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June 29, 2006

H&I Fires* 29 June 06

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Cassandra at work. Ahhhhh. -the Armorer


The Supreme Court punches the President in the nose. I think I'll leave this to the legal beagles to discuss, though I find the logic that al Qaeda is a covered combatant to be... odd. But, we've pretty much always, last century and this, had to follow rules our opponents didn't. So, who will be the first Big Name to call it impeachable? And will anyone note - it essentially validated the concept of we can hold them for the duration - i.e., that Gitmo isn't illegal? -The Armorer


The missing VA laptop has been recovered. The investigation continues. -The Armorer


Oh please let this be the beginning of gas price accountability by major oil companies in the US! ~AFSis


Denizenne FbL checking in after an extended period of absence or shirking of duties and lack of substantive posting (substantive posting to come)... - FbL
Gollum here. We're tired. Yes, we're tired. Feel like John Belushi pounding his head on the piano in the SNL Beethoven skit; but not singing Ray Charles tunes or wearing the cool sunglasses. We got some sun today. Part of the work release program The Armorer has us on over at The Middle Ground.

The first installment of War is hard, Peace is harder, and we prepared for neither is up over at Kat’s place. Don’t blame me if you’re dumber, have fewer functioning brain cells, or are angry that you have taken time off of your life that you can’t get back after reading it.

We also saw the Superman movie on our working parole from Castle Purgatory. The Wife’s parents knowing The Wife is a big comic book fan sent her some cash for us to go. (WK need not worry that some upstart will supplant Vin Diesel says The Wife.) I enjoyed it (but remember I was about the only Denizen who like X-Men3) and actually thought they did what should be important in comics well: visually spectacular conflicts and showing the characters struggling with ethical questions(comics are modern fables, they’re supposed to more about the morals than the 3 dimensional-ness of the characters taking part. Want developed character? Go read a novel.). Found it to be rich with metaphors, as comics should be. Could Superman be a metaphor for ‘The City on a Hill’ perhaps? Probably better to take that up with Dean Esmay though.
Hey na, hey naw The Jawa's back. You bet he's gonna make some trouble. Hey na, hey na, The Jawa's back.

*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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