You know how we were beginning to think Yvonne Nelson was dating everyone and breaking up with everyone ? Well you didnt know we thought that, but we were.
Anyways, Yvonne Nelson has come out to say that a friend of hers (a guy) was responsible for feeding stories to bloggers that they are dating to get some hype around himself . Yea she s not very happy about it, and she aired it out via twitter.
Now to recap there have been stories recently linking Yvonne Nelson to Ice Prince, Iyanya & Dammy Krane .
You wanna guess who s responsible ?
We have a prime suspect, but we wont say .
You do the guess work
Just wanting peoples thoughts on dating someone with a mental illness such as PTSD, would it be a turn off to most men or are their people who are accepting of such illnesses?
Norway’s parliament voted overwhelmingly on Friday to conscript women into its armed forces, becoming the first European and first NATO country to make military service compulsory for both genders. “Rights and duties should be the same for all,” said Labor lawmaker Laila Gustavsen, a supporter of the bill. “The armed forces need access to the best resources, regardless of gender, and right now mostly men are recruited.” Norway has been at the forefront in the fight for gender equality, introducing measures such as requiring all public limited companies to fill at least 40 percent of their board seats with women .
On Wednesday the country celebrated a century since Norwegian women won the right to vote. Women make up half of the current government, and opposition leader Erna Solberg is expected to become Norway’s second female prime minister in elections later this year, according to opinion polls which indicate her Conservative Party and its allies will win a parliamentary majority. “This is historic .
For me it is fantastic to make history, for the armed forces and for women,” Gustavsen said.
Fantastic for women ? Yeah, Norway is some sort of feminist utopia . Let’s just hope that NATO keeps defending them, and they don’t have to fight any wars .
Besides, this isn’t the kind of military draft that you might be expecting:
The change is not expected to force women to serve against their will but should help improve the gender balance.
Not serve against their will? !
My guess is that even if they do serve, they won’t have to crawl in the mud or fire guns.
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Army chief lays into force
Scathing video warning posted online as Army chief David Morrison leaves little doubt about his views on another ‘demeaning’ military sex scandal.
The Australian Defence Force hierarchy knew an exploitative internet sex ring was operating within its ranks almost three years ago but did not involve police until the middle of last year, it emerged on Saturday.
Fairfax Media asked Defence when the Australian Defence Force Investigative Service (ADFIS) began its investigation of the matter . An Army spokeswoman confirmed it first became aware of the unfolding scandal in September 2010.
NSW Police has stated that Kings Cross Local Area Command established Strike Force Civet in July last year – after being alerted in June.
Denial: Defence Minister Stephen Smith claims the military were not made to go public. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
The latest revelation exposes a period of 21 months during which ADFIS conducted an internal investigation before approaching NSW Police for help.
On Saturday the Department of Defence said ADFIS conducted an investigation between late 2010 to mid 2011, and involved police three months after the launch of the investigation.
The statement revealed the investigation was first referred to Victoria Police, and the Australian Federal Police were also initially involved .
Two years after a cadet was publicly exposed broadcasting himself having sex with a female counterpart on Skype, the Australian Defence Force has once again been rocked by sex abuse allegations, this time involving at least 17 male officers – including a lieutenant-colonel, the sixth highest rank in the army.
Calling themselves the Jedi Council, the sex ring ”picked up” women in locations such as airport lounges and bars, then filmed them performing sexually explicit acts.
The ADF went public with the revelations on Thursday when the Chief of Army, Lieutenant-General David Morrison, announced three personnel had been stood down and 14 others were being investigated in relation to ”demeaning, explicit and profane” emails . He also confirmed a brief relating to the three sacked personnel had been forwarded to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.
Defence Minister Stephen Smith has since denied the military was forced to go public because it was about to be exposed by other agencies involved.
An ADF spokeswoman said investigators had simply needed a period of time to ”do what they needed to do” without triggering potential ”adverse effects”.
