Tuesday Clutter: Mitch McConnell and Abortion, Wall Street, Boston Celtics, Doctor Who, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert, Joe Satriani, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and more
Thursday Clutter: One Million U.S. Coronavirus Deaths, Republicans Block Abortion Bill, Wall Street, Boston Red Sox, NFL Schedule, Benedict Cumberbatch, The Time Traveler's Wife, 5 Seconds of Summer, and more

Wednesday Clutter: Elon Musk and Trump, Lindsey Graham, Senate Abortion Vote, U.S. Firearm Homicide Rate, Wall Street, Boston Red Sox, Tom Brady, Mike Tyson, Avatar 2, Doctor Who, Ariana Grande, and more

Hi everyone,

How are you?  Week going okay so far?  I didn't have any luck at the bookstore yesterday, which was a little disappointing.  BDH and Little Buddha say it's fine, they'll just find something to watch on TV, or maybe reread an old book until we find a new option.  Oh, I think there are new "One Chicago" shows tonight.  Of course, if nothing else, the guys are happy to stare out the window and watch/listen to the birds for hours at a time.  They always find something that makes them smile.  We should all be like them.  Now, let's get to work.  The coffee is ready, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Wednesday Clutter.

Elon Musk finally admitted it:  He intends to reverse Donald Trump's Twitter ban if he takes control of the social media platform.  Trump was kicked off for inciting violence during the coup attempt on January 6.  It was a justified decision, and there's no reason it should be reversed.  Musk loves to ramble about the 1st Amendment, but no one has the right to yell fire in a crowded theater.  Trump basically told people to set the theater on fire.  He is a national safety threat, and his account should not be restored.  One can only hope now that that the current Wall Street woes batter Tesla's stock to the point that Musk can no longer afford to buy Twitter.

Elon Musk Donald Trump May 11 2022This combination is bad for the country.  (pic via nbcnews.com)

Look at that:  Leaked audio tapes reveal Senator Lindsey Graham criticizing Donald Trump, and praising Joe Biden, after the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.  Graham accused Trump of "play(ing) the TV game" and said that Biden, "(Will) maybe be the best person to have," to help the country recover from the assault.  Which comment is the bigger crime in the GOP?  Frankly, we're just shocked to hear that Senator Graham might be trying to play both sides.  It's almost as if the man is a complete fraud or something.

The Senate will hold a vote today on the Women's Health Protection Act, the legislation designed to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law.  The bill will likely fail, because Senate Republicans will filibuster it to death as usual.  However, it puts everyone on the record again and will serve as a tool to differentiate candidates and parties this fall.

Senator Susan Collins called the police to her home in Maine because...(checks notes)...someone wrote a pro-choice message in chalk on the sidewalk.  The message read "Susie, please, Mainers want WHPA —> vote yes, clean up your mess.”  WHPA stands for the previously mentioned Women's Health Protection Act.  Who reads that and decides the right response is to call the police?  Senator Collins clearly doesn't like it when her constituents ask her to do something.  It's not like she's a public servant or anything. 

Senator Rick Scott called President Biden "unfit" for office yesterday, because Rick Scott doesn't want people talking about his plan to raise taxes on working families if Republicans regain control of Congress in after the midterm elections.  Democrats should be talking about Senator Scott's proposed tax hike at every opportunity.

Meanwhile, President Biden attacked Republicans yesterday for having no plans for how to address inflation.

The U.S. firearm homicide rate increased 35% between 2019 and 2020, according to a new report from the CDC.  The statistics show a strong correlation between these numbers and the poverty rate in the most impacted counties.  It seems likely that the pandemic helped fuel a good portion of this increase, given that poor people have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus.  Given that, it would clearly seem that the correct approach is to help address those economic stresses.  However,  we're assuming Republicans will instead say that the answer involves more police and more armed private citizens.  Violence helps distract the general public from their economic exploitation, so Republicans have no interest in fixing the problem.

