Friday Clutter: Trump Being Trump, 2018 iPhones, Boston Red Sox, Ronda Rousey, Motorhead, Led Zeppelin, and more
Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. Sorry we missed you yesterday. Life forced a schedule change, and by the time we had a chance to sit down, BDH and Little Buddha were worried that the computer might melt, so we decided to just focus on trying to stay cool. Did you have a good 4th? Ours was solid, apart from the heat, of course. Now, the guys are bird-watching and looking for hints about when this rain will arrive. It's supposed to knock out the heat wave, so that calls for a celebration, and any decent celebration includes some coffee. There's a fresh pot on the table, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Friday Clutter.
Donald Trump's tariffs against China take effect today, and China has already promised a response. It doesn't matter what kind of damage a trade war will do to the U.S. economy, as long as it polls well with his nativist base between now and November.
The Great Pumpkin will do whatever he needs to in order to save his own hide. (pic via fortune.com)
NFL owners changed the league's national anthem policy because they caved to political pressure from Donald Trump. Looks like they're going to learn that appeasement is a terrible approach, because Trump is doubling down on his attacks, saying the new policy is worse than the old one. Again, it's an easy appeal to his racist supporters for him to challenge the patriotism of the African-American players.
When he's not focused on being racist, Donald Trump still has time for sexism. They're both fundamental components of his personality and political success, but which one do you think is more personally important to him?
By the way, just a reminder that the mid-term elections are 121 days away.
EPA boss Scott Pruitt finally resigned yesterday after months of non-stop ethical failures. The only question here is, why now? Was Trump jealous of Pruitt getting so much media attention? We all know, that's the one thing he won't tolerate above all else. Andrew Wheeler will replace Pruitt on an interim basis. We don't know much about Wheeler at the moment, but it's hard to believe he could do a worse job. Yes, we've come to a point where reaching rock bottom seems like a win.
Sorry to hear that Ed Schultz died yesterday. The former progressive MSNBC host was only 64 years old. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
New reports indicate that this year's iPhones will be available in a variety of colors. We're still not buying a new one unless we're forced to, but we might take a look at the blue one if it's really an option in 2023. We tend to run a few years behind when it comes to phones around here. The current Clutter phone is now five years old, and it cost something like $100, including the trade-in, so we feel like we got our money's worth.
Congratulations to Ronda Rousey on being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. She's the first woman to accomplish that feat, and it's a well-deserved achievement for the former champion.
More than a year and a half after they traded for him, Tyler Thornburg is available to pitch for the Boston Red Sox. We have no idea what to expect from the reliever as he works his way back from thoracic outlet surgery, but he was great in 2016 (2.15 ERA), so if he's anywhere in the same neighborhood this year, he could be a significant addition to Boston's bullpen.
Soon-to-be free agent Manny Machado wants interested teams to know he's not leaving shortstop.
Hey Motorhead fans, check out the trailer for the new movie, Sunset Society, starring Lemmy as a vampire.
Okay kids that's going to do it for now. The computer is heating up again, so it's time to shut it down. Let's close things out with a tune that will probably apply to at least one of us today. Here's Led Zeppelin with, "Fool in the Rain," 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 back here again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.