Friday Clutter: Vaccines for Kids, Presdent Biden, Steve Bannon, Trump, Boston Red Sox, Alec Baldwin, Chicago Fire, Sopranos Prequel, Jason Sudeikis, Adele, and more
Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all. Man, did this week go by quickly. I'm not even sure why, although it might have something to do with the Red Sox games. Do you have any big plans for the weekend? Our crew is going to vote early in the Boston city election tomorrow. BDH and Little Buddha love not having to wait for November, so we'll get that out of the way in the morning. After that, it probably depends on how the Red Sox do tonight, so fingers crossed they pullout a win. For now, let's check out the headlines. The coffee is ready, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.
The CDC signed off yesterday on approving booster shots for qualifying people who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines. This follows the FDA's decision, so now millions of Americans can strengthen their protection. Of course, the top priority is getting people their first shot. The current hospitalizations and deaths are still almost 100% unvaccinated folks. While the numbers are moving in the right direction, we could slash them if some groups would stop following a failed casino operator and a propaganda network. The door out of this mess is wide open, but some people still want to run into walls.
Meanwhile, Pfizer says its coronavirus vaccine is over 90% effective at preventing symptomatic infections in kids 5 to 11 years old. The data will have to go through the same review process as the booster shots, but if it makes it all the way through, a final approval could be given in early November. That would mean the first kids to get the shots would be fully vaccinated by Christmas. It's hard to imagine a better present for all of the parents who have been so worried about the danger their kids have been exposed to since this pandemic began.
Protection for young children could be here soon. (pic via startribune.com)
President Biden indicated he's open to abolishing the filibuster to at least address the debt limit and voting rights. Biden made the comments during a televised town hall yesterday. Will this shift push some other Senate Democrats to reconsider their positions? Republicans continue to hijack the government to protect their own interests, and Democrats have enabled them every step of the way so far. They've got to be as aggressive about protecting our democracy as the GOP is about tearing it down. Of course, Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema could care less about the country. They're getting their coal company dividends and Big Pharma campaign donations, so the hell with everyone else.
The House voted 229-202 yesterday to hold Steve Bannon in criminal contempt of Congress after Bannon defied a subpoena from the select committee investigating the January 6 coup attempt. Nine House Republicans joined all of the Democrats in approving the recommendation, so Donald Trump's enemies list just added a few names. The referral has now been sent to the Department of Justice. We understand Attorney General Merrick Garland's comments that the DOJ will make a decision about prosecution based on the law and not politics. That's the right stance, but the facts are clear: If Garland doesn't hold Bannon accountable, the DOJ will need new leadership. No one is above the law.
Donald Trump's new social media site was hacked just hours after the announcement of its launch. That's a shame. The site will reportedly be opened to the public in the first quarter of 2022, and we'll say there's currently a 60% chance it's gone by the start of the second quarter.
The Boston Red Sox face the Houston Astros in Game 6 of the ALCS tonight. The Sox are down 3-2 in the series and need to win two games in a row on the road to keep their season alive. Nathan Eovaldi takes the mound for Boston this evening. The big righty is rested, and we like his chances of keeping the dangerous Houston offense in check. The big question is whether or not the Red Sox bats can wake up after being shut down for two straight games. It's feast or famine with this group. They could win 11-2 or lose 6-1. Fingers crossed we're talking about Game 7 the next time we gather here.
The Los Angeles Dodgers aren't done yet. The Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 11-2 yesterday, led by three home runs from Chris Taylor, so now they're down 3-2 in the NLCS. Braves fans have to wonder if history will repeat itself like their team had Los Angeles on the brink of elimination last year but let them come back to win the series. The drama continues with Game 6 tomorrow.
Alec Baldwin apparently killed a crew member on his new movie and injured another when he fired a prop gun yesterday. We're still waiting for many more details about the story, but our condolences go out to the family of Halyna Hutchins, and we hope Joel Souza has a full and speedy recovery. Our first thought was this sounds like how actor Brandon Lee died while filming The Crow in 1994. There has to be a safer way than this to film gun scenes these days.
You want an extended interview with actor Anthony Michael Hall? Let's share an extended interview with Anthony Michael Hall.
We were able to catch up on Chicago Fire yesterday. We'll keep this part spoiler-free, in case any of you are also behind, but we're sorry to see that cast member leave, and we hope they'll return at some point down the road. We also wonder if there's more to the story than that person just wanting a break, because it usually feels like there's some tension involved with people leaving the "One Chicago" universe. Guess we'll see if they pop up on a new show soon.
David Chase is reportedly in discussions about bringing a Sopranos prequel to HBO Max, following this year's The Many Saints of Newark movie. It's hard to imagine that this new show would fair well in the inevitable comparisons to the original series. On the other hand, while we didn't love it, the movie was interesting, and we wouldn't mind seeing what Chase can do with more time to tell this part of the story.
Alumni Jason Sudeikis is hosting Saturday Night Live for the first time this week. We're trying to remember what he's done since leaving the show. In any case, we have high hopes for this one:
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are getting their own movie. We'll have to check out that one when the time comes. Their story certainly has enough material to make for an entertaining movie, but considering that the Osbourne family is producing it with Polygram Entertainment and Sony Pictures, it will be interesting to see how closely it sticks to reality.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's close out this party with the first single off Adele's new album. We leave you with, "Easy on Me" for today's, "Song of the Day."
That woman might just make it in the music biz.
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It's always fun to hang out with all of you. 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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