Tuesday Clutter: "Impending Doom," Amazon Union Campaign, President Biden, Mike Pence, Derek Chauvin Trial, Comic-Con, Boston Red Sox, Russell Crowe, Lil Nas X, and more
Friday Clutter: Rep. Gaetz Scandal, Coronavirus, Wall Street, Stabler-Benson Reunion, Doctor Who, Suicide Squad, Paul Simon, Amy Winehouse, and more

Wednesday Clutter: President Biden, Transgender Day of Visibility, Rep. Gaetz, New York Legalizes Pot, Boston Red Sox, Backstreet Boys, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back, friends!  How are you?  It suddenly turned into a crazy week here.  I picked up some large branches out of the back yard yesterday morning.  They were casualties of Monday's wind, and some of them were fairly large.   I was relieved the car was in the garage and wasn't hit by any of them.  Only problem was, when I went to run an errand yesterday afternoon, I looked up and saw a large tree limb sticking out vertically from the other side of the garage roof.  That was no good.  A quick check inside the garage, and sure enough, there was a big old hole with two limbs coming through. 

That led to a flurry of phone calls to find someone to fix the roof, especially since it's supposed to start raining later tonight.  The good thing was that I found a crew who came here first thing in the morning today.  However, that meant we didn't have enough time to go through the headlines with you guys first.  The problem got worse, because the insurance guy comes tomorrow morning, and then there are errands that have to be done right afterwards, so we weren't going to see you again until Friday.

Well let me tell you, BDH and Little Buddha didn't like that notion at all.  They are glad everything is being fixed so quickly, but they hate going more than a day or two (at the most) without seeing you.  The guys insisted that we check in to say hi and see what's happening.  We have coffee and tea (caffeinated and decaffeinated), so help yourself to any beverage you like, and let's clear out some Wednesday Clutter!

(BDH and Little Buddha also want to remind you to check out the latest items in the Clutter store.  You can grab a water bottle and/or tote bag and take us with you this spring!)

Look at that:  After being a running joke for years under the previous administration, President Biden released an actual infrastructure bill which will repair this country's deteriorating roads, bridges, railways, and the like.  He will then soon release another package which will deal with manufacturing, health care, housing, schools, and more.  This plan will also mean jobs and an increased focus on renewable energy sources, and it will be funded by tax increases on the wealthy and corporations.  Republicans will find boogeymen to freak out over, but polling already shows strong support for the plan and its funding sources.  The Biden administration has been aggressive so far about improving the lives of ordinary Americans and not kowtowing to the economic top 1%.  

President Biden also issued the first-ever presidential proclamation recognizing the Transgender Day of Visibility today.  Everyone deserves to be able to openly live as their true selves without having to worry about discrimination or violence against them.    On a related note, the Pentagon is undoing Trump-era bans on transgender individuals serving in the military.  While the GOP looks to destroy the lives of members of this community, especially the children, President Biden offers compassion for everyone.  When you factor in Biden's efforts to get Barack Obama to embrace same-sex marriage, he really has earned a reputation for being a champion of equality for all.

President Biden March 31 2021A true leader.  (pic via yahoo.com)

A new poll says President Biden's approval rating is at 61%.  That's what happens when you put a decent and hard-working leader in charge of a crisis.  Republicans will throw everything at the wall they can find to try to scare voters, but even many members of their own base see Biden doing the right thing, day in and day out.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) is under federal investigation for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.  Gaetz, who was reportedly looking at leaving Congress to take a job with the propaganda outlet Newsmax, has been talking way too much in response for someone in this situation, However, who is going to stop him?  He denies the allegations and has some wild claim about his family being the victim of an extortion plot, and his relationship with the woman in question was somehow being used to halt the investigation.  

It's weird that the QAnon crew doesn't seem excited about one of their stories finally coming true.  This is the same Rep. Gaetz who was the only member of Congress to vote against a human trafficking bill in 2017.  He's also the same guy who has a "troubling" (at best) relationship with a young man named Nestor whom Gaetz refers to as his "adopted son." Who could have guessed he might be involved in something shady?   What we want to know is, does Gaetz have something about Donald Trump to give prosecutors?

The CDC says the coronavirus was the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2020, behind heart disease and cancer.  We're moving in the right direction, but we're not out of the woods yet, folks.  Wear your masks, keep your distance, and get your vaccinations.   Also, stay as far away as you can from fools who still say the whole thing is a hoax.  That's good for your mental well-being, as well as your physical health.

Congratulations to New York for becoming the 15th state to legalize recreational marijuana.  The drive towards a more rational reality-based drug policy in this country moves forward.  It's also a push forward in the direction of racial equality, as criminal records will be expunged for people convicted of activities that are now legal.  The failed "War on Drugs" has disproportionately hurt people of color, and we must repair that damage as much as possible, with the goal of creating a more just country.

This article says iPhone users will be able to sort their Facebook newsfeeds by chronological order "in the coming weeks," but BDH and Little Buddha noticed it a couple of days ago, so they're feeling pretty special right now.  (The duo also want to remind you that you're always welcome to visit them on their Facebook page.  They love any chance to hang out with you.)

It sounds like the U.S. Supreme Court might be siding with college athletes in their lawsuit against the NCAA regarding compensation.  Calling these  players "amateurs" is one of the biggest scams in professional sports.  The schools are making millions off these guys and don't want to pay them their fair share.  A decision is expected by June. 

Baseball is back for real tomorrow, when the Boston Red Sox face the Baltimore Orioles at 2:10 p.m. on Opening Day at Fenway Park.  We still need to get a media guide for help with all of the new faces, but we're excited to see this group back in action.  All we really ask for every season is meaningful games in September, and this team seems like it can accomplish that.  Anything more is a bonus.

The Deshaun Watson story continues to get uglier, as 21 women have now filed lawsuits against him with various claims of inappropriate behavior.  To be clear once again, we have no idea whether or not Watson did any of what's alleged.  The authorities should fully investigate everything, and the repercussions should match the confirmed offenses.  However, we still find attorney Tony Buzbee to be suspicious, and if he engaged in anything shady to bring about these lawsuits, he should also face consequences for his actions.

It doesn't sound like celebrities are any more excited than anyone else about the idea of a Comic-Con during Thanksgiving weekend.  Should we start laying bets on when this gets cancelled/rescheduled?

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  We should probably issue a preemptive apology, but this tune was playing on the radio right before we sat down, and damn if it isn't still catchy as hell.  We leave you with the Backstreet Boys and, "Larger Than Life," (complete with trivia) for today's, "Song of the Day."

You're welcome!

Thanks for hanging out with us, folks.  We're so glad we were able to make this work today.  Oh hold on, this week is new "One Chicago" shows.  You're totally welcome to come back tonight to watch those with us.  We just went grocery shopping, so we even have snacks!  Otherwise, pretty sure we will be gone tomorrow, so be good, stay safe, don't fall for any April Fool's Day pranks, and we'll catch up with you again on Friday.  Until then, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.


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