Friday Open Thread

Shirley Slade, WWII WASP pilot of B-26 and B-39

In 1942, the United States was faced with a severe shortage of pilots, so an experimental program to replace males with female pilots was created. The group of female pilots was called the Women Airforce Service Pilots — WASP for short. Shirley Slade was one of about 1,100 chosen. She was trained to fly the B-26 and B-39, and that got her put on the cover of Life magazine in 1943 at about 23 years old.

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106 thoughts on “Friday Open Thread

  1. Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Everybody’s Irish today if’n you want green beer or a belt of something stronger. I’ll stick with Bailey’s.

    So the idiot partisan judge in Hawaii dares to place an insane restraining order on President Trump’s immigration hold. So Mr. Trump should send all the refugees to Hawaii. And make sure some camp out on the judge’s doorstep.

  2. I posted this Open Comments thread last night and scheduled it for 1 AM. The problem was I set the date for the 18th instead of Friday, the 17th.

  3. I actually met Shirley Slade. Back in the late ’80s and early 90s I was a Board member of the Texas Militaria Collectors Association. We held every year and at each show we’d have a speaker, Shirley was one of them. Also had one of the last remaining Tuskeegee Airmen, a Sontay Raider, and Charile Bond of the Flying Tigers.

    I know that the OC pic comes from the TWU WASP archive, but it the caption contains an error. There was no B-39. There was an XB-39 which was a developmental sideshow of the B-29 program to test alternative engines and only took a few flights before it was cancelled. Shirley did all of her WW2 flying out of Texas, the few test flights the B-30 took were in Cleveland.

    The Imgur gallery where the OC pic comes from has the same caption as the OC pic, but down below it corrects the error by saying the flew the P-39. The B-26 was a difficult airplane to fly and called “The Widow Maker” and “The Flying Coffin” by WW2 pilots, so Shirley has my respect for flying those things.

    Hubba hubba.

  4. Second!!
    As a member of the WASP Museum, I have that poster on my cabinet here at work, one of my favorites. It is actually a copy of the cover of Time Magazine. Also, if you’ve haven’t been there, you need to visit the Museum in Sweetwater, it’s small but they’ve started on the Hangar renovation so it’ll get better all the time.
    Mornin’ Gang!

  5. Maryland Judge orders Trump to double number of terrorists refugees into the country. This is the order, I don’t have the patience to slog through the legaleze BS; Ace claims that it doubles the number of refugees.
    From what I understand, setting immigration policy IS NOT within the scope of responsibility of the judiciary. These various (Democrat hack appointed POS) judges to attempting to usurp this power from the Executive and Legislative branches constitutes, IMHO, official misconduct and warrants impeachment.

  6. I talked to Eldest Sis last night. I think I’m going to end up (helping) plan BFA’s funeral. It seems I’m the Catholic funeral manager for the family now. My cousins have retained their Catholic faith, so they may be involved. My family has, for the most part, gone separate ways from the Church. Mom is still Catholic, and I have her readings and such already planned out and on file with my parish.

    I will consider this duty a great honor. I said my good-byes to her body last night, as I don’t think BFA is still with us. Her funeral will allow me to honor her spirit.

    I really don’t think I can tell you adequately what a wonderful person she was.

  7. And guess who’s trying to insert themselves into the mix? Eldest Sis has already had to stomp one of the Harpies.

    As she told me she told one of our cousins – “I AM NOT PUTTING UP WITH THE S**T THEY GAVE TEDTAM!”

    She’s in a different legal position, and filial respect position, than I am. She has more leeway in her behavior.

    Pass the popcorn.

  8. And Eldest gave me some words of comfort in our conversation last night: “Tedtam, the whole family knows what was going on, and they all know you weren’t the problem. It’s that little group over there, and we all know it.”

    That helps.

    Now, I have to post our Sweeny unit for rent, which means I may have to start running an hour south occasionally to show and hopefully sign a lease soon. I have my retreat on the 25th, which is all day. I have to work my new responsibilities for BFA’s funeral around my already hectic schedule….

  9. GJT says:
    MARCH 17, 2017 AT 5:38 AM
    Me too. Pondering what Shannon’s address might fetch.

    If’n you need any help with ascertaining an address, be advised I am expert-level searcher…
    :mrgreen:

  10. Texpat
    I posted this Open Comments thread last night and scheduled it for 1 AM. The problem was I set the date for the 18th instead of Friday, the 17th.

