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August 10, 2006

H&I* Fires 10 Aug 2006

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Geez, they just won't quit. Another Adnan Hajj-style altered photo has appeared. The Horror! If that was real, it would be a war crime.

The Sleepless One, the Countess of Alabamania, sent SWWBO and I this... apparently inferring that we are like this couple. Conferring via email from 15 feet apart, SWWBO and I decided Cleaver is just full of it.

All is perhaps not well in the world of the Coast Guard today.

A man claiming to have been Lockheed Martin’s C4ISR systems engineering lead for the U.S. Coast Guard’s 123-foot patrol boat project has posted a video on the Web site YouTube.com alleging problems with the boats’ surveillance and communications systems, and his inability to get Lockheed Martin or government officials to seriously investigate his claims.

The YouTube video can be viewed here. Interesting way to get around a bored media... H/t Proud Coastie Parent Larry K.

Bright Shiny Historical objects that caught my eye today...

The Battle of Wilson's Creek - a southern victory, like many, they were unable to exploit.

The battle fought here on August 10, 1861, was the first major Civil War engagement west of the Mississippi River, involving about 5,400 Union troops and 12,000 Confederates. Although a Confederate victory, the Southerners failed to capitalize on their success. The battle led to greater federal military activity in Missouri, and set the stage for the Battle of Pea Ridge in March 1862. Wilson's Creek was also the scene of the death of Nathaniel Lyon, the first Union general to be killed in combat.

If you live in the region, it's a nice, small, easily visited battlefield.

Second item? General Patton and Private Bennett.

Over at Alphecca's - a discussion of something near and dear to the Armorer's heart: The Castle Doctrine.

If you're interested in the latest idiot sailor story - the punk deserter who appears to have been trying to sell the Russians our military secrets - I recommend visiting Bubblehead. That said -how long before Weinmann ends up a part of the Mother Sheehan Show or something similar? -the Armorer

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2,996. Why is this number significant? Because that's the number of people killed on 9/11. DC Roe has a project you should ALL be involved in. The 2,996 Project aims to assign bloggers to memorialize one of the 9/11 victims. As of now, he's only assigned 400. 400!!! Come on... we have GOT to make this happen, people. If you want to write a memorial, but don't have a blog- I'm sure there are PLENTY of us around who would love to host your post- myself included.

On this day of increased awareness of airline terror... REMEMBER, and sign up. ~AFSis

[um, the website says over 1500 have been assigned, but I'm not going to argue. Castle Argghhh! has signed up for one of the victims we knew personally. "The Armorer Expects..." that US Denizens who blog will do their duty. And those who don't blog, but would like to sign up can use the Castle as their venue. Our foreign Denizens are encouraged, but not with the same arched eye-brow look. -the Armorer]

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I usually don't snark about this kind of thing, but I may have reached my limit... Has anybody around here figured out who was plotting to bomb those airplanes? Neither the BBC or AP can shed any light on this. Must've been the IRA or that Spanish separatist group or something. [/sarcasm]. - FbL

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The Kaaba is now a smouldering hole. (Courtesy of http://www.thedissidentfrogman.com/)

Hey – If it works for Reuters, it goes both ways too. – BOQ

[Oi! I expect some backblast from *that* one...]
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A note from your friendly neighborhood airline stick actuator...

I work in the airline industry and the internal communication is flying thick and fast as we try to predict the effects the latest Islamofacist attempt to murder the world’s free peoples will have on commercial operations. Here’re some highlights (if you want to go to Europe right now, good luck)…

- The United Kingdom threat level has gone from “severe” to “critical”
- All, I repeat, ALL carry-on items are being searched (did I say “all?”) and what you can carry on is being severely restricted. For example, what you can carry on has to be in a clear plastic bag and is limited to the following:
o Wallets and purses
o Essential travel documents
o Medicine…and ONLY non-liquid and verified necessary for the flight (which makes me wonder how diabetics are going to cross the pond)
o Glasses…WITHOUT cases
o Contact lens holders…WITHOUT solution
o Baby food or milk
o Sanitary items (baby wipes, UNBOXED tampons (feh) and tissue paper
o NON-electrical keys.
- ALL electronic devices, including laptop computers AND MOBILE PHONES are banned.

In the US, I’d expect the TSA to start prohibiting drinks (like that $3 20 oz. bottle of Coke you bought to take on the plane) and anything else that can be poured or squeezed out of a container/bottle. Remember, the threat the Brits uncovered was basically a liquid explosive device. If I were you, and it’s practical to do so, put darn near everything in your checked luggage. While the TSA hasn’t changed screening requirements yet, to my knowledge, it may get really nuts as the facts start coming in on what the UK law enforcement types learn in their interrogations. I can hear the screams now from the working class—checking your phone and laptop almost makes the flight not worth taking. Sure wish I owned a video-teleconferencing business right now…

If you’re crossing the pond, expect significant delays at best. The inspection process has thrown a huge wrench into the flight security and associated inspection processes and in today’s airline operations, where maximum traffic volumes can be upset by a whole lot of activities on the ground, well, just start raising your personal pain threshold now.

Here in the US, flights are currently delayed in cities including Houston, Charlotte, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.

In short, maintain your sense of humor, add a couple of hours to your travel calculations (at least), and reflect on why this is happening. Of course, it goes without saying…IT’S ALL BUSH’S FAULT!!! -Instapilot

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What's up with picking on Helen of Everyday Stranger? I'm not with La Malkin on this one. For pity's sakes, people. She didn't say much there I don't feel or haven't felt. I absolutely *hate* the screening process and sense of suspicion. And I hate that those feckless bastards are chortling in their beards about the dance they put us through. And I put up with it, because I have nothing better to offer at this point. Nothing Helen says in her post is much different from how I feel about things. Put me in Cassandra's column along with SWWBO - Helen can live next door to us. Of course, one reason I have the Rulez is to weed out behavior like that aimed at Helen today. I *like* keeping this a civil place - and reserve the right to refuse service... so to speak. -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".

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