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August 16, 2006

H&I* Fires 16 Aug 2006

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We missed Boq's Birthday! Like, two days ago! For the Admiral of the Moat Fleet - I offer up this! Oh, what the heck - how about a truck for the Moat? -the Armorer


I've seen a lot of 9-11 memorabilia, and some of it has actually seemed appropriate, but this one is deeply disturbing on a level that I can't articulate, and don't think I really want to explore. It's gotta be even worse for those who actually lived it [h/t Bloodspite]. - FbL

[Tacky, very tacky. .ed]


Andi puts a mark on the wall for the next Milblogger Conference. -the Armorer


Stuff going on here at Leavenworth and elsewhere - as the Army tries to find a way to fight This Kind of War..

Meanwhile... a different war continues.

Lieutenant Watada versus the Army - update. -the Armorer


Ah – Yes, ‘nuther spin around the Sun, on this here Blue Marble.

I have to say, that I did have a great B-Day Bash, last Sunday. Just look WHO who paid homage on my birthday! O.K. - O.K. Little Ms. Keefer (or I should say, U.S. Congressional Candidate K. Keefer) didn’t show-up for MY B-Day, but let me tell ya: She’s a SCREAM. If she’s so passionate for people who were born on my B-Date, she certainly got my vote.

Still there’s many decisions to make for example which kind of noodle should I moisten for The Adjutant. There’s the old stand-by: Spaghetti, tried and true. There’s the Bucatini, with its hollow center, perfect for sopping-up the shame off any forgetful flutter-head. And then there’s Strozzapreti (or The Priest Strangler in English), perfect for garroting Pretermitant IT Professionals.

If however, the Birthday of tin-horned dictators do not ring a bell, you can always count the Cressets leading out of the Jungle Room, and up-to my Cell at 3-North. There are Eight on the left wall, and Thirteen hanging on the right wall. ;-) - BOQ


Will someone puhleeeeze buy Andrew a fainting couch? -Instapilot
(Resolved: "Torturing a jihadi to get info - bad; hundreds of innocent civilians killed - worse." Discuss.)


*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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