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Tuesday Clutter: President Biden, U.S. Supreme Court vs. Abortion, New England Patriots, Jimmy Fallon, Drew Barrymore, Sammy Hagar, ZZ Top, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  I hope your week is off to a good start so far.  BDH and Little Buddha are excited because it's almost time for the weekly trip to check out the new releases at the bookstore.  Our crew is almost done with the second of three books on their nightstand, so I have a little more time to find something new for them to read, but it would be great to get it today.  There are also a few other errands on the to-do list, and the guys tell me it will be in the mid-70's and cloudy.  I can work with that.  First things first, let's check out the news.  There's coffee on the counter, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Tuesday Clutter.

President Biden announced yesterday that the United States will ship 80 million doses of the coronavirus vaccines around the world by the end of June.  Helping others who need assistance fighting the pandemic is both the morally right call, and in this country's best interests.

The White House released the 2020 tax returns for both President Biden and Vice President Harris yesterday.  See, it's not that complicated when you don't have illegal activities to hide.

The U.S. Supreme Court is coming for Roe v. Wade once again, as the never-ending conservative attack on women continues.  The court agreed to hear the case of Mississippi's abortion law which limits the procedure to 15 weeks and has no exceptions for rape or incest.  This blatantly goes against the precedents established by Roe of 24 weeks and the protections for assault survivors.  Remember when Republicans said Justices Barrett and Kavanaugh weren't going after Roe?  Turns out they were lying.  Who could have seen that coming?

Conservatives get angry when women want to control their own lives, and they're obsessed with punishing them for it.  This is Donald Trump's lasting legacy.  All of his other policies can be corrected relatively quickly.  However, we are likely stuck with his three SCOTUS appointments for years, and possibly decades, to come, long after he's been incarcerated.  This is why conservative judges are more important to Mitch McConnell than anything else.  Republicans don't need democracy if they can keep control via the judiciary.

U.S. Supreme Court May 18 2021Right-wing attacks on women's health never stop.  (pic via usnews.com)

Apparently Donald Trump isn't doing anything to help his embattled pal Rudy Giuliani as Giuliani comes under increasing scrutiny from federal investigators.  This never gets old.  The man, who is more obsessed with loyalty than anyone else on the planet, never fails to bail on his allies once they stop being useful to him.  Trump needs serious psychiatric help to deal with his issues, but it's amazing that he's been doing this for his entire life and people still fall for it.   Maybe Giuliani will remember that if/when he's given the chance to cut a deal.

The Kim Potter manslaughter case is scheduled to begin on December 6.  Potter is the former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed Duante Wright, a 20 year-old black man, during a April traffic stop, when she claimed she mistakenly grabbed her handgun instead of her taser.  Potter is charged with second-degree manslaughter and is facing a maximum sentence of 10 years if convicted.  There can be no justice in this country without accountability for all.

Also, what percentage of traffic stops actually need to happen in the United States?  Unless someone is putting others in harms way with their actions, the police can run plates from a distance, and fines can be sent directly to the driver's home.  How many lives could be saved by eliminating unnecessary interactions with the police in the first place?

The New England Patriots are bringing back Brian Hoyer on a one-year deal, because the team apparently can't get enough quarterbacks.  Hoyer will join Cam Newton, Mac Jones, and Jarrett Stidham for the time being, but we'll see how long this lasts.  Our understanding is that Bill Belichick and his staff see Hoyer as a future coach, so perhaps he's there to help Jones.  Belichick has been adamant that Cam Newton will start under center next season, so is Stidham on his way out the door?  That would probably be best for his young career, because he won't get any more snaps in Foxborough anytime soon.

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon has been renewed for five more years, so Fallon's not going anywhere, even though his show is currently third to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel Live!  NBC would probably be happy to avoid ever having to deal with another soap opera about hosting this show like the ones they had with Jay Leno, David Letterman, and Conan O'Brien. 

Drew Barrymore says she regrets working with Woody Allen in 1996, now that she has children of her own.  Barrymore made the comments to Dylan Farrow during an interview on her talk show yesterday.  The talk show host said to Farrow:

"Then I had children, and it changed me because I realized that I was one of the people who was basically gaslit into not looking at a narrative beyond what I was being told. And I see what is happening in the industry now and that is because of you making that brave choice. So thank you for that.”

Rebel star Katey Sagal isn't going down without a fight after her new show was abruptly cancelled by ABC. Sagal took to Twitter to encourage Rebel fans to sign an online petition to save the program.  We haven't watched Rebel, but it did seem like it got axed surprisingly quickly, considering how hard it was being pushed.  This kind of campaign has worked before with programs like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, so maybe Sagal and company will get another chance, either on ABC or another network. 

Actor John Barrowman lost another project after allegations about him exposing himself on the Doctor Who set years ago came to light again.  Big Finish just scrapped a Doctor Who reunion audio series featuring Barrowman and David Tennant, due to the current negative headlines about Barrowman.  It's unclear if Torchwood: Absent Friends will ever be released.  If we had to put money on it, we'd bet the series sees the light sometime in the next few years.

This is an interesting look at Sammy Hagar's longtime involvement with the tequila business.  The singer has to be considered one of the founding fathers of the celebrity tequila market.  Whether you consider that a good or bad thing is up to you, but he was definitely there before just about anyone else realized there was a fortune to be made in this area.   We've got a bottle of Cabo Wabo tequila sitting on a small liquor shelf in the kitchen.  Tequila was never really our thing, but a friend gave us the bottle because of Hagar's Van Halen connection.  To our fairly uneducated palate, if you're going to drink this stuff, the Cabo brand isn't a bad choice.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's ZZ Top to take us out with a live version of their classic, "La Grange" 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, 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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