Tuesday Clutter: Trump, George Santos, Policing Reform, Twitter, Super Bowl LVII, Boston Red Sox, Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler, Zachary Levi, KISS, The Beatles, and more
Friday Clutter: China Balloon, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Trump, Wall Street, Tom Brady, Tony Romo, Vince McMahon, Groundhog Day, Night Court, Parliament, and more

Wednesday Clutter: Trump, President Biden, George Santos, CBD, New England Patriots, Damar Hamlin, Sean Payton, Bad Boys, DCU Plans, Night Court, Ozzy Osbourne, Linkin Park, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome to February!  We hope your week is going well so far.  As expected, I couldn't make it to the bookstore yesterday, but there should be time to check out the new releases later this morning.  BDH and Little Buddha still have their other book, so they say there's no pressure to find something today.  However,  it's always nice to have options, especially if we'll be stuck inside during the upcoming cold spell.   Plus, tonight's "One Chicago" shows are reruns again, so we might get in a little reading time later.

First, the headlines.  The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Wednesday Clutter.

(Programming note:  We may be out of the office tomorrow, but we should be back on Friday.  Check our Facebook page for any updates.)

Newly released video shows Donald Trump pleading the 5th Amendment over 400 times while being deposed by New York Attorney General Letitia James last summer as part of her lawsuit against Trump, three of his children, and his company for alleged fraud.  This from the man who said in 2016, "You see the mob takes the Fifth...If you're innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?"  By Trump's own logic, he must be guilty of every accusation made against him by Attorney General James.  The man is a career criminal who has escaped any legal consequences for his actions for his entire life.  He lies as easily as he breathes when he's not under oath, but he clams right up when someone is trying to hold him accountable.

Donald Trump February 1 2023Donald Trump has nothing to say when he's not able to lie.  (pic via www.wdbj7.com)

President Biden is already softening his rhetoric ahead of today's meeting with Speaker Kevin McCarthy.   The White House had been clear that it had no intention of negotiating with House Republicans who are holding the economy hostage with a threat of a debt default.  The appropriate place for a budget debate is the appropriations process, not when it's time to pay bills that have already come due.  Now Biden is flattering McCarthy and seems to be taking a step back from the stronger message.  We'll see how this goes, but Biden continues to talk about a fairyland where Republicans have any desire to serve the national interest.  Hopefully his desire to be bipartisan won't come back to haunt the American public.

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will reportedly announce her presidential campaign on February 15.  We're interested to see Donald Trump's reaction when this happens.  Will he denounce his former U.N. ambassador as "disloyal" (his default insult), and then to proceed to call her some variation of crazy/nasty (which is a frequent choice for female opponents)?  If so, that's probably going to cripple her chances right out of the gate with a good portion of the GOP base.  If he doesn't do it, that would be a sign he doesn't see Haley as enough of a threat to warrant attacking.  Either way, it's hard to see this going far, although she might still last longer than Mike Pence. 

The great fraud Rep. George Santos announced that he's stepping down from his committee assignments until the completion of the House Ethics Committe's investigation into his background.  However, he's still staying in office, and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy won't push for him to leave, because McCarthy needs every Republican supporter he can find.  That's today's GOP "leadership" for you.  Meanwhile, we continue to ask, who paid to have this con man installed in Congress?

Hong Kong has criminalized CBD, and you can now get up to seven years in prison for possession.  That's ridiculous.  Every resource spent on enforcing that law is a complete waste of money.  It wouldn't be surprising if the tobacco and alcohol industries were behind this policy.  CBD and marijuana are a huge threat to their profits, and they won't tolerate it.

Exxon earned almost $56 billion in profits in 2022, so let's be clear - the oil companies are engaging in price-gouging, and it needs to be addressed.

The CDC warns there may be a connection between using EzriCare Artificial Tears and developing a drug-resistant bacterial infection.   According to the linked article, there have been at least 50 cases in 11 states, so if you're using those drops, throw them out.

Boston Globe columnist Chad Finn has it right:  The New England Patriots hiring Bill O'Brien to be their new offensive coordinator will give quarterback Mac Jones a real opportunity to make his case, and that's something which never happened last season.  Simply hiring O'Brien should be worth two more wins than this past year.  If the Patriots also get at least one new offensive tackle and little more help at wide receiver, the team's future suddenly looks much brighter.

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin announced he is teaming up with the American Heart Association to promote the organization's CPR training.  Feel free to forward the video of his announcement to every moron who recently tried to claim Hamlin died on January 2 and a body double was being used as part of some vaccine conspiracy.

The Denver Broncos have reportedly worked out a trade with the New Orleans Saints to make Sean Payton their new head coach.  The Broncos will send the Saints a first-round draft pick this year, and a second and third-round pick in 2024.  That seems like a fair price to pay for a guy who probably gives Denver the best chance of resuscitating Russell Wilson's career after the quarterback's abysmal first year with the Broncos.

Urban Meyer says he has no desire to return to coaching, following his disastrous run with the Jacksonville Jaguars last year.  We can't speak for the collegiate level, but if any other NFL owner ever considers hiring Meyer again, they should have their team taken away from them.  The Jaguars went from 2-11, and a team plagued by off-field controversies, to 9-8 and winning the AFC South in one year after ditching the guy.  The only way he should see a NFL game live again is if he buys a ticket.

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence announced on Instagram that they're going to film a fourth Bad Boys movie.  We really enjoyed the first two chapters of the franchise and will often still stop changing channels if one of them is on TV.  We finally had the chance to watch Bad Boys for Life about a month ago, and it was...fine.  The ending left the door open for another film, so this announcement isn't surprising.

New DCU bosses James Gunn and Peter Safran unveiled the first phase of their new vision yesterday.  Give them credit, this an ambitious effort that completely resets the table and uses a number of key DC Comics characters to highlight others who aren't as well-known.  We wish these guys all the best, but nothing on this slate has to be put down on our calendar right now.  What about you?  Do these projects grab your attention?

Peacock is dropping its free tier for new accounts, which means you have to choose either the $5 or $10 a month options.  We have the free with ads plan, which is fine, but we're not sure we'd keep it if we had to pay for it.  Comcast already gets more than enough of our money each month.

We enjoyed this week's Night Court episode.  It feels like the revived sitcom is starting to find its groove.  John Larroquette's Dan Fielding continues to provide the show's emotional center.  His connection to Melissa Rauch is growing on us, especially as we learn more about Rauch's Judge Abby Stone.  Meanwhile, the supporting cast is providing laughs with some lightweight 80's style jokes (in line with the spirit of the original show) that seem to be getting smoother.  It's a good mix, and hopefully it will continue to improve.

Anna Faris is finally talking a bit about leaving the sitcom Mom in 2020.  The actress doesn't explicitly state why she left, but it sounds like she was dealing with some burnout.  It's also possible this is a cover story for whatever really happened.

Coldplay is finishing a new album, and fans may hear some of it on the band's upcoming shows, according to singer Chris Martin.

Ozzy Osbourne seemed to say his full-time touring days are over in a new Instagram post yesterday.  The 74-year-old singer has suffered a number of health problems over the past few years, and he wrote in the post that he is cancelling his upcoming European/UK tour dates because he can't handle the physical demands.  It sounds like he will be looking for occasional spot shows that wouldn't require as much travel as an all-out tour. 

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Feels like we could use a little kick to help push through the midpoint of the week, so here's Linkin Park to close things out with a live version of, "Faint" 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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