Weekend Open Thread

| September 18, 2020

Which one do you want as your commander-in-chief? The one standing up or the one that spends a lot of time indoors? According to many Democrats, Joe Biden is “commander-in-chief material”.  Enjoy your weekend.

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:


    • Roh-Dog says:

      Dang. Congrats tho.

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        Bam Bam Bam Bam! A quick draw FIRE MISSION FIRE MISSION FIRE MISSION. Thanks Bruh, just the right place at the right time. Had to blink a time or two. thebesig getting real sneaky on his time frame for it to drop. I was just sitting here, minding my own damn bidnez, not bothering nobody, watching at Wagon Train. Had just read and commented on the unintended thread, popped back in, saw the Air Force Thread, and then BAM, the TAH Friday Weekend Open Thread was there for the grabbing.

        The King of Battle/The King of FIRST reigns again…Supreme! Cold Beers, Hot Wings, sliced Pizza, Sausage Gravy Biscuit, Top Shelf Whiskey and Hand Rolled Seegars for all hands.

        Oh, and give me back my Crown!

        • Roh-Dog says:

          Alrighty then, you can has the crown, but as always you *might* just wanna wash off that scepter.
          I don’t mind handing it back to an Army Dog, iffin it was one them Aim High-types I’d hide the Coveted First Crown Jewels so deep in them hills Jones, Indiana-type, 1 each couldn’t find ‘em, regardless Birthday or not! (Lowkey, Happiest Birthday to the Branch that holds the “keys to, on my command, turn”, the mostest coolest destructoest devices acknowledgéd by the .gov)
          Now back to my regularly scheduled drinkin’!

          • 5th/77th FA says:

            “…wanna wash off…” ?!?WASH?!!?? Hell, run it thru a level 5 de-con, update it’s shots, have IDC SARC give it a physical, run thru the Betty Ford Clinic, a De-Tox Facility, SHARPE Training AND Therapy.

            It also may need a blanky…and a puppy.

    • Slow Joe says:

      Eat a back of dish!
      Yo alwas win!

      And Fiels Artilleru sycks!

  2. Sea Dragon says:

    Top 5.

  3. Graybeard says:

    Darn it

  4. Roh-Dog says:

    Bested by FA yet again!
    Anywho, have a great weekend!
    Get ready for a cold winter, my friends.

  5. Green Thumb says:

    The False Commander “Phony” Phil Monkress (CEO of All-Points Logistics) works balls as he continues to avoid calls seeking clarification of his highly questionable and potentially felonious Native American, Navy SEAL and Law Enforcement claims.

  6. Sapper3307 says:


  7. ChipNASA says:

    I’ll just pop in and leave this….

    Yippie kai ohhh ayyyy, doodle, yeeeee, waddle ohhhhhh!!!

    (or some shit like that…)

    Top whatever and FIRST in the hearts of just about everybody!!! (holy shit, look at that fucker’s swole head!!!)

    Happy Friday

    Skip to the loo my DAHLING!!!

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      That swelling is from the HoI Deployment on yesterday past. I was thinking I might need to seek medical attention, but renting it out as a coat rack was a nice little bit of walking around money.

      Oh, you meant that other, swole cranium head? Never mind!

  8. Graybeard says:

    Okra is slowing down now.
    Blackeyes coming on strong – but the blasted bugs are as well. Gonna Sevin Dust ’em later today.

    Sightly cooler weather at the GB Compound, got 1/2 inch of rain yesterday. Hoping our brothers in the Southeast are not under water.

    Kids & grandkids all healthy. God is good.

  9. Sapper3307 says:

    Types of N$azi Generals.
    Is very funny, yes.

  10. Sparks says:

    Top 20 anyway.

  11. LC says:

    Which one do you want as your commander-in-chief? The one standing up or the one that spends a lot of time indoors?

    Ah, yes, the common ‘which person stands more’ criteria for selecting a President. Only slightly more common than which one’s shoelaces are tied more neatly, which is how I often pick.

    Happy weekend, all!

