The more we learn about this Florida shooting, the worse it gets. It is the fifth largest school shooting in American history, and so far most of the anger over the massacre has been directed at law-abiding gun owners and the NRA. But the level of incompetence shown by federal and local officials should make Americans think twice about who’s really to blame.
In addition to heading up an incompetent (some would say cowardly) organization, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel appears to be quite the politician. In a photo that’s been making the rounds, you can see Israel shaking hands with Hillary Clinton, commenting in the caption that he was “so glad to see her again.”
Combined with his too-eager embrace of the national spotlight and his grandstanding at the CNN town hall event, Israel’s embrace of Hillary reveals him as a politician first rather than a simple law enforcement officer. I respect that everyone has an opinion and that his community has recently been rocked by tragedy. But I hope he’s not exploiting that tragedy for his own advancement. (Read More…)
There’s a really big case that’s about to be heard by the Supreme Court. It’s called Janus v. AFSCME, and it involves union dues, particularly in government worker unions.
In Janus, the Court will decide whether workers who choose not to be a part of the union have to pay union dues. It seems like a no-brainer, but the law actually allows unions to collect from non-member state employees. The most recent addition to the Court, Justice Gorsuch, is expected to be the deciding vote against the unions. (Read More…)
Ivanka Trump is beautiful, smart, well-spoken, and she loves her family and her country. That’s why she was a great representative of America at the Olympic Games this year.
At the Games, Ivanka was spotted in full USA gear, while watching a variety of events from snowboarding to curling. (A sport where the U.S. took home the gold in a shocking upset). In a picture which really depicts Ivanka’s feelings for her country, she makes a heart with her hands while showcasing an enormous smile for the camera. Ivanka is a wonderful representative of her family, and a great unofficial diplomat for America. We’re lucky to have her. (Read More…)
There’s another member of the Trump family who seems incapable of taking a bad photo, and that is Melania of course. In their first official public appearance of 2018, the first couple met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who was accompanied by his wife, Lucy. Trump and Turnbull did not have the most amicable of initial meetings last year, but they seem to have put aside their differences this week to enjoy a pleasant meeting.
Melania stunned in a Dolce & Gabbana military-inspired black dress with gold trim. Her dress was paired with Manolo Blahnik shoes, completing an understated but beautiful ensemble. It’s wonderful to see the first family enjoying their time together. (Read More…)
Yet another attack has been launched by Islamic militants, this time in Mogadishu, Somalia. Targeting a radio station facility, a presidential palace, and a hotel, al-Shabaab militants launched an attack on Friday night. They detonated a car bomb at the entrance of the palace and then drove through the gate with another vehicle while carrying firearms. Reaching the palace, the militants opened fire on the presidential guards and engaged in a firefight before eventually being killed.
Minutes after the initial attack, another car bomb was detonated at a nearby hotel which had just recently opened in the struggling capital. By the end of the attack, 27 were dead, including at least 5 of the militants. Friday’s attack comes only months after serious attacks in Somalia at the end of last year. In October, a truck bomb exploded, killing over 500 people. Hopefully, the government can get control of the situation and put an end to these terrorists for good. (Read More…)
Russians are often told that Vladimir Putin lives a life of a moderately well-off individual, making the equivalent of about $115,000 a year. Of course, we all know that the “official” story is just propaganda and that he is undoubtedly very wealthy. But few could have imagined the full extent of Putin’s wealth. In fact, one expert who testified before Congress last year said he believed Putin might actually be the wealthiest man in the entire world.
It’s impossible to know exactly what he owns, or what his net worth is, but experts argue that it’s somewhere between $40 and 200 billion. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is officially considered the be the richest man in the world, with a net worth of about $91 billion. But if the high-end estimates of Putin’s wealth are correct, he could be twice as rich as Bezos.
The major difference between the two men, obviously, is that Putin has acquired his wealth through corruption, power, and even violence. American billionaires like Bezos, Warren Buffet, and Bill Gates, on the other hand, have done so because of free markets, hard work, and ingenious ideas. One thing is for certain — Putin couldn’t measure up in a free country. (Read More…)