Tuesday Clutter: Trump, Massachusetts Reopening Plan, Ronan Farrow, NFL Rule Change, Spike Lee, Community, Metallica, The Strokes, and more
Thursday Clutter: Coronavirus, Trump, Mike Pompeo, iPhone Update, NFL Losses, Shad Gaspard, "Snyder Cut," Daytime Emmys, Metallica, Dropkick Murphys, Firehouse, and more

Wednesday Clutter: Trump, Mike Pompeo, Matt Lauer, Johnson & Johnson, Uber, Applebees, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hanks, Steve Carell, White Lion, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  I had a productive day yesterday, but it led to another night of rough sleep, which is getting a little annoying.  BDH and Little Buddha want me to take it easy until it's time to go do Dad Clutter's grocery shopping, and it's hard to argue with those two.  Maybe I'll do a little cleaning around here, and then the three of us can listen to the birds chirp for a while.  In any case, the sun is shining, and the guys made coffee, so let's get to work.  Grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Wednesday Clutter.

Donald Trump lied yesterday about the existence of a FDA warning that says hydroxychloroquine should not be taken for the coronavirus outside of a hospital or research setting.  It's such a stupid thing to lie about, when the truth is so easily demonstrated.  However, Trump's mental deterioration continues without pause, and he's locked into his alternate reality where he's a competent man who has a clue about anything.  He's a lost cause, but we still feel bad for the loved ones of the MAGA cult who could lose a family member because they're stupid enough to follow this fool's drug recommendations.

Of course Donald Trump was happy to fire State Department Inspector General Steve Linick.  Trump is fine with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo using a State Department employee to run personal errands.  After all, Trump wouldn't want Pompeo stuck at home washing dishes because his wife wasn't around.

Trump will make inflammatory comments like that, because he doesn't want you to pay attention to the growing list of controversies surrounding Secretary of State Pompeo.  It ranges from the aforementioned inappropriate use of a State Department employee, to the controversy around an arms sale to Saudi Arabia, to political dinners paid for by taxpayers.  Pompeo is as corrupt as his boss and also exploiting his position for his own personal and professional gain. 

Mike Pompeo Donald Trump May 20 2020Neither of these men should be trusted.  (pic via abcnews.go.com)

Here's an article with some thoughts from public health experts about how to stay safe as states begin reopening.  We'll still be airing on the side of caution:  Masks everywhere and generally still staying away from others as much as possible, particularly given our concerns that this new level of public activity could trigger another wave of the pandemic.  We understand everyone's "quarantine fatigue," but not much has changed in the past two months:   There's no vaccine, no cure, and we've got inadequate testing. Stay safe, stay home as much as possible, friends.

Good to hear that a federal judge ruled that Texas voters can use absentee ballots.   This should be an option in all 50 state.  No one should have to choose between protecting their health and exercising their right to vote.  Only a party with a fear of losing a fair and full election would argue against this ruling.

Michael Flynn wants the judge removed from his case, because Emmet Sullivan won't simply roll over for the DOJ's corrupt attempt to drop the charges against Flynn.  An independent judiciary that won't cover for/save Trump and his allies at every turn simply won't do for this group of criminals.

Disgraced former Today show co-host Matt Lauer went after Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Ronan Farrow yesterday.   Lauer claimed Farrow failed to corroborate allegations about Lauer's alleged sexual misconduct (which got him fired from the show in 2017)  in his book Catch and Kill.  (Farrow denied the accusation.)  Lauer's criticisms of Farrow came a day after the New York Times disparaged the reporter, so clearly someone is looking to bring down Farrow.  Imagine being Lauer and thinking anyone needs to hear from you these days.  Will Harvey Weinstein be weighing in on Farrow tomorrow? 

Johnson & Johnson will finally stop selling talcum powder in the United States after being ordered to pay $4.7 billion to 22 women who said the product caused them to develop ovarian cancer.  The company is appealing the verdict, and still claims their product is safe, but this decision to pull it off the shelves shows they know better.

Uber is laying off 6700 full-time employees this month, apparently because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy.  We've got no problem with that company taking on water.  Ridesharing is bad for the environment because it discourages use of public transportation.  Also, Uber is being sued for insufficient worker protections.  Let 'em fall.

Applebees and Chuck E. Cheese are both using aliases on GrubHub, because they know no one would want to order take-out from them under their real names.  That's lame, and it's just one more reason people should call the restaurants they want to get food from directly and skip these middlemen who do nothing but add cost, delay, and let companies hide their identities.

The Oakland A's skipped their annual $1.2 million rent payment to the owners of their stadium, claiming they couldn't pay it because of lack of revenue from no games being played.  Mind you, A's owner John Fisher is worth an estimated $2 billion.  Nonsense like this is why we will always side with players over owners.

Looks like Tom Brady isn't wasting any time getting to know his new Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates.  Brady apparently hosted an informal throwing session with a number of guys yesterday.  It's been a while since he used to do that with members of the New England Patriots, but Brady's got a lot to prove this year, and he knows he needs an early start.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger ignited a controversy by getting a haircut and beard trim, which is in violation of Pennsylvania's stay-home mandate.  It's been long-established that Roethlisberger doesn't think rules apply to him, so the best we can say here is, at least no one was assaulted.

Clutter Favorite Reese Witherspoon is coming back for Legally Blonde 3, and Mindy Kaling will help write the film.  We like everything about that sentence.

Tom Hanks' new movie Greyhound will premiere on Apple TV Plus instead of at the movie theaters, so we won't be seeing that for a while.  No word yet on the exact date the film will come out on the streaming service.

CBS released their fall-ish schedule yesterday.  No premiere dates were announced, but it sounds like network bosses are hopeful new programs will gradually start airing in the final quarter of the year.  That's in contrast to say, the CW, who will start their new programs in January.  Hopefully CBS is right about this timing, but we wouldn't bet the house on it yet.  That aside, what's your favorite CBS program?  We remain partial to the NCIS franchise, but after that, we're mostly there for the NFL games.

We've got the second trailer for Steve Carell's upcoming Space Force show on Netflix.  This feels a lot like "Michael Scott uses a funny voice while he gets ready to go to outer space," and we're fine with that, especially with this great cast.  Space Force comes out on May 29:

Sammy Hagar and the Circle officially cancelled their 2020 tour yesterday because of the coronavirus.  At this point, we'll start taking bets on whether or not anyone will be touring for the rest of this year.  Let's say public health authorities give the all-clear to attending concerts on January 1, 2021.  How long would it take you to feel comfortable about going to a show? 

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  How many of you remember the 1980's band White Lion?  They had big hair, but we always thought guitarist Vito Bratta had the skills that would let them survive that decade and go on to have a long successful career.  However, Bratta dropped out of sight in the early 1990's, and he's basically been a ghost ever since.  It's too bad, because we still think White Lion could have had a good run.  Here they are to close things out with, "Tell Me," for today's, "Song of the Day."

Catchy, right?

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  It looks gorgeous outside, so we hope you get a chance to enjoy the weather.  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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