July 4th: Chicagoland Celebrates 2nd Amendment

July 6, 2022

July 4th: Chicagoland Celebrates 2nd Amendment
On the morning of July 4th, an Illinois firearms enthusiast joined Highland Park‘s small town Independence Day parade by firing his assault-style rifle at it, killing 6 fellow citizens outright and mangling the bodies of dozens of others, including children. An illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate urged citizens to “move on and … celebrate the independence of this nation.”

US gunshot deaths so far this year: 22,434.

God Bless America.

More:

“Horror on the Fourth: Suspect in custody after 6 killed, dozens wounded at Highland Park Fourth of July parade,” Lynn Sweet, Manny Ramos, Elvia Malagón and Sophie Sherry, Chicago Sun-Times

“Marjorie Taylor Greene Tweets Predictably Fact-Free Theory About Highland Park Massacre,” Zachary Petrizzo, Daily Beast

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Image (“Old Glory”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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Algorithms

July 5, 2022

Thank Persian mathematician Muhammad al-Khwarizmi (c. 780 – 850) for the terms “algorithm” and “algebra.” A BBC video.

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America the Beautiful

July 4, 2022

“America the Beautiful,” a poem by Katharine Lee Bates set to a hymn by Samuel A. Ward, recorded by Ray Charles in 1972.

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Ain’t That America

July 4, 2022

“Ain’t That America,” written and performed by John Mellencamp.

John Mellencamp website

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American Girl

July 4, 2022

“American Girl,” written and performed by Tom Petty, with visual cameos by Ethel Barrymore, Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, Norma Talmadge, Louise Brooks, Mary Astor, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Ava Gardner, Jean Arthur, Helen Hayes, Gene Tierney, Carole Lombard, Barbara Stanwyck, Rita Hayworth, Donna Reed, Hedy Lamarr, Loretta Young, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard, Audrey Hepburn, Susan Hayward, Natalie Wood, Grace Kelly. Great video by YouTube user jaxdriver.

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American Girl

July 4, 2022

“American Girl,” written and performed by Bonnie McKee. Ms. McKee, who has written songs for (and with) Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Kesha, Kelly Clarkson and others, has a fine grasp of contemporary American culture.

Celeb karaoke version here

Bonnie McKee official website

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4th of July

July 4, 2022

“4th of July,” written by Dave Alvin and performed by him with the band X.

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4th of July

July 4, 2022

Star Swain of Tallahassee visits the Lincoln Memorial.

Happy Independence Day.

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Guilty

July 3, 2022

“Guilty,” written by Randy Newman, recorded by Jo Harrop (vocalist) and Jamie McCredie (guitar), 2020.

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Sure as Sin

July 3, 2022

“Sure as Sin,” written by Eddie Hinton and Marlin Greene, recorded by Laura Lee, 1972.

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