Weekend Open Thread

| April 10, 2020

Easter Triduum occurs from Thursday evening until Sunday Evening (Easter). It’s the smallest liturgical season in the church and is not a part of the Lent season. (cdn.images.express.co.uk)

Easter Season begins on Sunday, April 12, 2020. It’s 50 days long, running from Easter Sunday until Pentecost. This season is considered more important than the Christmas season. Just imagine if this season was commercialized like Christmas. Enjoy your weekend.

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:


    • AW1Ed says:

      I was pulling for you, Gun Bunny.

    • Sparks says:

      Man, you guys jumped on this like a hungry dog on a pork chop. I barely blinked and it was here with 5 comments.

      By the way, well done Field Artillery!

      • AW1Ed says:

        It helps that I can see when the post will pop. That’s why Editors/Admins can’t play.

        • Claw says:

          Recalling the Glory/Salad Days of AW1Ed when he entered the first “First” on the TAH WOT:

          24 Apr 15
          17 Jun 16
          12 Aug 16
          11 Nov 16

          Since then – Nada./smile

          • thebesig says:

            He became an article contributor in 2017, thus taken out of the running. :mrgreen:

          • 5th/77th FA says:

            There is no better glory than tossing out a FIRST on the TAH Friday Weekend Open Thread. It Romaines to be seen as to who can Suddenly Caesar poke Sally Annie Oakley, oiling the vinegar over a thousand islands. Don’t be bleu ’cause it can happen to you. If you have the proper dressing you should have a big salude’.

            My most gracious and humble Thanks to the loyal d’weeded/weedetted miscreants, POGs, REMFs, feather merchants, ne’er do wells, and assorted hangers on et al of the TAH Family for their Rats of the Kong and continued disrespect.

            Now, drop the baskets and GET OFF MY LAWN!

            • ChipNASA says:

              I have had quarantine brain. I totally forgot by 3 hours, Also I’ve been playing tag with doctors and receptionists on email all day.
              Congratulations 5th/77th FA .
              I think you have tied me and are set to break the TAH WoT First record.
              I’m rooting for you.
              Yay, have a great weekend all you fucktards.
              I’m a day or two behind on reading all of the threads so I’m gonna be spending my time doing that to catch up.

  2. Combat Historian says:

    Second. koB does it again.

  3. Skippy says:

    Top 5

  4. 5th/77th FA says:

    TIME ON TARGET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    The King of Battle has sent his Thunder in a four pete FIRST.

    Let us orast the leg of lamb, tater salad, greenbeans devilish eggs and cat heads on the buffet table. Let us not pass it over.

  5. Roh-Dog says:

    Kongrats, KoB.
    Have a great weekend y’all, Happy Easter!
    Things are a’happnin over here: 6 baby quail, 3 baby squirrels*, one 600sf veggie garden, one flower bed, an ulcer and an intermittently helpful gf.
    Ain’t life grand?!
    *de-homed when removing some trees Wednesday, left them a few hours to see if mom would come back. $100 and feedings every 4 hours later, I cant wait to kick them out!

    • Wilted Willy says:

      Dog, make sure you give the little varmits some greens, they will have trouble climbing if you don’t! They are harder to raise than you think. Give them some peanut butter as well. Call me if you need any help?
      Happy Easter to all my friends at TAH! You are all the best friends anyone could have!!
      Take care all,

      • Graybeard says:

        Great to see you back in the mix here!

        Keep getting better, please!

      • Roh-Dog says:

        Hey WW!
        Got them some puppy formula, which was recommended. They’re not on solid food yet but domestic rat feed and peanut butter is on stand-by.
        What greens would you recommend? I have fresh clover/chicory game plot mix coming up in the back yard, not opposed to going to the store for something more substantial.

  6. Graybeard says:

    Top 10?

    • Graybeard says:

      Actually #7 for the first time in ages!

      Been busy working in the garden and making devotional & Sunday School lesson videos, otherwise.

      Hope all is well in y’all AO

      We had a storm knock down a lot of trees & electricity in our general AO, but nothing serious at the GB Compound.

  7. Comm Center Rat says:

    Easter Trivia & Humor

    Do you know what the letters INRI on a crucifix stand for?

