Weekend Open Thread

| May 22, 2020

May 22 is National Maritime Day. In 1819, the first steam-powered ship embarked on a transatlantic voyage. Both this ship and the first nuclear-powered merchant ship were named Savannah. Today, it celebrates the maritime professions. Enjoy your weekend.

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:


    • Commissioner Wretched says:

      Hey … is that your Double Ace, or do you have one more to go? I lost count.

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        We will have to defer to the Keeper of The Book of FIRST for an official ruling, but by my count, yes it is. Speaking of which, where is the Claw? He has been extremely conspicuous in his absence of late. Maybe an Admin needs to drop him a line/do a welfare check on the boy. We haven’t even had a spinning of the Whiz Wheel is a good little while now.

        By my count, the 1st FIRST in this unprecedented Victory Run started on the FIRST earned on 20 March. On 17 April The King of Battle earned the very FIRST ACE of FIRST, 5 in a row. On 8 May the very FIRST ACE and 8 of FIRST was earned. That makes today, a date that will live in infamy, 22 May 2020 as the date that The King of Battle, a past member of the 5th Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment (Sergeant Missile) and the FIRST Battalion, 333rd Field Artillery Regiment (Lance Missile) EARNED a never before thought possible, unprecedented DOUBLE ACE of FIRST, on the This Ain’t Hell (but you can see it from here)/Valor Guardians Blog Site. A feat that has never before been accomplished and will never be duplicated. There will never be another FIRST ACE or a FIRST Double ACE. There may be more ACEs and even Double ACEs, but there can be only One FIRST of FIRST.

        I dedicate this achievement, Sacred to the Memory of Fallen American Service Members who have given their all in Defense of Freedom and in Honor of all of The FIRST Responders that stand ready to protect us.

  2. jerry says:

    Some number

    • Thunderstixx says:

      Seconds, just seconds !!!

      • Thunderstixx says:

        Well, I have to pay homage to the King of Battle, the Great Equalizer and the home of the best toys on Earth !!!
        “Lord over us Dickweeds as you wish oh Great King Of Battle”
        “May the Sword of Gondor be ever at your side”!!!
        Until next week anyway, then we’ll get the sucker and make him eat dirt !!!!

  3. Combat Historian says:


  4. Graybeard says:


    • Graybeard says:

      Dang. Fifth.

      Preferably a good Bourbon or Scotch, please.

    • Graybeard says:

      Picked a mess of beans today.
      Grandkids helped me with weeding and finding the beans.
      The yellow squash is doing well. Corn coming on, hopefully in a few weeks I can fight the coons off and get some fresh sweet corn.
      Okra is growing well.
      Getting a few jalapenos as well.

      Had fun at 1-year-old granddaughter’s birthday party yesterday evening. One of the joys of being in the country.

      Y’all have a great weekend.

  5. lmn0351 says:

    damn…..top 5

  6. Roh-Dog says:

    I was busy! For good reason,

    Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) Tweeted:
    Joe Biden on The Breakfast Club:

    “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t Black.” https://t.co/1CoFmYN2Lv

    You’re welcome, fam!
    And FA, you gonna give someone else a try?! (Lowkey: congRATs)

  7. 5th/77th FA says:

    DAAAAAYUUUUUM!!!! That was close! FIRE MISSION FIRE MISSION FIRE MISSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    On Target all Batt trees FIRE FOR EFFECT!!!!!!

    FIRST on the TAH Friday Weekend Open Thread!

    The FIRST DOUBLE ACE OF FIRST to THE KING OF BATTLE 5th 77th Field Artillery…GUN BUNNIES RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Good shot jerry but no brass ring! There will be unlimited refreshments up to an including Fajitas, cheese grits with shrimps, cat headed biscuits stuffed with pulled pork Mongolian BBQ, and of course, pizza, hot wings, and your choice of coldbeers and Top Shelf Whiskeys served up at Firebase Magnolia!

  8. Commissioner Wretched says:

    Wow … nothing, it seems, can stop the 5th/77th FA juggernaut toward Double Ace! Certainly not little ol’ me. Anyway, to mark some auspicious occasion or other, let’s have a look at this week’s trivia column, shall we?

