On the California slopes of Mammoth Mountain a group of locals have created something remarkable: a weekend of skiing and snow sports for wounded veterans and their families. John Kael Weston was there.
As our troops return home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan they are thanked for their service in airports, at bars, within restaurants, and at the White House. After these well-meaning moments they are left alone to hibernate with their own devastation. Our storylines about them have become clichés. Vets: Unhealed. Isolated. Unbalanced. Dangerous. Suicidal.It seems only our heroic SEALs and other Special Operations Forces have barely escaped such easy labeling.
What used to be a holiday to celebrate our founding father’s birthday is now a holiday to celebrate every president. The reasons why are a little depressing.
Happy Washington’s Birthday, everybody!… is what I would say if today were actually Washington’s birthday. It is not. Today is a lot of people’s birthdays—Michael Jordan, Huey P. Newton, Larry the Cable Guy—but Washington’s birthday? Not even close. I may as well wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day. I’d be just as accurate.I know, it’s confusing. At times like these—when up is down, left is right, and today isn’t Washington’s birthday, despite what your calendar might tell you—it’s helpful to have someone to blame.
By Antonia Marrero for the Moral Courage Project If you walk around Williamsburg with Marty Needelman, it soon dawns on you that he’s a celebrity. Folks of all ages and hues shout his name, offer handshakes, and provide chatty updates in rapid-fire Spanish on matters both personal and political. Needelman isn’t as famous as he should be. Then again, that’s not his goal. As Chief Counsel of Brooklyn Legal Services, Needelman aims to keep Williamsburg’s most vulnerable safe from the bullies who sabotage their homes.
A Florida jury failed to convict yet another man for killing an unarmed black teenager. By their logic, Michael Dunn should have kept shooting and never asked questions.
Let's say you wanted to kill a black teenager. The reason doesn't matter. Maybe they looked too suspicious while walking home, or maybe they just wouldn't obey when you gave them a command. The goal, however, is to make the kill without getting convicted.Well, if there's anything to take away from the trial of Michael Dunn, it's that—in the state of Florida—this is possible. You just need to be more thorough than Dunn could manage in his initial rage, when he killed Davis for being a "thug" who wouldn't bend to his will.
If you care at all about black men, you’ll vote to criminalize homosexuality. Obama is secretly murdering critics and today’s boys are being neutered. Another week in wild theories from the fringe.
Bryan Fischer never fails to be an endless source of Fringe Factor material. This weekend, the American Family Association spokesman and right wing radio host paid tribute to National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness day by giving a new motive to his existing war on homosexuality: his love for black males. Fischer misread a Centers for Disease Control fact sheet from 2010 about black males in the U.S., saying that they make up “six percent of the population”–it’s actually 12 percent–and “44 percent of HIV” infections in the country.
The former receiver wasn’t comfortable with gay men until he got to know them, and he predicts the same will happen in homophobic locker rooms once the prospect takes the field.
The announcement of star college football player Michael Sam that he was gay sent shockwaves through the sports world. The reigning SEC defensive player of the year is considered a mid-round prospect in May’s NFL draft and is likely to end up on an NFL team and become the first openly gay player in a major American professional sport. One of the vocal voices in the football world on Sam’s situation has been former NFL wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth who spent a decade in the league on six teams, including the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, and New England Patriots.
Darren Sharper, a Pro Bowl free safety who won a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints in 2009, has been indicted on two counts of rape in California and is under investigation in three other states as well.
Darren Sharper had a Hall of Fame worthy career in the NFL. As a free safety for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, and New Orleans Saints, Sharper nabbed 63 interceptions, 7th all time in the history of the league, while making 5 Pro Bowls and being named to the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 2000s. But the former NFL star may also be a serial rapist. Sharper is being investigated in seven rapes and 11 druggings across four states in the past six months.
A century before Saturday’s Slam Dunk Contest, someone literally “changed the game.”
This Saturday the NBA will unveil yet another iteration on the Slam Dunk Contest. Through its three decades the annual All-Star Game has undergone plenty rule changes - the reduction of rounds, a Wheel of Fortune-style “retro wheel,” and more – but Saturday promises the most drastic one yet. No longer will the dunkers compete against each other as individuals. Instead, six high flyers will be divided by conference into two competing teams. This is the latest twist on an old feat.
It’s all magical until ‘House of Cards’ is finished, the Internet goes down, and you’re about to go full-on Jack Torrance. Here are the 10 steps of (maybe) surviving a major snowstorm.
Stage One: AnticipationBegins: When you are watching the frowny-face weatherman gesture at a precipitation map that covers the entire Western Hemisphere and you think to yourself, “Hey! This weather event just might be my ticket out of going to work!” Yes. This is what you’ve been waiting for… a chance to kick back, watch some Olympics, ingest 3,500 calories’ worth of cookie dough in an hour, and “work” remotely.Ends: When your boss sends out a superficially friendly email reminding everyone to stay safe on the way to the office tomorrow.
How a transgender Google exec seized control of the Occupy Wall Street Twitter feed—and set off a vicious war within the movement’s ranks.
With one tweet—“This Twitter handle is now back under the management of its founder: @JustineTunney. Let’s start a revolution”—and an accompanying selfie of a short-haired, bespectacled transwoman sporting a statement necklace, the faceless revolution had a face. In early February, the stale Occupy Wall Street Twitter feed, @OccupyWallSt—once filled with rousing calls to action, links to petitions, and retweets of fellow activists—was suddenly flooded with impassioned exhortations to join the revolution, statements of philosophy and politics, and nostalgia for the good old days of Zuccotti Park circa 2011.
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.
As hangovers cleared, on panels and in booths, Day 2’s momentum drained away from the GOP’s aging “values” peddlers—in favor of the young, energetic followers of Rand Paul.