Thursday Clutter: Earth Day, Trees, Andrew Brown Killed, D.C. Statehood, Boston Red Sox, LeVar Burton, How I Met Your Mother, Prince, and more
Welcome back! How are you? It looks like April is still working through some issues. Yesterday was lovely. I opened some windows and put on a new pair of shorts. Now, all of the storm windows are back down, and I turned the heat back on to make sure the plants aren't too cold. Of course, BDH and Little Buddha are fine. They can handle just about any temperature, and the birds are still chirping this morning, which makes them happy. The guys tell me the birds are saying they'd like to hear our duo read their new book today. Hey, if it supports reading time, I'm all for it. However, let's sort through the headlines first. We've got coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Thursday Clutter.
Good for President Biden, who is expected to mark Earth Day today by announcing that the United States will pledge to reduce its greenhouse emissions by at least half by 2030. Our country's return to the global climate discussion is long overdue. Republicans will have their predictable meltdowns about this commitment, and they should be promptly ignored, since the GOP will prioritize the gas and oil industry over the American people every time. This reduction is a hefty goal, and hopefully it will spur other nations to set their own ambitious targets. We're running out of time to repair the damage that's been done to this planet, and if we don't fix it, nothing else is going to matter.
Of course reducing emissions is critical, but so is planting new trees, according to the Earth Day Network. Do yourself a favor and make sure you read the linked article about all the ways trees make the world a better place. It's remarkable. If you'll excuse us, we're just going to take a quick break for a moment of silence for the late Clutter Tree. Our office has never been the same since that wonderful tree was needlessly cut down in 2019. Our view got worse, and it got much hotter in here without that shade, much like what happens on a global level when we remove trees.
Don't forget about the trees. (pic via almanac.com)
Protests are already happening over the death of Andrew Brown, a Black man who was shot to death by a sheriff's deputy in North Carolina yesterday. Brown was killed while driving away from the officer who was serving a search warrant, so the officer's life was clearly not in danger. There are still many questions about the incident at the moment, but we hope answers will be forthcoming soon. However, we also hope that the press will not blindly accept the police account. As we've seen in the Derek Chauvin murder case and so many others, the "official" version often differs from reality. It should be reported on in conjunction with accounts from eyewitnesses and other informed sources. Our condolences go out to Brown's family and friends.
The House is expected to once again pass a Washington, D.C. statehood bill today. The bill died last year in the Republican-controlled Senate, but we'll see if there's a different outcome this time, especially with the Biden administration already expressing its support for the proposal. The only argument Republicans have to oppose the legislation is because the new state would be strongly Democratic. It's beyond the GOP's comprehension that they might ever try to expand their own base beyond rich white guys, and they'd rather disenfranchise almost 700,000 people instead. If you're looking for a pro-democracy party, the GOP ain't it. If Senate Republicans try to filibuster the bill, Democrats should pull the trigger and abolish the filibuster once and for all.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) has been complaining about the Green New Deal for ages, and yet she just admitted she hasn't read the bill. Folks, the legislation is 14 pages long. This woman is atrocious at her job. She does nothing all day but troll people and wait for her next Fox News hit. This is the face of the GOP. This is the best they've got.
The Boston Red Sox lost 6-3 to the Toronto Blue Jays last night, as Garrett Richards still tries to regain his previous form. The big righty is currently the glaring weak spot in the Boston starting rotation, and giving up four runs and six walks over just 4 2/3 innings doesn't help. At least the Red Sox split the two-game series with the Blue Jays. One of the biggest takeaways we had from the 2013 championship season was that long winning streaks are fun, but as long as you win/split each series, you put yourself in good shape at the end of the year. Next up, the Seattle Mariners come to town, with Nick Pivetta taking the mound for Boston.
Jeopardy! fans have finally been heard: LeVar Burton will be a guest host for a week, after an extended public push to give him a run at the job. It seems likely that he would pull in a new group of viewers if he eventually got the permanent role. There's a whole generation of people who fondly associate Burton with the TV show Reading Rainbow, and it makes sense they'd want to see him as the new host. Burton's episodes will air July 26-30.
After several false starts, there is finally a How I Met Your Mother sequel, called, wait for it...How I Met Your Father. Can't imagine how they came up with that title. The new show will be on Hulu, and it stars Hillary Duff. We were talking about changing our streaming options yesterday, and Hulu came up as one of the possible choices. This show falls under the category of, "it won't get us to subscribe to Hulu by itself, but we will watch if we end up paying for the service anyway." We always enjoyed How I Met Your Mother, and didn't even hate the finale as much as most people, so we would give this a shot.
Jensen Ackles says his new character on The Boys has something in common with Dean Winchester. Damn it, we just realized The Boys is on Amazon Prime Video, so that's an argument for keeping the streaming service. Wait, we could pay for it on a monthly basis while Season 3 is happening, right? That's probably what we'll do.
How is it possible that yesterday was the 5th anniversary of Prince's death? The events of the last year have messed up our sense of time anyway, but it doesn't seem like his passing was that long ago. It's still hard to believe he's gone. Fortunately, Prince reportedly left behind a lot of unreleased music, so hopefully we'll still be hearing from him for years to come, but you know he would have had something powerful to say about recent events in Minnesota.
A KISS biopic is reportedly coming to Netflix? Oh sign us up for that. Gotta think that's going to be something between Mötley Crüe 's The Dirt, and Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, and we can't wait to watch it.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have Prince close things out with, "Sign O' The Times" 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 warm and 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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