Weekend Open Thread

| August 7, 2020

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Some celebrated August 1 as “Wheat Harvest Day”… The “halfway point” between astronomical summer and astronomical fall… One of the “cross quarter” days. The actual cross quarter days fall a few days after the days they’re recognized. Enjoy your weekend.

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:


    • NHSparky says:

      It’s almost like someone tells him….

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        “It’s almost like someone tells him…” Nah NHSparky it ain’t about all that. It’s more like he approached it as a tactical exercise at the sand tables of the C&GSC or the Hudson River School for Wayward Children. Or maybe, the quandary that Bobby Lee found hisself in at Chancellorsville. Outnumbered and outgunned. Think of the number of d’weeds vying for the coveted title of FIRST. Think of the ethernet 100 gig high speed low drag connections on commercial networks those DWs have. Now just imagine the poor old Gun Bunny, limping along on a 3rd Tier phone factory 6 meg twisted copper pair. All of those years, lurking on TAH, not even getting to SEE the Friday Weekend Open Thread till, maybe, Sunday evening. Just hoping that he may at least have a shot at the competition before Hack Stone shipped out the Y3K software, sold to the federal government by a proud but humble woman owned company.

        The tactical situation was sucky, but the strategic plan was sound. The bringing of all weapons to bear and plotting a full blown Time On Target Assault had to be done. It was either that or nuke the entire site from orbit. It was the only way to be sure. The logistics of it all were formidable, the King of Battle, Artillery, the Winner of Wars, endeavored and persevered.

        Made a plan and stuck with it. FIRST being at the Fail Safe Line when the Thread was to drop. Paying attention to thebesig when he would comment on the moving time frame. Shining up/polishing the copper connectors to ensure a tight fit a proper electron flow. A silky smooth lubricate for the F5 key. Knowing which DWs may be distracted by the dropping of the pre WOT Post. Others being distracted by knowing that if the KoB hit the FIRST that all manner of refreshments would be offered up in celebration thereof. Be surprised what can happen with a few Yuenglings, hot wings, top shelf whiskey, and hand rolled seegars scattered about.

        It all worked. Unlike the junior Bush we can honestly say “Mission Accomplished!” One of a very few that reached quad 50s 4 in a row. The ONLY DW to make the Coveted, never before achieved, ACE 5 in a row, an unheard of double ACE 10 in a row, and a total that WILL stand till well after Hack Stone’s Y3K software on the Al Gore innherwebz has launched.

        The King of Battle will rest upon his laurels as the King of FIRST and offer up more opportunities for those who would pursue the Coveted Crown. The Guns will now concentrate on celebrating the fact that a certain benasty lawer will henceforth and forever now more on, continue to maintain a minus 6 feet AGL.

    • ChipNASA says:

      124th WoT first in a ROW WOOO HOOOO!!!
      OK NOT 124th and I don’t want to jinx you but damn, 20 seconds in…. “Do Another One…ANOTHER One….PUT IN THAT WORK 5th/77th FA!!!

      GOOD JERB!!!

      ALso, just checking in from out doing errends and getting something to munch on!!

      Cheers TAH folk…Have a *lovely* weekend.
      All’s well at the House of Chip. Post shingles bullshit is mostly done, and we’re pressing on with the Summer.
      I still have weeks of posts to read but I’m trying to stay on top of the daily shit here.

      Love to all!!!! (Except a couple of you fucktards that aren’t cool, you stolen valor dicks..)
      Oh and come on CHEW TOYS!!! We haven’t had a really good TAH thread in a while.

      Chippy 🙂

    • Slow Joe says:

      You are not allowed to play anymore.

  2. Sea Dragon says:


  3. Hack Stone says:

    On July 31,2020, Hack Stone performed unprecedented task of draining the swamp of TAH good old boy insiders who for far too long disenfranchised the common site visitor from claiming the highly coveted and rarely awarded Weekend Open Thread First Post. Since then, Hack Stone has endured unfounded accusations that he colluded with The Dutch Rudder Gang to steal the Weekend Open Thread First Post from the recipient that all polls that week should have secured the position. Empirical evidence researched by Private Investigator Jared Stern provides undisputed proof that “there is no proof of collusion with The DRG”. But haters are going to hate, and since Hack’s Inauguration, they have continued to launch frivolous investigations with the intent of undermining Hack Stone’s administration as the Weekend Open Thread First Post. For the record, despite any rumors that you may have heard, Hack Stone has never been to Jeffery Epstein’s Island, Gilligan’s Island, nor the Island Of Misfit Toys, and any photos circulating on the Internet of said photos of Hack Stone in those locations would obviously be forgeries that were probably created by a disbarred attorney who could not even read an aircraft fuel gauge properly. Finally, Hack Stone did not have sexual relations with that woman, Elaine Ricci.

