Become a star for shooting and killing a black teenager? That’s just what will happen if a “celebrity” boxing match is allowed to happen.
When I read the headline that George Zimmerman—the guy who shot and killed Trayvon Martin—was going to fight rapper DMX in a “celebrity boxing match,” I assumed I was reading, The Onion. This had to be a joke, right?But unfortunately it’s not. Celebrity boxing promoter and “self described opportunist,” Damon Feldman announced that Zimmerman and DMX had agreed to step into the ring together. As Feldman boasted, “the match will be one of the Biggest Celebrity Boxing matches of all time.
College girls invade Butler library to make a softcore statement on “female hysteria.” Paging Camille Paglia.
At first glance, it looks like a slightly pretentious softcore porn film: topless women in unsexy underwear, writhing and kissing, oiling each other up. But read the video’s title and description—“Initiation explores the rituals of American Ivy League secret societies, to the point of hysteria, highlighting our culture’s perception of female desire”—and you realize this porno-lite has a political purpose, albeit a rather earnest one. (No surprise here: it was made by college students.
The company wants to get in the lucrative health-care business where firms are increasingly rewarded for reducing costs and improving outcomes. You can’t do either by selling a deadly product.
CVS made waves Wednesday morning when the ubiquitous chain announced its 7,600 stores would stop selling tobacco products as of October 1.At first blush, it seems like a rare self-abnegating and idealistic move by a corporate giant. Cigarette sales are very important for convenience stores. People are addicted to the product, and when they come in for their fix, they tend to buy other stuff. CVS estimates that the move will reduce annual sales by $2 billion.
In a much-hyped showdown, “the Science Guy” tried to defend evolution against creationist Ken Ham, and proved how slick science-deniers can be. How did the guy who’s right go so wrong?
On many mornings, I wake up and think, “You know what this country needs? More culture war.” As I scramble up a couple eggs, I find myself wishing—fervently wishing—that we could spend more time reducing substantive issues to mere spectacle. Later, as I scrub the pan, I’ll fantasize about how those very spectacles might even funnel money toward some of the country’s most politicized religious groups.Fortunately, Bill “the Science Guy” Nye has heard my wish—which, really, is the wish of a nation.
In a highly publicized debate between evolution and creationism, religious believers once again are pressed to choose between faith and science. It’s time for a better debate.
I am an evangelical Christian. I believe God created the world, that all mankind needs a savior, that hell is real, that Jesus really rose from the dead, and that he’s coming back someday. I believe the Bible is all the word of God, and that it is truth from cover to cover. And I am tired of Ken Ham and others like him, defining what it means to believe the things I do.Ham, of the creationist organization Answers in Genesis, was one side of a highly-publicized debate Tuesday night with Bill Nye (The Science Guy) over whether “creation is a viable model for human origins.
When it comes to honoring and maintaining his most prized possessions, the Reverend’s three children need a lesson in brotherly (and sisterly) love.
In his famous “I Have A Dream” speech, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. thundered from the podium on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963: “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.”Too bad the two sons and surviving daughter of Dr. King and Coretta Scott King can't heed their father's words and sit down to settle their differences at any table, let alone a courtroom table.
A panel in North Carolina handed down 276 indictments in just four hours. This spits on 800 years of protection against unjust prosecution.
A remarkable story out of North Carolina this weekend raises a question worth discussing 799 years after the signing of the Magna Carta: Has the grand jury outlived its usefulness in our criminal justice systems? Have communities become too large, have people become too busy, have lawmakers ratified too many criminal statutes, have judges paid too little attention, have prosecutors become too aggressive, for grand juries to provide the critical screening role they once played in America?I ask not because anyone any more truly believes that grand juries serve their traditional (and highly laudable) function of preventing prosecutorial overreach.
Sen. Robert Menendez is under federal investigation for his advocacy on behalf of two Ecuadorian bankers convicted of embezzlement. Turns out he wasn’t the only prominent lawmaker accepting donations and doing favors for the brothers.
Florida Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, while she was Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter to federal agencies on behalf of two Ecuadorian bankers convicted of embezzlement who were seeking U.S. residency. She also advocated for their family members, who donated over $20,000 to her campaign.William and Roberto Isaias, who were convicted in absentia of embezzlement in Ecuador more than a decade ago, have been fighting for the right to avoid extradition and establish residency in the United States.
Police are reviewing the personal diaries of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in the hopes of finding answers.
Along with the envelopes of heroin, detectives found a rambling journal in Philip Seymour Hoffman’s apartment, police sources say.Investigators are said to have reviewed the contents of the journals in case they shed some light on the circumstances of his death. The particulars are not known and presently remain within the bounds of privacy.Meanwhile, over on Perry Street, where Hoffman would be seen locking up his bicycle and heading in to attend AA meetings, one longtime regular was wishing aloud that the actor had more fully involved himself in the often life-saving process there.
Amid the slush and snow, Greenwich Village parents find delight in playing with their kids—just as actor Philip Seymour Hoffman would’ve done in his most important role as dad.
One continuing mystery of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death is this: Why was he in such abject need of a shoddy, solitary and dangerous chemical high when he knew the pure joy that comes with just being with your kids?He certainly looked real-life happy to those of us who saw him standing with his youngsters in a black coat and knit cap at the caroling in Washington Square Park this past Christmas Eve.“He was singing to his kids who were there with him and videoing, taking pictures with his phone of the whole thing,” my own kid, Sinead Daly, remembered on Monday.
Niagara Falls has partially frozen over for the second time this year, giving tourists a one-of-a-kind photo op, and a reason to brave the frozen U.S.-Canada border.
Under a sudden avalanche of criticism, CIA director John Brennan said President Obama can ‘ask me to go.’ Will he?