Al's Ramblings

Friday, January 31, 2014

(1/31/2014 09:50:00 PM) - Al

More conservatives in mixed race families than liberals.

Those pesky facts sure get in the way of the left's race war.

1/31/2014 09:50:00 PM

(1/31/2014 07:23:00 PM) - Al

It pains me how far Hardball Talk has fallen since inception. What was once can't miss is now can't read.

It's summed up by the worst writer allowing his kid to supposedly pen pure drivel.

It's a shame, but others will take its place.

1/31/2014 07:23:00 PM

(1/31/2014 07:05:00 PM) - Al

What's especially astounding is that Governor Walker has achieved the success he has with the Obamamalaise acting as the 800 pound gorilla in the room. 

1/31/2014 07:05:00 PM

(1/31/2014 05:19:00 PM) - Al

Thank goodness our government is saving us from the dangerous cupcakes.

Allow me to say, unless a terrorist is enjoying said cupcake before setting off an explosive device; the government might want to concentrate on something else. Otherwise, every bake sale is going to require overtime and the SWAT vehicles just to haul in all the "criminals."

We're in the very best of hands. 

1/31/2014 05:19:00 PM

(1/31/2014 11:22:00 AM) - Al

They may well be posed, but they're cute as a bug.

1/31/2014 11:22:00 AM

(1/31/2014 11:11:00 AM) - Al

If you like your illness, you can keep your illness.

We're in the best of hands.

1/31/2014 11:11:00 AM

(1/31/2014 09:08:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling wife and I often say if I did not watch live sports, we'd just pay $8 a month for Netflix and Hulu. That said, I hope we wouldn't ever be this ignorant wondering how to watch the Super Bowl.

Look, I'm as antisocial as they come, and even I could stand to go to a party one night a year. Not to mention, you can get your local channels through your cable/broadband company for $10 a month.

1/31/2014 09:08:00 AM

Thursday, January 30, 2014

(1/30/2014 08:56:00 PM) - Al

Teachers have no time for Holocaust history...too busy glorifying unions.

1/30/2014 08:56:00 PM

(1/30/2014 06:09:00 PM) - Al

MSNBC apologizes for stupidity to RNC.

I must admit, the irony of the clods that made fun of Romney's interracial family picture accusing anyone of anything is revolting.

1/30/2014 06:09:00 PM

(1/30/2014 06:04:00 PM) - Al

Matt, a UWGB student, emails to say 7 of the 9 teams in the Horizon are 3-5, 4-4, or 5-3.

Now that's balanced!

1/30/2014 06:04:00 PM

(1/30/2014 04:48:00 PM) - Al

I can't imagine it not being a Super Bowl ad.

1/30/2014 04:48:00 PM

(1/30/2014 04:03:00 PM) - Al

7 of the 10 basketball teams in the Missouri Valley conference, always one of the most underrated, are 4-5 or 3-6.

9 of the 12 in the Big Ten are 2-6, 3-5, 4-5, or 4-4.

The days of dynasties in football are over, in large part due to the fact football scholarships are so limited (it wasn't that many years ago when Nebraska would have reserve offensive linemen taken in the NFL draft (Penn State had backup linebackers chosen as well). With only 13 scholarships, and an aggressive transfer climate; not to mention the three point shot making athleticism less important; we're seeing an awful lot of "middling" teams; the basketball landscape seems to as well. 

1/30/2014 04:03:00 PM

(1/30/2014 03:48:00 PM) - Al

Chicago activists tell Obama "just quit."

I blame racism myself.

1/30/2014 03:48:00 PM

(1/30/2014 03:45:00 PM) - Al

Governor shows up to greet Obama, Burke, who has literally done nothing except announce and open a bank account to accept union donations, "too busy."

1/30/2014 03:45:00 PM

(1/30/2014 02:15:00 PM) - Al

Badgers averaged 0.63 points per possession when they took a three, and 0.53 ppp when they attempted a two.

This is oversimplifying it, of course, as they are far more likely to get fouled and make it to the FT line if they work the ball inside or drive. However, the problem is not that they took too many 3's, it's that they did not make enough of them.

In the modern day game, 3's are far more valuable, based on the percentages. It's just math.

1/30/2014 02:15:00 PM

(1/30/2014 02:06:00 PM) - Al

Uecker to cut back on broadcasting road games, west coast trips especially.

1/30/2014 02:06:00 PM

(1/30/2014 01:47:00 PM) - Al

Employees at a small business find out their new premiums and deductibles.

They are not pleased.

1/30/2014 01:47:00 PM

(1/30/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Lego men have those little holes in the top of their head to allow air to pass through should a child ever get one stuck in their throat.--OMG Facts

I did not know that.

1/30/2014 10:00:00 AM

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

(1/29/2014 10:07:00 PM) - Al

Deepest Big Ten I've ever witnessed. Penn State and Northwestern both win on the road tonight. Badgers simply could not buy an open 3. The Wildcats are going to get blown out often, because they just pack it in and hope their opponents miss from outside, but when it works, it works.

1/29/2014 10:07:00 PM

(1/29/2014 09:45:00 PM) - Al

Roger Mayweather bets $10.4M on the Broncos to cover the spread, confirmed by state.

Had to spread it out among many sports books and online.

1/29/2014 09:45:00 PM

(1/29/2014 09:32:00 PM) - Al

Al Gore sounding a lot like his KKK father, says we need to control the African population.

He's as nutty as a fruitcake. I pity the rubes that once thought he was their savior.

1/29/2014 09:32:00 PM

(1/29/2014 04:13:00 PM) - Al

Pulled or strained muscle just below my left shoulder blade while shampooing.

Immense pain ever since. Where exactly do people manage to find painkillers on the street?

EDIT: Rambling son rubbed mineral ice on it. Numbs it a tad.

1/29/2014 04:13:00 PM

(1/29/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

That's because she did nothing.

Except ignore Benghazi. The Rambling cocker spaniel is as qualified. We've already elected and had terrible results with someone who has nothing run anything.

1/29/2014 09:30:00 AM

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

(1/28/2014 10:23:00 PM) - Al

Ted Cruz points out, not a single mention of Benghazi, or the IRS.


1/28/2014 10:23:00 PM

(1/28/2014 09:12:00 PM) - Al

Obama claims 9M have signed up for Obamacare.

That number is almost certainly a lie, because his lips were moving when he said it.

Of course, considering we heard many claims of 30M uninsured and about 5M lost their insurance due to the nanny state "they know better" restrictions Obamacare brought with it, that may be one of the least impressive bragging in history. 

EDIT--'More than 9 million Americans have signed up for private health insurance or Medicaid coverage,” he said. That is stretching the numbers to the breaking point: It includes people who have selected policies but not paid, people who have signed up and are trying to disenroll after seeing the high premiums, and people who have been enrolled in Medicaid but not for the first time and not because of Obamacare.--National Review

They don't even pretend to tell the truth. Lying has become habit. That's because the truth sucks.

1/28/2014 09:12:00 PM

(1/28/2014 08:58:00 PM) - Al

I see on Twitter that Obama has bypassed the Constitution and magically made $10 an hour the minimum wage for government workers.

First of all, it's as unconstitutional as you can get. Secondly, Obama is the king of doing things that make no difference. How many overpaid government workers are making less than  $10/hour? Very few. That said, those that do are completely unskilled and are probably not worth what they are making, never mind a raise.

That $30T debt in January, 2017 prediction I made is looking more accurate every day.

This is why elections are important. Let's hope November makes a difference, as otherwise, that number might be low.

1/28/2014 08:58:00 PM

(1/28/2014 08:49:00 PM) - Al

Under Obama’s failed leadership, 6.7 million more Americans are now in poverty since he took office.

I switched it over to Fox to page through the Charter guide, and he was talking about natural gas cars. It's like watching a 3rd grader try and fix a idea, in completely over his head. 

1/28/2014 08:49:00 PM

(1/28/2014 05:21:00 PM) - Al

Savings even more than first calculated from Governor Walker's tax cuts.

It's working.

Just like he said. Imagine if the president told the truth...millions could have kept their plan, instead of paying more for less.

1/28/2014 05:21:00 PM

(1/28/2014 04:34:00 PM) - Al


Dem candidate for governor quickly schedules a full day on the opposite side of the state after being invited to tour with Obama.

You know, this is why he lied nonstop during reelection. The truth has him despised.

1/28/2014 04:34:00 PM

(1/28/2014 04:26:00 PM) - Al

They're unhappy because they've been taught to have extravagant expectations their entire life.

It's been aided by the fact people that are very comfortable and middle class have been convinced that "they're trying to eliminate the middle class," even though most everyone I know as an adult is solidly middle class. 

1/28/2014 04:26:00 PM

(1/28/2014 03:08:00 PM) - Al

All Brewers' exhibition games will be televised.

1/28/2014 03:08:00 PM

(1/28/2014 02:25:00 PM) - Al

The governor forced to step in, as the union insists on defending this loon who should have been fired on the spot years ago, and should not be in a country mile of a classroom.

Remember, unions don't defend the best teachers, or even those who are above average, as they do not need defending. They only defend the vastly below average. Having this embarrassment in the classroom is exactly the stupidity Act 10 got rid of. It's also a PR nightmare that only the shortsighted selfishness of a union could create.

1/28/2014 02:25:00 PM

(1/28/2014 12:39:00 PM) - Al

Talk around the NBA has been that whenever any team asks the Bucks about a player, they ask for a first round draft pick.

The Suns, in the playoff hunt and with six first rounders in the next two years, would seem to be a match.

1/28/2014 12:39:00 PM

(1/28/2014 12:31:00 PM) - Al

Anyone not sure if we need to replace our tax system with a fair tax, read this summary of how Peyton Manning's taxes are figured from this week. 

What a joke.

1/28/2014 12:31:00 PM

Monday, January 27, 2014

(1/27/2014 10:45:00 PM) - Al

Watching my DVR'd Killer Women; robber walks into a credit union, demands money from a window with a FDIC sticker on it.

If it was a credit union, it would be NCUA, right?

I know way too much about this, don't I?

1/27/2014 10:45:00 PM

(1/27/2014 06:16:00 PM) - Al

Bo Ryan had the flu Saturday during the game, missed the press conference after the game, and is missing his own coach's show tonight (Greg Gard subbing). He must be quite under the weather.

