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| February 16, 2018 | 182 Comments

February 16, 2018
Dust Bath

In South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve, an elephant uses its trunk to create a dust shower. Elephants use dust to protect their skin from bug bites and the sun’s harsh rays.

On an administrative note, my computer is deadlined and I’m working on the POS that I replaced. All I did was update my new computer from a Dell upload and it tanked. Screw Dell. I’ll do my best with this old POS, until they get here to fix the new computer.

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  1. Jon The Mechanic says:


  2. Commissioner Wretched says:


    • Commissioner Wretched says:

      Rescinding claim to first … accepting the silver medal instead.

    • Club Manager says:

      Let me break in here with some serious stuff all need to read and respond to. A Vietnam Veterans Commemoration program on March 29 at the UALR Jack Stephens center in Little Rock hosted by the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs is a great example of our government minimizing the sacrifices of every man and women who served in Vietnam. Arkansas DVA has nothing to do with the content and they are simply responding to a national observance formulated by the Veterans Observance Commission. All of us know there are two categories of Vietnam Veterans, those who actually served in Harm’s way (i.e. in-country) who are entitled to be called Vietnam veterans and those who served during the period. They are refereed to as Vietnam-era veterans. What this commission has done is deem all who served in the armed forces from 1955 – 1975 as Vietnam War Veterans. They plan to give all a lapel pin that says Vietnam War Veteran.

      A bona-fide Vietnam War Veteran is someone who served “in-country” for 90 days, or a shorter period if wounded or killed, and those others who engaged in combat missions from external locations. I was in Vietnam for a brief period on the way to Bangkok, and the return we had to overfly Saigon because of a Tet offensive. I am NOT a Vietnam War Veteran and find it very offensive to be categorized as one by this commission. Moreover, I was on the flight line at Hickam AFB for the return of every POW. My belief and those of every veteran I had discussed this with is the blanket recognition afforded by the wording of the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin is a disgrace and an affront to the sacrifices of these brave men.

      Military imposters and stolen valor are already enough of a problem in our country and all this blanket recognition does is empower people to make false claims. We are asking those who attend the observance when offered a lapel pin, if you are a real Vietnam War Veteran, “Welcome Home Brother.” If you, like myself, served in the armed forces during the period, just “Say no thanks, I am not a Vietnam War Veteran. Spread the word here in Arkansas and in your home states because this bullshit is heading your way

      • OWB says:

        Yep. Second the emotion for the same reasons.

        Or, put another way, that’s a me too campaign I can endorse.

      • 2/17 Air Cav says:

        But…but…but the Vietnam Veterans of America says the same thing. It has been a beef of mine for years. Served stateside in an office while others were in Vietnam getting bloody? You’re a Vietnam Veteran too! Just pay the fee and here’s your Vietnam Veteran ballcap. I saw a guy the other day with a patch the size of a hubcap on his back. It read Vietnam Veteran. On the front of the coat was another patch, and he was wearing a Vietnam Veteran ballcap. Looked like he just joined VVA. All I could do was shake my head. I didn’t have to ask him a thing to see that with his spanking new regalia, he was as much truly a Vietnam Veteran as Hanoi Jane is a patriot’s patriot.

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        No argument from this corner.

      • Thunderstixx says:

        Whether or not they wear the false medallion or not is entirely up to them.
        Myself, I have never attempted to place myself in harms way and that it is that I am a Vietnam Era Veteran that served in Alaska fighting and losing the Cold War…..
        It’s still cold as hell up there…
        Ta da crack… (rimshot)…

        • HMC Ret says:

          Vietnam ERA Sailor here. Never served in the Viet of the Nam or any other area during combat. Don’t have a CAR. Tip of the hat to those who served in harm’s way. Much regret to those wounded or killed.

          Much disdain for those who would claim service where no service exists.

      • NormanS says:

        The closest I got to Vietnam was Fort Wolters, Texas. I did wear the W.O.C. (Warrant Officer Candidate), briefly, but never completed the course (W.O.F.T.). I wound up assigned to the 561st MP Co. in Fort Myer, Virginia for the rest of my active duty Army time.

        Two of my cousins, Marines both, were killed fighting in Vietnam. How the hell can I claim their valor?

    • Graybeard says:

      Oh well, Dirty Third again.

