Welcome back. It's that time again. It's a new day with new randomness. BDH and Little Buddha will get the coffee, and then it's time to clear out a little Clutter. Oh, here they are, thanks guys. Let's get this party started.
Yesterday was a rough day for the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate at the U.S. Supreme Court. I don't begin to be able to say I can explain the constitutional questions about this case, but I think there's at least an 85% chance this will be a 5-4 decision either way, with Justice Anthony Kennedy casting the deciding vote as usual, once again cementing his claim as the most influential unelected public official in the country. The Supreme Court is the top reason why you should always ignore anyone who tells you there's no difference between the parties, so it doesn't matter who you vote for. Elections have consequences, and we live with the Justices long after the Presidents who appointed them have left the White House.
James Carville thinks a Supreme Court loss would be great for Democrats because, "Then the Republican Party will own the health care system for the foreseeable future." Here's the problem for the rest of the country: Then the Republican Party will own the health care system for the foreseeable future.
Mittens will apparently have an elevator for his cars in his renovated beach mansion. That's something we can all relate to...in any way whatsoever, right?
Newt Gingrich's campaign is firmly in death-spiral mode as he cuts staff, dumps his campaign manager, and limits his travel to anything within a two-mile radius of his house. It might almost be sad, except that he's Newt Gingrich.
The Boston Red Sox starting shortstop controversy is over, as Jose Iglesias was sent to Triple A, making Mike Aviles the starter. That's fine for now, but the idea of also making Aviles the leadoff batter over Jacoby Ellsbury is nuts.
Pitcher John Lackey apologized for using the word "retarded" during an interview with Boston Globe self-absorbed hack Dan Shaughnessy. First of all, he should know by now that no good has ever come from speaking with that "Curse of Babe Ruth" phony. Second, seeing as how he won't be pitching this year, it might best to just not speak to anyone at all this year and give fans a chance to forget exactly how much of a spoiled louse he is. Meanwhile, Shaughnessy can continue to turn in his endless string of lazy columns where he inserts himself into the center of every story he writes about.
It's against my nature to root for any New York athlete under any circumstances, but I could make an exception for New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey, who sounds like an interesting character. If someone wants to buy me his new book, I won't complain.
Dickey. (pic via nymag.com)
Hopefully Magic Johnson and his partners can restore some magic to the Los Angeles Dodgers after spending $2 billion to buy the team from current owner/disaster Frank McCourt.
I apparently picked the wrong DD store to stop at yesterday, because Gronk wasn't at the one I went to. Wait, does this article say the New England Patriots brought back wide receiver Donte Stallworth? The hell with that, I hope he blows out his knee in training camp. Stallworth killed a guy as a drunk driver, and his primary punishment was a one-year suspension from the NFL.
Former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien is the lead plaintiff in the latest class-action lawsuit against the NFL for head injuries.
Overly-cynical thought for the day: What if the racist tweets about The Hunger Games movie that everyone is talking about are all part of a publicity stunt for the movie? Just a thought.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. I'm going to beg your forgiveness for my indulgence, but we're going to shake things up a little bit. Rather than close out today's randomness with a nice ditty by Van Halen, Metallica, Ozzy, or Whitesnake, I'd like to introduce you all to my immensely-talented singer/songwriter cousin, Kevin Moore. His most recent video features a song that apparently our Nana used to sing. I can't say that I remember her rendition, but he does a beautiful job with today's, "Song of the Day." Enjoy:
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you as always. Sounds like rain is in the forecast for later today, so try to stay dry and stay out of trouble. Until next time, that's the Clutter, and we are outta here.