Dec 24, 2006


Lest we forget the freedom we still possess as they fight, shoulder to shoulder, unyielding, unceasingly that we may still enjoy One Nation Under God and a very Merry Christmas!
To all my friends....May You Remember the Reason for the Season!!
Big Love,

'Twas The Night Before Christmas - Military Version

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the skies,
Air defences were up, with electronic eyes.
Combat pilots were nestled in ready-room beds,
As enemy silhouettes danced in their heads.

Every jet on the apron, each SAM in its tube,
Was triply-redundant, linked to the Blue Cube,
And ELINT and AWACS gave coverage so dense
That nothing that flew could slip through our defence.

When out of the klaxon arose such a clatter
I dashed to the screen to see what was the matter;
I increased the gain and then, quick as a flash,
Fine-adjusted the filters to damp out the hash.

And there found the source of the warning we'd heeded:
An incoming blip, by eight escorts preceded.
"Alert status red!" went the word down the wire,
As we gave every system the codes that meant "FIRE!"

On Aegis! Up Patriot, Phalanx and Hawk!
And scramble our fighters--let's send the whole flock!
Launch decoys and missiles! Use chaff by the yard!
Get the kitchen sink up! Call the National Guard!

They turned toward the target, moved toward it, converged.
Till the tracks on the radar all finally merged,
And the sky was lit up with a demonic light,
As the foe met his fate in the high arctic night.

So we sent out some recon to look for debris,
Yet all that they found, both on land and on sea
Were some toys, a red hat, a charred left leather boot,
Broken sleigh bells, white hair, and a deer's parachute.

Now it isn't quite Christmas, with Saint Nick shot down.
There are unhappy kids in each village and town.
For the Spirit of Christmas can't hope to evade
All the web of defenses we've carefully made.

But a crash program's on: Working hard, night and day,
All the elves are constructing a radar-proof sleigh.
So let's wait for next Christmas, in cheer and in health,
For the future has hope: Santa's coming by stealth!


Old Knudsen said...

To be totally honest i've served in a war that no one even called or remembered as a war, I don't like to be reminded of the friends I have lost or what I have seen, but I do want to wish all those in combat, not necessarily for some idea of freedom but for doing their job the best of luck and a safe home and may their gods go with them .

Babsbitchin said...

old knudsen, isn't it nice how officials forget? They declare war and sit in the office while our men/women/boys do their fighting. Yes, you are right, it is all about those that bravely do their job. Merry Christmas, Da!
Big Hugs

RICH said...

Nice tribute Babs!! Your photos say it all.

.Ophelia. said...

Merry Christmas Babs. May they all come home soon. 2007 is going to be a very intresting year. :o)

Babsbitchin said...

Rich, ain't that the truth! Hope you had a great Christmas!

Babsbitchin said...

ophelia, I agree and I do believe 2007 is going to be a better year! Hope you had a wonderful holiday and Bella was very pleased!