Thursday Clutter: Coronavirus, Louie Gohmert, Kamala Harris, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, NBA, Patrick Mahomes, Boston Red Sox, Corey Taylor, and more
Welcome back! How are you? Yesterday was an odd day around here. The morning was generally fine, but a it all went south in the afternoon. A couple of things broke, and I made a mess out of some other stuff. Hopefully none of it will be a big deal to fix, but it left me a little baffled at what happened by the time I went to bed. The fun part was that I watered the garden, which is always a nice way to relax. Turns out, it rained overnight, and BDH and Little Buddha say we have thunderstorms in the forecast for this morning. A little extra water couldn't hurt. Anyway it's a new day, and we've got new headlines. The guys also made new coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Thursday Clutter.
Florida, Texas, and California all set one-day records for coronavirus-related deaths yesterday, as the virus continues to run rampant, particularly over the southern and western parts of the United States. We've now had over 150,000 deaths, with 10,000 of them coming in the last 11 days alone. 21 states are now considered to be in the "red zone," as Donald Trump focuses on people touting sham medicine while also whining that no one likes him. We need to cancel this show in November. The plotlines are too outrageous to follow anymore.
Representative Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) tested positive for the coronavirus yesterday. Gohmert is one of many Republicans who has generally refused to wear a mask in the Capitol, so imagine how many people he's exposed to the virus because of his idiocy and selfishness. (Gohmert actually went so far to say he might have gotten sick from the rare times he's worn a mask.) He was right next to Bill Barr before Barr testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee this week, and Barr reportedly plans to get tested.
As we said months ago, Republicans are shifting back to pretending they're fiscal conservatives as they prepare for life after Donald Trump.
Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) may not be our first choice for Joe Biden's running mate, but the whisper campaign against the idea of her joining the ticket is misogynistic:
Some (Biden allies) remain bitter about her attacks on Biden during primary debates last year, saying they bring into question her loyalty to the former vice president. Others argue that she’s too ambitious and that she will be solely focused on becoming president herself.
No male candidate for the #2 slot would be criticized for being too aggressive during a presidential primary, nor would their eventual desire for the top job be seen as disqualifying. Name us a vice president who didn't want the gig. Biden is better than Trump on every front, so the choice in November is clear. However, the country will be well-served when this generation of older white male moderate/conservatives are no longer in positions of power.
Women are constantly held to a different standard. (pic via abcnews.com)
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back in the hospital after having a "minimally invasive non-surgical procedure" yesterday. Hopefully she'll be home soon. The country needs the Notorious RBG on the court for as long as possible anyway, but it will be catastrophic if Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell are given the opportunity to confirm her replacement. They would do it with an hour to spare in Trump's term, so RBG has to stay on the bench through at least January 21, 2021.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D) announced that federal agents will begin withdrawing from downtown Portland today. These goons did nothing but escalate tension with protestors and make it clear that Donald Trump has no problem sending armed forces to deal with any opposition he faces. Attorney General William Barr made it clear in his House Judiciary Committee testimony that he opposes the idea of civil disobedience and thinks protesting (Trump only) is violent by definition. These two men remain threats to the security and safety of this country.
The 2nd quarter GDP number will be released later today, and it is expected to be, how can we put this, real bad. It's believed the report will show that the U.S. economy shrank at a 35% annual rate, which would be the worst fall in modern history. All we can say is, let's hope the worst is behind us on that front, even with all of the uncertainty that still lies ahead.
iPhone users will soon be able to backup their phones to...Google? We're not huge tech geeks here, but someone explain this to us. Why would you use Google instead of Apple's own backup service?
The NBA resumes today. As we've repeatedly said, the view here is that professional sports should be shut down for the remainder of the year. However, the league's bubble approach seems to be working okay so far, so we wish everyone involved (including the non-athletes who interact with these guys) the best of luck.
It looks like quarterback Patrick Mahomes is all-in on Kansas City for the long-term. He just signed a 10-year contract extension with the Chiefs, and now Mahomes is a part owner of the Kansas City Royals. It makes sense, given that his dad was a big league pitcher, so he's well-versed in the world of professional baseball. Life is going well for the 24-year-old. Pretty pretty well.
New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder is the latest player to opt-out of the upcoming NFL season because of coronavirus-related concerns. Solder and one of his young sons have both battled cancer in recent years, so it's logical that he would want to stay far away from the field this year.
The Boston Red Sox beat the New York Mets 6-5 last night to snap their four-game losing streak. Nate Eovaldi gave up just two runs over the first five innings. That was exactly what the Sox needed after every other starting pitcher besides him has been shelled in the beginning of each game this year. Now they need to find someone else who can do that for them. The Sox were down 3-2 after six innings, but the bats came alive to score four runs in the 7th and 8th, and then the bullpen staved off a late comeback attempt by the Mets. Martin Perez takes the mound for Boston against New York tonight as he looks to rebound from his rough first outing with his new team.
We're sorry to hear former Red Sox manager John McNamara died on Tuesday at age 88. He had a long career in baseball, and we didn't realize until reading the linked article that he was apparently ahead of his time on racial equality. However, he'll forever be known for being the manager of the doomed 1986 Red Sox, and it doesn't sound like he ever got over that, which is unfortunate. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
Major League Baseball suspended Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly eight games for throwing at two Houston Astros batters earlier this week. That works out to about a 22 game suspension over a full 162 game season. It's a disproportionately harsh move, especially since no Astros players were punished at all for cheating during the 2017 season, and that is what caused this incident in the first place. Kelly is appealing the suspension, and it should be significantly reduced.
It turns out that MLB's first triple play of the year is a fraud.
CBS All Access just picked up 3,500 episodes of various programs as the streaming service prepares for a reboot in 2021.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Stone Sour/Slipknot singer Corey Taylor just released a track off his upcoming solo album, so let's see what he's got going on here. We close things out with, "Black Eyes Blue," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Here's hoping we all have a good day that is productive and doesn't involve breaking anything else. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.