Al's Ramblings

Monday, December 31, 2012

(12/31/2012 11:32:00 PM) - Al

Happy New Year from Ramblings.

That is Tiffany Michelle and Maria Ho celebrating, at some place that pays them to show up, look hot, and drink, while they promote the club on social media. You may know them from the Amazing Race or from being pro poker players.

Besides, no one wants to see a picture of me, even if I do pull down my shirt to cover my entire belly.

12/31/2012 11:32:00 PM

(12/31/2012 10:32:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife just asked the Rambling son if he was still awake.

I then asked the Rambling dog the same thing. He's been fast asleep since he got up at 7:30AM. Sadly, when I get up in the night to pee, he's always awake, as he looks for a treat when I walk by...and return, as his collar jingles.

If he had a job, at least he'd get a shift differential.

12/31/2012 10:32:00 PM

(12/31/2012 08:00:00 PM) - Al

The worst part of the new year is having to watch various eateries tell me their yummy, delicious food is suddenly nutritious, healthy fare.

12/31/2012 08:00:00 PM

(12/31/2012 07:30:00 PM) - Al

Obama shot across bow- don't look for any spending cuts in next four years unless we can crush success of business and successful Americans. Obama willing to reduce Medicare by finding new ways to reduce costs- once we find leprechaun debt will magically vanish- calling it reform. As Obama props are brought out I'm struck all are overweight- they're eating just as good as me. But some how I should pony up much more $.--Charles Payne

Choppy, as it comes from his Twitter feed, but Payne, a successful black man who has risen from the projects to the owner of a successful investment firm, feels the same as myself. They are still preaching the exact same ideas that have failed...spend more, take more, and ignore debt...and damn it, this time, it'll work like we thought it would the first few times, even though a rudimentary knowledge of economics would have one realize it fails to take into account supply and demand...the key to all things money related. 

12/31/2012 07:30:00 PM

(12/31/2012 06:30:00 PM) - Al

You mean to tell me that climate change has been going on since time began, and is not the result of capitalism and the internal combustion engine?

You'd think the Ice Age would be proof of this to anyone with a basic knowledge of history, but I suppose the facts are, some people will believe anything the old media trots out to try and explain why the economy sucks and we need to take more money from those who earned it.

12/31/2012 06:30:00 PM

(12/31/2012 06:00:00 PM) - Al

A cheaper place to live means an automatic raise.

12/31/2012 06:00:00 PM

(12/31/2012 05:30:00 PM) - Al

Our plans for New Year's Eve? Well, the Rambling son is going to try and make it to 12 (one year, we switched his clock ahead an hour and celebrated when the ball dropped at 11), and we plan to go to Golden Corral as a family for New Year's Day lunch. Oh, and the Rambling wife says we'll have steak and shrimp scampi for dinner New Year's night.

I will begin "sales" 1/3, so I will have 1/2 off to do laundry and begin exercising more...I think I've hit the wall on weight loss without active movement.

12/31/2012 05:30:00 PM

(12/31/2012 04:40:00 PM) - Al

Thank you for the 400K+ page views throughout year, 300K!

Maybe more.

12/31/2012 04:40:00 PM

(12/31/2012 03:30:00 PM) - Al

This name might be mentioned as a fit for the Crew, if they are considered a contender by Javier; as most true "contenders" are not going to have the opportunity he would have in MIL.

12/31/2012 03:30:00 PM

(12/31/2012 02:49:00 PM) - Al

I have to get ready for work, stuff will be popping up until I get home.

It's the magic of the internet.

12/31/2012 02:49:00 PM

(12/31/2012 02:11:00 PM) - Al

For anyone looking for an easy, yummy dessert for tonight or tomorrow, this is an easy recipe. Even better if you add a layer of caramel or butterscotch syrup, or even pudding...or heck, both.

12/31/2012 02:11:00 PM

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

I would agree with this 100%...when you lie nonstop for four years, some folks are going to think everything is a lie.

Pretty much everything they said about Benghazi for months was an untruth. I have no idea if Clinton's illness is pure fiction or if she's on her death bed. However, I do know taking a vacation to Australia, instead of testifying, was very likely a delay tactic to avoid either perjury or the truth, or both. Continued delays are going to be looked at with skepticism.

If you call in sick every Friday for a month, don't be surprised the boss asks for a note when you call from the ER on Monday.

12/31/2012 12:12:00 PM

(12/31/2012 11:54:00 AM) - Al

Leaders lead, others make excuses and blame others.

Welcome to the second term, same as the first term. Time to spend more, tax more, and wonder why the economy remains depressed.

ECON 101.

12/31/2012 11:54:00 AM

(12/31/2012 11:50:00 AM) - Al

Seems like a holiday today, and I suppose it is, especially with the placement, as tons of people took the day off to make it a four day weekend, and many office type businesses take the entire week off between Xmas and New Year's, so they might not have even opened today.

I'll be working later today, one more shift after that before my seasonal employment ends. In the meantime, I'll begin back in sales, as they don't have to pay me unless I have success...that's why that's been 98% of the calls since I was laid off.

In the meantime, just keep working the plan, exercise more, continue eating right, and hope something opens up. Probably "redo" my resume, and as much as I hate to admit it, "dumb it down" a bit, as my decade plus of management experience is probably a lot like a master's or Phd to many employers...unnecessary and likely pricing myself out of consideration.

I just saw an ad for "office manager" last night, and as I clicked to send in my resume, I glanced at the qualifications, to ensure they did not require a high typing speed or something I do not possess...all it said was "high school diploma and one year in the workforce." I'm probably better suited for a couple levels above that job, and whoever is scanning the apps feels I would not even consider the pay or the position.

Little do they know, I'd be happy to.

12/31/2012 11:50:00 AM

(12/31/2012 11:34:00 AM) - Al

Both Andy Reid and Lovie Smith let go, two of the most successful coaches over the past decade. I think the ticker said Reid had only 3 losing seasons in 14 years, and Smith won the 4th most games in the NFC in his tenure.

Both might end up with more money and/or more power, but often, they get paid without working at all for a year or two unless they take a head coach or coordinator job, so they end up taking time off.

Several others let go as well, teams no one could have won with...Bills, Chiefs, and so on. The irony is, those teams may well end up with Smith or Reid, and be giddy to get them, as well they should be.

12/31/2012 11:34:00 AM

(12/31/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

$1T tax hike starts Wednesday.

Remember when Obamacare was going to cover everyone for the same money?

I think they lied about that.

I, for one, am shocked.

12/31/2012 11:00:00 AM

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

Only in America could people who pay 86% of all income taxes be accused of not paying their fair share by people who don’t pay any taxes.--Paul Combs

True. And it's pathetic. That's why we've been in this ironic four year malaise. 

12/31/2012 10:00:00 AM

Sunday, December 30, 2012

(12/30/2012 08:27:00 PM) - Al

Yeah, like we need her on the job for one day. Take Monday and Tuesday off Hillary, and then explain to us what exactly happened in Beghazi on Wednesday. 

12/30/2012 08:27:00 PM

(12/30/2012 08:24:00 PM) - Al

For those who both care about the Packers more than me and actually get invited (and go) to weekend gatherings, Packers/Vikings sequel is 7PM Saturday night.

12/30/2012 08:24:00 PM

(12/30/2012 08:19:00 PM) - Al

They always talk about how Packers and Steelers fans travel, but the crowd at RFK sounds like it's 50%+ Cowboys' supporters.

12/30/2012 08:19:00 PM

(12/30/2012 08:18:00 PM) - Al

I have often discussed that the Rambling wife and I rarely exchange gifts at Xmas, as we will buy something for the house instead, or something like that. This year, while buying the Rambling son his elusive, pricey pens, I added something to the Amazon order to get free shipping, that I knew the Rambling wife needed and could use, but did not have.

She just said she didn't think it'd work right, and if I mind if she returns it. I, of course, do not mind, but as I have said before, I should just cut out the middleman and give her a gift receipt that she can turn into what she wants.

12/30/2012 08:18:00 PM

(12/30/2012 04:51:00 PM) - Al

How can anyone disagree?

The last four years are what they are. He loves to spend, loves to tax, and loves to play golf. Everything else is beneath his time.

12/30/2012 04:51:00 PM

(12/30/2012 04:15:00 PM) - Al

How to be an overachiever, 15 hints.

12/30/2012 04:15:00 PM

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

Rae Lin D'Alie's dad gets the publicity this week.

Not nearly as cute as his daughter, but just as nice a person.

FYI, Rae Lin is playing pro ball in Italy and trying to make the Italian national team. 

12/30/2012 12:55:00 PM

(12/30/2012 12:39:00 PM) - Al

This is why we must raise taxes. There is simply no place left to cut!

$2M here, $2M there...

12/30/2012 12:39:00 PM

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

I am simply embarrassed by the ignorance of black comics who insist they have somehow earned an exception on using the "n word," but there's no way any white person should use it.

You're no talent hacks who have no idea how to be funny without being offensive.

Being a hypocrite has no boundaries. It's either offensive or it's not. Sadly, these fools have probably kept the use of the "n word" alive, as I have not heard a non-black person say it in 20+ years.

12/30/2012 10:00:00 AM

Saturday, December 29, 2012

(12/29/2012 11:22:00 PM) - Al

Bango handing out tissues to Heat fans in the crowd.


12/29/2012 11:22:00 PM

(12/29/2012 09:49:00 PM) - Al

The Bucks are not only going to win easily versus the Heat, MIA called a timeout with three minutes left just to pull their starters and get their reserves in.

I can count on one hand how often a team has "punted" late just to conserve energy against MIL. 

12/29/2012 09:49:00 PM

(12/29/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Privatizing all aspects of the public sector will result in similar, significant savings.

It ain't rocket science. It's common sense, and simple...quit paying people more than supply and demand dictates.

But, until taxpayers insist the government stop throwing money away, you can bet they will continue to do so.

12/29/2012 10:00:00 AM

Friday, December 28, 2012

(12/28/2012 08:37:00 PM) - Al

If you ever testify in court, you might wish you could have been as sharp as this policeman. :)

He was being cross-examined by a defense attorney during a felony trial. The lawyer was trying to undermine the police officer's credibility .....

Q: 'Officer --- did you see my client fleeing the scene?'

