Al's Ramblings



Tuesday, December 31, 2013

(12/31/2013 11:45:00 PM) - Al

Bucks manhandle the Lakers in LA tonight.

I'm still not sure if this MIL group has just been beat up by injuries or if I had them overrated.


12/31/2013 11:45:00 PM



(12/31/2013 11:44:00 PM) - Al

My birthday buddy Erika finds a more creative way to spell her name.


12/31/2013 11:44:00 PM



(12/31/2013 11:13:00 PM) - Al

Penn State coach Bill O' Brien leaves to take Texans' job. Hope they find someone who can keep them fighting through that horrible penalty they suffered from the NCAA.


12/31/2013 11:13:00 PM



(12/31/2013 02:06:00 PM) - Al

I don't think General Mills has sold more than a dozen. I love snacks, and I wouldn't pay more than $1 for one of these. 


12/31/2013 02:06:00 PM



(12/31/2013 01:55:00 PM) - Al

Allen West's resolutions are a lot like mine.

Never forget we live in the greatest country the planet has ever known, no matter how much they try and change it.


12/31/2013 01:55:00 PM



(12/31/2013 01:50:00 PM) - Al

I don't think I'll ever fly again, after reading this review of what it is like for fat people.


12/31/2013 01:50:00 PM



(12/31/2013 01:37:00 PM) - Al

Plenty of tickets available for GB playoff game.

No one wants to say it, of course, but the weather has simply been too cold for most to want to spend several hours outside. The irony is, Sunday is supposed to be warm, comparably, 15-20.


12/31/2013 01:37:00 PM



(12/31/2013 01:26:00 PM) - Al

If you believe in capitalism, the free market, and small government with minimal regulation, let's hope 2014 is a better year...can't get much worse.

Fight for your beliefs, we're not outnumbered, but we are outvoiced. The other side hates freedom, black kids being adopted, and responsible fiscal policy.


12/31/2013 01:26:00 PM



(12/31/2013 01:07:00 PM) - Al

Today is a holiday, it would appear. Sports on TV in the afternoon, little local grocery packed (had to sit and wait for a car to leave to get a parking spot), and so on. I took the whole week off (but I did talk to a client on the phone this morning, so there), as many people do. I just mentioned on Facebook last night how many people could have taken two weeks off (16 days in a row!) by only using 3-4 personal days.

I really should open a vacation consulting firm on the side, as I am always amazed how people miss opportunities like this. 


12/31/2013 01:07:00 PM



(12/31/2013 12:54:00 PM) - Al

Once again Oprah was spot on a while back when she spoke of people like Melissa Harris-Perry being stuck in their ways for good.--Dennis Miller

The left is bursting with fools like this and unrepentant racists. It's a shame, but I'm glad they are not on my side.

By the way, this is a very unscientific statement, but an incredible majority of people who have hyphenated last names are very hard to take. Pick a name and shut the hell up. 


12/31/2013 12:54:00 PM



(12/31/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling wife agrees with 8 of 10 of these "short girl problems."


12/31/2013 11:00:00 AM



(12/31/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I feel the same way about McDonald's breakfast burrito, sausage McGriddle, and large hot chocolate. 


12/31/2013 09:00:00 AM


Monday, December 30, 2013

(12/30/2013 10:58:00 PM) - Al

Actress who made fun of black child says she's not guilty of anything, but apologizes anyway.

You see, racist liberals aren't used to being held accountable...

Hill, who has been proven to be a racist a dozen times, doesn't think mocking a child is wrong anyway...

The irony here is how bad these idiots are at lying. They are racists, they got caught being racists, and are now saying they are not racists even though they have said racist things...that's the dictionary definition of what a racist is.


12/30/2013 10:58:00 PM



(12/30/2013 09:27:00 PM) - Al

I have an adopted sister who has to deal with ignorance that was said about her long ago. Now Mitt Romney's grandson will have the same.--Meghan McCain

I'm so glad those racist fools aren't on my side.


12/30/2013 09:27:00 PM



(12/30/2013 07:18:00 PM) - Al

The private sector keeps picking up the pieces from Obamacare's failures.


12/30/2013 07:18:00 PM



(12/30/2013 06:57:00 PM) - Al

Romney mocked by MSNBC in 2012 for tax returns showing his charity donations. Mocked in 2013 for having black adopted grandson.--Eddie Scarry

Remember, you're only allowed to be racist if you believe in high taxes, runaway spending, and are exceptionally weak on national defense. 




12/30/2013 06:57:00 PM



(12/30/2013 05:50:00 PM) - Al

MSNBC has become a club where the smug go to exchange hateful opinions and reassure each other it's acceptable.--Stuart Stevens 

Don't get me wrong, they have every right to be racist bigots at MSNBC, just like Duck Dynasty people have every right to quote the scripture and say they don't understand gay attraction. The difference is, the old media jumped all over one and ignored the other (of course, no one watches MSNBC). 


12/30/2013 05:50:00 PM



(12/30/2013 05:37:00 PM) - Al

Picture of black lady's family who made fun of Romney having black grandchild.

Looks like someone is ashamed of her heritage. It's like that A Different World episode where they make fun of the light skinned blacks. Funny how the left likes labeling everyone and making race an issue...while most of us just see people.


12/30/2013 05:37:00 PM



(12/30/2013 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Boat trying to prove sea ice is melting due to global warming trapped in ice.

You just can't write this stuff.


12/30/2013 03:30:00 PM



(12/30/2013 03:00:00 PM) - Al

I always think it's funny when Dems say it's funny to even mention impeachment, and then the DNC uses it to try and raise money.

Always tough to be consistent when you stand for nothing.


12/30/2013 03:00:00 PM



(12/30/2013 02:50:00 PM) - Al

Top recruit Luke Fischer will transfer from Hoosiers...after one semester.

I assume Indiana will not allow him to consider the Badgers...only the Badgers end up having players transfer to conference rivals because of pretend rules that only apply to the given few.


12/30/2013 02:50:00 PM



(12/30/2013 02:42:00 PM) - Al

Union member sends vile post to disabled veteran...claims no responsibility.

I truly don't know how the other side can stand to be around these people. 


12/30/2013 02:42:00 PM



(12/30/2013 02:37:00 PM) - Al

Tough keeping up with these MSNBC rules...Obamacare is racist, but making fun of a child for...being black...is not.

I'm so glad they are not on my side. As the author points out, mixed race marriage is so commonplace, no one even mentions it anymore...except the left, who is so caught up with race they are blind to common decency and a child's feelings. I don't recall any youngster being made fun of since Trig Palin...note the theme that is repeating.

EDIT: Picture is here...I had to look at it for 15-20 seconds before I even found the black grandchild...of course, I'm not a racist either like the MSNBC clones...who, by the way, get microscopic ratings for a reason.


12/30/2013 02:37:00 PM



(12/30/2013 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Signups are very low and hardly any of them are paid for...GREAT JOB!!

Lenin wasn't as far left as the old media. 




12/30/2013 02:00:00 PM



(12/30/2013 12:01:00 PM) - Al

Badgers' basketball plays Iowa Sunday...at 6:30PM. Must be a new way of getting another game on TV, but it will work out well for Packers' fans, as they play at 3:30PM.



12/30/2013 12:01:00 PM



(12/30/2013 11:26:00 AM) - Al

That's funny, they must not realize the government knows better.


12/30/2013 11:26:00 AM



(12/30/2013 10:30:00 AM) - Al

If there was a way to pair sweatpants with a shirt and tie, I'd never wear anything else.


12/30/2013 10:30:00 AM



(12/30/2013 09:30:00 AM) - Al

There's only two groups it is politically correct to unfairly criticize...the overweight and the fiscally responsible.



12/30/2013 09:30:00 AM


Sunday, December 29, 2013

(12/29/2013 10:13:00 PM) - Al

49ers 2.5 GB
Colts 2.5 KC
Bengals 7.5 SD

Early lines online.

I'll predict the Eagles will be favored by a single point. 


12/29/2013 10:13:00 PM



(12/29/2013 09:31:00 PM) - Al

I’ve been hearing Saturday night, too…. Just a matter of time.--Drew Olson, on Packers' game time

Olson is as bad as it gets...incorrect so often, you can almost count on it.


12/29/2013 09:31:00 PM



(12/29/2013 07:51:00 PM) - Al

Mugger gives flip phone back to victim.

I am known as the guy at the office who "doesn't get" the new phones. Granted, I really don't, but the more I "play up" that up, the fewer questions I get.


12/29/2013 07:51:00 PM



(12/29/2013 11:55:00 AM) - Al

I was just reminded that a Packers' win would mean them hosting a playoff game next weekend, which would lead to a huge boost to the local economy, especially for the hospitality industry.


12/29/2013 11:55:00 AM



(12/29/2013 11:40:00 AM) - Al

It was a lie then, and it is still a lie.

Politifact came clean now that it is obvious to even the most ardent far lefties, and mostly, because Obama will never run for anything again...not that he'd have a chance of winning anyway.


12/29/2013 11:40:00 AM


Saturday, December 28, 2013

(12/28/2013 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Cindy McCain is a lovely older broad, but she should never allow her picture taken next to Meghan...especially on the beach.

Boutros Boutros Ghali.


12/28/2013 12:30:00 PM



(12/28/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

27.7% of all NFL games are decided by a field goal or less.

What's amazing is how often they go for it on 4th down when in chip shot field goal range.


12/28/2013 10:00:00 AM


Friday, December 27, 2013

(12/27/2013 06:10:00 PM) - Al

A&E and the president don't even share a backbone.

It's easy to change one's mind when you don't really stand for anything.


12/27/2013 06:10:00 PM



(12/27/2013 03:13:00 PM) - Al

I blame the consumers myself. You can't order stuff on the weekend before Xmas and expect it to magically make it to your doorstep on 12/24. Bad weather, airport/DC delays and so on; one of them is all it takes.


