Weekend Open Thread

| September 14, 2018

Hurricane Florence from the ISS, taken OA 12 September 2018

Hurricane Florence is continuing inland after making landfall this morning on the North Carolina coast. If you’re of a religious bent, please remember all those in the affected area in your prayers.

If you’re in the affected area, don’t take needless chances. The short-term aftermath of a hurricane is often as dangerous as the storm itself. Post-hurricane flooding IMO is likely to be a serious problem after this storm. Keep yourself informed of local conditions regarding flooding – both current and projected.

Bottom line: as AW1Ed noted in an earlier article, things can be replaced; people can’t. Make sure your and your loved ones’ safety comes first.

Weekend open thread time, all. “Be careful out there.”

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  1. Jon The Mechanic says:

    First. EVERYONE has been losing their mind over Florence. Apparently, nobody has ever seen a Hurricane before.

    Second. Dumb people reproduce faster than those with common sense and intelligence. The DRG is a prime example of that.

    Third. I’m in NC, and I’m ready to begin channeling my inner LT Dan when Florence finally gets to me.

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      Just caught the edge of the storm here. Cat isn’t even in the undercouchbunker.

      Lucked out. It turned away.

    • Wilted Willy says:

      Congrats Jon! May you enjoy your week on the all powerfull WOT Throne! Happy Weekend to all my friends on TAH! I wish I could buy you all a cold beverage! Enjoy folks!!

    • Lurker Curt says:

      HO.LEE. SHIT!!!
      I don’t know how Claw will rule, but it looks to me like Jon pulled off a Trifecta…

      • ChipNASA says:

        I think Willie was First last week, but yes, I believe this is at least 3 for Jon

        • Claw says:

          Last week’s WOT Firster was NDHoosier.

          Extracted from the Coveted Book of Firsts (2nd Edition) are the dates that Jon The Mechanic has posted a legitimate First:

          16 Feb 18
          27 Apr 18
          04 May 18
          18 May 18
          22 Jun 18
          27 Jul 18
          10 Aug 18
          14 Sep 18

  2. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    Not first!

  3. Jon The Mechanic says:

    And in case you are worried about me really channeling my Inner LT Dan, my Scottish heritage wife has already told me that she would beat me with a shillelagh if I did do it.

  4. NHSparky says:

    Not first, not last.

  5. Commissioner Wretched says:

    Fourth, if I’m any judge of counting.

  6. Commissioner Wretched says:

    And since I’ve made my presence known, here’s this week’s trivia/humor extravaganza. I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it!

    Did Bugs Bunny really save the life of voice actor Mel Blanc?
    By Commissioner Wretched