    And I tried so hard to learn ya how to be a great moderator/contributor. Oh where did I go wrong? What was my failure? How can I atone for such an egregious oversight in planning? I tried so hard.

    /End my impression of venerable Italian grandma applying a guilt trip to their wayward grandson.

  11. Referencing Texpats comment on the Oxford comma, the interwebs have moved on. The hot debate now is one or two spaces after a period between sentences.

  12. Stalker would presumably have some underhanded motive in searching for someone. I do it for benign purposes. Twice so far I have located long-lost youthful flames for friends of mine. In neither case did anything come of it, but it was fun.

  13. Seriously, my thumb can only type double spaces after a period. Typing class in 1975. That’s the only class that I still use what I learned on a daily basis.

  14. Hamous says:
    MARCH 17, 2017 AT 9:44 AM
    Referencing Texpats comment on the Oxford comma, the interwebs have moved on. The hot debate now is one or two spaces after a period between sentences.

    squawkbox says:
    MARCH 17, 2017 AT 9:47 AM
    Hambone
    I am a two spaces kind of guy. I got dinged on a hi-school term paper for not doing so. I have been scarred for life.

    The Army taught me that there are two spaces after a period. This shall ever be.

  15. Stalker would presumably have some underhanded motive in searching for someone. I do it for benign purposes.

    and

    Vicariously stalking. That’s almost scarier.

    MHarper is one of these folks that checks Crime Stoppers Felons to see if they have a facebook page.

  16. The argument for one is logical. It has to do with monotype fonts on typewriters and spacing between letters that are no longer an issue unless you still use a typewriter. My thumb doesn’t care about any of that.

  17. Definitely two spaces after the period. Indent for a new paragraph or skip a line, either one will work but be consistent throughout the document.

  18. #24

    Seriously, my thumb can only type double spaces after a period. Typing class in 1975. That’s the only class that I still use what I learned on a daily basis.

    Ditto that!

  19. If it was good enough for Ms. Jones, my high school typing teacher in 1963, then it’s still good enough today. Of course, we didn’t have zip codes back then, so I put them below the city and state but to the right of the state somewhere. As noted above, typing may be the only thing that I learned in high school that is still applicable today. I didn’t learn how to play 42 until I got to college.

  20. Double space after periods? Never heard of it. But then, I dropped typing for another elective after two weeks because (1) I had already developed bad typing habits from being self-taught and (2) I couldn’t stand the teacher.

    …who goes to my church and somehow turned into one of the nicest ladies I know.

    🙂

  21. I still use some of my shorthand, too. I’ve actually been refreshing that skill. It’s helpful for (1) saving space when writing my Spanish translations, (2) taking notes when Hubby is talking fast, and (3) writing bad things about people and getting it out of my system, without them knowing.

    That last use is really helpful at times. I can scream all kinds of bad words on paper and keep a calm demeanor, even if I’m on the phone directly with the person or across the table.

  22. 34
    Same story with my World History teacher. But that was a mandatory class so
    I toughed it out and made a B. I consider her a friend today. She’s married to the mayor.

    Always good to friends in high places.

  23. #35,39 – They told me it was a degree requirement, so I took it seriously and got very good at it – only to find out later that I didn’t get any degree credits whatsoever. I was really counting on that to be my first and only A in any course.

  24. I was surprised to find that my shorthand teacher, Mrs. Glenda Dawson, ended up in the state capitol. I believe she was a conservative. Had a heart attack some years ago (that’s when I heard about her). We have at least one school named after her in Pearland now.

  25. I never took typing, but I do pretty well using just a few fingers. In terms of any long-term useful knowledge from K-12, I would have to say the 2 years of Latin I took. That opened my eyes to how language works and evolves. Most of the science I took 60 years ago has been revised or refined. Same with the college science classes.

  26. It has always been two and shall always be two spaces.

    It has to be some Lefties trying to overturn every reliable ancient principle of reason.

  27. Every time I went down to the counselor to schedule my classes for the next year, the typing classes were already full. The called us in at the end of the year in alphabetical order so if your last name started with any letter after about G, you were out of luck.

  28. It’s been so long since I touched a typewriter, I don’t remember whether or not I double spaced after periods. Perhaps I did. I certainly don’t now.

  29. Found out what the basis is for “Everybody’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.” Laura Ingraham had the story this morning, and it makes sense.

