Welcome back! Happy February 1 to you all. So glad to finally get out of January. It just always feels like a month to be endured more than anything else. BDH is still working on his birthday wish list. He promised he wouldn't ask for another llama, but he wondered how I'd feel about getting him a truck. Little Buddha is going to find out if he means a Matchbox version, otherwise, he'll try to guide him to something a little more reasonable. In any case, the guys just said the coffee is ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Thursday Clutter.
Rob Gronkowski told reporters he expects to play in the Super Bowl on Sunday, after suffering a concussion in the AFC Championship game. We already expected the New England Patriots to beat the Philadelphia Eagles, but the odds clearly increase even further if Gronk is in fact back on the field.
The House Intelligence Committee voted to release the so-called "Nunes Memo," which accuses the FBI and Department of Justice of improper behavior during the 2016 election, as Republicans continue to desperately attack the Mueller investigation. The FBI has publicly expressed concerns about the accuracy of the document, questions which are further exacerbated by accusations that the memo the committee voted on is not the one that was sent to the White House. You have to wonder what Russia has on other members of the GOP besides Donald Trump that would drive them to abandon any pretense of loyalty to their own country. Our democratic institutions are rotting from the inside at a rapid rate. One also has to question the wisdom of getting into a fight with the FBI.
For example, one might hear a story about how Trump asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein if he was loyal to him and for information about the Russia investigation. A story which gets added to the ever-growing list of actions Trump has taken to obstruct justice.
We'd also hear about how the FBI agent that Trump accused of treason probably did more to hand him the election than anyone else, so Trump's claim of agency bias at that point isn't exactly "reality-based."
Looks like we can add White House communications director Hope Hicks to the alleged obstruction crew as well. As the stories continue to spread, with no end in sight, you can see what Trump is so desperate to derail this investigation.
Congratulations to Mookie Betts on winning his arbitration case yesterday. That means the Boston Red Sox outfielder is getting a salary bump from $950,000 to $10.5 million. Not bad work if you can get it. Now that this is out of the way, Betts can get ready for spring training and the 2018 season.
Have we mentioned that the first Red Sox pitchers and catchers workout is now just 13 days away?
Facebook announced that users are spending 5% less time on the site than before the site started making changes to the news feed. Is that a reasonable fluctuation, or is it a sign of larger problems to come for the social media behemoth? (As always, don't forget you can hang out with us on our Facebook page. BDH would love to hear your birthday present suggestions.)
Researchers say they've located the brain cells that control anxiety levels in mice. It's unclear if this information will translate to human beings, but anything that might help with anxiety treatments is worth applauding.
Could LeBron James end up with the Golden State Warriors next season? That just seems unfair.
We're sorry to hear about the death of Oscar Gamble on Wednesday. The former New York Yankees outfielder had a fantastic Afro that stuck out from his cap. Gamble died after battling a cancer of the jaw (although he apparently never chewed tobacco during his career.) He was 68 years old. Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans.
Supermodel Kate Upton has joined the #metoo movement, accusing Guess creative director Paul Marciano of harassment. We're still wondering when this focus will spread to the world of professional sports, because there are likely many targets in that area.
Kate Upton speaks out. (pic via top101news.com)
Hey Star Wars fans, do you think Supreme Leader Snoke will return in Episode IX? Andy Serkis seemed to hint that's it's a possibility.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. How about we take a trip in the way-back machine and have Wang Chung close things out with, "Everybody Fave Fun Tonight," 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, be good, and we'll see you back here again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.