Kalroy Was Here

Eighth man from Adam, an artificer of metals

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

New Enlistment Oaths

via BLACKFIVE, Fuzzilicious has scooped the media by obtaining leaked copies of the New Enlistment Oaths. I don't know what the DoD is thinking with these, perhaps a newer, more accurate Oath of Service. Okay, a really, really accurate Oath of Service, and they are utterly worth reading.

Kalroy

Saturday, January 21, 2006

File Under WTF...

From QandO, this needs to be filed under WTF. Go the hospital, have a baby, lose an arm and a leg.

Oh, and lose the other arm and leg.
Literally.


Kalroy

Friday, January 20, 2006

Best Game Show

Okay, I just watched the best game show on television. Cash Cab. Check your schedule and watch the durn thing. However, knowing my history this means that it will have a short run as have all the shows I've enjoyed.

Kalroy

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Knee-Jerk

Sarah, over at Trying to Grok, posted a reaction to a Cold Fury post. Of course I had to lay my two cents in the comments. As always they are first draft, not thought out, and are a bit angry this time.
"America, love my vision of it or leave it, eh? Sorry, that isn't how democracy works..."

Pericles, one other way in which democracy isn't supposed to work is when a minority forces their "vision" of America on the majority through nebulous legal concepts such as The Constitution being a "living" document whose meaning changes based not on those who wrote it but on what those charged to interpret it wish it to mean. The truth is that there are countries that closer match your idea of a better country but none match the idea of a better country held by the majority here (especially conservatives, military and veterans) the way the US does.

Certainly at some point when leftists are able to convice the majority of the population that their views are the right ones you'll get an America made the way you want it, but it will no longer be America. It'll be a country named America, but one that no longer resembles the dream of The Founding Fathers, and which no longer espouses the ideals and values that constitute what America is.

Sillyman, you're argument is based on the false notion that being pro-healthcare is the same as being pro-universal socialized healthcare. You're argument on gun control is equally false in that some gun control is not the same as banning firearms. The aim of the left is not common sense control and education of firearms, but rather to remove firearms from the hands of the common man.

Frankly I'm with Sarah on this. If your values diverge so far from the values that this country represent, then why bother to stay here? Are leftists such sadist that they wish everyone who believes in freedom and liberty the pain of living in yet another failed socialist utopia? Are they simply religious extremist evangelists bent on forcing everyone to worship at the shrine of Marx?

We know it's not because they prefer to live in a country that espouses their values since those countries already exist and would embrace them and their inherent anti-Americanism.

Oh, and let's nip this one before someone poser tries to make an issue of it. If you espouse ideas and values that are contrary to those that define America, then you are anti-American despite your heated denials. Being against something makes you "anti" that thing. Such as me being anti-communist or anti-Jihadist.

Incidentally, despite the knee-jerk reaction of the leftists, nowhere does Sarah say "America, love it or leave it," though the opinion of that old bumper sticker is just as valid an opinion as the anti-Military "bakesale for bombers" one I've seen. Well, actually it's more valid since it has a logical basis whereas the bakesale bumper sticker is based on idiotic aunt-Nellism that is self-destructive and delusional.

Mr. Silly, "Sarah's opinion included saying that people who disagree should leave the country. There is ample reason to criticize this immature view."

No she didn't. She pointed out that countries that fit the vision of liberals and the far left already exist, but countries that fit the vision of the center and center-right exist singularly as the United States of America. No country, least of all America, fit the vision of the far right.

"Pretending people really followed your advice, when your country has been depopulated by greater than 50%, do you really think you would be better off?"

I doubt it would be greater than 50%. The left does not make up a majority of the country. Center and right make up a greater portion of the country than the left, and the center is more rightwing than it is usually portrayed. Even a large number of ardent Democrats are too far right to be left. From Union supporters who use can't stand the left, to Black Baptists who are ardently anti-Abortion, pro-traditional family, and pro-Christian. Both groups tend to be ardent Democrats, but their support is based on very narrow goals of the Democrat party, and they support more of the Republican platform. However, in the words of my ardent Democrat in-laws, "I'll be damned before I vote Republican." Of course they are also disgusted by homosexuality, abortion, socialized anything, mixed race marriages, gay marriage, illegal immigration, and a host of other pets of the Democrats. Theirs is a strange point of view held by quite a number of people I've met in my blue-collared life.

Sarah is a strong woman and doesn't need me jumping to her defense even though I'm obnoxious where she is shy, abrasive where she is kind and tolerant, and brutally honest where she is politely honest. Though we both get fed up, I have less patience than she.


Kalroy
Update: Sarah posted an addendum, and Mr. Silly's comments are worth reading.

Best Blond Joke

Okay, Tigerhawk has found the best dumb blond joke I've ever found. It's on par with a certain "portagee" joke from my youth.

Kalroy

Monday, January 16, 2006

Wired versus Wireless

I finally ran cat 5 cable across the living room to my xbox, pulled the crappy wireless adapter and noticed that there was no difference. Well, no difference in individual matches, but... I did notice that overall performance was better. What I noticed was not better performance in any one match. What I noticed was that I cussed less, and lag compared to my party was better. See, often four of us play off the same connection and sometimes I'll get a bit more lag than Arrowatch, or Max the Troll, or TequilaNaku. Now I lag when they lag also. Certainly I would lag when they lagged before, but now I don't lag while their connect is good.

