Weekend Open Thread

| June 5, 2020

Enjoy the full moon.

Tomorrow is the 76th Anniversary of D-Day. Today is the full moon. We’re in the first full month of summer if you go by the meteorological seasons. June 1 was the beginning of the meteorological summer. If you go by the astronomical seasons, the beginning of summer is around the corner. Enjoy your weekend.

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  1. Combat Historian says:


    • Roh-Dog says:


      • Combat Historian says:

        First time first ever on a regular Friday TAH WOT…

        11 Charlie Mortar Maggots and ASI 5 X-Ray Army Combat Historians RULE !!!… at least for this WOT…

        • 26Limabeans says:

          You might want to check the pockets in that crown.
          FA has had it so long he could have left all kinds of stuff in there.
          Gotta be a sawbuck or two. Maybe a plug of chew.
          NASCAR tickets, Trump stickers, authentication tables…

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        Congrats to the Combat Historian. Nothing like picking up on orphaned crown of FIRST for the TAH Friday Weekend Open Thread. I must admit I was pulling for my other Brother Roh-Dog, since he has been trying so very hard. I had dropped by a minute ago to squawk at CNN but was visiting with the Family.

        I am having a great weekend and we are planning on howling at the full moon while enjoying ourselves.

      • Combat Historian says:

        Thank you Thank you!

    • ninja says:

      Uh, Oh…KoB is gonna now come out with the BIG Guns…


      Congrats, CH!

      • Thunderstixx says:

        Where the hell is he ???
        Must be taking a dump !!!

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        Naw ninja, it’s good. I had announced FIRST thing this morning, again, the crown would be laying around. Check the comment on the FGS. Got my peeps here and we are in the process of catching up and prepping food stuffs. Some of them it has been a year since we were together and I haven’t seen my Baby Girl and the Grands since Thanksgiving. If I don’t see a Friday Recipe some time today, I’ll drop back here and post some of the menu items that we have planned. A porked beast loin orast has already fell apart coming out of the crockett pot that is slap off the chain. No sauce for him…au jus only.

        Wanted to give some others a shot at the FIRST. It’s not like I haven’t been there done that at least 11 times in a row. Me thinks that may be a record. The good news is, again, ARMY BEAT NAVY! hbtd/rtr

        • ninja says:

          *started packing bags to head to kob’s home to share vittles with him and peeps….*

          Num, Num!

      • Combat Historian says:

        Thank you Thank you…

    • Commissioner Wretched says:

      In the immortal words of Scooby-Doo, “Rut roh, Raggy!”

      After achieving the near-impossible Double Ace, the King of Battle graciously steps aside and allows CH to acquire the crown. Good form, KoB!

      Congrats, CH, for your FIRST first!

  2. Roh-Dog says:

    Have a great weekend y’all!
    (Range time people!!!)

  3. NHSparky says:

    Not first. Still on lunch break.

  4. ninja says:

    This is SO well watching:

    7 minutes in length, BUT worth it.

    “Former CIA Officer Explodes On Secy Esper: ‘Get the Hell Out of the Pentagon'”

    “Democrat and Former CIA Officer Bryan Dean Wright says if Secretary of Defense Mark Esper doesn’t see what’s going on he should leave.”

  5. ninja says:

    “Penny Thoughts: Curious How Riots Have Cured COVID-19”


    “For the past week, we have witnessed another great American tragedy, which began as a justified protest of the death of a black American citizen at the hands of a white police officer. This tragedy has devolved into a series of rampages commandeered by some violent anarchists most of whom it is thought have come from outside of the plagued cities and are youngsters in their late teens or early twenties.”

    “Minneapolis, Oakland, Los Angeles, New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Detroit, Denver, D.C., and Portland present a line-up of the American cities in which there have been destructive riots resulting in fires, looting, and property damage. Their mayhem is a testimony to the dissidents’ false protests and an insult to those who have legitimately sought to protest the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin.”

    “As a superfluous aside, does anyone else see the irony in the fact that the sites of the most virulent episodes are taking place in areas of high population concentrations? This reminds me of one of Thomas Jefferson’s observations on over-crowding: “When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.” As geometry tells us then, quod erat demonstrando,or in its abbreviate form, Q.E.D.”

    “Nevertheless, our undivided attention, obeisance and devotion to the strictures and mandates the “pandemic” have been shifted, but this might be a confirmation of our shortened attention spans, as a function of our addiction to current media streams. The main-stream media, social mediums, computers and smart phones have fashioned all of us into “news junkies”. We have allowed ourselves to be seduced by the alluring sirens of what we take for current information, and we have done so without verification of its veracity. Consequently, we start jonesin’ for more and more gratuitous and self-affirming platitudes from those sources.”

