Sunday, August 24, 2014

I was a soldier; I am a veteran

I Was a Soldier; I Am a Veteran

By Colonel Daniel K. Cedusky, USA, Retired 

I was a Soldier or I am a Veteran: That is the way it is, what we were and certainly WHAT we ARE.

We put it, simply, without any swagger, without any brag, in those four plain words.
We speak them softly, just to ourselves. Others may have forgotten they are a manifesto to humankind; speak those four words anywhere in the world, anywhere, and many who hear will recognize their meaning.

They are a pledge. A pledge that stems from a document that said, “I solemnly swear”, “to protect and defend” and goes on from there, and from a Flag called “Old Glory”.
Listen, and you can hear the voices echoing through them, words that sprang white-hot from bloody lips, shouts of “medic&#8 221; whispers of “Oh God!” forceful words of “Follow Me”. If you cannot hear them, you were not, if you can you are.

“Don’t give up the ship! Fight her until she dies… Damn the torpedoes! Go ahead! . . . Do you want to live forever? . . . Don’t cheer, boys; the poor devils are dying.”
Laughing words, and words cold as January ice, words that when spoken, were meant, “Wait till you see the whites of their eyes”. The echoes of I was a Soldier. Say what you mean & mean what you say!

You can hear the slow cadences at Gettysburg, or Arlington honoring not a man, but a Soldier, perhaps forgotten by his nation, his family…Oh! Those Broken Promises, VA claims, Homelessness, Divorces. You can hear those echoes as you have a beer at the “Post”, walk in a parade, go to The Wall, visit a VA hospital, hear the mournful sounds of Taps, or gaze upon the white crosses, or tall white stones, row upon row. However, they are not just words; they are a way of life, a pattern of living, or a way of dying.

They made the evening, with another day’s work done - supper with the wife and kids. A Beer with friends; and no Gestapo snooping at the door and threatening to kick your teeth in. They gave you the right to choose who shall run our government for us, the right to a secret vote that counts just as much as the next fellow is in the final tally. In addition, the obligation to use that right, and guard it and keep it clean. They prove the right to hope, to dream, to pray, and the obligation to serve. These are just some of the meanings of those four words, meanings we do not often stop to tally up or even list.

Only in the stillness of a moonless night or in the quiet of a Sunday afternoon, or in the thin dawn of a new day, when our world is close about us, Do they rise up in our memories and stir in our sentient hearts. In addition, we are remembering family & battle buddies, who were at Iwo Jima, Wake Island, and Bataan, Inchon, and Chu Lai, Knox and Benning, Great Lakes and Paris Island, Travis and Chanute, Bagdad, Kabul, Kuwait City, and many other places long forgotten by our civilian friends.

They are plain words, those four. Simple words. You could carve them on stone; you could carve them on the mountain ranges. You could sing them, to the tune of “Yankee Doodle.” However, you need not. You need not do any of those things, for those words are graven in the hearts of Veterans, they are familiar to 24,000,000 tongues, every sound and every syllable. If you must write them, put them on my Stone.

However, when you speak them, speak them softly, proudly, I will hear you, for I too, I was a Soldier, I AM A VETERAN.

Friday, August 1, 2014

What are the chances of a second revolution/civil war in America?

What are the chances of a second revolution/civil war in America? Could things like The Occupy Movement, The Tea Party Movement, and other movements of this type lead to a second revolution/civil war in the United States?
Examine the last 4-5 years in Bosnia: it is possible.

The Bosnian war happened because the Yugoslavian Army became predominantly a single ethnicity. When that ethnicity came to power, it brought together the perfect storm: corrupt government + willing military = genocide. I would argue that if the military unified around a single issue & the government opposed that issue, the military would refuse to back the government. Government program/policy - willing military = civil war.

We have seen this play out in the Middle East where the commanding general of the military ends up opposed to the sitting ruler. The General then attempts to wrest power from the government or the military declares military rule. It is a mistake to believe that the population needs to mobilize in any kind of a large scale. In most Civil Wars, including our own right through what is happening right now in Syria, much of the population is passive and is herded around or used for human shields. Yugoslavia was a well-off, modern nation before the war. In 1984, they hosted the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. Fast-forward 8 years later, Sarajevo was under siege.

