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September 22, 2006

H&I* Fires 22 Sep 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...


Hey, turns out this is the real Wickerman day if the Druids were to be believed. Any plans? Maybe I will make a small one out of popsicle sticks this evening - Alan of GX40.

Don't expect to hear about this much. The Army actually meeting its recruiting goals despite a 'endless pit of death' war on doesn't play as a controversy, a disaster, or a conspiracy.

Those Canadian Contrarians... their Gold Star Mother is not at *all* like Mother Sheehan. Thank heavens! H/t, CAPT H.

Moving on...

Just a small town girl on a Saturday night
Looking for the fight of her life in the real time world
No one sees her at all they all say she's crazy

Though, frankly, Ry, I prefer the songs that bumper it. Liked the movie though. If you don't understand this entry... you need to read things more thorougly. 8^) -the Armorer


Confederate Yankee with another take on the Reuters vehicle fired upon in Gaza. Obviously, there are challenges here - Reuters wants to be where the news is - and they effectively wounded tuna moving amongst hungry sharks who already use ambulances illegally - why not use press vehicles? And how many reporters are going to choose to die resisting - and we already know that the news agencies will knuckle under to that kind of pressure to keep their people safe and to have access... though they keep that a secret if they can... and no, why, of *course* it doesn't affect the slant of their reportage... -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. 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".

Name the #1 song for this week in 1983.