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8/8/2022: Ready for Your Audit?
PLUS: Heche in the Hospital, Python Season, and a Royal Letter
Today is Monday, August 8, 2022.
It is the 220th day of the year.
145 days remain.
Saturday was National Root Beer Float Day.
Lucille Ball was trending Saturday as fans remembered the late actress on her birthday.
#WhenIDoNotKnowTheAnswer landed in Twitter’s Top 10 Trends on Saturday. Tweets included “I make a run for it,” “I’ll look it up,” “I throw a tantrum,” “I take a hit and make up something,” and “I fake it.”
Sunday was National Lighthouse Day.
Kyle Rittenhouse was trending Sunday as Twitterverse argued over whether he should be considered a hero or a murderer for his actions during protests in Kenosha, WI.
Twitterverse reacted to baseball fan’s mixed reactions of Pete Rose being introduced at Citizens Bank Park before the Phillies took on the Nationals. More on the drama in Sports.
After laying low for a while, ELON MUSK is back to making news, ahead of a trial to determine whether he’ll be legally required to complete his purchase of Twitter.
LAST WEEK: Reports swirled that Musk was building a private airport outside Austin that would be convenient to his home, the Tesla facility, and offices for Neuralink. He says it’s fake news. In a tweet, he notes, “Tesla is 5 mins from Austin International airport. Would be silly to build another private airport, however the existing commercial airport needs another runway as Austin is growing fast!”
HE DRINKS!: In a back-and-forth with one of his fans, Musk revealed he likes Stone of Destiny whiskey – but he might have been just trolling. Bottles of the booze start at a few hundred bucks and can run into the thousands of dollars.
ABOUT THE TRIAL: Musk wanted to pull out of the deal because he could not verify just how many Twitter accounts belonged to active users versus bots, or even people who never log on anymore. He tweets, “If Twitter simply provides their method of sampling 100 accounts and how they’re confirmed to be real, the deal should proceed on original terms. However, if it turns out that their SEC filings are materially false, then it should not.”
WORTH NOTING: Going to trial could be an elaborate game of chicken that forces Twitter to reveal data that could run afoul its filings to the federal government, and spur a necessary shakeup in the corporate mission, structure, and ranks.
Data out of San Diego County shows that people who have been fully vaccinated and boosted are the most likely to get covid, be hospitalized because of covid, or die from covid.
From May 1 to July 30, those who were fully vaccinated and boosted represented 44% of all cases, 43% of all hospitalizations, and 41% of all deaths. These are the highest numbers in terms of both relative and absolute cases, compared to segments of the population who were either fully vaccinated or not.
WORTH REMEMBERING: AND YET – people have lost their careers because they refused to get the shot.
If we’re no longer measuring a recession by two consecutive quarters of economic contraction, maybe we can look to the real estate markets in the metaverse.
REMEMBER: Inflation is a result of too much money in an economy.
Here’s one non-political piece of evidence there was too much cash floating around: In March of this year, people were spending more than $15,000 on retail plots in the metaverse – and that was the average price per parcel. This is a virtual plot of land that is not tangible and does not exist in reality and can only be accessed by wearing VR goggles.
Now, sales of such plots of non-existent land have tanked, right along with the economy.
The Choco Taco might not be gone for good. Reps for Klondike told CNN on Friday, “The team is working on a plan to bring it back, though it may take some time.”
They said the strategy was a result of the very vocal backlash to the announcement they’d be discontinuing the ice cream treat a few weeks ago.
But it doesn’t appear it was all a stunt. It may take years to return the Choco Taco to production.
It’s python hunting season in Florida!
From last Friday morning through 5:00 pm on August 15, more than 800 hunters will navigate the everglades to round up Burmese pythons, an invasive species that prey on all kinds of animals and can lay up to 100 eggs a year.
The state is giving $2,500 cash prizes to those who remove the most pythons. Other awards will go to the longest catches.
The snakes must be dead to count.
BY THE NUMBERS
📈 The Dow added 76 points (0.23%) on Friday to close at 32,803. The S&P lost 6 points (.16%) to close at 4,145 and the Nasdaq lost 63 points (0.5%) to close at 12,657.