12/27/2013 03:13:00 PM



(12/27/2013 11:48:00 AM) - Al

It's almost as if MSNBC doesn't want to talk about the economy or Obamacare.

Xmas trees, seriously? It reeks of desperation, and why I'm glad not to be on their side.


12/27/2013 11:48:00 AM



(12/27/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Obama: 60 consecutive months over 7% unemployment. Bush: 96 consecutive months under 7% unemployment.--Hale Razor

Just coincidence. And, by the way, those comparisons to the Great Depression that were funny to me then are hilarious to me now.



12/27/2013 10:00:00 AM


Thursday, December 26, 2013

(12/26/2013 09:46:00 PM) - Al

Delta honors flights booked during glitch.

You realize Obamacare not only would not, but blame the consumer.

Private sector = vastly superior.



12/26/2013 09:46:00 PM



(12/26/2013 04:54:00 PM) - Al

Remember, to the left, there are no bad taxes. After all, they all "spread the wealth."

If you thought health care was expensive before, wait until it's free.


12/26/2013 04:54:00 PM



(12/26/2013 02:23:00 PM) - Al

Getting Wal Mart and others, that have a finger on the pulse of the public wants, involved; is exactly what will improve health care.

What will not is socializing it.


12/26/2013 02:23:00 PM



(12/26/2013 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Brewers' statement on the passing of Mike Hegan.


12/26/2013 02:00:00 PM



(12/26/2013 01:51:00 PM) - Al

37 and 39. 28 and 31.

Those are the forecast highs the next two days, per Weather.com and Accuweather. At least one of them will be wrong, and both might be.

All they are is well built web sites that look pretty and guess. These are the same fools that pretend to know where the hurricane will go, stand out in the rain, and, oh by the way, insist global warming climate change is 100% proven.


12/26/2013 01:51:00 PM



(12/26/2013 01:28:00 PM) - Al

Woke up this AM feeling like I went ten rounds with Mike Tyson...young, hungry, would just as soon kill you as look at you Tyson, not the shell of himself, face tattoo Tyson of today.

Back and legs very sore, right foot (driving foot) throbbing after eight hours on the road yesterday, most of it on roads that were poor to terrible.

Truck drivers are notorious for being sore, in pain, and much of that is blamed on them being out of shape. While that may be true, their job is far more physically demanding than many think.



12/26/2013 01:28:00 PM



(12/26/2013 01:19:00 PM) - Al

What doomed Detroit?

Identical anticapitalist policies that have held the USA back the past five years.


12/26/2013 01:19:00 PM


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

(12/25/2013 08:34:00 PM) - Al

Funniest part of Hugh Hefner's Xmas photo?

The fact that after his now wife broke up with him, he went on Twitter to tell everyone how unhappy he was...because not only had his beautiful fiancee left him; she had taken their dog with her...and he really missed him.

There's an old country song with the title, "My Best Friend Ran Off With My Wife...And I Miss Him." (I'm not kidding, google it.)

Little do you know that there's truth hidden in there.


12/25/2013 08:34:00 PM



(12/25/2013 03:00:00 PM) - Al

The future of unions in a few paragraphs.


12/25/2013 03:00:00 PM



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

Conspiracy theories that were 100% true.

Remember, the government sucks at everything they do. That's why it needs to be as tiny as possible. 


12/25/2013 12:30:00 PM



(12/25/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I've read this article several times, and the comments several more. The fact I find this topic so interesting says exactly what you think it does.


12/25/2013 11:00:00 AM



(12/25/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Tony Romo taking injections, supposedly, no one knows if this is all made up or not except the Cowboys.

I'm not sure who DAL thinks they're kidding, as obviously, the Eagles will prep for Romo and hope Orton plays.


12/25/2013 09:00:00 AM


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

(12/24/2013 11:20:00 PM) - Al




The Rambling son, 11, and the Rambling dog, 17; Xmas 2013.


12/24/2013 11:20:00 PM



(12/24/2013 07:34:00 PM) - Al

Santa showed up at our house while I was napping, the Rambling wife was at church playing bells, and the Rambling son was playing computer games.

The Rambling dog's whining woke me up, however. Quite a watchdog we got there.


12/24/2013 07:34:00 PM



(12/24/2013 07:21:00 PM) - Al

Goodness, Xmas is  a religious abbreviation.

It's always the pretty gals on Facebook that lecture you. The plain ones know I'd just tell them where to go...


12/24/2013 07:21:00 PM



(12/24/2013 03:00:00 PM) - Al

We're in the best of hands.


12/24/2013 03:00:00 PM


Monday, December 23, 2013

(12/23/2013 04:33:00 PM) - Al

Took Xmas cards to my old store today...same two people still there that were there last year. After looking like a disaster for ages, it looked pretty passable today. Finally recovering...:)

Also took the Rambling dog in for a haircut...so odd to not to worry about leaving food out and subconsciously looking over at him resting only to not see him. He'll sleep well tonight, as there's only two things he hates...vets and groomers. The last dozen times we've taken him, we've wondered if it will be his last trip...knock on wood, he's still kicking.

Stopped at the Evil Empire, picked up a few stocking stuffers for the Rambling son, most of which are dark chocolate related. Busier today than it was Saturday late morning...parked over a quarter mile from the door, so got my workout in. Picked up a couple things for the Rambling wife too, in addition to the gift card I get her so she can verify the fact I have no idea what she wants (nor does she, as she never requested a single item this year). Bought a couple things they had been out of Saturday (apparently, the mammoth retailer is clueless to the fact people go through a lot of meatballs during the holidays), and even treated myself to a new pair of sweats (which I think I'll wear to at least one Xmas dinner this year, as they stretch out dutifully).

While there, several times people darted out in front of me, to which I smiled and would say "Excuse me." One pair of women were not watching where they were going at all, and banged right into my cart. Both were in their late 20's/early 30's, and after they profusely apologized, I replied, "No problem, beautiful." I walked happily away on my quest for green onions and fresh mushrooms, one of the gals said to the other, "Hurry up and get in his way again, no one's called me that in years."

That, my friends, is how you marry up.


12/23/2013 04:33:00 PM



(12/23/2013 02:41:00 PM) - Al

Obama pretends to sign up for Obamacare, will have far better coverage than rubes could ever dream of.


12/23/2013 02:41:00 PM



(12/23/2013 10:55:00 AM) - Al

Deadline moved to midnight, Xmas Day.

We're in the best of hands.


12/23/2013 10:55:00 AM



(12/23/2013 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Wait 'til the bill for Obamacare comes due, and the meddling little fact that fewer people are insured than before, and paying far more for it sees the light of day in the old media.

2013 will seem like the good old days. 2014-2017 has all the indications of a disaster previously never seen. Don't forget, this is the guy who said Syria had to be bombed...and then, after seeing a poll, never mentioned it again.

When you believe in nothing, it's easy to not be able to set priorities and change your mind haphazardly.


12/23/2013 09:30:00 AM


Sunday, December 22, 2013

(12/22/2013 08:21:00 PM) - Al

Watching Xmas Vacation with the Rambling family. By far the best Xmas movie of all time.


12/22/2013 08:21:00 PM



(12/22/2013 04:42:00 PM) - Al

$160M spent, 0 signups.

I'm telling you, there isn't anywhere left to cut.


12/22/2013 04:42:00 PM



(12/22/2013 02:15:00 PM) - Al

I'm not sure if this is a real screen grab or not, but it sure is funny.


12/22/2013 02:15:00 PM



(12/22/2013 02:08:00 PM) - Al

Cracker Barrel caves to public outcry.

I suspect A&E will soon.

It occurred to me yesterday why, despite not really agreeing with what he said, I disagree with punishing him. He didn't say he would not hire a gay person, or that they were evil, or that they were bad. He just said he didn't "get it" or understand how a gay guy can look at him and a beautiful woman...and prefer him. I don't either, but I truly find nothing more boring than talking about someone else's sex life.


12/22/2013 02:08:00 PM



(12/22/2013 01:55:00 PM) - Al

He's not incompetent, he's just really, really ignorant.

About everything.


12/22/2013 01:55:00 PM



(12/22/2013 01:17:00 PM) - Al

I've always heard tests like this existed, that can predict where you live based on how you say certain words and what words you use. It nailed us, Minn/St. Paul was most similar city.


12/22/2013 01:17:00 PM


Saturday, December 21, 2013

(12/21/2013 06:20:00 PM) - Al

Again, this is what happens when the nanny state becomes fashionable.

And she should have made them anyway. Haters gonna hate.


12/21/2013 06:20:00 PM



(12/21/2013 12:39:00 PM) - Al

Hart thanks the fans.


12/21/2013 12:39:00 PM



(12/21/2013 12:32:00 PM) - Al

Choo signs with TEX, might free up Moreland for MIL.


12/21/2013 12:32:00 PM



(12/21/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

President Obama just stated in his press conference," we don't abandon Americans when times get tough." What a lying miscreant -- tell that to Amb Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Ty Woods, and Glenn Doherty. Barack Obama has no shame, no honor. If the economy was doing so well, we wouldn't need unemployment benefits at 99 weeks. if you'd told the truth in 2012, you wouldn't be president.--Allen West

I love West because anyone else would be torn apart as a racist for speaking so strongly...and truthfully, about the president's record.


12/21/2013 09:00:00 AM


Friday, December 20, 2013

(12/20/2013 08:16:00 PM) - Al

Much of this is a direct correlation of the nanny state we've allowed our "tax it until it's a utopia" government to try and create. People can still believe what they wish. Punishing someone for said beliefs (my beliefs are OK, yours suck) is immature. It's also the only thing the left knows how to do (remember that recall election they forced upon us because they insisted a balanced budget and lower taxes were Hitlerish?


