Saturday Clutter: Trump Loses Again, Biden Impeachment Collapse, Alexi Navalny, Boston Red Sox, Jimmy Garoppolo, Dwayne Johnson, Tom Ellis, NCIS, Stone Temple Pilots, and more
Tuesday Clutter: President Biden, Alexei Navalny, Trump, Ted Cruz, Coffee, Red Lobster, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, NCIS, Linkin Park, The Clash, and more

Monday Clutter: Trump, Nikki Haley, Alexei Navalny, Boston Red Sox, Antonio Brown, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, John Oliver, Jimmy Kimmel, Doctor Who, Alex Van Halen, Beyoncé, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back, and a happy Monday to you all.  We hope you're all enjoying Presidents Day.  BDH and Little Buddha gave me a pretty manageable to-do list this morning.  There's only one errand that might have to be punted to tomorrow, due to the holiday, but we'll see. 

The guys tell me the wind is back, so we won't get much above 20 degrees today.  That's unfortunate.  I'll make sure to put on enough layers, but first, let's check out 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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Donald Trump's response to being ordered to pay a $355 million fine (plus interest) for massive fraud in New York?  To launch a sneaker line, of course.  How tacky, but yet completely on point.  Our hearts almost hurt for those MAGA cult followers who want to fork over $399 of their hard-earned money for these gaudy gold sneakers, just so they can pay the legal bills of a serial criminal.  P.T. Barnum would be bursting with pride if he could see this foolishness now. 

How much longer will we have to wait before Trump starts appearing on late night infomercials or the Home Shopping Network?

Donald Trump sneakers February 19 2024Even Trump looks disgusted by his sneakers.  (pic via ny1.com)

A new survey of U.S. presidential experts ranked Abraham Lincoln #1, Barack Obama #7, Joe Biden #14, and Donald Trump came in dead last.  Our only disagreement is that it's somehow still too high a spot for Trump.

It turns out that having Donald Trump's name on a building is bad for business.

Nikki Haley is once again criticizing Donald Trump for his support of Vladimir Putin.  Haley said on Sunday,

“He sided with a guy that kills his political opponents. He sided with a thug that arrests American journalists and holds them hostage, and he sided with a guy who wanted to make a point to the Russian people, ‘Don’t challenge me in the next election or this will happen to you too,’”

Her comments come in the wake of the death of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny in prison, as well as Trump saying he'd tell Putin to do "whatever the hell they want" to any NATO member who Trump thinks isn't paying enough in dues to the alliance.  She's right about all of it, but she should have been hitting Trump this hard the day she launched her campaign.

Alexei Navalny's widow said authorities are hiding her husband's body until traces of a nerve agent used to kill him disappear.  Yulia Navalnaya  is referring to Novichok, which was previously used on the Putin critic several years ago.  That's already a more believable claim than anything the Russian government will eventually announce.  We admire Navalany's bravery in continuing to speak out, because her comments are sure to put her own life in danger.   

A group of House members announced their own bipartisan bill regarding both the U.S. border and providing aid for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.  This legislation may also be dead on arrival, since House Speaker Mike Johnson has made it clear the GOP's boss Donald Trump (and by proxy, Vladimir Putin) doesn't want the border issue addressed, or for Ukraine to receive assistance.  Johnson and company aren't acting in the best interests of our country.  Their allegiances lie elsewhere.

The entire 2024 Republican game plan was to attack President Biden on inflation and immigration.  However, that's collapsing, because inflation is down, and the GOP just confirmed they don't really care about immigration.  What else do these amateurs have to offer voters?  Nothing.

Rep. Mike Turner tried to defend his recent vague comments about a looming international threat, arguing that the Biden administration was "sleepwalking" on the problem, which turned out to be the notion of Russia working on a nuclear weapon for outer space.  Turner's comments were irresponsible, as he had to have known they would cause a panic. 

Boston Red Sox ownership will reportedly have their annual meeting with the players today.  Do you think any of them will have the gall to tell the team that they believe in them this year?  According to the linked article, the Red Sox have cut payroll by 21.5% since 2022.  That's weird, because our tickets didn't have a corresponding price reduction.

After finishing third in the American League Rookie of the Year voting last season, Boston Red Sox first baseman Triston Casas is already talking about interest in a contract extension.  Don't get us wrong, we dig Casas.  He's a unique character who has a lot of potential, particularly when it comes to hitting.  However, he won't be a free agent for another five years, so let's tap the brakes a little on extending his stint right now.  The team should consider it if he continues to improve over the next two seasons at a minimum, but there's no need to rush into anything.

Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to Boston Globe baseball writer Dan Shaughnessy, who is home recovering from heart surgery. 

Former NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown is back at it on social media, this time accusing three former players of taking steroids.  First off, we'd be surprised to hear about anyone in the league who isn't on something.  Humans aren't supposed to be that big and fast and able to absorb that much punishment naturally.  The bigger issue is that Brown continues to spiral, and there's apparently no one in his camp who is able/willing to help him.  This will likely end badly, and everyone will have seen it coming.

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin sounds like he's interested in having at least one more match.  Austin did well in his seemingly-farewell Wreslemania 38 match against an eager Kevin Owens.  However, Austin talked about facing the currently injured CM Punk during a recent ESPN appearance.  We have no doubt Punk would also do whatever it took to make Austin look as good as possible, so who knows?  Maybe we'll see the two face off at SummerSlam if Punk is healthy enough for it by then.

We watched Players on Netflix over the weekend.  It was what we expected:  You know exactly how the rom-com will play out after the first 1o minutes.  Plus, Damon Wayans Jr. is 8-10 years too old for his character.  However, the cast (including former Lucifer star Tom Ellis) works well together, so if your expectations are low, you won't be mad you watched it.  Granted, that's not a high bar, but we've seen worse.  (Hello, Meet Cute.)

Sylvester Stallone's daughters Sophia and Sistine claim their dad hired Navy SEALS to train them in self-defense before they moved to New York City.  That's totally normal behavior.

John Oliver offered Justice Clarence Thomas $1 million a year for life, plus a motor coach, if Thomas would finally leave the Supreme Court.  Given Thomas' documented lack of ethics and comfort taking gifts from donors, Oliver apparently figured it was worth a shot.

Disgraced former Rep. George Santos is suing Jimmy Kimmel, alleging the late night talk show host tricked him into making embarrassing Cameo videos.  Kimmel should send Santos a thank you note for giving him months of new material with this move.

Former Doctor Who star David Tennant hosted last night's BAFTA awards ceremony.  You can check out all the winners here, but BDH and Little Buddha wanted to make sure you saw the funny opening sketch:

The guy can do anything!

We're not huge on podcasts, but that could change with the announcement that Big Finish will begin releasing old Doctor Who audio adventures in a weekly podcast that starts in March.  It's the company's way of celebrating their 25th anniversary of making these features.  It would certainly be a nice way to help pass the time until Ncuti Gatwa's first full season starts on Disney+ in May.

We're excited to hear that Alex Van Halen will be releasing his autobiography in October.  Fans have barely heard a word from the reclusive drummer since his brother Eddie died in 2020.  It will be great to get Alex's take on their life together, in and out of the band.

Bruce Dickinson said if he had to do it all over again...he still would have quit Iron Maiden in 1993.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Beyoncé to close things out with her new country tune "Texas Hold 'Em" 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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