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US Marine Cpl. Michelle Berglin (C) assigned to a Female Engagement Team (FET) patrols with Baker Company of the 1st battalion 7th Marines Regiment in Sangin on June 10, 2012.
Received an e-mail today from Congresswoman Ann Kuster's (D. NH-02) staff today regarding Senator Saxby Chambliss' (R. GA) remarks about sexual assault in the military:
Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss went too far when he said that sexual assaults in the military would be hard to control, blaming hormone levels of young men from ages 17-23.

If you are as outraged as we are, please stand up and join Congresswoman Annie Kuster in her online petition demanding that Congress prove they won't make excuses and will act to protect our servicemen and women.

Add your name if you agree. Demand Congress stand up for the victims of sexual assault in the military:

Read what he said for yourself.

 "The young folks that are coming into each of your services are anywhere from 17 to 22-23. Gee whiz -- the hormone level created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types of things to occur…" - Saxby Chambliss  

This is just wrong. Sexual assault is a violent crime, and a Department of Defense report showed there were over 25,000 cases of military sexual assault last year alone - yet fewer than 3,200 were reported. We have to take action, not make excuses that "boys will be boys."

Can you click here and add your name to Annie's petition?

He has to apologize and he has to apologize now.

Add your name:



You can sign Kuster's petition here:

Originally posted to pdc on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 10:30 AM PDT.

Also republished by Take New Hampshire Forward!, Military Community Members of Daily Kos, and Kos Georgia.

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  •  I think it's CHAMBLISS who is getting all (3+ / 0-)


    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 10:34:26 AM PDT

  •  Politicians trying to pad their email lists (0+ / 0-)

    by sharing their outrage at Republican idiocy are not advancing the credibility of politics.
    Chambiliss is a has-been. He's not seeking another term because he has probably milked the system for all he could get. Kuster's reputation is not enhanced by attacking a stupid old man.
    Muster is a disappointment. She's being run by consultants and propagandists just like the Republicans.
    Republicans elect token women. Sometimes they help elect token Democrats.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 10:52:25 AM PDT

    •  You do know she's a huge opponent of the Keystone (6+ / 0-)

      XL Pipeline and signed the Grayson-Takano letter opposing cuts to Social Security and Medicare.  How is she a disappointment again?  Plus I bet you any money if politicians like Kuster didn't express outrage over Chambliss' remarks, half the community would be yelling, "Why aren't the Democrats doing anything about this?!?!?!?!"  

      Funny Stuff at

      by poopdogcomedy on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 11:02:23 AM PDT

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      •  Being against things for which one has no (0+ / 0-)

        responsibility (that the President is stuck with approving pipelines is probably the result of long-ago Congressional decisions) and being against things that won't happen is easy, as is signing petitions. Whom is the legislative branch even petitioning?  Congress is supposed to be setting the policy agenda.

        If Kuster wanted to be different, she could have resisted the software program which makes it impossible for out-of-district citizens to communicate with her office. The Senate hasn't adopted it. Public officials soliciting support from all over the country, building email lists and the shutting out citizens who can't vote for them is despicable and I'm going to object every chance I get. The excuse that the tech staff for the House set up an exclusive communications system is just another one of the Congress' efforts to abjure responsibility for anything.

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 12:35:04 PM PDT

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    •  Those of us in GA (1+ / 0-)
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      are stuck with him until 2015.ANd what we'll get to replace him will likely be either Broun or Gingret--two "doctors" who oppose abortion and birth control and likely beleive that rape victims ask for it. I'd be thrilled to gety a moderate as my Senator--even a Moderate Republican New ENgland style would be a VAST improvement.

      The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

      by irishwitch on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 11:22:02 AM PDT

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      •  Conceding the Senate seat is not a good (0+ / 0-)

        way to make a change. If Democrats got their act together, they could fill the slot. Georgia is a socialist state. The people of Georgia just don't want to be dictated to by Washington. So, like many of the other southern states they send their dolts north.

