

Job numbers for last month cut in half.

I, for one, am shocked.

10/31/2012 06:19:00 PM

(10/31/2012 06:16:00 PM) - Al

Does Obama find these guys under "nutty ministers" or what?

10/31/2012 06:16:00 PM

(10/31/2012 05:41:00 PM) - Al

Royals acquire Ervin Santana, LA will pay $1M.

Fine move for KC. Santana had a poor '12, but has been almost as good as anyone the 3-4 seasons before that. No idea if Doug talked to them or not, but he sounded very optimistic about his young arms and he was not bringing in anyone just to add someone.

10/31/2012 05:41:00 PM

(10/31/2012 05:30:00 PM) - Al

I must admit, one of the funniest ads to me out of all the half-truths and the like is when someone attacks Romney for...wait for it...being a good businessman.

Years ago, Mike Moore made a movie called Roger and Me. Many said it was a huge success and made a statement. If you're not familiar with it, "Roger" was running GM at the time, and Mike was furious that GM did not keep unneeded plants open in Flint, MI. I didn't really get it, because, after all, GM's only responsibility was to its stockholders, and since they took the risk of loss, they had every right to profit, and not a limited profit either.

Of course, GM was making money back then, but like any company was looking to maximize their profit. Later, even with cost-cutting moves, GM was near bankruptcy and the government decided to bail them out and tell them to make cars no one wants to buy, instead of just going through normal bankruptcy.

In the current ads, people come on screen and say that Romney's company, Bain Capital bought their plant or factory and decided to close it. This makes him an evil capitalist, but, why Mitt's company owes unneeded workers anything is far too socialist a concept  for me to even comprehend. After all, one simple way of making something more affordable is to lower costs. One way to lower costs is to move all production to one or more fewer factories.

Heck, as I've discussed, I was laid off a couple months ago. Would it have been better for me to keep my job a few extra months and have the company go out of business? Well, yes. But I don't wish ill will on anyone. I guess I'm one of the few.   

10/31/2012 05:30:00 PM

(10/31/2012 04:11:00 PM) - Al

Doug was on 1250 in Milwaukee this afternoon. Recap:

--Lots of speculation on free agents, don't expect to be involved. Warned fans not to get excited about names such as Hamilton and Greinke.

--Better chance of hanging onto young pitching than making trades. Have lots of depth in minor league pitching, 8-9 legit prospects in AA/AAA rotations. Time for Peralta and Rogers to get chance. Fiers did very nicely, struggled a bit at end. Also mentioned Jungmann will probably be at AA, Bucci, Nelson,Thornburg, Hellweg pitched great in AFL, Burgos will be added to 40 man roster soon.

--Tough decision to trade Greinke, had to make move once top young SS was included. Zack will do very well in free agency, others will offer more.

--FA SP's, some do intrigue us. Edwin Jackson is another name discussed, but have to add a couple relievers as well. Like to a veteran who can eat 200 innings, but they have to be quality innings. Suppan and Wolf came in and ate up innings because did not have any young pitchers at the time.

--Parra sounds like he will be non-tendered, not as consistent as they'd like.

--Probably see 3-4 new relief guys total; Axford, Henderson, and Kintzler probably fill in somewhere, along with a guy or two that miss the rotation battle. Likes a closer who can get strikeouts. Like a LH, but only a lefty who can be very good, not going to just have one to have one.

--Ballpark is homer friendly, always will rely on power because of that.

--Very happy with catching, great to have a young SS in Segura, strong up the middle with Weeks and Gomez. Have to decide whether or not Carlos is just a one year guy or part of the future.

--Leaning towards Segura at SS, but Gonzalez would like to return. FA's like promises of playing time, so unsure if they can give that to him.

10/31/2012 04:11:00 PM

(10/31/2012 02:05:00 PM) - Al

I never feel more embarrassed for mankind than when reporters stand outside in the way of major storms. Can we get any more ridiculous?--Dennis Miller Without a doubt. It's one of the many ways the old media has become such a parody of itself, and then they just can't figure out why exactly they've become as antiquated as buggy whip manufacturers and trading stamp companies.

10/31/2012 02:05:00 PM

(10/31/2012 12:48:00 PM) - Al

Angels still trying to trade Haren and Santana, others feel it will be "an upset" if one is not dealt.

10/31/2012 12:48:00 PM

(10/31/2012 12:34:00 PM) - Al

I was so tired at 5:30, they said they were taking a ten minute break on poker, and I literally just shut everything off and went to bed. I still have not heard when it ended, but it was about 9 or 10 this AM, I guess.

10/31/2012 12:34:00 PM

(10/31/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I've beginning to think the old media isn't completely unbiased.

10/31/2012 11:00:00 AM

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

Opinion piece sent to me on Twitter. Sums up my feelings pretty well.

If Obama does hold on and gets four more years, he can thank Ma Nature for Sandy diverting attention from Libya, and for breaking up Romney's momentum. Also, as silly as it sounds, I think there will be a "bounce" for Obama because Sandy wasn't all that bad, if you're looking at long-term damage (and yes, I realize NY/NJ does not have dikes that could fail, but remember, we're talking about people who were either undecided or just leaning.

10/31/2012 10:00:00 AM

(10/31/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I might be up until 8AM if I watch this final table to the end, but my second thought after League's 3y/$22.5M deal (with a vesting option for a 4th year!)...suddenly, Jose Veras at around $2.5M for a year looks pretty darn good.

The proof is in the numbers:

League--3.38 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 3.0 BB/9, 7.1 K/9, 0.6 HR/9
Veras----3.95 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 4.9 BB/9, 9.4 K/9, 0.9 HR/9

Of course, there might be similar relievers signing for $1.5M in January...

10/31/2012 09:00:00 AM

(10/31/2012 05:12:00 AM) - Al

My Facebook page has just exploded in the last 10 minutes, apparently, many people set their alarm for 5AM and immediately begin playing various casino games on Facebook.

Suddenly, I don't feel nearly as lacking in the life department. One friend of a friend proudly said she skipped school yesterday and watched The Golden Girls all day long. At least the poker is only delayed 15 minutes, and not 30 years.:)

10/31/2012 05:12:00 AM

(10/31/2012 04:34:00 AM) - Al

This is turning out to be my worst decision since I mistakenly touched uncooked poultry before donning two layers of  hazmat apparel.

And yes, all three players are still in. 

10/31/2012 04:34:00 AM

(10/31/2012 02:03:00 AM) - Al

I wonder if this will be practice for next Tuesday night, as many expect the election results, especially the presidential race, to be decided in the wee hours.

10/31/2012 02:03:00 AM

(10/31/2012 01:56:00 AM) - Al

Still up, still 3 players left.

Two horrendous bad beats or we might well be done, or down to one guy with a huge lead over the other. Happens to everybody. That's the beauty and the pure hell of poker.

10/31/2012 01:56:00 AM

(10/31/2012 12:38:00 AM) - Al

Toys that went overboard years ago helping to explain ocean currents decades later. Better than science.

Oh, and Al Gore blames them for Sandy.

10/31/2012 12:38:00 AM

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

(10/30/2012 11:43:00 PM) - Al

I forgot to mention that neither Braun or Ramirez won a Gold Glove. I'm not surprised, but let's be honest, it's very difficult to even pretend the Gold Gloves should be taken seriously, as if you do, you have to now accept the fact that Carlos Gomez is no better than the 4th best the NL.


10/30/2012 11:43:00 PM

(10/30/2012 10:59:00 PM) - Al

The final three guys in the WSOP have been playing since early evening on ESPN, live (well, a small tape delay to prevent cheating) and they're all still in it. They just had a 15 minute break, and Kara Scott was one of the hosts. Wow. I said last week I did not get the Mila Kunis "sexist woman alive" cover on Esquire. Scott, who is more mature, more womanly, and also has that great UK accent, looks better in a red dress than Kunis could ever imagine. If I find a screenshot, I'll link to it.

10/30/2012 10:59:00 PM

(10/30/2012 09:52:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife fed a White Chicken on FarmVille 2. This is my update on Facebook just now. Now if you'll pardon me, I'm afraid my life has hit rock bottom.

10/30/2012 09:52:00 PM

(10/30/2012 09:45:00 PM) - Al

LBJ is the most versatile player and the most dominant to ever play the game. Say what you want. I can take the heat.--Drew Gooden

I would tend to lean toward Wilt as the best, but Jordan was never as good as Lebron. Not sure why people somehow mix up championships with who the best player is...many great players have never won, Stockton and Malone never won together, and when Karl finally did, he was a role player. 

10/30/2012 09:45:00 PM

(10/30/2012 09:31:00 PM) - Al

The irony to me is, they've tried to make Romney look bad, even though he's just a very nice man, and a guy who has had vast amounts of success, in business and with the Salt Lake City Olympics.

We all know he's a dull fella, not a fiery speaker or fun guy to listen to (Chris Christie has had more memorable quotes in a week of hurricane talk than Mitt has in the entire campaign, which  has lasted about 20 years). The idea the Obama campaign has attacked him mercilessly shows just how little they have to talk about. The record is what it is.

Anyone who is surprised tax and spend has not worked is too far gone to convert in four years.

10/30/2012 09:31:00 PM

(10/30/2012 09:13:00 PM) - Al

FEMA is a bunch of bureaucrats who are not even in Jersey and hard-hit areas yet. And, let's be honest, their job is to hand out cash to anyone who wanders in and claims to be the victim of tough times. FEMA is just government trying to take the place of charity. Let's not pretend they don't suck at it.

AS John Stossel has showed over and over, the government pays people to rebuild in areas no insurance company will touch. That's because insurance companies want to stay in business, but government has no skin in the game...they just go to the taxpayers, a never ending source of cash (at least, to them).