A: 'No sir. But I subsequently observed a person matching the description of the offender, running several blocks away.'

Q: 'Officer, who provided this description?'

A: 'The officer who responded to the scene.'

Q: 'A fellow officer provided the description of this so-called offender. Do you trust your fellow officers?'

A: 'Yes, sir. With my life.'

Q: 'With your life? Let me ask you this then officer. Do you have a room where you change your clothes in preparation for your daily duties?'

A: 'Yes sir, we do!'

Q: 'And do you have a locker in the room?'

A: 'Yes, sir, I do.'

Q: 'And do you have a lock on your locker?'

A: 'Yes, sir.'

Q: 'Now, why is it, officer, if you trust your fellow officers with your life, you find it necessary to lock your locker in a room you share with these same officers?'

A: 'You see, sir, we share the building with the court complex, and sometimes lawyers have been known to walk through that room.'

The courtroom EXPLODED with laughter, and a prompt recess was called. The officer on the stand has been nominated for this year's 'Best Comeback' line -- and we think he'll win.


12/28/2012 08:37:00 PM

(12/28/2012 07:59:00 PM) - Al

Most liberal cities in the US are DC and Chicago...also, the two most crime infested.

Just coincidence, I'm sure.

12/28/2012 07:59:00 PM

(12/28/2012 07:45:00 PM) - Al

Bo Ryan's mom passes away.

Bo has been around so long, he feels almost like family.

12/28/2012 07:45:00 PM

(12/28/2012 07:08:00 PM) - Al

Finally, I can see again! Funny how you can't see to read, but can see fine to drive and watch TV when they dilate your eyes.

First time getting eyes checked in a few years, had to go because the Rambling wife's vision benefits go by calendar year, use them or lose them. Both eyes have improved a bit, and I can still see good to read. Got all nine right in the depth perception test, apparently, that's quite rare.

Ever since I was a little boy, I have "failed" the glaucoma test, the one with the annoying puff of air into your eye, but then they look at my eye and pronounce me fine. This time, I chatted with the eye doc about it, she says "normal" is 10-20, and I was a 28. She says it used to be 30+ they would automatically give you drops, but they've changed over the years. She says just to check it every year, and they'll note the difference...she says I, like many people, have probably always had over 20, and for whatever reason, that's just the way it is. Does make us more susceptible later in life however. Very nice gal, as is almost every optometrist I've ever been to. Why can't dentists and hygienists be like this?

{Footnote, although I'm sure she doesn't read this, my current dentist is incredibly nice, though the hygienist is, like all of them, very preachy.} 

I took one look at the frames available and said I'd just come back later, as they all looked the same to me. The Rambling wife picked out a couple and I picked the one that felt more comfortable.

12/28/2012 07:08:00 PM

(12/28/2012 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Eye doc update soon to come...can barely see up close right now.

12/28/2012 03:30:00 PM

(12/28/2012 01:29:00 PM) - Al

A Facebook friend and HS classmate took her dog to the vet this AM...hurt his back somehow last night.

Diagnosis was a herniated disc, and while extensive surgery could be done, the damage already done could not be reversed. Decision was made to euthanize him.

To those of us who have had their dog 12 years, we don't know how lucky we are.

12/28/2012 01:29:00 PM

(12/28/2012 01:21:00 PM) - Al

Gonzalez signs for 1y/$2.25M. I assume he is undervalued due to his injuries in the past. Proof that the market does come down as time goes by.

Jim points out the Crew has to make 40 man space, and he probably guesses the right fella to try to slip through waivers.

12/28/2012 01:21:00 PM

(12/28/2012 01:17:00 PM) - Al

A member of the old media being a cheerleader for the left?

I, for one, am shocked.

Only a liberal could openly break the law in DC, who has the toughest gun laws (and, unrelated, I'm sure, incredibly high crime rates), and then loudly argue that those laws don't apply to them, only others.

That's why they want to raise your taxes, because they're not going to pay 'em anyway.

12/28/2012 01:17:00 PM

(12/28/2012 01:11:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal says it is a one year deal.

12/28/2012 01:11:00 PM

(12/28/2012 01:06:00 PM) - Al

Gonzalez has allowed a 674 OPSA vs RH bats, and is being called a loogy by every casual blogger out there.


It pains me to no end the lack of research that is prevalent in the blogosphere. All it takes is a website and the ability to link to others to be taken seriously. Content is crap, but if it looks pretty, no one cares. 

12/28/2012 01:06:00 PM

(12/28/2012 12:54:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal reports Brewers agree to terms with Mike Gonzalez.

I discussed the lefty reliever market here, and Mike G was 2nd only to Sean Burnett. He's been unhealthy in the past, so if this is a 1-2 year contract for market value or less (I'd say about $4-6M per), he's spectacular versus lefty bats and very good versus righties, so he might work his way into the late inning mix. 

It would not surprise me at all if he was drawn to MIL by the appeal of being the backup closer, or an integral cog, rather than just a loogy.

Mike is 34, a couple years younger than I thought. I'd be fine with a couple years, though as with nearly all players, I'd prefer less. 

12/28/2012 12:54:00 PM

(12/28/2012 11:53:00 AM) - Al

Russia is a fine, fine nation.

12/28/2012 11:53:00 AM

(12/28/2012 11:40:00 AM) - Al

Freakonomics discusses what charities to give to.

I'd avoid any newer ones started by a celeb...many of those are just ways to employ the hanger-ons, and many give less than 50% of what they take in.

12/28/2012 11:40:00 AM

(12/28/2012 07:30:00 AM) - Al

Far more troublesome than the guns is the mock angst the author has for a legal product.

If only everyone was far-left, we could ban everything, but make exceptions for , you know, their bodyguards and friends and themselves...because, darn it, they're just better than us.

12/28/2012 07:30:00 AM

Thursday, December 27, 2012

(12/27/2012 09:20:00 PM) - Al

Stormin' Norman passes away. A true American hero, and a no nonsense one who was a joy to listen to. No fancy double talk about "intelligent defense initiatives" or the like. He was smart enough to realize that war cannot be fought with any fancy schmancy ideals, as it is a dirty, rough business that involves killing bad guys and taking over their territory.

Of late, the politically correct way to fight includes ignoring places of religious significance...which has led to a lot of bad guys hiding in places of religious significance, and using them as a sniper's paradise. Not surprisingly, this has resulted in a lot of angst among the left, because, they don't get it. Sadly, we now have one less voice of reason to be listened to.

In a recent interview, General Norman Schwartzkof was asked if he thought there was room for forgiveness toward the people who have harboured and abetted the terrorists who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks on America. 

His answer..."I believe that forgiving them is God's function. Our job is simply to arrange the meeting."--Goodreads 

Rest in peace, sir.

12/27/2012 09:20:00 PM

(12/27/2012 09:09:00 PM) - Al

I've wondered this myself.

Many would say it's because they think they can get away with anything, but I think it goes deeper than that. Perhaps a false sense of sophistication, or the illusion they are in a "private" area.

12/27/2012 09:09:00 PM

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

Posting will probably be light the next few days, with MLB nearly shut down and me busy with holiday stuff.


12/27/2012 11:27:00 AM

(12/27/2012 10:59:00 AM) - Al

Nine huge Navy ships all in Norfolk this week.

Floating towns dwarf the cars, though I'm not sure they should be all "parked" at the same spot anyway.

12/27/2012 10:59:00 AM

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

(12/26/2012 07:29:00 PM) - Al

Don't forget, our founding fathers insisted on the 2nd Amendment to protect the citizens against government. Hilary's disappearing act to avoid having to lie on the stand and stories like this remind us of that.

12/26/2012 07:29:00 PM

(12/26/2012 12:18:00 PM) - Al

Rob Neyer, who once used a fake name to give a bad review to a book with a similar subject matter as to one he wrote, but was unreleased by his publisher, picks on other writers.

Pot, you are very black, said the kettle.

12/26/2012 12:18:00 PM

(12/26/2012 10:16:00 AM) - Al

Somehow, I bet this is against NCAA rules.

12/26/2012 10:16:00 AM

(12/26/2012 09:42:00 AM) - Al

I just got separate E-Bills from the Feds and Sacramento levying a new "Wishing Everyone A Merry Christmas Yesterday" Tax.--Dennis Miller

I'm not even sure if he's kidding anymore. Spending is way up, and going higher, so it's gotta come from somewhere.

12/26/2012 09:42:00 AM

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

(12/25/2012 02:28:00 PM) - Al

If my Twitter is any indication, someday, when I'm living in a long-term care facility, on Xmas Eve and Day, I'm going to be besieged by carolers, and I'm going to be forced to shut my door and try to keep from telling them to shut up. 

12/25/2012 02:28:00 PM

(12/25/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I'm afraid to walk on a frozen lake, never mind drive on one.

I can just hear it..."He fell through? Well, he was a big guy."

12/25/2012 11:00:00 AM

(12/25/2012 09:30:00 AM) - Al

$8/gallon milk? Possible.

Pathetic that the government subsidies a product (many actually) that does not need to be, as the article states, butter and cheese makers would import milk from New Zealand and elsewhere...and pay market prices.

I don't drink milk anymore, but eat cheese almost every meal.

12/25/2012 09:30:00 AM

(12/25/2012 08:00:00 AM) - Al

An e-mail reminds me many truck drivers are on the road this week, as Xmas in the middle of the week means many routes stayed the same as always. Thanks to them for bringing us the goods.

I did not mention business owners, such as farmers or furnace repair guys, because they kind of choose their own lot, knowing they are not signing up for 9-5 Monday through Friday gigs.

12/25/2012 08:00:00 AM

(12/25/2012 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Some Xmas morning posts will pop up, as I'll be sleeping soundly. I know many folks celebrated yesterday or last weekend, or maybe even next weekend, so I'll put some stuff up, between a family viewing of A Christmas Story and five NBA games.

A special thanks to the many military members who are spending Xmas far from home. Thank you for your service, and thanks for protecting freedom the old fashioned killing evil before they would kill us.

We'll be having turkey breast and appetizers for lunch, then ham and cheesy potatoes (I'm having cheesy cauliflower) for supper (which you educated elite would call dinner, but we don't). The Rambling wife vetoed my roast beef idea, saying it would be "too much" (sorry Jesus).  She also made cinnamon rolls for Xmas Eve breakfast, and there's plenty left, for the carb eaters in the house.

