Weekend Open Thread

| February 14, 2020 | 178 Comments

Open two pages. One with Google, the other one with Duck Duck Go. Input search words and hit enter. See the difference. (r/The_Donald)

If you’ve used Google to look for links to bolster your argument, you would notice something obvious. The results favor left-leaning websites. Google used to provide reliable results. Not so much now. The “Duck Duck Go” search engine is noticeably becoming better. This is one way to circumvent Google’s “forcing” specific search outcomes on you. Enjoy your weekend.

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  1. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    Third I guess, happy weekend folks!

  2. Hack Stone says:

    Hack Stone would like to take this opportunity to claim Third Post for Friday, February 14, 2020.

    Hack Stone would also like you to remember all of those serving, that being those dirtbags serving time behind bars because in addition to their false claims of military exploits, they also continually fail to follow the rules of society.

    Finally, Hack Stone would like to remind everyone that since this weekend includes a federal holiday, please consult the All Points Logistics website to view the times and locations that Phil Monkress will be working balls.

    • Hack Stone says:

      Always a Director Of Media Relations for a proud but humble woman owned business that sells software to the federal government, never a Vice President of a proud but humble woman owned business that sells software to the federal government. In all of the years that Hack has been visiting, and may he be so humble as to (see what he did there?) adding to amusement of you lovable miscreants, he has only claimed First Post one time. If it was for the death threats that his posts have generated, he would have given up this site a long time ago.

      #BringEalineRicciHome!

      • Claw says:

        “he has only claimed First Post one time.”

        Confirmed. Based on entries posted to the Coveted Book of WOT Firsts, the one and only First for Hack Stone occurred on 20 Nov 15 at 12:49 pm.

        • Hack Stone says:

          At that point, Elaine Ricci was missing for about a year. Stay strong Elaine, we will bring you home to your loved ones.

          In order to help raise awareness of missing and exploited Presidents of proud but humble woman owned businesses that sell software to the federal government, a chili cook off will be held this weekend in Elko Nevada, and all participants will be given a clear lucite ribbon to display until Elaine comes home.

  3. Slow Joe says:

    You guys are cheating.

    There were no posts here when I posted!

  4. ChipNASA says:

    HA!
    Sorry my brother 5th/77th FA
    I am still on the mend and it’s a little victory going into a 3 day weekend like this and with that said,

    HAPPY VALENTINES TO ALL MY BITCHES HERE….
    And to the Lovely Ladies at TAH….
    Glad to see you back EX-PH2.

  5. Ret_25X says:

    6th or 11teenth or something

  6. Commissioner Wretched says:

    Having enjoyed many a week on the throne of TAH First from the WOT, I step aside most weeks so that others may see the world from that point of view. But I do want to drop in and leave my trivia … so here ’tis!

    DID YOU KNOW…?
    Were the producers of a “Batman” movie sued by a city of the same name in Turkey?
    By Commissioner Wretched

    The season of love is upon us. Valentine’s Day takes place this week.

    So if you haven’t already gifted your Significant Other with flowers, candy, jewelry, or all that other neat stuff, you’re running out of time to make it happen.

    If you don’t know, St. Valentine – the fellow the day is named for – was a 3rd-Century saint of the Roman Catholic Church. His day has been associated with “courtly love” since the Middle Ages.

    Which, of course, is great news for the candy and flower industries.

    Of course, there’s a dark side to every holiday, and this one is no exception. Chicago, St. Valentine’s Day, 1929, gangsters … you know. But we won’t think about that.

    What we will think about is love, and giving, and trivia! So here’s my Valentine’s Day gift to all of you, wrapped up with a little heart! Enjoy!

    Did you know …

    … in Oklahoma, it is illegal to carry a fish in a fishbowl while riding on a public bus? (Well, where else are you going to carry it? In your pocket?)

    … about 12% of people who use online dating services are already married? (And? What’s your point?)

    … Ian Fleming (1908-1964), creator of superspy James Bond, wrote the Bond novel “Goldfinger” on a gold-plated typewriter?

    … Adolf Hitler was almost born under a very different name? Hitler (1889-1945) was the son of an Austrian customs official, Alois Hitler (1837-1903). Alois had been born Alois Schicklgruber, because his paternity was never established and he thus bore his mother’s family name. He changed the name to Hitler in 1876, some 13 years before his son Adolf was born, and chose that as a corrupted version of the name of one of the men he thought might have been his father. Later, when young Adolf had become dictator of Germany, he said that the name change was the one thing his father had done that pleased him. (Try to imagine, if you will, millions of Germans shouting, “Heil Schicklgruber!” with straight faces.)

    … movie production giant Warner Brothers was once sued by a city in Turkey? The mayor of the city of Batman, Turkey, in the southeastern part of the country, once filed a lawsuit against Warner Brothers Pictures in an effort to force them to change the name of the popular movie crime fighter Batman, in the film “The Dark Knight.” The city is part of a province also named Batman, and is along the Batman River. And it’s not the only place that shares a name with Bruce Wayne’s crime-fighting alter ego: there’s a city in Iran called Batman, as well as an electoral district and railway station in Melbourne, Australia. In 2008, the mayor of Batman, Turkey, Huseyin Kalkan (1950-2010), announced plans to sue Warner Brothers over the “unauthorized” use of the town’s name. Interestingly, Kalkan did not sue DC Comics, for which the crime fighter was created by Bob Kane (1915-1998) and Bill Finger (1914-1974). Since Kalkan’s removal from office and death, succeeding leaders have petitioned the Turkish government to have the province of Batman’s borders redrawn to look like the crime fighter’s logo. (Holy Lawsuit, Batman! I had to say it.)

