Weekend Open Thread

| September 17, 2021

Many among the left insist that business owners should share their profit equally with all the workers. Would these same leftists agree that the workers should also bear equal responsibility for paying the business owners’ debts? Enjoy your weekend.

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    • Commissioner Wretched says:

      Seems that you beat me on this one … here’s the crown and scepter. I hope you enjoy the throne!

    • ninja says:

      Congrats, Sparks!

      Please enjoy your week…

      You Deserve It!

    • ChipNASA says:

      YAY!!! SPARKS!!!
      I was here all morning and then people come to the door and it’s my landscaping folks and I’m in the middle of putting an SBA4 on my Bren 2 and 3 pm comes and goes.
      I’m here and I have to go and fetch Step-doggos.
      Anyway, Cheers Sparks, be gentle wielding the WoT scepter!!
      “PRESENT and accounted for”

    • Graybeard says:

      And we see the Sparks fly!

      Lord it over the TAHellions well, sir!

    • TXNorsky says:

      Congrats Sparks,

      I was hording a good Texas sized brisket (with all the trimmings) for this weekend in the event that I made the holy grail of posts for the Wot.

      I humbly offer it to the masses!

    • UpNorth says:

      Congrats Sparks.

  1. Commissioner Wretched says:


  2. The Stranger says:


    • The Stranger says:

      Con una chingada!

    • The Stranger says:

      No importa. Cerveza y Whiskey hoy en la noche y mañana también!

      • Sparks says:

        Beer and whiskey sound good.

        • The Stranger says:

          Going to try Jefferson Ocean Aged Bourbon. Got a friend coming up to do some fishing and we’re going to have a few drinks this evening.

          • The Stranger says:

            Damn, that Jefferson’s is good! KOB…if you’re a bourbon man you have to try this. It’s a bit spendy, but it’s worth every penny

            • KoB says:

              Tanks for the heads up Pappy, believe I will on my next trip for Class VI Supplies. Spendy? Phffft! Not a problem. Hell, I gots money, I don’t have a wife. Fell into a few rounds of Maker’s Mark and Black Walnut Pie on weekend past while on TAD. Them dogs bit hell out of some of the troops.

              Rats of the Kong to Sparks on his Firstness.

  3. President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neanderthal B Woodman Domestic Violent Extremist SuperStraight says:

    Damn! Posting on the General Gump thread, missed “first” here. Fourth this week.

  4. President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neanderthal B Woodman Domestic Violent Extremist SuperStraight says:

    Good point on the profit/debt question.
    I can’t wait to ask some dumb-ass Commy. (Un)Fortunately, I know very few that far left to ask. (pssst…..is SPAPOS lurking anywhere nearby?)

  5. Commissioner Wretched says:

    With a tip o’ the cap and a bow of respect to Sparks, here’s the trivia for the week. I hope you enjoy it!

    Did an actual fight between two actors make the final print of a movie?
    By Commissioner Wretched

    Another year, another milestone. Not for the column, but for me.

    In just under two weeks, I celebrate another trip around the Sun, and I pause for reflection on my approaching 63rd birthday.

    Despite the fact that almost nothing I’d planned for my life turned out the way I wanted it to, I wouldn’t trade a minute of it. I’ve been an exceedingly lucky man.

    The best part is what brought me here, to this column, and to you. The fact that you enjoy what I do here is amazing and wonderful and awe-inspiring, so I plan to keep writing it.

    Let’s get to this week’s trivia!

    Did you know …

    … Massachusetts once had a law allowing a parent to kill a son? In 1646, the colony of Massachusetts enacted the “Stubborn Child Law,” permitting a parent to execute an unruly son who had reached the age of 16 or older, which was not repealed until 1973. (Better late than never, I guess.)

    … it is illegal in Sterling, Colorado, for a pet cat to be allowed to run loose without a tail light? (You can always tell who was silly enough to try this. Count the scratches.)

    … a survey taken in Japan in 2000 said that instant noodles are the best invention of the twentieth century? The second-greatest invention, according to those who responded, was karaoke. (Never mind computers, airplanes, or the wheel. Maybe we can sing about noodles?)

    … the nation of Tonga once issued a postage stamp in the shape of a banana? It was also the first-ever self adhesive stamp issued, back in 1972. (That stamp had real a-peel.)

