Weekend Open Thread

| November 22, 2019

Originally jut celebrated by Catholics, Christ the King Day is celebrated by multiple Christian denominations. (Peregrinatio/laodicea/exlaodicea wordpress)

This Sunday, November 24, 2019, is an important Christian celebration. The last Sunday of the liturgical/church season of “Tempus per Annum” is “Christ the King Day”. It is a religious holiday that is celebrated as a solemnity. The next Sunday after Christ the King Day is the first Sunday of Advent. Enjoy your weekend.

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:


    • Hack Stone says:

      Sum of a bitch! Missed it by “that much” two weeks in a row.

    • ChipNASA says:


      I was going to come in and dethrone ya just to be a dick.
      Oh well, maybe next week.
      That’s 4 not isn’t it?? (or 3?)
      (Like I really give a shit)
      Oh and Jeffery Epstein didn’t kill himself.
      😀 😀 😀
      Congrats AGAIN!!

    • Commissioner Wretched says:

      Damn. man! That’s some first-class Firsting there! Congrats!

    • ninja says:

      There’s a reason why 5th/77th FA is called “The King of Battle”.

      *Georgia Bulldogs Number 1 in SEC East*


    • 26Limabeans says:

      You are reliable. Just like the Arty guys
      in the Viet of the Nam. On target on time.
      Congrats on the streak but watch your back!

  2. Hack Stone says:

    Hack Stone claims first! And keep Elaine Ricci in your thoughts and prayers this holiday season. The corporate potluck Thanksgiving lunch this year will have an empty seat for Elaine, featuring some of her favorites foods, to include imitation crab meat, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, and mock apple pie.


    • A Proud Infidel®™️ says:


    • Green Thumb says:

      I am sure Phildo’s fat ass and the losers at All-Points Logistics will spend some of that swindled, er, I mean hard earned, er, taxpayer cash on a little Chinese takeout to cover down.

  3. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    Second and Honorary First once again!

  4. Combat Historian says:

    The Arty Guy does it again…

  5. 5th/77th FA says:


  6. Commissioner Wretched says:

    For all those who appear for this, welcome! For those who show up to be first, bow before the mighty 5th/77th FA, who will lord over us dickweeds and weedettes for yet another week. To make it easier, here’s this week’s trivia column!

    Did Elvis Presley’s manager promote a dislike for the singer?
    By Commissioner Wretched

    Do you know what blinkskudd is?

    Until a few weeks ago, neither did I.

    That’s when I saw a photograph on the Internet that totally captivated me. It was a shot of a parent, tossing a baby up in the air in a moment of fun and joy … and flying right over the baby was a stork.

    The expression on that precious baby’s face is one of absolute happiness, and the arms of the parent are raised to catch the child … and it appears as though the stork has dropped off another successful delivery.

    A friend of mine from Norway said that the photo was a perfect example of blinkskudd, a Norwegian word which has no exact translation into English. Roughly, though, it means, “a photograph taken at precisely the right moment.”

    Darned good word, if you ask me.

    May your upcoming Thanksgiving holiday be full of proper blinkskudd moments!

    I hope you have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving, friends, and know that I am truly thankful that you take a few minutes out of your day and read the silly words that I write. You all rock way more than Plymouth ever did.

    Did you know …

    … the Native Americans who helped the Pilgrims through their first winter already spoke English? Samoset (1590-1653) and Squanto (born Tisquantum, 1585-1622) were already able to speak English before meeting the settlers, who had established Plymouth Colony in 1620. (I thought that, since next week is Thanksgiving and all, I’d sneak that one in.)

    … if you are between 32 and 61 years of age, you have an average of only $5,000 in retirement savings? (My retirement savings are so low, I’ll have to work until noon on the day of my funeral.)

    … you have a better chance of being elected President of the United States than you do of winning the lottery? (Which, statistically, does not at all explain those lucky so-and-sos who win the lottery – or the presidency – more than once.)

    … actor Wilford Brimley once worked as a bodyguard? Brimley (born 1934), best known for his roles in movies like “The China Syndrome,” “The Natural,” and “Cocoon,” was once a bodyguard for reclusive financier Howard Hughes (1905-1976).

    … the “like” button on Facebook originally had a different name? The engineers initially wanted to call it the “awesome” button. (Which is not to say that Facebook shouldn’t have an “awesome” button anyway, of course.)

