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October 20, 2017

In the Dust

In India, women working in a brick kiln are covered with dust. As urbanization in India yields more buildings, the demand for bricks is high. Workers often face harrowing conditions, 18-hour days, and low pay.

Oh, yeah, Mr Bernath has been moved to Hampton Roads Regional Jail, called Virgina’s largest mental hospital by the Daily Press

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  1. ChipNASA says:

    “Oh, yeah, Mr Bernath has been moved to Hampton Roads Regional Jail, called Virgina’s largest mental hospital by the Daily Press.”

    I just read that article and I think I PEED MYSELF a LITTLE!!


  2. Roh-Dog says:


  3. Mick says:

    Hampton Roads Regional Jail:

    ‘The jail where Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Chesapeake send their most difficult inmates houses men and women with AIDS, tuberculosis, kidney failure, records of extreme violence, pregnancy while under treatment for addiction and other conditions.

    It also houses those with severe mental illness, and is therefore — in effect — the state’s largest mental hospital.’

  4. OWB says:

    Dang – they must be medicating him. He looks much calmer than usual in that pic.

    Semi-serious inquiry here. Has anyone else noticed that Trump Derangement Disorder is creeping into pulp fiction? Just noticed it from a couple of authors I have read for years who seem to be suffering from it and their latest books are much darker than their earlier ones. Very odd in comparison.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Oh, that is also called Grimdark fiction, I think. It reflects reality but frequently borders on the authors’ fantasies.

      • OWB says:

        Understood, PH, but what I am noticing is in other genres, what heretofore had been extremely light works of fiction, what I call my beach literature. Nothing fantastical or other worldly, although it may have infected that genre as well.

        Just noticed it the past couple of weeks, in brand new books in series which could have gone to press after the election, by very popular authors whose titles would be pushed through in a hurry.

        Will keep an eye open for more of it. Hope they prove me wrong, though. Would hate to have to give up some of these authors.

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        Well, it could be that they were disappointed with the election results and their disappointment is reflected in their novels.

        If so, they’ll get over it.

    • Perry Gaskill says:

      Dunno. Lately I’ve been on a run of reading all the works of the noir mystery writers Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald. If those two got any darker, their books would probably emit anti-matter…

  5. Berliner says:

    Heard rumor his jail nickname is “Skidmark”

  6. MSGT Richard Deiters USMC(Retired) says:

    TOP 25 !!!!!!!!!

  7. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:


  8. David says:

    Kept doing the refresh thing and finally the lure of barbecued chicken an home-made mashed potatoes drew me away… think I go the better end of that deal.

    Picture at the top kinda reminds me of sanding sheet rock mud doing the hurricane sheetrock patch-up… damn house will need a professional cleaning by the time I’m done.

  9. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    Who is Mr. Bernath?

    Someone explain.

  10. Commissioner Wretched says:

    It’s what I get for going to have a short chat with my publisher … I miss the opening of the WOT. I deserve to be … where am I, here, anyway? Twenty-fourth?

  11. Ex-PH2 says:

    I’m going back to watching Elizabeth I maneuver her way through the ins and outs of the Court of England without getting trapped into something she doesn’t want. Glenda Jackson was quite good in this role.

    • Perry Gaskill says:

      The film with Cate Blanchett was good. The character of Sir Francis Walsingham was like a large reptile slowly surrounding Bess’ enemies.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      I liked the fly-on-the-wall approach in that movie, but the Elizabeth R series on PBS really dug into her ability to wade through the intrigues of the court and keep her own counsel at the same time.

      • Perry Gaskill says:

        Another remarkable figure from that era was Sir Francis Drake. You couldn’t invent a story about what he actually did, and expect to have anyone believe you. Elizabeth setting Drake loose among Spanish galleons was like putting a fox in a henhouse.

        • Ex-PH2 says:

          Her goals were to ensure public safety, boost the military and establish England as a successful country. By establishing a base coinage, she brought inflation down rapidly.

          She was smart enough to select the right people for specific jobs, and then get out of their way to let them do those jobs. She also knew that a rising middle class would put England at the top.

