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September 29, 2006

H&I Fires* 29 Sep 2006

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Answer to yesterday's easteregg.

Mr. Eugenides on teenagers (worth a visit for his banner alone). Resistance is futile.

CAPT H recommends inventive invective from Iowahawk. I do, too. Wish I had time (leave aside skill, talent) to write like this!

CAPT H also points us to a leftish-fellow who is taking rather a hard line against Islamofacism.

I don't play Golf, but if I did - I guess I would skip Ping products. They have the right to deal as they wish. We have the right to... not deal as we wish. I'm sure Ping won't lose too much business, and I rather doubt, as is imputed in the linked thread, that Ping is making an anti-troop statement vice a "This is our marketing model and if you wanna sell our stuff, you'll do it this way!" statement. Which means we can respond with... "Okay, bugger off then." Of course, if Ping prods are as good as they are reputed to be... well, you can tell I don't play golf, huh? Because most golfers I know will sell their souls to knock off a few strokes. So, admittedly, for me it's an empty gesture. H/t, LarryK, Coast Guard Dad, who I'm sure will be in a theater this weekend, if not tonight!

Heh. *Everybody* thinks I should know about this, for some reason (like I haven't already seen the pics on the Usenet).

Louisville Paper Gets Disc With 232 Photos of Nude National Guard Women

Ry's take?

Makes you wonder what they were thinking, and what should be done to 'anonymous'. Trust is a virtue and value taught by the Army, right? This isn't Abu Ghraib or My Lai or the Pentagon papers level of leak. It's just going to embarrass a bunch of people and ruin some relationships. Very little real value to the world to reveal such. What a great freakin' world we live in?

Combat Zone Hormone Disease is a well-known phenomenon. Add to that popular culture, digital cameras, no need for photo processing, and a lot more women in the zone than in the past... and we're surprised at this? Heh. We should just ignore it - but *that's* too much to hope. H/t Ry, Toluca, Jim, Kevin, David, Bill, William, Joe, Wylie, Linda, and Marty... Popular article... I heard from lurkers! But Ry is correct - someone probably was trusted who shouldn't have been. I don't know if these are the same pics or not - but I've seen some pictures of an M240 machinegun and ammo belts that I admit I paid rather more attention to the, er, rack holding the weapon than the weapon itself.

Oh, and I have one of these - and most of you don't! Neener neener neener!

Special Forces Soldier Receives German Army's Highest Award. Congratulations, SSG Zapien!

And not all heroes are forged in the crucible of combat. But you knew that.

"Heroic and selfless" is how Spc. Kraig Lemme was described when he was awarded the Soldier’s Medal in a ceremony at Black Jack Field, Fort Hood, Texas, for saving the lives of three tankers whose Abrams had turned turtle in a canal in Iraq.

The Soldier’s Medal is one of the highest honors a Soldier can receive, and is reserved for those who distinguish themselves by a heroic act that does not occur in combat.

Lemme, 24, from Tucson, Ariz., and an infantryman with Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, recalled the events of an early morning in October 2004 when he was serving with the 1st Cavalry Division in Iraq.

Read the rest of that story here.

And now for something completely different. The Armorer is thinking about establishing a new charitable foundation: FREE The Foundation to Rid the Environment of Excreta!

-the Armorer


Representative Mark Foley, Republican of Florida, has resigned his post in Congress as a result of questions about the appropriateness of emails sent to his Congressional Pages.

I'll assume he's done the honorable thing - that said, his resignation should not defer any legal ramifications or stains on his honor as appropriate.

If the Dems win the House by only 1 seat this November, so be it. Republicans should be doing a better job than they are, anyway, so if it's close - that's their fault and no one else's.

There should be no tolerance for behavior such as this appears to be.

We'll leave that to others.

If you'd like a precis on Congressional Buffoonery, we're happy to oblige, courtesy of the Washington Post. Heh. Look at the 1983 Crane/Studds events to see how things tend to play out differently depending on viewpoint.

Bottom line - if you want to play footsie, it's generally better to be a Donkey than a Pachyderm.

Stop the ACLU has more. -the Armorer


*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".

Chemistry trivia $1000:
This reaction of two aldehydes in the presence of base produces and alcohol and an organic acid. Hint: it's a reaction that's named after an Italian chemist.
[And a bit of trivia people care even less about than my obscure military stuff]

(And we're still waiting for you to finish that history of firearms thing you had going.)