Tuesday Clutter: Infrastructure, Abortion Support, Rep. Liz Cheney, Reese's Thanksgiving Pie, Boston Red Sox, Journey, and more
Welcome back! How are you? BDH and Little Buddha were just warning me that, with a handful of exceptions, the high temperatures are about to start settling in the mid 40's, so maybe it's time to break out the heavy clothes. I'm still in a wee bit of denial about it, so we might punt on that until later this week. It's Tuesday, and the guys just finished their book, so I need to find something else for them to read. Fingers crossed there's something good in this week's new releases. Anyway, we'll take care of that later. The coffee is ready, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.
It was a running joke under the previous administration, but President Biden signed the new infrastructure bill into law yesterday. Look at that, government can be functional every once in a blue moon. Meanwhile, Republicans who supported the notion of repairing roads, bridges, and the like, are getting death threats from their constituents, while the party "leaders" stay silent.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly said that the House won't adjourn for Thanksgiving until they vote on the Build Back Better bill, which will then of course still face a bigger challenge in the Senate. Meanwhile, the clock continues to tick regarding any attempts to protect voting rights in this country.
A new poll shows once again that the majority of the country supports keeping abortion legal and believes the U.S. Supreme Court should uphold Roe v. Wade. This has been the case for years, even as conservatives have used women's health as a weapon for their extremist agenda. We'll see if the Supreme Court is finally ready to explicitly overturn Roe when they debate the new Texas abortion ban, or whether Chief Justice John Roberts convinces Brett Kavanaugh to join him and the liberal justices to keep that from happening. Roberts knows full well that the backlash against conservatives will be strong if they finally carry out their threat. It serves them better to continue dangling the possibility in order to keep supporters motivated. That's particularly important since they're a small minority of the country.
A majority of the country supports a woman's right to control her own health. (pic via usnews.com)
Steve Bannon will be a free man while he awaits trial for two charges of criminal contempt of Congress. Bannon surrendered his passport, and while he will likely milk his arrest for every last ounce of publicity and money he can, it's still important that Team MAGA understand that they can't break the law without consequences. Bannon is looking at up to two years and $200,000 in fines if convicted.
The Wyoming Republican Party will no longer consider Representative Liz Cheney a member of the GOP after a 31-29 vote yesterday. Cheney is once again being punished for daring to speak out against Donald Trump. There's no reality where this woman isn't a conservative Republican. She's just not a cult member, and Republicans consider that heresy these days.
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) announced yesterday that he will not seek a 9th term in 2022. Leahy is the currently the longest-tenured member of the Senate, and the 5th longest of all time. He is currently the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, so he's had a huge hand in pushing President Biden's economic agenda this year. Senator Leahy has been a strong progressive champion, and he will be missed.
Beto O'Rourke announced he's running for governor of Texas. O'Rourke was a rising star in the Democratic Party in 2018, but he's got his work cut out for him. However, voters deserve the opportunity to support a candidate who isn't seemingly doing everything he can to threaten their health, doesn't hate women, and also doesn't want to keep people from voting.
Today is the start of an exciting new era in Boston, as Michelle Wu is sworn in as the city's next mayor. We are sure she'll face challenges, and there will be decisions we disagree with, but the voters gave her an overwhelming mandate to implement her progressive agenda. It's time for a new approach to issues like housing and public transportation, and our new mayor is the woman for the job. We wish her the best of luck.
We first learned about Sparkle the dog on Twitter, and this story does a lovely job of describing the impact on the people she's met over the years. BDH and Little Buddha send Sparkle their best thoughts as she deals with terminal cancer. She is clearly a great dog.
Pfizer announced that it has reached a deal with a U.N. supported group to allow other companies to make its new coronavirus pill, thus expanding the number of countries that will have access to the drug. Of course, the pill still needs to be approved by the FDA, CDC, and other regulatory bodies, but if it turns out that it really can reduce the chance of hospitalizations and deaths in 90% of moderate infections, this could be a huge development.
Reese's came out with a Thanksgiving Pie, which is really a three-pound peanut butter cup, and they sold all 3,000 of them, at $44.99 a pie, in just a few hours. We can't even begin to imagine the dietary harm this thing would cause its consumers. How long do you think it would take a person to eat the whole thing without immediately developing diabetes? However, we're still a little disappointed we didn't have a chance to buy one of them.
It looks like the Boston Red Sox will need more pitching help than we thought, because Eduardo Rodriguez is reportedly signing a five-year/$77 million with the Detroit Tigers. Good for him. The lefty had a 64-39 record with a 4.16 ERA over six seasons in Boston. He would show flashes of brilliance at times, but usually didn't last more than 5+ innings per game. It's true that 28-year-old left-handed pitchers are a rare commodity in baseball, but we wouldn't have been jumping for joy if the Sox had offered him this deal, so cheers to E-Rod, and let's move on to the next guy.
We're sorry to hear that former Boston Red Sox shortstop Julio Lugo died. The member of the 2007 World Champion Sox team was only 45 years old, which is far too young. Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans.
Odell Beckham Jr. suited up for his first game with the Los Angeles Rams last night, and the Rams...promptly lost 31-10 to the San Francisco 49ers.
Mel Gibson says he'll be directing Lethal Weapon 5. We look forward to not watching that movie.
Journey, Billy Idol, and Toto will be touring together next year. Just writing that sentence made it feel like 1986 in here.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have Journey close things out with a live version of, "Separate Ways" for today's, "Song of the Day."
There are a number of missing members from the original line-up, but this crew still puts out a strong version of that tune.
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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