Weekend Open Thread

| July 2, 2020

The Trump Party. (r/The_Donald/The Donald Win)

Since Friday is a federal holiday, the Weekend Open Thread gets posted earlier in the week. With the completion of June, we’re halfway through 2020. The other half of the year should fly by, especially with the presidential campaign season and the leftist tantrums that would result should President Trump win re-election. The end of 2020 will be the end of the second decade of the 21st Century. Enjoy your Fourth of July Weekend.

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:


  2. Sea Dragon says:


  3. Sapper3307 says:

    TuRDZ place!

  4. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    2020: the second half


  5. Sapper3307 says:

    And happy White history month, as authorized by JLP.

  6. 5th/77th FA says:

    Well now would you just looky here. Damned if the old King of Battle, the Winner of Wars just didn’t happen to wander thru and score hisself another FIRST on the TAH (Friday) Weekend Open Thread. The FIRST FIRST of the new month, the FIRST FIRST that is also a WOT, and a HOT, and a ROT. YAH…GO ME. I do believe it is also another 3 pete, we may defer to the Keeper of the Book of FIRST, Supply Daddy Claw for an official ruling. Wasn’t even really trying, wasn’t even supposed to be on the net just yet.

    Have I made mention of the most wondermous road trip vacation that I had been planning for three (3) years now, that got shot to hell and bleeding over half of Missouri? DAAAAAAAMMNN IIIITT!!!!

    A most relaxing Independence Day Celebration to all of my miscreanted loyal d’weeds and weedettes. Hot wings, pulled porked beast sammiches, fresh veggie salads, and beverages are on the KoB’s Tab.

    Was going to be dropping by here today:


    • Combat Historian says:

      Dollars to donuts that any statues of union hero Nathaniel Lyons who was KIA at Wilson Creek will probably have been torn down by the Maoist red guard rioters by now…

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        So far the Memorials inside the Parks have been semi left alone CH. I have a fairly good working/interpretive relationship with a goodly number of state and fed park folks and they are doing a bang up job keeping an eye out. Not common knowledge, yet, but a number of these locations have some additional “help” watching out. But yeah, I feel ya. The dumbasses don’t even know who/what they’re tearing down. It’s like I’ve commented here, and other places, for years, this was never really about All Things Confederate, this was about destruction of American History over all. I think the word is out to the punks that the good ol’ boys, rednecks, and American Patriots are fed up with their sh^t. I’ve been close to Wilson’s Creek, twice and rode right passed it once, but couldn’t stop then because of time constraints. That is one reason why this trip was so vital; a lot of places that I’ve had to miss were going to be done this time. DAAAAAMMMNNN IIIITTT!!!!!!!!

        The Sunny South has had it share of issues through out the years, but over all it’s pretty nice down here. I got family been in NW MS since the mid 60s and as long as they stay the hell away from Memphis, they do OK. They’re 25-50 miles south, decent jobs, low taxes, affordable real estate, and one can fish/hunt/plink away fairly easily. Get up in the NE Corner and dodge some of the heat/humidity/bugs. One thing nice about central GA is you can be at the beach or in the mountains in about 2 hours and the ATL Airport is 90 minutes away. Poetrooper sings praises over Arkansas and I got folks there too.

        Sadly, every major metro area in every state has gone to sh^t, so if you want/like/need the city life, you’re screwed.

        • Combat Historian says:

          Statues in actual historical parks may be safe for now, but historical statues located in public town and city squares and circles are goners, I’m afraid…

          No desire to go anywhere near cities after I retire; a town with a pop of over 15k may be too large for me…

  7. 11B-Mailclerk says:


    Orange-lan in The Chronicles of MAGA

  8. Combat Historian says:

    My extended summer roadtrip vacation has taken me from southern Florida to the Mississippi gulf coast. Am relaxing at a relative’s house and catching up on the TAH news items. Tomorrow we get back on the road to visit more relatives and friends in AR and OK.