    … zebras cannot be domesticated? Unlike their cousins, the horses, zebras do not meet the necessary criteria for domestication. To become domesticated, an animal must have a generally good disposition and should not panic under pressure – two criteria which zebras do not meet. Zebras have a tendency to be unpredictable, known to attack when threatened. (And, unlike horses, zebras just don’t care what people think of them. Let’s face it – Mister Ed, they are not.)

    … a 24-hour cable news channel has a video prepared for the end of the world? When CNN signed on in 1980 as the first cable television network devoted exclusively to news, its founder, Ted Turner (born 1938) vowed that the network would never sign off “until the world ends.” In the CNN vaults, a video clip called “Turner Doomsday Video” exists which is earmarked to play at the end of the world. The video features footage of a military band playing the hymn, “Nearer My God to Thee,” the hymn being played by the ship’s band when the RMS Titanic sank in 1912. (Why CNN would think that anyone would be watching at the end of the world is beyond me.)

    … an actual fight between two actors made it into the final print of a film? During the filming of the movie “Maidstone” in 1970, actor Rip Torn (1931-2019) struck fellow actor Norman Mailer (1923-2007) with a hammer. The movie was shot without a script, with Mailer – who was also directing – improvising his own lines and encouraging the other actors to follow along. Torn’s character was trying to kill Mailer’s character, and opened a real cut on Mailer’s head when he used a hammer to hit Mailer. The two men then got into a brutal, real fistfight. At one point Torn was furiously choking Mailer on the ground, and it took the intervention of Mailer’s wife and children to end the melee. During the fight, Mailer actually bit off part of Torn’s ear. Mailer thought the fight was so extraordinary, he included it in the final print of the film. Additional trivia note: The footage was also used in court. The same year, actor Dennis Hopper (1936-2010) filed a lawsuit against Torn, claiming that Torn attacked him with a knife after being replaced in the cast of “Easy Rider” by Jack Nicholson (born 1937). Torn showed the film of the Mailer fight in court, with his lawyer saying, “He could not have possibly killed Hopper as he was, at the time, on the set of ‘Maidstone’ trying to kill Norman Mailer.” (Method acting at its finest!)

    … at one point in Japanese history, leaving the country for any reason could result in death? During the 17th Century, Japan was a very closed society, allowing almost no contact with the outside world. A citizen who tried to leave Japan without securing permission first could be executed on the spot. (A joke could be made here about leaving one way or another, but I’m not doing it.)

    … the first police woman in the United States served in Chicago? Marie Connolly Owens (1853-1927) began her career with the Chicago Police Department in 1891. She rose to the rank of sergeant and enforced child labor and welfare laws. Owens was a widow raising five children. (Don’t mess with Marie.)

    … Roman emperors could have a wicked sense of humor? Take, for example, the Emperor Gallienus (218 AD-268 AD). The emperor was made aware of a merchant in Rome who had sold fake jewels to the empress. Gallienus condemned the merchant to face a lion in the arena. When the gate finally opened before the terrified merchant, a chicken walked out. Gallienus then said, “He practiced deceit, and then had it practiced on him.” The emperor allowed the merchant to go home after his appearance in the arena. (What a fowl trick to play on the merchant!)

    Now … you know!

  6. Sapper3307 says:

    Rambo warned of Afghans. (1988)

  7. MarineDad61 says:

    Since today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day,
    I thought I’d take a peek
    at our most well known POW*MIA Awareness Ass.

    Yes, they did post about today.
    But before that….

    [Elko POW*MIA Awareness Association
    Sept 7 at 11:41am ·
    REMINDER….meeting Friday the 10th at 6:30pm.
    VFW Hall.
    We will be voting for Secretary, VP and Chaplain.
    Active members are allowed to vote.]

    And since…. Just in… 17 minutes ago…

    [Elko POW*MIA Awareness Association
    17m ·
    Due to illness (unrelated to COVID)
    we are canceling the BBQ on Saturday.
    Hope everyone feels better soon (stupid smoke).]

    Looking forward to seeing who the NEW Ass. officers are.
    Then again, I don’t see Tom Wulf, Laura Adams, or
    “Fingers the Treasurer” walking away from the bling machine.


  8. ninja says:

    Please remember that today, 17 September 2021, is
    National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

    Never Forget. Bring Them All Home.