    • Mason says:

      Not being able to stand unassisted was FDR’s hidden shame for years. He went to great lengths to show that he wasn’t crippled. Might not have gotten four terms if people knew he got around on wheels.

      • LC says:

        I’m not saying it doesn’t happen, I’m saying it’s a stupid criteria to go by.

        • Thunderstixx says:

          If you don’t like it, I would think that it’s a good solid proposition for success !!!
          BTW, #President, Donald J. Trump, you know, the one that is still your President, larsie-boi, will be submitting yet another nomination for the SCOTUS with the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
          How many heads are going to explode in the next 45 days ?????
          BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!!!!!

          • LC says:

            I’m an optimistic sort, Thunderstixx. I like to think that someday, even you might finally grasp the fact that I’m nor Lars.

            And I truly have no problem with President Trump nominating SCOTUS picks. I do have a problem with the utter hypocrisy of Mitch McConnell given how the Garland nomination was handled. That’s called having principles. Look into it.

            • Green Thumb says:

              Odd how CNN, MSNBC, The WP, The NYT, etc., had the political implications in paragraph three before they even offered condolences to her friends and family.

              Put the pipe down, brother.

              Being clean will set you free.

              • LC says:

                Not sure what pipe I’m putting down. That I don’t like hypocritical politicians? All in all, I think more of us should be against that, regardless of which side of the aisle they’re on.

                I’m not sure what articles from major news outlets have to do with my opinion about the blatant hypocrisy of Senator McConnell here.

            • Thunderstixx says:

              You certainly have the same mannerisms and outlooks on how great socialism is…
              Basically, you’re both as dumb as a box of busted Chinese metric crescent wrenches…
              Problem is, none of you can point to the example of how well real socialism works.
              Communism is socialism at the point of a gun….
              Eventually any and all systems of socialism turn to police states to enforce their failed policies…
              So, why don’t both of you jump on that great banana boat to your ideal system of government in Venezuela !!!!
              As Reagan said, something to this effect, ” we will stand at the dock and fondly wish all of you goodbye and good luck” !!!

              • rgr769 says:

                My fave truism: You can vote your way into socialism, but you will have to shoot your way out.
                Exhibit A: Venezuela.

  12. Claw says:

    With today (3rd Friday of September) being designated as POW/MIA Recognition Day, I would like to post a small remembrance for my Uncle Bud (RIP 1981):

    Assigned as a member of King Company, 168th INF, 34th ID, he was taken prisoner on 17 Feb 43 in Tunisia. Spent the remainder of WWII in one of the work camps associated with Stalag IIB in the area known back then as Pomerania. Reported as being returned to US control on 1 Jun 45 and received an Honorable Discharge on 6 Aug 45.

    Hand Salute to you, Bud. You are not forgotten.

    • ninja says:

      THANK YOU SO MUCH, Claw, for remembering POW/MIA Recognition Day.

      “National POW/MIA Recognition Day is an observance that honors those who were prisoners of war (POW), as well as those who are still missing in action (MIA).”

      “We thank you for your courage and sacrifice. You will never be forgotten.”

      I wore Captain John Fer’s POW Bracelet until he came home in 1973.


      Salute. Never Forget. Bring Them All Home.

      • Claw says:

        Yes Sir, You’re Welcome. Re CPT/COL Fer, it’s not very often that you see a Vietnam Service Medal with 11 Campaign Stars.

        Hand Salute.

        • ninja says:

          Great minds think alike, Claw…was thinking the same thing about his Campaign stars.

          Thank You So Much again for reminding us of POW/MIA Day…and a Special SALUTE to your Uncle Bud…

          Rest In Peace.

    • Roh-Dog says:

      Claw, I’ll say a couple words to the Supremest Commander for your uncle and all of our POW Brothers and Sisters.
      We are truly blessed to live in this land, to live free, and have brave Men and Women take on the greatest of responsibilities; ensuring of way of life.
      God Bless America.

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        ^Word^ Thanks for the reminder Claw. A Salute to Uncle Bud, and to all of the others that have been POWs.

