Weekend Open Thread

| March 5, 2021

Underwater and above water photograph showing outdoor opportunities. (Ippei & Janine Naoi/Islands of Japan/Getty Images/iStock)

Miyako Island is one of the islands in the Okinawa Prefecture. This island offers outdoor opportunities like camping, snorkeling, etc. Enjoy your weekend.

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    • TXNorsky says:

      Dang Kob – Again with the First!!

      Congrats!! Looking forward to the open bar and buffet!

      • KoB says:

        Tanks TXNorsky, it sat there long enough. And in your Honor, and for all of My Texican Brothers and Sisters, we’re adding a slab of Smoked Beefed Beast BrisKet, with an assortment of dipping sauces (for those that think they must have), to the buffet bar.

        I actually thought the whining would start before 1626hrs.

  1. KoB says:

    Well would you just lookie here now. That damned of’ TAH Friday Weekend Open Thread just a’layin’ there. Orphaned, lookin’ for a Home to the FIRST Deplorable Miscreanted d’Weeded Gun Bunny that just happened along and brought a full scale FIRE MISSION, FIRE MISSION, FIRE MISSION to it. It sat there long enough as I was actually reading Ol’ Poe’s comment about the New Marine Gnrl.

    The King of Battle, formerly of the 5th Battalion 77th Field Artillery and the FIRST Battalion 333rd Field Artillery has laid claim to and herewith takes the Crown of King of FIRST back from that Sea Draggin’ Navy Boy! You must SUFFER!

    Hot Wings, Pizza, Hamburgered Grounded Beef Chucked Beast/w gravy, LAMPs, Greened Beaned Casserole, Cat Headed Biscuits, Refreshing Beverages, and seegars for all hands.

  2. Haywire Angel says:

    Top 5? Have a good weekend everyone!

  3. Devtun says:

    Five. Have great air force weekend.

  4. Sparks says:

    The top ten for the first time in a long time. have a great weekend everyone!

  5. Sparks says:

    FIRST! In spelling it out.

  6. Commissioner Wretched says:

    It’s uncanny how the King of Battle makes the FIRST even when he isn’t trying! All I can say is WOW and let’s have some trivia for all in recognition of yet another FIRST for KoB!

    DID YOU KNOW…?
    Did a famous actor take a game show host job just so another comedian wouldn’t get it?
    By Commissioner Wretched

    Well, it’s time for another mea culpa. Seems I got a part of an earlier column wrong.

    My friend Hondo at http://www.valorguardians.com took me to task about an item in the column two weeks ago concerning the radioactive grave at Arlington National Cemetery. The part about the accident and the grave was correct; I messed up on the type of reactor.

    I had said that the reactor used one control rod. Hondo pointed out that the reactor actually used up to nine control rods, and on the day of the accident was using five. One rod was the “primary” control rod, and that’s the one that the unfortunate Specialist McKinley moved too far too fast, causing his and two other deaths.

    Thanks, Hondo, for catching that and keeping me honest! Now on to this week’s trivia!

    Did you know …

    … between 1940 and 1987, ninety-four patents were taken out on shaving mugs? (How do you patent a shaving mug, anyway? Isn’t it just a coffee cup with soap in it?)

    … in Richmond, Virginia, it is illegal in an eating establishment to flip a coin to determine who buys a cup of coffee? (Don’t you ever wonder about the people who make these silly laws? I know I do.)

    … pollution can cause obesity? Pollution affects hormones, which control weight. (That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.)

    … the national symbols of Australia were chosen for a specific reason? In 1908, the first coat of arms for Australia was authorized by King Edward VII of the United Kingdom (1841-1910). That coat of arms, and all symbols of the nation approved thereafter, features an emu and a kangaroo. Of all the unique animals found in Australia, those two were chosen to symbolize the country for one reason – they cannot walk backwards. Australians have always seen themselves as a forward-moving society, so it made sense to them to choose two animals unable to walk backwards – even if they wanted to – as their national symbols.