    Answer: I’m Nailed Right In

    For those of a more learned or devout persuasion the letters in Latin mean Iēsus Nazarēnus, Rēx Iūdaeōrum which in English translates to “Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews.”

    Keep smiling, keep laughing, stay safe, and enjoy your chocolate Easter bunnies.

  8. Commissioner Wretched says:

    To those who celebrate, I wish you all a Happy Easter … and a Happy Pesach to those who celebrate that. May good health be yours! To honor the King of Battle, now one step closer to the coveted Ace, and the rest of us DWs, I offer this week’s trivia – and the answers to last week’s annual puzzle!

    Did a Major League Baseball player die because of being hit by a pitch during a game?
    By Commissioner Wretched

    So, how did you do?

    If you missed last week’s column (and shame on you if you did – where were you?), I laid out the usual collection of odd trivia bits, but with the (now) annual addition of the April Fool’s challenge … three of the items were wrong. Your job was to find them.

    If you found them, give yourselves a really big cookie, because you earned it!

    If not, try again next year.

    For those who tried, the three incorrect or false items were:

    1. Salt water reacting to temperature. I had the part correct about freezing at a lower temperature, but the bit about taking longer to boil was wrong – it’s actually the reverse, it doesn’t take as long;

    2. Dr. Einstein never, ever failed a math course, though he did fail the overall entrance exam at Zurich Polytechnic;

    3. Baby birds aren’t pushed out of the nest if a human touches them. A bird’s sense of smell isn’t all that great, and momma won’t know if you touched a baby by its odor.

    Now on to this week’s trivia, all of which is 100% verified!

    Did you know …

    … more people are killed each year by falling coconuts and by bee stings than by sharks? (Those coconuts with stingers are the worst, if you ask me.)

    … your feet have about 500,000 sweat glands? They are capable of producing up to a pint of sweat every day. (Ewwww!)

    … almost 70% of people who win big lottery jackpots end up broke within seven years? (I keep hoping to be part of the 30% that proves the statistic right, but one must actually play the lottery to win, or so I’ve heard.)

    … during the entire run of the television series “Gilligan’s Island,” nobody was sure whether Gilligan was the character’s first or last name? Played by Bob Denver (1935-2005), the character was addressed for all three seasons of the show as just, “Gilligan.” It was not until many years after the show went into syndication that its creator, Sherwood Schwartz (1916-2011), spilled the beans – the character’s full name was Willy Gilligan. (People actually lose sleep over this stuff.)

    … a Major League Baseball player died because of injuries received when he was hit by a pitch? Ray Chapman (1891-1920) was the star shortstop for the Cleveland Indians, and was at bat during a game against the New York Yankees on August 16, 1920 at the Polo Grounds in New York. The Yankee pitcher, Carl Mays (1891-1971), threw a fastball high and inside, and Chapman didn’t move. The ball hit Chapman on the side of his head so hard that it rolled back to Mays, who thought Chapman had hit the ball and who fielded it to first base. Chapman collapsed in the batter’s box, bleeding, as the umpire screamed for help, and then amazingly got to his feet and took a few steps toward first base. Then he collapsed again and was carried off the field and to a hospital. Chapman was found to have a circular skull fracture the size of the baseball, and he died of the brain injury early the next morning. For his part, Mays always claimed that he did not try to hit Chapman, who had a habit of “crowding” the plate when he batted. The ball was scuffed and dirty, and the game was in the late innings, so Chapman may not have even been able to see it as the ball sped toward him. Shockingly, batting helmets did not appear in baseball for another thirty years after Chapman’s death.

    … 15% of Americans bite their toes? (Boy, talk about being limber!)

    … ants have two stomachs? One of the stomachs is for the ant itself; the second is used to store food to be shared with other ants. (If you look at me from the right angle, you might think I have two stomachs as well.)

    … songs really are contagious? If you’re around someone who’s singing a song, researchers say there is a 90% chance you will find yourself singing that same song at some time during the day. (And if you’re like most people, you’ll be cursing whoever gave you that earworm all day, too.)