🛢 West Texas Intermediate closed under $90 a barrel on Friday, at $89.01. Brent Crude was down to $94.66.
⛽ The national average price of a gallon of gas was $4.06 on Sunday.
₿ Bitcoin picked up more than $350 on Sunday, trading around $23,300.
🛩 There were 5,260 flight delays within, into, or out of the United States on Sunday, and 893 such cancellations.
Weekend Box Office
10. The Black Phone: $1.4 million (down from 8)
9. Elvis: $4 million (down from 7)
8. Easter Sunday: $5.2 million (new)
7. Where the Crawdads Sing: $5.6 million (down 6)
6. Top Gun: Maverick: $7 million (down from 5)
5. Minions: The Rise of Gru: $7.1 million (down from 4)
4. Thor: Love and Thunder: $7.6 million (down from 3)
3. Nope: $8.4 million (down from 2)
2. DC League of Super-Pets: $11.2 million (down from 1)
1. Bullet Train: $30.1 million (new)
ROGER E. MOSLEY has died.
The “Magnum P.I.” actor passed away early Sunday. No cause of death was given.
He was 83.
ROSEANNA CHRISTIANSEN has died.
The actress, known for her role in the original “Dallas,” passed away on July 14 at a medical center in Lancaster, California. No cause of death was shared.
She was 71.
JUDITH DURHAM has died.
The Australian folk singer passed away last Friday of complications from chronic lung disease.
She was 79.
NEIL CASTLES has died.
The NASCAR driver, who also worked as a stuntman in several films, passed away on August 4. No cause of death was shared.
He was 88.
A couple from Janesville, Wisconsin died Thursday after being struck by lightning outside the White House.
JAMES MUELLER and DONNA MUELLER were in DC celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary.
A third person also died after being struck and a fourth was listed as in critical condition over the weekend.
James was 76 and Donna was 75.
KHLOE KARDASHIAN and TRISTAN THOMPSON have welcomed their second child together, a baby boy.
The infant, whose name is not yet known, arrived via surrogate.
The birth makes their daughter TRUE THOMPSON, 4, a big sister.
KIM KARDASHIAN, 41, and PETE DAVIDSON, 28, have called it quits after nine months of dating.
An insider confirmed the news Friday, telling E! News that they found it “really difficult to maintain a relationship” with their busy schedules and long-distance relationship.
Another source told Page Six that Kim splitting from Pete in no way means she will get back together with her ex-husband KANYE WEST.
Actress ANNE HECHE is in stable condition after being severely burned in a car accident.
According to multiple outlets, Heche crashed into a wall in a parking area at a Los Angeles apartment complex on Friday morning, and drove away from the scene. She then crashed her car into a home, with the vehicle immediately becoming engulfed in flames.
Eyewitnesses told TMZ that it is a “miracle” Heche is alive.
“Real Housewives of New Jersey” star TERESA GIUDICE, 50, tied the knot with LUIS “Louie” RUELAS, 48, in an extravagant wedding at an estate in the Garden State on Saturday.
Several famous faces, including Teresa’s “RHONJ” co-stars were in attendance.
Louie popped the question last fall while the two vacationed in Greece.
BAD BLOOD: Not in attendance was Teresa’s brother JOE GORGA and his wife MELISSA GORGA, who also appear on the reality show. Housewives fans are very familiar with the hostility that has plagued the siblings over the years.
FRED DURST, 51, is a married man…again!
The Limp Bizkit frontman and ARLES DURST (age unknown) tied the knot in Los Angeles county, according to a marriage record obtained by TMZ. The date of the nuptials is unknown.
This is Fred’s fourth marriage.
Everything happened all at once everywhere in The Swamp over the weekend, so ensure your tray tables are up and your seats are in an upright position because here we go:
On the Inflation Reduction Act that won’t actually reduce inflation:
The Senate passed the incorrectly-named Inflation Reduction Act Sunday afternoon – NOT on Thursday evening as some had previously reported.
To jam through the vote, Democrats eased their own covid testing requirements, so that a member with a positive test wouldn’t have to go into quarantine. One Senate aide tells Puck News, “we all know we’re not letting Covid get in the way. The deal is happening. Less testing, just wear masks and get it done.” Another source said, “you can bring your ventilator and still vote…”
IN OTHER WORDS: When the Democrats’ agenda is on the line, suck it up and deal with covid. But if you don’t want to get an untested shot and you work for the federal government, you’re out on the street. Never forget this hypocrisy.
