Friday Clutter: Trump, Cecile Richards, Larry Nassar, XFL, Linkin Park, Eddie Van Halen, Elton John, and more
Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? Any big plans for the weekend? We're never entirely sure what to do with ourselves on weekends where there's no football or baseball. BDH and Little Buddha suggested we take a trip to the movies at some point. They heard something about a Star Wars movie that sounded interesting, so we might see what that's all about. In the meantime, they made plenty of coffee (because they're awesome.) Help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Friday Clutter.
The New York Times revealed a bombshell that Donald Trump ordered the firing of Robert Mueller last June, but he was forced to back off when the White House counsel refused to do it. Trump tried to brush off the claim yesterday with his tired answer of "fake news," but it's clear that no one is able to damage the Great Pumpkin as much as he does it to himself.
Just can't help himself. (pic via abc30.com)
It's finally occurred to Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) that a text exchange between two FBI agents about an anti-Trump "secret society" might have been a joke. God help us all. It's not enough for the GOP to be blatantly corrupt these days. Now they've moved into full on conspiracy theory/tin foil hat mode.
Very sorry to hear that Cecile Richards is reportedly leaving Planned Parenthood. Richards has lead the reproductive health provider since 2006, and speaking from personal experience in a previous life, you will not find a more impressive individual. She's been a fierce leader for women's health, and her successor will have huge shoes to fill.
On the local front, it's also disappointing to hear that Massachusetts State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry is resigning her seat to take a position in the private sector. Senator Forry is a charismatic powerhouse who will be missed on Beacon Hill.
We had no idea that there was a "breastaurant" in Boston, but it just closed, so let's move on.
It was great to see justice done in the Larry Nassar case. The former Team USA gymnastics doctor was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for multiple cases of molesting gymnasts. The guys who are complaining that the judge seemed to take too much pleasure in sentencing Nassar a) have never been in a court room before, and b) are really missing the the point here.
Sign us up for the upcoming The Two Bills special about Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells that will air on the NFL Network next Thursday. That sounds like some must-see TV.
Philadelphia Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount says he sees the New England Patriots as the "enemy" now. Hey, the former Patriots running back has to do what he has to do to get fired up for the Super Bowl. We certainly appreciated his efforts while he was with New England, but he's not going to see his previous team in any better light after this game.
The rumors are true: Vince McMahon is bringing the XFL back in 2020. It will be an eight-team league, and McMahon will own all eight teams. He says there won't be gimmicks this time, and before anyone asks, the games will not have predetermined results. There is just about nothing in the WWE chairman's history that indicates any success with any non pro-wrestling project, like say, the original XFL, and there's no reason to think this will be different. We'd guess there's at least a 25% chance the thing never gets off the ground, and the over/under on how long it lasts is one season and one day. On the other hand, the WWE product will likely benefit McMahon not having time to micro-manage everything, as he has for decades.
We need to wish a happy birthday to Eddie Van Halen! The guitar god turns 63 years old today, and he still sounds great.
Music icon Elton John says his upcoming tour will be his last. We're always a little suspicious of "retirement" tours, since many artists seem to come back pretty soon afterwards, (we're looking at you, Ozzy) but more power to the singer, who says he wants to spend more time with his children.
According to Mike Shinoda, Linkin Park plans to continue making music, even after singer Chester Bennington's suicide last year.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. We've got two Elton John tunes here, and we can't decide which one to go with, so we're going to use them both! Here's "Tiny Dancer," and "I'm Still Standing," for today's, "Songs of the Day."
That's how you close out a week in style!
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 randomness soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.
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