No business would dream of spending more and more money on education every year without test results improving an iota in 50+ years. But, since the unions contribute heavily to the left, one party seems to make sure they get their money. 

It's the spending stupid.

Don't forget, they still had trailers in MS three years after Katrina had passed. When you offer a monthly check and a place to live, don't act surprised when the folks who show up aren't in a hurry to move on.

10/30/2012 09:13:00 PM

(10/30/2012 07:53:00 PM) - Al

I guess Silva was wrong, as it is $7.5M per season, not total. Needless to say, that will make other relievers get more. When it's too much and too long, that's a painful combo. The irony is, KRod might get a raise from his $8M he got last season.

Brandon League and the Los Angeles Dodgers have completed a 3-year deal for approximately $7.1 million--Drew Silva

While too many years, which most every player gets, $2.4M on average per is low, if anything. Solid middle reliever, has closed when team didn't have anyone else, far better versus RH bats, but that's not uncommon.  I have to think League, a Sacramento native, gave LA a discount, as his market value was in the $3-4M per range.

10/30/2012 07:53:00 PM

(10/30/2012 07:30:00 PM) - Al

George Scott will be the second bobble for 2013. If you're any younger than me, he was a slugging 1B, best known for being traded for Cecil Cooper.

10/30/2012 07:30:00 PM

(10/30/2012 07:09:00 PM) - Al

Tomorrow we start recovery. We can be sad but, sorrow should not replace resilience.--Chris Christie

Wait a month and compare Jersey's efforts to Louisiana's after Katrina. It will be night and day.

10/30/2012 07:09:00 PM

(10/30/2012 06:37:00 PM) - Al

I believe this is the nerd equivalent of being named as an assistant to the GM is for me.

10/30/2012 06:37:00 PM

(10/30/2012 06:23:00 PM) - Al

Floyd's option picked up. He'll have to be acquired via trade.

10/30/2012 06:23:00 PM

(10/30/2012 04:22:00 PM) - Al

The Angels are still talking to teams about possible deals involving Ervin Santana and Dan Haren, Heyman reports. In case you missed it, MLBTR reported today that Santana switched agencies again.--MLBTR

I have to believe the Crew has at least touched base with the Angels, thoughI do not know if they like either guy, or both.Given Doug's preferences in the past, Santana is a big, hard throwing RH who has been very durable...I would guess he'd be the guy. 

10/30/2012 04:22:00 PM

(10/30/2012 04:10:00 PM) - Al

Seeing as how the WSOP final table has been on the past two nights on ESPN2, I thought I'd quickly run down where you can get your online gambling (or in the case of poker, game of skill) fix in the USA. Note, because of the Department of Justice's nanny-state, we need to protect you from yourself stance, do not wager or store any more funds than you can afford to lose, which ironically, is always the case with money you out at risk, be it at the casino or the stock market.

The Rambling son and I have an account on Sharebuilder, which we play around with all the time, looking to hit it big. We just missed a payment processor that got bought out, it jumped from about $2 to $3 overnight, a 50% increase, when it was purchased by another company. Needless to say, we were disappointed, we were about three days late.  The great thing about Sharebuilder is that you can start with very little money, no huge minimums.

If you like to play slots, there are many places to do so online. An easy way to fund your account is by using a 3rd party join players rewards card, just click and enjoy! They'll even guide you on what online casinos accept their card, prepaid and without fees!

There are still many sites serving US players, the largest being Bovada, Lock, and the Merge network. I'll let you google these if you wish, as they are very customer friendly, and most can be played as soon as you load your account with your Visa. As I have said before, the irony is, the Department of Justice has said the Wire Act does not apply to online poker, only to sports betting...and yet, effectively shut down major online poker sites, but left the online sports betting sites alone. It's embarrassing at how bad they do their job.

10/30/2012 04:10:00 PM

(10/30/2012 12:21:00 PM) - Al

I see MLBTR expects Angel Pagan to sign a multiyear deal for about $8-10M per. He's not a bit better than Carlos Gomez, and when I said CG might sign a 5y/$40M contract after his last arby season, I was scoffed at (let me make that clear, moreso than usual).

Especially in a ballpark with a huge CF (Coors, Petco), Carlos is quite valuable, even though he gets out 70% of the time. In fact, I don't think you could get a more perfect fit than Carlos and the Rockies. 

10/30/2012 12:21:00 PM

(10/30/2012 11:51:00 AM) - Al

Funny how liberals could understand the problems with FEMA when Bush was in charge, but now it's not to be questioned--evah--Amanda Carpenter

Heck, I'm so old, I remember when it was dissent was patriotic. Now, it's racist. And, full of hypocrisy. 

10/30/2012 11:51:00 AM

(10/30/2012 01:03:00 AM) - Al

A list of the probable MLB non-tenders, guys who will likely not be offered arby and become free agents. These guys tend to be younger, cheaper, and more unproven that true free agents with at least six years of MLB service.

Note how many relief pitchers are on the list...I still think Jose Veras may return, one way or another. His stuff is very good, he's very durable, and even his projected number of around $2.5M is not out of line for his 2012 or career stats.

The other name that jumps out at me is Robert Andino, INF/OF for BAL. He had an off season, but he's a decent defensive SS who can play many positions, and unlike the vast majority of SS's, isn't a complete black hole on offense. His defensive versatility gives him some value that many just don't have, and makes him an especially nice 25th man. He'd be a nice guy to sign to a minor league deal for a nice bonus, give him an opt-out on June 1st and a non-roster invite, and he can give you depth that 2-3 players normally do...covers them against injury to Segura/Bianchi, gives them an option if they want Jean to spend a couple months in AAA to delay free agency/arby and/or work on some aspects of his game. 

10/30/2012 01:03:00 AM

Monday, October 29, 2012

(10/29/2012 11:50:00 PM) - Al

Tips on keeping your cell phone working longer...I had no idea you could charge your phone with your laptop.

The main key is to have a decent battery. For years, my cell only lasted about 10 minutes of actual talking, though about 3 days of just sitting. I didn't even care, as I had a car charger. Now, I only charge it every week or two.

I wonder how many people went into the storm with it barely charged? A lot, I'm sure. I can go a couple days on one bar, so it's easy to get used to being low. 

10/29/2012 11:50:00 PM

(10/29/2012 11:07:00 PM) - Al

The Angels have explored the possibility of trading Dan Haren and Ervin Santana before Wednesday, the date on which option decisions are due, Jon Heyman of reports. The Angels are not expected to exercise Haren’s $15.5MM option or Santana’s $13MM option.

Dipoto tells Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times that the team could exercise one or both options, trade one or both, or decline both options. All scenarios are still in play (Twitter link).--MLBTR


I like both Haren and Santana, and while both would be overpaid a bit based on their 2012 performance, getting them on one year deals is usually worth overpaying a bit. And given that the Angels might just decline their options, the asking price might be very low.

10/29/2012 11:07:00 PM

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

The Brewers have re-signed infielder Hector Gomez to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, the team informed MLBTR via email. Other non-roster invitees for the Brewers currently include right-hander Darren Byrd and catcher Dayton Buller. The 24-year-old Gomez once cracked Baseball America's Top 100 Prospect list (No. 95 in 2008) but hit just .131 in 95 minor league plate appearances last season.--MLBTR

Likely already had a deal in place when they dropped him from the 40. That said, he's been awful at the plate for years, but SS's are tough to find. A plus defensive SS only has to get their bat up to .300/.350 to have value. 

10/29/2012 11:00:00 PM

(10/29/2012 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Hank Reid has failed to do even the most barebones aspects of his job. The Rambling cocker spaniel is more qualified to do his job.

I can't tell you how proud I am he's on the other side.

10/29/2012 04:00:00 PM

(10/29/2012 02:15:00 PM) - Al

Aoki will have the first bobble of '13.

10/29/2012 02:15:00 PM

(10/29/2012 02:04:00 PM) - Al

I take offense that one lie after another deception after falsehood is still being presented as the truth.

Read the e-mails, they've been caught red-handed, just like the climate change folks. Yelling about it louder just makes them look ridiculous. 

10/29/2012 02:04:00 PM

(10/29/2012 01:28:00 PM) - Al

Throwing money at the problem hasn't helped? The hell you say.

10/29/2012 01:28:00 PM

(10/29/2012 01:27:00 PM) - Al

Romney keeps winning the "looking presidential" race, although to be honest, there's no prize for the winner.

I'd keep working OH, WI, IA, and maybe add in a MN stop.

10/29/2012 01:27:00 PM

(10/29/2012 01:07:00 PM) - Al

Ramirez and Braun finalists for Gold Gloves.

10/29/2012 01:07:00 PM

(10/29/2012 12:41:00 PM) - Al

Because nothing helps business more than layers of bureaucracy.

That's his best idea after four years, by the way.

10/29/2012 12:41:00 PM

(10/29/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Let's play Jeopardy!

Answer: Christmas, Easter, and right before the election.

Question: When do even the presidents who never go to church...go to church?


10/29/2012 11:30:00 AM

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

And yet, none of the networks deem it as newsworthy.

One would almost think they have some sort of agenda.

10/29/2012 10:00:00 AM

(10/29/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I've noted the decline of Andrew Sullivan before, as he was an intelligent conservative a decade ago, and is now a babbling one issue man...and sadly, that one issue is gay marriage, of which the result is nearly meaningless, and many would argue should not be a government issue anyway.

By the way, when they start comparing the GOP's dominance to slavery, the thing to note is's meaningless, but a sign that they know, without a doubt, they are in deep trouble.

10/29/2012 09:00:00 AM

Sunday, October 28, 2012

(10/28/2012 09:19:00 PM) - Al

Proud that's my senator.

Misleading, incompetent, or both?

You'd think that after four years of saying one thing while another is plainly taking place, they wouldn't suck so much at it by now.

