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October 05, 2006

H&I Fires* 5 OCT 2006

Open post for those with something to share, updated through the day. New, complete posts come in below this one. Note: If trackbacking, please acknowledge this post in your post. That's only polite. You're advertising here, we should get an ad at your place...


Yesterday's briefing went *extremely* well. It's nice to do an in-progress review and have your client wowing the audience (which is *his* client) and the two-bagger is doing the old north-south and eating it up and really into the interim results. Then you get to Reagan to come home to find that Reagan National DOESN'T HAVE WIRELESS for pity's sake. I've got work to do people. Even a cowtown in the flyover like KCI has *free* wi-fi. Get with the program! I don't mind paying, it doesn't *have* to be free.

Moving on...

Goodness! Fred Phelps holds a High Seat with a Vengeful God, doesn't he? Apparently, in the Phelps playbook, that whole New Testament thing never happened... What? You didn't know that the murder of Amish schoolgirls... Was Ordered By God to Punish Governor Rendell of Pennsylvania? Heh. The Phelps Whelps intend to attend the funerals, just to make sure those nasty Amish know the score. Fred, while I wish you no personal harm, per se, (and I enjoin readers of this space to *not* act on any impulses they may feel) the world will be ever so much better a place when God calls you home. It would be better sooner if we (folks like me *and* the MSM) would just ignore you. But watching the Phelps Whelps at work is like driving by a gory accident, you just can't avert your eyes from the horror. H/t, Stop the ACLU.

Heh. Among the other things that's obvious about the whole Foley thing is... people don't understand the 'net and the software they use on it. On reason I decided to not be anonymous as a blogger (and accepted the topical restrictions thereunto appertaining...) is that it's damn hard to keep things sanitized. Remember, boys and girls, just because *you* turned off the log features of your IM system, doesn't mean the *other* people have. Just sayin'. And given that most of us who use this medium (and especially the younger ones for whom it "always been there" - once a single key bit of info is out there... the rest can cascade pretty quickly. Like the case of Jordan Edmund here, over at Passionate America.

CAPT H sends us to Grouchy Old Cripple - for a work-safe (except for Miss Thang, of course) b00bie shot. Those who know Denny will follow that link with caution... Of course, posting things like that is the advice I gave to SGT Hook as he looks for hits to break the 500K mark. He should break it simply because of the quality of his stuff, but the Internet and blogging doesn't work that way.

I gotta get to work and catch up on all the stuff I couldn't do yesterday. -the Armorer


Oh, and one more thing. In all the time I spent in airports, restaurants, and on airplanes these last two days... I didn't hear One Word regarding Foley. And I was kinda listening for it. -the Armorer


This is good to know, if you're keeping up with Ramadan-related taboos. Hmmm, so, inadvertent is okay. Ponderponderponder... -the Armorer


A Cuban immigrant on being American. - FbL

Barnett shows again why he gets it and the jaw-jaw only crowd does not.

Soft power. That’s the reason the Islamicists are pissed off! Because MoDo the Dodo writes about how evil it is for women to throw themselves on the pyre of their husbands in India. Because we send the Peace Corps out to evangelize for modernity in regions the Islamcists see as Fortress Islam. Because we have satellites orbiting the Earth that beams MTV and CBS News with Katie Couric so that people in Fortress Islam can pick them up with a hidden dish. Because the Sony Playstation is so damn fun and it seduces their kids with materialism and scantily clad women. Because we send tourists all over the world to click away with digital cameras while listening to Sara Brightman on their iPod. They’re pissed because our culture bleeds over onto theirs just by existing.

The fight is on. It has been on. It is not going away. It is over soft power/cultural power. It ends when the majority of the ME decides it can remain Moslem and embrace what bleeds over from our culture into theirs.

Late last night, W-K made a keen observation: Ry and Ernie were separated at birth. Oh Ry; you shouldn't have messed with Bert ;(~)

WARNING: Though the visuals are kid friendly, the soundrack is not. Do not open in work-sensitive environments. - BOQ
I wonder if Ft. Sam Houston could follow Coronado’s lead, and thereby no longer worry about being in trouble with the electric company. Coronado apparently has a fairly serious solar collector array that’s helping it save money. (I could’ve said something snarkier, but I refrained from fear of something being done to me that would leave a mark.)

*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".

Rubber duckie, you're the one.