Sunday Clutter: President Biden, "America First" Caucus, Coronavirus, Peloton, Boston Red Sox, Mookie Betts, Trevor Lawrence, Brett Favre, Black Panther 2, The Black Keys, and more
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Monday Clutter: Derek Chauvin Trial, Coronavirus Vaccinations, Dr. Fauci, George W. Bush, U.S. Supreme Court, Boston Red Sox, Adam Driver, Evanescence, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How was the rest of your weekend?  I had a great time in the garden yesterday afternoon.  A little sore this morning, but not too bad.   Filled four yard waste bags, and I still have some more work to do before the compost arrives in two weeks.  That's okay, we'll get there.  BDH and Little Buddha say the birds are chirping about how there's some sunlight now when we wake up in the morning.  That definitely makes for a better start to the day.  So, overall, we're all doing well, and now you're here, which makes everything even better.  There's a fresh pot of coffee on the counter, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Monday Clutter.

The closing arguments in Derek Chauvin's trial will be heard today.  We all know what happened and who is responsible for George Floyd losing his life on that terrible day.  The question is which charge fits Chauvin best: second-degree murder, third-degree murder, or second-degree manslaughter.  We leave that to the jury to decide, but Chauvin must be held responsible for his actions.  There can be no justice in this country without accountability, but even that is just the first step.  A conviction in this case is important, but the ultimate goal must be not making simply being Black life-threatening in the first place.

The CDC says just over 50% of U.S. adults have received at least one coronavirus vaccination shot, and 32.5% of these folks are fully vaccinated.  That's great news, but there's still more work to be done.  Everyone in the country who is 16+ is eligible to be vaccinated as of today, and we hope folks will take advantage of that as soon as possible. 

Coronavirus Vaccination April 19 2021Do your part and get vaccinated.  (pic via whyy.org)

Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci said the pause on the Johnson & Johnson shot might be lifted by the end of this week.  We certainly hope so.  It's understandable that the Biden administration is trying to downplay the potential harm of their decision, but the longer the delay, the greater the chance for people to start doubting the importance of getting vaccinated, and that's the last thing this country needs.  There's also the issue of the virus variants which are spreading across the country.  We can't afford unnecessary delays.

It was a violent weekend in the United States, with shootings occurring across the country.  We are a nation awash in guns, with one political party advocating that the solution is even more weapons.  Our country must be able to do better than this, but we're not sure how we get there, when the national gun obsession is like a virus.  Dr. Fauci is right to call the problem a national health emergency.  It requires focused action like the pandemic.

Former President George W. Bush called for Congress to "tone down" the rhetoric about immigration.  Don't really think that's a "both sides" sort of issue, since Republicans are the party supported by White supremacists, but you've got to find alternative GOP voices somewhere.  Of course, given that Bush himself is a war criminal who, up until you-know-who, would have been considered the head of the most corrupt presidential administration of our lifetime, we're not that excited to hear from him on any topic.  It says a lot that he's now seen as a possible "moderate" voice in the GOP.

Former Attorney General Bill Barr and Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett reportedly have new book deals.  We look forward to not reading either of those.  A whitewashed version of how the former acted as Donald Trump's personal attorney instead of serving the country, while the latter spins some tired rhetoric about how her personal views have nothing to do with her conservative rulings?  Pass.  We will definitely find better options for BDH and Little Buddha to read.

Speaking of books, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is accused of violating campaign finance rules by using donor funds to promote his new book.  Sounds about right.  Also, Republican groups seem to spend a lot of money pumping up book sales for GOP officials.  It's almost as if they know they represent a shrinking minority of the country, and these books would be flops without this artificial boost.  Frauds, everywhere you look.

A new poll says a majority of Americans want to end lifetime appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court.  That's an interesting issue to consider, but given that it would likely take a constitutional amendment to achieve, we don't see that happening.  Only 38% of the poll respondents support the idea of expanding the court, while 20% are undecided, which means advocates of that proposed change have some work ahead of them. 

A suspected poacher was reportedly killed by a group of elephants at the Kruger National Park in South Africa.  We can not tell a lie, our sympathy is not high.  Poaching reflects the failure of an economic system to provide better opportunities to earn a living.  At the same time, good for the elephants.

What is this?  The Boston Red Sox lost both games of yesterday's doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox to fall to 10-6 on the season.  That just won't do.  Nate Eovaldi will take the mound for Boston at 11:10 on this Patriots' Day morning to try to help his team split the series with Chicago.  Of course, Patriots' Day is also usually Marathon Monday in Boston, but not this year.  We have so many fond memories of taking the day off from work to meet friends downtown for what was usually the only day-drinking of the year, while watching both the Sox game and the marathon runners.  Mind you, we'd be ready for bed by 3:00 in the afternoon, but it was worth it. 

We've seen enough poor New York Yankees starts over the years to not assume their current troubles will last all season.  However, we will enjoy watching them sit in the AL East cellar for as long as it lasts.

It's not clear what kind of knee surgery Tom Brady had after the Super Bowl.  However, he reportedly seems to be walking fine and sounds like he expects to be ready to go at the start of next season, so the drive to play until age 45 continues.

In case there was any doubt about where he's heading after the NFL Draft, Trevor Lawrence just thanked Jacksonville fans for sending him wedding gifts and pledged to donate $20,000 to local charities, so hello, Jaguars.  (Side note:  Sending your local quarterback-to-be a wedding present is bizarre.)

We know how much many of you love you some Adam Driver, so here's the trailer for his new movie, Annette which also stars Marion Cotillard.  You're welcome:

New Doctor Who companion John Bishop says he got in trouble with the BBC for supposedly giving away information about the show. Unfortunately, what Bishop is talking about is the background of his new character, and not when Series 13 will begin.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's kick off the week with a new track from Evanescence.  Here's, "Better Without You" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  The forecast calls for another nice day, so enjoy yourself, 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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