Welcome back, and a happy Labor Day Weekend to you all. I know some of you are still stuck in the office for a few more hours (even though there's no one for you to call or email now), and others of you are reading this from the road (hopefully in the passenger seat). Wherever you are, we're happy you stopped by. We're mostly just trying to stay out of everyone's way outside as the great 2014 Boston turnover begins, so let's see what's going on in the news today. Help yourself to a nice medium DD, or a Sam Adams Summer Ale if you like (hell, it's a long weekend), and let's clear out some Friday Clutter.
The White House announced it won't be changing the country's security warning level, even though Britain just raised theirs.
In case you haven't seen it yet, Jon Stewart is amazing as usual with this piece on Ferguson:
Clutter clearly wasn't the only one who was excited to see Peter Capaldi's Doctor Who debut last week. It's such a treat to be able to look forward to another new episode tomorrow night.
At the time of this writing, the stock market looks like it's going to close out August on another positive day, as it's currently up about .2%. So, should we expect some pull-back next month? September does have a poor historical record. This article says there's no need to worry. Clutter says, we don't have the slightest clue. We have our regularly-scheduled investments coming up, and if they continue to do well, that's great. If it turns out that September is a disaster for some reason, that's a shame, but we stand ready to make additional purchases.
Apple is expected to reveal the new iPhone 6 and an iWatch on September 9. I'll have to make an upgrade to my phone some day down the road (we'll probably be on iPhone 10 by then), but I'm not switching watches. My Red Sox watch was given to me by Mom and Grandpa Clutter, and I'll be buried with this guy. However, I'm still curious to see what the iWatch does.
After weeks of scathing criticism, the NFL announced that it is toughening the league's penalties for domestic violence. Going forward, the first accusation will result in a suspension of six weeks, and the second is banishment for the season, and perhaps permanently. It was good to see NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell explicitly admit that he didn't "get it right" when he suspended Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games following such an incident.
We'd like to send best wishes for a speedy and full recovery to Jake "the Snake" Roberts, who is in a Las Vegas hospital apparently battling a "double pneumonia" infection. The legendary professional wrestler, like so many before him, has spent years battling substance abuse as well as physical and emotional health problems, and seemed to be doing well lately.
Jake "the Snake" Roberts (pic via ww1.skysports.com)
The same good thoughts go out to Joan Rivers who suffered a heart attack while undergoing a medical procedure yesterday.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Hopefully those of you in the office won't be there for much longer. In honor of the start of Labor Day Weekend, here's Todd Rundgren with today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. You're welcome to come back later if you want to hang out and watch the Red Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays. 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 just want to bang on the drum all day, so we are outta here.