Posts Tagged ‘military’
Bradley Cooper takes aim in "American Sniper."

Firing Blind

The truth is kept offscreen in American Sniper.
It has become a depressingly familiar ritual during awards season: movies based on real-life events being picked apart by professional trolls and op-ed writers. With the prestige pictures comes the carping. The Imitation Game d...


Healing Moral Wounds

A Fort Worth center takes on some of war’s deepest injuries.
When retired Army Chaplain Herman Keizer Jr. comes to Fort Worth, strangers, seeing his Purple Heart cap, sometimes pay for his dinner. Keizer appreciates the pride and feelings of support that Texans often show to veterans, bo...


About Face

How A Navy Veteran Made A Mary Kay Beachhead
Being a woman in the U.S. Navy was a tough job, Debra Cardenas said. Meaning, you had to be tough to survive. Women who wanted to do something beyond secretarial jobs, she said, “had to carry themselves in a different way. We...

Among the Killer Elite

Survival is all that matters in Jason Statham’s latest and cruelest.
Seeing the poster for yet another Jason Statham movie, you’re probably thinking that Killer Elite is exactly like all the others. You’re right, too, except that it’s actually quite good. That’s the thing about Jason Sta...

9/11 Blind

We’re 10 years past the Twin Towers attack and still fighting wars in its name. Can we open our eyes in time?
After witnessing the first jetliner crash into the Twin Towers on that Sept. 11 morning, a friend’s wife and 7-year-old daughter fled to their nearby Manhattan loft and ran to the roof to look around. From there, they saw the...

High Interest, Deep Fang Marks

Static once knew a pit bull named Daisy, which is a funny name for a dog both feared and revered for its immense biting and killing power. Which reminds us of a pit bull named Wendy.

Dead Zone

The Texas-Mexico border has always been violent — but nothing like this.
Peter Gorman
It used to be one of the spring break capitals of Mexico. Tens of thousands of college kids from all over Texas would make their way to Brownsville and then across the Rio Grande to Matamoros on the Gulf of Mexico, just a short...

Johnny Got His Pills

(And we’re getting ours.)
After U.S. Army Sgt. Douglas Hale, Jr. finished 15 months in Iraq for his second combat tour, it was obvious that things in his life were awry. In 2007, he was diagnosed with severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder...

Night & Day

WED ? 17 The provocative historian Howard Zinn passed away last month, but his legacy lives on at 1919 Hemphill this evening when they screen The People Speak, a documentary based on Zinn’s books that tell the American st...

U.S. to Blame for Haiti?

As grim accounts of the earthquake in Haiti came in, the accounts in U.S. news media all carried the same sentence: “Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere.”