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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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Can Pat Condell say this? Well, someone has to.

Monday, May 28th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

Pat Condell hits it out of the park again.  It’s all gold, but here are a couple of the money quotes:

Although we in the West are not at war with islam, wahhabi islam, the bat-shit crazy one with all the money, is very much at war with us, only we’re too stupid to see it.

My honest opinion is that wahhabi islam is such an obvious mental afflication, that science ought to be looking for a cure.

Spot on. (h/t Ace)

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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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Pork: the perfect inoculation against islam

Monday, March 19th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

Is there anything pork can’t do?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, of course, there’s Silver Bullet Gun Oil, made with 13 per cent pig fat.

PsyOps used to be an accepted part of the tactical toolbox.  It needs to return, to replace ridiculous PC rules of engagement.

Oh yeah, the lower case “i” for islam in the title is intentional.  It does not deserve the respect of a capital letter.

 

 

 

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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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LTC Alan West, saying what needs to be said.

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

– Wiccapundit

Why is it so hard for most people to simply state the obvious?

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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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That Santayana guy, what was it he said again?

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

– Wiccapundit

I have often been struck by how obvious Hitler’s plans were based on his published work and his frequent speeches, and looking at history in hindsight I note how difficult it is for us to understand that so very few people were willing to acknowledge those plans at the time until it was too late.   Reading contemporary accounts, one wants to scream “wake up, you stupid fools!”   I see the same willful blindness with respect to Islamic violence today.  With a few exceptions, our liberal ruling elite simply refuses to believe that the Islamists want our destruction.  With this in mind, I offer the following quote:

When the situation was manageable, it was neglected, and now that it is thoroughly out of hand, we apply too late the remedies which then might have effected a cure.  There is nothing new in the story.  …  It falls into that long dismal catalogue of the fruitlessness of experience and the confirmed unteachability of mankind.  Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong – these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.

Who said this?  (Answer below the fold.)

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Is North Korea responsible for the oil rig explosion?

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

– Elphaba

North Korean Poster

The EU Times is reporting that a North Korean Submarine torpedoed the oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico!  This is a huge story, and it is not being reported by U.S. Media.  According to the article, a massive U.S. media blackout was ordered by the Obama Administration; if this report is true (I’d like to see clarification, but I have no reason to believe that it is not), the implications are enormous.  Here’s an excerpt from the article, which can be read in entirety HERE:

A grim report circulating in the Kremlin today written by Russia’s Northern Fleet is reporting that the United States has ordered a complete media blackout over North Korea’s torpedoing of the giant Deepwater Horizon oil platform owned by the World’s largest offshore drilling contractor Transocean that was built and financed by South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd., that has caused great loss of life, untold billions in economic damage to the South Korean economy, and an environmental catastrophe to the United States.

Most important to understand about this latest attack by North Korea against its South Korean enemy is that under the existing “laws of war” it was a permissible action as they remain in a state of war against each other due to South Korea’s refusal to sign the 1953 Armistice ending the Korean War.

To the attack itself, these reports continue, the North Korean “cargo vessel” Dai Hong Dan believed to be staffed by 17th Sniper Corps “suicide” troops left Cuba’s Empresa Terminales Mambisas de La Habana (Port of Havana) on April 18th whereupon it “severely deviated” from its intended course for Venezuela’s Puerto Cabello bringing it to within 209 kilometers (130 miles) of the Deepwater Horizon oil platform which was located 80 kilometers (50 miles) off the coast of the US State of Louisiana where it launched an SSC Sang-o Class Mini Submarine (Yugo class) estimated to have an operational range of 321 kilometers (200 miles).

On the night of April 20th the North Korean Mini Submarine manned by these “suicidal” 17th Sniper Corps soldiers attacked the Deepwater Horizon with what are believed to be 2 incendiary torpedoes causing a massive explosion and resulting in 11 workers on this giant oil rig being killed outright.  Barely 48 hours later, on April 22nd , this North Korean Mini Submarine committed its final atrocity by exploding itself directly beneath the Deepwater Horizon causing this $1 Billion oil rig to sink beneath the seas and marking 2010’s celebration of Earth Day with one of the largest environmental catastrophes our World has ever seen.

To the reason for North Korea attacking the Deepwater Horizon, these reports say, was to present US President Obama with an “impossible dilemma” prior to the opening of the United Nations Review Conference of the Parties to the Treat on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) set to begin May 3rd in New York.

This “impossible dilemma” facing Obama is indeed real as the decision he is faced with is either to allow the continuation of this massive oil leak catastrophe to continue for months, or immediately stop it by the only known and proven means possible, the detonation of a thermonuclear device.

This would explain why Obama has deployed the military  to the Gulf.  It is also possible that the whole story is a hoax, but I’m certainly going to keep my eyes and ears open for more news.

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