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Monday Clutter: Democrats Ready to Fight? Trump's Conspiracy, Warren Buffett, Boston Red Sox, Trevor Bauer, New England Patriots, Bill Murray, Naomi Judd, Mötley Crüe and Chester Bennington, and more

Hi folks,

How are you?  Sorry we missed you yesterday.  The annual compost delivery arrived, and that's always an adventure.  I got most of it done on Saturday.  There was a little left over on Sunday, so I had to take care of that, then go right through the to-do list, and then collapse in a heap.  It's a hell of a workout, but the payoff is always worth it, because the garden looks terrific.  I was hoping to play in the dirt this afternoon, but BDH and Little Buddha say it's supposed to rain, so we'll see.  Anyway, let's get to work.  The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Monday Clutter.

This Axios.com piece suggests Democrats are ready to fight back against the GOP's never-ending culture war.  The article says the inspiration comes from Michigan State Senator Mallory McMorrow who aggressively responded to a Republican colleague who called McMorrow "a groomer" for supporting LGBTQ kids.  Senator McMorrow's response has since gone viral.  This should already be Politics 101, but if McMorrow's speech is what it takes for Democrats to finally show a backbone, so be it.  

Democrats need to push their message just as hard as the right does every day.  People need to see there's a clearly-defined alternative to the party that is anti-democracy, anti-women, and anti-kids, as well as being racist and homophobic.  Democrats need to stop being timid for once and call out the GOP for its extremist agenda that only cares about rich, straight, white guys.  Conservatives don't represent a majority of the country, and it's past time to stop acting otherwise.  Democrats need to barrage the country with these themes every day between now and November.

President Biden May 2 2022President Biden and the Democrats need to drive home their case.  (pic via abcnews.go.com)

In case it wasn't clear to anyone already, newly released texts show that other Republicans were involved in Donald Trump's attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election, even before the January 6 coup attempt.  Sounds like a conspiracy to us.  As always, this comes down to whether or not Trump's accomplices, like Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz, and the like, will face any repercussions for their actions.  It's not like they have any shame or dignity.  They can't be embarrassed into leaving office.  They must face criminal prosecution for conspiring against the United States, or else they'll all just do this again at the next opportunity.  Can someone check to see if Attorney General Merrick Garland is awake?

Ohio Senate candidate J.D. Vance sold his soul to get Donald Trump's endorsement, and Trump can't even remember Vance's name.

A new poll says Americans trust Republicans more than Democrats on crime and the economy.  Let's be clear about what that means - the poll respondents think Republicans are tougher when it comes to Black criminals.  The GOP is led by a conman accused of sexual assault and financial misconduct, and their voters don't care because he's white.  As far as the economy is concerned, that's a response to the current inflation problem, as well as years of false rhetoric, because the numbers are clear:  Democratic presidents do a better job with the economy than their Republican counterparts.  If Democrats want to win this fall, they have to hammer home this point as strongly as the previously mentioned culture war issues.

Speaking of inflation, there are signs it might have hit its peak in March.  Here's hoping the numbers continue to move in that direction.

The family of Hotel Rwanda hero Paul Rusesabagina is suing the Rwanda government for $400 million, accusing the government of abducting, torturing, and illegally imprisoning him.  The government abducted Rusesabagina in 2020 and convicted him of terrorism last September, a verdict which many say was a sham.

Some people turned to mental health apps during the pandemic, as it became harder to see a professional in-person.  We want folks to do everything they can to protect their mental health, but just be warned:  The folks at Mozilla say these apps are weak when it comes to privacy. 

With all of our running around this weekend, we didn't get a chance to follow the stories about the annual Berkshire Hathaway meeting, but we'll catch up this week.  The Clutter investment team always finds this, as well as Warren Buffett's annual letter to shareholders, to be informative.

The best thing the Boston Red Sox can say about their recent road trip is that it's finally over.  The Red Sox lost 9-5 to the Baltimore Orioles yesterday to fall to 9-14 overall after going 3-7 during this brutal stretch.  The Sox offense was once again quiet on Sunday (the score being misleading because of J.D. Martinez's grand slam in the 9th inning.)  On the pitching side, Nick Pivetta's troubles continue, as he only lasted 4 1/3 innings, and the bullpen is being consistently asked to do too much.  The Red Sox have today off, and then they start a home series against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer was suspended for two years by MLB for violating the league's domestic violence policy.  Bauer has now been accused of sexual assault by multiple women, and MLB has the right to suspend him even if he's not found guilty in court.  The stories about Bauer's alleged violent behavior are nauseating.  He should be banned for life, but this is a start.  Shame again on the Dodgers for signing him in the first place, when his toxic reputation was already well-known.  Bauer says he'll appeal the suspension, and hopefully that will be denied without delay.

It will be interesting to see if Trevor Bauer's suspension impacts how the NFL handles DeShaun Watson's situation.  Like Bauer, Watson isn't facing criminal charges at this point, but 22 women have filed suit against the quarterback alleging sexual misconduct or sexual assault.  We'd like to think the NFL feels some new pressure to show they take Watson's case seriously, but you'll never go broke betting on the league to disappoint. 

The 2022 NFL Draft is over, and what can we say?  The New England Patriots filled a bunch of needs on both sides of the ball, and that's the point of the whole thing.  Did they pick any of these guys in the "right" round?  Don't know and don't really care.  We're not interested in the "value" of the picks.  We want to know if these guys can play right away.  Bill Belichick thinks they're the right fits for the team, and that's good enough for now.  Get back to us once the regular season starts and we see how many of these guys get on the field.

The Boston Celtics lost 101-89 to the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of their conference semifinal match-up yesterday.  Unlike the Brooklyn Nets, the Bucks play defense, and they play it well, so the C's will have to step it up a notch if they want to get past the defending NBA champions.  The good news is that they have the talent to do just that.  Here's hoping Game 2 shows a return to the dominating form the Celtics have shown for all of 2022 so far.

Bill Murray used a lot of vague words to address the complaint against him that led to the shutdown of his new project, Being Mortal.  You can read the whole thing in the linked article, but Murray's version is basically that, "I had a difference of opinion with a woman I'm working with.  I did something I thought was funny, and it wasn't taken that way."  What exactly does that mean?  Murray doesn't say, and the studio hasn't released any more details, but it's got to be something worse than making a comment, since it stopped a movie production.  Stay tuned for further developments.

Just one episode to go before we're fully caught up on Barry on HBO, but we can tell you right now, this show is fantastic and well worth your time.

We're saddened to hear that country music icon Naomi Judd died on Saturday, and that it sounds like it was connected to her battle with depression and anxiety.  Daughter Ashley Judd made the announcement via a tweet where she mentioned losing, "our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness."  Our thoughts go out to her family, friends, and fans.  Naomi Judd (who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame along with daughter Wynonna last night) was 76 years old.

Mötley Crüe will apparently start rehearsals this week for their upcoming stadium tour with Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett.  That's according to bassist Nikki Sixx's Instagram post.  The single biggest question about this whole thing is lead singer Vince Neil.  He has sounded brutal for years.  Will he at least try to reach competency, or will Crüe fans just have to accept his unintelligible screaming as the price to pay for seeing the band perform live again?  

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  However this year's shows turn out, Mötley Crüe has a number of lasting hits, and when you add the late great Chester Bennington to one of them, you get this version of, "Home Sweet Home" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It's always a treat to get to hang out with you.  Enjoy the rest of your day, stay dry, 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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