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May 06, 2006

H&I Fires* 6 May

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 flare-up of gout has about run it's course, and the rain is over, so I have no excuses to not mow and help SWWBO get the flooring laid down.

I'm sure I'll goof off later - but time to get this started so I can go get the rest of the day cranking.

If you're looking for something to read, try Casey and his observations that in order to avoid having the political Right in this country completely implode into a bunch of bumbling buffoons so tied to the trough they are unable to lead (wait - too late!) we need the political Left in this country to become... credible.

I'm dutifully plowing my way through Karpinski's book, too. The things I do for you people... -The Armorer


If you're looking for something to gabble about - how come the fact that Representative Kennedy is getting such kid-gloves treatment from the Capitol Police isn't generating much of a furor on the left side of the blogosphere... considering the noise that occured over Representative McKinney's treatment? -The Armorer


Sad news of an Army helicopter down in Afghanistan - all aboard killed. Pray for the families.
H/T to Homefront Six.


The Hanoi Taxi was retired today, to become an exhibit at the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. The Denizens care because it was the aircraft that brought back POWs from Hanoi. A particular Denizenne cares because as AFSis (Air Force Sister) her brother was a member of the Hanoi Taxis' final flight crew. Read about it here. -AFSis


Since it's O! Canada! day here at Castle Argghhh!, let's link to Kat's story that she talks about in the comments. Her coverage is more thorough than the Canadian media's... -The Armorer


Having just downloaded the latest version of Microsoft Defender (nee Anti-spyware) and not caring for some of the changes - I offer up this review of the product (from a different website). I find the Microsoft spokesman refreshingly direct. WWBS? Will it bring MCart out of the shadows? -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".