Wednesday Clutter: Trump, Georgia Abortion Ban, Pot Smoking, Wall Street, Boston Red Sox, NFL Notes, Kevin Spacey, Magic Mike, Jimmy Fallon, Disturbed, and more
Welcome back, friends. How are you? Things have quieted down a little on this end. The plumber installed the new hot water heater yesterday morning, so we're back in business, which is nice. We saw the first snow of the year when we woke up this morning. However, BDH and Little Buddha just told me it's switching to rain now, so this dusting should disappear pretty quickly. I'll hold off on driving for a little bit, just to make sure the roads aren't icy. It's wild to think I was wearing shorts on Saturday.
Anyway, let's get to work. The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Wednesday Clutter.
(There are just five days left to order our new beanie!)
He's the biggest reason the GOP did so poorly in last week's midterm elections, but that didn't stop Donald Trump from officially announcing his third presidential campaign last night. Actually, that's why he did it. Trump was expecting to be riding high after last Tuesday, but now he has to do whatever he can to shake off that loser stench. The fact that he couldn't wait any longer to do this is a sign of weakness. The man wants the protection of the White House again so he can hide from all of his legal problems. He may think the campaign itself will shield him, but that's doubtful. Plus, Trump is always on the lookout for ways to scam more money out of his obedient followers.
Grifters gotta grift. (pic via yahoo.com)
Donald Trump has hurt Republicans in the last three elections. Are they really excited to become four-time losers? Fox and company have already moved on to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. We'll find out in the weeks and months ahead if Republican voters are more subservient to Trump or Rupert Murdoch.
Look at that - Rick Scott is going to challenge Mitch McConnell for the Senate Republican Leader job. Scott just had a disastrous run as the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee , and now he thinks he deserves a promotion. None of these guys have any grasp on reality. We're no fans of McConnell, but our money is on him to beat Scott and keep the top spot.
It's great to hear that a judge overturned Georgia's new abortion ban, saying the law went against the right to privacy protected by the state constitution. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney also ruled against the prohibition because it was signed into law before Roe v. Wade was overturned. Rather than try to pass a new ban, Georgia lawmakers should focus their time on proposals that actually help their constituents, rather than continue the GOP's obsessive war against women in the name of scoring political points.
Oh no, Maura Healey apparently lives in Cambridge, not Boston. Does this qualify her from being the mayor of Boston? Sure, but she's the Governor-elect of Massachusetts, so this is a lame attempt at an attack by The Boston Globe.
Interesting to hear that a new study says marijuana smoke might be more harmful for your lungs than tobacco. It doesn't sound like a lot of work has been done on this topic, so this study of 150 people (including pot smokers, tobacco-only smokers, and non-smokers) is a starting point. We'll be curious to hear what further research says, but let's not turn this into grounds for a new wave of anti-marijuana hysteria. Educate people (with actual data) about any potential risks, and let them make their own decisions about whether or not smoking is for them. Personally, smoking anything has never been our thing. This is more of an edibles crew, but to each their own.
Stocks rose on Tuesday on the back of another report indicating that inflation might be finally cooling: The October Producer Price Index showed an annual increase of 8.3%, beating expectations of 8.4%. The S&P 500 finished the day up almost 0.9% as a result. Investors seem to be trying to convince themselves again this means it's a lock that the Fed's next interest rate hike in December will only be 0.5%, not another 0.75% increase. The Clutter investment team doesn't have a prediction, but they think the masses tend to get ahead of themselves on this topic. The Fed has made it clear they don't intend to err on the side of ending their war on inflation prematurely. The recent reports are promising, but let's see if it becomes a real downward trend.
Nate Eovaldi declined the qualifying offer from the Boston Red Sox, so he'll remain a free agent. The pitcher could still eventually agree to a new deal with the Sox. However, we're rooting for him to choose another team. He's a talented player who was good when he was healthy, but injuries are always a concern with the big righty. Boston is already wasting a lot of time and money on Chris Sale, and what they really need is a quality starter who. can. stay. on. the. mound.
