July 4th By the Numbers

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Garden Street Dog Celebrating the July 4th Holiday Weekend (Photo: Joe DeLise)
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By edhat staff

Fireworks, freedom, and food, it's America's 247th birthday.

The most cooked food during this celebration? It's hot dogs, 150 million in total. According to WalletHub, Americans spend more than $7.7 billion on food and $1.4+ billion on beer and wine.

Nearly 48 million Americans are planning to venture over 50 miles from home this year. Ed wonders what percentage of those Americans are traveling to Santa Barbara for the holiday. Especially those on West Beach enjoying the fireworks display. 

Speaking of fireworks, America spent $2.4+ billion on fireworks last year. And about 66% of fireworks injuries occur within a month of July 4. So let's leave it to the pros this year and celebrate responsibly. 

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GeneralTree Jul 03, 2022 10:22 PM
July 4th By the Numbers

On January 6, 2021, a mob of supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump attacked the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., in what is commonly referred to as the Capitol attack, Capitol riot, Capitol insurrection, January 6, or 1/6. Trump's supporters sought to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election by disrupting the joint session of Congress assembled to count electoral votes that would formalize the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.] The Capitol Complex was locked down and lawmakers and staff were evacuated as rioters assaulted law enforcement officers, vandalized property, and occupied the building for several hours. Five people died either shortly before, during, or following the event: one was shot by Capitol Police, another died of a drug overdose, and three died of natural causes. Many people were injured, including 138 police officers. Four officers who responded to the attack died by suicide within seven months.

Called to action by Trump, thousands of his supporters gathered in Washington, D.C., on January 5 and 6 to support his false claim that the 2020 election had been "stolen by emboldened radical-left Democrats" and to demand that Vice President Mike Pence and Congress reject Biden's victory.[38] Starting at noon on January 6,at a "Save America" rally on the Ellipse, Trump repeated false claims of election irregularities and said, "If you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore." During and after his speech,[39] thousands of attendees walked to the Capitol and hundreds breached police perimeters as Congress was beginning the electoral vote count. More than 2,000 rioters entered the building,many of whom occupied, vandalized, and looted it, assaulted Capitol Police officers and reporters, and attempted to locate lawmakers to capture and harm. A gallows was erected west of the Capitol, and some rioters chanted "Hang Mike Pence" after he rejected false claims by Trump and others that the vice president could overturn the election results. Some vandalized and looted the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D‑CA) and other members of Congress. With building security breached, Capitol Police evacuated and locked down both chambers of Congress and several buildings in the Capitol Complex. Rioters occupied the empty Senate chamber while federal law enforcement officers defended the evacuated House floor. Pipe bombs were found at each of the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee headquarters, and Molotov cocktails were discovered in a vehicle near the Capitol.

Trump resisted sending the National Guard to quell the mob. Later that afternoon, in a Twitter video, he reasserted that the election was "fraudulent" but told his supporters to "go home in peace". The Capitol was clear of rioters by mid-evening, and the counting of the electoral votes resumed and completed in the early morning hours of January 7. Pence declared President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris victorious. Pressured by his administration, the threat of removal, and many resignations, Trump later committed to an orderly transition of power in a televised statement.

A week after the riot, the House of Representatives impeached Trump for incitement of insurrection, making him the only U.S. president to have been impeached twice. In February, after Trump had left office, the Senate voted 57–43 in favor of conviction; because this fell short of a two-thirds majority, requiring 67 votes, he was acquitted for a second time. The House passed a bill to create a bipartisan independent commission to investigate the attack, modeled after the 9/11 Commission,[65] but it was blocked by Republicans in the Senate,[49] so the House approved a select committee with seven Democrats and two Republicans to investigate instead. By March 2022, Justice Department investigations of participants in the attack had expanded to include activities of others leading up to the attack. Over 30 members of anti-government groups, including the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, and Three Percenters, were charged with conspiracy for allegedly planning their attacks on the Capitol; ten Oath Keepers and five Proud Boys were charged with seditious conspiracy, and one Oath Keeper pled guilty. As of January 2022, at least 57 people with roles in the day's events were running for public office. Although most people charged with crimes relating to the attack had no known affiliation with far-right or extremist groups, a significant number were linked to extremist groups or conspiratorial movements.

a-1656950022 Jul 04, 2022 08:53 AM
July 4th By the Numbers

Tree, We don't really need to continue being divisive. Shouldn't we be trying to get beyond all that and regain some semblance of togetherness?

GeneralTree Jul 04, 2022 10:07 AM
July 4th By the Numbers

Division? I'm talking about justice for those who attacked our country and the democratic process of fair and free elections.

a-1656977177 Jul 04, 2022 04:26 PM
July 4th By the Numbers

For someone who is always calling out propaganda you are in deep.

a-1656981324 Jul 04, 2022 05:35 PM
July 4th By the Numbers

We need to prosecute the insurrectionists and their chief enabler to the fullest extent of the law, or else they will just be emboldened to try to get away with more treasonous acts.

GeneralTree Jul 04, 2022 08:55 PM
July 4th By the Numbers

You defend the far right extremists - why even talk?

NJ nomad Jul 04, 2022 08:13 AM
July 4th By the Numbers

Festive Fido: I love this dog statue, especially when it’s dressed up for a holiday. Thank you to the home’s residents who add a bit of fun to the local scene.

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