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November 07, 2006

H&I* Fires 7 NOV 2006

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'Nuff said.

It's only the most important thing you have to do today. Unless you've done it. Or need to go to the emergency room or something. 'Nuff said. If you want a larger version... click here.


And as two cats and a hamster anxously await the returns, we are reminded of our press in more simpler times. Wonder if Edward R. Murrow would have pulled it off. - BOQ


As it looks like the Dems are going to get most of their wish tonight - I predict among the first things out of their mouths will be words to the effect: "The people have spoken, we expect our Republican colleagues will roll over and do what we want." No, those won't be the words, but that will be the expectation.

I expect the Republicans will actually, especially in the Senate, do in fact, mostly that. T'was ever thus, seemingly. Ah well, I didn't want to Republicans to win, I wanted the Dems to lose. The Republicans, frankly, don't deserve to win. And if they get truly spanked today (the jury is out as I type this) I hope the long knives come out and the leadership in both the House and Senate are relegated to junior committee positions. They have failed utterly to lead, and delivered us to committee chairmen straight from the 60's. Sheesh.

Alan, and Jack, and Owen are probably already jotting down their list of how much of my money I'm not deserving of, how much choice they will remove of my health care options, and who knows what they're plotting about the basement. Which is odd, since two of them live in Canada.

And Owen will be starting the redeployment from Iraq tomorrow - in which we destroy all our equipment in place, so we can't go adventuring any more, unless the UN says so, *and* gives us permission to buy some stuff with which to go adventuring. But only under UN command - none of that American's in charge stuff anymore.

Hopefully when I wake up in the morning, I'll be so wrong that I'm embarrassed and erase this.

But I don't think I will. -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".

Comments on H&I* Fires 7 NOV 2006
WereKitty briefed on November 7, 2006 07:40 AM

Love the poster, John!

Cricket briefed on November 7, 2006 08:17 AM

I am wearing a sticker with a peach on it. And on the peach, in italics, it says: "I am a Georgia voter." The Engineer and I went to the polling place as soon as the CLUs were at school or engrossed in homework.

Boquisucio briefed on November 7, 2006 08:40 AM

I for one, won't make an Arsse of myself

Jon The Mechanic briefed on November 7, 2006 10:11 AM

And I just feel the need to share with the rest of the fans this little story.

This morning I dragged she who WANTS to be obeyed to vote and I had a Republican, a Democrat, and a Socialist Party member at the polling place. As I was looking over the sample ballot, the Socialist Party member remarked that there were some good Socialist Party candidates that I should take a look at. (FYI, I am to the political right of everyone but Atilla The Hun).

The Republican and I both looked at the Socialist Party member and made comments that that was VERY close to campaigning in a polling place and that was illegal under NYS law.

I was then asked if I wanted to help my fellow man and I replied that if my fellow man needed a ride to work and he was on my way, of if I was approached to invest in a company that needed to expand due to increased profit, then I would then I would GLADLY help him or her as much as I could. I then asked why my hard earned money (I work 2 jobs and put in about 50 hours a week at one job) should go to help those who won't help themselves.

Poor Socialist didn't know how to respond to me...

Neffi briefed on November 7, 2006 10:23 AM

Fourth in line at 0645, done and on my way at 0715. There were probably 45 people in line then, and more arriving by the minute... a LARGE ballot in Colorado this year.
No run-ins with Socialists, but the MoveOn folks had coffee and doughnuts just outside the 100 foot perimeter...

fdcol63 briefed on November 7, 2006 11:03 AM

Good voter turnout this morning at my precinct in N FL, too, despite the rain.

It's pretty mixed, so that could be good or bad for those of us on the Right.

But at least people seem to be taking this election seriously, whatever their party affiliation is.

Alan briefed on November 7, 2006 11:32 AM

Vote for God's sake. All I can do for my part is continue to fine tune and adjust the transmitter's rabbit ears to send our Canadian thought control rays in over the border. And if you have a feeling that you tasted maple syrup for a split second in the booth, just never mind, OK? It's all going to be OK.

Neffi briefed on November 7, 2006 11:56 AM

Canuckistanian thought control rays?! What a relief!
I thought perhaps I'd contracted dysentry for a sec there... 8^)

Alan briefed on November 7, 2006 11:57 AM

You just got the special "purple button" treatment - that's all.

John of Argghhh! briefed on November 7, 2006 12:26 PM

And if you have a feeling that you tasted maple syrup...

And you all wondered why I voted last week...

Cricket briefed on November 7, 2006 12:48 PM

Awwwwwwwww shucks. And here I thought I voted the Rethug ticket on my own while fantasizing about maple bars.

