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2012-12-24 02:41:14 PM  
Man, the Canadian Forces take Chrsitmas a lot more seriously than Uncle Sam:

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You'd think Ol' St. Nick would rate breaking out the dress blues.
 
2012-12-24 03:00:44 PM  
my Christmas growing up behind barbed wire

Was it better after the farmer put up an electric fence?
 
2012-12-24 03:12:11 PM  

St_Francis_P: my Christmas growing up behind barbed wire

Was it better after the farmer put up an electric fence?


Important Safety Tip:  Don't cross the stream with the electric fence.
 
2012-12-24 03:19:58 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: Man, the Canadian Forces take Chrsitmas a lot more seriously than Uncle Sam:

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You'd think Ol' St. Nick would rate breaking out the dress blues.


St. Nick better file his flight path with the FAA or he's gonna get a hellfire missle up his stocking.
 
2012-12-24 03:31:24 PM  

YodaBlues: DjangoStonereaver: Man, the Canadian Forces take Chrsitmas a lot more seriously than Uncle Sam:

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You'd think Ol' St. Nick would rate breaking out the dress blues.

St. Nick better file his flight path with the FAA or he's gonna get a hellfire missle up his stocking.


Santa's had a couple of rounds of system upgrades courtesy of Lockheed/Martin after that near-debacle over Baghdad back in '03.
 
2012-12-24 03:33:53 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: Man, the Canadian Forces take Chrsitmas a lot more seriously than Uncle Sam:


They're closer to the North Pole and have to be more careful in Identification Friend/Foe
 
2012-12-24 04:47:01 PM  
Couldn't go to bed until we heard the reports on the TV news that a UFO was spotted in the vicinity of the North Pole and was starting to move south. We then knew to set out the cookies and milk for Santa and carrots for the reindeer. We could all go to sleep knowing he was coming.

(My Santa believing years were late 50's to early 60's)
 
2012-12-24 04:55:06 PM  

catmandu: Couldn't go to bed until we heard the reports on the TV news that a UFO was spotted in the vicinity of the North Pole and was starting to move south. We then knew to set out the cookies and milk for Santa and carrots for the reindeer. We could all go to sleep knowing he was coming.

(My Santa believing years were late 50's to early 60's)


It was on the Radio in my house.  60's.
 
2012-12-24 05:00:13 PM  
It was always part of the weather report on the 10 o'clock news when I was a kid.
 
2012-12-24 05:14:32 PM  
All I had growing up was waiting to hear the announcement on the scanner that the local authorities had spotted Santa flying over a few minutes before midnight.
 
2012-12-24 05:27:56 PM  
From Wikipedia:

"The program began on December 24, 1955 when a Sears department store placed an advertisement in a Colorado Springs newspaper which told children that they could telephone Santa Claus and included a number for them to call. However, the telephone number printed was incorrect and calls instead came through to Colorado Springs' Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Center. Colonel Shoup, who was on duty that night, told his staff to give all children that called in a "current location" for Santa Claus."


So it all started as a mistake, but this Col. Shoup decided that national security might just include a little Christmas cheer as well as eternal vigilance. Nice!

/salutes Col. Shoup, wherever he is.
 
2012-12-24 05:36:56 PM  

Moriel: From Wikipedia:

"The program began on December 24, 1955 when a Sears department store placed an advertisement in a Colorado Springs newspaper which told children that they could telephone Santa Claus and included a number for them to call. However, the telephone number printed was incorrect and calls instead came through to Colorado Springs' Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Center. Colonel Shoup, who was on duty that night, told his staff to give all children that called in a "current location" for Santa Claus."


So it all started as a mistake, but this Col. Shoup decided that national security might just include a little Christmas cheer as well as eternal vigilance. Nice!

/salutes Col. Shoup, wherever he is.


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I'M TRACKIN' MAH SANTA!
 
2012-12-24 06:19:38 PM  
It seems silly, but I'm glad they are there keeping an eye on him. I remember all too well the Christmas of 1993 when a deranged skeleton kidnapped Santa and took his place. If it weren't for the military taking out the imposter, there is no telling what trauma the terrorist could have inflicted on the children of the world.
 
2012-12-24 07:02:09 PM  
Several years ago, when I worked in radio, we would get the :30-:60 sound clips from NORAD and insert them into our Christmas eve programming. Always thought that was kind of cool that they provided those.

/did a "Santa is in our studios" call-in thing for local kids too.
//hated that job, but enjoyed playing phone-Santa for a few years
 
2012-12-24 07:44:05 PM  

aimtastic: It was always part of the weather report on the 10 o'clock news when I was a kid.


I think it still is. I'll be looking for it tonight.
 
2012-12-24 07:50:58 PM  

Moriel: From Wikipedia:

"The program began on December 24, 1955 when a Sears department store placed an advertisement in a Colorado Springs newspaper which told children that they could telephone Santa Claus and included a number for them to call. However, the telephone number printed was incorrect and calls instead came through to Colorado Springs' Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Center. Colonel Shoup, who was on duty that night, told his staff to give all children that called in a "current location" for Santa Claus."


So it all started as a mistake, but this Col. Shoup decided that national security might just include a little Christmas cheer as well as eternal vigilance. Nice!

/salutes Col. Shoup, wherever he is.


Aye. I mean, what the heck? My god, that's an amazing thing. There be awesome shiat probably still classified (like the additional 10 other times there was one guy's good decision between us and nuclear apocolypse) from the cold war.

DjangoStonereaver:
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I'M TRACKIN' MAH SANTA!

*shakes tiny fist* I was totally thinking that!
 
2012-12-24 07:57:07 PM  
Man,

I remember about 1968 KBTX TV in College Station did these updates with the Santa. That was a NORAD update. How cool is that.
 
2012-12-24 08:48:32 PM  
Interceptors away! On course! Target is not deviating. Interception in 42 seconds.
 
2012-12-24 09:50:39 PM  
Ohhh, barbed wire, eh subby? Hoity toity, eh subby?
Why, back in those days, we was lucky to have the price of a cup of tea. Cold tea. Without milk or sugar. Or tea...
 
2012-12-24 10:50:13 PM  
This year Norad went with Bing. Yeah.
 
2012-12-25 04:26:35 AM  
I remember the jets from the AF base in my hometown would fly in formation to look various Christmas decorations or Santa's face or something. I
 
2012-12-25 08:19:50 AM  

hagar129: This year Norad went with Bing. Yeah.


Actually, we use Bing imagery by licensing agreement; what you're looking at is a new HTML5/WebGL map/globe called Cesium (cesium.agi.com). It's open source, fork us on GitHub.
 
2012-12-26 04:01:57 PM  
Your tax dollars at work.
 
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