Al's Ramblings

Thursday, March 23, 2017

(3/23/2017 07:00:00 PM) - Al


It's different when they do it. If it weren't for double standards...

3/23/2017 07:00:00 PM

(3/23/2017 04:54:00 PM) - Al

Health care vote cancelled, still short of votes.

Lots of talk today that the GOP should simply repeal Obamacare and let the free market take over. It's such a crazy idea, and a contrarian one at that, I'm pretty close to agreeing. As I have pointed out a few times, most of the "I can't get coverage" brigade say that because it gets them far more sympathy than saying "I can't afford my health care premium because I am overweight/unhealthy." Don't get me wrong, there will always be a few folks that can't be covered, if you allow insurers to ask a health history, or even height and weight. But they are few and far between. Like drunk drivers and convicted felons when they apply for auto insurance, they would be charged more.

Last night, President Trump was said to have refused to even consider removing the preexisting conditions clause, as several senators apparently insist it has to be done to lower premiums for 75-90% of those seeking insurance. As I have pointed out on many occasions, Trump is extremely moderate, a nugget of info most have overlooked.

3/23/2017 04:54:00 PM

(3/23/2017 04:35:00 PM) - Al

As with all fake news, it's so rampant it's difficult to find the real stuff.

3/23/2017 04:35:00 PM

(3/23/2017 04:28:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers have informed catcher Manny Pina and righty Jhan Marinez that they’ll be on the active roster to open the year,’s Adam McCalvy reports (Twitter links). Both were among the many Milwaukee 40-man members who enter the year without any options, so the news means that the club will avoid the need to expose them to waivers. Pina, 29, has a thin MLB track record but will share duties behind the plate with either Jett Bandy or Andrew Susac; the latter is currently dealing with neck and back issues, clouding his outlook, though both still have options. As for Marinez, he will have a chance to follow up on his solid 2016 season, in which he threw 62 1/3 innings of 3.18 ERA ball with 7.2 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9.

Meanwhile, the Brewers received some disappointing news on the farm, as righty Devin Williams is headed for Tommy John surgery, per Jim Callis of (via Twitter). In the most recent prospect rankings of the team, Williams takes the 18th spot among Milwaukee farmhands. The 22-year-old, a second-round pick in 2013, reached the High-A level last year and is said to carry future mid-rotation upside. 

As expected, Pina and Marinez will be kept, partially due to production, and in part that they would all but certainly be lost if demoted, as they would have to clear waivers.

As for Williams, there is no such thing as a pitching prospect; not to mention, there are only two types of pitchers, those that have had arm problems, and those who have not had arm problems YET. Hopefully, he'll return in 2018 stronger than ever.

That's all the cliches I got.

3/23/2017 04:28:00 PM

(3/23/2017 04:21:00 PM) - Al

Tragic news from the Rambling area, every shooting happened with a few minutes of the Rambling residence.

3/23/2017 04:21:00 PM

(3/23/2017 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Imagine what the numbers would be if the old media was unbiased.

3/23/2017 06:00:00 AM

(3/23/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al


Damn it, it works in textbooks!

3/23/2017 03:00:00 AM

(3/23/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

People vote with their feet. And by going to suburbs to buy carbonated beverages.

I always find it funny when liberals think they can "soak the rubes" and the rubes outsmart them. And the left NEVER sees it coming.

3/23/2017 03:00:00 AM

(3/23/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Fact check: True.

3/23/2017 01:00:00 AM

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

(3/22/2017 09:08:00 PM) - Al

The pope is one demented fella.

Every time he says something, he loses any credibility he once had.

3/22/2017 09:08:00 PM

(3/22/2017 08:44:00 PM) - Al

Very interesting. One of these numbers is all but identical to what I came up with.

3/22/2017 08:44:00 PM

(3/22/2017 08:18:00 PM) - Al

DC Everest police officer was shot and killed and 3 civilians killed today, shooter is in custody, but apparently survived.

3/22/2017 08:18:00 PM

(3/22/2017 07:45:00 PM) - Al

Supposedly, the House GOP is still working on compromises in order to pick up the support they need. So many are saying it won't pass (or come to a vote) it's difficult to believe they are all wrong. I hated it at first, but now feel it's better than what's currently in place, and supposedly, there's more steps to come. However, if so many intelligent fiscal conservatives are against it, it's difficult to be excited about it passing or upset about it failing.

As I have said, I would simply return to the days of 2008, when people bought health insurance the same way they bought home, life, and malpractice coverage; which, amazingly, still works fine. The government may have to keep some sort of "high risk" plan on the books for those that have been turned down by 3+ insurers (yes, that's exactly what WI had before, they "fixed" what was not broken), but the rest would be back on private coverage and simply let the free market work; along with the ability to cross state lines to buy coverage, buy short term or high deductible plans, and give more tax credits and fewer restrictions to those who want to have health savings accounts or flexible savings accounts

The problem, of course, is at the moment, this is illegal; and even worse, no entitlement a fraction of the size of Obamacare has ever been repealed, because as with all taxes, once it begins, it never ends.

3/22/2017 07:45:00 PM

(3/22/2017 07:23:00 PM) - Al

Two Kings out tonight with injuries, and two out for "rest."

I'm sure the Bucks will happily take it. They are not proud, and neither am I.

3/22/2017 07:23:00 PM

(3/22/2017 07:15:00 PM) - Al

A police officer and at least two others were shot today in the Rambling area, as every single location is within 10 minutes of the Rambling domicile. By reading between the lines, I would say that number is probably 4, as the shooter's apartment was raided about 5PM by a SWAT team, and several shots were heard on this video.

The Salvation Army is setting up a table in the parking lot of the apartment building where the SWAT team was, so it sounds as if all the excitement is over.

3/22/2017 07:15:00 PM

(3/22/2017 06:46:00 PM) - Al

Yes, there's no one I trust more than the extremely liberal DC elite to monitor the internet for "the truth."

Remember, Hillary was the healthiest person on the planet until her security team threw in her in the back of the van like a bag of rock salt. Not only were they used to it, they had seen it so many times, they didn't even bother taking her to the hospital, just Chelsea's apartment.

"The old broad passed out again," was very likely the exact phrase used. But we were clueless, because they're so honest.

3/22/2017 06:46:00 PM

(3/22/2017 04:41:00 PM) - Al

BUMP: Updated with info on Blazek being sent to AAA and Reed to AA at the bottom.

Brewers release Joba, Webb.

They both might well have had opt out dates, a day in their contract where they either had to be added to the 40 man roster, told they had made the 25 man roster, or had the right to choose free agency. Or, the Crew might have just knew they were not in the running for a roster spot (barring injuries) and decided to cut them loose to give them a chance to catch on with a team with a club needing arms or have had several relievers go down.

I thought Chamberlain had a good chance to make the club, even moreso because many of the Crew's bullpen core have options.

Who is this a good sign for? Tyler Cravy, Tommy Milone, and Taylor Jungmann are all on the 40 man and have pitched well, both in run prevention and in K/BB ratio. Ditto for Rob Scahill, who is not on the 40 anymore.

I assume Marinez, Knebel, Feliz, and Torres have spots locked up, while Blazek and Barnes are heavy favorites, though Barnes has options and Blazek does not.

Also to consider, if Nelson is the odd man out of the rotation mix, he'll all but certainly go down to AAA. Anderson would take a spot in the bullpen, though looking at their spring numbers, it would seem Nelson is well behind the others.

As for the position players, Aguilar seems to have won a spot, and may well platoon with Thames, while Perez platoons with Shaw and picks up PA's elsewhere as well. Pina has had a superb spring, and has no options. Bandy has thrown nicely, and Susac has been banged up, and has a pair of options. I'd say the smart money is on Andrew starting the season at altitude.

EDIT: Blazek's final option was used this morning, as he was sent down to AAA. No one else mentioned was sent down, Goforth is likely the only name most would recognize. Rivera and Reed also officially optioned, though neither had much of a chance to go north.

Reed will be sent to AA to play every day, as Kyle Wren will join the 4 OF rotation in Colorado Springs. 

3/22/2017 04:41:00 PM

(3/22/2017 03:08:00 PM) - Al

Can we actually fix how government has ruined health care?

I'm a firm believer the free market can fix anything. However, Meghan McCain was right that Obamacare made health care an entitlement, and to many, the government not only owes them healthcare, but needs to pay for it for them as well.

The thing that really irritates me is how few people are affected by it, yet the plethora of coverage it gets. Most states have more uninsured that have Obamacare, and no state has more than 10% of its citizens on "non group" insurance.

In 2010, we passed a bill that costs a fortune, was and is unsustainable, got rid of the entire competition based private insurance market for healthcare (which, amazingly, works just fine for life, homeowners, auto, renters, property, and so on). It is broken and will die on its own in a year or two. The irony here is, we have folks that vehemently defend this broken system because...well, it covers everyone...if they bother signing up and can afford it.

3/22/2017 03:08:00 PM

(3/22/2017 02:45:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son and wife are both in lockdown mode after an incident at a local bank today.

I blame Trump.

EDIT: I was charging my phone and I put it on airplane mode for an hour because I read it charges quicker. Sure enough, it does, but I missed all the action. If I see a lone gunman, I'll call the authorities. 

3/22/2017 02:45:00 PM

(3/22/2017 12:00:00 PM) - Al

The one thing Tomi Lahren has shown?

The pro life folks in the GOP don't seem to be interested in opening their arms and welcoming pro choicers who agree on the entire platform, minus one.

I can't see the forest, there's too many trees in the way.

3/22/2017 12:00:00 PM

(3/22/2017 10:00:00 AM) - Al

This is what the Dept of Ag spends our money on.

The term "money wasted" seems to fit here as it does with most expenditures.

