Welcome back! As the first half of 2011 comes to a close, what's your plan for the second half of the year? Is everything going according to plan, or do we need to make some mid-season adjustments like Theo Epstein right before the trade deadline? Well, no matter what, there will always be Clutter to clear out, so grab yourself a medium DD, and let's get to it.
The good news about last night's Red Sox game is that no one got hurt, Big Papi was fine at first base and did a nice job of scooping up a low throw at one point, and John Lackey pitched well, had an RBI double, and didn't give a disgusted arch of the back until he was being taken out in the 8th inning. However, the Red Sox still lost 2-1 to the Philadelphia Phillies. That the Red Sox sixth loss in their last seven games, and their bats are as cold as ice right now. Now the challenge falls to Jon Lester to see if he can prevent a sweep later today.
Earlier this week, Clutter expressed disappointment that President Obama has consistently failed to use his bully pulpit to directly challenge the GOP on their extremist agenda. Yesterday, President Obama held his first press conference in ages to...directly challenge the GOP on their extremist agenda, particularly in regards to the deficit. Coincidence? President Obama told the GOP that any deficit reduction plan will have to include tax increases. House Speaker John Boehner's response was, " (The) president’s remarks ignore legislative and economic reality.” That translates to, "The president's remarks ignore the fact that we'll blow up the economy before we make our corporate masters pay an additional dollar in taxes." Boehner went on to say that the GOP will only agree to raise the debt limit if no taxes are included. I feel another rant coming on, but it's basically the same as the one about this topic in yesterday's Clutter, so check that out, and we'll move on.
The Affordable Health Care Act is now 2-0 at the Court of Appeals level after another court found it constitutional. Seems like it has to be a positive sign for the law when even a former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia votes in favor of it, right?
Rhode Island approved civil unions yesterday. There was a time when this would have been the best news of the week and a major step forward, but now it seems like more of a tiny step forward and somewhat of a disappointment. There are still major exemptions involved, and the phrase "separate but equal" seems to come to mind. So, congrats on this first step, Rhode Island, but you still have a ways to go.
There's something a little unsettling to me about a federal judge saying doctors can force accused Arizona gunman Jared Loughner to take anti-psychotic meds, but I can't quite put my finger on what it is.
Today is Glenn Beck's last day at Fox "News." Don't let the door hit you on the way out, big guy. If it did, you'd probably say it was further proof of the racist Obama administration's plan to punish you for trying to save America from communists.
BDH, can you please go get me the Clutter piggy bank? It's almost time to buy some DD stock.
Why on Earth would doctors recommend terminally ill women still get mammograms?
Johnson & Johnson's reputation takes a hit with yet another Tylenol recall.
I'm not sure which one of these makes my head spin more: The fact that MySpace was sold at a $555 million loss, or the fact that Justin Timberlake is in charge of it now. Does he think he's still Sean Parker in The Social Network? Will there come a day when James Franco runs Facebook?
Bruce Springsteen gave a touching eulogy for Clarence Clemons.
Charlie Sheen did steroids while filming Major League, so I guess he's probably not getting into the Hall of Fame. He talks about 'roids and a whole bunch of other stuff in this interview with Sports Illustrated.
Ok, kids, that's going to do it for now. We've been looking at a number of Texas blues players this week, but I think it's time to cast a wider net. Today's performance of "Sweet Home Chicago" by Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and Jimmy Vaughan rocks, and it's today's, "Song of the Day." Have a good one my friends, and come back tomorrow to say hi if you're around before the start of the long weekend. We always love visitors at Clutter Headquarters. Until then, be good.