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Officers swapped derogatory and explicit images of sexual conquests
A group of Australian army officers in an internet sex scandal circulated videos and photos of naked women, challenging “Jedi Council” members to try to bed them too.
Emails sometimes included the victims’ names, addresses and phone numbers so other members had the chance to try to “have sex with them”, Australian newspapers reported.
Fairfax Media reported the ring included elite special forces soldiers and some civilians.
After the unsuspecting women were picked up in places such as airport lounges and bars, the men filmed them in sexual acts, sometimes without their knowledge.
The shared images were often embellished with the men’s derogatory comments about their conquests .
Demeaning commentary included details such as the size and shape of the woman’s breasts and a rating of the sexual experience.
On Thursday, Australia’s Chief of Army, Lieutenant-General David Morrison, announced three of the ringleaders had been stood down and a further 14 Defence Force personnel were under investigation in relation to a group of “demeaning, explicit and profane” emails that began in 2010.
Of the 17 who formed the core of the sex ring, the most senior was reported to be a lieutenant-colonel.
Often the material was sent using Defence Force email systems.
General Morrison won plaudits for a steely YouTube video in which he warned that soldiers who did not appreciate the role of women in the force should “get out” of the army.
“If you’re not up to it, find something else to do with your life .
There is no place for you among this band of brothers and sisters.”
The Defence Force investigated the allegations for nine months before asking the New South Wales police to take over in June last year.
General Morrison described the internet ring’s activities as worse than the Skype scandal in 2011, when a defence force cadet was caught broadcasting himself having sex with a female cadet over Skype without her knowledge or consent.
A police spokesman said Kings Cross Local Area Command established Strike Force Civet in July last year to investigate the alleged exchange of offensive emails by Defence Force personnel.
A brief had been sent to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, who was assessing it.
Australian Defence Association executive director Neil James said the actions of the men involved did not reflect the broader military.
“They were calling themselves the Jedi Council, but they were doing the exact opposite of what Jedis are supposed to do, thinking they were above normal ethical standards.”
A military judge presiding over the Court Martial of two members of the United States Navy on charges related to the hot-button issue of sexual assault has ruled that recent statements by President Obama and others in the chain of command constituted undue influence over the proceedings:1
Two defendants in military sexual assault cases cannot be punitively discharged, if found guilty, because of unlawful command influence derived from comments made by President Barack Obama, a judge ruled in a Hawaii military court this week.
Navy Judge Cmdr. Marcus Fulton ruled during pretrial hearings in two sexual assault cases U.S. vs.
Johnson and U.S. vs. Fuentes that comments made by Obama as commander in chief would unduly influence any potential sentencing, according to a court documents obtained by Stars and Stripes.
On Wednesday and Thursday, Fulton approved the pretrial defense motions, which used as evidence comments that Obama made about sexual assault at a May 7 news conference.
The judge s pretrial ruling means that if either defendant is found guilty, whether by a jury or a military judge, they cannot receive a bad conduct discharge or a dishonorable discharge.
Sailors found guilty under the Uniform Code of Military Justice s Article 120, which covers several sexual crimes including assault and rape, generally receive punitive discharges.
A member of the public would not hear the President s statement to be a simple admonition to hold members accountable, Fulton stated. A member of the public would draw the connection between the dishonorable discharge required by the President and a punitive discharge approved by the convening authority.
The strain on the system created by asking a convening authority to disregard Obama’s statement in this environment would be too much to sustain public confidence.
The ruling sets the stage for defense attorneys to use the same arguments in sexual assault cases throughout the military.
Should other judges accept the same line of reasoning, commands would have to consider issuing lesser administrative discharges to servicemembers found guilty of sexual assault. In some cases, this could allow servicemembers found guilty of sex crimes to retain veterans benefits, according to Defense Department regulations.
I think that as a defense attorney, I would raise this argument in virtually any sexual assault case I had, said Victor Hansen, vice president of the National Institute of Military Justice and former instructor at the Army s JAG school.