        A very good friend and neighbor of mine was on the Bataan March. He had never spoken to anyone at all about it until just a few years before his death. He approached me to find him a new TV set that was NOT made in Japan. It was on that night that his wife and daughter found out why he refused to have anything in his house that was made in Japan. Continue to Rest In Peace Allen Carr.

        Had some ancestors that were in Camp Douglas, Elmira, and Point Lookout.

    • Mason says:

      Your uncle and my grandpa may have crossed paths. At Camp Claiborne, Ft Dix, or No. Ireland. Grandpa was HHC 1st/135th from when the 34th got federalized 11 Feb 1941.

  13. Ex-PH2;
    Had the second helping of your lemon pepper chicken for lunch. Easy to make and I only had to buy the bottle of lemon pepper having salt and pepper on hand. A number of years ago, I gave up cooking and one can’t let those canned and bottled spices sit for long periods of time because they weaken. So If I see a recipe that is easy to make without the above stuff, then I go ahead. I still make your Penne/sausage recipe every other or every two weeks. Lemon pepper chicken was great and I love it except I used a little two much garlic which filled up the house but was gone this morning and of course you know that garlic was invented in Ireland because everybody has heard of gaelic.

  14. Hack Stone says:

    Hack would be lucky to break the Top Twenty this weekend. Hack was unable to participate in last weekends WOT because he tested positive for internet enhancing drugs.

  15. ninja says:

    This came in:

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at the age of 87.

    • Roh-Dog says:

      That’s a news. God Bless her.

      • Roh-Dog says:

        Ok, now that enough time has passed for reverential treatment of…

      • rgr769 says:

        Now be nice. Don’t be like all the progs who were celebrating when Justice Scalia died. Think of her fabulous history. Many don’t know that she spent many years with the American Communist/Criminals Lawers Union (ACLU) before Billy Jeff appointed her to the court, after serving on the District of Criminals Court of Appeals (she was appointed by Dhimmi Carter). You know, the court that just rat-fucked General Flynn.

        • 11B-Mailclerk says:

          Oddly, she was controversial because she criticised Roe v Wade as poorly done. She vigorously supported the perception of a right, but thought the reasoning of that case worth critique.

          Weird, eh?

          “The Supreme Court stopped all that by deeming every law– even the most liberal– as unconstitutional. That seemed to me not the way courts generally work.” (2005)


          Rest in peace, ma’am.

    • rgr769 says:

      Good catch. I just found out about ten minutes ago. Watch the proggie heads explode when Trump tries to appoint her successor before the election.

      • LC says:

        Or the conservative heads explode when the hypocrisy of the Merrick Garland nomination is remembered – after all, the rule then was no appointees in an election year, right? And Garland was nominated in March of that year, not six weeks before the election.

        • Mason says:

          Elections have consequences. Believe that was the scorched earth policy of the Democrats.

          • LC says:

            Sure, but McConnell’s whole point was that the ‘will of the people’ needed to be heard in an election year, hence why Obama didn’t get Garland on the court in 2016. After a March nomination.

            ‘Elections have consequences’ should’ve applied in 2016, too, then, no? Or is a sound-bite more important than principles?

            • 11B-Mailclerk says:

              “The will of the people”.

              Which ones? I think you will find plenty of people “will” that Trump get his nominee confirmed.

              When the democrats embrace two-way compromise, instead of “bipartisan means dems win” , perhaps I will give a go.

              But not today.

              Dems are on the receiving end of what they have sown, what they routinely do. Situation reversed, there is zero chance they would defer.


              And everyone knows it.

              So neither should the Repubs defer. They should play to win, because we elected them to win. Don’t bother with “unfair” or “but the past”. The Left doesn’t even pay lip service to civility or tradition anymore, just expediency. They made politics blood sport, so they can’t complain about nosebleeds.

              Practical matter? There better be nine by November. Because some left-uber-alles types have already tipped their game plan.

              “but you guys are playing to win!” is poor critique, but is increasingly the gist of critique.

