Al's Ramblings



Sunday, December 31, 2017

(12/31/2017 11:00:00 PM) - Al

Loves. Loved this GIF too.

If he didn't exist, we'd have to invent him.

Happy New Year my friends.


12/31/2017 11:00:00 PM



(12/31/2017 08:44:00 PM) - Al

The phrase "The Bills are in the playoffs" has never been tweeted, posted on Facebook, or uttered by an Uber driver. It has never been told over satellite radio. It has never been streamed. It has never been blogged or vlogged.--Steve Malumud

Makes the Packers' fans whining about missing the playoffs for the first time in a decade seem especially shortsighted.


12/31/2017 08:44:00 PM



(12/31/2017 07:51:00 PM) - Al

They vote with their feet.

See ya.


12/31/2017 07:51:00 PM



(12/31/2017 07:00:00 PM) - Al

10-6, tied for 91st of 114, per Pickwatch.

Eliminator correct. 11-5; I remain 15th of 30 in my group, one is still undefeated.

155-85 for season, 49th of 114 tracked by NFL Pickwatch.

Steelers--W
Vikings--W
Cowboys--W
Giants--W
Pats--W
Colts--W
Lions--W
Bills--W
Falcons--W
Saints--L
Jags--L
Ravens(e)--L
Chargers--W
Hawks--L
Chiefs--W
49ers--W

12-4 after the late games.

167-89 


12/31/2017 07:00:00 PM



(12/31/2017 04:30:00 PM) - Al

They know they have blood on their hands. They cannot even begin to justify sending cash to terrorists, so they are in full misdirection mode.


12/31/2017 04:30:00 PM



(12/31/2017 02:34:00 PM) - Al

Cobb and Chatwood were my favorites. I'd still love to see Cobb, though his ask of 5y/$100M are ridiculous, and he and his people know that too.

4y/$70M...with an option year with a $3-5M buyout makes sense for a logical compromise...though I would assume either the Cubs or Yankees have already offered that.


12/31/2017 02:34:00 PM



(12/31/2017 02:26:00 PM) - Al

True.

Let's not forget, this entire "investigation" is based on an illegal leak by Comey, and a dossier paid for by the Clinton campaign, which was used to wiretap their opponents by Obama and Rice.

Other than that, it's perfectly legit.


12/31/2017 02:26:00 PM



(12/31/2017 02:20:00 PM) - Al

I'd like to say I'm surprised.

But I'm not.

They will stoop to any level not previously reached in order to protect Obama's legacy and a corrupt government.

Meanwhile, idiots like Alyssa Milano and other "feminists" insist they live in a terrible place...they should take the next flight to Iran. They'd be back in 24 hours kissing the GOP's feet.They won't, of course, because they're cowardly and gutless.

Trust me, this level of hypocrisy does not go unnoticed by the rubes in flyover country. When the lefty women had their march, no one dared mention that they were protesting...the simple fact the election had not gone their way. They were, in effect, protesting a fair election because it had not been tainted.


12/31/2017 02:20:00 PM



(12/31/2017 01:38:00 PM) - Al

We may never know the real reason...


12/31/2017 01:38:00 PM



(12/31/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

It's almost as if sending pallets of cash to a terrorist sponsoring regime wasn't a well thought out strategery.


12/31/2017 01:30:00 AM


Saturday, December 30, 2017

(12/30/2017 04:15:00 PM) - Al

Ask the Rambling wife, I have been talking about this for 25 years.

I simply do not understand the appeal.


12/30/2017 04:15:00 PM



(12/30/2017 02:02:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife had surgery a month ago, so I hadn't started my car since we put a new garage door on 3 weeks ago today. Decided to give it a go at the zenith of -1 today...started about 95% as well as it does all summer.


12/30/2017 02:02:00 PM



(12/30/2017 12:24:00 PM) - Al

As I have pointed out several times, the illusion Trump is far more unpopular than Obama is just old media spin.

They lie when the truth is too painful to reveal.


12/30/2017 12:24:00 PM



(12/30/2017 12:21:00 PM) - Al

If one said his foreign policy was the worst ever, the 2nd worst ever would still be offended by the comparison.

Clueless, foolhardy, and always the attention whore. The fact he remains their messiah is a wonderful thing.

Many have pointed out that CNN is completely ignoring the uprising in Iran. They know. By pretending it's not happening, they are confirming how badly it turned out.

Difficult to believe the braintrust of Susie Rice and Johnny Kerry failed to repair that section of the world as they blamed the century old dilemma on...climate change.


12/30/2017 12:21:00 PM



(12/30/2017 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Heh.

It never fails, whenever there's a weird guy, you always hope he's normal, just a bit eccentric. Nope...then they would not be weird.

That's quite a streak he has there though.


12/30/2017 08:30:00 AM



(12/30/2017 02:00:00 AM) - Al

They tried to do a list like this for Obama, but #2-10 was "did not give pallets of cash to (insert terrorist harboring nation here).


12/30/2017 02:00:00 AM


Friday, December 29, 2017

(12/29/2017 09:38:00 PM) - Al

Bucks win on a missed call at the end. Of course, getting off to a 33-11 start was the key, and OKC can blame the refs all they want, it was not a 5 second game, it was 48 minutes.

Vin Baker notices how great Delly was; tough defense, great passing and leadership, 9 assists to go with 0 points in 25 minutes.


12/29/2017 09:38:00 PM



(12/29/2017 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Well, to be fair, the next time he's right will be his first.

Gore is a perfect example of the guy who just keeps predicting stuff that make his past stuff look less incorrect.


12/29/2017 01:00:00 PM



(12/29/2017 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Remember, weather is not climate change...except when it proves the point that climate change is turrible.

And, by the way, as Dennis Miller says, when you start insisting it's colder... because it's hotter; you may need to rethink your position.


12/29/2017 12:00:00 PM



(12/29/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Still on the "stupid" train?

We've talked about this before, but the irony is, those that insist the president is lacking are the same ones who insisted he had no chance to win the primary, or the general. That the economy would go straight into the toilet. That he would accomplish nothing. NFL ratings would boom because they're so much more in tune with the rubes.

How many times must they be proven incorrect?

Crazy like a fox.


12/29/2017 11:00:00 AM



(12/29/2017 10:12:00 AM) - Al

Wade Davis signs with Rockies.

$3y/$52M. Oof.


12/29/2017 10:12:00 AM



(12/29/2017 09:33:00 AM) - Al

One has to wonder how badly the NFL would be doing if they weren't so darn brilliant.


12/29/2017 09:33:00 AM



(12/29/2017 02:00:00 AM) - Al

Loves.

It's a special kind of economic ignorance that can look at the only presidency since WW2 without a single quarter of 3% growth and then expect a drop off when the successor has been a business tycoon for 40 years.


12/29/2017 02:00:00 AM


Thursday, December 28, 2017

(12/28/2017 09:00:00 PM) - Al

Gotta wonder if the Bucks have some flu or stomach bugs going through the team, as they have looked very tired the last couple games and had some very strange lineup patters tonight.

Giannis has not taken a free throw thru 3 quarters, and a couple times, almost looked like he hit an invisible wall just a couple feet from the basket.


12/28/2017 09:00:00 PM



(12/28/2017 01:28:00 PM) - Al

I pointed this out a few months ago.

Trump is unpopular with the old media. Obama was a god to the old media. However, the idea that one was hellishly popular and one is hellishly unpopular is just a fib of the old media.

Rasmussen is the only polling firm that uses computers and touchtones to do their surveys, because live polls can be worded and "proper" answers "suggested" to the rubes...especially those so foolish they do not live in flyover country or believe in a higher being.

It's why they are by far the most accurate.


12/28/2017 01:28:00 PM



(12/28/2017 01:10:00 PM) - Al

Why elections matter.

I think a wise man has said often that the only thing missing from defeating Isis is giving a damn about defeating Isis. When you're far more concerned about fictional topics such as climate change and internet freedom, but indifferent about evil terrorists who hate America, many deplorable bitter clingers were so fed up they voted for Trump.


12/28/2017 01:10:00 PM



(12/28/2017 02:30:00 AM) - Al

Well, to be fair, who could have ever seen this coming?

Other than me for a decade and a half, of course.


12/28/2017 02:30:00 AM


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

(12/27/2017 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Obama caught telling the truth again.


12/27/2017 04:00:00 PM



(12/27/2017 02:12:00 PM) - Al

Every time the Bucks lose a game, you see social media loaded with "fire Kidd" hashtags and comments.

Look, I don't know if Kidd is the best or worst coach in the game. However, I do know he's right. He keeps harping on the Bucks' effort, especially on defense. He's correct. Giannis commits silly fouls, often 25 feet from the basket. He is a top 5 player, but still cannot shoot from anything past 18 feet. Middleton and Bledsoe are good offensive players, and Khris is good on both ends. However, as a team, rebounding, defense, and

Still, this is not a team that would appear to be nearly as good as BOS or CLE, or HOU, GS, or SA. They are a solid next tier club, however. They are probably a center and a role player away from moving up. Henson and Maker have been ok many games, but are far from what a championship level needs.


12/27/2017 02:12:00 PM



(12/27/2017 10:45:00 AM) - Al

Who woulda thunk it?

Elections have consequences.

If Hillary would have won, we would have sent them cash and blamed it on a video.


12/27/2017 10:45:00 AM



(12/27/2017 10:38:00 AM) - Al

A wise man has pointed this out many times.




12/27/2017 10:38:00 AM



(12/27/2017 07:30:00 AM) - Al

It's almost as if they lied.




12/27/2017 07:30:00 AM



(12/27/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Funny because it's true.


12/27/2017 03:00:00 AM



(12/27/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

Shortsighted goofballs like Kristol live in a world where they never once stopped to consider the fact that if they would have got Hillary, we would not have Gorsuch, Isis on the run, a booming economy, a working border, and the greatest tax bill since Reagan.

It's a dated reference, but the "you can't vote for the lesser of two evils" always brings me back to those who say, "You can't expect Raquel Welch to be a great cook." Evangicals realize it, but many others keep waiting for Jesus Christ to run...

{Never realizing, of course, they'd never vote for a long haired Jew with unmarried parents anyway.}

...and instead of going with the guy they match up 82%, they complain they would prefer 95%. 





12/27/2017 01:30:00 AM


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

(12/26/2017 08:40:00 PM) - Al

Didn't even wait until the body was cold to begin rewriting history.

You'd think someone always stuck on the wrong side of history would figure out it might be time to work your way around to the non "Yep, wrong again" position.

Fought it every step of the way. Not a single Dem voted for it. A few days later, they're already pushing the narrative that the extra money in pockets is because of them. We simply cannot allow them to lie their way out of the truth.

It's just like blaming the GOP for the failures of Obamacare; even though it was explained to anyone with the brain of a gnat it would lead to fewer insurers and higher premiums, because it ignored the laws of supply and demand. And it has failed just like we said it would.

It's not a bug, it's exactly what was planned.


12/26/2017 08:40:00 PM



(12/26/2017 07:47:00 PM) - Al

This seems like a solid market priced acquisition by the Reds, but as I said before, Stearns must not have felt it was, or he would have offered Hughes arby.

