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Friday Clutter: Jeff Sessions, David Pecker, Rudy Giuliani, HPV, Boston Red Sox, Tiger Woods, Big Bang Theory, John Lennon, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all!  This week went by quickly.  I crossed off a number of items on the to-do list, but there's still plenty more to be done, like getting BDH and Little Buddha some new books for their fall reading.  A local bookstore is having their annual sale this weekend, so we'll see if the guys find anything they like.  They're welcome to get whatever they want, as long as it's not too scary.  In the meantime, we've got headlines to sort through, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Clutter.

Look at that, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stood up for himself against Donald Trump and said the Department of Justice, "will not be improperly influenced by political considerations."  You know people smell blood in the water when Sessions finally feels comfortable speaking against the Great Pumpkin in public.  It's also a good preemptive strike in case Trump wanted to throw Sessions under the bus and claim he was okay with any plan to fire Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.  Now the question is, would a desperate Trump also be willing to fire Sessions to get what he wants?  Toady Lindsey Graham seems on board, as long as Trump waits until after the mid-term elections.  A true profile in courage, that one.

Donald Trump Jeff Sessions August 24 2018Elmer Fudd pushes back against the Great Pumpkin.  (pic via

Donald Trump's attacks against Michael Cohen's credibility took another hit with the news that National Enquirer publisher David Pecker provided corroborating information to the Mueller investigation in exchange for immunity.  Some might point out the humor in Donald Trump having a Pecker for a friend and then being turned on by the same Pecker, but that's not our style.

Rudy Giuliani saying the "people would revolt" if Donald Trump was impeached is the funniest thing we've heard all week.  Either he meant that people will revolt if the Great Pumpkin isn't removed from office, or the people will celebrate across the country if he is impeached. 

A lot of people won't like this one, but a new study says that the risks of drinking alcohol far outweigh any possible benefits.

There's no excuse for HPV-related cancers to be on the rise in the United States when there's a HPV vaccine available.  Parents need to get over themselves and have their kids vaccinated, and adults up to age 26 (the upper age limit for getting the vaccine) can make that decision themselves.  This has nothing to do with encouraging sexual activity for young people.  It's about keeping them healthy.

The Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 7-0 yesterday to secure a split of their four-game series.  David Price had another strong outing, giving up just three hits over eight innings to a good team, and it seems like he's finally quieting down his critics in the region.  Of course, that will change in a heartbeat if he has another awful postseason.  However, knowing he can perform like this against Cleveland should help Price if he has to face them again in October. 

The Sox offense put up six runs in the 5th inning, thanks to RBI doubles from Blake Swihart, Xander Bogaerts, and Eduardo Nunez.  What were those pinball baseball games they used to have in arcades?  It looked like that, as the runners kept rotating around the bases.  This was an important series for the Sox who showed that they can bounce back from a losing streak and compete with one of the best teams in the American League.  We're not saying the playoffs will be easy.  Anything can happen, but there's no one this team should fear.  The Sox are off to Tampa for a weekend series against the Rays.  Hector  Velazazquez will take the mound as Boston goes for its 91st win of the year.  (We'll just point out that no other team even has 80 wins.)

The New England Patriots take on the Carolina Panthers tonight in their final preseason game.  We want to be clear that there's no truth to the rumors that BDH and Little Buddha will be playing wide receiver for the Pats.

Look at that, the Cleveland Browns beat the Philadelphia Eagles 5-0 last night.  Sure, it's a preseason game, and that looks like a baseball score, but you've gotta start somewhere. right?

How many people do you think will watch the Tiger Woods - Phil Mickelson PPV this Thanksgiving?  Will the numbers be anywhere near those for PPV staples like boxing and MMA?

Jon Hamm and Ed Harris have joined the Maverick cast.

Jim Parsons wrote a lengthy Instagram post expressing his thoughts about the upcoming end of The Big Bang Theory.  How do you feel about the end of the show, Clutterheads?  Sorry to see it go?  Thrilled it's finally leaving?  Don't care either way? Send us your thoughts at [email protected].

Mark David Chapman's latest bid for parole was denied.  That means that the man who killed John Lennon in 1980 will stay in prison until at least 2020 when he is next eligible for parole.

Meanwhile, John Lennon's Imagine album is coming out in a box-set edition (that includes 140 tracks) on October 5, which should delight Lennon fans around the world.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's have John Lennon close things out with this performance of, "Imagine," 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 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.


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