Thursday Clutter: Trump, Barack Obama, Pennsylvania Sex Abuse Scandal, Fidelity Investments, Boston Red Sox, Anthony Bourdain, Monty Python, and more
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Friday Clutter: 9th Anniversary, Trump, Sarah Sanders, Ohio State Scandals, Les Moonves, Boston Red Sox, The Simpsons, Van Halen, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back, you're just in time for the party!  What party, you ask?  Today is Clearing out the Clutter's 9th anniversary!  We've got cake, cookies, balloons, and all sorts of other goodies.  BDH and Little Buddha have been looking forward to this all week, and I'm pretty sure they've already had too many cookies, because they're racing around Clutter Headquarters with their party hats on and their noisemakers at full blast. 

As always, we want to thank all of you for giving us a little bit of your time every day.  We never take that for granted.  You come from near and far (all 50 states and over 100 countries), and we are always thrilled to see you each day. You're the best, and here's to the completion of another great year, with hopefully many more to come.   Oh, the guys are back with the coffee.  Help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Friday Clutter.

Donald Trump will defend Russia to the end, even when his own national security team says the country is still interfering in our elections, because what else can he do?  Vladimir Putin owns him, and the Great Pumpkin's only hope is that enough of his base stays with him in his alternate reality, because the rest of us see him for the puppet that he is.

Sarah Sanders had multiple opportunities to defend the press this week, and she refused to do it.  Let there be no doubt that seeing reporters as "the enemy of the people" is official White House policy.  It's an assault on both the 1st Amendment and democracy in general, and it's going to get someone hurt.

Sarah Sanders August 3 2018A disgraceful performance.  (pic via mypalmbeachpost.com)

Good for the Catholic Church for now formally opposing the death penalty in all cases.  Capital punishment is a stain on this country's soul, as well as a irreparably flawed public policy.  

It looks like Ohio University is trying to cover for Representative Jim Jordan.   Two former wrestlers revealed texts from the school's head wrestling coach trying to convince them to say that Jordan in fact didn't know about the rampant sexual abuse happening at the hands of former university doctor Richard Strauss at the time that Jordan was an assistant wrestling coach.   Between this and the current domestic violence story regarding the football team, where is the moral leadership in this school?

Look at that, pro wrestler Glenn Jacobs won his bid to be the next mayor of Knox County, Tennessee.  Will the man known as "Kane" to WWE fans eventually follow Jesse Ventura's lead and run for governor?  Guess we'll have to wait and see.

Apple is now worth over $1 trillion.  That seems like a lot, right?

It's bizarre that Les Moonves led the CBS quarterly conference call yesterday, given the current sexual harassment allegations that have been made against him.  That he hasn't been asked to step down as CEO pending the results of the investigation, and that the company is apparently just going to ignore the issue in public, has to raise concerns about whether or not the CBS board of directors is acting in the best interests of the company or of Moonves.

The sun will rise, the sun will fall, and Wells Fargo will pay yet another fine for shady business practices.  This is the way.

CNN posted an article about what it might cost you if you stay out of the stock market.  The basic message is fine:  Stocks are the best vehicle for creating long-term wealth.  However, the article claims that the "average" American has $32,000 sitting in cash.  They don't provide a source for that number, but how many people do you know in that situation, especially when other sources report that almost 60% of the country has less than $1000 in their savings accounts?  Extremes throw off averages, which is why median savings would be a better number for CNN to use.

Birds can learn parts of the languages of other birds?  That may be the most interesting thing we've heard all week.

The Boston Red Sox crushed the New York Yankees 15-7 last night.  That's how you kick off a big series.  Brian Johnson got off to a rough start, giving up three quick runs in the first inning and another in the second.  However,  he hung in there and ended up giving up a total of five runs, to go with 11 strikeouts, over five innings.  The Red Sox offense took care of business, led by Steve Pearce who hit three home runs to drive in a total of six runs.  We would have said this before yesterday (really), but Pearce has been a solid addition to the team.  The Sox blew the game wide open with 8 runs in the fourth inning, as their hitting and aggressive base-running left the Yankees dizzy.  Boston is now 6 1/2 games in front of New York, and Rick Porcello will try to increase it to 7 1/2 when he takes the mound tonight.

Remember that McDonald's Monopoly game scam we mentioned a few days ago?  Well, now it's being turned into a movie by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

Disney may now own Fox, but The Simpsons don't seem to be going anywhere.  As the show enters its 30th season, how many more years would you guess Bart and company have left?

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's close things out with some Van Halen and, "Summer Nights," for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks again for stopping by, both today and every other day, friends.  You are the best!  We'll be celebrating all day around here, so you're welcome to come back and join the party again later, and maybe watch the Sox game with us if you like.  (BDH and Little Buddha wonder if maybe you could bring some more cookies?)  Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day, be good, 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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