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
Thursday Clutter: Trump, Mitch McConnell, GOP vs. IVF, COVID-19 Boosters, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Dave Bautista, Richard Lewis, Chicago Fire, NCIS, Fall Out Boy, and more

Wednesday Clutter: Presidential Primary, Hunter Biden, GOP and IVF, Capital Punishment, Fidelity Investments, Boston Red Sox, NFL Notes, Road House, Young Sheldon, Run-DMC, Norah Jones, and more

Hi everyone,

How are you?  BDH and Little Buddha were just looking at today's weather forecast, which calls for rain and wind.  It sounds like it will be a bit of a mess out there, so the guys are going to take another pass at the to-do list and adjust it accordingly.  These two are the best - they keep me focused and productive, but they're always looking out for me.

Of course, they're thrilled to see you ,and eager to check out the headlines, so let's do it.  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 Wednesday Clutter.

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President Biden and Donald Trump both won their respective primaries in Michigan yesterday.  That's no surprise, but each man is facing some issues inside his own party.  The protest vote against President Biden's ongoing support of Israel in its war against Hamas reached almost 15% of the total Democratic tally on Tuesday.  It's not going to threaten his path to the nomination or anything, but is it a loud enough message to push the president to reconsider his stance?  What if similar campaigns in other states reach the same level? 

On the GOP side, close to 30% of Michigan's Republican voters didn't choose Donald Trump.  Some of them will likely change their minds in November.  However, it underscores that Trump is still doing nothing to expand his base, and is in fact exacerbating these divisions, because he's incapable of uniting anyone.  The MAGA cult is providing him an easy path to the nomination, but they're not enough to win the general election.  The only way he will return to the White House is if Republicans find a way to steal the election.

President Biden Donald Trump February 28 2024President Biden faced some resistance in Michigan, while Donald Trump showed ongoing weakness.  (pic via apnews.com)

Hunter Biden will testify behind closed doors before the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees today, as part of the GOP's ongoing sham impeachment inquiry into President Biden.  We've already seen how this farce is predicated on Russian intelligence, and after all this time, Rep. James Comer and the rest of the Republicans have provided no actual evidence of wrongdoing.  This is all political theater to try to embarrass President Biden, while covering for Donald Trump, because conservatives have no interest in actually governing.

Republicans have offered nothing but empty words in support of IVF, following the Alabama Supreme Court's rulings that embryos have the same legal rights as children, and now Democrats are going to call them on it:  The Senate will take up Tammy Duckworth's legislation to federally guarantee access to IVF and other reproductive health services.   Just one Republican objection would block the bill.  Actions speak louder than words, so who in the GOP will expose their party's hypocrisy on this issue?

Texas and Idaho are both scheduled to kill one of their inmates today.    The circumstances of the crimes are irrelevant:  Capital punishment is an abomination, it discriminates against the poor and people of color, and it's a failed policy.  Governments who execute their own citizens lack any moral high ground.

Fidelity Investments reports that people who have 401(k) plans did well in 2023.   That's no surprise, given the strength of the stock market last year, but it bears repeating.  Friends, if your employer offers these plans, but you're not using them, the Clutter investment team urges you to reconsider.  Between the pre-tax savings and any employer contributions, they're such an invaluable tool to securing your long-term financial security. 

Don't be intimidated.  It doesn't take long to set up an account, and you can quickly adjust your budget to reflect your contributions.   The money you put away today can grow exponentially if you give it enough time.  Saving for retirement isn't sexy, but it's so important.  Don't lose out on such a great opportunity.

Wendy's says it intends to introduce surge pricing in 2025.  That should really help consumer complaints that fast food is already too expensive. 

Measles continue to spread at a Florida elementary school, and officials still aren't requiring unvaccinated kids to stay home, as federal guidelines mandate.  This highly contagious, and potentially deadly disease, was considered to basically be gone in the United States, but now we have situations like this, thanks to the anti-vaccination movement.  These conspiracy theorists are a public health threat, and they have no regard for other people's lives.

