Wednesday Clutter: Impeachment, Unhinged Trump, Coca-Cola Subscription, Boston Red Sox, Star Wars, Adam Driver, Spinal Tap, and more
Welcome back! What's new? Yesterday's snow was legit. It wasn't too bad, but it was still enough for a solid workout while shoveling. Speaking of which, BDH and Little Buddha had a brilliant idea and suggested I shovel our long narrow driveway side to side, instead of lengthwise. Turns out that's a much more efficient way to do it. Those guys...always thinking. They just made a fresh pot of coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Wednesday Clutter.
(BDH and Little Buddha want to help some terrific animals find their forever homes this holiday season. To help make that happen, they've decided that we will donate 50% of our share of the proceeds of all sales that go through the Clutter Amazon page between now and December 31 to the Pope Memorial SPCA in New Hampshire. Pope has a variety of great pets available for adoption, and the organization also offers a number of education programs. The guys hope you'll consider using our page so that we can help as many animals as possible.)
Before today is over, Donald Trump will be the third White House occupant to be impeached in our nation's history. The House will debate two articles of impeachment: one for abuse of power, and the other for obstruction of Congress. After that, almost every House Democrat will do their job and vote against this blatant ongoing corruption which tears at the fabric of the United States. Meanwhile, House Republicans will say, "We're all in on our cult leader and will recite Russian propaganda without shame so we can have tax cuts and conservative judges. The rest of America can kiss our backsides." Our Founding Fathers didn't account for the idea that one political party would have no interest in protecting the country. It's a sad day on multiple levels, but the message must be sent that even the person in the White House has to be held accountable for his actions.
Donald Trump sent Speaker Nancy Pelosi an unhinged six-page letter yesterday ranting against the impeachment process. Trump was in full unhinged mode, and the letter was detached from reality, as usual. The man thinks Salem witches got a fairer deal than he's getting at the moment. Maybe someone should remind him they were executed. If you had a loved one who lost his marbles like this, you'd be calling the authorities asking for help to keep them safe. If we had a Republican Party who cared about the United States, Trump's Cabinet would already have invoked the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.
A danger to both himself and the country. (pic via wric.com)
The letter is so unbalanced, it makes one wonder what Trump is really trying to distract everyone from besides the impeachment vote.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader "Moscow Mitch" McConnell again made it clear that he has no interest in hearing any facts in the upcoming impeachment trial. He sees his goal as clearing Trump as quickly as possible and moving on, saying:
"Impeachment is a political decision, the House made a partisan political decision to impeach. I anticipate we will have a largely partisan outcome in the Senate. I'm not impartial about this at all."
We love spicy food, although we always pay the price for it later. However, maybe that's a fair trade-off, because a new study says eating chili peppers can reduce your chance of a fatal heart attack or stroke.
Coca-Cola is launching a subscription service in 2020. For $10 a month, subscribers will get the chance to try select new flavors before the rest of the public and have the drinks delivered right to their front door. The Clutter investment team has a few Coke shares, so they're interested to see how well this does next year, and whether Pepsi and other companies eventually follow suit.
They're just rumors at this point, but we can't think of a single deal that would make us excited that the Los Angeles Dodgers are apparently talking to the Boston Red Sox about Mookie Betts. If Mookie really ends up leaving by the end of 2020 at the latest, it will go down in history as one of the all-time mistakes by Red Sox management to let a generational superstar walk out the door because they were too cheap to pay him.
Stephon Gilmore, Matthew Slater, and Dont'a Hightower are this year's New England Patriots' All-Pro representatives. Gilmore was a slam-dunk as the best cornerback in the NFL, and Slater is the king of special teams. Hightower's selection seems a touch surprising, but hey good for all three men.
Matt Patricia is 9-20-1 after two seasons as the head coach of the Detroit Lions, but apparently team ownership doesn't want to start over on another rebuild, so Patricia will be back next season.
The first reviews of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are all over the place. Our guess is that this review will end up capturing our thoughts on the film. (It's pretty-spoiler free but gives some general hints about the direction of the film.) We walked out of The Last Jedi feeling like it was a fine way to pass the time, although we forgot about it pretty soon after leaving the theater. Sounds like we might have the same reaction to The Rise of Skywalker, but hey, it's always fun to go to the movies.
Speaking of Star Wars: Adam Driver reportedly walked out of the studio during a NPR interview because they were playing a clip from his film Marriage Story, and he apparently gets really anxious watching/listening to himself perform. We're totally on Team Driver here. The actor has expressed those sentiments before. In fact, he'd already told the Fresh Air team his feeling about the matter during a previous interview, so shame on them for going with the, "We were all big fans, we have no idea why he left," line. The whole thing feels like "gotcha" journalism, and it's a bad look for NPR.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Christmas is now one week away, so let's have Spinal Tap close things out with a holiday classic. Here's, "Christmas with the Devil," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Now we've got the holiday spirit!
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It's always a treat to hang out with you. 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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