    Oh, yeah, First Post for This Ain’t Hell Weekend Open Thread for August 7/2020.

    • RGR 4-78 says:

      Hack Stone Publishing has the best commentary, bar none.

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      Your seegar is soggy Hack Stone! And we now know where you have been hiding it.

      The King of Battle, The King of FIRST has once again wrested the Crown back to where it belongs. The Fire Mission was a Time on Target Fire for Effect total success. Take that you d’weeds and SUFFER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      In Honor of the Thursday are for Cooking Post on yesterday past, I would just like to state for the record that yes, I do like my butt rubbed and my pork pulled!

      Deferring to the Keeper of the Coveted Book of FIRST for the TAH Friday Weekend Open Thread, I do believe that this is number FIFTY for the EARNING of the EARNED NEVER AWARDED FIRST on the said TAH Friday Weekend Open Thread.

      Hot wings, cheese grits with shrimps, orasted beast sammiches, adult beverages, and non Elaine Ricci contaminated seegars all around. My Treat, from The KoB!

      • Hack Stone says:

        Going back to the swamp, it seems. You all will probably vote for Joe Biden, he will fix everything now, though he could not find the time to solve these issues his last forty years in government.

        • SFC D says:

          Just kind of a random thought, but if we replace Schrödinger’s cat with Joe Biden, and used Joe’s basement instead of a box…

          • 5th/77th FA says:

            Hack Stone, Groping Joe has been waiting all these years to fix the problems in the swamp because this will be the FIRST time that the demonrats have had a majority AND the WH! Oh…wait… NO, it’s because all of those rayciss and offensive statues are gone from the Capitol Building. And there is a “woman” of color awaiting for the assumption of the Presidency immediately after Joe takes the oath.

            SFC D, Schrodinger’s Cat will vote for Joe because, well…the cat is a pussy. Schrodinger will vote for Joe because, well…He’s dead!

    • Green Thumb says:

      But has Hack Stone been to Merritt Island?

      • Hack Stone says:

        Ironic that All Points Logistics corporate headquarters is located on Merritt Island. Shouldn’t they be located on Stolen Valor Island?

        And in another twist of irony, All Points Logistics also sells software to the federal government. Maybe their corporate headhunters were able to lure Elaine Ricci away from the proud but humble woman owned business that sells software to the federal government formerly located in Bethesda Maryland.

        • Green Thumb says:

          Stole Valor Island!

          The next addition / attraction at Disney World.

          You get to board the USS All-Points Logistics and embark to Stolen Valor Island where you will be enthralled, baffled and thoroughly entertained by an array of “Phildosical” posers and ass clowns.

          • RGR 4-78 says:

            Stole Valor Island!

            Sounds like a reality TV show.

            You get to board the USS All-Points Logistics and embark to Stolen Valor Island where you will be enthralled, baffled and thoroughly entertained by an array of “Phildosical” posers and ass clowns.

            You will be greeted at the bitchhead by Jessy McBath yelling “the scow, scow”, Phildo will be nearby in a white leisure suit with large lapels.

  4. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Numma five And Honorary First once AGAIN.


  5. Hack Stone says:

    Word on the street is that he worked for a proud but humble woman owned business located in Bethesda MD that sells software to the federal government, but his last 130 paychecks bounced.


    • Green Thumb says:

      That is also what happens when you are terminated from All-Points Logistics for not being competent enough to protect your former employer, the False Commander “Phony” Phil Monkress from numerous queries seeking clarification of his fake Native American, Law Enforcement and Navy SEAL claims.

      Got to make a living somehow.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Wimp. Psul the Uncool could have gotten more out of that bank, just by screaming bloody murder at the tellers.

  6. David says:

    Fifth… of Bourbon

  7. Devtun says:

    RIP Lt Gen Brent Scowcroft. He was National Security Advisor to Presidents Ford, and George H. W. Bush.

  8. NHSparky says:

    And thanks to my many years of hard work and scrimping and saving, I can now maintain my present lifestyle until I die.

    Provided I only last until Sunday.


    • RGR 4-78 says:

      Smoke, drink and f%$k around until you contract aids, its hard work making your retirement last.

  9. Combat Historian says:

    Following the path of Hurricane Isaias up the east coast, we have returned home to our abode in ultra blue leftist shithole land. Having spent six glorious weeks in red blooded patriotic America, it is somewhat depressing to return to leftist shithole land. Hopefully within the next eighteen to twenty four months, I will have retired from the civil service and we moved down south to Real America. God willing…

    • Graybeard says:

      May God grant that you, after years in the Purgatory of civil service, be blessed with as many more years in Paradise of the Red Blooded South of the USA, in bliss with all your loved ones.

