Wednesday Clutter: Trump, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Kristi Noem, TikTok, Panera, Boston Red Sox, Kim Kardashian, Chicago Fire, Mr. Big, Van Halen, R.E.M., and more
Friday Clutter: Trump, Netanyahu, Apple, Planet Fitness, Boston Red Sox, Doctor Who, Young Sheldon, The Bear, Queen, Van Halen, Ghost, and more

Thursday Clutter: Marjorie Taylor Greene, Trump, President Biden Warns Israel, Apple, Boston Red Sox, Twisters, Jerry Seinfeld, Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi and Skid Row, Kate Hudson, and more

Hi everyone,

How are you?  Our crew is okay at the moment.  I apparently misjudged yesterday's weather.  I could have sworn the rain was supposed to lighten up when I got in the car.  However, there were a couple of spots of almost near-zero visibility, thanks to both rain and fog.  That was an adventure.  You just drive really slowly and hope others are doing the same.  BDH and Little Buddha checked with the birds this morning, and it sounds like today will be cool, but dry, so there shouldn't be any repeats of that situation. 

Before I tackle the current to-do list, let's see what's going on in the news.  There's a fresh pot of coffee on the counter, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Thursday Clutter.

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's attempt to remove House Speaker Mike Johnson was blocked by a vote of 359-43 yesterday, with Democrats crossing party lines to help defeat the measure.  This motion was doomed as soon as Speaker Johnson allowed vote on Ukraine aid, because that's what brought the Dems on board.  Greene had to have known that, but she engaged in this political theater anyway, because she'll use it as a fundraising tool, and helping herself was the real goal here.  Yet again, Republicans waste time on things that don't benefit ordinary Americans in any way.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene May 9 2024A swing and a miss for MTG.  (pic via cnn.com)

Adult film star Stormy Daniels is expected to take the stand again today in Donald Trump's hush money trial.  As prosecutors get closer to the end of their case, we'll remind everyone that Donald Trump is allowed to testify in his own defense.  The gag order only applies to select comments outside of the courtroom.  Trump originally claimed he was adamant about giving his side of the story, but he's already backing away from those comments, because we all know he'd commit perjury in the first minute of testimony.

Donald Trump is singing South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem's praises, even after she's been criticized for killing her dog and lying about meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  Apparently Governor Noem's cruelty and dishonesty makes her even more attractive to the head of the GOP.

Great, here comes another one:  Barron Trump will reportedly be part of Florida's delegation to this year's Republican National Convention.  The youngest of Donald Trump's sons has largely been kept off-limits by the media to this point.  However, now that he's 18 years old and entering politics, all bets are off.

President Biden warned yesterday that his administration will not provide Israel with arms to destroy the city of Rafah, which is currently home to over one million civilians.  This is one of the strongest breaks we can remember any U.S. government making with Israel.  The country may be one of our biggest allies, but working with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is like aligning with Donald Trump.  Israel has been globally condemned for committing human rights violations in this war with Hamas, and now even the United States is drawing a line.  This is a good first step, but more needs to be done.

Disney and Warner Bros. Discovery are reportedly teaming up for a streaming bundle which will offer Disney+, Hulu, and Max.  These combinations are sounding more and more like traditional cable packages.  This new deal will apparently become available this summer, but pricing hasn't been announced yet.  We'll likely take a pass on this one.  We're enjoying our current Disney+/Hulu pairing, but our interest in Max deteriorated over time, and we haven't missed it since we re-did our cable deal a few weeks ago.  Will you subscribe to this offering?

People are really not feeling Apple's new ad for the iPad Pro.  It validates many fears that Apple is an enemy of human creativity.  We can't remember where we saw this yesterday, but someone said the spot looks like it was inspired by Terminator 2, which pretty much sums it up.  See for yourself:

The Boston Red Sox lost 5-0 to old friend Chris Sale and the Atlanta Braves last night.  Sox starter Nick Pivetta was rusty in his first outing after coming off the IL, giving up seven hits and the five runs (on three home runs) in just four innings.  Meanwhile, Sale had 10 strikeouts in six scoreless innings and looked like his old self.  We root for Sale to do well with Atlanta, but we have no complaints about the Red Sox trading the lefty.  He just couldn't be counted on at all for Boston after so many injuries.  If Sale can stay healthy with the Braves, good for him, but it was time for Boston to move on to other pitchers.

Next up:  The Red Sox have today off, and then they start a weekend series at home against the Washington Nationals.

It sounds like the New England Patriots are assembling an army that has one objective:  Help rookie quarterback Drake Maye improve his footwork.  We've long heard that Maye's feet are his biggest problem, but if the Patriots can correct that flaw, good things could be ahead for the young man.

We've got a new trailer for Twisters, which hits theaters on July 19.  This looks like it could be a pretty fun movie, if you didn't see the original:

The new season of Doctor Who finally begins tomorrow night on Disney+, which means we only have to avoid spoilers for one more day.  It's amazing, it used to be impossible to find almost any information of the show "back in the day."  Now we have an overload of advance information.  In any case, let the countdown begin!

Former Doctor Who star David Tennant is a strong supporter of the LGBTQ+ community, and he recently made his thoughts about anti-trans bigots clear. 

We generally enjoyed last night's Chicago Fire episode, which saw Kelly Severide hiding in a stolen firetruck, although the resolution of the problem was just a touch beyond our ability to believe.  (The bad guy sitting right next to him didn't notice Severide take out a cell phone or light the truck on fire?  That's a reach.)  There are only a couple of episodes left in this strike-shortened season, and it looks like the show is setting up storylines for the fall.

Jerry Seinfeld recently took some shots at Howard Stern, saying comedy podcasting is now funnier than the "King of All Media."  This feels like a continuation of Seinfeld's silly recent rant about the "extreme Left" supposedly killing comedy.  Apparently Seinfeld is mad that Stern doesn't do sex jokes all day anymore.  What a weird man.  He's out there rambling about how his show would have been cancelled if it started today, but there's never been anything edgy about his observational humor.

Lady Gaga has a HBO special coming out on May 25.  It reportedly features concert footage that was filmed in 2022.  We have no doubt the singer delivers the goods in this show, so her fans should enjoy this one.

Which New Jersey hair metal reunion do you think will happen first:  Richie Sambora and Bon Jovi, or Sebastian Bach and Skid Row?  We're having a tough time even setting the odds for that bet.  It might be a slight lean towards the latter, because Bach and the group are both actively performing these days, while Jon Bon Jovi's career seems to be in doubt as he continues to recover from throat surgery.  On the other hand, we don't get the sense that there's as much anger between Sambora and Bon Jovi. 

We were sorry to hear that Steve Albani died recently from a heart attack.  The punk/alternative music producer and musician was only 61 years old.  Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Gotta be honest, we were prepared to skip over this video without giving it a chance, but it actually works.  Here's Kate Hudson to close things out with her cover of the Stone Temple Pilots classic, "Vasoline" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Good for Hudson for coming up with a different take on the tune.

Thanks for stopping by, folks.  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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