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Author: TriSec    Date: 11/21/2017 10:58:01

Good Morning.

We'll start today with the latest issue garnering headlines around the country. Sexual Assault has suddenly been in the news, as all manner of celebrity and media have been accused of these crimes in recent weeks.

The military is not immune, but it seems that reporting these crimes is apparently not on anyone's radar. No doubt covered up by the recent revelations around well-known politicians is this little tidbit from Fort Bragg.



RALEIGH, N.C. — A summary released by the Department of Defense shows reports of sexual assault from Fort Bragg increased by 28 percent in 2016 over the year before.

The summary says Fort Bragg received 146 reports of sexual assault in 2016 compared to 114 reports in 2015.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the summary notes that the location of the assault and the location of the report don't necessarily coincide.

Camp Lejeune had 169 reports of sexual assault in 2016, compared to 164 the year before.

At Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, the number of reports dropped, from 49 in 2015 to 27 in 2016. Seymour Johnson Air Force Base had 13 reports in 2016, unchanged from the previous year.


I wonder what it is that makes military victims somehow less deserving of media attention than civilians?

Moving on, we'll note briefly something that often goes hand-in-hand with sexual abuse...that would be our friend, alcohol. You're probably aware of the long backlash from the Island of Okinawa against the now 72-year presence of the United States Military. In recent years, more demands have been made for the complete withdrawal of troops from that island. Of course, we want to stay to keep an eye on North Korea (allegedly). Things like this are not uncommon, and of course, they don't help matters any.


Less than a day after a 61-year-old Japanese citizen was killed when a Marine collided with his car in Okinawa, U.S. Forces Japan announced that it was cutting off local liberty for all troops in the region and prohibiting the consumption of alcohol until further notice.

The deadly crash occurred around 5:30 a.m. local time Sunday in Naha, Okinawa. According to Associated Press reports, a Marine driving a truck collided with a smaller truck at an intersection, killing the Japanese driver. The AP reported the Marine, who came away with slight injuries, had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit at the time of the incident.

Military officials have not identified the service member or publicly identified the individual as a Marine.

The commander of III Marine Expeditionary Force, Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, released a statement saying that Marine officials were still gathering the facts and would work with Japanese authorities to investigate the causes of the accident.

"I would like to convey my deepest regret and sincere condolences to the family and friends of the Okinawan man who died as a result of this accident," Nicholson said. " ... You have my promise that I will rigorously work to determine the cause of the incident, and take every possible step to keep this from happening again."

In the meantime, off-base privileges for troops in Okinawa had been suspended until further notice.

"Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen must return to quarters and cease consuming alcohol effective immediately. Alcohol consumption and alcohol sales stop for all US Forces until further notice," an announcement from III MEF officials, posted to the command's official Facebook page Sunday, read. "Off base liberty is NOT permitted in Okinawa."

Troops with authorized leave are now required to leave Okinawa to take it.



Heading into Thanksgiving this weekend, we simply can't ignore SkyPenis.

https://www.metro.us/sites/default/files/styles/mystyle/public/main/articles/2017/11/17/navy-sky-penis-4.jpg


The aircrew has since been grounded.


An air crew who used their US Navy warplane to draw a penis in the sky above the town of Okanogan, Washington, this week have been grounded, the US Navy said on Friday.

An electronic warfare plane from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in western Washington state created sky writings in the shape of male genitals in the skies over the rural community on Thursday.

Many residents spotted the contrails in the clear blue skies above the central Washington town of 2,500 people. Witnesses took photos and placed them on social media platforms, where they were widely viewed.

“The actions of this aircrew are wholly unacceptable and antithetical to Navy core values” said a statement issued on Friday by NAS Whidbey Island.

“We have grounded the aircrew and are conducting a thorough investigation,” the statement said, “and we will hold those responsible accountable for their actions.”

“The Navy apologizes for this irresponsible and immature act, and anyone who was offended by this unacceptable action,” the statement said.

Vice admiral Mike Shoemaker, the commander of Naval Air Forces, said in a statement: “Sophomoric and immature antics of a sexual nature have no place in Naval aviation today.”


But...coupled with our first story today, maybe it's not so funny after all.


 

41 comments (Latest Comment: 11/21/2017 20:59:32 by Raine)
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Comment by Scoopster on 11/21/2017 13:03:53
Mornin' all!

I'm thankful for special prosecutors and grand juries.

Comment by Raine on 11/21/2017 14:32:28


Good Morning!

Comment by Raine on 11/21/2017 14:33:40
I love that you called it SkyPenis.

Comment by wickedpam on 11/21/2017 14:54:10
Morning

Comment by Mondobubba on 11/21/2017 14:55:53
Quote by Raine:
I love that you called it SkyPenis.


Wonkette calls it SkyPenis as well.

Comment by Raine on 11/21/2017 15:21:56
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by Raine:
I love that you called it SkyPenis.