    There is a certain joy to the arrival of autumn.
    Yes, I know it’s not here yet; we still have a couple more weeks of summer to go. But even though the calendar hasn’t changed the season, the first hints of fall are already with us.
    Leaves are starting to change color.
    Our furry friends are beginning to shed their summer fur and grow in their thicker, warmer winter coats.
    Football games have started, from the Pee Wee leagues all the way up to the NFL.
    And, the best part … baseball is winding toward the division and league championships and the World Series.
    Since I write this column several weeks in advance, I have no real way of knowing how my beloved Chicago Cubs are doing in the standings, but I can tell you this – from 2015 to now has been a wild, enjoyable ride as the former “Loveable Losers” became formidable winners. And may they continue to be such!
    Just as you are all formidable winners, because you read my trivia! Which I am happy to once again bring to you.
    E-mail that is sent to didyouknowcolumn@gmail.com not only reaches me, it gets quick replies! So write, if you’ve a mind to do so.
    Here we go, on to the trivia!
    Did you know …
    … flies cannot eat solid food? (If you’re squeamish, you might want to skip to the next item.) What they do is, they vomit internal juices onto solid food, which dissolve the food, and they suck up the resulting mess. (Suddenly I don’t feel so bad about using fly swatters.)
    … humans are not the only animals that use formations to fight? Ants and crows do so as well. (I think we’re better at it, though. Your mileage may vary.)
    … Mel Blanc (1908-1989), the man behind the voices of Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and literally dozens of other cartoon characters, once almost lost his life in a car accident? Blanc was critically injured in a 1961 auto wreck and for a while was in a coma, the result of a triple skull fracture. When it seemed that he might not come out of the coma, one of his doctors asked how Bugs Bunny was doing. To everyone’s surprise, Blanc answered in Bugs’ voice. The doctor asked about Tweety Pie and Blanc replied in that character’s voice as well. Blanc recovered and resumed his brilliant voice career – a recovery his doctors credit fully to Bugs Bunny and the other cartoon characters for which Blanc provided the voices. During his recovery, his work as the voice of Barney Rubble in The Flintstones was covered by fellow voice actor Daws Butler (1916-1988). (Th-th-th-that’s all, folks.)
    … images of dolphins have been found carved far within the desert city of Petra, Jordan? (Hey, even dolphins need a vacation now and then!)
    … dogs are very adept at detecting cancer? In experiments, dogs have “sniffed out” cancer too small to be detected by a doctor, and can even find evidence of lung cancer by smelling a person’s breath.
    … alcohol and beer companies are some of the top opponents to the legalization of marijuana? (Gee, you think?)
    … less than one percent of North Dakota is forest? The only state with a smaller percentage of forest cover is Nevada, which has 0.5 percent. Maine has the most, with 89% of the state covered in forests. (That kind of goes with the population, you know. I mean, only about six people even live in North Dakota!)
    … there are over 60 different species of eagles?
    … crop insurance was invented by Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)? He based the idea on the model of a fire insurance firm he also helped found in Philadelphia.
    … in 2008, more than 30 police officers – including an entire SWAT team – were engaged in a standoff with a non-responsive bank robber in Somerset County, New Jersey? After about 90 minutes, police entered the bank to learn that the person they saw (through drawn blinds) standing inside was a cardboard cutout of a woman. The cutout was part of a bank advertisement. An accidental tripping of the bank’s alarm system put the whole comedy into motion. (It’s not the first time a police unit has felt more like the Keystone Kops, but it sure is the funniest!)
    … male sea lions may have more than 100 wives? They also sometimes go three months without eating. (With over a hundred wives, I can understand that. Hey – sea lions get married???)
    … gasoline does not freeze? Well, not at any temperatures you and I are likely to endure, anyway. Depending on the mixture of liquid components, gasoline freezes at temperatures far lower than -100º Fahrenheit, and it doesn’t get that cold in most locations where humans live (and drive cars). Diesel fuel, on the other hand, will freeze. (Heck, I wish the price of it would freeze!)
    … wild bananas have seeds? The ones we commonly find in stores are sterile clones of a mutant banana plant that was found in 1836. If you’re botanically speaking, bananas are berries. (Imagine biting into a banana and finding a hard seed. Imagine it.)
    … in 2010, a mathematician worked out the formula for parallel parking? It involves knowing your car’s turning radius, the distance between front and rear wheels, and other things. (Do what I do … use parking lots.)
    … NASA has never sent birds into space? The reason is that birds need gravity to swallow, and if sent into space, they’d starve. (So would I.)
    Now … you know!

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      And as usual, you provide information that is odd but useful to have.

      I did not know that birds would starve in zero gravity. I have been enlightened.

      Thank you!

    • HMC Ret says:

      Use parking lots and choose a spot which allows you to pull through. I love watching people. Often while sitting in the car waiting for the Russian, I’ll watch people park. Why in the world would you pull into a space and park in that first space, when the next adjacent spot in front is open? Now, when leaving, one has to back out. It is so mush easier to simply pull through so you can pull out. But people, being people, …

    • David says:

      If you can’t parallel park from either side, you shouldn’t be allowed to drive. It’s a basic awareness of where the boundaries of your vehicle is.

