In case I haven't made it clear, I love the Clutter Tree. I spent so much time watching it the rain last night, it was like I was spellbound. The tree was one of the main reasons I bought Clutter Headquarters all those years ago, and my fascination with it continues to grow with each pasisng day. It seemed like just a week ago that the leaves were struggling to come out, and now thanks to a few days and nights of solid rain, they're in full bloom. They're such a lush dark green, and they fill up almost every window in the place, which can almost give the impression that we're located in the woods. (Note: We are not located in the woods.) It's so calming to look out of these windows, that one might think that one doesn't need to clear out the Clutter for the day. However, one would be wrong. So, help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's get to work.
The news out of Oklahoma is just devastating, so it was nice to see a story about a woman finding her dog in the aftermath of Monday's tornado. As you watch the clip, tell me if you agree that the dog looks like it wants to ask, "What the #$#$ just happened?"
Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn (R) will only support federal relief aid for his home state if it comes with corresponding spending cuts somewhere else. Let that sink in for a second. Senator Coburn doesn't want to talk about that right now, calling it "insensitive" to discuss. I would go with something like he's a psychopath who doesn't believe it's his job to help his constituents, especially in a time of disaster, but that's just me.
Apple to Congress: If you're going to give us a way to legally hide billions, we're going to legally hide billions. This isn't complicated.
I find myself a little fascinated by this poll that says a majority of Republicans don't think the 2012 presidential election was fair. I certainly understand that they didn't like the result, but it was unfair? Do they really in their heart of hearts believe that the Democratic Party was out sending union thugs to intimidate GOP voters, and flooding the polls with undocumented residents to commit massive voter fraud, the licks of which are unprecedented in history? That's the only explanation they can come up with, as opposed to say, a comprehensive party platform that's hostile to everyone except wealthy white guys? As the son of two mental health professionals, I feel qualified to say that this level of mass paranoia is both incredible and perhaps a little sad. These voters must feel so terrified of everything that's different from them.
First we had the Virginia GOP candidate for attorney general who wanted to force women to report miscarriages to the police or face jail time. Now we have the Virginia GOP candidate for lieutenant governor who opposed desegregation and also compared Planned Parenthood to the KKK. Sometimes I struggle to remember that these people live in the same country that I do.
All of the above insanity is just part of the reason I'd love to hear President Obama give a Bulworth speech, like this one written for him by Ezra Klein of The Washington Post.
Apparently the Mediterranean diet can make you both healthier and smarter. No word yet on whether or not it can make you funnier, a better listener, or more popular, but I'm sure those studies are on their way.
Who's hungry? (pic via uwex.edu)
Myrtle the Turtle is back after some home renovations. How do you move a 550lb/90-year old turtle? Anyway she agrees to. Make sure you watch the video that goes with the story.
ESPN is cutting hundreds of jobs despite being the most profitable component of the Disney empire. Did some investor complain about the profit margins here?
I'm not the world's biggest fan of The X-Men. I've seen a couple of the movies on cable, but they weren't "appointment television" or anything. The trailer for the new Wolverine movie doesn't do anything to make me change my mind, but what do you think, Clutterheads?
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. We're going to close things out again with one more song from The Doors. This is L.A. Woman, which features great work by everyone in the band, it's today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, you guys. It was great to see you, as always. Enjoy the rest of the day, and come back soon so we can hang out again. You know BDH and Little Buddha start getting restless when they go too long without seeing you. Until next time, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.