Weekend Open Thread

| August 19, 2022

I remember watching “Wag the Dog” when it showed in theaters. Folks filmed staged events, then tried to sell these events as real-world events. The set up was obvious to the audience, the reporting on the set up was obviously nonsense. Tragically, when this is being playing out for real, many people want to believe the nonsense because they disagree with the politics of the one that is the target of false narratives. Enjoy your weekend!

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Now, can someone check the throne?
Enjoy your new old rule as it were.
Smooches turdlettes.









Handover & remarks complete.

Have yourself(s) a great weekend, GABN!


I hope you had Commissar clean it before you sat down.


Wouldn’t Lars contaminate it more?

Hack Stone


Hack Stone

They dropped that thread 3 minutes early, and they always drop a few interesting threads right before the WOT as a diversion. And Hack fell for it.


Hack Stone, you gotta keep your eyes on the prize and your hand on the laynard for whenever there’s a call for a FIRE MISSION! FIRE MISSION! FIRE MISSION! The King of Battle, THE KING OF FIRST has returned to his rightful place on the Throne. I, too, was perusing the other interesting thread and my comment for the DJT Trolling thread is apropos here for you too. “That’ll leave a mark.” There may and/or may not be a 2nd Place Trophy awaiting for you in the Ladies Room. I even gave my standard 10 count that I usually give each Friday, just to make it sporting.

A Most Blessed Weekend for my loyal d’weeded minions and smooches to all of my Adorable Deplorables.

Pizza, Calzones, Hot Wings, and refreshing Frosty Beverages for all hands. Seegars and E&J on the verandah here @ Firebase Magnolia. Only two (2) more weeks until the games begin!





On station.



President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neande

Damn! Second

Commissioner Wretched

Rats of the Cong, KoB! Back to the throne for you for another week of lording it over all of us. In your honor, the trivia is hereby humbly presented.

Why did Col. Harland Sanders denounce his Kentucky Fried Chicken™ before he died?
By Commissioner Wretched
It seems a correction of sorts is in order.
No, I didn’t make a factual error in last week’s column … I made something of a mathematical error.
The claim that the first Rolls-Royce was a real bargain is accurate, but my math from the 1904 conversion of British pounds to U.S. dollars was a bit off. By a magnitude of thousands of bucks.
I am reliably informed that £395 was indeed $784 – today. But in 1904, the rate of exchange was somewhat different.
Using that rate, £395 would have been about $58,100. Still a bargain for a Rolls-Royce, but quite a difference in actual exchange value.

Commissioner Wretched

So I don’t speak math. So sue me. Thanks to my friend John for putting me straight.

Anyway, on to this week’s trivia, in which no math problems were injured. None at all.

Did you know …

… a rat can live longer without water than a camel can? (Funny thing to contemplate … is a rat away from water a “dirty rat”?)

… the average Super Bowl party has 17 guests? (And fifteen of those guests are there to watch the game. The other two are only there for the food and beer.)

… actor James Doohan lost the middle finger of his right hand during World War II? Doohan (1920-2005), best known for the role of chief engineer Montgomery Scott in Star Trek, was a participant in the D-Day landings in Europe in 1944, and the missing finger was amputated after his hand was shot by a German soldier. (And when you figure that Scotty was the only “redshirt” who survived the entire series …)

Hack Stone

Hack Stone hosted a Super Bowl Party at Stately Stone Manor. Pretty sure that it was the year that Janet Jackson had her wardrobe malfunction, forever scarring the psych of well adjusted Americans. The game ends, the winning quarterback is heading to Disneyworld, but one friggin’ guest just won’t leave. Then he gets on Hack’s computer to “check his email”. Finally get the asswipe to leave. Check the browser history. Too Many Fish In The Sea. And this guy was Air Force Intel.

Hack Stone

Another noted actor wounded during D-Say was everyone’s favorite sewer worker, Ed Norton, AKA Art Carney. His injury left him with a permanent limp. And somehow, he was able to land a position helping The Chef Of The Future sell kitchen utensils.