    … a Pope wrote a novel? Not just any old novel, either, but a rather steamy one. Pope Pius II (born Enea Silvio Bartolomeo Piccolomini, 1405-1464) wrote a novel entitled “The Tale of Two Lovers” in 1444. He became Pope in 1458.

    … when the “Mona Lisa” was stolen from the Louvre in 1911, it caused a rise in visits to the museum? Following the theft of the masterpiece, painted by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), more people came to the Paris museum to see the empty space where the painting had hung than would normally come to see it. (Charging people to see an empty space … who says the French don’t have great ideas?

    … the shortest newscast ever given on radio happened in 1930? On April 18 of that year, a BBC radio announcer began – and ended – a newscast with the words, “There is no news today.” (How many times have you wished for an encore of that broadcast?)

    … there is actually a difference between a coffin and a casket? Coffins are tapered and have six sides, while caskets are rectangular. (I don’t plan to find out about either of them for a while, yet.)

    … leaving a party without telling anyone has two different names? In English, such a departure is called a “French exit,” but in French, it’s known as a “partir a l’anglaise,” which means “to leave like the English.” (No comment.)

    … it takes three gallons of milk to make one gallon of ice cream? (Not to mention all the other goodies that go into the ice cream!)

    Now … you know!

    • Hack Stone says:

      How many people are killed each year by IECs (Improvised Exploding Coconuts)?

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        I once heard that there are varieties of those which can rustle bushes and scatter wood screws in driveways

        • 5th/77th FA says:

          And unlike that former Jewish Carpenter, a certain be nasty lawer wanna be pile it will not resurrect from his minus 6 feet AGL.

    • David says:

      I recall reading that the English referred to syphilis as the French disease…while the French called it the Spanish disease, and the Spaniards called it the Egyptian disease. Have to think someone must call it the English disease to close the loop.

      Spring is here… just killed a 2 foot copperhead in the back yard. Gotta love Texas…

      • Graybeard says:

        You must be in a different part of Texas from me, David.

        None of our copperheads have feet.

    • OAE CPO USN Ret says:

      … songs really are contagious?

      A well a everybody’s heard about the bird
      B-b-b bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
      A well a bird, bird, bird, the bird is the word
      A well a bird, bird, bird, well the bird is the word
      A well a bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word

      And now it’s stuck in your head. No need to thank me. It’s a service I provide for free.

    • Hondo says:

      FWIW: while most if not virtually all sources refer to Ray Chapman as “the only MLB player to die as the result of injuries suffered during a game”, that assertion does not appear to be correct.

      In 1909, another MLB player – Michael Riley “Doc” Powers – died of peritonitis. This occurred two weeks after Powers suffered internal injuries during a game. Specifically, those internal injuries (which required multiple surgeries) happened when Powers crashed into a wall chasing a pop foul during the first game played at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park.

      Powers’ death precedes Chapman’s by 13+ years. While the immediate cause of Powers’ death was peritonitis, the injury that required his undergoing 3 surgeries during the pre-antibiotic era (and thus to the resulting peritonitis that killed him) was suffered during a MLB game. Powers thus rightfully should be referred to as the first MLB player to die as the result of injuries suffered during a MLB game vice Chapman. Had Powers not suffered internal injuries requiring multiple surgeries during that particular MLB game, it’s a exceedingly doubtful that he’d have developed the peritonitis that killed him.

      Chapman was thus the second – and, so far, the last – MLB player to die as the result of injuries received during a MLB game. Chapman was, however, the only MLB player to die from injuries received from being hit by a pitch.


      Also FWIW: “Doc” Powers came by his nickname honestly. He was a licensed physician.

      • Hondo says:

        Addendum: it turns out that there was one other MLB player who died as the result of being hit by a pitch during a baseball game – and his death predates that of Chapman. However, his case is somewhat different than Chapman’s.

        John Dodge played MLB for parts of 2 seasons (1912 and 1913). After being released during his second season, he played in the minor leagues.

        In 1916, while playing for the minor league Mobile Sea Gulls, Dodge was hit by a pitch. He later died of injuries sustained during that incident.

