Weekend Open Thread

| June 11, 2021 | 72 Comments

Remember John Giduck’s Russian shovel training video? Could this be one of his students? Enjoy your weekend.

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  1. sgtcpt says:

    Congrats to you Sir!

  2. Commissioner Wretched says:

    Accepting the fact that I missed being FIRST by just a few minutes, I’ll settle for fourth. In place of pouting, though, I’ll send up this week’s trivia column for all of you to enjoy!

    Who is really being depicted in the famous painting, “American Gothic”?
    By Commissioner Wretched
    Less than two weeks to go until summer 2021 arrives!

    Think back to the summer of 2020. (I know, it’s scary, it’s frightening, but humor me for a moment.) Most were stuck inside, not able to enjoy ourselves, not able to do what we normally do, during the “long, hot summer.”

    It’s different this year.

    Worth celebrating, don’t you think? I am celebrating it every day!

    How, you wonder? Well, in this case, I’m celebrating the arrival of summer with some specially crafted trivia.

    Be sure to check this space next week, too, for the promised “all silly laws” edition of the column. Laws are written against having that much fun!

    Did you know …

    … the term for a group of porcupines is very appropriate? As we all know, collective plural words for animals can be very elegant – a parliament of swans, for instance – or very sinister, such as a murder of crows. But when you get to porcupines, it gets very descriptive and accurate. A gathering of porcupines is called … a prickle. (That could explain all the porcupines in Congress, couldn’t it?)

    … your credit score affects more than just loans and mortgages? Some insurance companies consider credit scores when determining rates for life and auto insurance in states where it is legally allowed. Employers and landlords can also pull credit reports on those who want to work or rent from them. (Wonder what a credit score with a “–” in front of it means? Asking for a friend.)

    … women have a better sense of smell than men do in odor detection, discrimination, and identification? (Especially if their significant other is wearing someone else’s perfume!)

    … a baby octopus is about the size of a flea when it is born, depending on the type of octopus? (Talk about a growth spurt!)

    … a man who won the world’s Scrabble™ championship in French does not speak the language? In 2015, Nigel Richards (born 1967) won the French Scrabble championship tournament despite not being able to speak or read French. Richards, a native of New Zealand, spent nine weeks memorizing the game’s French dictionary before the tournament began. Richards also won the world’s English Scrabble tournaments in 2007, 2011, 2013, 2018 and 2019. (I can say “C’est la vie” to him and he won’t know what I said!)

    … a king of England initially could not speak English? King George I (1660-1727) was originally from Hanover, Germany. George – who was also ruler of Hanover in the Holy Roman Empire – spoke fluent German and French, but not a word of English until much later in his reign, when he was able to speak, write, and understand it. (He did not, however, speak German with a British accent.)

    … most people have misinterpreted a classic American painting? “American Gothic,” painted in 1930 by Grant Wood (1891-1942), features two individuals – one a man holding a pitchfork, the other a woman – in front of an old-fashioned farm house. Most people who view the painting think of it as a Midwestern farmer and his wife, but the woman is not supposed to be the farmer’s wife. According to the artist, it’s supposed to be his daughter. Additional trivia note: The models who posed for the painting were Wood’s dentist, Dr. Byron McKeeby (1867-1950) and Wood’s sister, Nan Wood Graham (1899-1990). For a long time, Dr. McKeeby wanted nothing to do with the painting, even going so far as to deny having been the model for the farmer. Eventually he accepted his part in the classic, though he admitted that it made his friendship with Wood “a little bumpy” for a time. (Gee, you do something nice for someone …)

    … the U.S. Mint has nothing to do with the creation of paper money? The Mint produces coins only. Paper money comes from the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing. (And I wish I had more of both!)

    … Americans don’t know much about their own history? A recent survey showed, for instance, that 40% of Americans believe humans and dinosaurs existed at the same time. (I blame “The Flintstones,” myself.)

    … in the average six-pack of canned cola, the cans cost more to make than the soda does? (I guess it really does pay to buy in bulk!)

    … pandas spend at least twelve hours each day eating bamboo? Pandas eat about 84 pounds of bamboo daily. (And they spend the rest of the day sleeping … what a life!)

