Sunday, October 01, 2006

Of the world's 100 largest economic entities, 51 are now corporations and 49 are countries


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Screech does Stand-Up ...er ... Comedy


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Nre biography says: Colin Powell warned Bush of Iraq quagmire
  • "However, DeYoung wrote, Powell, who had been asked by the White House to resign several weeks before, found Bush dismissive and unconcerned, as unwilling to heed his top diplomat's warnings as he had been for the previous four years."


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Albert Pujols finishes with 49 homers - having missed 19 games.

I wrote at the beginning of the year that Pujols would have difficulty maintaining his extraordinary career parallel to DiMaggio because he was competing against Joltin' Joe's 1941 MVP year - the year with the 56 game streak. I underestimated Pujols. Here is how their totals now look for their first six years in the majors.



There is now nothing which can keep Pujols from the Hall of Fame other than death or DQ. He will finish with a better career than DiMaggio. He will keep pulling farther and farther ahead every year.

After a brilliant 1941 season, Mr. Coffee slumped in season seven (1942), finishing with only 21 homers and a tepid .305 batting average. Seasons 8-10 never happened at all because it was 1943-1945, and other things were more important than baseball. Seasons 11-12 were two more off years. DiMaggio was slow to get his skills back after the war. He hit .290 and .315 and failed to reach either 30 dingers or 100 RBI, although so great was DiMaggio's mystique that he won the MVP award in 1947 by batting .315 with 20 homers and 97 RBI! At any rate, Pujols will accumulate some 200-300 homers in the next six years, during a part of DiMaggio's career when he hit only 66 homers and batted an all-too-mortal .306.


DiMaggio would never again be a .350 hitter as he was every year in the 1939-41 period, but he did come back nearly to his zenith with three solid seasons, or maybe it would be more accurate to say two and a half solid seasons, in 1948-50, before a disappointing 1951 campaign prompted his retirement.


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Joe Mauer becomes the only American League catcher ever to win a batting title
  • And that covers a lotta years. The American League started in 1901.
  • The last National Leaguer to lead in batting average was Ernie "the Schnozz" Lombardi, 64 years ago, in his one and only season with the old Boston Braves.


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Freddie Sanchez wins NL batting title
  • I suppose bookies cleaned house on that one. I'm thinking nobody had any pre-season money on Freddie. His .344 average was the highest for the Pirates since Clemente hit .345 way back in 1969


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Tigers blow it
  • The Twins were in first place in their division exactly one day all year. But it was the right day.


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Weekend Box Office Results for September 29–October 1, 2006
  • Mr Acting, Ashton Kutcher, took the top two spots!!
  • The results were consistent with predictions, albeit a hair softer than expected by the pundits. It was still a reasonably good weekend, given the lack of a knockout top-line picture. The top twelve group was 13% above last year's comparable group and four million better than last week. This is the first week in two months with a substantial increase over last year, so one should not make too much of the shortfall versus the predictions.
  • Open Season was very solid on Saturday, pulling $10m from the kiddie crowd.
  • The weekend's sleeper was Facing the Giants, an independent football drama which was produced by a Christian group and ignored by the mainstream media. It managed to finish in twelfth place despite being in only 441 theaters!
  • Another promising trial run belonged to Gondry's "The Science of Sleep." It was only on 221 screens, but finished in fifteenth place overall, and landed in an impressive second place as measured by the "average per theater" column.



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Lobbyists: Sports Tickets and Springsteen—The E-Mail Trail
  • "'Those guys should get anything they want for the rest of the time they're in office ... Opening Day tickets, Skins v. Giants, oriental massages, hookers, whatever ... '"
  • I know I'm getting too old for a career change, but I'm starting to think that "politician" is what I want to be when I grow up.


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Trivia quiz: which of the following celebrities said: "I think I’m useless to society". (HINT: which of them would actually admit it?)
  • Madonna
  • Bill O'Reilly
  • Mike Tyson
  • Keith Olbermann


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NASA Cassini Images: Sunrise Over Saturn and its Rings


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"Foley's 'No Congressional Page Left Behind' Bill Faces Uphill Struggle in the House"


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Roger Clemens Is Named in Steroid Probe


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President Bush Pardons Self for War Crimes, Torture, Parking Ticket


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Scorsese and his three big stars discuss The Departed


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Senator George Allen takes your questions (Satire from WHITEHOUSE.ORG)


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Ya gotta love Japanese popular entertainment. Great simulated ping-pong game.


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