        At the time, Dodge was a former MLB player, and the game in which he was fatally injured was a minor league game. So even though Dodge’s death due to injuries from being hit by a pitch precedes Chapman’s by 5+ years, Chapman is both the only active MLB player to die after being hit by a pitch and is also the only player to die after being hit by a pitch during a MLB game.


        • Commissioner Wretched says:

          Fascinating stuff, Hondo, and promptly added to my storehouse of information. Many thanks!

          • Hondo says:

            De nada, amigo.

            Might want to take a look at the Wikipedia article on “Doc” Powers, though. There just might be another trivia point there (not mentioned above) that you’d possibly be interested in using in a future article. (smile)

  9. 26Limabeans says:

    KOB has the point. Again.
    Lead us from this place of pandemic political pestilence.
    Free us from our homes.

  10. Hack Stone says:

    Hack Stone would have checked in sooner for the Weekend Open Thread, but he was stuck in the break room with the Vice President of the proud but humble woman owned business that sells software to the Federal Government to give Elaine Ricci a welcome back party following her successful treatment of placebo addiction, but unfortunately she was struck down by the Norton Virus, and she has been rushed to Rampart Hospital and placed in isolation. Dr. Earley and Dr. Brackett are confident that Elaine will pull out of it before the last commercial break. Thoughts and prayers are appreciated.

  11. 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 Law Enforcement claims.

    All-Points Logistics Family Easter Egg Hunt:

    Boy: “Where did all of the Easter Eggs go?!?”

    Mom: “Phildo stole all of them”.

    Boy: “Again?”.

    Mom: “Yes, dear”.

    Boy: “Fuck him”.

    Mom: “Word”.

    • Hack Stone says:

      Boy: “Mom, is Phil Monkress of All Points Logistics really a US Navy SEAL?”

      Mom: “Phil Monkress is surely a US Navy SEAL, just like Daniel Bernath was an Honorary Chief Petty Officer and Rick Jowers was an Army Ranger who took a bullet for his country.”

  12. marinedad61 says:

    Too bad about Jason Lee Merrick and Dane Paul Reason in Louisiana.

    More people than ever are now home on the PC,
    or doofing around with their cellphones,
    and these 2 Bayou Phony Jokers
    are high visibility #1 and #2 at the TOP of Military Phony
    for the past 18 DAYS.

    These guys should be wearing the face masks,
    to protect everyone else from the bullshit.


    • Green Thumb says:

      Don’t forget Foley and Jowers!

      • marinedad61 says:

        … both of who began their own voluntary self quarantine
        way back in February.

        Nothing to do with virus, of course,
        but due to the aforementioned bullshit coming out of their mouths.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      I wonder how a certain group in Elko, NV is faring these days? with all the non-activity due to the China Virus, there’s no slinging Chili for money!

  13. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Twenny-two and Honorary First once again.


  14. STSC(SW/SS) says:

    “Just imagine if this season was commercialized like Christmas.”

    Please don’t give them any ideas.

    To my fellow bloggers, Peace be with you. May the lord watch over you, your friends and family.

  15. The Other Whitey says:

    No Red Dawn progress this week due to supplies not arriving yet, so I put up pics of some other current projects instead.


    • thebesig says:

      More readers appreciate your efforts than have commented. :mrgreen: You’ve also been doing this since before governors in this country have been issuing “stay at home” orders. Thanks for showing us your handiwork and creativity. :mrgreen:

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        Always good to have some air support from a fast mover Aerial Artillery Platform TOW.

        Tanks for sharing! 😀

        IIRC these other projects are ones you’re working on for other family members. Looking forward to more progress updates.

        • The Other Whitey says:

          The F-100 is for my middle daughter. The tail flash is copied from, if memory serves, that worn by F-100s of the Indiana ANG back in the day, except theirs was red and white. I swapped the red for pink to give it a “girly touch,” so to speak. I learned my lesson from previous builds and won’t start on external stores & hardpoints until the plane itself is fully decaled and clearcoated.

          The F2H is for my one of my little nieces. I think she mostly picked that one out because she’s able to say “Banshee.” My wife did a FaceTime call with my Sis-In-Law the other day while I was working on it. She held up the phone so my niece could see me working at the kitchen counter, and my niece got all excited, repeating, “Boo* Whitey, my Banshee! My Banshee!”

