Trump’s Fourth of July celebration helped bankrupt DC security fund

In a letter to the president, the citys mayor said the fund is running a $6m deficit for the fiscal year Donald Trumps Salute to America Fourth of July event in Washington and subsequent protests cost the District of Columbias security fund $1.7m, a sum that has contributed to the bankruptcy of the fund, according to the mayor of Washington DC. according to the Washington Post. ABC news featured a rally and a bombastic show of military might, including F-22 Raptors, a B-2 stealth bomber and six Blue Angel F-18s flying over the Washington monument. The controversial event also included two Abrams tanks and two Bradley fighting vehicles.

Jennifer Lopez To Gay High School Valedictorian: I’m ‘Always Standing With You’

to reveal he was gay in a commencement speech got some one-on-one time with Nat Werth graduated from Sheboygan Lutheran High School in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in May. Though the 18-year-old finished at the top of his class, school administrators rejected his planned commencement speech because he’d used it to open up about his sexuality to classmates.  he told BuzzFeed in June. “I knew that they wouldn’t let me say that at graduation, but I put it in the rough draft because for me it was part of the writing process and how I was reflecting on my high school career.” noting, “Because they knew that I was gay, they chose not to let me give the speech.”  The Sheboygan Press, as well …

This Fourth of July, Trump will star in a movie of his own making

We will view the presidents remake of Gladiator, the Oscar-winning tale of a debauched and self-venerating Roman emperor Donald Trump won the presidency but never scored an Emmy for the Apprentice despite 15 seasons and 192 episodes. Come this Independence Day, however, the president will star in a movie of his own making. On the Fourth of July, the president will produce and take center stage in his own remake of Gladiator, Ridley Scotts Academy Award-winning tale of a debauched and self-venerating Roman emperor. Broadcast and filmed before a live audience from the Lincoln Memorial, Trumps extravaganza looms as a cinematic production befitting his politics and persona. flanked by the service branches brass, Trump will seek to honor himself as …

Park Service Directed To Shift $2.5 Million In Fees To Help Pay For July 4 Parade: Report

The White House has been preparing for the president’s “Salute to America” on Thursday, a grand parade meant to showcase what Trump has called the “strongest and most advanced” military on the planet. Tanks have been shipped from Georgia, and a flyover by Air Force One is scheduled, as well as a promised “biggest ever” fireworks display, according to Trump. Such fees are often used on maintenance and improvements across the national park system. The entire National Park System, which covers 418 national parks, currently has nearly $12 billion in deferred maintenance due to a budget shortfall.  Trump has long touted the idea of a Fourth of July parade featuring U.S. military assets. After watching France’s Bastille Day parade in …

Pride in London marks 50 years of protest

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‘My parents told everyone I was dead’

In 1980 a baby girl was given up for adoption for being the wrong colour – she was mixed-race, her parents were white, and this was apartheid South Africa. But being brought up by a white couple in the UK left her searching for her place in the world. She only found it when she returned to the country of her birth. As the plane touched down in Johannesburg, Sara-Jayne King caught her breath. More than 25 years had passed since she had last seen South Africa. She had no conscious memories of it. She had left Johannesburg as a seven-week-old infant, to be deposited by her biological mother in England. The years in between had not been easy. Sara-Jayne …

Trump sings praises of American exceptionalism in elaborate July 4 salute

“Today, we come together as one nation with this very special Salute to America,” a smiling Trump said. “We celebrate our history, our people, and the heroes who proudly defend our flag — the brave men and women of the United States military.” ‘SALUTE TO AMERICA’ CRITICS FUELED BY ‘HATE FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP’: KAYLEIGH MCENANY From George Washington leading the Continental Army to the Apollo 11 moon landing, Trump rattled off a list of American accomplishments and inventions in the name of freedom, while surreptitiously sneaking in a boast about his administration’s accomplishments. “Americans love our freedom and no one will ever take it away from us,” Trump said to chants of “U-S-A.” “Our nation is stronger today than it ever was …

In Defense of Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is the internet’s favorite condiment villain. The egg, oil, and vinegar emulsion is a symbol not only for blandness, but for whiteness and all its attendant cultural appropriation and entitlement. It symbolizes the whitewashing of culture. It looks like something extruded from a teenage pimple or a long festering wound. Plus, haters love to point out, it’s terrible for you. It’s all fat! And salt! And because of the eggs, it's dangerous! If you leave a potato salad made with it out too long at your BBQ, everyone could get salmonella and then you're literally a murderer. Do you really love mayonnaise enough to murder a Fourth of July party for it? Yes, I do. And it's worse than …

