Welcome back! How's your weekend going? I'm still annoyed that I've lost a package into the great UPS void. Understanding that mistakes happen, UPS took this book back on Tuesday, but they haven't returned it to the sender or tried to deliver it to me again. They better not be reading my book. Oh well, hopefully that will get resolved next week. For now, there's a new round of raking that needs to happen, but first, let's sort through the headlines. BDH and Little Buddha just told me that the coffee's ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Sunday Clutter.
The New England Patriots play the Atlanta Falcons in Foxborough tonight in the Super Bowl rematch that no one seems interested in. There are two main reasons for that: 1) Neither team is playing well through the first six weeks of the season. The Patriots are 4-2, but only one of the four wins inspired any confidence. The 3-2 Falcons have lost two in a row (including an ugly loss to the Miami Dolphins), and their wins haven't exactly been dominant either. 2) Really, no matter what happens here tonight, the Falcons have no way of avenging their awful loss in the Super Bowl. Even if they blow out the Patriots, they'll always be the team that coughed up a 28-3 lead against Tom Brady and friends last February. We also don't see that kind of performance coming. The bet here is that the Patriots win, but we continue to feel anxious about this year's team.
Nothing will ever change this. (pic via cbssports.com)
The Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 4-0 yesterday to win their first-ever American League pennant. Now that this year's World Series winner will definitely be the "not Yankees," we say good luck to both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Astros. Either Dave Roberts wins his first title as a manager, or the Astros win the first championship in their history. Either way, it's a good story, and again, one that doesn't involve the Yankees. If the Red Sox aren't involved, that's all we ask for.
Donald Trump announced he's going to release classified documents about the JFK assassination...unless he doesn't. We'd like to know what is in the files, but you have to wonder what's coming that Trump is trying to distract everyone from. Does Robert Mueller have something new to announce?
Speaking of Mueller, Trump says he'll spend at least $430,000 of his own money to help campaign and White House staff with investigation-related legal costs. First off, if history is any guide, no one should expect to see any of that money. Second, if he does actually follow through on this pledge, isn't this how the mob usually works?
Bill O'Reilly paid a woman $32 million to settle a sexual harassment claim, and then Fox News still renewed his contract in February, knowing full well about the settlement. Of course, it's well-established at this point that such harassment was rampant throughout the company, and as long as O'Reilly pulled in ratings, nothing else mattered.
As Harvey Weinstein continues to fall in the face of multiple sexual harassment allegations, many wonder why nothing's happened to Donald Trump, the man who boasted on tape of committing sexual assault.
Stephen Bannon says George W. Bush had the most "destructive" presidency of all time, after W. criticized Trump earlier this week. We're no fans of the Bush family, but we're pretty sure we just spent the last eight years listening to Bannon and company refer to Barack Obama as the anti-Christ, so we're tuning out on this rant pretty quickly.
Speaking of former presidents, the previous five have combined to raise $31 million for hurricane relief efforts while Trump plays golf.
It would be great if 2018 is the year New Hampshire finally repeals the state's death penalty law. It's a narrow law, and no executions have happened here since 1939, but capital punishment is an inherently flawed policy that no civilized society should have on its books.
Hold the phone, did we know that the CW is working on a Charmed reboot? Bring back the Halliwell sisters with all due speed!
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. You might remember the Rockin'1000 group who did that great cover of "Learn to Fly" by the Foo Fighters back in 2015. They've done a few more songs since then, so let's close things out with their version of Nirvana's, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Anyone who wants to help with the raking is welcome to stick around. Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll see you again for more randomness soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.
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