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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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Gee, it’s like 1979 all over again

Friday, September 14th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

Let’s see:

Soaring gas prices?  Check.

Flaccid economy?  Check.

Government spending out of control?  Check.

Middle East tensions with assaults on our embassies and murder of ambassadors?  Check.

Impotent foreign policy strategy?  Check.

Fears of nuclear showdown?  Check.

Russian hegemony causing us grief?  Check.

Total loser ensconced in the White House?  Checkcheckcheckcheck.

Maybe I should get my plaid bell-bottoms out of storage and relive the glory days of old.  At least the music was better back then (disco notwithstanding).

Sadly, there is no Ronald Reagan waiting in the wings to put things right.

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Obama: 2016 – A Must See

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

Elphaba and I went to see the Dinesh D’Souza movie Obama: 2016 last night.  If you haven’t seen this, you should do so.  Even if you are deeply engaged politically and you think you know a lot about Obama, this movie will still provide some enlightening moments.

What we found interesting was that the theater was nearly full, at a multiplex where we have seen first-run thrillers recently (Spider-Man and The Bourne Legacy) playing to almost-empty theaters.  The audience was diverse in age and ethnicity, although there were few young people (meaning in their ‘teens and early twenties).  I overheard one man saying “I never knew that about Obama.”  This seemed to me to be a person who was not a “true-believer” conservative, but a person who merely came to the movie wanting to know more, and boy did he get it.

Recommend that all your friends see this.  If you have friends who voted for Obama in 2008, especially try to get them to see it.  The movie is not a “bomb-throwing,” “foam-at-the-mouth” diatribe, but rather a sober, calm, clear look at what Obama’s background and influences were.  No tin-foil-hat stuff here, just interviews with highly respectable people like Shelby Steele, and even one with Obama’s half-brother in Kenya.  He was very articulate, and calmly recited his perception of Obama.  Very powerful stuff.  The movie was produced by the Oscar-winning producer of Schindler’s List, so the production quality is first-rate.

Five stars.

 

 

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Chilling.

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

That this is even being contemplated is beyond reason:

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.

This is not nutball tinfoil-hat speculation.  This is an article written by a retired colonel on staff at Ft. Leavenworth and a University of Kansas professor with her Ph.D. from Princeton.  The original article appears in the peer-reviewed and influential Small Wars Journal.

Read it.  All of it.

There are approximately 1.5 million active members of the military and about the same number of reserves.  It is estimated that less than 10% of those numbers are actual combat troops, with the remaining attributed to all support functions (cooks, administrative personnel, etc.).   Most of the combat-capable soldiers are currently deployed overseas around the world.  The authors have likely overestimated the numbers of soldiers who would willingly violate their oaths to protect and defend the Constitution in order to fire on their fellow citizens.

How many would have to be brought home to do the dirty work (while denuding our forces overseas in areas like Afghanistan)? How many would take up arms against their neighbors?

The number of privately-owned firearms in the U.S. is estimated at more than 270,000,000. Where do the authors think this is going to go and how do they think this would turn out?

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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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Bollocks!

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

– Elphaba


I read with interest an opinion piece by Michael Goodwin in The New York Post entitled, “US is too Dumb to Know O is Always Right.”  I think that we are finally starting to have our “V” For Vendetta moment, where the masses are watching the O’s speeches with incredulous faces, uttering the word, “bullocks!”  Anyone paying attention has got to know they’re being lied to, in the worst possible way.  Goodwin states that he turned his television set off half way through the presidential blah-blah-blah:

Enough. He is the Man Who Won’t Listen to Anybody, so why should anybody listen to him?

Tuning out and turning off the president does not fill me with gladness. He cannot be ignored.

But for now, I will leave that unhappy duty to others. I am tired of Barack Obama. There’s nothing new there. His speeches are like “Groundhog Day.”

I already have my “Who is John Galt?” sticker.  Now I need my mask.  How about you?

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God Bless Texas

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

– Elphaba

The other day I was feeling really down while reading the news headlines.  Casey Anthony walked for murder, the GOP caved in on their pledge not to raise the debt ceiling, the ATF gun running scandal was unearthing more widespread corruption, and the Obama Administration was trying to use the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene with the planned execution of a Mexican national who had brutally raped and murdered a 16 year old girl in 1995; internationally, liberal bed wetters were crying for a stay to the execution on the basis that the long-time illegal alien (had lived here since he was 2)  was denied access to the Mexican consulate.  I’m thinking, America, what the fuck?!

Well, the execution took place as scheduled.  That evil son of a bitch will never hurt another person again in this life.   Texas basically told Mexico, the U.N. and the administration to butt out and mind their own business.  I love this state, and ideologically, it loves me.  In the words of Lyle Lovett, “that’s right, you’re not from Texas, but Texas wants you anyway.”

Humberto Leal takes the eternal celestial dirt nap. Are you hungry?  Justice is served, Baby!

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Feeling patriotic today.

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

– Wiccapundit

I try to remember when things get sucky that I still live in the greatest country on the planet.  I always find the Star Spangled Banner uplifting.  Here’s stellar bassist Jeff Berlin performing his National Anthems medley.  Believe me, this is some hard shit to play.

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Sage words from the Dean of Science Fiction Writers

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

– Wiccapundit

One of my favorite writers and most enduring influences is Robert Heinlein.  Here is the master in his own words, heard on Edward R. Murrow’s radio show, in 1952.  His speech is just as applicable today as it was nearly fifty years ago.

This I Believe.

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