Welcome back! How are you? We're just getting ready for BDH's birthday party tomorrow. (You're all invited, of course.) There will be presents and cake, the works. Of course,it doesn't take too much cake to send BDH on a sugar rush for the rest of the day, so it's not a big cake, but it will be fine. Other than that, it's business as usual around here. The guys made you some coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Tuesday Clutter.
In case we haven't mentioned it recently, Boston Red Sox pitchers and catchers have their first official workout tomorrow! We couldn't have asked for a better birthday present.
Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi says he's ready to begin his second full season in the big leagues. Benintendi has apparently cut off his hair again, which invokes a few worrisome comparisons to Sampson, but he's also bulked up a bit, which he thinks will help him be productive fro the entire year.
Presidential budget documents are pretty worthless as a general rule, but Donald Trump's proposal sets new records for disconnection from reality, much like the man himself.
As John Kelly continues to go down in flames for his atrocious handling of the Rob Porter scandal, one has to wonder what it's like to enter the Trump White House with even a modicum of dignity, because you're certainly not going to have it when you leave the administration.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is facing fierce criticism for referring to the "Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement," at the National Sheriffs' Association's winter conference yesterday. It's not clear if Sessions was wearing the hood and robe when he made the comment.
Social media was abuzz over the unveiling of Barack and Michelle Obama's official portraits yesterday. We're not art critics, but these are a clear break from tradition, and they're fantastic:
Portraits for the ages. (pic via twincities.com)
Cheers to the news that the Remington gun company is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. May it become the start of a trend.
Comcast is suspending its advertising on WEEI after the sports radio station was once again forced to suspend a host for inappropriate on-air behavior. The station's "shock-jock" approach to talking about sports is obviously driven by ratings, but will they change their approach if companies keep pulling their ad dollars? Comcast isn't the first to do it, and they probably won't be the last. When is enough enough?
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's administration continues to try to impede the implementation of the state's new marijuana law. Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett sent the Cannabis Control Commission a letter basically warning of a pending Zombie Nation apocalypse if the commission doesn't narrow its initial regulations. These are the same tired scare tactics that anti-pot forces have used for decades. Governor Baker and others tried them during the 2016 ballot campaign and were rejected by Massachusetts voters. The commission should continue to do the same.
A suspected poacher was eaten by some lions in South Africa? Score one for the lions.
Ladies, if you're looking for some advice for Valentine's Day tomorrow, SNL has some tips on flirting:
Can't see how that could go wrong.
Disobedience seems like it could be an interesting movie. We'll have to see if it comes out anywhere near here. Who wants to see it with us?
Hey Prince fans, we've got two items for you today. 1) Here's an interesting story about Prince's Black Album. 2) There's an auction of Prince-related memorabilia happening until Thursday that you might want to take a look at. Let us know if you buy anything!
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have Ray Charles and the Raelettes close things out with, "I Can't Stop Loving You," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. Hanging out with you is always a treat. Enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll reconnect again soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we love you, but we are outta here.