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Monday Clutter: Joe Manchin, Florida Officials v. Public Health, JFK Assassination, New England Patriots, Tom Brady, The Cure, and more

Hi folks,

Welcome back, and a happy Monday to you all, even if it is a chilly and rainy Monday at the moment.  How are you?  I was just finalizing this week's to-do list, with some help from BDH and Little Buddha.  It's a long list, and maybe a touch overwhelming, but the guys remind me to just tackle one item at a time.  Also, we may end up being out of the office for a couple of days this week, but more on that tomorrow.  For now, let's sort through the headlines.  There's a fresh pot of coffee on the counter, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.

It appears Senator Joe Manchin may have finished trashing President Biden's budget plan.  Now that the bill has reportedly been cut in half to $1.75 trillion, Manchin apparently agrees with the approach of new taxes for billionaires and corporations.  The spin has already gone out that the reduced bill will do a lot of good even at 50% of its original price tag.  However, let's not forget that in the age of a pandemic, two Democrats are responsible for reducing/eliminating proposals like "expand(ed) Medicare coverage with dental, vision and hearing aid benefits for seniors; child care assistance; and free pre-kindergarten."  Their donors must be very proud. 

Senator Joe Manchin October 25 2021Senator Manchin is putting himself before his constituents and the country.  (pic via startribune.com)

The budget and infrastructure bills are both still on target to be voted on by the end of the month, as long as Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are done hijacking Biden's agenda for the time being.  Let's be clear though, while the proposal to pass just four weeks of paid family and medical leave is literally better than nothing, it still puts the United States just about at the bottom of the list of countries which offer paid leave.  It's a disgrace, but not a surprise, that such a wealthy country does so little to help families.  It's also yet another reason why politicians who claim to support "family values" are frauds. 

Florida state Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo was asked to leave a meeting with a legislator last week after he refused to wear a mask.  State Senator Tina Polsky made the request because she is dealing with breast cancer and thus has a compromised immune system.  Ladapo was appointed to the position by Governor Ron DeSantis, but he still needs to be confirmed by the state senate.  This incident should be disqualifying.  A doctor who refuses to follow science has no business being the top medical officer for a state. 

Meanwhile, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is dangling $5000 bonuses to police officers from other states who refuse to get vaccinated.  You can't make this stuff up.  DeSantis is determined to threaten the lives of his constituents in any way possible in order to be the MAGA crowd's choice if Donald Trump is on the run from the law in 2024.

The White House will likely delay the release of any more records about the JFK assassination, claiming the National Archives needs more time to review the materials because of the pandemic.  That meanst he next disclosure may not happen until December 15, 2022.  It's been almost 30 years since Congress said the public had a right to all of this information.  One doesn't have to be huge on conspiracy theories to wonder what the government is still hiding.

This is an interesting insider look at Facebook's growing problem attracting young users, using the company's own internal documents that were provided by whistleblower Frances Haugen.  Perhaps the kids will eventually save us all by crippling the site.

The iPod celebrated its 20th anniversary this past Saturday.  We're old enough to remember that it wasn't a huge hit right away, but as the linked article lays out, it launched a technological revolution that is the reason why many of you hang out with us via your phones.  (Hello!)

The Clutter investment team doesn't know if the current wave of inflation is a temporary problem or the beginning of a new "normal" over the long-term.  However,  it doesn't appear to be leaving anytime soon, so the staff will review our budget again to make sure we're keeping it as lean as possible.  Don't worry though, we'll still have coffee.

Is Major League Baseball heading for a work stoppage on December 2?  That's a shame.  We'll take the millionaires over the billionaires and hope there's a new agreement in place before the start of spring training next year.

The New England Patriots finally picked up their first home win of the year yesterday, and they did it in style.  The Pats dominated the New York Jets 54-13 on Sunday.  New England quarterback Mac Jones had himself a day, going 24/36 for 30 yards and two touchdowns.  The offense ran over the Jets defense for 148 yards, and the Patriots had a total of 551 yards for the afternoon.  They still had too many penalties (6 for 95 yards), but there were no turnovers this week. 

It's fair to debate how much of this was about the Patriots and how much of it was about the Jets.  However, this team has shown it is better than its 3-4 record.  They went out and took care of business against an undeniably terrible opponent like they were supposed to.  Watching Mac Jones play at a considerably higher level than New York's Zach Wilson (until Wilson was knocked out of the game with a knee injury) yesterday was further proof that the Patriots drafted the right quarterback.  They're establishing a foundation and building on it each week.   The Patriots have their work cut out for them when they face the Los Angeles Chargers on the road next Sunday, but who knows, maybe they can build on yesterday's resounding win to pull off an upset and get to .500. 

Congratulations to Tom Brady on becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to throw 600 career touchdown passes.  Brady achieved the historic milestone in the first quarter of last night's Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38 -3 win over the Chicago Bears, and then Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans gave away the football.  Oops.  The lucky fan eventually worked out a trade for the ball.  Should we be taking bets on whether or not Brady makes it to 700?  At this point, we assume he will until we hear otherwise.  The man's amazing, although after reading Seth Wickersham's new book about the New England Patriots, we worry about how Brady will handle the eventual end of his career.  He's the master of the football field, but it comes at a price.

No, we did not predict that Kyrie Irving would end up inspiring anti-vaxxers to cause a disturbance in front of the Barclays Center yesterday, but we're also not surprised one bit.  No matter what happens with this year's Boston Celtics team, at least the C's don't have to worry about this destructive force anymore.  Note to Kyrie:  When Donald Trump Jr. is on your side, you got it wrong.

We're sorry to hear James Michael Tyler died after a battle with prostate cancer.  The actor was best known for playing "Gunther" on Friends.  He was 59 years old.  Our condolences go out to his family and friends. 

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's see, we need a tune that will fit the gloomy weather, still get us moving, and perhaps have a hint of a Halloween vibe.  Got it:  Here The Cure to close things out with a live version of, "Burn" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Yeah, that will work.

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  Enjoy the rest of your day, stay dry, 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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