Monday Clutter: Bernie Sanders, Wall Street, Burger King, Boston Red Sox, Notable NHL Goalie Debut, Alanis Morissette, and more
Welcome back! How are you? We were just talking about February is going by quickly as usual. I think it's a combination of the excitement leading up to BDH's birthday, recovering from the party, and the fact that January goes by so insanely slowly, the next month races by in comparison. The days are literally getting brighter, and while gardening season is still a ways off, we at least start to get a slight sense of its pending arrival. Add it all together, and things are moving in the right direction. On top of all of that, BDH and Little Buddha made coffee. There's a fresh pot on the table, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Monday Clutter.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson shredded Trump crony Roger Stone's argument to have her removed from his case, saying he had no legal arguments to justify his demand.
Of course it's still early, but as a new poll reflects, and fresh off his win at the Nevada caucuses, Senator Bernie Sanders is clearly the current front-runner in the Democratic presidential primary. That's unlikely to change as long as Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Senator Amy Klobuchar all stay in the race and split the centrist vote. If Sanders has a big showing on Super Tuesday, it's possible he'll solidify his lead to the point that no single candidate can catch up to him. However, there will still be questions about whether he can win enough delegates to clinch the nomination before the convention. If he fails to do it, all bets are off.
Bernie Sanders is on a roll at the moment. (pic via pbs.org)
It's also worth noting that Senator Elizabeth Warren got a boost from her dominant Las Vegas debate performance last week and has risen to second place in that poll. She's become more confrontational since that debate, and good for her. When men like Sanders do it, they're lauded for being "passionate," but female candidates are constantly at risk of being criticized for being "too aggressive." Enough with that nonsense. We'll see if Senator Warren ends up being the compromise candidate the party needs to bring the liberal and moderate wings together in a few months.
Speaking of Super Tuesday, it's a week from tomorrow, but Massachusetts voters can vote early for the first time, starting today. Click on the link to find out more details about how to vote in your community. We have some errands near City Hall on Friday, so we might do it then, or maybe we'll wait until Tuesday. One way or another, the important thing is to vote and make your voice heard.
Looks like today could be an ugly day on Wall Street, thanks to a spike in the number of reported cases of the coronavirus. We haven't had much to say about the coronavirus here so far. There's a simple reason for that: It's terrifying, and there doesn't seem to be anything we can do about it at the moment except hope scientists find a cure soon. In the meantime, the Clutter investment team will be keeping an eye on the stock market to see if any buying opportunities arise. Prices are still pretty high though, so it would take a significant fall to really grab the team's attention.
We don't eat fast food here, but if anyone wants to send us a review of Burger King's new french fries sandwich, we're all ears. The combination of bread, french fries, mayo, and ketchup sounds like an unsatisfying path to a stomach ache, but let us know your thoughts.
The Boston Red Sox hired Jerry Narron to be their new bench coach yesterday. Narron held the position with the Sox in 2011, and he was also Boston manager Ron Roenicke's bench coach with the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011-2015, so he should be able to hit the ground running. BDH and Little Buddha are disappointed not to have been given consideration, but they are professionals and will continue to root for the team.
It's good to hear that Oakland A's pitcher Mike Fiers was cheered by fans in his first spring training outing since he revealed the Houston Astros' sign-stealing system. Fiers has gotten a lot of grief, and even death threats, for his statements, and he deserves better. His comments helped improve the integrity of baseball, and he deserves the support.
Congratulations to Dave Ayers on winning his first NHL game as a goalie this weekend. The reason we mention it is because Ayres' regular job is to be the Zamboni driver for the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, he was called into action as the emergency goalie for the Carolina Hurricanes in their game against Toronto on Saturday after Carolina's two regular goalies were injured. Such a great story, and a terrific memory the 42-year-0ld Ayers will surely cherish for the rest of his life.
Sorry, Riverdale fans, but two of the characters are leaving the show.
Bon Jovi has a new album coming out soon. The creatively-titled Bon Jovi 2020 will be released on May 15.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Sometimes you feel like you want to start a new week by kicking down the door and announcing your presence. Other times, it's more of a "let's take a deep breath and ease into this" sort of situation. This feels more like the latter, so here's Alanis Morissette to close things out with a track off her new album. We give you, "Smiling," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It's always a treat to see you. 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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