There is a tremendous amount of rhetoric bantered about in our country full of utterly false analogies and hyperbolic claims that seem intended less to promote educated debate than to elicit anger and distrust. We are the most connected generation ever, but it seems instead of people using that to gather information, individuals use it to spread propaganda. The type of propaganda that claims those who disagree are "un-American" or worse, less than human. This happens from all sides, all ideologies and the vitriol is increasing. Considering all of this, I am not able to rule out that Civil War is impossible here.

I do not think our divide would be ethnic, but potentially & most likely cultural. When you really look closely, often Civil Wars erupt over "way of life" issues. Most religious wars fundamentally break down to - I do not want to live the way you want to tell me to live, I would rather choose my own path.

I am reluctant to give this example because I sense it will avulse the discussion off topic, but gun rights are a potential powder keg. The Pro-Gun lobby says that you should fight gun registration because "the government" will use the registry to round up all of the guns. Well, who is tasked to round up the guns? Even if somehow congress managed to change the Constitution to make it legal, that act alone would be the break point for a number of States and I venture to believe the mass majority of States if not EVERY State would pitch a fit. Would the federal government continue to press the policy? How? Quite literally, and with what Army?

Many people believe that State's rights have been trampled, if not bulldozed and the federal government has become bloated, too large and omnipotent. Some people believe that if government attempts to round up personal weapons that would be the Stamp Act of our modern times, maybe not sufficient in and of itself, but more of a "last straw."

One of the primary catalysts to the Revolutionary war, and a contributing factor in the Civil War, was taxes. With the ever increasing tax burden being placed on the populace, and the loopholes that the wealthy and corporations are able to exploit to avoid paying taxes, you have to wonder at what point will the citizens decide that enough is enough.

You also have to take into account the political environment right now. Our elected representatives are becoming more out of touch with their constituents, and the lives that they lead. One case in point, a recent interview with Hillary Clinton, where she revealed she has not driven a car since 1996. That is extremely unusual for the average citizen unless there is a mitigating medical condition that prevents driving. Politicians are now more concerned with making risk averse decisions that will ensure their reelection, rather than make the tougher choices to better serve the country as a whole. Our current Commander in Chief flaunts the fact that he has, and will continue to circumvent the legislative process by signing Executive Orders, changing laws without congressional approval. Of course, we have to add in the numerous wealthy individuals who believe they can purchase legislature, and influence the government by promising or denying "donations".

Lastly, there are constant assaults to the Constitutional rights of the average citizen. No longer do we have a reasonable expectation of privacy; nearly all of our electronic communications are intercepted, including our web usage statistics, and at times even our telephone conversations as evidenced by the recent NSA scandal. Freedom from illegal search and seizure is blown out of the water by ‘law enforcement’ departments on a daily basis that most often ends with a very bad outcome for someone. In addition, there is everyone's favorite hot topic of the moment, the right to keep and bear arms. California has already begun confiscation efforts, passed laws that make it near impossible for a law-abiding citizen to own a firearm, and that is just one example.

Thomas Jefferson stated, "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants". This particular saying is becoming a battle cry of sorts to those who desire change, as much as the Gadsden Flag is becoming their banner. With everything that we are forced to endure as citizens, we have to wonder how much more will go unopposed before someone makes that first move toward a new civil war. All it will sadly take is one voice, screaming loud enough, to start the ball in motion.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Where Are We Going?

    I have to wonder where we are going as a country or as a nation of individual people.  I think we have lost our way on what is important to us and what we value as a nation.  We will not turn this country around if we have no clue on what we value and what we support and the priorities we place on those values.  How do you pick one candidate over another, when you don't have a clear idea of what you value and how much you value it.  This isn't more evident when it comes to the crop of possibles for 2016 because there are a bunch of politicians out there promising the world.  We all know leopards don't change their spots and any politicians biggest goal is to get elected and\or re-elected.

    We won't all agree on what we value and we sure as heck won't agree on where they fall on our priority list.  But here is the thing, we need to figure out early on what is truly of value and be willing to go to the mat for the candidates that have a track history of supporting that value.  If you value limited government then find a candidate that has worked to make that happen (look to Governers).  If you value controling government spending then find candidates that have actually cut government spending.  Constitutional rights, same thing.  Social issues, same thing.  We, who are opposed to run away government spending and government overreach, need to find and promote candidates that support the same.

