Monday April 23rd, 2012 - United States Navy SEAL Team Six
onto Badass of the Day
Titerest "I am a person who loves death. The Americans love life.
I will engage them and fight. I will not surrender.
If I am to die, I would like to be killed by the bullet." - Osama Bin Laden
Titerest SEAL Team Six took care of business. "The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done." - Barack Obama
Friday April 20th, 2012 - Nikola Tesla
Titerest Nikola Tesla was a Croatian-American inventor of Serbian ethnicity, mechanical engineer, and electrical engineer. He was an important contributor to the birth of commercial electricity, and is best known for developing the modern alternating current (AC) electrical supply system.
Titerest PBS has a great feature on the life and legacy of Tesla and what makes him one badass mofo http://www.pbs.org/tesla/ll/index.html.
Thursday April 19th, 2012 - Erik Weihenmayer
Titerest Erik Weihenmayer is the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on May 25, 2001. He also completed the Seven Summits in September 2002. His story was covered in a Time article in June 2001 titled Blind to Failure (http://ti.me/I4Z6du).
Titerest He is the author of Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye (http://bit.ly/JidSdV).
Titerest After he became blind, at first, Weihenmayer did not want to use a cane or learn Braille. He wanted to prove that he could continue living as he had. He tried to play ball, but once he understood that he was incapable of doing so, he learned to wrestle. He went all the way to the National Junior Freestyle Wrestling Championship in Iowa. Then he went to Boston College and graduated as an English major. He became a middle-school teacher and wrestling coach.
Titerest Erik is an acrobatic skydiver, long distance biker, marathon runner, skier, mountaineer, ice climber, and rock climber -- and it's easy to see why he's @Titerest's Badass of the Day for April 19th, 2012.
Wednesday April 18th, 2012 - Rick Rescorla
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Titerest Arguably one of the greatest heroes in modern American history -- even more impressive, considering he was British. Joined the British military when he was 16. Served in Her Majesty's Service as a Military Intelligence officer on the island of Cyprus from 1957 to 1960, digging up intel on Communist activities.
Titerest Decided he hadn't done enough ass-kicking and enlisted in the American army. Served in the Vietnam war and according to Hal Moore, the Vietnam vet author of We Were Soldiers, Rescorla was "the greatest platoon commander I have ever seen." Went with the badass call sign "Hard Corps One-Six."
Titerest Hard Corps One-Six left Vietnam with a Silver Star and a Bronze Star, got a law degree in Oklahoma, taught Criminal Justice at the University of South Carolina, and retired from the Army reserve in 1990 with the rank of Colonel. He later got a job as director of security for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, where he was tasked with ensuring employee safety for one of the world's largest financial institutions.
Titerest He was last seen on the tenth floor of the World Trade Center, heading up. Of the 2,700 people he had been charged with protecting, all but 6 survived the terrorist attack.
Joshua Michael This guy should be up for badass of all time.
Tuesday April 17th, 2012 - Lyudmila Pavlichenko
Titerest Born in Ukraine in 1916, Lyudmila Pavlichenko and her family moved to Kiev where she studied history and joined a shooting club. In 1941, while studying for her doctorate, Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union. Pavlichenko was among the first to volunteer and was assigned to an infantry unit, where after rejecting the offer to become a nurse she became one of 2000 Soviet female snipers.
Titerest During her service in the Red Army she became one of the most successful snipers in military history with 309 confirmed kills. She also became an iconic figure for the Soviet war effort leading her to tour the United States and even meet FDR in 1942 after being wounded by mortar fire in combat. She stated that her tour of the US had been a confusing experience especially due to one reporter in Washington DC criticizing the length of her skirt and saying her uniform made her look fat.
Titerest I don't know about you, but this is one lady I would not want to insinuate being fat. Due to her injuries sustained in 1942 she never returned to combat but became an instructor for the remaining time of her military service. She finished her carrier in the military in the rank of major and was awarded the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union, the highest honor a Soviet soldier could receive.
Titerest Woody Guthrie released a song entitled Miss Pavlichenko (http://bit.ly/b4YFRM).
Monday April 16th, 2012 - Aron Ralston
Titerest In April 2003 climber Aron Ralston entered Utah's Bluejohn Canyon only to become trapped when an 800-pound (360-kilogram) boulder shifted, crushed his hand, and pinned him to the canyon wall. For six days, Ralston struggled to free himself while warding off dehydration and hypothermia.
Titerest Facing certain death, Ralston chose a final option that makes him @Titerest's Badass of the Day: the climber amputated his right hand and rappelled to freedom.
Titerest After the accident, Ralston became an international sensation, appearing in the British film 127 Hours (http://bit.ly/HNUuHb) and releasing his own account Between A Rock And A Hard Place (http://bit.ly/IRYAx4).
Sunday April 15th, 2012 - Ron Paul
Titerest @Titerest is not a politically motivated entity, but the level of badassness that US Congressman and Presidential Candidate Ron Paul exudes is unparalleled on the political scene. Today, being April 15th (tax day), makes it even more appropriate to talk about the guy who has the GOP shaking in their boots.
Titerest He has never voted to raise taxes. He has never voted for an unbalanced budget. He has never taken a government-paid junket. He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch. All while delivering over 4000 babies and being married to the same woman for 55 years.
