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March 24, 2006

H&I Fires* 24 March 06

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The Gov fought it, called in some chips, and still lost. Not that I'm going to rush out and start carrying when the law goes into effect... but I probably *will* get the permit.

Kansas now has (well, will) concealed carry.

I have some friends who will change nothing about what they already do, however, contending that getting a permit amounts to accepting the validity of the premise that you need a permit. They can fight their fights, I'll fight mine.

I dunno 'bout SWWBO though - she may start packin'.

'Bout them three rescued "peace activists" who were quick to blame the very people who rescued them... the feeling 'round the bunker is - "Buncha patchouli-scented twits who *don't* get it - that just because you want to hug the jihadi doesn't mean he's gonna hug ya back... and even though they are painfully stupid, we'll go rescue 'em again if we need to - but next time they get a bill for services rendered. They're lousy tippers, too."

While we're over at Jay's place... "another one bites the dust!" Of course, it could get worse, couldn't it?

And is not Muir (see cartoon above for 24 March) reading this space? I'm *sure* we gave him the idea for today's cartoon last week with our discussion in the comments... though I don't remember which post and I ain't gonna take the time to figger out which one...

Hee! The Castle Adjutant sent it - I was gonna post it - but SWWBO beat me to it!

Alrighty then - I've got contact reports to fill out and then I'm for bed. Good morning to you slugs just getting up yesterday! -The Armorer


Fascism and V for Vendetta [h/t to reader at Lex's place]

An amazing story: 14-year-old who disappeared returns 10 years later - Fuzzybear Lioness


When does government go to far? When it arrests people in bars for "public intoxication".

Some erstwhile researchers discover the spot where Sgt York won the Medal of Honor (back when we knew what a "hero" was).

Little known historical fact: the Iron Cross that Hitler wore to the end was recommended by his Jewish Lieutenant.

Finally, for a longer, philosophical read, I agree with Fukyama: Europe should be careful what it asks for, because it just might get it. A nationalist, isolationist America usually leads to bad things for the world at large. - Kat


More Mass Media Madness!
Commissar has an excellent breakdown on a misleading article regarding US Casulties in Gulf War Episode II.

And since the Armorer has been posting about food I thought I would be kind, and supply him a rather helpful Menu Food and drink warnings apply! Possibly NSFW if your IT Admin is uptight


This is why the whole Dubai thing really annoyed me. Whampoa has extensive holdings in LA Harbor and Long Beach Harbor(LB gotten when the Navy pulled out). The PRC has PLA colonels writing books like 'Unrestricted Warfare' and writing white papers calling for control of 'The Three Island Chains', the third including the Aluetian Islands, by 2050; and that nation has all but named the US as the an enemy to their goals/vision. But nary a peep out of those who were down right PISSED OFF over Dubai.

Sometimes I feel like I'm surrounded by idiots, and considering who is talking here that's saying a lot.-----ry
There are some things that Man Was Never Meant to Do. This is one of them.

And there are other things that Man Was Meant to Laugh Over. Baby-san just found his W-2 from 1970 and us ROFAs have been going into hysterics about what we made for base pay, flight pay and combat pay for one year in the Land of the Two-Way Range.


Best comment to date was "We Were Soldiers Once -- And Inexpensive." - cw4(ROFLMAO)billt

*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".