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February 03, 2006

H&I Fires 3 Feb 06

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Islam hates Garfield. H/t, Ry.

Over at The Right Place - a Democrat Family Album.

The ACLU wonders just how private should a funeral be? Ed Yohnka, communications director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois says "We think a 300-foot bubble is excessive." Of course - the right of people to protest, piling on the grief of the family, trumps any other consideration. There's a difference between public funerals and private ones. Heh. Just because the government provides some services at a miltary funeral doesn't, in my mind, automatically make it a public event for the purpose of protesting.

Moving on... Aaaaahhhhhh. Here's a nice Hooah! movie! Freedom's Thunder.

Today, in 1943, the Four Chaplains went down with the ship.

Airplane Grognards - Don't let this be you. That's what happened when Neffi dropped by and left his airplane where JTG could find it. Is that the 'Ritamatic on that thing? Not to mention the parts that were left laying around...

Heh. Lawrence Livermore Lab gets serious. Can Mark 19's be far away?

Speaking of weapons - if you're in the market for a .45, like the government is, here's a contender. -The Armorer

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Jim B offers up:

And now this from John Lott:

Research on Guns and Road Rage

'The paper also has some funny results. For example, Liberals are apparently much more likely to engage in road rage than conservatives and the difference is larger than the difference between those who did and did not have a gun at least one time in their car over the last year. This variable is apparently never investigated, but presumably they are also concerned about liberals being allowed to drive cars.'

Entire thing here http://johnrlott.tripod.com/

Conclusion: do NOT drive through Lawrence Kansas unless you are in an armored vehicle. -The Armorer for Jim B.

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Something for the Soul: Vocally, he's not on a par with Lee Greenwood doing God Bless the USA, but as far as the sentiment goes, Dick Eastman's right up there with the best. Heroes In Our Midst. Worksafe unless you work with real losers... - cw4(ret)billt

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Nuts with Nukes. Nothing extraordinary here - just puts into words whats in the back of your mind. Well, mine, at least.

The Paris Hilton School of Political Science... -The Armorer

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A Must Read: Blackfive has a round up of military responses to the Toles cartoon and Washington Post's reply to criticism. Don't miss Russ Vaughn's poem on the subject. It's one of his best, and I think it succinctly captures the greatest outrage of the cartoon: that it uses a severely wounded soldier as casual prop. - Fuzzybear Lioness

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BTW - How many of you have a wife who comes up to you and sez: "Let's skip the movie this weekend and go shooting instead?

Of course, you don't want to be that fella "Instead" but hey - that's his problem. -The Armorer

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I'm late to the party, but, in light of the conversation about certain cartoons, I thought I would bring to your attention an interview with Amir Normandi. Mr. Normandi created the "No Veil Required" exhibition at Harper's last year that was pulled because it was "offensive" to Muslim students who protested the exhibit. Some photos maybe considered NSFW, however, I highly recommend the interview and the many links about the subject, including one to Mr. Normandi's personal blog. Most photos are SFW and are great works by Mr. Normandi and some of his compatriots.H/T IBC -Kat
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*A term of art from artillery. Harassment and Interdiction Fires.

Back in the day, when you could just kill people and break things without a note from a lawyer, they were pre-planned, but to the enemy, random, fires at known gathering points, road junctions, Main Supply Routes, assembly areas, etc - to keep the bad guy nervous that the world around him might start exploding at any minute.

Not really relevant to todays operating environment... but, it *is*

The UAVs we fly over Afghanistan and Pakistan looking for targets of opportunity are a form of H&I fires, if you really want to parse it finely. We just have better sensors and fire control now.

I call the post that because it's random things posted by me and people I've given posting privileges to that particular topic. It's also an open trackback, so if (Don Surber uses it this way a lot) someone has a post they're proud of, but it really isn't either Castle kind of stuff, or topical to a particular post, I've basically given blanket permission to use that post for that purpose. Another term of art that might be appropriate is "Free Fire Zone".

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