Ian Barber tweeted naked photos of his girlfriend—and got away with it, giving New York all the more reason to follow in the footsteps of California and New Jersey by implanting adequate revenge porn legislation.
Ian Barber failed his girlfriend’s trust and then New York State failed to protect her. She has been made to suffer twice. The first was on July 26, 2013, when Barber decided to tweet naked photos of her and to share those photos with her sister and her employer. The second was on Feb. 19 when a New York judge dismissed all criminal charges against Barber.In New York’s first revenge porn case, Judge Steven M. Statsinger ruled that Barber’s behavior “while reprehensible, does not violate any of the criminal statues under which he is charged.
Jack Burkman’s gay-banning bill for the NFL is based on nothing but his own political agenda and anonymous Republicans looking for Tea Party cover.
A bill that could ban gays from playing in the NFL is possibly unconstitutional, being pushed for entirely cynical political reasons and is not based on any empirical evidence . . . and that’s according to the lobbyist promoting the bill.Jack Burkman is a Washington lobbyist who announced via his PR firm on Monday that he would “block gays from the NFL.” The announcement comes in the aftermath of NFL draft prospect Michael Sam coming out as gay earlier in February and Jason Collins making his debut for the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday as the first openly gay player in a major professional sport.
Larry King and former CNN President Jonathan Klein speak exclusively to The Daily Beast about the cancellation of Piers Morgan’s prime-time show.
Several months ago, backstage at a concert in Central Park, Larry King ran into CNN's former U.S. president Jonathan Klein, the executive who ended King’s 25-year prime-time reign to enthrone a pugnacious Brit who’d starred in a couple of reality shows.“So you’re the guy who hired Piers Morgan, huh?” the then-80-year-old King teased the erstwhile cable news executive.“He had no comment,” King told The Daily Beast on Sunday night, as news broke of his 48-year-old successor’s cancellation after three rocky years hosting Piers Morgan Live.
After being outed for her work in pornography, a student is explaining her professional choice, but not abandoning it. Her words reveal our own unfounded stigmatization of sex workers.
“That a woman could be intelligent, educated and CHOOSE to be a sex worker is almost unfathomable.”With those words in her essay last week for XOJane.com, “Lauren,” the Duke University freshman who is fast gaining notoriety outside of Durham for her porn career, caused the internet to drop its proverbial jaw.Since coming back to Duke after her Christmas break, Lauren has been gossiped about on campus and, with greater and more threatening vitriol, online.
Discount luxury retailers have been dropping like flies, with Loehmann’s being the latest in a long line of closures. Is this trend another sign of the demise of the middle class?
This week marks the death of one of the greatest names in American fashion. Despite enjoying a long, grand life of 93 years, many friends, family, and fans are still taking the loss very hard. I’m not referring to the demise of a person, but an institution. Loehmann’s, the luxury discount mecca founded by Frieda Loehmann in Brooklyn nearly a century ago, will be closing its doors for the last time this Wednesday. It had been on the brink of closure before, having filed for bankruptcy protection multiple times.
From DUI’s to domestic abuse and disorderly conduct, no matter how out of bounds football players go off the field, fans are still game to place bets for them winning big on it.
Whenever a notable NFL player gets into trouble off the field, the following media debate topic is as inevitable as an extra point:Is the NFL’s image problem putting the sport in jeopardy?In fact, it’s being broached again this week after the Baltimore Ravens’ star running back Ray Rice was caught on video dragging his unconscious fiancée (Janay Palmer) out of an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. Turns out—according to police—Rice and Palmer were trading blows with each other, with the former (5’8, 212 pounds) not surprisingly winning the fight.
Widely used definitions of alcohol-enabled sexual assault wrongly conflate drunk sex and rape—and perpetuate a blatantly sexist double standard.
The subject of alcohol and sexual assault, particularly among college students, has generated much sound and fury recently. A few months ago, there was the outcry over Emily Yoffe’s Slate.com article arguing that we should be more outspoken in warning young women that heavy drinking puts them at risk of rape. Now, Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto is under heavy fire, accused of arguing that rape victims who are drunk are just as guilty as their rapists.
