A Smart Military Blog Christmas

The HQ wishes a merry Christmas to all the members of our armed services and their families today, and especially to those who can't celebrate together because of a deployment.

God bless you all.

And here are some helpful links for anyone who wants to recycle any cash Christmas gifts they may have received:

Fisher House

Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

Toys for Tots

Posted by: Andy at 10:16 AM



Comments

1 Merry Christmas!!!!

Posted by: phoenixgirl, Merry Christmas at December 25, 2012 10:18 AM (GVxQo)

2 Thanks Andy. Missing my 19 year old stationed in Korea today.

Posted by: small town girl at December 25, 2012 10:19 AM (i5xnd)

3 Look how RED those things are in that bleak son-of-a-bitchin' environment.

Posted by: ceraphym at December 25, 2012 10:22 AM (GkxTC)

4 I love those goofy photos.

And the story of the Fishers is amazing. Talk about giving back!


Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at December 25, 2012 10:25 AM (GsoHv)

5 I spent several Christmases overseas and you just don't know how much service members appreciate those Christmas wishes from home or a box of goodies. So if you have someone over there please do send them same.


Posted by: Vic at December 25, 2012 10:27 AM (53z96)

6 It was all I could do to avoid using the phrase "third-world shithole" in the body of the post.

Talked to 2LT Andy's Brother yesterday. He's stateside (for now) and he called to let me know the copy of The Outpost I had signed by Tapper and sent to him had arrived. Made it just in time.

Posted by: Andy at December 25, 2012 10:29 AM (OZPoa)

7 I always volunteered for OOD duty on Christmas. That let all the family guys to stay home, and the entire world shuts down on Christmas.

Posted by: Invictus at December 25, 2012 10:29 AM (OQpzc)

8 I spent several Christmases overseas and you just don't know how much service members appreciate those Christmas wishes from home or a box of goodies. So if you have someone over there please do send them same.


Posted by: Vic at December 25, 2012 10:27 AM (53z96)


Ditto, my mom would make these gigantic boxes of treats. I had many friends pining for a taste of home.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Wonders what Dagny thinks at December 25, 2012 10:30 AM (3Y7RV)

9 It was all I could do to avoid using the phrase "third-world shithole" in the body of the post.
....

Posted by: Andy at December 25, 2012 10:29 AM

The buzzword for that is "Detroit"
Everyone will know what you mean.

Posted by: Beto at December 25, 2012 10:31 AM (BAnPT)

10 I always volunteered for OOD duty on Christmas. That let all the family guys to stay home, and the entire world shuts down on Christmas.
Posted by: Invictus at December 25, 2012 10:29 AM (OQpzc)

Yep, I did the same thing. After my watch some older guy with a family would always invite me to spend Christmas with his family.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Wonders what Dagny thinks at December 25, 2012 10:32 AM (3Y7RV)

11 3rd world shithole. That sounds like me talking.

Posted by: Butters at December 25, 2012 10:32 AM (NIZHJ)

12 I can never listen to the song "I'll Be Home For Christmas" without thinking about all the GI's, and then crying.

G-d bless you all. Please be safe and have a Merry Christmas.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 25, 2012 10:34 AM (XkWWK)

13 You know I sometimes forget that this blog can be viewed world wide. I hope our soldiers around the world know that there in no friendlier blog to the Military than this one.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Wonders what Dagny thinks at December 25, 2012 10:36 AM (3Y7RV)

14 >>Posted by: small town girl at December 25, 2012 10:19 AM (i5xnd)

Word to your boy...and the rest of the men and women in the military.


Posted by: Albie Damned at December 25, 2012 10:38 AM (Yhu4q)

15 Merry Christmas to all our 'rons and 'ettes, esp. those wearing the uniform. Thank you for your service and dedication to the country.

