Friday Clutter: Trump and Pence, Ginni Thomas, Wall Street, Boston Celtics, Deshaun Watson, WWE, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Robbie Williams, and more
Monday Clutter: Republicans and Guns, Trump and January 6, Herschel Walker, Boston Red Sox, Doctor Who, The Boys, Sesame Street, Halsey, and more

Sunday Clutter: Uvalde, January 6 Hearings, Trump, Vaccines for Young Kids, Apple Union, Warren Buffett, Boston Red Sox, Vince McMahon, The Boys, Back to the Future, Sara Bareilles, and more

Hi folks,

How are you?  Weekend going okay so far?  Things are pretty good on this end.  Took care of the usual Saturday errands, but the wind and eventual rain kept me from getting some garden time.   It felt like an early September afternoon around here.   I didn't care for that, but hopefully I'll get a little time in the dirt before I see Dad Clutter for Father's Day. 

Speaking of which, our crew would like to wish a happy Father's Day to all of the great dads out there.  Thank you for everything.  Also, if this is a challenging day for you for any reason, BDH and Little Buddha send you their biggest hugs.  Now, let's check out the headlines.  The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Sunday Clutter.

The Uvalde massacre continues to reach new levels of horrifying, as the local police reportedly never even tried to open the doors to the classrooms the shooter entered.  The level of incompetence in this case is mind-blowing.  It's no wonder that the police are now trying to cover up their incompetence by doing everything they can to block the release of any records related to this horror.  The officers utterly failed the kids and adults who were slaughtered at the Robb Elementary School.  Everyone connected to this nightmare should be fired, and their salaries diverted to programs which actually promote public safety.  Instead, we have Republicans calling for arming teachers. 

Uvalde School Shooting June 19 2022 The Uvalde victims deserve accountability and justice.  (pic via abcnews.go.com)

The January 6 House select committee hearings are making it clear that Donald Trump was repeatedly and explicitly told by members of his team that his claims of election fraud were fictional.  He continued to push those lies anyway for his own personal benefit (including $250 million he bilked from his followers.)  That's criminal behavior that can not go unpunished, and the committee hasn't even finished presenting its case yet.  This whole thing is one large criminal referral for the Department of Justice.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump predictably continues to lash out at the select committee, while making it clear he'd do the exact same thing again if given another chance.   Oh, and he's also comparing himself to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. now.

Right-wing activists confronted Rep. Dan Crenshaw at the Texas Republican state convention on Saturday.  Let this be a warning to the rest of the GOP:  The same thing could happen to each and every one of you, because you have lost control of your party.   No matter how much you kiss up to Donald Trump, at some point, you'll say something that's considered disloyal, and this mob will turn on you like a bunch of piranhas. 

Great news for parents of young kids:  The CDC and FDA have finally approved coronavirus vaccines for kids under five years old.  That's 20 million little ones who now have access to protection against the virus, effective immediately.

The Guardian has an informative piece from Professor Clara E. Mattei about how the Fed's fight against inflation will disproportionately harm lower-income Americans.

What?  Bitcoin is down 72% from its high?  Who could have seen that coming?  The Clutter investment team knows the whole thing is a scam that people should avoid in all cases.  However the team particularly begs folks not to include this nonsense in your retirement plans.  The long-term damage to your financial future could be devastating, and there's no need for any of it to happen, especially when a simple index fund could provide sufficient returns.

Congratulations to the workers who became the first Apple retail employees to form a union yesterday.  It's great to see labor strengthening its clout these days, especially when they're facing giant corporations like Apple, Amazon, and Starbucks.  The more management opposes these efforts, the more they reveal how important it is that employees band together for proper work environments.

The WhatsApp messaging app just rolled out a few new features, including the ability to mute specific people on a conference call, an idea which is long overdue.  

Someone is paying $19 million to have a private dinner with Warren Buffett.  The "Oracle of Omaha" has been offering these dinners since 2000 to support a San Francisco non-profit agency called Glide, where his first wife Susan used to volunteer.  This will be the last of the dinners, and Buffett has raised over $53 million for the charity with them.

If someone would like to have dinner with BDH and Little Buddha, it will cost significantly less than that.  Anything you can do to help our coffee budget would be greatly appreciated.

We had fun at Fenway Park watching the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Friday night.  It was the first victory we've seen in person this year, but the Sox bullpen almost gave away the game by surrendering four runs in the 9th inning before finally shutting down the Cardinals.  Yesterday's game had no such drama, as the Red Sox lost 11-2 to the Cardinals on Saturday.  Boston starter Kutter Crawford gave up four runs in four innings, and the relievers couldn't do anything to slow down the St. Louis offense.  Next up:  Boston's Nick Pivetta will try to keep his recent hot streak going and get the Sox a series win this afternoon.

We're sorry to hear Mookie Betts is heading to the injured list with a cracked rib.  It's not clear yet how severe the injury is, but we wish him a full and speedy recovery.  Baseball is better when Mookie is on the field.

Vince McMahon has temporarily stepped down as WWE CEO, while the board investigates him for paying hush money to cover up an affair with a former employee.  However, McMahon is still in charge of the company's creative direction, so really, he hasn't lost any influence at this point.  As far as we can tell, there are three main questions to this story:  1) Did McMahon use any corporate money in the $3 million payoff?  2) Did he give the woman a pay raise (i.e. use company money) specifically because of their affair?  3) Does the board of directors really have the backbone to consider firing McMahon if the answer to either of the first two questions is yes?

Lady Gaga is reportedly in talks to play Harley Quinn in Todd Phillips' Joker sequel, and the movie will apparently be a musical.  Pretty sure we'll skip that one at the theaters, but let us know when it hits HBO Max.  What about you?  Are you dying to see how this would play out on a big screen?

The first teaser trailer for the upcoming Netflix movie, Blonde, is here.  Ana de Armas plays Marilyn Monroe, and the film already seems to be getting some buzz, but we're wary of this part of the description:  "Blurring the lines of fact and fiction, the film artfully explores the tension between her public and private life."  Sounds like the story should be taken with a grain of salt, but we'll have a look when Blonde comes out on September 23:

Season 3 of The Boys is off to a great start, but we're fascinated by the "fans" who are complaining that the show has become political.  That's like complaining that West Wing was political.   It's been that way from the beginning, in a not particularly subtle way.  Apparently a large number of people have missed the point so far.

A sealed VHS copy of Back to the Future went for $75,000 at a recent auction.  We love that movie as much as anyone, but how do you justify spending that much money on this tape, even if it was formerly owned by actor Tom Wilson who played Biff Tannen?  If anyone here happens to know the person who made the winning bid, maybe you could connect us?  Much like that mystery Buffet dinner bidder, we'd love to talk this person about increasing our coffee budget.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Sara Bareilles recently shared some thoughts with Jimmy Fallon about her 2013 tune, "Brave" becoming a Pride anthem.  Here she is to close things out with a live version 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.

 

If you enjoy Clearing out the Clutter, please consider a $5 monthly donation!  You can click here or on the "Donations" category on the right-hand side of the page.

Comments