Sunday Clutter: Rudy Giuliani, Mueller Report, Senator Rand Paul, Ukraine, Super Bowl LVI, MLB Delay Looms, Jordan Peele, Lady Gaga, and more
Tuesday Clutter: Trump Organzation, Sarah Palin, San Francisco Police Department, Warren Buffett, Johnson & Johnson, MLB, This is Us, Willie Nelson, and more

Monday Clutter: U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Controversy, Coronavirus, Super Bowl LVI, MLB, Doctor Strange, Elvis, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  We hope you enjoyed the rest of your weekend.  The big day has finally arrived at HQ - it's BDH's birthday!  He turns 11 years old today, which is mind-blowing.  I thought we might sleep in a little bit this morning, after staying up late for the Super Bowl.  However, BDH had other ideas.  He woke up early and has been running around yelling, "It's my birthday - yay!" while Little Buddha keeps up with him to make sure he stays in one piece.   There will probably be a mid-morning nap, but other than that, we'll be celebrating him all day.  Little Buddha will confirm-it's no exaggeration to say things changed for the better around here the day he showed up on our doorstep.

Don't worry though, we're still going to take a peek at the headlines.  The coffee is ready, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Monday Clutter.

Progressives and unions are warning President Biden that they will oppose Judge J. Michelle Childs if she ends up being his pick for the U.S. Supreme Court.  It turns out that Judge Childs, who is being heavily pushed by Representative James Clyburn and Senator Lindsey Graham (both from South Carolina), spent years in private practice defending businesses in harassment and discrimination cases.  The court doesn't need another anti-labor judge on the bench-that's what the conservatives are for. 

President Biden should immediately remove Judge Childs from his list of candidates.  His desperation to get bipartisan approval on this nomination is misguided at best.  Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell didn't care one iota about what Democrats thought when they stole multiple seats, and Republicans won't care one wit about Democratic support the next time they have a chance to fill a vacancy.  The Supreme Court needs another voice for ordinary Americans, not powerful corporate interests. 

President Biden February 14 2022President Biden's nominee should support workers.  (pic via post-gazette.com)

A new study indicates that the coronavirus can leave a patient at an elevated risk of developing heart problems up to a year after their infection.  Please take care of yourselves, friends.

Republican Governor Larry Hogan (Maryland) was openly critical of the current state of the GOP on Sunday, talking about the party's support of the January 6 coup attempt, as well as what is still a cult-like devotion to Donald Trump.   Nothing he said was wrong, but Governor Hogan, who is retiring next January, has been outspoken against Trump for years.  However, he's clearly part of a dying breed in the party, because Trump is still the Republican messiah, and that's not changing anytime soon.

It seems like today could be a rough one on Wall Street, as investors stay busy keeping an eye on the situation in Ukraine, as well as the latest developments on the interest rates front.  The S&P 500 is down 7.29% so far this year, but it's still up almost 13% for the past 12 months, which is a solid return.  The Clutter investment team will periodically check in to see how things play out, but their bigger priority is finding out what time we're having cake for BDH today.

We thought the Cincinnati Bengals had a good chance to complete their Cinderella season at Super Bowl LVI last night.  However, it was not meant to be, as the Los Angeles Rams beat the Bengals 23-20, thanks to a 79-yard TD drive in the final minutes of the game.  Cincy quarterback Joe Burrow and the Bengals hung in there all night, despite a weak offensive line, and they put up a great fight.  Burrow was clearly not overwhelmed by being on the big stage in the second season of his young career, going 22/33 for 263 yards, one TD, and no interceptions.  It just wasn't enough.

Cincinnati was up 20-16 going into the fourth quarter, but that's when the Los Angeles Rams defense shut them down and gave quarterback Matthew Stafford the chance to finally win his first title.  It was an entertaining game, apart from the refs deciding to insert themselves into the final minutes, after staying out of the way up until that point, but so be it.  Now we have to figure out what to do with our free time, since baseball is going to be delayed because of the labor issues.  Should we focus on the Celtics or Bruins?

In case you missed it, or just want to enjoy it again, we've got the full halftime show, featuring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar for you.  Seems safe to say this was a hit with viewers.

Eminem is getting a lot of attention for kneeling for 50 seconds during his portion of the show.  Many are assuming it was an act of solidarity with blacklisted quarterback Colin Kaepernick.  We've heard conflicting reports about whether or not this was in defiance of an NFL order, but we'd like to hear much more about the backstory.

From our perspective, almost all of the Super Bowl ads were fine.  (The glut of cryptocurrency commercials is a sign of a dying economy.)  None of them will motivate us to buy anything, or remain in our memory bank for more than another day or two.  However, we did enjoy seeing Meadow and A.J. Soprano reunite in the Chevy Silverado ad.  It was good to get confirmation they survived the Sopranos series finale.  Glad somebody did:

From the halftime show to many of the ads, last night was a spotlight on Generation X, and it's about time.  Move over, Baby Boomers, and wait your turn, Millennials.   We've been ignored for too long.  Also, as many folks pointed out on Twitter, if you recognized all of the acts in the halftime show, it's time for you to schedule a colonoscopy.  In other words, we are getting old, man.

MLB's labor lockout has now delayed the start of spring training, as the two sides don't seem to be anywhere near agreement.  The next major date on the calendar is February 26, which is supposed to be the start of exhibition games.  Should we take bets on whether or not they'll start on time?  We'll say it's 65-35 they end up being put on hold.  Again, the owners could always end the lockout and continue negotiating.  If they refuse to do that, it will become more evident that their real goal is to break the players' union. 

The official trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is here, and it looks awesome.  It also appears that the movie is (currently) only coming to theaters on May 6, so we will have to schedule a time to see it on the big screen.  There's no way we're going to wait for the streaming option for this one:

There was a whole lot o'stuff happening in that clip, and after reading DenofGeek.com's extensive trailer breakdown, we're even more excited to see this movie.

We're saddened to hear that legendary director Ivan Reitman died in his sleep on Saturday.  He was 75 years old.  Reitman had a long string of hits that included Animal House (as producer),  Stripes, Ghostbusters, Twins, Kindergarten Cop, and Dave, and his movies were always a fun trip to the theater.  He had a terrific touch for comedy that will be missed.  Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  In addition to being BDH's birthday, this is also of course Valentine's Day, so here's Elvis Presley to close things out with, "Can't Help Falling in Love" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  You're welcome to come back later if you want to continue celebrating our birthday boy with us (especially after he gets that nap.)  Otherwise, 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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