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Monday Clutter: Robert Mueller, Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Susan Collins, NFL Playoffs, Axl Rose, Mumford & Sons, and more

Sunday Clutter: Trump, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Alexa, Warren Buffett, Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys, Kevin Hart, Traveling Wilburys, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  Come on in, have a seat.  How are you?  Everyone is here is fine, although I'm still working out my sinus issues.  Friday ended up being a productive day, even though I woke up at 3:00.  Hoping today will be the same, even though it started at 4:00.  BDH and Little Buddha have been terrific as always, and they're confident that we'll get everything back on track soon.  In the meantime, they made plenty of coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Sunday Clutter.

Donald Trump continues to hold the country hostage over the border wall that apparently his campaign advisors invented to keep him on track during his stump speeches.  It's been less than a week since Democrats regained control of the House, and the great deal-maker has already shown he's at a loss when facing actual opposition. Of course, many will argue that this entire soap opera is simply Trump's way of trying to stall all of the investigations he's facing and stave off impeachment for as long as possible.

Donald Trump January 6 2019Wrecking the country to save his own hide.  (pic via bbc.com)

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez(D-NY) is taking Washington by storm, and conservatives have no idea how to handle it.  Ocasio-Cortez recently defended Representative Rashida Tlaib's (D-Michigan) recent comment about impeaching "the m-f'er" by pointing out Republicans lost the credibility to talk about civility a long long time ago.  In other news, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is advocating for a 70% top marginal tax rate to help finance a "Green New Deal."   This new class is here to shake things up, and there are few things that scare conservatives more than strong outspoken women.

House Democrats plan to start passing bills next week to re-open parts of the government. The legislative package includes the IRS, so voting against it will put the GOP on the record as blocking voters from getting their tax refunds.  Republican or Democrat, voters tend to get pretty cranky when you stop them from getting their money back.

Maybe we're just getting old, but it's beyond our understanding how Amazon has sold 100 million Alexa devices. It's like letting the company install a bug in your home, for what, so you can play music or avoid having to Google something?  That's a hard pass here.

Apple's iPhone problems cost Warren Buffett $4 billion this week, but we wouldn't be surprised to hear at some point that he added to his position at the lower price.  Speaking of the "Oracle of Omaha," it's not his temperament to initiate confrontation, but we'd love to see Buffett sell his Wells Fargo shares, or at least speak out against the bank's ongoing legal problems.

We'll be keeping an eye on possible plans to turn a local Boston bar into a recreational marijuana store. Tend to think that's going to be an improvement to the area.

A new Vietnamese restaurant in Keene, New Hampshire, was ordered to take down its sign because city officials believe it's obscene. The sign says, "Pho Keene Great."  We say it's a clever marketing campaign, and even the publicity surrounding the controversy over the sign will help the restaurant.  What say you?

The New York Yankees re-signed reliever Zach Britton to a three-year extension for $39 million.   We would be okay with the Boston Red Sox working out a similar deal for Craig Kimbrel.

We were under the impression that yesterday's Indianapolis Colts - Houston Texans game would be competitive, but someone misled us, since the Colts crushed the Texans 21-7. That Indy defense looked legit, and the Kansas City Chiefs can't be excited about playing the Colts next weekend.  We're clearly getting too far ahead of ourselves, but it would be amazing if the AFC Championship Game was in New England again.  We should probably find out who the New England Patriots are playing next week first before we get into that any further.

The Dallas Cowboys beat the Seattle Seahawks 24-22 yesterday, which means we'll either be Los Angeles Rams or New Orleans Saints fans next week, depending on how today's games turn out.  Rooting against Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is about as enjoyable as rooting for any non-Patriots team.

While we dislike the Cowboys, we want to send best wishes for a speedy and full recovery to Dallas wide receiver Allen Burns who dislocated and fractured his left ankle during last night's game. It was one of those injuries that makes you a little nauseous to watch.  It also shows how everything can change in an instant for a football player, which is why we're always pro-player when there's a labor dispute in the NFL.

Boston Celtics fans gave Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki a great reaction in what was probably Nowitzki's last game in Boston.  Fans around here are pretty good about things like that, which is always one of the nice things about Boston sports.

No, we're not here for Kevin Hart somehow becoming the victim after the backlash over past homophobic tweets and comments.  That's not happening,

Oh, the Golden Globes are tonight.  We're not big on awards shows, but Golden Globes Twitter is always tremendous.  Who are you rooting for this year?

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now, so how about we close things out with the Traveling Wilburys and, "End of the Line," for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  BDH and Little Buddha say you're welcome to come back later if you want to watch some playoff football with us.  Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll meet back here again for more fun soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.

 

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