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November 15, 2006

H&I Fires, 15 Nov 2006

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Heh. 15 November already. Where *did* the month go?

The Castle being mercifully free from "Flame Warriors" (the Rulez, doncha know) they are still an entertaining breed. So much so, that a taxonomy has been developed. CAPT H points us to this little amusing endeavour over at Flame Warriors Home. I think I found Princess Maggie...

Chuck Simmins does things so you don't have to...


After the Lancet article and the on-going count at Iraq Body Count, I began to wonder if there was a place where our enemies were being numbered. Being the blood thirsty tool of Bushitler that I am, I set up a page called "Terrorist Death Watch", where I'll try to count their dead.

You can follow the count here.

I gotta run, prepping for briefing Powerpoint Rangering all week... -the Armorer

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Geez, every hack with a computer and a byline thinks they can blog. Jules Crittenden, not content with shamelessly shilling bloggers for links, has fallen into the La Malkin and Instapundit and Huffpo trap and, not being content with sucking away blogreaders with his columns, now wants to suck 'em away from us with his blog! Sheesh. Wotta attention-junkie!

Huh? Link to it? LINK TO IT? Why, so you disloyal weevils will go read it or something? Why would I do that? /snark -the Armorer

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Lex talks about his flights against MIGs and other things that were secret until yesterday. - FbL

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Yeah. What Matt said: A big bowl of dumba$$. WHAT WERE THEY THINKING????!!!???! ~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".

Comments on H&I Fires, 15 Nov 2006
cw4(ret)billt briefed on November 15, 2006 01:28 PM

Heh. The only thing "secret" about Constant Peg was the code name. Aviation Week did an article on it back in the 90s, right after some smart editor realized that SovBloc armored vehicles probably weren't the *only* items that got shipped back here after we got cozy with some of the former USSR's former clients. A little legwork, a couple of phonecalls and some good guesswork -- presto! -- a couple of pages, with pix, on the Top Gun upgrade.

And we have friends in the Middle East who have been giving us interesting toys when they're finished with them since about 1967. A lot of 'em didn't even have bullet holes in them...

SangerM briefed on November 15, 2006 07:53 PM

Maybe the republicans were thinking 1) that Lott is the lesser of 2 evils, that 2) he got things done and Frist didn't do so well, 3) what he said was only really repugnant to people who like making victims of themselves, 4) most people today don't really care & since the Dems won, this is a chance for Lott fo come back more or less onthe sly, and 5) they are looking ahead 2 years, and figure Lott is going to help more in that regard.

Personally, I'm glad he's back, I hate it that people like Clinton get a pass on things like, oh, I don't know, lying under oath and adultery in the Oval office, while Lott and others get lambasted for misstatements. Anyone wanna debate how the self-proclaimed victims-alliance has usurped certain words in our language so that I can't even use one of them here becuase our worthy host doesn't want the bad press or links from google?!?

I'm glad Lott's back. I hope a whole lot of people are pissed off about it. Now we just need Newt Gingrich to run for President!

Of course, the Dems tracking Murtha is a GOOD thing. Lots of military people going to vote Democrate next time too, eh?

Feh! It's finals this week and I am in a really sour mood... I want everyone to be miserable & stressed out right along with me.

Cricket briefed on November 15, 2006 08:46 PM

Move over.