  10. KoB says:

    Now, about the subject of the Thread! That thar picture represent amber bottles of Yuengling, made from those amber waves of grain? Or is it amber pans of cat headed biscuits, ready to be stuffed with pulled pork…or dipped in brown gravy?

    Yes all of that AND ‘Murica…HELLS TO THE YES!!! With a Hat Tip to our very own ChipNASA and his Brothers and Sisters that have sent America to the Moon, the Planets, and the Stars…phuque you phuquing phuqers that phuquing hate America. You don’t phuquing like it here, get the phuque out. And take all of your America Hating phuquing phriends with you.

    My last driving road trip thru our heartland included several hundreds of miles thru several states where there were miles and miles and miles and miles of those said amber waves of grain. Watching those big combines lined up in that staggered line gathering the harvest was truly a religious experience. I’ll just leave this right here!

    • ChipNASA says:

      Thanks for the comment.
      I don’t do much to send folks to orbit but I have in the past given them “stuff” to do so and take with them so, there’s that.

      I was pretty impressed but I’ve been out of the loop because working from home decreases my situational awareness of all things Space and NASA so, I’ll leave you guys with this that I haven’t really seen cause I’ve been doing other shit.
      Ciao Bella….

      • KoB says:

        Cool as all hell Chipster, thanks for sharing. As for the other, remember, some of us know “the rest of the story.” Professionals realize that the logistics train completes the mission. Somebody got to keep the spears sharp and oiled.


      • Sapper3307 says:

        It go’s up it go’s down.
        bada ching!

      • Sapper3307 says:

        It one upped BerNasty>

        • rgr769 says:

          Well, each time he went up he came down. That last flight was really classic. Too bad he wasn’t around to lodge a complaint with anyone, like he did when he crashed up in Oreegon. If he had, we can bet he would have found fault with everyone who had anything to do with his last flight but himself and his aviating skills.

  11. Commissar Pooper's Narcissism says:

    In consideration of the environment and the community, I gave a warning before tooting. What did I say? A la stinky! Then eyeeh let’r rrhiiph! What did I get for my consideration before releasing a shifart? A fatwa on my head. Could you believe it? My niece grounded me for that.

  12. Graybeard says:

    Blast – got busy and forgot it was Friday again.

    But things are rocking well in the GB Compound. Favorite First D-i-L’s parents got the Wuhan virus, but they seem to be ok. So far it doesn’t seem that any of the grandkids have it from their cousins – so we may have lucked out there.

    Airborne Son had some nerves in his back deadened, so he is pretty much free from pain unless he picks up his girls too much. Still hoping to retire at the end of this enlistment – God willing and the paperwork pogs get the lead out of their donkeys.

    Y’all have a great weekend, fellow DW’s.

  13. Berliner says:


  14. thebesig says:

    Active duty police officer’s “play by play” of George Floyd body-cam. He explains why the officers did what they had to do, and uses his own experience to explain what George Floyd and his companions were doing and why:


  15. Green Thumb says:

    Make sure everyone calls in to All-Points Logistics cafeteria tomorrow and orders their Saturday special: A double Phildo burger and a side of lies.

    And be sure to ask for their limited edition special False Commander “Phony” Phil Monkress (CEO of All-Points Logistics) Special Edition Collector’s Glass for only 99 cents more!

    • Hack Stone says:

      You should check out the gift shop in the lobby of All Points Logistics. Plenty of sweet sweet swag with the All Points Logistics corporate logo, but the best selling souvenir is the t-shirt reading “I Defended Phil Monkress’ Lies About Being A US Navy SEAL, And All I Got Was Fired”.

      And as to that limited edition collectors glass, it features the SEAL Trident on one side, the other side has the recipes for the drinks that Phil Monkress consumed the night of his DUI arrest, and is manufactured with only the highest grade asbestos.

  16. Commissioner Wretched says:

    Okay, guys … this late-in-the-day WOT is killing me! I am working when this drops and, while I never have a problem with not being FIRST (congrats King of Battle again!), the late posting does make my dropping the trivia column a bit more difficult.

    Oh, hell, who wants to hear me whine, when you can read some trivia! Here you go …

    Did World War III almost start because a president was intoxicated?
    By Commissioner Wretched

    As we come to the 2/3 point of 2020, let’s look back at just how much fun it’s been:

    COVID-19 shuts the entire country down for months. Millions of people file for unemployment, thousands of businesses close – some for good.

