Weekend Open Thread

| June 26, 2020

In just a few days, we will be halfway done with 2020. The first half of the year whipped by real quick. The next half may whip by just as fast. We have the Fourth of July around the corner, the presidential nomination conventions, the campaigns, and then the presidential election in November. If President Trump wins re-election, the rest of 2020 will have plenty of “entertainment”. Enjoy your weekend.

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:

    1st

    • ninja says:

      rtr/hbtd/gabn!!!

      At least the Army placed FIRST!!!

      AND Second!!!

      Congrats…Have a great weekend, KoB!

      😎😉👏👏👏

    • Skippy says:

      Hooah !!!!!!!

    • Commissioner Wretched says:

      The King of Battle rocks again! Congrats on the next step toward another Ace!

    • thebesig says:

      I wanted to post this announcement for the benefit of those that compete for first.

      Next Saturday is Independence Day. The Friday before that is going to be observed. So next week’s WOT is going to be posted towards the end of Thursday afternoon.

      The WOTs after that will be posted around the same timeframe (moved later in the afternoon). This will position it to truly kick the weekend off.

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        All righty then, this ought to make it real interesting…for awhile anyways. We’re going to initially turn the WOT into a Random Open Thread for the Holiday Open Thread, Random since we don’t know the time it may drop, and Holiday because…well, it’s a Holiday. And a most special holiday for the majority of us here as it celebrates our Declaration of Independence from an oppressive grubmint, that whole taxation without representation. Odd how some of that hasn’t changed. But then, again, I digress. And Weekend cause it’s a weekend. And the next, true, TAH Friday Weekend Open Thread, the ONLY Open Thread where the FIRST is recorded in the Coveted Book of FIRST will happen on the following Friday at a later time. Hmmmm?

        This may give a distinct advantage to those that use their phones for email and inherwebz surfing. I’ll leave the deciphering of that up to our more IT savvy Readers. “…posted towards the end of Thursday afternoon.” “The WOTs after that will be posted around the same timeframe…” A quick Google Foo using the question “what time does afternoon end and evening begin(?)” gave a number of, literally, 125 million responses. And no, I didn’t check all of them. Short answer is, Depends…ie, where are you and who are you asking. 1659hrs to 1759hrs or twilight seemed to be the most popular. Nobody made mention if that was GMT, ZULU, EDST, EST, or TAHT.

        Until we get a feel for the rhythm of the time frames to be used, I do believe my record of ACE x 2 and 1 will stand for a bit. Good Luck to my fellow miscreanted d’weeds and weedettes.

  2. Roh-Dog says:

    Unaccountable.
    Have a great weekend y’all!

  3. Mason says:

    Top five?

  4. 5th/77th FA says:

    Ahem! Fire Mission, Fire Mission, Fire Mission! Need we say more? THE King of Battle in spite of his sorry and depression of missing his long planned road trip has seen thru the fog and, once again, come out on Top for the Battle of FIRST, on the Coveted EARNED never AWARDED, FIRST TAH Friday Weekend Open Thread.

    My compliments to one of my all time favorite former ossifers, ninja, for a hard fought 2nd and a wish to the ninja family for the Roll of the Tide to Roll. And BTW, GO ARMY, BEAT NAVY.

    My afternoon and evening should have been spent here:

    https://www.nps.gov/moru/index.htm

    • ninja says:

      KoB:

      I hope and pray that you WILL be able to travel in the future to visit Mount Rushmore.

      Mount Rushmore is on the ninja family’s bucket list to see before we depart this Earth.

      We are praying that God’s Hands will protect one of or Nation’s Icons from being destroyed by a group of ignorant children who probably were not taught history in school and were raised by Helicopter parents who believe their children could never do anything wrong.

      Heaven (literally) Protect Us.

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        Tanks ninja, this would have been my fourth visit. The FIRST was Summer of ’93, again in ’96 and the last time was this time of year of ’09. The last time was the FIRST time that I was able to be there in the evening when they had the laser show. It was AWESOME. The NPS has just instituted a new policy of inviting all of the Veterans in the crowd to come up on stage to be recognized and thanks for their Service. SnL L and my Lady Friend pushed Brother and I out into the aisle where we were scooped up by Park Service people and escorted down.

        As Miss Park Ranger went from person to person asking their name and branch of Service she hesitated when I called my name and US Army Artillery and Brother called his name and USAF and asked. “Brothers?” Upon a nod of affirmative I got the best hug I’ve ever had and a personal Thanks for us being there. That Southern Accent gets them everytime. My 5’7″ gimlet self fell crazy, mad, drunk with power, in love with that 6’4″ ginger haired, blue eyed, well constructed Goddess. I’d of stole a picnic basket just so that Park Ranger could arrest me. After the program, we looked her up to thank all of the NPS People for a job well done.

