Thursday Clutter: Michelle Obama Book Tour, Trump, Another CBS Departure, New iPhones, Boston Red Sox, Superman and Batman, Kenya Barris, Def Leppard, and more
Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? BDH, Little Buddha, and I were just talking about how the sunrise is starting later each morning these days. My body clock is pretty much linked to sunlight, so it's easy to get up when it's light out at 5:30 in the morning, but it becomes more of a challenge when it's still pitch black outside. BDH and Little Buddha promised to do whatever they can to get me going, so that I'm awake when you guys get here. ( I think part of that is because I'm the only one tall enough to reach the doorknob to let you in.) One other thing, the guys needed a new book, so we picked up Bob Woodward's "Fear," and we'll probably have a review of that once we finish it. Now, the coffee is ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Thursday Clutter.
Hurricane Florence may not be as big as it was, but it still looks like it's going to make life miserable for many when it hits the coast at some point later today.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama will be doing a 10-city tour to support her upcoming book, Becoming, which comes out on November 13. The tour will start on the same day, and those should be some enthusiastic crowds, particularly if the blue wave comes to fruition the week before during the mid-term elections.
Michelle Obama is hitting the road. (pic via usatoday.com)
Change continues at all levels of politics this year, and the latest example is Safiya Wazir, a former Afghanistan refugee, who beat a long-time anti-immigrant state representative in the NH Democratic primary on Tuesday. It would be great to see a new voice and perspective entering the New Hampshire legislature.
Donald Trump has made over 5,000 false statements since he moved into the White House. If you knew someone who lied that compulsively, you'd urge them to seek counseling, because that's clearly indicative of poor mental health.
The bad headlines continue for CBS after 60 Minutes producer Jeff Fager was fired for sending a threatening text to a network reporter asking for comment about a Ronan Farrow story. Fager has been accused, along with recently departed CEO Les Moonves, of inappropriate behavior by several women, and when Jericka Duncan asked Fager for a comment about Farrow's reporting, this was his reply:
"Be careful," he wrote to her. "There are people who lost their jobs trying to harm me, and if you pass on these damaging claims without your own reporting to back them up, that will become a serious problem."
Apple released three new iPhones yesterday. They all sound like entertaining toys, but we're struck by the fact that two out of the three cost more than the new computer we just bought, and the "budget" version isn't much cheaper. We get grief from friends about having an old phone, but it covers the basics, and counting the trade-in, it works out to something like $50 spent on a product we've used for five years. We'll get a replacement when it stops working, but apparently our price range will be, "something less than a mortgage payment."
The Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 last night for their 100th win of the year. It's the first time the Sox have reached that mark since 1946. David Price was lights-out, giving up just three hits and no runs, with seven strikeouts, over seven innings. That's the level of performance fans expect when you're making $30 million a year. It looked like Steven Wright was going to bury himself when he put two batters on in relief in the 8th inning, but he managed to get out of the game without a scratch, and Craig Kimbrel grabbed his 39th save of the year.
Toronto's Aaron Sanchez was also outstanding. The only mistake he made was a wild pitch which allowed Rafael Devers to score in the 5th inning. Boston's magic number for clinching the AL East is down to seven. Eduardo Rodriguez will look to cut it by another game, as well as recover from a tough outing, when he takes the mound for the Sox tonight.
DC Comics fans, how do you feel about the news that Henry Cavill is reportedly out as Superman? He always struck us as a stiff. Between this story, and the reports that Ben Affleck is also done as Batman, maybe this would be a good time for DC and Warner Brothers to take a step back and rethink their approaches to both franchises.
Speaking of the Dark Knight, Jon Hamm would apparently be interested in taking over Batman. What do you think?
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris has plenty to say about what happened with the episode that led to his eventual departure from ABC, as well as his new deal with Netflix. It's an interesting look behind the scenes and worth your time.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. We're going to close things out with some 80's hair metal gold, so here's Def Leppard with, "Armageddon It," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was a treat to see you, as always. BDH and Little Buddha say you're welcome to come back later if you want them to read Fear to you. They love reading to an audience. Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll see you back here again for more shenanigans soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.