    Is there a place where a school basketball gym crosses two states?
    By Commissioner Wretched

    Well, what do you know?

    We’re in the only week in May that doesn’t have a holiday in it.

    The first week of the month we had Cinco de Mayo – and oh, what a day that is! (Especially if you like Mexican food, which I do.)

    Last week, we had two holidays – Mother’s Day was last Sunday, and last Saturday was Armed Forces Day. I guess if your mom was in the service you celebrated on Wednesday, I don’t know.

    Next week we have Memorial Day on Monday.

    But this week … bupkis.

    So, by the power vested in me by absolutely nobody, I hereby declare this Trivia Week. To celebrate, I’ll donate one column of information, with which you may do whatever you please.

    Join me, won’t you, in celebrating Trivia Week right now!

    Did you know …

    … “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” is the longest-running live-action television program in American history? It premiered on September 20, 1999, and is now in its 21st year, still producing first-run episodes today. It passed the old record-holder, “Gunsmoke” (1955-1975), with its first episode of 2020. The longest-running scripted show of any kind is the animated favorite “The Simpsons,” which debuted on December 17, 1989 and, 31 years later, is still going strong. (Admit it – as soon as you started reading this one you heard that two-tone musical note from “SVU” in your head, didn’t you?)

    … it is possible to open a bottle of wine with your shoe? (Why you would want to, I couldn’t begin to imagine.)

    … kissing is actually healthier than shaking hands? (Yeah!!!!)

    … starfish have an eye at the end of each of their arms? (All the better to see you with, my dear!)

    … legendary playwright Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) is believed to have died after choking on a bottle cap? Apparently, Williams was trying to loosen the cap on a bottle of eye drops with his teeth, and accidentally swallowed it, causing him to choke to death.

    … a school basketball gym straddles two states? In the town of West College Corner, Indiana, there is a school basketball gym. It’s also in the town of College Corner, Ohio. In fact, the center stripe of the basketball court is the state line. How did this happen? Well, the town of College Corner was founded in 1811, eight years after Ohio became a state – but five years before Indiana became a state, in 1816. When the territory was demarcated for the new state, the line went directly through the town, dividing it into two towns. In 1893, town leaders on both sides built the original school house to benefit both towns. In 1926, a bigger school was built, and someone decided to put the gym at the center and have the state line split the two halves of the court. This created no small amount of controversy over the years, including a time problem – for many years, Indiana was in the Central time zone, while Ohio was in the Eastern zone. That meant a basketball shot made in Indiana could be scored as a basket in Ohio one hour later. In addition, the school’s cafeteria was located under the gym, meaning it had to pass inspections from both Ohio and Indiana officials, and prospective teachers at the school have to have certificates from both states. It had an effect on snow days as well – Ohio doesn’t allow as many as Indiana does, so students living in Indiana got to stay home while Ohio-based kids were making up days missed due to bad weather. (Thanks, and a “tip o’the trivia cap” to Sheila for this great item!)

    … the bones of a pigeon weigh less than its feathers? (And the brain of a pigeon weighs even less … guess that’s why they’re called a bird brain.)

    … if you were standing on the surface of Pluto, the Sun would appear no brighter in the sky than Venus appears from Earth? (If you’re standing on the surface of Pluto without a space suit, it won’t matter how bright the Sun appears.)

    … it was once against the law for women to wear bathing suits that showed the female form? In one classic instance, Annette Kellerman (1886-1975), a well-known Australian swimmer, was arrested on a Boston beach in 1907 for wearing a form-fitting one-piece bathing suit which went from her neck to her ankles. Such a garment was considered indecent at the time.

    … you forget about 80% of what you learn each day? (That explains my high school and college grades!)

    … according to studies, 75% of married people would not give up their spouses for a night for a million dollars? (Makes you wonder about the other 25%, doesn’t it?)

    … Greenland cannot join the International Soccer Federation, or FIFA? The reason is that not enough grass grows on the heavily glaciated island to form a soccer field. (It does, however, lead the world in ice skating rinks! Or at least it should.)

