Tuesday Clutter: President-elect Biden, Bill Barr, The Squad, U.K. Coronavirus Strain, Cam Newton, Kevin Greene, John Mulaney, New Beatles Documentary, Sarah McLachlan, and more
Saturday Clutter: Nashville Explosion, Trump, Joe Biden, Coronavirus, Federal Execution Postponed, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, A Flock of Seagulls, and more

Wednesday Clutter: Trump, Dr. Fauci, New MA Restrictions, Sex and the City, Coming 2 America, Denzel Washington, Ted Danson, Bruce Springsteen, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  We're all doing pretty well here at the moment.  There is one last present to wrap (not including the ones that will apparently arrive after Christmas), and a quick errand to run, but other than that, I think we're pretty much all set for Friday.  BDH and Little Buddha just remembered that Wonder Woman 1984 comes out on Christmas, so they're looking forward to watching that at some point over the weekend.  Of course, they're also happy to see you here.  They just made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Wednesday Clutter.

(Programming note:  We're not 100% certain, but we will probably take tomorrow and Friday off and then rejoin you on Saturday.  We'll post any other changes to the schedule on the Clutter Facebook page.)

Donald Trump is threatening to veto the coronavirus relief bill unless it is amended to include a $2000 direct payment to individuals and $4000 for couples.  Mind you, it's not that he cares about helping anyone, or that he's been paying attention to this bill at any point over the last few months, even as his administration weighed in on it.  This is about trying to look relevant while also screwing over Mitch McConnell because McConnell finally acknowledged that Joe Biden won the election.  That's it. 

On a practical level, we don't care what Trump's motivation is if it ends up providing more relief to the millions of Americans who have been struggling this year and desperately need assistance.  (Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Squad are also happy to act on Trump's demand.)  On a much more vengeful/Irish level, we want to see Trump and McConnell finally take off the gloves and go after each other.  These two men have been destroying the country for four years.  Let them slug it out to determine the ultimate "King of the Trash Pile."   Also, we want Inauguration Day to hurry up and get here already, because this TV show needs to be taken off the air.

Donald Trump went on a commutation/pardon spree yesterday, helping people who were investigated by Robert Mueller, convicted congressmen, and military operators who committed war crimes.  The point of this power is to right wrongs or reward people who have sufficiently rehabilitated themselves to earn a rewriting of their legal history.  None of that applies here.  We've got people who helped Trump and those who committed atrocities against civilians during military operations, which is something that always seems to particularly excite him.

Donald Trump December 23 2020Donald Trump's corruption knows no limits.  (pic via independent.co.uk)

Donald Trump's longtime private banker is resigning from Deutsche Bank AG at the end of the year.  That seems like something to keep an eye on.  Will the bank finally drop Trump as a customer once he leaves office?  Does the departing Rosemary Vrablic need to retain legal counsel, as New York prosecutors continue to investigate Trump's finances?  Stay tuned.

We don't understand why Twitter is resetting the official POTUS and White House  follower counts to zero when Donald Trump leaves office in January.  They're not Trump's personal accounts.  On the flip side, we expect it will take millions of Democrats just a minute to click the "follow" buttons on Inauguration Day.  Sill, that's an unnecessary hassle.

Dr. Anthony Fauci got his first coronavirus vaccination shot before the cameras yesterday, as part of the ongoing campaign to build public confidence about the safety of the process.  No doubt millions of Americans are also relieved to see him being protected as we continue to navigate this pandemic.

Meanwhile, White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, says she will retire.  Dr. Birx did not give a timetable, but after spending much of the year enabling Donald Trump's horrific behavior during this pandemic, and then violating the Thanksgiving travel restrictions she implored Americans to follow, there doesn't seem to be a spot for her anywhere in this process moving forward.  She becomes the latest addition to a long list of people who sold their souls to work with Donald Trump.

Good to hear that Pfizer appears to be reaching an agreement to provide the United States with millions more coronavirus vaccine doses next year. 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a new set of crowd restrictions for businesses and private gatherings yesterday, as the coronavirus numbers in the commonwealth continue to surge.  Most of the impacted businesses will be reduced to 25% capacity, while outdoor gatherings are restricted to 25 people, and indoor groups should be no more than 10 people.  (However, indoor restaurant dining is still a thing.)   The new rules go into place on Saturday the 26th and are expected to last for two weeks to try to counteract the upcoming Christmas and New Year's spikes that we all know are coming.  The restrictions are important, but state leaders must also put together a financial aid package to supplement the (hopefully) soon-to-be arriving federal aid bill.

The Philadelphia Phillies named Sam Fuld as their new general manager yesterday. Congrats to Fuld, who is a New Hampshire native.  This means we may be obligated to once again become Phillies fans, now that it's a matter of 603 pride.

There's apparently a Sex and the City revival in the works at HBO Max.  We'll be taking a pass on that one, but what about you?  Will it matter if they do the show without Samantha?

We've got a couple of new trailers to check out today.  Let's start with the highly-anticipated  Coming 2 America, which once again teams up Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall and comes out on Amazon Prime Video on March 5, 2021:

We're feeling good about that one, even though we can't remember if we've seen Arsenio Hall perform in any capacity in the last 20 years.

Second, we've got The Little Things, a crime thriller starring Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, and Jared Leto.  Feel like we've seen Denzel Washington play a troubled law enforcement officer/fixer many times.  However, we're intrigued by the cast, and the movie will stream on HBO Max starting January 29, so sure, sign us up for this one:

Finally, Ted Danson returns to NBC in a new comedy called Mr. Mayor, which premieres on January 7.  You had us at "Ted Danson" and "comedy."

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Since it seems like this is probably our last Christmas tune for 2020, let's have Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band close things out with their classic version of, "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  BDH and Little Buddha hope you all have a lovely Christmas (in a safe fashion), and they can't wait to see you all again soon.  Until then, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.

 

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