Weekend Open Thread

| May 15, 2020

Peace Officers Memorial Day is today, May 15. This day is similar in concept to Memorial Day, but for law enforcement. Federal, state, and local peace officers who died or became disabled in the line of duty are remembered. Tomorrow is Armed Forces Day.  Enjoy your weekend.

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:

    1st

  2. Combat Historian says:

    Second

  3. Sparks says:

    2nd

  4. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    THIRD and Honorary First once again.

    ((((OVER))))

  5. Commissioner Wretched says:

    If the KoB has made his claim to first (eight weeks in a row now!), that must mean it’s time for the weekly trivia silliness. Enjoy, my friends!

    DID YOU KNOW…?
    Did a low-level CBS executive substitute for Walter Cronkite on the evening news in the 1960s?
    By Commissioner Wretched

    There are a few certainties in life, you know.

    Taxes, for example. No matter how hard you try to avoid them, everybody has to pay taxes.

    Death, sad to say, is also a certainty. The only sure thing I can tell you about life is, nobody gets out of it alive.

    Human stupidity is another certainty. While it may not be you or me, somebody out there is eventually going to pull some boneheaded stunt that makes all of us look bad. It’s bound to happen sooner or later.

    And then there’s trivia.

    You knew I was coming around to that, didn’t you?

    Trivia too is certain. There will always be the minutiae of life, and there will always be jokers like me who gather it together and make it available to you. And I’ll do that for you right now.

    Did you know …

    … two countries in South America are landlocked? Only the nations of Paraguay and Bolivia have no coastline on either the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans. Well, Bolivia did have a coast, but it was lost to Chile during the War of the Pacific from 1879 to 1884. Bolivia thus has no direct access to the Pacific Ocean and must rely on Chile or Peru to get their goods out. As for Paraguay, don’t fret for them; they have the Paraguay River, which empties into the Parana River. It’s not great for shipping goods, what with waterfalls and all, but it’s something, at least. (See why it’s a good idea to be friendly?)

    … venomous snakes kill more than 100,000 people every year? (You’d think that by now people would avoid them, but no …)

    … in 1920, Babe Ruth (1895-1948) hit more home runs by himself than were hit by the other American League teams? Ruth himself hit 54 home runs; the closest team total was the St. Louis Browns, with a combined 50. (And that’s why they called him the Sultan of Swat.)

    … a hard-working adult human sweats up to four gallons a day? Most of it evaporates, though, before the person even knows it was there. (What about us lazy people? How much do we sweat?)

    … a low-level CBS program manager actually anchored the network’s evening news in 1967? In March of that year, television actors went on strike, and joining them on the picket lines was popular CBS news anchorman Walter Cronkite (1916-2009). Since many other on-air personalities of the network were also on strike, the executives had to put somebody in front of the camera for “The CBS Evening News” – but who? They finally settled on Arnold Zenker (born 1938), the 29-year-old manager of programming. Zenker was picked because he looked calm on a local newscast that morning. Surprisingly, Zenker was a hit – so much so that, when the strike was settled two weeks later, Cronkite went back on the air, saying, “Good evening. This is Walter Cronkite, sitting in for Arnold Zenker.” The network received more than 3,000 fan letters for him, and a “Bring Back Zenker” movement got started, but after a few weeks the novelty wore off. (It just goes to show you, we’re all replaceable.)

    … hypnotism is banned in the public schools of San Diego, California? (Well, it’s not like it’s encouraged anywhere else.)

    … the first time a toilet was ever seen on television was in an episode of “Leave It To Beaver”? It was in a first-season episode of the show, which ran from 1957 to 1963. The network didn’t want the toilet shown at all, but producers said it was essential to the plot – Beaver and his brother Wally were trying to hide a baby pet alligator. The two sides compromised and allowed the tank part to be shown, leaving the seat out of the frame. (It’s well known that nobody on television ever had to “go” until Archie Bunker, anyway.)

    … 80% of married American men say they would marry the same woman if they had to do it all over again? (The other 20% weren’t given an option.)

    … fortune cookies sometimes do give winning lottery numbers? In 2005, the Wonton Food company produced fortune cookies which had lottery numbers that resulted in 110 people winning. An investigation into the company turned up no evidence of fraud. (Wouldn’t you know it? That was the year I didn’t eat Chinese food.)

