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April 19, 2006

H&I Fires*, 19 April (Patriot Day) 06

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I gotta take the puppies to the kennel. Here's the H&I - have at it. -The Armorer


Okay, since nobody else is doing anything.
The Early Show's Weatherman finds what some of us know to be true: it isn't all bombs, hearses, and tear in Iraq right now despite what we see on the film at 11.

Chicken Soup for Cassie's Soul

Trying to keep in touch with the Second Amendment erosion awarness that The Armorer keeps on these pages.

A few weeks ago, while on my searches on The Web's Back Waters, I came across THIS; something that I do not want to share, but feel that I must.

Sorry no jokes today on a reminder for Patriot Day. - BOQ

[Armorer's note - it is a link to a 9/11 911 call from the World Trade Center. Listen if you have the strength. Be warned if you do not. And any snarky comments (which I don't expect from this crowd, only strangers passing by leaving droppings) will get dumped. That applies only to the 911 call, feel free to snark away at the rest of the stuff.]

*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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