May 10, 2010

You trip and the coroner records suicide...

BS Angel finds all the cool shit eh?

May 7, 2010

Classic War quotes rewritten from the Halo perspective

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Normandy Invasion
Wars are horrible beasts. They bring out the worst in mankind, yet also the best. At times, the Leaders of Men and Women make great, inspirational speeches.

I was playing the Reach Beta's Invasion game type and when we won, some voice over guy told us we Spartans did a great job... I thought I'd heard better rallying speeches. So looked some up. I stumbled across a speech by General Dwight D. Eisenhower and on a whim, gave it a Halo spin:

"You will bring about the destruction of the Covenant war machine, the elimination of the Prophet's tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Earth and beyond, and security for ourselves in a free galaxy. Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped, and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely....The free men of the galaxy are marching together to victory. I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory. Good luck, and let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking."

Originally spoken by General Dwight D. Eisenhower giving the D-Day order on June 6, 1944.

What about some more Halo war quotes?

"Spartans, Lead The Way!"

Originally said by Colonel Francis W. Dawson on the occasion of the Normandy Invasion, 1944

"We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in The Library,
we shall fight on the Delta Halo,
we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Silent Cartographer, whatever the cost may be,
we shall fight on the beaches,
we shall fight on the landing zones,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets of Mombassa,
we shall fight in the Bloody Gulches;
we shall never surrender!"

That was a cut from Winston Churchill's most famous rallying cry known as the 'We shall fight them on the beaches' speech.


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Winston C.
Roosevelt's Day of Infamy Speech

"Yesterday, April 20th, 2525. -- a date which will live in infamy -- the Planet of Harvest was suddenly and deliberately attacked by Alien forces we know to be called the Covenant.

This speech was given by the American President, the day after Japan attacked American soil it what many people simply refer to as the bombing of Pearl Harbour.

USS Arizona in Pearl Harbour
USS Arizona in Pearl Harbour

"Joint Resolution Declaring that a state of war exists between the Covenant and the Unified Earth Government and the people known as Humanity making provision to prosecute the same.

Whereas the Covenant has committed repeated acts of war against the UNSC and the people of the Contact and Reach; Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Unified Earth Government, that the state of war between the United States and the Imperial German Government which has thus been thrust upon mankind is hereby formally declared; and that the President be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to employ the entire military forces of the United Nations Space Command and the resources of the Earth and its Colonies to carry on war against the Covenant; and to bring the conflict to a successful termination all of the resources of our planets are hereby pledged by the Unified Earth Government."

This declaration of war came after the U.S. President Woodrow Wilson outlined the case for declaring war upon Germany in a speech to the joint houses of Congress on 2 April 1917. 


"The death of one Spartan is a tragedy. The death of hundreds is a statistic."

Originally spoken by Josef Stalin.

These quotes were born of human history's desperate and dark times. You might question their application to a bloody xbox game, and suggest that's a disrespectful use. It's not. It's a reflection on the thing that inspired me me today. This is my way of sharing what I found.