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March 25, 2006

H&I Fires* 25 Mar 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...

In keeping with the Army pics below - here's a nice one of some Marines out swimming... Whoa! What was that? A flash of leg from all the Denizennes, led by Princess Crabby, clicking *that* link!

While this is interesting in itself (and has some implications for us, too, seeing as how crewing and maintenance costs killed the battleships and are the big bill in the Navy - I'm just glad to see the Brits still in the carrier business, since they thought about getting out of it altogether.

Okay - enjoy your Saturday, I'm gettin' up early in a few hours and heading back into the bunker. -The Armorer


Scarlet Letter
Part II: When does government go too far? When some schmuck in PRoC (People's Republic of California) decides that its a good idea to make people previously convicted of DUI drive around with a red license plate that includes the letters "DUI" emblazoned on it. This is on top of the punishment, fines or incarceration that the DUI offender is sentenced to. Obviously, the sponsoring senator did not get much out of his literature classes. Nathaniel Hawthorne is rolling in his grave. - Kat


We say goodbye to two Medal of Honor recipients this week. David Bleak (Korea) and Conscientious Objector Desmond Doss (WWII) stand out even among their fellow MoH recipients. Please don't fail to read and remember the stories of these two men of extraordinary courage and character. - Fuzzybear Lioness


*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".