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(LBEH)   Man raises money to fly military folk home for the holidays, believes that soldiers' time in unconventional combat against unseen extremists might adequately prepare them for a typical family Thanksgiving   (lbeh.org) divider line 108
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2009-11-18 02:51:07 PM  
Eh, I think I'll just buy a bigger turkey instead.
 
2009-11-18 02:51:23 PM  
This turkey sure is dry... but i guess some people like it that way. I'll just have a salad. Oh? no salad? Oh, no, I'm fine. I'll just sit here.
 
2009-11-18 02:51:36 PM  
Swept, or fixed-wing folk home? Maybe even delta?
 
2009-11-18 02:53:50 PM  
Hey folks. We've been working with Ernie for literally years on this now. Time for the next installment.

Incidentally, a couple years ago Ernie found a way for people to donate extra flyer miles, which in a lot of cases is better than cash even. At any rate if you have some to spare please donate. Thanks!
 
2009-11-18 02:54:02 PM  
BlorfMaster: This turkey sure is dry... but i guess some people like it that way. I'll just have a salad. Oh? no salad? Oh, no, I'm fine. I'll just sit here.

*prepares tactical poorly cut pumpkin pie slice*
 
2009-11-18 02:55:22 PM  
Maybe Obama should fly them all home. For good.
 
2009-11-18 02:56:27 PM  
Shouldn't that read, "The man raises money..." or are American troops really dependent on hand-outs from individuals to get back home for the holidays?
 
2009-11-18 02:57:22 PM  
BlorfMaster: This turkey sure is dry... but i guess some people like it that way. I'll just have a salad. Oh? no salad? Oh, no, I'm fine. I'll just sit here.

Brining is the key.
 
2009-11-18 03:00:27 PM  
sboyle1020 2009-11-18 02:57:22 PM
BlorfMaster: This turkey sure is dry... but i guess some people like it that way. I'll just have a salad. Oh? no salad? Oh, no, I'm fine. I'll just sit here.

Brining is the key


Deep frying is the key. I mean, I assume. I hate turkey.
 
2009-11-18 03:00:44 PM  
Civil_War2_Time:
Swept, or fixed-wing folk home? Maybe even delta?

But Delta charges extra for luggage.
 
2009-11-18 03:01:05 PM  
GREAT headline
 
2009-11-18 03:01:57 PM  
Arrow Air 1285
www.historycommons.org

/be suspicious. Be very suspicious
 
2009-11-18 03:02:33 PM  
Ernie and his LBEH drive is the only thing I consistently donate to every year.

Let's do this!
 
2009-11-18 03:02:37 PM  
not impressed
thumbnails.hulu.com
 
2009-11-18 03:04:04 PM  
BlorfMaster: This turkey sure is dry... but i guess some people like it that way. I'll just have a salad. Oh? no salad? Oh, no, I'm fine. I'll just sit here.

That is right up there with "do you have anything vegan"?
 
2009-11-18 03:05:02 PM  
I'd like to light up the relatives and I don't even own an M-16.
 
2009-11-18 03:05:22 PM  
Alright Fark! Thanks for linking to Ernie!
 
2009-11-18 03:06:05 PM  
Of course, if it weren't for guys like Ernie, those soldiers wouldn't BE in a war zone in the first place. I was a regular reader of Ernie's House Of Whoop Ass, but left when he started beating war drums for invading any country the Bush Administration told him was responsible for 9/11. I believe the phrase "glass parking lot" was thrown around quite a bit (not sure, it's been a while since I read those posts). Dude even had a crackpot belief about WMDs being found in Iraq that you couldn't knock him off with a sledgehammer.
 
2009-11-18 03:08:21 PM  
Saborlas: Of course, if it weren't for guys like Ernie, those soldiers wouldn't BE in a war zone in the first place. I was a regular reader of Ernie's House Of Whoop Ass, but left when he started beating war drums for invading any country the Bush Administration told him was responsible for 9/11. I believe the phrase "glass parking lot" was thrown around quite a bit (not sure, it's been a while since I read those posts). Dude even had a crackpot belief about WMDs being found in Iraq that you couldn't knock him off with a sledgehammer.

