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February 28, 2006

H&I Fires* 28 Feb 06

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Cher donates to the Fallen Hero fund. -The Armorer

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The following link is to a 'Globe and Mail' story on Kandahar.


For a more personal view on the ground. -JMH

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In reference to the comment discussion on self defense in the House Guns post comes this info from David Kopel at Volokh Conspiracy on the spreading legality of "Stand Your Ground". [Brit jurisprudence shudders in revulsion - Armorer]

Also at Volokh, why it's important to know the laws when you travel, because, frankly, most of the time, the locals don't, or as in the case of Denver, don't care. One hopes a lawsuit extracts a few dollars from these folks, though sadly it will just be taxpayer, not personal, dollars. -Ry

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They call her "Saint Piro" and when they need air cover, the boys in Tall Afar ask for her by name. - Kat

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Aakash (a longtime reader and blogger in his own right) seeks your assistance. Not for himself, but for others. -The Armorer

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Capt. Z mourns the loss of a fine soldier and friend who was one of the bright stars of the Iraqi Army. Rest in Peace, Major Kareem.
-Barb

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Somebody’s going to war with Iran. 99.9% chance it’ll be us. Could be nuclear; could be conventional. Think the Administration is doing anything to prep the Info Warfare battlefield—probably more important than anything else in today’s battle against Islamofacism? I don’t either. Sure wish they’d enlist the blogosphere… -Dusty

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Sorry Duke. Tough Shite. Throw the book at him. And any other elected rascal they catch with his hand in the cookie jar. Enjoy your stay at Club Fed, may it be the maximum. To whom much is given, from whom much is expected. And when you betray the trust - off with your metaphoric head.

Ooo! Dusty stopped by!

Jeff Quinton covers a student-sponsored AK-47 raffle at Clemson. While Jeff coves the bias issues, I found this part actually refreshing:


The university isn't necessarily condoning the event but isn't stopping it, said Robin Denny, director of news services.

"As its been explained to us, the way they're conducting this activity is within the law and university regulations," she said.

The usual forms of ignorance etc, are visible here - but I'm so jaded this almost seemed *positive*...

Uh-oh, Bill. Watch yer six, you posted comment 26666... -The Armorer

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Neptunus Lex went shopping this weekend. It was a humbling experience... [Check out what he was doing the night before for a truly interesting juxtaposition. - FbL]

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Rusty of MyPetJawa highlights a little bit of, well, you can't call it hypocrisy, because that implies you know there is a double-standard. I guess we'll just call it... difference. Yeah, that's it. -The Armorer

*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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