The US military and gay rape
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Sexual assault in the military has become a topic of much debate this year, bringing huge amounts of media scrutiny to an issue that's all-too-often covered up or ignored. However, there remains one area of military sexual assault that's gone largely unmentioned and unexamined: the issue of attacks on men, who, according to a new New York Times report, comprise 53 percent of military sexual assault victims.
Earlier this year, the Pentagon estimated that 26,000 service members experienced unwanted sexual contact in 2012 (up from 19,000 in 2010). This led many — including President Obama — to rightfully claim that sexual assault in the military has reached epidemic proportions. Quite a few Republican responses to these findings, though, were (predictably) sexist and shitty and furthermore minimized the issue entirely — for instance, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R, Georgia) blamed the increased rate of assaults on "hormones." Not only do responses like this make it seem that sexual assault has something to do with unfettered (heterosexual) lust, it also erases completely the suffering of male victims.
In the words of First Lt. Adam Cohen, who alleges that he was raped by a superior officer:
“It’s easy for some people to single out women and say: ‘There’s a small percentage of the force having this problem.' No one wants to admit this problem affects everyone. Both genders, of all ranks. It’s a cultural problem.”
An organization who hates homos is actually homo. Big surprise.
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Looking to buy a .177 air rifle, preferably something like a break-action spring-piston gun.
It needs to be relatively affordable (no super-expensive Olympic or expert hunter bullshit), decently accurate... and I'm not too concerned about the actual muzzle energy, since I plan on using this thing for targets, not vermin.
Any recommendations? I saw a second-hand Diana Model 34 in very-good condition earlier that looked nice (pic semi-related, not the one in question but the same make and model), but are there other air-rifles which would better serve my needs and be in the same order of magnitude of pricing?
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Seargent Ramirez checked the sight lines on his rifle. All clear. Wind was blowing southwest at a velocity of 6 mph, and with a slight movement of his hand he adjusted the rifle to compensate for drift and windspeed. He calculated the distance to target, the ballistic drop of his bullet, and factored in the Bernoulli effect. All was clear, and all he had to do was take the shot. His spotter, Jenkins, announced the distance to target: 1.3 miles away. His name: Omar Khadr.