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Tuesday Clutter: Trump's Supreme Court Pick, Fake Twitter Accounts, Boston Red Sox, Orange is the New Black, Robin Wright, Dwayne Johnson, Beach Boys, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  Come on in, have a seat.  How are you?  I gave the garden a good long watering yesterday, and it all looks terrific right now, which is always nice way to start the day.  The birds are chirping a lot at the moment.  I asked BDH and Little Buddha what they're talking about.  BDH thinks they're making plans for the day, and Little Buddha thinks they're talking about whether or not it's going to rain at some point.  Don't worry though, the guys still made coffee.  There's a fresh pot on the counter, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Tuesday Clutter.

Donald Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his pick to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court yesterday.  The 53-year-old Kavanaugh has spent 12 years on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and is seen as strongly conservative.  While he may not have publicly spoken about Roe v. Wade in the past, alarm bells should be ringing across the country about his dissent in a case where the court blocked the Trump administration from preventing a migrant teen from seeking an abortion.  That stance should keep Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) on the hot seat, because there's no chance Kavanaugh will openly oppose Roe during his confirmation hearing, but only a fool would think he won't be an enemy to women's health if he's confirmed by the Senate.  Collins can stand up for what she claims to believe in, or she can seal her legacy as a lot of talk with little action.

Kavanaugh also apparently believes sitting presidents should be shielded from criminal prosecution and investigation, which is probably what made him most appealing to Trump.  Republicans will try to ram through Kavanaugh's nomination this fall before they have a chance to be wiped out in the mid-term elections.

Trump Kavanaugh July 10 2018Does Trump expect Brett Kavanaugh to be his get out of jail free card?  (pic via newyorker.com)

It's great to hear that 11 boys have now been freed from that Thai cave, leaving just one boy and the group's soccer coach left to be rescued.  Officials hope to have them out before the end of the day, and all we can do is wish everyone the best of luck. 

Toronto's chief medical officer is calling for the decriminalization of all drugs, saying the emphasis should be on, "prevention, harm reduction, and treatment services," instead.  Good for Doctor Eileen de Villa, and we'll be interested in seeing what the response is to her comments.

Twitter recently removed 70 million fake accounts, but the social media site claims that doesn't hurt their user metrics at all.  Wall Street didn't seem to agree with that argument, as Twitter's stock price dropped 8% on Monday in response to the news.

The Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 5-0 last night for their seventh straight win.  Eduardo Rodriguez gave up just three hits in 5 2/3 innings as he improved to 11-3 on the season.  Rodriguez got support from home runs by Steve Pearce (in his first Fenway at-bat)  and J.D. Martinez.  It was Martinez's 28th dinger of the season, and he's also got 77 RBI to go with a .331 batting average, so yeah, that signing seems to have worked out well for Boston.  We also shouldn't overlook how smoothly Pearce has slid into the lineup after being acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays.  He's batting .458 in 8 games with the Red Sox.  Long reliever Hector Velazquez gets the spot start for Boston tonight, and he'll be pitching to Blake Swihart behind the plate, so it's a big night for both men.

Jerry Richardson is officially out as the owner of the Carolina Panthers following the NFL's investigation and confirmation of his sexually inappropriate behavior in the workplace.  It seems like maybe Richardson might want to include an apology in his farewell note to the organization, but, nah.  He was probably busy giving new owner David Tepper advice on how to handle real problems like players protesting for civil rights.  Goodbye and good riddance.

The first trailer for the new season of Orange is the New Black is out.  Have a look:

Robin Wright distanced herself from Kevin Spacey in a recent interview, saying that she really didn't know her former House of Cards co-star very well.

Hey Star Wars fans, how are we feeling about Billy Dee Williams returning to the franchise for Episode IX? 

We love Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson around here, but he's made a number of really silly movies, and it sounds like Skyscraper is the latest addition to the list. 

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  This might be a first here, but let's have the Beach Boys close things out with, "Wouldn't It Be Nice," 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, stay hydrated, and we'll see you back here again for more fun soon.  Until then, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.

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