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July 30, 2006

H&I* Fires 30 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...

Boy-o-boy! It looks like the Birthday Boy had lots of fun playing in the Beaner "Battleship" (Hey - I can say "Beaner" without compunction; I'm the only Denizen that speaks like the Nasonex Bee).

Anyways, he looked so happy in every single picture that Rob Harshbarger took. I just wonder: What was its crew thinking during THIS picture. CAPTION CONTEST ANYONE? – BOQ


Details of disturbing things that seem to be developing in Somalia. [h/t MVRWC] - FbL


Hmm... the "Castle Denizens" blogroll doesn't seem to be updating to show I posted last night at my place, thus greatly reducing my enjoyment of a recent gloat opportunity. - FbL


*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 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".