    … baked beans are not baked? They’re actually stewed. (Maybe so, but calling them “stewed” beans gives another connotation entirely.)

    … there is a Starbuck’s coffee shop at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia? But, as you might expect, the baristas there do not write the customers’ names on the cups. (They use secret codes, right?)

    … the world’s first novel ends in the middle of a sentence? “The Tale of Genji” was written by Murasaki Shikibu (978-1016) in the early 11th century in Japan. It is considered to be the first actual novel ever written, but once you work your way through 54 well-written chapters, the book ends in the middle of a sentence. Scholars are of two minds on that – one theory is that Shikibu ended the book that way on purpose, but the other is that part of it is missing and hasn’t yet been found. (That last sentence could have been mistranslated, and was supposed to say, “To Be Continued.” Or maybe not.)

    … an actor suffered an ironic injury on a film set? While filming “Troy” in 2004, actor Brad Pitt (born 1963) was cast in the role of Achilles. As we all know from our Greek mythology, the only part of Achilles’ body that could be injured was his heel. During the filming of an epic battle scene, Pitt suffered an injury – to his Achilles tendon, attached to his heel. He was out of action for two months. (Irony. It’s pretty ironic, isn’t it?)

    Now … you know!

    • David says:

      80%…. and close to a 50% divorce rate. Someone’s less tan candid here.

    • thebesig says:

      Paraguay has a Navy too. :mrgreen:

    • thebesig says:

      … there is a Starbuck’s coffee shop at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia? But, as you might expect, the baristas there do not write the customers’ names on the cups. (They use secret codes, right?)

      Back in 2004, 2005, the baristas that knew me wrote my name on the cup. When they saw my name, they knew to use the specialty request that I normally requested. It was unique back during this time, as they placed their usual codes on the drink cups, then called the drink out loud for the person that ordered it to claim it.

  6. 5th/77th FA says:

    BAM BAM BAM BAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    FIRE MISSION COMPLETE!!!! ANOTHER FIRST ON THE TAH FRIDAY WEEKEND OPEN THREAD FOR THE KING OF BATTLE…..THE KING OF FIRST!!!!!!!!!!! Secure the guns. Clam chowder, crab legs, with all the trimmings, including beverages of your choice on the King of Battle.

    “…Oh Bunny you so fine, you made it to number 9

    Gun Bunny …Gun Bunny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A personal SALUTE to all of my Brothers and Sisters in the LEO Community, past and present.

  7. Green Thumb says:

    I wonder if the False Commander “Phony” Phil Monkress (CEO of All-Points Logistics) recognizes this day and suggests other bestow praise and admiration for himself based on his false and felonious Law Enforcement claims?

  8. Roh-Dog says:

    Smdh. One of these days The Queen of Battle will best the King, until that day; have a great weekend y’all!
    Still 0 for 5 on my turkey tags, I have been enjoying the season tho. Saw a scarlet tanager this morning! The chickadees have been taking a liking to my ranch sunflower seeds.

    • David says:

      We have been flooded with cardinals and hummingbirds… the mockingbirds, crows, and vultures are a given. Couple of red-headed woodpeckers, too – thankfully on my neighbor’s tree.

      • 11B-Mailclerk says:

        In my old neighborhood, a very large woodpecker discovered a neighbor’s antenna mast, with some sort of microwave horn on it.

        That dang bird thought it was a radio shock-jock
        BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRT!

        All frackkin day.

        • Graybeard says:

          I learned that they do that when they are asserting territorial rights and warning off other woodpeckers.

          Annoying booty calls.

          • 11B-Mailclerk says:

            Yup

            That bird was the punk with the earthquake stereo in his car, and the loose buzzing license plate.

    • Skyjumper says:

      “One of these days The Queen of Battle will best the King….”

      Roh-Dog, I’m with you on that.
      Having been a grunt myownself, never cared much about “The Queen Of Battle” moniker until I read this.

