Tuesday Clutter: GOP Blocks Debt Limit Hike, Speaker Pelosi, MA State Police, Facebook, Boston Red Sox, Doctor Who, SNL, Lucifer, Motörhead, and more
Welcome back! How are you? Our crew was just discussing how we think fall officially starts once the high temperatures stop reaching 70 degrees. That means it arrived yesterday, because all we see are the 60's for the long-range forecast. Guess we should bring out the jeans. Boooo. Of course, given that today is Tuesday, I'm off to the bookstore to check out the new releases once we're done here. It would be really nice to find BDH and Little Buddha something fun to read, especially since we're done with Lucifer. Fingers crossed. First things first, let's go through the headlines. The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.
As expected, Senate Republicans blocked a bill to raise the country's debt limit yesterday, thus setting the stage for a government shutdown and default in October. The GOP is fine with wrecking the national economy if they think it will help them with their extremist base (but a new poll shows they would not escape blame.) There's one political party that is actually interested in governing, and then there are Republicans. Also, the entire debt limit notion needs to be abolished. We're talking about paying past bills, not limiting future spending. The only thing this arbitrary limit ever does is cause unproductive economic uncertainty.
Mitch McConnell would happily burn it all down in pursuit of power. (pic via reuters.com)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is reportedly planning to move forward with a vote on the infrastructure bill this week, regardless of where things stand with the larger $3.5 trillion budget proposal. That's going to cause tension with progressives who have insisted they won't vote for the former without the latter. We can appreciate the difficulty of moving all of this through the process with such narrow margins in both chambers, but voters will punish Democrats in 2022 if that budget proposal doesn't pass. They put Democrats in charge of everything, and it will be an epic failure if Pelosi, President Biden, and Senate Majority Leader Schumer can't deliver.
President Biden got his booster shot in front of the cameras yesterday in order to once again demonstrate the safety of the coronavirus vaccine.
The Massachusetts State Police union recently claimed that "dozens" of troopers submitted their resignation papers, rather than comply with the requirement they get vaccinated. Turns out, only one of them actually did it, but the rest are welcome to follow suit. If you're going to put the people you're interacting with at risk, you're failing the notion of being "public safety" official. Don't let the door it you on the way out.
A new study says pot use didn't increase in states that legalized marijuana, so remember that the next time someone tries to push some "reefer madness" nonsense on you. The country benefits from a reality-based approach to drugs that isn't racially biased.
It's a little surprising that a judge approved a plan to unconditionally release John Hinkley Jr. yesterday, but his conditional release in 2016 has reportedly been going smoothly. We're sure all of the necessary people have weighed in about whether or not a guy who tried to kill a president is a public safety threat, and this is apparently the conclusion they reached.
Facebook is "pausing" its Instagram Kids project after facing extensive criticism for the concept. The company claims it's just trying to address the problem of children accessing the site without parental permission (because you know much Facebook cares about protecting kids), while 44 state attorneys general say the new site would expose minors to Facebook's well-known problems with privacy and child safety. We all know Mark Zuckerberg's only goal is to suck in the next generation to keep the money rolling. This concept should be abandoned.
Nestle USA Inc. is recalling almost 28,000 pounds of DiGiorno frozen pizza because some of the packages don't mention the pizzas have textured soy protein, and in other cases, the box for the pepperoni pizza actually holds a three-meat pizza. Who handles quality control over there?
The Boston Red Sox face the 50-win Baltimore Orioles on the road tonight, as Boston tries to stay in the playoff race. The Sox are one game behind the New York Yankees for the top Wild Card spot, but the Toronto Blue Jays are only one game behind them, and the Seattle Mariners are 1.5 games back, with six games left to play. Will history repeat itself, or will the Red Sox take care of business against the Orioles in this series? Guess we'll have to wait and see.
What? Kyrie Irving is being a pain in the ass about the NBA's vaccination requirement? Get out. Who could have predicted that? The guy lives to argue, even when he has no point. He could win five straight championships, and we'd still be glad he's no longer on the Boston Celtics. He's a professional headache.
Marvel is suing the creators of the Avengers characters in order to avoid having to share ownership rights with them. Marvel's shady business practices with its artists is well-documented, and we're rooting for the creative forces behind these comics to come out on top here.
Licorice Pizza sounds like a disgusting concept. We're getting a little nauseous just thinking about it. However, maybe it's better as Paul Thomas Anderson's new movie? It's not enough to get us into a theater, but we'd give it a shot if/when it comes to HBO Max. Have a look:
This Den of Geek article doesn't seem excited about Russell T. Davies returning to Doctor Who. The author makes a number of good points about the show needing a fresh approach. That's going to happen after a 16-year run. However, in the short term, RTD strikes us as the perfect person to handle the 60th anniversary in 2023, improve the storytelling, and set the stage for the next showrunner after him.
We finally have some SNL news, and it's not exactly what many were expecting: Beck Bennett and Lauren Holt are leaving the show, everyone else is returning, and three new folks are joining the cast. Bennett seemed like a strong utility player for eight years, and we can't remember if we ever saw Holt. However, we're glad Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant, and Cecily Strong will be back when the new season begins this Saturday with host Owen Wilson and musical guest Kacey Musgraves.
One of the nice parts about finishing Lucifer is that we now have free reign to go through the various interview/bloopers/behind-the-scenes videos on YouTube. Here's one with Tom Ellis and Lauren German talking about what it was like to film the entertaining animation episode:
We're still waiting for Season 3 of The Boys to appear on Amazon Prime Video, and we'll also keep an eye out for the spinoff which takes place at college. It may turn out we're the wrong age demographic for that one, but The Boys is a fun mix of both smart and raunchy, so we'll at least see if that also holds true for the new show.
Singer R. Kelly was finally found guilty of racketeering and sexual abuse charges yesterday, after stories of his exploitation of minors were public knowledge for decades. Kelly faces sentencing in May of 2022, and now prosecutors should go after everyone who helped him get away with this abhorrent behavior for so long.
David Lee Roth is preparing for another Las Vegas run. We just hope he worked with a vocal coach during the pandemic, because listening to him "sing" during Van Halen's last tour was an assault on our eardrums.
Sorry to hear that Judas Priest has been forced to postpone their tour because Richie Faulkner is dealing with, "a major medical heart condition," according to a band statement. We wish the guitarist, who just became a father in July, a full and speedy recovery.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. We could still use a little help getting moving today, so here's Motörhead to give things a boost with, "Brave New World" for today's, "Song of the Day."
That should do the trick.
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. 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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