12/25/2012 06:00:00 AM

Monday, December 24, 2012

(12/24/2012 11:08:00 PM) - Al

Netflix (and Amazon streaming and Hulu) have apparently been down since this afternoon. I checked Netflix support, and it's been loading for five minutes. What I do not understand is, why it says on the Roku that internet is down...there are literally 50 channels, and I can't believe they are all down.

UPDATE: The Rambling wife just got home, and she says all the streaming channels run through the same "network," so they are all down.I still don't understand how a fax machine works, so, needless to say, I don't get it.

UPDATE 2: Heh. Official reason is Amazon's elastic balancing is struggling. 

I'm going to pretend I know what that means. And, I had no idea Amazon literally controls the entire streaming market.

12/24/2012 11:08:00 PM

(12/24/2012 10:40:00 PM) - Al

Rambling wife went to candlelight service tonight at 10. She says she really enjoys that one, even though she plays at the 8AM service tomorrow.

I passed a church on the way to work that said they had Xmas Eve service at 1PM, 3PM, 5PM, and 7PM.


12/24/2012 10:40:00 PM

(12/24/2012 10:23:00 PM) - Al

Customers told us Wal Mart closed at 6 tonight, leaving us pretty busy from 6-9, far busier than I thought it would be. Nothing like last Saturday or anything, but almost as busy as a normal evening.

Santa came to our house while the Rambling son was in the shower, simply an amazing happening, because he usually delivers the goods while we're out looking at Xmas lights, but since I worked, we didn't do that this year. The fat man is not just jolly, but very timely as well.

Somehow, the Rambling dog slept through the whole thing. The Rambling son stated if we wanted the dog to get excited when fat old guys come in, he'd go nuts every time I got came home.

I was offended, then I realized that was true.

12/24/2012 10:23:00 PM

(12/24/2012 10:08:00 PM) - Al

This is interesting in that the Brewers probably are not looking at any top FA's in part because they do not want to give up a 1st round pick, or the cash. Funny MLB didn't foresee this, or quite possibly, teams saw it and hoped no one would mention it.

12/24/2012 10:08:00 PM

(12/24/2012 07:00:00 PM) - Al

Blackjack dealer stabs another.

No word if it was because one tried to split 10's...

12/24/2012 07:00:00 PM

(12/24/2012 06:00:00 PM) - Al

Dictionary definition of irony...calls to ban weapons leads to more of them being on the street.

12/24/2012 06:00:00 PM

(12/24/2012 05:30:00 PM) - Al

This is why we must have the internet.

Somewhere, a petite lass is saying, "Merry Frickin' Xmas."

12/24/2012 05:30:00 PM

(12/24/2012 05:00:00 PM) - Al

Thank goodness these kooks are not on my side.

12/24/2012 05:00:00 PM

(12/24/2012 03:25:00 PM) - Al

I'm off to get ready for work, but there will be some scheduled stuff pop up here this evening, if you are ill or a hermit.

12/24/2012 03:25:00 PM

(12/24/2012 02:45:00 PM) - Al

Irony? Wizards release two former Bucks and pick up another, Garrett Temple.

12/24/2012 02:45:00 PM

(12/24/2012 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Ramblings will have its one millionth page view sometime this week.

It's our own holiday countdown.

UPDATE: Never mind, that's only by Blooger's count, they started tracking long after Ramblings started. As the thing at the bottom says, we've had about 1.8M visits and 2.5M views since we started this thing back in '02.

12/24/2012 01:30:00 PM

(12/24/2012 12:27:00 PM) - Al

Amazon said they'd deliver on Xmas Eve even tough I ordered last Friday night...and it is on the UPS truck right now.

They simply do an astounding job. Some companies are just better than their competitors.

12/24/2012 12:27:00 PM

(12/24/2012 10:56:00 AM) - Al

That Cody Ross deal only epitomizes how the Crew need to develop, as they're being priced out by local TV deals.--Shawn

 Yep. The thing is, there are no quick fixes when you are building through the farm system. The Cubs have money to burn, and they've added an entire rotation, looking to add both long-term answers and guys they can trade at the deadline for young players to restock their minor leagues. If someone gets injured, it's just part of the risk.

12/24/2012 10:56:00 AM

(12/24/2012 10:47:00 AM) - Al

How to convert an atheist. Tell them they have to work on Christmas.--e-mail from Casey

I know Casey runs a business that is in action 365 days a year, so it cannot be helped that someone is scheduled. I work a short shift until 9 tonight, but saw online last night that many stores are open until 10 or even midnight. As I said before, many have to work Xmas Day; hotels, gas stations, hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, police and fire, EMT personnel. I have always heard police officers dread Xmas because of the amount of family disturbance calls they get, which makes sense actually, as many people are thrown together than don't care for each other, and often, large amounts of alcohol is thrown in.

I worked with a guy at Toys in the Cities who worked in the jail processing people who were arrested, and he said Xmas Eve and Xmas Day were always full of people who you would not expect to see, though alcohol was a common bond. He said cops were always hesitant to arrest, but often people would push the officer or refuse to listen, and there's not much they can do then.

12/24/2012 10:47:00 AM

(12/24/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

One month, 30 days on low carb eating plan...I'm 32 pounds lighter than when I started.

If you went by net calories only, I should be down one pound, as I've -3463 for the past month (what it would take to maintain, per the program), and it is well known you need to burn 3500 calories to lose a single pound. I've averaged about 3000 calories a day, and about 27 "net carbs," which is carbs minus fiber.

I would guess I lost much of the weight in the first week, as I noticed my belt going further and my shirt hanging looser right away...not much at all since. I'm sure much of it is water weight, and not "real" weight loss...that said I'll take it.

The toughest few days has been the last week...not sure if I'm getting tired of the nearly all protein diet, or if it's the plethora of cookies and sweets sitting around. I have not given in, and do not plan to.

Happy Holidays friends, have a fine Xmas Eve and Day. I work 'til 9 tonight, but am lucky enough to be off tomorrow...many do not. Thanks to them for working.

12/24/2012 10:00:00 AM

Sunday, December 23, 2012

(12/23/2012 10:42:00 PM) - Al

Just had cauliflower for the first time ever...many use it as a low carb substitute for potatoes. Too be honest, it had almost no flavor at all, just tasted the cheese and butter I "smashed" it with.

12/23/2012 10:42:00 PM

(12/23/2012 08:14:00 PM) - Al

Only elite private schools can afford to protect kids.

The rest are too busy paying $25K worth of platinum benefits for each teacher.

The irony is, if school security was in bed with the Dems, they'd be there and be just as overpaid.

12/23/2012 08:14:00 PM

(12/23/2012 08:09:00 PM) - Al

Watching Xmas Vacation with the family.

Still one of the all-time best.

12/23/2012 08:09:00 PM

(12/23/2012 01:25:00 PM) - Al

Hypocrisy at its finest.

They carry guns to protect the president from some nut who somehow has a gun...because laws don't stop bullets. Yet, heaven forbid anyone defend themselves or their the exact same manner.

12/23/2012 01:25:00 PM

(12/23/2012 01:20:00 PM) - Al

Danielle Fishel graduates from college and gets engaged to a younger, nerdier version of myself.

She's well past her peak, but she can still put butts in the seats.

12/23/2012 01:20:00 PM

(12/23/2012 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Tim Scott perfectly defines most GOP folks, and the fact he's black is unimportant.

The left is concerned about race. The right is concerned about our country.

12/23/2012 12:30:00 PM

(12/23/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Crew signs Jim Hoey, reliever best known for being traded for JJ Hardy.

Hoey has been excellent in the minors, outstanding K numbers, and has averaged 95.4 mph on his fastball (and is 6-6), so there's certainly something to work with. Doug continues to shop from the clearance racks.

12/23/2012 11:30:00 AM

(12/23/2012 09:30:00 AM) - Al

It's all about him. That's why he insists on a tax increase, when removing deductions and/or spending cuts (I know, I know) would accomplish the same thing. He wants to remembered as the guy who insisted the successful pay more...against every law of economics (though Marx would agree), he thinks this is the way to go.

12/23/2012 09:30:00 AM

(12/23/2012 09:24:00 AM) - Al

I miss Seinfeld with all my heart. Still the best show on TV, a decade plus later.

Interesting Twitter feed.

12/23/2012 09:24:00 AM

(12/23/2012 09:11:00 AM) - Al

Swisher gets 4y/$56M from CLE.

He's one of the most comparable players to Corey Hart in MLB. Swisher is entering his year of 32, and I have shown before that 1B/OF types often fall off a cliff in their early 30's.

Also, that Braun contract is going to be an incredible bargain if he stays healthy.

12/23/2012 09:11:00 AM

(12/23/2012 08:18:00 AM) - Al

Livian Hernandez plans to play in '13. Given how popular he was and effective (until late when he was hamstrung by a hamstring) as well, I would not be surprised at all to see him sign a minor league deal with MIL before spring training begins. If not Livian, there will be a vet or two brought in just for depth.

12/23/2012 08:18:00 AM

(12/23/2012 12:01:00 AM) - Al

Happy Festivus!

I was unaware of Google's celebratory custom search result they added last year. Much like A Christmas Story, it gets better with repeated viewings (as do most Seinfelds, and Xmas Vacation...classics always do). It's so loaded with hilarity (airing of grievances, feats of strength, Kramer going back to work, Elaine's subplot about giving a fake number to a guy she doesn't like, and so on.

12/23/2012 12:01:00 AM

Saturday, December 22, 2012

(12/22/2012 11:34:00 PM) - Al

All the Badgers are tweeting that they're heading home for three days. I don't think traveling at 11:30 to Chicago or the Twin Cities is the greatest idea, but youth is youth.

Of course, I bet Ryan Evans (Arizona) stays in Madison. 

12/22/2012 11:34:00 PM

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

We live in a world that Cody Ross is worth $26M over 3 years.

Nothing against Cody, he's decent and all, but he's hardly anything special. I would have said he's about a 2y/$10M player.

12/22/2012 11:00:00 PM

(12/22/2012 09:38:00 PM) - Al

Bucks look to be a victim of a trap game tonight, big road win last night, and by the looks of the schedule, the team is probably off until Xmas morning or night, as they next play the 26th vs. Brooklyn. Many players are probably flying home for a few days, but they are down 10 halfway through the 4th quarter, in a game they should win.