Congratulations to Terry Francona and Buck Showalter on being named the 2022 MLB managers of the year yesterday. Both are multi-time winners, and the honor was deserved again this season. We'll always love Francona for managing the 2004 Boston Red Sox, and we were right when we begged him to never leave Boston when we met him in 2007. He's a Hall of Famer who has done it all. We just hope his health improves.
Antonio Brown shared a supposed 2021 text message from Tom Brady on social media yesterday and then deleted the post. The text shows Brady lecturing Brown for hanging out with the wrong people and losing his focus. Assuming this really did come from the quarterback, it's unclear why Brown decided to put it online. Maybe he thought it somehow made Brady look bad, and then he realized it did nothing of the sort, so he took it down. It's sad that the guy still apparently has no one looking out for him. You know this story won't end well.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp will go on IR after having surgery today for a high ankle sprain. Kupp will be out at least four weeks, and considering how critical he is to the 3-6 Rams, any thoughts they may have about a comeback during the second half of the season seem to have been thrown out the window.
We like to think we can find at least one thing to agree on with just about anyone. With Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, it's that all NFL fields should be natural grass surfaces, but that's unlikely to happen because owners don't want to spend the money. These billionaires don't care if the players get hurt on these fields. That's just a cost of doing business in the NFL. Better to find a roster replacement than spend real money on a safer setup.
Kevin Spacey is facing seven new charges of sexual assault that are connected to incidents that allegedly happened in 2001 and 2004 in the United Kingdom. The actor is already awaiting trial on five other counts of sexual misconduct in the U.K. after recently being found not liable in a civil lawsuit brought against him by Anthony Rapp.
We haven't seen either of the first two movies in the franchise, but Magic Mike's Last Dance, starring Channing Tatum and Salma Hayek looks like a fun ride. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with your review if you see the film in the theaters next February:
The early reviews for A Christmas Story Christmas are shall we say, "not great." That's fine, we're not expecting an Oscar-winning film here. We'll find a quiet time when nothing else is on and give this sequel a shot. If it's not worth the time, we'll exit HBO Max and maybe watch a Lucifer rerun or two instead.
Don't worry, folks, Jimmy Fallon isn't dead, despite a Twitter trending hashtag that says otherwise. It sounds like this was meant to be funny, and it could be a decent movie title. However, whether you laugh or not, this highlights the quickly-eroding quality of information to be found on Twitter, now that Elon Musk has fired most of the people who handle content moderation. While we enjoy watching Musk's incompetence highlighted on an almost-hourly basis these days, it will actually be a little sad if/when Twitter finally collapses. Our feed has been largely informative and entertaining over the years. The trick was to make sure we follow quality accounts and try to rarely read replies.
Elon Musk hasn't replied to Jimmy Fallon's request for help yet. Perhaps that's because Musk is too busy telling Twitter employees to either pledge their loyalty to him or take a severance package. Wasn't this guy supposed to have all sorts of revolutionary ideas for the platform? He can't even keep the lights on.
Congratulations to our handful of friends and other folks who were able to secure tickets for Taylor Swift's 2023 tour yesterday. It sounds like they had to wait for hours, along with millions of other fans, during the presale, but their patience paid off, so good for them.
Sammy Hagar recently named his favorite album that he recorded with Van Halen. No spoilers from us, but we agree with the singer's pick. While being fans of everything in the "Van Hagar" era, this particular record had the best sound of the bunch by far.
Okay kids, that's going do it for now. Disturbed has a new album coming out on Friday, so let's close things out with the title track. We leave you with, "Divisive" for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Hold on, BDH and Little Buddha want to make sure you know you're invited to come back tonight to watch this week's, "One Chicago" shows with them. Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day, be safe on the roads, 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.