Al's Ramblings

Thursday, January 31, 2013

(1/31/2013 08:57:00 PM) - Al

Badgers' women upset #7 ranked Penn State at he Kohl Center.

3200 saw the shocker. 

1/31/2013 08:57:00 PM

(1/31/2013 06:35:00 PM) - Al

This is hilarious because:

1. The unions never read Obamacare until now?

2. They didn't think they'd be forced to follow the same rules as everyone else?

3. Both.

1/31/2013 06:35:00 PM

(1/31/2013 06:29:00 PM) - Al

I've heard this said numerous times. Of course, as a former pizza guy, if you can't afford the tip, you should be eating somewhere else.

I've written notes on the credit card slip before thanking wait staff for good service, but only if they're cute, of course.

1/31/2013 06:29:00 PM

(1/31/2013 05:05:00 PM) - Al

Jason e-mails me and asks if this is satire.

I'd like to think so, but I don't believe it is. It is, however, why I never go to that site...because my brain is functioning.

Note he never once even considers that a team like the Yankees could afford to do just this, and still doesn't, because it's so ignorant.

1/31/2013 05:05:00 PM

(1/31/2013 04:59:00 PM) - Al

Ted Cruz to Hagel: I don't know you. We've never met. I have never talked to you. But you hate Israel.--Michelle Fields

Beginning to love Cruz just for his ability to get quoted, and his seeming love of capitalism and defending American interests. Romney could have used some of his fire and catchphrases. 

1/31/2013 04:59:00 PM

(1/31/2013 04:52:00 PM) - Al

Most of us pointed this out then...who else can afford to sit around all day doing drugs? Unemployed rich kids, who don't think the law pertains to them, hence the drug use, sexual assaults, and vandalism that marked the Occupy movement, regardless of the old media's attempts to cover it up.

I am also very proud of the fact I said very early on it would not last one day after it got cold out...and sure enough, it died a cruel death the second the temps got the least bit uncomfortable...even in the warm climates, it died during the holiday season, because they had parties to go to, free booze to drink, and video games to play.

1/31/2013 04:52:00 PM

(1/31/2013 04:43:00 PM) - Al

Having roast beef tonight, been in the slow cooker all day. It's from the Rambling in-laws, so it has a bone in the middle (I refuse to buy roasts or steak with a bone, because I don't like paying for something I cannot eat). I just took the bone out and let it sit in a bowl of water for a few minutes, then gave it to the Rambling dog. It's too big, he can't really pick it up, so he's pushing it around the kitchen, cursing the day we got rid of our carpeting.

1/31/2013 04:43:00 PM

(1/31/2013 04:39:00 PM) - Al

Free marketing...Bucks bring back old uniforms and 90's pricing for February home games. $6 seats in the upper level behind the baskets...that's mighty impressive, especially on the weekend games.

You're welcome, NBA franchise.

1/31/2013 04:39:00 PM

(1/31/2013 03:30:00 PM) - Al

You'll have to tell me why the government is involved in making loans to young adults that have no possible means of repayment at all, at interest rates far below market. Simply put, if you want to borrow money to go to school, go to the bank. And yes, I'm aware they're not going to give them a loan. Then the taxpayers shouldn't either.

What we basically have here is a gigantic ponzi scheme to support colleges and those who depend on the educational field to make an above average living. Not to mention government grants, which is a more pathetic, direct version of the above, which has led directly to tuition going up several times the rate of inflation, because as we all know, the government is a never ending wallet...because that's exactly what the left sees the taxpayers as.

These should end, or be scaled down to nothing, yesterday. It's tough love, but the deficit is not going away by continuing to pay students to drink heavily, delay adult responsibilities for a half-decade or more, and major in complete fraudulent programs like Creative Writing, Women's Studies, Art History, or Religion.

1/31/2013 03:30:00 PM

(1/31/2013 02:30:00 PM) - Al

With luck, maybe someday, we will learn to be as polite and civil as those on the left.

Note the lack of outcry from the old media. The silence is deafening.

1/31/2013 02:30:00 PM

(1/31/2013 01:30:00 PM) - Al

All about Groundhog Day (the movie, not the pretend holiday).

1. I know this was on Netflix, but it expires either today or tomorrow, so I assume it's on TBS or TNT this weekend.

2. I had no idea that supposedly 10 years (or thousands, according to director Harold Ramis) went by. I thought it was more like six months, tops.

1/31/2013 01:30:00 PM

(1/31/2013 11:24:00 AM) - Al

Wyoming ain't going to bother if the feds ever manage to pass another gun law.

1/31/2013 11:24:00 AM

(1/31/2013 11:17:00 AM) - Al

Alfredo Figaro and agent Barry Praver negotiated a departure from Figaro's Japanese team so could sign him.--Adam,

Good for them. Figaro signed and invited to spring training.

1/31/2013 11:17:00 AM

(1/31/2013 10:54:00 AM) - Al

46% of the market is too much?

I think they need a new definition of monopoly. I'm sure several companies have far more than half their market.

1/31/2013 10:54:00 AM

(1/31/2013 10:48:00 AM) - Al

We're in the best of hands.

1/31/2013 10:48:00 AM

(1/31/2013 10:45:00 AM) - Al

Just discovered the Rambling family missed the first episode of Survivor last night, and the DVR's didn't catch it either because each season has to be programmed in separately.

Shows you how little we watch CBS, I had no idea, and neither did anyone else.

EDIT: Jason writes to say it doesn't premiere until 2/13. Funny, several people have said they missed it, and if you google it, it says it is on tonight, from 17 hours ago. 

1/31/2013 10:45:00 AM

(1/31/2013 09:50:00 AM) - Al

I realize Seinfeld is not hurting for cash, but he doesn't have to do stuff like this, but he does. I assume he still lives in the New York City area, so he doesn't even have to go on the road, but I promise you, most don't bother.

1/31/2013 09:50:00 AM

(1/31/2013 09:30:00 AM) - Al

So, Piers Morgan, how's that far-left stance working out for you?

Ooh...never mind.

I had to look it up, Logo is a channel that aims for alternative lifestyles, available in 41M homes...CNN is in over 100M. Painful.

1/31/2013 09:30:00 AM

(1/31/2013 09:25:00 AM) - Al

Was just thinking of the fact that every time scientists go into the deep jungle or rainforest of South America, they find hundreds of species they never knew existed. A previously thought uninhabited section of Siberia is now found to have people living there, completely cut off from the world (and they got along just fine, even without the FDA to save them from, you know, bacon and not knowing the current food pyramid).

But yet, many believe there is, without a single doubt mind you, that the temperature is one-half of one degree warmer cooler different than it was 150 years ago, and that is the reason behind every bad weather event...and it's all directly related to man polluting the skies with the result of hard work and industry.

And when you remind them the Ice Age occurred ages ago, before any of this advancement, and was infinitely more of a catastrophic happening than anything since the Industrial get a dumb look and a "So?!"

They remind me of the folks who burned witches at the stake because they knew better than us buffoons who wrote off stuff as coincidence and good fortune. Always beware of those who insist they understand things far better than us simpletons who just would let the free market take care of things unless it was limiting someone's rights.

1/31/2013 09:25:00 AM

(1/31/2013 09:09:00 AM) - Al

Biden's gun expertise is lacking.

He should have asked the president, who I hear is a freaking gun aficionado (and truthfully, pretty much an expert on everything).

1/31/2013 09:09:00 AM

(1/31/2013 08:57:00 AM) - Al

It reminds me of the time he bowled and managed a 35ish score.

My guess is, he's just become so used to stretching the truth, changing the story to fit the required scenario (we had no idea those were terrorists, even though we did), it's just second nature at this point.

Me, I'm not a gun guy at all, but I do respect the Constitution and the freedoms it stands for. And you know what? I've never gone skeet shooting.

1/31/2013 08:57:00 AM

(1/31/2013 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Fascinating story of a Siberian family who never knew World War 2 took place, as they were 150 miles from their neighbors.

1/31/2013 08:30:00 AM

(1/31/2013 08:10:00 AM) - Al


Who would have guessed people would be laid off when taxes skyrocketed on business owners?


1/31/2013 08:10:00 AM

(1/31/2013 05:30:00 AM) - Al

I'm shocked that ESPN feels there are enough people that care about Mexico's soccer team to broadcast them, but I assume this says more about our border security than most of us would like to think.

1/31/2013 05:30:00 AM

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

(1/30/2013 10:53:00 PM) - Al

This is exactly what I said. They seem intent on banning guns that look icky, regardless of common sense.

It's not the guns, it's the assault on freedom. Every move they make eliminates what made America great, and cripples the already fragile economy. Oh, and spends more money they do not have.

1/30/2013 10:53:00 PM

(1/30/2013 10:36:00 PM) - Al

Casey sends in this link on Jeff Cirillo raising money for animal shelters.

Good for him. My buddy turns 17 soon, and I would never dream of going anywhere but a shelter for a pet.

1/30/2013 10:36:00 PM

(1/30/2013 10:14:00 PM) - Al

What do you call a liberal male union thug vs. a conservative woman? A fair fight.

Heh. Comment after a KS female politician tweeted out that ladies were being told to take precautions after they vote to eliminate collective bargaining tomorrow, such as removing name tags and walking with a male escort.

After the vandalism and destruction in WI and MI, I'd say they should all have security of some sort.

1/30/2013 10:14:00 PM

(1/30/2013 10:07:00 PM) - Al

As expected, Brewers watched Mark Lowe throw today in Arizona, per Jerry Crasnick. Also there was Ryan Rowland-Smith and Kip Wells.

1/30/2013 10:07:00 PM

(1/30/2013 08:10:00 PM) - Al

Cool Ranch tacos?


1/30/2013 08:10:00 PM

(1/30/2013 07:19:00 PM) - Al

It's just common sense...CA will end up receiving far less in taxes than they will gain, because people will move. Not sure why people fail to understand this simple fact.

1/30/2013 07:19:00 PM

(1/30/2013 06:20:00 PM) - Al

The left doesn't even pretend to hide their racism anymore.

1/30/2013 06:20:00 PM

(1/30/2013 04:44:00 PM) - Al

Report card day for the Rambling son, I wish they'd give out grades instead of numbers and codes, having to look at what everything is makes it a cumbersome experience.

Odd too is how inconsistent they seem to be, for instance, in math he went down in several subcategories, but overall, went from a 3 to a 4.

1/30/2013 04:44:00 PM

(1/30/2013 03:20:00 PM) - Al

Watched Jim Jeffries latest special on Netflix. Ouch. First half had some good laughs, second half unfunny.

1/30/2013 03:20:00 PM

(1/30/2013 02:37:00 PM) - Al

The Times seems to have different rules for liberals?

I, for one, am shocked.

That's why I don't read the Times, and struggle to wonder why anyone takes it seriously.

1/30/2013 02:37:00 PM

(1/30/2013 02:22:00 PM) - Al

The future of TV begins tomorrow, which Netflix releasing all 13 episodes of House of Cards, a political drama starring Kevin Spacey.