      ” References to the queen of battle (or battles) continue to appear in doctrinal literature from the time of the First World War until today, and one of the most popular theories on the selection of the queen as symbol of our branch lies in the queen’s dominance of a chessboard, where she enjoys much more freedom of movement and mobility than any other piece. Her position as the most powerful piece on the board is indeed analogous to the role of the Infantry on the battlefield, and – like our branch – it is she who may well determine the final outcome. The king, on the other hand, is a vulnerable figure, and must rely upon others to protect him.”

      Take that, GunBunny!! 😉

      Just kidding, 5th/77th FA . (smile)
      Had the arty boys save our bacon a few times…always appreciated them.

      Congrats on the WOT “first”, brother!
      Keep this up much longer and I’ll have to take off my socks to count your “firsts”.

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        Brothers Sky and Roh-Dog. It takes a Legion! Or in more modern terms, A Combined Arms Army or Brigade Combat Team. We are only as strong as our weakest link. And together we form an unbroken chain to bring the dam dam down on the bad guys. Having our Brothers and Sisters in Blues and undress whites to get us there helps a lot too.

        A Maine Boy, Adelbert Ames, as an Artilleryman, used his skillz to help Col Henry Hunt’s guns stop the Confederates in a “we didn’t get the word the attack was called off” assault on Malvern Hill in ’62. He used his infantry to support the New York Light Artillery holding back Ewells Johnny Rebs 1 Jul ’63 late afternoon/early evening assault on Bartow’s Knoll until, by then Gnrl Henry Hunt of the Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac, gathered up enough guns to stop the attack on Cemetery Hill cold that night. The ring of steel that the gunners did at Bastogne saved the troops til Patton turned the entire 3rd Army around and marched to the sound of the guns. My Pappy was pulling lanyards on an 8 incher during that fight.

        My personal favorite is the gunners of the 1st Bn 21st FA at Fire Base Falcon that fired mission in support of LZ-X-Ray. Those gun bunnies fired more than 18K rounds over a 53 hour period protecting Hal Moore’s Sky Soldiers from the NVA. They melted out a number of tubes during that fire mission. Reading Joe Galloway’s reports of that fight in the local papers back in Nov of 65 was one of the reasons why I volunteered for the Artillery 3 days after I graduated high school. One of our Cadre in AIT was with them then and we had a visit from Moore right before graduation. I never pulled a lanyard to fire a shot in anger in this lifetime, but I’m sure I did in a former one.

        It is troops such as these, and the ones on this board that actually were “on a hill, over yonder,” that we should never forget and pay Honors too. Here’s to us; and those like us; there’s damn few of us; the rest are dead.

        • rgr769 says:

          I learned most of my arty skills from my corporal FO in the Viet of the Nam. He taught me how to adjust fire be sound, something they don’t teach at Infantry School. After a month or so of time in the Bush, I became pretty proficient, what with having to shoot in our Delta Tangos every night for each new NDP. Of course, my FO was supervising every fire adjustment to make sure I didn’t make a mistake. Our only close call was when the FDC screwed up and almost blew us off a hilltop one night. You see, we were atop a mountain ridge and the arty guns were in a valley at a much lower elevation. The FDC neglected to calculate high angle, and the first HE shot out went about ten feet over our heads and hit a knoll about 75 yards outside my perimeter.

          • 5th/77th FA says:

            rgr769 that proud member of the E4 mafia prolly kicked somebody’s ass FIRST chance he had when he got to the FDC. Being a Soldier can be a dangerous profession. We had a butter bar set the fuse wrong during a fire for effect training mission in AIT, causing the round to explode in the tube of a 105mm when the lanyard was jerked. Killed the gunner, blew the legs off the assistant gunner, and the breech block took the head off the loader kneeling between the trails when it blew straight back. I was on the next gun in line watching for the fire signal when that happened. Thought that something didn’t look right when I fired our piece. Didn’t hear the screams til the last of the guns fired. I heard later that the butter bar suck started a 1911 not long afterwards.

      • thebesig says:

        Infantry is one of my MOSs, when I first heard “queen of battle,” I immediately thought of the queen of the chessboard… That was my “video game” growing up.:mrgreen:

        On another note, just as the U.S. has “mother of all Bombs”, the Russians apparently have the “father of all bombs.” Maybe the Iranian regime, in their bragging mode, would claim to have “the god of all bombs”.

