The U.S. set a new record in mass shootings in 2015 - more than one a day, claiming 475 lives and injuring another 1,870. But Congress still refuses to close the loopholes that allow gun sales to criminals and persons found by court to be mentally incompetent.
And when President Obama announced he would attempt to close those loopholes by executive order, many Republican presidential candidates were quick to voice opposition (and even though 83 percent of their party's voters agree that stricter gun laws need to be created).
But the stupidest of those candidate comments comes from none other than Donald Trump. In fact, his response only proves he's incapable of holding the office.
In the first six years of his presidency, Obama's had to deal with silly arguments. Insane protests. Juvenile criticism, legally-questionable attacks, and made-up accusations.
And all that junk came exclusively from the Republican Party and its public sheep.
For 2015, though? The president didn't just ignore their silliness - he made fun of it, too. Here's a highlights video of Obama's classic "I don't give a f**k" performances from 2015:
The video, produced by Huffington Post and Now This, was released on December 23.
On this 100th anniversary of his date of birth, many are remembering Frank Sinatra’s crooning voice – his hunkish Hollywood roles – even his occasional brawls with press.
What more should remember, though, if not learn for the first time, is that The Chairman was very vocal outside of music, too. He was politically active – a strong supporter of progressive social issues – a prominent spokesperson for everyone’s equal rights.
And while he moved toward the GOP when his old friend Ronald Reagan entered politics, Sinatra still paved the way for progressive ideals to be practiced in entertainment, and still strongly supported those same beliefs.
Here are four particular progressive causes that Sinatra championed:
The premise isn't new. Neither is the evidence that racism is profound in Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
Just read the news of his xenophobic comments regarding Hispanics. Or the assaults against African Americans at his campaign events. Or the attacks on immigrants by his supporters, who credit Trump for their antagonism.
Or better yet, read the words of hate crime expert Dr. Randy Blazak, associate professor of sociology at Portland State University and director of the Hate Crime Research Network.
Wouldn’t it be great if the Thanksgiving celebration at your home was just as good as the ones you see on TV? Like that great meal, for example.
That you get to enjoy with your terrific family and friends.
It might seem ordinary for a Republican politician to argue that racism is no longer present in American society. And while public sentiment would disagree with the more specific argument that racism isn’t present in law enforcement, it still seems ordinary for a Republican politician to make that claim.
It starts to look unordinary, though, when the Republican politician issuing such statements is himself African American. But that’s what Ben Carson said when speaking at a November 21 forum in Columbia, South Carolina. When asked about police discrimination, he responded:
His campaign stops in big cities ordinarily draw thousands of attendees, but that didn’t stop Sen. Bernie Sanders from speaking to a group of humble size on November 21. Early that morning, and in between appearances at much bigger venues in South Carolina, the Democratic presidential candidate addressed about 40 in Moncks Corner, on the rural outskirts of Charleston.
The small number didn’t affect Sanders’ desire to prepare a formal address, though; he pulled prepared notes from his coat pocket shortly after arriving. And the difference in attendees – laid-back, rural older folks instead of the young, spirited voters regularly found at other Sanders events – didn’t change his message, either.
Poor Ted Cruz. The little fella got his feelings hurt after Barack Obama criticized Republican presidential candidates for their statements against the U.S. accepting Syrian refugees. “(T)hey’re scared of widows and three-year-old orphans,” the president said.
And so wounded was Cruz that he publicly responded with the following challenge on November 18:
"Let me suggest something Mr. President: If you want to insult me, you can do it overseas, you can do it in Turkey, you can do it in foreign countries. But I would encourage you, Mr. President, come back and insult me to my face."
But before Cruz can get all whiny about Obama’s statement, maybe he should practice what he preaches.
Remember all the giggles from 2008 when we found out Sarah Palin thought Africa was a country and not a continent? Prepare yourself for more laughs of a geographic theme: Ben Carson’s campaign can’t produce an accurate map of the United States.
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