Thursday Clutter: Boston Red Sox, GOP Voters, Glenn Thrush, Get Out, David Bowie and Bing Crosby, and more
Welcome back! It's the first day of winter, so you know what that means - daylight starts making its comeback tomorrow! That calls for a celebration, or at least some coffee. BDH and Little Buddha just made a fresh pot, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Thursday Clutter.
Chad Finn has it right: The value of Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.'s amazing defense doesn't get enough credit from fans. If the Sox do decide to trade him at some point, they should be looking for an elite player in return. Yes, it would be nice if JBJ wasn't such a streaky hitter, but night in and night out, he puts on a fielding clinic in center field that deserves appreciation.
Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia) warned Donald Trump that firing Robert Mueller, or interfering in his investigation, would be a "gross abuse of power." Warner's comments were in response to the current GOP effort to discredit Mueller, because tax cuts are more important than treason. It still remains unclear how Republican voters can stay in this party and still think they're decent people. To look at this group of thugs pillage the country and continue their attacks on women, minorities, and the poor, and think, "Yeah, this best represents my views," is a sign that perhaps some personal re-evaluation is in order in 2018.
Senator Warner warns Trump. (pic via c-span.org)
Meanwhile, the delusional Great Pumpkin is bragging that the new tax bill repeals Obamacare. Of course, he's lying, but you already knew that.
The New York Times announced that reporter Glenn Thrush will be suspended for two months, and no longer cover the White House, but he will stay with the newspaper, despite the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct that have been made against him. The newspaper doesn't seem to dispute any of the accusations, but they somehow seem to think that his beat was what caused his inappropriate behavior. A cloud will now hang over every article Thrush writes, while the Times faces a backlash for this response of, "We know what he did...and we don't care." Massive fail.
The country's average life expectancy dropped for the second year in a row in 2016. The leading causes seem to be heart disease and the current opioid epidemic.
We're shocked to hear that the Tampa Bay Rays traded Evan Longoria to the San Francisco Giants yesterday. The third baseman has been the face of that team for 10 years, and it seemed like Longoria was determined to spend his entire career there. It will be interesting to see how he handles the move to the National League and to a much more involved fan base.
By the way, we were clearing some space on the DVR (to make room for more Doctor Who episodes from this year's BBC America marathon) and finally had the chance to watch Get Out. Long story short, it's a fantastic movie that earned its Oscar nomination, although it shouldn't have been labeled a comedy. You should definitely check it out if you haven't already seen it.
Penske Media bought a controlling interest in Rolling Stone's parent company for $100 million on Wednesday. BDH wants to know why we didn't make a bid. Little Buddha asked him where we would have gotten the money from, and his response was, "We could have asked Santa for it."
Speaking of dogs, make sure to keep yours away from any holiday chocolate you might have lying around the house. We want every pooch out there to stay healthy.
Count us in for A Futile and Stupid Gesture, a movie about National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney (who is played by both Will Forte and Martin Mull) that comes out on Netflix on January 26. There's a lot classic comedy in that story (including Animal House and Caddyshack) that should make for a fun film.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have David Bowie and Bing Crosby close things out with, "Little Drummer Boy (Peace on Earth)," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Enjoy the first day of winter, be good, 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.
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