How are you? How's your week going? My Wednesday was going along without incident, until I got a text message from BDH and Little Buddha which read, "Saw Mayor Menino declared a flu emergency. Go get your shot now, please." There was no way I could say no to that. I don't know if you've ever seen blue dog or little buddha flu, but it's the saddest thing. So, off I went to get my shot. Hopefully I got it in time. In any case, that's down the road. For right now, let's focus on grabbing a nice medium DD and clearing out a little Thursday Clutter.
When I look back on my career, it's hard to imagine that I'll be able to top the pride I feel for having been a part of the campaign to create an enforceable buffer zone law for sexual health clinics in Massachusetts. We were able to pass a law that both allows patients and staff to access legal health care services and do their jobs, while leaving sufficient room for dissenting opinions. It was great to see that this law survived yet another legal challenge yesterday.
President Obama is losing yet another woman from his Cabinet, as Labor Secretary Hilda Solis announced her resignation. This announcement comes as there continue to be vocal concerns about the lack of women in senior positions in the White House. As I said last week, it's striking while reading Bob Woodward's new book, "The Price of Politics," about the Obama administration's battles with Congress about the budget, that it's an almost entirely male-dominated story.
Vice President Joe Biden says President Obama might pass some gun control measures via executive order. I'm all in favor of him doing whatever he can on any issue without having to deal with the numskulls in Congress who can't agree on the weather. If they won't work with him, he should just go right around them until they grow up.
AIG comes to its senses and decides not to join the lawsuit filed by Hank Greenberg and other reprehensible shareholders against the U.S. for not saving their crooked company "nicely enough."
What do BDH, Little Buddha and I have in common with Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa? None of us are going into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year. Between the arguments about PED's, and the battle between new and old-school baseball writers, this was the least enjoyable HOF debate I can remember.
Having said that, I agree with none of the known cheaters going in this year. I assume that Clemens and Bonds will go in next year. They were having Hall of Fame careers before the injections began (which makes them all the more infuriating), but they simply couldn't be allowed entrance on the first try. It's hypocritical of baseball writers to cast judgment, since I'm sure they all knew what was going on, but at the same time, a message has to be sent that some price must be paid for breaking the rules.
Not this year. (pic via abcnews.com)
Given that he's apparently the only sports doctor in the country, of course Dr. James Andrews repaired RGIII's knee yesterday. Hopefully the Washington Redskins quarterback will have someone/anyone looking out for his health and safety when he returns next season, but consider me less-than-optimistic.
Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks was suspended for one game for going after Kevin Garnett after the Knicks played the Boston Celtics this week. KG made some comments about Anthony's wife during the game that can't be printed here (Clutter is a fairly-family-friendly place), so it's easy to sympathize with Anthony as a husband for losing his cool. However, he's a professional athlete who's paid a lot of money not to lose his temper, and you know KG is going to own him from now on.
In the latest sign that 2013 will be a good year, the start date of the new season of Arrested Development has been announced.
I'm pretty sure I'll be busy with other plans when Justin Bieber hosts Saturday Night Live on February 9th.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. I've decided that I don't need to see Les Miserables in the theaters. I've seen the show a couple of times, and I'm not that interested in what Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman have to say about the story. However, I've always been moved by the show's song, "At the End of the Day." It's a powerful demonstration of the anger, fear, and alienation of the poor, while demonstrating how they're taken advantage of by the upper classes. So, for that reason, here we go with today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Enjoy the rest of the day, and make sure to get a flu shot if you haven't already done it. We want all of you to be healthy this winter, so go take care of that. For now, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.