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July 17, 2006

H&I* Fires 17 July 2006

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JERUSALEM - Israeli ground troops entered southern Lebanon to attack Hezbollah bases on the border, but they rapidly returned to Israel after conducting their military operations, officials said Monday.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for the deployment of international forces to stop the bombardment of Israel and to persuade the Jewish state to stop attacks on Hezbollah, while the European Union said it was considering the deployment of a peacekeeping force.

Depending on Israeli intentions, you guys better move sooner rather than later... though that's going to be tough, what with the airport in the condition it's in - and I'm betting no one's got troops and troop transports all lined up yet. Read the rest here. -the Armorer

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Don't miss this. A lefty calls Uncle Jimbo, a 20+-year SF veteran... wait for it... a chickenhawk! ROFLMAO! Don't miss the comments, either. - FbL

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RINO Sightings is up at Classical Values. All the opinion from the mushy middle majoritarians. -the Armorer

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Re: Uncle Jimbo. These guys are a hoot, aren't they? Retirement doesn't stop re-enlistment? Well, yeah, it does. You can't re-up unless you get out. Retired is "still in service, awaiting recall". I volunteered, my name's on the list, but they aren't needing any broken-down fat artillery guys for an infantry war. How odd. The dude's a buffoon. -the Armorer

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Great satire on illegal immigration - FbL

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In the "And now for something completely different..." category, here's a little antidote for all the groundpounder stuff on this blog. Sorry, couldn't resist. -Instapilot

[Heh, it's why the under-producing fixed winger was *hired* in the first place... amazing how long you can plead crew rest. -ed.]

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Not back home yet. The Older Brother of Gollum (by birth) allowed Gollum to use his ‘puter and house while he took The Sister in Law of Gollum and Gollum’s Nieces and Nephew to go look after Gollum’s Mom for an evening. Gives Gollum a chance to check in to find out what’s up with ‘Net World.

And what is up with California hating, hmmmmmm? You know that the most productive agricultural valley in the US is fed, which means you’re fed, by that aqueduct, don’t you? Frickin’ Flatter Than A Pancake Lander. ;)

I wish I’d snagged a pair of work gloves last time I played hockey over at the Chief's place. Blisters from sawing, hammering, and pruning most definitely suck.

Oh, and I wrote something for Kat's Place. Find your heart meds and destructible NFL referee stress relieving doll first though.

Now to sleep so I can bang nails while mending a fence in 90 degree heat tomorrow. Joy. -Ry

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This is like watching an auto accident in slow motion...or the lioness knocking the legs out from under the hapless gazelle. Morbidly fascinating. I feel sorry for the victims being disemboweled (not much, I grant you, but some).

Remind me to NEVER piss this guy off. -Instapilot

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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 http://www.thedonovan.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt.cgi?__mode=view&_type=entry&blog_id=1exploding 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".