Weekend Open Thread

| May 1, 2020

The first and last cat maypole. (Maria Scrivan/Tribune Content Agency, LLC.)

Welcome to the month of May! A third of the year is already behind us. Today is Loyalty Day and May Day. May the fourth be with you on Monday and enjoy your Cinco de Mayo on Tuesday. Enjoy your weekend!

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:

    1st

  2. 5th/77th FA says:

    Well hell! FIRST again! Where dahell everybody at? Is everyone just giving up? That low hanging fruit just hung there for a good little bit. Didn’t think I’d be in the running for the Coveted EARNED never given TAH Friday Weekend Open Thread FIRST. Wasn’t even supposed to be here at this point in time, but have had to delay my journey for BP reasons. They tell me that 189/113 ain’t good. Down to 156/83 now.

    Maybe y’all just enjoying the free tacos, hot wings, cold beverages, top shelf whiskeys and the hand rolled seegars….Which are, again, on ME.

    Artillery…The King of Battle…

    • 26Limabeans says:

      FIRST! Signal Brigade. Sword of lightning.

      Congrats KOB,

      “Is everyone just giving up?”

      I wouldn’t bet on it. Don’t let your fruit
      hang low next week.

    • OWB says:

      And you will always get to wonder if it is earned or given to you. Teehee.

      Looking at that maypole reminds me of the olden days when the little kids did those on May 1. It got to be quite a production when I was a kid. Until somebody screwed it all up by telling us we were celebrating communism instead of spring. Oh, well. It was fun while it lasted.

      • 26Limabeans says:

        We used to play Tether Ball.
        It was played around the same type of pole
        but with only one strand and only two people
        trying kill each other with a hard rubber ball.

        • SFC D says:

          My elementary school had something like this. If you could jump up to the highest rung and then get your best friend to push, you could get some serious altitude.

          https://imgur.com/gallery/tWEV3MC

          • 26Limabeans says:

            The kid in the photo is more interested
            in watching the dresses lift up.

          • OWB says:

            Yep. The old Giant Stride. Got kicked in the sternum by someone on one of those. Thought I’d never breath again! And couldn’t wait to get back on it.

            The school had “rules” about who could use them – at least which age groups could use it at the same time. They finally tore it down. It was dangerous, but it sure was fun.

  3. Commissioner Wretched says:

    It’s WOT time, and that means it’s also trivia time! Here we go, friends … another in the seemingly endless series of trivia columns. Hope you enjoy it!

    DID YOU KNOW…?
    Has Washington, D.C., always been the capital of the United States?
    By Commissioner Wretched

    In a world where prodigies make the news, I have to admit I was never a prodigy.

    It’s heartening to read about the 14-year-old who earns his master’s degree, or the ten-year-old who can conduct a symphony orchestra, or the 16-year-old who became an international activist for climate.

    I was never one of those.

    Though I will admit, my parents used to brag about me being able to point to the sky and say, “Airplane! Airplane!”

    The fact that I was 25 at the time, however, they never mention.

    Since I didn’t excel at very much when in the younger years, I’ve made up for it a little bit in my dotage, at least as far as trivia is concerned.

    And I’ll share that excelling with you right now.

    Enjoy!

    Did you know …

    … the oldest pub in Europe is more than 1,100 years old? Sean’s Bar in Athone, Ireland was built in the year 900 AD. The original building was made of branches and clay, and was replaced in 1970. The pub has been open for 1,119 years. (Now that’s what I call aging.)

    … humans once ate giant sloths? Now considered extremely cute and slow-moving animals, the giant sloth was at one time hunted by humans during the Ice Age. (In defense of early humans, I must say giant sloths were easy for even the laziest hunters to catch.)

    … a tiger’s stripes are unique? They are like human fingerprints – no two tigers have the same stripe pattern. The same is true for the stripes of a zebra. (I see a pattern here, don’t you?)

