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You dropped a bomb on me, baby

Yesterday, the United States dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in our arsenal on a tunnel complex in Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense said in a statement that several IS caves and ammunition caches were destroyed by the giant bomb, which terrified villagers on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border with its "earsplitting blast."

The U.S. military headquarters in Kabul said the bomb was dropped at about 7:30 p.m. local time Thursday on a tunnel complex in Nangarhar province, where the Afghan affiliate of the Islamic State group has been operating. The target was close to the Pakistani border.

The result was 36 Islamic State soldiers dead. Too bad.

This guy seems to be pleased with the bombing: "I want a hundred times more bombings on this group," said Hakim Khan, 50, a resident of Achin district, the site of the blast.

There were the usual rumblings from the left. But I think this hero makes an important point.

Doctor performing genital mutilation arrested in Detroit

Emergency room "physician" Dr. Jumana Nagarwala was arrested and charged in federal court for performing “female genital mutilation.”

According to authorities, girls were brought to Dr. Nagarwala’s medical office for the procedure by their families. She told one victim she was going to “get the germs out” when describing what she was going to do.

A Minnesota doctor examining a girl who said Dr. Nagarwala had operated on her found that the “girl’s genitals were not normal and observed scar tissue and healing lacerations.”

Law enforcement agents said other victims have been identified in the Michigan area. Nagarwala denied performing the genital mutilations.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Blanco said, “The Department of Justice is committed to stopping female genital mutilation in this country,” and added in a statement “and will use the full power of the law to ensure that no girls suffer such physical and emotional abuse.”

Acting United States Attorney Daniel Lemisch added, “It is also a serious federal felony in the United States. The practice has no place in modern society and those who perform FGM on minors will be held accountable under federal law.”

How many other "doctors" are performing these procedures?

Down the toilet

Two copies of the Koran were found in a toilet on the University of Texas at Dallas campus. Oh boy.

The Mercury, UT-Dallas' student newspaper, broke the news April 11 that two UT-Dallas students noticed the copies of the Quran in the men’s bathroom on March 28 and alerted authorities.

UT-Dallas Police Chief Larry Zacharias told The Texas Tribune on Thursday that investigators "don't have too many leads” but are conducting video reviews with help from university staff. He said his team may have narrowed the timeframe for the incident down to about a 30-minute period.

The police chief was confused because "there's not much divisiveness on this campus at all." Well, no one would know if there was divisiveness since the fascist campus left has bullied any differences among students into submission.

No Islamic religious crime would be complete without a comment from the Muslim Student Association president, who said, “Given the current political climate and how Muslims are portrayed in the media, it makes certain individuals act in this hateful way.”

Funny, ha-ha

Comedienne, and I use that term loosely, Chelsea Handler has taken her political activism on the road and is supporting the Democrat in the Georgia special election to replace Tom Price who was appointed HHS secretary.

Handler has donated a few thousand dollars to Ossoff, who is running in a special election to represent Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, replacing Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in the House of Representatives.

But the comedian got a little bit ahead of herself earlier this week, asking her nearly 7 million Twitter followers to head to the polls Tuesday when the election isn’t taking place until next week, on April 18.

I love this.

Ossoff is the elites' candidate:

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, more than $500,000 has come from California, $400,000 has come from New York, and Massachusetts donors have pitched in around $160,000.

Ossoff has received support from big names such as George Takei, Sam Waterston, Debra Messing, Rosie O’Donnell, and Kristen Bell. Actors Alyssa Milano and Christopher Gorham, who were in Georgia for a film project, even offered to drive early voters to the polls to cast their ballots for Ossoff in late March.

Normally these elites think that southerners are backward, inbred Klan members so they don't mingle.

The election is actually next week and there's one Democrat running against numerous Republicans. If Democrat Ossoff gets 50%+1, he will win the election, otherwise, it goes to a runoff between the top two candidates.

Happy Easter and Happy weekend! Catch me next Monday morning same bat place, same bat channel.

Some in the alt-right are threatening to go to war with Trump if he fires Steve Bannon. In a Periscope broadcast this week, Mike Cernovich threatened to "go TMZ" on Trump if he kicks Bannon to curb. (Cernovich thinks H.R. McMaster needs Bannon out of the way so he can get the ground war in Syria he's been wishing for.) (I'm just the messenger of this story, not the explainer.)

“If they get rid of Bannon, you know what’s gonna happen? The motherlode," Cernovich said. "If Bannon is removed, there are gonna be divorces, because I know about the mistresses, the sugar babies, the drugs, the pill popping, the orgies. I know everything."

He added, "If they go after Bannon, the mother of all stories is gonna drop, and we’re just gonna destroy marriages, relationships—it’s gonna get personal.”

He sounds nice.

