Weekend Open Thread

| March 13, 2020

Field of lavender. Spring colors have already arrived in parts of the country and will arrive in yours in the near future if it still looks like winter. (HilidonMusic)

The vernal equinox is this coming Thursday, March 19, 2020. This is the astronomical first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. Other parts of the world use the meteorological start date, which is on the first of the month. Meteorological spring began on March 1. Enjoy your weekend.

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  1. ChipNASA says:

    First

    • ChipNASA says:

      in before the quarantine

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      My Crown Good Sir! And to show that I can be a gracious loser…muddertrukinphuqueryoucanjustgophuqueoffuntilyoucanltphuqueoffanyfurtheroffyouphuqueingphuquer

      Made me miss the opening of Gunsmoke…for what???? Absolutely NOTHING.

      I’ll be back!

      • Commissioner Wretched says:

        I couldn’t have said it better myself.

        I also couldn’t have said it worse.

        In fact, I probably couldn’t have said it at all.

      • ChipNASA says:

        TAHNKYOUVERYMUCH.

        I’ll be a kind and generous lord. So much so, I am going to belay my urge to F5 the shit out of the rest of you on an end of the workweek, 1 p.m. basis.

        HAVE AT IT, BITCHES.

        I await the outcome with excitement.

    • Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

      Congrats on the win, enjoy the moment and enjoy watching while you take your self imposed hiatus from competition….

  2. 5th/77th FA says:

    1st

    • ChipNASA says:

      SPRING. HAS. *SPRUNG*!!!!!!!!

      Well, another WoT and well, another battle gone.
      This time, I think it’s going to be my last because I’m starting to be a dick about holding on to my 5-dom of Greatness.
      I have every belief that unimpeded by my skills, 5th/77th FA very well may match my 5 alive WoT Record and quite possibly surpass it.

      NOTICE!!!!

      I am now Officially putting myself in WoT “FIRST!” quarantine to see who the next and succeeding WOT KOB really is.

      And now on to the festivities.

      • Claw says:

        Now hold on just a gall-durned moment. A review of the entries posted to the Coveted Book of WOT Firsts does not back up your claim of a 5-dom/5 alive WoT Record.

        It shows a Three-fer from 21 April to 05 May 2017 and then a Four-fer from 23 March to 13 April 2018, but no Five-fer has ever been credited to you.

        Humbly request you submit the inclusive dates that you believe this Five-fer occurred and an in-depth review of the Book will be conducted to verify authenticity./smile

        • ChipNASA says:

          AH HA!!I have been corrected. A 5-fer has NOT happened, I did have a coveted 4-fer, yes, and maybe it’s the aim for a 5-fer that addled my WOT btain.
          I do stand corrected, thanks CLAW for tending to the Book of WoT Firsts as I do manage the HoI and ToT.

          Cheers
          Chip 4-Fer NASA

          • Claw says:

            Roger – You’re Welcome.

            Just a note. You would have credited with another Three-fer for the period of 04 Dec to 18 Dec 2015 if you had only included the word “First” somewhere in your comment, but, Alas, you did not./smile

            ((Over))

            • ninja says:

              Durn, Claw.

              Kinda now wish you and I could have served together.

              I would have recommended you to become a Warrant Officer and THEN snatch you up to be my Property Book Officer.

              PBOs. Big Responsibilty.

              Keeping track of Government Property worth $$$$$$$$. Some sensitive items as well.

              • Claw says:

                Thanks for the kudos, ninja. I spent the last eight years of my career waiting for the 761 WO field to come open for applications, but that never happened. I gave up on it completely when Big Army did away with the direct appointment routine and said that in order for me to become a WO, all applicants would have to go to finishing school to learn to wash their hands after taking a piss./smile

                • ninja says:

                  Claw:

                  You are so welcome…and I meant every word.

                  Yep. I do remember the Army changing the ROE for WOs and Direct Commissioning and Schooling.

                  You would have made a great CWO. Best of both worlds,i.e. knowledge and leadership skills in both NCOs and Officers (yes, there ARE knowledgable 2LTs out there…they are called Mustangs..😎😉).

                  Thank You for being the Keeper of Coveted Book of WOT Firsts and for keeping us in line when it comes to FIRSTs! as well as providing us the wisdom of the NSN of items.

        • 5th/77th FA says:

          Claw, Thank you for correcting the Airedaled Wingwipingchairforcepuke. I wuz a gonna throw that bovine excrement flag on his claim, but I had to hat up and skate. Been playing catch up since my return. And he has revealed a tactical advantage he has had. No wonder he can FIRST Block me. Work computer? Aha, knowing that it’s a high speed, very low drag fiber optic up to 100 gig light speed mofo network he’s on. I KNOW that is the least slowest thing he’s running on, cause I BUILT those systems. I’m hung out here on a 6 meg twisted pair copper and giving ’em hell. Algenon Dickinson was outgunned at Bexar, but he held Santy Anny at bay for 13 days. Major John “The Gallant Young” Pelham fought off an entire DIVISION of Infantry with a broken Parrot and a 12 pounder Napoleon all damn day near Fredericksburg, so BRING IT BEOYTCH, I ain’t skeered. Why don’t you go make yo’self useful and turn a wingwiping golf course back into a rifle or impact range.

