Welcome back! How are you? Everyone is doing well on this end. BDH's birthday is on Wednesday, so he's pretty amped up. Little Buddha is mostly just keeping an eye on him to make sure he doesn't hurt himself while he runs around Clutter Headquarters, yelling, "It's almost my birthday! Yayyy!" We also saw a weather forecast that says temperatures should be pretty mild for the rest of the month, which seems like an early present. Sounds like March might be a different story, but we'll deal with that later. For now, we've got headlines to check out. The guys made you some coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Clutter.
Spring training is also two days away! We have questions about every member of the Boston Red Sox starting rotation. When it comes to David Price, we're just hoping he'll somehow stay healthy for the entire season, but that left elbow is still a major red flag. As far as liking Price goes this year, let's just focus on his elbow.
Can David Price be healthy and effective for the whole year? (pic via pressherald.com)
Valentine's Day is also on Wednesday, so here are a few more last-minute ideas for that extra special gift:
Terrific to see that Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce got the love he deserved as his jersey number was retired yesterday. Pierce is one of the all-time Celtics greats who deserved every minute of the adoration during Sunday's ceremony.
It seemed like a sensationalist headline, but this Boston Globe piece asking if infidelity is always bad is actually a pretty interesting read.
Donald Trump will reportedly finally unveil a massive infrastructure proposal, but state and local governments will have to come up with most of the money, which likely means higher taxes and fees for all of us. Republicans passed a $1.5 trillion tax cut for the top 1%, but the most the federal government can come up with for highways, bridges, airports, and the like is $200 billion.
The White House is now frantically claiming that Donald Trump believes the domestic violence allegations against Rob Porter and is disgusted with Porter. Please. First off, Trump himself has multiple accusations of assault of his own going back decades, so there's nothing to suggest he's bothered by Porter at all. Second, what's clear is that someone in the White House remembered that white women were a strong voting bloc for Trump in 2016, and they are clearly trying to make sure he doesn't drive every last one of them away.
Dogs may be the new "in" thing on Instagram, but BDH has decided that he doesn't want his own page. He loves hanging out here, but other than that, he's a pretty private guy, and he'd rather just keep to himself and hang out with Little Buddha.
The Boston Police Department recognized Black History Month on Twitter yesterday by honoring...Red Auerbach. That's a miss. The BPD later deleted, and apologized for, the tweet.
Boston sports radio station WEEI suspended yet another host for offensive behavior. This time it was Christian Fauria who mocked NFL agent Don Yee by doing a stereotypical Asian impersonation of him on the air. 'EEI will do anything for ratings, but enough is enough. You can talk about sports in an engaging way without continually engaging in racist/sexist/classless antics. Dig a little deeper, boys.
Sorry to hear that Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Tipton, who is 70-years-old, will not being joining his bandmates when they go on tour to support their new album, Firepower.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. We were just looking at a bunch of Valentine's Day tunes, and BDH and Little Buddha found one they wanted to hear. (They're both such softies at heart.) Let's close things out with Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville with, "Don't Know Much," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Play that for your significant other, and they might forgive you if you bought their present from CVS.
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll meet back here again for more randomness soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.