    … game shows almost never became a television staple, thanks to the government? In 1954, as television networks were beginning more daytime programming, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sued ABC to stop the network from producing and airing game shows. The FCC held that game shows were a form of gambling, and gambling was not going to be allowed on television. The suit made its way to the Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of the network, allowing the production and airing of game shows, which continues to this day. (Since I always wanted to be a game show host, I’m rather glad the Supreme Court ruled as it did.)

    … the person who has owned a Ford Mustang the longest was the first person to purchase one? On April 15, 1964, Gail Brown Wise (born 1942) purchased the first production Mustang to come off the Ford assembly line. She still owns the car to this day. (Loyalty. You can’t beat it.)

    … a survey turned up the fact that 45% of Americans do not realize that the Sun is actually a star? (That’s not very bright.)

    Now … you know!

    • KoB says:

      My Man CW, another fine job, and our Thanks, again!

      Don’t forget the “Congress of Apes” (Tho, according to the official Oxford Dictionary, a group of monkeys, apes, baboons, or chimps is called a Troop. The only group called a congress is, well…Congress…yep…a bunch of pricks.)


    • ninja says:


      Once again, THANK YOU for posting your trivia column…

      Did you play Trivia Pursuit in the 1980s?

      Never knew about the Scrabble game with the French game (but as you stated, Now I Know!)

      Was not surprised when you wrote “Americans don’t know much about their own history?”

      Check out this 5 minute Jay Leno Video where he questions college kids…Scary…right??

      • Commissioner Wretched says:

        Somehow, the answers in that video do not surprise me – and I was a teacher for almost 30 years.

        I own three or four Trivial Pursuit games but nobody will play against me … whenever I play the home version of Jeopardy! I have to be the host because no one will challenge me.

        I get my revenge by writing a trivia column!

        Thanks for your kind words, my friend!

    • Hack Stone says:

      When money is tight in the Panda household, Momma Panda stretches the food budget by using Bamboo Helper. Hack Stone doesn’t know why they call it Bamboo Helper, it does just fine by itself.

  3. just got on and saw the opening and just stared at the screen before typing.

  4. 26Limabeans says:

    Damn..missed it by a lousy ten minutes.

  5. Dennis - not chevy says:

    Recently my VSO had a get together for anyone who wanted to show up. The get together was for the public, not just for vets. Two phonies showed up. One of them didn’t say anything; he just got in the chow line and got himself all he could eat. The second begged and pleaded; he was asked what his MOS was and he responded he couldn’t remember, nor could he remember where he did his boot camp.

    Perhaps the first one was a vet; nobody asked; his behavior was suspicious since he had no stories to tell, everyone else did; he sat by himself and didn’t socialize, everyone else did; but then again, some folks just don’t want to talk about things. From the way he looked, smelled, and dressed, folks figured he was living on the streets.

    Nobody asked either one of them to explain why they were there. The door was open, c’mon in.

    There’s lesson here somewhere. The first guy wanted to score some groceries and was rewarded. The second guy wanted all of his wishes fulfilled and went away disappointed.

    For what it’s worth; the second phony was encouraged to eat before he was shown the door.

    I wish the phonies would knock their nonsense off. If people need help they can get it.

    • Claw says:

      Snark Alert:

      Dennis, tell your VSO Head Honcho to keep some of these on hand for the next get together if a phony shows up:

      Rocky Mountain Oysters, the Original Sack Lunch./s

  6. gitarcarver says:

    Space Force seizes $1.2 million worth of cocaine from shores of Cape Canaveral base

    A Department of Homeland Security investigation is underway after some 65 pounds of cocaine washed ashore on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station last month, the local wing said Friday.

    source: https://www.floridatoday.com/story/tech/science/space/2021/06/11/space-force-seizes-1-2-million-cocaine-cape-canaveral-base/7656006002/

    “And I’m gonna be high as a kite by then”

    • 26Limabeans says:

      Kinda puts the “rock” in Rocket man.

    • ChipNASA says:

      For some reason, I’m disappointed.
      I was thinking it was going to be space toot.
      Like some kind of off world space dust.
      Oh well, maybe when they land in the rose garden to come take Joey B away and Kamlztoe.
      Then Emperor Trump can move back to D.C. if he wants or we just allow him to rule from Mar-Largo. D.C. can just fester and then rot into oblivion.
      I agree with a fence and a wall, to keep the animals in and the National Guard can be on the OUTSIDE to protect the rest of us and then can drop weed and food and shit like TP and batteries for their electric shit every week or two.