    … the human brain cannot actually multi-task? When we think we are multi-tasking, what we’re really doing is context switching – jumping back and forth between tasks quickly, rather than doing them all at the same time. (Heck, I have the ability to forget what I’m doing while I’m doing it!)

    … one of the greatest authors of all time wrote a story only six words long? Composed by Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), the entire story reads: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Some have called it one of the saddest stories ever written.

    … Walt Disney World in Florida generates about 120,000 pounds of garbage every day? (And a lot of it ends up on movie screens, doesn’t it? That rumbling sound coming from California is Walt spinning in his grave.)

    … Russian squirrels have been known to hunt dogs? Well, it happened at least once. The BBC reported in 2005 that a pack of squirrels attacked a dog that was barking at them in a park in Lazo, Russia, near the borders with China and Mongolia. The squirrels were reported to have jumped down from a tree and bit the dog to death. (In Russia, squirrels hunt you!)

    … a President of the United States once eased a child’s concern about Santa Claus? In October of 1961, a little girl named Michelle Rochon (born 1955) of Marine City, Michigan, was worried about the safety of Santa during a time of Soviet nuclear testing around the North Pole. She expressed her concern in a letter to the one person she knew would be able to do something to protect St. Nick – President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963). Kennedy replied to Michelle’s letter, reassuring her that “you must not worry about Santa Claus. I talked with him yesterday and he is fine.”

    … predictions for the future can be wildly wrong? For instance, in 1965, a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate predicted that by 2000, Americans would be working only 20 hours a week and would enjoy seven weeks’ vacation. (They weren’t wrong, you know. They were just referring to members of Congress.)

    … early Russian space missions included a shotgun? Not for blasting aliens, of course, but for the landing. Russian space flights came down on land, not in water like American flights. The shotgun was in case the craft landed in Siberia and the crew had to fight off bears.

    Now … you know!

  7. Roh-Dog says:

    Have a GREAT weekend y’all!
    Sorry if I’ve been out-ish the loop, busy and busier.
    Its GREAT to have Ex back, may He watch over all of us in these times of worry.
    Please take care and plan for the storms ahead.

  8. Skyjumper says:

    Fiiifffffeee-teeeennnnnthhhhhh, oooorrrrr sooooooo.

    (just got back in from blowing out drive with -10 and 15-20 mph winds)

    Got coffee pot brewing with freshly ground Dark Satin bean as I speak.

    Congrats Chip!
    How the hell did you beat out 5th/77th FA?
    He musta been staring too long at his 100 + year old blooming pear tree too long.

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      He’s got to be colluding…or something…Can’t be cause the phones lines are flooded from the everyday rain since the FIRST of the year. Literally, every day since 1 Jan 2020. Did quit this morning at oGod30hours and the sun is shining now, but it is coming back NLT Saturday night. 39 degrees last night, 60 right now, 31 tonight and average in the mid 60s next week.

      The pear tree? I have a picture taken in 1876 of this old place when it was converted from a basic 2 over 4 farmhouse to a Victorian exterior. That pear tree is in the pic. There is another taken in the 1940s, shows the same tree. You can look at the tree and tells it’s old. Unlike my ex wives, it still blossoms. My pitbull furbaby Macy used to chase the deer and squirrels away from the fallen pears so she could eat the pears. The doc whose family used to own this with all the acreage has diary entries talking about them making pear brandy.

      You noticed the FIRST 4 post all hit at the same time, didn’t you?

  9. The Other Whitey says:

    Latest Red Dawn progress:

    https://www.deviantart.com/yt45

    The tank finally has a tow cable. Also gave the loader some nomex gloves, did some chips & scratches on the tank, and some groundwork.

    • UpNorth says:

      What brand are those kits, TOW? Tamiya?

      • The Other Whitey says:

        The halftrack is Tamiya. The M60 is Italeri (and fuck those Eye-talian bastards for the tracks on the damn thing! ). Figures are Dragon (tank crew & the platoon leader in BDUs), Master Box, Legend Productions, and Zvezda (the captured Russian paratrooper). There’s also various weapons & accessories from other suppliers on EBay.

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      The Red Dawn Diorama is progressing well!

      The Trivia from CW is entertaining as always!

      Bernasty is still maintaing a minus 6 feet AGL!

      And Epstein didn’t kill himself.

    • Skyjumper says:

      Beautiful attention to detail, TOW.

      Gotta ask, when they are completed, do you put them under some kind of covering like Plexiglas or something similar, cuz they have to be a bear to dust without messing with the small parts.

      What’s you next project after Red Dawn?

      • The Other Whitey says:

        Currently also working on a couple of others:

        – A 1/48 A-26 Invader postwar airtanker conversion, marked up like the TB-26C that Richard Dreyfus flew in “Always.” Gift for my Dad.
        – A 1/48 TBM-3 Avenger of VC-81 on the flight deck of USS Corregidor (CVE-58) for my cousin, depicting her paternal grandpa’s aircraft, complete with the crew climbing into the plane.
        – A PB4Y-1 Liberator for my wife’s godfather. His dad was a radioman on a PB4Y-1.

        Up next will be:
        – A 1/48 F2H Banshee for my niece. It will have markings for the air wing of USS Bonhomme Richard (CVA-31), which never actually flew Banshees, but her dad is a Navy bet who served on USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6).
        – A 1/48 F-100D Super Saber in late-50s USAF bare aluminum for my middle daughter.
        – A 1:48 B-24D of the 43rd BG, 13th Air Force for my son.
        – A 1/48 B-17G of the 381st BG, 8th Air Force for my wife. It will have her name, a SFW pinup image of her on the nose, her initials for the 3-letter ID code, and her birth date for the tail number.
        – A 1/35 scene of my Uncle Greg with his war dog in Vietnam. Already did one for my Mom, this one will by for my aunt.

