Al's Ramblings

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

(4/30/2013 09:36:00 PM) - Al

On that line out, Welke signaled third down and a blocking foul.

4/30/2013 09:36:00 PM

(4/30/2013 09:30:00 PM) - Al

Welke almost called Segura out at 1B on the HR...

4/30/2013 09:30:00 PM

(4/30/2013 09:18:00 PM) - Al

The irony is, despite those who embarrass themselves by saying the umpires are almost always right, the truth is, they not only miss the really close ones, but the obvious. That wasn't even close in live action, the ball was in the glove, and then the foot hit the bag. I saw it, the announcers saw it, everyone saw it except the guy who gets overpaid to see it, but will have a job for infinity regardless of how little effort he gives.

4/30/2013 09:18:00 PM

(4/30/2013 08:53:00 PM) - Al

Is Shelley Duncan that veteran 1B/OF bat Doug has been looking for?

I doubt it, but he does have solid numbers versus LHP/RHP, and no split at all.

4/30/2013 08:53:00 PM

(4/30/2013 08:31:00 PM) - Al

The facts are true, but the "blueprint" is to get a new arena plan in place.

4/30/2013 08:31:00 PM

(4/30/2013 08:03:00 PM) - Al

Kelvin Sampson is being mentioned as a leading contender for several NBA jobs, including DET and MIL.

4/30/2013 08:03:00 PM

(4/30/2013 08:01:00 PM) - Al

Adam says Ramirez hopes to return Friday, and Roenicke confirms he will not play nine innings right away.

4/30/2013 08:01:00 PM

(4/30/2013 05:33:00 PM) - Al

Ramirez runs bases at 75%, plan made for his return, Roenicke declines to make public.

I assume he'll run again tomorrow and be in the lineup Thursday or Friday. He might be limited to half games and/or nonconsecutive days for a bit, as he said he did not want to go to minor league rehab.

I would guess Davis will go down, leaving the speedy and versatile Prince up for a while...assuming Gonzalez is not to be DL'd. 

4/30/2013 05:33:00 PM

(4/30/2013 05:12:00 PM) - Al

Obama blames Congress for not closing Gitmo, apparently forgetting he made an executive order to keep it open.

We're in the very best of hands.

To think how many embarrassing gaffes could have been avoided by a spiral notebook.

4/30/2013 05:12:00 PM

(4/30/2013 04:35:00 PM) - Al

Incredible. Many people have no idea Planned Parenthood is nothing more than an abortion factory.

I suppose it's easier to think of a community center type setting, with basketball courts, brochures about adoption, and posters that discuss birth control and abstinence (and personal responsibility). That said, no wonder people can't grasp the concept of free markets rather than playing video games and cashing a check every month.

4/30/2013 04:35:00 PM

(4/30/2013 04:24:00 PM) - Al

Maybe if the embassy had a Planned Parenthood chapter, maybe someone would have showed up.--Greg Gutfeld

Obama claimed to not know a thing about the people who claim to not be allowed to testify about Benghazi. Nothing. But he called Jason Collins?

If it was a sitcom, it'd be hilarious. However, in real life with real deaths, it's painful incompetence.

4/30/2013 04:24:00 PM

(4/30/2013 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Come to America, go to college for free, and blow stuff up.

If the left had their way, that's what the Statue of Liberty would say.

4/30/2013 01:00:00 PM

(4/30/2013 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Our government at work.

Paper pushers who only want to justify their job never was so accurate.

4/30/2013 11:30:00 AM

(4/30/2013 10:30:00 AM) - Al

UWGB coach under scrutiny.

I'd say the language is not much of an issue at all, as they do not hold your hand at that level. The incident involving the shorts seems a bit over the top, however.

4/30/2013 10:30:00 AM

(4/30/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

This is why we must have the internet.

And, Casey Novak got robbed. Her legs are longer than many women are tall.

4/30/2013 09:00:00 AM

(4/30/2013 06:30:00 AM) - Al

The Brewers are hoping to acquire a corner infielder/outfielder in the mold of Mark Kotsay, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports tweets. In 2011, Kotsay played in 104 games for the Brewers at all three outfield spots as well as first base.

Davis and Prince need to play every day. A RH bat to complement Schafer and maybe pick up a start versus a tough LHP for Aoki would be a nice addition. 

4/30/2013 06:30:00 AM

Monday, April 29, 2013

(4/29/2013 07:59:00 PM) - Al

Seattle looks to have lost the battle for the Kings, team almost certain to stay in Sacramento.

This relates to the Bucks a couple ways, but to cut to the chase:

1. Seattle still needs a team, and has rich dudes with about $550M burning a hole in their pocket and in a couple years, a brand new arena.

2. Once you lose a team, like Seattle did, it's very tough to get one back. No one realizes what a valuable commodity it is until it's gone.

4/29/2013 07:59:00 PM

(4/29/2013 06:36:00 PM) - Al

Obamacare is extremely problematic…needs an enormous fix.--Elizabeth Colbert Bush

You can tell the Dems that have an election coming up a mile away. 

4/29/2013 06:36:00 PM

(4/29/2013 06:26:00 PM) - Al

Got back from the vet. My 16 year old Bichon has kidney failure with no hope. Started to put her down, then couldn't. Probably tomorrow.--Doyle Brunson

If you recall, Doyle just lost his elderly poodle a few months ago. This hits mighty close to home to me, as the Rambling dog is 17 and I have not seen a single dog reach that age, but several pass away in the past couple years.

4/29/2013 06:26:00 PM

(4/29/2013 06:08:00 PM) - Al

Chris Broussard expresses a view many Christians will agree with.

I, of course, have expressed my apathy about the topic many times, as I do not care who Collins (or Broussard) sleeps with or doesn't sleep with, just so he doesn't do anything to harm my country or fellow countrymen..

Broussard is welcome to his views. Even those that do not feel that way will likely agree that none of us are without sin, so to be honest, it's a very weak insult, as far as I can tell.

4/29/2013 06:08:00 PM

(4/29/2013 03:49:00 PM) - Al

Umpires are almost always the ones who start it, because they have nothing to lose. The odds of several TB players lying or one bad umpire lying? Not even close. 

4/29/2013 03:49:00 PM

(4/29/2013 03:40:00 PM) - Al

Remember back when they lied and said members of the tea party had used racial slurs? Breitbart offered $1M to anyone with one on tape, and no one ever came forward to claim the money.

Today, tapes surface with a Dem using slurs on tape...not really news. Carry on.

May you live in interesting times.

4/29/2013 03:40:00 PM

(4/29/2013 03:31:00 PM) - Al

As I have said before, I don't think the Astros or Marlins will be that bad at all. Both have good young talent, with little depth other than the low ceiling AAA vets.

4/29/2013 03:31:00 PM

(4/29/2013 03:28:00 PM) - Al

No word on any Brewers' roster moves, so even if they come, it seems unlikely to be before the game, as they would be forced to play short tonight. Gonzalez is still out with a sore hammy. 

4/29/2013 03:28:00 PM

(4/29/2013 03:18:00 PM) - Al

The sequester battle is over, and the Dems lost.

All they've proven is how easy it is to cut spending with little noticeable effect...despite the pathetic, petty attempts by the left to maximize them.

4/29/2013 03:18:00 PM

(4/29/2013 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Government's "next pillar" should be paying for what it's done so far.

41% of the debt is from the past four years, while 59% is from the 232 years prior. I realize they have no idea except to tax and spend, but at least pretend to have a clue.

4/29/2013 12:30:00 PM

(4/29/2013 12:01:00 PM) - Al

Jason Collins becomes the first pro athlete of any consequence to say he's gay.

The fallout will be very minimal, as I've predicted for years. He'll get some minor guest spots and maybe even some endorsements. Also, now that the first has come out, it'll be a parade the next couple years.

As for Collins, he'll be nearly anonymous as soon as a couple months from now.

4/29/2013 12:01:00 PM

(4/29/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

I'm telling you, Tony Campana is a one tool guy, but his one tool is so good, he's good enough for a contender to carry in September, just like the Brewers did with Mel Stocker and the Red Sox did with Joey Gathright.

For a team like the Nationals, Braves, Tigers, or Rangers; teams that are heavy favorites to make the playoffs, I'd try to find a spot and make him the 25th man.

Tools like that, like Gomez's defense or the elusive Clemente arm (Francouer is probably as good as it gets today), are so off the charts, they are tough to value accordingly.

4/29/2013 10:00:00 AM

(4/29/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Amazing what those science boys find when they get out their tenured lab positions and, you know, take a gander at the outside.

Every time they go to the dense rainforest in South America, they find dozens of species that they either thought were extinct, or they never knew existed. Somehow, they still manage to delay every piece of construction because some bug might be endangered.

4/29/2013 09:00:00 AM

Sunday, April 28, 2013

(4/28/2013 10:13:00 PM) - Al

Mike Fiers pitched 7 strong innings, only gave up a run in Nashville today. 0.82 ERA after two starts, though his BB/K numbers have been weak. He's either pitching better or getting luckier...or both. Good to see, we'll need an SP at some point.

Also, Gindl has his BA up to .194, was .133 a week or so ago. Looks like he's figured it out.

4/28/2013 10:13:00 PM

(4/28/2013 08:04:00 PM) - Al

There are increasing whispers Jim Boylan will be relieved of his duties in the next couple of days.--Racine Journal Times

I'm not simple enough to think this Bucks team was good enough to win more than 42-44 games max, but given Jennings' effort was questioned for the first time after three plus of Skiles, and he never seemed to figure out how to get a three guard rotation going, despite Ellis playing stellar at the point. Interims have a tough road, and it doesn't take much to decide on "the field" rather than the one guy you have. Considering it sounds like there will be several playoff coaches let go as well, there's probably a dozen vets who would love to have the job.

The irony is, a defensive minded coach who doesn't mind working with youth...basically, Skiles II, is what I'd be looking for.

4/28/2013 08:04:00 PM

(4/28/2013 07:40:00 PM) - Al

Casper Wells, another recent DFA, might be another option.

4/28/2013 07:40:00 PM

(4/28/2013 07:35:00 PM) - Al

Gennett, Gindl, and Bianchi are the only position players on the 40 that are not on the 25 man roster. Bianchi is supposedly not 100% yet. I'd love to see Gennett up for a couple weeks, maybe play 2B once and PH the rest of the time. Gindl is off to his annual slow start, so he would be doubtful as well.

I would not expect them to put anyone on the 40 that they have to keep on the 40 (like a Hunter Morris type), but they do have some utility types, Stephen Parker and Blake Davis, who would be possibles, I s'pose. If they could somehow get him in the next day or two, Rockies' DFA Chris Nelson would be a nice fit.

4/28/2013 07:35:00 PM

(4/28/2013 07:27:00 PM) - Al

Gonzalez has been playing on half a leg rather than the one I guessed.

Heck, he might need a DL stint to rest and rehab for a couple weeks when some more bodies get healthy.

We'll see if any moves are made tomorrow when they get home, as they hinted a meeting will take place. Green can go on the 60 day DL if a 40 man roster spot is needed temporarily as well. Guys like Prince and Davis, who have just been PR/PH, not only need playing time, but almost any minor league vets can do that job, which mostly involves sitting and rarely playing.

