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Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  We were just watching the snow fall.  It doesn't look like it will be all that bad, so we'll take care of the shoveling after it stops this afternoon.  BDH and Little Buddha read an article yesterday which makes it sound like February might not be a lot of fun weather-wise, so I'm just trying to appreciate how relatively mild things have been so far this winter.  (Someone remind me about that in about four weeks.)  In the meantime, the guys made coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Tuesday Clutter.

Donald Trump will deliver a prime time address tonight to make his case for his wall obsession. TV executives refused to give Barack Obama airtime for a speech on immigration while he was in office, because they deemed it too political.  This entire battle is Trump's attempt to avoid dealing with all of the investigations into his activities.  How is that not political?  There's no reason to believe Trump will utter a single factual comment, so will the networks simply turn over the airtime for him to deliver his racist propaganda unchecked, except for the Democratic response?   He's still going to call them "fake news" outlets anyway, so why roll over for him?

Donald Trump January 8 2019Making it all up off the top of his head. (pic via tvline.com)

By the way, we know the wall is a phony argument to begin with, but has anyone asked Trump or his supporters why they think even if the wall was built, the imaginary criminals they're so worried about wouldn't just enter this country from any other direction besides the Mexico border?

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey scored a big win yesterday.  The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from ExxonMobil that would keep them from having to give internal documents regarding climate change to Healey, who thinks the company's been lying to the public for years about the topic.

Cheers to the 1.4 million former felons in Florida who will have their voting rights restored today, thanks to a new law passed by voters in the state last November.  Having the ability to participate in civic matters is an important part of the rehabilitation aspect of our judicial system.

Congratulations to Susan Zirinsky on being named the next president of CBS News, starting in March.  Zirinsky, a long-respected news executive, will become the first woman to hold that title at the network.  Given all of the sexual misconduct scandals that have plagued CBS over the last year, a new perspective is definitely needed there.

The names of the players may change now and again, but a woman's right to choose remains under attack across the country.  Here's a look at where the battles will happen this year.

A new study says there may be a racial component to Alzheimer's disease, although much more research needs to be done.

Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey's failed field goal attempt against the Philadelphia Eagles has officially been changed to a blocked kick after the tape showed Eagles defensive tackle Treyvon Hester made some contact with the ball.  Hopefully that will get Bears fans and the media to back off Parkey a bit, although we wouldn't count on it.

The Green Bay Packers are hiring Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur to be their new head coach.  First off, good luck to LaFleur in dealing with Aaron Rodgers.  Second, now that the Packers gig is filled, that seems to leave the Cleveland Browns vacancy as the only one that really makes sense for New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.  However, it doesn't seem like Cleveland is interested in McDaniels.  Does that mean we should go back to assuming McDaniels is the likely successor to Bill Belichick?

We aren't what you would call rabid college football fans, but Clemson crushing Alabama 44-16 to win this year's national championship seems like both a shocker and a big deal, yes?

The latest trailer for Captain Marvel has been released, and this movie just looks cooler and cooler.  The movie comes out on March 8, so if that's what we need to distract us from a month of snow in February, so be it.  Take a look:

David Simon says Tony Soprano will appear in The Many Saints of Newark, the upcoming Sopranos prequel movie.  We're excited to see this film, but good luck to whoever plays Tony.  James Gandolfini's shoes will be pretty damn hard to fill, and at best, an A-level performance in the role is still likely to draw negative comparisons to the original.

Gotta give Dave Bautista credit.  The guy's been plugging away at a movie career since he left the WWE.  He hit it big as Drax in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise (and subsequent appearance in Infinity War), and now Bautista has joined the cast of the Dune remake.

We knew that Jeffrey Dean Morgan's John Winchester was returning from the dead for Supernatural's upcoming 300th episode, but another character is also reportedly coming back that night. What do you think, fans?  Is this someone you want to see again?  We're holding out hope that there's at least a third figure who will also make an appearance.  Can you guess who that is? 

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark with, "If You Leave," from the Pretty in Pink soundtrack, for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It's always a treat to get to hang out with you for a bit.  Enjoy the rest of your day, drive carefully if the roads around you are slippery, and we'll all 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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