Welcome back! How are you? It seems like it's been forever since we hung out. How was your Thanksgiving? I had a nice time at Mom Clutter's house, and then my high school reunion was on Saturday. My biggest take-away of the evening? All of my crushes from back then have aged very well. Seriously, it was great to see everyone. Now, it's time to get back to business. Help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out a little Monday Clutter.
This proposal to make birth control pills available over-the-counter sounds interesting. Anything which would improve access, reduce costs, and thus hopefully further reduce the number of unintended pregnancies in this country is something which is worth discussing.
Should a prescription be required? (pic via time.com)
Will Republicans go back to the Bush family once again, or has the country had enough of this family at this point? Can't say I'm that excited at the prospect of a Clinton v. Bush presidential contest in 2016, though it worked out well the first time.
The GOP continues to back away from notorious anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist as next year's so-called "fiscal cliff" looms. I agree with those who would describe the cliff as more of a slope, so I still worry that President Obama will revert to form by giving away too much without enough in return and then use the "cliff" as an excuse, but at least the conversation is starting to change from the previous total deadlock.
Oh, and one other thing, because I know I have conservative friends who claim otherwise: Social Security isn't adding to the deficit, so let's not throw it in the mix here. Keep focused on what the actual problems are and how we fix those.
I just can't make the immediate shift from Thanksgiving to Black Friday, so I missed out on this weekend's sales yet again. Did any of you get a good deal?
I made my semi-annual lottery ticket purchase last week, and much to my immense shock, I did not have the winning numbers. Seriously, I didn't. I don't know how that happened, but apparently no one else chose the right combination, so the Powerball jackpot rolls on for another week. Will you buy a ticket before Wednesday's drawing?
Very sorry to hear that Boston Celtics great Kevin McHale's daughter died this weekend at age 23.
It's hard to get excited about the prospect of the Boston Red Sox signing first baseman/catcher Mike Napoli to a multi-year contract. I know he's killed Boston pitching, but I don't know, he seems like a bridge player, so I hope any contract he might be offered is two years at the most.
A happy belated 49th anniversary to Doctor Who! I can't wait to see how the BBC celebrates the 50th anniversary next year. I can't wait, I tell you!
Mom Clutter and I saw Lincoln while I was visiting. I'll tell you, that movie about hunting Osama bin Laden might compete for some of the other Oscars, but Daniel Day-Lewis has best actor in the bag. He completely transformed himself, and the results were spell-binding. The rest of the movie is very good too. Definitely recommended.
We saw a number of previews before Lincoln that looked pretty good. Who wants to see Les Miserables with me?
Wait, who gave continually-troubled actress Lindsay Lohan $100,000 to help her with her tax bill? I wonder what that cost her.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. I think we'll close things out with a fan-made trailer to highlight the upcoming 50th anniversary for Doctor Who for today's, "Clip of the Day." It's a little heavy on the most recent Doctors, but consider this the start of the Clutter campaign to highlight this event:
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Enjoy the rest of your day, and you know you're welcome to come back later if you want to hang out. Otherwise, be good, and we'll do this all over again soon. Until then, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.
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