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October 31, 2006

H&I* Fires 31 OCT 2006

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Dean over at Dean's World has an interesting post about George W Bush and his politics. (So what exactly is a centrist then, Dean?)

I may not be Canadian, but I'm going to Wear Red this Friday.
ry
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Bad day for a terrorist:

"If I saw somebody in front of me so I put one or two hands on my sexual organ; if there was nobody in front of me and I heard people speaking or laughing behind me I put my hands on my buttocks,” related the terror leader.

Read the whole thing at Tim Blair's place. H/t, CAPT H.

Over at Op-For, Noonan joins with Noah Schachtman of Defense Tech and Matt of Blackfive to... face NPR. With surprising results! -the Armorer

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Apparently John Kerry's old habits die hard. Still, unbelievable! - FbL

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For those of you getting updates on new opportunities in the military, don't get overly excited about the announcements of new openings in the Air Farce's "enlisted aviator career fields." Nope -- stick-wiggling is *not* involved, they're just looking for Loadmasters, Aerial Gunners (they resurrecting the YB-40, mebbe?) and -- *huge grin* -- Flight Attendants.

Sorry, but the site link is restricted to dot-mil access. I guess they're afraid of being deluged with Denizennes in micro-minis claiming to know how to operate both M2s and $500K coffee-makers... -- BillT

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There are almost as many reasons for supporting Valour-IT as there are people who do. Here are two great stories about why people are donating to help wounded soldiers receive voice-activated laptops: a philosopher and an outraged citizen of Massachusetts. - FbL

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With regards to Senator John "Neeeeeewop-Nim-Bim-Lim-Bim-Wim-Bim-Ftang-Ftang-Biscuit-Barrel" Kerry (Silly Party), can anybody tell me what on earth Teresa sees in that guy? I guess sometimes love is blind. And deaf. And dumb.

P.S. BWAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA!
P.P.S. Thanks, John! -Instapilot

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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".

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