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Hi everyone,

Welcome back.  Happy Friday to you all.  We made it through another week.  Hell, at this point, we've almost made it through the first 1/3 of the year.  This calls for some coffee.  Help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's wrap up this crazy week with a little Friday Clutter.

If you didn't see it yesterday, the first "Clutter Spotlight" has now been posted.  Who was the subject?  There's only one way to find out.  We'll be doing more of those going forward, so please send any suggestions you have about who we should feature next.

The Boston Red Sox are on a roll, winning their fourth game in a row 10-3 over the Chicago White Sox, thanks largely to a Kevin Youkilis grand slam and two home runs by Jarrod Saltalamacchia.  Boston starting pitcher Felix Dubront continues to impress, giving up five hits and three runs in six innings, and Junichi Tazawa was terrific, surrendering only two hits and zero runs in three innings.  It's so nice when the Sox have a stress-free win, isn't it?  Tonight is Daniel Bard's turn to try to get Boston within one game of .500.

The only reason I'm not more disappointed at the news that Carl Crawford may be out for three months due to his sore left elbow is because I had myself convinced he was done for the entire season.  Besides that, this is still a drag.  It's not Crawford's fault, but this signing looks worse every day.  I guess the positive way to look at it is that he still has five years left to prove his value.  That's the best I've got.

George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin, is already under fire for not revealing that he's received over $200,000 in donations from supporters.

Following news that the United States will be removing 9,000 Marines from Japan, can someone tell me why that still leaves us with 10,000 Marines there?

Former President Bill Clinton is featured in a new ad praising President Obama as commander in chief:

 

Newt Gingrich is having a hard time letting go of this whole campaigning thing, at a cost of $40,000 a day to taxpayers.

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Just go already.  (pic via wikipedia.org)

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) continues to fight with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops over his draconian budget proposal which would slash services to the poor.

My Facebook and Twitter newsfeeds filled with excitement last night as the New England Patriots actually traded up twice in the first round of the NFL draft to select Syracuse defensive end/outside linebacker Chandler Jones and Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower.  Both are expected to be strong additions to New England's defense, and the notion that the Patriots finally landed a good pass rusher (Jones) makes many fans' heads spin.  Jones is also the brother of UFC champion Jon Jones, which has nothing to do with football, but it's still cool.

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The new season is off to a good start. (pic via bostonherald.com)

It's terrible to read the story about the racist tweets directed at Washington Capitals player Joel Ward after he scored the winning goal that knocked the Boston Bruins out of the playoffs.  Boston certainly has a long history of racial tension, though I don't know how many of the tweets actually came from Boston.  The Internet certainly provides many cowards with a sense of courage that rivals any "liquid courage" that one could acquire after a long night out.  As former Boston Bruins player Anson Carter put it.

‘Don’t think you can hide behind your computer and say that to someone...Don’t act a certain way just because you can’t see my face, because you wouldn’t say that to me in person.’’

As John Cusack's new movie, The Raven, gets bad reviews, when was the last time he was in a good movie?  He reminds me of Nicholas Cage, except maybe with better hair.  For those of you playing the home game, I'd be asking this even if Cusack wasn't the only person on Twitter to block me from following him just because I might have pointed out that people can use spell-check before they send out a tweet.

NBC had a solid hour of comedy on last night.  First, Community did a clever parody of Law & Order regarding the case of the dead yamHowever, the live episode of 30 Rock that followed was truly laugh out loud funny for 30 solid minutes.  Watch it On Demand or online if you missed it.  Trust me, you won't be sorry.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  There's really only one way to end this week, and that's by watching a group of 8-week old Labrador Retriever puppies playing, right?  Right.  So here we go with today's, "Clip of the Day."

 

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you as always.  Enjoy the rest of your day, and come back this weekend whenever you like.  You know you're always welcome at Clutter Headquarters.  Until next time, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.

 

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