    … a famous game show host took his best-known job just so another comedian would not get it? Actor Peter Marshall (born 1926) is most well known as the host of the long-running NBC game show “The Hollywood Squares.” Marshall did not host the 1966 pilot for the show, however – that was done by Bert Parks (1914-1992). But Parks’ style proved too “over the top” for the producers, and they searched for another, less intense host. The eventual competition for the job came down to two men – Marshall and comedian Dan Rowan (1922-1987). Marshall and Rowan intensely disliked each other, and though Marshall did not really want the job, he took it just so Rowan would not get it. Marshall expected the show to flop after 13 weeks and he would get to go back to acting on Broadway. The show became a hit, however, and Marshall would spend the next fifteen years hosting it. Rowan would later go on to co-star in the wildly popular comedy show “Laugh-In” with Dick Martin (1922-2008) from 1968 to 1973. (So that’s what it means to be in the Secret Square!)

    … the British Parliament once condemned lipstick? In 1770, Parliament passed a law that said women using lipstick would be “found guilty of seducing men into matrimony by cosmetic means” and were practicing witchcraft. (What, you mean they weren’t?)

    … the United Kingdom actually has a definition for “white Christmas?” In the U.K., an official “white Christmas” happens if there is a single flake of snow observed falling in the 24 hours of December 25. (You had to know that the British would have a rule about it.)

    … a line of clothing was created that is resistant to chain saws? When the chain saw touches the fabric, it cuts through the outer layer into long Kevlar fibers. Those fibers are designed to be pulled into the saw and jam it, preventing further injury. (Clothes for the Clumsy, I bet they call it.)

    … adding milk to coffee was once recommended for medicinal purposes? In the 1680s, physicians in France recommended café au lait (coffee with milk) as a medicine. (Now it helps keep Starbucks in business.)

    … it’s actually against the law in Turin, Italy, to walk your dog less than three times a day? Violators face fines up to $650 if they don’t take Fido out for his “exercise” at least thrice per day. (The police probably have a “Fido Tip Line” so your dog can tell on you, too.)

    … only one continent does not have any native reptiles or snakes? It’s Antarctica. (It doesn’t have a lot of other native things, too. Like people.)

    … the kids in the “Peanuts” comic strip were first animated in a commercial? In 1957, the Ford motor company had Charlie Brown and Linus animated for a commercial for the Fairlane.

    … the useful life of a modern toilet is 50 years? (You have to wonder how they figure such things out, don’t you?)

    … cheese is the oldest man-made food? (And some of the smelliest, too!)

    … bachelor parties can trace their origins back to the ancient Greeks? Specifically to Sparta, where – on the eve before a battle – warriors would feast and toast each other. The custom developed over time to a party honoring a man about to be married, often for the same reason. (Okay, maybe not for the same reason, but similar.)

    Now … you know!

  7. ChipNASA says:

    FIRST is properly spelling a beginning of the thread poster’s new name K(n)oB, just like those noobs that attend the prestigious institution in Charleston, South Carolina…
    Happy Weekends to you Bitches!!! And to the Ladies of TAH.
    Muwah

  8. Claw says:

    Possible work project for all those insomniacs who are interested in military aviation history:

    How it came to be that a OV-1 Mohawk from the 131st Aviation Company (Nighthawks) based out of Phu Bai (Where the wind doesn’t blow, it SUCKS!!) shot down a MIG over the A Shau Valley in November 1967.

    TINS, it happened.

