Friday Clutter: Vaccine Approval, Rep. Gaetz, U.S. Supreme Court, New England Patriots, Reese Witherspoon, Dexter, Selena Gomez, Ozzy, Genesis, and more
Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all. It's an exciting day at Clutter Headquarters, because I'm off to get my second vaccination shot once we're done here! I'm so pleased that it's finally here, and I can start thinking about seeing some familiar faces again in the weeks and months ahead. BDH and Little Buddha are also happy. They love me to pieces, but I don't think they'll object to me leaving the office a little more often.
The garden compost arrives tomorrow, so here's hoping I don't have any real side effects. Otherwise, I guess I'll just have to start working on that pile on Sunday. Oh, and I have to get my bike back from the shop. They told me repairs could take up to three weeks, but it ended up being just 48 hours. That's how you set expectations! Anyway, that's the big news on this end - let's get to work. The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.
Dr. Anthony Fauci says he hopes the coronavirus vaccines will receive full FDA approval "very soon." Hopefully that will erase concerns for some of the people who are currently resisting getting their shots. Everyone has to do their part to finally end this nightmare.
Convicted sex trafficker/Rep. Matt Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg reportedly wrote a letter explaining that he and Gaetz paid for sex with multiple women, including a minor. The letter was given to Trump crony Roger Stone as part of Greenberg's request for a pardon at the end of Trump's term. Of course Gaetz continues to deny everything, but we're trying to remember when we set the over/under for his indictment. Was it August 1?
The hole keeps getting deeper and deeper for Rep. Gaetz. (pic via abcnews.go.com)
The Republican-controlled Florida legislature followed Georgia's lead by passing its own voter suppression bill yesterday. Governor Ron DeSantis is expected to sign the legislation into law, because weakening democracy is a top priority for the GOP. It's probably only behind the eternal push for tax cuts for the rich and the obsessive assault on reproductive health.
The U.S. Supreme Court sided 6-3 yesterday with an undocumented immigrant who was challenging his deportation. The ruling said the government had to provide a single comprehensive document with the charges and hearing date. What's fascinating about this case is that we can't think of another situation where the majority would consist of Justice Neil Gorsuch (who wrote the opinion), along with Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Amy Coney Barrett. Don't expect to see that coalition form again anytime soon.
Amazon's 1st quarter sales were up 44% over this time last year, as the company continues to thrive in the pandemic. Amazon officials seem confident that the upward trend will continue, even after the economy opens up again and people get vaccinated. In that case, they should have no problem paying their fair share in taxes and allowing their workers to unionize.
The Boston Red Sox lost 4-1 to the Texas Rangers last night. Boston starter Martín Pérez only gave up two runs over 5 2/3 innings, and he also had seven strikeouts. However, the Sox made two errors, and it's also hard to win when your offense only generates one run and three hits. Next up, Nate Eovaldi will take the mound against the Rangers tonight.
Look at that, the New England Patriots took quarterback Mac Jones in the first round of the NFL Draft last night. It's the first time Bill Belichick has ever taken a QB in the first round in his entire coaching career. This is pretty much the best of all possible situations. The Patriots may have their long-term quarterback, and they didn't have to give up anything to get him, since he was available at #15. Cam Newton is probably playing on borrowed time, Jarrett Stidham should clean out his locker, and this should be the end of the non-stop Jimmy Garoppolo speculation. We don't care what the Patriots do with the rest of their picks - they've already nailed this year's draft.
There was some speculation that the Green Bay Packers might trade Aaron Rodgers before the NFL Draft began, but the team still says they intend to keep Rogers for next season. Of course, that can change in an instant if the right deal comes along. We had flashes of Rodgers playing for the Patriots for a little while, but it just became all Mac Jones all the time here.
Reese Witherspoon shared some thought about how she and Britney Spears had similar scandals and issues with the paparazzi, but the press decided Witherspoon was a "good girl," while Spears was a "bad girl." The actress knows things could have gone differently for her if the media hadn't chosen that path for her career.
Hey Dexter fans, we've got the first teaser trailer for the upcoming Season 9 for you:
BAFTA suspended actor Noel Clarke after an extensive article in The Guardian laid out multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by Clarke. He denies all of the allegations, except for one, and he says he apologized for that incident. We only know Clarke from his role as Mickey Smith on Doctor Who, but it's disappointing to hear he allegedly behaved so inappropriately.
Cheers to singer Selena Gomez for her recent candid comments about her struggles with mental health issues. Public figures talking about battles with things like anxiety and depression always help reduce any stigma around these topics. Gomez has launched a mental health campaign called #MentalHealth101 with her beauty company, and we wish her the best of luck.
Genesis will tour the United States for the first time in 14 years this fall. The final date is December 15 at TD Garden in Boston. Hmm, that's going to require some thought. We used to listen to that group all the time years ago, and we've seen Phil Collins live as a solo act, but never with Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks. Mid-December might be far enough from now to start thinking about seeing a concert...
Ozzy Osbourne has apparently been keeping busy by recording a new album. The singer says he's almost finished with the follow-up to last year's "Ordinary Man," but no word about a release date yet. Perhaps he's procrastinating so he can spend more time in the studio instead of listening to Sharon complain about being fired from The View.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Gotta go head out for shot #2. We're going to ponder that concert for a while longer, but in the meantime, here's Genesis to close things out with, "Invisible Touch" 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 welcome to come back later to watch the Red Sox game and talk about Mac Jones with them if you like. 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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