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Wednesday Clutter: Trump, MA Senate Race, Facebook, Boston Red Sox, Matrix 4, Spider-Man, Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, NIN, and more

Tuesday Clutter: Trump, Planned Parenthood, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Boston Red Sox, Stephen Amell, the Rolling Stones, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  Come on in, have a seat.  How are you?  I'm a little beat up at the moment.  Standing on concrete all day on Saturday at the Boston Comic Con did a number on my feet (although it was totally worth it.)  I was feeling better by yesterday morning, but then I think I threw something off again while watering the garden for two hours last night (still worth it.)  The right side of my back tightened up, and it went down through my thigh, which later woke me up in the middle of the night.  Things seem to be calming down a little, but I doubt I'll be running around much today.  BDH and Little Buddha say they have just what I need to make everything better - coffee!  There's a fresh pot on the table, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Tuesday Clutter.

(As always, if you'd like to support our coffee budget, please consider using the Clutter Amazon page for your shopping needs.)

Hey, look at that, Donald Trump has already abandoned his supposed support for strengthened background checks for gun purchases in the wake of the recent mass shootings.  Who could have seen that coming, apart from every single person in this country?  The NRA is one of the Great Pumpkin's many owners.  There's no way he would risk angering his base when he needs every last one of them to stay with him, as he tries to stay out of jail in 2020.  As always, Trump's own needs beat those of the country's every single time.

Donald Trump August 20 2019The NRA's lapdog.  (pic via worldusheadlines.com)

It's major public health blow that Planned Parenthood is leaving the federal Title X family planning program, but the Trump administration left them no alternative.  The health care organization's move comes in wake of the new regulation that prohibits Title X participants from providing or referring patients for abortion, except in cases of rape, incest or medical emergency.  Staying in the program under those unethical rules would have forced Planned Parenthood to abandon the thousands of women who depend on them every year for access to a critical health service.  This new regulation is an assault on poor and middle-class women across the country who now face longer waits and/or higher costs for their birth control.  In addition to being bad health care and an attack on privacy, it's bad economics.  Every $1 spent on family planning services saves $7 in dealing with unintended pregnancies.  Nothing excites Republicans like their war on women (except maybe tax cuts), and again, Trump will harm whomever he needs to in order to stay in the White House.

When he's not busy failing to protect the country and making life harder for women, Donald Trump likes to spend his time focusing on conspiracy theories.  Yesterday's tin-foil hat story had to do with a "study" that involved 21 undecided 2016 voters.  Trump managed to turn it into a tweet that said, '“Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election!"  Speaking of the GOP's great fear, Hillary Clinton had a perfect response to this nonsense.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) tried to put the controversy about her heritage behind her at a Native American forum yesterday.  Warren issued a general apology for the harm she'd caused with her handling of her background, and that seemed to be met favorably by the audience.  This isn't an issue other Democrats in the presidential primary are likely to try to use against her, and it certainly won't stop Donald Trump from continuing his "Pocahontas" slur.  However, perhaps it will remove one concern undecided voters may have about her candidacy in the months ahead.

The White House and Congress are obviously vital, but it's also important for Democrats to put resources into reclaiming control of state governments in 2020, and their donors are apparently doing just that.

Good for the states that are looking for ways to allow teens to get the HPV vaccine when their parents won't give consent. There's no excuse for leaving these kids at-risk for the cancers caused by HPV because their parents get wrapped up in their own issues around sexuality or the idiotic anti-vaccine movement.  If they won't protect their children, the kids should have the right to advocate for themselves.

Boston Red Sox fans are not thrilled to hear that Chris Sale has been shut down for the rest of the season to deal with his left elbow inflammation.  The good news is that the lefty doesn't need Tommy John surgery, but besides that, this is a major disappointment.  It's also a concern that the guy the team just gave a five-year contract extension to can't stay healthy for a complete season.  Maybe this extended rest will give Sale and the Red Sox medical team the opportunity to finally figure out how to fix that moving forward.  In the meantime, the Sox need to find someone to replace Sale in the rotation (along with David Price, who is still out with an injury.)  The leading candidates so far are Brian Johnson, Andrew Cashner, and a lucky fan attending tonight's game.

The return of Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots is taking up space in the newspapers and on talk radio these days.  No one should be suspended from the NFL for marijuana use (although that might not have been Gordon's issue last year.)  There's no doubt that Gordon is a talented receiver who is an asset as long as he can stay on the field.  The Patriots clearly liked what they saw last year before he got kicked out of the league again, and they decided bringing him back was worth the risk that something will come up again this season.  They must have a contingency plan in place, so best of luck to everyone. 

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo made his return to the football field last night after suffering a knee injury last season.  His night did not "go well."

We've never watched Chrisley Knows Best on the USA Network.  The ads alone are some of the most annoying things on television.  Now the family is involved in a tax fraud case which has devolved into a Chrisley daughter claiming her father and brother tried to blackmail her with a sex tape.  That's more interesting than any clip we've ever seen, but we're still not watching the show.

Tracy Morgan has reportedly joined the cast of Coming 2 America, the sequel to Eddie Murphy's 1988 movie.  Yeah, we're going to need to see that.

Current Arrow star Stephen Amell will next be featured in a series on Starz about a pro wrestler in the family business.  Amell has appeared in the ring on a couple of occasions and should have no problem hitting the right notes in this role.  Now we just have to make sure we have Starz.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's have the Rolling Stones take us out with a live version of, "Can't You Hear Me Knocking," for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It's always a treat to hang out with you.  Enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll catch up with you again for more fun soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.


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