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Thursday Clutter: Trump, Unemployment Numbers, Georgia Lynching, Boston Red Sox, Brett Favre, NCIS, Soundgarden, Guns N' Roses, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  Still hanging in there?  BDH and Little Buddha point out that at least the weekend is almost here.  I know, the days all look alike at this point, but it's still important to remember things like that.  I had a lovely time in the garden yesterday afternoon.  My new bumblebee friend followed me around for a while.  He's been here every day this week, and I think he's on a scouting mission for his friends.  I sat down for quick break on the back porch at one point, but then we had this continual stream of birds stopping by to check out the tulips, so I let them do their thing while I watched from a distance.  It was all a terrific distraction from the rest of the world.  Speaking of which, our crew is eager to check out today's headlines.  The guys made you coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Thursday Clutter.

The Trump administration is apparently shelving the CDC's guide for how to safely reopen the states.  What do you think the problem is here?   The instructions don't contain glowing praise of Trump on every page?  They hint that perhaps there's more involved than just trusting Trump's deranged proclamations?  They don't say anything favorable about injecting Lysol?  The White House is determined to make this entire process as dangerous as possible for the American public, all in the name of sending workers back to the economy to serve the Great Pumpkin's desires.  Cancel this show, already.

Donald Trump May 7 2020"We've covered this before.  The only person I care about is me."  (pic via reuters.com)

Right-wing folks have been circulating a tweet this week claiming the CDC "reduced" its coronavirus death toll by about half.  That's not the case, but reality has never been important to these folks.  What is a little depressing is the number of people we follow on Twitter who retweeted the claim without first doing 30 seconds of research. 

Donald Trump rushed to contradict a nurse he was honoring in the Oval Office yesterday when she said that access to PPE supplies was "sporadic."  That's not the official party line, lady.  What are the odds Trump tweets some b.s. later today about Sophia Thomas apologizing to him for lying during the event, or something like that?

This week's new unemployment numbers are expected to be awful.  For those voters who don't care that Trump's incompetence is responsible for thousands of deaths (with many more still likely to come), will they be persuaded by what may be the worst economy in almost 100 years?  The United States will not survive another four years of this criminal in the White House.  Whatever one's feelings about Joe Biden, it is a civic responsibility to send him back to Washington.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Axl Rose got into a Twitter fight last night, because this timeline continues to get dumber by the day.  The Guns N' Roses singer fired the first shot, for reasons unclear.  Mnuchin then tried to talk trash in response, asking what Rose ever did for his country.  Seems pretty clear the entertainment provided by the band for the last 30 something years is of greater value than anything Mnuchin has ever done for the United States.  Next up, we assume Poison's Bret Michaels will decide he has a problem with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. 

Glad to hear  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is already out of the hospital and back to work after battling an infection for the past few days.  Hopefully that's her last health issue this year.

Because they never miss an opportunity to be horrible about any issue, the Trump administration released new rules yesterday that make it harder for schools to protect students who have allegedly been victims of sexual harassment and assault.

A black man named Ahmaud Arbery was murdered in Georgia in March for the crime of jogging, and charges still have yet to be filed.  A video caught Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael chasing after Arbery in their truck and shooting him in cold blood.  The men claim they thought he was a burglar, and they shot him in self-defense.  Utter nonsense.  The McMichael men went hunting, and they killed their prey.  We can't begin to pretend to understand what it's like to know you can be killed anytime, anywhere, for any reason, because of the color of your skin.  We can only hope that the national coverage this story is now receiving will be enough to force the Georgia judicial system to do its job.   Unfortunately, this feels like another George Zimmerman case.

Major League Baseball is apparently working on another plan to return to action that would see spring training resume in mid-June, with the regular season beginning in July.  The plan is supposed to be released within the next week, so we'll look at the details when that happens, but it feels like MLB is continually throwing things at the wall without much thought, and this still sounds overly optimistic to us. 

Boston Red Sox DH J.D. Martinez says the slap on the wrist the team received from MLB for their sign-stealing scandal was too harsh.  We suggest J.D. stop discussing the story.  No one in their right mind believes that the only person breaking the rules was a random video guy, so we're not drowning in sympathy for the rest of the Sox.  Let it go and hope that baseball actually does return soon so we can talk about something else.

We're pretty sure Mookie Betts wouldn't have made a comment like that.  It's too bad the Sox couldn't send Martinez to the Los Angeles Dodgers instead.   J.D. has another opt-out option at the end of this season (even if said season never happens), and it wouldn't crush us if he found a better deal with another team.

Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas was apparently caught cheating by his wife in April, and that confrontation did not go well.  What percentage of married professional athletes do you think cheat on their spouses?  We'd set the over/under at 95% and probably still take the over.  You have to know that's coming if you marry a jock, right?

Brett Favre is returning $1.1 million he received from the state of Mississippi for speeches he never made.  This is part of a larger audit of the Mississippi Department of Human Services regarding misspent funds.  Favre isn't getting any kudos from us about this move.  He never should have taken the money in the first place.  The entitlement of these guys knows no limits. 

Kevin Spacey (who is still around) told a conference audience he can relate to people who have lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic.  Yes, that's exactly the same as being shunned because of repeated allegations of sexual misconduct.

It looks like CBS renewed most of its current line-up for next year, including all of the NCIS shows.  We watch NCIS: New Orleans faithfully, but we've also seen most of the original series, as well as the one in Los Angeles, so it's nice to know they'll be back whenever new TV shows return. 

One of the only shows CBS cancelled was Pauley Perrette's Broke, which we never watched, but we're just a touch suspicious about it getting yanked after just one season.  If we were of a more cynical nature, we'd wonder if this show was the payoff to Perrette after her acrimonious departure from NCIS, and the plan was always to get rid of it as soon as possible.  After all, Matt LeBlanc's dreadful Man With a Plan got four years before it was finally axed, so why was CBS in such a rush to scrap this program?  Again, these are the questions we'd ask if we had a more cynical nature.

The Guardian has an interesting interview with It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-creator Rob McElhenney where he talks about that show, his new Apple TV+ show Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet, and toxic masculinity.

Soundgarden's legal conflicts with Chris Cornell's widow continue:  The band is countersuing Vicky Cornell, claiming she used proceeds from a tribute concert the band performed at for personal gain instead of for charity.  This filing follows Cornell's 2019 lawsuit against the band regarding disputed royalties, so it doesn't look like we'll be hearing any unreleased material anytime soon.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's the newest enemy of the Trump administration to close things out for us:  We give you Guns N' Roses with, "Reckless Life," for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.  BDH and Little Buddha say they don't know what's on TV tonight, but you're still welcome to come back later to hang out some more with them if you like.  Otherwise, stay safe, 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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