Tuesday Clutter: Trump, U.S. Shootings, Pot Pardons, COVID, New York Jets, Chris Hemsworth, Peter Capaldi, Jay Leno, Motley Crüe v. Taylor Swift, David Bowie and Foo Fighters, and more
How are you? Our crew was just doing our morning stretches to get the old blood flowing. I wasn't feeling much of a productive vibe after we said goodbye to you yesterday. However, I cleared the to-do list, so that felt particularly good. Definitely off to a better start this morning, so I'm ready to go as soon as BDH and Little Buddha give me the updated errands.
Did I tell you that I finally found the guys a new book to read last week? What a relief. They haven't had a chance to start it yet, but they're excited. I'll still head over to the bookstore to check out this week's new releases, but this one should take them a little while.
First, let's sort through 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 Tuesday Clutter.
The Department of Justice and Donald Trump's legal team will argue before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals today over the fate of special master Raymond Dearie. The DOJ wants the court to remove Dearie from the investigation into the documents Trump improperly took when he left the White House. They have also requested that said documents be returned to investigators. Trump's legal team seems to be operating under a guiding principle of, "anything Donald Trump ever wants to do is fine." This will be the first official appearance of newly-appointed special counsel Jack Smith, who will be handling the government's Trump investigations moving forward, now that the Great Pumpkin has announced he's running for president again.
To be clear, this fight over the classified documents is only one of four Trump-related court cases happening today. Taking documents, fraud, and sexual assault are all on the docket. This is the head of the GOP, folks. Never accept a lecture from a Republican about anything.
It's another busy day in court for Donald Trump. (pic via www.10news.com)
Last weekend's horrific murders at the Q Club in Colorado Springs marks another terrible milestone: This is now the third-straight year the United States has had over 600 multiple victim shootings. "Thoughts and prayers" aren't going to change this nightmare. We need comprehensive and sensible national gun control measures now. Enough with valuing weapons more than our neighbors and loved ones.
Good for Oregon Governor Kate Brown for pardoning 45,000 of the state's residents who were convicted of simple marijuana possession. This common-sense action would apply to, "people convicted of possessing one ounce or less of marijuana before 2016 when they were 21 or older. (The) pardon applies in cases where possession was the only charge, and there were no victims." This is an important corrective step to take against the war on pot, a campaign which discriminates against minorities and the poor. As Governor Brown said, no one should have this type of conviction (for a crime that no long exists in the state) hanging over their heads as they look for jobs or housing.
Alabama is pausing its executions after a third botched attempt to kill an inmate. That's good, but here's an even better idea: Rather than figure out what went wrong in these specific cases, the state should just abolish capital punishment altogether. There's no excuse for the government executing citizens. The process is irreparably biased, it's not a deterrent, and it's immoral. The United States keeps terrible company by still having the death penalty, and we should want to change that immediately.
A new COVID subvariant is on the rise in Massachusetts. According to the linked article, experts say while infections may rise, it should be no more than a simple hassle for most people who have gotten their vaccinations and boosters. However, if you do end up getting seriously ill, the treatment options are limited. Whether you're in MA or not, please get your shots folks, particularly as the cold weather forces all of us together inside more often in the coming months. Let's do whatever we can to stop the formation of yet another wave.
Elon Musk is delaying the restart of Twitter's paid verification program, because he has no idea how to do it without admitting the original process was better than anything he's going to think of to replace it.
Has New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh finally had enough of quarterback Zach Wilson? Saleh wouldn't confirm yesterday that Wilson will start next Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Wilson went 9 of 22 for 77 yards against the New England Patriots last weekend, but he doesn't seem to think he bears any responsibility for the Jets having the NFL's 22nd-ranked offense with 19.9 points per game. We'll see if Saleh's comments light a fire under Wilson, or if Mike White or Joe Flacco are under center against the Bears.
Meanwhile, the Denver Broncos offense is ranked dead-last in the NFL with just 14.7 points per game, but the Broncos just waived running back Melvin Gordon III yesterday, so the turnaround should begin this week.
Chris Hemsworth discussed the possible end of his playing Thor in a new interview. That's a pretty strong reversal from the last time we heard him talk about the role. It's hard to tell if this is about unhappiness with Thor: Love and Thunder, or connected to his recent discovery of having a high risk of getting Alzheimer's, or his just acknowledging that everything ends at some point. If Hemsworth really does only want to do one more Thor movie, we hope this pillar of the MCU gets a fitting conclusion like Tony Stark and Steve Rogers.
We finally started watching Peter Capaldi's new series, The Devil's Hour on Amazon Prime Video last night. After two episodes, we'd say it's a fairly interesting story that we'll probably stick with, largely because of the former Doctor Who star's presence. Capaldi plays a murderer who seems to have some experience with time-travel-sorts-of-things, which makes him come across like a bad version of the Doctor. We'll see how the remaining six episodes play out, but it's okay so far.
Glad to hear Jay Leno was released from the hospital yesterday, a little over a week after the comedian suffered serious burns due to a car fire in his garage. We wish the comedian/talk show host the best with his recovery.
Looks like we won't be seeing the Chrisley family on TV again anytime soon: Todd Chrisley was sentenced to 12 years in prison, while wife Julie got seven years, after being found guilty of tax evasion. You have to wonder who their lawyer was, because wealthy white people don't usually actually get legitimate jail time for white collar crime. Never understood why anyone watched their show in the first place, but it's a moot point now.
Don't know why Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx felt the need to interject himself into the Taylor Swift vs. Ticketmaster debacle, but he should take a seat. Maybe it's jealousy because Swift is a much bigger star than he is (as much as we like the Crüe.) Maybe some good old-fashioned misogyny led him to complain about her "whining." Maybe it's both. Whatever the case, give us Swift in this fight every single time. Sixx should go back to preparing for the Crüe's 2023 tour with Def Leppard and shut the hell up.
The guys in Journey just can't stop suing each other: This time, guitarist Neal Schon is suing keyboardist Jonathan Cain, claiming Cain is diverting band funds through an AMEX card for which he won't show Schon the paperwork. This crew sounds more like a corporation ready for a takeover than a music group these days.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Here's David Bowie teaming up with the Foo Fighters for a stellar live version of, "Hallo Spaceboy." The video quality isn't great, but the energy is outstanding. See for yourself with 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.