Weekend Open Thread

| December 30, 2022

Welcome to the final Friday of 2022. If you plan on partying tomorrow night, drink plenty of water during the day. Then, use the water back strategy during the partying. One volume of water to one volume of alcoholic beverage. Drink more water for stronger alcoholic beverages. Have a great time and be careful as we look forward to seeing you next year. Enjoy your weekend!

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First!!! Last of 2022. 


Yes, no YES!!!

Hack Stone

Hack would have beaten if his Cut & Paste was working.


And the last that OAM would consider when she starts picking amongst the miscreanted d’weeded Deplorables. She knows that I cook…and carry concealed at the Waffle House.

May you have Kong rats in your stockings, Chippy!

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I’m taking Chair-Kuan-Do lessons in between stuffing my face with a T-Bone Steak Dinner with a Garden Salad, Hashbrowns, and Texas Toast, and a side of All-Star Special with Large Hashbrowns. As a matter of fact….

For the final Friday of 2022…it’s on me….just tell your Black Belt waitress and chef, ChipNASA’s got you.

Good enough for FEMA, good enough for me.

A Proud Infidel®️™️

I’ll take a Sausage Melt with Smashed & Scattered Hash Browns with jalapeños and onions, extra crispy!


I question the authenticity of this menu. Nowhere on it does it offer you a Waffle House ass whoppin’



Many Happy New Year wishes to you KoB and OAM and all the rest of you shitheads.

Much love to you all and here’s hoping things shift and improve in 2023.

Anyone heard from Ex-PH2? Just checking in or our beloved folks.
I know I’ve been kinda scarce myself but once I catch up….speaking of…..here’s the final Ammoseek for 2022.

Smooches and tootles.

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Also curious re: Ex-PH2.


YES! Now Chip has to buy the first round at the NYE party.

Hack Stone



HACK GETS FITST last and first of 2022.

Hack Stone

Would it kill you to use some O Can’t Believe It’s Not KY Jelly? Now Hack Stone has to make all of his sales calls standing up for the next few weeks.

Hack Stone


Commissioner Wretched

Chip gets the Last FIRST of the year! For that, I have the last trivia column of the year! Hope all my TAH friends have a very Happy (and very, very safe) New Year’s Eve.

Could the world come to an end with something we’d never see coming?
By Commissioner Wretched

And thus doth we come to the end of another year. Within a few days, 2022 will be consigned to the history books, filed away and eventually forgotten.

Just like most years are done.

Was it a good year for you? I certainly hope so. I hope your dreams all came true, and if they didn’t, maybe 2023 will be the year in which it comes together.

For me, it was a great year. I had another book published, the column continues to grow, and you’re still reading this silly stuff I write … and I’ll be forever grateful for that.

Commissioner Wretched

So Happy New Year! When next we meet the calendar will have changed … but the trivia will always be here waiting for you to enjoy, as long as I’m here to bring it.

Did you know …

… the Wild West wasn’t really as wild as it’s presented? Take, for instance, bank robbery. A staple in the plot of just about every Western movie or television show, historical fact shows that there were less than ten confirmed bank robberies in the West between 1859 and 1900. If you’re wondering, that figure comes from the Foundation for Economic Education. Add to that the so-called “quick-draw,” High Noon-style shootouts on dusty town streets – which rarely if ever took place – and you understand that the “Wild West” was mostly the figment of peoples’ imaginations. (Say it ain’t so, Marshal Dillon!)

Hack Stone

The Mild Wild West.


The only documented and irrefutable street facedown shootout is when Wild Bill Hickok shot his opponent through the heart, using a .36 cal Colt 1851 Navy revolver. It was reportedly a 75 yard shot. Of course, this was long before Bill’s eyesight began deteriorating.


One might consider the Earp brothers + Doc Holliday’s fight known as “The OK Corral” (which was in the street just down from the OK Corral) as the other exemplar of the movie idea.
I obtained a copy of Wyatt Earp Speaks! edited by John Richard Stephens (ISBN 978-1-4351-1205-6) – it is a heavily footnoted collection of the various tellings over time of what happened in and around Tombstone AZ and the after-effects, which seemed to plague Wyatt Earp for the rest of his life. All folks wanted to talk about was that fight it seems.
Mr. Stephens does not try to reconcile the accounts, and even notes the discrepancies between them.


Maybe a little more wild than you think.

