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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Support the Troops

posted by on March 6 at 14:02 PM

Latest headline over at the Seattle Times: “Local soldiers charged with gang rape in Georgia.”

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If that's the extent of details the accusers story is lacking.

A. She found them in HER room going through her stuff prior to the rape? Who let them in?

B. AFTER she found strange men going through her things she went back to THEIR room to hear them apologize?

C. They yelled "hooah"? Isn't that a Marine thing?

I know it's not fair to question a rape victims validity based on a news story but that stupid Duke chick ruined it for all the real rape victims.

Posted by monkey | March 6, 2007 2:12 PM
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I don't understand your intent with snide juxtaposition of your heading "Support our troops" Dan. Would you please elaborate? I suppose are you seething with Bush hatred so much that any anything negative about the military (like this awful crime) is appropriate fodder for you to extrapolate to a large scale. You need a sedative dear.

Posted by Chip Chipmunk | March 6, 2007 2:15 PM
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Well, this is straight rape, and soldiers do that sometimes. The real outrage is the one about the Air Force guy who raped the other guys. THAT'S a reason for keeping gays out of the military.

Posted by A rape by any other name | March 6, 2007 2:16 PM
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"Hooah" is indeed an Army word. Maybe it's also a Marine word.

Posted by sniggles | March 6, 2007 2:41 PM
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If true, this is a tragedy and those guys should have their dicks cut off. But Dan, your headline "Support the Troops" was out of line by painting apretty broad stroke against anyone in the military. I have friends in the service, straight and gay, and none of them are rapists or murderers, and none of them like like Bush or the war he's got us into, but they do their job.

Posted by elswinger | March 6, 2007 2:41 PM
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#1 - "I know it's not fair to question a rape victims validity based on a news story"

Well ... then don't. Seriously, why not, y'know, concede that you have no idea about the case yet? If only everyone could have done that with respect to the Duke case, instead of making one side or the other a scapegoat for whatever social group they bore a grudge against.

Posted by tsm | March 6, 2007 2:43 PM
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A rape by any other name @ 3:

Those men claimed that they were roofied, but there was absolutely no evidence of this found or presented at trial. The defense argued that the men claimed that they were raped because if they admitted the sex was consensual, then they would have been discharged and fired under "don't ask, don't tell." Quite frankly, the defense's argument is a hell of a lot more plausible.

There are some 65,000 gay men and lesbians serving in the US Armed Forces. Why they would want to serve a right-wing kakistocracy like the United States that hates gay people, denies us equal rights and condemns us is still a mystery.

Posted by Original Andrew | March 6, 2007 2:47 PM
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tsm #6, you are absolutely right and I was trying to say that based solely on the story the way it was reported.

Posted by monkey | March 6, 2007 3:10 PM
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OA @ 6: 65,000 gays and lesbians in the military? Source, please.

We all know there is LGBT representation in the military, but extrapolation does not a solid number make.

Posted by switzerblog | March 6, 2007 3:23 PM
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Oops, I mean OA @ 7

Posted by switzerblog | March 6, 2007 3:24 PM
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The moral of the story is that if you're going to have *consensual* group sex, remember to be classy enough to videotape the entire thing in case you need to prove your innocence later.

Posted by Aexia | March 6, 2007 3:56 PM
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switzerblog @ 9,

Tried to post, but the Slog spam filter tagged it. Here's one of many resources turned up by Google:

http://www.gaymilitary.ucsb.edu/Publications/PublicationsHome.htm

Posted by Original Andrew | March 6, 2007 4:05 PM
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@1,

a. The article stated that the woman met the men earlier that night and they invited her to a party. If there were parties going on in the motel that night, perhaps she left her door open?

b. There was only one man going through her stuff. Would she have reason to mistrust his companions? Would she have reason to think they would gang rape her? No and no.

c. As another commenter pointed out, you're dead wrong on that.

I know it's not fair to question a rape victims validity based on a news story but that stupid Duke chick ruined it for all the real rape victims.

Give me a fucking break.

Posted by keshmeshi | March 6, 2007 4:22 PM
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Ah, Columbus, Georgia. The place is crawling with drunken privates, particularly on weekends. Classy town.


@1 & 4: "Hooah" started out as an Army Airborne/Ranger thing, if I'm not mistaken, and is also popular with the Marines, though spelled "Oorah." Not that that's really the point, but there it is.

Posted by Darcy | March 6, 2007 6:11 PM
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"Hooah" is definitely an Army thing. I dated a Ranger and his unit said it quite often!

Posted by Faux Show | March 7, 2007 10:27 AM

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