4/28/2013 07:27:00 PM

(4/28/2013 02:50:00 PM) - Al

Ho hum, another day, another scandal.

I wish we'd actually quit pretending Benghazi wasn't mass incompetence

{"Why difference does it make?}

before we move on to this one, in which it appears every single person who asked for a check got a check...pretty much standard for this administration's handling of the 47%.

4/28/2013 02:50:00 PM

(4/28/2013 01:54:00 PM) - Al

Speaking of Sandy...

If they don't report it, it never happened. To much of the 47% they count on, that's true.

4/28/2013 01:54:00 PM

(4/28/2013 01:52:00 PM) - Al

The left is clueless on how to fix schools, as the only idea they've tried in fifty years, throwing money at unions, has failed annually.

It's to the point now they can't even talk a good game.

4/28/2013 01:52:00 PM

(4/28/2013 01:43:00 PM) - Al

Brewers are 6th in runs scored in the NL thus can see the casuals embarrass themselves daily, as their predictions of a paltry offense have failed to materialize.

We see it all the time, of course, people not understanding that even the best players are only worth 5-6 wins over 162, so most solid performers are only worth 2-3. Over the small sample of games played thus far (13.6%), a guy like Yuni can easily outperform what a guy like Ramirez would have done.

To be honest, given that COL and ARI are ahead of them, teams that play in the two most offensive environments in the league, you could easily make the assumption that the Crew is 4th of 15 NL teams scoring runs thus far.

4/28/2013 01:43:00 PM

(4/28/2013 01:22:00 PM) - Al

99% of that Katrina "trouble" was either intentional deceit (like Andy Cooper is famous for) or just a bunch of whiners that expect someone to show up at their door and hand feed them filet mignon and lobster bisque a half hour after the storm subsides. Even Donna agrees, though she waited forever to make her feelings known for political reasons, because she's very polite and civil...and a hypocrite. Awful, disgusting people.

You're pretty much on your own for 2-3 days if you choose to ignore the warnings to leave, as the Red Cross won't even let their people in for 48 hours, for fear of power lines being down and the like. Sometimes, the mock outrage gets picked up, but the rubes aren't bright enough to pick up the false overtones.

This past Sandy experience, you did not hear too much, until a few who happened to be the last to have electricity restored were loud with their disgust...apparently, not understanding that someone has to be last, regardless.

4/28/2013 01:22:00 PM

(4/28/2013 12:16:00 PM) - Al

Segura back in the lineup at SS. All RH bats other than Aoki. Kershaw is as good as they get if he's on.

4/28/2013 12:16:00 PM

(4/28/2013 10:44:00 AM) - Al

I struggle to comprehend that no one suggested he not make a joke about Muslim socialists a week and a half after two of them blew people up at a marathon.

They just don't seem to get it.

4/28/2013 10:44:00 AM

(4/28/2013 10:37:00 AM) - Al

John Rich (I assume he's the country musician) left a nice tip a couple weeks ago.

4/28/2013 10:37:00 AM

(4/28/2013 10:06:00 AM) - Al

Rockies DFA Chris Nelson, who had a very good season last year, and has been very generic the rest of his career.

He would have come in handy these past couple weeks with Ramirez out, and Weeks in a down spell.

4/28/2013 10:06:00 AM

Saturday, April 27, 2013

(4/27/2013 11:32:00 PM) - Al

That last play by Gonzalez would seem to prove Alex is playing on one leg. Very fortunate that worked out. Yuni has been so good at 3B, ironic he would miss the routine one hopper.

4/27/2013 11:32:00 PM

(4/27/2013 11:09:00 PM) - Al

That White House Correspondent's Dinner was pathetic. The rest of America is out there working our asses off while these DC assclowns throw themselves a nerd prom.--Sarah Palin

She could literally save us billions of dollars with a ten cent Bic and a couple hours looking through the pork ridden joke DC puts forth (without voting on, mind you).

Common sense is not in fashion among those 47%, just those of us who work for a living.

4/27/2013 11:09:00 PM

(4/27/2013 10:27:00 PM) - Al

Gomez looks to be playing way deeper tonight in CF. He's playing almost as deep as Aoki.

4/27/2013 10:27:00 PM

(4/27/2013 09:29:00 PM) - Al

One has to wonder if Gonzalez is healthy. He has struggled mightily at 3B and does not appear to be himself at all even now that he's back at SS.

4/27/2013 09:29:00 PM

(4/27/2013 09:12:00 PM) - Al

Not only do I want to know why we're a member, why do we give them a penny, and why do we let these pigs meet on our soil?

4/27/2013 09:12:00 PM

(4/27/2013 08:46:00 PM) - Al

Funny, the new owners of Hostess decide to go with nonunion folks...funny, I was told by unbiased union supporters that they're simply so much better.

For the most part, unions are financial suicide. Sadly, just about the only ones left are bleeding the taxpayers dry.

4/27/2013 08:46:00 PM

(4/27/2013 08:34:00 PM) - Al

Roenicke saying he's "not sure it's best" for guys like Davis and Prince to be sitting on the bench, may go down to get AB's.

One of them will almost certainly be sent down when Ramirez returns.Bianchi is "a ways away," and don't forget, he's out of options, so he'll probably remain at AAA until he is needed or his rehab time is up. 

4/27/2013 08:34:00 PM

(4/27/2013 08:20:00 PM) - Al

So much more polite and civil than those of us on the right.

4/27/2013 08:20:00 PM

(4/27/2013 08:04:00 PM) - Al

Segura split a fingernail during BP, will not play tonight.

I can't imagine that alone would keep you out, but I have no idea how much that hurts.

4/27/2013 08:04:00 PM

(4/27/2013 07:49:00 PM) - Al

Russian authorities secretly recorded a telephone conversation in 2011 in which one of the Boston bombing suspects vaguely discussed jihad with his mother, officials said Saturday, days after the U.S. government finally received details about the call.--AP 

Not sure if this is the idiot who said they were framed or not, but they should start shooting and quit when they run out of bullets. 

4/27/2013 07:49:00 PM

(4/27/2013 07:46:00 PM) - Al

A socialist sees an expensive house and thinks, "No one should live like this."

A capitalist sees an expensive house and thinks, "Everyone should live like this."--100% Fed Up

They have no idea how to create jobs and wealth, so their only plan is to make everyone a have not.

Admittedly, thus far, it's going swimmingly.

4/27/2013 07:46:00 PM

(4/27/2013 06:54:00 PM) - Al

Jenny McCarthy has thousands of deaths on her hands, not just one.

Sadly, the old media would only call her on it if she was a fiscal conservative. That's the way it works.

4/27/2013 06:54:00 PM

(4/27/2013 03:49:00 PM) - Al

Friend of Ramblings Harold writes he feels Gaylord Perry should be removed from the Hall of Fame.

I look forward to reading his novel as well.

4/27/2013 03:49:00 PM

(4/27/2013 02:55:00 PM) - Al

Not sure if Roenicke is trying to send a message or if he fails to understand risk/reward scenarios. Obviously, not all suicide squeeze plays will work, as the batters will miss some, or pop them up. Gomez isn't going to catch every fly ball he can get to either, although he catches the vast majority of them.

4/27/2013 02:55:00 PM

(4/27/2013 02:48:00 PM) - Al

No one wants to buy loans only the government is stupid enough to give out.

Gee, I wonder who pays the bill on such ignorant fiscal policy.

Those taxpayer rubes.

4/27/2013 02:48:00 PM

(4/27/2013 02:43:00 PM) - Al

Sequestration has proven that government spends far too much money, and spends most of it stupidly.

Remember months ago when Obama insisted it would be a disaster...and then told everyone tro go out of their way to make it a disaster?

What have we had? Minor dilemmas that a private business could fix before their break in the morning.

You know, it's almost as if the administration was:

1. Not being truthful.

2. Completely in over their heads.

4/27/2013 02:43:00 PM

(4/27/2013 02:09:00 PM) - Al

This is what people on the right do while those on the left are trying to figure out ways to get those old fogies to pay more taxes.

4/27/2013 02:09:00 PM

(4/27/2013 02:05:00 PM) - Al

Apparently, both Bidens are as looney as they get.

Now if you'll excuse me, Dr. Al's Ramblings will return in a few minutes.

4/27/2013 02:05:00 PM

Friday, April 26, 2013

(4/26/2013 11:15:00 PM) - Al

I just saw Aaron spelled Aaryn.

I'll think I'll shuffle off in front of a truck.

Signed, Ayl.

4/26/2013 11:15:00 PM

(4/26/2013 10:15:00 PM) - Al

Since it seems likely the Bucks will be looking for a new coach in a couple days, here's a list of candidates for teh 76ers job...many have Bucks' connections, though the name that jumps out at me is Byron Scott, who is as respected as any assistant in the league.

I would prefer a defensive minded coach like Skiles, who no one thought was getting that much out of guys until Jennings (and others) were, at best, up and down in the effort department. Curry is a name I thought of right away, was Hammond in DET when he was there?

4/26/2013 10:15:00 PM

(4/26/2013 09:53:00 PM) - Al

Let's not forget...candidate Obama said deficits were unpatriotic.

I would have ran that graph nonstop. I don't know if it would have mattered or not, but when he stands there with a straight face and says he's cut billions from the deficit (all fake, all several years down the line), at least people would go, "Um, no he hasn't."

It ain't a revenue problem. History will look at that and go, what the hell? Didn't they understand simple math? I'll be forced to respond that yes we do, but sadly, we were labeled racist for bringing it up.

4/26/2013 09:53:00 PM

(4/26/2013 09:42:00 PM) - Al

Thornburg and Hand combine for seven innings, no earned runs.

Tyler threw 97 pitches in 5 frames, however. Still looks like a reliever to me.

Donovan continues to impress after a very good spring, and is finally striking guys out.

4/26/2013 09:42:00 PM

(4/26/2013 06:04:00 PM) - Al

I can't say I notice Lucroy doing a great job framing pitches (I think Marty does it nicely too), but I guess that means he does it really well.

4/26/2013 06:04:00 PM

(4/26/2013 05:20:00 PM) - Al

Ballpark food that's yummy; that the left would ban if they could.

Freedom is overrate, as the rubes can't be trusted to make their own decisions. How are we going to create a utopian society unless we control every aspect of everyone's life!

4/26/2013 05:20:00 PM

(4/26/2013 04:36:00 PM) - Al

Every idea the left has accomplishes two things...limits freedom and raises taxes.

Funny how they never use that in their marketing.

4/26/2013 04:36:00 PM

(4/26/2013 04:21:00 PM) - Al

Manchester City may get MLS expansion team in NYC, and coincidentally, are in New York for an exhibition in a month.

4/26/2013 04:21:00 PM

(4/26/2013 12:13:00 PM) - Al

Heck, I'm pro choice (with conditions), and I don't mind it a bit. Planned Parenthood is a taxpayer funded abortion factory. They could easily be funded privately and could also, trust me, actually do more than refer folks to abortion clinics. They choose not to.

