(Review) Doctor Who: "73 Yards"
Thursday Clutter: Justice Alito, Catalytic Converters, McDonald's, Boston Red Sox, Brie Larson, The Bear, Doctor Who, Jerry Seinfeld, Days of Our Lives, Queen, the Offspring and Ed Sheeran, and more

Wednesday Clutter: Trump, Samuel Alito, Morning Coffee, Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Timberwolves, Carrie Fisher, Doctor Who, GH, Adam Lambert, Sublime, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How is your week going so far?  There's been a fair amount of running around on this end.  BDH and Little Buddha came up with a to-do list for today that doesn't have that many items, but each one might take a little while, so it sounds like we'll be pretty busy.  However, I insisted we carve out some time for a trip to the bookstore so I can try to find them something new to read.  The guys didn't argue with that, so fingers crossed we have success.

First, let's check out the headlines.  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 Wednesday Clutter.

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Both sides gave their closing arguments in Donald Trump's hush money trial yesterday, and now it's time for a jury to decide the former White House occupant's fate.  Donald Trump faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records to cover up payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels days ahead of the 2016 presidential election.  Trump's defense strategy was to attack former fixer Michael Cohen's credibility as much as possible.  On the other side, the prosecution reminded jurors that Cohen's account of events was corroborated by the evidence and testimony of the other witnesses. 

Trump faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison.  The odds of that seem unlikely at best.  However, the jury should confirm in a timely fashion that in addition to being a fraud and rapist, Donald Trump is a felon.  That the GOP continues to blindly worship this man is disgraceful.

  Donald Trump May 29 2024Lock him up.  (pic via newjerseymonitor.com)

Speaking of disgraces, The Washington Post confirmed it had the story about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito flying an upside-down flag outside his home three years ago and decided not to run it.  Their excuse is that the claim that Alito's wife is the one who hung the flag, and that it supposedly wasn't about politics, muddied the water enough for them not to publish the story.  What appallingly poor judgment.  A Supreme Court justice has a flag connected to the MAGA traitors, and the Post doesn't think that's worthy of coverage?  Why should anyone ever take this newspaper seriously again?

Meanwhile, Justices Alito and Clarence Thomas continue to erode the court's credibility by not recusing themselves from all January 6 - related cases, while Chief Justice John Roberts sits by and enables the corruption. 

Former Trump attorney Jenna Ellis had her law license suspended in Colorado for three years, due to her criminal actions in Georgia on Trump's behalf during the 2020 presidential election.  Look for other states to follow suit.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is now complaining about the removal of Confederate statues.  He's also come out in support of the January 6 rioters, so apparently the guy has a thing for traitors. 

CNN.com has a look at how generative AI might help future iPhones. None of it sounds particularly interesting to us.  However, we won't need a new phone for a while, so we'll see how this all plays out over the next few years.

BDH and Little Buddha would like to have a word with any social media "influencer" who claims it's bad to have coffee first thing in the morning. The linked article points out that different people have different peak consumption times, depending on various factors in their lives.  However, our crew agrees with the argument that you should stop drinking coffee within 6-12 hours of your bedtime, so it doesn't disrupt your sleep.  For our gang, the usual cut-off is noon by the latest.  However, putting off that first cup in the morning?  Not happening.  No thank you.

It's huge news that MLB is integrating Negro Leagues player records as of today.  This recognition is long-past overdue, and it means, among other things, that slugger Josh Gibson now takes the #1 spot in a number of lifetime batting categories like batting average and slugging percentage.

The Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-3 last night.  Sox starter Bryan Bello got off to a rough beginning, giving up three earned runs in the first inning.  However, he settled down after that and was then bailed out when he put two men on base to start the sixth, but reliever Brennan Bernardino got out of a bases-loaded jam without giving up a run.  This was a strong win for the Sox against the 34-19 Orioles, and it would be a huge boost if Boston could get the series win tonight.  Kutter Crawford will take the mound for the Sox this evening.

He may have been popular with his colleagues, but we can't imagine anyone else in MLB is sorry that umpire Ángel Hernández retired this week, effective immediately.  Hernández is infamous for his terrible calls.  He unsuccessfully sued MLB in 2017 for alleged racial discrimination, but this decision should have come years ago.

It's official:  New England Patriots rookie quarterback Drake Maye signed his contract yesterday.  We're not calling for a Super Bowl appearance or anything this year (yet), but we're excited for the start of a new era in Foxborough.

While not getting into specifics, Los Angeles Rams backup quarterback Stetson Bennett said he missed last season to address some mental health issues.  It sounds like Bennett is in a good place now and ready to resume the start of his professional career.  We wish him the best of luck. 

We had a great time watching the Boston Celtics punch their ticket to another NBA Finals appearance this past Monday.  Now we're hoping the Minnesota Timberwolves can stage a historic comeback against the Dallas Mavericks over in the Western Conference Finals.  1) We have plans to make a bet with a friend who lives in Minnesota if that happens, and 2) We're not that excited about a Celtics - Kyrie Irving story if the Mavericks win.  Minnesota held off elimination by beating Dallas 105-100 last night, so now they just have to do that three more times (starting tomorrow night), and everything will be fine.

The world suffered a big loss with NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton's passing this past Monday.  Walton was both a terrific basketball player and broadcaster.  However, he was also a unique character who seemed driven by the quest to make everyone around him smile every day. He will be missed.

Former AEW wrestler Ethan Page made his surprise debut with WWE's NXT brand last night.  We enjoyed Page in AEW, but it eventually didn't feel like the right setting for him.  His personality is a better fit with WWE's style, and we wish him the best of luck.  It's good for pro wrestlers to have as many work options as possible.  Some performers are better suited for an "entertainment" approach, and some are better with a more serious presentation.  Maximizing those pairings benefits the wrestlers and audiences alike.

Musician James Blunt said Carrie Fisher was under a lot of pressure to lose weight when she reprised her role of Princess Leia for Star Wars:  The Force Awakens, and that it contributed to her death in 2016. 

This article about why Ryan Reynolds is allegedly avoiding hosting SNL again, some 15 years after his only other appearance, is a little more gossipy than we usually go with here.  However, it's a really entertaining story, so we're going to indulge for a minute today.

Doctor Who star Millie Gibson shared some thoughts about this past week's episode, "73 Yards."  (You can read our review here.)  The actress said this was the first script she read for the show, so this was the real starting point for her character, Ruby Sunday.  We believe this was also the first episode that was filmed for this season.  That would explain Ncuti Gatwa's absence for most of it, because he still would have been finishing up his run on Sex Education at the time.

We were so saddened to hear that former General Hospital actor Johnny Wactor was shot and killed this past Saturday.  Apparently Wactor came across three men who were stealing the catalytic converter from his car, and they murdered him on the spot. The suspects have not been caught yet.  Johnny Wactor was only 37 years old.  What a senseless loss of life.  Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans.

The original Jane's Addiction line-up is touring for the first time since 2010. They hit the road tonight for a stretch of shows that runs through the end of September.

Adam Lambert has a new album coming out on July 19, and it sounds like he's going for a dance-pop sound this time.  You can hear an early preview of one of the first two singles (which officially come out on Friday) in the linked article, as well as get Lambert's thoughts about taking a more "authentic" approach to this record.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Sublime just released their first single in 28 years, and it features vocals from both the band's late front man Bradley Nowell and his son Jakob.  Here's "Feel Like That" to close things out for today's, "Song of the Day."

It suddenly feels like the mid 1990's around here.

Thanks for stopping by, folks.  It was great to see you, as always.  BDH and Little Buddha say you're welcome to come back later if you want to read with them, (assuming we find a new book.)  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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