    … the octopus is a very flexible animal? How flexible, you ask? Well, consider this – octopuses (octopi?) have no bone structure at all. That means that even a big octopus – say, in the 500-pound range – can squeeze its body through an opening the size of a quarter. (It may not be a pleasant thing to do, but the octopus can do it.)

    … a merry-go-round was the inspiration for one of the happiest places on Earth? While sitting on a bench in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, Walt Disney (1901-1965) watched a merry-go-round with children, and he began to have the ideas that would end up as Disneyland.

    Now … you know!

    • Thunderstixx says:

      So you’re the guy that sparked then name of “The Commish” on said TV show.
      I think we should elevate you to the position of TAH Commish with all the assorted paraphernalia that goes with it !!!
      All in favor say Aye !!!

    • Thunderstixx says:

      I really enjoy these posts.
      I’m also a fountain of useless knowledge. I leave Uber riders in awe with my knowledge of the insane and inane knowledge all the time.
      Keep up the great work “Commish” !!!

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        ‘stixx, I think the Commissioner Wretched comes from his days in Gotham City, kinda another name for Chief of Poe lease, or city Father figure. May be why he acts a little “batty”…man. Don’t think he would do any robbin’, be more like a racoon, dark circles around his eyes, always on the prowl for food, does his best work at night, kinda chubby, and a little shady. Not sure.

        I too have a noggin full of useless tidbits of info and have been the go to in many circles. I enjoy CW’s missives on a weekly basis and look forward to each edition. In re today’s offerings, I’ve only watched the Simpsons about once, but try to catch the reruns of Gunsmoke everyday on the broadcast ME TV Network. They hit locally at 1300hrs, and right now they have reset to the very FIRST 1/2 hour episodes, B&W. Can’t really see Miss Kitty’s Red Hair in these, but I’m telling ya, in 1955 she shore was a skinny, purty, little gal. Does piss me off when I see her wearing a dress with a zipper running down the back of it. I don’t think they ever fixed that little piece of trivia in the 20 years it ran.

        • David says:

          My wife describes the trivia I have s swamp gas, it just bubbles up.

          To go with the high school, used to be half of the State Line restaurant in west El Paso was in NM, the other in TX. Whether you could get a drink sometimes depended on where you sat.

          I think that maried couple stat is skewed… ought to be at least 10% who would PAY to have their spouse takn away…

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      “The first week of the month we had Cinco de Mayo-”

      THIS YEAR it happened on Taco Tuesday and celebration was BANNED because of a Chinese virus named after a Mexican beer!

  9. thebesig says:

    Want to see deceptive journalism? This article wants to portray the pandemic’s taking hold in Trump counties. Never mind that where it has taken hold in Hillary counties, more people are infected. Most the infected people in the country live in counties that voted for Democrat.

    But, this article makes it seem like those who “disregard” coronavirus related recommendations are now getting their comeuppance:


    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      Some GQ Prog-tard recently referred to -George Wallace- as a Republican.

      Wallace, the star of numerous Donk conventions, famous for his defense of Jim Crow and Segregation.

      • Mason says:

        They frequently make that “mistake”. Take a racist scion of the Democratic party and list him as an (R). When (better yet IF) it’s retracted, nobody ever sees it.

        It happens so often that it’s got to be covered in some class at “journalism” school.

        • 5th/77th FA says:

          Amazing too, how many don’t know that Lincoln and MLK Jr, were Republicans. Have worked with “educated people” of several races that didn’t know that. Alabama got hung with George Wallace. We were stuck with Lester Maddox. Odd thing about both of them tho, was they did have the support and votes of the Black Folks down here and did a lot for the Black Folks. Neither were racists per se as much as they were segregationists. And segregation was something that many of the newly freedmen wanted after the War. The cry was for “separate but equal.

          • Mason says:

            Which is what a lot of the enlightened higher educated folks want now.

            • Hack Stone says:

              Hack can’t understand that.

              We need separate social centers on college campuses because we feel threatened by white people. (Good)

              We need separate social centers on college campuses because we feel
              threatened by people of
              color. (Racist!)

              Can someone explain that to Hack?

          • 11B-Mailclerk says:

            Separate was and is inherently unequal.

            Most black folk could not vote, you may recall.

            Not exactly equal, eh?