          So, Claw, back to the Coveted Book of FIRST. We may need another tally of the count. I knew that there was NO Ace 5 in a row, and thought I remembered only 2/3 quads and a small number of 3 petes. Dog faced pony solgers and assorted miscreanted d’weeded ne’er do wells have inquiring minds. And Thank you for your continued disrespect.

  3. Hack Stone says:

    Yet again, the vast right conspiracy by lying dog-faced pony soldiers has denied Hack Stone the highly coveted and rarely awarded Weekend Open Thread First title. Hack Stone would just like to remind visitors to this page that the moderators of This Ain’t Hell are misogynistic racist Deplorables, and yet for some reason, proud of it.

    Hack Stone will instead remind visitors to this site that the proud but humble woman owned business that sells software to the federal government is working diligently to help resolve this Coronavirus crisis. As we speak, Software Engineers in our Wuhan development laboratory have placed the Y3K on the back burner and are working around the clock to develop antivirus software that will eliminate this threat to mankind.

    March 13 is a trying time for some military veterans, as it is National Coconut Torte Day, and Congress passed this legislation without any consideration to the impact that such a day would have on those who have survived IEC (Improvised Explosive Coconuts) encounters.
    https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-coconut-torte-day-march-13/

    Hack would also like to take this time to remind you all that a very special individual turns 64 this March 18. He may have missed being lucky enough to be born on St. Patrick’s Day by one day, but that lucky sperm is enough to ensure his continued success in all of his endeavors, whether that be the Vice President of a software company, or being able to find a junkyard that has an alternator for a 1980’s vintage Jaguar. It’s hard to buy the perfect birthday gift for the man who lost everything, but gift certificates to the Bethesda Goodwill Thrift Shop seems suitable.

    Finally, just a reminder that although today is Friday the 13th, but that doesn’t mean bad luck. There may just be a lucky few in the Merritt Island vicinity who will be fortunate enough to catch Phil Monkress working balls this weekend. Attendees are recommended to bring their own hand sanitizer and toilet paper. Let’s be safe out there, people.

    ((Over))

    • Dennis - not chevy says:

      Wouldn’t an IEC make today National Coconut Tort day?

    • AW1Ed says:

      Dear Mr. Stone,
      Again, the Moderators (more properly, Administrators, or simply Admins) here at TAH have been monitoring your grievances. Again I urge you to file with TAH WW HQ, Complaints Department, and allow them to bring their vast resources to bear to address your complaints.
      That this would pull them away from reruns of Lingerie League Football is a given, but rest assured they would be happy to expend up to several seconds reviewing your correspondence prior to disapproving your complaint.
      For this to occur, you must first file. Please do so at your earliest convenience.
      Sincerely,
      AW1

  4. Commissioner Wretched says:

    Uh oh. Things may get ugly. The King of Battle missed his FIRST again … this means everybody else should duck for cover.

    Me, I’m gonna post the trivia and go hide from the evil Corona virus. Enjoy!

    DID YOU KNOW…?
    What was the original concept for the time machine in the “Back to the Future” movies?
    By Commissioner Wretched

    On this auspicious event of the 175th “Did You Know…?” column, I am going to do something I’ve never done before.

    I’m going to skip the introduction and get right to the trivia.

    Incredible, isn’t it? That after all these weeks – more than three years – I’m just chucking the whole idea of an introduction to the column and getting right to the meat.

    I can already tell that this idea meets with your approval. After all, who wants to read any of my silly introductions? All I do is blather on about some ridiculousness or other, with no real point except to have to make you wait for the stuff you came here for, the trivia.

    So, without further ado (and what the heck is ado, anyway?), here’s your column of trivia, with no goofy – oh, my. I did an introduction after all.

    My bad. On to the trivia.

    Did you know …

    … there is a school dedicated to elves? It’s in Reykjavik, Iceland. Called the Alfaskolinn (Elf School), it offers lectures and guided tours about elves that exist in Icelandic folklore. Studies show that more than half the people of Iceland believe in the existence of elves. Icelanders believe that there are 13 different kinds of elves as well as “hidden people,” who are the same size and look just like humans, except humans can’t see them. (Which explains a lot in today’s society, if you ask me.)

    … the first enclosed shopping mall in the United States is still open? Southdale Mall in Minneapolis, Minnesota, opened in 1956. It is still in operation today, some 64 years later, though it is reported that, like most malls, it has declined to just a few stores. (Thanks, and a “tip o’ the trivia cap,” to Vicki for this item!)

    … the world’s oldest currency still in use is the British pound? The currency is over 1200 years old. Additional trivia note: the symbol for the pound, £, comes from the Latin word libre, which means scales or balance – a method of determining weight, measured in (you guessed it) pounds.

    … Germany tried to use economic warfare on Britain in World War II? In a bid to make the British economy collapse, German planes dropped millions of counterfeit bills over London. It didn’t work. (Maybe the tip-off was having Hitler’s picture in place of King George VI, I don’t know.)

    … IKEA is an acronym? The popular furniture is named for the founder of the company, Ingvar Kamprad (1926-2018), the farm on which he grew up, Elmtaryd, and his Swedish home town, Agunnaryd. (That’s almost as hard to assemble as the furniture is!)

    … the original time machine in the movie “Back to the Future” was not a car? In the first story treatment, writers Robert Zemeckis (born 1946) and Bob Gale (born 1951) envisioned the time machine to be an old, converted refrigerator. After the treatment was reviewed by studios, concerns were raised that if the movie became a hit, kids would try to recreate the idea of using a refrigerator to play “time machine” – with disastrous results. So, after some head-scratching and research, the time machine became the now-famous DeLorean automobile. (And a classic was born!)

