Wednesday Clutter: Pennsylvania Church Sex Abuse Report, Sarah Sanders, Twitter, Warren Buffett, Boston Red Sox, This is Us, The Twilight Zone, Steve Perry, and more
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Thursday Clutter: Trump, Free Press Editorials, Amazon, Coffee, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Madonna, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  BDH and Little Buddha were just trying to figure out why the birds are chatting up such a storm this morning.  BDH thinks they're talking about their weekend plans, and Little Buddha thinks they're discussing how quickly this summer has gone by.  Hold on, now they both think the birds were discussing what time you would arrive.  Now that we've got that resolved, let's see what's going on in today's headlines.  There's a fresh pot of coffee on the counter, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Thursday Clutter.

Donald Trump revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan yesterday.   It's a move which serves no purpose but to remove one more informed voice from intelligence conversations and to punish people who speak out against Trump.  His goal here is to distract people from from the Omarosa claims, the Manafort trial, and all of the other legal problems which surround the White House.  When it comes to who wins in the fight between the needs of the country and the needs of the Great Pumpkin, Trump puts himself first every single time.

Speaking of Paul Manafort's trial, arguments finished on Wednesday, and now it's up to the jury to decide Manafort's fate in this case.  Of course, Manafort has another trial starting in September, so look for Trump to come up with more ways to distract the country.

Paul Manafort August 16 2018Paul Manafort's legal troubles continue.  (pic via www.telegraph.co.uk)

Newspapers from across the country are running editorials today in opposition to Donald Trump's never-ending attacks on the press.  Here's the Boston Globe's take.

Let there be no doubt, Nancy Pelosi is a fund-raising powerhouse.

A clip has surfaced of Rep. Mike Capuano (D-MA) opposing Colin Kaepernick's protests, saying that the former NFL quarterback handled the issue in the wrong way.  Capuano's primary opponent, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, says she supports the protestors.  In a race that has few policy differences between the two candidates, will this have an impact on voters in the Democratic primary in the Massachusetts 7th Congressional District next month?

As we've said before, the Catholic Church has repeatedly shown they are unable to handle their pervasive problems with sexual abuse.  Any other organization that was such a failure on this issue would have been shut down years ago.  What is the next step here?

Apparently streaming video isn't enough, as Amazon is reportedly trying to buy the Landmark Theatres chain.  It's believed that the acquisition would both pull more customers into the Internet retail giant's web, as well as possibly increase the legitimacy of their original movies in the eyes of Hollywood.

California may be reversing a previous state ruling that said coffee had to be labeled as a potential carcinogen.  Glad to see officials recognize what a mistake it is to criticize one of the greatest products in history which makes all good things in life possible.

Here's an interesting look at what happens to your body if you go on a vegan diet. 

The Boston Red Sox lost 7-4 to the Philadelphia Phillies last night.  The good news is that Nathan Eovaldi looked better than he did in his last start, giving up three runs over five innings.  The bad news is that the bullpen couldn't keep the Phillies under control, particularly Drew Pomeranz, who gave up three runs in one inning.  That's disappointing, but the 86-36 Red Sox are still 50 games over .500, and they are 10 games ahead of the New York Yankees in the AL East after wrapping up a 7-2 road trip, so all in all, fans should be happy at the moment.  The Sox come home to start a series tomorrow against the Tampa Bay Rays, with Brian Johnson taking the mound for Boston.

The New England Patriots play the Philadelphia Eagles in Foxborough tonight.  Yes, it's a Super Bowl rematch, but given that it's a preseason game, all we're really interested in is how good Tom Brady looks in action.

This is weird:  We had a dream about Madonna last night, and it turns out that today is the singer's 60th birthday.  First off, happy birthday to the music icon.  Second, maybe we'll dream about winning the lottery tonight.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's have the birthday girl close things out with, "Don't Tell Me," for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  (Even the birds agree with us about that.)  Enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll see you back here 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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