I'm not sure why they are doing it this way, I think they'd gain a lot more buzz by releasing one episode a week for 13 weeks, but they'll figure this out. They will be releasing new episodes of Arrested Development soon.

1/30/2013 02:22:00 PM

(1/30/2013 12:35:00 PM) - Al

We need more controls on aerosol cans.

Obviously, this was just a time bomb as long as anyone can buy them without a thorough background check and waiting period.

1/30/2013 12:35:00 PM

(1/30/2013 11:53:00 AM) - Al

I have less than no interest, and I can't believe ESPN telecasts them.

1/30/2013 11:53:00 AM

(1/30/2013 11:48:00 AM) - Al

Still safer in a war zone than Chicago.

Tightest gun control around. Funny how that works. 

1/30/2013 11:48:00 AM

(1/30/2013 11:44:00 AM) - Al

KFC and others are promoting their chicken wings for Sunday, and I have to wonder how far ahead they start making those up, as you know there's no way they can keep up once the rush hits.

1/30/2013 11:44:00 AM

(1/30/2013 11:37:00 AM) - Al

Rick Santelli tells it like it is.

Call it what you like, but we spend far too much and don't believe in capitalism anymore. We've been laughing at Europe for this backwards thinking for decades.

1/30/2013 11:37:00 AM

(1/30/2013 11:28:00 AM) - Al


I actually expected this to happen in the first quarter of '13, when the Obamacare tax hikes hit. Funny how business thinks ahead.

1/30/2013 11:28:00 AM

(1/30/2013 11:26:00 AM) - Al

Yeah, I can't figure out how this happened...

I'm sure Dan Rather sits up nights wondering how that fake W info made it on the air too. It's pretty easy when people hide the truth and falsify "news."

1/30/2013 11:26:00 AM

(1/30/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Losing stings, but bigger picture is that the have played five top-15 teams in 18 days... And gone toe-to-toe with every one.--Badgers' PR

They're a gritty group, like always. You can't have a bad stretch versus a team as good as Ohio State, you need 40 solid minutes, and UW played 35 or so. The Big Ten is the best conference is the country, and it shows.

1/30/2013 09:00:00 AM

(1/30/2013 12:03:00 AM) - Al

Brandon Jennings tweets out that the Bucks are stuck in Detroit. Game tomorrow night versus Chicago, normally, they'd be home or nearly home by now. Not good for rest.

1/30/2013 12:03:00 AM

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

(1/29/2013 10:07:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son is excited about a snow day tomorrow. Not canceled yet, not even a delay, but plenty of snow in the forecast.

EDIT: Only two districts have canceled, but we have 4-8 inches with 40 mph winds forecast. I think they're just fooling themselves. 

1/29/2013 10:07:00 PM

(1/29/2013 10:04:00 PM) - Al

Casey asks if I have seen this...I have, but I don't think it is technically correct...shortage implies empty shelves, this is a supply issue, and hence, the price has risen, and demand has predictably slowed down.

For my money, chicken wings are too messy anyway. I make them once in a while on the grill, and sit by myself at the kitchen table and eat, with a roll of paper towels. We always order the "boneless" version when we're out. 

1/29/2013 10:04:00 PM

(1/29/2013 09:57:00 PM) - Al

While Detroit was scoring their first 28 points, Milwaukee scored 13. Then while Detroit scored their NEXT 28 points, the Bucks scored 72.--Anaheim Amigos

Wow. While it is a game of momentum, 72-28 is quite a run.

1/29/2013 09:57:00 PM

(1/29/2013 09:20:00 PM) - Al

I'm shocked at how much of the map is covered with Cowboys and Steelers colors. Everywhere you look, there's a patch of yellow, in AL, CA, HA, and so on.

Click on the map for a bigger view.

1/29/2013 09:20:00 PM

(1/29/2013 08:39:00 PM) - Al

Bucks up 25 in the 4th quarter, Sam Dalembert playing far more than usual...that would seem to spark trade talk, as he is a competent big man and his contract expires after the season.

1/29/2013 08:39:00 PM

(1/29/2013 07:25:00 PM) - Al

News breaking that Andy Cooper has been caught once again reporting fiction as news.

I, for one, am shocked.

You don't need anymore proof that the old media leans far to the left than the fact he's still working.

EDIT: MSNBC deserves most of the blame, but Andy tweeted out lies, and then deleted them when challenged. 

EDIT 2: How many times are they going to get caught editing and calling it news? Then, when Hillary lies and asks what's the big deal an ambassador is dead, they ignore it and report fiction?

May you live in interesting times.

1/29/2013 07:25:00 PM

(1/29/2013 06:41:00 PM) - Al

The funny thing is not that universities are incredibly far-left, but that when presented with the facts, they still deny it.

1/29/2013 06:41:00 PM

(1/29/2013 06:09:00 PM) - Al

Coyote Ugly founder says entire business is built on "booze and beautiful women."

Simple ideas are usually best.

1/29/2013 06:09:00 PM

(1/29/2013 12:26:00 PM) - Al

Alex Gonzalez gets $1.5M from Brewers plus the chance to earn nearly $1 million in performance bonuses.--Rosenthal

I don't dislike it, as Alex is probably as good as many guys who were signed to a big league deal, but I don't think he's much better than Bianchi, who is supposedly out of options and has a far higher ceiling.

EDIT: Adam seems to assume this is a major league deal, while I figured it would be a minor league contract with an opt-out of late March. If it is a major league deal, a 40 man spot will have to be cleared. 

1/29/2013 12:26:00 PM

(1/29/2013 12:18:00 PM) - Al

The great thing about this is, there was no fake success one moved the basket or whatever, which is common in our "everyone wins" world.

Years ago, when we lived in the Twin Cities, they had a story about a high school kid named Adam Brown, who would forever be known as Downtown Adam Brown, who I think was the manager of his team, and they let him play in a game and he drilled several 3's, if memory serves. I have googled that before but have never located the piece, sadly, I think it was pre-internet, or at least pre-internet is so common as to be considered a must have.

1/29/2013 12:18:00 PM

(1/29/2013 11:11:00 AM) - Al

Random stat of the day: Monta Ellis has the highest scoring average (19.4ppg) among active players without an All-Star berth.--Jim Paschke

Great offensive players are few and far between. That's why scorers are taken first, and defensive wizards often don't even get a chance to tryout. 

1/29/2013 11:11:00 AM

(1/29/2013 10:51:00 AM) - Al

I think this is great news. Nothing against high school hockey, of course.

We used to have a "math team," though a neighboring district always dominated. Anything that can make learning fun.

1/29/2013 10:51:00 AM

(1/29/2013 10:37:00 AM) - Al

I, for one, am shocked.

You don't delay testimony for months and then yell at the questioners because you're being truthful.

1/29/2013 10:37:00 AM

(1/29/2013 09:50:00 AM) - Al

More on Super Bowl prop bets. Long read, but entertaining, especially if you're stuck in traffic on your way to Gambler's Anonymous.

1/29/2013 09:50:00 AM

Monday, January 28, 2013

(1/28/2013 08:51:00 PM) - Al

Bogut didn't just play, he looked great...12 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks. If he can do that, no one is going to want to play the Warriors in the playoffs.

1/28/2013 08:51:00 PM

(1/28/2013 08:00:00 PM) - Al

First of all, I can't believe they're making the Vikings' stadium fit baseball into it, instead of just making a superb football stadium.

Secondly, I'd say 295 feet down the line is going to lead to a bandbox in the college game, though college baseball is hardly enough of a worry to me to concern myself with.

1/28/2013 08:00:00 PM

(1/28/2013 06:00:00 PM) - Al

Office Established to Close Gitmo -- Closes.--Drudge

He had such brilliant plans, too bad they were so stupid. 

1/28/2013 06:00:00 PM

(1/28/2013 05:43:00 PM) - Al

Someone needs to tell him he can't run anymore, and introduced him to a TV screen.

Taxpayer's money means nothing to him.

1/28/2013 05:43:00 PM

(1/28/2013 05:39:00 PM) - Al

If you want to vote for Dems, they can bring you the same success they brought Detroit.--Ted Cruz

Truth like this is exactly what the GOP needs more of. Chris Christie is so good at it, that's one reason we love him so. 

1/28/2013 05:39:00 PM

(1/28/2013 05:00:00 PM) - Al

I'd go to funerals more often if they were like this.

As an amateur futurist, I often look at 50-500 years ahead and ponder how things will be the same or different. I have no doubt that in a century or two, assisted suicide will be a business just like plastic surgery is today, and funerals will be completely different. How, I'm not sure. I would guess, however, they'll be far more like the link than a somber occasion.

1/28/2013 05:00:00 PM

(1/28/2013 04:52:00 PM) - Al

Just went from a canceled flight in Milwaukee at 11am, to a ride to Chicago, to a 4pm flight in Chicago, to another 2 hour delay--John Axford

This hurts the Brewers and Bucks in battles for free agents. If you play in a bigger market, your a flight away from home, or in a regional hub like Denver or Atlanta. In Milwaukee, you're not flying home on a day off and returning the morning of your next game without headaches like Axford is experiencing. Add that to the cold, and it's a mighty tough sell. 

1/28/2013 04:52:00 PM

(1/28/2013 04:47:00 PM) - Al

Ramirez had a tremendous year for a 3B, as Adam points out.

1/28/2013 04:47:00 PM

(1/28/2013 04:10:00 PM) - Al

Interesting thought, I wonder if Kam Loe or KRod would be welcomed back to the fold if either said they would sign a minor league contract. KRod, especially, has had no mentions at all, and was his usual self except for a six week stint, when he was probably less than 100% physically.

KRod also has that domestic abuse arrest hanging over his head, which in addition to his arrest years ago when he was with the Mets, probably has at least half the teams in MLB not considering him.

At this point, a minor league contract with an early opt-out date is probably as good as it's going to get. Loe might still get a 1-2 year deal, but KRod is going to be limited. Even Parra has been scarcely mentioned, odd for a lefty who throws hard. 

Adam should ask Doug if any of the former relievers are still being discussed, or if they've been told "they'd have a better chance with another team."

1/28/2013 04:10:00 PM

(1/28/2013 04:04:00 PM) - Al

First part about Brewers, but Crew also was linked to Mark Lowe months ago.

1/28/2013 04:04:00 PM

(1/28/2013 03:11:00 PM) - Al

The Blackhawks should be commended for doing this, and other organizations should be asked why they do not do the same.

I seem to recall another NHL team, maybe the Flyers, is known for a spirited version of the anthem as well.

EDIT: Nope, I was thinking of the Blackhawks, as this is the one they are best known for.

Philly plays a tape of Kate Smith singing God Bless America rather than the anthem.

1/28/2013 03:11:00 PM

(1/28/2013 03:03:00 PM) - Al

A look and analysis at the Super Bowl prop bets.

If the national anthem takes anywhere near that long, Keys should be arrested on the spot. 

