Welcome back! How's your week going so far? It sounds like we might have to put the a/c back on today. BDH and Little Buddha just finished making the coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium iced DD, and let's clear out some Wednesday Clutter.
The Red Sox saw their five game winning streak come to an end as they lost 7-3 to the Toronto Blue Jays last night. I'm not sure who would be all that excited about picking up Jake Peavy at this point, but hopefully someone will take him off of Boston's hands before the end of the month. Also, it wasn't enough to win the game, and he's still batting .178, but you have to at least be a little intrigued by Stephen Drew busting out for six RBI over the last two games. Maybe he can go with Peavy in a trade when the Sox call up third baseman Will Middlebrooks. Anyway, Clay Buchholz takes the mound tonight to try to start a new winning streak.
Former NFL coach Tony Dungy, who pushed for Michael Vick to return to the NFL after being in jail for dogfighting, said he wouldn't have drafted openly gay linebacker Michael Sam because it would have been too much of a "distraction." Dungy tried to claim that "it" was the media attention around Sam. You know, because the media isn't otherwise involved with professional football on a constant basis.
It feels a little dirty that the New England Patriots wouldn't provide Aaron Hernandez with his full player medical record and scouting report for Hernandez's upcoming murder trial. It's also unsettling to speculate that there's anything in those records that would in any way indicated Hernandez might have the capacity for murder. Once again, one can't look too hard at the NFL before you realize how much crime and unethical behavior that's being condoned on every front.
One federal appeals court panel ruled that the subsidies of the Affordable Care Act only apply to states that set up their own health insurance exchanges, but another appeals court found that they apply to all 50 states. It's unclear if this judicial conflict will make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, but if it does, I'm half-expecting Chief Justice Roberts and company to say the subsidies only apply in states where Hobby Lobby doesn't express a "closely-held" religious objection. It's the next logical step, isn't it?
This link includes the recent Daily Show clip looking at the challenges of covering the recent fighting in the Middle East, but it's also got a number of slides which provide a helpful primer on the issues in the area. It's a complicated battle. Clutter generally tends to lean in support of Israel, though we have concerns about their actions at points. What we are most wary of is the people who passionately condemn any of the country's actions but never seem to speak out on any other conflict on the planet and never seem to acknowledge that the actions don't happen in a vacuum.
The countdown is officially on, as Doctor Who returns one month from today. It feels like it's been years since Matt Smith's last season. If Peter Capaldi is half as good as I think he'll be, this will be a good run.
Almost time for the adventures to begin! (pic via express.co.uk)
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Alice in Chains is ready to close things out, so we've got to get going. Enjoy the rest of your day, and you're welcome as always to come back tonight if you want to watch the Red Sox take on the Blue Jays. Otherwise, be good, and we'll see you back here again for more silliness soon. Until next time, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.