Weekend Open Thread

| January 24, 2020

In the United States, people have an equal opportunity to succeed. Whether they succeed or not depends on the decisions they make throughout their lives.  (r/The_Donald)

The Primaries are around the corner and with them the acceleration of the presidential campaign. Many of these memes should be flying around on social media. A short message combined with a graphic is a quick and efficient way to spread information. If you are good at making memes, your efforts are needed. Have a good weekend.

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:


    • Hack Stone says:

      We need to send this to the booth for review. It must be due to Russian meddling.

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        No question on who was FIRST (again) for the Coveted TAH Weekend Open Thread FIRST! The King of Battle, taking his inspiration from the post of evening last celebrating the Birth of the Saintly John Moses Browning (Howitzer be his name). By the time stamp the next closest was a full shake of a gnats hair. There is no try, only do. There will be baked ham stuffed catheads, coldbeers and Irish Rye Whiskey for all hands.

        I did not have seegar with that woman and Epstein did not kill himself.

      • akpual says:

        Yea, that’s the ticket, the commies. We need a warrant.

  2. Hack Stone says:

    Hack Stone claims second.

    • Thunderstixx says:

      Please accept this crown of the Honorable TAH WOT Lord of the Dickweeds and Lord over all of us Dickweeds as we so deserve !!!!
      Epstein still didn’t kill himself……

  3. CCO says:

    Somebody’s nine year-old kid found a live grenade (with no spoon) while magnet fishing. Which one of y’all tried to cheat at fishing? See https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/boy-finds-live-grenade-while-magnetic-fishing-in-moore-county/.

  4. Commissioner Wretched says:

    King of Battle rules again! Congrats to my man 5th/77th FA … build to that five-peat!

    Instead of being first, I’ll submit this week’s trivia column for those of you who enjoy it. (It’s also here for those who don’t.)

    Was there a person known as “Dracula” who actually existed?
    By Commissioner Wretched

    Cold winter days call for warm winter beverages, don’t they?

    Seriously, you cannot beat a warm, steaming mug of hot chocolate on a chilly January morning. The only beverage that comes close is a mug of hot coffee, and that is a poor second choice, if you ask me.

    I think my love of hot chocolate goes all the way back to early childhood. As a little boy, I was somewhat rambunctious, as young boys will be, and Mom quickly figured out that a mug of hot cocoa on a cold morning would quiet me down, so I could watch the morning cartoon show while getting ready for school. (Kids today know nothing about local cartoon shows on TV. Their loss, in my opinion.)

    Of course, the sugar in the cocoa would kick in about halfway to school (we walked in my neighborhood) and my poor teachers would have to put up with me from then on, but hey – Mom knew what she was doing.

    I really owe my elementary school teachers an apology for the way I used to behave. And maybe to you as well, since I now channel that hot-chocolate-fired energy into the weekly trivia column, which I proudly present to you at this time!

    Did you know …

    … it is illegal to fire a missile from your home without a permit in South Carolina? (That doesn’t begin to address how hard it is to get a missile to your home in South Carolina so you can fire it later.)

    … the three most common fears of people are spiders, people and social situations, and flying? (So I suppose that the worst fear of all is flying with people and spiders.)

    … the War of 1812 was totally unnecessary? For a period of years after the Revolutionary War, Britain had been blockading North America, interfering with U.S. trade. Shortly before the United States declared war on Great Britain on June 18, 1812 as a reaction to the blockading, the British agreed to lift the blockades. But because of the incredibly slow speed of communications at the time, the U.S. didn’t learn of that until after war had already been declared. (There’s a pretty large school of thought which believes all wars are totally unnecessary, you know.)

    … dinosaurs had dandruff? In 2018, Popular Science magazine ran an article which said fossilized dinosaur dandruff had been found in China, dating from the Cretaceous period of about 125 million years ago. We have learned that most dinosaurs had feathers, and scientists discovered tiny flakes of surface skin trapped between feather shafts in fossilized dinosaur skin. And that’s what dandruff really is in people – skin flakes between hair shafts that falls off. (What would a dinosaur use to control dandruff, I wonder?)