Commissioner Wretched

… no first-generation video footage exists of the first human landing on the Moon? When the Apollo 11 spacecraft landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969, cameras were deployed from the Lunar Module Eagle to record the activities of Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin (born 1930), the first humans to set foot on land not on the planet Earth. The high-quality video footage was relayed to NASA and stored on tape. A few years later, when NASA sought out the tapes for one reason or another, they made a horrifying discovery: the tapes had been erased and re-used, in an attempt to save money. Thus, the only video footage of Armstrong and Aldrin on the Moon exists in second-generation video, gathered from television stations around the world and digitally restored. (Isn’t that just like government, though? Trying to save money in the wrong places?)

Commissioner Wretched

… the man who invented Kentucky Fried Chicken™ denounced it before he died? Colonel Harland Sanders (1890-1980) came up with his “special” eleven herbs and spices and patented method of frying chicken at his combination gas station, motel and restaurant in Shelbyville, Kentucky, in the 1930s. When he sold the company in 1964 for $2 million, he remained with them as their “brand ambassador.” With typical corporate mentality, the new owners gradually changed the ingredients and recipes used in the production of the chicken dinners, aiming for lower costs. This came at a price, which Sanders himself pointed out, saying not long before his death that the chicken was “the worst fried chicken I’ve ever seen” and calling the gravy “wallpaper paste.”

Commissioner Wretched

Additional trivia note: Sanders appeared as a contestant on the game show What’s My Line? on December 1, 1963. The restaurants were not as widely known then, and the panel members did not recognize him and were unable to guess his “line.” The colonel won $50 for stumping the celebrity panel.


Did you say Colonel Sanders?


Did you say Colonel Sanders?


Back in 2017, the official KFC Twitter account was discovered to follow only a handful of people. Six seemingly random American men and five 1990’s girl group members.

The men? All named Herb. The women? The Spice Girls.

KFC was officially follow 11 Herbs and Spices.



In the early 60s, KFC had the only privately owned franchise in the United States where my Uncle lived in Durham, NC. Pete Rinaldi had a burger joint and offered Sanders a location and full setup, but Pete would remain the sole owner. It was the best take-out chicken you could get anywhere. I agree that over the years the recipe has gone to pot. I agree about the gravy which has so much salt to make it have any flavor at all. I only buy it now if we make chicken and stuffing casserole because it’s already cooked and easy to get off the bone. I always wondered why, when they sold the skinless chicken why they didn’t sell orders of the fried skins. I would have eaten that. Because, after the skin, it’s dry and lacks any taste. Thus the stuffing, broth, and added ingredients make the only edible casserole. Long post about…nothing really.

Only Army Mom

The original, Original Recipe. The current version served by the restaurants includes MSG, something the Colonel said, supposedly, ‘ruined’ the flavor. I have actually made this and it is really, really good.
Soak: 20-30 minutes
Cook: 15-18 minutes
Makes: 4 servings
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 tablespoon dried basil leaves
1/3 tablespoon dried oregano leaves
1 tablespoon celery salt
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon dried mustard
4 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons garlic salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
3 tablespoons ground white pepper
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg, beaten
1 chicken, cut up, the breast pieces cut in half for more even frying

Only Army Mom

Expeller-pressed canola oil
1 Mix the flour in a bowl with all the herbs and spices; set aside.
2 Mix the buttermilk and egg together in a separate bowl until combined. Soak the chicken in the buttermilk mixture at room temperature, 20-30 minutes.
3 Remove chicken from the buttermilk, allowing excess to drip off. Dip the chicken pieces in the herb-spice-flour mixture to coat all sides, shaking off excess. Allow to sit on a rack over a baking sheet, 20 minutes.
4 Meanwhile, heat about 3 inches of the oil in a large Dutch oven (or similar heavy pot with high sides) over medium-high heat to 350 degrees. (Use a deep-frying thermometer to check the temperature.) When temperature is reached, lower the heat to medium to maintain it at 350. Fry 3 or 4 pieces at a time, don’t crowd the pot. Fry until medium golden brown, turning once, 15-18 minutes. Transfer chicken pieces to a baking sheet covered with paper towels. Allow the oil to return to temperature before adding more chic

Commissioner Wretched

I would try this recipe, OAM, except – as I’ve often been quoted as saying – I’ve tasted my own cooking and lived to tell about it.