    • Sapper3307 says:

      Hunters stash?

    • Roh-Dog says:

      Dangit! I’ll I ever find at the beach is a hangover and sun poisoning!
      65 pounds of uncut would be either a lifetime’s worth or a weekend in Vegas….allegedly.
      Good thing they stopped someone from hanging out with a well-mustached man listing Can’t You Hear Me Knocking on repeat for hours….allegedly.

  7. i had my rotator cuff surgery this past tuesday and already i got two nurse visits to change the dressings and today the pt came and went through passive arm/shoulder movements and tommoro i have a cpm machine coming in to run the shoulder/arm through passive movements. insurance doesn’t cover it so it’s rented for 250.00 bucks a month. back in 2016 when i had rotator cuff surgery on my right shoulder, i didn’t see or use any of this stuff.

  8. Graybeard says:


    Airborne Son in so much pain from his back he was crying this morning. Hoping he can get some relief soon. When he is in pain, he gets shorter of patience and threw his pain meds away because they weren’t helping.
    #1 son had a quack damage his esophagus doing an EGD – PCP is furious. They’ll be talking to a lawyer friend of ours soon.

    Life is rough sometimes. It’ll get better.

    On the upside, the green beans, yellow squash, and corn are coming in. Harvested two 9″ cowhorn peppers today and three jalapenos > 2″ long. Butternut squash and tomatoes coming on soon. Watermelon and pumpkins promising good things, too.

    Y’all have a great weekend.

    • ninja says:

      Prayers for both your Sons, Graybeard….They are so blessed to have a wonderful Father.

      Yep, Life can be rough sometimes. Your Son’s situation reminds me of a song written by Andre Crouch “Though It All”. I always remember these lyrics from the song:

      “I thank God for the mountains,
      and I thank Him for the valleys,
      I thank Him for the storms He brought me through.
      For if I’d never had a problem,
      I wouldn’t know God could solve them,
      I’d never know what faith in God could do.”

      Thank You for always staying positive, looking at a glass half full. Glad to hear the garden is doing well.

      Hope your Brother is doing Ok these days.

      • Graybeard says:

        I remember that Andre Crouch song!
        Got to see him in concert once at a state-wide Baptist Student Union convention back in the mid-70s. His sister was a wizard on a tamborine – it became much more than a rhythm instrument in her hands!

        My brother is doing as well as can be expected these days – thanks for asking. He can actually receive visitors besides me (2 at a time!). And he is eating some now, too.
        Plan is to bake some biscuits like our mother did and take them and some figs like our grandmother made to give him to nibble. (Carefully & under supervision – but by golly he gets to eat one!)

  9. ninja says:

    Anyone here need a good laugh?

    Check out this PR for a new book “Chief Shot with Arrow, Water Walker: A True Story of Stolen Valor”


    Author Richard A. Hendren’s new book “Chief Shot with Arrow, Water Walker: A True Story of Stolen Valor”

    “Recent release “Chief Shot with Arrow, Water Walker: A True Story of Stolen Valor” from Page Publishing author Richard A. Hendren QM1, POW is an incredible true story of Hendren’s journey from Sioux warrior to Vietnam veteran. Hendren recounts his service in the US Navy as the first American Indian to navigate a warship, only to have his records lost and military honors denied.”

    “Richard A. Hendren QM1, POW has completed his new book “Chief Shot with Arrow: A True Story of Stolen Valor”: a riveting account of Hendren’s life. Hendren sets the record straight about his life as an American Sioux Indian Chief at the age of seventeen, and a US Navy navigator with a God-given gift for navigating by the stars, and his struggles to receive the benefits of his sacrifices.”

    “Published by Page Publishing, Hendren’s book tells the story in his own words how he became the first American Indian to navigate a warship and river vessels by celestial navigation; saved hundreds of American lives during Vietnam; swam in a typhoon; was left for dead by his crew on a beach; and became a prisoner of war. After serving five tours in combat, he was promised the Silver Star, two Medals of Honor, and the Purple Heart. However, the records were lost or changed, and he never received the honors.”

