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| April 20, 2018 | 193 Comments

April 20, 2018

Dust City

At Black Rock City—the temporary city raised in the Nevadan desert for the annual Burning Man festival—camps are laid out as if on a clock. On a street in the 7:30 camp sector, festival-goers bike through the omnipresent dust as the sun sets.

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  1. Wilted Willy says:


  2. Jon The Mechanic says:


  3. Jon The Mechanic says:

    Ok, silver medal for me. Grats Roh

  4. Wilted Willy says:

    Congrats Roh-Dog, you got me by mere seconds!

  5. Wilted Willy says:

    Where is Chip?

  6. Wilted Willy says:

    Didn’t think I would be here today, but they moved my surgery to 05/01 instead? I guess my doctor must have had a good tee time today??

  7. Sj says:

    Did Dan pass his flight physical?

  8. Frankie Cee says:

    SERIAL STOLEN VALORIST and MEGA CLASS PATHETIC LOSER, Kyle Christopher Barwan, seems to be losing weight over there in the Florida’s most Northwest Panhandle Prison camp at Century Florida. Ol’ prisoner #H50625 did weigh 155 pounds but is now down to 138 pounds. I guess that Bubba is pounding the fat right out of him.

  9. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    TOP TWENTY and Honorary First once again.

  10. Wilted Willy says:

    And Dirt Bag Dan is still DEAD!

  11. The Stranger says:

    Top 20. First in everyone’s hearts!

  12. AW1Ed says:

    Posers love to claim “sniper” but never do the hard work and achieve the discipline required of the job.

  13. Ex-PH2 says:

    I’m here and I’m clear. That’s all that counts.

    Sky is clear, too. No snow. Mallards are in my yard, like the idiots they are.

    • Frankie Cee says:

      “Mallards are in my yard…” Let the cats out. Cats like Mallards.
      My youngest dog, 17 months old, turning into a great goat guard, has been keeping the crows out of the pasture. Yesterday he began also keeping the Cattle Egrets flying, proving that he is not a racist. Named “Neally Keneally” after Col. John Keneally Ranger who was killed in the Antelope Island, Utah helicopter crash, is doing his namesake proud. He will face any danger or perceived danger, and chase it off the farm.

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        You have to ask, Frankie, why they would land in my area where there is NO water for swimming or marshy spot for nesting within at least a mile. The river is about 3 miles west and the wetlands another 2.5 miles further.
        This is not a smart move, but they are ducks.

      • Sgt Fon says:

        believe it or not, ducks prefer to eat things like snails, and slugs if given the opportunity. i am on my 2nd year growing mushrooms, the cooking kind, not the ones that make you see colors and the like and i use them to keep the snails from eating my crop. i feed them in the morning after gathering eggs then by night time they are hungry and go a huntin for the little slimy things! haven’t lost a full crop yet like my neighbor down the road did. of course i have white peekings, and a tolkien Rouen for diversity purposes. i don’t want to be called raciest by the other ducks…

  14. 26Limabeans says:

    Still winter. Still not first.

  15. Ex-PH2 says:

    In an adventurous spirit, I ordered the “City Taven Cookbook” by Walter Staib, a nicely done and NOT lightweight tome that updates colonial recipes, including 1st Lady Martha Washington’s chocolate mousse cake. He includes a LOT of the history of Philadelphia as the center of what was going on at the end of the 18th century. It was worth every minute of impatiently waiting for it to arrive, and there are several recipes that I intend to have a shot at this year.

    Waiting for the arrival of Hannah Glasse’s “Cookery”, written in 1785, for housewives in England. Since modern refrigeration didn’t come into existence until the 1930s and iceboxes were a development of the middle of the 19th century (you can still get one today), this will be a real lesson in how to keep things from spoiling and tell you quickly if they’re unfit to use.

    Also, the Marines keep flying over my house on their training travels. Marines, geese, mallard ducks, and a stray calico cat – what a zoo!

    • Perry Gaskill says:

      Ex, after the discussion last week about cast-iron cookware, I’ve ordered a Lodge LDP3 reversible grill/griddle which is due to show up Monday. Since I normally use stainless, I’m not exactly clear on how to do the seasoning. Best guess would be to coat it with olive oil and bake it in the oven at 375 degrees for an hour. Any thoughts?

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        They season it for you, before it ever gets out into the public, and for a few dollars more, will include a spray bottle of canola oil (I prefer olive oil, too) for reseasoning it after you clean it up. Or you can go to Ace and buy the bottle of canola, or get it at your local grocery.
        But as I said, like you, I prefer olive oil over canola for everything.

