Weekend Open Thread

| May 24, 2024 | 44 Comments

The male counterpart to a Karen. Ken? Terry? Greg? Kevin? Although the image of a white middle-aged woman is used with the Karen meme, this assumption misses the meme’s point. It’s not about demographics but about action and attitude. Folks in any demographic could be a “Karen” or a “Kevin”. On a side note, expect a HOT to drop on Monday morning. Enjoy your weekend!

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Commissioner Wretched



One (1) Second….ONE SECOND…to be in a sloppy second place. I’ll bet Lois don’t let you get finished that fast, CW. But hey, you beat out that wing wiping, no affection getting from OAM, ChipNASA, so there is that. Also the Stoned Hacker’s Magic 8 Ball has shown once again, that Elaine Ricci is still missing, and the Hacker will just have to suffer thru another serving of vast chicken wings.

A Kongo-lease-Rat to you, Good Sir, on your FIRSTNESS!

Commissioner Wretched

Many thanks, King! The throne room is in good shape, so I guess I have nothing to complain about.


Weren’t sure I’d even be in contention to day, CW. Was privileged to escort two (2) VERY LOVELY Ladies to a luncheon date at a nice little bistro two (2) counties over and across the river. Statuesque Brunette Beauty dined on the Bowtie Pasta, Silver Foxy had the grilled pears n cheese on sourdough, while The Gun Bunny scarfed down a sourdough meat lovers grilled cheese (bacon, pepperoni, ham). It was all right tasty. Left out with an assortment of sweets from the bakery, ie…key lime cake, red velvet cake, pecan brownies, pralines, eight (8) types of cookies, and the House Wine…Sweet Iced Tea. A trip thru the Antique Store next door found them some treasures that made me even more brownie points than the meal did. Yeah, I’m a sucker for buying things for Ladies…sue me.

Had just walked in the door, let the furbabies out for a run and noticed the time. Opened up The Chromie and WHUMP there it was, the Vaunted TAH Weekend Open Thread with “Be The FIRST to Comment” staring me in the face. I’m surprised the contest was as close as it was, since I blinked twice and hit refresh once before I typed out my FIRST.

Got the furbabies squared away and now I gots to play catchup on the other Threads from today, including your Trivia Column. I did find our Beloved AW1Ed a few FGSs to get us thru the weekend so it hasn’t all been fun and games.

Commissioner Wretched

You definitely had a better day than I did! I got to sit around moping because Lois Lane wasn’t in the office, and Perry White was complaining about just about everything. I couldn’t even get Jimmy Olsen to chat with me. Long, dull day … oh, I would’ve enjoyed escorting lovely ladies to a luncheon date!


My good friend CW let’s do it.
Sorry, I’m so so late but here I am and CW is the winner tonight and good luck for the next week
You all can suck a fat baby’s dick.




so close..

Commissioner Wretched

Wow … I beat the King by only one second! Talk about fast and furious! I see the throne room is in decent shape, and I commend ChipNASA for his care. For him and for you, it’s trivia time! Enjoy, my friends.

What period in U.S. history was known as “The Great Experiment”?
By Commissioner Wretched
Copyright © 2024

Well, I seem to have stepped into it once again.

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about the most accurate clock in the world, at the National Bureau of Standards in Washington.

It was there, but now it isn’t – and it hasn’t been for a while. My good friend John out on the prairie tells me that the National Bureau of Standards is now the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the clock was moved to Boulder, Colorado. Thanks, John!

I’ve been kicking around the idea of taking a vacation. Seems as if I need one.

For now, enjoy this week’s nonsense!

Did you know …

… at any given moment, the Earth’s surface is 67% cloud covered? (Which looks gorgeous from space but can be rather dismal down here on the ground.)

… grocery stores in Japan are unable to sell expired meat products? The design agency To-Genkyo has created a dynamic freshness label for meat products. The label uses a special ink that changes color based on the amount of ammonia emitted by the meat – as meat gets older, it emits more ammonia. When the meat is no longer suitable for sale, the bar code becomes totally blacked out, and the package cannot be scanned at the cash register. (Sounds like a pretty good idea to me!)

