Saturday Clutter: Trump, Fani Willis, U.S. Economy, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Vince McMahon, Carl Weathers, Scarlett Johansson, Law & Order, Goo Goo Dolls, and more
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Wednesday Clutter: Trump, House Republicans Can't Count, Tucker Carlson, Meta, Coca-Cola, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, GH, Tracy Chapman, Taylor Swift, David Lee Roth, Billy Joel, and more

Hi everyone,

We're back!  How are you?  Sorry about the inconsistency over the past week.  We had some personal matters to take care of, and it threw off the schedule.  I like having a set routine each day, but it's also good to shake things up now and again.  Everything went well, but it's nice to get back to business as usual for the time being.

BDH and Little Buddha are so happy to see you, they made coffee.  There's a fresh pot on the counter, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Wednesday Clutter.

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It took long enough, but a federal appeals court ruled yesterday that Donald Trump can be prosecuted for trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election.  Of course Trump plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The justices should turn down his case with all due speed.  The idea that anyone in this country is completely beyond the reach of the law is outrageous, dangerous, and un-American.  It's vital that this case be heard and decided before the November election.  That we're even still having this conversation is a worrisome sign for our nation's future.

While everyone waits for the verdict in Donald Trump's NY civil fraud trial, Judge Arthur Engoron wants more information about the story that former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg is in talks about a potential plea deal for a perjury charge.  Engoron wants to know what happened, and if it should have any impact on his final decision.  Here's hoping it encourages him to hit Trump with the full $370 million fine the state is looking for as a punishment.

This is wild:  The Republican push to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas failed yesterday by a vote of 216-214, with four Republicans crossing over to vote with Democrats.  A few minutes later, Speaker Mike Johnson's standalone bill for aid to Israel also failed.  It's hard to think of a more fundamental component of governing than counting votes, and House Republicans can't even do that.  The impeachment vote may come up again, but yesterday's message was clear:  Speaker Johnson and the rest of the GOP have no idea what they're doing.

Speaker Mike Johnson February 7 2024Tuesday was a disaster for Donald Trump and Speaker Johnson.  (pic via abcnews.go.com)

Republicans have been screaming hysterically about border security for years, as they constantly try to scare the crap out of their supporters with racist arguments of "scary foreigners coming to commit all sorts of crimes."  Conservatives told Democrats they wouldn't talk about further Ukraine aid until there was a new immigration proposal, so Dems worked with some members of the GOP.  They came up with a bipartisan proposal that is way too extreme for our tastes, but it would be a clear win for immigration hawks.  Now conservatives don't want anything to do with it, because their lord and master Donald Trump doesn't want the problem solved. 

President Biden is right:  Republicans need to "show some spine."  However, they won't, because the GOP is corrupt to the core and has no interest in actually governing.  They're so dysfunctional, they're preparing to take one of their biggest lines of attack against Biden and hand it over to him, free of charge.

Tucker Carlson is in Russia to interview Vladimir Putin, because he apparently believes Putin has gotten a raw deal from the press.  Carlson's the kind of guy who would have interviewed Adolf Hitler because, "everyone has a right to be heard."  We remember way back when Republicans opposed Russia.  However, at this point, more and more of them seem to be acting like his mouthpieces and doing his bidding, led by Donald Trump.  Wouldn't it be great if Republicans actually liked our country?

The IRS announced it expects to collect hundreds of billions more in overdue and unpaid taxes over the next 10 years, thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act.  Republicans will of courser complain that it's outrageous to expect tax cheats to actually pay the money they owe to help fund our government.  Meanwhile, everyone else appreciates the greater enforcement of our laws and efforts to reduce the national deficit without hurting ordinary Americans.

Meta announced plans to begin labeling AI-created images on Facebook and Instagram.  No word on when that will start, except that it's expected within the next few months, according to the linked article.  It's good that the company sounds like it's trying to get ahead of the growing problem.  However, as with all things Meta, let's see how serious and effective their efforts actually end up being.  This will be a huge challenge, because bad actors will do their best to flood these platforms with altered pictures to suit their various agendas. 

Coca-Cola is releasing a new permanent flavor:  Say hello to "Coca-Cola Spiced," which is described as Coke mixed with raspberry and spices.  That sounds all sorts of awful.  However, if we can find one (and only one) available at the grocery store in the coming weeks, we'll conduct an official taste test and get back to you with the results.  We're willing to make this sacrifice on your behalf, friends.

Boston Globe writer Alex Speier argues the Red Sox are mishandling their obsession with developing homegrown players by not looking at rental free agents who could be flipped at some point for prospects.  From here, it looks like Speier put more thought into his column than ownership has into winning this winter.  The lights are on, but no one seems to be home at the Fenway Park offices.  It's hard to remember if/when we've ever had less excitement about the pending arrival of a new season.

The New England Patriots are reportedly adding Ben McAdoo as an assistant offensive coach.  That works for us.  McAdoo, like new offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt, adds some experience to rookie head coach Jerod Mayo's staff, which is helpful.  At this point, we're ready to go with anyone Mayo wants, until we see something on the field that indicates we should feel otherwise.  If Mayo is confident that McAdoo and Van Pelt can help develop a rookie quarterback (assuming that's who the Pats choose with the #3 draft pick), we say, good luck, everyone.

Disney, Fox Corp. and Warner Bros. Discovery announced plans yesterday to launch a combined sports streaming app this fall.  That could be a major problem for cable providers if sports fans finally bail on them because they can get all their viewing needs with this new option.  However, the companies didn't announce the price for the service yesterday, so let's see how much it costs first before we really dive into the impact of this development.  Our crew will probably take a pass, regardless of price, but how much would you pay for it? 

Hey General Hospital fans, actor Steve Burton spilled the beans about when he'll return as Jason Morgan.  What would you like to see Jason do this time?  Should he remain Sonny's go-to guy or try another path?  If he has to come back again, we'd like to see something different.  Anything different, really.  Make him an accountant, a doctor, or even a singer.  However, it will probably take him all of two days to be 100% up to speed on everything mob-related.

It's great to see that Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car" is now at the top of the iTunes Top Songs chart after her performance with Luke Combs at last weekend's Grammy Awards show.  She and Combs were terrific, and it was powerful to see music bringing a Black gay woman and a country singer together.   The private Chapman deserves all of the recognition she's getting these days, and it was wonderful to see her look so happy on Sunday.

ICYMI - because she's not already dominating the world enough these days, Taylor Swift will release her next original album on April 19.  Here's what we know so far about, The Tortured Poets Department.  Our crew will go out on a limb here and predict that this record will do pretty well on the charts.

David Lee Roth still has it out for Wolfgang Van Halen, launching another tirade against the younger musician which can only be described as sad.  Roth hasn't been relevant for decades, and it's apparently eating him up alive that the next generation of the Van Halen family is out there charting his own path to rave reviews.  Evidently there's no one near the washed-up singer who can point out that he's only embarrassing himself more with each rant.

Speaking of Wolfgang Van Halen, he and and the rest of Mammoth WVH will be opening for Creed on a handful of tour dates this fall.  Three Doors Down will also be on the bill.  It's too bad none of the shows are closer to our office.  Creed and Three Doors Down would offer some fun 90's nostalgia, while Van Halen continues to impress with his first two albums.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Billy Joel to close things out with his new single, "Turn the Lights Back On" 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 to watch the "One Chicago" shows with them.  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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