  12. Graybeard says:

    I was off donating blood, so really was not in the competition this week.

    In other news, Bernath is known to the states of California, Ohio, Florida, and Virginia to be certifiably an idiot.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      There are other states besides that, Graybeard. He’s made a name for himself in many places now.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      Has he EVER exited a courthouse without making himself the subject of every “You’re NOT gonna believe THIS…” conversation? I bet there are plenty of legit Attorneys out there that now say things like “I screwed up on this, but at least I wasn’t a Bernath”.

  13. Frankie Cee says:

    That “facility” sounds like just the place for someone with a “Bernathian Bent”. Just think of all the people in there who would love to have some of his “legal advice”. I wonder if they take in Winos? Ol’ sHoRtBuS wItTlEsS oNe, could tell all the “neighbors” of how he has been the darling of the Skydive world.
    Perhaps Kyle Christopher Barwan will get to spend a night in there, as his prison shuttle van wends its way Southward, bringing him to Polk County Florida and to Sheriff Grady Judd.

  14. Non Cedo Ferio says:

    As usual I have a ? Im thinking that the new veteran Id the VA is introducing for all honorably discharged vets besides vets like myself who already have the VA health card and / or DOD id is a pretty good idea and will cut down on mistaken Stolen Valor issues. Due to the fact to get it you have to go through a verification process and it’s way more convenient that lugging around a DD 214. Thoughts ?

    • AnotherPat says:

      IMHO, don’t think it will cut down on SV issues since one can now create/recreate a DD214 via Internet/PC that they can use to verify that they are eligible for the new VA ID card.

      And that card may end up being falsely recreated as well.

      VA still needs to relook their systems internally. They are still paying out benefits to phony Vietnam POWs (possibly phony Korean and WWII POWs as well), those claiming disabilty which may be fraudulent in nature, those claiming PH status which are false, etc.etc.

      I see longer lines at those restaraunts offering free meals on Veterans Day. And what is so sad and shameful is that a true Veteran may not have that oppotunity to have that meal because of a few who lie about serving our country or embellish their service.

      Hope the new VA ID card works for those true Veterans..and again (wishful thinking on my part), hope the VA cleans house.

      • Non Cedo Ferio says:

        Good points. I never thought of identity theft as a way to score a card. I think it’s the ID vets program used to allow honorably discharged vets to shop the exchanges online . As for phony VA claims. I know that it used to be harder to get service connection granted for issues like PTS. More evidentiary requirements back then. When Obama loosened the restrictions for proof in 09 I think some saw it as an opportunity to defraud the system I had to jump through hoops in the old days. Hopefully VA will weed out the phoneys . Interesting note about the new cards. Shulkin says they won’t cost the government a dime. Because they are being sponsored by Office Depot. Even has the logo on the back.

  15. Here is the URL where you can watch a free movie, “AN OPEN SECRET”, about the carefully hidden predatory paedophilia among the moguls of the Hollywood motion picture industry:

    The whole world needs to know about this!

  16. Sapper3307 says:

    One flew the cuckoo’s nest comes to mind.

  17. A few days ago, I made a donation to the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY, currently under construction at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

    This is the URL:


    At the same time, and at that same web site, I purchased two books, “THE ARMY”, and, “THE VIETNAM WAR – A CHRONOLOGY OF WAR”.

    “THE ARMY” cost me $15.00, and “THE VIETNAM WAR – A CHRONOLOGY OF WAR” cost me $30.00

    Both books are impressively HUMONGOUS, leather bound, with large gold medalions on the cover of each book.

    They are the kind of books you put on your living room coffee table to impress visitors.

    For guys like me, the books have lots of pictures to look at.

    So, maybe you might also want to buy yourself copies of these books?

    They would make excellent gifts, and/or be a precious family heirloom to pass on to your posterity.

  18. Dennis - not chevy says:

    We’re getting close to Veterans’ Day; and as last year, I will go to a place that does not advertise free meals to Veterans.

