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Friday Clutter: Trump, Steve Bannon, Elon Musk, Boston Celtics, Bad Boys, Reese Witherspoon, Doctor Who, The Boys, Pat Sajak, Jon Bon Jovi, Pet Shop Boys, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all.  You remember when I said on Monday that it looked like our schedule would calm down for a little bit?  That was silly.  Dad Clutter continues to deal with health challenges, so we'll have to play things day-by-day for a while here.  Hopefully we'll be able to connect with all of you more than twice next week, but I can't guarantee it.  Thank you for your patience.

BDH and Little Buddha are excited to check out the headlines with you, so let's get to work.  The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.

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Convicted felon Donald Trump continues to warn that he wants to punish his political opponents for daring to hold him accountable for his criminal actions.  Trump has made it crystal clear that he intends to be a dictator if he returns to the White House, and he'll do anything to get there in order to avoid prison (warning of "a bloodbath" if he loses.)  We can not have a convict running the United States.  The man is unhinged.  Donald Trump is a threat to our nation who must be defeated in November and finally put on trial in the remaining cases. 

Donald Trump June 7 2024Lock him up.  (pic via apnews.com)

A federal judge ordered Trump associate Steve Bannon to report to prison by July 1 to begin his four-month sentence for contempt of Congress, after Bannon refused to comply with a subpoena from the January 6 committee.  Bannon, like his boss, is alleging he's the victim of a political prosecution, despite the judge in this case being appointed by Donald Trump.  Bannon is also still fighting the verdict and begging the U.S. Supreme Court to save him.  This entire collection of thugs needs to be removed from polite society so they can no longer threaten our democracy.

It sounds like we might be done with the MAGA attempts to remove House Speaker Mike Johnson until November, according to one of his most ardent opponents.  Rep. Thomas Massie doesn't seem to think there's much point to the campaign to recall Johnson right now, after House Democrats recently saved him from the last push.  We live in a bizzaro world, where the extremist Johnson still isn't conservative enough for some Republicans.  These people will never be satisfied.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to address a joint session of Congress on July 24.  Prime Minister Netanyahu is one of the biggest obstacles to peace in the Middle East, and he's been directing a campaign of genocide for months.  He should not be given this audience.

Tesla's board chair warned shareholders that Elon Musk might leave the company if his new $56 billion compensation package isn't approved next week.  Oh no, anything but that.  If the Clutter investment team had a vote, they'd check the no box without missing a beat.  Musk already has too many different projects going on to properly pay attention to the car manufacturer, and with his history of erratic behavior, our crew would support a new CEO without hesitation.  This giveaway was rejected by a judge because of a shady process the first time, and it should be shot down again.

We've got to see if we can take advantage of National Doughnut Day today.  That would be a great treat to end a long week.

The Boston Red Sox took care of business and beat the lowly Chicago White Sox 14-2 last night.  The Red Sox offense teed off for 24 hits, while Boston starter Tanner Houck continued his pattern of strong outings, giving up the two runs and three hits over seven innings.  The 15-48 White Sox are on track for a historically awful year, and it's good to see Boston take full advantage of it to get back above .500 again (32-21). 

Next up:  Cooper Criswell will try to keep the momentum going when he faces the White Sox tonight.

We were sorry to hear that Boston Red Sox reliever Chris Martin needed to be placed on the 15-day IL because of anxiety issues earlier this week.  However, we're glad to see MLB doing a better job of dealing with, and communicating about, mental health issues.  Anything that helps erase the stigma attached to this subject will help the millions who deal with it every day.  We wish Martin the best and hope to see him back on the mound again soon.

The Boston Celtics crushed the Dallas Mavericks 107-89 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals last night.  Boston absolutely dominated Kyrie Irving and company in the first half of the game, and when Dallas responded with a third quarter rebound, the Celtics shut that down quickly.  The personal highlight was watching the return of Kristaps Porzingis, who played like his hair was on fire.  The center came off the bench in the first half, after being out since April 29, and he looked like he was going to beat Dallas by himself.  The big guy was making long-range 3's, blocking shots, and playing like he hadn't missed a day. 

