Weekend Open Thread

| April 17, 2020

By Eugeniusz Kazimirowski (1873-1939). Public Domain. (www.cisza2.krakow.dominikanie.pl/ commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9049047)

This Sunday, April 19, is the Octave of Easter, the 8th day of Easter. According to Wikipedia, Pope John Paul II designated the second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday. He referenced Maria Faustina Kowalska’s (St. Faustina) diary entry. She claimed that Jesus assured her of remissions of sins and punishments for those who attend Mass on this day… Receiving the sacrament of confession and communion. Enjoy your weekend.

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:

    1st

    • AW1Ed says:

      Ya did it, congrats!

    • Roh-Dog says:

      Congrats FA!

    • ChipNASA says:

      THERE IT IS MOFOS!!!
      BOOYAH!!!!!!
      (Bows down)
      I need confirmation CLAW,
      I believe we have a WINNEAH!!!!

    • 26Limabeans says:

      I witnessed it. History has been made.
      And I was there. Late, but I was there.

    • Commissioner Wretched says:

      The first five-peat! The King of Battle reigns!

    • SFC D says:

      You’re gonna turn into a real insufferable prick now, aren’t ya?

      Congrats on the FIRST 5-peat! Fire for effect!

    • Sparks says:

      Field Artillery…you must live a charmed life Brother.

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        Tanks Men! See my comment down thread! SFC D “..turn into…”? dahell you been. See ‘Ed’s comment. Bro Sparks, not so much charmed as blessed, or, as thebesig pointed out above, Divine Mercy.

        A request to all the TAH Family be they lurkers, hangers on, regular commenters, or Admin types. How about we have, in Honor of the FIRST ACE of FIRST a Roll Call, not so much for my well deserved applause, but to add to the comment count and to let us know who all is out there. Besides, moderating all of the FIRST Time commenters will give poor ol’ AW1Ed something to do in his spare time. Just a howdy and sign your log book. Thanks!

        No need to bow, curtsey, ot kiss my ring. A simple 1 fingered salute or mooning will suffice.

    • Graybeard says:

      Congratulations!

    • Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman says:

      A 5-peat? REALLY?! A 5-PEAT?!
      (bows down)
      WE’RE NOT WORTHY!!

    • Skyjumper says:

      Congrats on the five-peat, 5th/77th FA!!

      Here ya go you old Georgia Bulldog. (smile)

      Look what happens when you combine the best of the best……Airborne & Artillery.

      “I wanna be an Airborne Artilleryman”…..

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      You aced that one….

  2. Combat Historian says:

    Third…

  3. Hack Stone says:

    Hack Stone declares Not Yet Ready To Claim First Comment On This Ain’t Hell Weekend Open Thread.

    Hack Stone would like to notify anyone who may be interested that due to Social Distancing policies in compliance with Coronavirus safety recommendations, Phil Monkress of All Points Logistics will be streaming his ball juggling for the foreseeable future.

    Finally, please rest easy knowing that as you read this, software Engineers in the Wuhan Research Laboratory of a proud but humble woman owned business that sells software to the federal government are still diligently working on software to conquer the Coronavirus threat, and it will be bundled with our Y3K software.

    • Green Thumb says:

      The False Commander “Phony” Phil Monkress (CEO of All-Points Logistics) has issued a statement (in between avoiding calls seeking clarification of his Native American, Law Enforcement and Navy Seal claims) to his taxpayer-funded employees concerning the COVID outbreak.

      He called the virus a terrible thing (which it is – Good Job Phildo!). What I find odd is it is a form of discrimination and the kettle calling the pot black. I mean, what are we to think when a disease (aka. Phil Monkress) trashes a virus?

      Seems unfair to me.

  4. Roh-Dog says:

    The gf and I are looking forward to streeting 3 juvenile squirrels. They are cute…when they’re sleeping.
    Have a great weekend y’all!
    Enjoy the warm weather

    • Graybeard says:

      And now you know why the adult squirrels learned to leap to another tree – to get away from the kids.

      • Roh-Dog says:

        They’re about 7 weeks, learning to run around the cage but their coordination is slightly off, kinda like they’re drunk…
        Just like dad. Chips off the ol’ block.
        I keep trying to let the gf know that one day they’ll just get mean and that’ll be the day, she says she’s ready, promised she is, but we both know it’ll break her heart.
        She’s an animal lover, bigot. I’m still not getting her a dog, and that’s final. (Unless I can teach it to flush…)

  5. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    Eighth and Honorary First once again.

