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Saturday Matinee: The Desert Rats (1953)

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 26, 2008

Rommel has the British in retreat on his way to the Suez Canal. All that stands in his way is Tobruk, held by a vastly out numbered force of Australian troops. Richard Burton leads these troops on daring raids against Rommel, keeping him off balance as they earn the nickname ‘The Desert Rats’.

Wikipedia Article on the British 7th Armoured Division.

Find movies, video and more at Hulu.

These types of services works very well for me, because I live out of range of over-the-air television signals and have no interest in purchasing a satellite receiver. Thank God that I have had Verizon DSL since March.

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The Battle of Frog Town

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 21, 2008

Cross-posted on WNC Citizens Blog:

This is “The Battle of Frog Town” mock battle by members of the 25th NC Infantry Civil War re-enactors as part of the 5th Annual Franklin Folk Festival in Franklin, NC this past Saturday, the 19th of July.

It was tremendous fun.

For more information visit:

Folk Heritage Association of Macon County

Macon County Historical Society

The Battle of Iotla Ford

25th NC Infantry


Kirk’s Raiders

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Kirk’s Raiders Attack Our Boys Near Franklin!

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 21, 2008


This is one of the photos I took of the dastardly Yankee criminals as they attacked the 25th North Carolina Infantry in FrogTown near Franklin, NC on Saturday. I will have a full video and photo report of the battle later this morning.

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July 20, 1969 "The Eagle Has Landed"

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 20, 2008

Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to land on the Moon. The first steps by humans on another planetary body were taken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on July 20, 1969. The astronauts also returned to Earth the first samples from another planetary body. Apollo 11 achieved its primary mission – to perform a manned lunar landing and return the mission safely to Earth – and paved the way for the Apollo lunar landing missions to follow.
Find out more at Apollo 11.

Here’s how we’ll return to the Moon, this time to stay!

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The Untold Story of The National Anthem

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 4, 2008

I have posted on the untold story of the National Anthem on WNC Citizens Blog, and it is a story few have heard.

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The Tunguska Mystery 100 Years Later

Posted by Thunder Pig on June 30, 2008

June 30, 1908, 7:14 a.m., central Siberia—Semen Semenov, a local farmer, saw “the sky split in two. Fire appeared high and wide over the forest…. From … where the fire was, came strong heat…. Then the sky shut closed, and a strong thump sounded, and I was thrown a few yards…. After that such noise came, as if . . . cannons were firing, the earth shook …”

Such is the harrowing testimony of one of the closest eyewitnesses to what scientists call the Tunguska event, the largest impact of a cosmic body to occur on the earth during modern human history. Semenov experienced a raging conflagration some 65 kilometers (40 miles) from ground zero, but the effects of the blast rippled out far into northern Europe and Central Asia as well. Some people saw massive, silvery clouds and brilliant, colored sunsets on the horizon, whereas others witnessed luminescent skies at night—Londoners, for instance, could plainly read newsprint at midnight without artificial lights. Geophysical observatories placed the source of the anomalous seismic and pressure waves they had recorded in a remote section of Siberia. The epicenter lay close to the river Podkamennaya Tunguska, an uninhabited area of swampy taiga forest that stays frozen for eight or nine months of the year.

Ever since the Tunguska event, scientists and lay enthusiasts alike have wondered what caused it. Although most observers generally accept that some kind of cosmic body, either an asteroid or a comet, exploded in the sky above Siberia, no one has yet found fragments of the object or any impact craters in the affected region. The mystery remains unsolved, but our research team, only the latest of a steady stream of investigators who have scoured the area, may be closing in on a discovery that will change our understanding of what happened that fateful morning.

Source: Scientific American
Related: Wikipedia
The Stupid: Rense Article “Great 1908 Tunguska Explosion – UFO Meets Comet?
The Nonsensical: The Vurdalak Conjecture

Tunguska Epicenter

I have enjoyed reading about this event all my life, and especially remember the wilder claims of the conspiracy nuts that it was an alien craft that had blown up in the atmosphere, or even the speculation that it was a tiny black hole that happened to evaporate as it intersected our atmosphere.

I have always believed it to have been a piece of a comet, more specifically, the short-period comet Encke. I forget where I read that, and a quick Google Search tells me that British Astronomer Fred Whipple suggested that in 1930. I read very heavily in the area of Astronomy, so I could have read that anywhere, and tend to go with the scientific explanation where it fits Occam’s Razor.

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Iranian Mortars Pound Israel During Ceasefire

Posted by Thunder Pig on June 25, 2008

Israel is moving anti-mortar radars to its border with Gaza, to fight the growing number of Iranian 120mm mortars Hamas is using. While the mortar is heavy (about 300 pounds), it can be broken down into components (barrel-94 pounds, base plate- 135 pounds, bipod-72 pounds, sight-four pounds). More accurate than the locally made Kassam rockets, and with more range (normally 6-7 kilometers, but up to 10 kilometers with special ammo), the shells weigh 35-40 pounds and have about the same destructive effect as 105mm howitzer shells.