    … there is a one-word term for the day after tomorrow? You never hear it used, but it is correct to call that particular day “overmorrow.” (That’s probably why you never hear it used. It sounds silly.)

    … there are really a lot of insects on this planet? This item may not be for you if you’re squeamish about bugs, but scientists say that there are an estimated 900,000 different species of insect on Earth … and the total estimate of all insects on the planet comes to about 10 quintillion. That’s a 10 followed by 18 zeroes. (Yeah, but can they build a rocket to the Moon? Didn’t think so.)

    … you might have a condition called witzelsucht? If you’re wondering what that is, it’s an uncontrollable impulse to tell silly stories, bad jokes and awful puns. The condition was described in a 2016 article in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. (And contrary to popular belief, I was not one of the people used as a case study. I get paid for it.)

    … there is an eel-flavored ice cream in Japan? While the idea may not be too appealing to Westerners, the flavor is very popular in Japan. Those who have tried it say it tastes pretty good, once you forget about what you’re actually eating.

    … 92 per cent of Americans feel it is important to wash one’s hands after using the restroom? That’s the good news. The bad news is, only 66 per cent of them actually do so. (Draw your own conclusions here, folks.)

    … a doctor once wanted to turn our first President into a kind of zombie? Following the death of George Washington (1732-1799), one of his doctors – a man named William Thornton (1759-1828) – proposed that his corpse be “re-animated.” Thornton suggested having air pumped into Washington’s lungs and providing him with a transfusion of lamb’s blood. Fortunately for him and for history, Washington’s widow, Martha (1731-1802) put a firm stop to the silly idea, believing the first President deserved to rest in peace. (That sounds a lot like Frankenstein, now that I think about it.)

    … the ghosts in the classic video game Pac Man are programmed? You do remember Pac Man, don’t you? The red ghost, Blinky, chases the player; the pink ghost, Pinky, tries to position itself in a way to block you; the blue ghost, Inky, tries to ambush you; and the orange ghost, Clyde, is random. (I couldn’t get past the orange ghost’s name, myself.)

    Now … you know!

    • Hack Stone says:

      Hack is wondering if Witzelsucht is covered by health plan provided by the proud but humble woman owned business that sells software to the federal government, or would it be denied as a preexisting condition?

    • ninja says:

      Hi, CW.

      Have now tried at least 6 times to post a comment on one of your topics.

      My comment is not showing up.

      Oh, well.

      • Commissioner Wretched says:

        ninja … Shoot it to me at my e-mail:

        didyouknowcolumn@gmail.com

        I appreciate how you keep me straight on stuff!

        • ninja says:

          Hi, CW!

          As always, I truly enjoy reading what you provide on TAH.

          It is all very interesting as well as keepsakes for future Jeopardy questions.

          😊

          I did not know there was a disease associated with the puns until you pointed it out to us. I found an article that addressed “Witzelsuch”, i.e. that it could be a result of a brain injury such as a stroke, but for some reason, when I posted the link, it did not show up on WOT.

          Oh, well.

          Keep up the great work!

    • AW1Ed says:

      … you might have a condition called witzelsucht?”

      JEFF! Seek professional help immediately.

      • ninja says:

        Oh, dear.

        Have a feeling this was going to come up.

        As I shared with CW, I discovered the condition could be related to damage to the brain, such as a stroke.

        The person who has it is not aware they have that condition and ironically, can’t laugh at other folks jokes.

        There used to be a Commentator on TAH who displayed all of the symptons of that condition (excess of puns, telling jokes at inappropriate times, not laughing at other folks jokes, etc.etc).

    • ArmyATC says:

      “After the treatment was reviewed by studios, concerns were raised that if the movie became a hit, kids would try to recreate the idea of using a refrigerator to play “time machine”

      Then there’s the problem of how to get a refrigerator up to 88 MPH.

    • thebesig says:

      I’m going to skip the introduction and get right to the trivia.

      Incredible, isn’t it? That after all these weeks — more than three years — I’m just chucking the whole idea of an introduction to the column and getting right to the meat.

      I can already tell that this idea meets with your approval.

      I have, on numerous occasions after clicking a link in the search result, gone straight to what the headline talked about. When someone lands on a page, on the internet, there’s a good chance that they’re already motivated to read what the headline suggests is contained in the body of the article. I’ve read your introductions here though.

      … there is a one-word term for the day after tomorrow? You never hear it used, but it is correct to call that particular day “overmorrow.” (That’s probably why you never hear it used. It sounds silly.)

      There’s also “fortnight” which is two weeks and “Score” as in “20 years”. :mrgreen: Also, we have “mensiversary”, which is the month counterpart to the “anniversary”.

      … there is an eel-flavored ice cream in Japan? While the idea may not be too appealing to Westerners, the flavor is very popular in Japan. Those who have tried it say it tastes pretty good, once you forget about what you’re actually eating.

      They’ve even made breastmilk based ice cream.

      … the ghosts in the classic video game Pac Man are programmed? You do remember Pac Man, don’t you?

      Yes, I remember playing that game at the arcades, and in the shopping stores when family was shopping. :mrgreen:

    • David says:

      Right turn, Clyde!

