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Military planes to soar over NYC, Philadelphia on Fourth of July

Twelve U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds jets execute a flyover over the New Jersey and New York area in formation to salute those working on the frontlines against COVID-19 on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. (Reena Rose Sibayan |

The jets are part of the “Salute to America” military flyover, which will pass over both New York City and Philadelphia on a journey from Boston to Washington to celebrate the country’s 244th birthday.

“This flyover represents a small part of our military capacity and capability to continue to protect and defend the nation,” a statement from the department of defense stated.

The Thunderbirds and Blue Angels roared across the sky over major New Jersey cities in April to salute to health care workers fighting the coronavirus and another military flyover was held the following month.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti admits protests spreading COVID-19; gets ripped for double standard

Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has ordered the county’s beaches, piers, and bike paths to be closed during the 4th of July weekend. Firework displays are also prohibited during the holiday weekend.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said gatherings with people other than those you live with are not permitted.

During Garcetti’s coronavirus press conference telling relatives that they can’t visit each other, there was a crowded protest going on outside the city hall.

On Wednesday, Garcetti finally admitted that public protests are likely causing COVID-19 cases to spike, despite a day earlier saying the opposite.

During Garcetti’s coronavirus press briefing, he was asked if the Black Lives Matter protests were causing an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Analysis: As expected, fewer job losses in states with fewer coronavirus restrictions

Nick Rebic carries food to a customer at The Friendly Tavern, Monday, May 11, 2020, in Zionsville, Ind. Dine-in restaurants in most Indiana counties were allowed to open at 50 percent capacity. AP Photo/Darron Cummings

Comparisons of total jobs in U.S. states between May 2020 and May 2019 show Utah (-4.8 percent), Arizona (-5.7), Idaho (-5.9), Arkansas (-7.1), Nebraska (-7.1) and Texas (-7.2) shed the fewest jobs year-over-year, the analysis shows.

All of these states have Republican governors who took less aggressive approaches to restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Texas and Arizona are among a handful of states that have seen spikes in new cases.

“You can see in the rankings that red states/less severe shutdown states are outperforming blue states/more severe shutdowns,” Michael Lucci, president and publisher of 50economy.org, told The Center Square in an email, noting that the data is from May but he expects the trends to hold. “Michigan and New York are performing particularly poorly.

The entire northeast corridor lags, as we would expect with the shutdowns and virus impact.”

Time Capsule Found Underneath Confederate Monument Contains Robert E. Lee Button, Strand Of Hair From His Horse, Experts Believe

(Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
(Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

After Gov. Roy Cooper ordered the removal of the Confederate Soldiers Monument, that has stood on the grounds of the state capitol for 125 years, workers discovered the rusty metal box, per The News [and] Observer of Raleigh in a piece published Thursday.

“Preservation work on these items and the metal box itself has begun.”

The box also included items like Confederate money, song books, flags and addresses given during Civil War battles.

DOJ Has Brought Charges in 150 Federal Cases Linked to Rioting, US Attorney Says

The Department of Justice in Washington on Sept. 22, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
The Department of Justice in Washington on Sept. 22, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

Four individuals have since been charged in connection with a failed attempt to topple a statue of President Andrew Jackson near the White House.

“People can’t unilaterally decide what is right and what is wrong.

And if those people do make that decision on their own and take the law into their own hands, the law will come after them and the United States will use federal resources to charge you if you’re inciting violence or destroying these monuments,” Sherwin said during the interview.

Sherwin said the department was in the progress of identifying the individuals who are commanding and controlling the operations of some of the violent activity.

Chicago Police: 15 People Shot, 3 Dead on Thursday

A Chicago police officer in a file photo. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – FEBRUARY 13: Chicago police officers join in the procession behind the ambulance carrying the remains of Cmdr. Paul Bauer as it leaves Northwestern Memorial Hospital on February 13, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Bauer, who was downtown leaving a training session, was shot while trying to help stop a man being pursued by tactical officers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The violence comes as shootings are on the rise in Chicago. Over the past two weeks, four toddlers have been shot in the city.

“What was called the Windy City is now turning into the Bloody City. If we don’t stop this, then Chicago’s going to become known as not a safe place for children.

Once that happens, we’ve lost the soul of our city,” said Rev. Michael Pfleger on July 2, according to USA Today.

“I’ve been here 45 years, and I’ve never seen the meshing together of hopelessness, despair and anger all together at this level. Because of that, we have the fallout of unacceptable behavior,” Pfleger said.

