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
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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

Hi everyone,

Welcome back.  How are you?  The big day has arrived at Clutter HQ:  It's BDH's 13th birthday!  Man, that went by quickly.  I still remember when he was dropped off at the office.  I knew as soon as I saw that smile that he would be a perfect addition to the staff, and he and Little Buddha became instant buddies.  They were off and running within a few hours of his arrival, and this place has been better off ever since he joined our crew.

We'll be celebrating all day, although there will be a quick pause to shovel some unexpected snow that fell overnight.  Other than that, it's party time.  Let's kick off the festivities by checking out the headlines.  The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Wednesday/BDH birthday Clutter.

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President Biden criticized Donald Trump yesterday for Trump's recent statement that he would encourage Russia to, "do whatever the hell they want" to NATO countries that Trump feels aren't paying enough to be in the international alliance.  Biden said Trump, "has set a dangerous, and shockingly, frankly un-American signal to the world," and then went on to say, " No other president in our history has ever bowed down to a Russian dictator. Let me say this as clearly as I can: I never will. For God's sake, it's dumb, it's shameful, it's dangerous."

The president nailed it:  Donald Trump remains Vladimir Putin's puppet, and he will put American solders in danger if he's allowed to return to the White House.  Trump has no allegiance to this country, and he has no right to be on the ballot.  He's repeatedly encouraged violence in the United States, and this recent outburst could drive a new international war.  Donald Trump is a menace who must be stopped.

President Biden February 14 2024We prefer a president who doesn't hate this country.  (pic via independent.co.uk)

The verdict in Donald Trump's NY civil fraud trial is now reportedly expected to be announced this Friday.  We already know Trump is guilty of fraud - the question is, how much will his decades of lies cost him?  Judge Arthur Engoron should accept New York Attorney General Letitia James' recommendation of a $370 million penalty.  We've seen it time and time again, Trump won't change his behavior unless the price for continuing with the status quo is prohibitive.

Congratulations to Democrat Tom Suozzi on winning the special election to replace George Santos yesterday.  His victory reduces the GOP's House majority to 219-213 with three vacant seats.  That means Republicans can only lose two votes on any bill.  Look for them to find new ways to show their incompetence and disinterest in governing in the weeks and months ahead.

Meanwhile that GOP majority voted to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayoraks by a vote of 214-213 yesterday after failing on the first attempt.  Republicans have no legitimate basis for this move.  They just want to pretend they care about border security.  We all know that's a lie, after Speaker Mike Johnson just refused to even consider a conservative border bill, because Donald Trump doesn't want this issue resolved.  This impeachment is a sham and Senate Democrats will promptly shut it down.  Everyone who voted for it should be thrown out of office for continuing to offer the country nothing but empty political theater.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene had a meltdown after the recent Curb Your Enthusiasm episode that mocked Georgia's voting laws.  Give the show an Emmy just for triggering that sad outburst.

The CDC is reportedly considering changing their COVID-19 guidance to no longer suggest people automatically stay home for five days after first testing positive.  Instead, it may depend on the severity of an infected person's symptoms.  Let's be clear, this has nothing to do with science.  Whatever your symptoms, you're still most contagious in the first five days.  This is about people being too lazy/selfish to do the right thing.  We hope the CDC won't go through with this foolishness.

The S&P 500 fell 1.4% yesterday after January's inflation data came in a little higher than expected.  Prices rose 3.1% annually as of the end of last month, as opposed to the prediction of 2.9%.  That of course left some investors unhappy at the idea that interest rates will stay elevated even longer than expected.  However, the Clutter investment team was unfazed by the news.  They're enjoying the current reasonable yield on their savings account, and they also believe stocks could use a little cooling off.  The team doesn't think today's prices are a bubble, but the market isn't cheap either. 

Boston Red Sox pitchers and catchers report to Fort Myers today, and even new baseball boss Craig Breslow has to admit his time in charge has been a complete dud so far.  Interest could pick up if the team actually signs someone like pitchers Blake Snell or Jordan Montgomery.  However, as of right now, we're talking about a group that will need everything to go right just to have a chance at ending the season near .500.  We'll be thrilled if we're wrong by the time the season is over, but it feels clear that ownership doesn't care about this roster, and they're also apathetic about fan disgust.

New England Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones admitted there was some growing tension between the defensive and offensive players last year.  Of course there was - the defense held opponents to 10 points or less for three straight weeks, and New England still lost all three games.  That alone would have caused some problems, but it was reflective of the entire season.  Jones sounds happy about the coaching change, and everyone seems eager to see how new boss Jerod Mayo rebuilds the offense.

The first trailer for Deadpool & Wolverine reportedly had over 365 million views in the first 24 hours of its release, thus apparently making it the most watched trailer of all time.  Guess that means superhero movies aren't dead yet after all.  Gotta say, we loved the clip and look forward to the antihero's return on July 26.

We caught up on the NCIS season premiere yesterday.  It was a solid story that will apparently have some lingering repercussions.  The episode also set the stage for next week's tribute to the late David McCallum, who died last year at age 90.  Just seeing the preview of what's to come left us a little emotional.  We should probably buy some tissues before next Monday.

Our FBI shows returned to CBS last night:  FBI: International in particular did not disappoint, although we're still unhappy about the abrupt cast member departure.  TVInsider.com has an interview with star Luke Kleintan talking about that change, as well as giving a few hints about what else is to come this season.

The final season of Young Sheldon starts on Thursday.  Anyone who watched The Big Bang Theory first can understand why this would be the end of the show.  Sheldon Cooper is now 14 years old, and that's when he heads to college.  It's a natural opportunity to finish this story.  We're just sorry that the strike means it will be a limited season.  Hopefully the powers that be can find a way to bring everything to a satisfying resolution in this short window.

Hold up, there's a Doctor Who guest star in Young Sheldon's seventh episode this season! 

John Cleese confirmed that he and Eric Idle never liked each other.  Cleese's comments came after Idle recently tweeted some comments about Monty Python's apparently-struggling revenue streams, and the fact that he hadn't seen Cleese in seven years.  Like we wrote here yesterday, nothing about this is surprising.  Python always seemed to have different factions, and we never got the sense they were a close group.  They were coworkers who created funny content for a stretch.  They entertained us with their efforts, and that's what matters.  If they don't like each other, that's their issue.

(Plus, John Cleese sounds like a giant pain in the ass.)

It's nice to hear that ABC is apparently still "deeply committed" to General Hospital.  Daytime soap operas are a rare breed these days, and it's remarkable that GH has lasted 60 years.  As we've mentioned here before, Grandma and Grandpa Clutter were huge fans of the show, and it's nice to still be able to pop in now and again to see what the residents of Port Charles are up to these days.  We're glad to hear the network is still behind them.

Congratulations to Abbott Elementary on being renewed for a fourth season. 

First it was the announcement about their new album, and now Pearl Jam released the dates for their 2024 world tour which will take place this May-November, including two September dates at Fenway Park.

Queen's Brian May said he's never really liked the recorded version of "Under Pressure," the band's legendary collaboration with David Bowie.  Apparently the original version was heavier on the guitar, but Bowie remixed it.  May wisely gave up that fight, and the song became a huge hit.  In the meantime the guitarist has since played the song live in a fashion more like how he wanted it in the first place.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  In honor of Valentine's Day and BDH's birthday, here are the Beatles to close things out with, "All You Need is Love" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, folks.  It was great to see you, as always.  There are no new "One Chicago" shows tonight, but the guys say you're still invited to come back later if you want to join the birthday celebration.  (Maybe you could bring some cookies?)  Otherwise, 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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