    “We have been spirited from the “Russian Collusion” to the “Mueller Investigation” to the “Flynn Trial and Conviction” to the “Democratic Party Primaries” to the “Impeachment” to the “COVID-19 Pandemic” and now to the “George Floyd Protests/Riots”, all in a matter of roughly 18 months. It is little wonder that we are investigating the efficacy of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) as a possible platform to process all of this. Such quick changes in focus might trigger an “information overload” and indicate in youth an affliction called ADHD.”

    “So perhaps it might serve to question what happened to the sudden disappearance of our COVID-19 pandemic/threat/menace. It would seem that the Minneapolis and subsequent demonstrations/riots have given us a cure or at least a reprieve from the loudly proclaimed ravages of this worldwide pestilence by the esteemed medical “experts”.

    “Given all this one might fairly wonder if we could be secretly celebrating the protests/riots because we have seen, via the wonder of contemporary media, that we do NOT have to give up all those amenities listed above! To wit: behaviors of the rioters. Hence, we are CURED of this COVID-whatever. Right!?”

    “Well, not exactly. As with previous protests/riots, one way or another they will be quelled or burn out of their own accord – or, perhaps cynically, when there is nothing left to destroy. Following this, the media will instantaneously find something else to fill the vacuum of our ADHD societal affliction. But, wait for it, that will be when the long awaited and devoutly predicted “Second Wave” of COVID-19 will suddenly crystalize right before us. The marionette Fauci will have been vindicated of his not-so-secret duplicity with another and perhaps even more virulent “pandemic”.

    “The sad fact is that he will also tell us that the “science” tells of this “fact”. And this reminds me of Carl Sagan’s observation: “In science it often happens that scientists say, ‘You know that’s a really good argument; my position is mistaken,’ and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn’t happen as often as it should because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful.”

    “Perhaps this time a “change” in the media focus will have produced a cure!”

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      “change in the media focus” – ain’t gonna happen until the “media” get themselves stuck in the midst of a nasty bunch of rioters who only see them as targets and pounce on them.

    • Mason says:

      Still can’t use the community pool in our development. Public pools remain closed at the order of the governor. It’s 90 degrees outside. Want to take a refreshing dip in the pool? Screw you! Want to participate in a violent riot? Totally cool, in fact they’ll give you a free COVID mask.

  6. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    As we start to place this isolation and devastating illness somewhat behind us, I hope you are all well and safe as we move forward.

    We have been fortunate that our Marina has been able to open and get our boat in the water. It’s provided my wife with a necessary distraction after her father’s passing to this disease.

    I’ve been a bit absent of late with much going on…I miss getting into discussions and hope to be more present in the coming weeks.

    Nice to see the site busy and full of comments.

    Be well TAH, and be safe.


    • Combat Historian says:

      Truly sorry your Father In law passed away from this disease; please pass along my condolences to your wife and family…

      • ninja says:

        Same here, VoV.

        Condolences to you and Mrs. VoV.

        The ninja family is so sorry for your loss.

    • Thunderstixx says:

      Condolences to you, your wife and the entire family.

    • OWB says:

      It’s difficult to comprehend just how much more difficult mourning must be under the current circumstances.

      Thoughts and prayers are with you both as you find your way through what is already a difficult process.

  7. ChipNASA says:

    Congratulations Combat Historian.
    Hanging out. Trying to read back threads, work from home and shit.
    On the good news front, I am working with my chiropractor and also the National pain and spine group, And have been put on another anti-inflammatory medicine a different blend of gabapentin, Some pain meds which are opioids, but with all the cautions and a piss test and multiple doctors and everybody monitoring it, Even with me in rehab that wasn’t my problem it was too much drinking, but I am extremely aware of the opioid issue so it’s not gonna be a problem. It’s a very low level, extended release drug to try to step on some of the post shingles nerve pain, and inflammation. I have to go in next week to get four shots of Cortizone in the nerve bundle areas to also help relieve the inflammation which will hopefully stop the cycle of triggered nerves which will stop the pain hopefully.
    After two days I’m feeling some background relief. I may be imagining it a little bit but it seems like I have a very tiny bit more confidence in my step and stepping on a stair or putting any significant weight on my legs rather than just walking.
    Sorry for the rant but I just thought I’d fill everybody in.
    Monitoring TAH and military phonies and trying to catch up with my reading because I’ve been too busy to follow threads every day.
    Looks like things are gonna be opening up a little bit better in the peoples Republic of Maryland tonight so access to some more places and a return to normalcy a bit but I’ll sit back and watch before jumping into the pool as it were.
    Blessings and love to everybody here hope you all are doing well and moving forward to return to where we used to be some months ago. It’s a very odd life we are living right now compared to where we were 100 days ago or more so I’m looking forward to the near future in the next six months being FUCKING AWESOME!!!!