I need to get that tin hat looked at...

cw4(ret)billt briefed on November 7, 2006 01:16 PM

No maple syrple taste -- although the first three cups of coffee had a humdinger of a game of "Horse" going as I was doing my write-in for one of the Town Council seats.

The Dem incumbent is an arrogant Know-Nothing and the Rep challenger is a glad-handing fool, so I opted for casting a vote for somebody who would actually have the citizens' best interests at heart and have the bulldog tenacity to stand up for them. Plus, she throws great parties and has the good sense not to invite me to all of them...

John of Argghhh! briefed on November 7, 2006 01:22 PM

I know that the unchallenged Democrat on the ballot for our state Rep has at least one write in vote... from SWWBO. For me.

If nominated I will not run. If elected, I will not serve.

Good enough for Sherman, good enough for me!

WereKitty briefed on November 7, 2006 03:07 PM

*This* Kitten voted on Saturday... left more time for me to get the battery replaced in the MomMobile today.

Toluca Nole briefed on November 7, 2006 04:03 PM

"Don't blame me...I voted for Kodos."

Murray briefed on November 7, 2006 06:01 PM

Atilla was a softcock.

1sg keith briefed on November 7, 2006 08:24 PM

At about 1000, I drove to the polling place, first time behind the wheel since surgery three weeks ago. Had to park in the parking lot because some nimrod in a Caddy took up the first two parking spaces. I hobbled in with my walker, voted my conscience, then hobbled back to my car. Took all of 10 minutes, including parking lot travel time.
As of 2100, 9pm for you AF types, all but one of my picks were ahead. Unfortunately, the one losing 51% to 47% was the Republican House guy. If it continues, the dems get one seat in Fla, and the guy is a REAL dick...

guy briefed on November 7, 2006 09:32 PM


I keep hearing that marxism is on its way out in the U.S., so why are the Dems even close on election day?

I can see conservatives and libertarians pissed off at the current crew, but given the choice between a thief/liar and Chairman Mao I'd pick the thief every time.

AFSister briefed on November 7, 2006 09:45 PM

Since I have to behave here... I'll just say



(let the head banging begin)

John of Argghhh! briefed on November 7, 2006 10:17 PM

Guy - I'm with you, I did my part.

That said, the Republican leadership has been a disappointing crew this last two years, and the party in general has succumbed to 'incumbent disease'.

cw4(ret)billt briefed on November 7, 2006 10:37 PM

Well, come January, our local arrogant Know-Nothing departs Town Hall. Unfortunately, his replacement has only confirmed that he is, indeed, a glad-handing fool.

The township's on the Distressed Cities list (along with Camden, Newark, Jersey City, etc.), property taxes went up another 42% this past quarter (a jump from the 25% increase of the previous quarter), six years ago we had a $3 million dollar surplus and now we're $7 million bucks in the red, the former mayor is now under house arrest stemming from a federal drug rap, and Glad-Handing Fool has just revealed his main efforts over the next two years will be aimed at getting the low spot in the girls' soccer field up to grade.

Excuse me while I go damage a tree with my head...

John of Argghhh! briefed on November 7, 2006 10:45 PM

Geez, Bill - I got a $28 *drop* in my property taxes for this year...

Justthisguy briefed on November 7, 2006 11:26 PM

Well, looks like I got away with not voting. Katherine Harris and Connie Mack both won. I am thereby saved from being represented by a Demonrat without having to vote for a Publican. McCollum is gonna be Attorney-General, which is depressing, he having won an Orwell Award, but my vote to the contrary would not have helped.

I actually wanted to vote, but am "between addresses." I coulda cheated and voted at the old address, but that's a demonrat kind of thing to do.

I would have prolly "undervoted" on the mosquito control district commissioners and judges, because I don't know anything about those people and plan to leave here soon, anyway.

Justthisguy briefed on November 7, 2006 11:43 PM

P.S. Say, could we dig up Grover Cleveland and resurrect him? BCR? Anybody? Bueller? It would be nice to have a real Democrat to vote for; not a Demonrat.

ry briefed on November 8, 2006 04:32 AM

Geez, you guys are real surly and glum. For me this is just a return to the norm. This is just like what things were like under Ronnie Reagan. Sure, it ain't optimal. But so what. We've lived thru such periods before and we can do this one too.
Al said something at his place that I thought was very true. Words to the effect that people will be real happy today that they threw the bums out, but when the new congress forms and starts acting they'll start asking themselves, 'Dear God, what have we done?'

John of Argghhh! briefed on November 8, 2006 05:27 AM

I'm surly and glum Ry, because the bassids deserved to be turned out.

And, once again, the Right side of the spectrum *did* throw it's bums out, as Alan was trumpeting for a few days ago.

