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There are things one should not eat

A restaurant in town is selling this...

Twelve Green Berets, two tons of explosives...



War story follows: One of the things Special Forces soldiers do is train other nations' armed forces. Before a Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha can deploy on a training mission, they must present the training the other country's army will receive to a US Army unit at either their base or a base close to theirs. When I was at Fort Drum, NY, the closest SF base was in Massachusetts...10th Group learned better than to try training MI school students in 1982 (which is a story for another day) so they came to Drum, and they trained our unit in advanced first aid, demolitions, survival and weapons.

You can't really train with explosives at Devens...maximum single blast is 25 pounds. What the hell are you going to do with only 25 pounds of explosives? So when they went to a real Army base they decided to get in some practice for themselves...and brought FOUR THOUSAND POUNDS of C-4, TNT, military dynamite, Bangalore torpedoes and detonating cord with them. First thing they did before we went downrange is asked us to call Range Control and find out what the biggest single blast they could set off was. The duty fell to me.
"Yeah, we've got twelve insane Green Berets here with a truckload of HE who want to know how much they can set off at one time."
'How much do they have?'
"Four thousand pounds."
'Oh, it's a lot more than that...'
If you want to make a Special Forces engineer happy, tell him he can set off as much explosive as he wants.

This particular detonation had 300 pounds of TNT, fifty of C-4 and one Bangalore torpedo in it. On top of all that shit we piled concertina wire, logs, bricks, used tires, an old jeep, just anything we could get our hands on that was lying on the range. I got this shot by aiming my camera toward where the bomb was, crouching down inside the bunker they had for us (it was a quarter-mile from the blast pit) with my finger on the shutter, waiting until the sergeant counted down to one, then leaning on the shutter button until the sound of the explosions reached us. I photographed seven different blasts and this is the only one where I got the explosives while they were still burning.

Where's the transcript of Bernie's Vatican speech?

He spent $600,000 of his contributors' money to make this speech. It must be a really good speech. Don't the American people have the right to know what their elected officials are saying and doing behind closed doors?

Oh great...another toddler firing a gun

http://cdapress.com/news/local_news/article_d8b3f95a-0e2e-11e6-aae4-87c6b6794a76.html

"When units arrived, it was discovered that a 3-year-old had found a loaded 9mm in the vehicle and accidentally fired the weapon. No injuries. Owner of the firearm, parents, were cited for injury to child."

Which is wider?

Bernie Sanders' narrow path to victory?

or

One of the hairs in Donald Trump's first toupee?

Seriously tho, the whole "will of the voters" thing is extremely strange. There is no scenario for dividing SDs - besides just handing every one of them to Bernie because voters love their taxes being doubled, or something - that puts Bernie ahead. Winner-take-all-supers gives Bernie fewer. Proportional granting (60 percent of popular vote = 60 percent of supers) gives Bernie fewer. Giving them out according to how easily a candidate can beat Trump is kinda weird of an idea because presidenting isn't a system where the more you beat the other guy by the more powers you get...and because Deez Nuts, the 15-year-old kid who launched a joke campaign for president a few months ago, would beat Donald Hindenburg Trump.

Is this the reason Bernie is losing?

No, I didn't. Honest... I ran out of gas. I... I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!


The longer Bernie goes on explaining why he's not winning the nomination, the more I think of John Belushi kneeled in front of an M-16-packing Carrie Fisher in the Blues Brothers, explaining why he missed their wedding.

And now, for your dancing pleasure: Sovereign citizen idiocy!

I think we all deserve a break from the election, so I present to you an article that appeared in my newspaper:

http://cdapress.com/news/local_news/article_1dc11a47-6afe-5fe6-b9a9-eb94a480c5d0.html

I'll answer the obvious question first: Like everywhere else in North Idaho, there is lead in the water in Athol - lots of it.

Anyway, here's the story: One of the local sovereign citizens decided to exert his "God-given right to travel without government interference" and let his car's registration and insurance lapse - but kept on driving it. The state fined him $200 for that and, after he refused to pay the fine, pulled his driver's license. So, naturally, he's suing the worker bee who did it for $6,689,940, payable in gold or silver (because currency is debt) - but he's doing it under Mosaic Law, which says...well, I'm going to copy-and-paste:

(The sovereign citizen) asserts that if he prevails in the suit, Mosaic law dictates that all damages must be paid in 30 days, or (the Idaho Transportation Department employee) would be required to forfeit all of the assets he and his family own and his family members and their descendants would be held as bond servants each paying 20 percent of their monthly income to him until the debt is finally settled in full.


The comments are a hoot...even the Republicans around here think this guy is full of shit.

Just in case anyone wondered what "the bus" looks like...



There's still plenty of room and weeks to go before the convention.

The world is changing its polio vaccine

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/04/17/474580802/new-polio-vaccine-rolled-out-in-massive-synchronized-worldwide-switch

The old polio vaccine inoculates against three strains of polio, which they call Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3. It uses live virus. The old vaccine has eradicated Type 2 polio from the wild, so the new one is made without Type 2 virus.

Let's see if I have this right

While Hillary was researching the real needs of the poor in Harlem and raising funds in San Francisco so downticket Democrats can more effectively compete against Koch-funded Republicans and teabaggers, Bernie spent $600,000 of his fans' hard-earned money to stalk the Pope.
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