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Tuesday Clutter: Clarence Thomas, Pennsylvania Senate Race, Prime Minister Sunak, Adidas, Apple, New England Patriots, MCU Clips, Leslie Jordan, Ed Sheeran, and more

Hi everyone,

How are you?  Please bear with us - our crew is moving slowly this morning, thanks to last night's New England Patriots game.  Night games require us to stay up way past our bedtime anyway, but somehow they seem to end even later when the Patriots lose.  (More on that in a bit.)  I'll still get to the bookstore to check out this week's new releases once we're done here, but it's going to require a little extra coffee.  Speaking of which, BDH and Little Buddha just made a fresh pot.  Grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Tuesday Clutter. 

There it is:  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas temporarily saved Senator Lindsey Graham from having to testify before the Georgia grand jury investigating Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the state's 2020 presidential election results.  That would be the same Justice Thomas whose wife Ginni has been a major figure in Trump's coup attempt. (She would like you to believe her husband has no involvement with her activism to kill democracy in this country.) 

Justice Thomas should have been nowhere near Graham's request in the first place.  First off, he should already have been impeached.  Short of that, if he had the slightest bit of ethics, he would have recused himself because of the blatant conflict of interest.  Add this to the growing list of reasons why so many people think the Supreme Court is an illegitimate body.  Conservatives are in government to protect and enrich themselves, that's it.

Justice Clarence Thomas October 25 2022Justice Thomas should be removed from the U.S. Supreme Court.  (pic via latimes.com)

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis won't commit to serving a full term if re-elected next month because he clearly wants to run for president in 2024.

A lot of eyes will be on tonight's U.S. Senate debate between John Fetterman and Dr. Mehmet Oz, the candidates in the Pennsylvania race which could decide control of the chamber.  This is the only time these two will face each other.  Fetterman is looking to reassure supporters that he can handle the job after recently having a stroke.  Dr. Oz has to convince voters to look past the fact that he's a New Jersey resident who has been accused of torturing and killing hundreds of dogs for medical experiments. 

Rishi Sunak becomes the new British prime minister today, as the U.K. seeks to stabilize its government after a disastrous stretch that saw the resignations of Boris Johnson and Liz Truss.  Should we be taking bets on whether or not the 42-year-old former banker makes it through the rest of the year?  We'll set the first over/under on his resignation at January 5, 2023.  In all seriousness, we hope he is able to provide some stability, as his constituents are about to face some brutal heating bills this winter.

October has been an unusually good month on Wall Street, with the S&P 500 index rising 6% during what is historically a negative period for stocks.  The Clutter investment team certainly likes watching the portfolio move in a positive direction.  However, the staff still thinks some people are trying to convince themselves that the Fed will soon slow down their interest rate hikes, based on little more than hope.  Our crew believes there will be a large pop for stocks when multiple inflation reports trend in the right direction.  However, short of that, these investors may be setting themselves up for more heartbreak again. 

Adidas finally announced they are cutting ties with Kanye West after the rapper's recent string of anti-Semitic remarks.  The shoe company took their sweet time making this move, probably because they estimate it will cost them $246 million in the fourth quarter.

We understand WhatsApp was down around the world for about two hours earlier this morning, but things seem to be back on track now.  Gotta say, we're a little jealous it was fixed so quickly.  Our IT crew recently had to deal with a company that took about 30 hours to fix what seemed to be a simple problem.  It was frustrating, because of course things break every now and again.  However,  if we're paying you for a service, don't act like you're being put out when we ask you to make sure it actually works.

Apple is raising prices on its TV and music streaming services:  Apple TV+ will now be $6.99 a month, and Apple Music will be $10.99 a month.  Does anyone want to make an argument that we need to subscribe to Apple TV+?  We're constantly on the fence about dropping Netflix for Disney+, but most of Apple's TV programs don't tempt us to make that switch.  Are we missing anything vital?

We feel a little attacked by this article about another new study that says people who get five hours of sleep or less are at higher risk of developing multiple chronic health problems as they get older.  We promise to get to bed at a reasonable time tonight to reset our sleep schedule. 

It turns out that Emmanuel the emu in fact did not have avian flu.  He was just really stressed, according to his caretaker Taylor Blake.  We're certainly glad to hear the big guy/TikTok star is okay, but we're starting to have some doubts about Blake.  Is this farm legit?

We felt confident that the New England Patriots would win their third game in a row last night, regardless of whether or not Mac Jones or Bailey Zappe started at quarterback.  The offense was improving, and it seemed like the defense was turning into another Bill Belichick special.  The Pats would improve to 4-3 and then prepare to take on their division rival, the New York Jets, in a big match-up next week.  It was pretty straightforward really.

Turns out?  Not so much.  The Patriots were embarrassed at home by the Chicago Bears 33-14 on Monday night.  The New England defense had their backsides handed to them, giving up 390 total yards to Justin Fields and company.  They just could not get off the field, as the Bears were 11/18 on converting third downs, and they had 70 total plays to New England's 48.  While they have a handful of injuries, like every other team, it looked like the defense simply wasn't ready to play.

Over on the other side of the football, the Patriots now have a legitimate quarterback controversy.  Mac Jones made his return after suffering a high ankle sprain four weeks ago.  As you might expect, he looked rusty, going 3 for 6 for 13 yards and one interception.  The boos began cascading down, and he was promptly replaced by current cult hero Bailey Zappe, which felt like a jaw-dropping short leash from Bill Belichick.  Zappe did his best, quickly leading New England on two touchdown drives for a 14-10 lead, but that was the last we heard from the offense for the rest of the night.  They lost the turnover battle 4-1, and it's hard to win when you keep giving away the ball. 

This should be a fascinating stretch before the Jets game on Sunday.  One has to assume that Jones will get the start again, but what happens if he still looks bad right out of the gate?  Given that the game is on the road, we suspect Belichick will leave him in longer, because the Jets fans are going to boo Jones all day anyway.  However, it's clear to the naked eye that the Patriots offense runs more smoothly with Zappe at quarterback, and the clock is ticking for Jones to change that narrative. 

Are the Denver Broncos owners preparing to fire first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett?  The 2-5 Broncos are a mess, and they show little sign of improving. We can't guarantee that firing Hackett would fix things, but it's hard to argue how it would hurt at this point.

The Indianapolis Colts are replacing quarterback Matt Ryan with Sam Ehlinger, as the team continues to struggle.  Is this the end of the road for the veteran Ryan?

Some folks wonder if actress Bridget Moynahan was weighing in on her ex Tom Brady's reported marriage problems when she posted a quote on Instagram about some relationships not being meant to be fixed.

The Boston Celtics lost 120-102 in a blowout to the Chicago Bulls last night, so there go any hopes for an undefeated season.

We've got the first trailer for the upcoming Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania.  This part of the MCU hasn't really kept our attention, despite it featuring the nicest guy on Earth, Paul Rudd.  Will you watch the movie in the theaters next February, wait for it to come out on Disney+, or skip it altogether?

Now, you tell us there's a new Black Panther: Wakanda Forever clip to watch, and we say, "Yes, please. Thank you very much."

We're sorry to hear actor Leslie Jordan died yesterday in a car accident.  Jordan was known for a variety of roles, but we remember him best for his appearances on Will & Grace.  He was a very funny man, and it's clear how much his colleagues will miss him.  Leslie Jordan was 67 years old.  Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans.

Jerry Seinfeld is extending his current stand-up tour to 2023.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Ed Sheeran to close things out with, "Shivers" 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, 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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