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April 07, 2006

H&I Fires* 7 April 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...

This rule change would certainly up viewership of the Winter Olympics...

Last night we set a record for the Castle Echo. One comment - 80 times (there were already 10 comments on the post). I deleted 79 of them. Since there were multiple instances of three comments posting with the same timestamp, I'm pretty sure it wasn't the poor guy leaving the comment! I'm having trouble with the email-the-comment feature - this morning I'm glad I am, or my mailbox would have been full of junk. -The Armorer


Wouldn't this be wonderful? A vaccine for cervical cancer.

We watch Animal Planet a LOT. Jeff Corwin's shows are my personal favorites. Next Saturday, April 15, he has a show scheduled to air about the legend of the Yeti... or the Abominable Snowman. This is the first time I've ever known Jeff to take on such a legend- should be interesting! ~AFSis


A missive from inside the Asylum (a.k.a the U.S. State Department)

The recent dump of formerly-classified documents seems to show that Saddam Hussein recruited terrorists from his own military for attacks on America. - Fuzzybear Lioness


WOOT! AFSista is doin' the Happy Dance- the auditors are gone! Fire up the 'Ritamatic, will ya?


South Park Takes on the Mohammed Cartoons [h/t Blackfive] - FbL


Look what I missed when I was in Korea! It doesn't get better'n this. Someone should *publish* this chick! 8^)

Oh - and have you been keeping up with your SGT Remington? (currently featuring BCR and... me) - 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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