Weekend Open Thread

| May 7, 2021

Remember when the Hummer came out after the Gulf War? It was based on the HMMWV (Humvee). This vehicle looks like a variation of the MRAP… Or it may just be coincidence…  Enjoy your weekend.

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  1. USMCMSgt (Ret) says:

    First.

    • Commissioner Wretched says:

      Congrats! I present you the crown and scepter; lord it over us as only a Marine Master Sergeant can!

    • Graybeard says:

      Rats of the Cong to you MSgt.

      What color crayolas are you serving?

      Enjoy your FIRST-ness

    • ChipNASA says:

      WOW look at this shit. KoB NOT WoT First for ANOTHER weekend in a row.

      SPREADIN’ The LOVE!!!

      Checking in. I’m a day or so behind in reading but I’ll catch up.
      I actually went in to work for the first time in 14 months for 1 day for a small emergency. Made the Bosses happy and then we’ll look at more in person stuff in a month or so.

      It was weird. Some mice had invaded my cubicle overhead where I’d left a couple of packages of cheese and peanut butter crackers, but, that’s to be expected. Who can blame them. Cleaned that up with tons of Lysol and then went on my way.
      I was shocked that I kinda forgot we’d emptied the refrigerators for the most part when we thought we may be out for a while so we didn’t have any biological entities there.

      OK Bitches (current ladies excluded, of course)
      Carry on!!
      I’ll be in the area all weekend.
      XD-S, P-10C and 97BD coming to live with me Sunday. YAY!!!!!!

  2. Lurker Curt says:

    KoB, how long have you been bird dogging this one? 😉

    • KoB says:

      Laying low My Brother. Just waiting til a crowd gathered and the Fire Mission would do the most good! Don’t want to waste too many rounds without a good target(s).

      Congrats to USMCMSgt(Ret) on his 1st FIRSTNESS! Snacky stuff? Top Shelf Whiskeys? Seegars?

      • Graybeard says:

        He’s a marine, so it’s crayons all around, KoB

        And cheap beer.

        • USMCMSgt (Ret) says:

          Trust me, if I could get everyone together, I’d host a brisket cookout and have on hand anything folks prefer. It would takes some planning, though.

          And yes, certainly cigars for those who like them.

          And crayons for the Marines of course!

      • USMCMSgt (Ret) says:

        That was sheer luck. I saw the comments at “0” and thought “What the hell, see if you get it.” I usually miss my a few milliseconds, so this was a miracle. Having been lurking here since around 2014, that is certainly the first.

        To celebrate, I spent time with my eldest daughter, and did Mother’s Day shopping… followed with a small portion of Obama yesterday evening.

        Hope everyone has had a good weekend!

  3. Only Army Mom says:

    Missed first by thismuch

  4. Hack Stone says:

    Sum bitch. If Hack stone didn’t take a few minutes to shower after signing off for the week selling software for a proud but humble woman owned business, he would have laid claim to first post for the Weekend Open Thread.

  5. Roh-Dog says:

    Congrats MSgt.
    Y’all, good weekend, have one.
    If you’re brushing your teeth with whiskey you may have a problem.
    A SHARING problem!

    No SIRs this weekend, If any of you monkeys hold a bus hostage the CO and I are going to bury you up to your neck, cover you in honey n’ let the ants have their way with you!

  6. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    Honorary First yet again.

    ((((OVER))))

  7. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    Izzat SUV a Chinese knock-off of the Hummer?

  8. MarineDad61 says:

    Since it’s now 9 days on, and starting to fall down the list…

    UPDATE – Confirmed and approved.
    It’s on.

    STOLEN VALOR
    2 PHONY PURPLE HEARTS & FAKE MARINE GySGT
    BURN PILE EVENT
    Tuesday, May 11, 2021 @ 7:00pm

    Members of our local AmVets Post will be attending.
    Members of our county detachment of the
    Marine Corps League will be attending.

    Also, I just completed .jpg and printed FLYERS.
    Looking forward to an enjoyable and memorable evening.
    🙂

    —–
    Private “Chipp” Reid – Bassackwards Phony Marine
    Dave Hardin | April 28, 2021 | 291 Comments
    https://valorguardians.com/blog/?p=113026

  9. Devtun says:

    Have a solid Air Force weekend.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Leftists like guns and violence when they do it! (Portland… posted today.)

