Sunday Clutter: U.S. Supreme Court, Barack Obama, Jason Sudeikis, Trump, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, New England Patriots, Alec Baldwin, Slash, and more
Welcome back! How are you? Weekend going okay so far? Our crew was woken up by some strange noises this morning. It turns out that was just the heat finally coming on, so I guess fall is really here. It's a good thing I closed up the attic yesterday. In any case, it was also nice to be able to go to bed at a reasonable hour yesterday. Our sleep schedules need a reset after the Red Sox postseason run. October baseball is the best, but we also need our beauty rest, you know? Let's see what's going on in the world today. BDH and Little Buddha just made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Sunday Clutter.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding the new Texas abortion law on November 1. However, the court will allow the law to remain in place until then, which effectively means Roe v. Wade has already been overturned for women in that state. Keeping the law in place even in the short term deprives many women of their constitutional right to privacy. It will force some of them to travel out of state to seek health care, while others may explore dangerous options, because conservatives love few things more than trying to control women's health.
Also, let's be clear, this won't end with abortion. Texas Republicans are already making noise about challenging marriage equality. We'll say it again - the GOP has no use for anyone who isn't a wealth/straight/white guy. Everyone else is seen as an instrument to serve their base, and Republicans will deny their humanity at every opportunity.
Conservatives remain obsessed with reversing progress. (pic via npr.org)
Former President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail yesterday, trying to generate some Democratic excitement about the upcoming gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey.
Jason Sudeikis kicked off his return to Saturday Night Live by giving President Biden a pep talk:
Donald Trump's new social media website appears to have swiped another site's coding without giving them credit, so now that company is looking into legal options. Sounds about right. Everything Donald Trump touches is trash, so why should this be any different? The countdown is on for the "Trump Media & Technology Group" to join "Trump University," "Trump Airlines," Trump Steaks," and all of the other failures the overgrown man-child has slapped his name on over the years.
We were happy to have the chance to vote early yesterday for Michelle Wu to be Boston's next mayor. City Councilor Wu offers a progressive and inclusive vision for Boston, and we hope our friends in the city will join us in supporting her on November 2.
This remains the year of strike: McDonald's employees will protest this Tuesday against what they allege is rampant sexual harassment in franchises across the country.
Lyft just released a new safety report where they acknowledge over 1,800 sexual assaults in 2019. Sorry, the entire "ride-sharing" industry is still one we don't understand. We were always taught not to get into a stranger's car, but people do it all the time without hesitation these days. If we can't get somewhere by our own car, or public transportation, we'll take a cab since that still seems to be regulated more than Lyft or Uber.
The Boston Red Sox season ended since the last time we hung out with you folks, so just a couple of quick thoughts: Of course it was disappointing that they didn't make the World Series, especially after the numbers they put up in Games 2 and 3 of the ALCS. However, we're pleased with the fact that this team even made it this far. The 2021 Red Sox both over-performed and shot themselves in the foot for extended periods of time this seaason. They have a lot of talent but are also an incredibly sloppy team in the field and on the bases. They got hot at the right time and then went ice-cold. That's the sort of feast or famine they went through all year.
As Boston Globe beat writer Peter Abraham points out, next year looks bright, because the team has control over most of their important players. We'd love to see J.D. Martinez finally exercise one of his many out-clauses this winter. Besides that, we'll just wait and see what moves Chaim Bloom makes between now and spring training. All we really ask for each year is meaningful baseball in September, and we like the odds of that happening again in 2022.
The Atlanta Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 to advance to the World Series last night, thus avenging their collapse against Los Angeles last year. However, that means that the World Series is a team with a racist name, whose fans do a racist chant, who had an anti-vaxxer perform the national anthem before last night's game, in a state which lost the All Star game because of their war on voting, vs. a team of unrepentant cheaters. Yeah, we're out.
The New England Patriots face the New York Jets this afternoon in what feels like a must-win for the Pats. They're 2-4 and have lost all four home games so far this season. We know we're reaching, but this group feels (somewhat) better than their record. They hung in there with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys, so they should be able to beat the dysfunctional Jets. We stopped talking anything about the Patriots for granted last year, but it will be a major fail if they come up short this afternoon. It says here a motivated New England team comes out on top and improves to 3-4, thus remarkably staying in contention for a AFC East division title chase.
The story about Alec Baldwin accidentally fatally shooting Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza just continues to get worse. There was a crew walkout a few days earlier to protest unsafe working conditions after "Baldwin's stunt double accidentally fired two live rounds after being told the gun didn't have any ammunition." That should have led to the firing of everyone responsible for gun safety on the set. A gun on a movie set should never have live ammunition in it. Movies don't even need real guns. Experts say gunfire is easy to add in special effects afterwards, so just give everyone a rubber weapon.
Slash certainly likes to keep himself busy: Guns N' Roses just wrapped up their tour in North America, but the guitarist has a new solo album coming out in February 2022, before the GNR tour resumes in Europe next summer.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have Slash (along with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators) close things out with the first single off that new album. We leave you with, "The River is Rising" for today's, "Song of the Day."
What a blistering guitar solo. It's understandable why folks of a certain age wanted to see Slash reunite with Axl and Duff, but he's been delivering the goods this entire time since he went on his own path.
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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