There was a very interesting article in the New York TIMES this morning on a subject that isn’t news anymore.
…”LAST year, more active-duty soldiers committed suicide than died in battle. This fact has been reported so often that it has almost lost its jolting force. Almost.”…
It’s six o’clock on sunday morning here on the eastern side of the Blue Ridge Mountains and I’m watering my orchids as I always do, come sunday morning. The sun isn’t up yet, but the birds are singing. My orchid room faces east and off in that direction, sharp as a scythe, sits a thin crescent moon. The cherry trees out there in the dark are lit to bloom like the main fuse on the biggest mat of firecrackers you ever seen. Today, april 7th, will be the big day. That’s what I figure the birds are singing about. I’m singing about something else I read in that TIMES article…
…”Tricare Management Activity, the division of the Department of Defense that manages health care services for the military, shows that there has been a giant, 682 percent increase in the number of psychoactive drugs — antipsychotics, sedatives, stimulants and mood stabilizers — prescribed to our troops between 2005 and 2011. That’s right. A nearly 700 percent increase — despite a steady reduction in combat troop levels since 2008…”
Nice kids I’ve watched grow up out here in the proverbial sticks sign up for the military in high school. Boredom, lack of imagination, scarcity of employment… for those who grew up in a culture where suspicion of science and disdain for liberal elitism go hand in hand with not caring much for school, it’s a ticket out of town. It’s a free pass into the meat grinder disguised as the Big Top. Some kind of traveling circus of heroism and high adventure. They come back, if they come back at all, broken in body and fucked up in the head.
…”The data suggest that military doctors may prescribe psychoactive drugs for off-label use as sedatives, possibly so as to enable soldiers to function better in stressful combat situations. Capt. Michael Colston, a psychiatrist and program director for mental health policy in the Department of Defense, confirmed this possibility.”…
No shit? Lets see… they are drugging the crap out of these naive kids and playing with them as if they were pieces in a board game. “Another day of target practice boys & girls…up, and at-um!” Then, when and if they come home, Law Enforcement, the only growth industry around here, can put them in jail for smoking a joint out back of the Wal-mart, which happens to be the only place hiring, part time of course.
I never stop finding it interesting to note how much people like to take advice from famous military characters. You know the characters I’m talking about. Shined shoes and a chest that’s so covered with ribbons, buttons, pins, stars and lanyards that it would make an Eagle Scout think that’s what heaven must be like. “Leaders of Men” who can’t manage to stop acting like having the power to piss away enormous fortunes and the lives of what are, essentially, children, somehow, endows them with wisdom. It doesn’t and that’s clear. Keeping their pants on when their wives ain’t looking, long enough to fill their pockets with perks seems to be the biggest battle they ever face, on purpose anyway. My favorite is John McCain. He’s my hero because he thought dropping giant bombs on women and children, who never did a damn thing to harm him, from way up high in the sky where nobody could see him was what he was born to do. My Hero…..
Then there is this douche bag. Just look at him. Has his own private jet, billions of dollars worth of cool equipment to fuck around with, the lives of tens of thousands of kids to play with as if they were little plastic army men… break-um and throw them away.. and what does he do? He gets caught by his old lady storming the WRONG beach…. AGAIN. Turns out he has the morals of a tomcat and the brains of an adolescent all hopped up on puberty. Just look at him! All dressed up like the dogs dinner. Him and the rest of the military ass holes who have played their part in bankrupting the most powerful nation in the history of the world. Fucked up ANOTHER generation of kids! Killed another million people who asked nothing more than the opportunity to live out their miserable lives in peace. They was foreigners don’t ya know?
But, the owners of America are smiling boys and girls. The Stock Market is booming, taxes are low and the peasants are running around with their heads cut off over gay marriage, Obama’s plan to confiscate all the firearms and what ever today’s flavor of terror happens to be. The rich will get richer, the poor will get poorer and the young will get really fucked over. As the lyrics to the song say… “I was born in the land of plenty, now there ain’t enough.”…
There isn’t much I can do about all this nonsense. I can lay low. I can comment now and again. I can rage against the embarrassment of it all. I can point out that a creature with the astounding ability to understand that it is made up of chemicals that, somehow, came to realize that they ARE chemicals… realizing that they are chemicals…. OYE!
Well, it all just seems to magnificent to just mindlessly fuck up like this. Far to beautiful to permit people to piss on like they do.
The sun is fully up. I’m going out to play in the garden and watch the cherry trees explode. What did you expect?