    ((((OVER))))

  6. 5th/77th FA says:

    INCOMING!!!!!!!!!!!!FIRE MISSION!!! FIRE MISSION!!! FIRE MISSION!!!!!!!!!!! TIME ON TARGET!!! The King of Battle has struck a true Time On Target Rolling Thunder Barrage. The FIRST ACE of FIRSTs on the Coveted TAH Friday Weekend Open Thread. The ONLY FIRST that is recorded in the Coveted Book of FIRSTS. A 5 pete, unprecedented, never achieved! The King of Battle is now Officially the King of FIRST! Be still my beating heart.

    To ALL of my most loyal D’weeds/Weedettes, the POGs, REMFs, Brigands, Feather Merchants, and Ne’er do wells, my most humble Thanks for their Support and Rats of the Cong!

    Cold frosty beverages, top shelf whiskey 24 year old Scots Whiskeys, ribs, hot wings, cat heads and cheese grits with shrimps for all hands. My Treat.

    First ACE FIRST!!!!!

    • Mick says:

      Holy shit. Our first TAH Weekend Open Thread Ace.

      Congrats KoB!

      Now you’ll have to paint five “1st” insignias in a row on the fuselage outside the cockpit, just below the canopy rail:

      1st 1st 1st 1st 1st

      Sierra Hotel!

      • AW1Ed says:

        I recall a silhouette of a SU-22 Fitter on a Tomcat’s starboard vertical stab. One of Wacky Qaddafi’s that didn’t make it home.

        • Mick says:

          Yup. There were some interesting events during the ’80s that have now been largely forgotten about.

          I was acquainted with one of the VF-32 F-14 RIOs who was in the later engagement in 1989 where two VF-32 Tomcats splashed two Libyan MiG-23 Floggers out over the Gulf of Sidra.

          Used a combination of Sparrows and a Sidewinder to put ’em both down.

          Good stuff.

          • 5th/77th FA says:

            Word up Mick. I remember those. The Libyans sat down and STFU when Unka Ronnie did the bitch slap in the Med and on the land. An F111B knocking on your tent door or a flight of Toms is more than just an attention getter.

            I may have to paint up one of my Aerial Artillery Platforms in Honor of my ACE of FIRST. Have a goodly assortment of die cast models from the War Memorial I had built on my desk at out work center. Had everything from a Snoopy SPAD to the F117. P38 to a B1B. There was a representative from every conflict starting with the Rev War going thru the Afgan Campaign. Nothing as elaborate as what TOW’s diorama is but each section was set up in a tactical setting. Safety man made me take the aircraft off of the fishing line suspended from the drop ceiling over the desk. Said it created a hazard. Sissy punk!

  7. ChipNASA says:

    7vntyenth!!!!

  8. The Other Whitey says:

    Red Dawn progress for those interested. At the advice of Prior Service, I made an effort to dirty up both vehicles. They’re probably still not dirty enough, but I reached the limit of my abilities. As it is, I dicked it up in a couple of spots on the tank, luckily I was able to cover most of them up.

    https://www.deviantart.com/yt45

    • AW1Ed says:

      Nicely done, TOW.

    • Sparks says:

      You amaze me TOW! A true artist indeed. I loved putting together models as a kid. But they were not even close to being in the league you work in. As an old fart, the kid in me gets a real thrill from looking at your work. Keep it up, Brother.

    • 26Limabeans says:

      Very nice. Love the detail on the personnel.

    • Bim says:

      Very nice job, TOW. If you’re interested in weathering and damage techniques for armor, there’s an Eastern European guy on youtube with a channel called Night Shift. The work he does is amazing, and he goes through every technique step by step. I don’t model much anymore, but I can’t stop watching his videos. His finished work always comes out very realistic.

      https://youtu.be/ku4comhKHJM

      • The Other Whitey says:

        I actually subscribe to Night Shift on YouTube. He’s a lot better at this crap than I’ll ever be, but I’ve managed to learn a couple of things from him that I intend to use in the future.

    • Sparks says:

      I like your North American F-100 Super Sabre for a very special reason. My father served in the Army and then the Air Force.

      In April of 1960, while stationed at Donaldson AFB in SC, he took us to see the Thunderbirds flying the F-100. We were able to watch outside our car at the edge of the runway. As an 11-year-old, I was awe struck, to say the least.

      • Thunderstixx says:

        There’s a program on Amazon Prime called Huns with lots of interviews with the pilots of those planes.
        They were the very first supersonic planes that could go supersonic and stay supersonic.
        It was all new territory and a lot of pilots made the ultimate sacrifice testing that theory and application scenario.

