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May 11, 2006

H&I Fires* 11 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...

Eeek! The Armorer is happy to be of service, but hopes he never does so in such a manner. Requiescat In Pace, John. -The Armorer


Battle For Baghdad II: Zarqawi's Alamo including maps and commentary. - Kat (ps...many graphics; dial up may be a problem)


Seeing Holly Aho's trackback to this post reminds me of the downside to having gout. (Yeah, right, *reminds*) Your world constricts to a little knot of misery wrapped tightly around the kernel of excruciating pain that is the affected joint of your suffering extremity. It's hard to concentrate, and you tend to rush through emails, skim comments, make sloppy posts. And fail to note, or forget to do stuff.

Like this, helping out a Soldier's Angel. A fair number of bloggers find themselves with needs unmet, and swallow their pride and put out the tip jar, hoping for charity from passers-by, as a token of esteem for that which brings people to the blog.

Others, with the skillz, offer something tangible, personal, unique. Like Holly.

She's offering up a painting of hers at auction. And before you scoff and scoot, some of her stuff has sold for $2k before - which means someone thinks her efforts are worthy of the investment.

Go take a look and see what you think. If you like what you see, and have got some scratch, help out a Soldiers Angel. -The Armorer.


Heh. For thee, not me. Our motives are pure, of course. Trust us. -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".