    Do you think the folks in Elko, Nevada remember? 😎😉


  9. Hatchet says:

    Congrat’s on your new crown and scepter, Sparks! Great cartoon, by the way!! That one’s going to confound the Commie-czar-ZEK lil pea brain for…days.

  10. ninja says:


    Claw gave Lori Jane Loveland Desjardins a Whiz Wheel score of 340.

    Her excuse? She said she had mental health issues and alcohol problems.

    She was fired from her job.


    “Woman Who Accused Navy Sailor Of Wearing Fake Uniform Arrested, Charged With Assault”


  11. ninja says:

    Why Am I NOT Surprised.

    Remember: Innocent CHILDREN were killed:

    “General Says It Is Unlikely ISIS-K members Killed In August Kabul dlDrone Strike: ‘A Tragic Mistake’.The Airstrike Resulted In Multiple Civilian Casualties:


    “Head of the United States Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie announced Friday that it is unlikely any ISIS-K members were killed in a Kabul drone strike on August 29, which led to the deaths of multiple civilian casualties.”

    “We now assess that it is unlikely that the vehicle and those who died were associated with ISIS-K or a direct threat to US forces,” McKenzie said of the airstrike at a briefing.”

    “The drone strike, which was intended to target ISIS-K operatives, resulted in the deaths of an aid worker and up to nine of his family members, including seven children.”

    • ChipNASA says:

      Someone should accidentally drone the Congressional Black Caucus, and maybe the Congressional Democratic Women’s Tea Group and then maybe as a side, the entire Mid-Left leaning Congressional worthless, retarded, football bat fucking dead hippo rotting carcass in the August Jungle in Indochina, subhuman waste products Capital Landfill Creatures of *filth*, yeah, MOAB the fuckers, by accident.

  12. Claw says:

    And in other news:

    The Wall That Travels will be in Blackfoot, ID this weekend. I may or may not go to have a look, depending on how vests with badges I can stand.

    And the Air Force made a C-130 landing and take-off on a stretch of Hgwy US287 north of Rawlins, WY this past Tuesday.

    • ninja says:

      Claw, if you do go, please let us know how it turned out.

      And yes, we are chuckling on what you wrote:

      “…depending on how vests with badges I can stand.”


      Thank You for sharing!

      • Claw says:

        Okay, if I do go, I’ll give a full report.

        But, knowing my luck, the first person I’ll run into will be that fake Warrant Officer Hollingsworth and I’ll get an eye put out from an exploding button from his Class A’s./smile

    • ChipNASA says:

      That and the A-10 in Michigan (?) I believe make me seriously think that Red Dawn III is a consideration for the future.
      Who’s NOT on our side… (Remember this was filmed *before* COVID 😀

      • Claw says:

        The video/news coverage I watched showed the C-130 was being escorted (both on the landing and subsequent take-off) by A-10’s.

        So, Yeah, It was a real world training exercise and the first of it’s kind in CONUS.

      • UpNorth says:

        Yeah, the A-10 landings and takeoffs were in by Northern Michigan, near Alpena.

    • SFC D says:

      And while you’re in beautiful downtown Blackfoot, don’t miss the Potato Museum! “Free ‘taters for out of staters!”


  13. ninja says:

    Why Am I NOT Surprised.

    Wonder if they will be sent to Alaska?

    “DC Getting Zero Afghan Refugees In First Wave Of Resettlement, As Many States Get 1,000+”


    “Some of the loudest voices calling for the resettlement of tens of thousands of Afghan refugees in the United States have come from Washington, D.C. – and yet the nation’s capital won’t be receiving any of the initial wave of refugees.”

    “State Department data shows where the initial group of 37,000 Afghans are heading after being processed into the United States.”

    “California (5,255) and Texas (4,481) will receive the largest numbers of the first wave, while smaller populated states like Oklahoma and Missouri will receive 1,800 and 1,200 respectively. Michigan, Florida and Georgia will both receive more than 1,000 Afghans each. New York will receive 1,143 and Arizona will receive 1,610.”

    “However, Washington D.C., along with Hawaii, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming, will not receive any refugees in the initial wave.”

  14. ninja says:

    Bet Ole Feckless *Cough! Cough! Plugs Biden gonna be ticked off!


    “FDA Panel Rejects Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Booster In People 16 Years And Older”


  15. ninja says:


    The Love Of Money Is The Root Of All Evil.