WORTH NOTING: Senate Democrats get to break their own rules when it benefits them. But the White House is expected to extend the formal covid public health emergency so that it continues through the November midterm elections. Convenient. Never forget this hypocrisy.
ANYWAY: Vice President KAMALA HARRIS stepped in to cast the tie-breaking vote. As White House Chief of Staff RON KLAIN celebrated in a tweet, “Harris has now cast more tie votes than any VP since 1832”
WORTH REMEMBERING: Klain’s boss, President JOE BIDEN, campaigned on being a unifier. How does he square a unity agenda with his record of Harris overseeing one of the most gridlocked and partisan Senates in history?
BY THE WAY: Here’s how Socialist Senator BERNIE SANDERS, who owns three homes, opened his remarks when debating the bill:
“I want to take a moment to say a few words about the so-called Inflation Reduction Act that we are debating this evening. And I say so-called, by the way, because according to the [Congressional Budget Office] and other economic organizations that have studied this bill, it will in fact have a minimal impact on inflation.”
IT GETS WORSE: Proponents of the bill tout its incentives for the manufacture and purchase of electric vehicles. But the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, which lobbies on behalf of General Motors, Toyota, Ford, and others, says that 70% of EVs currently on the market wouldn’t even qualify for the $7,500 tax credit in the bill because too many battery components are sourced overseas. Those same components could be sourced domestically, but that would drive up the cost and make EVs even harder to afford for everyday Americans.
On the addition of 87,000 IRS agents to the tune of $80 billion:
The IRS will double in size as a result of this legislation, making it a larger agency than the State Department, Pentagon, FBI, and Border Patrol – combined.
According to the Washington Post, in 2021, more than half of IRS audits were on those making less than $75,000 a year, and more than 40% of audit targets received an earned income tax credit. So the number of middle and lower-class Americans who will be audited at best just doubled.
MEANWHILE: The National Society of Accountants estimates that the typical audit costs a taxpayer $770 in fees to professionals.
WORTH ASKING: Do you make less than $75,000 a year and have a spare $770 laying around to protect yourself from an invasive and intrusive government inspection because they feel like you haven’t already sent them enough money?
WORTH REMEMBERING: Democrats say hiring more IRS agents will increase revenues to the government. But the federal government has received record revenues in recent years as a result of the Trump tax cuts. So is this legislation about raising revenues or expanding the reach and scope of government?
ALSO WORTH NOTING: Inflation happens when there’s too much money in an economy. The only entity that can have this effect is the government. More spending, no matter what it’s on, will still increase inflation. When Democrats want to spend more money, they just print it. This strategy isn’t some principled hill they’re dying on; beefing up the IRS is a useful smokescreen for their true intentions to have more control over your everyday lives.
SPEAKING OF NOT PAYING TAXES: In May of this year, the New York Post reported that a lawyer friend of HUNTER BIDEN shelled out more than $2 million to the IRS to settle Hunter’s tax bill. Maybe they could start there.
On gas prices:
President JOE BIDEN thinks you’re still not grateful enough that you’re paying $100 less a month in gas than you were in June, even though it’s still at least 50% more than you were paying 4 years ago. He tweeted, “Right now, a family in America with two cars is saving $100 a month on gas compared to peak prices. That's breathing room. And we're not letting up any time soon.”
WORTH REMEMBERING: In January 2018, as a result of the Trump-era tax cuts, people earned bonuses from their companies as a result of the economic boom. At the time, Speaker NANCY PELOSI called these $1,000-plus bonuses “crumbs.”
WORTH NOTING: It should terrify you that Democrats think $1,000 bonuses as a result of a good economy are meaningless, but that you should be grateful to be paying more in fuel costs than you were four years ago. For Crazy Nancy and Sleepy Joe, receiving money is only good when it’s reallocated by the government.
On the Friday jobs data:
The White House is celebrating good topline jobs numbers that came out Friday for the month of June. But anyone who’s taken an intro to economics class will tell you there’s not much to celebrate:
The economy netted a LOSS of 71,000 full-time jobs.
