Thursday Clutter: Biden and Guns, Senator Manchin, Rep. Gaetz, Mike Pence, Boston Red Sox, Law & Order: Organized Crime, Jensen Ackles, Jay Sean and Lil Wayne, and more
Monday Clutter: Police Violence, Biden and the Supreme Court, Matt Gaetz, Trump, Boston Red Sox, Angelina Jolie, Supernatural, DMX, and more

Friday Clutter: Rep. Gaetz, Derek Chauvin Trial, Amazon Union Drive, Boston Red Sox, Batman, Eddie Van Halen, Prince, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all!  What's the plan for the weekend?  Not sure what we're doing here, apart from a handful of errands, but we'll find something fun to add to the list.  BDH and Little Buddha have been keeping me company since about 4:30 this morning while I look for vaccination appointments online.  I got close a couple of times yesterday, but the search continues.  The whole thing has a strong "Hunger Games" vibe to it.  The birds have been chirping away like crazy, and the guys say they're offering their encouragement, which is nice.  Apparently they're also saying we should get to work.  There's an extra-large pot of coffee on the counter, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.

(There are just three days left to buy something from the Clutter store and help us increase our coffee budget!)

Things continue to get worse for Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Florida), as his associate Joel Greenberg is reportedly expected to cooperate with federal prosecutors with their investigation into whether or not Gaetz broke human trafficking laws.  This is the same man that Gaetz paid via Venmo, who then paid three young women in what appears to be a cash for sex situation.  That's apparently enough for Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) to become the first Republican to call for Gaetz's resignation.  Of course, the entire GOP should have already done it by now, but you have to start somewhere.

Rep. Gaetz April 9 2021The walls continue closing in on Rep. Gaetz.  (pic via abcnews.go.com)

Let all of the trolls hear this one loud and clear:  A medical expert testified in Derek Chauvin's trial yesterday that George Floyd died from a lack of oxygen due to how Chauvin handled him.  It wasn't about preexisting health issues or drug use.  Dr. Martin Tobin said that the reduction in Floyd's air flow "caused damage to his brain that we see, and it also caused a PEA arrhythmia that caused his heart to stop."  Chauvin's colleagues say what he did was "unnecessary" and against police procedure, and now we have this medical determination.  If you're still trying to blame Floyd for his own death, your agenda is clear.

Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) continues to miss the point with his calls for bipartisanship.  Manchin said the January 6 US Capitol attack "changed him," because he couldn't believe the country has, "this many people split to where they want to go to war with each other."  That implies Democrats participated in the attack, which is false.  Only one political party was involved in the January assault.  Team MAGA, and they alone, tried to stage a violent coup.  If you're in an abusive relationship, it's not your responsibility to act better.  It's role of the other party to stop attacking you. It's not on Democrats to reach out to Republicans, it's on Republicans to demonstrate they still support democracy, because their actions say the opposite.

We've got some unfortunate breaking news:  Prince Philip has died at age 99. 

Congratulations to Kimberly Goodwin, who is reportedly close to becoming the next president of ABC News.  That would make her the first Black woman to be in charge of a broadcast news division.

It doesn't look good for the union organizing drive at the Amazon warehouse in Alabama.  A final tally is expected today, but even if the campaign fails, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union can protest the results if they want to claim unfair practices by management.  If the NLRB rules in their favor, another election could be held.  Our guess is this story isn't over yet.

Facebook and Instagram were both down for about 45 minutes last night.  No word on what caused the problem.  BDH and Little Buddha wonder if someone accidentally pulled out a plug. 

Sam Adams is offering to buy a beer for people who get vaccinated.  Hey, whatever gets the job done.  If you do the right thing and get your shot, you deserve a reward.

The Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-3 yesterday for their 4th consecutive win, and just like that, the Sox are sitting on top of the AL East at 4-3.  Bring on the World Series!  Obviously the season is just beginning, but bouncing back from their 0-3 start was an important milestone for this team.  Boston's Eduardo Rodriguez did fine in his first start in almost 18 months, giving up three runs and four hits over five innings for the win.  We expect him to do well this year as he gets back into a groove.  

The starting pitching has been the most impressive thing about the team so far, with only one real bad outing in the first seven games.   That already puts them ahead of the last two years.   Garrett Richards owns the one disastrous performance so far, but he'll get the chance to make up for it when he takes the mound against Baltimore tonight.

Several "suspicious" baseballs from Trevor Bauer's recent start against the Oakland A's have been sent to MLB for examination.  It's not so much that we care one way or another about what, if anything, is found on the balls.  However, Bauer is a walking soap opera, and we're glad he's not Boston's problem.  Come to think of it, no one on this year's Sox roster has a reputation for being high maintenance, as far as we can tell.  Been a long time since that was the case.

We've got the trailer for Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One.  We're still not going to watch it, but Jensen Ackles is indeed a good choice for the voice of Batman/Bruce Wayne:

One of Eddie Van Halen's old guitars is up for auction right now, so if anyone is looking for an early Christmas present for BDH and Little Buddha, this would be a fantastic choice.  The current top bid is only $13,000, which is really a bargain if you think about it.   The auction ends on Sunday, so you still have a little time left.  If that's too pricey, you can also buy something from the Clutter store.

A new Prince album is on the way.  Welcome 2 America was recorded in 2010 and will be released by the late singer's estate on July 30.  It's the first full album to come from Prince's vaults since his death, but hopefully it will not be the last.

Things don't look good for DMX.  The rapper is reportedly still on life support after suffering a heart attack on April 2.  Our thoughts to out to his family and friends.

Sorry, Rage Against the Machine fans - the band's reunion tour has been pushed back again, this time to March 2022.  It was originally slated to kick off in 2020, but we all know what happened there.  Fingers crossed there will be no reason for any more delays after this.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's have Prince close things out with, "Welcome 2 America" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  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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