10/28/2012 09:19:00 PM

(10/28/2012 08:22:00 PM) - Al

Harry Reid has been, in a word, ineffective. He is nothing but a pawn for a do-nothing administration, making untrue statements and knowing that no one cares, because, he's Harry Reid, and he's an imbecile.

Every one of them would let their country burn if it meant the GOP got an ounce of credit for extinguishing the blaze. They are the epitome of politics as usual, and every single one feels they can improve their country by making changes to it that go against everything the nation was founded on.

Because they know better. That Constitution thing is just a fad, and success should be punished, not rewarded.

How's that workin' out for ya?

10/28/2012 08:22:00 PM

(10/28/2012 07:17:00 PM) - Al

Funny, the GOP did not complain an iota when the Dems spent far more than they did in 2008.

Desperation and whiners are a bad combo platter.

Note the irony...they're trying to buy the election! Donate money so we the election!

Heh. Math sure ain't their strength.

10/28/2012 07:17:00 PM

(10/28/2012 07:09:00 PM) - Al

NBC buys rights to English soccer, plans to air every game live on one station or another.

This will help the MLS as well, in a roundabout way.

10/28/2012 07:09:00 PM

(10/28/2012 04:33:00 PM) - Al

All over the metro New York area, those that have scoffed at those hicks for stocking up on canned goods and bottled water are wandering out to buy...canned goods and bottled water.

Hey, I agree that those who spend thousands to stockpile guns, ammo, and food are all but certainly wasting their money.

{That said, if I was a millionaire, I'd have a huge cache of such things myself. However, I'm not, so I have bleach, blankets, and protein bars.}

10/28/2012 04:33:00 PM

(10/28/2012 04:26:00 PM) - Al

I don't have to go anywhere, but I kind of want ride the bus and the subway with my dogs just because I can.--NYC resident on Twitter

Pets allowed on mass transit due to hurricane. Heh. 

10/28/2012 04:26:00 PM

(10/28/2012 04:21:00 PM) - Al

I sided with the Republican party on 90%, Mitt Romney on 86%, Gary Johnson on 68%, and the Libertarian party on 66%.

Take the quiz yourself.

10/28/2012 04:21:00 PM

(10/28/2012 03:56:00 PM) - Al

The old media is doing its best to look the other way, but those that are reporting it are pulling no punches.

10/28/2012 03:56:00 PM

(10/28/2012 03:47:00 PM) - Al

Newspapers who say enough is enough.

Ore, as some would say, racism.

10/28/2012 03:47:00 PM

(10/28/2012 02:43:00 PM) - Al

NY and NJ doing amazing job quickly preparing for Sandy so makes you wonder why adminstration was so unprepared for Benghazi w 10 yrs notice.--Charles Payne

Well, I don't think NY/NJ is trying to convince the public hurricanes don't exist. That would have helped immensely.

That said, I'm getting Twitter updates from both Governor Christie and NYC, have been for almost a week. Considering New Orleans was caught totally unprepared and then blamed W makes me wonder if they showed any leadership at all. When you build your city below seas level and then fail to prepare, one need not point fingers.

10/28/2012 02:43:00 PM

(10/28/2012 02:35:00 PM) - Al

This is how Shawn Johnson looks after running four miles on an early Sunday morning.

10/28/2012 02:35:00 PM

(10/28/2012 02:31:00 PM) - Al

This is the administration in a nutshell:

Overoptimistic forecast, check.

Platinum pension for taxpayer funded workers, check.

Done in the back rooms, the Chicago way, check.

Huge, friendly benefits that will be paid out sometime in the future that are easy to sell, but difficult to pay for, check.

If not for Governor Walker, Wisconsin would have the exact same problems.

10/28/2012 02:31:00 PM

(10/28/2012 02:25:00 PM) - Al

We didn't pick up a Sunday paper today, but this looks no less than brilliant. In fact, the 2016 nominee should do this once a month from summer on, and then shift to weekly a few weeks before the election.

Tnhat is, of course, assuming Sunday papers still exist in 2016.

10/28/2012 02:25:00 PM

(10/28/2012 02:17:00 PM) - Al

The Dems need to lie better about Medicare...down 12 among seniors.

Despite the rhetoric about "ending Medicare" and "pushing Granny off a cliff," the facts are one over 55 will have their Medicare changed at all. As is, Medicare is broke, and has been for years. Anyone saying Medicare should continue as is...just a moron who is putting off the problem to the next poor sap who gets elected.

The math does not work, and the facts are loud and clear. Denying that with fibs and ignoring the solution is politics as usual.

10/28/2012 02:17:00 PM

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

I don’t hate him. But I sure as hell don’t trust him.

As for the desperate charge that opposition to Obama makes me a racist, let me note that he was black when I voted for him.--Michael Goodwin

Note how he keeps having to defend Palin from attacks, especially from women on the left. He's the microcosm of independent voters. Read the whole thing.

10/28/2012 02:02:00 PM

(10/28/2012 11:53:00 AM) - Al

There’s mounting evidence that the Brewers could be one of the teams that emerges in the market for Josh Hamilton.  Milwaukee is at least looking into the possibility, though their top priorities are still finding a starting pitcher and revamping their bullpen.--Boston Globe, via MLBTR

With the constant rumors and innuendo, one has to wonder if some of it is coming from Hamilton or his "people." Does he want to be with Narron that much? Would he really accept less money/years to be with him?

Without the DH, three years seems like the max the Crew will go, and I have little doubt some AL club would give him 5-6 seasons....that's a lot of guaranteed money to leave on the table, to say the least.

10/28/2012 11:53:00 AM

(10/28/2012 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Why have you not joined Free Sports Bet yet? They give you $1 to bet with, and if you lose, they give you another $1. They do this forever! Bet on college football, the NFL, the Series, heck, European soccer and women's clay court tennis is on the board too.

Join now, make a bet five minutes later. 100% legal, and yes, you can cash out if you keep winning.

10/28/2012 09:30:00 AM

(10/28/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Howard Stern and Leno do this all the time, and always get good results.

I don't agree with all of Romney's ideas either, but I have the intelligence to admit that, you know, 95% is plenty. Instead, these folks just agree with anything if Obama supposedly supports it...and despise Romney's stance.

10/28/2012 09:00:00 AM

(10/28/2012 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Des Moines Register endorsed Carter twice. Mondale. Dukakis. Gore. But couldn't endorse another four years of Obama. Wow--Rory Cooper

I have it on record Mrs. Mondale rolled her eyes, shook her head, and voted for Reagan. As meaningless as newspaper endorsements are, especially today, when newspapers make about as much money

{I sure wish I wasn't a punchline, at least, not here.}

...Iowa is close enough that a very left leaning paper going the other direction "could" swing a few moderates to go the other way.

10/28/2012 08:00:00 AM

(10/28/2012 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Interesting start to Dominican Winter League season for Taylor Green -- started 7-for-8, has gone 1-for-21 since--Mass Haas

Why small samples are meaningless.

And no, I'm not up.

10/28/2012 05:30:00 AM

Saturday, October 27, 2012

(10/27/2012 11:28:00 PM) - Al

It's funny, even though it's true.

And, to be blunt, I'm not sure taking a couple hours off the campaign trail to watch The Weather Channel after passing the buck on national security for four years is all that presidential.

10/27/2012 11:28:00 PM

(10/27/2012 09:09:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling family went to Denny's this AM for brunch. Notes:

1. The build your own burger was superb. I chose ranch, sauteed onions and shrooms, and lettuce/spinach (to make it healthy) on potato bread. Both my companions had breakfast plates, and if I would not have ordered my fries "covered and smothered" we might have got by for less than $20.

2. We finalized plans for Thanksgiving. With me back in the retail world (15 years in retail management was just enough to land me a part-time seasonal gig in the Obamaconomy), I won't be attending T-giving this year, as the Rambling family will be going for a long weekend, and:

A: I will obviously have a shift or five to work, so would have to drive myself. While I "could" afford the $40-50 in gas, I could afford lots of things that would be far better uses of that cash.

B. The Rambling in-laws will be in their new home by then, and the Rambling dog is not welcome. I get it, and he could just stay in the car (well, he "could" just stay home), but considering the love he gets and gives, it's something I try to avoid. It may be quite cold, and for that matter, it could be snowy and conditions for travel not be all that good.

a. The Rambling wife adds that there will be a lot of little people there, who may or may not know how to treat an elderly, senile mostly sane cocker spaniel.  Better safe than sorry.

10/27/2012 09:09:00 PM

(10/27/2012 07:47:00 PM) - Al

I will miss the incredible increase in charitable work done by the supporters of the administration.

That said:

1. They can still choose to partake in such work if they wish.

2. I don't think they did a thing. I think it was all talk...much like the administration.

10/27/2012 07:47:00 PM

(10/27/2012 07:34:00 PM) - Al

Fight like a girl. And punch back twice as hard.

10/27/2012 07:34:00 PM

(10/27/2012 06:19:00 PM) - Al

Josh Gasser tore his ACL in practice today and will miss the entire season.

One of the astounding things about Bo's teams have been there ability to remain healthy. Not the case this year. I would assume Gasser will redshirt and still have two years of eligibility.

10/27/2012 06:19:00 PM

(10/27/2012 03:06:00 PM) - Al

Making the trivial decisions, while punting on everything of importance.

Heck, that should be their slogan.

10/27/2012 03:06:00 PM

(10/27/2012 12:06:00 PM) - Al

Polite and civil.

Anyone that lived through the Walker recall knows the truth. That's why the result was what it was, and more than likely, why WI has gone from safely Obama to split. 

Great T-shirt.

10/27/2012 12:06:00 PM

(10/27/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I'd be all for it, because if Obama had his way, he'd raise taxes and spending more than that.

He's the gaffe that keeps on giving.