    … a hitter in baseball is not out if the fielder catches a batted ball in his cap? According to the Major League Baseball Rule Book (2018), Rule 5.06(b)(4)(B), if a fielder catches a batted ball in his cap, or touches the ball with any detached part of his clothing or equipment, the batter is awarded three bases. And it doesn’t matter if the ball is caught on the fly or on a bounce – three bases. So if the player throws his glove (or shoe or anything else) at the ball and hits it, or catches it in his hat, the batter is not only not out, he gets credit for a triple. Note that the rule does not apply if the ball is caught in the fielder’s glove, and then the glove is tossed to another player to make the out.

    … the reaction time of a fly is 30 milliseconds? That sounds impressive, until you realize that a fly’s entire lifespan is only about two weeks. In that regard, I suppose you could argue the case that they react rather slowly. (That’s the buzz, anyway.)

    … the capital of the United States has not always been Washington, D.C.? The capital moved to the then-Territory of Columbia on November 17, 1800, and into the city of Washington, District of Columbia, on May 3, 1802. But prior to that, the capital of the U.S. was Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1790 to 1800, and before that it was New York, New York, from 1789 to 1790. And it’s only been moved once since – in 1923, to Meacham, Oregon. Well, not really, but ceremonially. On July 2, 1923, President Warren G. Harding (1865-1923) declared Meacham “Capital of the United States” for the day. It had no legal impact, as the President does not have the power to decide where the capital is located. Additional trivia note: Some historians say the capital was, indeed, moved once since 1800. During the War of 1812, when the British burned the city of Washington, President James Madison (1751-1836) fled to Brookeville, Maryland, for one day, August 26, 1814. The town calls itself “Capital for One Day,” but Congress never met there.

    … the ice cream soda was created in 1874? Robert McCay Green (1842-1920) was a vendor at an exhibition in Philadelphia in 1874, serving sweet cream sodas to customers. One day his stand was so popular that he ran out of the sweet cream, and he couldn’t get any more on such short notice. Green was able to find ice cream, though, and he thought he could use it instead – once it melted. His customers weren’t in the mood to wait, however, so Green dropped scoops of ice cream into his soda glasses, added carbonated water, and a new taste treat was born. (And millions of diets have fallen by the wayside in the wake of the ice cream soda, too – including three or four of mine.)

    … if you sneeze hard enough, you can crack a rib? That’s the good news, actually. The bad news is, if you try to suppress a sneeze, there’s a chance you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck – and die. (Might as well go ahead and let the darn thing fly.)

    … dolphins intentionally get “high”? They have been observed in the wild capturing puffer fish. The little poisonous fish are then chewed on by the dolphins, and passed around in their pod for more than 20 minutes. Scientists think the dolphins are getting intoxicated by the puffer fish’s venom for its mind-altering properties. (I always thought there was something bizarre about Flipper, now that you mention it.)

    … people in Norway have a very interesting Christmas tradition involving brooms? Norwegians hide all of their brooms on Christmas Eve, the idea being to protect their families from witches who are very active that night. The belief carries some serious weight in Norway, to the extent that some people go out and fire guns into the air to scare the witches away. (I’d bet they scare off a few mothers-in-law, too.)

    … there is a punctuation mark used to indicate irony or sarcasm? Seldom if ever seen, it’s a backward question mark, used at the beginning of the sentence. If it follows the sentence, it’s a rhetorical question. (Ironically rhetorical, eh?)

    Now … you know!

    • 26Limabeans says:

      “or the 16-year-old who became an international activist for climate”

      Don’t forget the kid that went on to sue CNN
      over the “Vietnam Times” Nathan Phillips scam.

    • thebesig says:

      When Borders Books was still in my area, they had “Seattle’s Best” as their cafe. One of their frap drinks used ice cream instead of cream in the coffee mix. When I got my first taste of that, I rarely drank Starbucks frappucinos. Unfortunately, Borders Books left the area and took Seattle’s Best with them.

  4. Hack Stone says:

    To all who shall see these presents, greeting:

    Know Ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the hygiene and software selling abilities of Hack Stone, I do appoint him a Honorary First Post In The Weekend Open Thread on This Ain’t Hell to rank as such from the first day of May, Two Thousand and Twenty.