    I was surprised last year when I walked into a place and the hostess asked if there were any veterans in my group. I had a very enjoyable and free lunch. It gives me such a pain when I see advertisements that say veterans eat free; then go to the place and find the free meal is only for select items. It also makes me sick when I see land whales slopping at the troughs of free food wearing a military item the uninitiated think is proof of service.

    Last Friday, I was eating at a restaurant and talking with the waitress. We got talking about family and she volunteered her father was a veteran. When I said me too, she told me to remind her when she figured the bill because they give veterans discounts (but don’t tell anyone).

    I never ask for a discount; but, when one is offered I take it.

    • Mick says:

      I was invited out for a Veterans Day meal a couple of years ago, but we ultimately decided to turn around and go home.

      There were so many scammers there wearing the equivalent of poser bling who were clearly not actual veterans that we couldn’t get near the door.

    • Non Cedo Ferio says:

      Great post. It’s sad to see something that starts out as a way to thank veterans turned into a yearly joke on social media and elsewhere because of fraudsters . Hopefully the vetting at the doors of these establishments will be stepped up

    • A few years ago, a friend and I went to the Golden Corral in Vernal, Utah, and we didn’t have to pay for anything.

      Of course, Vernal is a small enough community that any imposters would be quickly exposed and publicly humiliated.

      This year, the Golden Corral has gone out of business, and the same restaurant is operating under a different name.

      Will they be serving free meals on Veterans Day?

      We’ll have to wait and see.

      The manager of the Golden Corral in Fayetteville, North Carolina violated company rules when, at my request via long distance telephone call, she gave a meal to my sister to deliver to our housebound stepmother (recently deceased), who was a Second World War veteran, and as my sister is the widow of a retired Army NCO, the manager invited her to also enjoy a free meal.

  19. Just An Old Dog says:

    With Apologies to Tommy Tutone I swear I hear Dullas Wiitenfeltpecker drunkenly singing this.


    Danny,Danny who can I just sue?
    Your legal advice’ I can hold on to
    I know you think I’m like your fellow nutbags before
    Who saw your name and number on the wall

    Danny, I got your number
    I need to make you mine
    Danny, don’t change your number

    422 and 6 and 5
    422 and 6 and 5
    422 and 6 and 5

    Danny, Danny, you’re the lawer for me
    Oh, you don’t know me, but I’m also real Nutty
    I tried to call you before, but I was in Jail
    Just like you are now giving up your tail.

    Danny, I got your number
    I need to make you mine
    Danny, don’t change your number

    422 and 6 and 5
    422 and 6 and 5
    422 and 6 and 5

  20. Sgt Fon says:

    so does anyone have an answer for this crap? I am at a loss but now have a better understanding of why things have been going the way they have been. well here look for your self and read some of these tweets…


  21. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    About 90st and Honorary First once again.


  22. #42265/89963's Sphincter says:

    I’m hurt and bleeding.

  23. Non Cedo Ferio says:

    Just saw the trailer for Stranger Things season 2. Looks like I’ll be binge watching both seasons next weekend

  24. Claw says:

    Go, Cubs, Go!
    Go, Cubs, Go!
    Hey, Chicago, Whaduya Say?

    Oh, wait, 11-1 loss in the final NLCS game.

    Rizzo & Bryant, a combined 5 for 37 against Dem Brooklyn Bums? What’s up with that?

    Oh, Well, back to the “There’s always next year” routine.

    But congrats to all the Cubbies for a good season.

    See Ya on Opening Day.

    • AnotherPat says:

      At one time, in the US, wasn’t Baseball the Number 1 Sport versus Football?

    • 3/17 Air Cav says:

      Claw…….The Cubbies were out of sinc all year. Turned it on abit after the all star break. Just never did dominate like last year!

      I think it’s going to be Dodgers vs Astros in the World Series!

    • RM3(SS) says:

      Best shirt from the game was a Cubs fan “There’s always last year”
      A lifelong Dodger fan. 🙂

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      It’s okay. I figured they probably would do okay all year but maybe get to the playoffs and end it.

      I’m just happy that they did so well last year.

      There is ALWAYS next year! ALWAYS!!!

    • Commissioner Wretched says:

      I said this on Facebook and I say it here, from the perspective of a life-long Cubs fan:

      We have nothing at all to be ashamed of.