        If you have been following my pity party over the last two weeks, you’d of had a nice virtual vacation. The logistics required over the last three (3) years of planning this were on the same level of moving Longstreet’s FIRST Corps from the ANV to the AOT in time for the Chickamauga Battle. Gonna play hell trying to do it again for…reasons.

        Still got a few days left there (in my mind), and there’s still the trip home (in my mind) Remember too, my route is being planned off of a 1950 Road Atlas…no interstates…no big cities.

        One big disappointment was I had planned on contacting the TAH Family that was in the states I would be going thru, getting together and breaking bread with them.

      • SFC D says:

        Heaven and Saint John Moses Browning.

        What say you, KoB?

        • 5th/77th FA says:

          I say affirmative and Roger that SFC D. Since I wasn’t able to make my long planned road trip (did I make mention of that yet), I have a quantity of USD that was earmarked for said journey that may have to be spent on one of His Saintly Designs. Wonder if I can find an orphaned BAR somewhere? Hmmmm? I do know that I have room on my belt for…you know, that certain chapter and verse.

  5. Thunderstixx says:

    KOB again ?????
    Sigh…..
    Oh well, check out the “Shuffle Girls”
    Direct from Detroit !!!
    This is just plain cute !!!!!

    • Friend says:

      At our nightly cornhole game my granddaughter and her friends danced to jailhouse rock in those short shorts…
      I TOLD HER NEVER AGAIN in those shorts but they were awesome…

      • Graybeard says:

        So you have now come to the age & stage where what you admired in your high-school peers is now recognized as inappropriate?

      • UpNorth says:

        My son took his wife, step daughter and her friend to Florida. Commenting on the bikinis that the girls wore, he explained that he could never walk behind them.

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      Brother ‘stixx, have you been…sitting on a park bench…eyeing little girls with bad intents?

      Tanks to ninja for bringing up the Korean War Anniversary, and to the others for sharing their Family’s part in it. I had 2 Uncles and 2 Cousins that served there. Fortunately for them, and us, the survived their ordeals. 25 June is also the Birthdate of my Baby Grand Daughter (missing her party) and the One (1) year Anniversary of the passing of one of my Compatriots and former FIRST Sergeants James Boyd, as good a man as ever tore a cartridge, pulled a lanyard, or pickled off an egg.

      Tanks to CW for interrupting his mini vac to bring us another serving of his trivia.

      Tanks to marinedad61 for his outstanding work on keeping us spread thru out the social media platforms, busting down on phonies. Good luck with the article Dude, I well know how the media can twist what you say. Maybe Ms Thang will be straight with it.

      Tanks to thebesig for the Trump Train Shot. I’ll have another comment on trains tomorrow. I guess the Trump Train is to balance out the train that the demonrats want to put us on.

      To all of my loyal miscreanted d’weeds and weedettes, the snaks and drinks are on me. The smoking lamp is lit. Oh, and btw, again;

      DAAAAAAAAAAAAANNMMIIT!

      • ninja says:

        Thank You, KoB, for acknowledging your Uncles and Cousins service in the Korean War.

        Happy Belated Birthday to your Granddaughter!

        One knows when one has a super First SGT when one remembers them with fondness. Salute to 1SG James Boyd…may he always Rest In Peace.

        The ninja family lost one of our CSMs a couple of years ago to a brain tumor. While serving as a CSM outta Fort Lewis, he jumped into Grenada. Additionally, before his Army career, he served in the Marine Corps during Vietnam in the Khe San battle.

        He was a Warrior.

        We miss him.

    • OWB says:

      That really was cute. You can tell you are getting old when watching others moving that much wears you out…

  6. Sapper3307 says:

    FIRST!
    From earth molten (Burned up yard) core.

  7. MarineDad61 says:

    I was interviewed by phone, yesterday, by a national magazine,
    for a story about Stolen Valor.
    Unknown when it will be published,
    but I will be notified when it hits the newsstand racks.

    Specifically, she wanted my experience as a “volunteer messenger”
    who takes the new webpages by Military Phonies and Valor Guardians
    and plops them into the hometown pages and groups on Facebook.

    She found me based on the Leroy Foley & Rick Jowers events and news stories,
    and the effect of Facebook posts and comments on that county.

    For a disparate example of the range of Stolen Valor out there,
    I provided her with the adventures of Maggie DeSanti,
    known to be phonying since 2002,
    outed here in 2014
    as a phony Silver Star phony Vietnam Veteran phony Army officer,
    and outed again in 2019,
    after nationwide news media failed to Google her name,
    and put her TSA airport feel good push-ups video on the air,
    after Honor Flights Arizona failed to Google her name,
    and gave her a freebie round trip to Washington, DC.

