Al's Ramblings

Monday, June 25, 2018

(6/25/2018 01:30:00 AM) - Al

I would compare this to a woman defending her husband who may be a bit of a jerk...he may be a jerk, but he's the one who takes care of the household, so shut the hell up.

Or, put another way...

6/25/2018 01:30:00 AM

Sunday, June 24, 2018

(6/24/2018 11:37:00 PM) - Al

Concerned Counsell seemed as worried about Cain as he did Shaw. They might well be without one or both for 10 days.

No doubt the depth will be tested.

6/24/2018 11:37:00 PM

(6/24/2018 11:00:00 PM) - Al

2018 Brewers record runs allowed/runs scored

3 or less--11-27

4 or more--34-5


4 or less--38-16
5 or more--7-16

Last updated with the games of SUN, 6/24.

With luck, I will try to keep this updated daily.

Years ago, Pete Vuckovich was the Brewers' TV color guy, or one of 2-3 that season, I can't recall. For all of his drunken exploits and overall goofy stories involving him that are brought up; he was a pitching coach, pitching coordinator, scout, or assistant to the GM for a variety of MLB teams for the better part of the past 30 years, so he's not some dumb oaf. He was far from a brilliant analyst, as his knowledge was almost entirely talking pitching and pitch selection.

However, one night, almost in passing, the Brewers scored their 4th run of the game, and went up like 4-1 or 4-2. He called that "the run of victory," or something like that. He went onto say, for all but a team or two, the 4th run was key. In fact, he said, almost every club will have a losing record if they score 3, but a winning mark if they score 4. The play by play guy, who I think was Jim Patchke, all but ignored it.

Vuke, probably pushed on by the guys in the truck, as this was like Twain literature compared to his usual drivel, added the same was true for pitching, if you give up 4 or less, you'll probably win, and 5 or more, you'll probably lose. I have always remembered this and have always found it to be 100% accurate...but have never heard another baseball person say it, even 30 years later.

The other thing I'll add is note how much better of a manager Counsell is when his pitchers pitch nicely and/or his hitters score a bunch. It's not a complicated game.

6/24/2018 11:00:00 PM

(6/24/2018 08:22:00 PM) - Al

I admit, I think President Trump either made a bad calculation, or he simply went with his family/advisors rather than his gut.

I simply would have said, "I sure hate seeing those kids separated from their parents. That said, most of them are unaccompanied, anywhere from 70-90%. And, damn it, if you break the law, you don't get to keep your kids. Them's the facts. I suggest if they want to keep their kids, they stay on the other side of the border."

The truth is, not only would it have blown the minds of the liberals, his base would have smiled, pumped their fist, and said, "That's my president."

6/24/2018 08:22:00 PM

(6/24/2018 07:30:00 PM) - Al

Trump has taken advantage of the fact the left just takes the opposite side. They have now come out against tax cuts, a booming economy, and peace in Korea; and for gangs, a violent dictator in Korea, and open borders.

Crazy like a fox. They have spent the last 2.5 years underestimating him, and being played over and over.

Her's hoping they continue thinking they got him all figured out. Because as of now, they really, really suck at it.

6/24/2018 07:30:00 PM

(6/24/2018 04:16:00 PM) - Al

Soda taxes do not work because you're punishing behavior that is, at best, a mild annoyance. People aren't going to change their ways, but they will buy it (and a lot of it) when they're out of the tax zone.

6/24/2018 04:16:00 PM

(6/24/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Every time I say they are turning President Trump into a sympathtic figure, they insist I'm wrong.

No. No, I am not.

Please, please keep it up.

6/24/2018 04:00:00 PM

(6/24/2018 03:49:00 PM) - Al

If Shaw is DL'd, be interesting to see who they bring up...could be almost any position or another pitcher, as Counsell felt "short" enough to today to allow Chacin to go at least several batters what CC wanted to.

They did not send Houser down despite him getting 6 outs yesterday, which is either because he's been pitching good enough they wanted him to stay or because they did not have anyone to bring up. It may have been related to the Monday day off also.

I'd like to see Aaron Wilkerson added to the up and down club, as he may well end up as a swingman if he has a career in the majors. AW throws in that 88-91 range where he would be a change of pace from most starters, and then the hitters would have to kick it back up a notch for the relief corps.

I'll throw out another sleeper, Mike Zagurski, who is a 35 year old lefty reliever who has a 1ish ERA away from the altitude of Colorado Springs, and has also been very solid against LH hitters (36 outs vs. lefties, 21 by K).MZ is not on the 40, but with an open spot, they won't hesitate fill it if they think it will help them.

6/24/2018 03:49:00 PM

(6/24/2018 01:32:00 PM) - Al

Harrison Bader reminds me of Christian Yelich. Does everything well, Bader has a stronger arm, and I think may develop more power than CY, maybe 25-30 homers per year.

6/24/2018 01:32:00 PM

(6/24/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al


That might have been intelligent and a nice gesture. But when you're only looking out for yourself, intelligence tends to be the last thing on your mind.

6/24/2018 11:30:00 AM

(6/24/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Please, please keep it up.

6/24/2018 09:00:00 AM

(6/24/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al

The answer is: Yes, but only Republicans.

6/24/2018 06:00:00 AM

(6/24/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

This is why the old media fibbed about the "crisis" with the kids, almost all of whom show up unaccompanied.

Providing cover is what they do best.

Never forget, if Hillary would have been elected, we'd never know any of this.

6/24/2018 03:00:00 AM

(6/24/2018 02:00:00 AM) - Al

Please, please keep it up.

6/24/2018 02:00:00 AM

(6/24/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

I have a hard time being really upset ever.

The idea of being unhappy every single day over fictional stuff is just exhausting to think about.

6/24/2018 01:00:00 AM

Saturday, June 23, 2018

(6/23/2018 10:30:00 PM) - Al

It really makes you wonder how much of an effort anyone else made, to say the least.

6/23/2018 10:30:00 PM

(6/23/2018 07:36:00 PM) - Al

I've a big fan of Kela, and he's under team control for 3.5 more seasons. He would be costly. Diekman is a rental and a wild rental at that, though his K's make up for most of his walks.

Kela is actually a Knebel clone of sorts.

6/23/2018 07:36:00 PM

(6/23/2018 06:30:00 PM) - Al

Not only did Time lie, they are now justifying their lies.

I'm not sure which is worse, but it's why they are fake news, and will always be fake news.

6/23/2018 06:30:00 PM

(6/23/2018 02:42:00 PM) - Al

Counsell on Miller's role with team: "What we may ask him is to move around the field more regularly, on a daily basis. Whether it be in double switches or starting role. He is versatile; he's a very good athlete. He has done this before." CC said Miller would play some SS.--JS

Translation: He is a LH hitter that can't hit LHP. Hence, versus RHP, he'll probably be in there, especially if he is hitting the ball. Right now, the middle infield spots will be a bit of a 5 man weave, with Arcia, Miller, Perez, Villar, and Sogard. There will likely be games in which 2 guys start and 2 others finish. We might well see games in which Perez or Miller start, and in the 5th or 6th, will be taken out, since the team is up 4-1.

Go 2 for 3, you'll probably be back in there the next day. Go for 0-4, you probably won't. Hit like Aguilar, you'll be in there 6 days a week. Going with the hot hand is another way of looking at it.

6/23/2018 02:42:00 PM

(6/23/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Wait until the rules apply equally to them.

6/23/2018 02:00:00 PM

(6/23/2018 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Yep. Me too.

Thank goodness they have been so negative and lacking a plan.

As I have discussed may times, I have a 65+ year old woman friend on FB (I worked with her for years and never heard her raise her voice), who after the election admitted she filled out her entire ballot and then went back to vote for president, thinking about it several minutes, Finally, she said, she went with the person she thought would do a better job running the country, even though she personally disliked both major candidates.

She now proudly posts positive Trump info, while her kids chide her because they hate prosperity. Last time she said, "Why don't you quit reading if you don't like it?" They have not commented again that I have seen since.

Sometimes, you just gotta tell the bullies to go to hell.

6/23/2018 01:30:00 PM

(6/23/2018 01:19:00 PM) - Al

For those wondering, Santana has one option left. If he remains in the minors for 20 days total this season, he will not have any options left. This would limit his trade value, even moreso since he has struggled this year. However, if he spends 19 or fewer days optioned, he will retain that option.

Given the Brewers current state of contention, it's unlikely to be a high priority to save that option.

I'm sure there are plenty of clubs that would love to "buy low" on Santana and Arcia, both of whose value is probably about half what it was last offseason. I actually saw a trade proposal of Manny Machado for Arcia, Santana, and a prospect of note just a few days ago. That would have been ridiculous last NOV, as even Arcia for 3-4 months of Machado would have been an overpay. Suddenly, it makes sense, as Domingo and Orlando have each lost some value, though BAL is as unconcerned about this year's production as any team has ever been. And, the prospect (maybe a top 100 or 150 type) would likely be the most desired addition; but young, cheap players like Arcia and Santana would certainly be welcome in a rebuild.

A perfect scenario would be for DS to go down and rake in AAA, and return when an injury or need comes up, maybe in 10-14 days.

6/23/2018 01:19:00 PM

(6/23/2018 12:25:00 PM) - Al

Miller has played for several years in the majors, been DFA'd, and is now in MIL.

His first thought: Can we go down the slide?

Mine: Gee, he looks so young.

Reminds me of that old joke, you see an old guy walking down the street in your hometown, and then notice he graduated from high school...several years after you did.

6/23/2018 12:25:00 PM

(6/23/2018 12:11:00 PM) - Al

Santana sent to AAA to get some AB's. Brad Miller up, in the lineup at 2B today. I'm surprised Braun is not in the lineup today, nor did he PH last night. If 100%...or even 80%, he seemed like a better choice than Sogard, though Eric getting a base hit makes Counsell look like a genius.

I was right, just early.

Miller played only SS at AAA until last night, when he played 2B. If he has admitted to not being comfy at SS, one has to wonder if they will ask Villar about picking up some time there. To my knowledge, Villar has not played SS or 3B since he was made the everyday 2B, just a few games in CF late last season.

For the moment, I would expect Sogard or Perez to replace Miller late in the game for defense at 2B (if ahead, of course). Always kind of silly, we all know why they do it, but it's like defense doesn't cost a team runs until the 8th inning.

In a bit of irony, one would expect Arcia to perhaps go down for a couple weeks to try and get his offense going, but if JV or Miller or Perez is going to play SS...they might want to keep Orlando around to play the field in late game situations. 

