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Thursday Clutter: Alex Acosta, Nancy Pelosi, Amy McGrath, USWNT Parade, Jim Bouton, Metallica, Star Trek: Picard, Ghost, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  Come on in, have a seat.  How are you?  I had a productive day yesterday - did several errands, had a great bike ride, treated myself to a new Sandman graphic novel, and spent a lovely few hours in the garden.  Here's to many more days like that to come for the rest of this summer.  Now, let's check out today's headlines.  BDH and Little Buddha say the coffee is ready, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Thursday Clutter.

(As always, if you'd like to support our coffee budget, please consider using the Clutter Amazon page for your shopping needs.)

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta had an atrocious press conference yesterday to defend his sleazy plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein regarding Espstein's sex crimes 12 years ago.  Acosta took no responsibility for his actions and offered no sympathy or apologies to Epstein's victims.  He even had the gall to defend his underhanded and secretive actions back then by saying, "We live in a very different world...Today‚Äôs world treats victims very, very differently."  We remember people taking accusations of child sexual abuse seriously in 2007.  How about you?  Rumors are swirling that this scandal may cost Acosta his job.  Not because anyone in the Trump administration cares about sexual abuse or pedophilia, mind you, but because they think Acosta is too liberal.  As others have pointed out, Acosta is only in the job in the first place because Donald Trump's first nominee had to withdraw following allegations of abuse from his ex-wife. 

Alex Acosta July 11 2019A complete disgrace.  (pic via cbsnews.com)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is going after the new generation of progressives because she doesn't like being called out in public. Many Democrats don't like having a "leader" who has enabled Donald Trump and refuses to hold him accountable, so the sympathy for Speaker Pelosi is not high.  If she's not willing or able to lead the fight, she should step down and make room for someone who can handle the job.

Mississippi gubernatorial candidate Robert Forster said he refuses to let a female reporter cover his campaign unless she has a male chaperone.  Forster said he and his wife came to that decision to avoid any accusations or appearances of impropriety.  The blatant discrimination is appalling, and all we're hearing is that Forster's wife doesn't trust him, and neither should voters.

Amy McGrath's campaign against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is already off to a rocky start. McGrath said yesterday that she "probably" would have voted to appoint Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and then reversed her position later in the day.  There's no doubt that McGrath has a daunting task ahead of her, as she tries to take out one of the most powerful men in Washington while running in Kentucky, a state that went overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in 2016.  However, she won't be able to afford many days like yesterday.

We already knew they weren't good for you, but a new study says that even a small amount of soda or juice each day can increase your cancer risk.

The S&P 500 hit the 3000 level for the first time-ever yesterday. The Clutter investment team says that's nice, and the index will probably go higher now because reaching that arbitrary number will likely encourage more buying because people won't want to miss the action.  How long that will last, the team has no idea, but it doesn't matter since we have a long-term perspective on the market.  They also say we're all set for now, so they suggest we go see what movies are playing.

New York City put on one hell of a parade for the USWNT yesterday, and it appears a good time was had by all (except for maybe U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro.)  Donald Trump is lucky Megan Rapinoe isn't running against him next year.

We're saddened to hear that Jim Bouton died yesterday at age 80.  Bouton was a pitcher for the New York Yankees in the 1960's who later went on to write the groundbreaking book Ball Four, which provided a behind-the-scenes look at life in the majors.  It changed the way the country looked at sports and athletes.  Bouton faced a lot of criticism from his former peers, but he didn't back down, which took great courage.  Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans.

Best wishes to former NFL star Albert Haynesworth who took to Instagram yesterday to plea for a kidney donor. Haynesworth says he's also dealt with a brain aneurysm since retiring from professional football.  The toll football takes on players' bodies is dramatic.  We hope Haynesworth is able to find a new kidney and lead as healthy a life as possible moving forward.

BDH and Little Buddha want to know when we're going to get Metallica's new children's book.  The ABCs of Metallica comes out on November 26, so it looks like we'll have to wait a few more months, guys.

So begins the final countdown:  Supernatural star Jensen Ackles is on his way to Vancouver to begin prepping for the episode he's directing in the upcoming season.

The first poster for the upcoming Star Trek: Picard series has fans all excited.  The best thing by far?  Picard has a dog!

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's have Ghost close things out with, "Faith," (which is not a George Michael cover) 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 catch up with you 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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