3/22/2017 10:00:00 AM

(3/22/2017 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Hollywood is so out of touch with most of the US, it's scary. There are people who will happily pay $30 to see a movie at home before it hits the theaters...but very few of them. To the elites in LA/NY, they know most of them, so they think they are everywhere.

3/22/2017 08:00:00 AM

(3/22/2017 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Granted, if there's anyone who understands twisting the truth, Susan Rice is that person.

It's like they forget that they lied from the minute they began and continue to this day. Rewriting history is not nearly as effective as they hoped.

3/22/2017 05:30:00 AM

(3/22/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Too busy dotting i's and crossing t's one would suspect. Government tends to work very slowly and with job security in mind. Fixing problems is not as important as having problems to fix.

3/22/2017 03:00:00 AM

(3/22/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Down 49 pounds since JAN22, which I guess is 58 days.

I had an appointment with my doc yesterday and he had a student working with him who I talked to for about 10 minutes first. She said something I've never heard before...losing weight is 80% what you eat and 20% what you do. Both said I was doing great and I didn't need to return for 6 months, barring problems on my end. By the way, a trip to the clinic is far more enjoyable when 2 of the 3 people you chat with are pretty young women. I should have found me a recent college grad lady doc when our doc left to work in the hospital a couple years ago. Me and the Rambling son both ended up with this guy, and the Rambling wife chose one that works closer to her work, so it's easier to see her.

I remembered something Rambling friend Jason said they told him once...that he was really healthy and had really good numbers...for a fat guy.

Hey, you take what you can get.

3/22/2017 12:30:00 AM

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

(3/21/2017 11:31:00 PM) - Al

Bucks win one in Portland, who had won 5 in a row and are fighting for the 8th spot in the other conference. 3-2 on their western trip with 1 left.

Lots of years, they have had 1-5 or 0-6 trips, barely being in most games.

3/21/2017 11:31:00 PM

(3/21/2017 09:03:00 PM) - Al

The best available pitcher beyond Quintana, surmised two sources, is Junior Guerra, the Milwaukee Brewers starter who had a standout rookie season last year – as a 31-year-old.--Yahoo

That is a very weak SP market...wait until some guys get hurt. 

3/21/2017 09:03:00 PM

(3/21/2017 07:44:00 PM) - Al

Rand Paul says the Ryan health plan will be pulled if they are not able to secure the votes before THU, which makes perfect sense to me. That makes perfect sense to me. If they can't get the votes, they'll pull it and begin fresh.

3/21/2017 07:44:00 PM

(3/21/2017 07:39:00 PM) - Al

This will spark more Braun to LA rumors, though we have heard nothing on that front since that trade failed to take place last deadline.

Many said I was a darn fool when I said he'd stay, as his 10/5 rights kick in this May and the Crew is very deep in OF's. It made perfect sense for him to be dealt...almost too much. But his relationship with Mark A and the organization makes it seem doubtful too me...I think he has told them he would prefer to stay, and MA has told Stearns to only come to him for approval if as team overpays in talent and agrees to cover every penny of what Braun is owed.

3/21/2017 07:39:00 PM

(3/21/2017 06:51:00 PM) - Al

Grilled burgers and brats tonight, and I somehow missed the handle (or my hand slipped off, I'm not sure) on top when I went to pull it shut, and my left pinkie tip/side touched the top of the grill, which I estimate was 7 zillion degrees.

Happened over an hour ago, and despite lots of running cold water on it, it still hurts. Never had a burn hurt that long, and I'm surprised nothing shows, not even red, never mind a blister or anything.

3/21/2017 06:51:00 PM

(3/21/2017 06:28:00 PM) - Al

The local sports just had their all area girls basketball team. One of the gals hit 88% of her FT's, another 90%.

That makes the Happ and Hayes numbers even more painful.

3/21/2017 06:28:00 PM

(3/21/2017 06:19:00 PM) - Al

With the kijillions of dollars we spend on education, you'd think kids that went to school would do better than those who, for lack of a better word, were "unschooled."

The way I see the scorecard, public school kids don't do as good as those that are home schooled, and do the same as those who don't get an actual education other than exploring what interests them.

That's about as damning as anything I've ever seen or heard. Tell me again...why do we pay ten times more per student than we did 50 years ago?

3/21/2017 06:19:00 PM

(3/21/2017 06:12:00 PM) - Al

The left needs to own every one of these examples of incredibly stupid behavior, almost all of which seem to promote violence.

When you promote an atmosphere of bitching about everything instead of trying to fix the problem, well, this is what you get.

It's different when they do it.

3/21/2017 06:12:00 PM

(3/21/2017 04:14:00 PM) - Al

I think the NBA is making too big of a deal about this. You can't tell teams to do what's not in their best interest.

I thought the Bucks should "punt" SAT night when they played Golden State, give Middleton, Giannis, maybe Terry the night off and allow them to take a 2-3 day stretch off before they have to play PORT/SAC back to back. I may have looked foolish when they got off to a good start early, but when GS dominated the last 42 minutes of the game, it made perfect sense. MLB gives guys days off all the time, it's not even noticeable in the NFL, because guys are banged up so often.

I assume it's more of a NBA "problem" because they market their marquee players so effectively, and because they only have 5 players on the floor per team at a time. It's almost as if Silver is "suggesting" they rest their players on a MON night in Milwaukee or Utah than a nationally televised game. 

3/21/2017 04:14:00 PM

(3/21/2017 12:00:00 PM) - Al

The surge in optimism among businesspeople is overwhelming.

The left worries about the Court and Russia claims. Regular folks shrug and go to work, longing to pay less in taxes and hoping their job is secure.

3/21/2017 12:00:00 PM

(3/21/2017 11:02:00 AM) - Al

She's right. Grocery shopping already has changed. And it continues to do so. In 5 years, the environment will look as strange to us as today's would to someone a century ago, when the shopkeeper took your list and filled your order for you.

Years ago, when we lived in the Twin Cities, there was a company that delivered groceries by truck, and left them on your doorstep in an insulated styrofoam container to keep it cool. They were called Simon Delivers, and are still around, after being bought out. I'd see them out when I walked the Rambling dog, and see boxes by doors.

The Rambling wife and I would get pamphlets left on our door and they looked very pricey, like a Whole Foods...but they'd deliver, so it was convenient.

However, with Amazon and now Wal Mart (just got our first delivery at 9:30AM this morning...ordered it SAT night). Getting our 2nd one tomorrow, as the Rambling son informed us he needed allergy spray, and it's cheaper buying it OTC, and that almost put us over the $35 minimum by itself.

Last night, the Rambling wife informed me we were almost out of minced garlic, so I added it to our next order, which will be ordered as soon as we hit $35 to get the free shipping. As I told her, if they would have refrigerated and frozen food, I may never set foot in a brick and mortar store again.

3/21/2017 11:02:00 AM

(3/21/2017 09:57:00 AM) - Al

David Denson, the Brewers' minor leaguer who announced he is gay last year, has retired.

3/21/2017 09:57:00 AM

(3/21/2017 09:40:00 AM) - Al

Several of you have asked when my projections will be out. Offense is done, still adjusting pitching.

3/21/2017 09:40:00 AM

(3/21/2017 09:12:00 AM) - Al

It's simply off the charts when you consider what a terrible person she is...and still working for the Dems. Loyalty over character and ability.

3/21/2017 09:12:00 AM

(3/21/2017 08:42:00 AM) - Al

A nicely written recap of the health care bill and where we stand.

I, like most fiscal conservatives, hated it when it was first introduced. Then, after reading details and seeing Ryan's power point, I realized that it was far better than original Obamacare, even if it was not the free market proposal I would have preferred. I do not fully understand the details, but it has to be done slowly and in steps in order to not demand more than a simple majority.

President Trump seems to be fully involved and willing to make deals. If it does pass the House in some altered form, it will have to be altered again in the Senate, and then a compromise worked out. That's a lot of revisions, so the final version will likely have a lot of adjustments that will make it far better than the original one.

Don't forget, they wouldn't even release Obamacare to the public because it had so many holes and problems, they knew it would not pass the muster of public viewing. It was set up to fail after the 2016 election, and it did. It barely made it that long, as it took wheeling and dealing to convince insurance companies to offer plans in many states and counties for the 2017 plan year. That's why so many folks only had a single plan to choose from...backroom "deals" were made involving allowable premium hikes and so forth.

Will it get through? The president is a deal maker. Obamacare will blow up if left alone...I'm surprised some conservative Dems have not spoken out in favor of the new bill, as I would think they would want no part of a fallout from the original failing. Personally, I think they will continue tweaking the details to get the votes, and while probably making it watered down. Will the future "fixes" make it better? It will, though we are probably looking at a far less effective method than what we had back in 2008.

3/21/2017 08:42:00 AM

(3/21/2017 06:00:00 AM) - Al

What's astounding is, the dude many insisted was the smartest man alive, has shown complete ignorance (or, the idea that if you don't like the results, it will not be affected) over supply and demand, an incredibly simple concept that I learned in high school, and had drilled into my head for several semesters of ECON in non stuck up; public, state colleges in flyover country, where many bitter hard working folks cling to their guns and religion (we call them self reliant, but hence, I digress).

Of course, this could well be a direct result of me not spending my college years in a drug induced haze like the cool kids.

3/21/2017 06:00:00 AM

(3/21/2017 03:30:00 AM) - Al

The sportsbooks were printing money, thanks to the upsets, including the Badgers.

What's the old rule of thumb? 55% of the underdogs cover the spread, but 55% of the money is bet on the favorites. That alone gives the casinos a 15% edge (since they only pay out an average of $100 on every $110 bet.

3/21/2017 03:30:00 AM

(3/21/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

I started to read this, but saw a link with a pretty woman in a tank top and forgot who I was.

3/21/2017 01:30:00 AM

Monday, March 20, 2017

(3/20/2017 06:00:00 PM) - Al

The Blaze is making the huge Republican tent a little smaller, and that is not good for anyone. Very shortsighted both politically and business wise. I know Beck has his fans, but I promise you many folks pay $10 a month to admire Tomi's looks and listen to her rants.