    … Elvis Presley’s manager sold buttons proclaiming “I Hate Elvis”? Tom Parker (born Andreas Cornelis van Kuijik, 1909-1997), known as “The Colonel,” was the mastermind behind the phenomenal success of Presley (1935-1977). He was able to turn Presley’s name into a brand, and by 1956 had turned a profit of $22 million. The Colonel was not a person to let a dollar slip by him unnoticed, and because he received 25 percent of anything that had Elvis’ name on it, he even marketed buttons to those who disliked The King’s music. “I Hate Elvis” and “Elvis Is A Jerk” buttons brought in considerable revenue to the Presley estate, and to Parker. (I had the distinct pleasure of portraying Colonel Parker in a play once, and I can tell you this story is quite in character for him.)

    … bumblebees can fly higher than Mount Everest? Scientists tracked two bumblebees that flew at an altitude of 29,525 feet once. By contrast, Mt. Everest – the tallest mountain on Earth – is 29,028 feet high. (Not bad for insects that, aerodynamically speaking, should not be able to fly at all.)

    … a popular 1970s rock group turned down a big payday to reunite? The Swedish group ABBA broke up in 1982. In 2000, the group was offered $1 billion to reunite – at a rate of $250 million for each of the four members – but the four were unanimous in turning the offer down. (And that’s a shame, too.)

    … clouds are not light and fluffy as they appear? Made up of droplets of water, a good-sized cloud can weigh up to one million pounds.

    … a corn flake once sold for over a thousand dollars? In 2008, two sisters in Virginia discovered a corn flake in their box of cereal that was shaped like the state of Illinois. The owner of a traveling museum based in Austin, Texas, bought the corn flake from the sisters for $1,350. (In this case, the corn wasn’t the only thing flakey, if you know what I mean.)

    … a famous photograph of President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) is actually a fake? The photo, which showed Roosevelt riding on the back of a moose crossing a stream, was published in the New York Tribune during T.R.’s 1912 try for another term in the White House, running for his Progressive Party. But Roosevelt never rode on the back of a moose. Instead, photo editors at the firm of Underwood and Underwood carefully cut a picture of T.R. on horseback and convincingly superimposed it on a shot of a moose crossing a stream. And this was decades before Photoshop was invented! Additional trivia note: Roosevelt absolutely hated being called “Teddy.” His friends always referred to him as “T.R.” instead.

    … singer Billy Joel (born 1949) gives away all of the front-row tickets to his concerts? He gives them to random people in the “cheap seats” so that the front row of his performances is not made up of just wealthy people. (Now that’s a star!)

    Now … you know!

    • Hack Stone says:

      Of course bumblebees can fly higher than Mt. Everest. Even Dallas Wittgenfeld knows that Mt. Everest can’t fly.

    • Hack Stone says:

      In one hundred years, if the world has not ended due to climate change, some author of a weekly trivia article will publish a bit about Daniel Bernath photoshopping (quite badly, by the way) his ugly grapefruit onto the body of an actual Chief Petty Officer. Within days, that author will be sued by the spirit of Daniel Bernath.

    • Mason says:

      Always liked The Piano Man, and that just solidifies it. That’s a classy thing to do.

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      The “odds” item seems odd. We elect one person as President every four or eight years. A handful of folks hit lottery jackpots every year. WL > WP

      • Commissioner Wretched says:

        But the item refers to the odds of one individual person hitting the lottery or being elected president, not an overall statistic.

        • 11B-Mailclerk says:

          Yes, it does.

          Announce your candidacy, and buy a lottery ticket. You might win a few bucks. You ain’t getting elected.

          That game is -far- more rigged than lotteries.

      • Mason says:

        Speaking of odds, I recently fell down the rabbit hole of the birthday paradox.


        In a room of just 23 people, there’s a 50% chance that two or more will share a birthday. With just 70 people, there’s a 99.9% chance that two will share a birthday.

        So when you work with someone who has the same birthday and your office is small, it’s just math. It’s not as random or unlikely as it would seem on the face of it.

        • LC says:

          So when you work with someone who has the same birthday and your office is small, it’s just math. It’s not as random or unlikely as it would seem on the face of it.

          Not to nitpick, and I’m sure you know this but I’m clarifying for others – it’s not that you have good chance of sharing a birthday with someone in a small office, it’s that two people have a good chance. You have a (roughly) 0.27% chance (1/365).

          If you want to fall down another math rabbit hole, check out the Monty Hall problem:


          • Mason says:

            Psh. You’re as bad as my wife. 😉

            I do love the Monty Hall problem. I still have trouble wrapping my head around it. Numbers aren’t my thing, but this one I think I can at least understand.

  7. Roh-Dog says:

    Have a great weekend yall!

  8. ninja says:

    History Lesson For Today.

    There are probably many of us on TAH who remembered this.

    My classmates and I received this news by our Principal via our school’s intercom system.

    We were sent home after the announcement.

    Where were you on 22 November 1963, 1300 Hours Central Standard Time.

    • 26Limabeans says:

      Mr Wheelers freshman science class.
      Announced over the PA.
      class was not dismissed.

