Thursday Clutter: Mueller Investigation, Laurel v. Yanny, Sports Gambling, Boston Red Sox, Spike Lee, Whitney Houston, and more
Welcome back! How are you? I'm feeling much better after getting a proper sleep last night, thank you very much. The plan was to go to the movies today so I could write a review. The problem is that the movie I wanted to see has already left the theaters. That didn't take long. Not sure what today's plan is now, although BDH and Little Buddha said I could hang out with them and watch the birds in the Clutter Tree. That sounds enticing, but first, let's check out today's headlines. The guys made some coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Thursday Clutter.
CNN has some insight into what it's like to be interviewed by Robert Mueller's team, as the Trump investigation hits the one-year mark.
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently threw some shade the Great Pumpkin's way while giving a commencement address.
We've come to the conclusion that the "Laurel v. Yanny" debate is the latest Russian propaganda to circulate on the Internet. Who else would push a story about what random word someone is speaking? Friends, this controversy is designed to divide our nation and distract us from the latest actions of the Great Pumpkin. It is a direct assault on our democracy, and we will not stand for it. The United States has withstood many challenges, and so too shall we deal with this attack. Stay strong, everyone, we will not be defeated. Having said all of that, anyone who hears "Yanny" is out of their freaking minds.
Google is rolling out YouTube Music and YouTube Premium. We're not big on streaming music services, so it's hard to imagine paying the $9.99 monthly fee, but we might try out YouTube Premium ($11.99/month) at some point down the road when they've increased their original programing. For now, we'll just stick with the basic service and put up with the occasional ad. What about you?
BDH and Little Buddha are happy to hear that Nick the pit bull has been found after being stolen from the Animal Rescue League of Boston in April. Sounds like the little guy is in good shape, and hopefully he'll find his permanent home soon.
Two quick thoughts about the Supreme Court legalizing sports gambling: 1) We're taking bets on which of the major sports will have the next scandal challenging the integrity of their games, because you know that's coming. 2) We're not going to get all righteous about gambling, but the feeling here is that this will end up being a negative for the country. Increased gambling means increased numbers of people with gambling addictions. Lives are going to be damaged. It's not scolding, it's just stating facts. Also, you can already see states drooling over the tax revenue, and it's an extremely regressive tax.
This isn't going to be a good scene. (pic via usatoday.com)
The Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland A's 6-4 last night to avoid being swept by Oakland. Chris Sale only went five innings, but he also only gave up two earned runs and two hits to go with nine strikeouts. He got offensive help from J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts who both hit home runs. The Sox will now try to take advantage of the struggling Baltimore Orioles who come to town for a four-game series. David Price is on the mound for Boston tonight.
Can't blame Blake Swihart's agent for asking the Red Sox to trade his client. Swihart is in no-man's land with the Sox this year. There's no place to play him, and he's out of minor league options, so he remains in limbo. Swihart had that ankle injury to deal with a while back, but the Sox have also moved him all over the field and haven't given him a chance to establish himself at any position. It's got to be frustrating as hell, and we hope he gets the opportunity to prove himself.
A quick note about Robinson Cano being suspended 80 games for taking a masking agent. We aren't surprised to hear about any athlete failing a drug test. There's just too much money on the line to think these guys aren't doing whatever it takes to succeed. However, Grandpa Clutter liked Cano when he was with the New York Yankees, and he would have been disappointed to hear this news. You disappoint Grandpa Clutter, we have no use for you. As far as we're concerned, 80 games was a light punishment.
San Francisco Giants outfielder Brandon Belt publicly challenged the home plate umpire's integrity after the Giants lost 6-3 to the Cincinnati Reds yesterday. Belt said umpire Doug Eddings called him out on a game-ending third strike because he was in a hurry to end the game. Kind of feels like there's going to be a fine coming from MLB for that one.
We know a number of Whitney Houston fans who will want to see the new documentary about her that comes out on July 6. Check out the new trailer:
We'll definitely need to check out Spike Lee's new movie, BlacKkKlansman, when it comes out in August:
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have Whitney Houston close things out with, "How Will I Know," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. You're welcome to come back later if you want to bird watch with us. Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll see you back here again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.