Friday Clutter: Vaccine Approval, Rep. Gaetz, U.S. Supreme Court, New England Patriots, Reese Witherspoon, Dexter, Selena Gomez, Ozzy, Genesis, and more
Monday Clutter: President Biden, Senator Manchin, John Oliver, Boston Red Sox, Black Panther Sequel, Stephen Amell, Coldplay, and more

Sunday Clutter: Senator Romney, Jim Acosta, Berkshire Hathaway, Guy Fieri, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Lucifer, Taylor Swift, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  It's been a busy weekend.  I got my second vaccine shot on Friday, which was exciting.  No major side effects apart from a sore shoulder, but that's already starting to improve.  Also, I picked my bike from the repair shop yesterday about three weeks earlier than they originally told me it would take.  That's how you set expectations, friends.   Finally, the compost for the garden arrived yesterday afternoon.

I order enough compost each year to cover everything about 2 1/3 times.  Things always start to hurt around the 1 1/2 mark, and that's probably when I should stop for the day.  However, as usual, I continued on until the garden was covered twice before I threw in the towel.  I then spent the rest of the night in pain from head to toe.  Fun times!  There's nothing I won't do for these plants.

The good thing is that I slept like a rock and will finish the job after we're done here.  BDH and Little Buddha were great about making sure we had Advil ready yesterday, and now they've made coffee to get today started on the right note.  There's a fresh pot on the counter, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Sunday Clutter.

Senator Mitt Romney was booed  and called "a traitor" at the Utah Republican party state convention on Saturday, and also narrowly escaped a censure vote, because he voted to impeach Donald Trump twice.  Romney is lucky he's not up for reelection next year, because the Utah party is still clearly in the grip of the MAGA cult.  Will this overwhelming negative response trigger another system reboot for the senator and inspire the launch of Romney version 8.0?  If it does, what would that look like? 

Senator Mitt Romney May 2 2021What does the future hold for Senator Romney?  (pic via yahoo.com)

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed a brief on Friday asking for a harsh sentence for Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd.  Ellison cited a multitude of factors, including Chauvin using "particular cruelty" as he kept his knee on Floyd's neck for over nine minutes while Floyd complained he couldn't breathe.  Chauvin should receive the maximum sentence allowed by law.  The police in this country must be held to the same legal standards and consequences as the rest of us,

CNN reporter Jim Acosta called out Fox News for being "a bullshit factory" yesterday, and we won't argue with that.

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway reported a 1st quarter net profit of $11.7 billion on Saturday, as opposed to a $50 billion loss for the same period last year.  Remember what the Clutter investment team said about comparing results with the period when the S&P 500 lost about 33% in a a month.  The company is now sitting on $145.4 billion in cash and seems more interested in stock buybacks than acquisitions.  Buffett is famous for looking for investing bargain, so perhaps he finds the market too expensive for his liking.  Meanwhile, Berkshire Hathaway is facing calls to be more socially and environmentally responsible, but we don't see that being likely to happen while the 90 year-old Buffett is still in charge. 

We downloaded the latest iOS update to tighten up our privacy when it comes to apps tracking us.  That's our biggest priority, but it turns out that the newest version of the iPhone operating system also does a number of other things that users might find interesting.

The Hollywood Reporter has an in-depth piece on Guy Fieri, which is worth a few minutes of your time.  As longtime viewers of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, it's nice to see Fieri getting recognition for the millions he's raised for food industry workers since the start of the pandemic. 

The Boston Red Sox lost 8-6 to the Texas Rangers last night.  The Sox offense mostly did its job with 12 hits to drive in the six runs, but ace Eduardo Rodriguez had an off night, giving up eight hits and four runs over just five innings.  The Boston bullpen couldn't keep the Rangers in check.  Texas took the final lead of the night with a three run sixth inning, and that was that.  The Red Sox failing to score when they had the bases loaded with no outs in the 5th inning really came back to haunt them.  Garrett Richards takes the mound for Boston this afternoon, as he tries to build on his impressive outing against the New York Mets earlier this week.

Our staff won't pretend to be college football experts, but as far as we can tell, the New England Patriots did a great job with this year's NFL Draft.  We're excited about the Mac Jones selection, and defensive lineman Christian Barmore, defensive end Ronnie Perkins, and running back Rhamondre Stevenson all sound like they have a chance to be high-impact players for New England.  We'll figure out what to make of the rest of the picks if they're all still with the team by the season opener, but cheers to Bill Belichick, who has had himself one hell of an off-season. 

Happy birthday to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who turns 49 years old today.

We're sorry to hear actress Olympia Dukakis died on Saturday.  No cause was given, but the Oscar-winner's health was said to be deteriorating recently.  Dukakis was best known for her role in Moonstruck but also appeared in movies like Steel Magnolias and Working Girl.  She was also the cousin of former Democratic presidential nominee Mike Dukakis.  Our condolences go out to her family and friends.  Olympia Dukakis was 89 years old.

There's a new trailer for Season 5 Part 2 of Lucifer on Netflix.  It looks so entertaining, we're wondering if we need to binge watch the whole series.  First off. there's a terrific casting choice for the role of God.  Second, the idea of Lucifer and God in family counseling is funny.  Finally, we're into the idea of a power struggle among higher beings, although we did sort of watch that play out with Supernatural.  Anyway, have a look:

Melissa Rauch will reportedly play Judge Harry Stone's daughter in the upcoming Night Court sequel.  We're having a hard time picturing that one, but maybe it's because we've never seen Rauch in any other role than Bernadette on The Big Bang Theory.  What the hell, we'll give the show a chance when the time comes.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Time to go tackle the rest of the compost.  We just stumbled across this clip of Taylor Swift covering Train's, "Drops of Jupiter, and you know what?  It works.  Here's Ms. Swift to close things out with today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  Once the compost is done, we have to pick up the latest editions of the free local weekly papers, and one of them has a rock & roll crossword puzzle, which BDH and Little Buddha love.  It's probably going to be a quiet day here, but the guys say you're welcome to come back later to work on the puzzle or watch the Red Sox game with them if you like.  Otherwise, enjoy the great weather, stay safe, 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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