  11. Commissioner Wretched says:

    Since I missed a repeat of last week’s FIRST, I’ll console myself with a trivia column. You’re welcome to enjoy it as well!

    DID YOU KNOW…?
    Was a sequel planned to the popular 1988 comedy movie “Beetlejuice”?
    By Commissioner Wretched

    I must be slipping.

    For the second week in a row, I have to amend an item from a previous column because one of you wonderful readers “fact-checked” me (I’m delighted to see how many of you do that) and discovered I was mistaken.

    Two weeks ago, I said that the shortest on-screen performance that was nominated for an Academy Award™ was by Sylvia Miles in “Midnight Cowboy,” in which she was on screen a total of almost six minutes. It turns out that there were six nominations for times even shorter than that.

    What was the shortest? Hermione Baddeley (1906-1986) received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her two minutes and 19 seconds in “Room at the Top” in 1959. Which trumps Ms. Miles by more than half.

    Mea culpa. Thank you, David at valorguardians.com for keeping me straight! (Someone has to.)

    Did you know …

    … you or someone you know may have a condition called troposmia? It’s a condition in which your nose perceives very pleasant aromas as terrible stenches. A fresh flower, for instance, could smell like a musty clothes hamper, or freshly-baked bread can smell like a portable toilet. That’s bad enough, but sometimes troposmia can affect the way food tastes, too. (The flip side is, the kitty box probably smells nice.)

    … your scarf could get you killed? It’s statistically unlikely, of course, but it can happen. Dancer Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) had it happen to her. Duncan was a passenger in an open-top roadster automobile, and she was wearing a long, flowing scarf – which, caught by the wind, became wrapped around the rear tire of the car, strangling her and pulling her from the vehicle. (And ruining a nice ride in the country in the process.)

    … the albatross can sleep while it flies? Scientists have noted that the huge birds sometimes appear to doze while cruising along at about 25 miles per hour. (Heck, that’s nothing. I can sleep while I write.)

    … the U.S. government once set beer next to a nuclear blast? The idea of “Operation Teapot” was to determine if the beer was still drinkable. You’ll be happy to know – or maybe you won’t be – that in the event of nuclear war, beer that is about a mile from the blast or more will still be safe to drink. (I know some people who will derive great comfort from that fact.)

    … the world’s first motel was in California? Opened in 1925 in San Luis Obispo, about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Milestone Mo-Tel lasted until 1991, taking its name from the two words “motor” and “hotel.” The Mo-Tel featured private two-room bungalows with kitchen and an adjoining garage for $1.25 a night when it opened. The Milestone was the first hotel designed and built for people traveling by automobile. (And generations of travelers since have been very happy!)

    … New York’s Times Square hasn’t always been called that? Before 1904, the top spot in the Big Apple was known as Longacre Square, renamed when The New York Times moved its headquarters to a new building there.

    … a popular 1988 comedy film had a sequel planned and written, but never produced? “Beetlejuice,” which starred Michael Keaton (born 1951), was a critical and commercial success, pulling in almost $74 million during its initial release. The producers saw dollar signs and crafted a sequel, “Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian.” The script would have seen the “living” family featured in the first film move to Hawaii, build a resort on an ancient burial ground – causing spirits to be perturbed – and Beetlejuice become the hero. The sequel went unmade after Keaton and director Tim Burton (born 1958) became involved in another sequel – “Batman Returns.” Additional trivia note: Hollywood is still interested in a sequel to “Beetlejuice,” even more than thirty years after the original movie. (Go figure.)

    … the smallest owl in the world is the elf owl? Found along the U.S.-Mexico border, this little guy stands about 5 inches tall – about the height of a soda can – and weighs around 1.5 ounces, or the weight of a golf ball. (Whooooo?)

    …you may have globophobia? If you do, you won’t want to take a hot-air balloon ride – those suffering from globophobia have a fear of balloons. (I thought it would be a fear of globes. What do I know?)

    … geese are used as “watchdogs” in China? Some police stations in China use geese instead of dogs. Geese are very territorial and have better vision than humans. (And you can’t fool a goose with that old “fetch the stick” routine, either.)