    Been reading up on the gun laws here in MS. This place is a gun owner/shooter paradise, unlike the socialist blue shithole city county state where I reside. Will have to really think hard about moving down here once I retire from the civil service. Commie socialist shitholes suck…

  9. FuzeVT says:

    By the Current Truth™ of the lefties, the protest in Charlottesville was “Mostly Peaceful”.

    Unfortunately, pointing out double standards for the left is pointless. Their true and only standard is:
    If it promotes our point of view it is good. All else is actual evil.

    And that’s the truth as I see it.

  10. Commissioner Wretched says:

    You have to hand it to KoB … even on an early WOT, he manages another coveted, never given, always earned FIRST. Building up yet another ace!! That’s my main man KoB!

    The newspaper is graciously giving me tomorrow off, so I’ll go ahead and regale you with this week’s selection of useless but fascinating trivia. Be safe on the 4th, friends!

    How are two classic fictional crime-fighters related to each other?
    By Commissioner Wretched

    Well, here we are, celebrating yet another Independence Day!

    Yes, friends, our nation has been alive and kicking for 244 years now, ever since the day the Declaration of Independence was signed.

    I know that we still had to win a war, and all that, but you have to agree that the day we celebrate our nation’s birthday – July 4th, later this week – is the day we told King George III that we didn’t want him around any more.

    Now here we are, all these years later, a world superpower. My, how time flies when you’re having fun. (No, I don’t consider the time of the Corona virus fun. I was being sarcastic.)

    Anyway, let’s get on with the show, since you come here for the trivia anyway!

    Did you know …

    … one of the most dramatic temperature changes in a day happened in the United States? On January 22, 1943, the town of Spearfish, South Dakota, recorded a low temperature of -4˚ at 7:32 a.m. Two minutes later, the temperature had jumped to 45˚ – a rise of 49 degrees. The temperature rose over the next two hours to 54˚, then over the course of 27 minutes plunged again to -4˚, a fall of 58 degrees. The drastic temperature changes were recorded on instruments and verified by the National Weather Service. It was caused by an advancing warm front that moved north, then south, far faster than anyone had ever noticed before. (Is that what they mean by a “hot flash?”)

    … a coyote can hear a mouse moving under a foot of snow? (It’s really bad when the mouse goes, “Beep beep!”)

    … the average raindrop reaches a top speed of 22 miles per hour as it falls? (Enough of them falling and you don’t care how fast it’s coming down.)

    … only four of the more than 20,000 species of bee actually produce honey? (Lots more than that produce very painful stings, though.)

    … two legendary fictional crime-fighters are related to each other? You have all heard of “The Lone Ranger” and “The Green Hornet,” of course. Both created by George W. Trendle (1884-1972) and Fran Striker (1903-1962), they were both originally radio dramas. “The Lone Ranger” debuted in 1933 on WXYZ in Detroit. The station was owned by Trendle and the show featured (as we all know) the story of a band of Texas Rangers who were ambushed and killed – all but one, left for dead but nursed back to health by Tonto, a Native American. That Ranger’s name in the series was John Reid. Reid’s brother, Ranger Captain Dan Reid, was one of those killed. One of Dan’s grandchildren was Britt Reid, the newspaper publisher who was also The Green Hornet, whose own show debuted in 1936. While the Lone Ranger was a hero of the old West, Trendle and Striker set the Hornet series in the then-modern era of the 1930s and 1940s. And to add more difference, they made the Hornet a crime-fighter who was thought by the authorities to be a criminal himself. Additional trivia note: Though both made successful transitions to television, nowhere in “The Green Hornet” series is a reference ever made to his ancestor. That is because Trendle had sold movie rights to the Ranger to Republic Pictures, and the Hornet rights went to Universal Pictures. Competing claims by successive rights-holders kept the two from ever acknowledging the other. (“Hi-yo, Silver! Away! Let’s roll, Kato!”)

    … only one day of the week has an anagram? You can take the letters in the word “Monday” and rearrange them to make “dynamo.” (I have a couple of other words for Monday, but this is a family newspaper, so I won’t say them.)

