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
Welcome back! How's your week going so far? Everything is fine on our end at the moment, except I couldn't find a new book for BDH and Little Buddha to read yesterday. That was a little disappointing, except I just remembered that someone they like has a new release next week. That's exciting. Well, I guess they'll focus on listening to the birds and watching Red Sox games until then. Sounds like a solid schedule. For now, let's check out the headlines. 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 Wednesday Clutter.
President Biden is expected to announce today that his administration will remove almost all U.S. troops from Afghanistan before September 11. We'll believe it when we see it, but we hope he sticks to this decision. Military hawks will yell about "surrender," but there's no achievable endgame for the American military in that country, and it's well past time to stop wasting resources, when the United States has other urgent priorities. Soldiers were sent to Afghanistan to deal with those responsible for the attack on 9/11, and that happened a long time ago. The United States needs to stop being an occupying force around the world, and there's no need to stay in Afghanistan any longer.
It's time to reset U.S. military priorities. (pic via nbcnews.go.com)
President Biden spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday and proposed a summit meeting in the months ahead. No word about a date, but we enjoy having a White House occupant who isn't also a Russian agent again, so maybe a meeting between these two men could actually benefit the United States this time.
President Biden has more than met any obligation to reach out to Republicans about his infrastructure bill or any other part of his legislative agenda. The key problem remains that Republicans have long demonstrated they have no interest in governing, so Biden is right to make it clear he'll move without them if necessary. He was elected to implement changes to improve the lives of ordinary Americans, and it's a small window before the next election cycle begins. Biden did his part - now show us any members of the GOP who want to do more than complain about him or engage in tired culture war attacks.
A new poll shows President Biden's approval rate is at 60%. People want results, and Biden is delivering them, which is why the GOP is panicking. If Republicans rediscover any interest in governing, that's fine. Otherwise, get out of the way.
Prosecutors are expected to announce today whether or not charges will be filed against Kim Potter, the now-former Brooklyn Center police officer who shot and killed Duante Wright on Sunday. There's no doubt Potter is responsible for Wright losing his life during that traffic stop. There can be no justice in this country without accountability, and that especially includes police officers. It's a minimal ask to expect law enforcement officers to in fact follow the law like the citizens they have the power to arrest or kill. Qualified immunity must be eliminated, and officers like Potter, Derek Chauvin, and others who end lives, must face the judicial system. Simply being Black should no longer be a life-threatening status.
Liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer needs to retire this year before Republicans have a chance to steal yet another seat on the court.
The pause on the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine needs to be lifted as soon as possible. We're talking about a negligible risk of blood clots, and the danger posed by COVID-19 is far higher. J&J may only make up 5% of the federal government's vaccine stock, but between the people who have to delay their appointments, and those who will now start to fall for anti-vaccine propaganda, this halt could well end up costing some people their lives.
The Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 yesterday for their seventh straight win. The team now sits on top of the AL East with a 7-3 record, and they may not lose another game this season. Boston starter Martín Pérez got into trouble early, giving up two runs in the first inning. However, he limited the damage and went on to pitch four scoreless innings before turning the game over to the bullpen who kept the Minnesota bats quiet. The Boston bats eventually warmed up on a chilly day, with Bobby Dalbac hitting a two-run double, and home runs from Hunter Renfroe and Rafael Devers to seal the win. The pitching was by far the biggest question about this team at the start of the season, and so far, they've had nine strong outings in 10 games. Sounds good to us. Next up, Nate Eovaldi takes the mound against Minnesota this afternoon.
Rob Gronkowski thinks former teammate Julian Edelman may not be done with football after all. The wide receiver announced his retirement on Monday, but could he follow Gronk's path and eventually reunite with the big tight end and Tom Brady on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? We tend to doubt it. Edelman seems like an old 34, and it's hard to imagine he can really still compete at a NFL level on a bad knee. However, if he does end up in Tampa, we'll just shrug. Edelman gave everything he had in New England, and he delivered in the clutch every time. Whatever his future holds, we wish him the best.
Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson are joined by Selma Hayek for the upcoming The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, a sequel to the 2017 movie The Hitman's Bodyguard. (How long do you think it took to come up with the title?) The movie looks like it could be some silly summer fun. However, as far as we can tell, it's got a theater-only release on June 16, so we'll probably end up waiting for the streaming version down the road. Check it out:
On the other hand, we might give Army of the Dead a chance when it comes out on Netflix on May 21. Zombie movies aren't usually our thing, but director Zack Snyder and Dave Bautista is an interesting pairing. We'll just watch it in the middle of the day, and if the violence gets to be too much, we'll switch over to a Red Sox game or something.
NBC ordered a pilot for a sitcom starring Demi Lovato about people in an eating disorder group, and Peacock ordered a pilot for a drama starring Wil Forte about a man who wants to commit suicide. We'll see if either one even makes it to the air first, but they both feel like they're playing with fire, particularly Lovato's show. The singer has been open about her own struggles with food over the years, so maybe she can find the line for dealing with the issue while getting laughs, like Mom does with addiction.
Look out, Urkel is dealing pot: Former Family Matters star Jaleel White has developed his own marijuana strain and will be selling it in partnership with a company called 710 Labs. White says "ItsPurpl" is flavored like grape candy. Our staff doesn't smoke, and we're not really fans of things that are grape flavored, besides, you know, grapes. However, anyone who tries this product should feel free to send us a review at email@example.com.
There's an ER reunion happening on YouTube on April 22 as a fundraising event. If you remember the days when the show was "must-watch TV," this could be a fun event.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. We recently heard this tune for the first time in ages, and it's still fun, so here's The Human League to close things out with, "Tell Me When" for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. BDH and Little Buddha just confirmed that tonight's "One Chicago" shows are repeats, but you're still invited to come back later and watch the Red Sox game with them if you like. (Maybe you could bring snacks?) Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day, be good, 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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