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Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  Happy Friday to you all.  I can't believe that Labor Day weekend is here.  BDH and Little Buddha are having a hard time understanding that this means summer is over, and I'm with them.  However, the increasing number of moving trucks in the neighborhood is a clear sign that September 1st is right around the corner.  The chaos of moving weekend is really impressive in a way.  The best part about it is being able to simply observe instead of participating.  So, while everyone continues to pack up their belongings, we've got work to do.  Help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's close out the week with some Clutter.

It's too bad that the Boston Red Sox couldn't sweep the Baltimore Orioles last night, but they got the series win, and that's what matters.  They have a 2 1/2 game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays, and as long as they long as they win every two out of three, or three out of four, things will be okay.  Next up, Ryan Dempster takes the mound against the weak Chicago White Sox, so hopefully he'll take care of business.  With any luck, David Ortiz will break out of his 0-22 slump, and go back to being Big Papi for the final stretch of the season.

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Big Papi in action.  (pic via

Jerry Remy announced that he will not be returning to the Boston Red Sox broadcast booth while he and his family deal with the murder case involving his son Jared Remy.  It also doesn't sound like next season is guaranteed.

The British Parliament voted against participating in a military action against Syria.   Will other nations follow?  The White House seemed to indicate they'd proceed unilaterally if needed, which sounds like a disaster waiting to happen on multiple fronts.

As White House seemingly prepares for war on one front, are they also getting ready to begin scaling back the ill-conceived war on drugs?   It would be a tremendous victory for all if this country could finally start having reality-based conversations about this issue.

Edward Snowden is back at it.  This time he's released a budget summary for the country's intelligence agencies.

In another step forward for equality, the Treasury Department announced that all legally-married same-sex couples will be allowed to file joint tax returns from now on

The NFL settled the lawsuit brought by former players over concussion-related health problems.  The league, which admits no liability, will pay $765 million over 20 years for a variety of services.  What do you think, Clutterheads, is this a good thing?  That sounds like a lot of money, but it's less than 10% of the NFL's annual revenue, and having it spread out over 20 years makes it even cheaper for the league.  On the other hand, who knows how this would have worked out in court.  Maybe the former players would have ended up with much less money.

Oh!  The next Doctor Who Revisited special is on tomorrow night.  Just in the nick of time (hah, pun maybe slightly intended there.)  It's time (hah, I can't stop) for a look back at the 8th Doctor, played by Paul McGann, who only had one televised appearance, which was the Doctor Who TV movie in 1996.  I was so excited when this came out, since it had been about 10 years since I'd seen a new adventure, and then...well...I should have been tipped off by the fact that Eric Robers was "The Master,"  (the Doctor's arch-enemy).  I don't remember liking the movie at all, but it will be interesting to see how well it's aged, particularly now that the character is on his 11th (soon to be 12th) life, so how well will McGann's portrayal fit into the larger picture?

The Eighth Doctor.  (pic via

Meadow Soprano is engaged to disgraced baseball player Lenny Dykstra's kid?  I set the over-under on this marriage at two years.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  BDH, Little Buddha and I have some errands to try to take care of before the full neighborhood invasion begins this weekend, so we're going to ramble on.  speaking of which, here's 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 feel free to come back again soon, because you know BDH and Little Buddha always love to see you.  Until next time, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.


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