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Thursday Clutter: Trump, Brett Kavanaugh, Papa John's, Twitter, Boston Red Sox, LeBron James, Eagle-Eye Cherry, and more

Wednesday Clutter: Trump, Facebook, Cervical Cancer Prevention, Boston Red Sox, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Petty, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  We didn't get the rain that was in the forecast last night, so it's a good thing I already watered the garden.  On the other hand, it's supposed to be a little cooler for the rest of the week, so we'll take that.  BDH and Little Buddha camp out in front of the fans when it's hot out.  It keeps them comfortable, but it means I have to yell for them to hear me, so maybe I'll get a chance to rest my voice for a bit.  In the meantime, the guys made you some coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Wednesday Clutter.

In a world that never seems to have enough good news, it's great to hear that all 12 Thai soccer players and their coach were successfully rescued from that flooded cave.  Cheers to everyone involved in this operation.  We also need to take a minute to salute Petty Officer Saman Gunan, the diver who died while delivering oxygen tanks to the group.  He was a true hero.

It's not exactly shocking that the Trump administration missed the first deadline to reunite migrant kids under five years old with their parents, but we're still trying to understand what the repercussions are supposed to be for this incompetence.  Kids 5 -17 years old are supposed to be reunited with their families by July 26.  Anyone here think that deadline will be met?

Donald Trump started off the NATO summit by attacking Germany, saying the country is "a captive of Russia."  The Great Pumpkin clearly hoping that comments like that will distract everyone from the fact that Vladimir Putin owns his orange backside.

In case there's any confusion, Facebook continues to go after every last bit of personal information they can squeeze out of their users, and the social media titan is fighting every attempt to stop them.

Univision Communications is reportedly planning to sell its Gawker and The Onion portfolios.  First off, this is your usual reminder that we're not for sale, so you don't have to worry about that.  BDH and Little Buddha will remain co-CEO's for life.  Second, who wants to go in on a bid for Deadspin and maybe The A.V. Club with us?

Australia's public health campaign against cervical cancer could wipe out the disease in 10 years there.   Parents in the United States who continue to keep their kids from getting the HPV vaccine need to stop thinking of the shots as something that condones sexual activity, and see it instead as a powerful weapon to stop this type of cancer.  It's irresponsible to leave kids at risk when there's such an effective way to help keep them safe.

The Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 last night for their 8th straight win.  Hector Velazquez gave up one run and two hits over three innings in a spot start, and then five members of the bullpen chipped in for the rest of the game.  Blake Swihart had himself a night, going 2-4 with two runs while also handling catching duties to give Sandy Leon a night off.  We hope to see Christian Vazquez back as soon as possible as he recovers from a fractured pinky, but Swihart couldn't ask for a better opportunity to remind everyone what he can do until then.  Chris Sale takes the mound tonight as Boston goes for its 9th straight win and 3rd consecutive series sweep.

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia continues to rehab his surgically repaired knee.  There still doesn't seem to be any prediction about his return except that manager Alex Cora said it should be at some point this year.  We hate to say it, but the Sox need to be thinking about their future plans for this position.

We understand that the Boston Red Sox may just be doing their due diligence by asking about Manny Machado, but we hope the Baltimore Orioles send their shortstop elsewhere.  Machado wouldn't be enough of an improvement over Xander Bogaerts to justify whatever the heavy price will be to acquire him, and we'd rather see the much more affordable Rafael Devers continue to grow at third base.  Machado is going to get huge money when he becomes a free agent at the end of the season, and we have visions of Carl Crawford dancing through our heads.

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is being accused of domestic violence, child abuse, and animal cruelty.  Trusting the NFL to handle this investigation correctly is, shall we say, "challenging."  If they find him guilty, he'd be subject to a six-game penalty, but it should also be the end of his career.  This being the NFL though, there will always be someone looking to give him another chance as long as he can still run with the football.

Monty Python alum John Cleese is leaving the U.K. and moving to the Caribbean. 

Is Clutter favorite Reese Witherspoon about to become the next Oprah?  The actress struck a deal with AT&T for a TV show on DirecTV where she will interview creative female leaders.

Reese Witherspoon July 11 2018Let the Witherspoon regime begin! (pic via q13fox.com)

There's a Tom Petty box set coming out in September that sounds like a must-have for the late singer's fans.  According to the linked story, "An American Treasure will contain previously unreleased studio recordings, live recordings, deep cuts and alternate versions of popular Petty songs."  American Treasure will be released on September 28.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's have Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers close things out with a blistering live performance of, "Runnin' Down a Dream," 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 (and the slightly cooler temperatures), be good, and we'll circle back here again for more fun soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.

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