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November 19, 2006

H&I Fires, 19 Nov 2006

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SWWBO found something interesting... Fish School!

Jules Crittenden on The Last Man To Die For A Mistake.

At The Torch - Canada looks at its weak-sister NATO allies and tells 'em to Stand Tall.

AFSis introduces you to a Castle-locale hero... Secret Santa, aka Larry Stewart.

Princess Crabby points us to - Mud: A Military History. I was sure Bill was going to be the author. I'm sure he was a major source.

Everybody think positive thoughts for Fuzzybear Lioness. Oh, she's fine, just nervous.

Barb, the Castle Adjutant, got to meet some very interesting people. Four holders of the Medal of Honor.

After a bout of lethargy, Trias has been posting again. His take on the elections is... interesting.

The Grand Poobah of the League of Disgruntled Majors has finished his PCS.

74, is that hoodie really as *pink* as it looks?

The Armorer gives a Laurel, and Hearty Handshake to Snarkatron for this Declaration. If SWWBO and I ruled the Multiverse, it would be so.

The Snarkatron makes another couple of points:

Please take careful notes on how your conservative colleagues are handling the disappointment. No sulking in bed for three days, no demands for Zoloft, no fevered vaporings about emigrating, no wild-eyed claims of massive electoral fraud. This is how grownups behave when things don't go their way. We would like you to give this a try the next time your side loses. (Oh, yes it will.)

Can we, at long last, have you guys publicly admit a) elections work and b) the previous elections were legit? Otherwise you are kinda leaving yourselves wide open to a charge of being stupid in public. Your call.

Wolfwalker makes an *excellent* comment on how lefties *truly* seem to view electoral processes. But you'll have to go here to read the post to see what Wolfwalker had to say (and it's worth the trip).

Cassandra asks: Just what the helk *is* Victory?

Alan took a mug of spiked maple syrup and swilled it while watching the Santa Clause Parade. Santa's still allowed up there? Whodathunk? I'm sure someone was offended!

Oh-oh! Jack is fiddling with the knobs on his blog - and solicits your opinion.

Just in case you actually hang out on Denizen blogs and managed to miss it... Sergeant B has re-enlisted, and can no longer be considered a chickenhawk, but any stretch of a fevered lefty imagination.

Murray, our resident Kiwi, is, well, Murray. Which is a good thing, btw.

Okay, I'm done - you guys can have fun now. -the Armorer.


Andi first reported this, but Blackfive has all the angles covered. What do a fallen Special Forces soldier, $100,000 and Las Vegas have in common?

An irresistable title: How Very Troll.

And as long as I'm linking Lex, how could you not want to read a post that ends like this? The evisceration is so complete, one must wonder if perhaps he should've been a surgeon.

The reader does not get a firm feeling from Ms. Kakutani’s review what kind of writer John Yoo, a man who spent his career as a lawyer in the arena, might make. He is left however with the certainty that if she had ever wondered to herself, in those heady days of her post-Yale youth, whether to pursue a career of open disputation in the law rather than that of the solitary polemicist’s argument by unsupported assertion, she chose wisely in the end. There’s a place for that sort of thing in the New York Times, but much less room for it in the law.

- FbL


*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".

Comments on H&I Fires, 19 Nov 2006
74 briefed on November 19, 2006 12:48 PM

No, in real life the hoodie is red. Also in real life, I'm too lazy to mess with color correction.