Monday Clutter: Trump, Secretary of Defense Austin, Boston Red Sox, Super Bowl LVIII, Tom Brady, Deadpool & Wolverine, Dunkin', Doctor Who, Ozzy, Queen, and more
Wednesday Clutter: President Biden, Trump Fraud Trial, Sham GOP Impeachment, CDC, Inflation, Boston Red Sox, Deadpool & Wolverine, NCIS, Monty Python, GH, Queen, the Beatles, and more

Tuesday Clutter: Trump, Foreign Aid, Elon Musk, Interest Rates, Stuffed Animals, Boston Red Sox, Super Bowl, Monty Python, David Tennant, Pearl Jam, ZZ Top, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back.  How are you?  BDH and Little Buddha were just checking out the latest weather forecast.  It looks like we're not going to get nearly as much snow as we expected today, although the guys still feel some uncertainty about that.  We'll let it play out this morning, and if it's not too bad, I can tackle some errands that were going to be put off because of shoveling time.  That would include the weekly trip to the bookstore to look for a birthday present for BDH, so, fingers crossed.

In the meantime, let's see what's happening in the news.  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 Tuesday Clutter.

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Donald Trump asked the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday to pause the recent appeals court ruling rejecting his claim to "absolute immunity" from prosecution for his interference in the 2020 presidential election.  The justices should dismiss Trump's appeal without delay.  The idea that any individual is above the law is absurd on its face.  Any consideration of this notion would be dangerous for the future of our country.  We know the court is ethically challenged, but agreeing to this desperate request would be a dereliction of duty. 

Stop letting Donald Trump weaponize the courts to escape accountability for his actions.  Let the proceedings against him continue without further delay.  Voters have the right to know the final outcome of this case before they cast their ballots in November.

Donald Trump February 13 2024Lock him up.  (pic via tennesseelookout.com)

Donald Trump has made no secret that he doesn't care about NATO.  He said last weekend that he'd tell Russia to "do whatever the hell they want" to any NATO country that Trump doesn't believe paid enough money to be part of the coalition.  Now former aides warn he'd try to leave NATO if elected to a second term.  The man is a national security threat whose return to the White House would threaten the lives of our soldiers and allies.  Trump's allegiances are not to the United States.  He can not be allowed another bite at the apple. 

The Senate passed a $95.3 billion foreign aid package for Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan yesterday, so the pressure is now completely on Speaker Mike Johnson and House Republicans.  Johnson and company first claimed that there would be no discussion of foreign aid until there was a border bill, but then they preemptively shot down that legislation, even though it would have been a big win for conservatives.  How will they move the goal posts this time?

Speaking of the border, the House GOP will try again to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Myorkas, after Speaker Johnson showed he didn't know how to count votes before the first attempt.  It's not clear that his math skills have gotten any better since then, but regardless of the outcome, this is a desperate move by Republicans.  They still want to pretend they care about the border, after they killed the aforementioned bill that was tailor-made for them.  It's infuriating that we continually have to waste so much time on this group of amateurs who have no interest in actually governing. 

It's time for New York voters to choose George Santos' replacement in the House.  Here's hoping Democrat Tom Suozzi can reduce the GOP's majority even further.

A federal judge ordered Elon Musk to sit down for an interview with the SEC about his 2022 purchase of Twitter.  There are concerns about whether Musk properly completed the paperwork for the deal, and if he made misleading statements about the acquisition at the time.  The two parties have a longstanding dispute over Musk's honesty on Twitter, and it continues here.

Inflation is just about at the Fed's goal of a 2% annual rate, but interest rate cuts still don't seem to be in the cards for the immediate future.  Give officials credit, whether you agree with their approach or not, they have repeatedly said that they would rather wait too long to start lowering rates than start too early, and that's what's happening here.  Things look good right now, but Jay Powell and company still want more data to be convinced that inflation really is under control for the long-term.  In the meantime, the Clutter investment team continues to enjoy earning a reasonable yield on their savings account after years of making about seven cents a month.