     I for one am willing to support candidates that others have vetted if they have proof of the track record.  I struggle to listen to all the talking heads and all the campaign spewed BS.  I will put dollars and energy into actual reformers and leaders.  I won't throw money down the hottest new thing rabbit hole just to go along with the crowd.  I will do my own vetting the best that I can and I would rest your help in pointing out good possibles.

    We won't change this country by allowing the same career criminal back into office just because they are part of the two party machine.  We have the ability to change the process and our opportunity is before the primaries and in the primaries.  After that we are back to the lesser of two evils, which hasn't worked out for us so far.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Been Busy

         I have a new position and I have been too busy to spend anytime researching and following the news.  I hate it, but having a job is not a bad thing because it allows me to take care of a great many things.  With Tax Day upon us, it does remind me of how damn wasteful our government is and how easily they pick my pocket to give it to people I don't know. It is very likely that those people do not work the 50-60 hours a week that I do to make those precious dollars and we all know we have near zero say in how our elected officials choose to waste those hard earned dollars. I willing give to charity to help support the less fortunate in this world, but I hate being forced to watch as my hard earned dollars are thrown away or pocketed by greedy politicians.

       I hope you will join me in post work day beverage and toast our ability to pay for the right and privledge to live in this great country.  Then vow to make America better by doing something to change the way business is run in Washington. Join the Convention of States in their call for a Constitutional Convention, help support the removal of a corrupt incumbant Representative, or donate to a worthy cause.  We are the only ones that can change this country for the better and time is running out.  You think the financial collapse of 2008 was bad, wait to you see what is coming if we don't do something right now to curb our national debt and spendthrift ways.

Happy Tax Day to one and all, now go make a real difference.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Santa Claus - a history (of sorts) .....

Santa Claus... Kris Kringle...Old Saint Nick... We see him on advertising posters, in parades, at department stores...who is this guy and why does he have so many aliases? 

Santa Claus, Kris Kringle and St. Nicholas continue to ignite the imaginations of children in the month of December. Around the world in a history since 280 A.D., St. Nicholas has inspired the giving of food and presents. Stories of both Santa Claus and St. Nicholas have continued to be associated with both Christmas and Christianity. Santa Claus slowly evolved from an interesting thread woven throughout the world’s cultures.

The stories of Santa Claus developed both from poetry and other literary works. St. Nicholas was the true inspiration of Santa Claus and traditions that are sometimes thought to contradict the Christian values and beliefs behind Christmas. The awe of snowflakes also contributed to this rich history. Names such as King Frost, Jack Frost, and Lord Snow had been used to explain winter weather. The beauty of a landscape freshly blanketed in white inspired the application of human characteristics to weather’s power.

At about the same time Nicholas lived, Pope Julius I decided to establish a date for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. As the actual time of year for this event was unknown, the Pope decided to assign the holiday to December 25th. There had long been a pagan midwinter festival at this time of year and the Pope hoped to use the holiday to Christianize the celebrations.
The stories that inspired Santa Claus are based upon the sharing of blessings. St. Nicholas was a kind young bishop who loved children and was told to leave gifts of money, clothing, or food at windows of impoverished, sick and suffering children and their families.

The Legend of St. Nicholas
The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick. One of the best known of the St. Nicholas stories is that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery or prostitution by their father by providing them with a dowry so that they could be married. Over the course of many years, Nicholas's popularity spread and he became known as the protector of children and sailors. His feast day is celebrated on the anniversary of his death in 343 A.D., on December 6 with stockings hung to be filled in the morning. This was traditionally considered a lucky day to make large purchases or to get married. By the Renaissance, St. Nicholas was the most popular saint in Europe. Even after the Protestant Reformation, when the veneration of saints began to be discouraged, St. Nicholas maintained a positive reputation, especially in Holland.

St. Nicholas was said to wear a hooded robe in the night and carry a satchel of gifts to be left for the Greek people. When his wealthy parents died their son had held true to the Christian values they had taught him. He used his inheritance to spread good fortune and faith throughout the land.
The story of St. Nicholas has survived the imprisonment of Christians and travels to distant lands. He was the patron saint of sailors and many others who helped to spread his December tradition. The story of his life, which gave rise to the story of Santa Claus, was written by a monk, repeated through poems, stories and songs, and largely spread by sailors and nuns. Voyagers may have been most responsible for the spread of the St. Nicholas tradition around the world. Returning from a visit to the Holy Land, a severe storm threatened to destroy a ship on which he was a passenger. He prayed as soldiers observed in amazement the calming of the sea. Having returned safely, the soldiers credited him with helping to prevent the wreckage.

