Weekend Open Thread

| May 19, 2017

May 17, 2017

Wave of Sand

Your Shot photographer Danny Sepkowski admits that setting up his camera on a shore break is “not the safest thing to do.” But he got this incredible shot of sand being sucked up into a wave by photographing with a 100mm lens. “Shooting with a macro lens has taught me patience and composition as well,” he says. “The detail that this lens has is next level, and so are the beatings that I take with it!”

You guys would be doing me a great favor if you’d STOP SENDING ME PICTURES OF BRADLEY MANNING’S NEW LOOK. Just seeing the sick fuck makes me ill – like Bruce Jenner’s photos. I’m not putting these sick morons’ photos on my website. Last time I checked, this is still America and I don’t have to promote or fake an acceptance of a deviant lifestyle if I don’t want. It’s bad enough that the Palm Center spams my inbox with their propaganda. Thanks for the tips, but, no, I’m not posting pictures of Bradley Manning in his makeup. Google the image if you want, but you won’t see it here.

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  1. Mick says:


    • ChipNASA says:

      And you get the other half.

      although 2/17 Air Cav is really the official WoT referee

    • RGR 4-78 says:

      I pass the WOT Sceptre to the First, First.

      • 2/17 Air Cav says:

        SJ can’t be first. Use of 1st/First/first is required. So, he gets his wish and is not first for purposes of The Book. Mick was the earliest commenter to declare first and is thus enrolled in the Book of Firsts for 19 May 2017.

  2. ChipNASA says:


  3. IDC SARC says:


  4. HMC Ret says:

    Top 5

  5. ChipNASA says:

    I would have been busy F5-ing but I was busy over in the other thread, Joseph Odom, aka Joey Hayden; phony Marine, Telling him to produce the good old DD-214 he threatened to stick up our collective asses, or he can just go royally fuck himself.

  6. Ex-PH2 says:

    Whatever, I’m early and late, both.

  7. ChipNASA says:

    I’m still pissed that you dual posted the photos of Corrine Brown & Maxine “Mouth” Waters side by side as it was enough to make anyone want to gouge out their eyeballs.

    I’d have rather stuck my face in the anus of an angry lienteric hippopotamus.

    • Graybeard says:

      So, you’re saying Jonn is experiencing karma for those two images in receiving images of the perv?

    • Jonn Lilyea says:

      You’re lucky I spiked Po’s post on the same subject.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      I think I’d rather try to shove a wet spaghettini noodle up a Bobcat’s ass while locked in a phone booth after crawling naked through poison ivy after wallowing in broken glass and carpet tacks and bathing in rubbing alcohol.

  8. Graybeard says:

    tOP 20.
    Darn bizniz meeting

    • Graybeard says:

      Upon careful review – at the time of posting I was the 8th distinct individual to post. Therefore I claim upgraded status to Top 10.

      So there!

  9. Sparks says:

    Top 20.

  10. ChipNASA says:

    I don’t know about anyone *else* but it look like the sand in the wave to the right of the photo is giving good ole Dan Bernath a greeting and/or salute.
    I wonder how his week has been. Wasn’t he supposed to be in court this week, or am I incorrect about that?

  11. Commissar says:

    This really deserves its own blog post, but open thread is for discussing anything right?


    • Graybeard says:

      I believe the DC cops were hesitant to interfere because the Turkish thugs were armed.

      Regardless, I hate to see this on US soil. The protestors should not have been subject to Turkish brutality – but IMHO it gives validity to the protestors claims, and further evidence of Turkish oppression.

    • Hondo says:

      Sounds to me like the Administration needs to (1) identify those responsible publicly (the article indicates we have a good idea who they are), (2) set in motion the prosecution of any who don’t have diplomatic immunity; and (3) declare any on the Turkish Embassy Staff who were involved personae non gratae. I’d also include the head of Embassy Security among the last group as a message to Ergodan.

      Sometimes diplomacy requires congratulatory messages; other times require the diplomatic equivalent of the finger – even to an Allied nation. This is the latter case.

      • Commissar says:

        I agree with all this.

        And I would make it clear that future attacks against American citizens my result in an expulsion of the Ambassador, and the building if a giant memorial to the victims of the Armenian genocide across the street to the embassy.

      • Commissar says:

        Well, at the end of the street. Apparently across the street is the Indian Embassy.

