I worked all night . . . and slept well into the day.
Upon rising after two in the afternoon, I listened to my iTunes Library of Classical, Jazz, and Movie Music while I did my work.
In the evening, which came on all too quickly, my interest was centered upon a strange little movie called about a damaged girl who has to come to terms with being raped as a young woman. Things in the Sunlight . . . something like that . . . . I'll have to look it up. Aside from Don Cheadle, I was unfamiliar with the players. The picture was much better than many we are splashed with.
I spent a good deal of time leaving a comment on a book review about the code Army wives must live under. Here it is:
"In recent years, in addition to the murders and attempted murders you [susidee34] point out, reports of rapes and attempted rapes are running at over 1,900 a year, suicides [or attempted suicides] almost daily. For anyone who knows the Military, one can see that they are unwilling to recognize or unable to deal with this growing, almost catastrophic problem. To the Brass, in private, although attitudes are changing, it's all part of "soldiering."
"A significant fact that I like to remember is that our past wars, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War (which spawned the 'lawless West' and 'the Indian wars'), the Spanish American War, World War I (and "the rise of Organized Crime"), World War II, and the Korean Emergency were all Wars and "wars" in which the troops were called up, or in some cases, handled by the standing military. They fought, returned, and with the revolutionary exception of "The GI Bill(s)," they were abandoned, dealt with their own problems silently, ignored, sent to work houses or . . . insane asylums.
"[A tax of a penny or two attached to the new Communications Act in the early 1900's was devoted to taking care of our returning servicemen from the Spanish American War, our first formal war of imperialistic acquisition in both Hemispheres. That tax was on your telephone bill until a few years ago (when it was turned into something else). We haven't even really begun to accommodate the physical, mental, and environmental wounds and costs of our now never ending "wars."]
"In the Vietnam War and "the wars" since, however, the troops have become involved in continuous, proudly "imperialistic wars." Our "happy face" consumer society has not been willing to deal fully with the results, any more than the Pentagon. The situation is beginning to destroy our nation from within, as we engage in our typical search for witches and scapegoats to explain our failures.
"My son and I have made a friend of a young Middle Border man, a veteran of Afhganistan, a splendid young fellow, polite and intelligent. He and his girlfriend sleep on grates when they can find no legitimate sources of income. According to him, he rounded on a civilian he suddenly came upon in his base outside of Kabul, and shot him. He was stripped of his rank, sent home, discharged. He couldn't find work, though obviously qualified and educable, lost his wife and children -- ended up on the Streets of San Francisco.
"There are tens of thousands of men and women like him who are scattered across the Nation. We largely call them "bums", and these are not the ones within the services, with careers, wives (husbands) and children, who are struggling with inner demons. We largely refuse to recognize that they exist.
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"It is an unprecedented problem in any modern "civilized" nation, and it's only going to get worse."
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SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE: Steve Carrell is starring in a film, soon to be released, entitled -- SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD. What could be more indicative?
Macresarf1 would write no more this day.
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