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Friday Clutter: Trump, Taiwan Marriage Equality, Alabama Anti-Abortion Law, Boston Bruins, Chris Rock, The Big Bang Theory, David Letterman, The Who, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all!  What's the plan for the weekend?  My big items are getting some garden time and hopefully at least one bike ride.  However, I have to go to the dentist today before any of that happens.  It's just a cleaning, so hopefully it won't be too awful.  It's supposed to rain this afternoon, but at least it's getting warmer outside, so we're slowly moving in the right direction.  BDH and Little Buddha left their bird-watching post to make you some coffee, and it sounds like it's ready.  Grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.

Donald Trump seems to be pushing back against calls within his administration for a war with Iran. We don't agree with the Great Pumpkin about much of anything, but we hope he'll continue to stand his ground against national security advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who both appear to be panting at the idea of a military engagement.

CNBC says Donald Trump's tariffs on Chinese goods constitute one of the largest tax increases in decades. Funny, we were under the impression they would only hurt the Chinese, much like Mexico was going to pay for Trump's almighty border wall.

Donald Trump May 17 2019Donald Trump:  King of the Tax Hike. (pic via deccanherald.com)

Donald Trump released an immigration proposal yesterday that doesn't seem to appeal to anyone.

Congratulations to Taiwan on becoming the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage. The parliament had two years to implement a court ruling that declared the right to marry, and they passed this legislation with a week to spare.  It's not the end of the fight for full equality for same-sex couples in the country, but it's a major step forward in the journey.  Everyone should have the ability to marry the person they love.

Even some conservatives are speaking out against Alabama's new extreme anti-abortion law. They can see that a law that doesn't have a rape or incest exemption may be more ideologically pure, but it's got the potential to come back and bite them with voters and even some normally anti-choice judges.

The Boston Bruins aren't messing around.  The B's beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-0 last night to sweep their series and punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals.  They're going to have to wait about 10 days to find out who they'll play, as the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks are still in the early stages of their playoff battle.  That's a lot of time to rest and recover, which is great for the Bruins, but you almost have to worry that it is almost too long of a break.  These guys are on a roll, and it's up to coach Bruce Cassidy to find a way to keep them engaged during that stretch, but we're confident he'll find a way to do it.

The next actor to don the Batman suit will reportedly be...Robert Pattinson. Any thoughts?  That choice doesn't make us any more or less likely to check out the next film in the series, which feels like it could benefit from an extended hiatus.

On a similar note - Chris Rock rebooting the Saw franchise also has no impact on us.  We are not a horror movie group in the least at Clutter Headquarters, so you all have fun with that, and we'll see what comedies or Marvel movies are playing, thank you very much.  Oh wait, we'll check out John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum!  Yeah, that's much more up our alley.  Yes, it's also probably very violent, but we've become huge fans of these movies that have shootouts that are more like extended dance routines than gunfights. 

We go back and forth about whether or not The Big Bang Theory was a good show, or if it was just a bunch of anti-intellectual/racist/misogynistic junk.  However, give them credit:  Series finales are hit-or-miss at best, and this group nailed their ending last night, particularly in the final 10-15 minutes.

Speaking of which, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki weighed in on whether or not the final season of Supernatural should end on a positive note.  It's probably more true to the story if it doesn't, but it would be nice to think the Winchester brothers earned some peace after 15 years.  Let the speculation continue...

The first trailer is here for the second season of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman (which comes out on Netflix on May 31.)  That's a pleasant surprise.  Let's take a look:

Pro wrestling legend Ric Flair was reportedly hospitalized on Thursday. There are conflicting reports about the severity of the situation, but we wish the 70 year-old Flair a full and speedy recovery.

We're sorry to hear that former pro wrestler Ashley Massaro died yesterday. She was only 39 years old and thus joins the long list of wrestlers who died far too early.  The circumstances of her death haven't been released, but police are apparently treating it as a non-criminal incident.  Our condolences go out to her family and friends.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  We need to close this week out with a little silliness.  Here's Jimmy Fallon with The Roots and The Who performing, "Won't Get Fooled Again," on classroom instruments for today's, "Song of the Day."

Pete Townsend smashing the ukulele at the end makes the entire clip.

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  BDH and Little Buddha say the rain should be finished early enough for the Boston Red Sox to play the Houston Astros tonight, so you're welcome to come back and watch the game with them if you like.  If you could bring some snacks, that would be great.  Otherwise, 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.

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