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July 04, 2006

H&I* Fires 4 July 2006

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...

Project Valour-IT Cluebats are finished! I should start shipping them this week. These aren't just *any* cluebats, either. These are serially numbered Specials! No. 1 goes to Frank C. This one, #5, goes to Don D.

Project Valour-IT cluebat for $100 donations.

If I've lost your addresses, I'll be hitting you up. If I don't contact you, just watch your mailbox early next week.

BTW - this is *not* an in-kind premium that reduces the value of your contribution. The bats are *my* non-tax-deductible contribution and an outright gift from me to you. Soldier's Angels spent not a dime on these - but got $2K worth of donations for 13 bats. Yeah, some of you *rather* exceeded the minimums! -The Armorer

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"But aren't they just the poor, the uneducated or, worse yet, Southern RedStaters that don't know any better?"

For the Kos Kids, the Hollywood and Upper West Side sophisticates and maybe the Editor of the NYT, here's something to ponder.
They probably don't (or can't) believe it. --Instapilot

H/T: Powerline

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Many were the Black Cats launched into the Inner Bailey of Argghhh!, to end their short lives in a bang and a flash.

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[And, for some reason, this photo was up until about 2AM, then the added stuff disappeared. But since Ledger asked a question in the comments, I hadda put it back in so all y'all wouldn't get confused... like I *still* am, since there is no login activity to support why the addition went away. Unless a Denizen left the post open for hours and then saved it...]

*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".