              Note: instead of saying “if we take the Senate, we will make it prohibited to confirm in an election Year” they instead say “oh yeah? No more filibuster and pack the court”. That is a tell, eh? So no. Play to win and y’all had your chance to set a more civil tone back in the prior admin.

              And chose poorly.

            • Mason says:

              Don’t get mad that the Republicans are finally playing the game using the Democrat’s rules.

        • MarineDad61 says:

          The “rule” that Democrats tried to undo in 2016
          is called the “BIDEN RULE”… from 1992.
          Now that’s some irony.


      • Devtun says:

        The Dems nuking the Senate filibuster under Harry Reid seems like it would haunt the Dems here. One big problem is the Republicans have a slim majority, and they might not have the votes. Collins, and Murkowski already stayed they will wait until after the election. Romney & Sasse aren’t exactly Trump fans. This is gonna be a tough lift. The confirmation hearings would be truly epic ridiculous. The Kavanaugh hearings will seem like a walk in the park.

        • UpNorth says:

          Maybe President Trump will wait until November 4th to make a nomination? That would honor the unwritten rule, yet give Mitch time to get the nomination approved.

    • OWB says:

      Always sad to hear, in spite of her liberal leanings. She was at least honest about it, and a civilized human being.

      Peace to her family.

      • KoB says:

        Agree OWB. I’ll also go on record of saying that I doubt very seriously if the demonrats will allow ANYONE that President Trump nominates for that position to be seated on SCOTUS. Unless, of course, he nominates the JEF.

        They will fight tooth and nail until they certify the election going their way. We are literally in a fight for the Soul of this Country. The actions over the last 4 years of the professional politicians of BOTH SIDES should make that very obvious. Wonder how much taxpayer money was spent over the last months trying to keep RGB alive, trying to at least make it to 4 November? Has there even been a public sighting of her? Wonder, too, if she was in the same ICU as KimCheezedaFati?

        • 11B-Mailclerk says:

          I sincerely hope her doctors did everything she wanted to prolong her life, as I would expect for you or me.

  16. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Thirty-umpteenth and Honorary First once again.


  17. Commissioner Wretched says:

    Well, friends, it being the WOT, and all, it seems as if it’s also time for trivia! With the King of Battle firmly on his throne, it’s the least I can do.

    Who was the lowest-paid major cast member of “The Wizard of Oz”?
    By Commissioner Wretched

    My second-favorite season of the year, autumn, begins in just a week. Autumn comes second only to spring, and I prefer both of those because it’s not too hot, not too cold … it’s just right.

    At least until winter gets closer, anyway.

    That’s the appeal of spring to me, you see. Warmer weather is coming.

    The leaves change color, there’s a crispness in the air, and the baseball playoffs are shaping up, despite the best efforts of 2020.

    While this year is most abnormal, the normalcy of baseball is very comforting.

    One thing that stays the same, though, is trivia. So let’s get on to this week’s assortment!

    Did you know …

    … a volcanic eruption inspired a classic horror novel? The eruption of the volcano Mt. Tambora in 1815 in Indonesia is recorded as the largest volcanic explosion in history. The devastating effects of the eruption – which sent dust and ash into the atmosphere and caused “the year without a summer” – inspired the creation of the classic horror novel “Frankenstein,” by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1791-1851). (“It’s alive! It’s alive! It’s … being eaten by the lava!”)

    … oil is the largest commodity in the world? Of course you knew that. But did you know what comes second? Coffee. (Good thing they’re not reversed. I don’t think I’d like the idea of starting the day with a good cup of oil.)

    … the shortest reign by a monarch in history was 20 minutes? King Louis XIX of France (1775-1844) became king upon the abdication of his father, King Charles X (1757-1836) in 1830. Faced with the July Revolution, Louis followed in his father’s footsteps by abdicating the throne 20 minutes later. He was replaced by his cousin, who ruled as Louis Philippe I (1773-1850) and who was the last King of France, abdicating in 1848. (So maybe Mel Brooks was wrong after all, and it’s not good to be the king.)

