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July 13, 2018

Sea Bound

Every year, millions of tiny, baby olive ridley sea turtles hatch on Rushikulya Beach in India. It’s a treacherous journey—experts estimate that only 1 in every 1,000 baby sea turtles will make it to the water before being killed by a predator.

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  1. Commissioner Wretched says:

    Not first.

  2. HMC Ret says:

    I missed it by lthaaaaaat much. Congratulations to Yef for what I believe to be his first time to be first for the WOT. Future generations will speak his name with reverence.

  3. AZtoVA says:

    “Every year, millions of tiny, baby olive ridley sea turtles hatch on Rushikulya Beach” – hence DoD’s warnings about predictability. If only the turtles would vary the timing and routing of their journey…..

    • Wilted Willy says:

      They all hatch at once to try and over whelm the predators. One in a thousand make it to adult breeding age. They really have a tough start to life!!!

      • Mason says:

        I live on a nature preserve with a sizable pond a few hundred feet behind the house. Every couple of years the toads hatch. I’ll have hundreds if not thousands of the little buggers, about the size of a pencil eraser, bounding around the yard. I call the mower “toad chucker” during those seasons.

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        Leopard frogs that were eggs in April are nearing adulthood. They blend in with the ground cover so you don’t see them until they jump away from you. Can’t go anywhere without stepping on them, then you see that you’re surrounded by hundreds, maybe thousands of croaking, spotted, hopping samples of heron and egret food.

  4. AnotherPat says:

    No one said Second!

    Does this mean I am Runner Up to Yef?

    😎

  5. Usafvet509 says:

    Self-identifies as first

  6. Yef says:

    I am the Yefminator!
    I am the Firstest of Firsts!
    The fastest F5 presser evah!
    Best typer, and an expert at everything that is not important.
    Buffer master, Coffee maker, Police call chief.

  7. Lars Taylor's Narcissism says:

    So there I was, sitting on the toilet, needing to take a crap, but no crap coming out. So I worked hard and forced, forced, but to no avail. Then, determined, I overcame. Finally, I thought I could succeed… I let her rip!

    Then I woke up, but by then my ass was on runaway mode. I couldn’t stop. As I woke further, I noticed that I was in a tent, with Soldiers waking up and getting pissed at me. It was the beginning of our two week annual training, we were in the field, there was no running water, and I only brought enough for basic hygiene and toileting.

    I ran out the tent and tried to wash up the only way I could. Problem was that the medics ended up shutting the water buffalo down. That wasn’t the end of my problems.

    It was the middle of the afternoon, I still smelt like shit, and Soldiers were dropping left and right due to heat casualty. The water buffalo was still being tested.

    Talk about a shitty start to my annual training.

    • rgr769 says:

      Now there is a real CA trooper’s war story! And you can’t even start telling it by saying, “And this is no shit.” That one will become legendary in the history of the 351st Civil Affairs Group.

  8. NHSparky says:

    Not first, don’t care.

    Spending time out at Casa de Sparky West, supporting those too lazy to support themselves.

    But 70-80 hour weeks make for nice paychecks.

  9. Ex-PH2 says:

    Where’s the Commish with his ‘Did You Know’ column?

    It’s going to be in the low 90s in my kingdom today, which should signal the end of the heat wave. Hope so. We need rain.

  10. David says:

    Neighbor’s dryer vent hose plugged solid… you would think someone would realize that a laundry room should also have enough room to work BEHIND the damn appliances.

    FYI, shopping insurance this week – Hartford in the lead by about 20%. GEICO, State Far, et all in the mid-pack. Esurance and Nationwide literally 70% higher. Guess those ads forgot to mention when they “are on your side” it’s your BACK side.

  11. Combat Historian says:

    I’m still on my vacation road trip in the southeast CONUS. Since I live in a dark blue town in a deep blue state, it is a pleasure to be on the road and chat and interact with good down home conservative folks and fellow Deplorables. One of these days I’m gonna fully retire and move down south. I can’t wait…

  12. Commissioner Wretched says:

    By a total lack of popular demand, I present once again my weekly trivia/humor column for your edification and enlightenment. (Or something like that.) I hope you enjoy!

