Friday Clutter: Rep. Gaetz, Derek Chauvin Trial, Amazon Union Drive, Boston Red Sox, Batman, Eddie Van Halen, Prince, and more
Tuesday Clutter: Duante Wright, Trump, Vaccine Questions, Julian Edelman, NCAA Stands Against Discrimination, AC/DC, Bruno Mars, and more

Monday Clutter: Police Violence, Biden and the Supreme Court, Matt Gaetz, Trump, Boston Red Sox, Angelina Jolie, Supernatural, DMX, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  Sorry we missed you over the weekend, but I unexpectedly got my first vaccination shot on Friday afternoon, and it had me a bit out of commission on Saturday.  Felt better Sunday, but I had twice the running around to do since I didn't get much done the day before.  Now we're back in business. 

BDH and Little Buddha were very excited when I told them I was off to get my shot.  We thought it was more likely to happen somewhere in mid-May at the earliest.  Now I have concrete plans to see a Red Sox game once I'm fully vaccinated.  Add to that, gardening season is underway, plus the birds are chirping, and you've got one happy crew.  It's also a crew that has a long to-do list this week, so let's get to work.  There's a fresh pot of coffee on the counter.  Grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Monday Clutter.

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The prosecution in the Derek Chauvin trial is expected to rest its case this week.  Chauvin's lawyers may find medical experts who will endorse the defense's claim that George Floyd died from drug use.  However, they won't be able to erase the fact that multiple members of the Minneapolis Police Department made it clear that Chauvin didn't follow procedure when he put his knee on Floyd's neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds.  The blue wall of silence broke for once, and hopefully that will enable justice to be served in this case. 

The Chauvin trial hasn't even ended yet, and the Black community in Minneapolis is dealing with the trauma of another man killed by local police.  The violence and trauma just doesn't stop.

Minneapolis Protest April 12 2021Another killing, another protest.  (pic via themalaysianreserve.com)

We wish Lieutenant Caron Nazario the best of luck in his lawsuit against two Virginia police officers who he claims used excessive force and committed an unlawful search and seizure during a traffic stop last December.  (One officer has since been fired.)  The video of this incident is deeply disturbing, as the two officers used pepper spray on Nazario and looked eager to shoot him for no reason.  The officers' report at the time tried to justify their actions by alleging Nazario drove slowly, had tinted windows, and no plates on his vehicle.  Nazario said he was looking for a safe place to pull over and had temporary plates on the car.  What's clear is that the officers were eager to use force and didn't care that there were cameras recording them.  That makes it easy to imagine what happens when they're not being recorded.

Meanwhile, outrage continues to grow over the fact that the Boston Police Department allowed a former union leader to stay on the force for more than two decades after sexual abuse charges were filed against him.   A department that covers up this sort of thing has little interest in protecting public safety.  The people of Boston deserve an independent investigation into everyone associated with Patrick Rose's case, with real consequences attached to their actions.  Anything less will look like a cover-up and further erode confidence in a department that many already distrust these days, especially in light of their handling of last year's Black Lives Matter protests. 

President Biden announced the creation of a panel on Friday to look at potential reforms to the U.S. Supreme Court, including the option of adding additional justices to the bench.  The 36-member bi-partisan body has six months to submit its recommendations.  This feels like a way to run out the clock on the notion of expanding the court, something which Biden has opposed in previous comments.  Nine justices isn't set in the U.S. Constitution.  It's up to Congress, and Democrats shouldn't continue to let Mitch McConnell's hijacking of the judiciary go unchallenged.  Republicans feel enabled to attack democracy in this country because they're counting on conservative judges to keep them in power.  That's an unsustainable structure for this country's long-term future. 

Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) was reportedly denied a meeting with Donald Trump recently.  Imagine thinking Trump would demonstrate any loyalty to you just because you spent years kissing his feet.  There's no benefit in a meeting for Trump, and we all know that's the only thing he cares about.  At this point, we're expecting a statement from the Trump camp saying he barely knows Gaetz.

Maybe Donald Trump couldn't make time for Matt Gaetz because he was too busy attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell during a rant in front of supporters on Saturday.  Trump reportedly called McConnell "a dumb son of a bitch," and criticized him for not being loyal enough, while also still lying his orange head off about the 2020 presidential election.  Can anyone here name someone more obsessed with loyalty than Trump?  The whole thing sounds deranged, but fortunately we're now talking about a sad private citizen instead of the White House occupant.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said in a 60 Minutes interview last night that the economy is ready to take off, but it depends on there not being another coronavirus outbreak.  You know what that means, friends - wear your mask, keep your distance, and get vaccinated when it's your turn. 

The Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 14-9 yesterday for their sixth straight win.  Boston starter Nick Pivetta gave up four runs over six innings, but the bullpen got into some trouble.  Fortunately, J.D. Martinez had himself a day with three home runs for four RBI.  Turns out he can still hit the ball when he's allowed to watch video.  Alex Verdugo and Rafael Devers also hit homers, as the Red Sox continue their hot streak.  Next up, Martín Pérez takes the mound on the road against the Minnesota Twins this afternoon.  The Twins won the AL Central last year, so they should be a better test for Boston.

Angelina Jolie has a new movie coming out next month.  Can't remember the time we saw her on the big screen.  Those Who Wish Me Dead will premiere in the theaters and on HBO Max on May 14.  This looks like something worth checking out at home:

Hey Supernatural fans, here's a quick update on what the main actors and actresses are up to these days, now that the show is over.  Is it too early for us to set the over/under on some time of reunion special/reboot at 3.5 years?

Our condolences go out to the family and friends of actor Joseph Siravo, who recently died after battling cancer.  The Broadway actor was known to many as Johnny Soprano on The Sopranos.  Siravo was only 64 years old.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  We were saddened to hear about the death of DMX since the last time we saw you.  He was a powerful force who will not be forgotten.  Let's have him close things out with Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts' walk-up song.  We leave you with, "X Gon' Give It To Ya" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It's always a treat to see you.  Before you go, BDH and Little Buddha want to give one last plug for the Clutter store.  Don't forget to give it a look!  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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