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Thursday Clutter: Speaker Johnson, Trump, Maine Shootings, U.S. Economy, Boston Red Sox, Dusty Baker, San Francisco 49ers, Doctor Who, Eminem, Dream Theater, Duran Duran, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back.  How are you?  Our crew was just reading about the tragedy in Maine, but we'll come back to that in a bit.  I was running around all over the place yesterday and didn't really get to enjoy the great weather, which was a little disappointing.  Going to try to change that over the next couple of days before October's regular temperatures return.  Also, as of right now, it looks like our crew will be out of the office tomorrow. That might change, but we'll post any updates on our Facebook page.

BDH and Little Buddha just made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Thursday Clutter.

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House Republicans finally ended their clown show and chose Rep. Mike Johnson to be the next speaker yesterday.  He's a perfect example of how out of touch the GOP is with mainstream America:  Rep. Johnson was one of Donald Trump's strongest allies in the attempt to overturn the 2020 election.  He's also anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ, opposed to climate science, and doesn't support the separation of church and state.  He's as extreme as they get, and he has no business being second in line for the presidency after Vice President Kamala Harris.  We heard him speak yesterday, and he's a smoother version of Jim Jordan. 

Speaker Mike Johnson October 26 2023Speaker Mike Johnson will be bad for ordinary Americans.  (pic via news9.com)

Donald Trump was fined $10,000 yesterday for once again violating the gag order in his NY civil fraud trial.  Judge Arthur Engoron called Trump to the stand to directly question him under oath about new statements Trump made attacking the judge and Michael Cohen.  After Trump confirmed who he was talking about, Judge Engoron hit him with another fine, following the previous one for $5000 because Trump had a social media post criticizing the judge's clerk.  Should we take odds on whether there's a third violation before the end of the day on Friday?  Donald Trump thinks he's above the law, and the courts need to disavow him of that delusional belief once and for all.

Meanwhile, the Colorado lawsuit to have Donald Trump disqualified from running for office because he violated the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is set to begin next week.  Similar suits have been filed in several states, arguing that Trump is barred from being a candidate again because he engaged in an insurrection/supported insurrectionists on January 6.  Trump is obviously guilty, but the enforcement mechanism for this violation isn't clear.  Still, can you imagine what better shape the United States could be in if Republicans didn't support a traitor?

Keep an eye on how Donald Trump's defense in his federal cases is impacted by the plea deals his lawyers are making with DA Fani Willis in Georgia.

We're heartbroken to hear about last night's mass shootings in Lewiston, Maine, which reportedly left at least 20 people dead and dozens injured.  The police are said to be looking for a man named Robert Card, a man with military experience.  Our thoughts are with the people of Maine, and we hope Card is apprehended as soon as possible without any further loss of life.  This country is drowning in guns, while conservatives work themselves into mobs over books and drag queens. 

Economists expect today's GDP data to show that the U.S. economy grew at a 4.3% annualized rate last quarter.  We're not going to argue that's a bad thing - people are working and spending, which certainly beats the alternative.  However, it is a concern for investors who would like to see interest rates start coming down soon.  If it turns out things really are going this well, that's more incentive for the Fed to at least keep rates at their current elevated levels, if not raise them even higher.  Wall Street and Main Street will forever be in conflict.

The Boston Globe's Chris Gasper has a detailed look at the challenges facing new Red Sox head of baseball operations Craig Breslow.  Gasper's not wrong - it's revealing that so many experienced baseball executives didn't even want to be interviewed for what used to be considered a prime MLB job.  The idea that the organization ended up with someone who has even less management experience than Chaim Bloom isn't exciting.  However, we'll give Breslow the benefit of the doubt that he can turn the team around, something we'll revisit once we see the 2024 starting pitching rotation.

Cheers to Dusty Baker, who announced his retirement as the Houston Astros manager yesterday.  Baker, who was also a terrific player, had a tremendous 26-year managerial career and is ninth on the all-time list with 2,183 wins.  Every other manager with at least 2,000 wins is in the Hall of Fame (except for Bruce Bochy, who is still managing.)  Baker should be a shoo-in to join that list.  We've never heard any of his players say a bad word about him, and we wish him the best of luck with whatever role he takes on next.

The Boston Celtics beat the New York Knicks 108-104 in their season opener last night, thanks to some late game heroics from new addition Kristaps Porzingis against his former team.  The only conclusions we can reach from this news are that the C's will obviously go undefeated, and Porzingis is the runaway favorite for NBA MVP this year.

It's crazy how quickly things can change in the NFL:  Everything was clicking for the San Francisco 49ers, and then they lost two consecutive games, and now quarterback Brock Purdy is in concussion protocol.  Its unclear if he'll play this week, so backup Sam Darnold may get the start against the Cincinnati Bengals. 

Radio personality Chris "Mad Dog" Russo made life difficult for himself when he declared he would retire "on the spot" if the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Philadelphia Phillies to advance to the World Series.  That's exactly what Arizona did, but it turns out Russo is not a man of his word.  However, Russo agreed to an alternate punishment suggested by Howard Stern, so we'll see if he keeps his promise this time. 

Of course this is all silliness, but it is a reminder to people who take sports radio too seriously:  These hosts are paid to make noise for a few hours every day.  They're entertainers, not experts.  Don't get too invested in anything they utter on the air.

Former UFC /WWE champion Ronda Rousey has a new memoir coming out next April.  Our guess is we won't buy the book, but it might get a quick skim in the store.

On the flip side, there's a decent chance we'll pick up a copy of Margo's Got Money Troubles when it's released next June.  How do we say no to a book where pro wrestling meets OnlyFans?  A TV series is already in the works.

The official trailer for Maestro has been released.  Bradley Cooper, who also directed the movie, stars as composer Leonard Bernstein, and Carey Mulligan is his wife Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein.  The film will be in theaters as of November 22, and arrive on Netflix on December 20.

We finally have dates for the Doctor Who 60th anniversary specials!  The three episodes featuring David Tennant and Catherine Tate will air on November 25, December 2, and December 9.  That's actually a little later than we were expecting.  We assumed all three would air in November, since that's the month the show debuted back in 1963.  However, that's okay, because at least we finally know when to block out the time on our calendar.  That Disney+ subscription will finally pay off soon:

Eminem has a new project coming out today.  Sorry, it's not an album - it's spaghetti sauce.

An unexpected press release hit our inbox yesterday:  Drummer Mike Portnoy is reuniting with Dream Theater 13 years after he abruptly left the progressive metal band.  It sounds like whatever tension there was has been worked out over the past couple of years, leading to Portnoy returning to the group he co-founded when he was a teenager.  Good for those guys for resolving their issues.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  With Halloween right around the corner, it seems fitting to have Duran Duran (along with Victoria DeAngelis)  close things out with their cover of the Talking Heads classic, "Psycho Killer" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, folks.  It was a treat to see you, as always.  Enjoy the rest of your day, stay safe, 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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