Tuesday Clutter: Duante Wright, Trump, Vaccine Questions, Julian Edelman, NCAA Stands Against Discrimination, AC/DC, Bruno Mars, and more
Welcome back! How are you? BDH and Little Buddha were up early listening to the birds chirping away this morning. The guys think the birds were reminding me to check out the new releases at the bookstore after we're done here. Sounds like someone is eager for something new to read. Guess we better get to work then. 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 Tuesday Clutter.
The Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police say the officer who killed Duante Wright during a traffic stop on Sunday accidentally drew her gun instead of her taser. First, if someone can't tell the difference between the two weapons, they have no business interacting with the public. Second, that just adds to the fear every Black person has when dealing with the police: "Am I likely to die because they're racist or because they're an idiot, or both?"
Finally, as others have pointed out, we could do away with about 95% of all traffic stops by police. Plates can be run from a distance and most tickets can just be sent to the driver's home without a face-to-face interaction. There's no reason to set the public up for danger by forcing them to interact with the police for minor violations. Duante Wright was pulled over for having air fresheners hanging from his rear-view mirror, and it got him killed.
Driving while black shouldn't be a death sentence. (pic via deccanherald.com)
Donald Trump is ramping up his attacks on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying McConnell didn't fight for Trump's presidency, and he won't fight any changes to the U.S. Supreme Court. With any luck, at this rate, next year's Senate Republican primaries will be such a disaster, the GOP will lose seats, as the party continues to devour itself.
There's disagreement over how to handle the current surge of coronavirus cases in Michigan. Governor Gretchen Whitmer wants the federal government to send more vaccines. However, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky says that's not the answer, because it will take vaccines too long to stem the tide. Dr. Walensky says the state must "close things down" to tackle the recent 18% increase in caseloads. One has to wonder if both steps couldn't be taken at the same time. Also, and we are not saying this is the case, but it seems fair to ask if Governor Whitmer's reluctance to reintroduce any kind of new quarantine is at all tied to the fact that she was the victim of an alleged kidnapping plot the last time such steps were taken.
On a related note, federal officials are apparently now recommending a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after six people developed blood clots shortly after their shots. That's six people out of roughly seven million vaccines delivered. With all due respect to the people who suffered the clots, how many more people are likely to get seriously sick/die because of a slowdown in vaccine distribution? This is overkill, and hopefully the pause won't be too long. Time is of the essence, especially as the country also now has to battle virus variations.
In any case, it's clear that we're not done with this pandemic yet, friends. Wear your mask, keep your distance, and get vaccinated as soon as you get the chance.
It's good to see Boston Acting Mayor Kim Janey plans to release the records from the 1995 internal Boston Police Department investigation of former officer/union head Patrick Rose that found it likely Rose molested a child, yet the BPD allowed Rose to remain on the job. However, an independent investigation is still necessary. The public has no reason to trust that there will be a full account of what happened without it.
Yesterday's Boston Red Sox - Minnesota Twins game in Minnesota was postponed out of respect for the Duane Wright situation and possible security concerns, according to Twins executives. The two teams are still currently scheduled to play this afternoon, but we'll see if that happens.
It wasn't surprising, but we were still sorry to hear that New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman retired yesterday after an amazing 12-year career. The 34-year-old took a beating on the field and had been dealing with knee problems for the last few seasons. A converted college quarterback, Edelman was the definition of a clutch player. He was second only to Tom Brady as the biggest offensive key for the Patriots during his time with the team. Edelman was nails in the postseason with 118 career postseason receptions for 1,442 receiving yards, second only to Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. Speaking of the Hall of Fame, of course we admit bias, but the view here is that Edelman's postseason success should warrant him at least consideration for Canton. We wish Edelman all the best and say thank you for everything.
Good for the NCAA for saying it won't hold championship events in states that discriminate against transgender athletes. If the states that are pushing these hateful policies won't change their stances for the right reasons, at the very least, it will cost them. Republicans are on the warpath against transgender kids right now to distract from the fact that they have nothing to offer the country in terms of governing.
Sorry, Doctor Who fans: Christopher Eccleston may be returning as the 9th Doctor for some new Big Finish audio adventures, but Billie Piper says she still has no interest in coming back as Rose Tyler right now, citing the pressures that come with the gig. We've seen things can change over time (see Eccleston's own return as an example), so maybe she'll have a different view down the road. Either way, we're excited to hear the 9th Doctor back in action soon.
Chicago Med is apparently getting a new character. The linked article doesn't say exactly what this woman's background is, but she's a nursing student with a connection to someone at the hospital. We're pretty sure we know what the relationship is, but no spoilers here.
We've been taking a break from Disney+ since WandaVision, but this new trailer for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier looks like fun. We may have to check this series out after all. Have you folks been enjoying it?
We've also got the first trailer for the new season of Mythic Quest. Has anyone watched this? Is it funny? It doesn't feel like the show gets much attention, but maybe that's because it's on AppleTV+? It doesn't seem like their shows, besides The Morning Show, get a lot of coverage.
Hold on, we've got one more: Dave Grohl has a documentary coming out on Amazon Prime Video called What Drives Us, which seems to be about life on the road for young bands. That could be interesting, especially to see the classic footage of famous groups out on the road before they hit the big time:
AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has an autobiography coming out this fall. Bet he's got some amazing stories to tell after some 40 years with the legendary band. The Lives of Brian will be released on October 26.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's wrap things up with something that will put a little bounce in your step. Here's Bruno Mars with a fun live version of, "Locked Out Of Heaven" 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 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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