Al's Ramblings

Friday, November 30, 2012

(11/30/2012 08:05:00 PM) - Al

Several more free agents enter the fray today, including many pitchers. I'm a Manny Acosta fan, and both the Braves' arms are talented. Jeff Karstens is said to be nontendered, but not official yet. Karstens may be ammong the top ten FA SP's, very surprised the Pirates chose that path. As you can remember, a while ago, Karstens got involved in a goofy situation throwing at Braun and then almost crying when retaliation came. That fragile mental state almost certainly played a part in his DFA, though considering he had a better than average ERA in both 2011 and 2012, that's a shocking move.

His 3.59 ERA is exactly the same as Gallardo's the past two seasons. With production like that, despite his injury-prone nature and questions about his mental toughness, he'll still get a huge contract.

11/30/2012 08:05:00 PM

(11/30/2012 05:41:00 PM) - Al

Brewers nontender Parra, as apparently, no team wants to give a youngster and/or risk paying him what he will get in arby.

I would expect a plethora of clubs to now participate in a bit of a bidding wart for Manny, as few LHP's hit the open market that throw 93+ and can probably be had for under $2.5M.

11/30/2012 05:41:00 PM

(11/30/2012 01:34:00 PM) - Al

I think it'd be great to follow a team good enough to do this.

11/30/2012 01:34:00 PM

(11/30/2012 12:55:00 PM) - Al

The Royals offered Ryan Dempster a two-year, $26MM contract but are no longer bidding on the Canadian right-hander now that his price tag has risen, reports Bob Dutton of the Kansas City StarAt least six teams besides Kansas City have been connected to Dempster this offseason.--MLBTR

Looks like three years minimum for Dempster. I guess it's possible he'd sign for two if he really wanted to play in a specific city, but to be blunt, I doubt that city is MIL. 

11/30/2012 12:55:00 PM

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

Heh. Just like they forgot to tell the truth after Benghazi.

They do make it a joke that some folks insist politics is about telling the truth. This administration hasn't been honest for a second, about anything...except that little slip about "you'll find out what's in it after we pass it."

11/30/2012 11:00:00 AM

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

Sounds like a fair trade.

This is what the Dems call "compromise."

This is why I say "let 'em cry." Pass an intelligent bill in the House that lowers spending, lowers taxes, and let them turn that down, because they hate even considering doing either.

11/30/2012 10:00:00 AM

(11/30/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

The Oklahoma State/Baylor total of 87 is highest in CFB history. More important: in 18 games with total of 80+, the OVER is 16-2.--Wunderdog Sports Heh. Being a contrarian, all I can say is, the under is well overdue.

11/30/2012 09:00:00 AM

(11/30/2012 01:36:00 AM) - Al

Links are bare bones, so I won't bother, but David Wright has agreed to an extension with the Mets, 7y/$125M, or thereabouts. He was already signed for '13, so this covers 2014-20.

11/30/2012 01:36:00 AM

Thursday, November 29, 2012

(11/29/2012 07:30:00 PM) - Al

Am e-mailer sends in this piece on Johnny Narron.

11/29/2012 07:30:00 PM

(11/29/2012 06:30:00 PM) - Al

Adam discusses the nontender deadline and what it means for the Crew.

11/29/2012 06:30:00 PM

(11/29/2012 06:00:00 PM) - Al

Nice pickup by the A's. He kind of fits the same criteria as Gamel and Green, but he's a versatile LH bat.

11/29/2012 06:00:00 PM

(11/29/2012 04:30:00 PM) - Al

Friend of Ramblings Jim informs the masses that the Crew decided not to protect Eric Farris for the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft, meaning any team can take him for a very small amount, $4K or $12K, depending on what phase (AA/AAA) he is taken in. The minor league portion is basically for roster fodder, if a team needs an organizational soldier to man, say, 3B in AA next season, they can pluck a decent player who has little future with his current club.

Farris is 26, and not eligible for minor league free agency until after the '13 season. It seems likely that this is a simply the Brewers' way of giving Farris a better opportunity to play in an organization who needs a AAA 2B. The Brewers have Scooter Gennett projected to play 2B in Nashville, and Weeks in the majors.

I see Farris as a guy with limited tools, he runs fast and plays a solid 2B. That projects to me as a utility guy, but as of yet, he has only played 2B, SS, and LF, and has supposedly looked so bad at SS as not to be considered any more than an emergency option there.

11/29/2012 04:30:00 PM

(11/29/2012 12:49:00 PM) - Al

AMT affects taxpayers making under $50K a year.

It's almost like the adn=ministration has been untruthful with us.

I, for one, am shocked.

11/29/2012 12:49:00 PM

(11/29/2012 12:28:00 PM) - Al

I love Dempster and he's been my top choice since the get go, but of course, since a two year deal makes perfect sense, he wants three. And, I assume he'll get it.

The odd thing about Dempster is, while the Crew usually is far from a player's first choice, Ryan loves the Midwest, and might actually prefer MIL to BOS or other destinations.

11/29/2012 12:28:00 PM

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

An excellent piece previewing all the items at the Brewers' clubhouse sale. Tons of stuff, including patriotic caps. I hardly ever wear caps, as they make my head sweat and I find them hot. However, if I did, the camouflage (not in the article, but in the Miller Park store) and red/white/blue versions would be my favorites.

If anyone wants to buy me a grill cover, I'd be happy to accept it. Not begging (I promised I would not do that until next year, at least), but I would accept it.:)

11/29/2012 10:00:00 AM

(11/29/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

They vote with their feet...this is why collections go down when tax rates go up.

It's painful how little our government knows or cares about the simplest things.

11/29/2012 09:00:00 AM

(11/29/2012 01:14:00 AM) - Al

Angels telling teams Jordan Walden is available. Only 25, pre-arby, and has been very solid thus far in the majors, incredible K numbers, throws 96-97, and good size. Why LA is looking to trade him is a puzzle.
he will not come cheap either.

11/29/2012 01:14:00 AM

(11/29/2012 01:03:00 AM) - Al

Worked 7.5 hours, and was not in pain when I got home. My arches were a bit tired, but no pain. Feet almost felt numb a couple times.

Steroids are the greatest thing ever.

11/29/2012 01:03:00 AM

(11/29/2012 12:43:00 AM) - Al

Just finished watching the Badgers' game. Disappointing, but I was concerned they'd be a tired team after back-to-back games in Vegas with little prep time for a tough Virginia team. They didn't get any breaks either, loose balls seemed to magically find the Cavs, and several foul shooting opportunities seemed to be ignored.

Tough game after tough game, you're going to lose some. Sad thing is, they still have several tough tilts left, and then the Big Ten season begins, which looks as good as it has in ages. This might toughen them up, but truthfully, I'd rather go 9-2 and take my chances.

11/29/2012 12:43:00 AM

(11/29/2012 12:39:00 AM) - Al

Heh. The Dems got exactly what they wanted, and it's all the GOP's fault.

They have no plan, and worst of all, no idea how to work the lack of a plan. The only thing they're sure of...the need to take more more money away from those who earn it, and spend more on...well, anything except keeping us safe.

11/29/2012 12:39:00 AM

(11/29/2012 12:16:00 AM) - Al

Luke Hochevar is likely to be non-tendered Friday, and given his 93+ velocity and the fact he's never really pitched out of the bullpen, I think he will eventually click out there. I assume he's out of options, however, so I doubt Doug will take a look.  

11/29/2012 12:16:00 AM

(11/29/2012 12:08:00 AM) - Al

One writer suggested the Crew may be a fit for Rick Porcello, and I would agree. He's extraordinarily young, and though he was rushed, had his best season as a rookie. He's a big guy, averaged 92 with his fastball last year, throws strikes, and keeps the ball in the park.

The Tigers may non-tender him, but are far more likely to make a trade him, as I imagine a dozen teams would have some degree of interest. He has a better ERA away from home, and has underperformed his expected ERA, so, add all that up, and that the fact he'll be 25 next year, he would seem to be an ideal guy to take a flyer on. At worst, his floor isn't very low either, as he has 30 starts, 170 IP, and a sub 4.75 ERA in 3 of his 4 campaigns.

11/29/2012 12:08:00 AM

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

(11/28/2012 08:00:00 PM) - Al

Libs can make gay jokes all they want. They can also be former members of the KKK, or drunks who killed a young woman and left her for dead.

That unwritten rule book we live under is quite a testament. May you live in interesting times.

11/28/2012 08:00:00 PM

(11/28/2012 07:00:00 PM) - Al

The problem is, we all know any tax increase will just be spent by the administration on magic beans, Obamacare, and some new stimulus package, which until the official name is unveiled, I will refer to as Obamamagicbeanscare.

You can hear it now...the Dems insisting we need to raise taxes now...because that's vital, and we can always get around to mythical cuts after the holidays, or after the next 18 holes, or after Susan Rice explains that her initial untruth was really just an exaggeration of a fib, even though that wasn't really true either.

11/28/2012 07:00:00 PM

(11/28/2012 04:30:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers have to decide what to do with Manny Parra by Friday, as that's the non-tender deadline. I assume he was held onto because they assumed a lefty with velocity would interest someone, and he still might (even as is, he's a decent reliever, with warts).

There's been a ton of movement today with back of the 40 man roster types, so something will likely give soon.

11/28/2012 04:30:00 PM

(11/28/2012 02:24:00 PM) - Al

Government can't do the simplest things...but they'll nail health care, inexpensive and effective.

You bet.

11/28/2012 02:24:00 PM

(11/28/2012 12:50:00 PM) - Al

Madsen gets $3.5M plus incentives after missing all of '12.

11/28/2012 12:50:00 PM

(11/28/2012 12:23:00 PM) - Al

They're disturbed by the continued passing of the buck and complete lack of anyone taking responsibility.

And, the old media's complete lack of follow up. They keep pretending it never happened.

The fact is, they've been lying since day one, they're still lying, they've been caught lying...and the president is golfing and the old media is covering Jessica Simpson's possible next pregnancy. 

11/28/2012 12:23:00 PM

(11/28/2012 12:12:00 PM) - Al

Costco pays early dividend so their stockholders actually get to keep it.