    • Combat Historian says:

      That shingles has done a real number on ya. Get well soon…

      And Thanks for the congrats..

      • ChipNASA says:

        Yep, it’s sucked donkey dick BUT, progress is being made. YAY.
        Congratulations on joining the “FIRST” dudes here. I don’t believe it’s the first “FIRST” for you but if it is, so much the better.
        Have a great weekend all you fuckers !!!!

        • Combat Historian says:

          My first first for a regular Friday WOT, although I have been first on weekday and special OTs before….

          Thanks again…

        • 5th/77th FA says:

          Glad to hear you doing more better Chipster, you effing effer. Was hoping you were re-cooporating and not just effing off. You’ve been missed. Might have seen an article about you last month sometime in a national publication. It talked about a logistical weenie that was vital to some NASA work. Without revealing too many of your trade secrets I’ll just say congrats and Thanks for what you do for our space program. I had a rocket man boner when Space X made the link up last weekend.

          Get up to speed soon, looks like the phonies will be out in force soon. May be needing some HoI work.

    • Graybeard says:

      I realize how fortunate I’ve been with my experience with shingles.

      Mine was a literal pain in the butt-crack, but I got over it in a month and a half.

      Sounds like you got the Bernath of shingles cases. Hope it gets better soon.

    • ninja says:

      Happy you are finally getting some relief with your pain, Chipster.

      Good to see you back.

      You have been missed.

    • OWB says:

      Glad to hear you are finally getting a bit of relief.

  8. Commissioner Wretched says:

    As we discover that the COVID-19 virus lockdowns were an incredible over-reaction, and we watch the civilized world reel from the blows of riot and looting, I offer peace, tranquility, and a smile with this week’s trivia column. Enjoy, my friends.

    Why did George Lucas give up his Directors Guild membership over “Star Wars”?
    By Commissioner Wretched

    This is a very, very special week for me.

    It was this week, 45 years ago, that I graduated from Spencer High School in Columbus, Georgia.

    I was the youngest in my graduating class – 16 at the time we walked across the stage. I had no idea how my life would turn out, and in retrospect it didn’t go the way I’d planned in any way, but I’m pleased with how it has gone up to this point.

    Several life-long friendships came out of that school, and I look forward to every reunion. At the 40th, one classmate said to me, “You haven’t changed a bit!”

    To which I replied, “I looked like this when I was in school? No wonder I couldn’t get a date!”

    Forty-five down, many more to go! On to the trivia!

    Did you know …

    … it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while sitting on someone’s lap in the city of Cleveland, Ohio? (I suppose using a booster seat is totally out of the question.)

    … the government of China banned the popular U.S. program “The Big Bang Theory” in 2014? The government said the show “provokes troubles in society.” (Well, I think the Chinese government provokes troubles in society. So there.)

    … in the city of International Falls, Minnesota, it is illegal for a dog to chase a cat up a telegraph pole? (That only matters if you can find a telegraph pole. Or if you’re a cat.)

    … lightning strikes on humans leave a special kind of scar? The rare event of a lightning strike on a human leaves a lifelong mark known as a Lichtenberg figure. It resembles a fern tree, mirroring (scientists think) the path the lightning took through the person’s body. (The best part, of course, is surviving the strike so you can show friends your new scar.)

    … a fish considered a delicacy in Japan is actually poisonous? The pufferfish has a chemical in it called tetrodotoxin, found in its skin and liver. This poison is 1,200 times more deadly than cyanide. Each pufferfish contains enough tetrodotoxin to kill thirty people. Still, the fish is considered a delicacy in Japan, though it is banned in the United States. (“You’ve just got to try this dish! You’ll die, you’ll absolutely die!”)

    … the movie “Star Wars” cost its director his membership in the Directors Guild? George Lucas (born 1944) directed “Star Wars” in 1977 and created a novel (for its time) opening credits sequence in which only the title of the movie was seen, followed by the scrolling information about the plot of the movie. What was not in the opening credits were the names of the stars, the producers, the main crew, and most importantly the director – which, by Directors Guild rules, must be the last name listed before the movie actually begins. The Guild tried to give Lucas a lot of trouble about that, but Lucas instead paid the Guild’s $25,000 fine and resigned from the organization. The dispute led Lucas to leave the Writers Guild as well. Since then, the Directors Guild has amended the rules to allow for the director’s name to be listed first when all credits follow the picture – which “Star Wars” and its sequels (and prequels) have followed. (I guess the Force was with him!)