4/26/2013 12:13:00 PM

Thursday, April 25, 2013

(4/25/2013 10:50:00 PM) - Al

Mantei Tuo will probably end up with a team that doesn't exist.--MulahTruth

Heh. It just keeps getting funnier.

4/25/2013 10:50:00 PM

(4/25/2013 07:10:00 PM) - Al

History will remember this as the administration of unintended consequences.

It all comes back to the same thing...they think they can ignore the laws of supply and demand because they don't like it.

It's ECON 101, but I guess they were busy taking Russian Bisexual Gender Roles in 1850's Literature.

4/25/2013 07:10:00 PM

(4/25/2013 06:53:00 PM) - Al

Some people are simply too stupid to live.

4/25/2013 06:53:00 PM

(4/25/2013 06:51:00 PM) - Al

Yes. Yes they do.

And punish your success. Why?

Because they don't like capitalism. Or understand it.

4/25/2013 06:51:00 PM

(4/25/2013 06:22:00 PM) - Al

I think I saw this ad, and thought it was very strange right away. I think it was on mute though, so I thought it must not have been what it actually was.

4/25/2013 06:22:00 PM

(4/25/2013 04:40:00 PM) - Al

Average prom costs $1100+.

I was busy mocking those who wanted to go to prom to go to prom. Still don't understand it.

4/25/2013 04:40:00 PM

(4/25/2013 02:02:00 PM) - Al

MLS set to add a 2th team to NYC, other cities getting in line for next expansion, possibly up to 24 teams in the next few years.

ChivasUSA, the 2nd team in LA aimed at Latino fans, has the lowest attendance in the league and may be a relocation candidate as well.

4/25/2013 02:02:00 PM

(4/25/2013 01:38:00 PM) - Al

Segura should have been out for going from 2B to 1B.

That was my thought right away. I had read that years ago, without any special circumstances. Makes sense.

4/25/2013 01:38:00 PM

(4/25/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Raising taxes and adding a burden of even more paperwork to small businesses will drive many out of business, and lead many more to cut back, and simply ignore the new law.

Of course, that's become kind of a Dem way of life, because they think it will hurt the successful...and we all know they despise the free market. 

4/25/2013 12:00:00 PM

(4/25/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

The policy overlaps because Obama hasn't had time to screw up everything...yet.

I still find his Gitmo idea...let's just let them loose in Europe/Asia to be the most wasn't until allies said, "Um, are you insane?" was he forced to, you know, keep terrorists in prison.

By the way, that must be one heckuva hunger strike they're on down there...I think most of the gutless wonders have probably gained weight.

Note to ain't a hunger strike just from saying it is. Try, you know, not eating a while. Not everyone is as gullible as the old media.

4/25/2013 11:00:00 AM

(4/25/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

We're in the best of hands.

And this is why we make fun of those who work for the government. Because they suck at it.

4/25/2013 10:00:00 AM

(4/25/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Far lefty Marc Lamont Hill calls convicted cop killer "a leading intellectual."

Pathetic, but not surprising.

4/25/2013 09:00:00 AM

(4/25/2013 12:32:00 AM) - Al

Roenicke said Emmel blew the call because Maldonado’s back foot was still in the box, which replays confirmed. The rules state that it's batter's interference only if the hitter is completely out of the box.

“To end the game, you better know darn well that he’s out of the box,” said Roenicke, already no fan of that umpiring crew after being ejected the previous evening. “You could see the ball hit (Maldonado’s) shoulder. He was definitely not out of the box."--JS

The punishment for blowing call after call? Huge paychecks and outstanding benefits.

Hard to believe it doesn't magically improve with those incentives, huh?

Wait 'til it gets hot out...

4/25/2013 12:32:00 AM

(4/25/2013 12:21:00 AM) - Al

Adam tweets out still of Marty after being hit by the batted ball...obviously, another blown call, which is par for the course from a group that was embarrassing all series.

Hey, when you have no incentive to not suck, you're not going to get much of an effort, which is usually exactly what we get. You just pretty much have to hope the suck balances out.

4/25/2013 12:21:00 AM

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

(4/24/2013 11:34:00 PM) - Al

Brewers just getting outpitched tonight, and Marco did not pitch badly.

Running into a hot pitcher is one reason the playoffs are such a crapshoot.

4/24/2013 11:34:00 PM

(4/24/2013 11:30:00 PM) - Al

Surprised the Warriors upset the Nuggets (and scored 131) in game two, as I did not foresee a single lower seeded team winning a first round series. The Bulls are the only other one to do so thus far.

4/24/2013 11:30:00 PM

(4/24/2013 10:42:00 PM) - Al

Ramirez looks to return next week, does not want to go on a rehab, so he might play half games upon his return.

Also, Axford may be one bad Henderson appearance from being the closer, and maybe not that. 

4/24/2013 10:42:00 PM

(4/24/2013 10:12:00 PM) - Al

Getting picked on for implying the Gophers will be rough in buckets.

I think they'll be in that Northwestern/Rutgers (they don't move to the Big Ten until '14) area, with Nebraska and Penn State improving. I keep hearing Minnesota has several top 100 recruits in high school now, but I also know top 100 recruits will have offers from all over the country, and it will be difficult getting them to stay home with an ancient facility, no modern practice facility, and not a whole lot of recent winning tradition.

EDIT: Of course, maybe Richard Pitino is the second coming of his dad. That we don't know until he gets recruiting. 

4/24/2013 10:12:00 PM

(4/24/2013 06:02:00 PM) - Al

Ranger Up has released a Boston Tshirt, and they will be sending many to Boston cops as well.

Free mention, go buy one or several.

4/24/2013 06:02:00 PM

(4/24/2013 05:27:00 PM) - Al

Michigan State adds a huge late addition as former Minnesota commit Alvin Ellis, a 2013 SG, has pledged to the Spartans.

That sound you heard was Tubby Smith chuckling. 

4/24/2013 05:27:00 PM

(4/24/2013 01:46:00 PM) - Al

So many things to dislike here...

1. It's 24/7, but only shown during prime time?

2. The attention span of Americans is about eight seconds, and they're making it really long? They should be trying to shorten the show, not lengthen it.

3. This might be the only show cancelled and the contestants told to go home.

4/24/2013 01:46:00 PM

(4/24/2013 01:13:00 PM) - Al

Jim links to this post on Taylor Green's surgery. I wonder how much pain he has been in, as this sounds like it has been bothering him for ages.

4/24/2013 01:13:00 PM

(4/24/2013 01:05:00 PM) - Al

George Webb attempts to get some free marketing because of what they used to advertise.

Well, the price is right.

4/24/2013 01:05:00 PM

(4/24/2013 12:48:00 PM) - Al

Earlier practice and a 30 second shot clock? Bo Ryan weighs in on both.

I'm not sure I like the practices move, as the season lasts 5-6 months now. As Bo points out, defenses are advanced and that's become the side of the game to focus on, so I don't see points going up from that. AS Stve Alford points out, that's five less seconds to work for a shot versus a tough D.

4/24/2013 12:48:00 PM

(4/24/2013 12:35:00 PM) - Al

Clinton lied under oath (apparently, a family tradition), the White House lied...yeah, I feel more secure every day.

Look, I knew it was a disaster, because it went so badly that Obama and Clinton had to go on 60 Minutes and answer softballs lobbed at them by a partisan hack to save face. Just how bad it was is being proven by how hard they are trying to ignore this deception ever happened.

4/24/2013 12:35:00 PM

(4/24/2013 10:30:00 AM) - Al

I'm sorry, but go to urgent care, and then pray.

We had people in Wausau that got away with this, and it's pathetic. Religion is not a substitute for common sense. And, while we're on the subject, might want to pick up some of that common sense while you're out and about.

4/24/2013 10:30:00 AM

(4/24/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Something I found while looking for something else...cheapest Brewers' ticket listed on their website....$11-15, depending on what game.

Cheapest Minnesota Lynx (that's the WNBA) ticket? $18.

They don't sell the upper level (unless needed), but it's difficult for me to believe they are not pricing out a segment of fans by refusing to sell $5-10 seats. 

4/24/2013 09:00:00 AM

(4/24/2013 12:29:00 AM) - Al

Sadly, I had to fight to make it to the end of the game...I get the feeling those coaches that are in their 50's and 60's really struggle.

Very lucky Yo got through 5, he had next to nothing early, and not a whole lot later on, but in Petco, it was just enough.

By the way, remember when Axford couldn't pitch? He was by far the best pitcher to take the mound tonight, and no one came close to making good contact against him.

4/24/2013 12:29:00 AM

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

(4/23/2013 02:35:00 PM) - Al

I just realized Braun is making $11M this year ($8.5M base+$2.5M signing bonus paid 4/1/13)...if he would have went year to year, what would he have received in his final season of arby...$20M minimum, and $25M is not unlikely.

That deal may end up being the most team friendly extension of all time.

4/23/2013 02:35:00 PM

(4/23/2013 02:25:00 PM) - Al

How does Obama's budget proposal look?

Simply put, it would bankrupt us...and he doesn't care.

4/23/2013 02:25:00 PM

(4/23/2013 01:50:00 PM) - Al

It's only news if a Republican would have said it.

4/23/2013 01:50:00 PM

(4/23/2013 01:35:00 PM) - Al

Kid suspended for wearing NRA shirt returns to school...wearing exact same shirt.

Good for him. Sounds like something that get you the gulag in the USSR. Of course, the former Soviet Union was far more moderate than American public schools... 

4/23/2013 01:35:00 PM

(4/23/2013 01:25:00 PM) - Al

Thank goodness we have them taking care of what's important.

Back in Reagan's day, they wasted their time letting people keep more of their own money and eliminating job killing regulations...hard to believe we survived such ignorance. 

4/23/2013 01:25:00 PM

(4/23/2013 12:30:00 PM) - Al

America - It's OK to be angry. It's OK to not like - hate - someone who kills children. You don't have to pretend to find the good in evil.--Tony Katz

I haven't hesitated to hate them. Finally, catch up with me. 

4/23/2013 12:30:00 PM

(4/23/2013 11:30:00 AM) - Al

The old media remains expectedly biased...unexpectedly.

4/23/2013 11:30:00 AM

(4/23/2013 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Know what? Disaster may not be nearly strong enough.

4/23/2013 10:30:00 AM

(4/23/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

That's 19 2/3 IP in the past seven games for the Astros' starting pitchers.--Rosenthal

Somewhere, there are geeks that don't understand math insisting HOU should go with a six man bullpen...if not five. 

Luhnow is a stat minded GM, he might want to consider my pitching staff made up of middle relievers idea, in which no one goes more than 2-3 innings.

4/23/2013 09:00:00 AM

(4/23/2013 07:30:00 AM) - Al

I don't think we should allow people this stupid to live.

4/23/2013 07:30:00 AM

(4/23/2013 12:13:00 AM) - Al

Lohse's pinkie is dislocated, Crew hopes he will not miss a start.

EDIT: Kyle says it is an old HS football injury, has popped up several times, but never during the season. He does not think he will miss a start. 

4/23/2013 12:13:00 AM

(4/23/2013 12:10:00 AM) - Al

Maybe I'm just a tough guy, but I wouldn't think Lohse would have to miss any time, though he may not be able to swing the bat. I mean, tape the fingers together, cut out the glove, and you're all set.

