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May 23, 2006

H&I Fires* 23 May

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1533 King Henry VIII declares marriage to Catherine of Aragon null & void. Ended up founding his own church, too. The Church of England, Well, the Anglican Church, really. Catholic Light, 1/3rd the guilt, More fulfilling!

1618 The Defenestration of Prague sets off the Thirty Years War. Toss a few politicians out a window into a dung heap, not hurting them, and start a war that lasts 30 years. And the Dems think we're over-reacting to 9/11? Oh, wait - these people weren't Democrat politicians, so only a police response is appropriate.

1775 Patrick Henry says "Give me Liberty or give me death!" [As Longwatch so gently pointed out, right guy, right speech, right year, right day... wrong month. D-oh!]

1873 Canada's North West Mounted Police force established - Happy Birthday to the Mounties! And my, how things have changed in the RCMP -but they still get their man... h/t, The Spectral Flea.

1958 Mao Tse tung starts "the Great Leap Forward" in China, millions
. Just like just about any well-run communist dictatorship of the proletariat... millions die. But lefties don't give a flying flip. Because they 'meant well' so it's okay. They had good motivations. And its all Bush's fault, anyway. Shoulda been termed "The Standing Broad Jump Into The Grave." Boy, I'm grumpy this morning. Gotta quit reading the news, I guess.

1960 Israel announces capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina. I don't remember people squawking when they hung this mass-murderer, though. Oh, okay, I admit it, I wasn't really paying attention, I was kinda young. Betcha Bill was paying attention to it.

I'd be ever so much more impressed with her Brave Speaking Of Truth To Power if she'd use a Muslim icon...


"Democrats say it is inevitable that, in a campaign that could return the former president to the White House, some voters would be concerned and even distracted by the Bill Clinton's political role and his potential for the kind of episodes that led the House to vote for his impeachment in 1998."

Oh for heaven's sake. That alone is reason to hope she tanks in the primaries. Not that I think she will. I'm just wishing. H/t, Drudge. -The Armorer


Good morning. I couldn't resist a moment of "heh" when I read two articles in local papers about Phelps' group having to protest in a ditch at one funeral and getting a rougher reception down near Dodge City. As a legal and moral precaution for me and this blog, I do not advocate or condone violence against protesters, even vile ones. Defeat bad free speech with more free speech. Ask the Patriot Guard how it is done.

Want more "local" news? Find out about initiative to teach the blind about the symbolism of the flag and patriotism (no, not talking about the KOS kids going back to remedial American history) or the new "lighter, urban" war head for JDAMS (guess the Air Force doesn't want to be left filling "individual augmentee" billets in our new urban guerilla warfare paradigm)at my place. Oh, and a little something about information warfare, blogs and the Mushy Muslim Middle. - Kat


How do you like your MacBeth? Chewy? Or quick-fried, to a crackely crunch? [humming to self] ...and, another one's gone, another one's gone, another one bites the dust! -The Armorer


Over at Real Clear Politics, the boring story about Katrina that the media didn't find interesting. H/t, CAPT H. -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".

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