1/27/2014 06:16:00 PM

(1/27/2014 04:30:00 PM) - Al

What it was all about...unions skimming off the top so they can donate it to liberals...the circle of life.

1/27/2014 04:30:00 PM

(1/27/2014 04:16:00 PM) - Al

My question...what's wrong with the other ten?

1/27/2014 04:16:00 PM

(1/27/2014 04:13:00 PM) - Al

It's 48 degrees in Nome.

That's +48.:)

1/27/2014 04:13:00 PM

(1/27/2014 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Do as I say, not as I do.

1/27/2014 02:30:00 PM

(1/27/2014 02:10:00 PM) - Al

The tolerant glad they are not on my side.

1/27/2014 02:10:00 PM

(1/27/2014 01:18:00 PM) - Al

An alternative to Obamacare?

It can't be much worse. Just get a website that works.

1/27/2014 01:18:00 PM

(1/27/2014 12:14:00 PM) - Al

Crew signs Pete Orr, veteran utility player, to minor league deal.

The Brewers have picked up several versatile AAA pieces since the end of last season. Seems odd, as it must be some kind of pattern. I count no fewer than five guys ticketed for Nashville who have played both infield and outfield.

1/27/2014 12:14:00 PM

(1/27/2014 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Every once in a while, you'll get someone who says it is not all but impossible to fire a teacher.

Yes it is. And the union should be ashamed of themselves.

This is why the teachers don't want to pay dues. Because the money is wasted on crap like this.

1/27/2014 08:30:00 AM

Sunday, January 26, 2014

(1/26/2014 10:54:00 PM) - Al

Dale Schultz, the state senator who pretends to be a Republican, but is in bed with the unions, will not run for reelection.

Politicians quit for two reasons:

1. They are afraid of losing.

2. They want to go into business for themselves.

Dave Obey was in office forever, and quit when he had a handsome young challenger named Sean Duffy announce he was running against him. Duffy has now won twice, despite being targeted by the DNC ebcause his seat has been in lefty hands for thirty years. 

1/26/2014 10:54:00 PM

(1/26/2014 07:10:00 PM) - Al

True. Still waiting for the "truth." Much like OJ, Obama said he would find it, you know.

I didn't even know Larry Elder was a racist.

1/26/2014 07:10:00 PM

(1/26/2014 06:03:00 PM) - Al

About the same number of people at On Deck as when it was free, about 10K (not sure if an actual attendance was taken).

EDIT: Brewers now report 14,138 attended, an all time record.

A. Never bet against the free market.

B. Still, 11-12K pay $10-20, and 14K if free seems like a strange looking graph.

C. This is why the corners of the ballpark/arena are always the last to sell, despite being less expensive. To most fans, $20 is not much of a deterrent. It's also why sports like the WNBA and NWSL price their cheapest seats at $10-12, when people like me think they would be far better off selling 15K $5 tickets than 6K $12 tickets...odds are, if you're not willing to spend $12, you also would not pay $5.

D. It's also why movie attendance is steady even though prices have risen steadily.

--end of edit

While this goes against the supply and demand theory, I saw many people (apparently, even more anti social than myself) say they weren't going to go, because:

1. It would be too crowded.

2. They'd have to mix with masses of commoners.

Looks like they missed a good time, as they sat grumpily at home, bemoaning the fact the Brewers refused to take their $20, and that their soup was hot, but their ice cream was cold.

1/26/2014 06:03:00 PM

(1/26/2014 05:59:00 PM) - Al

I know I've pointed this out before, but no one takes so long to say nothing as Mike Hunt.

1/26/2014 05:59:00 PM

(1/26/2014 05:49:00 PM) - Al

Why is the state economy doing so much better than the federal?

No magic beans, prudent financial leadership. Instead of taking money from the rubes and trying to spread the wealth with questionable economic theory from the 60's, they' it back to the people that earned it.

Interesting idea, ain't it?

1/26/2014 05:49:00 PM

(1/26/2014 04:52:00 PM) - Al

Many analysts on the Big Ten Network picking Nebraska over Minnesota, which I felt was a good chance at an upset as well...but you know what? Not an upset at all, as the Huskers are favored by 1.

1/26/2014 04:52:00 PM

(1/26/2014 03:35:00 PM) - Al

You can never have enough pitching depth, and I would argue we have as much pitching depth as we’ve had in my 10 seasons of ownership.--Mark A, to JS

If he means at the AAA level or above, I'd say that statement is 100% accurate.

1/26/2014 03:35:00 PM

(1/26/2014 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Some wondered if the fans would forgive Braun. I said absolutely.

So far, yep.

1/26/2014 03:30:00 PM

(1/26/2014 03:22:00 PM) - Al

Most neutral folks had the Brewers as 75-79 win team before the Garza signing. Considering they won 74 last season, and were getting Braun back for the entire season, that seems about right. However, if one looks at other factors; they could easily be more optimistic:

1. The Crew had a horrible May last season, for reasons that are unknown, or unlikely to carry over. They were 6-22 in May, and 68-66 in the other five months. Going forward, you could choose to look at them as a 74 win team, or a 82-83 win club.

2. Based on runs allowed and scored, they "should have" won 76 games. Future wins and losses tend to be closer to "expected" than actual.

3. The pitching overall was very good from June onward, comparable to the NL playoff teams.

4.  The offense had two big holes, 1B and missing Braun. That could easily be looked at as a several game improvement, though once could argue 1B will still be below average.

5. They were 36-32 in the 2nd half, which was right on based on runs scored and allowed.

6. Free agents lost are very minimal...Hart did not play, and Gonzalez struggled in the 2nd half (though was very solid early in the '13 campaign, as the team struggled). Adding Garza should have the Crew as a team solidly better.

7. We all know Doug is well known for adding free agents late. I expect a reliever or two (note KRod is still available, as are several solid, unspectacular middle relief guys with closing experience; Ayala, Marmol, Lyon, Francisco, Farnsworth) to be added. I thought Capuano might well be a late add, but that ship has probably sailed, as FA's will be looking for a team with less SP depth.

8. Speaking of SP depth...Lohse, Gallardo, Garza, Estrada, Peralta, Thornburg, Nelson, Hellweg, Smith, and do not forget about "sleepers" such as Burgos (who was great in winterball), Fiers (almost a forgotten man), and Pena (solid in AA, and in his final option year, if memory serves)...that's an even dozen of actual SP possibilities. Don't forget, most teams use 8-10 SP's.

9. No one is talking about it, but Ramirez played much of '13 banged up, and missed 70 games. He's not going to play 160, but he played in 149 in 3 of the 5 years prior to that, and 123 or more every year except one since 2001. If he's healthy and plays 140 games, that might be as much of a plus as Braun's return.

At the very least, they do have upside. I would probably project them closer to 85 wins than 90, but with the extra playoff spot, 88 is the magic number, in my view.

ADDED: I did not mention former #1 pick Taylor Jungmann, who is not on the 40, but pitched OK in AA last season and while his K numbers are low, may well have been "held back" a bit working on his secondary pitches, which may have had an impact on his '13 stats. 

1/26/2014 03:22:00 PM

(1/26/2014 02:36:00 PM) - Al

Details of vesting option and deferred money was the holdup in Garza deal, according to Crew.

Crew defers more payroll than any MLB team, most likely because Mark A understands the time value of money far more than most owners/GM's.

1/26/2014 02:36:00 PM

(1/26/2014 02:04:00 PM) - Al

Garza deal financials...4y/$50M, 5th year vesting option, $4M in incentives.

Maybe other teams were unwilling to give a 4th season because of his injury history. That said, he got $1M more than Nolasco, who; while a solid SP, has not had nearly the positive results as Garza.

1/26/2014 02:04:00 PM

(1/26/2014 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Matt Lepay to sub for BA when he does national TV work.

1/26/2014 02:00:00 PM

(1/26/2014 01:57:00 PM) - Al

Another day, another list of liberals who are fed up with the president.

Hard to believe a guy that has never run anything is struggling running a country.

1/26/2014 01:57:00 PM

(1/26/2014 01:32:00 PM) - Al

Letting kids play and (gasp), even fall down results in healthier kids, less bullying.

You see, the bullies are out having fun. Once again, the left trying to wrap kids in bubble wrap has unintended might even say the opposite effect as hoped.

One could compare this to over regulation in industry and business; if they had an ounce of sense...hence, they will not. 

1/26/2014 01:32:00 PM

(1/26/2014 01:21:00 PM) - Al

Mark A announces Garza deal is in place, though it has not been approved by MLB or the player's association.

Doug and MA both insist delay was due to working out details and reviewing the physical. Given that they have never made an announcement like this before at On Deck; they may be truthful.

1/26/2014 01:21:00 PM

(1/26/2014 01:06:00 PM) - Al

No school for the Rambling son until least.

The Rambling wife and I were just wondering if WI will adjust how many days of school is required, as our district is now one over their built in amount. It certainly is not safe for kids to be walking to school in -15 temps and 15 mph winds...I recall kids I went to school with would walk to the closest school to them and take a "shuttle bus" to whatever school they were going to. Many walked a mile or two their whole career.

1/26/2014 01:06:00 PM

(1/26/2014 12:38:00 PM) - Al

Braun remains a good interview.

1/26/2014 12:38:00 PM

(1/26/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Heck, I don't even think it's close. Obama is a punchline, and Putin is respected and feared.

1/26/2014 09:30:00 AM

(1/26/2014 12:02:00 AM) - Al

Monday and Tuesday are looking pretty close to cold enough for no school...highs in the -6 to -10 range, with 15-20 mph winds...far too dangerous.

Schools should assign some TED talks on You Tube or Netflix and write reports on what they were about.

And yes, Al Gore has been mighty quiet about the ice melting and the like. Of course, you'd be quiet too if you were a lying fraud caught cheating on your wife. I mean seriously, who did he think he was...Bill Clinton?

1/26/2014 12:02:00 AM

Saturday, January 25, 2014

(1/25/2014 10:15:00 PM) - Al

Many people vote without thinking. It's a shame.

1/25/2014 10:15:00 PM

(1/25/2014 08:15:00 PM) - Al

Is there any doubt which political party this gal belongs to?

Nope. She hates people
 just because they have made different choices than she has, makes fun of them, and is rather evil.

That, my friends, is the tolerant left. 

1/25/2014 08:15:00 PM

(1/25/2014 06:35:00 PM) - Al

Step off the ledge, Badgers' fans.