There was an increase of 384,000 part-time jobs and an increase in the number of people holding two or more jobs.
The labor force participation rate declined for a second consecutive month, meaning fewer people are even trying to look for work.
IN OTHER WORDS: The numbers trotted out by the White House and celebrated by their media bootlickers are cooked. There are fewer good-paying jobs and people are working harder than ever at low-paying jobs to make ends meet. But no, we’re not in a recession.
Milwaukee has formally been selected to host the 2024 Republican National Convention. It was officially the site for the Democrats’ convention in 2020, but covid restrictions meant nothing major happened there.
Former President DONALD TRUMP addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday. It sounded an awful lot like a campaign announcement speech, but he didn’t make anything official. Some highlights:
“America is on the edge of an abyss, and our movement is the only force on Earth that can save it. This movement, right here. What we do in the next few months and the next few years will determine whether American civilization will collapse or fail, or whether it will triumph and thrive, frankly like never before. This is no time for complacency. We cannot be complacent. We have to seize this opportunity to deal with the radical left socialist lunatics and fascists and we have to hit them very, very hard. It has to be a crippling defeat because our country cannot take it.”
“We have to run aggressive, unrelenting and boldly populist campaigns…. We have to throw off the shackles of globalism and reassert two very important words, you know what the words are: America First.”
Trump said a top priority must be to “drain the swamp once and for all,” to thunderous applause. “To remove rogue bureaucrats and root out the Deep State, Congress should pass groundbreaking reform empowering the president to ensure any federal employee who is corrupt, incompetent, or unnecessary for the job can be told ‘you’re fired.’”
Trump said it takes five years to fire a government employee because of oversight protections, so politicians don’t even bother. “We can’t do it anymore, we have to run this government properly … Nobody knew the Deep State was that deep.”
BY THE WAY: Trump won the CPAC straw poll with 69% of the vote. Florida Governor RON DESANTIS got 24%. CPAC is typically attended by very involved grassroots activists.
SPEAKING OF 2024: Here’s what Trump said about the 2024 presidential election: "It’s certainly not a very long period, the time is coming. I think people are going to be very happy, our country has never been in a position like this, we've lost everything."
No winner for Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing. Tuesday night’s drawing will be for a $52 million jackpot or a $30.2 million cash payout.
No winner for Saturday night’s Powerball drawing. Tonight’s drawing will be for a $26 million jackpot or a $15.3 million cash payout.
BRITNEY SPEARS and SAM ASGHARI are hitting back on claims made by her ex-husband KEVIN FEDERLINE in a recent interview he did with the DailyMail.
He told the outlet that the sons he shares with Britney -- 16-year-old SEAN PRESTON and 15-year-old JAYDEN JAMES -- have not seen their mom for months, after choosing not to attend her wedding.
In response, Sam says there is “not validity to [Kevin’s] statement regarding the kids distancing themselves.” While Brit called the claims “hurtful.”
Fans may remember that Britney lost custody of her kids prior to the creation of her conservatorship.
MIKE TYSON is hitting back at Hulu after the streamer made a biographical series about him without his permission or compensation.
“Don’t let Hulu fool you. I don’t support their story about my life. It’s not 1822. It’s 2022,” Tyson posted on Instagram. He also called Hulu the “streaming version of the slave master,” after not recieving any sort of kickback for the series.
In response, showrunner Karen Gist said they simply wanted to “tell an unbiased story” about the boxer.
“Mike” is set to premiere on August 25.
DOJA CAT has a new look.
The 26-year-old singer shaved off her hair and eyebrows on Instagram Live as shocked followers watched. She called the decision “freeing” and said she has so many more options now when it comes to wearing wigs.
“I’m glad my head is a good shape,” she joked.
Actor JOHN LEGUIZAMO is outraged over the casting of JAMES FRANCO as Cuban leader Fidel Castro in the indie film “Alina of Cuba.”
“How is this still going on? How is Hollywood excluding us but stealing our narratives as well? No more appropriation Hollywood and streamers! Boycott! This F’d up!,” he wrote on social media.
He later added, “I don’t got a prob with Franco but he aint Latino!”