    • Graybeard says:

      Pardon the delay in posting the weekly update in the 2018 TAH Phony Race:

      At 1540L we have:

      SEALs: 13 – 7 with real service, 4 overweight, 1 underweight, 1 dead, and 1 criminal
      SF: 5 – 1 female, 3 with real service
      Rangers: 5 – 3 with real service, 1 criminal
      Marines: 5 – 3 with real service
      Nam Vets: 3 – all from Canada
      Navy UTD: 1
      Navy EOD: 1
      AF Pilot: 1 – 1 female
      Army Officer: 2 – 1 with real service
      Unearned Awards: 3 – 1 with real service, 1 overweight, 1 from Canada, 1 child molester, 2 other criminal
      Combat deployment: 2 – 1 female, 2 with real service 1 overweight, 1 early out

      And that is where we stand as of this WOT.

    • Graybeard says:

      The first fifth, anyway, WW.

      • Wilted Willy says:

        Thank you Sir!
        I pray that all is well at the Graybeard household?
        Have a great weekend to all my friends at TAH!
        And a special prayer for our dear leader,

        • Graybeard says:

          Thank you, WW.

          To be honest, things could be better around the Compound. My favorite son-in-law has a pacemaker being installed next week, and I have a biopsy on a spot on the prostate the day after – but we are not expecting anything to come of it.

          But our deployed son is healthy. The grandkids are all growing well. The other kids (in-law, by-law, and out-law) are all fine – and God is still in control.

          • Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

            Well best wishes to you and your favorite son-in-law…I’m not much for prayer, but I’ll do my best to send appropriate positive thoughts your way.

            Had my own excitement regarding a cancer concern for myself, and then later in the year for my wife…it keeps you on point at times and fortunately both concerns came to naught and we are both healthy and solid at this time.

            Here’s hoping for a similar good outcome for all involved on your end.

            • Graybeard says:

              Thank you, VOV.

              It does keep you on point, doesn’t it?

              Our favorite son-in-law is overall pretty healthy and still young (40s) – so we are expecting this to be as routine and boring as these things can be.

              I appreciate the good thoughts, too.

              • Mason says:

                40’s and getting a pacemaker? I’m on the precipice to 40 myself. Didn’t think that was something I’d have to worry about for a lot longer!

                Thoughts and prayers to you and you SIL.

          • Wilted Willy says:

            Hi Graybeard, I myself have had prostate cancer. They had to remove it 15 years ago! All went well, then I had to fight bladder cancer for the last 4 years! But, after 4 surgeries and 8 rounds of chemo, my last lab test was cancer free! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions? I have been thru it all………
            I will be praying for all of you! Tell them to give you some sedation if they are going to take prostate biopsies of your prostate! It really hurts when they go in your asshole and punch a hole thru to your prostate to snatch out a sample! They took 18 biopsies out of mine! Good Luck my Friend!!

            • Graybeard says:

              Thank you WW. I knew you’ve been there done that.

              I had a series of prostate biopsies about 20 years ago, so I’ve had the experience of getting stuck in the asshole.

              What is new to me this go-around is that they’ve taken a sample of the native flora and are going to tailor the antibiotics to minimize problems with the natives.

              It’ll be local & I expect to come on in to work afterwards – to a padded chair I might add.

              The doctor thinks the chances are pretty low that it is anything to be worried about – better to know than to have a bad surprise. Lost a good friend and mentor to a fast-moving prostate cancer 25 years ago.

          • MrBill says:

            I’m adding a prayer for you too, Graybeard. I’m also a prostate cancer survivor – had surgery eight years ago and have been cancer-free ever since, thank God. The biopsy isn’t pleasant but it’s not terrible either. Hang in there!

          • Ex-PH2 says:

            Sending positive thoughts yoru way, Graybeard. They should let you get stinking drunk about a half hour before they do this, in my humble opinion.

          • Commissioner Wretched says:

            Positive thoughts and energy – and yes, prayers – headed your way, Graybeard. All the best, my friend.

  3. ChipNASA says:

    Late to the party as usual.

    TAH UPDATE: Due to the considerable recent contributions of a variety of insults, the new name of said grouping is now the Mountain of Insults®™ (aka, “This Ain’t Hell” Thesaurus)

    Please update your Instructions and TOs accordingly.

    That is all.

  4. Skyjumper says:

    Congrats, Jon.

    I missed it by a large Schamhaare.

    Hoping the best of the weekend for all of you here at TAH.

  5. Lurker Curt says:

    DAMN!!! Top 20?

  6. Roh-Dog says:

    BLAST! Have a good weekend, y’all!!

