(Album Review) Mammoth WVH
Monday Clutter: Trump Scandal Grows, Biden and Putin, New Coronavirus Vaccine, Best in Show, Boston Red Sox, Ned Beatty, Skid Row, Information Society, and more

Sunday Clutter: President Biden, DOJ and Voting, Trump, Boston Red Sox, Chris Pratt, Doctor Who, Valerie Bertinelli, Barenaked Ladies, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How's your weekend going so far?  Things are fine on this end.  I've already played Wolfgang Van Halen's new Mammoth WVH album about 100 times.  It's a remarkable record.  Wolfgang made sure not to copy his legendary father's style, and he just crushed it.  I love 12 out of the 14 songs, and the other two are fine.  If you like a rock/metal/pop combination, check it out.  Other than that, we had some garden time yesterday, and there will be more today, so that's always nice.  BDH and Little Buddha say the highs will be in the low 80's, which is manageable.  The guys also want you to know they made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Sunday Clutter.

President Biden's meeting with the G-7 leaders on Friday seemed to go well, if for no other reason than the simple fact that Biden isn't Donald Trump.  That tends to cause a lot of celebrating in many places.

The Biden administration is returning $2 billion to the Pentagon that the Trump crew hijacked for their ridiculous border wall obsession.  We're still confused, because we were under the impression that Mexico was going to pay for the wall.  In any case, this is the beginning of the end for a gigantic waste of time and money.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said on Friday that the Department of Justice will increase its efforts to protect voting rights in this country, now that they're under assault by Republicans.  Garland stated the DOJ would double the number of voter enfranchisement lawyers in the Civil Rights Division, and review the recent onslaught of voting restrictions that Republican-controlled states have already passed this year.  Something is better than nothing, but it's unclear exactly how much impact this could all have, unless Congress passes the voting rights protection legislation currently held hostage by Republicans in Congress.  Chief Justice John Roberts put this all in motion when he gutted a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  His role in the undoing of our democracy can not be forgotten. 

Attorney General Merrick Garland June 13 2021Attorney General Merrick Garland has his work cut out for him.  (pic via sandiegouniontribune.com)

Republican attacks on the Biden agenda continue to fail with the American people because the GOP represents a small minority of the country.  That's why the party is so focused on destroying democracy in the United States.  They know they'll be slaughtered at the ballot box if everyone is able to vote, so they're trying to make sure only their members of their shrinking base can cast a ballot.

There's no doubt that the Trump Department of Justice grossly abused its power by seeking the phone records of political opponents.  That shouldn't be tolerated for one minute, but again we ask, will Trump pay any price for his transgression?  Also, AG Garland must remove the remaining Trump loyalists from the DOJ immediately.  The department was used as Trump's personal law firm for four years.  The American people have the right to expect that those employees are no longer in position to put Trump's personal interests ahead of those of the country.

As coronavirus-related hospitalizations continue to fall across the country, most of the people who are critically ill have one thing in common:  They're not vaccinated.  Friends, we hope you have all gotten your shots or are in the process of getting them.  BDH and Little Buddha want to hang out with you here for a long time to come. 

The Boston Red Sox lost 7-2 to the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday.  Boston starter Nick Pivetta gave up six runs over six innings, as the starting rotation continues to struggle.  They've "given up 27 earned runs on 40 hits over only 22 2/3 innings in the last five games," and we're pretty sure that's not good.  However,  let's not freak out just yet.  The Sox are only two games out of first place in the AL East, they have still won five out of their last eight games, and they're in the middle of a rough stretch of 17 straight games.  Hopefully they can come out of this run with at least a .500 record, then enjoy a day off, play against some weaker competition than they've had recently, and get back on track.  Next up, Martín Pérez tries to bounce back from his last rough start, as he takes the mound for Boston against Toronto this afternoon.

Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy left the game suddenly on Friday and was admitted to Mass General Hospital for shortness of breath.  He and the NESN network issued a statement later saying that he was "resting comfortably."  It sounds like he's doing better now, although there's been no mention of when he might return to the booth.  Remy has battled lung cancer on multiple occasions, and we hope he's fully recovered from this incident soon. 

Major League Baseball is reportedly finalizing a memo about enforcement of the rule against using foreign substances on a baseball.  The document is expected to be released to teams some time in the next week, with enforcement beginning a week after that.  This should be interesting to watch.  How often will umpires check during a game, and will there be a notable change for both pitchers and batters in the weeks and months ahead?  Baseball also has a labor negotiation coming at the end of this season, and those are always contentious.  How will this development factor into those discussions?  Guess we'll have to wait and see.

Chris Pratt stars in an upcoming Amazon original movie called The Tomorrow War, where he plays a teacher drafted to fight an alien invasion that happens in the future.  This feels like something to maybe check out on a rainy day when nothing else is on TV.  Have a look:

The Tomorrow War comes out on July 2.

We've tried not to obsess over the fact that it's been ages since Doctor Who appeared on our screens, because life is stressful enough already, you know?  However, the Doctor Who Twitter account is starting to show shots from the upcoming series, so it looks like it's time for the publicity machine to start kicking into gear.  That means new adventures are getting closer!  We haven't heard a premiere date, but early-mid fall seems likely.

Rumors continue to swirl that this will be Jodie Whittaker's final season.   She's been fine in the role but has not been served well by most of the scripts.  If this is the 13th Doctor's last run, hopefully they'll give her some stronger material on her way out the door.  Our prediction is that her version of the Doctor will get a huge boost when she finally starts making audio adventures at Big Finish. 

Wolfgang Van Halen isn't the only member of his family who is having a good week:  His mom Valerie Bertinelli is returning to scripted television in the upcoming Demi Lovato comedy, where she'll play Lovato's mother.  It's Berinelli's first scripted show since Hot in Cleveland finished in 2015, but she's kept herself busy in recent years hosting two shows on the Food Network. 

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here are the Barenaked Ladies to close things out with a track from their new album.  We leave you with, "New Disaster" 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, 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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