        • ninja says:

          “A 2/35 scene of my Uncle Greg with his war dog in Vietnam”.

          Looking forward in seeing that one, TOW!

          Thank You for sharing your Talent!

          • The Other Whitey says:

            Talent? I wish. But thanks.

            • ninja says:

              TOW:

              Yep, TALENT.

              And Patience.

              Some of us can’t do what you have accomplished.

              Please give yourself credit. You deserve it!

              And you are so welcome.

              😊

              • The Other Whitey says:

                Patience? Sure. Copious amounts of profanity help with that. *Copious* amounts of profanity.

                I already did one little 1/35 scene of my Uncle and his dog for my Mom a year ago. Unfortunately, I had no idea how to paint eyes properly, so it looks sort of okay if you don’t look at the faces. I’ve since learned how to do eyes, though proficiency is still a long way away.

                The first one is Uncle Greg and his dog meeting some Vietnamese kids. I’m thinking for the next one I might try to do something like having him and his dog scouting on foot ahead of an Amtrack. Not sure how ambitious I should get with it at this point.

      • The Other Whitey says:

        As far as dusting, I’ve found the empty airbrush does a pretty decent job.

  10. Ret_25X says:

    Did you know that Ret_25X now works for the IRS? It’s true!

    I can safely say that I now understand wtf is wrong with DC. Talk about the incompetent leading the insufficiently motivated!

    Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeebus!

    I always thought that other gov agencies must be at least somewhat like the DoD with a work force made up mostly of “mission” focused people–even if they were not the most competent, they were motivated and focused.

    But what I have found here in my first month is an agency full of people who just aren’t engaged in any meaningful way…everyone teleworks 8 days in 10, and there is almost zero leadership engagement below the executive level.

    Just a workforce penguin walking through life.

    I must remember:

    3 years to retirement…3 years to retirement…3 years to retirement…3 years to retirement…

  11. Comm Center Rat says:

    “Career status” after three years of employment combined with the labor protections afforded by civil service regulations and collective bargaining agreements, perpetuates incompetent and unmotivated federal workers. I say this as a military and federal civil service retiree.

    SGM – may those last 3 years pass quickly for you. Hopefully, you’ll each your second retirement with good health and much sanity.

  12. 5th/77th FA says:

    If it works on the post, this may become Mi’Lady Ex-PH2’s new heart throb Boy Band.

    https://www.facebook.com/ClubCatLovers/photos/a.745479548907830/2598750000247433/?type=3&theater

  13. thebesig says:

    For the second time in recent memory, residents in Baghdad, Iraq woke up to a snow dusting. The snow was gone later on in the day. However, the media would not emphasize this as much as they would areas in the United States that are receiving less snow than normal… Or not at all.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/iraqis-wake-up-to-snow-for-first-time-in-over-a-decade/ar-BBZSdw1

    • David says:

      Damn global warming!

    • Hondo says:

      What, are you saying it snowed in Baghdad a bit over a decade ago?

      Yeah, I guess it did.

      (smile)

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      One of the sites in Antarctica supposedly had its first recorded day over 68F, which is spectacularly warm for that place. That is a hot summer day, there.

      Sea ice extent is dramaticly -up-, way up.

      Signals get weird sometimes.

      It is worth noting that the overall historical climate trend is a long deep-freeze with extensive icecaps into the middle latitudes, an abrupt warm that melts most of the ice, then ongoing erratic but overall further warming mixed with cold snaps, then a catastrophic and rapid return to ice age.

      For millions of years it has been so. We need to enjoy this warm while we can, because the return to ice may take only a generation or two, and then the planet spends another hundred thousand years trying to make us extinct.

      And it almost succeeded last time.

      We may soon be furiously igniting every surface coal seam trying to warm the planet out of another glaciation, spreading the ash on the poles to decrease albedo and increase insolation and melt.

      Such low-end performing actions were seriously discussed back in the 70s, when the impending doom dejure was “cold”.

  14. thebesig says:

    A millionaire took in a couple who were homeless at the time he took them in. He wanted to demonstrate that they were not contagious. A year after he took them in, they are still with him. Who says the rich don’t have compassion?

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7981619/Millionaire-welcomes-homeless-couple-4-million-California-mansion.html

  15. Graybeard says:

    Top 50!

    Beautiful day in the AO, out poppin’ caps a bit.
    Update later.

    Happy Valentine’s Day to all y’all.

  16. thebesig says:

    A good percent of both the Millennial Generation and of Generation Z think that socialism is not that bad. Many of them support candidates like Bernie Sanders. A lot of factors go into this, to include the kind of education they are getting in high school and later in college.

    One of the variables involves the left revising history. In this link, they are attempting to rewrite the American Revolution. The alleged cause in this case? “It was for slavery”. Next step, taking down Revolutionary War statues and removing images of the founding fathers. The Confederate statue issue was just warm up:

    https://www.rightjournalism.com/liberals-re-write-history-students-in-every-state-are-being-taught-that-the-revolutionary-war-was-fought-to-promote-slavery/

  17. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Top fifty and Honorary First once again.

    ((((OVER))))

  18. thebesig says:

    You guys are familiar with the false charges of active collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians. At best, we had Russian trolls pretending to be Americans. So, anybody in the Trump campaign interacting with these trolls, and thinking of them as Americans, can’t logically be seen as actively colluding with foreign influence.

