Welcome back. How are you? BDH and Little Buddha are still a little sleepy. They were awoken at 4:45 this morning by a combination of the garbage truck, the birds chatting in the Clutter Tree, and some driver who felt like everyone in the neighborhood just had to hear what his favorite music is, and that kept them up for a while, so they're moving a little slowly. However, there's still work to be done, so help yourself to a nice medium iced DD, and let's clear out some Thursday Clutter before the fireworks start.
Speaking of fireworks, the 4th of July fireworks show has been moved to tonight, thanks to the impending arrival of Hurricane Arthur. Does that mean we're not independent this year? I can just hear everyone at Fox News squealing with delight saying, "We told you Barack Obama would cancel Independence Day!" I'm fine with the reschedule, since BDH and Little Buddha want to watch on TV anyway, but perhaps I ought to make sure we've got enough snacks to get through Friday if this Arthur fellow is going to make everything a mess. Oh, and speaking of messes
In a reversal of the usual pattern so far this season, the Boston Red Sox bats came alive in style last night, but the pitching had a meltdown, as the Sox lost 16-9 and were swept by the Chicago Cubs. The Sox have today off, and hopefully Hurricane Arthur will force a rain-out tomorrow to give the team another day to try to regroup. I still hope the Red Sox can get it together, but I'd have no problem with them trying to move Stephen Drew, A. J. Pierzynski, Jake Peavy, Felix Doubront, and Jonny Gomes for whatever they can get for them before the trading deadline at the end of the month. If this is going to be the bridge year that 2013 was supposed to be, so be it. Let the kids play and give them some time to grow into their roles.
An ugly night at Fenway. (pic via concordmonitor.com)
So Hobby Lobby doesn't want to be forced to cover contraception in its company health plan, but the company has invested millions in companies that make birth control. So much for those "closely held beliefs." Where do I sign up for single payer health insurance?
Georgia has a new law where people can carry guns everywhere and don't need to show the police their permit to carry? What could possibly go wrong with that?
Facebook says their sorry if users were offended by their recent mood manipulation experiment, but they're not apologizing for conducting said experiment. This company gets creepier by the day.
Cheers to Burger King for selling a gay pride burger. It won't be enough to get me to break my fast food ban, because it's still a Whopper, but it's a nice touch.
Jason Kidd rebounded nicely from his failed power grab with the Brooklyn Nets. He's now the new head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. I don't know much about much when it comes to the NBA, but I wouldn't trust Kidd as far as I could throw him, and I'd be watching my back if I was a member of the Milwaukee front office. Good luck with that one.
I saw Horrible Bosses years ago with a friend. She thought it was fantastic, I thought it was borderline painful to watch. Well, that's an exaggeration, but I just didn't think it was funny at all. I think she'll know better than to ask me if I want to see the sequel, because this just looks awful:
Wow, Jewel and her husband Ty Murray are divorcing after 16 years as a couple. That's many decades in non-celebrity time.
Condolences to the family and friends of actor Bob Hastings, who died on Monday at age 89 due to prostate cancer. I'm sorry to hear he died, but if you had asked me before 10 minutes ago, I would have told you it happened 20 years ago with as much confidence as I tell you today is Thursday. I remember him from his General Hospital days when I was a kid, and my sense of time would have told me he was on the older side thirty years ago. Apparently my sense of time is even more off than I thought.
I'm more focus on the return of Doctor Who on August 23rd, but it is nice to know that we'll have four more episodes of Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock to look forward to in the next year.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. I know Arthur is messing up everyone's plans, but hopefully tomorrow won't be too much of a mess. Maybe it will help if we pay tribute to him now by using "Arthur's Theme" for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Enjoy the rest of your day, and you're certainly welcome to come back later to watch the fireworks with us if you like. Otherwise, be good, and we'll see you back here again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.