Earp is estimated to have killed somewhere between 8-30 men in his lifetime. A lot of people he had beefs with disappeared and were never heard from again.


There was a lot of slander against Wyatt Earp as well – people saying he did things it was impossible for him to have done (he was nowhere near where certain deaths occurred, that he killed folks who weren’t dead yet, etc.)

Mr. Stephens’ well documented book helps to separate truth from slander.

I recommend it for those working to discern truth and fiction.

Hack Stone

So you’re saying that Wyatt Earp killed Elaine Ricci?


I know he did not have anything to do with Epstein, at least.


seems to me there was also a nice shootout in El Paso between the popo and bad guys in which 3 people wound up dead very quickly. I remember Leon Metz commenting the Dodge City had something like 11 murders in as many years, El Paso had far more.


I was thinking of the Mano-a-Mano face downs as in all the TV westerns, as opposed to group A shoots it out with group B. There were plenty of those in the Old West.

A Proud Infidel®™

Kinda like the shootout against the Dalton Gang in Coffeyville, KS?

Commissioner Wretched

Yes, it’s the one-on-one, Marshal Dillon fast draws that simply didn’t happen. Not nearly as often as depicted in movies, that is.

Commissioner Wretched

… all tea is made from the leaves of the same plant? Camellia sinensis is the name of the plant that all kinds of tea come from. The differences in specific types come about in the way the leaves are processed. White tea is the least processed, while oolong tea requires the most processing. (I’m not at all sure how I feel about that.)

… you may be suffering from dendrophobia? If so, maybe city living is best for you … dendrophobia is the fear of trees. (My fear of trees has evolved. When I was a kid, I was afraid of falling out of them. As an adult, I fear them falling on me.)

… engineers once developed an automobile that gets 99 miles per gallon of gas? The diesel-powered Volkswagen Lupo 3-Liter TDI was developed in 2001 in Europe. The company has no plans to sell such a vehicle in the United States, however, as automakers say Americans do not want small, fuel-efficient cars. (They haven’t talked to many Americans lately, have they?)

Commissioner Wretched

… all humans are 99.9% genetically identical? It’s the 0.1% that makes us individuals, different from each other. Additional trivia note: humans and chimpanzees share an identical 98.4% genetic material. (That actually explains some of the people I’ve met in my life.)

… the world could end with something we’d never see coming? Got your attention, I see. Suppose, far out in space (but not too far), a star goes supernova. During the big kaboom, there will be issued from that dying star’s north and south poles something called a gamma ray burst. This is an intense, heavily concentrated beam of extremely strong radiation that shoots out at the speed of light. It is pretty potent, too – if a supernova happened within, say, 10,000 light-years of Earth and the gamma ray burst was aimed at us, we would be toast (eventually) and would never know what hit us.

Commissioner Wretched

There would be no way to see it coming, since it’s traveling at the speed of light – by the time we saw it, it would be too late. And there’s nothing we can do to protect ourselves from it anyway. Fortunately, these things don’t happen very often, though some scientists think at least one of Earth’s big “mass extinctions” in the distant past happened because of such a burst. Current wisdom holds that one takes place in our galaxy about every five million years. (Which is far, far too often for my taste.)

RGR 4-78

The Great Cosmic Microwave.

Commissioner Wretched

… scientists are working on technology that will allow the road to charge electric cars being driven on it? (Curiously, they’re not saying where the road would get the energy. Just an oversight, I’m sure.)

… you may suffer from ablutophobia? If you do, you may want to stay downwind of your friends. Ablutophobia is the fear of bathing. (And here I thought it was fear of some guy named Bluto.)

… military salutes are an evolution of a gesture from the days of knights? During medieval times, armored knights on horseback would raise their visors with their right hands to reveal their identities when approaching one another. The gesture evolved over the centuries into the current military salute. (For most new servicemen, the question becomes who, not why, we salute.)

Hack Stone

Hack Stone served with more than one Marine who suffered from ablutophobia. But back then we called them hygienically challenged. Yeah, I’m looking at you, Wallace.

RGR 4-78

But why raise their visor with their right hand.
Because that was their sword hand and it also showed they were not armed.
Additionally, spiral stairs in towers were designed so that the defender above would have his right (sword) hand away from the wall, but the attacker below would have his right hand against the wall.


If it truly had to do with showing oneself as unarmed, it was probably more about setting aside one’s lance/spear than sword.

