Friday Clutter: Trump Concentration Camps, House Judiciary Committee, Elizabeth Warren, Cat Vaccine, Boston Red Sox, Patrick Swayze, GH, Queen, and more
Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all! What's on the schedule for the weekend? Things get off to an exciting start here today, as BDH, Little Buddha, and I will spend the afternoon waiting for the third time for the gas company to change our meter. The first time, the guy said it was a two-person job, and I'd have to reschedule the appointment. The second time, the guy blew us off, and he had the nerve to stick a "Sorry we missed you" flyer on the door handle, despite the fact that we were literally never more than 15 feet away from the door that day.)
The woman we dealt with to schedule the third appointment was adamant that this is not a two-person job, so we're not feeling that good about the odds of today going well. At least Boston Comic Con is tomorrow. Of course, we've got today's headlines to check out with all of you, so let's focus on that. The guys say the coffee is ready, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.
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The list of the White House atrocities is long and growing by the day, but it is still mind-boggling that the Trump administration had to be ordered by an appeals court to provide soap and toothbrushes to the immigrant children they've locked up in concentration camps. The lack of basic human compassion required to argue against that basic requirement in court, and then appeal when you lose, is outrageous and un-American.
These camps are a stain on the nation's soul. (pic via bbc.com)
Speaking of the camps, a staff member at a Rhode Island facility has been suspended after allegedly driving his truck through a group of protestors. This is what happens when the people in charge promote hateful rhetoric day after day. Thankfully, no one was killed this time, but you know there will continue to be incidents like this with Trump in charge, and at some point he may well have more blood on his hands.
Donald Trump is reportedly interested in buying Greenland. No word on whether or not he'd rename it "Trumpland," but gross colonialism aside, how long do we think it would take him to bankrupt the island after such a purchase? We'd set the over/under at six months, tops.
The House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena to Corey Lewandowski to testify about his knowledge of Donald Trump's alleged obstruction of justice attempts, as the Great Pumpkin tried to derail Robert Mueller's investigation. It doesn't sound like Lewandowski is interested in another appearance before the committee, and we'll see if the White House tries to claim executive privilege again, as they've done with many other people who the Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed, even though Lewandowski never worked in the White House. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking, as the committee plans to spend the rest of the year deciding whether or not to go forward with formal articles of impeachment.
The stock market is making some people uneasy now, but here's some positive news: Mortgage rates are at the lowest they've been in almost three years, so if you were considering a refinancing, this might be the time to make your move.
This is good news for cats: There's a cat allergy vaccine being developed, and that might increase the number of feline adoptions if potential owners don't have to worry about non-stop sneezing.
Rick Porcello takes the mound for the Boston Red Sox against the Baltimore Orioles tonight, but his position in the starting rotation seems to be hanging on by a thread at this point. The biggest thing helping him stay there these days is that manager Alex Cora doesn't have many other options. It's hard to imagine that many other players have done more damage to their free agent prospects this off-season than the righty with the 10-9 record and 5.63 ERA.
A new documentary about the late actor Patrick Swayze comes to the Paramount Network on Sunday. Here's the trailer:
Drew Barrymore is reportedly filming a talk show pilot. The show would be handled by CBS Television Distribution, so as long as it's not interrupting our General Hospital time, that's fine.
Speaking of Port Charles, GH star Kelly Monaco makes it sound like there might be something going on behind-the-scenes with Billy Miller's departure from the soap opera. Miller reportedly filmed his last scenes as Drew Cain at the end of July, so it seems like we should know the character's future by the end of this month. Our money is on him being written out of the show, instead of recast, but we'll see in the next two weeks.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Here's Queen to close things out with, "Somebody to Love," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It's always a treat to hang out with you. BDH and Little Buddha say you're totally welcome to come back and hang out with them while we wait for the gas company guy again this afternoon. You can watch TV with them or maybe play some card games, or even just chill for a while, if you like. Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and oh, we'll probably be back again on Monday. Until then, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.