Here Comes Donald Trump’s Personal Military Parade

July 20, 2018

Here Comes Donald Trump's Personal Military Parade

Since impeachment proceedings have not yet commenced, a Joint Chiefs of Staff team is finally getting around to planning President Trump’s personal vanity military parade, now scheduled for Saturday, November 10th. It will be executed by the U.S. Military District of Washington, the Army command in charge of state funerals for former presidents, who are no doubt rolling in their graves.

November 10th is not quite Veteran’s Day, perhaps because Mr. Trump is not quite a veteran. He is a former New York Military Academy High School Cadet Captain, though he was removed from actual command duties due to shirking. Anyway, he wants a military parade, just like his best bud Kim Jong-un. There are still bone spurs snags remaining, since expenses like Secret Service and police overtime and risers, stands and barriers cannot be paid through the military budget, and the White House hasn’t made provision for them. As a money-saving measure, perhaps the reviewing stand can be limited to a single seat, since only one person wants this parade. 89 percent of Military Times readers think it’s a waste of time and money.

More:

“Planning for Trump’s military parade finally getting underway,” Courtney Kube, NBC News

“Trump’s military parade expected to cost nearly as much as ‘tremendously expensive’ canceled war games,” Ryan Browne, CNN

“For the cost of Trump’s military parade, we could get eight months of Mueller’s probe,” Philip Bump, Washington Post

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Surf’s Up — Inland

July 19, 2018

Surf’s up at the Surf Ranch, a hundred miles from the nearest ocean. Bryant Gumbel explains.

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“Surfing goes inland: Kelly Slater’s artificial waves push pro tour into uncharted waters,” Alex Dick-Read, The Guardian

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Your Sandwich Changed the World

July 18, 2018

The carbon footprint of your BLT. An NPR Skunk Bear video by Ryan Kellman and Adam Cole.

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Liberté, Fraternité, Mobilité!

July 17, 2018
Liberté, Fraternité, Mobilité!

 2018 Citroën Bastille Day Rally & RendezVous, Washington Square, NYC

On July 15th the annual Citroën Bastille Day Rally & RendezVous toured the streets of New York, starting at Grant’s Tomb on Riverside Drive and cruising down to the Waverly Place side of Washington Square. Most vehicles were the Deux Chevaux (2CV) model, the beloved “parapluie sur quatre roues” (“umbrella on four wheels”). At the same time these fanciers of French cars were on the road, France was winning the World Cup. Quelle ironie!

2018 Citroën Bastille Day Rally & RendezVous, NYC

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Trump’s Driver Sues Him for 6 Years of Unpaid Overtime

July 16, 2018

Noel Cintron, Donald Trump’s personal driver for more than 25 years, says his boss didn’t pay him overtime and raised his salary only twice in 15 years, clawing back the second raise by cutting off his health benefits. Mr. Cintron is suing his former employer for the back wages.

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“Donald Trump’s former driver sues over unpaid wages,” Sabrina Siddiqui, The Guardian

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Clint Eastwood, on the ‘Pussy Generation’

July 16, 2018

Clint Eastwood, interviewed by Esquire‘s Cal Fussman in 2009. Illustrated by Joe McKendry, animated by Jennifer Yoo, and directed by Patrick Smith for Blank on Blank. Audio Producer: Amy Drozdowska.

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Forever and Always

July 15, 2018

“Forever and Always,” by The Meltdown. Written by vocalist Simon Burke. Great band out of Melbourne, Australia.

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Steal Away

July 15, 2018

“Steal Away,” written and recorded by Jimmy Hughes, 1964.

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Josephine

July 15, 2018

“Josephine,” written and performed by Chris Cornell, with Bryan Gibson on cello.

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Noah

July 15, 2018

“Noah,” by the Jubilaires.

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