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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

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  It looks like this should be a lovely day.  BDH and Little Buddha have been listening to the birds as usual this morning.  One bird keeps chirping the same tune over and over.  The guys tell me what their friend is saying is, "We will have terrific weather today, and you should hang out with us in your garden this afternoon."  Who am I to argue?  It's time to start the next stage of clean-up before the compost arrives in two weeks.  Of course, that also means it's time to start stretching for two weeks.  However, let's check out the headlines first.  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 Sunday Clutter.

President Biden reversed himself on Saturday and said he would in fact increase the cap on refugees allowed into the United States, rather than sticking with the 15,000 limit imposed by the Trump administration.  Biden was under heavy criticism for abandoning a campaign pledge to raise the number, and he clearly got the message, although the new number has yet to be announced.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is already disavowing her new "America First" legislative caucus after reportedly getting pushback from Republican colleagues.  Mind you, GOP leadership has no problem with Nazis, who now make up a large percentage of their base.  They just want them to be more subtle about their views, as opposed to promoting a "common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions."  Despite House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's feeble claims otherwise, this party is one big dog whistle.  This is who they are.  Greene isn't in Washington by accident - she's the face of the modern GOP.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene April 18 2021Not one for subtlety.  (pic via abc7.com)

Rep. Matt Gaetz's troubles continue to grow, as it sounds like the woman who was 17 years old when she first met Gaetz and his associate Joel Greenberg may also be cooperating with federal investigators who are looking into whether or not Gaetz violated sex trafficking laws.

The Department of Justice is suing Trump crony Roger Stone for what is alleged to be nearly $2 million in unpaid taxes.

As of Friday, the daily average of coronavirus cases in the United States had increased 8% over the past two weeks.  Does that sound like we should be loosening restrictions?  Progress is certainly being made on the vaccination front, but this is no time to stop taking precautions to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.  Wear your mask, keep your distance, and get vaccinated as soon as you have the chance.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging Peloton Tread+ owners  with small children or pets to stop using their machines after one child died and multiple reports have been filed of injuries from products while they were in use.  The company says there's "no reason" not to use the machine, as long as the safety instructions are followed.

We've got the latest rumors about the upcoming iPhone 13, and we won't lie - much of this stuff goes over our heads.  However, for like-minded laymen, as far we can tell, the big news is that the fancy camera is getting fancier.  We'll give you a more detailed review when we get our own iPhone 13, which will likely be somewhere around 2018.

We started reading this article about Dogecoin, which is apparently the new trendy cryptocurrency, and then the Clutter investment team advised us to move on to something else.  The whole cryptocurrency market still seems like one big scam, and if we're wrong, so be it.  Frankly, we're old enough not to care if we miss out on the "next big thing."  We trust the investment team to do a good job with things we can understand, like stocks and bonds.  As long as that's the case, we'll focus on more interesting things, like yesterday's Boston Red Sox game.  Speaking of which...

The Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 yesterday to limit their losing streak to one game.  Boston starter Nick Pivetta did not have a good outing, giving up four walks in just 3 2/3 innings.  However, he only gave up two runs in the first inning, and the Boston bullpen kept the team in the game until the bats could come back to tie things up in the third inning.  After that, it was a battle to see who could drive in some runs first.  Boston won that contest when Marwin Gonzalez hit a clutch home run in the 6th, and then Red Sox added some security with a four-run eighth.  These guys are scrappers, and they don't back down from a challenge.  It's early, but they're starting to resemble the 2013 Red Sox, and that season turned out pretty well.

The two teams play a doubleheader today to make up for Friday's postponed game.  Tanner Houck takes to the mound for Boston this afternoon, and Martín Pérez gets the call for the nightcap, as the Red Sox try to build on the best record in the American League. 

Fun fact:  You know who has the worst record in the American League?  The New York Yankees.  This season is indeed off to a great start.

Listen, we're trying to stay focused on the 2021 Red Sox, and so far, they've been great.  However, it's hard not to watch game-saving catches like this one from one Mookie Betts and not feel a fresh round of heartache.  Should we be fortunate to live another 40 years, there will always be some resentment that the Red Sox traded Mookie.  What a play:

Presumed #1  NFL Draft pick Trevor Lawrence doesn't seem to have his entire identity and self-worth tied to success on the football field.  That's a healthy approach to life, but will it hurt him in any way in the draft?  NFL owners don't tend to like independent thinkers, and let's be honest, if Lawrence was black, there would absolutely already be stories out about his stock falling. 

Brett Favre thinks sports has become too political, and Shannon Sharpe isn't having it, describing Favre as a, "(t)ypical white, conservative male that’s stuck in his own little world that doesn’t give a damn about anything that doesn’t impact him."  We won't disagree with that.

We need to wish a very happy birthday to the 10th Doctor himself, David Tennant!  The Clutter favorite turns 50 years old today.

Black Panther 2 director Ryan Coogler says he will not move the filming of the movie from Georgia, despite the state's new voter suppression law.  Coogler writes in Deadline that he feels he can be more helpful by providing employment to some of the same people who have been targeted by the new law.

Anthony Mackie is currently getting a lot of press for his starring role in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but he's also got the #1 most-watched movie on Netflix right now.  Looks like 2021 is shaping up to be a good year for the actor.

Dominic Purcell will no longer be a regular on Legends of Tomorrow, and it doesn't sound like he and the show are parting on good terms, judging by his Instagram post on the topic.  It appears Purcell was not pleased with his proposed new salary.

Britney Spears said she's doing fine in an Instagram post on Friday.  Will the #FreeBritney crowd take her at word, or will they interpret this as some sort of further proof that the singer is unwell?  We wonder if Spears will ever tell her side of the story about her conservatorship. 

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here are The Black Keys to close things out with a tune from their new album which comes out on May 14.  We leave you with, "Crawling Kingsnake" 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 and this nice weather, 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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