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Hi everyone,

Welcome back.  Come make yourself comfortable.  We've got plenty to get to, so help yourself to a nice medium iced DD, and let's clear out a little Tuesday Clutter.

Big Papi won't be suspended for his meltdown over the weekend, if for no other reason than no one is brave enough to give him bad news.

It was a sad day for the Boston Red Sox, as they lost two alumni yesterday.  The first was former first baseman George "Boomer" Scott who played for the Sox in the 60's and 70's.  I need to ask Dad Clutter, but I'll bet he was a fan of his back in the day. Scott was 69 years old.  The second was pitcher Frank Castillo, who pitched for Boston in the early 2000's.  Castillo, who died in a drowning accident, was 44 years old.  Condolences to the family and friends of both former players.

I loved Jonathan Papelbon, but I was okay when he left the Red Sox last year, because it just seemed so unlikely that he'd be able to live up to a four-year contract extension.  It looks like things are blowing up for Pap in Philadelphia about three years early now.

The Aaron Hernandez story remarkably continues to get worse.  Let's just assume that Hernandez killed Odin Lloyd (which really doesn't seem like a stretch), and that he also shot that guy in Florida who claims he did so.  Then there are those two other deaths from the South End.  So, starting with these four, if we set the over/under for the additional people Hernandez shot at 3.5, which side of that bet would you take?

This is an interesting article about the reaction to NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. While I think it overly discounts the anger around the infidelity issue, it raises a good question:  Given that Eliot Spitzer was violent with sex workers in a non-consensual way, and he put their health and safety at risk by refusing to wear condoms, why is Weiner the one getting all of the scathing coverage?  Is it because none of us really know what a comptroller does?

Of course the GOP has no interest in fixing the Voting Rights Act.  They're the part of the angry rich , racist, homophobic, sexist, white dudes, what possible interest interest would they have in making sure anyone who doesn't look like them can vote?  Besides, they've got a war on voting to fight, and this would just get in the way of that.

I love hot sauces.  LOVE them.  The hotter, the better (to a point0,  but do I have to worry about lead poisoning now?   I'm fine with wondering if I've burned my stomach lining or intestines, but having to add lead to the list of concerns just seems like a drag.

A-Rod's choices are now be suspended until 2015, or be banned for life?  Damn.  My guess is that he spends the next several years fighting any punishment in court, but I'm not sure he'll ever play for the Yankees again in any case.  There's still part of me that wants to feel just a wee bit bad for Rodriguez, who is clearly completely divorced from reality, but then the rest of me tells that first part to sit down and shut the hell up.

Uh oh, Mom Clutter is not going to be happy about this:   Actress Cote de Pablo, who plays agent Ziva David on NCIS, is leaving the show.  This seems late to be making this announcement.  I mean, the next season has to start filming soon.  Plus, the bigwigs at CBS seem awfully concerned to make sure everyone hears that they offered de Pablo "a lot of money" to stay, which of course makes me think they did something wrong.

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Bye, Ziva.  (pic via

I finally had the chance to watch the Doctor Who episode, "Rememberance of the Daleks," which was on this past weekend.  There were multiple problems with this story, including a number of sequences where the various characters acted exactly the opposite of how they should have in specific situations, but I will give them credit for one thing:  Sylvester McCoy was clearly in sync with the dark side of his character. 

There's a little humor involved, but there's a lot of anger in his portrayal, and he ends up destroying a planet at the end, and you know, it's a planet of bad guys, but still, he wiped out a planet.  Is that someone you're supposed to root for?  There was a little ambivalence expressed about that at the end, which I thought was a nice touch, but you can see this was a show that was hanging on for dear life by this point.

Oh, I almost forgot.  The funniest part of the show was when the butler from Fresh Prince of Bel Air made an appearance!


Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  I mentioned that I caught a bit of Rock of Ages again last week, and it ends with yet another version of "Don't Stop Believin'" to go with the ones from The Sopranos and Glee.  That song's been played out, so let's close things out with a different track, "Wheel in the Sky."  I know I have this on a cassette somewhere.  I dig the tune, and I dig that everything about this clip yells, "1978," so here you are with today's, "Song 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 soon.  For now, that's today's Clutter, and like a wheel in the sky, we are outta here.


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