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April 24, 2006

H&I* Fires 24 April

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RINO Sightings!

This is a very good-for-the-soul story. If you are a warrior or friend of warriors, anyway.

They have lain unopened in a horse manger in a forgotten part of the Belgian countryside for more than 60 years. But now, a set of incredibly well-preserved letters, prayer books, cigarettes and cartoons abandoned by American troops days before the Battle of the Bulge have been discovered.

The rest is here. H/t to CAPT H for sending the link.

Osama declares war on the UN? And wants his jihadis to head for the Sudan? Kewl. That will draw down the available numbers for the Iraq fight, and will give the UN a real test. Hope they don't ask us to take it on. We're busy already, along with the Brits, Canadians, and Aussies. Mebbe the French or Germans could step up to the plate? If the jihadis respond, mebbe this will make some lines clearer for people who have a bad case of astigmatism. Of course, I blame Bush. -The Armorer.


Tired of getting the same ol' boring "404 Page Not Found"? Try this one. It's worth the trip, even if you're *not* a Denizenette. H/t to Ron. -- cw4(ret)bill "dig it" t


Hey everyone, this beauty is Adoptable. Any Takers? - BOQ


Of course I've got a ton of blogging material, but only had time for one thing when I couldn't fall asleep on the plane yesterday. I've got my report of the staff sergeant's speech in the bar at Fran's. - FbL


I like tongues. Apparently, so do the Navy and the Army.
*lick lick lick* ~AFSis


I assume this email with background on the Fran O'Brien's issue is making the rounds, as I've never received an email from the Lt. Col. before and he doesn't address me specifically in the email. - FbL


Everyone has seen Bomb Sniffing Dogs, and even the occassional EOD Pig, but THIS is a first for me. SQUEEEK! - BOQ


Cynthia McKinney proves again that Foolish is as Foolish does. (Watch the video)
H/T to LindaSOG at Something ... and Half of Something - Barb


*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".