10/27/2012 11:00:00 AM

(10/27/2012 10:40:00 AM) - Al

Why have you not joined Free Sports Bet yet? They give you $1 to bet with, and if you lose, they give you another $1. They do this forever! Bet on college football, the NFL, the Series, heck, European soccer and women's clay court tennis is on the board too.

Join now, make a bet five minutes later. 100% legal, and yes, you can cash out if you keep winning.

10/27/2012 10:40:00 AM

(10/27/2012 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Administration looks at extending payroll tax cut, because rumor has it there's an election coming up.

Now, that's transparent.

10/27/2012 10:30:00 AM

(10/27/2012 09:22:00 AM) - Al

I have Romney with 248 electoral votes.

I have Iowa, Colorado, Wisconsin, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Ohio as still in play (One more than last week, when I had CO in the left's column). However, as of today, I would pick Obama to win every single toss-up, though the polls are probably 3-5 days "behind" reality.

10/27/2012 09:22:00 AM

(10/27/2012 09:12:00 AM) - Al

The first crack in Silver’s statistical prognostications appeared in 2010 when his early projections significantly undercounted Republican gains in the House.  Eleven days before the election he predicted that there was a 70% chance that Republicans would gain less than 60 seats.  They won 63.  That alone should be enough to remind observers that there shouldn’t be so much certitude about Silver’s 70% predictions a week and-a-half away from a vote.--Bob Krumm

The proof to me Silver was bordering on laughable was when, at 9PM Central on election night, 2010, he said the Dems had a 12% chance of holding onto the House. All of us able to separate our head from our heart had known for a couple months the GOP would win the House, though it looked unlikely they would take the Senate...but we could hope.

And yes, eleven days before the election, Silver has Obama winning with a 71% certainty. Now, anyone with a clue would have Obama's chances somewhere between 40-60%. Even a proud conservative like myself would take Obama to win if my life depended on it...but I can't deny the momentum, and the fact the electoral college exists.

Much of Silver's reputation stems from 2008, a historical year for Dems. He predicted 49 states correctly, but I would have got 47 right, and I barely paid attention, as again, the only time McCain led was after a bump following the convention.

10/27/2012 09:12:00 AM

(10/27/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Dear President Obama,

My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don't believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos'n Mate. Now I live in a "rest home" located on the western end of Pearl Harbor , allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.

One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.

So here goes.

I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do, but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.

I can't figure out what country you are the president of.

You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:

"We're no longer a Christian nation."

"America is arrogant" - (Your wife even announced to the world, "America is mean-spirited." Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23 generations of our war dead buried all over the globe who died for no other reason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.)

I'd say shame on the both of you, but I don't think you like America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.

After 9/11 you said," America hasn't lived up to her ideals."

Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British? Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man, that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War? I hope you didn't mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around, because we stand for freedom.

I don't think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.

Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man.

Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don't, I'll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue . You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.

And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don't want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts , who was putting up a fight? You don't mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don't want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.

One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but you're the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you're not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you're thinking of.

You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president.

You're not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That's not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now.

And I sure as hell don't want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle.


Harold B. Estes

And yes, Harold Estes is a real person, just one of those pesky patriotic Americans who get very fed up when elitists brag about how they've never really been proud of their country, as though it never put them through law school. Make your voice heard, two weeks. Sprint to the finish line. We got two years to rest up, unless the union folks with platinum benefits decide it's time for another recall that they don't have the common courtesy to write a check for.

10/27/2012 09:00:00 AM

(10/27/2012 08:49:00 AM) - Al

The math fails, as it always does with the government.

It's just so sad. They waste most of the money they have, and then can't understand why the few of us not receiving benefits does not want to contribute a penny more.

10/27/2012 08:49:00 AM

(10/27/2012 08:46:00 AM) - Al

I wonder why education costs just keep going up?

I blame Walker myself.

The irony is, before the governor, they would just write a blank check to the unions and raise taxes on us rubes.

10/27/2012 08:46:00 AM

(10/27/2012 08:29:00 AM) - Al

Again, they should be spending every penny they have to buy airtime for this ad.

Nothing, absolutely nothing, is as damaging to the president as his own words and behavior. That crap might work in Chicago, but it doesn't play in flyover country. 

10/27/2012 08:29:00 AM

(10/27/2012 08:24:00 AM) - Al

Nate Silver putting forth a far-left, biased point of view?

I've been saying that for a month, and it seems others are noticing as well.

10/27/2012 08:24:00 AM

Friday, October 26, 2012

(10/26/2012 11:08:00 PM) - Al

Why have you not joined Free Sports Bet yet? They give you $1 to bet with, and if you lose, they give you another $1. They do this forever! Bet on college football, the NFL, the Series, heck, European soccer and women's clay court tennis is on the board too.

Join now, make a bet five minutes later. 100% legal, and yes, you can cash out if you keep winning.

10/26/2012 11:08:00 PM

(10/26/2012 09:05:00 PM) - Al

Our neighbors moved a couple years ago, and now live in Ohio. They put on Facebook tonight that their Irish setter, Justice, died, he was diagnosed with lung cancer yesterday and could not breathe today.

{In the irony category, allow me to add Justice was a non-smoker.}

Obviously, when you have a 16.5 year-old cocker spaniel, any mention of a canine's death is bound to make you ponder the end. He was not a puppy, probably 12 or so, but it doesn't take a Paul Ryan math whiz to figure out he was:

1. An old dog.

2. Quite a bit younger than your own loyal, faithful pet, who right now, is lying on a blanket on a chair, oblivious to all, because he can't hear a thing.

10/26/2012 09:05:00 PM

(10/26/2012 07:40:00 PM) - Al

Josh Prince, of, Phoenix Desert Dogs (Brewers)

(11-for-21), 9 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K, 2-for-4 SB (one sac fly)

Capping the trio of Desert Dog outfielders, Prince has been one of the biggest surprises this fall. A third-rounder out of Tulane in 2009, Prince has had an underwhelming career to date, finishing the 2012 season with a .251/.346/.360 line at Double-A. Since setting foot in Arizona however, Phoenix's everyday leadoff hitter has paced the Fall League in both batting (.455) and OBP (.528) with a simple swing, good barrel ability and advanced approach. A shortstop by trade, Prince moved to center this spring and has looked good across the outfield and even at second base this fall.--Baseball America

Prince is getting way too much ink for a guy who could be stolen in the Rule 5 draft, especially as a utility player who can run, would be easy to find a place for as the 25th man.

10/26/2012 07:40:00 PM

(10/26/2012 07:20:00 PM) - Al

NBC sells out.

Most likely, for a bag of magic beans. 

10/26/2012 07:20:00 PM

(10/26/2012 05:32:00 PM) - Al

Left the TV on CBS after the 5PM local news...leading off, big storm out East, and is the good economic numbers good enough to boost employment.

They seriously think if they don't report on Libya, no one will know/care about it. It never happened.

10/26/2012 05:32:00 PM

(10/26/2012 05:25:00 PM) - Al

Isn't it November 7th yet?--everyone in the administration
The general says not to blame his people, and basically implies someone else should come clean.

10/26/2012 05:25:00 PM

(10/26/2012 04:58:00 PM) - Al

Current TV up for sale.

I'm seriously wondering why in the world any satellite or cable company would pay them a penny, as no one watches it.

10/26/2012 04:58:00 PM

(10/26/2012 03:53:00 PM) - Al

Added to 40 man: RHP Jesus Sanchez

Removed from 40-man: SS Hector Gomez (outrighted to Triple-A)

Signed as a catcher by the Yankees in ’04, Jesus Sanchez made his way to the Phillies in the July ’06 Bobby Abreu trade. After hitting .186 in 35 games for low Class A Lakeland in ’08, Philadelphia converted him into a righty starter for the ’09 season. Sanchez reached high Class A Clearwarter in the Phillies system and finished with a solid 2.99 ERA and 1.10 WHIP, but he got released from the 40-man during a roster crunch following the ’10 season. The Brewers signed him to a minor league deal within two weeks. Milwaukee shifted Sanchez to the bullpen this season and he took off, peaking at 97 mph with a good slider and reaching Triple-A Nashville in the second half. He finished the year with 72 innings in 52 appearances and strong ratios—8.0 strikeouts, 2.8 walks, 0.3 homers and 7.2 hits per nine innings— and he held Triple-A righthanders to a batting line of .209/.292/.233. Now he's pitching in the Venezuelan League as a member of the Brewers' 40-man roster.--Baseball America

Sanchez was far too goof a prospect to lose for nothing, without a doubt.

10/26/2012 03:53:00 PM

(10/26/2012 03:50:00 PM) - Al

This is what leadership looks like.

Take note in DC.

10/26/2012 03:50:00 PM

(10/26/2012 02:51:00 PM) - Al

If they're able to explain this to undecideds and the not sures, this election is over. However, the old media will ignore it, and most folks will not even understand it means the administration is exceptionally weak, and far more concerned with politics than destroying evil.

They knew, they lied, they continue to lie, and they did nothing to stop it.

10/26/2012 02:51:00 PM

(10/26/2012 02:33:00 PM) - Al

The Brits are saying WI is firmly in play, and also that Laura Bush is visiting MI, and wonders if that is state is in play. As I have pointed out before, the goal might be just to have Obama spend TV money there instead of Ohio, as if MI goes Romney, he'll have about 330+ electoral votes. 

10/26/2012 02:33:00 PM

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

Biden and Obama both having to visit WI, considered a sure thing two weeks ago.

Biden visiting a company that's being bothered by those military cuts the administration that they have pushed for years, which Obama promised will not happen.

10/26/2012 11:00:00 AM

(10/26/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

The president of the United States had to show his ID to vote.

Amazingly, the planet is still spinning, the sky did not fall. He simply showed his license, and voted.