Purdue was quite a step down from the other three teams, at least they were today. The irony is, no one ever mentions the fact that the Boilers simply missed a lot of open 3's. It's a lot easier to win that way.

There are two things that fans always think:

1. Teams should always go for it on 4th down...except when they get stopped, and then, it was a terrible play call.

2. Coaches should quit sitting guys when they get two fouls on them in the first half...unless they pick up their 3rd, and then, it was a terrible decision.

{The irony to me is, fans somehow think a guy who has picked up two quick fouls has the discipline to not pick up a third.}

1/25/2014 06:35:00 PM

(1/25/2014 04:55:00 PM) - Al

And if you are going to the Brewers' On Deck event, while admission is free, they are requesting you bring a food donation, especially peanut butter.

If you are going, especially if there's several of you, remember you are saving $10 a pop on admission. Take a couple grocery bags, and make sure they are plastic, just to make the left angry.

1/25/2014 04:55:00 PM

(1/25/2014 04:50:00 PM) - Al

There's nothing to report, I can't really comment on it. We're just waiting.--Doug Melvin to JS

The JS mentions some have speculated the Brewers will announce the signing at their fan event tomorrow. I suppose anything is possible, but unless Matt is looking for a place to live, it seems unlikely he took his physical Thursday and is still in town.

1/25/2014 04:50:00 PM

(1/25/2014 04:43:00 PM) - Al

Teachers refuse to help police in sexual assault case against another teacher.

Just when you think they've hit rock bottom. I wonder if the NCAA will extend Penn State's penalty now...

1/25/2014 04:43:00 PM

(1/25/2014 04:37:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers have signed minor league FA's Joe Thurston and Jeremy Hermida.--Brewers

Two very solid AAA vets to have as depth in case of injury. 

1/25/2014 04:37:00 PM

(1/25/2014 04:28:00 PM) - Al

Too bad Romney was sold as the party that has lied nonstop for five long years.

I'll never forget Bill Clinton, impeached after lying under oath, standing there calling Mitt a liar. The silence of the old media was deafening. 

1/25/2014 04:28:00 PM

(1/25/2014 03:42:00 PM) - Al

Since I got that email last night with the rumor of a message board poster saying they found a partial tear on Garza's MRI, I realized I had not visited them of late, as 98% of the posts are borderline lunacy. So, I gave them a shot.

The horror.

One person gave his 25 man roster, and did not include a backup SS. When that was mentioned, he stated "there's no use carrying one for a few innings here and there, if Segura gets hurt, they'll just call someone up."

See you in another six months.

1/25/2014 03:42:00 PM

(1/25/2014 03:34:00 PM) - Al

One of the worst calls I've ever seen at the end of the Villanova/Marquette. Both feet clearly in the semicircle, but the call is a charge.

The ref not only completely blew the call, but was obviously just looking for camera time, as he showboated the call. A disgrace to the game; he should never step foot on a court again.

1/25/2014 03:34:00 PM

(1/25/2014 02:34:00 PM) - Al

To be blunt, Walker's numbers are as good as Obama's are historically awful.

I only got through about 2/3rd's of Walker's book before I returned it to the library today (about 40 people have it on hold, as I did), but a few truths remain...

1. The old media "forgot" to report most of the terrible behavior by the union. I never heard of 90% of it, and I looked, reporting it much of it here.

2. Every single thing he said would happen...has. He knew the union would sell out newly hired folks, as they always do. They love mediocrity, they love protecting veterans who are overpaid, and they love taking advantage of loopholes that allow for abuses of overtime.

3. I loved the lies, fibs, and pathetic behavior of when the senators ran off to IL, to try and pout their way to taxing and spending.

4. The best part...the Dems offered to give in on every single item, except for one...automatic deduction of union dues. It was all about the money, as I said daily at the time. Now that almost half the teachers have stopped paying those dues, the union is a fraction as powerful.

5. Finally, Walker mentions several times how the bad behavior of the unions helped immensely...people were fed up with the vandalism, the fake calling in sick, and so on. That led them to actually look at what was being done...and suddenly, the polls reversed. All it took was the public looking at the two sides and seeing how good the union had it. Before now, I was the only person who repeatedly was saying that. Turns out, the governor and his staff knew it, and counted on it.

Soon, the national media will notice, and probably find something (or at least pretend to), as they have with Christie. There is no sign of respect like the old media picking on means they're scared.

1/25/2014 02:34:00 PM

(1/25/2014 10:45:00 AM) - Al

No news at all on the Garza front. Rumor has it that several people think it will still get done.

Time will tell, I guess.

1/25/2014 10:45:00 AM

Friday, January 24, 2014

(1/24/2014 11:36:00 PM) - Al

Nothing more on the Garza front.

Email said a message board he saw said someone who has had "inside" info in the past said he heard the MRI on Garza showed a partial tear, but Matt insisted it has never bothered him, and he has probably been pitching with it for years.

We may never know what the reason is for the delay. At this point, not even sure what to hope for. I was a big Garza fan for his entire career, but I'm sure not a fan of paying close to market for damaged goods. Every player is an injury risk, and pitchers even moreso. However, those with preexisting conditions are especially so, as that's why they usually sign at a deep discount.

1/24/2014 11:36:00 PM

(1/24/2014 09:49:00 PM) - Al

No wing shortage, but I paid over $4 a pound last weekend.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are about $7 for a three pound bag. I think the wings might well be in short supply.

1/24/2014 09:49:00 PM

(1/24/2014 07:14:00 PM) - Al

The Bucks have performed like a top-10 defense with Sanders on the floor and a bottom-five unit without him.--Brewhoop 

For all his warts, which are substantial, Sanders is still a huge defensive presence in the paint. 

1/24/2014 07:14:00 PM

(1/24/2014 06:46:00 PM) - Al

We all know Obama wants to "spread the wealth" by making everyone a "have not," but the irony is, it doesn't work.

Never has, never will.

1/24/2014 06:46:00 PM

(1/24/2014 06:25:00 PM) - Al

Remember those death panels Sarah Palin talked about? Here's an Great Britain, whwre socialized medicine is in full force.

Know what's ironic? Obama has been lying nonstop for five years...and Palin's predictions have been coming true.

1/24/2014 06:25:00 PM

(1/24/2014 06:20:00 PM) - Al


Well said. Sincerely, Bristol Palin...the one who didn't abandon her kids when they became inconvenient.

1/24/2014 06:20:00 PM

(1/24/2014 05:57:00 PM) - Al

The JS reports Garza and Crew still talking. Hard to believe the difference never came up until this late in the process, as the money is low enough that some other team must be able to offer seems very likely that Garza wanted to sign in MIL, all things being equal.

1/24/2014 05:57:00 PM

(1/24/2014 05:38:00 PM) - Al

In addition to the Rambling son's favorite meal being my homemade mac and cheese; I had another proud moment

Today, he had a "home study day" since it's the end of the semester at his charter school. He dutifully went online for his five hours, and said he's be up about 1 for lunch. I asked what he wanted, and he didn't know. I offered him a "grilled cheeseburger," which is one of my's just a grilled cheese sandwich that, when completed, I put a hamburger patty in.

He begged me to make him two, and said they were "delicious." 

1/24/2014 05:38:00 PM

(1/24/2014 03:16:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son was told to be sure and shovel the driveway good today, so I can throw ice melt on it, since it's warmer. Like most 11 year olds, he put it off. A few minutes ago, he got a call from a neighbor kid, asking him to come down and play. He trots upstairs, and asks if he can go. I inform him he can as soon as he's done shoveling.

A couple minutes later, his buddy comes down on his ATV with a plow on the front, and asks if he can plow the driveway.

I'd liken him to Tom Sawyer, but I think the descendants of Mr. Clemens might ask for a royalty.

1/24/2014 03:16:00 PM

(1/24/2014 02:18:00 PM) - Al

Gmail and Google, which runs Blogger, have been struggling all day. This post is a culmination of about 45 minutes of trying.

Quick note on Garza, supposedly, the holdup is how the money is to be distributed...Matt wants it to be about $13M per season, while the Crew wants it to be backloaded, as many of their deals are, because the present value is lower, and if traded, the other team pays more of the salary.

And normally, I'm pro cheerleader, but to be blunt, if she doesn't like it, she should just quit.

1/24/2014 02:18:00 PM

(1/24/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Unions don't care about anyone except themselves.

Selfish to the max.

1/24/2014 10:00:00 AM

(1/24/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Thank goodness we have the FDA to study...caramel.

Remember a few years ago, when they told everyone not to eat tomatoes, and the problem was in the peppers?

They are as clueless as they are wasteful.

1/24/2014 09:00:00 AM

(1/24/2014 07:30:00 AM) - Al

Yet another example of the polite and tolerant liberals, and once again, caught on tape.

Perhaps someday, with the help of a higher power and extremely high taxes and spending, we fiscal conservatives will be able to behave with a fraction of their dignity.

By the way, no truth to the rumor Wendy Davis said her opponent should not stand for such abuse...but given her past faux pas, she might at any second.

1/24/2014 07:30:00 AM

Thursday, January 23, 2014

(1/23/2014 08:51:00 PM) - Al

Great to see Caron Butler want to play in MIL.

Of course, if he wants $10M to come back, it ain't happening. Love to have him back for a minimal amount for a year or two.

1/23/2014 08:51:00 PM

(1/23/2014 07:23:00 PM) - Al

John McCain hits the nail on the head.

I admit, I never imagined he'd be as bad as Carter. I also never dreamed he'd ignore the Constitution and push a painfully socialist agenda.

I'm also offended at how much money he and Michelle piss away on travel and dinners with celebs. Say what you will, but the first lady spending an extra week in Hawaii on "vacation," when the know nothing doesn't have a job...please.

1/23/2014 07:23:00 PM

(1/23/2014 06:49:00 PM) - Al

No official word yet on Garza, but not due to something that showed up on the physical, so I assume it will get done. Often, teams and players will agree to a "limited no trade clause," and the player thinks that means they can name a dozen teams they cannot be dealt to, and the team thinks more along the lines of a half dozen. Might take a while to work out a compromise.

This is why they do not announce contracts until signed. 

1/23/2014 06:49:00 PM

(1/23/2014 06:41:00 PM) - Al

On my local news tonight, both Mandy Wright (my legislator) and Tammy Baldwin said they did not like what they heard last night, and WI should fix its budget surplus by...spending more money on things that were cut.

