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February 23, 2018

The Best Nest

An African golden weaver shows off its handiwork in the Rift Valley, Kenya. Male weaverbirds create intricate nests to lure in female birds for mating season.

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  1. Commissioner Wretched says:


  2. Graybeard says:

    Fourth and Goal!

    • Graybeard says:

      OK, I’m in for Fifth – a nice Scotch would be good.

    • Graybeard says:

      And I duly present for your approval the current state of the 2018 TAH Stolen Valor Race:

      Still in a strong first and widening the gap, we have 20 phony SEALs, 12 with prior service, 50% overweight and one severely underweight, one took his lie to he grave, one claimed to be an LEO, and two as other criminals.

      Tied for 2nd place we have the Rangers and Marines at 6 each.

      Phony Green Berets/SFs have fallen slightly behind at 5.

      Then we have:
      4 phony ‘Nam vets
      3 phonies claiming unearned awards
      2 claiming combat/deployments
      2 claiming to be Army officers
      2 claiming AF positions (pilot & TACP, 1 each)
      and tie for last with one (1) each:
      Navy UTD,
      Navy EOD.

      In the new scoreboard for the Good Guys we have

      Heroes (Folks who make me go YES!): 19
      Saving the World: 9
      Gone off watch: 30

      And that, folks, is the state of the scoreboards as of this WOT.

  3. rgr1480 says:

    With apologies to “The Wizard of Oz”

    Ding-dong, Bernath is dead! The disbarred lawyer, the lawn-dart warrior
    Ding-dong, the bastard Bernath’s dead!
    Wake up, all veterans, drink some beer, then piss on his bed.
    Wake up, the bastard Bernath’s dead!
    He’s gone where his plane did go
    Below, into the earth, below,
    yo ho! Let’s open up and sing, and ring the bells out
    Ding Dong the merry-oh, sing it high, sing it low
    Let them know the bastard Bernath is dead.

  4. Wilted Willy says:

    WTF happened? I didn’t see the WOT until now?
    oh well, congrats to all but me?

    • Graybeard says:

      To give an AAR on things mentioned on the last WOT:
      Our Favorite Son-in-Law had his pacemaker successfully installed & recuperating and feeling better already – save for certain lacerations incurred in the process.
      My doctor announced during my biopsy that he is greatly optimistic, given what he was seeing on the sonogram while he was working.

      I appreciate the prayers and thoughts of all involved.

      • OWB says:

        Ahh, Good News Friday! Great report, GB. Happy for you and your kin.

        Will add that I had a nice report from my surgeon this week.

      • sj says:

        Fantastic on all counts

      • Wilted Willy says:

        Great news GB! I understand what you are going thru and I wish you well! Be glad to talk to you anytime if you have any questions? Take care and my prayers will be with you and your family!

        • HMC Ret says:

          I got good news re my cardiac echocardiogram. Punch line is my EF (ejection factor) was high so I AM NOT suffering from heart failure. This disease often has few or minor symptoms: some SOB (shortness of breath) being a primary symptom, as well as fluid retention, etc.. This is all coming about during my sleep apnea workup. I’ve had three sleep apnea overnight studies and still they are unable to determine why I am not responding to the various pressure, etc. being employed. I had a lung CT as part of the workup, the thinking being I had some issues in that area. That came out normal except that they discovered an abnormality the size of a grain of rice. It was described as being one mm in size, that’s pretty damn small. I’ll have another lung CT in a year to see if the culprit has grown.
          Overall, I have been blessed beyond my expectation. I’m better than I deserve to be, per Dave Ramsey.

          Wishing the best to all of you, even you posers. Rarely do I wish ill health on anyone. I’ve seen far too many with poor health/disease to wish it upon anyone.

          • Graybeard says:

            Glad to hear it, HMC Ret. May they find something minor to correct that will help with the sleep apnea.

            And may God continue to bless and keep you active and serving those around for many more decades.

      • OldSoldier54 says:

        Thank You, Lord Jesus.

        The King of all the kings of men,
        The Lord of all the lords of men.
        The Prince of Life.

      • SFC D says:

        Great news GB, BTDT and prayers sent!

  5. SFC D says:

    Present! Top 10?

  6. AZtoVA says:

    Still can’t break the top-ten, let alone make a ‘podium’ finish.

  7. Pineywoods NCO says:

    Not first…but that’s ok. I beat Denny “too chicken shit still five years later” Chevalier, again.

  8. Wilted Willy says:


  9. LC says:

    This is too stupid not to share:


    I personally know a woman who is studying engineering and astrophysics and hopes to help humanity colonize other planets. Who knew she was part of ‘the patriarchy’?!

    • dusty1 says:

      Australian scientists looking for signals from life forms from outer space had reportedly found some microwave radio signals, they studied them for several years and they always transmitted at the same time on the same wave length so they figured they must be from an intelligent being or life form.
      Then they worked out the radio signals were from the microwave oven operating in the morning tea room next door.

    • OldSoldier54 says:


      Miss Bianca, you are one Looney Tunes chick.

      Nice catch, LC.

