Friday Clutter: Trump's Latest Lie, Hurricane Florence, Manafort Plea Deal, Boston Red Sox, Nicolas Cage, Modern Family, Supernatural, Motley Crue, and more
Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all! Do you have any big plans for the weekend? I was supposed to help Dad Clutter with something, but apparently that's been postponed, so BDH and Little Buddha asked if they could have more reading time. Can't say no to that. Right now, let's sort through today's headlines. The guys made coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.
Donald Trump denies that 3000 people died in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria, and he claims that the "inflated" number is part of a large Democratic conspiracy. He knows better. The goal is to repeat the lie until his followers believe it, but how disconnected from basic human decency do you have to be to be so dismissive of the suffering of so many Americans, especially when you currently live in the White House?
Hurricane Florence has arrived, and while the storm has now been downgraded to a Category 1 storm (it was originally a Category 4), it is still making life miserable for people in its path in North and South Carolina.
Florence is here. (pic via nst.com)
It was a scary scene in the Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts last night, as there were 60 fires across three communities. At first, we had some concern about whether or not this was some kind of attack, but apparently the fires have been traced back to an over-pressurized gas main. The utility company, Columbia Gas, will have a lot of explaining to do when this is over. We're not sure if the fires are all out yet, but so far, one person has died, and 25 have been injured.
Fire to the north, hurricane to the south - we're expecting a report of locusts in the west at some point today.
Paul Manafort has apparently reached a deal with Robert Mueller to avoid his second trial which was due to start this month. It's unclear if Manafort is cooperating in the Russia investigation or just pleading guilty to fraud and related charges. The details will be announced in court later today, and then we'll see if Donald Trump tweets something supportive of Manafort or throws him under the bus.
After all that, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo beat actress Cynthia Nixon by a margin of 2-1 in the state's Democratic gubernatorial primary. However, progressives did take out a number of moderate Democrat state senators, showing that this year's wave of change continues forward.
The Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 yesterday, sweeping the series, as they secured their 101st win of the year. Eduardo Rodriguez had a great night on the mound, giving up just one run and five hits (along with seven strikeouts) over six innings. However, the bullpen couldn't hold a 3-1 lead, as Bobby Poyner and Joe Kelly each gave up a run. The offense came back to save the day, as Xander Bogaerts hit a double in the eighth inning, stole third base and then scored the go-ahead run on a dropped pop-up. Hey, whatever it takes. Boston's magic number to clinch the AL East is down to 6. Next up, the New York Mets come to town for a weekend series, and Hector Velazquez gets the start for Boston.
Clay Buchholz was scratched from his start for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday because of right forearm tightness. It would be easy to make a wisecrack abut the former Red Sox pitcher's longstanding inability to stay healthy, but we're hoping this is not a big deal. Buchholz has been bouncing around and dealing with other injuries since he was traded from Boston to Philadelphia in 2016, and it seemed like the end might have finally come for his career. However, he is 7-2 with a 2.01 ERA with Arizona this year, and we're pulling for him to be able to continue, while also being relieved he's no longer Boston's concern.
Boston Celtics fans have to be happy to hear that Gordon Hayward still says he's ready to go for the upcoming season. It will be interesting to see how the young players who got a chance shine in his absence last year adjust to his return, but we're confident coach Brad Stevens will make that work.
Le'Veon Bell is still holding out, and now Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger might not play against the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend because of an elbow issue that occurred during last week's season opener. If that happens, how long before Steelers fans start panicking?
Could it be possible that Nicolas Cage has made a good movie again? Cage's new flick, Mandy, seems to be getting decent reviews so far. Is this the end of days?
We have no idea what to do with that, but Mandy is out in theaters today.
Hey Supernatural fans, we've got a couple of pictures from the new season for you to check out. We're pretty sure that Sam and Castiel will find a way to save Dean, and the rest of humanity, from Michael, but we're still looking forward to seeing everyone return on October 11.
Should we start taking bets on which Modern Family character is going to die this season? It's been described as a "significant" character, but we can't imagine it will be one of the main people, so our first guess is DeDe Pritchett, who is played by Shelly Long, and after that, we'll go with Pepper Saltzman, played by Nathan Lane. Who is your pick?
Motley Crue is reuniting to record some new music. It's not entirely clear what the tracks are for, but people assume it's for the upcoming Crue movie on Netflix based on their tell-all biography, The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band. It certainly seemed like the band was saying they'd never play together again after their "farewell" tour ended three years ago, but like most of these situations, but there's a qualifier: The Crue boys just claim it meant they'd never tour together again...until the next time they do.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have Motley Crue close things out with a live performance of, "Home Sweet Home," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It's always a treat to see you. Enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll meet back here again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.