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Friday Clutter: Adam Toledo, Derek Chauvin, Trump, Coronavirus Vaccinations, Boston Red Sox, David Tennant, NCIS, Sex and the City, Of Monsters and Men, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all!  It's a rainy Friday, but it's still the end of the week, so that's fine.  Looks like it's going to rain all day, so I'm having a hard time thinking of excuses for why I shouldn't get some stuff done around here after we finish going through the headlines, but I'll give it my best shot.  BDH and Little Buddha say they'll do their best to keep me productive, so things should go well.  The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.

There is national outrage after the release of a video that shows a Chicago police officer shooting and killing 13-year-old Adam Toledo, even though the teenager had his empty hands up and was complying with the officer's orders.  The police and local DA originally claimed Toledo had a gun in his hands at the time of the shooting, but the video shows otherwise.  As we've seen time and time again, the police are unreliable (at best) narrators of incidents involving them, and their account of a shooting should never be taken as definitive by default.  This terrible incident is just the latest example of why there's no reforming this system.  You can't reform a structure that enables the shooting an unarmed child.  The way we use police in this country has to be dismantled and completely rebuilt.

Adam Toledo April 16 2021Just a 13-year-old boy.  (pic via abc7chicago.com)

There's been yet another mass shooting, this time in a FedEx facility in Indiana, which left eight people dead and others injured.  Folks, there have already been 147 mass shootings (defined as a minimum of four victims) this year alone.  What are we doing here?  This nation is drowning in guns, and it's as much of a crisis as the coronavirus pandemic.

Derek Chauvin won't testify in his trial for killing George Floyd.  That's absolutely his right, and we know the legal system is predicated on a foundation of presumption of innocence.  However, you know Chauvin is keeping his mouth shut because he has nothing to say about his actions that will help his case.  The prosecution has already shown he violated police policies that terrible day, and he is in no position to argue Floyd's cause of death.  Prosecutors would shred him if they get the chance, and that's why he's staying silent.

The Biden administration sanctioned a Russian associate of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort yesterday for giving internal Trump polling data to Russian intelligence officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.  That's the most definitive evidence of collusion we've seen yet.  Donald Trump worked with Russia to steal the election in 2016, and he worked with White supremacists to overturn the 2020 election.  The man is a demonstrated enemy of this country, and he should be behind bars.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said it's likely people who get his company's coronavirus vaccine will likely need a third shot within 12 months and may also require annual shots in the future.  That's fine, as long as officials make it as easy as getting a flu shot.  People will not handle it well if they have to go through this Hunger Games nonsense of combing through websites and continually calling hospitals to see if they can get a shot, like they're trying to buy concert tickets.

British researchers say there's a much bigger risk of getting a blood clot from the coronavirus than from a vaccine.  All the more reason to end the pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) spoke for many yesterday when she told Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to "shut your mouth," as Jordan attempted to continue attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci after his time expired during a hearing.  Jordan brings nothing of value to Washington.  All he can do is rant and scream and provide whatever soundbites Fox News needs for the day.  A man who helped cover up sex abuse has no business being a lawmaker.  We ask our Ohio readers - has he done anything to benefit your state since he's been in office?

The Boston Red Sox lost 4-3 to the Minnesota Twins yesterday, which is weird, because we thought it was understood they wouldn't lose again for the rest of the season.  Oh well, nine straight wins is still pretty good.  Boston starter Garrett Richards continues trending in the right direction after a horrific first outing.  The big righty gave up two runs over five innings on Thursday, and we'll take that.  However, thanks to a combination of blown calls by the umpires, and Red Sox errors, they came up just short against the Twins at the end of the day. 

Next up,  Boston come home to face the Chicago White Sox for a weekend series.  Nick Pivetta takes the mound for the Red Sox tonight as they try to start new winning streak.  (Although, now that we think about it, that game may get rained out.)

Happy 16th anniversary of the day David Tennant was announced as the 10th Doctor.  We didn't know Tennant before he joined Doctor Who, but he's been a favorite of ours ever since.  Everyone has their favorite Doctors, and we won't disagree with anyone else's list, but our top three are 1) Tom Baker, 2) David Tennant, and 3) Peter Capaldi. 

NCIS has been renewed for a 19th season, which is pretty damn impressive.  It sounds like Mark Harmon had to be talked into coming back for another year.  The show will be over when Harmon has finally had enough, so we'll see if this ends up being last call for the series. 

How do we feel about Pete Davidson playing Joey Ramone in an upcoming Netflix biopic about the legendary punk singer?  Kinda seems like that could work, right?

Also, what do Sex and the City fans think about the news that John Corbett is apparently part of the upcoming series reboot on HBO Max?  Are you happy Aidan is returning?

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Of Monsters and Men to close things out with a tune off their new album.  We leave you with, "Destroyer" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  BDH and Little Buddha seem pretty convinced tonight's Sox game will be postponed, but they say you're still welcome to come back and hang out later if you like.  They'll see what else is on TV.  Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day, 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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