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Ray Stevens - Everything Is Beautiful

On the day I was born, June 7, 1970, this was the #1 song in America according to Billboard. I'm amazed that 46 years later how much we have seemed to digress. This song has a pure and simple message. Civil rights was in its infancy, and America was embracing its newfound wealth.

Am I surprised that four gun control bills failed today?

Let's do the gun math.

There are 56 Republicans in the Senate earn $174,000 each. The NRA alone has donated $36 million to these 56 senators, roughly $643,000 each. This just in, four different gun-control bills were rejected. Quantity of my surprise, zero.

Okay, more math. There are 56 Republicans in the Senate. It requires exactly 7 to lose their jobs if we would like to prevent a future Orlando, or Sandy Hook, or San Bernadino, or black church massacre, or abortion clinic shooting, or movie theater assassination, or Columbine. Ironically, that's one mass murder for each of the Senate Republicans that should've listened to the 3/4 of us that recognize the second amendment is necessary, but also that reasonable and enforceable gun controls on assault weapons.

Before you start screaming that I may lilly livered liberal, know that I am not. I believe the Second Amendment is designed to ensure the safety of democracy. I also believe that democracy can be used in our favor to…

Endangered Gorilla Killed after Child Falls into Habitat

One of this week’s trending topics on Facebook and twitter was a tragic story. A small boy fell into the gorilla habitat at the Cincinnati Zoo. Minutes later the western lowlands gorilla, a critically endangered species, was shot and killed by zoo personnel.
A tragic story has been made even more tragic through misinformation and misguided opinion on social media.
Here are six ways that Facebook and twitter users made the situation worse.
It’s the mother’s fault!
I’m a father of 14-year-old twins, a boy and a girl. I don’t know a single father or mother that has never in their lives lost sight of their three-year-old. I compare it to a trip to Walmart. You’ll see a toddler screaming and a mother completely exasperated, and usually another child being completely ignored. Those of you without children stand in judgment. I know I did. “If that were my child I would…” I’ll let you complete the sentence in condescending judgment. 
Parents, however, understand. We’ve all been there. Every …