Posted by: RushBabe at December 25, 2012 10:40 AM (oknl8)

16 Thanks, y'all. Merry Christmas from Baghdad.

Posted by: Chap at December 25, 2012 10:42 AM (0q+4n)

17 God bless us, every one. Especially those serving at the pointy end of the sword.

Posted by: antisocialist at December 25, 2012 10:43 AM (Ahxbg)

18 Merry Christmas to the Horde!!

Posted by: Darth Chipmunk at December 25, 2012 10:44 AM (cRIVA)

19 >> And the story of the Fishers is amazing. Talk about giving back!

No doubt. I had completely forgotten that they were also responsible for the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

The Fisher House is my default charity.

Posted by: Andy at December 25, 2012 10:44 AM (OZPoa)

20 I love those guys.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at December 25, 2012 10:44 AM (pJ9S7)

21 I remember having the duty on major holidays . No big deal , when in the service , someone is always keeping watch . The mess cooks also really go all out for the holidays . God Bless them especially . They rarely get any credit and just like everyone else they'd love to be home with family . I'd argue that they are as important to morale as chaplains , maybe more so .



Posted by: awkward davies at December 25, 2012 10:47 AM (USjX1)

22 Posted by: awkward davies at December 25, 2012 10:47 AM (USjX1)

Agreed

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Wonders what Dagny thinks at December 25, 2012 10:48 AM (3Y7RV)

23 Christmas in a war zone. They probably have more appreciation for this day than a vast number of people here in the US. That was my experience anyway.

God, keep them in your arms.

Posted by: Soona at December 25, 2012 10:54 AM (CT/96)

24 Oh a good group for SA package questions. I was wondering if laundry supplies would be useful or do they get laundry service on a FOB? In addition to not being much of a baker I always worry about spoilage with sending treats except fudge, which is also fail proof when I just use the choc chips and sweetened canned milk recipe. Any other treats that are really travel hardy and easy to make? I end up sending a lot of fruit snaks, chips, etc -- figure junk food from home is still a bit of home and nostalgia.

Thanks in advance, ducking out to feed the horses.

Posted by: Palerider at December 25, 2012 11:00 AM (5CusZ)

25 Merry Christmas, Chap, and your fellows over there.

Posted by: rickl at December 25, 2012 11:02 AM (sdi6R)

26 My mother used to send me rum balls and they came through fine. However, for troops in the ME those may not be appropriate.

Posted by: Vic at December 25, 2012 11:03 AM (53z96)

27 Somebody just posted this at Ticker Forum:

http://blacklions.us/xmas.html

Posted by: rickl at December 25, 2012 11:05 AM (sdi6R)

28 You wouldn't think laundry would be meaingful, but after 30 days of being rigged for ultra-quiet, it is actually a piece of heaven to put on clean underwear. It is amazing sometimes what can seem like a luxury.

Posted by: Invictus at December 25, 2012 11:06 AM (OQpzc)

29 26 My mother used to send me rum balls and they came through fine. However, for troops in the ME those may not be appropriate.
Posted by: Vic at December 25, 2012 11:03 AM (53z96)


Send them matzoh balls to fling at the Muzzies!

G-d bless our troops.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 25, 2012 11:06 AM (XkWWK)

30 Hey Rons!!! Merry Christmas to me. I just Saw my Novel on Amazon. It's called Amy Lynn and my pen Name is Jack July. Use up that Amazon Money kids. It's dead tree right now, should be available on Kindle in about a week. Truly a surprise. I had no Idea it was on there yet. My Mom told me. I think she is more excited than I am.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 25, 2012 11:11 AM (3Y7RV)

31 Send them matzoh balls to fling at the Muzzies!

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 25, 2012 11:06 AM (XkWWK)

That's easy for you to say!

Posted by: Matzoh at December 25, 2012 11:16 AM (GsoHv)

32 Congrats OSP and a Merry Christmas to you and all 'rons and 'ettes. What a delightful morning.

Posted by: JimboHoffa at December 25, 2012 11:16 AM (dAfqy)

33 >>Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 25, 2012 11:11 AM (3Y7RV)

Very cool, OSP. I'll have to get the Kindle version

...any discounts for your AoSHQ buddies .