In other words, spend more, and don't even think of cutting taxes. This is why they had a $4B deficit the mature, adult party had to take care of.

Fiscally irresponsible clowns. Quick, what spending cuts have we suffered in the past few years? Let's start a list.

1. Eliminated platinum benefits to public labor unions at no cost with Act 10. They now have platinum benefits at minimal cost.

2. ...I'm drawing a blank...anyone?

1/23/2014 06:41:00 PM

(1/23/2014 05:37:00 PM) - Al

MLBTR points out Garza barely ended up with more than Nolasco.

Doug is just one step ahead of everyone else.

1/23/2014 05:37:00 PM

(1/23/2014 01:38:00 PM) - Al

Garza's numbers are here...still pretty young, and has been durable, though he has had four trips to the DL, the prince of darkness reports. Pitchers do get hurt, that's part of the game.

I have always liked him because he throws hard and throws strikes. As is the case with most quality SP's, very little difference in splits. With Yo entering his last season (he has an option left), it also fills the staff, and allows for depth...Thornburg suddenly becomes one of the best 6th SP's in the game.

I was just thinking today, that I bet Doug will be signing a reliever soon, as the market will start sorting itself out. While 4y/$52M is a ton of cash, I'd rather they spend it than Mark A hang onto it, and to be blunt, compared to 7y/$200M+ some guy got that's never thrown a pitch in the majors, it's a brand new leather jacket for $10 at Goodwill type of bargain.

1/23/2014 01:38:00 PM

(1/23/2014 01:24:00 PM) - Al

I have loved Garza for years. Welcome to MIL, Matt, and please stay healthy.

1/23/2014 01:24:00 PM

(1/23/2014 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Bill Gates says the world will be "without poverty as we know it" by 2035.

I tend to dismiss such claims as self important, look at me and how much we've accomplished bravado. That said, note what he is doing...vaccines (yes, that's right, those evil vaccines), child heath initiatives, and clean water. For the most part, these are also very inexpensive.

Note that Gates is talking about poverty the way it is defined, not random folks not being able to pay the bills, as he points out, those will always exist (the left just suffered a crushing blow to their socialist egos).

1/23/2014 12:00:00 PM

(1/23/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

The Mowry twin on the right is married to a white fella, and routinely gets death threats and called terrible, vulgar names...because the left is far more tolerant than us.

And polite. 

1/23/2014 10:30:00 AM

(1/23/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

If these kids can't make it, what hope do the rest of us have?

1/23/2014 09:30:00 AM

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

(1/22/2014 08:10:00 PM) - Al

Stay classy Dems.

They absolutely despise the fact that tax collection is up, so they can't justify raising taxes and spending more...yet again.

1/22/2014 08:10:00 PM

(1/22/2014 06:11:00 PM) - Al

Bucks will start Knight, Antetokounmpo, Ilyasova, Henson and Udoh. Now that's a big

That may be as big as almost any starting lineup ever.  6-3 and four guys who are 6-10 and 6-11.

I've been meaning to take a look at the Bucks' numbers, but have not got around to it. I thought they would be about a .500 team, and I loved the fact they had 6-7 true 3 point threats. They have been hurt by injuries, but have been pretty much healthy for a month and have barely won a game. They are weak in most every aspect, but are a terrible rebounding club and turn the ball over an astounding amount. Those two attributes alone give their opponent far more possessions than themselves, which makes it tough to win.

If nothing else, they have made Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis look pretty darn good, as they all but singlehandedly (or would it be doublehandedly?) led a similar team to 37 wins last season. One has to wonder how much influence Mike Dunleavy had last year as well, as that team seemed far more willing to work toward a common goal.

The good news? They do have several good young players, and several good veteran (Ridnour and Udoh being the most obvious, but almost anyone on the team except Giannis and probably Henson) trade chips, and without a single unmovable contract...their toughest to move deal is almost certainly Larry Sanders, and that's more due to off the court issues, as half the teams in the league would see him as an upgrade at the 4 or 5. And, the conference is so weak, they can easily get back into playoff contention as early as next season (word is, Mr. Kohl just gave up on a playoff run this year in the last few days, as they are "only" 9 games back with 40 to play). They also have expiring contracts that will either help or have a lot of value in the next month before the trading deadline.

1/22/2014 06:11:00 PM

(1/22/2014 05:44:00 PM) - Al

I've had the movie Abduction on my Netflix list for a long time, and I finally watched it today after I picked up the Rambling son. Not bad, well worth your time, if you enjoy unbelievable thrillers.

1/22/2014 05:44:00 PM

(1/22/2014 05:26:00 PM) - Al

Friend of Ramblings Cassy reminds us we should not blame liberals for the lies they tell that leads to embarrassing situations.

1/22/2014 05:26:00 PM

(1/22/2014 05:16:00 PM) - Al

Another Ueck statue at Miller Park, this one in the Uecker seats.

1/22/2014 05:16:00 PM

(1/22/2014 02:15:00 PM) - Al

Badgers favored by 3 tonight in Minnesota. I thought it would be pick em, another Big Ten conference road battle. They don't get easier.

1/22/2014 02:15:00 PM

(1/22/2014 02:11:00 PM) - Al

Governor Walker gives his state of the state address tonight at 7. I set the DVR.

The best part, he won't just repeat what he said last year.

1/22/2014 02:11:00 PM

(1/22/2014 02:10:00 PM) - Al

According to Forbes, Bucks valued at $405M. Reportedly had a profit of $11M last season.--Racine Jornal Times

Profit can be tough to judge, given the way the books are done, but if they made money at all, it all but says any NBA team can make money. 

1/22/2014 02:10:00 PM

(1/22/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

He's broken so many rules and had so many scandals, even the conspiracy nuts are now believable.

1/22/2014 11:30:00 AM

(1/22/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al


Hillary Clinton is as evil a human being as exists on the planet. And, despite months of lying and stalling, that was the best she could do. Mindnumbingly ignorant.

1/22/2014 10:00:00 AM

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

(1/21/2014 09:05:00 PM) - Al

Repeat after me...if a player is unhappy one place, they will be unhappy anywhere. Most everyone I know is like this too, whether it be cities, employers, or significant others.

Negative nellies tend to be, well, negative. 

1/21/2014 09:05:00 PM

(1/21/2014 08:55:00 PM) - Al

I think the Bucks would talk about anyone on their roster, but I'm not sure about this author's piece because very rarely do teams in the NBA pick up salary, they just take back a terrible contract in return.

1/21/2014 08:55:00 PM

(1/21/2014 07:30:00 PM) - Al

First I've heard of the misery index since...Carter was president.

Just coincidence I'm sure.

1/21/2014 07:30:00 PM

(1/21/2014 06:24:00 PM) - Al

Some very good news as far as the future of the Bucks in Milwaukee goes.

The "insiders" act as if there have been talks with the city or county as well, or the numbers would not be nearly that high.

Those watching the Seattle situation can see how difficult it is to get a team back after they leave...especially in a TV market that's not in the top ten. 

1/21/2014 06:24:00 PM

(1/21/2014 04:09:00 PM) - Al

The Dems keep putting clowns like this on a national has to wonder if this is the best they have.

1/21/2014 04:09:00 PM

(1/21/2014 02:11:00 PM) - Al

I'm not a believer that marijuana is harmless, by any means. I'm waiting to see what the crime stats say in CO and WA after legalization, as I expect them to go up substantially.

1/21/2014 02:11:00 PM

(1/21/2014 02:03:00 PM) - Al


They lie because the truth sucks.

1/21/2014 02:03:00 PM

(1/21/2014 01:35:00 PM) - Al

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

1/21/2014 01:35:00 PM

(1/21/2014 01:33:00 PM) - Al

He thinks he's king.

I still cannot wait for the faux outrage when a Republican does it.

1/21/2014 01:33:00 PM

(1/21/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al


I hated school because it skimmed over the fact that capitalism built the USA, and that wealthy, successful businessmen like Andrew Carnegie did far more to help the poor than the government (those pesky facts). Carnegie, all by himself, donated the funds to build 2500 libraries, and many universities, telescopes, and even church organs. Carnegie gave away about $5B in today's dollars to philanthropic causes, and was a staunch advocate for educating yourself, building a business, and then giving away your riches before death.

So, how is Carnegie remembered in history books? As a "robber baron" who "used" the lower classes to amass his wealth. By giving them jobs, of course. How evil!

I'm not saying most teachers and professors are socialist, of course. They're just sympathetic to socialist views. Because they believe they should be paid far more than the market dictates. When you don't believe in supply and demand, you should not be teaching economics.

And why wonder why our kids don't understand entrepreneurship or the free market.

1/21/2014 10:00:00 AM

(1/21/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Funny, I said this same thing during the MLS Cup. As it relates to soccer, lots of times the kicker misses the net on their own when they go left or right, but rarely when they go down the middle.

Also, I'd never seen the term "idleness aversion" before, as I've always called it "gotta be doing something disease." Every weak manager I ever worked for would always waste a lot of time doing stuff far beneath their position (putting merch on the floor and trivial cleaning being the most popular) because "doing something" was easier than seeing we were 75 resets behind, or that the storeroom was a disaster. By being busy, they could proudly say they were taking care of something else, and would tackle the big problem later. In reality, they were delaying the inevitable, or putting off the pain.

About 90% of running a successful store is merch flow and customer service. In fact, you can be relatively successful for a year or two just doing one or the other.

1/21/2014 09:30:00 AM

Monday, January 20, 2014

(1/20/2014 07:13:00 PM) - Al

I see on Twitter that Brian Anderson is calling an NBA game tonight on TNT. That reminded me that, BA was only signed through least, that we knew about. So, I just googled it...every source still has him signing a five year extension through 2013...does anyone know his status? I assume we would know by now if he had decided to go elsewhere.

1/20/2014 07:13:00 PM

(1/20/2014 07:01:00 PM) - Al

It should make the news when a liberal tells the truth.

By the way, the fact I grew up as the son of a poor sharecropper remains the same.

1/20/2014 07:01:00 PM

(1/20/2014 06:42:00 PM) - Al

One of the greatest ads of all time.

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.

1/20/2014 06:42:00 PM

(1/20/2014 01:45:00 PM) - Al

Brewers sign Lyle Overbay to minor league contract.

When you lack quality, you attack the problem with quantity. At best, Lyle is a platoon guy who could be used as a defensive replacement. Barring injury, I see no way he could make the final roster. Of course, there's no risk, so depth in case of injury is a fine thing.

