Welcome back. How was your Monday? I didn't get as much sleep as I really could have used, but it was actually a pretty productive day. I'm not sure how that worked, but hey, whatever does the trick. Now we'll see if I can do the same thing today after getting a full night's rest. If not, there's always coffee. Speaking of which, help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out a little Tuesday Clutter.
Our thoughts go out to all of the people of Oklahoma who are dealing with intense tornados. The footage just looks terrible.
Very sorry to hear about the death of Ray Manzarek, who died yesterday from bile duct cancer. The keyboardist for The Doors was 74 years old. I had a big Doors phase in high school, as probably many people my age did. I don't remember how I first became aware of them, but I thought they were everything music should be: mystical, sexual, and legitimately threatening to society.
Who in their right mind would try to pass a law to force women to report their miscarriages to the police? Who would possibly think of this as anything than a direct attack on a woman's privacy during a deeply personal time, and who would think that there was any justification for notifying the authorities about a medical issue and would send them to jail if they didn't comply? Why, the Republican candidate for Virginia attorney general, of course.
Congratulations to Vermont for passing an end-of-life law. People should be able to decide their fate on their terms.
Sunday's Boston Globe featured a moving article about the nurses who put their feelings aside and took care of wounded accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. These women represent the better side of human nature, as opposed to the goons who made fools of themselves protesting Tsarnaev's brother's funeral.
Wait, Apple wants reform of the U.S. tax code to prevent companies from gaming the system. Companies...like Apple?
Glad to see that Boston Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey is back from the disabled list. Here's hoping he can stay healthy for the remainder of the season, because I think that the uncertainty around the closer situation is the biggest area of concern for the Sox right now.
Sticking around? (pic via examiner.com)
Won't tell a lie, I had no idea that Derek Lowe was a relief pitcher for the Texas Rangers. That lack of an impact might be the reason that the team designated him for assignment.
This week's Mad Men was too much weirdness to deal with right before bedtime on a Sunday night. How was I supposed to be able to turn off the TV and immediately be ready for bed after that? No wonder I didn't get as much sleep as I needed. It might have worked better for me if I was under the influence of something, since just about everyone on the show was. I will say that the robbery scene was one of the more effectively creepy things I've seen on television in a while. What did you think, Clutterheads?
Wait, which one of you was I recently talking about whatever happened to Keanu Reeves with? Argh!
After watching the Family Guy season finale, it seems pretty clear that Seth MacFarlane is out of stories to tell with this group. There's no harm in that, they've been on forever, but while the first half of the finale was fine at best, the second half was borderline unwatchable, which sums up my feelings about the last few years. Time to move on to something new.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. I think we'll let Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison, John Densmore and Robby Krieger take us out with today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. We might get some rain later in the day, so try to stay dry out there, and make sure to come back for more fun soon. Until then,we'll break on through to the other side another time, because this is the end, my friend. In other words, that's today's Cluttter, and we are outta here.