Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? We had a great time with yesterday's birthday celebration. BDH got a new book, which he spent much of the day reading. (There may be a review next week.) He also had much more sugar than usual, but hey, it was his birthday. There was a lot of running around HQ and repeated renditions of "Happy Birthday," and then he was out like a light. Oh, and he also heard from a lot of friends, which just made him smile more. All in all, it was a nice day. However, now it's time to get back to work. The guys made you some coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Thursday Clutter.
It's heartbreaking to have to discuss yet another school shooting, this time one in Florida that left 17 people dead yesterday. The sorrow is matched by the anger that so many politicians, from Donald Trump to Marco Rubio will do nothing but throw up their hands, offer empty words about "thoughts and prayers" and act like they're not in position to do anything about this plague in our country. The cowards who take money from the NRA to look the other way while people are slaughtered have the blood of yesterday's victims on their hands.
Yet another senseless tragedy. (pic via cnn.com)
Adult film star Stormy Daniels is apparently under the impression that she's now free to talk about her affair with Donald Trump, now that Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen has discussed paying her "hush money" in the press. We'll certainly be keeping an eye on this one. We normally wouldn't care about a politician's sex life, but is Daniels in position to corroborate anything from the "Steele Dossier?" Also, as happens so often with political scandals, there's the possibility that the cover-up here is worse than the crime, because it's not clear this payment smells the sniff test from a legal perspective.
Trump finally came out with a statement that he is "totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind," after adamantly defending Rob Porter against domestic violence accusations. How many people do you think it took to convince him to say it, even though it flies in the face of his own history?
You remember when the biggest outrage about Barack Obama was the color of his suit? Those were the good old days.
Mitt Romney delayed his Senate campaign announcement, following the news of the Florida school shooting. Hopefully someone covering that event will ask Romney if he's taking NRA money this year.
Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale says he feels good about the team's current roster. Let's remember that this team won 93 games with mostly this same group of guys. It's reasonable to expect most of the starting line-up to have improved production than they did in 2017, based on their past performances, so enough with the folks who are already pressing the panic button.
Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright is being investigated by Major League Baseball for the incident where he was arrested for domestic assault in December. MLB can suspend Wright, even if he's not found guilty in a court, and we will have no problem with it if they decide it's an appropriate punishment.
The Red Sox have joined those expressing their displeasure with WEEI's never-ending controversies. The Sox have a contract with the sports radio station until 2023, so they're not going anywhere anytime soon, but will their public comments increase the pressure on 'EEI to reevaluate their programming approach?
Stocks continue to recover from last week's roller coaster, which is yet another reminder not to panic over short-term problems.
It looks like we're not the only one who have been getting a surge of messages from Facebook warning us that it looked like we were having trouble logging on to the site. Apparently Facebook has turned authentication into spam delivery. That's not going to help them regain their lost consumers. (Of course, you shouldn't let that stop you from checking out our Facebook page every now and again. We won't send you any junk email - promise!)
Isaiah Thomas and Rajon Rondo were ejected from last night's Los Angeles Lakers - New Orleans Pelicans game over a fight that was connected to Paul Pierce's number retirement ceremony. We appreciate the contributions both men made when they were on the Boston Celtics, but thankfully, it's on other teams to deal with them now.
We're sorry to hear about the death of Tito Francona yesterday. Francona, father of former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, was 84 years old. Our condolences go out to the Francona family and friends.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. We haven't heard from Frog Leap Studios for a little while, so here's Leo Moracchioli, with an assist from his daughter, covering Lady Gaga's, "Bad Romance," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. On behalf of the entire crew, it was great to see you, as always. Enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll meet up again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.