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Hi everyone,

Welcome back.  How are you?  Come on in.  BDH, Little Buddha and I are just waiting for the gas company to come and change our gas meter.  They said they'd be here sometime between 8am and 8am tomorrow, or something like that.  Why don't you make yourself comfortable, grab a medium DD, and we'll clear out some Clutter until they get here, okay?  Cool, let's do it...

Mitt Romney came out swinging at last night's GOP presidential debate in Florida last night.  He scored a number of hits on Newt Gingrich, including the ethics fine that Gingrich paid while in Congress, and accusations of influence-peddling after he left.  We'll see if that's enough to halt Newt's momentum, as the latest polls show him still surging past Mitt one week before the Florida primary.

FloridadebateThe GOP's Final Four.  (pic via politico.com)

Mitt Romney finally released his tax records, and they show that he paid a tax 13.9% effective tax rate, due to the fact that most of his income was from investments which are taxed at a lower rate than wages.  It will be interesting to see what else the records reveal.

Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson appreciated the return on investment he got from supporting Newt Gingrich in South Carolina so much that he's agreed to give Newt's super PAC another $5 million.

Rick Santorum is the latest person to carry on the proud GOP tradition of being unwilling to correct voters who claim President Obama is a secret radical Muslim.  Hey, if people want to try to make the country's leader out to be a terrorist who hates America, why should a presidential candidate have to correct them, right?  If you can't win on the issues, always go for prejudice.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul refused to submit to a full pat-down by the TSA as he tried to board a flight.  Seems Senator Rand has discovered a belief in a person's right to privacy over their own body.  That's ironic.  Can we hope that this new-found belief might someday find its way into his voting record when it comes to anti-choice legislation?  Probably not.

Wait a second, the U.S. Supreme Court also came out with a unanimous statement of support for the right to privacy in a case involving the police use of a GPS system on a suspect's car.  Where am I?

(Speaking of privacy, I know I should be creeped out, but I still find it fascinating that it seems like every website I go to now has a Van Halen ad waiting for me.  Technology is tracking my every move, which isn't cool, but is somehow still interesting.  Okay, back to the news...)

The Boston Bruins were honored at the White House yesterday, but goalie Tim Thomas skipped the event because he feels the federal government is too big.  Thomas certainly has the right not to attend, but it's a bush-league move that's disrespectful to his teammates, and turns a non-political moment into one.  Being invited to the White House to celebrate your championship doesn't mean you support the current president, and it's disingenuous to claim you're not doing it for political reasons when your entire explanation is based on your political ideology.  Disappointing move.

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The Bruins and President Obama. (pic via 3chicspolitico.com)

Boston City Councilor Mike Ross announced he won't run for the Massachusetts 4th Congressional District seat, as the Democratic field continues to clear for Joe Kennedy III.

Is Facebook going down on January 28th?

Right field is starting to take shape for the Boston Red Sox, now that the team signed former San Francisco Giants World Series hero Cody Ross to a one year deal for $3 million.  Ross and Ryan Sweeney will replace J.D. Drew, and it's hard to believe they won't improve on the team's production from that spot last year.

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Welcome to Boston, Mr. Ross. (pic via zimbio.com)

This has been a challenging season so far for the 7-9 Boston Celtics, but they stepped up last night to crush the Orlando Magic 87-56.  Not bad for a bunch of old guys who haven't clicked yet.

Former independent professional wrestler Andre Davis was sentenced to 32 years in prison by an Ohio judge for not telling the women he slept with that he is HIV+.

I've been thinking about this one for a while, but try as hard as I might, I really can't imagine what it must be like to be in a position to turn down a $100 million contract.  Wait, hold on...nope, can't do it.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Steven Tyler has taken a lot of abuse for his rendition of the national anthem before the AFC championship game.  I didn't think it was the greatest performance ever, but I certainly didn't think it was the worst I've ever heard either.  I'd hate to see a similar controversy break out at the Super Bowl, and I think I have just the thing.  Let's have former Ozzy guitarist/Black Label Society founder Zaak Wylde perform it.  Just listen to today's, "Song of the Day," and tell me this wouldn't get everyone jacked up at the start of the game.  Gronk and Wilfork would take out two Giants before the game even started:

 

 

Thanks for stopping by, my friends.  It was great to see you as always.  The gas company still hasn't arrived, so you're free to hang out longer if you want.  Otherwise, have a good rest of your day, and remember, you're welcome to stop by for more fun and randomness whenever you like.  We have an open door policy for Clutterheads.  Until next time...

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