I'll have time to catch up on my reading while laid up.

Anyone have any suggestion?

Posted by: Albie Damned at December 25, 2012 11:19 AM (Yhu4q)

34 ...any discounts for your AoSHQ buddies .

I'll have time to catch up on my reading while laid up.

Anyone have any suggestion?
Posted by: Albie Damned at December 25, 2012 11:19 AM (Yhu4q)

Actually I did better than that. Check the dedication page.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 25, 2012 11:20 AM (3Y7RV)

35 31 Posted by: Matzoh at December 25, 2012 11:16 AM (GsoHv)

Well, the balls are the tenderest part of the matzoh.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 25, 2012 11:24 AM (XkWWK)

36 Merry Christmas from the Caribbean 'rons! I hope santa brought you some great goodies.

Posted by: Reactionary at December 25, 2012 11:26 AM (7Z9yu)

37 Merry Christmas, everyone! Today is a non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverage day so I can valiantly attempt to give a pint of blood tomorrow. I'll call it a Christmas present from me to someone I'll likely never meet.

Posted by: I lurk, therefore I am at December 25, 2012 11:26 AM (yrFRz)

38 Merry Christmas from the Caribbean 'rons! I hope santa brought you some great goodies.
Posted by: Reactionary at December 25, 2012 11:26 AM (7Z9yu)

So, whats a Carrabean Christmas like? What Island are you on? Are you drunk already?

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 25, 2012 11:27 AM (3Y7RV)

39 Vic I posted in another thread about Reno. I live south of Reno in Douglas county. Today no snow in the valley but lots of snow up at Tahoe. Merry Christmas every one.

Posted by: Carol in nev at December 25, 2012 11:30 AM (sLOPM)

40 American sized condoms.

Posted by: Truman North (D) at December 25, 2012 11:30 AM (I2LwF)

41 Posted by: Reactionary at December 25, 2012 11:26 AM (7Z9yu)

You, lucky, bastard. Just don't tell us about it, hail this morning in Texas, near freezing rain now about to change into snow.

Posted by: Gordon undead Ramsay at December 25, 2012 11:31 AM (9HhTH)

42 merry christmas everyone!

Posted by: chemjeff on the phone at December 25, 2012 11:31 AM (V3Rbj)

43 Almsot forgot this classic from National Lampoon:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTvgaVzCkFU

Have a Kung Fu Christmas!

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 25, 2012 11:32 AM (XkWWK)

44 merry christmas everyone!
Posted by: chemjeff on the phone at December 25, 2012 11:31 AM (V3Rbj)

Merry Christmas Chemjeff.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 25, 2012 11:32 AM (3Y7RV)

45 American sized condoms.
Posted by: Truman North (D) at December 25, 2012 11:30 AM (I2LwF)

They double as Bathroom trashbags.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 25, 2012 11:33 AM (3Y7RV)

46 Congratulations, OSP. It makes today a little extra merry, doesn't it? And your mother gets to brag a little about 'my son, the author.'


Posted by: Retread at December 25, 2012 11:33 AM (zxitI)

47 Posted by: Retread at December 25, 2012 11:33 AM (zxitI)

Dude, I'm an only child. I'm sure she is stopping strangers on the street.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 25, 2012 11:34 AM (3Y7RV)

48 Congratulations OSP on your authorship

Posted by: chemjeff on the phone at December 25, 2012 11:34 AM (V3Rbj)

49 OSP:

Congrats on the book!

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 25, 2012 11:34 AM (XkWWK)

50 Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 25, 2012 11:34 AM (XkWWK)
Posted by: chemjeff on the phone at December 25, 2012 11:34 AM (V3Rbj)

Thanks, I'm looking forward to Ron Critiques.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 25, 2012 11:36 AM (3Y7RV)

51 Merry Christmas, all you marvelous Morons out there! You all keep me sane and hopeful.

My nephew is due back from Afghanistan mid-January, and I've given his dad my secrets for keeping their tree alive until then. Their Christmas tree, I mean.