      At the battle of Choisin Reservoir, I read that the temps dropped so much that they had to fire weapons every few hours to keep them warm enough to function. Lubricants got so thick it froze the weapons and men used Vitalis hair tonic as lube, it thickened up to something akin to 30W oil. For you younger kids, Vitalis was mostly alcohol.

      Something I never knew from “Field of Dreams” – “Moonlight” Graham was real. One game in 1908, then finished out in the minors. The great part: The stories told of him were real stories told by real folks from Chisolm who drove down to the filming to tell of him. So ‘Doc’ Graham existed…. ain’t that great?

      • HMC Ret says:

        This has nothing to do with parallel parking. It has to do with parking in an open lot, such as a mall, where one can pull into a spot. My question is, if it is also possible to pull forward into the second spot, which is also open, why not do that, thus alleviating the necessity of backing out when exiting? Got it?

    • Thunderstixx says:

      Actually parallel parking is easy if you know how to do it.
      Our driver’s ed instructor told us how to do it and I still do it that way.
      I can fit a huge vehicle into a small spot.
      You pull up where your car’s rear end is by the rear end of the other car, then you crank your wheels and straighten them out when your rear window is at the rear end of the car. When your windshield pillar passes the rear end of the car you crank the wheel the other direction and slowly pull in.
      I can get less than 6 inches to the curb every time.
      In Iowa, you had to parallel park for your driver’s test.

  7. Aysel says:

    Got here before comments hit 10, I feel proud of myself ^_^

  8. Skyjumper says:

    Must be a slow day here today. 12:17 and made it in the top 6-7.

  9. 5th/77thFA says:

    Top 10 # 8? Damn where is every body. Thanks CW good post again! All my fellow dickweeds and weedeses be y’all safe around Flo. This time last year we were neck deep in 14 – 16 hour days fixing Irma stuff. Rest of ’em was in Texas for Harvey.

  10. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    Twelfth, happy weekend folks

  11. Ex-PH2 says:

    What? I’m in eighth place this time?

    Who dozed off at the switch here?

    If you’re in the Low Countries, be safe. That is one humdinger of a storm.

  12. HMC Ret says:

    Just received this from a reliable source. Call number to verify and take advantage of this really great deal.

    For all my east coast friends:
    I just saw this on another page
    ******USAA members******
    If your zone is evacuated (Mandatory Evacuation) and you have homeowners or renters insurance through USAA, call them and let them know they will pay for your gas, food and hotel to evacuate. It’s called prohibited usage for emergencies under renters/owners insurance. They will cover lodging for up to two weeks. 1-800-531-8722
    Please share!

  13. ChipNASA says:

    Here dickweeds!!
    I was down the hall in something they call a “meeting”. Jesus, eating into my TAH time.
    How fucking inconsiderate.

    Oh and I’ll jet leave this here.

    (Disclaimer, yes I created the hat but someone else made the comment on the interwebs so, not mine.)


  14. ex-OS2 says:

    Not first, pffftt.

  15. Devtun says:

    Countries hit most by tropical cyclones since beginning of modern global satellite surveillance in 1970. The US (plus Hawaii) ranks 5th.

  16. Milo Mindbender says:

    Not first, but my youngest son is stationed at Camp LeJeune, and sheltering in place at this time. Waiting to hear from him, but power is out, and interwebs are undone so we just have to trust and believe.

  17. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    25rd and Honorary First yet again!


  18. Mason says:

    And now, with some YouTube links for your entertainment please;

    Some highlights of Jack Webb as “The D.I.”: https://youtu.be/YV8kJu4NDsQ

    1966 Space Highlights – So much hope for the future. Shame now all we key up on is the negative:

    What did we do with radioactive waste 60 years ago? Pack it in concrete and have the Coasties drop it in a deep trench at the bottom of the Atlantic. Imagine the outrage towards that today:

    Finally, a comedy routine. Tucker vs. Creepy Porn Lawyer. This might be one of the funniest things I’ve seen in months:

  19. Graybeard says:

    Top 50, so doing pretty good for an old retired IT dude.

