Just to demonstrate how much of a coward I can be: I will be off line as far as the TFP is concerned for the next two months because my job (the last job I decided to keep) is 6AM-9PM 7 days a week, so I will be taking a long break from posting until mid July. To keep with the current trend: My name is Lisa Keith-Lucas. I live in Carrabelle FL, after living in Sewanee TN since 1978. My husband and I build a large steel hull trawler (the TFP did a story about it last year-search the last name). My email is lkeithlucas @gmail.com. I was a high school chemistry teacher for 28 years. Since there was a call to reveal identities, I thought I'd send it to you, since you and I represent different views. Hope that's okay. If anyone decides to arrange a gathering I would LOVE to come. :) Thanks for being the one really civil conservative I have encountered on this site.
You went WAY beyond what I posted. What I said is that alcohol does not CAUSE mental illness, and I think I am correct on that point. Abuse is a symptom. Many, if most, adults can use in moderation; most of those experimented as teens. I am just going by what the medical community advised us.
Especially in this case. It is about the lack of power on the part of the victim (in some of the cases). Think about it lkeithlu, would you want someone on your combat team that you could subdue at will and have your way with?
I suspect that this is the case regardless of gender. I would hope that good leaders don't do this, and poor leaders are identified quickly. Submitting to power is a complicated thing, and people, even strong people, submit if it means staying on their career path. Whistleblowers and those who fight back can be punished, and someone who has aspirations may consider abuse to be something one must tolerate if one wants to succeed.
AMOS TAJ-I honestly think all Muslims are not the same, likewise as I don't generalize all Christians. The holy books of both faiths could be argued to advocate fairly bad things, yet either by ignorance or erudition, Christians do not tend to behave this way; at least not to that extreme. Our enemy is extremism, not any particular group that may have practitioners of it
Extremism is more a cultural than religious thing, and any culture that tends towards clannish and violent ways will use any religion to justify what they do. It is coincidence that right now, from our perspective, Islam in the Middle East seems to represent this, but Christians took their turn and still do in areas of the world where Christianity was introduced to an already existing tribal conflict. Paganism, Shinto, Judaism, all have had their role to play in different periods in history and in different parts of the world.
I agree at least on one point. "flooding" the military with women will not solve the problem. Rape is about power, not sex. It has always happened and will continue to happen as long as people can use their power over someone else to intimidate or control. I am not saying we should ignore it, but our solutions need to be based in part on that reality.
They are not the result of alcohol and drug abuse. I've seen children diagnosed with these things before they ever had any drugs or alcohol. Puberty is the most common time of onset (not always). I have a family member who developed bipolar disease having never used. Our local pediatrician advised us that excessive (not experimental) use of mind-altering substance was a 99% probability of an underlying psychiatric condition.
Inquiring mind has a point: Most teens do experiment with alcohol or pot. However, regular use is often a symptom of underlying psychopathology (mostly depression, bi-polar or anxiety) and is a form of self-medication. We always worked with the medical and psychiatric professionals whenever we had an adolescent who could not control their use, even in the face of dire consequences. Many, many teens emerge from adolescence without becoming addicted, and my bet is that most of these 17 teens fall into that category. But the few that do not require intervention.
A self-medicating teen with no intervention is a great risk to moving on to other drugs. But even if they don't, alcohol alone can cause great damage.
Does your liberal editress know the Obama administration has indicted twice as many leakers (6) as all previous administrations combined (3)?
After being pushed hard to do so by the GOP.
I grew up in the Panama Canal Zone, where cardboard sledding was a dry-season obsession!
How about the church whose pastor prayed for Obama's death? Interference in politics? Should they be tax exempt?