    • 26Limabeans says:

      Been watching woodpeckers mate at the feeder.
      They French kiss! Wrap their tongues around
      each others, flap their wings and hump.

      Yeah, this lock down has gone on way too long.

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        Reminds me of this tale:

        Two old trees, an Oak and a Maple had been growing next to each other for many decades. Over the course of one, they both noticed a sapling taking root and growing. The Oak said to the Maple “I bet you that’s a Son of a Birch” to which the Maple said, “NO, I bet you that’s a Son of a Beech” to which they argued for another five years. One day a Woodpecker landed in the Oak’s branches and the Oak asked him “Hey my friend, would you help my friend and I settle a bet?” The bird nodded yes. “See that young upstart over there? I think he’s a Son of a Birch while my friend thinks he’s a Son of a Beech, will you go over and see for us?” The Woodpecker went over there for a few, checked out the younger Tree and returned. The Oak asked “SO, is that a Son of a Birch or a Son of a Beech?” to which the Woodpecker licked his beak and replied “Neither, that’s the best little piece of Ash I ever stuck my pecker into!!!”

        Thankyuhverymuch, don’t forget to tip the Veal and try the Waitress!!!

        • 11B-Mailclerk says:

          “Now there’s no more Oak Oppression, for they passed a noble law, and the Trees are all kept equal, by hatchet, axe, and saw.”

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        So, THAT’s what those two female red-bellied woodpeckers were gossiping about a few weeks ago? I figured as much.

  9. Fjardeson says:

    Top 10?

  10. The Other Whitey says:

    Managed to add the tank’s antenna flag before she went into labor.

    https://www.deviantart.com/yt45

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      Cool beaners TOW. I am honored that you chose to use a Cavalry Version of the Venerable St Andrews Cross (c 69 AD) Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia. That design has been used by resistance fighters since St Andrew was crucified that way. That and in respect to the Scotch Heritage of Southerners were some of the reasons the design was used by the ANV Troops v the Original “Stars and Bars” FIRST National Confederate. I have the one that flew from my (step) son’s Bradley when he was in the Storm with C Troop (Company) 3/15th Inf 24th Mech. Most apropos since the Armored Cav (AKA Mobile Artillery) is generally a buncha rebels that inside on doing things their way. (Tanker boots, tanker cross draw shoulder holsters, ect ect)

      I noticed, too, the addition of the hanging P-40 War Hawk (?) that wasn’t shown last week. Looking good! I see the PBY is still on the back burner. That design was back when proper long range or recon aircraft had the wings and motors properly attached…you know…before Big Navy f’ed up with that abomination that started using…for…reasons.

      • The Other Whitey says:

        The PBY is long since done and hanging over my oldest girl’s bed. Same for my son’s P-40. I hope to wrap up my middle girl’s Hun over the next week or so, depending on newborn needs.

        And I wish I could find it, but as a kid I saw a picture of a half-dozen Marines in Korea circa ‘51 holding a Rebel Flag on an improvised pole, M1s in hand and a “Don’t fuck with us” look on their faces. And every single one of them was black.

        • 5th/77th FA says:

          I’ve seen that pic and will try to find it somewhere. A quick Google Foo keeps hitting on the Marine General story about removing all things Confederate from Marine Bases. SCV National may be able to find it, we do a lot of research showing/documenting Black Confederates. Several very nice straightford books on that subject. That photo shopped picture of the punk dylan roof that murdered the good folks at the Church in Charleston caused more bad publicity for all things Confederate and lead to much more of the whole Heritage of War Memorials attacks.

          Keep us updated on this and the progress of that precious little girl.

          • The Other Whitey says:

            I never cared much for the Rebel Flag kerfuffle. If it’s the Stars & Bars (Confederate national flag), yeah, I would probably have a problem with that outside of a museum or re-enactment context. But not a Rebel Flag.

            Why not? Because Americans have been rebels since 1775. That rebellious spirit made this nation. And besides, with the bullshit that was the Fugitive Slave Act, an argument could well be made that Union soldiers were rebels against big-money slaveholding interests, or that American liberty was rebelling against the Old World institution of slavery. I know, the War was vastly more complicated than that, with nobility and douchery on both sides, but the haters like to make it a black & white “South – slavery – bad” thing, so those arguments turn theirs rather nicely on its head. Then bring up Brigadier General Stand Watie and the Cherokee Rifles if you really want to see their heads spin!

