Full…Metal…Jacket….Joker….”Lock and Load”
written by Emery Myers
Peace and a machine-gun! That is American…the “duality of man” as Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 Movie “Full Metal Jacket” implies, rather napalm-like! In your face and real, the first segment is unbelievably realistic to any of us old time Marine Corps Veterans! Stanley Kubrick NAILED IT in the boot camp portion!
The movie is about a pragmatic U.S. Marine that observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal Marine Corps Boot Camp Training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.
This movie is a two-segmented look at the effect of the military mindset and war itself on Vietnam-Era-MARINES.
Vincent Philip D’Onofrio (born June 30, 1959) is an American actor, director, film producer, writer, and singer. An accomplished character actor, he has been referred to as “The Human Chameleon” and is often referred to as an actor’s actor. He is known for his roles as Private Leonard Lawrence (“Gomer Pyle“) in the war film Full Metal Jacket, “Edgar” in Men in Black and Detective Robert Goren in the crime TV series Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Article from HeRe.
Ronald Lee Ermey (born March 24, 1944) is an American actor, best known for his role as the austere Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He is a retired U.S. Marine and an honorary Gunnery Sergeant; during his tenure in the U.S. Marine Corps, he served as a drill instructor. This is why Full Metal Jacket is so historically correct on the Boot Camp segment…because that IS what Marine Boot Camp is really like!
Ermey has often been typecast for the roles of authority figures, such as Mayor Tilman in the film Mississippi Burning, Bill Bowerman in Prefontaine,Sheriff Hoyt in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, Jimmy Lee Farnsworth in Fletch Lives, Police Captain in Seven, plastic army men leaderSarge in the Toy Story films, and the Warden in SpongeBob SquarePants.
He has hosted two programs on the History Channel: Mail Call, in which he answered viewers’ questions about various militaria both modern and historic; and Lock N’ Load with R. Lee Ermey, which focused on the development of different types of weapons. More info on R. Lee Ermey HeRe!
Screech….”Get the F#ck on my beloved Marine Corps Footsteps maggots!” Soon after fresh recruits here this phrase, in the middle of the night, recruits get their first Marine Corps Haircut! If you have any moles, they take them right off for ya! Ouch! I enjoyed watching the idiots with “mullets” and “rat-tails” the most, hey, what can I say, it was the early 1990s! Some of them actually cried! They learned quick not to cry after that!
Joker almost met his maker before he even went to Vietnam! Marine Corps Boot Camp lasts 3.5 months. The longest Boot Camp of all services. The Army is 2 months.
After Marines got out of Boot Camp, during my time, we went to another 4+ weeks of Marine Combat Training. Every Marine is a basic rifleman first! The Marine Corps is the smallest, most elite fighting force in the world! That’s why Marines have always been despised by the Army. Basic Rifleman Marines are more elite than the Army Airbourne and all other Army special forces. This is simple fact.
The Marine Corps is the only branch in the United States that CAN be sent to battle WITHOUT AN ACT OF CONGRESS! That’s because Marines are all Killers. That is what Marines do. This is why you don’t see fat Marines. If you drive onto any Army base, you will see fat Army personel. Marines are held to much higher standards, in every facet of the Marines training and lives! Discipline is the key to any Marine and every Marine has Discipline. Individuals that aren’t disciplined, are not allowed in our beloved Corps!
Long Live the Marines! Semper Fidelis Brothers!
I remember the day to the minute! It was 11:22AM in the morning. I was getting ready to go into a patient’s house to take care of them as a Registered Nurse practicing Home Health. I was a RN case manager and one of my duties was educating patients on diabetes. Boy was I in for the best education in my life!
My wife called at precisely 11:22 and said, the doctor just called and your fasting blood sugar is 301. She then stated “your diabetic honey”! I was numb…No way! Even though I had every single symptom…the worst being the unquenchable thirst. I would dream of waterfalls and wake up every 15 minutes to drink. I remember my urine foamed very badly and smelled strongly of acetone. Deep down, I knew what this meant, but hey, I am a Marine, a bodybuilder, a registered nurse, a MAN! This couldn’t be happening to me! To make matters worse, she told me my Hemoglobin A1C was 13.9! This is a measurement of your blood sugar levels over the past 90 – 120 days. This averaged out to about a blood sugar of 450+ every day for the past 120 DAYS! No wonder I had been feeling so sick. I had constant nausea, weight loss, dry mouth constantly, unquenchable thirst, I was peeing ALL the time and had lost over 70 pounds in 2 months.
As you can see from the chart, my A1C was more than double what it should be and so was my fasting blood sugar. My eyes were blurry, I felt weak, I felt like I was dying.
I remember not having to wear my glasses anymore and anyone that knows me, knows I can’t survive in this world without my glasses. My eyes had actually improved because of all the edema or water retention in my eyes! I couldn’t wear my glasses at that time. I was still in denial! I still am some days!
I thought I was recovering from whooping-cough, that I had caught in my last weeks at a great job, which caused me to lose said job, even though I had 2 doctors notes and my clothes were hanging off my frame. Losing a great job as a Director of Nursing at the top nursing home in my state was a huge blow to my ego, to my family. I lost the job because I had Diabetes, the lab tests confirmed Diabetes in my last 3 months at that job. Later, I realized the fight Diabetics have in the workplace. So many people don’t understand the disease.
