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Tuesday Clutter: MTG, J.D. Vance, Mask Mandate Struck Down, Boston Red Sox, Thor: Love and Thunder, Doctor Who, Tom Ellis, Van Halen, Elton John and Kiki Dee, and more

Hi everyone,

How are you?  We're all doing well at the moment.  I successfully re-potted another plant yesterday, and it seems to be adjusting well to its new space, which is great to see.  I also had about three hours in the garden yesterday, which was fantastic.  However, there's still plenty more cleanup to do before the annual compost delivery arrives in a few weeks. 

Didn't realize it was supposed to rain so hard this morning, but it's really coming down out there right now.  That's fine, it's good for the plants, and BDH and Little Buddha say it will be over by the afternoon, so that works.  Not sure we will make it to the bookstore today, but the guys still have another 100+ pages in their current book, so we can stretch that out a bit if necessary.  Anyway, let's get to work.  The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Tuesday Clutter.

A federal judge is allowing an attempt to disqualify Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from running for reelection to proceed.  The challenge is because of Rep. Greene's involvement in the coup attempt on January 6.  It invokes a clause in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that prohibits anyone who participated in "insurrection or rebellion" against the United States from serving in Congress.  The language was designed to block officials who supported the Confederacy during the Civil War from returning to government afterwards.  Anyone in Congress who helped with this attack should already have been expelled from Washington, but this is the next best option.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene April 19 2022If you are a traitor to your country, you shouldn't be in its government.  (pic via usnews.com)

We're curious to hear what Kimberly Guilfoyle said to the January 6 House select committee yesterday.  Donald Trump Jr's fiancée was in the middle of the storm on that dark day, and she surely had plenty of information about what Trump Sr. and company were doing during the attempted insurrection.  Was she forthcoming with the details, or did she put off the committee members the whole time?  It would be karma if Trump's inner circle turned on him like he turned on his own father back in the day, but we'll have to wait for further reports about yesterday's interview.

Ohio Senate candidate/author J.D. Vance used to dislike Donald Trump and called him a number of names, including "asshole" and "America's Hitler."  Now Vance eagerly accepts Trump's endorsement of his campaign, because fraud recognizes fraud.  This is pure cynicism in the pursuit of power.  Of course Vance is a Republican.  He doesn't feel the need to believe a word he says to the public, and he'll tell the GOP base whatever they want to hear in order to get what he wants.

A federal judge, appointed by Donald Trump, struck down the national transit mask mandate that applied to airplanes, airports, taxis, trains and subways, yesterday.  U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle (who was rated "not qualified" by the American Bar Association when she was nominated for the bench) said the CDC overstepped its authority with the original health order upon which this mandate was based.  States and cities can still enforce the rule if they so choose, but at best, that leaves travelers with a patchwork of regulations.  You couldn't pay us to get on a plane these days even with the rule in place, and we'll see if Boston keeps the requirement for the city.  Regardless, we're not changing our mask routine, especially with case numbers rising again. 

The Boston Red Sox lost 8-3 to the Minnesota Twins yesterday.  Red Sox starter Rich Hill didn't have a great outing, giving up four runs over 4 2/3 innings.  It had to be a challenging day for the pitcher, because his father died just three days earlier.  Boston's offense showed a little bit of life, scoring a run in the fifth inning.  However, they missed a big opportunity with the bases loaded, and then the Twins scored another four runs in the 8th inning to put away the game.  Next up, Nate Eovaldi takes the mound for Boston tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays. 

Boston better do well in this series against their division rivals, because it looks like the Red Sox will be missing multiple unvaccinated players when they travel to Toronto next week.  That includes pitcher Tanner Houck, and as much as we like Houck, it's good he and the others won't be paid, nor will they accrue service time, for the missed games.  It's their decision whether or not to get vaccinated, but their choice has consequences.  They shouldn't be rewarded for hurting their team, and lord help us if the Red Sox miss out on the playoffs by just a game or two at the end of the year.

The NFL is investigating the Cleveland Browns over former head coach Hue Jackson's claims that the organization wanted to tank games during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.  The investigation is being run by former Securities and Exchange Commission chair Mary Jo White, who is also looking into Brian Flores' allegations that the Miami Dolphins did the same thing.  We're not expecting this to turn up much.  The league is trying to cover its backside in the lawsuit Flores filed.  Our guess is that either they won't find any evidence of wrongdoing, or it will be downplayed, because let's face it, we all know bad teams do this to improve their draft position.

The first trailer for the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder is here, and it looks like a fun ride.  We may have to see this one in the theater:

What's that you say?  There's another promo clip for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?  Let's take a peek:

We originally saw this item in a Doctor Who article riddled with typos, so it seemed like it could be clickbait.  However, the BBC did in fact state that the identity of the 14th Doctor "is expected to be revealed in the coming weeks."   That should kick up a new round of speculation.  We have no idea who returning showrunner Russell T. Davies has chosen to be the next Time Lord, but we're confident it will be an interesting selection!

Former Lucifer star Tom Ellis and Lucy Liu lead the cast of the new Netflix series, Exploding Kittens.  The show is based on a card game with the same name created by the website TheOatmeal.com.   The summary sounds a little confusing, but it's basically Heaven and Hell fighting on Earth in the bodies of cats?  Sure, let's go with that.  Tom Ellis is reportedly changing teams and will be representing Heaven this time.  Honestly, we're not sure what's going on here, but you can bet we're looking forward to seeing Ellis in action again.

Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani confirmed that he's also been in touch with Alex Van Halen about some type of "Van Halen celebration" tour.  This comes just a few days after former Metallica bassist Jason Newstead mentioned the project.  Going by Satriani's comments, apparently David Lee Roth would be handling vocals.  That would be a mistake.  DLR's voice, which was never his strong point in the first place, is shot, and if Alex is going to do this tribute to his late brother and the family legacy, he should hire a guy who can actually sing.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  The rain has lightened up a little bit, but it's still looking gloomy outside.  Let's brighten things up by having Elton John and Kiki Dee close things out with this live version of, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" for today's, "Song of the Day."

That's a little better.

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was terrific 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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