      • Fyrfighter says:

        I’d suggest canola, or crisco, not olive, as it’ll go rancid Perry. As to the cookbook Ex, If you’re ever in Phily, they rebuilt City Tavern right around the corner from Independence Hall. The serve recipies from that cookbook, as well as beers brewed according to recipes of the Founding Fathers. It’s all done up as it was originally, even the servers are in period dress… worth your time if you’re there.

        • Ex-PH2 says:

          When I got that cookbook, I made a fresh pot of tea, sat down at my kitchen table and started reading all the history stuffed into the front of the book.

          Then I went to the recipes. by the time I looked up again, it was dark and I was being pestered for food by my cats.

          It was worth every coin I put into it, and I will get his other cookbook, too, at the end of summer. The historical stuff was at least as important as the recipes, because they are supported by the history of that place.

          I went down Market Street by mistake one day when I was still in Philly. Looks like they’ve cleaned it up a little since then.

      • SFC D says:

        If you have a gas grill, 350 or so on indirect heat will keep your house smoke free. I season Dutch ovens that way. And vegetable oil works much better than olive oil. Cast iron gets better with use.

      • OWB says:

        Nix on the olive oil for it’s first seasoning. You really do need a fat which will sustain high heat until you get that first coating well stuck. Crisco is the absolute easiest to use, but lard is better especially if it is hoe rendered.

        Yeah, I have tried to make olive oil work and basically ended up with a plastic coating instead of what I wanted. Not good.

        Avoid cooking high acid foods until it is well seasoned. That may be the most important consideration.

        And to anyone buying a brand new “seasoned” piece of cast iron – you still need to season it. It’s just easier than when seasoning a raw piece of cast iron.

        Also, now is the time to clean it well, with soap, even if you plan to never use soap on it again.

        • Ex-PH2 says:

          Lodge is recommending canola and reseasoning after each use. My next purchase will be their enameled Dutch oven, so I’ll pick up the canola spray when I do that.

          • Deplorable B Woodman says:

            Lodge making enameled cast iron now. What fun! When you get a piece, let us know how well (or not) it cooks, and how it compares to any other brands you may have. I have an extensive collection, mainly gathered from thrift shops (before everyone else caught on), and mainly Le Creuset. Love the stuff. Debating having it all buried with me.

    • Perry Gaskill says:

      Thanks to all for the useful comments. I’ll probably go with the lard option now for first seasoning. If memory serves, it’s available in 1 lb. bricks where Latinos get groceries under the label “Manteca.”

      The initial choice of olive oil was pretty much due to reflex. Olive trees grow locally where I live, and using Canola oil, except for maybe deep frying, is generally about as rare as drinking wine with a screw top. This isn’t a matter of foodie snobbery as much as what’s commonly available.

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        Manteca for lard, it’s the only brand being sold around here.

        • Perry Gaskill says:

          Ex, I believe the word “Manteca” is Spanish for “Lard.” It’s a content label, not a brand. The stuff I’m talking about is actually a product of Armour Foods. It’s sometimes shelved in obscure places.

          Given the hyper-healthy gym rat culture around here, it’s sort of a wonder the stores sell the stuff at all. It wouldn’t be a surprise to find it someday kept behind the counter along with cigarettes, and those adult magazines with the covers not displayed…

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        I just pulled my Lodge cast iron double cooker out of the box and found the instructions guide (in Spanish, French and English) in the large cooker.

        It says that for seasoning and re-seasoning the cast iron cookware, they prefer to use soy vegetable oil. That’s after cleanup and drying it. They also recommend steel wool if something is stuck, but I have the non-scratching scouring pads, so I want to see if those work better.

        So I’d say if your preference is canola, use that, but they prefer soy oil, and this is to reseason the cookware, not what’s to be used in cooking.

  16. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    What? No one has mentioned Comey and company yet? The Dems are having convulsions. And then there’s the POS from Fresno State who expressed her joy at the Bush Family’s loss of their matriarch. What else? That’s more than enough for now.

    • A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

      Yeah, that walking obscenity made a name for itself in no time, and I’m sure that the D-rat party doesn’t mind having it as one of their spokemouths.

      • Fyrfighter says:

        The have a pic of the land whale you’ve mentioned on a post over at Victory Girls Blog, but fair warning, don’t look if you have a weak stomach..

