Saturday Clutter: Trump, Joe Biden, J.K. Rowling, NBA Strike Pays Off, Boston Red Sox, Chadwick Boseman, Christina Aguilera and more
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Sunday Clutter: Trump, Jacob Blake Aftermath, MA Senate Race, Facebook News, Boston Red Sox, Chadwick Boseman, Avicii, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  I was just telling BDH and Little Buddha about my weird dreams last night.  I don't put much stock in possible meanings behind dreams, except for recurring themes.  However, they've recently been alternating between, "sure, that makes sense," and, "how did I come up with that?"  There are a lot of random locations, and it's really the people who appear who leave me confused.  Sometimes they're folks I haven't thought of in 20 years, and other times, it's like my imagination went looking for the most random celebrities it could find to cast in some roles.  Anyway, the sun is shining, and I clearly need some fresh air after we're done here today.  The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Sunday Clutter.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is abdicating its legal responsibility by no longer providing in-person briefings on election security to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.  ODNI will shift to written summaries instead in a blatant attempt to cover for the fact that Donald Trump is once again receiving assistance from Russia in his re-election bid.  The MAGA crew and their enablers are trying to kill free and democratic elections right in front of us, and they're not being subtle about it.

There it is:  Donald Trump is lashing out at the media for correctly reporting that he lost to Joe Biden in the battle of convention speech TV ratings.  In all fairness, when you add the voices in Trump's head who tell him he's competent, it's probably a narrower margin.  However, back on Planet Reality, about 800,000 more real people were interested in hearing what Biden had to say.  Over 183,000 people have died in this country have died because of the coronavirus, we're averaging close to 1,000 deaths a day, and this is Donald Trump's priority.

Domestic terrorist Kyle Rittenhouse was charged with two counts of homicide and one count of attempted homicide after killing two people during the Kenosha, Wisconsin, protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake.  We hope the judge throws the book at Rittenhouse if he is found guilty, but we're also deeply troubled by the online lynch mobs who are effusively praising Rittenhouse's terrorist activities.  There are a lot of people who start panting with excitement when talking about white murderers.  The Trump administration encourages them to publicly brag about their racism, but how will a Biden administration get them to go back under their rocks?

On a related note, the ACLU is calling for the immediate resignation of Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis and Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth in light of the Jacob Blake shooting and the lenient treatment of Rittenhouse by Kenosha police officers after he killed two people and injured a third.  According to state ACLU chapter executive director Chris Ott, "Their actions uphold and defend white supremacy, while demonizing people who were murdered for exercising their First Amendment rights and speaking out against police violence."

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd, is asking the judge in his case to throw out the charges against him.  Meanwhile, prosecutors say they'll be asking for a harsher sentence than what state guidelines would recommend, due to the cruelty involved  in Floyd's death.  We hope they get their way - the days of giving police free reign to kill minorities without fear of punishment in this country must come to an end.

The Massachusetts state primary is this coming Tuesday, and barring an upset, it looks like Representative Joe Kennedy III will lose his challenge against Senator Ed Markey.  Of course, the degree of uncertainty about elections is much higher than usual this year because of mail-in voting and other coronavirus-related issues.  However, if Markey wins, he'll owe Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for making him a rock star with younger voters.  (There's also the fact that Kennedy never offered a convincing argument for why he was running in the first place.)  We like Senator Markey and hope he will remain in office.  Also, a Markey win would give AOC a win by proxy over Speaker Nancy Pelosi (who endorsed Kennedy), and we hope to see that play out many more times in the years ahead.

Facebook is launching a new feature which will allow users to go directly from their site to a news article without having to log in again on that news site.  What are we missing here?  Do people really have "log in fatigue?"  They lost us at "you have to link your news subscription to your Facebook account."  Facebook steals enough personal information already, we're not voluntarily giving them even more.  This is going to end up being one of those stories where you find out in six months that Facebook knows every time you've visited that news site, even if you didn't start at Facebook, and they'll probably find another way to screw over the news sites.  Pass.

The Boston Red Sox beat the Washington Nationals 5-3 last night to improve to 11-22 on the "season."  The Sox offense was powered by home runs from Xander Bogaerts and Kevin Pillar.  Boston starter Chris Mazza seemed determined to give up the lead, giving up the three Washington runs and only lasting 2 1/3 innings, but the Sox bullpen shut down Washington for the rest of the evening.  We should have written it down, but we believe the announcers said that Sox starters have gone fewer than four innings 21 times this season (although last night may have made it 22 times.)  That says it all.  Zack Godley takes the mound for Boston against Washington this afternoon.

Boston Red Sox outfielder Kevin Pillar tweeted an apology yesterday for his tone-deaf comments about the NBA players' protest earlier this week.  It reeks of insincerity to us, and we hope the Sox can get something of value for him before tomorrow's trade deadline expires.  Pillar was always a stopgap measure here anyway, and it's time to move forward.

The Cleveland Indians and San Francisco Giants are reported interesting in trading for Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., but we wonder if that will be an unexpectedly tough call for Boston.  JBJ is an amazing fielder, but his streakiness at the plate is ulcer-inducing.  We can see how moving him would tempting, but are the Sox owners prepared to deal with any backlash from trading the team's only Black player, with everything else happening this year?  Our guess is that the answer is no.

We can not stop thinking about the tragic loss of actor Chadwick Boseman to colon cancer at age 43.  His career was far too short, but his legacy is one for the ages.   As Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr writes, our loss largely comes from a selfish place, because for us, it's about the performances we'll never get to watch from a man we don't actually know.  We also can't get over the work Boseman did for four years while battling cancer.  His role as Black Panther was properly celebrated at the time, but to now understand he did it will while also waging this fight puts it on an entirely different level.  Finally, there's also a larger element here of feeling like the bad news just won't stop this year.  All we can do is just try to live our best lives one day at a time in order to survive this mess, while also remaining mindful of the fact that tomorrow is promised to no one.

Chadwick Boseman August 30 2020Millions mourn the premature passing of Chadwick Boseman.  (pic via

It is a fitting and glowing tribute to Chadwick Boseman's widespread impact that the announcement of his death is the most-liked tweet of all-time.

If you missed it last night (or just want to see it again), Black Panther will be airing on TBS at 8:00 tonight. 

Hold on, it appears Black Panther will also be on ABC tonight.

Cheers to former Grey's Anatomy star Sara Ramirez for coming out as nonbinary on Friday.  We should all be able to openly identify ourselves in the way that holds the truth for us.  We hope other people in similar situations feel supported by her announcement.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's have Avicii close things out with, "Wake Me Up," for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  BDH and Little Buddha say you're invited to come back later if you want to read for a while or maybe check out Black Panther again.  Otherwise, be good, wear your masks, 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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