To be fair, the Judge in this case also abased his ruling on comments made by a number of high-ranking military officials including the Secretary of Defense, the Chief of Naval Operations, and several others below them in the chain in command but still well above the level of the men facing trial in Hawaii.
It s also worth noting that none of these comments addressed the facts at issue in these cases or the allegations against these two individual defendants. While the comments of Secretary Hagel and others are mentioned in the ruling, though, it seems clear that the President s comments were a substantial part of Judge s ruling here. Those comments, you may recall, were made at a press appearance on May 7th during the height of the latest revelations about the sexual assault problem in the military:2
President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he has no tolerance for sexual assault in the military, comments made in the wake of a new Pentagon report showing3 the instances of such crimes have spiked since 2010.
The president said he had spoken today with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to urge him to exponentially step up efforts to identify suspects in assaults, and aggressively prosecute those cases.
The bottom line is: I have no tolerance for this, Obama said at a press conference following his meeting with South Korean President Park Geun-hye.
I expect consequences, Obama added.
So I don t just want more speeches or awareness programs or training, but ultimately folks look the other way. If we find out somebody s engaging in this, they ve got to be held accountable prosecuted, stripped of their positions, court martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged. Period.
For those who are in uniform who ve experience sexual assault, I want them to hear directly from their commander in chief that I ve got their backs, the president said.
I will support them. And we re not going to tolerate this stuff, and there will be accountability.
What constitutes undue command influence is, at least in part, established by Article 37 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice:4
(a) No authority convening a general, special, or summary court-martial, nor any other commanding officer, may censure, reprimand, or admonish the court or any member, military judge, or counsel thereof, with respect to the findings or sentence adjudged by the court, or with respect to any other exercises of its or his functions in the conduct of the proceedings. No person subject to this chapter may attempt to coerce or, by any unauthorized means, influence the action of a court-martial or any other military tribunal or any member thereof, in reaching the findings or sentence in any case, or the action of any convening, approving, or reviewing authority with respect to his judicial acts.
The foregoing provisions of the subsection shall not apply with respect to (1) general instructional or informational courses in military justice if such courses are designed solely for the purpose of instructing members of a command in the substantive and procedural aspects of courts-martial, or (2) to statements and instructions given in open court by the military judge, president of a special court-martial, or counsel.
The operative question here is whether the comments by President Obama and others in the chain of command, which based on how they are set forth in the opinion seem to be little more than generalized statements about the need for increased vigilance against sexual assault in the military constitute an attempt to coerce or, by any unauthorized means, influence the action of a court-martial or any other military tribunal or any member thereof, in reaching the findings or sentence in any case, or the action of any convening, approving, or reviewing authority with respect to his judicial acts. In his ruling, the presiding Judge found that there was sufficient reason to believe that the President s insistence that members of the military who have engaged in sexual assault should be prosecuted, stripped of their positions, court martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged constituted at least potential undue influence over the sentencing phase of the hearing in the case before him. Consequently, he ruled that if the Defendant is convicted, the military jury would not be able to impose a dishonorable discharge or similar punishing upon him.
As noted above, this would potentially mean that the Defendant would remain fully eligible for all veterans benefits despite having been convicted of a crime while in the military.
I don t have the expertise in military criminal law to comment on the Judge s decision here, however the immediate consequences of his ruling. Defense attorneys representing members of the military facing similar charges will without a doubt file similar motions in the cases they are involved in, and we re likely to get contradictory rulings on the matter from the presiding Judges in each of those cases. Additionally, the ruling in these cases will likely end up being appealed, likely before the trial actually starts.
As for the President s statement itself, I can t help but think that the Judge got it wrong here. On it s face, what the President said struck me as a general, benign, statement regarding future policy and the message that the Commander in Chief wishes the military to take the issue of sexual assault far more seriously than it has been. Is that undue command influence?
