November 30, 2013

47,000 Away From Home
— Dave in Texas

47,000 reasons to give thanks to them, and their loved ones.

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God bless them. Keep them safe and bring them home.

UPDATE: All politics all the time, here

Posted by: Dave in Texas at 06:18 AM | Comments (40)
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1 Time to stop electing politicians who send these brave people to clean out the world's cultural toilets...

Posted by: M. Murcek at November 30, 2013 06:21 AM (GJUgF)

2 What? Go Mizzuo!

Posted by: free tibet, etc. at November 30, 2013 06:22 AM (jAc/f)

3 Ah,that would be Mizzou-

Posted by: free tibet, etc. at November 30, 2013 06:22 AM (jAc/f)

4 Amen.Extra blessings for serving under the worst CinC of all time.

Posted by: steevy at November 30, 2013 06:23 AM (zqvg6)

5 Are those guys hand holding because they are gay or are they praying?The former is alright ,the latter requires an investigation for radical christian teabagger ties. The US Army

Posted by: steevy at November 30, 2013 06:28 AM (zqvg6)

6 Steevy, I thought the same thing. Praying before a meal? WTF when did THIS get allowed? Go Duke. Football Thread? Games start at NOON!

Posted by: Nip Sip at November 30, 2013 06:30 AM (0FSuD)

7 Lets punt the politics for this post. 

Pray for these guys and gals.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at November 30, 2013 06:30 AM (Qd/25)

8 My nephew just finished his third tour in Afghanistan. He's a very fine Marine. Now he is doing desk duty in NC. He certainly has earned it. Best wishes to all the troops wherever they are.

Posted by: eman at November 30, 2013 06:30 AM (AO9UG)

9 What Anna said. FB post up in 30

Posted by: Dave in Texas at November 30, 2013 06:31 AM (l7DqC)

10 Yeah, a politics bucket below this post would be welcome.

Posted by: eman at November 30, 2013 06:31 AM (AO9UG)

11 As the mother of a future 2LT, I like that photo.

Posted by: NCKate at November 30, 2013 06:32 AM (X/4E9)

12 Humbling to think what they're doing for me, some guy they'll never meet. Thanks, boys.

Posted by: t-bird at November 30, 2013 06:33 AM (FcR7P)

13 Guys and gals are the one constant when giving the 'what are you thankful for' speech at the dinner table. God Bless the troops.

Posted by: RWC at November 30, 2013 06:34 AM (LpbKr)

14 9 What Anna said. FB post up in 30 Posted by: Dave in Texas at November 30, 2013 11:31 AM (l7DqC) May I request an extra helping of elbows?

Posted by: Nip Sip at November 30, 2013 06:34 AM (0FSuD)

15 My son deploys again in late February. It's just part of his job.

Posted by: Dick (@DicksTrash) at November 30, 2013 06:36 AM (GrtrJ)

16 It's a nice thing to keep a look out for service folks in restaurants and after spotting them make it so their money is no good there and the bill went poof.

Posted by: eman at November 30, 2013 06:37 AM (AO9UG)

17 Amen. Hope they come home safe and sound and soon.

Posted by: Darth Randall at November 30, 2013 06:40 AM (42YMD)

18 God keep him safe Dick.

Posted by: Dave in Texas at November 30, 2013 06:40 AM (l7DqC)

19 God bless them and keep them safe.

Posted by: USA at November 30, 2013 06:42 AM (VIaw0)

20 Thanks, Dave. Much appreciated.

Posted by: Dick (@DicksTrash) at November 30, 2013 06:44 AM (GrtrJ)

21 Um, nice pic, but the table on the left has some babes at it. We could have had troops, food, prayers, and elbows all in one. Okay, I'm greedy.

Posted by: eman at November 30, 2013 06:46 AM (AO9UG)

22 Not sure if this is political or not, but does anyone really know what's going on in terms of us getting the hell out?  My co-worker just told me his kid who is in the Guard just got word he's going back for another year.

Posted by: lowandslow at November 30, 2013 06:49 AM (IV4od)

23 Good friend of ours was in the sandbox for Thanksgiving and Christmas last year. Came home after some minor explosions, unhurt. So very thankful for the men in uniform. We did something nice for a struggling ex-soldier with PTSD and his family this week. Wish we could have done more.

Posted by: Gingy @GingyNorth at November 30, 2013 06:56 AM (N/cFh)

24 Did these guys get their votes counted yet????

Posted by: DAve at November 30, 2013 06:56 AM (b7yum)

25

Actually think it only qualifies as "political" in the usual fairly meaningless sense of that word these days, but comment #1 merits discussion in another thread if I can remember to do so.  But to straddle the two themes, the nation really isn't worthy of these folks in the photo and their service (there, that's sneaky enough, I think).

