Friday Clutter: Joe Biden, Steve Bannon Arrest, Trump, Speaker Pelosi MA Endorsement, Boston Red Sox, The Crown, the Killers, and more
Sunday Clutter: U.S. Postal Service, Trump, Boston Red Sox, Wonder Woman 1984, The Batman, The Suicide Squad, Justice League, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and more

Saturday Clutter: New Coronavirus Model, House USPS Vote, Trump, George W. Bush, Boston Red Sox, Pharrell Williams and Jay-Z, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  We had another big day here yesterday - our primary ballot finally arrived!  We sent in our application a while ago, and the slow turnaround was starting to produce a little anxiety, given all of the current issues with the U.S. Postal Service.  There's early voting happening in the neighborhood today, so that was our backup plan.  However, the ballot appeared, so I sat down with BDH and Little Buddha and we discussed our choices.  The guys had some some strong opinions in a couple of races, and once we settled on the final decisions, I put that sucker right back in the mail...and it better arrive before September 1.

After that, it was a trip to the pharmacy to get my annual flu shot.  This has to be the earliest I've done that in ages, but between flu season and the coronavirus, we're doing everything we can here to stay healthy this fall and winter and encourage all of you to do the same.  BDH and Little Buddha want everyone to make it to 2021 in one piece.  Now, let's check out the headlines.  The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Saturday Clutter.

New models say the United States could have as many as 310,000 coronavirus-related deaths by December 1, unless we improve our collective behavior.  That's horrifying.  We beg you folks, wear your masks, keep your distance, and have respect for each other.  Donald Trump remains locked in his fantasy world where everything is fine, and he's been a competent leader, but this pandemic is no joke. 

The House is voting today on a bill which would provide $25 billion in emergency funding to the U.S. Postal Service as well as block any operational changes until after the election.  It's expected to pass on a party-line vote and then not be taken up by the Senate, because Republicans are on the warpath against the USPS.  In addition to wanting to cripple this year's mail-in voting efforts so they can stay in power, Republicans would love to sabotage the agency so they can push to privatize it after falsely claiming that it's failing.  

Even Fox News is praising Joe Biden's convention speech earlier this week.    Is the network preparing to move on from Donald Trump?  Biden gave Trump nothing to work with, so team MAGA is reduced to random babble about Biden being a vehicle for radical socialists, or they can make fun of people who stutter, which is never a good look.  It sounds like next week's Republican National Convention is still being put together, so we expect that to be a mess, although the nation is surely eager to hear words of inspiration from Scott Baio.  Of course, Trump's only concern will be if he gets higher TV ratings than Biden.

Donald Trump August 22 2020What new lies will Donald Trump break out during the convention?  (pic via mainihci.jp)

The recently-indicted Steve Bannon is making it known that he's been in touch with Donald Trump in recent months, which is weird, because Trump doesn't seem to remember the guy.  Is this Bannon's way of signaling to Trump that he better save him like he did Roger Stone, or else Bannon will sing like a canary?

Donald Trump lost yet another legal challenge, as a federal appeals court quickly shot down his request for an emergency stay on the subpoena from the Manhattan District Attorney's office for his tax records.  It doesn't appear that Trump has a legal leg to stand on, so all he can do is try to drag this out and hope that the Supreme Court will either save him or at least hold off on a final ruling until after the election.

Donald Trump may be losing an important ally, as David Pecker is out as the CEO of the National Enquirer's parent company after a recent merger.  No word yet on whether the new folks in charge are supporters of the Great Pumpkin, but what will he do without Pecker out there burying damaging stories for him?

Former President George W. Bush endorsed Senator Susan Collins for re-election yesterday, reminding the world that he is still in fact, George W. Bush.  We can't think of anyone whose reputation has been more dramatically re-written in the MAGA age.  This is still the guy who led this country into war on a lie, and had it not been for Donald Trump, Bush's administration would likely have gone down as the most corrupt in our lifetimes.  Senator Collins has aided and abetted Trump at every step of the way over the last three years, and she deserves to be thrown out of office in November.  Perhaps W. should go back to his paintings.

Don't look now, but the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-5 last night for their third straight win.  The team now improves to 9-18 on the "season."  Sox starter Colten Brewer did a fine job, giving up just three hits and no runs over four innings.  Can he repeat that performance moving forward?  Reliever Darwinzon Hernandez followed that up with two hits of scoreless relief, as he made his 2020 debut after dealing with the coronavirus earlier in the year.  Sounds like we'll be spending the rest of 2020 debating if Hernandez should be a starter or a reliever, but he looks like something special.  The Red Sox batters broke out, with Xander Bogaerts, J.D. Martinez, and Rafael Devers all hitting home runs.  Martin Pérez looks to keep the winning streak going when he takes the mound for Boston against Baltimore tonight.

The Red Sox made a trade yesterday that sent relievers Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree to the Philadelphia Phillies for pitchers Nick Pivetta and Connor Seabold.  The latter are both expected to go to Boston's alternate site, so we guess we'll be checking back on them in 2021.  It's no surprise that the Sox are sellers, but we're a little sorry to see Workman go.  He was a big contributor to the 2013 and 2018 championship teams.  Workman will be a free agent at the end of the year, so it's probably unlikely, but we'd be on board if he returned to Boston this off-season.  In any case, this certainly won't be the only move the Sox make before the August 31 deadline, but everything will be fine, as long as they don't move Xander Bogaerts or Rafael Devers.

This weekend's New York Mets - Yankees series has been postponed due to several members of the Mets testing positive for the coronavirus this week.  Should we start taking bets on how long it takes the Mets to return to action?

We're sorry to hear that Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali died on Thursday after battling pancreatic cancer.  He was 68 years old.  Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans.

Okay kids that's going to do it for now.  We better run a few errands before it possibly rains this afternoon.  Here's Pharrell Williams with Jay-Z to close things out with, "Entrepreneur," for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  Enjoy the rest of your day, wear your masks, and we'll catch up with you soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.

 

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