Tuesday Clutter: Trump, DNA Testing Companies, Metallica, James Franco, Eyes on the Highway, and more
Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? Things are fine here at the moment. BDH and Little Buddha continue to try to take my mind off Friday's trip to the dentist. I better find some soft foods when I go to the grocery store this week. Other than that, I'm amazed once again how quickly November has gone by. The last week in particular feels like it was about two days long. In any case, we're plugging away. I hear that the coffee is ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Tuesday Clutter.
Oh, hold on. I'm being reminded that today is "Giving Tuesday." BDH and Little Buddha have decided that 50% of the profits of any of today's sales at the Clutter Shop will be donated to a local charity. They know that they lead fortunate lives, and they'd like to help out others. (Don't look at me, this was all them.) Take a look at the shop, and not only can you get a great coffee mug, but you'll be supporting a worthy cause. It's a win-win!
Donald Trump embarrassed himself and the country once again yesterday, using a slur to attack Senator Elizabeth Warren at a White House event honoring Native American code talkers yesterday. Trump used this celebration of veterans to refer to to Senator Warren as "Pocahontas." In one moment, he managed to denigrate his guests, attack one of his favorite foes (i.e. a strong woman), and remind us all that he doesn't have once ounce of shame or dignity. Maybe he thought this would be a distraction from the Mueller investigation, but we are capable of remembering that he's a traitor to his country while also lamenting what a sleazebag sits in the Oval Office.
Trump's comments are off-message from the GOP tax cut push, which is remarkable. To be so self-obsessed that you threaten to derail what would be your only accomplishment in office is yet another reminder of what a sad little man we're dealing with here. Not that we'd be sorry to see the giveaway to the top 1% blow up, but from a mental health perspective, it's hard to think of someone we've ever seen with lower self-esteem.
Here's a quick reminder of the multiple issues where Michael Flynn could be helpful to Robert Mueller's investigation.
A right-wing activist tried to trick the Washington Post into publishing her fictional story about having a child with Roy Moore when she was a minor. Instead, the Post busted her and her boss, James O'Keefe, a man known for, among other things, breaking into Senator Mary Landrieu's office and serving three years of probation for it. The point of this scam was to discredit both any woman who claims she's been sexually assaulted by Roy Moore, as well as any woman who ever makes that accusation against any man. It's difficult to imagine how one could sink lower than that, but Trump allies continue to show the world that they are always looking for new ways to do it. Also, cheers to the Post for shining a light on this whole matter. This story shows why a free press is so important, and why Trump is continually on the attack against the media.
Good for Senator Chuck Schumer for calling for further regulation of DNA testing companies. Those TV ads have been bugging us for ages. It seemed like there was clearly a downside to using these services, but we couldn't pinpoint the issue. It turns out that the problem is that the companies can sell your information to third parties without your permission. No thanks.
Warning: This story about a deceased father's final present to his daughter will have you reaching for the tissues in 30 seconds.
Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith sounds like he's still open to making a cameo appearance on the show at some point. He's made similar comments in the past, but he clearly doesn't want to step on Jodie Whittaker's toes, so who knows. Maybe he'll be back for the 60th anniversary in 2023.
The NFL suspended Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib two games for their fight on Sunday. It's an appropriate punishment for the altercation, but both players have appealed, so let's see if it holds up.
Somewhere in our attic is a Rolling Stone issue with an article about what a big deal it was that staunchly independent Metallica finally made a music video. Fast forward a few decades, and now there's a Metallica Starbucks gift card.
Get back to us when you have a DD gift card. (pic via gettyimages.com)
Jeremy Piven's new show, Wisdom of the Crowd, has been cancelled, following sexual harassment claims against the actor. We caught 10 minutes of one of the episodes, and this does not seem like a great loss for the entertainment world.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have Robbie Williams close things out for us with a tune off his new album. Here's, "Eyes on the Highway," 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 do this again soon, we promise. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.