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Gallery of the Intrepid: Absolutely amazing.

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

Just a reminder of what the human mind and spirit are capable of.

Seaman Doug Hegdahl was blown overboard from a U.S. Navy cruiser in the Tonkin Gulf in 1967.   He was picked up from the water and sent to the infamous Hanoi Hilton.  He used his youth, country accent, and bumpkin demeanor to convince the North Vietnamese that he was an idiot instead of a spy or commando.  They so despaired of teaching him to read and write (which he lied and averred he could not do) to aid in their using him in their propaganda attempts that they called him “The Incredibly Stupid One.”

As a consequence, he was given pretty much free run of the camp.  He used this access to learn the names, capture dates, methods of capture, and personal information on 256 POWs in the camp.  He did this by memorizing the information to the tune of “Old MacDonald Had A Farm.”  He also convinced his captors that he needed glasses, and memorized the route from the camp to Hanoi, where he was taken for fitting.  In 1969, he was ordered by the senior U.S. commander in the camp to accept early release by the North Vietnamese (in a PR move) in order to convey the intelligence concerning the POWs back to the U.S. government.

He is still able to repeat this information to this day.

Oh, yeah, he managed to disabled 5 enemy trucks while a captive by surreptitiously putting dirt in their gas tanks.

Badass.  He certainly rates a significantly high milli-Bronson number.

In a just world, movies would be made about heroes like Doug Hegdahl, not about murdering swine like Che Guevara.

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Act of War. Oh, look! A squirrel!

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

Pentagon: Iran fired on U.S. drone in Persian Gulf — seven days ago

Gee, do you think it might have been useful for the American electorate to know this, oh, say, a couple of days before the election?  Nah, that’s just crazy talk.

What’s one more shot in a war that’s been going on since November 4, 1979 between the United States and Iran?  War, you say?  Umm, yeah, that’s what you call it when agents of another nation invade your sovereign territory and take it over.    It a more civilized and less prissy era (like just a few decades ago), the takeover of the American embassy in Teheran would have constituted a casus belli, justifying armed response by the United States.  The feckless Jimmy Carter did nothing, and that clear breach of international law has remained unaddressed since that time.

How does it feel to have been at war for thirty-three years and not even realize it?

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Gallery of the Intrepid – Memorial Day

Monday, May 28th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

Veteran’s Day, celebrated in November, is the time for honoring all veterans who have served their country.  Memorial Day, however, is the day for honoring specifically those veterans who have died in the service of their country.

Here is one such veteran to remember:

Spc. Ross Andrew McGinnis, KIA December 4, 2006, Adhamiyah, Irag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the Wikipedia entry on Specialist McGinnis:

In August 2006, aged 19, the regiment was deployed to eastern Baghdad and he was serving as a .50 caliber machine-gunner in a HMMWV during operations against insurgents in Adhamiyah. On December 4, while his platoon was on mounted patrol in Adhamiyah, a grenade was thrown into his vehicle. He told the other four men about it, so they could prepare for the blast. Instead of jumping out of the gunner’s hatch, he threw his back over the grenade, absorbing the bulk of the blast. He was killed instantly, but the other occupants were able to survive with only minor injuries.

It is this kind of sacrifice that we should remember, and honor, this Memorial Day.

Thank you to all veterans for their service, their courage, and their sacrifices, but particularly the sacrifices of those who gave their lives.

 

 

 

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Semper Fi

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

– Wiccapundit

Marine Stands Guard For Honorary Marine.  A twelve-year-old boy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See that this story goes viral.

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

 

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The Elegant P-51 Mustang

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

Truly one of the most beautiful aircraft ever designed is the North American P-51 Mustang.  A few interesting facts:

1. The Brits asked North American to build the prototype in 120 days.  They did it in 117.  Nowadays it would take 120 days just to set up the committee to decide on the shape of the conference table to meet at to discuss choosing the name of the plane.

2. The most common variant, the P-51D model, had a top speed of 437 mph at 25,000 feet.  By way of comparison, the Cessna Citation Mustang light-jet business aircraft introduced in 2007 has a top speed of 0.63 Mach at 25,000 feet, which is 436 mph.   The performance of a 70+ year-old propeller-driven, reciprocating-engine design is just as impressive as the most modern, high-tech, computer-designed jet aircraft.

3.  When the US changed its tactics from defensive use of the Mustang to offensive use, the Luftwaffe lost 17% of their pilots in just a one-week period.  The great German ace Adolph Galland stated that that was the moment Germany lost the air war.

4. Civilian-owned Mustangs have dominated the Reno Air Races Unlimited Gold category.  The course record in that race at Reno is held by the highly-modified P-51 Dago Red, which averaged over 500 mph during the race.

