Friday Clutter: Impeachment Resolution, Sleep, J.D. Martinez, Washington Redskins, Doctor Who, Hot Ones, Game of Thrones, Coldplay, and more
Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all! We hope you had a fun Halloween. I think we got just enough candy for BDH and Little Buddha to enjoy themselves but not get stomach aches. November is off to a windy start here. It began in the middle of the night, and the howling part seems to have died down a bit, but I guess things aren't really supposed to quiet down until tonight. The guys don't love that, but at least we didn't lose power. They would have been really upset if they couldn't hang out with all of you. In fact, they're so happy you're here, they made a fresh pot of coffee (and they might even share some of their candy with you!) Grab yourself a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Clutter.
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As expected, the House approved their rules to formalize their impeachment inquiry process yesterday. The resolution passed by a vote of 232-196, with two Democrats voting against it, and one Independent/former Republican voting in favor. No current Republicans voted for it, so the GOP is still all-in on corruption. The House Intelligence Committee is expected to begin holding public hearings soon. The information from those hearings, as well as what was gathered by the Intelligence/Foreign Affairs/Oversight committee interviews, will eventually be transmitted to the House Judiciary Committee, who will have responsibility for drafting any articles of impeachment. It's possible those articles could be voted on by Christmas, so we could kick off 2020 with Trump's trial.
Speaker Pelosi and the House Democrats continue moving forward with the impeachment process. (pic via tribtoday.com)
Donald Trump is changing his primary residence from New York to Florida, reportedly to reduce his tax bill. We'd know for sure if that was the case if he stopped hiding his tax returns, but we all know the Great Pumpkin will go to any lengths to keep those from being revealed.
Science is fascinating: A new study shows how sleep cleans out the toxins in your brain. Turns out that cerebrospinal washes them out during non-REM sleep. It's just another reminder that getting enough sleep is vital for your long-term health.
Now that the World Series is over, J.D. Martinez has until Monday to tell the Boston Red Sox if he's going to opt-out of his contract. Our hunch is that he'll become a free agent, and that's fine. The Red Sox can find a cheaper DH for a one-year deal in 2020 as they try to shed payroll to get under the luxury tax, and hopefully that flexibility will also increase their chances of being able to keep Mookie Betts.
As expected, the New England Patriots will release Josh Gordon, now that he's been cleared from IR, so the question becomes, which team will claim the wide-receiver off waivers? We'd still like to know what happened here. The Patriots clearly think Gordon still has something left in the tank. Otherwise, they would have tried to trade him before the deadline or release him so he'd have more say in his next destination.
Left tackle Trent Williams has been holding out from the Washington Redskins all season because of a previously-undisclosed disagreement with the team's medical staff. However, now that we know that the issue was that Redskins doctors apparently mistreated a cancerous growth on his head, there's no way to say Williams is in the wrong. We wouldn't want to play for a team that botched our future at-risk like that either.
The WWE held their annual propaganda PPV in Saudi Arabia yesterday, which is a disgrace. However the story we're interested in at the moment is that most of the roster seems to be having a hard time leaving the country. That leaves us wondering who's going to make it back in time for tonight's live Smackdown show on Fox? Who knows, maybe some of the people who didn't get to make the trip overseas will get a chance for some extended airtime.
Could it be that we're finally going to get some Doctor Who news soon? The Doctor Who twitter account alerted its followers to "pay attention to this space" yesterday, and now we're anxiously hitting refresh like we're waiting for spring training tickets to go on sale. Please let it be the trailer for the new season, please let it be the trailer for the new season, please let it be the trailer for the new season. That would make it "Christmas in November" here.
The Hollywood Reporter just did a fun interview with Hot Ones host Sean Evans. If you haven't seen Hot Ones, it's a YouTube show where Evans interviews a celebrity for 20-30 minutes while they eat 10 progressively hotter chicken wings. It's consistently funny watching things fall apart for the guests in the second half of the challenge. However, Evans is also a much better interviewer than most talk show hosts, so the conversations are interesting, and each episode goes by quickly.
Who here is going to watch HBO's new Game of Thrones prequel? House of the Dragon isn't expected to arrive until at least some time in 2021, so you don't have to make up your mind yet.
Don't forget to turn your clocks back on Sunday. It's also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. While we appreciate an extra hour of sleep (which is all the more time to clear out those toxins), this makes our hearts sink a little bit, because we're about to hit the stretch of sunsets around 4:10 in the afternoon. However, things start going back the other way in mid-December, so it's really only about six weeks of awfulness. We can get through that, right? Yeah, let's go with that.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. To help you remember about the end of Daylight Savings Time, here's Coldplay to close things out with, "Clocks," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by everyone. We're glad the wind didn't keep you from getting here. Enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll catch up with you again soon. Until next time, as a happy blue dog and a little Buddha like to say, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.