Tuesday Clutter: Trump, John McCain's Farewell, Jared Kushner, Pope Francis, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Odell Beckham Jr., Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K., Go-Go's, and more
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Wednesday Clutter: Trump, Andrew Gillum, Elon Musk, Awful Oreos, Boston Red Sox, Serena Williams, Bob Costas, Michael Che, Semisonic, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  It's already pretty stuffy in here, but BDH and Little Buddha just turned on all of the fans, so it should be a little better soon.  It was actually a bit easier to sleep last night than I was expecting.  Probably because I had a fan about six inches from my head.  The only problem was that I misread my clock this morning and started to get out of bed a half hour before my alarm.  There's no need for that silliness.  Just one more day of this heat and humidity before we  get back to some more reasonable temperatures.  I'm still hoping that this last group of flowers is going to bloom before fall gets here.  My guess is that the odds are 50-50.  Fingers crossed!  In the meantime, let's check out today's headlines.  The guys say the coffee is ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Wednesday Clutter.

Donald Trump told Evangelical leaders that his opponents would be "violent" if they win the midterm elections (which are now less than 10 weeks away.)  Given the Great Pumpkin's obsessive projection, that feels like a threat and a warning about how his supporters will react if Democrats take back the House.  The man is a clear danger to this country.

This is an interesting look at the relationship between John McCain and Barack Obama.  The two men were never close, which makes McCain's request of Obama to deliver a eulogy at his funeral all the more fascinating.

Congratulations to Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum on shocking everyone and winning Florida's Democratic gubernatorial primary yesterday.  Gillum, who is endorsed by Bernie Sanders, and who would become the first African-American governor in the state's history, will take on Rep. Ron DeSantis, an ardent Trump supporter, this fall in what presents a clear choice for Florida's voters.  That tidal wave is growing lager, bluer, and more progressive. 

Andrew Gillum August 29 2018Andrew Gillum (with son Jackson) thanked supporters Tuesday night.  (pic via abcnews.go.com)

The Michelle Carter suicide texting case is going to become a Lifetime movie, because of course it is.  Carter is the Massachusetts woman convicted of involuntary manslaughter for egging her boyfriend, via texts, to kill himself

Elon Musk is digging himself a hole on Twitter again, and it's clear that the Tesla founder needs a support system put in place.

There's always all sorts of conflicting information about what constitutes a "healthy" diet, but we all know that red meat and cheese are bad for you, right?  Well, a new study says that's not the case, and the real problem is sugar.  Who wants to set the odds on a story coming out down the road that this study was funded by the meat industry?

We love chicken wings around here.  Always have.  However, a chicken wing (or wasabi) flavored Oreo cookie?  That is a hard pass.  If anyone here wants to try those, good luck, and feel free to send us your review at [email protected].

It was a wild night at Fenway Park, as the Boston Red Sox beat the Miami Marlins 8-7 in a walk-off fashion.  Things seemed fine at first.  Brian Johnson had a typical start for Boston (one run and five hits over 4 1/3 innings), and the Sox had a 4-1 lead after seven innings.  However, Matt Barnes and Heath Hembree had a collective meltdown, giving up five runs in the top of the eighth inning.  The Sox regained the lead with three runs in the bottom of the 8th, but closer Craig Kimbrel blew the save and let the Marlins tie the game again. 

The Sox had two runners on base with one out in the bottom of the 9th, and it looked like Eduardo Nunez hit into an inning-ending double play, but a bad throw led to the Sox scoring the winning run and snapping their three-game losing streak.  Got all that?  Of course the important part is that the Sox won, but man, do they need some bullpen help when the rosters expand on Saturday.  All of these guys look like they are running out of gas.  David Price takes the mound for the Red Sox tonight, and here's hoping he continues his hot streak and go late into the game to give the bullpen a rest.

J.D. Martinez defended a since-deleted Instagram post from 2013 that invokes Adolf Hitler as part of an anti-gun control argument yesterday.  Martinez has a right to his opinions, and the public has a right to criticize them if they so choose, so Martinez's whining that, "It’s the new hot thing to do now — dig and try to find something to make people look bad, I guess," is weak.  The whole thing is another reminder to us that we root for what these guys do on the field, and there's a good chance we wouldn't find a lot of common ground off of it.

Serena Williams responded to French Open officials banning her bodysuit by playing her first-round U.S. Open match in a bodysuit and tutu, because she's Serena Williams, and when you're that dominant, you wear what you like.

Bob Costas is reportedly negotiating his leave from NBC after almost 40 years with the network.  We've never been fans of the broadcaster.  He's always seemed bland.  Also, he and Cris Collinsworth lost a bet on HBO's old football show that required the two of them to dress up like members of KISS.  Collinsworth lived up to his end of the deal, but Costas bailed and seemed like a bad sport about the whole thing.  We look forward to not paying attention to Costas wherever he ends up next.

We'll leave Michael Che's thoughts about Louis C.K.'s return right here.

NCIS alum Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo are reuniting as co-producers of a new police drama for CBS.  Weatherly is still starring in Bull, so we assume he's not in this new show, and we're not sure if de Pablo will also star in this.  Mom Clutter would have eagerly watched it if they were both on-screen.  She loved that pairing on NCIS.

Mrs. Doubtfire is coming to Broadway.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  It's hard to believe we've never played this song here before, but let's have Semisonic take us out with, "Closing Time," 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 sure to stay hydrated, 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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