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September 21, 2006

H&I* Fires 21 Sep 2006

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So, California is going to sue the automakers for greenhouse gas emissions... or izzit a nuisance suit to pressure automakers to drop their fight about the tailpipe emission law? I dunno. I have no doubt that the state of California would *love* to have a virtually permanent remittance from all industries above and beyond the current tax bite. I doubt the economics support this, and heck, it might even be illegal, I don't know - but if I were an automaker and I *lost* this suit, I'd be tempted to pay it off - but I would spread the cost of my share as a price increase on all vehicles sold in California... and California only. Oh, I know, like punishing the car dealers is useful... but since California is essentially trying a judicial end-run to impose a tax on every car sold everywhere - this is one way to localize the pain a little bit.

Regarding Chavez's speech at the UN yesterday - I think the Blogfather catches my feelings on the subject pretty well:

As For the General Assembly [Jonah Goldberg]

If I were John Bolton, I would send photos of each delegate who applauded wildly for Chavez to the relevant embassies and capitals with a note detailing how much those countries get in aid of one kind or another. And then I would simply write, "What's wrong with this picture?"

Of course, I'm one who thinks the UN should be a roving headquarters. In Darfur for a few years, and when they've fixed that problem, they could move to... oh, Southern Afghanistan, shoot, even Ramadi. Places that would keep the Secratariat *focused* on bringing peace to the regions, so that a few decent restaurants would open up. Just a thought... I think New York just makes it too easy on 'em. -the Armorer

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Disgusting and frightening reading: the full text of Ahmadinead's speech to the U.N. It's so much more than what's been reported. Notice in particular the last line, a reference to the destruction of the world and the comng of the 12th Imam. - 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. 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".