    • ChipNASA says:

      Probably shitting my diaper in a crib somewhere in suburban Maryland. I was about 6 months old.

      Reagan’s assassination attempt, I remember.
      I was getting off the school bus in Bethesda when the call came over the driver’s radio (Most of them were firefighters and such) …”President Kennedy has just been shot …*pause* I mean President Reagan has been shot…” I was a Junior in High School.

      • SFC D says:

        I was probably doing something similar, Chip. It was my 364th day on earth. I do remember the RFK and MLK asassinations, though. Didn’t really understand them at the time.

      • Friend says:

        In Ms Browns class for Kennedy…and in the Price Is Right audience when Bob Barker made the announcement….

    • OWB says:

      In study hall. No PA. The principal came in to tell us.

      Not too many folks in my neighborhood had voted for him, but everyone properly mourned his passing because he was our president. Every last one of us. School was likely called off for some of the funeral activities because I remember watching it on the neighbor’s TV.

      • David says:

        6th grade, Spoede School. Mr. Schweis came in and called the class to silence.We were out of school maybe three days afterward… TV was monopolized on all channels.

    • Graybeard says:

      6th grade class, Kolter Elementary school.

      A teacher was going door to door telling the other teachers.

      • rgr769 says:

        I was in my mechanical drafting class in high school when the
        Principal made an announcement on the PA system.

      • David says:

        6th grade, Spoede School. Mr. Schweis came in and called the class to silence.We were out of school maybe three days afterward… TV was monopolized on all channels.

    • Thunderstixx says:

      I was in school, but we were let out early after all the busses got to where they were needed.
      President Kennedy, probably the last decent Democrat to hold office, was buried on my 8’Th Birthday.
      I played with a model rocket set as they almost immediately renamed parts of Cape Canaveral Cape Kennedy.
      My model rockets were Atlas rockets, the same ones used in the Mercury Project series of flights.
      I believe I saw every last Mercury, Gemini and almost all of Apollo Program launches but definitely watched all the Moon Landings.
      Congrats to 5/77 FA. Like Glen Reynolds says to the GOP regarding the 2020 election…..Don’t get cocky….

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      The strangest part about this dreadful incident is that my father had been preparing a production of the Scottish play (where the usurper has the rightful king executed and tries to take his place). It was supposed to open on Thanksgiving weekend.

      There is a tradition in theater that if you are preparing to run that play, and you use the name of it during production, something will happen that will cancel your opening night. .

      And that is exactly what happened. My father ignored that superstition, and President Kennedy was assassinated before opening night.

      And frankly, I thought for the longest time that LBJ had something to do with it… but that’s just me.

      • 26Limabeans says:

        Wrong button, sorry.

        “LBJ had something to do with it”

        He had good reason as he was about to be
        indicted for election fraud. When JFK was
        murdered that all went away.

    • Just An Old Dog says:

      For any fans of Stephen King there is both a Novel and a Mini-Series on HULU called ” 11-22-63″ about a guy who goes back in time to prevent the JFK assassination.
      There is a lot of good history in it and excellent read/ watch.

  9. FuzeVT says:

    Dignus est Agnus qui occísus est, accípere virtútem, et divinitátem et sapiéntiam, et fortitúdinen, et honórem. Ipsi glória et impériun in sæcula sæculórum. (Ps. 71: 1) Deus, judícium tuum Regi da: et justítiam tuam Fílio Regis. v. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

  10. ninja says:

    Impeachment hearing getting you down?

    Need a good laugh?

    Check out this so bogus story written by a Fourth year Medical Student at Harvard Medical School who graduated FIRST in his class in 2016 at the United States Air Force Academy.

    Unbelievable. Seriously? The guy graduated First in his class and he fell for this asinine story without doing any research?

    I want my taxpayer money returned for letting this author graduate from a military academy.

    “From Hanoi to the Streets: One Prisoner of War’s Path to Homelessness”


    • Combat Historian says:

      Hackneyed bullshit by a poser loon who ripped it off from a half-dozen movies and a dozen novels. The dumbass medico/AF Academy honor grad who swallowed this tripe and then wrote it up should be forced to volunteer as a Space Shuttle Door Gunner..

      • A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

        If I were in charge of a hospital I wouldn’t even hire him as a candy striper, what a 24K crock of shit!

      • Poetrooper says:

        That site looks like a lefty/medical portal.

      • Anonymous says:

        When the AF recruits naïfs straight from the suburbs and pumps ’em right from USAFA to med school, no wonder they’ve got the sense of a turnip.

    • 26Limabeans says:

      I wanna puke after reading that bullshit.

      • USAF RET says:

        What a dick. He left out inventing the smiley face. And the top grad Zoomie who bought and wrote all of that BS makes me embarrassed of my service.