  7. Wilted Willy says:

    I think this is the first time we have ever had a five way tie for first? What does the official WOT record book say??

    • Claw says:

      There was a five way tie based only on the same time (1:08pm) entries,(unable to be broken down by nano-seconds) but only the three legitimate “First” comments were acknowledged.

      Those three have been duly recorded into the Coveted Book of WOT Firsts for today.

      “So let it be written, So let it be done.”

      • Wilted Willy says:

        Claw, has anyone beat my trifecta of 3 weeks of first in a row?

      • 2/17 Air Cav says:

        Point of order, Claw. Were the rules amended during my absence? During my term in office, now yours, there were no ties, no matter that more than one claim of “First!” posted the same minute. In such an event, none too rare, the order of appearance controlled, so long as a a proper declaration was made. If the rule was changed, is nit retroactive? Because, if it is, the Book of Firsts has to be altered and there may well be more than one threepeat. Please advise.

        • Claw says:

          Nope, no rules were amended/changed. There can only be one true “First” on each of the WOT(s).

          I am recording all the entries calling “First” that land on the same time mark into the Coveted Book of Firsts just for shits and grins, however the true “First” is recorded with a * to denote its place of honor and order of appearance.

          • 2/17 Air Cav says:

            Mr. Claw: Thank you for your prompt and concise, but thorough, response. In you, TAH has the right man in the right job at the right time.

          • AW1Ed says:

            Beg to differ.I believe it was you who declared those of us with Admin privileges are excluded from the “First” competition, as we may have some insight as to when Jonn will post the WOT.
            I completely agree, and I actually enjoy the jousting even more as a spectator.

  8. Haywire Angel says:

    Top 20, maybe??? Have a great Friday!!!

  9. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    24rd and Honorary First yet again.

  10. Wilted Willy says:

    Ex, where are you? I can’t wait to see what’s for supper? I am looking forward to drooling over tonight’s selection??
    Bring it on!!

  11. Devtun says:

    Top 30 I suppose.

  12. Sapper3307 says:

    FIRST! From Russia with love.

  13. OWB says:

    Am once again wondering what it was earlier in the week that I thought would be great for discussion on the WOT. Probably something extremely profound. Uh-huh.

    Been raining a lot here. Creeks are running fine but a drain was blocked from the kennel. Soooooo, there I was in the pouring rain this morning, slinging mud and debris. Drain running well enough for now to keep the kennel from flooding. Whew! Will fine tune it later.

    It was a nice twofer, though. Was able to use the dirt/rocks from the trench beside the kennel to fill a couple of holes in the yard. Temp dropping outside, so very glad that little chore is finished. For now.

    • Graybeard says:

      The battle never ends, does it?

      Glad you are done before the coldfront hits.

      • OWB says:

        Thanks. It felt good to get out and work hard for a bit.

        Checked, and everything s still running well enough. And, saw that a bunch of spring flowers have sprouted up. It won’t be long now. This winter has been kinda tough.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      OWB, I have done what you did, including walking a colicky horse (too much hay, not enough water) in the freezing cold for two hours until he lifted his tail and let one fly, and you have my deepest sympathies.

      I hope that you rewarded yourself with a nice big mug of hot cocoa and cookies.

      • OWB says:

        No cookies, but did the cocoa thing, although these days it is heated chocolate almond milk instead of the “real thing.”

        Tried making old fashioned cocoa using the plain almond milk. It was delicious. But after trying just heating the chocolate “milk,” it’s just not worth the trouble to mix it myself. Not quite as good as cocoa made with whole milk, but much better than the powdered stuff. Really want to try the dark chocolate version, but don’t see that very often.

  14. Claw says:

    And a Hat Tip for the funniest story of the week goes out to 1SG Carlos over on the fake Ranger Shane Kunzeman entry.

    Best example of old style taking care of NCO business I’ve seen in a good while.

    If any of you out there missed it, go check it out. It’s a HOOT!!

  15. AW1Ed says:

    This is all Mueller could find?


    “A federal grand jury on Friday indicted 13 Russians and three Russian companies for allegedly interfering in the 2016 presidential election, in a case brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that detailed a sophisticated plot to wage “information warfare” against the U.S.

    “There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity. There is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the special counsel probe, said at a Friday press conference.

    The defendants are accused of spreading derogatory information about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, denigrating Republican candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio — and ultimately supporting Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and then-Republican candidate Donald Trump.”

