You know those TV ads that run amid programs that cater to my generation, that show happy old people out in nature, doing things? With the voice over saying if you suffer from some particular thing (which necessarily implies you ain’t happy and out in nature) then ask your doctor for this particular pill we’re selling and it’ll fix you up… HOWEVER be aware that it may cause chills, and spills, and vomiting, and drowsiness or sleep apnea, and your nose may grow longer, one or the other of your ears may fall off and don’t take if you are ever considering having children, or stop taking it if you are thinking about suicide?
You know the ads, right?
There is almost always a down side to doctor-prescribed medicine that pharmaceutical companies must warn you about to be honest, and more to the point, to avoid law suits.
Well, if you check all the young men out doing random killing, like in theaters, or at Universities or in malls… you know what most (all?) have in common?
These people were all on doctor-prescribed anti-depressants at one time. And most were off their medicine when they turned into killers.
Check the record and you’ll see I’m right.
I think there ought to be some examination at what cool-it sedative pills these nut cases were given to determine which ones drive the nuts over the edge.
Rather than the President of the US getting up and saying you crazy white boys ought to be ashamed of yourself. He ought to have had the power to tell the pharmaceutical companies, or the AMA … work this problem.
Why haven’t the lawyers representing some of the families of the victims said, hey some of your dispensers in this One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest society of ours owe these families!!!
And this sort of brings up another subject. You know with all the Sheriffs and Police Chiefs we see so often explaining why Johnny shot 14 people in the mall… I got a question. Who puts that rank on their collar?
How come they have different numbers of stars, these law enforcers? Why does one have 4 stars, and he’s representing Podunk, Arkansas, and another representing Palm Beach, Florida has 2?
Where do they look for guidance on this? There ain’t no grand policeman in Homeland Security who decides, is there?
But listen, I’m on their side. I just don’t know. Like General Petraeus. He was a hell’va military man… though I think that time he fainted in front of congress should have indicated he wasn’t WDC gov’t timber. But I knew of Petraeus when he had the respect of everyone who came into contact with him… but I wondered why he had medals on his dress uniforms that went up his left chest to his epaulet? Why? He was in position to make up new medals and give out medals.
I never got close enough to him to see, but it could have been a row or two he just invented himself.
I always thought that his medal display was pretentious and unseemly.
You ever see pictures of Eisenhower or Marshall or Patton in uniform? Notice they got only two or three medals… or MacArthur didn’t wear medals at all. And he was the best military mind of my generation. And he did very medal-worthy things.
So, here’s the action required:
1) We hold the doctors who prescribe sedatives to our weak-minded youngster responsible if at some time in the future these wackos go postal and start shooting people and
2) You fine police chiefs set some standards for the stars you put on collar. And let us know what it means.
The Petraeus thing has taken care of itself.
Post mortem comment:
A good friend of mine went to law school at Wake Forest. I have no idea what he was doing up in the 3rd floor Wake campus library archives, but he was, and came across Napoleon’s autopsy, written in French.
He had passable French, but had to check a French dictionary on some of the words…
To find that Napoleon had a tiny, tiny penis. About 1 inch in length according to the autopsy report.
Gives new meaning to a Napoleon complex, doesn’t it? … though I don’t think it has any bearing on some peoples’ need for stars and medals on their uniforms.
I’m just saying.