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February 15, 2006

H&I Fires 15 Feb 06

Open post for those with something to share. New, complete posts come in below this one. Note: If trackbacking, please acknowledge this post in your post. That's only polite. You're advertising here, we should get an ad at your place...

Interesting day in history today.

1856 USS Supply loads 21 camels at Smyrna, Turkey, for the US Army
1869 Charges of Treason against Jefferson Davis are dropped
1898 Havana Harbor: USS Maine blows up by undetermined cause, 258 die.
1919 American Legion is formed in Paris
1933 Pres-elect FDR survives assassination attempt, Chicago Mayor Cermak dies
1936 Hitler orders the Volkswagen built
1942 Singapore surrenders; greatest disaster in British military
history. Hmmm, I might argue for 1066, when the French took over administration of the island...
1944 Allies commence bombing & shelling Monte Cassino Monastery, Italy. The Poles shine - if in a way that shows some of the problems of being a junior partner to the Brits.
1965 Canada adopts the Maple Leaf flag
1989 Gen. Boris Gromov leaves Afghanistan, ending Soviet war there. -The Armorer

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Is this really such a big deal? Transferring US port ownership from a Brit company to an Arab one? When the issue is: What's the FEDGOV done about making anybody (aside from an overworked underfunded Coast Guard) actually do something useful about port security? The flap is useful if it moves a sluggish US agency to action, but other than that... I'm thinking no big deal.

The Wall Street Journal gets in on ShooterGate.

Snerk. That last line by Doctor Gee is a telling one, and therein lies Wal-Mart's answer. Stock a few, charge a lot. Make the patients shop around - it'll be good for 'em.

Um, SWWBO points me to this new holiday. Not work safe in heavily feminist environments. I could say March 14 happens at least once a week around here, but that would be mean, and give Ry something else to envy besides the collection and accuracy. Looks like things might be looking pretty good at Casa Way, too... -the Armorer

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If you've got Powerpoint or Powerpoint Viewer, you want to see this. Right click and save as, please, don't be a bandwidth hog.

A question - who is the draftable-therefore-a-dodger who is going to be the model for the female figure? Or izzat just PC sensitivity...? Not that I really care about the monument all that much. -The Armorer

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*A term of art from the 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 today's operating environment, right? 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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P*nile Hegemony Alert. - Cass (like you even had to ask)

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