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November 10, 2006

H&I Fires November 10, 2006

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You're advertising here, we should get an ad at your place...

Well, thank GOD they didn't decide on 20 lashes with a wet noodle! * rolls eyes * ~AFSis
And let's not forget that it's the Marine's birthday! Via one of my Church Lady friends, I've been reminded why WE LOVE OUR MARINES!!

The United States Marine

MARINES come in all shapes, shades, weights, sizes, & states of sobriety, misery, & confusion. He is sly as a fox, has the nerve of a dope addict, the stories of an old sailor, the sincerity of a politician, & the subtly of Mt. Saint Helen. He's extremely irresistible, totally irrational & completely indestructible.

A Marine is a Marine all his life. He is a magical creature. You can kick him out of your house but not out of your heart. You can take him off your mailing list but not off your mind. Marines are found everywhere... in battle... in lust... in debt... in bars & behind them. No one can write so seldom and yet think so much of you. No one else can get so much enjoyment out of a letter or clean clothes or a 6 pack.

A Marine is a genius with a deck of cards. A millionaire without a cent and brave without a grain of sense. He is the PROTECTOR OF AMERICA, with the latest copy of Playboy in his back pocket. When he wants something it's usually 30 days leave, music that hurts the ears, a five dollar bill...or A WOMAN HE CAN COUNT ON.

Girls love them, mothers tolerate them, fathers brag about them, the government pays them, the police watch out for them & somehow they all work together. You can beat their bodies but not their minds.

You can tame their hearts but not their souls. He likes girls, females, women, ladies. He dislikes small checks, working weekends, answering letters, eating chow, waking up, maintaining a uniform, & the day before payday. You may as well give in. He is your long distance lover... He is your steel eyed, warm smiling, blank minded, hyperactive, over reacting, curious, passive, talented spontaneous, physically fit, good for nothing bundle of worry.....

And will always be there for you regardless of how long its been since you've last talked.


And while whoever posted that stuff up there gets their blue dress cleaned... how about a new, um, er, oh just watch this - all the way to the end. H/t, SWWBO, who has some new directions of her own. -the Armorer


And the world wonders... where's Noonan? El-tee? El-tee? -the Armorer


Bob Owens of Confederate Yankee interviews some Baghdad MPs. -the Armorer

Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham has been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Fitting... on today, the Marine's 231st birthday, and the day before Veteran's Day. CNN does a nice job with his story... I'm just sorry to say that it's being awarded posthumously. Semper Fi, Cpl. Dunham. Thanks for guarding the Gates of Heaven for us these days... ~AFSis


Jules Crittenden - Live from Ramadi, Enemy of my Enemy! -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".

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jim b briefed on November 10, 2006 08:45 AM

On 10 November, 1775 there was born in Tun's Tavern in Philly Pa, a Corps of Marines.

Through the mud and the blood and the beer.
Your best friend, your worst enemy.

Happy 231st Birthday Marines!

Wherever 2 or more Marines gather today, there will be a party.

Semper Fi

AFSister briefed on November 10, 2006 10:04 AM

hehe... that would be me. I fergot to sign my name.

jim b briefed on November 10, 2006 10:48 AM

Sadam Escapes!!!

AFSister briefed on November 10, 2006 12:03 PM

jim... i am speechless.

jim b briefed on November 10, 2006 12:14 PM

AFSister = speechless?

jim b sits. I need a drink.

Were-Kitten briefed on November 10, 2006 12:35 PM

*serves JimB Scoresby on the rocks*

jim b briefed on November 10, 2006 12:57 PM

The other day I mentioned that the Democrats winning the House and Senate is viewed as a victory by Iran and the terrorists.

Israel is extreemly worried. The likelyhood of them striking is greatly increased

And now this from Israel:

Sanctions against Iran are unlikely to work, so Israel must be prepared to thwart Teheran's drive for a nuclear capability "at all costs," the newly installed Deputy Minister of Defense Ephraim Sneh has told The Jerusalem Post.

'I prefer fewer declarations and more deeds'

Cut and run politics always makes the world a more dangerous place. We have always been misread by our enemies. We now appear ready to fold and it already has put things in motion.

FbL briefed on November 10, 2006 02:00 PM

Thanks for the tip, AFSis.

I remember hearing Dunham's story soon after it happened. Reportedly he and his buddies had been BS-ing and the subject of how survive a grenade blast a few days before the event that critically wounded Dunham. Dunham said he'd cover it with his helmet. It was pointed out that it might blunt the blast a bit, but whoever held down the helmet would be messed up pretty bad. Dunham reportedly agreed, but pointed at that everyone else would surely live...

FbL briefed on November 10, 2006 02:51 PM

Actually, my memory was a little unclear on Dunham, but the essential points were correct. The whole thing can be found at Jet Noise, Cassandra's old site.

AFSister briefed on November 10, 2006 03:01 PM

I remember that, Fuzzy.
I wonder who, of any of us, would have the courage to do what he did. Discussing it, and doing it, are two different things.

Amazing courage.

FbL briefed on November 10, 2006 03:49 PM


In some ways I think that the discussion beforehand makes it all the more amazing. It had to have been more than simple instinct of the moment.

What I mean is: back when they talked about it, I'll bet he made an internal decision that if it came down to a situation where he could protect his buddies from a grenade, he would do it in the manner he'd theorized. Thus when the moment appeared, his decision had already been made--made in calm and clear determination beforehand. Amazing.

Marine6 briefed on November 10, 2006 06:20 PM

Let us never forget why we observe Veteran's Day

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields

By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

John of Argghhh! briefed on November 10, 2006 06:22 PM

Well, I'm of mixed minds about that Marine 6.

I say that's why we have Memorial Day.

Tomorrow is for you and I - the ones who caught and carried the torch and live to tell the tale.

Marine6 briefed on November 10, 2006 08:39 PM

Actually November 11th is Armistice Day, the day when the shooting stopped in the War To End All Wars. Our cousins on the other side of the pond call it Rememberance Day, and considering the numbers of the generation that was just starting grammar school a century ago that they would loose on the battle fields of World War I, they have much to remember.

I agree that Memorial Day is a fitting day on which memorialize our war dead, and with you, I honor that opportunity.

But I also had the opportunity once to visit the battlefields at Ypres while the poppies were in bloom, and the haunting thought of Dr. McCrae's poem and the vision of those poppies is indelible in my mind.

And being a true conservative, I don't mind living in the past at all. The only true shame about Armistice Day is that the War To End All Wars was an abject failure in achieving that goal. But, like our British cousins, I take the opportunity to remember "The Honoured Dead."

Semper Fi,

Marine6 - Sends