Yes, because Ernie himself ordered the invasion.
 
2009-11-18 03:09:20 PM  
Oh, and before anyone gets their snout out of joint, I never said that this charity in of itself was a bad thing. In fact, it's rather awesome. My beef is with the man himself.
 
2009-11-18 03:10:13 PM  
Merky: Maybe Obama should fly them all home. For good.

What this guy said.
 
2009-11-18 03:10:27 PM  
Saborlas: My beef is with the man himself.

Ernie?
 
2009-11-18 03:11:55 PM  
Kwisatzhaderach: Shouldn't that read, "The man raises money..." or are American troops really dependent on hand-outs from individuals to get back home for the holidays?
Yes. Yes they are.

They don't always know they'll get leave for the holiday, and it's just leave. They are allowed to travel back to the states, but then they have to get back to their post on their own as well by the time their leave is up. All the military does is give them time off, what they do with that time is up to them. LBEH exists to help them use that time to make it home for a visit during the holiday season. Airfare is expensive, and arrangements can be a hassle, especially through international communications.

The military has aways granted leave during wars, but before commercial airlines were so abundant, the most a soldier could do is get away from the front. Now if you get a few days leave, if you can manage to find a flight, you can go home, have a day or two for the holidays, but then you're turning around and going right back. In most cases you're still spending more time traveling than they do at home.
 
2009-11-18 03:13:29 PM  
That's very cool of him, but he's a couple of weeks late for thanksgiving...
 
2009-11-18 03:14:30 PM  
Saborlas: Of course, if it weren't for guys like Ernie, those soldiers wouldn't BE in a war zone in the first place. I was a regular reader of Ernie's House Of Whoop Ass, but left when he started beating war drums for invading any country the Bush Administration told him was responsible for 9/11. I believe the phrase "glass parking lot" was thrown around quite a bit (not sure, it's been a while since I read those posts). Dude even had a crackpot belief about WMDs being found in Iraq that you couldn't knock him off with a sledgehammer.

I was the same way. I remember the last post of his I read was when the military found a MiG29 buried in the sand and he oh so logically concluded that the WMDs were similarly buried and that we'd obviously never find them because of how big the desert was but it's a good thing we invaded because otherwise the Iraqis would use the WMDs on us instead of burying them where no one would ever see them again.

That said, LBEH is still a worthy cause.
 
2009-11-18 03:14:39 PM  
pudding7: Yes, because Ernie himself ordered the invasion.

What part of "guys like" do you not understand? The thirst for immediate vengeance got us into a wee bit of a quagmire that is slowly bleeding our armed forces dry.

/in b4 Family Guy character pix
//for all I know, Ernie's changed his mind by now
///stopping to think before unleashing violence is SO pre-9/11 thinking
 
2009-11-18 03:15:09 PM  
Last time I checked it's frowned upon to shoot relatives.
 
2009-11-18 03:15:32 PM  
 
2009-11-18 03:15:43 PM  
You would have been hard pressed to find any veteran that was not in favor of trying to stop any sort of WMD scenario before it started, considering the information being passed at that time. It IS a good cause. I remember those first paychecks in the early days and they don't stretch too far. Lots of hard work by very few people and the benefit is far and wide.
 
2009-11-18 03:16:27 PM  
My wife and I donate to this every year. You aren't flying kids home from the war zones (your taxes do that already), but junior enlisted who are far from home and maybe can't afford a plane ticket at Christmas time. Its a pretty decent charity.
 
2009-11-18 03:17:04 PM  
Jubeebee: That said, LBEH is still a worthy cause.

Indeed. I think we can all agree on that.
 
2009-11-18 03:17:58 PM  
Saborlas: ...that is slowly bleeding our armed forces dry.

I think we're up to the task, thanks.
 
