Friday Clutter: Clarence Thomas, New Florida Abortion Ban, Trump, Classified Documents, Boston Red Sox, Washington Commanders, Bill Hader, "One Chicago," GH, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and more
Monday Clutter: Clarence Thomas, President Biden, Trump, Ron DeSantis, Fox News Defamation Lawsuit, Boston Red Sox, Beef, Barry, Metallica, and more

Sunday Clutter: U.S. Supreme Court, Fox News Apologizes to Judge, GOP Loves NRA, Boston Red Sox, Beef, SNL, Phantom of the Opera, Heart, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back.  How's your weekend going so far?  It was pretty busy on this end yesterday.  I had a lot of running around to do, but I crossed off every item on the to-do list, so that was good.  Today should be quieter.  The big question is if I'll get to go for my first bike ride of the year after we're done here.  It's pretty cloudy outside right now, but BDH and Little Buddha say it's not supposed to rain until late tonight.  That would work.  Let me get in a little exercise, and then let the garden enjoy a solid watering.  Win-win.

Of course, the first thing we have to do is check out today's headlines.  The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Sunday Clutter.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued a stay on Friday of the lower court ruling that would overturn the FDA's approval of mifepristone.  U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk's gross overreach would otherwise have gone into effect yesterday.  Alito's stay is in effect until this coming Wednesday, while he and his colleagues learn more about the case.  That means mifepristone will remain available for use in medical abortions for the time being. 

There's no reason to be optimistic about the anti-choice Supreme Court majority overturning Kacsmaryk because they support women.  We know that's not the case.  The bigger issue here is that his ruling is a direct assault on the FDA's ability to regulate drug safety on the national level.  Is the Roberts court prepared to endorse such an attack?  It's scary to say that at least 3-4 of the justices probably are ready to do just that.  Either way, Chief Justice John Roberts would probably like to talk about anything else besides Clarence Thomas' exposed corruption.

Justice Samuel Alito April 16 2023What's the next step for Justice Alito and his colleagues?  (pic via cnn.com)

Fox News was forced to formally apologize to the judge overseeing the Dominion Voting Systems defamation lawsuit against them, after it was revealed that the network hasn't been honest during this case about Rupert Murdoch's role in the company.  Dominion said that hiding the fact that Murdoch is a director at Fox prevented them from gathering more information about him to this point.  Fox attorneys called the matter, "a misunderstanding."  If you believe that, we have a fantasy story about election fraud to sell you. 

We're not lawyers, but it sure doesn't seem like lying to the court is a brilliant legal strategy.  Of course, being dishonest is what Fox got into this trouble in the first place.   Judge Eric Davis has already sanctioned Fox for the deceit.  We'll see if there are any further punishments.

Donald Trump and other likely members of the 2024 GOP presidential field made it clear they will continue to support the NRA over ordinary Americans every single time.  Trump and the rest of the cowards pledged their unwavering loyalty to the domestic terrorist organization at the NRA's annual conference on Friday.  Political contributions top human lives every single time for these people.  The United States will never solve its gun violence problem while Republicans remain addicted to blood money.

Jack Teixeira, the 21-year-old Massachusetts Air National Guardsman accused of recently leaking classified documents, has reportedly had a top-secret clearance since 2021.  The government gave a teenager that ability to access sensitive information?  However Teixeira's case plays out, it sounds like there's a much larger underlying problem here. 

The Clutter investment team is not into trying to time the stock market.  There are too many unknowns that can change a stock's direction with little to no advance notice.  However, it does feel like we're probably near peak interest rates for the foreseeable future, so if you've been looking at CD's, this might be time to consider a move. 

The Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-7 yesterday, thanks to two catcher interference calls against the Angels' Matt Thaiss in the 8th inning that fueled the go-ahead rally.  Boston's starting pitcher Nick Pivetta had a terrible outing, giving up six earned runs in just four innings, as the Red Sox rotation continues to be atrocious.  Thankfully, the bullpen has been terrific so far. 

The biggest question about this group is if they'll finish the year with a winning record.  That's unlikely to happen if the starters can't last longer than five innings at most.  We'll see what happens when James Paxton and Bryan Bello are able to join the team.  Next up:  The Red Sox go for the series win when Garrett Whitlock takes the mound against the Angels this afternoon.

The Boston Celtics beat the Atlanta Hawks 112-99 in Game 1 of their playoff series yesterday.  The Celtics had a 32-point lead in the third quarter that was cut down to 12 points in the fourth quarter.  This team is outstanding, and they'll take care of Atlanta.  However, they repeatedly seem to let their guard down when they get bored.  Here's hoping that doesn't come back to bite them against a stronger opponent.  Game 2 is in Boston on Tuesday night.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is apparently fighting with his Southampton neighbors about whether or not he can install an elevator in his home.  Kraft reportedly argues he needs it because of knee pain, while his neighbors say pictures of him leading an active life show that's not true.  There's also said to be an argument about whether or not the elevator should be inside or outside the house.  Kraft (he of the $10.6 billion net worth) is reportedly complaining an interior one would cost an extra million dollars.  The rich live in a different world, friends.

The Baltimore Ravens acquired Odell Beckham Jr., and now Lamar Jackson reportedly said they also have to get Andre Hopkins, before the quarterback will resume contract negotiations with the team.

The final season of Barry starts on HBO tonight.  We're sorry to see the series end, although it's the right time to do it.  Still, we can't wait to see what star Bill Hader has in mind for this last run.

We just started watching Beef on Netflix yesterday, and it's tremendous.  No spoilers, but the basic idea is that these two people (played by Ali Wong and Steven Yeun) get into a road rage incident.  Neither one of them can let it go, and they find more ways to attack each other.  Soon, you learn why they're both in this terrible headspace and continue to make bad decisions.  There are only 10 episodes, and each one goes by in a flash:

If Amazon wants to do a second season of Daisy Jones & the Six, we will be there for it.  The series had a satisfying conclusion, a sequel isn't mandatory.  However, there are all sorts of other stories that could be told about the fictional band, perhaps starting with what happened after the end of the first season. 

SNL nailed it last night with this look at all of the people who come out for the first warm day of the year:

Hold up, BDH and Little Buddha want to make sure you also see this skit for an acting school for dogs.  (Maybe the guys have a new career in mind?)

We're sorry to hear  Phantom of the Opera will close on Broadway tonight after a run of over 35 years and almost 14,000 performances.  That's one hell of a legacy.  We had the good fortune to see the show in London many moons ago, and it was a terrific spectacle.  Everyone loves a story of what it's like to be misunderstood, but all good things must come to an end.  Cheers to everyone who has been involved with this production over the years.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Heart to close things out with, "Who Will You Run To" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, folks.  It was great to see you, as always.  BDH and Little Buddha say you're welcome to come back tonight if you want watch Beef and/or Barry with them.  (If you have snacks, that would also be terrific.)  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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