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Reducing Gun Violence

January 5, 2016

Reducing Gun Violence

President Obama made public remarks Tuesday on the need to curb America’s epidemic of gun violence.

“Our right to peaceful assembly — that right was robbed from moviegoers in Aurora, high schoolers in Columbine and from first graders in Newtown. First graders. And from every family who’d never imagined that their loved one would be taken from our lives by a bullet from a gun.

Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad. And by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day.”

“We know we can’t stop every act of violence, every act of evil in the world. But maybe we could try to stop one act of evil, one act of violence. We maybe can’t save everybody, but we can save some.”

“How did we get here? Each time this comes up, we are fed the excuse that common sense reforms might not have stopped the latest massacre or the one before that, so why bother trying.”

The President commented on his forthcoming executive actions:

“These are not only recommendations that are well within my legal authority and the executive branch, but they’re also ones that the overwhelming majority of the American people, including gun owners, support me doing.”

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Tropical Island Resort Property Available Soon

July 23, 2015

Tropical Island Resort Property Available Soon

A long-anticipated real estate deal is about to put eight prime parcels of tropical paradise on the market. White House press secretary Josh Earnest blabbed that the Obama Administration is finally ready to close down the Guantánamo Bay concentration camps detention centers on the sunny island of Cuba.

The canny Mr. Obama teased the deal back in 2009, but waited for the Cuban real estate market to take off, and it’s muy caliente after US normalization of relations with the island nation. There are already deals in the works for a dozen new luxury golf courses, and tourists from as far away as China are waiting for tee times.

The “Gitmo” detention centers now hold 116 inmates guests at a cost of more than $100 million (possibly $454 million) a year, so it’s plainly time to cash out and recoup costs during Cuba’s current resort development boom. The deal would look better without sitting tenants and since 106 of those 116 guests have never been charged or convicted of anything, it’s time to find them other accommodations. And why host the remaining 10 guests at an annual cost of at least $10 million each when the Government Accountability Office has found many alternatives?

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If Obama Owned DC’s NFL Team

October 6, 2013

If Obama Owned DC's NFK Team In an interview with AP’s Julie Pace on Friday, President Obama said he would “think about changing” the Washington NFL team’s racist name if he owned the pro football franchise. “I don’t know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things,” said the president, who went on to praise the team’s loyal fan base.

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Adam Smith Endorses Obama Tax Plan

November 30, 2012

Adam Smith Endorses Obama Tax Plan
“It is not unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.”

– Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, 1776

Related:

“Let the Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy Expire Already,” Senator Bernie Sanders, Truthdig

“How to raise taxes on the rich,” Jeanne Sahadi, CNN Money

“Tax hike for wealthy won’t kill growth, CBO says,” Reuters via NBC News

“The Great Capitalist Heist: How Paris Hilton’s Dogs Ended Up Better Off Than You,” Gerald Friedman, Naked Capitalism [caution: numbers n’ stuff]

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Obama Pardons National Tofurky®

November 22, 2012

Obama Pardons National Tofurky®
President Barack Obama has pardoned the 2012 National Thanksgiving Tofurky® in a ceremony in the Vegetable Garden on the South Lawn of the White House.

The mock-turkey vegetable roast will not be consumed by the First Family but will frolic with leftover arugula and endive from the presidential holiday meal in the Official White House Compost Heap.

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Election Predictions

November 8, 2012

Election Predictions

Every four years, media celebrities participate in America’s World Cup of punditry by predicting the winner of the U.S. presidential election. So how did they do?

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America, You Done Good

November 7, 2012

America, You Done Good

We voted. Now we can get back to work.

Someone go tell that obstructionist, Tea-Party, do-nothing Congress.

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Hoopster-In-Chief

November 6, 2012

Hoopster-In-Chief

President Barack Obama played basketball with some pals in Chicago today, his Election Day custom. Thanks to his running dribbling mate, NBA great Scotty Pippen, his team won by 20 points. The election will be much, much closer.
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Time to Choose: Hoops or Dancing Horse?

November 6, 2012

Time to Choose: Hoops or Dancing Horse?

November 6, 2012. It’s time to decide between Barry, who likes basketball and bodysurfing, and Willard, who likes cheerleading and his dancing horse, Rafalca.

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Colin Powell? Ha. Meat Loaf!

October 27, 2012

On Thursday morning General Colin Powell, Ronald Reagan’s National Security Advisor, 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, endorsed Barack Obama for President.

On Thursday evening Republican Mitt Romney was endorsed by aging rock singer, bit part film actor, and reality TV personality Meat Loaf.

Take that, Mr. President!

More:

“Rocker-reality TV star Meat Loaf backs Romney,” Catalina Camia, USA Today

“Rocking the Vote, Meat Loaf Endorses Romney,” Michael Barbaro, New York Times blog

UPDATE:

Meat Loaf won’t actually vote for Mitt Romney. Why not? He never got around to registering:

“Big Mitt Romney Supporter Caught In Voter Fraud?” The Smoking Gun

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