Friday Clutter: Trump, Coronavirus Numbers Rising, Pot Legalization, Boston Red Sox, Richard Sherman, Tom Brady, Loki, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and more
Happy Friday to you all! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and BDH and Little Buddha say the next bit of rain is at least 10 hours away, so we're ending the week in style. I had a rough sleep last night. It was just so warm and muggy, even with all of the windows open. The guys said we can discuss the possibility of a nap later. However, there are a couple of things that have to be checked off today's to-do list first before the temperatures hit the 90's, including buying more coffee. Don't worry, we still have enough for all of you right now. There's a fresh pot on the counter, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.
According to what appear to be legitimate papers from the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a program to help put Donald Trump in the White House during a meeting with his national security council on January 22, 2016. The papers indicate that Putin thought Trump was the best choice to advance Russian interests, and that the, “impulsive, mentally unstable and unbalanced individual who suffers from an inferiority complex," would need some assistance. The documents also reportedly indicate that Putin has compromising information on Trump, although the specifics aren't outlined. Yes indeed, Team MAGA, you've been supporting a Russian asset for years. Of course Trump and the Russian government both say the papers are fake.
Russia couldn't have asked for a better puppet. (pic via poynter.org)
Meanwhile, back in the U.S., Donald Trump has reportedly been directly implicated in the fraud charges filed against the Trump Organization. The statement was said to be made by Jennifer Weisselberg, the former daughter-in-law of Allen Weisselberg, the indicted CFO of the company. While charges haven't been filed against Trump personally in this case yet, it's clear his legal problems won't be ending anytime soon.
Senator Joe Manchin continues to make it clear that he couldn't care less about democracy. As long as he can protect his own seat, the rest of the country is on their own. On the other end of the spectrum, Representative Joyce Beatty was arrested for participating in a voting rights protest at the U.S. Capitol. We see who has actual skin in the game when it comes to protecting this country's future. Black women are called upon time and time again to do the heavy lifting in our country's elections. Also can't help noticing the the Capitol Police were missing for hours on January 6, but they wasted no time arresting Rep. Beatty and her associates.
That's not what you want to see: Coronavirus case numbers are on the rise in 49 states. Also, as of Saturday, Los Angeles County will go back to requiring everyone to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status, due to a rapid resurgence of coronavirus cases. In other words, those who did the right thing by getting their vaccinations are being asked to help those who continue to wallow in their selfishness. It still astounds that these sheep take their lead from a Russian agent con man who was vaccinated in January. "Owning the libs" isn't worth dying for, no matter how much Fox News says otherwise.
The marijuana industry seems cautiously optimistic about the eventual end of the federal ban on their product, although some seem more interested in having the reform continue to happen at the state level. The war on pot is racist and needs a national conclusion, but we can understand why there would be suspicion about the federal government's involvement. The most interesting part of the linked story was the mention of a Pew Research poll showing that 91% of Americans support the legalization of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes. Those politicians who oppose legalization are out of touch with their constituents.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is concerned about housing prices, but she doesn't think the current inflation spike will last more than a few months. Yellen also said that the housing issue isn't the same problem as 2008, the result of a corrupt mortgage process which nearly destroyed the U.S. economy, but the Biden administration will be looking at steps to address it nonetheless. We know people who are hoping to move within the next year. They may make a fortune in the sale, but we have no idea where they're going to find a house to buy in this crazy market.
Google is now allowing users to delete the last 15 minutes of their search history on their phones. It's apparently supposed to indicate the search engine's commitment to privacy. Of course, if they were really committed, you'd be able to delete your entire history every time you use the product. In any case, as far as we can tell, this ability only applies to the Google app, which we've never downloaded, because that felt like we'd be exposing too much of our phone's inner workings.
Speaking of which, we just paid off the balance on our phone. Does that mean we're legally obligated to upgrade now, even though the current one still works perfectly fine?
Yesterday's Boston Red Sox - New York Yankees game was postponed because three Yankees tested positive for the coronavirus, and three other players are still waiting for results. Aaron Judge is one of the players in the latter group. That could be an issue for the Sox, since Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Matt Barnes, Nate Eovaldi, and J.D. Martinez were all just around Judge at the All-Star game. Given that the Red Sox still haven't reached the 85% vaccinated mark, for reasons that remain beyond our understanding, this could potentially turn into a major problem. Hopefully everything will be fine, and as of right now, the two teams are scheduled to play tonight.
Richard Sherman was released from jail yesterday without bail, but with a number of conditions, following his arrest on Wednesday after an incident at his in-laws' house. Official charges have yet to be filed in the case. It's also been revealed that an "extreme risk protection order" was filed on the NFL free agent defensive back in February that bars him from having guns, because he's been deemed a risk to himself or others. Sherman is clearly struggling from a mental health perspective, and one has to wonder how much of it is connected to his football career. Whatever the cause, we hope he's able to get the right help to be on a more stable path.
Tom Brady apparently played all of last year on a torn MCL. That's just insane. Seriously, it's the sign of an unwell person who sacrifices physical health for glory, which of course describes just about everyone in the NFL. We can talk about what a competitor he is, but it's going to be uncomfortable to watch if a 55-year-old Brady walks around like a 90-year-old man.
We finally had the chance to watch the Loki season finale yesterday, and it's a good thing we did. Can't say we got as into the series as we much as we were expecting, but man does Episode 6 throw the door wiiiiiiiiiide open for the next stage of the MCU. The newest Den of Geek Easter Egg guide was helpful as usual when it came to better understanding what just happened. It looks like we have a month until the next Marvel show appears on Disney+. That's when we get to take a peek at What If...?.
Also, not to give away too much, but The Hollywood Explorer has an interesting piece on the possible connection between the Loki finale and the Fantastic Four. Trying to keep everything straight made us a little dizzy, but it's still worth a read for some speculation about the future.
BDH and Little Buddha already marked it in the calendar: NBC's "One Chicago" line-up returns on Wednesday, September 22.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. We gotta go take care of that coffee issue. This is the 25th anniversary of the release of the movie, She's the One, and in case you didn't know, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers did the entire soundtrack. That has now been rebranded as a Petty album, so here he is to close things out with, "Angel Dream (No.2)" for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Enjoy the rest of your day, stay cool, 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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