Monday Clutter: Fox News, Democratic Impeachment Trial Plan, Hallmark Channel, New England Patriots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lemmy and more
Welcome back! We missed you yesterday. BDH and Little Buddha kept making me promise that we'd be able to catch up with you today. Did you have a good weekend? No complaints here. We had a good time watching the New England Patriots game (more on that in a bit), and then we helped Dad Clutter put up his Christmas tree (eventually) much quicker than usual once we got a new tree stand. That wind was ridiculous though. Yikes.
I'm just waiting at the moment to see what the guys find out about tomorrow's expected snow...oh, here they are. It's supposed to start at 8:00 a.m. and go until 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday. Hmm. Well, I better take care of as many errands as I can today. For now, let's check out the headlines. The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Monday Clutter.
(BDH and Little Buddha want to help some terrific animals find their forever homes this holiday season. To help make that happen, they've decided that we will donate 50% of our share of the proceeds of all sales that go through the Clutter Amazon page between now and December 31 to the Pope Memorial SPCA in New Hampshire. Pope has a variety of great pets available for adoption, and the organization also offers a number of education programs. The guys hope you'll consider using our page so that we can help as many animals as possible.)
A new Fox News poll says 54% of respondents believe Donald Trump should be impeached, and 50% believe he should be impeached and removed from office. If you translate that into the real world, it works out to roughly 98% and 95%, respectively. Of course, Trump tweeted an angry response, claiming that Fox News polls are biased against him, which might be the funniest thing we've heard all year. Yes, everyone knows how much Fox News loves Democrats. Trump then went on to once again claim a 95% approval rate in the GOP, a number which can't be confirmed anywhere except inside his deteriorating mind. This is a man who knows he'd be removed from office if the Senate held a secret vote during the upcoming impeachment trial.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer put forth a detailed proposal yesterday for an unbiased bipartisan process for Donald Trump's impeachment trial. Schumer's plan includes subpoenaing Mick Mulvaney and John Bolton, among others, who have direct knowledge of Trump's actions regarding Ukraine, as well as getting additional documents that the White House has been hiding. It seems like a reasonable offer for anyone who actually cares about taking an oath to serve their country and serve as an unbiased juror. However, since the GOP doesn't have any of those, we assume "Moscow Mitch" McConnell will still try to rush through the proceeding as quickly as possible so Republicans can acquit Trump and get back to the business of appointing conservative judges.
Facebook isn't just letting dishonest political ads go through without objection. The social media giant is also now allowing false ads about anti-HIV medications. The company is a clear danger to society, and it's scary to think about where we'll be in 2029 if it's still allowed to operate without restraint for another 10 years.
It's good that the Hallmark Channel quickly reversed its decision to ban ads featuring-same sex couples getting married. What would have been even better would have been if they hadn't made the poor initial decision in the first place. Embracing diversity is good for the country, and it's also good for the bottom line.
Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is playing the victim card ahead of his January trial for rape, predatory sexual assault and criminal sexual acts against two women. Weinstein is whining that he's the "forgotten man," to which we say, no one has forgotten you Harvey. We know who you are and what you did.
At this point, it looks like the Clutter investment team will probably stay on vacation for the rest of 2019. The S&P 500 is up almost 26.5% for the year, and there isn't much reason to think there will be any significant change in the next two weeks. (Holy hell, there are only two weeks left in the year.) The staff expects to return in January once the "year-to-date" return numbers reset to zero, and they will keep an eye on our portfolio for a while after that.
Of course, this is the time for financial "experts" to be making predictions about how things will go in 2020. Our team doesn't do guessing games. They constructed a diverse portfolio, and they still have a long-term perspective, so they feel confident that we can handle just about anything. They'll be interested in any big sales, and of course they'll enjoy any positive returns. Either way, they feel good about their work. Now, if we can just figure out how to earn enough interest to pay for two cups of coffee per month, we should be set for the new year. It's all about goals, folks.
The good news is that the New England Patriots beat the Cincinnati Bengals 34-13 yesterday and also clinched their league-record 11th consecutive trip to the playoffs. The bad news is that the Patriots offense only looked marginally better against the 1-13 Bengals and still had to be bailed out by the defense. (Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton played Santa for New England yesterday, giving them four interceptions for early Christmas presents.) Tom Brady and company scored 27 points, but that was mostly due to terrific field position handed to them each time by the defense and special teams. This group still can't handle long drives. That doesn't inspire confidence, and it means the New England defense should expect to work with a near-zero margin for error for the rest of the season. The Pats still have two more games at home (against the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins) to figure something out, but at this point, it looks like they are what the are: a struggling group who needs the defense to save them.
Tom Brady is doing the best he can with what he's got. Will that be enough? (pic via msn.com)
The Oakland Raiders lost 20-16 to the Jacksonville Jaguars yesterday. It was the team's final game in Oakland, and their now-former fans let them know exactly how they feel about the move to Las Vegas. You can bet the house that the Las Vegas Raiders fan base won't be half as passionate as this group, but hey, money speaks louder than 52,000 people booing their heads off.
It's a little surprising to hear the Cleveland Indians traded ace pitcher Corey Kluber to the Texas Rangers for infielder Delino DeShields and pitching prospect Emmanuel Chase. Kluber is a two-time Cy Young Award winner and has been the anchor of Cleveland's rotation for most of the past decade. Apparently it was a money issue, with Kluber scheduled to make $17.5 million and Cleveland reportedly looking to trim payroll.
An even bigger surprise is that Madison Bumgarner will reportedly sign with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bumgarner has been one of the most dominant pitchers in the National League for 10 years, all with the San Francisco Giants. His deal is reportedly for five years and $85 million. Even though he's had a few injuries recently, in the crazy world of baseball, this seems like a bargain.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be out in four days, so here's another brief clip to keep you occupied until the 20th:
This is interesting - guitarist John Frusciante is returning to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He'll replace Josh Klinghoffer, who replaced him 10 years ago. We're looking forward to hearing more about what inspired this reunion.
Okay kids, that's it for now. Seeing as how this is the last full week before Christmas, how about we have Lemmy, Dave Grohl, and Billy Gibbons get the holiday spirit going with their cover of, "Run Rudolph, Run" for today's, "Song of the Day."
Yeah, that should keep us moving today.
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. Our crew was thrilled to see you again, as always. Enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll do this again soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.
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