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July 07, 2006

H&I* Fires 7 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...

Oops. One wonders where the Convoy Commander's Checklist was? You know, the one that says - determine height of tallest vehicle - and of lowest bridge?

1456 An ecclesiastical court clears Joan of Arc of witchcraft,
posthumously - Oops. Sorry about that whole burning thing!

Elephant Walk, indeed. -the Armorer

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Some people ought to be hung slow but since we can't do that I'll settle for lettin' them Ride the Lightning.

Meanwhile Jeff Goldstein of Protein Wisdom has a Troll of Professorial Proportions Nothing says education like a adjunct psychology professor at a Major University making threats against a 2 year old to get a rise out of a blogger.

Pathetic. -BloodSpite

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CDR Salamander engages in one of my favorite activities - Ruining Promotion Chances By Sniping At Flags. I was good at it, too. One of the reasons the only flags I have are ones I bought... If you'd like a little example of the minefield of Command Influence in the arena of the Courts Martial - here's a little primer.

BTW - we got moved to a new server at Hosting Matters - there's been a great improvement in response time and other back-office things that make me happy - are you guys seening fewer server timeouts?

And even *with* the supplemental appropriations bill being signed, the Army budget crunch that caught up Bill has finally spread to me - with me taking a month-long siesta (my employer hasn't furloughed me, I still have a job) from the contract I was working on - part and parcel of the rolling shortages in the stateside Army. When you retire, if you're going to go into the Beltway Bandit biz - pick the right company! -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".