Unlike marijuana, both methamphetamine and cocaine have been recognized for their therapeutic value by the U.S. government.
Just over a decade ago, the idea of medical marijuana seemed to most Americans a back door to marijuana legalization. Both weren’t much more than pipe dreams.Today, cannabis is hailed for its therapeutic value by many sick and dying patients and their caregivers across the country—though not by the federal government, which still considers marijuana a dangerous, Schedule I drug with no known medicinal value.Yet, cocaine and methamphetamine are both acknowledged as Schedule II drugs, just like OxyContin—that means they have recognized medicinal value in the eyes of the U.
The prospective DA for a Texas county with abysmally high domestic violence rates has issued the woeful opinion that abuse is really just a prelude to sex.
Lloyd Oliver proves that it’s not just Republicans who completely misunderstand any and all things related to sex and women’s rights. The Democratic candidate for district attorney in Texas’ Harris County argued that domestic violence is over-prosecuted because folks just don’t realize it’s part of foreplay.The prospective DA both discounts and fetishizes domestic abuse. In an interview with the Texas Observer, Oliver said “Family violence is so, so overrated.
The Fox News scoundrel is at it again, this time going after the Girl Scouts for ties to a gay punk band. From Oprah to the first lady, the talking head’s most outrageous outbursts.
In a comment that surprised no one, Fox News blabber Bill O’Reilly recently called out the Girl Scouts for hiring a spokesman whose nighttime gig was—apparently—fronting a gay punk band. Never mind that he has since been replaced by an acceptable-to-O’Reilly heterosexual spokeswoman, Kelly Parisi, who had the great misfortune of being on the receiving end of a classic Bill O’Reilly interrogation.“When I saw that you guys hired—paid—a guy in a band with homosexual overtones, I’m going, ‘Is that a good choice for the Girl Scouts?’” he asked, introducing countless geriatric Fox News viewers to the obscure-but-apparently pernicious “homocore” music genre.
By Antonia Marrero for the Moral Courage Project
For a corrections officer, a tour of duty can feel like serving time. Working in prison exacts a toll. Corrections officers commit suicide at alarmingly high rates and their average life expectancy is fifty-eight years. They have high divorce and substance abuse rates. Many survive multiple assaults at the hands of prisoners. Upon retirement, the average corrections officer will survive eighteen months. These realities are daunting.
But what happens when corrections officers, or other police officials, abuse their power? The boundary between law enforcement and criminals is referred to as the “thin blue line,” but perhaps a “dotted line,” intact but permeable, is more descriptive.
Most corrections officers are upstanding and do not directly abuse inmates. But all corrections officers are subject to the overwhelmingly brutal environment of prison, and almost all officers submit to a code of omerta (silence), reminiscent of the mafia. “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.” (Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil)
Riker’s Island, New York City’s largest correctional facility, frequently cited as among the worst in the nation, is in the headlines again. Officers are reportedly striking the skulls of inmates, appropriate only under extreme situations, on a daily basis. Also, Rikers subjected 150K nonviolent inmates to wrongful strip-searches. Furthermore, there’s an unsolved case concerning a female inmate who was found raped, bound and gagged. No corrections officer has yet come forth to speak of what happened that night.
Stories about members of the correctional industry who speak up against other members are rare. If they report colleagues who illegally assault defendants and inmates, they are subject not only to direct and violent retaliation, but also the absence of back-up in the event of inmate-driven violence.
Our latest episode of “I Am Moral Courage” profiles a rare citizen, Randi Gill from Oklahoma. As a newly hired clerical worker in a county jail, she witnessed the assault and battery of a person in custody at the hands of law officers but refused to obey the code of silence. She spoke up at great personal risk, and offers some straightforward and hard-hitting advice that we should all take: “For those of you who see something bad going on, do not be afraid to stand up for yourself. Because if somebody’s not listening to you right then, eventually someone will listen to you.”
Gays are bullying Americans, the congresswoman says. That's not even the wildest claim she's made in the last 12 months.