Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 56 - It is the second Sunday in Lent. The title of today’s cantata is “Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen” (I will gladly carry the Cross). The performance fea...
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Who'll it be? Sarah Palin or Tina Fay?
Alaska has now become the butt of many jokes . . .
. . . and all the intellectuals and elitists (of course for Obama) have made Sarah Palin into a joke following her interview with the much-more-experienced femme, Katie Couric.
Alaska a Backwater? A joke? Alaskan hunters and Outdoors-men-and women hicks, boors, and clods? Have another go at it, my lefty liberal softies!
Alaska is the only part of America remaining where the pioneering spirit that braves wilderness and stands ready to risk life and limb to defend country and family from America's enemies lives.
Alaskans are seen as sort of pioneers, but privately by the salon elite and its imitators really as a bunch of hicks with guns, delighting in moose-skinning and deft knife work.
You have to be tough to survive in the Alaskan wilderness. When push comes to shove, the people most likely to survive and overwhelm the enemy already in our midst, poised to strike or already striking silently, would be Alaskans and like tough no-nonsense descendants of hardy wilderness pioneers (Westerners and mountain men and women of all stripes).
These people, considered to be living in a "backwater" by the sophisticates in our cities, are made of tougher stuff than the elitists suspect. The Alaskans are written off by elitists as crude and rough.
But it was just that unconventional toughness of Alaskans that saved America from the only invasion of American territory in near 200 years. The Japanese who had invaded the Alaskan Aleutians and were defeated by knife-wielding skinners and rifle-toting hunter-killers who knew about wilderness fighting. The native Alaskan National Guard also played no small part in this rout of the Japanese invader.
Now, who is the commander-in-chief of today's Alaska National Guard? Alaska National Guard units are at this time fighting in Iraq.
Governor Sarah Palin: a gun-toting boob to be laughed at by the likes of slick and polished Tina Fay and the Sat'day Nite Live gang and their claque?
Alaska, lately the butt of jokes for Sat'day Nite Live and other "liberal" media and mouthpieces for the Obama Machine, is the only U.S. territory since the War of 1812 to have been invaded by a foreign enemy. And it was hunters and outdoorsmen, familiar with hunting beasts and then men in the frozen earth of the Alaskan Aleutians, who prevailed over America's enemy.
The ordinary US Army soldiers, ill equipped for the icy Alaskan cold, their leather boots freezing to their feet, their equipment bogged down in the ever-present mud of thawed permafrost, did not stand a chance against the entrenched Japanese. It was the rawhide-tough outdoor types, who with knife, rifle, and hunting skills, drove the Japanese off American soil, hunting them down like wild game.
Who are these city-soft elitists to deride Sarah Palin, who knows how to use a gun, to skin and butcher a downed animal ?
Who would you rather be in the wilderness with? Sarah Palin or Barack Obama and Joe Biden? Obama who never even considered military service for his country, is now demanding service of the rest of us, many of whom have served, have sacrificed our civilian comforts for military services. He can't wait to get the Power so he can press into service members of the Middle Class to serve in the inner city "communities," which not so long ago he "organized." ("Community Organizing," can be likened to "rabble rousing.")
Say the US is attacked by its internal and external (Islamic) enemies. Would you rather be in the company of Sarah Palin or in that of her sleekly packaged imitation, Tina Fay?
[who would you rather be a prisoner-of-war with, John McCain or a slick, tricked-out Barack Obama?]
I've always been fascinated with these brave and successful men of World War II. Most people have never heard of them. These were native Eskimos, Aleuts, hunters, fishermen, etc... that were recruited to help American soldiers deal with the invading Japanese and teach them survival skills and act as scouts in a world most American soldiers had never encountered. These men were self proficient and could survive in any conditions.
I'm in the outlining stages of writing a novel about Castner's Cutthroats. The major focus will be on a Yupik from Alaska volunteering for the unit and the journeys and missions he endures.
There's a documentary the History Channel did on them that is amazing.
(apparently no longer available on YouTube 01-29-2010)
YouTube - Castner's Cutthroats and The Aleutian Campaign (part 1 of 2)
YouTube - Castner's Cutthroats and The Aleutian Campaign (part 2 of 2)
You might try the History Channel website
The brainchild of Colonel Lawrence V. Castner, an Army intelligence officer serving in General Simon Bolivar Buckner's Alaskan Defense Command, the band was organized in order to create a unit that was fully functional with only minimal outfitting. Castner chose men skilled at flourishing in the tough conditions of the Alaskan wilderness including the native Aleuts and Eskimos, sourdough prospectors, hunters, trappers and fishermen. Their background in survival and hunting made them ideal scouts. Hard and dangerous men, they often had names in keeping with their unit's nickname, such as Bad Whiskey Red, Aleut Pete and Waterbucket Ben.
Appreciating their unique talents, Col. Castner did not enforce standard military procedures on his unit, who gave themselves the name "Cutthroats" in honor of their irregular status. They were given a great deal of freedom in order to get the job done.
The commanding officer chosen to lead Castner's Cutthroats was Captain Robert H. Thompson, a Montana State University football star from Moccasin, Montana. Thompson was hugely popular with his men and developed a deep love of Alaska. After leaving the Castner's Cutthroats, he stayed in Alaska as a guide, hunter and bush pilot until his accidental death in 1955.
He was joined in early 1942 by Lt. Earl C. Acuff, a University of Idaho graduate and rival football player. Acuff had been stationed on a remote Aleutian island to spy on Japanese planes. After several months went by without hearing from him, the army charged Castner's Cutthroats with recovery of his body. When they found him alive and well, he was quickly transferred to the Alaskan Scouts.
"I was living like a king. I was diving for king crab and eating fresh seafood and fowl -- wild ptarmigan, ducks and geese -- for dinner. They told me not to break radio sound unless I saw a Japanese plane, so I didn't. When the Alaskan Scouts came to 'rescue' me, they started thinking that maybe they'd like to stay with me." - Lt Acuff
Mission . . . continued at . . .
If that URL does not take you to the post directly, go to http://www.usmessageboard.com/education-and-history/
and scroll down to Castner's Cutthroats
Aleutian campaign can be found at http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0LIY/is_/ai_87509629
The [Aleutian] islands' strategic value is their ability to control Pacific Great Circle routes. Current air flights between Los Angeles and Tokyo pass the Aleutians. This control of the Pacific transportation routes is why General Billy Mitchell stated to Congress in 1935 "I believe that in the future, whoever holds Alaska will hold the world. I think it is the most important strategic place in the world."
World War II in the Aleutians