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September 01, 2006

H&I* Fires 1 Sep 2006

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Heh. This brings a new dimension to the term "woody". It's work-safe, though it is most definitely not Miss Thang Safe.

Heh. I should be so healthy.

As a special concession, ''Buster" Martin is being given a day off work today. It is, after all, his 100th birthday.

Yep, taking a day off from work. H/t, CAPT H.

It's a bemusing cost - but I can't argue, given I'm involved in saving a WWII Destroyer (albeit at a lesser cost than this project...) but I always did like the Vulcan - they were just cool to see when they flew by. H/t also to CAPT H.

Snerk. Simply, snerk. Good on ya, Blob. H/t, SWWBO. -the Armorer

Killer McFlurry??? No more! ~AFSis

[grumbling about Denizennes stomping his stuff while posting theirs - let's try again!]

In the comments, Denizen Jim B points us to this interesting tidbit... shades of selling scrap metal to Japan in the 30's, here's Darwinian Capitalism at work...

US car theft rings probed for ties to Iraq bombings By Bryan Bender, Globe Staff | October 2, 2005

WASHINGTON -- The FBI's counterterrorism unit has launched a broad investigation of US-based theft rings after discovering that some of the vehicles used in deadly car bombings in Iraq, including attacks that killed US troops and Iraqi civilians, were probably stolen in the United States, according to senior government officials.

Maggie - you keep an eye on this, eh? -the Armorer


BORAT, U da Man!!! - BOQ


Gotta read Cassandra's Coffee Snorters today! For the Denizennes - how about a little Israeli soldier pr0n, courtesy of Mary Katherine Ham? There's even some gun pr0n and Panzer pr0n in there for the guys. -the Armorer


Heh. The Washington Post Editorial board opines: "It's unfortunate so many people took him seriously." No shite, Sherlocks. But when you're target fixated, you tend to crash. -the Armorer


Goodness Gracious - Princess Crabby steals my thunder! Fine. Saves me having to post on it - but all y'all oughta go read it, since most of us were the Polish Army in the quiz... -the Armorer


*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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