    This appointee will therefore carefully and diligently discharge the duties of the status to which he awarded himself by doing and performing all manner of things having to do with mentioning Phil Monkress of All Points Logistics working balls this weekend. And I do strictly charge and require all commenters of later posts to render spit takes to appropriate insults. And this appointee is to observe and follow such orders and insults as may be given from time to time by earlier commenters acting according to the rules and articles governing the discipline of the This Ain’t Hell Weekend Open Thread bylaws.

  5. Sparks says:

    8th

  6. thebesig says:

    The CCP Virus pandemic could last for two years. The turning point appears to be when two thirds of the world’s population becomes immune, according to this article:

    https://gulfnews.com/world/coronavirus-pandemic-likely-to-last-two-years-report-says-1.1588322949306

  7. thebesig says:

    Nurse carry fake coronavirus fatality in order to imitate the Tik Tok pallbearers meme:

    https://www.the-sun.com/news/761859/sick-vid-dancing-nurses-carrying-corpse-coronavirus-victim-tiktok/

    • 26Limabeans says:

      Morose humor is pretty common among team members
      of all sorts but filming it is not cool.

      • SFC D says:

        Gallows humor is not necessarily a bad thing. Sharing it with folks who don’t understand it is generally a bad thing.

      • thebesig says:

        The military had something similar happen. Funeral detail Soldiers took pictures involving a Soldier, or Soldiers, posing in an empty coffin.

  8. thebesig says:

    Russia: Robots will eventual replace Soldier. Not a question of “if” but “when”:

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/kelseyatherton/2020/04/30/robots-will-replace-soldiers-in-combat-says-russia/#14cb01493c71

    • Hack Stone says:

      Yet again, The Simpsons called it. Hack Stone Publishing apologizes for the crappy audio, whoever posted the clip probably got their software from some lame ass company out of Bethesda MD.

      • The Stranger says:

        Is this the same lame ass company in Maryland that is known for, among other things, having a rusty, leaky 80’s vintage Jaguar parked in the driveway and also having a mailbox with no door?

  9. thebesig says:

    California court orders release of Sex offenders. Some argue that since the prisons were not overcrowded, and social distancing measures were being implemented, their release was not necessary. “Parole violation” appears in their descriptions. They’re considered high level offenders:

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/california-governor-orders-release-high-level-sex-offenders

    • AW1Ed says:

      Heh. When you were adding this comment I was putting up “Today’s Coronavirus Follies” which mentions this idiocy.
      GMTA

  10. The Other Whitey says:

    Still taking all the OT I can get in anticipation of imminent childbirth, so not much progress on the various projects just yet. But I did get my niece’s Banshee into some kind of shape. She decided she wanted red trim instead of pink.

    https://www.deviantart.com/yt45

    • AW1Ed says:

      Nice! Here’s a paint scheme.
      blue angel f2f

      • The Other Whitey says:

        Yeah, my Navy blue came out too dark, although I previously used the same shade as the upper-surfaces color on a PB4Y-1 in WWII 3-tone blue and it looked okay.

        It still needs a couple more decals, and I still have to get a custom set of “USS BONHOMME RICHARD CVA-31” made up for the tail. Then a final clear coat and I can unmask the canopy. Ordnance and hardpoints will wait until after everything else is done. Learned that lesson with my other niece’s Double Ugly.

        I’ll just be glad when this one is done. This kit was a piece of shit, and while model building runs on the FICE Principle (Fuck It, Close Enough), this one rapidly devolved into “Fuck It, It Doesn’t Go Together Right Anyway.”

        • Combat Historian says:

          Was it a vacuum formed kit? The vacuum formed kits are a pain to built and can be very messed up due to the vacuumforming process…

          • The Other Whitey says:

            Nope, it’s a Kittyhawk brand kit. Made in Red China, of course. With a stupid-complicated assembly process that doesn’t actually work. The cockpit alone was four pieces that need to fit a certain way, but have no means of indexing them for correct fit. The pilot’s bang seat wouldn’t go in right once it was assembled, but also prevented the four pieces around it from going together when I tried to put it in first. And that was before I encountered the ungodly shitshow that was the wing root intakes, or the shitshow that was the wings, or the shitshow that was the tailhook assembly.