    I reminded the interviewer,
    the real kudos belong to the veterans at these websites,
    Military Phony, Valor Guardians / This Ain’t Hell,
    Guardians of the Green Beret, and even Don S.,
    for their due diligence, accuracy, reputation, and efforts
    to educate, and put a stop to military phonies in the USA.

    For what I contributed, I am (only) a “volunteer messenger”
    who is happy and proud to do so, every now and then,
    to spread the word of not only the phonies spit out on a regular basis,
    but also to bring awareness to this website (and the others),
    and the positive purpose they serve everyone in the USA.

    I sure hope it comes out this way,
    as it’s the 1st time I am putting myself in the national press,
    and one never knows how the media presents the story,
    until it’s presented.

    • ninja says:

      MarineDad61:

      WOW!

      Thank You so much for sharing!

      Am looking forward in reading the story and your contributions reference Stolen Valor.

      Congrats!

      • MarineDad61 says:

        MarineDad61 says:
        June 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm

        Thanks, Ninja.

        For those of you who don’t remember Maggie DeSanti,
        THIS is what aired all over the USA.

        Incredibly, NONE of the major media
        ran the follow up Stolen Valor story on ol’ Maggie,
        because it kills the (now fake) feel good story.
        Ugh.

        (Admins – Please delete the identical misplaced comment down further on this blog. Thanks. (Sorry))

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZdJp_etCqQ

        • rgr769 says:

          Progda loves a feelz good fake veteran news story almost as much as fake news Orange Man Bad stories.

          • MarineDad61 says:

            rgr769 –
            Was this TSA agent guy ever told
            that he was scammed by an old hag???

            He says he has Facebook…
            but I don’t know if he’s ever been publicly ID’d.
            Hmmm.

    • Comm Center Rat says:

      Looking forward to reading the magazine article. Keep preaching about SV issues MarineDad61 and let us know when the publication hits the newsstands. I’m sure your truth will prevail because you have facts backing your research.

      • MarineDad61 says:

        Thanks, Comm Center Rat.

        The research is really done by the veterans of THIS website.
        Not me.
        I am a fan, reader, and follower,
        and sometimes COURIER (“Volunteer Messenger”),
        who carries the work of this website
        to the backdoors and neighborhood corners
        of some of the outed Stolen Valor phonies,
        by plopping MP and TAH/VG links on posts and comments
        in various Facebook pages and groups.

        I often add technical details in comments
        to convince the doubters and deniers,
        which usually end up convincing many others,
        if not the whiny deniers who complain about the truth.
        🙂

    • Friend says:

      I love when you send them love EVERYWHERE.

      • MarineDad61 says:

        Thanks, Friend.
        You should see some of the PMs (Facebook private messages) I get.
        Not only from newly outed phonies,
        but often from their relatives and friends,
        who aren’t ready (yet) to admit being fooled
        by someone they trust(ed).
        Some of them put rap music to shame.

  8. ninja says:

    Sadly, the 70th Anniversary of the “Forgotten War” AKA “The Korean War”, the “The Korean Conflict” was not acknowledged yesterday, 25 June 2020, on TAH.

    In honor of my Dad, my Father -In-Law and my Uncles as well as other Korean War Veterans, I Ackowledge and Salute You.

    Never Forget Our Korean War Veterans. Our President and First Lady Did Not Forget:

    “Trump, First Lady Mark 70th Anniversary Of The Start of Korean War”

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jun/25/trump-first-lady-mark-70th-anniversary-start-korea/

    “President Trump and Melania Trump on Thursday visited the Korean War Memorial in Washington to mark the 70th anniversary of the start of the conflict that divided the Asian peninsula, with the U.S. backing the south.”

    “Mr. Trump and the first lady stood in quiet reflection before laying their hands on a pre-positioned wreath at the National Mall site.”

    “The president saluted and Mrs. Trump placed her hand on her heart as a military trumpeter played “Taps.” The first couple then greeted elderly veterans on hand for the ceremony.”

    “Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and Lee Soo Hyuck — South Korea’s ambassador to the U.S. — also attended.”

    “The Korean War began June 25, 1950, when North Korean forces backed by China and the Soviet Union advanced into South Korea.”

    “The U.S. sustained over 33,000 combat deaths in the war, which lasted three years.”

    • Roh-Dog says:

      ‘No more Task Force Smiths’
      Just outside the Platoon Offices in Bco 1/21 IN there was/is a picture of some Grunt POW, his hands bound with commo wire behind him, shot dead in a ditch by those commie SoBs.
      Welcome home to those Korean War Vets.
      Never Again.
      Never Forget.

      • ninja says:

        Roh-Dog:

        IMHO, aother place that we, the USA, need to take out our troops and let the UN do their job.

        70 years. TOO LONG.

        Thank You for remembering our Korean War Veterans.