I’m more inclined to the idea that it was simply easier to sheath/quiver one’s arms/arrows than to set aside a shield or bow. Thus, the right hand became conventional due to convenience rather than any anachronistic symbolism.

Additionally, should such meet while hunting, right-handed falconers carry their birds on the left – all kinds of awkward trying to holster a bating hawk.


and why Brits passing each other right-to-right reputedly spawned their driving on the left.


Another reason is because the reins are held in the left hand. Thus, only the right was free to raise the visor.

Commissioner Wretched

… a famous saying is usually misattributed? You’ve all heard the phrase, “When one door closes, another opens,” and many people link its first usage to religious texts. The phrase, however, was coined by Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), inventor of the telephone. The full phrase goes: “When one door closes, another door opens, but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the ones which open for us.” (Ain’t it the truth.)

… a swimmer’s joke changed an entire Olympic team’s appearance? After he won seven gold medals in the 1972 Olympics, American swimmer Mark Spitz (born 1950) jokingly told the coach of the Soviet Union’s swim team that his mustache helped him swim faster. Spitz said it deflected water from his mouth and made him more “bullet-shaped.” The following year, all the male members of the Soviet swim team had mustaches. (Coincidence? You be the judge.)

Hack Stone

Are those 1976 USSR swim team members hawking Medicare coverage like Mark Spitz and Jimmy JJ Walker?

Commissioner Wretched

… in Oklahoma, it is illegal to wear boots to bed? Oddly, though, it’s fine to wear shoes. (So you can “die with your boots on,” but not in bed.)

Now … you know!


Another fine job on the trivia, CW. Muchly enjoyed by us all. You keep posting ’em and we’ll keep reading them. Looking forward to opening my Christmas Prize from my Baby Girl sometime Monday evening when I get there. Went from the teens to 76 degrees in 3 days. My tomes from the other Zon order showed up today.

The only fear I have is of being rejected by that Most Adorable Deplorable, OAM.

Commissioner Wretched

I really would like to know your thoughts on the books, King. Please … good or bad.


Will do, My Man. May have to pry them out of the Grands hands. The pert near 18 yo boy is a SyFy fan and the 13 yo girl loves trivia. Daughter made mention that some of the other soccer moms popped on some orders.

Commissioner Wretched

How fantastic! Please thank her for me!

jeff LPH 3 63-66


jeff LPH 3 63-66

4 got to add that I have to stay home another few days due to a combination of the chi com virus/flu along with Sis. She got it after me but I took her to urgent care a few days after she got it. Should have taken her earlier but who knew it was the chi com virus. Only the shadow knew along with the peeps at urgent care. Later Alligator.


Praying your sister recovers completely and quickly.

A Proud Infidel®️™️

PRESENT and I award myself Honorary First once again.


Happy New Year, fellow deplorables/dickweeds!

Hack Stone

Where are our Shwanza best wishes?


Ladies and Gentlemen:

Let us introduce you to one of the US Navy’s Finest:

Christopher Paul Hetherington, Class of 2008, United States Naval Acadamy.

Ole Christopher, “a 33-year-old Lieutenant in the Navy, was taken into custody on Dec. 21 after investigators say he tried to meet with what he thought was a 14-year-old girl. He is currently being held at Western Tidewater Regional Jail.”

“Navy Lieutenant Arrested By NCIS Following Online Child Sex Sting: Affidavit”


“A complaint filed against Hetherington cites two counts: attempted coercion and enticement of a minor and attempted production of child pornography.”

“Hetherington is stationed on the USS ROSS, homeported in the Eastern District of Virginia, according to the filed affidavit.”



“The affidavit, written by affiant NCIS Special Agent Lisa Carroll, states the following:

“NCIS, the Norfolk Police Department and HIS conducted an operation in October that investigated those who “engaged in sexual online enticement of minors.”

“Special Agent Carroll posted on Whisper, a social networking app, a message that a user, Hetherington, replied to. Carroll then messaged him back stating that she was in ninth grade. He then asked for her Snapchat or Wickr information, and he added her on Snapchat.”

“Carroll, posing as a high schooler, and Hetherington continued communicating via Snapchat even after she told him
she was 14 years old. He asked for pictures, including one of her flipping off the camera to make sure that she was “not a cop.” He also asked for sexually explicit pictures of her.”



“As the two continued messaging, Hetherington asked to meet in person and sent messages with explicit, and sometimes sexually explicit, language.”