Nice of the AAA schedule to work out, putting Miller in Des Moines, allowing him to play last night, instead of catching a flight. 

6/23/2018 12:11:00 PM

(6/23/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al

That's because they like their jobs.

6/23/2018 12:00:00 PM

(6/23/2018 08:30:00 AM) - Al

I'm 49 and of reasonable intelligence...I don't even know what to say.

6/23/2018 08:30:00 AM

(6/23/2018 05:30:00 AM) - Al

This is actually a brilliant idea.

6/23/2018 05:30:00 AM

(6/23/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

Actually, this is the exact opposite of what they should be doing.

They need to say, "this is why we disagree and what we intend to do better." That, thus far, is completely lacking.

A better phrase would be, "Vote for us and feel better about yourself, and your future."

The fact that Donny, who has been in marketing his entire life, has no idea what to say to make anyone except far left Dems not want to vote for the president is very, very telling.

6/23/2018 03:30:00 AM

(6/23/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Actually, he did "fix" it...he made it easier and told ICE to look the other way.

The problem is, his repair looks a lot like the problems we have today. 

6/23/2018 01:00:00 AM

(6/23/2018 12:00:00 AM) - Al

Robles fits many of the criteria Stearns looks for in DFA'd pitchers to pick up. Throws 95 and has kept the ball in the park until this season.

6/23/2018 12:00:00 AM

Friday, June 22, 2018

(6/22/2018 10:40:00 PM) - Al

You know, for all the mentions of him being "big" and "a big man" you sure don't see a lot of fat on Jesus like you do on, say, me.

6/22/2018 10:40:00 PM

(6/22/2018 10:33:00 PM) - Al

Am I the only one who would understand Aguilar just as well if he spoke Spanish? He might have just read off his grocery list.

6/22/2018 10:33:00 PM

(6/22/2018 08:59:00 PM) - Al

1. Buy mulch.

2. Let mulch sit in car for 96 hours while Rambling wife overnight test drives new vehicles.

3. Car may smell like mulch for the rest of time.

Not our proudest week.

6/22/2018 08:59:00 PM

(6/22/2018 08:00:00 PM) - Al

The fact Time, a news magazine, put a fictional story on the cover and is now defending it is, quite frankly, a dream come true for conservatives, the GOP, President Trump, and anyone associated with a Republican.

What's almost impossible to believe is just how self important they think they are, making the excuse that "it rings true."

Translation? "We knew it wasn't true. We ran it anyway."

Hillary came up with the term "fake news." Trump has perfected how to use it and how to excite his base by using it. And, perhaps most amazingly, those doing their best to keep the phrase from dying?

The old media themselves.

6/22/2018 08:00:00 PM

(6/22/2018 07:42:00 PM) - Al

Dexter Fowler has a .190 BAbip. He'll be fine once they start falling in, and he's walking plenty.

6/22/2018 07:42:00 PM

(6/22/2018 05:37:00 PM) - Al

I preface this with a "if true" because the old media is as reliable as a 88 year old woman on her 3rd bottle of liquor (since breakfast, which was her first bottle), but, IF TRUE, what the hell was McCain thinking?

While I blame many of his recent terrible decisions on his dislike (and jealousy) of President Trump, this, like those pictures of kids of criminals, are from the Obama administration.

EDIT: I would feel better about this if it came from someone other than McCain's communications person, but, it's far better than nothing. 

6/22/2018 05:37:00 PM

(6/22/2018 03:36:00 PM) - Al

So, where do you suppose this distrust comes from?

It's a damn puzzle.

6/22/2018 03:36:00 PM

(6/22/2018 03:27:00 PM) - Al

Preach it sister.

Nothing those whiners say makes me do anything but roll my eyes harder. All you have to do is follow the rules, and when they can't be bothered to even do that; the absolute bare minimum and just want to wander their way across the border into a life of luxury (never forget, our lower class is like their upper class), any sympathy I had for them having the misfortune to be living in a hellhole quickly dissipates and they become common criminals.

6/22/2018 03:27:00 PM

(6/22/2018 03:19:00 PM) - Al

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For 8 years, any criticism of Obama was met with a "how dare ye?" and "you racist!"

Now, as was the case under W, "dissent is the highest form of patriotism."

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

6/22/2018 03:19:00 PM

(6/22/2018 02:30:00 PM) - Al

I'm not saying the old media lies.

They have no problem telling the public that themselves.

6/22/2018 02:30:00 PM

(6/22/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

I've been saying this for 40 years.

Subsidies are simply paying more for something than it's worth. It ignores the rules and common sense of the free market and supply and demand.

6/22/2018 01:00:00 PM

(6/22/2018 12:21:00 PM) - Al

If I'm Dave Stearns, I claim Thompson and DFA him immediately. He is close to being able to sneak down to AAA due to his poor numbers this season. Braun is always a risk to be injured, Santana could be traded to a team willing to overlook his below average first 3 months of 2018, and while Perez is a nice, versatile piece; he's well subpar for a corner OF offensively.

They have an open spot on the 40, use it.

6/22/2018 12:21:00 PM

(6/22/2018 12:03:00 PM) - Al

I'm so old, I can remember when OPEC was some sort of all powerful group.

Funny how they blinked when faced with President Trump.

6/22/2018 12:03:00 PM

(6/22/2018 08:30:00 AM) - Al

I've said this several times before, but...what if Brent Suter is just this good?

6/22/2018 08:30:00 AM

(6/22/2018 08:00:00 AM) - Al

I saw no fewer than hundreds of lefties hope CK suffers in hell and far, far worse...because he was a well spoken conservative.

I'm so glad they're not on my side.

6/22/2018 08:00:00 AM

(6/22/2018 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Damn, I hope them young ins are up to date on their shots.

6/22/2018 06:30:00 AM

(6/22/2018 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Why do they keep calling the old media fake? They do a helluva job...lying and distorting.

The hell with them. Keep pushing folks away, we appreciate it.

6/22/2018 05:30:00 AM

(6/22/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

Those guys that proudly raise taxes because the rubes are too damn stupid to understand why had better be in a safe district.

6/22/2018 03:30:00 AM

(6/22/2018 01:30:00 AM) - Al


6/22/2018 01:30:00 AM

Thursday, June 21, 2018

(6/21/2018 11:03:00 PM) - Al

Giannis' brother Kostas goes to 76ers with the final pick of the draft.

We'll see if the Bucks made a trade for him or if Philly wanted him.

EDIT: Philly was picking for Dallas per earlier trade. 

6/21/2018 11:03:00 PM

(6/21/2018 06:46:00 PM) - Al

Nothing less than a conservative genius.

6/21/2018 06:46:00 PM

(6/21/2018 03:13:00 PM) - Al

So you wonder why the odd timing of the children on the border story, when all the pictures are from the Obama administration?

Remember, the goal is to cover the news. With a pillow. Until it stops moving.

6/21/2018 03:13:00 PM

(6/21/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I know not it's a nothing burger by the way the left has told the old media (hence, I repeat myself) to focus on this children of criminals being left alone at the border "story" that has been going on for a half decade at least and pretending it's news.

It's not a coincidence the focus shifted to the kids right after the IG report was released. They may not stand for anything, but they're not stupid.

6/21/2018 11:30:00 AM

(6/21/2018 10:05:00 AM) - Al

From friend of Ramblings High Heat 19, rumors involving the Brewers at this early date.

--Brewers are currently exploring "ALL" pitching options which is nothing new. 

--However, Tyson Ross is a target of interest as is Kyle Gibson of the Twins as they would be cheaper in the Brewers eyes. 

--Brewers have interest in Jacob deGrom. More in deGrom than Noah Syndergaard at this moment with a close eye on Syndergaard's strained ligament in his finger.

--Brewers have discussed Manny Machado and would be open to sending Arcia as part of a package along with pitchers not named Peralta.

--Peralta will likely not be traded in any scenario as he is seen as a big component for September. Brewers will NOT offer anything big for Machado but all of the Brewers minor league outfielders are open to be traded.--High Heat 19

Thank you to HH19 for sharing this with us. I was just thinking the other day, before Freddy returned to start TUE, "I wonder if he might have success in a Josh Hader like role." 

Imagine seeing Suter on your first PA, Peralta on your 2nd, and Hader on your 3rd. That would be a mighty tough adjustment. 

Gibson is a very interesting name to me, as he has "underperformed" a bit, even his secondary stats seem far better than his ERA.

6/21/2018 10:05:00 AM

(6/21/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Not only is it outstanding trolling, it shows you that the Dems were against illegal immigration...before they were for it.

6/21/2018 09:00:00 AM

(6/21/2018 07:00:00 AM) - Al


Quit your whining and if you can't do the time...

6/21/2018 07:00:00 AM

(6/21/2018 02:30:00 AM) - Al

I can't believe it's just under 50%. In 20 years, I doubt it will be 10% of what it is now.

6/21/2018 02:30:00 AM

(6/21/2018 12:30:00 AM) - Al

I'm surprised she didn't answer "That was different, because shut up."

6/21/2018 12:30:00 AM

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

(6/20/2018 11:49:00 PM) - Al

Call me heartless all you want. 100% true.

6/20/2018 11:49:00 PM

(6/20/2018 10:35:00 PM) - Al

Brewers' rained out game from tonight will be made up as part of a traditional doubleheader on SAT, 7/14, game one begins at 11:35 Central time.

The Pirates chose that day despite both teams having the day off SEP20 with the Brewers coming in for a 3 game weekend series SEP21-23, with no problems with playing 20+ days in a row.

They don't seem very good at this scheduling stuff.

6/20/2018 10:35:00 PM

(6/20/2018 10:07:00 PM) - Al

JS reports it stopped raining at 11 in Pittsburgh (that's 10 our time).

Missed it by "that" much.

6/20/2018 10:07:00 PM

(6/20/2018 09:39:00 PM) - Al

Friend of Ramblings High Heat 19 will be checking in tomorrow morning with a newsy update, discussing what the Brewers have been planning and discussing to improve the team.

Thank you very much to HH for making Ramblings his new home for rumors. I might look for that about 10ish. FYI. 

6/20/2018 09:39:00 PM

(6/20/2018 08:44:00 PM) - Al

Adam is assuming all the SP's will "be bumped" a single day. With a MON day off, Peralta could be moved back all the way to next SAT. However, if he were to be optioned, he would have to stay 10 days. You can take it back to when he last pitched though, so if TUE counts, TUE/WED/THU/FRI/SAT/SUN/MON/TUE/WED/THU/FRI/SAT is 12, so even without the first TUE and last SAT, it's still 10. However, I cannot recall if that is the case or not.