            Contrast with Tamiya, a Japanese manufacturer who’s damn near king of the industry, who puts out kits that actually go together like they’re supposed to and don’t require an advanced engineering degree to figure out the assembly process. Once again, the commie Chinese are assholes!

            • Combat Historian says:

              As a kid, I built lots of 1/35 scale AFVs from Tamiya, and a few from Bandai and Monogram. Tamiya kits fit together like a dream…

              To paraphrase the Hong Kong protester: Don’t trust chicom; chicom is ASSHOLE!

    • thebesig says:

      Where are their face masks? ❗

  11. IDC SARC says:

    Whadap y’allz?

    • OWB says:

      We used to know a guy named IDC SARC…

      • IDC SARC says:

        Yeah, I get that a lot…too much work, school, stuff an’ thangs keepin me busy.

        Hope everybody is doing well.

        • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

          Good to hear from you, IDC SARC…

        • OWB says:

          Seem to be. But, there are signs that this isolation/lockdown/whatever inzanity it is that we are practicing is beginning to take it’s toll. Why, there were even claims this past week of agreeing with the resident commie on something or another.

          Obviously the world is near it’s end. We’re DOOMED!

          • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

            “Why, there were even claims this past week of agreeing with the resident commie on something or another.”

            He says something that actually makes sense about .001% of the time and that was one such episode!

  12. ChipNASA says:

    I’m here ya buttholes.
    Congrats 5th/77th FA for being the Super Duper HBIC here at TAH.
    I never thought I’d see 7 in a row.

    I had my telecon with the neurologist yesterday.
    Nothing on the MRI for my shingles. It’s just stubborn. He refuses to call it “post” neuropathy because that means I have to hit the 4/5 month mark and this is just 3 and a half so, this is considered within the window of “normal”.

    He’s going to get my chiropractor involved and on board, and he’s actually seeing patients but how, is beyond me. He’s also going to review my scripts and I’m hoping that’s a new medication or pain relief.

    At least he assured me that this isn’t worse than it is and this too shall pass.

    Now go and be fruitful or whatever, bitches.

    Love you all, as usual. Fuckers
    Chip

  13. Dennis - not chevy says:

    I was reminiscing about actually sitting in a restaurant when a memory arose. The Mrs and I had just ordered when the manager started yelling about someone’s car which was on fire. Three of us grabbed fire extinguishers to try to control the fire until the FD arrived. The FD arrived and I returned to my meal only to find the owner of the car never moved from his meal, never helped, never acknowledged anyone fighting the fire, never thanked anybody.
    He must have been a liberal.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      Nowadays he’d just wait until it was all over with and than blame President Trump.

  14. What kind of crime did those cats whom are dancing around the maypole convicted of?? I see that they are Felines. Hanging around my place with nothing to do so I have the itch to buy a Barograph which I always wanted and was all set to buy a Weems & Plath Classic 4 diaphram with the stimulis check but after thinking it over that I would have to change the paper strip once a week and replace the felt tip ink pen every 6-9 months I put it off and for less than half the price, I went online and bought a Tendency Barometer which uses a blue and red liquid in the tubes instead of mercury. I already have a 33″ mercury tube ships Barometer on a gimbal which I bought in kit form back in 1982 along with an Admiral Fitchroy 33″ mercury tube which I bought at the same time. I also have a Schatz aneroid Barometer mounted on the wall plus a digital Barometer which displays the barometric tendencies.

  15. Devtun says:

    The distinguished Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, is getting that gun grabby itch.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52505765

    • thebesig says:

      He brings up an AR-15. The M4/M16 has an additional option that releases three rounds per trigger squeeze. This is to point out the difference between what the military has and what is available to the public.

      Calling the AR-15 an “assault rifle”, itself an arbitrary term, even though it sends one round per trigger squeeze, opens the door to include other weapons into the ban.

