Ahead of Super Tuesday, John Oliver was in full form in regard to his hilarious piece on Donald Trump. The late night host presented various arguments against the front runner for the Republican party, many which have been made before such as his tendency to lie, inability to take criticism, failed business ventures, his inconsistent policies, and his initial refusal to disavow former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke, but it get’s even better towards the end… It was impossible not to share the video, so here it is (and make sure you watch the whole thing-my clue is in my title!):
Usually when there’s controversy surrounding the republican candidates, its about Donald Trump saying something stupid, or Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio having a petty fight, or Ben Carson being forgotten about- and Jeb Bush, well, just losing.
But this time Jeb Bush has created a twitter storm of which even Trump himself would be proud of. And this is why:
Jeb Bush, has a relatively low twitter profile, however after tweeting this picture of a gun with his name engraved with the caption ‘America.’, the notifications on his phone went through the roof. This tweet got him nearly 40,000 re-tweets or likes, to put that into perspective his previous tweet got 400.
The second amendment of the US constitution is hugely divisive across, not just the USA but world over. Stricter gun laws were rightly introduced by Barack Obama, but with strong opposition from Republicans. Nearly 14,000 people died in 2015 from shootings. The tweet, in my opinion, is hugely distasteful and an insult to all those who have lost their lives to gun violence. And I wasn’t the only one to react that way. Thousands responded angrily including Edward Snowden and Piers Morgan.
But the reality of the tweet is that it is a huge political cry for attention. Currently 4th in the South Carolina polls, he really needed to grab the attention of as many republican voters as possible, and unfortunately this tweet in many ways was the best way to do it. Whether or not it will help him, only time will tell.
But he certainly needs it, especially after this:
*He hasn’t actually said that, yet…
Sarah Palin, first entered politics in 1992 and became the Governor of Alaska in 2006. Most famously, she was nominated as the running mate for John McCain in 2008. Since, she has also turned to commentating and appearing on TV. She is also known for having very conservative views including being pro guns, anti same-sex marriage, pro war and anti abortion, to name a few.
But, yesterday she revealed that she would give her political backing to Trump in Iowa and sounded scarily similar to the man himself.
As speakers, Palin and Donald Trump are basically the same person, they both have a tendency to veer off script, both demonstrate a love for hyperbole and both give memorable speeches that involve a lot of SHOUTING.
In endorsing Trump, who she repeatedly referred to as the ‘Next President of the Great United States of America’, she made quite a speech that may have raised a few cautious eyebrows or but may make other shout ‘Hallelujah’!:
Here are a few lines from the speech and make your own judgements:
“We, you, a diverse, dynamic, needed support base that they would attack. And now, some of them even whispering, they’re ready to throw in for Hillary over Trump because they can’t afford to see the status quo go, otherwise, they won’t be able to be slurping off the gravy train that’s been feeding them all these years. They don’t want that to end.”
“He is from the private sector, not a politician – can I get a ‘Hallelujah!’ Where, in the private sector, you actually have to balance budgets in order to prioritize, to keep the main thing, the main thing, and he knows the main thing: a president is to keep us safe economically and militarily… So troops, hang in there, because help’s on the way because he, better than anyone, isn’t he known for being able to command, fire!”
“You know, they stomp on our neck, and then they tell us, ‘Just chill, OK just relax.’ Well, look, we are mad, and we’ve been had. They need to get used to it.”
“Are you ready for a commander-in-chief, you ready for a commander-in-chief who will let our warriors do their job and go kick ISIS ass?”
“They didn’t want to talk about these issue until he brought ’em up. In fact, they’ve been wearing a, this, political correctness kind of like a suicide vest.”
“Where they’re fighting each other and yelling ‘Allah Akbar’ calling Jihad on each other’s heads for ever and ever. Like I’ve said before, let them duke it out and let Allah sort it out.”
“The self-made success of Trump- you know that he doesn’t get his power, his high, off, OPM- other people’s money, like a lot of dopes in Washington do. They’re addicted to OPM, where they take other people’s money, and then their high is getting to redistribute it, right?”
“His power, his passion, is the fabric of America. And it’s woven by work ethic and dreams and drive and faith in the Almighty, what a combination.”
“Pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, strict constitutionality. Those things that are unifying values from big cities to tiny towns, from big mountain states and the Big Apple, to the big, beautiful heartland that’s in between.”
“Are you ready to make America great again? We all have a part in this. We all have a responsibility. Looking around at all of you, you hard-working Iowa families. You farm families, and teachers, and Teamsters, and cops, and cooks. You rockin’ rollers. And holy rollers! All of you who work so hard. You full-time moms. You with the hands that rock the cradle. You all make the world go round, and now our cause is one.”
Very ‘Trump-esque’, right?
On Martin Luther King Day, Americans and people around the world celebrate and remember a man who helped to change the course of American history and society.
It is worth remembering also what he taught us in the way he spoke as an activist, as a leader, and as a man.
Here I have listed a series of quotes by the great man himself, Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.”
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
“The time is always right to do what is right.”
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Also, here is a link to perhaps his most famous speech of all, “I have a Dream…”
The International Atomic Energy Agency has declared that Iran has met its side of the nuclear deal, which will see huge economic sanctions lifted from the Islamic Republic.
The head of the United Nations’ nuclear agency confirmed that Iran has curbed its ability to make nuclear bombs, and as agreed with world powers in July last year, in return would mean that the nation would be able to gain hugely from the sanctions being lifted.
The sanctions imposed by the European Union, United Nations and U.S.A included the freezing of billions of dollars of assets, disallowing Iranian oil to be sold internationally and trading on global financial markets. The sanctions have cost the country more than $160bn in oil revenue since 2012.
After a decade of unprecedented economic sanctions, which has crippled their economy, Iran, the holder of the world’s fourth-largest reserves of crude and largest of natural gas, is about to be back in business.
The announcement will trigger a financial windfall for Iran, as it stands to gain access to more than $100bn in assets frozen overseas, and will be able to resume selling oil on international markets and using the global financial system for trade
The director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiyo Ama said that “Relations between Iran and the IAEA now enter a new phase. It is an important day for the international community. I congratulate all those who helped make it a reality.”
10 American Sailors had been detained on the Iranian Farsi Island by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard after what they initially accused them of spying. However, after spending a night there being interrogated the 9 men and 1 woman have been released back into international territory.
The sailors had accidentally strayed into Iranian waters, after their boats has suffered a mechanical problem. This was confirmed by General Ali Fadavi, Navy chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, who confirmed a “broken” navigation system caused the boats to stray into Iranian waters. US Secretary of State, John Kerry, also credited newly developed ties with Iran in helping secure the quick and safe release.
After successfully avoiding an almost identical situation in 2007, where UK sailors and marines were captured for similar reasons by Iran- but for almost two weeks, is this a new beginning for American and Iranian ties?
This was a hugely important test to pass, just days ahead of the implementation of the Nuclear Deal which will see international sanctions being lifted from Iran. It’s a landmark deal which will allow Iran to access international oil markets and operate on the global financial system for trade. But, it is equally important for Barack Obama and his administration that tensions do not escalate, as it could become a stumbling block for the nuclear deal and future relations.
The relations between the two countries are softening, and it is deeply important for both nations that they continue to do so.
John Kerry also said that this was a “testament to the critical role that diplomacy plays in keeping our country safe”.
I find US Politics fascinating.
So I thought I ought to share a few highlights from Barack Obamas final State of the Union Address:
The State of the Union is an annual address given to a joint session of the United States Congress, by the American President . The address reports on the condition of the nation but also allows the President to outline his legislative agenda and national priorities.
Being born and raised in the UK, it’s a little strange to see such a different attitude to gun ownership and usage elsewhere across the world, particularly in the USA.
To me, and to many other Britons it seems so ridiculous how a country, claimed to be so great as, America, can’t control and protect their population from gun violence.
Surely just by using the UK as an example, where even most of the police force is unarmed, it can be seen how many lives are being saved by not allowing firearms to be so widely available.
Why is it so difficult for measures to be taken in the USA to simply just have background checks on people who buy guns?
Maybe, I just don’t understand and have misunderstood the great nations Second Amendment.
‘How many deaths will it take ’til we know too many people have died?’