Nov 11
swenson1

If you didn’t know by now, November marks the start of Military Family Appreciation Month. It should be fitting then that we all tip our caps to former Army Captain William D. Swenson as we transition into the month of November. It’s also fitting that we all turn our attention to some positive national news in light of the recent government shutdown debacle. So now you’re probably wondering who exactly is William D. Swenson? A Seattle native, Swenson was recently awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration, for his involvement in the Battle of Ganjgal. Swenson was credited with sacrificing his very own life in order to rescue and recover the bodies of both American and Afghani troops in the line of enemy fire. It may be cliché, but if you look up badass in the dictionary, you should be able to find… [Read more]

Nov 28
maria gorrostieta

In a country (Mexico) ravaged and run through by violent drug cartels one of the true warriors to fight back was Dr. Maria Santos Gorrostieta. Maria fought the good fight and doubled her efforts after losing her first husband in one of two unsuccessful assassination attempts made by the cartel on her life. Maria Santos Gorrostieta could be called many things in life – a devoted mother, a strikingly beautiful woman, even a fearless heroine. One reporter gave her the monicker of “heroine of the 21st century”. To know Maria you have to look at her history of work, her survival under deadly fire, and her defiance to the very end. Fighting the Impossible Fight In 2006 Mexican president Felipe Calderon declared war on the drug cartels to rid the country of their influence. The results of this has been a bloody road of assassinations,… [Read more]

Nov 08
grandy nanny

In Jamaica when slavery was at its peak a number of West Africans fled the plantations to form tribes in the mountains. These slaves were called a derogatory Spanish name “cimarrons” or “Maroons” which meant savage, but they were very civilized, and extremely organized with the intent of freeing their brothers and sisters. The Maroon tribes are said to have inter-married with the native Arawak tribes of Jamaica and would train to become efficient fighters and masters at guerilla warfare. Slave masters would worry for their lives as these Maroons would routinely damage their property, liberate slaves, and fend off the attacking British soldiers whenever their settlements were besieged – which was quite often. Societies of Maroons, or “runaways,” make up the core of communities that have preserved their identities as the pioneer freedom fighters of the New World. The colonies of escaped slaves who… [Read more]

Jul 02
lu bu the warrior

Many people who have played Koei’s Romance of The Three Kingdoms series know well that the greatest warrior featured in ancient China was one Lü Bu, a general of Dong Zhuo’s. Playing the game would lead you to believe that Lu was an invincible, mindless brute who did everything through strength in arms but the real man was a complex, dynamic and dare I say intelligent tactician. While the romantic versions of the great warriors of Lü Bu’s time will all appear special and formidable; Lü Bu himself was battle-proven historically and won many wars that he should not have. Lü Bu was a beast; tall with massive arms and had the skills of a General, being formidable with both a bow and a spear. One of the main things that Lü Bu was respected for was his skills on horseback with the bow and… [Read more]

Feb 25
Jack Johnson - A Legendary Heavyweight

One of the profiles that we respect on The Hall is that of men and women who fought, lived and maintained longevity on their own terms. What I mean by this is that any man who could survive into his late adult life within a society that used laws, government, schools and police to keep him “less than” is already a champion. If you add in the fact that a man like this defiantly and legally married 3 women that were of his oppressors and found a way to beat all challengers into a bloody pulp within the boxing ring then what you have is a certified badass. “for more than thirteen years, Jack Johnson was the most famous and the most notorious African-American on Earth.” – Ken Burns If you were a white man who loved boxing in the early 1900’s you would hate… [Read more]

Sep 02
Alleged Renaissance portrait of Caterina Sforza

You’ve heard the saying “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” but if you want to apply a face to the saying you could easily use the face of Caterina Sforza. Here on The Hall we have 2 main historical sections in Badass of The Month and Hotties of History, Caterina is the first woman to occupy both. How To Raise A Tigress In 1462 Galeazzo Maria Sforza made love to the wife of a friend and got her pregnant, which lead to the birth of our darling Caterina. The scandal of her birth was no big deal at the time, as her Caterina’s father was a lord amongst man-whores and ran up inside any woman that he felt was hot (seriously). Ironically her birth coming from such a rebellious act as adultery was just a pre-cursor to her wickedly dynamic life. Unlike other… [Read more]

May 05
One of Queens most notorious gangsters is Pappy Mason

Hip Hop fans and natives to Queens New York know who the legendary Pappy Mason is. He isn’t Italian, he isn’t Cuban and he’s not a creature of myth. While his reality these days is that of a poop slinging, 24hr lockdown lunatic serving a life sentence with no possibility of parole, Pappy Mason was one of the most dangerous gangsters to have ever held the streets of New York. The legend that is Pappy Mason is that of an enforcer and muscle who studied the doctrines (a whole lot of Scarface and The Godfather reruns), hated cops with a passion and never broke omerta. He was a crime boss’s wet dream because of his loyalty and he served his boss Lorenzo “Fat Cat” Nichols with Samurai loyalty. Pappy Mason was successful for one single solitary reason, he was respected out of fear. His volatile… [Read more]

Jan 02
Badass Ed Eaton during the war

While many view snipers as the hidden (safe) threats in war based on their forays in First Person Shooter video games and movies like Saving Private Ryan and Enemy at The Gates, the fact of the matter is that snipers like any other soldiers in war are very susceptible to danger – especially in the case of Sergeant Ed Eaton’s brave protection and rescue of comrade in arms Major Mike Perkins when he had fallen injured in a night assault during the Vietnam war 1969. Mike and Ed were part of a helicopter night mission when the Viet Cong shot down the chopper resulting in most of the men injured with near fatal wounds. Mike got the worst of it being pinned down under the helicopter and unable to get out. Now remember that at this time the men were still under attack and Ed Eaton… [Read more]