Wednesday Clutter: President Biden, Duante Wright Shooting, Justice Breyer, J&J Pause, Boston Red Sox, Julian Edelman, Ryan Reynolds, Dave Bautista, Demi Lovato, Urkel, The Human League, and more
Friday Clutter: Adam Toledo, Derek Chauvin, Trump, Coronavirus Vaccinations, Boston Red Sox, David Tennant, NCIS, Sex and the City, Of Monsters and Men, and more

Thursday Clutter: U.S. Supreme Court Reform, "Gag Rule" Reversal, Kim Potter Charged, Rep. Gaetz, Coronavirus, Boston Red Sox, F9, Chadwick Boseman, Roxette, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?   Doing okay, or already counting the hours until the weekend?  We're just plugging away here.  BDH and Little Buddha were staring out the window listening to the birds, and they realized the leaves are starting to show on the trees.  It seems like that just happened in the last 48 hours.  Is this the best time of the year?  You're shaking off the winter and still have so much to look forward to, but it's not time to break out the fans yet.  Well, we can debate whether or not it's the best, but it's pretty good.  Now I just have to hope this silly storm doesn't cause too much damage to the garden, which is off to a great (and slightly early) start this year.  Fingers crossed. 

Let's get to work.  The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Thursday Clutter.

Good for Congressional Democrats for introducing legislation to expand the number of seats on the U.S. Supreme Court from nine to 13.  Mitch McConnell and company have deeply damaged the court's legitimacy by installing three associate justices under dubious circumstances in a blatant power grab to protect themselves from a diminishing voter base.  The American people are stuck with these appointments long after the White House occupants who sent them there are gone, and unless something changes, the McConnell Court will be harming lives for generations to come.  President Biden may wish otherwise, but this issue isn't going away.

U.S. Supreme Court April 15 2021The status quo can not be allowed to stand.  (pic via apnews.com)

It's great  the Biden administration is beginning the process of once again repealing the so-called "gag rule" which prevents clinics that provide abortion services from also receiving federal family planning funding.  This particular crusade highlights how the anti-choice community is a bunch of frauds.  If they really cared about reducing abortions, they'd support increased access to contraception to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies.  Instead, their entire movement is about punishing women, particularly low-income women who need help accessing fundamental health care.

The Biden administration is also expected to announce new sanctions against Russia today for that country's interference in last year's presidential election.  It really is refreshing to no longer have a Russian agent in the White House. 

Former police officer Kim Potter has been charged with second-degree manslaughter after killing Duante Wright during a traffic stop on Sunday, when she allegedly mistook her gun for her taser.  There must be accountability when one takes a life.  Potter's indictment is important, but the bigger goal is to reach a point where simply being Black isn't a life-threatening condition in the United States in the first place.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan Pentland  has been charged with third-degree assault after accosting a Black man who was walking in Pentland's neighborhood.  The incident was caught on video, and the man did nothing to warrant the abuse from Pentland.  Sgt. Pentland is a drill sergeant at Fort Jackson, and one can only imagine what he's subjected the Black men he's trained to while in that position of authority.  Walking while Black shouldn't be a life-threatening situation.  This country is nowhere near living up to its claims of equality for all while people are being threatened daily just because of the color of their skin.

Things continue to get worse for Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) as new documents reveal his associate, accused sex trafficker Joel Greenberg made multiple payments to young women, including a then-17-year-old girl that Gaetz later messaged Greenberg about a year later.

Meanwhile, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) says the GOP will take action against Gatez if he's indicted.  There's courage for you.  If this was a Democrat, Republicans would have been screaming for weeks now calling for Gaetz's resignation.  Just another reason why no one should ever listen to a Republican who lectures about morality.  Not one of them has the standing for it.

The CDC says keeping the middle seat open can reduce the transmission of the coronavirus, but airlines are ignoring the recommendation.  That's one more reason why we're not flying anywhere anytime soon, even after we're fully vaccinated.  It will be great to slowly make plans with friends again, but those connections will involve walking, driving, or an occasional trip on public transportation, where we don't have to be in a closely-confined space for hours at a time.

Dr. Anthony Fauci is trying to downplay concerns about the pause of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, saying he "thinks" it's a matter of days to weeks, not weeks to months.  Listen, Fauci is a medical expert, and we are not, but we believe he's underestimating the potential damage that could be caused by this hiatus.  There are people who will have to wait longer for their vaccination, leaving them more at risk from the coronavirus than from a side effect that's less common than those caused by birth control.  It also gives anti-vaxxers ammunition to generate more distrust of the entire process, rather than assure people that the government is taking this seriously.  Those are more immediate and pressing concerns than six blood clots out of almost seven million shots.

The Boston Red Sox are on fire:  The Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 and 7-1 yesterday to sweep the doubleheader and run their winning streak to nine straight games.  The starting pitching continues to impress, with Nate Eovaldi giving up two runs over five innings in the first game, and Eduardo Rodriguez giving up one run over five innings in Game 2.  If the starters keep the Sox in the game, the offense should come through more often than not, even when they're not on fire.  That's still the single biggest uncertainty about this team, but so far, the rotation looks fantastic.  Garrett Richards takes the mound for Boston this afternoon as they try to run their streak to 10 games.  Richards owns the one horrific outing by a Sox starter this year, but he looked better in his second outing, so here's hoping he can build on that today.

Congratulations to Chicago White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon on throwing a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians last night.  Rodon had a perfect game going for 8 1/3 innings until he hit Cleveland catcher Roberto Perez with two strikes.  That's probably going to drive the pitcher nuts for a while, but at least he still got the no-no.

There's a new trailer for the upcoming F9, which will be in theaters on June 25.  This looks like some quality escapist fun, but we're not going to the movies that soon, so we'll wait for the streaming version.  Plus, John Cena's performance is so stiff in this clip, we reserve the right to change the channel if we can't take listening to him any longer.  Even with that, we expect the latest installment in this never-ending franchise to pull in about a gazillion dollars at the box office:

On the other hand, give us this new Netflix documentary about Chadwick Boseman right now.  We can wait until it comes out on Saturday the 17th, but immediately would be better:

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Roxette to wrap things up with, "Joyride" for today's, "Song of the Day."

We'll be humming that in the car today.

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was a treat to see you, as always.  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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