Tuesday Clutter: Trump Organzation, Sarah Palin, San Francisco Police Department, Warren Buffett, Johnson & Johnson, MLB, This is Us, Willie Nelson, and more
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Wednesday Clutter: Sandy Hook, Prince Andrew, Ukraine, MLB Drug Use, Boston Celtics, Joe Burrow, Deadpool, Bob Saget, Foo Fighters, and more

Hi folks,

How are you?  Week going okay so far?  I struck out at the bookstore yesterday.  BDH and Little Buddha said not to worry about it.  They'll take their time with the two books they have, and those should last them for a little while.  I also had a bit of an adventure when I got stuck on Dad Clutter's driveway, which is both hilly and currently a sheet of ice.  It was starting to look like I might be staying at his house until April.  However, the fourth time was the charm, so it's particularly nice to be here with all of you right now.  You know what this calls for?  Coffee.  There's a fresh pot on the counter, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Wednesday Clutter.

It's good to hear that the Remington gun company will have to pay $73 million to some of the families of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school shooting.  It's by no means enough, and it won't bring back loved ones who were lost on that terrible day, but maybe it will provide some sense of justice to the families.  The settlement also establishes the precedent that gun companies can be held at least partially responsible for murders committed with their products, and that's a start.  The money will actually be paid out by Remington's insurance carriers, because the company itself is bankrupt.  Let this also be a warning to those who provide insurance for other gun manufacturers:  You may be on the hook for their actions.  Is it really worth the risk to your bottom line?

Sandy Hook February 16 2022Gone but not forgotten.  (pic via wtae.com)

House Democrats' internal research is reportedly telling them to fight back much harder against the GOP's culture wars.  Seems simple enough, there should be a clear distinction between the two parties.  So why are we expecting Democratic "leaders" to instead waste time fretting about so-called moderates and then end up blaming progressives for their failures this fall? 

Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre reached in an out-of-court settlement of Giuffre's lawsuit where she accused Andrew of sexually assaulting her when she was a minor, while she was a victim of Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking ring.  The prince reportedly made a donation to a charity of Giuffre's choice, and he released this passive apology for his behavior in a court filing:

"Prince Andrew regrets his association with Epstein, and commends the bravery of Ms. Giuffre and other survivors in standing up for themselves and others," the document continues. "He pledges to demonstrate his regret for his association with Epstein by supporting the fight against the evils of sex trafficking, and by supporting its victims."

If Giuffre is pleased with the result, that's what matters.  However, from here, it looks like Prince Andrew skated with little repercussion for his abhorrent actions.  He may have lost his royal patronages, but he'll still live as a free and wealthy man who was able to hide the details of his likely-criminal behavior from the public.

Russia's claims of removing troops from near the Ukrainian border don't appear to be true, according to President Biden, who warned yesterday that an attack could still be imminent.  However, there are those who still believe Vladimir Putin is bluffing about military action and is instead seeking to cause disruption in the area and stress among NATO countries.  Meanwhile, we're now waiting for gas to hit $4.00 a gallon if Russia does in fact move forward with an assault. 

Doctors think they may have cured a woman of HIV via a stem-cell transplant.  If that's accurate, that's another huge step forward in fighting this virus.  There's clearly more work and research to be done, but it would be such an incredible accomplishment if a widely available cure could be established in our lifetime.

ViacomCBS is being rebranded as "Paramount," effective today, as the company signals its long-term interest in the streaming market.

Since MLB's ongoing labor dispute has delayed spring training, we're left talking about former New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey testifying about his drug use as part of Erik Kay's trial regarding Kay's role in Tyler Skaggs' death.  Apparently Harvey was a regular Percocet consumer, who also used cocaine.  We're not here to judge Harvey, but it sounds like this is a much larger issue in baseball than is currently reported, and that warrants further investigation.

Don't look now, but the Boston Celtics are on fire.  The C's crushed the Philadelphia 76ers 135-87 last night, and that's going to get them some attention around the NBA.  It was Boston's 9th straight win, and now they're the #6 seed in the Eastern Conference, just 3.5 games behind the #1 Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls.  Congratulations to these guys for not throwing in the towel when little seemed to be going right earlier in the year.  The Celtics have a week off after tonight's game against the Detroit Pistons, thanks to the All Star Game.  There's always a question about whether or not an extended break might derail a team that's on a roll.  Hopefully this crew will get some rest and then keep the momentum going when the season resumes.

Josh McDaniels said goodbye to New England in an ad in today's Boston Globe, as he departs to become the new head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.  McDaniels did a terrific job during his 21 years with the New England Patriots, and we wish him the best of luck with his second stint as a head coach.

We're glad Joe Burrow reportedly won't need surgery for the knee sprain he suffered during the Super Bowl.  The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback looked like he was in bad shape when he went down after being sacked in the 4th quarter.  Luckily, it was his right knee, not the left knee that he had ACL surgery for in 2020.  This kid has a bright future ahead of him, so here's hoping he avoids any other major injuries.

Is Deadpool in the upcoming Doctor Strange movie?  Some fans seem to think so.  We can't get our heads around the idea of Ryan Reynolds and Benedict Cumberbatch sharing screen time.  Looks like we'll just have to see for ourselves when Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness comes out in May.

Good news for fans of the A Quiet Place movies - the third film in the franchise is currently scheduled for 2025, according to creator/writer/director/actor John Krasinski.

Dana Carvey has said for years that Mike Myers' "Doctor Evil" character was a rip-off of Carvey's Lorne Michaels impersonation.  Carvey recently said he and Myers are are on better terms now, but it sounds like he still thinks Myers stole the character from him.  Myers has long had a negative reputation, so maybe Carvey just decided life is too short to remain angry at a toxic person...or maybe Myers cut him a check.

Bob Saget's family is suing Florida officials to block the release of any information regarding the comedian's sudden death in January.  The family contends that there's no valid reason to make the records public.  We don't feel like there's a need for the world to know what's in the files, but does anyone else feel like something is missing from this story?  It was said that Saget most likely hit his head on something, didn't pay any attention to it, and then died in his sleep.  That sounds fairly innocent and straightforward,  but look at this description:

Saget had several blunt force injuries of the head, according to the medical examiner's autopsy report obtained by ABC News, including a fracture at the base of his skull and fractures involving the frontal bone.

That sounds like more than he just tripped and hit something, doesn't it? 

Former Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell confirmed that a box set of the band's 1997 residency at the Fillmore will be released, although Campbell didn't know the specific date.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  The Foo Fighters (known for this tune as "Dream Widow") have released a heavy metal song in support of their upcoming movie, Studio 666.  Are you ready to hear what it sounds like when Dave Grohl and company do their best Metallica impersonation?  We leave you with, "March of the Insane" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Well that was something.  Maybe we'll play a nice 80's ballad to balance things out tomorrow.

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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