Saturday Clutter: Nashville Explosion, Trump, Joe Biden, Coronavirus, Federal Execution Postponed, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, A Flock of Seagulls, and more
Welcome back! How are you? We missed you! It's probably a good thing for our crew to take a couple of days off every now and again. You know, recharge the batteries and all that. However, it doesn't take long before we get a little antsy because we haven't seen you. Did you have a nice Christmas? It was good to see Dad Clutter and his crew. (It was a small group, and there were masks and social distancing involved, of course.) The biggest winner of the day was Miguel the cat who enjoyed his presents, which were a fish and a rainbow colored creature on strings dangling from poles. Miguel ran around chasing both of those for hours until he wore himself out and decided he needed a nap. That was fun.
All of the rain washed away about 75% of the snow that was dumped here last weekend. That's fine with us. It's still generally white out there, but the sidewalks are usable again. Today's big adventure is watching Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max this afternoon, but we need to sort through the headlines first. Santa brought coffee, so there's a fresh pot waiting for all of you. Grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Saturday Clutter.
It's disturbing to hear that a motor home blew up in Nashville yesterday morning, in what police say was an "intentional" act. It's weird, because there was plenty of advance notice given to people in the area to evacuate, so it seems like fear was more of a goal than casualties. The motive and responsible party are still unknown at this point.
We've got what appears to be a case of domestic terrorism, hundreds of thousands dead because of the pandemic, millions struggling and desperately in need of assistance, and Donald Trump is playing golf in Florida and complaining that Melania doesn't get enough press coverage. The man is a pure sociopath who doesn't have an ounce of interest in anyone besides himself. He's a sick man having a meltdown while the time runs out on his presidency. The law awaits him after he becomes a private citizen, but we were talking about this last night - is Trump more worried about all of the money he owes? Not to go barreling into conspiracy theories, but is his safety at-risk when the bills come due?
Trump cares more about his golf score than the country. (pic via newsobserver.com)
Donald Trump vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act since the last time we hung out with you. He claimed he was doing it because the bill didn't strip away legal protections for social media companies, and because it renamed several military bases which currently memorialize Confederate generals. Yes, the man who always pretended to support the troops is blocking their pay raise to continue his tantrum. The bill passed the House and Senate by veto-proof margins. Can Republicans dig deep within themselves to actually cast the override vote, or will they punt and wait for Joe Biden to take over in January? Profiles in courage, these traitors are not.
Donald Trump is still pushing for $2,000 coronavirus relief checks. He doesn't care if anyone actually gets them - this is all about making life difficult for Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans as payback for not being "loyal" to him. If Trump actually manages to get Mitch to feel some pressure, fantastic, but we suspect the two men will just spend the next month in a measuring contest until Joe Biden takes the oath of office. Meanwhile, millions will continue to suffer as current benefits expire.
House Republicans blocked a push for the $2,000 checks on Thursday, even after Trump first demanded them. These cowards have spent four years trembling in fear of the Great Pumpkin. They've enabled every traitorous act he's taken, and they're fine with him trying to stage a coup, but helping ordinary Americans? That's where they find their backbones to stand up to him. The GOP is a repulsive party.
President-elect Joe Biden still claims he's got the special touch to work with Republicans once he's in office. That still sounds mostly like fantasy to us, and we're also concerned about what kind of compromises he's willing to make to prove it, but hey, we're ready for a new show.
Donald Trump wasn't able to wreck the U.S. Postal Service enough to steal the presidential election, but he did manage to mess up Christmas for a lot of people. Republicans were warning about a "War on Christmas" for years, and it turns out they were the ones in charge of the attack.
Both of the Democratic candidates in the January Georgia Senate runoff election have raised over $100 million in the last two months. People are willing to give whatever they can to send Mitch McConnell back to the minority party.
This might be a page worth bookmarking when you need to see some good news: NBC News is tracking coronavirus vaccinations in each state. As the numbers increase, so do the odds of a better 2021.
France now has their first reported case of the variant coronavirus strain that is causing commotion in the United Kingdom. Great. It's clearly not good news that there's a more contagious form of the virus making the rounds, but we're still not sure exactly how much to stress about it, because it's not clear whether or not the new vaccines can handle it. If they can, then this is annoying, but it seems like it should be manageable. If the vaccines don't work on this version, we're going to start 2021 on a grumpy note. However, we prefer to start from an optimistic point.
The one woman on federal death row may have her execution postponed until after Inauguration Day. That could lead to a change in her sentence, since President-elect Joe Biden has promised to abolish the federal death penalty. The delay is because Lisa Montgomery's lawyers have come down with the coronavirus. We can't help wondering if that would have been enough to pause the proceedings if Montgomery was a black man instead of a white woman. In any case, hopefully her case will be pushed out of the reach of the current administration. Donald Trump and his cronies have already killed hundreds of thousands of Americans, as well as this recent spree of executions. We don't need them to take any more lives.
We missed this earlier, but apparently the major credit card companies have either terminated or suspended the use of their cards on Pornhub after a report was published about child abuse and non-consensual sex appearing on the website. Pornhub has in return removed millions of videos that weren't uploaded by official partners or professional sex workers. According to the linked article, that means they've removed about 75% of their videos. That seems like a win for everyone. Of course there's no room for child abuse or "revenge videos," but professionals should still be able to earn a living.
We're sorry to hear that Boston Celtics great K.C. Jones passed away yesterday at the age of 88. The former player and coach had been battling Alzheimer's for a number of years. He won eight championships with the Celtics as a player and two as the head coach of the team, and he seemed to be universally respected. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Here is Flock of Seagulls to close things out with, "Space Age Love," 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 totally welcome to come back in a bit if you want to watch Wonder Woman 1984 with them. (They also want to know if there's any chance you could bring some popcorn?) Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day, be safe, 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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