Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? Guess I don't need to worry about watering the garden this week. That rain is legit. Didn't care much for the wind that came with it, but that seems to have died down. The coffee is ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Wednesday Clutter.
Oh, by the way, Christmas is two months from today.
Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) gave it to Donald Trump with both barrels yesterday as he announced that he will not seek re-election to the Senate in 2018. Flake leveled a scathing attack on Trump, the likes of which was particularly fascinating, given that it was a Republican launching it on a member of their own party. Here's a small excerpt:
"We must never regard as "normal" the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals. We must never meekly accept the daily sundering of our country - the personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedoms, and institutions, the flagrant disregard for truth or decency, the reckless provocations, most often for the pettiest and most personal reasons, reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with the fortunes of the people that we have all been elected to serve"
Pretty sure we don't agree with Senator Flake on many, if any, policy issues, but we applaud his willingness to break ranks and publicly admit that Trump's behavior is not "politics as usual." (Although, we also suspect this means Flake already thought he was going to lose his re-election bid.) Hold on, we also have to give Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) for his continued criticisms of Trump. We constantly read stores of other Republican officials who will say similar things, as long as their names aren't attached to the story. Do Flake's and Corker's comments give the others the cover to finally say these things for the record?
While Jeff Flake and Bob Corker show some political independence, House Republicans are falling back on their favorite distraction when things aren't going their way: Hillary Clinton. The House GOP wants the country to focus on Clinton's email servers and not pay any attention to Trump being a Russian agent. Seems fair to think that Robert Mueller must have found something new during his investigation into Trump.
The Senate voted to eliminate a consumer protection rule that allows class action lawsuits against banks and other financial companies. This would force individuals to stick with an arbitration system that's slanted against them. This is why institutions like Wells Fargo and company can repeatedly rip off their customers with no fear of any real repercussions.
The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Houston Astros 3-1 in Game 1 of the World Series last night. Chris Taylor set the tone for the Dodgers when he hit the first pitch thrown by Houston's Dallas Keuchel for a home run, and Clayton Kershaw took care of the rest.
We are so sorry to hear that Robert Guillaume died yesterday. The actor was known for many roles, but we grew up on Soap and Benson in the 1980's and remember fondly, even if it had one of the all time worst series finales. (Note: That link provides an interesting theory we've never heard before about why the show was cancelled.) Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans. Guillaume was 89 years old.
Benson was the best. (pic via tvguide.com)
Congratulations to Billy Joel and his wife Alexis on the arrival of their baby daughter, Remy Anne.
Mark Wahlberg says he asked for God's forgiveness for Boogie Nights? That's his best role by a mile. Please, go back to bailing early on Patriots games, man. God probably wasn't listening to Wahlberg, because he was too busy with Bill O'Reilly blaming him for all of these sexual harassment stories.
Look out, North America: Judas Priest is going on tour next year.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. The radio was on while we were watering the plants yesterday, and we heard the DJ say something about there being a terrific new heavy metal version of Toto's classic, "Africa." Didn't catch the name of the artist, but we're pretty sure it's got to be Leo Moracchioli (with an assist from Rabea Massaad and Hannah Boulton.) If that's not who the DJ was talking about, that's fine, because this cover is awesome, and it's today's, "Song of the Day." Check this out:
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you as always. The rain is back for another round today (but hopefully without the wind), so enjoy the rest of your day, stay dry, and we'll see you back here 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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