    … there really was a Dracula? No, not the vampire of Dracula, the novel by Bram Stoker (1847-1912), but an actual prince of Romania named Vlad III Dracula (1431-1476). He was known as “Vlad the Impaler,” and was ruler of the Romanian province of Wallachia three times between 1448 and his death. He got that rather sinister nickname because of the way he treated his enemies. Old Vlad was something of a psychopath, using huge stakes to impale his victims on the ground, similar to a butterfly collection. There is a woodcut from 1499 that shows Vlad enjoying a sumptuous dinner amongst the impaled corpses of his victims. Vlad was the son of Vlad II Dracul (1394-1447), and the title “Dracul” means “Dragon.” He didn’t get that name because of being able to breathe fire or anything; the elder Vlad was a member of the Order of the Dragon, becoming such in 1431. The younger Vlad was never a member of the Order, but had the name “Dracula” to show he was the son of a member. Vlad III is considered a national hero of Romania, and his castle in the Transylvania region is one of the country’s hottest tourist attractions. The histories of Vlad II and his son gave novelist Stoker the inspiration for his vampire novel. (Now to figure out how Bela Lugosi figures into all of this.)

    … there is a temple built entirely out of empty beer bottles? The “Temple of a Million Bottles” is located in the Sisaket province of Thailand. The Buddhist monks there built the temple as a promotion for recycling. It’s actual name is Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew. (And next door is its less filling counterpart, Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew Lite.)

    … many large cats are attracted to a particular fragrance of cologne? Scientists can’t tell us exactly why, but tigers, cheetahs, and jaguars simply adore Calvin Klein’s “Obsession for Men.” (I guess you could say they have an … obsession … for it. Don’t throw tomatoes at me.)

    … your brain really can store everything you learn? The human brain has the capacity to store every single thing a person sees, hears, reads, or experiences, and in all probability it does. So why can’t you access all that? Storage isn’t the problem; recall is. While the brain can store it all, the ability to recall any one part of it is shockingly limited. (As a former teacher, I can tell you that the limit on recall ability is strongest the day of a test.)

    … breathing the air in the city of Beijing, China, is hazardous? It is thought to hold the same health risks as smoking 21 cigarettes per day. (While breathing the air is dangerous, not breathing it can be deadly.)

    … astronauts aboard the International Space Station see 16 sunrises and 16 sunsets every day? That is because of the speed with which the ISS revolves around the Earth in its orbit. (Sing it with me … “Sunrise, sunset …”)

    Now … you know!

    • David says:

      Bela was a successful Broadway actor who had been playing Dracula on Broadway, so he was a natural for the movie. The one to pity is Richard Pratt, a tall cadaverous-faced extra who got a key role – but due to Lugosi’s fame they decided his American name was too prosaic, and named him Boris Karloff, which he was known by till he died.

      Another interesting church is in Czech near Kutna Hora. Built on the site of older graveyards, all the decorations in it are made from human bones. https://www.google.com/search?q=kostnice&tbm=isch&source=univ&client=firefox-b-1-d&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj54tPK6pznAhXUvp4KHRHiBBAQsAR6BAgGEAE&biw=1920&bih=944

    • Hack Stone says:

      Hack Stone was on the rifle range at Camp Pendleton way back in the mid 1990’s, and we are down in the pit pulling targets. The guy pulling the target next to Hack says “I’m really tired today. I stayed up late watching Interview With A Vampire.” So, Hack asked him “Did he get the job?” True story.

    • thebesig says:

      I believe it was the therapods that had the feathered dinosaurs among them. Most of the other kinds of dinosaurs aren’t associated with feathers.

      Here’s a video that shows an approximation of what the velociraptor would’ve looked and sounded like.

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        So, did T-Rex taste like chicken? Made extinct by a prehistoric Kentucky Colonel, a Sailor from New Orleans, and a Church full of Baptist Preachers? Now we know.

