Friday Clutter: Jamal Khashoggi, Elizabeth Warren, Trump Lies, Death Penalty, Black Panther, Van Halen, and more
Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all. It feels like fall may finally have arrived around here. That means I need start moving some plants around before the heat comes on. I also need to find BDH and Little Buddha's sweatshirts. What are you up to this weekend? Tomorrow is Dad Clutter's birthday, so I'm sure we'll be out celebrating until the wee hours. (By that I mean, we'll probably watch the Red Sox - Astros game.) Other than that, it's time to start raking leaves and continue cutting down the garden, weather permitting. For now, let's take a look at today's headlines. The guys made the coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.
Turkey now says it has proof that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi Consulate earlier this month. Outrage continues to spread around the world, but Donald Trump isn't interested in talks about cancelling the $110 billion arms deal between Saudi Arabia and the United States. Keep an eye on any future stories that show Trump or his family personally benefiting from that deal.
White House chief of staff John Kelly referred to Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) as an "impolite arrogant woman" during an email exchange with former top aide Kevin Carroll last year. Carroll then responded by saying, "(It's) Too bad Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell couldn't order her to be quiet again!"
There's nothing the men of the Trump administration hate more than women who don't kowtow to them. (pic via advocate.com)
Donald Trump had the second-most dishonest week of his presidency last week. He made 129 false statements, falling just four lies short of the 133 he told back in August.
Donald Trump signed the Music Modernization Act (MMA) into law yesterday. The bill was written to update copyright law for musicians and other players in the industry to reflect the new world of streaming services. It unanimously passed the House and Senate, and it's nice to see something become law without a major controversy attached to it for a change.
Cheers to the Washington Supreme Court for striking down the state's death penalty law on grounds of racial bias. That makes Washington the 20th state to abolish capital punishment. These laws are fundamentally and irreparably flawed, and it's a step forward for the justice system in this country each time they're stricken from the books.
Congratulations to Colin Kaepernick on receiving the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard for his social activism.
Thursday was another rough day on Wall Street as interest rate fears continue to spread. The S&P 500 dropped just over 2% on the day, which means it's now only up about 2% for the year. The index is down about 6% over the last five days, and this is the third time it's had a drop Will it happen again for a third time? We have no idea, which is why we don't let any of this noise change our investment plans. The biggest concern here is that Donald Trump will find the need to do something completely inappropriate in response to this situation (besides his current public attacks on the Fed, that is.)
Sorry to hear that Ozzy Osbourne had to cancel the remainder of his tour this year as he deals with a hand infection. Hopefully the "Master of Darkness" will be back at it in 2019.
We have to wish David Lee Roth a belated happy birthday. The Van Halen frontman turned 54 on October 10.
Black Panther fans will be thrilled to hear that Ryan Coogler is back to write and direct the sequel. It looks like we're talking about a release date of somewhere around 2020-2021, but hey, it's something to look forward to.
The first trailer for Disney's live-action version of Aladdin is out, and the visuals look terrific. The movie comes out in May 2019. Check it out:
Supernatural is back, and things are off to a rough start as Sam and company are looking for Dean and trying to figure out how they'll save him from Michael. Trying to rescue a possessed-Winchester brother has been done before, but this cast will find a way to make it feel new. Our only complaint was that there was a rather large spoiler in one of those "upcoming scene" promos that was unnecessary.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have birthday boy David Lee Roth and the rest of the classic Van Halen lineup close things out with this live performance of, "Somebody Get Me A Doctor," 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, be good, and we'll all meet back here again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.