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Monday Clutter: President Biden, Lindsey Graham's Abortion Ban, Interest Rates, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, NFL Notes, Abbott Elementary, Duran Duran, and more

Sunday Clutter: Matt Gaetz, Trump, Queen Elizabeth II, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Keanu Reeves, Phantom of the Opera, Amy Winehouse, and more

Hi everyone,

How are you?  Weekend going okay so far?  BDH, Little Buddha, and I were just talking about how chilly it is this morning.  It's 49 degrees at the moment, but the high is supposed to be 80 degrees this afternoon.  That's one heck of a swing.  What is this, mid-September or something? 

Besides that, things are fine.  Hold on, the guys just said that it's supposed to rain tonight through Tuesday.  Hmm, that might present a challenge or two.  Well, I'll deal with that later.  Let's check out today's headlines.  There's a fresh pot of coffee on the counter, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Sunday Clutter.

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Another former White House aide has testified that Rep. Matt Gaetz wanted a preemptive presidential pardon from Donald Trump before Trump left office.  Others have also told the January 6 House select committee about Gaetz lobbying for a pardon.  However, John McEntee's comments appear to be the first to specify that Gaetz wanted the pardon because of the investigation into his alleged sex trafficking activities.   McEntee also said Gaetz asked former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows for help.  Rep. Gaetz is rumored to have engaged in sexual activity with a 17-year-old girl, and the investigation is ongoing. 

Rep. Matt Gaetz September 18 2022Rep. Gaetz begged the Trump White House for a pardon.  (pic via abcnews.com)

This is yet another reason to never let a Republican lecture you on anything, friends.  They run around accusing Democrats of being pedophiles, and as usual, it's another example of projection.  They claim the reason they're anti-LGBTQ is to "protect the kids," but they turn a blind eye when one of their own has allegedly been involved with a minor.  The GOP is a party of criminals who think they're all above the law.

Let's be clear:  Donald Trump is threatening widespread violence if the Department of Justice indicts him for any of his criminal activity.  How much longer must our country be held hostage by this man?  He's an ongoing national security and public safety threat.  Enough is enough, already.

Republicans are mad about Senator Lindsey Graham filing a bill for a national ban abortions after 15 weeks.  The GOP doesn't want voters to think about how extreme conservatives are before November, but Senator Graham has put it right out there for everyone to see.

World leaders are gathering in London for Queen Elizabeth II's funeral tomorrow.  One can only imagine the security precautions that have been put in place for that event.  Also, however you feel about the monarchy, the outpouring of love that her supporters have shown as they've paid their respects over the past week has truly been impressive.

The MBTA is a disaster and grossly underfunded, but Massachusetts "leaders" are preparing to give $3 billion back to taxpayers instead.  The wealthy don't need a refund.  The law that triggers all of this should be tweaked to provide greater assistance to middle and lower-income families, while also helping fund a functional public transportation system.

If you have trouble getting to sleep at night because of anxiety, maybe the "4-7-8 method" can help.  It's worth a shot.

The Boston Red Sox lost 9-0 to the lowly Kansas City Royals yesterday to fall to 70-75 on the season.  Boston starter Rich Hill gave up four runs in 4 2/3 innings.  It's clear that the Sox have thrown in the towel, as the number of unfamiliar names in the box score continues to grow.  Boston would have to go 11-6 the rest of the way to have a winning season.  Considering they still have one more series left with each of their divisional rivals, a 6-11 run feels more likely.  What a disaster.  Next up:  Nick Pivetta takes the mound this afternoon, as the Sox try to win this weekend series.

The Boston Red Sox are designating catcher Kevin Plawecki for assignment, and this feels like another screw-up from Chaim Bloom.  We understand that Plawecki hasn't had a great offensive year and didn't fit into the plans for 2023, given that Reese McGuire and Connor Wong are under control for multiple seasons.  However, since management knew that was the case, why not release Plawecki at the start of the month when rosters expanded, and give him a better chance to find another job this year?  He was a solid back-up for three years in Boston, well-respected by his teammates, and he deserved the consideration. 

Congratulations to minor league baseball players for officially joining the Major League Baseball Players Association this past Wednesday.  This is huge for the players, because the way the MLB owners treat them is disgraceful.  We wish them the new union members the best of luck in their upcoming collective bargaining discussions this off-season.

The New England Patriots face the Pittsburgh Steelers this afternoon.  This game is probably already a "must-win" for the Pats, following their uninspired 20-7 loss to the Miami Dolphins in the season opener.  All things being equal, New England's defense was the best part of last week. They generally kept Miami's Tua Tagovailoa in check, but the Patriots offense was nowhere to be found.  Pittsburgh's Mitch Trubisky also doesn't exactly inspire fear, but will Mac Jones and company show up today? 

Jones is battling a back injury and apparent stomach issue that kept him out of practice on Thursday, so we're not feeling great about this game.  However, maybe wide receiver Kendrick Bourne will get more than one target today, and Jones will be able to hand the ball off to his running backs to stay out of harm's way.  It feels like this is going to be an ugly afternoon, but we're still trying to keep an open mind about this team, so we'll go with the Patriots improving to 1-1.

The dissatisfaction continues to grow over Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver only being banned for a year, and fined $10 million, after an investigation found he repeatedly engaged in "hostile, racially insensitive and inappropriate behavior."  National Basketball Players Association executive director Tamika Tremaglio says Sarver's actions warrant a lifetime ban from the NBA.  In addition, PayPal announced it will not renew its sponsorship deal with the team if Sarver remains in charge.  Team vice chairman Jahm Najafi called on Sarver to resign earlier this week, so it appears we're not done with this story yet.

Keanu Reeves has reportedly agreed to appear in a sequel to Constantine, his 2005 movie about the DC Comics character exorcist and demonologist John Constantine.  We actually finally saw the first film this past summer, and it was entertaining enough for us to also give this one a shot when the time comes.

We're sorry to hear that Phantom of the Opera will end its 35-year Broadway run next February.  You tend to think of the show as a fundamental component of the musical theater landscape in NYC, but everything comes to a conclusion eventually.  The show will still run in London, which is where we saw it many moons ago.  It was a fun spectacle, and if you have the chance to see it in New York before the final curtain comes down, we encourage you to do so.

Chrissy Teigen is once again the target of online cowards who are criticizing her for now describing her previous miscarriage as an abortion.  The hate that runs through these people is mind-boggling.  Teigen's ongoing openness about her various struggles has undoubtedly helped others going through similar situations.  She should be applauded for publicly talking about challenging subjects and helping to remove the stigma around them.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.   This past Wednesday would have been the late singer Amy Winehouse's 39th birthday.  Here she is to close things out with, "Back to Black," for today's, "Song of the Day."

An immense talent lost far too soon.

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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