Friday Clutter: Mueller Report, Mitch McConnell, Wells Fargo, Boston Red Sox, The Black Keys, and more
Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all! What's the plan for this weekend? Don't think we have anything too crazy besides taking another pass at doing our taxes, which is always fun. BDH and Little Buddha will also continue keeping an eye out for the first sign of buds on the Clutter Tree. We're supposed to get some rain later today as well as over the next few days, so maybe that will help. It's still early, but they're eager to see some changes on the branches. Of course, there's also some baseball to watch. The guys say the coffee is ready, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.
It turns out that the Mueller Report is over 300 pages long, which is yet another reason it's impossible to believe that Attorney General William Barr's four-page summary gives a complete picture of the special counsel's findings. House Democrats have demanded a release of the full report by April 2, but the Department of Justice has responded with plans to release an edited version weeks from now. The American people are being lied to yet again by a corrupt administration that continues to cover up Donald Trump's unlawful activities. If the rule of law still means anything in this country, this can not be allowed to be overlooked or dismissed as "politics as usual."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has no interest in being involved in anything Donald Trump proposes for health care reform. McConnell knows full well that health care is one of the main reasons Republicans lost the House in 2018. He doesn't want to lose his cushy gig where he can focus on his priorities like keeping anyone from ever seeing the full Mueller Report. Plus, there are always more extremist federal judges to confirm and a democracy to continue to attack, so no thanks, Pumpkin.
Mitch McConnell is a busy man. (pic via bangordailynews.com)
Look at that, Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan unexpectedly announced he's retiring in June. As the bank looks for his replacement, we encourage them to do something drastic and consider hiring a replacement who doesn't have breaking the law and ripping off customers as the foundation of his vision for Wells Fargo moving forward.
Good for Massachusetts legislators for passing a bill to ban so-called "gay conversion therapy" practices for minors. This is a sham form of mental health treatment which regards sexual orientation as a "problem," and it can lead to harmful effects for children. Governor Charlie Baker is expected to sign the bill when it reaches his desk.
Opening Day did not go the way the Red Sox hoped for, as they were crushed 12-4 by the Seattle Mariners yesterday. Chris Sale had his worst outing as a member of the Sox, giving up six hits (including three home runs) and seven runs over just three innings. Not exactly the kind of start you want to see from a guy who just signed a five-year/$145 million contract extension, but as Alex Rodriguez pointed out on the TV broadcast, Sale only had a couple of spring training starts this year, so he's still working out the kinks. Fortunately, there are still 161 games to go in the season. Nathan Eovaldi will take the mound for Boston tonight as the Red Sox try again for their first win of the year.
Greg Schiano is leaving the New England Patriots coaching staff before his hiring was even formally announced. Schiano was expected to be the new defensive coordinator. Not sure what that was all about, but Schiano's statement focused heavily on his desire to spend time with his family and not, "look back years from now and wish I had done things differently," so maybe it was a personal matter. We've learned to stop worrying too much about these things, but between the coach and player turnover (including Gronk's retirement), this team is a bit of a mess at the moment.
Speaking of Gronk, the New England Patriots tweeted out a great tribute video in honor of the future Hall of Fame tight end.
Fight Club fans will enjoy this article about the making of the movie, in honor of its release 20 years ago.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have The Black Keys close things out this week with, "Lo/Hi," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It's always a treat to get to hang out with you. 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.