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December 01, 2006

H&I* Fires, 01 Dec 2006

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Psiphon. A way for people who live in countries whose gov'ts censor the net to fight The Law and not have The Law win. Schweet. And it's from The Great White North to boot---take notes google. I knew there had to be a reason I like those Crazy People Up There.;)
(ht to the boys on the FYEO mailing list)

The Wife is a fairly serious gamer, not otaku level, but serious enough to buy subscriptions to magazines and buy a title every month. So I was really surprised to see a pre-view of something. It being a game I'll take a pass on.

Rogue Warrior. I'm glad Dick Marcinko is making money and all (old Warriors still have ambitions and need to eat you know), but I wonder what those who went thru BUD/S think of this? Froggy? You got anything to say? Anyone else?

Game just is not for gollum (even if the game's tremendous fun.).

Jules - That's Ghillie Suit, not Girly Suit.

If the deliverable I'm working on will allow it - I'll take some time today and sit in on this:

Mr. Josh Rushing will be speaking to Information Operations (IO) elective on 1 December. He will do an FDP4 that should be of great interest to the faculty because he is a former US Marine Captain and a PAO Spokesman for CENTCOM at CENTCOM FWD HQ in Doha, Qatar at the start of OIF. Now, he is a correspondent and military analyst for Al-Jazeera International. Info about Mr. Rushing is available at his website

I hope I can make it. If you're on Fort Leavenworth, and interested in the when and where, drop me a note via your .mil address and I'll forward the location data. -the Armorer

Update. I made it. Fascinating. I'll write it up over the weekend.


Calling all warriors! The subject is: Silly String.

No, we're not talking about the last line of defense for Army against Navy tomorrow (methinks it's going to be a slaughter, ever-so-glad I went to a Land Grant college and beat up on Army in football once, myself).

Rather - Laurie of Soldier's Angels New York wants to know if she should be gathering up silly string to send to the sandboxes for booby-trap detection duty.

She's really concerned, as a victim of silly string herself - if the utility of it will outweigh the Hearts and Minds aspect. -the Armorer


In Re: Senator-Elect Webb: Peggy Noonan's take. She agrees with me the President was artless in his response. She's gentler on Webb than I, however. Nice to see I'm firmly in the mushy muddle of this one... My lack of stridency may cost me visitors, but this is a calmer place as a result. -the Armorer

If you were placing a wager on tomorrow's Army-Navy game....what would you consider a cool prize from someone from Boston? I have been challenged with a unique wager. However, being a woman of no talent I have nothing cool to put up in return......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".

And how long was 'ya gonna leave the italics off the preamble? Slacker. ;)

[That was caused by some other slacker being lazy, and the error just propagating. How come it took you so long to fix it, if you noticed it, slacker?]

Comments on H&I* Fires, 01 Dec 2006
Mike Lehnherr briefed on December 1, 2006 12:03 PM

Yes – but I think the truth is that he is really just a simple man – a plain ol’ Texan. He probably said the only thing that came to his mind when trying to de-fuse an already explosive individual. I know he’s the “leader of the free world”, but sometimes we need to give the guy a break. It’s not everyday that the POTUS seeks out a junior statesman in an attempt to bridge a gap. ML

Marine6 briefed on December 1, 2006 01:06 PM

I think Noonan needs to go back and re-read the Washington Post (Dear God! I NEVER thought I would ever quote the WaPo.) which reported that when the President asked "How's your boy?" Webb reponded "I want ALL the boys back from Iraq."

I can't believe the the WaPo would have gotten this simple quote wrong, and Webb sure hasn't claimed that he was misquoted. The Post also said that Webb refused to go through the receiving line because he didn't want to be seen in any photo with the President.

So, it's pretty clear to me that Webb not only made it a political issue, but he also made a first rate a$$hole of himself in the process.

If you don't want to be "seen" with somebody you don't accept their invitation and go to their home and eat their food and drink their booze. It's that simple, and it's called having good manners.

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 1, 2006 02:51 PM

Maggie - design a logo for yer blog, and I'll have it made into a Cluebat for yaz...

Maggie briefed on December 1, 2006 03:25 PM

Maggie - design a logo for yer blog, and I'll have it made into a Cluebat for yaz...

Thanks John, but what does nonsense look like? That would be my logo.

Masked Menace briefed on December 1, 2006 03:35 PM

Frilly panties pressed against a window pane?

*running away*

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 1, 2006 03:37 PM

Heh. Type in "Princess Crabby" into Google image search and see what the first entry is.

So - which of you artists can gimme a line drawing of a crab with a tiara?