Considering minimum salary is just over $500K, "only" about $1.5M more doesn't seem like much at all for the consistent production...but, let's not forget, JH was available last year on waivers last April. Carlos Torres was picked up on waivers in APR of 2016 also, so there does tend to be inexpensive bullpen options after teams set their 25 man rosters.


12/26/2017 07:47:00 PM



(12/26/2017 07:33:00 PM) - Al

Bucks continue to look for a big man for the rotation, Zaza mentioned.

Those of us who recall him in his prior service in MIL love him for what he is, gritty, solid defender, hits the boards hard, and usually gives you a few open jumpers and trips to the line.


12/26/2017 07:33:00 PM



(12/26/2017 01:30:00 PM) - Al

You know he's getting stuff done, because the left has complained about each and every one.


12/26/2017 01:30:00 PM



(12/26/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Please, please let them keep this up. Forever if possible.

Who would not want to join a group of happy, well adjusted folks?


12/26/2017 11:00:00 AM



(12/26/2017 10:00:00 AM) - Al

And they wonder why they lose.


12/26/2017 10:00:00 AM



(12/26/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

TRU used to be a top ten retailer in the USA.

They still do things the exact same way as they did in the early 90's. In the late 90's, they hired a consultant to tell them what was wrong. They were given a long list, from the same folks who turned around Best Buy. What did they do?

They fired the consultant.


12/26/2017 09:00:00 AM



(12/26/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Heh.

Hating what America loves does not seem to be a very wise strategic move. 


12/26/2017 12:30:00 AM


Monday, December 25, 2017

(12/25/2017 08:00:00 PM) - Al

Thunk how easy it would have been to do this the past 8 years instead of taking separate planes to go to Hawaii because the family got along so well together.

But they didn't.


12/25/2017 08:00:00 PM



(12/25/2017 06:00:00 PM) - Al

Watching clip after clip of a grumpy Hillary Clinton, often falling down, is worth watching all 12 days for.


12/25/2017 06:00:00 PM



(12/25/2017 04:30:00 PM) - Al

Add driving safely to the list of things that puzzle the left.

Sure thousands of people are dead. But for the rest of us, less residual salt on the meadows of flyover country that we don't pretend to give a damn about.


12/25/2017 04:30:00 PM



(12/25/2017 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Christmastime for the Jews.

We just returned from a delicious meal at our local Chinese eatery, a tradition of the past few years.




12/25/2017 01:30:00 PM



(12/25/2017 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Consistency is not their strength.


12/25/2017 12:30:00 PM



(12/25/2017 05:30:00 AM) - Al

And unlike his predecessor, he did not inform them they were incorrect on everything.

After all, no one knows military strategy like a community organizer.


12/25/2017 05:30:00 AM



(12/25/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

That's because the rubes fell for it.

Even his slogan, "hope and change," was meaningless. It can be taken however you wish. You want high taxes and more government? A weak military and incredibly crappy healthcare that costs oodles more than the old stuff? Guess what? You can make the slogan mean that.


12/25/2017 01:00:00 AM


Sunday, December 24, 2017

(12/24/2017 08:27:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling family just completed watching The Santa Clause like we do most every year. I went into Amazon Prime, and remembered The Real McCoys were on, and I have not seen a single episode in 25 years.

Merry Xmas to me!


12/24/2017 08:27:00 PM



(12/24/2017 07:56:00 PM) - Al

Dems said to be very upset.


12/24/2017 07:56:00 PM



(12/24/2017 07:47:00 PM) - Al

Fewer hookers and less caviar for the UN boys in NYC next year.

Note how difficult it was...all it took was to ask.


12/24/2017 07:47:00 PM



(12/24/2017 07:00:00 PM) - Al

12-4 last week, tied for 57th of 114 tracked by NFL Pickwatch.  

145-79 for the season, tied for 33rd of 114.

Got my eliminator correct, tied for 15th of 30.

Ravens--W (forgot to make them my eliminator pick)
Packers--L
Browns--L
Lions--L
Rams--W
Chiefs--W
Pats--W
Falcons--L
Jets--L
Skins--W
Panthers (e)--W
49ers--W
Cowboys--L
Cards--W
Steelers--W
Eagles--W

10-6, tied for 91st of 114.

Eliminator correct. I remain 15th of 30 in my group, one is still undefeated.

155-85 for season, 49th of 114 tracked by NFL Pickwatch.


12/24/2017 07:00:00 PM



(12/24/2017 06:00:00 PM) - Al

Not only did he declare them the JV squad, he held back the greatest military in the history of the world from defeating them.

Those days? Gone.


12/24/2017 06:00:00 PM



(12/24/2017 04:30:00 PM) - Al

I hate to be an old fuddy duddy (actually, that and a cold heart is what I'm best known for), but if they put that spoiled milk back in the fridge, maybe tomorrow, it will be good again.


12/24/2017 04:30:00 PM



(12/24/2017 02:30:00 PM) - Al

I'm not saying the networks are out of touch, but 50 years ago, they thought Charlie Brown's Xmas was a piece of crap, and only let it air because Coke had already paid for a new Peanuts special.

What's that old saying? It's difficult to cover a place you've never been.


12/24/2017 02:30:00 PM



(12/24/2017 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I am starting to sense a pattern here...those former Occupy thugs, now known as antifa, tend to be violent criminals.

If only some wise man had saw that one coming. Shocking to think a group that had rape free areas in their tent cities would end up causing trouble...


12/24/2017 11:30:00 AM



(12/24/2017 11:27:00 AM) - Al

Hallmark Movies and Mysteries is airing 36 hours of a fireplace starting later today, with pets lying close by.

Who says quality TV is dead? 




12/24/2017 11:27:00 AM



(12/24/2017 10:37:00 AM) - Al

It only took a week or so for them to realize donors and alumni were laughing at them.

What's funny is, no one was smart enough to see that before.


12/24/2017 10:37:00 AM



(12/24/2017 09:30:00 AM) - Al

The irony?

All the never Trumpers have been outed as never conservatives.


12/24/2017 09:30:00 AM



(12/24/2017 05:00:00 AM) - Al

They don't hate Trump because he's a strong leader.

They hate him because he has the guts to do what they wanted to do, but chickened out.


12/24/2017 05:00:00 AM



(12/24/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

Woman has to pay $12/month for birth control. 

Democrats: This is the greatest social crisis of the modern era. 

Family keeps extra $18/week under GOP tax reform. 

Democrats: $18 is literally nothing. How dare you suggest it will help people?--Alexandra DeSanctis


It's funny because it's true.

Consistency is not their strength.


12/24/2017 01:30:00 AM


Saturday, December 23, 2017

(12/23/2017 10:25:00 PM) - Al

You can see their evil right on the film.




12/23/2017 10:25:00 PM



(12/23/2017 10:06:00 PM) - Al

I, for one, am puzzled by the fact that fewer regulations and common sense fiscal policy is all it took to literally give a decade long stagnant economy a spark.

If only some wise man would have pointed that out for the past decade, perhaps on a blog of some merit....


12/23/2017 10:06:00 PM



(12/23/2017 06:04:00 PM) - Al

Badgers looked very comfortable and under control today. Now one is going to mistake Green Bay for a ranked team, but it reminds you if they had played all small and mid majors, they could easily be undefeated.

Good competition is good for a team growth, but not good for wins and losses.


12/23/2017 06:04:00 PM



(12/23/2017 05:58:00 PM) - Al

Heh.

The Senate voted unanimously to move the embassy to Jerusalem just last summer. Why are they against it now? Because Trump's for it.

In other words, fire Comey, fire Comey, I can't believe he fired Comey.

It's easy to change your mind when you don't really believe in anything.


12/23/2017 05:58:00 PM



(12/23/2017 02:08:00 PM) - Al

I'm so old, I remember when the Dems gave a damn about the little people.


12/23/2017 02:08:00 PM



(12/23/2017 01:58:00 PM) - Al

Amen.


12/23/2017 01:58:00 PM



(12/23/2017 01:41:00 PM) - Al

Ravens and Packers today.

I gots me a hunch. MIN has only been passable on the road (and on grass), and I think they are likely looking past GB.






12/23/2017 01:41:00 PM



(12/23/2017 01:07:00 PM) - Al

As we all know, the rules are simple...if you are a liberal, you can say whatever you want. If you are a conservative, you best not smile at someone, or you will be banned for harassment.


12/23/2017 01:07:00 PM



(12/23/2017 09:30:00 AM) - Al

I've been on the showering a couple times a day bandwagon for a couple decades. I always shower in the morning, and showering when I got home from work became common as well.

I do have to watch the water temp in the winter or my skin dries out, but other than that, it's a calming, relaxing, clean habit.

What really puzzles me is when people complain they have a cold, I tell them to take a hot shower every couple hours, as the steam helps. They often look at me like I'm the most brilliant person anywhere (well...) and say, "That's a great idea. I always feel best after a shower."


12/23/2017 09:30:00 AM



(12/23/2017 05:00:00 AM) - Al

If I did not know better, I'd swear the negative nelly brigade gets an awful lot of old media attention that is 100% incorrect.


12/23/2017 05:00:00 AM



(12/23/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

I don't mean to oversimplify things, but...maybe just do what you do the other 364 days a year?

This is just some guy humble bragging he doesn't celebrate Xmas. Imagine how miserable this dude is 24/7/365.


12/23/2017 01:30:00 AM


Friday, December 22, 2017

(12/22/2017 06:44:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers announced that they’ve signed right-hander Radhames Liz to a minor league contract. Liz, a hard-throwing 34-year-old, has seen more time in the Korea Baseball Organization and Nippon Professional Baseball than in the Majors in recent years. He didn’t pitch in 2017 but has allowed just two runs in 35 1/3 innings during the Dominican Winter League this offseason. He’ll compete for a bullpen spot in Spring Training.--MLBTR

I wanted Liz a couple of times when he was DFA'd by the Pirates, I think back in 2015. Throws incredibly hard, or at least he did, a consistent 93-95. 


12/22/2017 06:44:00 PM



(12/22/2017 04:30:00 PM) - Al

Economic growth, more money to charities...this is the Dems' worst nightmare.

No wonder they said it was so bad.

Next thing you know capitalists will be successful and people will have respect for the military and law enforcement. Ewww.


12/22/2017 04:30:00 PM



(12/22/2017 02:00:00 PM) - Al

She's a horrible person whose fall is well deserved.


12/22/2017 02:00:00 PM



(12/22/2017 01:37:00 PM) - Al

I was convincing myself Cole might be a good fit for MIL, but I did not realize he is only under team control through 2019.


12/22/2017 01:37:00 PM



(12/22/2017 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Why I'm proud to be a Republican.

Susan Rice could not have found Walter Reed if you put a Sunday morning show at each entrance door.

Hell, Hilary never stepped foot in Wisconsin, never mind Afghanistan.


12/22/2017 12:30:00 PM



(12/22/2017 11:24:00 AM) - Al

Brewers and Boone Logan supposedly have an agreement in place, pending a physical. Logan is a very good loogy who missed some of 2017 with injury. Not sure if it is a major or minor league deal.