      • rgr769 says:

        As all us gun-nutz know, real “assault rifles” have a full-auto or burst function and fire an intermediate rifle cartridge. That is in the military definition of those two words. But then anything used to assault another person could be an “assault weapon,” even a hammer.

        • thebesig says:

          We didn’t use “assault rifle” or “assault weapon”. We used service weapon, crew-served weapon, semi-automatic, fully automatic, etc. When many people, not familiar with firearms or who have not served in the military, mention “assault rifle”, they’re thinking of the fully automatic weapons that they see used in the movies.

          • rgr769 says:

            Well, in my army we didn’t use that term either. But it is used in multiple sources re military weapons.

            The first true assault rifle was the German Sturmgewehr, which was substantially copied and redesigned by a certain Soviet Sergeant Kalashnikov in 1947. A few years later and the AK-47 became the most prolific military “assault rifle” on the planet. I wanted to bring back the magnificent, almost pristine East German underfolder I had in Da Nang, but of course it had to stay behind in the company arms room. Though, we did have a sergeant who attempted to ship his disassembled AK home in the back of his little refrigerator, in his hold baggage. The story is that he spent a year in Leavenworth for that stunt.

            • Sturmgewehr= Sturm meaning storm or assault,Gewehr=Rifle. Was going to buy one in .22 semi auto but I have my two .22 pump gallery guns.

            • thebesig says:

              Did you get that from Wikipedia? :mrgreen: The further down you read, they say that this is contested by other experts. The government came up with the assault weapons ban, the definition that was used for this ban appears to be the definition that the left likes to use.

              As for those in their audience, assault weapons = weapons that shoot multiple rounds as long as the trigger is held… Like what they see in the movies. I wouldn’t be surprised if they think that those involved with mass shootings pulled their trigger once and sent all those rounds into the area.

            • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

              That reminds me of a DS/DS war story of an M88 Crewman who shipped a few AK’s back in the gear oil tank of his vehicle. He smuggled them out of the Motor Pool, reassembled them and sold one to an Undercover BATF Agent at a gun Show!

    • 26Limabeans says:

      “New rules would make it illegal to sell, transport, import or use 1,500 varieties of assault weapons”

      Are all varieties firearms?

      Yeah, I know. Stupid question.

  16. thebesig says:

    The steps you have to go through to process through the airport to hop on a flight could end up growing. Coronavirus related steps that could be implemented before flying:

    https://www.axios.com/future-air-travel-coronavirus-bcee181c-1d3a-4305-992d-053d5c80a909.html

  17. thebesig says:

    Madonna has tested positive for coronavirus antibodies. She plans to breathe coronavirus air:

    https://www.tmz.com/2020/05/01/madonna-test-antibodies-breathe-in-covid-19-air-coronavirus/

    • The Stranger says:

      Yeah, well I’m sure that’s not the only thing she’s tested positive for over the years!🤣

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      I’m surprised that the CDC hasn’t named a new strain of syphilis after her!

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        IMHO Madonna has more miles on her than a 1971 Mack Truck!

        • thebesig says:

          She offered blow jobs for those who voted for Hillary Clinton. She even went into graphic detail on that. This gives an insight into her outlook on men… Must think that most are stupid. Advance the days and she ended up talking about blowing up the White House.

        • Graybeard says:

          She’s been bored out oversized – twice.

  18. thebesig says:

    Remember when New York was clamoring for additional ventilators, beds, and other facilities to deal with the pandemic? Now they’re being called out for having a lot of empty beds, unused medical equipment related to the CCP virus, etc:

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/coronavirus-crisis-amid-new-yorks-unused-hospital-beds-and-entilators-critics-point-to-waste-and-mismanagement

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      USNS Comfort treated 182 patients.

      Total

      A field hospital built by the Army treated

      Zero

      It is increasingly clear that NY totally screwed the pooch.

      It is increasingly clear that the most dangerous aspect of this bug is panicked overreaction, followed closely by dumb-ass moves.

      • Mason says:

        That’s all Trump’s fault. Doi

      • thebesig says:

        On top of that, all the wasteful spending that New York engaged in during the years before this pandemic. We had two global pandemics, at least, since the turn of the century… Even Obama talked about the inevitability of another pandemic hitting.