        Task Force Smith.

        Never Forget.

        • MarineDad61 says:

          Thanks, Ninja.

          For those of you who don’t remember Maggie DeSanti,
          THIS is what aired all over the USA.

          Incredibly, NONE of the major media
          ran the follow up Stolen Valor story on ol’ Maggie,
          because it kills the (now fake) feel good story.
          Ugh.

    • 26Limabeans says:

      I am often told “you Nam guys got fucked”.
      My response has always been No, it was the Korean vets that got fucked.
      At least we got a parade twenty years later.

      • ninja says:

        29LB:

        We are still proud of our Vietnam Vets.

        My Dad, my Father-In-Law and Uncles, all career Army, served in the Korean War AND the Vietnam War…and in both conflicts, were boots on the ground.

        One Uncle served in the Signal Corps in Korea and Vietnam. The others served in the Infantry, Quartermaster Corps ad AG Corps (sorry, KoB, no Field Artillery) in both conflicts.

        A combination of Junior Enlisted, NCOs and Ossifers.

        None of them ever talked about their time in those conflicts. It was years later that I discovered a couple of them had Valor awards for what they did.

        Thank You for honoring our Korean War Veterans.

        Never Forget.

    • The Other Whitey says:

      I still have the rifle my Step-Grandpa (Dad’s step-dad) brought home from Korea. Once, as a kid, I asked him about something I read about “too cold for snow” being a thing. He said that, if Korea taught him anything, it was “ain’t no such thing as too cold for snow!”

      I miss that old man. God rest him.

      • ninja says:

        TOW:

        Thank You so much for fondly remembering your StepGrandpa.

        That is wonderful you have his rifle.

    • Graybeard says:

      My only uncle was in Korea.

      Technically he was an aviation mechanic, USAF. But he told of getting to ride shotgun in some of the combat jets and seeing the flak around them. He said that was a real funny feeling.

      Dunno if he was ‘supposed’ to be there in the plane or not.

      I’ve got that story on video somewhere around here, I think.

      Lost him to cancer a few years ago.

      • ninja says:

        Graybeard:

        Thank You for sharing about your Uncle and his Service in Korea.

        All Korean War Veterans are important, no matter what Branch of the Military they were affliated with.

        Rest In Peace to your Uncle. I know you are still proud of him.

        • Graybeard says:

          Another bit of historical connection, ninja:
          When back in the States afterwards, he met a little German beauty whom he married and brought back to Texas.

          She had been a child in eastern Germany during WWII, in a little town now in Poland where some of the German aircraft had been made.
          She remembered seeing Adolf Hitler as a child.

          She and her mother later evacuated to Berlin ahead of the Russian advance, lived there during the Allied bombing and afterwards into the Occupation. Her aunt had made it to the USA, and she and her mother were sponsored to come as well.

          When they met, he spoke no German, she spoke no English, but they married anyway.

          I have her stories on video – it is a surprise they lived long enough to see the end of the War.

          She is still alive, and I get to talk with her from time to time during The Isolation. She has a much better perspective on all this.

  9. SFC D says:

    Present! Maybe top ten

  10. David says:

    13th comment, with repeats top 10.

    I read where pics in officer’s promotion packets are being dropped… too much possible racial bias… sigh. One MG reservist said old Ranger or Airborne certs don’t mean anything now. I am guessing said general is tabless?

  11. Commissioner Wretched says:

    Just because I’m spending the weekend away (little mini-vacation), I haven’t forgotten my duties at TAH. Here is this week’s trivia, minted just for my friends!

    DID YOU KNOW…?
    What was the original name of the beloved “Star Wars” character Yoda?
    By Commissioner Wretched

    Funny things keep popping up in the e-mail bag.

    No, not jokes or anything like that, but funny requests.

    Like the one that asks me to run a photo of myself with the column each week.

    Why in the world would anybody want to see what I look like, anyway? When I write the Opinion column in our flagship papers, I have to use a photo of myself, but I would rather not expose the rest of you to my somewhat homely visage.

    I have the original face made for radio.

    As a matter of course, I advise people to check to make sure their cameras still work if they somehow snap my photo.

    And during my 10 years in television news, I fought down the constant urge to apologize to the viewers for what was on their screens.

    In other words, no, I won’t put my picture with the column.

    Besides, it would take space away from the trivia, and that’s what you came here for anyway, right?

    Did you know …

    … Elvis Presley (1935-1977) earned a grade of “C” in his eighth-grade music class? (Goes to show you what sticking with something will get you, though, doesn’t it?)

    … in Connecticut, it is illegal to see a UFO? (I rather suspect that it’s really illegal to report seeing a UFO, but that’s just quibbling.)

