Welcome back! How are you? Looks like it's going to be a rainy Tuesday. BDH and Little Buddha have already picked out their books to read for today, but don't worry, they also made you some coffee. Help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Clutter.
We hoping for the best for our readers from Alaska to California after a tsunami warning was issued because of a 7.9 earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska.
Good for the Boston Red Sox for "dramatically" increasing the safety netting at Fenway Park this year. The netting will now extend past both dugouts.
The government shutdown is over, at least until February 8. There's debate about who won/lost the standoff, or whether anyone is really going to remember it by November, but at the end of the day, Donald Trump still needs to take a final position on DACA.
A new report says FBI Director Christopher Wray threatened to resign in response to pressure from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to fire Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Nothing to see here folks. Apart from the Trump administration once again trying to obstruct justice, of course. Other than that little issue, nothing to see.
Apparently it took the Hawaii government 17 minutes to tell people that the missile attack warning they recently received was a mistake because Governor David Ige didn't know his Twitter password. It's a wonder we make it through each day, folks.
Massachusetts Senate President Harriette Chandler doesn't see any reason to be concerned about the investigation into former president Stan Rosenberg, after Rosenberg's husband Bryon Hefner was accused of inappropriate behavior that was reliant upon his clout with Rosenberg. Others, including Governor Charlie Baker, alleged Hefner victims, and unnamed Senate staffers fear that the lack of confidentiality in the process will leave them vulnerable to retribution of they speak to the investigators. There's a sense in some quarters that this is more about clearing Rosenberg than anything else. Meanwhile, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley are conducting a separate investigation into the allegations.
Naomi Parker Fraley, the inspiration for the iconic "Rosie the Riveter" poster, died last Saturday. She was 96 years old. Our condolences go out to her family and friends.
The Rosie the Riveter poster. (pic via wikipedia.org)
Bacardi is buying Patron, and we will toast the deal with a Sam Adams.
It's apparently not enough to dominate social media. Now Facebook is trying to redefine time. We're going to need some flicks to process that, but we're still working out exactly how many we'll need.
Netflix recently announced a price increase, but that doesn't seem to be slowing the company down one little bit.
The New York Giants hired Pat Shurmur to be their next head coach. Congratulations to Shurmur, but we wish we could remember which NFL "expert" tweeted a while back that New England Patriots defensive coordinator was a "lock" for that job, because that guy should lose his credentials.
Pro wrestler Enzo Amore has been suspended indefinitely by the WWE after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman.
Meanwhile, wrestling star/actor John Cena is in negotiations about starring in a Duke Nukem movie. That seems like a good match.
Sorry to hear that Neil Diamond is retiring immediately following the news that he's been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The singer-songwriter was a favorite of Mom Clutter's, and The Jazz Singer soundtrack is one of the first records (yes, a real record) that we remember every playing.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have Neil Diamond close things out with a tune that's still timely, given our current political debates. Off of the Jazz Singer soundtrack, here's, "America," for today's, "Song of the Day." This one's for you, Ma.
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Enjoy the rest of your day, stay dry (and drive carefully if that rain freezes), and we'll see you back here again for more randomness soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.