Welcome back! How's your day going so far? I'm sorry we're meeting up later than usual, but I had some things to take care of this morning, and then we were further delayed by the sight of a number of firetrucks suddenly appearing outside our windows. BDH and Little Buddha were not excited to see the firemen climbing their ladder to get to a nearby roof, and I wasn't excited by the ladder brushing against the Clutter Tree's branches, but it all worked out. Now that we've got that out of the way, help yourself to a nice medium iced DD, and let's clear out some Thursday Clutter.
I appreciate the premise behind this piece about whether or not Republicans will pay a political price for their ongoing assaults against the Affordable Care Act, but it feels outdated to me. The GOP of 10 years ago might have been worried about looking hostile to voters who are now receiving health care benefits. However, today's Tea Party bunch of extremists really doesn't care one iota about anyone who isn't wealthy, and thanks to their gerrymandered congressional districts, they have little reason to worry about fallout. Hell, they're still pruning the branches to weed out anyone who they still don't think is conservative enough (hey there, Eric Cantor.) This party is too crazy to win the White House again anytime soon, but their current course of action is exactly what their base wants, and it's doubtful they'll be hurt by their never-ending obsession with the ACA.
Okay, I didn't see this coming: Ousted Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas wants to buy out his cousins for full control of the supermarket. I swear, this show is better than General Hospital.
How hard did Arizona Governor Jan Brewer have to bite the inside her cheek to keep a straight face while claiming that an inmate who took roughly 90 minutes to die during a state execution "didn't suffer?"
I just want to make sure I'm clear about this: Smoking pot can get you suspended from the NFL for a year, but beating a woman only gets you a two game suspension? On what planet does that make any sense? The NFL has a bizarre sense of priorities. Commissioner Roger Goodell ought to be ashamed. I know I've said this before, but it's true, the longer you look at the league, the harder it is to be a football fan without feeling dirty.
Both sides are saying the right things, but it's hard to imagine that the Red Sox suspending contract negotiations with Jon Lester until after the season is a good thing.
Congratulations to Van Halen on being the second most played band on classic rock stations in the country. I have long since moved past any sense of angst that my favorite bands now fall under that category. You kids can have your Ke$ha, Iggy Azalea, Sia and the like. I'll take my VH, Ozzy, U2 and company and be just fine with that. Now get off my lawn, you damn kids!
Sorry, lost my cool there for a second. Let's continue...
Speaking of classic rock, Duran Duran loves their fan club, as long as they show the band the money.
It's been 30 years since "Eat it," and now "Weird Al" Yankovic has his first-ever #1 album. Good for him.
There's guy named Paul Heyman who has been in professional wrestling for about 30 years at this point, I think. He's been a manager and promoter who was always blessed with the gift of gab, but he has consistently raised his game year after year until now, when he is probably the best speaker in the industry. Heyman is charismatic and abrasive, and he's a master at eliciting a crowd reaction (important) but also inspiring viewers to pay for the next WWE pay-per-view event (critical.)
He cut a fantastic promo at the end of this week's Monday Night Raw, and the folks at Grantland.com were kind enough to break it down and explain why it was so effective. You don't have to be a wrestling fan to appreciate this article. Everyone could take a tip or two from Heyman about the art of public speaking and salesmanship.
Got 'em again. (pic via slam.canoe.ca)
Presented without comment (for now), we give you the first Fifty Shades of Grey trailer:
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. I think we'll wrap things up with some classic rock and have the Allman Brothers take us out with today's, "Song of the Day," which was filmed right down the road at Great Woods. Enjoy.
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Enjoy the rest of your day, 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.