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Gallery Of The Intrepid – Wow. I mean, just, Wow. edition

Friday, April 13th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

There are times when I’d like to take every lefty moron who waxes enthusiastically about the beauty of Communism and drop them in a North Korean political prison camp for just a week.  Not the 23 years that Shin Dong-hyuk endured, after being the only known person born in a prison camp who later escaped to the West.  For him, freedom was “just another word for grilled meat.”

What do most of us in the West complain about?  “There’s nothing on TV.”  “These fries are cold, dammit.”  “Man, I don’t feel like going to work today.”  “I can’t believe ______ didn’t win American Idol.”

How about if I cook this pork I stole, the guards will know and come and beat me and put me on half-rations, so I better eat it raw.

We know nothing of true privation, and most Americans are utterly cavalier about the freedom they possess living in the United States.  Oh, and what was Mr. Shin’s crime?  Two of his brothers had  defected to the South during the Korean War.

Shin’s memoir, “Escape From Camp 14,” should be required reading in every university, no, every high school in the country.

(h/t Ace)

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Gallery of the Intrepied – Student Leader

Friday, November 11th, 2011

– Wiccapundit

What kind of world do we live in when a young college student shows more fortitude and moral foundation than the elders who presume to administer the university he attends?  This young man takes a stand against a large group of students, many of whom try to shout him down and intimidate him.  He stands his ground, doesn’t shout, and makes a clear moral case for holding Penn State’s leaders accountable.

(h/t Ace)

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Gallery of the Intrepid – A Father’s Love

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

– Wiccapundit

How many of us can say we have courage?  Not the faux “moral courage” often bleated about by celebrities when they make a movie about an unpopular figure, but REAL courage?

This man had it:

His name is Thomas Vander Woude, and he gave his life in the most horrifying way, in order to save his son.  Here is the story, as told on Ann Barnhardt‘s site:

On September 8, 2008 Thomas Vander Woude, age 66, was working in his back yard with his seventh and youngest child, Joseph. “Josie” was 20 years old at the time, and did everything with his Dad. Josie was born with Down Syndrome. After finishing up cleaning the family’s swimming pool, Josie walked through the back yard toward his Dad who was also doing yard work. When Josie stepped on the 2X2 foot cover to their septic tank, the cover collapsed and Josie fell into the nearly-full, eight-foot deep tank. Thomas saw this and immediately ran over to the tank. He tried to pull the panicked Josie out, but couldn’t. Thomas Vander Woude then slipped himself into the septic tank to help his son. A workman who was at their house at the time saw what happened and told Mrs. Vander Woude who called 911 immediately. Both the workman and Mrs. Vander Woude then ran outside to help. Thomas was in the tank, treading the sewage, trying to lift Josie up so that the workman and his wife could get a grasp on him and lift him out. It wasn’t working. Thomas Vander Woude then made the decision to take his last breath on this earth, dove under the surface of the sewage and pinned himself under his son so that Josie’s head was above the surface and he could breathe until the rescue crews arrived. Thomas Vander Woude drowned without struggling in human sewage saving the life of his developmentally disabled son. His last moments were in the total blackness of the bottom of a septic tank, with a combination of urine, feces and wastewater rushing into his mouth, down his windpipe and into his lungs.

Thomas Vander Woude spent his lasts moments on Earth with his head submerged beneath something like this:

Willingly.

Because he loved his son more than he loved his own life.

That is courage, and that is love.

 

 

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Gallery of the Intrepid – Women In Aviation Edition

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

– Wiccapundit

In which your Wiccapundit gets to indulge: (1) his love of all things aviation; (2) his respect for people who demonstrate exceptional skills and tremendous achievements; and (3) his appreciation for the lovelier half of the population.

Jackie Cochran is even more awesomer than Teh Awesome.

(Jackie in the cockpit of the F-86 Sabre she used to break the sound barrier; with her friend and wingman Chuck Yeager.  You might have heard of him.)

In her 20’s, the incredible Ms. Cochran learned to fly in just three weeks, and quickly obtained her commercial pilot’s certificate (not “license,” because the FAA doesn’t understand what a “license” is).  She then proceeded to establish, oh, just a few aviation records:

First woman to enter the Bendix Inter-continental Air Race (in 1935).

First woman to break the sound barrier, flying the first production airplane to break the sound barrier (with Chuck Yeager as her wingman).

First woman to fly Mach 2.

First woman to land on and take off from an aircraft carrier.

First woman to pilot a bomber across the North Atlantic (in 1941).

First civilian woman to receive the Distinguished Service Medal, for her leadership in creating and commanding the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs), which transported military aircraft overseas during World War II.  Also a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

First woman to fly a jet aircraft across the Atlantic.

The only woman ever to be President of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale.

Five-time winner of the Harmon Trophy as the outstanding female aviator in the world.

Still holds more distance and speed records than any pilot living or dead, male or female.

Oh, yeah, and she worked as a test pilot for both Northrop and Lockheed, and was one of 13 women in the Mercury 13 Project, which considered the use of women as astronauts.  The candidates were not accepted for training, however, as NASA’s requirements for astronauts at the time were that they be military jet test pilots and hold engineering degrees.  In 1962, no women met both those requirements.

She was also a highly successful businesswoman, despite the lack of a formal education.  A lifelong Republican, she narrowly lost a bid for Congress, losing by only 3,199 votes to the first Asian-American Congressman, Democrat Dalip Singh Saund.  This was one of the few failures in her storied career.  (If you can call NOT being elected to Congress a failure.)