    … the smallest of all known dinosaurs was less than a foot and a half long? The microraptor was discovered in China, and measured in at 16 inches. Paleontologists are not certain, however, if it was a young dinosaur or an adult. If it was fully grown, that means the young microraptors were even smaller. (Make no mistake, though – the microraptor would want to kill you if you lived back then. It couldn’t, but it would want to.)

    … an octopus has three hearts? If that’s not impressive enough, they also have nine brains and blue blood. (Three hearts, nine brains, and they still end up on dinner plates.)

    … the world’s second oldest amusement park has been in existence since 1843? Tivoli Gardens park in Copenhagen, Denmark, is well known worldwide for its gardens as well as its colorful light displays at night. The park has been visited over its lifetime by many notable celebrities, such as Hans Christian Anderson (1805-1875) and Walt Disney (1901-1966). The only amusement park in the world that is older is also in Denmark: Dyrehavsbakken, which opened in 1583 (though amusement rides weren’t added until the 19th century).

    … there’s a reason for that jerking of limbs one gets while sleeping? It’s called the “hypnic jerk,” and it’s caused by the brain misinterpreting relaxed muscles in sleep as falling. The brain sends signals to the arm and leg muscles in an attempt to regain balance. (And before you ask, no, they didn’t name it after me.)

    … the tail of a cat contains almost 10% of all of its bones? (And much of its attitude, too.)

    … the average person loses between 50 and 100 hairs from his or her head every day? (And if you’re like me, they don’t come back. I always tell my barber not to touch the hair on top … no matter how much fertilizer I put on that field, nothing will ever grow there again.)

    … Facebook once created two artificial intelligence “chatbots” to talk to each other? The experiment in computer weirdness was shut down after the two AI bots began talking to each other in a language they made for themselves. (Sounds like the plot of the Terminator movies!)

    … every year, around 500 meteorites strike the Earth?

    … male ducks do not quack? Only the females do. Male ducks make sounds other that quacks – they coo, hoot, and grunt. (For some reason, that fact just quacks me up.)

    Now … you know!

    • rgr769 says:

      Your first factoid is a brilliant example of the idiotic legislation that politicos enact, even if it is only a city ordinance. One has to wonder who gets fined when a stray dog chases a cat up a telephone pole. The dog?

    • ninja says:

      “…male ducks do not quack? Only the females do. Male ducks make sounds other that quacks – they coo, hoot, and grunt.”

      So does this mean the Aflec Duck is Female?


    • ninja says:

      “… the smallest of all known dinosaurs was less than a foot and a half long?”

      Have you noticed that Dinasaurs and Birds have similar characterics?

      For a loooong time, as in starting in childhood, have always thought birds, not lizards, resembled dinosaurs.

      And now scientists are disovering that some dinos were covered in feathers, to include T-Rex.


    • ninja says:

      Congrats on your 45th, CW and again, thank you for posting the trivia!

    • David says:

      We spent our wedding night in the Tivoli Gardens… only amusement park I have ever been to that caters to grown-ups. And yes, we’re still married… 42 years and no parole yet.

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      Two AIs talking to each other? It’s been done.

      Colossus: The Forbin Project

      It’s not pretty.

  9. ninja says:

    “The Last American To Collect a Civil War Pension Has Died”


    “The check arrived every month: $73.13.”

    “Irene Triplett, who lived in a North Carolina nursing home, rarely talked about the source of the money. She was the final American to receive a pension from the Civil War — $877.56 a year from the Department of Veterans Affairs.”

    “The jaw-dropping fact that someone in the year 2020 was still earning a Civil War pension was the result of two factors: First, Triplett suffered cognitive impairments, qualifying her for the lifelong pension as a helpless adult child of a veteran. Second, her father, Mose Triplett, who’d served as a private in the Confederate Army before defecting to the Union, was on his second marriage when she was born in 1930. He was just a few weeks away from turning 84.”

    “On Sunday, Irene Triplett died at Accordius Health, a long-term care facility in Wilkesboro, N.C., at the age of 90. A relative said she’d broken her hip a few days earlier and died of complications. She never married, and her only brother had died in 1996.”

