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Hi everyone,

Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all.  What's your plan for the weekend?  We've got a couple of errands to run, but the big task is taking care of the compost for the garden.  We've got three cubic yards being delivered tomorrow, and the goal is to get it all spread before it rains on Monday.  My back is already tight just thinking about it, so I should start stretching soon.  For now, let's check out today's headlines.  BDH and Little Buddha say the coffee is ready, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.

Former FBI Director James Comey said at a CNN Town Hall event yesterday that he had "no doubt" Donald Trump would be charged with obstruction of justice if he wasn't in the White House:

"The president is not above the law and I don't accept the notion that because the president is the head of the executive branch, he can't ever obstruct justice in connection with executive branch activities," Comey also said. "That's just crazy and a recipe for lawlessness."

We're old enough to remember when the GOP claimed to be the law and order party, and now they're all-in on protecting a criminal.

James Comey May 10 2019James Comey spoke out on Thursday.  (pic via nola.com)

Even Donald Trump himself has been forced to dial back his rhetoric about the Mueller Report a bit, now saying that the report showed there was "essentially" no obstruction.  It's still a lie, but it's 1% more accurate than the Great Pumpkin's previous claims about the findings.

Delta Air Lines is getting blasted for a poster encouraging their non-union employees to spend their money on video games instead of union dues.   Yes, shame on the employees for wanting better wages and benefits.  They should just quietly accept what their employer offers and distract themselves with an Xbox instead like good little servants.

The Boston Beer Company is buying Dogfish Head Brewery for approximately $300 million. As Sam Adams drinkers, we're not sure that this move changes our drinking habits in any way, but the merger is reflective of a growing consolidation trend within the craft beer industry.

In a nice follow-up to an item we discussed here earlier this week - the Handel and Haydn Society found the kid who made his excitement about a recent performance known in a moment that's gone viral on the Internet.  Ronan Mattin has been invited back to meet the organization's artistic director.

The Boston Red Sox visited the White House yesterday. Not sure what else we can say at this point.  It's embarrassing to have a team that legitimately won their title standing next to a man who stole his (and whose staff couldn't figure out how to spell "Red Sox" correctly.)  No one can fail to notice that the group that made the trip was so white it was borderline albino.  The argument that the decision whether or not to attend was personal, not political, is disconnected from reality.  Maybe it will impact the clubhouse, maybe it won't, but it still sent a terrible message that an organization that has bragged for years about how far its come from its checkered racial history has no problem standing next to a white nationalist supporter.  It's a self-inflicted black eye to the team's reputation.

Congratulations to Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols on getting his 2000th career RBI last night. Pujols joins Hank Aaron and Alex Rodriguez as the only players to reach that impressive milestone.  Pujols has put up some remarkable numbers over his 19-year career, and he should have no problem being elected to the Hall of Fame soon after he's eligible.

The Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 to win Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Finals series last night.  The B's were down 2-1 going into the third period but then went on a 4-0 run for the victory.  They once again demonstrated resiliency in the face of adversity that the Boston Celtics might want to study.  Game 2 is at TD Garden on Sunday.

The New England Patriots will reportedly sign veteran tight end Benjamin Watson to a one-year deal for $3 million. Watson was a first-round draft pick of New England's in 2004 and went on to also play with the Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, and Baltimore Ravens.  Now, he is apparently coming back to where it all started to help fill the void left by Rob Gronkowski, who ironically was drafted to fill the hole left by Watson.  This is a good move by the Patriots.  Watson is well-respected by his peers, he knows New England, and he should fit right in with this team.  It's a low-risk decision with a comfortable upside.

Conan O'Brien settled a lawsuit with a man who claimed O'Brien and his staff stole several of the man's jokes from his Twitter account and blog.  O'Brien explained his decision to settle in a piece for Variety, saying that he is sure there was no theft, and that many people come up with the same jokes all the time, but that he didn't want to waste his time and money on a trial.

CBS announced the renewal of a number of shows yesterday.  The most interesting one to make the cut is Bull, which was in the news after Eliza Dushku accused Michael Weatherly of sexual harassment and was subsequently fired after her complaint was filed.  Apparently the scandal wasn't enough to keep the network from ordering another season of the series.  However, it was sufficient for Steven Spielberg's company to walk away as one of the show's producers.

Don't know why Stryper's Michael Sweet is so obsessed with producing Van Halen's next album, but given that he thinks David Lee Roth can still sing, we've got no interest in him teaming up with the band.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Depeche Mode to help us close things out with, "People are People," for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  It's possible we may not be able to catch up with you this weekend, although you're all welcome to come hang out with us in the garden.  If that ends up being the case, we want to wish a happy Mother's Day to all of the fantastic moms out there.  If it's a hard day for you for whatever reason, be good to yourself.  (Lane Moore's book, "How to Be Alone" has some terrific tips on self-care.) 

For now, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we will meet up with you again soon, but we are outta here.

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