Welcome back. Opening Day is finally here! BDH, Little Buddha and I are all so excited, we almost don't need any coffee. "Almost" being the key word here. Grab yourself a nice medium DD, and let's clear out a little pre-game Clutter.
The MBTA Board approved a new budget that calls for a 23% fare increase, along with modest service cuts for next year. It's completely unfair to balance their budget problems on the backs of the vulnerable members of our population who are dependent on the T for transportation. This is a one year fix at best, and there's no escaping it, the Legislature must finally demonstrate some leadership on this issue and find new revenue sources to do a better job of alleviating the T's debt issues.
Honestly, is there anyone out there who's actually excited for Mitt Romney, and not just worked up about defeating President Obama? I welcome any GOP voter who's legitimately jazzed about Mittens to write to Clutter at firstname.lastname@example.org and make your case.
One of Romney's surrogates said women will support Mittens once his "real" views come out in the general election, because then you'll know he believes what he says right? What woman is supposed to fall for that? Presumably we're talking about less conservative beliefs than what Romney is currently claiming to hold, so that's not going to appeal to women at the far-right end of the spectrum. If he claims that now his positions are friendlier to women, that means he's trying to catch up to President Obama, so why wouldn't moderate and more liberal women just stick with the guy who's been better on their issues right from the beginning? It seems like what former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich is saying here is that women are idiots who will fall for anything.
Despite the GOP's claims otherwise, contraception should be one area where everyone can come to agreement, regardless about their feelings on abortion. This is fundamental preventative health care, and the math is simple, denying access to contraceptive services costs taxpayers money:
"Publicly-funded family planning services save state and federal governments $4.3 billion each year, according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Contraceptive use saves almost $19 billion in direct medical costs annually and reduces the occurrence of abortion,"
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will need to decide whether or not he'll forever been known as a partisan politician.
A defining moment. (pic via politico.com)
Represenative Steve King (R-Iowa) says if gays and lesbians don't talk about their sexual orientation at work, then we won't need to worry about workplace discrimination. No word yet on whether Rep. King also believes heterosexuals should refrain from talking about their relationships.
If you could just hide your life, that would be great, thanks. (pic via dailycaller.com)
It's 2012, are we really still having a debate about whether or not women should be allowed into a country club? Shame on the Augusta National Golf Club for still being stuck in the distant past.
Cheers to the Connecticut Senate for voting to abolish the death penalty. The House is also expected to pass the bill, and Governor Dannel Malloy said he'll sign it.
One Tree Hill wrapped up last night. I admit, I'm fascinated by the fact that this show lasted for nine years. Who watched it? Did the original fan base stay with it the entire time? I remember when it first came on as the Dawson's Creek replacement. We had a bunch of self-absorbed teenagers who felt the weight of the world's problems on their shoulder, as two half-brothers battled it out in high school. Then the blonde brother left after a few seasons, and I don't think I heard another word about One Tree Hill for five or six years, except for occasional jabs from Joel McHale on The Soup, but clearly someone was watching if it lasted for nine seasons. That's impressive. Cheers.
Where do the years go? (pic via imdb.com)
What are the odds that the original Guns N' Roses lineup will play at next weekend's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony? Or are we more likely to get something like when Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony were the only two Van Halen members to attend and perform the year the band was inducted, even though they'd both been given the boot by then?
Wait, 90's band Creed reunited? Did I know this? Did we already talk about this? Do we need to talk about it now? Should we move on? Let's move on.
Clutter favorite David Tennant has a new role as a French spy.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have the Dropkick Murphys take us out with today's, "Song of the Day," in honor of the fact that Opening Day is finally here!
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you as always. Enjoy the rest of your day, and if you are looking for a place to watch the Boston Red Sox take on the Detroit Tigers, Clutter Headquarters is open for business. You know how much BDH and Little Buddha love to play host. Otherwise, come back again soon, and we'll do this all over again. Until next time, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here. Play ball!