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December 17, 2006

H&I* Fires, 17 DEC 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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Newly discovered footage of a dogfight over Australia...

Heh. We're Time Magazine's Person of the Year. Literally. Wow. That's like, twice now I've made it! And if you're reading this - you made it too! About the only person in my family who didn't make it was... Mom. Everybody else uses the net. Mom still prefers the television. S'okay. She's still more important to me than the opinions of those yahoos at Time.

Jules does a pretty good job of skewering Senator Kerry. -the Armorer

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I'm sure John is busy with pre-Christmas activities, and the Denizen blogroll is again not updating automatically, so I thought I'd do a manual check on what's keeping the Denizens occupied... - FbL

SWWBO points us to the Amazing, Truly Awesome Akiane. You gotta see this!

AFSis requests, "Let me... entertain you..."

On the military side, The Torch points us to coverage of French, German, and UK activities in Afghanistan, and FbL shares a moment of Naval and photographic zen.

BCR isn't as worried about terrorists as some people are:

They show a consistent inability to think in a different way even if that's the only way to remain hidden and succeed in their attack. That's what an ossifying culture will do for you, and since they can't change that without risking other dangerous changes and letting in the evil forces of Micky Mouse and uncovered meat in general they don't dare. Bwahahaha.
She also reports that she's survived the latest storm ravaging the Northwest and has become a member of the local aristocracy: People With Power.

Princess Crabby reminds us to Practice, practice, practice! And apparentlyBarb and Abe Lincoln have something in common.

On the serious side, Trias digs into the "War on Christmas" issue and shares his thoughts. And Cassandra has a great essay on free will versus the desire to protect. It's well worth a read, if you haven't yet.

Alan is gonna sell stuff. I think. Maybe. Regardless, it's an interesting post...

Jack shares a Christmas memory and Rammer discovers the joy of earplugs, while The Beer Blog has beer recommendations... for breakfast.

U.S.S. John Rodgers is inching closer to returning home.

And last but not least, Murray takes on the able-bodied Canadian Kiwi handicapped parking hogs.

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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".

Comments on H&I* Fires, 17 DEC 2006
Murray briefed on December 17, 2006 04:09 PM

Canadian?

Whats he talkn aboot eh?

FbL briefed on December 17, 2006 04:19 PM

D'oh! Major brain cramp. Sorry about that. Too many Canadian blogs read right before yours. *hiding face in embarrassment with one hand while fixing blog with other*

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 17, 2006 08:08 PM

Thank you for your labors, Fuzzy. Actually, today was spent slapping up some content, packing, and heading to the airport to gallivant off to DC, where I am now.

The fruits of a year of study are to be briefed to the Elephants (that would be starry people, vice right-wing politicians) on Tuesday, and tomorrow I will be sitting in on all the other people who've been doing studies for this client this year justify the cash sent their/our way.

All in the hopes they'll send more, of course...

Thus far we've been well received, even if the news hasn't been all that good from the perspective of the topic.

No expectation of the messengers getting shot, anyway. Sniped at, a little, by those who will perceive a threat in the results (though if they're smart, they'll just say "Y'know, they're right, gimme a coupla mil to fix it!") when there really is opportunity.

Lora loves pictures briefed on December 18, 2006 06:36 AM

Yes I agree with you, Jules does a very good job at melting Kerry's overblown ego.
I guess the preassure of Jule's mind steam was to high on this day.

Thank you for sharing this story with me !

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