Thursday Clutter: Herschel Walker, Abortion Access Legislation, Facebook, Twitter, New England Patriots, Barack Obama, Doctor Who, Rihanna, Mötley Crüe, and more
How are you? Our crew is doing fine. Yesterday wasn't all that productive, so BDH and Little Buddha are working on the to-do list to see how I can do better today. It sounds like we're supposed to have decent weather, so maybe that will help. We'll see. First, 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 Thursday Clutter.
A second woman has come forward to claim that Herschel Walker pressured her to have an abortion, this one in 1993. The woman said in a press conference that the two were involved for years, despite Walker being married at the time, and that she had to come forward because of his hypocritical anti-choice stance in his U.S. Senate campaign. Of course Walker denies the story, and Republicans will continue to stick with him as long as he looks like he has a chance of winning.
If you ever hear a conservative claim to the GOP is the party of "family values" again, you have permission to laugh hard in response. These cynical phonies don't care about anything but political power. They don't care if their candidates sleep around and pay for abortions, or kill hundreds of dogs. They're here to protect the interests of the economic elite at the expense of everyone else. Everything else is a distraction.
Herschel Walker is a complete fraud. (pic via abcnews.go.com)
Representative Carolyn Maloney is planning to file a bill tomorrow to expand abortion access in the United States, in light of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade earlier this year. The legislation would,
"direct HHS to set up a national campaign to promote resources on where and how to obtain abortion care, medication abortion, and a patient’s right to travel across state lines to get the procedure. The measure would also call on the Biden administration to provide guidance on how to differentiate between abortion providers and crisis pregnancy centers — often faith-based organizations that counsel people against having abortions, many of which have been accused of spreading medical misinformation — and to “identify misinformation regarding abortion and related health services intended to deceive, or to discourage individuals from accessing such services.”
If it passes the House, the bill will surely be blocked by Senate Republicans, a group who will do anything to keep women from having control over their own bodies and lives.
It may sound surprising, but data is reportedly expected to show that the U.S. economy grew 3.1% over the last three months ending with September, which would mean the country is not in a recession. That's certainly good news, except, how will the Fed respond to it? Will it be seen as fuel for further interest rate hikes? Looks like we'll have to wait for the next around of inflation data.
However, there are still storm clouds ahead: Meta's stock is taking a hit after Facebook's parent company reported another quarter of declining revenues and said to expect more of the same in the fourth quarter. At this moment, the stock price is down almost 23% today alone and a little over 70% for the year. Pair that with Google's disappointing results yesterday, and it appears not everyone got the message about the economy growing last quarter.
Are we really about to start the era of Elon Musk owning Twitter? The company's stock will be suspended on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, with Musk facing a deadline to close the deal by 5pm tomorrow, or else Twitter's lawsuit against him will resume. It sounds like the financing and paperwork are in order, so stay tuned...
We forgot to buy a Powerball ticket, but that's okay, because we wouldn't have chosen any of last night's winning numbers. Reminder: If you win the now-$800 million prize, we are always accepting donations to increase our coffee budget.
A new study says even a mild case of COVID can put you at an increased risk of developing blood clots, and those can lead to death. We feel like Debbie Downer just for mentioning this, but once again, please get your vaccinations and be careful when you're dealing with indoor crowds this winter.
Mac Jones will reportedly be the starting quarterback when the New England Patriots face the New York Jets on Sunday. Given what a disaster last Monday's game was against the Chicago Bears, one has to assume Jones will stay in for the entire game this time, unless he's carted off the field. Bill Belichick needs to rebuild the quarterback's standing on the team ASAP. Otherwise, we'll start giving more credence to the trade rumors.
We're only four games into the 2022-2023 NBA season, and the Boston Celtics trade rumors are already underway. So far, it just sounds like exploratory calls, but you know the speculation about specific names will take off soon.
Bill Simmons said former President Barack Obama is part of a group looking to buy the Phoenix Suns. That would be a huge win for the NBA if it happens.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn't care that he's being criticized for publicly saying some of his teammates shouldn't be playing. Apparently Rodgers thinks his comments qualify as leadership, and the real problem is that society doesn't appreciate when people tell the truth. You can never count Rodgers out (at least until the playoffs start), but it would be really fun to watch him go down in flames this year.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll wants the NFL to reexamine the safety differences between artificial turf and natural grass. We're good with the idea of banning artificial turf across the board. There's no doubt that at a minimum it's terrible for players' knees.
The Chicago Bears traded defensive end Robert Quinn to the Philadelphia Eagles for a fourth-round draft pick. We understand the Bears' new management is cleaning house, but we wouldn't have objected if this move had happened before the Bears played the Patriots this past Monday.
We can't say no to another Black Panther: Wakanda Forever teaser trailer:
Zac Efron stars in the upcoming movie, The Iron Claw, which is about the Von Erich wrestling family which was destroyed by a series of tragic deaths. Efron plays Kevin Von Erich, and the actor has put on quite a bit of muscle for the film.
Melissa Villaseñor revealed that she left Saturday Night Live after six seasons because of mental health reasons. Villaseñor said she had several panic attacks over the years and decided the show wasn't the right environment for her. It couldn't have been easy to make that decision. We applaud Villaseñor for protecting her health.
Peter Capaldi seems to be saying in this clip that he's done with Doctor Who. However, we're still willing to bet that the 12th Doctor makes an appearance at some point during the show's 60th anniversary specials next year:
Former Doctor Who actor Tosin Cole was the only one of Jodie Whittaker's companions not to make an appearance in "The Power of the Doctor." That's fine, because his character Ryan brought nothing to the table during his time in the TARDIS. However, it's nice to see things are going well for Cole, because we just caught an ad for his new movie, House Party, which comes out in January. We'll take a pass on this one, but we hope it delivers good results for him:
Rihanna's Black Panther: Wakanda Forever song will be released tomorrow. "Lift Me Up" is her first solo song since 2016, and we can't wait to hear this tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman.
We have no problem whatsoever with Kanye West getting push-back from all directions for his latest anti-Semitic remarks. However, it needs to be pointed out that his views are basically in line with the GOP, and they're not getting nearly the same level of criticism.
It was finally confirmed that Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars will no longer tour with the group, because of his battle with Ankylosing Spondylitis. Mars has been dealing with the problem for most of his life, and it's time for him to finally stay off the road. However, Mars will remain a member of the Crüe, so he will presumably be involved in recording any new music. In the meantime, while no official announcement about his replacement has been made yet, it's believed that John 5 will become the new touring guitarist.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have Mick Mars and the rest of Motley Crue close things out with, "Wild Side" for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It's always great to see you. 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.