Outstanding splits versus lefty bats.



12/22/2017 11:24:00 AM



(12/22/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

It's funny because it's true.


12/22/2017 11:00:00 AM



(12/22/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I've seen this about a million times in the past year, with about half of them in the past 24 hours.

My first two mentions of Ms. Haley.

One

Two

Both are just as true today.


12/22/2017 09:00:00 AM



(12/22/2017 07:30:00 AM) - Al

I must admit, the old media and left becoming fiscally responsible after doubling the debt in 8 years is one hilarious, yet sudden shift.

It's easy to change your mind when you don't believe in anything.


12/22/2017 07:30:00 AM



(12/22/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

It's like me explaining how to eat vegetables and love every second of it.


12/22/2017 03:00:00 AM



(12/22/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

It's different when they do it.

And really, if we start counting dead bodies at 4, we'll have to pretend we care about damn near everyone.

Don't forget, Hillary finally broke down and told the truth when she yelled, "What difference at this point does it make?" She also looked those parents in the eye and told them it was about a video weeks after they knew the truth.

Don't preach to me old lady. My hands don't have blood on them


12/22/2017 01:30:00 AM


Thursday, December 21, 2017

(12/21/2017 04:30:00 PM) - Al

Note the lack of France and Great Britain on that list.

Too busy drinking wine, talking about meaningless royal weddings, and asking the USA to do their dirty work to bother coming out against anti Jewish sentiment that exists all over the world.

Don't tell me why I need to give a damn about either of them. They couldn't be more insignificant if they were insects with a life span of a dozen seconds.


12/21/2017 04:30:00 PM



(12/21/2017 03:00:00 PM) - Al

And yet the NFL's ratings are down 10%.

Gee, I wonder what the difference could possibly be?

We may never know the real reason.



12/21/2017 03:00:00 PM



(12/21/2017 02:42:00 PM) - Al

I keep hearing AAA say the peak travel times for driving is split between yesterday and today.

Both the Rambling wife and I felt this was early, but with the holiday on a Monday, I assume much of the travel will be split between FRI/SAT/SUN/MON, so much so that it pushes it back. Upon further discussion, we think it's probably related to the millions of college students heading home.

Back when I was in retail, I know MON/TUE Xmases were always known for being "late" peaks, as that last weekend...especially the last SAT before, were always insanely busy, as people would say "well, we still have next weekend" and then it was time, and people realized "Uh oh." Also, many celebrate Xmas the SUN before the holiday, further "shortening" the shopping season. Xmas Eve, no matter what day of the week, was steady, but never really busy...most people would buy just an item or two, and after 1 or 2PM, it would just drop off.


12/21/2017 02:42:00 PM



(12/21/2017 02:28:00 PM) - Al

Nikki Haley came to chew gum and groin-kick terrorism-loving countries at the UN and she never even bothered to stop and buy gum.--Stephen Kruiser

Loves.

Not only is it refreshing to see the president not apologize for American exceptionalism, the people he has brought on seem to share his toughness.




12/21/2017 02:28:00 PM



(12/21/2017 02:19:00 PM) - Al

Dylan Baker DFA'd, 40 man roster now full with additions of Gallardo and Chacin.

I assume the Crew hopes Baker will make it through waivers and be outrighted to the minors.


12/21/2017 02:19:00 PM



(12/21/2017 01:44:00 PM) - Al

Consistency is not their strength.

$40 used to be a lot of money. 5 years later, it's so damn tiny as to not matter.


12/21/2017 01:44:00 PM



(12/21/2017 01:30:00 PM) - Al

I just saw someone the other day say the left's continued easing of the definition of "collusion" has been misunderstood...people think it's because they want to work with Trump and put this whole thing past them. In reality, it's to protect themselves because far more has been found in the Clinton campaign and in the Obama administration than Trump has ever been accused of.

Remember how everyone laughed when Trump said he had been wiretapped? Since then, we have witnessed the fact that, yes he was, and the old media insisting "wiretapped" is different from being "bugged" or "eavesdropped" on.

Oh, and by the way, the info that led to the warrants that led to the bugs? Bought and paid for by Hillary's campaign.

Just another day.


12/21/2017 01:30:00 PM



(12/21/2017 01:09:00 PM) - Al

Chacin and Gallardo both officially signed.

Chacin gets $15.5M over 2 years. $1.5M to sign, $8M in '18, $6M in '19.

{I love frontloaded contracts, mostly because most people insist they are stupid. I understand about the "current value" and all, but to me, the only positive (other than minute amounts of interest) is that you might not have to pay them if traded. That fails to take into account a player is worth more if owed less, especially to small market teams.}

Yo gets $2M non guaranteed, and another $2M in incentives. Not owed a penny unless he makes the 25 man roster. Has incentives as a SP and RP, was not given any promises. Knows he has to make the team.

Stearns says they will continue to monitor the market.


12/21/2017 01:09:00 PM



(12/21/2017 01:00:00 PM) - Al

50 years of why trying to eliminate poverty by giving people money has not worked explained in a pair of pictures.


12/21/2017 01:00:00 PM



(12/21/2017 12:54:00 PM) - Al

Haley should have just said one thing.

The truth is, we don't give a damn what any of you think. You're all just jealous of of our success.


12/21/2017 12:54:00 PM



(12/21/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

A wise man said it best...What have ya got to lose?


12/21/2017 11:00:00 AM



(12/21/2017 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Pretty sure I've never seen any of them.


12/21/2017 10:00:00 AM



(12/21/2017 09:57:00 AM) - Al

The worst 25 passwords.

I used to use a couple of them, about two decades ago.


12/21/2017 09:57:00 AM



(12/21/2017 09:49:00 AM) - Al

I hope, like nothing I ever have hoped for before, that they continue mocking the rubes for wanting $1K a year that they earned.


12/21/2017 09:49:00 AM



(12/21/2017 08:54:00 AM) - Al

Scalise has to tell socialist pig to quit talking about GOP obits.


12/21/2017 08:54:00 AM



(12/21/2017 08:38:00 AM) - Al

Twitter has been linking incorrect links for me. Will fix, be patient.


12/21/2017 08:38:00 AM



(12/21/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

See, we never had this "problem" under Obama!





12/21/2017 01:00:00 AM


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

(12/20/2017 07:27:00 PM) - Al

Can someone give me a hand, I'm trying to find all the deaths that have resulted from this being passed, and Google keeps taking me to bonuses, wage increases, and the like.

Damn it!


12/20/2017 07:27:00 PM



(12/20/2017 07:12:00 PM) - Al

This has been one of the best 90 days in American politics since Reagan.


12/20/2017 07:12:00 PM



(12/20/2017 06:24:00 PM) - Al

Jhoulys Chacin, Brewers are in agreement. 2 years, $15M plus. Should be official tomorrow.--Heyman

Official except for the physical, one assumes. 





12/20/2017 06:24:00 PM



(12/20/2017 06:01:00 PM) - Al

So proud to see a president explain to those craphole little blobs of dirt that they mean exactly nothing.


12/20/2017 06:01:00 PM



(12/20/2017 04:05:00 PM) - Al

It only took 50 years and his death for someone to decide now was the time to tell the truth about Teddy.


12/20/2017 04:05:00 PM



(12/20/2017 03:50:00 PM) - Al

If this would have happened after Obama pushed through workers keeping more of that they earned, they would have renamed the country the United States of Obama.

Then, they would have told the USO they'd have to change their name.


12/20/2017 03:50:00 PM



(12/20/2017 03:30:00 PM) - Al

It's going to be a mighty tough sell trying to convince the rubes the money they earned should be going to the same government that struggles to deliver the mail.


12/20/2017 03:30:00 PM



(12/20/2017 03:00:00 PM) - Al

It's almost as if they were lying.

Imagine a party with their priorities so out of whack, they insist people keeping more of the money they earn is a terrible development.


12/20/2017 03:00:00 PM



(12/20/2017 02:39:00 PM) - Al

This is why they lose.


12/20/2017 02:39:00 PM



(12/20/2017 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Crew to sign Chacin.

If memory serves, he was awful away from Petco last year, but, of course, some pitchers/players are more comfy at home. You always wonder when they pitch in an extreme pitcher's park, however.

More to come.

EDIT: Heyman is guessing 2y/$20M. That's almost like him paying the Crew in today's terms. 

BUMP/EDIT: Crasnick says it's around 2y/$16M total. 


12/20/2017 02:30:00 PM



(12/20/2017 12:40:00 PM) - Al

Chacin had excellent velocity off the bat last year. This looks like a great low risk signing.

Look at his BAbip splits last season...off the charts. 

home--.204
away--.353




12/20/2017 12:40:00 PM



(12/20/2017 12:07:00 PM) - Al

Chacin's splits have always been a bit odd, but are balancing out over time. Maybe it's just a math thing.


12/20/2017 12:07:00 PM



(12/20/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Accuse your opponent of what you are doing, as you are doing it; to create confusion.--Alinsky

Those that fail to learn from history are stupid rubes. Or, are members of the old media that hope we're stupid rubes. 


12/20/2017 11:00:00 AM



(12/20/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Yesterday, while the Rambling wife was at her therapy appt, I stopped in at the pharmacy to pick up the Rambling son's allergy meds.

Pharmacist--He was out of refills. We had to call the doctor and get a new one. They usually take a couple days to call back.

Al--When he went in for his checkup, the doc updated his prescription. I remember because they changed the dosage, because his weight is high enough now. He's been taking 2 instead of 1 in the meantime. 

P--What? (pushes buttons on the keyboard) Well, that was back in August. 

Al--(no idea why it being 4 months ago matters) OK. 

P--(sighs disgustedly) Well, we'll get that one started then. Take a seat, it'll be 15 minutes or so.

I guess it was a especially tough day in the high stress world of...moving pills from big bottles into small bottles.


12/20/2017 09:00:00 AM



(12/20/2017 06:00:00 AM) - Al

I was thinking the same thing.

Nothing says guilty like sending the one who said you assaulted them cash.


12/20/2017 06:00:00 AM



(12/20/2017 04:00:00 AM) - Al

This would be the USA, except for strong, common sense leadership.

It's almost as if allowing the unskilled to flow unfiltered through borders is a tad shortsighted.


12/20/2017 04:00:00 AM



(12/20/2017 02:00:00 AM) - Al

As I've pointed out often, you can't cut the taxes of people who don't pay any taxes.


12/20/2017 02:00:00 AM



(12/20/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

And they wonder why we call the AP fake news.


12/20/2017 12:30:00 AM


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

(12/19/2017 09:39:00 PM) - Al

Local weatherbabe tweets out a map with 5-10 inches of snow THU afternoon-SAT morning.

Weather Underground says to expect "snow showers" FRI/SAT.

That sure is a safe profession. It might snow, might not, might be double digits, might be none.


12/19/2017 09:39:00 PM



(12/19/2017 07:45:00 PM) - Al

If you dig into this article a ways, they hint Frank Kaminsky may be available if the acquiring team takes an overpaid veteran.