    “Chief Shot with Arrow, Water Walker: A True Story of Stolen Valor” follows Hendren through his military career and his struggles with discrimination. He had to wait twenty-two years before finally receiving the benefits owed to him after suffering the effects of Agent Orange, Vietnam service, and shrapnel wounds.”

    “Readers who wish to experience this unbelievable, but true, story for themselves can purchase “Chief Shot with Arrow, Water Walker: A True Story of Stolen Valor” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.”

      • ninja says:

        This is the Overview of the book.

        Unbelievable…and it is supposedly NOT fiction.

        And of course, all of his records were lost…

        You Be The Judge.


        “This is a historical account of the first and youngest navigator of warships and boats in combat during Vietnam, also the first American Indian who did so much for so many for so little; a Sioux warrior who saved hundreds of American lives; was on occasion POW; made to load thousands of rounds of ammunition because he could navigate by the starts-a gift of his God-and served five tours in combat and promised the Silver Star, two Medals of Honor, and the Purple Heart. However, the records were lost or changed.”

        “Only American and 100 percent Sioux to be able to navigate any naval ship at seventeen years old with no naval training or striker training. OTJ. No training in his file.”

        “Only Navy sailor sentenced to the red-line brig (prison) for bread and water and then released back to duty to the gunline of Vietnam for two solid years. Shaved head-POW.”

        “Only American Indian promised and vetted for the Sliver Star, Bronze Star, two Medals of Honor, and Purple Heart for valor above and beyond the call of duty in combat with the enemy. Records lost and not in file.”

        “Only American Indian who graduated from SERE whose record was lost.”

        “Only E-1 to E-6 referred to as Chief for eight years on three warships and one LCU 1615 and several PBRs in Vietnam.”

        “Only American Indian to navigate safely through the USS DD6-7 Henry B. Wilson 38,800 miles safely, but the officers of the deck lost the ship three times off the coast of Vietnam in 1975. Record lost.”

        “Only American Indian ordered to shoot men who walked off their post on the bridge of the DD6-7-a short mutiny. Record lost.”

        “Only American Indian LPO who saved his boat and crew off Hoi An, Vietnam, and killed many nonregulars and Vietcong then saved the boat by swimming in the typhoon and retrieving a shot line then left for dead by his crew on the beach. Boat repaired but records lost.”

        “Only Indian who was ordered to assist all the navigators on the fleet going to South Vietnam who were all off coast; on file.”

        “Almost lost his life three times climbing the mast of the DD6-7 when they (officers) lost her position off the coast of Vietnam during the fall of Saigon. Records are lost or missing.”

        “Only sailor ordered each and every recording of the IFS-1 USS Carronade because he was able to do the job of an E-6 and above and not allowed field rank or time to take an exam.”

        “Only Indian who refused to bring back an American warship, the DD6-7 Henry B. Wilson, to the USA. A truce was typed up and signed by the CO XO and himself, but it was lost in his records.”

        “One of a few who were elected to return to service in 1975. He was denied every benefit earned from Agent Orange, Vietnam service, and being wounded by shrapnel. He had to wait twenty-two years for benefits, and he had to get them himself.”

        • KoB says:

          Me thinks that Chief may speak with forked tongue. Too much firewater? Hit the peace pipe a little hard? Peyote tea?

          • ninja says:


            BTW, he IS an American Indian…found his High School picture…

            It is so easy to write these type of “Look At Me!” books with self publishing companies.

            Here are two examples. The first book is one I received from the publisher FREE after the news went around that the guy in the book was NOT a Vietnam POW as he claimed. The guy, Joseph Johnston, New Jersey, born 1924, is still living. The author fell for Joe’s Walter Mitty stories, but quickly changed the book from being “nonfiction” to “fiction” after he discovered Joe told all the lies depicted in the book. Check out the lies:

            “For Which It Stands”


            “Most people adapt their lives to natural cycles. Joe adapted his to a need for support, service, and defense. A soldier in World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam, he earned seven Purple Hearts for wounds received, among many other medals and honors. Filled with sensational beginnings and extreme changes, Joe’s true story begins with D-Day, WW II, and goes on to dramatic experiences– serving with the 101st Airborne during World War II, liberating Nazi concentration camps, being a Nuremberg witness, serving a call to duty in Korea, standing guard in Dallas when President Kennedy was shot, and serving in Vietnam, where he was a prisoner of war and suffered extreme torture. Trimmed with historical facts and pictures, the stories of Joe’s life are tales of survival, and of what one man can do.”