            • 5th/77th FA says:

              I remember going with Momma and Papa to the voting place in 1956. Black folks were voting then, in the same place. Not saying voter suppression was not going on in ALL areas of the country and some points in time. And most of those Black Folks were voting Republican…The Party of Lincoln, of which many people, former Lt Gnrl James Longstreet FIRST Corps ANV included, were members of. Many in the South were called yellow dog democrats, because they would vote for a yellow dog as long as it was a democrat. I do remember Papa voting for Ike in ’56 and am almost certain he voted for him in ’52. Pop being an Army Vet, ETO, probably had a lot to do with it, he spoke highly of Ike. Patton and Bradley too. The majority of the churches were mixed race before the war, the balcony being used by the Black congregation. Many of the ones that Sherman didn’t manage to burn are still standing and in business today. A majority of the predominately Black Churches were started by those same churches during Reconstruction beginning in 1866. And many of the towns here had prominent Black owned and operated businesses that were quite successful, doing trade with white and black alike. For the most part, contrary to stereotypes, Georgia has done a better job than other sections of the country in that the citizens managed to get along with one another, without or in spite of gubmint interference. Not saying there weren’t problems, but we never had the race riots here, nothing like in New York, Detroit, Chicago, LA, Birmingham ect. Like anything else, a lot of times it goes back to your upbringing/home training. We were raised to respect the people that gave us respect and to not judge other than on character, regardless of race, creed, socio economic background, or…gasp… religious or sexual orientation.

  10. thebesig says:

    Joe Biden lays it down with regards to voting for him or Trump. Response? This is about the interviewer’s community, not about Trump. Leftist talking points catering to African Americans didn’t work with this guy:


    • NHSparky says:

      I can’t wait to hear Dipshit try to defend this.

      • Mason says:

        Symone Sanders, openly racist bitch that she is and Biden campaign senior advisor, said it was a joke. I watched the video. It’s something that he meant IMO. Now if he were a black Democrat like Sharpton, Jackson, or the rest this wouldn’t be the least bit controversial.

        The DNC once again is the party of overt and unashamed racism.

  11. The Other Whitey says:

    Red Dawn progress for those interested.


    • Commissioner Wretched says:

      Damn, TOW! The level of detail is incredible! That is some excellent work!!!

    • The Other Whitey says:

      The LVTP-5 kit in the background is for another project I’m working on for another scene of my Uncle and his dog in Vietnam.

    • Cameron says:

      What do you think of DeviantArt’s new Eclipse design?

      • The Other Whitey says:

        Honestly hadn’t noticed, since I mostly just use the phone app.

        • 5th/77th FA says:

          Coming along handsomely TOW. Surprised you can get anything done, take care of the older chil’ren, spoil that newly arrived Baby Girl, eye Mrs TOW with bad intents, all of this in addition to your other duties. I look forward to the updates every week. Can’t hardly wait to see the completed K-9 and Uncle one.

          • The Other Whitey says:

            There’s actually two of those in the works; a small one for my aunt (Mom’s older sister, Uncle Greg’s younger sister), and the larger one for my cousin (Uncle Greg’s son) and his boys.

      • Mason says:

        It’s shit. Now for some reason I can’t switch back to the old style (I used to have a toggle).

        One way I liked to explore new content was to see something I like and dig into the collections people had added things to. Now I can’t find how to get that functionality.

        It really reminds me of working for the government again. Every “advancement” makes things twice as hard.

  12. Only Army Mom says:

    Anybody see the announcement that Trump is ordering flags at half staff at Federal buildings for the next three days for Covid victims?

    On Memorial Day weekend? Please tell me I’m being trolled.

      • thebesig says:

        The order lasts until Sunday. Memorial Day is the next day. History on the genesis of Memorial Day:

        By proclamation of General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, the first major Memorial Day observance is held to honor those who died “in defense of their country during the late rebellion.” Known to some as “Decoration Day,” mourners honored the Civil War dead by decorating their graves with flowers. On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery.

