Sunday Clutter: Trump, Hyde Amendment, New Vaccine, New England Patriots, Tiger Woods, Jon Huber, Wonder Woman 1984, P!nk, and more
Welcome back! How are you? Our crew is doing well at the moment. We finally had a chance to catch Wonder Woman 1984 yesterday, and it was disappointing. (See full review here.) Oh well, it still made for a relaxing Saturday. A wrench has been thrown into our plan to watch the New England Patriots - Buffalo Bills game this afternoon: They don't play until tomorrow night! Not sure what we'll do now, although there are a couple of errands on the list...oh, and the guys have their books...We'll figure that out later. BDH and Little Buddha just made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Sunday Clutter.
Over 12 million Americans will lose their unemployment benefits after this weekend, because Donald Trump still hasn't signed the coronavirus relief bill that was sent to him by Congress. Some are also at risk of becoming homeless if the federal eviction moratorium extension in the legislation doesn't become law. Trump is indifferent (at best) to human suffering, and deep down inside, he may actually enjoy it. Over 330,000 Americans have died during this pandemic because of his ineptitude, and he's still tweeting up a storm about imaginary election fraud. He's a pathetic little man, and if we could have asked Santa for just one thing, it would have been to speed up Inauguration Day. The United States will have to find a way to survive the last 24 days of this dumpster fire, and then we need to dismantle any trace of his administration as soon as possible.
Millions suffer because someone is still having a tantrum. (pic via politico.eu)
Authorities now apparently believe that the Christmas Day explosion in Nashville may have been a suicide bomb. It's been 48 hours, and Donald Trump still hasn't said a word about this horrific incident. He's probably waiting to find out the race of the bomber so he knows which attack line to use. 24 days and counting, friends...
Republicans did well in the elections this year, besides Trump losing handily of course, but they still want to make sure increased voter turnout doesn't become a regular thing. They know their long-term ability to hold on to power depends on keeping as many people from voting as possible, so their decades-long "War on Voting" and democracy will continue.
It's great to hear that House Democrats plan to end the so-called "Hyde Amendment" next year. This language prohibits the use of Medicaid funding for abortion services, and it's a direct economic assault on rural and low-income women. Its ending is long-overdue. President-elect Joe Biden says he now supports getting rid of it, so that's yet one more reason why it's all the more important that Democrats win the January Senate runoff elections in Georgia. Of course, even in the minority, Senate Republicans could filibuster, but it's important to put this debate under a bright spotlight and make it clear that everyone should have the ability to make their own medical decisions.
There's promising news on the coronavirus front, as the United Kingdom seems prepared to start rolling out a third vaccine on January 4, pending approval by the government. The more weapons we have to fight this thing, the better, but we still have to be good about wearing masks and practicing social distancing right now.
2020 seems determined to go out on a messy note. Really, anything else would have been a surprise.
If it's true that Cam Newton will be starting for the Patriots against the Bills tomorrow night (and not this afternoon like some silly people believed), maybe backup Jarrett Stidham should be thinking about a new career. New England's offensive struggles this year are not all Newton's fault, but if Stidham can't even get on the field when the Patriots have nothing to play for, then the coaches clearly don't like what they see, and they apparently don't even want to show him to other teams as a potential trade option. Stidham graduated from college with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in business, communication, and kinesiology, so, maybe it's time to look into becoming a trainer or auditioning for ESPN.
There's a two-part documentary about Tiger Woods coming out on HBO Max. The first episode airs on January 10, it it looks like something worth checking out. Take a look at the trailer:
We're so sorry to hear that pro wrestler Jon Huber died yesterday at age 41. That's far too young. Huber's wife posted on Instagram that the cause of death was a "non covid related lung issue." Huber was better known to wrestling fans as "Luke Harper" and "Brodie Lee," in WWE and AEW respectively. He was a talented big man who was finally getting a chance to shine after years of being held back, and it sounds like he was extremely popular with his coworkers. Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans.
Our Wonder Woman 1984 review doesn't get into the mid-credits scene at the end of the movie. First, we didn't want to give away any of the details, and second, we weren't entirely sure what to make of the whole thing. It turns out, there's a lot to unpack in that one clip. Not going to lie, we may be more confused now then we were before reading the article, but maybe it will clear things up for you (and then you can explain it again to us.)
It turns out that Wonder Woman 1984 is not Pedro Pascal's first run-in with the Amazon warrior.
We're increasingly intrigued by the upcoming WandaVision series that starts next month on Disney+. If we eventually give in and get a subscription, it will be because of trailers like this:
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. We're heading into the final days of 2020 (thank God), so let's get the party started with P!nk and "Raise Your Glass," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It's always a treat to see you. BDH and Little Buddha say you're welcome to come back later if you want to read or maybe watch a random NFL game with them. Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day, stay 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.