        When the pandemic hit, they turned to the government to provide them with things they could’ve obtained themselves.

        Then we had this demand for ventilators, they needed more ventilators. Then it turned out that they had plenty of ventilators. New York’s governor tap danced his response when someone asked about all of those ventilators.

  19. Roh-Dog says:

    Turkey season y’all!
    Have a great weekend, go fishing or sumthin

  20. 26Limabeans says:

    People getting itchy in Maine with defiance of
    Janet “General” Mills:

    https://bangordailynews.com/2020/05/01/business/more-than-100-show-up-to-dine-at-oxford-county-restaurant-defying-maine-virus-orders/

    Ex Governor Paul LePage has announced he will run against her in 2022.

  21. thebesig says:

    Australia calls for investigation into the CCP’s mishandling of the pandemic. A reasonable request that’s reflected by others around the world. China’s response? Accuse the one calling for this investigation of following Washington’s directions in spreading propaganda against China:

    “Obviously (Dutton) must have also received some instructions from Washington requiring him to cooperate with the U.S. in its propaganda war against China … Some Australian politicians parroted what those U.S. forces have said and followed them to launch political attacks on China,” a Chinese embassy official said. “Their move reveals the former’s ignorance and bigotry as well as lack of independence, which is sad.”

    https://www.foxnews.com/world/australia-china-war-of-words-escalates-as-us-gets-dragged-into-fight

  22. thebesig says:

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is leveraging her “fame” to the calls to cancel rent for those affected by the coronavirus:

    “We know right now, especially with the pandemic, with COVID-19, housing is one of — if not — the biggest stress point and crisis point that families are now encountering as a result of this shock to our economy,” she said in a statement.

    “It’s not that it’s impossible to do and it’s not that we can’t do it. We lack enough politicians with [the] political will to actually help people who are tenants and actually help people who are mom-and-pop landlords,” she added.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/cancel-rent-movement-ocasio-cortez-squad

    • Mason says:

      Damn these people are fucking stupid. They really think that all landlords are rich and can go months without getting rent. They only demand it each month because they’re greedy.

      No concept of how the real world works. It’s all the simplistic reasoning of a third grader.

  23. Combat Historian says:

    Want to see what a free press in China look like? No, not the commie party agitprop offered by the chicoms like Xinhua or CCT. I’m talking about the lively free press of the Free Chinese on Taiwan.

    Taiwan has loads of newspapers, magazines, and news media that are not afraid to muckrake, investigate, and criticize the ROC Government and the two mainstream political parties that compete to run the country at all levels.

    Unlike here in the USA, where the mainstream media serves as the partisan shill and adjunct of the democrat party, the mainstream media in Taiwan have a diversified field of publications and outlets that support either the KMT or the Taiwan Independence Party, and all manners of political opinions in between. It is a lively and raucous journalistic battlefield, with lots of investigative reporting and exposes regarding government and political corruption and incompetence. It is what journalism in a representative republic should look like. Additionally, the Taiwan Chinese use social media like us Americans here, and NOT like the chicoms where only government operatives and commie party shills are allowed access to social media. To get a taste of the free press in Free China, check out the Taipei Times below; lots of stories critical of the government, the political parties, and the cops:

    https://www.taipeitimes.com/

    • thebesig says:

      I’ve debated against one of their CCP trolls recently. It was like arguing with someone in the west that’s a leftist. Just add, “repeat Chinese Communist Party propaganda repeatedly once their argument is completely demolished.

      Check out the YouTube channels for The Epoch Times, China Uncensored, and China in Focus.

      I’ve been a news junkie since 1982. One of the things that I’ve seen?

      Our leftist media, along with the left in the US and in the West, have been useful idiots to our adversaries. During the ’80s, they were useful idiots for the Soviets, being pro leftist as usual and anti Reagan/Republican. In the first decade of the 21st Century, they were useful idiots for the terrorists. Still are. Today, they’re useful idiots for the Chinese. They’ve been shills for the Democratic Party the entire time… For decades even before I became a news junkie.

