Wednesday Clutter: GOP Blocks Voting Protections, Trump v. SNL, Boston Red Sox, Carl Nassib, Suicide Squad, Conan O'Brien, Britney Spears, Metallica, Natalie Imbruglia, and more
Welcome back! How are you? Yesterday's weather forecast turned out to be legitimate. We had a steady rain which made the garden happy, and when the garden is happy, our crew is happy (even though I struck out at the bookstore.) BDH and Little Buddha say today should be lovely, with highs topping out in the mid 70's. That sounds like perfect weather for taking care of today's errands without having to worry about heat stroke. Let's kick off the productivity by sorting through the headlines. The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Wednesday Clutter.
As expected, Senate Republicans blocked voting protection legislation yesterday. Mind you, they didn't prevent a vote on the "For The People Act," they prevented even having a debate on the issue, thus once again confirming the GOP is anti-democracy. The vote was a 50-50 split, as yet another bill fails to advance as Republicans hold the country hostage with the filibuster. Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema voted to debate the bill, but yesterday's outcome highlights the naiveté of their statements about the importance of protecting the filibuster at the expense of our democracy.
Mitch McConnell and his accomplices have no use for democracy. (pic via reuters.com)
The clock is ticking, and Democrats are wasting time. Eliminate the filibuster and present voters with a record of accomplishment for the 2022 mid-term elections. Otherwise, we can all watch the majorities evaporate because of both the Republican assault on voting, as well as anger from the base.
While he's been useless on voting protections, Senator Joe Manchin seems open to supporting a reconciliation-driven infrastructure bill that includes items like child care, community college and paid leave.
It will be interesting to watch the Republican response to antitrust legislation targeting Big Tech that is currently working through Congress. Republicans love to scream hysterically about supposed anti-conservative bias by social media companies like Facebook and Twitter, but they're also slaves to corporations. Are they really prepared to take substantial action against the industry, or will their whining be revealed as nothing but empty political theater?
Apparently Donald Trump really did try to get the Department of Justice to go after Saturday Night Live because he was so angry they kept making fun of him. This is the leader of the GOP: An overgrown dim-witted man-child with an inferiority complex the size of Manhattan because his father never loved him, who wanted to trash the 1st Amendment because a TV show hurt his feelings. This is who Republicans worship.
There was no immediate winner in yesterday's New York City mayoral Democratic primary, (although Andrew Yang did drop out) so let the ranked-choice voting counting begin. Will Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams maintain his first-round lead? It could take up to three weeks to find out the answer, so stay tuned...
Data from the CDC shows that thousands of people are sent to the hospital every year after being assaulted by police officers. However, it's hard to get a definitive number, and it's clear that the numbers which are known are an under-count.
Good for Morgan Stanley for barring unvaccinated employees from returning to their buildings, although we wonder what will happen if a good number of these folks decide they'd rather work remotely anyway.
The Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-5 in 11 innings last night to improve their AL East lead to 1 1/2 games over Tampa Bay. Rays touted prospect Wander Franco had an impressive MLB debut, going 2-4 with three RBI, thanks to his first big league home run. The Red Sox were leading 5-2 after four innings, but Eduardo Rodriguez couldn't hold the lead, giving up five runs over six innings, as his struggles continue. The Boston offense finally broke through in the 11th, thanks to Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Hunter Renfroe, and Kiké Hernández all driving in runs. Next up, Garrett Richards looks to further increase Boston's divisional lead when he takes the mound against Tampa Bay tonight.
Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib has the best-selling jersey in the NFL since he came out as gay on Monday, according to Fanatics. It's nice to see such strong immediate fan support following his historic announcement. There are plenty of people who will say they don't care, or will make blatantly homophobic comments, but this proves something which the NFL considers vital: Gay players can also make the league money.
We've got the latest trailer for the upcoming Suicide Squad, and good lord, does this movie look deranged. Maybe we'll see it in a theater, since it includes former Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, but HBO Max is also an option when it comes out on August 6. Have a look:
Actor Michael B. Jordan announced he will rename his new rum brand after the first name ("J'Ouvert") drew accusations of cultural appropriation. Do we think his team intentionally created this controversy to bring attention to the product?
Conan O'Brien only has a handful of TV shows left, so why not smoke a joint on-air with Seth Rogen? We don't believe for a second Rogen's claim that the incident was unplanned, but maybe that avoids some kind of legal liability issue. In any case, good for Conan, whose last show on TBS is tomorrow, June 24.
Also, you should check out this interview featuring Conan, Bill Hader, and Paul Rudd. We're not going to give away any of the details, but it had us in tears by the end:
Britney Spears is scheduled to speak to a Los Angeles Superior Court judge about her conservatorship today. It will be the first time Spears has directly commented about her situation over the past 13 years. It's not known what exactly she intends to say, but we wish her the best. It has to be weird to be an adult with no control over your life and lack a clear path towards ever regaining any part of that autonomy.
Metallica is going all-out with its celebration of the upcoming 30th anniversary of the release of the legendary "Black Album." The band will release both an extended version of the album in multiple formats, as well as a tribute album featuring covers by more than 50 artists. Both of these will be out on September 10, so mark your calendars, fans.
Mammoth WVH's terrific debut album is doing well on the charts some 12 days after its release. This is one of the best rock albums in years (you can read our full review here), and Wolfgang Van Halen deserves all the success. Mammoth WVH will hit the road with Guns N' Roses later this summer, and we expect them to thrive as the opening act for Axl Rose and company.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Here's a new track from Natalie Imbruglia to help you glide through the middle of the week. We leave you with, "Build it Better" for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. BDH and Little Buddha say NBC's "One Chicago" programs might be on summer break, but you're still welcome to come back later if you want to watch the Red Sox game (or Loki!) with them tonight. We're going grocery shopping later, so just let us know if you want any 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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