        • thebesig says:

          I read an article one time that said that the chicken was the closest living relative to the Tyrannosaurus Rex. There’s a good chance that it, and other two-legged dinosaurs, could’ve tasted like chicken or other fowl.

          There was a series, Terra Nova, that showed a few years ago. People went back in time to live in a colony that existed when the dinosaurs were still around.

          If something like this were to happen for real, a dinosaur could serve as a substitute for the Thanksgiving turkey/goose. Then they’d also have dinosaur egg omelette made from the largest dinosaur eggs.

      • thebesig says:

        What the T-Rex may have looked like:

    • Thunderstixx says:

      Vlad Dracul was very good at impaling people. First he would make them work on his castle and worked them in rags and even naked against the cold inthe Romanian Winter, then he would bring them to the castle where either he or one of his staff impalers would carefully insert the spear into the rectum or vagina and carefully thread it until it came out through the collarbone without killing the prisoner. He would also gag the prisoner so it didn’t interfere with the next part of the torture.
      He then would enjoy large sumptuous meals while watching them die which could sometimes take days depending on which vein or artery was punctured.
      Vlad relished in his methods of torture and was known to drink the blood of his “guests of honor” as he watched them die a slow, exceedingly painful death…..
      And the Japanese thought they were badass…
      This is what’s left of the brain of a guy that has been reading history for the better part of his lifetime !!!
      I know more about nothing than anyone knows about everything…..
      I have been studying the methods of our deaths that we are likely to see as our own level of doom continues to creep upon us !!!!
      We are sooooooooo doomed…..
      DOOOOOMED I say !!!!

      Doomed I say !!!

  5. ChipNASA says:

    Just came here to see 5th/77th FA do the Friday WOT dance.
    Good on ya.
    Nice, is that 2 or 3 in a row now?
    Happy Friday you fuckwads.
    I missed you guys for a few days. Now I can go back to reading the catch-up threads.
    What the flying monkey fucking fuck wizard was the Bernathian shit I just read.???
    What. The. Fuck. Fuckers??!?!?!?
    Oh well. Friday.
    Happy Happy Joy Joy.

  6. Combat Historian says:

    The Arty Guy does it again…

  7. SFC D says:


  8. Fjardeson says:

    Top 10?

  9. The Other Whitey says:

    More Red Dawn progress, for those interested. Sleeve patch decals are a pain in the balls, by the way. Almost as much as making rifle slings in scale.


  10. ChipNASA says:

    Who loves AC/DC? Who loves babies? Who loves babies “singing” AC.DC Thunderstruck? Almost as cute as Baby Yoda.

  11. Mick says:

    For the information of all hands at TAH, here’s Lawn Dart Danny’s National Transportation Safety Board Aviation Accident Factual Report for his fatal aircraft crash:


    According to the report, the causal factor for the crash was aircraft structural failure (the left wing tore off when he exceeded Vne airspeed of 136kts during his dive towards the ground).

    One of my additional MOS’s was Aviation Safety Officer, and we received training in aircraft mishap investigation at the Naval Postgraduate School. After reading the factual data and sequence of events contained in the linked report, it appears that Lawn Dart Danny most likely ran out of fuel in flight, and then departed controlled flight and dove into the ground after his left wing came off.

    It’s significant to note that investigators found no remaining fuel in the aircraft’s fuel system, and there was no post-crash fire.

    So the question remains: did Lawn Dart Danny intentionally try to set this crash up to look like an accident, or was he just a shitty pilot who bungled his procedures when his engine quit due to fuel starvation?

    We’ll probably never know.

    Or give a shit, for that matter.

    • A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

      Oh well, he’s too dead to sue that Airplane’s manufacturer!

    • SFC D says:

      Always loved that term “departed controlled flight”. Translation: fell outta the sky.

    • Wilted Willy says:


    • rgr1480 says:

      …At 1202, the pilot asked the controller to repeat the instruction.

      …”“you have to say ((OVER)) after I speak” …”

    • Thunderstixx says:

      I still think he gave up the ghost as he realized he was out of moves in the game of life.
      He chose the chickenshit way out, at least he took no other souls along with his own self tortured soul…
      A lifetime of behavior of the sort he is guilty of takes a toll on anyone’s soul.
      He was not immune.

