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Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  Is your weekend going well so far?  BDH, Little Buddha and I have been to the gym and done a grocery shopping.  (I won't say who lifted the most at the gym.)  It's pretty warm out there, and I guess the forecast calls for rain soon, so it's good we got that out of the way early, I guess.  Now it's time for the good stuff, so make yourself comfortable, help yourself to a nice medium DD, and enjoy the A/C, because it's time to clear out some Saturday Clutter.

I was a little confused when the cashier told me that I didn't need my Shaws card anymore, because apparently the company has decided to discontinue them.  I always thought that they were primarily used to track what I buy, but apparently, their tracking methods have become "more sophisticated," thus eliminating the card's value.  I have no idea what that means, but I assume that it involves the NSA and that Edward Snowden will explain everything at some point. 

I couldn't help but noticing as I was leaving the supermarket that the usual group of protesters was standing outside the nearby Planned Parenthood health center.  They were holding all of their signs, and shouting all of their nonsense at people entering and leaving the building.  I could clearly hear them from more than 35 feet away.  It was almost as if the state's buffer zone law hasn't infringed on their 1st Amendment rights in the slightest.

Senate Democrats are working on a response to the Supreme Court's attack on the Voting Rights Act.  While this was an overwhelmingly bipartisan source of agreement as recently as 2006, it will be a daunting challenge to get anything through the extremist House these days.  Seems like this is something that voters will be hearing a lot about in 2014.

What does Wall Street have to say about Blackberry's new phones?  Yay or nay?

Boston Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey's woes continue, as he blew another lead last night, giving up a home run in the 7th inning against the Toronto Blue Jays to tie everything up at 5 apiece.  However, Jonny Gomes took care of business in the bottom of the inning with a clutch bases-loaded pinch-hit single, and the Sox went on to win 7-5.  

First off, I have no idea why Sox manager John Farrell once again put Bailey into a pressure situation.  The guy needs to be working on either side of a 10-1 blowout while he figures out how to get back on track.  Repeatedly setting him up to fail feels like a move that Bobby Valentine would have pulled.

Second, on a more positive note, don't look now, but the Red Sox are 16 games over .500 (49-33), and all I can say is that this group is fun to watch.  They're getting contributions from everyone, and when the hitting cools off, the pitching is there, and when the pitching falters, the hitters step up.  There aren't a lot of huge stars on this roster, but there are a lot of guys that are easy to root for.  Hopefully they'll continue this momentum right into the All Star break.

Condolences to the family and friends of professional wrestler Matt Osbourne who died yesterday.  Osbourne was known to many by his "Doink the Clown" gimmick of the 1990's.  He was only 55 years old, which sadly seems like an advanced age for a wrestler to die these days.

Doink the clown
Doink the Clown (pic via

Who wants to see Sly Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger break out of jail?  Anyone?  Hello?


Speaking of Ahh-nuld, will he be back as part of the upcoming Terminator reboot?  I'll take him over Christian Bale, who I like, but was painful to watch in Terminator Salvation.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  The hockey season is over, but before we put it away for the summer, let's take one last look at this year's Boston Bruins 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 we'll see you back here again for more fun and randomness soon.  For now, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.


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