Tuesday Clutter: Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Bill Clinton, Supreme Court, Whole Foods, Tommy John Surgery, Jack Ryan, The Killers, and more
Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. Looks like it's going to be another beautiful day. The birds are chirping up a storm this morning. BDH and Little Buddha say they're talking about what a good job I did watering the garden yesterday. I'm not sure the two of them are translating that correctly, but they insist that's what all of the noise is about. They're the ones studying the bird calls, so I guess I have to defer to them. Anyway, we've got plenty of headlines to sort through, so let's see what's going on in the world today. The coffee is ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Tuesday Clutter.
Donald Trump says he trusts North Korea's Kim Jong-Un after their meeting yesterday. The Great Pumpkin doesn't trust any of this country's allies, but now he's tight with a brutal dictator. Got it. Trump seemed to indicate that everything went smoothly during this summit. However, no one else was allowed in the room except for the two leaders, so we've only got the Great Pumpkin's word to go by. There's clearly no reason for distrust here. We'll give a 35% chance of someone leaking a completely different version of yesterday's event before this is all over, but the big win for now seems to be that we haven't started World War III so far today.
Trump and his new best bro. (pic via ndtv.com)
Ivanka Trump tweeted a fake Chinese proverb ahead of yesterday's summit, because no one in that family understands that Google exists. Just because they all live in their own delusional world, doesn't mean the rest of us have to join them. Is there anyone left who still wants to argue that Ivanka is a positive influence in the White House?
Rudy Giuliani recently made some disparaging remarks about Stormy Daniels being an adult film star, saying her profession meant she deserved no credibility when it comes to her claims about Donald Trump. It looks like Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti is about to call Rudy out for being a hypocrite, with evidence to back it up.
Meanwhile, Trump may be facing yet more bad news in one of the many legal cases against him, as a lawsuit involving his ownership of a hotel doesn't seem to be going well. Remember when Barack Obama was facing so many court battles they were hard to keep track of? Yeah, neither do we.
Bill Clinton made comments about "norms have changed" for what "you can do to somebody against their will," and we're thinking it's time for the big guy to call it a day, because he doesn't understand the new world around him. From his history, to his recent comments about Monica Lewinsky and what he said yesterday, any Democratic candidate who has him appear at an event is begging for trouble.
The Supreme Court signed off on the GOP's war on voting, ruling 5-4 that states can aggressively purge their voter rolls. The move targets low-income, minority groups and not coincidentally, Democratic voters. The last thing Republicans ever want is a strong voter turnout, because they know they'll lose every single time. (We also have to take this opportunity to remind every single person who told us that Hillary Clinton was as bad as Donald Trump that this ruling is a direct outcome of that foolishness.)
More Amazon Prime members can save money at Whole Foods, as the company expands its loyalty program. It's still not an option for us yet (though the program is expected to eventually reach all 50 states), but even if it was, we're not excited about the idea of having to give our phone number in order to maybe get $1.11 of a container of chicken salad, even though we do love that chicken salad.
Facebook released 500 pages of responses to questions Mark Zuckerberg was asked when he testified before Congress in April, and by all accounts, there's nothing in the document that should make users feel any better about how the company mines their data.
The Boston Red Sox offense has fallen asleep over the past week, and it looked like it was going to cost them again last night, but the Sox managed to beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 in 12 innings, thanks to sacrifice flies by Jackie Bradley Jr. and Brock Holt. Steven Wright had another good outing, giving up just three hits over 6 2/3 innings, but it took the work of five relievers to keep the 19-46 Orioles in check until the Sox bats finally woke up. The other good news besides the win was the surprise return of Mookie Betts. Here's hoping he's fully recovered from his oblique injury. Eduardo Rodriguez faces his old team as he takes the mound for Boston tonight.
Is the Shoehei Ohtani story over for this year? A report says that the Anaheim Angels pitcher/DH likely needs Tommy John surgery, which would mean that he's finished for 2018 and would also be out of action in 2019. The Angels deny the report.
You know who objects to the prevalence these days of Tommy John surgery? Tommy John. The former pitcher says too many kids are getting the procedure because they're getting a bill of goods about how it will improve their odds of making it to the big leagues.
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman says he doesn't know what he took to fail a drug test, and apparently, neither does the NFL.
Wonder Woman Gail Godot is teaming up with Dwayne Johnson for a new movie. We might be up for Red Notice when it comes out in 2020.
The trailer is out for Season 2 of GLOW on Netflix, and it looks good. The show returns on June 29. Check this out:
John Krasinski stars as Jack Ryan in a new Amazon series, and it also looks solid. Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan premieres on August 31:
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have The Killers close things out with, "Read My Mind," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was a treat to see you, as always. Enjoy the rest of your day, don't forget to use sunscreen if you're going to spend a lot of time outside, and we'll meet back here again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.