    • NHSparky says:

      did Lawn Dart Danny intentionally try to set this crash up to look like an accident, or was he just a shitty pilot

      Uh, yes?

  12. thebesig says:

    Dennis Chevalier

    Despite the fact that it’s the ’20s, Dennis Howard Chevalier, a.k.a. Denny H Chevalier, phony Gulf War veteran, phony veteran, phony C-130 compass call pilot, phony SWAT veteran, phony retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel… That Dennis Howard Chevalier… Still was arrested on February 27, 2018, for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

    He pointed a gun at his ex-wife and son, waved a loaded weapon around and pretended to shoot things, threatened an ex-fiancé with putting a round into her head, and then his arrest for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

    One of these days, he’s going to point his gun at someone, like he has done before… And BHANG! They need to take this guy’s weapons away before he shoots someone.

    Here is one link to one the details:


    Do an internet search on “Dennis Chevalier arrested” to get additional details.

  13. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    Umpteenth and Honorary First once again.


  14. thebesig says:

    Big Foot spotted? Something involving the quality of the photograph? Play of shadow and lights?


    • SFC D says:

      Nah. That’s just “Alaska Bob”.

      • ninja says:

        BigFoot, I mean Alaska Bob, I mean A TREE, NEVER MOVED.

        Too Much History Channel or Travel Channel watching

        (I LOVE the History Channel. I just did not realize that Ancient Aliens or Oak Island was History. Have to admit: Those two shows are fun to watch “Is it possible…Could it be…” “Yeah, Babee!”)


    • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

      What da fuck is GOONEY GOO GOO, Gus?

    • Hack Stone says:

      Looks like Elaine Ricci to the untrained eye.

  15. thebesig says:

    A woman sits in her vehicle in parking lot. When the coast is clear, she opens the door and takes care of business as if she were in the bathroom. She could’ve gone inside and used their bathroom, but chose this method of relieving herself.

    Link: https://www.foxnews.com/us/massachusetts-serial-pooper-arrested-after-police-catch-her-defecating-in-parking-lot-reports

  16. thebesig says:

    Father, who worked two jobs to have money for his kids to go to college, confronts Elizabeth Warren and her plan for student loan forgiveness. He asks her if he would get his money back. Elizabeth Warren didn’t appear to know how to handle this kind of questioning:



    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      FAUXCAHONTAS flops yet again, I bet she only has about a 1/1024 chance of getting elected to the Presidency!

      • Thunderstixx says:

        The oblowme-boi will support her, he’s also afraid of the burn winning the nomination and if so I would imagine that the moochelle will be an immediate candidate and the bitch of Benghazi will no doubt be tossing her hat in the ring…

  17. thebesig says:

    Two new “adjectives” to describe veterans: hostile fire veteran and imminent danger veteran.

  18. Slow Joe says:


  19. I got a letter from obama today asking for a donation to the demorat party. I guess they send out these letters to Indies since I am an Indie so I ran the paperwork through the shredder which turned out to be a double header shredder. Any of you Indies get one of these donation envelopes in the mail???

    • ninja says:

      Jeff, the ninja Family received BHO’s letter in the mail yesterday.

      It was mailed to every registered Voter in our State.

      Just as you, it was condemned to the Shredder.

      Some poor Tree gave its Life for that Letter.

      Please don’t tell AOC, Bloomberg, Greta and Gore about that Tree.

      The Horrors…


    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      I would use it for either fireplace kindling or ass paper!

      • Fyrfighter says:

        When I get crap like that, if it includes a postage paid return envelope, i stuff it with as much junk mail as I can fit in it, and send it back.. let them pay the postage to take my crap!

        • UpNorth says:

          I used to do that with the prepaid envelope and letters from AARP. Then, belatedly, AARP caught on and they don’t send prepaid envelopes anymore. You have to pay if you want to join AARP. Oblowme will follow that business model.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      I’d rather they try to call me so I can preach The Great Flying Spaghetti Monster to them until they cuss and hang up, you wouldn’t believe how much that cuts down on Telepests calling your house!

