Halloween Open Thread

| October 31, 2020

Jack o lantern designs. (ilovehalloween.com)

Happy Halloween! Full moon tonight. If it’s clear in your area, you might see an “orange” moon on the horizon.

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  1. Skippy says:

    And our crew is ready for tonight

  2. 5th/77th FA says:

    FIRST! Wake up Skippy, it’s the Open Thread!

  3. AW1Ed says:


    AW1Rod sends.

  4. Sea Dragon says:

    Present & accounted for.

  5. 5th/77th FA says:

    Don’t know about seeing an orange moon, but I do remember seeing a pasty white “Bad Moon A’Rising” every time my Ex-wife got out of bed nekkid. Apologies to CCR

  6. Sparks says:

    Everyone have a good rest of your weekend.

  7. Ex-PH2 says:

    If you don’t know the meaning of irony, it is having a new furnace installed on Monday, while the days leading to Monday will be 40s to low 50s, and all days after Monday will be in the mid to upper 60s for at least a week.

    • Ex; If you wish, I could come over there and we could do a dance marathon till Monday dancing to 1950’s lindies for 48 hours to stay warm. Sounds good to me.

      • ninja says:

        Here you go, Jeff LPH 63-66.

        The ninja family actually watched this 2 minute dance scene that was in the movie “Untamed Youth” and was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 (starring Mamie Van Doren!!).

        Wow, talk about Cardio!

        And these are supposed to be Wild Teenagers from the 1959 who did these dances AFTER they picked cotton all day long!



        • ninja says:

          And here is another one for you, Jeff LPH 63-66!

          Well worth watching (6 minutes).

          BTW, Untamed Youth came out in 1957, not 1959. The movie featured John Russell (“LAWMAN), Eddie Cochran (Poor Man’s Elvis) and Mamie Van Doren (Poor Man’s Marilyn Monroe).

          • OWB says:

            Good stuff, ninja. Good old 40’s big band jitterbug dancin’. Yeah.

          • Great videos ninja, my friends are a little older than myself with one of the young ladies class of 1952 the other young lady class of 1959, the other friend class of 1954 and right into the Navy. The girls can really dance up a storm when we used to go out before the china virus.

        • Ex-PH2 says:

          I used to spend more time watching American Bandstand than any other show. But that was when rock ‘n’ roll really was rock ‘n’ roll.

  8. Hack Stone says:

    Hack Stone will not be dressing up for Halloween this year. Last year he went as a disbarred attorney, and every time he rang a doorbell, the occupants would say โ€œLook at that giant asshole!โ€. Not only did Hack have to endure that, but every house gave him a copy of some outdated Red Hat Software.

    • rgr769 says:

      I canโ€™t think of a scarier costume than the look of that insane, disbarred, dead lawer. Did you wear any fake bling or failed pilot gear?

  9. 26Limabeans says:

    Can’t have Halloween without this:

    Admin assist, ‘beans.

  10. MarineDad61 says:

    15th. Gettin’ better.
    The goof balls in my county POSTPONED trick or treating
    from October 29 until
    Monday evening, November 2.
    Who ever does this in November? On an election year, no less?

  11. Green Thumb says:

    The False Commander “Phony” Phillip D. Monkress (CEO of All-Points Logistics) is handing out stolen valor this year at the annual All-Points Logistics American Taxpayer-funded Employee Halloween Party.

    The cool thing (and quite economical I might add) is that none of the employees have to dress up! They are already a bunch of fakers, imposters and clowns!

    Phildo and his nefarious senior staff really knocked it out of the park this year!

  12. We used to bag dog shit and light the bag on fire on a persons top stoop then ring the doorbell and run. Also used to ground up sidewalk chalk and load the powder into socks so you could swing it at other trick or treaters. pea shooters were also used.

  13. Devtun says:

    Digging up a Johnny Carson joke on Biden from ’87.

  14. thebesig says:

    Don’t be tricked…

  15. ninja says:


    “I’ll Lead An Effective Strategy To Mobilize Trunalimunumaprzure”

    (“If you don’t understand what he said, then you ain’t Black! C’mon, Man!”)

  16. ninja says:

    Kayleigh McEnany on Twitter:

    “The Liberal Democrat Governor of Minnesota tried to shut us down by only allowing 250 inside President @realDonaldTrump’s peaceful protest, but Gov FAILED. MINNESOTA showed up for President Trump OUTSIDE his rally!!:


  17. ninja says:

    I know KoB, Cameron and others have already seen this.