The main thing playoff teams do? Win games at home versus subpar opponents.

12/22/2012 09:38:00 PM

(12/22/2012 08:59:00 PM) - Al

Ryan Freel was a nice utility player. Condolences to his friends and family.

It ain't that bad, folks. Unless you were going to kill or harm a child, there's no reason to even think of ending it.

12/22/2012 08:59:00 PM

(12/22/2012 08:37:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling family was well ahead of the curve on this, celebrating most holidays quietly together, avoiding a long drive and a long day.

The in-laws never did decide on a day, so I guess their Xmas will be in the Dells at their weekend at a waterpark (I will join them if the Rambling dog passes away before then, otherwise, me and him will spend a bachelor weekend together), which is their gift to everyone each year.

{Despite the rumors, it is not true my gift is to stay away. The Rambling dog is not welcome, and I'm not making a then 17 year-old cocker spaniel spend a weekend whining and moping at a kennel.}

When we do go for a visit, we almost always go when we have the next day off. Laugh if you will, but driving/riding for hours wears us out. That's why truck drivers are well compensated.

I have heard many tales in my life about people who spend all day Xmas Eve and Xmas Day driving around, seeing all their family, and on the 26th have nothing but regrets. Back before the Rambling wife, the Rambling roommate told the story about how his brother-in-law and sister had three Thanksgiving meals every year...noon, late afternoon, and early evening, as the BIL's parents were divorced. 

For years, when I was in retail and before the Rambling son, we would order pizza and go to a movie, because, believe it or not, we have the ability to make a big meal anytime. If it's not fun, quit doing it. Tradition is nothing but doing the same thing over and over.

12/22/2012 08:37:00 PM

(12/22/2012 08:13:00 PM) - Al

Six former and current postal workers, part of a group called Communities and Postal Workers United, are calling the strike “six days starving to save six-day delivery.” Their goal is to stop Congress from reducing postal delivery to five days a week.

The hunger strike began Tuesday and is expected to end late Saturday, according to The Washington Post.

Hey brainiacs, Tues-Sat is five days. And you can live without food for a month. They lost $22B ($60M every single day) last year, and the best idea they can come up with?

Don't change a thing.

Greedy and selfish, to a fault. 


12/22/2012 08:13:00 PM

(12/22/2012 08:07:00 PM) - Al

It's Obamanomics. Take from the rich, give to the poor...and then wonder why there's no incentive for the successful to expand.

It's a puzzler. Too bad they never had ECON 101...even if they would have dropped it after a week, it would have already been covered. 

12/22/2012 08:07:00 PM

(12/22/2012 07:47:00 PM) - Al

France going to 85% tax rate.

That'll fix all that ails them. You can almost hear the successful folks moving across the border.

12/22/2012 07:47:00 PM

(12/22/2012 07:42:00 PM) - Al

Made it 5.5 hours with the new orthotics in today at work. Took them out after lunch and feet felt good the rest of the day. Came home, took off shoes...been in extreme pain for two hours now.

Don't get old kids. You stay in school, and stay forever young.

12/22/2012 07:42:00 PM

(12/22/2012 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Doug likes Tom G because he can go more than an inning, does not sound ticketed for the 7th, 8th, or 9th. Looks to be middle relief able to go a couple innings if a young SP is knocked out, and also being looked at as SP depth, hence the incentive for games started (as sP's make a lot more).

Crew seems like they are now looking at minor league contracts, or possibly a one year deal. This fills the 40 man also, so someone would have to be DFA'd if they add a vet.

12/22/2012 01:30:00 PM

(12/22/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al

It doesn't matter what the question is, the answer is raise taxes.

12/22/2012 11:30:00 AM

(12/22/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Hard to believe we can even think of reviving honor when we have DC blaming everyone for its problems except itself.

Raise taxes and spend more...that'll take care of everything...I mean, look at the results so far!

12/22/2012 10:00:00 AM

Friday, December 21, 2012

(12/21/2012 10:55:00 PM) - Al

Considering the Astros project to win 60, and Veras was solid in '12 (and very good in the second half, albeit wild), this makes perfect sense to me.

It's no more difficult to throw the 9th than any other inning. Closers come from opportunity.

12/21/2012 10:55:00 PM

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

Xavier and Butler are locks, with Creighton and Dayton near locks. 12th member likely Saint Louis.  Darkhorses for 12th spot in new Big East could be Davidson and/or VCU. Likely landing spot for TV? New Fox Sports Network. --SI, via Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook

To go along with the seven Catholic schools that left the Big East. St. Louis is a LONG way from the East coast, so I would say one of the others might be a better pick. .

SI updates where things stand.

I still think the Big 12 should add Boise State and Cincy to get to 12 and then go from there. 

12/21/2012 10:30:00 PM

(12/21/2012 09:56:00 PM) - Al

Fantastic news, Marine Jon Hammar is out of Mexico & back in the US where he belongs.With his family for Christmas holiday. Welcome Home Jo.--Gary Sinise

In Hawaii right now, Obama is saying, who the hell is Jon Hammar?

Even our allies giggle themselves to sleep at night. They didn't care what we said, because they know we're gutless and have no backbone.

Imagine what our enemies think. 

12/21/2012 09:56:00 PM

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

The guy with nothing to do, a dozen taxpayer funded houses, and who cheated on his former wife with his wife says doctors need more compassion.

I think Chuck should get a job and shut the hell up. I do not think there has been someone who says more and knows less than Jimmy Carter, but Chas is a close 2nd.

12/21/2012 07:00:00 PM

(12/21/2012 04:59:00 PM) - Al

The answers about Benghazi may not come until 2017, as the administration seems determined to pretend it never happened...and the old media heads are buried in the sand.

12/21/2012 04:59:00 PM

(12/21/2012 04:56:00 PM) - Al

Bought some ham for the Rambling Xmas, and was shocked to see many of them had 4-7 carb grams per ounce. While that certainly would not devastate me one or two days a year, it is also unnecessary. I can't recall if the Black Forest ham I ended up with had 1 or 2, but I'm sure it will be delicious.

There's probably a lesson here about the crap companies put on out food, but since I believe in freedom, I can barely contain my yawn.  

12/21/2012 04:56:00 PM

(12/21/2012 04:44:00 PM) - Al

The old media would report this daily...if there was a GOP president.

As of now, they simply do not care. They don't care about four Americans that died in Bengazi, and they certainly don't care about Occupiers doing drugs and living on the street.

May you live in interesting times.

12/21/2012 04:44:00 PM

(12/21/2012 04:03:00 PM) - Al

It is strict, but should you really be drinking at work?


12/21/2012 04:03:00 PM

(12/21/2012 10:44:00 AM) - Al

Liriano to sign with Pirates, 2y/$14M, and McGehee to play in Japan next season.

12/21/2012 10:44:00 AM

(12/21/2012 09:30:00 AM) - Al


Is it a scandal if the old media pretends it never happened? 

12/21/2012 09:30:00 AM

Thursday, December 20, 2012

(12/20/2012 07:50:00 PM) - Al

Herm Cain does tell it like it is. Of course, it's hard to find any reliable old media.

12/20/2012 07:50:00 PM

(12/20/2012 07:46:00 PM) - Al

Reason with an embarrassing recap of gun control "arguments."

Thankfully, once we make murder illegal, that will magically end as well. More government is not my answer for anything. They can barely deliver the mail, and they lose $50M every day sucking at it.

12/20/2012 07:46:00 PM

(12/20/2012 07:39:00 PM) - Al

When Suzy Favor Hamilton used to run 1,500 meters, I'm told she was the only U.S. Olympian track athlete paid by the minute.--Norm Chad


I've talked about this before, but Ms. Hamilton, or anyone else, can have all the illicit affairs she wants as long as she doesn't charge for the privilege. I'm not exactly sure why introducing cash into the equation somehow blurs the lines...well I do, it's a moral thing, as many like to legislate morality into the law.

Every second wasted on investigating such silliness is a waste of taxpayer money, as well as less time spent on real crime.

12/20/2012 07:39:00 PM

(12/20/2012 07:28:00 PM) - Al

John McCain sends out this photo.

Too bad Bob Dole isn't a liberal, or he'd be an American hero.

12/20/2012 07:28:00 PM

(12/20/2012 06:34:00 PM) - Al

Just woke up from my nap. The neighbor just showed up to plow us out. The Vue would have made it, but no way my little SL1 would have.

The TV just said we have eight inches, but it's blowing so much, there's more than that most everywhere...the Rambling dog can barely maneuver, as it's deeper than his legs are long. He still digs around though, he sure looks pathetic when he comes back in.

Supposed to snow a bit more, and then the wind starts, so I bet many schools will choose to cancel tomorrow, as they will be met with drifting snow and fierce, cold winds. WI Dells already did, and I'm sure many will follow.

I recall as a youngster, I was always afraid we'd lose a day and not have our Xmas party, which I'm sure we just would have had the first day back, but we were young and stupid.

12/20/2012 06:34:00 PM

(12/20/2012 02:17:00 PM) - Al

Rambling wife afraid to drive into driveway, making me leave nice warm house to do so.

Apparently, this sliver of marital life was edited from the plethora of premarital counseling the church received a kickback from made up go to.

12/20/2012 02:17:00 PM

(12/20/2012 02:05:00 PM) - Al

Rambling wife stopping at Pizza Hut, happy she only has to use a few hours of personal time, as she has most of it scheduled for the holidays. UPS just delivered us a package. Some folks are working, despite the snow.

12/20/2012 02:05:00 PM

(12/20/2012 01:14:00 PM) - Al

More teams are going to begin to emphasize 3pt defense, as the math dictates it. In 50 years, probably 10-20, basketball defense will be vastly different than it is today. For decades, Bo Ryan and others have taught the same thing...push your opponent further away from the basket. And it will take a long time to change.

However, an open 22 footer is a far worse shot to allow than an open 17 footer, because the difference in made shots is minimal, and the longer shot is worth an extra point...not to mention, players likely practice that 3 pointer far more often. 

12/20/2012 01:14:00 PM

(12/20/2012 01:06:00 PM) - Al

Apparently, the level of education needed to be an agent does not involve knowing the rules on whether your client is a free agent.

