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Tuesday Clutter: Mitch McConnell, Trump Phone Scandal, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Black Widow, Chrissy Teigen, Batman, Roger Waters, Journey, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  We didn't get as much rain as the weather forecast indicated was coming here yesterday, but it was decent.  I definitely don't have to worry about watering the garden later today.   Doesn't sound like we're supposed to get more rain today, although it's pretty dark outside.  BDH and Little Buddha already pulled out the umbrella, just in case I need the cover while I walk to the bookstore later this morning.  New releases, here we come!  Fingers crossed I can find something good for the guys. 

Besides that, it's business as usual around here, so let's get to work.  There's a fresh pot of coffee on the counter.  Grab yourself a fresh DD, because it's time to clear out some Tuesday Clutter.

He's going to do it again:  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made it clear yesterday a Republican-controlled Senate would block any Supreme Court nomination from President Biden.  The courts are what hold the conservative power grab together.  Republicans are a shrinking minority in the United States who can't win fair elections, so they want to continue to dominate the federal courts.   McConnell doesn't care what he has to do, and he's not subtle about it.

Mitch McConnell June 15 2021Mitch McConnell is ready to steal another seat.  (pic via usnews.com)

This means two things:  1) Democrats must apply any leverage they have to convince Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire before 2023.  2) Democrats must pull out all the stops to keep McConnell from being in the majority again.  The Supreme Court is the top issue of the midterm elections.  Anything else can be corrected relatively quickly, but we are already stuck with the Trump legacy on the current court for what could be decades to come.  Let's not add to the damage.

Now that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has been confirmed to the federal appeals court in the District of Columbia, it's time to set things in motion and prepare her to replace Justice Breyer.

The House Judiciary Committee will investigate the new Trump scandal regarding the Department of Justice seeking phone records for the press, members of Congress, and former White House general counsel Don McGhan.  In the meantime, we want to know more about what Attorney General Merrick Garland is doing to curb further abuses like this.  The first step was to refer the case to the DOJ inspector general, but Garland has to clean house of any remaining Trump loyalists.  Enough with this department being weaponized by Team MAGA to defend their master instead of the American people. 

Backlash is growing among Democrats against the bipartisan infrastructure proposal being discussed in Washington.  Senator Bernie Sanders has already signaled his opposition to it, and others have indicated they won't back it if it doesn't do enough/anything about climate change.  This entire exercise is a gigantic waste of time.  No one on the Republican side is going to support this bill at the end of the day. 

They'll submit awful proposals, plant nonsense in the media about how they're "disappointed" President Biden hasn't done more to soothe their egos, then let time run out and complain about a "missed opportunity, thanks to the radical left."  Shame on the Democrats in this group who are enabling the GOP.  Some Dems don't really want to change the status quo all that much.  The best you can say about them is they're not Republicans, but that bar is about an inch off the ground.

We want to send our best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to longtime CNN corespondent Christiane Amanpour, who announced yesterday that she's been dealing with ovarian cancer.  Amanpour said she's already had surgery and is now looking at weeks of chemotherapy.

The Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 last night to split their four-game series.  Boston desperately needed a strong pitching performance from starter Nate Eovaldi, and he delivered with three hits and no runs over 6 2/3 innings.  Vlad Guerrero Jr. tied the game up with a home run in the 9th inning, but Boston fought back and had another walk-off win, thanks to a RBI single from Rafael Devers.  It has to be a big pick-me-up for the team to bounce back after being shelled on Sunday.  However, there's no rest for the weary.  Next up, Eduardo Rodriguez takes the mound against the Atlanta Braves tonight.

MLB will reportedly issue their memo about illegal pitching substances to teams today, and the punishment for breaking the rules is said to be a 10-day suspension.  Fascinated to see how all of this plays out.  Will there be a reset of the balance between pitchers and batters for the remainder of the season?  Will it become clear who was depending on help for their success?  Or, will pitchers eventually find a way around the new system and bring us right back to where we started?

This weekend's San Francisco Giants - Philadelphia Phillies series will only be available on NBC's Peacock TV, so if you're a fan in the market of one of those two teams, and you don't have the streaming service, you're out of luck.  Restricting the audience seems like a bad call for baseball, but hey, that's just us.

Of course the top New England Patriots issue this summer is their quarterback situation.  How long will it be before Mac Jones replaces Cam Newton?  After that, the contract situation with Stephon Gilmore grabs the #2 slot.  The 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year appears to be sitting out the mandatory minicamp this week, and most believe it's because he's unhappy with his contract.  It will be interesting to see how Bill Belichick and the team play this.  Overall, history says they'll more likely move on from Gilmore, rather than give him a considerable pay raise.  On the other hand, the Patriots went after him aggressively in 2017, and an elite cornerback is worth his weight in gold.

Black Widow finally comes out on the big screen on July 9.  However, if  you're not ready to return to the movie theater, it was just announced that the movie also will be on Disney+.  Viewers can see it on the 9th if they have a subscription and Premiere Access.  Otherwise, anyone with Disney+ can watch it as of October 6.  We're still giving it some thought, and man is it nice to have options again.

Chrissy Teigen wrote a lengthy post apologizing for her past trolling comments.  The TV personality was criticized after recent stories came out about her sending abusive tweets to a number of public figures.  Teigen wrote that she saw the irony in her actions, since she herself has faced so much online abuse over the years.  Our sense is that the statement is important to make, but it probably won't change anyone's opinion of her either way. 

We've got the first trailer for Season 2 of The Morning Show for you.  Looks like Julianna Margulies has joined the cast.  Check it out:

This is something we never would have imagined we'd discuss here, but apparently DC Comics says Batman would never perform oral sex.  We would suggest to DC Comics that true superheroes aren't selfish in bed.  Holding back is more the work of the Joker.

Facebook reportedly asked Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters if the company could use the band's classic song, "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" for an Instagram ad.  It doesn't sound like Waters was thrilled with the request.

A collection of five guitars played by Eddie Van Halen just sold for a little over $200,000.  We can only assume that the generous person who bought these has already had them shipped to Clutter Headquarters, and for that, we say, thank you.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  We're going to take a step inside the Wayback Machine and close things out with this 1981 live performance by Journey of their classic tune, "Wheel in the Sky" 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 soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.

 

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