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      Looking real good TOW. Good to watch the continuing progress. Is the finished diorama gonna have a T72 with a wingwiper spread eagled on it popping smoke?

      Thanks Bro!

      • The Other Whitey says:

        Unfortunately no. I’m not that good. I am kicking around an idea for a future project featuring the same militiamen in a gunfight around a shot-down Mi-8/17 though. I need seriously improve my skill set first, though.

    • Commissioner Wretched says:

      Beautiful! Simply outstanding!

  9. Commissioner Wretched says:

    As we all celebrate KoB’s FIRST-ever five-peat, I offer some trivia for you all to enjoy!

    DID YOU KNOW…?
    Was the first-ever talking motion picture a financial risk for the studio?
    By Commissioner Wretched

    The strangest thing happened to me recently.

    A friend and I were driving through the south Georgia town of Cairo and were arguing about how the name of the town is pronounced.

    I said, “It’s KAY-ro.”

    My friend said, “No, it’s KYE-ro.”

    We went back and forth about it for a while, then I decided to settle the argument once and for all.

    I pulled into the nearest driveway, drove up to the window, and asked the person inside, “Would you please tell my friend here where we are?”

    The young lady said, “Burger King.”

    (Insert rimshot here.)

    Okay, enough bad jokes … on to the trivia, which is better for you anyway.

    Did you know …

    … French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was exiled from his country not once, but twice? In 1814, he was overthrown and banished to the Mediterranean island of Elba. The next year, Napoleon escaped, returned to France, resumed being emperor, and was overthrown again in 1816. This time, to ensure he didn’t come back, the new French government sent their ex-emperor to the island of St. Helena, a speck of land in the south Atlantic Ocean. (Had to exile him twice, eh? Some people just never learn.)

    … the current last word in the Oxford English Dictionary wasn’t added until 2017? Prior to that year, the last word in the OED was zythum, which referred to an ancient form of malt beer. But in 2017, the word zyzzyva was added. What’s a zyzzyva? It’s a kind of tropical weevil found in South America. (It’s also a very contrived attempt to be last in the dictionary, if you ask me.)

    … the first talking motion picture was made as a financial risk? In 1927, executives of Warner Brothers were having serious financial difficulties. In a bid to try and turn the company’s fortunes around, they decided to experiment with a new technique – sound on film. Not sure how the public would accept it, the company decided to hedge their bet and make a movie in which sound would only play a part, and the rest would be the traditional silent film with title cards. The movie was “The Jazz Singer,” based on the hit Broadway musical, and it made a movie star out of Al Jolson (1886-1950). Additional trivia note: Jolson was not the original choice for the lead role. The first choice of the producers was George Jessel (1898-1981), who had originated the starring role on Broadway. Jessel was unsure about being in movies and asked his friend Jolson if he should take the part, and Jolson advised him to sleep on it – and, while Jessel was trying to make up his mind, Jolson went to the producers and secured the part for himself. The move caused a permanent rift in their previously-close friendship. (As Jolson said to Jessel, “Hey, what are friends for?”)

    … the Polish army had a bear as a soldier during World War II? Wojtek the bear (1942-1963) was found as an orphaned cub by Polish soldiers in Iran in 1942 and adopted by the unit. In order to legally provide the cub with rations and transportation, he was officially enlisted into the Polish army with the rank of private. Wojtek, who enjoyed drinking beer and eating cigarettes, was used to help carry ammunition during the Battle of Monte Cassino in Italy in 1944. He was promoted to the rank of corporal before the war ended. Honorably discharged from the Polish army in 1947, Wojtek lived out the rest of his days at the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland in comfort. (I could bear-ly avoid putting this one in.)

    … Little Red Riding Hood had a real name? The original story, written by French author Charles Perrault (1628-1703), was about a girl named Blanchette. She wears a red hooded cape in the story, in which she is going to visit her grandmother, meets a wolf, and … well, you know the rest. The idea for the story existed long before Perrault wrote it down, but he is credited as the author of the popular fairy tale.

    … Granny Smith apples are named after a person? The green apple variety was first cultivated in Australia by Maria Ann Smith (1799-1870), known as “Granny” Smith. She cultivated the variety in the 1860s. (Pretty shrewd lady, wasn’t she?)

    … you might be a sesquipedalian? I know I am. What’s a sesquipedalian? It’s someone who is prone to using long words like … uh … sesquipedalian.