        The 1868 celebration was inspired by local observances that had taken place in various locations in the three years since the end of the Civil War. In fact, several cities claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, including Columbus, Mississippi; Macon, Georgia; Richmond, Virginia; Boalsburg, Pennsylvania; and Carbondale, Illinois. In 1966, the federal government, under the direction of President Lyndon B. Johnson, declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day. They chose Waterloo–which had first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866–because the town had made Memorial Day an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.


        • NHSparky says:

          And yet a majority of Americans don’t know the meaning or significance of the holiday, according to a story linked on Drudge.

    • OWB says:

      No, you are not being trolled. BUT, there are still swaths of folks and localities where Memorial Day is when you remember, honor, and decorate the graves of ALL the dead. It was still called “Decoration Day” when I was a kid.

      So, is this an appropriate declaration by the prez? Some of us would think so, yes.

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      The Donks wanted flags half-staffed for 100k deaths. Maybe they should half-staff for Donk massacres of grannies by pushing ChiCom Coof patients to old folks homes.

      Trump finessed their antics with this action.

    • marinedad61 says:

      Flag lowered at the VFW Post earlier today.

  13. Hack Stone says:

    Hack will claim last post of the preceding week’s WOT. Hack would also like to give a shout out to Phil Monkress of All Points Logistics, because without his false claims of service as a Genuine United States Navy SEAL, Hack never would have secured that sweet gig as Director Of Media Relations for a proud but humble woman owned business that sold software to the federal government. But don’t you worry, you lovable baskets of Deplorables, once this Coronavirus thing is over, our company will be back and just as strong as we were in 2015. Be sure to preorder your Y3K software now, before prices go up. And remember to keep Elaine Ricci in your thoughts and prayers.

    • Roh-Dog says:

      Hack might also be reminded that Phil Monkress of All Points Logistics has been the source of many ‘jobs’ handily dished out behind the dumpster at Loosey’s Pump and Dump, The Skankiest Truck Stop on the Planet™!

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        From what I understand, a certain Be Nasty wanna be lawer and pile it is STILL gagging maggots and worms that are feasting on his putridness and he is STILL maintaining a minus 6 feet AGL. WTF(OVER)

        • Hack Stone says:

          Daniel Bernath; Maintaining six feet social distancing since January 2018.

          Has anyone heard from Dallas Wittgenfeld lately? It’s been a few years since the last time he messaged Hack, that beingvwhen he thought that he unmasked Hack as a German immigrant who runs a film company in Baltimore.

          And then, there was the Facebook friend request from Joe Cryer that Hack declined. Hack feels guilty about declining that request, since he could have advised the Chunkendale dancer that you should not kill man’s best friend.

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        Let’s not forget that he’s also a reject Apprentice Towel Boy at Brucie’s Bath House (Entrance in the Rear).

  14. Thunderstixx says:

    Subscribe to these guys, it’s “The Onion” for the real world !!!
    It’s cheap, hilarious and always right on the money !!!
    And with the fall of the “Grey Lady”, they have become America’s Newspaper of Record !!!

    • Graybeard says:

      And when I share something of theirs on the Book of Face someone frequently asks me if either it is true, or if I know they are satire.


  15. Dennis - not chevy says:

    I need to scream. I have a worthless relative who received an entry level discharge and hasn’t held a steady job in 40 years. He claims PTSD; I guess he caught it flunking out of AIT during the Carter Administration.
    He, and all of his worthless friends, say it’s President Trump’s fault. He just sent me a message saying President Trump is to blame for all problems.
    All of this, and yet, he collects his disability with a smile.
    Thank you for allowing me to vent.

    • 26Limabeans says:

      I can just hear Wilted Willy saying “hold my beer”.

    • thebesig says:

      “Worthless relative” + “flunking out of AIT” + “hasn’t held a steady job in 40 years” = someone that expects the government to solve problems that people should resolve… And someone who possibly blames someone else for his/her predicament.

      This is also someone who will carry little to no knowledge of the debate topic into the debate against someone that’s knowledgeable about the debate topic… And who will not back down, bow out, or realize that he has no real argument.

      How close did I get?

      • Dennis - not chevy says:

        Add in: he had his criminal record expunged so he could enlist; got charged with a crime right after his entry level discharge; (of course) he was guilty but it wasn’t his fault. His room temperature IQ is the opposite of what he thinks he brings to any discussion.
        Total all of that and I’d say you hit center mass.