St. Nicholas eventually suffered for his beliefs. He and many Christians were persecuted and imprisoned by Diocletian, a Roman Emperor. When St. Nicholas died he was placed in a tomb over which a Basilica was built.

Stories of St. Nicholas were very popular in Europe. Many songs have been written about him as well as churches built to honor him. Stories, traditions, gift-giving, and togetherness are common to Christianity, St. Nicholas and Santa Claus. St. Nicholas’s life has been honored by Protestants, Catholics and the Orthodox. His long robe, satchel and Bible in hand has transformed into that of a heavy man with a white beard and hair, sack of toys, and a sleigh. Long after St. Nicholas’s death, the belief of Vikings in the god Odin helped to provide some of the characteristics associated with Santa Claus. God Odin came to earth dressed in a cloak to sit and listen to his people. He was described as having a long white beard and hair. Odin was also believed to fly through the sky pulled by an eight legged white horse.

Santa Claus fully developed in the United States where he, just like St. Nicholas, gives gifts under the cover of nightfall. Parents who continue to encourage the belief in Santa Claus but give gifts in secret are doing justice to Christmas. The main difference between the two is an element of favoritism involved. The true spirit of the Christmas holiday is that of selflessly given gifts. Spending time helping the poor and donating gifts to those less fortunate rather than just giving to family does excellent justice to all of these December traditions. The gift to man that was the life of Christ, remembrance of the devout Christian follower and patron St. Nicholas and the whimsical, cheery character of Santa Claus with his reindeer and elves all contribute to joyous celebrations around the world.

Sinter Klaas Comes to New York
St. Nicholas made his first inroads into American popular culture towards the end of the 18th century. In December 1773, and again in 1774, a New York newspaper reported that groups of Dutch families had gathered to honor the anniversary of his death. The name Santa Claus evolved from Nick's Dutch nickname, Sinter Klaas, a shortened form of Sint Nikolaas (Dutch for Saint Nicholas). In 1804, John Pintard, a member of the New York Historical Society, distributed woodcuts of St. Nicholas at the society's annual meeting. The background of the engraving contains now-familiar Santa images including stockings filled with toys and fruit hung over a fireplace. In 1809, Washington Irving helped to popularize the Sinter Klaas stories when he referred to St. Nicholas as the patron saint of New York in his book, The History of New York. As his prominence grew, Sinter Klaas was described as everything from a "rascal" with a blue three-cornered hat, red waistcoat, and yellow stockings to a man wearing a broad-brimmed hat and a "huge pair of Flemish trunk hose."

Shopping Mall Santa’s
Gift-giving, mainly centered on children, has been an important part of the Christmas celebration since the holiday's rejuvenation in the early 19th century. Stores began to advertise Christmas shopping in 1820, and by the 1840s, newspapers were creating separate sections for holiday advertisements, which often featured images of the newly-popular Santa Claus. In 1841, thousands of children visited a Philadelphia shop to see a life-size Santa Claus model. It was only a matter of time before stores began to attract children, and their parents, with the lure of a peek at a "live" Santa Claus. In the early 1890s, the Salvation Army needed money to pay for the free Christmas meals they provided to needy families. They began dressing up unemployed men in Santa Claus suits and sending them into the streets of New York to solicit donations. Those familiar Salvation Army Santa’s have been ringing bells on the street corners of American cities ever since.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas
In 1822, Clement Clarke Moore, an Episcopal minister, wrote a long Christmas poem for his three daughters entitled "An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas." Moore's poem, which he was initially hesitant to publish due to the frivolous nature of its subject, is largely responsible for our modern image of Santa Claus as a "right jolly old elf" with a portly figure and the supernatural ability to ascend a chimney with a mere nod of his head! Although some of Moore's imagery was probably borrowed from other sources, his poem helped popularize the now-familiar image of a Santa Claus who flew from house to house on Christmas Eve–in "a miniature sleigh" led by eight flying reindeer–leaving presents for deserving children. "An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas" created a new and immediately popular American icon. In 1881, political cartoonist Thomas Nast drew on Moore's poem to create the first likeness that matches our modern image of Santa Claus. His cartoon, which appeared in Harper's Weekly, depicted Santa as a rotund, cheerful man with a full, white beard, holding a sack laden with toys for lucky children. It is Nast who gave Santa his bright red suit trimmed with white fur, North Pole workshop, elves, and his wife, Mrs. Claus.