    … blonde hair once meant worship? During the time of the Proto-Indo-Europeans, about 4,000 years ago, blonde hair was connected to the worship of the Sun and fire. Later, the Persians plaited their beards with golden thread, and the Assyrians even powdered their hair with gold dust, all to make their hair appear blonde. (And now, blonde hair is the subject of silly jokes. How the mighty have fallen.)

    … only two planets in the Solar System do not have moons? Mercury and Venus have no natural satellites, and Earth is the only planet in the system with just one. As of this writing, Saturn is the satellite champion, with a total of 82 discovered moons; Jupiter, with 79, is second. Uranus has 27, Neptune follows along with 14, and Mars has two. Pluto has five, but it’s not considered a planet any more. (I still consider you a planet, Pluto.)

    … being retired can cause couples to divorce? Well, it happens a lot in Japan, anyway. A behavior called “retired husband syndrome” is listed as a prominent cause of divorce in Japan. The syndrome is described by doctors as wives showing increased irritability, ulcers, rashes, and other symptoms of stress after they find they have to manage their newly-retired husbands, who have nothing else to do but order them around all day. (I’m not touching this one. It’s too easy.)

    … ancient Egyptians treated infections by stuffing moldy bread inside the wounds? (You mean they discovered penicillin? Who knew?)

    … you could jump into space from one of the moons of Mars? Deimos, the smaller of the two Martian moons, has such slight gravity and a low escape velocity that if you were on the surface and took a decent running jump, you’d escape into space. (Gives a new meaning to, “Go take a flying leap,” doesn’t it?)

    Now … you know!

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      CW…YOU are the Main Man…and that effer ChipNASA…and AW1Ed… It can’t be trivial about your weekly offering, having our very own Space Cowboy, AND an Aeronautically Designated Squidley Swabbie that has not lost that loving feeling. Life is good and I just really got lucky today. Was over there ranting on the other thread, clicked to x out and get a cold beer when WHOOMP, there it was. I scratched my watch and wound my azz for a minute til I remembered the thebesig had made a comment last week about the WOT for this week and for future changes. The FIRST comment actually loaded a lot slower than normal, I was pleasantly surprised that I actually was FIRST. Sometimes it IS better to be lucky than good.

      Retired wingwiper older Brother’s wife’s Mama and Papa was in Spearfish (Keystone SD) area in ’43 when that weather happened. I had heard both of them speak of it before they passed and the general feeling of a lot of the oldtimers then was it was literally the end of the world. Much lore in Native American stories about the Sacredness of the Black Hills. Get away from the Tourist Traps and you can feel the aura of the Spirits. Did I make mention that I was really looking forward to my cancelled visit back there? Would of had a solid 5-7 days to soak it all in.


    • Hondo says:

      Another trivia point about the Green Hornet: the character Kato in the TV series was the role that launched Bruce Lee’s film career.

      • Commissioner Wretched says:

        True that … and I used another item about him in an earlier column. It seems that Bruce Lee got the role of Kato because he was the only Asian actor who could clearly say the name of the series lead character, “Britt Reid.”

        No kidding.

  11. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    Umpteenth and Honorary First once again.


  12. AW1Ed says:

    In order to maintain a reasonable number of daily articles posted here for your information and amusement, and keeping the number of available editorial staff in mind, a few changes have been made. Most will be invisible to our gentle readers, and generally affect how we handle articles provided by our ninjas and other contributors.

    The most obvious change will be Friday’s Recipe, which will be moved to a Monday slot. I never did like the arbitrary placement on Friday for several reasons, but mostly this will help with our scheduling issues, freeing up a Friday spot and adding to a usually slow day.

    Let us know how we’re doing- we can’t fix what we don’t know is wrong. Use the “Contact Us” at the top of the page, or add a “contact me” line on your comment, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

    Thanks for your attention, and back to your regularly scheduled WOT.

