Wednesday Clutter: Chauvin Verdict, Home Depot Boycott, Mitch McConnell, Netflix, Boston Red Sox, Ted Lasso, Ted Nugent, Meat Loaf, and more
Welcome back! How are you? I'm a little sore after working in the garden for the last couple of days, and it feels great. It's fun being back outside, getting some fresh air, and playing in the dirt, without having to worry about masks and social distancing for a little while. Things are off to a good start, although there's still some more work to be done before the compost arrives in 10 days.
The big news is that I found a new book for BDH and Little Buddha yesterday! It's going to take them a while to read, and they're excited to get started. It was funny - I got to the store a little before they opened. When the staffer unlocked the door, he said something to the effect of, "You're early, but come on in! I know you, you're the guy who comes in every Tuesday morning to check out new releases. I know what day it is when I see your mask." Just one more reason to support your independent bookstores, friends.
Anyway, let's get to work. The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Wednesday Clutter.
Former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts in his trial for the death of George Floyd yesterday. Chauvin was convicted of second-degree and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter, and he is looking at a maximum of 75 years in prison when he is sentenced. This was an important verdict, but it's not justice. True justice would mean George Floyd was still alive and with his family today, but at the very least, Chauvin was held responsible for his crime. We must make it clear that the police are expected to follow the law like everyone else, and that this continual assault against anyone who isn't white has got to stop.
This country owes a debt of gratitude to the witnesses to the murder who spoke out against this heinous act, and especially to Darnella Frazier, the teen who taped the whole thing. These folks testified about feeling guilty that they couldn't save Floyd, but without them, this case may have been dismissed like so many others before it. This verdict also speaks to the power of organizing, because the public pressure brought by the BLM marches also made sure officials couldn't look the other way. It was good to see the system work for once, but this is fight nowhere near over. Congress must tackle the George Floyd Act regarding the systemic issues that drive these cases, and President Biden should be leading the charge for police reform.
Yesterday was an important win in the ongoing fight for justice. (pic via straitstimes.com)
Georgia faith leaders are calling for a national boycott of Home Depot, because the company remains silent while the battle continues to rage over the state's new voter suppression law. This issue isn't going away, and corporate silence will be seen as complicity with this discrimination.
When they're not trying to dismantle democracy in the United States, Republicans keep themselves busy with an assault on the 1st Amendment by proposing a slew of new bills to punish protestors for assembling and speaking their minds.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell would like the press to talk more about liberal Supreme Court justices who oppose(d) expanding the court, and not about the fact that this debate is happening because McConnell pushed through three judges under dubious circumstances which has damaged the legitimacy of the institution.
Are the days of "Netflix and chill" almost over? The company sharply missed expectations for new subscribers in the first quarter, and some are wondering if it has already hit its peak, as competitors continue to multiply in the streaming space. We're doing some rethinking of home entertainment options at Clutter Headquarters. Amazon Prime Video may soon get cut, because we were so turned off by the company's anti-union efforts, and it's hard to say Netflix consistently gives us enough content to justify the price. What are you folks using these days? Disney+ is definitely on the table, especially with Loki arriving soon. (The news that Olivia Colman and perhaps Emilia Clarke are also joining the Disney+ family pushes us further in that direction.) Do we need to look at Hulu or something else? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 last night to improve to 12-6 on the season. Sox ace Eduardo Rodriguez continues to impress after missing all of last season because of coronavirus-related myocarditis. The lefty gave up three hits and two runs over six innings, and he looked in control all night. As the Sox announcers discussed during the game, Rodriguez has picked up his pace this season (a point of emphasis for all Red Sox starting pitchers), and the results have been impressive so far, particularly considering that he's coming back from serious health issues.
Manager Alex Cora will have to take care of E-Rod throughout the long season, but so far, so good. Having Xander Bogaerts hit a three run home run for his first dinger of the year also helps. Next up, Garrett Richards will continue to try to shake the label of being the weak link in the rotation, as the Sox look to sweep this two game series against the Blue Jays tonight.
Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout launched the hardest-hit home run of his career against the Texas Rangers last night. Trout's shot had an exit velocity of 115.5 MPH, which is pretty pretty fast. It was a gorgeous homer, and we just can't stop wondering what it would mean for Trout's career, and MLB as a whole, if he played for a more competitive franchise.
Brooklyn Nets star James Harden suffered a setback dealing with a hamstring injury and is now expected to be out "indefinitely."
We're still not getting Apple+, but everyone we know who has it can't stop raving about Ted Lasso, so we're pretty sure they'll all be excited to see the season 2 trailer:
Aging rocker Ted Nugent has been spouting coronavirus conspiracy theories for the past year, and guess who just came down with it? That's right, Nugent, who posted a video announcing it and making it clear that the virus is no joke. Nugent is still racist garbage, but we'll all be better off if his video makes any other MAGA cult follower grasp that this pandemic is a real crisis, and they should be following the advice of medical professionals.
We're sorry to hear Jim Steinman died on Monday. No cause of death was announced. The songwriter/producer worked with a number of artists over the years, including Bonnie Tyler, Celine Dion, and Air Supply. However, we most associate him with Meat Loaf's Bat out of Hell album. We had a bit of a Meat Loaf phase in the early 1990's when he momentarily returned to the charts, and those songs were adventures. Each one seemed to be about 10 minutes long, with these extended intros and grandiose intentions, and they weren't like anything else we were listening to at the time. Steinman was 73 years old. Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have Meat Loaf take us out with, "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Hold on, BDH and Little Buddha say tonight's "One Chicago" episodes are new, so you're welcome to come back later to watch with them, or maybe read for a little while with the guys if you like. We're going grocery shopping this afternoon, so we'll have snacks. Otherwise, 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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