    • KoB says:

      A quick dip into the Alwayz Amazing AlzGorbullz inherwebs brought up this quickie linky Claw Daddy. The Author noted that he had his year wrong at 1968 and your year of 1967 is the correct year. He makes mention of that AND being corrected by the pilot in question that did the shooting down thereof. And to make comment that the politics of the Military have been around since like, forever; (The Cincinnati Society(?), Army Ossifers that are descendants of Members of George Washington’s Staff, The FIRST Ring Knockers), the Air Force tried to downplay the pilot’s shooting down of the MiG and were pissed that the Army was (gasp***Scarf Clutch) arming fixed wing aircraft. Other linkys showed the massive amount of firepower that the Bird Dog carried. Hardcore Bad Ass Little Bird from the days of our Youth. Was brought back for the War on Terror, briefly.

      https://www.avgeekery.com/that-time-a-mohawk-shot-down-a-mig-over-the-a-shau-valley/

      • Poetrooper says:

        Interesting footnote to this story, gleaned from your link, KoB, that it was USAF COL Chappie James who confirmed to Army pilot Lee that he had in fact, made the kill.

        That’s the same Chappie James, RIP, proud native son of Pensacola, FL, where the lovely Miz, Poe and I resided for many years, who went on to become the first black four-star in the U.S. Air Force.

    • Mason says:

      I like that they kept the story secret for ages because they didn’t want to be accused of violating the Key West Agreement by the Air Force.

    • Hondo says:

      And then there was the time that people who weren’t there shot down an North Vietnamese aircraft attacking a place that didn’t exist – and did it using a Huey and an AK-47.

      https://www.warhistoryonline.com/instant-articles/an-aerial-combat-first.html

      (smile)

  9. Hack Stone says:

    Looks like Hack Stone was able to crack the Top Twenty this week. Hack was under the mistaken impression that QAnon would have restored Hack to his throne of First Post for Weekend Open Thread yesterday. The Internet lies.

  10. Graybeard says:

    Top 10 – first time in a long time.

    • Graybeard says:

      Just got in from a hike.
      Dr’s after me to exercise regularly, minimum 3x week – and I’ve not been doing that. (And it shows.)

      Rather than my regular 3.8mile hike, I decided to take a different turn on the Lone Star Hiking Trail that turned it into a 8-ish mile hike. But there’s this thing about supposed to work into exercise gradually. Depending on Vitamin I to sleep tonight.

      Got the garden planted this past week as well. Lord willing we’ll have corn and green beans in 90-ish days. Some yellow squash as well. Put in some tomatoes, cowhorn peppers, and onions as well.

      Hope all y’all have a great weekend. Don’t let the turkeys get you down.

  11. Sparks says:

    I hope all of you have a good weekend. I never forget that you are members of my family apart.

  12. Poetrooper says:

    You just can’t make crazy crap up fast enough to stay ahead of insane liberal reality:

    https://www.louderwithcrowder.com/mask-high-school-baseball-team

    • Hack Stone says:

      Hack Stone said it before, and Hack Stone will say it again. The Vice President of the proud but humble woman owned business that sells software to the federal government formerly located in Bethesda Maryland was a forward thinker, instituting a work from home policy, social distancing and employees wearing mask years before it became fashionable. Of course, employees wearing masks was because they were afraid of being recognized as they enter the corporate headquarters on Wilson Lane.

  13. The Other Whitey says:

    We opened escrow last night on our new place in Arizona. Looking forward to the day I can remove the California plates from my truck. Also looking forward to raising my kids in an environment where they can exercise their God-given rights as Americans.

    • Hondo says:

      A word of advice, if it isn’t too late: avoid Tucson like the plague for anything other than a day trip. Ditto some parts of metro Phoenix, Flagstaff, Yuma and Santa Cruz counties, and a few other places.

      Most of the rest of the state is quite decent.

      • The Other Whitey says:

        Our new place is roughly spitting distance outside the Yuma city limit, in a neighborhood full of Trump banners. I believe it’s in Paul Gosar’s district.

      • SFC D says:

        Tucson is rapidly expanding its liberal hold on 4th Avenue to the rest of the city. Mayor Regina (pronounced “ruh-jine-uh”) and that fat bastard with the mustache care more about illegal residents than taxpayers.