11/28/2012 12:12:00 PM

(11/28/2012 11:47:00 AM) - Al

Forgot to mention that the foot doc also gave me a steroid to lessen the swelling and the pain until my orthotics arrive. The Rambling wife said when she went for her plantar fascitis, the steroid worked so well, she forgot all about the inserts. Let's hope. Have to take six a day, then one less each day. The pharmacist warned the Rambling wife when she picked them up that they make me moody.

Stay on my good side.

11/28/2012 11:47:00 AM

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

Broxton does sign for the same as League, so the bar has been confirmed, top, solid relievers (but not elite) are getting 3y/$7M per. I assume the less sexy, and slightly older will be in that $3-5M per range, and also makes the guys coming off injury/ineffective campaigns that will sign for 1y/$2M extremely valuable.

11/28/2012 11:28:00 AM

(11/28/2012 11:15:00 AM) - Al

MLB Network discussing whether Wil Myers, top 5 prospect in the game ans only 21, is worth "ace SP's" like James Shields and Jon Lester.

Of course, in my mind, 6-6.75 years of Myers, at pre-arby and arby prices, is probably worth far more than two years of either, especially than Lester, who had a 4.80ish ERA last season. You could compare either to Yo Gallardo, and I'd do that trade in a second...the problem is, you'd have to somehow replace Yo if you planned to contend in '13-14.

Would any of the top FA SP's come to MIL even if you overpaid? No idea, and overpaying one guy to get another is hardly effective.

11/28/2012 11:15:00 AM

(11/28/2012 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Boy Meets World to have sequel, Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel's characters to be parents of 13 year-old daughter.

I'm a huge fan of Ms. Fishel, and while the show was a bit dull, it was meant to be more of a dramady.

For those who do not know, Fishel played Topanga, and while she's had a couple minor problems, is said to be very nice.

11/28/2012 08:30:00 AM

(11/28/2012 12:29:00 AM) - Al

Broxton signs with Reds, probably three years. If he got more than $8M per, the cost of relief pitching has indeed, skyrocketed this offseason.

With Chapman moving to the rotation, and Leake as a solid 6th SP, CIN is probably a favorite in the NL right now, and would project to 90+ victories easily.

11/28/2012 12:29:00 AM

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

(11/27/2012 06:26:00 PM) - Al

I shudder to think how bad the economy would be if not for the administration's anti-gun stance.

11/27/2012 06:26:00 PM

(11/27/2012 12:23:00 PM) - Al

I think we all know what happened, they lied and covered up the truth so they would not look bad before the election.

W was in Afghanistan killing evil nine weeks after 9/11. This administration has told so many different stories we've lost track, and still aren't sure of the one they want to stick with. It's all politics, dead Americans are "bumps in the road."

11/27/2012 12:23:00 PM

(11/27/2012 11:41:00 AM) - Al

Remember when Mitt Romney was pushing for Medicare and Medicaid reform and calling for an across-the-board, 20 percent tax cut?
Back then, Obama portrayed it as a sneaky trick to prop up Romney’s country-club buddies at the expense of the middle and lower classes. Less than a month later, it’s a feat of bipartisanship.

When you don't stand for anything, it's easy to change course. No core beliefs equals no consistent leadership. 

11/27/2012 11:41:00 AM

(11/27/2012 11:34:00 AM) - Al

Feldman signs with Cubs, 1y/$6M.

He should be much better not pitching in Arlington anymore, and Theo is probably looking at him as trade bait anyway.

Offhand, I'd say if the Cubs stay healthy, they're close to a .500 team. They look like their pitching is pretty darn solid.

11/27/2012 11:34:00 AM

(11/27/2012 11:32:00 AM) - Al

I'm so happy they're not on my side.

11/27/2012 11:32:00 AM

(11/27/2012 11:12:00 AM) - Al

Got home from foot doc. All issues caused by high arches (I asked, said mine were an 8/10 on the nonexistent high arch scale), and should be solved or made much better by orthotic inserts, which due to my high arch, have to be custom made, and cost about as much as an old car that still runs. Not sure how much insurance will cover, but at this point, I need to do something for quality of life.

Said I'm very fortunate I have not had more issues, especially when growing up, and that hardly anyone with high arches like mine will get through their life without problems.

11/27/2012 11:12:00 AM

(11/27/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Amen. Worrying about silly stuff when you spend $1T more than you take in is the epitome of fiddling while Rome burns.

As I'm mentioned several times, the Bush tax cuts will devastate the economy, and raise $85B...lowering the deficit to about $915B. It's just math, but those in charge seem to have no idea how dire the problems are, and even more troubling, don't care.

11/27/2012 09:00:00 AM

Monday, November 26, 2012

(11/26/2012 10:48:00 PM) - Al

I'm no expert, but I can't believe Twinkee baker is a skilled profession. $35K per year is pretty good for loading unbaked goods in and taking baking goods out.

11/26/2012 10:48:00 PM

(11/26/2012 09:53:00 PM) - Al

Bucks down 27 in 3rd quarter, outscore Bulls 42-14 the rest of the way to win by one.

There are many folks who say they don't like the NBA, but I find almost all of them unbearable. The ironic thing is, neither Jennings or Ellis played in the final quarter plus, as Skiles stuck with the fellas that got them back in the game.

I think that's known as "dancing with the one who brung ya."

If you're bothered by the way that's written, Billy Shakespeare's been dead for 400 years. Might wanna get over it.

11/26/2012 09:53:00 PM

(11/26/2012 09:30:00 PM) - Al

Long essay about Southern honor.

It is not a coincidence that the GOP has a huge Southern bloc, and the way they run things is indicative of it. Romney refused to partake in the nastiness, choosing to "stay above it all," which when it does not work, comes off as wimpy.

11/26/2012 09:30:00 PM

(11/26/2012 08:43:00 PM) - Al

I'd say they should move further to the left, but I assume Marx has quite an aroma.

The idea that the taxpayers should be paying for some 31 year-old's birth control is, quite possibly, the stupidest thing anyone has ever suggested in the history of the planet.

11/26/2012 08:43:00 PM

(11/26/2012 06:55:00 PM) - Al

Cleveland is just going to keep doing things like they've always done them, until they go broke, damn it.

This reminds me small town America, who always wonder what happened to "the good old days" of their know, the ones that were open only until 5 on weekdays and 9-12 on Saturday. Yeah, boss, I need a day off work to buy shoes.

11/26/2012 06:55:00 PM

(11/26/2012 06:09:00 PM) - Al

So painful it hurts.

I prefer white meat by far. At this point, with both readily available, it's personal preference. Black folks are also known for liking their steak well done, while white folks like myself prefer it rare, or medium rare (of course, there are exceptions to this stereotype, but, it's a stereotype for a reason).

I used to order mine medium for years because I was a hick from a small town and didn't really know, because my mom used to make it, you know, done. I see on Twitter every once in a while that a black athlete will complain a restaurant will not make their steak well done, because they think it's a waste. Hey, the customer is always right.

Supposedly, the reason many blacks prefer their red meat well done is because they grew up in a house that prepared it that way. Supposedly, this is because cheaper meats are often unsafe unless you cook the living crap out of it, and many blacks of today...whether they are affluent or middle class or poor, have parents, grandparents, or someone who grew up buying inexpensive cuts.

Chitlins have become a bit of a cliche, but intestines need to be cooked to a high temp.

11/26/2012 06:09:00 PM

(11/26/2012 04:50:00 PM) - Al

Government takes 47% of raisins...because they always have!

Gee, I wonder why we pay so much for raisins. This is the hidden cost of government intervention, and why the free market is pretty much always the answer, regardless of the question.

11/26/2012 04:50:00 PM

(11/26/2012 01:23:00 PM) - Al

Deer joins Sveum in CHI, as Dale aims to put together an entire coaching staff of his pals.

Counsell withdraws name from consideration for Red Sox job also, which usually means he was told he did not make the next round.

11/26/2012 01:23:00 PM

(11/26/2012 01:06:00 PM) - Al

Hamilton and the Brewers just keep getting linked, even as the money demands seem very, very high.

11/26/2012 01:06:00 PM

(11/26/2012 01:00:00 PM) - Al

I'm beginning to think no one read the bill before they passed it...oh wait, they're proud of that.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to drink from vials of unlabeled liquids...don't worry, I'll find out after they pass.

11/26/2012 01:00:00 PM

(11/26/2012 12:38:00 PM) - Al

Bowden agrees with me, Uehera and Grilli are good fits for the Crew. I had them both in my top five list as well.

11/26/2012 12:38:00 PM

(11/26/2012 12:35:00 PM) - Al

Liza Ryan just became as horrifying as Sarah Palin to the far-left, who only eat things other people kill, because they are far more polite and civil.

11/26/2012 12:35:00 PM

(11/26/2012 12:26:00 PM) - Al

According to Buster Olney of, the physical concern teams have with Dan Haren is not a bad back, but rather a bad hip.

Haren missed three weeks of action this season with what the Angels called a back injury, so that's naturally what most assumed might turn potentially interested suitors off. But, it's apparently his hip that's the issue and perhaps the reason why a trade from the Angels to the Cubs earlier this month fell through. As Olney notes, Haren is "very respected" and "will get a chance" from someone, but he'll probably have to settle for a one- or two-year deal.--Rotoworld
Haren would be a nice fit on a one year deal for almost anyone, but especially the Crew. 

11/26/2012 12:26:00 PM

(11/26/2012 12:24:00 PM) - Al

Dodgers will make more money from local TV alone than 26 franchises take in from all of their revenue streams.--Jeff Passan

Goodness. Obviously, they will end up paying more in revenue sharing, but that's hard to believe. 

11/26/2012 12:24:00 PM

(11/26/2012 12:13:00 PM) - Al

This was, of course, back when dissent was patriotic, you know, a day before the day those who believe in fiscal responsibility and a strong defense became racist hillbilly thugs.

11/26/2012 12:13:00 PM

(11/26/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Look, as I've said, I'm all for cuts of all kinds, and am not above making some to the military.

However, after a $1T stimulus, which at best, did not work, the savings on this, per year (at $50K a man), is...$1T. Seems to me anyone with a sharp pencil and the ability to cross out numbers could save $100T without touching the military. Why is defense the first place the Dems seem to even look? 

11/26/2012 11:30:00 AM

(11/26/2012 10:30:00 AM) - Al

This is the waitstaff working at the WPT Montreal.

Luckily this is not at the Culvers by my house, or I'd be compelled to go there every day.