As many have said, she has outgrown The Blaze's kind of like a SNL star leaving to go make movies. You should wish them good luck and success, not nitpick at them as they get in the limo on their way to better things. 

3/20/2017 06:00:00 PM

(3/20/2017 04:42:00 PM) - Al

Once again, it seems the need for taxpayer money has been seriously misrepresented.

3/20/2017 04:42:00 PM

(3/20/2017 04:23:00 PM) - Al

It may be directly related to the fact he's a violent psychotic radical loon.

3/20/2017 04:23:00 PM

(3/20/2017 04:16:00 PM) - Al

This is how Reagan explained fiscal responsibility worked...the government pulls back, the private sector steps up.

The best part is, each person or business can choose their own cause. The negatives? When I think of one, I'll let ya know.

3/20/2017 04:16:00 PM

(3/20/2017 03:00:00 PM) - Al

They believe in free speech and a no questions asked borders policy...unless you are a Republican.

In that case, you should just keep that to yourself. Oh, and you're evil.

3/20/2017 03:00:00 PM

(3/20/2017 02:38:00 PM) - Al

This would be a dream come true.

3/20/2017 02:38:00 PM

(3/20/2017 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Why do they sell fear and hate?

Because it works.

3/20/2017 01:00:00 PM

(3/20/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

This is not just a funny video, it sums up many of our athletic careers perfectly.

3/20/2017 11:00:00 AM

(3/20/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Another day, another horrible decision by a school.

As I have said before, I don't care if a kid shows up to school with a ziploc bag full of sugar, the school has no right to be concerned. Not because parents are all brilliant or have their child's nutritional needs in mid, but because the school is only involved with 180 of 1065 meals a year. If you're not going to worry about the other 885, shut the hell up.

Actually, that's pretty good advice for schools regardless of what the topic is. Considering how bad public education is in many areas, they have plenty to be distressed about without pretending they are not on a power trip instead of giving a damn.

3/20/2017 09:00:00 AM

(3/20/2017 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Al, why don't you have any respect for the pope on political issues?

Because, every time the pope opens his mouth, he proves himself to be more of a loon than even I ever believed.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to avoid stepping on a crack and gluing that mirror back together.

3/20/2017 06:00:00 AM

(3/20/2017 03:30:00 AM) - Al

Seinfeld was very politically incorrect. It was also very funny and a show people loved. Those facts are not completely unrelated, which irritates liberals to no end.

3/20/2017 03:30:00 AM

(3/20/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

Or, could it be their Art History and French Lesbian Literature degrees are just not what employers are looking for? Or that they bundle up in the fetal position and weep when asked if they could stay until 6 or 7?

Nope. Must be the fault of those who do the hiring and run the companies...because they obviously don't know what they're doing, being successful and not whining and all. 

Don't tell anyone, but I've heard rumors that some of them, a minute few of course, maybe 3-4%...might even be Republicans.

I tend to doubt that, but...

3/20/2017 01:30:00 AM

Sunday, March 19, 2017

(3/19/2017 09:23:00 PM) - Al

The fact is, people with jobs hate to be told by druggies and treehuggers that they are mean, despicable capitalists.

3/19/2017 09:23:00 PM

(3/19/2017 05:00:00 PM) - Al


Norquist is a one issue guy, who would gladly exchange lower taxes for a military the French would find weak. It ain't that easy. However, his point is clear, the CBO is rarely even close to accurate, but they're "approval" makes things easier.

3/19/2017 05:00:00 PM

(3/19/2017 03:27:00 PM) - Al

Almost certainly the most fluff filled, cliche ridden article of the spring...until the next one.

3/19/2017 03:27:00 PM

(3/19/2017 03:01:00 PM) - Al

While I'm on the subject of annoying, poorly thought out ads, the latest Nationwide one has the guy rhyming "retired" and "tired."

The same sound does not constitute a rhyme, a similar sound does. It's very lazy and tells me the fella singing the "improvised jingle" probably doesn't even have investments, never mind Nationwide's awesome ones*.

*Ramblings is not a paid shill for Nationwide...but it could be. Email me. 

3/19/2017 03:01:00 PM

(3/19/2017 02:52:00 PM) - Al

Matt Damon has a net worth of $120M, and he says we can "end the water crisis" by purchasing an overpriced marketing Stella Artois drinking vessel for $13 so they can donate $6 to, which spends less of its money on its actual purpose than the much maligned Wounded Warrior Project, and uses 11% of its money to...advertise and ask for more money, of which they will use 11% of to ask for more money...and so on, until the end of the time.

I find it difficult to believe that holding hands and singing folk songs hasn't already accomplished the utopia we all seek. Eventually, robbing Peter to give to Paul's pet cause of the week only results in Peter running out of money and Paul moving onto something else that is all but certain not to involve veterans or law enforcement, because, wait for it, they are the problem.

Never mentioned is "the water crisis" exists only in nations of extreme poverty where they are almost certain to be victims of political systems which are exactly opposite of the one we have in the USA. Exactly like the one Bernie Sanders brags about, the one they have in Cuba and Venezuela, which have taken once prosperous nations and led them straight into the crapper...just not a crapper with running water mind you, like pretty much everyone in every capitalist nation in the world enjoys and doesn't give a second thought about.

Because while much of the world has no idea where their next meal is coming from, Bernie insists we could have exactly what they have...if only we only had a single government made deodorant to buy, instead of that damn free market.

Because he's so much smarter than us.

3/19/2017 02:52:00 PM

(3/19/2017 01:27:00 PM) - Al

FYI, I got Wichita State over Kentucky.

And Michigan State shocking the world over Kansas.

No, I did not have the Badgers winning yesterday.

3/19/2017 01:27:00 PM

(3/19/2017 01:23:00 PM) - Al

So Al, whatcha watching?

Oh, just another shi#%y Big Ten team beating a #2 seed.

The perennial "Big Ten is having a down year" discussion that we have in early March, every single year.

3/19/2017 01:23:00 PM

(3/19/2017 11:50:00 AM) - Al

One has to wonder if Chuck Berry would have had the influence he did if his cousin Marvin had not called him after hearing Marty McFly perform at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance.

3/19/2017 11:50:00 AM

(3/19/2017 11:43:00 AM) - Al

ESPN finally discovers what everyone in WI were talking about last week...the Badgers were way under seeded, how in the heck were they seeded lower than Minnesota and Maryland, and the NCAA needs to quit using RPI because while it has always been outdated, it's now just embarrassing, with far better analytical systems readily available online.

The New York Times reports on how the Badgers did it again.

Tom Oates points out we should be used to this by now.

Finally, let me paraphrase what one of the talking heads said last night, as I flipped channels while watching Purdue and the Bucks' games.

So, once again, here we are, talking about a Wisconsin victory. We do this every year. Remember when they best Arizona? Many of us had Arizona winning the title that year. We all said Wisconsin was a good team, would give them a good game. But they won. And we all were surprised. 

The next year, they were a #1 seed. They were playing Kentucky. We all said they were good. They'll give Kentucky a good game. And we all picked Kentucky. We all got it wrong. 

Last year, it was Xavier. It was a 3 versus 6, not even a huge upset. But some of us had Xavier as a sleeper pick for the Final Four. We thought they'd be a tough matchup. We all picked Xavier, all sat here wondering why we didn't see it.

This year, Villanova is the #1 overall seed, defending champs. We all said what a tough draw they had. We all said the Badgers were a bad fit. They played just like Butler, who beat Villanova. We all sat here and said, Wisconsin's a good team, they'll give them a good game. And we all picked Villanova. And now, we all sit here, and like we do every year, we wonder why we underestimated the Badgers in March.  

These are the good old days. 

3/19/2017 11:43:00 AM

(3/19/2017 09:06:00 AM) - Al

From the "gee, I never did the math department"...the Badgers are now 5-1 the last 4 years versus 1 and 2 seeds .

3/19/2017 09:06:00 AM

(3/19/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Always negative, always insist the sky is falling.

3/19/2017 09:00:00 AM

(3/19/2017 08:30:00 AM) - Al

The sickening thing is, they aren't even bothering to hide their extreme bias anymore. Dershowitz has been doing a fine job actually explaining the law of late, sans politics.

3/19/2017 08:30:00 AM

(3/19/2017 05:30:00 AM) - Al

New slogan.

The few. The proud. The very Caucasian.

The LDS. 

3/19/2017 05:30:00 AM

(3/19/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Still trying to convince everyone he's not an unpatriotic fool.

An intelligent person keeps unpopular opinions to himself. Attention whores do not. Not many teams even pretend to want an attention whore, underachieving ones even moreso.

The hell with him.

Whitlock wins the internet. You don't get to be a jerk and then buy your way out of it. 

3/19/2017 03:00:00 AM

(3/19/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

To me, this takes a back seat to our man made climate change crisis.

This germ theory and hand washing stuff...just a fad.

3/19/2017 01:30:00 AM

Saturday, March 18, 2017

(3/18/2017 10:39:00 PM) - Al

Badgers play FRI versus Florida. No time announced as of yet, but I believe they are all in the evening on the second weekend.

3/18/2017 10:39:00 PM

(3/18/2017 09:40:00 PM) - Al

Realized tonight about 8PM that a sale on sunflower seeds (for birds) ended tonight, so I put on sweats and went to our little local grocery 5 minutes away...the sale prices are usually pretty good, but regular prices are often double or more of an Aldi or Wal Mart.

I got the sunflower seeds (50 pounds for $10, go me!) and a few other items...every one of them on sale. The store was almost empty, because everyone (except, apparently, me) has something better to do on a SAT night.

The Rambling wife picked up the receipt on the counter and glanced at it:

16 items
$30.45 total
$30.17 total savings

It's like having a half price employee discount...without to having to put up with the customers!

