Tuesday Clutter: President Biden Intends to Run, January 6 House Select Committee Subpoenas, Doctor Fauci, David Ortiz, Doctor Who, Kevin Spacey, Dido, and more
Friday Clutter: New Coronavirus Variation, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Ahmaud Arbery's Killers, Aaron Rodgers, NFL Owners Hiding, Doctor Who, This is Us, Brian May, Guns N' Roses, and more

Thursday Clutter: Ahmaud Arbery Murder Verdict, RNC, Boston Red Sox, Doctor Who, Lucifer, GH, Wolf Van Halen, Adam Sandler, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back, and a happy Thanksgiving to you all!  We usually just say a quick hello on Turkey Day.  However, we were out yesterday because the car had to go to the mechanic, and BDH and Little Buddha didn't want to miss you for two days in a row, so we're back to hang out for a bit.  Sound good?  From our crew to yours, thank you so much for giving us a few minutes of your time, day in and day out.  We don't take that for granted, so cheers to all of you!  Now, let's take a peek at the headlines.  The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Thursday Clutter.

It wasn't justice that the three white men charged with killing Ahmaud Arbery were found guilty of murder yesterday.  Justice would be Arbery still alive today, not murdered while he was jogging because he was a Black man.  What happened yesterday was basic accountability, and even this almost didn't happen.  Former Brunswick District Attorney Jackie Johnson is under indictment for trying to prevent this case from moving forward in the first place.

Travis McMichael, William Bryan, and Gregory McMichael hunted Arbery down because of the color of his skin.  It's on video, and it still took over two months of public pressure for charges to be brought in this case.  Jogging shouldn't be a risk to anyone's life.  Simply existing shouldn't be a threat to anyone's life.   Our "justice" system is deeply corrupted by racial bias, but at least this jury got this one case right. Hopefully the verdict provides Arbery's family with some sense of comfort. 

Wanda Cooper-Jones November 25 2021Ahmaud Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones.  (pic via post-gazette.com)

This investigative report about White supremacist prison guards in Florida is disturbing.  It's been an ongoing issue for decades and yet another example of the systemic racism throughout our legal system.  This can't be fixed with some minor tinkering around the edges.  We need a comprehensive overhaul of the entire process.

A New Jersey policeman is accused of fatally hitting a pedestrian with his car, putting the dead man in the back seat, and then driving to his mom's house to discuss next steps.  Louis Santiago eventually went back to the scene, and his father, also a police officer, finally called 911.  Officer Santiago was charged with "reckless vehicular homicide, desecrating human remains, tampering with physical evidence and other charges."  Do we think he will be held accountable for his criminal actions?  It's glaring that the question even has to be asked. 

The RNC is paying some of Donald Trump's legal bills, because the Republican Party only exists to serve its master these days.  Those few members of the GOP who question these inappropriate transactions, which clearly violate the party's rules about being neutral in a presidential primary, will probably be removed from the party by the end of the week.  Speaking out against the leader is not tolerated.  On a side note, why does a supposed billionaire, who has over $125 million in his campaign war chest, need help with his bills?

Republicans are now trying to blame President Biden for the pandemic's persistence.  Yes, the same people who lied about it being serious at all last year, and are doing everything to keep it going this year, now argue the guy overseeing vaccine distributions and mask mandates is the reason this is still happening.  We'd almost be embarrassed for these clowns, if the impact of their war on science hadn't cost so many people their lives. 

Weekly jobless claims reached their lowest level since 1969 last week.  Somehow Republicans (and certain members of the media) will find a way to claim this is bad news for President Biden.  The United States economy still hasn't recovered all of the pre-pandemic jobs, but it's moving in the right direction, as also evidenced by the Federal Reserve cutting back its stimulus efforts. 

In case you missed it, the Boston Red Sox recently picked up manager Alex Cora's options for the 2023 and 2024 seasons.  It's the right call.  Cora has repeatedly proven he's the right guy for the job.  He understands the market, and he consistently gets the best out of his players.  Now that they have the manager set, it's time for Chaim Bloom to figure out the team's bullpen and starting rotation.

Sandra Bullock stars in a new movie about a recently released convict trying to start over.  The Unforgivable sounds like an intense movie.  It premieres on Netflix on December 10, so we might give that one a chance.

The BBC released a new publicity picture for the Doctor Who New Year's special, and it shows the TARDIS in rough shape.  The greatest blue box in the universe has had a rough go of it this year, so perhaps the current storyline won't end with the season finale?  That would actually make us feel a little better, because there are a lot of issues to be resolved in the final two episodes.  If it turns out the three 2022 specials are part of the same plot, that could help the pacing.  Guess we'll have to wait and see.

We've got the Doctor Who special on New Year's Day, and then on January 2, PBS begins airing the latest version of the classic tale, Around the World in 80 Days, which features Clutter favorite/former Doctor David Tennant!  That's a strong way to start a new year:

Lucifer's Tom Ellis posted a video on his Instagram account warning his followers that Instagram and Twitter are his only two social media channels, and he doesn't even use the Twitter account.  Apparently some of Ellis' fans have fallen for scams and given money to people claiming to be him.

Steve Burton was fired from General Hospital for not complying with the show's vaccine mandate, which went into effect on November 1.  All we can say is, good riddance.  Burton made a selfish decision that would have put those around him at risk, and this is the result.  His dismissal also gives GH writers a chance to reboot Burton's character Jason Morgan and finally give him more tools to work with than a blank stare and monotone voice.

The Law & Order reboot has two new cast members.  No spoilers from us, but one plays a returning character from the L&O universe, while the other is a new addition. 

Congratulations to Wolf Van Halen for his Grammy nomination for "Best Rock Song" for "Distance," his moving tribute to his late father, Eddie Van Halen.  We'll be pulling for the talented musician when the winners are announced on January 31.

Best of luck to Tanya O'Callaghan, who was just announced as Whitesnake's new bassist.  The group hits the road for their supposed farewell tour in May 2022.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  There's only one way we can close things out here, and that's to have Adam Sandler take us out with the, "Thanksgiving Song" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thank you again for stopping by, friends.  It's always a treat to see you.  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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