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Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  Holy hell, what a night.  I woke up at about 2:00 a.m. to the sounds of rattling windows, pouring rain, and a howling wind.  I can't remember the last time we had a storm like that around here.  We also lost power, which brings its own set of issues.  I think it was 4:00 before I was convinced the roof wasn't coming off, or at least was too tired to worry about it and went back to sleep.  A few hours later, I heard another variety of sounds, but thankfully, that was the result of things coming back online now that the power's been restored. What a night.

Other than that, things are fine on this end at the moment (apart from some heel issues), although I guess this rain won't die down until this afternoon, and the wind is sticking around until this evening. It's probably time to start getting the Northern Estate ready for winter at this point.  Hmm, I'll add that to the to-do list.   I'm being told that the coffee is ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Monday Clutter while we wait to find out which Trump ally was indicted.

The New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Chargers 21-13 yesterday.  Fortunately, style points don't come into play, because nothing about this was pretty.  However, a win is a win, and the Patriots finish the first half of the season with a 6-2 record, which is remarkable, because they've felt more like a 5-5 team at best.  Now they get a beautifully timed bye week to regroup and figure out how to deal with the loss of Dont'a Hightower on defense and perhaps Chris Hogan on offense, with the latter injuring his shoulder late in this game. 

Rob Gronkowski October 30 2017Gronk and the Patriots hung on against the Chargers on Sunday.  (pic via timesunion.com)

This team is bobbing and weaving, trying to stay steady during what has already been a challenging season, and it won't get easier with all of the road games coming in the second half.  However, thankfully no one in the NFL feels like a dominant team this season, and having Tom Brady and Bill Belichick is always an advantage.  The question now is, what do we do next Sunday?  Anyone here know how do exterior painting?

Donald Trump's approval rating is at a new all-time low.  The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll has him just 38%.  It would be difficult to imagine how anyone could do worse than that, but we trust the Great Pumpkin to find a way.

Oh, hold on.  The New York Times is reporting that Paul Manafort and Rick Gates have been told to surrender to federal authorities.  The charges weren't announced, but Manafort was under investigation for money laundering and insufficient lobbying disclosures, among other issues.  If you listen carefully, you can hear Trump's meltdown.

Actor Anthony Rapp says Kevin Spacey made sexual advances towards him when Rapp was 14 years old.  Spacey's response?  To apologize for what happened (if it actually happened, because he says he doesn't remember it), and to now announce that he's gay, because that somehow excuses sexually assaulting a minor?  What a shameful bid for sympathy, as well as giving every right-wing crackpot the opportunity to claim this proves gay men are pedophiles.  Fail.

Google has a looming crisis to resolve this week:  They've messed up their cheeseburger emoji.  How could the company that pretty much controls the Internet get this wrong?  It sends shivers down the spine.  Hopefully they'll get this all straightened out before any further harm is done to the universe.

BDH and Little Buddha love "pictures in Halloween costumes" anyway, but this might be their favorite one this year.  If you think you can top it, feel free to send us a copy of your photo at bitsofclutter@gmail.com, and we'll let our judges decide.

Clayton Kershaw and Dallas Keuchel squared off in Game 5 of the World Series last night, and obviously a pitchers duel ensued, right?  Well, it wasn't so much a "duel" as the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 13-12 in 10 innings to take a 3-2 lead in the series.  Hey, it was decided by one run.  That's pretty much the same thing.  The series moves back to Los Angeles, with Game 6 on Thursday night.

Congratulations to Gabe Kapler, who is reportedly about to be named the next Philadelphia Phillies manager.  The former Red Sox outfielder was a minor league manager for one year in 2007, and he has been often mentioned as a future big league skipper since he retired in 2011.

Most of the Houston Texans took a knee during the national anthem before yesterday's game against the Seattle Seahawks, with Texans owner Bob McNair's disrespectful comments about "the inmates running the asylum," still fresh in their minds.  McNair has since tried to claim he was talking about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's office, but if you believe that, we have a bridge to sell you.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Halloween is right around the corner now, so let's have Ozzy Osbourne close things out for us with, "Bark at the Moon," for today's, "Song of the Day."

 

Those special effects are...something, but that's still a great guitar track.

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  Enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll connect again soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and it's none of your business if we bark at the moon, but we are outta here.

 

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