  10. LC says:

    And Greitens, whom I mentioned a few weeks ago, was indicted yesterday. He, of course, is blaming a ‘reckless liberal prosecutor’, who, I dunno, made him cheat on his wife? And made the woman he cheated with claim Greitens took a nude picture after tying her up and threatened her?


    I’m all for giving him a chance to defend himself from the accusations, but I’m also for personal responsibility for one’s poor choices.

    • Perry Gaskill says:

      I’m torn, LC. I’ll grant it’s naughty for people like Greitens and former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry to be keeping nekkid pics around like so many topless trading cards.

      On the other hand, it’s arguably better than in California where the only thing that can arouse Jerry Brown is when he gets a choo-choo boner.

    • OldSoldier54 says:

      His lack of character, speaks volumes about his personal integrity … ie, he has none, and therefore is just another RINO. If this is how he treats his wedding vows, to be faithful unto death, his every word is as worthless as Bernath’s character.

      Hang ‘im.

  11. Sj says:

    When is the DRG change of command ceremony? Hear the incumbent is medically retired.

    • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

      Medically and physically retired… six feet under!

      Am I to assume that the PuRpLe SuItEd QuEeFiNg AsScLoWn is “running” the DRG now?

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        At least UnTiL He GeTs ArReStEd again and then he’ll be JaIlBirD *SLUUUURRRRP!*41!

      • Friend says:

        Verified that Assclown is now topdog with Cryer as his bitch…

        Taking applications for new members for the DRG after Beneath bite the big one via pilot STUPIDITY.

        Searching for Bernastys cock in the Bonita crash site on weekends.

        Bernath is dead with no announcement, memorial, military funeral.

        Only remembered as “A fart in the wind”


  12. The Stranger says:

    Top 50!
    Happy Weekend, everybody.
    I’m going to be doing homework all weekend so I can graduate with my 2nd Bachelor’s this spring.

  13. MrBill says:

    The Army Reserve has a concept called “Ready Force X” designed to increase readiness in units. https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2018/01/24/3-star-army-reserve-looks-at-capabilities-manning-for-ready-force-x/

    Sounds like a great program. I wonder if the name is someone’s idea of a prank, though. Say “Ready Force X” three times fast and you’ll see the issue. I saw one guy on Facebook comment “I’ve been Ready Force X since I was 13!”

    It reminds me of the story of how the Wgasa Bush Line at the San Diego Wild Animal Park got its name. In that case the people who named it were in on the joke. It’s an entertaining story – https://www.snopes.com/business/names/wgasa.asp

  14. Claw says:

    Slipped over to the Brigade Commo shop yesterday (Thanks for all your help, sj) and swapped out the old Whiz Wheel. It had been definitely showing its age due to the squealing noises during operation and the faintness of the worn off letters.

    So, the RTOs at TAH Name Scrabble (Home Version)®™ are now in possession of an all brand new KAL-55B and in future posts it will be referred to by the proper noun nomenclature of “KAK Wheel”.

    Thank You for your time.

  15. Wilted Willy says:

    In case any of you love the A-10 Warthog as much as I do, the Smithsonian channel is running an hour long show regarding the magnificent aircraft at 1500 hours on channel 1477 for you Comcast customers. I can’t believe they want to scrap the beautiful airplane. I don’t think there is another plane out there that can take the kind of abuse the plane can and remain in the air! I hope you A-10 lovers get a chance to watch!!

    • LC says:

      Speaking of planes taking abuse, here’s a fascinating little story about Abraham Wald and the ‘Statistical Research Group’ in WWII. It deals with a mission to reinforce the armor of planes, and how it was done:


      Maybe not quite as awesome as the pure bliss of a ‘BRRRRRTTT!’ blast from an A-10, but it surely brought back a lot of air crews that otherwise would’ve been shot down.

      • GDContractor says:

        Let me guess. He banned all airplane assault weapons?

        • 11B-Mailclerk says:

          If I remember this right…

          They studied all shot-up planes upon return, mapping all hits.

          They built an aggregate “where hit” for each type.

          They then determined that the best way to make the planes more survivable was to armor all the places where lots of hits intersected anything essential, fuel, engines, crew, structure, etc.

          The hero of the story threw the bullshit flag. He pointed out that the hits were -all- on planes that -survived-, thus -all- were ultimately non-fatal.

          The planes that -did not- come back were never surveyed. Zero -recorded- hits.

          So the genius answer was, look at all the places that the stats said “zero hits”, and included anything essential or fatal, and armor -those- no-hits recorded areas.

          No planes hit -there- ever came back. None.

          And is that not a “genius!” Moment?

  16. Sgt Fon says:

    since today also happens to be the Iwo Jima Flag Day, here is a little history of one of my Heros growing up:

    “Manila” John Basilone

    My other was Sgt John M. Stryker (John Wayne) in the Sands of Iwo Jima. cornie yes, but beloved by me still!

