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red-tail-hawk-feather.jpgCrazy Horse “his horse is crazy” or Tashunkewitko or  Tasunko Witko (Tashunca-Uitco) as he was known to the Lakota people also part of the greater Sioux Nation,  was born in 1845 on the banks of the Republican River in the territory now known as  Nebraska into the Oglala-Brule Sioux.  Tashunkewitko is probably best known for his participation in the defeat of Gen. George Armstrong Custer’s Seventh Calvary at the Battle of Little Bighorn in the Montana Territory, more commonly known as “Custers Last Stand” on June 25, 1876.  That battle was the worst defeat of the US Army, in the long history of war against the Native Americans.  The accounts differ so much of not only the battle but of the life of Crazy Horse that I will hold to what seems to be agreed upon.  After the Battle of Little Big Horn Crazy Horse was urged to surrender but he held out for more than a year, until there was no more buffalo to hunt and his people were starving.  So on May 6, 1877  Tashunkewitko surrendered to General George Crook at the Red Cloud Indian Agency in Nebraska.  He was later sent to Fort Robinson and on this day September 5, 1877 there was a disagreement over the way he would be imprisoned and a struggle broke out and Crazy Horse was stabbed in the back with a bayonet.  His wound was fatal and he died that night with his father by his side.  There are no photographs of Crazy Horse.  Some people claim that they have one, such as that anti-American scumbag piece of shit ex-professor Ward Churchill.  I personally believe the Lakota people who knew Tashunkewitko and they say of all Lakota, Crazy Horse would be the last person that would let himself be photographed, so I will not even link to the so called photo.  Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation.

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young-geronimo.jpgGeronimo, Spanish for “Jerome” or Goyathlay, “One Who Yawns,” as he was known to the Apache, was born in 1829 in what is today western New Mexico, and lived in the border region around Mexico’s Sierra Madre and southern Arizona and New Mexico. The year 1858 was one of the worst moments in Geronimo’s life, when he returned home to find his wife, his mother and his three young children murdered by Mexican soldiers during a brutal attack on his village in Chihuahua, Mexico. Though Geronimo later remarried and fathered other children, the  memory of that tragedy left him with an extreme hatred for Mexicans.  Geronimo was not a hereditary leader but appeared to be because he was often the spokesman for Juh his brother-in-law, a Chiricahua Chief (the tribe of Apache that lived south of Geronimo’s Bedonkohe tribe), who had a speech impediment.  He was also highly respected among the other Apache Chiefs who depended on his wisdom.  Geronimo became the most famous Apache of all time because he fought against anyone who invaded his homeland and  forgeronimo-medicine-dress.jpg decades Geronimo and his men successfully eluded the U.S. Army’s attempts to control him and  hold him to a reservation.  He finally surrendered for the final time on this day September 4, 1886 to General Nelson A. Miles in Skeleton Canyon, Arizona.  He became the last native American warrior to formally surrender to the United States.  At the end, his group consisted of only 16 warriors, 12 women, and 6 children.  The US government breached its agreement with Geronimo and he and about 450 Apache’s were shipped to Fort Marion, Florida and a year later about a quarter of them would die from tuberculosis and other diseases as many of them were relocated again to the Mt. Vernon barracks in Alabama.  In 1894 they were removed once again to Fort Sill in Oklahoma.  On Feb. 17, 1909, Geronimo died a prisoner of war, unable to return to Arizona, he was buried in the Apache cemetery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Before Geronimo’s death he embraced Christianity and said “Since my life as a prisoner has begun I have heard the teachings of the white man’s religion, and in many respects believe it to be better than the religion of my fathers. However, I have always prayed, and I believe that the Almighty has always protected me.  Believing that in a wise way it is good to go to church, and that associating with Christians would improve my character, I have adopted the Christian religion. I believe that the church has helped me much during the short time I have been a member. I am not ashamed to be a Christian, and I am glad to know that the President of the United States is a Christian, for without the help of the Almighty I do not think he could rightly judge in ruling so many people. I have advised all of my people who are not Christians, to study that religion, because it seems to me the best religion in enabling one to live right.” (this quote was taken from “Geronimo in his own words”) Link

“I cannot think that we are useless or God would not have created us. There is one God looking down on us all. We are all the children of one God. The sun, the darkness, the winds are all listening to what we have to say.” Geronimo

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George H. W. Bush was a Naval Aviator flying a TBM Avenger torpedo bomber off the carrier USS San Jacinto (CVL-30) in the South Pacific.  On this day September 2, 1944 during World War II.  Bush and the squadron of Avengers he was with were conducting a bombing mission when they encountered heavy anti-aircraft fire.  Bush’s plane was hit but he managed to release his bombs before he and his crew members bailed out, sadly one of his crew members, Radioman 2nd Class John Delaney’s chute didn’t open and he perished, substitute gunner Lt. j.g. William White was also killed.  Four hours later a submarine crew rescued the future President.  He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his bravery in action.  Bush won three Air Medals as well as a Presidential Unit Citation.  Despite his squadron suffering a 300 percent casualty rate among its pilots, Bush flew 58 combat missions during the war.

Last week I read a couple of  articles and Here, on the net about the Russian Government selling some 250 Sukhoi-30 Long Range Fighter Jets to the Iranian Government.  The SU- 30 is not even close to the best Jet Russia has to offer, we should be glad Russia did not sell them any of the SU-47’s, well it wasn’t reported in the news anyway, but who really knows what Russia is selling the Iranians?   The SU -47 is one wicked looking jet fighter.  It’s just comforting to know that The United States has had a forward swept wing jet since 1984, the U.S. X – 29 below and who knows what else our government has in the works to protect our great country.  Unfortunately, the reality is that even our own forward swept wing U.S. X -29 was based on a Jet from World War II, the Junkers Ju 287 which was a German Luftwaffe aircraft begun in early 1943 and had it’s test flight on August 16, 1944.  It was a sort of Frankenstein’s monster, pieced together from several diffent aircraft. Including the nose wheels from two B-24 Liberators, a fuselage of an He 177 and the tail was constructed of Ju 388 parts.  Even then, the Soviets were closer to that project than the Americans.  The Germans had made 17 test flights with the Ju 287 V1 before the allies overran the testing airfield and captured the V1 and the nearly complete V2, and who do you think flew the V2?  Correct, the Soviet Union made a test flight in 1947, and the V3 with improvements failed to get off the drawing board.  My point isn’t that because these jets have forward swept wings it somehow makes them any more lethal, but you have to admit it does make them look futuristic, even if the design does go all the way back to 1943.  Thanks to Realpolitik1776 for the video.

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genghis-khan.jpgТэмyжин, Temüjin, Genghis Khan, Pronounced: ( jeng’gis kän’ or, often, geng’-), was one of, the greatest military conquerors of all time.  In 1167 he was born the son of Yesukai, his Father a tribal chief,  in central Mongolia along the Onion River near Lake Baikal in Russia, into the Borjigin clan.  Some accounts say he was named Temüjin after an enemy of his Fathers whom Yesukai had a great deal of  respect for. When his Father was poisoned by a rival tribe, Temüjin was taken captive at just nine years old and before long escaped and returned to his tribe.  By working with other clans and conquering enemy tribes he gained a great deal of respect as a strong leader and was soon given the name Genghis Khan which meant “universal lord” or “rightful lord.”  Genghis was considered by many to be a military genius by the way he  organized his armies in multiples of ten, ten to a squad, ten squads to a company, and so on.  Read the rest of this entry »

Elmendorf Air Force Base Anchorage Alaska gets their New F – 22 Raptors.

  Thanks to AmericanMDCCLXXVI for the video.