    “Woman Posed As Relative Of Young Chicago Homicide Victims To Collect Tax Refunds, COVID-19 Stimulus Payments, Feds Say”


    “A South Side woman has been hit with federal fraud charges alleging she obtained death certificates of dozens of young Chicago murder victims by claiming she was a relative and later used their stolen identities to collect thousands of dollars in tax refunds and COVID-19 stimulus payments.”

    “Among the victims of the scam allegedly perpetrated by Katrina Pierce was Amari Brown, a 7-year-old boy fatally shot in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on July 4, 2015, according to a criminal complaint made public Thursday in U.S. District Court charging Pierce with wire fraud .”

    “The 34-page complaint alleged Pierce, 50, had posed as Amari’s aunt when requesting his death certificate in 2019, then used the stolen information to file a fraudulent tax return that garnered a $4,400 refund check from the IRS.”

    “Pierce was arrested Tuesday and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Young Kim, who ordered her held in custody pending trial, court records show.”

    “According to prosecutors, Pierce was sentenced in 2012 to 11 years in federal prison for using stolen identities and other fraudulent documents to steal more than $200,000 in federal tax refunds and state child-care benefits.”

    “A check of the bureau’s database revealed that Pierce had requested a total of 37 death certificates in 2019 alone, and succeeded in obtaining 26 of them, according to the complaint. All of them were for homicide victims ranging in age from 2 to 22 years old, mostly from Chicago’s South and West sides, the complaint stated.”

    “The charges alleged Pierce used death certificate information to qualify for earned income or child tax credits on false tax returns she later filed under fictitious names and businesses. She also used the information to illegally collect thousands of dollars in stimulus payments related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

  16. ninja says:

    Possibly another distraction from the Afghan Blunder?

    Courtesy of Lloyd Austin:

    “Pentagon Urges All Employees To Report Symptoms Of ‘Havana Syndrome’”


    “The Pentagon is hoping to get to the bottom of a mysterious illness dubbed “Havana syndrome” that’s been plaguing personnel since 2016. First reported by The New York Times, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issued a memo to all employees — service members, civilians, and contractors — urging them to look out for unusual symptoms of “Anomalous Health Incidents,” or AHI, on Sept. 15. Central Intelligence Agency director William Burns told NPR in July that it’s believed at least 200 Americans have been injured by the puzzling illness.”

    “As part of a government-wide effort,” Austin wrote in the one-page memo, “the Department is committed to finding the cause and source of these AHI and ensuring that affected individuals receive appropriate medical care as quickly as possible when needed.”

    • Hate_me says:

      Or a way to redirect reported side effects of the now-mandatory COVID vaccine?

      He’s been a disappointing SECDEF, to say the least, but he’s got enough experience and training to know to get ahead of an anticipated issue.

  17. ninja says:

    How DoD Spends Our Tax Dollars.

    You Be The Judge.

    “A Plan For Rooting Out Extremism In The Military: Report”


    “The Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, and the subsequent revelations that many veterans were involved, pushed the Defense Department to start addressing the issue of extremism in the ranks from the top down.”

    “In addition to holding an extremism stand-down and tasking a working group to look at the issue, DoD also funded a Rand Corp. effort to create a framework for preventing, detecting and addressing extremism views among troops.”

  18. ninja says:

    Can anyone please explain to me why a person who has been vaccinated for COVID still needs to wear a mask?

    Why is it that folks who received a Flu shot (before COVID) were not required to wear a mask?



    What ever happened to Common Sense?

    Impeach 46.

    • LC says:

      Been a bit busy, so forgive the lack of references, but you’re asking two different questions:

      Can anyone please explain to me why a person who has been vaccinated for COVID still needs to wear a mask?

      The dominant variant, delta, seems to have much higher viral loads than the original strain. It basically replicates extremely fast. And your body takes some time to ramp up defenses when fighting an infection. So, as I understand it, you can have a notable viral load that, as a vaccinated person, you’re very likely to successfully fight off,… but can still spread to others in the interim.

      In short, it’s just about reducing community spread, given the high viral load. If the viral load were much lower, you’d have a far lower chance of spreading it to someone before you fight it off.

      Why is it that folks who received a Flu shot (before COVID) were not required to wear a mask?

      I’d guess the primary reason is that we have no indication that the flu is transmissible before symptoms appear, unlike COVID. Probably some other secondary reasons, too, like us being very used to the flu, it being less lethal than COVID, and the probability of spread being lower.

