The week (April 7th): Nobody asked me, but…

With a quick salute to the incomparable Jimmy Cannon, nobody asked me, but…

MORE EVIDENCE ON Thursday that Joe DiMaggio's major league record 56-game hitting streak, set in 1941, will be near impossible to break: the Phillies Jimmy Rollins went went 0 for 4, ending his 38 game streak (which spanned two seasons). If the DiMaggio record is to be seriously challenged, I think Ichiro Suzuki represents  more of a threat. Ichiro might also flirt with matching Ted Williams' .406 season batting average. Suzuki is the fastest player I've ever seen from home to first base, and can manufacture base hits almost at will.

IF LEAKS TO journalists are so evil, as the Bush Administration has maintained, how does the White House rationalize the President authorizing the release of secret CIA information to reporters? Bush may not have technically broken the law, but he looks like the consumate hypocrite after saying in 2003: "There are too many leaks of classified information in Washington. There's leaks at the executive branch, there's leaks in the legislative branch. There's just too many leaks. And if there is a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is." Do as I say, not as I do?

THEY SERVE A marvelous warm Indian pudding with vanilla ice cream at the Colonial Inn in Concord, MA. Is there a better-tasting dessert in America?

ACTRESS JESSICA ALBA has forgiven Hugh Hefner for putting her bikini-clad image on the cover of March's Playboy, after he pledged to donate to charities of her choice. We should be glad that Miss Alba will now not be mistaken for one seeking to capitalize on her physical charms…

ONE OF THE MORE interesting U.S. Senate races in 2006 should be Virginia's, where former Navy Secretary James Webb has thrown his hat in ring, describing himself a populist Jacksonian Democrat. Webb has to defeat Fairfax County businessman Harris Miller in the June 13 Democratic primary to earn the right to take on incumbent Republican Senator George Allen. Webb, a former Marine and best-selling novelist, is a friend of John McCain, which makes the situation even more intriguing (as Allen is seen as a McCain rival for the GOP Presidential nomination.)

Are we seeing the rebirth of the national Democratic Party in Virginia? First, Mark Warner, then Tim Kaine, and now James Webb? Are there implications for the future direction of the party in this sudden emergence of idea-driven Democrats in a formerly safe Red state?

DAVINCI CODE conspiracy buffs would be puzzled by the media campaign being run by the Freemasons in Massachusetts. The Masons are encouraging prospective members to ask to join their ranks with clever radio and TV ads featuring Ben Franklin. But what self-respecting secret society bent on world domination would publicly advertise for new members?

MAO MUST BE rolling over, as the Rolling Stones visit Shanghai for their debut concert in mainland China. With Chinese culture's respect for the elderly, however, the Stones should be well-received. Whether the censors will let them perform their entire play-list is another matter.

AN IDLE THOUGHT as Amtrak's Northeast Regional train stopped at Westerly, Rhode Island the other day. Why isn't there also an Easterly, Rhode Island?

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