3/18/2017 09:40:00 PM

(3/18/2017 08:54:00 PM) - Al

Her family is really wealthy too.

I believe that's what you call the whole package.

3/18/2017 08:54:00 PM

(3/18/2017 08:42:00 PM) - Al

First bracket in Yahoo history to get the first 37 games correct...has Wisconsin winning the title.

I hope he gets all 63.

3/18/2017 08:42:00 PM

(3/18/2017 07:34:00 PM) - Al

I have to laugh at all the air time the woman with half her hair colored green sitting behind Chris Collins got.

That's a terrible look if you're a supermodel, never mind for an average gal.

3/18/2017 07:34:00 PM

(3/18/2017 06:17:00 PM) - Al

Domino's makes a good pizza and you can always get it cheap if you choose a special. That's just good business.

How bad it used to be is sort of overplayed a bit. There's no doubt they changed the sauce and added flavor to the crust (however, it's mostly just butter brushed on at the end); however, my guess is it's 75% identical to the old version.

The "improvement" is mostly marketing and if you believe the old one wasn't that good, you'll probably believe the new one is better. If you liked the old one, you'll like the new one. It's the same basic idea as adding "new and improved" to the label of, well, everything.

3/18/2017 06:17:00 PM

(3/18/2017 04:43:00 PM) - Al

I gave the Badgers about a 20% chance of winning, but of those 20 times out of 100, I certainly did not have Happ and Koenig playing limited minutes in any of them.

Badgers were down 57-50 with about 5 or 6 to play, and ended the game on a 15-5 run. Huge shots by Koenig (2 3's), Happ, and Hayes, great rebounds and defense by Brown and Happ.

And finally, after 35 minutes, Villanova finally missed a couple open shots, as well as 3 of 6 free throws. Both teams with turnovers in the last minute too, everything gets a little tougher when time is short.

Funny though, the Badgers turning the ball over might have been the best case scenario, as the Wildcats missed a FT and with the way the Badgers shoot FT's. It allowed Bucky to get the set and play they wanted, and put all the pressure on Villanova.

As I say often, these are the good old days. 4 straight Sweet 16's, and 6 out of 7; simply remarkable.

3/18/2017 04:43:00 PM

(3/18/2017 02:25:00 PM) - Al

When everything is the end of the world, nothing is the end of the world.

3/18/2017 02:25:00 PM

(3/18/2017 02:05:00 PM) - Al

Guerra will start the opener. Worst kept secret I know of.

3/18/2017 02:05:00 PM

(3/18/2017 01:24:00 PM) - Al

Me no understand how to do that!

Back when I helped train new people, I was always amazed how many of them lived at home, even though most were college grads. Those that were "on their own" were almost all hopelessly in debt and clueless on how to stop the bleeding. One gal, who was one of my favorites but far from dedicated or overly intelligent, told me she had written a $1000 credit card check to herself to pay the rent and some other bills to "get a fresh start."

I told her that if she was struggling in sales (it was commission only) that she may want to look at getting a part time job, say at a restaurant, where she could just work FRI nights and SAT. I patiently explained that it would take the pressure off, as even 10 hours a week at minimum wage would add up to about $300 a month, plenty enough to cover her share of the rent and utilities in her 3 bedroom college ghetto house.  This would also help her in case of the inevitable "bad months" one has in sales.

She kind of shot me a look of disgust and was quiet for a while. Thinking she was pondering my advice, I let the silence continue. After a couple minutes, she kind of giggled softly. I looked over at her, and she was smiling at me.

Al: What? 

Trainee: Work Friday nights and Saturday. You don't know me very well, do you?

I guess not.

3/18/2017 01:24:00 PM

(3/18/2017 12:32:00 PM) - Al

Budget cuts 3.3% of Meals on Wheels funding.

Liberals outraged.

Anyone who wonders how Obama doubled the debt in 8 years need only look at the previous couple sentences.

3/18/2017 12:32:00 PM

(3/18/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Wow, difficult to believe we survived another week after the time shifted 60 minutes ahead.

Playing with house money, just like every other year. Oh, the problems they concoct when their bellies are full and those icky fossil fuels keep them toasty warm regardless of the weather. 

3/18/2017 11:00:00 AM

(3/18/2017 10:00:00 AM) - Al now offers free two day shipping if you have a $35 order. If you're like me (or even if you're not), you can just add stuff to your order as you think of it, and then hit "ship" when you get to the $35 plateau.

We have been basically doing this with Amazon Prime for about 6 months (the Rambling wife hates shopping, I am not a fan of people), but there's a couple problems:

1. Not everything is Prime.

2. On average, Amazon is $1-2 more on many items. On a 10 item order, that adds up quick. At WM, everything is priced the same as in the store.

3. Amazon also, for the most part, only has brand names. If you're buying Kraft mac and cheese or High Endurance deodorant, you probably are fine with that, but if you are buying antibacterial soap or vinegar, paying $4.29 instead of 89 cents is offensive.

FYI, I don't make a penny from this (damn it).

3/18/2017 10:00:00 AM

(3/18/2017 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Got this in an email about the "good ol days."

Now, even if you could buy them, you would have to hobble 100 feet away from the building to smoke them.

3/18/2017 05:30:00 AM

(3/18/2017 02:00:00 AM) - Al

She's just admitting this now? It's like me waiting until now I could lose a few pounds.

3/18/2017 02:00:00 AM

Friday, March 17, 2017

(3/17/2017 09:50:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife just asked when the Badgers played again, and I realized I did not know, other than tomorrow. 1:40 on CBS...just a 6 point underdog to the overall #1 seed, I expected double digits.

3/17/2017 09:50:00 PM

(3/17/2017 07:30:00 PM) - Al

She's a white broad who pretends to be a black woman...for some, every day is Halloween.

3/17/2017 07:30:00 PM

(3/17/2017 06:30:00 PM) - Al

That's a shame.

3/17/2017 06:30:00 PM

(3/17/2017 06:16:00 PM) - Al

Second day in a row I've said, "Well, if I'm gonna make it until the games are over, I better take a nap."

Don't judge, you're going to be old someday too.

3/17/2017 06:16:00 PM

(3/17/2017 06:07:00 PM) - Al

Twitter is a bit abuzz that Tomi Lahren said "abortion is murder" 3 months ago and today on The View said she was pro choice, because she believes in limited government.

1. If she said the planet was a rectangle, she'd still be pretty.

2. Abortion is murder, and I'm pro choice, at least until 5 or 6 months.

3. That's the proper argument for me too, as government does not have the right to tell you what you can or cannot do. The "child" is dependent on the mother at that stage, for the most part, it cannot survive outside the womb. That's why I put the cutoff where I do.

I wish we lived in a world without abortion, where women would choose to raise the child or adoption. We don't.

3/17/2017 06:07:00 PM

(3/17/2017 05:44:00 PM) - Al

Craig Counsell said there would be four 40-man roster OFs at Colorado Springs. Brinson, Phillips, and Cordell, plus Michael Reed would be the fourth.--JS

About half the time, they have a DH to use as well.

3/17/2017 05:44:00 PM

(3/17/2017 01:46:00 PM) - Al

She's conservative and she's soon to be a star, because no matter what she says, her "talent" is overwhelming.

3/17/2017 01:46:00 PM

(3/17/2017 01:40:00 PM) - Al

This is why they lose.

3/17/2017 01:40:00 PM

(3/17/2017 01:35:00 PM) - Al

Today's lower seeds I see winning?

Wichita State
Michigan State
South Carolina
Kansas State

I was only 1 of 3 yesterday, but I believe I went 12-1 picking the higher seed, so I won't complain.

3/17/2017 01:35:00 PM

(3/17/2017 12:11:00 PM) - Al

Braun is 100% correct. Players hate practice, and most of it is unnecessary. Coaches LOVE practice, because they want to do the same thing over and over.

Most of us spend our life working on our first ends up never being improved upon, because we're onto the next day, the next task, and so on. Baseball players used to report to Arizona 20 pounds overweight and use the six weeks to get into shape. Today's players don't need that, they probably work out too much in the offseason, as the plethora of pulled/torn muscles shows. We'll probably see a shift as time goes on to more stretching, more flexibility exercises, and such, and less weightlifting.

3/17/2017 12:11:00 PM

(3/17/2017 11:22:00 AM) - Al

What an idiot.

3/17/2017 11:22:00 AM

(3/17/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Government does not need to fund these programs. Churches, businesses, and successful individuals not only do a better job, but run a far tighter ship and are more efficient.

When the government gets involved, they add so much unnecessary crap (fresh veggies, local products, disabled workers, biodegradable packaging and so on) it takes away from the effectiveness.

3/17/2017 11:00:00 AM

(3/17/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Adam again predicts the 25 man roster, making only a minor change, exchanging Cravy in place of Blazek. I would choose Millone or Chamberlain over both because they would likely be lost otherwise, though at some point, injuries might make the decision for them.

3/17/2017 09:00:00 AM

(3/17/2017 06:30:00 AM) - Al

I must admit, I do find it hilarious that after nominating someone with no accomplishments for president, the idea of her daughter, who has NEVER HAD A JOB IN HER LIFE, running for anything is almost beyond belief.

3/17/2017 06:30:00 AM

(3/17/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Government takes over bakeries in socialist utopia.

Hard to believe that isn't working out.

3/17/2017 03:00:00 AM

(3/17/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Badgers get past a very solid Hokies' team. Let's hope Villanova either looks past them or simply has an off game SAT.

3/17/2017 01:00:00 AM

Thursday, March 16, 2017

(3/16/2017 04:35:00 PM) - Al

In the future, children may not know what snow is.

3/16/2017 04:35:00 PM

(3/16/2017 03:00:00 PM) - Al

100% true.