      The Cubs made it to the NLCS three years in a row.
      The Cubs won the NL Central Division two years in a row.
      And, of course, the Cubs won the whole enchilada last year, their first World Series win in 108 years – and that alone is enough to keep us happy until the 22nd century!

      I give all respect to the Nationals and Dodgers … the Nats put up a tremendous fight (boo for firing Dusty Baker!) and the Dodgers were simply the better team (you have no idea how difficult it is for me to write those words).

  25. Frankie Cee says:

    At the time that the WOT was posted, I was enjoying brunch with friends who had just brought a load of “Arms Ammunition or Explosives”, from Edwards AFB to Eglin AFB for testing. After they unloaded, we met at Cracker Barrel for a good breakfast/lunch, and great conversation. The “ride” is something that a friend wants me to use occasionally to “keep the oil circulated”, while she drives her primary vehicle.

  26. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    Off topic:

    All rise, the Judge is in Houston tonight and Yankees are going to the World Series.


  27. DataDawgDVX says:

    So, my wish for Bernath is partially fulfilled. Good. Hope he stays there for some time, and then when he gets back to Florida, his confinement is continued.

  28. lily says:

    In India that’s what you get with Hinduism. They say that kind of insane abuse is your “Karma”. You can’t help the homeless or mentally ill either because you can’t interfere with their Karma. It’s pretty sick in my opinion. Of course in some ways the same type of treatment was going on here in the USA 100 years ago. Thankfully we got some better treatment for workers.

  29. Green Thumb says:

    In the Land of the Losers, The False Commander “Phony” Phil Monkress (CEO of All-Points Logistics) is king!

  30. Thunderstixx says:

    Busy WOT tonight.
    I got a real kick out of the bernasty stuff. Glad to see that they finally locked him up for his crazy stuff.
    I really am worried about him taking a gun and blowing up at others that don’t suspect anything or are innocent bystanders.
    It’s people like him that blow up for no apparent real reason and take a bunch of others with themselves…
    At least he won;’t be bothering Jonn or any other TAH member in the near future at least.
    Have a great weekend my friends.

  31. rgr1480 says:

    I wonder if the Portland lawyers and Judge Hyatt have been read-in yet? And the members of that private/sport pilot blog? If so, any word as to their reactions?

  32. NHSparky says:

    So Danny-boi finally ran into a situation where his alligator mouth overran his hummingbird ass yet again, and got sent to an even WORSE jail?

    Yeah. ZFG.

  33. Twist says:

    It hit 0 degrees tonight. My chickens, ducks, and geese no longer want to leave the coup and Thanksgiving’s, Christmas’, and Easter’s (my turkeys) days are numbered. My daughter was scandalized when we got the turkeys as chicks that I named them after the holiday meals that they will become. My wife vetoed me naming our pig “bacon” though, so now his name is Harry and his days are numbered as well. My daughter is happy that my son-in-law and myself harvested my meat chickens last month though since she no longer has to deal with them.

  34. OWB says:

    Alert: Rant following.

    I am tired of being called a racist by people who do not even know the color of my skin. They make assumptions based solely upon their own bigotry.

    I am tired of the US military, the most egalitarian entity in history, being denigrated for being the guardian of American rights and freedoms for everyone.

    I am tired of everyone and everything being blamed for individual choices made and the consequences of making bad ones.

    Only in this country do we have the freedom to decide if and when we want to work, who we will blame for our own limitations, and demand that others pay for all of it. Yeah, I am tired of doing without stuff so that others can get stuff I cannot afford without even offering a thank you for my sacrifice. In other words, I am tired of getting my hand bit while trying to feed my neighbor who is hungry only because they spent my money on another flat screen TV instead of food.

    /rant, for now

  35. CombatHippie says:

    Hey! You hear this one?

    Retired ‘Navy SEAL’ on Fox News was a fake

    Fox News ran a story on Oct. 8 about a decorated Vietnam War Navy SEAL who created an enormous presidential glass seal he hoped to give to President Donald Trump. On Thursday, 11 days later, the network retracted the story after being told the man never served in Vietnam at all, much less earned commendations for his service.