      • Graybeard says:


  12. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    HONORARY first and top twenty!

  13. Ex-PH2 says:

    Okay, then. Answers by Miss USA to questions have triggered a backlash of nasty comments on one side of the political fend and support on the other. You guys decide. She’s attractive, works in nookyuler science, encourages kids to get into STEM education, also apparently likes real men – what’s not to like?


  14. Commissioner Wretched says:


    Jonn, you were early with the WOT this week!


  15. AW1Ed says:

    “Missed it by this much.”

  16. Dennis - not chevy says:

    Next holiday weekend I shall tell stories of how eating MRE’s made me appreciate room temperature spaghetti. I shall demonstrate how to be in any position: attention, parade rest, at ease; whilst standing upright and being fast asleep. I will speak in hushed tones about polishing shoes with bricks and chocolate bars.
    These things may confuse several of the listeners. They will expect stories of how I climbed out of the Apollo capsule and flapped my arms to keep it airborne long enough for the tail gunner to slay the dreaded moon monsters. The crowds may be disappointed in my stories based upon the stories of “What the military made me do” they so often hear from the wanna-be’s

  17. MSGT Richard Deiters USMC(Retired) says:

    While I was busy reading all the previous comments, I missed my chance to be in the top 50 based on the comment counter in the thread header.

  18. Mick says:


    What’s on the menu for chow this weekend?

    I’m starting to feel a wee bit peckish here in my grid square, and I’m lookin’ for ideas.

    • Hondo says:

      You could always try homemade “Ham and Mothers”. Recipe is listed under the “Recipes” tab above.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Dinner? Red beans and rice w/smoked sausage, lots of vegs on the side, some nice crusty bread w/cheese and a good wine and a good book.

      2 cans of red beans (I like the beans canned in chili sauce for this)
      1 chorizo sausage, hot or mild, your choice
      olive oil
      1 cup of rice
      1 link of smoked sausage
      Just enough beef broth to keep the rice and beans mixture from drying out.
      No extra seasoning should be needed, unless you like it super-hot.

      Squeeze the chorizo out of the casing into an adequate sized pan with the olive oil in it. Cook on medium heat until the sausage is done, then add rice and some of the beef broth. Cook the rice to nearly done. Add the beans with the chili sauce and cover the pan, put on ‘low’ and cover. Cut up the sausage, add to the pan, stir thoroughly, and let it simmer with a little more beef broth.

      Make some cornbread, if you don’t want regular bread.

      And for dessert: fresh fruit, cheese, wine/beer and bread and a good book.

  19. nousdefions says:

    RE: the Bradley Manning picture. For as much​ as we the taxpayers footed the bill for that botched surgery, you’d of thought we would have got a pair of 38’s……

  20. Perry Gaskill says:

    An interesting development yesterday related to Bradley Manning’s release is that the Swedes have apparently decided to end their rape investigation of Wikileaks editor Julian Assange.

    According to reports, the Swedes have some strange laws about having to in-person confront a suspect before filing charges. To avoid such an interview, Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London for the past five years while also running out the statute of limitations clock.

    Assange still has legal problems for jumping British bond on the original Swedish extradition request. The Ecuadorans have asked that he be given safe passage to Ecuador despite yet another extradition request from the U.S. So far, the Brits have not made a decision except to say Assange is not going anywhere except to the jug if he leaves the embassy.

    For those who might not be able to remember that far back, there is strong evidence that Assange acted as a virtual co-conspirator with Manning to steal all those classified cables.

    • David says:

      Not 100% sure of the wording of their treaties but in most countries registered diplomatic vehicles are sovereign soil and if the Ecuadorans decide to take Assange to the airport in one and load him into an Ecuadoran plane, there is damn-all we could do about it.

      The question with the Manning photo: if we don’t tell him who the pic is of, would IDC-SARC say he’d hit it?

  21. Wilted Willy says:

    So sorry I’m so late today, but unfortunately work interfered with the WOT this week! I did however get my cataract surgery done this week and all turned out very well. They did tell me though that I have glaucoma. My father had that along with macular degeneration. So I guess I have that to look forward to? At least for the time being, I have 20/20 vision. And I don’t want to see any pictures of Manning or what ever he is now??? I say he is a chick with a dick???

