Monday Clutter: Trump and Abortion, Mitt Romney, Morehouse College, Coffee, Boston Red Sox, Jon Favreau, Linkin Park, and more
Welcome back, and a happy Monday to you all. I think it's going to be a somewhat quiet Monday here. I didn't sleep very well - there were odd dreams, and I woke up a few times, so that might be an issue. It looks like it already rained, but the forecast calls for thunderstorms for a good part of the day. Wonder if that means my contractor is going to bail on today's appointment. Hmm, well, at least BDH and Little Buddha have a new book to read. Before they do that, let's check out today's headlines. The guys say the coffee is ready, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Monday Clutter.
Donald Trump is trying to distance himself from Alabama's new abortion ban, but he wants his base to know he's still totally with them. Trump is whatever he needs to be to stay in office. If Republicans suddenly became pro-choice, he'd switch in the blink of an eye. We're waiting for the brave reporter who asks Trump if he's ever paid for an abortion.
"I'll be whoever you want me to be, just don't indict me." (pic via abcnews.go.com)
A New York Times article says Deutsche Bank analysts once recommended bank accounts run by Donald Trump and Jared Kushner be reported to federal authorities over money laundering concerns. Bank higher-ups rejected the advice, and now the question has to be asked - why?
Donald Trump threatened war with Iran on Twitter yesterday in a move straight out of Wag the Dog.
Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) may tsk-tsk Donald Trump now and again, but have no fear, Mittens has no intention standing up to the Great Pumpkin. Romney made sure to distance himself yesterday from Representative Justin Amash's tweets stating that Trump has committed impeachable acts. If you're looking for a profile in courage, this is never going to be your guy, no matter which version of his operating system he's running at any given time.
Billionaire Robert Smith stunned this year's graduating class at Morehouse College on Sunday when he told them he was going to pay off their school loans. Smith's move is sure to be a life-changing decision for many in the class, but there's something wrong with the system when it takes $40 million to pay of the debt for one class at one college.
Have you ever wondered why coffee makes it easier to go to the bathroom? (Of course you have.) Science can help with that.
The Boston Red Sox beat the Houston Astros 4-3 yesterday to avoid being swept over the weekend. Chris Sale had a mixed outing - he only lasted 5 1/3 innings and walked five batters, but he gave up just four hits and three runs to go with 10 strikeouts. Marcus Walden pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and ended up getting the win (thanks to a RBI double from Xander Bogaerts in the 8th inning), thus improving his record to 6-0 on the season. We all had Walden leading the staff in wins on May 20 this year, right? Well, a win's a win, however they get there, and it was important to avoid a sweep before hitting the road. The Sox now start a road trip against the Toronto Blue Jays, with the returning David Price taking the mound for Boston this afternoon.
How are we feeling about the Game of Thrones series finale? Regardless of whether or not the story ended the right way, the laziness involved in not noticing a water bottle on the set (following the Starbucks cup incident) seems like another hint it's just as well this show wrapped up, yes?
Now that the Avengers saga is over for the time being, Jon Favreau has moved on to a new cooking show on Netflix. Check out the first trailer:
Congratulations to Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost who are reportedly engaged after dating for the past two years.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. We need to do something to kick up the energy in here, so let's have Linkin Park close things out with, "Faint," for today's, "Song of the Day."
That should help.
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 for more shenanigans soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.