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Tuesday Clutter: Trump, Texas Abortion Ban, General Colin Powell, Boston Red Sox, Mel Gibson, Michael Keaton, Jason Sudeikis, Tool, and more

Hi everyone,

How are you?  Week going okay so far?  I know, it's only just started, but hey, anytime you make it through Monday in one piece, it's worth celebrating.  I just realized we have a bit of a scheduling issue today.  A repair guy is coming later this morning/afternoon.  I have to do some running around after he's done, so there's a chance there may be no trip to the bookstore to check out the new releases today.  Yikes.  BDH and Little Buddha just finished their latest book, so I need to find something soon, although the guys say no pressure.  Hmm, we'll have to figure that out later.  Let's take a look at 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 Tuesday Clutter.

Donald Trump is suing to block the House select committee investigating the January 6 coup attempt from getting the documents from his administration that President Biden agreed to turn over to them.  This lawsuit is the latest attempt by Trump to obstruct the committee's work in order to hide his responsibility for the events of that terrible day.  Trump is still claiming an imaginary executive privilege that he doesn't have now that he's out of office.  He's also asking the court to both block the committee from actually investigating anything.  The man runs from accountability like the spoiled child he's been his entire life. 

Donald Trump October 19 2021Terrified of being held responsible for his actions.  (pic via reuters.com)

Meanwhile, the House select committee  will vote today to recommend that former Trump adviser Steve Bannon be held in criminal contempt for defying a committee subpoena.  Bannon claims he's waiting for Donald Trump's fictional claims of executive privilege to be addressed.  He's got no legal standing for that position, and the Department of Justice should prosecute him.  The MAGA cabal has been acting like they're above the law for years, and they've got to be stopped.

As expected, Donald Trump added Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) to his enemies list after Cassidy called Trump a loser.  The Great Pumpkin hates it when people tell the truth about him.  Cassidy isn't up for re-election until 2026, so the worst Trump can do is call him bad names for a while.

The Department of Justice is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block enforcement of the new Texas abortion ban while the legal challenge to the law continues.  The conservative court refused to stop the law from going into effect in the first place by a 5-4 vote, so the question is, who in the majority would be willing to flip, now that the request comes from the Biden administration?  We can't think of a possible option.  This court is itching to overturn Roe v. Wade.  If they do so, it will unleash a voter backlash that will come back to haunt the GOP.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers apparently thinks Amazon executives may have lied in their testimony before Congress when they said the company doesn't misuse third-party seller data for Amazon's own benefit.  The anti-trust subcommittee members are giving Amazon a chance to correct the record, or else they may ask the Department of Justice to investigate.  Should we take odds on Amazon eventually responding with something along the lines of, "Oops, we made mistake, but it was a limited error, and we're taking steps to correct it?"

Instagram users have the ability to send their photos to their Facebook accounts, and now Facebook is working on making it possible to also go in the opposite direction.  On the one hand, the move makes sense.  Why should you only be able to go in one direction?  On the other hand, as the linked article points out, it further tightens the connection between the two sites and might make it harder to break them up if that order eventually comes from the courts. 

As we mentioned yesterday, General Colin Powell died from coronavirus-related complications on Monday.  General Powell, who had multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, was fully vaccinated.  However, his death is of course spurring the anti-vaxxer crackpots to claim this means the vaccines don't work, which is false.  As Dr. Leana Wen explains in the linked article:

"(I)f you are vaccinated, you are six times less likely to get Covid-19 than someone who's unvaccinated. And you are 11 times less likely to die from Covid-19 compared to an unvaccinated person. That's really excellent.  However, the Covid-19 vaccines do not protect you 100%. No vaccine does, just likely virtually no medical treatment is 100% effective. That doesn't mean the vaccine doesn't work, or that you shouldn't take it."
The numbers are clear, getting vaccinated is by far the best way to protect yourself and those around you.  Don't be fooled by the con men working for propaganda networks who claim otherwise for their own financial gain.

Don't know who needs to hear this, but there are not two sides to the Holocaust. 

A new poll shows Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu is still holding a commanding lead over her opponent in the mayoral race, City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George.  Wu leads Essaibi George 62% -30% with just two weeks to go until the election.  Councilor Wu has put forth a progressive and inclusive view for Boston's future, and it's clearly resonating.

The Boston Red Sox continue to punch the Houston Astros in the mouth, and we are here for it.  The Red Sox beat the Astros 12-3 in Game 3 of the ALCS last night to take a 2-1 series lead.  Boston hit four home runs, including a grand slam by first baseman Kyle Schwarber, the third grand slam the Sox have hit in the last two games.  Starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez had another good outing, giving up three runs over six innings.  We know Boston manager Alex Cora has no problem with a quick hook.  However,  he had to be thrilled not to have to go to the bullpen early last night, as opposed to Houston's Dusty Baker, who has to throw everyone he's got at Boston in every game to try to stop the bleeding. 

We don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves, but the Red Sox really could shut the door on the Astros at home this week.  That's just wild.  Next up:  Nick Pivetta takes the mound against Houston in Game 4 tonight.

It's disappointing that Mel Gibson will reportedly star in the John Wick prequel about the infamous Continental Hotel which features so prominently in the franchise.  We were looking forward to seeing this, but we're not giving the drunk, misogynistic, homophobic anti-Semite our time.  Hard pass.

In more positive news, you have our attention if you tell us we can watch Michael Keaton play Batman again in the new Flash movie:

We misread this headline at first, but Disney is pushing Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness back by a few months.  However, they're all still coming out in 2022.  (We originally thought they were getting moved by a year.)  Hold on, the Captain Marvel sequel is getting bumped to 2023?  Damn it.  Hopefully going to the movies will feel safe again by the time these are all released, because we really want to see them on the big screen.

No spoilers here, but we just learned that a) Jason Sudeikis' first name isn't Jason, and b) he has a famous uncle.  (There's also a rumor going around that he's not really a soccer coach, but that could be the Internet just trying to trick us.)  That second tidbit sounds familiar.  It also feels like it has potential to be a good bet with friends, so if you win any money on it, feel free to send us our cut.  Just click on the "Donations" link on the top right-hand corner of this page.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Tool to close things out with, "Sober" 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, 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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