Thursday Clutter: Paul Manafort, Chris Sale, Joe Flacco, Benedict Cumberbatch and Good Omens, Ryan Adams, Van Halen, Taio Cruz with Ludacris, and more
Welcome back! How are you? It's a very special day at Clutter Headquarters. That's right, it's BDH's birthday! Our little blue friend joined our crew eight years ago today, and we can't imagine what it would be like around here without him. He brings a joy to the day for all of his friends, especially Little Buddha. As I've mentioned before, Buddha's been with me for a little over 26 years now, but his smile got even wider when he and BDH became best buddies. I expect we'll do a lot of celebrating, but we still need to check out today's headlines. The guys made some coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, toast BDH, and let's clear out some Thursday Clutter.
A federal judge ruled yesterday that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort intentionally lied to Robert Mueller's investigators about his contacts with Russian representatives, which mean his plea deal is out the window. Manafort can't change his previous plea of being guilty of various crimes, but now Mueller doesn't need to ask for a reduced sentence for his cooperation. This couldn't happen to a nicer person, and the pressure will continue to increase on the White House with this latest development. We're going to go out on a limb here and say that the recent reports suggesting Mueller is almost finished with his investigation are probably wrong.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) is summoning Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker back before the committee to "clarify" the "incomplete" comments Whitaker made last week regarding the Mueller probe.
Darla Shine thinks a measles comeback would be good for America. That of course, is idiotic. Shine is the wife of White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Bill Shine. You have to give this group credit - they manage to be wrong about everything all of the time. It's hard to maintain that level of consistency.
It's been confirmed that the relationship of Jeff Bezos and girlfriend Lauren Sanchez was leaked to the National Enquirer's parent company buy Michael Sanchez, Lauren's brother. We expect some awkward holiday gatherings for the Sanchez family this year.
Apple's former attorney who was charged with preventing insider trading has been charged with, you guessed it, insider trading.
Spring training is officially underway! As the Red Sox prepare to try to defend their championship, pitcher Chris Sale said he'd love to stay in Boston if a deal can be reached. Sale is a free agent at the end of this season, and we're torn about how the Red Sox should handle that situation. When healthy, Sale is an ace, but he hasn't been able to make it through a full season in Boston without breaking down at some point, and we're not sure if/how that can be fixed. Sale is about to turn 30, and a 3-4 year deal seems like a no-brainer, but he's likely going to be looking for/receiving longer contract offers. Would you go 5-6 years? Well, let's worry about that later. Baseball is back!
The Baltimore Ravens are reportedly trading Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos, although nothing can be confirmed until March 13. The Broncos certainly need a quarterback, although it's not clear how much/if anything the 34-year-old Flacco has left in the tank at this point. This seems like it's just the latest in a long line of bad QB decisions by Broncos boss John Elway, but hey, maybe playing in the high altitude will help Flacco. Let's go with that. In any case, the Lamar Jackson era has officially begun in Baltimore.
Karma is a beautiful thing: Prime Time Sports in Colorado boycotted Nike after the company made a deal with Colin Kaepernick, and now the decision is driving them out of business.
We have been waiting for ages to find out the release date of the upcoming Amazon series, Good Omens, which is based on the the book by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. The show includes Clutter favorite David Tennant starring as a demon named Crowley, and we're all over that. It's finally been revealed that Good Omens will premiere on May 31, so that's on the calendar. However, it gets even better: Neil Gaiman just announced that Tennant's boss, you know, Satan, will be voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Gaiman + Tennant + Cumberbatch all together on the same show? BDH feels like this counts as one of his birthday presents, and we're not going to argue.
A terrific Satan for today's world. (pic via bbc.com)
Not sure how much of it depends on you already being a fan of this show, but this week's episode of NCIS was some amazing television.
We've got some details about the Breaking Bad movie.
Singer Ryan Adams has been accused of sexual misbehavior and emotional abuse by seven women, including his former wife, Mandy Moore. Adams denied the accusations, but it appears the women's claims have been corroborated by others who knew of his actions at the time, as well as a text message one women received from Adams where he compared himself to R. Kelly, which is never a good look.
We're still waiting to hear if anything will come of those Van Halen reunion tour rumors, but the band's former singer Sammy Hagar says bassist Michael Anthony was contacted about doing the tour six months ago. Hagar, who is currently in a new band with Anthony called the Circle, says he'd have no problem with Anthony reuniting with his former group, but the VH camp never seems to be in a rush about anything, so who knows when we'll hear something definitive one way or the other.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. We let the birthday boy pick a tune to close things out here. He (in consultation with Little Buddha) decided since it's also Valentine's Day, we're going with Taio Cruz and Ludacris with, "Break Your Heart," for today's, "Song of the Day."
This dog's got a wicked sense of humor.
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It's always great to see you, but it's particularly nice to be able celebrate with you today. BDH and Little Buddha want you to know you're all invited to come back tonight for cake. Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll catch up with you again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.
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