1/28/2013 03:03:00 PM

(1/28/2013 02:53:00 PM) - Al

Dominos extends $7.99 large three topping deal to M-Th, as it was just M-W.

It seems like they'd be overwhelmed with business if they did this seven days a week. I am sure they've run the math, but I think they should try it for a couple weeks and reconsider.

1/28/2013 02:53:00 PM

(1/28/2013 02:29:00 PM) - Al

One has to wonder if Cedeno was one of the infielders the Crew said they were talking to.

No SS that thinks he should be starting is going to sign in MIL unless they have no chances elsewhere, as Segura played well and will have a long leash. I love Theriot myself, as he is a fine OBP man and a nice guy to have as a PH late in the game. Other than that, Alex Gonzalez is about it.

1/28/2013 02:29:00 PM

(1/28/2013 02:18:00 PM) - Al

I have nothing against Overbay (I have nothing against any player with major league experience on a minor league deal), but as a LH hitter who can only play 1B, he's far from ideal. As a PH/reserve 1B for a couple months, which would allow Morris and Green time at AAA, he's not a bad fit.

1/28/2013 02:18:00 PM

(1/28/2013 02:01:00 PM) - Al

Brewers' medical staff seems to be among the best in the game. When other teams start letting you take care of their players, that's quite a compliment.

1/28/2013 02:01:00 PM

(1/28/2013 01:40:00 PM) - Al

In theory, I agree with Glenn, in a perfect world 19 makes perfect sense to me. That said, I would never change it, as I do not want the blood on my hands, and neither does anyone currently in office.

1/28/2013 01:40:00 PM

(1/28/2013 01:37:00 PM) - Al

Trying to do some work online to be certified by a company and do an online exam the state requires...stuck, told to call the "sales office." I call...the woman says the only person that can help me is on a conference call, and she'll put me into her voice mail.

What would happen if this woman was sick all week? One person in an entire company is the only one that can help me?

1/28/2013 01:37:00 PM

(1/28/2013 01:34:00 PM) - Al

Government at its finest.

1/28/2013 01:34:00 PM

(1/28/2013 12:07:00 PM) - Al

Obama didn't get as many votes in '12 as McCain received in '08. The anger and disgust just didn't show itself at the polls, they stayed home. Why? I don't know. Pretending there's a huge majority when it's just over 50% is just marketing, and ignorant at that.

1/28/2013 12:07:00 PM

(1/28/2013 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Obama not ending hot breakfast to US troops in Afghanistan, related to drawdowns.

Even he isn't that unaware.

1/28/2013 09:30:00 AM

Sunday, January 27, 2013

(1/27/2013 08:27:00 PM) - Al

I have no sympathy for those who commit crimes, and do not think letting them out where they cannot commit more crimes is a way to reduce crime.

We're not talking about folks who tear the tags off mattresses. They're serious, hard core criminals, who are in the right place.

1/27/2013 08:27:00 PM

(1/27/2013 08:21:00 PM) - Al

The were back at it today prepping for No. 14 Ohio State. UW will face a top-15 team for the 5th time in 6 games.--Badgers' PR

A couple points here. One, they usually take Sunday off, though I'm sure it's not the first time their schedule has been changed due to a tough game Monday or Tuesday. Dick Bennett once said he never practiced on Sunday because of consistency and the religious nature of the day...if you recall, Jon Bryant came to Madison in part because of this, as he was LDS and preferred not to perform on Sunday, though he made exceptions for the 4-5 Sundays they played for the year or two he was around.

Two...that's a mighty tough run of games, isn't it? I watched a lot of Illini/Michigan today, and while the Wolverines are tough, and vastly superior; very long and very athletic, IL could have been right in it had they hit open 3's. And that's the "easy" road game this week.

1/27/2013 08:21:00 PM

(1/27/2013 07:22:00 PM) - Al

I asked whether there there was any scenario in which Kyle Lohse, who remains a free agent, fits the Brewers’ plan.

“There’s always a chance,” Attanasio said. “Again, it’s a function of size of contract, length of contract. Kyle had a phenomenal two seasons the last two seasons. We just have to see if that fits in our overall scheme.”
When asked whether the Brewers had been in contact with Lohse’s agent, Scott Boras, Attanasio said only that, “Doug is in the office every day … and is in touch with all the agents, all the general managers.”

Besides a financial commitment to Lohse, the Brewers would have to forefeit their first-round Draft pick (No. 17 overall) to the Cardinals, who made a qualifying offer to Lohse. That sounded like less of an impediment to Attanasio than the dollars.

“The draft pick compensation, I think you have to look at the whole picture,” Attanasio said. “We’ve given up picks before, and when we got CC [Sabathia] and we got Zack [Greinke], we gave up more than draft compensation — we gave up ready-to-go young players. This season, we’re mindful of the fact that if we do add some pieces, we may have to give up some young players.

“So, the draft pick compensation hasn’t been as big an item for us in looking at this as it’s been for other teams. We’ve got the No. 17 pick. We’ve done some good things with that level of pick, but I’m mindful that we drafted Ryan Braun No. 5 and Prince Fielder No. 7 and Rickie Weeks No. 2.”

Almost any team would happily sign Lohse for 1y/$10M. Considering Dempster got 2y/$26M, I can't imagine him ending up with less than that. I imagine some team will have a SP go down right away, and Kyle will end up with 3y/$40M, or more.

1/27/2013 07:22:00 PM

(1/27/2013 06:29:00 PM) - Al

Transparency! Admin legally required to release qrtrly stimulus report hasn’t done so since 6/11.--Powers That Be

Let me sum it up...they spent $1T, and accomplished nothing.

It ain't a revenue problem. 

1/27/2013 06:29:00 PM

(1/27/2013 05:22:00 PM) - Al

You don't even need to look at what party the guy represents, do you?

By the way, Obama says the old media leans far too much to the right.


1/27/2013 05:22:00 PM

(1/27/2013 02:54:00 PM) - Al

Only three players on the big-league camp roster ware expected to be limited at the start: Hart, left-hander Miguel De Los Santos (shoulder) and infielder Hector Gomez (groin). The Brewers claimed De Los Santos off waivers from the Rangers in September knowing he had a shoulder issue.

“We decided we’d rather get him fixed now and get it over with instead of going into the season wondering when he’s going to break down,” Ash said. “He should be back by July.”

On another note, DLS will probably go on the 60 day DL at the end of March, which will open a spot on the 40 man, as it is full and not with guys who will clear waivers. With most clubs having a full 40, I would think there's a chance he would be DFA'd now to clear a spot, as few teams want to claim an injured player and risk losing someone else. 

1/27/2013 02:54:00 PM

(1/27/2013 02:46:00 PM) - Al

Bucks are far closer to the #2 seed in the East than they are the #9 spot. Perhaps most impressive, they'd be tied for the 7th seed in the West. Heck, only 2 out of the 4th seed

Doesn't matter if they do not play well, but the East is a bastion of mediocrity. Considering the future is a complete unknown (Ellis can choose to opt out of his deal, and despite his warts, is 14th in the NBA is scoring, and 4th among shooting guards), and if you include Monta, six players will be free agents after '13, including rotation members Udoh and Dunleavy.  

1/27/2013 02:46:00 PM

(1/27/2013 02:27:00 PM) - Al

Funny things about the reaction to Rondo being out with a torn ACL:

1. Many already saying Danny Ainge has offered Paul Pierce and is looking to rebuild, seeing little chance of winning a that's the only goal.

2. Rondo was walking normally after the game in which he hurt his knee...many don't seem to realize you can function pretty normally with a torn ACL...I worked with a guy who tore his ages ago and is waiting to have surgery when he gets health insurance...and says it doesn't even bother him most days. However, playing a sport at the highest levels is pretty unlikely.

1/27/2013 02:27:00 PM

(1/27/2013 02:09:00 PM) - Al

Let's be honest, we all know they chose New York City (well, Jersey) for the nightlife and free publicity, with a wink and a nod that "I hope it's not bad weather."

1/27/2013 02:09:00 PM

(1/27/2013 02:01:00 PM) - Al

More on the changing landscape of college. Get your degree without ever taking a single class.

You get the feeling the gravy train might be over soon, and in a few years, college will be known more for partying than education.

1/27/2013 02:01:00 PM

(1/27/2013 01:52:00 PM) - Al

Rondo has a torn ACL.

At least one alternate will get into the all-star game...

1/27/2013 01:52:00 PM

(1/27/2013 01:05:00 PM) - Al

Bits of news leaking out of On Deck...

...Crew still looking for 1B depth while Hart is out, but with Gamel and Green, and also Hunter Morris in AAA, no top of the line AAA/major league 1B is going to have much interest in MIL. As I said before, finding a RH bat that can play other spots (most likely 3B or LF/RF) is likely as good as it going to get. Adam mentioned Lyle Overbay is still a FA, and that Ishikawa has signed with the Orioles.

...Gallardo and Estrada are entrenched in the rotation, and Peralta probably is. Roenicke has some doubts if Narveson will be 100% to start the spring.  Rogers is out of options, and is all but guaranteed a roster spot. No one will say it, but if a final roster spot comes down to Rogers and someone with an option, like Fiers or Thornburg, no doubt who will win.

...Doug says they are still talking to a couple FA infielders. 

1/27/2013 01:05:00 PM

(1/27/2013 11:46:00 AM) - Al

I still think they did something, or didn't do something. They never acted like they "should have" and spent far too much energy saying they didn't do it...that's not your first thought if you're innocent.

1/27/2013 11:46:00 AM

(1/27/2013 11:26:00 AM) - Al

Great comment to my post on tuition. If a 40k tuition school falls short 100 students , that's a $4mm shortfall. That cascades quickly.--Mark Cuban

1000 students is $40M. That's a lot of recruiting, marketing, and tenured profs off the books just like that.

1/27/2013 11:26:00 AM

(1/27/2013 11:13:00 AM) - Al

Next week we are all cut to 30 hours because of obamacare..--Facebook friend

They never saw it coming. I did.

1/27/2013 11:13:00 AM

Saturday, January 26, 2013

(1/26/2013 10:15:00 PM) - Al

Why isn't every week school choice week?

As they said ages ago when it finally began in WI (after the unions fought it tooth and nail), worst case scenario, some bad schools will go out of business.


1/26/2013 10:15:00 PM

(1/26/2013 10:03:00 PM) - Al

Bucks with a big win at a loud Bradley Center, though it did not look that full. Love watching GS play, they are deadly with 3's, but they missed just enough tonight.

1/26/2013 10:03:00 PM

(1/26/2013 09:04:00 PM) - Al

Sam Dekker is only a freshman but he must know a lot of those guys in the band. Because he saw one of them open.--Bo Ryan on Sam Dekker's pass into the crowd at the end of the first half.

Bo always has a great perspective after a win. That awful pass and Marshall slapping the shooter on the elbow on the hurried 3 that followed are mistakes of youth...not much you can do except teach and work.

