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Quote of the Day

Wis­con­sin Sen­a­tor Ron John­son in an arti­cle from Gan­nett Wis­con­sin on his col­league Tammy Baldwin’s sig­na­ture on a let­ter to the NFL to get them to drop the nick­name of “Red­skins” from its Wash­ing­ton, DC-based franchise:

And when it comes to foot­ball,” he said, “I will con­cen­trate on the Green Bay Packers.”

Remem­ber when you used to mock Con­gress for putting pri­or­ity on hear­ings on steroids in base­ball over real issues last decade?  The 50 Demo­c­ra­tic sen­a­tors who sent that let­ter to NFL Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell deserve the same treatment.

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Brewers’ Bullpen “Wang Chung” in St. Louis

Appar­ently this is a thing that Brew­ers bullpen catcher (talk about a sweet gig on any base­ball team) Mar­cus Hanel has been doing for the past few weeks — dance videos in oppos­ing teams’ cities to the song “Every­body Have Fun Tonight” by the ‘80s New Wave group “Wang Chung.”

The videos are in honor of Tai­wanese Brew­ers relief pitcher Wei-Chung Wang, and an obvi­ous play on his name.  Here is the lat­est install­ment, by the St. Louis Arch.

 

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Cartoon of the Day

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Cartoon of the Day

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Here’s a news arti­cle on the study.

As bar­be­cue sea­son approaches, researchers have dis­cov­ered an unlikely ingre­di­ent that could improve the safety of your meat — let­ting it swill in beer.

They say that let­ting meat marindade in pil­sner can help reduce the for­ma­tion of poten­tially harm­ful cancer-causing sub­stances in grilled meats.

They say pil­sner and black beer are most effec­tive, halv­ing the amount of Poly­cyclic aro­matic hydro­car­bons, which have been linked to col­orec­tal cancer.

The researchers are report­ing that the very same beer that many peo­ple enjoy at back­yard bar­be­ques could, when used as a mari­nade, help reduce the for­ma­tion of poten­tially harm­ful sub­stances in grilled meats.

The researchers grilled sam­ples of pork mar­i­nated for four hours in Pil­sner beer, non-alcoholic Pil­sner beer or a black beer ale, to well-done on a char­coal grill.

Black beer had the strongest effect, reduc­ing the lev­els of eight major PAHs by more than half com­pared with unmar­i­nated pork.

“Thus, the intake of beer mar­i­nated meat can be a suit­able mit­i­ga­tion strat­egy,” say the researchers.

The study appears in ACS’ Jour­nal of Agri­cul­tural and Food Chemistry.

My per­sonal favorite is to mari­nade with a Leinie’s Creamy Dark.  Add that to some McCormick’s ready-made sea­son­ing or mari­nade mix and it’s great.

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Conan O’Brien Decides to “Mess with Texas”

Hilar­i­ous, espe­cially “Florida high on bath salt” and the midget wrestler dressed as  Hawaii.

O’Brien’s show is in Dal­las this week as part of a cross-promotional cam­paign for the TNT series “Dal­las,” a reboot / sequel series of the orig­i­nal CBS series. “Conan” airs on TBS.

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Rosetta Stone to Release Klingon Edition

Q’pla!

It’s about time.

(H/T “The Nerdist” Chan­nel on YouTube and April Fool’s everyone.)

 

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GM Halts All Sales on Most Popular Kind of Chevy Cruze">GM Halts All Sales on Most Popular Kind of Chevy Cruze

That igni­tion prob­lem is not going away for Gov­ern­ment Motors any­time soon.  Real ques­tion is going to be how long did they know about it, and was it passed along to the “Car Czar” dur­ing the period had the con­trol­ling inter­est over the car company.

Gen­eral Motors has halted the sale of about a third of the Chevro­let Cruzes now on dealer lots. The Cruze is GM’s best sell­ing car model in the United States, and is also widely dis­trib­uted internationally.

Spokesman Alan Adler con­firmed that the automaker has ordered a halt to sales of mod­els with the 1.4-liter turbo engine, the most pop­u­lar ver­sion of the com­pact car.

Adler did not know the rea­son for the halt, and said there has not been a recall issued on cars already sold. The order applies to about 20,000 Cruzes in total.

The news comes as GM con­tends with a dam­ag­ing recall of 1.6 mil­lion small cars world­wide due to an igni­tion switch flaw that has been linked to at least 12 deaths. This stop order is minor in com­par­i­son to that recall, but comes at a bad time, as Con­gress and fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors probe why GM did not recall the cars for a decade after it dis­cov­ered the prob­lem. GM CEO Mary Barra, who has apol­o­gized repeat­edly for the delays in the recall, is due to tes­tify before Con­gress on Tues­day and Wednes­day next week.

The Cruze has been in the Chevro­let fleet since about 2008 or so.  It replaced Chevy’s pre­vi­ous com­pact car, the Cobalt.

The model has sold nearly 2 mil­lion world­wide since it was introduced.

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Americans Drinking Far Less Coffee Than They Used to

I didn’t believe it until I looked at the data myself. (H/T AEI)

Despite what feels like a Star­bucks on every cor­ner of Amer­ica, the coun­try has actu­ally reduced its cof­fee intake con­sid­er­ably since the 1940s.  Here’s the graph from the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture to prove it.

coffee-600x400Fewer than 20 gal­lons a year today vs. over 45 gal­lons dur­ing the years post-World War II.  Fascinating.

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Cartoon of the Day

Where I come from, we call this the start of Spring.

It hap­pens annually.

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