  20. ninja says:

    An update to this that was posted by Steve Balm on 9 January 2020 (See 2nd link Below the Origin post for the update. Mugshots included).

    Update reminds me of the classic Song “What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailer”…

    “Sailor’s Wife and His ‘Boat Boo’ Brawl at Navy Christmas Party”:


    “Sailors Charged After Fight At Holiday Party for USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in Norfolk”

    “Three members of the Ike’s crew were charged in Norfolk after a brawl started at the aircraft carrier’s holiday party at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott.”



    • The Stranger says:

      You just can’t take some folks anywhere!🍺🤣

      Seriously, though, I gotta deal with the fallout from a senior NCO who couldn’t keep his dick in his pants in my own world. It’s got visibility at a 2-Star level…just what I fucking need.
      To all who persist in this behavior;
      HEY! *Tap Tap Tap* Quit shittin’ where you eat!
      *Stumbles off with bottle of whisky*

    • NHSparky says:

      And yet no doubt the khakis involved will be “allowed to retire.”

      Different spanks for different ranks.

  21. ninja says:

    Congrats again to KoB for another WOT Victory!

    P.S. to KoB: Now I know where you picked up on your Culinary Skills and your Keen Knowledgment of The War Between The States.

    Andrew Zimmerman.

    Bizarre Foods.

    The Civil War.

    Thank You for sharing!

    If anyone would like to see KoB in action, please go to Ex-PH2 Post “Thursday Are For Cooking”:



    • 5th/77th FA says:

      Tanks Troopette, but I had all of that AND a porked orast beast looooooonnggg time before Andy came around. He contacted us cause our reputation had proceeded us. Yes, I’m that good.

      All of the real credit goes to Man Above and the Spirits of my Ancestors.

      • ninja says:

        Credit also goes to your Family.

        And YOURSELF! LOVE that Southern Accent!

        Wish you could have whipped up those Cathead Biscuits with Churned Butter for Andy.

        Your Mama would have been proud.

        Andy of the Jewish Faith. A Lover of PORK. So many of my Jewish Friends also love their BACON and Ham Sammiches.

        If you ever run into him again, try to get him to be a Bulldog Fan AND a RTR Fan.

        And don’t forget to push AW1Ed’s FAVORITE Team…(Drum Roll Please)..GO ARMY!

        (Ain’t I a Stinka)


        • The Stranger says:

          *Stumbles in*
          *Crashes into end table*
          We are, we are, we are, we are The Engineers!
          We can, we can, we can, we can demolish 40 Beers!

          Wait what?
          You want me to sing The Army Song?
          KOB, how’s about you take this one? I got some cold Yuengling back at my hooch that I gotta get to.

          • 5th/77th FA says:

            Pappy, get them caissons rolling along, loaded up with them Yuenglings. If you hafta drag them over every hill and dale on that dusty trail, just get them caissons a’rolling along.

            ninja; What can I say? 😀 😎 😉 😆 Andrew and his whole production group were cool folks, no airs, down to earth and very much appreciative of what all we were doing. I’ve worked with some of these, as we say, “Hollyweird Types” that were…self centered, egotistical blowed up with their own self importance asinine idiots. Andrew’s people appreciated our honesty of purpose, and spent way yonder more time on that segment than was originally planned. The lady at the cafe, her Daddy “Uncle Bill” was a good friend of mine and our line construction crew ate there quite a bit. Uncle Bill’s nephew and I worked together for over 8 years, 4 of them every day as a placing crew.

            We did have some thick cut bacon in another skillet and was baking some cat heads in a dutch oven, but that didn’t make the cut. Did not even know they were filming while we were talking around the fire. His boys and girls made a real nice donation out of their pockets for our grave markers replacement fund.


