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Wednesday Clutter: Trump, New Student Loan Relief, American Airlines, Interest Rates, Boston Red Sox, NFL Notes, FBI, Night Court, Hootie & The Blowfish, and more

Tuesday Clutter: Trump, Justice Alito, Affordable Care Act, Apple, Boston Red Sox, NFL Notes, Young Sheldon, The Sandman, Sean Combs, Bon Jovi, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back.  How are you?  Sorry we missed you for a few days.  We'll keep you updated as future schedule interruptions arise.  Now, BDH and Little Buddha were just looking over the weather forecast, and apparently there's a chance of bad weather late this afternoon.  Hopefully that won't happen, because it would make the to-do list a bit of a challenge.  I know there's a heavy storm on Thursday's schedule, so if we could just keep things warm and dry until then, that would be great.

In any case, we'll deal with that later.  For 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 Tuesday Clutter.

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Donald Trump is once again making connections between his presidential campaign and Nazis:  Trump social media accounts posted a video with a hypothetical headline about him winning in November that touted a "unified Reich."  That immediately brings to mind Hitler's Third Reich, and you can be sure that's no coincidence.  Folks, he's not subtle about his intentions if he returns to the White House.  The man is a threat to our nation who must be defeated if this country is to survive.

Donald Trump May 21 2024Trump wants to be the next Hitler.  (pic via arkansasonline.com)

Prosecutors rested their hush money case against Donald Trump yesterday.  Trump's defense then began their argument by putting a witness on the stand who earned a rebuke from Judge Juan Merchan for violating court decorum.  The contempt Team Trump has for our courts is palpable.

ICYMI - Trump froze during a speech last Saturday.  The man is physically unfit for office.

Trump Media lost over $300 million in the first quarter of 2024 while generating just $770,500 in revenue.  In other words, the actual value of the company's stock is somewhere around 50 cents.  Donald Trump will run this con for as long as his cult followers will hand over their cash for it to help him pay his legal bills. 

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin doesn't plan to hold any hearings over the fact that Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito had an upside-down U.S. flag hanging outside his house in January 2021.  The flag is the symbol of Donald Trump's phony "stop the steal" campaign, and Alito's actions are a blatant conflict of interest.  However, there is no binding ethics code for the Supreme Court, Republicans love the ongoing corruption lead by Alito and Clarence Thomas, and Democrats like Durbin continue to just shrug. 

The Biden campaign is running a new ad warning voters that Donald Trump and Republicans will attack the Affordable Care Act again if Trump wins in November.  The GOP loathes everything about the fact that the federal government is successfully helping ordinary Americans access reasonably-priced health insurance.  Conservatives see red when the government does anything besides pass unnecessary tax cuts for the wealthy and push new abortion bans.  They want workers to be as economically insecure as possible, so that it's harder for them to fight back against an agenda that only cares about the top 1%.

Target announced it is cutting prices on approximately 5,000 items, in order to "stay competitive" and "help customers" who are dealing with inflation.  In other words, the company (like many others) has been price gouging this entire time.

It's concerning to hear that Apple had to fix a software bug that allowed deleted photos to suddenly reappear.  Apparently, we're talking about photos that were more than 30 days old (after which, the company claims they're permanently erased.)  According to the linked article, some people have also had the same experience with old voicemail messages.  If you delete a file, you expect it to be gone.  Simply saying it's some sort of database corruption issue isn't a good enough answer.  What's going on here?

The Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 last night to get back to a .500 record (24-24).  The Sox got an outstanding performance from starter Tanner Houck (seven scoreless innings of two-hit baseball), while Rafael Devers set a new team record by hitting a home run for the sixth straight game.  The Red Sox have now had two solid consecutive wins.  It would be great to see Cooper Criswell keep the momentum going when he takes the mound for Boston tonight.

Unfortunately, the news wasn't all good for the Red Sox yesterday:  It sounds like pitcher Garrett Whitlock might need a second Tommy John procedure on his right elbow.  Whitlock is scheduled to meet with a doctor later this week, and we hope he somehow manages to avoid surgery.  The righty is talented, but he's struggled to stay healthy for any significant stretch during his short career.

The Boston Celtics will face the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight.  For some reason, we assumed the New York Knicks would be the opponent, but that might be we were just hoping for a new Boston - New York storyline.  In any case, we are expecting the Celtics to take care of business here on their road to the finals.

For all of the bros out there still defending Harrison Butker's recent misogynistic and homophobic commencement address at Benedictine College, the order of nuns associated with the school would like to have a word with you.  Of all of the many problems with Butker's speech, the idea that he would tell a group of women on their graduation day that college was the wrong call for them is mind-blowing.  Whoever thought the Kansas City Chiefs kicker would be an appropriate choice for speaker should be fired.

Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder also made it clear what he thought of Butker's speech.

Former New England Patriots wide receiver DeVante Parker retired yesterday just two months after signing with the Philadelphia Eagles.  Parker spent seven years with the Miami Dolphins, and then two seasons with New England, where he wasn't much of a factor.  According to the linked article, Parker said his decision had a lot to do with wanting to spend more time with his children.  Our cynicism says there's more to it, but in any case, we wish the 31-year-old a healthy and happy future. 

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice is in legal trouble for allegedly causing a multi-car accident and also assaulting a man.  However, Rice is still reportedly attending the team's OTA's, because no one in the NFL really cares about this kind of stuff, as long as you can help your team win games.

There's a new Deadpool & Wolverine teaser trailer, so this week is already looking better:

We haven't seen you since last week's Young Sheldon series finale, so a couple of quick thoughts:  The show had a difficult challenge at the end - it needed to provide closure over George Cooper's death, while not ending the sitcom on a down note.  We give the powers that be kudos for trying to navigate that issue, but they came up just short.  It was a matter of timing.  They should have had George Sr. die a week earlier, give the family more room for their grief the following week, and then use the finale to build up a few laughs before the closing credits. 

Also, there was too much of adult Sheldon and Amy at the end.  A cameo would have been fine, but the two had so much on-screen time, it started to feel like we were watching a different show starring them.  How did you feel about it?

There's less than a month to go before the start of the fourth season of The Boys on Amazon Prime Video, and we're sure things will somehow get even more insane than they have been so far.  The action begins on June 13.

The remaining siblings have been cast for the second season of The Sandman.  If they're still working on casting, then this series presumably won't return until sometime in 2025 at the earliest.  That's okay, we've got a few other programs to get us through until then, but we look forward to seeing all of these characters on our screen at some point. 

Sean Combs is trying to do damage control after a video was leaked that showed him assaulting ex-girlfriend Cassie Ventura in 2016.  Combs said Sunday that he's "disgusted" by his actions.  Really, he's disgusted that the tape finally came out after all these years and after Combs settled a lawsuit brought by Ventura.  Say goodnight, Sean.

Slash said Guns N' Roses is "trying" to make a new album.  In the meantime, his latest solo record just came out on May 17.  GNR may have trouble recording more than once a decade or so, but the guitarist certainly doesn't lack for content from other projects.

Kid Rock totally seems like he's got it all together at the moment and isn't at all unhinged.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Bon Jovi to close things out with their new single, "Living Proof" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, folks.  It was great to see you, as always.  Enjoy the rest of your day, stay hydrated, 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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