Monday Clutter: Speaker Pelosi, Abortion Bans Spreading, Coffee Consumption, Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, This is Us, Roxette, and more
Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? The compost has been distributed around the garden, and I'm only somewhat crippled today, so that's a win. Every year I think, "This pile doesn't look so big," and then five hours later, I look up, and it doesn't seem like it's gotten any smaller. However, after eight hours, it's finally been dispersed, and the garden looks terrific. I wreck my back every year doing this, and the results are always worth it.
The driveway is a bit of a mess though. I'll take care of that after today's errands. My thanks as always to BDH and Little Buddha for their encouragement, and of course for making today's coffee. There's a fresh pot on the table, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Monday Clutter.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi's opposition to impeachment hearings is coming under fire from many Democrats, including a number of the 2020 presidential candidates. That criticism isn't going to die down any time soon. Pelosi may want to focus on investigating Donald Trump, but the White House has made it clear they're not going to cooperate with anything, and they're just hoping to run out the clock until next year. The energy of the Democratic base will be there for the top of the ticket in 2020. However, if Speaker Pelosi and company don't make any attempt to hold Trump accountable for obstructing justice, the Democratic House majority could be at risk.
This is not the time for caution. Our democracy is under assault, and Democrats can't refuse to take action against corruption because Republicans are corrupt to their core. It is the constitutional obligation of the House to hold impeachment hearings when the White House occupant has shown he's unfit for the office. Open the hearings, put all of the information out for the public to see, and make Republican senators take the vote in the trial phase.
Speaker Pelosi faces growing pressure from Democrats to take action. (pic via dailyherald.com)
Six states have passed bills that basically ban abortion outright, because nothing energizes conservatives like controlling women's bodies, except maybe tax cuts for the top 1%. There are still legal challenges to come, but let's be clear, this crusade isn't ending any time soon. Here are some ways you can help fight back against these awful bills.
A new study says you shouldn't have more than five cups of coffee a day. You know how we love our caffeine fix around here, but we try to keep our daily consumption to 2-3 cups, because at some point after that, the ability to sleep becomes an issue. However, you should check out the article to find out more about why the study's authors say five is the magic number.
It probably won't be released until September, but the rumors are already starting about the iPhone 11's features.
The Boston Red Sox are on a roll. The Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 11-2 yesterday to sweep their weekend series and improve to three games over .500 for the year (22-19). The team has won five straight, and they are now 8-2 in their last 10 games. Adding to the fun, they are only three games out of first place as they put that horrific April start behind them. Better late than never!
Yesterday's offense was led by Michael Chavis (who had five RBI for the day) and J.D. Martinez (who hit two home runs.) The other nice note about the day was that Hector Velazquez went five innings, which allowed him to collect his first win of the season. Velazquez has done a terrific job as an "opener" for the Sox this year, but the team almost always keeps him at a three-inning max, which leaves him ineligible for a victory. Nice to see him finally get the chance to have a win in his stat line. Next up, the Sox take on the Colorado Rockies, as Chris Sale takes the mound for Boston.
There was more fun for Boston sports fans yesterday, as the Bruins crushed the Carolina Hurricanes 6-2 to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference finals series. This team is on a roll, and we don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves, but it's hard to see how the Hurricanes are going to find an answer for the B's. Game 3 is in North Carolina on Tuesday night, and it would be great if Boston keeps up the pressure and doesn't give the Hurricanes any opportunity to get back into this series.
We remember when Kawhi Leonard was traded to the Toronto Raptors, and local sports talk radio was debating whether or not he'd be a good fit for the team. Considering that Leonard hit the winning shot in Toronto's 92-90 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 7 of their playoff series last night, we're guessing the Raptors feel pretty good about the trade.
The drama appears to be over for now, as the Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly hired Frank Vogel to be their next head coach. Vogel has previously coached the Orlando Magic and Indiana Pacers. He's not the most exciting choice of all-time, but he's an experienced coach who has playoff experience (with the Pacers), so he's got a legitimacy that should help with this team. Of course the big question is if LeBron James will listen to him.
Veep fans, what did you think of the series finale?
Game of Thrones/NFL fans - did you catch Aaron Rodgers in last night's episode?
This is Us isn't going anywhere - the show's been renewed for three more years. No word on whether or not that third season will be the series finale, but we've got plenty of time to speculate about that now.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Here's Roxette to close things out with, "The Look," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll catch up with you again for more fun (and no more than five cups of coffee) soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.