NPR is a bit left of Marx. The government has no place funding the arts, because one's idea of art is another's idea of trash. No one has any idea what these various departments even do.

We need to stop pretending the government needs to take money from those who earn it. Defend the country and leave it be.

3/16/2017 03:00:00 PM

(3/16/2017 01:55:00 PM) - Al

Doug Collins on ESPN finally said what I've been thinking...that the Bucks being a far better defensive team since Jabari Parker was injured is directly related to Parker being a below average defender and not coincidental.

His defensive rating is 111 (100 is average), so questioning his D is far from a random observation.

3/16/2017 01:55:00 PM

(3/16/2017 01:29:00 PM) - Al

One game in, my perfect bracket hopes are destroyed. Princeton loses by 2.

I forget who said it, but last year, one of the guys who won a ESPN or similar contest said it's fine to pick a few upsets in the 1st round, but for amateurs, it's best to have 15 or 16 of the top 4 seeds making it through to the sweet 16, because history shows at least 12-14 of them will get through, and it's too risky to try and predict more than 1 of them.

Makes sense.

EDIT: My other upset picks today? Middle Tenn State and VCU. I'll be rooting for far more. 

3/16/2017 01:29:00 PM

(3/16/2017 01:23:00 PM) - Al

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Thomas Sowell hits the nail on the head. They keep insisting bad economic policy will work, and when it doesn't, they insist it will next time. It'd be funny if it wasn't so sad.

3/16/2017 01:23:00 PM

(3/16/2017 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Cuts everywhere to pencil pushers, increased spending for the military and homeland security.

Pretty much a dream come true. Good to see the priorities and ideals are in the right place.

3/16/2017 12:00:00 PM

(3/16/2017 11:26:00 AM) - Al

As long as the target is a conservative, the answer is a resounding yes.

The sudden lack of outrage is a telling sign of not really caring about anything except punishing the successful and insisting socialism will work NEXT time.

3/16/2017 11:26:00 AM

(3/16/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

The end of hungry children and wasted millions in buying fresh veggies kids throw away is soon to end.

The Rambling son's school had to stop serving cheeseburgers...too much protein, he was told. Back to hamburgers, thank goodness we avoided that calamity.

What's the old joke about how the Army gave the journalist latrine duty and made the plumber the editor of the camp gazette? In DC, they put a lawyer in charge of school lunch because she was married to the president...with predictable results.

As the piece points out, many districts have told the feds to keep their money and just gone back to feeding good, filling meals.What a novel concept.

3/16/2017 11:00:00 AM

(3/16/2017 09:30:00 AM) - Al

One of the best days of the basketball from 11AM-11PM, and lots of times even later. I haven't worked on the first THU/FRI of the tourney in a decade or more.

I know I heard years ago that the MON-WED of this week is the most popular days of the year to get a vasectomy or wisdom teeth pulled as gives you an excuse to sit on the sofa and do nothing.

Fortunately, I'm comfortable enough in myself not to need an excuse...

3/16/2017 09:30:00 AM

(3/16/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

3/16/2017 09:00:00 AM

(3/16/2017 06:30:00 AM) - Al

What's really funny is, many of the folks I follow on Twitter (keep your friends close and your enemies closer) that insisted they would move to Canada if Trump was elected...are doing things like buying a house and signing long term leases on their condos.

Not only were they lying about their intentions, they seem to be going about their lives unbothered.

It's almost as if they not only lied, but were even dishonest with their concerns. It's easy to change your mind when you don't really believe in anything.

3/16/2017 06:30:00 AM

(3/16/2017 03:30:00 AM) - Al

Nothing Bernie says ages well outside USSR apologists.

3/16/2017 03:30:00 AM

(3/16/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

Included in the ratings for last SAT? Several networks "filler" at 2AM (when the clocks were technically moved ahead). No better indication of how few folks watch TV on SAT that those hitting the top 150.

3/16/2017 01:30:00 AM

(3/16/2017 12:11:00 AM) - Al

Bucks win a game in LA when the Clippers miss a contested 5 footer at the buzzer. First win over LAC in LA in 10 years.

3/16/2017 12:11:00 AM

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

(3/15/2017 09:26:00 PM) - Al

If only Dems would care about a conservative being violently attacked as they would a cop shooting a criminal.

3/15/2017 09:26:00 PM

(3/15/2017 05:30:00 PM) - Al

He's 100% correct.

Pointing out the obvious hypocrisy of the left not only helps him with all but the socialists, it makes their inevitable arguments seem especially desperate and untruthful.

The great thing about the current Dems is, they will argue that the sun doesn't rise in the east if Trump says it. And yes, it makes them appear foolish to indys and moderates.

3/15/2017 05:30:00 PM

(3/15/2017 08:30:00 AM) - Al

If you don't like the 1st Amendment, there's pretty much no hope for you.

3/15/2017 08:30:00 AM

(3/15/2017 08:00:00 AM) - Al

If only they did not spend every penny on parties and insisting the USA is the cause of all evil.

I suppose 50% is a good start. It's time they start spending their time somewhere else though...I hear Cuba has plenty of buildings available...

3/15/2017 08:00:00 AM

(3/15/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Found while looking for something else...some guy mocking church names.

I get the feeling Url is a grumpy gus who doesn't understand why his church is unsuccessful, and made himself feel better back in 2010 by making fun of others.

I read about a church in Milwaukee a while back that's called Brew City Church. I thought it must be great having a name that people would like to buy a Tshirt of.

3/15/2017 03:00:00 AM

(3/15/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Voter fraud is real.

Those that do not want to fix it with an easy solution of voter ID simply want it to continue because it helps their side.

3/15/2017 12:30:00 AM

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

(3/14/2017 11:20:00 PM) - Al

It's not meant to be inclusive.

Of course, they don't really want "inclusive." They want it to be all about them.

3/14/2017 11:20:00 PM

(3/14/2017 10:53:00 PM) - Al

Someday, maybe I will manage to be this polite and civil as well.

I can dream.

3/14/2017 10:53:00 PM

(3/14/2017 10:36:00 PM) - Al

Rachel Maddow released a tax return she claims is Trump's. It's illegal to do so, but, you know, liberals do not worry about such things...laws are for conservatives. If it is his, it shows him to be very successful, wealthy, and paid an obscene $38M in taxes, 25%.

It would seem that would simply verify everything we already knew...almost as if that was the plan. Too bad he's so darn dumb, ain't it?

ADDED: Remember, the left insists he did not pay enough, that he should pay more. 

3/14/2017 10:36:00 PM

(3/14/2017 09:16:00 PM) - Al

CA is a liberal utopia.

That's why everyone is leaving.

What's that a wise man always says? They vote with their feet.

3/14/2017 09:16:00 PM

(3/14/2017 06:08:00 PM) - Al

It's time to play that game we all play once a year...where the hell is TRUtv?

651 here. BA's doing the first game at least.

3/14/2017 06:08:00 PM

(3/14/2017 05:00:00 PM) - Al

Those with skin in the game are feeling good.

Wait until they get a tax cut through.

3/14/2017 05:00:00 PM

(3/14/2017 04:01:00 PM) - Al

Althouse makes a good point, why is it that people that feel they do not need insurance should be forced to buy insurance?

Some folks feel the government should "force" everyone to do what they think is best. I don't. In fact, the more you hear about this plan, it LOWERS the deficit, it lowers taxes, and gives people a far better option than Obamacare, which will die on its own in a year or two.

3/14/2017 04:01:00 PM

(3/14/2017 03:30:00 PM) - Al

We have completely lost the ability to take any crime seriously. No bail for this scumbag? He shouldn't see the light of day until trial.

3/14/2017 03:30:00 PM

(3/14/2017 11:30:00 AM) - Al


They put sugar and salt in mass quantities in almost all prepackaged foods. Why? Because it tastes good.

I can't believe how salty everything tastes after a month and a half of eating only lean meat and steamed/roasted veggies with just garlic powder and pepper. I take a bite of mac and cheese to see if it's hot, and all I taste is salt.

3/14/2017 11:30:00 AM

(3/14/2017 10:30:00 AM) - Al

He ain't gonna get it.

3/14/2017 10:30:00 AM

(3/14/2017 10:00:00 AM) - Al

More winning!

Why is the government worried about what cars its citizens buy? Same reason they shut down coal mines...the more dependent the rubes are, the better.

This is why regulations are so devastating to the economy.

3/14/2017 10:00:00 AM

(3/14/2017 09:30:00 AM) - Al


Just wanted to correct you. You have said a couple times special forces can be anywhere in the world in 24 hours. The military now says 18 hours


I apologize for underestimating the greatness of the United States military. Many folks act as if we can stop funding defense because, well, they don't get it. Planes have to be repaired and replaced. Ammo is used every single day. Technology is always advancing.

Peace through strength is the only avenue to a nonviolent society. Anyone who messes with us is guaranteed a swift, painful death. Nothing leads to more attacks than singing folk songs and pretending you don't care Americans (or American allies) were killed.

3/14/2017 09:30:00 AM

(3/14/2017 07:30:00 AM) - Al

Anyone who has a kid knows this...a road trip with sick children. Very funny.

Knock on wood, the Rambling son has not been ill for a while, and I don't think at all since he moved his bedroom downstairs. I still remember when he was 3 or 4, he'd be sitting on the bathroom floor, and we'd tell him just to stay there for about 10 minutes, and he'd insist he was fine, and we'd repeat just to stay there, and about 5 seconds later, stuff he had eaten as an infant would find its way into the toilet. And the Rambling wife would say, "That's why you wait 10 minutes."

3/14/2017 07:30:00 AM

(3/14/2017 06:30:00 AM) - Al

USA themed clothing is always in style. Anyone claiming otherwise is as unpatriotic and ant American as one can be. The hell with them.

If you don't like it, ain't nobody forcing you to stay. The days of apology tours are over.

