Happy Christmas, Godspeed in the New Year

23 Dec

Whether you and yours celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah (a little late now), the Winter Solstice, Yuletide, or the secularized worship of old men in red suits and the materialist consumerism he brings, make it merry, relaxing and peaceful, and all the best in the New Year. As I’m reflecting on a wonderful and eventful year here at WNYMedia, and gearing up for bigger and better in 2011, I’ll be taking the next week off from writing, unless major local and world events demand otherwise.

I’ll leave you with one last thought, as you throw another log on the fire: this Saturday, thousands of young men (and a few hardy women) will leave their cold cots, don their gear, hoist rifle and radio, and trudge out on patrol like the 25th is just another date on the calendar. Don’t feel sorry for them – they volunteered for the job. But do remember them, while you enjoy your table of plenty, and let’s hope many many more of them are home this time next year.

Fah who for-aze. Dah who dor-aze. Welcome Christmas, Christmas Day.

6 Responses to “Happy Christmas, Godspeed in the New Year”

  1. BobbyCat December 23, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    I don’t usually shill for any company but here’s a gift idea that would also honor the troops. Give a one month subscription of NETFLIX and watch Sebastian Junger’s documentary “Restrepo” on your TV, PC or Mac. (Junger wrote The Perfect Storm) It’s a very gritty documentary that follows the 2nd Platoon under fire in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan – which at that time was, “the most dangerous place in the world”. The cost $8/month or $9 if you want DVD’s mailed to your house. Unlimited movies. You can watch 20 a day on your computer, if you want.

  2. Bruce Beyer December 24, 2010 at 7:14 am #

    Why not just bring them the fuck home and invite them over to your house to watch netflix.

  3. BobbyCat December 24, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    I’d bring them home, if I could, Bruce but I’m not Gen. Petraeus. Watching a combat platoon fighting and dying to hold a pile of rocks gives the the general public an idea of what it’s like, and…it reminds everyone of why they should care.

  4. Gabe December 24, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

    Bringing an end to all our stupid imperial adventures would be the best Christmas gift the world has ever received.

  5. LeoInTheSnow December 26, 2010 at 8:27 pm #

    Imerialism has its markers. The annexation of countries to become part of the empire, the taking of slaves, the taxation of conquered lands. Which of these have we done?

    The truth is, there is a sincere imperial effort underway, by people whose religion tells them that all the land belongs to their god, and whose legal systems declares any land that is not owned and managed by that religon’s subscribers is “corrupt”.

    You make these superficially false claims about us while the actual thing is taking place in about twice as many nations simultaneously as the Japanese attacked during WW2.

    My take is that, had the US been a true imperial power in the traditional sense of the word rather than a meddling bunch of traders building a hegemony, had actually annexed those lands we’ve fought wars with, made them part of the US, imposed our own legal system and invested our gold in the modern equivalent of Rome’s aqueducts and roads, we wouldn’t face the opposition we do today.
    .

  6. LeoInTheSnow December 26, 2010 at 8:29 pm #

    Other than the self-loathing mouth foamers in the comment section, this is a good article with admirable sentiments. Well done, Brian!

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