        • Just An Old Dog says:

          That “fattening Hog” took her mouth out of the trough low enough to declare that she was a “tenured professor” and her 100K a year job was safe no matter how people complained about her.
          The school stepped in, and although they haven’t took any action yet they made it abundantly clear that she is NOT as safe as she thinks she is.

          • 2/17 Air Cav says:

            Fresno State has a few big donors who have spoken against The Hog and one, especially, has the school’s attention. Of course, some of The Hog’s fellow swine have invoked “academic freedom” as her shield while she (and I’m not at all certain she is the correct pronoun) is using tenure. I don’t know of any organization that permits its employees to bring the organization into disrepute, other than universities, that is. She has pulled Fresno State into the slop hole in which she wallows.

          • Ex-PH2 says:

            I read the article at Victory Girls. She tweeted a mental health clinic’s phone number and claimed it was hers and told people to call that number if they had something to say.

            Bitch, you have a helluva big shovel. Keep digging.

            She thinks that being tenured means that she cannot be fired. That is incorrect. It’s a contract between her and the university and violation of the contract can and will get her fired for cause.

            Free speech is protected. Dragging her employer into her hot mess and misdirecting people whose anger at her remarks are not protected.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      In regard to Mr. Comey’s book and book tour, it appears that it is not going very well for him.

  17. Commissioner Wretched says:

    Well, heck. I’m so far down the line I don’t even think I’ll guess at a number. Congrats, Roh-Dog!

  18. Commissioner Wretched says:

    Friends, let’s go again into the world of odd trivia and my bizarre sense of humor … my weekly column!

    When did the running of the Olympic flame via torch relays start?
    By Commissioner Wretched

    Technology impresses the heck out of me.
    I mean, I can remember the days when a telephone was connected to the wall … in the kitchen … with extensions (if you were lucky) in the parents’ bedroom. And it had a rotary dial. (And party lines, too.)
    Today, we wear our telephones in little holsters on our belts, or carry them in our purses or pockets. (Sometimes all three.)
    I take it a step further … I also wear a telephone on my wrist. My watch has its own phone number.
    And the capabilities of the phones staggers the imagination. Back in the day, you had a number to dial to get the time and temperature, and another number where you could dial a prayer. That was about it; if you needed more information, you could call the library, I suppose.
    Now, we have access to the entire sum total of human knowledge in a device we can hold in our hands …
    … and we use it to look at pictures of cats.
    While technology changes, trivia does not – it just grows. And it’s time to take our weekly look at how it’s grown.
    Drop a note to me at didyouknowcolumn@gmail.com if you’ve a mind to, and I’ll gladly reply.
    It’s time to put the phone down … and read some trivia!
    Did you know …
    … there are as many as 3,000 different types of bacteria on that one-dollar bill in your wallet? (Hey, bacteria have to live somewhere, don’t they?)
    … you are fifteen times more likely to be killed by a falling coconut than by a shark? (Should you see a shark with a coconut, you’re on your own.)
    … an adult cat will not meow at another cat? Cats use this sound only for humans. Scientists say they’re trying to emulate human speech. (And a lucky few of us know what they’re saying, too … “Feed me!”)
    … the Olympic torch relay is not a tradition of the Greeks who re-started the games in 1896? While the Olympic flame itself can be traced all the way back to the ancient Greeks and the temple of Zeus, the now-popular practice of relay-running the Olympic flame via torches was started at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. You know, the ones headed by Adolf Hitler. (Make of that information what you will.)
    … Sir Walter Raleigh took his pipe with him to the scaffold when he was beheaded in 1618? (A very early case of tobacco use leading to death, you might say.)
    … in 1956, a white leghorn chicken at a farm in New Jersey laid an egg that weighed more than one pound? This is the largest chicken egg ever recorded. (And the hen’s comment following the momentous event was … “Whew!”)
    … the “at” sign (@) is known in South Africa as the “aapstert”? The word means “monkey’s tail.”
    … a single hailstorm killed more than 1,000 English soldiers in 1360? (Guess they didn’t hail the warning signs, eh?)
    … a chip of silicon a quarter-inch square has the same information storage capacity as the original ENIAC computer in 1949?  That relic took up a whole city block. (And it couldn’t connect to the Internet, either, because there wasn’t one back then.)
    … a modern smartphone has more computing power than all of the NASA computers that sent Apollo 11 to the moon? (Maybe so, but try going to the moon on your smartphone. Send a video. I need a laugh.)
    … there is a name for a person who measures time? They’re called horologists. (And they can get a great job as the host of a revival of Beat the Clock.)
    … Americans spend more than $27 billion a year just doing their taxes? (I could go on and on with this one, but your jokes would probably be funnier than mine.)
    … a group of owls is called a parliament? (I do love those collective nouns for animals!)
    … the world’s first all-jet dogfight took place on September 8, 1950, during the Korean War? (And it was something to see, too, those dogs piloting those jets as they … what? You mean dogs weren’t really flying the planes? Another childhood vision shot down, to coin a phrase.)
    … the longest railway in the world is in Russia? It’s the Trans-Siberian Railroad, built between 1891 and 1916. It starts in Moscow and ends in Vladivostok, covering 5,787 miles and crossing eight time zones. A complete journey takes eight days. (Ah, but what wonderful days they are!)
    … a giraffe has the same number of vertebrae in its neck as you have? Sure, the animal’s neck is much, much longer, but it has only seven vertebrae, just like your neck does. (They’re a lot longer, of course.)
    … the kiwi, the national bird of New Zealand, hunts by its sense of smell? Scientists say evidence shows that the nocturnal birds are going blind as a species. (Well, what’s there to see at night, anyway?)
    … redheads require about 20% more anesthesia in order to be rendered ready for surgery? (I knew they could be stubborn, but come on!)
    … iconic and beloved actress Betty White (born 1922) is actually older than sliced bread? Bread sold already sliced debuted in 1928. White, the widow of game show host Allen Ludden, is also older than microwave ovens (1946), electric razors (1931), instant coffee (1938), garbage disposals (1927), and jukeboxes (1928). (We’ve all used the old joke, “most wonderful thing since sliced bread,” but Betty White herself couldn’t say that when she was a child!)
    … the object choked on by most Americans is a toothpick?
    Now … you know

