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February 21, 2006

H&I Fires 21 Feb 06

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...

Heh. On this day in 1598 Boris Godunov was elected Tsar. 300 or so years later, family black sheep Boris Badinov goes into show business.

Democrats are finally working on an Iraq stance that has some substance. Good. -The Armorer

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bicarb51.jpg Domestic terrorism alert...heh - Cass










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CDR Salamander demonstrates why he'll not be flying the flag of an Admiral. Which is okay. Sometimes, the duty to speak truth, regardless of cost, is higher than getting those stars. Of course, as I discovered, it's a lot easier when you *realize* you were never gonna get those stars absent a high-casualty war anyway...

The Heartless Libertarian takes a look at divorce rates in the Army, and in so doing, illustrates some points I've been making about "news" and what is "newsworthy" and why we can't rely exclusively on the MSM. Have no doubts, however, we are reliant on them. Without them, blogs would be a very different medium.

Lex takes on Fukuyama, like Cassie did yesterday. I keep dithering, all the good stuff is gonna be said and I can just lead the 'amen chorus'.

On a wholly unrelated note to anything, my gruntle was removed this morning.

The upcoming fall session of the Supreme Court should be interesting. I can see the political ads for the upcoming elections already...

RINO Sightings are up!

[dons bald-wig] [splashes water on it, simulating sweat] [rubs hand over head and face] The horror! The... horror!

Shamelessly stolen from Cassandra: And the answer is... Teddy Bear, by some guy named Presley.

The Armorer also knows where he'll be on 2 June... -The Armorer

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We're SELLING OUR PORTS?????????
This cannot be happening, can it? ~AFSister

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For my 1st H&I, I share with you this modest SNAP.
Them contractors must be feeling powerful 'n mighty. - BOQ

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Phred Phelps' Phollowers appear to have met their match. You'll never view 5,000 bikers in quite the same way... -- cw4(ret)billt

*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 that particular topic. 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".

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