    Next biopsy scheduled for 26SEPT, but the doc felt that there was no significant change in the prostate cancer.

    Hot, humid, but 60% chance of rain in my neck of the woods.

    Sighted in the .22 in preparation for squirrel season opening in October. 3/4″ groups at 50 yards, so if I can hold the darn thing still there should be some squirrel stew in my future.

    While at the gun range I got a text from some commie running for state senator under an assumed Latino name asking me who I was voting for. I replied “we don’t vote for commies.” No response at this time.

    • Wilted Willy says:

      Graybeard, if they end up having to remove your prostate, make sure you get a surgeon that uses the Davince robot. My brother had that and was out the next day! They did mine almost 20 years ago and they gutted me like a trout! I was in the hospital for over a week and never had anything hurt that much! Now, if I could just get rid of the bladder cancer, I would be very happy! Good luck my friend, if you have any questions, feel free to call me at (number redacted). I’ll be praying for you brother!!
      Take care all.

      • Graybeard says:

        Thx, WW. I’ll take all the prayers I can get.

        I am thinking I will be one of the very very lucky ones and get to just get a biopsy every 6 months to watch it.

        When they did the genetic testing on the first biopsy they reported that I have a 1.7% chance of having something problematic come up in the next 10 years, and should be manageable with a very conservative treatment. I’m also glad that they’ve made a lot of progress over the last 20 years with treatment.

        I’m not sure you should be posting your phone number in the open here in case some nutjob gets it. Maybe Hondo or Ex can scrub it?

        Praying for you as well and your battle with cancer.

        • Ex-PH2 says:

          Re: removing personal info like phone numbers: Hondo posted the WOT,so he has to do that.

          You should ask the mods to forward your number or e-mail address for you instead.

        • Hondo says:

          Number redacted. Let me know if you want me to put it back, WW.

          • 2/17 Air Cav says:

            If he does, he’s nuttier than a fruitcake. WW: Regulars would disregard your number but certain ASsHoLeS would like nothing better than to have the address, email, or phone number of a TAH regular.

    • Combat Historian says:

      Beto O’Rourke’s younger brother?

  20. AW1Ed says:

    Weekly Report-
    Danny Boi remains -6’AGL and at ambient temperature.

    That is all.

  21. SFC D says:

    Present. People keep expecting me to work in order to get paid. I didn’t think DA civilians had to do that. Dark Side owes me my cookies, too!

  22. Roh-Dog says:

    Congrats Jon! WOT firsting is a skill and you have ample!
    Work done put-it-in an uncomfortable place today, 10 hours of truck recall work in 2 hours.
    Gotta risk it to get the biscuit!
    Thoughts are with those being effected by nature’s wrath. Best of luck.
    Less than 50 comments for the WOT, how is everyone so quiet?!
    Have a GREAT weekend y’all!!!
    Off to find the bottom of a Miller High Life…

  23. Roh-Dog says:

    Congrats to Jon!
    Have a GREAT weekend y’all!!!
    (Don’t know if I fat fingered before, if there’s a double, oops)

  24. Just An Old Dog says:

    For those who remember the Piece of Shit John J Sixta, the asswipe Sgt Major made famous in HBO’s Generation Kill who was later sentenced to 45 years to life for Child Molestation there is an update.
    He appealed his sentence and it was reduced to 30 years.
    If you are the type to explode over this shit I don’t recommend googling his appeal.
    It goes into pretty lurid details of the shit he did to his stepdaughters and another victim.
    What really got me is the piece of shit was molesting his step-daughter in his office on base when he was in the same unit as me. Literally the next building over.
    If there is a God Sixta will end up getting tortured and taken out by a prison gang.

    • Mason says:

      Didn’t read the dirty details, but was curious how/why they reduced it. Turns out one of the three convictions (ea. with 15 year consecutive sentences) occured on a MCB, a federal jurisdiction. So it looks like the federal authorities need to charge him. Which they should have any way if you ask me.