Wonkette calls it SkyPenis as well.

Seriously wth were they thinking?

Comment by wickedpam on 11/21/2017 15:45:01
Does it make me look bad if I'm starting to side eye some of these people coming out saying they've been harassed? I want to believe them but some of this seems rather well timed.

Comment by Raine on 11/21/2017 15:47:08
Quote by wickedpam:
Does it make me look bad if I'm starting to side eye some of these people coming out saying they've been harassed? I want to believe them but some of this seems rather well timed.

Nope.

I have a hinky feeling about this as well.

Something is going on.

Comment by Raine on 11/21/2017 15:54:22
I think the RW is trying to desensitize all of us to sexual harassment and abuse.



Comment by Mondobubba on 11/21/2017 15:55:32
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Does it make me look bad if I'm starting to side eye some of these people coming out saying they've been harassed? I want to believe them but some of this seems rather well timed.

Nope.

I have a hinky feeling about this as well.

Something is going on.


I'm glad to know I'm not the only one. Furthermore, I am glad that it is two women who are having the same feeling.

Comment by Mondobubba on 11/21/2017 15:56:04
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by Raine:
I love that you called it SkyPenis.


Wonkette calls it SkyPenis as well.

Seriously wth were they thinking?



That a giant sky penis would be awesome?

Comment by wickedpam on 11/21/2017 15:59:11
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Does it make me look bad if I'm starting to side eye some of these people coming out saying they've been harassed? I want to believe them but some of this seems rather well timed.

Nope.

I have a hinky feeling about this as well.

Something is going on.


I'm glad to know I'm not the only one. Furthermore, I am glad that it is two women who are having the same feeling.



Omg thank you! I thought I was going nutty with all this.

Comment by Mondobubba on 11/21/2017 16:00:39
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Does it make me look bad if I'm starting to side eye some of these people coming out saying they've been harassed? I want to believe them but some of this seems rather well timed.

Nope.

I have a hinky feeling about this as well.

Something is going on.


I'm glad to know I'm not the only one. Furthermore, I am glad that it is two women who are having the same feeling.



Omg thank you! I thought I was going nutty with all this.


I think that the hand was tipped end of last week be the King of the Ratfuckers, Roger Stone.

Comment by Scoopster on 11/21/2017 16:13:11
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Does it make me look bad if I'm starting to side eye some of these people coming out saying they've been harassed? I want to believe them but some of this seems rather well timed.

Nope.

I have a hinky feeling about this as well.

Something is going on.

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one. Furthermore, I am glad that it is two women who are having the same feeling.

Been having that feeling ever since I read that Twitter thread a few days ago that analyzed the photo metadata from that first woman to accuse Franken & they discovered it had been edited the day he was sworn into the Senate.

Comment by wickedpam on 11/21/2017 16:32:47
Quote by Scoopster:
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Does it make me look bad if I'm starting to side eye some of these people coming out saying they've been harassed? I want to believe them but some of this seems rather well timed.

Nope.

I have a hinky feeling about this as well.

Something is going on.

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one. Furthermore, I am glad that it is two women who are having the same feeling.

Been having that feeling ever since I read that Twitter thread a few days ago that analyzed the photo metadata from that first woman to accuse Franken & they discovered it had been edited the day he was sworn into the Senate.



Did not know that.

Part of it is what Mondo said and Raine pointed out about Stone.

And now this supposed second Franken woman who got a butt touch at a county fair during a photo op... like really? I want to believe her, but could that have just been a accident of close spaces? I get it, it made her uncomfortable (I have had those things happen to me), and I don't want to be dismissive of that but really?

Comment by Raine on 11/21/2017 16:33:53
Quote by Scoopster:
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Does it make me look bad if I'm starting to side eye some of these people coming out saying they've been harassed? I want to believe them but some of this seems rather well timed.

Nope.

I have a hinky feeling about this as well.

Something is going on.

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one. Furthermore, I am glad that it is two women who are having the same feeling.

Been having that feeling ever since I read that Twitter thread a few days ago that analyzed the photo metadata from that first woman to accuse Franken & they discovered it had been edited the day he was sworn into the Senate.




I stand by what I wrote last week -- That doesn't mean we shouldn't use common sense with these incidents.

I know for a fact there was and still is a conspiracy to take people down. When you have absolute garbage like this being published, you know there is a concerted effort.



Comment by Raine on 11/21/2017 16:36:47
Quote by wickedpam:


Did not know that.

Part of it is what Mondo said and Raine pointed out about Stone.

And now this supposed second Franken woman who got a butt touch at a county fair during a photo op... like really? I want to believe her, but could that have just been an accident of close spaces? I get it, it made her uncomfortable (I have had those things happen to me), and I don't want to be dismissive of that but really?
I know the difference between being groped and accidental butt touch.