11/26/2012 10:30:00 AM

(11/26/2012 09:30:00 AM) - Al

I have a foot doc appointment at 9:30, so I'll be checking in later.

Wait 'til he sees my arches. I saw a poster with high arches in an office once, and mine are at least twice as high.

11/26/2012 09:30:00 AM

(11/26/2012 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Obama is living the make the USA an European socialist nation.

Sadly, they're completely broke.

It's just math.

11/26/2012 08:30:00 AM

(11/26/2012 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Well, to be honest, it's like banning fat guys from the salad bar.

11/26/2012 08:00:00 AM

(11/26/2012 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Sarah Hoyt, one of the many guest authors on Instapundit, just posted her regular "reader link," in which any of her readers who have something to promote gets a mention and a link to a book or whatever. I get several requests for links, and I sometimes mention them, but save the sidebar for sites I actually read.

Anyway, if you have a blog, a site, or something else you'd like to promote, shoot me a line, and the first of every month, or thereabouts, I'll put together a link post. Yes, you can send in your wife's site, or your boyfriend's wine reviews, I don't care, I'm easy.

Shoot them to the e-mail Al addy on the side, and in the title put READER LINK so I do not delete it by mistake. Links should be family friendly, or noted as adults only.

Thanks, and looking forward to helping.

11/26/2012 06:30:00 AM

Sunday, November 25, 2012

(11/25/2012 08:21:00 PM) - Al

The Hoosiers have a top recruit on campus from Bloomington...he brought his mom and his high school team with him.

Seems unlikely he brought that whole group just to say, "I don't know."

11/25/2012 08:21:00 PM

(11/25/2012 06:15:00 PM) - Al

If you were down to your last $20, 50, or 100, you would go to WM, because you get so much for your money. There are reasons not to shop there, as their employees tend to be abrupt and their stores not easy to shop. That said, I'll be going there tomorrow to buy groceries for the week, and will save about 25-40% over my local groceries, not to mention ad matching.

11/25/2012 06:15:00 PM

(11/25/2012 01:45:00 PM) - Al

I'm not sure if it is more sad that the winner of the genetic lottery is unhappy with his lot in life, which involves doing nothing and living in luxury, or that he doesn't realize he doesn't have any more clout or say than the bloke who sits in the bar all day.

Damn it, if only my mom would die and I could be ignored with a title!

11/25/2012 01:45:00 PM

(11/25/2012 12:48:00 PM) - Al

The successful already figuring out how to work less, produce less, and pay less in taxes.

Punishing success has this goofy way of making folks be less productive. And somehow, the administration thinks this will lead to monumental riches.

Yeah, we'll be bathing in Perrier now.

11/25/2012 12:48:00 PM

(11/25/2012 12:23:00 PM) - Al

Once again, John McCain speaks the truth.

The fact they're already defending an unqualified candidate speaks volumes. These are the same folks who proudly nominated a Communist 9/11 conspiracy nut for one of those paper pusher czar jobs that do nothing except draw a salary and reward loyalty.

The irony is, think how simple it would be to just nominate qualified people. Nope, politics as usual, spend more, tax more.

11/25/2012 12:23:00 PM

(11/25/2012 11:45:00 AM) - Al

Charles updates week three. I've decided I will be "the guy" who doesn't weigh himself until the end of my 30 day experiment. It's all water weight anyway...fat guys just carry more water.:)

I woke up this morning and talked to the Rambling wife. I was thrilled I didn't yet have a headache or feel all around crappy, as often is the result on your first few days off carbs.

11/25/2012 11:45:00 AM

Saturday, November 24, 2012

(11/24/2012 09:12:00 PM) - Al

Badgers pull out a win after being down 11 at halftime versus Arkansas in Vegas. I watched the game on ESPN3, which went from good to bad so many times, I often heard the ball go through the net before seeing it. Good to see them escape with a win, with several tough nonconference games to play.

By the way, Sam Dekker is astoundingly good. He's almost always the most talented player on the court. He's raw defensively, but he still get plenty of playing time, a testament in itself.

11/24/2012 09:12:00 PM

(11/24/2012 04:31:00 PM) - Al

Since the Rambling family is still gone, I decided to start my low carb eating plan today. I am basing this from the Instapundit featured site 13 Weeks, about a guy who is built like me who is changing his diet just to see what happens. As we all know from the Atkins, South Beach, and Gary Taubes' work, many believe that refined carbs are why we put on weight. Much like Charles, I'm just going to do this, exercise three times a week, and see what happens. Heck, I lost 70 pounds, and have since put 20-25 back on.

My only rule is basically to stay below 30 effective carbs a day. I will keep track of what I eat each day, but that's more for the fun of it. My commitment is 30 days, though I am feeling like this may well be a long term thing (he says a few hours into it). Wait until the headaches and fatigue sets in.

11/24/2012 04:31:00 PM

Friday, November 23, 2012

(11/23/2012 10:32:00 PM) - Al

I'm expecting Black Friday sales to be up about 3-4% today, mostly due to the increase in hours open T-giving night.

11/23/2012 10:32:00 PM

(11/23/2012 10:24:00 PM) - Al

She's #1!

Oh, and she's pretty good at tennis too.

11/23/2012 10:24:00 PM

(11/23/2012 05:31:00 PM) - Al

Don't forget, the Badgers play #14 Creighton at 9 on ESPN2.

I'll come right out and say it...far too tough a nonconference schedule. I get it...they want to play good teams to prep for conference play, but, as long as we're in a world where you need to make the NCAA tourney, you should be playing a maximum of two "very good" teams, and that includes Marquette. There's really nothing you can do if you lose to a good second tier club like Green Bay or Milwaukee, but when you're up against a solid ACC club every season and the Golden Eagles, the rest of the slate should be Cupcake U, over and over.

11/23/2012 05:31:00 PM

(11/23/2012 04:58:00 PM) - Al

Ted Rall and other "more polite and civil" people all but destroyed Condi Rice, because she had the nerve to be a conservative (sound familiar Gov. Palin?) and an intelligent woman.

The narrative is one of racism and sexism...but always on the left, and yet, who do they always blame?

11/23/2012 04:58:00 PM

(11/23/2012 03:44:00 PM) - Al


I went out to a couple stores last night as is my custom, as I often buy an electronic item for myself or my kids or parents. I have written before, and we have talked about how tough it is being a small business owner, I gave up and liquidated this past summer, and was lucky enough to only end up owing about $50K after selling my business vehicles and storefront.  My wife is a nurse and I am lucky enough to have inherited a summer place on the lake, so most folks have no idea my business went to crap. I'm 55, most just figure I retired early.

Just wanted to let you know that the guy ahead of me in line last night bought $32,420 worth of stuff. Not only is it the biggest purchase I'd ever seen, it's the biggest by about $22K. Most of his stuff wasn't even on sale.

Things are tough for many of us, but luckily, some folks are still driving the economy.


I don't think I ever saw $2500.

11/23/2012 03:44:00 PM

(11/23/2012 03:23:00 PM) - Al

I went in at 5AM this morning, and it was a ghost town, though with reports of a huge Thursday night, except only a couple people remained. We were very slow until about 10, but from 11 until I left at 1:30 most every register was in use. I bought a couple things (milk, donuts, and dog treats, the Rambling dog prefers powdered sugar) and had to wait five minutes or so to check out. I assume this is "wave two," and if my memory is accurate, it will be busy until about 4-5 or so, possibly until 6ish, depending on how many folks visit after work (and, of course, how many folks are working).

I saw one thing today I do not recall in my fifteen prior years of retail...I saw several people paused in the drive aisle, adding up how much they spent. Perhaps this is a sign of tighter budgets, more folks paying with cash...or maybe, just a sign I've always worked in "specialty" stores, not general merchandise.

11/23/2012 03:23:00 PM

(11/23/2012 03:16:00 PM) - Al

Wal Mart reports record sales, union movement reports they're not very good at this.

According to this, WM will have a hundred times more people call in sick today than participated.

11/23/2012 03:16:00 PM

Thursday, November 22, 2012

(11/22/2012 08:24:00 PM) - Al

On Yahoo trending now, "How to cook a turkey," a variety of football related subjects, and "antidepressants."'d that family get together go?

11/22/2012 08:24:00 PM

(11/22/2012 02:15:00 PM) - Al

By far worse officiating today than any game involving replacements. Two guys just hit the QB after he slid feet first, including one in the flag. A RB got tackled, and then got up and scored a TD.


11/22/2012 02:15:00 PM

(11/22/2012 01:15:00 PM) - Al

The funniest thing?

No one saw it coming. Except the vast majority who aren't utopian socialists.

11/22/2012 01:15:00 PM

(11/22/2012 12:19:00 PM) - Al

On this Thanksgiving, and every day, I'm extremely thankful for the greatest military in the history of the world that protects our freedoms and our interests, often in dangerous environments, and often quite far from their homes, friends, and family.

11/22/2012 12:19:00 PM

(11/22/2012 12:05:00 PM) - Al

One of my Facebook friends posted a picture last night of the dog they are dogsitting for the long weekend. This morning, I woke up and fed the Rambling dog at about 7:30, and then awoke again to him whining and wandering around the bedroom, so I let him out again. When I got back into bed, he jumped up and laid right next to me, sort of partially on top of me. He does this when he's unsure, so he doesn't want me to be able to "sneak away" without him knowing it.

It got me to thinking, what would happen if we left him at someone else's house...and then left. I imagine it would involve a lot of staring at the door and pacing back and forth. He's a loyal companion, and at 16, he's not learning any new behavior at this stage.

11/22/2012 12:05:00 PM

(11/22/2012 03:47:00 AM) - Al

A gent at work tonight said to drive home safely, as tonight is the biggest drunk driving night of the year.

I did see two deer on my way home. I wonder if they had been drinking...

11/22/2012 03:47:00 AM

(11/22/2012 02:12:00 AM) - Al

Tell you what, I used to "store use" candy all the time to help keep associates happy. A bowl of candy on the break room table does as much as constant "thank yous" and "way to gos."

Considering these parents spent less than 50 cents a bag, I'd consider it well spent insurance against some grumpy gus letting them have it.

11/22/2012 02:12:00 AM

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

(11/21/2012 08:30:00 PM) - Al

An unapologetic celebration of capitalism and commerce.

God Bless America.