    • The Stranger says:

      Wow. That is one dumb-ass Zoomie! That was the dumbest fucking article I have ever read and it stretches credulity to the breaking point. This Mr. L is like Forrest Gump with this complex back story…bank robber daddy, met Whitey Bulger, the “join the Army or go to jail” meme, a little bit of “Travellin’ Man” by Ricky Nelson with his foreign love, the Hanoi Hilton, his indirect involvement with Frank Lucas’s drug smuggling operation (also covered in a Tom Clancy novel); I bailed at that point. It just got to be too much. By the way, would the Viet Cong, who I thought were a guerrilla force in South Vietnam, actually send anyone that they captured all the way back to Hanoi? More importantly, were there any captured enlisted infantrymen housed in the Hanoi Hilton? I genuinely don’t know, but it would seem to me that it would be real easy to check this story since there is a roster of every returned POW from Hanoi. Also, the prisoners from Hanoi weren’t released until 1973 and I don’t recall hearing of any “high speed” rescue missions that would have liberated this dude. This, of course, neglects the fact that by the time our POWs were sent home our combat troops were out of Vietnam so I don’t know how Mr. L would have been involved in a mortuary detail for returning KIAs with no combat operations. Mind you, this is just off the top of my head with no further research, but Mr. L is full of shit. The Air Force Academy really failed this medical student is all I can say.

      • The Stranger says:

        With regards to Mr. L being liberated, I meant to say that there were no rescue missions that liberated anyone from the Hanoi Hilton prior to their negotiated release, which meant that the earliest he could have gotten home was 1973. By the way, good posts over there by Hack Stone and AverageNCO.

        • 5th/77th FA says:

          What in the ever loving trailer park trash from hell kinda BS is this? Pappy you right, got his inspiration from Tom Clancy or Washington in the Boys of Company C. Body bags from VN? No they were in a Coffin, metal handles. 30 days after the hearing in VN? daHell?? My basic burned up pert near 10 weeks and AIT at Sill was another nearly 9 weeks. And I guess he picked up that Southern drawl in Boston…or the Iowa prison.

          Maybe MP could do a FOIA on the author AND Mr. L. One thing for sure…they are both full of it.

          • The Stranger says:

            Well, KOB, we may need a little more to go on besides “Mr. L.”😂. I mean, with this individual’s underworld connections (Whitey Bulger), he could be “Lucky” Luciano or Tommy Lucchese for all we know.

          • Anonymous says:

            Not to mention Miami Vice (from the big ‘Nam flashback episode– like, dig it, maaan!):

        • Combat Historian says:

          Mr. L was secretly liberated by the Son Tay raiders in late 1970 because he was super duper secret squirrel and everyone from POTUS to SECDEF to COMUSMACV had to pretend he didn’t exist; his code name was AGENT ORANGE…(Sarc)

          • The Stranger says:

            I met a retired Air Force PJ who was a guest at an enlisted dining out who was on that raid. I drew a blank on his name because it was over 10 years ago, but I do seem to remember that he was also part of the Apollo recovery teams and may have taken part in the rescue of the Mayagüez. I’ll have to reach back to some of my former colleagues to confirm, but the only person I found that did all 3 of those things was retired Chief Master Sergeant Wayne Fisk so it may have been him. Now THAT is a guy who has stories to tell, with the added benefit of being true, unlike this “Mr. L” character. That USAFA graduate who wrote that crock-o-crap article may want to learn about REAL veterans who actually accomplished something with their lives.

        • Poetrooper says:

          I just left a response to the female commenter who thought it was just such a wonderful Veterans’ day story.

          Wouldn’t hurt for some more of you to go over there and put a boot up this young doc’s ass to wake him up a bit or someday he’ll be putting every malingering airman he sees on light duty.

      • Anonymous says:

        He robbed the Bank of Hanoi while he was there, but the TV networks ripped off his stuff for both Hogan’s Heroes and the A-Team and didn’t give any royalties, too! (Say, where’s Lars? He should be tearing how jacked-up this dude’s story is too.)

        • The Stranger says:

          It’s actually Kelly’s Heroes, which would mean that Mr. L is Oddball!
          I stand corrected, LEGIT!
          Just kidding, Mr. L is a scumbag and the medical student is an idiot. The article reminds me of something else though…I wonder if this kid is going to sneak him out of the hospital, hitchhike down to Mississippi with the promise of learning a heretofore unknown Robert Johnson song and end up “cutting heads” against Steve Vai for the old man’s soul?

          • David says:

            Oddly, just watched that this week for the first time in years! Not sure thee is any such thing as a bad Ry Cooder soundtrack.