    In this Newsmax article, foreigners are mentioned. These are foreigners that support Bernie Sanders. One of them, from Argentina, indicated that Bernie Sanders was similar to the Pope. The Pope is also from Argentina. One of the foreigners talked about “campaigning for Sanders”. Places in Europe, and in South America, are further left than our own leftists.

    https://www.newsmax.com/john-gizzi/bernie-sanders-new-hampshire-primary/2020/02/11/id/953529/

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      Lfetards bawl about foreign intervention in our elections, yet they want to let illegal aliens vote in American Elections, now who’s delusional?

    • Mason says:

      Remember when Beto, just a few months ago, was campaigning in Mexico?! The left in this country cares more about other countries than they do their own. Which is why Trump is evil for putting America first. As if the leader of a nation SHOULDN’T be putting his/her country first.

      • 11B-Mailclerk says:

        Trump has these weird ideas that America is good, Americans are good, and that both should be supported and defended.

        Made Great, even.

        The Left hates him for that, and for exposing their opposite beliefs and goals.

        And their Hate has made them foolish.

  19. marinedad61 says:

    True that!
    Great Weekend Open Thread topic.

    IF anyone on Earth searches for our Stolen Valor phony LES BROWN,
    they get the famous band leader instead.

    IF they add “ELKO” or “POW MIA”, to find Elko’s Les Brown, they get THIS.

    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=%22les+brown%22+pow+mia&t=hz&ia=web

  20. ninja says:

    For this week’s WOT, thebesig commented “Open two pages. One with Google, the other one with Duck Duck Go. Input search words and hit enter. See the difference.”

    Out of curiosity, I followed thebesig instructions and typed in “American Inventors” on both Sites.

    GOOGLE shows Images of “American Inventors” immediately.

    When using DuckDuckGo, click on “Images”.

    The Results are the same.

    Oh, well, I tried. Thank You anyway, thebesig, for the tip.

    • thebesig says:

      “If you’ve used Google to look for links to bolster your argument, you would notice something obvious. The results favor left-leaning websites.” -thebesig

      Most people here advance a conservative argument. I’ve used Google search for years, then noticed that over the last three years, results that I’d quickly be able to pull up ended up drifting down, then out. Went to Duck Duck Go and did the same search and got the results that I used to get with Google.

      I find this as an issue now. Using Google search pulled up propaganda links that supported the opposition. Using Duck Duck Go pulled up links that countered the links that the opposition used.

      • ninja says:

        Thank You, thebesig, for the feedback. Always appreciate your insight.

        Just thought that it was interesting that both sites had the same images when researching “American Inventors.”

        This was a topic of discussion in 2016. It was also discussed on TAH.

        https://www.unz.com/isteve/great-moments-in-google-american-inventors/

        Thank You again!

        • thebesig says:

          I ran the “American Inventors” search in Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Duck Duck Go, then clicked on the image. With some slight differences among each of them, all of those search engines seem to be generally go in the same direction. :mrgreen:

          At least in this area, it’s influenced by people’s search patterns rather than programming. It also hints at what people are studying in high school.

          If they manage to get these images to help the conservative argument, some of those search engines might become even more different. :mrgreen:

          It’s like how Facebook tells me that I violated community standards by including a link to the transcripts of the President’s phone call with the Ukrainian counterpart. It wasn’t a problem when I posted it to Facebook before.

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      Is it called “DuckDuckGo” because “F###Google” is litigation bait?

  21. ninja says:

    A Special Note to Wilted Willy:

    Friend, where ever you are, just want to say that the TAH Family is thinking of you and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

    A Speedy Recovery To You. Stay Strong. We are looking forward in having you back in TAH Saddle again.

  22. Sparks says:

    I’m here and alive to post so, that’s a good day for me. God speed to all my TAH Brothers and Sisters. Happy Valentine’s Day to our lovely TAH ladies.

  23. thebesig says:

    Border Patrol deploying their version of SWAT to sanctuary cities to assist immigration agents already in the areas:

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/border-patrol-will-deploy-elite-tactical-agents-to-sanctuary-cities/ar-BB100Ejr

  24. ninja says:

    The things I learn about Valentine’s Day, 14 February:

    *Arizona became a U.S. state on February 14, 1912. Arizona was the 48th state admitted to the U.S. and the last of the contiguous states to be admitted.

    (Don’t tell that to Michael Bloomberg or Carl Bernstein considering they are celebrating another lap around the Sun today).

    * In 2005, YouTube is launched by a group of college students, eventually becoming the largest video sharing website in the world and a main source for viral videos.

    * In 2000, the spacecraft NEAR Shoemaker enters orbit around asteroid 433 Eros, the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid.

    * In 1946, the first general-purpose high-speed electronic digital computer, the ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), was demonstrated to the public by its creators, J. Presper Eckert, Jr., and John W. Mauchly.

    * In 1912, the U.S. Navy commissions its first class of diesel-powered submarines.

    * In 1899, voting machines were approved by the U.S. Congress for use in federal elections.

    * In 1859, Oregon is admitted as the 33rd U.S. state.

  25. ninja says:

    GEE WHIZ!

    “Sex Offender Fugitive James Meece Lies About Being Vietnam POW”

    Story AND a Video covering the story can be found at this link:

    https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/sex-offender-fugitive-james-meece-lies-about-being-vietnam-pow

    “James Meece tells a sad story to women,” said Deputy U.S. Marshal Justin Efthemiou. “It goes beyond just a standard criminal act.”

    “And they believe it – because who would lie about being a Prisoner of War?”