11/21/2012 08:30:00 PM

(11/21/2012 07:30:00 PM) - Al

Yep. These "cuts" aren't real, and they barely delay the inevitable. They spend too much, and don't care.

11/21/2012 07:30:00 PM

(11/21/2012 06:30:00 PM) - Al

I'm pretty sure they understand them, but don't want their readers to do so.

11/21/2012 06:30:00 PM

(11/21/2012 05:30:00 PM) - Al

Rubio should be honored, as they were terrified of Palin. This annoints him as the early frontrunner.

11/21/2012 05:30:00 PM

(11/21/2012 01:20:00 PM) - Al

Found a nail in the Rambling wife vehicle's tire. Lucky we noticed it now, lotta empty highway between Wausau and Durand.

11/21/2012 01:20:00 PM

(11/21/2012 01:17:00 PM) - Al

How to thaw or cook a turkey (or any bird) in a hurry.

You can thaw out a turkey in just 2-3 hours under the tap in the sink. Tons of people buy their poultry the morning of T-giving, because their plans got cancelled.

11/21/2012 01:17:00 PM

(11/21/2012 01:06:00 PM) - Al

For those just sitting and passing time this afternoon, all three hilarious Raymond Thanksgivings are on from 1-2:30.

11/21/2012 01:06:00 PM

(11/21/2012 01:05:00 PM) - Al


You mentioned you don't have much time off between shifts tomorrow. My daughter sets the ad from 8-2 tonight, and then has to be there at 6 Thanksgiving night.

Needless to say, not much of a day off. Perhaps worst of all, after working 6-4 Thursday night, she's due back from 5-1 Friday night.

As she says, she's lucky to have a job.


It just occurred to me I work 5-1 two shifts in a row, but start at 5PM tonight and then 5AM Friday.  But, she's right, lots of people would love to have their holiday shortened by employment.

11/21/2012 01:05:00 PM

(11/21/2012 12:54:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife just got packed up, went to leave, and asked me to check a tire, as it looked low. My fancy gauge did not even move when I measured...that's low. She's at the dealer getting it checked, as our local tire place and Tires Plus could only say they could "work her in" sometime this afternoon, while the dealer told her they'd get right to it.

11/21/2012 12:54:00 PM

(11/21/2012 12:33:00 PM) - Al

Since many of you evil capitalists are likely only working a half-day, or not at all, I am posting my annual Thanksgiving link, which is different from last year, as that link died in the past year.

Thank you to all those who keep us safe, and who are often a long way from home during this and all the holidays.

11/21/2012 12:33:00 PM

(11/21/2012 10:43:00 AM) - Al

They are quality people, to be sure.


11/21/2012 10:43:00 AM

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

(11/20/2012 09:12:00 PM) - Al

What's the difference between Elmo and a Catholic Priest? Nothing.--Gilbert Gottfried

Gilbert always gets in on these before anyone else.

11/20/2012 09:12:00 PM

(11/20/2012 08:59:00 PM) - Al

I think the final was Badgers 88, Blue Hose 43.

Not nearly as close as the score would indicate.

11/20/2012 08:59:00 PM

(11/20/2012 07:44:00 PM) - Al

Badgers up 39-15 at the half.

The Blue Hose refers to the blue socks Scottish warriors wore in battle. Seems like a odd moniker for a private religious college.

11/20/2012 07:44:00 PM

(11/20/2012 06:38:00 PM) - Al

Once again, the Badgers are on ESPN3 tonight at 7. I'm going to watch just in case the explain how their opponent got the nickname "Blue Hose."

11/20/2012 06:38:00 PM

(11/20/2012 06:10:00 PM) - Al

Walker's place in 2016. Somehow, I think it weakens both he and Ryan to both be from WI.

11/20/2012 06:10:00 PM

(11/20/2012 03:58:00 PM) - Al

Anti-capitalist fools sue after being hit by cars while walking in middle of street.

This is why I'm anti-social.

11/20/2012 03:58:00 PM

(11/20/2012 03:11:00 PM) - Al

So union mindset is unions need to picket any business that isn't owned by unions so that we can just run all the jobs out of US.--Frank Kassela


11/20/2012 03:11:00 PM

(11/20/2012 03:09:00 PM) - Al

Rays keep Joel Peralta, 2y/$6M. He's 36, and I was hoping that would keep his price down.

Of course, we have no idea if Peralta had any interest in MIL.

11/20/2012 03:09:00 PM

(11/20/2012 01:15:00 PM) - Al

It's still working...

Those facts suck if you predicted a disaster. It's almost like the unions were lying to us...

11/20/2012 01:15:00 PM

(11/20/2012 01:05:00 PM) - Al


I worked in a movie theater for 4 years when I was in college, and worked every holiday, for just over minimum wage, until late into the night, and many of the days were super busy. No one thought a thing of it, and other than a few "I bet it sucks having to work" from the customers, it was a normal day.


You know what? If they didn't want to go to the movies...they didn't have to. 

11/20/2012 01:05:00 PM

(11/20/2012 12:20:00 PM) - Al

Nice recap by Brewer Nation on the five players added to the 40 man to protect them from the 40 man.

For most folks, who was not added, and thus, may be stolen away is more of a concern, and that list is lengthy. However, by a long shot (no offense to those that fear our second amendment), Kentrail Davis is the most likely to be plucked away. Kentrail was a supplemental first round pick a few years back, is a good athlete, and can play all three OF spots (though his arm plays better in LF/CF). His LH bat would fit in nicely as a reserve even next season, especially if a team has three solid starting OF's.

Hopefully, his unspectacular stint in Huntsville,  a pitcher's environment, in which he also did not play CF, as well as his height (5-9), will make teams wonder if his ceiling is high enough. I think he'll be at least a platoon guy in the bigs, and despite some struggles, he has always taken his walks.

11/20/2012 12:20:00 PM

(11/20/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al

You realize that if they ever protest around here, I'm going to shop there twice as often.

11/20/2012 11:30:00 AM

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

First of all, I worked retail management for fifteen years, and am back working part-time this season and enjoying it, even though I hobble through the second half of every shift, damn feet.

However, let's quit pretending that some retailers being open a few hours on Thanksgiving is some sort of "end of days" scenario.

Much of the angst is just silly and related to our nanny state upbringing. Heck, KMart was open on Thanksgiving for much of the 90's. Shopko, whose headquarters are in Green Bay, has been too. Grocery stores are often open Thanksgiving until 1PM or 2PM, and do huge business that day, at least compared to a normal Thursday. Of course, many choose not to shop that day, for many our state, many people hunt. They travel. They have family dinners. They eat and then nap. They watch football.

But, as I said, many are bothered that stores are open...even if they are not directly affected. I find this funny for two reasons:

1. No one ever seemed to give a damn that bars, restaurants, gas stations, movie theaters, and hotels have always been open that day. Ask anyone and they'll tell you that tonight's bar rush is just like a Friday/Saturday, because most folks are off tomorrow, and many are "back home" where they grew up, and are probably more likely to go out.

2. Without a doubt, many of the complainers are also hypocrites. They think it's terrible the stores are open, and they also go shopping that day. Why? Because the deals are so darn good!

The Rambling wife and I, early in our cohabitation, decided we would not be bothered with a stressful Thursday, because I often worked late Wednesday night and early Friday morning (as I am this year). But, part of our relaxing Thursday was often a trip to KMart to buy pop, which was one of the drawing cards to get people in, thinking that no one would just buy pop. They don't know us very well. If it was on sale, I'd just buy gum or breath mints.

Over the years, we have gotten away from this, though I still prefer it. I have 28 hours off between shifts, and I have to get two sleeps in (and who we kidding, probably three), spending several hours on the road burning up $3.50/gallon gas, well, ain't really on my, "That's a great idea!" list I keep mentally in my head.

11/20/2012 11:00:00 AM

(11/20/2012 10:30:00 AM) - Al

I think Boise State and BYU would be fine additions to the Big 12. So would Louisville, though they're stuck in the Big East...I think the Big East still of today at least.

Somehow, I bet I'm the only person who finds the conference changes kind of fun.

11/20/2012 10:30:00 AM

(11/20/2012 10:30:00 AM) - Al

I've predicted for some time that the day California gets bailed out by the feds...and there's little doubt they will, as they spend more money than they take in (heh, can you imagine?) might be the turning point of the way our government spends money today without any concern for who will pay for it tomorrow.

Note the fact that the most liberal state in the union has the highest poverty.

No correlation, I'm sure. Coincidence.

11/20/2012 10:30:00 AM

(11/20/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

While the world laughs at us, the old media insisted W and Palin...people that have actually, you know, had real jobs and, you know, accomplished stuff, were idiots.

The second four years haven't even begun. My goodness.

11/20/2012 09:00:00 AM

(11/20/2012 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Whenever I see some celebrity making a fool of themselves like this, I always think of that Seinfeld line:

Yeah, lots of luck with that.

In 100 years, we'll all be dead, but they will still be eating turkey on Thanksgiving.

11/20/2012 08:30:00 AM

(11/20/2012 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Apparently the White House referred to Christmas Trees as “Holiday Trees” for the first time this year which prompted CBS presenter, Ben Stein, to present this piece which I would like to share with you.

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

My confession:

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are, Christmas trees.

It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, “Merry Christmas” to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a crib, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her: “How could God let something like this happen?” (regarding Hurricane Katrina). Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said: “I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?”

In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said okay.

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit.

If not, then just discard it.... no one will know you did. But if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,

Ben Stein
Nothing makes a liberal madder than to hear someone say Merry Christmas. I don't have any problem if someone says something to me like Happy Hanukkah, or any other day I do not celebrate. I can't believe anyone does, actually.

11/20/2012 06:30:00 AM

Monday, November 19, 2012

(11/19/2012 06:50:00 PM) - Al

The more math you see, the more dire the next four years appear.

It just doesn't add up until...wait for it...they reduce the amount of spending.

It ain't a revenue problem. We're spending several times more than we were back in the days of Reagan. If you'll recall, there was no one dying in the streets or living in caves then either. In fact, things were booming.

11/19/2012 06:50:00 PM

(11/19/2012 06:31:00 PM) - Al

Blogger reports Gamel asked about by SEA.

{It took almost 1000 words for them to say the sentence above, but, hence, I digress.}

Mat is scheduled to be on the bench in '13, and could be a very important piece of the puzzle, as a 1B/3B/LF/RF/PH/interleague DH. I assume Doug would chat with teams about him, as he has a similar player in Taylor Green, who has options, unlike Gamel. However, coming off an injury, his value is probably limited, and won't be any less if Doug would trade him later...he'll still be cheap, young, and versatile. So, no rush. 

