Friday Clutter: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Nancy Pelosi Challenged, White House Doctored Footage, J.D. Martinez, Conan O'Brien, Prince, and more
Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. We were just talking about how we're still adjusting to the fact that it's getting dark out so quickly these days. BDH and Little Buddha are ready for bed around 6:00 now. We should settle into more of a groove soon, but we're already keeping an eye on the calendar, because the light will start increasing again in about six weeks. Just knowing there's even an extra 60 seconds a day makes all the difference. In the meantime, we're stocking up on coffee. Speaking of which, the guys made a fresh pot, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Friday Clutter.
It's good to see that another federal appeals court blocked the Trump administration's attempt to end the DACA program yesterday. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, based out of California, is the third court to rule against this capricious action. The concern now is if the U.S. Supreme Court is the final say in the matter, because we expect this group to be in the bag for Donald Trump. Question for Chief Justice John Roberts: The legitimacy of the Court is under heavy attack. How are you going to protect your legacy?
Speaking of the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg broke three ribs from a fall in her office on Wednesday. We hope Justice Ginsburg has a full and speedy recovery, and we are willing to donate ribs/give her piggy-back rides/do whatever it takes to keep the Notorious RBG in one piece until there's a new White House resident.
A national treasure who needs to be protected at all costs. (pic via wtoc.com)
Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton continues to lead the charge to remove Nancy Pelosi as the leader of the House Democrats. The money here says that Pelosi will prevail in the upcoming leadership election. Experience matters, and she remains a strong fund-raiser, and that always strengthens relationships in Washington. Perhaps some younger names will be added to her team in order to try to quell this rebellion.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) wants to interview Jeff Sessions about his recent firing. It's a reminder that whatever Donald Trump does to try to shut down Robert Mueller, he can't fire House Democrats. Meanwhile, even some Republicans are saying that Trump's appointment of Matthew Whittaker as acting Attorney General is illegal, because the Whittaker wasn't confirmed by the U.S. Senate first.
When they're not making illegal appointments, the White House is busy sending out doctored footage of this week's incident involving CNN reporter Jim Acosta. This is the stuff of dictators that we would all criticize if it happened in another country, and it's just as unacceptable here. This administration tries to gaslight the public on a daily basis.
It's possible Florida's gubernatorial election could be heading for a recount. Florida's Senate race and Georgia's gubernatorial contest could also be in the same situation, so stay tuned for further developments.
Officials say that the smoking rate for adults in the United States is at an all-time low, so congratulations, everyone. However about 20% of the country use some type of tobacco product, so there's still work to be done.
Congratulations to J.D. Martinez on winning two Silver Slugger Awards this year. He becomes the first player to ever win the award for two positions (outfield and DH) in the same season. J.D. clearly has a chip on his shoulder about whether he gets enough recognition. The Red Sox can only benefit if that drives him to have another outstanding season in 2019, but then you know he's going to use his first opt-out clause, and the Sox will have to re-evaluate how much he's worth to them. Boston fans should enjoy this group as much as they can next year, because there will be a number of contracts coming due, and the 2020 team could look very different.
Meanwhile, Boston Red Sox consultant/stats guru Bill James is under fire for tweeting that baseball players are as important to the game as beer vendors. James probably has some numbers cooked up to make that case, but talk about losing sight of the human element of professional sports.
Conan O'Brien is launching a new podcast on November 19, and his revamped TV show will return to TBS next year. Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend will run for 36 weeks, and Will Ferrell is his first guest. O'Brien seems to be on a crusade to update the talk show genre, and we're curious to see how this all plays out.
Congratulations to John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan on their recent engagement.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. We're thrilled that Prince's estate has finally started making the late singer's videos more accessible on YouTube, so let's have the Purple One close things out with, "The Holy River," 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 see you back here again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.