    No Americans were included on the indictment. Stick a fork in this, it’s done.

    • OWB says:

      Sounds like something they could indict most of the country on if all you have to do is bad mouth a candidate for something or another.

    • Graybeard says:

      ::looking for my surprised face::

    • LC says:

      Detailed information on organized, well-researched and targeted Russian information operations that co-opted local campaign personnel to influence an election is … pretty big news, no?

      If this were reversed, and Clinton had won an incredibly narrow election, and it turns out foreign powers were behind spending and information ops to help her, would that also be a whole lot of nothing? Or would some people be shouting from their rooftops?

      As a country and as individuals, we need to be better aware of how our views are shaped. It’s not about D’s or R’s, it’s about the foundations of what an American election entails.

      • SFC D says:

        “it turns out foreign powers were behind spending and information ops to help her”.

        What makes you think there weren’t? The Clinton Foundation has a metric shit-ton of questionable cash.

        • LC says:

          I’d say there’s a pretty big operational difference between giving money to a candidate, and a coordinated intelligence operation where foreign agents impersonated Americans (complete with stolen social security numbers, bank accounts, etc.) in order to influence an election by targeting swing states with propaganda.. and, you know, giving a candidate a bribe in the hope of later action via a well-regarded charity operated in her name.

          I loathe Hillary Clinton, but the Clinton Foundation seems to be well-reviewed everywhere I look. If she did indeed take money for favors, that’s obviously terrible, but I see no proof of that. I do see plenty of evidence of Russian influence.

          The second thing is, Clinton thought she’d win. Most people did. Why would she spend funds if she was going to win anyway? So even if she got illicit funds for some reason, it’s doubtful they were used.

          • 2/17 Air Cav says:

            “Backing up here, Boss.”

            “Back it up, Luke.”

          • rgr769 says:

            Read “Clinton Cash” and get back to us. There is no “if she got illicit funds.”

          • Hack Stone says:

            Okay, interfering with the national election of a sovereign nation is wrong. When does Barack Obama get indicted for financing the opposition in the Israeli election?

            • 2/17 Air Cav says:

              The real story, as far as I am concerned, is the months and months of unadulterated bullshit that had the Trump campaign colluding with the Russians. It was absolute crap. I see that the Leftist Newsies are still trying to connect the Russians to Trump, indirectly now, by a line in the Mueller report that says that some Russians were against Wide Load, while downplaying that this most likely meant they were for Bernie the Commie. The Russian efforts date to 2014. It was a load of crap, served up on fine china which some suckers willingly gobbled down like it was their last meal. Fake f’n news.

          • 11B-Mailclerk says:

            “but the Clinton Foundation seems to be well-reviewed everywhere I look.”

            Try Hati, first.

      • OWB says:

        “If this were reversed, and Clinton had won an incredibly narrow election…”

        Whaddayamean “IF?” A Clinton already did exactly that. You may not be old enough to remember it, but it did indeed happen. Somehow we managed to all survive it, without the histrionics of those disappointed by the outcome.

        Seriously, this is much worse. Maybe that is because the players perfected the art with their earlier successes. Maybe it’s because some of those tactics have been institutionalized in the meanwhile.

        We are here now. Forgetting our history is a significant part of why so many people seem to be surprised.

        • LC says:

          I don’t know much about foreign influence in Bill Clinton’s election – I’m all ears if you have a reputable source where I can learn about it.

          • OWB says:

            Not interested in doing the research for you. I have personal knowledge of the Russian/Chinese/whatever communists attempting to influence our elections and our way of life since the 50’s. It really is not news. The particulars of how it was done when Bill the pervert ran, I have no interest.

            For the sake of argument, the US has done the same back at them. That is also not news.

            Are you really this naïve, LC? Not trying to insult you, just really wonder. It’s OK either way.

            • LC says:

              I’m not naive at all – of course we do this to other countries. And presumably they try to stop us. Just as we should be trying to stop them. That’s just common sense, I think.

              • 2/17 Air Cav says:

                I am reminded of a former Baltimore Sun reporter named Michael Olesker. He, too, would take a stand on something only after it was a sure thing, one way or the other. Until then, he had little to offer and no original thoughts. He left the paper in disgrace after being caught plagiarizing.

      • Graybeard says:

        Not to this old codger, LC.

        This is merely confirmation of what I already knew. I’ve seen it in play since the 1960s.

        The difference in this instance is that “they” were so certain they’d be able to find something to delegitimize the POTUS.