            • The Stranger says:

              Old Ry could play with the best of them and across multiple genres. You could tell he just loved to play, any style, anytime, anywhere, and with anybody.

    • Mason says:

      LOL – This kid couldn’t smell the bullshit coming off this guy? WTF

      “He went directly to boot camp and ‘basically learned to shoot a gun and play dead.'”

      Yup, that’s all I got out of it too. HAHAHAHA No tales of being WIA while on KP duty?

      • The Stranger says:

        Also, no hair-raising tales of the “Buffer Rodeo”?

      • A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

        He COULD HAVE been put on KP so much that he was declared MIA and ended up being a SOL SOB of a POS!!!

      • rgr769 says:

        I loved the “homeless” bum’s fake factoid that his entire platoon was captured by the Viet Cong. I never heard of an entire platoon (35 to 40 men) being captured by the VC. Maybe his platoon consisted of a half dozen other messkit repairmen being held by the whorehouse mamasan because they failed to pay in full for services rendered.

        • The Stranger says:

          Oh, so a typical night at Mona’s in Clarksville, TN?😂
          “You buy me lady drink, Joe?”

        • Combat Historian says:

          I think in “The Deer Hunter”, a whole bunch of GIs from the same platoon were captured by the NVA and placed in those infamous “tiger cages”. The poser obviously ripped off this factoid from the Deer Hunter movie segment, but then this posering assclown probably wouldn’t even know the size difference between a fire team, squad, or platoon…

      • rgr769 says:

        Would anyone here want this gullible medico working on them? Not likely.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh, BS!

  11. ninja says:


    When will it ever stop.

    Another individual who went to his grave with his relatives believing he was a Vietnam POW and was “spit upon” at an airport:


    A March 1969 newspaper article was discovered about the deceased. Supposely he was a SP5 with the United States Army Support Command in Saigon and was the “Editor” of Hi-Lite, a Bi-Monthly newspaper/magazine.

    The article he wrote for Hi-Lite that was mentioned in his hometown newspaper? Well, it was about the Army’s procedure in notifying Next of Kin of those who were Missing in Action or Killed in Action.

    Gee. I wonder how his relatives thought he was a Prisoner of War for “a short time”.

    And being spit on? What type of obituary is this when a relative writes “Like many other returning Vets he was ostracized and actually spit upon at the Corvallis Airport.”

    • 26Limabeans says:

      I just wannna………spit.
      Actually, I would like to work up a long
      green lunga and huck it up for the author.

    • Poetrooper says:

      Got a paper cut Purple Heart as well…

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        Lying POS. Prolly wrote for the Hi-Life magazine with all them good Thai sticks he was beating the real boonie-rats out of. His Magazine Bi-Monthly? Was that a twice a month periodical or one that came out monthly for people that were switch hitters?

        God may forgive you for your lies but I won’t.

    • marinedad61 says:

      Anytime I see a veteran’s obituary
      with NO mention of job(s) or career,
      my gut leads me to Google.

      Often, I find crime articles, mugshots,
      or other police log ugliness.
      Not this time.
      White pages verifies that this is the SAME GUY, both towns.

      Randy Furtick actually ran a helicopter maintenance company,
      Arrow Falcon Exporters in Porterville, CA
      that was SUED in 2001 for a police helicopter crash
      that killed 2 officers.

      Pilot error was found, but the family lawsuits continued.
      Otherwise, this guy kept himself OFF the internet.
      Even with the Bronze Star and Purple Heart
      (the magic head scratching combo that a LOT of folks claim).


      • rgr769 says:

        Bronze Stars and PH’s weren’t awarded to Saigon REMF’s. One could not get farther away from combat and a possible wound than service as an editor in Saigon. Looks like the POW story is just the cherry on top of his cone of bull shit.

  12. 5th/77th FA says:

    A Special Prayer will be asked of His Lord Jesus Christ this upcoming Sunday for a safe journey for Baby Sister and I to the Tampa area. They haven’t let me make that drive by myself since March of ’18. Just cause I act like a heathen don’t mean I was raised to be one.

    Cloud 9 got a little heavier today cause my fat bellied self was floating on it after earning ANOTHER 3 pete on the Coveted TAH Friday Weekend Open Thread FIRST. (Earned never given) The 4 in a row potential was blown out of the water with the late dropping of the WOT on the FIRST of Nov. That one snagged by Roh-Dog. The 4 in a row spot may have to take a back seat to the Tampa run as I will be off the net possibly. #thanksgiving feast

    Today’s FIRST is again dedicated to our Brother and Compatriot Wilted Willy and the sincere hope that he is doing more better. Hot wings, pizza, coldbeer, Top Shelf Whiskey, and hand rolled seegars all around. Cornbread dressing, Honey Baked Ham and fresh catheads for the ones that are really hungry.

