Wednesday Clutter: January 6 Committee, Trump, Rep. Lauren Boebert, Interest Rates, Boston Red Sox, Jeff Hardy, Kim Kardashian, Rebel Wilson, John Legend, and more
How are you? We're all doing well, even though I didn't have any luck at the bookstore yesterday. I just can't find anything that feels like a good fit for BDH and Little Buddha. I don't know exactly what I'm looking for, but I'll recognize it when I see it.
In any case, the guys are unfazed by my failure. The first thing they told me this morning was that they thought they heard some birds chirping around 2:30 a.m. today. As far as these two are concerned, that's enough to guarantee today will be full of fun. Those two are always looking on the bright side of things. Now, let's check out the headlines. 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 Wednesday Clutter.
The January 6 House select committee abruptly postponed today's hearing, which was to focus on the Department of Justice. Committee member Rep. Zoe Lofgren said the delay was because of "technical issues." However, one has to wonder if a larger issue is involved here, especially given the public disagreement between Chairman Bennie Thompson and committee members about whether or not they'll be making a criminal referral of Donald Trump, or any of his conspirators, to the DOJ. We'll see how all of that plays out, but in the meantime, Thursday's hearing, focused on Trump's attempt to pressure Mike Pence to assist the coup attempt, is still expected to go forward as scheduled.
Donald Trump released a rambling 12-page response to the select committee's second public hearing. Even a five-year-old can understand that the man lives in an alternate reality. He's been lying about himself for his entire life, and there's no chance he's going to stop now. Trump has no defense for the specific claims made against him, so he continually throws anything he can at the wall to see what will stick as a distraction. If the stakes weren't so high for the country, we'd just be embarrassed for anyone who considers this con man to be any kind of leader. So many people must have failed Trump followers when they were children to leave them unable to engage in critical thinking for all of 30 seconds.
A delusional man who would say anything to stay out of prison. (pic via ca.sports.yahoo.com)
The crew that recently helped take out Rep. Madison Cawthorn now appears to have their sights set on Rep. Lauren Boebert. The American Muckrakers PAC claims to have evidence that Boebert used to be a paid escort, and that she had two abortions as a result of her job. To be clear, there's nothing wrong with being a sex worker, and every woman who wants an abortion should be able to access the procedure. However, Rep. Boebert is a raging hypocrite who has no problem attacking other women who are in those situations. If these allegations help bring her down in her primary, that's just fine.
Belief seems to be growing that the Federal Reserve will announce a 75 basis point interest rate hike later today, not the 50 point hike that was previously expected. The linked article says analysts are looking for 75 basis point hikes today and in July, followed by a 50 point increase in September. That's an aggressive course of action, but with inflation still running rampant, the Fed has to take a strong stance.
Mortgage rates have spiked from 5.55% last week to 6.28% this week, due to the Fed's recent actions. However, according to the linked article, while higher costs have driven down sales volume, they haven't cooled off housing prices. If anything, demand will probably go even higher for at least a little bit, while buyers try to lock in current rates before they increase again.
Let's have a moment of silence for today's official retirement of Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser. That was the second browser we (and so many others) ever used, after Netscape Navigator. Explorer didn't work particularly well, and it was always vulnerable to hackers, but....it was there. Hmm, maybe we should be having a party to mark the occasion.
This is interesting: Adobe plans to release a free version of Photoshop that anyone can use. BDH and Little Buddha want to learn how to edit their pictures, so we'll have to look into that.
The Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland A's 6-1 last night to improve to 33-29 on the season. Boston starter Nick Pivetta continued his recent streak of strong outings, giving up the one run and three hits over eight innings. After a rough start to the year, Pivetta is now a respectable 6-5 with a 3.50 ERA. Mind you, the 21-42 A's aren't exactly a powerhouse. However, you've got to take care of business in games like this, and that's just what Pivetta and his teammates did on Tuesday. Next up: Josh Winckowski will try to continue Boston's winning ways when he takes the mound against Oakland tonight.
That didn't take long: Bruce Cassidy has been hired to be the next head coach of the Vegas Golden Knights, just eight days after the Boston Bruins made the mistake of firing him. Congratulations to Cassidy for rebounding so quickly. We wish him all the best. We also have no doubt that letting him go will come back to bite the Bruins in the backside, because coaching was far from that organization's biggest problem.
New Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson continues to play the victim, as 24 women have filed lawsuits against him for sexual misconduct during massage appointments. Watson still says he didn't do anything wrong, and has nothing to apologize for, but he's sorry for the people around him who have to deal with his nonsense all of this controversy.
Pro wrestler Jeff Hardy has been indefinitely suspended by AEW after his recent drunk driving arrest (his third such arrest in the past 10 years.) AEW owner Tony Khan said Hardy is on unpaid leave until he successfully completes a rehab program and stays sober. We hope Hardy gets the support he needs, but it's hard to see how this ends well unless he retires from professional wrestling. The guy has been trashing his body for decades to entertain fans around the world, and it's obvious he's paying a heavy physical price for it.
First it was Bill Hader, and now The Hollywood Reporter has an informative interview with Barry's Anthony Carrigan, who plays NoHo Hank. Carrigan has some interesting thoughts about what happened to his character in that disturbing season finale, and how the series handles trauma in a way that is different from many other shows.
A new trailer is out for Season 2 of Hulu's Only Murders in the Building, starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez. Did you folks watch the first season? Some friends recently recommended the show. Should we reconsider our thoughts on paying for Hulu? In any case, the new mystery begins on June 28:
Kim Kardashian is being blasted in some quarters for apparently damaging Marilyn Monroe's iconic "Happy Birthday" dress at the recent Met Gala. It's not exactly the world's most pressing issue, but we don't understand why Ripley's Believe It or Not allowed Kardashian to wear the dress in the first place. She wasn't going to add any historical value to the garment, and of course there was a good chance the 60-year-old dress would suffer some damage. It was made specifically for Monroe, and having anyone else wear it would be a risk. Kardashian could have gotten the same publicity by wearing a replica, and there would have been no danger of this happening.
We want to applaud Rebel Wilson for recently coming out, but shame on gossip columnist Andrew Hornery for forcing the actress to do it. It doesn't matter that Wilson is a public figure. No one should be coerced into taking that deeply personal step. Regardless, we wish Wilson well.
Do you want to play guitar like the guys in Metallica? Well now you can learn how to do it, because Metallica is teaming up with Yousician, an online musical education platform. There are three courses, featuring James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett, and it looks like the current price is $97.99 for a yearlong subscription to the service (which also includes access to non-Metallica songs.)
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Here's John Legend with JID to close things out with, "Dope" for today's, "Song of the Day."
The birds just started chirping louder. Apparently they approve of today's tune.
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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