    DID YOU KNOW…?
    Did a Russian scientist invent a computer which ran on water?
    By Commissioner Wretched

    Ah, summer.
    You just gotta love summer.
    When I was a teacher, I practically lived for summertime to arrive; it made the previous 10 months bearable.
    Now, as a writer/editor (or whatever I’m doing this week), summer is just another season, one in which I am grateful for the invention of air conditioning. But it’s still wonderful.
    Going for walks in the woods … heading down to the pool for a swim … sitting on the porch enjoying the evenings. I don’t actually do any of this, but it does sound pretty nice, doesn’t it?
    Summer is also baseball season, and – if you know me – you know how much that means.
    If you’re going to vacation during the summer, please travel safely and enjoy whatever you’re going to do. Me, I’ll just slog along, digging up these neat nuggets of trivia just for you to read (when you get back).
    Drop a line if you’re so inclined. I’m at didyouknowcolumn@gmail.com and I always answer.
    With summer upon us, let’s get to some cool trivia!
    Did you know …
    … the first storage for Google was made of Legos? Google needed something that could house ten 4-gigabyte hard drives cheaply and be expandable, and a structure of Legos fit the bill just right. (Can you imagine Google running just 40 gigabytes?)
    … Canada contains nine percent of the world’s renewable water supply?
    … the hair of British Prime Minister Dame Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013) actually became more blonde as she became more powerful? (There’s a medical name for that, but I prefer the layman’s term. Clairol.)
    … pouring sugar directly onto a cut or wound can help it heal faster? (Sweet!)
    … the side of a hammer is called the cheek? (As in “turn the other,” I suppose.)
    … in Oregon, citizens can issue traffic citations? It’s the only state in the Union that allows ordinary citizens to be traffic cops. This is not a well-known fact among citizens of Oregon, and – truth be told – the police would like to keep it that way. (Why do I keep getting a mental picture of Barney Fife hollering, “Citizen’s arrest!”?)
    … compact discs work in the exact reverse of records? A phonograph record plays from the outside edge to the inside, but a compact disc plays from the center out toward the edge. (Now that’s the kind of information you need to make your day a whole lot better, isn’t it?)
    … the ocean sunfish lays up to 300 million eggs at one time? Of those, one or two – maybe – will survive to adult fishhood. The rest of the eggs will serve as food for other fish.
    … cockroaches spend up to 75 percent of their lives resting? (And the other 25 percent skittering around and scaring people.)
    … it takes the hides of 600 cows to make a full season’s worth of NFL footballs?
    … the oldest soft drink being sold is not Dr. Pepper, as many believe? Vernors soda, a ginger ale brand created in 1866, is about 19 years older than Dr. Pepper, which was created in the 1880s. (You may not have heard of Vernors because it never went to medical school.)
    … the Russians invented a computer that ran on water? According to the online site Gizmodo, Vladimir Lukyanov (1902-1980) created a mechanical computation device – a computer, to you and me – in 1936 that could solve differential equations (whatever those are). The computer was made of a series of interconnected glass tubes filled with water, and the differing levels of water in the tubes gave the answer to whatever problem was being solved. It was first created to solve problems with cracks in concrete but soon gave rise to other such devices which ran the gamut from geology to rocket science. (Not bad for what is basically fancy plumbing, eh?)
    … green tea is full of antioxidants which, when added to water, can help boost the health of plants? (And you thought it was only good for people!)
    … there is a term for the opposite of a vacuum? It’s a plenum. (I rather doubt, however, that you can buy a decent plenum cleaner any more.)
    … the woolly mammoth has only been extinct for about 3,700 years? Scientists have determined that a small population of woolly mammoths survived on Wrangel Island in the Arctic until 3,700 years ago. (I’ll save you the work in the atlas – the island is between Alaska and Russia and is claimed by Russia.)
    … though the actual height of Mt. Everest in Nepal is 29,035 feet, its first survey published the height as 29,002 feet? The surveyors didn’t climb the mountain, of course; they did their surveying thing and determined it was 29,000 feet tall. But in an apparent “Duh!” moment, they also realized nobody would take a round number like that seriously, and would think the surveyors just estimated the height. So they added two more feet. (Hey, I do that all the time … but I estimate my age, not my height.)
    … it’s illegal in Idaho to fish from the back of a camel? (They have camels in Idaho?)
    … the first blood transfusion from an animal to a human was made in 1667? Jean-Baptiste Denis (1643-1704) transfused the blood of a sheep into a man. Both survived. (Though I’d imagine the young man developed a definite taste for grass. I know, that was a baaa-a-a-a-d joke.).
    Now … you know!

    • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

      Here’s what differential equations are:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Differential_equation

      • Commissioner Wretched says:

        Fascinating.

        Didn’t understand a word of it, but fascinating nonetheless.

        I have a doctorate in Education but I simply don’t speak math.

        • IDC SARC says:

          Commissioner

          Question…how the hell did you choose your subject for your dissertation? I’m struggling with that.

          • Commissioner Wretched says:

            Not sure what you mean, IDC SARC. Do you mean the actual work or the statistical work?

            • IDC SARC says:

              How you chose the topic.

              • Commissioner Wretched says:

                There were a few possible options available in my cohort that were unselected; I liked the one about discipline, and having worked with Civil Air Patrol cadets for years, I wondered how their school discipline compared to kids who did not have a military-styled program to assist. Also, the schools I worked with had JROTC programs as well. My teaching was taking place in a poor, mostly minority school system, where discipline was so off-the-charts that we were finally told to stop writing referrals for anything that didn’t involve blood, because it was making the system look bad. That was pretty much the catalyst for my selecting “military-style” and “non-military-style” discipline.
                It comes across as pretty dry and dull in the dissertation, believe me. I wrote it and I didn’t want to read it again.
                My research showed that the in-school (or, in the CAP connection, outside-school) influence of the military had no real effect on behavior and disciplinary referrals. It ended up pretty much a wash, as external factors had a lot more to do with it.
                As the comedians used to say, “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”

    • OWB says:

      Hah! Was just talking about plenums this week. Yes, we all have experience with them, probably have or work with one. Being the overachiever that I am, I have two.

    • Hondo says:

      (I rather doubt, however, that you can buy a decent plenum cleaner any more.)

      Sure you can – it’s called a “leaf blower” or a “pressure washer”. (smile)

  13. Graybeard says:

    Present and unaccountable. Sometimes lurking in the bushes. (Rustle, rustle.)

    Been busy taking care of my brother in the nursing home (who is doing well).

    Youngest son returned from deployment – his 14-month-old daughter is having to adjust to having a man in the house. But her Daddy is safe and sound.

    One of these days I hope to update the TAH Stolen Valor Race scoreboard. Maybe when things slow down.

  14. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    39th Have a great weekend folks!

  15. Dinotanker says:

    LMAO! Yef is Numero Uno? The world stopped revolving for a about 16 nano-seconds.

    Congrats Yef! Not sure what you do in the Army, other than buff floors and huff wax…

    Thanks for serving! 🙂

    Its going to be hot as well not quite as hot as Tucson this weekend in the Columbia Basin, I think low 100’s. I am not a hot weather kind of dude…ugh. Oroville or Republic, WA are looking nicer and nicer…

    Hope you all have fun this weekend!

    Im wondering when ChipNASA is going to have to start calling the Wall…PLANETARY!

    🙂

    • ChipNASA says:

      Well right now, I’ve just hit the top of page 6. When we get to page 7-9 and I have to split it into 3 posts, I’m going to move to the next logical step and change the Moniker to the The Hemisphere of Insults®™ , I think that it may be a while before we get to 10+ pages and when it has to be split into 4 posts (Assuming that Jonn won’t ban me for clogging up TAH) as I really try to use it sparingly, we’ll look at it as PLANETARY.

      HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND you sick twisted dickheads

  16. Haywire Angel says:

    Present and ready to go home!