But - the other side rarely throw's *it's* bums out... whether for behavioral issues, or just new blood.

Which is why the House committees are going to be run by retreads from the 60's for heaven's sakes.

socialism_is_error briefed on November 8, 2006 05:36 AM



What will you explain?

John of Argghhh! briefed on November 8, 2006 05:50 AM

Heh. I was just gonna ignore it and feel her pain...

JTG. Bad Denizen! Ya shoulda found a legal way to vote, regardless.

You can just *not vote* for races where all the alternatives are bad. Like I do for unopposed races.

Cricket briefed on November 8, 2006 07:22 AM

I am happy with our local federal RethugliKKKans.
Sonny Perdue is a decent governator. I have issues with the local bait and switch of property taxes. You don't want to hear me get started on that, but let me just say that if they are going to assess my house higher to make up for the mill rate decrease, they have another think coming.

*starts making tar and plucking chickens*

ry briefed on November 8, 2006 08:00 AM

Hey, having 60's hold overs/retreads is actually an advantage when you think about it. Looong voting records of some of the silliest stuff, stuff they've been pushing ever since they came in, that lead to the Reagan Landslide and the Contract With America that kicked major bootay. I know losing is a foreign concept to you and you don't take it well, so listen to someone who is familiar with it. It's okay. No need to get mad and ruin your day over it(besides, you still got SWWBO, The Armory, The Castle,....). Now we just sit back and watch them implode. I'll make the popcorn if you bring something un-alcoholic for me to drink.

Who cares if they suck by never tossing their bums out. Do we want to be just as sucky? I reject the 'if you aren't, lying, cheating, and stealing you aren't trying' ethic of our opponents. Being good is reward in itself, even if it means your enduring your grounding while your friends are partying.

Doing the right thing is reward in and of itself. Don't become addicted to power and winning for the sake of winning---the fall of Duke Cunningham. I'll accept losing so long as I can look at myself in the mirror. They can't. Do you want to be like them just to win? It isn't that critical yet. They don't have the power to push everything they want uncontested.

Now we follow the indirect approach, something afforded to the minority, and let them cripple themselves thru internal friction. They've done it before, and like you said, it's the same folks who don't seem to learn anything.

No, it ain't Morning In America, but it's about 3:30am with a forecasted 5:15am sunrise. Be patient. And like the Indians we will attack at dawn.(malevolent gollum grin)

I didn't vote either, John and JTG. I poll book sat. I helped a campaign. But just about everything was shiite not worth my vote, so none of it got mine.

John of Argghhh! briefed on November 8, 2006 08:27 AM

And I did my bit extra, via money and participation (as in the Public Test).

And still I managed to vote.

so none of it got mine.

Yer entitled to not vote, but I default to close of my poster: you let your idiot neighbor decide.

AFSister briefed on November 8, 2006 08:56 AM

The EXPLICATIVE comment? Why does that need to be explained on election day? I'm not happy with the results- especially Pelosi becoming Speaker. That's just dog vomit in a bucket, ready to be poured out at a moment's notice.

The rest of my thoughts are expressed on my site, if you want to look. I won't take up John's space by reposting it.

John of Argghhh! briefed on November 8, 2006 09:01 AM

Um, he's snarking your english dear.

You said "Explicative"

ex‧pli‧ca‧tive  /ˈɛksplɪˌkeɪtɪv, ɪkˈsplɪkətɪv/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[ek-spli-key-tiv, ik-splik-uh-tiv] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation

explanatory; interpretive.

When ya prolly meant... expletive.

John of Argghhh! briefed on November 8, 2006 09:39 AM

Oooo! Oooo! Better yet, Ry - you let Ms. Thang decide...

AFSister briefed on November 8, 2006 09:54 AM


John of Argghhh! briefed on November 8, 2006 10:05 AM

Um, isn't that someone-who-shan't-be-named's job?

Marine6 briefed on November 8, 2006 10:27 AM

I suspect we're in for a tough, tough couple of years. I woke up this morning and the clock read 1975. The House and Senate are filled with wildeyed liberals who are convinced that their mission in life is to get us out of "this unlawful" and unpopular war by withdrawing the troops most scooch. And, obviously, without any consideration of the consequences.

They are ready to fight what the perceive as a hated, weak, and very dumb President. Expect to see daily subpoeanas for Rumsfeld, Rice, Gonzales and virtually every other major actor in the administration. An unending, and limitless list of Congressional "invesigations" (read witch hunts) into everything the Admistration has done since day one will go on, and on, and on, at least until the 2008 elections. And like almost ALL Congressional investigations they will generate nothing but hot air, and provide no useable results other that partisan bullshit.

