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Stand-Up Comic vs. Air Force Colonel: Who’s the Real Joker?

Doesn't the United States Air Force have bigger threats to target than Mitch Fatel?

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Kathy Shaidle

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August 22, 2013 - 12:30 pm
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The latest stand-up comedy “controversy” is one you probably haven’t heard about yet, unless you’re serving in the United States Air Force.

Earlier this month, veteran comic Mitch Fatel performed for the troops at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, England.

One audience member — Colonel Mark K. Ciero, 48th Fighter Wing vice commander — didn’t care for Fatel’s raunchy jokes.

According to Stars & Stripes, Ciero’s report on the show up at the Lakenheath website has “prompted Air Force officials to review procedures regarding entertainment provided to troops.”

The performance comes at a time when the U.S. military is reeling from a number of sex assault scandals that have prompted top military and civilian leadership to stress a zero-tolerance policy toward such incidents.

Indeed, although it’s tempting to wonder whether or not the sudden “increase” in sexual assaults is simply a rise in the number of reports filed, due perhaps to changes in the definition of “sexual assault” or any number of other factors.

Given recent history, we’re well advised to proceed with caution when dealing with such alleged sexual “epidemics.”

They often turn out to be fanciful “moral panics” that cause even greater harm to innocent individuals and to society as a whole.

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If such programs are truly necessary, then there is something wrong with the United States Armed Forces.

This is true. The current leadership of all the armed forces is held by candy-ass yes men who care only about their careers and salary, and not their real duty to or fighting ability and welfare of their troops. Even the Marine Corps is falling over the cliff; I sure feel sorry for all our fighting men, who are being abandoned by their sickening, cowardly general officer corps.
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The fact that General Casey and all the senior ranks at Fort Hood have not been Court Martialled is proof enough that the Armed Forces are seriously in trouble. Perhaps they should all follow Private Manning and start wearing dresses.
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There have been many problems involving sexual attacks in the military. A small number of DIShonorables make all look bad. Here's the Bad news and it's been going on for years from Pentagon pukes on down.http://www.militarycorruption.com/
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I add that Fatel’s flaky onstage persona is pretty obviously a character, and not “himself."

Have to disagree with you here, Kathy. Fatel's "character" was created by Fatel. And could take on any persona that he wishes. Therefore he is more of an "alter-ego", revealing the comedian’s sensibilities, than a mere "character".
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Which means the higher levels, or generals & admirals,are blithering idiots then, rj.
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Just assuming this is a reply to rjhfl. There are some good people at the higher levels. Unfortunately, most officers above the grade of O6, with few exceptions, are merely politicians in uniform...that's how they got there...I would not say that they are all blithering idiots, but under the current administration, they are typical, PC, "team players". If they were civilians, they would be in politics. As I mentioned, the military has its share of fools and mediocre individuals. The good news is that at the top, they can be replaced by good people with the proper civilian leadership...and they will be.
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Your average US military officer doesn't know enough about being a soldier than a pimple on a good private's arse. In 5 yrs., the French could probably kick our butts!
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Please do not denigrate our military based on the actions of a few boneheads. As a military retiree who has also worked in the civilian world, I can say that the percentage of men and women in the military of good character, judgement, and honor is immensely greater than that of the civilian world. That being said, the military has its share of fools at all levels. In addition, for the most part, the higher levels of the military ranks generally reflect the views of the political administration due to the nature of the beast.
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Didn't know Mitch Fatel was even still around! I remember him from tha DR. Katz show, it never even occured to me to You Tube the guy! thnx!
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If such programs are truly necessary, then there is something wrong with the United States Armed Forces.

This is true. The current leadership of all the armed forces is held by candy-ass yes men who care only about their careers and salary, and not their real duty to or fighting ability and welfare of their troops. Even the Marine Corps is falling over the cliff; I sure feel sorry for all our fighting men, who are being abandoned by their sickening, cowardly general officer corps.
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Frankly Kathy, the US air force has been a joke for most of its six plus decades. If you disbelieve me, read the recent bio of John Boyd or Robin Olds memoir.
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Ask an Iraqi tank commander how funny the joke was.
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The fact that General Casey and all the senior ranks at Fort Hood have not been Court Martialled is proof enough that the Armed Forces are seriously in trouble. Perhaps they should all follow Private Manning and start wearing dresses.
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