I'd include Jabari Parker to get that deal done. Kaminsky would simply be a perfect fit in MIL.


12/19/2017 07:45:00 PM



(12/19/2017 06:51:00 PM) - Al

Well, to be fair, almost without exception they support Roman Polanski.


12/19/2017 06:51:00 PM



(12/19/2017 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Heh.

Bongino hits this one on the head.

Wait a decade, they're going to insist school choice was their idea too.


12/19/2017 02:30:00 PM



(12/19/2017 01:48:00 PM) - Al

It's almost as if Pelosi, Schumer, and the old media have been lying to the rubes public because they know "we want more of your money to put on pallets to give to terrorist sponsoring nations."

Dennis Miller was a Democrat his entire life until 9/11. He often speaks of the left losing him when all they could say was, "We can't do a thing to make you safer, but we're gonna need more of your money."






12/19/2017 01:48:00 PM



(12/19/2017 01:32:00 PM) - Al

I could see a scenario in which the Crew would trade Santana and basically decide to fill the 4 OF spots with Braun, Broxton, Phillips, and Brinson (with Perez/Thames in the mix as well).

Could Kemp find a place in there? Especially if Broxton was also dealt and/or Brinson begins the season in AAA, Kemp would be insurance for Braun injuries and to set up Phillips for success, protecting him versus tough LHP's. Obviously, the Dodgers would have to either pay most of his salary or include a plethora of prospects (or a combo platter of both), but Kemp has always been a lefty masher, and despite warts on defense and aging badly, still has pop in the old bat.


12/19/2017 01:32:00 PM



(12/19/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

People keeping the money they earned?

Eeeewwwwwwwww.


12/19/2017 11:00:00 AM



(12/19/2017 09:46:00 AM) - Al

Jeff Flake is nothing but an attention whore. He doesn't even try to hide it anymore.


12/19/2017 09:46:00 AM



(12/19/2017 09:24:00 AM) - Al

A look at Villar with a fantasy bent.

Just about all projection systems have him about halfway between his 2016 and 2017 numbers. I pointed out the other day many have him better than Merrifield, though Whit is a better defender.

I certainly would not overpay at this point, and going with the hot hand of the 3 headed monster (Sogard, Perez, Villar) might garner equal or better results anyway.


12/19/2017 09:24:00 AM



(12/19/2017 08:21:00 AM) - Al

They would defend him right until the minute he became a political liability...see Bill Clinton.

Remember, if Hillary would have won, we'd never know any of this. Always accuse your opponents of what you are doing, because it diverts attention and confuses the rubes.


12/19/2017 08:21:00 AM



(12/19/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

You see your honor, my experience with meth began when my dad underestimated American exceptionalism and bet against the greatest nation the planet has ever known. 

A stupid never Trumper, huh? I feel for ya, son. Never really had a chance, didya?




12/19/2017 01:00:00 AM


Monday, December 18, 2017

(12/18/2017 08:18:00 PM) - Al

You can never point out too often just how wrong they have been.

In fact, never mind the economy, Isis is frying up their shoes for dinner, illegal immigration is way down, and, oh by the way, a Reaganesque tax cut passed and the illegal Obamacare mandate is gone.

As I have said often, if Obama would have accomplished a fraction of this in 8 years, they'd be chipping away rock in South Dakota as I type.




12/18/2017 08:18:00 PM



(12/18/2017 07:57:00 PM) - Al

Crew signs high K, low HR reliever to minor league contract.

The funny thing is, whenever I point out the "type" Stearns obviously goes for, you get casual wannabees insist that's just a coincidence.


12/18/2017 07:57:00 PM



(12/18/2017 07:19:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son and I just got home from seeing The Last Jedi after school today.

Now, I'm off to look at a bunch of spoiler sites to try and figure out what exactly I just saw.


12/18/2017 07:19:00 PM



(12/18/2017 03:16:00 PM) - Al

I thought it was bad that my wife sometimes curses at the TV when the Packers play.


12/18/2017 03:16:00 PM



(12/18/2017 03:13:00 PM) - Al

Kaminsky to have his number retired at the Kohl Center.

With a down season, thus far at least, one has to keep in mind...there were just as many complaints about Bo Ryan back when the Badgers were in back to back Final Fours.

If you doubt this, look at your social media today. I guarantee you there are people insisting the Packers need to "clean house"...and regardless of what you saw, no one blames Rodgers for his interceptions and others for turnovers. The better a team is, the more complaints there are. Why? Because the casuals and bandwagon folks are drawn like magnets to winning teams.


12/18/2017 03:13:00 PM



(12/18/2017 12:43:00 PM) - Al

1. It's good to see a president who has a strategy.

2. That said, Obama's was only 3 words...pallets of cash.


12/18/2017 12:43:00 PM



(12/18/2017 12:41:00 PM) - Al

We've talked about this before on Ramblings, but John McCain should be able to vote without being in DC. In fact, given the internet exists and all, there's no reason for any politician to have to spend much time at all in DC in this day and age.


12/18/2017 12:41:00 PM



(12/18/2017 11:56:00 AM) - Al

Consistency is not their strength.

One wonders if they've paid for polls showing his replacement losing an eventual runoff.


12/18/2017 11:56:00 AM



(12/18/2017 09:30:00 AM) - Al

One of my favorite things is when the old media pretends to be knowledgeable about the military and in doing so, end up looking extremely ignorant about the military. 


Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.

Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission though I be the lone survivor.

Rangers lead the way!--last 3 paragraphs of the Ranger Creed, bold added by me


While the old media looks on aghast at why he didn't just throw up his hands and demand to be taken to a 5 star lodging institution with a full vegan menu and 600 thread count linens, in reality, he was just doing what he signed up for. It involved killing bad guys and letting the lawyers worry about the rest.


12/18/2017 09:30:00 AM



(12/18/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Saturday, we had an early Xmas gathering at the Rambling inlaws. After lunch, they put on Home Alone so the little ones could rest a while. A few minutes later, 6 year old Rambling nephew Charley was seen wandering around, playing with something or other:

Grandma--Charley! Are you not watching Home Alone? 

Charley--(loud sigh) No. I've seen that HUNDREDS of times.




12/18/2017 09:00:00 AM



(12/18/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Why no one takes their mock fury seriously.

They only give a damn about women when it's politically advantageous to do so.

You can't argue #metoo in one paragraph and insist Leann Tweeden is a slut in the next.


12/18/2017 03:00:00 AM



(12/18/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

As a wise man once said, we'll be cleaning up Obama's "let's just let them do that they want, the old media will cover for us" foreign policy for at least half a century.


12/18/2017 12:30:00 AM


Sunday, December 17, 2017

(12/17/2017 08:27:00 PM) - Al

Crew continues to shop at the bargain bins.


12/17/2017 08:27:00 PM



(12/17/2017 03:35:00 PM) - Al

This is how they get more Trump.

Pretending to be offended by non offensive things...no quicker way to offend those blessed with common sense.


12/17/2017 03:35:00 PM



(12/17/2017 03:30:00 PM) - Al

10-6, tied for 7th of 114 for the week.

133-75, tied for 38th of 114 for the season.

Lost another eliminator, 9-5 for the campaign, tied for 16th of 30. Only one remains perfect for the entire year.

Colts--L
Lions--W
Chiefs--W
Eagles--W
Packers--L
Vikings(e)--W
Bills--W
Jags--W
Saints--W
Skins--W
Ravens--W
Hawks--L
Pats--W
Titans--L
Cowboys--W
Falcons--W

12-4 after the late contests, tied for 57th of 114 tracked by NFL Pickwatch.  

145-79 for the season, tied for 33rd of 114. 

Got my eliminator correct, tied for 15th of 30.




12/17/2017 03:30:00 PM



(12/17/2017 02:00:00 AM) - Al

It's funny because it's true.


12/17/2017 02:00:00 AM


Saturday, December 16, 2017

(12/16/2017 08:35:00 PM) - Al

The economy was booming under Obama despite numbers that said otherwise.

The economy is going straight to hell under Trump despite numbers that say otherwise.

And they wonder why no one pays attention to them.


12/16/2017 08:35:00 PM



(12/16/2017 07:08:00 PM) - Al

Crew and Yo Gallardo come to an agreement for 2018.

A bit surprised it is a major league contract, given his struggles and injuries of late, but obviously, Stearns would not have given him one if he was concerned about losing someone.

We've heard a lot about the Crew having an offer out on swingman Jesse Chavez, though it has since leaked out Chavez will be deciding from several teams soon.

Nothing wrong with bringing in depth, especially at discounted rates, which I assume he will receive. I certainly would not expect Yo to match his long run of 3.75ish ERA's, but I would not be surprised at all to see him bounce back to a 4.50ish ERA, especially in the NL and with Counsell's complete apathetic attitude towards removing SP's before they get into trouble. 


12/16/2017 07:08:00 PM



(12/16/2017 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Lions and Chiefs today.


12/16/2017 01:00:00 PM


Friday, December 15, 2017

(12/15/2017 05:30:00 AM) - Al

A couple hundred years ago, many 26 year olds were grandparents.

Think how clumsy those phone conversations with the insurance companies were, especially when one considers the phone had not yet been invented.


12/15/2017 05:30:00 AM



(12/15/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Every day the economy remains a success under Trump will be as shocking as the bad news under Obama's "you did not build that," shake his finger in contempt at business every step of the way mentality.

They just don't understand what positive thinking and positive discussion of American exceptionalism does main street USA.




12/15/2017 12:30:00 AM


Thursday, December 14, 2017

(12/14/2017 05:00:00 PM) - Al

I got the Colts, because I gotta pick one of them.


12/14/2017 05:00:00 PM



(12/14/2017 03:45:00 PM) - Al

Arctic ice every week since 1990.

Don't notice much difference? Me neither, but as I always say, as lonmg as the liberal tears flow about something this stupid, it keeps more money in my pocket.


12/14/2017 03:45:00 PM



(12/14/2017 12:08:00 PM) - Al

Kinsler turned down a trade to Brewers, as well as other clubs.


12/14/2017 12:08:00 PM



(12/14/2017 09:04:00 AM) - Al

Brewers had a player(s) in mind, but had already been taken when their pick came up, per Adam.


12/14/2017 09:04:00 AM



(12/14/2017 08:53:00 AM) - Al

Brewers do not lose any players in minor league phase of Rule 5 either.

Damien Magnifico was chosen by the Pirates. My, how his star has fallen. Great to find an arm like that.


12/14/2017 08:53:00 AM



(12/14/2017 08:30:00 AM) - Al

That moment when you have to decide whether Kimmel's a fraud or a complete idiot.

My money? Firmly on both.


12/14/2017 08:30:00 AM



(12/14/2017 08:29:00 AM) - Al

Brewers lose no one in major league portion of Rule 5 draft.


12/14/2017 08:29:00 AM



(12/14/2017 08:21:00 AM) - Al

Brewers pass with their pick in Rule 5, we will soon see if they had another team pick for them, as was discussed last night, since they chose 21st.