1/20/2014 01:45:00 PM

(1/20/2014 01:08:00 PM) - Al

Wisconsin is about to experience its third tax cut in a year. All of these tax cuts were openly opposed by Democrats as kick-backs to the rich and attempts to starve government. But then the revenue keeps flowing in - and Democrats struggle to respond.

Read the whole thing, which shows how conservative principles, strong leadership, and letting people keep more of their own money works.

And how it makes the left furious.

1/20/2014 01:08:00 PM

(1/20/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

The irony is, after years of not being able to find anything but selfish bimbos on his sitcom, Jerry settled down with a nice gal, who, dare I say it, while certainly not ugly, is kind of plain.

1/20/2014 12:30:00 PM

(1/20/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

I only know those that get up early are hellishly annoying, which more than cancels out any small benefit gained by getting up early.

Same for the ones who refuse to nap. Both groups, in my experience, tend to be bitchy and grumpy, probably because they're wandering around tired all the time. Also, anyone who tells you how damn great they do things shouldn't be such a negative nellie. It's like me telling someone else why they're overweight.

1/20/2014 10:30:00 AM

(1/20/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

I've never seen a defense of something lack an actual defense.

"Because that's the way black people say it" is a mighty poor excuse. Allow me to repeat what Charles Barkley said years ago when asked about the then popular "Ebonics," which basically is a combo of ebony and phonics, a word created to mean "black people English."

Try walking into IBM and getting a job talking Ebonics.

Sadly, I hear white people talking like this more and more, but they are uneducated and almost always in a tough circumstance. One of my favorite investment consultants, Charles Payne, talks just like I do. He happens to be black, and is a self made man, after growing up in the projects of Harlem. Would he be successful if he spoke Ebonics? I'd say the answer to that is either "No" or "Not as successful."

Hopefully, this will fade out as time goes by. It is a bothersome bad habit, and it only divides and limits.

1/20/2014 10:00:00 AM

Sunday, January 19, 2014

(1/19/2014 09:09:00 PM) - Al

The #1 offense versus the #1 defense.

Oh, and the #17 offense versus the #19 defense.

1/19/2014 09:09:00 PM

(1/19/2014 09:05:00 PM) - Al

Goddell fines too many players, not enough refs. The NFL Referees and Rules are an embarrassment. Prayers with Bowman. Great fumble recovery.--Dennis Miller

The main thing instant replay review has done is show us how bad the refs are, and sadly, many of their mistakes are somehow "non reviewable."

Wait until MLB does the same. The simpletons who think the umps are right 99% of the time are going to find out it's more like 60% on close plays. It's barely better than a coin flip.

1/19/2014 09:05:00 PM

(1/19/2014 08:55:00 PM) - Al

Opening line: Denver 1 Sea, over/under 47.

I think we'll see bettors bet heavily on DEN and the over, and drive the spread up on both. Those backing SEA will wait for the line to rise a bit and then back their team.

1/19/2014 08:55:00 PM

(1/19/2014 07:55:00 PM) - Al

I'm extremely moved by the loving, caring relationship the President always seems to have with his imaginary son.--Dennis Miller

Heh. He can't remotely handle what he's got.

1/19/2014 07:55:00 PM

(1/19/2014 05:55:00 PM) - Al

I admit, I find it hilarious that Caroline Kennedy, who can barely speak in sentences she's so stupid, is an ambassador.

It's all about loyalty. They keep naming the ignorant to positions, and then wonder what went wrong.

1/19/2014 05:55:00 PM

(1/19/2014 05:10:00 PM) - Al

Coffey would only require a minor league contract, which is part of his appeal to many, I'm sure.

1/19/2014 05:10:00 PM

(1/19/2014 04:58:00 PM) - Al

1/19/2014 04:58:00 PM

(1/19/2014 01:44:00 PM) - Al

Lots of discussion of late about the Badgers' defense, or supposed lack thereof, as they lost to the Hoosiers and Wolverines.

While I wish it were that easy, yesterday, they just ran into a hot shooting team. They had two fewer turnovers and five more offensive rebounds, meaning they had seven more possessions...but when your opponent shoots 7/13 from 3, that's a lot to overcome.

One more note most seem to have forgotten, they play a three guard lineup almost all the time. The "4" is Sam Dekker, who, at best, is an average defender. Add that up, and they do lack size, and are likely to struggle against teams that have good inside scorers. As they fade inside, that leaves open the 3 point line, which is even more of a weapon, in my opinion.

I don't think the Badgers will win the conference, but I didn't two games ago either. I think 4-5 losses will win the title, so I'm expecting 6-7 losses. I'd sure like to see them put it together late, but every year in the tournament, they seem to get taken out by a team's hot shooting from 3. There's not a lot you can do about that either.   

1/19/2014 01:44:00 PM

(1/19/2014 01:20:00 PM) - Al

Every time I mention how racist Southern Dems were, as recently as the 1970's, I get nasty email from polite, tolerant people telling me I am not being truthful.

Turns out, I am.

Rewriting history is dishonest, and the need to do so tells me you're ashamed of your past.

1/19/2014 01:20:00 PM

(1/19/2014 01:09:00 PM) - Al

Move along, nothing to see here.

Why didn't they just hire a private company and pay them? Private companies actually get stuff done, while the government just makes excuses and asks for more money.

They're off tomorrow, you know. It's a holiday. Yet amazingly, every single business will be open. Hence, why government falls behind.

1/19/2014 01:09:00 PM

(1/19/2014 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Because, the nanny state knows better.

I would let the Rambling son make his own decision. That, and the desire to not punish the successful financially, pretty much explains the difference between a conservative and a liberal. 

1/19/2014 12:00:00 PM

(1/19/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Far left website dreams of a day when government eliminates the free market, only has liberal news on.

Not intelligent enough to even imagine the opposite happening.

1/19/2014 11:30:00 AM

(1/19/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Imagine what the numbers would be if the old media didn't report on it like it was a fact.

I was talking to the Rambling son about it one day on the way home from school, and he just said, "They take a few years of weather out of forever, and think it means something."

Its like a guy going 3-4 with a walk and insisting he's better than Ty Cobb. It's a tiny sample, and not only have they been caught over and over faking the data, they use partial data...they only use the warmest and coldest days of the month as their baseline, that's how they can factually report that a year was the coldest...and the warmest. The irony is, they do this without a hint of irony, and the old media doesn't bother reporting it.

1/19/2014 11:00:00 AM

(1/19/2014 12:15:00 AM) - Al

Anyone wondering why hockey will never be a major sport (and will soon be replaced in the "big 4" by soccer in the US), take a gander at the Vancouver/Calgary game tonight, four fights two seconds into the game, seven ejections.

What a joke, and everyone knows it.

1/19/2014 12:15:00 AM

(1/19/2014 12:11:00 AM) - Al

Anyone else shocked that this is only the 4th time Brady/Manning have faced off in the playoffs?

I would have guessed 7-8. Seems like they have met almost annually, and both have played in the AFC their entire career.

1/19/2014 12:11:00 AM

Saturday, January 18, 2014

(1/18/2014 10:11:00 PM) - Al

Most ever attend Vegas gun show.

If you don't like the Constitution, change it. Otherwise, shut up, you're embarrassing yourself.

1/18/2014 10:11:00 PM

(1/18/2014 06:33:00 PM) - Al


Which young 3B would you like to see in Milwaukee, Lonnie Chisenhall, or Wil Middlebrooks? Both seem to have fallen out of favor with their organization.


Middlebrooks, MLB--.294/.462, 756 OPS, -3 UZR/150, -11 DRS
Chisenhall, MLB------.284/.411, 695 OPS, -6 UZR/150, 0 DRS

Middlebrooks, AAA--.320/.491, 811
Chisenhall, AAA------.374/.506, 880

Wil will be 25 this season, as will Lonnie.

First of all, Chisenhall is strictly a platoon guy; though as a LH hitter, he is the strong part of a platoon, so he still has a boatload of value. He has never hit southpaws, and is unlikely to learn this skill against the best in the world. That gives Wil a slight lead in my eye.

Middlebrooks has not been helped by Fenway Park, as his home/road splits are almost identical. 

Neither one walks enough, only about 5% of the time.

Both are below average defensively, though the two stats disagree on who is better.

I would take Middlebrooks if I had to choose, because I like his numbers a tad more, and I think he might "take off" once he leaves the scrutiny and magnifying glass of Boston.

1/18/2014 06:33:00 PM

(1/18/2014 02:14:00 PM) - Al

Metrodome deflated on schedule this morning.

I must admit, I find it funny the Vikings are building a $1B football palace, which will probably host the Super Bowl and the NCAA Championship game (and quite likely, a Final Four) within its first half decade, while Lambeau Field is still metal bleachers.

Tradition is another word for old and dumpy. 

1/18/2014 02:14:00 PM

(1/18/2014 01:51:00 PM) - Al

Charlie Strong, new football coach at Texas, says it's his way or the highway.

New sheriff in town, boys. Like it or leave it.

What's really sad is, for the most part, all he says is they have to go to class and not get in trouble.

1/18/2014 01:51:00 PM

(1/18/2014 01:03:00 PM) - Al

There are only two groups it is perfectly OK to discriminate against...conservatives and overweight people.

The left is pro choice and tolerant as you as you agree with their choice. Otherwise, they don't even pretend to put up with opposing views...because they know better.

1/18/2014 01:03:00 PM

(1/18/2014 12:00:00 PM) - Al

This is at least the 10th thing they have used the same line on...Obama had no idea what was going on!

Completely ignorant. Brilliant defense.

1/18/2014 12:00:00 PM

(1/18/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I've heard for decades that Jesse Jackson is who he is because his "job" working with MLK Jr. was finding "new talent" in each city they visited.

Seems no one can get a biography made, due to the family's insistence the truth not be told.

1/18/2014 11:30:00 AM

(1/18/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

You can see the truth sneaking out, and the lies/cover up falling apart.

You don't need nearly as good a memory if you tell the truth.

1/18/2014 10:30:00 AM

(1/18/2014 01:03:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling dog continues to struggle health wise. He's been so good, for the most part, for 3-4 months, but has slipped of late.

I look up his symptoms and know what it is before it pops up. It's the same thing that happens to all of some point, something just breaks down. It's sad, and a shame, but I can't stop the inevitable.

