Friday Clutter: Trump, Roger Stone, Elizabeth Warren, KFC, Boston Red Sox, Criminal Minds, Will Ferrell, Cinderella, and more
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Saturday Clutter: Bernie Sanders, Mike Bloomberg, Sonia Sotomayor, Warren Buffett, Wells Fargo, NFL CBA, Friends Reunion, the Beatles, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  Come on in, have a seat.  Like I said on Friday, we're changing the programming schedule this weekend.  BDH and Little Buddha really wanted to say hi today, and then I think we'll be off tomorrow and back on Monday.  It looked like things might get off to a rocky start, because our Internet was out for a minute this morning.  However, our crack IT staff got everything up and running again before you could say, "coffee."  Speaking of which, the guys made you a fresh pot, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Saturday Clutter.

Senator Bernie Sanders has been informed that Russia is trying to help his presidential campaign.  The question now becomes, why would Russia choose Sanders?  Do they think he's the easiest candidate for their puppet Donald Trump to beat?  Do they think he'll work with them the best of all of the Democratic candidates if he wins?  Maybe they're leaking the news of their support because he's the front-runner and they want to help the centrist Democrats take him down.  Or, at the end of the day, maybe they are just trying cause as much division as possible as they can whenever they can.  In any case, we'll see if this report has any impact on today's Nevada caucuses.

Mike Bloomberg says three of his former employees can be released from their non-disclosure agreements if they express a desire to do so.  First question, why is it only three of them?  Second, why is it on the women to ask for the release, when his company could take care of it right now?  Bloomberg is  trying to do damage control because his poll numbers took a serious hit after his disastrous debate performance this week, but this won't be close to the end of this controversy.  It's amazing that the billionaire spent all this money to claim he's the guy to beat Donald Trump, and he got knocked on his backside the first time he got challenged.

Mike Bloomberg February 22 2020What about all of the other non-disclosure agreements?  (pic via mychamplainvalley.com)

The distributor of Parasite says there's a simple reason the film came under attack from Donald Trump for having subtitles:  Trump can't read.  We've long believed this is true, but who knows when someone will finally have the courage to confirm it.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor called out her conservative colleagues in unusually blunt language yesterday for having a bias towards the Trump administration.  It's yet another reason why the Great Pumpkin can't be allowed a second term in the White House.  Our grandchildren will be still be paying the price for his appointments.

Warren Buffett's annual shareholder comes out later today.  As always, we recommend that anyone who is interesting in investing take some time to read what the "Oracle of Omaha" has to say, because he's great at explaining his thoughts on the economy and stocks in a way that doesn't require a MBA to understand.  At 88 years old, who knows how many of these letters Buffett still has left in him, so it's a good call to learn from an expert for free while you can.  Reading a Buffett biography was one of the first ways the Clutter investment team learned about the importance of a long-term perspective, and our staff is interested to read his latest thoughts in this year's newsletter.

Wells Fargo agreed to pay a $3 billion fine to the Department of Justice yesterday because of the bank's fake account scandal, where millions of accounts were fraudulently opened for consumers.  We'll see if that's a big enough financial penalty to change Wells Fargo's behavior, but the next time that bank has ethical business practices will be the first.  Their officials are some of the biggest criminals in the country, but as usual, no one is going to jail, and Donald Trump will probably tweet something about how the bank was treated unfairly.  White collar crime isn't treated nearly seriously enough given the immense harm it causes.

Wine prices are dropping, and they're expected to stay low for a few years.  We can think of a few people who will be happy to hear that news.

The 2020 Boston Red Sox are undefeated, thanks to a 3-0 win over Northeastern University in their first game of the year yesterday.

NFL players will vote on the new proposed collective bargaining agreement next week.  While some star players like J.J. Watt expressed their opposition to the deal, we still tend to think that the players will either accept the proposal now, or with mild revisions of some kind soon.  Their union consistently gets rolled by management, and you can see it already happening now with the rumors that the owners have no intention of negotiating.  They know the players will eventually cave because of financial and job insecurity.  That allows them to get away with cheapskate proposals like expanding the regular season to 17 games but capping salaries for that last game at $250,000 instead of prorating what players get paid over 16 games.

Kyrie Irving will have surgery on his right shoulder and is done for the season.  Thank god he's not Boston's problem anymore.  Meanwhile, should the Celtics also be glad Al Horford left for the Philadelphia 76ers?  Horford is struggling this season, so maybe it turns out last off-season worked out pretty well for Boston.

Lindsay Lohan and Mickey Rourke are reportedly teaming up for a supernatural thriller.  That is not a pairing we would have ever predicted.  Lohan will play a police detective who teams up with a psychiatrist (Rourke) to stop a killer.  Cursed sounds like something that will go straight to video, but we may check it out down the road, some night when there's nothing else on TV, just to see these two work together.

The Friends cast will reunite for a special on HBO Max as part of the show's move from Netflix to the new streaming service.  Is that enough to get you to buy a subscription?

Someone else from Supernatural is joining the cast of Jared Padalecki's Walker, Texas Ranger reboot.  Does anyone know what Padalecki's current co-star Jensen Ackles is doing after the show ends this year?  Also, will Supernatural conventions still go strong if the two leads are no longer making regular appearances?  These are the things we wonder about on a Saturday morning.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  We're feeling a bit of a Beetles vibe this morning, so here they are with, "Magical Mystery Tour," for today's, "Song of the Day.'

Thanks for hanging out with us on this sunny Saturday, folks.  It's always a treat to see you and start the weekend off on a good note.  Not sure what the plan is for the rest of the day, but BDH and Little Buddha say you're always welcome to come back later to read with them.  Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your weekend, be good, and we'll catch up with you again on Monday.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.

 

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