Sunday Clutter: Ted Cruz, Trump, Susan Collins, Nike, Elon Musk, New England Patriots, Serena Williams, Ozzy, and more
Welcome back! Quick question - what happened to the warm weather? I mean, it's September and all, but it's currently 46 degrees. That's not right. It seems like we were just living in a carefully positioned network of fans here, and now I have to find sweatshirts for BDH and Little Buddha. I know, I sound like Goldilocks, but life is best lived in a range of 60-75 degrees. Even the plants agree, but now I have to start cutting back the garden, and that's a whole other story. Anyway, let's see what's going on in today's headlines. The guys just brought in the coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Sunday Clutter.
The White House looks ready to cut Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) loose, as Trump's budget director Mick Mulvaney was heard saying that Cruz could lose his seat, but Mulvaney doesn't see a blue wave coming in November. Well, he's right on one out of two. We can picture the Great Pumpkin snorting with glee as he types out a tweet blasting one of his favorite punching bags if Cruz falls. There's got to be at least a 20% chance that Trump will again claim Cruz's father helped kill JFK.
Donald Trump is looking to get out of his confidentiality agreement with Stormy Daniels, because as much as he constantly claims otherwise, the last thing Trump wants is to be deposed under oath about anything.
The Boston Globe has a great bio piece on Ayanna Pressley.
It's clear that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh lied about a number of things during his confirmation hearing, and that he does not believe Roe v. Wade should be upheld. If Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) goes back on her word that Roe is a deciding factor for her, and she still votes to confirm Kavanaugh, we will make a donation to her 2020 Democratic opponent and encourage others to join. Our Maine friends can also call Senator Collins and urge her to do the right thing. Just click on the link over on the right-side of this page to find the number.
Conservatives lathered themselves up into their usual outrage over Nike's Colin Kaepernick deal and threatened to boycott the company. Funny thing, though: Nike's online sales went up 31% after their Kaepernick ad was released.
Wells Fargo continues to drown in scandals. Anyone who still has their funds with this criminal enterprise should withdraw them at the first possible opportunity and never look back. There's no reason to think that the current management is capable of curing the corrupt core of this institution.
Tropical Storm Florence is shaping up to be an issue next week, so if you're one of our East Coast Clutterheads, take some time to figure out what you need to do to prepare, even if you won't be right in the center of everything.
We don't care that Elon Musk smoked pot during an interview with Joe Rogan. Given the pressure that the Tesla CEO is under, it's probably good for him to take a hit now and again.
The first thing we noticed at the local Whole Foods store after the company was taken over by Amazon was that they seemed to have reduced the number of cashiers. Whole Foods employees across the country saw similar layoffs, and now they're trying to unionize.
The Boston Red Sox lost 5-3 to the Houston Astros yesterday. Eduardo Rodriguez took a step back with a short outing that saw him give up five earned runs in just 3 1/3 innings. The Red Sox offense failed to take advantage of multiple opportunities, leaving nine men on base. Rick Porcello takes the mound for Boston as the Sox try to avoid being swept tonight.
Football season is officially here, as the New England Patriots take on the Houston Texans at 1:00 this afternoon. Our biggest questions at the moment are: 1) How much longer can Tom Brady play at this level? History says it could end any week now, so this feels like we're already playing with house money. 2) Who is going to play wide receiver on this team? BDH and Little Buddha still think they could do it, and they're not wrong, but we're not risking concussions with them. 3) Who are all of the new guys? It's going to take us a little while to really get into full NFL mode here, with the Red Sox still in the thick of things, but for now, we pick the Pats to win today.
Tom Brady is out to show he's still the GOAT. (pic via nj.com)
We won't claim to understand the finer points of tennis rules, but Serena Williams was clearly penalized at the U.S. Open last night for actions that male players do many times without punishment. Umpire Carlos Ramos gave Williams three violations for receiving coaching, breaking her racket, and most egregiously a game penalty for verbal abuse for calling Ramos "a thief." There's a long line of male players who have called umpires far worse than a "thief," without repercussion. In fact, those guys were applauded for being "fiery" and "competitive," but once again, a different set of rules was applied to Williams. Whether it's these types of "transgressions," or recent wardrobe controversies, there's clearly a double-standard for men and women in tennis.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Gotta try to get in a bike ride since it's warmed up to 48 degrees. In honor of the Patriots starting a new season, we're going to have Ozzy Osbourne close things out with some, "Crazy Train," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It's always a treat to hang out with you. 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.