    … the Statue of Liberty has Morton’s toe? What’s Morton’s toe, you ask? It’s a condition where the second toe of a person’s foot is longer than their big toe. (And, I understand, Morton wants his toe back.)

    … your eyes have the same reaction when you see someone you love and someone you hate? Researchers found that a person’s pupils dilate when they see someone they love, and they do the same thing when they see someone they hate. (I’ll let you come up with a wisecrack for this space on this item.)

    … people in Tibet drink a rather unusual tea? Their tea is made of salt and rancid yak butter. (And they are welcome to it, too.)

    … there are now more LEGO people on Earth than there are humans on the planet? The LEGO company has produced so many of the little plastic people for the build-it sets that, as of 2019, they outnumber you and me. (And I, for one, welcome our new plastic-person overlords.)

    … most people prefer blue toothbrushes over red ones?

    Now … you know!

    • SFC D says:

      No shit, there I was… toiling away on a Memorial Day weekend, ass deep in the Lawn and Garden department at Lowe’s, my temporary employer following retirement…

      A gentleman walks up, obviously angry, and proceeds to tear me a new asshole because none of the items in the the sale flyer can be found in our store. I let him rant and rave, a crowd of employees and customers gathered…

      I smiled and said “Sir, this flyer is from Home Depot…”

      • Sparks says:

        ROTFLMAO. Please tell me he turned red faced and huffed off, without apology. What a coup!

        • SFC D says:

          Dude couldn’t get out of the store fast enough! And I attained “store legend” status for a while. Never been prouder lol

      • 26Limabeans says:

        I’ll bet that happens a lot.

        I remeber when the only choice was Grossmans.
        Then Home Quarters came to town.
        They lasted only a few before Home Depot showed up.
        Then Lowes came to town.
        Then Corona…..

      • Graybeard says:

        Priceless!

    • David says:

      Like Kye-ro, Egypt and Kay-ro IL, or SaLEEnas CA or SaLINE-a Ks?

      26th or so? Trying finish the back acres before it rains. Success sorta… it’s cut but definitely a blade sharpening afternoon. Seen fewer ripples in a bag of Lays wavies.

      • A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

        Like Miami FL and My-am-UH Oklahoma, or the State of Nevada and Ne-VAY-da Missouri!

        • Commissioner Wretched says:

          Old joke: How do you pronounce the capital of Kentucky, LOUIE-ville or LOUIS-ville?

          I always say “Frankfort,” myself.

      • Graybeard says:

        There are a number of street and town names in Texas that always trip up the newbies.

        We know “y’all ain’t from ’round here, are ya?” when they try to pronounce them…

    • SFC D says:

      Used to pass the sign for this road when I was a kid, never failed to crack me up.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zzyzx,_California

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        Vee ana Austria or Vye ana Georgia. On my last driving trip to NE back in ’15 got off I-70 in MO onto MO Hwy 41. Bad wreck outside of KC. Meandered thru a ways on the old Lewis & Clark Trial crossed over Big Tater Creek. Big Tater Creek turns into Roach Lake.

        And it IS Kay row Jawja as in the cane syrup brand.

        • OWB says:

          Thought it was Vye-eena, like the sausages.

          • 5th/77th FA says:

            Yep OWB, fat fingered my ees on an a. The sausages is pulpwooder/loggers gourmet rations. Step up from potted meat. Chock full of peckers and lips…since 1936. Got any sody crackers? Bottle of Ripple?

            • OWB says:

              Just to add a bit more inanity to this high octane discussion – the city in Austria has the accent on the second syllable while the name of the sausages is spoken rather flatly with little to no accent ’round these parts. Same in GA, per chance?

              • 5th/77th FA says:

                Yep, and it’s only 1 & 1/2 syllables. And SFC D, the Ft Gordon Town; (Martin-Ez) Some refer to it as Martinniville (for the novour rich subdivisions) or Martinrittaville for the influx of other nationalities. And it’s not Mary etta, it’s May Rhetta. (Go past the Big Chicken and turn left at the Waffle House.)

        • SFC D says:

          What’s that town in Jawja just outside of FT Gordon? Mar-Tee-Nez, as we pronounce it at D’s Cantina, or is it Martin-Ez?

          • Hondo says:

            Locally, it’s pronounced “MAR-tin-ez”. Kinda like Buena Vista, GA, is pronounced “BUE-nah Vista”, Madrid, AL, is pronounced “MAD-rid”, and Micanopy, FL, is pronounced “MICK-an-oh-pee” (all caps indicates the syllable that’s stressed).