I'm sure he will be optioned ASAP if that is the case. Time will tell. They could bring up a reliever or a position player...they could bring up Brad Miller as early as tomorrow, or, they could bring up any player in the organization, since they have an open spot on the 40 man, as they did with Nick Franklin earlier in the season.

6/20/2018 08:44:00 PM

(6/20/2018 08:11:00 PM) - Al

Brewers game postponed due to lack of foresight during Pittsburgh stadium construction planning.

6/20/2018 08:11:00 PM

(6/20/2018 06:55:00 PM) - Al

Fonda said something several times worse than Roseanne.

Any consequences? Nope, he's a liberal.

6/20/2018 06:55:00 PM

(6/20/2018 06:10:00 PM) - Al

Braun is not with the team, getting an injection in his thumb. Per CC, been bothering him a few days. Will rejoin team tomorrow.

6/20/2018 06:10:00 PM

(6/20/2018 02:20:00 PM) - Al

Ratings way up since they replaced a racist as an anchor?

I, for one, am shocked.

6/20/2018 02:20:00 PM

(6/20/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al

So, how do I get this little punk to boycott me? Other than, you know, being far more popular than I am...

6/20/2018 02:00:00 PM

(6/20/2018 11:45:00 AM) - Al

The fact he hasn't predicted an election correctly since 2008 makes a lot more sense now that we've found out Nate Silver has trouble calculating a blankety blanking tip.

Nate, 10% is moving the decimal over one. Make an easy amount to work with. Double it. Round up, drop change. Done.

1. Example: {$42.76.}

2. Move decimal 4.276. Make into an easy amount {4.25}.

3. Double it  {8.50}.

4. Round up, dropping change {9.00}. 

5. Many would "round this up" to $10, to be honest. 

I tend to "round up" to an even amount, such as making the total $55 and then making the tip the difference, as that adds up immensely for the tipped employee.

Gee, I hope that wasn't "too much math and stuff" for ya. The key is...don't ever tip low enough so someone thinks, "That guy doesn't know how to tip." As an adult in the USA, that's just embarrassing.

6/20/2018 11:45:00 AM

(6/20/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al

And to think, all President Trump had to do was ask.

In 8 years, Obama never bothered to ask...W? Clinton?

Well, at least we know how Bill was passing the time...

6/20/2018 11:00:00 AM

(6/20/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al

So? That was different, because shut up.

I can only wish I could muster one ounce of concern for criminals being separated from their kids, which has happened since the dawn of time.

If you can't do the time...

6/20/2018 09:00:00 AM

(6/20/2018 07:00:00 AM) - Al

They seem to think they will climb in the polls by not accomplishing anything.

It has worked the opposite so far, and turned many off of the left while Trump's approval has risen almost 25% in the past 6 months.

6/20/2018 07:00:00 AM

(6/20/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

The fact is, an illegal email from Obama becomes a "get out of jail free" card for Hillary?

Stuff like that just makes me want to see them both prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We're talking about 2 terrible people who both feel they are completely above the law.

6/20/2018 03:30:00 AM

(6/20/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

I admired them back when they had a backbone and gave a damn about the USA.

Quit breaking the law, and you don't have to worry about not being with your kids.

When you report to San Quentin, they don't let you bring your youngsters in with you either. If you can't do the time...

6/20/2018 01:00:00 AM

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

(6/19/2018 06:30:00 PM) - Al

I have been assured by the finest economic minds on the left that if you simply ignore supply and demand, its effects will go away.

I'll have to email Bert and Ernie and ask again...

6/19/2018 06:30:00 PM

(6/19/2018 05:48:00 PM) - Al

I wondered this last night when I saw he pitched in relief, though I figured he was probably just getting in some innings because Davies or someone was stealing his start.

Burnes is not on the 40 man roster, and would not have to go on until after the 2019 season. Using him this year in the majors, even for a single pitch, means protecting one less prospect this offseason. That would have to be a very tough call for the braintrust, as it would be for Hiura, who is in the same circumstance, but after 2020.

6/19/2018 05:48:00 PM

(6/19/2018 05:33:00 PM) - Al

Take the two prospects that you, under no circumstances, would ever want your team to trade. Then, add 2-4 more good pieces to it and you might have a decent framework.--MLBTR chat on what it would take to acquire Syndergard from the Mets. 

Says Degrom would be a similar return.  

This is why teams pick up relievers.

6/19/2018 05:33:00 PM

(6/19/2018 05:11:00 PM) - Al

I, for one, am shocked.

Tell me again, which party do most millennials belong? Just a coincidence, I'm sure.

6/19/2018 05:11:00 PM

(6/19/2018 03:56:00 PM) - Al

Peralta activated, Logan DFA'd.

That's a very small sample for Boone, especially when one looks at his velocity returning and his overall bad luck. Obviously, results matter, but as I have discussed before, when you have a .414 BAbip, it's impossible to have success.

Logan will almost certainly revert back to form, or close to form, once he ends up elsewhere, barring some sort of lingering injury. I suppose he could agree to go to AAA, but I assume there's half a dozen teams already contacting his agent, so that would seem unlikely.

I am wondering how much this move had to do with opening a 40 man spot, if any.

6/19/2018 03:56:00 PM

(6/19/2018 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Never forget, Biden is one who told people to stop riding mass transit due to terror concerns, and then hopped on an Amtrak to spend the weekend in Delaware.

Because he was so intelligent!

6/19/2018 03:30:00 PM

(6/19/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al

It's almost as if they hate all of our military...because they do.

6/19/2018 02:00:00 PM

(6/19/2018 01:56:00 PM) - Al

Hawks' players will be linked to MIL because of the coaching staff. Bazemore was highly sought after by the Bucks when he was a free agent as well.

I like Schroder as well, but he is very overpaid and he is a Jennings' type, very hot and cold.

Bazemore is basically Khris Middleton light, and the Bucks already have KM, so it'd be a strange marriage. 

6/19/2018 01:56:00 PM

(6/19/2018 01:31:00 PM) - Al

I got a dairy auction ad pop up on my phone today, I assume because I read various ag related stories that pop up on Google.

Among the many animals selling, was a cow alleged to be giving 219 pounds of milk a day.

That's a lot.

6/19/2018 01:31:00 PM

(6/19/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al

They've insisted the total is 0, and now it's 4k.

My guess is 10-15k, because there's no way a bunch of mostly elderly seniors are catching most of them.

6/19/2018 11:30:00 AM

(6/19/2018 10:30:00 AM) - Al

I said this exact same thing the other day. If you can't do the time, don't do the crime. One of the things criminals lose is the option to eat roast beef dinners with their families whenever they want to.

I know I'm supposed to be rendered impotent and weepy about that, but I'm not. I choose to feel sympathy for the victims, and not for the convicted. The hell with them.

6/19/2018 10:30:00 AM

(6/19/2018 08:00:00 AM) - Al

This is why no one believes them.

Because they lie.

By the way, if that kid is illegal, he should be behind bars. If laws are ignored, we have chaos.

6/19/2018 08:00:00 AM

(6/19/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Hard to believe us rubes ain't making a beeline for Frisco, huh?

6/19/2018 06:00:00 AM

(6/19/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

Heh. Tough to have a consistent feeling on a topic when you have no conscience.

6/19/2018 03:30:00 AM

(6/19/2018 02:00:00 AM) - Al

I told the Rambling son I'd change the oil in "his car" and check on getting the AC repaired for him (you realize, I did not bother even checking it for the past 5 years). I only drove 1400 miles in the last 7.5 months, but looking online, all the recommendations say to change the oil once every 12 months regardless of miles (for instance, if it's a classic car), or every 6 months if you live in a cold climate.

Or, if you use synthetic, you can get away with only once a year.

News some of you can probably use.

6/19/2018 02:00:00 AM

Monday, June 18, 2018

(6/18/2018 10:30:00 PM) - Al

A true tribute to a eccentric dresser.

6/18/2018 10:30:00 PM

(6/18/2018 10:00:00 PM) - Al

Even though it is mostly luck, and luck should not "even out" so to tends to do just that. Teams that have a great won loss record in one run games in the first half rarely repeat that in the second half.

Those complaining about losing 10-9 and 1-0 on consecutive days (well, they should have won at least one of them!) have already completely forgotten about winning 2-0 and 1-0 against one of the best offensive teams in MLB last week (well, they easily could have lost BOTH of's just math).

6/18/2018 10:00:00 PM

(6/18/2018 09:31:00 PM) - Al

This is an overly simple take, but Counsell is probably trying to rally some emotion among the rest of his position player group. To be honest, they have been good, but Thames and Aguilar have been better for the money.

Of course, let's be honest here...if a pitcher can shut down Cain and Yelich, they do have a pretty good chance of getting the rest of the order out too. This is the case with any team. That's why teams often pick a player they "do not let him beat you."

6/18/2018 09:31:00 PM

(6/18/2018 09:02:00 PM) - Al

Funny, the sky is falling and it's the end of the world as we know it on every old media report I see.

Unexpectedly, of course.

6/18/2018 09:02:00 PM

(6/18/2018 08:07:00 PM) - Al

There's not many groups you can count on to always be wrong.

The old media is the exception. They are so far out of touch with middle America; they should be considered inconsequential.

They did not think a well known businessman could be elected? Hey, not everyone can be a community organizer.

6/18/2018 08:07:00 PM

(6/18/2018 07:25:00 PM) - Al

The prize of the rental reliever market about to go to the Nats, as they have made a deal for Herrera. This will help set the market for other bullpen help as well as well.

The haul is 3 players: A OF who ranks as a "45" prospect, who would be similar to Troy Stokes or Jake Greenwood in the MIL system, and 2 unranked prospects, at lest on the top 30 list. Certainly a lot for 100 games (probably about 40 IP for Herrera), but not cost prohibitive.

6/18/2018 07:25:00 PM

(6/18/2018 06:10:00 PM) - Al

BUMPED: Travis has an injured wrist and was scratched from the original starting lineup, per TV team.

Shaw gets the night off in Pittsburgh, a bit odd since a RHP is getting the start for the Pirates. Trevor Williams has pretty normal splits, just a bit better versus RH bats.

6/18/2018 06:10:00 PM

(6/18/2018 05:32:00 PM) - Al

On FRI, I called to add the Rambling son to our policy.

Today, I called to add the new Rambling wife's vehicle to our policy. This is why I hate people so.

