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July 15, 2006

H&I Fires* for 15 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...

I have absolutely nothing to contribute today. But since today is the next to last day of my favorite Rodeo Event, The Calgary Stampede, I'll leave you a picture or two of my last visit there. (Best I ever got was second place in the bareback bronc riding competition there)

Further proof that you don't have to be crazy to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. Just have to ride Rodeo for a few years to get your scholarship, heh.

And not all things to be ridden have a saddle :)

And the tattoo I got there? I most assuredly Blame Canada.

Ok I'm done. 'sides someone had to open the doors this morning. If your really bored you can read it all here

*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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