WLOX, 12/26/7

Another $70 billion will be spent on the military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. President Bush signed legislation Wednesday that funds the Iraq war well into 2008.

More than 600 Mississippi National Guardsmen are currently part of that war. Right before Christmas, many of them got a taste of home courtesy fourth district congressman Gene Taylor and Bay St. Louis restaurant owner Tony Trapani.

Trapani knows how to make gumbo. And Taylor wanted 50 gallons, packed, frozen, and shipped to Iraq on the eve of Christmas.