It's just inconceivable to me that these companies insist on charging more for inexperienced drivers and new SUV's.--sarcasm

{I'm a capitalist, I get it.}

For those curious, adding the boy just about doubled our premium. Adding the vehicle, $50 more a month.

Rambling wife and Al, 2 cars--about $70 a month
Wife, Al, and boy--about $138 a month (would have been $149 w/o good student discount, thank you wife's genetic intelligence)
New vehicle and 2 old cars--about $190 a month

We weren't all that unhappy, as I distinctly recall when one of my department managers added her 16 year old son, their policy went up $2000 for the year. This was about 2006. Ours went up about $1440 adding the son and another vehicle. Comparatively, we were expecting more.

6/18/2018 05:32:00 PM

(6/18/2018 05:08:00 PM) - Al


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

The hypocrisy of those clowns is off every chart. They can't tell you what exactly they think without consulting a poll.

6/18/2018 05:08:00 PM

(6/18/2018 03:59:00 PM) - Al

Al, have you seen these numbers? 

Jonathan Villar since May 1--.336/.485, 822 OPS

Friend of Ramblings Jason sends along this statline. That would be 3rd among all teams 2B production. Hard to believe actually. That's almost identical to his 2016 line.

6/18/2018 03:59:00 PM

(6/18/2018 01:30:00 AM) - Al

That was different because Bill was a Dem.

And by the way, shut up.

6/18/2018 01:30:00 AM

Sunday, June 17, 2018

(6/17/2018 09:00:00 PM) - Al

It's funny because it's true.

6/17/2018 09:00:00 PM

(6/17/2018 07:00:00 PM) - Al

The more far lefties that visit us rubes and realize we're not all racist idiots, the worse it is for the GOP.

We count on that "talking down effect" to steal votes. Obama was an absolute master at it, pushing away his majorities by pretending to know what was best for all and calling the ones that pushed him over the top "bitter clingers" and the like.

6/17/2018 07:00:00 PM

(6/17/2018 06:13:00 PM) - Al

Because most Americans respect the rule of law, and care far more about the safety of border patrol agents than a bunch of illegals.

The more they talk, the more you realize why they lose.

6/17/2018 06:13:00 PM

(6/17/2018 04:26:00 PM) - Al

Surprised illness doesn't happen more with those pitchers brought up from the minors, they get little sleep, travel commercial early in the AM, eat strange food, get introduced to new germs on plane, taxis, clubhouse, and so on. And when it's 100 degrees, any minor problems are made a lot worse.

It's not like he has an injured arm either. Down 4, 8th inning, let him tough it out, if he wishes. May well have another arm up tomorrow anyway.

6/17/2018 04:26:00 PM

(6/17/2018 01:48:00 PM) - Al

Thank you for your service, sir. And this is why we love Chik Fil A, even though I've never been to one due to geography.

Jones, who lost both legs in the Middle East, was on Outnumbered the other day, and said, "I gave both my legs for this country, and I'd proudly give 2 more if I could."

Keep kneeling, fellas. It'll win ya lots of votes.

6/17/2018 01:48:00 PM

(6/17/2018 01:38:00 PM) - Al

Lopez down, Houser up, as I predicted last night.

6/17/2018 01:38:00 PM

(6/17/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Why Obama has been so silent, after never shutting the hell up?

He knows they got him redhanded. He knows Hillary cheated, and by corresponding with her, he cheated. Even worse, by using a fake name, he admits he knew he was cheating and it was wrong.

All the "how dare ye?" criticism he rolls out for others? Total crap. If they weren't liberals, they'd be working out codes to bang on the concrete to communicate with each other who despises the other more.

6/17/2018 01:00:00 PM

(6/17/2018 12:35:00 PM) - Al

Counsell goes with Perez at SS, though he rarely plays him there, as his range is far less than other choices. Going with the hot bat. Santana and Braun both off.

6/17/2018 12:35:00 PM

(6/17/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al

A man was standing on the side of a bridge, ready to jump. Another fella runs up, and says, "No, don't jump. Tell me what's wrong." For 3 hours, in great detail, he told him about his problems. When he got finished, they both jumped.--Joel Osteen

If you don't cut the negative people out of your life, eventually, they're going to drag you down to their level.

Or, in the words of the great Dr. Phil, "Hey, if they're going to call me a sum bitch, they're gonna do it long distance."

6/17/2018 11:30:00 AM

(6/17/2018 10:30:00 AM) - Al

My response? A very simple "the hell with them."

It's the same reason I'm tired of hearing that in prison, the concrete is not soft enough to get comfortable on, and their cable TV packages are subpar. That's a damn shame. I'll see in 10-20.

Keep your family together, file your paperwork, work hard, and eventually, you will become a citizen of the greatest country in the history of the world. You won't even have to look over your shoulder. If you choose to charge to the front of the line, bad things will happen.

Go figure.

6/17/2018 10:30:00 AM

(6/17/2018 07:30:00 AM) - Al

This is probably because they are incredible negative nellies because they have incorrect information that socialism is not terrible.

6/17/2018 07:30:00 AM

(6/17/2018 05:00:00 AM) - Al

I've been saying this for 2 years, and considering they leak everything the minute they find it, and thus far, have nothing, and Strok texted his girlfriend "there is nothing there," I remain uncertain what folks think is going to suddenly be found. It was reported days after the election it was simply a diversionary tactic by the left, and we have no proof that it wasn't.

Occam's razor.

They thought they would win and shred all the emails, the warrants, and the fibs. They didn't.

I can only continue to say the same thing so many times until the left's "end of the world as we know it," "well maybe it happened like this" goes from an eye roll to the boy crying wolf.

In the meantime, keep opposing tax cuts and insisting illegal immigration is an American savior. Oh, and that patriotism is for idiots.


6/17/2018 05:00:00 AM

(6/17/2018 02:00:00 AM) - Al

It's almost as if people think ESPN is just a left leaning piece of crap.

They probably feel thi way because ESPN has become a left leaning piece of crap. Amazingly, their ratings have gone right into the crapper as they follow this strategy.

I, for one, am shocked.

6/17/2018 02:00:00 AM

Saturday, June 16, 2018

(6/16/2018 10:51:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal said other teams expect the Brewers to be aggressive in adding starting pitching before the deadline.

I think a more interesting question is, will they choose to add controllable players like Chris Archer? Or FA to be SP's like JA Happ.

6/16/2018 10:51:00 PM

(6/16/2018 08:00:00 PM) - Al

Adam wonders if Lopez will go down after throwing 2 frames today.

He may, but they do have an 8 man bullpen. When Peralta comes up, if they go down to a 7 man pen, they may be more aggressive. Wilkerson just pitched, while Woodruff has not been down long enough. That said, Houser, Asher, and Diplan are all still on the 40 and would be thrilled to fly into MIL.

ADDED: Houser started a game and went 5 innings MON, so I assume he would be the guy. 

6/16/2018 08:00:00 PM

(6/16/2018 07:38:00 PM) - Al

Boone Logan pitched well today, as a bloop hit, walk that missed by a fraction of an inch from an inconsistent home plate arbiter, and a soft ground ball to 3B is hardly poor pitching.

Being results oriented is fine, though you will embarrass yourself quite often, as one has to understand you're going to be up and down an awful lot, as line drives are often caught while ground balls sneak through. Just the way it is.

6/16/2018 07:38:00 PM

(6/16/2018 07:12:00 PM) - Al

Found this link while looking for other things...written in 1959, on how to improve your dairy herd. I was skimming it, and stopped when I saw that testing your cows cost 45 cents a head...that seemed really inexpensive, and that's when I noticed the date.

6/16/2018 07:12:00 PM

(6/16/2018 02:30:00 PM) - Al

This is the exact opposite that most everyone would have thought a year ago.

Why am I a contrarian? Most folks are wrong most of the time.

6/16/2018 02:30:00 PM

(6/16/2018 02:18:00 PM) - Al

Of course they did.

IL is broke, and will almost certainly have to beg the feds for cash. If they get it, it may well be the beginning of another American civil war.

If one penny of our tax dollars is used to bail out the idiot spending of shortsighted liberal states, I might just lead the pack with a pitchfork in one hand and a flaming stick in the other.

6/16/2018 02:18:00 PM

(6/16/2018 02:11:00 PM) - Al


Notice how Graham is now one of Trump's biggest allies, and McCain would say Trump had no clue about AIDS if he cured cancer. One is looking at the upcoming elections, one is just trying to be a pain.

Sadly, much of that would appear to be McCain's unfortunate imminent demise causing him not to give a rat's ass about the future. Right now, the closest comparison I can make is a pissy ex wife who wants her husband's baseball card collection just because she knows he loves it.

McCain found out he was dying, and immediately hired a ghost writer to pen his autobiography. He won't resign, but says he cannot travel to DC to vote...despite flying to and from treatment and his home in AZ often.

6/16/2018 02:11:00 PM

(6/16/2018 01:58:00 PM) - Al


The death penalty is far too good for them.

6/16/2018 01:58:00 PM

(6/16/2018 01:55:00 PM) - Al

Next TUE, the Crew will likely activate Peralta to be the 5th SP until he struggles a time or two (or until Davies returns healthy). I'm going to once again predict Santana goes down to get some AB's (unless Villar is not healthy at that time).

Of coursed, that way I wasn't wrong, I was just early.

6/16/2018 01:55:00 PM

(6/16/2018 12:30:00 PM) - Al

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

The definition of insanity is to do keep doing the same thing and expecting different results.

Why doesn't President Trump keep doing what Obama did? Because what Obama did didn't work.

6/16/2018 12:30:00 PM

(6/16/2018 11:41:00 AM) - Al

Surprised to see Brad Miller only used as a PH last night in AAA. I thought he would play SS most days, and DH a couple days a week. He does not seem to be on a fast track to MIL.

Nice to see Arcia get a couple hits last night. He's still very young, and he has holes in his swing. Scouts see that, pitchers and pitching coaches take advantage of that. If you swing at bad pitches, you will rarely see good pitches. He's still years from peaking.

6/16/2018 11:41:00 AM

(6/16/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al

She's a conservative too.

6/16/2018 11:30:00 AM

(6/16/2018 10:41:00 AM) - Al

Why the Dems (and John McCain) are so desperate to paint the meeting as a failure. The public, overwhelmingly sees a sit down between the madman and the US president as positive.

Obama had 8 years and never even tried, which is especially bothersome considering the possible risk to Hawaii and Alaska

6/16/2018 10:41:00 AM

(6/16/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al

This makes so much sense it must be true.

