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Tuesday Clutter: Chief Justice John Roberts, Clinton Tour, Expanded HPV Vaccine Use, Boston Red Sox, Dallas Cowboys, House of Cards, Queen, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  Can't tell a lie, I'm already missing the days when it was light out as we get up in the morning.  It's a little harder to get the crew started when it's still pitch black outside.  However, I remind them that you'll be here soon, and that gets us all moving, so thanks for your help!  BDH and Little Buddha made the coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Tuesday Clutter.

The midterm elections are four weeks from today, and it seems clear that women voters will be the deciding force in November.

Here's a link for those of you who want to Senator Susan Collins' 2020 opponent.

It's will be interesting to see how Chief Justice John Roberts moves going forward, now that Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed for the Supreme Court.  Roberts is certainly a conservative, but he's protective of "his" court's legitimacy (which is under heavy assault), and it may fall on him to keep his right-wing colleagues in check a bit, even if it goes against his ideological instincts and sends conservatives into an occasional meltdown.

John Roberts October 9 2018Justice John Roberts faces challenges ahead.  (pic via time.com)

Bill and Hillary Clinton are going on tour at the end of the year.  We're just wondering what the t-shirts will look like.

The Washington Post published a surveillance photo of missing writer Jamal Khashoggi  walking into the Saudi Consulate on October 2.  It's the last known photo of Khashoggi, who the Turkish government believes was murdered by the Saudi government after his arrival.  The Saudis claim the writer left the building fairly soon that same day, but six days later, they are still unable to provide any proof to support that statement.

The Clutter investment team doesn't follow the bond market that closely, but it seems like it's showing some storm clouds ahead for stocks.  That's unfortunate, but our crew knows they've assembled a diversified portfolio that's designed for the long haul, so they're not going to worry about it too much.

It's great to hear that the FDA has approved the expanded use of the HPV vaccine Gardasil for adults age 27-45.  HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that can potentially lead to a variety of cancers.  Gardasil had been approved for people 9-26 before this, and we just hope that parents don't use this good news as another excuse not to have their children vaccinated.  It's not about condoning sexual activity at a young age, it's about keeping your kids healthy.

In addition to all of the obvious problems, a new study says there's also a small link between climate change and mental health issues.  It's unclear what exactly the relationship is, but the stress that comes from thinking about the troubling future of the planet has to weigh on anyone who considers it for more than 30 seconds.

We're sorry to hear about a driver who was killed on I-93 on Sunday morning.  Speed is believed to be a factor.  We were also driving on I-93 on Sunday when a car came flying up behind us.  It was maybe a foot away when it jerked into another lane, and we watched it weave in and out of traffic until it flew out of sight.  This was after the accident in the story, but the point is the same - slow down, folks.  There's no excuse for a heavy foot, and you put yourself and those around you at risk when you floor it.

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora needed two things from his team on Monday night.  First, he needed starter Nathan Eovaldi to shut down the New York Yankees right out of the gate.  Second, he needed his revamped line-up to get moving.  Well, Eovaldi gave up one run and five hits over seven dominant innings, and the Sox bats abused New York's pitchers, and the Red Sox crushed the Yankees 16-1 to take a 2-1 lead in the Division Series. 

Boston jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead after three innings and then broke it wide open with a seven-run 4th.  Every batter except for pinch-hitter Blake Swihart had at least one hit in the game.  However, no one had a better night than Brock Holt, who hit for the first cycle in post-season history and drove in five runs along the way.  Eovaldi was never in trouble.  The righty has given up one earned run in four appearances against the Yankees since joining the Sox, and we hope the team can work out a new contract for the soon-to-be free agent.  Rick Porcello takes the mound for the Sox tonight as they look to put New York away and move on to the ALCS.

We're pulling for the Red Sox for the obvious reasons, but we also want this series to wrap up because we can't listen to announcer Ron Darling drone on and on, especially when he starts talking about the Red Sox not following the almighty "unwritten rules" of the game.  Enduring Darling is like watching paint dry.  It's no accident that his monotone is included in MLB's new video about ignoring those "rules."  Lighten up and realize the game has changed, man.

The Houston Astros beat the Cleveland Indians 11-3 yesterday to advance to the ALCS, where they'll play the winner of the Sox - Yankees series.

The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 to move on to the NLCS, where they'll meet the Milwaukee Brewers.

Congratulations to Drew Brees on becoming the NFL's new all-time passing leader.  The New Orleans Saints quarterback passed Peyton Manning last night as the Saints beat the Washington Redskins, and he now has 72, 103 career passing yards. 

Uh oh, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is questioning head coach Jason Garrett's decisions.  Does that mean Garrett's time in Dallas may be coming to an end soon?

The initial reactions for the new Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody look mixed at best, but everyone seems to agree that Rami Malek nails it as Freddie Mercury, so maybe we'll check it out at the theater.  Given all of the film's production problems over the years, we're  impressed the project was completed in the first place.

The new statue in Seattle of the late singer Chris Cornell looks pretty cool.  It's hard to believe it's been almost a year and a half since the Soundgarden frontman passed away.

We've got the final House of Cards trailer for you to check out.  It looks intense, and the show seems determined to prove it can go out on a strong note even without Kevin Spacey.  The last season comes out on Netflix on November 2.

Actress Busy Philipps says in her new memoir that James Franco physically assaulted her when the two worked on the TV show Freaks and Geeks.  According to Phillips, Franco apologized the next day, but only after being forced to do so.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's have Queen close things out with a tremendous live performance of, "Under Pressure," for today's, "Song of the Day."

Man, Freddie Mercury was an amazing performer.  Can't think of many others anyone could argue was better.

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 up 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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