Getting back to my testimony, I had lost that great job as director of nursing due to whooping-cough followed by influenza A. The reason for these illnesses? Diabetes! My immune system was so beaten down, but the Marine in me kept going! I had a job the same day I left the other! I thought, “it’s just a cold”. Boy, was I wrong!
I had all of these symptoms and not just slightly, but full-blown. My wife, a RN and soon-to-be Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, formerly known as Nurse Practitioner, said, “that’s it, were going to the emergency room”!
I was immediately admitted with new onset of diabetes and the physicians said it was probably type 1. I had elevated cardiac enzymes, indicating heart damage from the diabetic ketoacidosis. I had some slight chest pain the day before. I thought, I’m a healthy 41-year-old! This can’t be happening but then, it happened. A swarm of doctors and nurses came in and started hooking me up to IVs, pushing IV medications and talking very quickly. This was surreal for me as I used to work in the same emergency department! I was admitted and went through a ton of tests. My heart was okay, but coming down from that high blood sugar was hell!
I had the worst stomach cramps! The physician caring for me said it was worse than Heroin withdrawal. He also said he bet I was type 1 diabetic due to my high A1C and the fact I was in Diabetic Ketoacidosis instead of the syndrome Type II diabetics usually encounter. Usually, type II diabetics will gain weight, not lose 35 pounds per month for several months! Some days I would lose 5 pounds!
I have lost 2 jobs this year due to diabetes. Despite what the government and state governments may think, there is wide-spread discrimination against Diabetics. We need special accommodations at times. We may act bizarre or get confused when our blood sugar drops or goes high…more typically when we get hypoglycemic.
I started blogging 2 months ago and this seems to be something that allows me to manage my diabetes better and reduce my stress.
I am doing good now with my diabetic control. My last A1C was 5.8 and my last fasting blood sugar was 101. This isn’t everyday. It’s a struggle with the pills and shots, diet, pain, complications, anxiety, etc.
There is hope! This is just a short clip of what my life has been like for the past year. There have been so many changes, scares, joys and accomplishments. We can live long lives with Diabetes. The key is screening! Ask your doctor to screen you at least yearly. Call him if you have any of the above side effects! Stay well!
I want to personally thank McKenzie Myers for making sure I got the care I needed and forcing me to go to the emergency room. Without her, I would not be writing this testimony!
Written by Emery Myers RN-DON-CLTC
I ask a simple question. Where is my religion gene? I am worried I was born genetically absent of said gene… I have tried and tried…but trust me, I can’t harness that religious energy. Honestly, the talking in tongues and the old hymns sang, just bore me and freak me out. The very first time I observed a person speaking in tongues, was a bit insane, to say the least. The person spoke in gibberish and looked like they needed to get on some psych medication STAT! Nobody in the room translated the “language” and I think that is because the packed congregation realized this was insane!
According to this video, Jesus will put the Holy Spirit in you if you are a willing participant? I lost track after all the “Praise Jesus”, “Jesus”, “God” and “Holy Spirit” words were used, every other word! Even if I didn’t believe in modern science, this is just a huge turn off for me. It seems anyone with common sense would see right through this. It is so obviously the inspired word of man, to help establish some sort of primitive order, in an ancient time!
Apparently, I have been told by a Pastor, that the devil “already has me” so I won’t be possessed. There is an obscure answer for everything. I don’t believe in ghosts and have never seen one. I believe in morals and feel that the morals I have, I have developed without a God in my life. I know better than to commit unethical and immoral acts, completely without God. I am at peace. I know my living body will be returned to the Earth, when it is time and that will be it. My body will nourish the biological elements of the planet and the circle of life will continue. I suppose, I am a Darwinian…a Christopher Hitchens or Richard Dawkins type of man. I don’t even try to state I am a scholar like Mr. Dawkins, but I certainly understand and agree with what he says.
So, am I destined to burn in hell?
I feel at times, something may be wrong with me because…because I don’t feel ANY religious tingle in my body or heart or where-ever the religious tickle should reside! I feel all other emotions and consider myself a very loving father, husband, grandfather and human. I feel as though my practice as a registered nurse ALWAYs included empathy and caring for every patient I took care of…all devoid of the religious “gene”.
I tried…I really did! I went to church as a kid, thousands of times. Lutheran Church, usually twice on Sunday, Wednesday evenings and every other day it seemed! The only thing I really remember from all those years are two things: 1. Getting the crap smacked out of me by an angry mother, due to my boredom and “fidgeting”.
2. a beautiful girl in my bible study class. I never said a word to her, but damn, I dreamt of her! Oh, and I know this makes 3, but I remember being very creeped out by the Church, especially when it was dark, and being SO bored 98% of the time…the other 2% of the time I was in the can, scratching artwork on the beige bathroom stall wall, working around the dorky “men’s meetings” posters hanging askew and everywhere in the stall, almost like the most inappropriate wallpaper you could imagine! The Men’s Meeting posters placed perfectly at eye level so you could read every word of them while pinching a loaf!
