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June 07, 2006

H&I Fires* 7 June 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...

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OMFG. If you've ever been owned by a dog, thought about being owned by a dog, want to reinforce why you'll never let yourself be owned by a dog... read this. H/t, SWWBO!~ -The Armorer

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The VA info theft is even worse than originally thought.

Michael Yon's must-read for the week is here.

Canadians and the effects of PC-itis: Sometimes there just aren't words enough to describe it.

In this media age a lie is halfway around the world before the truth laces up its shoes. That was proven in spades this week: the original lie from the weekend, the truth laces up, and the lie lives on. I'll agree with Dadmanly more than Michelle Malkin on who to castigate for this. But it's disturbing that a picture of bound and executed Iraqis in association with a story of American Marines seemed perfectly reasonable to all who saw it before publication. And regardless of how/why the error was published, it's now in danger of becoming an iconic image. - FbL
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The father of fallen Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder is suing Phred Phelps and his so-called church, accusing its members of defamation, invasion of privacy, and intentionally inflicting emotional distress upon the Snyder family. If you've never read the Wikipedia article on Phelps, you should. He's even more scary to me after reading that! It's going to be hard to win, but I sure as heck hope they do.
From the court document, here's a little of what Phelps published on his website regarding Matthew and his parents: " (his parents) RIPPED that body apart and taught Matthew to defy his Creator, to divorce, and to commit adultery. They taught him how to support the largest pedophile machine in the history of the entire world". SICK SICK SICK
The attorneys for the Snyder family are taking the case on a pro-bono basis, but there will still be court costs to cover. If you can help, please click on this link and follow the "donate" button at the top. (h/t to Jon the Mechanic for bringing this lawsuit to my attention!) ~AFSis

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They had an article on Phelps a few days ago in the Memphis paper. Lovely man. So let's all take a deep breath, close ranks (literally) around the families of our honored dead, when the time is right and we're granted permission to do so, and let Spirit take care of Phred. Oh, by the way, want to know what fighter pilots do when they die? They go to fighter pilot heaven--here's a peek. Even the guys who think gays should be left alone go there (sorry Phred). P.S. Even while still in the mortal coil it's fun to do it--it's more relaxing than you might think... -Instapilot

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Argghhh! Lieutenant Shallow-Thought is a Redleg! The Shame! I need a tequila. -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".