  19. MSGT Richard Deiters USMC(Retired) says:

    In THE TOP 59.

  20. Reverend Pointyhead says:

    A little self felating:

    I’m back to work! As of the 12th of April I was hired onto a great outfit and my first paycheck arrived this morning. 6 months after being laid off from a Class III electronics company sucking the tits of unemployment dry I am now working in Elmira, New York (Yes, I know but it’s a living) installing and upgrading radios for first responders, LEOs, school districts and various trucking companies. I am happy once again!

  21. Sparks says:


    “Sparks showed up, so all troops are accounted for now Sir.”

  22. Former EM1/SS says:

    93rd First!

    or 60eleventh, I am doing socialist math…

  23. thebesig says:

    How do you train your non-dominant hand to write? By doing something similar to how you trained your dominant hand to write. Start with your ABCs. :mrgreen:

  24. FatCircles0311 says:

    I can smell the hippies through the internet. God damn it, John.

    • rgr769 says:

      Haight-Ashbury in the summer of 1967, now that was a place where there was really a smell of hippies in the air. The streets in that neighborhood were choked with them. Ah, the combined smells of weed, patchouli oil, incense, and BO–what a smell.

    • Perry Gaskill says:

      There was a funny story about Burning Man going around a few years ago. It so happened the local Sheriff and a Deputy decided to pay a visit to the festival to check on things. While they were talking to one of the people at the gate, they happened to notice a bunch of people smoking dope and running around naked. Since nobody seemed to be suffering from arterial bleeding or whatever, the Sheriff decided to let it slide.

      Deputy: Damnit, Sheriff, how can you do that!? These people are smoking dope and running around naked right in front of us!

      Sheriff: How many people do you see doing this?

      Deputy: There’s got to be at least two dozen.

      Sheriff: And how many people does our jail hold?

      Deputy: About six.

      Sheriff: Are you gonna have the rest of them stay over at your house?

  25. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:


    Ha, beat that DW’s.

  26. Claw says:

    Comment #101 to honor my Combat Patch.

  27. Ex-PH2 says:

    If you haven’t heard about this rude awakening for the hippies and Greenies, then read the article:

    They thought it was okay to cut down trees, which return tons of oxygen to the atmosphere on a daily basis, because it isn’t coal or oil-based. Now this is blowing up in their faces. They are destroying their own habitat.

    They are so completely dense, you wonder how they can function at all.

  28. Hack Stone says:

    If you are looking for something to do tomorrow, and just happen to be in DC, stop by Nationals Park for the beer festival. You can tip a few beers with Hack and his gang of North Philly street gang members, and he will entertain you with tales as to (see what I did there?) the genius of Paul. Hack will be attending the 12:00 – 15:00 one.


