Tuesday Clutter: Mark Meadows, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Donald Trump in Contempt, U.S. Supreme Court, Elon Musk and Twitter, Boston Celtics, Doctor Strange, Journey, and more
How are you? BDH and Little Buddha were just giving me today's weather forecast. It looks like we're going with cloudy this morning and then some rain this afternoon and evening. That's fine, it will be good for the garden. Speaking of which, I had the chance to play in the dirt for a while yesterday, which was great. Also ordered the compost, so I should start stretching now and make sure we're stocked up on Advil.
Of course, I'm off to the bookstore after we're done here. The guys are having a little trouble finishing their current book. It was a generally good read, but it's a bit long. They might put it to the side for a few days and then come back to finish the last 90 pages. We'll see. Anyway, the birds are chirping, and it's time to get to work. 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 Tuesday Clutter.
CNN has obtained copies of the over 2300 text messages former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows turned over to the January 6 House select committee. The texts were sent between Election Day and President Biden's inauguration. They provide a look into how widespread the Republican conspiracy to overturn the 2020 presidential election was, despite the fact that many of the individuals in question knew full well they were pushing a baseless conspiracy theory about fraud.
The texts include one from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on January 17 urging the White House to declare "Marshall law" (sic) to keep Trump in office. This is the MAGA movement in a nutshell - out to destroy American democracy, and unable to spell correctly. Rep. Greene said at the court hearing last week regarding her reelection campaign that she didn't recall if she sent any such message. When does her perjury trial begin?
Marjorie Taylor Greene wanted the military put in charge of the government for no reason. (pic via cnn.com)
The GOP is no longer a legitimate political party. They're a group of authoritarians whose only concern is keeping power. They'd throw 99% of the country under the bus to protect their own interests, and they know they can't win free and open elections. The Department of Justice must go after the top members of this cabal, or else we'll just have another coup attempt at the first opportunity.
Donald Trump is being held in civil contempt for his failure to produce documents called for in a subpoena by the New York attorney general's office, as well as not providing proof he even looked for them in the first place. Judge Arthur Engoron is fining Trump $10,000 a day until he either turns over the files or demonstrates he actually tried to find them. Trump's attorneys will appeal, because that's Trump's approach to all of his many legal problems: Ignore the courts and drag out the process for as long as possible until the other side gives up. Republicans like to claim they're the "law and order" party, but their supreme leader has nothing but disdain for the legal system.
Russia is now warning Ukraine not to start World War III? This feels like an abusive husband hitting his wife and telling her to surrender before she "forces" him to kill her. Comments like this only strengthen the need for Western countries to support Ukraine.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard the case yesterday of the high school football coach fired for kneeling in prayer on the field after games. As we wrote yesterday, Joseph Kennedy was acting as an agent of a public institution in his role as coach, and he should not have been pushing religion in that capacity. He was in a position of power over the athletes, and some kids may have felt forced to participate if they wanted to play football. The court should uphold his firing and protect the separation of church and state. However, the conservative zealots on the court think that line should be abolished, which is why we're betting they'll find for Kennedy on a 6-3 vote.
Elon Musk will be buying Twitter after all. The Tesla boss has apparently reached a deal to take control of the social media platform for about $44 billion. It's every troll's dream come true. Twitter already struggles to combat hate speech, misinformation and harassment, and now we assume their weak rules of conduct will be abolished. Our crew will have to discuss whether or not we'll stay on the site moving forward. It's a great source of information (from legitimate news sources), but we're not interested in participating in a space where people like Musk and Donald Trump are promoted in the name of free speech. We also shudder to think about what this will mean when it comes to foreign propaganda closer to the midterm elections.
Donald Trump said he won't return to Twitter even if his account is reinstated, because he's focused on his own social media platform, Truth Social. Please. As soon as that scam stops making money for Trump, he'll jump right back to Twitter. The hole in Trump's core where his self-esteem should be will never go away. He needs the adoration of his 89 million followers like a junkie looking for his next fix.
Facebook is opening its first retail store in California next month. Customers can go to the Burlingame location to try out things like videophones and VR headsets. It sounds like this will be the only brick and mortar location for now. We might take a peek if one ever opens near us, but the last thing we want to do is give Mark Zuckerberg even more money.
These are rough times on Wall Street, but Coca-Cola is having itself a good year. The stock is currently up 11.38% for 2022, while the S&P 500 is down 9.86%. The index still beats the company over a 10-year span, but the Clutter investment team doesn't worry about Coke's long-term future. It's not a major point of the investment portfolio, but it's a stable component of the total pie.
Look at that, the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 116-112 to sweep their NBA playoff series last night. We had the C's winning in six games, and it turned out we weren't giving them enough credit. Boston plowed right through Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and the rest of the Nets, and showed their hot run this year was no fluke. This means Celtics fans should no longer give Irving their attention, because the organization has definitively put him in the rear-view mirror. Now Boston waits for the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls to finish their series. At this point, we predict the Celtics will win the NBA championship, because why not?
The Boston Red Sox lost 6-2 to the Toronto Blue Jays last night, thanks to a grand slam home run from Toronto's Bo Bichette in the 8th inning. That's even more frustrating, because Boston's starter Nate Eovaldi had only thrown 72 pitches through seven innings, but he was still lifted, because that's how numbers work in MLB these days. We're not trying to be part of the "get off my lawn crowd." However, if your eyes tell you the best pitcher (by far) in your starting rotation is still dealing against the #1 team in your division, throw out the script and trust the guy. Next up, the struggling Nick Pivetta takes the mound for Boston against Toronto tonight.
It looks like another Marvel character is being introduced to the MCU in the new Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness promo. We don't know the comics well enough to know this figure. However, they certainly sound interesting, and one would imagine that their arrival opens all sorts of doors for new stories.
Jensen Ackles said Jared Padalecki was recently in a bad accident, and after seeing the car, Ackles is just pleased his former Supernatural co-star is alive. We wish Padalecki a full and speedy recovery.
Meanwhile, Supernatural's Misha Collins has been forced to apologize for falsely claiming to be bisexual at a fan convention last weekend. Collins said it was a "clumsy" choice of words on his part, but that he is straight and an ally of the LGBTQ community.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. We were originally going to close things out with a different tune, but we saw that Journey just released a new single, which is their first new music since 2011. Our curiosity got the better of us, so here they are with, "You Got the Best of Me" 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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