Tuesday Clutter: Trump, Oath Keepers, Vaccination Schedule, IRS, M&M's, Netflix, Tom Brady, Jonathan Majors, The Doors, Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey, and more
Welcome back. How are you? We're all fine, although I'm still recovering from yesterday's shoveling. The forecast originally called for 5-7 inches of snow, and then I heard an upper limit of 10 inches. We ended up getting over 14.5 inches of the heavy stuff, so that was a workout. I put in about three hours yesterday before finally throwing in the towel. However, the snow was still coming down, so I have to do one more round after we're done here.
Hold on, BDH and Little Buddha are telling me another 5-8 inches are coming tomorrow afternoon. Huh. Well, let's get to work. The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Tuesday Clutter.
(Programming note: We may be out of the office tomorrow, but we should be back on Thursday.)
There should be a decision soon about whether or not to prosecute Donald Trump for his attempts to overturn Georgia's legitimate 2020 presidential election results: Judge Robert McBurney has the grand jury's report, and there is a hearing today to decide whether or not to make the document public. The grand jury didn't have the power to indict anyone, only to make a recommendation. That leaves the decision up to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.
We understand D.A. Willis will be under a lot of pressure from every direction, but the right call is obvious: She must charge Trump and everyone associated with this scheme. They blatantly and willfully attacked our democracy, and that can't be tolerated. To let them escape repercussions would invite others to do the same thing in the future.
Donald Trump must be held accountable for his crimes. (pic via people.com)
Four more members of the right-wing Oath Keepers militia group were found guilty of sedition yesterday. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and that's what all of them should be given as a punishment. These people broke the law to help Donald Trump stay in power. He should be facing the same prosecution.
Donald Trump is coming to speak to the New Hampshire Republican Party's annual meeting on Saturday. This is apparently part of a plan to jump-start Trump's stalled 2024 presidential campaign. He hasn't done a single event outside of Mar-a-Lago since making his announcement last November. There's no buzz about him, which has to be driving the man with no self-esteem up the wall. It will be interesting to see what Governor Chris Sununu does here, since he's already come out against Trump. We suspect "a scheduling conflict" will keep the governor from attending the event.
Senator Chuck Schumer wants House Republicans to explicitly spell out the spending cuts they have in mind as part of the looming debt limit crisis. He's right when he says these people have "an obligation" to tell the American people exactly what they have in mind, as they pretend to care one wit about fiscal prudence. Look for Speaker Kevin McCarthy and his owners to do whatever they can to avoid revealing this information. They know doing so would immediately cost them while they continue to hold the country's economy hostage.
What can we even say at this point about the third mass shooting in California in the last three days? Our condolences go out the the loved ones of the seven people who were killed, but that's not going to do anything to stop the gun violence which infects this country.
The FDA will meet this week to discuss dramatically revamping the COVID-19 vaccine schedule: The agency is looking at whether it makes sense to simplify things by allowing people to simply get the booster, regardless of whether or not they had the first two shots. Officials will also examine whether this should become an annual event, similar to a flu shot. We support whatever makes things easier for people to protect themselves, whether it's this, or something like creating a way for people to take a pill instead.
As tax season begins, the IRS said it should be able to provide better customer service this year, thanks to the "Inflation Reduction Act." The agency said it used money from the law to hire 5,000 new customer service call workers, as well as invest in technology upgrades. Republicans think this is terrible, so they're trying to claw back funds from the legislation. Of course, the GOP's real goal is to protect wealthy tax cheats as much as possible. The list of ways these guys hate this country is endless.
M&M's are replacing their popular spokescandies with actress Maya Rudolph, saying the characters have become too "divisive." It's easy to see this as Mars Inc. caving to pressure from Tucker Carlson, who has long claimed that the candies are part of a "woke" agenda. However, we suspect the more likely answer is that this is part of an upcoming Super Bowl ad, and that the candies will return to their rightful places once the game is over. Can't say we love a campaign that appears deliberately designed to further fuel the culture wars.
Spotify is the latest tech company to announce layoffs: CEO Daniel Ek announced that they will be cutting 6% of their global workforce, which translates to about 600 people. Spotfiy joins the likes of Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and others in the technology sector who have recently done the same in the light of a slowing economy.
It looks like Netflix will begin cracking down on password sharing by the end of March. That's according to a letter the company reportedly sent shareholders last week. We're still unclear about whether or not that means the streaming service will charge us for using our account at both Clutter Headquarters and the Northern Estate. However, we don't plan on paying any more for this subscription, which already barely provides enough value to justify the cost.
Our crew loves reading animal adoption posts on Facebook. There are so many pets just waiting to find their new homes, and most of the dog posts read the same: "Loveable snuggle expert who wants to play in the water, go for walks, and always be by your side, etc. etc." However, every once in a while, there's one like Ralphie's, which is more along the line of, "This dog is a terror, and we have no way to hide it. Please adopt him anyway." Even these guys deserve a family, so we hope Ralphie finds his soon.
Tom Brady told friend Jim Gray that he still doesn't know what he's going to do next season. That's understandable. We know Brady wants out of Tampa Bay, but Brock Purdy is currently making a name for himself with the San Francisco 49ers, and Brady probably hasn't heard a strong offer from any other suitors yet. We still think he'll be back on the field next year, because the man appears to be terrified of life after football. However, he's got to see what all of his options are first.
Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno has apparently changed his mind about selling the team. Moreno claims the decision is about "unfinished business," but the more likely answer is that he thought the Angels would command a higher price.
Jonathan Majors is everywhere these days. He's in both the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and Creed III, and he's apparently also starring in a new movie called Magazine Dreams, where he plays an aspiring bodybuilder. The review in the linked article makes Magazine Dreams sound intense, so we'll be keeping an eye out for that one.
We've got a new teaser clip for You People, which comes out on Netflix on Friday:
There was a legendary cameo on the Season 2 premiere of How I Met Your Father.
Privacy advocates want the NYPD to destroy the footage they took of people leaving a Drake concert on Saturday. The police department claims the footage will only be used for their social media efforts. Opponents say it's "concerning" that these fans were being monitored without their consent. The social media team can find something else to film - this looked like the police state in action.
Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, and the estate of the band's late keyboardist Ray Manzarek have both agreed to sell their rights to the group to Primary Wave Music. Drummer John Densmore, and the people in charge of Jim Morrison's holdings will keep their interests. No terms of the deal were announced, but the 77-year-old Krieger seems excited about using the money to fund his charitable activities, so more power to him.
Nickelback announced they're going on tour this summer in support of their new album, Get Rollin'. People love to make fun of the band, but our guess is that this run will pull in strong box office numbers.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. There's snow everywhere, and more is coming, so we might as well have Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey close things out with, "Snow on the Beach" 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, stay warm, 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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