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March 13, 2006

H&I Fires* 13 Mar 06

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SWWBO's Birthday was yesterday. While we like a good midwestern supercell thunderboomer, we did not arrange for these to mark her natal day. We did have the tornado sirens as our alarm clock yesterday morning. And everywhere we went yesterday, we were greeted by more sirens. We can attest that sirens all around the KC metro area were operational yesterday. No, all the bad stuff went south of us, as it usually does due to the layout of the land around here.

The Tomcat's Last Hurrah:

Atlantic Ocean (March 10, 2006) F-14D Tomcats from the

Atlantic Ocean (March 10, 2006) F-14D Tomcats from the "Tomcatters" of Fighter Squadron Three One (VF-31) and the "Blacklions" of VF-213 perform a fly-by in formation over USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) after departing for their home port of Naval Air Station Oceania. VF-213 and VF-31 are completing their final deployment flying the F-14 Tomcat. For the past 30 years, the F-14 Tomcat has assured U.S. air superiority, playing a key role in ensuring victory and preserving peace around the world. The F-14 Tomcat will be removed from service and officially stricken from the inventory in September of 2006. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Chris Thamann

Though Hornet pilot Lex won't miss 'em:

Chaotic Synaptic Activity laments the upcoming “last trap of the F-14 Tomcat.” No doubt it will be immediately preceded by the “last compressor stall” and “last adverse yaw departure.”

It was a rough, ungainly beast and I will not miss it. And as for backseaters? Any pilot who needs one should have one.

He's keeping an eye on the Press and Politicians, too. And in the last entry of his worthy Friday Musings, notes the troops are going native.

Oh, and SWWBO is flailing around trying to recover this morning. Turns out she missed her flight to Chicago this morning. Having booked it for yesterday... not today. She can blame the storms, anyway.

Al Qaeda's Last Warning... so - is the Blogosphere ahead of the MSM on this? Or just providing a propaganda platform that the MSM is manfully resisting? Blue Star Chronicles and Stop The ACLU think we're ahead of the curve. Of course, the MSM isn't fond of MEMRI, the source of the blogger angst.

New from the Squishy Muddle (where I sit) RINO Sightings!

These were our Leavenworth skies, as captured by Chris G yesterday before the golf-ball sized hail arrived. -The Armorer

Dagnabbit! American Soldier has been injured in an IED attack. He escaped serious injury a while back, but this one has him sidelined for now and awaiting further evaluation. ~AFSis

Let's say you're driving the Loop in Chicago, some kid almost creams you with a boneheaded maneuver and you holler, "What's the matter with you--are you *blind*?"

Don't be surprised if the answer is "Yes."

*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".