We'll be keeping our tree up till then, too.

Posted by: Otis Criblecoblis at December 25, 2012 11:41 AM (IlZPo)

52 Spent a week in the Fisher House when my son was recouping from wounds, a very worthy organization.
DONATE

Posted by: Gunner at December 25, 2012 11:41 AM (oc9hK)

53 gunner you can also donate air miles to Fisher House

Posted by: Carol in nev at December 25, 2012 11:43 AM (sLOPM)

54 Congrats OSP

....er, I mean Jack.

.....468 pages?

Yikes, I'm going to have to get a trailer hitch for my Kindle.

Posted by: ontherocks at December 25, 2012 11:44 AM (aZ6ew)

55 Vic I posted in another thread about Reno. I live
south of Reno in Douglas county. Today no snow in the valley but lots of
snow up at Tahoe. Merry Christmas every one.

Posted by: Carol in nev at December 25, 2012 11:30 AM (sLOPM)

It would be unusual for there to be no snow in Tahoe today.
But I have to go now company is here.

Posted by: Vic at December 25, 2012 11:44 AM (53z96)

56 Merry Christmas to all Morons and your Families.

Posted by: 'Nam Grunt at December 25, 2012 11:44 AM (8Hnjw)

57 Kickass

My brother (the pinko, but he did serve a tour of Iraq with the Oregon NG) suggests sending treats after Christmas, since they got a deluge in December from businesses and unrelated well-wishers, and then nothing.

OSP, congrats!

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at December 25, 2012 11:45 AM (6Uliu)

58 468 pages??? I'll only be laid up for a couple of months

That's almost as freakin' long as Ace's review of "the Hobbit"!!

Posted by: Albie Damned at December 25, 2012 11:46 AM (Yhu4q)

59 Vic last year was VERY DRY.No snow anywhere.

Posted by: Carol in nev at December 25, 2012 11:46 AM (sLOPM)

60 And here comes the sleet. This year we get all three kinds of white precipitation for Christmas.

Posted by: Gordon undead Ramsay at December 25, 2012 11:47 AM (9HhTH)

61 If you hear of the CVN John C Stennis starting to list you will know that all the packages my friend sent to her son have arrived.

Posted by: Tmitsss at December 25, 2012 11:47 AM (WRZ7l)

62
Merry Christmas, all.

I would like to thank each of you for your steadfast support of our troops--it's heartwarming to see.

Wore the uniform with great pride, but when I see these young men and women serving today, it humbles me.

What an honor it would be to wear that uniform again with them.

Posted by: irongrampa at December 25, 2012 11:50 AM (SAMxH)

63 468 pages??? I'll only be laid up for a couple of months

It's big font.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 25, 2012 11:50 AM (3Y7RV)

64 Merry Christmas moron horde

Posted by: uterus cannon at December 25, 2012 11:52 AM (QqK7u)

65 Got an unexpected gift of a tablet computer, HP TouchPad. Figuring it out/syncing it/trying to get it to stop connecting with my neighbor's wi-fi and connect to mine as I type. Presumably it functions as an e-reader, so that's acool bonus.

Posted by: Lincolntf at December 25, 2012 11:55 AM (tkoGU)

66 Oh, and congratulations, OSP! What an awesome feeling that must be. I think I'll Kindle that too.

Posted by: Otis Criblecoblis at December 25, 2012 11:55 AM (IlZPo)

67 My mom one time sent a shitty little fake tree to me when I was overseas on my Navy ammo ship somewhere in the Mediterranean. We had it set up for Christmas Eve between all the lockers and racks, but had to take it down the next morning anyway becoz it blocked egress. Fun for the night, though - sitting around it telling stories and swilling bad coffee...