    … only one letter does not appear in the Periodic Table of the Elements? The letter “J” is never used in an English table. (You could make the case for “Q” as well, but it does appear in some temporary element names – none of which I can pronounce, I’m afraid.)

    … linguists estimate that between 50 and 90 percent of the languages spoken in the world today will be extinct by the year 2100? Most are dialects from tribes that are little-used anyway. (Not that I’ll be around to notice.)

    … Major League Baseball has far more attendance than the National Football League? The average attendance at an NFL game is higher – 66,957 compared to 30,135 for baseball – but each NFL team only plays 16 games in a season. MLB teams play 162 games. (Baseball is just more fun, at least as far as I’m concerned.)

    Now … you know!

    • Thunderstixx says:

      Betelgeuse, they even changed the name on the DVD to the proper one. I bought one and sure enough !!!
      Betelgeuse is a star about 640 light years away from Earth and is a red giant star. It is clearly visible as the shoulder of Orion and is one of the brightest stars in the Milky Way Galaxy.
      It’s gone through some recent machinations with some dimming which has led to all kinds of speculation of what is happening to that star.
      Supposedly, it is about to go Super Nova and expel all the innards of what makes up a star to be scooped up by other stars and planetary systems as the living and dying continues unabated in this wonderful, magical place we inhabit on our little bitty corner of the Milky Way.
      I love astronomy and I continue to be amazed as I walk out of my wonderful house in Central Texas and gaze at the dry air and the clarity of the scene God gave us to entice us.
      YouTube has a lot of good things on there, I don’t watch any TV anymore, and do not miss it in the least…
      However, I am always watching documentaries on there and stumbled across a video editor who goes by the name of “Homemade Documentaries”.
      I watched all of the Space Program that I could throughout my entire childhood and have never seen any documentaries as good as this kid’s are.
      This is his video on Apollo 13, watch it, you will not be disappointed in the least. You will learn things that you had no idea actually happened, like the real story on Apollo 12.
      Taylor is a bright young man and is a firefighter in a mountainous area, I don’t know where, but I know that he is very, very good at making the documentaries.
      Please watch them, you will want to continue, they are that good !!!

    • Mason says:

      The letter “J” is never used in an English table

      Reminds me of a bit of research I did on why there’s no “J” Company in US military formations.

      https://valortales.blogspot.com/2019/06/why-does-us-military-not-have-company-j.html

  12. Mason says:

    Gotta thank you guys for turning me onto Sabaton last week. Been rocking to their stuff all week.

    82nd All the Way is particularly good.

  13. Graybeard says:

    Still FIRST in the Hearts and Minds of my grandkids.

    Wuz pushing a lawnmower when the WOT fell. After the rain, the weeds were waist-high in places and thick all over.

    Now have harvested 14 yellow squash in 8 days, corn is tasseling, cowhorn peppers coming on, tomatoes and green beans blossoming…

    Things are looking favorable – if I can keep the #%^&$*!! grass hoed back enough.

    Y’all enjoy your weekend.

  14. The Other Whitey says:

    For those interested:

    https://www.deviantart.com/yt45

    • KoB says:

      Lots of intricate detail on that interior shot TOW.

      And yes, there are a number of us interested in following the progress. Thanks for sharing. Not seeing your updates is as bad as missing CW’s Trivia. We not only look forward to them, we expect them…both!

  15. Commissioner Wretched says:

    Now for a little from the serious side of life.

    A few weeks ago, I had a lesion removed from my right ear. The dermatologist told me it was basal cell carcinoma, and it was growing downward toward the cartilage. The edges of the lesion were clear, so it wasn’t spreading that way.

    Thursday I had the remaining portion of the area removed and cauterized, and I didn’t even need stitches.

    This means that I have beaten cancer – twice. Once about six years ago, when I had a bout with prostate cancer (and am now free of it), and this week, when skin cancer went down for the count.

    Considering how many members of my family have died from this awful disease, and how many of my family and friends are fighting it, I think it’s pretty cool that my scorecard reads:

    The Commish 2, Cancer 0.

    All praise goes to God for this one, my friends.

    Stay healthy.

    • Mason says:

      Good news ya caught it early, CW.

    • Graybeard says:

      Thankful for God’s mercies in your life.

