Friday Clutter: GOP Insider Trading, California Stay-Home Order, Elon Musk, Chris Sale, Ben Affleck, Alice in Chains, and more
Welcome back! How are you? Still washing your hands and distancing yourselves as much as possible? BDH and Little Buddha got a surprise book in the mail yesterday, which is perfect timing. That should keep them busy for a little while. There's still supposed to be another one coming anytime now, so if that holds up, we'll be in good shape for the rest of the month. The guys want me to tell you that they hope you're taking good care of yourselves. They want to do their part to help, so they made a fresh pot of coffee. Grab a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Friday Clutter.
This is outrageous: Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) sold up to $1.6 million in stock back in February after receiving a classified briefing about the dangers of the coronavirus. He then warned a group of donors at a private meeting, while he, Donald Trump, and the rest of the GOP were still talking about the whole thing being "a hoax." This is pure corruption, plain and simple. Senator Burr knew full well what was coming, and not only did he not tell the public, he profited off of that insider information. He needs to resign immediately, and charges should be brought against him on Monday. Former Representative Chris Collins (R-NY) was sentenced to 26 months in jail in 2019 for doing the same thing, and there's no reason for Burr to be treated differently.
Hold on, Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-Georgia) did the same thing. She should also be removed from office and prosecuted for putting profits before the public's safety. These self-serving officials are reprehensible. It's no wonder Republicans in Washington have done such an atrocious job of handling this crisis - they've been too busy protecting their portfolios. Who else did this besides Burr and Loeffler?
Criminals. (pic via rawstory.com)
California Governor Gavin Newsome issued a mandatory stay-home order for the state yesterday. Newsome warned that as many as half of the state's nearly 40 million residents could be infected with the virus in the next two months. There are a variety of exemptions to the order, like traveling to grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and gas stations, among others.
Meanwhile, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued a similar order, calling for the mandatory closing of all non-essential companies. This pandemic is a tidal wave crashing into our economy.
Here are some housecleaning tips that folks might find useful right now.
Twitter won't remove Elon Musk's irresponsible coronavirus-related tweet, because their rules about misinformation apparently don't apply to the Tesla founder.
Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale needs Tommy John surgery after all. That's no surprise. It was always a matter of "when," not "if." There's no word yet on when Sale will be able to have the surgery, since all non-emergency procedures are being delayed at hospitals for the time being. It takes an average of 12-15 months for pitchers to recover from this procedure, which means we're most likely talking about Sale returning to action for the 2022 season. That leaves the Red Sox with a starting rotation this year of Eduardo Rodriguez, Nate Eovaldi, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. Maybe it's just as well baseball isn't returning anytime soon. You have to wonder if new boss Chaim Bloom regrets taking the job with the club.
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has also tested positive and is resting at home. Payton becomes the first person in the NFL to receive that diagnosis. We wish both Smart and Payton a full and speedy recovery.
The Denver Broncos will reportedly waive quarterback Joe Flacco after just one year because he failed his physical. Flacco's single disappointing season with Denver was cut short last year because of a neck injury. The question now is, will another team take a chance on the 35-year-old to be their backup, or is this it for Flacco?
Ben Affleck's movie, The Way Back, is the latest new release to also be made available on video-on-demand due to movie theaters shutting down across the country.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Here's Alice in Chains to close things out with a timely message. We give you, "I Stay Away," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It's always great to see you, especially when we all have to work so hard to keep our distances at the moment. However, BDH and Little Buddha want you to know you're always welcome to "virtually" stop by here any time you like. They love any chance they get to hang out with you. Enjoy the rest of your 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.