Good-bye Norma Jean




Identify the Tank


Identify the Aircraft

This one comes to us from Old NFO. He picked a tough one.


Meme of the Day


Beans, Lord High Executioner, goes to work…


    • Though I commend the concept of hybrids, I am firmly entrenched in the internal combustion engine world.

      Plus, Priusessesss are too small. My lard ass, my wife, her electric vehicle, the 120lb horse-dog just don’t fit into a Prius. So I have a Ram Promaster City (some rebadged Fiat eurovan made in Turkey with a US engine). Though when the battery died and I went to replace it, I did feel like getting medieval on said battery because it was buried under some weird face-hugging chunk of plastic and metal that I had no friggin clue how to change it.

      • I have no idea why engineers don’t consider access when designing a car. I was giving a lady’s Q something (Audi SUV) a jump start because her battery had died. There were terminals in the engine bay so the jump start wasn’t the problem but I pity the person who had to change her battery out. It was underneath the car and covered by a bash plate so really hard to get to. I bet it would take an hour or two with air tools and a vehicle lift. Heck even my son’s ATV has the battery buried underneath a bunch of stuff you have to remove first.

      • One of several reasons why I’m still driving my 2001 Silverado (that I bought new). Battery change is straight forward in driver’s side front corner. Remote clamping points for jumper cables should you need to. To change headlight bulbs, turn the handle on vertical rods 90 degrees and lift straight up. Headlight assembly comes straight out of the grill. Bulbs mount with three lug bayonet sockets.

  1. Good examples of correlation is not causation.

    Armament room. What do they call that in Texas? Good start on a gun collection?

    • I recall when I was in police work, we arrested some mope for something and he had half a dozen mixed firearms. I had a lieutenant (now dead) who wanted to do a press release about the arsenal in the guy’s home. The lieutenant wore braces, was dumber than a bag of hammers and was woke for the time period. He didn’t own a firearm and didn’t carry inside of the station where he did shift. I explained that NEARLY everyone in the department had two or three times that many firearms and six did not constitute an arsenal.

      He looked me like a cow staring at passing traffic, turned and did the press release.

      • At the PD I worked at (as a staff ass, not a cop) there was one cop who had a beeper keyed to his alarm system in his bunker/recc room (apparently, much like the Gummer’s basement from “Tremors” but more and bigger.) He joked one time in a rather unguarded moment that the alarm was to tell him to call in a cleanup crew as someone would have tripped the countermeasures (probably Claymore-mine-ish.)

        Lots of other gun geeks there also.

        But… yeah… then there were the anti-gunners who thought 2 pistols of different calibers, one being .25ACP and the other a rusted .38 revolver, was an arms cache (pronouced CASH not Cashay, seriously some people need to be slapped silly) or an arsenal. Heaven forbid more than 3 rounds of ammo be found, that would be cataclysmic and would foretell the coming Fimbullwinter and the associated Ragnarok. Or something.

        Then again, I was the recorder for a bomb task force where every top cop and LEO puke in there clearly identified the stamp of the letterbomb as a ‘heavy jet bomber’ when, in fact, it was the Bell X1. Stupid cops. The higher they climb the dumber they get.

        • “CASH not Cashay”
          Thank you. That one particularly annoys me.

          It doesn’t help that people make up words (or trade names) with silly, pretentious pronunciations.

          Example 1: in the Boston area there’s a chain of upscale bakery/coffee shops called “Tatte” which is apparently meant to look French-y. Obviously a proper Frenchman would call it “taht”. But the owners say it’s “Tatte like latte!” Implying it’s “tah-tay”. Which is extra stupid because if the French (who say “laht”) were to called it lah-tay then it’d need an accent aigu.

          Example 2: the Shimano company makes a line of bicycle parts called “Alfine”. People generally guess “Al Fine” or “Al Feen”. Nope. According to Shimano, it’s “al-fee-nay”.

          Gah. (Pronounced “jah” because the G is soft. 🙄)

          • I’m afraid that if I had to live among those people, I’d take myself hostage as a matter of principle.

          • Way back when had a 1st lieutenant as my boss. So college graduate, don’t know what his major was. He swore up and down the word suite (as in hotel suite) was pronounced “suit E” instead of like “sweet”.

  2. Leather armor? With the way I sweat? That’s contraindicated, especially in warm weather? Now, a nice gambeson with a maille hauberk or a Byzantine-style lamellar harness, yeah, I’d go for that.

    Or just two layers of linen, undertunic and overtunic, with aforementioned hauberk or lamellar harness, with hosen, that’s the way to go.

    No axe, pshaw, but maybe a mace and a broadsword and dagger, short spear, couple javelins, a light bow, kite shield…

  3. I guy in my club is selling off firearms due to terminal illness. He has a lovely Yugo SKS with 600 rounds of ammo for $800 I was hot for. I passed because he wanted to do an FFL transfer instead of a direct cash deal. I tried to explain that he had it well before the state law went into effect restricting private sales, and as far as the state knew, he sold it to “some guy” 15 years ago. Because he hesitated so much , I chose not to pressure him and just walked away.

    • That’s too bad. The deathbed scenario is probably the only foolproof workaround for the FFL transfer requirement. The legal liability is on the transferor, not the recipient, and they’re not going to charge a dead man.


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