Monday Clutter: Derek Chauvin Trial, Coronavirus Vaccinations, Dr. Fauci, George W. Bush, U.S. Supreme Court, Boston Red Sox, Adam Driver, Evanescence, and more
Wednesday Clutter: Chauvin Verdict, Home Depot Boycott, Mitch McConnell, Netflix, Boston Red Sox, Ted Lasso, Ted Nugent, Meat Loaf, and more

Tuesday Clutter: President Biden, MyPillow Lawsuit, Walter Mondale, Facebook, Boston Red Sox, DeShaun Watson, Alex Smith, Kobe Bryant, Peter Tosh, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  Yesterday was not as productive as I was expecting, but that's okay.  We'll just try again today.  Speaking of which, I see that today is April 20, or 4/20 as some might refer to it.  Well, I know what's on our schedule - first there's a trip to the bookstore for BDH and Little Buddha, then there's some yard work, and then finally, grocery shopping.  Cheers to those who observe the date in a different fashion.  The guys are eager to sort through the headlines, so let's get to work.  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.

Senate Republicans are doing President Biden a favor by being clear they don't support raising the corporate tax rate to pay for Biden's infrastructure proposal.  The increase and overall package are popular with voters, and if the GOP doesn't want to participate, Biden and Senate Democrats shouldn't waste any time going right around them.  Let us know if Republicans ever have any interest in governing again.  They continue to kowtow to a man who thought the presidency was about tweeting and playing golf.  From here, it looks like they have nothing to offer but tax cuts for the wealthy and culture war attacks, so let them spin their wheels while Biden puts this country on a better path.

President Biden April 20  2021President Biden isn't here to waste time.  (pic via ny1.com)

Whatever the eventual verdict in the Derek Chauvin case, it's likely to be a challenge for President Biden, who has presented himself as an ally of both the Black community and the police.  Biden is an empathetic man, but he still has a default setting for backing the police with comments like warning against looting and rioting during anti-police violence demonstrations. 

Republicans are having a meltdown over Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California) urging telling supporters, "We've got to get more confrontational. We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business,"  if Derek Chauvin is found not guilty of killing George Floyd.  We're not going to listen to a lecture from a single Republican who was silent for four years while Donald Trump ranted about legal cases and other issues that caught his attention.

Here's hoping the reports that the Biden administration is considering a cap on nicotine levels in cigarettes are accurate.  We support any science-based steps that can be taken to reduce smoking in this country.

Dominion Voting Systems is suing MyPillow for $1.3 billion in a defamation lawsuit brought about by MyPillow CEO/crackpot Mike Lindell making fraudulent claims about the company helping steal the 2020 presidential election.  Now MyPillow is suing Dominion for $1.6 billion for defamation, with a filing that is rambling and full of conspiracy theories that might leave one thinking someone in management needs to see a mental health professional.  In a perfect world, MyPillow would end up paying $2.9 billion for wasting everyone's time with their extremist nonsense.

We're sorry to hear  former Vice President Walter Mondale died.  Mondale is credited by many with making the VP role more of an active partnership, thanks to his efforts while serving with Jimmy Carter.  He was a strong progressive who viewed government as a tool to make the world a better place.  Mondale may have lost badly in the 1984 presidential election against Ronald Reagan, but the world of politics is better off for him having been a participant.  It sounds like he had a chance to say goodbye to family and friends in his final days, and that's all any of us can really ask for when our time comes.  Walter Mondale was 93 years old.

A federal judge ordered alleged Proud Boy leaders Ethan Nordean and Joseph Biggs to be jailed before their trial for their roles in the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol.  That was a reversal of a previous ruling that allowed the men to remain free, driven by the government presenting new evidence that the two men could be a danger to the public.  Nordean and Biggs have been charged with a number of crimes, including obstruction of an official proceeding, obstruction of law enforcement, destruction of government property and conspiracy.  They and their extremist cronies tried to destroy this country's democracy.  They should be hit with the heaviest possible sentences if found guilty.

Facebook announced it will be releasing its own version of Clubhouse in the weeks/months ahead.  Our first thought is that this audio-only feature sounds a lot like a conference call where people can listen in, and that makes our crew feel a little shy.  However, BDH and Little Buddha think we should ask whether or not you folks would be interested in participating in something like that with us.  Drop us a line at info@clearingouttheclutter.com if you think we should explore this some more. 

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union that recently tried to organize at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama wants the results thrown out, arguing the company improperly interfered in the election by threatening layoffs and the possible closing of the facility if a union was approved.  Just think about how terrified Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and the rest of management must have been by the idea of their workers organizing to make those threats.  That speaks to the power of collective bargaining, and it demonstrates how Bezos has built his obscene wealth by exploiting others.

The Boston Red Sox bounced back from being swept in a Sunday doubleheader by beating the Chicago White Sox 11-4 yesterday.  The Red Sox offense struggled on Sunday, but they quickly turned things around by jumping out to a 6-1 lead in the first inning and never looking back.  Boston starter Nate Eovaldi gave up the four runs over 6 1/3 innings, as he continues to get off to a solid start this season.  The big question remains, can he stay healthy for the entire year?  He's got the pitches, he just needs to avoid another extended stint on the IL.  Next up, the Toronto Blue Jays come to town, with Eduardo Rodriguez taking the mound for Boston tonight.

We're also glad to hear, as the linked article points out, that members of the team and organization got their vaccinations yesterday.  It's important to protect their health as individuals, to reduce the chances of the coronavirus damaging their season, and to help make Fenway Park a safer place for everyone.  We're a little less than a month away from our first in-person game since late 2019, and we can't wait.

DeShaun Watson's legal team filed a response yesterday to the lawsuits alleging he engaged in sexual misconduct with a number of women.  The response attacks the women making the claims, but it doesn't deny that the Houston Texans quarterback committed the acts in question.

2020 NFL Comeback Player of the Year Alex Smith announced his retirement yesterday.  The 37-year-old quarterback said on Instagram that he still had more football in him after being released by the Washington Football Team, but he wanted to "see what else is possible" and enjoy walks with his wife and kids.  Cheers to Smith, who nearly lost his right leg after a gruesome hit two years ago.  His return to the field was amazing, but he deserves to spend the rest of his life not worrying about getting hit again.  We wish him the best of luck with his future endeavors. 

Basketball shoe fans, how are we feeling about Kobe Bryant's estate not renewing their contract with Nike?  It sounds like the estate felt the shoe giant wasn't paying the late basketball icon the proper amount of respect.  Is this a huge deal?  Are you excited to see who picks up the mantle?

We've got a new MCU trailer for you!  Can't say we knew much about Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings before this clip, but it looks like a fun ride.  John Wick came to mind while watching it, but we'll have to wait until the movie comes out to see if that's a fair comparison.  Speaking of which, it will be released on September 3, but we'll probably wait for the streaming option.  Have a look:

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  In honor of those whose plans may differ from ours today, here's the late great Peter Tosh to close things out with, "Legalize It" 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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