Imagine that.

10/26/2012 09:00:00 AM

Thursday, October 25, 2012

(10/25/2012 10:09:00 PM) - Al

Gleeman links to these traits of successful writers.

Regular readers will not be surprised I do not seem to have any.

10/25/2012 10:09:00 PM

(10/25/2012 09:39:00 PM) - Al

Already folks on Twitter complaining the Crew will have to "cut payroll" elsewhere to sign Hamilton.

We've talked about this, of course, they are sitting at about $65M with 17-18 players in the fold for 2013. The past four seasons, their Opening Day payroll has been $97M, $85M (went way up as the deadline neared), $81M, $80M.

I think it would limit their ability to sign a top FA SP, but we're not show if they want one, or if they are in the market for a 1-2 year deal on a second tier guy or one coming off a down campaign or an injury.

I still don't think Hamilton will end up with the Brewers, though I do feel they will have a chat. I would have put the odds at 0-5% a  month or so ago, and probably about 10-15% now, because of the continued mentions of his relationship with Johnny Narron and many saying he will "only" get 2-4 years, $15-20M per.

10/25/2012 09:39:00 PM

(10/25/2012 09:00:00 PM) - Al

Jon Heyman of reports that the Brewers are "seriously considering a run" at impending free agent Josh Hamilton.

Nice attendance figures the last few years has allowed Brewers owner Mark Attanasio to expand the payroll, which was just south of $100 million in 2012. While they were unable to re-sign CC Sabathia and Prince Fielder, Hamilton shouldn't require nearly as big of a contract. They also have an ace up their sleeve in hitting coach Johnny Narron, who was Hamilton's "life coach'' with the Rangers. The Brewers probably won't be able to compete if the bidding for Hamilton gets too crazy, but they could be players if the price is reasonable.--Rotoworld
That Narron angle just keeps coming up. And no, Josh will not require $161M or $224M...but even $100M is a huge investment for a small market, never mind a guy with his "troubles."

10/25/2012 09:00:00 PM

(10/25/2012 06:57:00 PM) - Al

That smell?


One lady posted she does not think she should have to keep her 12 year-old daughter from watching an election ad. I would tend to agree, but I'm so ignorant, I don't think the administration should deny the existence of terrorism and lie too the public for a few weeks either.

10/25/2012 06:57:00 PM

(10/25/2012 06:53:00 PM) - Al

Math should be a prerequisite.

10/25/2012 06:53:00 PM

(10/25/2012 06:19:00 PM) - Al

The Special Forces don't have that tingle up their leg.

10/25/2012 06:19:00 PM

(10/25/2012 05:52:00 PM) - Al

Chick-Fil-A has been booming since they got all that free publicity?

I, for one, am shocked.

10/25/2012 05:52:00 PM

(10/25/2012 05:45:00 PM) - Al

I forgot tom mention the Crew will have ten bobblehead days this upcoming season.

I wonder if they feel the trend is ready to jump the shark, and have one last big blowout.

10/25/2012 05:45:00 PM

(10/25/2012 02:51:00 PM) - Al

You can't buy coverage like this.

10/25/2012 02:51:00 PM

(10/25/2012 02:35:00 PM) - Al

The ads against Duffy have been no less than evil.

Fast and loose with the facts is a very consistent theme.

10/25/2012 02:35:00 PM

(10/25/2012 01:45:00 PM) - Al

Ted Turner thinks it's good some US troops commit suicide.

Stay classy.

10/25/2012 01:45:00 PM

(10/25/2012 01:17:00 PM) - Al

Hear, hear.

The ongoing war on common sense, and lying about ending Medicare, doesn't just frustrate women.

10/25/2012 01:17:00 PM

(10/25/2012 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Meghan McCain's "things she has learned" column.

I can't believe "flaunt 'em if you got 'em" missed the cut.

10/25/2012 01:00:00 PM

(10/25/2012 12:50:00 PM) - Al

It's different when we do it.

That pretty much perfectly explains the hypocrisy alive and well in the Dem party.

10/25/2012 12:50:00 PM

(10/25/2012 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Speaking of price matching, the Rambling wife read the other night that Target will soon begin matching prices on Amazon or other online merchants. This has been kind of the line in the sand, as retailers have hesitated to do so, for a variety of reasons; shipping charges for one, frequent out-of-stocks for another.

I mentioned this to the gal who was helping me at Target yesterday, and she said they match prices online too, but they haven't really promoted that fact. She says most manufacturers set a "floor" price, meaning retailers are not allowed to go below that price. On an appliance that regularly retails at $499.99, the floor might be $449.99, so even though it's a sizable discount, all the sale prices will be pretty much the same.

I have to wonder, why Best Buy hasn't promoted that nonstop, as they have been struggling big-time for the past year or two. I saw it referred to as "Dead Store Standing" earlier this week. Keeping something quiet that would lead to more sales and possible longtime loyalty may explain why they have seen their numbers drop so badly.

10/25/2012 12:30:00 PM

(10/25/2012 11:42:00 AM) - Al

I saved $74 at Wal Mart yesterday price matching. I'm not sure if that makes me a total nerd, or quite a frugal shopper. When you're "between jobs," I guess it's allowed to be cheap.

The funny thing is, one of the things I "stocked up on" was sliced and shredded cheese. On one of the packages, there was a little coupon for 55 cents off. I peeled it off and gave it to the cashier, who was approximately the same age as my socks. After she scanned and bagged everything, she scanned the coupon...and needed the manager to put his key in to OK that, but was able to save almost $2 a bag on the cheese without the key.

Go figure.

10/25/2012 11:42:00 AM

(10/25/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Colorado is actually a swing state? Really?

10/25/2012 11:30:00 AM

(10/25/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Maybe someday, with luck and years of training, I too can be as polite and civil as our president.

As if.

Oh, and by the way, they've been lying about Libya since the minute it happened. 

10/25/2012 11:00:00 AM

(10/25/2012 10:29:00 AM) - Al

I was rudely awakened this AM by a loud clap of thunder, then followed by a 10 year-old's hurried footsteps, followed by a breathless 10 year-old's query..."Dad, did you hear that thunder?" Even the elderly, extremely hard-of-hearing Rambling cocker spaniel "heard" it, as the whole house vibrated. Then, it sounded like some kid was throwing rocks onto the roof. Hail was hitting the house, though when we looked outside, we were disappointed to only see golf ball sized...I wonder how loud softball size would be. I wonder if the Rambling Saturn sustained any damage. I'll have to see if I can find any dents later.

10/25/2012 10:29:00 AM

(10/25/2012 10:16:00 AM) - Al

Democratic Reasoning, I should worry more about what Romney does with his money than what Obama does with my money. Huh? Casey sends this in and asks if I know who said it. No luck on Google. However, that doesn't make it any less true. I have no concern over how Mitt spends his cash, as I hold no grudges against the successful. Apparently, this is why I'm not allowed to be on the left.

10/25/2012 10:16:00 AM

(10/25/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

The worst passwords you can choose.

Letmein is kind of funny, at least.

10/25/2012 09:00:00 AM

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

(10/24/2012 10:46:00 PM) - Al

Home with the Rambling son the next two days, he is off from school on one of those made up days off (in service, staff development, you know).

We'll have a good day, lunch at McDonald's and watching something on Netflix. Maybe some online chess (yes, we are nerds).

10/24/2012 10:46:00 PM

(10/24/2012 07:19:00 PM) - Al

About six months ago, we went to Best Buy to buy a dishwasher. I wrote about it here, but still tired of our old one and with Best Buy offering $20 delivery/installation/haul away this week, I returned. I told the gal what I wanted, she gave me a brief upsell on the Bosch, just like they had before, also misquoting the price, saying it was $449, when it was plainly marked $499. I asked her about the differences, she told me, and printed out a comparison from online...which showed my choice, the Whirlpool, with a higher rating (4.3 of 5) than the Bosch she kept pushing (4.1).

Maybe someone can inform me differently, but I am all but sure Best Buy does not offer commisions, but they do have "bonuses" based on certain criteria. Both times, they have pushed us toward the Bosch models. Kickbacks?

Even better, the computer gave us the option of using our Best Buy credit, with 18 months, no interest. Yes, please. I know there's something to be said about just paying for it since we have the money to do so, but, admittedly, the math that future money is worth less makes it nearly impossible for me to turn that down. Funny, we make the final payment on the laptop. The man just keeps keeping us down...voluntarily.

10/24/2012 07:19:00 PM

(10/24/2012 04:53:00 PM) - Al

NCTC's Matt Olsen "reprimanded by the White House" after calling Benghazi a terrorist attack 9/19- story gets worse and worse.--John McCain

The administration lies nonstop and refuses to acknowledge evil exists. I just don't get it. 

10/24/2012 04:53:00 PM

(10/24/2012 04:32:00 PM) - Al

He flip-flops every other day! Closing Guantanamo Bay, and withdrawing troops right away from ongoing conflicts was said on the campaign trail every day in 2008, and then we found out how insane both were. Not going to end the Bush tax cuts with a bad economy, now wants them to end with the economy in worse shape.

Let's not pretend this is new. The only thing I've seen bob and weave as much as this administration is one of those punching bags with sand at the bottom.

10/24/2012 04:32:00 PM

(10/24/2012 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Kind of?

My 16 year-old dog kind of sleeps a lot. The economy is kind of in the toilet.

The obvious question is, why does he feel the need to lie about Romney's record, but never brings up his own?

10/24/2012 03:00:00 PM

(10/24/2012 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Brewers send out pic of infield, comments say they used to have paths from on deck circle to plate and different cuts around bases.

10/24/2012 02:30:00 PM

(10/24/2012 01:30:00 PM) - Al

This should be taught in school, far more than it is, because no one does this correctly. Most people add a 's to almost every word that ends with a s.