  22. thebesig says:

    Art history class taught at Harvard will be scrapped. “Too White”:

    Decades old and once taught by famous Yale professors like Vincent Scully, “Introduction to Art History: Renaissance to the Present” was once touted to be one of Yale College’s quintessential classes. But this change is the latest response to student uneasiness over an idealized Western “canon” — a product of an overwhelmingly white, straight, European and male cadre of artists.


  23. Roh-Dog says:

    Sorry, working trees. Only broke one 3/4” line and a pilot bearing on the chipper. What a great day….
    Anywho, have a GREAT weekend yall!!

    Capitalism is the only choice!

  24. ninja says:


    “CBS Bailed Early On Brutally Uneventful Impeachment Trial Coverage IN FAVOR OF SOAP OPERAS” :


  25. ninja says:


    “Impeachment Trial Gets Lower Ratings Than Jeopardy! On A Bad Night”:


  26. ninja says:


    “Ratings Show Americans Don’t Care About the Impeachment Trial Enough to Watch It”:


  27. ninja says:

    History Lessons for Today, 24 January 2020:

    (1) On 24 January 1935, the FIRST Canned Beer goes on Sale by the Krueger Brewing Company of Richmond, Virginia. The name of the Beer was “Krueger Cream Ale”. Pabst was the SECOND Brewer that same year to sell beer in cans, with the cans coming with a picture of a can opener on the side with opening instructions.

    (2) On 24 January 1972, a Japanese Soldier finally emerged from Jungle Caves in Guam after living there for 27 years. He was unaware that World WWII had ended. 27 years:


    (3) The Department of Homeland Security started operating on 24 January 2003.

    (4) The US Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, announced on 24 January 2013 that the US Military would end its ban on Woman in Combat Roles in the US Armed Forces. That decision overturned a rule instated in 1994 that banned Women from Small Ground Combat Units.

    (5) On 24 January 1922, the Eskimo Pie was patented by a Christian K. Nelson.

    (6) On 24 January 1984, Apple Computer places the Macintosh personal computer on sale in the United States.

    (7) John Belushi of SNL, Blues Brothers and Animal House was born on 24 January 1949. Here’s his Inspirational Speech from “Animal House”:

  28. thebesig says:

    YouTube moderators being asked to sign a statement saying that the job can cause PTSD. One of the reasons for this includes content that they might find “disturbing”. By our definition or theirs? Both? Does this mean that exposure to opinions that triggers them could be in play?


  29. thebesig says:

    Iranian student deported against leftist arguments:

    Posted on Fox News:

    An Iranian student who was denied entry to the United States on arrival and deported this week, amid objections from top Democrats and left-wing activists, has family ties to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah, a Department of Homeland Security official told Fox News.

    Mohammad Shahab Dehghani Hossein was denied entry to the U.S. and detained on Sunday when he arrived on a student visa at Boston Logan International Airport.

    His detention sparked outrage from activists, who flooded the airport demanding his release. It also drew objections from Northeastern University, where Dehghani was due to be enrolled, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).



  30. ninja says:

    Happy Birthday, Neil Diamond.

    In the Spirit of Hondo and Dave and their love for Music, here is one of Neil Diamond’s songs. A very talented Song Writer, Singer and Musician:

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      My Man. Damn we done got old. Happy Birthday Neil Diamond. You, unlike that other Neil that “Southern Man don’t need him around anyhow” (bonus points for solving that riddle ie which Neil, What song by what band), brought it home on every Tampa Trip between Ocala and I-4 since the FIRST trip in ’06. Wouldn’t be any dust on them speakers when that Greatest Hits CD was running. My departed Nephew, a Minister, patterned his Revival Meetings on the energy from Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show.

      • The Stranger says:

        That fucking Canuck Neil Young with his bullshit “Southern Man” song…. however, it did provide some inspiration for Skynyrd to write “Sweet Home Alabama.” If I recall correctly, however, one of the band members (Ronnie?) was wearing a Neil Young t-shirt in the cover photo for the “Street Survivors” album, so clearly there wasn’t bad blood about it. But what do I know, I’m just a Mexican Yankee!🤣🥃🍺

      • The Stranger says:

        I’ll say this…if someone actually did Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show, I’d go to church more often.