1/26/2013 09:04:00 PM

(1/26/2013 08:44:00 PM) - Al

Casper, my toy poodle was 16 years, 4 months old. He had a heart attack this morning and died in my arms on the way to the vet. My best friend.--Doyle Brunson

Doyle said last summer every time he thought of one of his dogs dying, it caused him physical pain.

I know the feeling. The Rambling dog will turn 17 in a couple weeks, with any luck.

1/26/2013 08:44:00 PM

(1/26/2013 06:10:00 PM) - Al

I assume Castillo will be claimed, as he's worth a 40 man spot, and has options remaining. He was a position player for years before converting to the mound.

1/26/2013 06:10:00 PM

(1/26/2013 05:48:00 PM) - Al

Note the picture at the top of the article that they have no bothered synching up the backboard clock and the scoreboard clocks yet.

In a privately owned arena, this would have been fixed as soon as they discovered it. In a state owned arena, it probably never will be...they live in a land where good enough is good enough, and let's knock off early...the taxpayers will never know.

1/26/2013 05:48:00 PM

(1/26/2013 05:30:00 PM) - Al

Yep. The first step has to be making government smaller. Nothing is going to work until the step one is complete.

1/26/2013 05:30:00 PM

(1/26/2013 05:28:00 PM) - Al

Hilarious headline.

1/26/2013 05:28:00 PM

(1/26/2013 05:21:00 PM) - Al

Before the seasons over, I bet our team will find a way to win a game by less than a point.--Zach Bohannon

Zach is a very patriotic, cerebral young man, who I would love to hear more from. This is a great line, though it probably represents more school spirit than truth. As often is the case, the Badgers were more lucky than good, winning on a shot that looked like it came after the shot clock expired that bounced on the rim 2-3 times, and still needed a free throw to miss to avoid OT.  

No complaints, that's how most one possession games come down to, far better lucky than good.

1/26/2013 05:21:00 PM

(1/26/2013 02:31:00 PM) - Al

Another GOP incumbent steps down after saying he might have to break the "anti-tax" pledge.

Nothing upsets thew base more than watching Obama spend ridiculous amounts of cash, and then hearing someone act like it's a revenue problem. 

1/26/2013 02:31:00 PM

(1/26/2013 02:21:00 PM) - Al

I feel this is an obvious winning issue for the GOP, but so was the horrible economy in '12, and it didn't motivate enough to vote.

1/26/2013 02:21:00 PM

(1/26/2013 01:29:00 PM) - Al

What's this about the free market working?

Get out of the way, DC.

1/26/2013 01:29:00 PM

(1/26/2013 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Mark Cuban thinks lots of colleges will be out of business by the time high school juniors and seniors graduate in 5-6 years.

I said 15-20 yesterday, but Cuban is less optimistic.

1/26/2013 01:00:00 PM

(1/26/2013 12:52:00 PM) - Al

People worried about weather tomorrow for Brewers' On Deck event. Most players are flying in today, per their Twitter accounts, so they'll be there, but it seems like it was canceled a few years ago due to the police requesting they do so to avoid traffic/plowing problems.

1/26/2013 12:52:00 PM

(1/26/2013 11:46:00 AM) - Al

Man kills wife after 70 years of marriage..."couldn't take it anymore."

1/26/2013 11:46:00 AM

(1/26/2013 11:32:00 AM) - Al

Fake to 3B, throw to 1B now a balk.

It kept the runner close if it was a full count, otherwise, it was pretty much a non-factor anyway.

1/26/2013 11:32:00 AM

(1/26/2013 11:21:00 AM) - Al

Badgers favored by 2 over the Gophers in Madison, Bucks by 2 over the Warriors in Milwaukee.

Should be a pair of good games today.

1/26/2013 11:21:00 AM

(1/26/2013 10:33:00 AM) - Al

This is the path Obama has us on, just like his home state.

Who would thunk that taxing and spending nonstop would have consequences?

1/26/2013 10:33:00 AM

(1/26/2013 09:46:00 AM) - Al

An economist discusses why Obama's heavy spending has us on the way to Greece's outcome.

Just have to overcome that with more spending and pretending the problem doesn't exist.:) Well, you know 60 Minutes will ignore it...that's what they do.

1/26/2013 09:46:00 AM

Friday, January 25, 2013

(1/25/2013 10:25:00 PM) - Al

Watching Twister on TNT for at least the 25th time. I am not sure how anyone can not like this movie, though it only gets a 62% from Rotten Tomatoes, meaning 38% of the public is made up of no fun folks. Also, check out its rating and why it got it:

Rated PG-13 (For Intense Depiction Of Very Bad Weather).

And they wonder why we make fun of the MPAA.

1/25/2013 10:25:00 PM

(1/25/2013 09:26:00 PM) - Al

Gold medals and jerseys for sale.

1/25/2013 09:26:00 PM

(1/25/2013 07:30:00 PM) - Al

Chernobyl is now the world's largest wildlife sanctuary.

1/25/2013 07:30:00 PM

(1/25/2013 07:24:00 PM) - Al

Because they don't want to admit Chicago exists.

1/25/2013 07:24:00 PM

(1/25/2013 05:56:00 PM) - Al

Hillary did so badly, her and Obama forced to ask 60 Minutes to lob a few softballs their way.

Amazingly, CBS was happy to comply.

1/25/2013 05:56:00 PM

(1/25/2013 05:43:00 PM) - Al

I have no doubt that college will be completely different in 15-20 years...maybe even sooner. Let's be honest, right now it's a paid for extension of adolescence, some funded by wealthy family, but mostly by the taxpayers...which, at best, is a waste of money.

Note how fearful the professor is, as she knows she's completely unnecessary in today's technological world.

1/25/2013 05:43:00 PM

(1/25/2013 04:34:00 PM) - Al

I never knew the Charlotte Hornets had historical, all-American meaning behind it.

That was back in the days when dissent was patriotic, you know, before it became racist. Now, only paying in large percentages of your income to be wasted on pork in blue districts is love of country.


1/25/2013 04:34:00 PM

(1/25/2013 04:25:00 PM) - Al

ARod might miss entire season...but remember, they insisted he was 100% last year in the playoffs.

1/25/2013 04:25:00 PM

(1/25/2013 03:58:00 PM) - Al

Cassy points out Feinstein's bill exempts 2200 guns...and government officials....because they're better than the rest of us.

And by the way, using the term assault rifle is ignorant, they have not been sold in the USA since 1934. Banning them is like insisting we need to make murder illegal.

1/25/2013 03:58:00 PM

(1/25/2013 03:52:00 PM) - Al

Now we have to ban horror movies too!

Wow, it's a full-time job building this utopian society. Oh, and we need more of your money...

1/25/2013 03:52:00 PM

(1/25/2013 01:21:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife was sent home at noon today, 2.5 day weekend for us, though I might stop in to pick up something at work.

Funny listening to her decide whether to use any personal time last night...had a bit of overtime last week, 3rd check of the month so no insurance taken out...truly, first world pains.

1/25/2013 01:21:00 PM

(1/25/2013 01:05:00 PM) - Al

Through Thursday, the NHL's per-game average attendance was 18,101, up 6.6 percent from the same point last season.

That's over 1K a game. No grudges, fewer games, and every game means more. Somehow, it would seem the NHL should jump on this and seize the moment, but considering their prehistoric view on fighting, I doubt it'll happen.

1/25/2013 01:05:00 PM

(1/25/2013 01:01:00 PM) - Al

He ain't the king.

His continued arrogance and lack of leadership is why we are where we are. The irony is, he continues to complain about a lack of compromise, but he hasn't even tried, when he doesn't get his tax and spend way, he just sends it through by executive order, damn the Constitution.

1/25/2013 01:01:00 PM

(1/25/2013 12:53:00 PM) - Al

Lebron agrees 15 should be on each team at the all-star game.

1/25/2013 12:53:00 PM

(1/25/2013 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Dr. William Raasch performed surgery today on 1B Corey Hart. He debrided the right knee joint surface and repaired a small meniscal tear. Expected recovery time is four months.--Brewers' PR

As expected. I'd say anything before June 15th would be a bonus.

1/25/2013 12:30:00 PM

(1/25/2013 12:28:00 PM) - Al

In his latest radio spot, Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. tells residents personal safety isn't a spectator sport anymore, and "I need you in the game."

"With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option," Clarke intones.

"You could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back."

Clarke urges listeners to take a firearm safety course and handle a firearm "so you can defend yourself until we get there."

"You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We're partners now. Can I count on you?"--JS

Cops love legal, licensed gun owners. They hate criminals with guns.

Very rarely is one anything like the other. 

1/25/2013 12:28:00 PM

(1/25/2013 12:23:00 PM) - Al

I have to agree with Meghan McCain, I love what Rand Paul says here. He's aggressive, accurate, and correct on every point.

1/25/2013 12:23:00 PM

(1/25/2013 12:19:00 PM) - Al

They rearranged my district in hopes they could beat Sean Duffy, who had the nerve to defeat Dave Obey in 2010, because we tired of Obey yelling at us and living in DC, barely ever coming back and not even pretending to talk to his constituents. Duffy still won relatively easily, despite oodles of cash being donated to his opponent from out of state.

It's only a problem when it benefits the right.

1/25/2013 12:19:00 PM

(1/25/2013 12:14:00 PM) - Al

It's not funny because it's true.

They've ignored it for four months, and Hillary explained why...they don't think it matters.

1/25/2013 12:14:00 PM

(1/25/2013 12:12:00 PM) - Al

I have a better idea...hold people responsible for their actions.

1/25/2013 12:12:00 PM

(1/25/2013 12:09:00 PM) - Al

Prince Harry fights for his country (against our shared enemy) and is criticized by the Today Show for briefly discussing it. Ridiculous.--Madeline McAulay

If you haven't noticed the old media isn't exactly patriotic or pro-military, I don't know what more I can do for you.

1/25/2013 12:09:00 PM

(1/25/2013 12:05:00 PM) - Al

Roto Authority loves Marco Estrada.

I like him too, but not that much. I'd expect him to be plenty passable, but I'd guess a 4.25 ERA for him, and since he's a smaller RHP, I'd also expect him to get run down and project him for 125-150 IP.

1/25/2013 12:05:00 PM

(1/25/2013 08:00:00 AM) - Al

How many falsified documents and ridiculous methods (using only the ten hottest and coldest days of the year...which made some years of the 00's among both the hottest and coldest on record,shocking) does it take to overlook the truth?

The difference is, every time a tree blows down, we blame it on some sort of "climate catastrophe"...when in the past, we called it "wind."

1/25/2013 08:00:00 AM

Thursday, January 24, 2013

(1/24/2013 11:00:00 PM) - Al

The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau released estimates today that how that our surplus is up to $419.7 million.--Governor Walker

A $3B deficit turned into a surplus while lowering property taxes, through simple, common sense cuts in spending.

It's working, and it would work in DC too...if anyone would stop spending long enough to consider an alternative.

UPDATE: Ann points out how much it annoys liberals that not only did Governor Walker do what he said and balance the budget by spending less and lowering's all working exactly like he said it would.

