U.S. Army Soldier Identifies as Airman, Receives Transition Support

Fayetteville, NC – A Fort Bragg Soldier from the 82nd Airborne Division has come forward saying that he “identifies” more as an Airman. Specialist Bradley Roberts, who has now asked to be referred to as Senior Airman Roberts, describes his journey through this transition. “I’ve always felt different from my peers in the Army—like I didn’t quite belong, or that I had to fake being … Continue reading U.S. Army Soldier Identifies as Airman, Receives Transition Support

Most ‘Merican Summer Olympic Moments in the last 25 Years—Numbers 4 and 5

This is our second installment of the Most ‘Merican Olympic Moments. Here’s part one on the 1992 Dream Team.  1996 Olympics, Atlanta: Michael Johnson 200m Sprint I don’t know what it was about Michael Johnson. Maybe it was his trademark golden shoes that he always wore. You just knew that when he got is feet into the starting blocks, you were about to see something … Continue reading Most ‘Merican Summer Olympic Moments in the last 25 Years—Numbers 4 and 5

Most ‘Merican Summer Olympic Moments in the last 25 Years—Number 6

These days Americans are at each other’s throats about nearly everything. It’s exhausting. I think we can all agree that politicians mostly suck. And people killing other people that don’t deserve to be killed sucks even more. But do you know what doesn’t suck? The athletes of the US Olympic Team. So let’s take a two week break from insulting one another and trying to … Continue reading Most ‘Merican Summer Olympic Moments in the last 25 Years—Number 6

A Message to Americans that Complain about Fireworks

I rarely tell people how to live their lives. This IS America after all. Unfortunately, I need to deviate slightly from my “live and let live” mentality to speak directly to a few of you about something important. You see, celebrating the fourth of July with fireworks is one of the most American things you can do – like standing solemnly during the National Anthem … Continue reading A Message to Americans that Complain about Fireworks

The Only Opinion Piece on the Orlando Nightclub Shooting You Need to Read

We don’t yet know all the facts about this terrible tragedy, but it doesn’t even matter. Everyone already knows enough to loudly proclaim their long held beliefs about these very familiar and very incendiary issues. We will just dig our heels further in to our positions when confronted with the opposing view that we already know we are going to hear. So let me just … Continue reading The Only Opinion Piece on the Orlando Nightclub Shooting You Need to Read

Green Beret Hero Who Beat Up Afghan Rapist Allowed to Stay in Army

This story, reported on CNN, highlights how convoluted our relationships with foreign allies can be in war. Sometimes things happen that are outside the boundaries of our specified rules of engagement. Our service members are left with their own instincts and sense of morality to make decisions and hope they don’t get prosecuted for it. So let the record show that if you rape children, … Continue reading Green Beret Hero Who Beat Up Afghan Rapist Allowed to Stay in Army

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This Political Rollercoaster is Making America Sick

I love America and democracy like I love beer and fried chicken—but I hate what happens to America during election cycles. As someone who is politically “moderate,” election season is a particularly stressful and discouraging time. Candidates use emotionally charged issues to slice and dice Americans into measurable voting populations and pit us against each other. They want us to think that anyone on the … Continue reading This Political Rollercoaster is Making America Sick

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The Ms. Veteran America pageant isn’t what you think it is

Leave it to veterans to take something kind of creepy and lame like beauty pageants and make them meaningful and badass. More than a pretty face contest, the Ms. Veteran America pageant is a celebration of what makes women veterans awesome. Which are the same kinds of things that make all veterans awesome—loyalty to country, courage in the face of adversity, and the ability to do a lot of … Continue reading The Ms. Veteran America pageant isn’t what you think it is

David Swan on CNN speaking about Donald Trump

Veterans are not the Republican Party’s pawns

Thanks to Brooke Baldwin and the folks at CNN for helping me point out the disingenuous nature of current presidential politics with respect to veteran support. We’re tired of being used as political pawns to advance the careers of politicians that don’t actually give a crap about us. Click here for the full interview. Let’s call this issue what it is, a ratings war between Donald … Continue reading Veterans are not the Republican Party’s pawns