Thursday Clutter: Trump, Mitch McConnell's Legacy, Wall Street, Boston Red Sox, Grey's Anatomy, Chicago P.D., Lady Gaga, and more
Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? Things are fine on this end at the moment. Sounds like we're supposed to get some heavy rain this afternoon. (Wait, we're talking about flash floods? Huh.) BDH and Little Buddha inform me there are things to be done around here if I don't feel like going outside. As I've always said, they're the ones who keep everything running smoothly. I just handle the computer. The guys made you some coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Thursday Clutter.
Donald Trump attacked the #MeToo movement again at a campaign rally yesterday. The man who has at least 13 accusations of sexual assault or harassment against him feels comfortable criticizing women because there's not a single person in the GOP who will stand up to him. Besides, women only factor into the Republican platform as targets anyway. It's possible that this is Trump's way of distracting everyone from the fact that he's a tax cheat who had his fortune handed to him by his father. In the meantime, we're wondering what Robert Mueller is up to these days.
There are sensible people who say Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) should be forgotten the day he finally leaves politics. However, there's another argument that says the severe damage McConnell has done to our government institutions should be taught in schools for years to come to try to prevent it from ever happening again. As much as we talk about Vladimir Putin owning Donald Trump, he's got to be thrilled with the harm McConnell has imposed on this country in the last few years.
The turtle who is attacking the United States. (pic via businessinsider.com)
Wall Street took a beating yesterday, as investors seem to be panicking about rising interest rates. The S&P 500 dropped about 3.3% on Wednesday, which was enough to catch the Clutter investment team's attention. Is this the beginning of the end of the bull run, or is it just an overdue correction? We don't know, but this current rout only trims gains back to roughly where they were in August, and the index is still up over 4% for the year, so our staff isn't looking for bargains yet.
A new arcade bar in Boston? BDH and Little Buddha think we may need to make that our new satellite office.
The Boston Red Sox are considered the underdogs in their upcoming ALCS battle with the Houston Astros? We can respect that. The Astros are an excellent team with strong pitching and a deep lineup. The Sox are going to have to play their best if they're going to make it to the World Series. Having said that, we hope Boston bettors do well over the next few days.
As we wait for the ALCS to begin, let's just discuss one more time what a great job rookie manager Alex Cora did this year. He came in heavily hyped and lived up to expectations. He's confident, aggressive, does a terrific job of balancing analytics and baseball's human element, and this team thrived under his leadership.
Former All Star Lenny Dykstra was indicted yesterday on charges of drug possession and threatening an Uber driver back in May. We're a little surprised to hear this, only because we thought it already happened. Dykstra is looking at 9-15 years in prison. This is the latest entry in a long rap sheet, and it's easy to see how he and actor Charlie Sheen used to be friends.
Yikes: Indianapolis Colts guard Matt Slauson broke two of his vertebrae early in the third quarter of last week's game against the New England Patriots, and he still played the rest of the game. Slauson has been placed on IR, so he's done for the rest of the year. We're glad things didn't take a tragic turn for the guy, because that could have happened in the blink of an eye. It's yet another story where a football fan can feel dirty in about 10 seconds if they really think about what they're watching each week. These bulked-up behemoths are destroying themselves for entertainment purposes. Of course, having said that, we'll still be checking in on the Patriots on Sunday night, even though they're playing at the same time as Game 2 of the ALCS.
Josh Radnor is Meredith Grey's new love interest on Grey's Anatomy? We loved How I Met Your Mother (which should be the next show brought back by CBS), and we haven't seen Grey's in many years, but our gut says that's not a good pairing. What do you think, Grey's fanatics? Does Ted Mosby joining the cast work for you?
Two questions for the Chicago P.D. fans: First, were you surprised by last night's reveal? We were expecting that at the end of last week's episode. Second, are you interested in that story-line going further? We tend to learn towards no on that one, but let's see how it goes.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Better go take care of some errands before the rain hits. Let's have Lady Gaga close things out with, "Look What I Found," from the A Star is Born soundtrack, for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Oh hold on, BDH and Little Buddha invite you to come back and watch the Supernatural season premiere with us tonight. Maybe you could bring some chips? Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day, stay dry, and we'll meet up again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.