Archive Logo.jpg

November 20, 2006

H&I Fires, 20 Nov 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...


63 years ago today - if there was any doubt in the mind of the Japanese about US resolve...

Dead US Marines and destroyed equipment on the beach at Tarawa

Tarawa ended it.


Leaving aside the other aspects of this survey... look who's the weaseliest "journalist". H/t, Mike D.

Snerk! This isn't the post Jules shilled me for - but it's the one I like best: Botchulism.

That oughta get ya started. -the Armorer


The Smink is getting married! "Sminklemeyer" of In Iraq for 365 is tying the knot. For those of us who followed his stories of Iraq and his struggle with the aftermath, this is a wonderful thing. I'll never forget him talking about how shallow the girls seemed when he got back. Sounds like he found a deep one. Congratulations!!! And do not miss the proprosal story--complete with pictures, of course. - FbL

Ok, JimB has something in the H&I Fires for 20 NOV 2006 comments that is making me crazy. These people are organizing a GlobalOr&asm. Ok, on the face of this, it sounds good. But no…’s a peacenik thing. These people (granolas, as my sister calls them) aren’t going to be happy until normal people have nothing left. No firearms, no smoking, no transfats…….now they want to interfere with my or&asms! I will not think about World Peace and they can’t make me. First off, it’s just silly. An or&asm is explosive thing, not a peaceful meditative thing as Ms. Sheehan states. Second, I can’t think of anything that would kill the deal faster than thinking of a woman named Sheehan. As Bosquisucio says “Sorry folks, but if Mrs. Sheehan is in the middle of that pile, my missiles won’t **er** launch.” Next, if you are achieving this or&asm with the assistance/thought of a man who blows things up, shoots things, drops out of airplanes, chases bad guys across the water with a fast ship it probably negates the whole deal. Like marrying a democrat, you cancel each other out.

So instead, I propose “Or&asm for Victory Day”. On December 22, 2006, when all the smelly, long-haired, rope-smoking, Birkenstock-wearing, moonbats, John Kerry supporting hippies are having their peaceful, blank, meditative state………..I propose that you cause and/or share an or&asm with a sailor, soldier, airmen, marine or veteran of the U.S. Military. Their website focuses on fleet buildup in the Persian Gulf, so please pay special attention to sailors and marines. To be sure that you achieve the best possible or&asm, please practice as much as possible in anticipation of the big day. The organizers believe that their movement can have global consequences. I want global movement, as in earth-shaking!!!! – Princess Crabby.

*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, 20 Nov 2006
jim b briefed on November 20, 2006 08:05 AM

And this just in:

Anti-War Activists Plan 'Global Orgasm For Peace"

"The Global Orgasm for Peace was conceived by Donna Sheehan, 76, and Paul Reffell, 55, whose immodest goal is for everyone in the world to have an orgasm Dec. 22 while focusing on world peace

The couple have studied evolutionary psychology and believe that war is mainly an outgrowth of men trying to impress potential mates, a case of "my missile is bigger than your missile," as Reffell put it."

Amazons are suing claiming war is not just for men.

fdcol63 briefed on November 20, 2006 09:31 AM

Hey .... sign me up!

Any reason is a good reason for The Big O! LOL

Maggie briefed on November 20, 2006 10:27 AM

What kind of long haired, smelly, rope-smokin', Birkenstock-wearing hippie has "world peace" pop into their head at that moment or conversely thinks about world peace and is moved to sex/maturbation?????????? And I am darn sure that anyone with the name "Sheehan" would kill the deal all together.

jim b briefed on November 20, 2006 10:37 AM

Maybe it's just me, but I find these hippies (Maggie's description is dead on ... after seein the photos) finally ... doing what many have been telling them for years ..... Go "F" off.

FbL briefed on November 20, 2006 11:17 AM

You all are gonna love this! The troll that inspired Lex's thoughts on banning trolls is back. He's much more polite (on the surface) and is now asking our advice on the Biblical laws of Leviticus. ROFLMAO!!!

WereKitten briefed on November 20, 2006 12:46 PM

oh... GOD

FINALLY.... a holiday I can really turn my attentions to!

Maggie briefed on November 20, 2006 01:03 PM

fdcol63 & WereKitten - Don't even tell me that "world peace" is crossing your mind at the moment! Please!!!!

Besides, I would guess that doing a guy who blows things up negates your "world peace" thoughts. It's like when you marry a democrat and they just cancel you out.

Boquisucio briefed on November 20, 2006 03:02 PM

Sorry folks, but if Mrs. Sheehan is in the middle of that pile, my missiles won't **er** launch.

SangerM briefed on November 20, 2006 05:32 PM

My first step-father was a Marine on Tarawa--I saw his discharge paper once. He was also supposedly with Carlson's Raiders, but I am not sure of the time line, he died in the late 60s and when we tried to get his war records, we were told his was likely in the section that got burnt up in the big National Personnel Records Center fire in July 73. That's why I say supposedly. He said he was, but I've never been able to confirm it in writing.

He had some serious residual mental issues, and was one of those fellows who routinely woke up in the middle of the night screaming. He was a hard and sometimes scary man, but he died when I was 11, so I really only came to appreciate him after I'd grown.


