Monday Clutter: William Barr, Apple and Parents, Brady Bunch and the Measles, Boston Red Sox, Game of Thrones, Bruce Springsteen, and more
Welcome back, and a happy Monday to you all! We hope you had a good weekend. I'm moving slowly at the moment after catching a late showing of Avengers: Endgame last night. (review coming soon) I figured I'd be able to avoid the crowds, but then it took a long time for my head to slow down enough to get to sleep after that. There's a lot on today's to-do list that needs to happen, so BDH and Little Buddha say they'll keep the coffee coming to make sure I don't fall asleep later this morning. Don't know where I'd be without those guys. In the meantime, let's check out what's going on in the world. Grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.
Attorney General William Barr is threatening to skip a scheduled appearance before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday because he doesn't like the proposed format of the hearing. The AG is all in on the cover-up of the Mueller Report, and he doesn't want anyone calling him out on it again. Chairman Jerry Nadler says the committee will subpoena Barr if he doesn't appear. Barr's threat is the latest in a growing list of hostile actions the Trump administration has taken against Congress, as the White House refuses to comply with the fundamental and legitimate oversight of the executive branch. Donald Trump and company will continue to show contempt for Congress at every step if Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team allow them to do it. Democrats can't allow themselves to be bullied because they're afraid of losing an election 18 months from now.
William Barr continues to put Donald Trump before the country. (pic via wfin.com)
Apple has taken a lot of heat recently for removing some apps from its store which were designed to help parents limit their children's phone time. However, Apple says it did so because the apps in question violated their customers' privacy:
"These device management tools give control and access over a device’s user location, app use, email accounts, camera permissions and browsing history to a third party."
We're always suspicious about the company line in these kinds of stories, and there's probably still more to Apple's actions. However, that's a ridiculous amount of information to have to surrender just to make sure little Johnny or Sally don't spend all day staring at their phones.
We're not trying to play marriage counselors, but financial infidelity should be addressed as early as possible. That's a big secret to keep in a relationship, and it's clear that hiding it can have long-term damaging effects. Okay, we're playing counselors a little bit, but you hear what we're saying.
Anti-vaxxers apparently often refer to a Brady Bunch episode about the measles as a defense of their idiotic and dangerous crusade against vaccinations. First off, anyone who makes a public health policy argument based on a TV show should be given an extended time out until they can figure out where their lives went off the rails. Second, even Marcia Brady had her kids vaccinated in real life.
The Boston Red Sox lost 5-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday, as they were swept in the two-game series. Chris Sale got off to a rocky start, and he was not helped by Boston's defense, with Rafael Devers making a key error that led to two unearned runs. Sale was at roughly 50 pitches after two innings, but he settled down and dominated the rest of his outing. The lefty ended up with a line of two earned runs on four hits and eight strikeouts over seven innings, which we'll take every time.
However, the Red Sox offense was quiet once again, with the only runs coming from a sacrifice fly by Mitch Moreland and another home run from rookie Michael Chavis (who also had a costly error in the ninth inning that lead to the final Tampa Bay run.) The Red Sox drop to 11-17, but at least their pitching seems to be settling down. Hopefully the bats will warm up along with the weather. Next up, Boston hosts the Oakland A's, with Eduardo Rodriguez taking the mound for the Red Sox tonight.
Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics crushed the Milwaukee Bucks 112-90 in Game 1 of their playoff series yesterday. That's an impressive statement to make on the #1 seed's home court. Not to jump too far ahead (although that's exactly what we're about to do here), but are the Celtics following this year's New England Patriots playbook - a "challenging" regular season, followed by a dominant playoff run? Could it be that Kyrie Irving and company really can "flip the switch?" Okay, we'll dial that back a bit and just say, let's see if they can continue this momentum during Game 2 on Tuesday night.
No spoilers, but Avengers: Endgame pulled in a record $1.2 billion globally in its opening weekend, and it's reasonable to wonder if this will end up knocking off Avatar as the highest-grossing movie of all time.
It sounds like Game of Thrones fans also had a lot to process last night.
We send our condolences to David Lee Roth on the passing of his dog. That's always a painful loss.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have Bruce Springsteen close things out with the first single off his new album, Western Stars, which comes out on June 14. Here's, "Hello Sunshine," 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 catch up with you again soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.