    People were hoarding (of all things) toilet paper, along with hand sanitizer, during that crisis.

    On the heels of that, we had the arrival of Japanese “murder” hornets, monster insects two inches long with a sting that feels like a gunshot. Following that came the protests and the riots, and I shudder to think about what else may come.

    Facebook had a meme at one point suggesting we all get our money back for 2020 and buy tickets to 2021, which would start the following Monday. I wholeheartedly support that.

    I also support trivia … and here’s yours for the week!

    Did you know …

    … a beauty pageant for goats is held every year in Lithuania? The village of Ramygala, Lithuania holds a goat beauty pageant annually in the late spring and the pageant has been held since 2009. Six highly attractive goats (who decides what makes a goat “highly attractive,” anyway? Other goats?) compete for the title and are judged on coat, appearance, skin, and beauty preparation. The winner gets to wear a specially-made crown for the day. (That’s pretty baa-a-ad.)

    … cashews can cure some things caused by bacteria? Bacteria that cause tooth decay, acne, tuberculosis and leprosy can all be killed with oils found in cashews. (And besides that, cashews taste great!)

    … the inventor of the Fender guitar never learned how to play a guitar? Leo Fender (1909-1991) was an inventor who not only created one of the most popular electric guitars in existence, he also invented amplifiers for radios and, later, turned to creating guitars – but he never bothered to learn to play one. He didn’t have to. Selling guitars and amplifiers made Fender a multi-millionaire. (Engineering trumps creativity, is that what this is supposed to mean?)

    … World War III was almost started in 1969? In April of 1969, North Korea shot down a U.S. spy plane over the Sea of Japan, and President Richard Nixon (1913-1994) was furious. Nixon reportedly ordered a U.S. Air Force wing in South Korea to be prepared to carry out a nuclear attack on P’yongyang in retaliation for the downing of the spy plane. The order was rescinded the next day and a stand-down issued, but the question remained – why did Nixon prepare to send the world into a nuclear conflict? Was he drunk with power? Not according to the authors of a 2000 book titled “The Arrogance of Power.” Authors Anthony Summers (born 1942) and Robbyn Swan (born 1950) say Nixon was just plain drunk, on booze. Apparently, Nixon had had a few too many when he heard about the spy plane, and it was left to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (born 1923) to wait for the president to “sober up” before issuing the stand-down. (That explanation could fit a lot of other things regarding Nixon, you know.)

    … a classic children’s game was invented to help sick children while they recuperated? The game of “Candy Land” was created by Eleanor Abbott (1910-1988). Abbott was stricken with polio after she retired from a teaching career, and as she was ill in a San Diego hospital she designed the game as a way for sick children to pass the time while they were treated for various illnesses at the hospital.

    … water covers about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface? That’s the good news. The bad news is, most of it is too salty for us to use. Of all that water, only about three percent is fresh – and most of that isn’t available to us, as it’s trapped in glaciers and the ice caps on top of Antarctica and Greenland. (Which begs the question … why do we call our planet “Earth” and not “Water”?)

    … Americans eat 2.8 billion pounds of candy each year? Nearly half of that total is chocolate. (And the other half is licorice. Not really, but I like licorice.)

    … in the town of Challis, Idaho, it is illegal for a man to walk down a street with another man’s wife? (It could also be suicidal for the man walking with another man’s wife.)

    … unicorns are mentioned in the Bible? The mythical animal, a horse with a horn projecting from its forehead, is actually mentioned several times: Job 39:9-12, Psalm 29:6, and Isaiah 34:7, among others. (I leave it totally up to you to decide on their existence based on this information.)

    … a toy was once banned from the U.S. National Security Agency? In the 1990s, the “Furby” was the big hit toy – a bear-like creature that could essentially listen, learn, and create its own speech. The NSA banned Furby from its facilities in the belief that it could repeat secrets, though the Furby could not form English words. (Well, they told you it couldn’t, anyway.)

    … the human sense of touch is very, very strong? Human fingers can detect objects as small as 13 nanometers. To put that into perspective, visualize this: if your finger was the size of the Earth, you would be able to tell the difference between a house and a car by touch.

    … it takes up to 50 gallons of maple sap to make one gallon of maple syrup? (But it only takes one sap to love it.)

    Now … you know!

    • Green Thumb says:

      I remember the “Furby”.

      Man, that was a long time ago.

    • KoB says:

      Well worth the wait CW, the struggle to stay awake was real. ‘Bout time to get up and roam around the house anyhow. For a dog faced pony soldier, I sure seem to spend a lot of sleep time port and starboard. I think the last time I had more than a coupla four hours in a row was about March of ’18.