  31. ninja says:

    Just In:


    Mugshot included. Guy only served two months and twenty-five days in Basic Training at Fort Benning, GA starting in April of 2007. He went AWOL and in November of 2007, he was “Discharged under Other Than Honorable Conditions” .


    “Stolen Valor: Scranton Man Charged After Theft Investigation Reveals Service Record”


    “Lackawanna County District Attorney Mark Powell announced Friday that charges were filed against 31-year-old Chris Crawford for misrepresenting himself as a member of the military.”

    “It all started back in August of 2019 with allegations against Crawford for misappropriating funds at American Legion Post 568 in Scranton.”

    “Crawford was arrested shortly after by Lackawanna County Detectives. He was charged with using a debit card to steal more than $16,000 from Connolly Post 568 on Birney Avenue.”

    “On Friday, Powell announced new charges against Crawford of “Misrepresentation of Military Service or Honors” and “Misrepresentation of Decoration or Medal.”

    “In his statement, Powell said, “The conduct alleged in this case – masquerading as a combat veteran in order to infiltrate and steal funds from an American Legion post – is breathtakingly brazen and unprecedented in my almost 30 years of practicing criminal law in Lackawanna County. It’s an affront to every veteran who has defended our great nation.”

    “Crawford joined Post 568 under the guise that he was a combat veteran.”

    “According to the release, this month, Crawford’s military files were released. It was determined by the Lackawanna County Veterans’ Affairs Office that Crawford spent two months and twenty-five days in boot camp starting in April of 2007. Crawford went absent without leave (AWOL) from C Company 2-54th Infantry in Fort Benning Georgia.”

    “In November of 2007, he was “Discharged under Other Than Honorable Conditions” and is not considered to be a member of the military.”

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:


    • Combat Historian says:

      One look at this scumbag’s mugshot and you can tell he’s an asshole…

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        Another rancid cherry on the sh^t sundae. The Post that I’m a member of not only requires that the prospective member show a DD214, they do a check with St. Louis, just to make sure. Sh^tbags gonna sh^tbag.

    • marinedad61 says:

      Good catch, Ninja.

      This turd has a lengthy criminal history, mostly thefts.
      How an American Legion post could let this guy slip in,
      no less giving him ATM card access, is beyond explanation.

      By all means, be sure YOUR veteran organization
      CAREFULLY reviews ALL new applicants.

      Link to PA Judicial, rap sheet city (free) for Pennsylvania.

  32. Graybeard says:

    Late to the party tending to various familial business matters.

    Our church men’s group is having a men’s gathering they call “stake and shake” – so I had to go get a small steak to prepare to cook on the grill there tomorrow. The “Shake” refers to games of 42 (if you have to ask, you won’t understand). They are also offering “cornhole” competition, which shows that the Yankees have invaded. If it were all Southerners that’d be a horseshoe competition.

    All well in the GB Compound AO. God be with all of you through the coming week.

    • Hondo says:

      For those unaware, “cornhole” is a lawn game popular in the North Central/North Eastern/Mid-Atlantic US. It’s played with beanbag-type bags filled with dried corn kernels weighing 1 lb and a polished wooden board with a hole in the middle; the object is to throw the bag so that it goes in the hole or stays on the board. Score is kept (3 points for in the hole, 1 point for on the board); first individual/team to 21 wins.


      FWIW: the term has, shall we say, somewhat different connotations for those raised in other parts of the country and not familiar with the game. That can lead to some interesting reactions to radio announcements regarding “cornhole tournaments”. (smile)

      • NHSparky says:

        I was passing time channel surfing one day on one of the plethora of ESPN channels and came across collegiate cornhole competition.

        Yes, with uniforms (sort of) and everything. And yes, the schools represented are the sort of Juco/Division 7Z schools you might expect.

        And people thought ESPN 8 (The Ocho) was only in a movie.

      • Graybeard says:

        One of the guys playing 42 today had a book that has been written on that topic. In its 4th edition, with notations about championship tournament winners and strategies.