They can't go after Hillary, because that would take down the legend and hero along with her. Hence, they continue to just ignore the fact that classified info went from her to...well, everyone everywhere.

6/16/2018 09:00:00 AM

(6/16/2018 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Brent Suter is tied for 4th in wins in the NL.

1st-3rd? Scherzer, Wacha, and Nola.

Bums, each and every one. 

6/16/2018 08:00:00 AM

(6/16/2018 07:30:00 AM) - Al


I have no comment.

6/16/2018 07:30:00 AM

(6/16/2018 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Wheaton would be the first one to rip apart a conservative, no matter how baseless the charge.

Wait a minute here. Notice when it's a friend of his, he has to carefully process everything and probably get legal advice before commenting.

Wheaton was a pompous jerk when I used to sit at his table on Poker Stars and he still is. Bad things often happen to bad people.

6/16/2018 05:30:00 AM

(6/16/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

That's a shame.

6/16/2018 03:00:00 AM

(6/16/2018 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Great line here by Glenn.

6/16/2018 12:30:00 AM

Friday, June 15, 2018

(6/15/2018 10:00:00 PM) - Al

Bandy with a HR in AAA, as he splits his time between C and 1B at that level.

He may well be a banged up C from the majors. Don't forget him.

6/15/2018 10:00:00 PM

(6/15/2018 06:07:00 PM) - Al

Never forget, Obama insisted he found out Hillary was not using her secure email on the news...despite the fact he wrote to her under a pseudonym numerous times.

The reason he avoided repercussions? The D in front of his name.

6/15/2018 06:07:00 PM

(6/15/2018 05:55:00 PM) - Al

Even moreso, Strok still has a job and is being paid a very handsome salary and benefit package by the taxpayers, half of which, he despises and would wish dead if he could.

6/15/2018 05:55:00 PM

(6/15/2018 05:45:00 PM) - Al

Brewers pick up a minor leaguer for international spending money, that, I assume they did not have anyone they felt was worth spending it on.

6/15/2018 05:45:00 PM

(6/15/2018 04:30:00 PM) - Al

In my defense, I would like to respond to this.

Haay, who u callin unedgeamacayted?

Thank you.

6/15/2018 04:30:00 PM

(6/15/2018 03:51:00 PM) - Al

Over on other side of town. Wife suggests we pick up KFC for supper. Call son and ask him what he thinks. He says that would be ok, but he prefers Lee's, which is only a couple miles from our house. I ask him, well you would eat KFC if we got it?

"I guess."

6/15/2018 03:51:00 PM

(6/15/2018 01:42:00 PM) - Al

30 days?

Well, to be fair, Rand Paul is not only a Republican, but a very conservative one.

Quick, if the same assault would take place versus Obama, even today, the sentence would be closer to 30 years...right?

I have a former acquaintance who is accused of telling friends of a house to burglarize. Since the "friends" used a weapon of some sort to hit the resident on the head, this person is being charged with armed robbery, which carries a sentence of 10-20 years. They have been offered 10 years if they plead guilty. Remember, there is no question, from what I can tell at least, that my friend DID NOT actually hit or hurt anyone.

The guy physically assaulted a sitting US senator, breaking ribs. 30 days.

6/15/2018 01:42:00 PM

(6/15/2018 12:10:00 PM) - Al

I've only seen heavily edited 2-3 minute versions, but it's wonderful to see everyone on the Republican side of the aisle literally jumping up and down at the President Trump impromptu presser this AM. Classic, vintage Trump, calling out CNN, Comey, and everyone else that should be and deserves to be laughed at and scorned.

If you'll recall, just a short while back, everyone said that he should never do that, and he should never be on Twitter. They were wrong, and they're quickly admitting it. Seeing someone on the GOP side fight back was once so scary, and now, after 16 months of Trump, is being roundly cheered.

6/15/2018 12:10:00 PM

(6/15/2018 11:39:00 AM) - Al

Just added the Rambling son to our auto insurance.

Probably picking up a new vehicle tonight and will have to add that as well.

That sound you heard is me hating everyone.

6/15/2018 11:39:00 AM

(6/15/2018 09:51:00 AM) - Al

The battle against terror never ends.

Luckily, they're just a JV squad...

6/15/2018 09:51:00 AM

(6/15/2018 07:30:00 AM) - Al

The current centerfold, who likes "guys with a sense of humor, long walks on the beach, and watching the sunset in the back of a pickup truck" could not be reached for comment.

6/15/2018 07:30:00 AM

(6/15/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

Why is no one in the old media talking about the economy?

The truth does not fit the narrative.

6/15/2018 03:30:00 AM

(6/15/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

I hope they weren't forced to drink water without ice.

Rumor has it, they might just have a basic cable package too.

The horror.

6/15/2018 01:00:00 AM

Thursday, June 14, 2018

(6/14/2018 10:05:00 PM) - Al

Peralta goes 3 effective innings and is pulled early. He would certainly look to be the odds on favorite to get the start TUE.

6/14/2018 10:05:00 PM

(6/14/2018 08:39:00 PM) - Al

Nothing to see here. Carry on. As Maria Bartiromo said this morning, it's become very apparent that "Russia" was just a diversion to try and move attention away from the actual crime and misdoings.

{Imagine that.}

She added, "at least what we've seen so far" to maintain credibility with the half dozen folks still expecting Mueller to find a video of President Trump in overalls with a screwdriver in his hand, fiddling with voting machines in MI and WI, holding a Russian instruction book, giggling like a schoolgirl.

As for this nugget, a Dem on TV tonight actually said "It wasn't missing. It was edited, because it was unimportant.  When the host said how a FBI agent saying Trump would never win because the FBI would stop it, the reply was, "One FBI agent can't get a search warrant. One can't effect an election either."

6/14/2018 08:39:00 PM

(6/14/2018 08:29:00 PM) - Al

Brad Miller makes it into Colorado Springs' lineup, as Ramblings expected, at SS.

Peralta starting tonight as well, if Davies is not ready, one would expect Freddy may well get the start next TUE when a 5th SP is needed.

6/14/2018 08:29:00 PM

(6/14/2018 03:17:00 PM) - Al

I, of course, am unsure if Stearns has any interest in any of the Padres' relievers (though, I'm sure DS is doing "due diligence" on every team and every reliever that could improve his team).

That said, if he does, the Pads may well have some interest in Santana or Phillips. While the Crew may not want to move either, one must admit, OF is where MIL has the most depth, and where SD is the weakest.

6/14/2018 03:17:00 PM

(6/14/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al

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

The left's talking points are like the weather in Frisco...if you don't like 'em, give it a few minutes...they'll change.

6/14/2018 03:00:00 PM

(6/14/2018 02:41:00 PM) - Al

Dems in 2017--You just wait, many Republicans will be running against President Trump and his policies in 2018!

Real life--Not so much.

6/14/2018 02:41:00 PM

(6/14/2018 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Joe sends this link, citizens voting with their feet...but as he points out, they bring their politics with them, apparently not realizing why the state they left was like that.

6/14/2018 02:30:00 PM

(6/14/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al

I'm so old, I remember when this was not a controversial statement.

Of course, it really isn't, unpatriotic folks somehow imagine it is. Because they're negative nellies who don't realize how lucky they are.

6/14/2018 02:00:00 PM

(6/14/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

I would agree 100%.

Relievers are far cheaper than SP's on the trade market.

You can have 8-10 quality relievers, you can't really have more than 5 starters.

Jeffress is, to be blunt, not going to keep up anywhere near his current pace.

Hader has never pitched a full season of relief in his life.

Knebel, while solid, is nothing compared to his domination last season.

Barnes and Williams, both young and solid, have had outings where they have been one pitch pitchers, because they can't get their breaking ball close enough to the plate to generate swings and misses. I now that's like saying my brilliant  supermodel girlfriend is only a mediocre cook, but you know what I mean.

6/14/2018 01:00:00 PM

(6/14/2018 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Wow. I assume he's in a rather conservative district, but...speaking out against a Dem, in her home state no less, is rarely a winning model.

6/14/2018 12:30:00 PM

(6/14/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al


Damn it, the world is going to hell in a handbasket, if only the results would just match the left's fictional concerns.

If Obama would have brokered a peace deal with North Korea and had had a booming economy, they would have got rid of that rule and he'd be in his 3rd term.

6/14/2018 12:00:00 PM

(6/14/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Al--Rambling son, can you get me a frozen pizza out of the garage freezer? 

RS--Um, dad, it's like 10:45.

Al--I've been up since 5:20 son. To me, it's well past noon. 

RS--Justify it however you want. You might even convince yourself.  

The sarcasm gene fell straight down from the tree, he said, somewhat unimpressed. 

6/14/2018 11:30:00 AM

(6/14/2018 10:09:00 AM) - Al

They'd play that tape of him calling his daughter a pig.

About 25K times.

He couldn't even beat Hillary.

6/14/2018 10:09:00 AM

(6/14/2018 09:55:00 AM) - Al

Well, to be fair, Obama never even pretended to do what he said, so it is a bit of a shocker when it happens.

6/14/2018 09:55:00 AM

(6/14/2018 09:53:00 AM) - Al

My new favorite restaurant: Mission BBQ, who opened their doors SEP 11, 2011; 10 years to the day the world changed forever. Every day at noon, they shut down the kitchen and play the national anthem. Why do they do that you ask?

Because we want to.---MBBQ founders

They said they are opening in WI soon.

6/14/2018 09:53:00 AM

(6/14/2018 08:00:00 AM) - Al


It's almost as if socialism has never worked and will never work.

6/14/2018 08:00:00 AM

(6/14/2018 07:36:00 AM) - Al

I knew what was going to happen. He's (President Trump) going to play hardball and they're going to come back to the table. He understands how to do these things. 

When I see these pundits say, "Oh, I've been dealing with this for 30 years," hey, for 30 years, you couldn't even get in a room with the guy to have a meeting. 

The other side is almost upset we're not in a nuclear war because it means that President Trump was effective, but guess what, what they've been doing for 60 years, since the end of that war, totally ineffective. Someone else comes in, brings a different approach, a business like approach, guess what? More progress in 16 months than they've had in 60 years, yet, they continue to knock it. It was textbook Trump.--Donald Trump Jr. 

Let me sum up the past year plus on North Korea policy from the left:

--We're too scared to even pretend to do anything but shudder at the mere mention of a nutty dictator.

--What is President Trump doing? He's going to make him mad.

