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  1. Chrisnp commented on Pat Oliphant over 2 years ago

    Saw the clip too. “Basically”, he didn’t say anything remotely like that. Here’s the clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMadW1NewEs

  2. Chrisnp commented on Pat Oliphant over 2 years ago

    This would have been funnier if Huckabee hadn’t said that it was the Democrats who thought that way, not that he or the Republicans thought that way. It was a stupid statement anyway, but it’s interesting that the dems can’t resist twisting even an already stupid statement to fit their own propaganda.

  3. Chrisnp commented on Tom the Dancing Bug almost 3 years ago

    Nice thing about Australia when I was there – no tipping. I guess because wait staff made a decent living. I’d love to see that change here. I happen to live in SeaTac, and yes they will get a better wage at $15 per hour. (good for the wait staff, being by the Airport and most foreign travelers don’t tip).

  4. Chrisnp commented on Robert Ariail almost 3 years ago

    I’m with Ariail on this one. We’ve come a long way since the 1920s when Sec of State Henry Stimpson said “Gentlemen do not read each other’s Mail.” As long as diplomats have to negotiate with other diplomats, countries will want to know who’s in, who’s out, and the limits other countries might go to – as allies or enemies.

  5. Chrisnp commented on Robert Ariail almost 3 years ago

    The important thing is to ACT shocked.

  6. Chrisnp commented on Candorville about 4 years ago

    Nope, he’s sick. I’m 54 and still can’t stand little house.

  7. Chrisnp commented on Doonesbury over 4 years ago

    Good to see Honey again, but she needs an update – the Mao jacket needs to go

  8. Chrisnp commented on Doonesbury over 4 years ago

    I was in the Army for 24 years, and then worked alongside soldiers in Iraq as a civilian until 2004. I still keep in touch with people still in service.

    There was a time that what GT describes was accurate. When I joined, soldiers were constantly having it drilled into their heads that everything had to go through the chain of command. It was only while I was serving that the Army figured out that this policy didn’t work for things like sexual assault and changed it.

    It was only after I got out of the Army that troop medical clinics were no longer required to report rape and sexual assault to Military Police for investigation. Before then, women were afraid to tell their military health care providers that they had been raped or sexually assaulted because the victims were afraid of the consequences they might endure. Now days victims can choose to request charges be made against the perpetrator or to keep the matter confidential, but still receive related health care and counseling services. Unfortunately when the victims choose confidentiality over leveling charges, the perpetrator walks. Sometimes after counseling, the victims change their mind and an investigation is opened.

    Obviously the solution is not perfect, but it does show the military is trying to address the issue.

  9. Chrisnp commented on Doonesbury over 4 years ago

    Excellent points, both you and Joe. Reporting and investigations involving male victims of sexual assault are rare, but when I was at a conference on PTSD a couple years ago, one of the speakers who was a specialist in Military Sexual Trauma (MST) said that about one in ten of her clients were male. I found that shocking.
    And of course you are right; it isn’t just a woman’s issue even when the victim is female.

  10. Chrisnp commented on Doonesbury over 4 years ago

    My comparison of the military academies to other universities was only a statistical one, not a comparison of their environments. The Institute of Justice estimates one fifth to one quarter of female students experience sexual assault.