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Rise and shine, kids, it's time to go elect some public officials!  Grab yourself a medium DD with milk and sugar, go vote, and then come back and we'll clear out some Clutter.  It's okay, I'll wait...

Congratulations to the 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants!  Tim Lincecum was absolutely outstanding in Game 5, as the Giants beat the Rangers 3-1 thanks to a 3-run home run by Red Sox alum Edgar Renteria.  This was the second time Renteria drove in the championship-clinching run (the first time was in 1997) and it's incredible when you consider he was on the disabled list three times this season and has been talking about retirement. 

It was so much fun to watch Lincecum and then Brian Wilson seal the deal, and what a great moment to watch an emotional Giants manager Bruce Bochy talking after the game about how nervous he was the night before.  GM Brian Sabean did a terrific job putting together this entertaining motley crew.  I also want to give a special shout-out to my uncle Ron and his father who are both lifelong Giants fans and for the first time in 56 years, their team are the world champions.

Well, that didn't take long:  Randy Moss and the Minnesota Vikings part after a month-long reunion.  With all of their various dramas, the Vikings are turning into the weird soap opera central that the Patriots used to be before Bob Kraft bought the team.  Good luck with that, folks.

Peter Gammons says V-Mart isn't coming back to the Red Sox.  Not much of a surprise there, it didn't seem like the team has made much of an effort to re-sign him at this point, and he's certainly not the long-term answer to their catching issues.  I say sign Jason Varitek to a 1-2 year contract with the understanding he'll be the back-up again, and let's see what Salty can do in the role going forward.

Apparently Major League Baseball didn't like when Texas Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg said:

I thought Yankees fans, frankly, were awful. They were either violent or apathetic. [They] were by far the worst of any I've seen in the postseason. I thought they were an embarrassment.

I don't see the problem.

What judge in his or her right mind would possibly award Charlie Sheen joint custody of his kids?  I'd be surprised that Sheen even filed for joint custody, but any sense of shame is clearly becoming a fading concept in the world.  I'm probably more surprised Sheen hasn't asked his soon-to-be ex-wife to publicly apologize for making him so mad that he lashed out.

Will we have record turnout at the polls today?

WWE CEO Vince McMahon's persecution complex continues as he complains once again that he should be allowed to violate election laws because he's Vince McMahon, damn it.  Of course, he doesn't actually care enough about the supposed persecution to challenge the law and take his case to the courts.  He just continues to loudly rant against the supposed global conspiracy against him and the WWE.  It's hard to see how this behavior maintains the confidence of the shareholders of this publicly traded company.

Don't forget to check out the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund's 2010 candidate endorsements before you vote today.  Yours truly put a lot of time into these for your consideration!

Ok, it's time to go vote, and then I'm off to make GOTV calls for the rest of the day.  For those of you who are dying to know what my ballot will look like, here are the highlights:

Support Governor Deval Patrick/Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray for reelection. 

Massachusetts, like the rest of the country, has faced brutal conditions over the last four years, and the Patrick/Murray administration has shown leadership and made the difficult decisons that had to be made.  The Commonwealth is on the right path for recovery, and we shouldn't be changing the captains on the ship now.

Support Attorney General Martha Coakley for reelection.

Martha Coakley is an outstanding champion for the people of Massachusetts who has been a leader on reproductive health and marriage equality.  She has earned another term as attorney general.

Support Steve Grossman for State Treasurer

Steve Grossman is superbly qualified for the office of state treasurer.  He's spent 35 years running a Massachusetts business and providing quality jobs in the state.  He brings a combination of political and business experience that give him a vision for the office and the skills to bring that vision to fruition. 

Oppose all three ballot questions.

I would support a ballot question eliminating ballot questions in Massachusetts.  In the meantime, I oppose all three questions on this years ballot. 

(Question 1-Repealing the sales tax on alcohol) The revenue from the sales tax on alcohol is used to fund substance abuse treatment programs.  That's an important issue for society, and it's perfectly fair to ask consumers of these substances to pay this tax.

(Question 2-Repealing the state's affordable housing law)  Housing costs remain completely out of control in Massachusetts.  Our response should be to strengthen affordable housing laws, not weaken/eliminate them. 

(Question 3-Slashing the state sales tax to 3%) I think Question 3 is morally reprehensible.  No one likes paying a sales tax, but you know what?  Services cost money, and I expect government to provide services like education and public safety.  Massachusetts has already endured multiple rounds of severe budget cuts.  There is no way to cover the $2.5 billion this question would add to the current deficit without a further decimation of services, including many to our state's most vulnerable members, and that's cruel. 

Given that today is Election Day, I think there really can be no more fitting way to wrap up today's Clutter than with this Monty Python classic skit.  Apparently the Tea Party was around back then under a slightly different name.  With that, here is today's, "Clip of the Day."  Have a good one kids, and we'll meet up again soon.  Don't forget to vote!





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