4/23/2013 12:10:00 AM

Monday, April 22, 2013

(4/22/2013 11:58:00 PM) - Al

Figaro with a nice job saving the bullpen by picking up the final six outs. He has good stuff, just has never put it all together.

4/22/2013 11:58:00 PM

(4/22/2013 11:37:00 PM) - Al

I broke my little toe twice. That looks like it's a medical situation.

4/22/2013 11:37:00 PM

(4/22/2013 11:00:00 PM) - Al

Crazy scenario with Lohse. Hopefully, the bullpen will be able to pick him up. They have not been a healthy team as of yet, and with oddball injuries, no pulled hammys or twisted ankles.

This may also change the Crew's mind on Burgos, as they may need him out of the bullpen after covering at least four frames tonight.

EDIT: That's assuming Lohse doesn't miss a start. If he does, they'll obviously need Hiram to start, but they'd have Kyle's spot for reinforcements, one would figure.  

4/22/2013 11:00:00 PM

(4/22/2013 10:23:00 PM) - Al

Doesn't Glenn know that no one that makes under $250K a year is allowed to order anything off the internet?

Here's the scoop...Obama lies...a lot. And when it comes to saying he is not going to spend more and tax more, every single word he has ever spoken is a lie. Because, to be blunt, he is the tax and spend president. We are nothing but rubes with open wallets.

The results are exactly what one would expect, sadly.

4/22/2013 10:23:00 PM

(4/22/2013 10:18:00 PM) - Al

Bianchi doubles and homers down in Nashville on rehab.

Jeff is out of options, so I assume the Crew will not hurry him back to MIL, as this will be their only chance to get him minor league AB's, barring another DL visit. Even with Ramirez and Hart out, they are not really in need of him, though I guessed he could take Davis' spot (that's the 5th OF/PH 1-2x a week spot).

4/22/2013 10:18:00 PM

(4/22/2013 07:56:00 PM) - Al

We're in the very best of hands.

$529M here, $529M there, pretty soon you're talking about real money.

Of course, the sad thing is, why do you suppose they got their money from the feds? Because banks expect their money to be repaid...Obama doesn't care. Heck, it's just the taxpayers.

But don't worry...Obamacare will work out great. It will cost less, and be very well run.

4/22/2013 07:56:00 PM

(4/22/2013 07:47:00 PM) - Al

Q: Why isn't Earth Day's founder emceeing the D.C. event again this year? A: He's serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of a woman.--Steve Stockman

Heh. Of course he is. You'd kill your wife too if you only knew what a disaster the world will be thanks to people that, you know, want to create jobs.

4/22/2013 07:47:00 PM

(4/22/2013 05:43:00 PM) - Al

After walking around New York City today, I stopped to enjoy a refreshing and extra large Double Gulp from 7 11. Cheers Mayor Mike Bloomberg.--Governor Jan Brewer 

Heh. It's all about control. And every one of them is on the left.

4/22/2013 05:43:00 PM

(4/22/2013 05:09:00 PM) - Al

Earth Day predictions from 1970...I know this will shock you, but not only was every prediction incorrect, but they all erred on the side of "oh no, the sky is falling!"

I, for one, am shocked. Know why? Because there's no money in saying, "It'll probably be pretty close to what it is now."

Sadly, the rubes just keep falling for it.

4/22/2013 05:09:00 PM

(4/22/2013 04:29:00 PM) - Al

Remember when the tea party used to leave messes like this?

Nope. That's because they never do.

4/22/2013 04:29:00 PM

(4/22/2013 04:03:00 PM) - Al

I have to say Washington is an unusual place, because they seem very,very surprised when you come here and do what you said you were going to do.--Ted Cruz

Every time one looks at the balanced budget and lower taxes in WI, the left despises Walker even more, because they've literally spent the last ten years insisting it could not be done.

What they meant was, it could not be done without substantial favors to those who launder money for the party. If you use some common sense and, you know, fiscal sanity, it's not that difficult. 

4/22/2013 04:03:00 PM

(4/22/2013 03:57:00 PM) - Al

Sounds 2B Scooter Gennett now hitting .396 in the PCL.--Brewers

All he does is hit. I've had him the top two MIL prospects for years, while others don't have him in the top ten. They struggle to see the long term, and get caught up in the minute breezes while ignoring the gale force winds of smacking the ball hard, year after year. 

4/22/2013 03:57:00 PM

(4/22/2013 03:52:00 PM) - Al

Netflix has more subscribers in USA than HBO.

I would hope so, it's better, cheaper, and you don't need cable. I can't believe it's close.

4/22/2013 03:52:00 PM

(4/22/2013 03:44:00 PM) - Al

Want to finish your workday with something funny?

Go back to last Saturday night/Sunday morning on a Brewers' message board. Read some of the postings.

You're welcome.

Some people do not understand small samples. Some people are idiots.

Worse, some idiots do not understand small samples.

I try not to make any assumptions until forty games have been played. That's still a tiny sample, as it's only 25% of the season, but, it is enough so that a bloop hit here and there probably have evened out and have a minimal effect on stats.

4/22/2013 03:44:00 PM

(4/22/2013 03:27:00 PM) - Al

After speculating, praying, and hoping against hope all week that the bomber was a right wing nut, the left insists this had nothing to do with the fact the terrorists part of a group that simply hates the US because it represents freedom, liberty, and most of all, the free market.

May you live in interesting times.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'll get out of the way so you can minimize the damage of ignorance. 

4/22/2013 03:27:00 PM

(4/22/2013 12:03:00 PM) - Al

Question to my readers, and you know I don't usually ask for much...unless, of course, I do.

Anyone know who to contact if you have a sick child who wants to meet a Brewers' player(s)? I'm sure the team would be happy to do something, but they can't even find a switchboard number, never mind who to ask for. Shoot me an email at the link on the right sidebar if you have any info.

4/22/2013 12:03:00 PM

(4/22/2013 11:39:00 AM) - Al

Massive slush fund? Just look left.

As if we did not know that.

This is why taxes were out of control, even if they had plenty of money, they needed more.

4/22/2013 11:39:00 AM

(4/22/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Mortgage company mailed us a check...we overpaid out property tax escrow for the year. For those of you unaware, that means our property taxes...went down.

Thank you Governor Walker. Baby steps.

4/22/2013 09:00:00 AM

Sunday, April 21, 2013

(4/21/2013 10:05:00 PM) - Al

No, they should not, and you may want to relax on the changing of the rules that seem to work just fine.

4/21/2013 10:05:00 PM

(4/21/2013 05:09:00 PM) - Al

Sveum sounds like he may not be the right man for the job. We all knew they were 2-3 years away from contention, and that was no surprise to anyone, after all, Dale was given a three year contract, unheard of for a rookie manager. Castro is not a strong defender, but is an outstanding hitter and is still very young.

They need a teacher and a cheerleader. The irony here is, of course, Dale was a well below average defensive SS himself. As often is the case, guys were a lot better when they get older.

Once again, this is why Yost deserves so many kudos for taking his lumps and letting guys play, being positive every day. Weeks was terrible in the field when he was young. They need to play to improve.

4/21/2013 05:09:00 PM

(4/21/2013 02:28:00 PM) - Al

Just coincidence, I'm sure.

The funny thing to me is, there are dozens of high protein, low carb plans out there...Arkins, South Beach, caveman, paleo, and so on. And the US government, knee deep in cash from food manufacturers and cutting checks everyday for grain subsidies, disagrees with every single one of them. 

4/21/2013 02:28:00 PM

(4/21/2013 11:22:00 AM) - Al

Obama says we shouldn't jump to conclusions about people's guilt. I'm sure that's a comfort to George Zimmerman.--Sister Toldjah

Guilty as charged.

4/21/2013 11:22:00 AM

Saturday, April 20, 2013

(4/20/2013 10:01:00 PM) - Al

The casuals lack of understanding how a bullpen is pieced together every day is often quite comical. Tomorrow, for example, Badenhop, Gonzalez, and Kintzler will all either be unavailable, or emergency use only. That leaves Henderson, Axford, Gorzelanny, and Figaro.Those who wish for a six man bullpen either don't pay much attention, or expect their SP's to go 7 every day.

So, despite Ron's reluctance to use Axford in high leverage spots, as has been the case for weeks, there's a good chance he'll have to go an inning, regardless of the score. The fact so many will be puzzled by this and then proudly proclaim their ignorance of simple math, is mindnumbing, even though we see it almost every day.

One could easily argue they should send Burgos down and bring up a reliever for nine days, until the 5th starter is once again needed on 4/30. Hiram would not be eligible, barring injury, but Fiers or Thornburg would, and that extra arm would provide nice depth. Davis is barely playing for that matter, you could swap him out for a pitcher, for that matter.

Roster moves are upcoming...sounds like Ramirez is hoping to return on the next homestand, and Bianchi is also close (being RH and able to play catch a fly ball in LF, I would assume he would take Davis' spot).

4/20/2013 10:01:00 PM

(4/20/2013 09:28:00 PM) - Al

Note how much better the rotation has been during the winning streak. And as goes the SP's, the relief pitching has settled into their roles...rested and performing solidly, if unspectacularly.

Most of the wins have come at home, and HR's have played a major part in the offense. Doug has always built his teams for Miller Park, and it isn't just luck they usually play well there. Take advantage of where you play 81 times.

4/20/2013 09:28:00 PM

(4/20/2013 09:20:00 PM) - Al

Burgos is the first Brewers' SP to win his major league debut since Gallardo in 2007. 

I hope he has as much success in the future. I tell you what, rarely have I been so accurate in comparing Burgos to Fiers. 89-91 fastball, moves the ball, locates well, throws strikes. Never going to be an ace, but he could have a long career.

4/20/2013 09:20:00 PM

(4/20/2013 08:27:00 PM) - Al

Fiers pitches nicely in AAA; 4 IP, 2 hits, 4 BB's, 6 K's.

Burgos also had a decent outing, so the only question will be if he starts next time through or if they skip him due to the day off.

4/20/2013 08:27:00 PM

(4/20/2013 08:09:00 PM) - Al

The left simply makes up their own rules, and has no tolerance at all.

You realize, it wasn't even in the handbook. Pathetic.

4/20/2013 08:09:00 PM

(4/20/2013 07:01:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife just got home from 5PM church. Her explanation?

"I talk a lot."

I'm not saying she's more social than myself, but I'd have been home at 5:45, and that includes a stern warning to the minister for bein' too damn wordy. 

4/20/2013 07:01:00 PM

(4/20/2013 06:58:00 PM) - Al

One of the Rambling neighbors just walked by wearing a jogging ensemble that I guarantee you cost more than any combo of clothing I own.

I want to walk myself into an athletic clothing store and just say, "I needs me something that costs a lot, and that I can perspire heavily and odorously  into," and see what they brings me.

4/20/2013 06:58:00 PM

(4/20/2013 06:30:00 PM) - Al

When did Neil Diamond get so old?

I can only imagine someone asking him why he showed up unannounced today, and I'm sure the answer would simply be, "Because I can."

4/20/2013 06:30:00 PM

(4/20/2013 03:45:00 PM) - Al

I think he should already be in Guantanamo.

