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Hi everyone,

Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all!  We made it through another week, and what a crazy week it was.  I'm looking forward to catching up on a little sleep, but first things first.  Help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Friday Clutter.

It's an amazing week for same-sex couples as the Supreme Court finds in their favor in two more cases regarding benefits for married people.  

With all of the recent major decisions by the Supreme Court, we're reminded how much power Justice Anthony Kennedy enjoys as the frequently deciding vote in many of the court's 5-4 decisions, particularly now that he no longer has to share that role with former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.  It's also a reminder that Supreme Court appointments are clearly the most important power that a president has.  Tax cuts can be passed and repealed, wars can be fought and ended relatively quickly, but here we are in 2013 talking about the influence of a man who was appointed to the court by Ronald Reagan, who has been out of office for almost 25 years. 

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The most important vote in the country.  (pic via biography.com)

The U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill by a vote of 68-32 (with all "no" votes coming from the GOP).  It's now off to the House, where it will probably die a horrible death, and will just further cement the fantasy of the Republican Party having learned a thing from last year's elections.  The most entertaining part of this whole thing should be watching the GOP desperately looking for a way to blame the likely failure on President Obama.

As if the Aaron Hernandez story didn't already have enough drama to it, now there's the story that he also may have been involved with a double-homicide in 2012.   This story is sounding more and more like something out of The Sopranos.

Speaking of which, Sopranos creator David Chase gave a moving eulogy for James Gandolfini. 

Still waiting for the final word on my refinance for Clutter Headquarters.  BDH and Little Buddha have been in touch with the mortgage company, and they report that things are looking good, and we should know in the next two weeks or so.  I hope they're right, because we've already blown past the number I locked in just a few weeks ago.  At this pace, the going rate will be higher than my current one by the end of July.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz is clearly a great talent, but his career won't come close to reaching its potential if he can't find a way to stay healthier during the season.  It's great that the Sox have been able to find ways to win and stay in first place while he's been out for over a month, but their hopes for a playoff run are going to depend largely on their pitching, and they're going to need him to be able to consistently deliver.  Here's hoping he's back soon.

You know, having just said that, who knows, maybe it will end up being that the Sox win the World Series thanks to the Cy Young-level performance of John Lackey.  The guy's currently got an ERA under 3.00, and who woulda thought that was possible?  If he can finally return to anything resembling his pre-Boston form and be consistent for the remainder of the season, it will be like the Sox made a mid-season trade.   We're halfway through the season, and it's already been a crazy ride.

Very sorry to hear that former Philadelphia Phillies catcher Darren Daulton has been diagnosed with two brain tumors.  Our thoughts go out to him, as well as his family and friends, and we hope for the best.

Here's a question:  Will Fifty Shades of Grey be considered a "date movie" next year?  Will single people blush if they invite someone to see it with them?  That can't be a first date movie, right?  Right.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  David Chase referred to Joan Osborne's "One of Us" in his eulogy to James Gandolfini, so I think we'll close things out with this stripped-down version for today's, "Song of the Day."  Enjoy:

 

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  Have a good rest of your Friday, and come back later if you want to watch the Red Sox and Blue Jays game with us tonight.  I'll just need to get some snacks first.  What would you like?  Just email us your preferences, and we'll get things set up.  Until next time, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.

 

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