Posted by: uterus cannon at December 25, 2012 11:56 AM (QqK7u)

68 Oh, and congratulations, OSP! What an awesome feeling that must be. I think I'll Kindle that too.
Posted by: Otis Criblecoblis at December 25, 2012 11:55 AM (IlZPo)

Kindle formatting is in process. Should be avalable in a week or so.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 25, 2012 11:57 AM (3Y7RV)

69 My favorite Christmas memory when I was in Germany was when they had the kids of all the guys in the day room to meet "Santa." Our First Sergeant had the right shape to play the part, so he did.

Us single guys pretty much resented that they had commandeered the day room for the little rug rats, so while Santa/FS was entertaining the kids, and everyone's backs were turned away from the table full of food we (meaning I) stole the turkey.

We got it up to somebody's room on the second floor, and were sort of picking at it, not sure what to do with it, when we heard a knock on the door. One of the wives happened to see us, so she sent the CQ runner (an enlisted guy who is on duty at the desk, as someone is every day, 24 hours a day) up to let us know as long as the turkey was returned, with no questions asked, there would be no consequences.

Honestly, I don't know what I was thinking. Part of it no doubt though, was the resentment over having this event in our barracks, to which we were excluded, and part of it was knowing back home the family was gathering.

Looking back on those days, we tried to pretend it didn't matter. But it did. It's nice to be home for Christmas, and I'm going to cherish this one.

Merry Christmas to all you AoSQers out there.

Posted by: BurtTC at December 25, 2012 11:57 AM (BeSEI)

70 >>It's big font.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 25, 2012 11:50 AM (3Y7RV)


I saw that warning @ Amazon, but I'm way past 16, besides every book needs some spice.

Posted by: ontherocks at December 25, 2012 11:58 AM (aZ6ew)

71 Congrats, OSP. And Merry Christmas all.

Posted by: Lincolntf at December 25, 2012 11:58 AM (tkoGU)

72 Posted by: uterus cannon at December 25, 2012 11:56 AM (QqK7u)

Your Mom was wise. It wasn't such a shitty tree after all.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 25, 2012 11:58 AM (3Y7RV)

73 75 degrees here on the west coast of FL

It was chilly for a few days though

When I moved to CA back in the 90's from NJ, people asked me if I missed the snow. I could stand in 65 to 70 degree weather and look at the snow on the mountains, and if I missed it that much it was only an hour drive to The Grapevine


Posted by: kbdabear at December 25, 2012 11:58 AM (wwsoB)

74 Congratulations, OSP. I put it in the sidebar.

Posted by: Andy at December 25, 2012 11:58 AM (OZPoa)

75 "Well, the balls are the tenderest part of the matzoh."

Sefton, you magnificent bastard! Well done!

Posted by: Throat Wobbler Mangrove at December 25, 2012 11:59 AM (FEPn1)

76 Posted by: Andy at December 25, 2012 11:58 AM (OZPoa)

Thank you so much Andy. Rons need to check the dedication page. You were not forgotton.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 25, 2012 11:59 AM (3Y7RV)

77 75 "Well, the balls are the tenderest part of the matzoh."

Sefton, you magnificent bastard! Well done!
Posted by: Throat Wobbler Mangrove at December 25, 2012 11:59 AM (FEPn1)


Cheers. ;-}

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 25, 2012 12:01 PM (XkWWK)

78 72 - nope, not shitty at all

Posted by: uterus cannon at December 25, 2012 12:01 PM (QqK7u)

79 "Ask not what you can do for your country, demand your free Obama phone."

Posted by: Shit JFK Didn't Say, Vol. 3 at December 25, 2012 12:02 PM (Yhu4q)

80 25 Rickl: Thanks! It's raining hard, and has been all day; buddy in Kuwait says it's raining like that there too. Rain like that in a desert means people are gonna die; hope everyone gets the hell out of the wadis. On the plus side it's bad on the booms too, so a silent night is possible.

OSP: Congrats!

Posted by: Chap at December 25, 2012 12:04 PM (0q+4n)

81 Bunkworthy Christmas photo

http://tinyurl.com/d9p7qtm

Posted by: kbdabear at December 25, 2012 12:05 PM (wwsoB)

82 Just made an online donation to Toys for tots.

It's helping me control my temper as my menfolk drag their feet getting in here to open presents.