            The second book is by a Jonathan Christopherson from Arkansas, who unexpectly died last year right after his son unexpectly passed away. That wasn’t his real name at birth nor the one he had when he enlisted in the Army during Vietnam. He wrote and self published a book where he claimed he was captured by the Viet Cong, but managed to escape. In reality, he was a problem Soldier while in Vietnam and spent time in the Stockade there (does this all sound familiar?). Based on what he wrote on his Facebook before he died, it sound as if someone turned him in for Stolen Valor charges since he was making money from the book with his claims of being a Vietnam POW and receiving a Bronze Star:

            “Escape From Hell”


            “Written by a prisoner of war who went through nightmares and flash backs, “Escape from Hell” tells of the bravery of an 18-year-old man who withstood the torment of POW camp, escaped, survived the jungle and came home. The author hopes that with his story, readers get to understand the reality of a war.”

            • KoB says:

              These kind of people just burn my biscuits. Checking on folks that claimed to be war heroes is what brought me here years ago. Sadly some of these people keep popping back up with their claims and have their families, and others, convinced of their derring do, PTSofD and poor poor poor me. There’s in that is very similar to the post you have below with the GFM. Dude has told so many lies thru-out the years that he doesn’t remember what lie he is living now. Years of drug and alcohol abuse brought on heart problems that he blames on his Viet of the Nam Times Service. And no he wasn’t there, neither as a door gunner, M-60 operator, 82nd AB with 300 combat jumps, Ranger Green Bay Rhett, the sniper that taught White Feather how to shoot, or a POW. Scammed a lot of free stuff, including pacemakers, medical care, new roof, trips, vehicles, ect. His records used to be classified before they were lost in the “fire”. He did serve in the local NG for a little while ’72-75(?). I feel sorry for his wife and kids when they finally believe the VA when they wouldn’t believe the people that knew the truth.

              The research and linkys you bring us are muchly appreciated. BTW gabn/rtr/hbtd!

            • Green Thumb says:

              I wonder if this dude served with Nathan Phillips?

          • Hatchet says:

            Me wonders if he actually has any Lakota/Sioux lineage? Claims to be elected or hereditary ‘chief’ at seventeen?!
            That unto itself would be memorable and very easily researched. Going to be REALLY interesting to see if Pine Ridge and/or Rosebud Tribal records actually bear any of Hendren’s ‘claims’ out.

        • Sapper3307 says:

          Think he fly’s a plane also?

          • KoB says:

            No plane that I’ve heard of Sapper, but according to his Book of Fake, he did leave his Door Gunner spot when the Co-Pilot’s brains of the Huey splattered all over him. Upon noticing the Pilot had a sucking chest wound he grabbed the plastic off a pack of C Rats Smokes and taped the hole up. He then flew, dead stick/reckoning, the chopper full of wounded back to a Firebase. Knew how to fly the bird by watching flight operations from his gunner’s perch. And, naturally, the pilot died in his arms, thanking him for getting the bird back home.

            Bitch was an only son that turned 18 in Sep of 71, reported for NG Basic/AIT at FT Lost-in-the-Woods late Nov and reported in to Hometown NG Unit in Feb ’72 as a motor grader operator. Calls hisself a Combat Engineer now and again.