“Following an administrative summons to Snapchat for Hetherington’s account information, an administrative summons to Verizon for his subscriber information and database searches, Special Agent Carroll wrote the affidavit, a complaint and arrest warrant were issued, and Hetherington was taken into custody.”

“The Navy provided the following response regarding Hetherington:”
Lieutenant Christopher Hetherington, assigned to USS Ross (DDG 71), was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service Dec. 21, 2022, and is currently pending a hearing.”

“We are aware of the situation and are cooperating fully with local and federal authorities.”


BTW…We stand corrected.

LT Hetherington is Class of 2013 of USNA, not Class of 2008.

He is a 2008 Graduate of St Peter’s Preparatory School, Jersey City, NJ.

You will find a picture of him on page 56 from this 2013 issue:



He was a Weapons Officer on the USS Ross.

Check out this 31 May 2021 news article that features him. He was the Guest Speaker.

“In Portsmouth: ‘Live For That Freedom That They Gave Us; Deceased Veterans Honored At Memorial Day Ceremony At Legion Park”


“US Navy Lt. Chris Hetherington told the small crowd gathered at Legion Park Monday morning that it was important to remember why so many war veterans sacrificed their lives: “A better life for their family, their friends, and a better future for this country.”

“We come to remember brothers, sisters, friends, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters that decided to give selflessly the ultimate sacrifice for their country,” said Lt. Hetherington, the guest speaker for the event. He urged everyone to remember veterans’ sacrifice, and “live for that freedom that they gave us.”



“LT Hetherington is an active-duty sailor stationed in Newport and one of the newest members of American Legion Post 18, which organized the brief Memorial Day ceremony. The triangular-shaped park, sandwiched between Middle and East Main roads just north of Town Hall, features monuments, plaques and plantings in honor of veterans.”


Here is a 2016 article where he is speaking to 7th Graders:

“Lieutenant Chris Hetherington Gives Back To Students”


“Columbia Middle School Seventh Graders recently welcomed a special guest during their lunch period: Lieutenant Chris Hetherington of the United States Navy.”

“Lt. Hetherington stopped by CMS that day for a quick lunch and to thank the students for being so kind to him. It was last year as Sixth Graders – after hearing about Lt. Hetherington’s tour of duty on a battleship – that the students made cards and wrote letters to him, wishing him well and thanking him for his service.”

“Lt. Hetherington came back this year to tell the students about the impact that those letters had as he shared them with his entire crew.”


More info on him:

“Naval Officer Arrested for Sexually Enticing Child”


“A navy commander has been caught in an online sting operation. Christopher Paul Hetherington is a 33 year old lieutenant commander on the USS ROSS. He is assigned as a weapons officer.”

“Hetherington used social media to troll for under age girls. in October, he made contact with someone who said she was in the ninth grade and was 14 years old. Hetherington continued engaging with the female for about two months. During that time period he attempted to get her to send him nude pictures. Hetherington also tried to get her to meet him and was graphic in his conversation.”



“Christopher Hetherington did not know that he was speaking to Special Agent Lisa Carroll. Special Agent Carroll is with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), which joined with other agencies to conduct the sting.”

“Hetherington used social media in his attempt to find a minor to sexually engage with. His original contact was made on Whisper. “He then asked for her Snapchat or Wickr information, and he added her on Snapchat.” The sting operation ensured that Hetherington could not say it was a momentary bad decision. He spent two months trying to convince the “teenager” to engage with him sexually.”



“Hetherington thought that asking for a picture of the individual was a way to ensure she was not a law enforcement officer. “He asked for pictures, including one of her flipping off the camera to make sure that she was ‘not a cop.’” I have no idea why so many sexual predators think that’s proof someone is not with law enforcement. But it’s a good thing they do. It’s more evidence against them when their case goes before a judge.”


At the same Memorial Day event where he was the Guest Speaker.

RGR 4-78

Jesus, lieutenant commander, lay off the effing doughnuts.


14 year olds must really go for the dad bod.


His weapon of choice? The buttons on that coat. Which are about to blow at any moment.


Thanks ninja for the post. What a true pervert dipshit.



We were taken back when we discovered the Prep School he attended….🙄🫣


Sister Mary Grace needed to put that ruler on his hand a little more often.

Dumbasses still don’t get it that if you are sexting on line thinking that you’re talking to a woman, it’s a tranny and if you think you’re talking to a minor, you’re talking to a cop.