1/18/2014 01:03:00 AM

Friday, January 17, 2014

(1/17/2014 08:03:00 PM) - Al

Heh. Her foot is in her mouth and she doesn't even realize it.

I've never seen anyone without a job take so many vacations.

1/17/2014 08:03:00 PM

(1/17/2014 07:52:00 PM) - Al

One out of twelve people in the USA eat at McDonalds every single day.

The Big Mac, quarter pounder, McNuggets, fries, and Egg McMuffins add up to 25% of their sales.

Watching Inside: McDonalds on Netflix.

1/17/2014 07:52:00 PM

(1/17/2014 11:41:00 AM) - Al

Mark Reynolds signs with Crew, minor league deal with invite to spring, $2M if he makes team.

1/17/2014 11:41:00 AM

(1/17/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Shawn sends in this link, and reminds us, it could have been WI, if Governor Walker would not have done the math. Note even CA lefties are now against it, and they are almost bankrupt and the kings of tax and spend.

1/17/2014 10:30:00 AM

(1/17/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

They just can't believe they can't find, you know, a Monica Lewinsky or Beghazi/IRS/NSA/Fast and Furious scandal.

Because, damn it, that would be something to impeach...a conservative...for.

It's sad because it's true.

1/17/2014 09:30:00 AM

Thursday, January 16, 2014

(1/16/2014 07:41:00 PM) - Al

Brewers close to signing Mark Reynolds to minor league deal.

Despite Adam's statement that he is being brought in to be the everyday 1B, Reynolds is a proven lefty smasher, so he might well end up in some sort of "soft" platoon with Francisco, who, if you'll remember, is quite streaky. Also, in a lesser utilized split, Reynolds can't hit power pitchers at all for the most part, but loves finesse guys...Juan sure appeared to be dead red last season, though his career numbers also show him to hit finesse arms better (or possibly, fastballs that lack velocity).

1/16/2014 07:41:00 PM

(1/16/2014 04:11:00 PM) - Al

Budget committee co-chairs say as much of $977 million surplus as possible should be used for tax cuts.--MacIver Institute

This is why elections matter...if we had the left in charge and chairing these committees, they'd call for higher spending, because that's all they know.

1/16/2014 04:11:00 PM

(1/16/2014 03:54:00 PM) - Al

Guess's working.

It's almost as if letting the free market work is better than taxing and spending...

1/16/2014 03:54:00 PM

(1/16/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

It's simple when you look at with a common sense view.

1/16/2014 11:00:00 AM

(1/16/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

It's funny because it's true.

1/16/2014 09:00:00 AM

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

(1/15/2014 05:42:00 PM) - Al

Zach Duke signed to minor league deal, Adam confirms he will be looked at as a reliever. I recall in the past Duke had very good lefty splits, so he will likely be used as a loogy, even if Will Smith is in the bullpen..

Duke's career numbers versus LH bats? .333/.417. Not stellar, but plenty passable. 

1/15/2014 05:42:00 PM

(1/15/2014 05:21:00 PM) - Al

Former governor can't find a single positive in Obama's presidency...and he's a Democrat.

And unlike Obama, qualified.

1/15/2014 05:21:00 PM

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

(1/14/2014 09:58:00 PM) - Al

The deck that was 99% empty of snow yesterday. Golly.

1/14/2014 09:58:00 PM

(1/14/2014 08:52:00 PM) - Al

Tough day in the Ramblings household, horrible weather, and one of the Rambling son's friends' dad passed away. We found out this morning, and I took one look outside at the blowing snow, paired with that kind of news, I canceled both my appointments. Tough to talk about death and loss after experiencing it up close. I've lost a lot of clients over the years, but I work with seniors for the most part. Big difference between 75-85 and 49.

Went to go pick up the Rambling son, backed out of driveway, got stuck where the plow had pushed the snow. Luckily, one of the Rambling neighbors arrived home from work and took pity on me. He almost lifted the front end over the snow pile to free me. I then almost got stuck turning into the school driveway, luckily making it back out and parking on the street, making the Rambling son wander a block or so to get in, as I'm not getting out in that crap.  I left the car on the street when we got home, which had been plowed again, leaving us about a five foot pile at the end of our drive.

I told the Rambling son we'd give it a go, but with your face to the wind, you could barely breathe, so we gave up after about ninety seconds and called another Rambling neighbor, whose son who is the same age as ours came down with their snowmobile and plowed our driveway in about 3.5 minutes. Life before the internal combustion engine must have sucked. 

I'll see if I can get the Rambling wife to take a pic of our deck, which has drifts 4-5 feet was empty yesterday.

1/14/2014 08:52:00 PM

(1/14/2014 08:27:00 PM) - Al

High in Melbourne Friday, 109. Saturday, 68.

Wow, that's quite a difference. The highest temp from Sat-Wed is 77. The talk will go from global warming to global cooling overnight.:)

1/14/2014 08:27:00 PM

(1/14/2014 04:04:00 PM) - Al

West looks to be throwing away his chance to have a future in baseball.

1/14/2014 04:04:00 PM

(1/14/2014 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Let's not forget, Obama was going to close down Gitmo back in 2009. Because he never, for one second, considered that countries would call him up and tell him he better not even think of releasing them within their borders. Shocking.

He's just so much smarter than the rest of us. Heh.

1/14/2014 03:30:00 PM

(1/14/2014 02:30:00 PM) - Al

The old media's silence on this is deafening.

W won Iraq, and Obama, in his usual "leadership is beneath me" way, didn't care enough to listen to the generals he appointed to keep any forces there.

Of course, the irony is, while he has never pretended to concern himself with foreign policy (remember his about face on Syria...I doubt if he could spell it if you gave him two tries), his domestic results have been the worst of anyone not named Carter.

It's almost like he has spent entire presidency doing bad things which led to a variety of scandals, which, in turn, took up the remainder of his time.

Off to Hawaii for three weeks!!

1/14/2014 02:30:00 PM

(1/14/2014 01:56:00 PM) - Al

Gotta go pick up the Rambling son soon, still snowing, and now about three feet on the deck, we just cleared it yesterday.

1/14/2014 01:56:00 PM

(1/14/2014 01:54:00 PM) - Al

Liberal media is Out For Blood with Chris Christie. Guess there real is nothing more threatening than a popular republican.--Meghan McCain

The ones they go after the hardest are the ones they know are dangerous. That's why they've went after Palin the way they have, she is the everywoman, and she's attractive. The attacks were mild on McCain and Romney in comparison, because they were, while good men, flawed candidates.

It is not a coincidence we've heard more about a bridge/traffic issue in the past week than we have about the IRS scandal and Benghazi combined in the last...what, six months?

1/14/2014 01:54:00 PM

(1/14/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

I do find it funny so many simply cannot fathom the fact that sending checks to the poor has led to...wait for it, many people choosing not to work and continue receiving checks.

Give a man a fish...

1/14/2014 12:30:00 PM

(1/14/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Who would have ever thought that lower tax rates would lead to more money in the public's pockets...which would lead to higher tax revenues.

I thought Reagan proved this thirty years ago.

The opposite is also true...the perpetual Obamamalaise (infinitely unexpected, of course) ain't just a coincidence. 

1/14/2014 11:00:00 AM

(1/14/2014 10:25:00 AM) - Al

Summerfest begins naming headliners...Dave Matthews, Lady Gaga, and Zach Brown Band so far.

Many hipsters will be furious there isn't some up and coming group most of us have never heard of. Not that they would fill a 23K seat venue with $75+ ticket prices, but, hipsters ain't very economically knowledgeable.

1/14/2014 10:25:00 AM

(1/14/2014 10:05:00 AM) - Al

My skepticism is off the charts...seems like this is some older fellas trying to get some free media. Considering how intoxicated each victim was, and how spread out they were, I very much doubt this is anything but tragic.

1/14/2014 10:05:00 AM

(1/14/2014 09:48:00 AM) - Al

Congrats to Ann, ten years of blogging, and she claims to have not missed a day, goodness.

1/14/2014 09:48:00 AM

(1/14/2014 09:19:00 AM) - Al

It's hot every year at the Aussie Open...I recall many years it has hit 120 on the court.

They have talked about moving it to another time of year, but have yet to find a spot.

1/14/2014 09:19:00 AM

(1/14/2014 09:04:00 AM) - Al

Not a single school in this area was closed or delayed today...roads are terrible, and several inches of snow are on the way. I have to wonder if they are hesitant to do so since they had a pair of cold days last week.

1/14/2014 09:04:00 AM

(1/14/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I know bounty hunters are restricted from carrying guns in most states.

I read a magazine article about a guy once who was a pudgy guy in his 50's. All he did was private detective stuff, locate them, and call the cops to make an arrest. As part of my job, every once in a while I am asked to try and get in touch with folks to upgrade the benefits they are eligible for. It's fun for about twenty minutes, and after that, it's just me wasting time. Hats off to those who can do it.

1/14/2014 09:00:00 AM

(1/14/2014 08:15:00 AM) - Al

The irony here is, Charter can barely run Charter.

Last night, our cable was a bit "jumpy," and not feeling it was worth a phone call, I tried ton report the problem online. After typing in my phone number, it asked me what the picture was doing by choosing a cartoon example...when I did, it suggested I make sure the connections were all tight. I never did figure out how to get to a live person in chat, as no matter what I chose, it took me to a FAQ type site.

A couple summers ago, our internet would go out often during the day, only to return in the late afternoon. One of the techs finally admitted to me the metal structure on our lawn which houses all the cable wiring for our cul de sac got "too hot" on warm days and basically overheated itself, shutting down to cool, and then popping back on a few hours later.

We have had very few issues with them other than that, but that was enough to shake our confidence...that said, every time we had cable out for a few hours and called, we'd get a week or two credit on our bill, so we almost got the summer free.

1/14/2014 08:15:00 AM

Monday, January 13, 2014

(1/13/2014 06:22:00 PM) - Al

Crew signs Golson to minor league deal.

Would appear to be nothing but AAA fodder, though as a RH hitter who hits LHP decently and a good defensive OF able to play all three positions, he could get a look if an injury happens.

1/13/2014 06:22:00 PM

(1/13/2014 05:21:00 PM) - Al

I've had a lot of entry level jobs (luckily, now my job pays less), and I've felt just like this. My goodness, in the Xmas season of 2012, I must have stocked toilet paper 755 times.