Warren Buffett-owned Squishmallows is suing Build-a-Bear Workshop, claiming the latter is making a stuffed animal that's too similar to one of their own products.  We have no idea who is legally in the right here, but Build-a-Bear also offers Doctor Who teddy bears, so we're pulling for them to succeed.  (Shoot, maybe that's what we should have gotten BDH for his birthday!)

We missed the chance to buy a DunKings tracksuit?  Man, that's a shame.

Pitchers and catchers report tomorrow, and The Boston Globe has a quick guide to this year's spring training.  It's not great, friends.  The best-case scenario is that just about everyone over-performs to get this team within a sniff of a .500 record at the end of the year.  It feels like Red Sox ownership is setting up manager Alex Cora again, and we won't be surprised if this ends up being the end of the road for him.  He and the fans both deserve better.

It turns out that a whole lot of people watched this year's Super Bowl.

It's only been two days, and we're already tired of hearing how the San Francisco 49ers didn't understand the overtime rules in the Super Bowl.  If they were confused, that's poor preparation.  However, both teams had plenty of opportunities to avoid going into overtime in the first place.  Don't want to risk giving Patrick Mahomes the opportunity to lead a historic drive?  Play better during regulation.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid confirmed yesterday that he will be back next season.  Reid's future was the subject of some discussion in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl.  However, he's got to see that having Patrick Mahomes gives him the chance to eventually pass Don Shula and Bill Belichick for most all-time wins as a coach.  Plus, he also now has the opportunity to try to become the first coach to lead a team to three straight titles.  There's no way he would bail on that.

Hmm, The Iron Claw is available for rent on Amazon Prime Video, as of today.  We want to see the movie about the tragic Von Erich professional wrestling family.  However, paying $19.99 for the privilege doesn't sound like a terrific idea, especially when we can wait a little longer for the film to eventually come out on Max.

Have to admit, we missed last night's NCIS season premiere*, but we'll try to catch up today so we know what's happening before next week's "Ducky" tribute episode.  (*Some of us still had some sleep issues to resolve, but we're feeling better now.)

Eric Idle revealed on Twitter yesterday that his income streams have fallen, and that Monty Python's finances are, "a disaster."  Idle also shared some insight into his relationships with other members of the group, saying they were "colleagues," not "brothers."  Whatever the story is about the money issues, fans shouldn't be shocked that the surviving members aren't tight.  You rarely ever see them together unless they have something to promote.  How many times have you worked on a job with someone you didn't necessarily like?  We've all been there.

Just because a group of performers entertains you, doesn't mean they're friends, and that's okay.  We've had the impression for years that the Friends crew wasn't really that close, but that doesn't negate the value of their work together.  The show was a sitcom, not a documentary.  The important part is that the on-screen chemistry works. 

David Tennant is downplaying any discussion of another return to Doctor Who in the near future.  He insists that the 14th Doctor "is retired" and loving his current life, so that's the end of that story.  We agree that in many ways, the 14th Doctor's final episode was the conclusion of the first phase of the modern era of the show, and perhaps even the classic era as well.  However, as Tennant admits, there are an endless number of ways this version of the Time Lord could be called back to action in the future.  Maybe he's done for good, maybe not.  In the meantime, we look forward to the start of Ncuti Gatwa's first full season as #15 in May.

Speaking of Doctor Who, former "Rose Tyler" Billie Piper stars in a new Netflix film about a horrible interview Prince Andrew gave in 2019.  Scoop also stars Gillian Anderson and Rufus Sewell, and it comes out on April 15.  Here's the first look:

It's official:  Pearl Jam's Dark Matter album will be released on April 19.  It's the group's first record since 2020.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's continue our countdown to Valentine's Day/BDH's birthday by having ZZ Top close things out with, "Gimme All Your Lovin'" 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 sure to stretch first if you have to shovel, 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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