Titerest "I am Ron Paul and I am the Champion of the Constitution"
Titerest Ron Paul is the only Congressman to have ever hit a home run in the annual Congressional baseball game. http://bit.ly/ADITX0
Titerest The fact that at 76 years old, Ron Paul is running around the country, drawing crowds of thousands of energetic young people ( http://bit.ly/JkrvIV ) in the name of Liberty, is why Ron Paul is @Titerest's Badass of the Day for Sunday April 15th, 2012.
Saturday April 14th, 2012 - Steve Irwin
Titerest Steve Irwin didn't even think twice about tackling fifteen foot crocs, wrestling giant pythons or holding the most poisonous spiders on the planet ten inches from his face.
Titerest "I have no fear of losing my life, if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a snake, mate, I will save it." - Steve Irwin
Titerest Steve loved and respected killer animals so much that he could never hurt them. That right there is the true mark of a badass -- it takes much more of a badass to capture a wild crocodile than kill one.
Titerest At this very moment, Steve is fighting a rabid, radioactive, mile-high crocodile in heaven. And that is why Steve Irwin is @Titerest's Badass of the Day for Saturday April 14th, 2012. RIP mate.
Friday April 13th, 2012 - Chris Kyle - Navy SEAL
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Titerest "I signed up to protect this country. I do not choose the wars. It happens that I love to fight. But I do not choose which battles I go to. Y'all send me to them."
Titerest Chris Kyle is the deadliest sniper in United States military history, with 160 confirmed kills (out of 255 claimed).
Titerest "It was my duty to shoot the enemy, and I don’t regret it. My regrets are for the people I couldn’t save: Marines, soldiers, buddies. I’m not naive, and I don’t romanticize war. The worst moments of my life have come as a SEAL. But I can stand before God with a clear conscience about doing my job."
Thursday April 12th, 2012 - Buford Pusser
Titerest McNairy County, Tennessee had an organized crime problem in the 1960s and Sheriff Buford Pusser had an idea how to solve it: he got a 4×4, carved it into a club, and used it beat the living crap out of criminals. He jailed 7,500 criminals over 6 years by targeting illegal gambling dens, prostitution rings, and moonshine stills.
Titerest Even after they killed his wife, shot him 8 times, and stabbed him 7 times he kept beating the living crap out of organized crime. He once jumped onto the hood of a car that tried to run him over, smashed the window, and beat the crap out of the driver.
Titerest Yesterday's badass of the day wrote: "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." We don't know anything about how softly Pusser spoke, but he carried a big stick and knew how to use it, and that's why he's the @Titerest Badass of the Day for Thursday April 12th, 2012.
Wednesday April 11th, 2012 - Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt
Titerest Amature boxer while attending Harvard (1876-1880)
Titerest Deputy Sheriff/Cowboy (C. 1885 Badlands, Nebraska) - Hunted down 3 outlaws that stole his riverboat, after caputure Roosevelt guarded the 3 men for 40 hours straight (read Tolstoy to stay awake)
Titerest New York City Police Commissioner (1895-1897) - Roosevelt implemented regular inspections of firearms and annual physical exams, appointed 1,600 recruits based on their physical and mental qualifications and not on political affiliation.
Titerest Assistant Secretary of the Navy (1897-1898) - Roosevelt became Secretary of the Navy for 4 hours while John D. Long went for a message.
Titerest Colonel Roosevelt (1898, San Juan Hill, Cuba) - Roosevelt rode back and forth between rifle pits at the forefront of the advance up Kettle Hill, an advance that he urged in absence of any orders from superiors. He later refered to the battle as "'the great day of my life" (Having originally declinded the awarded, in 2001 Roosevelt was awarded Congressional Medal of Honor, becoming the first person to be awarded a nations highest honor for military valor and the Nobel Peace Prize)
Titerest President of the United States of America (1901-1909) - Held record for most hands shook in a day until 2004 with 8,513. Regularly boxed as Governor of New York and as President, until his sparing partner detached his left retina, blinding him in that eye. Occationally skinny dipped in the Potomac River.
Titerest Safari (1909) - Upon leaving the presidency, Roosevelt went on a Safari. Roosevelt and his companions killed or trapped more than 11,397 animals. Of these, their kills included 512 big game animals, including six rare white rhinos. The expedition consumed 262 of the animals. Tons of salted animals and their skins were shipped to Washington; the quantity was so large that it took years to mount them all, and the Smithsonian shared many duplicate animals with other museums.
Titerest Assassination attempt (October 14, 1912) - John Schrank shot him, but the bullet lodged in his chest only after penetrating his steel eyeglass case and passing through a thick (50 pages) single-folded copy of the speech he was carrying in his jacket. Roosevelt, as an experienced hunter and anatomist, correctly concluded that since he was not coughing blood, the bullet had not completely penetrated the chest wall to his lung, and so declined suggestions he go to the hospital immediately.
Titerest Instead, he delivered his scheduled speech with blood seeping into his shirt. He spoke for 90 minutes. His opening comments to the gathered crowd were, "Ladies and gentlemen, I don't know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose." Afterwards, probes and x-ray showed that the bullet had traversed three inches (76 mm) of tissue and lodged in Roosevelt's chest muscle.
Titerest Did we mention he overcame asthma as a kid by smoking cigars and turning into an outdoorsman? And that is why Teddy is our badass of the day for Wednesday April 11th, 2012.
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