Monday Clutter: Senator Warren, Ukraine, U.S. Supreme Court, Elon Musk, Apple, Boston Red Sox, Doctor Who, Linkin Park, Britney Spears, Black Label Society, and more
Welcome back! How was the rest of your weekend? The rain I saw in yesterday's forecast never appeared, so I had plenty of time in the garden, which was a treat. More still needs to be done before the compost delivery, but that's okay. There are a number of items on today's to-do list, and BDH and Little Buddha say the weather should cooperate with a high of 60 degrees. Sounds good to me. First, let's check out the headlines. The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Monday Clutter.
Senator Elizabeth Warren called House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy a "liar and a traitor" because of the released audio recording of McCarthy blaming Donald Trump for the January 6 coup attempt and saying he would encourage Trump to resign. That sounds about right. Senator Warren's point is that Republicans acknowledge in private what a threat Trump is to the U.S., but they continue to grovel in his presence and cover for all of his criminal behavior in public. The GOP puts the protection of their political power over the best interest of this country, and they have no problem blatantly lying about any of it.
Senator Warren criticized Kevin McCarthy for protecting Donald Trump. (pic via abc17news.com)
Republicans are drooling over the chance to use Hunter Biden as a distraction again if they take over Congress next year. The party of white nationalists and authoritarians doesn't want you paying attention to any of their policies, so they'll throw their full weight behind any "investigation" of President Biden's son. Don't be distracted by the shiny object, friends. Pay attention to GOP doing their best to destroy America in order to serve the needs of the economic top 1%. That's their only priority.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin were in Ukraine yesterday to meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Secretary Blinken announced that the U.S. plans to send diplomats back to the country soon. He also confirmed that the administration will provide another $713 million in military financing to assist Ukraine, according to reports. It has to be seen as a promising sign that the White House believes it is/will be safe enough to reopen the embassy in the near future.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case of a public high school football coach who was fired for praying at the 50-yard line after games. Joseph Kennedy was an agent of a public institution in his role as coach, and he should not have brought religion to his job. Kennedy says no players were forced to join him in kneeling, or in the prayers he led before and after games,. However, he was in a position of power over those kids, so of course some may have felt pressured to participate if they wanted to play. The Supreme Court should uphold Kennedy's firing and protect the rights of the athletes. Of course, with this court, that means they'll order Kennedy reinstated by a 6-3 vote.
Between a coronavirus outbreak in China, and increasing negativity over upcoming interest rate hikes at home, it looks like today could be another bad day on Wall Street. Even with all of the current gloom, the S&P 500 is still up 3.31% over the last 12 months, and the Clutter team thinks the index would need another 10% drop before it stops being expensive. The staff votes to ignore today's numbers and join us on our errands instead.
If the Twitter board is really reconsidering Elon Musk's offer to buy the company, our days on the social media platform may be coming to a close. Musk is looking to create the same conservative version of Twitter as Parler, Truth Social, and every other failed copy of the original. No individual should have access to that much private information, and it will harm the country if Musk decides to reinstate a certain banned orange user. Story after story has highlighted Twitter's negative impact on its users' mental health. Maybe it's time to blow the whole thing up and find a new productive activity to replace it.
Apple is warning developers that apps that haven't been updated in the past two years will be removed from the company's App Store. We're not huge app users, but that seems a little strict. We can understand that Apple wants to showcase products that work best with its most current systems, but two years feels like an unnecessarily small window. It's like Verizon trying to get us to buy a new phone every 24 months. What if the app works just fine, say five years after its release?
The Boston Red Sox lost 5-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday to fall to 7-9 on the season. The Sox scored two runs in the top of the first inning, but then the offense went quiet for the rest of the day. Boston starter Rich Hill threw four innings of shutout baseball, but the bullpen couldn't keep the lead. We're not concerned about the Red Sox bats over the course of the season. They're going to hit, but the questions still remain about the pitching. Now comes a big test. The Red Sox start a series in Toronto against the Blue Jays. Who else besides Tanner Houck will be unable to play because they're not vaccinated? At least Nathan Eovaldi will be able to take the mound for Boston tonight.
Ben Simmons was expected to join the Brooklyn Nets for tonight's Game 4 against the Boston Celtics, but Simmons is now out with back soreness. We usually don't argue about players being soft, but we suspect Simmons knows the Nets' season ends tonight, and he doesn't want any part of it. It will be interesting if that comes back to haunt him when he starts his first full season in Brooklyn this fall.
Rumors have been swarming that former Doctor Who star David Tennant will reprise the role of the Time Lord in some fashion after Russell T. Davies takes over control of the franchise for a second round. Tennant was asked about it during a recent convention, and his response...didn't clear up anything. It's a fun bit of gossip, and we wouldn't be surprised to see Tennant show up in some fashion for the show's 60th anniversary next year, but that will likely be it for him. (Of course, Tennant continues doing audio adventures for Big Finish.) He was great as the 10th Doctor, and he's always welcome to return. However, he's worked hard on his post-Who resume, and it would be a step back to do the role full-time again.
Sorry, Linkin Park fans - Mike Shinoda said there are currently no plans for the band to do anything, in terms of music, shows, or albums. The group hasn't performed together since the Chester Bennington tribute concert in 2017, but they haven't made an official announcement about their future since the lead singer's death. Maybe there will be a new chapter down the road, but it doesn't sound like it's coming anytime soon.
Britney Spears announced on Instagram yesterday that she'll be taking a social media break for a little while. We wish the singer, who is expecting a baby with with fiancé Sam Asghari the best.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. We're in the mood to kick off the new week with a little bit of an attitude, so here's Black Label Society to close things out with, "You Made Me Want to Live" 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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