10/24/2012 01:30:00 PM

(10/24/2012 12:36:00 PM) - Al

Progressive site almost dead.

The best thing that could happen to them is an Obama loss, as it will fire up the far, far-left.

10/24/2012 12:36:00 PM

(10/24/2012 12:19:00 PM) - Al

Allred has "dirt" on Romney?

Did he have a glass of wine with dinner? We are talking Romney here, his past is filled with missionary trips and charitable functions.

Meanwhile, Trump offers $5M to charity if Obama opens his long sealed college/passport records. I do find it hilarious W was long chided for his mediocre grades, while the smartest president ever is afraid to let his become public.

10/24/2012 12:19:00 PM

(10/24/2012 11:50:00 AM) - Al

About a week ago, I got my Esquire with Mila Kunis on the cover, proclaiming her The Sexiest Woman Alive.

No offense, as Kunis is pretty enough, but I think I could fall down on any college campus and land in front of a "sexier" woman. I just don't see it.

10/24/2012 11:50:00 AM

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

Love to see the Crew bring Owings in as that last man on the staff who can be the "long man" and hit for himself in a blowout, and if unable/unnedded to pitch, hits as well as Ishikawa, or most 1B/OF reserves.

There is a use for a guy like that, even if he only is able to put up a 5ish ERA. He's roster flexibility, just like a Hairston type who can play six positions, or a guy like Ryan Doumit, who can play 1B/LF/RF and C.

Owings only pitched in six games and not at all after April, so, needless to say, he'd be a minor league contract guy.  

10/24/2012 10:00:00 AM

(10/24/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

5M new jobs?

Only if you count 4.1M of them as being in China.

I'd have no problem making that a criminal offense. Run on your record and quit the purely fictional stats. At least pretend to use numbers that are rigged and fake, but not completely made up.

10/24/2012 09:00:00 AM

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

(10/23/2012 07:22:00 PM) - Al

I did not know the nets were lower in women's volleyball, but I also know there are about a zillion basketball hoops set at ten feet, and none at 9 feet, 5 inches. There won't be many more if the rules change.

10/23/2012 07:22:00 PM

(10/23/2012 06:29:00 PM) - Al

They were backtracking on this while he and Romney were still on the stage.

He can't be bothered by facts. He's all about hope, and change, and saying anything to get elected.

10/23/2012 06:29:00 PM

(10/23/2012 06:26:00 PM) - Al

Tea party clean. The left...not so much.

Don't forget the garbage all over the capitol when they were vandalizing the place.

Stay classy.

10/23/2012 06:26:00 PM

(10/23/2012 03:49:00 PM) - Al

The adorable SE Cupp wonders, as I do, how anyone can actually still be undecided.

10/23/2012 03:49:00 PM

(10/23/2012 02:02:00 PM) - Al

Apparently, Obama missed the memo on how poorly childish, poor behavior worked for Biden.

The irony here is, the old media insisting, to any rube that will listen, that Biden's cringe-worthy performance was actually superb, probably changed the prep.

10/23/2012 02:02:00 PM

(10/23/2012 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Stay classy.

10/23/2012 01:00:00 PM

(10/23/2012 12:50:00 PM) - Al

Well, he wasn't getting many military or business votes anyway.

10/23/2012 12:50:00 PM

(10/23/2012 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Journal Sentinel devotes grand total of 74 words to beating of senator's son over Romney sign.--Charlie Sykes

Well, that is 74 more words than they dedicated to the vandalism at the capitol, until a week plus later, after we had been discussing it and wondering just how long they could ignore it.

10/23/2012 12:00:00 PM

(10/23/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al

This author is famous for his second guessing of minor, innocuous managerial moves, often not giving any reason other than "it didn't work." So allow me a giggle at this analysis...a fluke hit was "key" to a 9-0 victory.

Without it, might have been 7-0 or 8-0. What a goofball. 

10/23/2012 11:30:00 AM

(10/23/2012 11:27:00 AM) - Al

I have trouble believing there's really anyone stupid enough to think the USA can just print their way out of debt.

That's how 3rd world countries have 87000% inflation, and why a loaf of bread costs 675,000 of whatever worthless currency they call their own.

10/23/2012 11:27:00 AM

(10/23/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Apparently, Obama denied apologizing to numerous countries tonight in the debate.

I remember being unhappy about them, and so does Heritage.

Considering the US has quite literally saved the world numerous times, and not asked for a thing in return other than a place to bury their fallen heroes, I'm not the only one.

This administration does not believe in American exceptionalism. I do. In fact, one has to ignore history not to.

10/23/2012 11:00:00 AM

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

I check out 2-3 Brewers' message boards during the course of the year, as while they are almost exclusively crap, you never know when you'll find a link, a rumor, or a talking point. I'm down to about 3-4 times a week, which considering I used to 5-6 times a day, is impressive.

That said, I just read a couple guys that were saying that while Hamilton would weaken the OF defense, six runs a game would be tough to beat.

Um, I'm sure it would, but what's that have to do with adding Hamilton?

The Crew scored the most runs in the NL last year, checking in at 4.79 runs a game. According to AB x SLG x OBP (OXS), the Crew "should have" scored 4.87 runs per contest. OXS is usually about 97-98% accurate, and in this case, it was 98.3%.

If you replace all the CF PA's in 2012 with Josh's numbers, and just assume he would have had the same amount of AB's as the Crew's CF's, the estimated runs scored changes to 5.17 per game, a huge jump for just one position being changed. Note, it's a really long way from 6 runs per, however.

And, not to bring common sense into the picture, but...

1. Hamilton is, at best, a below average defender, checking in at -9 UZR/150, meaning he'd cost you about 9 runs a season compared to the average CF. He is positive in LF/RF however, about +7 runs. The most often discussed "plan" would be to have Josh play RF, with Aoki in CF, or an Aoki/Gomez mix.. Aoki was solid in RF but embarrassing in CF, playing about 50 feet too deep much of the time. Of course, Gomez is one of the best defensive CF's in the game, heck, maybe ever, at +14.7 UZR/150. Whatever the alignment, the defense would not be as good, which would give back some of those 48 runs gained on offense, which brings us to

2. Hamilton is a very good offensive player, but he also has played half his games in a ballpark made for offense. Arlington's park factor is 111 (100 is neutral), Miller Park is 104. Put another way, let's take a gander at Josh's home/roas splits in his career:


His OBP is almost the same, but his SLG is almost 100 points higher, and since it makes sense due to his home ballpark, would certainly fall.

Hamilton would improve the offense, maybe about 40 runs on the year. I see the defense allowing about 15-20 runs more. That's probably an improvement of a couple wins, maybe three if things break perfectly.

That said, six runs a game is a pipe dream, and you'd probably have to have good health from most everyone to hit five. That's how good the offense was in '12. Drop offs or injuries to Braun, Ramirez, Hart, or Aoki could easily hurt them more than Hamilton would help. Josh has not been a picture of good health either, he's played 150 games only once in five years of being a starter. 

10/23/2012 10:00:00 AM

(10/23/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

It is hard to imagine any American despising capitalism as much as this clown.

10/23/2012 09:00:00 AM

Monday, October 22, 2012

(10/22/2012 09:01:00 PM) - Al

My first thought is this bad start might knock a year off Lohse's next contract.

I like several FA's more, but they're not 34 with some arm trouble in their history either. He might get two years, or 3-4. I like him a lot more for 2, to say the least.

10/22/2012 09:01:00 PM

(10/22/2012 08:56:00 PM) - Al

I just checked the Cards/Giants's supposed to be over at 9:30 per the guide, and it's in the bottom of the 4th.


10/22/2012 08:56:00 PM

(10/22/2012 08:27:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son just got done with his shower, and the Rambling wife needed to use the facilities (the downstairs one is so far know, it's downstairs). She wasn't fast enough to beat our aging cocker spaniel however...the lure of cool water in the big white bowl beats the room temp stuff any day.

10/22/2012 08:27:00 PM

(10/22/2012 05:42:00 PM) - Al

Vandalizing the capitol, dumping beer on a legislator's head, and now, having the nerve to put a sign up in your own yard.

Maybe someday, with luck and vast amounts of cash spent on education, maybe we too can be as polite and civil as the left.

10/22/2012 05:42:00 PM

(10/22/2012 05:18:00 PM) - Al

Foward is their motto.

Pics to prove it.

 Oh, by the way, Palin is a moron.

10/22/2012 05:18:00 PM

(10/22/2012 04:25:00 PM) - Al

I was rehired as a seasonal associate today, so as part of the agreement, I had to do a drug test within 24 hours. I drove right over, took care of business, and then stopped on the way home, using the early voting option and checking out the Consumer Reports buyer's guide at the library, as we finally are going to get that new dishwasher we've discussed since last year.

It struck me as quite strange that I had to show my ID to pee into a cup, but not to decide who will lead our country going forward.

Let's hope we fix that soon.

10/22/2012 04:25:00 PM

(10/22/2012 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Why gun laws don't work. Law of unintended consequences.

The politicos aren't smart enough to figure it out...criminals ignore rules.

10/22/2012 04:00:00 PM

(10/22/2012 03:42:00 PM) - Al

Chad Beck is an odd duck, big guy (6-5, 255), throws hard (93-95), only K'd 4.5/9 innings in AAA You can't teach velocity though, and he seems like he's a minor adjustment away from being a decent relief arm. 

10/22/2012 03:42:00 PM

(10/22/2012 02:39:00 PM) - Al

McGovern stopped hating businesses after he left office. Better late than never, I suppose.

10/22/2012 02:39:00 PM

(10/22/2012 02:16:00 PM) - Al

The most transparent administration ever is terrified a few members of the press are not completely in the tank.

