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March 21, 2006

H&I Fires* 21 Mar 06

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Heh. This is a little weird, setting this up right before I go to bed, but it's early morning for you guys...

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives is on track this year to be in session for fewer days than the Congress Harry Truman labeled as “do-nothing” during his 1948 re-election campaign.

I may be in a minority here... but getting out of the bubble and among the people - if that is in fact what they are doing - is to me preferable to causing pointless mischief passing legislation just to be seen doing it. Your mileage may vary - and my opinion holds true regardless of which party holds power in any component of any branch of government.

Heh. This strikes me as hitting at the heart of the DPW fiasco. Hiring contractors to do security screening validation. This bears watching - but at least they're talking about it in the open, and the DPW brouhaha might give this issue some traction. It strikes me as an inherently governmental function. Hire the people you need to do the job- or at least enough to directly supervise the contractors providing the service.

Punctilious wants you to know:

Carnival of the Recipes #83 has been posted at One for the Road.

Stop on over and check out all the yummy things to eat this week.

If you would like to host a future carnival send an email to recipe.carnival(at)gmail.com with the word host in the subject line.

--punctilious

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Christopher Hitchens engages in some wishful thinking about the past, crowned by this bit of patented Hitchens Righteous Fury:

We could have been living in a different world, and so could the people of Iraq, and I shall go on keeping score about this until the last phony pacifist has been strangled with the entrails of the last suicide-murderer.
- Fuzzybear Lioness

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Uhhh--*belated* Birthday Alert! Attention, all Denizens--stop what you're doing and visit Boston Maggie's to give her a big *smooch* 'n' hug. And the Denizennes will want to visit just to see why she keeps giving the Emirati Chamber of Commerce free plugs... --cw4(ret)billt
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Gun related news:
Being armed to prevent genocide a fundamental human right
Someone with a law degree heard you Sanger, and agreed. Indeed.
In GWOT news:
Are we getting our lunch eaten in the InfoWar use of the internet?
--ry

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Michelle Malkin interviews Mother Sheehan. -Sleepless in Seoul

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With the rash of recent news showing people converting to Islam (New MSM tactic maybe?) it begs the question: "What happens when someone converts from Islam to Christianity.

Well. 'pears they get sentenced to die. At least in the Middle East

Now there's a slogan for ya. "Join us or die".
-BloodSpite

*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 that particular topic. 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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