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Monday Clutter: Trump, Marijuana Legislation, Boston Red Sox, Terry Bradshaw, Game of Thrones, Seasons of Love, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  How was your weekend?  I was just out taking a quick look at the garden while the guys were making coffee.  We've got a few new flowers adding some more color to the place, and a number of plants look like they're getting ready to bloom soon, so that's a nice start to the week.  I clearly also need to water them, so I'll get to that later today.  Before that happens, let's see what's going on in the world, as we start a new week.  BDH and Little Buddha just said the coffee is ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Monday Clutter.

Donald Trump has "a good feeling" about this week's summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-Un.  We certainly hope the Great Pumpkin bumbles his way into something productive.  Leaders should always be willing to talk to other countries.  However, we can't help noticing how much easier Trump finds it to meet with tyrants than with U.S. allies.  It's almost as if he doesn't have the nation's best interests at heart or something.

Good for Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) for pushing a bill to allow states the freedom to decide how to regulate marijuana within their own borders.  The federal government's "war on drugs" has been a disaster, and the feds should stay far away from this issue as states continue legalizing the use of the substance.

Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren June 11 2018A bipartisan approach to marijuana regulation.  (pic via yahoo.com)

The Pennsylvania attorney general will be releasing a 884-page report detailing decades of sexual abuse across the state by priests in the Roman Catholic church, as well as subsequent cover-up efforts by various officials.

Will the Federal Reserve be ending interest rate hikes earlier than expected?  Now that the Clutter corporate savings account now earns at least $1 a month in interest, maybe anything more than that would be greedy.

This country has a problem with consuming too much sugar, and a new study shows that the issue starts at a young age.  In our never-ending personal challenge to try to follow at least a somewhat healthy diet, sugar is consistently the biggest obstacle.

IHOP is apparently changing its name to IHOb, and the world no longer makes sense.

Fortunately they haven't done it often this season, but the Boston Red Sox really wasted an opportunity when they played the struggling Chicago White Sox last weekend.  Boston should have been able to at least take two out of three games, but instead they dropped two, including a 5-2 loss on Sunday.  Rick Porcello didn't have great stuff all day, but he battled to keep Boston in the game, giving up five hits and three runs over six innings.  The usually dominant Boston offense had their opportunities, but they couldn't get the job done with men in scoring position, which was an issue all weekend.   The Red Sox now start their longest road trip of the season, playing 10 games in 11 days.  First up, Steven Wright takes the mound against the 19-45 Baltimore Orioles, so hopefully the Sox will not let this opportunity also slip through their fingers.

We congratulated Justify on winning the Triple Crown yesterday, but didn't give credit to Gronkowski for coming in second.  It's pretty damn impressive that Gronk can as fast as a horse!  Seriously, we know it's a horse.  Anyone want to take a guess how much the football player bet on his namesake?  If you know anything about the big guy, you can come up with the answer pretty quickly.

Cheers to Terry Bradshaw for supporting the Philadelphia Eagles in their fight against Donald Trump.  How long until the Great Pumpkin launches a Twitter attack on Bradshaw?  We'll be interested to see if there's any fallout from the FOX NFL analyst also criticizing FOX News for their misleading coverage of the situation.

Kyrie Irving doesn't sound like a guy who is adamant about staying with the Boston Celtics, but that's probably just the stance of a guy keeping his options open for free agency when the season is over.  Plus, everyone knows that team boss Danny Ainge will move just about anyone at anytime, so talk of a long-term run in Boston can sound a little silly.

Show of hands:  Who here wants to see a Game of Thrones prequel?

Stephen Colbert created a new trailer to anger racist and sexist Star Wars fans.  We can hear the heads exploding now:

Tony Danza and Josh Groban are teaming up for a new show on Netflix.  No, really:

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  We had a closing tune in mind, but then we saw this clip of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School singing Rent's, "Seasons of Love," at last night's Tony Awards, and there's no doubt that's gotta be today's, "Song of the Day."

That's how you kick off a new week.

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

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