Friday Clutter: Trump, Joe Biden, Michael Cohen, Boston Red Sox, Supernatural, Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson, Phil Collins, and more
Sunday Clutter: New Coronavirus Test, House Response to USPS Attack, Blockbuster Video, Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, Weezer, and more

Saturday Clutter: Postmaster General Investigation, Marge Simpson, Boston Red Sox, NCIS, Awful Nickelback Cover, Macy Gray, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  What's new?  I had another rough night's sleep last night.  Don't know what that was all about.  Felt pretty tired as I went to bed, but for some reason, I woke up more the longer I lay there.  Didn't feel anxious, just more alert.  I don't think it was connected to anything I ate or drank, but it was a fight all night long.  I must have slept at some point, but it sure didn't feel like it.  That's never fun.

BDH and Little Buddha don't know what happened either, but they're hoping today's cooler temperatures will help me get moving.  A high of 70 does sound fantastic right now.  You know what also sounds terrific?  That's right, coffee.  Thankfully, the guys made a fresh pot, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Saturday Clutter.

As Donald Trump continues his assault on the U.S. Postal Service in hopes of stealing the election, the USPS inspector general is reviewing Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's recent policies to reduce the agency's effectiveness, as well as his possible ethics violations.  DeJoy is a major Trump donor who has ordered the postal service to reduce hours and remove machines and various collection boxes in what are described as cost-cutting measures.  He also still owns stock in his former company (a USPS contractor) as well as Amazon, which leads to multiple accusations that he has major conflicts of interest in this position.  DeJoy is reducing the effectiveness of mail delivery, which could not only harm mail-in voting efforts, but is already delaying prescriptions for many veterans and seniors (who are generally  Trump  voters), as well as other items.  It's an attack on all of America, so that Donald Trump can stay in office.  

Louis DeJoy August 15 2020Louis DeJoy should be impeached.  (pic via greensboro.com)

The National Association of Letter Carriers endorsed Joe Biden, which had to be an easy call since the other guy is trying to drive them to the unemployment line.

One of Donald Trump's advisers recently said that Senator Kamala Harris sounds like Marge Simpson.  Well, Marge Simpson has a response to that, and she nails it:

Not going to lie, we did not have "Team Trump gets into fight with Marge Simpson" on our bingo card, but hey, anything seems to be possible this year.  Well, anything except a competent federal response to the coronavirus pandemic, of course. 

The Boston Red Sox lost 10-3 to the New York Yankees to fall to 6-14 on the "season" last night.  The biggest win of the night was that the starting pitching didn't get blown out in the first three innings of the game for once.  However there's no escaping the fact that this is a AAA rotation at best, and that's probably being generous. As a result, the Red Sox are 3-9 at home, 3-5 on the road, and 3-7 over their last ten games.  Hopefully Nate Eovaldi can at least stop this current five-game losing streak when he takes the mound for Boston against New York tonight.

At this point, the countdown is on to the luxury tax resetting on September 1, because it will be cruel if we have to watch this mess, and then the team is still financially stuck in 2021.  Speaking of next year, the 2020 trade deadline is August 31, and we stand by our original call:  Everyone besides Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers should be on the trading block, with J.D. Martinez being the top candidate.  Martinez clearly doesn't want to be here anyway, and he would presumably get the biggest haul in return. 

A member of the Cincinnati Reds tested positive for the coronavirus yesterday.  No word yet on what that means for the team's weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Of course, things could be worse for the Reds - they could be the St. Louis Cardinals, who have still only played five games this year because of their own COVID-19 outbreak.  The Cardinals are supposed to get back to action today, but they're now looking at a stretch where they're expected to play 53 games in 44 days.  How many injuries do you think they'll be dealing with by the time that's over, assuming they can do it in the first place?  MLB should have just sent them home for the rest of 2020.

In case you were wondering, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are still trying to get a divorce.  We're not sure why this would take almost four years.  It appears to be connected to child custody issues, but at this rate, all of their kids will be adults by the time they finish this saga.

NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles will reportedly begin filming new episodes in early September.  No word yet about NCIS: New Orleans. This will sound superficial, but we had a chance to catch General Hospital yesterday, and most of the cast looked significantly different than they did the last time we saw them pre-pandemic.  Specifically, their makeup and lighting appears to have changed, presumably because of new safety protocols.  Among other things, this made it much easier to see who has likely had plastic surgery at some point in their careers.  The reason we mention it is that we're curious to see if the same thing happens with prime time shows like the NCIS franchise, for example.

Sorry, Adele fans.  It doesn't sound like you're getting a new album anytime soon.

Nickelback decided for some reason that they needed to release a cover of the Charlie Daniels classic, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."  This thing is so awful, you have to hear it.  There's no flavor, no soul, and no fiddle.  What there is here is some over-the-top guitar shredding that would have fit in somewhere around 1983.  Normally, we'd argue that if a band is going to cover a classic, they should really make it their own.  This is an exception to the rule.  See for yourself:

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  BDH and Little Buddha have been humming this tune non-stop for the last 24 hours or so.  Not sure where they picked it up, but it seems fitting to close things out with Macy Gray's, "I Try," for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  Enjoy the cooler temperatures, wear your mask, 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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