Think I'll stay with the wires for the XBox, but of course I'll stay wireless with my laptop.

Kalroy

Neocon Test

Via Q and O, the neocon test.

Turns out I'm a neocon according to the test.

Neoconservatives…
  • Want the US to be the world's unchallenged superpower
  • Share unwavering support for Israel
  • Support American unilateral action
  • Support preemptive strikes to remove perceived threats to US security
  • Promote the development of an American empire
  • Equate American power with the potential for world peace
  • Seek to democratize the Arab world
  • Push regime change in states deemed threats to the US or its allies
Historical neoconservative: President Teddy Roosevelt
Modern neoconservative: President Ronald Reagan
and Kalroy, according to the test maker.



Kalroy

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Apologies

I need to apologize. Primarily to my loyal four readers, ummmmm, three now I think. Holidays hit like a sledge and being the selfish egotistic prick and ignoring ya'll for the last couple of months. I also would like to publicly apologize to Samantha Burns who sent me an e-mail that I promptly lost and then utterly forgot about. Pretty girl pays attention to ya, ya'll should pay attention back, especially at my age. Since her site is such a hoot, it's a safe assumption that my three already look in there from time to time even though I've been quite remiss in everything lately. So anyone coming here from a search engine, please go by there. Since the search engine guys are probably here for game info, I'm betting you'll enjoy her site.

Kalroy

Monday, January 09, 2006

Wingman Day and the Cowardly Lion

We have this ossifer who gets it. I'm not going to provide an example of this, but I've read one of his WITs in which this is demonstrated. Reminiscent of the great denBeste it was a clear announcement that he "got it" even though it was never meant for that.

One of his previous WITs had this particular passage that I have been meaning to post for months now, but with the holiday season and all the stress and goings on, I simply stopped posting for a while. This was written by Maj. Gen. Curtis M. Bedke, and was something that needed to be said regarding the role of the wingman, or simply the role of a good friend, good citizen and good American in life.

Hey, I'm not gonna lecture, but let me tell you in the end what Wingman Day is all about. It's all essentially about Courage. Yeah, that's right. And you know it, too, before I even explain why, don't you?

You know when you're all at the bar, and Mister Popular, the group-accepted Joe Cool, is ordering that one-too-many-drinks…or you see him getting a little too frisky with the new female airman that's still vulnerable and young and looking for someone to be her friend…or you know your buddies are supposed to be working a critical job in the morning, but they all want to go to "just one more joint" to "check out what's happnin'." And if you say something, you figure they'll call you a pansy, or even worse, just give you that look, the one that says "if you aren't man enough, then go on home…loser."

Or you've been watching a friend slowly slip into depression…you know things are tough…and once in a while they say something that scares you just a little…but it's never something really obvious like "I'm planning to kill myself tonight with a handgun in my car at the overlook," it's more subtle, it's things like "Sometimes I wish I was dead" or "I'm just worthless, and if something happened to me, nobody would notice or care." So, hey, you just say "Hey, c'mon, it's not so bad" and you crack a joke and everything's okay, isn't it, even though in the back of your mind you keep thinking "Man, if they end up dead I am going to wish I'd said something to somebody."

My point is this: Most of us know What Needs to be Said and Who Needs to Hear It...but we all tend to avoid confrontation and embarrassing or awkward situations...because we don't have the Courage to do it. And we need to steel ourselves to do it. We need that Courage.

Do you realize that the odds are that if you don't speak up, everything will turn out okay? That they probably won't crash and kill themselves or the child in the other car? That they'll probably be alive the next morning?

Just so you understand that their safety was a matter of dumb luck, and not because you didn't need to have the guts to "rein them in." You should have. You could have. You just needed to have some courage--the courage to do what you know is right.

You wanna be really cool? Be a good Wingman. Don't just talk about it. Don't just joke about it in that cynical way that says "We're too cool for that official 'wingman b.s.'!" Be a Wingman most especially during those few times when your buddies need you there for them. It's like flying. The good wingman checks his buddy's six while his buddy is too busy looking at the target in front of him, not realizing he's about to be the target!

I'll point out that this was re-printed without his permission, and as I know it he won't actually give official permission to re-print his writings. Simply put he knows the WITs go out all over the world via e-mail to family and friends of blue-suiters and there is probably somebody else blogging it, but he writes for himself and his people and he doesn't want to write for the blogosphere because then his WITs will be written with that in mind.
His focus is the USAF and his people.

Kalroy

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Back in the Saddle

Yesterday was "Back in the Saddle Day" here at Edwards AFB. A day for annual refresher training and getting out of the slower holiday thought-process back into full gear.

Oh, and free chocolate covered macadamia nuts for Surfaces division.

So here we are in 2006, a new year that brings with it new hope, and new uncertainties. It brings new opportunities for progress, growth, and happiness. In many ways I'm very much looking forward to it. I'm looking forward to time with family and time with friends. One thing I'm looking forward to is what this recharge has done since my news/blogging/politics/etc burnout is now gone; I'm writing again, though most of it isn't fit to say in polite company.

Kalroy

Oh, and maybe, just maybe, an XBox 360.