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Thursday Clutter: Mueller Investigation, Laurel v. Yanny, Sports Gambling, Boston Red Sox, Spike Lee, Whitney Houston, and more

Wednesday Clutter: Assisted Suicide, Whole Foods, Boston Celtics, Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart, Queen, R.E.M., and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  Come on in, have a seat.  How are you?  We're off to a slow start at Clutter Headquarters today.  The Red Sox had a two-hour rain delay last night, but we stayed until the bitter end, which means someone was up way past their bedtime.  Who needs sleep, right?  Well, we do.  However, at least we have extra strong coffee, courtesy of BDH and Little Buddha.  They just said that it's ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Wednesday Clutter.

It's disappointing that a state judge overturned California's assisted suicide law yesterday, claiming the law was unconstitutional because it was passed during a special legislative session regarding health care funding.  Whether one thinks the bill was "rushed" or not, how does that mean the law fails the constitutional sniff test?  Legislators passed a bill, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill.  The process seems straight-forward, and the judge didn't say anything about the actual contents of the law.  Seems pretty weak.  People have a right to end their lives on their own terms, and they should be allowed to do it in a dignified manner.  California is appealing the decision.

Not one Republican Senator has the intestinal fortitude to directly challenge Donald Trump about that recent comment his aide made about the dying John McCain.  These sniveling little toadies haven't got an ounce of common decency to them.

Amazon will soon be offering 10% discounts at Whole Food stores for their Prime members.  On the one hand, that's good, because the only benefit we've seen to the company's purchase of the stores is that chicken salad is occasionally $1 off.  On the other, you'll have to either use the Amazon app or give your phone number at checkout to get the discount.  That makes sense, but we're not interested in giving the retail titan anymore of our personal information than we have to, and no one there needs to know how much we like the chicken salad.

Facebook says it's great at removing sexually explicit posts.  Anything besides that?  Still a work in progress.

How about those Boston Celtics?  The C's beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-94 last night to take a 2-o lead in the Eastern Conference finals.  LeBron James had a solid rebound from his dismal performance in Game 1, scoring 42 points on the night, but it wasn't enough.  It just hammers home that the Cavs are James and a bunch of guys, whereas the Celtics are a team.  However, we won't get too far ahead of ourselves.  The Celtics still need to win two more games, and Game 3 is on Saturday night in Cleveland.  This is an amazing run, though.  Amazing run.

Like we said before, we waited out the rain for almost two hours last night, so the least the Red Sox could have done was win the game.  However, the Sox lost 5-3 to the Oakland Athletics.  Eduardo Rodriguez got hit right out of the gate, giving up two runs in the first.  He gave up another run in the second inning, and then settled down after that, but it was too late.  Reliever Steven Wright was charged with another two runs in his first outing of the year, following recovery from knee surgery as well as a 15-game suspension for a domestic violence incident in the off-season. 

Andrew Benintendi hit a home run which landed about one section over from our seats, which almost made up for his poor judgment in the first inning when he was tagged out after turning too far around 3rd base.  The kid has a lot of potential, but he's the worst offender on the team in terms of overly aggressive base running.  The Sox looked like they might rally in the 9th, but it was not meant to be.   Chris Sale takes the mount tonight as Boston tries to avoid being swept by Oakland.

The bad news continued for the Boston Red Sox yesterday, as reliever Carson Smith was put on the 10-day DL with a subluxation of his right shoulder, which came as a result of throwing his glove in the dugout on Monday.  What a stupid injury, and it apparently has potential to be something serious.  Smith has pitched in a total of 29 games since Boston traded for him before the 2016 season, so we've been waiting all this time to see if he would be good, and now he could be gone for a while again. 

It's the comedy tour of the year, and it's coming to Boston.  That's right, Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart will be here for three dates in June.

Jon Stewart Dave Chappelle May 16 2018Two comic legends are coming to town.  (pic via hollywoodreporter.com)

Sorry to hear that Tom Wolfe died yesterday.  The author of such books as "The Right Stuff," and, "Bonfire of the Vanities," was 88 years old.  Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans.

After what seems like a decade of delays, the Freddy Mercury - Queen movie finally has an official trailer, and it looks pretty good!  Check this out:

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's have R.E.M. close things out with, "Radio Free Europe," 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, be good, and we'll see you again for more fun and coffee soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.


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