Welcome back! The big day has finally arrived at Clutter Headquarters: It's BDH's birthday! Our blue buddy showed up on our doorstep seven years ago today, and things haven't been the same around here since. Little Buddha has been with me for about 25 1/2 years now, but he took responsibility for BDH on day one, and I swear it's made him even happier and more content than he was before.
We've got a full day of celebration planned, including some cake and ice cream, and then some nap time after that once the sugar wears off. However, the guys insist we take care of today's headlines before the party begins. That's dedication, folks. As always, they made yo a fresh pot of coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Wednesday Clutter!
Spring training is finally underway! Boston Red Sox pitchers and catchers reported to Fort Myers yesterday, and they've got their first official workout today. There's now some light at the end of the winter tunnel, friends. Before things get going full force, here's a quick review of the current Red Sox roster. This team has a lot of talent and a lot of questions across the board. We'll see how all of that plays out in the months to come, but our 2018 prediction? A World Series championship, of course! What is this time of year about, if not pure unrestrained optimism?
Alex Cora and the Red Sox are ready for a fresh start. (pic via nbcsports.com)
David Price is starting the year with some image rehabilitation attempts. All we care about at the moment is his left elbow staying in one piece. We'll get to whether or not he'll opt out of his contract at the end of the year when his decision time gets closer.
It's good to hear that incoming Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker is getting the paid the same as Peter Capaldi.
The Rob Porter scandal isn't going to die down anytime soon. Donald Trump and his cronies still can't get their stories straight about how the situation, and now FBI Director Christopher Wray contradicted their version of events. Wray says that the agency finished their background check on Porter in July. So the White House knew for more than six months that the presidential staff secretary had multiple domestic violence allegations against him.
That's atrocious by itself. It gets even worse, because those allegations kept Porter from getting a permanent security clearance (also kind of a big deal,) and Trump's group of clowns responded by doubling down on Porter, even once the story went public. In fact, Porter was being considered for a promotion right before his abrupt resignation. To recap, Donald Trump can't get himself on the right side of the domestic violence issue, and as a result, he created a major security risk (in addition to the whole him "being owned by Russia" thing.)
When he's not supporting wife-beating security problems, Trump is apparently busy making sure his lawyer claims to be the person who paid adult film star Stormy Daniels to stay quiet about her affair with the Great Pumpkin. The Pumpkin is a busy man.
Of course, today is also Valentine's Day, so if you're looking for a last-minute recommendation of where to go to celebrate, check this out:
In what could be a major shake-up to the TV landscape, producer Ryan Murphy is heading to Netflix with a deal reported to be worth $250-300 million.
Anyone here interested in a Seinfeld return? Jerry Seinfeld suddenly seems open to the idea, and since every other hit show from the 1980's and 90's seems to be returning (with the latest being Greatest American Hero), why not these guys?
Is it time to go back to a show about nothing? (pic via uproxx.com)
Kate Upton took a bit of a tumble during the shooting of this year's Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, but she avoided serious injury, to the relief of millions.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. We're going to let the birthday boy pick today's closing tune. His selection? Bob Dylan's, "Tangled Up In Blue," of course. Enjoy today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It's always great to see you, but it's particularly nice to have you all here while we celebrate our little buddy. This party is going to go on all day, so you're welcome to come back later if you want some cake. Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll meet up again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.