Ramblings from the Desert

The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either. ~Benjamin Franklin

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Author of the urban fantasy novel, The Music of Chaos, and the paranormal romance, The Canvas Thief.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Shields Smacks Cruise

Well, we wish. Verbal smackage, anyway.

Postpartum depression is real and Cruise's attack on Brooke Shields demonstrates the extent of his Chernobyl size mid-life meltdown.

But the sad thing is, to some extent, he's right.

But America has become a nation of pill poppers. No one can stand the tiniest discomfort. And psychiatry comes up with a new reason for otherwise ordinary personality querks every day. No one is just shy, mean or stupid. No, instead they have a "personality disorder." It sounds so much better, doesn't it? No personal resposibility required. No need to actually pull head from anal orifice and get yo shit together. Nope. Pop a pill. And you too can be running on the beach and doing all the nifty things shown in the drug adverts on t.v.

Antidepressents aren't candy.

There's a lot to be said for how a message is delivered. Tom Cruise's wild-eyed pronouncements and callous indictments of Shield's handling of her crisis doesn't do anyone any good.

Perhaps, We Just Need More Sex
It does a body good.

Hey. I Know This Guy...
Or a variation thereof

My version owns two SUVs. One for him and one for the little woman. His ongoing project: to purge his home in the country of all that nasty "country." Step one, put in a large lawn.

Never mind that we live in the desert and that water is a precious resource not to be wasted on expansive stretches of grass. He's decided his kids need a stadium-sized plot of grass to play on. At the expense of his grandchildrens' water supply.

Fortunately, he's clueless, and his efforts have been in vain. See, he's decided to start the lawn from seed. In the middle of summer--100 degree temps and whatnot. This means he or the little woman, periodically water their grass-in-waiting in the middle of the day, when it's the hottest. Then they forget for a few days. They also didn't bother to install a real sprinkler system, so they trek all over their future lawn, grinding any seedlings to mush.

Anyway, the article has some great suggestions regarding how you can effectively support our men and women in uniform.

P. Kirby


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