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Jonathan Sanchez of the SF Giants

San Francisco Giants lefty, Jonathan Sanchez
San Francisco Giants lefty, Jonathan Sanchez

Earlier this summer, J. Sanchez of the San Francisco Giants threw the first no-hitter in San Fran since the 70’s.

Before that game, he was having a rough season, and in the offseason was rumored to be a trade subject.
Today, he’s proving to be one of the toughest pitchers to hit in the national league.

Still a bit wild, with more than 80 walks – but the second half of the season his walk rates have gone down while his strikeout rates have gone up.
A rotation of:

1. Lincecum – (.208 ’09 BAA ranks 2nd in the NL)
2. Cain – (.235 ’09 BAA ranks 11th in the NL)
3. Sanchez – (.222 ’09 BAA ranks 5th in the NL)
4. Zito – (.250 ’09 BAA ranks 19th in the NL)
5. Bumgarner (the rookie)

Sounds great to me for next year (making sure to limit Madison’s innings).
4 of the top 20 hardest pitchers to hit in the national league reside in San Francisco.

Sabean should let Bowker have LF – cheap and might be the big bat we need to go with Sandoval. If we can get reasonable production out of the non-Sandoval position (either 3b or 1b) and Renteria has a bounce-back season at the plate, the Giants could have an average offense to go with their outstanding pitching – and that could lead to a title. And with fortune, Buster Posey has a fine rookie season next year.

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Movies that suck

Anything with Nicolas Cage.
National Treasure
National Treasure 2
Ghost Rider
The Wicker Man
Lord of War
Con Air (the cheesiest southern accent ever)

And he taints movies that I actually would have enjoyed.
Gone in sixty seconds
Snake Eyes
The Rock*

This is not to say everything he makes is crap.
Just the vast majority.

*I liked the Rock.


Two things led me to invest in stocks for the first time last November.

1. Buy Low
November, 2008
The market was at the lowest point it had been in the last 10 years.
The DOW was in the low 7,000 range.
Almost everything was down drastically.

2. An intelligent, democrat was elected.

At that point, I was convinced we’d see an upswing in the economy – although I had no idea how long before we’d see upward movement.
It turns out, that wasn’t the low point.
March the DOW managed to hit the mid 6,000’s.

Today, the DOW is in the mid 9000’s, and everything I invested in is in the black.
Do I have the midas touch?
No. It was simply a good time to get in.

I’m betting on the US.

Iran Elections Mousavi and Ahmadinejad

The song is Requiem for a Dream.

Allaho Ackbar, Iran.
Down with the dictator.

Iran attempted to shut out all media in the month following the elections.

Can't stop the internet
Can't stop the internet

More about the cartoon’s artist, Marshall Ramsey can be found here:

The election in Iran this year mirrored our own election in many ways.
Iranian youth largely supported the reform candidate, Mir Houssein Mousavi who served in Iran’s government in the 80’s.

More about Mousavi here:

I have heard many in the states say that there would be no difference between Mousavi’s presidency and that of Ackmadinnerjacket’s – as the ‘supreme leader’ (their religious leader also sets social policy, as I understand it) is ayatolla khameini.  But comparing the speech of the two, I would prefer the Mousavi’s new (old) blood over the dinner jacket.  While the jacket denies the holocaust and seems artificial and inflexible, Mousavi talks of people’s rights and equality with women*.

Indeed, Mousavi’s wife, Zahra_Rahnavard had become an important part of her husband’s campaign, taking the stage at his side.

The first presidential debates of Iran are summarized in the video below.
Dinner Jacket managed to attack Mousavi’s wife.

The excitement about Iran’s election reminds me of our own.

A key difference, is that our election ended in relief and small gasps of optimism.

A girl cries
A girl cries

Getty Images.

Theirs ended in despair.

Update – A better (more complete) telling of this story comes from here:

Its much more detailed that what I have thrown together.
And he’s got fewer spelling errors, I’m certain.