She devoted considerable time and money to charitable causes, particularly those assisting persons from impoverished backgrounds like her own.

And to top it off, she was pretty hawt:

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Gallery of the Intrepid – Pilot’s Edition

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Wiccapundit

Here is a cool 3D recreation of the U.S. Airways Flight 1549 ditching in the Hudson River, complete with audio.  When Captain Sullenberger takes the controls from the First Officer (who was flying the plane), he says calmly: “my airplane.”  No muss, no fuss; just quiet competence.  No panic; just getting the job done.

Well done, Captain.   Ever think of running for President?

h/t Ann Barnhardt

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Gallery of the Intrepid: Limits?

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

– Wiccapundit

“Chu keep using that word.  I dunna think it means wha’ you think it means.” – Inigo Montoya

What are these ‘limits’ of which you speak?  Umm, I don’t think this guy has found his yet:

Scott Rigsby, first triathlete to finish the Ironman™ in Kona, Hawaii  (2.4 mile ocean swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 mile marathon, all in 17 hours) on two prosthetics.  Because he’s a double amputee.

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Gallery of the Intrepid – Ghurka Division

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

– Wiccapundit

This is what a badass looks like:

Lone Nepali Soldier Defends Potential Rape Victim Against Forty Men

Kills 3, injures 8, drives the rest away.  Oh, and the 40 robbers were armed with knives, swords, and guns.  All that Bishnu Shrestha was armed with was a kukri, a clear moral purpose, and a sack of stones the size of Gibraltar.  Bishnu Shrestha gets a 999 milliBronson rating.  The only reason he doesn’t get a full Bronson is because, well, there’s only one Charles Bronson.  Although I must say, this guy almost rates a full Bronson.

Below is a picture of a kukri.  No picture of Shrestha’s mighty testicles was available, due to size constraints of the blog format.

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No arms? So what. He can still cap your ass.

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

– Wiccapundit

Being born without arms is no impediment to learning how to load and shoot a Colt .45.  Best line in the video?

“If they want to come and screw with the U.S., come on.”

Righteous.  (h/t Ace sidebar)

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Gallery of the Intrepid: Memorial Day – Thank a veteran

Monday, May 31st, 2010

– Wiccapundit

On this Memorial Day, it’s time to remember that the day is not about taking off from work and grilling a few burgers with friends.  It’s about acknowledging the sacrifices made by countless men and women who have served this nation in the military.  Here at Red State Witch, we have regular commenters who were former military (Sebastian) as well as those who are current military (James S.).  There may be others also whose service we are not aware of.  Elphaba and I express our extreme appreciation to all of you for your service.  We thank you more than we can express.

The painting above is a 75′ x 25′ mural in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.  It was painted by the noted aviation artist Keith Ferris.  When viewed from the gallery in front of it, it is as if you were hanging in space 60 feet in front of the aircraft – a B-17 called Thunder Bird – during its bombing raid on a Luftwaffe airfield at Wiesbaden, Germany.  It is a extraordinary piece of work, and I never tire of seeing it (or the NASM) whenever I visit Washington.

I post this because I met the pilot of this aircraft.  He lived in my neighborhood, and when I was at his house once, I noticed some WWII memorabilia in his study.  I asked him what he had done in the war, and he said he had flown B-17s.  I mentioned how much I liked the Ferris mural of Thunder Bird, and he casually replied that he had been flying the aircraft on that raid.  He didn’t wear his service overtly or speak about it without prompting; to him it was simply a job he and his crew had to do. The average age of officers flying these aircraft in combat was about 21, and the average crewman’s age was maybe 19.  Simply amazing.

If you want to get a feel for how dangerous and difficult this “job” was, read Martin Caidin’s Flying Forts: The B-17 in World War II.  Some of the combat stories will curl your hair.

No matter what war, what theatre of operation, or what peacetime duty they have performed, anyone who has served our nation in uniform should be remembered this day.


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Gallery of the Intrepid – “Limits? What limits?” Edition

Monday, April 26th, 2010

–  Wiccapundit

As your Wiccapundit prepares to run his first triathlon this week, the subject of limits appeared to be a suitable topic for discussion.  I have used the Gallery of the Intrepid to highlight individuals who simply refused to accept limitations on what they wanted to do with their lives, in order to honor that special force within the human spirit that says “Hell no, I will not be beaten!”  When life seems to be sucking ass pretty hard and I get weary, I use this as a source of inspiration.

The triathlon is a combination endurance challenge consisting of a swim, followed by a bike ride, followed by a run, all in order and without stopping in between.  My first tri will be a time trial (10 min. swim, 30 minute bike, 20 minute run), although I hope to run a Sprint-length tri in a few months (400-600 yd. swim, 12-16 mile bike ride, 5K run).  The granddaddy of all triathlons is the original Ironman™ Triathlon held in Hawaii every year.  It consists of a 2.4 mile open-water ocean swim, followed by a 112 mile bike race passing  through a volcanic lava field, followed by a marathon (26.2 miles).  All three events must be completed in a maximum of 17 hours, but the current record is 8:04:08.  Altbough Ironman-length triathlons are held all around the world, the one in Hawaii is the Ironman.

Some notable Ironman™ personalities:

Paula Newby-Fraser: 8 time women’s winner, including 4 consecutive wins.

Sarah Reinertson: First person to complete the Ironman Hawaii on a prosthetic leg.

(more…)

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