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June 17, 2006

H&I Fires* 17 Julyne 06.

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Now this is fun, if yer a geek like me who is seriously considering *buying* the Oxford English Dictionary, Callimachus' Carnival of the Etymologies over at Done With Mirrors.

I find this funnier'n helk. I got an email forwarded to me from a man of strong faith. While obviously from the web somewhere, I can't find it. In short, it's a study out of England about near death episodes. While I find the results as presented subject to several un-presented alternative explanations, this passage just tickled me this morning:

"Indeed, some of the atheist respondents wrote some really cross letters saying that they had not wanted this experience and they found it quite difficult to incorporate into their lives," said Dr. Fenwick, who first reported the findings at a conference in 2004.

Meet Dr. Fenwick (perhaps you can find the referenced study).

Oh - Happy Birthday, Jim!

Look, those Canadians are working the crowd!

Men don't need pirates in the pews. Then again, the presence of such swashbucklers might not be the worst thing to happen to a Sunday morning.

Bring back the Militant Orders! Start Catholic/Baptist/Lutheran/Methodist/Mormon/Episcopal paintball leagues! Compete! I bet the Baptists and Mormons and maybe the various Pentecostals kick butt on those limpwristed feminized other sects.

What am I blithering about? This.

Moving on - over at The Right Place - a caption contest: All Your Fitzmas Are Belong To Us!

How about the some Facts of Life?

God made man before woman so as to give him time to think of an answer for her first question. My wife and I had words, but I didn't get to use mine.

The irony of life is that, by the time you're old enough to know your way around, you're not going anywhere.

I was always taught to respect my elders, but it keeps getting harder to find one.

Every morning is the dawn of a new error.

I think there's some trouble back home. My Dad sent me this. (His would be the house on the right...) -The Armorer

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The Toronto Star has a fascinating article about a major success in the war on terror from the Internet side of things. As Captain's Quarters writes:

The five-year war on Islamofascism has had more success than we know. It takes months to get news on intel operations, and during that time we keep rolling up more and more of the AQ network. Even the terrorists understand that they are losing. The only people who haven't realized it are in Congress.
- FbL

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CDR Salamander has gun pr0n! -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".