Monday Clutter: Trump, Mitch McConnell, HBO, Boston Red Sox, Captain Marvel, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rolling Stones, and more
Welcome back! How are you? No complaints here. I had a dream last night that Robert Downey Jr. died. I saw the headline on my phone that he suffered a fatal heart attack, so what's the first thing I do when I wake up this morning? Check my phone, of course. I see that the actor is still with us, so the rest of the day should be smooth sailing from here. It's also supposed to warm up a bit again, but not as severely as last week, so we should be able to cross off most of the items on the to-do list. However, before any of that happens, let's see what's going on in the world. BDH and Little Buddha just brought in the coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Monday Clutter.
We wish the best of luck to everyone involved in the rescue attempt of the soccer team and their coach who are stuck in a flooded Thailand cave. The reports are now that five members of the group of 13 have been rescued in an amazing operation. Here's hoping they're all freed as soon as possible.
Donald Trump is off to further damage relations with NATO allies this week before he gets his mid-term evaluation from his boss in Russia.
Speaking of his boss, here's an unsettling thought: What if Trump has actually been under Russia's thumb since 1987?
When exactly did Donald Trump sell out the United States? (pic via abqjournal.com)
Trump's next Supreme Court nominee will be announced soon, so the pressure continues to build on Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) who is trying to have it both ways by stating she'll vote against someone who makes their opposition to Roe v. Wade known. The problem is that no anti-choice nominee in their right mind is going to make that statement during their confirmation hearing, so it leaves Senator Collins an opening a mile wide to vote for that person and then feign surprise later.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was confronted by some protestors outside of a Louisville restaurant on Saturday. Given the damage that man has inflicted on this country, he should have to face the repercussions everywhere he goes.
Good for Maude Gorman, a reigning beauty queen who gave up her title after the host of the Miss Massachusetts Miss America event made an anti-#MeToo joke.
We're curious to see what changes are in store for HBO now that the AT&T-Time Warner merger has been completed. New boss John Stankey seems to be pushing more content vs. better content, which doesn't seem encouraging, but perhaps that's just the new reality in a Netflix/Amazon Video dominated world.
The Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 7-4 for the series sweep yesterday. Rick Porcello seemed to have to battle all day, giving up nine hits and three runs over seven innings, but he got the job done and improved his record to 11-3 for the year. The offense was lead by Andrew Benintendi, who went 4-5, as the Sox nailed down their 6th straight win to preserve a tw0-game lead over the New York Yankees in the AL East. The team now returns home, with Eduardo Rodriguez taking the mound tonight against the Texas Rangers.
The Boston Red Sox have 5 players going to the All Star Game. It's no surprise that Mookie Betts, J.D, Martinez, Chris Sale, and Craig Kimbrel were all selected. However, our favorite part about the news was hearing that first baseman Mitch Moreland will also be going to the first time in his career. Moreland has been solid all year, both at the plate (.288 with 11 HR and 43 RBI) and in the field, particularly since Hanley Ramirez was released, and this is a well-deserved recognition. Cheers to all of these guys for making the team.
The Sox might have one more player join the festivities. Andrew Benintendi is one of the five American League candidates for the "Camping World All Star Final Vote," and Sox fans can click on that link to vote for him until 4:00 on July 11.
Former New England Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner was arrested yesterday on charges of "kidnapping, burglary, false imprisonment and a violation of a restraining order." The reports are that this involves an ex-girlfriend of Browner's.
The Rolling Stones have been around forever, and they don't appear to be leaving anytime soon, following the announcement that the rock & roll legends signed a new long-term deal with the Universal Music Group.
It looks like Captain Marvel is done filming, so all we have to do now is wait for the film to come out...on March 8, 2019. Hmm....we're going to need more coffee. You guys wanna play cards or something?
Sacha Baron Cohen is back with a new show on Showtime that debuts July 15. Not sure what it's about yet, (although we're guessing it will be like Da Ali G Show), but even the trailer is making news by confirming that Dick Cheney is apparently still alive.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and company close things out with, "Start Me Up," 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 back here again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.