Friday Clutter: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds ACA Again, GOP Against Voter Protection, Interest Rates, Doctor Who, Nicolas Cage, Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd, Van Halen, Duran Duran, and more
Monday Clutter: Variant Risk, Voting Protection, Jeff Bezos, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, Otters, Will Smith, Beatles Documentary, Demi Lovato, and more

Sunday Clutter: Cruise Ships, Rep. Gaetz, Champ Biden, Colorado Gun Law, Interest Rates, Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Bucks, Cole Beasley, Seinfeld, Nina Simone, Van Halen, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  We'd like to wish a happy Father's Day to all of the great dads out there.  BDH and Little Buddha also want to send big hugs out to everyone who finds today hard for any reason.  The guys say you're welcome to hang out with them all day if you like.  It sounds like it's going to be a warm one, so you can sit by the fan and help them with this week's rock and roll crossword puzzle.  It's a tough one.  First, though, let's go through 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 Sunday Clutter.

A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against the CDC's guidelines for the cruise industry, saying they were an overreach by the agency.  The injunction will remain in effect until July 18, when the CDC will have the opportunity to submit more narrow measures.  This seems like a loss on the public health front, but vaccines or no vaccines, cruise ships are floating petri dishes.  Anyone who wants to go on a cruise these days should be sent to the middle of the ocean and left there, far away from civilized society.

The investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz is apparently expanding into a larger look at political corruption in Florida.  It's outrageous, but not surprising in the least, that Republicans remain silent about the fact that one of their members is accused of sex trafficking.  The GOP has no morals and is nothing but a collection of hypocritical frauds.

Conservatives are ramming through voter restrictions because they know the GOP represents a shrinking minority of the country, but that's not their only anti-democratic move:  Republican state governments are also doing everything they can to restrict progressive policies from being passed via ballot initiatives.  Conservatives know they've lost the battle of ideas, so they'll do whatever they can to keep their power.

We're sorry to hear Champ Biden died.  The elder of the Biden family's two German Shepherds was 13 years old. Pets are family, and it's always heartbreaking to lose them.  You have to think Major is wondering where his friend went.   We spent a good portion of yesterday going through pictures and videos of Champ, and it's obvious he was a very good dog.  RIP. 

Good for Colorado Governor Jared Polis for signing a bill which allows cities and towns to enact gun control policies which are at least as strong as state law.  Gun violence is as much a local issue as it is a state problem, and if municipalities want to take greater steps to reduce violence in their communities, they should have that ability.  Now the question becomes, will this survive the inevitable challenge from the gun lobby that places profits over human lives?

Governor Polis June 20 2021Governor Polis did the right thing for the people of Colorado. (pic via apnews.com)

The S&P 500 fell 1.31% on Friday after St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard told CNBC he thinks the Fed should start raising interest rates as early as the end of 2022.  That can make for some scary headlines, but the Clutter investment team thinks Bullard is right and everyone should take a deep breath.  First, the S&P 500 is still up almost 11% for 2021.  That would be considered a good year-end number, so there's room for some pull-back here.  Also, as the team keeps saying, they think interest rates need to get off their near-zero levels.  The economy is doing well enough to warrant the move, and higher interest rates would encourage people to put their short-term savings back into less risky things like money market accounts, instead of chasing yield in stocks, which leads to greater risk. 

The Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 yesterday, led by home runs from J.D. Martinez, and a surging Bobby Dalbec, who finally seems to be getting his feet under him in the majors.  It was great to see Martín Pérez have a solid outing, giving up one run over five innings, after the righty was shelled in his last two appearances.  The win puts the Red Sox back in first place in the AL East by a half game over the Tampa Bay Rays, so all is right with the universe again.  Next up, Nate Eovaldi will take the mound for Boston, as the Sox try to get the series win over the Royals this afternoon.

Congratulations to the Milwaukee Bucks on beating the Brooklyn Nets 115-111 in overtime last night to win their playoff series 4-3 and advance to the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.   The Bucks will face either the Philadelphia 76ers or Atlanta Hawks next.  Ordinarily we'd have no horse in that race, but the least we can do is root for Milwaukee after they sent Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and Kevin Durant home for the year. 

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasely says he'd rather retire than get the coronavirus vaccine.  Apparently he's not a big fan of the NFL's new coronavirus-related restrictions.  Someone should ask Beasley, and all of the other athletes who come up with idiotic rationalizations for not protecting themselves and those around them, if they remember getting vaccinated before going to school when they were kids.

In case you're looking for some background information before Black Widow finally comes out on July 9, here's a primer on the key characters.  The movie is still almost three weeks away, but we're leaning towards seeing it on the big screen.  The idea of being in a theater again is a little anxiety-producing, but hopefully that will fade some more between now and the 9th.  How are you feeling about returning at this point?

Seinfeld leaves Hulu this week but reportedly won't switch to Netflix until sometime this fall.  The show still seems to be on cable multiple times a week, so this potential gap doesn't seem like a huge deal.

The Boys team wants fans to stop asking when Season 3 will premiere.  The series started filming in January, so we're probably talking about early to mid-fall return at the earliest.  We're looking forward to new episodes, but we're more obsessed about when Doctor Who will be back, because that feels like it's been gone forever and a day.

Nina Simone's granddaughter called out Vice President Kamala Harris, saying the VP is the reason why she and her mother appear to have no say in handling Simone's estate these days.  The dispute goes back to 2013 when Simone's daughter Lisa Simone Kelly was accused of mishandling the estate.  Then-Attorney General Harris apparently took a hard-line approach and had Kelly barred from having anything to do with its operation.  One can understand why Kelly would have been removed as administrator, but what justifies Harris barring her "from saying or implying that she had any affiliation with her mother’s legacy and estate?"  That seems harsh.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  This past week marked the 30th anniversary of the release of Van Halen's, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge album.  It's a little wild to think it's been that long, but in any case, here's the band to close things out with, "Top of the World" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  Remember that BDH and Little Buddha's offer to hang out later today still stands.  Just let them know.  Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day, wear your sunscreen, 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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