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August 31, 2006

H&I* Fires 31 Aug 2006

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Heh. Pinnochio converts to Islam... In Turkey, anyway.

Pinocchio, Tom Sawyer and other characters have been converted to Islam in new versions of 100 classic stories on the Turkish school curriculum.

"Give me some bread, for Allah's sake," Pinocchio says to Geppetto, his maker, in a book stamped with the crest of the ministry of education.

"Thanks be to Allah," the puppet says later.

Heck, it even includes Les Miserables... Jean Valjean no doubt has converted... but here's guessing that, oh, Thenardier remains very, very, Christian. Just guessing.

What's next? The Wizard of Oz? With the Wicked Witches being, oh, female christian clerics? If they'll cast the Wizard himself as, oh, Kofi Annan, I might read that one... H/t, GOP Vixen. Gee I hope Cassandra will take this on!

How about a little moment of Army Training Zen?

The Heartless Libertarian shares my opinion on Lieutenant Watada's handlers...

Speaking of Lieutenant Watada... Greyhawk weighs in. -the Armorer

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Brab, MCart, Snarkatron, Echo9er - how 'bout you guys get out and find these "armed peaceniks."

The driver then got out of the vehicle, displayed a gun and shouted insults at the victim. Four other suspects exited the vehicle and knocked the soldier down, punching and kicking him.

“And during the assault the suspects called him a baby killer. At that point they got into the car and drove off and left him on the side of the road,” Detective Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.

WTF over in your corner of the woods, fellas? HL - don't forget your back-up. H/t, Jim B from the comments. -the Armorer

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What's up with this?

FBI Arrests Head Of Israeli Security At Atlanta Consulate 18:36 Aug 31, '06 / 7 Elul 5766

(IsraelNN.com) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents in Atlanta have arrested the Israeli security officer at the Israeli consulate in the city.

Details to follow.

I'll certainly be interested in those details. -the Armorer

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"American by birth; Columbus, Georgia by choice, honey!" (or so sez the sign held by my Aunt, welcoming home the Little Leaugue World Champions, Columbus Northern League All-Stars) Congratulations, Ya'll! ~AFSis

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They found the stolen Edvard Munch painting, "The Scream". Good for them. I was expecting to find that it had been discovered hanging in the closet in Howard Dean's home office, however. Yeargghhh! -the Armorer

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Gutless weasels. What cowards. My own private googlebomb. -the Armorer

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Lex pulls together the stories that have been sitting heavy on our hearts for what they may portend: Something in the Air... It's a must-read, but I pray he's wrong. And if he's right, I wish I didn't feel so powerless about it. - FbL

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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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