Tuesday Clutter: January 6 House Select Committee, U.S. Supreme Court Nominee, Whoopi Goldberg, Wordle, Meta, Tom Brady, Doctor Who, Rihanna, Neil Young, and more
Thursday Clutter: Trump, AOC, Legacy Admissions, Students Distribute Banned Books, Jeff Zucker, Bill Belichick, Tom Ellis, Michael Williams, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Lionel Richie, and more

Wednesday Clutter: Trump, Vaccination Statistics, Whoopi Goldberg, Wordle, Brian Flores Lawsuit, Tom Brady, Pam & Tommy, Metallica, and more

Hi folks,

Welcome back!  How are you?  I struck out at the bookstore yesterday, but BDH and Little Buddha said not to worry about it.  They still have about 100 pages left in their current book, so that should last them another day or two.  I also didn't sleep particularly well last night.  It took much longer than usual to fall asleep, and then I just kept waking up between 1-4 this morning.  Not sure what that was about.  I didn't feel overly stressed or anything.  Anyway,  the guys pointed out that today's to-do list isn't all that long, so there's room for a nap this afternoon if necessary. 

Of course the guys also made coffee to get today started on the right foot, and I'm sure that will help.  (By the way, can anyone think of a good birthday present for BDH?  Drop us a line with suggestions.)  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 hard to think of a bigger Trump toady than Senator Lindsey Graham.  The man has spent years groveling for Trump's affection, defending him at every turn, no matter how great the offense against the country.  However, Senator Graham recently found his backbone for one day to oppose Trump's promise to pardon the January 6 rioters.  Seems like a reasonable stance.   Trump immediately then labeled Graham a "RINO," which stands for, "Republican in Name Only."  Trump lives to complain about lack of loyalty from others, which is pure projection, because he'd turn on anyone in a heartbeat. 

Should we place bets on how long it takes Senator Graham to beg for Trump's forgiveness?  What do you think, a new groveling comment by the end of this week? A mental health professional would have a field day analyzing this dysfunctional and pathetic relationship.

Meanwhile, The New York Times is reporting that Donald Trump directed Rudy Giuliani to pressure the Department of Homeland Security to seize voting machines in three states in the 2020 presidential election.  If that's the case, it seems like another criminal charge should be added to the long list of the ones Trump is already facing.  The guy is out to destroy democracy in the United States.  He's an existential threat to the country's future and should be seen as such.  (Also, is there anything Rudy wouldn't do for a buck/Trump's seal of approval?)

A new CDC study shows that people who haven't been vaccinated against the coronavirus have a hospitalization rate 23 times higher than those who have had both shots and their booster.  This is such an unnecessary strain on our country's health care system.  The United States has a much higher associated death rate than other wealthy countries, and there's no justification for it.  We know the way to safer and healthier lives - just get vaccinated already.  For those who still haven't done it yet because of access issues, every step should be taken to finally resolve those problems.  For everyone else, for the love of God, stop listening to Tucker Carlson and Joe Rogan.  You know damn well they've both protected themselves, and they're taking you for fools.

It's no accident that the statistics show women of color are disproportionately impacted by abortion bans.  The GOP's anti-abortion crusade is designed to keep these women as economically vulnerable and marginalized as possible.

ABC suspended Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks after her claim on The View on Monday that the Holocaust was not about race, but simply "man's inhumanity to man."  Goldberg apologized for the remark Monday night, and again on Tuesday's episode of the show, but this statement is pretty weak:

"Yesterday on our show, I misspoke. I tweeted about it last night but I want you to hear it from me directly," the comedian and actor said. "I said something that I feel a responsibility for not leaving unexamined, because my words upset so many people, which was never my intention. I understand why now, and for that I am deeply, deeply grateful because the information I got was really helpful, and it helped me understand some different things."

Really?  She didn't understand until yesterday why her incorrect take on the Holocaust would upset people?  She's 66 years old.  It's hard to believe this has never come up before.

We send our best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-New Mexico), who suffered a stroke last week.  It sounds like the 49-year-old is expected to be back in office pretty quickly.  Of course Senator Luján's health is the most important issue, but the Senate could grind to a halt if he ends up being out for an extended period of time.  You know Mitch McConnell will do whatever he can to take advantage of a Democrat being absent, given the 50-50 split of the chamber.