1/13/2014 05:21:00 PM

(1/13/2014 04:48:00 PM) - Al

I'm sorry, but Milwaukee being 4th on any list in the world is hilarious to me. It's a nice little Midwestern city mind you, but I can name ten others with far more to offer.

1/13/2014 04:48:00 PM

(1/13/2014 03:37:00 PM) - Al

Back on my low carb plan, took about a month off. I saw on FB yesterday a guy all excited he'd lost 16 pounds, I assume since the first of the year. I'm down 19 in a week. That means two things, one, it's almost all water weight, and two, I must be really fat to be able to do that.

True on both counts.

1/13/2014 03:37:00 PM

(1/13/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

So many people bragging about getting 3 or 4 of the weekend NFL games correct.

Of course, given every favorite won, that's not so impressive. I got all 4, but went 1-2-1 versus the spread, proving once again how tough it is to beat the man.

1/13/2014 12:30:00 PM

(1/13/2014 12:00:00 PM) - Al

A couple of centuries ago, every kid was breastfed and ate organic food. Most of ‘em died.--Instapundit

1. Brilliant quote, as it's funny and true. 

2. Especially hard to believe since none of them were killed by those evil vaccines.

1/13/2014 12:00:00 PM

(1/13/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

The anti capitalism crowd hate growth because it means job and icky stuff like that.

1/13/2014 11:00:00 AM

(1/13/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Very well said.

There has always been poverty, and there will always be poverty, because there will always be people of below average intelligence, work ethic, health, and luck.

If you think you can tax the wealthy until the streets are paved in gold and we're all sleeping 'til noon on silk, 500 thread count sheets, read the links in the post I linked might just learn something about economics and figure why the president's economy is hellish even though he keeps spending oodles of cash.

1/13/2014 10:00:00 AM

Sunday, January 12, 2014

(1/12/2014 06:40:00 PM) - Al

Loud crowd noise pumped into the practice gym throughout shooting drills.--Badger Report

I guessed they'd have a 7PM practice tonight, and it looks like it began at 6 or 6:30. Great minds...

1/12/2014 06:40:00 PM

(1/12/2014 05:36:00 PM) - Al

I hope none of the concussion questions they are asking Manti Teo involve his girlfriend...he won't know how to answer those whether he's healthy or not.

1/12/2014 05:36:00 PM

(1/12/2014 04:21:00 PM) - Al

Haven't been to find a sugar free, or low carb BBQ sauce, so I made my own today.

The best part was, I used Sodastream syrup for 64 ounces and only added 16 ounces of water, so I was able to skip that whole reduction step.  Put it on chicken wings, baked 5 minutes, and took 'em out and dipped the wings in again, and baked another 5. Delish.

Just tried it again as it's cooled all afternoon, and it's far less root beery and more like normal BBQ now.

1/12/2014 04:21:00 PM

(1/12/2014 03:33:00 PM) - Al

Iowa bests Ohio State in Columbus, and Minnesota took Michigan State to OT in East Lansing yesterday. Every conference game in tough, and every road game is a huge battle.

I think 4 or 5 losses takes the title.

1/12/2014 03:33:00 PM

(1/12/2014 03:25:00 PM) - Al

Seahawks open as a 3.5 point favorite over 49ers, bet up to 4 within minutes.

I'd guess DEN by 6 over NE, if the Broncos win as expected. 

1/12/2014 03:25:00 PM

(1/12/2014 02:58:00 PM) - Al

Love the Northwestern uniforms that were designed by the team.

1/12/2014 02:58:00 PM

(1/12/2014 11:47:00 AM) - Al

Inequality is a false notion propagated by those who are made to feel guilty for what they have by those who are jealous for what they don't.--Kennedy

Well said. People are not going to end up magically equal, because people do not have equal intelligence, give equal amount of effort, and so on.

The idea government can somehow fix that by "spreading the wealth" and balancing the scale has been proven wrong throughout history.

1/12/2014 11:47:00 AM

(1/12/2014 10:57:00 AM) - Al

Overbay remains an option for the Brewers, as does Michael Young and Rangers reserve Mitch Moreland.--Boston Globe

First we've heard of Overbay this year...if you recall, the Crew tried to bring in Oberbay last spring, but Lyle felt it would only be for a month until Hart returned, so he signed with the Yankees.

Overbay, 2011-13--.306/.380, 686 OPS
Francisco, '11-'13--.290/.430, 720 OPS

Lyle might be a slightly better defender, but at his age, it is not a sure thing. He's also a bit more balanced, as Juan can't hit LHP at all, but neither would receive many PA's versus southpaws.

1/12/2014 10:57:00 AM

Saturday, January 11, 2014

(1/11/2014 10:59:00 PM) - Al

I admit, I really enjoy a good chicken sandwich, but pizza is always a fine alternative.

1/11/2014 10:59:00 PM

(1/11/2014 05:59:00 PM) - Al

After the Rambling son shoveled our couple inches of snow, I went out and threw some salt on it. I emptied a bag, and decided to open up another bag for next time, and to have a place to store the Cool Whip bowl I was using.

I pushed in on the bag near the top, above where the salt was, and that bag was all but impossible to puncture with my thumbnail, stretching and becoming almost transparent, but not breaking. I looked around for something sharp, but found nothing. Finally, I went at it again, and after a 15-20 second struggle, it gave way, about the size of a dime. I kept tearing, but still not big enough to put the bowl in. I pushed in another section, hoping to bridge the two holes...and I felt something give, just as immense pain hit my right thumb.

As I stood holding my thumb in agony, I wondered how I would explain to people I broke my thumb pushing on a plastic bag. Luckily, I guess I had just bent back my thumbnail and somehow the thumb moving up a fraction of an inch caused the pain, as after about 30 seconds, I could bend and wiggle my thumb, and no swelling has occurred. Funny, the pain was in the middle of the thumb; the knuckle, but now it's at the base.

That said, it's still very you have any idea how much you use your dominant thumb? Had a terrible time trying to put the bottle on the turns and the lip attaches to the machine...try pretending to turn a bottle...all thumb, isn't it?

1/11/2014 05:59:00 PM

(1/11/2014 04:30:00 PM) - Al

Penn State is back in business. If they have a year trimmed from their bowl penalty...because they've taken their punishment silently and not complained about many expect, they'll be eligible for postseason and the Big Ten title game in 2015. 

Kudos to O'Brien, stellar job given the circumstances.

1/11/2014 04:30:00 PM

(1/11/2014 04:19:00 PM) - Al

This is exactly where are, if the numbers weren't being tampered with.

Of course, when the old media refuses to care about Benghazi, tough to convince them to care about unemployment.

1/11/2014 04:19:00 PM

(1/11/2014 03:01:00 PM) - Al

I have a survival blog bookmarked that I usually only skim once or twice a week, as it provides a variety of links and facts I would not see otherwise.

As I have said before, I do not believe collapse is imminent in the USA, nor in the next decade or two. That said, most people are not nearly as prepared as they should be for simple stuff like cold and snowy weather, nor do they carry stuff in their car (last week, even the Rambling wife had the Rambling son take her snowpants and other cold weather gear out to her vehicle in case she got stranded somewhere in -20 degree cold, which I would say is more prep work than 95% of the public did) in case they get stranded or stuck in a ditch somewhere.

I often mention to clients that they should never let their gas tank get below 1/4th full in the winter (if you have a long commute and a tiny tank (11 gallons) like mine, 1/2 should be treated as your E...not the end of the world if you let it get below, but fill up that day), or you should have a few gallons of water in the house (or bleach to treat water) if you are snowed in for a few days. The responses I get, without fail, are "I never thought of that," or "Really? My son lives down the road, he'd bring me whatever I needed." 

Anyhoodles, today I ran across a piece on plants and weeds that was an informative as any science class (I wish we would have had a unit on stuff like this instead of going over the periodic table annually, something I've never used) I ever had. You can read the whole thing above, but allow me to reprint what was said about dandelions:

Dandelion is another common yard weed that grows almost everywhere, including city lots and in the mountains.  I never dig up the dandelions in my yard but use them and also feed them to our rabbits.  We do not treat our yard with chemicals.  It is highly nutritious, and all parts are edible- including the roots which can be dried and used as a coffee substitute. It has been used as a diuretic and to cleanse the blood of toxins. The milk that comes when you cut the plant can be used on wounds and is highly effective to use on warts. I have used the milk on three of my children's warts and all three times it made them disappear naturally without pain or scarring.  It must be applied every day for a good month to the warts. A tea made from all parts of the dandelion is absurdly rich in nutrients and would be well utilized by those suffering from malnutrition.

This, my friends, is the same plant that is a beautiful bright yellow, plentiful everywhere, and spreads itself naturally...that we as a society damn near kill ourselves to get rid of every spring...because we know better.

We have tall grass and weeds behind our backyard, so every year, we get a few thistles in the back third of our lawn. The Rambling wife will wander out there barefoot, step on one, and she'll go borrow a garden tool from a neighbor which removes it and pulls out the roots. Without fail, they will ask her if she's pulling out a dandelion, and she'll reply, "No, a thistle; we don't care about dandelions," and she'll receive a look that is similar to what she witnessed when she used to say, "I've decided to date Al," a puzzled, quizzical "you poor, stupid child, I sure feel sorry for you" glance.

Because you know, they know better.

ADDED: As a precaution, I have read many times that is you live in an urban area and want to collect dandelions, don't use the ones in your lawn, as they might have chemical residue from your neighbors. Drive out of town or to a state/county park.

1/11/2014 03:01:00 PM

(1/11/2014 01:05:00 PM) - Al

While it is somewhat interesting to see a guy open a bottle of wine with a shoe, one has to think anyone using this as a practical application has a problem in which they should probably seek counseling.

1/11/2014 01:05:00 PM

(1/11/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I have never heard of Alaska's Bermuda Triangle before.

Makes sense though, as weather, small planes, and remote locations are a perfect recipe for losing humans.

1/11/2014 11:00:00 AM

(1/11/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I'm linking this so you can see the chart on how much Scotch the average person in each nation drinks.

1. Someone is drinking my .39 bottle each year.

2. Do they do anything besides drink Scotch in Singapore?

I didn't even know it had to be made in Scotland to be called Scotch. I wonder if that also applies to tape?

