Wednesday, December 4, 2013

NORAD Santa Fighter Escort Derided

Although we did without a computer until the late 90's, my oldest was fortunate to have gotten least two good years worth of opportunities to view the Santa Tracker on the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) website. It was nice that she was young enough to experience the excitement of watching the flight path of Santa Claus he makes his trip around the world. As we in the US are on the far end of the day, one of the traditions for Christmas Eve was to watch Santa and his team of reindeer fly over the Great Wall, Sydney, Moscow, Rome, Paris, London, and other faraway places, Our youngest grew up with this from the time he was three.

Here is the link for the Santa Tracker - enjoy and Merry Christmas.

When NORAD picks up Santa entering US airspace, things get even better. Fighter jets are dispatched to provide Old Saint Nick with a escort. Words can't describe the excitement displayed in the faces of the children upon the realization that our military so respects our annual gift-bearing visitor that a deployment of our air assets is not only appropriate, but obligatory as well. Well, for a job that recalls the gifts brought to the Christ-child, why shouldn't it be so?. 

Being that at that time I was on the Bomb Squad and K9 units and thus often on call, my kids could appreciate that the pilots and ground crews also were on call until they were instructed that it was time to get their jets in the air for Santa.

Among other questions, they would ask if the pilots were able to wave to Santa from their cockpits. I would assure them that the pilots, to avoid getting too close to the reindeer, would keep a little further back and use the "wing-dipping" technique to bid welcome. "Jet engines are very loud, you know".

The innocence of our youth has long been assailed from all  corners. Angry, radical atheists and Fundamentalist Christians, in a bizarre instance of cooperation, have gone on a vicious spree of denying the existence of Saint Nicholas. This has occurred numerous occasions in the last few years, even in our schools. One of these depraved acts was committed by unbelieving substitute teacher on a Kindergarten class. The substitute brought up the subject on her own volition just to have the opportunity to harm the minds of children and take away much of their enjoyment of Christmas. Aside from the angry parents who had to correctly note to their kids that the substitute was wrong, I can only imagine the anguish of the regular teacher who had to regret being unable to teach class that day.

Now, we have another example of the attacks on the time-honored tradition of escorting Santa. This time, it comes from a different yet almost as insidious angle. Leftists have long advocated and engaged in the positively inhuman practice of hiding from children anything that looks like a weapon, and act of fighting, or war. Girls brought up in such an environment are at risk of becoming adults who will recoil in horror and the thought of a firearm being the same building as they are or the prospect of one of their children joining the military or becoming a cop. For boys in particular, this can be terribly damaging to their psyche. The male brain, having been bathed in testosterone even in utero, is geared towards fighting and is naturally drawn to finding examples of good guys to emulate. My kids grew up watching the Power Rangers, and I can assert with supreme confidence that they were far better off having watched depictions of good guys risking themselves to save others from the bad guys than they would have been if they had been denied such opportunities.

I can also assert with the same confidence that children who are shielded from anything related to fighting tend to grow up anxiety-ridden and desirous of being protected by others. My youngest had a high school history teacher last year who, recounting the first time that he held a gun in his hands, stated ".. I.felt nothing but fear".

He was a nice person and all, but as a man he was worthless.

The advantages of tens, if not hundreds of thousands of years of evolution, and design by our Creator, are negated by self-righteous parents in a sick game of mind control began even before the child is even capable of understanding what Mom and Dad are doing to him.

Here is the next attack on Santa and on our culture by a self-righteous type who wants kids to think of our military as some type of inherently foreign entity.

"A North American Aerospace Defense Command website showing Santa Claus delivering presents while flanked by fighter jets has some child advocates raising concerns about Saint Nick's new travel companions.

NORAD Tracks Santa, operated by the joint U.S.-Canada command, has provided children with information about Santa's whereabouts since 1955. In recent years, Santa updates have included animated videos showing Santa on his flight path.

In addition to Santa's traditional sleigh and reindeer, NORAD has added an animated fighter plane escort to give a realistic feel to the popular program, a command spokesman told Reuters.

"We wanted to let folks know that, hey, this is a NORAD video, and we're the military and this is our mission," Navy Captain Jeff Davis said.

Allen Kanner, a California child and family psychologist and co-founder of the Boston-based Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, told The Boston Globe the Pentagon is "completely out of line" for linking Christmas with the military.

“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."

Another video on the NORAD Tracks Santa website shows military personnel preparing for a test flight with an intelligence officer asserting that “intel can confirm that Jack Frost and the Abominable Snowman will not be a threat," The Globe reported.

I think people are quite aware of the military’s true mission,” said Amy Hagopian, a professor of public health at the University of Washington, told the newspaper. “If the military wants to keep its ranks stocked, it needs to appeal to children. The military knows it can’t appeal to adults to volunteer. It is like the ad industry." ..........."

Where has the sense of shame gone?

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