    … there is a café in France where what you pay for coffee depends on your attitude? The Petite Syrah in Nice, France, offers its coffee as follows, depending on how you order it: “Coffee” – 7 euros; “Coffee, please” – 4.25 euros; “Good morning, may I have a coffee, please” – 1.40 euros. (I suppose that if you come in with a huge smile and friendly manner, they pay you to drink the coffee.)

    … most of the money in the world today is not backed by anything other than government say-so? Known as fiat money, it has value simply because the government that issues it says it has value. Fiat is a Latin term meaning, “let it be done.” Money that is backed by gold or other precious metals is actually known as specie. (Who cares? I just want more of it.)

    … bacon was used to make explosives during World War II? During the war, the government encouraged people to save their bacon fat and turn it over to them for the war effort. Why bacon fat? Because the fats were used to make glycerin, which was part of the explosive nitroglycerin. Government scientists said one pound of bacon fat had enough glycerin to make one pound of explosives. (And that’s why bacon production was booming during the war.)

    … the character of Yoda in the “Star Wars” movies was not originally called that? When the popular Jedi master was created for “The Empire Strikes Back,” creator George Lucas (born 1946) originally called him Buffy. Later, the character was renamed Minch Yoda, then shortened to just Yoda. Not much is known about the beloved character, and that is intentional – Lucas said the primary appeal of the character is his mystery, and he has written very little down about Yoda. Lucas, it turns out, does not want to know the background of his own creation. During Yoda’s 900-year-long life in the Star Wars universe, he has been Grand Master of the Jedi High Council, Master of the Jedi Order, and a general during the Clone Wars, among dozens of other titles. Additional trivia note: Yoda’s upper lip was designed to look like the mustache of Albert Einstein (1879-1955). “Yoda,” by the way, is a Sanskrit word meaning “warrior.” (Know his background now, you do.)

    … there’s a reason credit cards have expiration dates? It has little to do with the account and everything to do with the magnetic strip on the back of the card. The strip gets a lot of abuse and typically wears out after three or four years, thus requiring the issuance of a new card. Credit card (and debit card) companies therefore put three or four year expiration dates on the cards.

    … the ancient Incas believed left-handed people possessed magic? The natives of Central and South America thought left-handers were capable of healing and that they possessed magical abilities. They were not alone in this belief, either: the Zuni tribe of North American indigenous people believed left-handedness signified good luck. (Well, I have always heard it said that left-handed people are in their right minds, so there’s that.)

    … the old belief that people look better when you’ve been drinking is not a myth? Researchers at the University of Bristol in England studied students who consumed alcohol and had them rate photographs of people their own age. A control group of students who did not imbibe rated the same photos. The experimental group – the boozers – rated the photos more attractive. (That explains quite a lot.)

    … the first pay telephones did not have a place to put the money? When the pay phone (and only the older amongst us will remember them) first appeared on the scene in the 1880s, it didn’t have a place for a coin. Instead, the user paid an attendant who stood next to the phone. Actual coin-operated pay phones came into being in 1889. They were developed by inventor William Gray (1850-1903) of Hartford, Connecticut, who came up with the idea after he needed to call a doctor for his wife and the local factory wouldn’t let him use theirs until he pleaded his case. (Go find a pay phone today. I challenge you.)

    … you may have tsundoku? What’s tsundoku? It’s the term for acquiring books without reading them. (Another term might be “hoarding.”)

    Now … you know!

    • ninja says:

      “Go find a pay phone today. I challenge you.)”

      Down the road where the ninja family resides is a 7-11. In the parking lot is a pay phone…not a booth, but still a pay phone.

      Need to take a picture of it using a real camera (versus a smartphone) and send it to one of our favorite BEAT NAVY Admin Gurus as proof..*gabn, I mean grin*

      Who on TAH remembers trying to find loose coins in the return coin slot in a phone booth…or nasty, torn telephone books tethered by coils to the small table within the booth…or seeing how many folks can fit inside a booth..or DIALing a number instead of punching out a number…

      To this day, still can’t figure out why Superman had to change his outfit in a nasty, snelly, small-spaced telephone booth..Gee Whiz, where does he change his clothes now?

      😉

      Boy, talk about a germ-infested place…course, we never thought anything about it, because that was the norm, the phone booth that is…maybe that is why the ninja family has developed a “hohum” attitude toward the current Flu Virus, AKA COVID 19..if one had survived using a telephone booth, well….

      To Each His Own.

      Thank You, CW, for another week of interesting trivia.

      😎😉

      • Mason says:

        New house has a community pool. No lifeguard kind of thing. There’s a list of rules and at the bottom is the address for the nearest “emergency phone.” It’s at least 1 mile as the crow flies and closer to 3 if you go by road, across one four lane 55 MPH county road and across another Interstate highway.

        Apparently that’s the nearest public phone.