3/14/2017 06:30:00 AM

(3/14/2017 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Funny, I believe I predicted this.

The left struggles with truth. If you like your health care plan...

3/14/2017 06:00:00 AM

(3/14/2017 05:00:00 AM) - Al

I just found out Sunday was Purim, the most joyous of Jewish holidays.

Note: I didn't know what it was either. Thanks Google.

Hey, I'm just a rube from a small town in flyover country. According to many, I'm an overachiever because I have teeth and can read. Heck, I can even sound out most of the big words...

3/14/2017 05:00:00 AM

(3/14/2017 03:30:00 AM) - Al

We've discussed this before, often in terms of why many churches are going out of business, but while "newfangled" dudes like Joel Osteen has people paying $100 to come to his Night of Hope events.

No one likes to be hounded all the time. Reading through my old hometown church's monthly newsletter was painful, every single month, short of money, short of money, finance committee throws its hands in the air. Putting off repairs and improvements.

Meanwhile, if you ever watch Osteen on TV, he never even mentions money, doesn't even provide an address to send them in. I hear many "contemporary nondenominational worship centers" don't even have an offering, just a little box or tray in the back...most members give through automatic withdrawal (when I stopped getting updates a year or two ago, my old church was still "studying" this, pondering it as if it is somehow a complex, difficult task) and they don't want to put off prospective members by asking for donations. 

For whatever reason, churches take pride in ignoring what is successful elsewhere, in fact, they openly mock successful, growing counterparts. "We may be losing members, but at least we're not expanding," seems to be the common refrain.

Which one collects more? Per that article, it's the one that doesn't ask, the low pressure approach. Why am I a contrarian? Because most folks are usually wrong.

3/14/2017 03:30:00 AM

(3/14/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Perhaps someday, I will be as polite and civil as these criminals.

3/14/2017 12:30:00 AM

Monday, March 13, 2017

(3/13/2017 08:55:00 PM) - Al

I see this as nothing but a positive, as a freedom loving Constitutionalist.

If people choose not to have health insurance, mostly the young and healthy, more power to them. It's not a decision I would make, but I wouldn't recommend people drink and drive or take oodles of meth or heroin either, but many do. We need to quit acting like the government exists to play mommy dearest to the foolish.

The truth is, until they make health bills immune to bankruptcy filings, anyone with less than $10-15K in assets should just roll the dice. I believe your home and a car are exempt as well, but I am not an attorney.

3/13/2017 08:55:00 PM

(3/13/2017 06:17:00 PM) - Al

Lots of folks on my Twitter feed are making fun of the Cavs for thinking pothead and quitter Larry Sanders can help them win another title. The thing is, while Lue said a couple weeks ago "the problem with him is you don't know if he'll be motivated," even the season when Sanders, without even an apology mind you, quit showing up after being called out as a pothead and a malcontent at a team meeting right before Xmas. He pouted for a while, met with the braintrust a few times, and finally took pennies on the dollar on a buyout on a guaranteed contract and went off to be a merry pothead for 2+ years, before resurfacing in the past couple months.

Motivated? I don't know. But even when he was barely there mentally, the Bucks were a better team with him on the floor, as his defensive presence was often stifling, and made up for the fact his offense was mainly just dunking loose balls and rebounds. The Cavs likely realize his ceiling is immense, but his floor is painfully low, because at any given moment, he might just leave and go home to play video games, and get so high he forgets he let his dog out hours before.

3/13/2017 06:17:00 PM

(3/13/2017 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Illinois is about a zillion dollars in debt.

I think it's safe to say SIU could withstand a few cuts, to say the least.

And they wonder why we openly question our future. 

3/13/2017 02:30:00 PM

(3/13/2017 01:30:00 PM) - Al

No, there is no voter fraud anywhere in the USA.

Well, except for illegals and also; teens who are just ignorant about the law and those at the polls who blindly allow them to vote illegally.

3/13/2017 01:30:00 PM

(3/13/2017 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Allow me to say, this may be the most exciting development in DC in the past 20 years.

No one is mentioning it, of course, because they're too busy making up stuff. That's because they do such a good job...

3/13/2017 01:00:00 PM

(3/13/2017 12:50:00 PM) - Al

Craig Counsell said Hader, Wilkerson and Espino are in mix for rotation at AAA Colorado Springs.

Espino has a future in the major leagues. I expect him to be up this season in MIL. He does not throw hard, but he gets hitters out. Wilkerson had stunning numbers last season in AAA for BOS, but predictably struggled in the thin air of Colorado Springs and the offensive environment of the PCL west. Hader is as good of a lefty pitching prospect as their is in the game. Let's hope he stays healthy and continues to develop.

3/13/2017 12:50:00 PM

(3/13/2017 12:37:00 PM) - Al

I find it difficult to believe that these are not satire.

This is how they lose all but the snowflakes.

3/13/2017 12:37:00 PM

(3/13/2017 12:00:00 PM) - Al

If you can afford spring break you're not a broke college student sorry.--Katelyn Rose


3/13/2017 12:00:00 PM

(3/13/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Imagine the groans from CNN and MSNBC then.

3/13/2017 11:00:00 AM

(3/13/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Tony Robbins uses a hypothetical example to illustrate the mathematics. There are two friends who are the same age, Joe and Bob. Joe begins investing $300 in the stock market every month from age 19 to 27, saving a total of $28,000. Bob does the same, but from age 27 to 65, for a total of $140,000. The stock market in this example grows 10% annually, a number chosen for its simplicity. By age 65, Joe has $1,863,287 and Bob has $1,589,733.

Those numbers are goofy, because no one 19-27 has $300 a month to invest unless you're a stripper or a drug dealer. The point is, however, is that if you start investing young...and perhaps more importantly, just leave it there, it's almost impossible to fail. Most young people not only do not invest, they pile up high interest debt, a double whammy they spend decades trying to dig out of.

As I have discussed here, I invested 10% of all my net earnings from the time I left for college into a mutual fund (I also invested in my 401k if one was offered). Often, I would just "round up" because I lived a simple lifestyle and rarely had a girlfriend (pause to allow you the shock to subside)...if I had made $1200 in a month, I might write a check for $200 and mail it with a form (this can all be done automatically these days, back then, auto withdrawal was rare and all but unheard of).

This worked great until I met the Rambling wife, who had to do an unpaid internship to get her degree in health info tech, and one of them had to be done 2.5 hours from home, making a commute impossible. It was mighty tough paying for 2 households for 4 months, as I think I was making $6.90 an hour at the time. We avoided it for a year or two, but finally, the weight of debt got so heavy I cashed it in (about $12K) and suddenly, we had a fresh start, which for the most part we have enjoyed since.

Of course, if you can't do 10%, start with 2% or 5%. Anything is better than nothing.

3/13/2017 09:00:00 AM

(3/13/2017 07:30:00 AM) - Al

It's almost as if all the talk about Trump being a dope was just made up by liberals.

Money quote: Trump continually asked “How can you win? What does Afghanistan need to win?” in reference to our fight with terrorism. Trump wants to win. Sincerely. All the Obama administration wanted to do was not lose...When the Obama administration announced its plans to pull troops out of the region, they announced the exact date they would do it. All our enemies had to do was wait [Obama] out. They knew the date they had to hang on until — which gave them the will to fight.

Who could have ever imagined that sharing your strategy with the enemy in wartime would turn out to be imprudent? Who could have seen that coming?

3/13/2017 07:30:00 AM

(3/13/2017 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Why the old media has become irrelevant.

3/13/2017 06:00:00 AM

(3/13/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

No, we never get tired of winning.

Those folks who insisted for 18 months Trump had no chance of winning must need medical attention from shaking their heads so much. The other night on our local news they had on a liberal from the Point area to attempt to sum up the other side after Governor Walker was in the area celebrating a manufacturer's expansion and hiring more workers. Her statement?

The governor can talk all he wants about more jobs and lower taxes, but the voters I talk to tell me the most important thing to them is the educational system the Republicans have gutted. 

I don't think anyone would say education is not important, but throwing money at the unions and shiny new buildings is not the solution. When our home schooled youth get better test scores, you need to learn from it, not make excuses. 

3/13/2017 03:00:00 AM

Sunday, March 12, 2017

(3/12/2017 09:32:00 PM) - Al

This seems to contradict the old media narrative.

Fake news.

3/12/2017 09:32:00 PM

(3/12/2017 09:26:00 PM) - Al

If you live near Milwaukee and plan to attend a few games in APR, this is a steal.

3/12/2017 09:26:00 PM

(3/12/2017 08:59:00 PM) - Al

#9 Vandy 1 over #8 Northwestern

#10 Wichita St 6.5 over #7 Dayton

Only 2 lower seeds favored over higher seeds. The committee agrees with the bookmakers on 30 of 32.  

FYI, Badgers open as a 4.5-5 point favorite.

3/12/2017 08:59:00 PM

(3/12/2017 08:44:00 PM) - Al

W was racist. Trump is racist.

When everyone is a racist, no one is racist. They just don't get it.

3/12/2017 08:44:00 PM

(3/12/2017 08:35:00 PM) - Al

Badgers play about 8:40 THU evening.

3/12/2017 08:35:00 PM

(3/12/2017 05:52:00 PM) - Al

The NCAA had the Badgers 29th.

Wichita State was ranked 15th in the country, they had them 38th.

3/12/2017 05:52:00 PM

(3/12/2017 05:41:00 PM) - Al

Wouldn't surprise me at all if the Badgers defeat Villanova.

Wouldn't surprise me at all if the Badgers lose to Virginia Tech.

If they hit their open 3's, hit 75% of their free throws, and defend/rebound like they can, they can beat anyone. If they don't, they can be had by any quality team, as all teams in the tourney are.

3/12/2017 05:41:00 PM

(3/12/2017 04:49:00 PM) - Al

Virginia Tech was only ranked one week all season.

