Monday Clutter: Trump the Tax Cheat, The Rock Endorses Biden/Harris, New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Motörhead, and more
Wednesday Clutter: Presidential Debate, Breonna Taylor, Boston Red Sox, Tennessee Titans Outbreak, Supernatural, Chicago Med, the Beatles, and more

Tuesday Clutter: Presidential Debate, Trump's Massive Debt, One Million Coronavirus Deaths, Amazon, Doc Rivers, Mariah Carey, U2 and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  The calendar says Tuesday, so you know what that means around here - a trip to the bookstore!  BDH and Little Buddha actually haven't finished reading their current book yet, so I was thinking maybe I should hold off on looking at the new releases until they're done.  However, I don't get the feeling they're on board with that plan, so I'll be heading out once we sort  through the headlines.  (You can't see it, but they both just smiled a little more when I wrote that.)  The guys made you coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.

The first presidential debate is tonight.   It's about time the country sees the candidates on the same stage.  Donald Trump has given Joe Biden a tremendous gift by setting the bar for him so low that Biden will look brilliant if he just speaks in complete sentences.  Moderated by Chris Wallace, the topics to be discussed include "The Trump and Biden Records," "The Supreme Court," "Covid-19," "The Economy," "Race and Violence in our Cities" and "The Integrity of the Election," according to the Commission on Presidential Debates.  Reality doesn't benefit Trump in any of these categories, so we expect him to spend the 90 minutes lying in every response.  Will it move any of his followers, who seem content to stay with him in fantasy land?  Doubtful. 

Joe Biden Donald Trump September 29 2020The two men finally face each other tonight.  (pic via abcnews.go.com)

However, with Trump losing to Biden by double-digits in most national polls, he's also not likely to gain any ground tonight either.  He knows he's going to lose a free and fair election, and that's why he's putting all his chips on the Supreme Court.  If that doesn't work, he'll resign before Inauguration Day, have Mike Pence pardon him for his federal crimes, and then hop on a plane to a country without an extradition treaty with the United States before New York prosecutors can get to him.

In addition to being a tax cheat, Donald Trump's records show that he was saved from his failures by his $427 million in earnings from The Apprentice, as his business ventures continued to bleed money.  Trump has always needed someone else's cash to survive, whether it was his dad's, shady Russian real estate developers, income from the show, or the creditors to whom he owes at least $421 million. 

Speaking of which, Forbes reporter Dan Alexander calculates that Donald Trump could actually be over $1 billion in debt.  

Owing that much to others makes Trump a national security risk, because it leaves him vulnerable to manipulation by his creditors.  He's a desperate man who has failed for his entire business career.  He avoids accountability like it is the plague, which is why he's doing everything to stay in the White House, no matter how many people die under his watch.  The bills are coming due, and he has no way to pay them.

Meanwhile, the Trump campaign has been accused of laundering $170 million, according to a complaint filed with the Federal Elections Commission.  Trump himself has long been suspected of money laundering, so he probably sees this as business as usual.

A federal judge recently ordered the Census Bureau to continue counting the U.S. population until the end of October, but it appears the Commerce Department intends to ignore the order and finish on October 5.  As we ask every time a judge rules against the Trump administration - what's the penalty for disobeying the ruling, because this "law and order" mob has no intention of letting anyone stop them from harming this country.

Nine months into the pandemic, we've reached over 1 million coronavirus-related deaths around the world, with the United States comprising about 20% of the fatalities.  It's important to remember that most public health professionals (i.e. the people we should be listening to, instead of failed casino operators) say these numbers are probably under-counted.  With fall and winter approaching, which will push people inside, and Republicans continuing their death march, the rest of the year somehow looks even more ominous.  Folks, please wear your masks and keep your distance.  We could have already gone back to business as usual without putting lives at risk if we'd all done that for 8-12 weeks, and we can still stop the suffering that may be ahead in the final three months of 2020.

Massachusetts is relaxing the health and safety requirements for restaurants this week.  Coronavirus cases are slowly back on the upswing in Massachusetts, and we hope public health officials are closely monitoring these places.  We appreciate that these businesses are hanging on by a thread, and they're looking for any way to stay afloat, especially as the upcoming cold weather removes outdoor dining as an option.  However, we can't begin to imagine when we'd consider eating inside one of these places again.  Take-out would still be an option, but we'll probably end up going back to the movies before we do this.

Amazon is testing a device that lets you pay with a wave of your hand?  Hard pass on that one.  The retail giant already has far too much information about our shopping habits and Internet usage.  We're not giving them our biometrics as well.  Of course, the company is planning on selling the technology to retailers, stadiums, and office buildings.  Forget it, we'll wear gloves for the rest of time before submitting to this nonsense.

We'd like to take a moment to wish you all the happiest of National Coffee Days.  Maybe your coffee provider offer you a deal today that puts a spring in your step for the rest of the week (or at least helps keep you awake.)

After seven seasons, Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers have decided to part ways.  Rivers brought his team to the playoffs six out of the seven years, but they never made it past the semifinal round, and at some point, you need a new face in charge.  We doubt Doc will be out of a job for long, and we'll set the over/under on the announcement of his next gig at Halloween. 

SNL returns to 30 Rock this weekend.  There will be a live studio audience, but those folks will have to satisfy several criteria, including wearing masks, to attend the show.

Mariah Carey says she is looking for an alt-rock album she recorded in 1995.  We're looking forward to hearing that when she finally finds it.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  U2 is releasing a deluxe version of All That You Can't Leave Behind on October 30th celebrate the album's 20th anniversary.  Let's close things out with a remastered track that was originally intended for that record.  We leave you with, "Stateless," for today's, "Song of the Day."

Hmm, that made us a little sleepy.  We made need to go to Dunkin' before the bookstore.

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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