Wednesday Clutter: President Biden, Judge Jackson, Russia, Trump, ACLU, MLB, Ryan Reynolds, Larry David, Halestorm, and more
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Thursday Clutter: Trump, Texas and Florida Governors Go After Kids, President Biden, Judge Jackson, Interest Rates, Boston Red Sox, AEW, Brad Pitt, Ghost, and more

Hi folks,

How are you?  We were just taking a peek out the window.  BDH and Little Buddha read something yesterday about a chance of some snow coming overnight, but it doesn't look like we got anything.  That's fine with us.  We've got a full schedule today which includes getting started on some spring cleaning, and then running an errand.  Of course, the first item on the list is to check out today's headlines with all of you.  The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Wednesday Clutter.

The January 6 House select committee alleged yesterday that Donald Trump may have been part of a "criminal conspiracy" to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.  The accusation was made in a court filing by the committee to try to gain access to emails from lawyer John Eastman, who is also accused of being part of the plot.  It sounds like the committee is still a long way from releasing its official report, but this is a clear indication that they are looking at eventually making a criminal referral to the Justice Department about Trump.  If that ends up being the case, Attorney General Merrick Garland must take action against the man.  To not do so would wreck the national confidence in the DOJ, and it would also send a clear signal to the coup organizers that they should try it again.

Donald Trump March 3 2022One man, so many alleged crimes.  (pic via reuters.com)

Joshua James pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy charges yesterday, and he will continue cooperating with prosecutors regarding other defendants who were involved with the January 6 coup attempt.

It's good that a Texas district judge stopped the state from investigating the parents of a transgender teen because of gender-confirming treatments yesterday.  However, Judge Amy Clark Meachum needs to take the next step and block Governor Greg Abbott's order that these treatments be considered child abuse from ever being enforced.  Abbott's hateful directive goes against the views of medical experts, and it's a dangerous attack on kids in order to further Abbott's political career.  It should be shut down immediately, and Texas voters should choose Beto O'Rourke to be their next governor.

Meanwhile, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis berated a group of masked students before a press conference yesterday, telling them to, "stop with this COVID theater."  The CDC is still encouraging people to wear masks in areas that are considered high-risk, like Hillsborough County, which is where yesterdays' event took place.  However, DeSantis has made it clear he'll sacrifice the health of everyone in his state to advance his dreams of being the 2024 GOP presidential nominee.  You also have to ask why Republican governors like Abbott and DeSantis seem to hate children so much.

The Biden administration's new pandemic approach appears to lean heavily on making more tests, antiviral pills, and vaccines available.  Case numbers are down, which is great, and warmer temperatures will also help in the weeks and months ahead.  We just hope the country isn't setting itself up for yet another surge later this year because so many Americans can't be bothered to engage in the slightest amount of community protection. 

President Biden seems to be abandoning his progressive supporters in order to try to salvage what are shaping up to be ugly mid-term elections.  Biden, and other Democrats following this path, risk losing these voters in November, and you know they'll then turn around and blame "the far-left" if they get their backsides handed to them.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin announced that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's Supreme Court confirmation hearing will begin on March 21 and end on March 24, as Democrats try to finish this process in an expedited fashion.  Expect Senate Republicans to continue to complain about the timetable, as if they didn't approve their most recent confirmations in about three minutes apiece.

Even with Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and everything else going on in the world right now, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell told lawmakers yesterday that an interest rate hike is still planned for this month.  Powell said he was looking at a .25% increase, which was in line with most expectations.  The bigger question right now is if global events will impact the pacing of future hikes.  We will one day again earn enough interest in the Clutter savings account to pay for one cup of coffee per month, friends.  This is our eternal dream.

Apple has a new online event scheduled for March 8.  There's been no official confirmation about what products will be released at this "peek performance" showcase, but the linked article has a few guesses.

Twitter may be working on a podcast tab, according to recent reports.   Is the social media giant's ongoing expansion into audio formats a positive, neutral, or negative thing from your perspective?

A new study has found a link between premature menopause (before age 40), and a higher risk of dementia later in life.

Let's see, there's still no baseball, and no sign that the owners care if any games are played in April.  These guys don't care how much damage their greed inflicts on the sport.  No profit margin will ever be high enough for them.

Assuming baseball ever does return this year, the Boston Red Sox are reportedly planning on adding Kevin Millar, Kevin Youkilis, and Tony Massarotti to the TV booth to replace the late Jerry Remy.  We're fine with Millar and Youkilis, but Massarotti has the potential to make us hit the mute button. The former baseball writer was fine until he teamed up with Mike Felger for a sports radio talk show in 2009.  After that, he just became insufferable, complaining about everything in a whiny voice. 

The radio show dominates the ratings, so we may be in the minority.  It's possible to argue that "Mazz" is a fictional character, and Massarotti can turn him off for the Red Sox games (assuming this deal is finalized.)  We certainly hope that's the case.  However, will Mazz's fans turn on him if he takes a job where he talks positively about the team?

We keep hearing that the Miami Dolphins wanted Tom Brady or Deshaun Watson for next season, but Dolphins GM Chris Grier says the team is committed to keeping Tua Tagovailoa as their starting quarterback.  As New England Patriots fans, that's fine with us, because it will keep division rival Miami from reaching their full potential.

All Elite Wrestling (AEW) owner Tony Khan announced on last night's show that he bought the Ring of Honor (ROH) promotion.  ROH just celebrated its 20th anniversary, but its previous owner shut it down at the end of 2021 with a promise of a "re-imagining" to be launched this April.  The purchase makes sense, because many All Elite stars spent time at ROH, so the company's tape library is incredibly valuable for Khan.  The question is whether he'll continue to run it as an active/separate promotion, or if it will all eventually be folded into the AEW structure.

Brad Pitt appears to be an assassin fighting a bunch of rivals over a briefcase in his upcoming movie, Bullet Train, which will only be released in theaters on July 15.  We won't go out to see this one, but we'll give it a look when there's a streaming option available, especially since it was directed by John Wick co-director David Leitch.  The action in this trailer has a similar vibe to the entertaining Keanu Reeves franchise, with Pitt bringing some colorful flair to his character:

We enjoyed the train wreck that was Tiger King in 2020, but we'll probably skip Joe vs. Carole on Peacock.  The Netflix series was the right distraction as the world just started to fall apart, but we're not going to sit down to watch another eight hours about the same story, two years later.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Lets close things out with Ghost's latest single.  We leave you with, "Twenties" 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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