Wednesday Clutter: U.S. Supreme Court, Warnings About Reopening Too Soon, Elizabeth Warren, Twitter, Facebook, Hamilton, Russell Crowe, Prince, Iron Maiden, and more
Friday Clutter: Joe Biden, Trump, Mitch McConnell, Stephen Colbert, Jeff Bezos, David Ortiz, Joe Buck, Supernatural, Steve Austin, Chris Jericho, Pearl Jam, and more

Thursday Clutter: Trump, "Darkest Winter in Modern History," Michael Flynn, Food Apps, XFL, Jeffrey Epstein, Steve Miller, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  I'm a little tired.  Woke up a couple of times early this morning, not sure why.  Yesterday was a busy day, so I assumed it would lead to a night of uninterrupted sleep.  Oh well.  I was ready to start grumbling about the temperatures again this morning, but BDH and Little Buddha tell me things should start getting warmer today.  Also, the wind has finally died down, so that's good.  There's plenty on today's to-do list, so the guys said they'd make the coffee a little stronger than usual.  They put a fresh pot on the counter, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Thursday Clutter.

Donald Trump isn't happy about Dr. Anthony Fauci's testimony before a Senate committee earlier this week.  That's no surprise, since we all knew Fauci wouldn't parrot the administration's propaganda about it being safe to reopen the country.  What is weird is that Trump seems obsessed about the idea of opening schools as soon as possible, saying:

"These are young students. They're in great shape," he said, going on to suggest the benefits outweigh the risks for higher education institutions.
"Will something happen? Perhaps," Trump said. "You can be driving to school and some bad things can happen too."
First off, we know the coronavirus can impact young people.  Second, opening schools would also require a large number of adults, unless Trump somehow envisions a Lord of the Flies situation occurring here.  Third, is Trump somehow comparing a national pandemic to a car accident?  Finally, those students would eventually go home at the end of the day, where they'd interact with adults  who could be more vulnerable.  What's the obsession with this, or is it just the latest example of a rapidly deteriorating sociopath?
When he's not pushing to send children into unsafe environments during a global pandemic, Donald Trump is busy trying to deny food stamps while the economy lost more than 20 million jobs last month.  Give the guy credit, he never misses a single opportunity to fight for the worst ideas at the worst possible time.
Donald Trump May 14 2020"Look, do I care about anyone besides myself?  No, I do not."  (pic via
Dr. Rick Bright is expected to warn Congress in testimony today that the United States is facing "the darkest winter in modern history" if the country doesn't ramp up its response to the coronavirus.  That will help us get to sleep tonight.  Dr. Bright is testifying before a House subcommittee today, so he should face a more receptive audience than Dr. Fauci did when he had to deal with the idiotic Senator Rand Paul.

This is interesting:  The judge overseeing Michael Flynn's case has appointed a retired judge to make the argument for why charges should not be dropped against Flynn, despite the Department of Justice's attempt to do just that.  Judge Emmet Sullivan is also apparently wondering if Flynn perjured himself during this trial.  Attorney General William Barr should have already resigned after blatantly interfering in a judicial proceeding to save a Trump ally, and it looks like Judge Sullivan is voicing his displeasure about the whole thing.  Of course, there would be nothing stopping Trump from pardoning Flynn when all of this is over.  However, it least that would be tied directly to him, instead of Barr trying to cover for the whole corrupt enterprise.

While Donald Trump waits for the United States Supreme Court to save him again, he's now arguing presidential immunity before New York's highest court.  The claim comes in response to a defamation lawsuit filed against him by a woman who alleges that he groped her without her consent and later lied about her on the campaign trail in 2016.  The easiest way for Trump to stop being "distracted" by so many legal challenges would be for him to stop acting like a criminal at every turn.

Donald Trump's poll numbers continue to slide, with his approval rating now sitting at 41%.  It's an indictment of the country that they're even that high, given his responsibility for thousands of deaths over the last two months.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court threw out the state's stay-at-home order yesterday, calling it "unlawful, invalid, and unenforceable."  The same court forced the state to hold its primary election in person in April, despite the health risks because of the coronavirus pandemic.  They've made it clear they are eager to risk the health of the public for their own political purposes.

It doesn't seem like Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell thinks the economy will fully recover from this pandemic anytime soon.  Powell warned about "longer-term concerns" during a speech yesterday, and the S&P 500 responded by falling 1.75% for the day.  That will probably earn Powell some criticism from Donald Trump at some point today.  The index is now down 12.71% on the year, putting it right in the middle of its 52-week range.  We asked the Clutter investment team if we should be doing anything different right now.  Their advice was to stick with our pre-existing plan and just focus on keeping expenses in check at the moment.  Then they asked what's on Netflix tonight.

There certainly aren't many bright sides to the current state of the world, but at least the current economic landscape is making student loans cheaper.  Of course, who knows when colleges and universities will reopen again, but hey, you've got to take any silver linings where you can find them these days.

Chicago will soon require food delivery apps to reveal to customers how much they're charging restaurants to use their services.  We've never used apps like DoorDash, so we're missing something here:  Why don't people just contact restaurants directly and skip the middleman?  In any case, this seems like a policy that should be adopted nationwide.  We imagine it would be fought vigorously by the app makers, which would be a clear sign they're not bringing any value to this transaction.

Vince McMahon formally listed his reasons for firing Oliver Luck as the commissioner of the XFL in a recent court ruling.  McMahon basically claims Luck abandoned his duties in the face of the coronavirus crisis right before McMahon folded the league for a second time.  Luck disputes the argument, and we wish him the best of luck in the court battle.

Den of Geek has everything you need to know about the timeline for Phase 4 of the MCU in one place, so you might want to bookmark that page for future updates.

Netflix has a four-part docuseries about late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein coming out on May 27.  We will have to take a shower after watching each episode of Filthy Rich. Check out the trailer.  It's no accident that a clip of Epstein with Donald Trump is included here:

We're sorry to hear that Melissa Ethridge's son Beckett Cypher died yesterday due to an opioid addiction.  Cypher was only 21 years old.  Our condolences go out to the singer and her family. 

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's the Steve Miller Band to close things out with, "Rock'n Me" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It's always great to hang out with you.  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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