    • The Other Whitey says:

      The town I live in still has a functional (albeit run-down) phone booth! It’s in front of the local ice-cream-&-burgers place (which I highly recommend, by the way). This in spite of reliable cell signal!

      As for the bacon, anybody ever play “Wasteland 2?” For those who haven’t, the premise is that it’s post-nuke-war Arizona, and the player is a member of the Desert Rangers. Among some amusing side hustles is an ongoing mission to supply the Rangers’ explosives guy with manure, because it’s the most readily-available source of nitrates (yes, the game rewards you for carrying shit around in your pack). He greets you with “Hey man, you got that shit I need?” You either tell him “Sorry, bro, we ain’t got shit,” or “Have a look at this shit,” to which he declares “That’s some good shit, brother!”

      Bear in mind that this game includes things like a pair of train-worshipping Indian tribes, an ICBM-worshipping cult whose answer to everything is suicide via dirty-bomb vest, multiple obvious references to “Blazing Saddles,” and an achievement for your character getting the clap. And it has giant man-eating honey badgers (who, the game specifically reminds you, don’t give a shit) from whose carcasses you can loot…..badger nutsacks. Seriously. And gems like the description of the Bren gun that “Looks like it was looted from a museum, stripped, and put back together by a drunk idiot,” or the more succinct one for the M60: “Oink, oink!”

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        There were people (Technicians) specifically hired by Ma Bell for the “Coin” Division, job was not only to maintain the phones and the booths/stations, it was also to collect the money. The ironclad rule at the phone factory is you did not mess with the “coin, copper, or cooter” except they used the word that rhymed with punt. Those techs had a special little safe thingie and the service vans were set up differently. Each phone knew how much coin it had taken in since it was last emptied. Those jobs were being transitioned out, least ways in the Bell South Area, in the late 90s and early 2000s. By the time AT&T did their hostile takeover…er..err…bought BS out we were pretty much out of that business for the phones/booths/stations themselves. Very few left that we had a line going to when I was sent home. The exact figures that Ma Bell took in from coin was always proprietary info, but it was a serious chunk of change, literally, back in the day. Wasn’t unusual for a technician or two to spend all day, everyday, at say, the Atlanta Airport.

        On the nitrate subject, TOW’s example was from a game, but during that unpleasantness between 1861 and 1865 there were old men or young boys detailed to go house to house, everyday, to collect the contents of the chamber pots to use in the production of gunpowder. It became even more important after the loss of the nitrate mines in Tennessee. Because of this contribution, the Confederate Laboratory in Macon and the big powder works in Augusta never lost a day’s production due to lack of material.

  12. NHSparky says:

    Another work week over at Casa de Sparky.

    Short week next week, then back out on the road. I dare Cuomo to pull me over. I wish a motherfucker would.

    • ninja says:

      NH:

      Which jerk, I mean, Cuomo, do you speak of?

      There IS two of them, correct?

      😎😉

      No offense to anyone who lives North of the Mason-Dixon line, but IMHO, Cuomo’s voice is similiar to listening to someone raking their fingernails over a Chalkboard…

      You know how to take down an Enemy in Combat? Record Cuomo’s voice and then play it over and over and over again at night via speakers to the enemy (Psyops)….

      It will drive them so batty that they will start waving a white flag…

      Or better yet, throw out leaflets with Nancy Pelosi’s NEW face…OMG, what DID that woman do this time to her face? No wonder she was gone for a while…recovering from either another facelift or OVERDID the Botax big time..

      😈😈😎😉

      • NHSparky says:

        The legacy governor. Seems he made a statement during his briefing the other day he’d be pulling over cars with out of state plates.

        I don’t think he wants that. YMMV.

        • 11B-Mailclerk says:

          Various other states could hit NY in the budget, hard, by pulling over NY tags and issuing a “warning” that they can pay lower registration, taxes, and insurance by re-tagging cars as a local resident.

          Heh.

      • thebesig says:

        Originally posted by ninja:

        You know how to take down an Enemy in Combat? Record Cuomo’s voice and then play it over and over and over again at night via speakers to the enemy (Psyops)….

        If PSYOP plays Cuomo’s voice over the speaker, it just might get the enemy to shoot in the direction of the loudspeakers. :mrgreen:

  13. ChipNASA says:

    Afternoon bitches.
    We’re here shuckin’and jivin’ (Fuck being PC)
    It’s as close to dancing as I’ve been doing in a long time.
    Getting better and forgetting about half the pain I used to have. Now I’m just bitching about the medium pain and the small pain.
    WOOOOO What a life.
    Hope you all are doing as well as Am I and getting along this glorious Friday.