    St. Patrick’s Day falls in Lent, and some centuries ago the Pope gave a dispensation to the Irish from the Lenten fasting and abstinence from alcohol on his feast day. Turns out Protestants and non-Irish Catholics jumped on that and claimed to be Irish too. Now as for how non-Christians jumped on the train as well, I do not know. All they had to do was add an O’ in front of their last names, and that did it.

  30. On a sports radio show this morning they were discussing pinching if you aren’t wearing green today, it was running 50-50 from people texting and people at the station that had never heard of it.

    I don’t know what we are coming to.

  31. Texans Against High Speed Rail has an automated letter generator if you want to send boilerplate emails to your Texas and/or US gruberment representatives. You just put in your name and address, the site looks up your representatives, and you can pick the email subject. I picked Transportation, which everyone had in their list.

    http://www.texansagainsthsr.com/take-action/

  32. squawkbox says:
    MARCH 17, 2017 AT 1:08 PM
    I am all for the high speed train. Fast way to get illegals and drug runners up to Dallas post haste.

    Not to mention the opportunities for free sausage meat if’n you get there soon enough.

  33. I haven’t looked at the route to Texpat’s lair in probably eight years. It is 1700 miles from Bellville.

    I’m not even sure how long that would take me to drive. I don’t know if I could even do 500 a day anymore.

    My back would probably seize up before I got to Birmingham.

    I’ll be glad when they invent airplanes.

  34. I haven’t looked at the route to Texpat’s lair in probably eight years. It is 1700 miles from Bellville.

    I’m not even sure how long that would take me to drive. I don’t know if I could even do 500 a day anymore.

    i know what you mean. There was a day when I could get from here to Bangor Maine in 2.5 days. Had to drive around 800 miles each day for 2 days. Last trip to Maine took 4 full days. I just cannot do them long daily drives anymore. Used to drive form here to Ocala within a FULL day. No mas. Now I stop around Pensacola sleep and finish the next day. Sucks to get old.

  35. Steve Stockman was arrested by the feds for stealing money.

    Everyone who is shocked – raise your hands !

  36. This is wikipedia on Steve Stockman

    “Stephen Ernest “Steve” Stockman is an American politician, a criminal, and member of the Republican Party who was the United States Representative for Texas’s 36th congressional district. Wikipedia”

    I’m glad that they differentiate between an American politician, a criminal, and a member of the Republican party…..They might all fall under the middle category free standing.

  37. 75 Squawk

    Yeah, I knew that, but I forgot about this…

    Tatum O’Neal won the 1973 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Addie, making her, at age 10, the youngest competitive winner in the history of the Academy Awards. Co-star Madeline Kahn was nominated for the same award.

    Kahn should have listened to W.C. Fields: Never work with children or animals.

  38. There’s a new business in town.

    What in blue blazes is a linen boutique?

    I guess with all the malls closing now I’m going to have go to a linen boutique to buy sheets?

    Sheesh.

  39. Brother Squawk– I thought your #48 was in response to my number 42 post.

    Well I’ll be dipped in catfish corn-butter, waffle syrup, fried potato pork skins and stripped down back bacon grease…

    or better yet just…:)

  40. Guess I needed to be more specific as to whom I am addressing ehhhhh Brother Phil?

    Course then I would have never been treated to your sequence of words

    Well I’ll be dipped in catfish corn-butter, waffle syrup, fried potato pork skins and stripped down

    I am not sure even my warped brain could have concocted that concoction of cacophony of syllabic sequence.

  41. In January of 2003, I left Bellville at 7 AM, stopped briefly in Houston and then headed up 59 at 9 AM to Kilgore, stopped to visit a vendor, took I-20 to Shreveport, turned north on I-49 to Texarkana. From there it was I-30 to Memphis and then I-40 to Nashville at 4 AM, 860 miles and 19 hours later.

    It was 12 degrees when I got to Nashville and the Holiday Inn desk clerk had the handyman open up a utility room so I could run an extension cord to plug in the block heater on my truck. When I woke up 3 hours later, the TV news anchor was announcing the coldest spot in the nation was Nashville, Tennessee with a temperature of 4 degrees.

    My truck wouldn’t start, but the desk clerk’s cousin had a diesel mechanic shop 1 mile away. The sent a wrecker and I was back on the road in 5 hours for less than $200. I made it to Knoxville and the idler pulley on the main belt fell off. It is now Friday night and I had to get towed again. The guy who towed me had a shop and put my F-350 truck inside his building because it was packed with clothes, computers, files, etc. I stayed a block away in a very nice Travelodge for cheap.