        • 11B-Mailclerk says:

          Sounds like a natural Democrat, Progressive high-achiever, and impending genius award recipient.

  16. 26Limabeans says:

    National Maritime Day?
    Kudos to all who sail the seas be it comercial
    or military. Ok, I’ll include plaeasure craft but
    I don’t see the pleasure. Especially when you lose site
    of dry land. My seafaring days were on the ferry from
    Woods Hole to Marthas Vineyard and I threw up.

    Go ARMY! Especially the Signal Corps. We don’t have boats
    but we did invent aviation….

    Oh, and congrats to the King of Battle.

  17. thebesig says:

    Okay Karen:

  18. The Other Whitey says:

    While the Catholic Church’s national and international leadership have been abandoning their duty as appointed by God and rolling over as religious freedoms (among others) are violated in the name of Chinese Bat Flu prevention—no surprise, with that two-faced commie-sympathizing sleeper-agent shitbird Bergoglio occupying St. Peter’s office—a tremendous number of Catholics are not on board with it. There’s lots of priests at the parish level calling out their bishops on this bullshit.

    My Dad sent me this video of one such priest in La Crosse, Wisconsin who let everyone know what he really thinks in this homily, nailing some sore subjects along the way.


    Just as Americans need to take back our country, so do Catholics need to take back our Church.

    • Roh-Dog says:

      When called on the carpet by Chucky V at the Diet of Worms, Martin Luther defended his ‘heretical’ writings by basically telling the Indulgence-peddling racket that was The Church to eat it:
      Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. May God help me. Amen. -Luther

      He was right then, and he is really right now. Open the doors! OPEN ALL THE DOORS!!!

    • thebesig says:

      I’ve read the Bible from cover to cover more than once. If most Christians did the same thing, Christians in all denominations would be taking their church back.

      You’d be surprised of how many Christians think they know what Christianity is but they don’t have the slightest idea of what it truly entails.

      • David says:

        The Catholic Church of today has about the same relationship with early Christianity as our current government has to the original Constitutional Republic.

        • thebesig says:

          Not just the Catholic Church, but also the non-Catholic churches. They’ve become today what institutional Judaism was when Jesus (Joshua) did his ministry.

          Even the Founding Fathers had their choice of criticism of what the Church had become. They noticed the difference between what’s written in the Bible and the church doctrines that existed in the colonies at that time.

      • Graybeard says:

        I agree.

        We are blessed to have a local church that is predominantly composed of those who do read their Bible often, and seek to be what God has called them to be.

        Not that some of us (like Y’rs Truly) don’t still have a ways to go on the road to being Christ-like, but that’s to be expected as well.

        Many denominations, however, are more interested in what the latest popular author says than in what God says.

    • rgr1480 says:

      I sure miss Papa Benedict! His Motu Proprio “Summorum Pontificum” was a true gift!

  19. CavScoutCoastie says:

    Here’s to all sailors, even the Coast Guard. Why does the Coast Guard have a minimum height requirement? So they can walk to shore if their ship sinks. Thank you. I’ll be here all week.

  20. Combat Historian says:

    Breaking news: FBI Director Wray has ordered an internal review of FBI’s procedures and conduct during the Michael Flynn investigation. Since this will be an internal review, it will probably be an overall whitewash with recommendations for minor corrections and changes around the fringes to make it look like oboobiefeebie made due diligence on this matter. There needs to be an independent outside investigation of oboobiefeebie NOW!


  21. thebesig says:

    Professor falsely accused of rape. He ends up in jail. His mother passes away during his incarceration. He ends up winning his defamation case.

    From Fox News:

    Hennepin County officials had jailed Italian-born Francesco Parisi for three weeks in 2017 after his former lover, Morgan Wright, accused him of rape. Three years later, Judge Daniel Moreno awarded $1.2 million in economic losses, reputational, emotional and punitive damages — the last of which only amounts to $100,000 of the total sum.

    Moreno ruled that Wright’s “plethora of allegations against Parisi lack credibility,” adding that her “accusations were false, made with malice. [She] injured Parisi as a direct result of her untruthful narrative crusade.”