--We need to do something, but I have no idea what, except it should not be what President Trump is doing.

--We know what will happen at this meeting. Nothing.

--Well, I can't believe we gave up so much in this agreement. Those military exercises that we've never brought up or ever mentioned before are integral to the readiness of the armed forces that we nickel and dime and disrespect every chance we get, because our voters despise them.

I forget who said it, but the lack of a congratulatory statement on North Korea from any of the living presidents pretty much tells you all you need to know. Jealousy is a tough way to live your life.

6/14/2018 07:36:00 AM

(6/14/2018 07:10:00 AM) - Al


I just finished listening to the "Win Bigly" and I had a couple of comments.

The book was not what I thought it would be about. It was all about the power of persuasion which now that I have finished it, it makes me sit here in awe of Trump and his processes. After Scott described examples of mass persuasion and how Trump uses them, I can't look at anything he does or says now any other way. He has a mastery of the art. The other world leaders don't stand a chance when in the court of public opinion. They have teams of advisers and Trump just goes off the cuff with his gut (amazing how many times he nails it). Like you commented the other day, Trump talks to everyone with basic words (Scott talked about this too in the book). The perfect example is this morning when he said the following:
George S: Did you talk about pulling troops out? U.S. troops out of South Korea.
Trump: We didn’t discuss that, no. But we’re not gonna play the war games. You know, I wanted to stop the war games, I thought they were very provocative. But I also think they’re very expensive. We’re running the country properly, I think they’re very, very expensive. To do it, we have to fly planes in from Guam -- that’s six and a half hours away. Big bombers and everything else, I said, ‘Who’s paying for this?’ I mean, who pays, in order to practice. What are the kinds of security. So one of the things that I suggested and I wanna do is we’re going to stop the war games, unless for some reason, we’re unable to go further.
So he wins no matter how it turns out. If it works, he looks like a genius, if it doesn't he was also right because it goes back to the way its been for 50 years and the blame falls on Kim not Trump (hey at least we tried). Once you listen to the book, it's amazing to see Trump in action and recognize his ability. It was a very insightful book, I highly recommend it.

Adams is not a Trump supporter (I'm not sure your normal readers know this or not, I didn't). Adams' core beliefs and mine are on very far apart.

Please keep up the great work, I check-in multiples times during the day.


Thank you for writing Joe. I heartily recommend this book to all. On one final note, those folks that insist on saying President Trump is not intelligent, and has somehow lucked into his business empire and life success...keep underestimating him. He's so far ahead, I'm not sure his detractors even know what game they're playing. 

6/14/2018 07:10:00 AM

(6/14/2018 05:30:00 AM) - Al

I just hope he doesn't remind us what a success Obamacare was, or the Senate is toast.

Let's be honest, saving $2500 on premiums and keeping your own doctor and plan is far better than, you know, supply and demand, free market medical that, you know, worked far better.

6/14/2018 05:30:00 AM

(6/14/2018 05:30:00 AM) - Al

When small schools can't afford to stay open, they close.

Not really sure why that took so long to say. I hate to be blunt, but that's what is going on. People are moving out of the cities too. You can't stop progress.

6/14/2018 05:30:00 AM

(6/14/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

That kid is going places.

6/14/2018 03:00:00 AM

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

(6/13/2018 10:00:00 PM) - Al

I mentioned both these.

However, imagine the hypocrisy behind those that insist the boy who says he should be able to run with girls is somehow more importantly than the man who says he should be able to play with kids.

6/13/2018 10:00:00 PM

(6/13/2018 08:00:00 PM) - Al

CNN is almost too laughable to make fun of.


Everyone knows it

6/13/2018 08:00:00 PM

(6/13/2018 04:04:00 PM) - Al

If Bryant is banged up, he might have had a cortisone shot today, which requires 48 hours of rest. That would explain his not PH for the catcher, as the other C is already in LF.

If he did, the Cubs will never say so either. 

6/13/2018 04:04:00 PM

(6/13/2018 03:20:00 PM) - Al

World Cup returns to the USA in 2026.

6/13/2018 03:20:00 PM

(6/13/2018 02:59:00 PM) - Al

Good the Brewers work with our military members to do this. Kudos to FSW for giving up a couple minutes of ad time to televise it as well.

6/13/2018 02:59:00 PM

(6/13/2018 01:43:00 PM) - Al

Dershowitz just noticed this...about 40 years after the rest of us, apparently.

6/13/2018 01:43:00 PM

(6/13/2018 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Well, to be fair, they are socialists.

You can't expect socialists to be able to come up with a vaccine that costs 2-3 cents each. You know, 3 cents here, 3 cents there, pretty soon, you're talking about, you know, 3 or 4 dollars.

If socialists could come up with big money like that, they'd be capitalists.

6/13/2018 12:30:00 PM

(6/13/2018 10:30:00 AM) - Al

I'm still fine.

You can't pull fat.

6/13/2018 10:30:00 AM

(6/13/2018 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Here's a strange take on the fact Republicans tend to not do as well in special elections as President Trump...perhaps, the people running aren't as popular as President Trump. But Al, Trump's popularity numbers aren't that high.

That said, he was going to lose WI by 9 points if you believe the Marquette Law poll that was released just a few days before the election.

Unless you're using Rasmussen, you might as well be asking CNN. Those other firms would have Jesus Christ polling at 35% if he was a Republican.

6/13/2018 08:30:00 AM

(6/13/2018 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Other than that, Rand's neighbor seems like a fine, fine fella.

They should put him with the dude who tried to kill 50 or so GOP congressmen, whose name was wiped from history 5 minutes the attempted massacre, because he was a looney liberal. Had he been a conservative, you'd still hear about him every day.

EDIT: Yes, I know the shooter was shot and killed.

Now do you get it?

6/13/2018 05:30:00 AM

(6/13/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

Best description of climate change, tree hugging environmentalists.

They're like abolitionists who never got rid of their own slaves.

I just call them all hypocrites until proven otherwise. And they never do. Mainly because they are hypocrites.

6/13/2018 03:30:00 AM

(6/13/2018 01:30:00 AM) - Al

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

6/13/2018 01:30:00 AM

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

(6/12/2018 08:11:00 PM) - Al

After an offseason of hearing Matt Kemp was worthless, I see he's the leading NL all star vote getter thus far.

Kemp is certainly overpaid, and is a below average defender in either LF or RF. That said, the masses certainly do not understand how much players are worth. As a FA, Kemp would have his choice of offers, probably even some of the 2 or 3 year variety. That's very similar to Ryan Braun...who would have a multitude of interest if he were a FA, but almost none on the contract he is currently on (and, with his ability to veto a trade, would probably only approve a trade to the Dodgers, as of today at least).

6/12/2018 08:11:00 PM

(6/12/2018 07:34:00 PM) - Al

I received a very serious email today about what will happen when the "Brewers' wives and girlfriends" have a man in the group.

I'm sure they already have, but that person, and player, have decided against publicizing it. They will just call themselves "Brewers' significant others" or something like that and it will go all but unnoticed. Actually, after the first one, it will go completely unnoticed.

The best part of this to me is, a decade ago, everyone seemed to think all gay people were liberals. The Log Cabin Republicans have been around for ages and are always well represented at GOP functions.

6/12/2018 07:34:00 PM

(6/12/2018 04:29:00 PM) - Al

After being brilliant in April and May, Albers had allowed nine hits and eight runs in 3 2/3 innings in June (19.64 ERA). Now, he goes on 10-day DL with shoulder issue.--JS

Jorge Lopez brought up to take his roster spot.

As I talked about a month or so again, when everyone else was talking about having Hader, Albers, Jennings, and Jeffress pitch more often and for longer stretches, I said they were all over a 70 inning pace, and were unlikely to be able to keep that up all season, despite using that revolving door of a last bullpen spot to have a fresh arm available.

The only thing casual fans know is they, in reality, don't know anything.

6/12/2018 04:29:00 PM

(6/12/2018 01:28:00 PM) - Al

Even while possibly saving the world (or maybe not, time will tell), President Trump manages to slip in a line or two about American remains being returned, which Clinton failed to accomplish despite sending cash up front for an agreement that NoKo ignored...but kept the cash.

6/12/2018 01:28:00 PM

(6/12/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Cigars are not illegal.

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

6/12/2018 11:00:00 AM

(6/12/2018 10:30:00 AM) - Al

I missed this last week.

Amazing the Bucks can get half this, considering FSW is only bidding against themselves. The Brewers get a similar amount and provide twice the ratings and twice the games.

6/12/2018 10:30:00 AM

(6/12/2018 08:45:00 AM) - Al


Damn it to hell, anyway!--Bill Maher

6/12/2018 08:45:00 AM

(6/12/2018 08:21:00 AM) - Al

I just read the transcript, and not only is it explained in very simple, easy to understand terms (no "we may need some revenue enhancement" moments), it is perhaps one of the finest moments any of us have ever witnessed in presidential history.

The irony is, while those on the left; perennially negative, as is their custom, are digging deep to try and nitpick minor items, I don't see any downside at all. If North Korea lied and does nothing, we're in the exact same spot we have been for the past several decades. In 8 years, Obama did nothing, didn't even pretend to want to get involved. He was satisfied, as with all his foreign policy (except sending cash to Iran), just kicking the can down the road.

If this thing holds and in the upcoming months, nuclear warheads start to be dismantled and that process's one of the greatest political victories anyone under the age of 70 have ever seen.

6/12/2018 08:21:00 AM

(6/12/2018 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Most new season ticket sales in NBA.

6/12/2018 08:00:00 AM

(6/12/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Or, maybe he should pretend to be a man and inform folks he eats wherever the hell he wants to eat.

6/12/2018 06:00:00 AM

(6/12/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

The only people that like it are the ones whose company buys their insurance.

The irony is, she's upset about $400. Wait until she owes $12K after having 3 surgeries like the Rambling wife...and admittedly, our insurance is offensively good compared to Obamacare.

6/12/2018 03:30:00 AM

(6/12/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

It's almost like they have an agenda...

6/12/2018 01:00:00 AM

Monday, June 11, 2018

(6/11/2018 11:59:00 PM) - Al

Crew goes over 1M in attendance in game #30. Averaging just under 33500, on pace for 2.71M. They would have to average 39.1K to get to 3M.

6/11/2018 11:59:00 PM

(6/11/2018 07:43:00 PM) - Al

Larry Kudlow always made economics fun when he was on TV. Let's hope he recovers quickly.