Commissioner Wretched

… Custer won two Medals of Honor? No, not the famous General George Armstrong Custer (1839-1876), but his younger brother Captain Thomas Ward Custer (1845-1876). During the Civil War, Thomas Custer captured a Confederate Regimental flag at Namozine Church on April 3, 1865. Custer did so after being wounded and thrown from his horse, and he captured a dozen prisoners as well. That was his first Medal of Honor citation. Three days later, Captain Custer captured another Confederate regiment’s colors at Saylor’s Creek, jumping off his horse during a charge over the enemy lines. He was wounded in that maneuver as well, and won his second Medal of Honor. Custer died along with his famous older brother at the Battle of the Little Big Horn on June 25, 1876. Additional trivia note: George and Thomas were not the only Custer men to die at Little Big Horn. The youngest brother, Boston Custer (1848-1876), was also killed in the battle, as were several other Custer relatives and friends.

… one of Great Britain’s most able and illustrious admirals was seasick his entire life? Horatio, Lord Nelson (1758-1805), who led the Royal Navy to victories in wars with France and Spain, suffered from an almost debilitating seasickness. But rather than using it to shirk his duties, Nelson considered it a way to express “his patriotism, duty and sacrifice,” according to the National Maritime Museum. By showing his men that he could do his duty even while “green about the gills,” he encouraged others to do the same. (Leadership, in other words.)

Hack Stone

Way back in the 1980’s, when Life Magazine was still a thing, they ran an article about the Medal of Honor, and those who “won” it. Next month’s they published a Letter To The Editor where a disgruntled veteran (redundant phrase) disabused the Publisher of the belief that the Medal of Honor is won, and told them the proper expression is earned or awarded. “You win the lottery, you earn the Medal of Honor.” And ever since then, Hack Stone never said that someone “won a Medal of Honor”.

Commissioner Wretched

I received an e-mail from a retired Master Sergeant who also took me to task about the use of the term “won.” I should know better.


Longtime readers of my Valor Friday pieces will remember the tidbit about Custer. 🙂


Commissioner Wretched

Yours is way better than mine, Mason.

Commissioner Wretched

… an unpopular period in U.S. history is known as the “Great Experiment”? The era of Prohibition, which began in 1919 with the passage of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution and ended in 1933 with the 21st Amendment, was a time when it was illegal to make, sell or transport any alcoholic beverages in the country. Note that it wasn’t illegal to possess them … but how you got them was the problem, since it was against the law to make or sell them. Prohibition may have been a “good intention” but it led directly to the rise of organized crime in the United States. (It also led to quite a few ingenious work-arounds, such as the folks who made a concentrated brick of grape juice and advised not to put the reconstituted juice in a dark place for three weeks, else you’d end up with wine, which was against the law. Sheer genius.)

… a gangster is responsible for “sell-by” dates on milk cartons? In the 1930s, Chicago mobster Al Capone (1899-1947) was looking for a legitimate business that would fund his opulent lifestyle after Prohibition ended. The stamping equipment for milk cartons was under his control in the city, and after a relative became sick from drinking milk that had expired, Capone fought to have “sell-by” dates stamped onto milk cartons. (Heck, even a broken clock is right twice a day.)

… a well-known artist worked very, very slowly? Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) was a very slow painter – so much so that, when he painted still-life work involving fruit, the content would begin to rot before he had time to finish. Cézanne got around that little difficulty by painting still-lifes of waxed fruit instead. (Clever, very clever!)

Commissioner Wretched

… the “Christmas Truce” of 1914, during World War I, actually happened? On Christmas Eve, 1914, soldiers of the British and German armies, entrenched about 200 yards from each other, could hear the other groups singing Christmas carols. The following day, about 2/3 of the troops along the front declared their own truce, coming out to exchange gifts and play makeshift soccer games. Some of the temporary truces lasted a day, others almost a week. But one year later, sentries along both sides were ordered to shoot anyone who tried to attempt a second Christmas truce. (No good deed goes unpunished.)

… a war takes place every year between two churches in Greece? In the town of Vrontados, two rival church congregations have a kind of “rocket war” each year, the members firing tens of thousands of homemade rockets across town. The objective of the war is to be the first to hit the other church’s bell tower with a rocket. Whoever makes the first strike wins the war, and the rockets are put away until the same time next year. (Now that’s the way to do it, if you have to do it at all.)

Now … you know!


