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Friday, February 22, 2008

Kilroy Was Here

Where exactly did that World War II era graffiti with its memorable tag line originate?

Wikipedia provides an outline to the story of an American legend:

KILROY WAS HERE is an American popular culture expression, often seen in graffiti. Its origins are open to speculation, but recognition of it and the distinctive doodle of "Kilroy" peeking over a wall is almost ubiquitous among U.S. residents who lived during World War II through the Korean War.

The story behind it:

In 1946 the American Transit Association, through its radio program, 'Speak to America,' sponsored a nationwide contest to find the real Kilroy, offering a prize of a real trolley car to the person who could prove himself to be the genuine article.

Almost 40 men stepped forward to make that claim, but only James Kilroy from Halifax, Massachusetts had evidence of his identity.

Kilroy was a 46-year old shipyard worker during the war. He worked as a
checker at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy. His job was to go around
and check on the number of rivets completed. Riveters were on piecework and got paid by the rivet.

Kilroy would count a block of rivets and put a check mark in semi-waxed
lumber chalk, so the rivets wouldn't be counted twice. When Kilroy went
off duty, the riveters would erase the mark.

Later on, an off-shift inspector would come through and count the rivets a second time, resulting in double pay for the riveters.

One day Kilroy's boss called him into his office. The foreman was upset about all the wages being paid to riveters, and asked him to investigate. It was then that he realized what had been going on.

The tight spaces he had to crawl in to check the rivets didn't lend themselves to lugging around a paint can and brush, so Kilroy decided to stick with the waxy chalk. He continued to put his checkmark on each job he inspected, but added KILROY WAS HERE in king-sized letters next to the check, and eventually added the sketch of the chap with the long nose peering over the fence and that became part of the Kilroy

Once he did that, the riveters stopped trying to wipe away his marks.

Ordinarily the rivets and chalk marks would have been covered up with paint. With war on, however, ships were leaving the Quincy Yard so fast that there wasn't time to paint them.

As a result, Kilroy's inspection 'trademark' was seen by thousands of servicemen who boarded the troopships the yard produced. His message apparently rang a bell with the servicemen, because they picked it up and spread it all over Europe and the South Pacific. Before the war's end, 'Kilroy' had been here, there, and everywhere on the long haul to Berlin and Tokyo.

To the unfortunate troops outbound in those ships, however, he was a complete mystery; all they knew for sure was that some jerk named Kilroy had 'been there first.' As a joke, U.S. servicemen began placing the graffiti wherever they landed, claiming it was already there when they arrived.

Kilroy became the U.S. super-GI who had always 'already been' wherever GIs went. It became a challenge to place the logo in the most unlikely places imaginable (it is said to be atop Mt. Everest, the Statue of Liberty, the underside of the Arch De Triumphe, and even scrawled in the dust on the moon.)

And as the war went on, the legend grew. Underwater demolition teams routinely sneaked ashore on Japanese-held islands in the Pacific to map the terrain for the coming invasions by U.S. troops (and thus, presumably, were the first GI's there). On one occasion, however, they reported seeing enemy troops painting over the Kilroy logo! In 1945, an outhouse was built for the exclusive use of Roosvelt, Stalin, and Churchill at the Potsdam conference.

The first person inside was Stalin, who emerged and asked his aide (in Russian), 'Who is Kilroy?' ...

To help prove his authenticity in 1946, James Kilroy brought along officials from the shipyard and some of the riveters. He won the trolley car, which he gave it to his nine children as a Christmas gift and set it up as a playhouse in the Kilroy front yard in Halifax, Massachusetts.

So now you know.

Food For Thought

From Bart Hinkle:
Two American leaders will be departing the world stage shortly. One has been described as a "fascist" and a "terrorist" whose supporters are "the symbolic descendants of the despotic middle managers of some banana republic." The other has been described as a "dashing," "larger-than-life personality" who not only "delivered the most to those who had the least" but who "took a dream and gave it life" by turning his nation into "paradise."

The first leader is President Bush, as described just the other day by MSNBC's Keith Olbermann. The second is Fidel Castro, as described by Diane Sawyer, Peter Jennings, Dan Rather, and CBS' Giselle Fernandez.
"Despite Oppression, Castro Receives Gushing Affection," The Richmond Times-Dispatch, February 22, 2008

At Least They're Consistent

The blind are suddenly and miraculously able to see! continue to blindly bump into the walls.

The Roanoke Times editorial staff has consistently been calling for tax increases here in the commonwealth in order to ...fill in the blank....

Today, with the economy being on very shaky ground, and with experts far and wide calling for tax cuts (and spending increases) to pump much needed cash into consumers' hands in order to stave off recession, the Times now calls for ...

... tax increases.

At least the kids there are consistent.

Boneheaded. But consistent.

When Will They Learn?

I find it amazing - and more than a bit humorous - that those who constantly try to foist big-government solutions on us are so often disappointed when they come to the realization that the government creates more problems than it solves.

I particularly feel sorry for the guys over at the Washington Post this morning. Once again, that reality smacks 'em on the fannie:

Those FEMA Trailers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed last week what many on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Mississippi had been complaining about for years: The formaldehyde used in the materials that make up the travel trailers and mobile homes provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita was making occupants ill. While we're happy that FEMA is jumping into action to relocate the more than 38,000 families in that housing, we are disturbed by how long all this took. (link)
The government is killing those it is attempting to help. Go figure.