          For those out there interested in something to build, the Trumpeter F-100D kit is mostly decent except for really loose and shitty joins at the wing roots. The Kitty Hawk F2H-2 kit is a fucking overly-complicated nightmare whose parts need to go together a certain way, but gives you no help whatsoever in properly aligning many of them. No pins, no slots, nothing, except foul language of such magnitude it would make Samuel L. Jackson blush (and my wife berating me in two languages for swearing where the kids might hear).

          * “Boo” (rendered phonetically in English, no idea how to properly spell it) is Khmer for “Uncle.” The language has multiple proper nouns for various familial relations. “Ming” is an informal “Auntie,” while “Ohm” is more formal and means something more like “Honored Elder Aunt.”

          • 5th/77th FA says:

            That’s cool as hell TOW. The girls interested in old school close in air support. Took a minute for them to get the bugs out of the Hun but it did give honorable service. I vaguely remember some of the pilots from them way back days talking about how you had to fly it with undivided attention. You gonna have a tiny bottle of Irish Whiskey for the Banshee to pay honors to its name? 😆

    • UpNorth says:

      Nice job on the F-100, natural metal finishes on models are really hard to do, many of the ones I’ve seen, and done, over-emphasize the shadings.
      I do enjoy the Red Dawn photos.

      • The Other Whitey says:

        I don’t do preshading, which probably has a lot to do with it. I prime it in black instead, which I think gives a better effect on panel lines & whatnot that are sheltered from the airbrush. I’ll also do a panel line wash for some things, but I try not to overdo it. As for the metal finish itself, it’s Xtreme Metal paint from AK Interactive. Comes in a bunch of different shades from white aluminum to burnt bronze. I used matte aluminum for most of the skin and a couple of different shades in thinned layers for the sheathing around the engine. Admittedly not a perfect rendition of the heat-tempering effect on the real thing, but I’m reasonably happy with it.

        All of this is stuff I learned from various experts around Teh Interwebz. I can’t claim aBy of it as my own invention.

  16. thebesig says:

    Regular people are seeing these reporters acting more like emotional pundits than as journalists. The left ignores their anti-Trump attitudes but gets annoyed at President Trump’s response to them. Conservatives are calling these journalists out, and are supporting President Trump’s fighting them back and hammering them.

    Lacking professional skepticism, and despite early evidence that the Chinese government covered up the catastrophe as it unfolded in Wuhan unimpeded while brave Chinese health experts risked their lives to spread the truth, the China-credulous media continue to parrot the Chinese government’s official reports. Some of the US media’s coverage even praised the Chinese government for “helping Italy” in its fight against the virus.

    With all of these forces arrayed against the president, a fair-minded observer might wonder if this is a fair fight. It’s not.


  17. thebesig says:

    This is one of the reasons why the left wants to curtail conservative speech. In the free market of ideas, BS walks and substance talks. People will flock to conservative outlets instead of leftist propaganda outlets.

    Give them another four years of President Trump. Once he steps down after his second term, CNN will have to change an 8/9-year-old reporting model. What will they end up doing?

    When the CNN debuted in 1980, it soon earned a reputation as the top source for quick information 24 hours a day, all week long. That was 40 years ago and objective journalism is hard to find on the network in 2020. The liberal station has since fallen so far in the ratings that it was unable to generate even one program in the top 20 list during the first three months of 2020, which has been labeled “a dismal first quarter.”


  18. thebesig says:

    They risk life and limb to get to our country illegally. For those that make it, the Democrat supported “benefits” puts them in a better situation than the one that they escaped. However, remove the incentive to come here and fewer people than before will make the attempt.

    This article includes the order to immediately release them back to the other side… right after they’re tallied as a reason as to why their numbers have dropped. Since human smuggling is a business, and businesses are taking a hit as a result of the pandemic, this also is a contributor to reduced crossings.

    A top Border Patrol official in Texas said the number of illegal immigrants encountered in the past week was down “tremendously” to “single-digit [apprehensions] per shift” from hundreds per day earlier this year.