Take you a vay-cay, CW…to a place where you can have a bright, bright, sunshiny day. Either “Stop The Presses” or tell them 26 Leaden Soldiers of your’s that they are ALL on the Duty Roster til you decide you want to come back.

When I hit the meat market, I’ll cull thru the “best by dates” and any packs that are within 2 days, I’ll take to the butcher and he’ll discount it at least by 40-60%. Keeps my freezer full of all types of “plant based meats”.

Not taking away from Tom C, but capturing a coupla orphan flags from starving, ill-equipped Rebs at those points in time was simply a matter of being in the right place at the right time…and having the Custer Name. Dozens of Battle Flags (and troops) were captured in the few days leading up to Lee’s Surrender. Artie C was a vain glorious, self centered, egotistical maniac that got what he deserved @ Greasy Grass and took a lot of good men with him. If it hadn’t of been for Artie’s widow, “Libby”, Artie would have been judged quite differently by history. She is the one that pushed the “Hero Label”. Myles Keogh was unavailable for comment. MG G. Stoneman led Keogh into disaster and POW Status @ the Battle of Sunshine Church, Jones Co. GA in July of ’64.


“I do not see the recall signal flag.” as he looked thru the glass with his blind eye.

Even during Prohibition the “elite” (s)elected officials had plenty of booze. “Rules for thee, but not for me” has been around a long time.

Painter musta been union, paid by the hour or brush stroke.

Truces and trades happened all the time during the WBTS, til the ossifers came along and broke it up.

Cue up Sir Elton John…

Fine job, as always, Good Sir. We Thank you!


Someone is going to say “Godwin’s Law” about this, and I don’t give a shit. The International Criminal Court can go eat a bag of dicks.


Germans with Statist ideology– the more things change, the more they stay the same…

Commissioner Wretched

Along that line … want to see something that starts out funny but ends up very frightening? Check out the movie Er Ist Wieder Da (Look Who’s Back). It’s on Netflix.

Hack Stone

Which one of you Adorable Deplorables took Hack Stone out of competition for First Post of the Memorial Say Weekend Open Thread by scheduling him an a Friday afternoon teleconference to sell $3 million worth of Y3K Software to the Amish Community Data Center? We had trouble connecting online, so we had to resort to going on the back deck of the world headquarters of the proud but humble woman owned business and shouting real loud towards La Plata Maryland. We sealed the deal, but they can only pay us in chicken eggs and corn.

A Proud Infidel®™

ooh, TOP YWENTY as I declare myself PRESENT and UNACCOUNTABLE while I award myself yet another Honorary First.

Epstein did not kill himself.
A heavy and heartfelt FUCK YOU to the “Feebies” who are monitoring those of us who dissent with the leftist agenda instead of investigating actual crimes.


Late again,, but this time I have a reason

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RGR 4-78

Was his name Glue Bisquit?


Busy weekend, stay safe on them roads.


One may note that while the election year military pay raises are usually political, this year egregiously so. We haven’t seen that since Reagan did the pay raise catch ups in the early ’80s. It’s interesting because they are saying that the service member is now responsible for being the sole breadwinner in the household.



Speaking of beards:


Can’t say for sure, but little shavers can’t be sharp:

Amateur Historian

Present. Work is kinda winding down (but I’m not gonna trust it to not pick back up), so I’m gonna put what I had planned to do for the WOT on indefinite hold instead of saying I will do it at such and such date and then not do it. I’m simply too busy right now, but I definitely want to get back to what I was doing here: discussing history. So with that outta the way, I’ll say have a great Memorial Day Weekend!!!

P.S. I do have something planned for when the Memorial Day Thread drops.

P.S.S. Here’s a meme for you guys

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I’m the Deuce Trey poster !!!
Where’s my prize ?


Tried to post earlier today, and it seemed like a DoS attack was going on. There were 9 comments at the time, however.

Whatever, for those who regularly keep up with these things, it is the celebration of Mrs. GB’s nativity, 74th in number.
As has been my wont in the decades past (all 5 of them) I made her another from-scratch birthday cake, 49 of 50 birthdays. Those interested in such trivia will recall that as far as we can tell it has never been the same cake twice, and that the one year I missed was due to being in a separate town while in the middle of the process of escaping Houston.