      • NHSparky says:

        Rumor had it there was a house (trailer) of ill repute there for a while, but never verified.

    • rgr1480 says:

      I figured the last word would be a small town in California named …

      Zzyzx

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zzyzx,_California

      …Curtis Howe Springer made up the name Zzyzx and gave it to the area in 1944, claiming it to be the last word in the English language. He established the Zzyzx Mineral Springs and Health Spa in 1944 at the spot, which was federal land, after filing mining claims for 12,000 acres (4,900 ha) surrounding the springs. …

      I used to drive past the sign when driving from Ft. Irwin to Vegas.

  10. Thunderstixx says:

    I was social distancing while doing a light check on my eyelids….
    They’re good !!!
    Texas just put out their way to open back up with a program that will last over a couple months at the least.
    At least they are going forward.
    We don’t have that much of an infection rate with only 428 fatalities at this point and 13,266 cases total. I’m an agnostic on this as I know quite a bit about infection control.
    Barring that I am pulling some assets together to buy a house in the Austin/Kyle area and put in a recording studio there.
    Musical equipment is cheap here as a norm, but it’s REALLY cheap now !!!
    Have a great weekend everybody and I hope that all of you have a safe and infection free weekend.
    Oh, wash your damn hands !!!

  11. Graybeard says:

    Surprised to find that I’m in the top 30 posts this week.

    Working at various odd jobs around today, but the corn and beans are growing well, the tomatoes and squash doing fine, and the okra is just popping up in their rows.

    Lord willing, fall will be good eating time.

  12. thebesig says:

    China may hide its actual coronavirus numbers, but that’s not going to stop people from looking at indications of what their actual death toll may sit. Millions of cell phone accounts “disappeared”:

    https://www.ibtimes.sg/china-hiding-covid-19-death-toll-21-million-cell-phones-disappeared-why-41580

  13. thebesig says:

    China ramping up on their disinformation campaign. They claimed that they’ve defeated this virus, and that their strict measures were effective. Not even the Chinese citizens believe China’s numbers.

    https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/03/31/whats-really-happening-in-china-with-coronavirus-4-things-to-know/

    • Hondo says:

      What’s really interesting is the fact that (per the linked article) nearly 22 million telephone numbers have been terminated in the PRC during the 2019 Wuhan coronavirus pandemic – 21M cellphones and roughly 840k landlines.

      Not all of those are associated with Wuhan coronavirus fatalities, of course. But I’d certainly guess some of them are.

      How many is the key question.

      • thebesig says:

        I was thinking along the same lines. Mainly, the average number of cell phone closures each month prior to the months associated with the coronavirus compared to the monthly average during the pandemic.

        Then we have the reports of cremated remains being handed out, in urns, each day… The average number of cremated remains handed out each month prior to the pandemic compared to the average monthly number during the pandemic.

        These differences might provide some insights.

        • Hondo says:

          Seems to me a few weeks ago I read that the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic is the first period of time during which the total number of cell phone subscribers in the PRC has ever dropped.

          • 5th/77th FA says:

            Started re-reading Clancy’s Executive Orders the other night. Just for gits n shiggles. ’bout halfway thru it. Odd how many parallels in that tome as to what is happening today. And the linky on the dropped cell phone numbers? Spot on. They (the Chinese Communist Gubmint) could care less if they lost 20+ millions of people. With the population they have, that’s a rounding error.

            Larsie Boi must be still getting his empirical data bullet points in order. He’s late.

  14. thebesig says:

    China is claiming that their military hasn’t seen any infections. They’re matching this claim with pushing their military throughout the South China Sea. They’re aware of the coronavirus cases within the US military. So much for “working as a team and showing mutual support”.

    However, the Chinese military presence in Wuhan makes one wonder how they could’ve escaped infection when people in the province got hit in large numbers.

    https://www.foxnews.com/world/china-zero-infections-military-bogus-coronavirus

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      Doesn’t take a full crew to navigate a ship.

      Effort at “face”.

      Just updating our target recognition guides for us. They ain’t ready for what they court.

    • Combat Historian says:

      Chicoms and Norks are employing the usual commie lies. Norks announced they have zero corona cases in the whole country. Commies will lie even when telling the truth makes more sense…

    • thebesig says:

      It’s a good thing that they’re not willing to push this to a hot conflict… Based on the reporting of their actions so far. This could be a case of their asses not being able to cash the checks that their mouths write.