12/20/2013 08:16:00 PM



(12/20/2013 07:09:00 PM) - Al

You just can't write this stuff.


12/20/2013 07:09:00 PM



(12/20/2013 05:02:00 PM) - Al

Target offers 10% off this weekend to apologize for credit glitch.

Considering very few people will have to pay for the errors, that's a nice PR move.


12/20/2013 05:02:00 PM



(12/20/2013 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Thanking them for their service, and to the group that puts the wreaths out.

Kudos.


12/20/2013 01:30:00 PM



(12/20/2013 12:30:00 PM) - Al

$600K to "pigeon proof" a bridge.

I'm telling you, we're in the absolute best of hands.


12/20/2013 12:30:00 PM



(12/20/2013 12:11:00 PM) - Al

Cheerleader turned intelligence officer.




12/20/2013 12:11:00 PM



(12/20/2013 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I'm so old, I remember when the House and Senate actually voted on legislation.

Of course, that was before Obama was elected king.

The irony is, the left forgets that this cuts both ways. There will be hell to pay come 2016...and you know what? The bar is set so low, unless the president declares dirt a food group, no one will even notice.


12/20/2013 11:30:00 AM



(12/20/2013 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Five years later, it's still unexpectedly.

That's a mighty long time to be a biased hack. They are an embarrassment among embarrassments.

Don't forget, W's average unemployment was 5.2%...and after five years of the Obamamalaise, the left insists 5% is full employment.


12/20/2013 10:30:00 AM



(12/20/2013 09:30:00 AM) - Al

This was an even better idea under it's other name, a mobile home.

They're cheap too, you know.


12/20/2013 09:30:00 AM


Thursday, December 19, 2013

(12/19/2013 11:33:00 PM) - Al

Test answers that are wrong, but brilliant.


12/19/2013 11:33:00 PM



(12/19/2013 09:02:00 PM) - Al

A&E might cave. The Duck Dynasty folks don't appear to be the least bit concerned.


12/19/2013 09:02:00 PM



(12/19/2013 06:11:00 PM) - Al

Apparently, over 70 unions consist solely of evil, Hitler like members.

Chuckle, guffaw, hee hee.

The obit for unions has been written, but because they are a money laundering arm of the Democratic party, it has not been reported by the old media. That said, they are still dead. Even the president's attempts to give them special benefits and rights have not strengthened them...however, that has made them even more despised by the independents who voted for the lies and have to suffer the consequences...while watching the unions get a free pass.

Oh that 2014 election is going to be a joy. The backtracking and revisionist history will be a delight to witness, as I laugh at the fact that the left simply does not believe math a concept they have to deal with.


12/19/2013 06:11:00 PM



(12/19/2013 01:54:00 PM) - Al

I'm having trouble figuring out why Luke Scott would sign a deal in Korea for $300K when it seems likely he could have made twice that as a bench player in the USA.

Scott has been outspoken in his traditional beliefs, and maybe thinks he'd have a hard time finding a job because of that.


12/19/2013 01:54:00 PM



(12/19/2013 01:33:00 PM) - Al

I may not agree with what he said, but I will defend to the death his right to say it.

And yes, A&E has every right to get rid of him based on his opinion, I just don't think they should. The left says terrible things about fiscal conservatives every day. They do so with no fear of repercussions or harassment from the old media. 


12/19/2013 01:33:00 PM



(12/19/2013 10:30:00 AM) - Al

GLAAD flipped out over Duck Dynasty but not Alec Baldwin because it's not the comments they care about. It's Phil's faith and politics.--Tim Wells

The double standard is quite obvious. Last I checked, you can say anything you want, as he feels the same way as many religious folks.


12/19/2013 10:30:00 AM



(12/19/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I knew all this when I was 18/19. I'm not sure if I was smart or dull.


12/19/2013 09:00:00 AM


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

(12/18/2013 08:32:00 PM) - Al

No way Ruffin passes waivers. Young righty who throws 92-93. 


12/18/2013 08:32:00 PM



(12/18/2013 06:33:00 PM) - Al

Brewers talking to Michael Young. I like Young if he comes at the right price, as he can play 1B/2B/3B, and he may end up platooning at any of those spots at some point.


12/18/2013 06:33:00 PM



(12/18/2013 05:36:00 PM) - Al

Xmas cards are out for another year. I might have to hire it done next year. Getting stamps, stuffing envelopes, putting on labels and stamps, sealing envelopes...took me and the Rambling son about 2.5 hours, not to mention the Rambling wife took the pic, had the cards made, and I wrote the letter.


12/18/2013 05:36:00 PM



(12/18/2013 03:42:00 PM) - Al

I agree with Jerry Seinfeld, I think a 9PM Leno would work, it was just a few years ahead of its time.

Regardless of where he goes, I feel he will defeat Letterman, though Kimmel is funny and getting better. Conan is, as always, "too hip and cool" for the majority of viewers. I don't find Fallon the least bit funny, and I don't think I'm alone.


12/18/2013 03:42:00 PM



(12/18/2013 02:10:00 PM) - Al

I think Governor Walker left college for the same reason I did...he didn't like it, and wanted to move on. On the best day, most universities are far left and undeniably self important. I didn't enjoy it, so I quit going.


12/18/2013 02:10:00 PM


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

(12/17/2013 03:55:00 PM) - Al

Incredible revenue growth by MLB since Selig's been in charge.


12/17/2013 03:55:00 PM



(12/17/2013 01:27:00 PM) - Al

Obamacare working out as planned...so awful and inept, you can almost hear the calls for a single payer, truly socialist system.


12/17/2013 01:27:00 PM



(12/17/2013 12:40:00 PM) - Al

I just learned today that childless women in their 20's make about 20% more than men in the same situation.

This is mainly because far more women go to college (many schools are 60/40 female), and far more women finish college. Much is made, of course, of the fact women make less than men, leaving out the nugget of fact that women take time out of the work force to have children and raise a family. 

Note the complete lack of discussion about how unfair it is to young men to be making less, by the way. It's as if everyone suddenly understood supply and demand is not the same thing as discrimination.


12/17/2013 12:40:00 PM



(12/17/2013 11:36:00 AM) - Al

SF may take 1B/OF Brett Pill off the 40 man, but he appears to be a near twin of Sean Halton...RH power hitter, near identical numbers in AAA.


12/17/2013 11:36:00 AM



(12/17/2013 11:30:00 AM) - Al

The Ted Williams shift. The first of many.


12/17/2013 11:30:00 AM



(12/17/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I'm telling you, there just isn't anywhere left to cut.


12/17/2013 09:00:00 AM


Monday, December 16, 2013

(12/16/2013 10:43:00 PM) - Al

Maybe the cable nets should move further left...


12/16/2013 10:43:00 PM



(12/16/2013 10:27:00 PM) - Al

Axford gets $4.5M guaranteed, with incentives to make $1.75M more.

Needless to say, he's getting paid more for 2011 than 2012-13. I feel he'll be decent, as most of his struggles came in HR happy parks. That said, he's getting paid for his velocity and potential, odd for a 30 year old.


12/16/2013 10:27:00 PM



(12/16/2013 09:43:00 PM) - Al

The thing about Bo Ryan no one talks about is his ability to recruit players that will do exactly what he wants them to do. 


12/16/2013 09:43:00 PM



(12/16/2013 07:36:00 PM) - Al

He's a heartbeat away, and a complete idiot.



12/16/2013 07:36:00 PM



(12/16/2013 05:27:00 PM) - Al

I have, once again, surrendered. Plumber called.

Bathtub drain took hours to drain after I showered this morning. I was able to keep up with it for a year or two this time, but, I know when I'm beat. Sadly, this is despite having one of those little plastic things in the drain which catches 90% of the hair that goes down.

Friends, don't let your friends marry gals with thick, lustrous hair.


12/16/2013 05:27:00 PM



(12/16/2013 03:46:00 PM) - Al

We're in the very best of hands.


12/16/2013 03:46:00 PM



(12/16/2013 03:43:00 PM) - Al

Herb Kohl says he will look for new investors as committed to keeping the Bucks in MIL as he is.


12/16/2013 03:43:00 PM



(12/16/2013 03:33:00 PM) - Al

Heh. Very true.


12/16/2013 03:33:00 PM



(12/16/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Another day, another public school overreaction.


12/16/2013 11:00:00 AM



(12/16/2013 10:06:00 AM) - Al

The Dems are going to run on Obamacare, you know.


12/16/2013 10:06:00 AM



(12/16/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

I am so confused by people who don't immediately put on their pajamas the second they get home.--Kellie Martin

Amen, though I call them my "stay at home clothes," not PJ's. There is a certain segment of the population who simply do not want to be comfy, so they refuse to wear Crocs, wear a tie after they get home like Ward Cleaver, and wear wool sweaters.


12/16/2013 10:00:00 AM



(12/16/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I have to agree with most of the conservative scuttlebutt regarding the Ryan budget...I am not a fan of many parts, but, it's better than nothing. It allows the GOP to pass a budget that's mostly devoid of the increased taxes and increased spending the left pushes through in any budget. It also delays most crappy decisions to 2016 or beyond, when we can hope the GOP can win both houses in '14 and/or '16, and/or the presidency in '16.




12/16/2013 09:00:00 AM


Sunday, December 15, 2013

(12/15/2013 08:39:00 PM) - Al

Axford close to signing with Indians.

He had several teams after him, so he'll likely get a multiyear deal for $3M+ per.


12/15/2013 08:39:00 PM



(12/15/2013 01:05:00 PM) - Al

She's refusing to become a victim. They must make her look bad, because she's pretty and can speak in complete sentences.


