Thursday, December 14, 2006

Just a Couple of Thoughts

There is speculation that bush is going to wait until after the new year begins to state his new “way forward in Iraq” because he’s going to be sending a shitload more troops over there. I don’t know which would be worse for a military family, to know that your loved one was definitely going after the holidays or to live with the anxiety that they might. Seems to me it would be more considerate to tell them now, but I don't know what it's like to be in their position.

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Each year seems fewer and fewer people are sending real paper Christmas cards. I think that’s kind of sad. Guess they are going the way of the handwritten letters that we all used to love to receive. Sure, sometimes addressing all the cards was a pain, but receiving them was an equal joy.

26 Comments:

Blogger Undeniable Liberal said...

The "decider" is deciding not to decide for awhile longer. When the decider decides to decide you will be informed of his decision. It doesn't matter what you have decided, we need to wait for the decider to decide that he is ready to decide. Then he will decide when to decide.
Many more Americans are going to die very needlessly because of the political cowardice of the Dickeads who once supported the war and now don't know how to acknowledge the loss and deal with it. Better to put off that day of reckoning with countless short term political manuevers. These are not toy soldiers that this fucktard Bush is playing with ... these are living, breathing human beings, and they are dying every day.

December 14, 2006 2:16 AM  
Anonymous Betty Cracker said...

Right on, Undeniable. I was watching a clip of Tony Snow's latest spin demonstration yesterday, and he was trying to excuse the inexcusable delay. Someone pointed out that the facts on the ground have been pretty much the same for a year, so hey, maybe a plan should have been formulated before now.

Snow actually slipped up and admitted that his evil overlords began working in earnest on a new plan once they got the campaign behind them. The campaign!

It made me so freaking mad I cursed in front of several children, which I hardly ever do in the absence of a football game.

December 14, 2006 2:44 AM  
Blogger Zelda Parker said...

For Christmas I would like:
The soldiers to come home,
and Bush to go home, and that this whole war be a distant memory.
OK, maybe two out of three?

December 14, 2006 5:08 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

The fact that you are seeing so many options for Iraq vie for attention is symptomatic of no good solution. There is no good "option" other than to admit we botched this from the get go and bring what's left of our military home. the latest Pentagon idea to "double down" is a waiting disaster.

December 14, 2006 5:57 AM  
Anonymous Knox Rover said...

I miss real paper Christmas cards, too, PoP. I still send them out...probably 10-15 each year...and I'm lucky if I receive 5-6 in return. When I was a child, we must have received around 30 each year and had them clipped to a colorful string that ran along the top of a large mirror in our living room. They were a regular part of our holiday decorations, just like the tree.

December 14, 2006 6:24 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

He seems to be trying to let us know he is in control. He wouldn't want to give the people he represents what they want.

December 14, 2006 6:27 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

PoP, what can I say - as usual, I agree with you on both counts. BTW - traffic was so bad on Rt.1I decided to stay near the hotel and ended up eating outside (that doesn't happen up here this time of year) at a very good Tex-mex place with a little piazza, complete with a gurgling fountain and tables that were mounted like gliders - so you can swing and eat. I kind of gathered that their clientele is primarily overflow from the Outback next door and folks who don't want to wait an hour to eat. At any rate, had aterrific steak burrito, and their rice and beans were both top notch. And the margaritas were excellent (read decent tequila and plenty of it).

December 14, 2006 6:40 AM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

"Why put off tomorrow, what you can put off today?" ; ((((

December 14, 2006 7:01 AM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

When he finally decides, we will be the first to hate it! Sit tight and wait. He's not very well known for his compassion after all.

December 14, 2006 7:54 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

He's only pretending to look for a new way forward. He is going to send more troops, which is the old way backwards, getting in more deeply. I feel so bad for anyone who is being sent into that hell, and for those already there whose tours of duty will be extended. This is one nightmare that Bush plans to see through to its horrible conclusion.

December 14, 2006 7:55 AM  
Blogger Darwin's Dagger said...

George W's letter to Santa:

Dear Santa,

I know you are real, because you make much more sense than most of the things I believe in. Please, please bring me a new Iraq Policy for Christmas, as I don't have a clue.

Sincerely (well as sincere as someone like me can be),

George W. Bush

December 14, 2006 7:57 AM  
Anonymous t.g. said...

When the new Congress is seated, I seriously hope someone throws the impeachment idea into the fray and then another clown seconds the idea and then people start acting like human beings other than those related to American government officials actually matter in this world.