  5. Roh-Dog says:

    Damn! This is what I get for defending der Kommie.
    Khama’s a bitch!
    Have a great weekend y’all!
    (If you’re not prepped at this point my words won’t matter)

  6. AW1Ed says:

    Spoke briefly with Wilted Willy today. He’s on the mend, so much so that he wanted to return to work but was denied by a doc, until some test results are studied. So good news, so far.
    He’ll be up and on-line again soon, and really appreciates all the support from you TAH’ers.

    • Roh-Dog says:

      Tell him he owes me a new roof, wore a hole in this one sending requests to The Most High.

    • ninja says:

      Thank You for the update, AW1Ed.

      Looking forward to your return, Wilted Willy. Prayers will continue for your health.

    • Graybeard says:

      Continuing prayers for WW, and thanks for the update AW1Ed.

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        Very good news indeed on our Brother Wilted Willy. Thanks for the update. We will continue to do what seems to have been working in his behalf.

        • ChipNASA says:

          I too am excited to her that brother WW is on the way to kicking ass and taking names once again.

          Looks like we’re having another “exercise” at work and have been directed to telework Tuesday again to prep and also stress test the NASA network so I’ll try to be on, but sometimes, I don’t have the same speed and attention from a laptop off site as I do at work docking.
          SO Happy Weekend to all and we’ll be seeing you shortly!
          Der Chipster NASAer.

    • OWB says:

      Good news! Hurray!!!

      And, WW, if you think we will easily forgive you for keeping us all in the dark this long – well, think again, buddy. Yep, happy to hear you are seriously on the mend, but really – no word, no clue, no nothing. What’s up with that, huh?

      Get your bad self back in the que. Like NOW.

    • Fyrfighter says:

      Good news! Glad to hear WW is doing better!

    • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

      Good news on WW! Miss his presence here…

    • Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

      Thank you for providing these updates, good to know he’s well on his way to being healthy.

      We are all wishing him the best and this news is very good indeed.

  7. Check this out I saw on my home page

    A conspiracy theory linking the US army to the coronavirus now has official Chinese endorsement

    QuartzMarch 13, 2020, 1:28 AM EDT
    A conspiracy theory linking the US army to the coronavirus now has official Chinese endorsement
    A conspiracy theory linking the US army to the coronavirus now has official Chinese endorsement
    Something that had been merely suggested before has now been blown wide into the open in China. A spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, Zhao Lijian, tweeted yesterday that “it might be the US army” that brought the coronavirus to China, giving an official boost to a conspiracy theory that had been allowed to circulate on Chinese social media for weeks. The conspiracy posits that 300 athletes from the US military who in October attended the 7th Military World Games in Wuhan, where the epidemic first broke out, were infected with the virus, thereby spreading it in China.

    • thebesig says:

      I read a statement by a Russian, who was in Russia during the aftermath of Chernobyl, how the Chinese were going to handle this one. So far, the Chinese have behaved the way this guy predicted they would… Based on how the Soviet Union reacted to their disaster. Blaming the US or another country? Dito.

      The numbers of infected shows where ground zero, and thus patient zero, would more likely have been. It’s not the U.S.

      The Chinese are trying to not look incompetent in the face of this event.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      The Chinese are so incompetent that trying to NOT look incompetent makes them look even more incompetent than they are.

      Is this why it’s called “losing face” elsewhere?

    • Skippy says:

      I’d be pissed to if a worker at my Bio-Weapons lab infected a critter that then
      Infected said idiot that caused a pandemic, I feel for the poor people
      Who stuck there heads out to report this that have been disappeared
      The scary that is the brain dead Dems wanted to put a open boarders
      Provision in there relief bill but the nag quietly removed it
      Also of note it’s no longer ok to call it Wuhan 19 because it’s racist
      A bunch of idiots true to form

  8. The Other Whitey says:

    Red Dawn progress for those interested:

    https://www.deviantart.com/yt45

    Most of the figures are down. Still waiting on a few little things like antennas and spare TOW rounds.

    • Commissioner Wretched says:

      Damn, TOW, that’s some fine work there!!!

    • Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

      Impressive stuff, I had for some years painted medieval miniatures, but nothing approaching this level of quality. Steady hands, a good eye, and some great technique.

      Bravo.

      • The Other Whitey says:

        Thanks, VOV. Honestly, it’s almost all stuff I picked up from watching individuals of vastly superior skill and creativity on YouTube. Many of the things I learned were so simple and obvious that I immediately thought “Christ, I’m SUCH a fuckin’ idiot if I couldn’t figure that out on my own!” Things like how to paint eyes, or something as basic as spraying down a clearcoat to protect easily-scratched paint.

        Now I’m starting to pick up a little bit of weathering, hence the small scratches on the tank (done with a well-sharpened silver artist’s pencil), some minimal shading and streaking on both vehicles (Vallejo makes a wash for that, though I haven’t yet mastered it), and pigment powders (used to vary the color of the dirt, dirty up the undercarriages, and apply propellant stains to the muzzles of the tank’s main gun and coax). I still have a long way to go. I saw a diorama in the same scale on Pinterest of some infantry and an M113 sweeping a Vietnamese village that, when shot in B&W, actually looked like a real period photo except for the edge of the dio base being visible in the corner. Then there’s a Norwegian dude named Bjorn Jacobsen who, among other projects, built a 1/48 dio recreating a 1955 ramp strike on USS Hancock by an F7U Cutlass. He made a fireball and smoke plume with airbrushed cotton and steel wool, with LED lights in multiple colors inside it to make it glow like actual flames. He even has the canopy flying off as the pilot is pulling the eject handle! I’ll never be that good.