  14. thebesig says:

    Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America

    Our border is now totally out of control thanks to the disastrous leadership of Joe Biden. Our great Border Patrol and ICE agents have been disrespected, demeaned, and mocked by the Biden Administration. A mass incursion into the country by people who should not be here is happening on an hourly basis, getting worse by the minute. Many have criminal records, and many others have and are spreading covid. Interior enforcement has been shut down–criminals that were once promptly removed by our Administration are now being released back onto the street to commit heinous and violent crimes. ICE officers are desperate to remove these convicted criminals, but Biden won’t let them.

    The spiraling tsunami at the border is overwhelming local communities, depleting budgets, crowding hospitals, and taking jobs from legal American workers. When I left office, we had achieved the most secure border in our country’s history. Under Biden, it will soon be worse, more dangerous, and more out of control than ever before. He has violated his oath of office to uphold our Constitution and enforce our laws.

    There has never been a time on our southern border like what is happening now but more importantly, what is about to happen. Now that Biden has implemented nationwide Catch-and-Release, illegal immigrants from every corner of the Earth will descend upon our border and never be returned. You can never have a secure border unless people who cross illegally are promptly removed.

    I had a great relationship with Mexico, and its wonderful president, but all of that has been dissipated by the gross incompetence and radicalism of the people currently in charge. The Remain in Mexico Policy was incredible, but immediately abandoned by Biden, probably because it worked so well. Likewise, our Safe Third Agreements in Central America were extraordinarily successful, so Biden foolishly ditched them too. We stopped payment of the hundreds of millions of dollars paid to them and then developed an excellent relationship that made our country and their countries more secure. We put in place powerful rules and procedures to stop the smuggling and trafficking, but the Biden Administration has abandoned these proven strategies and instead given the smugglers and traffickers effective control of our border.

    Despite being delayed by years of litigation and politics by the democrats, the wall is almost finished and can be quickly completed. Doing so will save thousands of lives.

    The Biden Administration must act immediately to end the border nightmare that they have unleashed onto our Nation. Keep illegal immigration, crime, and the China Virus out of our country!

    • Thunderstixx says:

      And they think they actually got rid of Trump…..
      Uh huh…..
      The best part about Trump, is that he is pretty much right on most of his policy stuff.
      And wherever seagull shitbreath and the blowjob brigade went, good, and don’t come back !!!

      • 26Limabeans says:

        I can’t wait for the snow to melt and reveal my Trump sign.
        Christmas lights and all. You can bet I will plug them in.
        All freakin summer and into next winter.

        • KoB says:

          Word on all of the above…well…’cept for the snow part…that don’t hardly happen down here in this part of God’s Country.

          I didn’t support Trump the Man or too much of his way of talking, but hey, dig it, he’s a Noo Yawk Yanky..it’s how they are, deal with it. I’ve made mention before, here, of how much my 401K/pension $ did during his term of office. One of the naysayers questioned the #s. Going thru some old paperwork for shredding and burning I ran into the form that showed the Market Change of several of the accounts from December of ’16 to December of ’17. One of the accounts increased in value by $43K, the other $26K. Not saying Trump personally had anything to do with it, just saying.

          Sho wished I could have drawn that out, tax free, and invested it in copper clad pieces of lead…seated on brass…on top of a powdered substance. Prolly just as well, what with the boat springing a leak and whatnot.

          And BTW T’Stixx, the spapos showed up again the other day. There went the neighborhood. It was good while it lasted.

    • Mason says:

      It’s racist to say that letting untested border crossers loose into the country is helping spread COVID. So says the racist Joy Reid.

