Welcome back! We were just listening to the birds chirping. BDH thinks they're making plans for the weekend, and Little Buddha thinks they're talking about the great weather. Personally, I think they're asking when the coffee will be ready. Turns out the answer is, right now. There's a fresh pot on the counter, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Friday Clutter.
Our condolences go out to the families of the seven people who were shot and killed in an incident in Australia earlier today. That's the country's worst mass shooting in 22 years. We seem to have a few that big every week in the United States.
A White House aide said John McCain's opinions don't matter because, "he's dying anyway," so please excuse us for not paying a wit of attention to any claims about Michelle Wolf's routine at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner being offensive. Kelly Sadler would be fired for that comment if she worked in an administration that had a shred of basic human decency, but instead, she'll probably get a promotion.
Does anyone believe Rudy Giuliani's claim that Donald Trump didn't know Michael Cohen has been selling access to him? We assume Trump's been getting a piece of every deal Cohen's made since the Great Pumpkin moved into the White House. With the never-ending nonsense that comes out of the man's mouth, it's no wonder Giuliani and his former law firm suddenly went their separate ways. Apparently Greenberg Traurig didn't like being embarrassed (and occasionally implicated) every time Giuliani gave a TV interview.
Mike Pence is now calling for an end to the Mueller probe. Is the investigation hitting too close to home for the VP's liking?
What's Mike Pence afraid of? (pic via seattletimes.com)
Cases of major depression have risen in the U.S. by 33% since 2013, according to data compiled by Blue Cross Blue Shield. Our guess is that's on the low side, since not everyone who deals with these symptoms reports them to their doctor. An increasing lack of community and a heavy dependence on social media are thought to be some of the major factors driving this problem.
Cisco is pulling all of its ads from YouTube over concerns that they will continue to appear on channels that provide extremist content. Will other companies follow suit?
The Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 5-4 last night. The Sox coughed up a 4-0 lead in the seventh inning, but they went back on top after a J.D. Martinez home run in the 8th. With that, the Red Sox are tied for first place in the AL East again. Plus, they snapped New York's eight-game winning streak, which is always a bonus. Now the Sox are off to Toronto for a weekend series against the Blue Jays. Chris Sale takes the mound for Boston tonight.
David Price says he'll make his next start on Saturday after being diagnosed with "mild" carpel tunnel syndrome. That's better than hearing he's going on the disabled list, but we still remain wary about the left-hander's health this season. Maybe Price's recurring numbness issues really will be cleared up by laying off the video games, but we'd like to know what kind of odds Vegas would give on him needing elbow surgery this year.
Who believes Bill Belichick's claim that the New England Patriots didn't know Matt Patricia was indicted on a sexual assault charge in 1996? Massachusetts state law may prohibit an employer from asking a job applicant about a charge that doesn't result in a conviction, but these guys do their research on everyone who is hired by the organization.
We know a number of people who were unhappy that Fox cancelled Brooklyn Nine-Nine yesterday, but it sounds like there may be hope that the show will find a new home on another network.
Showrunner Steve Holland had some interesting thoughts about last night's Big Bang Theory season finale.
Deadpool 2 opens one week from today! Let's see what the R-rated hero is doing to pass the time until next Friday:
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Here's Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to close things out with, "Yer So Bad," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Enjoy the rest of this beautiful day, be good, and we'll circle back here for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.