    “It’s just more proof that it’s a trillion-dollar business model,” the first border official said, referring to how transnational criminal organizations facilitate human smuggling. “It’s all a business, and it’s going down just like any other business model right now.”

    Migrants from Mexico and other countries are still being tallied by Border Patrol, even though they are immediately returned to home countries at an expedited rate instead of being held in federal custody for longer periods. Because agents are documenting the apprehensions in the field, not at stations, the twice-a-day counts that are sent to headquarters in Washington may be delayed, skewing the actual daily numbers.


  19. thebesig says:

    Sarah Silverman ranting her assumptions about how President Trump and his supporters have it wrong with regards to this pandemic. According to Silverman, President Trump is “responsible” for these deaths.

    Silverman retweeted a Daily Show compilation of conservatives in the media and working for the president making false, or uneducated assumptions about the virus on April 4. Sure it’s a shame many folks were unaware of the extent of the national disaster, but Sarah put the current death toll on their hands.

    She wrote, “These people are responsible for thousands of deaths. People trust them. And they will never take responsibility. Watch them rewrite history in front of our eyes. I don’t think hatred is productive but it’s what I feel towards these people. Hatred. Ugh.”


    • marinedad61 says:

      Because Sarah Silverman has a history of getting it right, right?

      I can just hear the guffaws and chortles at the yeshivas and synagogues:
      Oy vay, that Sarah, cheese and matzo, what a waste of good pussy.

  20. thebesig says:

    Immigration barrister assaults a female counterpart. The assault included a headbutt into the face. He gets off easy.

    The Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service heard how violence erupted between Ahmed and his unnamed victim had been for a meal together and talked about finances.

    It started with Mr Ahmed throwing water and an ashtray before he was then allegedly seen ‘to grab her, shake her, push her up against a pillar between two of the shop windows’.

    Ahmed then tried ‘one headbutt that missed’, and then ‘a second headbutt to her face’, making contact ‘just above her nose, close to the eye’.

    A member of the public was still restraining Ahmed when the police arrived, and he was handcuffed after a short struggle. He spent 48 hours in a police cell after the incident.


  21. thebesig says:

    Most of the mainstream media doesn’t give us credit for having our own views… Based on our own experiences and research. They think that we were “fooled” into supporting the conservative argument. If we only “opened our eyes”, we’d be advancing the “progressive” argument.

    “Who Are the Voters Behind Trump’s Higher Approval Rating?” a New York Times headline asked last week. That is: Who could possibly think he’s doing a good job — when no one at the Times does?

    The paper notes that Trump’s positives, at 49 percent, are “as high as ever,” with independents and even some Democrats driving the numbers up. And that comes “despite what most agree to be his slow response” (“most,” again, meaning most at the Times) as well as his ideas that “contradict” experts and his outright “falsehoods.”


  22. thebesig says:

    Claims of patients being placed in body bags while still alive…

    They couldn’t independently verify this. A former patient claims that hospital staff placed people into body bags when it was clear that they were going to die. They were sent to the crematorium before they were declared dead.

    The Taiwanese outlet Taiwan News traced the origin of the video to a Chinese student group called “Youth Production,” who reportedly uploaded the video on February 24. Taiwan News noted that the woman claimed to have suffered from coronavirus symptoms but, as she was in her 60s, she did not suffer severe symptoms, unlike the man taken away, who she estimated was in his 70s.

    “She said that the man was weak but was still breathing when medical workers ‘bound his head’ and then his hands and feet, which were ‘still moving,'” Taiwan News reported, noting that she also lamented that the hospital where she received care had no other treatments available for coronavirus patients besides oxygen. In the West, doctors have begun experimenting with several drug mixtures, one of which — a combination of antibiotics and hydroxychloroquine, a drug used to treat lupus and malaria — has generated optimism in American hospitals.

    The woman said she felt older patients at the hospital were treated “like dead dogs.”

    Neither Taiwan News nor RFA could independently confirm the reports of Wuhan residents being burned alive.


  23. thebesig says:

    Ventilators as the wrong solution to treating the coronavirus?

