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Monday Clutter; Trump, Mike Pence, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Matthew Perry, Loki, Britney Spears, Van Halen, Taylor Swift, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back, and a happy (albeit rainy) Monday to you all.  Did you have a good weekend?  It was fine on this end.  There was a lot of running around, so BDH and Little Buddha thought we'd shake things up and start the week off with a quiet day, apart from one or two errands.  After that, the guys figure maybe we'll get in some reading time.  Works for me, especially since it is supposed to rain all day. 

Let's start with 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 Clutter.

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The judge in Donald Trump's January 6 case reinstated the limited gag order on him on Sunday.  U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan had previously forbidden Trump from attacking special counsel Jack Smith or any potential witnesses in his case.  However, the ban had been frozen since October 20 after Trump's lawyers appealed.  We have the same questions as usual: 

1) How long do you think it will take Trump to defy the order?  Our current over/under is by the end of the business day on Wednesday.  2) More importantly, what punishment is Judge Chutkan prepared to impose when Trump violates it?  If it's just another tiny fine, like what recently happened in Trump's NY civil fraud case, that won't deter him for a second.  Donald Trump has pure contempt for our legal system.  He thinks the laws in the country don't apply to him.  That can't be tolerated any longer.

Hold on:  It looks like Trump already violated the order by going after Bill Barr on his sad Twitter-wannabe social media platform.  What is Judge Chutkan going to do about this defiance?

Donald Trump October 30 2023Defendant Trump loathes the U.S. judicial system.  (pic via news.yahoo.com)

Mike Pence ended his presidential campaign last Saturday, finally dropping the delusion that he ever had any chance at the Republican nomination.  What a waste of time and money.  Pence was never going to break Donald Trump's hold on the GOP.  Trump supporters still want Pence dead for not helping with the January 6 coup attempt, and everyone else saw Pence as Trump's lackey when they were in the White House.  That left Pence a total voter base consisting of three older white guys from Indiana.

If we had been here Sunday morning, we would have told you that the New England Patriots upsetting the Buffalo Bills last week made us feel like there was a 10% chance they could do the same thing to the Miami Dolphins.  However, given our longstanding/somewhat irrational fear of Miami, we would have predicted another loss  In other words, Miami beating New England 31-17 would have sounded right.  (Hey, at least it wasn't a shutout.) 

Things actually got off to a good start when the Patriots scored first to take a 7-0 lead.  However, they just couldn't keep up with the Dolphins on either side of the ball.  (Miami had 390 total yards to New England's 218.)  Mac Jones threw yet another interception, this time, right as New England was close to erasing a 14-7 deficit near the end of the first half.  It was a terrible pass and a momentum killer. Jones finished the day 19/21 for just 161 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.   Meanwhile, Miami's Tua Tagovailoa was 30/45 for 324 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.  Miami's receivers move like video game players, and the speed was just too much for New England's defense.

The loss drops the Patriots to 2-6 in what looks like a lost season.  Does ownership have the courage to go into full-on sell mode before tomorrow's trade deadline?  Doubtful, since owner Robert Kraft continues to defer to Bill Belichick, despite the coach/GM's inability to put together a proper roster.  It wouldn't be surprising at all if Belichick pulls a Chaim Bloom and just nibbles at the edges, when he should be going for a complete overhaul.  That's the worst part of this whole mess:  This organization has lost its way.  Not only are the Patriots struggling on the field, there's little reason to be hopeful about things improving anytime soon. 

What a crazy season this has been for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins.  First, people were talking about him being traded after the Vikings got off to a 1-4 start.  Then there was MVP talk after the QB lead the team on a three-game winning streak.  Now, unfortunately, it looks like the 35-year--old Cousins is done for the year (at a minimum) after hurting his Achilles against the Green Bay Packers yesterday.  Everything can change in a flash in the NFL.  We wish Cousins the best, and now attention turns to how the Minnesota Vikings are going to replace him for the rest of the season.

Look at that - the Denver Broncos beat the Kansas City Chiefs 24-9 yesterday, thus snapping a 16-game losing streak against the Chiefs that dated back to 2015.  Good for them.  Talk to us, Denver fans:  Does this mean your team is finally on the right path at 3-5, or should they still be sellers at the trade deadline and start rebuilding for next year?  Meanwhile, the Chiefs are 6-2 so far this season, but they haven't looked nearly as dominant as usual.  We still expect them to make it to the AFC Championship Game, but another Super Bowl appearance is far from a lock.

We were saddened to hear that former Friends star Matthew Perry died Saturday, after apparently drowning in his hot tub.  The 54-year-old Perry was loved by millions of fans for his role of Chandler Bing.  Chandler was the kind/neurotic/witty member of the group who started the show convinced he'd never find love and eventually ended happily married with a kid.  Perry later revealed that he'd been struggling for years with substance abuse, which he discussed in detail in his memoir, which came out last year. 

Many fans likely knew something was up, given Perry's extreme weight loss/gain during the 10 years of the show, but probably not the depth of his struggle.  The actor turned his former mansion into a sober facility and said he wanted to be known more for his efforts to help others than Friends.  He was a source of comfort to many in both capacities, and he will be missed.  Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

Without getting into spoilers, last week's Loki episode was pretty dark, and it sure felt like a season finale.  In fact, maybe it should have been.  However, there are still two more episodes to go in this season, and it may turn out that the stakes are high for the entire MCU, so sign us up to see how this season really ends.

We're struggling a little with the new season of Amazon's Upload.  This recap of the two newest episodes makes them seem more engaging than they felt on TV last week.  It's hard to figure out exactly what the issue is, but no one feels like they have great chemistry this year, and the satire just isn't landing for us at the moment.  We'll stick with the show, though.

TVLine.com has an idea for a Chicago Fire spinoff, because you know, Dick Wolf doesn't already have enough programs on the networks these days.  Our guess is that the actors involved wouldn't want to do it.  However, our crew would be there if it ever actually happened.

It's the end of an era:  Soap Opera Digest is discontinuing its print edition, apart from four quarterly specials each year.  The magazine is 49 years old, and it's been in the same position in the local supermarket, right next to the checkout aisle, for as long as we can remember, right next to the candy and mints.  It's remarkable that it lasted this long, given the drastic downsizing in both the soap opera and magazine industries.  (Raise your hand if you also remember when soaps ran from 12:30 -4:30 on every network, and bookstores had magazine stands that ran the full length of the wall.)  All we can say is, cheers on an impressive run.

BDH and Little Buddha have almost finished Britney Spears' memoir, and now the singer says a second volume is coming in 2024.  The guys will save their thoughts on the book for their upcoming review, but they'll be keeping an eye out for the follow-up next year.

Wolfgang Van Halen says David Lee Roth is keeping the band's final album, A Different Kind of Truth, off streaming platforms.  Apparently Roth doesn't like the record.  The only reason we can imagine why that would be is because everyone named "Van Halen" sounded great on hit, while he was the glaring weak link.  He must lead such a sad life to be this petty.  ADKOT is a great collection of tunes, so at least the group went out on a high note.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Taylor Swift to close things out with, "Is It Over Now?  (Taylor's Version) (From the Vault)" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, folks.  It was great to see you, as always.  Enjoy the rest of your day, stay dry, 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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