Wednesday Clutter: U.S. Supreme Court and Abortion, Coronavirus Numbers Rising, Twitter, Boston Celtics, Daniel Radcliffe, George Carlin, Linkin Park, Beyoncé, and more
How are you? Yesterday was a bit of a mess on this end. First, there was no luck with this week's new releases at the bookstore. After that, I got into a fight with an anti-vaxxer I know, which was ugly. Can't imagine we'll be talking to each other again anytime soon, but that's probably just as well. That was followed up by a nightmare last night which wrecked my sleep, so we'll see how today goes.
BDH and Little Buddha suggest we look at the to-do list, take care of anything which is mandatory for today, and then maybe take a nap and watch the Red Sox game after that. (Unfortunately, there are no new "One Chicago" shows on tonight.) Works for me. In the meantime, let's get to work. The guys made coffee (a little stronger than usual), so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Wednesday Clutter.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed the draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade is legitimate, and he said there would be an investigation into who leaked the document. We couldn't care less about the identity of the leaker. The court is prepared to harm millions of women by overturning nearly 50 years of precedent with a poorly-reasoned decision that sets the stage for more attacks on our collective privacy. Chief Justice Roberts is kidding himself if he really thinks, "The work of the Court will not be affected in any way." The court's own legitimacy is eroding by the day, as conservatives continue to use it as a weapon against the country.
Chief Justice Roberts has lost control of his institution. (pic via cnn.com)
As anger about the leaked Supreme Court draft ruling continues to spread across the country for Democrats, President Biden still isn't prepared to support abolishing the filibuster in order for the Senate to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law. Biden apparently also still doesn't grasp the need to expand the court. The president has evolved from the days when he voted against Medicaid funding for abortions for rape and incest survivors, but at the end of the day, it appears he's not interested in putting up much of a fight to protect the right to privacy.
That being the case, it falls on everyone else to force him to do it. Contact your legislators, regardless of where you live, and tell them you support doing what it takes to fight this abhorrent Supreme Court decision. Conservatives aren't going to stop at abortion. They're coming after everyone who isn't a rich, straight, white guy.
Conservatives should consider themselves warned: If the draft decision becomes final, it's hard to think of a better organizing tool for Democrats. The GOP is making it crystal clear they don't care about women, and this is a situation with high stakes that are easy to explain to voters.
Senator Susan Collins can't believe Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh lied to her while they were being confirmed about what they would do re: Roe v. Wade. She's just shocked, we tell you. Does anyone here really think she didn't know this would be the outcome when she voted for both men? At best, that makes her too gullible to be in the U.S. Senate, but really, she knew, and she didn't care. If she's really so concerned, she should be joining Democrats to abolish the filibuster to codify access to abortion. Senator Collins is one of the biggest frauds in the chamber, which is saying something for that body.
J.D. Vance has done a blatant 180 in the past six years and adopted a conservative persona in order to launch his political career. The guy went from calling Donald Trump "America's Hitler" in 2016, to kissing Trump's feet. The subservience was enough for Vance to win Ohio's Republican Senate primary last night. That's the GOP in a nutshell: As long as you blindly follow the con man, nothing else matters. Vance now goes on to face Representative Tim Ryan in November. Rep. Ryan's best chances of winning the race depend on there being any Republicans who still have a soul.
This isn't great news: Coronavirus case numbers continue to rise in the United States, thanks to a new Omicron sub-variant which has the ability to infect those who have already had the virus, as well as those who have had their shots. We won't get too far into the weeds on this one right now, but it seems clear we're looking at a new round of updated boosters in the future.
Twitter is testing out a new feature that allows you to make specific tweets private, rather than having to do that for your account as a whole. It's called "Twitter Circle," and you can include up to 150 people in your group. It seems unlikely that we'll be using this feature. For our crew, Twitter is about public comments. If you want to send something to a (relatively) small group, that's why text chains exist. Will you use the "Circle" when it becomes an option for everyone?
The Boston Red Sox want to forget about their bad April, and they hope their turnaround starts with their 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels last night. New Boston starter Michael Wacha continues to impress. He threw 5 2/3 innings, giving up just three hits and no runs. Meanwhile, the Red Sox bats showed up, with Rafael Devers and J.D. Martinez both hitting home runs. Now the 10-14 Sox need to do it again. Next up, Garrett Whitlock takes another turn in the rotation against the Angels tonight.
Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 109-86 last night to tie up their NBA conference semifinals series at 1-1. The Celtics got pushed around during Game 1, and they made sure there would be no repeat. Now they need to do it again on the road and regain their home court advantage. Game 3 in Milwaukee isn't until Saturday afternoon. That seems like a long layoff, but we're confident Celtics coach Ime Udoka will keep his guys focused. It's still remarkable to see what a dramatic turn-around this team has had this year after struggling to reach .500 at the start of the season.
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan had plenty to say about former head coach Urban Meyer, a man who was fired in the first year of a five-year deal for being an all-around disaster. Khan's not wrong about anything having to do with Meyer. However, one still has to wonder why the owner hired the guy in the first place, when Meyer seemed completely unprepared to coach in the NFL right from the start.
We first talked about this a while back, and apparently it's really happening: Daniel Radcliffe is going to play "Weird Al" Yankovic in an upcoming biopic about the singer. The movie will be out on the Roku Channel this fall. We'll probably watch it at some point on a quiet day, but for now, the first trailer is here:
We definitely want to take a look at the new HBO documentary: George Carlin's American Dream, when it comes out later this month. The iconic comedian would be having a field day with today's world:
Ooh, Benedict Cumerbatch is hosting this week's SNL, with musical guest Arcade Fire!
Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda recently said there are no plans for new music or a tour anytime soon. However, the band now says it plans to communicate with their fans "a little more regularly" on their website. That's a start.
Sammy Hagar recorded his upcoming album in Nashville, but he says it's not a country record. His producer, Dave Cobb, may be known for country music, but Cobb just finished working on the new Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators album, so he's got some rock chops in him.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Here's Beyoncé to close things out with a live version of, "Halo" for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. BDH and Little Buddha just noticed that today's rain is expected to continue into the evening, so the Red Sox game might be in some trouble. The guys say you're still welcome to come back later if you want to watch something else with them. Otherwise, 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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