    “What kind of monster makes that kind of information up or pulls that out of their hat to gain your confidence? Only a monster,” Efthemiou said.”

    “The sad story James Meece, 71, tells is that he’s a military veteran who was deployed overseas and served in Vietnam.”

    “While overseas as a special forces operator for the military, he gets captured and becomes a Prisoner of War. So he has suffered this mental anguish through his military career. so he’s distinguished hero,” said Efthemiou.”

    “But it’s all a lie.”

    “Efthemiou says not only does Meece tell women he was a POW and tortured by the Vietnamese, in reality he was never deployed, never left the United States and never even saw combat.”

    “He’s taken his military stories a step further, strategically placing false military documents where these women will find them.”

    FOX 2: “Where does he get these documents?”

    “He prints them up,” Efthemiou said. “That’s the definition of a psychopath.”

    “Efthemiou says the con man would even fake symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.”

    “One of the victims recalls him waking up in the middle of the night and what she noticed as martial arts moves,” Efthemiou said. “He was saying things to the effect of get back or I’ll kill you.”

  26. thebesig says:

    In response to what James Carville described of him, Bernie Sanders described James Carville as a political hack… As a member of one of the establishments that he, and his supporters, are going against. James Carville responded. In this response, he identified Bernie Sanders as a communist.

    https://thehill.com/homenews/media/483054-carville-fires-back-at-sanders-for-hack-slam-at-least-im-not-a-communist

    • Mason says:

      Bernie argues he’s not a communist. Says he doesn’t think Trump knows what that means. In reality, I don’t think Bernie knows what communist means.

      • NHSparky says:

        Well, when you honeymoon in the Soviet Union, that’s what some in the detective business call, “A bug fucking clue!”

      • rgr769 says:

        Bernie is a crypto-comminist. They never admit their true goal, which is a one party political system with a massive bureaucracy controlling everything.

        • 11B-Mailclerk says:

          Some of his henchmen have been pretty open about their standard Communist doctrine and gulagization plans.

          At least when they think they are among Fellow Travelers and not on VeritasCam.

          Know him by his Acolytes. He means to make “Red State” more than just election year shorthand.

          And he is popular with the hard Left because he is bug house -nuts- enough to believe the crap he spews. No rational person can ignore the epic fail train of the Socialist railroad.

          He Believes. That is why he will fail.

          Socialism doesn’t work.

          • A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

            The ones espousing socialism are not only those who have never really contributed anything, they think that they would be at the top while in reality they’d be occupying mass graves as soon as they were no longer deemed useful.

  27. thebesig says:

    No charges to be brought against Andrew McCabe. From Fox News:

    “It was traumatic to leave the FBI, certainly in the way that I did, and that’s been tough to live with,” McCabe said. “The added insult and suspicion that comes with being under criminal investigation just made the entire experience a million times worse.”

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/doj-wont-pursue-criminal-charges-against-mccabe

  28. ninja says:

    Well, this is going to get interesting:

    “Esper Defends Stripping “Stars and Stripes” of All Funding, Says News Organization Is Not a Priority”

    https://www.stripes.com/news/us/esper-defends-stripping-stars-and-stripes-of-all-funding-says-news-organization-is-not-a-priority-1.618614

    “Veterans Point To Value of “Stars and Stripes” Amid Proposal To Strip Funding From News Organization”

    https://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/veterans-point-to-value-of-stars-and-stripes-amid-proposal-to-strip-funding-from-news-organization-1.618767

    • David says:

      I remember in Europe in the late ’70s a team of analysts used Srars and Lies to compile a TO&E for USAREUR which was far more accurate than the ‘official’ one. Rumor had it more than a few bits of classified info in said TO&E, too. “The only difference between classified info and S&S is that S&S is harder to get.”

  29. ninja says:

    Poor Guy.

    NOT!

    “Ex-CNN Darling Michael Avenatti Convicted of Trying To Extort Nike”

    https://www.foxnews.com/media/cnn-darling-michael-avenatti-nike

    “Brian Stelter and Joy Behar thought he could run for president in 2020. Now he’s going to jail.”

    “Former liberal media darling and frequent CNN guest Michael Avenatti won’t be offering anti-Trump talking points on cable news anytime soon after the disgraced lawyer on Friday was found guilty of trying to extort Nike.”

    “A New York jury found Avenatti, 48, guilty on three counts, including extortion, wire fraud and transmission of interstate communications with intent to extort. He faces up to 42 years in prison and did not testify in the case against him.”

    😉😎

    • rgr769 says:

      He will be going to trial soon in NYC for his embezzlement of Stormy’s $300k book advance. Then he will be tried in his home state of Commiefornia for his embezzlements and wire frauds in connection with the over 2.5 million stolen from his clients there. His likelihood of conviction in Federal Court in L.A. is even higher than the NYC cases because of all the financial records that show how he obtained the clients’ settlement moneys and what he did with it.

  30. sbalm says:

    https://965therock.com/both-sheriff-candidates-in-texas-county-accused-of-stolen-valor/

    (Jowers) “Gowers [sic] says that he is still running for sheriff because “I haven’t broken any laws” which seems like an awfully low bar for someone who wants to be, you know, IN CHARGE of enforcing the law.”

