Friday Clutter: Jared Kushner, Jimmy Carter, Facebook, CVS and CBD, Ichiro Suzuki, Phil Collins, John Wick, Deadwood, Oasis, and more
Welcome back, and a happy rainy Friday to you all! BDH and Little Buddha are pleased that it's raining, because they think the Clutter Tree could use a good watering. The guys are also excited that the extended forecast calls for a decent amount of rain, because of the "April showers/May flowers" notion. On top of everything else, they're just happy it's not snowing. Anything is better than snow. The guys also just made a fresh pot of coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Clutter.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) says there's proof that Jared Kushner and other members of the Trump administration have been using personal email networks and other messaging apps to conduct official business. Between this and the previous stories about his inappropriate clearance, Jared Kushner remains a security risk for this country. Now, Donald Trump's supporters have been calling for Hillary Clinton's imprisonment for years because of her use of a private server while she was secretary of state, so they'll certainly make the same demand here, right? Of course, there are some Clinton supporters who tried to downplay her actions, and now they'll likely be calling for Kushner's head, so the hypocrisy runs on both sides. However, we have the same position now that we had then: Everyone should follow the damn law.
Jared Kushner needs to be removed from the White House. (pic via abcnews.go.com)
Don't know why everyone in Washington seems convinced that the Mueller Report could be released at any moment. There's no on-the-record reason to think this week is different than any other, and didn't we all fall for this about a month ago? Starting to feel like we're Charlie Brown trying to kick a football.
Congratulations to Jimmy Carter on becoming the longest-living president in U.S. history. Carter is 94 years and 172 days old today, which makes him one day older than George H.W. Bush was when he died last year.
Oh for the love of privacy: Facebook has reportedly been storing hundreds of millions of user passwords in a plain text format for years, which means those passwords have been completely vulnerable to hackers. This gives us reason #400,000 why Facebook needs to be heavily regulated. The company demonstrates time and time again that they can't be trusted to protect their users. Also - change your password.
CVS announced it will start selling CBD-related pain-relief treatments in stores across eight states. Here's hoping that's just the beginning of a national trend, as society takes advantage of the range of benefits hemp products have to offer.
Cheers to Ichiro Suzuki, who announced his retirement after the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland A's 5-4 at the Tokyo Dome yesterday. That game gave Suzuki the opportunity to say goodbye both in front of his home country fans and the club where he spent most of his major league career. The 45-year-old was a blast to watch over 19 seasons in the United States. There's no doubt he would have been at or near the top of the lists in many offensive categories if he'd spent his entire career in the majors. If you add his Japanese and American totals, Suzuki retires with a total of 4,367 hits, which is the all-time best. He was a treat to watch, and he will be missed. (You can check out the ceremony for Suzuki here.)
Phil Collins is extending his latest "retirement" tour, as musicians tend to do. We saw Collins live about 20 years ago, and it was a fun show. Don't know how the former drummer sounds these days, but we'd imagine the odds are pretty good that fans would consider this worth the money.
There's a new trailer out for John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum. We watched the first two installments at home, but we may have to take a trip to the the movies for this one. The plots are insanely silly, but the visuals are remarkable, and they're probably best appreciated on a big screen. Who wants to go with us when the film opens on May 17?
We've also got the first trailer for the upcoming Deadwood movie, which premieres on HBO on May 31:
Disney's acquisition of Fox is complete, so of course that means one thing: It is time for some people to be fired.
We found this week's Supernatural episode to be unusually dull. The entire thing was paint-by-numbers with just the slightest advancement of the likely season-ending conflict. The reason we point this out is that after 14 years, it's remarkable that this doesn't happen very often. The show continually finds new ways to tell entertaining stories, so it's okay when they have the occasional dud.
Hey Marvel fans, Luke Cage, Daredevil, and Iron Fist may have been cancelled, but now you have a chance to buy some of the costumes and props from the shows. The items will be sold in an auction run by the Prop Store memorabilia company this August. Someone give us a heads-up if you see anything about them selling David Tennant-related items from Jessica Jones.
David Letterman stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday. The former late night talk show host still has a tremendous beard, and he talked about what life's been like since he left CBS.
Okay folks, that's going to do it for now. Let's close this out with Oasis and, "Don't Look Back in Anger," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. We always love getting to hang out with you. BDH and Little Buddha want you to know that we may end up watching the new Motley Crue biopic on Netflix later today, so you're welcome to come back and join us for that if you're around. Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day, stay dry, and we'll catch up with all of you again soon. Until then, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.