  17. sj says:

    Anyone heard from Dan?

  18. AW1Ed says:

    Jane Fonda: Kavanaugh Confirmation ‘Will Be a Catastrophe’

    Breitbart News Link

    Actress and left-wing activist Jane Fonda says the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court Justice would be a “catastrophe” for women and worker’s rights in the United States.

    Addressing a press conference at the coalition of ‘Unstoppable Women Workers,’ Fonda said that Kavanaugh would endanger women’s rights for generations to come.

    “I think it will be a catastrophe, frankly, if this nomination goes through, for everyone and our children and unfortunately our grandchildren,” Fonda said. “Look, women’s rights, worker’s rights, will be shunted to the side and that’s just the beginning. It will be a catastrophe.”

    If Hanoi Jane doesn’t like him, he must be a great pick.

    • OWB says:

      Was thinking the same – Fonda doesn’t like him is all I need to know. Well, not really, but it’s a good start.

    • Yef says:

      But I saw a picture of her back in her days, and she was kinda hott.

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        Yef, she was never hot. She’s never been anything but a so-so wannabe actress who got hired for movies because of her daddy, who was a fine actor, and who served in the Navy during WWII.

        She’s a bimbo. Get yer eyes back in their sockets, boy.

      • AW1Ed says:

        Stylin’ in a VC Anti-Aircraft Gun.
        hanoi jane

      • rgr769 says:

        She was only kinda hot in a stank-ass commie loving hippie way. Trust us youngster, the combined smells of patchouli oil, incense, weed and B.O. isn’t attractive to anyone who isn’t high. Her traitor political views make most of us here want to barf.

      • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

        And you probably think that Rachel Madcow is “kinda hott” don’t you?

        I RECOMMEND TO THE TAH CADRE THAT YEF’S FIRST FOR THE WEEK BE PERMANENTLY REVOKED AND HIS NAME BE REMOVED FROM THE BOOK OF FIRSTS FOR HIS UDDER STUPIDITY IN THE FOLLOWING COMMENT,

        “But I saw a picture of her back in her days, and she was kinda hott”

        • A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

          Maybe Yef is just too young to remember just what a COMMIE TRAITOR WHORE “Hanoi Jane” Fonda is and he hasn’t learned just yet. She has issued a couple of VERY half-assed excuses for apologies over the years but those were obviously for her to be allowed to do something to make her money.

      • rgr1480 says:

        Cat Ballou!!!

        • David says:

          First 5 minutes of Barbarella.

          Best movie response to her ever
          Fonda: It’s interesting that the only two occupations you think I could have are being a secretary or a hooker!
          Segal: Jane, you can’t type, either.

      • HMC Ret says:

        No, Yef, there is much more to being ‘hott’ than looks. With her, it’s impossible to get past the snakiness, her being a traitor, a crappy actress and an all around low life rat fucker. Given those factors, I wouldn’t give a damn what she looked like. She’s a traitor who sold out her country and American POWs for a photo op. She is the moral equivalent of pond scum.

  19. IDC SARC says:

    I coulda been first, but I’m a Federal Employee and this thread posted during my nap time.

    • AW1Ed says:

      You’re not doing it right. We run a Compressed Work Schedule- every other Friday starts a three day weekend. Alternating 48/32 hour work weeks.

      • OWB says:

        Four 10’s every week was always my favorite. Nobody else like having Wednesday off, but I did. What’s not to like about never working more than 2 days in a row ever?

        • AW1Ed says:

          Not a bad deal, either. I think of all the times as aircrew we would brief, pre-flight, fly the mission, post-flight and debrief. Depending on the mission profile a 20 hour day was not uncommon. I was so tired I could hardly hoist my beer or read my per diem check, afterwards.

      • IDC SARC says:

        Work…schedule….what is this thing of which you speak? Sounds like it would interfere with my normal PT/websurf activities.

    • Hack Stone says:

      Hack Stone could have been first, but he had to complete his mandatory annual training on Ethics In Government Contracting required by the proud but humble woman owned business that sells software to the federal government. Training consists of one slide, which reads “Don’t get caught.”