    Somehow the next morning, he found the $35 part and I was again on the road up I-81 through Virginia and Maryland, cut across around DC and picked up I-95 since it was a Saturday and no traffic. From there I blew past Baltimore and got to New Jersey about 2 AM and parked in convenience store parking lot and slept until dawn.

    The most amazing thing about the trip was how nice, honest and helpful everybody in Tennessee was…made me want to move there.

  42. The most amazing thing about the trip was how nice, honest and helpful everybody in Tennessee was…made me want to move there.

    Lot of good folks in Tennessee problem is it is too dang close to Mississippi for my comfort.

    The only good thing about Mississippi is I do not have to take the long way around to get to Florida.

  43. 84 Squawk

    I’ve lived on all three coasts now – West, East and South. The only time in my life I lived more than an hour away from an ocean or the Gulf was in Austin, Dallas or Lockhart and those were short periods of time. Even if I can’t see it, I want to know it’s there if I need to go.

  44. Having relatives from Tennessee is how I learned to concoct a concoction of cacophony of syllabic sequence such as well I’ll be dipped in catfish corn-butter, waffle syrup, fried potato pork skins and stripped down back bacon grease.

  45. 90 minutes if the traffic cooperates from here to the coast. Close enough to enjoy it when I choose, far enough to dodge the summertime idiots that flock to Galveston.

    Speaking of which traffic is out of hand down there. On CHRISTMAS day we decided to cruise to High Island and then run 83 to the ferry and Galvestion. i could not believe the traffic at the Ferry. 4 ferrys running and still it took an hour to get on the boat. I cannot recall it ever being that bad on a Christmas day. My Grandfolks lived in Crystal Beach back in the day and it was tradition to visit them on Christmas. Traffic never was a problem back then.

  46. Rumor has it my great grandad was a moonshiner on a first name basis with the law back then.

    I had a cousin who thought I was a Yankee because I didn’t sound like I was born in Texas. Lol.

  47. Hamous

    Cardinal DiNardo did get the St. Patrick’s Day dispensation. That was on the news a couple of days ago.

  48. This is a really good, down and dirty explanation of how all insurance works by the venerable Charlie Martin at PJMedia.

    One of the most persistent — and pernicious — myths about insurance, health insurance in particular, is the notion that insurance works by sharing risk: that any combination of proposed benefits is perfectly reasonable since everyone is sharing the risk and that’s all happy-happy Kumbaya.

    This is one of those myths that’s almost true. It’s subtly wrong, but all the more pernicious because of that.

  49. Former Congressman Steve Stockman Friday blamed a “deep state” shadow government conspiracy for his arrest on federal charges, saying he is innocent of allegations he conspired to divert charitable contributions to his political campaign and personal use.

    The controversial Republican politician – who twice served in the U.S. House before losing a 2014 bid for the U.S. Senate against incumbent John Cornyn – appeared Friday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Smith, just hours after the criminal complaint against him was unsealed.

    Stockman said after the hearing that he had been targeted for speaking out against the Internal Revenue Service, and cited the right-wing conspiracy theory that contends bureaucrats are secretly running the U.S. government.

    “This is part of a deep state that’s continuing to progress,” he said.

    I hate idiots like Stockman for making it so easy for the Progressive Media to discredit the truth for the low information/lazyass voting contingent in America.

  50. The He11?

    mharper42 didn’t get#100? I demand a recount.

    I think it’s time to launch an investigation into the possibility this site’s been hacked by the Russians.

    Quick, someone put in a call to Juan McLovesWar to see if he can find out if this website’s hosting server is wearing one of President Trump’s ties and is sitting atop a urine stained, Russian hooker’s mattress.:)

  51. mharper42 didn’t get#100?

    Why, phil, how thoughtful.

    I wuz running late. Got some great news this week — the Butterfly Garden has been pronounced DONE, fait accompli, no work session tomorrow. So the Conference Center hosted a volunteers’ party this evening. Now I will have no excuse not to mow my front yard tomorrow morning. The grass isn’t growing up yet, but the dandelions sure are. If I had got a jump on it several weeks ago, I could have kept it looking passable with some manual weed pulling. Now I think the mower will be faster.

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