Monday Clutter: January 6 Committee, Medicaid Work Requirements, Jared Schmeck, Sarah Weddington, Pope Francis, New England Patriots, The Batman, Doctor Who, Phil Collins, and more
Welcome back, and a happy final Monday of 2021 to you all! Hmm, maybe we should think about some resolutions for 2022. Today's to-do list isn't too bad. There are a handful of errands to take care of this chilly morning, and then BDH and Little Buddha want to go back to reading their Lucifer book.
It's clear Santa scored a hit here. The guys have already finished about 200 pages of Volume One. I was hoping this would last them at least through January, but at this rate, they'll be done by New Year's Day. Might have to slow them down just a bit, but we'll see. For now, let's sort through today's 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 Clutter.
The January 6 House select committee has been looking into the funding behind the attempted coup. A new lawsuit reveals that the committee demanded the bank records of Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich, as they research everything about that dark day. Budowich filed a lawsuit on Friday to try to block the documents from being turned over, but it's currently unclear if JP Morgan already gave them to the committee.
The suspicion here is that the courts will deny Budowich's request, if it's not too late already. This committee's legal authority has been reaffirmed in other lawsuits so far. The biggest threat to their work remains time. Republicans will dismantle this group on Day 1 if they regain control of the House in 2023, so this work needs to continue at an aggressive pace to uncover the truth about this attempt to overthrow the government.
Who paid for this? (pic via npr.org)
Over 2,700 flights have been cancelled in the United States since Christmas Eve because of coronavirus-related issues. We should work on the over/under for the next time we're in an airport. As of right now, we'd set it at March 15, 2023.
Good for the Biden administration for rejecting the work requirement in Georgia's new limited Medicaid expansion proposal, saying it would “significantly compromise” the program's effectiveness. These requirements are based on a cruel and baseless conservative ideology which blames low-income people for needing help by implying their hardships are because they're lazy, instead of a multitude of issues which could be in play for them. These mandates are designed to be obstacles which maintain economic insecurity, which is the backbone of GOP policy.
Jared Schmeck is now trying to play the victim card after getting criticized for using a coded vulgarity with President Biden during a Christmas Eve phone call. Shmeck said, "(N)ow I am being attacked for utilizing my freedom of speech." Let's review this once again: The First Amendment means Schmeck isn't going to jail for basically saying, "GFY" to President Biden. That doesn't mean the rest of us can't call Schmeck out for being a classless idiot and saying we feel sorry for anyone who has to spend time with him. Also, it can't be a coincidence that Schmeck is so close to "schmuck." Again, no jail time, but ridicule is always on the table.
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We're sorry to hear that Sarah Weddington died on Sunday. Weddington was the then-26-year-old attorney who argued Roe v. Wade. Multiple generations owe her a debt of gratitude, even as the current U.S. Supreme Court prepares to overturn this vital precedent. Our condolences go out to her family and friends. Weddington was 76 years old.
Pope Francis bemoaned Italy's falling birthrate last weekend, calling it "a tragedy" for the country. Considering that overpopulation is a major global problem, we'd argue it would be helpful for this to be a worldwide trend for a while.
If you keep hearing people talking about "Web3" these days, but don't really know what exactly that means, here is a helpful explanation. We checked out at the mention of cryptocurrency, but that's just us.
This was disappointing: The New England Patriots lost 33-21 to the Buffalo Bills at home yesterday. The Patriots were the #1 seed in the AFC just a couple of weeks ago, and now they have to fight to secure a playoff spot. Give the Bills credit, they had a meltdown after New England beat them by running the football all night the first time the two teams played, and they were determined not to let it happen again. Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones looked off all day, going 14/32 for 145 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions. Running back Damien Harris had a nice day with 18 runs for 103 yards and all three New England touchdowns, but that was it for the New England offense.
Meanwhile, the Patriots couldn't stop Bills quarterback Josh Allen, who went 30 for 47 for 314 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Allen also ran for 64 yards. Buffalo controlled the line on both sides of the ball all afternoon. They didn't even have a single punt, which is the first time that's happened to a Bill Belichick-coached Patriots team. With two games left in the regular season, the Bills will most likely keep the AFC East title for another year. Now the Patriots have to take care of business against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars next week. However, they face the Miami Dolphins on the road to close out the season, and that's never a good time for New England.
We're thrilled that the Patriots will end this year with a winning record and that they're at least fighting for something all the way to the end. Anything after that is house money for this season.
At least 116 NBA players were in the league's coronavirus protocols as of last night, as the Omicron variant continues to wash over the country.
It's been confirmed that The Batman will start streaming on HBO Max on April 22, 2022. That's perfect for us on multiple levels. This probably isn't a movie we'd buy a ticket for, even if we were comfortable with the idea of sitting in a theater. However, we'd be more than happy to watch it from the couch.
We enjoyed this review of The Matrix: Resurrections. Like we said yesterday, having only seen the first movie in the original trilogy, it was clear some elements of the movie went over our heads. However, it was still an entertaining story, and the linked article adds a few more layers of context.
There are just five days to go until the Doctor Who New Year's special! We know there's a holiday theme, a time loop, and some Daleks. We're just wondering if it will also advance the Flux storyline at all. Jodie Whittaker only has three episodes left, and that's not a lot of time to properly set up a regeneration, especially when showrunner Chris Chibnall has already repeatedly demonstrated problems with pacing. Oh well, we'll find out out soon enough!
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's see, we need something to help us ease into a new week and kick off the final stretch of 2021 on a positive note. Let's have Phil Collins close things out with, "On My Way" for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. BDH and Little Buddha say you're welcome to come back later if you want to read Lucifer with them. (They'd be happy to get you up to speed about what's happened so far.) Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and 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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