  15. thebesig says:

    Even if you didn’t file income taxes, you may get the stimulus payment. Here’s an IRS link that you could use to enter your information in order to receive your check:

    https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments

  16. thebesig says:

    Folks are on social media blaming President Trump for not taking this seriously in the beginning. Here’s a timeline that you could use to destroy their implication that President Trump didn’t take this seriously:

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/from-new-york-to-canada-to-the-white-house-initial-coronavirus-responses-havent-aged-well?fbclid=IwAR2P3_gHwzvfhJqMWgU-lRNt27tWCa-BSJmTvJq9QVP6UbrJ87Ipk3Da4-8

  17. AW1Ed says:

    Poetrooper sent this:

    U.S. military pensions to get invested in Chicom assets?
    By Monica Showalter

    Military pensions are important, and it’s natural that the agencies investing them would want to get them the best possible returns.

    But a new report from John Solomon’s JustTheNews site suggests that something a little disturbing is going on:

    U.S. military and other federal pensions are apparently going to be invested Chinese entities if a new investment setup goes through. Christine Dolan of JustTheNews writes:

    In November 2017, FRTIB Chairman Michael Kennedy, who is Managing Director of Korn/Ferry International, and his board decided to change $50 billion in U.S. government retirement funds to a new global investment index known as the MSCI ACWI Index. The board hopes the change allows for greater returns on investments in emerging Asian markets but critics warn the index would allow investments in adversarial nation-owned companies in Russia and China.

    Read the rest: American Thinker

    Brilliant.

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      What the actual frak…..

    • OWB says:

      It’s bad enough that the Exchanges are filled with products made in China because we each at least have a choice in whether to buy them or not. My retirement invested in supporting the Chinese military? That a no go. Negatory. Nyet. Over.

  18. marinedad61 says:

    Humor meme.
    Stolen Valor Military Phony humor meme.
    Funny, but sometimes not so funny,
    depending on who is looking at it, and when.
    (1 – It’s a public group, so everyone can see it.)
    (2 – If this could be uploaded for full time visibility, that would be great.)
    Enjoy the weekend.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/vfwopenchatgroup/permalink/2900374750040188/

  19. thebesig says:

    It appears that the Chinese Communist Party, the Chinese federal government, held a conference call with the provincial counterparts in the middle of January. They talked about the seriousness of the coronavirus and the potential pandemic that it could cause.

    A few days later, they encourage travel and celebrations for the upcoming Chinese new year festivities. Privately, they saw the seriousness of this situation, but publically they told us what they told us.

    Then we have the meme wars between paid Chinese trolls and Thai memers. You could tell the American influence on the Thai memers’ styles. :mrgreen:

    • rgr769 says:

      But, but, remember the ChiComs are not real “commies” cuz they don’t practice the pure Marxist form of communist totalitarianism our fave former cuttlefish is so fond of. He being a staunch admirer of the Lenin-Trotsky school of commie-fascist socialism.

      • Roh-Dog says:

        You don’t HAVE to be a party member to start a business, but if you’d like to keep your organs here’s an envelope for your dues.
        Thank you in advance for your mandatory optional remittance.

        That video is a good watch. Love me some China Uncensored.

  20. thebesig says:

    Plans to reopen the US economy… State by state, county by county. This will be staggered, and will depend on certain events happening before a state can move towards reopening its economy:

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/which-states-ready-phase-1-reopening-coronavirus

  21. thebesig says:

    California to provide some illegal aliens stimulus checks…

    To give checks to illegals, the state will allocate $75 million from its Disaster Relief Fund with another $50 million coming from various philanthropic organizations. Gov. Newsom said the payments will be directed through regional nonprofits that have expertise in reaching out and dealing with the illegal alien community.

    According to the governor, illegal aliens will be able to apply for the $500 checks, with a $1,000 maximum per household, beginning in May. The governor anticipated only 150,000 illegal aliens, a small portion of California’s staggering illegal alien population, would ultimately receive checks, likely due to the program’s limited funding.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bronsonstocking/2020/04/15/newsom-to-give-500-stimulus-checks-to-illegal-aliens-n2567010

    • Friend says:

      Read that crap this morning.
      1. Moratorium on executing MURDERING SCUM
      2. Sanctuary State
      3. Free money to illegals

      NEXT…????
      STUPID ASSHOLE…

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      Yeah, give all you can to illegal aliens, what could go wrong?

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      Boner, Freedom, One (1) each!

      My all around fav old school Aerial Artillery Platform.

      One has to wonder if any of that ordnance has B61 or W80 nomenclature. Asking for a friend.