Cernovich says plenty of less-then-credible things, so take the threats with a grain of salt. But do take seriously the gathering thunderclouds amongst the ultra-far right loyalists. And note the seething anger about "globalists" within the Trump administration. In another Periscope broadcast, Cernovich railed about the globalists and said that the base is losing interest in Trump. "I'm not feeling him. I'm just bored," he complained, noting that he hadn't checked Trump's Twitter feed in two days. "You have to rally the troops every day," he warned. "Troop morale is down. Enthusiasm for Trump is down." It's apparently starting to dawn on these folks that #WAR is a lot more fun than actual war—and certainly more exciting than the tedious work of governing.

Stephen, I'm not gonna lie. When I read the headline, "Woman comes home, finds stranger frying chicken in kitchen" my initial thought was: "And someone has a problem with this?" My standard response when I find a man frying chicken in my kitchen: "Thank you."

Stephen, speaking of furries, Charlie Martin, PJM's intrepid furry reporter, discovered this gem:

Unsuspecting Woman Takes Dog to 'Furry' Convention Thinking It's a Pet Convention

You can't make this stuff up -- and in 21st Century America, you don't have to.

Neo-Nazis Are Tearing Apart the Furry World.

Unfamiliar with furries? Then it's time to get woke, gentle reader.

The Fur Con is an annual summit in Denver, Colorado, for “furries,” people who present themselves as animals, from donning full-body fur suits to adopting “fursonas” for their character. And just as in the rest of America, a lot of furries resemble Nazis lately.

In Colorado, this splinter group calls itself the Furry Raiders. In 2016 the Raiders sent fur flying when they reserved a large block of Fur Con hotel rooms, sparking a fight that has lasted a year and led to death threats, allegations of tax evasion, intrigue around a suspected sovereign citizen, and the discovery a sex offender on the Fur Con board. On Monday, Fur Con leaders chickened out of the convention altogether.

The Furry Raiders’ leader, a man named Foxler who dresses in a fox suit with a Nazi-like armband (no swastika, only a paw print), told The Daily Beast the convention’s cancellation all stems from a big misunderstanding.

“You could say a whole bunch of unfortunate events led to the particular issue,” he said.

It gets pretty strange after that.

Furry Nazis... I hate these guys.

Even crooks gotta eat, but no crook eats with as much style as Florida Man.

(Hat tip, Chris Wray.)

How's this for crazy? Three of America's last four presidents were born in the same year — in August, July, and June. As Michael Barone notes in National Review:

Now we’ve had three presidents who were born in calendar year 1946: Bill Clinton (in August), George W. Bush (in July) and Donald Trump (in June). Note that all three were born just a little more than nine months after V-J Day. (For younger readers, that was the end of World War II.)

The U.S. Census Bureau considers 1946 to be the first year of the Baby Boom, a remarkable and unpredicted sudden surge in births in the United States and numerous other countries. It continued until 1964, which means Barack Obama, who was born in 1961, is also a part of the Baby Boom generation.

It's official: 1992 to 2020 (or 2024?) is the reign of the Baby Boomers, for good or ill. And with every election, chances of another president born in 1946 decrease.


Steve -- for those who use Kaspersky anti-virus protection, there's an option (for a small fee per year) to tap into a VPN anytime, or all the time. It's called Kaspersky Secure Connection and it works great. One catch:

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"Can a country that boasts of making raw fish a popular food in America actually make a good potato chip? I have my doubts. But I'm sure the Japanese like them fine, which is all that matters."

Well, Rick, having been to Japan three times, I couldn't disagree more.  That country produces some of the best cuisine of all sorts on the planet.  The sushi at the Tsukiji Fish Market is out of this world.  And if you don't think they can fry foods, chips or otherwise, try one of the better tempura bars in Tokyo (just bring money).

Bloomberg is one of those old line media companies where you imagine reporters and editors walking around the newsroom with bow ties and watch chains hanging out of their plaid vests.

So this headline sort of caught me by surprise:

"The Great Japan Potato-Chip Crisis"

Demand for potato chips has surged in Japan this week, with products on offer for 6 times their retail price online after Japanese snack company Calbee Inc. halted the sale of some of its most popular chip brands.

Calbee’s pizza-flavored chips were going for about 1,250 yen ($12) on Yahoo Japan Corp.’s auction website Friday. One bag usually sells for less than 200 yen. Photos of near-empty shelves at their local supermarkets were trending on Twitter.

The crunch came after Calbee warned on Monday that it will temporarily halt the sale of 15 types of potato chips due to a bad crop in Hokkaido, a key potato-producing region. The northern island was hit by a record number of typhoons last year. Calbee, which has a market value of 507.9 billion yen and is 20 percent-owned by PepsiCo Inc., has a 73 percent market share of potato chips.

Potato chips are a big deal in Japan, a country also known for its senbei rice crackers and Pocky sticks. Calbee’s potato-snack products were the most and second-most popular snacks in a TV Asahi poll of 10,000 people and 13 confectionery makers last year, and the subject of a primetime show that lasted more than two hours.

Can a country that boasts of making raw fish a popular food in America actually make a good potato chip? I have my doubts. But I'm sure the Japanese like them fine, which is all that matters.