Wednesday Clutter: Trump and the Coronavirus, Wall Street, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, One Chicago, Bon Jovi, and more
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Thursday Clutter: Trump, Mike Pence, Coronavirus, Lynching Bill, Dunkin, David Ortiz, New York Yankees, Kelly Clarkson, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  Sounds like it's raining pretty hard at the moment.  I think that's okay - the driveway could use a little cleaning.  Long story, but it's a bit of a mess.  It's also pretty windy outside, so I might let all of that die down a bit before I drive today.  It's always easier to travel when you can see the road, you know?  It's alsobetter when you're wide awake.  That requires some coffee.  BDH and Little Buddha made a fresh pot, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Thursday Clutter.

Donald Trump announced last night that Mike Pence will be in charge of the government's response to the coronavirus threat.  That may be the most frightening thing we've heard about this whole situation yet.  BDH and Little Buddha are bigger public health experts than Pence.  We're talking about a man whose policies as Indiana governor directly led to a HIV outbreak in the state, as well as a guy who as recently as 2000 tried to claim that cigarettes don't kill. 

That Trump would put this man in charge of this situation speaks to the administration's incompetence, as well as the fact that Trump has slashed the CDC's budget over the last few years and has no serious people to lead the response.   He doesn't want an expert in this situation, he wants someone who will praise him everyday in front of the TV cameras above all else.  This is an ominous move.  Again we ask, will Republicans just shrug at this like they do his corruption?

Mike Pence Donald Trump February 27 2020A dangerously bad choice by an inept administration.  (pic via upi.com)

In the meantime, we encourage everyone to follow the advice of health professionals and cover your mouth when you cough, wash your hands thoroughly, and stay home if you're sick.  With that, our staff has already given more competent advice than anything that will come out of Pence's mouth.  

Trump also passively acknowledged during his press conference that the administration's first funding request to deal with the coronavirus was insanely low.   That miscalculation was likely mostly driven by the fact that he has no idea what's going on.

We also want to be clear that while it's in flux as new cases arrive, the mortality rate of the virus is currently estimated between 0.7% and 4%.  That's not nothing, but as headlines will likely get more inflammatory, it's important to know the reality of the situation. 

As much as we hate to be cynical, at what point will the Trump administration attempt to use this situation to distract everyone while they implement some new awful policy or find a new way to corrupt our elections?  You know it's coming.

Joe Biden thinks some of his Democratic rivals should drop out of the race if they don't win any minority support in Saturday's South Carolina primary.  This message might carry more weight if it was delivered by someone who's ever won a single presidential primary in his/her career.

Good for the House for finally passing a bill to make lynching a federal hate crime yesterday.  The legislation is apparently expected to also make it through the Senate, but do we dare ask if Donald Trump will sign it?  Doing so wouldn't make his white nationalist base happy.  If he comes up with some reason to veto it, Congress should override that move with historic speed.

It looks like today will be another rough day for stocks, following the discovery of the first coronavirus case in the U.S. with an unknown cause.

Concerns about the coronavirus may end up impacting the release date of the iPhone 12 later this year.  That wouldn't be good for Apple's quarterly bottom line, but we're pretty sure most people will survive not being able to upgrade their phone for a few months, if a delay ends up happening.  They may be stressed about not immediately getting a shiny new toy, but they'll survive.

The Dunkin' mothership is now offering a travel package of bacon.  Is that a go-to snack for people?  We know everyone loves bacon, but it's hard for us to picture people eating it while they're on the move.  Thoughts?

David Ortiz fans have the chance to buy all sorts of memorabilia straight from the man himself this weekend.  Big Papi is having an estate sale on Sunday, which is open to the public, as he and his family are apparently looking to downsize.  There's all sorts of stuff being offered, so whether you want baseball items, a poker table, or some rugs, owned by the big guy himself, Milton is the place to be on Sunday.

The injury bug hit the New York Yankees again with the news that outfielder Giancarlo Stanton might miss Opening Day because of a right calf strain.  Stanton only played in 18 games last year because of a variety of injuries.  We were a little jealous when the Yankees got Stanton, but he's owed more than $200 million through 2028, and that contract looks increasingly worse every time he gets hurt.  The Red Sox may have dodged a bullet on that one.  In the meantime, if the Yankees are beat up, and the Red Sox are...a work in progress...will the Tampa Bay Rays take the AL East title this year?

Steven Spielberg won't be directing Indiana Jones 5, and it sounds like he'll likely be replaced by James Mangold.  Our question is, does this movie need to happen at all?  Maybe Mangold can find a way to shake up the franchise a bit.

Former Chicago P.D. cast member Brian Geraghty has some thoughts about last night's intense "One Chicago" crossover event.  No spoilers from us, but that story got darker and darker as the night went on, and we were drained by the end. 

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  BDH and Little Buddha went down the YouTube rabbit hole yesterday, and they found this clip of a recent performance of one of the best pop tunes of the 1990's.  Some 30 years after it was first released, it still holds up.  To close things out, we give you Kelly Clarkson teaming with Wilson Phillips on, "Hold On," for today's, "Song of the Day."

You know full well you'll be humming that for the rest of the day.  You're welcome.

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see  you, as always.  Enjoy the rest of your day, be careful if you have to drive in this rain, and 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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