  9. Graybeard says:

    Top 20!

    • Graybeard says:

      The panic over the COVID-19 stuff is getting silly.

      All the kids in our extended AO are getting an extended Spring Break (which with TX rules means they’ll have to stay in school later in May/June to make up for it.)

      Understandably, the nursing homes and hospitals are closing off access until something settles down.

      Living in the country, we’re pretty well insulated from the “unwashed [hands of the] masses” – and as Hank Williams sang: Country folks can survive. We know alternatives to TP.

      Theologically, Satan sows fear, and therefore the media fear-mongers are scions of Satan. But, you knew that.

      • ninja says:

        Graybeard wrote:

        “The panic over the COVID-19 stuff is getting silly.”

        AMEN.

        • 11B-Mailclerk says:

          This is a panic-demic, not so much a pan-demic.

          It is basicly flu with a different shaped protein around the viral warhead and somewhat different symptoms.

          Treatment is essentially the same, lacking a vaccine.

          Meh.

  10. 26Limabeans says:

    “This is the astronomical first day of spring in the northern hemisphere”

    The actual first day of Spring is in June.
    Summer begins in July and Fall begins in August.
    The rest is Winter.

    Happy Friday everyone.

    • AW1Ed says:

      A couple tourists from the Deep South, Massachusetts perhaps, or even New York, were visiting Maine. They had heard bargains could be had by visiting the docks to buy lobsters, and so avoid the middleman. To the docks they went.
      The young lady of the pair pointed at one and asked how much?

      The lobsterman replied, “You don’t want that’un, he’s shot.”

      “Oh my, what did you shoot it with?” she asked.

      He replied, “Shot, as in not long, yassah.”

      Maine, it’s like a whole different planet.
      *grin*

  11. ninja says:

    Please do not forget to pray for the Families of Air Force Staff Sgt. Marshal Roberts and Army Specialist Juan Miguel Mendez Covarrubias.

    They were killed in a rocket attack on Camp Taji in Iraq.

    “Soldier, Airman Identified As U.S. Troops Killed In Rocket Attack On Iraq Base”

    https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2020/03/13/soldier-airman-identified-as-us-troops-killed-in-rocket-attack-on-iraq-base/

    We Need To Leave.

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      We raise a glass to pay Honors to the Sacrifice of Staff Sergeant Marshal Roberts and Specialist Juan Miguel Mendez Covarrubias. May God’s Peace bring His Comfort to the Families.

      Get The Hell Out…NOW!

      Thanks for the linky ninja.

  12. ninja says:

    Today, 13 March 2020, is National K9 Veterans Day.

    It is a day set aside to honor and commemorate the service and sacrifices of American Military and Working dogs throughout History.

    https://www.military.com/veterans-day/k9-veterans-day.html

    “It was on March 13, 1942, that the Army began training for its new War Dog Program, also known as the “K-9 Corps,” according to American Humane, marking the first time that dogs were officially a part of the U.S. Armed Forces.”

    “The rest, as they say, is history. Officially a part of the service of not, the dogs of war span centuries and include such heroes as Sgt. Stubby, the original war dog, Chips, the most decorated dog in World War II and Lex, who retired with his fallen owners family and Cairo, the Navy SEAL working dog on the bin Laden raid.”

    “Today’s military dogs are valued as important members of their military units and even have their own retirement ceremonies, awards and medals and memorial services.”

    • Hack Stone says:

      How many dogs out there claim that they were the one to take a bite out of Osama Bin Laden’s ass? Stolen Valor, It’s Not Just For Bipeds.

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        Bravo Zulu to the Fur Missiles and their hoomans. Some good linkys and pictures in the Military.com link you provided for us. One picture in particular was especially poignant showing the stats of “…out of over 4000 Working Dogs that served in Vietnam, only 204 survived.”

        I’m planning another trip out to Fort Robinson NE this June. In addition to it’s fame as a Cavalry Post for the Buffalo Soldiers during the Sioux Wars, it was a major training facility for working dogs during WWII. They have an excellent interpretive display and a full history of K9 Training. Pretty cool place, linky is here.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Robinson

        • Fyrfighter says:

          Sadly, many of them were left, or put down in Vietnam. Damn near criminal that. They weren’t valued by the higher-ups like they should have been.

  13. ninja says:

    “New Long-Range Artillery With Double The Distance”

    “The Army Completed a New Test of the Extended Range Cannon Artillery System (ERCA), Hitting a Target Over 40 Miles Away.”

    • Roh-Dog says:

      Goes to show: All Artillerymen are compensating for something.
      Now try to find me, you Cannon-cocking SoBs!
      -hides in ghille-

    • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

      Talk about “reach out and touch someone”…

    • ChipNASA says:

      And somewhere, someone time shortly, I believe it’s possible, if you try hard enough, you can hear 5th/77th FA “Fap, Fap, Fap, Fap, Fap, Fap, Fap, Fap…”

    • AW1Ed says:

      Obvious Gun Bunny Click Bait is obvious.
      *grin*

    • Sparks says:

      I missed this earlier. Am I the only one who gets a little wood from watching this?