Michigan ends up with a #7 seed and will play in Indy. Have to wonder if they decided to give the tourney winner the higher seed and closer location.

Minnesota is a #5? Committee looks to have weighted last 10-12 games heavily.

Wichita State is a #10? They under seed the Missouri Valley every single year.

Northwestern gets a #8 just like the Badgers.

Maryland gets a #6, and they struggled down the stretch just like Wisconsin. The committee simply did not like Bucky.

3/12/2017 04:49:00 PM

(3/12/2017 04:38:00 PM) - Al

Badgers get a #8 seed and play Virginia Tech in the first round (would play overall #1 Villanova in the 2nd round) on THU (time to be announced).

Many fans were hoping they'd be close for travel, but Buffalo, while closer than way out west, is not a hop, skip, or jump either. And, compared to Vegas or a warm climate, is far from an exciting destination for fans wanting to follow the team.

3/12/2017 04:38:00 PM

(3/12/2017 04:30:00 PM) - Al

They talk about the silly stuff so no one notices they're not doing anything about the stuff people care about.

And the old media never calls them on it.

3/12/2017 04:30:00 PM

(3/12/2017 04:27:00 PM) - Al

22, snow, and 10 mph winds for the Minnesota United home opener.

They play 5 of their first 7 games on the road...I wonder why.

3/12/2017 04:27:00 PM

(3/12/2017 04:24:00 PM) - Al

MICH playing as well, probably better than any Big Ten team. Always tough beating a team that barely missed a 3 all day.

That's why I hate facing good deep shooting teams in the NCAA...when they go in, it's mighty tough to beat them.

3/12/2017 04:24:00 PM

(3/12/2017 03:24:00 PM) - Al

You'd think, eventually, they'd tire of being hypocrites

3/12/2017 03:24:00 PM

(3/12/2017 02:07:00 PM) - Al

Lunardi has the Badgers as a 6 seed, Jerry Palm has them as a #5. 5-7 seems to be their range.

The committee usually does not pay attention to the games that begin after about 1PM today, unless they have to, meaning a team that would not make it could win an automatic berth by winning their conference tourney. The Sun Belt final appears to be 2 teams playing for one spot, and the others are all in.

3/12/2017 02:07:00 PM

(3/12/2017 01:21:00 PM) - Al

It's almost as if their backassward economic ideas simply don't work.

I still smile every time I think of the Dem that insisted "one more tax increase" would make all the problems go away...about 23 "revenue enhancements" ago.

3/12/2017 01:21:00 PM

(3/12/2017 01:00:00 PM) - Al


Amazing how upset they get over something that's always bring in your own people, and get rid of those not loyal to you.

Common sense.

Maybe that's why Andy Vanderbilt doesn't get it...

3/12/2017 01:00:00 PM

(3/12/2017 11:52:00 AM) - Al

Red Sox reliever Tyler Thornburg’s lack of shoulder strength partially boils down to miscommunication, writes Silverman. After they acquired him from the Brewers, the Red Sox, who have their own shoulder maintenance program, sent Thornburg a list of exercises to perform daily. He misunderstood the directions, however. “I kind of figured that this is a list of the exercises they incorporated, I didn’t think this is what they do all in one day,” said Thornburg. “I thought, ‘here’s a list of exercises, learn them, pick five or six of them,’ because that was pretty much what we did in Milwaukee.” Teammate and fellow reliever Joe Kelly also had a difficult time adjusting to the program when the Red Sox acquired him in 2014, but he’s now on board with it. “It’s something that I didn’t buy into all the way when I first did it because it’s something new, something new you’re doing and you’re getting sore and fatigued, it’s something you probably don’t want to do,” Kelly stated. “It’s something I stuck with, and I tried it and ultimately it just felt great. It’s one of the things you’ve kind of got to get results first in order to believe.”--MLBTR

That kind of "one size fits all" mentality rarely is effective today, especially in a "everyone is a winner" culture. Tyler may have been doomed to having arm trouble this season anyway, but now if he does, he'll always blame those exercises he may not be comfortable with and is basically "forced" to do.

That stuff works in college athletics and in the military, where you are more likely to get total buy in. Joe Kelly has not had any success in BOS after being solid in SL. Why? I don't know, but you know if he was traded tomorrow, he'd tear up those sheets and think, "Thank God."  

3/12/2017 11:52:00 AM

(3/12/2017 09:30:00 AM) - Al

I have even a better idea. After the old media apologizes for just making up stuff, in the future, they just report what happened.

I know, what a novel idea.

3/12/2017 09:30:00 AM

(3/12/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

That's a shame.

3/12/2017 09:00:00 AM

(3/12/2017 06:30:00 AM) - Al

They all hate the USA, yet they beg to come back, no matter how big a scumbag they are.

3/12/2017 06:30:00 AM

(3/12/2017 03:30:00 AM) - Al

I'm so old, I remember when it was racist to openly plot against a sitting president.

Hard to believe things are different now than 8 years ago. It's almost as if it was all just politics.

3/12/2017 03:30:00 AM

Saturday, March 11, 2017

(3/11/2017 11:30:00 PM) - Al

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It's funny because it's true.

3/11/2017 11:30:00 PM

(3/11/2017 09:18:00 PM) - Al

Try as they might to convince us otherwise, we all know the WBC is just a bunch of exhibition games with most pitchers nowhere close to being ready.

There's really no good time to do stuff like this, considering the billion dollar industry that is MLB.

3/11/2017 09:18:00 PM

(3/11/2017 04:44:00 PM) - Al

Badgers play one of their best games of the season, and probably caught a Northwestern team on an off, fatigued day. I know they're young, but it's tough to play 2 games in 20 hours. They don't even play day games after night games in the NBA.

Badgers were able to get their main guys some rest at the end as well. Only Hayes played more than 30 minutes. 25-33 is far better than 35-38 when you lace them up at 2 tomorrow.

3/11/2017 04:44:00 PM

(3/11/2017 04:04:00 PM) - Al

Social services should be at her house every single day.

You can't fix stupid.

3/11/2017 04:04:00 PM

(3/11/2017 04:00:00 PM) - Al

The thing is, the GOP in CA doesn't have much of a choice...they either need to run a moderate, a celebrity, or just let the Dem run unopposed.

So, a celeb moderate would seem to be a good choice.

3/11/2017 04:00:00 PM

(3/11/2017 03:54:00 PM) - Al

Tony Bennett and Gregg Marshall among the names being floated to take over the Illini program.

I though John Groce did a very credible job, his teams played hard and he rebuilt the program nicely. Like the Gophers' football program, thinking you can do better is usually a good sign of upcoming demise, as big names like the above are very unlikely. 

3/11/2017 03:54:00 PM

(3/11/2017 03:23:00 PM) - Al

If Happ stays 4 years, he'll rewrite the record book.

And no, I don't think he will. But I can hope.

3/11/2017 03:23:00 PM

(3/11/2017 03:21:00 PM) - Al

Happ has hit 3 of 4 FT's today, was 2 of 15 in last 4 games.

3/11/2017 03:21:00 PM

(3/11/2017 03:19:00 PM) - Al

You know what they're doing because it's what they claim to be very, very concerned about.

They sold fake news for decades before realizing others were doing it better.

3/11/2017 03:19:00 PM

(3/11/2017 02:55:00 PM) - Al

I've been enjoying the Rambling son's venison steaks as part of my "lean meat, no carbs" eating plan, since neither he or the Rambling wife much more than tolerate them, much preferring the brats, summer sausage, jerky, and breakfast sausage that they will make eventually.

I can only imagine the price of the reindeer meat will be significantly out of our price range.

3/11/2017 02:55:00 PM

(3/11/2017 02:42:00 PM) - Al

Khalil Iverson has left the team due to a death in the family, will not return tomorrow if they win.

I assume they will go small more with maybe Illikainen moving up in the rotation.Brown may get extra minutes too.

3/11/2017 02:42:00 PM

(3/11/2017 02:14:00 PM) - Al

The irony is, the same people that insisted Brexit had no chance of passing also insisted Trump had no chance of winning.

The funny thing is, instead of taking a step back and trying to pinpoint why they were incorrect, instead, they have chosen to simply call the voters stupid idiots who aren't as intellectual as they are.

They're the same people that think anyone who shops at Walmart is a toothless redneck and proudly will inform you they spend far more money on the same thing elsewhere...because they're smarter than you. 

3/11/2017 02:14:00 PM

(3/11/2017 01:45:00 PM) - Al

Moving daylight saving time to all year would be a good first step. Then we could get to work on double daylight saving time.

Any arguments against it is from people who do not understand that it gets light about 5 in the summer with it, it would be at 4AM if we did not shift ahead. Would you rather have sunlight from 4-5AM, or from 8:30-9:30PM? There are a few golfers and runners/walkers who would love to get in some activity by rising that early, but about 90+% of the public prefers the later sunset in the evening.

EDIT: I disagree it messes up your schedule as well. As Jim Paschke  said last night, "Why do people say they lose an hour of sleep? Just sleep an hour later." Unless you work SUN morning, that is an option that makes perfect sense to me. As I always say, I often sleep an hour (or 2-3) later every SUN. And SAT. And whenever I don't have to be up.

3/11/2017 01:45:00 PM

(3/11/2017 01:35:00 PM) - Al

Even natural resources are on the Trump bandwagon.

The north slope is the northern part of Alaska, north of Fairbanks to the northern know, where Al Gore says it won't snow anymore "in a few years."

I'm sure some ND native Americans are drawing up some fictional tribal lands documents as we speak...though given the bugs in the summer and the cold in the winter, they will only be able to leave a huge pile of garbage (like true stewards of the land ALWAYS do, dontcha know) in the brief spring and autumn.

3/11/2017 01:35:00 PM

(3/11/2017 07:00:00 AM) - Al

Children just aren't going to know what snow is!

Lesson one arrives this weekend. Better them than us.

