Wednesday Clutter: Coronavirus Deaths, Juneteenth Holiday, DOJ, Governor DeSantis, DraftKings, Boston Red Sox, MLB Pitching Substance Crackdown, Paul Pierce, The Killers and Bruce Springsteen, and more
How are you? Week going okay so far? I couldn't find anything for BDH and Little Buddha in the new releases section at the bookstore yesterday. That was disappointing, but the guys told me not to worry about it. They say the most important thing is that the garden got another good soaking, and the plants all look happy. They also reminded me that a new episode of Loki is out today, so we can have some fun watching that later. Those two are the best. They always find the positive side in everything. They also made coffee. There's a fresh pot on the counter, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Wednesday Clutter.
The United States has now suffered over 600,000 coronavirus-related deaths since the start of the pandemic, and that number is presumably under-counted. Our thoughts go out to everyone who has lost a loved one since this crisis began. It will forever infuriate us that so much of this nightmare could have been avoided if there hadn't had a moronic con man in the White House for most of it. In any case, it's a reminder as this country moves forward that this still isn't over, and people need to get their vaccinations. There's no reason we should set ourselves up for yet another wave this fall. "Freedom" doesn't mean much if you're dead.
Today is President Biden's first meeting with Vladimir Putin since Biden took office. It's expected to be a tense meeting, since Putin is no longer working with his favorite lapdog.
Shame on the 21 House Republicans who voted against awarding Congressional Gold Medals to the U.S. Capitol Police who defended them during the January 6 riot. Republicans love to talk about how much they support the police, but these 21 cowards place servicing Donald Trump's ego above all else.
Glad to hear the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution to make June 19th a federal holiday known as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a celebration of the end of slavery in this country. The language must now be approved by the House and then signed by President Biden. Juneteenth is an important date in this country's history, and it deserves federal recognition. It also needs to be taught much more widely in our schools. Now, how about we do the same thing for Election Day?
Attorney General Merrick Garland has a new comprehensive plan to combat domestic terrorism in this country. The whole thing will need to be reviewed in more detail. There is no disputing this is a major threat in the United States, but anytime the federal government starts talking about fighting terrorists, it's an inherently political argument that is ripe for overreach.
The Department of Justice is wrong to ask a court to reinstate the death penalty for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. What Tsarnaev and his brother did was horrific. However, capital punishment is never acceptable, and Joe Biden pledged to do away with it at the federal level. This administration should stick to its commitment, and the DOJ should stop this push for Tsarnaev's execution.
Attorney General Garland should do the right thing. (pic abcnews.go.com)
Speculation is growing that Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg could be facing criminal tax charges at some point this summer. Prosecutors are clearly trying to pressure Weisselberg to turn on his boss, so the question becomes, is Weisselberg prepared to go to jail for Trump?
The appointment of Lina Khan to chair the Federal Trade Commission sounds like bad news for big tech companies. Khan has criticized Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google for choking off competition in the past, so it sounds like the FTC will be taking a new approach to the industry, now that Democrats have a majority.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill mandating a daily moment of silence in all schools in his state. Presumably this will be challenged in the courts for violating the separation of church and state. If the GOP finds a way to move Donald Trump to the side before the 2024 presidential election, keep an eye on DeSantis. He's a more coherent and competent version of the party master, and he could win the Republican nomination.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott wastes no time fighting for his priorities like restricting the right to vote and banning transgender kids from competing in high school sports, but he doesn't really seem to care that his state's electric grid is still a mess. Of course, that would require actual governing, and an interest in making his constituents' lives better, instead of just pandering to right-wing voters, and Abbott has no interest in that.
Does DraftKings have black market ties? That's what a prominent research firm alleges in a new report. The sports gambling site denies the allegations and says Hindenburg Research is making the claim because they've shorted the company's stock and have a vested interest in driving down the price. Gambling and organized crime have such a long history together, it's hard to imagine any of these kinds of businesses don't have some shady connections. That's one of the many reasons why we don't love the fact that professional sports leagues are strengthening their own relationships with these firms.
The Boston Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 10-8 last night. It shouldn't have been that close, since Boston was leading 5-0 after the top of the third inning. However, they coughed up the lead and needed a three-run home run from Alex Verdugo in the 8th inning to get into the win column. Hey, they can't all be pretty, right? Next up, Garrett Richards will take the mound for the Red Sox tonight, as they try to sweep this two-game series against the Braves.
MLB released its memo about banning pitchers from using sticky stuff on the mound yesterday. Everything but rosin is now off limits, all pitchers will be checked at some point during an appearance, and there will be a 10-game suspension for anyone caught using a prohibited substance. What gives this move teeth is the fact that teams will not be allowed to replace a suspended pitcher on the roster while they're serving their punishment. That's huge. Anyone who breaks the rules moving forward is going to get caught, and they will really hurt their team by leaving them down a pitcher for 10 games. Now, let's see how this plays out. Will the offense return to baseball? Will some pitchers be exposed for their reliance on these substances? Who will be the first person suspended? Tune in and see...
NBA Hall of Famer/Boston Celtics great Paul Pierce will apparently launch a line of marijuana products in Massachusetts. Our guess is that the "Truth" line will do very well here.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Here are The Killers and Bruce Springsteen to close things out with "Dustland" for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. They don't have anything new to read, but BDH and Little Buddha say you're welcome to come back later if you want to watch Loki or the Red Sox game, or both(!) with them. We're going grocery shopping later this morning, so just drop us a note with whatever you want for 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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