Friday Clutter: Trump, Marijuana, Jimmy Garoppolo, Isaiah Thomas, Amy Schumer, Bruce Springsteen, and more
Welcome back! Come on in and have a seat. How are you? Is it just me, or did this week go by quickly? Maybe it's just the excitement of it not being January anymore. BDH and Little Buddha have moved on from their disappointment about the Super Bowl. They've got their Red Sox shirts out, and they can't wait for the pitchers and catchers to have their first workout next Wednesday. BDH thinks it's a birthday present just for him, and I'm not going to argue with him. In the meantime, let's check out today's headlines. The guys made you coffee, because they're awesome, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Clutter.
As the White House continues to act like they're outraged by domestic violence, the controversy over departing aide Rob Porter has some wondering if this is the beginning of the end for General John Kelly in this administration. Kelly's initial over-the-top defense of Porter when allegations of abuse by his ex-wives were first made public, besides being offensive, was politically stupid and placed Donald Trump in a defensive situation in an area where he's already weak. We all know how sensitive Trump is about being made to look bad, above all other concerns, so will the man who demands loyalty from all once again turn on a subordinate without hesitation?
Is anyone here surprised that Donald Trump lied about how much he paid for Melania's engagement ring? The man is a pathological liar, so you can see why his legal team would be freaking out about the notion of him sitting down with Robert Mueller under oath. Think we set the over/under on the first lie in that interview at 1.5 questions. Take the under. Bet heavily on the under.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh opposed passage of the state's new marijuana law. Since that effort failed, they're now apparently trying to slow down implementation. This new industry should be open to people from all backgrounds, and there is no justification for creating a two-tiered licensing system for related businesses.
The Dow Jones dropped over 1000 points yesterday, which means the stock market is officially in correction mode (a drop of at least 10% from a 52-week high.) Investors are apparently freaking out about the fact that inflation will in fact return after an almost 10-year absence. Mind you, this drop, while it makes for a great headline, only brings the market back to the levels of about three months ago. The sense of the Clutter investment team is that it's a much-needed cooling off for the market, but if investors start selling in a frenzy, the team will be looking for bargains.
Everyone say hello to Lucas Warren, the first Gerber baby with Down syndrome. Cheers, Lucas!
Happy National Pizza and Bagel Day, everyone! Hmm, we're suddenly hungry.
Facebook is testing a new system for reporting abusive comments. So far it only applies to public pages. We don't have the option on our Facebook page yet, but we don't expect to ever need it anyway, because Clutterheads are the best and would never engage in behavior that would make BDH and Little Buddha sad.
The San Francisco 49ers are all-in on Jimmy Garoppolo, signing the quarterback to a 5-year/$137.5 million contract. Now, this being the NFL, let's talk about what the real money is. Oh, it's $90 million guaranteed over the next three years. Not bad for a guy with a total of seven career starts. Really, we can't say anything bad about Jimmy G., he did everything right in New England, patiently waited his turn, and now he's making the most out of his situation. Good for him.
Jimmy G. has plenty of reasons to smile. (pic via mercurynews.com)
The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Isaiah Thomas to the Los Angeles Lakers yesterday. Thomas was a bad fit in Cleveland from the start, seemingly criticizing every part of the organization at one point or another, as if he had been the star of the team for years, instead of a new acquisition. Perhaps his ego couldn't handle no longer being the focal point of the spotlight, like he had been with the Celtics. He should get the chance to grab a lot of the attention in Los Angeles now. Wait, does this mean that the Celtics aren't going to show his tribute video at all now, since he won't be in Boston for Paul Pierce Night on February 11 anymore? That's a fitting end to that soap opera.
We're sorry to hear about the death of Jill Messick on Wednesday. The former Hollywood studio executive/manager apparently committed suicide after a long battle with depression. Messick had once represented Rose McGowan, and she has come under attack in recent months by the actress who said she didn't do enough to help McGowan deal with Harvey Weinstein's assaults. Our condolences go out to Messick's family and friends. She was 50 years old.
Amy Schumer has a new movie coming out. Let's see what's going on here:
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. We've heard some recently argue that music and politics shouldn't be linked together. That's just seven shades of silly, so let's have Bruce Springsteen and Tom Morello close things out with, "Ghost of Tom Joad," for 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, stay out of trouble, and we'll meet back here again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.