But is it any wonder?

The Gun Show Loophole Mentality

Regarding the debate that raged in the House of Delegates the other day over concealed-carry gun permit holders and their right to have a firearm on the car seat next to them as they drive down the highway, a well-known Democrat hacked up this gem (as reported in the Roanoke Times):

"Del. Johnny Joannou, D-Portsmouth, said a gun locked in a glove compartment would be less accessible to a person who might be inclined to use it on a police officer."

As if a person inclined to shoot a police officer - unlike law-abiding concealed-carry permit holders - is going to be concerned about licenses and statutory code.

Disturbing how these people think.

Where's Boucher?

Tim Kaine finds himself strapped for cash right now. Thus "I'm intrigued" is the best that the local tourism industry is going to get from him when it comes to funding things like this:

Gov. Kaine Finds Plans 'Intriguing' For Downtown Music Heritage Center

Mr. Moneybags will come through though. This kind of government waste is right up his alley.

Why I Could Never Be Gay

Sex, for me, is most pleasurable IN A BED, rather than in a Man Cave:

Johnson City police say sting ended homosexual hanky panky at Winged Deer Park

For the love of God.

Quote Of The Day

The New York Post On The New York Times's attempt to smear John McCain:
This was no failure to live up to high standards. It was a drive-by shooting masquerading as a newspaper story.

Indeed, the 3,000-word piece - written by a team of four reporters after months of "work" - was long on innuendo, thick with anonymous sources and shockingly short on substantive facts.

"We think the story speaks for itself," said Times executive editor Bill Keller.

It sure does.

It may also cause conservative Republicans disaffected by McCain and his campaign to rally behind the senator.

Wouldn't that be ironic.
"Drive-By Journalism," February 22, 2008

Quote Of The Day II

From Andrea Peyser:

The Times should stick to attacking American troops, as it did in an alarming front-page story that claimed a large number of soldiers returning from Iraq were being arrested for murder. It failed to mention that the soldiers' murder rate was far lower than that of the general population.

Or it should return to maiming young, white men, as it did when it championed the case against three innocent, white Duke lacrosse players accused of raping a black woman, long after other news outlets discredited the story.

"All News Fit To Smear," The New York Post, February 22, 2008

Arizona In 'Virtual' Denial

A silly concept only gets sillier:

Arizona 'Virtual Fence' to Get Final OK

A virtual fence to stop virtual illegals.

As for the thousands of actual lawbreakers who will continue to cross our porous southern border every day ...

I Blame Debold

Primary votes exceeded voters

Look At It This Way

The fact that the New York Times is attempting - if ever so fecklessly - to slime the (presumptive) Republican nominee for president (see "McCain Denies Aides’ Statements About Lobbyist") this early in the campaign is a welcome change from the past.

The terms "October Surprise" and "mainstream media," derisive expressions that go hand in hand, are more the norm.

Remember this jewel?

This time around, for their own reasons, the Democrats who manage the Times decided not to wait till the last minute to release this "report" about McCain having ... been ... involved ... in ... something ... according ... to anonymous ... somebodies.

Now rather than later is a step forward.

'Experience' Matters ...

... though perhaps in a way unlike that which Hillary would want you to accept.

The New York Times has this about last night's debate between Ms. Clinton and Barack Obama:

If the candidates spent the first 45 minutes acting more like running mates than rivals, Mrs. Clinton spent much of the last half of the debate trying to inflict damage on Mr. Obama.

At one point, she sought to undermine his stature by referring to an interview on MSNBC on Tuesday night, much replayed on cable news, in which a Texas official supporting Mr. Obama, State Senator Kirk Watson, could not cite a major legislative accomplishment of the candidate.

“I do think that words are important and words matter,” Mrs. Clinton said, “but actions speak louder than words, and I offer that.”

Of course, when one tries to google the words "Hillary" and "achievements," other than her ceremonial role as First Lady, the only accomplishment that comes up is that mismanaged debacle of a health care inititative in 1993 that will forever be known as HillaryCare.

And that mismanagement continues to be the hallmark of her résumé.

From the same New York Times this morning:

Spending by Clinton Campaign Worries Supporters
By Michael Luo, Jo Becker, and Patrick Healy

Nearly $100,000 went for party platters and groceries before the Iowa caucuses, even though the partying mood evaporated quickly. Rooms at the Bellagio luxury hotel in Las Vegas consumed more than $25,000; the Four Seasons, another $5,000. And top consultants collected about $5 million in January, a month of crucial expenses and tough fund-raising.

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s latest campaign finance report, published Wednesday night, appeared even to her most stalwart supporters and donors to be a road map of her political and management failings.

“We didn’t raise all of this money to keep paying consultants who have pursued basically the wrong strategy for a year now,” said a prominent New York donor. “So much about her campaign needs to change — but it may be too late.” (link)
This coincides with the generally accepted notion that the woman is a complete failure at managing her own marriage as well.

Management failings. Hillary Clinton. An epitaph.

A Stake Driven In Her Heart

I'm not sure this photoshopped pic of Hillary's demise is fair. Or very nice.

Kinda creative though.