12/14/2017 08:21:00 AM



(12/14/2017 08:14:00 AM) - Al

Rule 5 draft underway. Crew has an open spot if they like a player.

Rumor mill this AM has the Crew asking about Royals' Whit Merrifield and the Jays' trying to acquire Villar.


12/14/2017 08:14:00 AM


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

(12/13/2017 10:25:00 PM) - Al

I'll probably go a little more in depth tomorrow, but as of this moment, I still feel the top two players available in the Rule 5 draft are Dom Nunez (C, who can also play INF) and Rob Kaminsky (LHP).

Stearns said today they would be meeting tonight to decide whether to make a pick (and before that, clear a spot on the 40).


12/13/2017 10:25:00 PM



(12/13/2017 03:56:00 PM) - Al

Stearns says they have not felt comfortable paying the price for relievers other clubs are paying. He says he think there will be plenty of good arms left to build a quality bullpen, using both internal and external options.

No one mentioned it, but what Jared Hughes was asking for might look better now as well. No word if they will be clearing a 40 man spot to make a Rule 5 selection either.


12/13/2017 03:56:00 PM



(12/13/2017 03:53:00 PM) - Al

Tomi wins the internet for today.

The rest of us, well, there's always tomorrow.

Of course, it's true too.


12/13/2017 03:53:00 PM



(12/13/2017 12:45:00 PM) - Al

Santana has two years more team control, is younger/cheaper, but is not as good a defender as Ozuna.

Still, you'd get a pretty good idea what Domingo is worth just by adding a lower level prospect to what the Marlins get for Ozuna, when it is eventually announced. 




12/13/2017 12:45:00 PM



(12/13/2017 10:43:00 AM) - Al

Swarzak signs with the Mets, 2y/$15M.

Money seems market based, wonder if the Brewers made an offer or not.



12/13/2017 10:43:00 AM



(12/13/2017 07:00:00 AM) - Al

I'm no expert, but I am curious why Pocahontas called the NY senator a slut.

Of course, I'm not a fictional native American, so maybe it's part of her faux heritage and fabricated upbringing. Maybe it's normal to do when you are a fraudulent, falsifying fibber.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm afraid if I use one more F word to describe Liz, it won't be family friendly.


12/13/2017 07:00:00 AM



(12/13/2017 02:30:00 AM) - Al

My goodness.

How out of touch are these buffoons?


12/13/2017 02:30:00 AM



(12/13/2017 12:40:00 AM) - Al

Rosenthal reports on MLB Tonight that Brewers have talked to Tigers about Kinsler and to Royals about Whit Merrifield, a name we have not heard before this week.

Merrifield is a late bloomer who had a nice debut at 28, plays mostly 2B but has also played the other 7 non battery positions in the minors, though rarely outside of 2B/LF/RF in the bigs. Does not walk much, so his OBP is very BA dependent. Good speed, and defense at 2B was well regarded by the metrics. His 2018 BR projection is almost identical to Jonathan Villar's, and is actually 2 years older than JV.

Brewers have both prospects and plenty of financial flexibility, so are overwhelmed by teams and agents, juggling lots of issues, per Rosenthal. Mentioned again they are set up for an Archer deal if they choose to pursue him. 


12/13/2017 12:40:00 AM


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

(12/12/2017 10:30:00 PM) - Al

As others have pointed put, Strange would have won by 25-30 points tonight.

The most important character trait of primary winners needs to be the ability to win elections.




12/12/2017 10:30:00 PM



(12/12/2017 10:06:00 PM) - Al

Other than that...


12/12/2017 10:06:00 PM



(12/12/2017 09:23:00 PM) - Al

Just saw a tweet that said liberal counties that supported Hillary have 77% turnout tonight compared to a year ago...the conservative ones that supported Trump are at 62%.

This looks like McCain and Romney's numbers...the suburban GOP voters stayed home, and it looks like a 3% or thereabouts loss for Moore, something like 50-47.

For the most part, they did not switch sides, but they didn't care enough to show up either.

What does this mean? The only sure thing is simple...unproven, but loud attacks will continue. That same phrase often said..."If Moore is guilty, he doesn't deserve to win," while true, hides the simple fact that very few know what the truth is or where the exaggeration is.

This means, there's plenty of room for mean spirited attacks by mean spirited people with no proof, but with a lot of agenda.


12/12/2017 09:23:00 PM



(12/12/2017 08:41:00 PM) - Al

NYT vote analysis has had Jones at about 68% to win most of the night,up to 75%, expecting a huge turnout in Dem counties and a lesser one in GOP counties.

The worst number I've heard for Moore is a 48-48 Trump favorability in exit polls...AL is about +30 on Trump. Many, including myself, are reading this as Trump voters and Republicans deciding they'd stay home because they felt both results were bad.

As I say 100 times a day, there's always a least worst outcome.


12/12/2017 08:41:00 PM



(12/12/2017 07:16:00 PM) - Al

Addison Reed close 3 year deal with Phillies, per reports.

Olney says he was wrong, it's Tommy Hunter close to a deal with Phillies. 


12/12/2017 07:16:00 PM



(12/12/2017 07:14:00 PM) - Al

Lots of talk on Twitter about the Giants going after Santana hard now that Stanton is off the market. As the fans are pointing out, however, SF really does not have a young, impactful SP that MIL wants in return.


12/12/2017 07:14:00 PM



(12/12/2017 06:30:00 PM) - Al

If I didn't know better, I'd swear they were dishonest.


12/12/2017 06:30:00 PM



(12/12/2017 06:12:00 PM) - Al

Tommy Hunter and Bryan Shaw telling teams they have deals in place.

Relievers falling quickly.

Mets out on both, Phillies believed to have snagged Shaw.

Most feel it's Astros or Dodgers for Hunter.

Rockies believed to have won Shaw. 


12/12/2017 06:12:00 PM



(12/12/2017 05:45:00 PM) - Al

Kinsler close to being traded, Mets are rumored to be in the lead.


12/12/2017 05:45:00 PM



(12/12/2017 04:31:00 PM) - Al

No idea if this involves MIL or not, but Kinsler would be a one season fix, as opposed to some other 2-4 year options.

As I have pointed out before, Kinsler would seemingly pair nicely with Sogard also. Giving him a day or two off each week versus a RH SP would make sense.

JS says Josh Harrison has been studied by the Crew as well. Tom guesses Gerrit Cole was brought up as well.


12/12/2017 04:31:00 PM



(12/12/2017 04:30:00 PM) - Al

We may never know the actual reasons for their ratings slippage.


12/12/2017 04:30:00 PM



(12/12/2017 04:18:00 PM) - Al

The casuals that say Chris Archer is overrated are the same ones who insisted Hauser be jettisoned from the 40 man because he was injured.They were the same ones who didn't think Chase Anderson had any value becuase "he isn't an ace."

Archer is really good, and his contract is extremely team friendly.

The more folks I see that don't like Archer makes me feel better about him. 600+ innings, a sub 4 ERA, and a near 4-1 K/BB ratio the past 3 seasons in the AL East, along with those 4 offensive juggernauts?




12/12/2017 04:18:00 PM



(12/12/2017 03:59:00 PM) - Al

It's all politics. Kimmel is not only a fraud, he's a lying fraud.

And worst of all, he ain't funny.


12/12/2017 03:59:00 PM



(12/12/2017 03:56:00 PM) - Al

GM David Stearns said he has offers out to free agents -- I'm assuming pitchers -- and is awaiting answers. Is prepared to do more than one thing. Trade talks also ongoing.--Tom H, JS

As Doug often pointed out, he often had to put a 72 hour limit on such offers, because FA's with no intention of signing with MIL would use such offers simply to get more money/more years from their preferred destination.

This is why the artificial "end"...like a trade deadline, spurs movement.


12/12/2017 03:56:00 PM



(12/12/2017 03:46:00 PM) - Al

It's almost as if they are lying liars with an agenda.


12/12/2017 03:46:00 PM



(12/12/2017 02:42:00 PM) - Al

Email asking what it would take to get Archer and Colome both from the Rays.

A lot.

For both, you're probably looking at 5 young players or prospects, with 2-3 top guys, like Santana, Brinson, or other top 100 prospects or starting players with several seasons of team control (Shaw/Arcia/Davies), and 2-3 lesser players/prospects.

An example?

Santana or Brinson, Isan Diaz, Brandon Woodruff, and a couple more lesser prospects or young players.


12/12/2017 02:42:00 PM



(12/12/2017 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Brewers have talked to Rays about pitching, the specifics are not known. Also have talked to Jesse Chavez, veteran swing man who pitched for Angels last season.

I took the Rambling wife to her rehab and doctor appointment so I will not link these now. FYI, that's rehab as in "gosh my knee hurts" not rehab as in "give me another bottle of wine it's almost 11."

Not that there's anything wrong with that.


12/12/2017 01:00:00 PM



(12/12/2017 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Consistency is not their strength.


12/12/2017 11:30:00 AM



(12/12/2017 08:54:00 AM) - Al

No more unfunny person alive than Craig.

And the irony? He thinks he's intelligent and funny.


12/12/2017 08:54:00 AM



(12/12/2017 08:40:00 AM) - Al

Well, to be fair, you'd use these techniques if you had their record.


12/12/2017 08:40:00 AM



(12/12/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Consistency is not their strength.


12/12/2017 12:30:00 AM


Monday, December 11, 2017

(12/11/2017 07:52:00 PM) - Al

Only a couple more Brewers notes tonight:

--Stearns says Crew would have to have a a young, impact pitcher" for Santana.

--The A's are looking for a power OF bat or two, and one could guess INF Jed Lowrie, who has a single year left on his contract, might be a match with MIL...though the A's would probably have to add a SP of some merit.

--An observation...the Brewers still have a full 40 man roster, so one might expect them to remove a player or two before the Rule 5 draft FRI. Recently claimed Dylan Baker, Oliver Drake, and Andrew Susac would probably be the bottom 3 on my list.

ADDED: Forgot that Stearns says he does not plan to schedule a meeting with Swarzak or Walker's agents...neither appears at all wanting to give the Crew a discount, and in Walker's case, is said to want a 2-3 year deal...we have heard many say the Crew loves Dubon and expects him to be ready. Isan Diaz is also a top ten organizational prospect, while Hiura was just drafted last season, he is expected to move up the ladder quickly, and if his elbow stays healthy, he will be at 2B as early as 2019.

Stearns has shown no desire to spend on relief pitching, as HOU did not, until they were true contenders.
















12/11/2017 07:52:00 PM



(12/11/2017 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Many predicting lots of reliever signings this week. Market appears set, just need to pick out where to spend 6 months



12/11/2017 04:00:00 PM



(12/11/2017 04:00:00 PM) - Al

They just can't fathom the facts that:

 1. Women who wait 40 years to come forward are often viewed with skepticism.

2. Roy Moore is not running against Ronald Reagan or even a mostly reliable modern day GOP candidate like Ted Cruz or Rand Paul. He's running against a Democrat who supports abortion up until the minute before birth. A Dem who would give up his pinkie finger in order to figure out a way to collect taxes on the $20 bill you found in a mud puddle on your morning walk.

