Kalroy Was Here

Eighth man from Adam, an artificer of metals

Monday, December 29, 2003

Irony



From QandO we find Powerline Blog and from there we find Shot in the Dark, and are directed to "What Famous Leader are You." These tests are cute sometimes. I was the Chosen One from Star Wars, and mad King Luddy reknown for his fairy castles. My oldest was Dory from Finding Nemo.

This time I'm Abe Lincoln.



Yup, that's irony.


Kal

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Merry Christmas!


It's been a hectic couple of days and tomorrow promises to be hectic. I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and wish you all the best.

Most sincerely,
Kal

Thursday, December 18, 2003

Start Your Engines...


There are several bloglists in my bookmarks. The  first  are  my  daily  reads, then the  Iraqi  Freedom  Blogs, blogs on  French   perfidy, and finally the secondary blogs that I check every so often. On this last list is Layman's Logic, where his last post, 09 Dec 03, talks about the Plymouth to Dakar Rally.

Oh man I like that one. It's a rally that appeals to the cowboy in me far more than the Paris-Dakar ever did. It's a nifty reminder of where Britain's cowboy kids (The US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand) get that cowboy and tinker element that has made the Anglosphere the most dominant and noble force in the world.

I'm going to follow it until I leave next month.


Kal
Nepotism...


You'll notice a new link in the blogroll there to the left. What you're seeing there is called...nepotism. Arrowatch is my oldest son's nickname and that's his blog. I have no idea whether it's any good or not. He's not an idiot so I'm betting he can be pretty interesting. The reason I haven't read it is because I've never bothered to ask him what it is he's writing. Don't get me wrong, I'm curious as all heck, but for a while there I wanted him to have a place where he could post about stuff he wanted to get off his chest without me knowing. No more. I'm gonna be checking it out, and I'm betting I'll be pleasantly surprised by his writing.

I hope that anyone of you three regular readers (four including my son) who take the time to read his rants are pleasantly surprised.


Kal

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

All Rise...


So Wesley K. Clark was in The Hague yesterday to testify at the UN Tribunal of Slobodan Milosevic. Nifty. "It's the rule of law, it's closure. It's a very important precedent for what may be happening later with another dictator from another part of the world," says Clark which the Washington Post claims means that "Clark Sees Model for Hussein's Prosecution." Thing is, later in the article Clark is quoted as saying in a speech, "I don't believe that any form of punishment should be off the table . . . including the death penalty." Sorry Charlie, you can't have one without the other. A United Nations international court won't allow the death penalty.

Here's my beef with Clark's opinion, and all those "multi-lateralists" who think an international court, such as The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia aka The Hague tribunal should be where Saddam Hussein is tried. It's a piece of crap.

According to the UN ICTY website the initial indictment was 24 May 1999, with amended indictments following in June, October and November of 2001. As I recall Milosevic was sent to The Hague in the summer of 2001. Now, two and a half years later, Wesley Clark has played his part and there is still no end in sight. Is that the kind of court Clark and others are actually calling for? Do they really want years of farcical comedy masquerading as justice.

Here's an example; secretly indicted by the UNICTY in 1998 Stanislav Galic was finally captured in December of 1999 and only two weeks ago finally brought to justice. He was found guilty on two counts of murder, two counts of inhumane acts (other than murder) and one count of terror -- for this he was sentenced to twenty years with credit for time served (starting on his capture). It is likely that he'll be spending his 77th birthday a free man.

The Milosevic trial is still going on, and shows promise of going on for quite some time.

UN ICTY history shows that if tomorrow the US decided to hand Saddam over to the UN for trial they'd first have to set up the UN Iraq Tribunal which could take a couple of years, UN bureaucracy not being known for its speed. Then it could easily be half a year before a final indictment is made, that's after he is in UN tribunal custody, then several years of Comedy Central trial before judgement is rendered with a sentence as short as twenty years with time in custody (starting the day the US captured him, not the day the UN takes custody of him) counting to that; meaning that if he survives he could be a free man by the age of 86, an attainable age considering the level of health care he's receiving in US custody and what he'll probably receive while in UN custody. That is how international justice seems to work.

