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Sunday Clutter: GOP Coup, President Biden, U.S. Supreme Court, SNL, Aaron Rodgers, Doctor Who, Six Feet Under, Metallica, the Monkees, and more

Hi folks,

Welcome back!  How are you?  Our crew is doing well, except that we've been listening to some crazy wind since about 11:00 last night.  There was also heavy rain for a while, but at least that's over.  I don't like winter/snow, but this is the wrong weather for mid-December.  Anyway, I think today will be relatively quiet, since there's no New England Patriots game or Doctor Who episode to watch.  There are only a handful of items on the to-do list, and then maybe we'll catch a football game this afternoon or evening.  First, let's check out the headlines.  BDH and Little Buddha made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Sunday Clutter.

In case you missed it, Republicans were circulating a PowerPoint presentation about how to stage a coup before the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.  Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows turned a copy of the plan over to the House select committee investigating that assault.  Folks, they're not being subtle about it.  This isn't "politics as usual."  The GOP is trying to destroy U.S. democracy and implement permanent one-party rule.  They're gearing up to try it again in 2022 and again in 2024.  If Democrats in Congress and the Biden administration don't take concrete action against them soon, there's little to stop them from succeeding.

Donald Trump December 12 2021An ongoing threat to this country.  (pic via ctvnews.ca)

President Biden is trying to walk a fine line:  He wants the public to believe that the current inflation problem is only temporary.  At the same time, Biden argues his "Build Back Better" plan will help ordinary families combat high costs by making things like child care less expensive.  What we know is that the House just authorized $768.2 billion in defense spending for the next fiscal year alone, without batting an eye.  Not only can the country afford the "Build Back Better" proposal, we can't afford not to pass it into law.  Regular Americans deserve more help than the handouts the top 1% receive on a regular basis from the government.

Our thoughts go out to everyone who was impacted by the tornadoes that swept through Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee, on Friday and Saturday.  The destruction sounds immense, particularly in Kentucky.  The federal government should make disaster relief available as soon as possible, even though Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has historically squealed in delight when voting against other areas receiving similar help.  Paul's already begged the Biden administration for assistance, which shows his "limited government" doctrine only applies when it doesn't impact him directly.

The U.S. Supreme Court said on Friday that the legal challenge to the unconstitutional Texas abortion ban can move forward, but the law will remain in place in the meantime, thus condoning state efforts to evade federal courts.  Putting the devastating impact of the ban itself to the side for a moment, this decision opens the door to an eradication of this country's federalist system in the name of political extremism.  All bets are off if states are free to simply circumvent any review by a federal court.  Also, be warned, conservatives, this cuts both ways:  California Governor Gavin Newsom has already said he'll look at adopting a similar approach to strengthen gun control laws in his state.

We have some updated holiday guidance for you, courtesy of SNL:

Better.com CEO Vishal Garg is taking some "time off" after continued backlash over the terrible way he handled lay-offs earlier this month.  Garg fired 900 employees on a Zoom call and then proceeded to accuse almost a third of them of "stealing" from the company.  Several high-level executives have resigned in the wake of Garg's atrocious behavior, and the criticism hasn't stopped coming.  The man apparently has a reputation for being a terrible boss, so perhaps the better way to handle his actions is to send him packing.

We're absolutely rooting for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to beat the stuffing out of the Buffalo Bills tonight.  After watching the Bills whine about losing to the New England Patriots last Monday, we want to see a solid defeat tonight, which will increase the stakes for the Bills-Patriots rematch in two weeks.  The money here says Buffalo crumbles under that pressure, and the Patriots smack them around in better weather.  LFG, TB 12.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will reportedly play the rest of the season with a fractured pinkie toe.  That works out well for Rodgers - either he's got an easy excuse if he falls short in the playoffs, or he's got a ready-made talking point about the "immense" obstacles that he overcame in light of supposedly being cancelled.

We're sorry to hear that Interview With a Vampire author Anne Rice died on Saturday, due to complications from a stroke.  Rice was 80 years old.  Our condolences go out to her family, friends, and fans.

There's a short new Spider-Man: No Way Home ad which shows Doctor Strange casting a spell the same way the Scarlett Witch did it at the end of WandaVision.  Coincidence?  Unlikely:

Spider-Man: No Way Home is scheduled for a theater-only release this Thursday, the 16th.  We're still hoping there will also be a streaming option relatively soon, because we'd really like to see this movie, but we're not going back to the movies this year.

Congratulations to Drew Barrymore, who just announced during an interview that she's been sober for two-and-a-half years. 

Former Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat said he knows a little bit about the returning Russell T. Davies' plans for the show when RTD once again takes over in 2023, and Moffat says they're "fantastic."  We have no doubt that's true, even if it's probably going to be close to a year from now before we even have the slightest idea what's coming.  Davies is a terrific writer who clearly knows and loves our favorite Time Lord.  Jodie Whittaker still has three specials left before she leaves, so we'll enjoy her Doctor for a little while longer, but we're optimistic about what comes after that.

Can't say we're excited about the idea of a possible Six Feet Under reboot/remake/sequel.  The show, which involved a family who ran a funeral business, was all about accepting the end and moving onto the next story.  Repeating it again in any fashion misses the whole point.  It also had one of TV's all-time best conclusions.  Just let it rest in peace and be thankful it was here in the first place.

Looks like we have plans next weekend:  Metallica plans to make two live concerts available on Amazon Prime on December 17 and 19.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  It was sad to hear that Monkees member/music video pioneer Mike Nesmith died earlier this week.  We first discovered the band when their 1960's TV show had a brief revival on MTV in 1986, and we had a "Greatest Hits" cassette tape (look it up, folks) that got heavy use.  They were a catchy and entertaining act, so here they are to close things out with, "What Am I Doing Hangin' Round" 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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