California governor bans singing in church

The double standard has been especially obvious in recent days as many of them openly have advocated for the masses of Black Lives Matter rioters torching cars and buildings while still maintaining that church congregations could gather in groups of no more than 10.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s orders for the July 4th weekend are the latest move in the agenda.

The Sacramento Bee reports he has announced that people who meet in church will not be allowed to sing.

Charitable campaign raises millions for families of fallen service members

“We set an ambition of $2 million, which was way higher than last year’s $1.2 million,” announced Anthony Hucker, president and CEO of Southeastern Grocers, on “Fox and Friends” on Friday.

“We were a little bit apprehensive, but what I can tell you and your viewers today — on behalf of our 50,000 associates and customers is that we’ve blown that target away,” he continued.

“We have doubled last year’s performance in donations to the tune of over $2.4 million.”

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Sex-for-toilet-paper scandal alleged by New Jersey female inmates: report

During the online forum, titled “Workgroup on Harassment, Sexual Assault and Misogyny in New Jersey Politics,” the former inmates shared other accounts of sexual assaults, gropings and demands of sexual favors for other items, such as bubble gum.

Complaints filed against corrections officers were “ripped up in front of your face,” Brown alleged, according to the news outlet.

In April 2019, NJ.com reported that eight of the prison’s employees had been arrested since 2016, mostly on sexual abuse and contraband-related charges.

In April, the same prison was the subject of a U.S. Justice Department report that detailed many of the same allegations.

Suspect arrested after 2-year-old boy slashed in face in random unprovoked attack in New York City

35-year-old Anthony Gonzalez of the 200 block of West 107 Street has been charged with felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Authorities say Gonzalez is the man who approached a 2-year-old boy and his nanny at 110th Street and Morningside Drive around 9:35 a.m. Wednesday.

The suspect then struck the child with an unknown sharp object, cutting him above his right eye, before fleeing the scene.

South Dakota AG previews Trump’s celebration at Mount Rushmore

Jason Ravnsborg, South Dakota attorney general, explains on ‘Fox & Friends.’

Texas Congressman Tours American Landmarks: ‘I Pledge to Defend Them!’

Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, traveled to American landmarks in Philadelphia,
Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, traveled to American landmarks in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., pledging to defend them and celebrating America. (Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images)

Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, and members of his congressional staff traveled to Philadelphia, Baltimore, and several landmarks in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

They visited Independence Hall, Fort McHenry, the Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Theodore Roosevelt Island, and the U.S. Capitol.

Roy posted short videos and photos throughout the day on Twitter, pledging his pride in America and vowing to defend the landmarks.

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Politics:

Raymond Arroyo: State of emergency

MSM Video: Commentary/Opinion:
The government should be careful in the way they invoke emergency orders to constrict the movement of people in the United States of America.

Tucker: Who are the criminals destroying your country?

FOX News Video: Commentary/Opinion:
They’re not protesters or civil rights activists.

They’re violent criminals being used as a militia by the Democratic Party to seize power.

Big Trump Campaign Shakeup

Commentary/Opinion:
Leftists tried to paint turnover as a bad thing. Yet, Trump didn’t care. He kept firing the incompetents. Perform or else.

Then the government got too comfortable, ergo fat, dumb and happy. Government long ago became a place for the ineffective to linger.

Look at both Obama and Joe “40 Years of Nothing” Biden.

Again, President Trump’s campaign receives an overhaul, moving Chief Operating Officer Michael Glassner to a new role. Previously in charge of presidential rallies, Glassner will now handle legal issues.

Tom Fitton on Durham probe: It has been 15 months, no action by DOJ, Congress. It is worse than you know

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton explains why Judicial Watch is suing the State Department for records about requests allegedly made by former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power to ‘unmask’ American citizens.

Tucker 2024? Growing Chorus Of Republicans Want Fox Host To Run For President

According to Politico, “Republican strategists, conservative commentators, and former Trump campaign and administration officials are buzzing about Carlson as the next-generation leader of Donald Trump’s movement — with many believing he would be an immediate frontrunner in a Republican primary.”

Sixteen prominent Republicans interviewed by POLITICO said there’s an emerging consensus in the GOP that the 51-year-old Carlson would be formidable if he were to run.

Some strategists aligned with other potential candidates are convinced he will enter the race and detect the outlines of a stump speech in Carlson’s recent Fox monologues.

Others, particularly those who know him well, are skeptical that he would leave his prime-time TV gig.