    My name is Stryker, Sergeant John M. Stryker. You’re gonna be my squad – a rifle squad. Three of us have seen action: Corporal Dunn, Charlie Bass, and myself. You’re gonna learn from us. In boot camp, you learned out of a book. Out here, you gotta remember the book and learn a thousand things that have never been printed, probably never will be. You gotta learn right and you gotta learn fast. And any man that doesn’t want to cooperate, I’ll make him wish he hadn’t been born. Before I’m through with you, you’re gonna move like one man and think like one man. If you don’t, you’ll be dead. Now, you guys have had a nice, easy day. I hope you enjoyed it because it’s the last one you’re gonna get for a long time. You joined the Marines because you wanted to fight. Well, you’re gonna get your chance, and I’m here to see that you know how. If I can’t teach you one way, I’ll teach ya another. But I’m gonna get the job done. Any questions? That’s all

  17. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:



  18. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    About 46rd and Honorary First once again.

  19. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Liberal SNOWFLAKES, here’s one that went nuts mistaking a Noweigian Flag for that of the ANV (Army of Northern Virginia).


  20. rgr1480 says:

    Hey all!!!! Here’s a hero for your tame Friday!

    “…An 88-year-old British military veteran tapped into his decades-old training to reportedly save a young woman from five knife-wielding thugs…. He said he was sent on intelligence missions to Egypt, the Middle East and Germany. After leaving the military, he served as a bodyguard to Doctors Without Borders in Nigeria….”


  21. Gersch Kuntzman’s Pussy says:

    Yoo Hoo SARC! I’m wet and ready for you stud muffin! Kisses!!! 💕

  22. Atkron says:

    In other news I bought my very own Remington 870 Express 12 Gauge last weekend. (Wally World has great prices)

    I figure it might be time to pass down the same make and model 20 Gauge (heirloom) my wife’s Grandparents gave me, to one of my boys.

    They should have it, it belonged to their Great-Grandfather.

    • AW1Ed says:

      I have a Mossy 500 in size 12. Thing is such a maintenance whore- I had to replace the plastic safety tang with a steel one. I think now she’ll be good for the next 100 years or so.

    • Graybeard says:

      I ran some tests on my latest batch of reloads. Found that the bullets someone gave me 30ish years ago need some shaping to the nose to chamber correctly. Otherwise,they hit where I aimed.

      Ran some practice with my new Mossberg 88 security shotgun – getting plenty of pellets on target at 70′, need a longer gully to go any further.

      Also ran the Dot Torture test and thoroughly humiliated myself. Work to be done.

  23. Frankie Cee says:

    I just saw a graphic with an excellent idea:
    one way to stop school shootings.
    Place 3 armed veterans in every school.

    That will damned sure help.
    The school shooters will see a veteran with 3 arms and freak out.
    The school might need to have some counselors handy for when the students see a three armed veteran. That could cause nightmares for life.

  24. Holden Magroin says:

    The dubious Adam Appel formerly of Anchorage, Alaska but now residing in Pahoa, Hilo, Hawaii wants you to donate to his “Street Medic” charity


    Adam Appel isn’t even an EMT


  25. Mason says:

    And we have a Harvard Law graduate saying that arming teachers will result in teachers shooting black kids.


    Guess that ole ivy league education ain’t what it used to be.

  26. fsckity fsck says:

    John Giduck – the turd with a face!

  27. AverageNCO1 says:

    I need some help for a possible Stolen Valor case I’ve been working on. I’m looking for anyone assigned to the 5th Squad/15th Cav when the unit was still assigned to Fort Knox in 2003.
    We’re dealing with a guy causing problems at my old college. His DD 214 shows he was in Iraq for a few months in 2003 while assigned to the 5/15th. The problem is that it is a traning unit was did not deploy during that time frame.
    I’m trying to get in contact with someone who was with this unit during this time frame. I’ve sent requests for info from official channels but they are going slowly. I’m hoping to find someone who knows/knew the person in question. If you think you can help let me know here and we can figure out a way to exchange info.

  28. Aussiepusser says:

    Speaking of the African continent (not Kenya though), Capetown, the second largest city in South Africa, will run out of water on May 11th.
    Bloody hell!

  29. D says:

    Was watching We Were Soldiers this weekend, and thought about Hondo’s post here: http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=65876

    It appears there was an update to the story that was never mentioned here that I can find: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/07/23/army-to-keep-icon-awards-unchanged-despite-discrepancies.html

  30. Sparks says:

    Kind of funny, or not. I just started a movie and the opening splash screen gave the Piracy warning. Five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for Piracy. For a twelve year old movie at that. But the humor I saw was the last tag which read, “PIRACY IS NOT A VICTIMLESS CRIME”.

    I thought really? Stolen Valor we are told by many IS a victimless crime or not even a crime at all.

    But copying a 12 year old movie is somehow I guess, depriving the already wealthy Hollywood elite of their just deserts, to the tune of five years in jail and a quarter million dollars fine.

    Of course those who have given their blood, limbs and lives to defend our country must not expect their just deserts to be defended in so many people’s opinion. And certainly in not such a defined and vigorous manner either.

    Goes to show what’s important to some folks and what’s not.


  31. OWB says:

    Just watched the replay of the Women’s hockey team. Wow. And like the curling men, they were singing the national anthem loud and proud.

  32. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Here’s one of those happy stories. It involves a Veteran. If you take two mins to read the story, you won’t regret it.

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