    Wonder what Ole Ralphie Boy, KKK “Coonman Doofus, AKA Guv of Virginia is thinking? (he is a VMI Graduate):

    “Virginia Military Institute Removing Stonewall Jackson Statue From Campus”


    “Virginia Military Institute is removing the statue of Thomas J. โ€œStonewallโ€ Jackson from its campus and establishing diversity initiatives amid mounting allegations of racism at the public college.”

    “The VMI Board of Visitors unanimously voted Thursday to move Jackson’s statue from the front of its barracks to another location that is yet to be determined.”

    “The school is also appointing a permanent diversity officer and creating a diversity and inclusion committee.”

    “Kaleb Tucker, a Black graduate of VMI, started a petition earlier this year to tear down the statue of Jackson, alleging that racism is rampant at the school.”

    “There has been story on top of story of racism and black prejudice within the walls of the institute,” Tucker wrote. “However VMI has not once acknowledged allegations nor has there been any just punishment to the doers of this racism and black prejudice.”

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      We right on top of all this ninja, Guv is pushing hard, here and in Richmond. Lawsuits are pending to slow it down, but it is a losing battle. At least for Monument Ave in Richmond…or maybe I should just go ahead and say a lost battle. Whe Bobby Lee is removed from Monument Ave, the only statue left will be that of Arthur Ashe. Guess being a tennis player is more heroic than serving as an Officer in the US and CS Army.

      VMI is moving Ol’ Blue Fire and the Guns to a different spot (Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John) and the alumni association is supposedly up in arms about it. VMI quit supporting and/or re-enacting the Cadets Role in the Battle of New Market awhile back. Odd how throughout the years, what number of VMI and Citadel Cadets went on to either other service academies or to Honorable Military Service in our Country’s Armed Forces. Many forget or didn’t know, that Jackson had suggested the use of the Cadets from both schools to be used as the Drill Instructors for the initial training the CS Troops received before FIRST Manassas. There were other former Cadets from both schools that performed the same duty for the Union Troops that answered Lincoln’s FIRST call for 75,000 troops, “…to put down the rebellion.” That action being the catalyst that made Virginia, Arkansas, and others including the New Mexico/Arizona Territory to secede. Folks also forget that Jackson had NOT been a member of the US Army for a number of years when he joined the Confederate Army, and that the slaves that he owned he purchased as a family to keep them from being sold separately “down the river.” And that Bobby Lee was the FIRST choice of Old Winfield Scott to become Commander of the Union Army and Lee had resigned his Commision well before he accepted a position as a General of the Virginia Militia. Lee freed the slaves that were an inheritance he had under the terms of the will that they came to him.

      • ninja says:

        AMEN, AMEN, AMEN!!!!!

        Thank You so much for sharing this, KoB!!!!



  18. ninja says:


    Graphic in Picture and Content (You Be The Judge) At the Link:

    “Hair, Blood, Mold, Bugs: A Foodieโ€™s Guide To Fine Dining On Ship”


    “Approximately two years ago, U.S. personnel based out of Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar brought to light a symphony of culinary ingredients that were anything but edible. Termites, worms, mold and rocks were just a few of the fine touches casually ignored in order to accentuate flavor, aroma and the overall dining experience.”

    “Following the reveal of this nutritious roundup, we set to work on crafting a menu of the Deidโ€™s most mouthwatering dishes to ensure our servicemen and women satisfied the insatiable palate that protecting freedom induces. Menu items such as โ€œSlimy Yet Satisfying,โ€ a dish containing lettuce blanketed by a worm, or โ€œMy Sorta Aorta,โ€ a plate of roast beef replete with full blown veins and arteries, featured prominently.”

    “It appears, however, that a challenger has emerged to contest the Deidโ€™s bug- and mold-infused throne. Or, it would appear as much after an appetizing anthology of photos were circulated on Facebook by Kevin Selfaison, a former petty officer second class who recently shared the mouth-watering dishes he encountered over the course of three years aboard the aircraft carrier Nimitz.”

    “Selfaison claimed he waited until after being discharged from the Navy to share the imagery, which he posted to Facebook on Oct. 3, due to fear of repercussions.”

    โ€œThe problem with the food on the Nimitz is not just a Nimitz problem,โ€ the former sailor told Military Times. โ€œIt is a problem across the military.โ€

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      And a certain Aeronautically Designated Naval Aviation type that we all know and love has bragged on the 3 hots (maybe 4) and a cot that every dirt digging doggy would lust after. Think I’d just as soon settle for Ham and muthers, leastways I could get the pound cake and fruit cocktail out of the C Rat Box. If the regular meals were like that, what you think the mid-rats were like?


      • ninja says:




      • AW1Ed says:

        Well after my time, I’m happy to say. When I was active submarines were famous for excellent chow, followed closely by the carriers. The small boys I was on my first tour, not so much and this played a part in me going to land based aircraft.
        There my life revolved around the Flight Schedule, and per diem brought groceries to the room, which was complete with illegal cooking gear. Visits to the chow hall were rare.