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World News:

US again patrols near Chinese survey ship in South China Sea

The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), bottom, conducts routine operations in the vicinity of the Chinese vessel
The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), bottom, conducts routine operations in the vicinity of the Chinese vessel Hai Yang Di Zhi 4 Hao, July 1, 2020. Gabrielle Giffords, part of Destroyer Squadron Seven, is on a rotational deployment, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brenton Poyser)

The maneuvers in waters around the Spratly Islands echoed events off the north coast of Malaysian Borneo in April, when a Chinese survey vessel and a fleet of China Coast Guard (CCG) ships shadowed Malaysian oil exploration efforts, in an apparent bid to deter the smaller nation from exploiting resources in the disputed waters.

That incident prompted the U.S. Navy to send littoral combat ships near the site of the survey on three occasions.

The U.S. Seventh Fleet on Thursday tweeted that the USS Gabrielle Giffords was performing “routine ops” in the South China Sea, and published a photo showing the littoral combat ship near a Chinese ship, which the post identified as the Hai Yang Di Zhi 4 Hao.

Hong Kong Man Charged With ‘Terrorism’ In First Ever Security Law Case After Ramming Police

A man carrying a “Liberate Hong Kong” sign as he drove a motorcycle into police at a protest against the territory’s Chinese rulers became on Friday the first person charged with inciting separatism and terrorism under a new security law.

It appears precisely this sign and slogan, which reports say is ubiquitous around Hong Kong streets, buildings and walls, which gave police the excuse and ability to bring harsher charges against the man, described as in his 20s, under the new security law.

The motorcycle ramming can now be effectively considered a political act of “terrorism” based on the security law.

Reuters continues:

WHO admits China did not self-report its coronavirus outbreak

FOX News Video: The World Health Organization says it learned of the outbreak from media reports and accounts by Wuhan doctors posted to a U.S.-based website; reaction from Fox News contributor Dr. Marc Siegel.

Twitter Sued Over Collusion With Saudi Arabia In Shutting Down Political Opposition Accounts

The lawsuit alleges that Twitter violated the Stored Communications Act by intentionally accessing Al-Ahmed’s stored messages without authorization.

Under a blatant tortious invasion of privacy,

Twitter suspended the accounts of Al-Ahmed and many of his 36,000 followers and sent their confidential information and direct messages to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

By authorizing the direct transmission to the Government of Saudi Arabia (GSA) of identifying information of its critics, Twitter is responsible for several of Al-Ahmed’s contacts being arrested and tortured by the GSA.

Uganda boda boda rider sets himself on fire ‘over bribe’

Hussein Walugembe became frustrated after going to the police station several times.
Hussein Walugembe became frustrated after going to the police station several times.TWAHA KAWEESA

Mr Walugembe reportedly became frustrated with the police after visiting the station several times to demand they release his bike.

On Thursday, he locked himself into a room at the station and set himself alight using petrol concealed in a water bottle.

Regional police spokesperson Paul Kangave said an investigation had been launched into the self-immolation and into the conduct of the entire traffic department.

He said the force’s Professional Standards Unit would be looking into allegations that the officers were demanding bribes after vehicles were impounded for flouting lockdown restrictions.

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Turkey convicts 4 human rights activists of terror charges

Protesters from Amnesty International stage a protest outside a court in Istanbul, Friday, July 3, 2020, where the trial of 11 prominent human rights activists for terror-related charges and adjourned proceedings was continuing.
Protesters from Amnesty International stage a protest outside a court in Istanbul, Friday, July 3, 2020, where the trial of 11 prominent human rights activists for terror-related charges and adjourned proceedings was continuing. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Ten of the activists were detained in a police raid in July 2017 while attending a digital security training workshop on Buyukada island, off Istanbul.

The 11th activist, Kilic, was detained separately a month earlier in the city of Izmir.

Ten defendants were charged with aiding terrorist organizations, including the network led by a U.S.-based cleric, which the Turkish government blames for the 2016 coup attempt and has designated as a terror group.

Their trial heightened concerns about Turkey’s treatment of human rights defenders and helped sour Turkey’s relations with European nations, notably Germany.

Commentary/Opinion:

The Flag Is Still Worth Saluting

This 88-year-old veteran salutes every U.S. flag he passes.

This video! 😭 🇺🇸.

RACE: ERADICATE OR ALTER?

Vert interesting thoughts from a young lady in the UK. Check out the whole post, here’s a couple if excerpts.

What’s the importance and significance of knowing a person’s “race”? Is there even such a thing? Or has it been man-made to brainwash mankind, to keep different races separate from one another?

I think it’d be very hard to imagine a world without racism, if the subject of race is still around. It’s almost impossible to categorise people based on their skin colour, and expect racism to end.

Today, people are looking for change, and have been for centuries. But what will be the driving force? And how can change happen if the one momumental factor dividing humanity is still largely upon us? Race.