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October 16, 2006

H&I Fires* 16 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.

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Remember Cindra Smith? She was the 40-year-old mother who enlisted after her soldier daughter was seriously wounded. It turns out things are not quite what they seemed... - FbL


Today Jihadi-lawyer-sympathizer Lynn Stewart will learn her fate for her "aiding and abetting" conviction. Jay over at Stop the ACLU will be keeping an eye on the sentencing. Here's hoping for a long one. Face it - if she wants to be a media martyr, we need to indulge her by giving her the opportunity for a real sacrifice... -the Armorer


Andi also discusses recent changes/enforcement emphasis in DoD rules on blogging. As Matt of Blackfive and others predicted, the heavy hand is winning over the nuanced approach. Especially when dealing with weak commanders who don't like criticism, but cloak their weakness in OPSEC concerns. -the Armorer


Welcome to Third World, USA.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 — Companies are not building power plants and power lines fast enough to meet growing demand, according to a group recently assigned by the federal government to assure proper operation of the power grid. The group, the North American Electric Reliability Council, in its annual report, to be released Monday, said the amount of power that could be generated or transmitted would drop below the target levels meant to ensure reliability on peak days in Texas, New England, the Mid-Atlantic area and the Midwest during the next two to three years.

Which is exactly how the enviros want it. Don't get me wrong, I'm not for building old-tech plants and spewing sulfur everywhere. But much of the resistance to new plants is dang near Luddite in nature. A fact conveniently overlooked in the NYT article. -the Armorer


This might explain why the Chinese haven't been tut-tutting us on fence building along our southern border... -the Armorer

I spent part of my morning explaining not all bloggers are in their pajamas. It's a silly thought really, you know I don't own pajamas.....Maggie

*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".

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