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May 09, 2006

H&I Fires* 9 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...

The NY Times reveals a startling scientific conclusion: guns and testosterone are linked! (/sarcasm) Some people are apparently already using that to call for increased ownership restrictions undermine the pro-gun "People [not guns] kill people" argument. H/T the Corner.

And speaking of those who enjoy owning dangerous pointy things... It has now been directly verified that Neffi is alive and well. [Blogspot has been spotty today, but keep trying]

And one personal indulgence on my part: Requesting advice on the intersections of blogging and employment... - FbL

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I always thought Neffi was prolly a little green. I've spend the morning at the clinic, running around geting x-rays, blood work, etc, as my gout is just getting worse. Stumping around on crutches was a lot easier 80 pounds ago.

Reference the Gun's n' Testosterone: This is the Arsenal of Argghhh!. 0 examples of rampaging testicular products and counting. In fact, puttering the Arsenal keeps me in the chill mode. Dealing wit' wimmin-logic makes my head explode. Yet, I've never felt the compulsion to grab a gun when angry. Oh well. Thanks for throwing up the H&I, Fuzzy. -The Armorer

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Two must-reads at Blackfive today: The Letter and We All Lost a Brother Today. - FbL

*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".