Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. What's new? Nothing too crazy to report here at the moment. Sounds like we've got snow coming tonight and into tomorrow. It was nice to see a few glimpses of the garden over the past couple of days, but oh well. The return of gardening season is still probably about 90 days away, so we'll focus on other things in the meantime, like say, coffee. BDH and Little Buddha just made a fresh pot, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Tuesday Clutter.
Just to be clear, we're looking at a possible government shutdown in four days because Donald "I'm the least racist person you'll ever interview" Trump objects to a bipartisan immigration proposal that he thinks lets too many non-whites into the country. The same Trump that the GOP is now claiming never said "shithole" in a meeting about DACA, because what he actually said was "shithouse."
Cheers to Pastor Maurice Watson for calling out Trump's racist comments while in front of Vice President Mike Pence.
Because there aren't enough problems with his security clearance already, Jared Kushner was apparently warned about his friendship with Wendi Deng Murdoch could be a problem because she might be a Chinese spy.
A walking security risk. (pic via chicagotribune.com)
This country's moral fabric, support for democracy, and leadership are under attack from the White House and Congressional "leaders" on a daily basis, but most Republicans think things are fine. That's why we wrote on Sunday that the GOP needs to be taken out in the mid-term elections this fall.
On a more cheerful note, let's take a moment to read about a wonderful dog named Louie.
New England Patriots fans should be excited about how the road to another Super Bowl championship is playing out so far, but no one should be taking anything for granted. Tom Brady is head and shoulders above the other three remaining quarterbacks, but all of those defenses are legit and could give New England real problems.
Google launched their Arts & Culture app in 2016, but it didn't take off until they added a selfie feature that allows users to compare themselves to artwork from around the world. Sounds about right.
This has not been a good week to be a Pittsburgh sports fan. The Steelers were eliminated from the NFL playoffs by the Jacksonville Jaguars, and now the Pirates traded outfielder Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants. McCutchen was with the Pirates for nine seasons and had been the face of the franchise. The Pirates also traded right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros.
Arnold Schwarzenegger says he would have taken action if he'd known then-12-year-old Eliza Dushku was being sexually assaulted during the filming of their 1994 movie, True Lies, and maybe he would have. We're just waiting for someone to point out that Schwarzenegger himself has been accused by multiple women of inappropriate behavior going back decades. It's possible this is just our cynicism talking, but it seems safer to assume that every guy in Hollywood has done something wrong in this area and then look for the exceptions, rather than the other way around.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. As we mentioned yesterday, this month marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Johnny Cash's At Folsom Prison album, so let's have the Man in Black close things out with some, "Folsom Prison Blues," 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 meet up again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we haven't shot anyone just to watch them die, but we are outta here.