Babwa Wawa: I'm kind of baffled by the need for them to put fighter planes in front of Santa. Why would he need a defensive escort?But whatevs.
Ambivalence: Wait til they find out Santa doesn't exist.
I_Am_Weasel: Oh, like'd they be able to keep up with Santa considering how fast he goes in order to deliver presents around the world
HMS_Blinkin: FTFA: "Children associate Santa with gifts and fun and everything else that is positive about Christmas," Kanner told the newspaper. "They are associating this with the military in children's minds."Yeah, and if there's one thing that 5 to 8 year old boys hate and think is super uncool, it's the military and fighter planes. Get some perspective, lady.
Ambivalence: Wait til they find out Santa doesn't exist.Shoot, I ruined it.
Arkanaut: Ambivalence: Wait til they find out Santa doesn't exist.Shoot, I ruined it."I'm sorry, little Johnnie, but you're old enough for us to tell you the truth -- Santa won't be coming this year. Obama shot him down. Expect the Krampus."
Biff_Steel: The war on christmas continues unabated. My guess is they had to look pretty hard to uncover this latest front of the war.
edmo: It was a cute NORAD thing back when it started and didn't have it's own budget. How do you justify this fun stuff now when you have to furlough people due to lack of money? That's not just a cynical question but a real concern that DOD doesn't even try to prioritize what's important let alone cut their spending.
Prank Call of Cthulhu: Yeah, nice job, NORAD. While you're obsessed with escorting Santa, you're completely ignoring the Krampus menace. That guy's running around, spanking naughty girls with impunity, and you're giving him a free pass.[cdn.fearnet.com image 500x400]
Diogenes: Babwa Wawa: I'm kind of baffled by the need for them to put fighter planes in front of Santa. Why would he need a defensive escort?But whatevs.Muslims are hostile to our Christian icons and figures.E
Prank Call of Cthulhu: Biff_Steel: The war on christmas continues unabated. My guess is they had to look pretty hard to uncover this latest front of the war.DEAR FOX NEWS: I am 38 years old. Some of my lie-beral friends say there is no War on Christmas. Papa Bill O'Reilly says, 'If you see it on FOX NEWS it's fair and balanced.' Please tell me the truth; is there a War on Christmas?--Virginia Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a War on Christmas. It exists as certainly as death panels and fake birth certificates and Muslim prayer curtains exist, and you know that they abound. Alas! how dreary would be the 24-hour news cycle if there were no War on Christmas. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no shrill, overopinionated, underinformed people screaming at each other on "news" shows. The eternal light of imagined persecution that fills the talk shows would be extinguished.Not believe in War on Christmas! You might as well not believe in derp! You might get your papa to hire men to watch all the checkout aisles in all the stores, but even if they did not see someone saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas," what would that prove? Nobody sees the War on Christmas, but that is no sign that there is no War on Christmas. The most real things in the world are those that obese, drug abusing, college flunk-out talk show hosts insist are real. Did you ever see the UN exert any kind of control over domestic policy? Of course not, but that's no proof that the blue-helmets aren't going to roll down your street and take your guns away and force you to read the Koran and stop you from spanking your kids. No War on Christmas! Thank God! it lives, and it lives forever. A thousand years from now, VIRGINIA, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, it will continue to make glad the heart of 24-hour news channels with time to fill and a partisan narrative to push.
SirEattonHogg: [be-rad.com image 225x150]Based on my constant war game simulations, I calculate a 99.9% probability that this incoming "Santa" blip is a Soviet era bomber carrying a full load of nuclear warheads.I recommend a full scale retaliatory response.
Gonz: edmo: It was a cute NORAD thing back when it started and didn't have it's own budget. How do you justify this fun stuff now when you have to furlough people due to lack of money? That's not just a cynical question but a real concern that DOD doesn't even try to prioritize what's important let alone cut their spending.1. Most (probably all) of the NORAD tracks Santa stuff is done by people on active duty. There's really not an appreciable additional cost.2. Like a lot of things, the public product is essentially military training in disguise. Like, you know when there's a flyover of an Air Force jet at an NFL game? That's got a few purposes. The obvious one is that it looks cool, and people associate "the military" and "awesome".But, from the DoD perspective, it's a good thing to be able to have a plane in a certain location at a specific time. That's a skill that comes in handy in war. So, you figure out when the National Anthem is going to start, and tell the pilot to get over the stadium 90 seconds after that. Oh, and by the way- if you're late or off-target, there are 70,000 people in the stands and millions at home who will know. That puts a degree of dificulty on an otherwise boring rehearsal.I'd bet that the NORAD trackers have jobs like broadcast journalism, psychological operations, and others where putting together a minute-long video segment would be part of their wartime mission. What a great way to ramp up the training- "if you screw up, half the kids in America are going to be sad on Christmas Eve, so get it right".
lilbjorn: Why isn't the Tea Party up in arms about the government pissing money away on this stuff?
mikemil828: it's not like the kids watching are going to have any issue with it.
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