Thursday Clutter: Justice Breyer, Trump, Pizza Hut, iPhones, Aaron Rodgers, D.A.R.E, Bel-Air, Spotify, Joe Satriani, and more
How are you? I was just talking to BDH and Little Buddha about this weekend's weather forecast. The snow totals seem to be slowly decreasing, but they're still way too high for my liking. The guys are trying to get me to not focus on it so much, and they suggest I just prepare to do some extensive stretching first. They also point out that it's supposed to be warm next week, so that will help with the aftermath. In the meantime, they think I should just enjoy the fact that sunsets are about 40 minutes later than they used to be, so we're clearly moving in the right direction on that front. These guys know me well.
They also know that we all need coffee. They just made a fresh pot, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Thursday Clutter.
It is a relief to hear that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has decided to retire at the end of this term. The 83-year-old Breyer has been a strong progressive voice on the bench since his appointment by President Clinton in 1994. Justice Breyer seems still be as strong as ever. However, it's critical that President Biden be able to choose his replacement before the midterm elections, because Mitch McConnell has left no doubt he'll steal yet another seat if given the chance. Hell, if the Georgia Senate elections had gone the other way, McConnell would have had no problem obstructing Biden for three years.
Justice Breyer is stepping down in time to protect his legacy. (pic via abcnews.com)
The question now becomes, who will be Justice Breyer's successor? President Biden promised during the 2020 campaign that he would appoint the first Black woman to the court, and Democrats are expecting him to keep his word. The most commonly mentioned names are U.S. Appeals Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger. Whomever Biden chooses, it has to be someone who will continue Justice Breyer's legacy. As we all know, Supreme Court judges can be confirmed with 51 votes, so there better not be any talk of further obstruction from Senators Joe Manchin or Kyrsten Sinema. The pair has been good on Biden's judicial picks so far, and this is no time for that to change.
This will also be a test for those Republicans who still pretend they don't march in lockstep with Donald Trump. Senators Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, and others like them, claim to be moderates, but their voting records say otherwise. If they want to do the right thing for the country, they'll vote for the eventual nominee. Otherwise, they reconfirm their words are meaningless, and that they are complicit in the GOP's white supremacy obsession.
Speaking of Senator Sinema, a new poll shows that she would be crushed in a primary challenge from Rep. Ruben Gallego. Of course, she may not care if she's already lined up a lobbying gig after the 2024 elections.
New York Attorney General Letitia James wants a court to throw out Donald Trump's lawsuit contesting her investigation of his business practices, saying the suit has no legal basis. Filing frivolous lawsuits to avoid accountability is one of Trump's favorite things to do in life, and the court should stop him from wasting everyone's time here.
Dominion Voting Systems says there's "no realistic possibility" they'll settle their $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against Mike Lindell, Rudy Giuliani, and Sydney Powell, due to the "devastating harm" the company suffered by the defendants' lying about their role in the 2020 presidential election, and the fact they continue to lie about it.
Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said yesterday that he expects interest rates to begin rising in March, although he refused to discuss the size and frequency of the hikes. Our dream of the Clutter savings account finally earning enough interest again to pay for one coffee a month is coming closer to fruition! Really, the point of cutting rates to almost-zero in 2020 was to help the economy recover from a crisis. While there are still issues, it doesn't need that level of support anymore. By taking these steps, the Fed battles inflation while restoring flexibility for the next time there's such a severe emergency. If the hikes also cool down the overheated stock market in a controlled way, all the better.
Pizza Hut has come out with a new spicy pizza, which features, "spicy marinara sauce, two types of pepperoni (classic and crispy cupped), red jalapeño peppers and a sprinkled topping custom made with herbs and crushed chili peppers." It's been ages since we had Pizza Hut, but that sounds good. However, BDH and Little Buddha make their own version of a hot pizza, which remains our favorite. They can't give you the whole recipe, but it involves a lot of hot sauce throughout the process. So good! If any of you want to send us a review of Pizza Hut's offering, drop us a line at email@example.com.
CNET.com has some tips about how to maximize your iPhone's performance if you've got a new phone that's running on iOS 15. We hope you find the suggestions helpful, though the message we're getting is not to upgrade our phone. We know, we're resistant to change. However, there is also something to be said for just enjoying things that work for you. Our phone doesn't have a lot of the latest bells and whistles, but it does exactly what we need it to, and what we don't need is to spend even more time on it. There will come a day when our needs change, and we'll look at making a switch then, but we won't cave in to the argument, "You gotta switch, because that's what all the cool kids are doing."
ESPN is reporting that the Denver Broncos are hiring Nathanael Hackett to be their new head coach. Hacket was most recently the Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator, and Aaron Rodgers seems to be a fan. Is this move part of a push to try to lure the tin foil hat-wearing quarterback to Denver?
Speaking of Rodgers, he recently said that his lying about his vaccination status was the reason a lot of people were rooting for him and the Packers to lose in the playoffs. Sounds about right. Turns out, it was even more entertaining than we expected. If we have to transfer those boos to the Broncos next year, that's no problem.
Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk had a somewhat surprising response to the news that the Chinese government changed the ending of the movie.
D.A.R.E. criticized the show Euphoria for supposedly glamorizing drug use. We haven't watched Euphoria, but it's crazy that D.A.R.E. is even still in existence. It's a lazy program that doesn't offer anything more than empty platitudes like the infamous "Just Say No" campaign to tackle the problem of drug addiction. This farce should have been shut down 30 years ago, with the funds directed to programs that actually have an impact.
There's a new teaser trailer for Bel-Air which shows the fight that sent the Fresh Prince packing from Philadelphia. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot starts on the Peacock streaming service on February 13:
Neil Young told Spotify they could either have his music or Joe Rogan's propaganda podcast, and Spotify chose Rogan. We applaud Young for his stand, and it would be great to see other artists do the same. However, Spotify has hitched their wagon to the king of misinformation, and it would probably take a much larger protest to get them to even consider changing their direction.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Here's guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani to close things out with, "Sahara" 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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