            • 11B-Mailclerk says:

              Wait! The Noble Natives owned -slaves-?

              Yup.

              (Proggy kernel panic)

              • The Other Whitey says:

                For another example, the Comanche had a long-standing practice of enslaving captives. They just didn’t call them slaves. They still did the scut work and were the property of the man who captured them. Pretty sure that checks all the “slave” boxes. And God help the “adopted captive” who tried to get away.

                • 5th/77th FA says:

                  The FIRST Black Africans brought to the Virginia Colony were owned by…wait for it…a Black African. The African Slave trade always was the purview of the Arabs, selling same to the Portuguese, Dutch, and English. These Africans were taken captive by other Africans in various wars and raids amongst the African Tribes. The American Slave trade and ships were financed and built in New England and by New York business interest. Not a single African was brought into this Country by a ship flying any type of “Confederate Flag.” The institution was already rapidly dying a natural death leading up to the War and would have very shortly passed into the dustbin of History. All politics aside, less than 2% of the Confederate Soldiers owned slaves and did not consider themselves to be fighting to preserve it. Emancipation Proclamation freed no one in itself and Lincoln’s Master Plan was to ship them back to the Colony in Liberia. The EP did cause massive amounts of desertions ON BOTH SIDES when it was announced then passed and it led to the draft riots and the murder of Blacks in Noo Yawk City, among other places. The Carpetbaggers and Scalawags that took over the abandoned or overtaxed plantations after the war certainly took advantage of the sharecropper labor that was readily available.

                  Again, somewhere in the neighborhood of 1 million Americans died because of Kongress Kritters that would destroy the Country to maintain their grip on power. Our do nothing politicians of today are of the same ilk.

                  • 11B-Mailclerk says:

                    Oh come on. The South continued to import black folk during the blockade. The southern newspapers have the sale Announcements.

                    Slavery wasn’t “dying”. It was so much a part of the southern economy that it was a key item the the Confederate constitution.

                    One of the biggest arguments of the antebellum period was -expanding- slavery into the territories.

                    C’mon man. Own it. Simple reading of newspapers of the era shows I am right.

                    • 5th/77th FA says:

                      Very very few documented cases of importation into the South during the blockade, other, more highly demanded goods were on those ships. Importation into the US was outlawed in 1808 and, again, not many ships dared to cross the line of the British Man-O-War Ships that were fighting the international Slave Trade. Getting caught meant, punishment up to hanging, confiscation of the ship, and the releasing of the human cargo back to the whites in Africa as indentured servants.

                      Yes the slave auctions still were in business for the domestic slave trade and yes some of the territorial expansions were over whether a state would be slave or free. “Bleeding Kansas” is the most glaring example with it being proposed free, while the Nebraska Territory would allow slaves. One reason why NE wasn’t admitted til after the War. In many Northern States, Illinois Ohio and Indiana in particular, among others, it was against state law, for a long time, for blacks to even be allowed, free or slave, henceforth the underground railroad being a secret path most of the way to Canada. One reason for that was to keep the labor rates from being depressed. And that discrimination crossed onto other nationalities too.

                      Own It? Nope, my folks from back then didn’t own nobody. Human bondage is one of the worst terrors that mankind has dealt to one another. Our people were indentured from Ireland and Scotland for the most part and made their living as farmers and mechanics. Here’s a little linky with some more history that is a very interesting factual read;

                      https://www.abbevilleinstitute.org/review/slavery-in-the-confederate-constitution/

            • rgr769 says:

              What most folks consider to be the Confederate flag is not the National flag of the CSA. It is the Confederate battle flag, then known as “the starry cross.” There were three slightly different CSA national flags that most today would not recognize.

              • The Other Whitey says:

                Exactly. The Starry Cross/Southern Cross/Rebel Flag is and always has been a symbol of American fighting spirit, often in defiance of unfavorable odds. It was flown by Americans at Shanghai, the Marne, and dozens of barely-remembered islands across the Pacific. It was flown by destroyers and subchasers, and by GIs in France and Italy. It was promptly hoisted by the Marines who stormed Shuri Castle on Okinawa, defied Red Chinese assaults in Korea, and decorated vehicles and boats in Vietnam. It led the charge into Iraq in two wars and let the Taliban know who was guarding dozens of outposts across Afghanistan. What does it represent? American troops, that’s what.

