Tuesday Clutter: Trump and Jr., Chief Justice Roberts, Deval Patrick, Uber, Martin Scorsese v. MCU, Fantasy Island, Doctor Who, Soundgarden, Halestorm, and more
Welcome back! How are you? Everyone seems to be doing pretty well here at the moment. I've got a number of phone calls to make today. That's not the most exciting to-do list, but given today's weather forecast, I'm happy to stay inside for a good part of the day. Freezing rain and...I can barely say it...snow? Yeah, really not feeling that, except there's one errand that I might not be able to avoid. Other than that, we're getting back into the swing of things after the long weekend. Speaking of which, BDH and Little Buddha just said the coffee is ready, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Tuesday Clutter.
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Sometimes you just have to laugh. It's good for the soul, after all: Donald Trump Jr. has a new book out mocking liberals for being overly-sensitive. However, Junior ran from his own event yesterday after being heckled by his ultra-right-wing supporters who didn't like that he wouldn't take questions. This crew eats their own. The entire Trump family is thin-skinned, which is why they constantly try to over-compensate by mocking that sensitivity and projecting it in others. Like con man father, like con man son.
Someone's a little sensitive. (pic via abcnews.go.com)
While Junior was running away in terror from his own base, his dad was losing yet another court case regarding the release of his tax records. The fact that the ruling came from a Trump-appointed judge has to drive the Great Pumpkin to yet another level of crazy.
Donald Trump is so terrified of being associated with losing on any level, he deleted a tweet telling people to vote for Sean Spicer on Dancing with the Stars after Spicer was (finally) voted off the show last night.
We're jumping the gun here by discussing Chief Justice John Roberts presiding over an impeachment trial in the Senate, but hey, why should that stop us? While Roberts is a firm conservative, he has an eye on how history sees him, especially when it comes to the legitimacy of "his" court, and we would expect him to have the same cautious approach to a trial. If Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Republican senators are determined to follow Donald Trump off the cliff and forever be linked to his gross corruption, Roberts isn't likely to do anything to join them.
Speaking of that cliff, this is interesting: What are the chances that the impeachment trial could be decided on by a secret ballot? It would be game over for Donald Trump, but everyone has a reason to go along with the idea, as the author of the linked article explains.
Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick is reportedly considering entering the Democratic presidential primary field. We have all the respect in the world for Governor Patrick, but the time for him, and all of the other latecomers, like Mike Bloomberg, to make this decision was months ago. It feels like this crew doesn't think they have to put in the work of a full campaign, and that's sure to stir resentment in voters. It's also another sign that Democratic Party kingmakers are nervous about Joe Biden's prospects. There are a lot of vested interests who don't want to see Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders anywhere near the nomination, because they know it will challenge the status quo which currently benefits them.
Representative Peter King (R-NY) announced yesterday that he won't run for re-election in 2020. Rep. King has a long history of being racist/anti-Muslim/anti-immigrant in general, so unlike Senator Chuck Schumer's fawning tribute to his soon-t0-be-former colleague, we look forward to seeing a new face in that seat in the next Congress.
Pretty sure we've mentioned here before that we are not fans of the ride-sharing industry. We grew up being taught not to get into a stranger's car, and now that's somehow the "in" thing. On a more serious note, people should be moving away from cars as much as possible and seeking alternatives like public transportation, bikes, and good old-fashioned walking whenever possible. The cumulative effect of having all of these vehicles on the road is terrible for the environment. On top of all of that, the fact that Uber's CEO referred to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi as "a serious mistake" in a recent interview is just one more reason not to give them any of your money.
Amazon is reportedly starting a new grocery chain that's independent of their Whole Foods business. There aren't many details available about the new stores yet, apart from the fact that they'll be starting in California. We're hard-pressed to think of a single improvement to our local Whole Foods store since Jeff Bezos bought the company, but we'll see how this plays out.
Google is obtaining the personal medical records of millions of Americans without their consent, and it's apparently not a HIPAA violation.
That's it for undefeated teams in the NFL this year, after the Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers 27-24 in overtime last night. We'd still be good with seeing a Patriots - 49'ers Super Bowl this year.
The Boston Celtics will be without Gordon Hayward for six weeks after he underwent surgery to repair his broken left hand yesterday. That's too bad, Hayward was off to a great start this season. Hopefully it won't take him too long to get back into form again when he returns.
It's the story that just won't die: Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige finally weighed in on Martin Scorsese's recent complaints about MCU films. It may shock you to hear that Feige disagrees with the acclaimed director's criticisms. Scorsese's public relations team should get a solid holiday bonus this year, because it would be hard for him to get more free press out of this debate. That's especially helpful, since his new movie The Irishman drops on Netflix on November 27.
We were initially interested to hear that there's a Fantasy Island movie coming out in 2020. The 1980's TV show was some gloriously cheesy entertainment, and we once saw Ricardo Montalban standing on the street in Los Angeles while we were taking a Hollywood tour. Fun fact: He had skin like fine Corinthian leather. Anyway, this could have been fun, but horror movies aren't our thing, so we may or may not check it out once it comes out on Netflix or one of the 4,000 new streaming new services next year. If this is your cup of tea, check out the trailer:
A quick programming note: Don't try to reach us on November 23 before the new Doctor Who trailer is released, because we will not respond. This is like Christmas in November. Seriously, we'll probably be up earlier than usual that morning, knowing full well the clip won't come out until later in the day, but who can sleep when the Doctor is returning?
Get ready, Criminal Minds fans: the show's final season begins on January 8.
Regardless of whether or not you watch Jeopardy!, it will get dusty in here when you see Alex Trebek's reaction to a contestant's emotional final answer.
Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil says it's possible the band could release an album of all-new material (that would include vocals from Chris Cornell) at some point in the future. However, he thinks it's unlikely that the band would reform without the late singer. That's probably just as well. Anyone who tried to fill Cornell's shoes would face a daunting challenge to say the least, and the odds of that replacement being well--received by the band's fans are not good. However, it would be nice to hear whatever the group was working on when Cornell died in 2017.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Here's Halestorm with "Black Vultures," to close things out for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It's always a treat to see you. Enjoy the rest of your day, be careful if you have to drive, and we'll catch up with you again for more coffee soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.