Thursday Clutter: Trump, Public Impeachment Hearings, Pressley Endorses Warren, T.I., James Dean, Motley Crue, George Michael, and more
Welcome back. I'm sorry we couldn't catch up with you yesterday. Our crew has really been thrown for a loop by the removal of the Clutter Tree. Even though we've known it was coming for some time, BDH and Little Buddha are crushed that their bird-watching days are done for now. They used to love doing that for hours on end. I'll miss a lot of things about the tree, but the biggest thing might be that it was just such a steady source of daily comfort for 15 years. Everything else could be falling apart, and the tree would just make me feel a little better, no matter what. This is going to take some time to get used to, but that's life. For now, let's see what's going on in today's headlines. The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Thursday Clutter.
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced that the public impeachment hearings will begin next week, so expect the Republican nonsense to ramp up a few more levels. We're waiting for them to claim none of this should be public, after spending weeks arguing for public hearings. There's nothing about Donald Trump's corrupt behavior that they can defend, so they've got to throw as many distractions out there as possible to keep their base preoccupied while the country learns even more about how Trump has repeatedly violated his oath.
House Democrats are ready to go public. (pic via abcnews.go.com)
Republicans are reportedly considering moving Representative Jim Jordan to the Intelligence Committee to serve as Donald Trump's attack dog during the public impeachment hearings. The man who's been accused of sexual assault by numerous women will be defended by a guy who ignored a sex abuse scandal while he was at Ohio State University. The two of them are meant for each other.
The bad news just keeps coming for Donald Trump, as former Ukraine Ambassador Bill Taylor told impeachment inquiry officials that Trump tied aid for the country to Ukraine investigating the Biden family and bizarre conspiracy theories involving the 2016 presidential election. We have now heard the same story from multiple people with knowledge of Trump's behavior. It's clear that the Great Pumpkin has violated his oath and needs to be removed from office.
It's good to hear a federal judge blocked Donald Trump's so-called "conscience clause" rule which would enable health care professionals to refuse to provide abortions, among other services, because of religious objections. If your beliefs prevent you from doing your job, find another job. Women seeking constitutionally-protected health care services shouldn't have to keep their fingers crossed that they can find someone who won't subject them to their own feelings about morality.
Tuesday's elections were positive for Democrats across the country, but they were also especially good for pro-choice candidates in Virginia and Kentucky, and that has to freak out Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump. (However, there will be a recanvass of the gubernatorial results in Kentucky, and if the legislature gets to weigh in, Republicans may try to steal that election.)
Jeff Sessions is reportedly planning to run for his old Senate seat. While we hope he loses that race, it should be fun to watch Donald Trump rant about his former attorney general.
We were pleased to see that next year's Boston City Council will be both majority-minority and majority-female, as the body finally starts to look more representative of this diverse city.
Representative Ayanna Pressley endorsed Senator Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign yesterday. While the rest of "the Squad" has endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders, it's no surprise that Rep. Pressley is supporting a fellow member of the Massachusetts delegation. Pressley (who represents our crew in Washington) is a powerful public speaker, and we look forward to hearing her make her case for why Senator Warren should replace Donald Trump in the White House.
We happened to hear some talking heads on CNBC talking about CVS while we were at the gym yesterday. They were raving about the company's stock performance, which makes the news that CVS is closing 22 stores all the more annoying.
Rapper T.I. apparently treats his 18-year-old daughter like his own personal property, telling an interviewer that he brings her to the doctor for a hymen exam every year. The misogyny involved here is horrifying on multiple levels.
Hollywood icon James Dean is apparently coming back from the dead to star in an upcoming Vietnam War - era movie. This is creepy. It's not like he was in the middle of an unfinished role here. This is an entirely artificial performance from a dead man. This new trend of "bringing back" performers needs to stop. Also, there wasn't a single living actor who could do this gig? Anyone who auditioned for the role in Finding Jack and lost to a CGI recreation of a guy who's been gone since 1955 should probably change professions.
The new movie, Marriage Story, starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, is getting terrific reviews. Not sure if we're in the mood for what sounds like an intense film at the moment, but feel free to drop us a line and let us know what you think if you see it.
We taped this week's episode of NCIS: New Orleans, but after finding out that one of the original castmembers left, we're going to have to come back to that at a later time. We've already had too many goodbyes this week.
There seems to be some controversy over whether or not Motley Crue is considering a reunion tour. We have no idea if the story in the linked article is true, but we'd bet good money the band, who broke up in 2015, will perform together again before 2025. The only time these "retirement tours" are ever legit is pretty much when everyone in the group is dead, because someone is always ready for a money grab.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. The new film, Last Christmas, has a previously-unreleased George Michael tune on the soundtrack, so let's check out, "This is How (We Want You to Get High)," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. Getting the chance to hang out with you helped our moods for a bit. BDH and Little Buddha want to make sure you know you're welcome to come back to watch Supernatural with them tonight. Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll do this again soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.