Friday Clutter: January 6 Committee, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Madison Cawthorn, Oklahoma Abortion Ban, Elon Musk, Amazon, New England Patriots, Ozzy, The Black Keys, and more
Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all! What's on tap for the weekend? Our annual compost delivery arrives tomorrow afternoon, so I need to do some quality stretching today. I've got the whole weekend to finish spreading it, and I've gotten better at pacing myself, but it's still the most challenging workout of the year. Totally worth it though, because the garden always looks terrific when I'm done. (Note to self: Stock up on Advil today.)
BDH and Little Buddha plan to alternate between cheering me on and listening to the chirping birds, so they're excited. Other than that, it should be pretty quiet around here. Now, let's check out the headlines. There's a fresh pot of coffee on the counter, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.
The January 6 House select committee has reportedly scheduled public hearings to begin on June 9 and go through the end of the month. Most of the details are still unconfirmed at this point. However, the committee needs to spell out what happened on that dark day, and then ramp up the public pressure for the Department of Justice to go after the organizers of the coup attempt. The GOP has decided violence is the appropriate way to handle election losses. They will continue to do it, unless they face legal repercussions for their actions.
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene's lawyers don't want her text message to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows calling for the establishment of "Marshall law" entered into the record of the case to get her knocked off the ballot, because she "has no recollection of it." That appears to be MTG's entire defense: She shouldn't be barred from running for re-election, via a U.S. Constitution clause banning people who fight against the U.S. from being in its government, because gosh darn, she just doesn't remember anything. Maybe this video will help jog her memory. Representative Greene and her accomplices should already have been expelled from the House for trying to overturn legitimate election results.
Representative Greene sure has a hard time remembering if she supported an insurrection. (pic via abc17news.com)
Representative Madison Cawthorn has yet another new scandal: A leaked video shows a man fondling Cawthorn's crotch in a car, as the two of them discuss their desire to see a naked body. The other man is said to be Cawthorn's scheduler, Stephen Smith, and now a muckraking group has filed an ethics complaint against Cawthorn saying he hasn't properly disclosed gifts and loans to Smith. If the two men are having a relationship, more power to them, but we'd love to know how this video came to see the light of day, since it looks like Smith filmed it. The GOP clearly put out a political hit on Cawthorn for crossing a line. The problem is that his offense was talking about orgies, not trying to kill American democracy.
The Oklahoma legislature passed a Texas-style abortion ban bill which prohibits the procedure after six weeks and also allows private citizens to sue providers, or anyone who helps a woman get an abortion, for up to $10,000. The GOP is big on vigilante justice these days. Lawsuits have already been filed to block the bill, before Governor Kevin Stitt even signs it into law. However this war against women will only continue to further escalate in the weeks and months before the midterm elections. Republicans have nothing to offer the country when it comes to real policy, so they're throwing as much red meat at their base as they can to drive voter turnout.
CNN.com looks at how Elon Musk might "authenticate all humans" on Twitter when he eventually takes control of the social media platform. (Unless of course he backs out of the deal after becoming distracted by the next shiny object.) We have mixed feelings about this. There's no doubt that Twitter is plagued by bots and cowards who hide behind false screen names to troll people and push propaganda. However, we also have no interest in giving Musk any further personal information, like a mailing address, or certainly a driver's license number. No individual should have control over that sort of data from hundreds of millions of people. We'll see what Musk's eventually decides to do, but our days on the site might be numbered.
Amazon's stock took a big hit after the company reported a net loss of $3.8 billion for the first quarter of 2022. "Experts" were apparently expecting a profit of $4.4 billion. That just adds fuel to the Clutter investment team's suspicion that the Wall Street expectations game is like spinning a roulette wheel more than anything else. According to the linked article, Amazon blamed "higher inflation, fuel prices and labor constraints" for an additional $2 billion in costs, plus the company took a hit on an investment in an electronic automaker. However, revenue was still up 7% for the quarter, so it's not like Amazon is in danger of going out of business. They still clearly have plenty of money to continue their anti-union efforts.
Apple's revenue increased about 9% in the first quarter, but the company warned that supply chain issues and other challenges could cost them between $4 billion and $8 billion in sales this quarter.
The Boston Red Sox lost 1-0 to the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday to fall to 8-12 on the season. Boston's starter Garrett Whitlock continues to show great promise. He only gave up one run over three innings (while filling in for the unvaccinated Tanner Houck), and the bullpen kept Toronto's offense in check for the rest of the day. However, Boston's batters took another nap yesterday afternoon and only mustered four hits. Next up, the Red Sox are off to Baltimore to face the Orioles in a weekend series. Rich Hill takes the mound for Boston tonight.
The New England Patriots chose guard Cole Strange in the first round of the NFL Draft last night. The Patriots first traded their #21 pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for the #29 spot and two more picks later in the draft, and then took Strange. People seem to be surprised New England took him that high. However, the team needs a guard, and everyone says Strange plays with an attitude. The Pats definitely also need more of that, so we're fine with the choice. Bill Belichick still has 10 more draft picks to work with today and tomorrow, so let's see who else he selects.
Las Vegas Raiders owner Marc Davis said he'd welcome blacklisted quarterback Colin Kaepernick to the team "with open arms" if new coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler thought it was the right move. This seems like an easy way for Davis to get some publicity (which we're admittedly giving him) without actually having to do anything. We wonder how McDaniels and Ziegler feel about their new boss right now, after he passed the buck on this topic to both of them.
We want to wish Doctor Who's Jo Martin a happy birthday! Martin's "Fugitive Doctor" was one of the most interesting things to come out of the Chris Chibnall era of the show, and we can't wait to hear her upcoming Big Finish audio adventures.
James Corden announced that he's leaving The Late Late Show in 2023. It's hard to believe he's already hosted the program for seven years. Who would you like to see replace him behind the desk?
We finished the first season of Barry on HBO Max last night, and it was terrific. Our expectations remain high after then watching the first episode of Season 2. Bill Hader is remarkable, and the supporting cast remains fantastic.
A few people have told us we need to add Schitt's Creek to our binge-watching list. Well, the clock is ticking on that one, because the show is moving from Netflix to Hulu, as of October 3.
Ozzy Osbourne has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to his wife Sharon. The 73 year-old singer has dealt with a number of health issues over the years, so we hope he gets over this soon without any serious issues.
There's a new documentary about the late hard rock guitar her Randy Rhoads coming on May 6 that looks interesting:
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Here are The Black Keys to close things out with their new tune, "It Ain't Over" for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was a treat to see you, as always. BDH and Little Buddha say you're welcome to come back later if you want to watch Barry, The Flight Attendant, or the Red Sox game with them. 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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