Thursday Clutter: Trump Fires Sessions and Attacks the Press, Another Wells Fargo Scandal, Bryce Harper, Gronk, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Peter Gabriel, and more
Welcome back! How are you? BDH, Little Buddha, and I were just talking about this year's Thanksgiving travel plans. The two main challenges are trying to avoid heavy traffic while also making sure the plants don't go too long without a watering. It feels like a logic game from the LSAT, which is a reminder why I didn't go to law school. We'll figure it out. Other than that, it's pretty much business as usual around here. Oh, the guys want you to know the Clutter Tree says hello. They also want you to know that they made coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Thursday Clutter.
In a move that was long-expected, Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday. Trump then installed loyalist Matthew Whittaker as the acting AG and put him in charge of the Russia investigation. Whittaker has criticized Robert Mueller in the past, which is probably what got him this job in the first place. So, Trump fired the former head of the FBI and the Attorney General in order to prevent his misconduct from being revealed. These are the actions of a criminal, and we call on Congress to protect Mueller's job, because the country deserves to know what Trump is hiding.
Donald Trump continued his war on the media by stripping CNN reporter Jim Acosta of his press credentials after Acosta asked several questions at a press conference yesterday. It's clearly an unconstitutional restraint of the press and a 1st Amendment violation, but Trump sees reporters as his enemy. Acosta seems to have been Trump's favorite target at the White House since Day 1, and he was set up by the WWE Hall of Famer, because that scene looked like a skit out of Monday Night Raw. There's nothing Trump won't do to keep the press from reporting on his dishonesty and corruption (as well as other issues like the possibility of Don Jr. being indicted.) We expect he'll find a way to ramp up the attacks even further once House Democrats begin their formal investigations of the Great Pumpkin, perhaps starting with the firing of Jeff Sessions.
A desperate thug lashes out. (pic via abcnews.go.com)
What's it been, 24 hours since the last time we had a Wells Fargo scandal to discuss? Have no fear, the wait is over, because now Wells Fargo is dealing with a class-action lawsuit claiming the bank improperly charged as many as 570,000 customers for car insurance, and that executives knew for years that there was a problem with the program. We've lost track of the total number of lives damaged and money stolen at this point, but Wells Fargo is more an economic threat than a financial institution.
We know baseball salaries are insane, but even so, Bryce Harper turning down a 10-year $300 million contract from the Washington Nationals seems crazy. Harper is a very good player, but his hype doesn't match his statistics. The guy is a lifetime .279 hitter who averages 32 HR and 91 RBI a year, but those numbers are skewed by a particularly strong 2015 season. Whoever gives him a bigger contract than Washington's offer deserves the likely long-term financial problems that will eventually come with it.
As the New England Patriots continue to show that they can win without Rob Gronkowski, we have to wonder if this might be the beginning of the end for Gronk. He hasn't looked like his usual self this season, and given all of the injuries he's dealt with over the years, maybe he's reconsidering retirement. The 29 year-old should be thinking about what the rest of his life is going to look like down the road.
Wide receiver Dez Bryant is back in the NFL after signing a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints. It should be a good situation for Bryant, who will get a chance to play on a Super Bowl contender and show the league that the Dallas Cowboys were wrong to cut him and he still deserves a big contract. It doesn't hurt that he'll have quarterback Drew Brees to help him make his case.
Hey It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia fans, what did you think of the season finale? Where does the show go from here?
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. We're in a bit of a Peter Gabriel mood at the moment, so here's, "Digging in the Dirt," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll see you back here again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.