STAMP OF APPROVAL: Castro’s daughter, Alina Fernandez, responded to Leguizamo’s criticism saying she is “happy with the casting choice.”
PETA is not happy with ZAC EFRON after the actor appeared in an ad with a bear who has spent its whole life in captivity.
The animal, a 27-year-old named Tank, was born in captivity and taken from a breeder at just six-weeks old. Meaning he doesn’t know what it would be to live in the wild.
THE AD: Tank appeared in a campaign for Kodiak Cakes, which is running a limited-time collab with Efron, where they will match dollar-for-dollar purchases of their “Keep It Wild” merchandise. All proceeds will go to the Vital Ground Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the preservation of wild grizzly bear habitats.
WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL: This seems like a positive thing for bears in the wild, yet PETA says it's “hypocritical to exploit one animal to potentially help another.”
NASCAR champion KYLE BUSCH was at the Mall of America with his family last week when gunshots erupted.
The 37-year-old, along with his son, Brexton, and wife Samatha, were caught on someone’s cell phone video trying to exit the mall during the chaos. Once outside, Samantha shared they were safe on her Instagram Story.
No one was injured in the shooting. It is unknown if any arrests have been made.
“Top Gun: Maverick” has claimed the #7 spot in highest box office sales domestically -- overtaking “Titanic.”
The film has grossed $662 million, beating out the legendary 1997 blockbuster by $3 million.
Over the weekend, “Top Gun” raked in $7 million -- an impressive amount for its 11th week in theaters.
THE NEXT FILM TO BEAT: “Avengers: Infinity War.”
ROSANNA ARQUETTE has landed a recurring role in the upcoming third season of ABC’s “Big Sky.”
She will play Virginia “Gigi” Cessna, the mother of undersheriff Jenny, played by KATHERYN WINNICK.
Season 3 premieres on September 21.
SINCLAIR DANIEL, PETER DAGER and HIAM ABBASS have joined the cast of “Insidious 5.”
The fifth installment is set ten years after the end of “Insidious 2,” and sees the return of the Lambert family. Josh Lambert, played by PATRICK WILSON, drops his son Dalton (TY SIMPKINS) off at college, and all seems well until repressed dreams come back to haunt them both.
ROSE BRYNE also reprises her role as Dalton’s mom, Renai.
LAURA SAN GIACOMO will star opposite TIM ALLEN in the upcoming holiday series “The Santa Clauses.”
She will play La Befana, a Christmas Witch from Italian folklore who delivered treats to good children on the morning of the epiphany.
The Disney+ series sees the return of Scott Calvin (Allen) who is about to turn 65 and quickly realizes he cannot be Santa forever. He sets out to find his replacement while preparing his family for a new adventure outside of the North Pole.
A premiere date has not been announced.
“Ink Master” is returning to Paramount+.
Joining the show as host is JOEL MADDEN, while former host DAVE NAVARRO returns to cause some trouble as the Master of Chaos.
The 10-episode series drops on September 7.
“In Pursuit with John Walsh” has been renewed for a fourth season at Investigation Discovery.
The series follows Walsh and his son CALLAHAN WALSH as they bring fugitives to justice, find missing children and seek the public’s help in more effectively supporting the criminal justice system.
The 12-episode series launches on August 24.
Actress ALYSON HANNIGAN has found a buyer for her Encino, California home.
The 7.605-square-foot pad, which was used as filming location for NBC’s hit show “This Is Us,” sold for $18 million.
The five-bedroom home sits on three acres of land in a gated community. It is decked out with a pool, tennis court and garden.
Alyson and her husband ALEXIS DENISOF bought the property in 2016 for $7.95 million.
THE DAILY KARDASHOPUS
PETE DAVIDSON was spotted wearing a shirt that may be a sign of how he feels after splitting from KIM KARDASHIAN.
The 28-year-old comedian-turned-actor was photographed Saturday in a shirt that read, “What…I feel like [s---].”
WE’LL NEVER BE ROYALS
A British mom shared a letter she received from PRINCE WILLIAM and KATE MIDDLETON after her six-year-old daughter invited their son PRINCE GEORGE to her birthday party last month.
