Sunday Clutter: Abortion Rallies, Justice Clarence Thomas, Buffalo Shooting, Texas Social Media Law, Elon Musk, Boston Red Sox, Doctor Strange, Britney Spears, Men at Work, and more
How are you? Weekend going okay so far? Yesterday was really productive, even though we hit a high of 91 degrees. I might have spent a little too much time in the sun, because I went through about two gallons of water last night. However, it was worth it, because the garden is off to a great start. Now we just need some rain. Today's forecast originally called for precipitation to begin at 2:00 this morning, and now we're talking about "a possibility of showers" in the afternoon. Might have to break out the hose later if this turns out to be a big tease. Anyway, let's get to work. BDH and Little Buddha made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Sunday Clutter.
Abortion rights supporters held rallies across the country yesterday to protest the U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. People aren't going to quietly sit back and accept it if this decision is finalized. Allowing states to ban abortion is about controlling women, which is a long-held priority for Republicans. It's also a direct assault on the right to privacy, a right that every conservative who claims to want limited government should support. There's no chance this attack will end with abortion. Republicans want to drag this country back into the past, and other issues like contraceptive access and marriage equality will face the same challenges.
This fight isn't close to being over. (pic via wpde.com)
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas would like you to focus on the leak of the anti-Roe opinion, rather than the ruling itself. Justice Thomas said, "I do think that what happened at the court is tremendously bad... I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them." This from the guy whose wife was involved in the January 6 coup attempt against the U.S. government, and who refuses to recuse himself from the cases involving that domestic terrorist incident. Thomas and his accomplices on the bench are destroying the legitimacy of the court daily as they ram through their extremist agenda.
It's both heartbreaking and infuriating to hear about the white supremacist in Buffalo, New York, who shot 13 people yesterday and killed 10 of them, in a racially-driven attack. (11 of the victims were Black and 2 were white.) These stories keep happening day after day in this country. When it comes to guns, the most many of our "leaders" offer is "thoughts and prayers," as if there was nothing else they could do about our national addiction to firearms. There's also the fact that the GOP fuels racial hatred on a daily basis. The shooter's reported manifesto sounds like it came straight from Tucker Carlson's program. If you're not a wealthy straight white guy, the GOP has no use for you.
Also, the shooter was peacefully arrested by the authorities. What do you think the odds would have been of that happening if he wasn't white?
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), chair of the House GOP conference, has gone full QAnon with her latest attack on Democrats. This is the #3 House Republican spewing conspiracy theories. This party is a threat to the United States and should be treated as such.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn will face North Carolina Republican voters in the state's primary on Tuesday. Will he survive the challenge? Don't know. However, it speaks volumes that while Rep. Sefanik sits high up in House Republican leadership, calling Democrats "pedos" with no repercussions, and multiple members were involved in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the GOP only turned on Cawthorn after he said lawmakers invited him to do cocaine and participate in orgies.
A federal appeals court approved a Texas law that allows users to sue Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for allegedly censoring their content. (You know any sentence that includes "approved a Texas law" isn't going to be good.) This law is a response to the imaginary claim that that these companies discriminate against conservatives. It's also a clear violation of the 1st Amendment, because it allows the state to force a private company to host speech. However, the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly demonstrated that precedent doesn't mean anything to them anymore, so will they allow this to stand? Looks like we'll have to wait and see.
ABCNews.com has a look at why Twitter spam accounts and bots might be such a concern for Elon Musk. The world's richest man recently announced that his acquisition of Twitter was "temporarily on hold" because of his concern about a report that these fake accounts represent less than 5% of the social media platform's users. Our suspicion is that Musk is looking for an excuse to get out of the deal.
Look at that - the Boston Red Sox are on a two-game winning streak: The Red Sox crushed the Texas Rangers 11-3 on Saturday, an impressive follow-up to their 7-1 win on Friday. Boston starter Rich Hill gave up the three runs over six innings, and most importantly, eight Red Sox batters drove in runs. If everyone in the lineup who isn't named Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, or J.D. Martinez can show some signs of life, there might still be hope for this season. Next up, Austin Davis takes the mound for Boston later today, as the Red Sox go for their first sweep of 2022.
The Boston Celtics face the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 of their conference semifinal series later this afternoon. Win or lose, this game has the potential to be one for the ages, and it could define this current Celtics squad. The stakes are high, and our money is on the C's to take care of business at home and move onto the conference finals.
Good for the fans who are suing the "New York" Giants and Jets for false advertising, since both teams actually play in New Jersey. This isn't like the New England Patriots, whose name covers a region. These teams are blatantly lying about where they're from, and they should be punished for it. Of course, we expect this lawsuit to either be thrown out of court or settled for some small/undisclosed amount, but cheers to these folks for calling out the organizations.
ICYMI - We saw Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on Friday. You can read our review here, but CNET.com has some background information on the mid and post-credits scenes. It's helpful to now know the story behind the mid-credits scene, but we still argue that exchange erases any tension from the end of the movie.
May the stench of endorsing the cryptocurrency scam hang over folks like Matt Damon, Tom Brady, and the like, for years to come. At the same time, the Clutter investment team thinks anyone who let these guys influence their money decisions deserved a wake-up call. Learn from the mistake and don't repeat it.
SNL boss Lorne Michaels hinted that this summer could be a busier-than-usual period of change for the show. Next week is the season finale, so let the speculation about the next cast begin.
We're sorry to hear that Britney Spears had a miscarriage. The singer made the announcement on Instagram yesterday and asked for privacy for her and fiance Sam Asghari.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. We recently heard this tune for the first time in ages, and it's still catchy as hell. Here is Men at Work to close things out with, "Overkill" 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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