      If the Good Lord had of wanted us to spend more time working v fishing, He wouldn’t have made 70% of our planet water. And we know that He made unicorns cause their farts make cotton candy and they poop Skittles.

      See ya in the op ed pages! Nothing funny about this year!

  17. Roh-Dog says:

    Got power back today at 19:40 after it went out on Tuesday with the Worst Topical Storm Ever™ , since I’ve been murdering trees, dead or alive, and/then drinking the beers. It’s a hard life.
    May all your power lines be unfallén!
    Have a great weekend y’all!
    {And PLEASE!!! Thank a lineman!!!(Even if they’re Canadian!)}

    • David says:

      After Tropical Storm Allison, and Hurricanes Ike and Harvey… threee whole days without power? Three whole 24 hour days?
      It is a great feeling when the A/C kicks back in, isn’t it?

  18. J Koekepan says:

    Just a heads-up on something interesting.

    Don’t know whether it’s worth a story in its own right.

    Link here:


    The summary briefing is as follows:

    Cliff Mass is a notable meteorologist and academic of the Seattle area. He’s politically moderate, a little left, but not generally crazy. He mostly sticks to weather, but occasionally covers other topics.

    He did a piece (linked above) on how screwed the situation in Seattle is. In the current version as of this briefing, he excised a section comparing the mob with Kristallnacht’s wreckers, but it’s largely as it first appeared.

    The take-home message is that he’s been tackled by the angry mob who would love to get rid of him as a heterodox writer. They can’t get him out of the university easily, but they’ve managed the victory of ditching him from local NPR.

    It’s all very stupid and petty, but it should not be forgotten, nor skipped.

    Thank you for your attention. That was all. Carry on.

  19. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    A prior thread had a rather enthusiastic “no mask / mask” discussion. The “get back to normal life” and “don’t fear” points were made.

    Now there will be a rather large test case of those points: Sturgis.


    Approx 250k attendees, of folks who are likely to say “screw your rules” yet practice a lifestyle of effective risk management.

    The ineffective risk managers in that lifestyle are called “organ donors”.

    So, we should soon see if this flu bug thing is overblown or not. The folks attending skew towards the at-risk age groups. They occasionally like crowds.

    This will be an interesting study.

  20. OWB says:

    Among the lies politicians tell, the one about illegal aliens being denied access to health care is among the worst.

    First, how is anyone denied access to health care? I seriously doubt that if somebody calls my family physician to make an appointment that the immigration status of the caller is considered at all. In fact, my doc has a poster on the wall in mutiple languages telling everyone how to get a free interpretor for several hundred languages/dialects.

    Second, is it not the lying pols that are perprtrating the idea that anyone is denied health care? Go to an emergency room in a city of almost any size and that lie is shown to be a lie. Everybody is treated, for everything from gun shots to common colds.

    Bottom line is that IF illegal aliens think they will have trouble getting health care it is because the lyng pols continue to tell them that when in fact nobody is denied health care in this country. Call for an appointment or show up at the ER – just like everyone who doesn’t believe the lie does.

  21. Hack Stone says:

    Any of you lovable deplorables subscribe to this streaming service. The trailer looks pretty funny, just wondering if it is worth the investment.

  22. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    Saw this just moments ago over at “Pirate’s Cove”:


    Talk about punching back twice as hard…

  23. ninja says:

    My New Hero.

    Check out the 45 second Video in the News Reporters Twitter reference “Local Resident Woman Attempts To Put Fire Out With Extinguisher”.

    She has the patience of Job. I would have pointed the fire extinguisher DIRECTLY onto the Spoiled Brat instead of going around the Spoiled Brat:


    • ninja says:

      Here is the 45 second video via YOUTUBE:

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        Either spray it in his face or whack him with it.

        Learn something new every day about these creeps, don’t we?

        • KoB says:

          The Saintly JMB (Howitzer be his name) has got something that uses the number 45 for them. Using that would of made for a more colorful and Big Bang ending to the video.

          We start using the JMB cure on the cause of this disease of pantyfa, the symptoms will go away.

  24. Hack Stone says:

    Follow this guy’s instructions will help you get your degree in Wokeness.

  25. Hack Stone says:

    Mass shooting in Washington, DC. One dead and at least nine shot at a block party. Hack is more than confident that all participants at this event adhered to current CDC guidelines by maintaining six feet between individuals and wearing a mask.


  26. ninja says:

    “5.1-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes North Carolina, Is Felt Hundreds Of Miles Away”


    The earthquake was actually Nancy Pelosi stomping her feet and throwing a temper tantrum because she didn’t get her way.