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September 08, 2006

H&I* Fires 8 Sep 2006

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First!

Something that came in the email last night. Fighter Chicks! Now I get that joke about the Marine Corps enlistment oath(MmmmHmmm, Air Force Women.). - ry

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CAPT H sends us to Free Market Fairy Tales for Military Phrases You Would Rather Not Hear. Don't fail to click the link from there to the ARRSE... Oddly enough, he also sends us to a discussion of the group he currently hangs his beret with. -the Armorer

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However, when you go look up the Royal Artillery, it was like looking in a mirror:

But even more frightening is the visible aura of tedium which accompanies Gunner officers everywhere. Once they hit the rank of Major they are injected with a special hormone which turns them into doctrine-spouting, jargon-yammering bores. Let's face it, it can only have been a Gunner who invented the meaningless new buzzword Non-Kinetic Strike FFS, or started all that shit(e) about referring to artillery support as Fires.

They even refer to we Gunners thusly: "Paradoxically, Gunners also have a widespread and mostly deserved reputation throughout the Army for being penis mutilatingly boring."

Sadly, I have no believable refutation to offer. -the Armorer

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Part III of Soldier Ride is up: the story of an amazing Marine. - FbL

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Oh, my. I may be getting free books, but I'm not getting free review copies of TV stuff. But this is delicious: Senate Dems are threatening ABC's broadcast license over the 9/11 mini-series. Which indicates *just* how much they fear it. Wow. Talk about "Soviet-style chills" oh, wait, that's the NYT when Rethuglicans are talking trash about television... One wonders what the Grey Lady's tortured thoughts will be this time 'round.

Update: While we haven't heard from the NYT Editorial Board, we have heard from their critic who saw the show.

NEW YORK The film-makers and network responsible for the upcoming miniseries, "The Path to 9/11," which is now under assault for its alleged conservative bias, received critical support from a perhaps unexpected quarter on Friday -- The New York Times.

The paper's TV critic, Alessandra Stanley, declares the film "fictionalized" but still evenhanded.

Others cited in the same Editor and Publisher article didn't necessarily agree...

Chicago Sun-Times TV critic Doug Elfman calls the movie a total "bore" and "amateurish." John Podhoretz, conservative columnist for the New York Post, labels it a "stiff" and attacks the film's depiction of Madeleine Albright and Sandy Berger. USA Today's Robert Bianco writes that the movie "has enough trouble just following history. Rewriting history is an ambition it should have left at the door."

Hey, fair and balanced, that's us!

Bob Owens, of Confederate Yankee, has his own thoughts on the subject: The Reality-Based Community's War On Freedom -the Armorer

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Bad Cat Robot sends us this headline: Rove denies holding exorcism in Hillary Clinton's former office. Of course it's not true. He's the Anti-Christ, remember? Or has the reality-based community got that wrong? -the Armorer

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In some overlooked news yesterday, Iraq made another step forward in controlling its own destiny. - FbL

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And in absolutely cool militaria news...

LONDON (AFP) - A fully-functioning replica of a secret British codebreaking machine which hastened the end of the Second World War more than 60 years ago was unveiled.

Turing Bombe machines cracked some 3,000 enemy messages in the German Enigma code every day and are said to have shortened the war by two years.

Previously, it would have taken weeks rather than minutes to decipher the messages.

After the war, British prime minister Winston Churchill ordered that the machines be destroyed, for fear of them falling into the wrong hands.

But 60 enthusiasts have been beavering away for the past 10 years to recreate them from drawings of the individual parts

Too kewl.

Heh. No shite, Sherlock. "Male co-operation is a double-edged sword" -the Armorer

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There’s an unfortunate trend afoot. Seems people of nations with which we’ve been friends for a long time are looking at short term gains in favor of the long term view. In sooth, I can’t blame them. Selling increased chance of danger, even if it is the right thing to do, is never easy.

So let me put into online gamer speak, to increase the chances of people getting it given the number of non-Americans I’ve found on the WoW servers, what this policy really is doing: You’re only lowering the mobs agro versus you, but you haven’t shifted entirely off the list. There is no agro reset button!

Sure, let them target the US. We’re only first on the list. They’re angry at you as well. They’ll come after you when the ‘Tank’ that is the US is dusted. Then they’ll genk you, since your internal squabbles are crippling your militaries, too.

The UK is the genesis of Imperialism. They’re still mad at you for the whole Prince Faisel and Lawrence of Arabia promises being broken thing; and Iran isn’t happy about how you messed them around during the 20th century either. Canada was an Imperial enabler----they blame you for helping dontchaknow. They’ve got beefs with you. They intend on collecting their pound of flesh from you guys too. Just so you know what the score really is people.

It is safer for the Cannuckers (the non-Damian, JHM, Flea, and Al McLeod ones) and the Poms (the non-Owen ones) to point toward the US. It lowers their profile. It sends the crazies after us instead of after them. It is rational---in a game theory fashion. It fits their national goal of protecting their own.

It’s just that this is short sighted. It’s a short term benefit. It’s being the grasshopper instead of the ant. When we’ve been broken down to our stumps you guys are next. Good luck with that.

On a totally unrelated note:
And has anyone seen or heard from the Chief lately?-ry
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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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