Good evening ladies and some ?'s........

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Good evening ladies and some ?'s........
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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 4:50pm
I was going to post these ?'s on another board but was afraid I'd get yelled at for being so stupid........

I have been glued to the TV since the war started. I can't stop watching. CNN, Fox, MSNBC, I am constantly flipping channels.

What does, say, 101st infantry mean? How about 173rd Airborne? What do these #'s mean?

Also, am I the only person that feels that, in some way, all these news stations may be giving away information to Saddam? You hear them say where we are, where we are expected to be, how many miles we are away from Baghdad; then these retired generals and other kinds of military people get on the TV with the maps & pointers and tell everything to us.

You know that Saddam is watching our TV news stations.

It just scares me - this whole war scares me.

Thank you ladies for your understanding.......

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 5:26pm
Yeah, I know what you mean! In some ways I think it is good for "some" of the war to be shown on TV because it keeps people aware of the intensity and what "our guys" are going through for our country. Sometimes we need help in remembering. On the other hand, I have been curious as well about the terrorists listening to all our information on TV. I don't know. I think the White House would curtail all media relations on the war if it was a problem with the enemy. But who knows? And then ... there are definitely parts of the war that we should not be shown due to privacy issues for the families. You know ... the obvious scenes that would impact the privacy issues for families and their emotional well-being. It's just so hard ... where do you draw the line? Part of me feels that our journalists are just putting their lives in danger and being stupid about it too! It is difficult not to watch the war on TV because, somehow, when I turn it off ... I feel like I'm just tuning out what are boys are doing over there for us! Like ... we have the easy and carefree ability to tune-in and tune-out as we like. Very strange feeling indeed. I don't know exactly what the troop numbers are ... an identification for their troop, I think. I'm sure we are not alone in thinking this way ... luckily all the ladies seem extra nice on "this" board!

Best ...

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 5:45pm
Hi! Pleased to meet you - what shall we call you?

It's nice to know I'm not alone in my feelings!! Thanks for the confirmation!

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 5:57pm
I'm Carole. I chose kaleidoscope because my daughters like them so much. Me too, actually. So you don't have to call me kaleidoscope - thank goodness, huh? It's really hard to spell out!
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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 6:35pm
The number is just an assigned number when the unit forms - like all ships have hull numbers, whereas the letters before the hull number represents the type of ship it is. The wording after the numbers is the unit type.

I have just quit watching except at specific times. Mostly because dgd doesn't need to see it or hear it. But I understand how easily it is to get so glued to the TV. I sometimes feel like you do, too, Beth about too much being given out by the media that is over there. But in reality, they only reporting what they are told, which is why we get way to many misinterputations of what has gone on. You know, with today's technology, even with what is being reported is already known long before we have it on air. To think otherwise would be to say that Saddam is stupid and of everything he is, that is not one of them. Just remember, some of what the reports say end of not being true. There must be a reason for that to.

This war scares me, too. Especially where my dgds are concern and what might their future holds. - Jessie

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 6:41pm
Thanks, Carole - I'd have a hard time spellling kaleidoscope every time!!
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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 6:43pm
Thanks, Jess for the explanation - helps me understand a bit more!
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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 12:23am
I know how you feel (((Beth))) - it can become a bit overwhelming with this 24 hours a day coverage. I have tried to distance myself a bit, but I still check in several times each day. I'm finding I start feeling really "weighted down", if that makes any sense to you. It can get oppressive.

Let's just hope it's over and that maniac's gone soon, for everyone's sake.

Hugs,

Deb