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Hi everyone,

Happy Friday to you all.  It's certainly a dreary Friday.  Bleah.  However, but it's still Friday, so that still counts.  What's the plan for the weekend?  Tell me all about it while you enjoy a nice medium DD, and we wrap up the week with a little Clutter.

Mitt Romney turned in an aggressive performance in last night's GOP debate.  We'll see if it was enough to finally break Newt Gingrich's momentum.   I suspect we'll be seeing many ads, both in the primary and general election, featuring the clip where Romney defended health insurance mandates.  We also have the latest entry in the "Mitt Romney Flip-Flop Hall of Fame," where he claimed that he hadn't seen one of his own campaign ads that he approved.

Meanwhile, off the debate stage, Mittens is showing a real focus on the issues that matter to the American people, calling Newt Gingrich mentally unstable.  Hey, whatever it takes to distract from the fact that your tax returns and personal financial statements don't match up, right, big guy?

I'm having a hard time understanding whether or not Bob Dole will endorse Newt Gingrich.  What do you think he's trying to say with this quote?

Arizona Governor/Tea Party favorite Jan Brewer knows how to use a dog whistle as well as everyone, saying she felt, "a little bit threatened" by her meeting with President Obama this week.

How often does a president get to say he's both cutting and increasing defense spending?

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she wants to take a break and doesn't plan to return for Obama's second term.  I wonder what the official odds are on a 2016 campaign?

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That's all for now.  (pic via wikipedia.org)

Bill Gates says taxes should be raised on the wealthy, and he disputes a link between taxes and job creation.  Which GOP presidential candidate will be the first one to attack the Microsoft founder as a socialist who doesn't understand capitalism?

Congratulations to US Representative Barney Frank, who announced he's getting married to his longtime partner. 

Chad Ochocinco's not doing much with the New England Patriots right now, so he's got plenty of time to become friends with House Speaker John Boehner.

Score one for censorship as Twitter announces a new system which will allow it to block certain tweets by country.

Hey, who wants to go to Taco Bell for breakfast?  Excuse me, I just threw up a little in my mouth.

Taco bellWould you start your day with this? (pic via usatoday.com)

I suspect this is going to make some friends of mine unhappy, but New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker has taken a break from his Super Bowl preparations to get engaged.  His fiance, Anna Burns, is a former Miss Hooters International.

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The happy couple. (pic via yardbarker.com)

Uh oh, the Peyton Manning era is clearly winding down in Indianapolis, but I hope it's not going to get ugly first.  Everyone, just shake hands and call it a day.

Youk says he feels good and is ready to turn the page on the 2011 season.  He may annoy some of his teammates, but there's no doubt that a healthy Youk is key to the Red Sox having a better 2012.

The Orlando Magic were determined to avenge last week's embarrassing 31 point loss to the Boston Celtics.  Things didn't work out as planned though, as the Celtics erased a 27 point deficit this time to beat Orlando 91-83.  This was the third consecutive win for Boston, so maybe achieving it in such a dramatic fashion will slow down the rumors of the team's dismantling just a little bit.

I just watched the movie Groundhog Day, which seems to get better with age.  If you New Hampshire Clutterheads have any questions about Phil Connors' day from hell, the film's writer, Danny Rubin, will be at Red River Theaters in Concord tomorrow to take your questions.

Congratulations to Doctor Who's Matt Smith and Karen Gillan for winning the awards for best Male Drama Performance and Best Female Drama Performance, respectively, at this year's National Television Awards.  These two are a strong duo, and I'm sorry Gillan's being written out of the show next season.

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A winning pair. (pics via telegraph.co.uk)


Happy belated 57th birthday to Eddie Van Halen.  I'm looking forward to celebrating by purchasing, "A Different Kind of Truth" on February 7th.  One thing the album previews have consistently shown so far is that Eddie is still the king of the guitar. 

Ferris Beuller is back!  But why?  Looks like we'll find out at the Super Bowl.

The members of Monty Python's Flying Circus (sans Eric Idle) are reuniting for a new movie.

Condolences to the family and friends of actor Robert Hegyes, who died yesterday from a heart attack.  Hegyes was best known for playing Juan Epstein on Welcome Back Kotter.  He was 60 years old.

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Robert Hegyes (pic via tv.yahoo.com)

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  I think we'll let John Sebastian take us out with the theme song from Welcome Back Kotter for today's, "Song of the Day."  Here's a trivia question for you Skidmore alumni Clutterheads.  The Bandersnatchers used to sing this as part of their "television medley" number.  Can you name the next full song that followed it in the medley?  It's already stuck in my head.  Such is the curse of the Clutter.

 

Thanks for coming, everyone.  It was great to see you as always.  BDH and Little Buddha have gone back to bed, because the gloomy weather makes them sleepy.  I'm still around, though, so come back later in the day if you like, or we'll do this all over again tomorrow.  Until next time, this clutter is now cleared.

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