Commissioner Wretched

… the phrase, “Hands down,” comes from horse racing? It was first used in the 1800s to describe the type of victory in a race where one horse was so far ahead of the others, the jockey was able to drop his reins. With his “hands down,” he would cross the finish line. (I’ll bet on that!)

… snakes are true carnivores? They only eat other animals. Snakes do not consume any kind of plant material. (For which plants are unendingly grateful.)

… only one insect is able to turn its head? While almost all insects find they have to turn their whole bodies to be able to look around them, the praying mantis has the ability to swivel its head on its neck. (Which does it no real good, but then no real harm, either.)

Commissioner Wretched

… strawberries are not always red? They can be white or yellow. And there are some varieties that actually taste like pineapples. (And I am allergic to all of them.)

… choosing an exciting place for your first date increases the chances of that special someone actually falling for you? (Another of my questions about my love life has now been answered. No wonder I don’t get second dates.)

… the world’s smallest jail is located in Canada? In the town of Rodney, Ontario, the world’s smallest jail is only 15 feet by 19 feet, and consists of two cells. (Small ones.)

… all of India is in one time zone? (A very efficient set-up, come to think of it.)

… a scorpion can withstand 200 times more radiation than a human can? (And the scorpions are welcome to it, too.)


All of China is in one time zone too. Even though it spans five times zones. Everyone is on Beijing time. It’s the communist way!

Commissioner Wretched

… hedgehogs are lactose intolerant? (They know this how?)

… the fastest animal on six legs is the cockroach? A roach can cover a meter of distance in just one second. (Which is how they get away from you when you turn on the lights.)

… being an attorney is not a requirement for sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court? In fact, no specific qualifications are set forth in the Constitution for a person to become a Justice of the Supreme Court. It’s probably a good idea to have a legal background, though, since all Justices have to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and they have to base their votes on something. (No comment.)

Now … you know!


The best cockroach killer that works on other insects that can infest a home or business and literally take over is as follows:
Get a bag of sugar, 1 lb will work fine, powdered or granulated is fine.
Get a bag of Fire Ant Killer and mix the two together in a big container that can be labeled as poison and kept out of the reach of children.
Simply sprinkle it around the area of infestation, usually the kitchen of course.
Behind the refrigerator, behind the stove, under the sink, in the back of cabinets where animals and kids can’t get to it.
The bugs can’t resist the sugar and will become covered in both powders and will clean themselves.
In about two weeks, no more bugs, none, nada, zero, zilch, absolutely none.

jeff LPH 3 63-66

Not to bad for coming in at #18

Amateur Historian

Y’all remember STOLEN VALOR, Fake PH Veteran Gabrielle Beutler from yesterday’s Post?


Well, here is some more interesting information:

“A Woman honored with a Quilt of Valor by the Grant-Reeves VFW Post 7720 in May 2022 was arrested August 11th on charges that she falsified her status as a Veteran.”

Gabrielle Beutler, 31, of Bowersville was investigated after the Lavonia Police Department asked the GBI to look into suspected criminal misconduct. Beutler has been the Post Commander at the VFW Post 5897 in Franklin County since June.”

“A Facebook photo posted from a State Convention by VFW District 2 on June 27 appears to show Beutler having the use of both of her natural legs. She claimed in a news report to have lost a leg in an explosion in Afghanistan. In the report, she claimed that her left leg was severed from the hip, leading to the alleged awarding of the Purple Heart.”



Gabby at conference (1).jpg

Her PhakeBook account.

