Sunday, November 15, 2009
It is at least hideous that Christmas ads are already running on television, but this one stands out as the best I've seen so far:
How do you not like that ad?
Maybe not so horrendous in the timing after all. How long does it take to get a package to Iraq or Afghanistan these days?
I'm sure that families with deployed family members would know, but not us civilians.
There was a sudden, rare snow in Iraq after an election, as the surge's effort against violence was being realized. Even those of us who only followed events online could feel it:
"Snow fell on Baghdad on Friday for the first time in memory, and delighted residents declared it an omen of peace. 'It is the first time we've seen snow in Baghdad,' said 60 yr old Hassan Zahar. 'I was covered with snowflakes. In my hair, on my shoulders. I invite all the people to enjoy peace, because the snow means peace,' he said.
"Traffic policeman Murtadha Fadhil, huddling under a balcony to keep dry, declared the snow 'a new sign of the new Iraq.'
"'It's a sign of hope. We hope Iraqis will purify their hearts and politicians will work for the prosperity of all Iraqis.
The streets of the capital were largely empty as big thick wet flakes fell on Friday. The temperature hovered around freezing and the snow mostly melted into grey puddles.
"But it was still lovely, said Mohanned Rahim, a baker. "'This snow will bring pleasure to the Iraqi people.'"
--Reuters, Jan. 11, 2008