                • rgr769 says:

                  Wholeheartedly agree. The fact that some yahoo’s like the biker gangs, the Klan, and some American Nazi groups use it doesn’t detract from its military history.

                  • 11B-Mailclerk says:

                    And the folks who claim “history” who fly one not square kinda punk themselves.

                    All the authentic antiques I have seen are square, or nearly so, at least those not shot to ribbons. Even most of those battle flag remnants show signs of a 45 degree cross, indicating “square”.

                    • rgr769 says:

                      All the Confederate battle flags were square. Thus, all those we used in re-enacting were likewise.

                    • The Other Whitey says:

                      Strictly speaking, the ANV flag was square. The same design on a rectangular flag is the CS naval jack.

          • Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman says:

            Try using DuckDuckGo instead of anything Gaggle related. May get better (unbiased) results.

  11. Thunderstixx says:

    Gazillionth…..
    The first video played on MTV should have been this version !!!
    I just love these guys !!!!!

  12. ChipNASA says:

    I’m here fuckers.
    5th/77th FA continues his reign of terror.
    My 4-peat is a long distant memory.
    Cheers bitches.
    86 here in PRofMD, enjoying it some.
    Been to the chiropractor twice this week and there is definite hope that the shingles in my bilateral leg pain will disappear in the coming week or two or three if I can go back and get adjustments to correct the nerve bundle inflammation.
    Crossing my fingers.
    Hope the rest of your well

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      Good to hear from you Chipster and the news of your improvements. We’ve had concerns. We will have to ask Claw for an official ruling, but this would make a fine # nine. Whether or not I can get to an unprecedented double ACE of FIRST remains to be seen.

      No matter what happens, The King of Battle, will always be listed in the Coveted Book of FIRST as The FIRST ACE of FIRSTs and the FIRST to achieve ACE and 8s.

      Fresh peaches will start shipping out from Georgia NLT FIRST thing Monday.

    • Graybeard says:

      Hang in there brother. You’ll beat those shingles like 5th/77th beats his F5 key.

  13. LC says:

    Well, shit. It doesn’t happen often, but I think the Trump administration did something right for a change. While “Operation Warp Speed” was first mentioned a while ago, the management team was finally revealed, and includes Moncef Slaoui, formerly of GSK, as Chief Scientist and GEN Gustave Perna as COO. That seems like a good match, and far better than my initial fears that this would be another Kushner initiative.

    https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/15/trump-coronavirus-vaccine-development-team-260678

    I think they’ll manage to balance the risk from shortening the otherwise incompressible human trials with the need for fast development, and while it’s not mentioned if they’re working with the Gates foundation on their mass production facilities, it at least has a lot in common with that on the logistical side. This is a strategic capability that’ll help the country, and the world, not just now, but as these types of outbreaks become more common.

  14. Sapper3307 says:

    FIRST!
    Change my mind, and I will drink.

  15. Ex-PH2 says:

    Here’s the latest I could find on Elon Musk threatening to take Tesla out of California. I hope if he does so that he picks a state that needs jobs.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2020-05-11/elon-musk-threatens-to-take-tesla-factory-out-of-california-video

  16. Graybeard says:

    FIRST in the hearts and minds of my grandkids – the two youngest cuties currently playing in my livingroom while their mother washes clothes here.

    Still safe and healthy out in the GB compound.
    Yellow Squash making – getting some big ones too. Took the first batch to the local homeless mission. We’ll have plenty in a day or two.
    The rains have sure helped.

    Beans coming along nicely – I ought to be full of them later this summer.

    Tomatoes starting, still a week or two out from the first ones being ripe.

    Okra growing & corn looking to tassel soon.

    Hope y’all have a great weekend.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      And it took until today to finally get weather that matches the season on the calendar.

      That’s okay, I know it won’t last long. We’ll have snow before Hallowe’en this year, instead of on Hallowe’en. No wonder no one wants to do trick or treating any more in the Great Frozen North.