6/11/2018 07:43:00 PM

(6/11/2018 05:27:00 PM) - Al

Brewers owe Brad Miller $500K the rest of the 2018 season, so just over the prorated minimum salary.

And good luck to Choi, who I'm sure is rooting for a playoff share...maybe he'll get one with both teams!

6/11/2018 05:27:00 PM

(6/11/2018 04:41:00 PM) - Al

Considering it was supposed to die a couple years ago and be replaced by Hillarycare, or whatever they would have called socialized VA/DMV style health care for all (and it's free! FREE!) that would have been forced through by hook, crook, a pen and a phone, and maybe some illegal banking between friends.

6/11/2018 04:41:00 PM

(6/11/2018 04:12:00 PM) - Al

Thames active, but not starting versus the LHSP.

Woodruff to the Springs.

6/11/2018 04:12:00 PM

(6/11/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al

This is known as the Obama principle.

6/11/2018 04:00:00 PM

(6/11/2018 03:43:00 PM) - Al

Easy one.

The minute he ran as a Republican.

When that's all you got, it's obvious. Every white conservative is a racist, while every black conservative is an Uncle Tom.

Hey, when you're against tax cuts and say low unemployment doesn't matter, while coming out in favor of illegals in violent gangs, it's almost as if they really don't have a platform.

6/11/2018 03:43:00 PM

(6/11/2018 03:30:00 PM) - Al

I tell you what...being right all the time is just exhausting.

Recycling was never about anything except making people aware of the fact most stuff ain't recyclable. No one buys the small amount of stuff that does get recycled, because it's crap and is not near as good as the fresh, new stuff.

So, what happens? One truck picks up garbage. Another truck picks up "recycling." They use twice as much gas and labor as they should, so the company charges the city 3 times more than they should, because they're not going to take a loss because the city mandates stupidity. The city transfers that cost to the residents, because they're too dumb to even notice, and because they've been working all day and just pay the bills because that's all they can do.

And at the end of each day, the 2 drivers of the 2 trucks unload their crap next to each other at the landfill, and laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh.

And by the way Al, quit saying tree huggers are goofballs. They're saving the world. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to weep for the future.

6/11/2018 03:30:00 PM

(6/11/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Casuals make a big deal of wondering why the Yankees are on ESPN so much...10% of the USA population lives within an hour of NYC.

Ratings matter. If only ESPN realized that the rest of the week as they drive viewers away.

6/11/2018 01:00:00 PM

(6/11/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Small concrete box. Steel door slamming shut.

Let the apology tour begin. He had a pen, a phone, and the ability to break any law he wanted because he didn't think he'd never get caught.

Guess what? Maybe Michelle can limit your prison meals to 450 calories each, because she's so much smarter than those stupid hacks who have, you know, actually studied that stuff in school. How is this dude not already serving time?

6/11/2018 12:00:00 PM

(6/11/2018 11:10:00 AM) - Al

When the left gives a gift of hoping American citizens suffer, you keep that in the news cycle for as long as you can.

6/11/2018 11:10:00 AM

(6/11/2018 10:30:00 AM) - Al

I don't think this is real, but if it is, they'll be regretting it every second.

6/11/2018 10:30:00 AM

(6/11/2018 10:00:00 AM) - Al

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I'm 49 years old. I've never seen a bike stop at a stop sign in my life, unless there was someone coming. Cars rarely do not. They are a menace and a hazard.

6/11/2018 10:00:00 AM

(6/11/2018 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Wil Wheaton is one of the biggest jerks on the planet, and that has nothing to do with his mental illness.

If it seems like an attention grab, well...

6/11/2018 09:30:00 AM

(6/11/2018 09:01:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling son still doesn't understand why we never caught a single foul ball at any of the half dozen games we went to when he was younger.

If he sees this, I'll never live it down.

6/11/2018 09:01:00 AM

(6/11/2018 08:33:00 AM) - Al

Am I really the only person smart enough to know not to schedule graduation on the same day as a state tournament sporting event?

Efrickingads. And they will proudly call me an uneducated rube.

I recall one year they had the state cross country meet the same Saturday as they had an ACT or SAT test, and the old media actually ran stories asking if kids would not show up for the state meet. They have those tests 6 times a year, you know.

I'd say they were out of touch, but I wouldn't want to offend the out of touch.

6/11/2018 08:33:00 AM

(6/11/2018 08:24:00 AM) - Al

She's not wrong.

I've seen about 500 people say Bob DeNiro guaranteed a Trump reelection victory in 2020. They are oversimplifying things immensely, but to remind 50% of Americans that most of the entertainment industry hates you and wishes you dead...a stronger "us versus them" mentality you will never find.

Nothing reinforces political beliefs more than the other side proudly telling you your political beliefs are really, really stupid.

6/11/2018 08:24:00 AM

(6/11/2018 07:30:00 AM) - Al

The fact they say this out loud shows just how out of whack they are compared to the rest of society.

6/11/2018 07:30:00 AM

(6/11/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

I'm so glad these people are not on my side.

6/11/2018 03:30:00 AM

(6/11/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

How many humble brags can you squeeze into a pair of tweets?

--Rich enough to shop at Whole Foods.

--Smarter than everyone else as to where I should check out.

--No one else is as smart, notice the signage and understand why folks do what they do. 

6/11/2018 01:00:00 AM

Sunday, June 10, 2018

(6/10/2018 06:39:00 PM) - Al

Many fans seem to be arguing that Miller is not a SS (or has not been for 2 seasons).

Simply put, he certainly is not an upgrade at 1B, 3B, or OF; and minimal at best at 2B. That would seem to leave...

Considering he was all but free, it's worth a shot. If he can hit like he has in Tampa and be just somewhat below average at SS, that's a vast improvement for the team.

6/10/2018 06:39:00 PM

(6/10/2018 06:29:00 PM) - Al

It's funny because it's true.

How dare you want to do what we do because we just do it to help you out but don't you dare do it because it would devastate our economy!

This is EXACTLY how they think, and regardless of how stupid it is, no one has ever challenged them before, so they don't even realize how absurd it sounds.

6/10/2018 06:29:00 PM

(6/10/2018 06:00:00 PM) - Al

I would agree 100%. The left argues with emotion, the right with facts.

Obamacare was all about the children. If you can't afford to buy it, it doesn't help the children. We knew premiums would soar because there was no competition, and the insurance companies had to assume everyone was in poor health.

If the choice is to hope for good health, because getting ill will bankrupt you; or buying a policy that bankrupts you, that really isn't a choice at all.

6/10/2018 06:00:00 PM

(6/10/2018 05:45:00 PM) - Al

Love Mike Huckabee. Wish he would have talked this tough when he was running for president, he came off as a "aw shucks, aren't I likable?" type. I remember several folks comparing him to Sheriff Andy Taylor (or worse, Gomer Pyle or Goober).

And after 8 years of Obama caving into hellhole terrorist nations, having the toughest negotiator in the room is not a bad thing. Obama just wanted to make a deal so he could brag about making a deal, because they were never made public, because they were so god awful.

{We'll give you billions in cash, and you promise to quit your nuclear program...but we can't check!}

Trump wants to kick ass and then walk out, and then inform everyone he kicked ass.

6/10/2018 05:45:00 PM

(6/10/2018 05:31:00 PM) - Al

Brewers land Brad Miller for Choi. MIL gets cash to cover some of Miller's salary.

I talked about Miller here. The Crew probably had a handshake agreement to get Choi in the bigs if a team had an interest, and he's far from a young top prospect. Good deal for all. We'll see how the Crew uses Miller, but I think he'll get some time at SS, though I have no doubt he'll be a noticeable step down defensively from Arcia or Sogard. If he puts up a 750 OPS, they will accept that.

I would assume he will take the place on the 25 man of either Sogard or Arcia, with the other being kept to go in and play defense IF they do play him at SS. 

EDIT: For the time being, Miller has been optioned to AAA Colorado Springs, where I assume he'll play SS. He has 4+ years of major league experience, so I do not believe they had to obtain his permission to go down. Also, I assume more than one team claimed Miller, or the Brewers would have acquired with for nothing. 

6/10/2018 05:31:00 PM

(6/10/2018 03:42:00 PM) - Al

Bad luck on the bad hop, and a bit of a misplay by both Shaw on said bad hop and Aguilar for going for the out at 3B instead of the "sure out" at 1B allow the Phillies to score a couple more than they should have in the 5th, and that's all it took. Those coin flip games, giving up 3 in an inning instead of 1 is devastating.

Woodruff's error, completely unforced, also hurt, allowed the Phillies to basically score with just a leadoff single. 

I was disappointed they did not send Santana with 2 down...a good throw, and even a decent throw gets him, but Yelich probably only has a 35-40% chance of getting that run home, and I'm always in favor of making the defense make the overthrow or if the relay hits the runner, they might have scored a pair.

Domingo looked like he expected to be held as well, so that may have played a part.

6/10/2018 03:42:00 PM

(6/10/2018 01:04:00 PM) - Al

Timeline of public's thoughts on President Trump and tariffs
A couple weeks ago--President Trump doesn't know what he's doing. Tariffs are bad, don't understand why the president wants them.

A week ago--Why do these other countries have tariffs on US goods, but we do not have any on theirs?

Last couple days--Canada has 250-290% tariffs on dairy products? We should do that to what they import. 

Now--President Trump knows what he's doing. 

1. All is proceeding as Scott Adams predicted. More and more you see the same phrase, or a paraphrase of it, "I'm not a fan (or "I don't like him personally"), but he knows what he's doing."

2. Notice the only way he has explained this to the public, 90% of which do not really know what a tariff is, is through Twitter. The old media keeps saying other nations are unhappy he plans to add a tariff, while never explaining they have tariffs or other protectionist entities to artificially hold down US exports. This is why the left keeps insisting his Twitter is awful, because it works. If they actually thought it was awful, they would want him to use it. Hence, the phrase, "thou doth protest too much*" fits perfectly.

*Hamlet, Billy S...get with it you rubes.

EDIT: The milk market is way up so far today, especially a year into the future. One would seem to think they feel a better deal with Canada (and possibly others) will be the end result. 

6/10/2018 01:04:00 PM

(6/10/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Truest statement ever.

6/10/2018 11:30:00 AM

(6/10/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Obama is God, Maher ripping on Reagan, Couric telling everyone the NRA is responsible for school shootings, Ellerbee wondering why anyone would want to come to the USA. 

It's timeless. You can't tell if these were said yesterday or 40 years ago. Same slanted anti American gibberish, same bias, same everything.