    “Triplett’s story is a powerful reminder that the Civil War wasn’t all that long ago, said Columbia University historian Stephanie McCurry. “Just like the Confederate monuments issue, which is blowing up right now, I think this is a reminder of the long reach of slavery, secession and the Civil War,” she said. “It reminds you of the battle over slavery and its legitimacy in the United States.”

    “Many more widows and children of other long-ago soldiers are still alive. According to the VA, there are 33 surviving spouses and 18 children receiving pension benefits related to the 1898 Spanish-American War.”

    “Triplett’s status as a Civil War pensioner began gaining attention in 2011, when the Wilkes Genealogical Society in Wilkes County, N.C., displayed her photograph on its quarterly publication and featured her in a story. The article noted she was one of only two people in the country still reaping a Civil War pension.”

    “One of the piece’s researchers, Jerry Orton, of Syracuse, N.Y., a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, first discovered that Triplett was earning the benefit at some point in the late 1980s, after he’d embarked on a research project on surviving widows and children of Civil War soldiers. He’d gotten her name from the Veterans Administration. Eventually, he traveled to North Carolina and interviewed her about her life.”

    “Irene could not recall much of her childhood and has no recollection of Mose,” the historical society’s article said. “She has virtually no memories of fun, presents, friends, neighbors or such as they lived so isolated, and she had to work on the farm each day where they primarily raised chicken[s] and kept some hogs and cows as well.”

    • Commissioner Wretched says:

      I’m sorry to hear of Irene’s passing. She was the featured entry in one of my trivia columns last year.

      • ninja says:


        Yes, I remembered…that is why I shared the story on TAH.

        May Irene rest in peace.

  10. ninja says:

    “Ex-Minneapolis Cop Charged in George Floyd’s Death Served Eight Years in Army Reserve”


    “Derek Chauvin, the fired police officer charged in a Minneapolis man’s death that sparked protests around the world, spent eight years as a military policeman in the Army Reserve, according to his official service record.”

    “Chauvin enlisted in the Army Reserve in February 1996 and left in February 2004, about three years after he joined the Minneapolis Police Department, according to his military service record and a redacted copy of his police personnel file. He attained the rank of Specialist in February 1998 and left the service at the same rank.”

    “His military awards included the Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal with M device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver-W Bar.”

    “On his police application to become a community service officer in 2001, Chauvin said he spent seven months at a training center formerly known as the Combat Maneuver Training Center in Hohenfels, Germany, and five months with the 795th Military Police Battalion at former Army base Fort McClellan, Ala.”

    • Comm Center Rat says:

      I wonder if he graduated from PLDC? I didn’t realize a Soldier could spend 6 years TIG as a Specialist (even in the Army Reserve). Maybe he made SGT but was reduced in rank before his discharge?

  11. ninja says:

    From 2016:

    “Retired Green Beret Says Mattis Left ‘My Men To Die’ In Afghanistan”


    “A retired Green Beret officer alleged Friday that Gen. James Mattis, who has been nominated to be the next defense secretary, hesitated to send medical evacuation flights and left soldiers to die during a 2001 friendly fire incident in Afghanistan.”

    “Retired Lt. Col. Jason Amerine, in a Facebook post, said a delay by Mattis in sending rescue aircraft from a nearby base might have led to the deaths of Staff Sgt. Brian Cody Prosser and at least two Afghans after they were hit by a U.S. bomb outside of Kandahar.”

    “He was indecisive and betrayed his duty to us, leaving my men to die during the golden hour when he could have reached us,” wrote Amerine, who is a future of war fellow at the New America think tank in Washington, D.C.”

    “The 2001 friendly fire incident, which was chronicled in the book The Only Thing Worth Dying For, occurred while Mattis was in command of Camp Rhino in southern Afghanistan where aircraft were stationed. Amerine was leading a group of 10 Special Forces soldiers.”

    “The Green Berets were with future Afghan President Hamid Karzai and were helping to bring about an initial Taliban surrender when the bomb struck.”

    “Every element in Afghanistan tried to help us except the closest friendly unit, commanded by Mattis,” wrote Amerine, who was awarded a Bronze Star with V device and a Purple Heart for his service during the mission. “Men were ready to drive to get us or send horses from the other side of the country if that was what it took.”

    “At the time, Mattis was reluctant to send aircraft without knowing the situation on the ground, according to an account in The Only Thing Worth Dying For.”

    “Well, if they’ve taken fire and you can’t tell me definitively how they got all scuffed up, I’m not going to send anything until you can assure me that the situation on the ground is secure,” Mattis is quoted as saying.”

