Friday Clutter: Trump, Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Bourdain, Boston Red Sox, Football Hall of Fame, Serena Williams, Bruce Springsteen, and more
Welcome back! Come on in and have a seat. BDH and Little Buddha were just listening to all of the bird chatter this morning. They're pretty sure the birds are looking for four-leaf clovers because today is Friday the 13th. I said I didn't realize that birds were superstitious, and the guys just looked at me and replied, "Neither did we, but that's clearly what they're looking for!" You learn something new every day. The coffee is ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Friday (the 13th) Clutter.
Now that he's done attacking our NATO allies this week, Donald Trump is taking a flamethrower to this country's relationship with the United Kingdom. The man is doing what ever it takes to get a positive review from his boss when he meets with Vladmir Putin. Given the way Trump blasted Prime Minister Theresa May in a tabloid interview, we have no idea why she would go through with a state dinner for the Great Pumpkin.
House Republicans made it clear during their bizarre performances in yesterday's hearing featuring FBI agent Peter Strzok that they don't care in the slightest about what's good for this country, and all that matters to them is protecting Donald Trump. Imagine throwing away your political party's legitimacy for a two-bit conman who works for another country.
The comments from Sarah Palin, Roy Moore, and Joe Walsh about Sacha Baron Cohen's new character are so over-the-top, one wonders if Cohen's PR team actually wrote them, because he couldn't ask for better publicity before his new show begins on Sunday. We don't get Showtime at Clutter Headquarters, but we're trusting there will be plenty of Who is America YouTube clips to review.
Welcome back, Sacha Baron Cohen. (pic via tvguide.com)
Shame on any piece of garbage who has attacked Asia Argento following Anthony Bourdain's recent suicide. Go back under the rock that you called out from and stay there, you sad little cowards.
On a related note, Anthony Bourdain has been recognized with two Emmy nominations this year.
Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay almost $4.7 billion in damages following a lawsuit where in Missouri where 22 women claimed using the company's talcum powder caused them to develop ovarian cancer. The company will appeal, as they always do, because they are counting on judges being more sympathetic than juries to their profit margins.
Consumers are being warned not to eat Honey Smacks, because the cereal has been linked to a salmonella outbreak. We'd also add that maybe people also shouldn't eat them because they're gross.
The Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 for their 10th straight win last night. David Price gave up three runs over 6 2/3 innings, but the story of this game was the bottom half of the 4th inning. The Blue Jays were ahead 2-o, and J.A. Happ was pitching fairly well, although he was already at 52 pitches. Through a combination of hits and Toronto errors, Happ, having already thrown 35 pitches in the inning, faced Mookie Betts with the bases loaded.
What came next was a 13-pitch battle that ended with Mookie blasting a grand slam, for one of the most exciting moments of this season. The only way it could have been better is if it happened in a post-season game. The victory means the Boston remains 3 1/2 games in front of the New York Yankees in the AL East. Rick Porcello takes the mound tonight as the Sox go for their 11th consecutive win.
It's tacky for the Pro Football Hall of Fame not to mention Terrell Owens at this weekend's induction ceremony just because the former player has decided not to attend the event. Many self-righteous football writers have attacked T.O. for his decision to skip the event, claiming it's this kind of behavior which warranted not voting him until his third year of eligibility. They were wrong to take so long, and following this logic, the Hall has shown itself to be just as immature. Get over yourselves, folks.
Isaiah Thomas agreed a one-year deal with the Denver Nuggets for $2 million yesterday. It's really his only option, as he'll need to prove to the NBA that he's fully recovered from his hip issues. The former All Star won't like being a sixth man, but if it lights a fire under him, and he shows he can still play, the move might pay off in a year.
The sun will rise, the sun will fall, and Serena Williams will reach the Wimbledon finals no matter what obstacles she may face. This is the way. What an amazing athlete.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's grab a little insurance against any bad mojo from it being Friday the 13th and have Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band close things out with, "Lucky Day," 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 we'll meet up again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.