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June 20, 2006

H&I* Fires 20 JUN 06

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Gollum, still in Castle Purgatory. Luckily, people tend to get pretty outta hand with the chocolate gun, so cleaning the Portcullis with tongue ain't that bad---luckily the Exterior Guard can be tricked into helping. (Remind me never to make Bigfoot or Big Tribble With Legs (not Leggs!) annoyed, wouldja?).

I don't typically like to toss spit balls at those 'on our side' of things(I heard that!), but I'm going to have to with this Mike Adams column. See, aren't businesses supposed to serve their customers? So, if more customers are wanting to buy Musica Latina than Country, aren't they being stupid? Isn't demanding that a business serve you in your preferred 'language' exactly the reason we dislike irredentists and identity politics with the attendant grievance mongers?

Personally I can't STAND country music. I don't find it fundamentally American. I find it, fundamentally BAD(usually, there's some stuff that's good, but most of it I can't stand.). Your mileage may vary, but that's me.

So wouldn't pandering, and that's what it is, to Mike Adams (and maybe JTG, with all his scorn for things Yankee. Yeah, I'll call you the next time the Rebel Bubbas from Kentucky start blasting that infernal trash and moaning like pornstars downstairs while I'm trying to sleep at 2am, okay? ;)) by giving in to his demands to increase the stock Country(ptui!) be exactly the same thing as giving in to these guys?

Of course, that may be Adams's point.
Back to cleaning the Portcullis.

CNN reports that the two missing soldiers have been found slain.


Inside joke: How appropriate is this?

Pennsylvania’s Fourth Point of Contact for Communications, if the Press Secretary is unavailable, is: Information Specialist Designate

I can't wait until they put names in there.

Murray is recruiting for his artillery detachment. Yo, Murray, do those Lorica's come in 'pear-shaped'?

Whoa! Bubblehead takes friendly fire! (read the comments) -The Armorer


LA Times reports that the investigation into whether the Marine Corps attempted to cover up events in Haditha is complete. The ubiquitous "Official Close to the Investigation" reports no finding of coverup, but rather a lack of follow-up on concerns raised at the time. Captain's Quarters has analysis and reminds us of Rep. Murtha's statements on the subject. [I find it hard to even type that Ex-Marine's name these days.]

Valour-IT: Who You're Helping.

Just a reminder: This Bud's for the Troops. - FbL

Sage posted on this: Flourescent Green Pigs. I wonder what the Muslim take on those little piglets will be? ~AFSister


Pigboatsailor just made my day, coincidentally affirming the utter utility of the Internet! Whee! I love watching intramurals! -The Armorer


Oh... THE IRONY! Nestle is going to buy Jenny Craig! *laughing... hysterically... oh boy* Maybe they'll start offering Jenny Craig coupons in the liners of candy bars. "Just call 1-800-blah blah blah to join Jenny Craig and lose that extra weight caused by eating our owner's chocolate bars!" ~AFSis


Izzit me, or is this the possibly most well camouflaged Aegis cruiser ever? Can you find the USS Lake Erie in this Reuters-reported photo? Tell me, Skimmers - ain't she awful close inshore? -The Armorer


And who sez that the II Amendment should be abrogued??? - BOQ

*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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