Santa left an "assault weapon" under the tree, and it's literally driving me crazy that my husband and son and eating and pooping instead of opening presents.

Posted by: stace, L.I.B. at December 25, 2012 12:08 PM (m+UHL)

83 Support our troops, bring them home. End the illegal wars and occupations of brown people that only make money for the Wall Street Machine and "international bankers", you right-wing Christian racist haters. The Unitarian Universalist Church dares you all to actually live like Christ intended.

Posted by: Mary Cloggenstein from Brattleboro, Vermont at December 25, 2012 12:09 PM (FT2j2)

84 >> Rons need to check the dedication page. You were not forgotton.

Got a way for us to do that here and now?

Posted by: Shit JFK Didn't Say, Vol. 3 at December 25, 2012 12:10 PM (Yhu4q)

85 Support our troops, send them bigger guns.

Posted by: Lincolntf at December 25, 2012 12:10 PM (tkoGU)

86 I lurve irongrampa. Because of him I got down to wallyworld and cleaned 'em out of the next big thing, ammo. Just saw last night Ca. is going to go after ammo http://tinyurl.com/cddrgxz Thanks so muchfor the earlyMerry Christmas present, IronG!!!

Posted by: DAve at December 25, 2012 12:10 PM (XDC0v)

87 Haha Stace

Posted by: DAve at December 25, 2012 12:15 PM (XDC0v)

88 Mary, I love even you today.

Posted by: Truman North (D) at December 25, 2012 12:16 PM (I2LwF)

89
Congratulations, OSP. I put it in the sidebar.

Could you make it linky, please?

Posted by: Sticky Wicket at December 25, 2012 12:17 PM (L7hol)

90 So I bought a turkey breast to roast for Christmas and days of yummy leftovers since its just dad and I this year. Forgot to buy taters though so it'll be froze French Fries or Hash Browns there, no mashed this year. What's on the horde Christmas menu?

Posted by: Palerider at December 25, 2012 12:17 PM (cQZV0)

91 Posted by: Shit JFK Didn't Say, Vol. 3 at December 25, 2012 12:10 PM (Yhu4q)

For some reason they left the Dedication page out of the samples. So I guess you'll have to buy it.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 25, 2012 12:17 PM (3Y7RV)

92 Leftover brisket/ribs for lunch. Cheese and crackers, olives, etc. for the afternoon. Prime Rib and baked potatoes for dinner. Multiple dessert options. Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets right now on ESPN.

Posted by: Lincolntf at December 25, 2012 12:18 PM (tkoGU)

93 83 The Unitarian Universalist Church dares you all to actually live like Christ intended.
Posted by: Mary Cloggenstein from Brattleboro, Vermont at December 25, 2012 12:09 PM (FT2j2)


Unitarian, Joonitarian.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 25, 2012 12:20 PM (XkWWK)

94 This is a Christmas present for the dudes..

http://tinyurl.com/c6jhf3r

You're welcome. Pay special attention to the glamour shot of the Croatian b-ball player. What stands out there?

..also..#9, the surfer. Whew!!

Posted by: Shit JFK Didn't Say, Vol. 3 at December 25, 2012 12:21 PM (Yhu4q)

95 Merry CHRISTmas to the Horde...

and to David Gregory with his DumbAssery....
http://tinyurl.com/bof3bhz

Posted by: AmericanDawg at December 25, 2012 12:30 PM (rBK2Z)

96 Merry Christmas friends. If you're searching for a worthy cause to support this Christmas, please think of the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund. We honor these brave young men and women by educating their children.

God Bless each and everyone of our soldiers - current, past, and fallen.