      • thebesig says:

        Same in my area. Yesterday and today with high in the 80s, felt like fall during my predawn run… and when I did yard maintenance after that. This was the third time I put bug repellant on when I didn’t need it. Too cool, bug activity delayed.

        Firefly season normally starts by now, but I haven’t seen any on my running route yet.

        But, earlier this week, I saw the moon, Jupiter, and Saturn in the same area… In a triangle. May have seen a meteor flash by the group (thought it was a firefly at first).

  17. Green Thumb says:

    “Turd” Bolling (Ambassador Worldwide Protection Agency) offers a class in Weapons of Mass Destruction!

    I love it.

    If that is not your fancy, there are many more!

    Sign up today!

    http://www.awpa1.com/training.php

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Yeah, I found that on another website, and there is more to it than what is in that article. I’ve got something coming up for it tomorrow. But calling it a “lockdown” was the reportere’s idea, not Dr. Phillips’.

    • thebesig says:

      I’ve been banging the metal plate to the metal bars about this for years now. We’ve been in the beginning of mini-ice age conditions. I’ve been tracking global weather since 2007. Atmospheric patterns are different now than they were when I first tracked global climate.

      I’ve also read an article that we’re looking at another La Niña.

  18. CavScoutCoastie says:

    Long time no comment. I’m still around fortunately still employed in the Savannah area. For some reason I’ve been reading a lot of early history of the Pacific in WW2, especially the Philippines. For unknown stories, I recommend They Call It Pacific. Author was a journalist when Japan came through. He reports about the start from December 8th until he escaped from Corrigidor shortly after McArthur left. He talked to everyone from fleeing civilians and enlisted men to both American and Japanese generals. This was back when journalists still knew what country they were from.
    Another is Guerrilla Wife. Written by the wife of a mining engineer who joined the Philippine resistance. They lived in the jungle for years. This is as much a survival story as anything. Both fascinating books telling stories from the worm’s eye view.

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      Welcome Home CSC. Wondered where you got off to. I’ll check those out, been wanting to get deeper into the Pacific side, had an uncle that did some of the island hopping, Army. Thanks.

    • Combat Historian says:

      For history of the early Pacific War that is truly unknown or forgotten here in the U.S., check out Bruce Gamble’s book on the Japanese invasion of Rabaul in January 1942. The understrength Australian brigade of 1500 troops garrisoning Rabaul known as Lark Force was destroyed, and only about 350 men escaped after Australia staged its own mini-Dunkirk to rescue as many survivors as they could. Except for about a hundred officer POWs who were shipped off to prison camps in Japan, the remaining 1000-plus Aussies were killed in the initial battle, died in the interior of New Britain, or killed when the prison ship they were on was unknowingly sunk by a U.S. submarine in July 1942. This tale of woe rivals the tragedy of Bataan and Corregidor that happened a few months later…

      https://books.google.com/books/about/Invasion_Rabaul.html?id=aDeDAwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button

    • David says:

      Check out “The Unknowns”, about the guys who first brought the Unknown Soldier back to the US after WWI. Lot of fruit salad on their chests, and not I-was-there. DSCs and MoHs galore. By Patrick O’Donnell.

  19. marinedad61 says:

    I miss the weekly outing of fresh Stolen Valor phonies…
    the initial responses, comebacks, and backlash,
    and the resultant unraveling of their tales.. for ALL to see.

    After all, the government offices may have slowed down this year,
    but the phonies haven’t slowed down at all.

  20. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    SOMETIMES you just gotta go full Ron Swanson, EXCEPT when it comes to coming across and Ex-Monster (*OOPS*, Ex-Wife) and if that were to happen to me I would summon Satan to take her to the corner of Hell where she belongs, to which “Old Scratch” would reply “*NOOOOO*, too evil…” and I’d be stuck with the damned thing yet again…

  21. Cameron says:

    The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (Chinese: 台灣積體電路製造股份有限公司) or TSMC based in the Hsinchu Science Park, Hsinchu, Taiwan has been given the green light to construct a $12 billion plant in Arizona to compete with (as well as restrict the sell of) the People’s Republic of China’s Huawei. Looks like Taiwan may be seeing a new place in the world.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/trump-delivers-blow-to-china-with-announcement-that-taiwan-chip-maker-building-12-billion-u-s-plant

    • Combat Historian says:

      It’s about time. Buying a Huawei product means paying the chicoms to hack and surveil you and ultimately sabotaging your own country…

      All critical manufacturing needs to be brought home to the USA, and sharing the manufacturing load and working with our friends and allies like Free China Taiwan and ROK is the way to go. The diseased murdering chicoms can go screw…

      • Cameron says:

        Amen Combat Historian.