Hey, look at that - the Boston Red Sox signed Jason Alexander to a minor league deal.  That's some out of the box thinking by ownership.  Who knew the former George Costanza could pitch?  We definitely didn't see this move coming.  Hold on...we're being told that this is not in fact the former Seinfeld star, but a guy who appeared in 18 games with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2022.  Alexander started 2023 on the IL and then spent the rest of the year back in the minors.  Never mind.

Shohei Ohtani made his Los Angeles Dodgers debut against the Chicago White Sox yesterday, and he promptly hit a home run.  That sounds about right.  Last year's elbow surgery may prohibit Ohtani from pitching for his new team until 2025, but it clearly shouldn't stop him from being an offensive highlight for the Dodgers this season.

We covered the offense, and now Boston Globe NFL writer Christopher Price lists "10 free agents who could help the New England Patriots defense."  The Patriots defense doesn't need nearly as much help as the other side of the ball, but they could still use some help, particularly at cornerback.  Price's suggestions all make sense, but we expect the team to put much more time and resources into the offense.  The Patriots can't have another run of holding opponents to 10 points or less and still losing the games.

The Chicago Bears made it clear that they're open to trading the #1 pick in the NFL Draft for the second straight year.   However, they'll be looking for another huge haul in return, similar to what they got for making the same deal in 2023.  The draft isn't until April 25, so our suspicion is that this won't get resolved one way or the other for a while.  In the meantime, Bears quarterback Justin Fields is left in limbo, which is unfortunate for him. 

Meanwhile, Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton said a decision about quarterback Russell Wilson's future with the team will come "within the next two weeks."  It seems clear that Denver would like to cut ties with Wilson, after benching him for the final two games of last season and being unable to settle a contract dispute.  However, cutting him would result in an $85 million "dead money" hit on their salary cap over the next two years (according to the linked article), and what team would want to trade for Wilson's upcoming $37 million annual salary?  We're curious to see how this plays out.

We mentioned the passing of old-school pro wrestler Ole Anderson yesterday.  However, we're going to give him another shout-out today, because it's impressive that his death made The New York Times.  Not to sound like we're 100 years old, but even though we appreciate the evolution of the performances over the years, Anderson was part of maybe the last generation that really made you believe pro wrestlers were tough SOB's.

The Iron Claw will reportedly be released on Blu-Ray/DVD/digitally on March 26.  We're still looking forward to watching this movie about the tragic Von Erich pro wrestling family at some point.

The screenwriter of the original Road House movie is suing Amazon Studios for not licensing his work first.   R. Lance Hill also said Amazon used AI to clone the voices of some of the actors in a rush to finish the movie, before the copyright reverted back to Hill.  Thus, Hill wants to block the release of the updated version.  It sounds like we could be hearing more of these stories in the years to come, as the rights to films from the 1980's start expiring.  That speaks to the utter lack of original thinking driving these remakes.  In any case, our guess is that Amazon will pay Hill to make this lawsuit go away, but it won't be long before we hear about a similar fight over another old film.

The ads for this week's Young Sheldon episode keep highlighting George Sr. and Mary Cooper falling in love with each other again while Mary and Sheldon are in Germany.  All we can think is that fans are being set up for George's death this week or next.  That's going to be hard.  TVInsider.com has an interview with Lance Barber about what it's been like to play Sheldon's dad on the show.

Two men were convicted yesterday in the 2002 murder of Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay.  Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan Jr. are looking at sentences ranging from 20 years to life in prison.  Apparently this was all over a disagreement on a drug deal.  We hope Jay's family is able to finally get some closure, now that two of the three men responsible for his death have been found guilty after all this time.  (The third man will go on trial in 2026.) 

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Norah Jones to close things out with, "Running" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, folks.  It was great to see you, as always.  BDH and Little Buddha say of course you're welcome to come back tonight if you want to watch the "One Chicago" shows with them.  We can all say goodbye to Brett Sylvie on Chicago Fire together.  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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