3/11/2017 07:00:00 AM

(3/11/2017 03:30:00 AM) - Al

Another brilliant idea I somehow overlooked.

3/11/2017 03:30:00 AM

(3/11/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

I'd watch if she was mute and just sat there.

3/11/2017 12:30:00 AM

Friday, March 10, 2017

(3/10/2017 10:16:00 PM) - Al

2, 4, 6, and 8 seeds remain alive in the Big Ten tourney.

Badgers play Northwestern around 2:30-2:45 tomorrow.  

3/10/2017 10:16:00 PM

(3/10/2017 06:52:00 PM) - Al

A friend posted this on Facebook today, the Rambling uncle sold this land to the folks who built these cabins back in '81.

3/10/2017 06:52:00 PM

(3/10/2017 04:30:00 PM) - Al

You will never find bigger hypocrites.

3/10/2017 04:30:00 PM

(3/10/2017 04:12:00 PM) - Al

The UN missed the memo that poverty and child death are both at their lowest levels in decades.

The sky is always falling, it's always the end of the world as we know it...because no one sends the UN cash when all is well.

If it looks like a money grab...

3/10/2017 04:12:00 PM

(3/10/2017 03:47:00 PM) - Al

Quite possibly, the stupidest thing a human being has ever said.

Sleep patterns? Try sleeping in the next day. I usually do whether I "lose an hour" or not. The whining that goes on about jet lag and minor disruptions is very comical from people who have full bellies and are more wealthy than 98% of the world.

At any given moment, a team of Army Rangers and Navy Seals are on call, and cannot go more than 20 miles or so from their home base. If they get the call, they return to base and immediately begin their mission. They can be anywhere in the world within 24 hours and carry enough ammo and equipment with them to be able to fight on their own for 48 hours.

Never in the history of the USA have either of them ever blamed a failure on "Well, they were kinda tired."

If we had to set out to settle the Plains and West today, they wouldn't get more than a day or two from home and they'd return, complaining about the lack of adjustable mattresses, no gluten free or vegan fare, and the fact "them Injuns didn't even offer us the opportunity to return to our safe spaces before the scalping began!"

3/10/2017 03:47:00 PM

(3/10/2017 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Imitation, flattery, and all that.

Trump is using the Walker playbook because it's worked, even better than planned. Iowa and other states are doing the same thing. Same reason MLB teams are plowing cash into analytics...success does that.

3/10/2017 03:30:00 PM

(3/10/2017 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Another classy liberal who happens to be an anti Semite.

Because shut up.

3/10/2017 03:00:00 PM

(3/10/2017 02:00:00 PM) - Al

For all the goofy exaggerations, it seems no one that knows him seems to have anything but good things to say, even a conservative Dem like Manchin.

Rumor has it Manchin is the most likely to switch parties, so that could, at some point, be a very interesting quote.

3/10/2017 02:00:00 PM

(3/10/2017 01:14:00 PM) - Al

Michigan continues their run, defeating Purdue in OT. 

Quite a 48 hours for them.

3/10/2017 01:14:00 PM

(3/10/2017 01:00:00 PM) - Al

If one wonders how far downhill BP has gone, read this piece and just try to make it all the way through.

It's completely unfunny, and meant to be satire, but it's as dry as dust. Simply put, painfully awful drivel.

3/10/2017 01:00:00 PM

(3/10/2017 12:56:00 PM) - Al

Note that the states with no or low income tax seem to be doing just as well as those with very high income taxes. And CA is spending too much despite having all that extra cash...imagine that.

It's not a revenue issue. I compare it to families that make $100K and take vacations all over the globe and buy a new car every couple years, versus the one that makes $40K and watches every penny, living a far simpler lifestyle, avoiding debt and borrowing books and movies from the library.

Whenever the Rambling wife and I discus the finances of others and ourselves, we almost always close with the phrase, "There's no income you cannot outspend." We made the most money when we were living together and newly married (coincidentally, before the Rambling son made his appearance), as we both worked full time and were comfortable. We would go to several Twins' games each year, movies every couple weeks, out to dinner a couple times a week, ordered in once or twice a week, and for a decade, had negative equity on the car she drove because we had leased one and never caught up.

Lifestyle and debt are prisons, and prison is the opposite of freedom. I worked a job I dreaded going to every day for a terrible company for ages because I lacked options, and lacked that freedom.

Why do some states depend on that income tax and others do not? Same reason some families struggle while making six figures.

3/10/2017 12:56:00 PM

(3/10/2017 12:29:00 PM) - Al

My first thought when I head Radio Shack's 2nd bankruptcy?

They're still in business?

3/10/2017 12:29:00 PM

(3/10/2017 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Low interest is stellar for homeowners and businesses looking to expand, but sucks for savers.

Many of my clients thought they would just live off their interest, assuming it would be 10% or more. They were incorrect.

And, notice how no one said a word about this for 8 years. Oh the problems we have now that we have a Republican in office.

3/10/2017 12:00:00 PM

(3/10/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Any Married with Children reference is a good one.

3/10/2017 11:00:00 AM

(3/10/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

A middling recap of the Brewers' offseason by MLBTR. No huge errors, but as usual from a national perspective, a bit simplistic.

3/10/2017 09:00:00 AM

(3/10/2017 06:30:00 AM) - Al

What "local" beers the Brewers will have on tap.

3/10/2017 06:30:00 AM

(3/10/2017 03:30:00 AM) - Al

I didn't even know Al Gore was in the Dakotas.

3/10/2017 03:30:00 AM

(3/10/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

12 years later, they still think flyover country is full of stupid hicks and rednecks who drink domestic beer and live in trailers.

And they wonder why no one watches anymore and their approval ratings are so low.

3/10/2017 01:00:00 AM

Thursday, March 09, 2017

(3/09/2017 11:30:00 PM) - Al

Pure coincidence, I'm sure.

3/09/2017 11:30:00 PM

(3/09/2017 10:30:00 PM) - Al

Some guy named Mike Glennon signed a deal with the Bears to be their QB. He has not started a game since 2014, and still got a 3 year deal with millions guaranteed.

If Jay Cutler ends up with a good team, like the Broncos or Texans, I get the feeling he will suddenly become a lot better overnight. Brock Ostweiler was traded to CLE for salary cap purposes, and the Browns will either trade or release him soon.

That's two solid QB's suddenly on the FA market. 

3/09/2017 10:30:00 PM

(3/09/2017 09:00:00 PM) - Al

This reminds me of the Feingold ad that insisted Ron Johnson was a lying liar for saying college kids waste a lot of money.

You know how I know it's true?

1. I pay attention.

2. They denied it so vehemently.

3/09/2017 09:00:00 PM

(3/09/2017 06:00:00 PM) - Al

It's like he thinks everyone has forgotten what he did 20 years ago.

3/09/2017 06:00:00 PM

(3/09/2017 05:32:00 PM) - Al

I'd fire the top 25 or so and give them a fresh start. They're simply guilty as sin and extremely bad at hiding it as well.

3/09/2017 05:32:00 PM

(3/09/2017 04:13:00 PM) - Al

I like Dellavedova far more than most, and with Brogdon also in the mix, I can't imagine bringing in Rose.

3/09/2017 04:13:00 PM

(3/09/2017 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Optimism the highest in 16 years!

One may wonder why the Dems are so unhappy. Could it be because they are not in tune with most of the USA? Or is it that they are not patriotic enough to give a damn?


But by gosh, they're extremely unhappy people here illegally are...I don't know, not legal? And they have to pay know, stuff?

I don't know, I can't say I understand them. I'm evil, deplorable, and I do not see the economic bliss in socialism, which has never worked in the history of mankind for any extended length of time, and I fail to share their optimism about that fact changing in the future.

3/09/2017 03:00:00 PM

(3/09/2017 02:05:00 PM) - Al

If you have cancer and do not want want Samantha Bee making fun of your hair style, you best have the political views as her.

Of course, she's far more polite and civil than myself...she's a liberal! It's a requirement.

This is why they lose.

3/09/2017 02:05:00 PM

(3/09/2017 11:58:00 AM) - Al

Michigan up early on the Illini, and are wearing their practice attire, as their uniforms and all luggage have to stay on the plane that went off the runway until the investigation is done.

Many predicted this last night, as while great care is taken to ensure "routine" is followed, we spend 99% of our life in "show up and go" mode. We work 9-5, we walk in at 8:55, fill up our water bottle, and get started. If you play in a rec basketball or softball, you show up, warm up for a couple minutes, and get started.

In reality, while Michigan had an early wake up call, they got to the arena over an hour before the game was scheduled to begin. Not only is that plenty of time, but teams in the minors and lower levels of college sports do this all the time to avoid hotel costs. Drink some coffee or an energy drink (I would take a couple Jet Alert myself), get dressed and go play. Heck, I'm sure most of these guys did this in AAU and/or "travel" ball for years before hitting the "big time" of D1.

3/09/2017 11:58:00 AM

(3/09/2017 11:42:00 AM) - Al

Watching Outnumbered, but it is preempted at the moment to show Paul Ryan explaining what the health care plan they proposed does. So far, he's doing an excellent job in explaining why Obamacare sucks and why the new one is better.

As I've pointed out though, the problem is, the things most of us want to see, additional free market competition mainly, is not in the first part of the bill. He admits it is not perfect, but it's the best way of getting it done.

Time will tell, but I will say someone who has spent the past decade in sales, Paul Ryan is a gifted salesman.

3/09/2017 11:42:00 AM

(3/09/2017 10:00:00 AM) - Al

The death of ESPN.

When you alienate half your viewers, ratings tend to decline. A day never used to go by without me watching a Sportscenter. I doubt I've watched one in at least six months.

If I wanted to be talked down to and made to feel like a lesser person, I'd tell the Rambling wife she's looking a bit pudgy.

3/09/2017 10:00:00 AM

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