    Just checking in and we’ll be lingering around as usual, trying to take time to read the threads I’m days behind on as usual. Maybe catch up the next day or two.
    Cheers dickweeds and ladies a plenty!
    XOXO
    ChipNASA

    • ninja says:

      Good to see you posting again, Chipster…and that your spirits are high…

      BTW, thank you for being open and honest about “PC”…as with alot of things, “PC” has gone overboard, so overboard that it is destroying our Nation and dividing us as a Country that is supposed to be unified.

      I blame the Media for that hype. We give too much attention to “Famous” people and care what THEY think versus what the common, ordinary everyday people think.

      I remember the riots and disharmony of the 60s. Perhaps it is because I am now a bit older, but IMHO, the world we live in today is WORSE than the 60s..i.e. “Don’t Do This..Don’t Say That, Don’t Be This, Don’t, Don’t,Don’t”..

      It is becoming “You Can’t Do This, You Can’t Do That..”

      I dread the day when the Law of Our Land becomes “You Cannot Worship Because You May Offend Someone”…

      Biden has already stated that if elected, that he will make wearing masks MANDATORY.

      The next step is all residing in the US be tatooed or marked…

      Anyone here heard of 666? Or Nazism? Or Communism? Or Marxism?

      (sarc on)

    • Graybeard says:

      Good to see you again Chip.

      Keep on shuckin’ and jivin’, brother.

  14. Graybeardc says:

    FIRST in the hearts and minds of the grands.

    Mostly quiet around the GB AO.
    Favorite son-in-law asked me to take him out in the canoe to retrieve a lure from the willow hanging over our pond. We got that one, and were looking for another one when he overbalanced and we went for a swim.

    That lure cost him a pair of prescription glasses. (My cheap readers, on the other hand, stayed on. Go figure.)

    Found out a friend of mine from college days, and a member of our Sunday School class, was diagnosed with a brain tumor this week. We never know what the next week has in store. Don’t fritter your time away.

    Hope y’all have a great week.

  15. Commissar says:

    Outdated, we are over 125,000 dead now and infections are at all time highs in several areas…

    https://youtu.be/zXtrgih0PsI

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      MORE cases are being detected simply due to the fact that there is more testing being done while the death rate is still FAR lower than the annual flu.

      STILL a fake crisis in my mind, but you’re following your herder and panicking just like when you were screeching about an apocalypse from the Zika virus!

      • Commissar says:

        That is false. The percentage of positive test results are going up.

        Meaning a higher percentage of the population is infected.

        Testing does not increase cases.

        The cases increase with or without testing, depshit.

        Testing just allows us to better understand and track the spread as well as prepare for future medical needs since patients frequently decompensate a few weeks after they show first symptoms.

        • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

          You’re full of shit as usual.

        • 11B-Mailclerk says:

          Testing. And for some reason, you folks won’t discuss that the vast majority of “increase” are folks who had it months ago and didn’t notice or were not sick enough to care.

          And the hospitals are not filling up with -new- cases.

          So again, you base your position on fraud.

          • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

            NO MATTER WHAT amount of true facts, logic and common sense you, I and others lob at Major Moonbat aka Lars, he WILL NEVER deviate from the propaganda he is spoon-fed by his UC Berzerkely Perfessers!!!

    • Hondo says:

      Johns Hopkins begs to differ regarding the US death total. As of approx 4:02PM EDT today, its Wuhan Coronavirus tracking map shows less than 125,000 US deaths.

      Seriously: where are you getting this specious data that routinely tends higher than other authoritative sources, Commissar Wumao – the Soros Foundation?

      • Commissar says:

        John Hopkins does not have the up to date info.

        I find it fucking astonishing that has to be explained to you.

        And even our most accurate and up to date counts are expected to be off by 30%-50% since many deaths are not detected due to other conditions and lack of Sufficient testing.

        • SFC D says:

          You need to learn a little civility. Your credibility is zero because you’re not only wrong 95% of the time, you’re a complete prick about it. Great way to sell us all on the glories of your progressive utopia.

          • UpNorth says:

            You give Lars way too much credit by giving him credit for being right about anything 5% of the time.
            But, you’re absolutely correct that he’s a complete prick. At least he excels at something.

            • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

              If Guinness gave out a World Record for being a SHITHEAD, Major Moonbat aka Lars would be a perennial World Record Holder in that category!!!

        • The Other Whitey says:

          Really, Lars? You know more about it than one of the premiere medical institutions in the world? Wow! Why didn’t Obama give you a cabinet post?

          Yes, that’s sarcasm, dickhead. You know this is why nobody takes you seriously, right?

        • NHSparky says:

          Or 30-50% off because deaths due to other causes while someone happens to be coronavirus positive is being listed as a coronavirus death.

        • Hondo says:

          You obviously side-stepped my question, dipstick.

          Just where are you getting your info – you know, the info you claim is “more accurate” than that from JHU?