    • Jonn Lilyea says:

      Cataract surgery is the BEST! I like watching TV and diving without glasses.

      • Wilted Willy says:

        I really like being able to see the TV again! I couldn’t believe how fast I lost my vision. It went from 20/20 to blind in about 3 months! I had lasik done over 20 years ago and never had a problem until 6 months ago. I got the blended vision so I wouldn’t have to wear glasses, I’m glad I spent the extra $450 bucks an eye! I hate wearing glasses. Especially in Florida, you sweat, then they slide down your nose!

    • AW1Ed says:

      Congrats! I gave my readers, and lens cleaning gear away to a pal at work after my procedures. What a difference 20/20 makes.

    • Frankie Cee says:

      ” I say he is a chick with a dick???”
      Um, no. He is just a guy, so patently stupid, that he would cut his dick off and become a “Guy with no dick”.

  22. fsckity fsck says:

    John Giduck – the turd with a face!

  23. AZtoVA says:

    Top 100!

  24. Silentium Est Aureum says:

    Another wonderful spring weather week here. Snow on Mother’s Day, 40 on Monday, 90 by Wednesday.


  25. Claw says:

    Don’t know if it’s still showing up on anybody else’s computer, but I want to thank Jonn for not having that black spandex man-butt advertising thingy on the left side show up anymore.

    It sure has quieted Scooby down, as he howled for about 10 minutes every time I logged on to TAH and he saw that.

    • just some feller says:

      YES!!!!! I noticed that too.


    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Claw, this link is for you and 2/17 Air Cav, and any other in-country people, in case you or someone you know lost your dogtags over in the Viet of the Nam.


      There’s a link in the article to the JPAC.pacom.mil website. I was intrigued by the notion that a fake Elvis Presley dogtag was offered for sale by a shop vendor, because Elvis never even visited Vietnam when he was in the Army. There’s also a private effort at http://www.canamission.com to reunite dogtags with their owners.
      Please pass the word on this. Thanks!

      • Perry Gaskill says:

        A possible explanation for the excess dog tags is that I remember going through Oakland Army Base as a point of embarkation, and getting issued a duplicate pair of tags for the ones I already had. It wasn’t a matter of request, it was automatic along with getting jungle fatigues and boots, shots, etc. To this day, I’ve no clue what happened to that second set.

        Another odd quirk about dog tags in RVN was that, depending on the unit, one tag would go on a chain around the neck, and the other would be laced near the bottom eyelets of a jungle boot. When I was an FNG assigned to the 173rd Airborne, I naturally asked the dumb shit question: What’s up with that?

        A medic who was standing there at the time said: It’s so if your head gets taken off at the shoulders, we have a way to identify the body.

        • Ex-PH2 says:

          That is grim, but true. I heard that from a couple of corpsmen, too.

          • rgr769 says:

            That is a fact, Jack. I once used the dog-tag in a boot w/leg to match to the rest of the body of a soldier who, along with a compadre, was blown up by a booby trapped 105mm arty round on our firebase rifle range. In most units it was SOP to put a dog-tag in the boot lace on one boot. The other went around your neck. It also solved the problem of the two of them clicking together around your neck, which eliminated the need to tape them together for noise discipline.

        • Currahee John says:

          That is very true. We all did that in the Vietnam-era 101st ABN as well.

        • Claw says:

          It may sound a little funny now, but in my last two mechanized infantry battalions I served with, my S-4 (Supply) shop had a dog tag making machine as part of our equipment.

          It was a spin the dial to a letter, pull down on the handle, standard manual mechanical piece and saved a lot of time when it was needed to replace a tag down at the user level.

          It didn’t get used too much to make some individual troopie’s tags, but got used a lot to make tags for keys.

          Yep, keys. Keys to everything and its brother. Conex keys, vehicle keys, storage locker keys, etc. If there are people out there who have ever been the unit’s key control officer, you know what I’m talking about.

          Proper spare key identification is a must, or you end up cutting the padlocks with bolt cutters and issuing a new padlock, re-tagging them, etc, etc should the primary key get lost or not passed from hand receipt holder to hand receipt holder properly.

      • 3/17 Air Cav says:

        Ex……….I check that site 2-3 times a year. I lost my dog tags while in country. I can’t remember exactly where or when. I suspect it was early on, while in the bush.