Source: Strategy Page

Another news story:


Under cover of a barrage of more than 50 missiles, mortars and rocket, Hamas made three attempts to breach the Gaza border fence for major suicide bombings, the last one late Thursday, June 12. They sent a bulldozer to ram Netiv Ha’asara, a bomb car to crash the border fence and gunmen on foot to blow up the Erez crossing. Israel ground and air units foiled them all.

Israeli locations from Ashkelon in the north down to Shear Hanegev, Kibbutz Nir Oz and Sderot were struck by 20 missiles, one Grad rocket and more than 35 mortar shells. A woman was injured at Kibbutz Yad Mordecai. Sirens warned people under attack to stay in indoors, as fires blazed and explosions erupted – one close to the Barzilai regional hospital in Ashkelon.

The first Hamas attempt to blow up Israeli military guard posts at the Erez crossing was mounted early Thursday as the Israeli defense ministry’s political coordinator Amos Gilead traveled to Cairo to hand over Israel’s acceptance of the Egyptian formula for a truce in Gaza.

They were intercepted and at least one was killed by Israeli ground and air fire.

Source: DEBKAfile

The terrorists have been at war with Israel, and they are using weapons supplied by Iran…thus acting as a proxy for Iran in its’ quest to destroy Israel.

Why are we aiding the terrorists by restraining Israel?

Why is Secretary of State Condi Rice acting to assist terrorists kill Israelis?

When will we face a reckoning for our actions that contribute to the harming of God’s Chosen People?
When will the government of Israel realize that all a ceasefire does is allow the terrorists to re-arm? I point you to the concept of hudna:

“What is being touted as a ‘cease-fire’ is something called a ‘hudna.’ A hudna [also known as a hudibiyya or khudaibiya] is a tactical cease-fire that allows the Arabs to rebuild their terrorist infrastructure in order to be more effective when the “cease-fire” is called off.” — “Cease-fire?” by Shira A. Drissman

**update** 6.54am
It has occurred to me that most people alive today have not been taught anything other than the pro-Palestinian lies pushed on them by the lefties in our “public” schools systems, and in the media.

I have tracked down and made a playlist for an excellent movie about the founding of Israel told from the point of view of the story of American Mickey Marcus. Note: The videos are out out of order…sorry about that. The owner uploaded them out of order and mislabeled them.

You can buy a DVD of Cast a Giant Shadow, or order the book, Cast A Giant Shadow: The Story of Mickey Marcus Who Died to Save Jerusalem.

There are many history books you can read on the subject at a library near you. There are many online sources of the same information, and I will introduce you to them over the next few weeks.

Here is a complete series put out by the BBC on the birth of modern day Israel in 6 parts:

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Patrick J Buchanan Has Lost His Mind

Posted by Thunder Pig on June 16, 2008

This from a show on Comedy Central:

The Paulorrhoids of course ran with it [read the comments below that article for some mind-numbing ignorance], and Victor Davis Hanson exposes some of the lies in the recent book by Buchanan.

One of them is that he claims Churchill pushed poor little Hitler into a corner and forced him to invade Poland. Only thing wrong with that is that Churchill didn’t become Prime Minister until May of 1940…several months after the invasion of Poland.

It has been sad watching Patrick Buchanan slide over to Nutsville. I was a member of the Buchanan Brigade back in 1992 when he went up against Bush 41.

Another sad thing is that so many youths (esp. the Paulorrhoids) will read this book, and accept his lies and distortions as truth. Just like so many of them believe that Senator Robert Taft was a conservative thinker just because Ron Paul says so in his writings.

Of course, the war could have been avoided if the west had pre-emptive invaded Germany in the early 1930’s…much like our invasion of Iraq.

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CBS Radio: Ned Calmer and Quincy Howe

Posted by Thunder Pig on June 7, 2008

An end-of-the-day report that ties all the threads together of what was known as of 11pm on June 6, 1944:

CBS Radio 11 o’clock News

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CBS Radio: News of the Day and National Prayer by FDR

Posted by Thunder Pig on June 7, 2008

Starting at 9.30pm with news of the invasion, and accounts of some of the fighting, reactions across the nation, and culminating in a National Prayer led by President Franklin Roosevelt at 10pm:

CBS NEWS and FDR Prayer

FDR Prayer Alone
Would they recognize our nation?

Previously:

CBS Radio: John Daly Reports D-Day News

CBS News: De Gaulle Speech and Other War News

Kate Smith Speaks Prayer For Our Troops, News Follows

CBS Radio “The Light of the World”

NBC News Update “Plus 6 Hours”

CBS News Update “The Invasion of Europe Is Underway” Pt 3

CBS News Update “The Invasion of Europe Is Underway” Pt 2

CBS News Update “The Invasion of Europe Is Underway”

NBC News Special Bulletin

This Is London Calling: Communique #1 Invasion of Europe Underway

Unconfirmed Reports of Invasion Underway in Europe

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