Friday Clutter: Government Shutdown Averted, Trump, Andrew Cuomo, Coronavirus Cases, Boston Red Sox, Antonio Brown Suspended, Alec Baldwin, Huey Lewis & the News, and more
Monday Clutter: Omicron, Trump, Chris Cuomo, Baseball Hall of Fame, New England Patriots, John Cena, Alec Baldwin, Prince William, AC/DC, and more

Sunday Clutter: Coronavirus, Trump Attorneys Plead the 5th, Chris Cuomo, Facebook Messenger, New England Patriots, Ben Roethlisberger, Spider-Man, Doctor Who, Tears for Fears, and more

Hi folks,

How are you?   Weekend going okay so far?  It's been a rough one on this end.  I got my booster shot on Friday, which was exciting.  The problem is that it hit me much harder than either of my first two shots.  First there were major aches, and then there was a bout of chills last night, which was not fun.  I have a mild fever, and I can't remember the last time I had one of those.  Goodness.  It still beats the alternative, though. 

However, that means we've cut today's to-do list down to just a handful of items.  There's hanging out with you, watering the plants, watching football, taking a nap, and watching Doctor Who.  Hopefully this will all be over by tomorrow.  In the meantime, let's get to work.  BDH and Little Buddha made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Sunday Clutter.

The U.S. is once again averaging 100,000 coronavirus cases a day for the first time in two months.  We'll go out on a limb and say it's probably not a coincidence this happened right after Thanksgiving.  Deaths are also on the rise again, and the Omicron variant has now been identified in 15 states.  The good news is that we know what works to provide the highest level of protection - get your shots, get your booster, wear your mask, and keep your distance from people whose vaccination status you don't know.

Coronavirus cases December 5 2021Protect yourself and those around you.  (pic via

Why were James and Jennifer Crumbley each given a $500,000 bond when they had just been arrested after fleeing town following son Ethan shooting and killing four classmates?  They're obviously flight risks.  Lock them up. 

Two of Donald Trump's lawyers have pleaded the 5th, rather than talk to the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.  Both Jeffrey Clark and John Eastman had plenty to say when they were trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election, but now they've gone quiet.

Representative Ayanna Pressley and 37 other House Democrats called for Representative Lauren Boebert to be stripped of her committee assignments, following Boebert's recent Islamophobic attacks on Representative Ilahn Omar.  We're proud to be constituents of Rep. Pressley, who does not tolerate this kind of bigotry. 

CNN fired Chris Cuomo yesterday, after initially suspending him earlier in the week.  There was no way the guy could keep his job, after the extent of the assistance he provided brother Andrew, during the former governor's sexual harassment scandal, was revealed.  Cuomo's response on his way out the door was to brag about how well his show did in the ratings.  The fact that he violated the ethics of his profession didn't seem to occur to him.  He will not be missed. 

A federal judge blocked an attempt by right-wing trolls to sue social media companies for reinstatement if they've been banned for lying.  These guys love to talk about the 1st Amendment all the time, but they never really seem to grasp the concept:  Private companies can control the content on their sites.  If you can't make a political argument without lying and harassing people, that's your problem, not theirs. 

People have been facing hardships on a variety of fronts because of the ongoing supply chain issues, but now things are getting serious:  New York City bagel shops are running out of cream cheese.  That's a national crisis, friends.  Will this madness ever end?

Facebook Messenger apparently wants you to think of it as a payment platform, thanks to its new "Split Payments" feature.  Hard pass on that one.  Facebook already has far too much of our personal information.  We're not about to hand over more data about our spending habits or let them have access to our banking details.  

Bitcoin's price dropped 17% between Friday morning and Saturday morning.  When asked for a comment, the Clutter investment team said, "That's a shame."  It's not clear what drove the decline, but our crew would never put money in something that volatile.  As far as they're concerned, this whole thing is a gambling scheme that has nothing to do with investing. 

The New England Patriots have eight players listed as "questionable" before tomorrow night's contest against the Buffalo Bills, but no one is doubtful or out at the moment.  We'll discuss this match-up in more detail on Monday, but it should be a fun game.  You've got two teams battling for control of the AFC East, and the Buffalo forecast calls for some crazy weather.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has "privately" told people he believes this will be his last season.  Supposedly Roethlisberger doesn't want to make a public announcement, because he doesn't want to be a distraction.  In that case, it's awfully lucky NFL hack Adam Schefter just happened to hear about his decision.  While others will spend the rest of the year talking about Roethlisberger's inevitable induction into the NFL Hall of Fame, we'll point out he'd likely be in prison for sexual assault if he couldn't throw a football.

Do we really think the NFL is putting a lot of effort into investigating if other players faked their vaccination cards like Antonio Brown did with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?  That doesn't feel like something the league actually wants to know.

You want to take a peek at Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) with us?  Let's have a look:

Seems like fun, but the movie is currently scheduled for a theater-only release on October 7, 2022.  It would be nice to think that watching something on a big screen again would feel okay by then, but who knows these days?

We enjoyed this interview with Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker, as she looked back at her time on the show.  The Series 13 finale is tonight, and then there will be three specials in 2022, before Whittaker departs and the 14th Doctor begins the next chapter.  We'll see how the final four episodes go, but our general feeling is that Whittaker brought a lot of energy to the role of our favorite Time Lord during her three seasons.  However, she was let down by generally weak material for her for her first two series.  Things have been clicking much better this year, but it's frustrating to think what her run would have been like if she'd had more to work with right out of the gate. 

Actor Jeff Garlin has apparently repeatedly been accused of inappropriate behavior on The Goldbergs.  While the linked article doesn't get into specifics, there are a lot of vague defenses from the actor, like "I've always been a hugger," and, "If I threatened people, that’s an unsafe work atmosphere."  Garlin has had reportedly had multiple interactions with the HR department for the show over the past three years, and the Sony statement in the article says a lot: "“The well-being of our cast and crew is of utmost importance to us. This is an employment matter and it is being addressed by HR and production.”

Tom Petty has been awarded an honorary Ph.D. in music from the University of Florida.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's close things out here with the latest single from Tears for Fears.  We leave you with, "No Small Thing" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  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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