Monday Clutter: Coronavirus, Abortion Protests, SNL, January 6 House Select Committee, Boston Red Sox, Fred Savage, The Who, and more
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Tuesday Clutter: Mitch McConnell and Abortion, Wall Street, Boston Celtics, Doctor Who, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert, Joe Satriani, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and more

Hi everyone,

How are you?  The birds are chirping up a storm this morning, and BDH and Little Buddha are loving every bit of it.  BDH thinks the lead bird is giving the weather forecast, and he says it calls for a generally sunny day with highs in the mid-60's this afternoon.  Works for me.  Today's to-do list is pretty long again, so at least it will be nice outside while I run these errands.  Of course, said tasks include the weekly trip to the bookstore to check out the new releases.  Fingers crossed I can find something good for the guys.  First, let's check out the headlines.  There's a fresh pot of coffee on the counter, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Tuesday Clutter.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said it's "possible" Republicans might eventually push for a national abortion ban in light of the Supreme Court's draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade.  Other Republicans quickly tried to claim that wasn't on the table.  However, there's no reason to believe their denials, when the GOP's war on women continues to rage as strong as ever.   The only thing that excites their base more is tax cuts for the top 1%.  Republicans have nothing else to offer voters, so they'll continue these assaults until the end of time if given the chance.

This is what's on the line for the midterm elections, folks.  Conservatives are doing everything they can to set this country's progress back generations.  If you're not a wealthy straight white guy, they have no use for you, and they believe they should be able to rule over every aspect of your life as they see fit.  The GOP is a threat to the country, and it must be treated as such.

Mitch McConnell May 10 2022There's nothing Mitch McConnell won't do for power.  (pic via ohiocapitaljournal.com)

The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan bill to expand security protections for the members of the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday.  The bill still has to go to the House before it makes it to President Biden's desk.  This overblown response comes after protestors peacefully stood outside the homes of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh over the weekend.  Funny how there never seems to be a "right" way to protest, as far as some people are concerned.  There are already laws and policies in place to protect judges, but the politicians need to show how quickly they respond to help each other.  If only they had that same focus when it comes to protecting millions of ordinary women who will be put at risk if the court finalizes its opinion overturning Roe v. Wade.

Enough with these stories claiming any Republicans are "aghast" when a Republican candidate parrots Donald Trump's lies about a stolen 2020 election.  The GOP is the party of Trump.  There's no daylight between the two.  This party has been waging war on democracy in the United States for decades.  They're the party of voter suppression, and all Mitt Romney has done is "tsk-tsk" while he votes the party line. 

BDH and Little Buddha say cheers to Patron, the bomb-sniffing dog who has helped Ukraine detect over 200 undetonated explosive devices since the start of Russia's invasion.  Patron and his owner received an award from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy yesterday for their efforts.  Patron is an adorable Jack Russell terrier, and you should click on the linked article to see his reaction to the ceremony.

Wall Street's struggles continue:  The S&P 500 fell 3.2% yesterday to reach a new 52-week low, as investors continue to worry about inflation, interest rates, the future of the U.S. economy, and pretty much every other problem on the planet these days.  The index now sits at 3,991.23, which is a loss of 16.26% for the year.  Not fun.  

This is the first time the S&P 500 has been under 4,000 since March 2021.  Thus, the question is, have we found a bottom for investors, or will the slide continue/accelerate from here?  The Clutter investment team has no idea, but the staff definitely won't be making any panic-driven moves.  They will stay focused on the long-term future, so for now, they want to come with us to the bookstore.

The struggling Boston Red Sox face the Atlanta Braves on the road tonight.  Garrett Whitlock gets the start for Boston, so there's reason to feel optimistic about at least the first 4-5 innings.  However, if two-thirds of the Red Sox lineup doesn't snap out of their collective coma soon, this season could slip away from the team.  Folks like Bobby Dalbec, Trevor Story, and Alex Verdugo don't need to be batting .350 - they just need to look like competent major league hitters.  It would be nice to think that's not too much to ask.

It was starting to look like the end of the road might be near for the Boston Celtics last night.  Down 2-1 in their conference semifinal series, and trailing the Milwaukee Bucks after three quarters, the C's faced their biggest challenge of the postseason so far, and man did they respond.  The Celtics beat the Bucks 116-108 to tie up their series.  The Celtics went on a 43-28 run in the fourth quarter, led by veteran Al Horford, who apparently decided he's had enough of people calling him old.  Horford had 16 points in the quarter, including a dunk over Giannis Antetokounmpo that will be remembered in Boston for years to come.  The Celtics regained the home court advantage with the win, and now the series returns to Boston for Game 5 on Friday. 

Returning Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies admitted he planted some false stories about Jodie Whittaker's successor in order to make sure no one figured out that the 14th Doctor would be Ncuti Gatwa.  We don't remember seeing Gatwa's name mentioned in a single story speculating about who would take over the role, so cheers to RTD for keeping the secret so well.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler appeared onstage together at "Netflix is a Joke:  The Festival" on Saturday.  Everyone knows these two BFF's have great chemistry.  After reading this summary of their performance, we'd be happy if they went on tour together.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is on hiatus again because Colbert is apparently dealing with a "recurrence" of his previous coronavirus infection.  The show had to stop taping at the end of April because he was sick, and now things are once again on hold, "until further notice."   We wish the host a speedy and lasting recovery.

The new season of David Letterman's, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction drops on Netflix on May 20, and his guests include Ryan Reynolds, Billie Eilish, Kevin Durant, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Cardi B., and Will Smith.  (Presumably that last one was filmed before this year's Oscars ceremony.)  Let's take a peek at this clip featuring Mr. Deadpool himself:

TVLine.com has a list of 24 shows which may or not be renewed for next season.  Can't tell a lie, we've never even heard of a couple of these, but we are also pretty neutral about the rest of them.  Are there any series you'd be particularly disappointed to see scrapped?

Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani is still talking about possibily participating in the Van Halen celebration tour that's apparently being considered by Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth.  There still seem to be a lot of details to work out, like say, who would play bass, and whether or not Sammy Hagar or Wolf Van Halen would participate in the project.  Satriani also has his own new album to support right now, so we're probably looking at something happening in 2023 at the earliest.  We would like to hear Satriani's take on the late great Eddie Van Halen's music.  Satriani would clearly pay tribute to the icon, but he wouldn't sound like a note-for-note copy, and that's important.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here are Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to close things out with a cover of the Fleetwood Mac tune, "Oh Well" for today's, "Song of the Day."

It's still surreal that Petty is gone.

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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