    Additionally, Parisi was in jail when his mother fell ill and ultimately passed away, preventing him from being by her side in her final days.

    “It was a horror movie,” said Parisi, a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School.


  22. Hack Stone says:

    So using the phrase “Wuhan Virus” is racist, but the are cool with Kawasaki Syndrome. Does Hack have that right?

  23. marinedad61 says:

    Here comes the summer…….
    Cheap Trick – May 2018

  24. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Eleventyeth and Honorary First once again.


  25. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    WILL THOSE IDIOT “Bicyclists” who always bawl “Share the Road” while riding their $2000+ bicycles while wearing spandex outfits that they likely paid $300+ a pop for ever exhibit some damned responsibility? I just got back from running a lengthy errand, part of which was on a skinny 2-lane highway with a 60 MPH speed limit where I came around a curve and damned near creamed a group of those asswipe idiots. Had there been oncoming traffic in the other lane I would have had to make a choice between either plastering a chunk of their group or going into a head-on collision, but yet they HAVE to put themselves into the center of everyone’s attention and I have the same amount of respect for them as I do for Comrade Seagull! Now, IMHO if they were to RIDE RESPONSIBLY, that group of close to 20 “Spandexers” would ride single file as far to the right as possible, but to quote the late John Belushi “BUT NOOOOOooo”, they JUST HAD to ride at least four deep side by side right in the path of traffic, a big FUCK YOU to ALL “Spandexers” who do that!

    • Dennis - not chevy says:

      And whyzzit they always have to take their “look at me, I’m being green” rides at the same time as the afternoon commute?

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        They were out there “prima donna-ing” during morning commute time, the IDIOTS! There ARE plenty of bicycle trails as well as routes with little traffic, plenty of abandoned railroad rights of way that have been turned into trails for the precious little granola-munchers, but no, the JUST HAVE to parade in front of everyone like the candyassed prissy prima donnas that truly are, May their spandex crawl up their asses and give them hemorrhoids from hell!

    • SFC D says:

      If your kid rode like these arrogant pricks, you’d paddle their asses severely and take their bike away.

      • A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

        Absolutely, if I or one of my Neighbors caught my boy riding in front of traffic on his bicycle I WOULD tan his hide and take his bike away, those spandex- wearing idiots were riding in the middle of the traffic lane on a two lane highway with a 60 MPH speed limit, “Share the Road”, MY ASS!

  26. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    I HAVE ALSO discovered something about myself, and I thought I’d share it here first on TAH. –

    My favorite quarantine snack is BOURBON.

  27. thebesig says:

    Restrictive rules in one state leads to money making opportunity in adjacent state. Folks from Illinois drive to another state to enjoy what they’re not enjoying back in Illinois:


  28. thebesig says:

    China is taking action to increase control over Hong Kong. President Trump hints that he’ll take economic or political action if they do. China dares him to:


    • Cameron says:

      Game on.

      • Combat Historian says:

        The game was over as soon as the brits handed over HK in 1997 and physically departed. The chicoms would only follow the autonomy timeline if it was of advantage to PRC, and the chicoms have now made the calculation that it is not, so HK autonomy will have to be crushed, and whatever financial losses in losing HK as an international business hub will be chalked up by the chicommies as acceptable collateral damage. This is one game Trump cannot win. Best to go all-in on supporting Taiwan instead…

        • 11B-Mailclerk says:

          The ChiComs have been at war with us since 1949.

          The corruption that is Communism requires an enemy to explain all the inevitable failures.

          Also, it requires corrupting itself to function, because the only thing less functional than kleptocrat/corrupt communism is pure/true/doctrinaire communism.

          • Combat Historian says:

            Time for America to wake up from its 45-year stupor and realize that the chicoms have never stopped being at war with us. If the chicom pandemic won’t wake up America, then I’m afraid nothing will…

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        So you see this as another episode of ‘what happened in Tiannannmen Square’? That was bad enough.

        Can’t imagine anyone really wanting to go to China anyway.

  29. marinedad61 says:

    Poor poor poor JASON LEE MERRICK.
    2 MONTHS sitting on top of the stack at MP.
    Steel Panther he’s NOT.