Sunday Clutter: Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, President Biden, Young People in Politics, Rep. Gaetz, SNL, Boston Red Sox, Sesame Street, Law & Order: Organized Crime, Black Label Society, and more
Wednesday Clutter: President Biden, New CDC Guidelines, Google, Starbucks, Goldman Sachs, Boston Red Sox, Britney Spears, Counting Crows, and more

Tuesday Clutter: Mask Guidelines, President Biden, Andrew Brown, Rick Santorum, NFL, General Hospital, Chris Cornell, and more,

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  Sorry we missed you yesterday, but we finally finished moving Dad Clutter's office, by which I mean, we watched the movers take care of everything.  Can't say I love moving as a general experience, but this was the friendliest crew I've ever worked with, and they did a terrific job.  It's great to finish that project, because now it means I have more time for the garden on Mondays! 

BDH and Little Buddha still have a long way to go with their new book, so I'm not sure we'll be making a trip to the bookstore today.  It's always nice to have things to read, but I don't want the guys to feel any pressure to rush through this one.  We'll see.  However, the first item of the day is checking out today's headlines with all of you.  The birds are chirping, and we've got coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Tuesday Clutter.

The CDC is expected to release new mask guidance today for people who have been fully vaccinated.  We don't know for sure what the language says, but we'll probably continue with business as usual when it comes to masks, even after we reach full vaccination stage in a few weeks.  Mostly it comes down to this - if the CDC says people who are fully vaccinated don't have to wear masks outside, that's great, but you know people who haven't had their shots will also do it.  We don't want to encourage that kind of selfish behavior.  We just heard that an acquaintance, who was about our age, died over the weekend from the coronavirus.  This pandemic isn't over, and we don't want to condone anything that will extend it even further.  In any case, we'll find out later today what the CDC has to say on the matter.

If U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson really said he would rather "let the bodies pile high" than have a third lockdown, that should be the end of his time in office.  The British people deserve a leader who won't sacrifice their lives to serve his own political interests.

Good for President Biden, who is expected to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $15 today, which is up from the current $10.95.  Biden's executive order will go into effect in early 2022.  It will increase rages for hundreds of thousands of people in a wide variety of professions and will be an important step towards reducing income inequality. It will also hopefully increase public pressure for the minimum wage to be increased for non-government workers. 

President Biden April 27 2021President Biden once again takes action to improve the lives of ordinary Americans.  (pic via ca.sports.yahoo.com)

If you know someone who fell for this GOP propaganda about President Biden allegedly wanting to force people to limit their red meat consumption, we encourage you to sit them down and ask them how their life went so wrong.  It takes three brain cells and three seconds worth of critical thought to grasp that this is one of the dumbest things Republicans have put out there so far during Biden's administration.  Anyone not capable of that basic activity may need to talk to a medical professional.

Republicans push idiotic stories like the meat thing in order to distract voters from the reality that Joe Biden's first 100 days in office have been historically good for the stock market. 

The 2020 Census results are here:  This country has a reported population of 331 million people, and some states (Texas, Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon) are gaining seats in Congress, while others (California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia) are losing them. The wild thing is that if New York had just 89 more people counted, the state wouldn't have lost a seat.  You think 89 people in the state blew off their forms?  Seems like a safe bet.  It's like voting - everyone needs to do their part.  The results also help allocate federal funds to the states and additional data will be used for states to redraw their congressional districts before the 2022 midterms.  It's possible that redistricting alone could tip the House to Republicans next year, so you can be sure we haven't heard the last about this.

Andrew Brown's family was only allowed to watch 20 seconds of the video of the police murdering him, but that clip reportedly shows Brown was shot in the back of the head, with his hands on the steering wheel of his car, as he tried to drive away from police.  It doesn't sound like he was any threat to the officers, and we hope this case will be pursued by prosecutors.  We'd also like to know why the police only showed the family 20 seconds of the encounter.  What are they hiding?

Rick Santorum is being widely criticized for his recent comments downplaying the existence of Native Americans in United States history.  It's no surprise that the longtime conservative would make such bigoted statements, but it once again highlights the fact that there's no reason for CNN to continue to use Santorum as their default Republican talking head.  Anchors like Jake Tapper would never allow a KKK leader to be a regular guest on his show.  What's the difference?

The Boston Red Sox are on the road again.  First stop:  The New York Mets.  Garrett Richards takes the mound for Boston tonight, as he continues to try to find his previous form and show he won't be the glaring weakest link in the Red Sox starting rotation all season.

A reporter asked San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan if quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will still be on the roster after this week's NFL Draft.  Shanahan replied that he couldn't guarantee Garoppolo, or anyone else, would even be alive on Sunday, let alone on the roster.  That seems a little over-the-top.  If you don't like Jimmy G., just trade him or release him.  There's no reason to resort to murder, Kyle.

Potential Kansas City Chiefs tight end Kyle Culkin says he will convert his entire salary this year to Bitcoin, assuming he makes the team.  We're talking about a little over $900,000 here, so quick question - do you think that's a smart gamble by Culkin, or is he an idiot? 

All we'll say about this year's Oscars is that Chadwick Boseman should have won "Best Actor"  for his electrifying performance in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.   We have no doubt Anthony Hopkins did a great job in The Father, because he's Anthony Hopkins, and he's always terrific.  However, Hopkins had already won an Oscar, and this would have been the only one for Boseman.

Hey General Hospital fans:  The soap opera's tribute to Sean Donely (played by the late John Reilly) will reportedly air on Friday, May 21.  We're confident it will be an episode longtime viewers will enjoy.  The show tends to be good with specials like this.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  We went on a bit of a Chris Cornell binge on YouTube last night, so here he is to close things out with a haunting performance of, "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart" for today's, "Song of the Day."

It's such a loss that such a terrific voice is no longer with us.

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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