    … the star of a classic 1939 movie made less than the other players in the cast? The popular film, “The Wizard of Oz,” starred Judy Garland (1922-1969) as Dorothy Gale, the young lady who is whisked off by a Kansas tornado to the magical land of Oz. Garland was actually the second-lowest paid member of the main cast, even though she had star billing. Garland received $500 per week for her work on the film. Supporting cast members were paid much more – Ray Bolger (1904-1987), who appeared as the Scarecrow, received $3,000 per week; Jack Haley (1898-1979), the Tin Man, was also paid $3,000 a week; and Bert Lahr (1895-1967), the Cowardly Lion, earned $2,500 per week. Even the actor who played the Wizard himself, Frank Morgan (1890-1949), whose work was only featured in the final portion of the film, earned more than Garland, taking home $2,500 per week. The Wicked Witch of the West, Margaret Hamilton (1902-1985), brought home $1,000 a week. In fact, Garland only earned more than one other regular cast member – Terry (1933-1945), the cairn terrier who played Dorothy’s dog, Toto. Terry earned $125 per week for her work on the movie. Yes, Toto was actually a female. Additional trivia note: Terry’s owner, Carl Spitz (1894-1976), could have held out for a much larger paycheck for the dog, had he known how desperate MGM was to have that dog in the movie. The role of Toto was the last one cast, and Spitz missed a golden opportunity. (Toto, with pay scales like that, maybe we should go back to Kansas.)

    … Coca-Cola was originally marketed as a beverage that would boost your brain power? (Well, it boosted everything else, so …)

    … the crew at a nuclear missile site has a very dark sense of humor? At one of the many nuclear missile launch sites in South Dakota, the entrance door to the underground control center is painted to resemble the door of a Domino’s Pizza restaurant. A hand-lettered sign next to the door reads, “World-wide delivery in 30 minutes or less, or your next one is free.” (And that’s a guarantee, too.)

    … Hollywood’s first “blonde goddess” had to wear a wig? Jean Harlow (1911-1937) used a mixture of peroxide, household bleach, soap flakes and ammonia to attain the platinum blonde hair that made her a star – until the mixture cause her hair to fall out. For the last three years of her career, Harlow had to wear a wig when performing. (Keep your dumb blonde jokes to yourself.)

    … a unique car anti-theft device was created in 1905? The Bosco Company of Akron, Ohio, that year marketed a “collapsible rubber automobile driver.” The thing was a human figure, deflated and kept under the seat when not in use. It was designed to be inflated and placed in a car when the vehicle was parked, theoretically scaring off would-be car thieves. (Funny how all I can see is the “auto pilot” dummy Otto from the movie “Airplane!” right now.)

    … a statue in London stands on American soil? The statue of George Washington (1732-1799), which is located on Trafalgar Square in London, is actually standing on soil imported from the United States. Washington once said he would “never again step foot on English soil,” and the statement is borne out by the source of the land his statue is on.

    … in a day, a baby blue whale drinks about 130 gallons of its mother’s milk? In their first year of life, blue whales gain about ten pounds per hour. (And I thought I had weight problems!)

    Now … you know!

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      My Man CW, Thanks again, Big Dog. Coffee is the oil that gets our motors running everyday. CCE (Coca Cola Enterprises) is pissed that the word is out over the fact a Confederate Colonel named John Pemberton invented the late 1800s pick me up. During the summer that Mama was preggers with Baby Sister, Mama had a 6oz cocola and the heart out of a cold vine picked watermelon…every day. To this day, 57 years later, Baby Sister will still not drink Coke, or eat watermelon.

      Least Louis the 19th didn’t lose his head over being King of France, unlike another Louis. Wonder if #19 liked cake?

      The Good Witch Glinda and her low cut gown might have been the cause of some eruptions.


      • rgr769 says:

        Surprise, Surprise, Sgt. Carter! Just chatted with a friend in Commiefornia. She received her “Official Voter Information Guide.” It says every registered voter in the state will receive a mail-in ballot, and it will be counted if it is postmarked by November 3, 2020. She says the brochure says people “can get help casting your ballot” and your ballot can be dropped off at any polling place. So, boys, girls, and whatevers, get ready for massive vote fraud, and up to three weeks or more before all those mailed and harvested are counted.

