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October 23, 2006

H&I* Fires 23 OCT 2006

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Today in history (besides the post below)...

4004BC, 0900 (Greenwich Time) "Let there be light!" Landlord finally installs missing lightbulb. Leastways, that's Bishop Ussher's answer. Heartless Landlord drives young couple from their home 10 November, 4004, creating first homelessness crisis! (As reported by the New York Times)

1864- The Battle of Westport, near Kansas City, Missouri, ends Confederate General Sterling Price's last attempt to take Missouri for the Confederacy - he's beaten (again) by Union Major General Samuel Curtis, who bookends his war by beating Price twice, at Pea Ridge, and Westport. Westport, now one of the "club" districts of KCMO, is still the scene of scattered streetfighting on occasion.

1942- the Second Battle of El Alamein. Montgomery to the troops:

"Everyone must be imbued with the desire kill Germans, even the padres - one for weekdays and two on Sundays."

On Guadalcanal... Edson's Ridge Battle for Henderson Field (farking Al N. and his hosed dbase. I've been burned so many times I check... every entry today *but* that one).

1944- For you sailors: Leyte Gulf, the Afternoon of the Rising Sun.

1956 - the Hungarians believe the West will follow through. We didn't. In 1989, they did it on their own, in the "Velvet Revolution."

Of course, all is not well with the inheritors of the Velvet Revolution, either. -the Armorer

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RINO Sightings at The Searchlight Crusade!

Carnival of the Recipes - over at NerdMom. -the Armorer

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For you airplane freaks... h/t, Mike D. -the Armorer

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Darleen takes on Yvonne Ridley on the subject of Islamofeministas... h/t, SWWBO -the Armorer

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Fuzzybear Lioness wants you to meet someone... Private First Class Russell Dilling:

FORT JACKSON, S.C. (Army News Service, Oct. 12, 2006) – The Army’s oldest Basic Combat Training Soldier marched off Hilton Field here last Friday as a graduate.

PFC Russell Dilling, 42, Company A, 1st Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, enlisted in June after the Army raised its maximum active-duty enlistment age to 42.

Remember folks - we've got people who can retire at 38... I was 43. -the Armorer

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Here's some more auld pharts donning the tie-dyed clothing:

Kevin Adams, 39, has a white-collar job, a girlfriend, a cat, and a home in Marblehead. For exercise, he likes to sail.

At 4 a.m. tomorrow , he will leave all that behind and head off for basic training at Fort Benning, Ga., where a drill sergeant will order him to do push-ups, sit-ups, and run with recruits half his age.

From the Boston Globe. H/t, Jim C. -the Armorer

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Snerk! *This* is why governments don't like collectors like me... h/t, Kevin G. -the Armorer

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On a question of ethics, I'd be interested in your thoughts. If you'd be so kind... - FbL

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It's time to remind everyone of the great work of Michael Reagan - an Angel with a Pencil.
-The Adjutant

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*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".