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October 29, 2006

H&I* Fires 29 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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Ry's post on immigration has a pretty good discussion going in the comments, if you aren't keeping up.

My post on the intel community also has some good stuff in the comments.

Over at the Boston Herald, Jules Crittenden calls for Rumsfeld's *and* Cheney's heads. I dropped Jules a note:

Rumsfeld I can see, though Bush essentially won't allow it (he's loyal to the point of a serious character flaw). Cheney? Now you're thinking outside the box, but in la-la land. Aside from there being no precedent nor real pretext for it, I think the only net result would be to hand the Democrats a talking point that says, "See? Even the Republicans and this Administration know their policies are failures. Don't be fooled by the bait and switch - just make the break."

Jules response:

Loyal to a fault. His first loyalty is supposed to be to us. It isn't supposed to be about Rumsfled [sic]. It's about the United States and Iraq. Regarding Cheney, agreed ... but there's that dodgy ticker. Doctor's orders.

I dunno if "Rumsfled" was an accident, on purpose or Freudian - but it's funny!

BCR Labs has some competition. How 'bout it BCR? Whatcha got that can match the Evil Mad Scientist Lab's - Dalek Squash?

Dave the Heartless Libertarian, reports out on an MI officer who believes he's found where Sgt York took half the German army prisoner, and killed the other half (only a slight exaggeration) during WWI.

AFSis encourages you to vote (among other things in that post) - so do I... but, dangit - Like I said over at her place:

"I vote for the person most aligned with my beliefs- I really don't care if you're a Democrat, a Republican, an Independent, or whatever... if your political beliefs closely match mine- you have my vote!"

Once, that was me. Now I have to struggle with the fact that a vote for a conservative democrat is also a defacto vote for Pelosi, Conyers, Dingell, Murtha, et.al., and that freshmen Reps, however well intentioned, don't have any power. A vote for a democrat this year is a vote to put the 60's back in the driver's seat.

Sigh. What a conundrum!

Princess Crabby is always worth a visit!

At The Torch, Mark discusses Canadian Close Air Support. Or, rather, the outsourcing thereof.

Fuzzybear Lioness needs a sailor! (Ya know Maggie is going to hit that link and see if Fuzzy is going to be competing for anyone in The Rotation...)

Adjutant Barb has her own take on voting.

1SG Keith, still in rehab having gone all metallic in the knees, has a suggestion for Veteran's Day. This year, the Armorer will be riding in the local parade, along with the Arsenal's Vickers Machinegun.

SWWBO on voting this year, holding your nose or no. SWWBO's blog has also attracted the [positive] attention of a KU journalism professor, who sends his students to read her stuff...

The Snarkatron on the Quagmire that is France.

Cassandra - ah, Cassie. How can one *not* want to read a post that starts out "The editorial staff at VC have decided that we are hopelessly impractical"?

Maple-swiller Alan on US politics and political blogging.

Jack has a house. Whee!

Sergeant B on the numbers. You know which numbers we mean. It ain't the lottery.

Castle Metalsmith Murray is a tough audience... click the links to make sure you understand the reason.

Okay, that's it for me - whattayougot? -the Armorer

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Granted its a little early for Prairie Grove (or late for Pea Ridge), but it's still a nice Cannon
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-BloodSpite
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If you need a little lightening up - check out Jay's Sunday Funnies at Stop the ACLU. -the Armorer

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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".