A Santa by Any Other Name
18th-century America's Santa Claus was not the only St. Nicholas-inspired gift-giver to make an appearance at Christmastime. Similar figures were popular all over the world. Christ kind or Kris Kringle was believed to deliver presents to well-behaved Swiss and German children. Meaning "Christ child," Christ kind is an angel-like figure often accompanied by St. Nicholas on his holiday missions. In Scandinavia, a jolly elf named Jultomten was thought to deliver gifts in a sleigh drawn by goats. English legend explains that Father Christmas visits each home on Christmas Eve to fill children's stockings with holiday treats. Pere Noel is responsible for filling the shoes of French children. In Russia, it is believed that an elderly woman named Babouschka purposely gave the wise men wrong directions to Bethlehem so that they couldn't find Jesus. Later, she felt remorseful, but could not find the men to undo the damage. To this day, on January 5, Babouschka visits Russian children leaving gifts at their bedsides in the hope that one of them is the baby Jesus and she will be forgiven. In Italy, a similar story exists about a woman called La Befana, a kindly witch who rides a broomstick down the chimneys of Italian homes to deliver toys into the stockings of lucky children.

The Ninth Reindeer
Rudolph, "the most famous reindeer of all," was born over a hundred years after his eight flying counterparts. The red-nosed wonder was the creation of Robert L. May, a copywriter at the Montgomery Ward department store.

In 1939, May wrote a Christmas-themed story-poem to help bring holiday traffic into his store. Using a similar rhyme pattern to Moore's "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," May told the story of Rudolph, a young reindeer who was teased by the other deer because of his large, glowing, red nose. But, When Christmas Eve turned foggy and Santa worried that he wouldn't be able to deliver gifts that night, the former outcast saved Christmas by leading the sleigh by the light of his red nose. Rudolph's message—that given the opportunity, a liability can be turned into an asset—proved popular. Montgomery Ward sold almost two and a half million copies of the story in 1939. When it was reissued in 1946, the book sold over three and half million copies. Several years later, one of May's friends, Johnny Marks, wrote a short song based on Rudolph's story (1949). It was recorded by Gene Autry and sold over two million copies. Since then, the story has been translated into 25 languages and been made into a television movie, narrated by Burl Ives, which has charmed audiences every year since 1964.

America’s Santa
It's been said that Dutch settlers brought the tradition of Saint Nicholas to the North American city of New Amsterdam (which the British would later rename "New York"). However, research shows there's little evidence that Nicholas played much of a part in these early settlers' celebrations. It seems more likely that Saint Nicholas became an American tradition during a wave of interest in Dutch customs following the Revolutionary War. Washington Irving (of Sleepy Hollow fame) included him in a comic History of New York City written in 1809. John Pintard, founder of the New York Historical Society, took an especially keen interest in the legend and the Society hosted its first St. Nicholas anniversary dinner in 1810. Artist Alexander Anderson was commissioned to draw an image of the Saint for the dinner. He was still shown as a religious figure, but now he was also clearly depositing gifts in children's stockings which were hung by the fireplace to dry. 

Perhaps nothing has fixed the image of Santa Claus so firmly in the American mind as a poem entitled A Visit from St. Nicholas written by Clement Moore in 1822. Moore, a professor of biblical languages at New York's Episcopal Theological Seminary, drew upon Pintard's thinking about the early New Amsterdam traditions and added some elements from German and Norse legends. These stories held that a happy little elf-like man presided over midwinter pagan festivals. In the poem, Moore depicts the Saint as a tiny man with a sleigh drawn by eight miniature reindeer. They fly him from house to house and at each residence he comes down the chimney to fill stockings hung by the fireplace with gifts.

