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Hi everyone,

Welcome back to the house of random.  You may remember we were waiting for the gas company to visit Clutter Headquarters yesterday.  They gave me five hour window (for what I was told would be a 10 minute visit), so of course they came after six hours.  That didn't leave anyone in a good mood, but BDH, Little Buddha and I are determined that today will be a better day, so make yourself comfortable, grab yourself a medium DD, and let's do what we do, which is clearing out the Clutter like no other...

President Obama kicked off his reelection campaign with his State of the Union address last night.  The core theme of the night was economic fairness (along with multiple reminders that Osama Bin Laden is dead).  I enjoyed the proposal that people making over $1 million should pay 30% in taxes, which just happens to be twice what Mitt Romney paid last year.  It seemed like a solid enough speech if you remember that Congress isn't going to do anything this year, so none of Obama's policy proposals are going anywhere.  However, President Obama tells a good story, and it's going to be a serious challenge for the GOP nominee to match his campaigning skills once this race goes to the general public, who doesn't want to be lectured by the wealthy and told they should stop acting so jealous.

(As an aside, I once had a conservative friend tell me in all seriousness that he knew President Obama doesn't like America because he didn't wear an American flag pin.  Well, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden had their pins last night, but House Speaker John Bohner's pin was nowhere to be found.  So when exactly did Speaker Boehner renounce this country?  I expect to hear this topic discussed at length on Fox "News.")

The State of the Union is an important speech, but the top highlight of the evening really was the standing ovation for retiring-Representative Gabrielle Giffords in the chamber.  Cheers to Representative Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, who helped Rep. Giffords up and down as needed during President Obama's applause lines.  It's nice to see we can cross party lines every once in a blue moon.


Mitt Romney's campaign is starting to have just a twinge of that car-accident feel.  You should look away, but you just can't.  Did he really say that "banks aren't bad people" yesterday?  Now, he may really believe that, much like his "corporations are people too" statement, and banks have certainly been good to him.  However, could he possibly make a statement that's less in touch with the country this year?  The revelation that he has a Swiss bank account doesn't help him any either.  Mittens may still very well right his ship, regain his lead over Newt Gingrich, and go on to win the GOP nomination, but it's hard to imagine how he's going to transition to a message that shows any ability to connect with the general election voters.  

The death of co-founder Steve Jobs hasn't slowed down the Apple juggernaut yet, as the company reported its best quarter ever, with earnings up 118%.

My calendar still says January, but Sam Adams says it's time to sell their Alpine Spring Lager, so I guess that settles that.  Thanks for everything, Winter Lager.  See you again in August.

Never argue with Sam Adams.  (pic via beerstreetjournal.com)

Yay, I can finally get that job I've always wanted with Disney now that employees are allowed to have facial hair.

I don't want Facebook Timeline, I don't want it, I don't want it, I don't want it.  I have a number of friends who have already made the switch, I've looked at their pages multiple times, and not one of them has changed my mind.  Phooey.

Only a foolish person would worry about whether or not New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will be able to play in the Super Bowl after spraining his ankle against the Baltimore Ravens.  I'm still pretty sure Gronk broke his neck earlier this year with a dive into the end zone, and even that didn't stop him.  A sprained ankle?  No problem.


A new interview with Peyton Manning makes it sound pretty clear that he understands his time with the Indianapolis Colts is coming to an end.   There seems to be some debate about whether the interview also shows Manning's preparing for retirement or still wants to play in the NFL anyway.  As I said before, if he's not healthy enough by March to know for sure that he can still play, I hope he'll call it a career and ride off into the sunset.

Manning could follow the lead of longtime Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, who retired yesterday after a remarkable 17 year career that was spent entirely in New York.  Posada was a whiny pain in the a## as far as every Red Sox fan is concerned, but there can be no doubt of his value to his own team.  Cheers, Jorge, now get the hell out of here, you whiny bastard.


All Star slugger Prince Fielder finally has a new home, as he signed a 9-year/$214 million contract with the Detroit Tigers.  This will be interesting to watch.  I have no doubt that Fielder will likely be great for the first few years with Detroit (the same team his dad Cecil was a star with), but even though he's only 27 years old, Fielder is a big man (5-11, 275 lbs), and you can't tell me he's it's a sure thing he won't physically break down during the second half of that contract. 

Actor Matthew McConaughey is "Dazed and Confused" once again.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to actress Demi Moore, who dropped out of the upcoming movie about adult film actress Linda Lovelace, citing health concerns.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's take a look back at Mr. McConaughey and the rest of the crew from "Dazed and Confused," for today's, "Clip of the Day."  Have a good one, my friends.  It was great to see you as always.  Try to stay out of trouble, and make sure you come back soon.  We get antsy when you're not here.  Until next time, today's Clutter is cleared.  Later.



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