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Archive for the ‘courage’ Category

You call yourself a journalist, you son of a bitch?

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

– Wiccapundit

Trey Gowdy kneecaps The Media™ in about 3 minutes:

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Your daily encouragement.

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

– Wiccapundit

“How do you get through your day?”

(h/t Lemur King)

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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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Resist.

Monday, August 12th, 2013

-Wiccapundit

I will accept the rules that you feel necessary to your freedom. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.

– Robert Heinlein, The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

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Hey! He can’t say that, can he?

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

 – Wiccapundit

“My name is Paul Weston, and I’m a racist.”

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Gallery of the Intrepid: WTF? Edition

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

– Wiccapundit

To thank everyone for sticking around to see if we still existed, I promised some actual, mmm, CONTENT.  This one sorta blew my mind:

Evelyn Glennie is a Scottish virtuosa percussionist.  Royal Academy of Music grad?  Check.  Grammy Award winner?  Check.  Regular extensive world tours with orchestras and collaborations with musicians ranging from Bjork to Bobby McFerrin?  Check.  Performed on Sesame Street and at the Olympic Games?  Check.   Deaf as a post?  Check.  Wait, what?

Hearing?  I don’t need no stinkin’ hearing to be a professional musician.

Glennie began to lose her hearing at age 8, and by age 12, was profoundly deaf.  You’d think that hearing would be the one thing necessary for a professional musician.  Nah, not so much.  She often performs barefoot, and feels the music through her whole body.

Here is an interesting TED talk where she plays and talks about how to really listen to music:

Moral of the story?  Don’t let anything stop you from doing what you want to do.   Deaf?  Be a musician.  Worked for Beethoven.

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Resist.

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

– Wiccapundit

Presented without comment:

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Gallery of the Intrepid: Colonial America Edition

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

– Wiccapundit

This story from Bob Owens’ blog is a must-read.  When called to fight for their country during the Revolution, even those as young as 13 and as old as 78 answered.  The story of Samuel Whittemore is one that would not be believable if written by a Hollywood screenwriter.  It is true, however.  Just a sample:

The oldest man to fight that fateful day was an alarm-lister named Samuel Whittemore, a 78-year-old veteran of three American wars in the King’s service.

While Lord Percy’s relief column attempted to link up with Regular forces under attack by colonial militias, Whittemore set up behind a low stone wall near his home and attacked the 47th Regiment of Foot by himself.

Whitemore’s aimed fire did enough damage to the column that an assault was ordered upon his position.

Whittemore is documented to have killed one man from this assaulting force with his musket, then killed one and severely wounded another with horse pistols he’d removed from the body of French officer he’d dispatched decades before. Whittemore was in the act of drawing his ornate French Calvary sabre—again, taken from another French officer who “died suddenly” according to Whittemore, more than 20 years before—when half his face was shot away at point-blank range. Whittemore’s horrified relatives watched from a distance as the nearly 80-year old patriarch of their clan was bayoneted thirteen times by the Redcoats, and left for dead in a pool of his own blood.

When his kin came forward to collect his body, they found that despite having half his left cheek shot away, and pierced by 13 bayonet wounds, Samuel Whittemore was attempting to load his musket to fire again on the rapidly disappearing column of Regulars.

Not quite dead, yet.  “‘Tis but a scratch… ” said the Black Knight.

Yeah, he lived.  Another 18 years.  Tough son-of-a-bitch.  Do they still make Americans like that anymore?  We can only pray there are at least a few left with that kind of brass in them.

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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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A journalist sees the light and has the courage to speak the truth

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

CBS correspondent Lara Logan recently spoke at the Better Government Association luncheon.

Money quote #1 comes at 12:39:

Our way of life is under attack, and if you think that’s government propaganda, if you think that’s nonsense, if you think that’s warmongering; you’re not listening to what the people who are fighting you say about this fight. In your arrogance, you think that you write the script, but you don’t.

Money quote #2 comes at 17:52:

If you fail to identify the the ideological component to this fight; if you fail to identify what your enemy is really fighting for; if you lie about who they really are; I don’t see how you can possibly have the right strategy.

It’s twenty minutes, and worth every bit of your time to watch it.  Make sure that this is seen by everyone you know.  It’s that important.

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