Monday Clutter: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, Trump and Sarah Palin, Parkland Shooter, Apple, Boston Red Sox, Will Smith, Doctor Who, Wolf Van Halen, the Beatles, and more
Welcome back! How was the rest of your weekend? No complaints here. Yesterday wasn't that productive, but that's fine. However, today's to-do list is really long. I see snow in the forecast in about an hour, but BDH and Little Buddha say not to worry about it. The guys tell me it will be in the 50's this afternoon, so all I have to do is take a deep breath and just focus on finishing one errand at a time. They're always great about helping me keep things in perspective. Of course, they also make fantastic coffee. Speaking of which, there's a fresh pot on the counter, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Monday Clutter.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's Supreme Court nomination today. The vote is expected to be tied 11-11 on party lines. However, Democrats will use procedural tools to eventually move to a full vote by the Senate, perhaps as early as the end of this week.
Judge Jackson could be confirmed by this Friday. (pic via abcnews.go.com)
Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) acknowledged that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will be confirmed for the U.S. Supreme Court. Blunt claimed he really wanted to be part of this historic moment, but aw shucks, he just can't do it. In a profile of pure cowardice, Senator Blunt said,
"I think it'll be a high point for the country to see her go on the court. But I don't think she's the kind of judge that will really do the kind of work that I think needs to be done by the court. And I won't be supporting her, but I'll be joining others and understanding the importance of this moment."
Notice how he worked in the dig implying Judge Jackson is lazy? Long story short, Senator Blunt knows Judge Jackson is exceptionally qualified, but that's never been the issue for him or the rest of the Senate Republicans. She's a Black woman nominated by a Democratic president. That's three strikes, as far as the GOP is concerned.
That didn't take long: Donald Trump endorsed Sarah Palin's campaign for the open U.S. House seat previously held by the late Rep. Don Young. The former Alaska governor supported Trump in 2016, and it appears he's returning the favor. Palin is running in a field of more than 40 candidates, so Trump's support could push her over the 3% threshold it could take to win that race. If she does win, Palin should fit in seamlessly with the likes of Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert.
Donald Trump's social media company Truth Social is a complete disaster, much like every other Trump business since the dawn of time. Really, who would have guessed that a company run by former Rep. Devin Nunes, a man who sued a fictional cow, wouldn't run smoothly? The question now is, will Trump eventually publicly disavow the entire failure, or will he quietly walk away and hope no one notices?
Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz goes on trial this week. Cruz already pleaded guilty, so the issue is whether or not he gets life in prison or the death penalty. We hope it's the former. Killing Cruz won't bring back the 17 lives he took in 2018. The pain and trauma he caused warrants him losing his freedom until his final days. Capital punishment isn't justice, it's revenge, and it doesn't heal the wounds caused by violence.
The good news is that coronavirus hospitalizations are low across the country, thus offering our health care system a desperately needed break after more than two years of this pandemic. However, the pause could be short-lived, thanks to the Omicron subvariant BA.2.
Case in point: Coronavirus case numbers are moving in the wrong direction in Massachusetts, so health experts are once again urging people to get their first booster shot if they haven't already. According to the linked article, about 75% of the new cases reported from March 20 to March 26 are the Omicron subvariant BA.2. The virus isn't going anywhere friends, but being up to date on your shots is the most effective way to reduce your chances of hospitalization or death. Also, if the numbers are going up now as the weather gets warmer, we don't want to think about what it might mean for the back portion of 2022.
JetBlue is the only airline we've used in the last 10 years or so, and we've almost never had any issues with it. However, it sounds like they had a rough weekend, and today isn't looking better.
Apple released a security update last week, iOS 15.4.1, that helps with battery drain, as well as fixes a security flaw. This would probably be a good time to check which software version we're currently running. Feels like it's something like iOS 3.1, but that's probably not right.
How many of Apple's "must have" apps do you have on your iPhone? To be clear, we don't really want you to tell us the actual number. We're just curious about the accuracy of the list.
We're finally just days away from the start of the 2022 MLB season. It's a time for peak optimism for what lies ahead. We still have questions about the Boston Red Sox starting rotation, but there's one thing we know for certain: This offense will be fun to watch, and third baseman Rafael Devers will lead the charge. Raffy is a special talent, and at 25 years old, he's only just starting to enter his prime. The Sox need to sign this kid to a long-term deal and then build around him for many more years to come.
The Haslams admit they had no idea what they were doing when they bought the Cleveland Browns a decade ago. Their recent decision to trade for quarterback Deshaun Watson, and sign him to a five-year/$230 million fully-guaranteed contract, indicates they still haven't learned much.
Netflix has reportedly put a new Will Smith project on hold, following the actor slapping Chris Rock at this year's Oscars. Why do we get the sense that Smith is going to pay a much higher price for his transgression than say, almost anyone in Hollywood accused of sexual misconduct over the past few years?
Doctor Who star Mandip Gill said her character Yaz's departure from the show will be "exciting" and "emotional." Hopefully "exciting" confirms that Yaz won't die, which is always a concern in these situations. Let's see if we can guess how her story ends...she tells the Doctor how she feels about her, the Doctor says it can't work because she's about to regenerate, plus the Time Lord is 2,000+ years old. Thus Yaz instead falls in love with someone else in the finale. That person is there to console Yaz when the Doctor changes, and it's sad, but Yaz is happy to finally realize her own identity, and moves on with her life. Yeah, that sounds about right.
ABC cancelled four game shows. Will you miss any of them?
Wolf Van Halen and Mammoth WVH didn't win a Grammy last night, Van Halen doesn't seem fazed at all by the loss, and we're sure that this won't be the last nomination for the talented musician. However, Louis C.K. won the "Best Comedy Album" category, thus once again proving that so-called "cancel culture" is a complete myth.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. The birds are chirping up a storm this morning, and BDH and Little Buddha are loving every bit of it. Feels like we should ease into the new week by having the Beatles close things out with, "Blackbird" 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 (even if it is a Monday), 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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