Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Beyond the Battlefield is an ten-part series The Huffington Post is running on consecutive weekdays starting October 10, 2011. It is an exploration of the challenges, victories and problems that catastrophically wounded soldiers encounter after returning home from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. The series, the result of several months of reporting and scores of interviews by the HuffPost's veteran military correspondent, David Wood, is a deeply-felt and wide-ranging exploration of what it means for a soldier to suffer extraordinary, disabling wounds -- and how their friends, families, and hometowns, as well as the military and medical communities, adjust and respond to the struggles these wounded warriors endure.
Beyond the Battlefield is a 10-part series exploring the challenges that severely wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan face after they return home, as well as what those struggles mean for those close to them. Other stories in the series can be found here.
July 4, 2010, was a bad day for Tyler Southern. He dreamed he was with his older brothers, playing sandlot football, running and laughing, horsing around just like they used to when they were together as kids in Jacksonville, Fla.
In his dream, he was whole again.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Romney Calls for an ‘American Century’: “If you do not want America to be the strongest nation on Earth, I am not your president,”
“If you do not want America to be the strongest nation on Earth, I am not your president”
Standing before an audience of crisply-clad, closely-shorn cadets, Mitt Romney delivered his foreign policy vision at The Citadel on Friday, calling for a strengthened military and economy to lead the country into what he called “an American Century,” while also accusing President Obama of weakening the nation’s image around the world.“This is America’s moment,” said Mr. Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts. “We should embrace the challenge, not shrink from it, not crawl into an isolationist shell, not wave the white flag of surrender, nor give in to those who assert America’s time has passed.”
“An eloquently justified surrender of world leadership is still surrender.”
“If you do not want America to be the strongest nation on Earth, I am not your president,” he said, as a murmur rippled through the applause-filled room. “You have that president today."
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and b...eautiful woman. The caption was "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?"
The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:
"Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.
They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.
Mermaids do not exist.
But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?
They would have no sex life and could not bear children.
Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?
Without a doubt, I'd rather be a whale.
At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.
We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn't enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.
We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.
Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: "How amazing am I ?! "
(The girl on the picture is French model Tara Lynn)