12/15/2013 01:05:00 PM



(12/15/2013 12:56:00 PM) - Al

Hey, you'd need a long vacation too if you lied nonstop and had to cover up illegalities in a dozen scandals because of your own incompetence.


12/15/2013 12:56:00 PM



(12/15/2013 11:32:00 AM) - Al

I know the minimum wage going up would hurt people. I know this for a simple reason...talk of raising it to $50 an hour gets laughed at...well, if going up to $10/hour would help, shouldn't raising it to $50 help even more?

No, because raising it is negative to the economy regardless. In a true free market, there should be no minimum wage. If there is one, it should be so low as to it rarely being used.


12/15/2013 11:32:00 AM



(12/15/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

It is hard to believe.


12/15/2013 11:00:00 AM


Saturday, December 14, 2013

(12/14/2013 03:38:00 PM) - Al

Heh.

How's that Obamacare working out for the uninsured, you ask?

He got elected and reelected by lying; about his past, his programs, and about every single scandal.

He'll go down in history as the worst ever. No doubt in my mind.


12/14/2013 03:38:00 PM



(12/14/2013 02:49:00 PM) - Al

Juan Francisco is probably better than you, and the Brewers think.

Juan's problem is he was not a good fielder at 1B, and struck out a lot, two things casual fans notice whether the score is 10-1 or 2-1. Also of note, to even more sophisticated fans is he is simply horrible versus LHP, making him, at best, a platoon player, who are usually underrated by many fans, who don't really understand the idea of utilizing a player's strengths while minimizing his weaknesses.

I would not have any problem with a Francisco/Halton 1B platoon to begin the campaign. Ironically, they will probably have a pair of 1B in Nashville as well, in Hunter Morris and Jason Rogers, though Rogers will likely play some 3B and LF, in addition to the obvious DH use when playing an AL opponent.


12/14/2013 02:49:00 PM



(12/14/2013 01:24:00 PM) - Al

If we are lending money that ostensibly we don’t have to kids who have no hope of making it back in order to train them for jobs that clearly don’t exist, I might suggest that we’ve gone around the bend a little bit.--Mike Rowe

I've been saying this for ages. The left has created an entire industry of education because it gives jobs to those who agree with their anti capitalist mindset.


12/14/2013 01:24:00 PM



(12/14/2013 12:09:00 PM) - Al

Whenever some greedy idiot predicts the end of the world, they always say it will be several years away...plenty of time for the cash to roll in, plenty of time to backtrack, plenty of time for the rubes to move onto the next ridiculous claim.

Not so fast, Mr. Gore.

I guarantee you Al Gore would be in prison on fraud charges if he were a fiscal conservative.


12/14/2013 12:09:00 PM



(12/14/2013 11:09:00 AM) - Al

Liberals tax cigarettes and alcohol to reduce consumption, so why do they tax capital and job creators?--Janine Johnson 

Because they do not understand economics, and they love to punish the successful. 

And, that they've never thought it out.:) Basically, if it's a tax, they love it.


12/14/2013 11:09:00 AM



(12/14/2013 10:02:00 AM) - Al

Another day, another example of public schools failing.

You can try and convince yourself they are all exceptions if you wish. I choose to be realistic and know full well the system is broken, and should be reconfigured.



12/14/2013 10:02:00 AM


Friday, December 13, 2013

(12/13/2013 08:44:00 PM) - Al

While Obama takes a selfie at a funeral, W was sending a letter to the Alabama kicker that missed the field goal that led to the wild finish with Auburn returning it for a TD.

One is all about himself, and the other is not.


12/13/2013 08:44:00 PM



(12/13/2013 05:42:00 PM) - Al

We're having a "fend for yourself" night, so the Rambling son said he was going to have a can of chili mac, but he was going to add cheese to it.

For the first time ever, I'm now sure he's my son.


12/13/2013 05:42:00 PM



(12/13/2013 04:24:00 PM) - Al

Loney going back to TB. Brewers met with Mets again and apparently, NY still wants Thornburg for Ike Davis. Unless they can expand this deal somehow, they seem to be at a standstill.


12/13/2013 04:24:00 PM



(12/13/2013 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Have a great weekend, and we'll see many of you next week. Stay warm and safe.


12/13/2013 03:00:00 PM



(12/13/2013 01:30:00 PM) - Al

What your cheese says about you.

Mine says I'm gullible enough to read such obvious space filler.


12/13/2013 01:30:00 PM



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

In sales, hardly anyone works the week between Xmas and New Year's, and for the most part, there isn't a whole lot going on the second half of December...I heard many people at the office today saying it was difficult to get appointments, and there was talk of "cutting back" until 2014.

I have not heard much about it this year, but often, there is talk of not wanting to make anymore money until next year for tax purposes as well, especially among the successful. I have done both...I usually book as much as I can, but realize it's a naturally busy time and probably "settle" a bit.


12/13/2013 12:00:00 PM



(12/13/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I admit, I'm a total bum who watches far more TV than I should, but even I do not watch a series in a week.


12/13/2013 11:00:00 AM



(12/13/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

My guess is, a serial kidnapper took her, left her outside, and then brought her back to the wrong house.

Because, as we all know, no one ever makes bad decisions when they've had too much to drink...ask all those young men who walked into the river in LaCrosse, while the public blamed police for not finding a killer.


12/13/2013 10:00:00 AM



(12/13/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Jane Fonda may be the worst person I know of.


12/13/2013 09:00:00 AM



(12/13/2013 08:49:00 AM) - Al

Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?

Outstanding, best ever. In fact, I wish to see it again.

Part of me wants to give him credit for making lemonade out of lemons, but what a load of crap.

Hat tip to Mass Haas on Twitter for the link.


12/13/2013 08:49:00 AM


Thursday, December 12, 2013

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

I'm pretty sure the Chargers are the most underrated team in the NFL.


12/12/2013 10:10:00 PM



(12/12/2013 09:28:00 PM) - Al

Next Thursday, weather.com says a high of 39...Accuweather says 13.

I wish I could be this bad at my job as one of those two.


12/12/2013 09:28:00 PM



(12/12/2013 04:17:00 PM) - Al

Brewers select young Taiwanese pitcher in Rule 5 draft, eligible due tio a voided contract.

Unlikely to stick, unless MIL is willing to go with a 13 man staff part of the season. He was dominant in rookie ball, but that's quite a ways from the NL. $50K is a small amount to spend to look at him for six weeks, I guess.


12/12/2013 04:17:00 PM



(12/12/2013 04:08:00 PM) - Al

These things don't last forever. They have to be replaced every few decades.

I'm not sure why Milwaukee is so surprised about this well known fact.


12/12/2013 04:08:00 PM



(12/12/2013 04:04:00 PM) - Al

Lie of the year.

Actually, of the past five years. To prove how out of touch he is, he still hasn't admitted it was a lie, and in fact, has doubled down on numerous occasions on why it was not.

Because, you know, he might just run again someday.

EDIT: Politifact rated this as "half true" back in 2012. They are part of the problem, as they let their bias affect their first rating. Now, they feel the need to come clean, and good for them. 


12/12/2013 04:04:00 PM



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

Do as I say, not as I do.


12/12/2013 01:00:00 PM



(12/12/2013 11:59:00 AM) - Al

Projected Yankees' batting order.

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Carlos Beltran, RF
4. Mark Teixeira, 1B
5. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
6. Brian McCann, C
7. Alfonso Soriano, DH
8. Kelly Johnson, 2B
9. Brett Gardner, LF


Won't be as good as we think, because that is a mighty old team that will have rest days and injuries, but that's a 900 run club if healthy. 


12/12/2013 11:59:00 AM



(12/12/2013 11:52:00 AM) - Al

Brewers working quickly to add a 1B, meeting with Mets' Sandy Alderson as I type.

Hat tip to JS.


12/12/2013 11:52:00 AM



(12/12/2013 11:52:00 AM) - Al

Brewers working quickly to add a 1B, meeting with Mets' Sandy Alderson as I type.

Hat tip to JS.


12/12/2013 11:52:00 AM



(12/12/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

$7M per signup.

We're in the best of hands.


12/12/2013 11:00:00 AM



(12/12/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

It's almost as if this wasn't thought out at all.


12/12/2013 09:00:00 AM


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

(12/11/2013 08:56:00 PM) - Al

Brewers have discussed Johan Santana.

Buy low candidate. Love to see it. 


12/11/2013 08:56:00 PM



(12/11/2013 08:48:00 PM) - Al

Marlins rumored to have interest in Weeks. Very strange, considering they just signed Furcal to play 2B.

Obviously, Crew would have to pay a lot of salary, as MIA has no overpaid players to take back.


12/11/2013 08:48:00 PM



(12/11/2013 07:48:00 PM) - Al

Badgers playing a tough 9-2 Milwaukee team tonight. I thought it would probably be a bit of a letdown game, with the Badgers winning by 10-15. Bucky up 42-20 with 2 minutes to go in the half.


12/11/2013 07:48:00 PM



(12/11/2013 04:46:00 PM) - Al

James Loney, 30 next year

.340/.421, 761 OPS career
.329/.398, 727 OPS 2011-13
.354/.465, 819 OPS career on the road
.351/.442, 793 OPS career versus RHP
6.1 UZR/150 last three seasons
MLBTR predicted he'd receive a 2y/$16M contract

Loney has always played in pitcher's parks, and his road numbers indicate that. .308/.361 career vs. LHP, so passable, but weak, .339/.390 vs. lefties in '13, may be improving, or a small sample. Solid defender, lefty hitter, Miller Park may help him as much as any player.

Mitch Moreland,will be 28 next year

Currently with Rangers, would have to be acquired in trade
.318/.440, 758 OPS career
.305/.435, 740 OPS career on road
.325/.463, 788 OPS career versus RHP
3.4 UZR/150 last four seasons
MLBTR predicted he'd get $2.7M in arby
team controlled through 2016

Moreland is also a passable LF/RF.Numbers in offensive paradise of Arlington not much better than on the road.

