Sunday Clutter: Hurricane Ida, Courts Block School Mask Mandate Bans, Sirhan Sirhan, Boston Red Sox, Chadwick Boseman, General Hospital, Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles, and more
Welcome back! How is your weekend going so far? No complaints on this end, although we're all a little confused by the fact that it's currently 58 degrees outside. What is this, the end of August or something? Also, where did August go? We were so distracted by the constant heat waves, we lost track of time a little bit. Other than that, things are fine. We've got a couple of errands to run later, but nothing too crazy. Now, let's take a peek at the news. BDH and Little Buddha made a fresh pot of coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Sunday Clutter.
Our thoughts go out to everyone in Louisiana who is about to be hit by Hurricane Ida at some point today. The linked article says Ida is currently a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 105 mph, and it is strengthening. It's supposed to arrive at some point this afternoon/evening, and officials are warning that folks who stay home are probably on their own for the first 72 hours.
Cheers to the Florida Circuit Court judge who overturned Governor Ron DeSantis' ban on school mask mandates. Judge John C. Cooper ruled that the ban was unconstitutional, and even though Florida recently enacted a bill strengthening parental rights when it comes to education, the law has an exemption for government actions that protect the public health and are limited in scope. DeSantis is expected to appeal the ruling. This man is a sociopath who is willing to sacrifice his constituents to further his career ambitions. Florida voters should send him packing next year.
We also applaud the Texas judge who issued a temporary injunction against Governor Greg Abbott's ban on school mask mandates, noting that the coronavirus threatens to overwhelm schools in the state and could lead to more drastic measures. Texas Attorney General/walking ethics violation Ken Paxton is expected to appeal the ruling. Just imagine where things would stand right now if Republicans weren't a death cult.
Governors DeSantis and Abbott are threats to the children in their states. (pic via cnn.com)
A new study says the delta variant of the coronavirus presents twice the hospitalization risk for unvaccinated people as the original version of the virus. There's just no reason for this to still be an issue. The answer is right in front of these people, but they've decided they'd rather risk dying than admit being wrong.
The plans aren't final, but it looks like Massachusetts officials will rely on doctors and pharmacies to provide coronavirus vaccine booster shots, instead of having mass vaccination sites again. We'll withhold judgment until we see the official plan, but we support any process which goes more smoothly than the first round. Constantly hitting the refresh button on multiple web browser tabs at 5:00 in the morning is no way to protect the public's health.
It was a little surprising to see that Sirhan Sirhan was recommended for parole. We figured the fact that he killed Robert F. Kennedy would keep him in prison without the possibility of release. However, he parole board seems to feel the 77-year-old has shown contrition, and that he's no longer a threat to others. This isn't the final step in the process, though. California Governor Gavin Newsom still has to decide whether or not to accept the recommendation, and we suspect most of Kennedy's family will continue to publicly pressure him to reject it.
Microsoft is apparently threatening to withhold updates of the new Windows 11 for old computers. That's fine, we weren't going to make the update on our older one anyway. We've probably already run it well past its normal lifespan anyway. However, it does exactly what we need it to, and we'll stick with the old Windows until it just doesn't work anymore. Besides, we don't care for threats. BDH and Little Buddha say, "no thank you" to that.
It looks like the Federal Reserve is planning to shut down its monthly bond purchasing stimulus program before the end of the year. The Clutter investment team mostly sees that as good news, assuming it accurately reflects that the U.S. economy is doing well enough to not need the help. However, the coronavirus pandemic still looms over everything, and the Fed doesn't seem to be interested in also raising interest rates off of near-zero, so the team's concerns about the stock market remain. Our staff believes stocks are too expensive, partly because savers have nowhere else to put their money to get any yield. A rate hike would help cool things down without triggering a dramatic drop.
The Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3 in 10 innings yesterday. The Sox got off to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, and then the offense pretty much took a nap until J.D. Martinez hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the 10th inning. Nothing is easy for this team these days, but a win is a win. However, complications remain today. Tanner Houck takes the mound for Boston against Cleveland this afternoon. The Red Sox emptied their bullpen yesterday, so they either need Houck to go deep, or they need a designated reliever to stick it out for however many innings are necessary. Boston starts a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, and they need to be as close to at full strength as possible for it.
Our condolences go out to Boston Red Sox outfielder Hunter Renfroe on the passing of his dad Todd, who battled cancer for the last four years.
The New England Patriots face the New York Giants in the final preseason game of the year tonight. Guess that means we need to start paying attention again.
Rumors are swirling that the Houston Texans will trade quarterback Deshaun Watson soon. The Miami Dolphins are said to be the current front-runners. However, considering the avalanche of legal problems that Watson is dealing with right now, we'll see if a team is really willing to take that gamble. Not that they actually care about alleged sexual misconduct, but they might have to deal with the quarterback being suspended down the road.
Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Chadwick Boseman's death from colon cancer. It's hard to believe it's already been a year. We still can't completely process that there won't be any new work coming from the immensely talented actor. That was a story we were looking forward to enjoying for a long time to come, but as always, tomorrow is promised to no one.
It turns out that the real soap opera is behind the scenes at General Hospital. Actor Ingo Rademacher is being criticized for promoting misinformation about the coronavirus vaccine and objecting to mask mandates. Rademacher has also now taken to Instagram to call the people who want him to be fired from the show, "morons." Guess that makes us morons. Rademacher has revealed himself to be a racist, sexist, and child-abusing public health threat, and the show would do just fine without him. Recast the role of Jasper Jax, or send him packing, but Rademacher should be tossed from the cast.
The Rolling Stones released a lovely little tribute video to their late drummer Charlie Watts, who died this past Tuesday.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Here's Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles to close things out with, "Who Says You Can't Go Home" 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, 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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