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Sunday Clutter: Rudy Giuliani, Les Moonves, Twitter, Sam Adams Beer, Boston Red Sox, Star Wars, Beach Boys, and more

Friday Clutter: Michael Cohen, Facebook, Boston Red Sox, Chris Hardwick, The Crown, Another Reboot, the Go-Go's, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all!  Any big plans for the weekend?  It should be business as usual on this end, by which we mean hanging out in the garden as much as possible, in addition to taking care of a few errands.   BDH and Little Buddha will be here in a second, they're just turning on the fans.  We used to have A/C at Clutter Headquarters, but at some point we ended up with too many plants to put a unit in the window, so we've got a network of fans instead.  Oh, here they are, and they brought coffee!  Seriously, these two are the best.  Grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.

Michael Cohen says Donald Trump knew ahead of time about the 2016 meeting at Trump Towers where Russians offered his presidential campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton.  Can't see how that could be possible, since everyone on Team Trump says the Great Pumpkin didn't learn about it until 2017, and you can always count on this gang to be honest, right?  Really, can you say, "collusion?"   Cohen is reportedly willing to talk to Robert Mueller about this, which means Team Trump is ramping up their campaign to attack Trump's former fixer's credibility.  Have to admit, we find it hysterically funny that Rudy Giuliani refers to Cohen as "a pathological liar" who has no credibility.  It feels like Rudy might be projecting some feelings about his own current situation.

Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) is accused of turning a blind eye to rampant sexual abuse when he was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University.  Jordan's response?  To run for speaker of the House, of course.  These guys have no shame whatsoever, but in any case, this becomes just one more reason why it's important for Democrats to take back the House in the midterm elections.

Facebook stock dropped almost 20% on Thursday after the company surprised everyone by announcing weaker user growth and revenue forecasts than were previously expected.  It also seems clear that the social media giant has taken a hit after months of scandal regarding user privacy.  At some point, Facebook is going to reach its peak potential saturation in the United States.  Are they already near that level?  We'll just have to wait and see.  The Clutter investment team also wants to quickly point out that this is why they prefer mutual funds over individual stocks.  There would be a lot of anxious team members if our funds dropped this much in one day, but instead, they're able to keep an eye on the long-term picture and not make any panic-driven moves.

Mark Zuckerberg July 27 2018Mark Zuckerberg lost about $17 billion on Thursday.  How was your day?  (pic via www.independent.co.uk)

The Boston Red Sox lost 2-1 to the Minnesota Twins last night, in what was one of the most frustrating defeats of the season.  Brian Johnson had a rocky first inning for Boston, giving up three hits, but he got out of it unscathed and proceeded to shut the Twins down for the next 4 2/3 innings.  He left with a 1-o lead, but Heath Hembree and Matt Barnes couldn't protect it.  The Red Sox offense was quiet for most of the night, but they managed to get the bases loaded against Twins closer Fernando Rodney in the 9th inning.  Rodney struggled with his control the whole time, but he struck out Jackie Bradley Jr. on a 3-2 pitch that was a ball, to end the game.  It's hard to get too angry at JBJ, who threw Joe Mauer out at home in the first inning, but he's the 9th choice of batters you want to see at the plate in that situation.  Chris Sale takes the mound for Boston tonight as the Red Sox go for their 72nd win of the season.

New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge will be out for at least three weeks after breaking his right wrist due to being hit by a pitch last night.  We never root for injuries for any player, but the Red Sox need to take advantage of this window to put some additional space between themselves and New York before Judge returns.

Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving says he's recovered from the knee infection that prematurely ended his season, and he expects to be ready for the start of training camp.  We're excited to see what a fully healthy Celtics team looks like.

Chris Hardwick has been reinstated by AMC after the network conducted an internal investigation of claims that Hardwick sexually assaulted and emotionally abused former girlfriend Chloe Dykstra.  We're sure that was a comprehensive review that was totally on the up-and-up, with no predetermined outcome whatsoever.

We're not sure what to make of Head Over Heels, an Elizabethan-era play set to the music of the Go-Go's, but it sounds like it could be fun.

The recasting of The Crown continues to move forward.  The Netflix series about the life of Queen Elizabeth II has found new actors to play Prince Charles and the Queen Mother in Season 3.  Any thoughts about these choices?

It seems a little silly to ask if Charlie's Angels really needed another reboot, since just about every property with any sort of fan base seems to be getting that treatment these days, but still...who was calling for this?  Hold on...BDH and Little Buddha want to know if we're getting a reboot.  No, guys, there's only ever going to be one of us.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's have the Go-Go's close things out with, "Our Lips are Sealed," 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, be good, and we'll connect back here again for more fun soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.

 

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