  29. NHSparky says:

    That pic looks like me at work today.

    I might wish cancer on my enemies, but I wouldn’t wish Pecos, Texas on them.

    Nuff said.

    • David says:

      Not a bad little town, went to a wedding and spent the night once. Not exactly the entertainment capitol unless you go out to the interchange and watch I20 and I10 split.

  30. m0311 says:

    Trump is being sued by Hillary for collusion with Russia.

  31. Hack Stone says:

    Authorities grew suspicious when she used the name Elaine Ricci.


  32. Holden Magroin says:

    Adam Appel formerly of Anchorage, Alaska and now apparently hailing from Pahoa, Hilo, Hawaii has found the inside of a civil courtroom again….well…sort of


    Adam Appel in court shouldn’t surprise anyone given that he was forced to settle a suit by the Alaska Office of Elder Fraud for allegedly stealing money from his own mother. Real winner here, folks.


    So, what does a guy that had to be chased down for Elder Fraud do with his seemingly ample leisure time with no seemingly visible means of support? He owns a charity and solicit donations of course.


    Holden Magroin

  33. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Felony fajita. Holy shit! Some guy, we’ll call him Gilberto Escamilla, was working at a Texas juvenile detention facility when he started ordering fajitas for the facility, even though fajitas aren’t served there. Well, nine years and 1.2 million dollars worth of fajitas later, he appears in court for sentencing for the theft. Slap on the wrist? How about 50 years! He got caught b/c some diligent employee–not of the detention facility but of the delivery company–called the facility to let them know that 800 lbs of fajitas had been delivered.

  34. Green Thumb says:

    In a world of taint, the False Commander “Phony” Phil Monkress was no saint….

    • Hack Stone says:

      Say what you will of Phil Monkress of All Points Logistics, but he must have aced Employee Management in order to convince one of his flunkies to go on line and defend Phil’s false claims of being a Navy SEAL, to such an extent that the moron lost his job, his savings, his home, what little reputation that he had, and probably his marriage.

  35. D says:

    I was doing some research on the origins of Georgia’s Stolen Valor laws, and I came across this story: http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/Proposed-Georgia-bill-to-penalize–284807251.html

    Does anybody know this Stephen Lewandowski?

  36. fsckity fsck says:

    John Giduck- the turd with a face!

  37. Sgt Fon says:

    so i know the weekend is almost over, but knowing how highly we all regard the Huffington Post, i thought we could all help them with some research since they are soliciting stories… have at em boys


  38. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    Trump is being sued by Hillary for collusion (according to CNN) and I am being investigated by the FAA for murder of DAB (according to some sources) …

    • rgr769 says:

      The cray-cray is mighty strong in some quarters. I think the first guy to say Liberalism is a mental disease was Michael Savage. D-rats keep proving that proposition daily.

    • Roh-Dog says:

      The only thing that guy was a victim of was using his intelligence to thwart gravity.
      The DNC is suing the MAGA campaign. Considering the DoJ and Congress haven’t found a damn thing, makes you wonder iffin those Commie sh*theads, specifically Tom Perez and Keith Ellison, are getting high on their own supply again.
      The Dems and our not-very-good pilot/lawyer friend apparently have the same brain activity levels.

      • rgr769 says:

        DB’s piloting skillz were on the same par as his lawering skilz–practically non-existant. This lawer stunt by the D-rats is nothing more than a fundraising/PR stunt because someone has told them Mueller is not getting anywhere with the Russia, Russia!! witch hunt. They have to keep their phony meme/narrative alive until the November mid-terms. They can allege but can’t prove Wikileaks was Trump’s agent. The lawsuit will be dismissed or dumped by motions for summary judgement, but that will take over six months to accomplish. This is nothing but the latest example of D-rat lawfare. Soros can buy lots of law whores.

  39. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    I have to mention this b/c it’s gov’t at its finest. A woman returning to the US from a trip to France was given an apple on Delta Airlines and put it in her carry-on bag for a later snack. The apple was wrapped in plastic with Delta Airlines printed on the wrapper. At Customs, her bag was searched and the apple was found. Because all fruit and veggies have to be declared and she didn’t mention the apple, she was fined $500. That’s insane, especially since she didn’t acquire it overseas. She offered to eat the apple or dispose of it but the agent said Nyet! and confiscated it. Idiocy.

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