In scrolling, we have a suspicion that she was lying when living in Nevada as well.



She has the most lifelike artificial leg I have ever seen. Can’t even tell which one is the prothesis.






Hack Stone

She had Daniel Bernath photoshop that leg onto her.


Wasn’t Bernath’s headstone photoshopped by our very own ChipNASA?

We Is Bad… 😎 

RGR 4-78

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Thunder Thigh Prosthetics Inc.


There is a big security update from Apple for those of you who use their stuff. Have a Great Weekend!


Army-Navy Drumline Battle 2021.

Army always does it better than Navy…and sometimes we play dirty…. 😏 

10 minutes well worth watching. So hard to believe that those Drummers will become 2LTs or Ensigns…

“From the 122nd Army-Navy Football Game on December 11, 2021 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ”


That’s fun!



Graybeard, We gave you a Green Thumbs up, but it does not work….

Oh, Well…


Sabotage by a squid?


Happy belated AIRBORNE DAY!


Belated, “All the Way.”


One member of the ninja family proudly earned this.




Courtesy of our very own ChipNASA…😆😅🤣


Happy belated AB day to my brother and my son!




Well, that what he’s thinking. Didn’t say I liked it.


A happy weekend to all you dickweeds here at the TAH Tavern!

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Congrats again to our Rebel, AKA KoB, for taking back the TAH Crown and Scepter!

In his honor, we present this video since we know he enjoys the Who “We Won’t Be Fooled Again”.

BTW, this is NOT the Who performing. It is the DRUMS EDIT of the Rockin1000 Stade De France 2022.

For those who enjoy drums, here is it…10 minutes of pure bliss of a Classic Rock Song.

Congrats again, KoB!!


They gotz skilz. I’m impressed. Keeping that many people time on target is almost as difficult as (BEAT) Navy having a winning season. Or Chippy making time with OAM.

Tanks!, ninja. Tho this is not The Who, that song is one of my all time favorites…and most apropos for the current political climate. May be why so many voted for Trump in ’16. They were tired of being fooled again by career politicians. The Who…Best.Rock.&.Roll.Band.EVAH! No, you can’t change my mind. Bought my FIRST (ht2…oh…that would be…ME!) Who Record in ’65. Saw them live in Jax FL in ’15 during their Who Turns 50 Tour. They rocked hell out of Veterans Arena. All proceeds from the CD went to the Childrens Hospital. I have to perform the air drum for this tune when it’s used as the opening for Lady Friend’s CSI Show. She no longer questions if I’m delivering sticks on target. 🎶






We know you all are familiar with the song “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”…

Check out this 6 minute version performed by The Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Live)

“Performed and recorded in DR Koncerthuset 2018”


Please disregard the above video…Sheesh…Need More Coffee!!!  🙄 

Here is the CORRECT 6 minute video performed by The Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Live)

“Performed and recorded in DR Koncerthuset 2018


Sheesh…Need More Coffee!!!

No, you don’t need “more” coffee. What you need to do is switch from that 97% Decaffeinated Sanka (8955-00-174-2299) over to regular Universal Grind Coffee (8955-00-069-3839) to jumpstart your brain into the proper gear. /smile



Sanka Coffee. Trying to remember if the Army experimented with packets of Sanka in MREs in the 1980s…


Yes, they did.


And just for general info: There were also Sanka packets in the old MCI’s (C-Rats).

Those Sanka packets (Orange) were always harder than Hell and had to be twisted two or three times to get them to loosen up while the regular Type 1 (Brown) coffee packets were just fine.



Thank You!

Was trying to remember if they were in our C-Rats as well…and yes, we remember those Orange packets!



Brown heroin.


Eww. Death before decaf!


Decaf is like alcohol-free beer. All the bad breath, none of the fun.


With all the discussion this week about “White”..

