(Review) Judas Priest: Invincible Shield (Deluxe Edition)
Tuesday Clutter: President Biden, Trump, Robert Hur, Princess of Wales, The Body Shop, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, NCIS, Sheryl Crow, and more

Monday Clutter: Senator Katie Britt, SNL, President Biden, Princess Kate, Diet Soda, Mookie Betts, New England Patriots, The Oscars, Peter Farrelly, Doctor Who, Ryan Gosling with Slash and Wolfgang Van Halen, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back, and a happy Monday to you all.  How did changing the clocks go yesterday?  It was pretty smooth on this end, apart from feeling an hour late all day.  Totally worth it for a 7:00 sunset, though.  

BDH and Little Buddha said today's weather forecast calls for heavy winds all day.  The wind chill won't break out of the 20's, so the schedule masters are going to take another pass at the to-do list to see what we can move to tomorrow.  No argument here, guys.  In the meantime, let's check out the headlines.  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 Clutter.

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The sex trafficking survivor, whose story U.S. Senator Katie Britt shared during her response to President Biden's State of the Union address, said Britt's account was misleading and showed a basic lack of empathy.  Karla Jacinto said she was never trafficked in the U.S., and her ordeal happened during President George W. Bush's time in office, not President Biden's, as Britt strongly implied.  Senator Britt was also wrong when she said Jacinto was used by cartels, and that it was a pimp instead.  Of course, a cartel is a scarier image when you're trying to scare the hell out of voters. 

Senator Britt denies misleading anyone.  She should be ashamed, but it's clear that no one in this GOP has an ounce of basic decency.

Senator Katie Britt March 11 2024Senator Britt was a huge fail last week.  (pic via www.alabamareflector.com)

SNL dismantled Senator Britt's bizarre SOTU rebuttal this week, with some help from Scarlett Johansson:

When he's not busy losing lawsuits in the United States, Donald Trump is being ordered by a U.K. judge to pay former spy Christopher Steele over $380,000 to cover his legal fees after Trump unsuccessfully sued him.

People who keep calling for President Biden to step down should look at the latest poll numbers.

President Biden signed a major spending bill last Saturday to reduce the chances of a federal government shutdown.  The agencies covered under this legislation will now be funded through September.  However, there's still another group which needs approval by March 22.  Wouldn't it be great if the House Republican majority had any interest in governing and didn't have to be forced to do the basic requirements of their job at the last minute?

A federal judge blocked a new National Labor Relations Board rule that would have made it easier for employees to organize.  Is anyone surprised in the least when we tell you that the judge is from Texas, and he was appointed by Donald Trump?  Anyone?  Anyone at all?  This is just another example of the importance of empowering President Biden and Democrats to remake the judiciary for another term.  The influence of these judges is felt for years after the person who put them on the bench leaves the White House.

A new official picture of Princess Kate was withdrawn by Kensington Palace, after it was revealed that the photo had been altered.  The princess has been out of the public eye since having abdominal surgery in January, and this shot was apparently supposed to allay any concerns about her health.  However, it had exactly the opposite effect.  It's an odd story, but we hope she's alright.

Even having just one diet soda every day can increase your risk for atrial fibrillation by 20%, according to a new study.  According to the linked article, atrial fibrillation is the leading cause of strokes in the United States, and it can also lead to, "blood clots, heart failure and 'can increase the risk for heart attack, for dementia, (and) for kidney disease.'" In other words, don't mess around with this, friends. 

Argh.  We've been known to throw back 1-2 diet ginger ales a week, and we should probably even cut back on that. 

Mookie Betts has won six Gold Gloves in right field, but first the Los Angeles Dodgers moved him to second base, and now Betts is going to be the Dodgers shortstop?  A position he's only played a handful of times in his professional career?  Maybe the Dodgers aren't the World Series favorites we assumed they'd be this year.  If this is really the plan, that's going to put a lot of unnecessary wear on Betts' legs that could have been avoided with proper roster construction.

The New England Patriots are reportedly trading quarterback Mac Jones to the Jacksonville Jaguars, for what is said to be Jacksonville's 6th-round pick in this year's NFL Draft.  The team is basically swapping the former #15 pick for a bag of footballs, but that's okay.  Both sides needed a clean break as soon as possible.  We're not sure if Jones is a NFL starting QB, but he got a raw deal here.  Jones got off to a fine start in his rookie year, but putting Matt Patricia in charge of the New England offense the next season was a fireable offense for Bill Belichick, and it's obvious that disaster broke Jones.  Belichick's repeated pulling of the guy last season also didn't help. 

Best of luck to Mac Jones in Jacksonville, and now new head coach Jerod Mayo can reset at the most important position on the field as he starts his team rebuild.

On the flip side, the New England Patriots have reportedly come to terms with wide receiver Kendrick Bourne on a new three-year/$33 million deal.  Bourne was a solid option for New England for three seasons before tearing the ACL in his right knee last year.  Having him and the also-returning Hunter Henry, is a good start for the incoming quarterback.

There was a brief rumor that the next New England Patriots quarterback could be Baker Mayfield.  However, Mayfield just agreed to a three-year/$100 million contract to stay with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  That's fine.  We'd rather see the Patriots take a gamble on one of the young QB's in this year's NFL Draft and then use the savings from that rookie contract to fill in other roster holes. 

There will also be no Russell Wilson in New England, because Wilson will reportedly sign a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers for $1.2 million, while the Denver Broncos pay the rest of his salary.  This should give Wilson a chance to at least somewhat rebuild his value after a disastrous two-year stint in Denver.

How did your favorites do at the Oscars?  Can't tell a lie, we found Oppenheimer to be wildly overrated.  There were several different stories crammed into one movie, none of them had their full impact, and most of the performances felt like the actors and and actresses were saying, "Look at me in this serious movie."  It was a film designed to be celebrated by the Academy, so we weren't surprised by last night's results.  However, we were happy to see Da’Vine Joy Randolph get the win for "Best Supporting Actress" for her role in The Holdovers. 

Peter Farrelly recently shared some thoughts about his new movie, Ricky Stanicky, as well as a few other projects.  We got about halfway through Ricky Stanicky last weekend before turning off the TV.  It was neither good nor bad, it was just...there, and by the time we got to the midpoint, going to bed felt like a better idea.  So that wasn't a win, but we will be there if Farrelly ever films a new season of Loudermilk (currently available on Netflix.)

Ben Affleck is apparently working on a sequel to his 2016 film The Accountant which now lives at Amazon MGM Studios.  We saw the first movie a few years ago on cable.  Not sure who thought it needed a sequel, but sure, we'll probably give it a shot when it streams.

Doctor Who fans are angry that the BBC is planning to use AI to promote the show.  What has them particularly in an uproar was the quote from the BBC that the series "thematically lends itself to AI," when AI has consistently been portrayed on the program as a source of evil.  It's completely tone-deaf messaging.  Leave the Doctor to the humans, people.

ICYMI - our crew reviewed Judas Priest's new album, Invincible Shield over the weekend.  Man, you should have seen BDH and Little Buddha headbanging.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  While we're disappointed Barbie didn't get more love at the Oscars, last night's ceremony did give us one last chance to celebrate the greatest tune of 2023.  With help from Slash, and fleeting cameos from Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa and Wolfgang Van Halen, we leave you with Ryan Gosling performing, "I'm Just Ken" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Seriously, that guy deserved an Oscar.

Thanks for stopping by, folks.  It was great to see you, as always.  Enjoy the rest of the day, don't let the wind knock you over, 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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