12/20/2012 01:06:00 PM

(12/20/2012 01:02:00 PM) - Al

Tom Gorzelanny's deal with will be worth close to $6MM over 2 years, source says.--Jon Morosi.

As expected, probably just a bit more than Randy Choate's $2.5M annually, as Choate is a loogy, while Tom G can at least face RH's. This is the market for 60-70 above average innings. It's also why many teams, including the Crew, will look to sign guys late in the game on minor league deals or non-guaranteed contracts...a good example is KRod, who was very solid except for a six week stretch when he was likely less than 100%.

12/20/2012 01:02:00 PM

(12/20/2012 12:54:00 PM) - Al

Strangest news you will hear this year...Suzy Favor Hamilton outs herself as spending the last year as a part-time, high-priced call girl, mostly in Vegas. She apparently shared her actual identity with clients, and some have broken the rules by talking, and would have eventually broken, so Suzy beat them to the punch.

Even stranger...her husband supposedly knew, tried to talk her out of it, and is, as of now, standing by his woman. She is blaming it on depression and saying is seeking therapy to figure out why she made such a decision.

I have long admired Ms. Hamilton for a variety of reasons and as I often do, choose not to comment during a person's worst moments. That said, she can do whatever she wants, as her morals are her own business. And also, as an aside, shocked at her inexpensive (for the industry) rates ($6K for a 24 hour "date").

Good luck to her and her family.

12/20/2012 12:54:00 PM

(12/20/2012 12:32:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife says I should "take a day off" (or two) of my no carb (well, 20-30 or less a day, you're probably eating 400 or so) plan for Xmas, but I don't think I will, for a couple reasons, one, I can't say I miss them much; two, I sense it would lead to gastrointestinal distress.

I'm thinking shrimp, roast beef, ham, and turkey breast will be on the menu, along with many sides for the Rambling others.

12/20/2012 12:32:00 PM

(12/20/2012 11:19:00 AM) - Al

Snow-pocalypse hits Madison, Badgers practice cancelled--Badgers' Basketball

Considering most everyone on the team lives within walking distance of the Kohl Center, that seems strange. Granted, a day off isn't a huge deal.

12/20/2012 11:19:00 AM

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

Unedited video of a union thug performing union thuggery, because he's a union thug.

With luck, someday, maybe I can reach the left's impeccably high standards of politeness, civility, and all-around "far better than us"-ness.

12/20/2012 11:00:00 AM

(12/20/2012 10:37:00 AM) - Al

Watching our letter carrier barely make it through the snow in her rear wheel drive government vehicle.

The government is laughably inept. Front wheel drive is the standard and better in bad weather. It's predictable that they are 20-30 years behind the times. 

12/20/2012 10:37:00 AM

(12/20/2012 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Nine realistic looking garage door paint jobs.

Tough to beat that first one. Only about $250, that's quite a piece of artwork.

12/20/2012 10:30:00 AM

(12/20/2012 10:18:00 AM) - Al

Brewers to sign Tom Gorzelanny, two years.

I like him, and as long as the money is not stratospheric, over $2-3M per, I'm fine with it.

Tom G's splits versus LH/RH and as a SP/RP. You see he's better versus lefties, but passable versus righties, and has been much better out of the bullpen.

And personally, I can't wait to see how few casuals spell his name right.

ADDED: Adam's recap

12/20/2012 10:18:00 AM

(12/20/2012 10:15:00 AM) - Al

Buried in this article on Wal Mart's continued sales of guns and ammo is the fact that a single gun shop in Charlotte reported $1M in a single day.

Great googily moogily.

12/20/2012 10:15:00 AM

(12/20/2012 10:13:00 AM) - Al

Incredible snow and drifting all over the state...we only have 2-3 inches of show, but the Rambling son shoveled off the deck and had over a foot in places.

I'm 43, and I was just thinking, I never once remember a huge snow like this on Xmas Eve/Xmas Day, or on Black Friday...I do wonder what percentage of people would insist on traveling in terrible conditions. One year, we got about six inches of very wet snow in the night before I supposed to join the Rambling wife and son at the in-laws, but the roads were pretty much fine...but I did not wish to kill myself shoveling. It took me about four hours just to do half the driveway and sidewalk, and my back was hurting...I broke it up into about 4-6 segments throughout the day, I could not imagine doing it all hurriedly so I could leave by 10AM.

I can't remember what day that was...I went to Cousins late in the afternoon and was shocked to find them closed, so maybe we were celebrating Xmas on New Year's Day. 

12/20/2012 10:13:00 AM

(12/20/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Bob Beamon jumped so far 44 years ago, scientists call it a "genetic mutation"...a kind of fluke of everything being perfect.

It'd be like Braun hitting a ball 750 theory, he could, but he couldn't repeat it, and neither could Beamon.

12/20/2012 10:00:00 AM

(12/20/2012 09:51:00 AM) - Al

Something that occurred to me this morning as I waited for the Rambling wife to call and say she had made it to work...why does the far-left brethren like Michael Moore feel terrorism like 9/11 is inevitable and should not be worried about, yet they think adding another gun law to an already infinite amount will magically end school shootings?

12/20/2012 09:51:00 AM

(12/20/2012 09:41:00 AM) - Al

Tell ya what...if your kid is in a classroom and some psycho opens the door, you betcha you want the teacher to be armed.

12/20/2012 09:41:00 AM

(12/20/2012 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Adam talks about the minor league coaching staffs and a new pitching coordinator.

12/20/2012 08:00:00 AM

(12/20/2012 07:30:00 AM) - Al

At least the Dems are open and honest about wanting to have rights that the little people do not.

Who's clinging to their guns now?

12/20/2012 07:30:00 AM

(12/20/2012 05:00:00 AM) - Al

NEWS UPDATE: Michael Stipe says, "I feel fine."

For the best in apocalypse humor, tune to Ramblings...

12/20/2012 05:00:00 AM

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

(12/19/2012 08:58:00 PM) - Al

Apparently, my contrarian viewpoint isn't all that odd.

I understand metal detectors at the door would be a huge expense...but I promise you security would cost far less than a couple teacher's platinum benefit package.

12/19/2012 08:58:00 PM

(12/19/2012 08:43:00 PM) - Al

Hilarious how people insist they never canceled school when they were young. In twenty years, we might not have to get off the sofa to eliminate our bladder and bowels, but we'll argue all day that "back in my day, they never had snow days."

For the record, they had plenty of snow days when I was young. They even sometimes canceled it the night before.

12/19/2012 08:43:00 PM

(12/19/2012 08:26:00 PM) - Al

Cubs close to signing Carlos V. Theo just continues to add pitching. Much of it will likely be dealt at the deadline, but they've built impressive depth with FA;s.

12/19/2012 08:26:00 PM

(12/19/2012 08:24:00 PM) - Al

This might well be one of the relievers that Doug said he claimed on waivers that never got to the Brewers. Miller may not be sexy, but he's effective and will come cheap. 

12/19/2012 08:24:00 PM

(12/19/2012 08:22:00 PM) - Al

Bucks at ESPN at 8:30 at Memphis. FYI.

12/19/2012 08:22:00 PM

(12/19/2012 03:30:00 PM) - Al

The answer is obvious...he could not care less about the "fiscal cliff." Taxes would go up, which is in his beliefs. Some spending would go down, but he can easily just send through bloated pork bills to make up for it.

It ain't a revenue problem.

12/19/2012 03:30:00 PM

(12/19/2012 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Red gains in blue states.

They are the model. When CA and IL go broke, maybe it will sink in to the indys.

12/19/2012 12:30:00 PM

(12/19/2012 10:39:00 AM) - Al

Brewers sign RHP Alfredo Figaro to minor league deal with invite to spring camp. Pitched in Japan last two years.--JS

They continue shopping from the bargain bin. Solid numbers in AAA, including his time in Japan, which was as a SP.

Adam with notes on his stuff. Throws harder than i would have guessed.

12/19/2012 10:39:00 AM

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

This is the eulogy delivered by Veronique Pozner at the funeral on Monday for her 6-year-old son, Noah:

The sky is crying, and the flags are at half-mast. It is a sad, sad day. But it is also your day, Noah, my little man. I will miss your forceful and purposeful little steps stomping through our house. I will miss your perpetual smile, the twinkle in your dark blue eyes, framed by eyelashes that would be the envy of any lady in this room.

Most of all, I will miss your visions of your future. You wanted to be a doctor, a soldier, a taco factory manager. It was your favorite food, and no doubt you wanted to ensure that the world kept producing tacos.
You were a little boy whose life force had all the gravitational pull of a celestial body. You were light and love, mischief and pranks. You adored your family with every fiber of your 6-year-old being. We are all of us elevated in our humanity by having known you. A little maverick, who didn’t always want to do his schoolwork or clean up his toys, when practicing his ninja moves or Super Mario on the Wii seemed far more important.

Noah, you will not pass through this way again. I can only believe that you were planted on Earth to bloom in heaven. Take flight, my boy. Soar. You now have the wings you always wanted. Go to that peaceful valley that we will all one day come to know. I will join you someday. Not today. I still have lots of mommy love to give to Danielle, Michael, Sophia and Arielle.

Until then, your melody will linger in our hearts forever. Momma loves you, little man.

Heck, I'd like to be a taco factory manager. 

Look folks, all of us would love to prevent these shootings from taking place. However, as I have pointed out, CT has a far stricter, though worthless, assault weapon ban than they could ever pass in DC. He applied, was turned down, and stole his mom's. Criminals do that kind of stuff. So do loons.  

I do admit, as far as I can tell, the only thing that could have stopped him was:

1. Having to be buzzed in, though he might have easily have been, all he would have had to do is say he needed to speak his mom due to an emergency.

2. The principal or an armed security guard blowing him away, with zero or one death. 

The math doesn't lie, crime is far higher in areas with strict gun control, though DC and Chicago are loathe to admit it. I do proud myself on my contrarian thinking, but this is just common sense. Rick Perry OK'd guns in schools today (by permit holders, of course), and I see that working far more than trying to legislate stupidly. 

By the way, there were many vocal opponents of concealed carry in WI before it was passed...where are all the accidental shootings and "oops, I lost my temper and shot him" deaths they insisted would be plentiful?

