Thursday Clutter: Nikki Haley, Trump, Samuel Alito, Live Nation Lawsuit, Boston Red Sox, the Brat Pack, Chicago Fire, Graceland, Alex Van Halen, Skid Row, Wynonna Judd and Lainey Wilson, and more
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Friday Clutter: Trump, BuzzFeed, Coronavirus, Boston Red Sox, Roger Goodell, Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F, Chicago P.D., Van Halen, Metallica, The Chicks, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all.  What's the plan for the long weekend?  We've got a little running around to take care of, including catching a Red Sox game, so that should be fun.  The big challenge will be trying to see if we can avoid peak Memorial Day weekend traffic.  Overall, nothing too crazy. 

Are you ready to check out the headlines?  Let's do it.  BDH and Little Buddha took a break from listening to the birds to make you all coffee.  These guys are the best.  There's a fresh pot on the counter, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.

(Programming note:  It looks like we will be out of the office until next Wednesday, but we'll let you know if that changes.)

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In a new low, Donald Trump claims Vladimir Putin will release imprisoned Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich for him, and him alone, if he wins the election in November.  Trump doesn't care about Gershkovich.  He's constantly treated the media like an enemy and supports imprisoning them, just like Putin has done with Gershkovich (who is accused of espionage.) Trump is using Gershkovich like a bargaining chip to get back to the White House and stay out of prison.  It's beyond repulsive.

Donald Trump May 24 2024Trump only cares about Trump.  (pic via cnn.com)

Attorney General Merrick Garland slammed Donald Trump for falsely claiming the DOJ was prepared to assassinate Trump during the Mar-a-Lago classified document search in August of 2022.  Garland called Trump's lie, "false and extremely dangerous."  The attorney general said the language in the search planning documents limiting the use of deadly force was standard operating procedure, and that the same language was used in the subsequent search of President Biden's home.  Trump already knew this, but his goal is to incite his violent supporters to act once again against our government.  He's a national security threat who can't be allowed to return to the White House.

Former Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy revealed that he bought about 7.7% of BuzzFeed's stock, and that he intends to be an activist shareholder.  No specifics on what that means yet, but it likely signals a desire to push the company in a right-wing direction, similar to Elon Musk and Twitter.  How come left-wing wealthy people never want to buy media outlets?

The bad news is that there's a new dominant coronavirus variation in the United States.  The good news is that, going by the linked article, it doesn't appear to be any more severe than previous versions, and the current vaccine seems to be able to handle it.  Just something to be aware of as temperatures start getting warmer, and we all start hanging out together in the weeks and months ahead.

The Boston Red Sox will be looking for their fifth straight win tonight, as they start a weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers.  Kutter Crawford takes the mound for the Sox, and we're glad to see Boston Globe writer Alex Speier dive into a pressing question about the righty:  What's up with Crawford's pitching motion, which looks like he's trying to punch the batter in the face?  If that mechanical adjustment is responsible for Crawford's terrific performance so far this year, we encourage other pitchers to start working on their jabs.

We're sorry to hear former Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi is off to such a horrific start with the Chicago White Sox this year.  The good news is that he still has time to find a way out of this free-fall and avoid having perhaps the worst year ever in MLB history.  Benintendi is only 29 years old, and he's got too much talent to be this bad for 162 games.

The Boston Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 126-110 in Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals series last night.  It's nice to see the Celtics not give away the second game of the series at home, like they did against both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat in the previous rounds of the playoffs.   What will be even better is if the C's take the fight to the Pacers on the road for Game 3 on Saturday night. 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently commented on Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker's misogynistic and homophobic commencement speech at Benedictine College by saying,

“We have over 3,000 players,” Goodell said, according to Yahoo Sports and the Associated Press. “We have executives around the league that have a diversity of opinions and thoughts just like America does. I think that’s something that we treasure, and that’s part of, I think, ultimately what makes us as a society better.”

Uh, Commissioner Goodell, Colin Kaepernick would like to have a word with you.

Former NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown filed for bankruptcy on Monday, despite earning millions over the course of his career.  He's certainly not the first ex-athlete to mismanage his earnings.  Brown is constantly in the headlines for his erratic behavior, and now we have this development.  It's too bad that he apparently has no one in his life to look after him.  Instead, the downward spiral continues.

The first full trailer is out for the upcoming Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F, which hits Netflix on July 3.  This feels like a perfect Netflix movie:  Maybe it's funny, and if so, we'll enjoy watching it at home.  If it's not, at least we didn't have to spend money on a ticket, and there will be no hesitation to change channels:

Chicago P.D. showrunner Gwen Sigan offered an explanation for why Jay Halstead didn't appear in Hailey Upton's final episode.  We understand the storyline argument that the focus was on Upton rebuilding her life and starting in a new direction, not looking back to the past.  However, we remain convinced that we still haven't heard the full story of actor Jesse Lee Soffer's departure from the show in the first place.  Halstead's exit from the Intelligence Unit was rushed and completely out of character.  It may not have made sense for Halstead to return this week, but we still think there's some issue re: Soffer.

Apparently the company who tried to foreclose on Graceland has dropped its claim, and now Naussany Investments and Private Lending LLC. is being investigated for possible fraud.  We're glad actress Riley Keough's lawsuit against Naussany worked, but you know this story isn't over yet.

Van Halen is releasing an expanded version of their For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge album on July 12.  The package includes a remastered version of the original 1991 album, as well as audio and video from a concert the band did that same year.  There will be LP's, CD's, a Blu-Ray and a booklet, and the whole package will cost $99.98.  We're intrigued by the fact that a couple of alternate recordings are included, but we'll probably take a pass on this one for the moment.  Based on our current music collection and equipment, this basically means spending about $100 for one CD.  That doesn't make sense, but we're sure VH fans will enjoy this new edition.

Metallica front man James Hetfield said he's been writing a lot of music while the band takes a break from touring.  Here's hoping fans will get to hear some of it down the road.

Guitarist Steven Van Zandt is pessimistic about the future of classic rock, arguing that it's likely to disappear in the next 10-20 years due to fewer promotional options.  What do you think?  Is the guitarist right, or will the music find a way to continue?

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Of course, we have to remember that the whole point of this long weekend is to remember those who gave up their lives on behalf of this country.  Here are The Chicks to close things out with a live version of, "Travelin' Soldier" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, folks.  It was great to see you, as always.  Enjoy your weekend, 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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