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        No Sparks, sadly, you are not. And all of those jealous limp di…err, wristed sissy punks that WISHED they had not only a big “gun”, but also the knowledge to use it can just kizzmyazzyouhonkymophuquerz, they gots one too. Yo damned ol’ monkey suit ain’t gonna save yo happy azz from a rolling carpet barrage. You can hide but you can’t run. Imma playing catchup here, had to go up the road and refill a ‘scrip.

        I want one..or six…or hell a Battalion. This kind of click bait, along with the Dana shot, is proof that ninja loves me and wants me to be happy. Cat heads with thick slice Applewood bacon all around.

        • Roh-Dog says:

          I was just funning. There’s plenty of utility for Arty folks…like you guys always know where the best chow is! And the gym! In fact most y’all are so top heavy when a Grunt steals yer aiming stakes n’ run zigzags y’all tip over!
          See, fun to laughs at too!

        • 5th/77th FA;
          Your the ARTY Man so how much compensation has to go in for the round to meet the earths revolution on the target 40 miles away.Time to get out your K&E slide rule.

    • NHSparky says:

      (dusting off D-5)

      Pfft. Amateurs.

  14. ninja says:

    “National Medal of Honor Center Opens Where It All Began”

    https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2020/03/12/national-medal-of-honor-center-opens-where-it-all-began/

    “When the nation’s highest award for military valor is draped around the neck of noteworthy recipients these days, tales of bravery on beachheads on European or Pacific island shores, sacrifice in the jungles of Vietnam or heroic acts in the sands of Iraq and Afghanistan retell those tales.”

    “But, the nation’s first awards were passed down for daring scenes in the midst of the nation’s greatest turmoil: the Civil War.”

    “And those first actions played out where Tennessee and Georgia meet.”

    “That’s one reason why the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center opened its doors near the banks of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in February.”

    “The center is named for Coolidge, a local man who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism during World War II in France.”

    “Coolidge grew up in the shadow of the medal’s history. The first medals were awarded in 1863 for actions by Andrews’ Raiders in “The Great Locomotive Chase” on April 12, 1862.”

    “That chase happened when two dozen Union Army volunteers, led by civilian scout James Andrews, took over a Confederate train outside a small Georgia town and rode it north toward Chattanooga. At the time the area was controlled by confederates, 200 miles behind the lines from the advancing Union Army.”

    “The crew did as much damage to the rail lines as they went and then scattered into the woods.”

    “The men were captured by the confederates, tried and later hanged for being unlawful combatants and spies, according to the heritage center.”

    “At first six of the raiders and ultimately a total of 19 of the 24 men would be the first awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions that day.”

    “Later that year another 33 Medals of Honor would be awarded for area battles at Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge, critical junctions in the Union Army’s march into the South to break the Confederate Army’s support.”

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      Gonna have to try and make it up to this one. Big fight for this museum, kinda glad Chattanooga won. Lot’s to see and do in and around Choo Choo City. Many of the 12 pounder Napoleon guns that were manufactured in Macon GA during “The War” were captured at Lookout Mountain and are on display there.

      Side bars on “The Great Locomotive Chase.” I’m sure that a lot of our trains buff here are familiar with the high points. A total of 4 engines were involved, The General is the engine that the raiders stole from Conductor Fuller. It is on static display in the city of Kennesaw at the railroad museum. The FIRST locomotive that Fuller commandeered was the Yonah. He then switched to the William R. Smith. His final locomotive was the Texas, using it to run The General down. The Yonah was scrapped about 1873, the Smith was heavily damaged by Gnrl James Wilson’s Federal Cavalry in Columbus GA in April of ’65, finally being used in the WWII scrap drives. The Texas is on display at the Atlanta History Center, along with the Cyclorama. Thus endith the lesson.

  15. Sparks says:

    Here! Yo! Present!

  16. ninja says:

    Trump Expected To Declare National Emergency On Coronavirus, At Press Conference”

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-to-brief-press-on-latest-regarding-coronavirus-crisis

    “President Trump announced that he plans to hold a press conference Friday afternoon to address the coronavirus crisis, as concerns over the spreading outbreak wreak havoc on the economy and American life.”

    “Fox News is told the president is expected to declare a national emergency.”

    “Declaring an emergency under the Stafford Act would allow Trump to mobilize the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and direct federal aid to states. Such a declaration would allow a state to request a 75 percent cost-share for expenses such as emergency workers, testing, medical supplies and vaccinations, Democrats reportedly had said in a letter sent to the president.”

    • Mason says:

      Oh, so now the Democrats want a national emergency declaration. I bet AG Bacerra still files suit in the 9th Circuit for an injunction to halt the emergency just out of habit.

  17. A Proud infidel®™ says:

    Umpty-something and Honorary First once again.

    ((((OVER))))

  18. ninja says:

    For KoB:

    Guess who was born today, 13 March, in 1956?

    *grin*

    • ChipNASA says:

      Speaking of “Fap, Fap, Fap, Fap, Fap, Fap, Fap, Fap, Fap…..”

      • ninja says:

        Chip:

        😆😅🤣😂!!!!

        That’s TWO today for KoB!

        Artillery and Dana!

        😎😉

        • 5th/77th FA says:

          We DO have the best ninjas. A double post just for little ol’ me. TOW and I both commented on this linky on the Corvid 19 thread. Imma been working my way back thru here since me trip up the road. Y’all check that comment out too. It is unabashedly decadent. I have had a serious crush on Dana for DECADES. I would repeal the 13th amendment to the Constitution of these United States and become her personal slave.

