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Monday Clutter: Trump, Secretary of Defense Austin, Boston Red Sox, Super Bowl LVIII, Tom Brady, Deadpool & Wolverine, Dunkin', Doctor Who, Ozzy, Queen, and more

Friday Clutter: Trump, President Biden, Tucker Carlson, National Pizza Day, New England Patriots, Super Bowl Prediction, Jonathan Majors, David Tennant, Elvis Costello, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all.  What's on tap for the weekend?  We've got the Puppy Bowl and Super Bowl on Sunday, but other than that, this might be a quiet stretch.  That's fine by me, because next week will probably be busy, especially with BDH's birthday coming on Wednesday.  I still can't believe he's almost 13 years old.  I tell you, Little Buddha's grin got wider the day this guy arrived at the office.

So that's it on our side.  Are you ready to check out the headlines?  Let's do it.  The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.

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The U.S. Supreme Court appears inclined to let Donald Trump stay on the ballot, and that's a major red flag for the future of this country.  The justices heard oral arguments yesterday about Colorado's decision to remove Trump for supporting an insurrection on January 6, thus violating Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  No one on the court seemed to want to touch the insurrection issue directly, so all of them focused on other questions.  That seems designed to give them a way out of disqualifying Trump without explicitly defending his actions. 

We all saw what happened on January 6.  Donald Trump tried to overthrow U.S. democracy on that dark day, as well as the weeks leading up to it. This was a domestic attack on our country, and it was led by a man now seeking to return to the White House.  It defies logic to argue that this isn't in direct conflict with the plain language of Section 3.  No one would think an anti-insurrection clause would exclude the president.  No prosecution is required to trigger this section.  The court appears prepared to turn a blind eye, and that will only invite future attempts to install a wannabe dictator.

Failure to enforce the clause in light of such a blatant violation would be dereliction of duty by every member of an increasingly corrupt institution.  (It should be noted that Justice Clarence Thomas was present for yesterday's arguments, despite having a blatant conflict of interest due to his wife being a key player in the coup attempt.)  The GOP is moving the United States towards authoritarian rule.  If Donald Trump makes it back to the White House, there's no reason to think he'll ever leave voluntarily in 2028.

U.S. Supreme Court February 9 2024Cowardice at the Supreme Court.  (pic via khou.com)

The report of the special counsel who investigated President Biden's handling of classified documents while he was a private citizen was released on Thursday.  As we predicted here yesterday, the special counsel criticized Biden's handling of the files while also declining to recommend criminal charges.  Part of that decision is because the president cooperated with the Department of Justice when the materials were discovered.  That's in direct contrast to Donald Trump, who did everything he could to block the return of the sensitive information he took with him upon leaving the White House. 

What we didn't expect, but should have seen coming, given that special counsel Robert Hur was a U.S. Attorney during the Trump administration, is that Hur used the report to repeatedly attack President Biden's age and memory.  That's a political hit job that Team MAGA will try to use to claim that Donald Trump is being persecuted, because Donald Trump lives to portray himself as a victim. 

They'll also continue to try to argue this means Biden is mentally unfit to be president.  This from the camp whose candidate couldn't remember his own wife.   You know, the one who repeatedly mistook Nikki Haley for Nancy Pelosi.  That would be the one who constantly needs to tell everyone he "aced" a cognitive exam, because he knows he comes across as an idiot.

The Senate advanced a foreign aid bill for Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan yesterday by a vote of 67-32.  Now that Republicans have shown there was no point in linking this to a border control bill, can the government get on with the business of supporting our allies, or do the Putin/Trump lackeys have a new excuse about why they want to abandon our friends?

Tucker Carlson's interview with Vladimir Putin went about how you would expect.  Folks, if anyone ever tells you they get their news from the former Fox News host, feel free to laugh and immediately walk away from them.

Happy National Pizza Day, friends!  Guess we know what we're having for dinner tonight.  What are your favorite toppings?  It's harder for us to think of items we don't like on top of our slices.  Broccoli and onions come to mind, but we're done for almost anything besides those two.

The Boston Red Sox reportedly reached a deal with 2016 AL Rookie of the Year Michael Fulmer.  The one little problem is that the 30-year-old pitcher recently had surgery on his right elbow and isn't expected to play this year.  It's almost like Red Sox ownership is begging fans to stay away from Fenway Park in 2024.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft insists the team will be able to spend freely on players this off-season.  Kraft has been criticized over the past few years for the Patriots ranking so low in cash spending.  His credibility with us has taken some hits, but if he's determined to show that the Patriots can succeed without Bill Belichick, then maybe he has really given the front office the green light to open up the checkbook.  If that's the case, the pressure moves to the revamped personnel department to show what they can do.  Can't wait to see how this all plays out.

This is our last time hanging out before Sunday, so we should probably make our Super Bowl LVIII prediction now.  The San Francisco 49ers are an impressive machine, but it's almost impossible for us to pick against Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the postseason.  On paper, it seemed like the Chiefs probably should have lost to both the Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens during the playoffs, but Mahomes found a way to win both times.  These two teams are pretty evenly matched, but give us Mahomes over San Francisco's Brock Purdy, and then flood our TV with constant shots of Taylor Swift to put a bow on everything.

Congratulations to Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson on winning his second NFL MVP award last night.  Jackson had a hell of a year, even if his drive to win his first Super Bowl came up short. 

Two more women have accused actor Jonathan Majors of physical and emotional abuse, while people who worked with him on Lovecraft Country reportedly complained about him to HBO.  Majors is currently awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of reckless assault and harassment of an ex-girlfriend.

Abbott Elementary star Quinta Brunson explained why the show had a time jump in its season premiere this week. 

What's that you say?  Netflix has a new murder-mystery series starring David Tennant?  Sign us up!  The four-part Deadwater Fell is being described as something Broadchurch fans would enjoy.  Hey, that sounds like us!

Investigation Discovery has a two-part series coming called, Quiet on Set:  The Dark Side of Kids TV, which starts on March 17.  It's a look inside the world of Dan Schneider, who created a number of huge shows for Nickelodeon over the years.  There have been many stories about Schneider's inappropriate behavior, as well as those around him.  A lot of it was discussed in I'm Glad My Mom Died by former child star Jennette McCurdy.  The book was a disturbing read which will leave you never looking at child actors in the same way again.  Not sure if we get Investigation Discovery, but Quiet on Set will also stream on Max, so we'll probably give it a shot:

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Elvis Costello to close things out with, "Alison" 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, 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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