11/19/2012 06:31:00 PM

(11/19/2012 06:25:00 PM) - Al

Obama must be proud, USA now even more like France.

11/19/2012 06:25:00 PM

(11/19/2012 03:30:00 PM) - Al

This is the words of a guy who knows he's losing. Badly.

There will always be retail stores. But they need to give a reason for people to leave the comforts of home.

11/19/2012 03:30:00 PM

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

overall moviegoing was an impressive $245M, or +14% from last year.--Nikki Finke

That's funny, I've read numerous times that the movies were dead. Good films equals big grosses.

11/19/2012 02:00:00 PM

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

Far more just stay home than go 3rd party. But those that throw away their votes don't help the cause either.

The irony is, of course, Gary Johnson was a GOP candidate, and the Libertarians loved him. They need to get focused on results instead of trying to be the cool kids in the room.

11/19/2012 01:00:00 PM

(11/19/2012 11:27:00 AM) - Al

I work this afternoon, but there will be some scheduled stuff popping up, though it won't be timely. Back later.

11/19/2012 11:27:00 AM

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

As we discussed over the weekend, Maryland and Rutgers look to make it 14 in the Big Ten, adding two huge TV markets.

Also later today, the Crew plans to add some young players to the 40 man. My thoughts on that weeks ago is on the sidebar, if you wish to get a preview.

11/19/2012 11:11:00 AM

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

Because they have no skin in the game.

They simply do not care, because their wallet is the taxpayer, and they can always go take more. Reminds me of the public unions; wages up, benefits up, no concern about who pays the bills.

11/19/2012 11:00:00 AM

(11/19/2012 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Charles having success on his "eating plan," 21 pounds lighter and healthier, eating tons of fat and calories.

I'm starting to think that not only is the government going way too far by pushing carb laden meals and lots of natural sugars onto the kids eating school lunch, they're also not helping them get healthier.

Short-sighted and off base? Who woulda thunk it?

11/19/2012 10:30:00 AM

Sunday, November 18, 2012

(11/18/2012 07:09:00 PM) - Al

Counsell will interview for Red Sox hitting coach job.

That seems like a lot of work with little reward to me.

11/18/2012 07:09:00 PM

(11/18/2012 07:03:00 PM) - Al

For those wanting more traditional T-giving fare, I had a couple requests for the Rambling wife mom's crock pot stuffing (techinically, it's dressing, unless you stuff it in the bird). Here's the link, and yes, you can use the bags of pre-cubed bread they have in the store, but it turns out perfectly with old, dry, ready to throw out bread.

11/18/2012 07:03:00 PM

(11/18/2012 06:54:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling Thanksgiving this year:

turkey breast
breaded fish fillets
scalloped corn
biscuits and country gravy

The best part about it is, I can literally have whatever I want. And if you don't like it, I don't care, because you're not invited. 

The Rambling wife and son will be gone all weekend to the Rambling in-laws, so it'll just be me and the Rambling dog. He's mostly thankful that we never forget to feed him, and that he's still with us.

11/18/2012 06:54:00 PM

(11/18/2012 06:14:00 PM) - Al

I assume the Brewers have one of the eight offers for Grilli.

And yes, I find it funny that Gary Sheffield is an agent. I assume he just hires a lawyer to do the legal stuff, which for the life of me, I don't understand why players don't just do, unless they really want to do a ton of endorsements and the like (and honestly, why bother, when you're making seven figures). Why give someone 5-10% when you have eight teams fighting for you?

Of course, I might well take less money for a better opportunity, which I've done twice in my life (that said, looking at my business savvy, maybe I need an agent).

Sadly, unless Jason signs a one year contract hoping he gets to close, it seems almost certain someone will go three years and/or $5-6M per, and that's not going to be Doug.

11/18/2012 06:14:00 PM

(11/18/2012 06:02:00 PM) - Al

Please pray for higher taxes and no spending cuts.

Well, who we kidding?

11/18/2012 06:02:00 PM

(11/18/2012 05:28:00 PM) - Al

Badgers' buckets on ESPN3 (or WatchESPN) right now, in an "online exclusive" which is another way of saying it ain't on TV.

You may need to sign up for an account, but it is free. They make up for it in volume...

11/18/2012 05:28:00 PM

(11/18/2012 05:02:00 PM) - Al


Know you're not a big fan of many other Brewers' blogs, but what do you think of the rumor the Crew has talked to LaTroy Hawkins' agent?


1. Well, I have nothing against LaTroy, but at his age and past use, I'd say he's a 50 inning guy, not a 70 frame fella, as has kind of become a "standard" for relievers.

2. So, given that, I'd say his value on the free market is about 70% of what a solid middle reliever's value would be...$3M x 70% = $2.1M. Given the fact he's supposedly a great guy, has been very consistent, and I assume would take a one year contract, I'd consider $2.5M.

3. I assume Hawkins' agent also represents other players, or, they might have just called him to say hi and ask if LaTroy would want to return, or if he plans on retiring. At best, it's a classic case of lazy writing...hey, this may have happened, but I'm not saying it did.

I assume Doug or Gord have talked to the agent of every decent/hard throwing reliever who is a FA, including KRod's and Loe's.

I will say this reason they have not used a traditional loogy is they rarely give you more than 30-40 innings a year, even if used 60 games. Someone has to eat up those innings, and would also if Hawkins returned, because the odds of him giving you 70+ is about the same as me tipping the scales at 225, always possible, but pretty damn doubtful.

11/18/2012 05:02:00 PM

(11/18/2012 04:11:00 PM) - Al

Mamas, don't let your babies grow up with extremely high arches.

I knew today would be rough, as I had not had a shift of over 5-6 hours, and today was 8.5. 2.5 hours afterwards, it's still like walking on glass with feet that are on fire. Not sure if it's lack of padding in my shoes, shoes not fully broken in, or what.

11/18/2012 04:11:00 PM

(11/18/2012 12:30:00 PM) - Al

I'm so old, I remember when dissent was considered "patriotic."

That was, of course, back when W was president, and the Dems were doing the criticizing. Funny how things change when the shoe on the other foot.

Note how Hillary decides to take a vacation halfway around the world instead of testifying about the death of Americans (bumps in the road). The old media has simply pretended it didn't happen.

11/18/2012 12:30:00 PM

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

The Rambling son keeps saying his gummy vitamins don't taste as good as his old ones.

This, my friends, is a problem they don't have in the third world. 

11/18/2012 11:00:00 AM

(11/18/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Silly me, I think he should meet with economists, entrepreneurs, and business owners.

I don't think Al Sharpton knows anything about anything. I have no idea why the old media keeps pretending he's anything but an ignorant attention whore. The idea they think he has anything to offer makes me wonder how bad the economy could get.

11/18/2012 10:00:00 AM

(11/18/2012 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Brilliant essay on why urban areas lean left...they are so far out of the loop.

It brings me back to that famous quote from a city dweller when asked about food producers..."It doesn't matter to me...I get my food from the grocery store."

11/18/2012 06:30:00 AM

Saturday, November 17, 2012

(11/17/2012 10:23:00 PM) - Al

Maryland is negotiating with the ACC to leave for the Big Ten. If Maryland joins, Rutgers will too, giving the Big Ten 14 teams and effectively adding the NY/NJ/Baltimore/DC metro areas to the most popular conference in sport, especially college football.

11/17/2012 10:23:00 PM

(11/17/2012 09:53:00 PM) - Al

Bucks pull this one out, despite New Orleans not missing an open jumper all night. This is one they would have lost in the past. Not sure how good they are, as they've played mostly bad teams, but they are winning, which is always a good thing.

I work at 5AM, but there is some scheduled stuff popping up. Enjoy the journey.

11/17/2012 09:53:00 PM

(11/17/2012 08:38:00 PM) - Al

Bill Maher once said that the Star Wars missile defense system was a perfect example of waste because it was based on fiction.

Luckily, Israel's works perfectly. Those that ridicule military spending don't understand this is what they are holding back...methods to keep us safe, without putting our men and women at risk. You can say we have plenty of everything, but if our enemies move boldly into the future and we do not...

What's astounding is, I have to explain this. People sit in their house using a furnace that uses a fraction of the energy mine does, using a computer that would not have fit into a building 50 years ago, and argue our military should have bake sales to raise money. 

11/17/2012 08:38:00 PM

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

$84M here, $84M there, pretty soon, you're talking about real money.

For those wondering how they can spend $1T in stimulus and have unemployment go's easy. They do not respect the free market, and they don't understand how it works.

11/17/2012 08:17:00 PM

(11/17/2012 04:05:00 PM) - Al

Letting the Bush tax cuts expire will devastate farmers. I had many clients who signed it over at their lawyer's urging, but those who did not will pay through the nose.

So much for it just being on the ultra-wealthy. The death tax, besides being preposterous, is set up to go after those evil capitalist small businesses, as most larger businesses limit their liabilities by incorporating.

It ain't a revenue problem All the problems go away overnight if they simply stop increasing spending, never mind cutting it. The deficit would turn into a surplus by 2019 just by not spending more. However, with Obama in charge, we all know that will never happen.

It's going to get worse before it gets better. We're living the nightmare of Carter's third term.

11/17/2012 04:05:00 PM

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

The Marlins do not award no-trade clauses, but club officials, while recruiting Reyes and Buerhle as free agents last offseason, assured both players that they would not be moved, sources said.--Rosenthal

Heh. Verbal promises mean nothing. And, they could have easily received no-trade clauses from any number of teams...though they would had to accept less money in exchange. They took the biggest offer, and "verbal assurances" that did not involve taking less cash.

11/17/2012 11:00:00 AM

(11/17/2012 09:30:00 AM) - Al

The president's reaction to four murdered Americans?

Bumps in the road.

To criticism of Susan Rice?


It's not funny because it's true. 

11/17/2012 09:30:00 AM

Friday, November 16, 2012

(11/16/2012 09:03:00 PM) - Al

Half of the children who die every year live in just five countries.--Patricia Heaton

Just to reinforce, none of them is the USA. If a GOP administration was in office, many would argue that.