They haven't happened. Because responsible citizens are trustworthy with weapons, including guns. And, irresponsible citizens are not. All the legalese in the world won't fix mental illness (though the fact the government is in charge of it is why the system is broken.

12/19/2012 09:00:00 AM

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

(12/18/2012 10:28:00 PM) - Al

The eagles nest on Hwy. I near Hub City. 12-14-12

Pic of a bald eagle's nest near Hub City, WI, posted on Facebook. Is it me, or is that nest as big as a chair?

12/18/2012 10:28:00 PM

(12/18/2012 09:30:00 PM) - Al


I was going over the Rambling son's Xmas wish list with him on Amazon last night and we saw one of his requests was "temporarily out of stock," so it was a perfect chance to ask him if he would like that even if we were unable to get it by Xmas. He said that wasn't a big deal at all, that if he got it in January, it'd still be great. Hint to those of us who have waited, it's getting late.

That's a good way to judge what his "most wanted" is. I also cannot believe how excited he is about a certain pen that I found lying around the office at my old job over a year ago. He is afraid it will run out soon, so he wants a pack of them.  

Uni-ball Vision Stick Needle Micro Point Roller Ball

If I was a blogging celebrity, they'd send me a couple dozen and thank me for mentioning them. Hence, I'll be going to Office Max later today.

UPDATE: Haven't made it to Office Max yet, the Rambling wife is at Target and they only have a variety pack of different colors, which our anal son would frown at. I found a place online called Pens 'n' More that seels them individually for $1.20 each...$5.95 shipping, whether you want 1 or 12.

UPDATE 2: One reason I went to Office Max to make copies was to buy this damn pen. Guy had never heard of it, says it's probably not still being made. Amazon it is.

I wish he liked plain Bics like me. 

12/18/2012 09:30:00 PM

(12/18/2012 09:05:00 PM) - Al

The public rolls its eyes at the hysteria. They are far smarter than the old media, which thinks they can legislate morality.

12/18/2012 09:05:00 PM

(12/18/2012 08:23:00 PM) - Al

Badgers set to hire Utah State's Gary Andersen. Source confirms he's the choice.--WSJ


First time coaching outside Utah in forever for him, coached at Southern Utah, Utah, and Utah State.

12/18/2012 08:23:00 PM

(12/18/2012 08:14:00 PM) - Al

Adrian Peterson has 909 rushing yds AFTER CONTACT this season. Next-most is Doug Martin, 572--ESPN Stats

1. I think he's the best there's ever been. I think it's a shame they don't use him for screens once a quarter.

2. Am I the only one who does not know who Doug Martin is?

12/18/2012 08:14:00 PM

(12/18/2012 08:00:00 PM) - Al

UPDATE: Oops, it's $15 free, not $50. I, apparently, barely hear better than the Rambling dog.

Too bad we don't have a Ruby Tuesday near us, buy a $50 gift card, and get a $50 gift card free.

I used to be giddy when LeeAnn Chin up in the Cities would give you a $30 in gift cards for $25.

And yes, that does smack of desperation. The term that keeps coming to my mind is cash poor.

12/18/2012 08:00:00 PM

(12/18/2012 07:42:00 PM) - Al

Casey asks if we'll see this story on NBC News.

On NBC, the shooter will be stopped by Joy Behar and guilt.

12/18/2012 07:42:00 PM

(12/18/2012 07:01:00 PM) - Al

Just got home from work and a trip to Office Max...first time in at least a decade we've had to pay for copies of our Xmas letter, as one of us has always had access to free copies. 17 cents per double sided copy seems like quite a profit margin, but as a capitalist, more power to 'em if I'm dumb enough to pay it.

12/18/2012 07:01:00 PM

(12/18/2012 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Ben Stein, as he almost always does, asks questions no one wants to think about as they point fingers and try to enact legislation that has been woefully unsuccessful.

Off the subject, but I'm amazed everyone wants to pass another meaningless gun law that no one will do anything but scoff at, yet balanced budget legislation goes nowhere.

Fiddle while Rome burns, and play some more politics. That deficit ain't getting any smaller, and your plan of "oh well" doesn't impress me one iota.

12/18/2012 02:30:00 PM

(12/18/2012 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Dutch Boyd, a one time successful pro poker player whose mental illness and drug problems are well known, is selling a gold bracelet he won on Ebay "to raise some Xmas cash."

It's a long, painful trip to rock bottom.

12/18/2012 10:30:00 AM

(12/18/2012 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Heh. They don't even get the irony.

12/18/2012 09:30:00 AM

Monday, December 17, 2012

(12/17/2012 09:31:00 PM) - Al

Doug tells Bowden a few relievers he likes, all hard throwers who will probably sign a 1-2 year deal.

All are pretty consistent too, for relief pitchers at least, who have a naturally small sample. 

12/17/2012 09:31:00 PM

(12/17/2012 02:44:00 PM) - Al

All right, I'm going to take off my new orthotics (made it almost three hours) and finish up the Rambling family Xmas letter, which is pretty much the only reason many people admit to knowing us. Back in a while.

12/17/2012 02:44:00 PM

(12/17/2012 02:43:00 PM) - Al

How's that gun ban going in Great Britain?

Exactly as you'd expect.

12/17/2012 02:43:00 PM

(12/17/2012 02:38:00 PM) - Al

Scott sends in this link of CT's strict assault weapon ban.

Thank goodness they have this law, or some nut could just walk into a school and...

12/17/2012 02:38:00 PM

(12/17/2012 02:31:00 PM) - Al

We almost always stop somewhere and get gas/snack when we travel on holidays.

It makes perfect fiscal sense, even if it does suck for the employees.

I was asked if I could work until closing on Xmas Eve, which is 9PM. I briefly thought about it, and said I should ask the Rambling wife, as I thought she was not supposed to play at church until Xmas morning, but wasn't sure. She said it was fine, and I told them I could. But, the Rambling son is unhappy, because we always have our family Xmas gift opening in the 6-8PM time frame.

You don't realize 10 year-olds even know you're doing the same thing every year...but they do.

12/17/2012 02:31:00 PM

(12/17/2012 02:12:00 PM) - Al

Japan loves KFC at Xmas.

The power of marketing is an amazing thing. We have an entire segment of energy drinks that taste awful that people drink like they're chocolate syrup because they've been told they'll be cooler if they do. They should just buy No Doz and drink something that tastes good.

12/17/2012 02:12:00 PM

(12/17/2012 02:00:00 PM) - Al

As I have said in the past, I can only imagine how bad the Obamaconomy would be if not for people racing out to buy guns and ammo because they're afraid he'll ban some stuff.

12/17/2012 02:00:00 PM

(12/17/2012 01:36:00 PM) - Al


Also disgusted at the president trying to slip in politics into his CT talk. But, notice what he said. "We can do better," and then implied changes needed to be made, no specifics, because he has no idea.

He's the incumbent. He could have already passed any number of laws that, as you have pointed out, would have done nothing to stop such senseless tragedies.

He is nothing more than empty talk, and a total embarrassment as a leader. It's just lies, excess spending, and blaming others.


Well said. He reminds me of Ross Perot..."we gotta put the horse back in the barn," senseless phrases all strung together that add up to...nothing. That said, now that he's reelected, he has quite a mess to clean up. Sadly, in four years, it'll all be under the sofa.

12/17/2012 01:36:00 PM

(12/17/2012 01:27:00 PM) - Al

Joy Behar just called Nancy Lanza a "nut with a lot of guns" on The View, talking about why this massacre happened. As if it was HER fault that she, and 26 other people, were murdered, because she was a "nut with a lot of guns". And the audience? They applauded.--Cassy Chesser

Just another polite and civil liberal. Reminds me of Whoopi Goldberg insisting Roman Polanski having sex with a 12 year-old girl wasn't "rape rape."

They are not on my side. And because of that, I know I'm in the right place.

12/17/2012 01:27:00 PM

(12/17/2012 01:10:00 PM) - Al

Crew signs Donnie Murphy, a decent utility infielder who has had excellent numbers in AAA, and exactly like you'd expect from a backup INF in the bigs. More pop than your generic 2B/SS/3B reserve, I'd say he's a poor man's Cody Ransom.

Minor league contract, so he may begin the campaign as the SS in Nashville.

12/17/2012 01:10:00 PM

(12/17/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Heh. Hypocrites, one and all.

12/17/2012 11:00:00 AM

(12/17/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Wealth redistribution works by making everyone a have-not.

Taking the USA down one tax and spend decision at a time.

12/17/2012 10:00:00 AM

(12/17/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

$60B here, $60B there, pretty soon, you're talking about real money.

Embarrassment is the only word I can think of. No fiscal discipline at all, and yet insists they should take more money away from those who earn it. Just a complete lack of leadership and common sense.

I think we're looking at a $30T debt before he leaves office. Doubling it in four years is not difficult at all when you're throwing money down the toilet like he does.

Remember, they spent $1T on a "stimulus" that did not create jobs. That's almost impossible.

12/17/2012 09:00:00 AM

Sunday, December 16, 2012

(12/16/2012 07:43:00 PM) - Al

President waits until Sunday night to speak about Newton, the most watched night of TV of the week.

Starts campaign for that third term.:)

ADDED: My goodness, NBC leaves live NFL coverage. W could have flown to the 50 yard-line to speak and they would have told him to come back after the damn game was over.

ADDED: Exploiting tragedy for political gain. Sad and pathetic, right to the top. I am ashamed he is my president. 

12/16/2012 07:43:00 PM

(12/16/2012 03:43:00 PM) - Al

Using tragedy to advance their the way, CT has a strict assault weapons ban, but criminals don't follow the laws...that's why they're criminals.

Ignorance and jumping to glad these gals are not on my side. As dumb as it gets. 

12/16/2012 03:43:00 PM

(12/16/2012 03:27:00 PM) - Al

The irony is, Obama didn't even lie about this...he was just incompetent enough to believe he could release terrorists back into a variety of EuroAsian countries, and they wouldn't mind.

We all know he's clueless about terror, and doesn't even want to admit it exists as Americans lie dead in an embassy. He didn't think other nations would care...but they did.

But luckily, he'll fix all that ails healthcare.

Hee hee.

12/16/2012 03:27:00 PM

(12/16/2012 02:06:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal reports the Meys and Blue Jays have a done deal, TOR has three days to extend Dickey, or the deal is off.

