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March 29, 2006

H&I Fires 29 Mar 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. You're advertising here, we should get an ad at your place...

[Apparently it's FbL to the rescue again!]

A bit of humor to start your day: Suicide Prevention for the Desk-Bound Soldier in Iraq

The Barry Bonds problem (and yes, I hate him with a passion for what he's done to baseball).

Peter Schweizer writes a beautiful tribute to Casper Weinberger--WWII army PVT, Secretary of Defense, and lifelong supporter of the troops...

IQ and brain structure linked? - FbL

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Not sure if we'll get to see it or not, but if your driving home from work and you cut that guy off in traffic, while using words you really shouldn't use in mixed company...then suddenly the world goes dark around you....don't panic...Its just the Solar Eclipsescheduled for today!
-BloodSpite

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Thank you Fuzzy. There's a reason I hired drafted you guys. Nice to see that some of you are picking up on it... Being in the future makes watching your news difficult, you guys are sooo behind. I missed this furor over Scalia and his hand gestures - it's nice to know there is so little real news that the media has time for this. I point it out for the last last two paras - at what point is it politically acceptable to drop your hyphen? Of course, as long as we make it politically and financially lucrative in terms of gov't largesse to *have* a hyphen, I suppose never. There are no hyphens here. I know where I came from, but I know what I am. And there *are* no hyphens here. -the Armorer

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Addendum to the above: My background is so Heinz 57 I'd have to use more hyphens than vowels if I were inclined to identify myself thusly. But regardless of the ancestral points-of-origin and time frame of arrival, they all came here!

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KtLW and I were watching "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" t'other night. I turned to her and asked, "Do you want to have a little fun?"

"No," she answered.

I asked, "Is that your final answer?"

Yes," she replied.

Then I said, " I'd like to phone a friend."

Ummmm--that's the last thing I remember...

Chapeau-tilt to Doc B, who's still feeling a tad groggy... - 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".