      My turn for a question, if I may: Do you think masks reduce spread? If so, when would you suggest they’re warranted in terms of lethality? For example, I can understand people against requiring masks for something that was 0.0000001% lethal, and I hope you would agree that asking people to wear them would be warranted for something, say, 90% lethal. We all draw that line differently – I’m just curious where yours is. No argument, just curiosity.

      • ninja says:


        Really appreciate your feedback…Thank You for taking my questions seriously, because I was serious when asking…and not sarcastic.

        On your question to me:

        If you think about it, when going into surgery, Doctors and Nurses wash well, put on gloves and wear masks.

        However, most of the time, the patient undergoing surgery do not wear masks nor are they gloved.


        What am I missing?

        As far as wearing masks, I believe that should be a personal decision…not mandated.

        The same with being vaccinated.

        I believe in Freedom of Choice when it comes to wearing a mask and taking the vaccine since common sense dictated that we are all different physically, mentally and emotionally. We are not cut from the same cloth. One size does not fit all.

        I respect those who choose to wear masks, even when they are inside their cars. I also respect their decision to wear the mask even though they are fully vaccinated.

        I don’t ask them why they do it, but it does go thru my mind…Why?

        And is that not sending a message that the COVID Vaccine does not work?

        I stll don’t understand, because to me it seems illogical. It just does not make sense to me.

        I compare it to a pregnant woman wanting her male partner to wear a condom when having intercourse so that she has peace of mind that she will not get pregnant.

        Or a man wearing a condom after he has had a vasectomy so that his female partner does not get pregnant.

        Or a female who has had a hystorectomy insisting her male partner wear a condom while she takes birth control pills so that she will not get pregnant.

        Hope you see where I am going with this.

        Thank You for your feedback, LC. Just as you, I AM open minded and I do learn from others that have different viewpoints. But just as you, we all have different perspectives on subjects…and that is OK.

        Life would be boring if we all were cut from the same cookie cutter and thought alike. Heck, my God and my Lord that I worship made us different. 😉

        Appreciations for your insight and perspective…Thank You again!


        • David says:

          Ninja – condoms are better as a protection against spreading/catching disease as well as a (poor) form of preventing pregnancy. Would you willingly screw someone with AIDS without one, pregnant or not?

        • Commissar says:

          Then I owe you an apology….

          I thought you were being trollish and sarcastic with your questions.

      • rgr769 says:

        Here’s my answer. If those masks made out of the same material as my BVD’s can’t stop a fart, what makes anyone think they can stop a virus? But seriously, the overwhelming majority of people are wearing the paper surgical masks. The gaps in the fiber filter material are about 2.5 times larger than the viral particles. That and the fact that the gaps around the perimeter of those masks make it highly unlikely one will protect one from a sick person sneezing or coughing in one’s vicinity. So, my opinion is that those masks are PR theater. Moreover, the politicians wearing them whip them off as soon as they see a camera is not on them.

        • ninja says:


          Am smiling since another member of the ninja family who is also a RANGER made the EXACT same comment you made. EXACT!

          Again, am trying to grasp common sense in all of this,i.e. if one is vaccinated, why wear a mask? If it IS because of the new variant of COVID (which is the 20th varient of COVID?), then that means the current vaccines don’t work…correct?

          And if they don’t work, they why get it?

          Why do I feel as if our Country is starting to imitate Nazism, i.e. the Hitler Days before and during WWII before the downfall?

          Thank You for the feedback…Really appreciate you sharing your thoughts.

        • David says:

          Rgr – the mayor of SanFran is catching grief even now for partying maskless recently despite her own mask mandate.

    • Commissar says:

      Because the typical annual flu is not as contagious or deadly.

      If we were to have a flu virus that was particularly virulent or deadly we would treat it like a pandemic…because it would be one. And we would take precautions, including potential mask mandates and vaccine mandates.

      Arguably; Covid-19 is a “cold” virus that is particularly virulent and deadly. Which is why the global need to reduce the spread.

      I don’t know why this stuff needs to be explained to you. The fact that you asked these questions does not indicate you are being incisive; it just indicates you are clueless about the whole concept of a pandemic.

      Also, moving forward; it will likely be increasingly seen as common courtesy to wear a mask when you have a flu or cold. It is already in many countries.