    In the last 3–5 days, a mountain of anecdotal evidence has come out of NYC, Italy, Spain, etc. about COVID-19 and characteristics of patients who get seriously ill. It’s not only piling up but now leading to a general field-level consensus backed up by a few previously little-known studies that we’ve had it all wrong the whole time. Well, a few had some things eerily correct (cough Trump cough), especially with Hydroxychloroquine with Azithromicin, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

    There is no ‘pneumonia’ nor ARDS. At least not the ARDS with established treatment protocols and procedures we’re familiar with. Ventilators are not only the wrong solution, but high pressure intubation can actually wind up causing more damage than without, not to mention complications from tracheal scarring and ulcers given the duration of intubation often required… They may still have a use in the immediate future for patients too far to bring back with this newfound knowledge, but moving forward a new treatment protocol needs to be established so we stop treating patients for the wrong disease.


  24. thebesig says:

    Taiwan has pretty good numbers with regards to infection rate when compared to the rest of the world.

    Taiwan provided information, early in this pandemic. Had WHO taken them seriously and taken action on Taiwan’s recommendation, this Pandemic could’ve been better dealt with. Taiwan has managed to keep its coronavirus numbers low.

    Sen. Gardner sponsored the bipartisan Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act, S. 1678, with lead cosponsor U.S. Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE), which requires the State Department to annually report to Congress on steps it takes to help strengthen Taiwan’s global diplomatic relationships and partnerships, according to the congressional record bill summary.

    President Donald Trump signed S. 1678 into law on March 26 and Secretary Pompeo said he would “fully comply” with it, according to Sen. Gardner’s office, which noted that the Secretary also said the United States will “do our best to assist” Taiwan’s “appropriate role” in the World Health Organization (WHO).

    “I applaud Secretary Pompeo’s remarks about Taiwan’s role in the WHO and the implementation of the TAIPEI Act,” said Sen. Gardner, chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

    Currently, China is pressuring international organizations to exclude Taiwan from organizations, like the WHO, as well as the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), according to the senator’s statement.


    • Skippy says:

      This is what I’ve been saying on here and another site I frequent only now are people
      waking up to the facts

  25. NHSparky says:

    Top 100. While I like being back at Casa de Sparky, working from home has its drawbacks. At least I’m working, which is a lot more than nearly 20 million in the last 3 weeks have been doing.

  26. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    IF YOU COULD sacrifice one person to stop the Coronavirus outbreak by tossing them into a live volcano, who would it be and why did you choose Nancy Pelosi?

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      Why stop at one? This situation requires strong action!

      (Volcano edge precipice)

      “What if we had a preventive treatment?”

      ” a vaccine of harmless proteins that confer immunity?”


      ” …You got it here?”


      “Right. In you go”

      SplooshFOOMP! (Smoke puff)

      (Checks kid’s temp)


    • Green Thumb says:

      The False Commander “Phony” Phil Monkress (CEO of All-Points Logistics).

      Better choice. He would save the taxpayers in this county millions!

      But Phildo would scream SEAL, racism against Native Americans and violence against the police based on his fake and nefarious claims (Stolen Valor and Stolen Heritage), thus attempting to buy his way out while tossing his friends, family and employees under the bus.

      So lets make it easy. Lets pick a guy that does those things all of the time.

      “Turd” Bolling of Ambassador Worldwide Protection Agency, Memphis, TN (both National and international).

      This shitbag is such a disease that the virus might just give up and quit.

  27. OWB says:

    Is it true that health care workers (everything from receptionists to docs) and first responders of every variety are specifically exempted from the benefits of paycheck protection, stimulus, or whatever it is called? Just heard that claim on the Jim Bohannan radio show.

  28. ninja says:

    A short story and a 5:00 minute acapella music video composed of singers from Nashville, TN.

    Perfect for the times we are going thru.

    Have a Blessed Easter. He Has Risen.

    The ninja family

    Life can be so unpredictable—joys and sorrows, beautiful blessings and distressing difficulties can come unexpectedly. Our life’s dreams and plans can change in an instant.

    We all know this to be true.

    So how can we find peace amid such turbulence?

    Horatio Spafford knew something about life’s unexpected challenges. He was a successful attorney and real estate investor who lost a fortune in the great Chicago fire of 1871. Around the same time, his beloved four-year-old son died of scarlet fever.

