Saturday Clutter: Trump, Chris Matthews, Twitter, Tony Romo, Doctor Who, Grey's Anatomy, Hawaii Five-0, Lady Gaga, and more
Welcome back! Any big plans for Leap Year Day? This is only the third one BDH has seen, and he loves it. It's the eighth one for Little Buddha, and he's also smiling about it. The guys say they read on the Internet that the proper way to celebrate Leap Year Day is with cookies. I asked them which site said that. They just looked at each other, left the room, and came back with coffee. Hmm, I feel like there are shenanigans afoot. Well, we'll revisit the cookie issue later. For now, grab yourself a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Saturday Clutter.
That didn't take long: Donald Trump referred to the coronavirus as a Democratic "hoax" last night, thus putting the country even more at-risk because of his lack of intelligence, self-pity, distrust of science, and love of conspiracy theories. 2,800 people around the world have died from this virus so far. We need our public health officials to be able to do their jobs effectively and communicate directly to the American public, not be muzzled by the office of the man who doesn't believe cigarettes cause cancer. This is a serious problem which requires serious people, and they are nowhere to be found in the White House.
Donald Trump will always put himself before everyone else. (pic via kbps.org)
Good for GQ writer Laura Bassett for having the courage to write about a past sexist encounter with MSNBC's Chris Matthews. The host has come under fire in recent weeks for comparing the Bernie Sanders campaign to Nazis, and challenging Elizabeth Warren for going after Mike Bloomberg's documented mistreatment of female employees. It's time for Matthews to call it a day, or else the network should do it for him and show they've learned anything after Matt Lauer.
The best thing the Clutter investment team can say about this brutal week is that it's over. The S&P 500 fell 0.8% on Friday, leaving it down 11.5% for the week and down 8.5% for the year. Those numbers certainly sound scary, but it leaves the index at 2,954 which is where it was last September, and stocks didn't seem particularly cheap then. What is frightening is that, unlike, say the 2008 financial crisis, it's hard to see what the Federal Reserve can do to help. Investors aren't likely to calm down until the CDC and other public health organizations have some positive news about the containment of the coronavirus. It also has to be reliable information, which makes the incompetent White House handling of this problem all the more concerning. As always, the critical thing here is to stay focused on the long-term perspective. Short-term panic is where money is lost.
A hedge fund is looking to replace Jack Dorsey as the chief executive officer of Twitter. No idea what that would mean for the future of the social media giant, but it's something worth keeping an eye on for a while.
Congratulations to Tony Romo on signing a new contract to remain a football analyst at CBS. According to reports, the deal is for $17 million a year for more than five years. While we were never fans of Romo when he was the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, he quickly became a star calling games, clearly explaining the action on the field and often predicting plays ahead of time. He's the only analyst we actively enjoy, and he deserved this extension.
We can't stop laughing about the MAGA crowd who gave Garth Brooks grief for wearing a Sanders jersey during a concert in Detroit. Apparently no one in that group has ever heard of Detroit Lions legendary running back Barry Sanders.
Have to admit we're nervous about tomorrow's season finale of Doctor Who. A number of large questions have been raised this season, and we're not sure how much they'll be resolved tomorrow, before the show goes on another year+ hiatus. While it's been much better than last season, the show has been uneven this year. Some of the episodes have been great, and others have fallen flat. We don't need all of the answers tomorrow, but here's hoping season 12 ends on a strong note.
We watched the first few seasons of Grey's Anatomy, but have missed most of the last 10 years of the show. However, even we think the trailer for Alex Karev's departure next week is emotional, so we can only imagine what real fans are going through right now. Good luck to all of you:
Bad news, Hawaii Five-0 fans: The show is coming to an end in April. This seems like an odd time to make that announcement. Wouldn't you want more than a month to hype the conclusion of a show that's delivered solid ratings for 10 years? You know we're obsessed with series finales around here, so our main hope is that the cancellation decision was made in time for the writers to provide a solid ending to this story.
The Hollywood Reporter has a fun look back at the TV show M*A*S*H 35 years after it went off the air. Grandma and Grandpa Clutter loved M*A*S*H, and we couldn't help but smile while reading that piece.
Ozzy Osbourne stars in his own new video game, and our only question is, how did this not happen earlier?
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Lady Gaga just released a new tune, and the video was apparently shot on an iPhone 11 Pro, so let's have a look and close things out with, "Stupid Love," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Not entirely sure what just happened there, but it was fun.
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. BDH and Little Buddha just found out that the Red Sox are playing the Yankees this afternoon, and it's on TV, so they say you're welcome to come back later for that if you like. Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your Leap Year Day (and maybe treat yourself to a cookie or two), be good, and we'll catch up with you again on Monday. For now, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.
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