There are more and more retailers open on Thanksgiving day trying to get the holiday shopping rolling one day earlier than the historic Black Friday start day. There is quite a controversy surrounding this topic. Some feel it is completely wrong and takes away from the holiday, while others are excited to get an even earlier jump on the sales that the retailers are using to entice customers to leave the turkey behind and get shopping. How do you feel?
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we would like to know how our KSCO family celebrates. Some people are traditionalists and make sure family recipes that have been cooked year after year are on the table. More and more, there are groups changing up the menus to feature locally available food. Some groups are using the Thanksgiving holiday to cook foods from their own traditional backgrounds and cultures. One common ingredient most all of us share on our tables is that we all love to be surrounded by family and friends. So, how will you be celebrating this year? Please cast your vote on this fun holiday poll, and be sure to tell us what you will be having on your table.
We are leaving thousands in the Philippines to die while the Pentagon refuses to do what the Pentagon did for hundreds of thousands of other refugees. It is called the Air Force “TRIAD” system that dropped millions of food packages without parachutes to Afghan refugees for months in 2001-2002. I know. I helped design it. See the official Air Force video that shows this!
Air Force crews were proud of TRIAD then. But the present Pentagon generals got no credit for it. Operational crews in the air force today know they could have been feeding the Philippine refugees with food packages from the air the day after the typhoon. All the resources needed are in the Pacific area. Just ask some of the frustrated base pilots and commanders.
Lazy and insensitive Pentagon staff members are lying to congress members and their own Secretary of Defense and the White House with excuses for why we can not drop food packages the TRIAD way. They are most worried that the press will realize that they did nothing for Haiti and let thousands die needlessly there while our “TRIAD” crews and cargo planes were ready to go a few hours away in Florida. Congressional leaders and I pleaded with them to help Haiti. The Pentagon and White House advisors said “Let the UN Relief Agency be in charge. That way we can not be blamed for insufficient relief – the way George Bush was blamed after Katrina.” The president will learn someday how his advisors allowed thousands to die needlessly -- and they were poor people who were of no great military value to the U.S.
As a combat veteran, secretary Hagel should be embarrassed to his socks when the truth comes out.
After seeing the TRIAD video, ask your self what you would want if your children were starving and dying in your arms while you watched planes flying overhead.
The history of how TRIAD came about is in the University Public Affairs section at www.wattenburg.us