As I said, I m not an expert in this area so I ll leave that to others, but it does feel to me like the Judge went a little over the top here. I suppose we can be grateful that he didn t dismiss the cases completely.
On a general level, though, this case does point out the importance of the White House in general, and the President specifically, not getting involved in criminal investigations and prosecutions that occur under his watch, whether in the civilian or military spheres. Recently, for example, the White House has been criticized for not commenting directly on the Justice Department s investigation of leaks that includes pursuing information from journalists using subpoenas and search warrants.
There has also been a lot of criticism directed at the White House from the right for it failure to officially designating the November 2009 Ford Hood massacre as a terrorist act, and that Major Nidal Hasan continues to receive his military pay while awaiting trial on those charges. In both cases, the White House has pointedly refused to comment on the cases at hand, and that was entirely the appropriate reaction. Specific comments from the President regarding guilt or innocence of a Defendant would be highly inappropriate and would likely result in defense attorneys moving for mistrials at any criminal proceeding.
The comments the President made here, of course, were not about a specific case, but this ruling is a pretty good reminder of what could happen if Presidents started bending to the demands of reporters or political opponents that they make comment on such matters.
Here is a copy of the Judge s opinion:
- ^ recent statements by President Obama and others in the chain of command constituted undue influence over the proceedings: (www.stripes.com)
- ^ during the height of the latest revelations about the sexual assault problem in the military: (nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com)
- ^ Pentagon report showing (usnews.nbcnews.com)
- ^ Article 37 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice: (www.au.af.mil)
- ^ ^ View dmataconis’s profile on Scribd (www.scribd.com)
While this is by far the most drastic of choices, it might have been something you were interested in anyway . The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines all have programs and positions that many women might find attractive .
2 . Hang around or get a job at a military base.
If you happen to have a military base close enough to where you live, this is perfect place to meet all sorts of single military men2 . You can get a job at the local base exchange or in an area around it where you could be sure many men in uniform will come through.
Also consider hanging around the local clubs, bars, restaurants or military supply stores.
3,.Become a Pen Pal
There are so many deployed soldiers that would love to hear from people back home right now .
So why not start contacting one or two of them by mail ? Kissmilitary.com and americanmilitarydating.com are two sites where you can get the names for soldiers or sailors to write to . You can also consider going to your local veterans hospital, or USO to see if they have any names or know anyone who would enjoy a nice letter or care package.
4.Check out Fleet Week
Fleet Week is when the Navy boats come in and dock in major cities .
There is definitely no better time to meet single military men then when they are happily on shore leave in a great city . All the bars, clubs, restaurants and stores will be loaded with cute men in uniform3 . Keep in mind however, that they will only be there for a short time, so if long term romance is what you are looking for this might not be the place to find it.
5.Meet Them Online
Probably one of the quickest and easiest ways to meet a single military man is by going online .
This way the two of you have a really good chance to get to know each other before you even meet .
Who knows where it can lead?
The army is investigating allegations that material demeaning women was produced by some of its officers, Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison says. He says the allegations involve the production and distribution of highly inappropriate material across both defence computer systems and the public internet over the last three years. I’m appalled at this situation, he said .
I view the allegations that are being made in the gravest light. He said three army personnel had been suspended from duty already. The trio may also be persons of interest to the NSW police and there is a possibility of civil charges.
Another 14 army officers and non-commissioned officers appear to have engaged in a series of actions that strike at the heart of the army’s ethos and its contract with the nation. A further 90 or so other Australian Defence Force personnel may have been on the periphery of these exchanges, Lieutenant General Morrison said. He said the bad apple argument was no longer acceptable for this type of behaviour in the armed forces.
Lieutenant General Morrison has apologised to some of the women affected. I have also spoken today to some of these women who felt comfortable in taking a call from me and I have apologised to them on behalf of the Australian Army, he said. He said more than five women are involved, including ADF members, public servants and some from the broader public.
