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June 15, 2006

H&I* Fires 15 JUN 06

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Because I tend to be scatterbrained and multidisciplined here's a couple of stories about arms sales and arms control. Naughty Europe. Naughty China.
Basically, and this is something I tried to get across to Owen, grand treaties like this don't work. Chemical Weapons have been outlawed since about the end of WWI. But they're still around. The Pope (genuflect) outlawed tourney and the crossbow. Didn't change anything. National interest overrides. There's just too many jerks in the world.

First women were cutting off toes to fit into expensive shoes. Now they're getting liposuction for 'back fat' and other minor imperfections. Ladies, you need to have a talk with your Sisters. I think they've lost their ever loving minds.

And finally, because I know The Chief wants to know if there's going to be a moat, there's been a debate amongst Mexican presidential candidates. Apparently the newspaper likes the Socialist female the best. I wonder why. -ry

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A musical interlude:

Ms. American Spy (Sung to the tune of Don McLean's American Pie)

A short, short time ago
I can still remember
How the "Plame Game" used to make me smile
And as I read those D-Kos rants
I got a big bulge in my pants
And thought maybe we'd get "Chimpy" for awhile

Read the rest here, at The Right Place.

President Bush asks - "How long must we sing this song?" -The Armorer

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Oh, for pity's sake. Fort Sam Houston, deadbeat? They need utility payment assistance? Ahhh, the joys of how the Federal Budget works, and Congress and the Executive fiddling while the lights go out.

A problem not specific to either party being in power. -The Armorer

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We don't flog sailors at the mast anymore, says top Navy official.

And, it probably killed them to make this headline, but I had to point this out - Attacks dip after Iraqi security operation. Can you feel the MSM's pain? Don't worry, someone will blow up a mosque and make them feel better. - Kat

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So, what *is* the nomenclature for a “226 kilogram laser-guided Dane?" -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".