Monday Clutter: Trump Admission, Bill Cosby, Joey Chestnut, Boston Red Sox, Rachel Nichols, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Tom Petty, and more
Wednesday Clutter: Nikole Hannah-Jones, Coronavirus, NYC Democratic Mayoral Primary, Boston Red Sox, Rachel Nichols, Jimmy Uso, Val Kilmer, GH, Britney Spears, Richard Marx, and more

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

Hi everyone,

How are you?  We're good at the moment.  There was a little more rain last night, and BDH and Little Buddha say some more is expected soon.  However, it should wrap up before I have to leave for the bookstore, so that's fine.  Pretty sure I'm going to get the guys the new Richard Marx autobiography, assuming the store carries it, but who knows?  Maybe there will also be another option or two for them as well.  They've been very patient about how long it's taken to find something new to read, so here's hoping everything works out later this morning.  Now, let's take a peek at the headlines.  There's a fresh pot of coffee on the counter, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Tuesday Clutter.

Former Trump Organization executives wonder if the indictments against the company and CFO Allen Weisselberg mean the beginning of the end for the Trump brand.  Even if Donald Trump isn't personally charged (although he'd already be serving a lengthy prison sentence in a just timeline), convictions on tax fraud charges could substantially hurt his already-tenuous relationships with banks.  The Trump Organization has more than $590 million of debt due over the next four years, and Trump has personally guaranteed more than half of it.  He may be rambling about running for president again in 2024, but the odds are still stronger that he'll be on the run from prosecutors and his creditors.

Donald Trump July 6 2021What will Trump do if the last of the banks bail on him?  (pic via latimes.com)

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says England will likely lift most of its remaining coronavirus restrictions on July 19, even as cases continue to surge in the country.  Can't see how that could possibly go wrong.  Johnson is betting that personal responsibility and vaccinations will prevent new cases from turning into a corresponding surge in hospitalizations and deaths.  Meanwhile, British health experts argue that the country still needs to vaccinate many more people, and that uncertainty about the Delta variant warrants additional caution.

It's unclear if Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will run for a third term, but former Republican state representative Geoff Diehl isn't waiting for a decision:  Diehl, who comes from the more MAGA-side of the Massachusetts Republican Party, announced his candidacy on the 4th.  Certainly can't imagine a primary challenge from his right would push Baker out of the race.  If anything, it might make it more likely that he'll run again, since it would allow him to frame himself as a moderate, which would have a stronger appeal to Massachusetts voters.  Wonder what Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito thinks of all of this, as most observers expect her to run for the top office if Baker does not.

CNN's Paul La Monica agrees with the Clutter investment team:  The stock market is expensive.  La Monica seems to be trying to downplay that fact a bit, but what we get out of his piece is that investors continue to ignore reality, and that's never a good sign.  The investment team thought stocks were expensive right before the pandemic caused the economy to crash, and now they're about 30% higher than they were at that point.  A correction is needed, but the team just asks that it be enough to reset expectations without being another fall of a cliff.  Things will be fine if it's in the 10-15% range. That shouldn't be too much to ask.   Of course, regardless of the size, the point is to keep an eye on the long-term picture.

The Boston Red Sox continue to roll.  The Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 last night for their 10th win in their last 11 games, as they improve to 54-32 on the season.  Sox starter Martín Pérez gave up two runs in 5 1/3 innings, and he is now 7-4 with a 3.89 ERA.  It was another great night for the Boston outfield, as Danny Santana and Kiké Hernández both had assists.  The Red Sox outfield has probably been the second biggest surprise of the year, behind the strength of their pitching.  We'll still never forgive the team for trading Mookie Betts, but American League teams are learning to be cautious about running on these guys.  Things got a little dicey in the 9th, but Christian Arroyo (fresh off the IL), made a great play on a rocket by Shohei Ohtani to nail down the win.  Next up, newly-named All-Star Nate Eovaldi takes the mound for Boston against Los Angeles tonight.

This is great:  Los Angeles Angels phenom Shohei Ohtani will reportedly both pitch and hit in this year's All-Star Game.  The logistics still need to be worked out, but that's exactly the kind of special event MLB needs right now.

ESPN's Rachel Nichols apologized on-air to colleague Maria Taylor last night after getting called out in the press for telling LeBron James' agent that the only reason Taylor was covering the 2020 NBA Finals was because she is Black.  We'll see if Taylor responds, but she's certainly got leverage over ESPN right now with her contract coming up soon.  On a side note, we learned yesterday that Nichols is Diane Sawyer's daughter-in-law.  It's fair to wonder how much of ESPN's response to Nichols' comments is connected to keeping Sawyer happy, since ESPN and ABC both fall under the Disney umbrella.

It was awful to hear that Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Matiss Kivlenieks died due to a fireworks accident on the 4th.  He was only 24-years-old.  Our condolences go out to his family and friends.  Also, we're out on fireworks.  They make it sound like your neighborhood is under attack, they terrify animals, and they lead to senseless injuries and deaths like Kivlenieks.  Hard pass on the entire experience.

We can't say with 100% certainty, but this piece about the plot for the upcoming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever seems legit.  If that's the case, it looks like the sequel will feature an interesting conflict.

What's this?  Is Hugh Jackman returning as Wolverine?  We know the X-Men character is coming to the MCU, and it seemed like Jackman was done with the role after 2017's Logan, but judging by his Instagram page, maybe he's ready for another round?

We're sorry to hear Richard Donner died.  He directed a number of blockbuster movies, including Superman, Superman II, The Goonies, and all of the Lethal Weapon movies, among others.  Yes kids, there was a whole Superman franchise long before the current MCU and DC Comic battles.  Christopher Reeve was fantastic in the lead role, and Donner did a terrific job of making us believe he was a superhero who could fly.  Donner was 91 years old.  Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

This Val Kilmer documentary sounds like it could be interesting.  We'll keep an eye out for it when it arrives on Amazon Prime Video later this year.

Britney Spears' longtime manager Larry Rudolph resigned yesterday, citing the embattled singer's intention to retire.  Don't know if this is really happening, or if it's a power play by Britney, but either way, good for her.  It's one of the only ways the woman can currently exercise any control over her life, due to her ongoing conservatorship nightmare, so we hope she gets whatever she wants out of this.

Def Leppard meets Iron Maiden?  It came close to happening, according to Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, who says Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith was in contention to fill the band's open slot in 1991.  That gig eventually went to Vivian Campbell, but it's fun to imagine how a Smith-Leppard pairing would have worked.  Would he have been able to give the band a harder edge, or would they have brought him more to their pop-metal side?

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's close things out with the latest from The Offspring:  We leave you with, "Behind Your Walls" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  BDH and Little Buddha say you're welcome to come back later if you want to read with them.  Otherwise, 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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