11/16/2012 09:03:00 PM

(11/16/2012 07:50:00 PM) - Al

Brewers at forefront of preventing pitching injuries, rate each pitcher based on their motion.

11/16/2012 07:50:00 PM

(11/16/2012 07:41:00 PM) - Al

Ash noted that the financial stakes were raised for relievers when Brandon League and Jeremy Affeldt received three-year deals from the Dodgers and Giants, respectively.

"That kind of pushed it up a little bit," said Ash. "I don't see anything imminent. I wouldn't say it's harder now; I'd say more expensive."

With only closer John Axford and setup man Jim Henderson assured of bullpen spots next season, Ash said, "We can certainly sell opportunity this winter. That's incredibly helpful. It's why last year we couldn't sign any starters. They looked at our rotation and said, 'I don't have any chance to pitch there.'"

The Brewers have been collecting as many hard throwers as possible this winter for their system, including Michael Olmsted, Jairo Asencio, Arcenio Leon and the return Friday of Frankie De La Cruz. In the Zack Greinke trade in July, they also picked up hard throwers Johnny Hellweg and Ariel Pena.

Ash said some of those pitchers will get good shots to make the bullpen in spring training.

"We do (have some holes to fill)," said Ash. "It leaves a lot of room."

Ash said they will add minor leaguers they want to protect from the Rule 5 draft to their 40-man roster on Monday. The deadline to do so is Tuesday. Players such as pitcher Hiram Burgos, second baseman Scooter Gennett and outfielder Josh Prince are expected to be added.

The Brewers currently have 34 players on their 40-man roster.

"It's always a spirited discussion (as to whom to add)," said Ash, who anticipated four or so additions.--JS

I do not expect more than a single "name" reliever to be added, listening to Ash's comments. If they do add another, it would be a Kam Loe, generic type. 

11/16/2012 07:41:00 PM

(11/16/2012 07:09:00 PM) - Al

Caught in their inept web of lies, administration says Susan Rice shouldn't have to take this criticism stuff. My neighbor and congressman's wife says to quit the double standards.

Good for her. They've treated Rice with kid gloves compared to the treatment Palin got, and all because she had the nerve to not have an abortion...they only believe in choice when they make the same choice they would.

11/16/2012 07:09:00 PM

(11/16/2012 06:56:00 PM) - Al

Hostess dies at the hands of union greed. At least the taxpayers weren't footing the bill for these clods.

For whatever reason, the US government chooses not to save the snack cake industry like it did GM and Chrysler. Now we'll have to wait and see what brands are purchased by others, as obviously, Wonder bread and Hostess snacks are best of breed, as Jim Cramer would say.

11/16/2012 06:56:00 PM

(11/16/2012 01:00:00 PM) - Al

I had no idea Ramirez would get 9th in the MVP vote.

I'm also struggling that both JS writers voted him 1st. I know he's a quote machine and all, but it seems odd that they felt one way and almost every other writer felt another.

11/16/2012 01:00:00 PM

(11/16/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

This is why making a commitment to a guy with an anxiety disorder is so risky. If the meds lose effectiveness, or he just feels like not taking them, suddenly, it's a big problem. It's just one more thing, and while Greinke has not been bothered by his at all (that we know of) for's still there. Pretending it is not is just ignorant. Even moreso is paying a guy with said disorder as much as you would if he did not have it. That's not discrimination, it's just good business. You don't ignore that a guy had a knee injury, or Tommy John surgery.

The irony is, many experts called White a steal on draft night. And he is immensely talented. That said, complaining on Twitter instead of going to work is, at best, really, really stupid.

11/16/2012 10:00:00 AM

Thursday, November 15, 2012

(11/15/2012 08:53:00 PM) - Al

We are currently seeing exactly how Katrina would have been reported had Kerry been elected.

With blinders on. Anyone who doubts the existence of media bias is struggling mightily to dig some more sand out of the hole, so they can pretend not to notice.

By the way, those Americans in Benghazi...still dead. Asking the president about the e-mails and why they lied is just Journalism 101...but, hasn't happened, two months later.

11/15/2012 08:53:00 PM

(11/15/2012 06:47:00 PM) - Al

Another minor league signing, per his agent. A LHP who has had success in AA/AAA as both a SP and RP.

Throws 91, mainly a fastball/change-up guy.  Again, taking advantage of the unsettled pitching situation to bring in top minor league arms can only be a good thing.

11/15/2012 06:47:00 PM

(11/15/2012 06:44:00 PM) - Al

Ryan Braun on if he is engaged: "I don’t comment on anything going on in my private life but if that were to be true I’d be very lucky man."--JS

She's a model you know. 

11/15/2012 06:44:00 PM

(11/15/2012 06:28:00 PM) - Al

All five Badgers' basketball recruits sent in their letters-of-intent, and Bo was able to comment on them. Very likely the best class in history, at least one of the top three.

11/15/2012 06:28:00 PM

(11/15/2012 05:54:00 PM) - Al

I've been watching The Wonder Years the past few days on Netflix, it was added recently, sans the intro song, which they must not have been able to buy the rights to.

I've skipped a few that didn't sound all that good. I am up to when Kevin is 16, and getting his license. He had trouble parallel parking, which is funny, because I don't think I've parallel parked since my driver's test ye these many trips around the sun ago. Do they still make you do that on the test?

By the way, I never understood the fuss about Winnie, who was far too skinny for my tastes. I always thought Kevin's mortal enemy, Becky Slater, was far more attractive.

1. Winnie is 37 now, recently divorced, but still too thin. Looking through Google images, her best pictures are when she was pregnant. 

2. Becky Slater was actually played by Danica McKellar's (who played Winnie) real life sister, Crystal. Here's a pic of them a few years ago, when Danica's book on math came out. It's close, but I think at some point, my opinion is now with the majority.

11/15/2012 05:54:00 PM

(11/15/2012 05:03:00 PM) - Al

You'll never see this on the network news tonight.

11/15/2012 05:03:00 PM

(11/15/2012 04:50:00 PM) - Al

I was supposed to go pick up the Rambling son from his after school activity, but he came home on the bus, as per usual. He said everything was canceled because of parent/teacher conferences. Luckily, he gets home before I would have left, and I had not gone straight from work or something. Apparently, this kind of sneaked up on the school, who never said a word, despite getting legal crap and notices every single night with the lad.

They ran low on lunch again today, instead of a "super sub," the Rambling son was given 1/2 of a super sub and they quickly heated up a couple breadsticks for him too. Good thing he loves carbs like his mom (not that I mind them either).    

11/15/2012 04:50:00 PM

(11/15/2012 03:59:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife bought a new tablet a while back, and gave me her old one. I have now downloaded several books to it, including several classics, and have not paid a penny for any of them.

1. I wonder if I'll ever read any of them. I haven't yet.

2. I guess they must make up for it in volume. 

11/15/2012 03:59:00 PM

(11/15/2012 03:53:00 PM) - Al

I suppose every vote counts, but I would say the black vote of 95%+ was oodles more important to Obama than 76% of the gay vote.

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

11/15/2012 03:53:00 PM

(11/15/2012 03:49:00 PM) - Al

UW volleyball signs three, including the #1 recruit in the nation.

All of them are 6-2 and taller. As a proven aficionado of women of below average height, that's about a foot too tall, though I can appreciate others feeling differently.

11/15/2012 03:49:00 PM

(11/15/2012 03:44:00 PM) - Al

Nolasco is going to keep being brought up until he's dealt. He's better than his raw numbers because he gives you innings, while a guy like Rogers, who you could project with a similar ERA, would only be predicted at about 75-100 frames.

11/15/2012 03:44:00 PM

(11/15/2012 03:35:00 PM) - Al

Brewers have the 2nd fewest DL days over the past decade. Read about their "program" here.

I must admit, when Narveson was out most of the season, it was very difficult to recall the last pitcher to miss that much time.

Now, good luck also plays a part, as does the fact the Crew tends to be younger, as are most small market teams. They also have been a tad slow to use the DL at times, for instance, when a player is expected to be out 7-10 days, they tend to play a man short, while I would just DL them and give them some extra healing time.

11/15/2012 03:35:00 PM

(11/15/2012 03:04:00 PM) - Al

I don't claim to have a life at all (I watched Survivor while DVRing the 2nd half of the Badgers and the Bucks game last night, and was sad when I finished watching at 9:45), but at least I'm not in this article.

11/15/2012 03:04:00 PM

(11/15/2012 02:50:00 PM) - Al

Remember those numbers Walker "made up?"

100% accurate.

I wish I could say the same about the US jobs picture, as they are "adjusted down" every single month, almost like they are ashamed of the truth.

WI rate down to 6.9%, by the way. Still way too high, but the Obamalaise is what it is. Listening to a Dem operative try to explain why it is so important to end the Bush tax cuts and raise $80B when the deficit is $1.2T was one of the most unintentionally hilarious five minutes I've ever watched. The circles that poor sap talked himself into...

ADDED: Jobless rate seemed almost fictional in OH last month...because they were

11/15/2012 02:50:00 PM

(11/15/2012 02:11:00 PM) - Al

Ken Rosenthal notes the Marlins got young, team controlled talent, and the Jays did not.

11/15/2012 02:11:00 PM

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

(11/14/2012 10:08:00 PM) - Al

Several mentions on Twitter tonight how upset Obama is about criticism of Susan Rice, and how it'd be great if he get half that upset about dead Americans.


11/14/2012 10:08:00 PM

(11/14/2012 09:34:00 PM) - Al

Not sure if this is the AAA catcher or not, as Lalli has been more of a utility man the past few seasons, but he has a nice LH bat for a C, as an 800 OPS in AAA is very good for a backstop. His CS% is 28% for his career, and his passed balls are minimal, so he's probably at least passable behind the plate.

11/14/2012 09:34:00 PM

(11/14/2012 09:14:00 PM) - Al

Watching the Bucks on DVR, I wonder if they'll send their two rookies, Henson and Lamb, down to the D-League to get some playing time, as they are buried on the bench, and the team is playing well. Getting 25-30 minutes a night is just what they need. 

Speaking of the NBA, I see HOU released both Livingston and Brockman before the season began. I would have much preferred Livingston to Marquis Daniels, as Shaun can play the 1, 2, or 3 at the NBA level, and the Bucks are woefully lacking in depth if Jennings or Ellis went down.