Truth is I believe it's more a case that they are either parrotting some party line or simply haven't actually thought out their position to its logical conclusion. Sure the thought of an international criminal court sounds good, but only if we look at it through a lens of our own hope and dreamy visions of how we wish the world was. It's an entirely different animal when we look at it through a lens ground with historical precedent, then we get a whole different picture, one that depends on who is the motivating and controlling power behind the courts. That's where the big difference comes in. Nuremberg is seen as a success and The Hague is considered, by many, to be a modern day Nuremberg. It's not. The Hague is an international compromise designed to make "The World" happy with its existence; Nuremberg was not.

Kal

Update: Den Beste weighs in on the Transnationalists and touchs on the subject I wrote about,
"Based on performance in the recent past, there are serious questions of whether international tribunals are capable of holding such trials efficiently and effectively. That's what the Rwanda and Milosevic processes seem to suggest."

The entire thing is, as is usual for him, well worth reading.

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

"I Seek Asylum..."

Spoons points and comments to an op-ed by Orson Scott Card about what has been happening in the Democratic Party. One of his commentators, Yosemite Sam, comments:

Unfortunately, Democrats like Orson Scott Card and Zell Miller are no longer welcome in that party and are shunted aside and ignored.


They're not the only ones. Roger L. Simon has blogged about finding out that some of his old friends aren't really friends. Alan Colmes has mentioned that he got heat just for being on Fox News.

It's pretty disgusting. When I was a GI I was pretty liberal (voted for Clinton the first time, then learned a hard lesson) had gay friends, went to the Gay Pridefest, and yet I was never ostracized by my more conservative Airmen. I was never denegrated because my beliefs were more liberal than theirs.

I defected, first to being an Independent, and just recently went straight to the arms of the Republican party. The Democrats in Sacramento had been sneaking in anti-union efforts for some time. I understand why. The pro-union worker rules and laws in place cost extra (lots extra), and they prevent illegal immigrants from being hired for government construction, and they know that their values are counter to those of most union laborers so they know they'll get more votes from the pro-illegal alien faction then they really get from the skilled labor-union factions.

The Democrats may have no place in their ranks for moderates, but the Republicans don't seem to have a problem having a DWS American and South Park Republican around. Perhaps I should have pulled a Zell Miller and tried to bring the party back to being a moderate party that cares about the working man. Turns out I don't have the backbone to struggle against the far-left that the Democratic Party now represents.

Perhaps I'll go back one day, but only if they do what the Republicans did and marginalize their extremists; the socialists, environmental fanatics, anti-Americans, anti-US-Constitution (specifically the second Amendment), terrorist supporters, anti-Christians and hate-mongers that have become typical of the Democratic Party, though not typical of Democrats. My views are still pretty close to where they were when I voted for a "centrist" presidential candidate never realizing that my party had left the center and shifted so far left it had become the very thing it detested at one time. I remained enlisted long enough to regret that voting decision and learned a valuable deciscion.

There's no way I'll go back until they've marginalized their fanatics and decided to represent me and my working-class centrist (and not so working-class) buddies. Not that they care. I doubt they ever want any centrist to come back, since in their warped, illusory, hallucination they are the centrists and Roger, Zell, and myself are Right-Wingers; or as I was called in my comments recently, Hitler (a mass murdering socialist).

Kal

Monday, December 15, 2003

I Remember When...

Sarah, at Trying to Grok, has a cute lil' post that I hope she won't mind my snatching in full.

PERHAPS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE US ARMY

"Why didn't you fight?" one Governing Council member asked Hussein as their meeting ended.
Hussein gestured toward the U.S. soldiers guarding him and asked his own question: "Would you fight them?"



This cracked me up and reminded me of a personal story that occured many years ago to me.

