Weekend Open Thread

| February 26, 2021

Ilhabela Island by Mark Merideth and Gettt Images.

This is a picture of a sunset at Ilhabela Island, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The name of the island is Portuguese for beautiful island. Enjoy your weekend.

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  1. Sea Dragon says:


    • Sea Dragon says:

      Yeah baby!

      • KoB says:

        Rats of The Cong to your catch Sea Dragon! The Crown and Scepter as King of FIRST on the TAH Friday Weekend Open Thread is passed on. Be careful of EARNING this Coveted Award too many times. There are those out there who will bitch…AND moan.

        With this Great Power comes Great Responsibility. To your health Good Sir!

        • SFC D says:

          Present! And just what is the point of having great responsibility if you can’t abuse it for personal gain?

    • ChipNASA says:

      Nice First.
      I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is your first “First”?
      Only the Claw knows for sure.
      ANYWAY, nice First Sea Dragon.
      May you lord over us gently and with honor.

      I couldn’t “First today, I was at the range checking out new attachments as well as releasing into that which is the atmosphere and the Universe, freedom seeds that went to their greatness, faithfully and with much haste, although, I had a few that just weren’t behaving properly and I blame that entirely on mechanical issues or maintenance, which will be addressed shortly.
      Either way, after an appointment at the range, coming home safe and sound and a little lighter is always a good thing.
      (SO politically not correct these days…I’d probably get a 30 day ban on Book of Face for sharing this…)

      • Sea Dragon says:

        First First. Thanks.

      • Claw says:

        Sea Dragon has received pseudo credit in the Coveted Book of WOT Firsts for being “First” on the Open Threads (based on DEFECTed/DELETEd Firsts from another commenter)on the following dates:

        02 July 20, 10 July 20, 07 Aug 20, and 04 Sep 20.

        But today’s FIRST is the initial clearly defined, stand alone entry, therefore So let it be written, so let it be done./smile

    • Graybeard says:

      Rats of the Cong to ya’

      Lord it well – you can always look to KoB for examples of how to reign as the WOT FIRST…

  2. Eggs says:

    1st maybe

  3. Txnorsky says:

    Wow, the WoT was dropped a bit early this week.

    Congrats SeaDog. Welcome to the club!

  4. Txnorsky says:

    Make that Sea Dragon, CRS has me today.

  5. Only Army Mom says:

    Top ten? That may be a first for me

  6. Green Thumb says:

    The False Commander “Phony” Phil Monkress (CEO of All-Points Logistics) continues to work balls as he steals from the American taxpayer as he and his less-than-honest and Poser -supporting company, All-Points Logistics, attempt to procure government contracts based upon his highly dubious and potentially felonious Native America, Law Enforcement and Navy SEAL claims.

  7. Hack Stone says:

    Once again, Hack Stone is late to the party. Hate those Friday afternoon meetings. When is the Vice President of the proud but humble woman owned business that sells software to the federal government going to realize that we haven’t had a sale since Elaine Ricci was tossed to the side?

  8. 26Limabeans says:

    It’s Friday?
    Congrats to Sea Dragon. Bout time we had some fresh fish.
    Wear that crown and wield your scepter.
    Just don’t fuck it up.

  9. Haywire Angel says:

    Top 10?

  10. Herbert J Messkit says:

    Did you all here about the Chicoms giving some of our diplomats the COVID anal swabs tests. I’ll bet they put both hands on their shoulders when they did it.

    • Green Thumb says:

      I wonder if All-Points Logistics has the contract on that?

      I could see Phildo not wanting to be outbid….

    • Mustang Major says:

      Who thinks this stuff up? I thought it was satire at first.

      • Only Army Mom says:

        I am still having a hard time believing it’s not satire. That there is some bat-crap crazy.

        • David says:

          Hell, they are selling those shoes as a rape deterrent! Imagine an attacked lady trying to run away in them.

          • Mason says:

            Any woman wearing them will sound like a horse. Which will be very confusing, because most of the women wearing them will also look like a horse.

    • Mason says:

      although there are no physical or biological differences between men and women, because sex and gender are just social constructs pushed by the patriarchy, men are generally taller than women

      LOL. There’s nothing different, except for this one major difference!

      I can’t tell if this is real, in which case it’s a painfully sad depiction of where we are as a society, or if it’s brilliant satire. If it is indeed satire, that it’s so spot on with what the SJWs do and talk like, it too is a painfully sad depiction of where we are as a society that it’s not obvious satire.

      • Animal says:

        I looked through it’s blog page. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

      • Poetrooper says:

        Mason, social warriors don’t do satire.

        Satire requires a sense of humor…

      • Berliner says:

        Recently in another online forum the question for men was “do you sit when you pee?”.
        The top upvoted reply was “yes, but I get weird looks from the guys at the other urinals.”

    • UpNorth says:

      Wow, Animal, there was a whole lot of bat-shit, out of their tiny minds, crazy on that page.

  11. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    Present and Honorary First once again.


  12. Commissioner Wretched says:

    Congrats to Sea Dragon – is this your first FIRST? Regardless, the throne is yours for the week. Rule despotically and you, too, can be elected President!