Defence Minister Stephen Smith said he had been briefed on the matter. I’ll very happily speak about the Chief of Army’s announcement tomorrow, he told reporters in Perth. Lieutenant General Morrison said the allegations point to a systemic problem in the culture of the army.
I’d say it’s worse than the Skype matter, he added. The Australian Defence Force Academy Skype scandal occurred in April 2011, when a cadet filmed himself having consensual sex with a female cadet. She did not know the imagery was being streamed live to male cadets in another room.
Lieutenant General Morrison said the men involved in the latest matter came from all over Australia and from different sections of the army. The highest ranking officer was a lieutenant-colonel. The remainder are either majors, captains, warrant officers, sergeants or corporals, he said.
Lieutenant General Morrison declined to go into details of what the material contained. It’s explicit and demeaning, he said. The army chief said he had no explanation for the scandal, which came to light on April 10.
I can t put a theory on it, he said. It is a very low point. Investigators had also found reference to illicit drugs in intercepted correspondence and this raised further suspicions which would also be investigated.
Lieutenant General Morrison described the nature of the material as explicit, demeaning and profane . The overwhelming majority of our men and women in the army, in our defence force, do extraordinary jobs, he said. They will be as horrified as I am at these allegations.
Lieutenant General Morrison said he had told the women he would do everything in his power to ensure everybody involved was held to account for their actions. The army was commencing consideration of suspension actions against five of the 14 others believed to be heavily involved with the email communications, he said. The other nine were being investigated further.
He gave no timeframe for when the investigation might be concluded, saying the matters were very complex. Lieutenant General Morrison said he took responsibility for the scandal. It s on me, he said.
I m responsible for this, I m the chief of the Australian army .
The culture of the army is in my hands during my tenure and I m doing as much as I humanly can to improve it.
This is a setback but I m going to pick myself up.
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) announced on Tuesday1 he is replacing a measure proposed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) that would have removed military sexual assault crimes from being handled within the military chain of command.
Levin s replacement measure would keep authority on major military crimes with senior officers.
Gillibrand s measure, part of a defense spending bill, was an attempt to improve the reporting and prosecution of sexual assault within the military by giving military prosecutors, instead of the accusers commanders, authority to decide which cases to try. Opposition to the measure comes from Levin, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the military2. Levin s Senate measure was approved by the Armed Services Committee by a 17-9 vote.
In May, the Department of Defense released a report that showed3 only 13 percent of sexual assaults in the military are reported and that the number of military sexual assaults have gone up 34.7 percent4 from the 2010 to 2012 fiscal year.
I don t personally believe that you can eliminate the command structure in the military from this process because it is the culture.
It is the institution. It is the people within that institution that have to fix the problem
But supporters of Gillibrand s measure believe that having survivors report assaults to senior officers is neither efficient nor safe. Trina McDonald, a military rape survivor and strong supporter of Gillibrand s measure6, said in a statement,
I know first hand that this is a problem that the military has tried to sweep under the rug for too many years.
The actions taken by Chairman Levin today will only make it easier for the military to continue to look the other way and fail to address the epidemic of rape in the military in any meaningful way.
Gillibrand could have the chance to renew her measure this summer, when the defense bill goes to Senate for a final vote.
The House is expected to7 pass a defense bill of its own this week that includes increased punishments for sexual assault crimes and a provision to make it harder for commanders to overturn convictions8.
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- ^ announced on Tuesday (www.nytimes.com)
- ^ the military (www.nytimes.com)
- ^ Department of Defense released a report that showed (msmagazine.com)
- ^ gone up 34.7 percent (msmagazine.com)
- ^ saying (www.cbsnews.com)
- ^ strong supporter of Gillibrand s measure (petitions.moveon.org)
- ^ is expected to (www.nytimes.com)
- ^ overturn convictions (articles.washingtonpost.com)
- ^ Jeff Simms (www.flickr.com)
- ^ Creative Commons 2.0 (creativecommons.org)