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July 05, 2006

H&I* Fires 5 July 2006

Open post for those with something to share, updated through the day. New, complete posts come in below this one. Note: If trackbacking, please acknowledge this post in your post. That's only polite. You're advertising here, we should get an ad at your place...

I'm busy for the nonce - yer on yer own! -the Armorer


GOP Vixen on "You know your missile sucks when..." I believe in mockery as commentary - as long as NORAD takes a *serious* attitude about it. Don't let relief at apparent failure go as far in the other direction as angst over "What might happen" took us last week. If they were doing their jobs right - they learned something from the failure.

This guy thinks like I do on Global Warming - but he's too narrowly focused. There are *two* axes that have to advance on the tech side - Samuelson already lays out his answer on the energy production/consumption side - the other is developing ways and means - and plans - to adapt to the changes as they occur. Just as human populations made mass movements due to the ice ages and warming epochs in the past, so too will we have to make accomodations in the future - especially if this *is* nature-driven, whether solar output or sea-floor spreading or a combination of the two, driving the equation - because we're going to do diddle-all about those at the source. Adapt or die.

As Kat notes - Chai and mud huts. Taking the road less traveled.

"We've had some success in making inroads to the population there," said Army Col. Sean MacFarland, commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, which oversees all U.S. military forces in the city. "We're beginning to see a turn there for the better."
Marines based in western Ramadi now regularly knock on people's front doors instead of storming through. Instead of roaming the streets in armored Humvees, Marines took a census of the area -- sitting down and listening to people's concerns and complaints.
"You'd be surprised at how many people in Ramadi are shocked when we knock and ask to come in. And in Arab culture, it makes all the difference," said 2nd Lt. Ryan Hub of Sumter, S.C., who as a teenager lived in Kuwait for two years while his Air Force officer father was stationed there.
To reinforce their goodwill gestures, Marines are trying to repair Ramadi's water works to demonstrate that Americans can improve conditions. Reconstruction projects in the city have long been stalled because of persistent sabotage by insurgents.

Read the rest here.

There's something really wrong in the US intelligence community.

A senior intelligence official is leading an effort within the Bush administration to defend former Defense Intelligence Agency China specialist Ronald Montaperto, who pleaded guilty recently [emphasis mine] to espionage-related charges involving Chinese intelligence.

Read the rest here.

Oh, my - this is just *tasty.* Nowhere *near* enough fuel for the fire (not talking the kerosene, either) nor the concentrating effects of the cement floors, just to name two huge flaws in this methodology. But it's earnest and comes from the left - so it *must* be correct! Snerksnerksnerk. -the Armorer


There's another world inside of me
That you may never see
There're secrets in this life
That I can't hide
Somewhere in this darkness
There's a light that I can't find
Maybe it's too far away...
Or maybe I'm just blind...

So hold me when I'm here
Right me when I'm wrong
Hold me when I'm scared
And love me when I'm gone
Everything I am
And everything in me
Wants to be the one
You wanted me to be
I'll never let you down
Even if I could
I'd give up everything
If only for your good
So hold me when I'm here
Right me when I'm wrong
You can hold me when I'm scared
You won't always be there
So love me when I'm gone

Now... you've read the lyrics. Go watch the video. And visit the site of Sniper's girl, Days Gone By. Watch the video, and listen to the lyrics as Days does, and you'll understand why she tears up every time she hears the song. (Yes, it's Sniper being awarded the Purple Heart. The other injured Marine, Iceman, is still in a coma). God bless the USMC! ~AFSister


No tornadoes 'round us this year so far. Let's hope it's a trend, and not just the calm before the storm.

Via Xavier Thoughts - Idiots with Guns (No, I'm *not* the feature). -The Armorer


Y'know, apropos to adding Trias to the Denizen blogroll - I should drag this up out of the Archives to let him know he's can feel at home here at the Castle, as can Murray (who just opened a store, btw - copying *my* marketing techniques - may they work better for him!).

The Militaria Bar of Argghhh!


The Booze Vessels of Argghhh!

-The Armorer


{Sigh. Gollum can’t read, write, or spell apparently. More time to spend in castle Purgatory. It ain't easy being green.}

Update on the Ehran Watada saga.

Army charges him with three offenses (conduct unbecoming an Officer, missing movement, and contempt of his superiors). Watada’s legal team claim using Watada’s public statements is a mistake by the Army (I wonder what Armylawyer has to say on that count ?).

Looks like Team Watada intends on putting the war on trial. Poor guy. I hope the team he gets to work his appeal doesn’t try to use him for a political stunt like his current team is.

*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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