Sunday Clutter: Trump, Anthony Bourdain, Mr. Rogers, Facebook, Boston Red Sox, Mumford & Sons, and more
Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the garden looks terrific, so everything is good on this end. BDH and Little Buddha say the reason the birds are so chatty today is to tell me that there's plenty of sun in the long-range forecast, so I will have to water the garden at some point soon. The two of them are really getting better at understanding bird-speak. They're also still fantastic at making coffee. There's a fresh pot on the counter, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Sunday Clutter.
Donald Trump continues to try to burn this country's relationships with our allies down to the ground. Trump left the G7 summit early, told the U.S. representatives not to sign onto the group's final statement, and then launched a Twitter attack on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Great Pumpkin continues to look for every opportunity to embarrass and damage the United States, which must please his Russian bosses to no end. We hope our friends around the world understand that the rest of us still want to work with them, and we're trying to get this buffoon out of the way as soon as possible.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats publicly said that Russia is trying to influence the mid-term elections? We'll set the over/under on Coats' forced resignation at one month. Trump clearly can't have anyone in his administration attacking his master.
A New York judge said Donald Trump can be deposed in one of the many lawsuits he's currently facing. Click here to see which one might be the most likely to catch him committing perjury. It's brutal that we're talking about the occupant of the White House here, and there are so many cases to choose from.
Southern Baptists are now dealing with the #MeToo movement ahead of the denomination's national convention this week.
The tributes to Anthony Bourdain are coming in from all directions, following the chef/author/TV host's apparent suicide on Friday. Bourdain clearly touched many lives.
We need to figure out where we will be able to see the new Mr. Rogers documentary called Won't You Be My Neighbor. That sounds exactly like the kind of movie we want to watch right now.
A reminder that we can always be nicer to each other. (pic via orlandoweekly.com)
Facebook has yet another privacy-related scandal to deal with now. Apparently the company still allowed a number of third-parties to access to user data after publicly claiming otherwise in 2015. After all of this time, we're still not sure what the correct solution is to these ongoing problems, but we'd just remind everyone to be aware that everything they post on Facebook seems to be for sale to everyone, and to react accordingly.
The Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2 on Saturday. David Price gave up the two runs and five hits over six innings, and the offense was led by a two-run home run from J.D. Martinez. The slugger now has 21 home runs and 54 RBI for the season. It would have been great to see that big bat in action when we were at the game on Friday, instead of watching Boston lose 1-0, but hey, we're not bitter. Rick Porcello takes the mound for Boston as they go for the series win against Chicago this afternoon.
We were out yesterday, so a belated congratulations to the Golden State Warriors for winning the least surprising NBA Finals in recent memory. Really, good for them, but there's more uncertainty about the main event of the upcoming WWE Summerslam PPV than there was to the result of this series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Our understanding is that the Warriors will not be visiting the White House, so the Trump twitter barbs should be out any time now. Since the finals are over, we can all spend a few weeks obsessing over where LeBron James will play next...or we can just spend more time in the garden. It's all about having options.
Congrats as well to the horse Justify for winning the Triple Crown after a victory at the Belmont Stakes yesterday. We understand Justify is not planning on visiting the White House either in protest of Donald Trump.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have Mumford & Sons close things out with, "I Will Wait," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. It looks like it's going to be a gorgeous day, so enjoy the great weather, be good, and we'll see you back here again for another chat soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.