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June 12, 2006

H&I Fires 12 Jun 06

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Fox News' Julie Bandera with some words for Phred Felps.

Carnival of the Recipes - Generic Version.

Hmmmm. It's hard to gin up a lot of sympathy for the head-sawing murderous bastard. Not that I'm prejudiced or anything. Oh hell, yes I am.

al-Qaeda-In-Iraq names a successor new target to replace Zarqawi.

Of historical note:

1665 English rename newly captured Nieuw Amsterdam, New York
1701 Act of Settlement: English crown to descend on the House of Hanover. If they'd known it was going to possibly rest on Charles, would they have chosen differently?
1897 Annoyed that pocket knives issued to Swiss soldiers were made in Germany - Carl Elsener patented the Swiss Army Knife and founded Victorinox to make them.
1937 The Purges: Stalin executes senior army commanders, probably extending the length and savagery of WWII in Europe.
1942 Anne Frank begins her diary, on her 13th birthday
1944 First V-1 cruise missile attack on London
1987 Berlin: Ronald Reagan says, "Mr. Gorbechev, tear down this wall."
1991 Leningrad becomes St. Petersburg again. Stalin would be *so* put out! All that killing of his own people, for naught!

Heh. I can't hear the regular phone... I guess I'd be a popular teacher in high school. Oh, wait - no I wouldn't. I'd expect test answers in an accepted form of english. -The Armorer


Hey Chief(ret). - Better watch out for JACK's on the PROWWWL! - BOQ

Looking for interview advice... - FbL
It's stuff like this over at the The Torch that just about breaks my heart. Apparently the politicos of Canada have forgotten 'No more Task Force Smiths!' I watched a generation of older men wag their fingers in the general direction of the Canadian Parliament over the reduction of funding for the Canadian forces(particularly the Navy) and say that this was going to happen. It sure does suck to see them proven right. The price is too high, damnit.

The Canadian servicemen and servicewomen deserve better than this. Sometimes peacekeeping really means peacemaking.

Save a spot in your prayers for the Canuckers tonight, and, Satan, save a place in hell for the politico that sold them out this way, wouldja?

Owen Bait!
Arguments over wether to arm space continue apace.

Of course, rumors abound that the PLAAF has developed ASAT weapons and that they're refining strategy on that front as well.
Come on, Owen. This is right in your power zone.

*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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