May we present a 4 minute video:

“Billy Idol – White Wedding – 400 musicians rock flashmob – @CITYROCKS cover”

“May 25, 2018 The biggest live rock flashmob in Central Europe – CityRocks 2018 – Szeged city (Hungary)”


The picture saids it all….


Talking about vax #5 in Canukistan to our Norte, eh? More on all of this soon.


The Latest..

Keep His Rump In Prison!!

“Gov. Hochul Orders Arrest Of Sex Fiend On Parole Charge After NYC Sucker-Punch Attack”



Hmmm, Whiz Wheel®™ says:

Bui Van Phu (FLTPSM*) 19 x 9 = 181

*Full Loony Tunes Past Shower Mold (H/T to Ret_25X)


Oops, should be 9 x 9 = 171.

Now I need more Universal Grind Coffee./s


Well, Damn-It.

Should be 19 x 9 = 171

My Bad.


We hope that Dude spends the rest of his days in Prison.

Or a Mental Health Institute.

Trying to figure out his background…Vietnamese? Half Vietnamese or Thai?


I don’t know, but I think he better learn to like Cream of Sum Yung Guy.




this dude is going to learn what “turned out” really means….


Public math. I feel your pain, Claw.


You’re Killing Me!!!!


Drink More Sanka!!!!!


Decaffeinated coffee is an abomination before the Lord and a crime against humanity.


Testify, SFC D. decaf ranks right up there with turkey bacon and lite beer.



A Proud Infidel®™

Drinking decaffeinated coffee is like hiring a hooker that only cuddles.


Was that originally a coded secret message like “drink more Ovaltine”? If so, you may have the fan belt inspectors sending the Hostage Rescue Team to your house for a pre-dawn raid. Better get your proof of declassification together for your lawers.


Yeah, that hag acted only after a massive public outcry & embarrassing headlines in the NY Post. Hopefully Lee Zeldin knocks that unelected failure out of the Governor’s mansion.




“Footloose-Dancing In The Movies”

6 minutes. Amazing how this person put the song to scenes from movies.



“Movie Stars Dancing To ‘I’m So Excited'”

A Proud Infidel®™

PRESENT and I award myself Honorary First once again.



Uptown Funk Hollywood Old Dance:



“Babylon Bee Offered Job to Brian Stelter After He Was Fired From CNN”


“Brian Stelter may be out at CNN, but he already has a job offer from Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillion.”

“Hey @brianstelter, would you be interested in working for the Bee?” Dillon tweeted. “We’re looking for talent with experience putting out funny fake news. You come highly recommended. Shoot me a DM if you’re interested!”


Whelp – top 100 and still FIRST (h/t KoB) in the Hearts and Minds of the grandkids.

We’ve had rain at the GB Compound – just as my tomatoes are giving up the ghost. Will need to plow and plant for a fall crop.

Y’all have a blessed weekend.



Thank You for the update on your Tomatoes…

Our Doctor had the same problem…We were so looking forward in getting fresh tomatoes from him…Nothing like a great tomato sandwich, straight from the vine!

You have a Blessed Weekend As Well…Keep Texas Safe And Sound For All Of Us!


“Dancing On The Ceiling” Featuring Old Movie Stars



Talk about a HIGH Quality Picture and Sound…


From 2016. 4 Minutes.

ZZ TOP. “Gimme All Your Lovin (LIVE)”.


Yeah, that was pretty good.


Ready for information warfare?


We The People Are SEETHING…

“DHS Building $500,000 Taxpayer-Funded Wall At Biden’s Delaware Beach House”


“President Biden may oppose building a wall along the U.S.’s southern border, but he’s currently spending nearly $500,000 of taxpayers’ money to construct a barrier around his vacation property at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.”

“In September 2021, the Department of Homeland Security doled out a $455,000 contract to a Sussex County, Delaware, construction company to build a fence around the president’s “Summer White House”.

“Construction began last September and was expected to be completed by the end of 2021. However, unknown delays have pushed the expected completion date to June 6, 2023, and ballooned costs to $490,324.”

