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May 16, 2006

H&I Fires* 16 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...

NZ Bear is tracking blogger reactions to the President's speech last night.

Bad Dog.  Literally.  What a great name for a soldier.

by Petty Officer 2nd Class Katrina Beeler May 16, 2006 Sgt. Daniel Cassiday and his sniffer dog Bad, from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, search for a weapons cache in Iskandariyah, Iraqi. Photo courtesy US Army


And, I wonder how long it will take to update the Conspiracy Theories?

Lookit how 74, over at Bowramp, spends his weekends. Still serving, indeed! -The Armorer

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Heh. Ward Churchill might get suspended. Fired would be better... but I'm harsh and mean, I know.

And, Goodness, keep the sharp objects and hemlock away from Derbyshire!

Heartless Libertarian brings us a Great Moment in Baseball History.

If only Mexico had as much concern about making itself an attractive place to live as they do making sure the people fleeing the country can make it here to get benefits... they might not have to worry so much about their soak-off attrition rates - and threaten to sue us for securing our border. -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".