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Monday Clutter: Trump, Pro-Russia GOP, Salman Rushdie, Elon Musk v. Twitter, New England Patriots, Tom Brady, Reservoir Dogs, Depeche Mode, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back, and a happy, although rainy, Monday to you all.  Did you enjoy the rest of your weekend?  Our crew had a busy Sunday, and now we're still digesting Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who finale from last night.  Today's schedule looks pretty full.  BDH and Little Buddha say it's supposed to rain for most of today and into early tomorrow morning.  Good thing I already did a little yard work yesterday.  It's going to be a late night, since the Patriots play this evening.  Probably gonna need a nap before that starts.

Let's get to work.  The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.

Rep. Liz Cheney said Donald Trump's testimony before the January 6 House select committee would not be allowed to become "a circus," which means they would not have him speak on live television.  It's optimistic in the extreme to think Trump has any intention of obeying the committee's subpoena in the first place.  How many millions has he spent on lawyers at this point to help him avoid each and every instance where someone wants him to testify about his actions under oath?  Trump will continue lying to his supporters without repercussion, while he waits to see if Republicans regain control of the House next month.

Rep. Liz Cheney October 24 2022Does Liz Cheney really think Donald Trump will testify before the committee?  (pic via ourmidland.com)

Speaking of which, growing up in the 1980's, we never thought we'd see a day when House Republicans would be siding with Russia in its invasion of Ukraine.  However, that sure looks like where we're heading if the GOP takes control of the chamber after the midterm elections.  Apparently this crew admires Vladimir Putin almost as much as they worship Donald Trump.  It's also clear their entire "platform" will be to oppose anything from the Biden administration.  One can only imagine how different this country would be if Republicans actually supported democracy and cared about anyone besides the ultra-wealthy.

The White House doesn't believe Russia's claim that Ukraine is about to use "a dirty bomb" on itself and then blame Moscow.  The Biden administration argues the story is an excuse to further escalate the war.  That's some desperate and blatant propaganda coming from Vladimir Putin.

Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race is one of the most important contests to watch in November, as Democrats try to flip the seat.  If the contrast in policy stances isn't enough for some voters, John Feterman wants everyone to know Dr. Oz is a New York Yankees fan.  That character flaw is particularly glaring since the Philadelphia Phillies are heading to the World Series, but it makes sense since Oz is a New Jersey resident.

Former U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had a reality check and pulled out of the race to replace his successor, Liz Truss.  Johnson is currently under investigation for various scandals while he was in office, and he's facing possible suspension/expulsion from Parliament.  It's ludicrous that he even considered running again.

We're saddened to hear that author Salman Rushdie has reportedly lost the use of an eye and hand after being stabbed during an appearance last August.  The most important thing is that it sounds like he's safe wherever he is at the moment.  The constant stress of knowing for more than 30 years that you're at risk of being attacked like that has to be immense.

The clock is ticking:  The judge in the Elon Musk - Twitter case ruled that Musk has until 5pm this Friday to buy the social media platform, or else the lawsuit will proceed.  While we'd enjoy watching Musk being forced to spend $44 billion on an item we're not sure he really wants, there's a strong sense of dread about what Twitter would look like under his ownership.  The site has its issues, but gutting the staff and eradicating the current moderation could well make it unusable.

In case you didn't know, your credit card company can cancel your card, because of inactivity, with little to no warning.  That's obnoxious by itself.  However, the most irritating thing in the linked article is that your credit score can be hit because your account was closed simply because you didn't use the card for a while.  Our country's credit rating system only seems to exist to reward financial institutions and punish ordinary Americans.

The Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 6-5 in Game 4 of the ALCS last night to move on to the World Series, where they'll face the Philadelphia Phillies.  The best thing we can say about the Astros is that they're not the Yankees.  We'll be rooting for the Phillies all the way.  Also, the Yankees remain one of the most overrated teams in baseball.  For all of the incessant media coverage they get every year, you'd think they were the incumbent champions, instead of a team that hasn't even been to the World Series since 2009 (and it was 2001 before that.)

The New England Patriots face the Chicago Bears  in Foxborough tonight.  We're assuming Bailey Zappe will again be New England's quarterback, but whether it's him or Mac Jones, the Patriots should win this game.  Chicago's defense is right behind New England's, but the Bears' offense is near the bottom of the NFL.  We see Bill Belichick making life miserable for Chicago QB Justin Fields, who is already having himself a rough season.  The one wild card is that it is supposed to still be raining this evening, so ball security will be even more important than usual. 

This feels like a repeat of New England's last two games against the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns.  If they shut down their opponent's running game and win the turnover battle, the Patriots should improve to 4-3 on the season.

Yikes - Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost 21-3 to the lowly Carolina Panthers yesterday to fall to 3-4 on the season.  Things won't get any easier for Brady and company this week when they face the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday.  It's incredible to see how quickly Brady's time in Tampa Bay has gone sideways.  He's lucky that the NFC South is such a disaster that a 3-4 record is still good enough to lead the division.  Only fools bet against Brady, but he will need to dig deep to find a way to salvage this mess.

Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers lost 23-21 to the Washington Commanders to also drop to 3-4 yesterday.  That's a shame.  You also can't count Aaron Rodgers out, but we'd have no problem watching him sink like a stone this year. 

Running back Christian McCaffrey played his first game with the San Francisco 49ers yesterday, just days after being traded to the team.  However, his presence wasn't enough to keep the 49ers from being crushed 44-23 by the Kansas City Chiefs.  McCaffrey had 38 yards on eight carries and two catches for 24 yards.  Just imagine what he'll be able to do when he actually knows San Francisco's playbook.

This might be a little startling for some folks, but yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the release of Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs.  Click on the linked article for a look back at the cast and what they've been up to since the premiere.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  We feel the need to quietly ease into the new week, particularly given how dark and gloomy it is outside at the moment.  Here's Depeche Mode to close things out with a live version of, "Enjoy the Silence" for today's, "Song of the Day."

One can only imagine what a rush it is to be standing in front of a crowd of thousands like that and have them singing your lyrics back to you.

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was a treat 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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