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…. I’m Back

The Malware issue has been resolved.

I’ll be posting again soon. Thanks for your patience.

…. Joe

…. Not sure whether it relates….

“…. One of the great forgotten facts about the United States is that not very long ago the wealthy weren’t all that wealthy. Up until the 1960s, the gap between rich and poor in the United States was relatively narrow. In fact, in that era marginal tax rates in the highest income bracket were in excess of 90 percent. For every dollar you made above $250,000, you gave the government 90 cents. Today — with good reason —

we regard tax rates that high as punitive and economically self-defeating.

It is worth noting, though, that in the social and political commentary of the 1950s and 1960s there is scant evidence of wealthy people complaining about their situation. They paid their taxes and went about their business. Perhaps they saw the logic of the government’s policy: There was a huge debt from World War II to be paid off, and interstates, public universities, and other public infrastructure projects to be built for the children of the baby boom. Or perhaps they were simply bashful. Wealth, after all, is as often the gift of good fortune as it is of design. For whatever reason, the wealthy of that era could have pushed for a world that more closely conformed to their self-interest and they chose not to.

Today the wealthy have no such qualms. We have moved from a country of relative economic equality to a place where the gap between rich and poor is exceeded by only Singapore and Hong Kong. The rich have gone from being grateful for what they have to pushing for everything they can get. They have mastered the arts of whining and predation, without regard to logic or shame.”

Malcom Gladwell

I’d argue that this inequality is clearly contributing to, if not the cause of the runaway degradation of our country; both in it’s infrastructure, and it’s overall quality of life.

…. Really?

We’re gonna lose 6-0

to a 40-win team? Really?

…. Miracle!

The Giants came from behind with a two-run, ninth inning rally, after Sergio Romo likely pitched his way into oblivion:

…. Were the Giants lucky to win? It is hard to argue otherwise, though they engineered a terrific rally before the error to overcome a severe body blow: pinch-hitter Eric Hinske’s two-run homer against Sergio Romo in the eighth inning, which turned a 1-0 Giants lead upside


…. First place (again)

The Padres lose, the Giants are back in first. What a season.

…. Collapse

That was a disgrace.

Cody Ross, 0 for 3 with a DP, misplays a simple flyball into a game-winning triple. Sanchez, another worthless game at the top of the lineup, throws the ball into the stands, allowing the go-ahead run.

Bochy should be fired –FIRED– for having Ross in right, given that he had about as much experience in PacBell’s right field as I do. Cody Ross has played in just over 600 games in his entire 7 year career, including just over 200 games as a right fielder. His last two seasons in Florida encompass about 90% of his career output. So, listening to these Giants post-game announcers tell me what a great outfielder he is makes me want to vomit.



A chance to pick up a game on everyone.


…. No doubt

I’m watching the Giants game right now, and there is no doubt whatsoever that there is something wrong with Lincecum. I don’t know what, but he is off. Way off.

I remember watching Dwight Gooden in 1986 and 1987, as he slowly fell apart due to drug use and who knows what else. Watching Lincecum this season has been eerily similar. Between his getting to be ridiculously long hair, his seemingly completely disinterested attitude during his starts, his lack of velocity, and his inability to get swings and misses, there is no doubt that he is not the same pitcher. None.

It’s 2-0 with one out in the first, and I am wondering when someone who is covering this team is gonna ask exactly what the hell is going on here.

It’s 4-0 after Fukodome takes Lincecum into McCovey Cove.

…. Gypped

Did you guys see Bill Simmons’ Tortured Fan Base Mailbag? I submitted an email to Bill, and he ran it, only he failed to even mention my name. Instead, he lumped me in with some other guy.

If you read the SF part, you can read this email:

Arguably a Level 1 loss?

No monicker?

Game 6 is all any Giants fan needs to hear to be reminded of the single worst championship loss in baseball history. No team had ever lost a five-run lead with nine outs to go in a World Series game of any kind, let alone a World Series-clinching game, and the Giants did it in the span of 18 pitches!

Another key component to Level 1: you remember where you were when you saw the game. With 160-plus games in baseball, we’ll all suffer our share of heartbreakers that don’t matter. But the Giants losing Game 6 of the ’02 Series? That’s my “when JFK was shot” moment. I know exactly where I was, who I was with, and could recreate everything that was said and done from the sixth inning forward. The worst part wasn’t the ThunderSticks. The worst part was [the] next year when they started selling rally monkeys at AT&T Park because the wine-and-cheese crowd thought they were cute, and had no idea they were reminders of the Angels. I still can’t cheer 100 percent for Bengie Molina.

Bryan, San Francisco

I wrote the first half of that. This part….

Arguably a Level 1 loss?

No monicker?

Game 6 is all any Giants fan needs to hear to be reminded of the single worst championship loss in baseball history. No team had ever lost a five-run lead with nine outs to go in a World Series game of any kind, let alone a World Series-clinching game, and the Giants did it in the span of 18 pitches!

Let me say that again….. I WROTE THAT!!! He left my name out of the whole piece, and credited some fucking guy named Bryan with MY WORK!!!

I got gypped by my favorite writer. What a buzz kill.

…. Separated at birth?

Jonathan Vilma

Stan Shaw

Look and you decide….

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