Thursday Clutter: Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Omarosa, Brock Turner, Sumner Redstone, Facebook, Boston Red Sox, Margot Kidder, AC/DC, and more
Welcome back! How are you? Did you get the rain we had here last night? Yikes! It feels like most of the forecasts for thunderstorms have been a bit of a tease this summer. They generally end up being about 15 minutes long, and then you move on with the day. Last night was no joke. I was supposed to go out for dinner, but I'm glad it got cancelled, because that would not have been fun to drive in, even for just a few miles. I also could have done with a little more separation between the thunder and the lightning. In any case, we move on. BDH and Little Buddha have the coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Thursday Clutter.
Rudy Giuliani is back at it again, this time saying that Donald Trump's current offer is Robert Mueller's, "last, best chance" to interview the Great Pumpkin as part of his investigation. It's fascinating to see Giuliani living in the same alternate reality where he thinks people believe Trump has any desire to talk to Mueller. He'd perjure himself within the first 1o minutes of the interview, even if the question was just, "Can you state your name for the record?" The bigger question is whether Mueller will ask a grand jury for a subpoena if Trump doesn't agree to talk. Rudy also loves to throw out expectations of when this investigation will be over, which are as made up out of thin air as anything that comes out of Trump's mouth.
Donald Trump ranted some nonsense about Barack Obama taping him, but he apparently never realized Michael Cohen and now Omarosa Manigault were actually doing it. The man's a brilliant judge of people, huh? Should we start setting odds on whether or not Giuliani is also taping the man without his knowledge? No idea what's on Omarosa's recordings, but there would be a cosmic justice if The Apprentice ended up coming back to bite Trump in the backside.
These two deserve each other. (pic via usatoday.com)
Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) was arrested on charges of insider trading on Wednesday. Does it surprise anyone to hear that Collins was the first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump, or that Collins allegedly did some of the actions he's accused of while he was on the White House lawn? The stench of this swamp keeps getting worse.
It's good to hear that Brock Turner's bid for a new trial failed. Turner was convicted of sexual assault and attempted rape in 2016. He should be serving a serious sentence, instead of already being out after three months in prison, but at least he's still on track for having to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Sumner Redstone's health is a major issue in the current battle between CBS and majority shareholder Shari Redstone. It's been a focus of a number of legal fights in recent years which are documented in the fascinating new book, The King of Content. After reading that, it's hard to believe that Redstone has much of a grasp of all of the business deals that are being made in his name. Also, between this lawsuit and the handling of the allegations currently facing CBS CEO Les Moonves, we don't see how the network's shareholders have much confidence in this board.
More bad news for Facebook: The social media giant is about to be overtaken by YouTube for the #2 spot on the list of most-visited websites. Google remains the king of the mountain.
Hey guys, if you're looking to have kids, a new study says you should be wearing boxers.
The Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-5 last night for their 81st win of the season. The Sox pounded out 12 hits, including a two-run home run from third baseman Rafael Devers in his first game back from the DL. Pitcher Brian Johnson ran into a little trouble late in the game, but he lasted seven innings, so at least the bullpen got a bit of a breather. We'd still take our chances with Johnson over Drew Pomeranz in the starting rotation. The Sox will try to secure a winning record for the year, as well as their seventh straight victory, when Rick Porcello takes the mound tonight. After the gem he threw against the New York Yankees in his last start, Porcello's confidence should be sky-high this evening.
Congratulations to Bartolo Colon for setting a new record for wins by a pitcher from Latin America, with 246 victories. The man just keeps plugging along. Colon is 45 years old, and if you told us he is going to pitch for another five years, we wouldn't be surprised.
This just in: LeBron James is still with the Los Angeles Lakers. We'll support him in any battle with Donald Trump, but otherwise, let the booing resume.
It turns out that Margot Kidder's death in May was a suicide. The story at the time was that the actress died peacefully in her sleep. Our condolences again go out to her family and friends.
There's no Friends reboot (yet), but David Schwimmer is returning to NBC with a recurring role on Will & Grace next season. Unfortunately, it's not as Ross Geller.
Rumors are flying that singer Brian Johnson has rejoined AC/DC. Johnson was forced to retire/pushed out of the band during their last tour due to severe hearing loss, so it would be exciting to hear (no pun intended) that he's back, as long as it doesn't negatively impact his health.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have Brian Johnson and company close things out with, "You Shook Me All Night Long," for today's, "Song of the Day."
That's just the thing we need to help us power through the day.
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It's always an honor to hang out with you. BDH and Little Buddha say you're welcome to come back and watch the Red Sox game with us tonight. (Just let us know if you're coming so we can get snacks.) Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll see you again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.