  31. thebesig says:

    Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders call for William Barr’s resignation of what they… And others… Describe as interference in Roger Stone’s case:

    https://www.newsmax.com/politics/sanders-warren-barr-stone/2020/02/14/id/954184/

  32. thebesig says:

    Weather.com has a video and article on this, but they couldn’t help but put the “global warming” argument into their story telling. “But it’s still below average” the guy argues. But, on iceagenow.com, they show the sea ice extent for the last few years and shows how the last years, as measured against the average, show a cooling trend… Not a warming one:

    https://www.iceagenow.info/arctic-sea-ice-reaches-the-largest-early-february-area-in-past-11-years/

  33. ninja says:

    “Both Sheriff Candidates In Texas County Accused Of Stolen Valor”

    https://klaq.com/both-sheriff-candidates-in-texas-county-accused-of-stolen-valor/

    “Clyde Texas is a small town of fewer than 4,000 people in Callahan County, not far from Abilene. The good people of Callahan County have a real head-scratcher on their hands. They have to vote for a new sheriff…and BOTH candidates have been accused of “misrepresenting their military records” aka: Stolen Valor.”

    “The 2 candidates are Leroy Foley, a member of the Clyde Police Department and Rick Jowers who is deputy under the current sheriff who is not seeking re-election.”

    “Ok. Things are about to get wild and maybe a little confusing.”

    “Candidate Foley was called out by a website called militaryphony.com for implying in his campaign signs that he was a silver star and purple heart recipient.”

    “Also, the site claims, Foley claimed on social media that he was an Airborne Ranger for 11 years.”

    “According to Militaryphonies, Foley’s army discharge papers don’t reflect ANY of that.”

    “More damning, though, is that Foley declined to make public comment and resigned from the police department. After he was put on leave while the department conducted its own investigation.”

    “Then, Foley’s opponent, Rick Jowers, was called out for saying in a public forum that he, too, was an Airborne Ranger. Jowers has acknowledged making the claim, apologized for making it…BUT said that he only said it as a way of mocking his opponent, Foley.”

    “Gee…it doesn’t really SEEM like he was mocking his opponent. Maybe Rick Jowers just has an extremely dry sense of humor. That probably explains why he also claimed to have taken a bullet AND been a staff sergeant (both claims that were debunked by militaryphony.com.”

    “Whooo-boy! I guess it could only look worse if it turned out that Jowers had actually only served a few months before deserting and being given an “other than honorable” discharge from the army. Well, it is worse because that’s exactly what militaryphonys.com claims!”

    “So…I guess we’re back to Foley being the better candidate? I mean, he might have embellished his record a little but at least he wasn’t a deserter, right? Uh…right? I guess anything could be possible at this point.”

    “While Leroy Foley has done a pretty thorough job of scrubbing his candidacy from social media, Rick Jowers candidate Facebook is still up. Although, most of it seems to be a half a dozen relatives vowing support and the rest of the page visitors dunking on him repeatedly.”

    “Jowers says that he is still running for sheriff because “I haven’t broken any laws” which seems like an awfully low bar for someone who wants to be, you know, IN CHARGE of enforcing the law. Military Phonies, though, is quick to point out that the Stolen Valor Act says it actually IS a crime to misrepresent one’s
    military service. Oh, well. All on the learning curve toward becoming sheriff in Callahan County I suppose.”

    😉😎😆😅🤣

    • marinedad61 says:

      Oh, Boy.
      Or, as Texans like to say, Yee Haw.
      I predict there will be a TAH Page 2 on Rick Jowers.

      An hour ago, I saw what someone in Callahan County, Texas
      is about to email to MP.
      I gave emailing advice and directions,
      so MP should have these new (old) documents this (Friday) evening.

      This isn’t over, by a long sh(cut)… long Airborne Ranger cadence.

      I can say no more at this time.
      It will be quite a bit for even the MP / TAH staff to absorb.
      You won’t be disappointed.

      Enjoy the weekend, everyone.

    • NHSparky says:

      This is most definitely a case of diving into a septic tank to try and find a Tootsie roll.

  34. OWB says:

    For anyone interested, FETV is running a marathon of “Wild, Wild West” to remember Robert Conrad, Sunday 2-8ET. In it’s day it was pretty entertaining. Nothing like today’s whiz bang fantasy stuff, but fun. Who wouldn’t want a dagger one could pull out of one’s collar, for instance?

    • ninja says:

      Thank You, OWB for that information.

      Have always liked “Wild, Wild West”. To me, it was a combination of “The Man From U.N.C.L.E” and “James Bond”. Sometimes “Get Smart” and “Mission Impossible”.

      All of them featured interesting gadgets.

      Robert Conrad. Rest In Peace. I never did see the show where he played “Pappy B”, but I heard it was good.

      • David says:

        Also starred James Whitmore Jr. and John LaRoquette. Had one of Mike Posts best themes, too. Was fun, albeit about as accurate as Hogan’s Heroes.

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        ninja, Baa Baa Black Sheep is broadcast on the Heroes & Icons Channel, which is usually a subject channel of a local broadcast station,often one of the ones that also broadcast ME TV. Disconnect from your local cable of Direct/Dish TV system, hook up some Rabbit Ears or outdoor antenna and hit the program button. They started with episode one last Saturday night. If you do the streaming thing, you can probably find it that way. Look under H&I. They’re also running Rat Patrol, Combat, Tour of Duty, and Twelve O’Clock High. Keep waiting to see if China Beach with Ms Thang, Dana Delany ever shows up. I “Like” Broadcast TV…It’s free and easy…kinda like me.

        • ninja says:

          KoB:

          Thank You!

          I have all the DVDs of “China Beach”. I remembered when I FIRST watched it with some Vietnam Veterans who flew Chinooks in country.

          There comment to me was “That’s not what happened! We didn’t do that!”…on and on and on.

          That said, I still enjoy the series.

          Some of the shows I missed since we were living Overseas and in one area, we did not have AFN on TV, only on Radio with Military DJs.