    Kennedy’s murder was announced on the 1MC at school that day. We assembled in front of the school for a prayer by the Principal and the lowering of the Colors to half mast. Watching Oswald get shot on TV that Sunday Morning put Mama into labor with Baby Sister. Baby Sister took til the wee hours of the morning on the 26th to come out kicking and a squealing. She has been well and truly spoiled since then.

    My most humble Thanks to all of the Brother and Sister Compatriots of TAH for their well wishes on my FIRSTNESS.

    #bernastystilldead #epsteindidnotkillhimself

    • 26Limabeans says:

      Safe travel if you must be away.
      I will not attempt to end your streak.
      Not that I could….

    • Wilted Willy says:

      Thanks FA, I am doing better, next surgery scheduled for Dec. 5th. If the kidney turns out to be malignant they will remove it? This just gets more fun by the minute! Have a great weekend ya/ll!!

      • 26Limabeans says:

        My 75 yr old sister has been running on one
        kidney for at least thirty years.
        Never an issue.
        Hope that helps Willy.
        I’ll mark the calendar.

      • Roh-Dog says:

        A wise man once told me, “He never gives us more than we can handle.”
        May this be double-true for you, WW.

      • Combat Historian says:

        Best wishes, WW !

        • Wilted Willy says:

          Thanks all! I don’t know what I would do without all you dickweeds and weedettes! I really do love all of you!!
          Good News is coming on my POS brother, stay tuned in the next couple of weeks!

      • Graybeard says:

        Sometimes it seems the hits never stop coming, WW.

        Praying that the Great Physician guides the doctors as they work on you, and that He grants you healing, health, and strength for the battle.

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        Best wishes for you, Willy, and a successful recovery for whatever gets done.

        And as for your POS brother: please let us know exactly what happens and how much it hits him, and where!

        Just deserts for him would be a pie in the face, right?

    • Roh-Dog says:

      Damn skippy,”Earned never given”!
      I dare say its our charge to keep each other sharp and strong, out of duty and love.
      (But I do feel a tinge of guilt)
      Safe and Happy travels, FA!

    • Combat Historian says:

      Prayer for travel safety done…

    • Graybeard says:

      Prayers for traveling mercies for you and your Baby Sister, 5th/77th.

      Prayers continuing for WW as well.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Have a very safe trip and a good time, 5th/77th!

  13. OWB says:

    All y’all take care this weekend and have a terrific Thanksgiving, hear? Much feasting in our near futures. Yeah.

  14. Graybeard says:

    I was away from the ‘net when this dropped.

    One of the benefits of being a substitute teacher is being there when the PTF decides to fete the teachers. Today was their pre-Thanksgiving Feast – and boy am I stuffed, still.

    In penance, I did go to the gym after school.

    Y’all have a safe weekend and a blessed Thanksgiving.

  15. Poetrooper says:

    For those of you who like “Florida man” stories, I don’t have one. But maybe you’ll settle for this “Florida dog” video:


    • Perry Gaskill says:

      Following the story link is worth it just for the comment GIF of the Golden Retriever checking out the French Poodle in the cross-walk.

  16. SFC D says:

    Now here’s some fun news. Apparently, GQ magazine ran an article about our friend LTC Vindman.


    There seems to have been a proofreading error, so GQ issued this update:

    NOTE: This story has been updated. Alexander Vindman received a Purple Heart after being wounded by an IED, or improvised explosive device, not an IUD, or intrauterine device. We regret the error.

  17. Hack Stone says:

    Hack Stone saw a few articles as to (See what Hack did there?) male birth control. So Hack did some Internet sleuthing, and came across this interesting article:


    • 26Limabeans says:

      Somewhere near Da Nang there is a gook wearing the pair I tossed over the wire.

      • rgr769 says:

        Thank god I didn’t wear glasses back when I was on AD. With issue frames like those, I never would have gotten laid on R&R in Sydney.

  18. LC says:

    Jerry Chun Shing Lee, a 13-year veteran of CIA, gets 19 years in prison for selling out CIA assets & methods to China for $840K:


    (He was arrested a while ago; the sentencing is new.)

    • rgr769 says:

      When are they going to convict Pelousi’s Chinese driver? Oh, that’s right, he worked for a D-rat just like the Pakistani IT guy working for the 30 plus House D-rats.

      • LC says:

        Not to quibble over minor details like the only name you mention, but it was Feinstein’s driver, not Pelosi’s, and reportedly the FBI concluded he didn’t share anything of value. And, for that matter, he didn’t have access to anything of value (via a lack of clearance), and may have not even known he was acting as an asset of China’s MSS, given it was a ‘soft’ recruitment.