  24. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Fiddy-sump’n and Honorary First once again.

    ((((OVEROOOO

  25. Graybeard says:

    FIRST in the hearts and minds of my grandkids still.

    With this spring-like weather, Mrs. GB and I are getting some clean-up going on the back porch – a reposetory for many things that needed in the trash or in another location.

    Waiting for a call back from the Dr. Had an MRI on my prostate earlier this week. The PSAs are up 3 full points from 12 months ago, so we’re having a look-see.

    My corn and beans are growing well, the squash is blooming and beginning to make. The tomatoes and jalapeno are blooming. Planted the okra later, they are still coming up but I’m hoping they make it.

    May squirrel season has started, and turkey season is in effect. Doubt I’ll get a turkey, but hope to pop another couple of bushytails soon.

    Texas is opening up – but it’ll be a while before we are all back in business again. Lotta folks gonna be competing for jobs here – and I need one. (Can’t substitute teach now.)

    Y’all have a great week.

  26. rgr769 says:

    Where is Lars, on this world wide commie day of celebration? Oh, I know, he is having a celebratory circle jerk with his Antifa pals.

  27. thebesig says:

    It’s bad enough that the Chinese send faulty medical equipment to other countries, and make money off it it. Here’s an article talking about how Chinese medical equipment could actually kill:

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/british-doctors-warn-chinese-ventilators-could-kill-if-used-hospitals-n1194046

  28. thebesig says:

    The CCP closed air travel from Wuhan to other provinces in China. With the domestic travel ban in place, international travel from Wuhan was allowed to continue. Whether they created this crises deliberately, or they dropped the ball, as soon as this virus started spreading like wildfire, the CCP immediately took action to leverage the crises.

    President Trump is throwing things back at them, setting the stage for the direction of the presidential campaign at home. He suggests that they did this deliberately to impact his chances of re-election. Now, it’s a simple matter of connecting the Democrat candidate to the CCP:

    https://thepatriotjournal.com/trump-china-claim-do-anything/

    https://thepatriotjournal.com/trump-china-claim-do-anything/

  29. thebesig says:

    Cremation backlog in New York. The coronavirus death in New York, compared to their crematation backlogs, could be used as an indirect hint on what the actual coronavirus casualty number is in Wuhan.

    https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2020/04/30/coronavirus-toll-nycs-cremation-backlog-blamed-for-overwhelmed-funeral-homes-dozens-of-found-corpses/

  30. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    I DARE Y’ALL to tell me tis isn’t funny to watch! I don’t remember just WHAT the hell I was searching for on YouTube, but I got this, Boat Track Racing at Rockford Speedway, it’s a combination of Demolition Derby, racing and “Fuck Your Buddy” all rolled into one, Automotive Anarchy to say the least! First, you HAVE to be towing a junked out boat behind you via a chain. In order to finish first, you have to have at least a piece of your boat left and if your race boat is demolished and your car is still running, you get to do WTF as you please to demolish other competitor’s boats, it’s Anarchy on Wheels!

    • OWB says:

      That was hilarious. Was only going to watch enough to get an idea what you were talking about, API, but watched it all. Kinda like watching a train wreck. Can’t look away.

      Can you imagine seeing it in person?

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        I myself would sure as hell love to get to watch that in person, just imagine the beer sales in the grandstands!!!

    • Mason says:

      There’s nothing more fun than going to a demo derby. The boat/trailer race is always my favorite part. Track here does them in a figure 8.

      • OWB says:

        Evidently I need to get out more. Didn’t know this was a thang. Still laughing about kit. 🙂

        Thx for sharing – needed that laugh.

    • 26Limabeans says:

      Need one with the dock still attached.

    • Thunderstixx says:

      Rednecks…..
      Trucks
      Beer…….
      Boats and a racetrack……
      What more can you say !!!!!

