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Thursday Clutter: Death Penalty Repeal, Trump, Boston Red Sox, Rambo, Bruce Springsteen, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  Been a busy day here so far.  It started with another doctor's appointment this morning.  The good news is that everything seems to be fine.  It was just a frustrating experience, as the doctor kept asking questions that made it clear she wasn't listening to what I was telling her.  I'm no medical professional, but it feels like visits go smoother when the medical professional understands why they're happening in the first place.  Anyway, our internet went out after that, but our crack IT squad (i.e. BDH and Little Buddha) worked hard to get us back online, and here we are!  Of course, they also made you a fresh pot of coffee, because these guys do it all.  Grab yourself a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Thursday Clutter.

Congratulations to New Hampshire on repealing the death penalty today.    It's great to see our home state finally reject this irreparably flawed punishment and move further on a path towards a less biased and more humane/effective criminal justice system.  This issue was a longstanding passion of Mom Clutter's, and we wish she could see that it finally happened.

Donald Trump had a meltdown in front of the TV cameras this morning, a day after Robert Mueller made it clear once again that only a Department of Justice regulation is keeping Trump from being indicted.  Trump threw up a smorgasbord of lies about Mueller's supposed conflicts,  whether or not the Mueller Report exonerated him, and whether or not Russia helped Trump win in 2016.  (Trump finally admitted that last one before trying to walk it back during this televised tantrum.  Kind of seems like a big deal, no?)  It was all as disconnected from reality as usual.  The more pressing question is what it will take for Democratic leaders to finally do something about it, especially as Trump started ominously rambling about how the Constitution puts him above the law:

"Someday, you oughta read a thing called Article Two. Read Article Two, which gives the President powers you wouldn't believe, but I don't even have to rely on Article Two. There was no crime, there was no obstruction no obstruction, there was no collusion, there was no nothing."

We all know how Trump blushes and fawns when he's hanging out with dictators, and he will do whatever he can to copy them until someone finally puts a leash on him.

Donald Trump May 30 2019Someone is having a bad day.  (pic via abcnews.com)

There's a popular line of thinking that claims Donald Trump wants to be impeached because he thinks voters will side with him.  First off, the Great Pumpkin lies about literally almost everything, so there is no reason to take that theory at face value.  Also, Trump apparently has no idea how the impeachment process works, so let's not give him too much credit when it comes to "strategery" here.

Yesterday was a rough day for Boston sports fans.  First, the Boston Red Sox were crushed 14-9 by the Cleveland Indians. You score nine runs, you should win 100% of the time.  Ryan Weber served up batting practice, giving up seven runs and eight hits over just four innings.  It didn't get any better after that, as Cleveland scored in every inning of the game except for the 8th and 9th.  The Sox looked better for a while there, but they seem to have stalled out again over the last week or so.  They better figure things out quickly, because they start a four-game series with the Yankees tonight, and they're already 7 1/2 games behind New York.  Chris Sale takes the mound tonight still searching for his second win of the year.

The Boston Bruins didn't make the night any better, as they lost 3-2 in overtime to the St. Louis Blues in Game 2 of their Stanley Cup series.   The Boston offense seemed out of sync all night, as evidenced by the fact they only managed three shots on five power point opportunities.  The series now moves to St. Louis for Game 3 on Saturday night, and the Bruins need to figure out how to kick things up a notch again.

John Rambo probably polls beautifully with the MAGA crowd, so it makes sense that he'd be back for yet another movie.  Pretty sure we'll skip Rambo: Last Blood when it comes out on September 20, but here's the first trailer:

The stars of Supernatural shared some thoughts about who they'd like to see return for the show's final season. There's a long list of terrific characters that would be great to have come back for one last fight, and we trust that the writers are up for the task of mining that history to its full potential.  We'll probably spend most of the season trying to avoid spoilers, but they've got to have Adam Winchester return.  For a show that's so heavy on family, the fact that Dean and Sam left their half-brother rotting in hell for all these years has always been troubling.  This would be a perfect time to finally correct that oversight.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's close things out with the latest tune off Bruce Springsteen's new album, Western Stars.  Here's, "Tucson Train," 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 for more coffee soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.

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