John of Argghhh! briefed on November 20, 2006 05:39 PM

If he was a Marine on Tarawa, he had *reason* to wake up screaming. Requiescat Im Pace.

WereKitten briefed on November 20, 2006 06:53 PM

Maggie... I never said I'd be dreaming of peace... nor do I have any plans of envisioning Sheehan in the pile. Heavens knows I'd hate for Boq to misfire.

I'm just looking for a good excuse for an entire day devoted to the Glorious O.

ohhhh MY YES

so. anyway. what were you saying?

ry briefed on November 20, 2006 07:14 PM

SAnger, I echo John. Tarawa, bloody Tarawa. There's a reason why there's an L-ship with that name that every Marine is proud to serve on. You come from good stock. The man earned his Peace and may he enjoy it forever more.

HomefrontSix briefed on November 20, 2006 07:44 PM

Maggie ~ I'd love to participate but my guy that "blows things up" won't be home for R&R until after the December 22 date. Going to have to hold off until then ;) Well...then again, maybe not...heheh

Bad Cat Robot briefed on November 20, 2006 08:47 PM

Ahem. Do you guys realize every time the PG-17C tries to burrow out of the secure, insulated, soundproofed bunker I have to keep it in it leaks hydraulic fluid all over the place? Do you know how *expensive* a full PG-17 refill is? Sheesh. Yer getting the bill, Maggie ;-)

Maggie briefed on November 20, 2006 09:30 PM

Me!!!! I'm getting the bill! Whiskey Tango Foxtrot! That's not fair! JimB started it. I didn't know anything about it until I saw his comment. And he didn't fix his "g"s to look like something else like I did. He gets the bill.

jim b briefed on November 20, 2006 10:10 PM

Good night Maggie .. wherever you are.

Maggie briefed on November 20, 2006 10:22 PM

Ya, ya, ya. Get me in trouble and then snicker about it.

BTW, isn't it usually Chesty? LOL

Barb briefed on November 20, 2006 11:24 PM

BCR, I'm pretty sure it was the Were-Kitty who was howling "Yes" at the top of her virtual lungs, so pin the repair bill on her. Not that Maggie doesn't get credit for generally affecting the morals in her vicinity!

Justthisguy briefed on November 21, 2006 12:39 AM

Dang! I remember when I posted a purty pickchur, just the behind side of the woman, and the Armorer told me I had popped all of the breakers of the PG-17c, and caused it to go into an endless reset loop, to boot. We got over it.

Hey, what could I do? The subject of the photo lived in Washington, I think, and that's where the woman lives who made me this nice shiny cyber-body.

I, for one, welcome my Snarkatron Mistress.

Bad Cat Robot briefed on November 21, 2006 05:09 PM

Maggie instigated Big O day. Were-Kitty ran with the idea enthusiastically, it is true, but Maggie started it. Not to worry -- at the rate you lot are going, there will be *several* bills to hand out.

JTG, report for Disciplinary Maintenance!

Maggie briefed on November 21, 2006 05:36 PM

BCR - Where do I appeal my sentence? I would like to submit in my defense the first comment above....JimB started it. I just turned it into something useful and patriotic. Jim's remark went up 20 NOV 2006 at 0805. My stuff didn't go up until 20 NOV 2006 at 1530. Clearly, he is the instigator. Just add the charges to his Scoresby bill.

Bad Cat Robot briefed on November 21, 2006 05:48 PM

My dear Maggie. Whose fingerprints are all over "I want global movement, as in earth-shaking!!!"

Three exclamation points? JimB hardly uses ANY. Sorry, motion dismissed. Plaintiff is advised to take responsibility for her actions, and remanded to the custody of the entire First Fleet.

ry briefed on November 21, 2006 06:30 PM

(looks up from latest X-Men issue)
What? We've legal proceedings at the for debauchery and leading to the delinquency of would be minors at The Castle now? I better hide the dirty dishes and the comic books.

Your best bet is to send appeals to SWWBO or Brab(being the ADjutant Brab's got access to the Ol' Man's stationary(wink)), Maggs. That's the backdoor to appealing to His Lordships justice, but he's a cruel, cruel man with stinky feet(having taken repeated Big Boots I'm in the position to know).

Either that or shake a leg festively hoping Ol' SB sees it and brings Hubert in for a rescue (like the knight in parkerized armor he still is.).

But even then there's BCR's orbiting weapons platforms. I say just pay and be shut of the business, Maggs. You don't want to come down here to Purgatory in protest over the fine. It's like teenager's room now that I've been down here for so long. Me and the Siberian Parachutist Hamster(informing little bastiche) would be real cross about foo-fooing the place to make you comfortable. And there's no M&Ms.

Maggie briefed on November 21, 2006 07:29 PM

"Sorry, motion dismissed. Plaintiff is advised to take responsibility for her actions, and remanded to the custody of the entire First Fleet"

Well can I appeal my sentence? There is no 1st Fleet anymore (not since 1973). Their duties have been assumed by the 3rd Fleet. Perhaps you would consider 2nd Fleet?

Ry- If there are no M&Ms, that's not purgatory.....that's Hell!

WereKitten briefed on November 21, 2006 09:11 PM

*fan's self*

sorry.... i'm still recovering from yesterday's debauchery.... which i will gladly pay my 2 cents for.

ohhhhh yes.... it was worth every penny. both of them.