    “The Air Force Special Operations Command dispatched helicopters from Pakistan that took hours to arrive and fly the soldiers and others wounded in the blast to Camp Rhino, which was 45 minutes away, according to Amerine, a whistleblower who was recently investigated by the Army for questioning the FBI’s hostage negotiating tactics with Congress. He was later cleared of wrongdoing.”

    “Mattis set helicopters under his command to help with the evacuation after the Air Force medevacs arrived at Rhino, “covering our first load of wounded in dust from their rotor wash as they launched,” Amerine wrote.”

    “Cody died around the time we reached Rhino and I was told at least two Afghans died because of the delay but nobody knows for certain,” he wrote.”

  12. ninja says:

    “Army Reservist, Navy and Air Force Vets Plotted To Terrorize Vegas Protests, Prosecutors Charge”


    “Three Nevada men with military experience and a connection to a loose movement of right-wing extremists advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government have been arrested on terrorism-related charges in what authorities say was a conspiracy to spark violence during recent protests in Las Vegas.”

    “Federal prosecutors say the three white men are accused of conspiring to carry out a plan that began in April in conjunction with protests to reopen businesses closed because of the coronavirus.”

    “More recently, they sought to capitalize on protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who prosecutors say was murdered in Minneapolis by a white officer who pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air, prosecutors said.”

    “The three men were arrested Saturday on the way to a protest in downtown Las Vegas after filling gas cans at a parking lot and making Molotov cocktails in glass bottles, according to a copy of the criminal complaint obtained by The Associated Press.”

    “Stephen T. Parshall, 35, Andrew T. Lynam Jr., 23, and William L. Loomis, 40, were being held on $1 million bond each in the Clark County jail Wednesday, according to court records. Lynam is from suburban Henderson and the others are from Las Vegas.”

    “The complaint said Lynam is an Army reservist, with Parshall formerly enlisted in the Navy and Loomis formerly enlisted in the Air Force.”

  13. ninja says:

    “Army One-Star In Germany Suspended Pending Investigation Unrelated To Crime Or Safety”


    “The Army one-star general who helms the service’s reserve headquarters in Europe was suspended this week as he awaits the results of an internal probe, according to U.S. Army Europe.”

    “Brig. Gen. Michael Harvey was replaced for the time being in his role helming 7th Mission Support Command by Col. Douglas LeVien, according to service officials on the continent.”

    “The investigation does not involve criminal activity or safety,” said Army Europe spokesperson Beth Clemons in an email. “No further information will be released until the investigation is complete.”

    “Harvey also served as the deputy commanding general of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, a logistics management unit for the Army in Europe and Africa.”

    “Harvey assumed command of the 7th Mission Support Command last summer. The unit executes mission command for all Army Reserve Forces in Europe, providing Title 10 support and soldiers for Army Europe’s various needs.”

    “Harvey is a native of Piney Flats, Tennessee, according to his biography. He received an undergraduate degree from East Tennessee State University in 1991 and commissioned into the Ordnance Corps. He later received an MBA from Upper Iowa University and a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.”

  14. ninja says:

    “Detained US Navy Veteran Freed By Iran As Part of Deal”


    “A U.S. Navy veteran whose family said his only crime was falling in love left Iran on Thursday after nearly two years of detention, winning his freedom as part of a deal that spared an American-Iranian physician any more time behind American bars.”

    “Michael White flew from Tehran to Zurich, where he was met by diplomat Brian Hook, the U.S. special envoy for Iran. White’s mother said “the nightmare is over” now that her son was out of Iranian hands. In Atlanta, a federal judge approved a sentencing agreement for Florida dermatologist Matteo Taerri, who had been charged with violating U.S. sanctions on Iran as well as banking laws.”

    “White, of Imperial Beach, California, was detained by Iranian authorities in July 2018 while visiting a woman he had met online and fallen in love with. He was convicted of insulting Iran’s supreme leader and posting private information online, and was sentenced to a decade in prison.”

  15. ninja says:

    History that happened on 5 June:

    *On June 5, 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot and mortally wounded after claiming victory in California’s Democratic presidential primary at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles; assassin Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was arrested at the scene.

    *In 1967, war erupted in the Middle East as Israel, anticipating a possible attack by its Arab neighbors, launched a series of pre-emptive airfield strikes that destroyed nearly the entire Egyptian air force; Syria, Jordan and Iraq immediately entered the conflict. The Six-Day War began.

    *In 2004, Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, died in Los Angeles at age 93 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

    *In 1794, Congress passed the Neutrality Act, which prohibited Americans from taking part in any military action against a country that was at peace with the United States.

    *In 1912, U.S. Marines landed in Cuba at the order of President William Howard Taft to ensure order and protect U.S. interests.