Who woulda thunk it?

I, for one, am shocked.

1/24/2013 11:00:00 PM

(1/24/2013 07:37:00 PM) - Al

What's worse, temps in the teens out East, or the death of 6M Jews?

Not so fast...

It's all about them.

1/24/2013 07:37:00 PM

(1/24/2013 07:21:00 PM) - Al

Morgan to play in Japan next year.

Good luck to Nyjer, as a speed/defense guy, he might well play another half-decade.

1/24/2013 07:21:00 PM

(1/24/2013 06:52:00 PM) - Al

Dems move to ban handguns and rifles, common sense rubes tell them "assault weapons" have been banned since 1934.

I'm hoping this is the tea party issue of 2010 in 2014. This is not a small step, but a huge one, and one that does exactly what the NRA has said will happen. It also has no chance, not even a tiny one, of ever passing the House, which means it's all just for show. 

1/24/2013 06:52:00 PM

(1/24/2013 06:41:00 PM) - Al

Hillary embarrassed herself, here's why, and we all know it won't mean a thing in 2016.

What difference does it make? After all, dead Americans on her watch...just politics as usual.

As Nick points out, John Kerry is now taking over, and he'll be worse. Hoo boy.

1/24/2013 06:41:00 PM

(1/24/2013 06:25:00 PM) - Al

Brandon Jennings once again misses the all-star game by a player or two.

Hard to believe they still only take 12 players. The irony is, while MLB players often choose to rest, the NBA guys often play when not at 100%, so it's not likely he'll be added even if someone opts out.

1/24/2013 06:25:00 PM

(1/24/2013 05:37:00 PM) - Al

Anyone ever watched Justified? Looks like I'd enjoy it, but I do not recall ever even hearing of it until today.

1/24/2013 05:37:00 PM

(1/24/2013 05:08:00 PM) - Al

New Orleans Hornets to become the Pelicans.

They'll still suck though.

1/24/2013 05:08:00 PM

(1/24/2013 04:56:00 PM) - Al

Brewers debut new gold alternate uniform (much like the Cuervecos they have worn the past year or teo, I commented last year I loved it), and Shawn Marcum signs with the Mets.

They made a concision decision to allow Marcum to go elsewhere...I would have loved him on a one year deal, but I feel the Crew feels his health risk supersedes his ceiling. Good luck to him, loved having him here. 

1/24/2013 04:56:00 PM

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

(1/23/2013 09:50:00 PM) - Al

In 2011, Illinois raised taxes on income by 66% and on businesses by 46%. 

 Now Minnesota's Governor is proposing a $2 billion tax increase.Just a reminder to our neighbors: Wisconsin is Open for Business!--Governor Walker

Baby steps. 

1/23/2013 09:50:00 PM

(1/23/2013 06:24:00 PM) - Al

Tiger Woods agrees that taxes are too damn high, why he moved to FL.

They vote with their feet.

1/23/2013 06:24:00 PM

(1/23/2013 04:46:00 PM) - Al

Whenever we used a rental truck, we always picked it up a day early, though I'm not sure if it was brilliant or just made us sleep a bit better.

I recall the Rambling aunt not having a truck when it was time to move, and the excuse was simple..."Someone didn't it back."

1/23/2013 04:46:00 PM

(1/23/2013 04:13:00 PM) - Al

I have to wonder if the "solution" will end up being he'll be traded to a team in the Northeast in which he can play 41 home games and travel easily to 10-15 road games without flying. A solid big man who can play 75% of the time has some value. He certainly has not done himself any favors by seemingly delaying any chance of playing for months as he's bickered about minor procedural things.

1/23/2013 04:13:00 PM

(1/23/2013 03:51:00 PM) - Al

I'm torn about this, as, since I believe in freedom and equality, I should be on the side of women serving equally, if they so desire, as indeed, we do have an all volunteer armed forces.

However, I'm not sure if I do, as I agree with the author that relaxing standards will happen, and to be blunt, I'm not sure I see a benefit the very least, women become a target, and have different needs in a dirty, battles can last a couple weeks environment.

1/23/2013 03:51:00 PM

(1/23/2013 03:15:00 PM) - Al

Congratulations to General Manager John Hammond. Extended through 2015-16 season by Bucks.--Jim Patshke

Hammonds always seems to build a team with good depth, but I do question his goal of building low ceiling teams hoping to win 45 games every year, and I guess get lucky/hot in the playoffs. 

1/23/2013 03:15:00 PM

(1/23/2013 02:56:00 PM) - Al

Seeing Bill and Hillary together at Obama's inauguration reminded me that the last time I saw them together was at Bill's inauguration.--Dennis Miller

It's funny because it's true.  

1/23/2013 02:56:00 PM

(1/23/2013 02:07:00 PM) - Al

Good to see younger people taking a stand and wondering why spend so much.

Gotta start somewhere. Pretending the problem doesn't exist and pushing it off a decade or two is the real issue.

1/23/2013 02:07:00 PM

(1/23/2013 01:04:00 PM) - Al

Drudge's pictorial of Ms. Clinton does not strike me as a confident person with nothing to hide. 

1/23/2013 01:04:00 PM

(1/23/2013 12:46:00 PM) - Al

I'm not so sure he's lying, but he's certainly being dishonest about it.

It's also a day that ends in "y." I'm used to it.

1/23/2013 12:46:00 PM

(1/23/2013 12:43:00 PM) - Al

Clinton doesn't understand why it's such a big deal.

Simply put lady, it's a big deal because you and yours lied about, and still are lying about it. Because the truth, one would assume, makes you look even worse than the obvious cover-up. 

Dead Americans versus winning an contest.

1/23/2013 12:43:00 PM

(1/23/2013 08:30:00 AM) - Al

It ain't a revenue problem.

1/23/2013 08:30:00 AM

(1/23/2013 08:00:00 AM) - Al

I would have to agree, as the NRA supports the Constitution, and the president often does not.

Note the factoid that right after the old media said the NRA was looney to want to put armed security in schools, the public...and now Obama himself agree.

It made perfect sense to me from the get go, as most schools have no security at all, don't even bother locking doors. Why should pawn shops have better security than our schools?

1/23/2013 08:00:00 AM

(1/23/2013 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Good to see one member of the media asking the questions all the rest have ignored and allowed the administration to ignore for 4.5 months.

1/23/2013 06:30:00 AM

(1/23/2013 04:30:00 AM) - Al

Penn writes that we need to get rid of religion, and not replace it with anything.

He does mention that 6K year-old planet again, which I've heard before, but obviously is not correct. Not being a student of religion, can someone tell me where that's from?

1/23/2013 04:30:00 AM

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

(1/22/2013 09:23:00 PM) - Al

Bucks win a game they should win versus the Sixers.

If I'm remembering the math right, MIL is now in the playoffs by 5.5 games, one game short of the halfway mark.

EDIT: Up 6 over the #9 team, which is PHIL. Neither Philly or Detroit, the #10 seed, seems like a team that's going to run off 10 of 12 either. 

1/22/2013 09:23:00 PM

(1/22/2013 08:25:00 PM) - Al

Royal Ivey would sure be a nice fit as that 4th guard for the Bucks, very good defensive player that contributes little on offense.

1/22/2013 08:25:00 PM

(1/22/2013 08:16:00 PM) - Al

What was that Bo said the other can't get guys to hit shots by yelling at them?

Poor free throw shooting devastating, and missing several open 3's was huge as well. Pretty much a coin flip game, both teams played extremely hard. Just didn't hit their shots.

1/22/2013 08:16:00 PM

(1/22/2013 05:49:00 PM) - Al

Charles Payne discusses why he thinks the market will grow despite anti-growth tactics in DC. Long-term, you should always bet on the USA.

Not only is the US stock market historically undervalued, the vast majority of growth is scheduled to happen in other nations. As I often talk about, the economy goes up and down nonstop, regardless of what economic policies are occurring. As I said four years ago, we won't see a depression, we'll see a long, slow, steady malaise...sadly, we'll probably see that the next four years too. Considering the continued deficit spending, we should naturally see growth...we're adding money to the economy every day. The fact we're not is representative of failed economic policy. Imagine the boom we could be having if we'd do something revolutionary like allowing people to keep more of what they earn.

Shorthand...Robin Hood is a fable, not smart fiscal decision making.  

1/22/2013 05:49:00 PM

(1/22/2013 04:45:00 PM) - Al

This is exactly what happens when you insist on bringing government into everything that it doesn't need to be involved in.

Think how easy it would be to remove government and watch the deficit and debt all but magically go down.

When you remove freedoms and involve government more, it costs more. The opposite is true as well.

I wish the big government utopians would figure this out. 

1/22/2013 04:45:00 PM

(1/22/2013 03:34:00 PM) - Al

Badgers favored by 5 tonight, and the Bucks favored by 6.5, as both are playing games against teams that have similar records thus far.

Both seem 2-3 points too high for me, but if I was an expert, I wouldn't be talking to you about it.

1/22/2013 03:34:00 PM

(1/22/2013 03:28:00 PM) - Al

Source: tentative deal with Time Warner Cable worth between $7 billion and $8 billion to team--Bill Shaiklan

Even over 40 years, $7B is $175M per year...the Crew gets $25-30M starting next year, which is greatly increased from previous campaigns. 

1/22/2013 03:28:00 PM

(1/22/2013 03:22:00 PM) - Al

In a strange world, journalists being offended and/or surprised that Prince Harry killed the enemy during his combat tour is just about at the top of the list of how out of touch the old media is.

It ain't a place for the faint of heart. That's why I kind of give a pass to the warriors who may make a poor decision and make a mistake in front of a camera. To be blunt, I'm glad they're on my side.

1/22/2013 03:22:00 PM

(1/22/2013 03:00:00 PM) - Al

More proof why "revenue enhancers" always fail to, wait for it, enhance revenue.

Funny how this works, and how the left fails to see it, or care.

By the way, it does work the opposite way too, when you increase benefits, people find them. 

1/22/2013 03:00:00 PM

(1/22/2013 02:46:00 PM) - Al


I thought you said something a while back about W2's being late. My wife just called and said they got a memo saying her company would not be distributing hers until at least Feb. 8th, and maybe later. I lost my job last year when my company just shut down, so I have been told I will just have to estimate mine.

Why are so many late, and any idea what I do? I have no clue how much was taken out of each check.


Sorry to hear Hank. Some W2's are late this year because of Obamacare and other tax hikes that were not "official" until late December. I actually just got one today from where I got laid off, as I did not know if they'd be on time. I have always heard companies do not have to actually pay their share of Social Security until they send out W2's, so sometimes a delay is a sign of financial distress.

Hank, just google up "no W2 company out of business," or do what I say 100 times a a tax professional.

Hank has written to me several times, as we both lost jobs within a week or two last summer. He is still "looking," while I'm back in sales, meaning they don't have to pay me unless I have success (these are the only offers I've had, except for my seasonal gig). The irony is, he has done factory and construction work since high school, and the only offers he gets are sales jobs as well.

