Welcome back, come on in! How was your weekend? How many of you are still suffering through a bout of sugar blues after some over-indulging? BDH and Little Buddha did very well this weekend. They had a little candy yesterday (a few peanut M & M's), but nothing too overwhelming, which is good, because I was worried about them bouncing off the walls all night. However, we all got a good night's sleep, so now it's time to kick off a new week with a little randomness. So, help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out a little Monday Clutter.
Condolences to not only both the family and friends of legendary journalist Mike Wallace, who died yesterday at age 93, but to the rest of the country as well. The 60 Minutes investigative reporter was famous for his willingness to challenge leaders and other public figures and to do so with integrity. Also, perhaps even more important, he was a national figure who put a public face on depression, which he suffered from for many years.
Mike Wallace. (pic via politico.com)
The Boston Red Sox continue to struggle out of the gate, blowing two leads against the Detroit Tigers yesterday and finally losing 13-12. There's no denying that that first three games have all gone poorly, and the last two have been particularly awful. However, we have played 1.85% of the season so far, so everyone take a nice deep breath and let Bobby Valentine, Ben Cherington and crew figure out what needs to happen. Remember, April is the time of year where the Baltimore Orioles are in first place, so we know there's still a long way to go. For now, it's off to Toronto, where at least Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera are nowhere to be found.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) took the low road in attacking President Obama, calling him "stupid." Classy move, Senator.
Senator Kent Conrad (D-North Dakota) told President Obama not to support the Bowles-Simpson commission recommendations, because the GOP would flip their position to opposition at the drop of a pin. You don't need to know a thing about those recommendations to know that Senator Conrad is correct. The entire GOP platform on every issue can be summed up thusly: If President Obama is for it, we are against it.
It bears repeating for the one millionth time: The health care reform individual mandate that has the Republicans apoplectic...came from the Republican party. If President Obama came out in support of the entire Heritage Foundation conservative agenda today, the GOP would immediately come back with a new "New Deal" package, just because they twitch at the idea of agreeing with him on anything. Huh, maybe he should try that.
How I Met Your Mother is finally back with a new episode this week. That's..wait for it....awesome.
Last night's Mad Men was a nice light-hearted episode, I mean, except for the parts where the Richard Speck killings were a theme for the entire night, Don Draper killed a woman in a dream, and young Sally Draper is now taking sleeping pills, plus some other events involving the Vietnam War and race riots. Apart from that, you might have mistaken it for an episode of Three's Company.
Just another day at the office. (pic via letstalkabouttv.com)
Who is trying to get Larry David to join Twitter, and what are they willing to do to make that happen?
It looks like the Blues Brothers are getting ready to take over the world some 30 years after John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd first convinced Lorne Michaels to let them perform on Saturday Night Live.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Yesterday's Clutter talked about the benefits of people letting their freak flag fly more often. In that spirit, I give you Matthew Wilder with "Break My Stride" in a clip from Solid Gold from the 1980's. Listen to the message, check out those outfits, and most importantly, admire that moustache. There's no better way to kick off this week than with today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you as always. Have a good Monday, and don't let anyone break your stride or hold you down. Keep on moving until it's time for another round of randomness. Until then, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.