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Friday Clutter: Trump, George Santos, Israel - Hamas, British Royal Family, Elon Musk, New England Patriots, Von Miller, Ric Flair, Chicago Fire, Peter Gabriel, P!nk, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome to December!  That's right, we're heading into the final stretch of 2023.  I have no idea where this year went.  In any case, what's your plan for the weekend?  We've got the second Doctor Who anniversary special coming tomorrow, and then there's the New England Patriots game on Sunday.  I'd be okay with this being another quiet stretch, because next week involves a lot of running around, so we'll see what happens.

In the meantime, let's check out the headlines.  BDH and Little Buddha just made a fresh pot of coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Friday Clutter.

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A New York appeals court reinstated the gag order in Donald Trump's $250 million civil fraud trial yesterday, after it had temporarily been lifted.  Judge Arthur Engoron made sure to note that he intends to "vigorously" enforce the order to protect his staff from additional threats and harassment by the MAGA mob.  We have to ask if that means anything more than fines, because those alone won't stop Trump from violating the order yet again. 

The man has utter contempt for the courts, and he has no problem getting his violent supporters worked up to do his bidding.  (See January 6.)  Trump is determined to create a dictatorship in this country, and he must be stopped.

Donald Trump December 1 2023How long will it take Trump to defy the order again?  (pic via news.yahoo.com)

Rep. George Santos defended himself on the House floor yesterday, ahead of the upcoming third vote to expel him from the chamber, which is scheduled to take place today.  A political party with a shred of integrity would have pushed him out a year ago, but instead, we expect this motion to fail yet again.  Republicans have no problem with crime when the offender is one of their own.  They're hanging on to control of the House by a thread, they're not going to voluntarily reduce that margin even further.

We're glad to see a new report shows more Americans understand that capital punishment is unfairly applied in this country.  Let this be another step forward in the eventual abolition of the use of the death penalty.  It's a failure on every level, and the United States keeps terrible company by continuing to use it.

Israel didn't waste anytime resuming the bombing of Gaza after the temporary cease-fire with Hamas expired.  This government never had any intention of stopping military operations, and civilians will continue to lose their lives as a result.  These operations aren't about justice - they're pure vengeance which will lead to nothing but more violence.  We urge international negotiators to pull whatever levers they have at their disposal to force Israel to stand down

King Charles III and Kate Middleton have been revealed as the members of the British royal family who expressed concerns over the skin color of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's son Archie.  Prince Harry and Markle first made the allegation to Oprah in 2021, but they did not name names.  However, the identities were (supposedly) mistakenly included in a new book about the royal family.  While it's not surprising in this case, it's still sad to think that a grandfather would have anything but excitement about the arrival of a new grandson.  This crew is a waste of time and resources.

Analysts predict Elon Musk's recent tirade will motivate even more companies to stop advertising on Twitter.   It's bad for a brand to be associated with the right-wing cesspool, and Musk's recent of endorsement of an anti-Semitic tweet makes the stench even worse.  That Musk would respond to these concerns by telling his advertisers to go fuck themselves will do nothing but push some of them to distance themselves from him even quicker. 

Meanwhile, Twitter CEO Linda Yaccarino is still out there trying to pretend her boss isn't destroying the company himself.  Hopefully her paycheck is worth the daily damage to her reputation and credibility.

Investors were happy yesterday to see that October's Personal Consumption Expenditures data shows inflation continues to cool in this country.   Interest rate cuts may or may not be coming soon, but further hikes seem increasingly unlikely.

McDonald's is revamping its burgers.  We haven't eaten there in almost 34 years now, but feel free to shoot us a review at [email protected], and let us know what you think of the changes.

The New England Patriots face the Los Angeles Chargers at home on Sunday.  We expect more of the same:  The Patriots defense will probably keep Justin Herbert and the Chargers offense to no more than say, 21 points.  However, likely starting quarterback Bailey Zappe will show that Mac Jones isn't the only problem with this New England offense.  Thus, 21 points might as well be 210, and the Patriots will lose yet again, even while going up against the worst defense in the NFL.

The upcoming New England Patriots - Kansas City Chiefs game has been bumped from Monday, December 18, to Sunday, December 17 at 1:00 in the afternoon.  It's just as well.  Giving this game a Monday night slot in the first place was lazy marketing, because this year's Patriots team never deserved that spotlight.  Also, the whole country doesn't need to watch this group continue to crash and burn.

Buffalo Bills linebacker Von Miller turned himself in to authorities yesterday after a warrant was issued due to an alleged domestic violence incident on Wednesday.  This is the second time Miller has been accused of this kind of violent behavior.  No charges were filed in 2021, but he shouldn't see the field again until this new case is resolved.

"Nature Boy" Ric Flair is already in trouble in AEW after cutting a promo which included inviting all of the women in the arena back to his hotel room after the show.  Flair's been making those kind of comments for over 50 years.  While it was part of his character when he was an active wrestler, no one wants to hear them these days from a 74-year-old man with a documented history of sexual harassment and other legal problems.  Flair tweeted that he'd go home if he was embarrassing AEW.  Owner Tony Khan should take him up on the offer. 

Disney CEO Bob Iger said one of the reasons The Marvels didn't do as well as expected at the box office is because...there weren't enough executives present during the filming.  We'll go out on a limb here and suggest more suits don't lead to better movies.  They're not exactly known for improving the creative process.  It is also condescending to say that the female-led/directed film needed more supervision.  Iger had a point when he also mentioned that streaming is a cheaper alternative, and that Marvel is making too many movies.  However, we also can't help but notice there's no mention of the misogynistic thugs who have been bombarding The Marvels since the project was first announced.

First it was Bradley Cooper, and now Ned Helms says he'd be up for doing a fourth installment of The Hangover.  Will we also hear from Zach Galifianakis in the next few days?

What is this?  Another departure from Chicago Fire, and this character is leaving after the season premiere?  Don't care for that at all.  First off, we enjoy this individual's work.  Second, why are they suddenly leaving?  The linked article says it's an amicable departure, but do we really buy that?  It's going to be jarring for this person to suddenly vanish...Maybe that's the point?  That leads us to our final question:  If they're leaving so soon, does that mean they're going to die in a fire?  What a depressing way to start a season.  Nope, don't like this change.

We're still a little annoyed we forgot to take advantage of Hulu's "Black Friday" deal.  However, the good news is that we can check out the first season of Only Murders in the Building on ABC in January, as the networks continue to stall for time before the original shows return.

It turns out that Charlie Sheen isn't the only Two and a Half Men alum to make an appearance in Chuck Lorre's new comedy, Bookie.  Maybe we'll get a full cast reunion before it's all over.

Peter Gabriel's new album, I/O has finally been released, and the initial reviews seem positive.  It's the artist's first new record of original songs since 2002, and we're always happy to hear what he has to say.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's P!nk to close things out with, "All Out of Fight" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, folks.  It was fun to hang out with all of you, as always.  Enjoy your weekend, 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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