Expect endless adversarial hearings that will all be "he said" "she said" and will result in nothing but acromony.

Pelosi and Reid will do EVERYTHING in their considerable power to block, impeed, and interfere with the President's policies.

My expectation is that to head off an ugly fight between Steny Hoyer and John Murtha for Majority Leader, a deal will be cut that makes Murtha the Chairman of Appropriations. Can anyone remember the "Boland Amendments" that appeared in virtualy every appropriation bill to utterly tie Richard Nixon's hands? Expect a lot of that on a broad range of issues, reduced and strongly limited funding for the war, limitations on funds for foreign programs, ways to limit the Boarder Service and the immigration problem, limitations on energy resource exploration...and the list goes on.

Oh, and did anybody else note that Danny Ortega is back in business?

It's deja vu all over again!

AFSister briefed on November 8, 2006 10:34 AM

He's not available, and I'm getting desperate.
Again, I say to you...

Cricket briefed on November 8, 2006 11:28 AM

I have raspberry lemonade for the non alky drinkers to go with the popcorn.

and is exclative like magazine prescription?

Or a drug subscription?

My personal fave was 'organism.' Don't ask me the story...when I heard that used out of context I laughed until I cried.

My other favorite was one I used correctly at a yarn shop and when I 'splained the difference she turned beet red.

Cricket: I just bought this book and I see there is a sheet of errata.


I explained to her about errata being 'print boo boos,' not erotic@.


AFSis, don't worry about it. You are among friends, loved ones and family. I missed a satire on VC not too long ago, but given the fact that a CAIR candidate won in Minnesota, it strikes closer to home than I would like.

Cricket briefed on November 8, 2006 12:19 PM

See, I can't even snark it! Heh. Well, move over AFsis.

I have chocolate scones and over at Cassie's Kahlua and chocolate milk is being dished up.

AFSister briefed on November 8, 2006 12:39 PM

Kahlua, Coffee and Bailey's please.
And some valium to help me become the passive-aggressive most Republicans turned into last night.


Cricket briefed on November 8, 2006 03:20 PM

Well, if Listening To Their Constituents means anything (see John's post about the Rethug who
didn't try hard enough to keep his seat), we can cross our fingers and hope they will listen to their constituents.

Congressman Panetta and I had a very intense correspondence over the course of four years about the Sino American Accords, drilling out in Monterey Bay, his salary and what he was doing to keep pork away from Monterey County. He was accountable and answered my concerns with wit and
logic, not this touchy feely rhetoric. He even got money back for me that US Customs incorrectly charged.

Being a Democrat doesn't mean you won't get good representation. Sometimes, if they know you are a member of the opposition, they will sit up and take notice.

I have gotten good government when I put pen to paper and sent a handwritten concern. I was also a constituent of Senator Ashcroft before he became the US Attorney General. He was outstanding too, and absolutely followed the rule of law.

Writing letters by hand means more than sending some email petition by some organized online group. The grassroots is just that, by the people. So, don't give up and die because the Dhimmis got in. I have to give some of them credit for common sense. They won, so let's see what they can do, and be ready to let 'em have a broadside when necessary.

*wondering if John will put the Castle Cluebat on some stationary for this type of correspondence.*

OD briefed on November 8, 2006 08:04 PM

Actually, John, if I had my druthers, America would ban abortion, gay marriage, and even stem cell research; every American would get gun-buying subsidies and tax rebates on ammo, and I'd extend the 2nd Amendment to include howitzers, mortars and RPGs.

I would do anything at all to stop these trivial domestic issues impacting on elections that determine US foreign policy, because foreign policy is the only US policy I give a damn about.

It infuriates me when some whiny homosexual insists on tacking his neediness onto a sensible foreign policy, thus dooming its chances of success. It also infuriates me when Bible-thumping Baptists enable dangerous incompetents like Don Rumsfeld just so they can stop gay stem cells from marrying each other, or whatever it is they're so worked up about.

As for socialised medicine, if the US implemented that, Canadian drug prices would triple overnight. The US drug companies make such vast profits in America that they sell their drugs everywhere else basically at cost price, recouping only economies of scale. Everyone outside the US benefits from the drug companies' ripping-off of American consumers. If Pelosi and Co put price caps on US drugs, the first people to suffer will probably be African AIDS victims, because those companies will look for their profits elsewhere.

John of Argghhh! briefed on November 8, 2006 09:02 PM

Owen - gotcha to respond though, din't I?

Alan has yet to rise to the bait, or Jack for that matter...

OD briefed on November 8, 2006 10:10 PM

Alan did respond, higher up.

I really am off to bed now...'night.