  20. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    70st and Honorary First once again!

  21. MrFace says:

    Rachel Maddow is David Hoggs father.

  22. OWB says:

    Just going to make an overarching statement here in hopes that it covers everyone:

    To those who have been AWOL – good to see you back For those who need our prayers and good thoughts – you have them, for as long as they are needed. For those we just wonder what they are up to – concern, lack of concern, or derisive dismissal as is appropriate – we can’t tell for sure which since we haven’t heard from them in a while.

  23. HMC Ret says:

    Academy Sports has rehired the manager they fired last week when he stopped a PoS who was trying to shoplift a handgun. I’m not sure I would have accepted their ‘generosity’. I imagine he’ll be quietly looking for a replacement job. AS got egg on their face and I wonder, just wonder if they will be looking for a reason to again terminate him.

    The PoS shoplifter’s arrest photo, at least one of them, shows him with a big “I don’t give a shit” grin. I would pile every charge I could on his sorry ass.

  24. fsckity fsck says:

    John Giduck – the turd with a face!

    • Hack Stone says:

      What about Phil Monkress of All Points Logistics? Will he be working balls this weekend? Hack would like call up corporate headquarters of All Points Logistics and ask why their website no longer prominently mentions Phil Monkress’ service as a Navy SEAL.

  25. fsckity fsck says:

    Cori LeCinda Pierce – the turd who defrauds with a dog!

    “They will eventually get it out of their systems, says Ms. Pierce.

    She doesn’t know us very well.

  26. Twist says:

    I got to meet my daughter’s new boyfriend yesterday and he seems like a huge improvement over her ex-husband. The ex was a beta male that couldn’t hold onto a job that my daughter had to support. My wife and I called it when we were talking after their wedding reception that it wouldn’t last. At least the new boyfriend has a job and can actually change a tire.

  27. Claw says:

    Before the WOT gets overwhelmed by the day’s events, think it’s only right that I publish the pork belly report from the West Hog Flats 4-H Fair auction, so here goes:

    The 252 pound Grand Champion Crossbred Barrow sold at $17.50 per pound.

    Top dollar per pound winner: The Reserve Grand Champion Duroc Gilt at $22.50 per pound (weight not listed).

    And, the result you all have been waiting for:

    The Grand Champion Duck sold for $450.00 (Ditto the Grand Champion Turkey)

    BeDeep, BeDeep, That’s all, Folks.

  28. Ex-PH2 says:

    We got rain last night. Finally got some rain. Now my lawn won’t put a guilt trip on me.
    Life is good!

  29. AnotherPat says:

    Had the opportunity to watch “Chappaquiddick” last night.

    A very interesting and well put-together movie.

    Has it really been almost 50 years since that event took place…

    Rest In Peace, Mary Jo.

    • AnotherPat says:

      Correction…”Incident”, NOT “event”.

      Sorry.

      • OWB says:

        Either might apply equally well in this situation. Teddy-boy made the incident into an event by his actions. Or lack of appropriate actions.

        • AnotherPat says:

          OWB, Your three sentences = Spot On.

          Still remember watching the news where he wore a neck brace and thinking, “Yea, right, sure..”

          Daddy’s money bought everything. But not happiness. That whole Clan experienced tragedy, after tragedy, after tragedy as if they were being punished for lies, deceit, narcissism…you get the picture.

          After 50 years, STILL feel sorrow for Mary Jo’s family.

          Thank you for your insight, OWB.👍

        • sj says:

          But he was revered in the Senate…along with Grande Cyclops Sheets Byrd.