        “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
        Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
        To the last syllable of recorded time,
        And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
        The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
        Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
        That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
        And then is heard no more. It is a tale
        Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
        Signifying nothing.”
        ——————McBeth, Act V, Scene V

    • rgr1480 says:

      Spies gonna spy.

      So how does Mueller’s indictments (good, by the way!) of Russian agents doing sneaky-pete stuff equate to *collusion* with Trump and his campaign? ESPECIALLY since the US citizens involved didn’t know they were dealing with Russian “players” pretending to be Americans?

      The FBI now needs to close the investigation of Trump et alia, and refocus its efforts towards the Russians.

      And yeah … even if the tables were politically reversed and focused on Hillery, I’d want to see the “witting” players dealt with, not the “witless” ones; we don’ need no steenkin BWitch hunt.

      • rgr1480 says:

        Damn! wrong mark-up code!! Should’ve been


      • LC says:

        I’ve never said President Trump colluded with the Russians. Personally, I don’t think he did – I don’t think his ego would allow him to ask for help. But I wouldn’t put it past some of the people on the campaign.

        But it’s worth pointing out this isn’t the end of the investigation – it’s still on-going. Look at investigations by special prosecutors over the years – they run for years, and indictments happen throughout. This is just another day in the investigation.

        There’s still more to come, surely. Maybe total vindication for the Trump camp, maybe not. I’m all for seeing this through either way.

        • 11B-Mailclerk says:


          The Russian goal was to sow dissent, and try to de-legitimize the election in the minds of Americans. They have been screwing around with the US political scene for -decades- going back to the thirties.

          And here you are carrying their water by saying that you wouldn’t put it past some of Trump’s people. Those strangely in-indited ones.

          You really won’t look in that mirror, will you…. You have no idea how much that really disappoints me.

          • 11B-Mailclerk says:

            Un – indicted

          • LC says:

            Yeah, it’s totally and utterly shocking that I think some people like Paul Manafort might not be on the up-and-up when it comes to doing things in a strictly legal way! Good heavens, I’m clearly helping the Russians achieve their goal!

            Once you’re sitting down and recovered from such utterly shocking possibilities, I’ll also add that I think political operatives within the DNC might’ve not played by the rules either! Technically it’s not breaking a law for Donna Brazile to pass information questions on to the Clinton camp -even if not Clinton herself- but, yes, I wouldn’t put it past the campaign to have stuff like that happen, uh.. comrade.

            Come on. Acknowledging that something is a possibility for a handful of people is not the same as saying our whole system is in shambles.

            • 11B-Mailclerk says:

              as was repeatedly shown, including in the recent indictments, most of the Russian effort was post election shit-stirring to sow dissent and delegitimize the election.

              Which political faction continues that effort?

            • OWB says:

              Kinda like it
              is possible that any one of us committed a murder 3000 miles from our homes on an afternoon when we were busy at work in full view of all sorts of folks? Are you saying that since none of us was ever cleared of the act that it could have happened??

        • rgr1480 says:

          Sorry, not addressing you regarding Trump; I mentioned him because that’s lately been the “cause d’jour” [or to use real French, cause célèbre].

        • 2/17 Air Cav says:

          “I’ve never said President Trump colluded with the Russians.”

          No, you danced all around it as if it were true, or very likely, but never stated as much.

  16. Ex-PH2 says:

    The Royal Household of Ex-PH2 acknowledges and happily accepts the welcome extension of Birthday Wishes and in return, sends the following responses to requests for food:

    Basic quiche recipe: (this is easy)
    9-inch pie crust
    4 eggs, beaten
    1 cup 1/2 & 1/2 or 2% milk
    1/4 Tsp salt
    1/4 Tsp pepper (Mrs. Dash is okay, too)
    8 to 10 slices of bacon, crisp, crumbled
    1 cup of shredded cheese – cheddar, Swiss, whatever – your choice (8 oz shredded)
    1/4 cup shredded parmegiano or asiago cheese (You can use more, if you like.)
    1 Tblspnn of chopped onion (unless you’re allergic)

    You can also use dried tomatoes, chipped beef, minced ham, etc., as part of the filling. Use your imagination.

