— America’s newest veterans are filing for disability benefits at a historic rate, claiming to be the most medically and mentally troubled generation of former troops the nation has ever seen.
A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are service-related. That is more than double the estimate of 21 percent who filed such claims after the Gulf War in the early 1990s, top government officials told The Associated Press.
What’s more, these new veterans are claiming eight to nine ailments on average, and the most recent ones over the last year are claiming 11 to 14. By comparison, Vietnam veterans are currently receiving compensation for fewer than four, on average, and those from World War II and Korea, just two.
It’s unclear how much worse off these new veterans are than their predecessors. Many factors are driving the dramatic increase in claims – the weak economy, more troops surviving wounds, and more awareness of problems such as concussions and PTSD. Almost one-third have been granted disability so far.
If you had the ability to walk on water, or, perform other magical acts that clearly defy the laws of nature would you perform such acts in front of other people? If your answer is yes, as Jesus’ answer seems to have been in this picture, I only have one more question. Did you really expect to get even one fucking moments peace from that moment on?
So, here we have two totally unrelated issues that are screwing with Mrs. N.’s head at this very moment. Or, are they unrelated? I will leave that decision to the reader.
#1. The unbelievable number of people I come in contact with, here in America’s Bible Belt, who aspire to nothing more than a life-long disability.
#2. How Jesus ever could have thought that his friends wouldn’t pester the crap out of him to perform magical stuff for them as a token of his friendship?
Both of these issues deal with human beings and, it seems to me, even a crude and rudimentary understanding of what it means to be human would lead one to conclude that, with regard to both issues above, there wasn’t much clear thinking going on. Not on the part of the American Military and certainly not on the part of Jesus.
#1. America has an ALL volunteer military! What that means is ONLY young people with absolutely nothing better to do than have people shoot at them and try to kill them in many different nasty ways are going to join up. These kids, on the whole, did rather poorly in school and had little hope of finding a job and supporting themselves in todays economy. Even more than that, these kids had only a poor hope of even finding their home country on a map of the world. They have little or nothing going for them and are ripe and ready to swallow the bullshit fed to them by military recruiters. Hero status is, after all, but a signature away for this generation of gullible rubes. It comes free with the uniform!
What, it appears, the geniuses down at the Pentagon didn’t count on is the fact that this generation of cannon fodder has never had to compete for anything. Trophies were awarded them for just showing up. Even spelling Bees were eliminated from their educational environment lest they be psychologically traumatized by their own poor performance. Disability, in one form or another, was their lot in life pre military service and should have been expected to loom large in the future of each and every recruit, in one form or another, with few exceptions. Somehow that appears not to have been the case. Go figure.
#2. This is truly baffling. How could Jesus have thought that he could do something like walking on water, or, turning tap water into wine and NOT totally ruin his life from that point on? Think about it. If you knew someone who could do those things would you EVER leave it be… leave them alone about it? Could you walk past a pond, or, even a decent sized puddle with Jesus and the rest of the boys without saying… “Jesus… show us, show us the walking on water thing… COME ON JESUS!… Ralph hasn’t seen you do it yet, have you Ralph?”
Who would kill a guy like that? Better yet, who would throw a party or celebration of any kind without making sure to invite Jesus so he could provide the refreshments? Jesus would have to show up, of course, because no to do so would be rude. Talk about being in demand!
And what are the chances that Roman, or, Jewish entrepreneurs, theatrical booking agents if you will, would fail to notice a guy, a hot property, like this? Was he signed to a multimillion shekel contract to play 10 sold out weeks at The Coliseum…? No. We are supposed to believe that all the talent was just ignored… disregarded like it was nothing. And nobody stood around yelling…. “Haven’t you seen what this guy can DO?”
We are supposed to believe that someone could walk on water and turn water into wine and everybody didn’t go crazy over it. Come on.
We are supposed to believe that a generation who never had to compete for a damn thing could fight a war and come home again in one piece. Come on.
When it comes to things like this Mrs. N. wonders why people just don’t use their heads.