    Hondo – your correction to last week’s column will appear in next week’s introduction.

    In the meantime, how about some trivia?

    Did President Taft really get stuck in his bathtub?
    By Commissioner Wretched

    Two months in!

    We have made it two whole months into 2021, and the world hasn’t fallen apart yet.

    Well, not any more than it already has, anyway.

    Who knows what the future holds? Fans of old-time radio shows already know what the answer is …
    “The Shadow knows!”

    Sadly, the Shadow doesn’t seem to want to share any information with me. So I guess I’m going to have to move along into this week’s trivia, then.

    After all, it’s what you stop in here each week for anyway, right? Not my allegedly witty introductions to the column.

    So on to the trivia!

    Did you know …

    … the first novel ever written on a typewriter was “Tom Sawyer”? It was written entirely on an early-model typewriter by Mark Twain (born Samuel Clemens, 1835-1910). (Since the typewriter was so new, I wonder what Twain used instead of White-Out when he made a typing error?)

    … only 3% of Americans prefer their hot dogs plain? (I don’t necessarily prefer them plain, but I do know that where I come from – Chicago – it’s almost illegal to put ketchup on one.)

    … a Florida man was charged with assault after throwing an alligator at someone? In 2016, Joshua James (born 1992) was being handed a beverage at a drive-through window at a Wendy’s in Palm Beach County, Florida. For some unknown reason, James reportedly threw a live 3.5-foot-long alligator back through the window and drove off. James was promptly charged with assault with a deadly weapon, possession of an alligator, and petty theft. Not to mention, James was banned from all Wendy’s fast-food restaurants nationwide. (I don’t think there’s anything I can add to this story that makes it any funnier, or more bizarre.)

    … some historians think that Tsar Alexander I of Russia did not die when history claims he did? In the 19th Century’s version of a conspiracy theory, it is said that when Alexander (born Aleksandr Pavlovich Romanov, 1777-1825) went to the Crimea in 1825, contracted typhus, and died, it was all a plot to give up the throne and lead the life of a monk. Believers think Alexander “became” Fyodor Kuzmich (?-1864), a Russian Orthodox saint who bore a striking resemblance to the Tsar and even had almost identical handwriting. Soviet history says that when Alexander’s tomb in the Peter and Paul Fortress in Petrograd was opened in 1921 in a search for valuable metals, it was empty. (Insert “Twilight Zone” theme here.)

    … a popular story about our 27th President is not true? According to legend, President William H. Taft (1857-1930) had no end of embarrassment one day at the White House when he became stuck in the bathtub and had to be helped out. Taft, who at the time of his presidency stood six feet tall and weighed about 350 pounds, was a pretty big boy, but the story – while amusing – is not true. Taft had had a special extra-sized bathtub made for him while he was overseeing construction of the Panama Canal, and when he was elected president in 1908 he had the monstrosity installed in the White House. The popular tale about Taft getting stuck in the tub came about when the daughter of a maid at the White House gave a second-hand account in a memoir, but the only problem with that tale is that the writer’s mom didn’t work at the White House until ten years after Taft had left office. Taft did not let his size deter him; if a bathtub wasn’t big enough for his ample frame, he’d just take a shower.

    … Mickey Mouse wears gloves for a reason? Created by Walt Disney (1901-1966), Mickey wears gloves because it was easier to animate his hands that way. Also, as an aside, Disney reportedly said that he didn’t want Mickey to have “mouse hands,” so giving him gloves made sense. (And here I thought it was because Mickey had some sense of style.)

    … the comical villains in “Batman” have real identities? You know them – the Joker, the Riddler, the Penguin, Catwoman, Two-Face, the Mad Hatter, and more – but behind each character is a “real” person, at least in the DC Comics universe. The Riddler’s real name is Edward Nygma; the Penguin is Oswald Cobblepot; Catwoman is Selina Kyle; Two-Face is Harvey Dent; and the Mad Hatter is Jervis Tetch, to name but a few. The only one whose backstory does not include a real name is the Joker. In the 1989 film “Batman” starring Michael Keaton (born 1951), the Joker – played by Jack Nicholson (born 1937) – is given the backstory name of Jack Napier, but that is not considered comic canon and is usually ignored in sketches of the Joker’s history. (Holy real identities, Batman!)

    … whales are not able to swim backwards? (Well, they do have one up on me – I can’t even swim forwards.)

    … you may be a poor sufferer of iatrophobia? It’s the fear of doctors. (Of course, you could also be a rich sufferer of iatrophobia, since you would still have the money you’d otherwise spend on doctors.)

    … the current federal tax code is 74,608 pages long? By comparison, the code issued in 1913 was only 400 pages long. (Proof that the government can mess anything up.)

    … alcoholic beverages can be good for you? Most alcoholic beverages contain all 13 minerals necessary to sustain human life. (Now they tell me.)

    … in the average lifetime, a person will breathe in about 44 pounds of dust? (And they’ll breathe it right back out, too, I hope.)

    Now … you know!

