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November 18, 2006

H&I Fires, 18 Nov 2006

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I admit it - I *don't* get this behavior. Whether it's for a PS3 or, well, anything, outside of survival items before a huge natural disaster. And even then it bemuses me.

BillT sent along this recruiting poster - So Simple, Even A Caveman Can Do It.

Good Riddance to the Gingrichites is an interesting read. But I still get struck by this cognitive dissonance when stuff like this slips in from the left:

Politicians in this country get a bad rap. For the most part, they are like any high-achieving group in America, with roughly the same distribution of pathologies and virtues. But the leaders of the GOP House didn't fit the personality profile of American politicians, and they didn't deviate in a good way. It was the Chess Club on steroids.

The iconic figures of this era were Newt Gingrich, Richard Armey and Tom Delay. They were zealous advocates of free markets, low taxes and the pursuit of wealth; they were hawks and often bellicose; they were brutal critics of big government.

Yet none of these guys had success in capitalism. None made any real money before coming to Congress. None of them spent a day in uniform. And they all spent the bulk of their adult careers getting paychecks from the big government they claimed to despise. Two resigned in disgrace.

The Dems are very big on this - when a Rep "resigns in disgrace" it's a Big Deal and Only Right. Yet, when their side gets caught up in the same sorts of problems... well, there is no disgrace, and certainly no shame. Bring me the head of Representative Jefferson, and don't put an impeached-and-convicted bribe-taking judge as Chairman of the Intelligence Committee and we'll talk. Not electing Murtha was a good step, but I still see Gerry Studds is idolized for boinking subordinates, as was the most recent Democrat President, while Dems demanded the resignations from positions of power for Republicans for the same offenses. And the big difference between the two - the Republicans actually do resign, or get forced out, at least when it gets egregious enough. -the Armorer

BTW - Damian has a fun little bit on Canuckistanian Artillery going on over at his militant Canadian blog, The Torch. Part 1. Part 2. Someone you guys know ghosts in and out. Admittedly, it *is* a touch geeky. -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, 18 Nov 2006
BloodSpite briefed on November 18, 2006 10:02 AM

Bring me the Head of Jefferson, McKinney, Brown, Kennedy, Finneran, or Weiner (so aptly named)


What ever happened to accountability and Lead by Example?

JimC briefed on November 18, 2006 10:49 AM

It's a touch geeky because of your comments on Part 2 or King of Geekdom.

SangerM briefed on November 18, 2006 12:08 PM

Dick Meyer is the editorial director of, based in Washington. He is also an idiot. But what's to be expected of the weirdos who are America's MSM...

I'm just sorry I did write something like this since the last time I did, about 12 days ago or so...

What a maroon....

ry briefed on November 20, 2006 07:29 PM

Um, BS, Cynthia McKinney is 'on the beach' now. It's not as satisfying as if that hag had gotten the Congressional hearing booty kicking she deserved, but let's be satisfied that the other side finally did get rid of one of theirs. Goodbye Ms. McKinney, don't let that door slam and bust your ankle all to pieces. Hag.