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Tuesday Clutter: Idaho Abortion Ban, Senator Sinema, Governor Baker, Student Debt Forgiveness Plan Cost, New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, Doctor Who, Michael Sheen, Michelle Branch, and more

Hi everyone,

How are you?  BDH and Little Buddha are staring out the window at the moment, completely fascinated by the current fog.  They can only see about a block down the street right now, and that's apparently the coolest thing ever.  Whatever makes them happy, works for me.  Yesterday was a remarkably productive day.  Crossed all sorts of things off the to-do list, so now I kind of feel like I should get the rest of the week off.  Sounds fair, right?

The guys just said I still have to go to the bookstore to check out the new releases later this morning.  Fair enough.  Our duo is about 25% of the way through the book I got them last week.  It's interesting, but I don't know if they "love" it, so we'll see what this week brings.  First, let's check out the 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 Tuesday Clutter.

The University of Idaho's legal counsel warned faculty members that they could be fired and arrested for discussing abortion in certain contexts, or providing birth control, due to the state's new abortion ban.  This is the reality of the never-ending conservative assault on women and reproductive health.  Republicans like to claim that they're the party of "limited government" and "free speech champions," but that's pure nonsense.  The GOP agenda is dominated by misogynistic zealots who live for controlling women almost as much as passing unnecessary tax cuts for the wealthy. 

This is the choice voters face this fall:  Support politicians who treat women like second-class citizens, or support those who protect the right to privacy and self-determination, not subjecting everyone to a hateful ideology.

Idaho Abortion Ban September 27 2022Women should control their own lives, not politicians.  (pic via boisestatepublicradio.org)

The Department of Justice asked a judge to order former Trump trade advisor Peter Navarro to return documents he wrongfully kept after leaving the administration.  Donald Trump and his cronies sure do love taking things that don't belong to them.  The files in question reportedly have to do with the Trump response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Democratic" Senator Kyrsten Sinema is pushing her blind worship of the filibuster even further these days:  Sinema said during remarks at the (Mitch) McConnell Center at the University of Louisville that she thinks the Senate, "should restore the 60 vote threshold for the areas in which it has been eliminated already," thus making it even harder to get anything done.  No wonder Mitch McConnell loves her so much.  Sinema's political career is over in 2024, so let's see if she's finally honest about her true colors and flips to the GOP before then.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker refuses to criticize fellow Republican Ron DeSantis for kidnapping Venezuelan migrants and dumping them in Martha's Vineyard, claiming there's no point in engaging "in what is obviously a presidential debate."  It's pure cowardice from Baker.  This isn't about presidential politics.  It's about standing up for basic human decency, and when asked to do so, Charlie Baker ran away.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that President Biden's student debt forgiveness program will cost the federal government about $400 billion.  Democrats responded that even the CBO says that number is "uncertain," and that the key point is that instead of giving the wealthy trillions in tax breaks, the government will be helping ordinary Americans for once.  That's a welcome change from the status quo.

Stocks may be looking for a rebound today after losing almost 7% over the last five trading days.  However, it will likely be a limited gain at best, because nothing about the big picture has changed.  The S&P 500 is now down 23.31% for the year, as investors continue to worry about the impact of the Fed's fight against inflation.  Short of a game-changer like two straight positive inflation-related reports, the Clutter investment team doesn't see the index moving upwards much anytime soon.  The question is, where is the short-term floor?  In any case, the staff continues to look for attractive discounts in the portfolio that may be worth taking advantage of over the long-term.

The Boston Red Sox lost 14-8 by the Baltimore Orioles last night.  That leaves the Sox at 72-81 on the season, thus eliminating any chance of a winning record for the year.  Well, hey, at least that gave us something to root for over the last few weeks, since their chances of a playoff run realistically ended at some point in July.  This team needs a pitching overhaul, and we hope Chaim Bloom isn't counting on piecing together a rotation of Chris Sale, Brayan Bello, Nick Pivetta, and a couple of bargains for 2023.  If that's the plan, the Sox could be looking at another year in the AL East cellar.  Next up: Michael Wacha (the crown jewel of this year's starters) takes the mound against the Orioles tonight.

Aaron Judge is still at 60 home runs after last night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.  You have to wonder if the pressure is starting to get to the New York  Yankees slugger.

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones has a high ankle sprain, but of course the team is not talking about his timetable for recovery.  At a minimum, Jones will likely miss the next few weeks.  The question we have is, will he be back this year?  Hopefully yes, because this could become a truly lost season for Bill Belichick and company if this young team has to try to further gel together without their starting QB.

The Boston Celtics had their media day yesterday, which was the first chance for the players to give their thoughts about head coach Ime Udoka's year-long suspension for having a relationship with a female coworker.  It turns out that Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and the rest of the team apparently don't know much more than the rest of us about what actually happened.  This feels like a team that could be easily distracted by this sort of thing, and they deserve more clarity from management.  We just hope they'll be able to focus on moving forward under interim coach Joe Mazzulla. 

Marvel boss Kevin Feige explained why they didn't recast T'Challa for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever after Chadwick Boseman died.  We appreciate that Marvel held off on the move, because many fans still need time to process the reality that the actor will never return to the role.  It's hard to believe that it's already been a little over two years since Boseman died from colon cancer.  What a huge loss that so many terrific future performances were left on the table.

Departing Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker shared some thoughts about her upcoming final episode and regeneration scene in a new interview.  Meanwhile, fans continue to wait for a proper trailer, or official notification about the air date for this show.  It's more than bizarre that the BBC hasn't provided either by this point, considering the show is expected to air in October.  It's a poor publicity campaign that does a disservice to Whittaker. 

If you're looking for a little motivational fire to get you going today, actor Michael Sheen delivers the goods with two inspiring speeches.  Trust us, you'll be ready to take on the world after you listen to him.

TVLine.com has some spoilers about the new season of Young Sheldon, which begins this Thursday on CBS.  Young Sheldon isn't "must-see" TV for us, but it can be an entertaining way to tune out for 30 minutes now and again.

Fans of the Amazon Prime Video series The Boys can now check out the Season 3 blooper reel:

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Michelle Branch to close things out with her new tune, "Not My Lover" for today's, "Song of the Day."

That kind of had a Chris Isaak "Wicked Game" feeling to it.

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  Enjoy the rest of your day, be careful driving through the fog, 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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