    Have the pie crust ready in the pie tin

    Heat the oven to 350F

    Mix the 1/2 & 1/2 (or milk), eggs, salt & pepper/Mrs Dash

    Fill the pie crust with layers of bacon, cheese, and whatever else you like

    Hold some of the shredded cheese for topping the eggs

    Pour the beaten eggs into the crust

    Top eggs with remaining shredded cheese

    Bake 30 to 40 minutes until a knife or piece of long pasta (spaghetti) comes out clean when the eggs are tested for doneness

    Let it stand for 5 minutes before cutting into portions. To make a bigger recipe, use a larger baking tin and double everything. Cut the baked quiche into portions and top with more cheese. This can be frozen and nuked in the microwave for about 1 to 2 minutes for a snack.

    For dinner, one of Betty C’s recipes:

    Slow-cooker Upside-down Chicken Pot Pie

    1 1/4 lbs of boneless skinless chicken thighs
    1 Tblspn instant chopped onion
    1 dried bay leaf
    1/4 Tsp pepper
    1 jar (18 oz) chicken gravy (or make your own from broth with your seasonings)
    2 medium celery stalks, cut into 1/2 inch slices
    2 1/4 cups biscuit mix (or get the biscuits in the cold case at the grocery store)
    2/3 cup milk
    1 bag (12 oz) frozen mixed veggies

    Put chicken in a 3.5 to 4 quart slow cooker. Top with onion, bay leaf, pepper and chicken gravy. Put celery on top of the gravy.

    Cover and cook on low heat setting for 8 to 10 hours

    30 minutes before serving, make/bake 8 biscuits using the baking mix and milk (check package directions)

    OR: you can use the refrigerator biscuits in a can from the grocery store, if you have no baking mix

    Stir frozen veggies into the chicken mix in the slow cooker. Increase heat to High. Cover and cook 15 minutes. Take the bay leaf out of the pot.

    Split the hot, steaming, yummy baked biscuits in half, spoon a healthy serving of the chicken mixture onto the bottom half, cover with the top half of the biscuit.

    Note: if your slow cooker only has a bottom heating element, adjust the cooking time for the chicken to cook properly and layer the ingredients per instructions in the cooker guide book.

    You might want to make extra biscuits to pass at the table with lots of butter, and put a platter of fresh veggies on the table to pass.

    Dessert is up to you! I like apple pie and vanilla ice cream after this kind of supper.

    • Wilted Willy says:

      Oh my God, that really sounds good Ex!!!
      Would you happen to have a receipe for crab cakes? Blue Crabs are my favorite food! I want to try some homemade crab cakes for fun?
      Happy Belated Birthday my Dear!
      Oh Exhaulted Queen of TAH!!
      Happy Weekend!

      • AW1Ed says:

        If only there was a TAH member from the PDRofMD here, the home of Callinectes sapidus, or the Atlantic Blue Crab.
        The World’s Best Crabcakes
        Keep it simple.
        1 pound crab meat.
        2 eggs
        1/4 cup mayo
        Juice and zest from 1 lemon
        a few dashes Worcestershire sauce
        Old Bay
        Panko crumbs as needed
        Mix eggs, mayo, juice and zest, Wooster sauce in a bowl. Add S&P, Old bay, mix.
        Gently fold in the crab meat.
        Add just enough Panko to firm up the mix. Form into patties and dust with the flour. Refrigerate for at least an hour (this is key for pan frying- skip flour, etc if broiling).
        Cook ’em up. Pan fry in butter or a neutral oil for about four minutes a side, or broil until brown, flip, repeat.
        Bask in the accolades of your family and friends. Lemon juice or tartar sauce are acceptable, if you put ketchup on them I’ll hunt you down like a cur.
        *again, grin*

        • Graybeard says:

          Reading that makes me wish Mrs. GB liked seafood.

          The only fish she likes is fried catfish, preferably wild-caught and deep fried. In our first church we had a church member who ran a trotline in the local man-made lake. The lake covered ground he had hunted as a boy, so he knew what was under the lake without any electronics, and knew where and when to set his lines.

          He kept trying for a 100 lb cat, and only got to 97 lbs. He’d throw a 45-pounder back so it could get big enough to be worth eating.

          I helped him skin many a catfish, and we’d lay those things out on the kitchen table and cut steaks out 2″x2″x5″ in size. Roll them in his cornbread batter and throw them in the deep fryer – Hooooeeeeeeee, that was some eatin’!

          • AW1Ed says:

            Man that sounds great! Maybe make some small crab fritters as a side for the Mrs? Prepare as if pan frying, but make ’em golf ball size and deep fry.
            Anyway, it’s not summer here until there’s crab cakes, silver queen corn on the cob, and sliced tomatoes on the plate.

