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January 06, 2007

H&I* Fires, 6 JAN 2007

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CAPT H sends this interesting discussion of Discretion in Reporting from the War Zone.

He also provides this bit of naughty yet mild humo(u)r.

Miss Beatrice, the church organist, was in her eighties and had never been married. She was admired for her sweetness and kindness to all. One afternoon the pastor came to call on her and she showed him into her quaint sitting room. She invited him to have a seat while she prepared tea.

As he sat facing her old Hammond organ, the young minister noticed a cut-glass bowl sitting on top of it. The bowl was filled with water, and in the water floated, of all things, a condom! When she returned with tea and scones, they began to chat.

The pastor tried to stifle his curiosity about the bowl of water and its strange floater, but soon it got the best of him and he could no longer resist.. "Miss Beatrice", he said, "I wonder if you would tell me about this?" pointing to the bowl.

"Oh, yes," she replied, "Isn't it wonderful? I was walking through the Park a few months ago and I found this little package on the ground. The directions said to place it on the organ, keep it wet and that it would prevent the spread of disease. Do you know I haven't had the flu all winter."

Jay, over at Stop The ACLU has Pig Races. Yes, you *do* want to click that link.

And, just in case you missed it - there is this offering for Charity - Pinups For Vets (though I can't imagine too many of you haven't seen this one already, but they asked me to post it...)

There is a Honeydew List today... and things may get weird periodically - we're back to tinkering in the guts of the software. -the Armorer


The following is posted as a public service to our Canadian readers. From CAPT H:

Wajid Kahn Must Resign!

Good to see their moonbats don't spell any better than our moonbats, and that the cross-floor snark is alive and well in the Land of Maple-Syrup Swilling. -the Armorer


Golly, Milblogs is simply chock full of toothsome goodness today. Just read it all... -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".

Nope, he ain't dropped an Acme anvil on me head yet. But I know it'll happen. That's why we sleep with one eye open 'round here.--ry

[THWOCK! -the Armorer]

Comments on H&I* Fires, 6 JAN 2007
Damian briefed on January 7, 2007 01:46 PM

I'm in disagreement with Worthington on this one. His central argument seems to be that the incident in question wasn't newsworthy since it happens in every war. Well, battles happen in every war too, and we still expect reporting on those. Soldiers are killed, and that's still reported. Today there's an article by Bill Graveland of the Canadian Press about the intelligence of the average Canadian soldier - not news to me, certainly, but probably to many Canadians who have no familiarity with our military.

Blatchford is one of the best media friends the CF has - witness her Ross Monroe award this year - and doesn't deserve Worthington's criticism on this. I appreciate his perspective most of the time, but he's being petty on this one.

Damian briefed on January 8, 2007 04:52 PM

Just as a point of useless trivia, Wajid Khan is ex-military, but not ex-Canadian-military. He was a fighter pilot in Pakistan before emigrating to Canada decades ago and starting up a successful car dealership in Toronto.

So John, you're tying in mil-bloggy stuff even when you don't know it!

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