Ike Davis, will be 28 next year

Currently with Mets, would have to be acquired in trade
.334/.434, 768 OPS career
.356/.471, 827 OPS career versus RHP
.337/.457, 794 OPS career on road
2.5 UZR/150 last four seasons
MLBTR predicted he'd get $3.5M in arby
team controlled through 2016

Personally, I like all three, not knowing what it take to bring them aboard, of course. My preference would be Ike Davis, because he has been hurt the most playing in both a pitcher's park and a huge media market, which tends to dwell on the negative...I think he would be the most likely to bust out. He also has superb numbers versus RHP, and is probably best suited for a platoon...though he does have 12 homers in 400 career PA's against southpaws.
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12/11/2013 04:46:00 PM



(12/11/2013 03:49:00 PM) - Al

I can promise you it is much worse.


12/11/2013 03:49:00 PM



(12/11/2013 03:41:00 PM) - Al

In addition to needing to add a 1B of some type, Hart's departure would seem to tell me they have more money to spend than expected, on either relief or starting pitching. I'll do a rundown later on the rumored options, Juan, and other possibilities.


12/11/2013 03:41:00 PM



(12/11/2013 03:31:00 PM) - Al

Adam feels the Crew probably only have interest in Loney if he will take two or less years.

Latest estimates on Hart...SEA offered $5M base plus $8M in incentives, Brewers offered $4M base, $4-6M in incentives.


12/11/2013 03:31:00 PM



(12/11/2013 03:07:00 PM) - Al

Hart will sign with SEA, 1y deal, thought to be about $8M.

Good luck to him, it would certainly not be where I expected, as SEA is a pitcher's park, and their travel is the worst in baseball.

EDIT: SEA signs Corey for $10.5M, MIL offer said to be about $8.2M. 


12/11/2013 03:07:00 PM



(12/11/2013 02:28:00 PM) - Al

Any team with a 1B excess talking to Brewers. Mitch Moreland of Rangers being rumored.


12/11/2013 02:28:00 PM



(12/11/2013 02:17:00 PM) - Al

Justin Smoak of SEA also being mentioned as MIL 1B possibility. Discussion is Smoak, Davis, and Loney at present.

Barring a no trade, of course, Loney could be dealt even if he signs a 2-3 year deal, if Hunter Morris does develop as expected/better than expected.


12/11/2013 02:17:00 PM



(12/11/2013 02:13:00 PM) - Al

Logan Morrison also ends up with SEA. Doug meeting with James Loney's agent, Loney is said to have a 2-3 year offer on the table, but Doug might go higher for a single season...and possibilty, might go longer...James might accept a one year contract to finally play in a hitter's ballpark as well. oney is also an excellent defender.


12/11/2013 02:13:00 PM



(12/11/2013 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Time names pope as person of the year, even though Catholic church's teachings are not even followed by most Catholics.

The irony is, both are irrelevant.


12/11/2013 12:30:00 PM



(12/11/2013 11:33:00 AM) - Al

I have not read enough about the budget compromise to know, but I'm sure I'll hate much of it...any compromise with the left is bound to have spending and tax hikes in it.

That said, the longer they were put off, the longer the GOP has to fix them.


12/11/2013 11:33:00 AM



(12/11/2013 11:20:00 AM) - Al

Hart continues looking at other offers, Crew continues talking trade.

Hart probably has to decide if playing one more season in MIL is worth leaving $15M guaranteed on the table...and probably not being in MIL in 2015 anyway.


12/11/2013 11:20:00 AM



(12/11/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I'm sure many of you have seen this, but West Jet played Santa for everyone on a flight.

It'd be nice to have the means to do something like this.


12/11/2013 09:00:00 AM


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

(12/10/2013 09:51:00 PM) - Al

Source: Mets asked Brewers for young, controllable pitching for Ike - Thornburg among others. MIL said no and were told they're out.--Jim Duquette

I was thinking more like a Donovan Hand, as Davis struggled in '13, and is arby eligible.


12/10/2013 09:51:00 PM



(12/10/2013 09:41:00 PM) - Al

Brewers may well have a conditional trade for Ike Davis if Hart signs elsewhere.


12/10/2013 09:41:00 PM



(12/10/2013 08:40:00 PM) - Al

Catching Fire was far better than the first Hunger Games film...I had no idea it was nearing the end of its 2.5 hours...not to mention the 6-7 previews, it was 2:40 in length. The Rambling son said it followed the book more than the original as well. 

And yes, Jennifer Lawrence is quite a looker. A bit too athletic and thin for my tastes, but that's like complaining Jennifer Love Hewitt can't cook...


12/10/2013 08:40:00 PM



(12/10/2013 08:30:00 PM) - Al

I'm sure Doug asked them to make up their mind sooner rather than later. Hart may decide tonight, or at least soon.


12/10/2013 08:30:00 PM



(12/10/2013 03:23:00 PM) - Al

Brewers AA team in Huntsville will relocate to Biloxi, MS for the 2015 season. See if they remain with MIL.



12/10/2013 03:23:00 PM



(12/10/2013 01:42:00 PM) - Al

UK paper's story on Braun's wedding.

Hat tip to the JS.



12/10/2013 01:42:00 PM



(12/10/2013 01:28:00 PM) - Al

I don't know what the wind chill is, but it's dangerous. My ears and face were in pain just putting the ice melt and groceries into the car at the Evil Capitalist Empire today. I gotta remember to put a hat and gloves in my car in case of break down.


12/10/2013 01:28:00 PM



(12/10/2013 01:19:00 PM) - Al

Obama's behavior at funeral reminds some of college student on holiday break.

Reminds me of awkward "gossip" that passed as "news" in my small town paper growing up. You know, "went to funeral with Sandy and Brandy, and then spent the afternoon enjoying girl talk, ice cream, and shopping."


12/10/2013 01:19:00 PM



(12/10/2013 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Jim Rogers has been buying agricultural land all over the world for the past decade...they ain't making more of it.


12/10/2013 10:30:00 AM



(12/10/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

This sort of thing does just drive the left crazy.

Why do they lie about the tea party, which has never taken a stand on social issues? Because they are terrified of it. Low taxes, responsible spending is a universally loved concept, so the fibs have to be brought out...not that the Dems are untruthful as a habit or anything.

By the way, what's this about keeping your insurance if you want...


12/10/2013 09:00:00 AM



(12/10/2013 07:30:00 AM) - Al

No idea how the 1B situation will play out, but let me throw these numbers at you:

Hart, career OPS---------------824
Davis, career OPS vs RHP-----827
Davis, career OPS on the road-794

Ike will almost certainly require a platoon partner, as he has managed only a 602 OPS versus southpaws, but those are plentiful and cheap (Sean Halton is probably giddy with anticipation at such an opportunity, it might also be a way to use Lucroy at 1B once a week).


12/10/2013 07:30:00 AM


Monday, December 09, 2013

(12/09/2013 10:27:00 PM) - Al

Taking the Rambling son to see the Hunger Games sequel tomorrow evening.

Saddened the best part will likely be Jennifer Lawrence's figure. And, I'm not a fan of 2.5 hours...almost twice as long as I prefer.


12/09/2013 10:27:00 PM



(12/09/2013 09:29:00 PM) - Al

A lie to Whoopi?

That's gotta be the last straw...


12/09/2013 09:29:00 PM



(12/09/2013 09:03:00 PM) - Al

Alex Morgan engaged.

Needless to say, I'm married, and didn't have a chance with her anyway, but I still despise the guy.


12/09/2013 09:03:00 PM



(12/09/2013 07:22:00 PM) - Al

Of course, online poker should be legal, as almost everything should be between consenting adults.

The nannystaters that feel otherwise are directly responsible for the massive debt, deficit, and anti free market legislation that is currently ignorantly in power in DC.


12/09/2013 07:22:00 PM



(12/09/2013 06:28:00 PM) - Al

I've spoken often that 1B/LF/RF types often fall off a cliff after 32-33. This seems to agree.


12/09/2013 06:28:00 PM



(12/09/2013 05:14:00 PM) - Al

Friend of Ramblings Craig sends in the DOT video of the big accident near Germantown.

Slow the hell down people. Leave a few minutes earlier, and get there in one piece. We had snow covered roads this AM, and I lost track of the trucks in the other lane than were close to the center lane, forcing me to the shoulder...you know, if you meet someone else a bit over the center line, that's a mighty bad accident.


12/09/2013 05:14:00 PM



(12/09/2013 05:04:00 PM) - Al

I read a report a couple hours ago that, if memory serves, had Doug saying he has not talked to either KRod or Axford about a return to MIL. I took that to mean, well, what he said...I doubt Doug has talked to hardly any relief guys, as he does not know what he has to spend yet.

However, since then, many are reporting Doug said he has no interest in bringing back Axford or KRod...that's not what I read, but I cannot find an actual quote.

Also, "a source" reported the Brewers had talked to the Mets about Ike Davis, or possibly Davis and Len Duda...right after Doug said he touched base with the Mets.

Hart has to decide if he wants a one year deal with MIL, or maybe a one year deal with a vested option for '15, or a 2-3 deal elsewhere. MIL cannot take chances on injured players like bigger markets, and AL teams can. Fact of life.


12/09/2013 05:04:00 PM



(12/09/2013 04:34:00 PM) - Al

Doug says nothing close on Logan Morrison.

Crew and Red Sox supposedly in on Carlos Marmol, along with 1-2 other teams.

I've always liked Marmol, though at some point, you'd think someone could convince him to throw strikes. Much like Axford, I think he was affected by pitching in a small, HR happy home ballpark.