      I wonder if that’ll backfire on him when he gets convicted in federal court and sentenced to a longer term.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      Here’s hoping he gets prison justice at the hands of some Latin Kings or Lifers.

  25. Twist says:

    I’m happy to announce that the newest addition to the Twist family was born this morning at 0300. My daughter and SOL named him Yggdrasil (Norse for tree of life). I really wish they named him something else, but he is still a really handsome little fellow.

    • Mason says:

      Congrats! Mister Mxyzptlk was too much of a mouthful for them?

      I guess you can call him Iggy. Or Silly. 😉

      • 5th/77thFA says:

        Grandchildren… Gods reward to us for not killing our kids when they were teenagers. Congrats Twist, and Happy Spoiling there of.

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        Frank Zappa named on of his offspring Dweezil and his daughter’s name was Moon Unit.

    • Graybeard says:

      Congratulations Twist!

      Grandchildren are one of life’s greatest pleasures. May you have many years of getting to be a grandparent!

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Yggdrasil? Seriously? Well, he can pick out a name that he wants people to use when they address him. And he can also find a way to get even with his parents by getting his name changed to Thor, the God of Thunder.

  26. Fyrfighter says:

    Happy weekend all, woulda been here earlier, but an SUV tried to run a red light, and tangled with a semi hauling propane cylinders… popped the saddle tanks, made a mess, and we got to deal with rush-hour drivers… ooh boy!

    • Graybeard says:


      Saw a propane/natural gas-powered semi on the interstate the other day and thought that when one of those gets in a tangle the consequences could be explosive. I don’t want to be around!

  27. Cameron Kingsley says:

    Does anybody know what happened to Guardian of Valor? Their site has gone completely offline. Was it shut down?

  28. HMC Ret says:

    0730, 15SEP Posted yesterday but posting again in case missed. Call to verify if your insurance company offers this great deal. This is potentially worth thousands of dollars. Imagine other insurance companies offer similar deals.

    HMC Ret says:
    September 14, 2018 at 1:50 pm
    Just received this from a reliable source. Call number to verify and take advantage of this really great deal.

    For all my east coast friends:
    I just saw this on another page
    ******USAA members******
    If your zone is evacuated (Mandatory Evacuation) and you have homeowners or renters insurance through USAA, call them and let them know they will pay for your gas, food and hotel to evacuate. It’s called prohibited usage for emergencies under renters/owners insurance. They will cover lodging for up to two weeks. 1-800-531-8722
    Please share!

  29. HMC Ret says:

    Congratulations to the 4,000 + new Chief Petty Officers who were flat-hatted yesterday, 14SEP. Welcome to the Chief’s Mess, fellow CPOs.

  30. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    There is no doubt in many minds that news outlets love a good storm. Oh, they have such a grand time, what with exaggeration, hyperbole, and the-sky-is-falling newscasts. Of course, it’s all couched in terms of our safety, but I am sure that the extended coverages, wall-to-wall (or is that eye wall to eye wall?) useless drivel makes stations gleeful. Aside from a few geezers and nerds, who otherwise watches more than five minutes of the Weather Channel. Here’s a video that captures the bullshit. It’s a scream. As a weather guy pretends to balance himself by leaning hard into the deadly winds, two people stroll behind the bad actor w/o any extra effort.


    • HMC Ret says:

      Speed up the news, or the wind, on a slow news day. Wonder if this bullshit has found its way back to the corporate offices? How silly of me to think they really give a crap.

