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Here's the thing. I'm watching one of these shows on the Cooking Channel featuring food trucks. There's a Scottish expat making fish and chips; in a thick brogue he somewhat wearily explains his irritation with Americans who habitually order a side of tartar sauce: "tartar sauce is basically gherkins." That's this blog. I claim no particular insight, no revelation. If you enjoy the flavor, great, but this blog is basically gherkins.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Weekly Tendown, April 15-21 2012

Dear Internet:

The U.S. Is a Low Tax Country

There's room to raise some revenue.

Tendown 123 is here. This is 124.

1. We're going to do a little Giants Talk today.
Will Clark, Baseball, San Francisco Giants
We've been on the SI cover 11 times.  Which, since we had the two best players in the history of the National League and hold both the single season and career home run records doesn't seem like a lot. Here are all of them.

2. Cain!


I like our club; 1-4 looks like it can hit; when we release Huff and put Belt in the lineup every day hitting 5th, that will further extend the lineup.  If we get a platoon partner for Nate, that further extends the lineup.  And our pitching staff looks competitive with any in the league.  This week, Matt Cain threw two 9 inning starts and allowed 4 baserunners total.  No pitcher had done that since Woody Fryman in '66.

3. On the Other Hand.
Last year, our ace allowed 8 first inning runs all season.  This year - 9.

Here's Rob Neyer, sounding the alarm about Lincecum.

4. Thanks, Brian.
Like Beck and Nen before him, it sort of looks like Brian Wilson closed games until his arm fell off.

Here's a tribute.

5. 756.
In case you haven't seen it in awhile.

6. And now, some politics.
The most conservative Supreme Court in history?  It's our current Court.  And more here.

7. 70% of Americans are Communists.
The plan to tax millionaires favored by me and 70% of the rest of the country didn't survive a Republican filibuster this week.  Robert Reich's support for the plan got him called a communist by O'Reilly.

8. From Inside the NRA Convention:

The full piece is here.

And there was a professional Second Amendment extremist named Stephen Burke. An Endowment Life Member of the NRA and an attorney from Springfield, Massachusetts, Burke specializes in getting guns into the hands of ex-cons whose licenses have been revoked or downgraded for criminal activity.
Burke is a loud and boastful retired lance corporal who displays a photo of himself with NRA Executive Vice President & CEO Wayne LaPierre on his professional website. The only thing he abhors more than gun control is silence. When a conversation about former New York Governor George Pataki's pro-gun record entered a lull, he asked the group what sounded like an American history riddle or piece of trivia: "What do Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, and Barack Obama have in common?"
The collective intelligence of the minibus was stumped. After a few beats, he delivered the answer: "Nothing. Yet."


9. I Watch Graps.
I'm all the way up to Wrestlemania weekend in getting through the graps backlog.  I'll watch both ROH and DGUSA shows next. Here are the 4 star matches I saw this week:


BJ March: Miyamoto v Kodoka 4 ¼
BJ March: Sekimoto v Y Sasaki 4 ¼
NOAH March: Kotaro/Aoki v Marvin/Crazy 4 ¾
AJ: March Sekimoto/Okabayashi v. Suwama/Soya 4 ¼
AJ: March Omega v Kondo 4 ¼
TNA: April: Kurt Angle v. Jeff Hardy 4

That NOAH match goes into the Match of the Year race; in fact, it's the best match I've seen this year.  Yes, that's Super Crazy in 2012.  And he killed it.  

10. 10 More Years Added to His Sentence.
I don't think Mel Gibson's getting out of celebrity jail any time soon.

And One more...

11. Does Fast Times at Ridgemont High Judge Reinhold Play for the Bulls?



That's all for this time.  I'll be back next time.  If there is a next time...

Your Pal,

Jim







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