    • 26Limabeans says:

      The post office is closed on Saturday yet open
      on Monday. Monday is not a holiday this year
      and everything is closing at noon Thursday.
      Fridays Recipe is now Monday. June has been an
      extension of May and now the days are getting
      shorter again. Wot is a Day early this week.
      I’m pretty sure today is Friday but it could
      change by noon so I’ll check back later.

      • Hondo says:

        Nope – Monday’s not a holiday this time around. The 4th of July is only observed as a Monday holiday when it falls on a Sunday or Monday.

        Four Federal holidays – New Years Day, the 4th of July, Veterans Day, and Christmas – are defined in Federal law as specific dates (e.g., Mo/Da). The other six Federal holidays are legally defined either as a specified Monday (e.g., last Monday in May for Memorial Day) or – in the case of Thanksgiving – as a specified Thursday (the 4th Thursday in November).

        For holidays occurring on a specified date, the normal rule is that Federal activities will be closed on that day if the activity would otherwise normally be open. The same is true of other holidays, but most Federal activities operate on a Mon-Fri schedule so what follows only rarely comes into play.

        If the specified day or date for a holiday falls on a day a Federal activity would normally be closed (for most, on Sat or Sun), for Saturday the preceding day (Friday) is observed as the holiday. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, the following day (Monday) is observed as the holiday.

        There are also provisions covering holiday observance when it falls on an employee’s scheduled day off (generally due to an alternate work schedule of other than Mon-Fri each week), or when the Federal facility itself works on an alternate schedule. The latter is sometimes encountered OCONUS.

        Legal definitions and rules can be found at


        • Hack Stone says:

          November 29th is a holiday for employees of a proud but humble woman owned business that sells software to the federal government. On November 29, 1920, the greatest man ever, Joseph Shivers, was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania. What did Joseph Shivers do to have his birthday recognized? He is credited with inventing spandex in 1959.

  13. The Other Whitey says:

    Project progress:


    The amtrack is assembled and primed. Once I finish painting it, it will get decals, then an assload of mud/dirt, then some sandbags on the roof. Once that’s all done, I can start on a base and some figures.

    I’m back to work now, and promptly got forced for three of my four days off (at least it’s money), so I’m unlikely to make much progress in the foreseeable future.

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      Tanks for the update TOW. Coming along real good. Missed seeing one last week. Had thought maybe you were behind the 8 ball either taking care of the babies, or that hot wife of (y)ours. Don’t you just hate it when that four letter word (work) gets in the way of important stuff? Knew all about that whole “may be required to work with or without reasonable accommodation” thing. BTDT

      We know it’s turned into your busier season; you need to stay safe out there and don’t get stressed out. Remember, they’ll have your job posted before the ink on your death certificate is dry good. We counting on you to (a) Spoil them babies rotten; (b) keep us posted on the hot wife (and the other Patriots in that Family); (c) continue the progress on the displays.

  14. gitarcarver says:


    In my burg there is a guy who is retired from the military (Navy) and is making political statements in dress whites.

    I know that there is a prohibition on active members making political statements in uniform, but is that same prohibition in place for retired personnel?

    Thanks in advance.

    • SFC D says:

      It’s not Mark Kelly, is it?

    • Claw says:

      For your consideration:

      NAVPERS 15665I, Chapter 6 (Section 10) (61002)

      3. UNIFORM NOT AUTHORIZED. Retired personnel are prohibited from wearing the uniform in connection with personal enterprises, business activities, or while attending or participating in any demonstration, assembly or activity for the purpose of furthering personal or partisan views on political, social, economic, or religious issues.

  15. Thunderstixx says:

    HOT DAYUM !!!!!

  16. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    Just purely a coincidence. Nothing crooked right?

    Newsom closed all wineries in California, except in one region where he has ownership in a winery.

    Hm. Odd.


  17. NHSparky says:

    Have a good weekend, all.

    Back on the road again soon. Bouncing between Casa de Sparky and Western Annex for a couple months, then on the road pretty much till Xmas.