This year, due the gift of a crate of bananas, it was a variation of a banana cake. Technically I have made a banana cake before (2019) but this was a banana and pecan cake with chocolate drops. Whipped cream (or Cool Whip) between layers and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Due to the generous gift of a giftcard to Olive Garden, we were also able to go out to eat for her birthday celebration.

In other news, floodwaters have receded. I spent several days this week shoveling 9 to 9.5 tons of rock onto our drive so those beyond can more easily get in and out of their homes. Grateful to be able to wield a shovel still.

God bless you all, and treasure the memories of those who sacrificed for our futures.


Mrs. GB is Blessed to have you, Good Sir…and so are we. Happy 74th Ride around Ol’ Sol on this Third Rock to the Mrs. Reckon she’d be willing to share some of that ‘nana, pecan, chocolate drop, powder sugar sprinkled, Cool Whipped cake? asking for …myself.

Keep to the high ground.


Know any Karens still wearing a mask out there?



Do you know WHO I am(!)? I’ll have you know that my (brother, husband, father, ex…) is General, Colonel, Congressman and that my worthiness, clout, relevance, importance or righteousness is UNIMPEACHABLE.

Hell, the original Karen may have been Dan Rather’s Mom, bless her heart.

Dennis - not chevy

Those of us who were medics/corpsmen who worked at a clinic or those in security who worked at pass and ID and others will always remember their first, “I’m Mrs Major”. It’s too bad I’m not from the South; I could never get away with saying, “Well bless your heart”.


I would say it just to see if I could get away with it.

Someone I know worked in an office at a highway department. One of their jobs was to take complaints (everybody), compliments (never) and problem areas that needed addressed(in their opinion) from the motoring public. One guy called in about a pothole, gave very specific details about where it was and said he had been hitting it for a week. This someone then told John Q Motoring public that if he knew exactly where it was, he should avoid hitting it until somebody could get out to fill it. The motoring public guy hung up. The phone rings again, but this time it was a higher up boss with the motorist on the line demanding an apology. Yeah, he got it.


I call them Darens


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Hack Stone

Joe Biden doing his Joe Biden thing. Just remember, with 49,000,000+ registered Democrats, this is the best that they can give us.



STUMPED by this rack ‘o ribbons.
Can ANYONE identify ANY of these ribbons
worn by this (red name tag) “Major” King?

Reason – It has to do with a small Medal of Honor FLAG
now placed at a stone in a National Cemetery.
You know, for Memorial Day.

“Major” King is arguing elsewhere on the Book of the Fake,
that a WWII Navy Veteran buried in a National Cemetery
is a “SECRET” Medal of Honor recipient.

That alone is a red flag.
Now looking at his only military photo,
and his collection of ribbons, more flags.

Thank you for your assistance.

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Commissioner Wretched

It looks like a State Defense Force uniform (Georgia uses red name plates, and if we could see below the name we might have a better indication). Many SDFs have their own ribbons they hand out for this and for that, and a lot of them look like the SDF shopped at a JROTC ribbon store.


Good work.
I checked further, and found some of the ribbons, but not all.
Mississippi State Guard.
Even with this, his ribbon layout is gooned. Further, since MS State Guard ONLY has MP units, and gets FEMA training (right side wings, MEMS Badge), how does this guy get an EIB, or the flight wings on the left, when he has zero indications of any active duty US military ever?

Certainly NOT an authority on who may (or may not) have earned a Medal of Honor at the local American Legion, or among the tombstones.


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Hack Stone

So last night, Hack Stone was exploring his options to see what he could watch on his Saturday night, and saw that Pluto TV was airing the 1983 comedy classic Trading Places. For those unfamiliar with the plot, a pretentious WASPy type guy has his world turned upside down by his employers in a bizarre social experiment. He is fired from his high paying job, he is shunned by his friends and coworkers, he loses his home and all of his savings, and he ends up in jail. That would never happen in real life. Just ask Paul of The Ballsack and Phil Monkress. 😜


For tomorrow…

(Y’all know the title, by John McCrae)

In Flanders fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place, and the sky,
The larks still bravely singing fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved,
And no we lie in Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe,
To you from failing hand we throw
The torch, be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with those of us who die,
We shall not sleep,
Though poppies grow in Flanders fields.