Intel’s New Chip Wizard Has a Plan to Bring Back the Magic

On Sunday, Pride celebrations shut down a rainbow swath of San Francisco. In the shadow of the city’s iconic Coit Tower, chipmaker Intel held a nerdier and more select party. At the five-hour event, 100 attendees from startups, venture capital, and tech giants drank in semiconductor-themed cocktails and detailed explanations of how sand is processed into silicon chips. It was a celebration of how exponential upgrades from the chip industry have propelled progress in technology and society over the past 50 years—and an argument that the party’s not over. “It's going to keep going,” said Jim Keller, a semiconductor rock star who joined Intel last year as senior vice president of silicon engineering, and a cohost of the event. “Moore’s …

Can’t Set Off Fireworks? Try These Science-Backed Alternatives

The Fourth of July, Independence Day, America’s birthday—whatever you want to call it, this holiday is a time for celebration. As it evokes the rich history of a proud, tumultuous country, the Fourth of July reminds us of all that we have in common, of the single, shared yearning that resides deep in the heart of every human being: the desire to blow things up. July Fourth is a holiday designed to terrify dogs and assert America’s dominance through firepower. Fireworks are visceral and exciting. But for some people, launching or even watching fireworks is not an option. Maybe you’re shackled by local noise ordinances, or are a conscientious resident of wildfire country. Maybe you just live in a state …

The Meaning Behind the #UnwantedIvanka Meme

Ivanka Trump has become an ironic internet Carmen Sandiego. She's popped up in The Last Supper, at the Yalta Conference alongside Winston Churchill, in the opening credits of Friends, on the Abbey Road album cover, on Mount Rushmore. Sometimes, like when she's photobombing Dust Bowl migrants, she's flashing a big cheesy grin. Other times, like at President Lyndon B. Johnson's swearing in, she's more of a pensive onlooker. She is always amusing, always awkward—and always unwanted. Emma Grey Ellis #KimOhNo: Be Grateful That Kim Kardashian Is Bad at Puns Emma Grey Ellis Enter the Age of Borderless Memes Emma Grey Ellis Why You Can't Look Away From #CursedImages The people of Twitter have been Photoshopping Ivanka Trump into images of …

33 Memes About 4th Of July That Not Only Americans Might Find Funny

From the nonstop fireworks to jokes about the British (“the original Brexit”), to the sometimes hilariously obnoxious patriotism – Americans do it up especially big for this holiday. So whether you are the ones harassing your neighbors with fireworks all weekend long or inside binge-watching ‘Stranger Things’ with noise-canceling headphones, scroll down below for some ‘Merica-themed laughs and don’t forget to upvote your favs! #1 When we think about the 4th of July one image that comes to mind is that of the Founding Fathers and Continental Congress presenting the first draft of the Declaration of Independence for signing on July 4, 1776 – but this isn’t entirely accurate. Famed historian David McCullough wrote, “No such scene, with all the …

Coco Gauff keeps Wimbledon dream alive with thrilling comeback win

The 15-year-old American saved two match points to extend her dream Wimbledon run into the last 16 Wimbledon has found itself a new star. Coco Gauff had already shown everyone she could play dazzling tennis, her Wimbledon day five: Gauff makes thrilling comeback, Djokovic survives test video What a crazy match. In the first set, Hercog had been utterly dominant. It took Gauff until the second set before she won a single point on her opponents first serve while her thunderous forehand was doing the damage and though she missed a break point chance in the third game, she slapped another forehand to break for 4-3 and took the set soon after. Hercog cut loose at the start of the …

Trump to preside over Fourth of July celebrations with military show despite criticism

White House aides have reportedly been struggling to draw crowds to event because of last minute arrangements Donald Trump will preside over Fourth of July celebrations on Thursday with a speech about patriotism and a modest show of military might that critics say is politicizing an important holiday and wasting taxpayers money. Trump, who has long admired displays of autocratic overtones of the Washington DC event. The president will deliver remarks on the steps of the Lincoln memorial in the early evening, and celebrations will feature fireworks, a flyover by Air Force One and a display of tanks. Trump has been accused of attempting to emulate a Soviet-style military parade, which are today associated with authoritarian regimes in China or …

They dont think were that good: Netherlands aim to shock USA in final

Danille van de Donk believes the Netherlands will be underestimated by the USA in Sundays World Cup final and said she is relishing their underdog status Danille van de Donk believes the Netherlands will be underestimated by the USA in Sundays World Cup final and says she is relishing their underdog status in Lyon. I think its the best role you can be in, the midfielder said. I dont think they think were that good I think that is going to be an advantage for us. Van de Donk is one of four Arsenal Womens Super League winners who form the spine of the Netherlands team, with Sari van Veenendaal in goal, Dominique Bloodworth in defence, Van de Donk in …

Storm in a teacup: Alex Morgan discusses World Cup goal celebration

US goal celebrations were a talking point yet again during Tuesdays World Cup semi-final against England Alex Morgan has explained her tea-sipping goal celebration which provoked controversy during the USAs World Cup semi-final victory over England. The US forward raised her fingers to her lips, miming a sip of tea, after scoring the decisive goal in Steelers Depot (@Steelersdepot) Alex Morgan sippin tea pic.twitter.com/oyiyeaFzKQ Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) Congrats to the