Thursday Clutter: Voting Rights, U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Trump, President Biden, Instagram, M&M's, David Ortiz, GH, Britney Spears, Ghost, and more
Welcome back! How are you? BDH and Little Buddha were just telling me about today's weather forecast. Apparently this rain is about to turn into some snow, but hopefully it won't be more than an inch or so. It's supposed to end by this afternoon, so maybe we'll start the day with a quiet morning and give the guys the chance to finish reading their new book. After that, we'll see about running some errands. First, let's check out the news. 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 Thursday Clutter.
The U.S. Senate failed to pass voting rights legislation yesterday, and then the attempt to change the filibuster also failed, as Republicans continue their assault on democracy, aided by "Democrats" Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. The Senate can confirm U.S. Supreme Court Justices with a simple majority. Those are lifetime appointments which have the power to impact this country for generations. The Senate just made an exception to the filibuster in order to pay the country's bills. This isn't breaking new ground. This is about protecting the right, not privilege, to vote, as it comes under attack by Republican-controlled state legislatures.
Manchin and Sinema's claims about protecting the filibuster in the name of bipartisanship are pure nonsense, and they know it. Put these two in the history books next to every other Republican as Jim Crow-supporting officials. In the meantime, this fight isn't over, because the country can't afford for it to be, if we are to survive over the long haul.
Republicans are enemies of democracy. (pic via abcnews.go.com)
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Donald Trump's bid to keep the January 6 House select committee from receiving 750 pages of documents from his administration, as the committee continues to investigate the coup attempt. The 8-1 ruling is a major defeat for Trump, who remains desperate to avoid any sort of accountability for his actions. It should be noted that the one dissenting vote came from Justice Clarence Thomas, whose wife Ginnie Thomas is a prominent conservative activist who publicly supported the January 6 rally. If that doesn't fall under an official conflict of interest, it still shows a lack of objectivity that can't be overlooked.
President Biden held a press conference yesterday ahead of his one-year anniversary in the job. Biden was largely defensive about the current state of the country and how well his administration has performed. There will always be a clash between campaigning and governing, and Biden was the only option in 2020. We shudder to think about where this country would be right now if the other guy had actually won. However, it's fair to say that after a pretty strong start for the first six months, Biden has increasingly seemed less in control of the situation around him, so now the question is, can he and his team reverse course?
One area where President Biden has been living in a fantasy land since he first launched his campaign, is how to deal with the GOP. Biden claimed to have the secret sauce that would allow him to restore bipartisanship, thanks to his decades in Washington. It was a foolish claim then, and now he's wasted a year on it. Look at this quote from yesterday:
"One thing I haven't been able to do so far, is get my Republican friends to get in the game of making things better in this country," Biden said. "I did not anticipate that there'd be such a stalwart effort to make sure that the most important thing was that President Biden didn't get anything done."
To not understand that Mitch McConnell and company were going to do everything they could to block him, especially after what they did to Barack Obama, is to mind-boggling. It is naive at best, and one wonders if it's a bit cynical. That's one topic where we give President Biden a hard fail.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey formally announced this morning that she is running for governor. This has been expected for a while. Having worked with AG Healey in a former professional life, we know she is a fierce advocate who would be a strong leader for Massachusetts. She starts off with the major advantages of being the only current statewide officeholder in the Democratic primary, and a $3.7 million war chest doesn't hurt. However, Massachusetts attorneys general (yes, that's how you say the plural) who run for governor often have a hard time making the winning argument for why they should take over the governor's office. We like Healey's chances of being able to break that pattern.
A new report says Pope Benedict failed to act in four sexual abuse cases in Germany's Munich diocese when he was the archbishop.
Instagram is now allowing select content creators to charge for subscriptions to exclusive stories and live events. The creators set the monthly price, which reportedly can range from 99 cents to $99/month. Would you pay for this if it cost $1 a month to watch NBC's "One Chicago" shows with BDH and Little Buddha?
Mars is redesigning the M&M's characters to make them more "progressive." We didn't realize this was necessary, but if that means we have to buy some of the candy to support the transformation, so be it.
David Ortiz made his feelings clear yesterday about the one Boston Globe baseball writer who didn't vote for him for the Hall of Fame. We won't give that clown the publicity he constantly craves by naming him. However, Red Sox fans know exactly who it is, and Ortiz isn't wrong. Big Papi should be a slam-dunk first ballot Hall of Famer, and any writer who doesn't want to acknowledge that isn't worth taking seriously, especially this guy.
Tom Brady doesn't think he gets favorable treatment from the refs when it comes to penalties, but he admits they let him complain about things much more than other players.
We have to wish a very happy 88th birthday to former Doctor Who star Tom Baker! The fourth Doctor was our introduction to the show so many moons ago, and for us, he's the definitive take on the Time Lord.
Will we watch tomorrow's General Hospital episode to see the "funeral" for Luke Spencer? Sure. Do we really believe the character is dead? Not for a second.
Britney Spears is set to regain control over her money, while the court still works out whether or not her father Jamie should be reimbursed for the legal expenses he incurred while overseeing the singer's conservatorship. We don't know the correct legal answer, but from a karma perspective, it would be fitting if Jamie had to pay for those bills himself. He took more than enough of his daughter's money over the years, and that should be stopped, now that he no longer has control over her life.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. We're excited to be able to close things out here with a new single from Ghost. It's been a while since we've heard from those guys, and their new album, IMPERA comes out on March 11. On that note, we leave you with, "Call Me Little Sunshine" 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, drive carefully if the roads are slippery, 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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