2009-11-18 03:18:07 PM  
Semantic Warrior: Kwisatzhaderach: Shouldn't that read, "The man raises money..." or are American troops really dependent on hand-outs from individuals to get back home for the holidays?
Yes. Yes they are.

They don't always know they'll get leave for the holiday, and it's just leave. They are allowed to travel back to the states, but then they have to get back to their post on their own as well by the time their leave is up. All the military does is give them time off, what they do with that time is up to them. LBEH exists to help them use that time to make it home for a visit during the holiday season. Airfare is expensive, and arrangements can be a hassle, especially through international communications.

The military has aways granted leave during wars, but before commercial airlines were so abundant, the most a soldier could do is get away from the front. Now if you get a few days leave, if you can manage to find a flight, you can go home, have a day or two for the holidays, but then you're turning around and going right back. In most cases you're still spending more time traveling than they do at home.


Wrong scenario, if you are discussing time off mid-way through deployment, the government does cover that to an extent. I believe the vast majority of the kids this benefits will be INCONUS.
 
2009-11-18 03:18:58 PM  
Ernie's still doing this? That's good to know!
 
2009-11-18 03:19:41 PM  
What the hell have they been blowing their money on that they cannot afford to get home? They don't pay rent or pay for meals. Bunch of spendthrifts.
 
2009-11-18 03:20:27 PM  
devildog123: My wife and I donate to this every year. You aren't flying kids home from the war zones (your taxes do that already), but junior enlisted who are far from home and maybe can't afford a plane ticket at Christmas time. Its a pretty decent charity.

I donate to The Human Fund every year
 
2009-11-18 03:22:24 PM  
Maybe our dinner isn't normal. We've got copious amounts of alcohol, it's in the middle of nowhere so we can't drive anywhere, and we start eating around 9am and continue all day.

Plus we're in kilts.

Makes the whole thing kind of fun.
 
2009-11-18 03:22:25 PM  
Aunt Florence's broccoli casserole definitely qualifies as an IED.
 
2009-11-18 03:22:28 PM  
Well that's pretty much how is goes at the Culp family dinner.

We even have WMDs in the form of Aunt Mary's cooking. WHO THE fark MIXES BEETS, CARROTS, AND SPINACH INTO MASHED POTATOES TO GIVE MULTICOLORED CHOICES?!?!? That what we got for assigning her mashed potatoes because we figured she couldn't do anything too crazy. Oh how we were wrong.
 
2009-11-18 03:24:20 PM  
sboyle1020: devildog123: My wife and I donate to this every year. You aren't flying kids home from the war zones (your taxes do that already), but junior enlisted who are far from home and maybe can't afford a plane ticket at Christmas time. Its a pretty decent charity.

I donate to The Human Fund every year


Festivus for the rest of us!
 
2009-11-18 03:24:38 PM  
Questionably Certain: Semantic Warrior: Kwisatzhaderach: Shouldn't that read, "The man raises money..." or are American troops really dependent on hand-outs from individuals to get back home for the holidays?
Yes. Yes they are.

They don't always know they'll get leave for the holiday, and it's just leave. They are allowed to travel back to the states, but then they have to get back to their post on their own as well by the time their leave is up. All the military does is give them time off, what they do with that time is up to them. LBEH exists to help them use that time to make it home for a visit during the holiday season. Airfare is expensive, and arrangements can be a hassle, especially through international communications.

The military has aways granted leave during wars, but before commercial airlines were so abundant, the most a soldier could do is get away from the front. Now if you get a few days leave, if you can manage to find a flight, you can go home, have a day or two for the holidays, but then you're turning around and going right back. In most cases you're still spending more time traveling than they do at home.

Wrong scenario, if you are discussing time off mid-way through deployment, the government does cover that to an extent. I believe the vast majority of the kids this benefits will be INCONUS.


Actually, while a lot of them are CONUS, quite a few are kids in Japan or Germany who, as E-1 through E-4s, have a hard time springing for the $1200+ tickets. I just wish this had been around for my Christmas in Japan.
 
2009-11-18 03:25:31 PM  
Brown Sauce: A Thanksgiving that doesn't suck!