1/22/2013 02:46:00 PM

(1/22/2013 02:19:00 PM) - Al

Brewers sign Bobby Crosby to minor league deal, spring training invite.

Crosby hasn't played since '10, but he was always able to work a walk.

1/22/2013 02:19:00 PM

(1/22/2013 02:05:00 PM) - Al

I was disappointed Jon Leuer was traded last summer, but since then, the Rockets released him, the Cavs picked him up and barely played him, and now have dealt him to the Grizzlies...who had to take him back to make the salary cap numbers work, in a swap designed so Memphis don't have to pay the luxury tax.

I understand he's a role player, but I sure felt he had more value.

1/22/2013 02:05:00 PM

(1/22/2013 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Ponder that claim for a moment: Wisconsin's failure to automatically subtract union duties from paychecks endangers free speech because it requires organized labor to persuade its own members that its activities are valuable enough to contribute to voluntarily.--Wall Street Journal

Read the whole thing, but let me sum it up for you...responsible spending and lower taxes works.

The idea it is somehow unconstitutional to not deduct future contributions to the Democratic party from a union member's paycheck is ridiculous, and offensive.

By the way, I'm still waiting to be reimbursed for the union recall folly, which wasted millions because a special interest wanted their special interests to be more special than the taxpayers did.

1/22/2013 12:30:00 PM

(1/22/2013 11:48:00 AM) - Al

It's all about the kids.


1/22/2013 11:48:00 AM

(1/22/2013 11:29:00 AM) - Al

I find it humorous that some folks are wondering why Corey Hart's injury was just found now. To me, it makes perfect sense...many of these guys play at 70-90% much of the season, and rest takes care of it in the offseason. They take a month or two off, and then start workouts, in November, December, or right after the new year, depending on how much they feel they need to be ready.

Again, people forget, or just don't care to know, that many players are beat up much of the time, as they play every day, and don't have time to fully heal up, in  many cases. And, despite common sense, many continue to play this way, even though their results are subpar. Remember, Trevor Hoffman was said to be 100% over and over a couple years ago; and finally, Axford came up and took over. Late in the season, it finally leaked that Trevor had not been healthy, and his "one on one" time with the pitching coach had mainly just been letting his arm heal. ARod needed surgery, and over and over, we heard he was 100%, despite the fact he looked uncomfortable and wasn't hitting at all.

No one's 100% in September and October.

By the way, Corey will get a second opinion before having surgery. I can probably tell him his in pain and hobble all season, or get it taken care of.

1/22/2013 11:29:00 AM

(1/22/2013 11:18:00 AM) - Al

Obama even indulged in American liberalism’s favorite ideological tic—the insistence that it’s not an ideology at all, but simply a pragmatic response to changing circumstances.--Slate

It doesn't matter what the question is, the answer is raising taxes and increasing spending.

It reminds me of Barbara Corcoran...she is now on The Shark Tank, but for years, was an "expert" who made appearances on shows like Today. She made a fortune in real estate, mostly in Manhattan. Of course, we have had a real estate bust the past few years, but whenever she was asked if it was a good time to invest, her answer mirrored that of every realtor all the time...yes, yes it is. 

1/22/2013 11:18:00 AM

Monday, January 21, 2013

(1/21/2013 09:00:00 PM) - Al

Two school notes:

1. Just saw an ad for Grand Canyon University on TV. They're a military friendly online school who is quickly becoming one of the largest, as well as expanding their real world presence. I've been getting e-mails from them for five years, as they must buy lists from military blogs and the like. It's kind of cool, I knew them back when they were just starting out. They begin play in the WAC next season, the first D1 "for profit" university.

2. They just canceled school locally. I'll go in and pick up my stuff, get lunch, and work at home in the afternoon. The Rambling son is excited, even though he enjoys school. Nothing beats a snow (or cold) day. 

1/21/2013 09:00:00 PM

(1/21/2013 08:47:00 PM) - Al


Pop freezes on the trucks by noon in this weather if "bay heaters" are not used.

That's cold.


Yes it is.

Merrill, which is about 20 miles north of me, closed for tomorrow. The trouble I see is, it's almost going to be as cold Wednesday morning as tomorrow.

1/21/2013 08:47:00 PM

(1/21/2013 06:00:00 PM) - Al

Just started the Rambling car for the first time since I got home Friday afternoon. Didn't sound real peppy, but it made it.

You hear a lot about people needing to care of their pets that are outside in the cold, but livestock always seemed to do fine. You have to make sure they're getting enough to eat, and it's much preferable if they have a place to get inside, at least out of the wind. We'd all think it would suck if we had to stay out in this cold (and it would), but if we covered ourselves up and had plenty of calories to burn, we'd be fine.

1/21/2013 06:00:00 PM

(1/21/2013 05:03:00 PM) - Al

Lots of schools north of Wausau (mostly 2+ hours north) are canceling or delaying school three hours tomorrow.

I have no problem with it, especially the delays, as those count as a day of school for the state education czars, who don't care about anything except having a job and having papers to push to justify.

The local TV anchor just said it best, "Only on TV do we send a reporter outside to tell people not to go outside."

EDIT: Rhinelander just added themselves to the list of closures, they're about an hour north. -15 here tomorrow, -15 to -20 north of us, so the difference is pretty minimal. I was just having an office day, so I could do that at home if necessary.

1/21/2013 05:03:00 PM

(1/21/2013 03:44:00 PM) - Al

Since she's in the USA and not wearing a helmet because she's "so ill," they should have her testify today on what happened on 9/11 in Benghazi.

1/21/2013 03:44:00 PM

(1/21/2013 03:19:00 PM) - Al

Supposedly, Virginia may be offered a Big Ten spot as early as this week, with North Carolina or Georgia Tech being #16, and the final team. Would they prefer Charlotte to Atlanta? Atlanta is a huge TV market, but Tech is the second fiddle to Georgia.

ADDED: Many seem to think the Big Ten will end up with 20 teams, with 4 5 team "pods" football, you'd play the other four every season, and alternate between the others, one each year. In basketball, you'd do a home and home with your four pod buddies, and alternate 1 or 2 of the others.

Very interesting. Duke is even rumored to be looking to join it's rival NC. Geez, you think people hate Duke now...

The Big 12 hopes to pounce on those who do not get a Big Ten or SEC offer. More on that here, rumored to be close to adding Miami, Florida State, and Clemson. Just like that, the ACC is near death with the close to extinct a year ago Big 12 is close to being a notch below the Big Ten and SEC.

1/21/2013 03:19:00 PM

(1/21/2013 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Very high ratings for NHL on NBC.

I saw it while I was flipping channels and kept going. Perfect counter programming however, as they put the NHL on before the NFL, against nothing except college basketball. 

1/21/2013 02:30:00 PM

(1/21/2013 02:25:00 PM) - Al

I realize they will now have some practice time together, but Lamb would be better off playing 25 minutes a game than sitting on the bench.

Unless there's an injury or upcoming trade, I don't get it.

1/21/2013 02:25:00 PM

(1/21/2013 01:25:00 PM) - Al

Ironically, Obama was in the restroom and missed it.

1/21/2013 01:25:00 PM

(1/21/2013 01:03:00 PM) - Al

Do as I say, not as I do...

Four more years of hypocrisy and bad judgement. 

1/21/2013 01:03:00 PM

(1/21/2013 12:56:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife read last night that ER's and furnace repairmen will be very busy with the very cold temps. I understood the furnace part, but not the ER's. The article stated they get about twenty visits a day with cold related ailments when it is below zero...frostbite, hypothermia, people trying to do too much, and prolonged exposure.

I find it difficult to believe that people still don't respect cold, especially since hardly anyone gets "stuck" in the conditions, as you can call for help with your cell phone. Hopefully, our furnace will hang on, it's about two decades old. The Rambling wife reminded me we had to replace the furnace in Cities home when the home inspection found there to be something wrong...although it was functioning, the guys were required to disconnect it so it could not be used.

Nothing sucks more than paying for a furnace you never use.

1/21/2013 12:56:00 PM

(1/21/2013 12:18:00 PM) - Al


It's as if Carter was reelected.

1/21/2013 12:18:00 PM

(1/21/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling son and I are going to celebrate our day off by staying inside and periodically spraying aerosol cans just to fictionally generate some heat. 

1/21/2013 09:00:00 AM

(1/21/2013 06:30:00 AM) - Al

So, it's not because of the inauguration...

1/21/2013 06:30:00 AM

Sunday, January 20, 2013

(1/20/2013 10:51:00 PM) - Al

Early money flowing in on Ravens. Most books opened at 4.5-5, now some at 3.5, some at 4.

1/20/2013 10:51:00 PM

(1/20/2013 10:40:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife may not be the best haircut gal in the world, but given what she has to work with (and you can't mess up a "military cut #2" much), the price is right. Given the fact I've grown to like it trimmed every three weeks or so, she's a money saver.

1/20/2013 10:40:00 PM

(1/20/2013 09:06:00 PM) - Al

Wynn first to open Super Bowl in Vegas: favored by 5 over (total of 50).

Two defensive teams, a bit bigger spread than I thought. I like SF to win, but I'd probably lean toward the Ravens to cover.  

1/20/2013 09:06:00 PM

(1/20/2013 08:33:00 PM) - Al

Another nicely written, common sense article making fun of those who use terms like "assault rifle" and "need to ban automatic weapons," which have been effectively regulated since 1934. Mostly, politicians that do not know better want to ban some weapons because they look icky, even though they are in effect, lightweight hunting rifles.

1/20/2013 08:33:00 PM

(1/20/2013 06:39:00 PM) - Al

Utah embarrassing themselves and driving away tourists, as well as those who live anywhere near the border.

1/20/2013 06:39:00 PM

(1/20/2013 05:27:00 PM) - Al

I'm guessing NE would be favored by 3 if they play SF, and SF by 4 if they play BAL.

1/20/2013 05:27:00 PM

(1/20/2013 05:07:00 PM) - Al

Just set the DVR to record The Following new episodes. Sounds more violent and bloody than Criminal Minds.

1/20/2013 05:07:00 PM

(1/20/2013 05:05:00 PM) - Al

Colossal loss for the sports books, SF opened as a 3.5 point favorite, heavy money on the 49ers...went up to 4.5, heavy bets on Falcons...settled at 4, all those bets push.

Books will pay out about 80%, by my math.

1/20/2013 05:05:00 PM

(1/20/2013 04:58:00 PM) - Al

If no one scores, I will have successfully "middled" this game for a 20-1 victory.

1/20/2013 04:58:00 PM

(1/20/2013 04:49:00 PM) - Al

Somewhere, there's a young woman that's excited about Die Hard 4 coming out on Valentine's Day.

I would have to imagine she has a lot of suitors.