JFK was a very flawed candidate. So was Bill Clinton. So were Hillary and Trump.

The irony is, those that defended Ted Kennedy, are the ones who loudly say guys like Moore should just step aside...because of accusations. Politics ain't a pretty business. It often means ignoring troublesome things and voting for the one who agrees with your outlook.


12/11/2017 04:00:00 PM



(12/11/2017 02:02:00 PM) - Al

Someone has to be. And, more than likely, they work for CNN. 


12/11/2017 02:02:00 PM



(12/11/2017 01:48:00 PM) - Al

Life comes at ya fast.


12/11/2017 01:48:00 PM



(12/11/2017 01:36:00 PM) - Al

Rambling wife looking at finishing her last class for this semester for her online college, and what classes to sign up for next. Yelled at me for wanting to have the leftover lasagna for lunch. Told me not to eat all of it. Said maybe I should make a doctor's appointment for that 2 week persistent cough that she told me last night would be a waste of money to have a doctor look at. Picked out a new hairstyle, having me drop her off at salon when I pick up the Rambling son after school and take him to curling practice.

Guess what? It's been 12 days since her knee surgery, and I take it she's feeling better.


12/11/2017 01:36:00 PM



(12/11/2017 01:30:00 PM) - Al

A year ago, they were eating steak and crapping hamburgers.

How dumb do they think we are?


12/11/2017 01:30:00 PM



(12/11/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Most truthful paraphrase in history.


12/11/2017 11:00:00 AM



(12/11/2017 08:51:00 AM) - Al

Brewers notes/rumors:

--Brewers would consider trading Braun.

I doubt they will, as only the Dodgers are an option...though as long as LA thinks they can throw money at the wall and win, I suppose it's a possibility.

--Matt Harvey still available, after being linked to the Crew last summer, will probably continue to be until he's injured or traded elsewhere. I like him as a "buy low" candidate, as the irony is, if he was healthy, he'd probably revert back to his 2015 and prior form. But, he's lost about 3 mph since then, and the idea of that just suddenly showing up again is minimal. Also, as a FA after this season, if he does have anything left, he has every incentive to have a tremendous 2018.

--Crew still looking for arms, despite the arms having little interest in MIL. 

--TOR writer says Jays looking at lots of 2B, including Villar.


12/11/2017 08:51:00 AM



(12/11/2017 07:30:00 AM) - Al

You'll save $2500 a year they said. If you like your doctor you can keep your plan they said. This GOP replacement plan is terrible, premiums might go up by 10% they said.

Them rubes deserve what they get for believing those lying liars.


12/11/2017 07:30:00 AM



(12/11/2017 05:00:00 AM) - Al

Well, to be fair, I like the Big Mac and Filet o Fish, so he probably does too.


12/11/2017 05:00:00 AM



(12/11/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Even Parker Posey gets old.

It's a damn shame.


12/11/2017 03:00:00 AM



(12/11/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

County jails are meant to slowly coerce guilty pleas. I remember what it felt like to land at a federal prison after serving 10 months in jails with very little sunshine or exercise. They had bright lights shining down on us when we tried to sleep. Prison felt like freedom.--Shon Hopwood

1. Good.

2. That's a shame.


12/11/2017 01:30:00 AM


Sunday, December 10, 2017

(12/10/2017 08:48:00 PM) - Al

More talk about Archer ending up in MIL.

It does make sense, and could also include more major league pieces on each side, but the bulk of it would probably be a pair of Brewers' top youngsters headed to the Rays.


12/10/2017 08:48:00 PM



(12/10/2017 08:30:00 PM) - Al

That's because economic numbers can be gauged by the numbers they release monthly.

People are afraid to say he's good at the other things, because the old media and their liberal friends insist he's terrible. Either that will ease over time, as it did for Governor Walker...

{People used to say "I like some of the stuff he's doing." Now, they act like he's a hero returning home from war.}

...or it won't.


12/10/2017 08:30:00 PM



(12/10/2017 07:00:00 PM) - Al

12-4 for the week. Tied for 24th of 114 at NFL Pickwatch.

Eliminator victory. 9-4 for the year, still 2 perfect, tied for 14th of 30.

123-69 for the season.Tied for 47th of 114.

Falcons--W
Lions--W
Bengals (e)--L
Bills--W
Jags--W
Chiefs--W
Vikings--L
Packers--W
Texans--L
Chargers--W
Jets--L
Titans--L
Eagles--W
Cowboys--W
Steelers--W
Pats--L

10-6, tied for 7th of 114 for the week.

133-75, tied for 38th of 114 for the season.

Lost another eliminator, 9-5 for the campaign, tied for 16th of 30. Only one remains perfect for the entire year.


Lost my eliminator. I narrowed it down to the Jags and Bengals, and thought the Seahawks were too good. Poor decision. Now 9-5 for 2017.

9-5 after the late games. 



12/10/2017 07:00:00 PM



(12/10/2017 06:00:00 PM) - Al

This is why the left wants Trump to stop tweeting...because he points out their lies and deception.

As I have said often, if his tweeting is so bad, why would they want him to tweet less? They see how devastating it is. Obama's would have been too if he had used it.


12/10/2017 06:00:00 PM



(12/10/2017 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Consistency is not their strength.




12/10/2017 04:00:00 PM



(12/10/2017 03:05:00 PM) - Al

Biggest overpay of the offseason, by far.

Morrow is quite limited, though he had a good 2017.


12/10/2017 03:05:00 PM



(12/10/2017 02:30:00 PM) - Al

My guess? It's one of two things:

1. He has figured out he does not help himself. He's up by 5-10 per the polls, he's letting his wife (who was extremely effective a few weeks ago) and others do the job.

2. Is there a final hail mary? Has some woman (or worse, young man) been asking for money and/or threatening to go public with some true/partially true/false, but damaging info?


12/10/2017 02:30:00 PM



(12/10/2017 10:27:00 AM) - Al

The difference is simple.

The Obama economy tried to hold everyone back. Not a single quarter of good growth, only president since WW2...you can google it.You don't make things better for some by making things worse for all.

Meanwhile, a good economy is good for everyone. They can complain and bitch all they want, but they're doing it with full pockets.


12/10/2017 10:27:00 AM



(12/10/2017 10:12:00 AM) - Al

Giants also asking about Broxton, though as I have mentioned, would involve far less of a return than Santana


12/10/2017 10:12:00 AM



(12/10/2017 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Their transparency is so obvious, the old media even sees it.


12/10/2017 10:00:00 AM



(12/10/2017 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Who decides what hats are offensive?

This is how they get more Trump. They're simply too stupid to see the big picture.


12/10/2017 06:30:00 AM



(12/10/2017 03:30:00 AM) - Al

Imagine the stuff Slate decided not to run instead of this.

He completely owns them, and they don't even know it.


12/10/2017 03:30:00 AM


Saturday, December 09, 2017

(12/09/2017 10:03:00 PM) - Al

Seems to be the "in thing" for the media to complain now that the Bucks are "only ahead by" X amount of points.

The Bucks were ahead by 22, but following a 17-5 run by Utah, they have cut it to 10.

Translation: Bucks are up by 10. Things are great.


12/09/2017 10:03:00 PM



(12/09/2017 06:48:00 PM) - Al

Rambling dad in law and son put a new garage door up for us today.

{As is the case with most anything tool related, they agreed it would go much quicker if I stayed inside out of the way.}

Rambling wife just left to go shopping. Rambling dad in law back to the hotel to "warm up."  Asked son if he liked helping his grandpa. "Yep. Well, until it got cold."

I've had clients tell me they should move hunting up to SEP for this very reason. It ain't no fun outside in cold weather.


12/09/2017 06:48:00 PM



(12/09/2017 03:37:00 PM) - Al

Fangraphs gives a somewhat different view of the Crew's top 30 prospects.

The amazing thing, as I have pointed out often, is look how many solid players are not listed in the top 30, that still have value and while they project as fringe MLB players, some will outperform and make it. A few other random thoughts on said list:

I've said it many times before, but Nate Orf is a big leaguer. He won't have much power, and lacks range on D. He will hit though. He's Brent Suter of the position players.

Brinson and Hiura are correctly placed at 1 and 2.

Ray and Dubon are too low at 10 and 13. So is Phillips at 15. All of these guys have such high floors, they should be ranked higher.

That group of 19-23 may end up being as good as any group other than the top 5. 


12/09/2017 03:37:00 PM



(12/09/2017 02:49:00 PM) - Al

It's almost as if they are laughingly inept and biased.


12/09/2017 02:49:00 PM



(12/09/2017 02:03:00 PM) - Al

Watching Army/Navy football.

Apparently, those guys aren't nearly as patriotic as the professionals, as not a single one was seen taking a knee.

Or, it could be, the pro brethren is just far more selfish.


12/09/2017 02:03:00 PM



(12/09/2017 12:45:00 PM) - Al

Can't believe how little the Marlins got from the Yankees for Stanton...an overpaid utility INF, a top 200 prospect, and a 17 year old from the Dominican...a complete wildcard.

I get it...Stanton took away almost all of MIA's bargaining power by limiting teams (similar to Braun's limited value now and even with his no trade clause). He's owed an absolute fortune...but can also opt out after only 3 years...hence, he has huge long term risk and also "only" 3 seasons left. Limited positives, lors of negatives.  

That said, a week ago, Marlins' fans were asking for 2 Cards' young OF's and 3 of their top 5 prospects. I expected the return to be somewhere between the actual and the proposed...actually add one of the top 3 in the Yankees' system, and you'd be pretty close.

Who would have ever thought they might get more for Yelich or Osuna, especially if they pair one of them with Straily or a relief pitcher?




12/09/2017 12:45:00 PM



(12/09/2017 03:19:00 AM) - Al

Yankees said to be minutes away from acquiring Stanton for Starlin Castro and a couple good not great prospects.

Suddenly, Domingo Santana looks better to a few teams, though that does not mean he will be dealt.

At this point, given his youth and affordability, he's worth more than Stanton.



12/09/2017 03:19:00 AM


Friday, December 08, 2017

(12/08/2017 10:58:00 PM) - Al

Stanton has told Marlins he will go to 4 teams...Astros, Cubs, Yankees, Dodgers.

As of tonite, Yankees appear close to completing trade.



12/08/2017 10:58:00 PM



(12/08/2017 09:16:00 PM) - Al

Remember what a wise man said...you don't need to kill them all. If you kill most of them, the others will quit and go home.


12/08/2017 09:16:00 PM



(12/08/2017 07:29:00 PM) - Al

The definition of casual? Fans that think they can get "almost as much for Broxton" as they can Santana. I'm seeing it everywhere.

I'm thinking Santana is worth about the same as Gomez was when when Carlos and Fiers were traded to HOU. Broxton is not only several years older but is nowhere near the dominant offensive player. He is a good defender and very athletic, so most teams would have a place for him...but he is not a difference maker like Santana.


12/08/2017 07:29:00 PM



(12/08/2017 07:16:00 PM) - Al

MLBTR talks about Domingo and his possible suitors.