 

Posted by: non-purist at November 30, 2013 06:56 AM (afQnV)

26 Remember there's still a U.S. pow in Afghanistan and currently no plans re getting him back

Posted by: DAve at November 30, 2013 06:57 AM (b7yum)

27 Not sure if this is political or not, but does anyone really know what's going on in terms of us getting the hell out? My co-worker just told me his kid who is in the Guard just got word he's going back for another year. Posted by: lowandslow at November 30, 2013 11:49 AM (IV4od) -------------------- Last I heard, Obama is supposedly working on a deal to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan for another 10 years as peacekeepers, but Karzai is acting the douche. Quite frankly, I 'm on board with taking off and nuking it from orbit... just to be sure.

Posted by: Darth Randall at November 30, 2013 06:58 AM (42YMD)

28 Um, nice pic, but the table on the left has some babes at it. eman: "Enhance 224 to 176. Stop. Track left. Stop. Move in. Stop. Pull out, track right. Center and stop. Enhance 34 to 26. [female soldier's hair bun becomes visible]. Gimme a hard copy right there."

Posted by: EC at November 30, 2013 07:01 AM (doBIb)

29 This year, the hubby is home for the holidays.   I can't even express how grateful we are for this.  

Posted by: no good deed at November 30, 2013 07:02 AM (HsJeN)

30

I can't imagine the stress of having a kid over there.

 

May God bless  them,  and shelter them and their families in his hand.

Posted by: Ook at November 30, 2013 07:03 AM (FBkKA)

31 My son and his buddies, in a firebase in southeastern Afghanistan along the Pakistani border, thought the Thanksgiving dinner, turkey with all of the fixings, was just plain awesome. He told me they were sick to death of MREs. I told him to be grateful C-rations were no longer around. When I was in the Army, there was a dessert in C-rations called a 'chocolate nut roll', made by an outfit called Aunt Beatrice's Kitchens. The chocolate tasted like chalk, and the dry, spongy 'nutroll' part would suck all of the moisture from your body. We swore one day we would hunt down and shoot Aunt Beatrice, whoever and wherever she was, the diabolical witch.

Posted by: troyriser at November 30, 2013 07:03 AM (ptcFO)

32 This year, my stepson is still stationed at home, but next year he will be somewhere on the other side of the world for the holidays. I wish he could come home then too.

Posted by: EC at November 30, 2013 07:04 AM (doBIb)

33 I can't imagine the stress of having a kid over there. May God bless them, and shelter them and their families in his hand. Posted by: Ook at November 30, 2013 12:03 PM (FBkKA) It would eat me up if I let it. I don't let it. I reach out to friends and family. I pray a lot.

Posted by: troyriser at November 30, 2013 07:06 AM (ptcFO)

34 My daughters would call me and tell me how worried they were about their cousin being in Afghanistan. I told them that was okay, but remember he's a Marine, that means he's a badass, and he is over there with a whole bunch of other Marines. He'll be fine, the folks on the other side should be nervous, not you.

Posted by: eman at November 30, 2013 07:12 AM (AO9UG)

35 Nood booty.

Posted by: EC at November 30, 2013 07:12 AM (doBIb)

36 30
I can't imagine the stress of having a kid over there.
May God bless them, and shelter them and their families in his hand.

It's unfuckingreal on the best days and insane levels of worrying on the worst. I know this from experience.

Posted by: Dick (@DicksTrash) at November 30, 2013 07:17 AM (GrtrJ)

37 My boy spawn is in basic training to be a cavalry scout. He will be home for Christmas and then back to Benning for AIT portion of training. After that, who knows.  I'm guessing he may wind up in Afghanistan eventually.  I really hate that, but then I hate the fact that he is serving under the most America hating Marxist president this country has ever had the misfortune to suffer. And I hate that more than anything.

Posted by: madamemayhem at November 30, 2013 08:20 AM (S2RnE)

38 God bless them. Keep them safe and bring them home. ____________________ Amen.

Posted by: Trivial Pursuer at November 30, 2013 08:34 AM (/sohm)

39 Bring them all home, let the likes of Karzai wallow in their own shi& holes.

Posted by: Bufalobob at November 30, 2013 08:46 AM (r8ENS)

40 I find it sad how many are willing to show the veterans respect on a special holiday, but join with the demorats and Obama trashing them otherwise.  Which is REAL RESPECT, everyday or set aside holidays ?

Posted by: ron n. at December 02, 2013 01:46 AM (c7HxG)

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