        If there was something to convict him on, they’d have done so. But he was fired, and presumably is still watched.

        If you want another story about Chinese spies, though, here’s a good one from today – one of theirs flipped to ASIO (Australia):


        • rgr769 says:

          Well the driver was small potatoes compared to the classified info the Awans has access to which we know nothing about what he got and shipped to where ever. The D-rat prosecutor cut him a deal where he only plead guilty to a count of loan fraud.

          • rgr769 says:

            I should also point out that since Feinstein is on the Senate Intelligence Committee, having a Chinese agent is worse than if he was working for Pelosi. And like we should believe nothing of value to China was shared. Yeah, ri-i-ght, just like nothing significant was compromised on Hillary’s homebaked email server.

            • LC says:

              I think the idea that her driver had contacts with MSS is abhorrent.. but given an investigation was done, and absent any evidence to the contrary, I’m inclined to go with what the FBI apparently said : that nothing significant was compromised.

              Do you have evidence to the contrary? If so, please do share it with the FBI. I have no love for Feinstein, her driver, the MSS or anyone who might jeopardize national security.

        • 11B-Mailclerk says:

          Constant association with the highest levels of California government folks is “nothing of value” ? A US Senator? On the Intel Committee? Someone flunked Counterespionage 101.

          Drivers overhear lots of phone calls.

          Drivers often have access to all sorts of paperwork in that rolling office.

          Drivers can inject all sorts of comment.

          Drivers amass an amazing amount of “who’s who” on their cargo. This helps with further Agent deployment.

          Drivers can often place small objects in all sorts of useful places. And retrieve them.

          Anyone who has ever been a driver for anyone, feel free to chip in.

          Nothing of value? He was Helen Keller? Pull the other one.

          LC, if that driver was on Beijing’s payroll, she was utterly compromised. Count on it.

          • 26Limabeans says:

            Betcha the chinese have her DNA.

          • Fyrfighter says:

            Having done a stint as a private limo driver for a real POS I saw and heard things I wish I hadn’t on a regular basis.

          • LC says:

            As I just said above, I may have my suspicions about him, given his contact (unwitting or not) with MSS… but there was an investigation, and nothing happened other than him being fired. What are we to conclude from this? Rgr769 asked when they were going to convict him – and the obvious answer is there is no evidence to do so.

            That’s not the same as him being completely innocent, but asking for a conviction without evidence is not exactly in line with the judicial process for a just society.

            Let me switch the parties up – I have deep suspicions about Jared Kushner, given that MBS bragged about having him ‘in his pocket’ and he’s alleged to have used his access to look up intelligence unrelated to his needs, intelligence that then lead to MBS rounding up enemies in KSA. This is a guy who had to amend his SF-86 multiple times, and who -a bit like Biden’s son?- has zero experience relevant to his roles. Now, if some liberal asks why isn’t JK convicted yet, the simple answer is because apparently the FBI found no evidence (or, in both this case and the above, ‘insufficient evidence’) to convict.

            Do I like either of these situations? Hell no. But I don’t have any evidence supporting a conviction, either. Just a lot of ‘possibilities’.

            If you have evidence that Feinstein’s driver did nefarious things, I’m sure the FBI would love to hear from you.

            As a side note about MSS, they operate primarily via a numbers game, and less a ‘competence’ game – while a skilled agent would surely be able to surreptitiously plant and retrieve bugs and communicate covertly with handlers, this guy was (again, allegedly) a ‘soft’ recruit who didn’t even know the guy he talked with was MSS. He’s not highly trained, and any overt communications would’ve likely been intercepted. That they (apparently) did not find any does support nothing of value was leaked, despite how horrifying it is to think an MSS agent had access to Feinstein.

            • rgr769 says:

              Yeah, let’s give enemy agents the benefit of the doubt just like your Progda does our President.

              • LC says:

                Again, you asked when they were going to convict (Feinstein’s) driver — do you think we should convict him absent evidence? Yes or no?

            • 11B-Mailclerk says:

              Why do you believe the counterintelligence folks announce the truth about these things? They almost never do.

              You do recall some folks saying there was nothing felonious about Clinton transmitting, or causing to be transmitted, classified info on a bootleg server, said server being in flagrant violation of recordkeeping statutes, and that server being wiped when clearly subject to subpoena.

              “We didn’t find anything”. “No reasonable prosecutor would…”


              Cmon man, you are smarter than that.

              • LC says:

                I’ve known a good number of people in counterintelligence – when something bleeds over into the public sphere, they try to minimize what gets out, but they don’t say one thing in private and another in public. That’s just inviting disaster, given how leaky DC is.

