Saturday Clutter: President Biden, DACA, Matt Gaetz, Boston Red Sox, Tom Brady, Anthony Bourdain, Black Widow, Judas Priest, Biz Markie, and more
How are you? We may have some scheduling issues tomorrow, so BDH and Little Buddha wanted to make sure they had the chance to say hello to all of you today. First the big news - we resolved the coffee crisis! I know you were all concerned, but we replenished the supplies yesterday afternoon and are good to go for a while. Phew. It was another rough night's sleep yesterday, thanks to the heat and humidity. We'll see about trying a nap again today. However, I need to figure out the weekend plan first, especially since the guys say we have thunderstorms coming this afternoon and continuing until Monday. Calm down, July.
Anyway, that's the latest from HQ - let's check out the headlines. There's a fresh pot of brand new coffee on the counter, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Saturday Clutter.
The Biden administration wants the coronavirus "disinformation dozen" kicked off social media for posing a public health threat to this country. It speaks volumes that just 12 people can spread an estimated 65% of the anti-vaccine misinformation in this country, according to a report in March by the nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate. Facebook's business model largely depends on keeping conservatives engaged, regardless of the cost to the country. However, since they've already shut down super-spreader Robert F. Kennedy Jr's Instagram page because of misinformation, they should do the same for any similar Facebook postings, and that goes for everyone else on the list.
President Biden is going on the offensive against misinformation. (pic via abcnews.go.com)
Utah Governor Spencer Cox (R) is right: This propaganda is killing people. Almost all of the new coronavirus cases in this country are non-vaccinated individuals. The administration needs to use every tool at their disposal to stop this next wave from getting even worse.
A federal judge ruled that the DACA program is illegal, and it must not accept new applicants, although current participants can remain enrolled at the moment. The ruling by U.S.District Judge Andrew Hanen is in conflict with a ruling last year from another federal court which said that DACA must accept new applicants, so that will have to be resolved. The Biden administration has pledged to protect the program, so we'll see if they can find a way to make changes that appease Judge Hanen. Otherwise, it seems likely this will eventually make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is a bad sign.
Arizona election officials have found fewer than 200 cases of possible voter fraud out of more than three million votes cast last November, according to the Associated Press, thus demonstrating once again that Donald Trump's lie about a stolen election in the state is a complete fantasy. It's nothing more than a cheap conspiracy theory spoon-fed to the MAGA sheep who will throw democracy overboard in a heartbeat to protect their cult leader and keep their hold on their power.
Rep. Matt Gaetz continues to serve in Congress while his Republican colleagues try to act like he isn't being investigated for sex trafficking. Remember kids, never let a Republican lecture you about anything. Given his situation, it's only fitting that Gaetz has hired one of Jeffrey Epstein's former lawyers to defend him.
The Boston Red Sox started the second half of the season in style by beating the New York Yankees 4-0 last night. Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez was in charge right from the start, throwing 5 2/3 innings of two-hit/shutout baseball. We'd still like to see the lefty get deeper into games, but we won't complain about this outing, especially when you also throw eight strikeouts into the mix. Hirokazu Sawamura closed out the sixth for E-Rod without incident, and then newly-called up Tanner Houck finished the job with three shutout innings of his own. The Sox offense took care of business with home runs from Christian Arroyo and J.D. Martinez, and that was all she wrote. The Sox are now nine games ahead of the Yankees in the AL East, and they look to make it 10 when Nate Eovaldi takes the mound against New York tonight.
As we discussed yesterday, Tom Brady apparently played all of last season, and won the Super Bowl, with a completely torn MCL. That's insane, and it could also get the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in trouble, because if the story is true, then Brady should have been listed on the injury report all year. The league rules are clear in this situation, and fines and/or suspensions could be handed out against the team, although our money is on it being just a big fine.
NFL cornerback Richard Sherman pleaded not guilty yesterday to five misdemeanor charges stemming from his arrest earlier in the week. Sherman said he was "deeply remorseful" for his actions and vowed to get the mental health help he needs. Hopefully he's able to find it. Meanwhile, his next court date is on August 13.
Japan's public doesn't want the Olympic Games happening in their country in the middle of a pandemic. However, the International Olympic Committee isn't big on listening, so they're moving forward anyway and telling people to ignore the first coronavirus case appearing in the Olympic Village. This feels like an invasion of Japan, not a celebration of international sports.
In case you missed it last night, click on the link for our review of the new Anthony Bourdain documentary, Roadrunner. It was a very different experience than watching Black Widow earlier in the week. However, both of them hammered home how nice it is to be able to go back to the movie theater again. That is, at least until the non-vaccinated portion of the U.S. population forces another shutdown, of course.
Speaking of Black Widow, Florence Pugh says her joke about Natasha Romanoff's pose was improvised. We said it in the review, and we'll say it again here - keep an eye on Pugh. She is terrific in the movie, and she more than holds her own with Scarlett Johansson. We had never heard of Pugh before Black Widow, but now we will be following her career from this point forward.
We're sorry to hear that rapper/actor Biz Markie died yesterday at age 57. No cause of death was given, but he had reportedly been dealing with diabetes-related issues, according to TMZ. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
Good lord: Judas Priest is celebrating their 50th anniversary by releasing a 42 CD box set. That's right, 42 CD's. The set includes every studio and live album by the band, along with 13 previously unreleased albums. Reflections is scheduled to be released on October 12, 2021, and it can be yours for just $479.98. Actually that works out to just $11.42 per album, which is pretty reasonable. Also, if we're being honest, if Wolfgang Van Halen ever signed off on something like this for Van Halen, we'd buy it in a heartbeat.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now - gotta go figure out the schedule before the next round of rain arrives. Let's have Biz Markie close things out with his classic tune, "Just a Friend" for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. If we don't catch up with you tomorrow, we'll definitely be back on Monday. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your day, stay dry, and one way or the other, we'll meet up again soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.
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