    *In 1933, the United States went off the gold standard.

    *In 1950, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Henderson v. United States, struck down racially segregated railroad dining cars.

    *In 1981, the Centers for Disease Control reported that five homosexuals in Los Angeles had come down with a rare kind of pneumonia; they were the first recognized cases of what later became known as AIDS.

    *In 2006, more than 50 National Guardsmen from Utah became the first unit to work along the U.S.-Mexico border as part of President George W. Bush’s crackdown on illegal immigration.

  16. ninja says:

    In times such as these, it is always refreshing to see scenes such as these:

    4 minute Video worth watching.

    “SpaceX Demo-2 Crew Opens Hatch and Enters Space Station”

  17. Dennis - not chevy says:

    I met a guy at a “Let us open our businesses” rally who was dressed in a ghillie suit. I have no idea why. I had him pegged as a phony when I spotted the fancy watch he was wearing. I enjoyed telling him in a calm firm voice to cover the watch I could see 10 meters away. He tapped danced, mumbled, gave excuses, and did everything but cry.
    I’d like to put phonies such as these in the stocks, but, I’ve been told the 8th amendment doesn’t allow it.

  18. ninja says:

    For KoB, Mick, SFC D and AW1Ed:

    “McLaren Speedtail vs F35 Fighter Jet”

    And yes, there are references to the Movie That Shall Not Be Named That Has The Kenny Loggins Song As It’s Theme Song in this 7 minute video:

    *aint i a stinker*

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      Careful ninja, was that a volley from the net that’s having a ball…on a beach? He may lose that lovin’ fweelin’. You could find yourself upside down in a crock pit, er er cock pot. Don’t go all maverick on the boy, put it on ice…:lol: 😆 😉 😎

      oh btw…gabn

      • ninja says:

        Well, the Sequel HAS been postponed, so I HAD to share this with Mick & AW1Ed since they love us Army types….you know, as in the movie “Stripes”…

        “That’s The Fact, Jack!”



        • SFC D says:

          “Stripes” was an amazing documentary.

          • ninja says:

            SFC D:


          • AW1Ed says:

            Lighten up, Francis.

            • ninja says:

              Once upon a time, a long time ago, the ninja family did a tour with Treadheads at good ole Fort Knox (where Stripes was filmed) and still chuckle when we see one of the buildings in one of the scenes in the movie..a building one of us worked in.

              That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


              • 5th/77th FA says:

                Misery and Agony Hill, July ’71! Did take in the Patton Museum and dodged an MOS change from Gun Bunny to Treadhead. My DS (a career 13B in country Viet of The Nam Vet) headed that off by having a “little chat” with the S1 shop SP5.

  19. ninja says:

    In times such as these, always remember to stay Humble and Kind:

  20. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Eleventyeth and Honorary First once again.


  21. Graybeard says:

    Present & unaccountable.

    Was off working on my brother’s computer when the WOT hit. But that’s ok.

    Still getting beans & squash, harvested some corn this week. Tomatoes should be coming in soon. The okra may be around in a month.

    And my grandkids still hug my neck, so life is grand.

    • ninja says:


      The Good Book does say “You Reap What You Sow”.

      And in your case, you are reaping those FRESH garden vegetables from the seeds you planted and the love of your Grandchildren.

      Thank You for sharing!

      • Graybeard says:

        Thanks, ninja.

        I’ve worked with kids in church, Scouts, and school for some time.

        What always grieves me is to see parents (mostly fathers) who show no interest in their children. I see it so often.

        For one of my Scout “grandchildren” I am the closest thing he has to a grandfather on either side. His maternal uncle is the closest thing he has to a father.

        Reaping and sowing are very, very good analogies for raising children.

        God has blessed Mrs. GB and I with a lot. I’d hate to have to stand before Him on Judgement Day and try to explain why I didn’t spend more time on my children and grandchildren.

  22. 78 years ago today, the battle of Midway started.

  23. Penguinman000 says:

    So the entire ERT (the guys who do riot control) in Buffalo resigned from their ERT duties. They’ll still be cops but won’t be doing riot control.


  24. ninja

    This is what I got this morning from online USNI which mentioned when the Midway battle began.