As I've said before, I'm anti torture, but I'm pro discomfort. When you proudly set down an explosive device next to a throng of eight year olds on American soil, you ain't going to draw any sympathy from me if your water is warm or your bread ain't gluten free. I'd make no effort to hide the fact I wish he was dead.

4/20/2013 03:45:00 PM

(4/20/2013 03:36:00 PM) - Al

The DOJ needs to stop wasting taxpayer dollars on its belief that success equals a monopoly.

4/20/2013 03:36:00 PM

(4/20/2013 03:33:00 PM) - Al

Bil Maher destroys a guy on Islam extremists.

4/20/2013 03:33:00 PM

(4/20/2013 01:40:00 PM) - Al

I'd estimate 95% of this is money from the taxpayers, that should be paid back.

4/20/2013 01:40:00 PM

(4/20/2013 11:35:00 AM) - Al

I wish he was dead even more now. Stupid punk who is a complete waste of oxygen.

His family must be very proud of supporting him and insisting they were innocent yesterday.

4/20/2013 11:35:00 AM

(4/20/2013 11:11:00 AM) - Al

We had a training session at the office yesterday, and a health insurer discussed Obamacare and what they predict will happen. Allow me to summarize:

1. Rates will skyrocket, because "no one wants to be the company stuck with all the sick people." You have to take everyone, but you can rate them up...and they will not hesitate to do so.

2. Lots of doubts whether it will be ready to go by 1/1/14. Seen as impossible by most because "no one even knows what it covers yet."

3. Most companies looking to have several plans...some in the exchanges, some not. The ones that are not will be dirt cheap in comparison, because you'll have to qualify for them. The others will effectively be just for those who can't get anything else.

4. Lots of money and time already spent, and will continue to be, on stuff that never went into effect. The burden has forced many out of the health market. Those that remain are raising costs on all products because of this. So if you wonder why it seems auto insurance and crop insurance is higher...because it probably is.

Unintended consequences seem to be the one constant. You haven't much banter of late how it's going to be cover everyone for less, have you?

If one was cynical, it'd be easy to come to the conclusion that much of the information said about it when it was passed was not true...and they knew it wasn't true.

4/20/2013 11:11:00 AM

(4/20/2013 09:47:00 AM) - Al

Right-hander Mark Rogers breezed through an 11-pitch inning in an extended spring game Thursday and will pitch again Saturday. If that goes well, Rogers will begin a 30-day rehab assignment at Double-A Huntsville on Tuesday, Ash said. The former first-round Draft pick is on the DL trying to reclaim his lost velocity.--Adam,

Remember, Rogers does not have any options, so he's on the 25 man roster as soon as he's healthy, and there's no way he gets through waivers.

4/20/2013 09:47:00 AM

(4/20/2013 09:09:00 AM) - Al

I have to agree.

I'm all about going about your business with caution and an added sense of alertness.

To be honest, shutting down the city's economy, that's exactly what terrorists dream of accomplishing, and rarely do. Nothing terrifies them more than freedom and capitalism.

4/20/2013 09:09:00 AM

Friday, April 19, 2013

(4/19/2013 11:10:00 PM) - Al

Bomb "suspect" was not read his rights, due to a "public safety exception."

I'm reading MSNBC is up in arms. That alone makes me think it's a heckuva idea.

4/19/2013 11:10:00 PM

(4/19/2013 10:53:00 PM) - Al

CNN reporting two explosions near marathon finish line.

Heh. This is the running joke on Twitter tonight, it's on my timeline a dozen times due to all the retweeting.

Must be great to be a news network whose sheer ineptitude is mocked by the entire free world.

4/19/2013 10:53:00 PM

(4/19/2013 10:18:00 PM) - Al

Lucroy used to be below average throwing guys out, and he's now a bit above.

Better to be accurate than have a great arm, as if the ball is on the bag, you get that call a lot.

4/19/2013 10:18:00 PM

(4/19/2013 10:11:00 PM) - Al

I recall seeing that a runner going backwards, from 2B-1B for example, would be called out for being a disgrace to the game, or something along those lines.

That said, things happen. Guys assume, yet they should just take their time and not do so. I never had the talent to be able to do stuff like that. These guys do.

I seem to have read last week Evan Longoria ran past a runner on a HR (maybe a double).

EDIT: Bill just said "travesty of the game," but only if it's intentional.

4/19/2013 10:11:00 PM

(4/19/2013 09:30:00 PM) - Al

Axford looks like a different pitcher. Schroeder said he appears to be standing up straighter. I think his release point was a lot different, as the Rockies said they knew what pitch was coming based on where he was letting it go. Tonight, no one had a clue, as they were often well ahead or way behind, obviously guessing wrong.

4/19/2013 09:30:00 PM

(4/19/2013 08:12:00 PM) - Al

Somewhere, either in the White House or on another vacation, our president was heard to let out a relieved sigh and say, "Whew, at least it wasn't Ayers."

4/19/2013 08:12:00 PM

(4/19/2013 08:08:00 PM) - Al

Only the left can openly show disdain for people of a certain color.

Well said IBD.

4/19/2013 08:08:00 PM

(4/19/2013 07:52:00 PM) - Al

Caught alive. There was speculation that there was a plane waiting to take any suspect to Guantanamo to avoid that pesky Miranda reading.

Not sure what difference it will make that he's wounded and that he's a citizen.

4/19/2013 07:52:00 PM

(4/19/2013 07:42:00 PM) - Al

Fox reporting the bombers didn't hate the US enough to not accept government checks every month.

I need money because I spent all you gave me before to travel overseas and learn how to build explosives to kill you capitalist bastards.

Would you prefer check or direct deposit, sir?

I think Obama did the right things relaxing those standards. Tough to look for work when you're welding shut a pressure cooker all night.

4/19/2013 07:42:00 PM

(4/19/2013 07:29:00 PM) - Al

We don't yet know who will capture and/or kill suspect. But we know Obama will take credit.--Charlie Sykes

Heh. He already suggested (through his crony Axelrod) that it was all because of Tax Day, which, shockingly, means he has been wrong so many times in a row as to almost be mathematically impossible.

The left is almost off the charts when it comes to blaming conservatives for everything before they know what the truth is.

4/19/2013 07:29:00 PM

(4/19/2013 07:12:00 PM) - Al

The Milwaukee Bucks have told NBA Commissioner David Stern that the franchise will have a plan that includes a new arena when the team's lease at the BMO Harris Bradley Center expires on Sept. 30, 2017.
Stern made that clear on Friday in a teleconference with reporters in advance of the NBA's playoff season.
Asked if the NBA had imposed a hard deadline of 2017 to have a new arena in place in Milwaukee, Stern said: "The Bucks came to us and said we will have a plan that will have a new arena at the end of this extension of this lease. 'And will you please give us an extension and approve it?' And we did. That's the current state of the record."

The lease extension, reached last fall, is the longest lease between the arena and the franchise in more than 10 years and the first multi-year extension since 2007.

But what was not entirely clear was whether the lease extension constituted a deadline of sorts for the Bucks. 

Former senator Herb Kohl was not available for comment. Ron Walter, the Bucks' vice president and alternate governor, was not immediately available for comment. Walter was in New York for a meeting of the league's Board of Governors.

Nearly a year ago, Kohl said it was time for a new multipurpose arena in Milwaukee and said he was willing to make a personal financial commitment toward a new facility. He did not say how much, but added that the amount would not be insignificant.--JS

Sure sounds like Kohl intends on building an arena before selling the team, I would guess he'll get as much help as he can from the city/county/state and then just use his personal fortune...hoping he gets much of it back in the selling price. 

Kohl said in May last year that the Bucks were talking about "plans to get it done."

4/19/2013 07:12:00 PM

(4/19/2013 06:49:00 PM) - Al

The law enforcement seems a lot more excited about taking this waste of oxygen alive than I would be.

They drew first blood. I'd give him thirty seconds and start cleaning up. I realize he has "information," but I also realize he's extremely unlikely to start naming names and the like. 

4/19/2013 06:49:00 PM

(4/19/2013 06:40:00 PM) - Al

Reports say scum of the earth bomber is "cornered" and hiding in a boat in a backyard.

Keep firing. Bullets are cheap, he already got away once. Just completed a 20-30 shot shootout with cops.

Supposedly refusing to come out. A coward right to the end.

4/19/2013 06:40:00 PM

(4/19/2013 05:54:00 PM) - Al

At the office today, another gent was in from the Hurley area, said they were supposed to get 12-18 inches today.

No, I'm not sure why anyone would live there.

4/19/2013 05:54:00 PM

(4/19/2013 05:47:00 PM) - Al

Having to stand in front of media & say 19 yo got away on foot? If police dramas I've watched on TV are right that's gonna be one PO'd chief.--Tim Miller

I love cop shows, and I don't think I've ever seen a criminal take part in a gun fight and then escape on foot. I suppose in the dark, it's not that difficult to imagine, but, you would think the odds of that are just tiny.

4/19/2013 05:47:00 PM

(4/19/2013 05:35:00 PM) - Al

Green out the entire season.

On the bright side, this clears a spot on the 40 man when they need it. Astounding Hart, Gamel, and Green have all got hurt, and Hart being out four months is the least serious.

4/19/2013 05:35:00 PM

(4/19/2013 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Rates up as much as 80% when Obamacare kicks in.

On a related note, Al Franken argues math isn't true.

We're in the best of hands.

4/19/2013 02:00:00 PM

(4/19/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Good to see the sequester hasn't affected the administration's ability to throw gigantic bags of cash down the toilet as they suck up to the old media.

You special ed kids from flyover country, the White House is closed...George Lucas and his checkbook...c'mon in!

I truly don't know how they sleep at night.

4/19/2013 11:00:00 AM

(4/19/2013 09:30:00 AM) - Al

This El Paso sheriff 's stuff sounds familiar...where I have this kind of talk before?

Ah, that liberty and freedom stuff is so overrated.

4/19/2013 09:30:00 AM

(4/19/2013 09:16:00 AM) - Al

Obama, Biden, and Holder in Situation Room being updated.

1. That should make everyone feel better.

2. I wonder how long until Eric says, "Let's give guns to drug runners!"

We're in the best of hands.

4/19/2013 09:16:00 AM

(4/19/2013 09:09:00 AM) - Al

I don't have a single American friend. I don't understand them.--terrorist bomber suspect

Quiet, kept to himself...kind of a loner. Amazing I've never been picked up, as I seem to fit the criteria.

Except, of course, I'm not in good enough shape, and I love my country.

4/19/2013 09:09:00 AM

(4/19/2013 08:57:00 AM) - Al

I'm so old, I remember when "body wash" was called "soap."

4/19/2013 08:57:00 AM

(4/19/2013 08:56:00 AM) - Al

Those hoping it was some middle aged American dude...nope.

Some kid jealous of what we have. Go figure. Somehow, I suppose this is all our fault.

4/19/2013 08:56:00 AM

(4/19/2013 06:00:00 AM) - Al

I wonder why bullying doesn't seem to be improving...

4/19/2013 06:00:00 AM

(4/19/2013 04:30:00 AM) - Al

The truth hurts.