      But I suspect you will be a self centered asshat with no civic conscientiousness and continue to be a disease vector for others.

  19. ninja says:

    The ninja family has been watching this…and it is a reminder that History CAN repeat itself, i.e. what is currently happening in the United States:

    “World War II In Color”


  20. TXNorsky says:

    Well, I got here quick as I could.

    I attended a internment service for a fallen Coastie veteran this afternoon with the San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders.

  21. Graybeard says:

    Late but present.

    9yo grandson had surgery on his ear again (5th) – first time for mastoiditis, now for cholesteatoma. He’s a trooper, but it hurts him and us.

    Otherwise, all is well in the GB AO

    Y’all have a great weekend.

  22. David T says:

    This U.S. Army vet, Lawrence Brooks, celebrated his 112th birthday las week. Believed to be America’s oldest living vet.


    [Edited to remove PII -Mason]

  23. Berliner says:

    Went to the Exchange at McChord AFB (JBLM) this morning and on the way out picked up the base newspaper. I was hoping to read the Nisqually Indian Tribe Fish Hatchery on Fort Lewis was going to do their annual Salmon give-a-way.

    They do this after collecting the eggs and sperm from the salmon returning from the ocean to spawn. They last did it the give-a-way September 2019 where I took home 4 3 footers. I could have gotten more but waiting in the line 4 times was enough, but I digress.

    A story that DID catch my eye was about the first female soldier from the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) graduating from Ranger School.

    “Reminiscing on the time period following her acceptance into the course, the Captain reaffirmed that being at Ranger school is a continual privilege and not something to take lightly. ‘No matter how bad it hurt each day or how tired you were, it was always a privilege to be there,’ she said’.”

    “When asked why she chose to complete Ranger school, the African American Captain and executive officer with the 1st Battalion, 1st SFG (A) simply responded with ‘Why not?’.”

  24. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    Fifty-something and Honorary First once again.


  25. Hate_me says:


  26. Devtun says:

    The US Air Force separated from it’s big bro, the US Army, 74 yrs ago. Happy birthday to the Air Service. No Chair Force jokes for one day.

  27. Frankie Cee says:

    Not even trying for a “First” at the Weekend Open Thread, I am usually first with the daily Feel Good Stories, while y’all are sleeping off that evening binge that you do.
    Life in my world is always interesting, and this month has been no different. September began with me and one of my dogs being rear ended by a texting dope in a Tupperware Silverado. 45 MPH and didn’t even try to stop. I drove my truck home, his went on a wrecker. 6,10 pound of old, Detroit Iron, protected us pretty well. Then a few days later, I was given notice that the Retiring Air Force Major and his family will no longer need me to be the farm caretaker. Old friends and I have made a plan that will have me taking care of their properties up in Southeast Georgia, and in Central Florida. This move will be completed before the 10th of October. More on this and photos of my wrecked truck at this link. Drop by and give it a look:

  28. Sapper3307 says:

    Did anyone else notice the media/propaganda is only showing women and children and not the fighting age men?

  29. Berliner says:

    “The Biden administration plans the widescale expulsion of Haitian migrants from a small Texas border city by putting them on flights to Haiti starting Sunday, an official said Friday, representing a swift and dramatic response to thousands who suddenly crossed the border from Mexico and gathered under and around a bridge.

    Details are yet to be finalized but will likely involve five to eight flights a day, according to the official with direct knowledge of the plans who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. San Antonio, the nearest major city, may be among the departure cities.”

    Don’t believe that last sentence. That border city, Del Rio, TX is home of Laughlin AFB, a pilot training center. 737’s have been flying out of there doing relocations quite a bit this past year. I use Flight Aware, https://flightaware.com/live/ , a live flight tracker. The airport code for Laughlin is ” KDLF “. Once you click on a arrivals or departures 737 flight, you can click on “all flights” under “Operator Information”.

