Sunday Clutter: GOP Coup, President Biden, U.S. Supreme Court, SNL, Aaron Rodgers, Doctor Who, Six Feet Under, Metallica, the Monkees, and more
Tuesday Clutter: Meadow's Texts, California Mask Mandate, Omicron, Apple, David Ortiz, Jacksonville Jaguars, Black Panther, GH, Guns N' Roses, Madonna, and more

Monday Clutter: Mark Meadows, Chris Wallace, U.S. Coronavirus Deaths, Speaker Pelosi, Coca-Cola, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Batman, Pete Davidson, Lorde, and more

Hi folks,

Welcome back!  Ready to start a new week?  Not sure we are either, but since we don't really have a choice, how about we all do it together?  I had a productive Sunday, which was good.  Did a little more Christmas shopping and then wrapped everything I have so far.  There are a couple of items coming in the mail this week, and I still have a few more stores/shops to visit.  Other than that, things are pretty much on track.  BDH and Little Buddha just made a fresh pot of coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Monday Clutter.

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows reportedly sent an email on January 5 promising that the National Guard would be ready to protect "Trump people" at the riot the next day.  That's clear evidence the White House knew that January 6 would be violent, and it casts major doubts over how the government responded to the assault.  The email is part of the reason that the January 6 select committee is putting forth a resolution to hold Meadows in contempt for refusing to cooperate.  The Trump administration organized a direct attack on the U.S. government, and those individuals must be held accountable for their actions.

Mark Meadows December 13 2021Mark Meadows knew what was coming.  (pic via cnn.com)

Chris Wallace announced yesterday that he's leaving Fox News to join CNN+, the network's new streaming service.  Wallace was with Fox for 18 years and said he was ready for, "a new adventure."  While Wallace may have had a reputation for being one of the only actual journalists at Fox, let's not go overboard with the praise for his move.  He went along with the propaganda for almost 20 years and was used to give it all a hint of respectability.  Now, what changed?  Does he see the writing on the wall that Fox is going to be pulled into the January 6 investigation?  Guess we'll have to wait and see.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that an "Omicron tidal wave" is coming to the U.K., and he announced that the government will immediately make booster shots available to any adult who wants one (assuming it's been three months since their last shot.) 

There have now been over 800,000 confirmed coronavirus-related deaths in the United States since the beginning of the pandemic, and experts agree that's an under-count of the actual numbers.  That's a stunning total.  It's also infuriating when you wonder how many of these lives could have been saved if more people were vaccinated or showed the slightest interest in being considerate of those around them.  Roughly 400,000 of those deaths have been in 2021.  How many could have been avoided?  75%?  90%  More?  We have a suicide cult as one of the two major political parties in this country, and their followers still can't get enough of the Kool-Aid. 

Massachusetts is a high-transmission area, which makes it imperative to implement a state-wide mask mandate to help combat the pandemic during the winter.  The lack of leadership from state officials continues to be appalling, and the numbers are now roughly back to where we were a year ago.  Getting your shots and boosters is still critical, but masks and social distancing also still play a crucial role in keeping people healthy.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is reportedly talking about running for another term and possibly staying in leadership after the 2022 midterm elections.  House Democrats desperately need a generational change at the top, but is anyone prepared to take the mantle?  Of course, if the Republicans are allowed to eliminate democracy in the United States, it won't really matter who the permanent minority party leader is in this country. 

Senator Lindsey Graham continues to rant about Mitch McConnell cutting a deal to allow Democrats to raise the debt ceiling.  Senator Graham is clearly fine with the idea of blowing up the economy if it would keep him in office.  Sounds about right.  Remember, kids, don't ever listen to a Republican who claims to be "fiscally prudent." 

Coca-Cola recalled a number of Minute Maid products in eight states after they were found to have metal objects in them.  Every recall is a failure of workplace safety standards, but there are so many of them each year, they all seem to blend together.  Companies apparently figure recalls, and any possible legal action, is cheaper than keeping their factories up to code in the first place.

Bank of America apparently expects the first interest rate hike to be in June, 2022, with quarterly hikes for the next two years after that.  Just get rates back to the point where our savings account earns enough to pay for one coffee a month.  We don't ask for much.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Buffalo Bills 33-27 in overtime yesterday.  We were hoping for a blowout win from Tampa Bay, and it looked like that might happen, when they were up 24-3 at the half.  However, the Buccaneers defense let Buffalo back into the game, until Tom Brady finished them off with a touchdown pass to Breshad Perriman.  That was Brady's 700th career TD pass.  He might have a future in football. 

Come to think of it, this result might have been better than a blowout.  The Bills had hope, and then it was snatched away from them.  All of the pressure will be on the Bills, who are now two games back in the AFC East, when they face the New England Patriots again in two weeks, and Buffalo doesn't seem to have the heart for the challenge. 

The Jacksonville Jaguars are 2-11, they were shut out 20-0 by the Tennessee Titans yesterday, and head coach Urban Meyer is busy denying reports he called his assistant coaches "losers."  Other than that, things are going pretty well in Florida.  Really, is it too soon to cut ties with Meyer?  This is only the first year of what is believed to be a multi-year deal, but no one thinks this mess will be better a year from now, so are the Jaguars prepared to write off the next 12 months before they fire him? 

You want a new international Batman trailer?  You're in luck!

Good news, And Just Like That...fans, Peloton has an update on Mr. Big.

The Crown star Claire Foy is playing another member of the British royal family:  Foy and WandaVision's Paul Bettany are the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, in A Very British Scandal, which will eventually be out in the U.S. on Amazon Prime Video next year.  We could be talked into watching this pair in 2022:

For those of you who are confused by the whole concept, the Internet has come up with a number of reasons why Pete Davidson continually dates attractive women.  The cynical among us might suspect it's because he has a good P.R. team (who may well have come up with this list), but for those who believe in things like "love" and "genuine emotion," the linked article has some interesting theories.

Nikki Sixx insists Mötley Crüe had no intention of getting back together after their 2014-2015 "retirement" tour, but here we are.  We would have made a fortune if we'd known anyone back then who would have taken a bet on this happening. 

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Time to tackle the to-do list.  How about we ease into this week by having Lorde close things out with, "Team" 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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