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

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  I was just talking to BDH and Little Buddha about whether or not it's time to reconsider going back to the gym.  It may not be the safest of places, but it's been almost six months since the last time I was there, and I can feel it, physically and mentally.   I also know I'll need a substitute for garden time and bike rides in about a month or so.  Running on the treadmill can probably fill some of that void, but I would also like to pick up a barbell or two. 

Can't say the idea of wearing a mask while exercising does a lot for me, but I also don't want to end up like Jack Nicholson in The Shining by the end of the year.  Anyway, we'll press pause on that conversation for 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 Sunday Clutter.

The House approved a bill to defend the Postal Service yesterday.  The legislation appropriates $25 billion in emergency funding as well as prohibits further policy changes at the agency until after this year's election.  Interestingly, roughly two dozen Republicans voted in favor of the bill, because it's a bad no vote when you have a tough race.  That's likely one of the main reasons the Senate probably won't take up the bill.  Mitch McConnell wants to rig the election and privatize the USPS along the way, but he doesn't want his members to be on the record about it.  It's clear, folks.  One party supports democracy, and the other is happy to let it die.

Meanwhile, the USPS handles a remarkable four million prescription drug shipments each day, so in addition to the threat to democracy, think about all of the people whose lives are being put at risk by this assault on the agency.  We've said it before, and we'll say it again - Donald Trump doesn't care how many Americans die, as long as he stays in office.

Donald Trump August 23 2020Donald Trump only cares about saving Donald Trump.  (pic via abcnews.go.com)

We've had over 176,000 coronavirus-related deaths in this country, and Donald Trump went full conspiracy-theory yesterday with a rambling tweet about the "deep state" keeping the FDA from releasing a vaccine until after the election.  It was the babbling of an idiot who drinks too much Diet Coke every day, and it was also a dangerous attempt to undermine confidence in another vital government agency.  This guy intends on burning everything down on his way out the door.  He's clearly mentally unwell, and if anyone in his family cared about him at all, they would get him some professional help.  However, they're all too busy grabbing every last dollar they can before this show is cancelled.

Donald Trump will reportedly speak every on every night of the Republican National Convention,  because his fragile ego won't let him cede the spotlight to anyone else, even when they're praising him to no end.  We can't imagine how it must feel to be that perpetually insecure.

It was yet another legal loss for Donald Trump, as a judge ordered him to pay Stormy Daniels' legal fees arising from their battle over her non-disclosure agreement.  We're old enough to remember when an affair with an adult film star would have ended someone's political career, but this scandal doesn't even register anymore.  We would still like to hear evangelical Trump supporters discuss how they ignore this story, as well as Trump's long list of other moral failings, and don't consider themselves total frauds.

We understood that Donald Trump's sister Maryanne Trump Barry was a source for Mary Trump's recent book about her uncle.  However, it wasn't clear that Mary got the information by secretly recording conversations with her aunt, which just makes the whole thing funnier.  Maryanne Trump Barry clearly doesn't think much of Donald.  She knows full well he's not bright, has cheated his way through life, is a con man and a massive failure.  However, Donald could probably say he barely knows her, and the MAGA cult would nod their heads.  We have no sympathy for Maryanne being embarrassed here, because she and her siblings pretty clearly lied about the size of their father Fred's estate in order to rip off Mary and her brother when Fred died.  This is karma having a good laugh.  We'll assume no one in this family is sending the others any holiday cards this year.

Massachusetts education officials say teachers are expected to be in their classrooms this fall even if their schools have gone with a remote-only model.  If they have to bring their children with them because they don't have childcare, so be it.  That can't be seen as anything else but an attack on teacher unions who have argued schools should be remote-only until all health and safety issues about being in the classrooms have been addressed.

The Boston Red Sox lost 5-4 to the Baltimore Orioles in 10 innings last night, thus snapping the team's three game winning streak.  The Sox are now 9-19 on the "season."  It's unfortunate that the Sox wasted another good outing from starter Martin Pérez , who gave up just one run on five hits over seven innings and seems to be settling into a solid groove.  Zach Godley will try to lead Boston to their 10th win of the year as we reach the mid-point of the season this afternoon.  Guess that means we'll set the latest over/under on Sox wins in 2020 at 20.5.  Of course, we'll have to see what other trades they make before the end of the month.

Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas was sent home on Friday after getting into a confrontation with a teammate.  Not to jump the gun too much, but if the Ravens want to move Thomas, we're sure Bill Belichick would be happy to talk to them about a possible deal.

We've got a couple of trailers to check out, thanks to this weekend's DC FanDome event.  First up, it's Wonder Woman 1984.  Our crush on Gail Godot has returned.  We're all in on this one and would strongly consider seeing it in the theater:

Next, we've got The Batman, with Robert Pattinson taking over the lead role.  We could get into this, but it would probably be a "watch at home" type of situation:

Finally, there's a teaser for the new Suicide Squad movie.  This normally wouldn't be our cup of tea, but former Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi is in the cast, so that moves it to the "watch at home" category.  (We're pretty sure this movie is why Capaldi had short hair when we met him in Boston in 2019.)

Hold on, we almost forgot Justice League: The Snyder Cut.  The movie is coming out on HBO Max next year.  It's not enough to get us to buy the streaming service right now, but if we do eventually get it, we'll probably sit down to watch this:

Nope, nope, hold on.  We've got one last trailer.  It's a teaser clip for Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson as Black Adam.  This video doesn't do anything for us one way or the other, but anything with the Rock has potential:

In case you're wondering, Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan are fighting. 

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Neil Young & Crazy Horse with a live version of "Cinnamon Girl" 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 again soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.

 

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