4/19/2013 04:30:00 AM

Thursday, April 18, 2013

(4/18/2013 08:20:00 PM) - Al

I'm a mighty casual NFL fan, but that may the toughest schedule I've ever witnessed.

4/18/2013 08:20:00 PM

(4/18/2013 08:09:00 PM) - Al

As I said last night, deaths in flyover country don't count.

4/18/2013 08:09:00 PM

(4/18/2013 07:56:00 PM) - Al

The GOP's plan for 2014 is just writing itself.

4/18/2013 07:56:00 PM

(4/18/2013 07:50:00 PM) - Al

Dude survives both marathon and West, TX.


4/18/2013 07:50:00 PM

(4/18/2013 06:04:00 PM) - Al

Both excellent articles. They have misread their majority, which is very slim, and nonexistent on something like gun control, as plenty of Dems own guns and are not as quick to cast aside history in favor of utopian rantings.

52% of the popular vote, is, at best, a small majority. Also, do not forget how small the turnout was, and I have yet to see a logical explanation why. The old media is selling the fact it was a huge win, but historically, it was not.

4/18/2013 06:04:00 PM

(4/18/2013 05:45:00 PM) - Al

It's insanely obvious he has no idea how to lead. His reaction to having people simply say; no, I disagree, is the same as the Rambling son when he was 6.

He eventually grew out of it. Obama has not.

You don't have to deal with the Constitution and limits of executive power when you're a student or a community just bitch and moan.

Leaders lead. Obama...well, how's that going?

4/18/2013 05:45:00 PM

(4/18/2013 05:12:00 PM) - Al

Straight talk and common sense from Chris Christie.

This is why they hate him. No talk of "revenue enhancements," no can't quite decide if the sequester was his idea or a disaster.

In answer to his question, what's left to complain about? It's still capitalism. They have no understanding of it, and they despise it.

4/18/2013 05:12:00 PM

(4/18/2013 05:03:00 PM) - Al

Burgos will start Saturday, Fiers told to go to Nashville and start twice...could be back as soon as 4/30, depending on how he and Hiram pitch.

4/18/2013 05:03:00 PM

(4/18/2013 04:50:00 PM) - Al

Very nice of the NBA to schedule the Bucks at different times than the Brewers 3 of 4 games.

4/18/2013 04:50:00 PM

(4/18/2013 03:34:00 PM) - Al

The funny thing is, if they talk enough, eventually, they make a mistake and the truth slips out.

Let's not forget, more Americans died in Bengazi than in Boston. Never forget Ms. Clinton's response, when pressed about the dead, after stalling and being convienently unavailable for months "on vacation" and "for health reasons" was:

What difference...does it make?

I recall W's response on the evening of 9/11. Took Hillary over a hundred days to piece that embarrassment together. Good job.

Brilliant. Presidential.

4/18/2013 03:34:00 PM

(4/18/2013 03:19:00 PM) - Al

He really does seem to think he's king.

When your beliefs go against the free market and everything the US is based on, you may struggle to get your thoughts of the moment passed.

4/18/2013 03:19:00 PM

(4/18/2013 03:14:00 PM) - Al

Fiers to AAA, no corresponding move as of yet.

Burgos pitched very well in the WBC and thus far early in the season, and is already on the 40.

4/18/2013 03:14:00 PM

(4/18/2013 02:50:00 PM) - Al

Kerry's first speech was on climate change...I'm not even sure he knows what job he has.

4/18/2013 02:50:00 PM

(4/18/2013 02:46:00 PM) - Al

Astounding what a good career Hunter Pence has had, considering he's one of the worst breaking ball hitters I've ever seen.

4/18/2013 02:46:00 PM

(4/18/2013 02:23:00 PM) - Al

Davis doing a nice job with limited PA's. He should probably be one of the first to go down for a couple weeks just to get 4 AB's every day.

4/18/2013 02:23:00 PM

(4/18/2013 02:14:00 PM) - Al

Greinke is just strange enough to make me believe this. He's smart, and he's different.

4/18/2013 02:14:00 PM

(4/18/2013 01:48:00 PM) - Al

I have been saying this for years.

Eventually, everyone comes around to the Ramblings way of thinking.

It might be because my positions are not emotional, or change with the wind. They are consistent with mt beliefs; freedom, capitalism, and that wrinkled up Constitution that so many are willing to look the other way as they trample.

4/18/2013 01:48:00 PM

(4/18/2013 01:24:00 PM) - Al

If only our president had this sort of fiscal discipline.

4/18/2013 01:24:00 PM

(4/18/2013 01:16:00 PM) - Al

A better could it not be?

4/18/2013 01:16:00 PM

(4/18/2013 12:55:00 PM) - Al

You realize, if it would have been Marx or Lenin, they would have sent the A team.

4/18/2013 12:55:00 PM

(4/18/2013 12:45:00 PM) - Al

Common sense tells you not to exploit victims.

They keep doing this though, as pointed out by many, when you have no other argument.

4/18/2013 12:45:00 PM

(4/18/2013 12:29:00 PM) - Al

It's been embarrassing for years.

The numbers speak for themselves. Diverting attention from them is, at best, a temporary solution.

4/18/2013 12:29:00 PM

(4/18/2013 12:25:00 PM) - Al

If you're going to pretend to be outraged, at least make it something that isn't true.

He called them bitter clingers back when he was running, mocking them for daring to cling to religion and defending themselves. He still does.

4/18/2013 12:25:00 PM

(4/18/2013 12:19:00 PM) - Al

Jason also reminds us that Scott Podsednik hails from West, TX. Hopefully he and his family avoided the blast.

4/18/2013 12:19:00 PM

(4/18/2013 12:13:00 PM) - Al

Some folks upset I pointed out the fact Boston fans did not have the gumption to sing until prodded on. Of course, no one argued this fact, because it's undeniable.The truth may hurt, but it will set you free.

By the way, if you feel strongly about your opinion, you might want to purchase the guts to, I don't know, use your real name. Cowards are nothing if not predictable. The idea of having your feelings hurt by voluntarily checking out a blog which does not espouse your "gimme, gimme, gimme" political sad as your inability to piece together your thoughts without name calling. Bullies never grow up, they just move on to email.

I wish I did not feel sorry for those blessed enough to have won the geographic lottery, but spend all their time pining for Lenin's return. It's a shame some choose to wallow in self created misery. Luckily, I know that I can't control the fact the left lacks in politeness and civility; which explains their ruse of insisting they are superior in such areas. They are not only the people that do not race to the scene of the emergency, they trip others as they do, and then mock them for falling down.

4/18/2013 12:13:00 PM

(4/18/2013 11:53:00 AM) - Al

Jason sends along info of the St. Paul Saints having a "zero K" race this weekend.

For many of us, it's about our limit, and sounds like the greatest idea ever. 

4/18/2013 11:53:00 AM

(4/18/2013 10:30:00 AM) - Al

They don't hate that they lost as much as they hate that freedom won.--Stevie J. West

That's just how I feel. Every single thing they want to do involves more government. They simply hate the idea that people have the right to make up their own minds.

They still think they can build a utopia if only they can take enough money other people earned.

4/18/2013 10:30:00 AM

(4/18/2013 08:30:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling son looked at this picture and wonders why the kids in Rwanda get so much more food for lunch than he does.

I told him to thank people in power that don't have a lick of knowledge about child nutrition, but insist they know better.

4/18/2013 08:30:00 AM

(4/18/2013 07:00:00 AM) - Al

At least Gilbert is funny.

4/18/2013 07:00:00 AM

(4/18/2013 12:21:00 AM) - Al

You wouldn't think any insurance company would touch that plant unless they literally had an in house fire department.That fire blazed and eventually, something exploded. That town will never be the same, and as I said earlier, because of its location, it won't get a fraction of the play.

4/18/2013 12:21:00 AM

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

(4/17/2013 11:56:00 PM) - Al

It takes more than 25 players to contend, as it is pretty unlikely Lalli is still around when the Crew gets healthy. Hopefully, tonight and the opportunity to be called up in September (and Doug is well known for giving veterans a chance to play in the bigs if another team would want him in the bigs) is enough to convince Blake to eventually go to Nashville and be a part of the organization where he got his first hit.

He's a nice piece to the puzzle, a 3rd catcher who can hit lefty and play 1B. He's not much more than AAA/September fodder, but teams need a guy like that. He took a low and outside pitch and drove it to the warning track...that's not an easy task.

4/17/2013 11:56:00 PM

(4/17/2013 09:24:00 PM) - Al

Huge blast in Waco, TX; anniversary of siege coming up...related?

This is sure to not get as much attention due to the lack of proximity to the northeast old media centers.

4/17/2013 09:24:00 PM

(4/17/2013 08:45:00 PM) - Al

You always know when they know they have a real clunker...they schedule the vote before anyone can read just how bad it is.

You know, if only they'd stop "playing politics."


4/17/2013 08:45:00 PM

(4/17/2013 08:40:00 PM) - Al

Taylor Green to have his hip examined in MIL, reinjured it in extended spring.

4/17/2013 08:40:00 PM

(4/17/2013 08:35:00 PM) - Al

Posey caught the throw to home a foot or two in front of the plate. I can see not getting hurt, but he still has to be in the same zip code. 

4/17/2013 08:35:00 PM

(4/17/2013 07:52:00 PM) - Al

Very disappointed no one is reporting the Boston crowd barely sung at all, until urged on by the anthem singer. Then, and only then, did they give enough of a damn to show that, yeah, we're kind of patriotic.

4/17/2013 07:52:00 PM

(4/17/2013 07:45:00 PM) - Al came down to politics,” a visibly agitated Obama said...

Said the man who voted "present" numerous times, voted against raising the debt ceiling, straight out lied about the sequester for weeks until caught doing so, and said running a deficit was unpatriotic.

Get back to me when he has a single idea that doesn't take away freedoms and cash from the American people.

4/17/2013 07:45:00 PM

(4/17/2013 06:12:00 PM) - Al

KRod gets $2M prorated if he makes the bigs. No mention of an opt out date, though I would guess there is either one in place or they have a handshake deal with Doug, if a team wants him on their 25 man, they have to trade him or call him up. 

4/17/2013 06:12:00 PM

(4/17/2013 05:01:00 PM) - Al

Crew will sign KRod to minor league deal.

I'd love to see tons of veterans signed to minor league contracts, as they have no risk at all, cost nearly nothing, and have tons of upside, especially if injuries occur.

As I have said before, KRod was very good last year except for a stretch in which he was very likely not 100% physically.

4/17/2013 05:01:00 PM

(4/17/2013 04:15:00 PM) - Al

I'm all for cameras on the streets in public, by the way. If you don't want to be on them, you are welcome to stay in your private home with your head wrapped in tin foil.

4/17/2013 04:15:00 PM

(4/17/2013 04:13:00 PM) - Al

I'd take your outrage over gun violence more seriously if you didn't immediately latch onto completely useless gun control measures.--Frank J. Fleming

Yep. There are thousands of laws on the books, and the idea one more will do anything is ludicrous.

Note how silent everyone is about "bomb control" after Boston. Making explosives is already illegal...just like murder is. The difference? No one uses explosives in everyday life, and hence, no control to be gained.