10/22/2012 02:16:00 PM

(10/22/2012 01:55:00 PM) - Al

I just love Chris Christie. I still firmly believe if he were the nominee, the only question would be if it was to be a historical loss for an incumbent, or just a huge one.

And instead of Mormons, the attacked group by the left would be us heavy set., muscular guys. Joy Behar would look right onto the camera and say, "I think he's too fat to be president," and the audience of elite liberal ladies would shake their heads and agree, because, as we all know, it's all about the kids. 

10/22/2012 01:55:00 PM

(10/22/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Heh. Well, it is three endorsements...

10/22/2012 09:00:00 AM

(10/22/2012 07:30:00 AM) - Al

BUMPED. Folks are resending out my conclusion at the bottom at a remarkable pace.

I finally found my post from July 15th, in which I discussed that, unnoticed by almost everyone, the Brewers are in the midst of a success cycle.

Updating the win totals:

2007--83 wins


1. That's one win away having 5 of 6 seasons at or over .500. Having six seasons in a row of 77 victories is pretty impressive actually, I assume the Crew is in a very small group.

2. That's 85 wins on average.

3. The ironic thing is, every single year, the message boards fill up with two types of fans, one that insists that this is the last chance, and the Crew should just go "all-in," as this is obviously the last chance at putting it all together. Two, you have that subgroup that says it's time to tear it all down and start over, because they aren't even close to having a championship team. 

{I'll be honest, I'm not sure which group I despise more. Given that even a "quick" rebuild (like Theo will likely accomplish with his combo of big market money and not giving a damn what people think) takes about three years, I suppose the idea of jumping haphazardly (we had people insisting they deal Prince and begin anew in May of 2011), into tearing it all down to get exactly what they are in the midst of currently enjoying is dumber.}

4. What Doug has basically done is put together a run that is the goal of every team, but especially a small market team. 

5. Dare I say it, the future looks fine. I'm not expecting 100 wins next year, but they're far from 100 losses too. The minor league system, which has been ranked in the bottom five for ages (which I have mocked on numerous occasions), has produced a plethora of solid young major league players and is as strong at the AAA level, prospect wise, as it has been since the Prince/Rickie/Ryan/Corey/Yo days back when this cycle began. 

The irony? Even the fans living through it don't realize how good they have it. You know, it's  tough to see the forest with all those trees in the way. 

UPDATE: Teams that have at least 77 wins each season since 2007:

Yankees, Phillies, Cards, Dodgers, and Brewers. 

That is sustained success, and notice, you don't see many markets the size of Milwaukee on that list. 

10/22/2012 07:30:00 AM

Sunday, October 21, 2012

(10/21/2012 11:45:00 PM) - Al

Taxes are set to rise in January in the U.S., pushing the top rate on dividends to 43.4% from 15% and the top rate on capital gains to 23.8% from 15%.

Expect the market to drop in December, it's one of those supply/demand things.

If the administration is reading this, shoot me an e-mail, as I know you don't believe in the free market and all...

10/21/2012 11:45:00 PM

(10/21/2012 10:12:00 PM) - Al

Gee, do you s'pose alcohol was involved?

10/21/2012 10:12:00 PM

(10/21/2012 09:49:00 PM) - Al

Hope Solo and I just had a conversation on Twitter.

Sadly, the year has peaked. It's all downhill from here.

10/21/2012 09:49:00 PM

(10/21/2012 08:45:00 PM) - Al

SS/CF prospect Josh Prince has been huge surprise in Arizona Fall League. Batting .433 with .581 OBP as leadoff hitter.--Tom H

He was on the bubble to be added to the 40 man before the AFL in my mind. He's got one great skill (speed) and the ability to play most anywhere, though he is a below average defender at SS. That said, his ceiling might be that of a utility player, like a Jerry Hairston Jr.

10/21/2012 08:45:00 PM

(10/21/2012 08:31:00 PM) - Al

I'm not sure why Planned Parenthood is not promoted for what it abortion provider.

It is 100% legal. What are they ashamed of?

10/21/2012 08:31:00 PM

(10/21/2012 02:45:00 PM) - Al

I went to church this morning because the Rambling son was singing. This article does not mention it, but "community churches" have also been growing, while affiliated, "old school" churches have been losing ground for years.

While the word "hypocrisy" comes up over and over, I would throw two more things in and entertainment (or lack thereof). The financial aspect is apparent, churches have bills to pay. However, the evergrowing community church segment has deemphasized  it, as many don't even have an "offering plate,"  but an unmentioned box in the back of the house. The Rambling wife's church mentions their "commitments" and other code words for cash several times each service.

Meanwhile, I remember going to church as a young lad, so I've been going 35+ years, though admittedly,  not all that often. While the rest of the world has changed immensely, church, so not so much. I would go so far as to say if you dropped a 1974 service into church this AM, most of us would not have even noticed. When I went with the Rambling parents as a youth, the sermon often bored me to tears, far too long, far too dull. Today, the Rambling son sang near the beginning, and I left before the sermon began. Yet, I'll nearly always watch Joel Osteen if I see him on Sunday late night. That may speak more to how talented Osteen is, but it is far from uncommon to get folks talking about unenjoyable sermons that went on and on, even among avid, never miss a week, churchgoers. Also, despite the onslaught of Christian pop music (I used to see that ad for Songs for Worship ten times a day), the songs are dry, old, and often six verses in length.

I ask you this...would anyone not prefer a brisk 45 minute session? Seriously, now? I'm far from the demographic they're going after mind you, but would there be people leaving that would shake the pastor's hand and say, "That was way too quick for me. Next week, lengthen that puppy out."

The world is vastly different now. Doing the same thing they have always done doesn't seem to be working, but changes are mighty slow to take place. I would guess they are scheduling the worship the way the church leaders want it, and not the folks who attend. That is not a recipe for long-term success, and the numbers prove it. 

10/21/2012 02:45:00 PM

(10/21/2012 02:37:00 PM) - Al

It boggles my mind how many Obama supporters think Romney should pay more in taxes...I know most of them pay nothing mind you, so it won't effect them.

I think this is the epitome of wanting to drag others down with you. If I'm miserable, everyone should be!

Meanwhile, I don't think anyone should pay more in taxes, I think they should spend less, far less, and let everyone keep more of the money they earn. I guess I just don't get it.

10/21/2012 02:37:00 PM

(10/21/2012 02:13:00 PM) - Al

And these aren't even the undecideds!

10/21/2012 02:13:00 PM

(10/21/2012 02:09:00 PM) - Al

They did this in '08 too.

The old media ignored it because they were too busy mocking McCain's war injuries and calling Palin a slut as they snapped a million pictures of her legs.

10/21/2012 02:09:00 PM

(10/21/2012 02:04:00 PM) - Al

Sandra Fluke's NV appearance.

Insert your own punchline here.

Mine? Even if everyone in the crowd gave her $1, she still needs the government to buy her birth control!

10/21/2012 02:04:00 PM

(10/21/2012 11:49:00 AM) - Al

Never heard of thunder God Vine. Early results are impressive.

10/21/2012 11:49:00 AM

(10/21/2012 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald stood with fellow Democrats at a small rally in the Airside Business Park. About 20 people attended the rally 90 minutes before Ryan spoke.

On the bright side, that's twice as many as Fluke got in NV. 

10/21/2012 10:30:00 AM

(10/21/2012 09:40:00 AM) - Al

Most are saying ARI did badly in this deal, but, as a contrarian, I know the public is usually incorrect.

I don't love it, as they have to pay Bell a lot, but I like both Heath and Pennington going forward, especially Cliff, whose offense will take off now that's he not in OAK, and even more that he's in the offensive paradise of the desert. I also like Chris Young, who is an expensive version of Gomez.

10/21/2012 09:40:00 AM

(10/21/2012 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Let's hope this excitement level (and lack thereof) continues.

10/21/2012 08:00:00 AM

(10/21/2012 07:40:00 AM) - Al

My dentist married my manicurist. They've been fighting tooth and nail.

Remember, tip your waitstaff. I'll be here all week. 

10/21/2012 07:40:00 AM

(10/21/2012 07:30:00 AM) - Al

If he didn't exist, we'd have to invent him.

10/21/2012 07:30:00 AM

(10/21/2012 05:00:00 AM) - Al

Apparently, that paper is racist.

Note they said the same thing the tea party has been since inception. His results are what they are.

10/21/2012 05:00:00 AM

Saturday, October 20, 2012

(10/20/2012 11:44:00 PM) - Al

Polite and civil.

Someday, I can only hope to reach their behavior level.

10/20/2012 11:44:00 PM

(10/20/2012 11:39:00 PM) - Al

Sources saying Mike Aviles going to Toronto as compensation for Farrell....utility infielder for a is what it is.--Jim Bowden

Let's not pretend Bobby Valentine was the main problem...look, he's a jerk and it's all about him, but they weren't very good either. 

10/20/2012 11:39:00 PM

(10/20/2012 10:25:00 PM) - Al

Great to see Penn State dominating Iowa. The Lions are, of course, being punished for the actions long, long ago by someone other than themselves, which makes perfect sense to some, but  not to me. They will be punished for the next few seasons, but, as of yet, their players and program are just taking their frustrations out on the field. They had a very large traveling party in Iowa City as well.

I saw one sweatshirt that just said plainly "We Are still Penn State,"  with the still in red and in a box, as if it was stamped on.

I'm sure this will separate the true fans from the bandwagon variety. By the looks of it, they have a lot of loyal supporters.

10/20/2012 10:25:00 PM

(10/20/2012 08:02:00 PM) - Al

I can't believe beer wasn't being sold at all events before now.

I also have trouble believing anyone would pay $8-10 for 30 cents of beer.

10/20/2012 08:02:00 PM

(10/20/2012 07:15:00 PM) - Al

26 years after Halley's Comet flew by, leftover chunks of it will make for a lovely meteor show tonight, if you're up late.

