Welcome back. Congratulations to us all on making it through another week. There's still a lot to get through before we get to the weekend though, so let's get down to business. Help yourself to a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Friday Clutter.
The world lost an incredible leader yesterday when Nelson Mandela died at age 95. There will be others who will write much more eloquent words, but I can not think of a stronger leader for civil rights who was alive in my lifetime. Jailed for 27 years by an oppressive racist white government for opposing apartheid, it would have been so understandable if he had left prison an angry man calling for violence against others. Instead, he worked for peace, understanding and reconciliation with whites and blacks alike and helped transform South African society, making the incredible journey from political prisoner to president. I know Mandela had been sick for a long time now, and 95 is certainly an extended lifetime, but it still feels like this story ended too soon.
Cheers to the fast food workers protesting the gross inadequacies of the minimum wage. People should be able to earn a living wage, which the current federal wage of $7.25 doesn't come close to reaching.
I don't know whether to laugh or cry that the GOP needs to be taught "how to be more sensitive when talking to women." Mind you, Republicans don't see a problem with believing in things like "legitimate rape," or letting employers impose their religious beliefs on women by cutting their access to contraception, or hell, even that whole, "let's make it illegal for women to decide whether or not they choose to carry a child." No, the problem here is that the good old boys just don't know how to talk about all that stuff without offending women, and if they can just message those policies better, everything will be fine. You know how overly-sensitive those chicks can be.
Boston Red Sox fans know that you can never have enough pitching, whether it's the starting rotation or the bullpen, so it's good to hear that the team is signing former St. Louis Cardinals closer Edward Mujica to a two-year deal. It would be nice to think that Koji Uehara will continue to be dominant for a long time to come, so Mujica can either be a terrific set-up man or a strong back-up if Koji runs into trouble.
Speaking of relievers, congratulations to New Hampshire native son Brian Wilson on agreeing to a new contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Clutter is not a fan of the singer R. Kelly, and there's really only one way that one of his songs would ever appear in any form around here: If the lyrics were performed by Benedict Cumberbatch:
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. I think we'll close things out with this clip of Tracy Chapman singing at Nelson Mandela's 70th birthday celebration. Let it be a reminder that there's still so much work to be done on so many fronts to improve how we treat each other. Racism, sexism, class warfare and other types of discrimination will not go unchallenged. We lost an incredible leader yesterday, but the fight for fundamental human dignity will not stop. Here's today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Enoy 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 what can I say, we are outta here.