11/14/2012 09:14:00 PM

(11/14/2012 07:12:00 PM) - Al

Rove discusses what the GOP needs to change. His idea about moving up the convention is brilliant, as the GOP ended the campaign with millions left in the bank. They also need to strengthen the "ground game" as he points out, they are years behind.

I think they need to spend more time on the numbers too. The economy was terrible, but they never once said "this is what it was, this what it is" now. Many never got the message, because they don't have the foggiest.

11/14/2012 07:12:00 PM

(11/14/2012 04:35:00 PM) - Al

Of course the math doesn't work. It ain't a coincidence the man does not care about deficits or growth.

I'm really liking McCain's constant mutterings of truth and logic. And the left's complete ineffectiveness at combating them.

11/14/2012 04:35:00 PM

(11/14/2012 03:33:00 PM) - Al

It didn't work last time. So let's try it again, Sen. Schumer says deficit reduction must include stimulus package.

Love the blog, Al. Just thought I'd darken your day a little bit.


Ryan rains on my already drenched parade.

It's the dictionary definition of insanity, right before our eyes. 

11/14/2012 03:33:00 PM

(11/14/2012 02:08:00 PM) - Al

Bury your head a little deeper, Hank.

Solving problems is for other people. Politics as usual, thanks for playing.

11/14/2012 02:08:00 PM

(11/14/2012 02:06:00 PM) - Al

Totally unrelated to the election.


The fact we're hearing about it now, that is.

11/14/2012 02:06:00 PM

(11/14/2012 02:03:00 PM) - Al

If I didn't have to suffer the consequences, I'd be all for it. I can only imagine the economy after tax hikes and even higher spending.

11/14/2012 02:03:00 PM

(11/14/2012 01:58:00 PM) - Al

Torri Hunter signs for 2y/$26M with the Tigers.

Hart is far younger and has better numbers. His price just went up.

11/14/2012 01:58:00 PM

(11/14/2012 01:16:00 PM) - Al

He has been promising an investigation for seven weeks now -- so has it even begun? For context, it only took four weeks after the original 9/11 attacks for U.S. forces to take the dramatic step of invading Afghanistan, and only nine weeks to take control of Kabul and displace the Taliban government that had been offering shelter to bin Laden.

Read the whole thing. And be grateful W was in office when 9/11 happened, or we'd probably still be "investigating" and suffering attacks one after another...though they would not be called terrorism.

11/14/2012 01:16:00 PM

(11/14/2012 01:11:00 PM) - Al

Best wishes to Doyle Brunson, who has skin cancer yet again, 4th time I think.

11/14/2012 01:11:00 PM

(11/14/2012 01:08:00 PM) - Al

Halfway thru rare Obama news conference & still no tough questions re Libya. Media uninterested in finding out why he told fake video story.--Rachel Campos-Duffy

We all know served a purpose. The truth has no place in DC, especially with an election coming up.

11/14/2012 01:08:00 PM

(11/14/2012 12:57:00 PM) - Al

The lack of disgust over it is troubling. McCain seems to be the only one that's upset about those Americans.

11/14/2012 12:57:00 PM

(11/14/2012 12:50:00 PM) - Al

The feedback from the Marlins/Jays trade is so universally unanimous, I'm all but positive it will work out just how Miami intended. The disgust is loud, but to be honest, MIA just did what HOU did, albeit, far quicker and in one big move. The fact that casuals don't get that is what makes them casual.

Look, we all know for most fans, 2013 will be a tough year for the Marlins. That said, so was 2012. Tearing it all down and starting over works as well as any, though we all know it's a tough road.

TOR adds several solid players, but is now stuck with Reyes' and Buerhle's contracts, though Johnson's and Bonafacio's are far more team friendly. Needless to say, their farm system is far weaker now.

11/14/2012 12:50:00 PM

(11/14/2012 12:23:00 PM) - Al

5D also has national title odds: Oregon +120, Kansas St. +190, Notre Dame +600, Alabama +800.--VegasWatch

Now, if the season ended today, Oregon would play KState, and the Ducks would be a slight favorite, I would guess the moneyline would be Oregon -160, KState +150. You're not getting much better odds than that by betting now, and they each have to win out to have a chance. This is why the books rarely lose money.

11/14/2012 12:23:00 PM

(11/14/2012 12:05:00 PM) - Al

$310 a night hotel...FEMA and Red Cross workers have it tough.

That's tax money and donation money. This is why I'm a fiscal conservative.

11/14/2012 12:05:00 PM

(11/14/2012 11:57:00 AM) - Al

Those who have a rough upbringing almost always make poor choices in life. Hope Solo appears set to follow the same path.

Someone should inform Mr. Stevens most wife beaters wait until the woman is your wife. 

11/14/2012 11:57:00 AM

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

My neighbor and Congressman's wife discusses why the GOP loses the Latino vote despite similar values.

It sums up perfectly how tough it is explaining how great the free market is to someone who gets a check every month for doing nothing.

11/14/2012 11:00:00 AM

(11/14/2012 10:42:00 AM) - Al

A bit disappointed our new dishwasher is just about as loud as our old one. We'll be using that "delayed start" feature, without a doubt.

Of course, I hope it actually gets stuff clean.

11/14/2012 10:42:00 AM

(11/14/2012 10:30:00 AM) - Al


The only ideas the Dems have other than to spend more and raise taxes come from the guy they tore apart for being charitable and a good businessman. 

11/14/2012 10:30:00 AM

(11/14/2012 10:19:00 AM) - Al

I read last night that a guy said he tells people he's allergic to coffee, so he doesn't have to deal with the questions when he says he doesn't like it.

I might have to try that.

11/14/2012 10:19:00 AM

(11/14/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Life is so much better when you stop caring about what everyone thinks, and start to actually live for yourself.--Paris Hilton

I just checked my spam folder, as sometimes an e-mail will get stuck in there I want to read. Why do people that disagree with you keep writing? Look, I get it, you rewrite history and think the government running everything is dandy. And income redistribution is the only way to go.

I'm just not dumb enough to fall for it. There's a reason the USSR failed, though you'd think it was an economic utopia the way our country just voted. I don't understand why so few people voted. Even if McCain and Romney were not perfect, Reaganesque candidates, they beat the alternative, as we are now   living in a world where 8% unemployment is normal (as opposed to W's 5.4%, which was maligned at the time...this is why we must rewrite).

11/14/2012 10:00:00 AM

(11/14/2012 09:33:00 AM) - Al

A major, major loser in all this will be Jose Reyes, who goes from the tax haven of Florida to Canada, where tax is about half of income.--Buster Olney

Yet another reason why the Blue Jays have never been major players on the FA market...they have to offer more just to offer the same.

11/14/2012 09:33:00 AM

(11/14/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Jon Lovitz is the only one talking about the tax increase business is going to have to pay because of Obamacare.

What's wrong with that?

You get the feeling that when they kick in, the old media is going to pretend to be surprised.

11/14/2012 09:00:00 AM

(11/14/2012 06:30:00 AM) - Al

So, last week, our dishwasher was supposed to be delivered. The delivery guy called the day before, gave me a time, and then the day of, said it had not shown up. Best Buy called later, apologized that it never showed up from the DC, and rescheduled for this week.

Today, Best Buy called and and said it would be between 12:30 and 2:30...and then the delivery guy called the Rambling wife and said he'd pick it up at 9 and we'd be first, so about 9:30.

There's a reason why they call it Dead Store Standing. They really seem to struggle doing the simplest things. Luckily, we accept it, because of the inexpensive price for which they sell highly rated dishwashers.

11/14/2012 06:30:00 AM

(11/14/2012 12:21:00 AM) - Al

Todd compares the Red Sox and Marlins.

People forget Miami has won a pair of championships by doing exactly this...getting kids for overpaid vets. They lose a lot when they rebuild, but their way works. Mark A has said he doesn't think many markets can handle the attendance swings it brings, but truth be told, it has come together for them.

11/14/2012 12:21:00 AM

(11/14/2012 12:15:00 AM) - Al

Miami is probably looking to deal Ricky Nolasco as well. Not going to get a better pitcher on a one year contract for $11.5M, and I've always loved his stuff, but he hasn't had a "really good" season since '08. With a move to Miller Park for half his starts, I'd probably project him for a 4.60 ERA, and while that does have value since he averages 190 IP a year, it isn't that much better than you'd get if one of the youngsters manages a 5ish ERA, with maybe fewer frames.

He does have a remarkable 3.5-1 K/BB ratio over his career, so it's hard to believe he hasn't been better than he has.

11/14/2012 12:15:00 AM

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

(11/13/2012 11:50:00 PM) - Al

Vegas building a new AAA ballpark, 17K seat arena, and MLS stadium that could be expanded for MLB or NFL. I am surprised these are being built so close to the Strip. I would have thought a few miles outside of town or in the burbs would be fine, and far, far less expensive.

I've long thought it was a perfect place for expansion/relocation, though many of the seats would be filled by visiting fans, and Nevada's economy has been especially hard hit by the Obamaconomy (don't go to Vegas).

11/13/2012 11:50:00 PM

(11/13/2012 11:08:00 PM) - Al

Too bad the old media does not care about Benghazi.

11/13/2012 11:08:00 PM

(11/13/2012 11:05:00 PM) - Al

Olestra did the same thing, and tasted great in Doritos, but people overreacted because if you ate the whole bag, you might have loose stools. I would assume Pepsi Special works the same way.

11/13/2012 11:05:00 PM

(11/13/2012 10:45:00 PM) - Al

Marlins trade everyone they signed last winter for Yunel Escobar, Jeff Mathis, and four prospects.

Good players with bad contracts have very little value. The proof is in the return. The Royals got more for two years of Greinke. 

11/13/2012 10:45:00 PM

(11/13/2012 08:30:00 PM) - Al

Buried deep in this article is that Wal Mart's plan is better and cheaper than most.

The Rambling wife's plan has a $5K deductible on the cheapest plan, which we choose because, we could put the $5K on some sort of installment plan if we had a major "event," and we don't even get free checkups. At this second, we do not have any ongoing health issues that have us going to the doc every month, knock on wood.

11/13/2012 08:30:00 PM

(11/13/2012 08:00:00 PM) - Al

Facebook sure gets a lot of grief for doing really simple stuff.

11/13/2012 08:00:00 PM

(11/13/2012 07:00:00 PM) - Al

Nothing bores me more than spring training, but since many folks would like to know, here's the 2013 slate, including two games at Miller Park versus the White Sox.