Perhaps someone could propose that Bush be jailed, his friends (that have illegally profitted from the violence) and family stripped of their possessions, and forced to live as they have forced others to...
Considerations on how to treat the Bush family - 1

or... maybe just take away everything they can work theit way up from humble beginnings like they force so many others to do.

Considerations on how to treat the Bush family - 2

December 14, 2006 8:28 AM  
Blogger Beach Bum said...

Back in July 2004 I put in paperwork to retire from the National Guard when I hit the twenty years mark in my service. In August I went to drill and was told along with everyone else in my unit that we were on alert and would more than likely be headed over to Iraq. For months the question of whether I would be going with my unit overseas was an unbelievable stress on my job, kids, and marriage. As various personel lists were drawn up people went on and off almost daily. Rumors flew about who would be going which about drove my wife crazy and had my son crying one time when I was told that I would be going.
As luck would have it someone from another unit volentered and I was allowed to retire. I would never want to live through that again. The ripples of that time still affect my marriage to this day.

December 14, 2006 8:48 AM  
Blogger HillCountryGal said...

Dubya DOES NOT CARE. My niece is over there, and he doesn't give a shit. Remember, this is one man (and I hate to use that word), this is one THING who has not attended ONE funeral of a US soldier killed in his illegal war. NOT ONE! For Christmas, all us liberal bloggers should send him a bag of pretzels.

December 14, 2006 11:57 AM  
Blogger Tom Bailey said...

Thank you for posting to my blog you said some very insightful things.

On the card issue I get cards when I send them. For every 2 I send I get at least one back. It is quite a bit of work but it depends on how many you want.

It is very similar to gift giving if you give enough away the next year you get some back.

December 14, 2006 1:49 PM  
Blogger Gracie said...

It's tragic that we have a sociopath making the final decisions on our policy in Iraq. He is doing nothing more than showing an arrogant streak since he doesn't plan to take the advice of anybody at all.

PoP, it's impossible to understand how anybody with a conscious could sleep at night after all that death and destruction but we need to remember he doesn't have a conscious. I feel sick.

December 14, 2006 2:15 PM  
Blogger Kvatch said...

Just an additional stat for your card topic... The Frogette and I sent out 40 this year and so far have received 5. :-(

December 14, 2006 3:10 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

We are still getting paper cards, but I have also seen an increase in the number of e-mailed Christmas newsletters. We send out a picture of the kids each year. Our cards are sitting on the table right now, waiting to be addressed and sent out.

I have nothing to add to the Bush comments. He, as always, disgusts and disappoints me and this entire country.

December 14, 2006 4:15 PM  
Blogger MichaelBains said...

I did love sending cards with my first wife. There were lots of things which she and I did together I still miss muchly, but it had to end. It couldn't last because of who we each are.

As with the occasional e-card I know send, I wouldn't change back. I just try to do the new way with the same, or greater, meaningfulness for myself. I can only hope it's working.

Merry Christmas, Pop. And a beautiful solstice season.

December 14, 2006 4:34 PM  
Blogger Frederick said...

Pop, I fixed it, you can come see the ponies now!!!

December 14, 2006 5:14 PM  
Blogger Comandante Agí said...

My wife sent out photo cards she made at Costco. She was so excited that she couldn't wait to send them - and mailed them during the last week of November. Now everyone will remember us since our cards were the first to be received.

December 14, 2006 7:30 PM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

Dumbo was gonna wait for the new congress, so he could hang it around their heads I think, but it looks like things may change, dramatically before then.

This is probably completely wrong of me, but when I open one of those "Hi! This is Me and You!" newsletters typed once, and printed a hundred times, pretending to be Christmas cards? It gets trashed without being read. If all you think of me is a junk mail recipient, then don't even bother.

And the price of good Christmas cards is freaking criminal!!

December 14, 2006 8:49 PM  
Blogger GraemeAnfinson said...

I believe Bush is planning to send more troops as well. My brother got the notice he may ship out in Feb. A whopping 8% of the public agrees with this idea, but when has that stopped them

December 15, 2006 10:49 AM  
Blogger "James" said...

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December 15, 2006 3:50 PM  
Blogger james said...

How does he plan to "move us forward" when we've burned out 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th gear and have only reverse left??

Moving forward is stay the course 2.0

December 15, 2006 3:52 PM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

He isn't going to throw a hell of a lot more troops at Iraq because the simple fact of the matter is-he doesn't have them. And if he did have them (which he doesn't,) he couldn't equip them.

More of the same is exactly what we can look "forward" to, because it's either more of the same or quit. And El Shrubbo never made a mistake in his miserable life, so quitting's out of the question.

December 16, 2006 6:28 PM  

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