Thursday Clutter: GOP vs. Voting, Steve Bannon, Trump's Latest Scam, Booster Shots, Boston Red Sox, NFL Concussion Settlement, David Tennant, Tina Turner, and more
Welcome back! BDH and Little Buddha were just asking me when I thought you'd get here, and here you are! Perfect timing. We just finished today's to-do list. Pretty straightforward really, so I'll knock those errands out, and then hopefully our crew can catch up on Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D., because we're a week behind. That should be okay, since there's no Red Sox game tonight. Now that we've got that settled, are you ready to check out the headlines? The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Thursday Clutter.
To the surprise of no one, Senate Republicans blocked a voting protection bill from even being debated yesterday. It's the third time this session that the GOP has stopped the bill, because Republicans don't want anyone voting except for their shrinking base. They have no interest in governing, and they're only concerned with helping wealthy/straight/white guys get even richer. Everyone else is seen as a tool to serve that purpose. If they could all vote easily, Republicans would be thrown out across the country like yesterday's trash. Conservatives will do whatever they can to attack this country's democracy, and if Democrats remain slaves to the filibuster, then the damage will likely be permanent.
The last thing Mitch McConnell and his cronies want is more people voting. (pic via reuters.com)
The full House is expected today to approve a referral to the Justice Department to hold Steve Bannon in criminal contempt of the subpoena from the select committee investigating the January 6 coup attempt. The Justice Department will then have to make their own decision about whether or not to move forward, but the country can't afford for the DOJ to let Bannon blatantly defy the law. Everyone connected to this assault on the country must be held accountable for their actions.
His blogging attempt was a miserable failure, and now Donald Trump says he's creating his own media company with its own social media platform. Looks like someone is still cranky he was banned from Twitter. The Trump Media & Technology Group has a deal with Digital World Acquisition Corp., and at the end of the day, you have to wonder how much of this is really about the Great Pumpkin finding a new sucker to give him money. Early odds-makers (i.e. BDH and Little Buddha) set the over under on this thing collapsing at 6.5 months. They also think there's a 85% chance Digital World Acquisition Corp. files a lawsuit against Trump by one year from today.
The CDC advisory panel is expected to vote today on Johnson & Johnson and Moderna boosters, as well as mixing vaccines. The FDA has already signed off on all of this, and if the CDC comes to the same decision, the booster shots could be available as soon as tomorrow. Please get your booster if you're already eligible, get your first shot if you haven't already, and don't forget a flu shot while you're at it. Let's not have a dark winter.
There are apparently $29 billion worth of U.S. savings bonds that still need to be redeemed. We have a nagging suspicion that we left a couple hundred dollars on the table at some point. There's one place to check, but then we might have to dig into this story a little further to figure out if we're right or not. If you have unclaimed bonds, don't let the government continue to hold them. That's your money, you should have it.
Where did all of the Boston Red Sox momentum go? The Sox were on track to slug their way to the World Series just two days ago, and now they're in a 3-2 hole in the ALCS after losing 9-1 to the Houston Astros last night. Chris Sale was great through five innings, and gave up just one run up to that point. However, the Astros struck quickly in the 6th inning for five runs (four earned.) They tacked on three more before the game was over, while the Boston bats took another nap, with just three hits for the night.
It's easy to second-guess in these situations, but Alex Cora usually has a quick hook, especially during this postseason. Why take the chance with Sale who is still recovering from Tommy John surgery? In any case, the Red Sox have their backs against the wall, and they have to win two games in Houston, starting tomorrow night. The crazy thing about this team is that they have the potential to win both games in blowouts again, or they could get crushed on Friday. It's the story of the season - feast or famine all the way.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-1 last night to take a 3-1 lead in the NLCS. We're officially pulling for the Braves to avenge their defeat at the hands of the Dodgers last year and make it to the World Series.
The NFL has reportedly finally agreed to stop discriminating on the base of race when it comes to evaluating dementia claims made by former players under the league's concussion settlement. It's abhorrent (although on-brand) that the NFL was doing this in the first place. If you look at the league for more than 30 seconds, the whole thing looks like a modern-day plantation. Black men sacrifice their bodies to make white men richer, and those white men look at them as ignorant animals. The billionaire owners will do anything to limit how much they have to pay the players, and they want to forget about them the second these guys can no longer perform.
Damn it, we just saw a headline about someone leaving Chicago Fire. This is what we get for falling behind on the show. Didn't read the article, because we don't want anymore details, but we'll discuss it tomorrow.
Hold on, you're telling us that Clutter favorite David Tennant and Lydia West are starring in a new mini-series created by Steven Moffat? We're on board with all of that. There aren't a lot of details about Insider Man, including where it will be available in the U.S. next year, but it's nice to already have something to look forward to in 2022.
Wolf Van Halen will have to sit down during his concerts for a while: The Mammoth WVH founder sprained his ankle stepping off his tour bus and will be wearing a big boot for the next 4-6 weeks. Maybe Dave Grohl can lend him that throne he used for a while when he broke his leg in 2015.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. We're feeling a Tina Turner vibe at the moment, so here she is to close things out with, "We Don't Need Another Hero" for today's, "Song of the Day."
Pure rock and roll attitude right there, friends.
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It's always a treat to see you. BDH and Little Buddha say of course you're invited to come back later for our mini-Chicago Fire/P.D. marathon if you like. (Maybe you could bring some snacks?) Otherwise, 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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