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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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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

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

It happens annually.

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