      • 11B-Mailclerk says:

        The black and white one on the left, rear rank, I believe, might be a 61.

        And the rotary rack in the middle holds ALCMs, which have the “epic kaboom” option.

    • OWB says:

      Cool. Very cool. Thanks for reminding us, Ed.

      Never got to ride one of those. It was pretty neat to get to spend some time near one once. As in guarding it.

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      Buff, the magic bomber
      B fifty two…

      (Grin)

  22. Sapper3307 says:

    Bernie’s space hippy collective in Burlington Vermont has gone full retard again. The goal is stop all F-35 flights and have the Airforce build houses for homeless among other progressive things.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      So just how do they plan to stop F-35 flights, don’t they know that lethal force IS authorized on US Air Force Bases?

      • Sapper3307 says:

        The towns man bun, hipster, gender confused BOD voted(We no like) and sent a letter to the governor. Its Bernie’s stronghold of welfare and free housing for life, Burlington, Vermont.

  23. thebesig says:

    Ticked off Vic: A Message to the Government

    This is on loan payments due and what to do to them in order to help the family. Real animated:

  24. AW1Ed says:

    Boomer sends.

    Sorry, Joe Biden: Barack Obama’s endorsements have a huge record of failure

    John Podhoretz
    April 15, 2020

    At long last, former President Barack Obama has endorsed Joe Biden, who claimed he didn’t want his ex-boss’ endorsement during the nominating process.

    You know what? Maybe Biden was right, even though he was lying. Maybe he shouldn’t have wanted Obama’s endorsement. For while it is true that Obama is a genius at winning elections, he is only a genius at it when he’s the one running.

    No one has ever done better for himself in US politics — or been as ineffectual in his efforts to get other people elected. No one has ever so thoroughly dominated politics — or so thoroughly decimated the party he led to victory.

    When Obama was elected president in 2008 Democrats had been in control of the House of Representatives and the Senate for two years. His colossal victory — 70 million votes — extended Democratic congressional margins substantially. Indeed, for much of his first year, Obama had a super majority in the Senate.

    He only lost that super majority because Ted Kennedy died — but in a pregnant sign that Obama wouldn’t be the transformational party leader he seemed at first, Democrats lost the Kennedy seat in Massachusetts in January 2010 to a little-known Republican named Scott Brown.

    Truth to tell, Obama had ­already shown his feet of clay in 2009 in a series of endorsements that didn’t turn the tide for the candidates he stumped for. New Jersey Govenor Jon Corzine lost his reelection bid to Chris Christie, while Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds was blown out in Virginia.

    And a few months later, in 2010, Obama went all in for Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania — a deeply unpleasant Republican who had desperately gone Democrat because he had lost the confidence of his original party — only to see Specter lose . . . In the Democratic primary! (The guy who beat Specter then lost in November.)

    True, Obama secured four massive pieces of legislation in his first 15 months in office and increased Washington spending by some $2.5 trillion — but in the process, he midwifed a conservative revolt in the form of the Tea Party.

    By the time the nation voted in the midterm elections in 2010 Obama had all but thrown in the towel. In his last rally before the November vote, with Biden at his side, Obama said, “We’ve made progress. But I know that sometimes, as we’re grinding out this change, and there’s all the negative ads and the pundits on TV, and there’s still a lot of unemployment out here, people feel discouraged.”

    Three days later, Republicans seized control of the House of Representatives by taking 63 seats away from Obama’s Democrats while winning back six Senate slots as well. Obama himself called the defeat a “shellacking” and ruefully acknowledged that “sometimes we lose track of the ways that we connected with folks that got us here in the first place.”

    He began running for re-election almost immediately afterward and ran a blindingly brilliant campaign striking in its use of social-media technology to target voters and drive them to the polls.

    A key Mitt Romney adviser told me afterward that he and his colleagues were blindsided by the relative ease with which Obama won because their polling showed Obama’s support to be extraordinarily soft. Asked how excited they were to vote on a scale between 1 and 10, a shocking number rated themselves a 1 or a 2 — and prior experience led the Romneyites to believe most of those potential voters would stay home.

    But they didn’t, because the Obama campaign figured out new ways to encourage the unenthusiastic and drive them (sometimes literally) to the polls. He won 51 percent of the vote nationwide.

    And yet, once again, when voters went to the polls in 2014, Obama’s help availed Democrats nothing. Quite the opposite, in fact. Republicans took nine Senate seats away from Dems and gained complete control of Congress.