          Combat I definitely enjoyed. We used to play “Combat” on the Military Bases we lived on. Great times.

          Now I am interested in watching “Baa-Baa Black Sheep.” Thank You again!

          gabn/rtr/hbtd 😎😉

          • 5th/77th FA says:

            Ju welcome, the least I can do for our favorite ninja; and we do have the best ninjas. And you are right about Hollyweird never getting it right. One of my super powers is POing people when we watch historical motion pictures and I point out what is wrong. Of all the different productions that I worked with the only ones that really cared about the accuracy, surprisingly, was Andrew Zimmern. When one of the directors on another set asked me once, “Who’ll know the difference”, I told him, “People like me; and there is a lot of us.” Used to wonder why they would pay for my advice and not take it. After awhile, I just cashed the checks. My name wasn’t going in the credits.

            • The Stranger says:

              Which is why I liked the FIRST Jurassic Park movie. The scene where Jeff Goldblum(?) walked someone through how to close the circuit breaker that fed the electric fence is one of the few times the movies get that right. They completely fucked up how to kill power to a building in “The Negotiator” and in “Iron Man.” The equipment that was used for “The Negotiator” was built by my employer at the time and I saw it on our loading dock after the production company returned it so we could put it back into inventory. My wife will tell me when I point out an inaccuracy in either electrical or military stuff, “You know, you’re the ONLY person here who would know that.” (With that tone of voice). To which I immediately reply, “And to think, you’re lucky enough to be sitting next to the guy who does!”😂

          • Graybeard says:

            I’m old enough to remember the old “Combat!” TV series – supposedly occurred in WWII.

            Dad was constantly commenting on the inaccurate parts – not so much griping as letting his sons know what the reality was.

            He also verified some of the stuff that seemed over-the-top as being the kind of thing that would happen to some of the boys.

          • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

            “China Beach”? Dana Delaney?

            OOOOOOHHH LALA!!!

          • OWB says:

            “Black Sheep Squadron” is the name of that series, at least after the first season or two.

            • 5th/77th FA says:

              You correct OWB. Was coming back FIRST thing this morning to add that tidbit when I got distracted by what Senior Chief put up there. We may just have to promote him to Master Chief, you know, for raising the morale of the troops…among “raising” other things.

              Thanks Senior!

            • Fyrfighter says:

              I believe it only ran for two seasons. was called Baa Baa Black Sheep the first, and Black Sheep Squadron the second.. One of my favorites when I was growing up..

              And yeah, Dana Delany…that was the stuff of high school fantasies!

          • 26Limabeans says:

            Claudine Longet did it for me in
            “Combat”.

  35. NHSparky says:

    Sorta first?

    I mean, I know I was first at least once, tho damned if I can remember when.

    Just out here at Casa de Sparky Western annex, trying to keep the lights on, and wondering how there aren’t more vehicle fatalities due to drivers already dead from the neck up.

  36. marinedad61 says:

    UPDATE on Gordon “Steve” Lang,
    Fake US Navy SEAL Sniper, SEAL Team 3, BUD/S Class 192

    He is still OFF Fakebook.
    His wife, Amy Lang, is still ON Fakebook,
    still married to Steve, and still posting cutesy couple photos.
    They still run their business together in Florida.
    Denial, Mrs. Lang, or are you a Stolen Valor conspirator?

    Hmm.

    https://valorguardians.com/blog/?p=90342

  37. Cameron Kingsley says:

    In addition to being named Grand Marshal of the Daytona 500, rumor has it that President Trump might just take the Presidential Limousine aka The Beast for a lap around the track.😀

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/trump-to-attend-daytona-500-plans-to-take-lap-in-presidential-limo-the-beast

  38. marinedad61 says:

    UPDATE –
    Bounce on over to Jason West, the Phony POW with a GoFundMe.
    Things are a happenin’,
    and it isn’t looking good. For Jason.

    https://valorguardians.com/blog/?p=95501

    • marinedad61 says:

      UPDATE – on LES BROWN & the Elko POW*MIA Awareness Ass.
      WOW.
      The Elko POW*MIA annual CHILI FEED is just getting underway at this hour, so I browsed the Elko groups and pages on Facebook.

      This just showed up. Again, WOW.
      It’s a Facebook “page”, so anyone on the internet can see it.

