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Friday Clutter: Trump, Roger Stone, Elizabeth Warren, KFC, Boston Red Sox, Criminal Minds, Will Ferrell, Cinderella, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all!  Any big plans for the weekend?  Not sure what we're doing at the moment, but it might involve a programming change, so we should be here either tomorrow or Sunday.  Either way, we'll be back on Monday.  We'll figure that out later.  In the meantime, let's take a look at today's headlines.  BDH and Little Buddha just made a fresh pot of coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.

Lawmakers were told last week by intelligence officials that Russia is already interfering in the 2020 presidential election to help Donald Trump.  That news made Trump angry - not that Russia is interfering, mind you.  The Great Pumpkin is angry that Democrats were told about the interference.  That in turn led Trump to name loyalist Richard Grenell (a man with no experience in the intelligence world) acting Director of National Intelligence.  The move does nothing to protect our nation's security, it just gives Trump one more man to cover up his crimes.  What do you call a White House occupant who is more concerned about his allegiance to a foreign country than protecting our elections?  A traitor.

Donald Trump February 21 2020The only thing Donald Trump cares about is Donald Trump. (pic via whtc.com)

Donald Trump's ally Roger Stone was sentence to 40 months in federal prison yesterday after being found guilty of misleading congressional investigators about several aspects of Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.  Judge Amy Berman Jackson made it clear what this trial was all about:

"He was not prosecuted, as some have complained, for standing up for the president," the judge said. "He was prosecuted for covering up for the president."

Given how clearly Judge Jackson stated the basis for the case, does Donald Trump have the gall to pardon someone convicted of covering up for him?  Trump spoke about eventual exoneration for Stone yesterday but he didn't go so far as to say a pardon was coming...yet. Of course, having any shame isn't in Trump's playbook, so he could give Stone a pass at anytime.  In any case, Stone joins the long list of Trump friends who have been convicted for their parts in the Mueller investigation.

Senator Elizabeth Warren's outstanding debate performance on Wednesday night is literally paying off, as her campaign had their best fundraising day so far yesterday.  The spike in fundraising and media coverage this week is just what Warren needed, and now we'll see how it plays out in the Nevada caucuses tomorrow.

It's nice that even in the middle of a hectic campaign, Elizabeth Warren took the time out of her day to help an opponent.  Senator Warren drafted a document that would release Mike Bloomberg's former employees from their non-disclosure agreements.   That would allow for a full discussion about the kind of hostile workplace environment these women had to deal with while working for the billionaire.  That was thoughtful of her.  She probably didn't even send Bloomberg a bill for her services.

We're sorry to hear about the death of Larry Tessler, a man who made millions (if not billions) of people more productive.  If you don't recognize the name (and we didn't either before today), Tessler was responsible for the cut/copy/paste and search and replace functions.  Can you imagine a world where those don't exist?  We say thank you for making our professional lives so much easier over the years, and we send our condolences to his family and friends.  Larry Tessler was 74 years old.  

As much as we love our coffee, it would be a good idea to go back to drinking tea now and again, since it has all sorts of health benefits.  We used to drink green tea all the time.  Not sure why we got away from that, but there's some in the cupboard.  Anyone else want a cup?  BDH and Little Buddha will be happy to take your order. 

What we will not be consuming is the new KFC chicken and donuts combination.  How much do you think your life expectancy gets shortened by eating one of these things?  Hard pass, but if you want to send us your review at info@clearingouttheclutter, we'll be happy to print it.

We might be a little bit nauseous now.

David Ortiz called pitcher Mike Fiers "a snitch" for revealing the Houston Astros sign-stealing system after he left the team, saying Fiers should have spoken up at the time.  As much as the Big Papi News Desk loves Ortiz, this doesn't feel like a great look.  Much like what happened when ESPN's Jessica Mendoza did the same thing, calling Fiers a "snitch" makes it sound like Ortiz thinks Fiers' behavior is more of a problem than his former team's, which isn't right.  We admit to also being irritated with Big Papi for being the Red Sox management's mouthpiece in defending the Mookie Betts trade.  Pretty sure he would have had a different feeling about that if it happened to him or to a teammate if he was still playing.

Boston Globe sportswriter Chris Gasper asks a good question:  Are the Red Sox going to get hit with a harder punishment re: sign-stealing because MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's light treatment of the Houston Astros made the scandal worse?  That wouldn't be fair, but it would be understandable.  This season looks like it might go up in flames because of the fall-out.  Hitting the Red Sox hard might be Manfred's biggest available fire extinguisher.

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is dealing with a shoulder issue, and at this point, one might wonder if injuries are going to be a problem for him for the rest of his career.  Judge played in 112 games in 2018 and just 102 in 2019.  When you're that gigantic, things can break down quickly and often.

We hadn't watched the show regularly in years, but the Criminal Minds series finale seemed pretty solid.  No spoilers from us, but there were faces from the past, resolution of a long-standing case, and a sense of closure as the characters moved on to the next stage of their lives.  As we've mentioned before, we find series finales a fascinating concept because they're so hard to pull off well, but this was at least a B+.

Will Ferrell is on the new episode of Hot Ones.  It probably reflects poorly on us to be so entertained by celebrities suffering while eating hot chicken wings, but funny is funny.  Sean Evans is also an above-average interviewer, so you learn new things in each show, but watching these guys sweat?  Funny every time.

There's a new trailer out for Little Fires Everywhere, which stars Clutter favorite Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, and comes out on Hulu on March 18.  Have a look:

That seems like a nice lighthearted sitcom.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  We're in the mood to close out the week with some classic hair metal, so here's Cinderella with, "Gypsy Road," for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  We'll probably be back at some point this weekend....our money is on Saturday, but we'll see.  In any case, enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and one way or another, 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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