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May 15, 2006

H&I Fires* 15 May

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The Snarkatron gives lessons in logic. In the comments, Bill explains how it really works.

News from the Right side of the Mushy Muddle: RINO Sightings.

Cassandra, once again on Honor.

Frank - you were wondering what laminate we were using for the new kitchen floor? You can find out at SWWBO's lesson's learned post. BTW - she's right. Wanna test your marriage? Remodel the kitchen. If you're still together after that, you're probably going to make it work.

Mebbe *this* should be the Popemobile...

Looking through the glass of the turret on the Humvee, Spc. Joshua Stern, native of San Diego, dismount squad automatic weapon gunner, 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1-8 Combined Arms Battalion, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Task Force Band of Brothers, prepares to move out on patrol from Forward Operating Base Paliwoda in Balad, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Paul J. Harris, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

Looking through the glass of the turret on the Humvee, Spc. Joshua Stern, native of San Diego, dismount squad automatic weapon gunner, 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1-8 Combined Arms Battalion, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Task Force Band of Brothers, prepares to move out on patrol from Forward Operating Base Paliwoda in Balad, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Paul J. Harris, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)
-The Armorer

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"This", I said, pointing to the stacks and stack of boxes, "is the difference between Iraq and Vietnam." (scroll down)

An excellent article profiling SEAL training.

Holly Aho nails it: it's not social activism, it's patriotism. And while you're visiting her, make your final bids on her beautilful painting.

And on a somewhat related note to Holly's essay, read Austin Bay's post on The Uppity Military. - FbL

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Not again! It's another one of BloodSpite's silly Caption Contests. This time, it's a bit more military focused. Winner gets to post an article at Techo, and BS's undying gratitude. That and 2 quarters might get you a cup of vending machine coffee.
- BS

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Gladiator, American Style (though that Brit tanker did sneak in there...)

Oh, yeah. If Bloodspite's caption contest seems familiar, and you're stumped for a clever line... try this. All together now, "Will the circle, be unbroken? By and by, Lord, by and by." What goes around, comes around. Snerk! -The Armorer

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*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".