1/20/2013 04:49:00 PM

(1/20/2013 03:20:00 PM) - Al

I've done three films in two years and I'm just worn out. I would like to improve the world a bit. I will fly around the world doing good for the environment.--Leo DiCaprio

It is exhausting working a few months a year. That said, time to get in an energy saving jet.

Thank goodness people this stupid are on the other side.

1/20/2013 03:20:00 PM

(1/20/2013 02:59:00 PM) - Al

I don't even have a smart phone, but the one feature I want is the one has IPhone 5 has...put it on mute, but it still rings if the Rambling son or wife calls.

By the way, that ad should win some sort of award, as they make Serena and Venus Williams look similar, despite totally different body types. Serena looks like Raven Symone pre-weight loss, and Venus looks like the after picture.

1/20/2013 02:59:00 PM

(1/20/2013 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Muscular security guard (built a lot like me) gets drilled in the Falcons/49ers' game...his back to the field, took it right below the knees, WR going full speed gets knocked out of bounds. Lucky he wasn't wearing spikes, he wouldn't have any knees left.

1/20/2013 02:30:00 PM

(1/20/2013 02:22:00 PM) - Al

We keep thinking we're going to buy a Soda Stream, but we have yet to take the plunge. Last time I bought pop at Wal Mart, I price matched Coke products, so I got Barq's diet root beer, which I doubt I have had in twenty years.

A. Kind of an aftertaste, and not a pleasant one. Tastes nothing like Mug or A&W, my usual two choices...I just figured it out, there's no vanilla flavor at all.

B. I think it's funny the tagline is "It's good." I can only imagine how much they paid a marketing company to come up with that.

1/20/2013 02:22:00 PM

(1/20/2013 02:14:00 PM) - Al

I wonder why tuition is so high?

Everyone gets a raise when the money comes from the taxpayers. Public unions would have been making this in a few years had common sense not prevailed. Just a never ending wallet when in you're in bed with the Dems.

1/20/2013 02:14:00 PM

(1/20/2013 02:11:00 PM) - Al

I never watch CNN either...because they're wacko libs like this one.

1/20/2013 02:11:00 PM

(1/20/2013 01:58:00 PM) - Al

This morning, I grabbed the chain latch to hook onto the Rambling dog's fingers actually hurt where the metal was, even if they only touched the cold metal for a couple seconds. It's probably not dangerously cold just to be out a few minutes, but it is not the time to be going on a long walk either.

Maybe linked to the cold, my dreams were all over the place...I have had a dream several times where I and several others are dancing in the back of a small truck, like a Ryder...not sure if it's being telecast or what. Then, after lying awake a while this morning with the Rambling dog as he lie next to me, having jumped up on our bed, I had a dream in which the Rambling son, dog, and myself were on some sort of Survivorman/Man vs. Wild winter expedition, and we came upon a creek, and I slipped and fell in. I was gasping, but the water was not cold, it was more like lukewarm...because I wasn't in water, but under the blankets.

The Rambling wife and son called off Sunday school on account of cold this AM, and she opened the door as I was yelling for air, she said I sounded as if I was in pain.

The subconscious mind is an odd place. 

1/20/2013 01:58:00 PM

(1/20/2013 01:45:00 PM) - Al

I have SF by 3.5 and ATL getting 4.5, so I'm hoping for a 4 point middle, which would pay me off nicely.

Otherwise, I got SF and NE, and if pressed, I'd give up the points on them.

1/20/2013 01:45:00 PM

(1/20/2013 01:43:00 PM) - Al

Jeremy Schaap discusses his interview with, per Teo's advisers.

Teo is either hellishly guilty, or getting terrible advice. Peolple with nothing to hide, you know, don't hide things.

1/20/2013 01:43:00 PM

(1/20/2013 01:37:00 PM) - Al

Badger wrestling versus Ohio State at 2 today, BTN.

It's on tape delay, so avoid Badgers' wrestling Twitter. Everywhere else should be OK.:)

UPDATE: Now being listed as The Journey at 2. Did I misread, or did they change it? 

1/20/2013 01:37:00 PM

(1/20/2013 11:55:00 AM) - Al

Bucks had to spend the night in Portland, fog too thick to fly home. Nothing teams hate more than to spend their day off traveling...that's the main reason Griffey left the Mariners.

Funny how similar the Bucks and Badgers games were last night...both had large leads, and both comebacks fell just short...POR just ran out of time, if it was a 55 minute game, they almost certainly would have won.

1/20/2013 11:55:00 AM

(1/20/2013 11:49:00 AM) - Al

Who are these fools that embarrass themselves on a daily basis?

They seem to worry about everything except teaching kids and making sure they're safe.

1/20/2013 11:49:00 AM

(1/20/2013 11:41:00 AM) - Al

Any pretense Green Bay fans ever had of somehow being "special" left years ago as they flocked out of a Monday Night game in which they trailed. The cameras caught the en masse defection, and the excuses flowed. 

1/20/2013 11:41:00 AM

(1/20/2013 11:21:00 AM) - Al

Two years ago, our unemployment rate was 7.8% and we faced a $3.6 billion budget deficit.

Today, our unemployment rate is down to 6.7% and we have a budget surplus of $342 million. The surplus came from tough, but prudent, decisions that helped us balance state and local government budgets for years to come.--Governor Walker

Despite a hellishly poor and getting worse national economy. It's getting better, even though the deficit spending and higher taxes continue from DC.

Read the whole thing. And wonder why common sense wouldn't work on the federal level.

It ain't a revenue problem.

1/20/2013 11:21:00 AM

Saturday, January 19, 2013

(1/19/2013 11:33:00 PM) - Al

Bucks win in Portland, go 3-1 on always tough west coast trip. Still teetering on the border of the playoffs.

1/19/2013 11:33:00 PM

(1/19/2013 09:51:00 PM) - Al

I wonder if everyone has someone on Facebook that you look at their updates and are extremely thankful you're not them?

No, I don't mean the person that tells you how much pain they're in 2-3 times a week, I mean the person that updates their status trying to be positive, but they are just always doing things you despise. Tonight, there's a person out eating sushi and drinking coffee...I just feel sorry for them. Folks that inform you they are on a long hike, or a 50 mile bike choice.

And yes, I realize this is something someone might think by reading this...there's nothing wrong with sushi and coffee, it's just that I'd rather not partake.

1/19/2013 09:51:00 PM

(1/19/2013 09:21:00 PM) - Al

Second Badgers/Bucks doubleheader of the week. I don't recall one all last year of this variety, with the Bucks out west.

1/19/2013 09:21:00 PM

(1/19/2013 09:19:00 PM) - Al

2nd half went as nicely as the 1st half went poorly, but the Badgers just couldn't get back to even. Dekker showed how good he can be after a poor first half. Zach Bohannon contributed a bit due to foul trouble, I felt he'd be playing a tad more as a role player thus far. Nice effort for Marshall also.

1/19/2013 09:19:00 PM

(1/19/2013 08:32:00 PM) - Al

The FDA should be abolished. They do nothing except spend money and burden business.

1/19/2013 08:32:00 PM

(1/19/2013 08:07:00 PM) - Al

Always funny when a team has a bad shooting half, you see everyone blaming everything except poor shooting.

Look tired, not moving their feet...but no one talks about the elephant in the room, not being able to put the ball in the basket, which, proven by how much scorers get paid in the pros, makes everything else a bit less important. Iowa did seem to do a good job pushing the Badgers out, but if they hit a few ore open 3's, it's a tight game. Turn the ball over less and hit open jumpers, UW probably down 4-6.

Because they missed a ton, down 16.

1/19/2013 08:07:00 PM

(1/19/2013 05:42:00 PM) - Al

Considering the federal government does not have a fraction of the collective bargaining WI does, it's constitutionality was never in doubt.

For those keeping track, the left ignores the 2nd amendment existence, but pretends there's something in there so unions have taxpayer funded benefits of mammoth proportions.

1/19/2013 05:42:00 PM

(1/19/2013 03:26:00 PM) - Al

Art historians now theorizing that Van Gogh's brother Teo only imagined that Vincent cut off his ear.--Dennis Miller The gift that may never end. By the way, no way I'm bothering with the ' in his name. Get a clue, kid.

1/19/2013 03:26:00 PM

(1/19/2013 01:43:00 PM) - Al

Cubs considered playing games at Miller Park in April and May of '14-'15, but have decided to play at Wrigley during renovations.

I still think it's a shame they have such an ancient ballpark with no amenities for their fans. At the end of the day, "historical" is just another word for old.

1/19/2013 01:43:00 PM

(1/19/2013 01:27:00 PM) - Al

Ryan Raburn
Juan Rivera
Jeff Baker
Mark Derosa

Those might be the three free agents that are left that may consider a minor league contract. All are 1B/OF, while Raburn and Baker can also play 2B/3B, while Derosa can also play 3B. All are RH hitters and all hit LHP very well. Raburn was discussing a guaranteed deal with SF earlier this week, so he would be unlikely.

Most other possibilities are LH bats, and with Gamel, Caleb Gindl, and Hunter Morris all in the system, that seems a bit repetitive to me.

1/19/2013 01:27:00 PM

(1/19/2013 01:02:00 PM) - Al

This is why Newsweek is out of business.

1/19/2013 01:02:00 PM

(1/19/2013 01:02:00 AM) - Al

Badgers open as one point underdogs at Iowa.

I was wondering where that would begin, I did not know...anywhere in the 4 point range was possible. 

1/19/2013 01:02:00 AM

(1/19/2013 12:43:00 AM) - Al

As of his first inaugural, 134.379 million Americans were working and unemployment was 7.3%. Four years later, 134.021 million are working and unemployment is 7.8%.--Wall Street Journal

Yet, he'll insist he's created one bazillion jobs. It'd be 11% if they wouldn't keep artificially lowering how many people are looking...just because.

1/19/2013 12:43:00 AM

Friday, January 18, 2013

(1/18/2013 10:59:00 PM) - Al

New party area to debut at Miller Park.

1/18/2013 10:59:00 PM

(1/18/2013 09:59:00 PM) - Al

35 for a high tomorrow, 4 on Sunday.

If it happens over a century, it's climate change.

24 hours? Cold snap.

I had the Rambling son change furnace filters tonight, we try and do it on the first of the month, along with the Rambling dog's heartworm and flea/tick meds, but we always struggle to remember when it's cold, as there's little risk of bugs and the like during the cold time of year. It'll run plenty with a clean filter, never mind a clogged one.

1/18/2013 09:59:00 PM

(1/18/2013 07:08:00 PM) - Al

Indy league team to give out Teo's girlfriend bobblehead, which looks a lot like an empty box.


1/18/2013 07:08:00 PM

(1/18/2013 06:58:00 PM) - Al

Badgers' wrestling is on BTN right now versus #1 Penn State.

1/18/2013 06:58:00 PM

(1/18/2013 05:36:00 PM) - Al

I stopped and got the Rambling son and wife a shrimp dinner at our local corner grocery today. It's very overpriced, so I picked up myself something more economical.