    Remember kids, chaos equals cash!

  18. Green Thumb says:

    The False Commander “Phony” Phil Monkress (CEO of All-Points Logistics) and his band of thieves at All-Points Logistics continue to avoid calls seeking clarification of his Native American, Law Enforcement, Navy SEAL and disabled Veteran claims.

    • Hack Stone says:

      Will Phil Monkress of All Points Logistics be performing his regular ball juggling this weekend, or will he be on a modified holiday schedule?

  19. Roh-Dog says:

    (Belated) Congrats to the Stringpuller!
    Have a GREAT weekend y’all!
    God bless the USA, LONG LIVE THE REPUBLIC!

  20. Graybeard says:

    Belatedly present.

    Busy trying to get the stuff together to teach some Boy Scouts their Wilderness Survival Merit Badge.

    Gonna be hotter than blue blazes on the campout tonight (Fri-Sat) – so we’ll work on surviving without experiencing heat exhaustion.

    Had the exhaust pipe checked out Wednesday. All clear there. Prostate cancer checkup next week.

    Y’all have a great 4th of July. In Texas our governor has succumbed to the tyranny of the ‘experts’, sadly.

  21. Hack Stone says:

    The (alleged) attack on Althea Bernstein last week was all over Facebook, but yet there has been very little follow up on the FBI investigating this “hate crime. Hack Stone went poking around on Al Gore’s Amazing Internet, and found this interesting theory on what may have actually happened.


  22. thebesig says:

    They didn’t seem to be as worried about “super spreads” during the riots and protests. Now they’re pondering that with regards to 4th of July travels and celebrations:


  23. thebesig says:

    Hillary Clinton expresses her deep and sincere sorrows for Ghislaine Maxwelll’s upcoming suicide [/sarc]:


  24. thebesig says:

    When someone responds to you with “Okay Boomer,” or you get subjected to a mass downvote, this is an example of who those individuals are:

  25. ChipNASA says:

    Hi ALl,
    I’m here. Enjoying my medications, had Cortisone shots yesterday and thankfully it was the last set of 4. It wasn’t too bad, a bit of a good pinch and the the spinal and pelvic pressure of the medicine injections.
    I’ll take it because I’m like 60 to 70% much better so than GAWD not as much pain.
    Nice to be back here more usually, but, I’m not on my usual schedule to reading and commenting and keeping up with TAH is more of a spare time thing than a work distraction, since I”m not in the office and there are many more distractions at home when trying to work from home. Maybe that’s why my laptop is on from about 9 in the morning to 9 at night or longer to get a solid 8 hours.

    I certainly hole all of you and your families have a wonderful and cheerful 4th of July and Happy Independence Day, lest we forget what the holiday is about.

    I pray we all come back next week fat, full and happy, with all our fingers and toes and such, all healthy.

    I know I’m gonna be blowing some shit up tomorrow although I am abiding by Maryland rules with only ground fountains ans such but I have a bunch that have cracks and bangs and spray and smoke and sparkles and the like so they are pretty impressive. I’ll leave the motors to the die hard folks and the younger folks that are more fearless. I’d not like to get too close to the really hard explosives. Too many accidents.

    Cheers to all of you and as always, mucho love to you.

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      Chipster, you big effing effer. Good to hear from your effing self…and that you’re doing more better. Keep the faith Brother, we’re here for you. Hugs and kisses to all of the other Space Cowboys for me! 😛 😛

  26. OWB says:

    Happy Independence Day, all.

    What a way to bring in July 4, 2020. Fireworks from SD following a most rousing speech. Wow. That was one of the best presidential speeches of all time.

    We got our marching orders, folks. Do not give up yet. When told how wrong we all are, the correct response is: What other country in the history of the world could produce such individuals as Alan Shepperd, Mohamad Ali, Elvis Presley, Jesse Owens, Clara Barton, the Wright Brothers, Harriet Tubman, Louis Armstrong, and a long list of others.