Thursday, December 14, 2006

Tomgram: Turse, A Holiday War-on-Terror Travel Guide

How the year does cycle round! The holidays are already upon us and, before you know it, you'll be desperate for gift ideas. Next year, we, here at Tomdispatch, are planning to do our duty and roll out a real seasonal commercial bonanza for TD readers. Unfortunately, the factory at which we expected to produce our new line of products, including -- in honor of the coming Congressional investigation season -- Bush Administration Mug Shot Mugs and a whole line of Tomdispatch sports apparel for the computer-impaired, got outsourced before we could purchase it. But wait until next year -- and, in the meantime, lawyers and lovers of constitutional rights among you might pay a visit to ("Be a lawyer, don't dress like one), the amusing website of a former student of mine, where you can purchase "I [heart] Habeus" T-shirts and other less mentionables.

Fortunately, Tomdispatch did release two perfect stocking-stuffers just in time for the holiday season. For anyone eager to indict the President and his cohorts, a year-ending must-have is former federal prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega's Tomdispatch book, United States v. George W. Bush et al., launched from this site only two weeks ago and already #33 on the New York Times nonfiction paperback bestseller list! Check out De la Vega's hilarious appearance on The Colbert Report (here and here) as well as the "Wings of Justice Award" that just gave her, and then rush to or the website of independent publisher Seven Stories Press and get one for everybody you know and love.

For those of you who would like a little extra company of a special sort -- a provocative thinker or two ready to sit down to a Holiday feast with you or entertain your New Year's visitors -- there's Mission Unaccomplished: Tomdispatch Interviews with American Iconoclasts and Dissenters. In addition, by buying both books in staggering quantities, you'll experience the holiday cheer of knowing that you are supporting this site for all you're worth. Now, prepare yourself for a pre-holiday treat, our traditional Nick Turse seasonal festival of suggestions, this year on how to get away in style. Tom

On Holiday for the Holidays

A Tomdispatch Christmas Travel Guide
By Nick ("Tongue Firmly in Cheek") Turse

Back in 2003, Tomdispatch offered you a list of "Hot as Depleted Uranium Toys for a New Imperial Age." In 2004, we gave you the inside scoop on how to "Make It a Merry Military-Corporate Christmas." And last year, it was all about timeless holiday values like militarism, jingoism, and barbarism, as Tomdispatch wished you an "All-American Christmas."

This year --instead of offering a buyers guide to Christmas favorites like the instantly classic T-shirt with Santa brandishing an automatic rifle, or the mouse pad featuring a B-52 bomber festooned with Christmas decorations, or even the children's "Peacekeepers" play set in which nearly all 100 accessories appear to be bazookas, rifles, pistols, mortars, grenades, mines, and other accoutrements we regularly associate with peace on Earth -- Tomdispatch will provide you with your own special holiday travel guide (with all the tips you need for that quick seasonal getaway). So find your passport, pack your bags, and let us transport you with a holiday travel guide so complete it can't be beat.

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