12/09/2013 04:34:00 PM



(12/09/2013 04:21:00 PM) - Al

Crew has asked about SF 1B Brent Pill. He's a RH hitter who has a reverse split, much like Matt Laporta. I would assume he's being looked at as a reserve/complementary type.


12/09/2013 04:21:00 PM



(12/09/2013 04:11:00 PM) - Al

What happened to the DAL/CHI line? Last night, the Cowboys were favored by a point, and now, the Bears are favored by 1.5...a 2.5 point swing this late is almost unheard of.


12/09/2013 04:11:00 PM



(12/09/2013 03:44:00 PM) - Al

US government sells rest of its General Motors stock; loses $10.5 billion on bailout.

Summary of reaction from the left: Well, it's only $10B.

That pretty much solidifies why I'm not on their side. They simply have no understanding of math, or want to learn.


12/09/2013 03:44:00 PM



(12/09/2013 03:26:00 PM) - Al

Tom G had shoulder surgery, per the JS.

Considered "minor," expected to be ready by March. Probably why Crew has looked at lefty relievers. 


12/09/2013 03:26:00 PM



(12/09/2013 03:24:00 PM) - Al

Logan Morrison will be traded soon, per the Marlins.

He'd be a very nice fit as a 1B/LF/RF reserve if Hart returns, or as a platoon 1B if Hart does not. That said, I'm not sure he's much better than Gindl or Francisco, and will cost more than either. 


12/09/2013 03:24:00 PM



(12/09/2013 01:43:00 PM) - Al

Brewers making Hart the priority.

Makes perfect sense, as they need to not only figure out who's going to play 1B, but if it's not Corey, they probably make extra money to spend elsewhere. 


12/09/2013 01:43:00 PM



(12/09/2013 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Here's how the expanding government ideas are going across the big pond.

The Dems are on the wrong side of history. They just aren't smart enough to believe the rubes get it. It should be utopia all over the world if that style worked. It doesn't. That's why we study history in school, instead of getting high and protesting the free market.


12/09/2013 01:30:00 PM



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

I don't mean to, you know, use basic economics to dispel the myth a higher minimum wage will somehow boost the poor into the middle class.

That said, if a $10 minimum wage will be good, why wouldn't a $20 one be better? How about $50? Those would be laughed away without debate, but in reality, any type of fiddling with supply and demand is every bit as goofy. You create artificial inflation, and businesses simply cut back...can't afford twelve people anymore...down to nine. Three families lose financial support. Three more onto the government entitlements.

It's almost as if that's the idea...


12/09/2013 12:00:00 PM



(12/09/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

The top care will be reserved for the wealthy elite. The rubes and the little people will be stuck in the 2nd tier ER's.


Why yes, I did see that coming. I have common sense, and did not bow to the lies.


12/09/2013 11:00:00 AM



(12/09/2013 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Yet, remarkably, the private sector was able to do it with no problems for decades.

The government thinks they can create a perfect nation, and in reality, they can't even count votes or process apps.


12/09/2013 10:30:00 AM



(12/09/2013 10:09:00 AM) - Al

Another public school student suspended because, on a daily basis, it is becoming child abuse to send your kid to a public school.




12/09/2013 10:09:00 AM



(12/09/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

It is difficult to believe such a mindless bastion of ridiculousness is allowed to exist...yet, every single college/university is like this...self important, above the law, and most of all, exceedingly liberal.


12/09/2013 09:00:00 AM



(12/09/2013 06:30:00 AM) - Al

The plan? Tax deductions for buying health insurance, getting rid of regulations that needlessly stop citizens from buying policies across state lines (in WI, this keeps you from having to pay for abortion coverage, drug/alcohol counseling/rehab, marital counseling, and other needless additions the all knowing left has insisted be covered).

Let's not forget, far, far more people are going to be uncovered 1/1/14 than were before. If 30M was bad, 50M is an embarrassment...and simply pathetic...like the entire administration has been thus far.


12/09/2013 06:30:00 AM


Sunday, December 08, 2013

(12/08/2013 09:47:00 PM) - Al

A list of the teams racing in the Amazing Race all stars, which is filming now, and begins on CBS in February.

This is pretty much the only show the Ramblings family watches all together.


12/08/2013 09:47:00 PM



(12/08/2013 06:59:00 PM) - Al

The new Farm Bill appears to be full of pork, not to mention tax and spend payoffs to the environmental far left.

We're in the best of hands.


12/08/2013 06:59:00 PM



(12/08/2013 03:24:00 PM) - Al

Always have at least a few days worth of food and water in your house...preferably, stuff you can eat without heating it up.

Sadly, this guy probably was better prepared than 20-30% of society.


12/08/2013 03:24:00 PM



(12/08/2013 03:02:00 PM) - Al

Mariners getting lots of calls on their kids. Nick Franklin obviously likely to go, maybe others too. Playing to win now.--Jon Heyman

Jack Z knows Gallardo, and is not thinking about long term, only trying to save his job.

EDIT: Franklin is a 2B, but 6 of their top 8 prospects are young arms. I know Doug (or Mark A) do not want to rebuild, but "a step back" might be in the works, if they sense they can reload and have a chance as early as '15. 


12/08/2013 03:02:00 PM



(12/08/2013 01:51:00 PM) - Al

Badgers wrestling is on BTN. FYI.


12/08/2013 01:51:00 PM



(12/08/2013 12:30:00 PM) - Al

If people were more like my dog, I'd like people a lot more.


12/08/2013 12:30:00 PM



(12/08/2013 11:30:00 AM) - Al

The hell with the law...let's just give him a third term.

I must admit; despite my expectations being sub basement level; he has managed to not even come close to them. If he would have been around during WW@, Neville Chamberlain would make fun of him.

I'd say he was incompetent, but I wouldn't want to offend the incompetent. 


12/08/2013 11:30:00 AM


Saturday, December 07, 2013

(12/07/2013 10:26:00 PM) - Al

The Mariners do not seem very well run, do they?

Jack Z might well be proving the Peter Principle before our eyes.


12/07/2013 10:26:00 PM



(12/07/2013 09:51:00 PM) - Al

The 2nd most watched thing on Netflix today.

This is how Obama got elected...twice.


12/07/2013 09:51:00 PM



(12/07/2013 08:35:00 PM) - Al

We're in the best of hands.


12/07/2013 08:35:00 PM



(12/07/2013 06:06:00 PM) - Al

Great notes from unhappy people.


12/07/2013 06:06:00 PM



(12/07/2013 05:58:00 PM) - Al

Heh. No kidding.


12/07/2013 05:58:00 PM



(12/07/2013 05:43:00 PM) - Al

If not for an idiot blonde and illiterates who think they are smarter than the medical establishment, we'd have a far healthier society.



12/07/2013 05:43:00 PM



(12/07/2013 04:50:00 PM) - Al

Governor Walker tweets out the shirt he wore today. He was split, to say the least.


12/07/2013 04:50:00 PM



(12/07/2013 03:27:00 PM) - Al

Crowd in Kansas City for MLS Cup is making those European crowds look like a bunch of French sissies.

The irony is, up until a few years ago, the KC franchise played in a minor league baseball stadium that held 10K...and they averaged 8K. They built a soccer palace, known throughout the world as the nicest stadium in the world with a 20Kish capacity...and they sell it out every game.

According to many, this is impossible and never happens...

Who would have guessed a few years ago the main problem MLS keeps having is their brand new, soccer specific stadiums that hold 18-22K...are not big enough.


12/07/2013 03:27:00 PM



(12/07/2013 02:55:00 PM) - Al

A government program loaded with waste? The hell you say.

This is why Reagan correctly said churches and charities were far better at helping the needy...if you give $100 to the Salvation Army, about $90 ends up helping. The government spends it on pencil pushers, platinum benefits for said pencil pushers, weekend conventions and luxury travel for said pencil pushers...and might get $15 of assistance out of it.

The math says the poverty rate is still the same as it was five decades ago...before we spent $15T on programs to eliminate poverty...an intelligent individual might come to the conclusion that a certain fraction of the population is destined to be poor because of bad decisions, bad judgement, and bad luck. 

We declared a war on poverty, and poverty won...but sadly, the only response has been to double down on the same, failed policies of the past.



12/07/2013 02:55:00 PM



(12/07/2013 01:51:00 PM) - Al

Dare I say it, Koenig may look better as a freshman than Dekker did last year. He might end up getting 25 minutes many games.

In games when Kaminsky gets in foul trouble, I could imagine them going with 4 guards and Dekker...and the opposition struggling mightily to match up.  



12/07/2013 01:51:00 PM



(12/07/2013 01:39:00 PM) - Al

Sad to see George Marshall transferring.

Considering there's three guards starting, being the 4th or 5th guard...with two years of eligibility after this season, it seems a bit premature. That said, he likely realized Bronson Koenig is a star in the making, and knows he can get 30+ minutes a game in the Horizon or maybe even the Missouri Valley.

I would assume Bo and his staff will add another recruit this season, as they only had one, and were expected to carry it over, having held it for top ten nationally ranked Kevon Looney.


12/07/2013 01:39:00 PM



(12/07/2013 09:46:00 AM) - Al

Reactions to the Cano/SEA signing.

I'll sum it up in one phrase...in no more than 2-3 seasons, the Mariners will be trying to deal him, and Cano will not think about using his no trade clause.

This has disaster written all over it, like a drunken hook up with old girlfriend...everyone knows it's a terrible idea, but to the two participants, they justify it to themselves just long enough to make a terrible decision.

It also reeks of Jack Z trying to make a splash to still have a job. 




12/07/2013 09:46:00 AM


Friday, December 06, 2013

(12/06/2013 08:06:00 PM) - Al

It's a sad day when the economy is so bad that sobriety keeps unplanned pregnancies from happening.