“So walls work at Joe Biden‘s beach house but not the Southern border?” asked Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican, wrote on Twitter.”


Rehoboth should be prime destination for migrant buses from TX & AZ. MS-13 gangsters roaming the neighborhood would add a little character.

A Proud Infidel®™

How much of that money is getting funneled back to Hunter and Joe? Speaking of Joe, he sure has taken a LOT MORE days off than Donald Trump ever did!


Well, we guess Ole Brandon Boy and his wife, Breakfast Taco as well as Eric Swallow, Ole Chucky Boy, Ole Nancy P and Hubby and any other White Folks are banned…What A Bunch Of Racists…😉😎

“Off-Campus UC Berkeley Student Housing Bans White People From Common Areas”


“An off-campus housing co-op for University of California, Berkeley students bans white people from entering common spaces to “avoid white violence” — sparking criticism that the policy inflames racial tensions”.

“The five-story, 30-room “Person of Color Theme House” near the school requires students to declare their race when signing in and to announce when they’re bringing white guests in to the building”.

Many POC moved here to be able to avoid white violence and presence, so respect their decision of avoidance if you bring white guests,” the rules declare. “White guests are not allowed in common spaces.”

A Proud Infidel®™

Racists will be racist, just imagine the screeching if they suggested anything at all to be White Only?


Your ancestors fought segregation, and you segregated yourself, brought it back. I hope you’re proud. Your grandparents and MLK are crying. Dumbasses.

Hack Stone

Any of you Adorable Deplorables ever hear this story? It should be worthy of a Valor Friday thread.


The Stranger

A bunch of Navy Engineers hijacking a train from a brewery? Sounds about right. 🍺
Speaking of beer, don’t forget to try Shiner’s Oktoberfest brew. It’s pretty damn good.


Sounds like something that Red Forman would do. You know cause after running a gunboat around Okinawa during WWII, Red switched over from Machinists Mate rating to a Boatswains Mate rating to stay in the Navy and he became a SeaBee in Korea./s

Hack Stone

Hack was under the impression that Red Foreman was a Corpsman attached to a Marine unit during the Korean War. Wasn’t he wearing a Marine Alpha uniform with Navy rank insignia during an episode about a Veteran’s Day barbecue?


Nope, he was never a Marine. But he did punch one out who told him to “Shove Off, Bellbottoms” when they were both trying to make time with Kitty.


Oh, Yeah, speaking of uniforms, what I’m waiting for is an explanation from Red about that Meritorious Service Medal (which wasn’t created until 1969) that he wears on his Navy uniform from WWII/Korea./s


And as far as Red talking about his time in the Navy, (bear with me) he seems to be quite the fibber about the timeline of his service.

First up, he was born in December 1927 (as evidenced by the fact that he told his fellow co-workers in 1976 at the bar after their last day at work at the auto parts plant that “I’m not even 50 yet”.

He claims he enlisted in the Navy on his 17th birthday (1944), but he also claims he received a shrapnel wound to his right arm at Guadalcanal (Aug 42 to Feb 43). That timeline just doesn’t work out and he doesn’t wear a Purple Heart on his Veteran’s Day uniform.

But, Yeah, Yeah, I know I need to spend more time busting out real posers instead of fictional characters from a TV show, but that’s my life now that I’m retired./ smile

Hack Stone

Then don’t pay any attention to the various episodes of The Bob Newhart Show. Depending on the episode, he was an Air Force cook who served in Korea; he played drums in an Air Force band during the Korean War; various episodes mentioning him serving in combat in Korea, which we presume would be in the Army; in Death Be My Destiny, he was in the Army during the Korean War, but never left Fort Dix ( People die in New Jersey).

Bob Hartley’s mentioning his time in Korea are some of his best lines. In the episode “Mr. Emily Hartley”, he is embarrassed when he has to attend a MENSA meeting as Emily’s guest. “It was the second worst evening of my life. The worst was when my bazooka jammed at Panmunjom.” Cracks me up every time.