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        Nix, Willie – I never eat crab. Got sick on a small amount a long time ago and haven’t been able to touch it since.

    • AW1Ed says:

      That quiche is like culinary velcro; so many ways to change it up. Wilt a pan full of spinach leaves down with olive oil, S&P and add it in. Sauteed mushrooms (add a fat spoonful of thyme, it goes with shrooms like basil with tomatoes), sliced black olives. Change the bacon to ham sliced into cubes, or a big hand full of shelled, de-veined shrimp. Really anything you can think of going on a pizza will work.
      Thanks, Ex! Now I’m all hungry…

    • Skyjumper says:

      Belated “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” Ex-PH2, and I hope that you have many, many more all in good health & cheerful spirits.

      Would have baked you a birthday cake, but let’s get real. If I had tried to give it to you, it would have been all squished over my monitor. And, it just would have looked so very wrong with me trying to lick it off. Neither a window or monitor licker be me.

      So, I’ll just hoist a cup of fresh ground coffee to you.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Thank you, Skyjumper. I plan to have many more to come. I have stuff to do, worlds to conquer, barbarians to conquer!

      My sister told me at Christmas that she was thinking about putting in her paperwork for retirement, but wasn’t happy because she didn’t know what she’d do with her time. I told her to think about what she loves to do the most before she makes any decisions. She calls me on my birthday, I ask her if she’s put in the paperwork yet, she says, no, because she isn’t sure she wants to just yet and she loves her work, and I told her there’s your answer.
      Find something that you love to do and love what you’re doing, and everything else will follow.

      • Skyjumper says:

        I know exactly what you speak of. I retired at age 60 (10 years ago) and never looked back.

        I can be found out in my woodshop building things & making fine sawdust; working on the yard, garden & fine tuning the house; helping out neighbors, friends and relatives with their projects; fishing; spending time target shooting; going to a casino every now & then; baking & cooking up a storm at times; car shows; and occasionally doing inappropriate things at time (hey, a guy has to have fun once in awhile ;))

        I’ve never looked back and am always looking forward. Way too much to see & do to lay on the couch. (smile)

    • OWB says:

      And most happy birthday salutations to you, PH! Even if they are late.

      (Posted a similar message earlier, or thought so anyway. Maybe it’s attached to a different topic. Most likely I just made it vaporize.)

    • Commissioner Wretched says:

      Many belated happy returns of the day, Ex!

  17. Ex-PH2 says:

    Our Glorious Leader in the War of Words has my deepest and most profound sympathies in regard to the stubborn and unseemly refusal of his new computer to work as it should.

    In view of this unexpected blockade in the War of Words, and the forced retreat to the Old and More Faithful Servant, the Old Computer, I will add that George R. R. Martin, author of the Rightfully Legendary Game of Thrones, continues to create all of his manuscripts on a computer that runs on MS-DOS and uses Wordstar as his word processing servant software.

    • AW1Ed says:

      Good Lord. Does he save his work on 5 1/4 inch floppy disks? George R. R. Martin, not our Fearless Leader.

    • Graybeard says:

      I’ve had a problem or two with these new ‘puters – including a Dell laptop.

      Sometimes I regret not having salvaged Dad’s old PDP-11 when I had a chance.

      I had to move to a newer box to load Windows on just because my tax software would no longer work with the old version of Windows – and the don’t write it for a *nix flavor.

      If Jonn were nearby, I know a real good pc repairman. I can do a little on those machines but have more experience with the Big Blue boxes.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      I have no idea, AW1Ed. I only convey information. My guess would be that he is either one of the few people left in the world who uses a 4 mm tape reader, and NASA should contact him about that in case another antique satellite reboots itself, OR like me, he has a floppy disc reader drive and saves lots of stuff on that, then gives it to one of his scribes to convert to whatever MSFT’s current Word level may be.

      I am still heavily involved with my Presairo. We’ve have a strong relationship for lo, these many years, and yet, while my access to the palantir of internet still exists, it could be faster if I used a newer model. (Not till next year! I have other things that need attention first, like two new flushers. 🙂

    • Perry Gaskill says:

      Personally, I try to follow a couple of rules when it comes to the reliability of computer equipment.

      The first, common in the corporate IT world, is to not install a Microsoft operating system until after the first service pack has been released. With the release of Windows 8 and 10, Microsoft has switched to a cycle of continuous upgrades which is, IMHO, not a good idea. I have multiple machines running versions of Windows from XP to 10 and find Win 7 with SP1 to be the best of the bunch.