    By 2016, when Obama’s anointed successor Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump, the Democratic Party was in tatters. It wasn’t just the House and Senate the GOP came to dominate. Over the course of his presidency, more than 1,000 elected offices in the United States (out of 8,800 total) changed hands from Democrats to Republicans.

    At the end of Obama’s tenure, Republicans held the majorities in 69 out of 99 state legislative bodies and 33 governor’s mansions (when they had held only 19 in 2009).

    So congratulations on the endorsement you didn’t want, Joe Biden. You may live to regret it.

    New York Post Link

    barry joe

  25. marinedad61 says:

    Oh no!
    It is soon to be announced that the VFW is CANCELLING the
    121st VFW National Convention in Reno, NV in July.

    I was so looking forward to not only giving some free publicity to the
    Valor Guardians and Military Phony websites,
    but also showcasing
    LES BROWN and the Elko POW*MIA Awareness Ass.
    as the local Nevada example of Stolen Valor
    to a national audience of VFW members from all across the USA.

    Anyone with a crop duster in Salt Lake City or Wendover interested in dropping a few thousand leaflets over Elko and Carlin, Nevada?

    https://www.vfw.org/media-and-events/121st-vfw-national-convention

  26. OWB says:

    Since I don’t usually watch infomercials (are they still called that?), it is somewhat alarming that as I sit here, am thoroughly enjoying one. TimeLife evidently is hawking CD’s from various eras. I am shocked to discover just how much 70’s music is familiar sounding. And I even know the names of a few artists.

    Should we worry that I may order the collection? Then would need a CD player. Maybe it would be easier to just dust off the old tape player.

    • Hondo says:

      Barring damage, CDs are forever – and their audio quality doesn’t degrade with playing like tape or vinyl. Plus, last time I checked CD players were reasonably priced.

      Plus, there’s an added bonus. You can use software provided gratis with any Windows PC to “rip” MP3 versions of anything on CD to digital format for play on an MP3 player (or through an auto sound system if it has that capability; many newer vehicles do). That’s quite worthwhile if you like to listen to music of choice vice whatever happens to be on the radio while you drive.

      You like the music, IMO it’s worth the relatively few $$$ involved. But it’s your $$$, so it’s your call. (smile)

      • OWB says:

        Yep. Giving it serious thought. They are beyond my comfort zone financially (“five easy payments…”) but still well worth it. And affordable.

        The greatest disappointment in my “new” (now 3 year old) car was it’s lack of CD player. Have all those travel CD’s and nowhere to play them. Sure, have considered getting a retrofit player to put into the car but just haven’t gotten down that far on the list of things to do.

  27. Thunderstixx says:

    Just remember as we sit on our asses watching our lives continue to spiral down the drain of lost opportunity that many of our major corporations like Apple, Nike, Hewlett Packard, and scores more have supported the Chicoms for years.
    It’s also come out now that the Wuhan laboratory received a 750 million dollar grant from the US State Department under the tutelage of our great leader oblowme in 2015 to study this same virus.
    So, I sincerely hope that the changes we see coming from this horrific mess brought on by the Chicoms and sponsored by those companies are off the list of purchasing by all of us.
    No matter how they try to cover their asses, the responsibility and the deaths are part and parcel of the policies that were supported by those companies for decades.
    There is no way they can shirk their responsibility…
    Fuck them, every last one of them…

  28. marinedad61 says:

    Any other stories of military phonies exploiting the current terrain?
    We already read about the Carlisle, PA truck stop wheelchair beggar.

    On the opposite side, this phony is getting EARLY RELEASE.
    Ugh.
    (A 44-year-old woman [Joyell Riley]
    who lied about military service and needing breast cancer treatments
    to solicit money could get out of prison a couple of months early
    due to the coronavirus pandemic.)

    https://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/story/news/2020/04/09/riley-could-get-early-release-prison-help-reduce-pandemic/5121716002/

  29. Cameron says:

    The Swiss have been lighting up the famous mountain Matterhorn with different flags, the first one being the American flag.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/matterhorn-in-swiss-alps-lit-up-with-american-flag-in-show-of-solidarity-during-coronavirus

  30. Cameron says:

    What can possibly go wrong? If the police thought their job was hard now, they just succeeded in making it a whole lot harder. This is not how you get the public on your side. This is how you drive them even further away.

    https://www.westernjournal.com/big-brother-expands-govt-drones-now-tracking-americans-body-temps-without-permission/

  31. 26Limabeans says:

    Well, this old classic has new meaning:

    https://youtu.be/MRuS3dxKK9U?t=2