Friday Clutter: Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Donald Trump Jr., Florida v. Disney, Guns Kill Kids, Netflix, Boston Red Sox, Bill Murray, Ed Sheeran, and more
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

Sunday Clutter: Marjorie Taylor Greene, January 6 House Select Committee, Kevin McCarthy, Netflix, Boston Celtics, The Flight Attendant, Doctor Who, Mötley Crüe, Jack White, and more

Hi folks,

How are you?  Weekend going okay so far?  We're all doing well at the moment.  I ran the usual errands yesterday and then spent some time in the garden, which is always fun.  Hoping to be back at it this afternoon, but there seems to be some rain in the forecast, so we'll see how that goes.  There's plenty to do around the house if I can't play in the dirt, but there's also still a lot to do outside before the compost delivery.  Anyway, no complaints on our end, and now you're here, so things just keep getting better.  BDH and Little Buddha say the coffee is ready, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Sunday Clutter.

Facing a legal challenge to her re-election bid, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene did all she could during a Friday court hearing to run away from her past social media posts calling for violence against Democratic leaders.  Testifying under oath, the best Rep. Greene could come up with was either she "didn't remember" any of her posts or post likes calling for the execution of people like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, or that she had no idea what the people running her accounts were doing.  This woman has spent years fanning the flames of the movement that led to the coup attempt on January 6.  A provision in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution blocks those who have fought against this country from serving in its government.  Rep. Greene and the rest of her accomplices should be bound by that clause and removed from Washington.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene April 24 2022Send MTG back to Georgia.  (pic via abcnews.go.com)

Rep. Jamie Raskin suggested that the January 6 House select committee is planning to hold public hearings in June and then release its findings late summer/early fall.  Rep. Raskin also indicated that the committee's findings would be stunning and show clear evidence that Donald Trump and his cronies did in fact try to stage a coup against Congress on that dark day.  We have no doubt that the revelations will be dramatic, but the question remains, will they be enough to force the Department of Justice to pursue criminal charges against these traitors?  Anything short of that is a green light to those who are certainly already planning a second attempt.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has been busy kissing up to Donald Trump after the leaked audio came out of McCarthy saying he would encourage Trump to resign after the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.  Any chance McCarthy has of being the next Speaker of the House depends on staying in Trump's good graces, so you know he'll do anything to keep that support.  However, you also know Trump's approval comes with a price, as does every transaction involving the GOP's supreme leader.  What has McCarthy promised?

Friday was a rough one on Wall Street.   The S&P 500 fell 2.8%, thanks largely to investors realizing Fed Chairman Jerome Powell isn't kidding about taking an aggressive approach to fighting inflation over the upcoming months.  People seem increasingly convinced that the Fed will be looking at a hike of 50 basis points (i.e. one-half of one percent) at their May meeting, with more large increases likely to follow.  The S&P 500 is now at 4271.78 which is a decline of 10.37% so far this year.  Definitely not fun, but the Clutter investment team still thinks anything over roughly 3900-4000 is expensive, so they don't necessarily object to this resetting of expectations.  Long-term success depends on being able to ignore short-term challenges.

It appears Netflix will start charging customers who share their passwords, as the streaming company scrambles to right its financial ship after losing over 200,000 customers in the first quarter.  According to the linked article, it might take a year for the program to be implemented globally.  We'll see what happens, but if they charge us an extra fee for watching our own account at Clutter Headquarters and the Northern Estate, we may have to revisit whether we keep our subscription.  As much as we enjoy watching NCIS reruns, Netflix is already right on the line of being too expensive for the value it provides.  How about you?  How much more would you pay before it gets to be too much?

The Boston Red Sox lost 3-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays in 10 innings yesterday.  Boston's Garrett Whitlock continues to show he's got a bright future.  The promising reliever made his first start on Saturday and threw four innings of shutout baseball while only giving up one hit.  However, the Tampa Bay pitching teamed up to no-hit the Red Sox for nine innings, which is not what you like to see.  The Red Sox managed to break through for two runs in the top of the 10th and looked like they might escape with an improbable victory.  However, the Rays responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning for the walk-off win.  The two teams go back at it this afternoon, with Rich Hill taking the mound for Boston.

The Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-103 on the road last night to take a resounding 3-0 lead in their playoff series.  The Celtics are working as a cohesive unit, while the Nets remain Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and a bunch of other guys.  We thought Boston would win this in six games, but now, we'll say the series comes to an end on Monday.  The Nets don't have the heart to stage a four game comeback, and the Celtics have put the rest of the NBA on alert that their regular season run was no fluke.

There's a slightly different trailer out now for Thor: Love and Thunder.  This might end up being the movie we're most looking forward to in 2022.  You've got action, comedy, we're guessing a little heartbreak, and Ms. Natalie Portman.  Works for us:

We caught the first two episodes of Season 2 of The Flight Attendant on HBO Max, and things are off to a promising start.  One could argue that the first season didn't need a follow-up, but so far, we've got an entertaining new mystery, and Cassie's new mind palace highlights star Kaley Cuoco's range, as she plays multiple version of herself who are constantly arguing with each other.  If you liked the first season, give this one a chance.  If you haven't seen the first season, fix that mistake immediately.

Our crew also watched the first episode of Season 2 of Russian Doll.   That's going to take a little more work to fully get into, but star Natasha Lyonne already seems to be in peak form as Nadia. and we're always up for some time traveling back to the 1980's.

This is great news for Doctor Who fans:  Jo Martin's Fugitive Doctor and Sacha Dhawan's Master are both getting their own Big Finish audio adventures.  It's particularly exciting to hear that the Fugitive Doctor is getting her own box sets.  The TV show has barely scratched the surface of this version of the Time Lord, and who knows if we'll see her on-screen again after Jodie Whittaker's departure this fall.  The folks at Big Finish know how to tell stories, and we can't wait to see what they have in mind for this Doctor.  The Master is of course a longstanding character on the show, but there are also plenty of directions they could take Sacha Dhwan's version.  No release date has been announced yet for the box sets, but we can't wait to hear them.

We can think of a few people who might make the pilgrimage to a Golden Girls convention if the organizers decide to do it against next year.  None of them are really folks who would normally go to these sorts of events, but they'd likely make an exception for Rose, Dorothy, Blanche, and Sophia.

Mötley Crüe now has their own coffee line.  You can buy a bag of dark roast or French roast for $19.99.  That might be a little too pricey for us, but if you decide to live on the wild side and kick-start your heart with these beverages, drop us a review at info@clearingouttheclutter.com.

Former Metallica bassist Jason Newstead is trying deflect any blame he's receiving for discussing a proposed Van Halen tribute tour onto the reporter who printed the quotes.  Sounds like Newstead was supposed to stay quiet about this possible project, but he let the cat out of the bag, and here we are.  Frankly, we're glad he spoiled the surprise, but we're still hoping Alex Van Halen will find another vocalist besides David Lee Roth if this project does come to fruition.  VH's music is timeless, but Roth's voice is not.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Jack White to close things out with his new tune, "What's the Trick" 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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