Monday Clutter: Trump Scandal Grows, Biden and Putin, New Coronavirus Vaccine, Best in Show, Boston Red Sox, Ned Beatty, Skid Row, Information Society, and more
How are you? Ready to start a new week? Neither are we, but apparently we have to do it anyway. BDH and Little Buddha are a bit confused by the weather forecast. When we went to bed last night, it was supposed to be raining by the time we woke up this morning. Now it is expected to begin around 9:00 this morning. However, we're wondering if this will be another one of those days where the start time keeps getting pushed back, and then it ends up just being a light sprinkle around 4:30 this afternoon. I want to know if I can walk to do today's errands, or do I need to drive? I guess we'll see what happens later. For now, let's check out the headlines. The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Monday Clutter.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says former attorneys general Jeff Sessions and William Barr must be called to testify regarding the Trump administration subpoenaing phone records of members of Congress in search of leaks during the Russia investigation. The scandal continues to grow with the new revelation that the Trump White House also went after the records of former White House Counsel Don McGhan while he was still in the role. (Might that make McGhan more cooperative with Congress moving forward?) House and Senate Republicans will likely once again bend over backwards to argue that the country should move on from Donald Trump, while trying to ignore the fact that he still leads the GOP.
Speaker Pelosi calls for more information about the Trump DOJ abuse of power. (pic via latimes.com)
The pressure will also be on current Attorney General Merrick Garland to explain the investigations that required these subpoenas and to assure the public that this kind of overreach won't continue. Perhaps this will give Garland reason to reconsider the Department of Justice's investigation into the recent leak of tax records that were published by ProPublica. These kinds of fishing expeditions aren't a good use of DOJ resources, and they're ripe for overreach, regardless of which party is in power.
All eyes will be on President Biden and Vladimir Putin when they have their first meeting this Wednesday. Biden agrees with Putin's assessment that the relationship between their two countries is at "a low point," so where do we go from here? Putin is surely sad his lapdog is no longer in the White House, but does he want to make progress with Biden, or will the two men leave the summit at a stalemate?
Israel officially has its first new government in 12 years. Now-former leader Benjamin Netanyahu has already assumed the Donald Trump role, as he's vowed to topple the new administration as soon as possible. We haven't heard much about the new prime minister for the next two years, Naftali Bennett, that sounds encouraging. However, Netanyahu's immediate meltdown over being replaced is further proof that the country needed a change in leadership.
It looks like England will keep its remaining coronavirus-related restrictions in place for another five weeks. The rules were set to expire on June 21, but the rumored change in plans is due to an increase in Delta variant cases and hospitalizations. It sounds like most of the severely ill patients haven't been vaccinated. That's just another reminder to ignore the snake oil salesmen and get your shots, friends. These variants are a growing threat in under-vaccinated states in this country. There's no reason to go through yet another wave of this pandemic when we know that the vaccines work.
Novavax says its new coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective against the virus and its variants. The company is expected to seek authorization from the FDA by the end of September. We hope that process goes smoothly. The more vaccines that can be distributed globally, the better.
Elon Musk continues to fool around with Twitter and bitcoin. That's all the Clutter investment team needs to hear to continue staying away from anything having to do with the guy. Our staff still thinks Musk is going to crash and burn at some point down the road, and they don't want anything to do with it.
Meanwhile, stocks remain a record levels while investors wait for the results of this week's Federal Reserve meeting. Imagine how much different this country would be if reducing poverty was as much of a priority as combating inflation.
Apparently you can customize your iPhone's app icons. The directions were too long for us to stay focused, but maybe you'll have better luck.
Congratulations to Wasabi, the Pekingese who won "Best in Show" at this year's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. We have no doubt that Wasabi is a great dog (which is a redundant term.) However, while BDH is too modest to say it, we all know that all of the dogs are lucky he doesn't compete in that show, because he'd win it every year. The other dogs can have the fame and fortune. BDH just wants to hang out with his BFF Little Buddha.
The Boston Red Sox were smoked 18-4 by the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday, as the bottom continues to fall out of the starting rotation. Martín Pérez gave up five runs in just 1 1/3 innings, for his second straight bad outing. Alex Cora quickly replaced him with the newly-returned Ryan Weber and then fed Weber to the wolves in order to save the bullpen. Weber gave up 11 runs in 5 2/3 innings, which led to position players Marwin Gonzalez and Christian Arroyo closing out the final two innings of the slaughter. (Gonzalez just needs to catch an inning, and then he will have played all nine positions for the Red Sox this season.)
All in all, the Red Sox gave up a total of eight home runs to the Blue Jays yesterday, which is a new Boston team record. Not the kind of history you like to see made at Fenway Park. Next up, Nate Eovaldi tries to stop the bleeding when he takes the mound against Toronto tonight. At this rate, it might not be the worst thing if the weather forecast holds up, and this game gets rained out, because this staff is in desperate need of a break.
This has been an atrocious stretch for Boston's starting pitching, which had been the biggest and best surprise of the season so far. Rumors are swirling about whether or not this recent collapse has anything to do with the fact that MLB is about to crack down on pitchers using illegal substances. We tend to think it has more to do with the pitchers facing the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays, who both have terrific offenses. That's the hope at this point, because if it is about what can and can't be used on the mound, this season could quickly take a nosedive.
We're sorry to hear Ned Beatty died on Sunday. The actor was known for roles in a variety of movies, including, Deliverance, Network, and Superman (0ur personal favorite), as well as the classic TV show, Homicide: Life on the Street, over a long and distinguished career. Beatty was 83 years old. Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans.
Skid Row is planning on performing its entire Slave to the Grind album at a concert on July 11 to celebrate the record's 30th anniversary. Hold up, that math can't be right, can it? 30 years? Oof, that stings. Where does the time go? In any case, good for the band for continuing to do their thing after all this time.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Huh, the sun is gone, and here comes the rain. Well, it's good for the garden, so that's a win.
We need something that will kick off this week on an energetic note. How about we close things out with Information Society's, "What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy)" for today's, "Song of the Day." Yeah, let's do that:
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll catch up with you again soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.
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