Ours! My family has been doing Thanksgiving with the same friends for about 35 years. In just under 5 days, I'm boarding a 16-hour flight from Tel Aviv to L.A. Can't wait!!!

/ Schedules her annual visits home to make it for Thanksgiving.
 
2009-11-18 03:25:48 PM  
Shrinkwrap: Merky: Maybe Obama should fly them all home. For good.

What this guy said.


Really? Obama should fly a sailor home from Okinawa to, say, Watertown, NY. Or a Marine from San Diego back to Illinois? Or a soldier in Germany back to Washington?

/Read the farking FAQ
//Stop making stupid assumptions.
///soldiers in Iraq of A-stan don't pay for tickets home already
 
2009-11-18 03:26:22 PM  
This Thanksgiving I'm spending it in Maryland with my my husband and kids. I love the nice and quiet day,
 
2009-11-18 03:26:24 PM  
Ok Ernie, fess up. What's your Fark handle?

/bet it's GorGor
 
2009-11-18 03:26:46 PM  
This is my nom nom nominee for headline of the year.

Ahhhh .... the ol' family gatherings
 
2009-11-18 03:27:28 PM  
Nogale: Brown Sauce: A Thanksgiving that doesn't suck!

Ours! My family has been doing Thanksgiving with the same friends for about 35 years. In just under 5 days, I'm boarding a 16-hour flight from Tel Aviv to L.A. Can't wait!!!

/ Schedules her annual visits home to make it for Thanksgiving.


Jews celebrate thanksgiving?
 
2009-11-18 03:28:15 PM  
Questionably Certain:

Wrong scenario, if you are discussing time off mid-way through deployment, the government does cover that to an extent. I believe the vast majority of the kids this benefits will be INCONUS.


Someone actually already stated it correctly, it's junior enlisted personnel stationed all over the world, like Germany, S. Korea, and such. Yes it'll benefit INCONUS as well. I wasn't referring to standard time off, but weekend pass sort of leave. Like I said, most are probably going to be spending more time traveling than with their families, even those INCONUS
 
2009-11-18 03:28:26 PM  
devildog123: Questionably Certain: Semantic Warrior: Kwisatzhaderach: Shouldn't that read, "The man raises money..." or are American troops really dependent on hand-outs from individuals to get back home for the holidays?
Yes. Yes they are.

They don't always know they'll get leave for the holiday, and it's just leave. They are allowed to travel back to the states, but then they have to get back to their post on their own as well by the time their leave is up. All the military does is give them time off, what they do with that time is up to them. LBEH exists to help them use that time to make it home for a visit during the holiday season. Airfare is expensive, and arrangements can be a hassle, especially through international communications.

The military has aways granted leave during wars, but before commercial airlines were so abundant, the most a soldier could do is get away from the front. Now if you get a few days leave, if you can manage to find a flight, you can go home, have a day or two for the holidays, but then you're turning around and going right back. In most cases you're still spending more time traveling than they do at home.

Wrong scenario, if you are discussing time off mid-way through deployment, the government does cover that to an extent. I believe the vast majority of the kids this benefits will be INCONUS.

Actually, while a lot of them are CONUS, quite a few are kids in Japan or Germany who, as E-1 through E-4s, have a hard time springing for the $1200+ tickets. I just wish this had been around for my Christmas in Japan.


Was just trying to get the point across in generality. When you break down manning we have the vast majority of folks here. I assume you were at Iwakuni or Okinawa. My time out of the US has been spent on ships and in Germany. This is Ernie staying true to his roots, the dog days of being junior enlisted. Ask any enlisted guy and those are the bittersweet days. Mostly carefree and a time for growth. The flip side you rarely hear about is how absolutely lonely it can get. Funny but the best and worst times of my life were during that phase.
 
2009-11-18 03:28:53 PM  
I recently read Ruth Reichl's Comfort Me With Apples and in it she discusses a colleague who claims he can tell everything about a family by what exactly they serve at Thanksgiving dinner.
 
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