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October 13, 2006

H&I Fires* 13 OCT 2006

Open post for those with something to share, updated through the day. New, complete posts come in below this one. Note: If trackbacking, please acknowledge this post in your post. That's only polite. You're advertising here, we should get an ad at your place...

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Announcement of Glorious Nuclear Achievement to Gangster Stooges of Blogosphere. Ya better watch out, the Trailer Trash is going nukular! H/t, CAPT H and Haji-o-matic.

Wotta buncha Flaming Ar$eholes. Really. Mostly worksafe, except for Ms Thang-style environments. What a terrible shame such traditions die. H/t, CAPT H.

I identify with much, but not all of this - like this one: You openly admit to stroking and oiling your wood. You even share tips on it with friends.

My addiction is not as strong as some. H/t, CAPT H, whose contributions (hint, hint to you other slugs) are *greatly* appreciated! -the Armorer

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Is the Left going to take over and control major Internet nodes - and in so doing, control content? Interesting points made in this piece by Robert Cox:

Enter Fox News pundit, author and top-rated blogger Michelle Malkin. Last week she received notice from YouTube, the world’s most popular video sharing service, that her video had been deemed “offensive.” The result? Her account was terminated and her videos deleted.

YouTube refused to say why her videos were “offensive” and there was no avenue available to challenge the decision. Today, her videos are gone and her voice is suppressed on the most important video “node” on the Internet.

Some might note that Malkin can still host her videos elsewhere. Of course she can, but that would fail to understand the powerful forces of “network externalities” at play online. There is no Avis to eBay’s Hertz for good reason: Once an online network is fully catalyzed, there is no reason to join an alternative network. If you want to get the most money for your Beanie Baby collection, you are going to want access to the most potential bidders — and that means eBay.

As any of you newer bloggers know - it's hard to get up to the Big Bloggers in the blogosphere now absent name recognition from the get-go. This site wouldn't have the linkage it does now if we hadn't gotten started "back in the day" - we, like many new blogs that don't have built-in name recognition, would be lost in the shuffle. Interesting points to ponder. Read the whole thing here. -the Armorer

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And watch out for your Triskaidekaphobia today! -the Armorer

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When's Maggie's birthday? I found the perfect present for her- "How to overcome nymphomania"! ~AFSis

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X-cuse me while I have some delectable repast. As the Great Confectionary Gourmand @@@ once said. But it wouldn’t be polite to be the only one eating at my corner of the table. Besides, the table is big enough, and with the centerpiece veiling one end of the table from the other, The Denizennes can have a USMC Meal just as well. After all, the other side of the table leads right into The Jungle Room. – BOQ

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Bah. Since being challenged, as it were, I figured I'd post something anyway. :)
Political Correctness goes Mad in Britain
Nothing says education like sending 14 year old girls to jail because they ask a teacher for help. H/t: Tinkerty Tonk
-BloodSpite

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Another Congressman falls from grace. Ohio Representative Robert Ney (R) pleads guilty to Abramoff-related charges... but unlike former representative Foley of Florida, the Ohioan hasn't resigned yet, preferring to wait until he's sentenced in January, because he needs the money. Heh. Hastert and crowd better render this fellow un-employed ASAP, because he no longer is worthy of receiving monies for a job he has dishonored and failed at. I see he too entered alcohol rehab. Well and good if you needed it, Mr. Ney - but please don't expect me to be impressed with your moral fortitude, as it comes too late in the game. Good luck with the rest of your life, and don't bother applying for any political office in *my* neck of the woods. Read the rest here. I don't know how long it takes for the House to unseat a member, but COB Monday is a good target, as far as I'm concerned. -the Armorer

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*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".