While the royal parents declined the invite -- for obvious reasons -- they thanked the mom and her daughter for their “thoughtful consideration” and sent their “warmest thanks and best wishes.”
SPEAKING OF KATE: She has been crowned as No. 1 on Tatler magazine’s 2022 Best Dressed List.
Former MLB all-star PETE ROSE was met with cheers and boos as he took the field at Citizens Bank Park Sunday alongside his 1980 World Series teammates.
His participation in the ceremony was met with controversy last month as Rose received a lifetime ban after betting on games in the late ‘80s while playing for and managing the Cincinnati Reds.
Then in 2017, a woman came forward claiming to have been in a sexual relationship with Rose when she was only 14. The allegations got him booted from being added to the Wall of Fame.
When asked about the accusations Sunday, Rose told the female reporter “It was 55 years ago, babe.”
Well, Pete, your World Series win was 42 years ago and you were happy to discuss that.
DAY OF THE YEAR
National Happiness Happens Day
National Frozen Custard Day
National Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch Day
National Dollar Day
ON THIS DATE
1502 - James IV of Scotland marries Margaret Tudor, the daughter of Henry VII of England. Their marriage was largely forgettable, but was responsible for the lineage that would later cause problems across the British isles.
Their union produced James V, whose daughter Mary would be notoriously imprisoned by her cousin Queen Elizabeth I of England when accused of trying to usurp the throne.
Mary was ultimately executed for treason for plotting to assassinate her cousin, after 18 years in captivity.
1786 - A congressional resolution is passed allowing the US dollar to separate itself from other currencies in colonial America.
Six years later, Alexander Hamilton would call the dollar the basic unit of account.
George Washington became the first president to appear on the front of the currency.
1876 - Thomas Edison receives a patent for Autographic Printing.
It would later be called the mimeograph when Albert Blake Dick licensed the invention from Edison in 1887.
It was revolutionary in mass-producing print materials and required little technical experience. It empowered anyone with a typewriter into a self-contained printing press.
1908 - Wilbur Wright makes the first public flight of his and Orville’s flying machine.
News of their invention was traveling quickly, but many skeptics remained. While Orville would tour in America, Wilbur headed to Europe. In Le Mans, France, he flew for one minute 45 seconds.
The feat turned the brothers into instant international celebrities.
1929 - The Graf Zeppelin departs for a flight around the world.
The project was backed by William Randolph Hearst, a media magnate.
The trip would take 21 days, 5 hours, and 31 minutes, covering more than 20,000 miles, with stops in Germany, Tokyo, and Los Angeles.
1974 - President Nixon announces his resignation from office.
In an address to the country, he supported Gerald Ford as his successor and trumpeted some of his accomplishments while in office. This came exactly six years after Nixon and running mate Spirow Agnew first received the Republican Party nomination.
He would formally leave office the next day.
1992 - The Dream Team wins gold at the Barcelona Olympics.
The team was made up of NBA superstars Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen, Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing.
They beat Croatia’s team 117-85.
2021 - The Dixie Fire becomes California’s second-largest wildfire ever.
It was named after Dixie Road, near where it started in Butte County.
The blaze would scorch over 963,000 acres before being 100% contained on October 25 of that year.
Ragan Smith - Olympic gymnast - 22
Ryan Garcia - boxer - 24
Shawn Mendes - pop singer - 24
Dani Dyer - actress, “Vendetta” & “Age of Kill” - 26
Lauv - pop singer - 28
Casey Cott - actor, “Riverdale” - 30
Anthony Rizzo - baseball player - 33
Princess Beatrice - daughter of Andrew & Fergie - 34
Peyton List - actress, “Mad Men” & “Frequency” - 36
Meagan Good - actress, “Think Like a Man” & “Californication” - 41
Roger Federer - tennis player - 41
Shayna Baszler - MMA fighter - 42
Countess Vaughn - actress, “Moesha” - 44
JC Chasez - pop singer, NSYNC - 46
Dustin Hoffman - actor, “Tootsie” & “The Graduate” - 85
Born On This Date
Rosetta LeNoire - actress, “Family Matters” - 1911 (d. 2002)
“Dr. Bob” Smith - physician & co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous - 1879 (d. 1950)
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