I used to participate in one of those re-enactment groups, the Society for Creative Anachronism, and was in a fighting unit called The Fray. We were a heavy shieldwall unit and early on we managed to earn a fair reputation for our ability to withstand and repulse attacks despite the opposition (unless they were so large they could wrap our lines).

We were at a Potrero War (Kingdom of Caid), many many years ago, and the fighting that day had been a blast. Late afternoon several of us were standing in line for the showers when we heard some folks from another fighting unit talking around the corner. They were discussing one of the bridge battles that happened that day. It was a two bridge battle in which the majority of our sides forces were massed at one bridge and a holding unit, The Fray, and part of the reserves were stationed at the other bridge with the remaining reserves halfway between both bridges so they could reinforce or exploit the situation as needed.

From around the corner we heard, "So they had all these guys on the one bridge and I said, well go around, and he said, we can't, The Fray is there. Talk about a good ego and confidence boost, not to mention a good belly laugh.

Kal

Sunday, December 14, 2003

Oh Puh-lease...
And I thought my priorities were skewed.

I was watching CNN (Financial) and one of their foreign analysts, Octavia Nasir, was brought on to comment about Saddam's capture. She was smiling and seemed pleased about this turn of events, that seems to be a reasonable reaction. She shatters the illusion as to where her loyalties actually lie, however when she compared the Iraqi journalists cheering the news that Saddam was captured. "They cheered him when he was in power, and now they're cheering again, how do we tell which one was their real reaction." Hmmmm, let's see if I get this straight. Cheering with a gun to your head is the same as cheering without a gun to your head. Interesting point of view. Warped, but interesting.

Kal
Priorities Skewed

Considering all the important happenings at the front of my mind are three things. They should be things like how Saddam's capture will affect the terrorist and Arab National Socialist attacks in Iraq, or what Howard Dean's statement will be, with a smattering of what future operations will be like in the War on Terror.

Nope. The second and third things on my mind are how Cox and Forkum, and Chris Muir will treat todays events. The main thing is how the Ducks will perform against Edmonton later today.

Skewed priorities.


Kal

Update: Chris Muir has his Day by Day cartoon out on So-Damn-Insane, as does Cox and Forkum.
Keeping the Faith

My wife interrupted my shower this morning to say, "The kids just ran up to me and told me they caught Saddam." The first thing after my shower I did was boot up Mozilla and load a bunch of pages. Then I rolled a cigarette, went outside and slowly enjoyed it, came back inside and am still slowly enjoying my first cup of coffee. I'm news-channel surfing to see the news.

The first pages I checked were the main Iraqi Freedom Bloggers, Alaa, Zeyad, and Omar. I left a comment on one because I had a sudden thought on hope and those who support the coalition over the coalition's enemies and adversaries.

"There are a lot of people who have some credit in this, certainly the Pesh Merga and the Fourth." I wrote that. Despite the efforts, both covert and overt, to destroy American resolve in the war on terror many Americans have shown they have the perseverance to succeed. Here at home the people who refuse to allow outright lies and spins to hurt the United States are who have kept America's policy, in the war on terror, strong and right. All the way from George W. Bush and his people down to Sarah over at Trying to Grok, and all those in between, many of whose blogs I read daily.

There are other fronts where people exist who have kept the faith. In Europe they are represented by people like Bjørn Stærk and Merde in France and others. In Iraq we see the Iraqi Freedom Bloggers. Certainly to one extent or another Sarah, myself and our comrades are kinda "RAH RAH" cheerleaders, but those fighting the good fight overseas aren't. They support our goals in Iraq because they are Real humanitarians and/or because they believe we are doing the right thing. This is hugely important because it helps to counter the message sent out by Human Rights Watch, their leftist allies (from simply anti-Bush all the way to the fullblown anti-American front), and the anti-Coalition Iraqi bloggers such as Salaam and Riverbend.

Bush, Sarah, Zeyad and Bjørn have kept the faith, and it has helped to contribute to the war effort without having fired a shot.
Heartfelt thanks and attaboys to you all.


