Sunday Clutter: Supreme Court Nomination, Trump, Wall Street, New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Mike Trout, Bill Murray v. the Doobie Brothers, Lady Gaga, and more
Tuesday Clutter: Presidential Debate, Trump's Massive Debt, One Million Coronavirus Deaths, Amazon, Doc Rivers, Mariah Carey, U2 and more

Monday Clutter: Trump the Tax Cheat, The Rock Endorses Biden/Harris, New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Motörhead, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  Ready for a new week?  Neither are we, but we'll get through it together.  It looks like we got a little rain last night.  BDH and Little Buddha just told me that the weather forecast changed back to there now not being much chance of more of it before Tuesday night, so I still feel good about watering the garden last Saturday.   For once, Charlie Brown didn't fall for Lucy's football trick.  We're going to put that into the win column for 2020.  (The way this year has gone, we'll take every victory we can find.)  Now I just need to figure out if that changes the to-do list for any reason.  I'll take care of that later - let's sort through today's headlines.  The guys say the coffee is ready, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Monday Clutter.

Thanks to The New York Times, we can all finally see why Donald Trump has been hiding his tax returns: The guy is a failure of a businessman who is buried in debt and has avoided paying his fair share in taxes for years.   The supposed billionaire doesn't want his supporters to know that he only paid $750 in taxes in 2016 and 2017.  How much did you pay those two years?  We'll go out on a limb and assume it was much more than that.  There's also the fact that Trump paid no taxes at all in 10 out of 15 years, beginning in 2000, because he claimed huge losses and deductions like spending $70,000 on his hair while he was on The Apprentice. (He should ask for a refund on that.)  He's no business titan.  He's a fraud.  Oh, and let's not forget that Trump has $421 million in outstanding loans and debt that's due in the next few years.  Who are his creditors who have this much influence over him?  That's a national security risk in and of itself. 

It's no secret that the U.S. tax code favors the wealthy, but this tax avoidance is obscene for someone who is theoretically the leader of this country.  Asking the White House occupant to pay their fair share for the public good shouldn't be a high bar to clear.  Donald Trump doesn't care one iota about anyone else but himself.  His entire life has been spent chasing after every last dollar he can con from people and then using loopholes to shirk his responsibilities and hide his failures.  It's time to send the failed casino operator packing and let the prosecutors get their shot at him.

Donald Trump September 28 2020The art of the scam.  (pic via whec.com)

We're sorry to hear former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale was hospitalized after reportedly threatening to harm himself last night.  We don't wish that kind of pain on anyone, regardless of their politics (and despite the Trump clown show blaming the incident on Democrats.)  Hopefully Parscale will get whatever help he needs.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson officially endorsed Joe Biden and Kamala Harris yesterday, calling them, "the best choice to lead our country."  Don't know if anyone will include this as a poll question, but we'd be interested to see if the endorsement makes a measurable impact on Johnson's fans.  The man is on track to take over the world, and this being his first presidential endorsement makes it even more newsworthy.  Will it ramp up excitement for the Democratic ticket with his supporters?  We're also confident historians will include this announcement when they look back at the political career of the future President Johnson.

As the United States now passes 205,000 coronavirus-related deaths, with no end in sight, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention boss Dr. Robert Redfield says Donald Trump is being given false information about the pandemic by his current advisor.  The person in question is Dr. Scott Atlas, who has no public health background but is clearly willing to tell Trump whatever he wants to hear.  That's all that matters to the Great Pumpkin.  Dr. Redfield has repeatedly said the pandemic could be over in 8-12 weeks if everyone just wore a mask, and now we'll be lucky if we don't have over 300,000 deaths by Inauguration Day. 

The New England Patriots beat the Oakland Las Vegas Raiders 36 - 20 yesterday to improve to 2-1 on the season.  Cam Newton didn't have a great day, going just 17 for 28 for 162 yards with one touchdown and one interception.  However, that was okay, because other players stepped up, particularly in the running game.  Center David Andrews is out with a broken finger, but the offensive line didn't miss a beat on Sunday as they repeatedly pushed the Raiders defensive line back to make room for their guys.  We start with the star of the day, Rex Burkhead who ran for 49 yards on 6 carries and scored three touchdowns (two runs and one pass.)  There was also Sony Michel, who had 117 yards on 9 carries, and J.J. Taylor, who had 43 yards on 11 carries.  On the passing side, Rex Burkhead also showed off with 49 yards on 7 receptions, and N'Keal Harry (who still has to be Cam Newton's biggest fan on the team) caught 2 passes for 34 yards. 

We're only three games into the NFL season, but at this point, we're confident that Cam Newton is the right guy for this year's Patriots team.  Shaking things up at the quarterback position (after 20 years of greatness) is allowing new players to develop and rise to the challenge.  We don't know how far this year's squad will go, but they're fun to watch.  They also have their work cut out for them when they face the Kansas City Chiefs on the road next week.

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the injury-saddled Denver Broncos 28-10 yesterday, so TB12 and Gronk are also 2-1 on the season.  Not that we're jealously keeping track of them like an ex or something.

The Boston Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 9-1 yesterday to end the year in last place with a record of  24-36.  The best thing we can say about this "season" is that it's finally over.  Even just 60 games still felt like 162.  We're focusing on forgetting any of it happened as quickly as possible.  Boston starter Nick Pivetta gave up the one run and four hits over five innings yesterday, so maybe he will develop into something for the Sox in 2021. 

Sunday may have been Jackie Bradley Jr.'s last game with the Red Sox.   If so, he went out in style, going 3 for 6 (including a solo home run) and yet another fantastic catch in center field.  JBJ is now a free agent, and it feels like this is it for his time in Boston.  There's no doubt he's the greatest Red Sox center fielder we've ever seen, but we'd be lying if we said we'd miss watching him at the plate.  In any case, that's a wrap, and here's hoping a full baseball season can be played in 2021, and that the Red Sox will have a starting pitching rotation when it happens.

It's not surprising that the Boston Red Sox won't be bringing Ron Roenicke back as manager next year.  He was a last-minute replacement when Alex Cora was let go due to his role in the Houston Astros cheating scandal.  A 24-36 record as Sox manager certainly didn't help, but Roenicke was dealt a bad hand right from the start when Chris Sale got hurt, Eduardo Rodriguez tested positive for the coronavirus, and the pandemic made this a bizarre baseball season. However, it still seems like bad form that the team couldn't wait until after yesterday's game to make the announcement. 

Roenicke handled everything that was thrown at him with class and dignity, and he deserved a better ending.  Not sure why Red Sox ownership so consistently fails on moves like this when they're usually so focused on public relations about everything else.  In any case, we wish Roenicke the best of luck, and let the speculations about the next manager begin.  Is Cora coming back, or does Chaim Bloom have his own guy in mind?  Hopefully the announcement won't be delayed too long, since Bloom's had all year to prepare for  it.

That's a wrap for the Boston Celtics who lost 125-113 to the Miami Heat to be bounced out of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals last night.  Tell us, Celtics fans, what does this team need to be able to take their game to the next level?  They seem to have plenty of talent,  but their consistency is lacking, to say the least.  Do they need to shake up their core players?  Just add more depth?  How much of the blame do we put on head coach Brad Stevens?  The phone lines are now open.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's close things out with a tune Donald Trump should be playing at his rallies.  Here's Motörhead with, "Liar," 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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