  30. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Papa John’s former CEO is now its former board chairman as well. He stepped down as CEO last year b/c he dared to fault the NFL kneelers. This time, he was in a media training exercise of some sort during May and it involved a telephone conference call. He was asked how he would distance himself from racist groups (Why? I have no idea.) Maybe he should have said, “Free pizza for a month for anyone who takes a selfie with a burning Confederate battle flag. He didn’t. Instead he said something about Colonel Sanders never apologizing for using the word nipper. No, not nipper, but I don’t want to see TAH named a hate group again. So, Papa John is done. Cooked. Over. DOA. Such are the times in which we live. BTW, I have never even tried a PJ’s Pizza. I used to be a Domino’s guy but then I discovered that for half the price and asking for the pie to be well done, Little Caesar’s is delicious.

    • OWB says:

      Glad you explained that. Thanks, A/C. Had missed doing the research on how John got into the mess. (Been a crazy couple of weeks around here.)

      Otherwise, Papa John’s used to be the best chain pizza in my area. Not the cheapest, but the best. It’s difficult to beat the Little Caesar deals, and it’s plenty good.

      Perhaps has choice of words was not ideal, but it doesn’t sound nearly as bad as the hateful things that others have said.

    • Jonn Lilyea says:

      (Why? I have no idea.)

      Papa John’s hitched their little red wagon to the NFL a few years ago, before the whole kneeling thing. I guess the boycott is hurting Papa John’s bottom line, too.

  31. rgr769 says:

    So, the DOJ/Mueller gang has indicted some Russian GRU men for hacking into DNC computer system/servers and Podesta’s email and maybe some Widleload’s illegal system. But riddle me this TAHers, can the FBI/DOJ legitimately and justifiably investigate, indict and prosecute some gang of bank burglars and thieves for breaking into a bank and its vault, stealing the banks cash, and get away in the night, when neither the FBI nor any other LEO’s have ever been to the bank or inside its bank vault? Because that is what they just did with this “indictment” that will never be tried in a court room. Remember, the DNC refused to have the FBI look at their servers and so did the Clinton Mob. The DNC had Crowdstrike examine their servers. Guess who hired it; it was Perkins, Coie, the same Demonrat law firm that hired Fusion GPS to do the Trump dossier and conceal that the Clinton campaign was paying for it. So, the FBI/DOJ are obviously relying on the Crowdstrike report that the Russians hacked the server and its claim that is where WikiLeaks got the emails. But the vaunted FBI computer gurus have never seen the scene of the crime, the “hacked” servers or any network computer. Maybe the handful of proggies who lurk here can solve the riddle, but I think not.

    • OWB says:

      That is the first question I had – how can they file criminal charges when they never examined the evidence?

      Don’t they have to first establish that a crime occurred? “Somebody told me that they saw something” may be enough to trigger an investigation of a criminal act, but hearsay is generally frowned upon in courts of law. “Best evidence” is the term thrown around on TV shows a lot.

      • rgr769 says:

        The Best Evidence Rule is really the best evidence of a writing rule, which means that secondary evidence of what a writing says is not admissible, unless the original writing has been lost or destroyed. For example, in most states one can’t introduce in evidence a photocopy of a document if one can’t show why the original document isn’t offered in evidence.
        Without having people who can testify they examined the original servers and coomputers and show a chain of custody for them, DOJ can never prove this case. Mueller’s gang knows this, but it doesn’t matter because the Russians charged in the indictment will never be tried in any US courtroom because Russia will never extradite them. The indictment is nothing but a propaganda stunt to influence lo-fo’s (low information voters).

  32. Claw says:

    Arcola, Illinois, the Broom Corn Capital of the world.

    If any of you are interested or are just passing through, this year’s festival will be September 7-9, held in beautiful down town Arcola.

    Come for a new broom, stay for the lawn mower races./smile

  33. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    One more thread and this week’s WOT gets bumped into oblivion. Before it goes, as it must, I have a question. Why the hell is it that if I buy wood floor planks and am careful to allow for 10% waste, I still come up short a piece or two and end up having to buy another case?

  34. Frankie Cee says:

    Serial Phony, Not A Ranger, Not Special Forces, Not an Officer, Not a Paratrooper, never wounded, never served, Kyle Christopher Barwan DOB 1/1/1990, is still in prison, still at the Gainesville Florida Work Camp, and according to the weekly update is now scheduled to be released on December 11, 2018.

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