        A good 42 player can tell what you have in your hand by what you bid and the first domino you throw.

        I had a good hand with doubles trump and took the bid, but instead of the double six I threw the double blank first – and went set.

  33. The Stranger says:

    Aah fuck it. I got a nice buzz on….Enjoy a little something from a guy who SHOULD be in both the Country and Rock-n-Roll Halls of Fame, but is in neither…a true son of the Lone Star State. And, yes, that is Bob Dylan doing backing vocals.


  34. Thunderstixx says:

    Today marked another sad day in America.
    The 47’Th March for Life where President Trump visited and spoke to the crowd.
    I haven’t heard any estimates on the size as I have turned off the news pretty much because I just can’t stand listening to anything from the d-rats anymore….
    Anyway, it was pretty good sized and of course the MAGA hats were everywhere !!!

    • The Stranger says:

      Sad? No. One day I hope that Margaret Sanger’s legacy is forgotten. Eugenics and the rest of that “progressive” bullshit needs to go. Contrary to the statements of a certain individual, we don’t buy into that genocidal shit. That ALL belongs to the Left.

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        ^THIS^ X 1K gazzilion. Preach Pappy. Choice and women’s health care my ass. You are making a choice to murder an innocent baby. You made a choice when you opened your legs without insisting on protection from either yourself or the partner. And yes I understand that whole “conceived in rape thing.” Castrate the rapist, give birth to the baby and place the child for adoption. Maybe if these abortionist looked at a few graphic videos of how the different types of abortions are carried out they may notice that it is nothing but murder.

        • Graybeard says:

          The know – they just don’t care because they have dehumanized the child (and for that matter the handicapped and elderly).

          They care more for how a dog is treated than a baby, a handicapped or elderly person, or anyone who doesn’t toe the party line.

          Why the Judeo-Christian doctrine of The Image of God is so important.

  35. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    From over at Ace of Spades (the OTHER Smart Military Blog) SPEW ALERT!!!


    • A Porud Infidel®™ says:

      So now those going through ROTC for the US Space Force will bee, eeeeeyup, SPACE CADETS!!!

    • Commissioner Wretched says:

      Facebook is all aflame about the logo, too … saying it’s ripping off “Star Trek.”

      There are calls for CBS/Paramount to sue the government for plagiarism.

      Silly people. The Air Force used the emblem as far back as 1982, when Space Command was created, and it may or may not have been influenced by “Star Trek” – I don’t know. But it’d be hard for Paramount to sue anybody over it, since it’s been 38 years.

      • rgr769 says:

        Yes, all civil causes of action have statutes of limitation. The claim would likely be common law copyright infringement. In most jurisdictions one would have to sue within four years of the first violation.

        • 11B-Mailclerk says:

          Since Starfleet isn’t formed until at least the late 22nd or early 23rd century, and presumably only then registering logos, would the lawsuit not have to wait until then?

    • Wireman611 says:

      Wonder if they Star Trekked much.

  36. thebesig says:

    Associated Press providing news that we’ve known all along… What people think regarding the validity, or lack of validity, of the impeachment depends on what news sources a person relies on.

    The article said this:

    Similarly, those who followed a conservative media diet were much more likely to believe the false narrative that former Vice President Joe Biden called for a Ukrainian prosecutor’s removal to protect his son from being investigated.

    This is a false narrative?

    The leftist media generates propaganda, feelings and want determine fact, actual facts are “opinions” and “false information”. 🙄


  37. thebesig says:

    A study finds that parents spend an average of five hours of facetime with their kids a week. In addition to the distractions that existed for decades like the television, the internet, items like the cell phone, and other factors are named as culprits.

    Add this reality to the idea that a large percentage of the education system is interested in indoctrinating children rather than educating them. Perhaps this is a reason why socialism and communism appear to have more support with the younger generations than with the older generations.


  38. Graybeard says:

    Three Al-Qaeda Syrians found in Dallas, TX with fake Colombian passports.


    Situational awareness, folks.