    Admiral Nimitz and the Battle of Midway
    On this day 78 years ago, the Battle of Midway began. Admiral Chester Nimitz brilliantly led U.S. forces to victory. This 1976 Proceedings article is from the author of Nimitz, published by the Naval Institute Press.
    By E. B. Potter

    • Combat Historian says:

      Battle of Midway began on 04 June 42 if you happen to be on this side of the International Date Line, and 05 June 42 if you were on the other side (west side) of the International Date Line. Since Midway island and its environs pretty much straddle the International Date Line, the naval battle of Midway was fought back and forth across the International Date Line, leading to endless confusion when narrating and writing about the battle. I think what eventually ended up was when Western historians (US, UK, etc) write about the Battle, they usually use date and time from this side of the dateline, while Asian historians (Japanese, Korean, Chinese, etc) writing about Midway tend to use the date and time from the Asian side of the International dateline…

      Hope that clears it up…

    • Combat Historian says:

      May be she’ll do an on-air “blow-by-blow” description of the hot sex she had with her fellow oboobiefibee paramour Strozk…

  25. thebesig says:

    Army National Guard told not to carry weapons. There apparently is a move to de-escalate the military show of force. There are other reports hinting that there will be big demonstrations tomorrow.


  26. thebesig says:

    Cops push a man, in his 70s, to the ground. The video is graphic, it shows the man on the ground with blood pooling under his head. The cops that pushed the man were suspended. The entire Buffalo emergency response team resigns in response:


    • SFC D says:

      That’s 57 people that shouldn’t have been in that job. “Just following orders” my ass. Who ordered them to assault an old man?

      • 11B-Mailclerk says:

        What did I say about peers need to be restraining the behavior of peers?

        If folks won’t man the f##k up, grab their balls, and say “knock off the bullsh!t!”

        Then someone else external is going to impose some restraints, generally in a manner -at least- f##ked up for the recipients

        And quite probably so for a whole bunch of other folks.

        Tell colleagues to control themselves.

        While we still can.

      • thebesig says:

        They should’ve known better given what has happened over the past week. Law Enforcement is sporting a black eye right now. Imagine what would’ve happened had that been a black man in his 70s.

  27. thebesig says:

    DC Mayor has “Black Lives Matter” painted on a street leading to the White House. I wouldn’t be surprised that if someone researched the number of blacks killed in DC, they’d find that the mayor doesn’t walk the walk:


  28. thebesig says:

    Looters, driving a Rolls-Royce more expensive than a home, loot from other looters:


  29. ninja says:

    It’s about time!

    We need to get out of Italy, Spain, Japan, Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.etc and take care of our own Country!

    That is, if Retired General Officers and Politicians will let us.

    “Trump Directs Pentagon To Pull 9500 US Troops From Germany By September”


  30. ninja says:

    There IS hope and justice for Captain David Dorn’s Family.

    His Life Matters.

    Rest In Peace, Captain Dorn.


    “St Louis Police Release Surveillance Video: 7 Persons Of Interest In the Death of Retired Captain David Dorn:


  31. ninja says:


    “Molotov Cocktail Attack On NYPD: Court Orders Defendants To Be Taken Back Into Custody”


  32. ninja says:

    We all know this is NOT about COVID 19.

    It is about POWER and taking President Trump out of office:

    “Officials who pushed strict lockdowns now argue protesters are an exception”


    • OWB says:

      Strange. “Enlightened” white folks encouraging black folks to congregate knowing that the guys in white lab coats say that black folks are more susceptible to the virus.

      Hello? Are these the same folks who falsely accuse others of being racists? Deflection and projection much there, peoples?

  33. ninja says:

    Bet their Mothers are so proud of them:

    “Fugitives arrested in South Carolina on charges of injuring NYPD sergeant in Bronx looting incident”


  34. Combat Historian says:

    4 Chan hoaxes woke white proggy women into shaving their heads in support of Black Lives Matter, and these woke white women dumbshits actually fall for it and shave their heads bald. Now they look like female nazi collaborators and fraternizers who had their heads shaved by the maquis after France was liberated in WWII. Ha ha!!!


    • ninja says:


      Those Sheeple could care less about BLM or George Floyd.

      They only care about THEMSELVES.

      “LOOK AT ME!”

      Don’t forget that Charles Manson’s Followers shaved their heads as well….

    • Mason says:

      That’s fucking gold.

  35. ninja says:

    This song was released 50 YEARS ago…50 Years! and the lyrics still hold true today.

    Visual in the video is outstanding! 4 Minute Video worth watching.

    “Ball of Confusion” The Temptations

  36. ninja says:

    I’m gonna say it.

    The Marine Corps has gone Politically Correct.

    Good luck on your Recruiting Numbers, Marines.

    So sad.

    “Marine Corps Bans Display of Confederate Flag”


  37. Devtun says:

    Al-Qaeda chief & his inner circle killed by French Forces…