  31. thebesig says:

    Someone dressed up as the Grim Reaper and went to the beach to make a statement against opening the beach. Gets interviewed:

    https://news.yahoo.com/local-florida-news-station-just-194000239.html

  32. thebesig says:

    Kim Jong Un reportedly makes first public appearance, showing at a ceremony for a fertilizer plant.

    https://www.foxnews.com/world/kim-jong-un-first-public-appearance-in-20-days-after-death-rumors-report

    • A Proud infidel®™ says:

      “South Korea-based Yonhap News Agency, citing state-run media, reported that Kim attended a ceremony marking the completion of a fertilizer plant in Sunchon, in the South Phyongan Province Saturday.”

      Pretty much ANYTHING ‘Lil Tubby Kim-Cheese says can be classified as “fertilizer” because it’s pure SHIT!

    • 26Limabeans says:

      He looks good..and happy as well.
      Thanks to the happy people of NK.

    • Combat Historian says:

      I read somewhere he was holed up in some remote place with his 2,000 girl harem to keep away from the NK masses and their chicom flu infections…

  33. thebesig says:

    Representative Andy Biggs warns us that the deficit could reach up to 30 trillion dollars.

    https://justthenews.com/government/congress/arizona-rep-andy-biggs-says-national-debt-could-climb-high-30-trillion-end

  34. thebesig says:

    Even Californians are pushing back against what they see as government overreach.

    Police across the state appear to have taken a largely hands-off approach with protesters, despite the fact they were violating stay-at-home requirements and not following physical distancing recommendations. The fear is the virus can be spread in close quarters by people who don’t known they’ve contracted it.

    Newsom, a Democrat, has earned bipartisan support for many of his actions during the outbreak. However, his beach closure was condemned as political overreach by Republican lawmakers, especially those in Orange County, where the GOP hopes to regain significant ground lost to Democrats in recent elections.

    “At a time when California is granting early release to high-risk sex offenders and other dangerous inmates due to COVID-19 concerns, the implicit threat to punish beachgoers and surfers who violate the order is absurd,” Republican state Sen. Patricia Bates said.

    https://apnews.com/32d5564a7774aae7c2b45b850d1000f5

  35. thebesig says:

    Nikki Haley: Must have long term plan for China, see them as they are, treat them like we did the Soviet Union, etc. What she said about getting under China’s skin? I saw that with the CCP troll that I destroyed in debate recently.

  36. 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.

    • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

      But, is he still working balls and tongue tickling taints?

      • Green Thumb says:

        But of course.

        All the while being funded by the American taxpayer based on “Philonious” claims.

  37. thebesig says:

    Oklahoma mall opens with safe distancing rules in place. This is a preview of what we’ll be seeing when the rest of the country opens back up:

    Customers wearing face masks could be seen roaming the walkways or sitting alone at tables, observing social distancing wherever possible. Even the bathrooms observed the measures, with every second sink taped off to ensure compliance.

    Only around 45 of the mall’s 150 stores were open as of Friday. Food court capacity was reduced to one-third in order to ensure social distancing.

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/oklahoma-mall-opens-shoppers-face-masks-social-distancing-coronavirus

  38. thebesig says:

    The debate on opening Nevada brothels:

    Nevada’s brothels can’t reopen unless Sisolak–whose office did not respond to a request for comment–gives them the all-clear, which does not appear to be on the horizon anytime soon. But Nathan Robertson, the mayor of Ely, a town with a couple of brothels, went so far in an email exchange as to liken brothels to “health, beauty, and wellness services,” suggesting they could reopen around the same time as gyms and hair and nail salons. (These sorts of businesses recently started to reopen in Georgia over the last week as part of its own reopening.)

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-the-risky-race-to-reopen-nevadas-brothels

  39. Green Thumb says:

    Looking out my window this morning, I saw my dog drop a huge steaming pile of Phil Monkress in my neighbor’s yard.

    I think I will let it sit there a while before I go clean it up.

    Rocking my responsibilities “Phildostyle”.

  40. marinedad61 says:

    A day late for Weekend Open Thread, but….
    this old bat is STILL on Facebook.
    Oh, and she’s SO patriotic.
    (Vomit)
    https://www.facebook.com/maggie.desanti.9