          Is it Media Matters? DU? The Soros Foundation? Xinhua? Where?

          When someone consistently won’t ID their sources, it’s impossible to evaluate their claims’ validity (or even verify that the comment is accurate, even if the source may not be credible). When someone does that consistently – like you do in your comments here – I eventually begin to wonder if perhaps they’re getting their “facts” via the MSU method.

          Well? Are you?

    • NHSparky says:

      Which, when compared to NY, NJ, PA, and MA (all Dem-run states), are still miniscule.

    • ArmyATC says:

      You’re serious! You link a Youtube propaganda video from April as proof for your claim while denying the data from Johns Hopkins. Could you be any more obtuse?

  16. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Eleventyeth and Honorary First once again.

    ((((OVER))))

  17. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    While we’re at it, there’s this new site called “Snarfblat” and I LMAO at their spoof videos, y’all tell me what you think:

    http://snarfblat.com/sbgoodie.htm

  18. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    52ND with no puns.

  19. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    BTW, nice job on the “Trump Express” loco even though its photoshopped on a GE freight loco in the AT&SF “Warbonnet”. IMHO it would look better applied to say, an Alco PA or an EMD E Unit, maybe a slope-nosed E6!

  20. thebesig says:

    Joseph Biden, as President, would use his powers to require everybody to wear masks. But, one has to ask for the usefulness of such order when Joe Biden is speaking with his mask below his mouth. Notice the camera shot of his audience. How about a full area photograph AP?

    https://apnews.com/e4871debaa7151780768bb301152caa9

  21. thebesig says:

    Minneapolis’s city council took the first step that they were going to need to put a measure on the ballot. This proposal will ask voters about dismantling Minneapolis’ police. Something like this appears to have the support of a certain congresswoman from Somalia, as well as that of people who have had run-ins with the law.

    The proposal suggests standing up the “Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention” in the Police Department’s case:

    https://apnews.com/198e18397e404ef9411f2efcdf7754c0

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      I’m sure that they’re planning on letting Minneapolis become New Mogadishu or New Monrovia and then blaming President trump for the mess THEY created.

      • thebesig says:

        Or asking for additional federal funds to help fix the city… More than what’s required in order to plug budget shortfalls.

  22. thebesig says:

    When the EU block re-opens, travelers from the US, Russia, and other countries will be barred from going to the EU. But, travelers from China would be welcomed provided that China allow EU travelers to China.

    Considering that China’s numbers are BS, and China has taken drastic action in Beijing that indicates that a new outbreak has occurred, the EU is just asking for it. There’s an estimate, according to China in Focus, that China’s infection rate could be up to 40 times what China has reported. Additionally, factual reporting from hospitals are disregarded in favor of the CCP’s BS numbers.

    We should reciprocate the EU’s move:

    https://dnyuz.com/2020/06/26/most-u-s-travelers-will-be-barred-from-e-u-when-bloc-reopens/

  23. Combat Historian says:

    I have just begun my long summer vacation down in the land of palm trees and bikinied southern beauties. Good to get away from the indigo blue shithole city where I live. Will try to relax the best I can amidst all the crap we’re all living through. Will catch up here when I can. Y’all take care and watch six…

  24. Cameron says:

    If you’re looking for a social media site that won’t censor and delete your posts because you lean right or “fact check” your posts (beware, while Parler itself won’t fact check your posts, other users WILL fact check your posts, most likely with solid sources), then checkout Parler, a second competitor to Twitter along with Gab. I just set up my account on it.

  25. thebesig says:

    Damire Palmer, the guy that attacked the white Macy’s employee, has been charged with doing great bodily harm less than murder. He wasn’t charged for a hate crime “due to lack of evidence”:

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/man-charged-unprovoked-macys-manager-attack

  26. thebesig says:

  27. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    Want a Trump Tsunami in November? This helps:

    https://dailycaller.com/2020/06/27/minneapolis-city-council-security-detail-defund-police/

    “No cops for thee but guardians for me.”

    Seriously? That is an “eat cake” moment.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      IMHO the left is doing ALL IT CAN to hand President Trump a landslide victory in November!!!!

      • thebesig says:

        They’re also overlooking the fact that people are going to hide who they’re voting for when pollers contact them. Many are saying that they would vote for Biden when others are near them, but who secretly intend to vote for Trump. They’re not advertising their change to either not hurt their family and friend’s feelings, or to not be isolated.

        So, when they released polls showing Biden well ahead of Trump, one has to wonder how much of that lead is an illusion… And if he’s actually trailing.

  28. Green Thumb says:

    The False Commander “Phony” Phil Monkress (CEO of All-Points Logistics) continues o avoid queries seeking clarification of his Native American, Navy SEAL and Law Enforcement claims as they relate to his highly questionable business practices.