  30. Frankie Cee says:

    Whether you re pilot, air crew, passenger or just plain like the big bitch that is the C-130 Acft, this is one hell of story, written with the flair of “one who’s been there”. Enjoy:
    Approach into Baghdad, C-130 Style
    This guy must have taken a creative writing class in college. Gotta love his metaphors.
    3rd MAW C-130 Pilot’s Description of Approach into Baghdad:
    There I was at six thousand feet over central Iraq, two hundred eighty knots and we’re dropping faster than Paris Hilton’s panties. It’s a typical September evening in the Persian Gulf; hotter than a rectal thermometer and I’m sweating like a priest at a Cub Scout meeting. But that’s neither here nor there. The night is moonless over Baghdad tonight, and blacker than a Steven King novel.
    But it’s 2006, folks, and I’m sporting the latest in night-combat
    technology – namely, hand-me-down night vision goggles (NVGs) thrown out by the fighter boys. Additionally, my 1962 Lockheed C-130E Hercules is equipped with an obsolete, yet, semi-effective missile warning system (MWS). The MWS conveniently makes a nice soothing tone in your headset just before the missile explodes into your airplane. Who says you can’t polish a turd?
    At any rate, the NVGs are illuminating Baghdad International Airport
    like the Las Vegas Strip during a Mike Tyson fight. These NVGs are the cat’s ass. But I’ve digressed. The preferred method of approach tonight is the random shallow. This tactical maneuver allows the pilot to ingress the landing zone in an unpredictable manner, thus exploiting the supposedly secured perimeter of the airfield in an attempt to avoid enemy surface-to-air-missiles and small arms fire.
    Personally, I wouldn’t bet my pink ass on that theory but the approach is fun as hell and that’s the real reason we fly it. We get a visual on the runway at three miles out, drop down to one thousand feet above the ground, still maintaining two hundred eighty knots.
    Now the fun starts. It’s pilot appreciation time as I descend the mighty Herc to six hundred feet and smoothly, yet very deliberately, yank into a sixty degree left bank, turning the aircraft ninety degrees offset from runway heading. As soon as we roll out of the turn, I reverse turn to the right a full two hundred seventy degrees in order to roll out aligned with the runway. Some aeronautical genius coined this maneuver the “Ninety/Two-Seventy.” Chopping the power during the turn, I pull back on the yoke just to the point my nether regions start to sag, bleeding off energy in order to configure the pig for landing.
    “Flaps Fifty!, landing Gear Down!, Before Landing Checklist!” I look
    over at the copilot and he’s shaking like a cat shitting on a sheet of
    ice. Looking further back at the navigator, and even through the Nags, I can clearly see the wet spot spreading around his crotch. Finally, I glance at my steely eyed flight engineer. His eyebrows rise in unison as a grin forms on his face. I can tell he’s thinking the same thing I am …. “Where do we find such fine young men?”
    “Flaps One Hundred!” I bark at the shaking cat. Now it’s all aim-point and airspeed. Aviation 101, with the exception there are no lights, I’m on NVGs, it’s Baghdad, and now tracers are starting to crisscross the black sky. Naturally, and not at all surprisingly, I grease the Goodyear’s on brick-one of runway 33 left, bring the throttles to ground idle and then force the props to full reverse pitch. Tonight, the sound of freedom is my four Hamilton Standard propellers chewing through the thick, putrid, Baghdad air. The huge, one hundred thirty-thousand pound, lumbering whisper pig comes to a lurching stop in less than two thousand feet. Let’s see a Viper do that!
    We exit the runway to a welcoming committee of government issued Army grunts. It’s time to download their beans and bullets and letters from their sweethearts, look for war booty, and of course, urinate on Saddam’s home. Walking down the crew entry steps with my lowest-bidder, Beretta 92F, 9 millimeter strapped smartly to my side, look around and thank God, not Allah, I’m an American and I’m on the winning team. Then I thank God I’m not in the Army.
    Knowing once again I’ve cheated death, I ask myself, “What in the hell am I doing in this mess?” Is it Duty, Honor, and Country? You bet your ass. Or could it possibly be for the glory, the swag, and not to mention, chicks dig the Air Medal. There’s probably some truth there too. But now is not the time to derive the complexities of the superior, cerebral properties of the human portion of the
    aviator-man-machine model. It is however, time to get out of this hole. Hey copilot, how’s ‘bout the ‘Before Starting Engines Checklist.”

  31. Green Thumb says:

    The False Commander “Phony” Phil Monkress (CEO of All-Points Logistics) has put together another advisory board.

    Don’t know these folks. But they seemed honorable when in service. Not that there out, maybe it just about the money? Who knows? They are obviously playing with Phildo and seem to care less about his making money through taxpayer-funded set aside government contracts based upon his fake Native American, Navy SEAL and LEO claims.