Thursday Clutter: Vaccine Doctor Demoted, Trump, Joe Biden, Las Vegas Mayor Disgrace, Red Sox Report, Gronk, Whitney Houston, Back to the Future, Comedy Festival, Bruce Springsteen, and more
Saturday Clutter: Trump, No Coronavirus Immunity, Captain Brett Crozier Recommendation, Facebook, New England Patriots, Alanis Morissette, and more

Friday Clutter: Trump, Joe Biden, Cuomo v. McConnell, Elizabeth Warren, New England Patriots, Parks and Recreation, SNL, Jerry Seinfeld, the Rolling Stones, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back, and congratulations on making it through another week!  That calls for a round of applause.  Sorry we're a little late.  BDH and Little Buddha thought I might benefit from not turning on the alarm before I went to bed last night.  Sleep is a weird deal these days.  I'm out cold for about the first three hours, and then it's hit-or-miss.  I don't usually have insomnia, but I might wake up 10 times for the remainder of the evening, so it's not always that restful.  It seemed to catch up with me yesterday, thus the suggestion to sleep in this morning.  Still woke up a few times, but I do feel better, thanks to their advice.  In any case, we're here, you're here, and the coffee is here.  Grab yourself a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Friday Clutter.

This is not a joke:  Donald Trump suggested yesterday that injecting yourself with a disinfectant might kill the coronavirus.  Don't know about that, but it will kill you if you do it, so we can't believe we have to write this, but please don't shoot up with Lysol.  Seriously, what is that?  What kind of deranged idiot comes up with that idea?  The White House occupant just suggested the American public commit mass suicide.  We know he's not a doctor.  He's not even a competent human being.  He should be tied up and thrown in a closet while actual medical professionals brief the country on the latest coronavirus news.

Donald Trump April 24 2020A deranged man who is a menace to society.  (pic via kdow.biz)

Joe Biden says he thinks Donald Trump will try to postpone the November election.  He's absolutely right to believe Trump will try something.  For those who argue that the White House occupant can't do it, we've spent 3+ years now talking about how Trump "can't" do certain things, only to watch him blow by those restraints time and time again.  Senate Republicans have looked the other way on treason, corruption, and gross incompetence in order to protect their hold on power.  There's no reason why they wouldn't give Trump a free pass on this if he tries some underhanded move to delay voting or otherwise steal the election.  It's already started with the war on the post office to hamper mail-in voting. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's support for states to declare bankruptcy, rather than get more federal assistance, as "one of the really dumb ideas of all time." He's not wrong, folks.  While the first priority remains removing Donald Trump from the White House, McConnell must either be sent back to the Senate minority, or even better, home to Kentucky where he can't inflict such incredible damage on this country.

We're sorry to hear that Senator Elizabeth Warren's oldest brother died from coronavirus-related complications on Tuesday.  Senator Warren hadn't mentioned she had a personal connection to the pandemic, while she's been fighting for a competent federal response to this crisis.  Our condolences go out to her and the rest of her family.

Wall Street could take another hit today following the news that an experimental coronavirus treatment trial was stopped.  The Clutter investment team was suspicious of the market rally this drug inspired a few days ago.  It seems clear that it will be many months at a minimum before we have anything resembling a vaccine, so investors were engaging more in wishful thinking than reality.  The real boon to the economy will be if/when this country ever engages in the widespread testing and tracing needed to more effectively battle this pandemic.  That's how we get people to feel safe about going back outside and spending more money.  Given that the current advice from the idiot-in-chief is disinfectant injections, we have a long way to go before that economic recovery is a real possibility.

Google will now require all advertisers to confirm their identities.  Better late than never.

The NFL draft started last night, and as expected, the Cincinnati Bengals made quarterback Joe Burrow the #1 pick, and  the New England Patriots....traded out of the first round.  It would have been more surprising if they'd actually made a selection. Bill Belichick sent the team's #23 pick to the Los Angeles Chargers in exchange for a 2nd and 3rd round pick.  That means the team has five picks to make today, which is good, considering that they have widespread needs across the board.  This draft will be analyzed by Patriots reporters and fans for years, since it's the first one of the post-Brady era.  Belichick has to have a good weekend, or this team could be in trouble for a while.

Here's some good news:  Parks and Recreation is coming back on April 30 with a new episode to raise money for Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund.  We're excited to see Leslie Knope, Ron Swanson, and the rest of the Pawnee crew, but it gives us a thought.  You know who we really need to come back to save the day?  Doctor Gregory House!  He'd have this entire situation figured out in 60 minutes.

We're also on board with Saturday Night Live airing another "at home" episode tomorrow night.  The first one was solid, and we could always use a few more laughs these days.  No word about a host or musical guest yet, but we're up for whatever the cast has to offer right now.

Hey Will & Grace fans - what did you think about the show's (second) series finale?  Did it do a better job of wrapping up the story than the first attempt a few years ago?

Jerry Seinfeld has a new comedy special coming out on Netflix on May 5.  We've soured a bit on Seinfeld over the years.  He seems like an unpleasant person, and Larry David is funnier, but we'll probably end up checking out 23 Hours to Kill.  Here's the trailer:

The Insane Clown Posse is cancelling their annual gathering because they don't want to risk the lives of their fans.  That means even these guys are more responsible than the GOP.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  The Rolling Stones just released a new track which was written last year, but it's a good fit for our current situation.  Here they are to close things out for us with, "Living in a Ghost Town," for today's, "Song of the Day."

It's amazing that they're still delivering the goods after all these years.

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  BDH and Little Buddha say you're welcome to come back later this afternoon after we finish some housecleaning.  They'll find something good on Netflix or Amazon Video.  Otherwise, be good, stay safe, 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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