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May 01, 2006

H&I Fires* 1 May

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1 May. There is one thing about May Day I miss. Back in the days of the Soviet Bear, it was always fun to look over the Potemkin Village that was the May Day parade. I waited eagerly for that issue of whichever Jane's magazine carried the pics and analysis.

I suspect I'll find less to like in today's May Day parades around the nation. I've still not settled my thoughts on illegals.

One of the foundation blocks of anti-war protest against the United States in Iraq is civilian casualties, which viscerally represents a country in ruin, a tragic human face on Bush’s warmongering. This perspective, of course, ignores the civilian carnage during the reign of Saddam Hussein (see Fuzzy Moral Math) and instead focuses on the perceived chaos in Iraq today. And this new-found concern for Iraqi civilian life is not only a staple of the anti-war Left, it is a convenient club wielded by mainstream Democrats in Washington, who argue that chaos in Iraq represents failed policy.

The rest is worthy of a read. H/t, CAPT H.

Moving on to some politics...

He [Michael Graham] also mentioned my abridgement of First Amendment rights, i.e. talking about campaign finance reform….I know that money corrupts….I would rather have a clean government than one where quote First Amendment rights are being respected, that has become corrupt. If I had my choice, I'd rather have the clean government."

Heh. Franklin comes to mind. I dunno Senator, how about some tough laws and sending you hosers to jail? Incumbency protection trumps the Constitution in Senator McCain's world. Rather than say to us "Oh! We have no spine and can't resist money - therefore, we're going to restrict your rights to political speech in order to stop us from being bad - *you* peons have to go to jail..."

Watch it for yourself over at Stop The ACLU.

Oh, yeah - Cyber-jihadis... WE STILL BROKE 80K FOR THE MONTH! Neener neener neener! We ain't Wizbang, or Malkin, or Matty O'Blackfive, so we still get excited about this kind of number.

Hee! SWWBO and I are *far right extremists*! Debbie sez so! Snerk! Pot, thy name is kettle. Chortle.

Carnival of the Recipes #89 is up at Desert Light Journal. -The Armorer

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[link fixed]The NY Times holds the highest journalistic standards--for it's society pages. - FbL

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Considering our last conversation information war, I thought everyone should read this "shocking" study: Al Qaeda Wields Press as a Terror Weapon. I wrote a few suggestions after the article and the article discusses suggestions from the study. I'll be looking for the study on line. Best line of the article:

study is a response to "controversies about efforts by the U.S. to influence foreign media coverage of jihadi activities. ... While we deliberate such issues, the jihadis are busy executing a communications and media strategy of their own."

*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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