Tuesday Clutter: Trump, Steve Bannon, Justice Alito, Elon Musk, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Taylor Swift, Hugh Laurie, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bon Jovi, Billie Eilish, and more
(Review) Doctor Who: The Legend of Ruby Sunday

Thursday Clutter: U.S. Supreme Court's Ethics, Trump, Hunter Biden, IVF, Elon Musk, Boston Celtics, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Hulk Hogan, Joey Chestnut, GH, Stevie Van Zandt, Mike Campell & the Dirty Knobs, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back.  How are you?  Things are still a little hectic on this end.  BDH and Little Buddha were just looking at the schedule, and they aren't sure we'll be able to meet up tomorrow, so they made some time for us to say hello today.  The guys also said that we're about to start a heat wave soon, so stock up on sunscreen and make sure to stay hydrated. 

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Of course Senate Republicans blocked an ethics bill for the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday.  The GOP is the political party driving, and benefiting from, the corruption that continues to erode the court's credibility.  Conservatives will do whatever it takes to keep that scam intact.  It's insane that our nation's highest judges are the only ones not held accountable with an enforceable code of conduct.  The proposed legislation would also, "create a mechanism to investigate allegations of violations of the code and other laws, require (the justices) to explain decisions to recuse themselves from cases and improve disclosure rules when a justice is connected to a party or amicus in a case."

Anyone who objects to that is telling on themselves.  Conservative extremists control the Republican Party and the Supreme Court.  They'll do whatever it takes to impose their radical agenda on the rest of the country.  They must be stopped.

Justices Thomas and Alito June 13 2024Two ongoing stains on the Supreme Court.  (pic via cnn.com)

Donald Trump returns to Washington today to meet with Republicans.  Hopefully no additional MAGA riots will break out this time.  This is as close as Donald Trump should ever get to the White House again .0for the rest of his life.

The House voted to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress yesterday, supposedly because Garland refused to turn over the tapes of President Biden's interview with special counsel Robert Hur regarding his handling of classified documents.  In reality, this is the GOP trying to distract its base yet again from the fact that their investigations of the president came up empty, and that they've done nothing to help ordinary Americans for years.

Hunter Biden was found guilty on all three felony gun charges he was facing earlier this week.  That's interesting.  We were under the impression the Biden administration was weaponizing in the justice system to punish opponents, or some nonsense like that.  Instead, President Biden stayed out of the way while his son went through the legal process, because one presidential candidate actually believes in the rule of law, while the other is a convicted felon who is determined to bring fascism to our government. 

The Southern Baptist Convention expressed its objection to in vitro fertilization at its annual meeting yesterday.  There's no satisfying the right wing when it comes to their war on women.  This was never about "protecting the unborn" when it came to abortion.  It's about complete control over every aspect of a woman's life.

Tesla shareholders vote today on the excessive compensation package for Elon Musk that was already thrown out once by a federal court.  The company claims Musk might lose interest in Tesla if he doesn't get his money, to which we say, let him walk. Musk is already predicting success on Twitter, but we all know his tweets aren't always connected to reality.  This will be interesting to watch.

The Federal Reserve is now indicating there will only be one interest rate cut at most in 2024.  The announcement came yesterday after the current Consumer Price Index data showed inflation holding steady at 3.3% compared to last year.  The stock market seemed to take the news in stride, with the S&P 500 rising 0.85% on Wednesday.  Fed chair Jay Powell once again indicated that while progress has been made, the data would have to be better for longer before any cuts take place. 

Officials have been consistent on this messaging, no matter how many times investors try to talk themselves into thinking rates would come down in the immediate future.  Thus, the Clutter investment team continues to appreciate the healthy yield on their savings account, while they stay focused on the long-term picture.

Last night was a fun stretch in Boston sports:  First, the Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-6, fueled by a five-run outburst in the fifth inning.  The Phillies got to starter Nick Pivetta quickly, and the Sox were down 4-0 to the best team in the National League after three innings.  Given Boston's recurring offensive struggles, that could have been the game.  However, the Sox offense showed some resilience, which is great to see.  Next up:  The Red Sox actually have a fighting chance to win the series, as ace Tanner Houck takes the mound against Philadelphia tonight.