                And again, as I just asked above, this whole discussion was predicated by rgr769 asking when Feinstein’s driver is going to be convicted. Should we convict him without evidence? If yes, don’t you think that’s a wee bit dangerous? And if no, doesn’t that say there is insufficient evidence?

  19. Poetrooper says:

    The identity of the DoJ lawyer who altered information used for a FISA renewal used against a Trump campaign employee has been revealed and guess what? He was a top lawyer for the Mueller investigation.


    You do remember that objective Mueller investigative team, right? And even playing with a stacked deck, those rat bastards could find nothing for the Schiff Show to impeach on.

  20. Green Thumb says:

    In the Land of the Losers, Phildo was King.

  21. OAE CPO USN Ret says:

    A little light reading from the NTSB about a light sport pilot a couple of you might know.

    • Mick says:

      Interesting and informative report, Chief; thanks. Hopefully AW1Ed or one of the other TAH Admins will see this report and hang it as a separate stand-alone post.

      After reading the report, it looks like our highly esteemed light sport pilot didn’t do a very good job of monitoring his Vno airspeed. From the description of the aircraft’s maneuvers at altitude prior to the crash, he may have also become spatially disoriented and/or got his aircraft into an unusual attitude that he didn’t have the knowledge or skills to successfully recover from, which in turn may have led him to exceed his Vne airspeed.

      “According to the Pilot’s Operating Handbook, the maximum structural cruise speed (Vno) was 108 knots, the caution band was 108 to 136 knots, and the never exceed speed (Vne) was 136 knots.”

      Or, he may have intentionally dumped the nose and rolled the aircraft inverted with the intent of flying the aircraft into the ground.

      In any case, whatever he was doing, the mishap forensic evidence shows that he exceeded his Vne which in turn resulted in structural failure (left wing broke off at the wing root).

      It is also significant to note that there was no fuel remaining in the aircraft’s fuel tank, which explains why there was no post-crash fire. Perhaps he also ran out of fuel (again) in flight, panicked and “stopped flying the airplane” to focus on the fuel problem, which subsequently may have caused him to lose control of the aircraft and exceed Vne.

      The content of the report just screams “poor airmanship, poor headwork, and poor situational awareness”. It’s clear that it wasn’t a question of “if” he was going to crash that aircraft, but “when”.

      Oh well; at least he didn’t take anyone with him.

    • OAE CPO USN Ret says:

      Another associate noted that the report states that the seat was found some 30 feet from the plane. So he did make one last flight without gas.

  22. Green Thumb says:

    Word to the wise….

    Phildo lies….

  23. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Here’s one from Atlanta on the fake SEAL/Admiral with a few shots of The Hair®™ as well as a mention of him, will we get to see this fake SEAL on TAH?

  24. Fyrfighter says:

    Hey all, did you see this from Bloomberg “News”?

    “We will continue our tradition of not investigating Mike (and his family and foundation ) and we will extend the same policy to his rivals in the Democratic primaries. We cannot treat Mike’s democratic competitors differently from him,” Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait said in the memo, which was confirmed by a spokesperson.”

    Nope no media bias there.. maybe seagull can explain that to us…

  25. marinedad61 says:

    Oh oh… another turd from the herd
    has done it again!

    (TAH April 30, 2019) – David Bennett –
    Phony USAF Fighter Pilot & Navy SEAL Co-Commander

    He’s using his SAME Facebook page to post more crap,
    much like before.
    Easy to scroll down to September 4, then September 21, 2019.
    He embellishes hid old man, as well as himself.

    (Here’s a paste.)

    My Father was Second in Command to General Douglas MacArthur.

    James H. Bennett was the Quater Master to the South Pacific. A Logistical Genius and Native American Warrior and was in Command on the Ground at the Battle of Leyte Island. In 11 hours he personally killed approximately 450 + Japanese In that Battle Single Handedly.

    The Japanese had a Name for him:
    “Lord of The West Wind”
    they thought there were 5-6 Geniuses not One. He was able to Memorize over 50,000 Orders of everything in the Pacific Theatre All Orders. All men supplies and every Ship, Fuel, bullets, anything that was ordered for the South Pacific War.

    A Logistical Genius !

    I asked my Father why he memorized all of the Orders ?
    He said: “ Son, So I wasn’t Expendable.” Son..!

    The Movie Script is being written at this time ! It will Be a Blockbuster..!!!

    He also was the 1 st. Man in Japan in General MacAuthur’s Airplane with His own Personal Staff to Request the Emperor of Japan to Surrender at the Emperor’s Palace in Tokyo in World
    War II.

    His Son,
    Col. David S. Bennett
    M.I.B. & C.I.A.
    With President Reagan
    In Charge of Intelligence
    Spec. Ops.
    (end paste)

    The Facebook link on the TAH page is still good.
    Ugh (again).