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September 25, 2006

H&I Fires* 25 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...

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This will be a busy week. Hopefully some slack will get pulled around here...

And Cricket starts us off with this - Guedelon Castle, a very kewl project. I'd like to know how he's funding it.

Jules Crittenden laments the change from the Associated Press to the Amoral Propagandists...

The Associated Press, the reliable just-the-facts news agency you and I once knew, no longer exists. Amoral propagandists have taken over. It is not only in the disturbing matter of Bilal Hussein, AP photograher and al-Qaeda associate, being held without charge in U.S. custody in Iraq that this is evident. But also in the departure from balanced, nonpartisan coverage that has always been the AP’s promise to us, its customers.
-the Armorer

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PETA has called Six Flags' promo to get unlimited "front-of-the-line" privileges by eating a live Madagascar hissing cockroach "ungratuitously cruel". Funny. I haven't heard them say a darn thing about the actions of these boys. (That being said, no ride pass is worth eating a 3 inch long hissing cockroach) ~AFSis

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This headline made me say "NO $HIT, SHERLOCK".... yeah. I'd say Tiffany Hall is in dire need of some psych assistance. You'd HAVE to be crazy to do what she did. *shudder* ~AFSIS

*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".

*Obscure 70's cultural referent. Ha! That didn't help much, did it?