11/13/2012 07:00:00 PM

(11/13/2012 06:30:00 PM) - Al

Much of this piece about the Bucks is cliche and, at best, tired white guy who can't jump silliness.

That said, I watched the game last night at midnight (got home from work just in time to watch two episodes of Raymond at 11) in an hour (thank you DVR), and did not miss a minute. This is a very athletic team, and they defend tough inside, blocking and altering a ton of shots.

11/13/2012 06:30:00 PM

(11/13/2012 05:30:00 PM) - Al

Fed gov't took in $2.45T in revenues, but spent $3.54T. Even if Obama gets his hikes that will only raise $82B. Must have guts to cut.--Amanda Carpenter

It's just math. And in what world is $2.45T not enough to run the federal pencil pushers?

Good luck Dems. I can't wait to hear the excuses in four years.

11/13/2012 05:30:00 PM

(11/13/2012 04:00:00 PM) - Al

I didn't bring up a map of the USA, but isn't Louisville very close to Memphis and Cincy, and far further west than Temple?

11/13/2012 04:00:00 PM

(11/13/2012 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Vegetative patient can answer questions.

11/13/2012 03:00:00 PM

(11/13/2012 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Sadly, I'm pretty sure we've seen the better four years.

Anyone who thinks Obamacare taxes and taking money from those who earn it is going to "spark" the economy isn't after the same goals as most of us.

11/13/2012 01:30:00 PM

(11/13/2012 12:54:00 PM) - Al

I can barely look at Drudge right now, as all the focus is on a pair of mistresses, and not a bit on Benghazi.

Somehow, I don't think that's a happy coincidence.

11/13/2012 12:54:00 PM

(11/13/2012 12:36:00 PM) - Al

Even injured pitching is worth $5M+.

Theo is looking at him for what he'd be worth at the deadline, of course. But, if a guy who missed almost all of '12 is worth that...

11/13/2012 12:36:00 PM

Monday, November 12, 2012

(11/12/2012 06:00:00 PM) - Al

Every time I watch the Seinfeld when Kramer tries sleeping 20 minutes every 3 hours, I look into this.

It makes sense in many ways, especially when you look into the different patterns.

11/12/2012 06:00:00 PM

(11/12/2012 04:30:00 PM) - Al

Affeldt close to signing, $6M per for 3 years.

Less than League, but still a lot and probably one too many years.

11/12/2012 04:30:00 PM

(11/12/2012 03:30:00 PM) - Al


Entitlement nation is thrown a curve.

11/12/2012 03:30:00 PM

(11/12/2012 01:25:00 PM) - Al

We won't hear about the economy going to hell in a hand basket until after he's out of office.

I still am shocked that basing economic theory on a children's story is working so poorly...

11/12/2012 01:25:00 PM

(11/12/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I did not do a Happy Veteran's Day post yesterday, because most will be "celebrating" it today, though with a fraction of the fanfare of more "important" holidays, like Halloween, when we spend about half a billion dollars on pet costumes in a nation in which half the citizenry receives entitlement cash from our vastly indebted government.


Thanks to those who have served, and to those who are serving now. Thank you for selflessly protecting the rights and interests of the greatest land in the history of the planet. Thank you for not being politically correct, and for, without a hint of hesitation, killing our enemies. 

11/12/2012 11:00:00 AM

(11/12/2012 10:30:00 AM) - Al

How to choose passwords that are not easily defeated.

Consider this another public service of Ramblings.

11/12/2012 10:30:00 AM

(11/12/2012 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Think how bad the economy would be without guns and ammo sales booming!

11/12/2012 09:30:00 AM

Sunday, November 11, 2012

(11/11/2012 09:44:00 PM) - Al

No link to a free site yet, but Bo Ryan get verbal commit from Nigel Hayes, who is on some top 100 lists and the highest rated HS player to commit to UW since Rashard Griffith. Hayes is 6-7 and is an inside player, and outstanding.

Next year's freshman class has been labeled the best ever to show up in Madison.

ADDED: Link to article

11/11/2012 09:44:00 PM

(11/11/2012 04:40:00 PM) - Al

Many vets choose to keep on serving, even in civilian life.

Note, no complaints about lack of electricity, or anything else.

11/11/2012 04:40:00 PM

(11/11/2012 04:35:00 PM) - Al

We haven't necessarily seen the last of former Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley.

Not if you buy what's circulating with increasing volume about Heisley's interest in eventually buying the Milwaukee Bucks from Herb Kohl.

Sale speculation about the Bucks has been a staple for years, but the latest scenario has the Chicago-based Heisley making a serious bid to buy the franchise if Sen. Kohl can secure the new building (or Bradley Center refurbishment) that would cement the team's future in Wisconsin.

Kohl is 76. Heisley is 75 and cited his age as one of the factors that prompted him to sell the Grizzlies to 34-year-old technology magnate Robert Pera, but Heisley also made it clear when news of the sale emerged in June that he might not have taken that step if his dream of the Grizzlies' becoming the second NBA team in the Chicago area had materialized.

Buying the Bucks would give Heisley a very-close-to-home route back into the league he

This will not stop until Kohl sells the team. 

11/11/2012 04:35:00 PM

(11/11/2012 04:08:00 PM) - Al

Ronald Reagan with one of his hundreds of memorable, patriotic statements.

Beats apologizing in Europe.

11/11/2012 04:08:00 PM

(11/11/2012 02:21:00 PM) - Al

I've been following Charles' efforts all week, and it almost makes me want to try Atkins again.

Of course, that's easy to say when you have a Thanksgiving dinner coming up in a few hours.

I do like his attitude though, I'm just trying this for 13 weeks. You can trick your mind into lots of things by just denying yourself that you're thinking about it.

11/11/2012 02:21:00 PM

(11/11/2012 01:59:00 PM) - Al

Breathtakingly good rant.

It's completely backwards. And no one seems to care.

11/11/2012 01:59:00 PM

(11/11/2012 01:29:00 PM) - Al

I'm not saying it's raining hard, but I have wild animals lined up on my deck in twos, all carrying tiny luggage.

Especially cute are the bunnies, who are carrying little sticks with bandanas tied at the end.

11/11/2012 01:29:00 PM

(11/11/2012 01:16:00 PM) - Al

Fo those inclined, the Badgers are playing SW LA on ESPN3. I can't believe how good both Traevon Jackson and George Marshall look at the point with Gasser out. This may be the deepest team in Bo's tenure in Madison. On that note, Duje Dukan has decided to redshirt, due to limited projected playing time and mono-related issues.

11/11/2012 01:16:00 PM

(11/11/2012 10:38:00 AM) - Al

New Bond movie does $88M in its opening weekend.

I always find it amusing when people wonder why they keep putting out sequels and movies in the Bond franchise.

Because people want to pay to see them.

11/11/2012 10:38:00 AM

(11/11/2012 09:14:00 AM) - Al

Again, if you're a vet or active duty, there's a plethora of free meals today and tomorrow.

11/11/2012 09:14:00 AM

Saturday, November 10, 2012

(11/10/2012 12:27:00 PM) - Al

Mavericks' dance team uniforms too skimpy?

This is why we must have the internet.

As for the answer? Not at all. They are certainly risque, but not any more suggestive than what a young woman wears to the pool or beach.

11/10/2012 12:27:00 PM

(11/10/2012 11:17:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling son found this link on what they had at the first T-giving. Funny how we've changed this over the years to make our meal more like what we like, rather than what they had. I will have seafood for my personal holiday, and in the Eastern US, they add oysters to the stuffing, but here, that will get you laughed at.

11/10/2012 11:17:00 AM

(11/10/2012 11:06:00 AM) - Al

Since the Rambling family will be spending most of Thanksgiving week at the Rambling in-laws, the Rambling Thanksgiving meal will be tomorrow. Turkey, ham, and all the fixings, including the Rambling mother-in-law's famous crock pot stuffing (by far the best I've ever had, as most I've is incredibly dry, this is moist and delicious) and the Rambling mom's scalloped corn.

I'll find out my schedule for that week today. Myself and the Rambling aging canine will have to carve out some holiday time in that hectic week.

11/10/2012 11:06:00 AM

(11/10/2012 10:46:00 AM) - Al

Online prepping sales through the roof since election.

I have always giggled at those who spent thousands on beans, band-aids, and bullets. That said, I did say a few weeks ago if I was a millionaire, I'd have an ample supply of canned foods, MRE's, bottled water, and ammo, as some sort of large scale looting, brought on by natural disaster, terrorist attack, or government collapse would probably put my money more at risk than anything else.

Think how bad the economy would be if not for the massive stockpiling out of fear... 

11/10/2012 10:46:00 AM

(11/10/2012 06:30:00 AM) - Al

A new blog, with my old idea...a 3rd party that combines fiscal conservative and social liberal (I would say libertarian) thought.

The idea of reforming the GOP to be less bible thumping and apathetic on religion and moral issues is mine as well. To some, it goes against their beliefs...but to them, I ask them to consider the alternative...Obama getting eight years even though he's never done a damn thing and had a first term as bad or worse than Carter's.

11/10/2012 06:30:00 AM

Friday, November 09, 2012

(11/09/2012 04:58:00 PM) - Al

Petraeus resigns, timing seems strange, to say the least.

11/09/2012 04:58:00 PM

(11/09/2012 04:56:00 PM) - Al

Doug and Corey both deny they're working on an extension.

My guess is, Corey's agent stopped by and told Doug they'd love to talk when he gets a chance. Doug rarely responds to anything in the media, so it seems odd he'd volunteer this.

11/09/2012 04:56:00 PM

(11/09/2012 04:30:00 PM) - Al

I have been talking about Free Sports Bet for ages, and I can't for the life of me figure out why anyone would not join. They give you money to bet with, and if you lose, they give you more! This continues for...forever. And if you win, yes, you can cash out once you build a bankroll.

You can bet against the spread, just pick the winner, or just put everything on your favorite team...Packers, Badgers, Mexican soccer, ultimate fighting, seriously.

Did I mention they give you money? That it is 100% legal? That they refill your account if you lose? Join now and bet the NBA tonight, and if you lose, you can reload before college football tomorrow.

What are you waiting for? Join today, and have some fun.

11/09/2012 04:30:00 PM

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

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

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