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 12:20:48 PM PDT

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        •  You obviously don't live in the Deep South. (3+ / 0-)

          People here who are moderates can't win a primary. If they wanna have a chance, they run as independents. THAT is reality.

          The dolts elect other dolts who say "Jeeeeezus" loudly, hate birth control and abortion, and are white (unless it's a black area, in which case you may get a pretty good guy like John Lewis).  

          Many down here hate the idea of any laws at all--the ultimate libertarians. WHich leads to little or no zoning laws--they hate 'em.  Want to drive to you house by having to go through a run-down trailer park? That's life here.

          You can have all the theories you want about GA being a socialist state--though I agree they get more dollars than they pay in taxes--but the real problem is that it's the South which hates education, intelligence and planning.

          The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

          by irishwitch on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 12:26:33 PM PDT

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          •  Well, I've lived in Georgia, the state, (0+ / 0-)

            for twenty years now. That's three more than I lived in Florida. So, while I don't claim to be an expert, I do feel entitled to have an opinion of the South.

            We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

            by hannah on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 02:04:56 PM PDT

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        •  I am realistic. (2+ / 0-)
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          I also know the area.  You obviously don't.   People like me--liberal Dems--are a tiny minority.  Refusal to face facts doesn't make them any less facts. Sure we'll run someone. But the odds are agin 'em.

          The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

          by irishwitch on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 12:28:05 PM PDT

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        •  You do know we're talking about Georgia, the state (1+ / 0-)
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          not Georgia the country.  Don't know where you got this idea:

          Georgia is a socialist state.
          Also, the point is to shame Republicans like Chambliss for even pushing crack pot theories like the remark he made about hormones.  

          Funny Stuff at

          by poopdogcomedy on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 01:31:04 PM PDT

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  •  Typical of the Republican War on Women (or Sex) (2+ / 0-)
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  •  I heard him say this and screamed at the TV (6+ / 0-)

    Of course, it's Charmless and he's my Senator and he's an idiot with a "boys will be boys" attitude toward rape.  My husband joined the Navy at 19. He managed to control his hormones and never raped anyone.  Neither did the young men he supervised (he banned rape jokes in the shop he ran, as unprofessional).

    Saxby, we won't miss you when you're gone--because you're an appalling misogynist.  Rape is a CRIME, not a frat house prank.

    The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

    by irishwitch on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 11:18:34 AM PDT

  •  What a moron! (3+ / 0-)

    I have raised three sons, the youngest of whom is 18. The middle one is actually in the Army. Not once has any of my sons been accused of rape or sexual harrassment, and yet they all had the normal "raging hormones" that all young boys/men have. The main difference is my sons where raised to know that any kind of violence towards women would absolutely NOT be tolerated. The apathy of the military towards this problem is an absolute disgrace! But is it any wonder, when idiots like Chambliss just want to pat the "little hormones" on the head, and tell them bad boy.

  •  Chambliss would know nothing of the (3+ / 0-)
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    "hormones" of a 17-23 year old soldier (sailor, airman or Marine) since he got himself declared ineligible to serve because of a "bad knee" that now runs daily believe it or not.  

    He's a classic Chickenhawk, willing to send anyone but himself into the path of harm.  Apparently now his expertise in Matters Military includes what junior enlisted do when bored and horny.  

    Not that he was ever a junior enlisted man, Officer or anything else but a draft-dodging scumbag.  

    A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. -Carl Sagan

    by jo fish on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 12:45:32 PM PDT

  •  The esteemed senator from Georgia (1+ / 0-)
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    perhaps speaks from fond personal recollection of those long distant days of his youth (presumably he did not spring hormonally deficient from age 12 to his present age).  How many rapes did Senator Chambliss commit before his hormone induced (and therefore excusable) frenzies subsided?  If none, perhaps he could enlighten the armed services as to just how he managed to avoid raping women or men so that they could add that to their basic training. Oops, better add that to the advanced training and War College as well.  Even four star generals have been known to let their hormones get away from them.

    "The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe it." Neil deGrasse Tyson

    by pvasileff on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 04:05:12 PM PDT

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