Thursday Clutter: Senator Susan Collins, Representative Madison Cawthorn, Housing Bubble, Avocados, Boston Red Sox, Bruce Arians, Morbius, Def Leppard, and more
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Friday Clutter: Decriminalizing Pot, RBG, Rep. Cawthorn, Skippy Peanut Butter, Boston Red Sox, Jerry Jones, Wrestlemania 38, Young Sheldon, Megadeth, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more

Hi folks,

Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all!  It's a rainy Friday at the moment, but BDH and Little Buddha say it should settle down by this afternoon.  What's on tap for the weekend?  Not sure what we'll be up to on this end.  I'm distracted by how much bigger the plants I repotted yesterday already look this morning.  Seriously, they all look about 50% larger than they did on Thursday.  Just shows we all need room to stretch and grow.

Of course today is also April 1st.  We had a staff meeting earlier and decided there will be no April Fool's Day jokes this year.  However, stay on guard for others who may try to trick you.  All we want to do is check out the headlines and enjoy some coffee.  Speaking of which, the guys made a fresh pot, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.

The House is once again set to pass legislation that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and leave states to set their own policies. The bill would also, "release people incarcerated on cannabis-related offenses of less than 30 grams and expunge criminal penalties associated with those who manufacture, distribute and possess it." The question now is, will Senate Republicans continue to block the bill like they did in 2020?   Probably.

Pot never should have been illegal in the first place.  It's a major component of a racist and broken drug policy that has failed the United States for decades and kept our prisons filled with non-violent offenders who are disproportionately people of color.  Weed has been legalized/decriminalized in 31 states, and there's no putting this horse back in the barn.  However, the GOP remains the party of white supremacy, and we expect Mitch McConnell and his cronies to try to maintain this discriminatory status quo in place.

Mitch McConnell April 1 2022You can always count on Mitch McConnell to do the wrong thing.  (pic via cnn.com)

Who in their right mind thought the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would want the U.S. Navy to name a ship after her?  How does "a lifetime spent working for gender equality" get transformed into "this tool of violence should bear your name?"

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis seems to support the idea of repealing the law that allows the Disney Company to have their own government for their Orlando theme park.  This comes as a result of Disney publicly stating they would try to help repeal the state's abhorrent so-called "Don't Say Gay" law.  DeSantis is a sociopath who would sacrifice every constituent for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.  However, why should Disney have this special ability?

If Republicans really are starting to turn on Rep. Madison Cawthorn, you have to wonder if he hit a nerve when he claimed he'd been invited to do cocaine at orgies in Washington.  For all of the offensive garbage that GOP officials spew out on a regular basis (hi, MTG) that goes unpunished, this actually has potential to damage Cawthorn?  Apparently you can make all of the sexist/racist/homophobic/anti-democracy comments you like without repercussions, but talking about orgies is apparently where House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and company draw the line.

Seriously, almost no Republicans will call out Donald Trump for begging Vladimir Putin for dirt on the Biden family this week, but they'll get into an uproar over Rep. Cawthorn's statement.

Over 9,000 cases of Skippy Peanut Butter are being recalled because they may contain small stainless steel fragments from a piece of manufacturing equipment.  We used to love Skippy back in the day, but we switched to Teddie Peanut Butter years ago.  It's got less sugar, and we've never heard of them having a problem with pieces of steel in their product.

Instagram now allows users to send DM's directly from their news feeds, instead of first having to click over to their inbox.  Sure, that sounds helpful.  Folks will also be able to send music previews and conduct group chat polls.  Anything to keep people from leaving the site.

Now this looks useful:  Google Search is adding a "highly cited" label to show you the original source of frequently mentioned articles.  That should help readers determine the quality of the information they're consuming.  Of course, you can take everything BDH and Little Buddha tell you at face value.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale underwent a MRI yesterday, so fingers crossed that he'll be cleared to resume throwing next week, after suffering a stress fracture in his rib cage in February.  After that, fingers crossed that he won't suffer any other injuries that keep him out for a significant amount of time this year.  After that, fingers crossed that he'll stay relatively healthy for the final two years of his contract, or that Boston will find someone to take him off their hands.  Just keep those fingers crossed for the foreseeable future. 

Don't know if linebacker Bobby Wagner was ever a realistic option for the New England Patriots, but it's moot now, because the 31-year-old Wagner reportedly agreed to a five year/$65 million contract with the Los Angeles Rams. 

Antonio Brown apparently wants a commitment from another NFL team before he has ankle surgery.  Does he think he's got some leverage in this situation?  If he needs it that badly, why not get it anyway in order to lead a more pain-free life?  Can he not afford to pay for it himself?

There are differing stories about whether or not the woman suing Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones over his alleged paternity is just seeking more money.  Her side says she just wants to be able to put Jones' name on her birth certificate, and his side makes it sound like this is an extortion attempt.  Either way, we're with Alexandra Davis.  If Jones is her father, she should be able to say it publicly, and considering that the guy is worth an estimated $10.9 billion, she should be entitled to more than the $3 million she's reportedly received over the years.

Wrestlemania 38 takes place this weekend at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  Apart from the expected return of Cody Rhodes, nothing about this two-night card has really grabbed our attention.  However, we may still check it out, at least for a little while, since it's included with NBC's Peacock streaming service. 

The 100th episode of Young Sheldon aired last night.  No spoilers from us, but it seems like the show has undergone a bit of a tonal change, and things definitely started down a different path with the newest revelation.  It will be interesting to see how the audience responds to the shift.  TVLine.com has an interesting interview with series co-creator Steve Molero about what happened, how it came together, and where things go from here. 

We first thought this was an April Fool's Day joke, but it was published yesterday, so we're accepting it as real:  Dave Mustaine said in a recent interview that Sammy Hagar and Ice-T both make appearances on the upcoming Megadeth album.  Can't wait to hear those tracks.

Pantera fans in 33 states can now order some "Vulgar Display of Lager."  We'd love to read a review of this beer, so drop us a line at info@clearingouttheclutter.com with your thoughts if you try it.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  (Hey, look at that, the rain stopped and the birds are chirping...Wait, the clouds are back...and so is the rain.)  Here are the Red Hot Chili Peppers to close things out with their newest single, "These Are The Ways" 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, stay dry, 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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