Just amazing.  And as beautiful as they come:

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Yeah, the Chinese are DEFINITELY going to be the next superpower. Right.

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

– Wiccapundit

I always thought the blather about how the Chinese are going to dominate the future was misplaced.  I mean, any culture that specializes in different ways to cook chicken in a wok is not likely to be the next military powerhouse.

It seems I was right.

When buying two old Soviet aircraft carriers from the Ukrainians, the Chinese claimed that their reason for doing this was to convert them into tourist attractions. Reputedly, the actual situation was that they hoped to learn as much about aircraft carriers from them as possible, and then refit them as actual aircraft carriers. Upon discovering that they were in fact large and immense floating pieces of rust that had actually not been very good aircraft carriers in the first place, in a possible attempt to save face, the Chinese did attempt to convert them into tourist attractions after all. Thus the two Soviet military theme parks, one in Shenzhen based around the Minsk and the other in Tianjin based around the Kiev.

Both subsequently went bankrupt, a day out while looking at rusting remnants of the Soviet Union not apparently being a big attraction for the young Chinese. The Kiev carrier in Tianjin has apparently been subsequently converted into a hotel. The Minsk in Shenzhen continues to rust.). The Chinese in 1998 purchased the incomplete Admiral Kuznetsov class carrier the Varyag, which was at that point floating somewhere in the Ukrainian waters of the Black Sea. The carrier was officially bought by a Macau based tourist venture, with the pretext being that it would be converted into a casino. In this case, though, it remains in the hands of the Chinese military. After a (very) lengthy refit, it may one day enter into service in the Chinese navy.

All evidence is that the Chinese did in fact purchase Charles de Gaulle’s yacht with the intention of turning it into a floating Bavarian beer bar, however.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(h/t Samizdata)

 

 

 

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Jon Stewart gets it this time

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

– Wiccapundit

Jon Stewart likes to vacillate between “clown nose on” and “clown nose off” when he wants to pretend he’s a serious political commentator and not just a highly paid mouthpiece for a comedy writing staff.  However, in this segment he does “clown nose off and on” simultaneously, and very effectively, I think:

Jon Stewart visits the troops in Afghanistan

(Sorry, I couldn’t embed the video)

 

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Hey lefties, you got some ‘splainin’ to do on Osama

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

– Wiccapundit

The raghead is dead.  Good news.  Here’s my take on it.  Obama will try to use this to burnish his “toughness” credentials.  I don’t care.  The Islamic slug is gone; good riddance.

But I’m not letting the liberal screechers off the hook.  How does it feel to know that your boy, Teh One, just fulfilled George W. Bush’s longstanding promise to get Bin Laden “dead or alive.”  Didn’t Barry just act as W’s stand-in?  Oh, and wasn’t this a targeted “assassination” in violation of long-standing U.S. policy, as embodied in Presidential Executive Order 11905 signed by Gerald Ford, as strengthened by Executive Order 12036 signed by Jimmah Carter?  That original order states:  “No employee of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, political assassination.”  How do you lefties square Obama’s actions with the law?  Did Obama violate U.S. law?

Personally, I don’t believe he did, because targeting an enemy in wartime is appropriate under customary international law.  I have never understood the squeamishness that holds that it is improper to send in a sniper to kill a lowlife like bin Laden, but it is acceptable to send in a Hellfire missile from a UAV to do the same job.  It’s hard to believe, but I applaud Obama’s actions in this regard.  I just want to hear the liberals’ explanation for why they are strikingly silent on Obama’s continued use of Predator drone strikes, renditions, military tribunals, and keeping Gitmo open.  Weren’t these things evidence that George W. Bush was guilty of war crimes?

Anyone who is critical of these things at all times at least is being consistent, and I can respect that position even though I disagree with it.  But the total absence of Code Pink since Obama’s inauguration merely shows what most conservatives already knew: opposition to the war in Irag and Afghanistan by most of the left was not a principled position against war or foreign interventionism.  It was simply opposition to George W. Bush.

The hypocrisy of the left is appalling, but completely predictable.

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Too funny.

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

– Wiccapundit

As I’ve been miserably lax in posting our regular Friday Funneh™, I so like totally stole this from Aggie at Hookers & Booze:

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Wow. Just wow.

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

– Wiccapundit

I love scouring YouTube for videos of superb musicians.  Here are a couple that will just boggle your mind.  The first is Dr. Carol Williams at the United States Military Academy Chapel organ performing “Flight of the Bumblebee” on the Academy’s monster pipe organ.

The second is German hard-bop jazz organist Barbara Dennerlein, just crushing the groove on a Hammond B3 with Dennis Chambers on drums.  Watch her feet playing the fast walking bass line TOTALLY in the pocket. That’s talent, baby!

Damn.

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