It's very transparent what the real political ideal is here.

4/17/2013 04:13:00 PM

(4/17/2013 03:38:00 PM) - Al

Senate defeats Manchin-Toomey background checks amdmt on 54-46 vote. Needed 60 votes for passage.--Roll Call

A Dem Senator was quoted as saying they were "within two votes" yesterday. Sounds like they may have been fibbing a bit.

4/17/2013 03:38:00 PM

(4/17/2013 01:38:00 PM) - Al

Something I find interesting, but I doubt others soccer, the home team is always listed first. In the corner, where they list the score, the home team is on top or on the left.

In all other sports, the home team is always listed second (bottom or right).

4/17/2013 01:38:00 PM

(4/17/2013 12:53:00 PM) - Al

Arrest made connected to Boston bombing.

EDIT: Reports now saying no arrest, but it may be just a matter of "official" or not. 

4/17/2013 12:53:00 PM

(4/17/2013 12:30:00 PM) - Al

I don't get the appeal of playing hockey in football/baseball stadiums.

I must be missing something, I guess.

4/17/2013 12:30:00 PM

(4/17/2013 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Want to know how wimpy we've become? Compare the scout badge requirements from today and a century ago.

And try not to shed a tear.

4/17/2013 12:30:00 PM

(4/17/2013 12:25:00 PM) - Al

My advice to new grads: Live east of where you work, so you won't have to stare into the sun both ways on your commute.--Milbarge

That's better than 99% of the graduation advice you'll read in a month or two. 

4/17/2013 12:25:00 PM

(4/17/2013 11:26:00 AM) - Al

Despite a NL-worst 5.12 ERA, Brewers' pitching has issued just 30 walks over its first 12 games, fewest in the Major Leagues.--Brewers PR

Excellent sign going forward, as free baserunners allowed always lead to more runs...hey, it's just math. Limit walks and HR's, and you're in great shape...playing in Miller Park though, it's far easier to start with BB's.

4/17/2013 11:26:00 AM

(4/17/2013 11:21:00 AM) - Al


Be careful what you wish for.

Socialism is always better looking from a distance. I've found to be safe, the view from across the ocean is best.

4/17/2013 11:21:00 AM

(4/17/2013 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Curious by nature and adventurous by habit

This was a description of a fella I came across tonight. I hope he knows the vast majority of people despise him before they even meet him. 

4/17/2013 10:30:00 AM

(4/17/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

It's the unintended consequences administration.

It is very frightening that they never saw it coming, and yet, I did. And so did anyone who has ever run a organizer be damned.

4/17/2013 09:00:00 AM

(4/17/2013 08:49:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling son caught my bug, though he has different symptoms. I hope it's my bug at least, if I get sick again, I'll be mighty unhappy.

4/17/2013 08:49:00 AM

(4/17/2013 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Brewers do not seem confident of Fiers at all, discussing other options for Saturday.

Mike struggled late last year, and many of us hoped it was fatigue or bad luck, as he had a very high BAA the final month of last season.

No one wants to say it, but if Fiers and Rogers don't look so bad in March, Kyle Lohse is probably not signed.

I have wondered several times if Thornburg will make it as a SP, as sub 6 foot RH's rarely do, and the list of those who rely on velocity is especially short. Burgos is actually a lot like Fiers, relying on deception and control, who

4/17/2013 06:30:00 AM

(4/17/2013 04:30:00 AM) - Al

The left is suddenly very big on law and order when their backyard is the target.

4/17/2013 04:30:00 AM

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

(4/16/2013 11:24:00 PM) - Al

Santo Manzanillo, a young pitcher who may well be #40 on the 40 man roster, pitched three innings in AAA tonight, hitting 98 on the gun several times, per in house reports. His K's have been way down after an injury filled 2012, but his velocity seems to have returned. 

4/16/2013 11:24:00 PM

(4/16/2013 09:03:00 PM) - Al

Peralta showing how inconsistent young pitching is. We all knew that was especially the case with him, as he was horrible in AAA the first half of last year before finding his groove. Luckily, the bullpen is rested after the day off. Wily should be able to go 5 frames just throwing his fastball, and moving it up/down and on both sides of the plate.

4/16/2013 09:03:00 PM

(4/16/2013 07:51:00 PM) - Al

Gord Ash talks about how the 40 man roster being full has hampered their ability to make moves. I have mentioned this numerous times, but I appear to be the only one, as no one else chooses to understand it.

4/16/2013 07:51:00 PM

(4/16/2013 04:55:00 PM) - Al

When the government takes from one man to bestow on another, it diminishes the incentive of the first, the integrity of the second, and the moral autonomy of both.-- The Sharon Statement

We've had fifty plus years since this written, and sadly, despite a plethora of proof otherwise, many fail to see the obvious truth.

We lost the war on poverty. Turns out, giving people money doesn't fix it.

4/16/2013 04:55:00 PM

(4/16/2013 04:43:00 PM) - Al

Where do they find these people willing to lie and show their ignorance?

4/16/2013 04:43:00 PM

(4/16/2013 04:38:00 PM) - Al

No one watches MSNBC for breaking news.


4/16/2013 04:38:00 PM

(4/16/2013 04:04:00 PM) - Al

We're in the very best of hands.

Just when you think the government cannot possibly find any new ways to waste money...

4/16/2013 04:04:00 PM

(4/16/2013 04:02:00 PM) - Al

Seattle now has deal to play NHL/NBA games in Key Arena.

Now, all they need NBA and/or NHL team(s).

I'd be crushed if Sacramento loses their team, as they don't deserve to, nor does Seattle not deserve another opportunity after kicking the Sonics out of town by pretending their ancient arena was "good enough."

4/16/2013 04:02:00 PM

(4/16/2013 03:45:00 PM) - Al

Never let a tragedy go by without using it for your cause.

4/16/2013 03:45:00 PM

(4/16/2013 03:43:00 PM) - Al

I must admit, anyone stupid enough to believe KFC is not serving chicken doesn't deserve to live.

Seriously, take your conspiracies, even ones being shoved down our throats by those looking to profit from it, like climate change, and gt back to me when they make an ounce of sense.

4/16/2013 03:43:00 PM

(4/16/2013 03:18:00 PM) - Al

How dare Gabrielle Reece gives her opinion that disagrees with the left's?

 Look, I'd agree with Reece no matter what she said, but, I'd say many women would prefer their man be "old fashioned" and make the money, pay the bills, and make many mundane decisions.

4/16/2013 03:18:00 PM

(4/16/2013 03:08:00 PM) - Al

The day I committed as a walk-on to Wisco, Vander Blue decommitted. Yesterday I deposited for law school at Marquette, today Vander leaves.--Dan Fahey

Heh. Obviously, Vander Blue is terrified of Dan Fahey.

4/16/2013 03:08:00 PM

(4/16/2013 03:06:00 PM) - Al

Yo makes a generic statement, of course, can't say much due to ongoing legal matters.

4/16/2013 03:06:00 PM

(4/16/2013 01:38:00 PM) - Al

My hometown theaters have been raising money for the digital conversion for a long time. What it comes down to is simple...the profit margin is so slight, it's often a labor of love or a labor of breaking even.

Heck, if you're successful enough to pay yourself, many businesses just hope to break even.

4/16/2013 01:38:00 PM

(4/16/2013 01:18:00 PM) - Al

Trey Burke goes pro, Hardaway and Robinson look like they will as well.

Tough to turn down being set for life if you can be selected in the first 30 picks...and many top 2nd rounders get guaranteed deals also.

4/16/2013 01:18:00 PM

(4/16/2013 12:47:00 PM) - Al

It never fails to amaze me how many emails I get after a casual mention I wasn't feeling well yesterday. I woke up at 3:30AM and went to bed early as well, around 10PM. I barely ate anything, and only had a couple bottles of G2 all day. I had a constant pain in my stomach all day, and woke up feeling weak and at best, half strength. However, I had a 9:30 appointment this morning, and unless I might make other people ill, I do whatever I can not to miss one.

Sure enough, after that, I stopped at Target to pick up some fresh rolls for dinner (turns out I did not need to, as I forgot the Rambling son has a 4H bowling party tonight), and now, I'm about 80%, and probably will be close to 100% after my afternoon nap.

One thought I thought about last night, a couple summers ago, I had an ulcer, and then was hit with lyme disease a week later. I was uncomfortable, in mild pain, and fatigued for a month or more. It brought back memories of that, and also the fact that, you know what, some people feel like this all the time. I tell my clients all the time, we don't get healthier as we get older.

Thank you for the well wishes. I keep getting queries about the Rambling dog too, who I discussed a while back as drinking water all the time and not acting himself. Well, I don't know, to be honest. He still seems like he overdrinks at times, but, other than waking up as soon as it gets light and insisting it's time to eat (it was 6:30 a while ago, and is now 5:45) and go outside, he's pretty much normal, a very tired, but very loving and loyal 17 year old cocker spaniel. He's suffering from some minor dementia (has been for a while), and in his world, when you sleep all day, 5:45 isn't early at all.:) I just shudder to think that come the end of June, he might be getting up at 4:30.

4/16/2013 12:47:00 PM

(4/16/2013 12:17:00 PM) - Al

The Chew opens the show by sending well wishes to those affected by the terrorist attack in Boston. Jerry Bader mentioned this morning that the administration refuses to use the word "terrorist attack" no matter how obvious it is. He also discussed the Fort Hood shooting, which Obama called "workplace violence" in one of those eye rolling moments they've become synonymous with.

Also of note, the lovely Daphne Oz (who is so attractive, I'll plug her new book for free, as much as that hurts me to do) always gets teased because her favorite casual dining restaurant is Hooters. While one of her cohosts tried to feign outrage because, egads, the wait staff is made up of beautiful women in mildly risque attire, it was laughed off, because, people vote with their wallet everyday.

4/16/2013 12:17:00 PM

(4/16/2013 11:59:00 AM) - Al

I said this back when Albert was with the Cards. He was barely trotting around the bases then, and struggled to field anything but balls hit right at him. Add this to the fact he's probably older than what he's listed at, odds are, the last few years of that contract will be painful.

4/16/2013 11:59:00 AM

(4/16/2013 11:42:00 AM) - Al

Gallardo arrested for drunk driving.

Yo had an issue a few years ago in which he was somehow attacked late at night, the specifics are hazy for me right now. It was said then by many, including myself, that he should know better than to be out at 2AM or whenever it was. That old saying, nothing good ever happens after midnight, should be repeated several times a day.

Ramblings' contributor Robert said a few years ago it's astounding things like this don't happen more often, as young pro athletes have big money, plenty of free time, and a sense of invincibility. Luckily, Yo didn't hurt himself or anyone else; and hopefully, will make better decisions in the future.

4/16/2013 11:42:00 AM

(4/16/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

The college landscape will be completely different in 5-10 years, and thankfully, it will involve taxpayers paying far less of these bills they have no business whatsoever paying.

4/16/2013 11:00:00 AM

(4/16/2013 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Gee, I like to think nuclear security is pretty much always at a top level.