          As stated on the other thread, we have a number of March Hares here. My 67th revolution will be the 23rd. Make a note of it. I wear a size 24 pack in Yuenglings.

    • David says:

      Been watching “Body of Proof” reruns… that woman has an incredibly sensuous smile.

    • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

      Dana could whip me, beat me and make me write bad checks… and I’d enjoy every damn moment of it!

    • Green Thumb says:

      Hell Yeah!

  19. marinedad61 says:

    Stolen Valor Military Phony BINGO.
    (Visible to everyone.)

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10222186225987900&set=a.1187050279704

  20. ninja says:

    Today in History, 13 March:

    The seventh planet, Uranus, was discovered on 13 March 1781 completely by accident. British astronomer William Herschel was performing a survey of all stars of at least magnitude 8 – stars slightly too faint to be seen with the eye alone, in other words. That’s when he noticed a very faint object – only barely above the limit for viewing with the eye – that that moved in front of the fixed stars. This movement clearly demonstrated the object was closer to us than the stars. At first he thought he had found a comet. Later, he and others realized it was a new planet in orbit around our sun, the first new planet discovered since ancient times.

    In February 1930, Clyde Tombaugh, an Astronomer, discovered a Planet. On 13 March 1930, the Staff of Lowell Observatory officially announced the discovery of a Ninth Planet which we now call Pluto.

    • thebesig says:

      You could fit 63 Earths inside Uranus:

      https://www.universetoday.com/18951/size-of-uranus/

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      We now have images of a pulsar that is teardrop-shaped by its orbiting planet.

      Earth also has a 2nd moon, a moonlet that recently reached our gravity well boundary and is in orbit. At some point, it will be gone, but for now, it’s out there, moving quickly through the night sky.

      Nothing surprises me about space any more. Nothing.

      • thebesig says:

        The Earth tends to do that. Temporarily snag something and turn it into a temporary moon before sending it on its way.

        In other news, there’s a possibility that plants on planets orbiting red stars are mostly black, or near black… And plants on planets orbiting stars brighter than the sun may be different shades of red, orange, and yellow all year long… In addition to having green plants.

  21. thebesig says:

    According to this writer, President Trump fears Joe Biden.

    Indeed, Trump can’t attack Biden without attacking himself. Biden’s weaknesses magnify Trump’s, which are far worse. There’s nothing that Biden does that Trump doesn’t do worse. Biden has been touchy with women; Trump has been criminal with women. Biden has hair plugs; Trump has something worse. Biden said Barack Obama was “articulate.” Trump said Obama was Kenyan.

    https://theweek.com/articles/901735/why-trump-fears-biden

  22. thebesig says:

    According to Pew, 39% of those under 30 believe that those with more than $1 billion “is a bad thing”. Forty-five percent of young Americans are indifferent on whether they’re a good or bad thing:

    https://www.greenwichtime.com/business/article/Young-Americans-say-billionaires-do-more-harm-15128596.php

    • ninja says:

      Eventually, as with all Generations, their perspectives will change.

      Who remembers the “Don’t Trust Anyone Over 30” motto from the 1960s?

      😎😉

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        I do, and now I don’t trust anyone UNDER 30. They know nothing! Nothing, I tell you!

      • thebesig says:

        Yup. My dad was a member of the silent generation. He hammered the Baby Boomers the way Millennials and Zoomers are hammered today. My generation, Generation X, was similarly hammered by the Baby Boomers and the older generations.

        Now, the Baby Boomer generation has filled the conservative nitch, and Generation X is gradually joining them.

      • The Other Whitey says:

        When I was a kid, a sweet old lady told me that any conservative under 30 has no heart, but any liberal over 30 has no brain. I figured right then that I’d rather be heartless than stupid. My mind hasn’t changed.

  23. thebesig says:

    Andrew Gillum, the Democrat that ran for Florida Governor in 2018, was found in a room with a man who was overdosed on drugs. Gillum was very intoxicated. Also, bags of possible methamphetamine were in the same location.

    Police say they were called to the Mondrian South Beach early Friday morning and found paramedics treating Travis Dyson, a 30-year-old Miami man, for an apparent heart attack. They say two other men were in the room: Aldo Mejias and Gillum.

    Police say Gillum, who was not arrested, was too intoxicated to answer questions. An offense incident report says that officers found three clear plastic baggies of suspected crystal meth on the bed and floor.

    https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2020/03/13/andrew-gillum-found-in-miami-beach-hotel-room-with-suspected-drugs-police-say/

    • ninja says:

      Saw that.

      Which makes one wonder why a Married man with 3 children was in a hotel room with 2 other men.

      He also was the former Mayor of Tallahassee.

      So sad. For his Family, that is.

      • rgr769 says:

        Wow! Likely a meth-head. And many Progs think this asshat was cheated out of being the Governor of Florida by “voter suppression” or something nefarious.

        • Poetrooper says:

          “Likely a meth-head.”

          Likely something else, too, since he was buck-nekkid, as was the guy who overdosed. And the guy who found them had paid for the room, showing up later in the evening intending to join the “party.”

          No wonder Oblowme liked Gillum so much.

          Of course, by Democrat standards, this makes him the ideal choice to be Biden’s VP…

      • marinedad61 says:

        The whole thing sounds really GAY.
        Then, a GAY coverup, of course.
        (Seinfeld line) –
        “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

    • AW1Ed says:

      ‘Trumped’ me again, thebesig. Poetrooper sent me the link while I was at work, and you beat me to posting. I did ask if he was any relation to Hunter “Nose Candy” Biden.