Maggie briefed on December 1, 2006 03:49 PM

Geez! Thanks John! You know that was supposed to be a *Marie Antoinette* photo. Otherwise I would have brushed my hair and looked at the camera. I prefer Masked Menace's idea. They were black lace.

ry briefed on December 1, 2006 04:04 PM

gollum has to go to a dinner party. So if you hear of mass killing in Indiana you'll be able to help the FBI. (Lord give me the strength to keep my mouth shut and my Irish Temper.).

Maggs, he's offering a homey kind of gift. So give something back in return. Either something made out of M&M's glued together with sugar or try a fancy-ish bread pudding(bread pudding isn't supposed to be fancy, but I think it is.). Try Emeril's chocolate and cherry one.

Anthony briefed on December 1, 2006 08:11 PM

Panties and pudding? Strange combination. Tomorrow will be the test, in the meantime, have you chosen a picture of the Army flag to fly at your blog?

(I admit to being overly optimistic but, someone has to be.)

Laurie briefed on December 1, 2006 09:03 PM

175 freakin visitors today, most of them on the silly string post, and NOT ONE has a comment on it? I can only conclude that this is the military's new secret that nobody is supposed to talk about. Good thing there is a high wind tonight, make it hard for the black helicopters to find me, but if you don't hear from me after tomorrow and my blog goes dark, you'll know why. ;)

Maggie briefed on December 1, 2006 10:44 PM

A wager has been settled upon.
Anthony - What flag would MG Rick Lynch of the 3rd ID prefer? He is my favorite Army guy. He could sooooo get in the rotation.
Laurie - I went over, I commented! If you get Operation Silly String up and running, I'm in!
Ry - I wish you luck, but speaking as a fellow Mick......have you got bail money, laddie?

BloodSpite briefed on December 2, 2006 10:10 AM

A Long time ago Froggy wrote a post about the Black Hawk Down video games In the comments, he and I came up with a catch phrase that we've used several times since then

"Just like the X-box. Except you die."

I can't give you his insight, but I can say he and I both noted we don't play war games, for a large variety of reasons. Chief among them that, to us anyway, it sort of belittles those who have gone before, as it were.

Not trying to take away what ya'll do, and hope it don't sound that way; I guess in the end it's good for some folks and not good for others. I'm just one of the ones its not good for. You may find Matt to be in the same boat.

Other than that I've heard nothing but good things regarding Marchenko and his digital creation. Heard the graphics are excellent, but that its built off one of the R6 base engines

But I haven't played it nor will I.

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 2, 2006 10:40 AM

Bloodspite channels my father.

I, on the other hand, do play the games.

Call of Duty 2 has caused a few flashbacks, I admit.

But my experience is perhaps a little different. Aside from having played the board games since I got Avalon Hill's Afrika Korps (still an *excellent* game) back in oh, '71 or so, I then went on to become one of the Army's sim developers and helped build and was the Chief of TRADOC's first schoolhouse sim center at Fort Sill.

And I still wargame as a part of my job.

But I understand (especially for the first person shooters) why combat vets and others might not care for the genre.

jim b briefed on December 2, 2006 10:24 PM

Note to Rick Lynch:

Run Rick run.

ry briefed on December 4, 2006 04:29 AM

ACtually, I said I'd take a pass on the Marcinko product. I don't play these or things like Medal Of Honor. Jock sniffing isn't my thing."Game just is not for gollum (even if the game's tremendous fun.)."

FPS, this type of FPS in particular, just isn't my thing---though I did get the Robotech FPS two X-mases ago but that was more out of loyalty to anime than anything else. To me it's pure jock sniffing. I asked because industry mags are all drooling over it. The screen shots are beautiful. But there's more to it than that. Do those who actually have been there have problems with this? Apparently some do. ANd if this is what people mean by 'militarizing our culture' I have to groan loudly. That's why I asked BlSp. Because otherwise all I hear and see are the fanboys and the industry types; and maybe that's all anyone else is seeing too. You'd be surprised how many people go, 'Hey, I never thought of it like that.'

I do own things like Decisive Action(looking for better battalion and higher sims if anyone knows of ones that can be had cheap, cheap and good are about evenly stressed here.) and Harpoon, but those are tools and not games for me. Table top? Good luck finding people my age willing to spend the time. I need to move to a different town.

Jess is an RPG gal. The of the 50 or so games we have 6 are mine. 4 are co-owned. The rest are hers. Almost all are RPG like Final Fantasy. So rail away. You aren't offending Jess and I. You're just over-restraining yourself in decrying it. I won't defend it. I'm passing on it.