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That's pretty bad.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 20, 2008 2:14 PM

This is why I turn FF off.

Posted by Jerod | June 20, 2008 2:15 PM

This is a big deal. I would stick to this story as long as it takes to get the attention it deserves.

Posted by elenchos | June 20, 2008 2:24 PM

I can't think of an appropriate off-color joke.

Posted by six shooter | June 20, 2008 2:43 PM

Oh, but a much more important story is Obama's flag pin, or Cindy McCain's purloined cookie recipes, or whether Michelle Obama likes to wear pantyhose, or how wonderful Tim Russert was, or that Jamie Lynn had her baby, or....

Posted by Lola | June 20, 2008 2:52 PM

Murder-Suicides are the friendliest of fire, i mean they are filled with "love." beautiful sociopathic love (but is there really any other kind?).

Posted by vooodooo84 | June 20, 2008 3:11 PM

Completely disgusting and unacceptable. This is an example of sexism that should be blogged and emailed around. Who the hell in Congress could I write an angry letter to about this? Patty? Maria? Jim?

Posted by asteria | June 20, 2008 3:18 PM

@7 from

How can you help?

Congressman Lacy Clay has been working assist the Johnson family, but according to LaVena's father, the Arms Services Committee still needs convincing to help find the perpetrators of this crime. You can help by calling Congressman Ike Skelton, Chairman of the Arms Services Committe, and tell him that LaVena Johnson deserves justice. Tell him to investigate the death of LaVena Johnson. We demand better treatment for our soldiers! Skelton's Washington D.C. phone number is 202-225-2876. You can also email his administrative assistant, Kyle Wilkins, at
Posted by Darcy | June 20, 2008 3:47 PM

Not to blame the victim, but considering the Army's continued non-responses to repeated incidents like this, she should have fragged him.

Posted by Mr. X | June 20, 2008 3:48 PM

Disgusting. That's cold-blooded murder, not friendly fire.

Posted by Fnarf | June 20, 2008 3:50 PM

The army is seriously fucked up.

Posted by Tizzle | June 20, 2008 3:51 PM

In order to qualify as sexism, wouldn't the response have to be different if the genders of the participants were reversed? I mean if a female soldier were terrorizing a male solider, somehow I doubt the Army's response would differ in any meaningful way. So, not really sexism, per se.

Personally, I can be appalled by this incident for its specifics. I don't think it needs an -ism attached to it in order to be meaningful or morally abhorrent.

Just throwing that out there for ECB to totally ignore.

Posted by Judah | June 20, 2008 4:01 PM

that is so fucked up.

Posted by raisedbywolves | June 20, 2008 4:08 PM

That's terrible.

Posted by Greg | June 20, 2008 4:16 PM

@12 - I don't think Erica mentioned sexism in her post. Nope, just re-read, the word doesn't appear. Don't get your panties in a bunch.

Posted by j4zz3rgrl | June 20, 2008 4:25 PM


Many women who have been assaulted in the armed forces have seen their fellow male soldiers turn against them en masse. One woman who was rescued from an attempted rape by a fellow soldier was immediately shunned by men she thought were her friends and branded a liar and a slut. She didn't even file charges.

You may doubt that the army would treat this situation differently if the genders were reversed. I don't agree. There seems to be a very strong bros before hos mentality in the armed forces, all the way up to the military brass.

Posted by keshmeshi | June 20, 2008 5:42 PM

This were Bush says, "Support Our Troops, Support Our Troops (but only if they're male)."

Posted by yucca flower | June 20, 2008 8:10 PM

Where do America's young men learn such violence?

Oh, wait... the rifle range.

Posted by CP | June 21, 2008 8:14 PM

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