Tuesday Clutter: Trump Trade War, Beto O'Rourke Reboot, Roundup Weedkiller Verdict, Robert Kraft, Male Biological Clocks, Garbage, and more
Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat - we were just watching the rain fall. BDH and Little Buddha say the forecast has changed. It's supposed to stop raining soon and will just be cloudy all day instead. I guess that's a win. I shouldn't complain. The rain washed away the last compost remnants that were still on the driveway. The tulips look beautiful, and the sun will be here soon enough...right? We do have one terrific thing here right now, and that's coffee. The guys put a fresh pot on the counter, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Tuesday Clutter.
The U.S. - China trade war is in full effect, as Donald Trump needs to prove his manhood by extending the list of products facing new tariffs. (Plus, he always needs a shiny object to distract his base from the many investigations he's facing.) The NASDAQ dropped 3.4% in response to this nonsense yesterday, and today's not looking any better. We know that Republicans will stand by Trump through criminal activity and subservience to a foreign country, but will it make a difference to them if he damages the economy going into 2020? Probably not. In for a penny, in for a pound.
No problem damaging the economy to save himself. (pic via hamodia.com)
White House chief economic advisor Larry Kudlow admitted that Americans will pay a price for this trade war, thus directly contradicting comments from Donald Trump. We expect to hear unnamed White House sources start trashing Kudlow any day now. The Great Pumpkin does not tolerate having it publicly confirmed that he lies as easily as he breathes.
Meanwhile, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) says farmers shouldn't complain about the impact of tariffs, because at least they're not soldiers being killed in combat. No word on whether this will be the official GOP 2020 slogan: "If our policies don't kill you, shut the hell up."
Donald Trump's need for approval is so pathological, he tried to take credit on Twitter for the current Boston Red Sox winning streak yesterday. Next he'll claim he's responsible for the sun's eventual return. No word on whether he asked any of the players who visited the White House last week what it felt like to legitimately win something.
Beto O'Rourke is already talking about needing to revamp his presidential campaign strategy, reflecting the fact that he hasn't been able to distinguish himself in an overcrowded field. Not sure how he's going to crack the Biden-Sanders-Warren-Harris level, but there's going to be some voter consolidation over the next few months as some of the 400 Democratic candidates acknowledge they've got no shot. Also, for all of the current coverage, many people are still months away from making any decisions about who to support. Still, it's not a good sign for O'Rourke that he's already talking about a reboot.
Hold on, Montana Governor Steve Bullock announced he's joining the 2020 Democratic presidential field. Aren't there any other offices for Democrats to run for next year? What should we set for the over/under on the length of Bullock's candidacy?
A couple was awarded $2 billion in damages in their lawsuit claiming that Roundup weedkiller is responsible for their cancer. It's the third time a jury ordered the manufacturer (Bayer) to pay damages for this reason. The company denies any liability and says it will appeal. History tells us that the appeals court will reduce the award, because somehow they never seem to think companies are responsible for their products. However, Bayer still has another 13,400 lawsuits to deal with regarding this product. Guess it's cheaper to have these legal battles than figure out how to make Roundup safer. It's profits over people every time.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was given a gift yesterday when a Florida judge ruled the video of him engaged in sexual activity at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa can't be used at his trial, because the tape wasn't handled correctly. It seems likely that the case against the billionaire won't be able to move forward, so remember, kids - you can do whatever you like without repercussion as long as you have enough money.
A new study says that men also have biological clocks, and that having children later can impact both their partner and child's health. No pressure guys, just something to consider if you're older than 35.
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia's rehab stint is not going well. Pedroia needed to take a break from the process after experiencing left knee soreness over the weekend. We love the Laser Show and would be thrilled to see him return to Fenway, but this process has a bad feeling to it.
There are reports that the New York Knicks have their eye on several Boston Celtics players this off-season. Of course, the first question for the C's is whether or not Kyrie Irving stays, because all other personnel-related decisions flow from that answer.
New Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco made it clear he has no interest in mentoring rookie QB Drew Lock. The reason Flacco is in Denver in the first place is because he lost his job in Baltimore to then-rookie Lamar Jackson, so he's got no interest in a repeat situation here. Who wants to set the odds on this becoming an issue during the season?
The tributes are flowing in for legendary actress/ animal rights supporter Doris Day, who died on Monday at age 97. Our condolences go out to her family, friends, and fans.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. It seems fitting to have Garbage close things out here with, "Only Happy When It Rains," 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 catch up with you again for more fun (and hopefully some sunshine) soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.