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May 22, 2006

H&I Fires* May 22

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Ain't this pretty? And Bill is older'n both of 'em! If you liked that one - you'll really like this one (that's screen saver/wallpaper material there)!

Welcome to the dark side of war - where the bad guys hide among the innocent to better survive themselves. Events like this make for sleepless nights for the targeteers, and even worse nights for the pilots. But if you, as some would have it - totally abjure striking the enemy when he does this... then you might as well surrender and go home. Of course, that's exactly what some would have us do. For those among you who think the strike was illegal under the conventions - as long as the least force practicable was applied against a legitimate target, especially a target using protected areas as sanctuary, it's a legal strike.

Another corrupt incumbent who needs to leave Congress?

Chapomatic is spot on. Look to the small papers.

Heh. A Submariner takes on a "Ranger"... -The Armorer

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An open letter to Hilton Corp - FbL

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Carnival of the Recipes... Crockpot Edition! -The Armorer

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Since I'm home for lunch, and just about *everybody* who is anybody is blogging about Jesse MacBeth - I'll point you to this round up of posts about this poseur.

The only thing I have to add to this (and it's in no way definitive) - there are 7 MacBeth's in the AKO White Pages, which is supposed to have just about everybody in it - including retirees like me, and (unless he had an enlistment contract different from mine) soldiers whose active term ended and they moved into the IRR - like MacBeth claims to be. None of the seven in AKO are named Jesse, and none of them fit any of the other criteria. Just sayin'. -The Armorer.

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Commentary from the Sharp-Horned middle of the road - RINO Sightings are up at DANEgerus. -The Armorer

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Heh. Data on 26.5 *million* veterans, including name, DOB and SSN, were stolen from the home computer of a VA employee dipstick (and I only slam the 1 guy, *my* interactions with the VA have been generally favorable, if intially slow - the check arrives on time, however). The *home* computer of this cretin. Well, one can only hope that charges are pending, and that the only reason he hasn't been fired yet is because Due Process must be observed.

Even if the data is never used, there are several legal violations. You may press charges in my name.

Fortunately, because Sears Credit suffered a cranial infarct, a Fraud Alert for my name and SSN is already in place.

26.5 million? That's got to be pretty close to the entire veteran population of the nation.

The story is here. -The Armorer

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Fuzzybear made Fox News! Along with some other guys. -The Armorer

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*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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