You want to know what's scary? Republicans and independents are hoping the summit in Singapore goes well to make the world a safer place, now and in the future. Dems are hoping it goes badly do they can say "Told ya so."

6/10/2018 11:00:00 AM

(6/10/2018 10:45:00 AM) - Al

As I said the other day, it's pure genius. The players, the vast majority at least, are not smart enough to have any idea what to look for. They are "protesting" nothing, so they do not have any recommendations, and most are far too busy partying, abusing women, and partying to find anyone. Sure they can have "their people" do it, but, for the most part, most of them will never think of it again. And if they do, great. If they fit any minimal criteria, they can be pardoned or have their sentences commuted. There are no negatives for President Trump. 

They got played...again. They're way, way out of their league.

6/10/2018 10:45:00 AM

(6/10/2018 09:59:00 AM) - Al

Choi goes down to make room for Woodruff.

6/10/2018 09:59:00 AM

(6/10/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al

The behavior of someone who thinks they can spy on an opposing campaign with no repercussions of being caught whatsoever.

Completely above the law. Rules aren't meant for him.

Notice we have not heard a single word since the Iran news broke. No excuses, no denial. He seems to know he got caught redhanded and knows it's over.

6/10/2018 09:00:00 AM

(6/10/2018 05:00:00 AM) - Al


6/10/2018 05:00:00 AM

(6/10/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

I've said it before, but while I understand the goal here is to drag it out until the midterms in hopes of damaging the GOP brand...what's the endgame then? Think how embarrassing is it to say, "Nope, I got nothing," after all that time.

6/10/2018 03:30:00 AM

(6/10/2018 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Tell me again why no one trusts the old media.

6/10/2018 12:30:00 AM

Saturday, June 09, 2018

(6/09/2018 08:00:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son mowed the lawn 48 hours ago, and we have patches that are over 6 inches tall.

1. Tell me again that grass won't grow if we don't rake up the leaves in the fall. Idiots.

2. That 30 inches of snow we got in late April and peacefully added to the water table...we unhappy about that.

6/09/2018 08:00:00 PM

(6/09/2018 07:00:00 PM) - Al


If Obama would have achieved in 8 years what Trump has in 18 months, they'd already have his noggin chipped out of granite in South Dakota.

6/09/2018 07:00:00 PM

(6/09/2018 04:34:00 PM) - Al

One thought...a sleeper to get optioned out for Woodruff would be Santana. Thames would then replace BW Monday.

The fact Choi played a bit of LF last night and Thames is playing OF on rehab would seem to be a hint.

6/09/2018 04:34:00 PM

(6/09/2018 04:30:00 PM) - Al

Elitists go to special schools to learn how to do what country rubes and hicks like me learn before 1st grade.

6/09/2018 04:30:00 PM

(6/09/2018 03:03:00 PM) - Al

Bought a bunch of those little solar lights at Menards the other day. They cost $1.50-2 and usually wear out in a year or three, so we just treat them as disposable.

Told the Rambling son to check which ones out along the driveway now were the brightest about 10PM (it's only dark from like 10-4, it's like we live in Fairbanks) last night, so we could replace the dimmest ones. He reported one of them was completely dark, but that was because we never pulled the tag. He did so, and it went from the darkest to the brightest.

6/09/2018 03:03:00 PM

(6/09/2018 02:52:00 PM) - Al

Let's see how long Taylor Williams pitches...if he goes 2 or 3 innings, he may be the guy trimmed to make room for Woodruff tomorrow.

EDIT: Only used for 1 inning. Probably safe. 

6/09/2018 02:52:00 PM

(6/09/2018 02:50:00 PM) - Al

Even more interesting, he's only 2 points lower on that poll than he is at Rasmussen, which despite being the most accurate in 2016, is often accused of leaning right.

6/09/2018 02:50:00 PM

(6/09/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al

This is a throwaway topic to me, legal pot has proven to be more of a DUI booster with hardly any rise in even minor crimes (I expected more petty vandalism and the like, but thus far, have been incorrect, or as I like to say, early).

However, President Trump handing it off to the states (which is correct if you read the Constitution as I do) is a huge win for those of us who believe in tiny government and only worrying about the big things (defending the country, lowering taxes, and eliminating needless regulations).

Something left mostly unsaid is how the Republican party under Trump, and even in the last year or two under Obama, has moved well to the left on social issues, which is one reason the Dems are having such a tough time cementing a platform. Even those on the right, such as a Mike Pence, don't dislike gays, or even care about what they do among consenting adults in their home. There may be a small disconnect on using the words "married" or "civil union" or "legal union," but it's a minor quibble.

The bible ain't the law. To those who do not worship or do not believe, it ain't no more meaningful than Aesop's Fables or Mother Goose. Those looking to make the government a nanny state don't seem to understand how unsuccessful the nanny state has been.

6/09/2018 02:00:00 PM

(6/09/2018 12:59:00 PM) - Al

Maher is just being honest.

Why do you think every single Dem voted against tax cuts? Because they knew they would work.

6/09/2018 12:59:00 PM

(6/09/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Living by the rules they made.

Damn it.

6/09/2018 11:30:00 AM

(6/09/2018 09:30:00 AM) - Al

In the future, all bad guys will be male Caucasians.

Just like real life.

6/09/2018 09:30:00 AM

(6/09/2018 07:30:00 AM) - Al

The problem with Jim Woods? He never tells us how he really feels.

He's right you know. Don't even pretend any of this was anything except what it was...smug, pompous, and arrogant stooges who insisted they know better, and that no law shall get in their way.

Give cash to Iran? Sure, why not? Spy on the opposing party during the campaign? Get a warrant based on fiction? Shrug.

It's exactly what happens when folks get a free ride from those that are supposed to keep them in check..

6/09/2018 07:30:00 AM

(6/09/2018 04:00:00 AM) - Al

First death in the line of duty in Milwaukee since 1996.

Damn shame.

6/09/2018 04:00:00 AM

(6/09/2018 02:30:00 AM) - Al

I guess he waved his wand, right Barry?

6/09/2018 02:30:00 AM

(6/09/2018 12:30:00 AM) - Al

As I predicted a few years ago, if nothing is done about this, there will be no women in the Olympics, as they will simply have no chance of winning.

It's funny because it's true

6/09/2018 12:30:00 AM

Friday, June 08, 2018

(6/08/2018 10:36:00 PM) - Al

Woodruff will start SUN. Not sure if it will be a one start and down situation or not. Brandon has also pitched very well in AAA, a 2.10 ERA in 6 starts is excellent, and even moreso in Colorado Springs.

If it is a one start and out scenario, might well see Choi out replaced by Woodruff, and then Thames replace Woodruff.

If not, one would assume Williams or Barnes will head out, as they have this year's option available to use as often as needed. 

6/08/2018 10:36:00 PM

(6/08/2018 08:07:00 PM) - Al


And good for Dana.

6/08/2018 08:07:00 PM

(6/08/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al

This may be the most of touch response from a politician in the history of time.

6/08/2018 04:00:00 PM

(6/08/2018 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Think how awful it would be to be CCB's daughter, as you'd have young guys wander up to you and you think they're interested, and instead, they ask if your mom is single.

6/08/2018 03:30:00 PM

(6/08/2018 02:34:00 PM) - Al

I have suggested dealing the Bucks' 1st rounder for multiple picks, so this is right up my alley.

6/08/2018 02:34:00 PM

(6/08/2018 02:13:00 PM) - Al

So sad. Krauthammer is as knowledgeable as they come.

6/08/2018 02:13:00 PM

(6/08/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

My Congressman discusses how that, as the president negotiates, he seems to be coming up with better terms.

It's almost like he might have understood this all along.

Crazy like a fox.

6/08/2018 01:00:00 PM

(6/08/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Mitt forgot about the part that he won't support Trump, because DJT is not unelectable like himself.

6/08/2018 12:00:00 PM

(6/08/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Why intelligent people don't believe the silly hype. Or little Davy Hogg and his mock concerns. I'm old enough to recognize a know nothing attention whore.

It does not follow the narrative, but we know better. If you're being fooled by and still follow old media, you deserve what you get.

6/08/2018 11:00:00 AM

(6/08/2018 10:00:00 AM) - Al


6/08/2018 10:00:00 AM

(6/08/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al

McDonald’s Is Planning to Add Self-Serve Kiosks Across the U.S.

The real minimum wage is always zero.--Stephen Green

Every once in a while, I read on Facebook that certain people (I know you'll find this shocking, but people that are kind of negative) say they will never use those self checkouts because "they cost people jobs."

1. No they don't, but they get intelligent folks like me out of the store far quicker.

2. These are the same people who complain "they have 25 registers, but only 3 were open."

They do not seem to understand those are unrelated numbers. If they wanted, they could take 15 of those registers down between 12/26 and 11/1, but it's not worth their time.

6/08/2018 09:00:00 AM

(6/08/2018 08:00:00 AM) - Al


Amazing what cutting taxes and not going on an apology tour can do.

6/08/2018 08:00:00 AM

(6/08/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Newly hired Bucks’ head coach Mike Budenholzer is bringing five of his six assistants from Atlanta to join his staff in Milwaukee, reports Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Those assistants are Darvin HamTaylor JenkinsBen SullivanPatrick St. Andrews, and Charles Lee.--Hoops Rumors

Not much room for Bucks' assistants, to say the least. Often, new coaches keep at least one just for some continuity, but that may well not happen.

6/08/2018 06:00:00 AM

(6/08/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

The problem is, I'm not sure how many pieces my Saturn would be in when it landed...but I know the answer is at least "several."

6/08/2018 03:30:00 AM

(6/08/2018 12:30:00 AM) - Al

It would have been an honor to have met President Obama, who despite being the bizarro prez to me, was duly elected and served 2 terms.

Some people can separate politics from the officeholder, some cannot.

6/08/2018 12:30:00 AM

Thursday, June 07, 2018

(6/07/2018 11:00:00 PM) - Al

Detailed, in depth look at Obama and his group saying "damn the law" and doing exactly what they wanted supply Iran, a terrorist harboring nation with nuclear intentions; cash and access to the US banking system.


To make their legacy look less embarrassingly bad. The Iran deal was never about limiting Iran's access to nukes. All about a fictional "agreement" that we never would have known was complete fiction had Hillary won.

6/07/2018 11:00:00 PM

(6/07/2018 10:23:00 PM) - Al

Why the Dems keep trying to delay various Trump appointments...they don't shred paperwork and go to lunch.

6/07/2018 10:23:00 PM

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