12/06/2013 08:06:00 PM



(12/06/2013 04:00:00 PM) - Al

If I drive into water, knowing I have 30-120 seconds to escape will not help me relax and get out. Geesh, I can barely get my shoes tied so they stay and are not too tight in half a minute. I might as well just take a deep breath and enjoy the ride.


12/06/2013 04:00:00 PM



(12/06/2013 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Leno has been right on target and extremely biting of late.


12/06/2013 03:00:00 PM



(12/06/2013 02:00:00 PM) - Al

I think Ryan Braun will be saying something similar to this some day.


12/06/2013 02:00:00 PM



(12/06/2013 01:30:00 PM) - Al

And now it turns out, they don't care about eagles either.


12/06/2013 01:30:00 PM



(12/06/2013 01:15:00 PM) - Al

This just screams KRod.


12/06/2013 01:15:00 PM



(12/06/2013 01:15:00 PM) - Al

Nice Fangraphs piece on Will Smith. I really like him, as he gets both LH and RH bats out, is young and cheap, and had success in AAA at a young age.

Also, note that Doug keeps mentioning Gindl as "getting some starts" in LF. I would think, barring the unforeseen, Caleb and Logan will be the backup OF's (assuming they carry two, though they have some "utility" guys who have played some OF, as has Bianchi), and Schafer will likely take Davis' spot in LF on many nights in the 8th or 9th inning.


12/06/2013 01:15:00 PM



(12/06/2013 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Very simple...if your options are to work hard or sleep in and collect a check...many will choose the monthly check endorsement.

The quicker they realize it, the quicker it will be fixed.


12/06/2013 01:00:00 PM



(12/06/2013 12:30:00 PM) - Al

How do you know he's lying?

His lips are moving.

Sure is a coincidence how many of these are directly related to the Obama administration...Chicago politics at its finest.


12/06/2013 12:30:00 PM



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

Heh.

I'd let people decide on both their private, free time activities and their health care...I know, I'm a rebel.

Government needs to quit pretending they have any clue as to what the public wants and needs. Obama chose to get a good night's rest instead of giving a damn about embassy staff in Benghazi...if only we all had his vast ability to save the world from...the free market.


12/06/2013 12:00:00 PM



(12/06/2013 11:45:00 AM) - Al

I did not know Cano would be 31 next year already. That makes years 6 and beyond very questionable.


12/06/2013 11:45:00 AM



(12/06/2013 11:19:00 AM) - Al

Cano and SEA agree on a 10y/$240M deal.

Too much and too long, but in 3-4 years, it might be a bargain.


12/06/2013 11:19:00 AM



(12/06/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome.--Nelson Mandela

No offense, but, horsehockey.

Take a gander at how early man lived...in caves, foraging for prey, berries, roots...not exactly an idyllic, Paris Hilton at Club Med, one bikini in the morning, another in the afternoon, designer sundress in the evening existence. Most were nomads, and those who stayed in one spot were simple farmers...their main tool being a sharp stick.

I'd say poverty, including hunger, discomfort, and unhappiness is the natural state of man. History seems to prove that. Those that disagree seem to ignorant of the past and with ulterior motives in mind.


12/06/2013 11:00:00 AM



(12/06/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Lucroy tops another list on framing pitches, and Maldonado also makes an appearance.


12/06/2013 10:00:00 AM



(12/06/2013 09:26:00 AM) - Al

"Change the story" is the most polite euphemism I know of for "caught lying."


12/06/2013 09:26:00 AM



(12/06/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

http://apps.startribune.com/blogs/user_images/pauldouglas_1386129730_pd1.jpg

Friend of Ramblings Jason says it's difficult to keep a straight face when confronted by people who insist weather is climate. The sky ain't falling folks...it was cold when I was younger too...and every once in a while, unseasonably warm.

And you know what, that seems pretty darn balanced to me. 


12/06/2013 09:00:00 AM


Thursday, December 05, 2013

(12/05/2013 07:13:00 PM) - Al

Will Smith, the young pitcher acquired for Aoki, may well end up being far more than a reliever...he has had success as a SP in the minors and is still very young. He projects better than Nelson or Hellweg, and is a big lefty, who averaged 90.6 mph with his fastball last year (for comparison, Estrada averaged 89 last yar and 90 for his career).

A 3.85 AAA ERA compiled as a 21-23 year old speaks volumes 3.32 ERA as ages 22-23, in the hitter friendly PCL is superb, as does a K per inning.

His floor is as an effective relief pitcher. This kid can certainly be an effective #2/3 SP. Aoki is a nice player, but he's only signed for a single season, and while a good all around player, with a very solid OBP, obtains much of value from being signed to an obscenely inexpensive contract. He'll also be entering his year of 32, an age in which many corner OF's have fallen off a cliff.

I wish him the best of luck, and enjoyed watching him. Thrilled to get a young pitcher who is locked into team control until after the (gasp) 2019 campaign for him.


12/05/2013 07:13:00 PM



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

Repeat after me...nothing is less important than batting order.

And if you're someone who talks about it, you're just embarrassing yourself. If you would bat the P leadoff, your best hitter 9th, and so on, you'd score about 5% fewer runs...about 35-40 over the course of a season. Some days, you'd score more that way. It's just baseball. My guess is Segura will move to the top spot and the #2 spot will probably be handled by either Gomez or the 2B platoon (which, of course, no one will admit will be a platoon, though it's very likely to look like one).

However, I do know it makes no difference. Well, actually like strikeouts, it does make a minute difference, but not nearly as much as good luck and good health.


12/05/2013 05:30:00 PM



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

Sorry I missed the Aoki trade, Crew picks up young lefty reliever who looks very solid.

I'm a slave to taking care of my clients. I'll have more later.


12/05/2013 05:05:00 PM



(12/05/2013 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Obama has a web site that doesn't work and drones that kill people. Amazon has a functioning web site and drones that deliver gifts.--Robert Stacy McCain

And, Amazon's incompetence did not kill anyone in Benghazi, nor did they have the NSA spy on Republicans, nor did they have the IRS go after conservatives.

Amazon will still be around in three years too.


12/05/2013 04:00:00 PM



(12/05/2013 03:30:00 PM) - Al

I mention this every year, but if people would stop spending money on ugly Xmas sweaters and other incredibly stupid things, maybe they could, you know, actually make more charitable contributions and, you know, actually be something more than a remarkably self important oaf who, at the end of the day, thinks that wearing an ugly Xmas sweater is something to be proud of.


12/05/2013 03:30:00 PM



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

Not only is the USA a bothersome nanny state, they are also decades behind, still pushing out of date nutrition info that doesn't even take low carbs into effect.


12/05/2013 12:30:00 PM



(12/05/2013 11:30:00 AM) - Al

23K applied for jobs, store booming on the first day.

The only ones who hate Wal Mart also hate capitalism.

And they all tend to be of a particular party...the one that has all but eliminated capitalism in health care.


12/05/2013 11:30:00 AM



(12/05/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

The minimum wage, like many entitlements, was created to keep the lower class from moving up.

It's anti freedom. If I want to do some work for a neighbor in the evenings, and we agree to a pay rate of $5 an hour, the government should not even dream of preventing that because they deem the rate as too low.

As we've seen with health care, the government has no idea how supply and demand works. They've fiddled with the premiums so much, folks who want insurance can't afford it. They simply do not understand the free market, and how it has created the richest nation in the history of mankind.


12/05/2013 11:00:00 AM



(12/05/2013 10:30:00 AM) - Al

I always use Accuweather as my go to online weather outlet.

Why? Without exception, they always are far more conservative on highs and lows. One site says it's going to get down to -15 Monday night. AW -8.

I don't know who's more accurate, I just know I like AW's numbers better.  


12/05/2013 10:30:00 AM



(12/05/2013 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Yes Ed, maybe someday we'll all be better behaved like those on the left.

So glad he's not on my side.


12/05/2013 09:30:00 AM



(12/05/2013 08:30:00 AM) - Al

I do not fully understand how the Yankees seat licenses work...do people pay more when they make the playoffs? Do they have to renew?

It's an outlier compared to the other teams.


12/05/2013 08:30:00 AM


Wednesday, December 04, 2013

(12/04/2013 09:54:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling dog, who wraps himself around the deck at least once a day when out on his cable, just ate around his medicine in his bowl of kibble.

Selective intelligence.

Last night, around 2AM, he was whining, and for whatever reason, I did not hear him, and for the first time all year (since he started getting up in the night in March or so), the Rambling wife did and got up and let him out. That did not go over well this morning, needless to say.


12/04/2013 09:54:00 PM



(12/04/2013 08:15:00 PM) - Al

Ambulance chasers and slimy salesmen have nothing on Obamacare.

I'm embarrassed as an American.

And a capitalist.


12/04/2013 08:15:00 PM



(12/04/2013 07:58:00 PM) - Al

Badgers defeat a very good Virginia team. Hard to believe this group lost 80% of their frontcourt minutes from last season. Gasser's return makes that number kind of moot, but if they hit 3's, they can beat anyone in the country.

Tell you what, whoever follows Bo is going to be as set up to fail as anyone.


12/04/2013 07:58:00 PM



(12/04/2013 06:14:00 PM) - Al

Adam reports a pair of minor league signings...I've heard of them both, so that's a good sign.

Pagnozzi is almost certainly penciled in as the everyday C at AAA. Has decent CS% numbers, and is not a complete black hole offensively. Falu is a speedy switch hitter who can play all the infield spots, and has even played 100+ games in the OF. He's in his year of 31, but given the fact most middle infielders hit like I run after a big meal, that's a nice depth signing. Hits pretty evenly from both sides.