  36. Claw says:

    Funny the things that you think about while deciding to get out of bed in the morning.

    Like this morning, I wondered if the people who plug in the letters to make a new recruit’s very first Army name tapes have a Name Scrabble game going like we do here at TAH.

    If I remember things correctly, when we went through Basic Training, the newly issued OD fatigue shirts came with a blank tape already sewn on. What happened was you and a buddy were given a set of 3/4 inch stencils and a ink pad, sat down in the common area of the barracks and between the two of you (one holding and one inking) you put names on shirts.

    I kinda remember some of the guys bitching about the stencil set not having enough letters to make their names (like Razzmatazz or some of the longer European extraction names that had a lot of non vowels to them) and had to wait and share with another pair’s stencil set when they were done.

    But have no idea how the name tape process was accomplished during the white name tape era, but during the period I went through Basic (1971), that was the process in the Army. (at least at Fort Campbell it was)

    It may be interesting (?) to hear from other services/time periods just how their name tapes came to be when they were recruits.

    Just some food for thought here on a fine Sunday morning.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      In boot camp, we were given those black pin-back bar name tags with your last name engraved into them. I still have mine somewhere.

    • Perry Gaskill says:

      Claw, if memory serves, there was no stenciling involved with name tapes at Ft. Ord in ’69. What happened was that OD Green tapes with stamped-on black letters were put on as fatigues cycled out and back from the laundry. It might have been temporarily unique at Ft. Ord at the time, but there was also a third trainee-only blank white tape that went above the “U.S. Army” one. It was called a “smack” tag.

      What I also remember about fatigues in those days was that they were so heavily starched you practically needed the Jaws of Life to pry them open enough to wear.

      I also found it curious later in Viet Nam how some of those details were taken care of. A lot of the hand-sewn stuff done by the Vietnamese, such as name tapes, was pretty good. I also remember having a minor issue while on an advisory team in Ban Me Thuot. Apparently as a semi-official courtesy, we were supposed to wear on the chest pockets a pair of ARVN unit patches including one for the ARVN 23rd ID. The problem was where to get them. It wasn’t as if you could run over to an ARVN PX and pick some up.

      It turned out that the hootch mamasans, using an apparent mamasan-mafia network, had the ARVN patch problem under control. Over time, it wouldn’t have surprised me if a mamasan could get you a grand piano if you asked nicely.

      • Claw says:

        Hah, “smack tag” Hadn’t heard of that one.

        What made it even funnier was that the field jackets we wore (with a blank name tape) weren’t ours to keep. They were turned back in at the end of our cycle (February-March) to be issued to the next batch of trainees.

        So unless you were indoors having classroom type instructions and not wearing a field jacket, being able to see what the surname was on your shirt kinda meant nothing.

        Thanks for your input.

      • 3/17 Air Cav says:

        Perry………I have a patch made in Vietnam for our troop, 3/17 Air Cav. On the patch is a winged Pegasus. Only one problem, the Vietnamese have never seen or heard of a Pegasus. So the one on my patch looks like a flying red dog!

    • 3/17 Air Cav says:

      Claw………my basic training was at Ft. Lewis in 1970. Our name tags were stenciled. We even had a few extras, I think the laundry service did them.

      On another note, I remember we were issued two pair of boots. We were supposed to put white shoe polish on the back of one pair and rotate the boots every other day. It seemed like I was always shining my boots. To get around this I removed the shoe polish and used white tape. After doing this, I wore the same boots everyday. Always had a nice pair of spit shined boots at inspection time at my foot locker!

      That’s how I recieved my Good Conduct Medal!

  37. Flagwaver says:

    I’m curious if the prison is letting Mr. Bernath keep his catheters or if they requite him to hold his own until they can cath him?

  38. OAE CPO USN Ret says:

    I wonder if any of the pilot forums where Danny boy used to post have been informed of his status?





  39. Fjardeson says:

    He doesn’t look very happy in that mug shot! (Maybe one of the “Deli Employees” is giving him a look!)

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