But yes, the average temp is a half-degree hottercooler than it was a century ago, so the world is swiftly coming to an end.

10/20/2012 07:15:00 PM

(10/20/2012 06:34:00 PM) - Al

Imagine if the GOP had a candidate people were excited to vote for.

As Dennis Miller said, Not Obama is the leader of the pack.

10/20/2012 06:34:00 PM

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

To the left, terrorism is laughable, and not nearly as big a deal as...corn syrup and coal.

10/20/2012 06:06:00 PM

(10/20/2012 05:54:00 PM) - Al

Heh. Nope, those numbers aren't cooked a bit.

10/20/2012 05:54:00 PM

(10/20/2012 05:46:00 PM) - Al

Brock Kjeldgaard () hits his league-leading 4th HR ~416 feet here in the bottom of the 6th.--AFL

Nothing is in higher demand than power. Brock trying to force himself onto the 40 man, or into a team's Rule 5 plans. 

10/20/2012 05:46:00 PM

(10/20/2012 05:02:00 PM) - Al

You get the sense desperation is sneaking into the campaign.

They've never been in anything but a blowout before.

10/20/2012 05:02:00 PM

(10/20/2012 04:42:00 PM) - Al

Romney leads Gallup's LV tracking 51 to Obama's 45. What did it look like on 10/20/08? Then - Obama: 51; McCain: 44--Karl Rove

The Electoral College does not look as positive, however. 

10/20/2012 04:42:00 PM

(10/20/2012 04:06:00 PM) - Al

I'm a big fan of what he has done. Overcoming cancer and doing what he did, who gives a (expletive) about anything else? That's so much more important as a role model and a human being. Quit whining about it.--Gerry Goldstein on Lance Armstrong

I always say the same thing...I have no idea if Armstrong is clean, dirty, or somewhere in between. I do know he won every race he entered for years, and never once tested positive. If he got away with it, he was better than the nerds. Trying to take away his titles now, at best, seems like sour grapes.

10/20/2012 04:06:00 PM

(10/20/2012 03:49:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son and I spent a couple hours this morning and about 90 minutes this afternoon geocaching...for those of you who don't know what that is, you're probably better off Wikipedia defines it as:

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", anywhere in the world.

A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name.

I admit, I didn't know what we'd do if we found something, but needless to say, that was not an issue. I found out that crocs are probably not the best footwear (though they are the most comfy), as this afternoon, we were in a muddy, marshlike area, and they got stuck in the mud and left me barefoot several times. I took two showers when I got home, and I'm still dirty from my knees down.

Obviously, people that enjoy this activity believe that the enjoyment is in the search. The Rambling son informed me that one of the comments of this one was "thorny," and I asked him why he would choose one with that description, to which, he had no reply. I have many cuts on my feet and lower legs to prove that narrative correct. I was humming the Battle of New Orleans

They ran through the briars and they ran through the brambles

for much of the walk (if you're under 30, you'll have to look that song up). We did see a deer, a chipmunk, and overall, the weather was very nice, though if it would have been too cold for shorts I wouldn't be nearly as beat up.

10/20/2012 03:49:00 PM

(10/20/2012 01:35:00 PM) - Al

Casey sends in this link that basically says, like everything this administration does, the school lunch guidelines are misguided and shortsighted.

Some kids are overweight, so all kids need to go on a diet.

Just like Obamacare is another way of saying:

30 million people do not have healthcare, so we're going to take it away from everyone and give everybody a crappy, rationed version that will bankrupt us.

They simply do not believe in the free market, and think that government always knows best. The problem is, the first lady knows nothing about nutrition or common sense, but for whatever reason, her ideas are being treated as a tablet from the heavens.

Read the whole thing, and forward it to your friends who do not drink the kool-aid, and, you know, don't yearn for the good ol' days of the Soviet Union.

10/20/2012 01:35:00 PM

Friday, October 19, 2012

(10/19/2012 07:08:00 PM) - Al

Without a doubt. Even those that are voting for him are disappointed,  most are either one issue voters or ardent lefties.

10/19/2012 07:08:00 PM

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

Paul Rodriguez, lifelong Dem, supports Romney, blasts elite Dems for mean spirited attacks. Notes he'd be called a racist or bigot if he said the same things.

Everything he said is 100% true, and this is probably why Mitt is gaining, consistently. I've said for ages that poor behavior does not play among regular folks. I said the left's behavior in Madison would cost them votes.

With luck, the shots will continue right up to the election. It turns people off, and makes them want to support the other side. It's very difficult to run a clean campaign when you cannot talk about your results. That's all the GOP has, but thankfully, it's working.

10/19/2012 04:04:00 PM

(10/19/2012 03:39:00 PM) - Al

Barring a scandal or something unforeseen, I see Romney with 248 electoral votes (and Obama with 246), with these states up for grabs:

New Hampshire--4

Romney needs 22 of those 44. Dare I say it, the five states above will almost certainly decide the next president.Obama is ahead by 1-3 points in every one of them, except NH. If the election were held today, my money would be on the incumbent. Luckily, there's still a fortnight plus to go.

10/19/2012 03:39:00 PM

(10/19/2012 03:28:00 PM) - Al

Nate Silver very defensive today, insisting his numbers are accurate.

When you do good work, you let the results speak for themselves. Silver has all but admitted his "work" is crap.

10/19/2012 03:28:00 PM

(10/19/2012 03:05:00 PM) - Al

INF Hector Gomez has been outrighted to Triple-A Nashville. The ' 40-man roster now stands at 36.--Brewers' PR

As expected, Garcia struggled mightily in high A ball. 

10/19/2012 03:05:00 PM

(10/19/2012 01:31:00 PM) - Al

It is simply beyond belief how bad he is at handling any statement without a teleprompter. Especially something involving our military or foreign relations.

10/19/2012 01:31:00 PM

(10/19/2012 01:27:00 PM) - Al

Just saw on Facebook a very pro-life post from a staunch Dem.

Good luck being able to look in the mirror on the first Tuesday in November. Your party despises you, and has made no effort at all to be understanding of your position.

10/19/2012 01:27:00 PM

(10/19/2012 11:55:00 AM) - Al

Updates below.

What do I expect from the Brewers' offseason? I've discussed many of these before, but he never put all my thoughts together for ease of execution.

1. Little doubt there will be a SP of some merit added. There are about 10-12 guys who could be added to any MLB team and be considered a substantial upgrade. Doug's track record suggests he likes hard throwers, guys who consistently put 175-200+ innings on the board, and miss bats. I still like Ervin Santana and Brandon McCarthy, but who knows what FA's have MIL near the top of their list. Gavin Floyd is a trade/FA possibility , depending on whether his option is picked up by the White Sox.

2. The relievers penciled on the '13 roster are limited, with Axford, Henderson, and Kintzler the only guys under team control that will certainly return. All three have minor league options, meaning they have flexibility they lacked in '12. Because of this, I feel they'll bring in a pair of relievers, though I bet one of them will be an arby eligible returnee, my guess would be Jose Veras, who finished strongly, has incredible stuff, and also is durable and plenty capable of going multiple innings.

3. I also see them bringing in pitchers of some merit on minor league deals, as with few spots set in stone in both the rotation and the 'pen, they'll be a team that guys returning from injury or a down season will seek out. A "gritty vet," long man, as I've mentioned Livian Hernandez and Carlos Zambrano, seems like a good fit, as young SP's tend to "blow up" more often, being unable to get through 5 frames. In the NL, you rarely use a long reliever, as they are usually PH for, but when down 7-1 or 8-3, you'd at least like to have the option of having a guy able to give you 3-4 innings in a blowout.

4. A catcher to be the everyday guy in Nashville and backup Lucroy/Maldonado. This could be acquired any number of ways, via a minor league deal would be preferable, as the 40 man is loaded with solid young talent.

5. While many see Bianchi as the utility infielder, he has options and upside, meaning I feel he'll spend part of '13 playing every day in AAA. As usual, guys that can play SS and hit a bit are quite limited, so again, a minor league deal is likely.

EDIT: Friend of Ramblings Jim  says Jeff is out of options, and cites this. If that's the case, I would have to say he's a heavy favorite for that utility role/backup SS next year.

6. Gamel will be back unless traded, and Schafer seems destined to make the team (again, as a guy with options, sending him down to play every day for part of the campaign and for roster flexibility makes sense). Add in a utility guy who can play SS, and that only leaves a single bench spot open. Mat can play 1B/3B/LF/RF, and Aoki can slide over to CF, so that final spot could be filled by almost any position, and will probably be filled by a veteran bench bat, like Kotsay and Ishikawa have the past couple seasons. Unsure if Carlos Lee would come back without a starting spot, but he, along with a Reed Johnson, Jeff Baker, or Juan Rivera would fit the criteria of veteran bats with pop who would settle for 200 projected PA's. All the guys mentioned could pick up starts in RF in place of Aoki with a tough LHP on the mound as well.Another familiar name? Lyle Overbay.

Surprises? I don't see Hamilton or any other big name position player, barring some sort of heavy discount or deal involving Hart or Weeks, who will be FA's after '13 and '14, respectively.


Disappointed you did not predict a relief arm. No one is right all the time, but you hit on Salomon Torres and Jerry Hairston. Take a shot in the dark.


Brett Myers
Jason Grilli
Joel Peralta
Matt Lindstrom
Koji Uehara

That'd be my top five. I'd also add that KRod has a better chance of returning than anyone besides Veras.

EDIT: I mistyped earlier, I had Jason Frasor instead of Peralta. I had both on my list, but thought Peralta might be willing to take a two year deal from MIL, as he'll be 36 next season.  I realize this means Frasor will end up with the Crew...with would be fine too.

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