4/16/2013 09:30:00 AM

(4/16/2013 09:01:00 AM) - Al

Vander Blue leaves Marquette for the pros. He may not be a top pick, but worst case scenario, he'll make big money in Europe.

4/16/2013 09:01:00 AM

Monday, April 15, 2013

(4/15/2013 07:26:00 PM) - Al

The Celtics game Tuesday vs. Indiana has been canceled and will not be rescheduled, the NBA announces.

I hate setting precedents like this, though the alternatives of playing in an empty arena or playing elsewhere probably aren't that appealing either. That said, are the Red Sox on the road now?

4/15/2013 07:26:00 PM

(4/15/2013 07:16:00 PM) - Al

Anderson Cooper just said he wants to be cautious about pinning the blame on a tax protester, but that it was totally a tax protester.--Drew White

One need not look further than the fact a lying scumbag like Andy Cooper has a job than how incredibly far left the old media is.

4/15/2013 07:16:00 PM

(4/15/2013 05:40:00 PM) - Al

Taxpayers pick up $500K a house...for the UW chancellor.

Tell me, what exactly does a chancellor do?

4/15/2013 05:40:00 PM

(4/15/2013 01:58:00 PM) - Al

I've been upset about many WH policies but refusal to speak out against murder of innocent, living babies is a low I thought I'd never see.--Amanda Carpenter

She seems to forget that, even though he chose to vote present numerous times rather than, you know, have a backbone; he had no problem voting that infanticide is OK if an abortion is botched.

4/15/2013 01:58:00 PM

(4/15/2013 01:32:00 PM) - Al

Woke up at 3:30AM and I've been under the weather ever since. Had to cancel my day and just now rolled out of bed.

If I had to guess, I'd say I got a hold of some Mexican water...

4/15/2013 01:32:00 PM

(4/15/2013 09:30:00 AM) - Al

If this gets out, Taco Bell will be forced to close at 6:30 every night.

It's for the children.

4/15/2013 09:30:00 AM

(4/15/2013 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Old media still living in a world where if they don't report it, it never happened.

Babies being killed after birth, and no one wanting to say it's wrong?

May you live in interesting times.

4/15/2013 08:30:00 AM

Sunday, April 14, 2013

(4/14/2013 07:49:00 PM) - Al

Over regulated much?

When you force businesses to jump through hoops, many choose to not open. It's the way of the left. Unless it's run by the government, they're not fans.

4/14/2013 07:49:00 PM

(4/14/2013 06:59:00 PM) - Al

Separated at birth?

4/14/2013 06:59:00 PM

(4/14/2013 06:55:00 PM) - Al

I'd say raising the minimum wage to $9 would devastate the economy as much as the Obama presidency, but I realize nothing could be that bad.

4/14/2013 06:55:00 PM

(4/14/2013 06:51:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling family cheered when the last putt was made in the Master's.

None of us care about golf at all, but we do like to watch the Amazing Race before the Rambling son's bedtime.

4/14/2013 06:51:00 PM

(4/14/2013 05:09:00 PM) - Al

I went to pay my $35 license fee so I can continue onward in my sales career, and I could not find a way to pay that would cost less than $41.

Somehow, it is very fitting that the government feels the need to charge you $6, in effect, for not paying in person in Madison.

Since it's all done automatically, they should offer a discount. But, in a world with no competition, paying less gives way to paying more.

4/14/2013 05:09:00 PM

(4/14/2013 04:30:00 PM) - Al

All of the Gophers' recruiting class Tubby Smith has commitments from, four top players (including Alex Foster, who the Badgers' lost out on), have decommitted, leaving MIN with eight players on scholarship as of today.

Now, they might be able to get some uncommitteds...but we all know 97% of the top 1000 have already made a choice and would be tough to sway at this point. Junior college guys, maybe a transfer or two (might have to sit out a year), maybe some guys who struggled to qualify academically...but at this late date, it's an uphill battle.

I'm tellin' ya, it looks like Glen Mason (damn, another 8 win season and bowl game) all over again, just substitute 20 wins and a NCAA berth.

It's like they want they expect the head cheerleader to be able to cook too...never happy with what they have.

EDIT: Scott emails to say the Gophers are losing four seniors but had only signed two. I misread. 

4/14/2013 04:30:00 PM

(4/14/2013 02:41:00 PM) - Al

Times are tough all over...abortionists paid under the table for "snipping babies' necks" did not have many other job options.

4/14/2013 02:41:00 PM

(4/14/2013 02:32:00 PM) - Al

Obviously, they'll have to pass the bill to find out what's in it.

You think I'm joking, but this is what passes for strategery on the left.

4/14/2013 02:32:00 PM

(4/14/2013 02:28:00 PM) - Al

Remember when Obama said adding to the national debt was unpatriotic? He has since added $6,181,190,055,230.98. That’s $19,580 per citizen.--Ken Gardner

Too bad that was only a flavor of the month talking point for a couple days. And yes, he's added 60% to the debt in just over four years, even though one war ended and the other is being ignored for politics.

1. He's doing a heckuva job. Maybe we should make him king.

2. This despite the consistent raising of taxes. It's almost like that doesn't really work.

2. Wait 'til Obamacare kicks in. My prediction of a $30T debt in 2017 looks more conservative every day.

Jimmy Carter wakes up every morning and smiles, knowing his standing as worst modern president is in serious jeopardy.

4/14/2013 02:28:00 PM

(4/14/2013 02:19:00 PM) - Al

Bloop single, ground ball thru hole, ground ball thru hole.

Hardly a good run, but when things are going good, as they are for SL, the game seems pretty easy.

Molina hits the ball well for a double, the first struck well in the inning, and they end up with a pair of runs.

4/14/2013 02:19:00 PM

(4/14/2013 02:07:00 PM) - Al

Best Post headline since "headless body found in topless bar."

4/14/2013 02:07:00 PM

(4/14/2013 01:53:00 PM) - Al

The best way to describe the weather in the Wausau's like living in a snow globe.

I shoveled off the deck yesterday afternoon, and I think it's got about 4-6 inches on it right now. There have been some flakes that are as big as snowballs, and might just knock someone down if it hit them on the head.

4/14/2013 01:53:00 PM

(4/14/2013 01:16:00 PM) - Al

Brewers have lost 8 of 9... 2011 team lost 8 of 9 that May and 7 of 8 in June/July. They won 96 games.-Joe Block

And, of course, most casuals didn't even notice those, because they didn't happen early on.

4/14/2013 01:16:00 PM

(4/14/2013 12:30:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son and I did not have a new Shark Tank to enjoy on the DVR, so we watched the part one of The Bible...I was disappointed, as it seemed cheesy and slow movng to me...the Red Sea special effects were as lame as the often mocked Ten Commandments...heck, the Rambling son might have dozed off after 90  minutes or so, though he'd never admit it, even under oath.

I'm very surprised it did as well as it did. It needed an editor, and sure could have used a sight gag or some slight injection of was as dry as day old toast.

4/14/2013 12:30:00 PM

(4/14/2013 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I'd rather see the Crew at 8-2 than 2-8, but as I have pointed out before as well, the offense is 10th (of 15) while the run prevention (pitching and defense) is 13th, but, we continually keep hearing from the casuals about the offense. Sometimes, you just run into a good pitcher, or a hot pitcher. When you do, you need some good fortune to score a few runs...a blooper or two, ground balls that find the hole, and maybe a mistake or two, be it an error, or a hanging curve. If you don't get that, it's going to be tough to succeed. 

The good news is, the bullpen troubles seem to be minimized with some rest, as they have pitched pretty well of late, and Lohse and Yo had nice starts, Gallardo not so much the victim of a gunshot but some butter knife wounds (no pitcher was hurt in the above analogy; please, please, pardon the reference to weaponry protected by that dusty old rag that built the greatest nation on the history of the planet that many would toss out because the current administration is just so damn brilliant as to render it meaningless, but hence, I digress) of infield hits, leaning over the plate to take a HBP, and some  misplays.

Even Gonzalez, who I'm not sure has given up a hard hit ball yet, got through his guys today. Michael has been overworked early, but casuals don't notice that, just think it's coincidence they start getting better when the SP's go deeper (funny how that works).

4/14/2013 11:30:00 AM

(4/14/2013 10:30:00 AM) - Al

I mean people can say what they like, but a street party? I thought that was a bit much. But I mean, you know,  she is certainly a polarizing figure in English domestic policy. But she did make her mark. There's no question about that. And because she was around for so long, people from other countries, when a statesman, if you want to call her that, a stateswoman, people rather like them being around for a long time. They don’t have to learn the new name, know what I mean? It's sort of familiar: She's there, and she stands for this. We know who she is. So I think people rather like that. They  don’t have to deal with the Thatcher domestic policies.

And then she was obviously a great ally of Reagan and their financial policies were somewhat similar and all that sort of thing. And the big thing was the fall of the Soviet Union and the satellite states of Eastern Europe, and that was the big event of the Reagan-Thatcher era. And she was a good ally for the U.S. in that particular end of game, the end game of the Soviet Union, which was a huge historical event not to be underestimated.

 It was a kind of end game of what had started in 1917, really.  A massive undertaking, something the United States and Western Europe were really fighting against from 1917 onwards in a really serious war, despite the twists and turns of the relationship.--Mick Jagger on Thatcher

Even Mick hesitates to say a negative word, as would anyone with an ounce of common sense. 

There are two types of people in the market capitalists and people that disliked Maggie. The irony is, why do they hesitate to call themselves socialists? Be loud and proud, or shut the hell up. Don't privately launder money for the left for political favors, and then act offended when someone says you're laundering union dues for the left for political favors.

4/14/2013 10:30:00 AM

Saturday, April 13, 2013

(4/13/2013 10:11:00 PM) - Al

Scooter Gennett extends season-opening hit streak to 7 games with RBI knock in 8th as Sounds extend lead to 8-5 in Omaha.--Nashville Sounds

All he does is hit.

4/13/2013 10:11:00 PM

(4/13/2013 09:30:00 PM) - Al

Women's pro soccer league debuts tonight with sold out crowd in Kansas City, 6700+.

Baby steps. The Portland franchise has sold over 7K season tickets, and are the outlier thus far. I always root for women's sports to be successful since I feel it's great for young girls to have healthy, athletic women as their role models. 

4/13/2013 09:30:00 PM

(4/13/2013 04:59:00 PM) - Al

I assume Badenhop is just in to get some work and to get out of the inning. Might well see Fiers finish things out, or to give Axford and someone else an inning of work.

4/13/2013 04:59:00 PM

(4/13/2013 03:59:00 PM) - Al

This makes sense, since it's cooler than it was in the 70's and 80's. That's why they changed the name. You'd think the old media would keep a spiral notebook to keep their fictional terms for fictional crisis straight. 

I still blame the Industrial Revolution for the Ice Age. The fact it was centuries after the fact is just a historical rounding error.

4/13/2013 03:59:00 PM

(4/13/2013 03:49:00 PM) - Al

The Constitution is just getting in the way of the left's attempt at utopia.

I still think it says a lot about their thought process that they don't even think about repealing it, they just want to ignore it, or legislate it away from the bench.

Doing it the right way? Too tough. 

4/13/2013 03:49:00 PM

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