Wednesday Clutter: Boosters, Representative Gosar Censure, Debt Limit Coming Again, Chris Christie, Mayor Wu, Doctor Who, Spider-Man, Mammoth WVH, Paul Carrack, and more
How are you? Things are fine on this end, even though I struck out at the bookstore yesterday. There also aren't any new "One Chicago" shows on tonight. I feel like that could lead to chaos, but BDH and Little Buddha said not to worry about it. They might take another crack at a book they put down a few weeks ago, and who knows, maybe we'll find a good movie to watch. Those two always see the bright side of life. They're the best. Now, let's check out the headlines. The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Wednesday Clutter.
The FDA will reportedly authorize Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine booster shots for all adults as early as tomorrow, thus reversing previous guidance that only certain groups really needed it right now. We're on board with whatever it takes to keep people healthy, particularly as winter approaches. That brings its own issues with the flu and other illnesses, so let's do this.
Do what you can to make this a safe winter. (pic via whyy.org)
Meanwhile, the Biden administration reportedly plans to purchase 10 million doses of Pfizer's new coronavirus pill, which the company claims can reduce the chance of hospitalization and death for moderate infections by 90%. The pill still needs to be approved by the FDA and CDC, but it could be a game-changer if that happens.
The House is expected to vote today to censure Representative Paul Gosar, and remove him from his committee assignments. This follows Gosar's recent tweet of an edited anime video showing him killing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President Biden. We'll set the over/under on the number of House Republicans who stand up for decency today at 0.5 Take the under. If this was the private sector, Gosar would have already lost his job and would be looking at criminal charges.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says the federal government will next hit its debt limit on December 15, so be prepared for a new round of Republicans playing dangerous games with the economy over the next few weeks. If we had the opportunity, we'd abolish the filibuster first, but the debt limit would be right after that. It's an arbitrary number that serves no purpose but to drive political gamesmanship. People who don't like how much money the government spends should focus those arguments on the budget process. The debt limit is about paying off bills we already have, and there's no avoiding it.
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie just launched his image rehabilitation tour, where he would like everyone to forget he was one of the earliest supporters of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. He's got a book to sell, and he's apparently looking for an opening if Trump isn't the 2024 Republican presidential nominee. He's not going to escape his connection to this traitor.
Congratulations again to Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, who was sworn into office yesterday. Mayor Wu (it's so much fun to say that) is the first woman and person of color to be elected to run the city. She offered a positive, progressive, and inclusive view of Boston during the mayoral campaign, and now it's time to get to work.
We've got yet another study touting the benefits of coffee. This one says moderate consumption of coffee and/or tea can reduce your chances of having a stroke or dementia. That's all we need to hear. See, friends? We're just trying to keep you healthy so we can all hang out together for as long as possible. Who would like another cup?
Congratulations to Kevin Cash on winning his second consecutive AL Manager of the Year award, but really, Alex Cora deserved it. Cash had another good year with the team that went to the 2020 World Series. On the other hand, Cora took a group that was a dysfunctional dumpster fire in 2020 to within two games of the World Series this year. The fact that Cora came in 5th in the voting is ridiculous. It's clearly a punishment for his suspension last year, so now that we've got that out of the way, he better get the proper consideration moving forward.
The new season of Doctor Who has been terrific so far, but it's going by way too quickly. We're already at the mid-point of the six-episode series! There have been a lot of twists and turns in what has been the best Jodie Whittaker story by a mile. However, one thing that seems to be clear is that we now know where the Fugitive Doctor fits into the timeline. Mind you, we still have a thousand questions about this mysterious version of the Time Lord, but that's a start. Now let's see where the last three episodes take us. (Also, the Fugitive Doctor, played by Jo Martin? Fantastic! Can't get enough.)
We've got a new Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer for you, and it looks outstanding. The problem is that it's only playing in movie theaters when it comes out on December 17, We may have to think about this. Have a look:
We have a working knowledge of Spider-Man's story, but do you think we have to watch all of the other movies first to completely follow this one? Kind of feels like Benedict Cumberbatch/Doctor Strange will explain anything we need to know here.
There's also a new trailer for Don't Look Up, the disaster comedy starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, and others. This one comes out in select theaters on December 10 and on Netflix on Christmas Eve. Seems like a good option for staying home:
It's hard to believe yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Mammoth WVH's first single, "Distance." Wolf Van Halen's tribute to his late father Eddie was touching, and the talented musician has had a terrific first year with his new band. We recently asked Wolf on Twitter if he had any thoughts about releasing new music next year. Unfortunately, it sounds like touring will occupy most of his schedule in 2022, but we'll be eagerly awaiting whatever he puts out next. There's no doubt his dad is proud of everything he's already accomplished.
Metallica is leaning hard into the 30th anniversary of their "Black Album." There's a deluxe box set, a huge album of cover versions, and now there's the "Black Box," which contains digital and physical memorabilia for purchase. Guess we know what Metallica fans will be asking for this Christmas.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. This tune was playing at the supermarket while we were grocery shopping with Dad Clutter yesterday. We can't stop humming it, so we leave you with Paul Carrack's, "Don't Shed a Tear" for today's, "Song of the Day."
Paul Carrack looks like some random guy who wandered in off the street to do karaoke for a little while. Man, 1980's music was great.
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Not sure what the plan is later, but BDH and Little Buddha say you're welcome to come back if you like. 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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