      • thebesig says:

        The CCP knows that people in the US are stronger in the argument of bringing manufacturing back to the US. This pandemic woke more Americans up to the threats and antics that the CCP perpetrates.

        One of their responses to growing calls to move manufacturing out of China? To paraphrase, “China and the United States/West/World must address this thread in a non confrontational, mutually supporting, cooperative, etc. manner”.

        “Mutually supportive” as in, not moving our manufacturing out of China.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Looks like Taiwan may be seeing a new place in the world. – article.

      Oh, I do hope so!

  22. NHSparky says:

    Tornado watch at Casa de Sparky Western Annex last night?

    Fuck 2020. For reals.

  23. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    Has anyone heard any more about President Trump’s new deal with a Taiwanese computer chip manufacturer? It’s said that they’re going to build a plant in Arizona, the deal alone is a huge loogie in the face to COMMUNIST China!

    • Combat Historian says:

      The biggest fattest loogie in the face of the chicoms would be if a newly re-elected President Trump flies to Free Taiwan on an official state visit, hold up the hand of ROC President Tsai Ing Wen in a victory handshake, and announce that the USA has reestablished full diplomatic ties with Free China Taiwan, agreed to a mutual security assistance treaty for the defense of Taiwan, and a free trade pact with Taiwan as the USA simultaneously revokes MFN trade status with the murdering chicoms. How’s that for a big fat FUCK YOU to the diseased chicom murderers of Peking…?

  24. ArmyATC says:

    Just saw this. A three part mini-series premiering on Memorial Day. It could be interesting.

    https://play.history.com/shows/grant

  25. thebesig says:

    Considering the ratings pull that President Trump has, would CNN and MSNBC follow the example of Fox News? Their President Trump town hall pulled more viewers than MSNBC and CNN combined:

    https://www.foxnews.com/media/fox-news-america-together-town-hall-with-trump-attracts-more-viewers-than-cnn-msnbc-combined

  26. thebesig says:

    Coronavirus might be sexually transmitted by those recovering from it. This link talks about the semen connection:

    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/coronavirus-could-be-sexually-transmitted-among-recovering-patients-new-research-shows-2020-05-08

  27. thebesig says:

    One of the guys that got captured attempting to “invade” Venezuela and capture Maduro. Here he is being queried:

  28. thebesig says:

    President Trump mentioned some protesters who gave a reporter a piece of their mind. Given the animousity and bias from the mainstream media, these demonstrators understandably criticized this reporter.

    The reporter said that the level of anger against the media was “alarming”. Nothing in there about their bias against conservatives as a cause of their “anger”.

    • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

      DAMN! Busting it off in their ass!

      FAKE NEWS IS NOT ESSENTIAL!

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      What if, instead, they just reported factual information in a neutral way?

      A profession of reporting, not commentary.

      Nah.

  29. thebesig says:

    The Woodstock Music Festival took place when another pandemic was occurring. From the New York Post:

    But schools were not shut down nationwide, other than a few dozen because of too many sick teachers. Face masks weren’t required or even common. Though Woodstock was not held during the peak months of the H3N2 pandemic (the first wave ended by early March 1969, and it didn’t flare up again until November of that year), the festival went ahead when the virus was still active and had no known cure.

    Over a million died during this pandemic. So far, over 300,000 have died of the current pandemic.

    https://nypost.com/2020/05/16/why-life-went-on-as-normal-during-the-killer-pandemic-of-1969/

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      Oh snap! That was supposed to be in the Memory Hole.

      The Founders dealt with endemic -Smallpox-, 30% fatal (best case), yet they didn’t put a pandemic exception in either the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.

      Weird.

  30. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    God bless ’em. The good ole boys of NASCAR are back!