We're already jumping too far ahead, but if Boston pulls off anything resembling a similar performance for Game 2 on Sunday night, Dallas will be in a deep hole by the time this series gets back to their home court.  Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving are an impressive pair. However,  if the Celtics play their best, they don't have a weakness to exploit.

Scary news for the Kansas City Chiefs, as defensive end BJ Thompson reportedly went into cardiac arrest at the team's facility yesterday.  The 25-year-old is said to still be unconscious, but it sounds like he's at least now in stable condition.  We send our best wishes for a speedy recovery.  That's way too young to be in this kind of situation.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts said the team's offense is about 95% new, following the hiring of offensive coordinator Kellen Moore this off-season.  Hurts sounds excited about the challenge.  We'll see if this new approach can reverse Philly's fortunes after a terrible ending last year.

Bad Boys: Ride or Die comes out today, and this review isn't great.  However, it's about what we expected.  The Bad Boys movies aren't really meant to be reviewed by critics.  They're not terrific movies.  The key question is, do you like the Will Smith - Martin Lawrence pairing?  The answer to that is what guides the decision about whether or not to see the film. 

We'll probably have to wait for streaming at this point, but let us know if you like the latest franchise installment by shooting us a note at [email protected].

There's a lot going on right now, so we really can't remember if we already knew that Reese Witherspoon's real first name isn't Reese.  In any case, that's a tailor-made bar trivia question.  If knowing the answer helps you win some night, please feel free to donate a portion of your prize to our coffee budget.

What's going on here?  Doctor Who's Tales of the TARDIS is returning on June 20, with a special episode featuring Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson.  This show had been reuniting classic Doctors and companions to bring new twists to old episodes.  What does it mean that this one will air right before the season finale?  Consider us intrigued.

Let's check out a scene from the new season of The Boys, which starts on Amazon Prime Video on June 13:

Pat Sajak's final episode as host of Wheel of Fortune will air tonight.  Grandma and Grandpa Clutter loved Sajak and the show.  They watched that, paired with Jeopardy!, from 7:00-8:00 every weeknight without fail.  Thank you for entertaining them for so long, Pat.

Former Supernatural star Jensen Ackles will reportedly star in a new Amazon Prime Video crime drama called Countdown.  Ackles will play a Los Angeles police officer who is investigating a murder but apparently uncovers a larger conspiracy.  "One Chicago" veteran Derek Haas will be the executive producer/showrunner.  Works for us.  No word on a release date, but we'll give it a peek when the time comes.

Rob Schneider was so unfunny at a Canadian hospital charity fundraiser last weekend, he was asked to leave early, and the foundation issued an apology to attendees.  We're just trying to understand who thought he'd be a good choice in the first place.  A quick Google search would have made it clear that Schneider would give a right-wing/transphobic/misogynistic performance.  Was there literally nobody else available that night?

The Sex Pistols are reuniting for two shows in August, but they'll do so without former lead singer Johnny Rotten.  What do you think fans, will the band be fine with replacement singer Frank Carter?

The Guardian has a profile piece on Jon Bon Jovi.  It's the usual stuff (apart from finding out about the singer's mom's background, which is probably not what you would have guessed.)  The key takeaway is his mention of how much he wished he'd enjoyed his earlier success more while it was happening.  That seems like something you hear a lot from professional athletes and performers of all stripes.  There's so much pressure in the moment, it can be hard to feel good about it until some time has passed.

Skid Row is dropping their first-ever official live album on September 20.  The performance took place in London in 2022, and features the band's former singer, Erik Grönwall, who left Skid Row a few months ago because of health issues.  We wouldn't have minded a record with interim front woman Lizzy Hale, but unfortunately she was only with the group for four shows.

The Black Keys reportedly dropped their managers, following the cancellation of the band's tour that was scheduled for this fall.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here are the Pet Shop Boys to close things out with,  "A new bohemia" 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 again as soon as we can.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.

 

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