I asked the deli fella "Can I get a couple extra rolls?" as both love their carbs and bread. He wrote something on the little bag he put them in, I assumed it was a code of some sort for the register. Only tonight I noticed he had written "N/C" on the bag, which I figure stands for no charge.

It may only be 20 cents of rolls, but that's the best marketing they could have thought up.

1/18/2013 05:36:00 PM

(1/18/2013 04:55:00 PM) - Al

Today, I started a load of laundry when I got home from the office (you ladies are thinking you really missed out, aren't you?), and I threw in a Purex "pod"...except I never let go, I just held onto it. It slowly disintegrated in my hand as the water rushed in, and suddenly, I was holding what felt like soapy plastic...but then it was just kind of soap. It's like the plastic that holds the soap is made out of soap itself.

By the way, the fact that many seem to think the pod is an incredible waste or con makes me more confident using them. They are so easy and can't spill, they are well worth the price. I know I always use far more detergent than the Rambling wife, because I never bother to measure.

1/18/2013 04:55:00 PM

(1/18/2013 04:40:00 PM) - Al

Suns change coaches after Bucks finally win in Phoenix.

Sounds like there's some sort of disagreement on whether they should rebuild or play to win every game. Given that they are on pace to win 26 games, and have almost no chance at the postseason, I know what way I'd go.

1/18/2013 04:40:00 PM

(1/18/2013 04:05:00 PM) - Al

May you live in interesting times.

Up is down, black is white...and lies are truth.

Still no word about Benghazi, four months later.

1/18/2013 04:05:00 PM

(1/18/2013 03:21:00 PM) - Al

MLB Network is reporting Corey Hart will have knee surgery and miss 3-4 months, obviously putting April and maybe May in jeopardy.

Nothing on MLBTR yet, will update.

ADDED: Gamel moves from four corner spot reserve to 1B, and I would think the team might look for an experienced 1B/OF type, especially a RH hitter.

1/18/2013 03:21:00 PM

(1/18/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

A shirt to celebrate the Notre Dame scandal.

1/18/2013 11:00:00 AM

(1/18/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

This sounds great. Instead, I think I'll just turn the heat off in my house.

1/18/2013 10:00:00 AM

(1/18/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Madson (elbow) throws off mound, feels good.--Rotoworld

Just once I want to hear a pitcher say his arm hurts like hell. 

1/18/2013 09:00:00 AM

(1/18/2013 12:27:00 AM) - Al

Both Kobe Bryant and Lebron James took 25 shots in tonight's game.

Lebron had 42 points, 7 boards, 8 assists, 3 steals, and 2 turnovers.

Kobe? 22, 4, 1,1, and 6.


1/18/2013 12:27:00 AM

Thursday, January 17, 2013

(1/17/2013 10:22:00 PM) - Al

Bucks win in Phoenix, first time in 26 years. Don Nelson was still the coach last time they won there.

The Suns are very mediocre, so that helped immensely.

1/17/2013 10:22:00 PM

(1/17/2013 09:52:00 PM) - Al

Expect to see stories like this a lot in the coming months.

Many docs work 6-9 months to pay for their malpractice insurance, while the Dems refuse to consider tort reform because they are in bed with legal lobbyists, who are the only ones to profit from those huge, ridiculous punitive damage lawsuits.

1/17/2013 09:52:00 PM

(1/17/2013 09:10:00 PM) - Al

It's all about politics. Does not care about effectiveness...have you not noticed the economy the past four years?

1/17/2013 09:10:00 PM

(1/17/2013 06:31:00 PM) - Al

I blame Reagan for everything.

That said, my favorite is still Bill Clinton looking us in the eye and telling us we don't want to elect Mitt Romney...because he's a liar!

You were impeached because you committed perjury Bill. We all know that means you do not necessarily tell the truth, even when you swear to do so.

1/17/2013 06:31:00 PM

(1/17/2013 05:58:00 PM) - Al

Gomez will make $4.3M in '13, another reason Logan Schafer for $500K will probably be the CF in '14.

I said a year or two ago that Carlos would eventually sign a long-term contract for $7-8M a season when he was a free agent,. and I received a number of e-mails that said, bluntly, I was an idiot. He hits fastballs, is a great defender, and runs like the wind. That's a pricey ballplayer if they play an up the middle position, even if they do have a .300ish OBP.

1/17/2013 05:58:00 PM

(1/17/2013 05:45:00 PM) - Al

Best explanation I've seen of the various weapons, 99% of all weapons are perfectly legal and not "assault rifles" which don't even exist.

I read last night that Obama's executive orders ended up being very tame because, despite a legal team of thousands, they could not differentiate between what people use for hunting and sport and what are poften used in crimes...there is no difference, despite many anti-Constitution people insisting school shootings were "automatic," which have not been sold in the USA since, wait for it, 1934.

1/17/2013 05:45:00 PM

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

(1/16/2013 07:51:00 PM) - Al

LaTroy Hawkins joins in the fun.

1/16/2013 07:51:00 PM

(1/16/2013 07:31:00 PM) - Al

T'eo can still come back from this, hell ray lewis killed someone in real life and everyone loves him.--Robert Zukowski

That's true. I don't get it, but it is true. 

1/16/2013 07:31:00 PM

(1/16/2013 06:02:00 PM) - Al

These Te'o jokes are all very funny but let's all try and remember that a person who never existed is dead.--Seth Myers


1/16/2013 06:02:00 PM

(1/16/2013 05:57:00 PM) - Al

This is where the USA is headed, and no one pretends they notice.

1/16/2013 05:57:00 PM

(1/16/2013 05:31:00 PM) - Al

Journalism: not dying because of the internet. Dying because of apparent laziness.--Ben Voelker

Only when they don't want to see the truth. 

1/16/2013 05:31:00 PM

(1/16/2013 05:26:00 PM) - Al

I must admit, my belief in humanity is reaffirmed as I read how much hatred there is for Notre Dame on Twitter.

1/16/2013 05:26:00 PM

(1/16/2013 04:34:00 PM) - Al

Manti Te'o has two choices here. He is either a perpetrator of a heinous lie or so gullible that his mental health is in question.--JR Radcliffe


Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to chat with Maria, my hot Brazilian "friend" who sends me pictures of herself frolicking on the beaches long as I donate $29.95 a month to her "tuition" fund.

1/16/2013 04:34:00 PM

(1/16/2013 04:27:00 PM) - Al

We throw out 40% of our food.

We're germaphobes and slaves to sell-by dates that are pure fiction. And, not very bright.

1/16/2013 04:27:00 PM

(1/16/2013 04:23:00 PM) - Al

Notre Dame statement: "Notre Dame coaches informed Dec 26 by Manti Te’o & parents Manti had been victim of what appears to be a hoax."

I'll take Coming Clean After You Get Caught for $1000, Alex. 

1/16/2013 04:23:00 PM

(1/16/2013 04:13:00 PM) - Al

Let's hope Lance Armstrong didn't kill or sleep with Teo's fictional girlfriend...or even worse, take her shooting at a range, the old media will crucify him for that.

1/16/2013 04:13:00 PM

(1/16/2013 04:02:00 PM) - Al

We can only hope.

1/16/2013 04:02:00 PM

(1/16/2013 03:48:00 PM) - Al

I have to wonder how many of the old media's tales are just as false and totally unresearched.

And, Notre Dame, shame on you.

1/16/2013 03:48:00 PM

(1/16/2013 01:54:00 PM) - Al

Rand Paul on cutting foreign aid: "We have to start with countries burning our flag and chanting 'death to America.'

The irony is, someone actually has to say this.

1/16/2013 01:54:00 PM

(1/16/2013 01:38:00 PM) - Al

Obama to spend $4.5B (at least, probably far more) on pushing paper that won't accomplish a thing.

Meanwhile, if you paid a retired/current police officer $30K to hang out and provide security at every single public school in the US (you know, like they do at his children's private school), you'd have an annual bill of...$3B.

Yeah, I don't know where the money would come from.

When you're king, your ideas can be really stupid. Four years down, four to go.

1/16/2013 01:38:00 PM

(1/16/2013 01:04:00 PM) - Al

Brewers hit 1M tickets sold, 2nd earliest in history.

This means season ticket renewals are going well, as single game, and not even group tickets have hit the street as of yet.

1/16/2013 01:04:00 PM

(1/16/2013 12:57:00 PM) - Al

David Price beats tax hike...just like thousands of others will do, in one way or another.

As Reagan showed, you actually get more revenue in when you lower the rates.

If you don't learn from history, you have an Obamaconomy, and wonder why.

1/16/2013 12:57:00 PM

(1/16/2013 12:49:00 PM) - Al

Luckily, as Glenn points out, there's no executive order against giving weapons to Mexican drug cartels, or requiring them to do anything to protect embassies in Benghazi.

I can only imagine the mock indignation the left would have had conservatives shown up at the polls and King Romney would have issued something like this.

Obama should go somewhere and start his own monarchy, because we ain't one. 

1/16/2013 12:49:00 PM

(1/16/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I mentioned this yesterday.

I wish they could keep their mock angst to themselves.

1/16/2013 09:00:00 AM

(1/16/2013 01:07:00 AM) - Al

I recall many in the Cities before furious that Trestman was bypassed for the Gophers' job many moons ago.

Quite a resume in the CFL, to be certain.

1/16/2013 01:07:00 AM

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

(1/15/2013 11:51:00 PM) - Al

Bo says the assistants did a great job prepping, because he's under the weather. Says he felt like someone took him into the corner and roughed him up.

I noticed he seemed to not question nearly as many calls tonight as usual.

1/15/2013 11:51:00 PM

(1/15/2013 11:18:00 PM) - Al

This makes me feel better.  Not.

You realize, during his press conference yesterday, he bragged things were improving.And not a single sheep challenged it with, you know, the numbers.

1/15/2013 11:18:00 PM

(1/15/2013 10:36:00 PM) - Al

Bo Ryan deadpanned post-game that he's still mad about Indiana's 3 transition points.--Badgers' PR

They'll watch that on tape several times too.:)

EDIT: Just watched the presser, not a single reporter laughed. They thought he was serious. 

1/15/2013 10:36:00 PM

(1/15/2013 10:20:00 PM) - Al

Never even think about questioning Bo Ryan and his players. The great thing about the college game is the coach is both the GM and the coach, so he can bring in his own type of player. He's built that program into a dynasty, and even in almost anyone would say is a "down year" talent wise (especially with Gasser injured), they can still take the court against anyone on a given night, and if they hit their 3's, and have the other guys miss some, they can beat anyone.

Those tough nonconference games, though many hate them, including myself, paid off tonight. Suddenly, Traevon Jackson is a passable point guard who can hit a midrange jumper just like Jordan Taylor did.

Every night is going to be a struggle in the Big Ten, I think 4 of the next 5 are versus ranked teams. Can't take that W away, however. 

1/15/2013 10:20:00 PM

(1/15/2013 09:35:00 PM) - Al

That's because the credit agencies understand deficit spending, even if the administration and media are clueless.

1/15/2013 09:35:00 PM

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