      Over time, I’ve also found that what creates a lot of problems is the bloatware/crapware/trialware vendors try to include with machines shipped. A better alternative is to start with a clean install of just the operating system, and work from there. Although this might mean having to buy a copy of Windows, and maybe having somebody install it for you, it’s likely worth it in the longer term.

      The approach is common when building a Unix system or one of its Linux variants. You try to give such systems just what they need, and nothing they don’t need to start. You can then improve it over time. A typical result is a system that can run trouble-free for years.

  18. sj says:

    Has Dan’s prognosis improved?

  19. OWB says:

    Gonna quite complaining about the rain here. Just checked the weather maps. They have posted flood warnings into the middle of next week for a fairly large area of OH, WV, and KY. That could be a big mess for all those folks. Bless ’em.

    It’s hot chocolate and recliner time.

    • NHSparky says:

      I’m surprised the wastewater treatment plants near the Casa de Sparky Western Annex haven’t overflowed.

      Last time we had serious rain here, we were under a boil water order for a week.

  20. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:


  21. Frankie Cee says:

    As of Feb. 13th, the Florida Department of Corrections shows ol Stretched, Stolen Valorist Kyle Barwan to be off the work detail, (where the guys get some outside air), and back inside the facility at Century C.I. I guess that he missed Bubba and that made him not able to do the little bit of work offered, and he was able to rejoin him in their shared bunk.

  22. Frankie Cee says:

    I have been informed that Frank Fischer, former 2nd vice commander of his American Legion Post, and poser extraordinaire, has been silent, and that the State officers are taking his case to National to block him from being in any Legion post.

  23. Hack Stone says:

    Dallas Wittgenfeld shared his weekend recipe with the TAH crowd. Hack is posting a Level 5 Spew Alert for anyone clicking on the video.

  24. OWB says:

    Been grieving the possible loss of a good friend. No, not a loss due to death, but one from TDS. We shall see.

    For decades we have maintained a very good friendship based on things other than politics. Many years ago we agreed that we agreed upon enough things to remain great friends. We just ignore the differences.

    Had noticed subtle things in the past few months, but there was a complete meltdown recently. I am just continuing to act as if nothing is wrong. Don’t really want to lose a friend, but seriously?

    I suspect that others have faced such a predicament with a long-time friendship.

    • AW1Ed says:

      Don’t know you or your friend, but I have found using facts and logic with libs is like garlic to a vampire. I’m heartless, cruel, sexist, homophobic, and narrow minded. So now I just change the subject.
      Good luck.

      • OWB says:

        Have had the same experience. You can really get their heads to explode when you ask them to provide facts and logic for their positions. They just don’t have any and it is quickly obvious.

        This one isn’t a lib per se, or at not about most things. We shall see if the fracture will heal, or perhaps a valuable lesson or two learned.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      Hell, I have a moonbat Sister who disowned me years ago and refers to me as “That Republican Bastard”.

    • Green Thumb says:

      What is “TDS”?

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        Trump Derangement Syndrome, I prefer to call it Trump Acceptance Resistance Disorder (TARD) and those who let it run their lives I refer to as Trump Acceptance Resistance Disorder Operatives (TARDOs) and there are also a lot of Really Exceptional Trump Acceptance Resistance Disorder Operatives in Hollywierd and the Mess Media who I refer to as RETARDOs for short.

    • 26Limabeans says:

      CNN is stealing my girlfriend one lie at a time. Now she’s complaing that the cable signal is all fuzzy and the sound is distorted. The cable company says everything is fine on their end and it must be the TV set. I’m going to keep working on it for her. She wants to buy a new one but I told her the same problem would still be there. I wonder what it could be. Even with my Signal Corps background it has me flummoxed.

  25. Holden Magroin says:

    Adam Appel has started a Street Medic charity in Hawaii and Alaska based on his EMT experience but doesn’t appear to currently be a licensed EMT



  26. Green Thumb says:

    The False Commander “Phony” Phil Monkress (CEO of All-Points Logistics) works balls while avoiding questions seeking clarification of his Native American, Law Enforcement and Navy Seal claims.

  27. fsckity fsck says:

    John Giduck – the turd with a face!

  28. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    This young man was just fifteen, but died that others might live:


    Cadet Private Peter Wang, JROTC, held a door open so others could flee, and died because he stood fast when no one would have blamed him for escaping.

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