      We all have to die of something eventually. But always glad to hear of someone getting the chance to stay in the neighborhood a bit longer.

  16. David says:

    well, woulda been by earlier but… driving south on a semi-backed up four-lane in the right lane, some idiot in the left lane waves an oncoming northbound 4×4 truck to turn left into Dollar General. T-boned him, both vehicles incapacitated, At least he got the ticket but both the wife and I took some soft-tissue damage in the wreck so we ain’t coming out ahead. Just laid the first and second coats of wax onto all the new paint from when the deer jumped in front of me before Christmas! And of course the idiot who waved the other driver on into the accident drove off. Grr…

  17. Thunderstixx says:

    My two daughters are coming down from the great frozen Old Style beer home of Wisconsin to visit for about a week next Friday.
    They will see my house, provided by the VA, thank you very much to all of you that put this together.
    I am so Blessed my friends. I am in constant awe at how good things are for me of late.
    A lot of the good is a direct result of that place I went when I was young and incredibly naïve and stupid…. AND survived !!!!!
    They both want to see the Gulf of Mexico, so we’ll be spending a couple days in Corpus Christy where I’ll go through the USS Lexington CVN 16.
    That place is filled with stories of the honor that is bestowed on any of us as our seemingly under appreciated time we all spent together, but apart comes full circle.
    I want to thank all of you for the great entertainment I get from you Dickweeds….
    Don’t forget, I lorded over you for a week, and what a week that was !!!!!
    Never to be repeated !!!!!

    • Graybeard says:

      You near enough the Naval Air Base to hear the sound of freedom?

      Mrs. Graybeard grew up in that general AO. All Hail Santa Getrudis!

  18. Hack Stone says:

    Hack Stone is a bit skeptical that this guy really suffered PTSD from a deployment to Syria. Hack also has doubts that the guy was actually in the Army. Plenty of wives have been convinced by their husband of the moment that all of his failures are due to “things that he saw” while killing babies for Uncle Sam. Leaning more towards his actions caused by his elevated alcohol level than any PTSD.

    https://popularmilitary.com/man-who-stole-crashed-truck-at-pittsburgh-airport-identified-as-a-veteran-with-ptsd/

    • rgr769 says:

      This dipshit looks crazier than a shit house rat. He was likely in jail or a nuthouse when his purported wife thought he was in Syria fighting ISIS.

  19. Hack Stone says:

    Interesting video.

  20. MarineDad61 says:

    Dead at 59.
    Starred in Bachelor Party with Tom Hanks.
    Did an episode of Seinfeld, where the two Jerrys
    (Helmet penis head & Scrotum looking brain head)
    are torn over tapping or ditching the hot nutjob.
    Real life nutjob, too.
    Drugs. Booze. Violent.
    MLB pitcher Chuck Finley found out, the hard way.
    https://pagesix.com/2021/05/08/tawny-kitaen-80s-actress-and-music-video-vixen-dead-at-59/

  21. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    Anyone heard anything about this? The headline says that a major pipeline company has been hit and shut down via a cyberattack:

    https://americanmilitarynews.com/2021/05/cyber-attack-shuts-down-largest-us-gasoline-pipeline-45-of-east-coast-and-southern-regions/?fbclid=IwAR1GvN70f4HEheYmVdJ6K8YCqa9ymNomurjsXxxbsLnlDNQl4sfwXysizrw

    • Devtun says:

      Lefty enviro nuts, and the Biteme team probably popped some champagne.

      • A Proud Infide®™️ says:

        They’re likely giggling and celebrating that their petrochemical stocks will go up while they pimp electric cars and windmills!

  22. Carmen says:

    hola soy de costa rica saludame porfa

  23. 26Limabeans says:

    Anyone else seen this in the news?

    https://www.wabi.tv/2021/05/08/bomb-kills-at-least-25-people-near-school-in-afghan-capital/

    Only place I find it is a local tv station news.\
    Seems to be getting a good leaving alone….

  24. ChipNASA says:

    Sorry, I’m playing catch up.

    *Spew alert*
    (sorry thebesig but you lobbed it out there…)
    “Remember when the Hummer came out after the Gulf War? ”

    https://s.abcnews.com/images/WNT/181118_wn_zak_hpMain_16x9_992.jpg