    • 26Limabeans says:

      “… in the average lifetime, a person will breathe in about 44 pounds of dust? (And they’ll breathe it right back out, too, I hope.)”

      Chuck a lunga, Huck a louie…..

    • thebesig says:

      Joshua means “God saves” or “God is salvation”. It was also Jesus’ actual name. So we could also say that the guy throwing the alligator through the window was not living up to his name.

      • Graybeard says:

        In Hebrew that is יְהוֹשׁוּעַ yᵊhôšûaʿ and in Greek Ἰησοῦς iēsous – so to get really, really pedantic, Jesus’s actual name is one of those two pronunciations.

        But yeah, that guy in Florida wasn’t living up to his name.

        • thebesig says:

          The translation from Hebrew to Greek was more of a translation error than a literal translation. Savior in Greek is “σωτήρας”. Yəhôšuaʿ means “God saves”, “God is salvation”, “salvation”, etc. It translates into Joshua.

          Matthew 1:21:

          And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins…


          And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Yəhôšuaʿ: for he shall save his people from their sins…

          Replacing “Yəhôšuaʿ”:

          And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name “God saves”: for he shall save his people from their sins…

          The Greek name you mentioned was chosen more for its similarity in pronunciation, the lack of Greek words, or Greek approximations used, than it was for meaning. They made similar translation errors with the names of some of the Old Testament prophets mentioned in the New Testament.

          The names of many of the characters in the Bible have meanings relevant to the story they are mentioned in.

          • David says:

            As long as we’re linguistically nitpicking, my weak Portugese says Ilhabela alone means Beatiful Island, so Ilhabela Island means Beautiful Island Island.

            • thebesig says:

              First, your comment is irrelevant to the argument on Jesus’ original name. I accurately stated that the actual word for Jesus, in the Hebrew and Aramaic that the Gospels were originally presented as, translates to Joshua in English.

              Second, Ilhabela Island came from the travel photographer that shot the above photo. At the time I saw that, my Spanish told me that it looked similar to “Isla bonita”. Why did I use the writer/photographer/website term?

              From a freelance writer perspective, it’s to specify what is being photographed. In this case, to give the reader a name that helps focus on what is being communicated.

              If you go to the Wikipedia site where you got your “weak Portuguese” from, it’s the name used to describe an archipelago and a city.

              Now how, pray tell, does “island” describe a group of islands? What does your weak Portuguese call an archipelago? I’m presuming that Portuguese word/words for city are not that different from the Spanish word/words for city.

              Saying “island archipelago” would be a contradiction, as an archipelago describes a group of islands. Describing an entire archipelago as “island” would also invite contradiction. Yet, Illhabela is the name that the Brazilians gave to a group of islands and a city.

              Technically, each of those islands have a name that isn’t “Illhabela”. Better to call it such rather than label it with the wrong island name… Thus sending travelers to the wrong island.

  13. Graybeard says:

    Late to WOT, again.

    Like ChipNASA, I was at the range today. FIRST time in months – and it shows. Could not pass the 5-5-5 drill with my EDC, kept going over 7 seconds.

    Then 2 grandsons wanted to try their Grandpa in a mash-up game of Pokemon/Magic – mixing the rules to make it semi-work. (I won both games.)

    Time to start putting in the garden now, I suppose.

    Unfortunately, plumbing supplies are still low in our AO, so granddaughter’s house is still without water. Our church’s sanctuary will be out of operation for the next few weeks, so we’re having to broadcast the service to different parts of our building from the student center room.

    Hope y’all have a great weekend. Stay safe, and hug your loved ones.

  14. Slow Joe says:

    I missed the party. Like always.

    On another note, here in Fort Carson we have to do PT with the mask on. This sux ballz.

    • Claw says:

      Hey, Joe, what outfit did you get assigned to there on Carson?

      Here’s hoping it is 1/12 Infantry, of which both myself and Doc Savage were proud to be called Red Warriors some 35 or so years ago.

  15. rgr769 says:

    In case you all missed this bit of news, the Fan Belt Inspectors (FBI) is investigating the shooting of Lady Gaga’s dog walker and the theft of her French Bulldogs. They suspect this was a retaliation against her by Trump supporters/insurrectionists/white-supremacists because Gaga sang at JoeBama’s investiture ceremony. So, I imagine about 20 plus agents have been dispatched to LA to find the racist perpetrators. But they will be looking for two twenty something Black white-supremacists, as the attackers were two black males.

    Update: The dogs have been returned to Gaga. I am guessing the woman who dropped them off will be seeking Gaga’s reward. She will likely be splitting the $500K with the dog robbers/attempted murderers.

    • rgr769 says:

      Further update: The FBI is now denying they are investigating this Gaga hate crime.

    • OWB says:

      So, does her having French Bulldogs, as opposed to, say, Ethiopian bulldogs, make Gaga a racist?

      • OWB says:

        Oh, never mind. She’s white, so she must already be a racist. Just because. And a white supremacist.

        And refusing to believe that the black dudes AREN’T white supremacists just because they aren’t white would also be racist, right?