    • OWB says:

      Glad it’s gone as well. It was so confusing. Looked more like a girls posterior than a guys, so never knew just what sort of thoughts it was supposed to provoke. Was I supposed to want one or want one?

      • Hondo says:

        Maybe it appeared androgynous because the model was named “Bradley”? (smile)

      • Hack Stone says:

        Some businesses direct their advertising to certain demographics. And that advertiser offered the Vice President of the proud woman owned business that I work for a huge discount due to his mandating spandex as the only acceptable business attire in our company.

        • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

          Speaking of “that” business, any new intel on one Psul/Palmer of the Ballsack? Maybe he’s in the DRG Witness Protection program?

          • Hack Stone says:

            He no longer reigns supreme over Wilson Lane. The corporate headquarters has been sold, way below the initial asking price of $965,000. Zillow listed it as selling for $87,700. That could be is a misprint (did they drop a 0?), but still funny as shit. The new owner did some major upgrades, to include installing a mailbox WITH a door. If you would like to reside in a hysterical, I mean historical, house, it is available for rent at the princely sum of $3900 per month.


            As to the business, the company and the Vice President were sued last year by a company for stiffing them on an $8900 contract. Pretty pathetic that a company that implies it generates billions in profit can’t pay an $8900 bill.

  26. Green Thumb says:

    The False Commander “Phony” Phil Monkress works balls for tip money to pay for his parking space at All-Points Logistics.

  27. Ex-PH2 says:

    I’ll leave you all with this quote:

    My prayer to God is a very short one: ‘Oh, Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.’ God has granted it. – Voltaire (1694-1778)

  28. OWB says:

    So far in the official welcome to Riyadh, no bowing seen. Not sure if the females in the family may be wearing some small head covering.

  29. Frankie Cee says:

    STOLEN VALORIST KYLE CHRISTOPHER BARWAN is still shoveling his lies. He has degenerated to now claiming that he and Chris Kyle worked together on several big kills. He also claims to being “about to get” over $600,000.00 in owed Mercenary wages. He is also a motorcycle racer, along with being in daily probation violation. Riding a motorcycle with no driver’s license, teaching others how to scam online, and making his standard claims of being wounded in Iraq, and being a CIA kill specialist with a list of people to eliminate here in the US before going on station in Germany. I now have over 2 dozen names of women that he has hustled or tried to hustle.

  30. Ret_25X says:

    In another line of thinking; I have to tip my hat to the Salute Military Golf Association for their adaptive lesson program for us broken down types.

    This is week 6 and they have made golf playable for me again.

    Proves that some of these programs are for real and that there really are ways to get beyond what holds us back sometimes.

  31. Perry Gaskill says:

    Since it’s the WOT, I just wanted to announce the sad news that Pippa Middleton got married today to some bean-counting tosser. There goes the best butt in Britain, lads…

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      I feel for you guys.

      It’s a strange weekend. I found my two cats, the warring queens, sleeping together in the same chair. I do not know what the world is coming to.

  32. OWB says:

    “Principled realism.” What a great term to describe how the new sheriff intends to lead us.

    Can hardly wait to see how the lefties spin the new respect and cooperation on display today. They already started with the accusation of bowing when the tall man stooped to allow the short man to place a medal around his neck. So silly.

  33. Hack Stone says:

    Looking at the news out of Philadelphia, it looks like Daniel Bernath wants to get some time behind the stick before his next court date.


    • OWB says:

      Naw, can’t be him. That’s a full sized aeroplane – the dipstick never could get licensed to fly one of those, not that it would matter to him.

  34. Claw says:

    The first grade teacher says to her class:

    “What sounds did you hear on our field trip to the farm yesterday?”

    All the little hands go up and:

    Janey says “Moo.”
    Jackie says “Baaa.”
    Kathy says “Quack, Quack.”
    Little Johnny says “Get the fuck off that tractor.”

    Kids say the darndest things.

  35. Claw says:

    And so in keeping with the three posts today of Sailors who lost their lives in the line of duty, my (now retired) Submariner Senior Chief son sends out a note to memorialize the 99 crewmembers of the USS Scorpion, SSN-589, which was lost on this day 49 years ago.

    May they all Rest In Peace.

  36. Claw says:

    Just testing. Had a code monkey come today and do some spring cleaning on the old Google machine.

    Test, Test, Test.