I remember feeling very insulted by the stories of the bible (kids version). I remember the story of Jonah, and even then, I called bullshit! Everyone knows this is impossible…right? The dude survives in a whale for 3 days, with a campfire on the huge, aquatic mammal’s tongue? For three days? Really? When I asked the bible school teacher, she told me it was a “miracle” and that I just “have to have faith”! She pointed to the picture of Jonah, in a huge fish’s mouth, with a fire burning and explained he was in the mouth for 3 days with the help of God. I still could not comprehend the absurdity and I was around 5 or 6! I think it was at that point, I truly understood some people have this religious gene, and it may help them in their lives. I find it is when these same people PUSH their ideals on others, that is when it moves to offensive. So many people mindlessly say “I will pray for you”. Do they? Some probably do and if it makes them all “feel” better, then go for it.
If I only had a nickel for every time I’ve heard “you just have to believe…you have to HAVE faith!” That is one of the biggest “scientific” reasons christians and religionaires give when they don’t know the answer (99% of the time). Test out my theory, ask a Christian why Abraham was going to murder his son for God? Does that even sound like something God would bother with? Isn’t God above that? Isn’t God all-knowing? Then he would have already known Abraham would sacrifice his only son. God could have avoided all that trouble and saved a lot of time with his busy schedule…but guess what? God doesn’t exist! This is proof positive that man wrote this story and wrote it poorly in my opinion! They could have at least gotten a little Shakespearean with it!
The scientific fact has been in for some time. Evolution is widely accepted by the scientific community and the Earth is NOT 5000 years old! It is 4.5 Billion years old, approaching middle age in comparison to our universe.
Most European countries have more atheist/agnostic people than religious people…not the United States. The religious…the Christians far outnumber the atheists and agnostics. The two most extreme religions, Muslim and Christian… They are always at war!
Religion has been responsible for so many evils in the world, yet atheists are seen as “evil”. How many cult deaths can be attributed to atheism? How many dictators killing their own people can be attributed to atheism? How many “god told me to kill him” can we attribute to atheism? The answer is zero on all. I think we all know the destructive force of religion in our world. We are at war right now in the middle east because of religion. George Bush started the war and as we all know… George Bush is one shit kickin, Texan, stud rancher and deVout Christian! George Bush was a 2 term president…proof that America loves mouth breathers and meat eaters!
A man known through time as one of the GREATEST MINDS of all time. A man, in flesh and blood…no magic…no stories written decades and centuries after he died. I think this quote from Mr. Einstein is probably one of his simpler thoughts on paper, but so eloquent and to the point…almost like a genius wrote it!
It all comes back to faith again. Why the word faith. First, lets define faith.
1. Faith is a strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.
Ok, that is the textbook definition of Faith. The definition clearly states that Faith is based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof. Lets study this a little further.
2. Apprehension means anxiety or fear that something bad or unpleasant will happen.
So, to sum up the definition of religion to me, a simpleton, I would deduce that religion is based on fear with no proof. FEAR – Future Events Appearing Real – FEAR!
Speaking of FEAR…what about Hell? God is a jealous God and will have no other Gods before him. As Bill Maher pointed out, this seems really kind of petty for such an advanced entity responsible for the universe…everything and nothing!
I have a hard time believing in any God that would create the universe, including angels and yet have a nemesis, that he is destined to beat, but we need to suffer until he comes back? This also sounds man-made and written, which it was. It was like a gathering of Stan Lee types, writing a good comic book complete with Hero and Villain! Jesus did NOT write the bible. He was a good man, but he was a man. His mom was not a virgin. There are many “immaculate conception births” every year in the world! It’s called LYING! Mary pulled off one of the best lies ever if indeed, she existed as the bible states.
I believe Jesus felt the same way as Benjamin Franklin. I don’t think Jesus would have ever picked the Vatican to preach his word. He preached to the poor, sick and weak in the worst areas, the gutters, the slums if you will. He spoke of love often and generally spoke words of peace and caring. Empathy for others. I believe that he was a good man, but I do believe he was a man who died. I do not believe in corpses coming back to life. I do believe that sometimes in science, people are thought to be dead and do come back because they weren’t really completely dead.
Science can explain the physiological processes. It is understandable and tangible. It is proof without fear because science also finds solutions, through innovation, advances in human technology. Can you imagine if people from just 200 years ago were transported to 2014? How amazed they would be? How afraid, excited and apprehensive they would feel? Some of us may even seem like deities to our ancestors! Christopher Hitchens stated something like “Before Chemistry, there was Alchemy, and before Science, there was religion. This seem perfectly logical to me. Once again, maybe my God gene is not “turned on”. Maybe it is not receiving the proper neurotransmitter or maybe, God is not a gene, but a way for human beings to deal with unanswered questions by stating, “you just have to have faith”
Honestly, the Christian God is VERY Violent towards life. He seems as though he is an angry god! The Old Testament is filled with death punishments, stoning, torture, adultery… I know, I know, I just have to HAVE FAITH!
By Emery Myers