      (paste)
      Me, too. Not in Battle Mountain, just a bad place.
      I wish I were visiting VFW Post 2350 today. —->
      TO: VFW Post 2350 — An open letter, and 1 question, to the present and past post officers of VFW Post 2350, Elko, Nevada.
      Good afternoon,
      I wish to have a conversation, by Facebook PM, email, or telephone, with present and past officers of VFW Post 2350, about the claims of military service by Les Brown, a post member of VFW Post 2350, and a former state committee official of the VFW Department of Nevada.
      As you may know, Les Brown was publicly exposed July 2019 by Military Phony and Valor Guardians websites, for wearing a CIB (Combat Infantryman’s Badge, listed on the Federal Stolen Valor Act of 2013), E-8 rank, and a combat shoulder patch on his Woodland BDU uniform while participating in parades, and speaking to children at an elementary school.
      He also wears these, and a Desert Storm Veteran hat patch with Southwest Asia Service, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait ribbons on his black leather vest, as the commander of the Elko POW*MIA Awareness Association.
      The Valor Guardians website shows that Les Brown spoke of his own combat experience before the Nevada State Assembly, after identifying himself as a state committee official of the VFW Department of Nevada, while giving a speech about Nevada motorcycle helmet laws.
      After Les Brown’s defiant denial statement to the Elko Daily Free Press last July, Les Brown has gone quiet publicly. However, other officers, members, relatives, and fans of the Elko POW*MIA Awareness Association, continue to assert that Les Brown is a combat veteran of the Gulf War, and that Les Brown has documentation to prove everything he claims.
      The challenge to finding the truth, for the citizens of Elko, Nevada, and for military veterans across the USA, is that Les Brown only offers to show his proof of service and paperwork on his own terms, behind his closed doors. Not in a public place, not with city or county officials present, and not with TV or newspaper journalists present.
      It is already known, that Les Brown shows his DD-214 in private, points his finger to the line entry “In Support of Desert Shield/Desert Storm” and says something to the effect of “See, this proves I was there.”
      However, it is also already publicly known, that his DD-214 includes the Army Overseas Service Ribbon, but does not include the Southwest Asia Service Medal, or any campaign medals that apply to service in war nations or war zones, anywhere.
      Frankly, this continues to be troubling for veterans around the USA, and the fans and readers of the websites, as it appears that Les Brown is continuing to fool and deceive everyone in Elko County, Nevada.
      I believe several, if not many, in Elko city and county do know the whole truth of Les Brown’s actual service, which is Honorable service with an Honorable Discharge.
      He was activated, he went where he was ordered to go, he performed his duty, and he returned home.
      No one questions that his military service is good service.
      But many question the large differences in his actual service versus his war and combat service claims, in words and in military patches, pins, and medals.

      I ask now, if Les Brown is a member of VFW Post 2350 as of February 2020 (Yes/No), and a yes/no answer is certainly permitted as a response.
      I understand that VFW official business is secure to the VFW.
      Also, I know that I am not entitled to know, even as a VFW member from a far away post, whether he quit, or was removed, or the reason(s) for his removal.
      So, I don’t ask these questions.
      I ask for Les Brown’s current membership status (Yes/No) at VFW Post 2350 for two reasons:
      (1) I care about the VFW at the local level as a longtime Life Member, and
      (2) VFW ELIGIBILITY is at the core of the difference between the claims and known documentation of Les Brown’s actual military service.
      Finally, this same event occurred recently at my present VFW post.
      Doubts were raised in 2018 about the VFW eligibility of a long time post member, who was also a Past Post Commander (2006-2008).
      The bylaws were consulted, a challenge was made, and the investigation begun, when the Past Commander admitted he was never in Vietnam, and handed over his VFW membership card, quitting the post.
      His name has been removed from our Past Commander plaque, and the blank space on the plaque is now our constant reminder, to be vigilant of those who misrepresent their military service for personal gain, including membership in a veterans organization.
      Thank you for reading. Feel free to ask any questions here in comments, or by sending me a Facebook PM.
      I am not part of the 2 websites.
      I am a reader and fan of several Stolen Valor websites since 2015, when someone claiming to be a war hero Navy SEAL almost infiltrated my family, using his charm on a close female relative.
      A website helped me verify the truth
      (“He was never a SEAL.”)
      24 hours after I sent an email and a small payment.
      I have been a fan of these websites ever since.

      Sincerely,
      (EL)
      Gulf War Veteran
      Life Member, 25 year member, VFW.
      (end paste)
      (Includes photo of VFW Post 2350, Elko, NV)

      https://www.facebook.com/elkoproblems/posts/2776450412444733

  39. rgr769 says:

    I just used DuckDuckGo to do a search on Michael Avenatti. Great results; it brought up FrankReport on him. It outlines his full saga. Avenatti is subject to a 36 count felony indictment in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California (LA area). He has apparently embezzled over 4.5 million dollars from five different clients, committed tax fraud, federal wire fraud, bank fraud, and numerous other crimes. The sentences for the 36 counts add up to over 300 years in federal prison. If convicted on even half the charges, together with the impending sentence in NYC, it is unlikely CPL will ever leave prison alive.

    • rgr769 says:

      I just read CPL’s 36 count indictment (it is available as an attached exhibit to the California State Bar’s petition to place him on interim suspension). He is so screwed. He actually has embezzled over ten million from his clients and from the taxes withheld from the employees of his law practices and a coffee business. His alleged crimes go all the way back to 2015, and likely earlier. His last alleged offenses were in 2018 and 2019 when he was the darling of CNN and MSNBC.

      • A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

        He was also evicted from his office for nonpayment of rent money, and his jet was seized, a multimillion dollar Bernath!

        • rgr769 says:

          Yes. He paid $2.5 mil for the Honda twin engine jet with stolen client money. It was promptly seized the same day his 36 count indictment was unsealed and his arrest warrant issued. Wonder if they have him in the same cell block where Epstein met his untimely death. Too bad he never got any dirt on powerful D-rats like the Clintons, then he would be maintaining the same altitude as the Bernasty.

  40. Sparks says:

    Just a warning if you’re buying a watch on Amazon. I learned the hard way that if it says you can swim with it, this only applies if you can already swim without it.

  41. Sapper3307 says:

    well got my dog (Hondo) back home for only 5k. PEAK veterinary in Williston removed the ribeye sized lump and he is recovering. I was planning on a new motorcycle this summer but I can get a few more out of it and my dog also.
    Thank you to Care Credit.

  42. Claw says:

    Testing – Testing

    Am I in moderation jail?

  43. marinedad61 says:

    UPDATES (2) on RICK JOWERS in Callahan County, Texas.
    Based on this alone,
    YES, I predict a forthcoming TAH Page 2 on Rick Jowers.

    This is getting interesting. Again.

    https://valorguardians.com/blog/?p=95545&cpage=2#comment-3274182

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