Apple is ending production of the final version of the iPod that was still being made.  It's hard to think of many devices that were more revolutionary in the past 20 years.  We still have ours.  The screen display doesn't really work, but if we stumble into a playlist, the music still sounds great.

Yesterday was a pretty flat day on Wall Street, as investors took a break from the recent frenzy of activity while they wait for today's inflation numbers.  The S&P 500 is currently down 16.05% for the year, but DataTrek Research says investors haven't begun to price in a recession yet.  If that's the case, and that is yet to be seen, the index still has a lot further to fall.  From the Clutter investment team's perspective, if one has a long-term perspective, this could be seen as a 16% to maybe 30% off sale in the coming months, and the team sure does love a sale.  Of course, everyone should do their own research before making any investing decisions.  As always, the important thing is not to panic when things aren't going well.  Sometimes it seems like stocks will always go up, and sometimes it seems like they'll always go down.  Neither is right.

The Boston Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 9-4 last night to snap their five-game losing streak.  Is it because manager Alex Cora shaved his beard?  We tend to think it has more to do with the Boston pitchers only giving up six hits, and five Boston batters driving in runs (including a grand slam from Rafael Devers.)  However they got there, it's good to see the Sox finally win again.  Next up:  Nathan Eovaldi takes the mound against the Braves tonight, as Boston tries to start an actual winning streak.

Congratulations to Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher Reid Detmers on throwing a no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays last night.  It was only Detmer's 11th career start, but he'll remember that 12-o win for the rest of his life.

Tom Brady has figured out what he's going to do when he retires.  Now he just has to figure out when to finally call it quits:  Brady has agreed to become the lead NFL analyst for Fox Sports, and it's reportedly a 10-year, $375 million contract.  That's a mind-boggling salary.  TB12 still has one year left on his deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Fox says it's up to him to decide when to move to the booth, but you have to think they're expecting him to be there for the start of the 2023 season.  In any case, we're looking forward to hearing the quarterback give his insight into games, as long as he doesn't pull his punches.

The Mississippi Department of Human Services is suing former NFL quarterback Brett Favre, retired pro wrestler Ted DiBiase and his kids, and a number of other people in an effort to reclaim about $24 million in funds that were supposed to help poor people. 

Mike Tyson won't be charged for punching a passenger on a flight in April.  By all accounts, the man who was hit provoked the incident, and apparently he doesn't want to cooperate with law enforcement.  Punching someone is wrong, but it's hard to feel sympathy for someone who knowingly antagonizes Mike Tyson.  If anything, it's an argument for the establishment of the crime of felonious stupidity.

The first trailer for Avatar 2: The Way of the Water is here.  We don't know anything about the plot, but the visuals are terrific:

Dave Bautista is done with the role of Drax the Destroyer, now that shooting is finished for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.  We enjoyed the first movie in the trilogy.  The second?  Not so much.  However, Bautista consistently demonstrated great comedic chops as Drax.  Good for him for being one of the few wrestlers to successfully transition to a movie career.

This is interesting:  Ncuti Gatwa was revealed to be the new Doctor last weekend, but is he the next Doctor?  RadioTimes.com wonders if there's a reason the official announcement didn't specifically name the actor as the 14th version of the Time Lord.  Guess we'll have to see who shows up at the end of Jodie Whittaker's final episode this fall!

Life is good for TV boss Dick Wolf:  NBC just renewed the Law & Order revival, as well as Law & Order: Organized Crime.  That means all of the L&O shows, all of the "One Chicago" shows, and the entire FBI franchise on CBS will be back next year.  The man knows his audiences.

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen weighed in again on Mötley Crüe lead singer Vince Neil's health before the two bands go out on tour with Poison and Joan Jett this summer.  Collen, who is in terrific shape, said he's not worried about Neil, because a trainer is coming with them.  A reader suggested earlier this week that Neil just lip sync the songs.  Would anyone mind?

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Ariana Grande to close things out with, "breathin" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, folks.  It's always a treat to see you.  BDH and Little Buddha say you're welcome to come back tonight if you want to watch the Red Sox game or the "One Chicago" shows with them.  Otherwise, 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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