Wednesday Clutter: Trump, Michael Cohen, Barack Obama, Dwayne Johnson, Boston Red Sox, Imagine Dragons, and more
Welcome back! How are you? Everything is fine on this end. It looks like it's supposed to be another nice day, which is really all we're asking for at the moment. BDH and Little Buddha are excited for some bird-watching, but they wanted to hang out with you first, of course. They made coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Wednesday Clutter.
As expected, Donald Trump removed the United States from the global nuclear treaty with Iran yesterday. None of Trump's reasons for doing so stand up to scrutiny, which is also par for the course. The Great Pumpkin made the world less safe because he's obsessed with undoing every part of Barack Obama's legacy. The United States abandoned our allies with this decision, and we've now turned into a less dependable treaty partner than Iran. The only way that makes any sense is to see it as the act of a foreign agent living in the White House.
By the way, read Barack Obama's statement regarding Trump's foolish decision. Besides the fact that we agree with the content, we miss the days when our officials were capable of complex thought, and they spoke in a coherent fashion, not at an 8th grade level. Someone will have to translate Obama's comments to Trump, because there's no way the man will be able to understand them on his own.
This is what a real world leader looks like. (pic via bt.com)
Meanwhile, back on the scandal front, there are reports that a Russian oligarch paid Michael Cohen $500,000 after the 2016 election. The reasons for the payment are unclear at the moment, but we're going to take a wild guess that it wasn't for fashion advice. Oh, and let's not overlook the news that AT&T was forced to admit it paid Cohen's firm $200,000 to "provide insights into understanding the new administration." The swamp just keeps rising.
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BDH and Little Buddha would like to know when they're going to be able to deliver a weather forecast, now that they've seen this video. They're ready to be TV stars, and we have no doubt that the camera will love them!
Tuesday was a rough day for the Boston Red Sox. First came news that David Price flew back to Boston to have doctors examine the numbness issues in his left hand. You have to wonder if it connects to his elbow problems from last season, and then after that, it's not too much of a leap to be concerned that an extended trip to the DL/possible surgery is in Price's future. From there, it's only one more leap to get to the left-hander not opting out of his contract at the end of this season, but still being lost to the Sox for an extended period of time.
Following that, the Red Sox also lost 3-2 to the New York Yankees last night. Drew Pomeranz had a fingernail issue that looked like it was going to force him out of the game in the second inning. However, he hung in there and only gave up two runs on four hits (including two home runs by Giancarlo Stanton) over six innings. Unfortunately, Luis Severino matched him and stifled the Sox offense, so now the teams are tied for first place. Rick Porcello will take the mound tonight as the Sox look to put a game between themselves and the Yankees in the AL East standings.
Perhaps the news wasn't all bad: The Red Sox and Yankees will play two games in London next year. We should organize a pub crawl with all of our British Clutterheads!
Congratulations to James Paxton, who threw a no-hitter as the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 last night. We don't have a vested interest in either team, but it was impossible not to smile as the Mariners secured the final out, which is one more reason why baseball is the best.
On the flip side, we send our condolences to Baltimore Orioles pitcher Dylan Bundy, who was lit up like a firecracker by the Kansas City Royals last night. This says it all:
In the first inning against the Royals in Baltimore, Bundy faced seven hitters without recording an out. He gave up four home runs, two walks and seven baserunners total, leading to seven runs and an exit after just 12 minutes.
Yikes. That's the kind of outing that could shatter a pitcher for a long time. We hope Bundy finds a way to move past it soon.
Not sure if we'll be able to watch Abby leaving NCIS, but it sounds like the show gave her a proper send-off.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have Imagine Dragons close things out with, "Whatever it Takes," 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 meet up again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.