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Gallery of the Intrepid – WWII Edition

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

– Wiccapundit

Hollywood has run out of original ideas.  Maybe someone should make a movie about Witold Pilecki. Ah, it’ll never happen.  His exploits are so immense, no producer in Tinseltown would touch it; they’d think it too improbable.

Improbable or not, they’re certainly true.  Rather than try to summarize, I suggest you follow this link to the article at This Ain’t Hell for the full story of a man with balls so large, they produced gravity.

Just mind-blowing.

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It’s a new year, and we’re still here.

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

– Wiccapundit

Yes, Obama is still a dick.  Yes, the Republicans are still spineless.  Yes, the Free Shit Army™ still thinks the party will go on forever.

However, things will change, because things always change.  Anyone who believes that ANYTHING is static in this life probably still listens to 8-track tapes in their car.

One idea that has been floating around is the possibility of significant restrictions on guns, or worse:

Bringing the War Back Home. “Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland”: Getting the military to start preparing for the violent repression of its own citizenry. US Army “deep thinker” creates an “enemy” out of the Tea Parties & “extremist militias.” “Red Teaming” from an Ignorance-Inspired Faulty Premise.

The response to that idea is this bit of fiction:

“What I Saw At The Coup”

Or this bit of non-fiction:

What you’ll see in the rebellion.

Hey Lefties: let’s do the math:

On the one hand –

Number of firearms in the United States: 279 million + (est.).  This number is getting larger, not smaller.

Number of households in the United States owning guns: 43-55 million (est.).  This is based on Gallup polling.  The number is likely larger due to the number of people who would not admit this fact to an anonymous pollster.

Number of hunting licenses issued in the U.S. in 2011: 14,974,534.  This is the number of licenses issued for hunters to take to the field prepared to take the life of a living thing.

Number of deer hunters: 10,000,000+ (est.).  This is the number of hunters intending and prepared to take down targets weighing between 130 and 290 pounds.

Current dues-paying NRA members: 4,300,000 (est.).  There are likely a considerably larger number who agree with the NRA’s positions who are not actual members of the organization.

On the other hand –

Number of law enforcement officers in the United States: 800,000+ (est.).  This includes everything from FBI and U.S. Marshals to county sheriff’s deputies to metropolitan police officers to probation officers to postal inspectors to fish and game wardens.

Number of members of the combined armed forces of the United States: 2,315,958.   This includes both active duty and reserve Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard.  It also includes every MOS (military occupational specialty) from combat-trained troops to benefits administrators, personnel clerks, naval radar operators, truck mechanics, OB/GYN doctors, and cooks.  Actual number of combat-ready troops: an estimate of 10-20% are infantry-type troops, which would result in a number of “combat troops” approximately 450,000+ worldwide, including in active combat zones such as Afghanistan as well as non-combat areas like South Korea or Germany.

So Lefties, how does the equation work out?

Let’s assume that your annointed one Barack the First decides to make not just gun restriction or gun registration, but gun confiscation the liberal wet dream of 2013.  With the stroke of a pen signing any such legislation, and assuming that the Supreme Court does not stand in the way, your Precious has immediately turned the most right-wing-nutball, black helicopter, tin-foil-hat conspiracy theory into actual U.S. law.  Not some NRA talking-point fund-raising scare tactic, but actual public policy enforced by Federal law.

If only 10% of the estimated number of gun owners in the country refused to comply with an order to turn in their guns, this would be more than 2.5 million people.  This is less than a quarter of the number of people who hunt deer every year.  The ones likely to resist would  not be the ones who have grandpa’s old bird gun in the closet, but avid hunters and shooting sportsmen who are in possession of semi-automatic, military-caliber rifles, or modern, high-quality, large-caliber, scoped hunting rifles.  These people are familiar with their weapons, they practice with them, and most of them are used to shooting and killing at a distance, albeit game that doesn’t shoot back.  Do you think these people would just roll over and hand in their guns?

Let’s assume that every combat-qualified soldier is returned to the U.S. mainland from every foreign posting in the world,  Added to the number of LEOs, you get a number just over 1,250,000.  (We’re ignoring for the moment this blatant violation of the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits the use of the U.S. military in law enforcement operations.)  Of this number, many are politically conservative, NRA members, or military members who take their oaths to protect the Constitution seriously.  How many of these do you think would be willing to enforce a law disarming the American public, or to shoot any who refused to cooperate, many of whom would be their friends, neighbors, and even family?

In truth, a significant percentage of those tasked with the distasteful job of going door to door to round up weapons would simply refuse.  Those that carried out this thankless task would be literally walking into the musket fire.  And your fantasy that “gun nuts wouldn’t be able to stand up to jets, drones, and tanks, etc.?”  You really believe that anyone in the military would be willing to drop a smart bomb on an American neighborhood, or take out a soccer mom’s van with a Hellfire missile from a drone, or drive a tank up the Main Street of any American city?  How many non-gun-owning Americans would draw the line well before that?  And as far as whether a bunch of rifle-toting patriots could hold the U.S. military at bay, see Afghanistan.  We’ve been there for ten years, and illiterate cave-dwelling goatherds with rifles have been bleeding us white the entire time.   The largest, most modern military in the world has been unsuccessful in pacifying a country about the size of Texas.  Try doing it to the entire continental United States, but with the added complication of shooting not the Taliban, but the guy who works at the local grocery store or car dealer.

Liberals: would you be willing to strap on the body armor, pick up a weapon, and knock on the door of someone who just might shoot you in the head for your trouble?  Would you be willing to countenance the utter repudiation of the Second and Fourth Amendments, and watch (much less participate in) the cops search houses from top to bottom looking for contraband guns?  What ever happened to “keep your laws off my body?”  Or does that only apply to laws preventing you from rooting out a living thing from your uterus?

Face it, Lefties – those of you who constantly mewl that you are part of the “reality-based community” – the math does not favor you.   If you try this, if you take it to its ultimate conclusion, you will lose badly.

Here’s the deal: you leave us alone and we’ll leave you alone.  You don’t try to disarm us and we won’t shoot you for trying to disarm us.

If you don’t?

We will be disappointed.

 

 

 

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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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We hold these truths to be self-evident…

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

Today is the appropriate time to remind ourselves what the Founding Fathers risked to bequeath us the Republic that it is our duty to preserve.

“we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”

That wasn’t hyperbole; many did lose their lives or their fortunes.  They preserved their sacred honor.

Can we do any less?

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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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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 – 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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Take a moment to thank a veteran.

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

– Wiccapundit

What was originally Armistice Day (remember the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” in 1918), intended to celebrate the end of The Great War The War to End All Wars World War I (before we had the sense to start numbering them), is now celebrated as Veteran’s Day.  Here’s our appreciation for those who have served:

Thank you.

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Best friend.

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

– Wiccapundit

As a child I was raised with dachshunds in our house, so I’ve enjoyed reading of the exploits of Laura’s dachsie Jack over at Fetch My Flying Monkeys.  If you’re not reading Laura’s blog, you’re missing some of the funniest stuff you’ll ever read.

On a serious note, her friend Amy had a dachshund named Max, who saved her life from a knife-wielding intruder.  Max gave his life in defense of his mistress, and the story is one you should read.  Click on the link to view.

We occasionally need reminders that there is good in this world, even if it comes from our furry companions.

Good on yer, Max.  Good on yer.

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