Kal
LtC Allen West,
Free at last...Well, he was never actually in imprisoned but the Army did finally decide on giving him an Article 15, and under that article of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) he has been fined. I'm satisfied that he was disciplined for his actions, but more importantly that what was decided on would not be a deterrent for future initiative and action by officers to safeguard their people's safety and life.

Kal

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

I Feel Their Pain...NOT

France, Germany, Russia and Canada are upset that they won't be allowed to bid for some of the major contracts in the re-building of Iraq. I've heard that Canada's commitment to rebuilding Iraq is 120 million dollars, approximately 1/10th of 1 percent of what the US congress voted to contribute recently. That's not including the billions already spent and committed by the US. It's also not counting the money that Britain has spent and committed. More importantly it's nothing compared to the inestimable value of the coalition blood that was spilled removing Saddam Hussein and in the ongoing work of re-building and bringing democracy and peace to Iraq.

As to Canada's support in Afghanistan, so far as I know they're fully allowed to bid on construction contracts there, as are France, Germany and Russia.

Another thing, the contracts in question are being paid for by American money. They're complaining because we don't want our money going to support companies and government (taxed monies) that supported our enemy, made both the war and the peace more difficult, and in the case of France actively worked against American interests regarding Iraq.

France claimed that removing Saddam Hussein was unjust. The American Left claimed the same and said the war was all about oil, which means money and business. The peaceniks claimed that Haliburton was a war profiteer. Now here are France and their American allies (the pro-French peaceniks) complaining because French companies can't profit from American taxpayer monies, American blood, and American cowboy ethics. The worse part is that they don't see it that way, and neither do their supporters.

France, Germany, Russia, the American Left and much of the media see this policy as a punitive one; wrong. France, Germany and Russia are not being punished, they are simply not being rewarded. I do like that the policy rewards our stalwart allies for supporting America against Saddam Hussein.

I, see no reason to reward The Axis of Weasels for supporting our enemy.


Kal

PS. Canada, some advice. Bite the bullet on this one and realize that by doing so you demonstrate to America that you are willing to re-build the rift created by your decision to support France over your neighbors and cousins to your south on this issue.

PPS. Ducks over Sharks, Huzzah.
Aaargh

I want to write about the US rewarding its allies, at the expense of those who tried to make us fail. I want to write about the protests in Iraq.

Not gonna happen. Kings just lost to Atlanta (Outstanding game though), and The Mighty Ducks are about to host San Jose. Ergo (whoa latin), it's time for a pre-game smoke, and then all my attention will be monopolized.

Kal

Monday, December 08, 2003

Monkeys

Monkeys flew out of my butt today. Not a pleasant experience.
I was watching O'Reilly tonight and they were discussing the New York court ruling making it illegal to display a nativity scene in public schools during Christmas. Oddly enough the mennorah is allowed to be displayed during Hannukkah and the Koran during Ramadan.

So tonight, one of O'Reilly's guests was Hussein Ibish, a man with whose politics I have vehemently disagreed. I see him as a supporter of terrorism and to this day there are terrorists and terrorist organizations that he refuses to denounce, trying to change the conversation or give a prepared rant whenever the subject comes up.

It seems Mr. Ibish agrees with O'Reilly that the court is taking separation too far in this.

It is unpleasant and now I have to run around the house corralling flying monkeys and shoosh them outside.

Kal

Saturday, December 06, 2003

Just a short note. It's late and I just got back from Washington state where I was since Wednesday.

Kal

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Not Feeling the Love
Zeyad is right, this is a cool map. I'm feeling jealous though. I was hoping I'd at least rate an intersection.


Kal

Monday, December 01, 2003

Whoa

Two things, several of the hits to this site are looking for information on the LtC Allen B West travesty that is going on right now. I'd recommend checking out Yankee Pirate's LtC West site.

The second is that I just heard that the prosecutor in the case compared West to a terrorist.


Kal