      • thebesig says:

        Am I on the shitlist because of this? :mrgreen:

        • AW1Ed says:

          You’ve never been off it, thebesig.
          *grin*

          CNN’s Andrew Gillum found ‘inebriated’ in Miami Beach hotel room; cops recover meth
          By Robert Gearty, Brian Flood

          CNN contributor and former Democratic candidate for Florida governor, Andrew Gillum, was found “inebriated” early Friday morning in a hotel where meth was also recovered, according to a Miami Beach, Fla., police report.

          Gillum, 40, was in the room at the Mondrian Hotel in South Beach with two other men when police arrived shortly after midnight, according to the report obtained by Fox News.

          “Officers then attempted to speak to Mr. Gillum,” an officer wrote in the incident report. “Mr. Giullum was unable to communicate with officers due to his inebriated state.”

          Read the entire article here: Fox News Link

    • Mason says:

      Gillum was too out of it on goof balls and/or booze to even give the cops a coherent sentence. UFB

      The good news is that this will do nothing to hurt his political career because he has the correct letter after his name.

  24. Martinjmpr says:

    In light of the Corona Virus, The Onion should dust of this oldie:

    https://politics.theonion.com/clinton-every-man-for-himself-1819564519

    “My fellow Americans, your government and your once-great nation lie in ruins,” Clinton told assembled reporters. “Over the past 48 hours, the reports of rioting along the Eastern seaboard have increased to alarming levels. The National Guard reports that the Mississippi is running red with blood. And we have not had communication with any state west of the Rockies since late Sunday.”

    “This new dark age shall be ruled by the strong and cunning,” Clinton said. “Obtain all the canned food, gasoline and ammunition you can, using deadly force if necessary. Stay off the main roads, which will be overrun by marauding, rogue policemen and mutinous soldiers from what was once the U.S. Army. Find a secluded spot in the wilderness and build a makeshift fortress where you can await further news, though I cannot guarantee that any will ever come.”

    • thebesig says:

      Generations of Democrats getting their way could make something similar to this a possibility in the future. It doesn’t matter how advance a culture/civilization becomes, it can’t escape human nature.

    • marinedad61 says:

      Holy crap.
      Daryl Edwards (Florida Panthers Center Ice Silver Star phony)
      STOLE his opening line from this Florida pastor.
      (Rev. Darrell Gilyard) – “I stand before you tonight a broken man to confess that in the past I have sinned against God, against my family and before you,” he said.

  25. Sapper3307 says:

    Don’t fear the Reaper.

    • thebesig says:

      I don’t fear the Grim Reaper. As the Book of Ecclesiastes indicates, it doesn’t matter if we’re rich, poor, strong, week, man, woman, good, evil, etc., our bodies and spirit separates eventually.

  26. thebesig says:

    Speculating what foreign powers would need to do to invade the United States:

  27. thebesig says:

    AOC video cartoon, by Me Me Meme:

  28. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    Enjoy “Pi Day”

    3.14

  29. Skippy says:

    I’ve lost faith on parts of the human race after this past week
    Seriously people hoarding shit paper is going to do what ???
    Haven forbid they forgot the bleach yes bleach the stuff that really
    Kill viruses never mind they also forgot the staples rice / beans
    Bulk oats and instead bought up all the candy and ramen noodles
    And other JUNK food we are sooo fucked if shit ever really hits the
    Fan…. this tells me there are a bunch of morons out here that
    Don’t have a clue how to cook 😜🤣🤪
    Before I forget at Costco in El Paso someone was trying to sell me
    A can of Lysol for 20 bucks BHWHAHAHAHA !!!!

    • Mason says:

      I can’t find anyone that can understand let alone explain to me the hoarding of toilet paper in an emergency. Water, food, medicine I get. Millions of years we lived without TP. I think we’ll be OK without it again.

      • Skippy says:

        I’m at a complete all to
        Also the Walmart’s in El Paso
        And Alamogordo will not take
        Returns on cleaner to include
        Toilet paper they put that out
        Yesterday it seems to have has a effect
        The hoarding is slowing down
        On TP Finally

  30. Green Thumb says:

    The False Commander “Phony” Phil Monkress (CEO of All-Points Logistics) continues to avoid calls seeking clarification of his Native American, Navy SEAL and Broward County Law Enforcement claims.

  31. 5th/77th FA says:

    I understand that Dani Boi is still self quarantining in a sealed box with 6 feet of ground cover.

  32. thebesig says:

    The coronavirus spread in the U.S. is causing the Mexican government to consider restricting its border with us. The feeling appears to be mutual:

    https://news.trust.org/item/20200313151928-n3bce

  33. thebesig says:

    “Should fans have this much of a say in the pop culture they consume? And if so, what does it mean for art itself?” – Stephen Kelly

    Stephen Kelly penned an article addressing the amount of fan influence on the movies/shows that they watch. Give the fans what they want, or what the director thinks they need?

    http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20200213-from-sonic-the-hedgehog-to-star-wars-are-fans-too-entitled

  34. 26Limabeans says:

    I was a bit concerned about developing Alzheimers
    until I read this:

    https://www.studyfinds.org/just-say-no-being-stubborn-rigid-may-lower-your-alzheimers-risk/