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Monday Clutter: Russia Ads, Property Taxes, Boston Celtics, Wayward Sisters, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice in Chains, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  Come on in, have a seat.  How are you?  I was just looking at all of the joggers and walkers passing by at the moment.  If I live to be 100 years old, jogging will never sound appealing, but I do enjoy a good stroll.  I've got a number of places to get to by foot later today, with a possible bike ride to follow, but let's take care of business here first.  BDH and Little Buddha say the coffee is ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Monday Clutter.

It's no coincidence that the Russian social media ads designed to influence the 2016 presidential election focused on race.  There's nothing that divides this country faster, and it's obvious enough for people trying to damage the U.S. to target.

Speaking of which, the Trump administration is looking to force poor minorities to work in order to get Medicaid benefits, but those same rules wouldn't apply to whites.  Let's just slap the hoods and robes on these guys and get it over with.

Concord, NH officials are looking at a proposed budget that depends on a 4% increase in property taxes.  We support the projects that the funds would pay for, likes parks, transportation infrastructure, and first responders.  However, New Hampshire's property taxes are already among the highest in the nation, and they don't correlate with the ability of homeowners to pay them.  Don't get us wrong, we're not pleading poverty here.  It would just be nice to see the state adopt a more broad-based revenue stream, like say, an income tax, that doesn't risk squeezing the elderly and low-income families into hardship.  However, we expect that to happen somewhere around never in the Granite State.

The Boston Celtics made it clear that they are not intimidated by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.  The C's beat the Cavs 108-83 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals yesterday, and they dominated from start to finish.  It was obviously only one game, and James may very well have "zero level of concern at this stage," even though he only scored 15 points, but this young Boston team showed they will not be pushed around.  Game 2 is in Boston on Tuesday night, and we can't wait to find out if the Celtics can match their performance again.

Boston Celtics May 14 2018The Celtics made a statement on Sunday.  (pic via msn.com)

The Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 yesterday, thanks to J.D. Martinez, who drove in three runs for the day, including a two-run home run which was his 10th of the year.  We didn't love Martinez's apparent lack of enthusiasm for signing with Boston over the off-season, but there's no mistaking he's been a good signing so far this year.  Jackie Bradley Jr. also had his first hit since May 4, so hopefully this is the beginning of a comeback for the struggling outfielder.  Drew Pomeranz only made it through 4+ innings (and 103 pitches), but the bullpen came through once again.  The Sox are finally done with this road trip, and they start a series at home against the Oakland A's, with Rick Porcello taking the mound for Boston tonight.

Avengers: Infinity War shows no signs of slowing down after hitting China over the weekend.  At this point, it would be a surprise if the movie did not end up topping $2 billion at the box office before it's done.

We're with the writer of this article:  It makes no sense that the CW Network isn't planning to pick up Wayward Sisters for the fall season.  The Supernatural spin-off had a built-in fan base that would give it a head-start on any other new show those folks are going to put on the air, and the message of strong women supporting each other is tailor-made for the current day. It doesn't make any sense at all.  Reports are that the decision won't be official until Thursday, so click here if you would like to weigh in on the show.

Meanwhile, Clutter favorite Benedict Cumberbatch is speaking out on behalf of equal pay and representation for women.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's kick off the week with some new Alice in Chains.  Here's, "The One You Know," for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  Enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and let's connect again soon, deal?  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.

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