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April 06, 2006

H&I Fires 6 April 06

Open post for those with something to share, updated through the day. 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...

HEY, JOHN---I'm just throwing these links up here because I'm headed to bed and have a very busy morning. Please add your stuff above (not below), as I don't want to butt in. (Have a great day!)

NASCAR responds to Dateline NBC's "sting operation."

Food and the South - Fuzzybear Lioness

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Please add your stuff above (not below)...

Far be it from me to pre-empt the Lovely Lioness. Snarkish e-mail to follow.

Today is Tartan Day, aka "Wear A Kilt To Work Day" -- which gives Sarge B. an excuse to bring the pipes to work and terrorize his pod-buds. Me, I'm playing the role of the bluidy lang-leggit Sassenach trouser tyrant -- I'm working around brambles today... - cw4(ret)billt

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This is getting soooooooo confusing...

A Bad Day (but funny) at Ellsworth AFB.

Jonah Goldberg takes on the French. Well, only in the opening paragraph. Any smart guys out there able to take down Murray's proposal as outlined by Goldberg?

CDR Salamander does *not* like the Littoral Combat Ship Little Crappy Ship. Any defenders of the breed out there? I admit I like anything that seems to get the Navy to focus on Other-Than-Huge-Floating-Golf-Courses (I like the Maritime Prepositioning Ships Massive Parking System of mobile parking garages for Marine gear, for example) - anyone wanna take on the Salamander about the LCS?

Jim Dunnigan has an interesting piece up about Fallujah - and what that fight may portray about the future. I tend to agree with his assessment... except that unless we can *also* take that sort of battlefield success and apply it to dealing with insurgency-style conflict, it isn't going to matter much. In other words, this is just one part of the equation - and I fear we concentrate too much on what is essentially the easy part for us soldiers - this kind of thing - over the much harder, messy, and inter-agency issues of the new This Kind of War.

SWWBO reports in from her latest travel destination: "New Orleans is a mess." Hopefully, post to follow.

[Note to self: It's easier to control post location in the queue when *someone* doesn't change the date of the 04/06 post to 06/05...]
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hmmmm.... well, this is interesting. Were US troops lead to believe that the car carrying freed Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena and Italy's spy chief Nicola Calipari was rigged as car bomb? ~AFSis

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Here's a movie I'm guessing most soldiers will like. Which might come as a surprise to Mr. Rosinger. I'll probably have to wait for it to hit DVD. Update: It's available on Amazon and will arrive at the Castle in due time.

Here's an interesting discussion of casualties and coverage of same. I'm neutral in the discussion, but I found the post and comments interesting. -The Armorer

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In searching the Castle Archives, I discovered an error in a recent post. Entitled Word's Shortest Fairy Tale, it contained significant flaws. However, I have since unearthed the real story:

The World's Shortest Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, a girl asked a guy "Will you marry me?"

The guy said, “No" and the girl lived happily ever after and went shopping, dancing, drank martinis, always had a clean house, never had to cook, stayed skinny and farted whenever she wanted.

And one more thing: If the President authorizes the release of classified information, it is no longer classified/restricted, yes? And if the information is released with the blessings of the head honcho, it's no longer a leak, right? So, "leak" and "authorize release" mean the same thing when speaking of President Bush? Okay, I see. This is so confusing...

[And Bill... Ah, it ain't worth the troubble... :P] - FbL

*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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