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Monday Clutter: Buffalo Shooting, Nebraska Abortion Ban, John Oliver, Elon Musk, Boston Celtics, Doctor Who, Bruce Springsteen, and more

Hi folks,

How are you?  Did you enjoy the rest of your weekend?  I took care of everything on yesterday's to-do list.  After that, most of the afternoon was spent waiting to see if it would ever start raining, because the garden definitely needed some water.  We finally got some extended showers late in the day, so the plants should be pleased.  Today's forecast calls for a chance of severe thunderstorms later this afternoon.  Fingers crossed I don't get caught in them, but in the meantime, let's get to work.  BDH and Little Buddha say the coffee is ready, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Monday Clutter.

In case there was any confusion, Saturday's mass shooting in a Buffalo supermarket was a hate crime.  The white shooter traveled some 200 miles from his home to target that store, which is known for being a cornerstone of the Black community in that area.  He reportedly also released a 180-page manifesto that reads like a Tucker Carlson monologue.  These victims were just going about their day, minding their own business in a grocery store, when they were shot and killed by a white supremacist because of the color of their skin.  This has nothing to do with the shooter's mental health.  When a major political party bombards the media with racist messaging day in and day out, these kinds of tragedies are going to happen.

Buffalo Shooting May 16 2022A senseless loss of life.  (pic via abcnews.go.com)

Before you click on the link, do you know how many mass shootings there have already been in the United States this year?  In this case, "mass shooting" is being defined as, "an incident in which four or more people are shot or killed, excluding the shooter."  The number is horrifying, and we're only halfway through May.  This country's obsession with guns is a national health crisis.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts said he'll call a special legislative session to pass a blanket abortion ban if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.  Few things get Republicans moving faster than the chance to control women.  Governor Ricketts would not include an exception for rape and incest survivors, because that's the level of misogyny in the GOP.

Meanwhile, a new poll shows that the majority of Americans still oppose overturning Roe v. Wade.  The Supreme Court has multiple justices who were confirmed under shady circumstances, and the conservative majority is ramming through an extremist religious agenda instead of interpreting the U.S. Constitution.  Why should ordinary Americans have still have faith in the institution as currently constructed?

John Oliver took aim at Alabama's new law banning the prescription or administration of gender-affirming medication to transgender minors.  As Oliver pointed out, "No one should ever be facing criminal punishment for providing health carer to young people.”  As far as the GOP is concerned, transgender kids, poor women, and racial groups are all the same:  They're tools to be weaponized for political gain. 

We're sorry to hear that Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman apparently suffered a stroke on Friday.  Fetterman said the doctors told him he'll be able to resume his congressional campaign soon, assuming he wins tomorrow's Democratic primary.  We wish him a full and speedy recovery.

McDonald's just announced that it will sell its business in Russia, citing the Ukraine invasion and "the precipitating unpredictable operating environment." 

Elon Musk said the Twitter legal team told him he violated their non-disclosure agreement by revealing that the social media platform used a sample of 100 accounts to determine how big the company's problem is re: spam/bot accounts.  It looks like Musk is engaging in some self-sabotage in order to get out of his deal to buy Twitter.  Can't happen soon enough, as far as we're concerned.

The Clutter investment team doesn't support trying to time the market, but it doesn't feel like things will change anytime soon on Wall Street.  The S&P 500 is currently down 15.57% for the year. That's a steep drop, but inflation is still strong, the Fed has only begun raising rates to get it under control, and there are still the other factors like Russia's invasion of Ukraine and supply chain issues to consider.  In other words, there's little reason to feel like stocks have hit the bottom yet.  The team remains focused on the long-term picture, so they'll continue to stay out of everyone's way right now.

The Boston Red Sox had a chance for their first sweep of 2022 yesterday, but the bats fell asleep again, and the Sox lost 7-1 to the Texas Rangers.  Boston now moves on to face the Houston Astros, with Garrett Whitlock taking the mound for the Red Sox tonight.  We like the odds of Whitlock keeping his team in the game, but will the offense show any signs of life?

It could have been worse:  The Cincinnati Reds no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates last night and still lost the game 1-0.  Pittsburgh got their one run on three walks and a groundout in the bottom of the 8th inning.  Because there was no need for the Pirates to bat in the bottom of the 9th, the Reds pitchers don't even get credit for the no-no.

There's nothing in professional sports like the drama of a Game 7.  Legacies can be created when the stakes are so high.  The Boston Celtics rose to the occasion yesterday by decisively beating the Milwaukee Bucks 109-81 in the deciding game of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.  It's still hard to think of any Boston sports team that had as dramatic a mid-season turnaround as this Celtics squad.  They were struggling to get above .500 at the end of December, and now they're the most dominant team in the NBA.  Next up, Boston faces the Miami Heat in the conference finals, and Game 1 is in Miami tomorrow night.  At this point, we have no choice but to say the Celtics will win the series, because only a fool would bet against them now.

Drew Brees is reportedly out at NBC after serving one year as a NFL analyst.  According to the linked article, it sounds like the former quarterback and the network couldn't agree on his role, and they mutually decided to part ways.  Brees earned approximately $250 million during his football career, so he probably won't have to rush into his next job in order to feed his family.

We're still processing yesterday's exciting announcement that David Tennant and Catherine Tate are returning to Doctor Who for the show's 60th anniversary in 2023.  If we have to wait two years for Ncuti Gatwa's Doctor to arrive, this is a fantastic distraction.  Our only concern right now is if this has any chance of preventing David Tennant from attending the FanExpo Boston convention in August. 

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band to set the tone for the new week with a live version of, "Cover Me" 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, try to avoid the thunderstorms if you can, 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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