Will this pervert be wearing white in his feature spread in Prison Bride Weekly? He gonna find out what it means to be “Under Way” and “not at the pier”.

Roasted Buckeyes on the menu tomorrow.

abn/rtr/hbtd 😉


Thanks, ninja.

Sadly, these perverts get into the services as well.


He sure went the extra mile to be around kids. May his pudgy ass get a warm welcome at the pen.


A Happy New Year to all of you folks here on TAH. Thanks to Dave and all of the editors and contributors for another year of great content.

RGR 4-78

Hear, Hear. Happy New Year.


Happy New Year! almost.


And the worst night to have CQ/SDO ever, change my mind.


Lest Ninja feel she has cornered the market on utter assholes, the piece of shit who murdered four college kids in Idaho has been captured. He’s a 28-year old PhD student in criminal justice, and criminology:


I sincerely hope he has a most unpleasant time in jail, and the families of his victims get a modicum of peace from this development.


If convicted, we have solutions that would prevent FJB 2.0 from giving a presidential pardon to him on the way out.


Does Idaho have capital punishment on the books? Seems to me this fellow would be a prime candidate to dance at the end of a rope.


Yes, and he is eligible with more than one murder and the heinous nature of the four murders. Idaho used to use the rope, but now it is the needle.


He fit the profile and they’re hoping to find evidence he did it. (True, they found a DNA match “in the house” but, as it’s a party house, everybody and Bigfoot have been in there.)

Bigfoot T. Sasquatch

That’s a bloody lie. I’ve never set foot in that house.

Hack Stone

How much do you get charged for a pedicure at the Asian nail salon?


The news makes it sound like his degrees are somehow incriminating. As a holder of a CJ degree, I can tell you it teaches you nothing of how to solve and/or commit crimes. It’s a degree you get to check a box.


Not even top 10.
I was hoping to have a chance at the Last First of 2022 – not doing anything but recovering from hernia repair surgery (going much better than what I’ve heard others’ experiences have been).

I was going to offer Shiner Boch, Guinness Stout, or Yuengling for the ground pounders, a variety of rums for our squids, pinot noir for the Chairforce, and Scotch whiskey for our marines, plus
a large pot of black eyed peas with ham hock
cooked cabbage
home-made biscuits smothered in sausage gravy
and various and sundry other treats.

But it looks like y’all miss out – Chip sure isn’t offering us any such delights. Oh well.

A blessed 2023 to all of you Delta Whiskey/Whiskeyetts of TAH. May God bless and keep each and every one of you through the year.

Hack Stone

Congratulations to Alec Baldwin. With just over 27 hours left in 2022, it looks like his resolution of not shooting any coworkers during this year will be kept.


Kids these days:


As a Gen Xer, I have NO regrets about that bitchin’ Mohawk I had at various times between 1994 and 2003.


The black community has also gone through a transition when it comes to doo trends – the Nutty Buddy to the Medusa. The older folks get a kick out of their HUGE afros back in the day.

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Green Thumb

Another year passes and the one constant is that the False Commander “Phony” Phil Monkress (CEO of All-Points Logistics) takes it in the ass as he sticks it in the ass of American Taxpayers as he steals, well wrongfully acquires, minority, set-aside goverment contracts based upon his highly questionable and potentially felonious Native American, Navy SEAL and Law Enforcement claims.


On station.


Par – Tay


Just for fun:

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Hack Stone

For those keeping track at home, here are some interesting numbers for living in Democrat run cities.

Chicago Homicides 2022: 723 (down 13% from 2021)

Baltimore Homicides 2022: 332 (down from 334 in 2021)

Atlanta Homicides 2022: 162, as of 12/19/2022 (up from 161 in 2021)

St. Louis MO Homicides 2022: 196 homicides as of 12/30/2022 (down from 200 in 2021)

Philadelphia PA Homicides 2022: 514 homicides as of 12/29/2022 (down from 562 in 2021)

New York NY Homicides 2022: 418 homicides as of 12/25/2022 (down from 481 in 2021)

Washington DC 2022 Homicides: 203 homicides as of 15:30 Eastern today (down 11% from 2021)

Five hours left for the East Coast cities, quite confident the numbers will go up.

Hack Stone

Hack Stone would like to claim last comment to post on TAH for 2022.

Hack Stone

Hack Stone would like to claim first comment to post on TAH for 2023.