Wednesday Clutter: President Biden, Dr. Fauci, Herschel Walker, Trump, Lindsey Graham, New England Patriots, Quentin Tarantino, Ice Cube, Doctor Who, The Cranberries, and more
Friday Clutter: President Biden, Georgia Voting, Elon Musk's Problems, New England Patriots, David Tennant and Michael Sheen, John Denver, and more

Thursday Clutter: Trump's Taxes, DOJ and Mike Pence, Interest Rates, New England Patriots, Aaron Rodgers, NY Jets, Doctor Who Anniversary, Valerie Bertinelli, Adam Sandler, and more

Hi everyone,

On behalf of BDH, Little Buddha, and myself, we wish you all a happy Thanksgiving!  We remain thankful for your friendship and hope you have a terrific day.  If you are on your own today, we are thinking of you and hope you will indulge in some self-care.  This will generally be a quiet day for us until dinner time and the Patriots game.  The to-do list is short, and everything is closed anyway, so maybe the guys will have a chance to start their new book. 

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.

It was revealed in court on Tuesday that Donald Trump reported almost $1 billion in losses on his personal tax returns between 2009 and 2010.  The Trump Organization also reported losses every year between 2009 and 2018.  The disclosures came from an accountant at Trump's tax firm who testified in the fraud case involving the Trump Organization.  We're pretty sure successful businessmen don't have such staggering losses.  This sounds much more like say, a failed casino operator who has bombed in almost every business venture he's ever had and has needed people to bail him out at every turn for his entire life.  No wonder Trump fought so hard to keep his tax records hidden.  They make it clear that he's a loser.

Donald Trump November 24 2022It takes a special level of incompetence to lose so much money.  (pic via abcnews.go.com)

Donald Trump went 0-2 in the Alaska elections with the news that Senator Lisa Murkowski and Representative Mary Peltola are the projected winners in their re-election campaigns.  Both women were facing Trump-endorsed challengers, so look for a story soon about Trump blaming others for his bad decisions, because of course he's never to blame for his own actions.

The Justice Department reportedly wants to speak to Mike Pence as part of their investigation into the January 6 coup attempt, and Pence is apparently considering the request.  Pence is a spineless coward, but it's hard to think of a more important witness to that day's terrible events.  

Elon Musk is laying the groundwork to reinstate every suspended Twitter account, as he continues to drive the social media platform into the ground.

Investors cheered yesterday, after the minutes from the Fed's November meeting indicated officials seem interested in slowing down future interest rate hikes.  The Fed is still trying to achieve a "soft landing" for the economy, so knowing there's a lag between their actions and the impact on the economy, they apparently think this may be the time to dial things back a bit.  The general expectation is now that December's increase will be 0.5%, not a fifth straight 0.75%.  That news sent the S&P 500 up 0.6% for the day, leaving the index down 15.5% for the year.  (Did you follow all of that?)

Measles is now being described as an "imminent threat" because millions of children around the world missed their vaccinations during the pandemic. Countries must get these efforts back on track as soon as possible.

The Boston Red Sox made two moves yesterday:  One was to sign former New York Mets reliever Joely Rodriguez to a one-year/$2 million deal (with a team option for 2024.)  The second was to acquire infielder/outfielder Hoy Park (who owns a .201 lifetime batting average) from the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitcher Inmer Lobo.  Lord, does Chaim Bloom love cheap players.  We'll be surprised if we remember either of these guys a year from now.  Meanwhile, the wait continues to hear about the future of Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers.

The New England Patriots close out Thanksgiving by playing the Minnesota Vikings tonight.  This is the first of four straight prime-time games for the Pats, which means we're about to lose a lot of sleep over the next month.  That aside, the second half of the season will be a grind for the 6-4 Patriots, starting tonight.  Let's see how they respond to the challenge.

We expect the New England defense will be able to keep Kirk Cousins and the 13th-ranked Minnesota offense under control. The question, as always this year, is, can Mac Jones and the Patriots offense step it up a notch?  By which we mean, can play-caller Matt Patricia elevate his game?  Minnesota has the 19th-ranked defense, so it's not that this is a daunting challenge.  However, we're not feeling the Patriots on the road tonight.  The prediction here is that they come out on the wrong end of a close game, thus making our late bedtime feel even worse.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers confirmed he's been playing with a broken thumb since Week 5, but he said he never considered surgery.  Week 5 just happens to be when the Packers started their five-game losing streak.  We know NFL players are a tough/crazy group, but did Rogers' ego hurt the team?  Perhaps  Green Bay wouldn't be 4-7 and quickly moving towards irrelevancy this year if he'd had his thumb fixed shortly after breaking it.

The New York Jets pulled the trigger and benched quarterback Zach Wilson after his poor performance against the New England Patriots last week.  The team will start Mike White against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.  Now that the switch has taken place, stories are already leaking out about Wilson's teammates having concerns about his play before the season even began.  He certainly rubbed them the wrong way when he said he didn't think the offense let down the defense last week.  (He's since apologized for those comments.)

This seems to be the beginning of the end for Wilson with New York, now that he's lost the locker room.  However,  what can the team expect to get back in a trade for the quarterback?  The #2 pick in the 2021 draft pick is seen as physically talented but lacking good awareness/judgment.  That's hard to correct.

It's not surprising that a young Jerry Jones has been identified in a picture from 1957 of white students harassing black classmates as they entered North Little Rock High School in Arkansas.  The only unexpected part is that it took so long to identify the Dallas Cowboys owner.

Rumors are swirling that former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is looking to return to the sidelines next year.

Merry early Christmas to us!  The Doctor Who 60th anniversary TV adventures are still a year away.  However, Big Finish just announced a great present:  A new audio series featuring seven former Doctors!  That's right, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, and David Tennant will star in Once and Future, an eight-part series which begins in May 2023!  That will be such a treat while we wait for David Tennant's return to television and eventual regeneration into Ncuti Gatwa.

On a semi-related note, we finished Peter Capaldi's new series, The Devil's Hour, last night.  No spoilers, but it was an interesting story involving some people who experience the future as déjà vu.  It was easy to see the whole thing as a dark Doctor Who adventure, especially when the former 12th Doctor Capaldi started talking about time not being linear.  The six-part story created a suspenseful atmosphere and then packed a lot into the final episode.  Not sure that it necessarily calls for a second season on Amazon Prime Video.  If that does happen, we hope Peter Capaldi's role will be larger.

Valerie Bertinelli celebrated the finalization of her divorce on Tuesday.  She referred to it in a video on Twitter as, "(T)he second best day of my life."  (We're guessing Wolfgang Van Halen's birth is #1.)  We wish her the best.

Kelsey Grammer explained why David Hyde Pierce isn't returning as Niles for the upcoming Frasier revival on Paramount+.  We loved the original series, but we're not convinced it needed to return.  If Grammer does in fact give Frasier Crane yet another new lease on life, we'll say cheers (pun semi-intended.)  However, this mostly feels like a project for a guy who needs work.

Mötley Crüe has a new box set coming featuring their first five albums.  Crucial Crüe: The Studio Albums 1981-1989 will be released on February 17, 2023 on vinyl and CD. 

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Adam Sandler to close things out with the classic, "Thanksgiving Song" 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, try to avoid fights at the dinner table with your drunk uncle if possible, 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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