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May 19, 2006

H&I Fires* 19 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...

James Taranto has an interesting take on Rep. Murtha's latest comments.

Spot-on last paragraph from an Aussie writer reporting on the meeting between Howard and Bush.

Cdr. Salamander has today's must-read. - Fuzzybear Lioness


A Moment of Warrior Zen I like the music - the pictures are just value-added...

Update: Link removed. Sigh. Even when people admit to having a bandwidth issues, not attributing to them is inexcusable. And you should ask for permission.

Sigh. Thanks for pointing it out, Mike. I'll admit I don't remember everything I've ever seen everywhere. Still, if I take something and host it from someone who has low-bandwidth, I get permission and attribute it. Fooey. Go here - click "Until Then".

This presentation was originally created for and dedicated to a wonderful young lady who lost her husband in Afghanistan who we got to know over the internet. I posted this one for her but also as a reminder to those who live near families whose husbands have given their lives for their country and those who are currently serving. We must not forget the families of those who serve and sacrifice for the rest of us. Shortly I will be posting approved charities you can donate to if you would like to help these families in need.

Music - "Homeward Bound" from The Road Home by The Choirs of Brigham Young University - © 2003 Tantara Records
The Road Home CD is available for purchase at

Speaking of Zen - Jay Leno last night:

Here’s a question I have: if you have blonde hair and are a marine, does that make you an empty jarhead?

A Marine responds:

No, all heads are empty regardless of haircolor!

Actually I used to be quite a smart guy, but after 5 years of working for and with the US Army, my intelligence quotient has really plummeted! But I feel right at home now....

-The Armorer


Blackfive declares the start of "Operation Perish Hilton." He's in it for the long haul. Are you? -The Armorer


The old 162d's patch incorporated the letters STS, which (we told field-grades, anyway) stood for "Superior Tactical Support" -- but the grunts knew it stood for "Slicker Than Sh*t"...

Now it looks like there's a new definition: "Stealth Technology System."

Electro-optical camouflage may finally be off the drawing board, as soon as they work out one little glitch -- if they get within 20 feet of you, you become "visible" again. Of course, if they get within 20 feet of you and you're inside an M1A2, the consequences won't be quite as dire -- for *you*, anyway... - cw4(ret)billt


Note: Just because this is an open trackback post *doesn't* mean advertise yer cheap commercial carp here. I'll delete that shite ruthlessly - and bill you per the dislcaimer, lamer. -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".

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