        Not that Commiefornia could ever be in play for Trump; Hildy supposedly won by about 2,000,000 votes in 2016. Gropey Joe will likely win by 3,000,000 votes once all the illegal/fraudulent ballots are counted. I would love to be a fly on the wall in all the homes for the severely bewildered when all the facilities’ mail-in ballots are filled out by their staffs and harvested.

        PS: Wanted to put this at the end, stand alone, but the site wouldn’t let me once I had typed it and accidently hit a reply button.

  18. The Other Whitey says:

    Stuck at work, days off cancelled, though I did get out briefly for an emergency root canal (fun! ). My wife let me know that the kit for my niece’s F4F-3 showed up in the mail. Will get started once I finally get a day off.

    It’ll be in late-41 Navy light blue with the red&white-striped rudder. As with all of the kids’ aircraft, it will have her name on the cockpit. I’m thinking I’ll either do the engine cowling or a tail flash in yellow with three red stripes, since said niece is full-blooded Vietnamese.

    Also planning another model for my oldest daughter, probably next year. She wants a ship this time, so I’m going to do USS England DE-635 in 1/350. For a special touch, it will have her name in signal flags on the halyard.

  19. QMC says:

    RIP RBG. Disagreed with Justice Ginsburg (a lot), but still a dedicated public servant on the Supreme Court for 27 years. Prayers to the family.

    • Mason says:

      Don’t ever let it be said she wasn’t committed. She lasted well past the point that most people would say eff it and retire.

      • MarineDad61 says:

        And today’s not the day for criticisms.
        However, I can safely say (since 2017),
        that if RBG retired in 2013 like a normal 80 year old,
        we wouldn’t be having this new national political discussion today.

        • 11B-Mailclerk says:

          Her ethic appears, to me, to be “work as you are able”. She remained able, so she worked.

          If she did her judicial work saying ” f(orget) politics” then I concur.

  20. Sapper3307 says:

    Will RBG be voting (D) by mail this year.

  21. Skippy says:

    Lou Dobbs rocks
    I recently re-discovered him
    Holy Cow !!!!!
    He thinks the way I think
    Seriously how long does it take
    To hold people accountable for 2016 ????
    Rumor has it another vampire has left
    The Durham investigation because of foot
    Dragging by Barr. When will Trump
    Either do a document dump or hire a special counsel how will get shit done ???
    And WTF is the issue with Lindsey Graham
    Has he lost his fucking mind ???
    God Help us

  22. SgtBob says:

    I tell you what. All this semi-bickering reminded me of when I was in an infantry platoon in a If you ain’t Cav, you ain’t s*** regiment. 11B always gets the pointy stick.

  23. Hack Stone says:

    Hack Stone is seeking some spiritual guidance. What is the acceptable amount of time to mourn and accept that it won’t be coming back? Hack Stone went on terminal leave and officially retired from the Marine Corps on October 1 2003, and while putting his clean laundry in the appropriate dresser drawers, came across a single dress sock from his uniforms. Name stamp still legible on the insole. Should he still cling to hope in the event that particular sock will be reunited with its mate, or should he seek closure and put that sock out of its misery.


    One Foot In The Grave
    Bethesda Maryland

    • rgr769 says:

      A double tap to the toe and the heel from a 1911 is appropriate, as you will never find its mate. Or, better yet, you could make it into an actual sock-puppet. Post pics if you take the latter course of action. We are all missing sock-puppets; been a long time since one has reared its ugly head here.

  24. AW1Ed says:

    Skippy sends. Careful what you ask for…


  25. Claw says:

    FY20 Valor Vultures Tote Board Teaser:

    With 11 days to go, Army is leading by 2.

  26. Claw says:

    Of no particular interest to nobody, I feel it’s my duty to report that the Fake Huey Pilot, “Left Low Ball” Jimmy Walls will receive a record number of ball washings tonight as the Euro-Weenie owned Fake Book of the Face UH-1 Huey Page has finally reached 35K members who are just like Jimmy./s