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July 12, 2006

H&I* Fires 12 July 2006

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RINO Sightings, the collected work of the Great Mushy Muddle That Leans To The Right (like me) - is up at Techography. We're the ones the politicians need to read *after* the Primaries...

Moving on to GWOT news...

“HAVE you ever used a pistol?” yelled Sergeant-Major Mick Bolton amid the Kalashnikov fire and bursts from a machinegun as we ran across a baked-mud field and dived for cover. “If it comes down to it, everyone’s going to have to fight.”

John S. recommends you read about Sunday Times reporter Christina Lamb's adventures in trying to become a Brit Joe Galloway, while covering the Paras in Afstan. I recommend it too.

Just in case you need some more encouragement:

“If we get overrun I’ll save the last bullet for myself,” said Private Kyle Deerans, a handsome South African of 23. With his black floppy hair, I was sure had broken a string of hearts.

In horror, it dawned on me what had been wrong about Zumbelay, the village we had just visited on a hearts and minds mission with soft hats and offers of development projects. I should have noticed there were no children around.

Updating this weekends plans (we leave tomorrow for the PacNorWest, leaving Prodigal Son in charge of the Castle (no, Ry, not you) we see others have festivities on tap too.

If perhaps you can't make the Blogshoot in the Pacific Northwest this weekend, you'd rather attend the "Ogmeet" in Chicago, details here at Leslie's Omnibus, and go shooting on Saturday with the Neanderpundit? I say we post pics of targets, and see just how dangerous bloggers are - to their targets, or innocent bystanders downrange...? -the Armorer

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For today, a trip from the ridiculous to the sublime:

First up, the menu for Cindy Sheehan's "fast."

If you somehow missed them at Blackfive, be sure to check out these two videos. Start with Ilario Pantano on The Daily Show and then take your tissues with you for "The Boys."

And finally, in the category of Sublime, something for the ladies... Men, you're on your own. ;) - FbL

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Powerline has a small roundup/analysis of the growing confrontation between Israel and Lebanon.

I know there has been controversy about the Flight 93 memorial, but I thought it had been resolved and I didn't know all the details. I don't have the expertise to evaluate the evidence, this this is deeply disturbing on the surface. - FbL

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ALa provides a sublime moment for Manly Men, too! -the Armorer

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Hey! Who killed Fidel? Babalu knows. He has video... -the Armorer

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Beware The Law of Unintended Consequences! Congress may not be the only group to forget that admonition. When I saw this, it reminded me of this, and sort of makes me think that Man and his way of making life interesting (for himself and other mammals) is God's idea of a REALLY good joke... -Instapilot

H/T:RWDB

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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".