  15. thebesig says:

    Gateway Pundit: MSNBC Host Joy Reid Says Republicans Would Trade Tax Cuts for Ability to Say the N-Word

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/03/msnbc-host-joy-reid-says-republicans-trade-tax-cuts-ability-say-n-word/

  16. thebesig says:

    QAnon: Did we say March 4? Actually, make that March 20, the 4th was a false flag:

    https://www.newsweek.com/qanon-theorists-switch-date-march-20-after-no-trump-inauguration-call-4th-false-flag-1573871

  17. Newsmax mentioned a few minutes ago that the attack on the place where the new 1,000 year 4th Reich Fuhrer lives will be on the 20th. I cannot say white house and I wonder why all the peeps their call it that since white now is degrading. The reason they keep moving the attack line up to a different date is to I believe keep the Troops there. Maybe the Schutzstaffel peeps will read the wrong hr-1 bill to the public instead of the phony one. Like businesses that have two sets of books.

    • rgr769 says:

      And, if not on 3/20, then the “armed assault” will happen on 4/20, somebody’s birthday.

  18. Hack Stone says:

    Anyone have the schedule of where Phil Monkress, Navy SEAL wannabe, will be working balls this weekend? Dallas Wittpgenfeld is looking for a new corporate sponsor since the various businesses operated by Daniel Bernath don’t seem to be issuing endowments lately

    • A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

      They’re probably both out there blowing winos out behind bus stops for spare change.

    • Green Thumb says:

      Elko, Neveda.

      Word has it that they are opening a new branch of All-Points Logistics there.

  19. Claw says:

    In an attempt to squelch the gnashing of teeth and mournful wailings that loom in our future for the loss of OreIda TaterTots®™ (Mr.&Mrs. Potato Head have been proclaimed gender neutral and therefore unable to procreate), the following is submitted to show that in some places of our great nation life does go on as usual:

    A new Montana State record Brown Trout was caught out of Marias River this past Wednesday night. It weighed 32.43 pounds breaking the old record set in 1966 by over three pounds.

    I’ll go back to my corner now./s

  20. Dakine says:

    Been reading backwards since around Christmas – at 2012 – see some of the same names here since then. Interesting stuff – by the way, as I always say = I couldn’t hack the Military- instead I did 25+ years in the Air Force…

    Hope all is well..

  21. KoB says:

    Whether you consider them Patriots or Land Grabbers…Remember The Alamo 6 March 1836!

    Roster of the Texicans that fell that day:

    http://www.aycocklaw.com/files/26_WIKI_LIST_OF_DEFENDERS_OF_THE_ALAMO_1.pdf

  22. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    Present and Honorary First once again.

    ((((OVER))))

  23. MarineDad61 says:

    US execs missed out on this opportunity, but
    South Korea figured out how to fill the seats.

    When in South Korea… Go to a major league baseball game.
    Team cheerleaders on the sidelines and in the stands during games,
    and field routines between innings.

    This video is a pregame cheerleader dance routine on the DUGOUT.

    • ChipNASA says:

      Thanks,
      I watched this and then Toob of You auto filled moreo f these ladies videos and I lost 45 minutes sitting here watching whatever they’re doing or something like huh, yeah. so….
      Thanks?

      • MarineDad61 says:

        ChipNASA,
        You’re welcome?
        lol
        It’s not lost on many South Koreans what
        “Show me your bba sae” sounds like (in English).

        Good catch, that YouBoob doesn’t consider language
        when force feeding subsequent videos.
        So, it’s a bba sae party.
        Gotta run.
        Breakfast.
        Then church.
        lol

  24. Green Thumb says:

    The False Commander “Phony” Phil Monkress (CEO of All-Points Logistics) works balls while avoiding queries concerning his highly doubtful Native American, Law Enforcement and Navy SEAL claims.

  25. MarineDad61 says:

    Late again, just arrived in my Book of Fake PM pike, but here it goes..
    PHONY ALERT
    PHONY ALERT
    Google reveals much about Charlene Nelson.
    I was sent 1 (of 2!) Change Org petitions that attempt to expose her.
    https://www.change.org/p/kootasca-community-action-awareness-campaign-on-veteran-military-imposter-charlene-nelson-of-itasca-county