I've compared Stanton and Martinez to Santana before, and while one could argue they are slightly superior, Domingo is younger and far cheaper than both, and more athletic than JD. And, they need to be in no hurry to make a trade


12/08/2017 07:16:00 PM



(12/08/2017 05:01:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal reports Crew getting tons of interest in OF's. Would have to be huge offer for Santana, but SF has asked.

I'm at son's curling
match, will update later.



12/08/2017 05:01:00 PM



(12/08/2017 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Know what's really sad?

Krugman is by far the only Times' writer who is not incredibly biased...he's just a moron.


12/08/2017 03:00:00 PM



(12/08/2017 01:38:00 PM) - Al

Amazing what they can accomplish when they stop telling the thugs what they're going to do, and stopped making schools and churches fair game for hiding.


12/08/2017 01:38:00 PM



(12/08/2017 01:22:00 PM) - Al

Otani decides to play with the Angels.

So much for the small market crap.


12/08/2017 01:22:00 PM



(12/08/2017 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Hey man says Josh Harrison may be available.

I talked about him being a near perfect fit last July.



12/08/2017 11:30:00 AM



(12/08/2017 11:06:00 AM) - Al

Yearbook gal admits to adding date and place, insists Moore's signature is real.

Why Moore would put his future assistant's initials there...just like on her divorce record, is still a mystery.

What we have here is a 5 minute Columbo episode. Pete Falk digs into woman's past, finds out she's nuts and a liar, client writes a check, credits roll as disgraced gal hauled off in cuffs.

Insert ad for $20 electronic bible that looks to be 25 years behind the tech curve here...



12/08/2017 11:06:00 AM



(12/08/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

If only were all as smart as this fella, Trump would not have "one."

Loves.


12/08/2017 12:30:00 AM


Thursday, December 07, 2017

(12/07/2017 06:13:00 PM) - Al

I got the Falcons tonight because they need it more, and they've been playing very well, losing only to the Vikings.


12/07/2017 06:13:00 PM



(12/07/2017 04:04:00 PM) - Al

Dee Gordon to the Mariners? Cano already at 2B...

Segura is at SS, Seager at 3B.Weakest spot was CF...are they wondering if Gordon can play there? Cano is signed for 6 more campaigns at $24M per...

EDIT: Jim Bowden reporting Mariners have Gordon as their everyday CF. 


12/07/2017 04:04:00 PM



(12/07/2017 01:18:00 PM) - Al

I find it difficult to believe that Tom could answer this many questions and be less newsworthy. That said, by pure repetition, he seems to think the Crew is very high on Dubon, probably at 2B, and I would agree. He's very young and a tremendous athlete.

Because of that. perhaps we should look at a one season option at 2B, rather than a trade for Cesar Hernandez or a 2-3 year deal for Neil Walker. Ian Kinsler would make sense in that scenario.


12/07/2017 01:18:00 PM



(12/07/2017 12:47:00 PM) - Al

A source texted me this morning that Brewer World is not completely full of himself, but extremely bad at the only thing he claims to be good at.


12/07/2017 12:47:00 PM



(12/07/2017 12:40:00 PM) - Al

Chatwood signs with the Cubs, 3y/$38M.

He has been my #1 FA target and as you noticed, he continues the trend of being very overpaid compared to what MLBTR and others of us projected.


12/07/2017 12:40:00 PM



(12/07/2017 06:31:00 AM) - Al

Up early to take care of recovering wife, something occurred to me. Dems seem willing to give up Franken and Conyers for the cause.

Still slow to go all in (or all out, as the case may be) on Bill Clinton.



12/07/2017 06:31:00 AM



(12/07/2017 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Well, to be fair, Mueller is doing a mighty fine job of that all by himself.

Between hiring liberal hacks who have looked for dirt on Trump for the past 20 years, they have found nothing, leaked details to the friendly old media, and have managed to bring down the integrity of the FBI by leaps and bounds in just one trip around the sun, despite building up oodles of goodwill.

Way to go.


12/07/2017 06:00:00 AM



(12/07/2017 02:30:00 AM) - Al

Mr. Miller wins the internet.




12/07/2017 02:30:00 AM


Wednesday, December 06, 2017

(12/06/2017 10:25:00 PM) - Al

I'm a pretty casual NBA fan. That said, the Bucks suddenly appear good enough to defeat most teams at home without giving a full effort.

That's the sign of a good team. Let's hope it keeps up.

On the opposite side of the coin,the Badgers play extremely hard, both on offense and defense, every possession. Many times, you're just waiting for Dekker or Kaminsky or even Koenig or Hayes to suddenly show up and hit a big shot, or make a big play.

They have a group of very good freshmen, but younger players always have growing pains. They show up a lot more when those players get 25 minutes rather than 10.



12/06/2017 10:25:00 PM



(12/06/2017 08:19:00 PM) - Al

Owens will become one of the most sought after minor league FA's, and much like Peralta, might garner enough interest to get a 40 man spot and major league deal.

He has struggled a bit in the majors, but 3 consecutive seasons of an ERA in the 3's in AAA and a former 1st round pick to boot...lots of offers will follow.


12/06/2017 08:19:00 PM



(12/06/2017 02:22:00 PM) - Al

Minor MLBTR projection--4y/$28M, 7M per
Minor actual----------------------3y/$28M, 9.33M +33%


Mikolas MLBTR projection--2y/$10M, 5M
Mikolas actual----------------------2y/$15.5M, 7.75M +55%


The scarcity of SP seems to playing havoc with the market so far, and whenever the supply is low, it raises the price. I doubt the top of the market will see this kind of artificial inflation, but the price on guys like Cobb and Chatwood is probably an extra guaranteed season plus $2M a year over the original projection.



12/06/2017 02:22:00 PM



(12/06/2017 11:29:00 AM) - Al

7 female Dem senators have said Franken should step down, in a clearly coordinated effort. Timed to pressure Moore into dropping out, now that important votes are over for a while?

With friends like that Al...

Glenn agrees about the timing. No votes coming up, seems like a safe seat in left leaning MN, hoping it swings AL.

Franken must be looking at his "loyal" pals and thinking how much he hates them. That said, he did it to himself.


12/06/2017 11:29:00 AM



(12/06/2017 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Well, to be fair, it was a good idea until Trump decided the same thing.

Fire Comey! I can't believe he fired Comey!

I have no idea who paid for that dossier. Of course I paid for it. Wouldn't you?

Consistency is not their strength. 




12/06/2017 10:30:00 AM



(12/06/2017 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Let me try and explain this.

Back when I was in retail, at one location I was 2nd in charge. The manager was very nice and worked hard...but wasn't a very good leader. After about 6 months, she went to another company and they promoted a person from another store. He came in and just watched for a couple weeks. He sat down with me a couple times and asked what I thought of this person, of the store, and so on. At the start of week 3, he said he was going to start "scaring some people." He said if he ever said anything to me or around me, not to be offended.

He literally went out the office door that week and started yelling at everyone, especially those he had noted were average or below, and even moreso to people who had not finished assignments. After a week or two, he went back to normal, and was one of the best, if not the best, boss I ever had. But my goodness, in that year or so I was there before opening up another location, no one ever questioned him, no one ever told him something could not be done in the time frame given, EVER.

We say words are empty, and tone is not important. The thing is, they are not. People notice them. President Trump was elected a year ago, but the public's optimism is, as studies show, off the charts. That constant chatter about a wall and a tough response to those who tried to cross the border illegally...have worked.

There's a lesson to be learned here, but as usual, the old media doesn't get it, and in today's world, everyone tries to be offended by anyone who raises their voice. Leadership still works.

What's that old Teddy Roosevelt saying? Speak softly and carry a big stick. If you talk loudly, you don't even need a stick.


12/06/2017 08:30:00 AM



(12/06/2017 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Once again, the old media immediately went into Sgt. Schultz mode, and once again, within days, it's all falling apart.

Everyone knew. They aren't sorry for the bad behavior, or for the cover up. They're just sorry the rubes found out.


12/06/2017 05:30:00 AM



(12/06/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

100% true.

My sister in law and her husband had Krispy Kreme donuts and you would have thought they had parted a sea. People enjoy cake, but no one gets excited over it. Heck, chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven would be vastly preferred.


12/06/2017 12:30:00 AM


Tuesday, December 05, 2017

(12/05/2017 09:30:00 PM) - Al

When you're a sitting US senator with an 18% approval rating, you do stupid things like showing everyone you're sending a $100 check to a Dem.

Hillary could not figure out why calling half of Americans "deplorables" was a problem. Jeff and Hill should sit down and chat...in 5 minutes, they'd be best friends and calling each other brilliant.


12/05/2017 09:30:00 PM



(12/05/2017 07:48:00 PM) - Al

The hell you say.

Also in the news, water is wet.


12/05/2017 07:48:00 PM



(12/05/2017 06:30:00 PM) - Al

But he's an ICON!!

Somewhere, Franken knows he's on the hot seat.


12/05/2017 06:30:00 PM



(12/05/2017 06:21:00 PM) - Al

Let me try and explain this.

Back when I was in retail, at one location I was 2nd in charge. The manager was very nice and worked hard...but wasn't a very good leader. After about 6 months, she went to another company and they promoted a person from another store. He came in and just watched for a couple weeks. He sat down with me a couple times and asked what I thought of this person, of the store, and so on. At the start of week 3, he said he was going to start "scaring some people." He said if he ever said anything to me or around me, not to be offended.

He literally went out the office door that week and started yelling at everyone, especially those he had noted were average or below, and even moreso to people who had not finished assignments. After a week or two, he went back to normal, and was one of the best, if not the best, boss I ever had. But my goodness, in that year or so I was there before opening up another location, no one ever questioned him, no one ever told him something could not be done in the time frame given, EVER.

We say words are empty, and tone is not important. The thing is, they are not. People notice them. President Trump was elected a year ago, but the public's optimism is, as studies show, off the charts. That constant chatter about a wall and a tough response to those who tried to cross the border illegally...have worked.

There's a lesson to be learned here, but as usual, the old media doesn't get it, and in today's world, everyone tries to be offended by anyone who raises their voice. Leadership still works.

What's that old Teddy Roosevelt saying? Speak softly and carry a big stick. If you talk loudly, you don't even need a stick.


12/05/2017 06:21:00 PM



(12/05/2017 05:15:00 PM) - Al

Royals sign Wily Peralta to a major league contract, gets $1.525M guaranteed.

I was thinking he might be the rare minor league deal that gets 7 figures to sign. As is often the case, when several teams have interest, the result is a 40 man spot.


12/05/2017 05:15:00 PM



(12/05/2017 01:30:00 PM) - Al

A wise man has pointed this out.

Last year, Polanski was a hero.

This year, they're very upset about those who mistreat ladies. 


12/05/2017 01:30:00 PM



(12/05/2017 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Hypocrites, one and all.

Amazingly, I've maintained the same opinion on issues for 15 years of blogging. How do I do it? I don't check the polls to see where I stand.