Then, there was the matter of the Boston Celtics beating the Dallas Mavericks 106-99 to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals last night.  The Celtics almost let this one get away in the 4th quarter.  However, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum regained control of the situation, aided by Mavericks star Luka Doncic fouling out of the game, and the C's locked down the win, despite the absence of the once-again injured Kristaps Porzingas.  The linked article says NBA teams are 156-0 all-time after taking 3-0 series leads, so here's hoping the Celtics make that 157 when Game Four takes place on Friday.

Meanwhile, the New England Patriots inducted Tom Brady into the team's Hall of Fame in style last night, with tributes from former teammates, opponents, and a certain former coach who made his first appearance in Foxborough since parting ways with the organization earlier this year.  It sounds like the crowd loved the opportunity to give TB12 a proper thank you for the first time since he left New England.  That's how it should be.  Of course, there will presumably be other ceremonies for things like Brady eventually making it into the NFL Hall of Fame.

New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh is doing his best to make it sound like Aaron Rodgers skipping the team's mandatory minicamp this week is no big deal, but we all know better.  Whatever the reason, Rodgers clearly isn't focused on football, and as a 40-year-old quarterback coming off Achilles surgery, he can't afford to be distracted if he's actually going to play this year.  Once again, the road to the AFC East division title will not go through New Jersey.

The lawsuit against Vince McMahon is officially on hold, as the Department of Justice conducts its own sex trafficking investigation into the former WWE boss.  The stay is currently for six months, so we'll have to see what happens with the DOJ inquiry.

Hulk Hogan is apparently launching his own beer.  We're going to take a pass on that one, but feel free to send us a review at [email protected] and let us know what happens when "Real American Beer" runs wild on you, brother.

We were shocked to hear that Joey Chestnut was banned from the annual July 4th Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest after he signed a deal to promote a vegan hot dog brand.  Chestnut and obscene eating on the 4th is about as American a combination as you'll find in this country.  However, the man has another battle in mind:  Joey Chestnut will take on longtime rival Takeru Kobayashi live on Netflix on September 2.  The location and time are still to be announced, but this epic contest will obviously be the highlight of Labor Day this year.

Actor Kevin Spacey claims he's broke, due to all of his legal bills from multiple accusations of sexual assault.

Season Four of The Boys finally starts on Amazon Prime Video today.  Not sure when we'll be able to watch, but we get the impression the series is getting even darker this time.  Hold on, it's also been announced that The Boys will end after its fifth season.  Well, we better enjoy the insane ride while we still can.

Argh, we also need to find time to check out David Tennant in Deadwater Fell, which is apparently now on Netflix.  The former Doctor Who star/permanent Clutter favorite plays a man accused of killing his wife and three kids.  Our crew might have to start looking at a later bedtime to squeeze in all of this television.

Speaking of Doctor Who, we'll finally find out tomorrow the identity of the woman who has appeared in every episode this season.  We're excited to see what boss Russell T. Davies has been up to with Susan Twist, but we also can't believe the season finale is next week.  Where did the time go?

Hey GH fans, a big name teased he might be the actor who is said to be returning to Port Charles soon.  It wouldn't be surprising if this turns out to be a swerve, but it would be huge for the soap opera if he does actually come back to the show.  This character's presence would be enough to keep the writers busy on multiple stories for months. 

This upcoming documentary about musician/actor/activist Stevie Van Zandt looks terrific.  It's almost enough to make us regret not having HBO at the moment.  If we ever resubscribe, this is going on the watchlist.  In the meantime, those of you who have HBO can see it as of June 22:

It's good to see that Van Halen's final studio album, A Different Kind of Truth is back on steaming platforms after a nearly two-year absence. Going by past comments made by Wolfgang Van Halen, it sounds like David Lee Roth had some sort of problem with the record and was keeping it on the sidelines when the original contract expired.  Whatever Roth's beef, ADKT is a solid record which deserves to be enjoyed by fans.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Mike Campbell & the Dirty Knobs to close things out with, "Angel of Mercy" 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, do make sure to stay hydrated, and we'll catch up with you 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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