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November 27, 2006

H&I Fires, 27 Nov 2006

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First up - CAPT H got the Whatziss correct. And in the second pic, I was just being mean. Those are the tracer loads that go into the bottom of 40mm Bofors rounds. I figured if anyone was going to get it, John was going to.

Yes, lets! Let us indeed have a BZ for some Diggers!

An email I got this weekend:


I read your blog with regularity, and I thought you might be interested in this one.

{Click this link for the story}

Glad they are on our side.

CW4, TC, retired (but working on coming back)
MOS 881A

Well done, Sergeant A and Corporal B! Well done, indeed. I think the picture is a hoot, too. Good on ya, Chief P, for working that recall thing. Hope you have better luck than I have. And as for your, um, regularity, well, we're glad we can help with that, too!

The newly-promoted-to-Major Heartless Libertarian has discovered Someone You Should Know. I wanna know when the promotion party is, and are you paying airfare? -the Armorer


So, this is what Lex does while on a cruise... H/t, Rich B. -the Armorer


Jay at Stop The ACLU sees the shadowy hands of secularism in this coinage development. I see the trend of creativity in the paper specie moving to the coins. Just as the engravers wanted some new stuff to do, so too the die-makers. My absolute favorite coin in the world? The Brit 1 Pound coin. And I've always like the Germans putting the words on the edge of their coins. I say Huzzah! and I don't think it's all part of a conspiracy. But I've been wrong before. -the Armorer


Warning, warning! Shameless self promotion alert! I just wanted to celebrate that I've gotten 50,000 hits on my blog! Yayyyyyy! Okay, shameless self-promotion alert ended. You may return to your previous level of alert. - FbL


Andi of Andi's World is walking a path familiar to many bloggers and regulars here: saying goodbye to your furry best friend. This one got her through her husband's deployments. - FbL


*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, 27 Nov 2006
The Thomas briefed on November 27, 2006 03:23 PM

Looks like FbL made it.

The SiteMeter reads 50028 last I looked.

lex briefed on November 27, 2006 08:49 PM

That one's good, but this one is really good.

And no. I can't dance like that. Anymore.

Cricket briefed on November 27, 2006 08:59 PM


The head based chenet turns looked quite painful.

JimC briefed on November 28, 2006 03:46 PM

How fount of useless knowledge and whole bunch of useful knowledge, I have a question that is really a snark, Can paper money be specie? I thought by definition specie is gold and silver and probably platinum now since the Russkies started coining some a few decades back.

John of Argghhh! briefed on November 28, 2006 04:04 PM

Good catch! A regrettable misprision of editorial responsibility. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

Now, could you explain this grammatical construct?

How fount of useless knowledge and whole bunch of useful knowledge, I have a question that is really a snark, Can paper money be specie?

Upon parsing your verbal construct there, I believe you rather meant to convey your point thusly:

How[,] fount of useless knowledge and [a] whole bunch of useful knowledge [(]I have a question that is really a snark[)], [c]an paper money be specie?

It remains a rather clumsy construct, but is at least understandable in this form.

Better would be: I have a question that is really a snark: How, O Fount of Useless Knowledge and a whole bunch of Useful Knowledge, can paper money be specie?

The Armorer suggests, that if you are going to snark his grammar (a fine pastime, if I do say so myself), that you do so... grammatically.

JimC briefed on November 28, 2006 04:40 PM

See what I mean about useful knowledge?

Whine, whine (on my part). I was in a hurry and I was really only questioning your understanding of specie. With apologies to Voltaire, I was in too big a hurry to write the thought correctly. You did figure out the meaning so it must have been effective communication.

I would never question your grammar prowess. I learned long ago that route leads to madness.

John of Argghhh! briefed on November 28, 2006 04:43 PM

Ahem. This is a snivel-free zone, if you please.