  31. HMC Ret says:

    A bit of U.S. Navy History:

    Trivia: When was the last mutiny aboard a US Navy Ship and when was it?!
    TRIVIA: In 1842, the USS Somers.
    The USS Somers was an armed, two-masted brig that experienced the only Naval mutiny in US history to result in executions.
    While on voyage from Monrovia, Liberia to the Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, Commander Alexander Mackenzie was informed on 26 November by steward J.W. Wales that Midshipman Phillip Spencer, son of Secretary of War John Spencer, had told him the night before of a plan to mutiny, which had already been joined by some 20 crewmen, for the purpose of turning the ship to piracy.
    Commander Mackenzie did not initially consider the threat serious but told First Lieutenant Guert Gansevoort, first cousin of author Herman Melville, to watch Spencer closely.
    Other crewmen told 1LT Gansevoort that Spencer had been speaking in secret with Boatswain’s Mate Samuel Cromwell and Seaman Elisha Small, so Commander Mackenzie confronted Spencer with the allegations that evening.
    Spencer claimed the whole thing had been a joke, but this did not satisfy Commander Mackenzie, who had him clapped him in irons below decks.
    Spencer’s quarters were searched and a letter was found, written with Greek letters, apparently to disguise it contents.
    Unfortunately for Spencer, Midshipman Henry Rodgers also knew Greek and translated it: It was a list of officers and crew labeled “Certain,” “Doubtful,” and “Nolens Volens.”
    The last term means “unwilling/willing,” meaning those men who could swing either way.
    The letter read, in part, “Those doubtful marked (+) will probably be induced to join before the project is carried into execution. The remainder of the doubtful will probably join when the thing is done, if not, they must be forced.
    Commander Mackenzie made no more arrests until the next day, when a mast broke in half and brought down some of the sails.
    Cromwell, the largest man on the ship, was questioned about his meetings with Spencer and contended that he had not met with him, but that Small had.
    Small admitted his part, and both Sailors were clapped in irons.
    The next day, 28 November, steward Henry Waltham was flogged for attempting to steal brandy for Spencer, and then flogged again the next day for planning to steal three bottles of wine.
    Sailmaker’s Mate Charles Wilson was caught trying to steal a weapon, and that evening, two more Sailors did not arrive for their watch duties.
    Four more Sailors were arrested and Commander Mackenzie then had all the officers interview the enlisted men to determine the extent of the mutiny.
    On 1 December, they concluded that Spencer, Small, and Cromwell were guilty of planning to commit a full mutiny.
    The ship was only 13 days out from port, but Commander Mackenzie considered that the quality of confinement was inadequate.
    So to be sure of keeping order, he immediately had the three Sailors hanged from the yardarm and buried at sea.
    There were no more prosecutions, and Commander Mackenzie was exonerated.

  32. fsckity fsck says:

    John Giduck – the turd with a face!

  33. fsckity fsck says:

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

    “They will eventually get it out of their systems”
    She doesn’t know us very well.

  34. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Unlike the NFL, college football can be fun. Check out this pretend fair catch. Kudos to the refs for paying attention and not blowing a whistle:

  35. Frankie Cee says:

    On September 12th, (my birthday), the Florida Department of Corrections, updated the status of Sleazy Scammer of women of low self esteem, Phony, Faker, Non-military, Kyle Christopher Barwan, DOB 1/1/90 showing a new release date of November 12, 2018. He must be making everyone very, very happy in his cell block. I would project his actual release date to b e around November 1st, if he continues to be the crowd pleaser that he seems to be lately. I would also project that within hours of his release, he will be using some sort of social media, or standing in some city park, telling of his derring-do, and that the army has messed with his pay and he needs money to get buy. His pasty white prison pallor will be explained, saying that he had been on a mission above the arctic circle, fighting bad guys. Using his name once in each comment will help greatly to alert the public to this piece of shit.
    Kyle Christoper Barwan is not, and has not been, any kind of special operations soldier, and has not ever been any sort of military officer, nor has he ever been associated in any way with the CIA or any other alphabet soup organization.

  36. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    One thing leads to another. I heard that Troy State beat Nebraska in football yesterday and, in my googling, I searched Troy State. It’s in Alabama. So? So, this: https://www.troy.edu/confucius/

    If, as I was, you’re curious about a place called The Confucius Institute, a propaganda platform paid for and selectively staffed by the People’s Republic of China, have at it. There were about 400 schools with these institutes in them some years ago, but the number is now down to 100. It’s not so much what they teach at these institutes. It’s more about what they don’t: the whole truth.