Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Song for Jody

"Ain't no use in going back
Jody's got your Cadillac

Ain't no use in calling home
Jody's got your girl and gone

Ain't no use in feeling blue
Jody's got your sister too

Took away my faded jeans
Now I'm wearing Army greens"

- "work songs" some troops in Iraq sing while doing PT (physical training).

This is the kind of stuff that makes my blood boil...

'Jody' - Blogging Baghdad, the Untold Story

So yesterday, due to a project going on longer than I expected, I missed my 4:20 bus I normally catch from my office here in Downtown Honolulu back to my home in the middle of the I caught a ride with a female co-worker and her daughter, who works in the same building as we do and live in the same town I do.

My co-worker is in her 50's and her daughter is 22. While riding home, daughter recieves a call on her cell phone and proceeds to talk to a friend of hers that is apparently in the middle of a divorce.

Come to find out after the call was over, daughter's friend married a soldier last year, and he got deployed to Iraq. While the poor guy is over in the sand box putting his ass on the line for the country, Mrs. Newlywed almost immediately began to go out night clubbing and banging a whole succession of "Jodies." My co-worker's daughter tells me how they went out and had a good old time partying it up - but when the soldier came back for his first R&R, he found out about her cheating ways and pretty much demanded a divorce almost immediately.

So he got a lawyer and served her papers right before heading back to Iraq to finish his current tour of duty...and Mrs. DirtyHo is already going back to the clubs with my co-worker's daughter and their peer group, getting men to buy them drinks, dressing like sluts, and looking for the next "Jody."

Her whole attitude while talking to her friend on the phone and the way she told me the story was basically from the whole "it's always the man's fault" perspective and that she was happy that her friend was going to finally be "free."

When I told my co-worker's daughter that I hoped her friend did not get one red cent of her Husband's benefits and pay because I thought that was pretty crappy of her to be cheating on her husband while he might actually come home in a box bleeding and dying for our Country, she didn't know what to say. After a few moments of silence, they changed the subject of conversation.

This conversation bothered me. I've been thinking about this all last night and today as well - so when I got into work today, I googled "Deployed Iraq soldiers cheating wives" and found the MSNBC report.

Too bad the military won't do something to help protect our soldiers from being screwed over while they are deployed...perhaps a law where a spouse cheating on a deployed soldier would lose all benefits, and forego any claims on alimony and marital property?

That would be too much to expect from our present day, feminized military administration and the zeitgeist of no-fault divorce in todays disgusting Matriarchy.


Anonymous said...

We also sang about Jodie in the 60's during the war in VN. He got your apartment; bought the car you sold when you were drafted; slept with your girl friend; got your job; etc.

When our time was up, we used to joke that we heard Jodie had been drafted, so we were going back to get our car back; our apartment; our job; and some of the coarser guys said they not only were going to tap into Jodie's girl friend, but also his mom, his sister, and perhaps his dog.

anonymous age 64

Keoni Galt said...

Wow...I didn't realize that goes back to the 'Nam era, the MSNBC article makes it seem like it's a term created for the current war - wonder how far back the term goes in armed service tradition? WWII?

My guess would be the problem of deployed soldiers wives acting like whores didn't become too common until the 60's - when the social stigma of being a slut began to lose it's influence.

I'll have to ask my Grandfather (WWII vet) if they had the term Jody back then or not.