We support Representative Ayanna Pressley and the other Boston public officials who have called out the racist and sexist attacks against Mayor Michelle Wu.  This kind of repulsive behavior would never be tolerated if the mayor was a man, and it's unacceptable now.  If you want to object to the city's vaccination mandate, you're wrong, but keep the focus on the policy itself.

As we wrote yesterday, we have no problem with Wordle creator Josh Wardle selling the game to The New York Times.  He deserves to be rewarded for creating a popular product.  However, we'll just point out that there seems to be a way to get around ever having to pay for the game.  Maybe that will change at some point, but it's an option for now.

A heads-up to anyone who takes melatonin to sleep - that's not without risks.

This is a bombshell:  Brian Flores is suing the NFL, the New York Giants, the Denver Broncos, and the Miami Dolphins for racial discrimination when it comes to hiring and keeping head coaches.  Flores is taking what everyone already knows about the NFL and putting it out there for the world to see.   It's no accident that he filed the lawsuit on the first day of Black History Month. 

An amazing part of this story is that Bill Belichick might be the smoking gun to the whole thing.  Belichick apparently sent Flores a congratulatory text message about getting the Giants job before Flores even had his interview.  It turns out that the Giants had already chosen Brian Daboll and were just going through the motions with Flores to satisfy the NFL's "Rooney Rule" regarding diversity in coaching.  Flores also said his 2019 interview with the Denver Broncos was also a con job.  The fix was in, kids. 

Flores also alleges that Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross offered him $100,000 for every team loss in 2019 so the Dolphins could get the top draft pick and select an elite quarterback.  Does anyone doubt that happened?  If the owner is eager to pay the coach to lose, why should Miami fans support the product?  Flores also alleges Ross tried to get him to tamper with another team's "prominent quarterback," and when he refused to do so, it marked the beginning of the end of his time with Miami.

This lawsuit takes some serious guts.  It will in all likelihood end Flores' NFL career, and he has to know that.  However, like Colin Kaepernick before him, Brian Flores has apparently decided to take on a huge and important fight, despite what it will likely cost him personally.  Of course the NFL denies the allegations, but there's no reason to take their stance seriously, when the history of the league says otherwise.  Brian Flores is to be applauded, and we're fascinated to see how this story evolves.

Brian Flores February 2 2022Brian Flores is risking everything to speak out against racial discrimination.  (pic via abcnews.go.com)

Now it's official:  Tom Brady really is retiring from the NFL.  Brady made the announcement via a lengthy Instagram post yesterday, his hand clearly forced by news of his decision leaking out over the weekend.  His career may have ended with a playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams, but Brady went out still performing at an elite level.  That he made it to age 44 in the NFL is wild.  That he's retiring as a legitimate MVP candidate is amazing.   He's the all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, quarterback wins, Super Bowl appearances and Super Bowl victories.  There will never be another quarterback like him in our lifetimes.

It was an honor and pleasure to be able to watch him with the New England Patriots for so long, and we are eternally grateful for all of the wonderful memories.  Brady is eligible for the NFL Hall of Fame as of 2027, and if that's not a unanimous vote, shut down the building.

Jimmy Garoppolo knows full well he's done with the San Francisco 49ers.   Head coach Kyle Shanahan wanted rookie quarterback Trey Lance on the field months ago, but Jimmy G. made that impossible by leading San Francisco to the playoffs.  Now it's time for everyone to move forward, so the question now becomes, where will Garoppolo land next?  We don't know the answer, but that next team will likely overpay for him.  Owners get dumb when it comes to high profile quarterbacks.  Garoppolo is good, but the 49ers won with him, not because of him. 

The first teaser trailer is out for The Offer, a limited series about the making of The Godfather, that's coming to the Paramount+ streaming service.  We're still not paying more for Paramount+, but this looks like it could be fun:

This is an interesting review of the new Hulu series, Pam & Tommy, which tells the story of Pam Anderson and Tommy Lee's infamous sex tape.  Not sure we'd watch an eight-episode show about that, but the review is sort of intriguing.

It sounds like Season 2 of Loki will begin filming this summer.  We didn't enjoy Season 1 as much as we were expecting, but we'll certainly give Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson another chance when the time comes.

Hey Pantera fans, you can own late drummer Vinnie Paul's former home for just $750,000.  The linked article includes a video of the house, as well as some other details about the property.  We can only imagine what those walls would say if they could talk.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  We could still use a little help getting moving today, so here's Metallica to close things out with a blazing live version of, "Trapped Under Ice" for today's, "Song of the Day."

The band is still crushing it after 4o years.  Impressive.

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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