Welcome back! Come on in, sit wherever you like. How are you? Have you adjusted to the time change? I was off for most of yesterday, but everything seems to be on track now. We were just looking at the weather forecast. Today's high is supposed to be in the mid-60's, and it's possible this is the last time it's going to be this warm for the rest of the year. Of course, the way the weather has gone this year, we might also have a heat wave in December. I know, we're supposed to focus on living in the moment and all of that, but it's hard not to immediately start looking past winter. However one benefit of staying in the here and now is that we've got coffee. BDH and Little Buddha made a fresh pot, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Monday Clutter.
Just heartbreaking to hear the news of the mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. 26 people were killed in this terrorist incident. The shooter was later found dead from a gunshot. The motive for the shooting is unknown at the moment, but Donald Trump was quick to call it a mental health incident and say it had nothing to do with gun control laws, so from that alone, you know the shooter was white. Politicians from across the country couldn't send their "thoughts and prayers" quickly enough on social media, but none of them have any intention of doing anything about this. These people have already moved on from the Las Vegas shooting from a few weeks ago, just like they've moved on from every other incident of gun violence and done nothing but shrug. 44% of Americans know someone who was shot, and our "leaders" seem determined to add the remaining 56% to the group.
We deserve more than just words. (pic via mysanantonio.com)
As the Boston Red Sox prepare to formally announce him as their new manager today, cheers to Alex Cora on being the first non-white skipper in this team's history. Given the club's shameful racial legacy, this is an important step forward, it deserves recognition.
Best of luck, Alex Cora. (pic via chron.com)
It appears that Robert Mueller is preparing to indict Michael Flynn and his son on charges that could include money laundering, lying to federal agents, and possibly kidnapping in regards to a Turkish election. You can hear the chants of "lock him up" spreading across the land. What's Flynn prepared to give up in a deal, especially if it could help Junior?
So far, we've mentioned social media and Robert Mueller. Let's try combining the two: Apparently Facebook and Twitter have both received funding from the Russian government that came via Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. Is it time to start counting the days until Kushner's indictment?
Apparently U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross lied to Congress about his ties to Russian business interests. In all fairness, he couldn't have joined the Trump administration otherwise. At this point, we're waiting to hear that Linda McMahon and the WWE are owned by Vladimir Putin.
Why exactly did Senator Rand Paul's neighbor attack him and reportedly break several of his ribs? We've seen a number of reports that refer to "an ongoing dispute," but no details. On a related note, how will Paul's likely-extended absence impact the ability of Senate Republicans to get anything done? The GOP only has 52 votes to begin with, so Paul being out of commission looms over Mitch McConnell.
By the way, we don't do daily basketball updates here, but we've got to take a minute to point out that the Boston Celtics beat the Orlando Magic 104-88 last night, and it was their eighth win in a row. Can the team keep this pace all season? Don't know, but good for them for bouncing back so well from the Gordon Hayward injury. To have something like that happen in the first game of the year could easily have derailed a young team, but these guys are showing heart and resilience.
Congratulations to Shalane Flanagan on becoming the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon in 40 years yesterday.
The San Francisco 49ers lost 20-10 to the Arizona Cardinals yesterday, and a fight broke out between the two teams over a late hit to 49ers QB C.J. Beathard. Do you think Jimmy Garopolo might be missing New England a little bit right now?
R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People is 25 years old? Wow. We played the hell out of that cassette tape (Google it) in college. What a great album.
Cheers to Patton Oswalt and Meredith Salenger who got hitched on Saturday.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. We've got to close things out with some R.E.M., so here's "Drive," for today's, "Song of the Day."
That clip is a little jarring, because "Drive" is such a black and white kind of song, but how do you say no to a live performance from these guys? We wouldn't argue if R.E.M. felt like this would be a good time for a comeback.
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll circle back here again for more hi-jinx soon. Until then, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.