I despise trades like this, as the Crew got three players for two months of Greinke, and the Mets are having trouble doing a 3 for 4 swap without an extension? Goofy.

One could argue RA is worth more with only one season of commitment remaining, as he's 38 and with limited success before last year.

12/16/2012 02:06:00 PM

(12/16/2012 02:02:00 PM) - Al

Kim Goldman sends this out. Most people with mental illness are of above average intelligence. They just don't have it together at times, and no one is sure why.

12/16/2012 02:02:00 PM

(12/16/2012 12:57:00 PM) - Al

Darrell Scott's daughter Rachel was killed at Columbine. His speech to Congress has been ignored by the old media, because it did not say the government can solve all problems and create a utopian world where evil ceases to exist. He speaks for the majority of us who aren't dumb enough to believe the ignorance spewed forth as fact.

Since the dawn of creation there has been both good &evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.

The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart.

In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA - because I don't believe that they are responsible for my daughter's death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel's murder I would be their strongest opponent

I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy -- it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.

Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You've stripped away our heritage,
You've outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question "Why?"
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!

Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation's history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact.
What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs -- politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws.
Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.

As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him.
To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA -- I give to you a sincere challenge.. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone! My daughter's death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!"--Darrell Scott
  eryone you can!

12/16/2012 12:57:00 PM

(12/16/2012 12:39:00 PM) - Al

Nate Silver is so inept at hiding his bias, it's astonishing.

12/16/2012 12:39:00 PM

(12/16/2012 11:59:00 AM) - Al

Dear Deranged Gunmen: If you're contemplating murder-suicide, how about trying the "suicide" part first?--Robert Stacy McCain

Dennis Miller said years ago that if you're thinking of harming a child in any way, you should have the courtesy to take yourself out. I can't say I disagree.

12/16/2012 11:59:00 AM

(12/16/2012 11:28:00 AM) - Al

Seriously, how can anyone call the Seattle/Buffalo game a "neutral site" when Toronto is less than a two hour drive from Buffalo?

12/16/2012 11:28:00 AM

(12/16/2012 11:24:00 AM) - Al

The NFL lines are sure moving late...Browns went from a 1 point favorite to 4 when it was announced RG3 would not play. The Cowboys were a 1-2 point underdog, and are now favored by 1, though I do not why.

12/16/2012 11:24:00 AM

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

Marlins sign Amaury Rivas to a minor league deal. Rivas pitched nicely in the Crew's system until he hit AAA, where he has been painfully unsuccessful the past couple years, about a 5 ERA with 5-6 K/9.

He's a perfect example of a guy who always got by "pitching to contact" at lower levels, and it caught up to him against the mostly AAA veterans, many of which are every bit as good as major league reserves. The most important stat for minor league arms is how many K's they get, as if they are not missing bats in A ball, better hitters will manage to make solid contact.

12/16/2012 11:11:00 AM

(12/16/2012 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Will church attendance be way up this weekend? The Rambling wife says the crowd was the norm at the Saturday night service.

As Dennis Miller so aptly put it, "No one finds Jesus on prom night."

Considering people were complaining about longer lines at security checkpoints the minute they reopened the airports after 9/11, it might be forgotten by then...48 hours is an eternity in today's world, I switched it over an hour after it happened, and I see several people on Facebook and Twitter commented today that "the news is the same thing over and over."

12/16/2012 08:30:00 AM

(12/16/2012 07:30:00 AM) - Al

Ignore the Constitution, exploit tragedies...oh to be a member of the polite and civil party. So much better than us evil folks.

By the way, I wish I knew what happened in's been three months, but, there seems to be a bit of a delay getting to the bottom of the gross incompetence. You realize, we had our military killing terrorists in the Middle East six weeks after 9/11.

Our enemies laugh themselves to sleep at night.

12/16/2012 07:30:00 AM

Saturday, December 15, 2012

(12/15/2012 10:30:00 PM) - Al

That's because the Dems do not care at all about raising revenue...they'll just spend it anyway, and who we kidding, far more (and then blame W). 

They want to punish the successful, and do so in a way that is so obvious, the 47% that don't pay a dime and still collect a check understand it. Obviously, it's very difficult for someone to understand how a "deduction" works when they pay nothing.

12/15/2012 10:30:00 PM

(12/15/2012 09:50:00 PM) - Al

Eat foods full of carbs and fiber before winter road trips. Your body requires more energy in the winter than in the summer, and you want foods that will burn energy slowly to keep you alert on icy roads.--Accuweather

We have to now prepare for driving by eating properly beforehand. The angst we pretend to have before doing routine tasks have become nearly unbearable. It's hard to believe pioneers once spent years of their life traveling westward by wagon train without the ability to make a proper protein shake using vegan approved wheat germ, raw sugar, and fresh, organic grown berries.

Tomorrow, tune in for my special report on how to properly fuel your body before you take a nap.

UPDATE: Reminds me of that old George Carlin line, "There's a magazine called Walking. How 'bout this for an article? Putting One Foot In Front Of The Other. 

12/15/2012 09:50:00 PM

(12/15/2012 05:08:00 PM) - Al

It was already illegal to kill people, bring guns on school property, for under 21 to possess a handgun. See how well laws work?--Real Crudefinder

The thought seems to be, "Well, one more would solve all our problems."


12/15/2012 05:08:00 PM

(12/15/2012 05:00:00 PM) - Al


Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to not be responsible for anything that's happened in the last four years because I'm on Australia had a convenient tumble. If she was still a good looking broad, you could say it's just like a soap opera. 

I'd call them liars and cowards, but I wouldn't want to offend untruthful cowards. Someday true patriots will spend days arguing over the unanswerable question of who the biggest disgrace was in this administration, and you know what? Noted Communist and 9/11 conspiracy nut Van Jones won't even be in the top five.

UPDATE: Help, I've fallen and I can't testify about Benghazi!

Heh, it's funny because it's true. People have been tried and found guilty of treason for less. Funny, I promise you this "fall" won't stop her from writing a book with a multi-million dollar advance. Of course, that doesn't involve being under oath. I'd avoid that too if I had their record.

Too bad the old media didn't cover the deaths of four Americans like they have the deaths of 27.

12/15/2012 05:00:00 PM

(12/15/2012 04:42:00 PM) - Al

We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.--Ronald Reagan
Casey reminds us what a great American president sounds like. 
The lack of personal responsibility has never been so apparent, as the blame for this tragedy has been pointed at everyone other than the shooter, who is getting a free pass because "of his illness."
I have no hesitation in saying I wish he would have drawn his weapon and an armed school security officer shot him dead after he resisted. I wish he would not have been allowed to wander into a school full of innocents.
We will never be able to prevent all senseless violence in a free society, but considering we do nothing to prevent them (most schools don't even have the front door locked), there would seem to be plenty of room for improvement that do not require amending the greatest document ever written, which has led to the most successful nation in the history of the planet.

12/15/2012 04:42:00 PM

(12/15/2012 02:13:00 PM) - Al

I must admit, those that think they can easily solve the issue of violence are simply living in their utopian little world, where criminal loons follow all rules and regs like a little kid hoping for a bigger dessert

12/15/2012 02:13:00 PM

(12/15/2012 11:34:00 AM) - Al

Phillies make a pair of signings, John Lannan 1y/$2.5M, plus $2.5M in incentives, and Mike Adams gets 2y/$12M, with a vesting option for year three.

Love the Lannan sign, seriously questioning how a good not great reliever who was injured to end the '12 campaign can command $6M per. The Brandon League deal has greatly raised the market on 70 decent frames. 

12/15/2012 11:34:00 AM

(12/15/2012 08:01:00 AM) - Al

I never commented on the Cards signing Ty Wigginton to a 2y/$5M deal to be a reserve 1B/3B/LF.

My comment? Oof.

1. Entering his year of 35.

2. Highest OBP since 2009? .315.

3. Overall production since 2009? .313/.404. Player A's last four years? .315/.417, he can also play 1B/3B, hits LHP pretty well, and is far younger.

3. Hasn't played 2B since 2010, has started 10 games in RF in his career. His versatility is his calling card, but he really is just a corner infielder you can plug into LF if you want.

Now, he is a decent bench bat, especially versus LHP. He might fit in at 1B or 3B in the far less valuable half of a platoon. If he was able to still play 2B, he would have made a nice platoon partner for Skip Schumacher, who SL gave away to the Dodgers last week. As is, he's overpaid and almost certainly in decline.

So is Casey McGehee (player A), who will all but certainly sign a minor league contract. Overpaying for veteran mediocrity limits what you can pay for your top line players.

12/15/2012 08:01:00 AM

(12/15/2012 07:35:00 AM) - Al

MLBTR updates the Dickey to TOR talks. If the Mets can get d'arnaud and Gose in the package, they should take it, run, and never look back. Gose is an outstanding defensive CF, young arms are golden, and RA ain't getting any younger.

The Mets are a lot closer than people realize, they were an average bullpen away from being an 83 win team, just like the Crew would have won 85-87 had their relief corps performed to their career norms.

12/15/2012 07:35:00 AM

(12/15/2012 07:29:00 AM) - Al

I don't think gun control is the answer. I think we need to look at how we treat, or ignore, the mentally ill in this country.--Todd Brunson

More government is never the answer. We all know this waste of cells ignored multiple laws and the norms of society, and the idea adding another law or two would have stopped him is folly, and proof many people simply do not think before they attempt to save the world one senseless idea at a time. Criminals ignore laws...that's why they're criminals.

I'm sure this fella "fell through the cracks" because some overpaid bureaucrat didn't want to deal with him, or claimed to be too busy filling out the plethora of forms I'm sure they require to justify their paychecks.  The fact no one wants to even discuss it proves to me how big this problem is.

The best thought I've had thus far is to privatize mental health care and pay them solely on two criteria...crime stats and employment rates. Most of all, we need to lose the stigma that many of these loons (and I mean no disrespect by the term loons, some folks are just unbalanced) do not often belong under lock and key. One of my good friends from Eau Claire lost her mom when she was stabbed in a parking lot by "some guy off his meds," and no one batted an eye or said we needed to add more laws limiting sharp kitchen/camping equipment.

Because that would have been stupid. Think about it.

