Welcome back, and a happy Halloween to you all! BDH and Little Buddha are excited to dress up (as Simon & Garfunkel) and hand out candy again this year. I explained to them that it's supposed to be a little chilly tonight, so we may not have that many visitors...which would mean we'd be stuck with a lot of left over candy. Yeah, I can see why they're looking forward to it. I will have to limit their consumption, though. Once BDH gets going on a sugar rush, I end up chasing him around all night until he crashes. Speaking of our crew, they tell me that the coffee is ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Tuesday Clutter.
Washington is still buzzing over the indictments of Trump allies Paul Manafort and Rick Gates. What we didn't know when we all hung out yesterday is that George Papadopoulos had already pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his interactions with the Russian government on Trump's behalf. Papadopoulos had been a foreign policy advisor for Trump, though the White House is now trying to claim they' barely remember the guy. Stay tuned as we see how this impacts Robert Mueller's investigation, especially when it comes to who told Papadopoulos to lie, but long story short, we're just getting started here.
White House chief of staff John Kelly embarrassed himself once again yesterday, this time with comments praising General Robert E. Lee and showing any lack of understanding about what caused the Civil War. Kelly called the Confederate leader "an honorable man," and said the war was due to a lack of compromise. Lee was a traitor to his country, which given who Kelly currently works for, might not seem like that big of a deal. Repeated compromises were made or offered over slavery before the war, and over what would be needed for the South to rejoin the country after the war. It's basic U.S. history, which apparently General Kelly never read.
Fox News is so detached from reality, their talking heads can't stop talking about "President Hillary Clinton." We wouldn't be surprised if some portion of their viewers think Robert Mueller's investigation is going to lead to impeachment charges against her.
While we're all watching the Russia investigation, let's not forget that Donald Trump is also losing on other fronts. A federal court blocked most of Trump's change to the military's transgender policy yesterday while the case continues to work its way through the judicial process. Transgender individuals can still be recruited, though the banning of funds for gender reassignment surgery (a drop in the bucket for the Pentagon's budget) remains in place.
Jerome Powell is expected to be named the next chair of the Federal Reserve. He doesn't sound like much of a change from Janet Yellen, which is fine, but maybe Trump shouldn't be making any more appointments as he enters lame-duck status.
An arrest warrant was issued for Rose McGowan for an alleged incident that took place on January 20. Seems a little suspicious that the authorities sat on it for so long and are only now moving forward with it after the actress has been in a high-visibility position due to the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Researchers say computers may be able to help evaluate a person's potential for suicide based on brain waves. Apparently suicidal people have different brain patterns than others. More research needs to be done, but we support anything which might be able to help people who are suffering.
The New England Patriots have finally traded Jimmy Garoppolo. They sent the QB to the San Francisco 49ers for... a 2018 second-round draft pick? Sure, why not. Apparently everyone reading this is going to retire before Tom Brady does, so the Pats decided they'd held on to Jimmy G. long enough. Good luck to him, as he deserves a chance to finally show what he can do as a starter (although San Francisco is awful), but this seems like an odd time to have made this deal. Now we wait to see who New England's next back-up quarterback will be, with the early front-runner being now-former San Francisco QB Brian Hoyer. It would be a case of deja vu for Hoyer, who was in the same role with New England from 2009-2011.
Good luck, Jimmy G. (pic via sfgate.com)
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot's six-game suspension for domestic violence issues is likely back on again after a federal judge removed the restraining order that was keeping it from going into effect. There's a 24-hour hold on the order to give Elliot time to figure out if he wants to appeal, though his chances for success don't sound great.
House of Cards is coming to an end after season 6, following this week's news about star Kevin Spacey allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old Anthony Rapp in 1986. The show's producers claim the two stores aren't linked.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Given that it's Halloween, let's close things out here with Nine Inch Nails covering Joy Division's, "Dead Souls," (as featured on The Crow soundtrack) for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Enjoy the rest of your day, don't get into any fights with ghosts, and we'll see you back here 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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