Thursday Clutter: Barr Contempt, Donald Trump Jr. Subpoenaed, California Sex Ed, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, 90210 Reunion, Ellen, Better Than Ezra, and more
Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. BDH, Little Buddha, and I were just talking about today's schedule while we listen to the birds chirping outside. It appears we'll have decent weather ahead of tomorrow's rain, so I should get in some quality outdoors time. For now, let's take a look at today's headlines. The guys put the coffee on the counter, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Thursday Clutter.
As expected, the House Judiciary Committee voted yesterday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt yesterday over his refusal to turn over an unredacted version of the Mueller Report, as well as the underlying documents. The full House will vote on the measure next, as the Trump White House continues to be clear that they will not cooperate with any congressional investigations. It's a full assault on democracy in this country, and it is the responsibility of the House to stand up to this attack with impeachment hearings.
The Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr. to testify again, likely about his dealings with Russian representatives to get dirt on Hillary Clinton, and Jr.'s past accounts of those meetings. Junior doesn't seem interested in complying with the subpoena from the Republican-controlled committee. We're curious if any Republican senators are interested in standing up for their branch of the government at this point, or if they'll just continue to roll over like lap dogs.
Will Republicans push back against Donald Trump Jr.'s non-cooperation? (pic via nbcnews.com)
Good for the California State Board of Education for revamping its sex education curriculum to include LGBTQ issues. It's important that kids from all gender identities are given medically-accurate information, along with lessons about consent and relationships, in order to help them make safe and healthy decisions.
The City of Denver voted to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms by the narrowest of margins earlier this week. The measure squeaked by with 50.56% of the vote. Apparently, research shows that the mushrooms have health benefits:
"Supporters point to research, suggesting psilocybin is not addictive and causes few ER visits compared to other illegal drugs. Ongoing medical research shows it could be a groundbreaking medicine for treatment-resistant depression and to help curb nicotine addiction."
Help depression, nicotine addiction, and take another step forward towards a more rational drug policy in this country? Works for us.
This is a cute story about a young child who was moved by a Handel and Haydn Society orchestra performance earlier this year (audio of his reaction is included in the link.) The orchestra would like to find the kid to bring him back in the fall. Can any of our Massachusetts friends help?
The Boston Red Sox have finally clawed their way back to a .500 record, but man, it was a challenge to get there. The Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 in 12 innings last night to get to a record of 19-19. In addition to the extra frames, it took a dominant performance from Chris Sale (1 run/3 hits/14 strikeouts over 8 innings), and an outstanding game-saving catch from Jackie Bradley Jr. who stole a walk-off home run from Baltimore's Trey Mancini in the 11th inning. JBJ often can't hit a baseball into the ocean while standing on a dock, but he's on another planet in the field. The Red Sox have today off, and then they begin their quest for a winning record when they start a home series against the Seattle Mariners on Friday.
The Boston Celtics got blown out of the water by the Milwaukee Bucks 116-91 and were eliminated from the NBA playoffs last night. It seems like a mercy killing at this point. Expectations were sky-high for this team at the start of the season, but they never lived up to the hype. Maybe the thoughts of the NBA Finals were unreasonable in the first place. For whatever reason, this team showed a lack of heart all year, and they never seemed to like playing with each other, with most of the controversy swirling around Kyrie Irving's attempts at leadership. Irving is now a free agent, and the Celtics may try to get him back, but Irving clearly wants out, and we hope he moves on to his next team. This roster would be less talented without him, but there would be a better chance to get more out of them without Irving passively-aggressively attacking everyone.
Tyronn Lue may not be the next Los Angeles Lakers head coach after all. Lue walked away from negotiations after receiving what he felt was a below-market offer. Maybe it will still happen, but it will be interesting if LeBron James doesn't have enough juice to install a coach that he likes.
The first trailer for the upcoming HBO Watchmen series is here. The show is based on the amazing graphic novel of the same name, but it's apparently a different story. We might check it out this fall. How about you?
Children of the 1990's, are you ready for the first picture of the reunited Beverly Hills 90210 cast, as they prepare for their new Fox series this summer? Of course, there's a large hole caused by Luke Perry's absence, but it's still fun to see this group back together again.
Oh hold on, we've also got a video clip:
Be warned, Ellen fans: Ellen DeGeneres has started talking about the end of her talk show. It may not be in the immediate future, but if she's already thinking about her post-show future, the clock is ticking.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have Better Than Ezra close things out with, "Good," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. BDH and Little Buddha aren't sure what they're going to do tonight since the the Red Sox are off, but you're still welcome to come back later and hang out with them if you like. 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.