Friday Clutter: Mitch McConnell, Ivanka Trump, Rudy Giuliani, NFL Playoffs, Tampa Bay Rays, Adele, Meat Loaf, and more
Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all! What's on tap for the weekend? I'm not sure what we're going to do, except for the usual errands and watching the NFL playoffs. It's still feels weird that the Patriots aren't playing now. BDH and Little Buddha just gave me a heads-up that the wind chill factor is back to -1 at the moment, so I guess I'll have to bundle up when I head outside later. First, let's see what's going on in the news. The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is being rightfully criticized for implying that Black Americans aren't "real" Americans. McConnell said in his comments before the GOP blocked voting rights legislation that, "The concern is misplaced because if you look at the statistics, African American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans." That's the Republican view on race in a nutshell: If you're not white, you don't count. It's one of the fundamental underpinnings of their entire ideology, and it's one of many reasons why being a Republican is more than a political choice, it's a moral failure.
Leader of a party of white supremacists. (pic via npr.org)
The January 6 House select committee is raising the stakes in their investigation of that terrible day in our country's history: Ivanka Trump has been asked to voluntarily appear before the committee to discuss her father's plan to stop the 2020 presidential election results from being certified, as well as his response to the assault on the U.S. Capitol. Ivanka was a close adviser to Donald Trump, and she is in position to detail what happened. If she doesn't appear voluntarily, the committee should subpoena her. The committee continues to work their way up the pyramid as they investigate this conspiracy to overthrow the government. How much longer will it be before they finally ask Trump himself to appear?
Rudy Guilani reportedly oversaw the Trump campaign's attempt to install illegitimate electors, aided by forged documents, in seven states that Donald Trump lost in the 2020 presidential election. It seems like this part of the "Big Lie" isn't getting enough attention. Guiliani already had his New York law license suspended for his actions after the election. Prosecutors should be looking at criminal charges at this point.
President Biden nominated Nusrat Jahan Choudhury to be the first Muslim woman ever to serve as a federal judge. First off, congratulations and good luck to Choudhury as she goes through the confirmation process. Second, should we take bets on which Senate Republican will be the first to accuse her of being anti-American, and how many of them will do it during her confirmation hearing? We'll go with ranking member Senator Chuck Grassley saying something early, and with 11 Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, we'll set the over/under for how many of them attack her patriotism at 10.5.
It doesn't sound like things are going well at Peloton: Apparently the exercise machine company is considering production cutbacks and layoffs, due to a drop in demand driven by high prices and competition.
Since we probably won't see you tomorrow, let's discuss Saturday's NFL Divisional Round games: First, you've got the Cincinnati Bengals taking on the Tennessee Titans at 4:30. We're rooting for the Bengals because they won their first playoff game in 31 years last week, and we love an underdog. Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow is one of the most exciting players of the new generation, and we can see him going far in the future, but probably not tomorrow. The Titans had the benefit of the bye last weekend, it looks like they will have running back Derrick Henry, and the Bengals took a few hits during their win last week. Tennessee QB Ryan Tannehill isn't nearly as exciting as Burrow, but he'll do what it takes for the Titans to advance.
Then there's the San Francisco 49ers playing the Green Bay Packers at 8:15. We're rooting for tin foil hat-wearing Aaron Rodgers to implode as he often does during the playoffs, but it probably won't be tomorrow. The 49ers were lucky to beat the Dallas Cowboys last week, and they were greatly assisted by the Cowboys setting a team record for penalties and having a brain cramp during the final drive. The Packers, like the Titans, enjoyed the bye last weekend, and they won't make the same number of mistakes. The 49ers might keep it close, but our gut says Jimmy Garoppolo makes a terrible throw in the fourth quarter, and Rodgers and company advance, much to our irritation.
MLB shot down the Tampa Bay Rays proposal to split their season between Tampa Bay and Montreal. That idea never made much sense to us in the first place. You have problems getting fans to come to your games - that's not going to improve by playing half of them in another city. The Rays owners must now figure out if they can work out a deal for a new stadium in St. Petersburg, or if they'll have to move to another area. We don't know if there is enough of a potential fan base in their home city to begin with, but that park is an abomination which should be torn down.
Ralphie is coming back for another Christmas: A sequel to the 1983 movie, A Christmas Story is in development. The film would feature original star Peter Billingsley returning to his childhood home in the 1970's to celebrate Christmas with his own kids. Apparently this sequel will come out on HBO Max, so sign us up.
We've got the first teaser trailer for the Law & Order revival that begins on February 24 on NBC. It's nice to see Jack McCoy back in action!
Hey, Upload is returning for a new season on Amazon Prime Video! We were starting to think we missed the cancellation announcement, but Season 2 drops on March 11. The show features an app developer (played by Robbie Ammell) who dies and is uploaded into a virtual realty world. He's got his own customer service rep (played by the incredibly talented Andy Allo), and the two of them eventually realize he was murdered. It's a good mix of comedy and drama, and Ammel and Allo work well together. Looking forward to where this story goes next.
Adele has been forced to postpone her Las Vegas residency, due to coronavirus-related issues. The singer posted a tearful video yesterday apologizing for the delay, but she said the show simply wasn't ready. It sounds like some fans are angry that she made the announcement just 24 hours before the first show was supposed to take place. That is understandable. Adele and her team probably should have called it earlier, but better they call a halt to things now, instead of having people travel to Las Vegas and see a bad show. The dates will be rescheduled, and our hunch is that all will be forgiven.
We're sorry to hear singer-actor Meat Loaf died yesterday at age 74. No cause of death was given. Meat Loaf was a unique performer who teamed up with writer Jim Steinman to deliver some of the most gloriously over-the-top songs we've ever heard. They went on forever and contained a ridiculous amount of theatrics. From, "Bat Outta Hell," to "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," to "You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Nights),” to his comeback hit, "I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That),” every tune was an entertaining odyssey unlike anyone else on the radio. Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have Meat Loaf close things out with a live version of, "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" for today's, "Song of the Day."
There's just so much going on there, and it's fantastic. RIP.
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Enjoy the rest of your day, stay warm, 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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