Monday Clutter: Trump, Twitter Bans MTG, Dr. Fauci, New England Patriots, Antonio Brown, Betty White, Ricky Gervais, Van Halen, and more
Welcome back, and a happy 2022 to you all! How is the new year treating you so far? It's been fine on this end. BDH, Little Buddha, and I had fun watching the Twilight Zone and Three Stooges marathons on the 31st. We fell asleep around 10:00, which was pretty much expected. There was more Twilight Zone and a new Doctor Who episode on the 1st, and then the New England Patriots game yesterday. So far, so good, and now that you're here, things are getting even better.
The guys tell me that today's high temperature will be 24 degrees, so I'm not excited for today's errands, but hey, that's January for you. I'll just throw on a few extra layers. First, let's check out the 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 Monday Clutter.
Representative Liz Cheney said the January 6 House select committee has "firsthand testimony" that Ivanka Trump asked her father to stop the violence on that terrible day. A request that he in fact ignored. It's noteworthy that the committee is apparently hearing from Trump's inner circle, despite his frantic attempts to shut down the committee's work. Meanwhile, Chairman Bennie Thompson indicated that the committee is investigating possible financial fraud related to the coup attempt. It is increasingly evident that the committee is building a criminal case against Donald Trump, but their interim report isn't expected until sometime this summer.
Donald Trump must be held accountable for his criminal behavior. (pic via abc15.com)
In the meantime, there has to be some concern about what the MAGA cult has in store for the one-year anniversary of the attack this Thursday. The GOP has fully embraced violence in order to maintain power. The party is a national security threat that must be treated as such. It's an ominous sign that 34% of respondents in a new poll think violence against the government is sometimes justified. The United States is heading down a path of destruction and picking up speed.
Twitter permanently banned Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene's personal account for repeatedly posting COVID-19 misinformation. (Her work account is still up at this time.) Conservatives had their usual meltdown over the decision, claiming it was a violation of Rep. Greene's 1st Amendment rights, and demonstrating yet again they have no idea what the 1st Amendment actually does. The government isn't prosecuting this woman over her tweets. This was a private company enforcing its user terms of service. It's not a violation of rights, it's the inability of conservatives to follow the rules.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said the CDC is now considering adding a negative test suggestion, along with the five-day isolation period, for asymptomatic people who have a coronavirus infection. This should have been part of the updated guidelines right from the start, but better late than never, assuming the CDC finalizes the recommendation.
If you've been dealing with memory issues since the pandemic began, experts have a few suggestions that you might find helpful. As you know, we're big fans of the to-do list. Things seem less daunting when they're spelled out on a sheet of paper, and we can just focus on crossing them off one at a time.
Verizon and AT&T refused a request from the government to delay their 5G rollout this week. Apparently airlines are concerned that this process will negatively impact some of their communications systems. You can add that to the ever-growing list of reasons why we're not getting on a plane again anytime soon. It's bad enough that travel has become such a nightmare from start to finish with delays and cancellations, and the insanity of no vaccination requirement for passengers. Now you're saying the airlines don't have full confidence in their communications? Hard pass.
The Powerball lottery is now up to $522 million. We're not gamblers, but if today's errands take us past a place that sells tickets, we might throw in a few dollars. You all would be the big winners if we pulled the lucky numbers. After all, we'd never have to worry about our coffee budget again!
After losing two straight games, the New England Patriots took care of business by blowing out the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars 50-10 yesterday afternoon. New England looked strong across the board, with 290 passing yards, 181 rushing yards, three passing touchdowns, four rushing touchdowns, and three interceptions of Trevor Lawrence, who has to be trying to figure out his escape plan from Jacksonville. The score was 7-3 after the first quarter, and it already seemed like a demolition.
The day got even better once the Miami Dolphins lost against the Tennessee Titans, thus securing a playoff spot for the Patriots. That takes a lot of pressure off of next week's regular season finale in Miami, which is good, because weird things always happen in that game. We won't make too much out of yesterday's results, because the Jaguars are awful. However, it still has to be a confidence booster for the Patriots that they did exactly what they were supposed to do against a lesser opponent. Now they have a chance to avenge their season opening loss to the Dolphins. After that, who knows? Anything can happen in the playoffs. However, Bill Belichick, Mac Jones, and the rest of the team are now playing with house money. The Patriots are back to being relevant, and that means this season is officially a success.
Antonio Brown's time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally ended yesterday, as the wide receiver took off his uniform and pads on the sidelines in the middle of the Bucs - New York Jets game and then ran off the field. Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians took the coward's way out, refusing to discuss the situation after the game. Arians was full of bravado when the team brought Brown back after his suspension for his fake vaccination card, but suddenly he had nothing to say about the guy. Fraud.
It's hard to imagine any other organization wanting to deal with Brown at this point. You can commit a multitude of crimes off the field and get a pass in the NFL, but bail on the team? That's a capital offense, so let's assume his career is over. Will Brown finally get the help he needs, or will he continue to crash and burn, surrounded by the remaining enablers in his life? We hope it's the former, but if we had to bet, our money would go on the latter. Tom Brady can try to sound as empathetic as he wants, but he, like many others, willfully ignored all of the warning signs around Brown for years in order to win some football games.
Like everyone else, we were saddened to hear that comedy icon Betty White died on New Year's Eve. What a remarkable life to live to be 99 years old, just weeks away from 100, and have folks agree that you died too young. She made her TV debut in 1949, after divorcing her first husband because he wanted her to give up on a TV career. That's amazing.
Betty White went on to have a long and storied career that included her own variety show, legendary roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls, and many other appearances. We used to watch The Golden Girls with Mom Clutter faithfully in the 1980's, and White stole every episode. BDH and Little Buddha loved her because she was also a lifelong animal rights activist. The world is better off for Betty White having been here, and she will be missed.
There are a million Betty White clips to chose from on YouTube, and they're surely all great, but her opening monologue from the time she hosted SNL in 2013 is pure gold. It's funny, sweet, and just a touch on the raunchy side:
The first trailer is out for the final season of Ricky Gervais' After Life, and damn if it didn't get a little dusty in here. Was not expecting that. Do we have to give the series a look? The end begins on Netflix on January 14:
Someone posted a revisionist theory about How I Met Your Mother that places the series in a disturbing, albeit interesting, light.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. We need to have Van Halen set the right tone and kick off 2022 for us with, "Top of the World" for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. We're so excited to start another year with all of you. 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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