12/05/2017 10:00:00 AM



(12/05/2017 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Fangraphs with their KATOH Rule 5 picks

Both the Brewers listed, Heineman and Wren, are decent enough players, but both are older and lack the ceiling to be taken. They could step in and be passable reserves in MLB, but so could a few dozen minor league FA's available without the season long 25 man roster commitment.

I listed Dom Nunez as my top choice a couple weeks ago, and without having gone in depth to study this list, still have him as that. Solid offensive catcher, and athletic enough he has also played 2B and SS. That also makes him easier to carry as a 25th man.


12/05/2017 08:00:00 AM



(12/05/2017 03:30:00 AM) - Al

As I have discussed before, I usually DVR the local noon news. I often fast forward through it in about 10-12 minutes. They always have a "farm report" on, where they list prices for cattle, milk, and other commodities. I don't have any skin in the game, but often notice when they look a bit higher or lower than usual.

This year, despite incredible amounts of rain in our area, hay prices have been very high, with some locations getting $240/ton for high quality 2nd and 3rd crop (for you old timers like me, that would mean a 50 pound "small bale" like we used to handle all summer would be going for $6/bale). I have seen articles saying that is because of the drought in high producing states like ND/SD/MT...lots of Midwest hay has been going west, so the high supply has been diverted elsewhere, so prices remain high.

I just noticed today that "common springing heifers" were selling as low as $500-600...that seemed so low, I thought it might be a mistype.

{FYI, a "springing heifer" is a young cow within a few months of having her first calf, usually right about at 2 years of age, or preferably, about 1.75 years. Many farmers like them because they are younger, healthier, and have their whole milking life ahead of them.}

Even if you pasture them much of the year (and no, pasture is not free, you have fence costs, seeding, property tax, etc), I'm sure it's not possible to even raise one for that amount, never mind deal with the inevitable injuries, illness, and death that take place on farms and ranches. But, sure enough, that seems to be correct, though the "good" and "top" springers are still selling for $1200-1500. And, it goes without saying there are a lot more "common" cattle than "top" ones.


12/05/2017 03:30:00 AM



(12/05/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

I have an even better idea...if you have a girlfriend that won't tell you where she wants to eat, run. Run fast, run long, but run.

Life is far too short to put up with having to figure out every stupid detail of what your significant other is thinking until death releases you from having to pretend to care every damn day.


12/05/2017 01:00:00 AM



(12/05/2017 12:00:00 AM) - Al

How can this ridiculous thing still be going on? How can Mueller not be dismissed or in serious legal trouble?

Mindnumbingly ignorant.


12/05/2017 12:00:00 AM


Monday, December 04, 2017

(12/04/2017 07:07:00 PM) - Al

Good for Meghan.

It isn't difficult to out think that group, and McCain has always been plenty gutsy enough to speak up.

Wait until she gets loud and proud with her pro life views. She blasted the woman's march as just a bunch of hate filled abortion lovers.


12/04/2017 07:07:00 PM



(12/04/2017 06:37:00 PM) - Al

Seattle finally approves new arena, years after losing the Sonics, and with no guarantee an NHL or NBA team will move in.

That's why you hang onto what you have like grim death. 


12/04/2017 06:37:00 PM



(12/04/2017 02:30:00 PM) - Al

No matter how slanted a reporter you are, you can always find work if you are far left enough.


12/04/2017 02:30:00 PM



(12/04/2017 01:09:00 PM) - Al

Some of this is because of the move to the suburbs, and the extension of the suburbs into what used to be rural areas.

That said, a lot of it is how incredibly wussified we have become. That, despite the fact we have far less violence crime now than then.


12/04/2017 01:09:00 PM



(12/04/2017 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Stealing a car is not proof you stole a car.

I don't know how us stupid rubes can live with ourselves when we're this stupid.




12/04/2017 09:30:00 AM



(12/04/2017 08:38:00 AM) - Al

Allow me to just say this...anyone who says the Brewers are "surprised" or "very disappointed" they are not a finalist for Otani...delete them.

They are either really stupid or just trying to figure out how to make click bait look less like click bait.


12/04/2017 08:38:00 AM



(12/04/2017 08:29:00 AM) - Al

ABC is going to get their butt sued right off.

Think of all the stop loss orders that were triggered due to Moran's dishonest report. 72 hours later, it has recovered that loss, and will open about 300 points higher than that, so we're looking at a 700 point difference, about 3%. Never mind certain stocks were probably 10 times that.

Mistakes happen. Human error happens. But Moran's biased, inexcusable hillaryism? Pathetic. And to use a legal term, they gonna pay.


12/04/2017 08:29:00 AM



(12/04/2017 08:19:00 AM) - Al

Why are they investigating unimportant, minute details that have nothing to do with the scope of his investigation?

Because it's embarrassing to admit they got nothing. A real man would have resigned a dozen times due to conflicts of interest.


12/04/2017 08:19:00 AM



(12/04/2017 05:30:00 AM) - Al

So?

He had a D in front of his name.


12/04/2017 05:30:00 AM



(12/04/2017 02:00:00 AM) - Al

I'd check right behind the fictional anger over...everything.


12/04/2017 02:00:00 AM



(12/04/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

They should see what I would do if I were king.

They'd be protesting and vandalizing with both pockets full of cash.


12/04/2017 12:30:00 AM


Sunday, December 03, 2017

(12/03/2017 10:30:00 PM) - Al

Packes opened as a 6 point favorite at the Browns. Has been bet down to 3.5 in the first couple hours.

I actually spent about 2 minutes researching CLE's home games a couple weeks ago, and they have been in almost every game at home, and has lost several one score games at home this year. On the road, they usually lose by double digits.

Those expectring an easy GB win aren't paying attention.


12/03/2017 10:30:00 PM



(12/03/2017 09:00:00 PM) - Al

Brewers are out on Otani, as are about half the teams in MLB.

EDIT: Otani is meeting with the Rangers, Cubs, and west coast teams. 




12/03/2017 09:00:00 PM



(12/03/2017 07:30:00 PM) - Al

I just hope they keep talking like this.

This allowing folks to keep more money thing...it's a huge hurdle to overcome.


12/03/2017 07:30:00 PM



(12/03/2017 07:00:00 PM) - Al

Oswalt wasn't a fraction this upset when his wife died.

They are so unhappy when we move further from socialism.

That's a shame.

Heh. Another out of touch coastal elite. 


12/03/2017 07:00:00 PM



(12/03/2017 06:30:00 PM) - Al

12-4 after last week. Tied for 55th of 114 tracked by Pickwatch.

Got my eliminator right, but I used up the Pats. Tied for 15th of 30, still 2 perfect.

111-65 for the season, tied for 51st of 114.

Cowboys--W
Lions--L
Bears--L
Vikings--W
Pats--W
Fins--W
Titans--W
Jags--W
Packers--W
Chiefs--L
Saints--W
Chargers(e)--W
Rams--W
Raiders--W
Eagles--
Steelers--

12-4 for the week.

Eliminator victory. 

123-69 for the season.


12/03/2017 06:30:00 PM



(12/03/2017 06:27:00 PM) - Al

Politico thinks Hillary should run for Senate in Arkansas.

She lost AR by 27 points a year ago.

Kentucky is similar to Arkansas, and I have a Facebook friend who said last year, "She doesn't have a chance, I honestly don't know one person that is planning on voting for her." She lost KY by 30.


12/03/2017 06:27:00 PM



(12/03/2017 06:02:00 PM) - Al

When CNN questions your credibility...it's like Dan Rather saying you just make stuff up for political purposes.


12/03/2017 06:02:00 PM



(12/03/2017 06:00:00 PM) - Al

It's funny because it's true.


12/03/2017 06:00:00 PM



(12/03/2017 05:17:00 PM) - Al

There's a phrase you don't hear very often.

Just like a kid from a small town in WI...

Stearns says they turned in the requested questionnaire and hopes to be able to sit down with Otani.


12/03/2017 05:17:00 PM



(12/03/2017 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Layers and layers of fact checkers.

I can't believe anyone still pays them any mind. At least the tabloids in the checkout line have entertainment value...


12/03/2017 03:30:00 PM



(12/03/2017 02:52:00 PM) - Al

I see lots of folks hoping the Cards don't end up with Stanton.

I'm a noted contrarian, but I will say the same thing I always do...whenever a team "wins" a free agent and signs him to a long contract for huge money, almost inevitably, in a couple seasons, they are trying to pawn him off AND in many cases paying part of the contract just to be rid of them.

Stanton is a fine offensive player, but he's also injury prone, and coming off a career campaign (not surprisingly, at age 27). SL has several very solid OF's, and they could deal from that strength and fill their holes while maintaining their prospects.


12/03/2017 02:52:00 PM



(12/03/2017 02:23:00 PM) - Al

Marlins have conditional trades worked out with both the Cards and Giants, waiting for Stanton to OK one of the teams.


12/03/2017 02:23:00 PM



(12/03/2017 01:38:00 PM) - Al

Save me your faux concern about the war on women...at least until AL debuts their Roy Moore Dinner. 




12/03/2017 01:38:00 PM



(12/03/2017 01:30:00 PM) - Al

That's why the Dems hate it so. He stole their line and used it better.


12/03/2017 01:30:00 PM



(12/03/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I don't know what the Logan Act is, but he proving himself to be quite an attention whore.

He should try using Twitter. It's cheap and easy.


12/03/2017 11:00:00 AM



(12/03/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Under this plan, the Rambling son's school had to stop serving cheeseburgers...too much protein, dontcha know. 

Of course, it's hard to believe this program was such a disaster...usually when you put a lawyer in charge of nutrition, you get outstanding results!

To be fair, it wasn't nearly as ignorant as sending pallets of cash to Iran,




12/03/2017 09:00:00 AM



(12/03/2017 07:30:00 AM) - Al

As a commenter said last night in the Twitter tax bill discussion:

If I lied in Alabama, I'd vote for Roy Moore. I have little doubt he's a scumbag, and maybe even a pervert. But he'd vote just like I want him to, and at least I wouldn't have to vote for a Democrat!

Reading it might come down to turnout...blacks are about 27% of AL population, and are predominantly left of center. One poll talked to 17% blacks, and Moore was up 6; in one with 25% blacks, Moore trailed by 3. Hillary barely got 1/3rd of the vote in Bama, so one suspects Moore is being devastated by the accusations...though he still may win, as a generic R probably leads 60-40 in the deep red state.


He fell at Predict It from 79 to 72 after the polls came out.


12/03/2017 07:30:00 AM



(12/03/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

 The rest were told to go home and clean up their social media accounts.



12/03/2017 03:00:00 AM



(12/03/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

How many times must we ask about CNN and their constant "oops, we just happened to slander Trump again" silliness before we just admit CNN is simply credible.


12/03/2017 01:30:00 AM



(12/03/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Layers and layers of fact checkers...


12/03/2017 01:00:00 AM


Saturday, December 02, 2017

(12/02/2017 11:10:00 PM) - Al

I got it Clemson/Oklahoma/Bama/Georgia, though I do not know what order 3/4 will end up in.

The Big Ten should end up in the top bowls, and as a heavy favorite in most.


12/02/2017 11:10:00 PM


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