Saturday Clutter: George Floyd Protests, Trump, Joe Biden, U.S. Supreme Court, Joe Burrow, Perry Mason, Britney Spears, and more
Welcome back! How are you? That rain we were expecting today came early, so it's much more comfortable in here now than it has been over the last few days, which is great. BDH, Little Buddha, and I were just discussing how much of a mess the world is these days. It's moving in the wrong direction, and the carnage seems to be accelerating. The guys think things would be better if everyone just listened to the birds with them for a while. I can vouch for the fact that hanging out with these two is a guaranteed way to improve your mood. They're going to see if there's a way they can set up a Zoom meeting or a Facebook room so that you can join them. In the meantime, 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 Saturday Clutter.
Protests about the murder of George Floyd are spreading across the country. There is so much justified anger over unjust treatment of so many for so long by the state, and it can not be contained any longer. When people are killed by the police for jogging, for standing in their house, for writing a check, for breathing, it's not on them to find "the right way" to fight back. It's on the rest of us to stop allowing the killings in the first place. The White House occupant's entire ideology is based on white nationalism, and he is hoping to incite a race war, because that's his best chance of staying in power. We must listen to those who are being oppressed, and we must work together to find ways to bring the reality of this nation anywhere near the constant rhetoric about equality and opportunity.
Derek Chauvin, the now-former Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd, was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree mansalughter in the case. The fix is already in here, as the medical examiner's report says Floyd's death was due in part to underlying health conditions, thus reducing the severity of Chauvin's responsibility. We're not doctors, but we're pretty sure that if Chauvin didn't put his knee and body weight on Floyd's neck for nine minutes on Memorial Day, the man would still be alive today.
Donald Trump threw gasoline on the fire with his tweet about shooting looters. Someone must have told him how poorly that went over, and that he needed to change the conversation again. As a result, his "press conference" yesterday was to announce that the United States is leaving the World Health Organization, because Trump still refuses to accept any responsibility for mishandling this pandemic. The coward didn't make a single mention of George Floyd, or his earlier comments, and he ran away from the podium without taking one question from the press. The country is fighting racist killings by the police, while also dealing with over 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus, and 40 million Americans currently unemployed (while the rich get even richer.) The public is desperate for leadership from the White House, and it is nowhere to be found.
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If the White House won't fill the void, Joe Biden will accept the obligation. Can you imagine Donald Trump making this simple statement:
"This is a national crisis, and we need real leadership right now -- leadership that will bring everyone to the table so we can take measures to root out systemic racism. It's time for us to take a hard look at the uncomfortable truths. It's time for us to face that deep, open wound we have in this nation. We need justice for George Floyd...None of us can turn away. None of us can be silent. None of us any longer can hear the words 'I can’t breathe' and do nothing,"
Mark Zuckerberg made it clear once again yesterday that Facebook will never do anything to punish Donald Trump when he breaks their policies. They make too much money off the MAGA cult to ever consider holding them accountable.
Senator Amy Klobuchar is desperately trying to defend her record as a former Minnesota country prosecutor. She was criticized during the Democratic presidential primary for her repeated refusal to take on cases involving police shootings, including one which focused on Derek Chauvin. Senator Klobuchar's hopes of being Joe Biden's VP pick are gone. Now it's a question of her saving her political career.
Released transcripts make it clear that Michael Flynn lied to the FBI about his conversations with Russian officials after the 2016 presidential election. The DOJ's heavy-handed attempt to save a Trump crony should be ignored. Flynn pleaded guilty to the charge and he should be sentenced accordingly.
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against a California church that opposed the state's current restriction on crowd sizes, that have been implemented because of the coronavirus crisis. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal members on the court and found that it was appropriate for judges to defer to public health experts acting in good faith in the middle of a pandemic. He also said the restriction was comparable to current limits placed on other large gathering places like sports stadiums and theaters, so it did not violate the 1st Amendment. We assume Donald Trump will lash out at Chief Justice Roberts for this ruling at some point today. Trump is a desperate man who needs a constant stream of shiny new objects to distract everyone while the country burns under his watch.
Good for Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow for speaking out against racism yesterday. That's a big deal, coming from this year's #1 draft pick. Speaking out about race relations is a flashpoint of controversy in the NFL, and white players are rarely the ones putting themselves on the line. The potential backlash against Burrow in the league could be high before he even plays his first down in the league, but he put himself out there to speak out against injustice.
Cheers to the Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, Houston Astros, and Cincinnati Reds, who will reportedly pay all of their minor league players this season with no cuts.
HBO has a new Perry Mason series coming out on June 21. Matthew Rhys plays the famous attorney in his days as a private eye. It looks great, but it might be too serious for us to get into right now. What do you think?
We're sorry to hear that longtime rock guitarist/producer Bob Kulick died. No cause of death was given. Kulick worked with a number of groups but may be best known for his longstanding relationship with KISS. We didn't know that he auditioned for the band in its early days. He lost the gig to Ace Frehley but apparently did a handful of secret recordings with them. (Kulick's brother Bruce was also a guitarist for the group for a number of years.) Bob Kulick was 70 years old. Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Britney Spears just released a "new" track this week. Technically it's bonus tune from 2016, but let's check it out. Here's "Mood Ring," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. BDH and Little Buddha are still up for listening to the birds some more later this afternoon, if you're interested. Otherwise, be good, stay safe, 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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