12/04/2013 06:14:00 PM



(12/04/2013 05:02:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers are expected to pursue Logan Morrison as a trade candidate this offseason, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reported earlier in the week. He notes that other teams like the Rays and Red Sox could jump into the mix as well.--MLBTR

Not sure if this is if Hart does not return, or even if he does. Morrison would make a very nice 1B/LF reserve, but is not likely to be happy in that role. 


12/04/2013 05:02:00 PM



(12/04/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Brewers once again attached to FL site for spring training.


12/04/2013 10:00:00 AM


Tuesday, December 03, 2013

(12/03/2013 08:00:00 PM) - Al

Ellsbury to sign 6-7y/$150M+ deal with Yankees.

EDIT: $153M/7y. 


12/03/2013 08:00:00 PM



(12/03/2013 07:35:00 PM) - Al

Corey Hart cleared to resume baseball acrtivities.

Brewers are the only team mentioned in rumors that train in Arizona, so I would say it is likely they can come to a deal.


12/03/2013 07:35:00 PM



(12/03/2013 07:32:00 PM) - Al

The irony is, MSNC is ashamed to admit why they suspended him.

You realize, if someone said that about Obama, they'd be arrested.


12/03/2013 07:32:00 PM



(12/03/2013 05:06:00 PM) - Al

Lies, exaggerations, and in general, a lack of concern about all of the above.

It's all about power. No one even pretends it's about better health care anymore.


12/03/2013 05:06:00 PM



(12/03/2013 04:23:00 PM) - Al

Finally, a hard hitting Q&A.

Heh.



12/03/2013 04:23:00 PM



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

I'm telling you, there just isn't anywhere left to cut.


12/03/2013 03:00:00 PM



(12/03/2013 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Suddenly, I don't feel so silly getting up with the Rambling dog once or twice a night.


12/03/2013 02:00:00 PM



(12/03/2013 01:27:00 PM) - Al

Beltran, who is 37 and a terrible defender now, has a 3y/$48M offer on the table.

Has to be an AL team, and the fact he didn't accept it seems to indicate it's not a popular destination...SEA would be my guess.


12/03/2013 01:27:00 PM



(12/03/2013 12:18:00 PM) - Al

They don't care. Remember, it's all about the power. First health care, then this, then that. Soon, the government runs everything, and the rubes don't even realize it.

Anyone wondering how the USSR could have had record wheat harvests annually and then watched most of it rot in warehouses hasn't been watching Obamacare. They spent $600M on a web site with no security and that doesn't work. They didn't test it. The health care part doesn't talk to the subsidy part. The only goal of a government worker is to have a job at the end of the day. They're not going to work long hours to ensure something works. They're going to take another break and point fingers elsewhere.

That's why capitalism works, and why it will always work.

That's why Obama's entire presidency has floundered...they don't understand why that is true.


12/03/2013 12:18:00 PM



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

The Rambling son and I watched the DVR'd Family Guy episode in which Brian is killed and he found this right away online to say Brian will return soon.

I hope so. I admit, it was very painful for myself to lose a fictional dog I've known and loved for years.


12/03/2013 12:00:00 PM



(12/03/2013 11:50:00 AM) - Al

I was thinking this Sunday night...why not just have Amazon run the Obamacare site?

Some folks are leaders, others blame others for their failures.


12/03/2013 11:50:00 AM



(12/03/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

They despise freedom. And, despite ample evidence to the contrary, they insist the government can do a better job picking out what you should have.


12/03/2013 11:00:00 AM



(12/03/2013 10:52:00 AM) - Al

43 players not tendered offers.

Jerome Williams might be a name Doug would have interest in, though I assume others may offer fra more.


12/03/2013 10:52:00 AM



(12/03/2013 10:45:00 AM) - Al

Detroit OK to file bankruptcy.

IL and CA...busy in the corner, taking notes.

They choose the path. It's a shame it comes to this, but fiscal irresponsibility has a price.


12/03/2013 10:45:00 AM



(12/03/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

A simple explanation why no one is hiring.

Hidden taxes still cause job creators to not hire. The last five years ain't a coincidence.


12/03/2013 10:00:00 AM



(12/03/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Al Franken is beatable.

They cheated to get him in (oh look, there are a few hundred absentee ballots for him just sitting in this file cabinet), and at best, he's been worthless.

Karma.


12/03/2013 09:00:00 AM


Monday, December 02, 2013

(12/02/2013 11:00:00 PM) - Al

They don't grow up because they are not forced to grow up. Keep being a bum until you're 26 and stay on your parents' insurance is just a "continue to be immature card" that Obama handed them in exchange for the votes of those who didn't "zone out" and forgot to vote.


12/02/2013 11:00:00 PM



(12/02/2013 10:52:00 PM) - Al

Orioes trade $10M closer to A's for Jemile Weeks, who is either a platoon 2B or a weak fielding utility guy at this point.

It's funny seeing Beane picking up overpaid closers, but he can since his young arms are so cheap. That said, Johnson had next to zero value. Very few teams seem to be overpaying for saves these days.


12/02/2013 10:52:00 PM



(12/02/2013 10:03:00 PM) - Al

No security built into Obamacare site.

None.

One gets the feeling lots of cash was laundered through this behemoth disaster. 


12/02/2013 10:03:00 PM



(12/02/2013 08:25:00 PM) - Al

Gamel nontendered by Cubs. As a young free agent, he'll be able to balance money and opportunity.


12/02/2013 08:25:00 PM



(12/02/2013 06:18:00 PM) - Al

JFK and Reagan both cut the bejeebers out of taxes...the left of today, that reeks of Marx, would do well to understand that their brand of tax and spend silliness has never worked, and will never work. Obama has increased the debt 70% in five years and his numbers are terrible compared to every president except Carter.

It's just math.


12/02/2013 06:18:00 PM



(12/02/2013 01:49:00 PM) - Al

Kazmir gets two years after sucking from 2009-'11 and not pitching in the bigs in '12.

And from Beane, who I would think would be hesitant to guarantee more than a single season to a pitcher with one effective campaign in the past half decade.

EDIT: 2y/$22M. My freaking goodness.I would have certainly not gone more than a single season, and that's almost double what I would have guessed.


12/02/2013 01:49:00 PM



(12/02/2013 01:36:00 PM) - Al

Crew debating whether or not to tender Francisco.

I would not think it would be much of a question, as he's only projected to make $1.4M. I'm not sure if this means I may be overrating him or if money is that tight. At worst, I view him as a 1B/3B reserve with power.


12/02/2013 01:36:00 PM



(12/02/2013 01:24:00 PM) - Al

The Obamacare rollout is a perfect example of the liberal mind set: no rules, missed deadlines don't matter, zero consequences for anything.--Katie Pavlich

It's easy when you don't believe in anything. You can say one thing now after saying another years ago, and no one cares. Remember, the old media looks the other way.


12/02/2013 01:24:00 PM



(12/02/2013 12:40:00 PM) - Al

Unethical? Without a doubt.

Of course, so was calling in sick and vandalizing public property.


12/02/2013 12:40:00 PM



(12/02/2013 12:26:00 PM) - Al

That's funny, I heard it was all fixed.


12/02/2013 12:26:00 PM



(12/02/2013 12:09:00 PM) - Al

Bloomquist is a nice reserve at 2B/SS, but he doesn't hit nearly enough to play elsewhere. Nice OBP for a backup though.


12/02/2013 12:09:00 PM



(12/02/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Bucks with another great offer, your choice of any 5 games, $39. That's a great deal if you can only make it to 3 of them.


12/02/2013 12:00:00 PM



(12/02/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

That is going to be a remarkable, beautiful day.



12/02/2013 10:00:00 AM



(12/02/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

He just doesn't think the USA does things correctly. So, he ignores the rules.

If we allow him to do so, it's on us, not him.


12/02/2013 09:00:00 AM


Sunday, December 01, 2013

(12/01/2013 09:41:00 PM) - Al

Sales down 3% over Black Friday weekend. Though 90% of shopping still takes place at brick and mortar locations, online shopping goes up every year. Hence, I would say breaking even should be looked at as a gain. Down 3% is probably down about 1.5% in reality.

And, as you would expect, Thursday business just stole from Friday.

I would expect huge discounts on clothing and "gifty" items (GPS, electronics, jewelry), as retailers cannot afford to carry that over. The week before Xmas might be extraordinary, as I assume stores were projecting 2-3% increases this past weekend.


12/01/2013 09:41:00 PM



(12/01/2013 07:12:00 PM) - Al

All fixed!

Except, of course, it's not. It crashes when more than a couple dozen people get on it. At this point, they must just think doubling down on the lies can't really hurt anything, so, what the heck?


12/01/2013 07:12:00 PM



(12/01/2013 03:49:00 PM) - Al

At some point in the last couple years, we reached a point where 47 yard field goals are considered a chip shot.

They need to take a gander at the math.


12/01/2013 03:49:00 PM



(12/01/2013 01:54:00 PM) - Al

The only people who are paid to be unsuccessful?

Meteorologists and government employees.


12/01/2013 01:54:00 PM



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

They reacted the same way they always do...deny, cover it up, and blame someone else.

They're still doing it. They don't realize everyone is laughing at them, because their cocoon is so tight.


12/01/2013 01:12:00 PM



(12/01/2013 01:09:00 PM) - Al

Just realized Hughes got almost as much as Lohse.

It almost goes without saying, but if you sign a player one year, and they stay healthy, the next season, they will seem underpaid.


12/01/2013 01:09:00 PM



(12/01/2013 12:14:00 PM) - Al

Most teams, including the Brewers, want Corey Hart on a one-year deal.  However, because there are a number of teams in on him, he might get two.--Boston Globe

If he's getting two years, he won't get two years and a huge discount or incentives.

We might just find out how much he wants to play in MIL, as his choices might be 1y/$7M or 2y/$25M.


12/01/2013 12:14:00 PM


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