    Thinking a vacation would do his family some good, he sent his wife and four daughters on a ship to England, planning to join them after he finished some pressing business at home.

    However, while crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the ship was involved in a terrible collision and sunk. More than 200 people lost their lives, including all four of Horatio Spafford’s precious daughters. His wife, Anna, survived the tragedy.

    Upon arriving in England, she sent a telegram to her husband that began: “Saved alone. What shall I do?”

    Horatio immediately set sail for England. At one point during his voyage, the captain of the ship, aware of the tragedy that had struck the Spafford family, summoned Horatio to tell him that they were now passing over the spot where the shipwreck had occurred.

    As Horatio thought about his daughters, words of comfort and hope filled his heart and mind. He wrote them down, and they have since become a well-beloved hymn.

    Perhaps we cannot always say that everything is well in all aspects of our lives. There will always be storms to face, and sometimes there will be tragedies.

    But with faith in a loving God and with trust in His divine help, we can confidently say, “It is well, it is well with my soul.”

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      Thanks ninja. Got a bit dusty in here, what with the pollen and pet dander.

      I give Thanks for not only the many Blessing but for the Trials and Tribulations that I’ve survived. “The weeping may last thru the night, but the Joy cometh in the morning.

      A Blessed Easter to you and yours. Firebase Magnolia sends! nsnr

    • OWB says:

      Nice. And just what the unassembled needed.

  29. Hack Stone says:

    Hack Stone is standing in line to get into the Joint Base Andrews Commissary. If Bernie Sanders were to see this sight, he would certainly be sporting some serious wood, because it’s great o see people in food lines, for some reason. Just wondering if Josef Stalin has to stand in a food line.

  30. thebesig says:

    A man removed from a bus for not wearing a face mask?

    On one hand, the bus driver asked for someone to be removed from the bus for not having a face mask on. The bus driver allegedly didn’t have one on either. The cops removed him, but at the request of the bus driver:

    SEPTA said the incident was under investigation and city and police officials were quick to say that police officers were not enforcing the mask policy, even though that was the driver’s complaint.

    City police said that their officers were actually enforcing the bus driver’s order for the unidentified man to get off the bus, according to NBC Philadelphia.

    Officer Tanya Little with the Philadelphia Police Department: “Philadelphia Police Department Officers arrived, and after being made aware of the driver’s request, also ordered the male to leave the bus several times.

    “The male refused, at which point he was physically removed by the officers.”


  31. OWB says:

    Totally unrelated to anything anybody has bee discussing, but funny.

    We all get our share of spam, right? Today, the absolutely funniest address yet came through, several times. It was for the usual stuff, but the address was “acnestudios dot com.” Made me chuckle so had to share. (Or maybe it just proves my boredom. Hope some of y’all are equally bored.)

  32. Skippy says:

    I found this trolling the web
    I did do a fact check it’s true

    As China knowingly misled the world, Tedros publicly praised the country for its “transparency.”

    Why did he do it? Some say keeping China happy has tremendous advantages for not only the WHO but also for Ethiopia, Tedros’ home country.

    For more than a decade, Ethiopia’s economy has been largely dependent on China. Beijing has shelled out hundreds of millions of dollars for mega-projects including a new $160 million national sports stadium in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s largest city and capital.

    “China is building the city from the ground up,” Welibuw Buzenehe, a local food merchant in the area, told Politico. “Without China, not much would happen around here.”

    China has also become Ethiopia’s largest trading partner. The Export-Import Bank of China put up $2.9 billion of the $3.4 billion railway project connecting a landlocked Ethiopia to the port-heavy country of Djibouti. China’s money was also instrumental in building Ethiopia’s first six-lane highway. Beijing can — and has — taken credit for helping reshape Addis Ababa’s entire skyline with high-rises and sky scrapers.

    But lately, China hasn’t been happy with its investments in Ethiopia after projects like the railway line failed to generate the kind of cash developers had hoped. If China pulls out of Ethiopia, the African country’s economy could crumble — something Tedros is desperate to avoid.

    The conflict of interest puts him and his actions as head of the WHO under a microscope.

    Tedros was elected to his position in the WHO in 2017