Saturday Clutter: Trump, Matthew Whitaker, Michelle Obama, Facebook, New England Patriots, Dez Bryant, Iron Maiden, Ice Cube, and more
Welcome back! How are you? Yes, we're doing another Saturday edition. BDH and Little Buddha were looking at this weekend's schedule, and it occurred to them that we might not be able to meet up on Sunday. The guys find the idea of going a whole weekend without hanging out with all of you to be unacceptable, and they run the show around here. They also make great coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Clutter.
California is burning, and Donald Trump's response is to threaten to pull federal funding to help the state. Trump has repeatedly claimed these fires are as bad as they are because of mismanagement of forest funds, and of course he's got no evidence to support that. It is no coincidence that California has a Democratic governor (Jerry Brown, who is being succeeded by fellow Dem Gavin Newsom.) This is a direct threat that unless the state government bows to Trump, he'll let people die and property burn. The man is an enemy of the country, and he shows no signs of slowing down.
We're glad to hear Martin Sheen and his wife were found after Charlie Sheen reported them missing in the midst of the California fires. The world's not prepared for the absence of Jed Bartlet.
Besides being a Trump lackey who was illegally appointed, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is also a crackpot who once argued that states have the ability to nullify federal law. Seems like kind of an odd position from the guy who is now in charge of enforcing federal law.
Cheers to Michelle Obama for revealing that she had a miscarriage 20 years ago and used in vitro fertilization to conceive her daughters. It takes a tremendous amount of courage for a public figure to be so open about such personal issues.
Michelle Obama opens up about her life ahead of her upcoming book tour. (pic via denver.cbslocal.com)
A new study says that a surprising amount of men and women in this country report being stressed by their sexual urges. 10% of men and 7% of women expressed problems in this area. That's more than we would have guessed, but we're also not sure what it means, and apparently, neither are the study's authors. Maybe it makes sense, given how much we live in a society that's drenched in sexual images while also still preaching puritanical messages about the relationship between sex and morality.
Following the lead of other tech companies, Facebook is abandoning its requirement that sexual harassment cases be decided in arbitration. Forced arbitration is a terrible concept in general, regardless of the industry. All it does is allow companies to hide their misdeeds.
The troubles continue for Sears, as the former retail giant announced the closure of 40 more stores.
BDH and Little Buddha found something for everyone who needs some cheering up this week: Dogs. A lot of dogs.
Weather and decay are being blamed for the recent collapse of a Boston bar's facade, and it warrants asking whether the city has a responsibility for more building inspections. Apparently, for buildings under 70 feet, it's up to the owners to decide when to do an inspection, which feels like asking for trouble.
The New England Patriots face the Tennessee Titans tomorrow. We're looking forward to watching former Patriots star Mike Vrabel in his new role as Titans head coach, and it will be fun to see former Pats Malcolm Butler, Dion Lewis, and Logan Ryan in action. However, the Patriots know they will be able to enjoy their bye week after this game more if they win, and the feeling here is that motivates them enough to take care of business.
Remember when we were talking about how Dez Bryant signing with the New Orleans Saints this week seemed like a good move? Never mind. It appears Bryant tore his Achilles tendon in practice on Friday and is done for the year. It is believed that the wide receiver would be ready to go by the start of next training camp, so he can try this all over again.
Metal legends Iron Maiden are going on tour next year. Who wants to come with us to see the "Legacy of the Beast" next summer?
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Ice Cube found a second career making a series of comedy films, but he still packs a punch as a rapper. Let's close things out with his new track, "Arrest the President," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. The guys feel much better now that we had a chance to hang out with you. Enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll see you back here again for more randomness and coffee soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.