Sunday Clutter: NRA, Trump, Warren Buffett, Boston Red Sox, John Oliver, Joe Paterno, and more
Tuesday Clutter: Trump, JD Martinez, 2018 iPhones, Jerry Jones, Duran Duran, and more

Monday Clutter: Trump, Boston Red Sox, Snapchat, Chrissy Teigen, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  Come on in, have a seat.  How are you?  I haven't completely shaken this back issue.  It's much better than it was last week, but it's like a knot of pain that roams around looking for a spot to make me uncomfortable.  BDH and Little Buddha are going to help me with my stretching after we're done here, but first, let's check out the headlines.  The guys made a fresh pot of coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Monday Clutter.

It looks like J.D. Martinez will officially join the Boston Red Sox today.  We'd like to hear what steps the Sox took to protect themselves when it comes to the slugger's health.  We are reminded that he injured his right foot last year, and suddenly the name Allen Craig comes to mind.  You remember Craig, one of the National League's most reliable hitters for a couple of years, hurt his foot, came to the Red Sox, and his offense fell off a cliff? 

The Red Sox will be without starting pitchers Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez when the season starts, according to manager Alex Cora.  Both men are recovering from surgery and still have yet to throw off a mound.  As we've mentioned before, there are many questions about Boston's starting rotation, including what the team can expect from these two pitchers.  Knuckleball pitchers can be up and down.  Plus, it's still unclear if MLB will discipline Wright for being involved in a domestic violence incident during the off-season.  Rodriguez has a lot of potential, but his knee has been an issue for years, and there's a suspicion on this end that it's a mental as well as a physical challenge for the lefty.

Has Donald Trump exploited a Florida school shooting survivor in a campaign fundraising email?  Of course Donald Trump exploited a Florida school shooting survivor in a campaign fundraising email.

Donald Trump is reportedly pushing to have his personal pilot run the FAA, because subtle cronyism isn't the Great Pumpkin's style.  He'd much rather shout it from the rooftops (or tweet it, really) to make sure you don't miss it.

If Trump had his way, the United States would execute all drug dealers, just like Singapore does.  First off, capital punishment is an abomination for any "civilized" society, and second, there's surely no racial overtone to that idea.  None whatsoever...

Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) could lock down the endorsement of the California Democratic Party over the weekend.  Is she at risk of falling to challenger State Senator Kevin de Leon, who says he'd be more progressive?

Massachusetts should pass a current bill which would allow people who were adopted between 1974 and  2008 to access their own birth certificates.  There's no justification for keeping this vital information away from them.

Kylie Jenner saying she no longer uses Snapchat cost the company $1.3 billion in market value.  That's just one of many reasons we've never done business with anyone in the Kardashian family.  All of you know how hard BDH and Little Buddha work on all of this for your benefit, and your enjoyment is the only endorsement they need.

Scientists say that the new dominance of beech trees in the Northeast is not a good sign, because it reflects the worsening climate change problem, could throw off forest ecosystems, and it might also damage the paper industry.  For any of our new readers, we're not particularly sympathetic to people who cut down trees, but as we learned last year, forests are complicated environments, so we hope these folks will find a way to restore a proper balance.

It took us a couple of minutes to correctly see what's going on in this picture.  What's your first reaction?

Talk to us, Boston Bruins fans.  How are excited are you that the B's acquired Rick Nash from the New York Rangers?  Does this mean they're going to win the Stanley Cup this year?  Did they give up too much to get Nash (i.e.  three players and two draft picks?)  Our phone lines are now open...

Cheers to model/TV personality Chrissy Teigen for discussing her battle with postpartum depression, and her concern about it happening again with the birth of her second son.  It's a win against stigma anytime health issues like this are discussed in public.

Chrissy Teigen February 26 2018Chrissy Teigen speaks out.  (pic via biography.com)

We send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Kevin Smith, who apparently had a "massive" heart attack last night.  The director tweeted from his hospital bed that he had a 100% blockage in one artery, and that he would have died if he hadn't gone to see the doctor.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Yesterday would have been George Harrison's 75th birthday, so why don't we have him (and a few of his famous friends) close things out with, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," for today's, "Song of the Day."

 

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  Enjoy the rest of your day, be good, 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.

 

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