2019: A Letter To My Mom
(Recap) A Million Little Things Episode 12: "The Day Before"

Saturday Clutter: Government Shutdown Ends, Roger Stone Arrested, Elizabeth Warren, NFC Championship Game, Dwayne Johnson, Samuel Jackson, Depeche Mode, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  Come on in, have a seat.  I'm sorry we missed you yesterday.  Pretty sure that we'll be around tomorrow, but BDH and Little Buddha didn't want to take any chances that we might go three straight days without hanging out with you, so here we are!  The guys made a fresh pot of coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Saturday Clutter.

The longest government shutdown in U.S. history is over, after Donald Trump agreed to sign a short-term spending bill that doesn't include any money for his wall yesterday.  That's terrific news, especially for the 800,000 government workers who will finally be paid again (including the back pay they missed over the last month.)  Instead of a wall, Trump gave his supporters a cave and tried to convince them it's the same thing, so it's understandable that they might be kind of angry about that.   This bill only covers the next three weeks, so maybe we'll be right back here again when the bill expires.  However, considering how badly Trump was owned by Speaker Pelosi in this fight, and how much damaged it inflicted on his base support, we wonder if Trump may try to move on at that point. 

If he gets any new money for border security in the next bill, we could see him somehow claiming that's all he ever wanted, or maybe he'll create a new crisis to distract from this one.  How would he convince this supporters that it's worth going through all of this again, when there's a very good chance they'll get nothing out of it...again?  In any case, those representatives who tried to stage a coup against Nancy Pelosi at the beginning of the year look more and more foolish by the day.  Experience counts more than ever right now.

Meanwhile, close Trump associate Roger Stone was arrested yesterday and indicted on multiple charges, including obstruction, making false statements and witness tampering.  According to the indictment, a "top Trump campaign official" was directed to reach out to Stone and have him contact WikiLeaks about the thousands of Democratic emails the group stole in 2016.  The indictment doesn't specify a name, but who directs a top campaign official to do anything?  That's a pretty small list of candidates to chose from.  Stone is a longtime advisor to Trump, and it's hard to think of many people who would be more in the Great Pumpkin's inner circle unless they're related to him.  The question now becomes, has Trump already bought off Stone's silence with the promise of a pardon?

Donald Trump January 26 2019"Could Friday have been worse for me?  Probably not."  (pic via fbcnews.com.fj)

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has proposed a plan to tax the uber-rich in this country. Her idea calls for a 2% tax on net worth over $50 million, and a 1% tax on anything over $1 billion.  It's expected this would only hit 75,000 households, but raise $2.75 trillion over ten years.  Democrats have long been afraid of being hit with the "tax-and-spend" label by Republicans, but this country is ready for progressive proposals like this one and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's proposal for a 70% top marginal rate.  By getting off to her early start, Warren will force the other Democratic presidential candidates to respond, and we're curious to see how that sorts out.

Do you have a hard time remembering to floss regularly?  We're not judging, but scientists now think there may be a link between gingivitis and Alzheimer's, so if that doesn't get you into the habit quickly, we're not sure what will.

The Boston Red Sox have delayed their White House visit and will now go on May 9 instead of February 15.  They shouldn't be going at all.

The NFL never made an official statement about the blown non-pass interference call in the NFC Championship Game.  However, the league just fined Los Angeles Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman $26,739 for the hit on New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis, so you know even they know the refs messed up.  Robey-Coleman is expected to appeal the fine, but we don't like his chances of winning his case.  We still expect someone to ask Roger Goodell about this during the Super Bowl media onslaught, and he will likely do his best to get out of that conversation as quickly as possible.

Director Christopher Nolan's next movie will reportedly be released in July 2020.  What's it about?  No idea.  Who is in the cast?  No idea.

Dwayne Johnson's upcoming movie, Hobbs & Shaw, will apparently be a family affair.  WWE star Roman Reigns will play Johnson's brother in the movie, and as it turns out, Reigns is his cousin in real life.  Reigns recently put his wrestling career on hold after announcing he was battling leukemia again, so we're glad to see he's healthy enough for this role.

We don't want to spoil the headline, so click on this link, but the number of movies Samuel Jackson has made, and their total box office tallies, is amazing.  We also didn't realize that the actor is now 70 years old.  In any case, Jackson fans will enjoy that interview, so check it out.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's have Depeche Mode close things out with, "Personal Jesus," 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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