Moore had written the poem for the enjoyment of his own family, but in 1823 it was published anonymously in the Troy Sentinel. It became very popular and has been reprinted countless times under the more familiar title, The Night before Christmas. Where did Moore get the reindeer? The Saami people of northern Scandinavia and Finland often used reindeer to pull their sledges around and this found its way into the poem. Reindeer, which are much sturdier animals than North American deer, are well adapted to cold climates with their heavy fur coats and broad, flat hooves for walking on snow.

As time went by, more and more was added to the Santa Claus legend. Thomas Nast, a 19th century cartoonist, did a series of drawings for Harper's Weekly. Nash's vision of Santa had him living at the North Pole. Nash also gave him a workshop for building toys and a large book filled with the names of children who had been naughty or nice.

The 19th century Santa was often shown wearing outfits of different colors: purple, green and blue in addition to red. This slowly faded out so that by the beginning of the 20th century the standard image of Santa Claus was a man in a red suit trimmed with white. The Coca-Cola Company has often been cited for cementing the image of Santa with the colors red and white through a series of popular advertisements in the 1940's depicting Saint Nick enjoying their product (Coca-Cola's company colors are red and white). However, Santa was already well associated with these colors by that time. American artist Norman Rockwell had done a number of paintings with Saint Nick wearing red and white including A Drum for Tommy which appeared on the cover of The Country Gentleman in 1921. The truth is that by the time the Coke ads came out, Santa, in the public's mind, was already wearing only the modern version of his colors.

Every December 24th millions of people are visited by a short, fat guy in a red suit. Where did he come from, why does he do it, and how does he accomplish this seemingly impossible task?

Santa’s Physic’s
Santa has been very popular in the 20th and 21st centuries but in the past few years he has had a few detractors. In January of 1990, an article appeared in Spy magazine under the name of Richard Waller that was skeptical of Santa's capability to do what he supposedly does each Christmas Eve. The article, after its initial appearance in the magazine, was republished innumerable times on the web and emailed all over the Internet.

Among other things Waller calculated that Santa, moving from east to west around the globe, could use the different time zones and the rotation of the Earth to extend his night for as long as 31 hours. Since he needs to visit approximately 92 million households (the number of Christian children divided by the average number of children per household at that time) according to Waller this means he needs to travel approximately 75.5 million miles. The article states that the distance divided by the time means Santa's sleigh must move at a speed of 650 miles per second, 3000 times faster than the speed of sound, to complete its route. Waller then went on to calculate that if every child gets a two-pound present, Santa's sleigh must weigh about 321,300 tons. He then ups that figure to 353,430 tons to account for some 214,200 reindeer he thinks would be needed to pull that heavy a sleigh. This total weight is about four times that of the Queen Elizabeth.

The article ends by noting that if the sleigh and team attempt to move through the atmosphere at 650 miles per second they would be exposed to enormous air resistance (the same way a spacecraft gets heated upon reentering the atmosphere) and they would explode in flames. Waller sarcastically ends the article noting that if there ever was a Santa, given the acceleration forces such a flight would subject him to, he must now be dead.

High-Tech Saint Nick
Numerous rebuttals have been written to the Spy magazine article. Some point out that there are flaws in Waller's calculations or assumptions. For instance, the payload problem could be handled by making numerous returned trips to the pole. It increases the length of the total trip by a tiny fraction, but divides the weight of the sleigh by the number of return trips.

Other writers note that Christmas does not come on the same day in all countries. Orthodox churches celebrate Christmas a few days after December 25th which means Santa gets at least two shots a year to complete his mission. One writer noted that the number of stops needed in the calculation is incorrect since dividing the total number of children by the average number of children per household to get the number of stops does not consider families where there are no children at all.

Roger Highfield, who wrote the book Can Reindeer Fly? The Science of Christmas, suggests that Wallers has not considered that Santa might have some high tech solutions to his problems. For example, "inertial dampers" - a device that's referred to in the Star Trek movies to keep the crew from getting shmoshed as the Enterprise accelerates to Warp 8 - could be used by Santa to solve his high-acceleration problems. The technology isn't known to our science, but to Santa, well, who knows?

In fact some people have even suggested that Santa has the technology to manipulate time. By creating an artificial time bubble around his sleigh and his person, he could speed himself up as much as he needed. Again, this is far beyond human technology, but he is Santa Claus...
However Santa does it, he seems to manage each year to delight millions of children on Christmas morning as he has done for centuries. Perhaps it's just magic, and maybe it’s just the magic inside each of us.