1/11/2014 09:00:00 AM

Friday, January 10, 2014

(1/10/2014 10:26:00 PM) - Al

Badgers' basketball off this weekend, and several are tweeting out pics and news that they are back home. Not sure if Bo gave them the weekend off (they play Tuesday at Indiana, so they'll travel Monday), but I assume since they are not in school, they probably practiced early today and if they are practicing on Sunday, it will probably be in the evening (the guys will want to watch football anyway, I'm sure).

1/10/2014 10:26:00 PM

(1/10/2014 09:30:00 PM) - Al

We'll forgive Fonda when the Jews forgive Hitler.--patch on vet's jacket

Why should anyone forgive her? She's a terrible human being who despises the greatest country in the world, and has sold it out on several occasions. The hell with her.

1/10/2014 09:30:00 PM

(1/10/2014 07:40:00 PM) - Al

The flu vaccine remains safe and available, for free, in every clinic in the USA.

The death toll just keeps rising. I truly do not know how the anti vaccine folks sleep at night.

1/10/2014 07:40:00 PM

(1/10/2014 07:32:00 PM) - Al

As I said the other day, I am above this type of behavior, and so are the people on my side.

The left...not so much. That's their problem.

For the most part, they are nothing but hypocritical bullies who love spending our money. Let's realize it, admit it, and move on.

1/10/2014 07:32:00 PM

(1/10/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Adam looks at the relievers still available.

KRod is incredibly obvious, and Doug likes velocity and big bodies.

1/10/2014 10:30:00 AM

(1/10/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

I'm telling you, they've eliminated all the waste. We should pay more in taxes!

1/10/2014 09:30:00 AM

Thursday, January 09, 2014

(1/09/2014 07:42:00 PM) - Al

I should explain myself a bit...if Christie actually did something wrong, he should be...well, I don't know, slapped on the wrist, I guess.

At the end of the day, I feel the same way about this as I did the military dudes peeing on those bastard terrorists...I can't say it really bothers me a bit, as I'm glad to have those guys, and Christie, on my side. However, if that was somehow...against the rules...

...killing the enemy if OK...peeing on them is not...does everyone understand? OK, back to killing people before they kill you...ready....begin!

...they should have suffered the consequences. I think it's rather obvious the left is overreacting so as to get the scandal of the day/complete and utter failure of Obamacare off the news.

As I hinted at before, it's very difficult to be concerned about a traffic delay in a city that often has a 3-4 hour backup every Sunday evening in the summer as the city dwellers return from their summer cottages in or near the Hamptons. But if I must...

...that's a shame.

1/09/2014 07:42:00 PM

(1/09/2014 07:32:00 PM) - Al

It was just pointed out by Mark Levin that Christie's "bridge gate" seems to be garnering far more attention than the original did, or has in the 40+ years since.

I wonder why?

1/09/2014 07:32:00 PM

(1/09/2014 06:48:00 PM) - Al

Lesson for Chris Christie: next time, just shut down the National World War II Memorial.--David Burge

Michelle Obama appalled at the abuse of power in NJ as she stays in Hawaii waiting for her separate jet to fly her back to DC.--Hale Razor

Heh. Game, set, match.

By the way, while I cannot say I really know what happened on a Jersey bridge, I do know I'll concern myself about it when we find out where Obama and Clinton were while the embassy that had requested more security was attacked, four American civilians were killed; while someone told special forces to "stand down."

Answer me some important questions, and I'll investigate the trivial matter of...traffic delays near Manhattan.

1/09/2014 06:48:00 PM

(1/09/2014 01:59:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife and I watch Restaurant Impossible, and marvel at people who are losing $10K a month and just keep going. Here's an article on how tough it is to close down.

1/09/2014 01:59:00 PM

(1/09/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

The left is very polite and tolerant, and exceedingly pro long as the choice is the same as them.

Otherwise, they don't even pretend to not despise you.

Because, to be blunt, they know better than you and I do. About everything.

By the way, my wife has made every decision we've had since about two months after we started dating. As I say often, numerous times, I have been outvoted 1-1. That said, Candace Cameron Bure is a very nice woman. If you find it necessary to hate her, you're probably not on my side.

That's fine, I'd feel bad about myself if I agreed with such meanies. Just like I did not agree with those who vandalized the capitol, those who called in sick and faked doctor's notes, or poured beer on lawmakers. Because I'm better than that.

And they are not.

1/09/2014 10:30:00 AM

(1/09/2014 09:51:00 AM) - Al

Very few things I enjoy more than an expansion draft. The NWSL, the women's pro soccer league that started last year, is having one tomorrow, as a team in Houston is added. I don't know any of the players, unless they're really good and really attractive, but I've read tons of stuff on it in the past couple days, and am just fascinated. Worth mentioning:

---HOU was allocated three players from the USA/Canada/Mexico national teams, and immediately traded one of those players for the Canadian #1 goalkeeper. Because of this, most of the other teams did not bother protecting a goalkeeper. It seems they could have waited to make that deal a few days and had several more players to choose from. Also, the player they traded away was not protected either...many seem to think they have some sort of "handshake agreement" not to take that player back, but in theory, they could.

---That's just one of many mentions of "politics" in the draft...there are at least three sets of "couples" in which one is protected and one is not. Does HOU want to take one player and split up a pair now happily playing on the same team? Would they then be able to trade for the other half of the couple? What if one player doesn't want to play in HOU?

---By far the most popular/successful team in the league was Portland, who averaged 14K fans, twice as many as anyone else. Their most popular player is Alex Morgan, a young American who plays on the US national team, and is known as much for her physique as her goal scoring. She's on the protected list, but several other players you would expect Portland to protect are not. Morgan's fiancee plays with the HOU MLS team, and yesterday, the owner of Portland already apologized to fans saying they knew they were going to lose one of their most popular players. Is Morgan heading to HOU in some sort of trade, and they will be allowed to keep other young, marketable players?

Who knew there was so much behind the scenes action and going ons in women's soccer?

1/09/2014 09:51:00 AM

(1/09/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Whenever I see an article like this, I am reminded that not only is the NY Times further left than Lenin, but full of themselves and pompous to an incredible degree.

Don't forget, the budget wine nicknamed Two Buck Chuck wins competitions and tastings, and would be treated with more disdain by the Times than a politician that showed up on time, balanced his budget, and, gasp, showed the ability to be competent at his job. 

1/09/2014 09:30:00 AM

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

(1/08/2014 03:47:00 PM) - Al

Poverty won.

Liberal policies that reward unwanted behavior do not work, and actually worsen the problem. We have five decades of proof, yet the left will argue all day that tax and spend is the only way to go.

1/08/2014 03:47:00 PM

(1/08/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

THANK YOU frackers, oil/gas companies and fossil fuel professionals for keeping my apartment a balmy 71 when it's -2.--Jonathon Hoenig

Amen. I don't even begrudge them their profits. Any one of us can start our own company if we think it's so easy.

1/08/2014 09:00:00 AM

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

(1/07/2014 09:59:00 PM) - Al

Despite shooting 41% from 3, Gary Neal has not worked out, and is being shopped.

Wohlers has been far better than expected and can pick up more minutes, and I hardly find it a negative to get something for a free agent signed thirty games ago.

I liked the team before the season began, and while I know they have issues (defense and rebounding especially), I'm still not sure what to make of them at 100%.

EDIT: Neal did not play tonight, and because of his plantar fasciitis, may not play or practice before he is dealt, as that can pop up without warning.  

1/07/2014 09:59:00 PM

(1/07/2014 07:12:00 PM) - Al

Jon Stewart ridicules the right...does not mention a single fact or bit of evidence.

Hey, just trust them...they know better than the rest of us rubes.

1/07/2014 07:12:00 PM

(1/07/2014 01:43:00 PM) - Al

Sands is a RH hitter who has destroyed LHP (900+ OPS in the bigs) and is more athletic than Sean Halton, and has played plenty of 1B in his career.

He might be an option as a platoon/reserve option in MIL.

1/07/2014 01:43:00 PM

(1/07/2014 11:55:00 AM) - Al

That's because Wal Mart has to compete with other companies for workers. The government forced its way into the market with constant lies and changing stuff every other day.

It's amazing how the free market works, isn't it?

1/07/2014 11:55:00 AM

(1/07/2014 11:15:00 AM) - Al

I think this would be funny, because all but one of them would be bankrupt in a couple years.

It'd be Detroit, the sequel. 

1/07/2014 11:15:00 AM

(1/07/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Apparently, one gets exhausted telling others how to live their lives, despite no actual skills or education to do so.

Let the little people pay for it!

By the way, one usually has "a job" before they take "a vacation." Just saying. 

1/07/2014 09:00:00 AM

Monday, January 06, 2014

(1/06/2014 09:06:00 PM) - Al

Note the left = dishonesty.

That's going to be a tough thing to overcome in November. Obama looked into a camera for four plus years and insisted you could keep your plan, even though he knew it would be gone (as did I, and said so often).

Only the far left will let that go unpunished.

1/06/2014 09:06:00 PM

(1/06/2014 04:07:00 PM) - Al

I'm not sure if today is a great day to be a Saluki.

1/06/2014 04:07:00 PM

(1/06/2014 02:11:00 PM) - Al

How's that global warming working out for you?

The same rubes fell for the healthcare "facts," which have all turned out to be lies as well. When the facts are what they are, they simply don't tell the truth. It's why Clinton lied about Monica, and why Carter has the nerve to question anyone on anything. They fib, and they do it often.

1/06/2014 02:11:00 PM

(1/06/2014 12:47:00 PM) - Al

I have a dishwasher and can't stand them!!! I hand wash all my dishes too time consuming for me!!--on Facebook today

Um, what? Dishwashers take far less time and use far less water...and if they don't get your dishes clean, you're either loading it wrong or have a broken one. 

1/06/2014 12:47:00 PM

(1/06/2014 12:04:00 PM) - Al

The exact same thing will happen in Afghanistan, as the administration doesn't understand foreign policy does not involve telling the enemy your future plans, and does include killing evil.

Hey, who has time to negotiate some sort of agreement when you're building a socialist health care utopia that is completely unfunded?

1/06/2014 12:04:00 PM

(1/06/2014 11:49:00 AM) - Al

We're in the best of hands.

It's almost as if they have been in completely over their heads since lying their way into office...

1/06/2014 11:49:00 AM

(1/06/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Nope. Nowhere else to cut.

It's like paying $500K for a couple old aluminum cans.

1/06/2014 11:00:00 AM

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