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Tuesday Clutter: Trump Organization, UK Ready to Lift Restrictions, Boston Red Sox, Rachel Nichols, Britney Spears, Def Leppard Meets Iron Maiden, The Offspring, and more

Monday Clutter: Trump Admission, Bill Cosby, Joey Chestnut, Boston Red Sox, Rachel Nichols, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Tom Petty, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  Did you have a good weekend?  We took it easy around here, which worked out well since it was raining most of the time.  The garden looks terrific, and I certainly won't have to water it for a little while.  There are a couple of items on the to-do list, but I'm not sure what is open today.  Well, I guess I'll get a little exercise walking around in the process, so that's a win.  BDH and Little Buddha look eager to get to work, so let's get started.  The guys made you a fresh pot of coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Monday Clutter.

Donald Trump basically admitted at a rally Saturday night that prosecutors are right about his company's tax fraud.   However, he tried to dismiss it as usual as selective prosecution.  Because really, what's a few million dollars in fraud, right?  It's not like he was committing a real crime like passing a fake $20 bill or selling cigarettes.  Trump also tried to claim he doesn't know how the tax code works, as a preemptive step towards trying to avoid being indicted himself on the same charges.  Questions still remain about whether there will be further counts brought against the Trump Organization, other employees besides CFO Allen Weisselberg, or Trump.

Donald Trump July 5 2021Couldn't run a legitimate business if his life depended on it.  (pic via abcnews.go.com)

Of course, we should also take a minute to point out how classless it was for Trump to have a political rally in Florida while the Champlain Towers South condo collapse tragedy continues to unfold, but really, class and Trump are mutually exclusive terms.

Bill Cosby went after Howard University after the school disavowed Phylicia Rashad's tweet applauding his release from prison after he was convicted of multiple sexual offenses.  Cosby has apparently also gone full MAGA, as he blamed the mainstream media for the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.  Howard University needs to reconsider whether Rashad can remain as dean of their College of Fine Arts.  She may have sent a letter to the students and parents apologizing for her pro-Cosby tweet, but that came across as an empty gesture, and Cosby seems determined not to let the matter die.  Sure feels like the dean is telling her students she doesn't care if they're sexually assaulted.  Also, how long before Cosby and Donald Trump appear together at a public event?

Folks, please get both vaccination doses.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos steps down as CEO today, but he'll still remain the board chair, and the company will still be under scrutiny for anti-competitive practices and poor working conditions.

It's a much a 4th of July tradition as fireworks:   Joey Chestnut once again won Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest yesterday.  Chestnut ate 76 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes for his 14th win in the last 15 years.  Just doing the math here...we've probably eaten 76 hotdogs in the last 11-15 years.  At most, we've eaten three in a day, and that was a mistake.  There's always some amount of odd respect for competitive eaters (we still think maybe we could compete in a wings challenge), but it's also hard to understand how this kind of gorging doesn't kill the guy.

On a possibly-related tangent, the CDC is warning people not to swim in pools if they have diarrhea.  It's such an indictment of this country that anyone needs to be told this, but here we are.  Of course, they have a different standard in Florida.  We'll never forget staying at a Fort Myers hotel where the pool rules warned to stay out if you had "explosive" diarrhea, because that was apparently the key factor.  Have we talked about this enough?  Let's move on...

The Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland A's in a tight 1-0 game yesterday.  Boston starter Nick Pivetta had another dominant outing, giving up just two hits over seven shutout innings.  Pivetta has really turned into a steal for Sox boss Chaim Bloom.  The righty has gone 9-3 with a 3.87 earned run average in 19 starts since coming to Boston last year.  Things got a little tense when Sox closer Matt Barnes had to battle in the 9th inning and found himself with runners on first and third with two outs.  There were flashbacks to Pivetta's recent near no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays, which the Red Sox lost in the 9th.  However, Barnes closed the door on Oakland, and all was right with the world.  Next up, the Red Sox face the Los Angeles Angels, with Martín Pérez taking the mound for Boston.

Winning the game wasn't the only positive news for the Boston Red Sox yesterday:  Nate Eovaldi, Matt Barnes, and J.D. Martinez were also named to the American League All-Star reserves yesterday, where they'll join teammates/All-Star starters Xander Bogearts and Rafael Devers.  It's the first selection for Eovaldi and Barnes, and the fourth for Martinez.  It's a well-deserved honor for all of them.  No other AL team has five players going to the game.

Of course, the biggest All-Star news is that Shohei Ohtani has become the first player ever sent to the game as both a pitcher and a hitter.  After years of hype, Ohtani has finally stayed healthy and shown that he's all of that and then some.  The guy has 30 home runs and 66 RBI to go with a pitching record of 3-1 with a 3.60 ERA and 83 strikeouts.  That's just insane.  If he remains healthy for the rest of the year, Ohtani is a lock for MVP.

Things have reportedly been tense at ESPN over the last year after reporter Rachel Nichols was caught on camera complaining that colleague Maria Taylor was only covering the 2020 NBA Finals because she's Black.  An ESPN employee taped the video off a company server and apparently sent it to several people.  That person was suspended for two weeks without pay and has since left the company.  You can read the linked article for all of the details, but Nichols wasn't punished for her actions, and everyone who got hurt in the fallout was Black.  It's a bad look for both Nichols and the network, and we'll see if Taylor signs a new deal after her current one expires during the NBA Finals.

Swimming caps designed for use with natural Black hair will not be allowed at this year's Olympic Games.  From caps to a nonsensical marijuana ban, it sure does feel like Olympics officials are doing their best to keep people of color from competing.

Curb Your Enthusiasm's Jeff Garlin says Larry David probably only has two more seasons left in him (counting the one currently being filmed.)  It will be a disappointment whenever David finally hangs it up, but if Garlin is right, then Curb will have had 12 seasons since 2000, which is a pretty good run.  We look forward to watching Larry make things as uncomfortable as possible for everyone again hopefully sometime later this year.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Tom Petty &  the Heartbreakers to close things out with, "An American Girl" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you again.  Enjoy the rest of your day, be good, 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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