Posted by: David Duke at December 25, 2012 12:32 PM (m50qE)

97 Merry Christmas!!!!!!

Survived the four year olds last night at the Christmas Eve service, had a wonderful morning opening presents, and am very thankful that my hubby is here with me, instead of being in some God-forsaken craphole, helping ungrateful denizens build a better life for themselves. My heart goes out to any members of the horde whose family is serving today. Love and prayers your way.

90-I have 2 1/2 in filet mignon ready to grill, with roasted fingerling potatoes, sauteed baby carrots and zucchini, and blanched haricot verts with almonds in butter and garlic. Don't need dessert after that!

Posted by: moki at December 25, 2012 12:32 PM (wi/sM)

98 >> Could you make it linky, please?

Ummm .. click on the book.

Posted by: Andy at December 25, 2012 12:33 PM (OZPoa)

99 >>Ummm .. click on the book.

Posted by: Andy at December 25, 2012 12:33 PM (OZPoa) <<
Where?

Posted by: Shit JFK Didn't Say, Vol. 3 at December 25, 2012 12:38 PM (Yhu4q)

100 CHRISTmas menu for this Magyar is a Variety of Salted meats and Cheeses with Christmas beers from around the world...

I'm 1/2 Hungarian , root for the Packers and believe there is an Obama Clause for Minority's...

Posted by: AmericanDawg at December 25, 2012 12:38 PM (rBK2Z)

101 99 >>Ummm .. click on the book.

Posted by: Andy at December 25, 2012 12:33 PM (OZPoa) <<
Where?

Posted by: Shit JFK Didn't Say, Vol. 3 at December 25, 2012 12:38 PM (Yhu4q)



Go back to the main page; it's on the right side.

Posted by: I lurk, therefore I am at December 25, 2012 12:39 PM (yrFRz)

102 I know this isn't very Christmas-y, but I'd love to see David Gregory frog-marched out of the NBC studios

Posted by: Albie Damned at December 25, 2012 12:42 PM (Yhu4q)

103 >>Go back to the main page; it's on the right side.

Posted by: I lurk, therefore I am at December 25, 2012 12:39 PM (yrFRz)

I see a colon, but no book

Posted by: Albie Damned at December 25, 2012 12:45 PM (Yhu4q)

104 Sambucca in cawfee. Still high from the angels voices in the choir at Midnight Mass a few hours ago. Only one retard kid with an "its all about attitude" shirt and a knit cap. His brother finally grabbed it from his head but just once I'd like to see our grizzly bear German pastor walk off the the altar and punch the kid out from under the cap. What a lesson about religion and God that would be. Its there somewhere in the Bible. I just can't put my finger on it.

Posted by: Guido at December 25, 2012 12:46 PM (XLuH2)

105 102I know this isn't very Christmas-y, but I'd love to see David Gregory frog-marched out of the NBC studios
Posted by: Albie Damned at December 25, 2012 12:42 PM (Yhu4q)


Maybe if the cops put a santa hat on him or the blinking rudolph nose.

Posted by: JimboHoffa at December 25, 2012 12:46 PM (dAfqy)

106 I want to be able to say "convicted for firearms violations" every time he opens his yap, but what a stupid law. The Army-Navy stores used to sell those for a few bucks right next to the dummy rounds and the field jackets. I might even have one or two inthe duffel bag with my old TA-50.

Posted by: Lincolntf at December 25, 2012 12:46 PM (tkoGU)

107
I see a colon, but no book






Katie Couric is in the sidebar?

Posted by: JimboHoffa at December 25, 2012 12:48 PM (dAfqy)

108 103 I've got a colon you can see

Posted by: DAve at December 25, 2012 01:19 PM (XDC0v)

109 The Fisher House is wonderful. I am currently staying at the LA one. My wife spent four months in Santa Monica with preterm conditions, while I'm stationed in Tucson. She was released from the hospital for three weeks until the delivery. We were able to get into Fisher a week after release and have been there since. Our girl was born on the 22nd and this is a great Christmas.

There are mostly veterans staying there dealing with serious end of life issues. Their wives were glad to see my wife bring a ray of sunshine to the house with her condition of new life.

