Wednesday Clutter: Nikki Haley, Anthony Weiner, MA Gubernatorial Debate, Facebook Smart Speaker, Boston Red Sox, Dwayne Johnson, Def Leppard, and more
Welcome back! How are you? We did not get a lot of sleep around here last night. The crew watched the Red Sox - Yankees game at Dad Clutter's house, and by the time we got home and finished getting ready for bed, I think we fell asleep about 10 minutes ago. Oh well, it was worth it! BDH and Little Buddha said they'd make the coffee a little stronger than usual, so things will be fine. They just came in with a fresh pot, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Wednesday Clutter.
Rumors are swirling about why UN Ambassador Nikki Haley suddenly resigned yesterday. (She'll leave the job at the end of the year.) Maybe she got pushed out, maybe she sees a potential opening in the White House for 2020 and wants to start preparing now, maybe she really just wants a break from the public sector, or maybe it's something else. Who knows, maybe she's the author of that anonymous op-ed from a few weeks ago that criticized Donald Trump. The Great Pumpkin insisted he knew before yesterday that Haley was leaving, so we assume that's not the case. We'll see how this story plays out over the coming days and weeks to come.
Someone's happy to be leaving. (pic via vox.com)
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a temporary injunction against having two Trump officials deposed in a lawsuit over the placement of a citizenship status question on the current census form. The plaintiffs are required to submit a response by 4:00 this afternoon, and then Ginsburg can either make a ruling on her own or have the issue go before the Supreme Court. That would give us all the first chance to see how this group feels about executive privilege, now that Brett Kavanaugh has joined their ranks.
Former congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) is scheduled to be release from prison three months early next year. Weiner is serving time for sending obscene material to a minor. He's apparently been participating in a "high-intensity" program to reduce his chances of repeating as a sex offender. We'd like to hear more about what that means, because he seemed like a man who had lost all control of his compulsions when he was found guilty in 2017.
Questions continue to grow about the disappearance of writer Jamal Khashoggi. The Turkish government released photos of men it claims were sent by Saudi Arabia to kill Khashoggi. Turkey still hasn't proven that Khashoggi was murdered, but Saudi Arabia also still can't prove that he ever left their consulate on October 2. It's clear that we're seeing the ramifications when Donald Trump declares war on the press.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez had their first debate last night. Hopefully the next one isn't also scheduled for the same time as a Red Sox game, because baseball beats politics every time around here.
We're thinking of our friends in Florida who may be dealing with Hurricane Micheal today. Hope you're all safe.
Facebook has developed its own smart speaker? Yes, that's exactly what we want - Facebook having a way to listen to everything going on at Clutter Headquarters all day. What could go wrong? Not. A. Chance.
The Boston Red Sox are on to the ALCS! The Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 4-3 last night to win their series and move on to the next round of the playoffs. The Boston offense struck first with three runs off Yankees lefty CC Sabathia in the third inning and another run in the fourth. Rick Porcello rewrote his postseason story with a tremendous outing, giving up just one run on four hits over five innings. The bullpen (including an 8th inning appearance by Chris Sale) kept the Yankees quiet, until Craig Kimbrel came in and gave up two runs in the ninth as he struggled with his control before finally sealing the deal (thanks to a great effort from third baseman Eduardo Nunez and first baseman Steve Pearce.)
The Sox now face the Houston Astros, and the Game 1 starters are expected to be Chris Sale and Justin Verlander. This is Boston's first appearance in the ALCS since 2013, and that worked out pretty well for them, so here's hoping they can repeat that performance. The defending world champions are going to be a challenge, but Alex Cora and his crew have taken on everything thrown their way this year, and they've found a way to come out on top. Red Sox fans can move on from pre-2004 life. It's a different world now, so take a deep breath and enjoy it.
The list of the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees includes Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, LL Cool J, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, and more. The inductees will be announced in December.
Hey Supernatural fans, we've got some tidbits for you about the upcoming season which starts tomorrow. We're pretty sure Dean finds away to escape Michael, but it might take a little while.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee Def Leppard close things out with, "Armageddon It," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. We hope you enjoyed hanging out as much as we did. Have a good rest of your day, stay out of trouble (if possible), and we'll meet you back here again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.