Welcome back. How was your weekend? I had a nice visit with Dad Clutter. It's always good to see him. BDH, Little Buddha, and I had a quiet Sunday, which was good, because now it's time to kick off a new week. So, help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Monday Clutter.
Before we get to the news, we have two quick reminders: 1) Pitchers and catchers report to Fort Myers in five days. Yes, that's right, five. 2) Valentine's Day is coming up guys, so...good luck with that.
A strong cheers to Attorney General Eric Holder for instructing the Justice Department to give full legal recognition, to the extent possible, to all same-sex couples in the United States, regardless of whether they live in a state that recognizes marriage equality. This is a major step forward for this country and should be applauded.
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong is trying to run away from his comments about Obamacare and babies being responsible for the company's cut in benefits, so the regular 401(k) match is being restored.
It will be interesting to see how Wall Street reacts to new Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen's first appearances before Congress this week. As always, Clutter is prepared to throw in a few extra dollars if it looks like there's some gross over-reaction for any reason.
Everyone at Clutter Headquarters was unhappy to hear about the healthy giraffe named Marius who was put down by the Copenhagen Zoo and fed to lions. Zoo officials defended themselves by saying keeping this particular giraffe alive would have led to inbreeding concerns, but if there were other zoos willing to take the animal, that seems like the more humane approach. Between that and the callous response of the zoo's scientific director to the outpouring of anger, the Copenhagen Zoo doesn't exactly give one the warm fuzzies.
There's yet another new study out demonstrating how consuming too much sugar can kill you. Listen, I'm no saint here. My friends know that any cookies in Clutter Headquarters have an average lifespan of about six hours, and my beloved morning DD has more sugar than I want to admit, but sugar isn't just some guilty pleasure. It's hard to reduce sugar consumption because it's freaking everywhere, but it's still worth the effort. Thus endeth the lecture.
Supermodel Kate Upton apparently received a marriage proposal while she was at an Orlando Magic - Oklahoma City Thunder game on Friday with Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander. I can't blame any guy for proposing to the beautiful Ms. Upton, but how long have she and Verlander been a couple, and is there any way Verlander has a chance with her if he's not an All Star baseball player? I mean come on.
These two are not playing on the same field. (pic via abcnews.go.com)
I hadn't really paid that much attention to the ads for The LEGO Movie, but now I'm wondering if anyone wants to see it with me?
A happy belated anniversary to The Beatles, who made their legendary first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show 50 years ago yesterday. I'd say that went well.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. I think we'll let The Beatles close things out for us with today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, my friends. It was great to see you, as always. My guess is that this is going to be a busy week, but let's meet back here again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.