Posted by: BishopWash at December 25, 2012 01:24 PM (0txzO)

110 I might even have one or two inthe duffel bag with my old TA-50.
Posted by: Lincolntf at December 25, 2012 12:46 PM (tkoGU)





I had about 30 when I DROS'd. Turned in my 7 issued mags, gave away about 10 to other guys in the unit, the rest stayed in my duffle for about 15 years when I bought my first AR. Of course, I can't use them here in my beloved Clownifornia, unless I seriously modify my AR to comply with the law. Might just do that with another lower just to flip the finger to the CA legislature.

Posted by: Lawrence O'Donnell at December 25, 2012 01:25 PM (c2oll)

111 Ack. Draft dodger what dodged the draft fail.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at December 25, 2012 01:26 PM (c2oll)

112 Come home to us Men and Women. Thank you for what you do and what you go through. I thank you families as I know what they go through.

Posted by: ALL_IS_LOST at December 25, 2012 01:37 PM (T/L2Z)

113 This open thread is very appropriate, for I have just read the President's Yuletide Message, where he congratulates those who have gone beyond the typical standard of American citizenship and have volunteered to put themselves in harm's way, if needs be, and for less financial benefits, and greater potential danger, than police or fire service. I am heartened to see this, because all too often the rhetoric from the President's Party seems to indicate that those who do and have served are merely inepts in permanent need of social programs, especially for all those mental problems the Left seems to think veterans have--or, if you are Ted Turner, think veterans *should* have, as a scourge of God, or something, I suppose. I understand the President would not actually support these views of veterans, as I have bluntly put, and glad I am of it.

If they were put in more polite ways, the President's disapproval I am less sure, but I leave that for other days.

My real purpose in writing, however, is to note the President's honoring of those who have endeavoured to show faithful and loyal valor. I do not believe the President would ever try to lump these men and women among those who, as a class, are incapable of exercising all the restraints and duties of manful citizenship, and who thus must have freedoms curtailed. Therefore, when the gun bans come from the Vice-President's task force, as they surely will, I hope they have a exemption for all who have worn the uniform, especially those who gave carried weapons in combat zones. To tell a veteran he can be trusted to exercise with restraint the use of a weapon in a war zone, with complex rules of engagement, but cannot be trusted to keep the same weapon inside his own home--but that a police officer can--might be considered insulting, demeaning, and be seen, when combined with the President's Party continual attempts to define veterans as in permanent need of some social program from the almighty and all-knowing government (especially mental counseling), as an attempt to treat veterans as chidren.

I say, at the very least, a veteran should be able to own any gun he has qualified for while in the military.

Posted by: W. at December 25, 2012 01:53 PM (8+IYC)

114 Prayers for my son Jacob, please. His infantry unit deploys to Afghanistan in March.

Posted by: troyriser at December 25, 2012 02:08 PM (ptcFO)

115 Bishop Wash, what a beautiful Christmas present!

troyriser, prayers your way.

W-with all due respect, I think you are woefully naive in your interpretation of the President's words. His actions-all of them over the years, to include requiring wounded soldiers to use their insurance to pay for their treatment in the zone-say exactly what he thinks. His speech writer put in some pretty words to make it look sincere.

Posted by: moki at December 25, 2012 02:32 PM (wi/sM)

116 I'd argue that they are as important to morale as chaplains , maybe more so .

in Starship Troopers, young Juan Rico recounts the bunk room bull sessions over which of their section leaders was more expendable, the cook or the chaplain.

Razneck's Roughnecks!

Posted by: Fox2! at December 25, 2012 04:22 PM (UP6tB)

117 I'm Navy, and pretty much every job I've had with the exception of major staffs has been in commands without a chaplain on board. Cooks, though, we gots those.

Posted by: Chap at December 25, 2012 06:36 PM (0q+4n)

118 (I guess lay leaders should count...)

Posted by: Chap at December 25, 2012 06:37 PM (0q+4n)






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