12/15/2012 07:29:00 AM

(12/15/2012 07:06:00 AM) - Al

Possible newly configured Big 12:

Existing members--Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Baylor, Texas Tech, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, West Virginia

Possible future additions from demise of the Big East--Cincinnati, Memphis, SMU, Houston, Boise State, Tulane

Possible future additions from elsewhere--Colorado State (Mountain West); Texas El Paso, Texas San Antonio, North Texas, Louisiana Tech (Conference USA

With the seven basketball only, private Catholic schools announcing they are leaving the Big East by 2015, it seems like a perfect opportunity for the Big 12 to add some fine schools to their conference and make it a stronger force. The irony is, as recently as the summer of '11, there was doubt there would be a Big 12. Now, they appear to be in a position of strength, especially if they put together their own network or expand their deal with Fox Sports.

And no, I'm not sure why the survival and thriving of the future Big 12 matters to me.:)

12/15/2012 07:06:00 AM

Friday, December 14, 2012

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

RA Dickey on his way to TOR for a package including young P Travis d'arnaud.

I'm not a big fan of knuckleballers myself, as they often have blowup starts where they just don't have it, which devastate a bullpen.Add in the fact RA is 38, I'd have trouble giving up any young prospect of note...though he'd make a fine FA pickup on a 1-2 season contract.

12/14/2012 07:14:00 PM

(12/14/2012 07:02:00 PM) - Al

Ben Brust just tweeted he's glad to be home for the weekend, meaning his home in IL where he's from.

I wonder if they even had practice today, might be getting a three day weekend, a rare gift indeed during the season (course, they might have had practice this morning and again Sunday night). They are off until next Saturday game wise because of finals, though back when I was in college, I always had a class or two that didn't have a final, so I rarely had more than a couple (I often had a paper due instead of a final).

12/14/2012 07:02:00 PM

(12/14/2012 06:55:00 PM) - Al

I picked up a few groceries at Wal Mart today, but decided against shopping "the other side" of the store, as I had promised the Rambling son we could rent a video game and didn't want to keep him waiting when he got home. It was packed, and full of elderly, slow movers. A couple folks loudly voiced their displeasure, and I just shook my head...they have no idea how fortunate they are. Remember the old Louis CK line...everything is amazing, and nobody is happy

So, I still have a few things to get, so I figure I will go right away tomorrow morning, before it gets too hectic. For those of you shopping, I assume it will be the busiest day of the year tomorrow, and the peak will be 12-5, with about 90% of the action taking place between  10-8. I worked last Saturday, and thought it was funny a couple people commented about 6:30 "they thought it would be busier." Saturday evenings tend to be slow because people make other plans; dinner, movies, friends, etc.I always have laughed to myself how people just abandon their carts in the store when it's busy...I took up about two dozen last Saturday myself, as a former retail manager, I notice them and get them out of the way/back up front.

Speaking of movies, The Hobbit looks as if it will break records for the largest opening ever in December, $13M last night at midnight, and huge matinee crowds today, estimates are for $115-130M for the weekend.

12/14/2012 06:55:00 PM

(12/14/2012 06:20:00 PM) - Al

I guess the shooter was unaware there was a gun ban in the building he shot up.

A Facebook friend just posted this, but it's true. There is nothing more ignorant than putting a sticker on a door and then wondering why a psycho bent on destruction didn't pay attention.

12/14/2012 06:20:00 PM

(12/14/2012 06:15:00 PM) - Al

Brilliant quote on limiting law abiding citizens from arming themselves.

Said almost a century ago.

12/14/2012 06:15:00 PM

(12/14/2012 05:40:00 PM) - Al

Criminals won't exactly abide by "gun laws."--Dan Fleyschman

The Rambling wife said pretty much the same thing when she arrived home. We have laws against murder, folks, they don't matter when you have a fella that's plumb nuts.  

12/14/2012 05:40:00 PM

(12/14/2012 04:14:00 PM) - Al

First thing I think of whenever I hear of something like this...too bad someone didn't shoot him as soon as pulled a gun or made the first shot.

I'm not the only one.

12/14/2012 04:14:00 PM

(12/14/2012 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Today is the Rambling dad's birthday. Those who are not new to Ramblings know that he passed away several years ago.

It's funny how strange thoughts enter your mind as you recall things. I know I always thought that Xmas was right around the corner when Dad's birthday arrived. I also recall we always had a pecan pie in lieu of a birthday cake. I have often thought back to my dad as I worked at places that were; well, to be kind, poorly run, from the very top all the way down.

He was a hard working fella who was always his own boss, who ran his own business from as far back as I can recall. There were many times I would softly chuckle to myself and wonder if he would just turn in his keys and say, "What a disaster this company is!" But, I knew that he would probably take a deep breath and realize that you gotta do what you gotta do.

For whatever reason, I always think of what a neighbor said at his funeral. We had collected many pictures taken of Dad over the years, most from various family events, though one pic was of him in what was a familiar place to most who knew him, driving a tractor.. My dad was never comfortable in a shirt and tie, heck, not even in a tucked in polo shirt; so unlike myself, who is oddly at home in a tie, Dad was not. The neighbor remarked he had trouble even finding Dad in most pictures, as he looked so out of place. He said that picture of him on the tractor was perfect, because "that's the Bob I knew." He then added that was the first time the death had really hit home to him, the first time it seemed real. Even though Dad had been retired for years, it seemed like just yesterday when he had driven by and waved to him as he worked in the fields.

Sadly, the Rambling son doesn't have much memory of Dad, and worse, the one memory he does have is being afraid of Dad's oxygen tubes. Of course, he's lucky to have both his other grandparents, as well as his great-grandparents on the Rambling wife's side.

12/14/2012 03:30:00 PM

(12/14/2012 01:56:00 PM) - Al

Ben Brust doing a tour of the WI "locker room" on FSW's weekly show.

I realize boosters pay for this stuff, but my goodness, it must be on par or better than even what the Brewers or Bucks have. Restaurant quality buffet area, huge film room with theater seating and comfy chairs, and a locker big enough for a person to curl up in.

12/14/2012 01:56:00 PM

(12/14/2012 01:49:00 PM) - Al

Penn Jillette apologized for sending out "silly pictures" on his Twitter because he was unaware of the CT shooting.

I certainly don't find it insensitive to say or do humorous stuff after a tragic event, heck, I switched over to TBS to watch many times do you need to see the same footage over and over?

12/14/2012 01:49:00 PM

(12/14/2012 01:39:00 PM) - Al

This shooting rivals the massacres at Virginia Tech in 2007 where 32 people were killed and at Columbine High School in 1999 where 13 were gunned down.

Wow, I sure don't remember VT having 32 dead, I would have guessed 6. 

12/14/2012 01:39:00 PM

(12/14/2012 12:31:00 PM) - Al

Tragic school shooting in CT, 27 dead, 18 of them children.

Supposedly, the shooter (who is dead) was a parent of one of a child in the school. ABC cut into The Chew, and they are pointing out there is basically no security whatsoever at elementary schools anywhere in the US.

Could the shooting have been prevented by having better (some) security? No idea, but it couldn't have hurt.

12/14/2012 12:31:00 PM

(12/14/2012 11:34:00 AM) - Al

I watched Ted last night, and am watching the commentary right now. Absolutely hilarious film. Might well be the funniest movie I've seen since There's Something About Mary.

12/14/2012 11:34:00 AM

(12/14/2012 10:30:00 AM) - Al

USA Today tells it like it is...hmmm, it sounds almost exactly like what I've heard someone else say...oh yeah, that's the voice inside my head.

12/14/2012 10:30:00 AM

(12/14/2012 10:23:00 AM) - Al

Heyman reporting Annibal Sanchez agrees to a 5y/$80M deal with Tigers.

Of course, he agreed to a deal with the Cubs yesterday, but then supposedly went back to DET and gave them a chance to beat it, as the Cubs prepared the written offer to fax to him.

12/14/2012 10:23:00 AM

Thursday, December 13, 2012

(12/13/2012 11:35:00 PM) - Al

I admit, I think Doug is far from done, though he may well wait until the new year to see "who is left" after the big spenders fill their rosters.

Again, as I often do, I'm just using math. The Crew is somewhere around $65M in payroll right now, and if they fill their roster up with minimum wage players, they'll be under $70M. If they sign a couple relievers at a market rate and spend $5M or so, that would put them at about $73M (trust me on the addition, I'm not going to explain it). I just don't see them going into the '13 season that far under their publicly stated $80M estimate.

Could be a trade, could be a FA. But there will be more additions.

12/13/2012 11:35:00 PM

(12/13/2012 09:39:00 PM) - Al

If you don't believe in right to work, you're either union, biased, or both.

It's just math. I said the same thing four years ago, and they argued Obama would make it work. It hasn't, and now they still try and blame W. It ain't W who increased spending like a madman and has us on the brink of an economic meltdown. It's the spending, stupid.

12/13/2012 09:39:00 PM

(12/13/2012 09:07:00 PM) - Al

He's not one of us.

That's the phrase that should lead to Parker's immediate dismissal. He's a racist that has decided that racism is fine, because he's a black man and can get away with it.

12/13/2012 09:07:00 PM

(12/13/2012 08:59:00 PM) - Al

Her problem is not at all that she's pudgy, as the truth is, she just doesn't fit the norm of the far too skinny that the fashion industry trots out. She's gorgeous, but she should come with two weeks of antibiotics.

12/13/2012 08:59:00 PM

(12/13/2012 04:52:00 PM) - Al

For some of us, race means nothing.

But for some, race is everything. To some, RG3 just ain't black enough. Three guesses what party he belongs to?

Some folks are simply on the wrong side of history.

12/13/2012 04:52:00 PM

(12/13/2012 03:52:00 PM) - Al

Violence and intimidation is fine when they are union or far-left Occupy wackos.

However, groups that gather peacefully because they believe in (gasp) spending less than the tax dollars collected, with no violence ever reported at one of their get togethers...they are evil, terrible people.

Lessons I've learned from the old media for $800, Alex.

May you live in interesting times. And yes, it's funny because it's true.

12/13/2012 03:52:00 PM

(12/13/2012 03:04:00 PM) - Al

Mike Adams could sign in the next couple of days, Jayson Stark reports. The Nationals, Blue Jays, Phillies, Rangers, Cubs, White Sox, Angels and Brewers have been linked to the free agent reliever.--MLBTR

12/13/2012 03:04:00 PM

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