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Obama: US gun control laws 'greatest frustration of my presidency'

If you ask me where has been the one area where I feel that I've been most frustrated and most stymied, it is the fact that the United States of America is the one advanced nation on Earth in which, we do not have sufficient common-sense gun safety laws, even in the face of repeated mass killings," Obama said. "If you look at the number of Americans killed since 9/11 by terrorism, it's less than 100. If you look at the number that have been killed by gun violence, it's in the tens of thousands."

For us not to be able to resolve that issue has been something that is distressing, but it is not something that I intend to stop working on in the remaining 18 months," Obama said.

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Perpetual War, a poem


SandraBland left her friend a calm and collected voicemail from jail. Here it is.


Obama Administration in Final Stages of Drafting Plan to Close Guantanamo


Breaking: Obama Administration in Final Stages of Drafting Plan to Close Guantanamo

The Obama Administration is currently drafting a plan to finally close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, racing against the clock to fulfill a long-delayed promise by President Obama before his time in office expires.
“The administration is in the final stages of drafting a plan to safely and responsibly close the prison at Guantanamo Bay and to present that plan to Congress,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday.

Earnest said closing the prison is in the national security interest of the United States.


The bag was Still there?

Police said #SandraBland hung herself with the garbage bag yet when taking a crime scene pic the bag was still there.



Relax, they are not with me.

HuffPo puts Trump where he belongs---The Entertainment Page!


2005 Thank-You Letter from Jeb Bush to Head of Swift Boaters


In 2005, Jeb Bush sent a letter to the head of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth movement, thanking them for smearing John Kerry’s war record.


Neo Nazi suffers a heat stroke and receives help from a person he hates.

not an uncommon example of humanity in SC: Leroy Smith helps white supremacist to shelter & water as heat bears down.


One per-center tells WHY he is voting for Bernie

Comms 248 points 1 day ago
My father owned a moderate sized construction business and he always paid well above market rates for his employees. I worked with him every summer and when I asked him why his reasoning was very simple:
i) He hates turn over and the whole hiring process. He'd rather pay someone more and have them stay with him for years (many of his guys worked with him for decades) than have to constantly be in a hiring process
ii) He has expensive equipment and tools. Paying his guys well means nothing is every stolen and his crew actually ensures everything is locked up, locked down, put away, and secured at the end of each day.
iii) Because he paid them well they only needed one job meaning they were always well rested and focused on their work.
iv) His crew were his best advocates. Much like the OP, his guys would pursue leads, sell, and hand him warm closes. My father's company usually had a 6-12 month wait list depending on the time of year. And people would wait because his people did great work.
This race to the bottom when it comes to pay is just a terrible practice and only exists because a few already rich people just want more money. That needs to end.
Interesting story related to point ii: He opened a branch of his business in Miami after hurricane Andrew to help with the rebuilding. One night one of his trucks was broken into and a bunch of expensive tools were stolen. The next day his entire crew decided they were going to sleep on site to prevent that from happening again. They picked up some cots and tents the first few nights until my dad rented a few RVs for the six or so months they were down there. When I was visiting the entire crew treated it like they were at sleep-away camp.


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