Comment by wickedpam on 11/21/2017 16:39:29
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:


Did not know that.

Part of it is what Mondo said and Raine pointed out about Stone.

And now this supposed second Franken woman who got a butt touch at a county fair during a photo op... like really? I want to believe her, but could that have just been an accident of close spaces? I get it, it made her uncomfortable (I have had those things happen to me), and I don't want to be dismissive of that but really?
I know the difference between being groped and accidental butt touch.







Same.

Comment by Raine on 11/21/2017 16:47:33
Comment by Raine on 11/21/2017 17:01:34
Mugabe has stepped down.

Comment by BobR on 11/21/2017 17:28:40
Quote by Raine:
Mugabe has stepped down.



Comment by wickedpam on 11/21/2017 17:29:27



Danke for the linke

Comment by livingonli on 11/21/2017 18:02:25
CBS has fired Charlie Rose.

Comment by Raine on 11/21/2017 18:05:21
Quote by livingonli:
CBS has fired Charlie Rose.

yeah, that is toxic shite.

Comment by Mondobubba on 11/21/2017 18:08:29
OMG the Raw Story feed of trump pardoning the turkey is super awkward. Barron looks thrilled to be there.

Comment by Raine on 11/21/2017 18:28:51
Quote by Mondobubba:
OMG the Raw Story feed of trump pardoning the turkey is super awkward. Barron looks thrilled to be there.

He barely managed not o screw it up.

I am amazed at how tall BArron is!

Comment by Raine on 11/21/2017 18:55:36
Comment by Raine on 11/21/2017 19:02:28
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Mondobubba:
OMG the Raw Story feed of trump pardoning the turkey is super awkward. Barron looks thrilled to be there.

He barely managed not o screw it up.

I am amazed at how tall BArron is!

I take that back:






Comment by wickedpam on 11/21/2017 19:04:19
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Mondobubba:
OMG the Raw Story feed of trump pardoning the turkey is super awkward. Barron looks thrilled to be there.

He barely managed not o screw it up.

I am amazed at how tall BArron is!

I take that back:







He just can't help himself and no go there can he.

PS I hate the sound of his voice.

Comment by Mondobubba on 11/21/2017 19:04:51
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Mondobubba:
OMG the Raw Story feed of trump pardoning the turkey is super awkward. Barron looks thrilled to be there.

He barely managed not o screw it up.

I am amazed at how tall BArron is!

I take that back:






That was a lame joke. Really, truly lame.

Comment by livingonli on 11/21/2017 19:43:07
Quote by Raine:
Quote by livingonli:
CBS has fired Charlie Rose.

yeah, that is toxic shite.

And his PBS show has been officially cancelled as well. Hope he saved enough to retire.

Comment by Raine on 11/21/2017 20:31:40
Told you, this ish is weaponized:






Comment by Raine on 11/21/2017 20:33:15
Quote by livingonli:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by livingonli:
CBS has fired Charlie Rose.

yeah, that is toxic shite.

And his PBS show has been officially cancelled as well. Hope he saved enough to retire.
HE has a pretty large compound in the hamptons -- I think he'll be fine


Comment by Raine on 11/21/2017 20:39:29
GROSS.


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Comment by wickedpam on 11/21/2017 20:46:27
tRUmp supports child molesters. The President of the United States supports child molesters. Let that just sink in.

Comment by Raine on 11/21/2017 20:49:35
Quote by wickedpam:
tRUmp supports child molesters. The President of the United States supports child molesters. Let that just sink in.

I cannot even


Comment by livingonli on 11/21/2017 20:51:41
Quote by Raine:
Told you, this ish is weaponized:





Between this and Roger Stone knowing about the Franken obligations, there does seem to be a campaign to undermine Democrats and the surge in sexual abuse allegations becoming public. Considering that Democrats have been more willing than the "Family Values" Republicans to throw their people under the bus when they do something wrong (i.e. Edwards, Weiner). And between the Roy Moore pedophilia and the Russian connections to Trump becoming deeper, it looks like it could be time for another distraction.

Comment by wickedpam on 11/21/2017 20:52:39
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
tRUmp supports child molesters. The President of the United States supports child molesters. Let that just sink in.

I cannot even



Seriously, I'm afraid to ask how much lower can he get?! This is disgusting!

Comment by Raine on 11/21/2017 20:59:32
Quote by livingonli:
Quote by Raine:
Told you, this ish is weaponized:





Between this and Roger Stone knowing about the Franken obligations, there does seem to be a campaign to undermine Democrats and the surge in sexual abuse allegations becoming public. Considering that Democrats have been more willing than the "Family Values" Republicans to throw their people under the bus when they do something wrong (i.e. Edwards, Weiner). And between the Roy Moore pedophilia and the Russian connections to Trump becoming deeper, it looks like it could be time for another distraction.
The distraction is happening now.

The Dems really need to investigate -- and get to what is happening.