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Wednesday Clutter: Lawbreaking Republican Convention, Trump, Jacob Blake Protests, Dunkin Beer, Boston Red Sox, Possible NBA Boycotts, Hugh Laurie, Millie Bobby Brown, Linkin Park and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  Yesterday was a bit of a mixed bag around here.  I had a productive morning and even found two new books for BDH and Little Buddha to read!  Pretty sure it will take the guys at least a week to get through both of them.  Score!  The afternoon was a little frustrating, though.  Everyone at the grocery store got on my nerves, and then I only got to talk to Dad Clutter in his front yard for about 5-10 minutes because rain cut our visit short. 

I miss the days when I could have just gone into his house and waited for the storm to pass.  I'm tired of this whole mess, and my resentment of people who don't wear masks/don't believe in science continues to grow every day.   I don't know what we're going to do when it's too cold to hang out outside.  That was a drag, and it had me in a funk, but at least the rain eventually stopped early enough for me to still get in some garden time.  BDH and Little Buddha are trying to get today started on a good note by pointing out that the forecast calls for sunny skies with a high of 70 degrees.  They also want all of you to know they made coffee.  There's a fresh pot on the table, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Wednesday Clutter.

The second night of the Republican National Convention featured Trump family members servicing Donald's ego and lying about Joe Biden.  There were also a number of likely illegal acts combining politics and governing that were broadcast on television for the world to see, because hey, following the law is for losers.  In other words, it was a fitting snapshot of the last 3.5 years. 

The House has already opened an investigation into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's convention speech which likely violated the Hatch Act, because the secretary is supposed to be above partisan politics, and Pompeo's speech also goes against a State Department policy that he just approved. 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo August 26 2020Secretary of State Pompeo doesn't care about your silly laws.  (pic via tribuneindia.com)

There have been close to 180,000 coronavirus-related deaths in the United States so far, with no signs of the pandemic being under control.  However,  Donald Trump is still living in his fantasy world where he provided leadership this year instead of lying about the threat and then walking away from it because saving lives was just too hard.  The man is delusional and needs serious psychiatric help, but we know no one in his family cares about him.  They're all just looking for every last dollar they can grab before this con finally expires.

We're actually surprised a convention speaker was pulled after she retweeted an ant-Semitic conspiracy theory earlier in the day.  That kind of hateful thinking runs in alignment with Trump's mindset, so what's the problem?  Not subtle enough?

Two people were killed and one other injured during last night's protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake on Sunday, a shooting which appears to have left Blake partially paralyzed.  Meanwhile, Senator Lindsey Graham appears eager to blame Blake for the police shooting him seven times in the back, because you know, he must have been asking for it.

The CDC now says people without symptoms don't need to be tested, even if  they have been exposed to folks who have the coronavirus.  We're not doctors, but that recommendation makes no sense, except to serve a support for Donald Trump's crusade against testing.  Yet again, public health is being threatened to serve the political interests of a man who doesn't care about anything except staying in office and out of jail. 

Harpoon Brewery and the Dunkin' mothership are teaming up to make donut-infused beers this fall.  That's right, we're talking Boston Kreme Stout and Jelly Donut IPA, in addition to a Pumpkin Spiced Latte Ale, and the Coffee Porter that's been available for the last two years.  We're out of the beer review business for the time being, but anyone who wants to send us their thoughts on these is welcome to drop us a line at [email protected].

The Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-7 in Buffalo, New York last night to improve to 10-20 at the midpoint of the "season."  Think we said the over/under on wins for the season would be 20.5, but that's dependent on who gets traded between now and September 1.  Everyone besides Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers should be available, and this is Chaim Bloom's first real opportunity to put his stamp on the team, so we'll leave the betting line (strictly for entertainment purposes, of course) where it is for the time being.  However, we may have to revisit it when the dust settles.  In the meantime, Colten Brewer takes the mound for Boston against Toronto tonight.

Congratulations to Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito on throwing a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates last night.  It was the first no-no of 2020 and the first since Justin Verlander threw one against the Toronto Blue Jays last year.  It's too bad there were no fans in the stadium to witness it, but Giolito and his teammates certainly didn't seem to mind when the final out was recorded:

Good for the Detroit Lions for calling off yesterday's practice following the shooting of Jacob Blake.  Racist incidents like this police shooting can't just be blown off as "another day in America."  We tip our caps to the players for wanting to focus on this and for the coaching staff for listening to them.

Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors are apparently considering boycotting their playoff series against the Boston Celtics as part of their own protest against the Blake shooting, and the Celtics will also reportedly consider taking the same step.   The NBA is by far the most socially conscious of the professional sports leagues.  It would be interesting to see what impact this action would have, and would other teams follow suit?

You know what today needs?  Today needs a quick interview with Clutter favorite Hugh Laurie about his role in the new movie, The Personal History of David Copperfield.  The film's cast also includes another favorite of ours, former Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, so it's on our list to check out, although it will probably be at home.  We're still not ready to go to the movie theater.  Are you doing that yet, or anytime soon?

Fun fact:  Hugh Laurie and Peter Capaldi were co-stars on the show Fortysomething in the early 2000's, and Benedict Cumberbatch played one of Laurie's sons.  In all honesty, we didn't enjoy the show nearly as much as we expected to, considering how much we love those three guys, but maybe it's worth revisiting.

If you need more Tiger King in your life, you'll be pleased to know there's a new limited series coming with Kate McKinnon starring as Carole Baskin, the woman that Joe Exotic was imprisoned for paying someone to to kill.  There's no word yet on who will play Exotic.  We love McKinnon, and enjoyed the Netflix series, but we're not sure we need another round of this saga.  In any case, it will be airing on NBC, Peacock, and USA, but we'll have to get back to you about specific dates.

Now, Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes (sister of Sherlock) in a new Netflix movie coming out September 23 is something we definitely want to see.  Check out the trailer:

Yeah, that looks like fun.

Patrick Dempsey coming to the CW as an investment banker who looks like he might be a bad guy?  Sure, why not?

Soap operas are back, but where are the fans?  Are the recent low ratings because people are busy with end-of-summer events, or are these shows dealing with a larger issue after having been off the air for so long?

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Linkin Park just released a track called, "She Couldn't," which was one of the first songs they ever recorded with the late Chester Bennington.  It didn't make it on to their debut album "Hybrid Theory," but it's out now as part of the 20th anniversary of "Hybrid's" release, so let's have a listen 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, wear your masks, 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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