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Hi folks,

Welcome back.  How are you?  Happy Thursday to everyone.  Is it just me or is this week "not moving quickly?"  I'm not sure what it is, but the weekend still seems like it's about five days away.  Thankfully that's not the case though, so we'll just keep reminding ourselves of that.  Right now we have more pressing things to deal with, though.  Help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out a little Clutter.

Almost every time Felix Doubront pitches for the Boston Red Sox, I say something to the effect of, "Great, it will be 5 innings, 4 runs and 100 pitches," because that seems to describe every outing he's ever had.  So, I have to give him credit when he threw 8 shutout innings against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, and it was crushing to see Andrew Bailey give the lead away on  his second pitch of the 9th inning.  The Sox really have to find an answer for their closer problem, because Bailey just doesn't seem to be the right guy for the gig.  However, everything worked out when Jonny Gomes came to the rescue with a clutch 2-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th to give the Sox a 3-1 win over Tampa and a sweep of Tuesday's double-header.  I hope everyone follows his lead and starts punting their helmets in this situation:


It's absolutely great to hear that Boston Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy is expected to return to the booth on Tuesday after an extended absence!  Here's hoping he's able to stay healthy for the rest of the season, because the games just aren't the same without him in there with Don Orsillo.

I know I'm a cynical SOB, and I freely admit that, but I just see no reason why anyone should believe that the government (regardless of political party) is being honest about  how "limited" their efforts to spy on the American public are.  Whether it's emails, phone records, or even the use of drones in the U.S., there's no incentive for them to provide full disclosure, and they wouldn't even be telling us this much if it hadn't been for Edward Snowden's recent revelations.  These are scary times.

Let's just be honest, the GOP has no interest in being an inclusive party.  They're putting all of their chips on rich white guys, and screw everyone else.

As I mentioned a few days ago, I had a small amount of unexpected money come my way this week, and I immediately put a portion of it into a diversified collection of low-cost index funds in my IRA.  It looks like it was a good day to buy, since Wall Street had a little freak-out after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke spoke about the Fed's stimulus program, but again, it doesn't really matter, since I'm looking decades down the road.  You can't get the gains if you don't play the game, my friends.  (Note:  I didn't put "all" of the money away.  It's important to keep a little bit that you can spend as a treat to yourself while still being fiscally responsible.  I see some extra DD's coming my way!

It's funny, I think it was just this past weekend that Mom Clutter said she didn't like the guy who does the Men's Wearhouse commercials.  Apparently, neither does the company's board, because they just fired him.  What's the lesson to be learned here?  Don't get on Mom Clutter's bad side, obviously.

It's great to hear that the HPV vaccine has cut cases of infection in half in girls and young women.  However, only a third of young women have been vaccinated so far, so there's still more work to be done with this important public health policy.

Serena Williams may be a tennis legend, but she's clueless when it comes to talking about sexual assault.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  You know, immigration reform is a complicated issue, and it's important that people are able to speak articulately about the various aspects being debated.  That's why we have The Daily Show's temporary host John Oliver (a British guy) and WWE legend Mick Foley (a general bad-ass with a fondness for Santa) to close things out with today's, "Clip of the Day."  Seriously, have you heard anyone in Washington explain this better?


Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  We hope that Thursday treats you well, and even if it doesn't, tomorrow is Friday, and that's fantastic.  Until next time, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.


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