        • Hatchet says:

          Going through Chief Shot with Arrow’s claims is just a repetitious list of Record lost, records lost, Records lost and not in file etc. To paraphrase Don Shipley – ‘No records, no detailed DD-214’s – no factual claim’. And owing to Shot with Arrow/Hendren’s claimed Lakota/Sioux heritage, I’ve given my cousin a call and started inquiries with Pine Ridge and Rosebud Tribal councils to find out if Richard A. Hendren actually exists anywhere on anyone’s tribal records. Very much like the Spec-war community – the First Nations community is a clannish and tight-knit one and people love to talk, especially if it involves anyone lying about their family bloodline or a lack of it…

        • Hack Stone says:

          A lot of lost records there. Hack knows exactly how he feels. After Hack left 3rd Amtracks at Camp Pendleton, he ended up at 1st Tracks on Camp Schwab. A WestPac cruise from Pendleton stopped on the island, and Hack met up with his old buddy Chuck from 3rd Tracks. Chuck borrowed Hack’s U2 War and first B-52’s cassette tapes, and he never saw them again. Hack has been waiting 37 years to get them back.

  10. ninja says:

    This must be the 3rd or 4th GOFUNDME story where a Widow or a Widow’s friend tries to collect money via GOFUNDME using the story that their deceased husband was a Vietnam POW.

    Here we go again. There is also a picture of the Marine Corps “Vietnam POW” on the GOFUND ME site (Donald Dwojewski).

    Donald Dwojewski is NOT on the Official DoD List of Accounted For, Marine Corps.


    In other words, Donald Dwojewski was NEVER a Vietnam POW…looks as if he led his widow, Stefania, to believe that story as well as the GOFUNDME raiser, Gail Bateman Bliss:

    Here is the GOFUNDME Site.

    You Be The Judge.


    “Water for amputee, POW widow, Stefania”

    “She spent months in an induced coma, struggling for her life, then another year in a rehab facility far away from home, only to finally return home to where her husband, Donald, a decorated Vietnam Veteran, a PRISONER OF WAR, was battling terminal cancer.”

  11. ninja says:

    Well, this is interesting.

    Remember LTC Andrew “Dru” If You Are A White Male You Are Part Of The Problem” Rhodes?

    Check out this writer’s opinion. A bit different from other assessments.

    What Do You Think?



    “There is a possibility that LTC Rhodes may lose his command over these remarks. This seems unfair to me. The dogmas of Critical Race Theory include a Marxism-based idea that your gender, race, or sexual orientation makes you either the oppressed or the oppressor. Further, that your status can never change until all existing societal structures, deemed as irretrievably and inherently racist, are overthrown and replaced. Those societal structures would include free-market capitalism, organized religion, and the Constitution of the United States.”

    “If the Army is going to teach this system of belief to the troops, it’s unfair to then punish them for adopting these teachings and saying so in public as LTC Rhodes appears to have done.”

    • Daisy Cutter says:

      It’s a language shell game, apparently.

      We all know what’s happening but it shouldn’t be expressed in so clear of a statement. It needed to be sugar-coated or he should have avoided such a frank articulation.

      It is similar in my view to when a VIP is coming to your command and we are encouraged to freely ask questions. Then, they want the questions pre-screened and submitted beforehand. This pre-submission is hidden from view but if you suggest that the command doesn’t trust us or giggle when they say you are free to ask any question you want, you will be looked down upon or removed from the room. Free speech doesn’t exist in the military and probably for good reason.

  12. ninja says:

    What was this Dude thinking?

    Oh, that’s right. He wasn’t.


    “A 21-year-old Door Dash Driver Posed As Trump’s Family, Feds Say, To Steal Thousands From His Backers”


    “Pennsylvania Man Charged With Using Identities Of Then-President’s Family Members To Perpetrate Online Fraud Scheme”


  13. Green Thumb says:

    Giduck was a Stolen Valor Tournament Champion.

    If memory serves, he defeated the False Commander “Phony” Phil Monkress (CEO of All-Points Logistics) in the finals.

    It was one from the ages. The turditity was so strong between those two losers you could smell it through the screen.

    We really need to get the tournament going again….

    • Claw says:

      Yep, and it was by a fairly wide margin that Monkress went down in a flaming squirrel spiral.

      As reported by TSO on 09 Aug 13:

      Giduck defeats Monkress 65.15% to 34.85%.

      • Hack Stone says:

        Glad that the restrictions due to COVID have been lifted, Hack Stone can now book that getaway excursion with The Stunning Agency. Hack Stone always carries a few orange seeds with him in the event that he Evers gets stranded on an island. He can plant those orange seeds, and in only seven to fifteen years, he will have all of the oranges he could ever want.

  14. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    Honorary First once again.


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