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Tuesday Clutter: Trump, President Biden, U.S. Supreme Court, Merriam-Webster, Boston Red Sox, NFL Notes, Brie Larson, J.K. Rowling, Ryan Gosling, Tom Petty, Dierks Bentley, and more

Hi everyone,

How are you?  We're doing okay on this end at the moment.  I decided to skip the Buffalo Wild Wings trip yesterday afternoon.  Free wings are great, but not having an upset stomach is even better.  The one problem with yesterday's errands was that I was overdressed for the unseasonably warm temperatures.  My head just went on autopilot, seeing as how it's still late February and all.  BDH and Little Buddha say it will be even warmer today, so the first item on the to-do list is pick an appropriate outfit.

Now that I've taken care of clothing, let's check out the headlines.  The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Tuesday Clutter.

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Donald Trump officially appealed his $455 million (and growing) NY civil fraud case verdict yesterday.  As expected, the appeal argues that Judge Arthur Engoron made substantial legal errors and also abused his power in the trial.  It doesn't sound like Trump put up any money with this filing, so it's not guaranteed that the penalty will be put on hold during his appeal.  If he doesn't get the stay, the money becomes due on March 25. 

If Trump doesn't have the cash (which we know he doesn't), New York Attorney General Letitia James said she will start seizing his assets.  The appeals court should turn down Trump's request in a timely fashion.  Stop letting him weaponize the courts for his own benefit.

Donald Trump February 27 2024Make him pay.  (pic via ctvnews.ca)

Meanwhile, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is asking for a limited gag order against Donald Trump in his upcoming hush money trial, which also starts on March 25.  D.A. Bragg cited Trump's well-documented history of publicly attacking his opponents, as we all just saw in the civil fraud trial.

Donald Trump is cruising through the Republican presidential primaries, because his followers will do anything for him.  However, the numbers are clear, Trump's not doing anything to broaden his base.   That is why he's going to lose in November, unless he and the MAGA cult find a way to steal the election. 

Nikki Haley's 2024 presidential campaign may end on "Super Tuesday" next month, but don't be surprised if this isn't the last time she runs for the White House.

President Biden said he hopes there will be a cease-fire in the Israeli - Hamas war by next week.  Hopefully he's right, because this conflict has nothing to do with justice.  It's about vengeance and genocide.  We'll see if today's protest vote in Michigan's Democratic presidential primary is significant enough to push the president to take a much stronger stance with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard challenges yesterday to Florida and Texas state laws which would compel social media companies to allow objectionable material on their sites.  In other words, conservatives want to be able to force these platforms to broadcast Donald Trump's next call for another coup attempt.  Facebook, Twitter, and the like aren't government agencies.  They are private companies who should have the ability to moderate what gets posted via their networks.  To allow states to mandate certain restrictions like this inside their own borders would also create a patchwork of rules that would disrupt the Internet as we know it.  The justices should strike down these laws.

Kellogg’s CEO Gary Pilnick's advice to shoppers who are stressed about still-high grocery prices?  Eat Corn Flakes for dinner.  How completely out of touch.

Merriam-Webster says it's okay to end a sentence with a preposition.  How do you feel about this, friends?  Is it a ticket to grammatical freedom, or is it blasphemy?

The Boston Red Sox apparently had a Zoom call with free agent pitcher Jordan Montgomery about two weeks ago.  The 31-year-old lefty would be a significant improvement to Boston's starting rotation, and the team has the money to pay for him.  The question is if ownership is still committed to punting on the 2024 season while they wait for their prospects to arrive over the next few years.  They have the means to make a deal here, but do they have any desire?

Shohei Ohtani is expected to make his Los Angeles Dodgers debut today as a DH against the Chicago White Sox.  Ohtani is not expected to pitch this season while he still recovers from elbow surgery.  However, we have no doubt he'll still be one of the game's biggest stars this year.

Yesterday it was quarterbacks, and now Boston Globe NFL writer Christopher Price lists 10 free agents at other positions who could help the New England Patriots.  The usual priority offensive spots are covered (wide receiver, tackle, tight end, running back), and we'd be pleased to see any of these folks (including a couple of familiar names) on the team next season.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid will reportedly start negotiating with the team about a new contract soon.  Reid is said to expect he'll become the NFL's highest-paid coach.  Considering he just won back-to-back Super Bowls, that seems reasonable.

Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott is adamant that his team will win the Super Bowl.  We'd argue it's more likely McDermott will lose his job in the next year.  The Bills have reached the playoffs six time in his seven-year stint.  However, the Kansas City Chiefs aren't going anywhere, and maybe Buffalo's ownership will decide a new approach is needed to get them past Patrick Mahomes and company.

The Cincinnati Bengals announced they're using the franchise tag on Tee Higgins, so that's the end of any discussion about the wide receiver coming to the New England Patriots this year.  Kind of seemed like a long-shot anyway.

It sounds like Ryan Clark will be returning to ESPN after all.  No word yet on what his new deal might look like.

We're sorry to hear that pro wrestling legend Ole Anderson died yesterday at age 81.  Anderson was an old-school wrestler who didn't have a weightlifter's physique, but he made you believe he was one of the toughest SOB's around, both in and out of the ring.  Our condolences to his family and friends.

Brie Larson had no comment when recently asked about her future as Captain Marvel.  Hopefully her run isn't over, because she's been good in the role, but we fear online trolls may have won this fight.  As we noted in our review, The Marvels was a fun movie and one of the best offerings from Marvel in years.  It got a raw deal from these terrified little boys who freak out at the idea of strong women saving the world.  However, the studio has a long slate of other movies coming over the next few years, so that might be a wrap for Carol Danvers.

Another day, another transphobic comment from author J.K. Rowling.  With everything she has going on in her life, she remains pathologically obsessed with attacking the transgender community at every turn.

We've got some rumors and speculation about the second season of the Netflix series Beef.  It's too early to put a lot of weight into any of this right now.  However, according to the linked article, production is expected to begin late this summer or fall, so maybe we can keep an eye on the beginning of 2025 for a new story.  The first season, starring Ali Wong and Steven Yeun, was one of the best things we watched on television in 2023, so sign us up for another round.

Ryan Gosling will reportedly perform, "I'm Just Ken" live at the Oscars on March 10.  We urge the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences to just award him a Grammy now for this rendition.  Wait, does that mean there's a chance Wolfgang Van Halen and Slash will also be there to perform with Gosling?  This could be the.  Best.  Awards.  Show.  Ever.

There's a Tom Petty country tribute album coming on May 31.  While Petty was a rock & roller, it's easy to imagine many of his songs translate pretty easily into a country style.  This record should be a fun listen.

Sean Combs' legal problems continue:  This time, Combs is being sued by a music producer who accuses him of, "sexual assault, grooming, and improper payment for his work as a producer on The Love Album: Off the Grid."  Rodney Jones Jr. is said to be seeing $30 million in damages.  This is the fifth lawsuit to be filed against Combs for this type of behavior. 

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's get a sneak peek at that Tom Petty tribute album and have Dierks Bentley close things out with his cover of, "American Girl" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thoughts?

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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