        This if true is completely unsat, and indicative of a breakdown at the Goat Locker level. Also, back in the day the Command Duty Officer was obliged to dine on occasion in the Enlisted Mess, for just this reason. I suppose that has fallen by the wayside as well.

        Sad day for my Navy.

        • penguinman000 says:

          In my day (retired in 2012) the CDO or OOD was required to eat in the enlisted mess (ashore and afloat)for every meal at every command I was at. The pictures in that article would’ve resulted in some MSs getting a size 10 up their back side.

          And where the hell is medical in all this? As an IDC I would’ve been crawling all up any chow hall that tried to serve that sh*t.

          • 11B-Mailclerk says:

            I have known COs to ask a newly arrived junior EM to go through the chow line for them to see what is being served to same. I saw officers and senior NCOs eating with us constantly.

            The food in our DFAC was very good. Our field-served food was good. Weird how that works.

            • 26Limabeans says:

              I had a meal ticket for the Navy Camp Tien Sha mess.
              Best food ever and open 24/7 buffet style.
              Used to see a lot of AF guys in there from the Air base across the road.
              Even the ARVN’s ate there.

        • 26Limabeans says:

          The most difficult food to clean off a fork is egg yoke.
          I recall being ordered to re-cycle every piece of of silverware
          after the cook found a small yellow spot on a fork.
          Every damn piece in the mess hall was washed, rinsed and inspected.
          To this day I am extra careful with forks and the fear lingers….

  19. ninja says:

    “Living Like A King’: Navy Officer Who Demanded Bribes From ‘Fat Leonard’ Gets Prison”


    “Brooks Alonzo Parks, a naval logistics officer serving in the western Pacific, was often quite specific about what he thought he deserved in exchange for the insider information he was leaking to military contractor Leonard Francis.”

    “One time, it was a case of Hennessy Pure White cognac.”

    “Another, it was a $4,000-a-night room at the Ritz-Carlton in Singapore.”

    “It feels good living like a KING on an E-6’s salary!!!” Parks wrote in one email to Francis’ company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia, or GDMA, referring to his military pay grade.”

    “Parks admitted back in 2007 that he’d been bitten by the GDMA “bug” by joining Francis’ deep network of naval officers who leaked proprietary information to give his company a competitive advantage in exchange for bribes. On Friday, he followed the same path of many in that network by being sentenced in a San Diego federal courtroom to prison.”

    “U.S. District Judge Janis Sammartino, who has overseen the massive court case involving Francis, handed down a 27-month term. Parks was also ordered to pay just over $24,000 in restitution, a figure corresponding to the value of the bribes.”

    “Parks, 48, who lives in Maryland, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery in June.”

    “Parks traded on his important position of trust, selling his loyalty to a foreign defense contractor,” U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer said in a statement.”

    “Parks is among 34 defendants โ€” most of them Navy officials โ€” who have been charged in the U.S. in the case. Twenty-three have pleaded guilty. Francis, who has cooperated with the investigation, has not yet been sentenced since pleading guilty.”

  20. ninja says:

    This was already featured, but had to repost…!

  21. ninja says:

    “Policeman By Paul Harvey”

    A Tribute To Our Police Officers:

  22. ninja says:

    “Paul Harvey “Fireman” At His BEST He Tells What Its Like To Be a Firefighter”

  23. ninja says:

    “So God Made a “Farmer”, by Paul Harvey”:

  24. ninja says:

    “If I Were the Devil – Paul Harvey (Good Audio)”

    “Paul Harvey first broadcast the “If I Were the Devil” speech in 1965. Through the years, he updated the speech. This version was probably broadcast in the 1990s.”

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      Lubbed me some Paul Harvey ninja. A classic Gentleman of the old school that could help us make sense out of most anything. And knew who and how to place Honors to for their Service to our Country. Back in my Road Warrior Days, when he was on Broadcast Radio, I made up a list of the different stations and times that he would be on to make sure I could catch him.

      Thanks for the posting…and the tribute Memories!


  25. Ex-PH2 says:

    Hmmmm….. Boo!

  26. Sgtm says:

    Got a survey on my phone asking who I was voting for. Punched in Biden. Ha ha ha ha ha. Screw those polls.

  27. Ex-PH2 says:

    This came across my screen: while I have seen far too much artwork done by male organisms in museum collections, and very little by women in museum collections, the fact that there has always been rampant discrimination in the art world is nothing new. However, EXCLUDING SOMEONE based on reproduction organs is not acceptable to anyone with a working brain.