Tuesday Clutter: Harvey Weinstein, Coronavirus Fears, Trump, Mitch McConnell, Krispy Kreme, Metallica, Robert Plant, and more
Thursday Clutter: Trump, Mike Pence, Coronavirus, Lynching Bill, Dunkin, David Ortiz, New York Yankees, Kelly Clarkson, and more

Wednesday Clutter: Trump and the Coronavirus, Wall Street, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, One Chicago, Bon Jovi, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  Come on in, have a seat.  How are you?  I was just talking about today's schedule with BDH and Little Buddha.  We've got two options, and without getting bogged down in the details, the first option makes more sense, but the second option appeals to me more for some reason.  Maybe I'll figure out what to do after I have some coffee.  Speaking of which, the guys just made a fresh pot, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Wednesday Clutter.

Donald Trump says the coronavirus is under control, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it could become a major problem in this country, and people should prepare for it.  Who should we believe - the guy who lies about what day it is when it suits him, or the leading public health institute in the United States?  (Also, don't forget, Trump spent the last two years slashing the budgets of the agencies responsible for dealing with the coronavirus.)   This administration's incompetence is quickly becoming a public health threat.   We know Republicans don't care about corruption, but are they prepared to once again shrug if their constituents start getting sick, and the White House has no response?

Donald Trump February 26 2020What, me worry?  (pic via mnews.world)

Donald Trump's real concern is that stocks dropped another 3% yesterday, following a similar loss on Monday, and things don't look much better for today.  Apparently Wall Street is more likely to listen to the CDC than Trump when it comes to the coronavirus.  The S&P 500 has fallen a little over 7% in the last five days, which is never fun.  The index is down just over 3% for the year at the moment, which brings it back to the level it was at mid-December of last year.  The Clutter investment team thinks things would still have to fall significantly further to count as a buying opportuniy, but they are watching their charts.  (Of course, the staff wants to remind you that you shouldn't make any investing decisions based on their actions.  Everyone needs their own plan.  The team just likes sharing their thoughts.)

We thought this was a joke at first, but apparently former White House doctor Ronny Jackson had to hide cauliflower in Trump's mashed potatoes in an attempt to improve the Great Pumpkin's diet, because Trump is an overgrown three-year-old.

As expected, two anti-abortion bills failed to move in the Senate yesterday, but advancing them was never the point.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was just taking a break from confirming federal judges to he could throw some red meat to the Republican bases for this fall. 

This story about a 6-year-old girl being arrested in Florida last year, for what was at most a temper tantrum, is outrageous.  One of the police officers in this case was later fired, but there's a larger organizational failure here.  Kids aren't mini-adults.  That kind of "law and order" approach isn't going to do anything helpful in those kinds of situations.  All you end up doing is traumatizing a child.  We also have to wonder whether the same thing would have happened if we were talking about a white kid.

Our hearts go out to former Boston Red Sox outfielder Dwight Evans and his wife Susan on the passing of their son Tim on Saturday.  Tim Evans died of complications from neurofibromatosis, the same genetic disorder which took his brother Justin's life 10 months ago.  We can't begin to imagine the pain of a parent who has to bury two of their children, especially so close together.

Major League Baseball's investigation of the Red Sox apparently won't end this week after all, and it's not clear when it will conclude.  Not sure what is taking MLB so long to look into the allegations of the team stealing signs, but all of these delays don't feel promising.  The Sox owners were adamant that fans should reserve judgment until the report came out, but it doesn't seem like it should take this long to exonerate the club, so will those comments come back to bite them?

New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow that will presumably force him to miss the 2020 season.  We wish him the best of luck with his recovery, but we also have to mention that the current Yankees rotation of Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ, and two vacant spots, doesn't feel unbeatable.  James Paxton will return at some point after April after he recovers from his own procedure to remove a cyst, but the AL East title might not be a foregone conclusion this year.

New York Giants rookie head coach Joe Judge won't name any starters for next year, as he tries to send a message that everyone needs to earn their spots.  It will be interesting to see how that plays out in New York.  Is he setting a good tone, or will he come off as pompous?

It doesn't sound like the Pittsburgh Steelers will be getting back together with Antonio Brown.  The only NFL executives who would be dumber than the one who signs Brown next, would be one from one of his former teams (Steelers, Raiders, Patriots) bringing him back for a second round.  That would be a fireable offense.

BDH and Little Buddha are happy to hear that not only are tonight's "One Chicago" shows new, but there's a Chicago Fire/P.D. crossover event which features the return of a former character.  (No spoilers here, but click on the link to find out who came back.)

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  We mentioned earlier this week that Bon Jovi has a new album coming out in May, so let's check out one of the tracks.  Here's, "Limitless," for today's, "Song of the Day."

That seems like something that should make Bon Jovi fans happy.  Thoughts?

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  BDH and Little Buddha say you're welcome to come back tonight to join them for the new "One Chicago" episodes if you're free.  Otherwise, enjoy the rest of the day, be good, 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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