Welcome back! How are you? A certain someone on our staff has a birthday coming up soon. BDH has been working on his wish list with Little Buddha. Neither of them will tell me what's on it so far. I'm happy to get almost anything he wants, because he's a rock star who deserves the world. I just hope he's not going to ask for a llama again. Other than that, it's business as usual around here at the moment. The guys just said that the coffee is ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Tuesday Clutter!
Donald Trump's war against Robert Mueller's investigation continues, as Trump finally succeeded in forcing out FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe yesterday. The Great Pumpkin has spent months attacking McCabe in his never-ending battle to discredit the FBI and Department of Justice and smear the Russia probe. Trump will burn down whatever he has to in order to save his skin, but he should remember, as many pointed out yesterday, that Watergate's legendary "Deep Throat" was a former FBI deputy director.
Meanwhile, Trump refuses to impose new sanctions against Russia for interfering in last year's election, because hey, he can't risk making his boss unhappy. Our country is being led by an agent of a foreign government, ladies and gentlemen. That is in fact, the State of the Union.
Would sell out the country for another Filet-O-Fish in a heartbeat. (pic via wionews.com)
Tom Brady cut short his weekly interview with Boston sports radio station WEEI this week in response to a negative comment one of the hosts previously made about his five-year-0ld daughter. Good for Brady for sticking up for his kid. Sports radio can often be a cesspool of nastiness, but for better or worse, athletes know it comes with the territory when talking about their performance. However, kids should be off-limits, which doesn't seem like a hard concept to grasp. Alex Reimer, the host in question, has apparently been suspended for a week, but 'EEI should be examining their whole approach, because this is par for the course for their station, which is no stranger to controversy, with hosts being suspended in the past for racist, sexist, and other inappropriate comments.
Shame on everyone involved in the case of the 7-year-old Miami boy who was arrested for punching a teacher. Whatever the situation was, there other avenues for dealing with a child than having him arrested. Everyone involved let this kid down.
First Facebook said they would be pushing posts from friends over news sources in their users' feeds, and now comes word that they'll be prioritizing local news organizations over others. We can't see how that's a bad thing, can you? (Also, don't forget to like our Facebook page, and who knows, maybe share it with some friends? No pressure or anything. Just a thought.)
We want to wish the best of luck to Gibson's Bookstore, which was nominated for the "2018 Publishers Weekly Bookstore of the Year" award. Gibson's may have been the first bookstore we ever went to, so many moons ago. We still make regular visits, almost every week, and they seem to be thriving, which is great to see. The winner of the award will be announced in March.
In the, "it's about damn time," category, the Cleveland Indians announced that they will stop using their racist "Chief Wahoo" logo on their uniforms, starting in 2019. We had a college freshman writing exam some 25 years ago (dear God), where the question was whether or not team names and logos like the Indians and Washington Redskins are racist. It's every bit as clear now as it was then.
We don't agree with Roger Goodell about much, but it would be nice if it was easier to understand what's a catch in the NFL.
Tom Hanks will play Mr. Rogers in an upcoming movie about the beloved children's TV show host. We can't think of more perfect casting.
Heads-up, This is Us fans: Milo Ventimiglia describes his character's death as, "absolute(ly) soul-crushing," so....good luck with that.
For all of you Star Wars fans, Nerdist.com has a sneak preview of Episode IX's opening crawl which will make you feel better about The Last Jedi.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have U2 close things out with this performance of, "Get Out of Your Own Way," for today's, "Song of the Day," (as well as being terrific advice.)
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Hey, if you have your own suggestions for a birthday present for BDH, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to surprise him for once. In any case, enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll see you all again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.