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April 21, 2006

H&I Fires* 21 April 2006

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[I surprisingly have wireless access at my friend's hosue and some time before heading to the airport, and John is probably busy enjoying DC. So...]

Captain's Quarters reports on another interesting document from Saddam Hussein's files.

Keep your eyes open for TV coverage of the Fran O'Brien's matter. CBS and CNN are reportedly developing stories on it and Hannity & Colmes (FOX) will include a live segment from Fran's this evening (between 9 and 10 p.m. EDT). - Fuzzybear Lioness


Fran O'Brien's tonight at 8:30. If there's wireless, we'll live-blog it. -The Armorer

Sometimes, when you have the wolf by the ears, it's better to hang on. A decade of woe, starvation, and fighting that's gutted Somalia.
SOmetimes the popular thing isn't the right and moral thing.

An interesting week. I've spent some time talking to the left, the non-hysterical variety, it's still very interesting. While some decry American Empire, others ask why not?

Or, if you missed this gem, al Sadr's spokesman gives an interview with Newsweek. This article and another that is linked on the same page will give you a very good idea why the Iraqi parliament is taking so long to form a government and what part Sadr plays. Try not to cringe when you notice Newsweek playing footsie with a murderous thug. I'm sure they want to be able to interview him again or visit the neighborhood without being summarily executed next time. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Think CNN and Saddam. - Kat


BTW - I can report that Princess Crabby gives *excellent* phone.

The Governor of New Mexico (Democrat Bill Richardson) can't make up his mind about... cock fighting? (Down, gurlz, please).

Organ [New Mexico] animal rights activist Bob Young told Richardson he was "disappointed" that the governor has not shown more support for legislation to ban cock fighting. New Mexico is one of the few states that has not banned cock fighting.

"I have not made up my mind on that," Richardson said. [emphasis mine)

The governor added the arguments for and against cock fighting have been strong on both sides. For the Legislature to be able to fully consider the issue it would need to be conducted during a 60-day session -- which is scheduled next year, from Jan. 16 until March 17.

Hmmm. I have problems thinking of any strong arguments *for* cockfighting. Any more than I can for bear-baiting, dog-fights, bull-fighting, or any sport that kills animals by enraging them and then goading them to slaughter for the "entertainment" of human spectators. I *am* always on the side of the bull. I've never seen a dead bullfighter to weep over. Obviously, some people's mileage varies. The rest of the story is here.

Good grief, Charley - Denise Richards isn't enough for you? Sheesh! Wotta buffoon! - The Armorer


*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".