Plague Candy


I had to make a quick trip to the grocery store and saw this. I’m not an expert on Passover candy, but maybe some of you know whether they also make boils and lice.

Here’s an open thread.

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    Gee it’s almost like God has a sense of humor or something:

    Shooter Injures Six In Georgia Town Where Everyone Is Required To Own A Gun

    A gunman opened fire Tuesday morning at a FedEx facility in Kennesaw, Georgia. Six were shot, with their injuries ranging from minor to two in critical condition. Authorities report that the gunman is dead.

    The Georgia facility is located in Kennesaw, near Atlanta, a quiet suburb unique in the U.S. for mandating every household own at least one gun. The law is not enforced, so the Kennesaw gun ownership rate hovers around 50 percent, according to its police chief. That’s still higher than the average rate of gun ownership in the U.S., estimated to be about 34 percent. When the law was enacted in 1982, Kennesaw had only 5,000 residents. Today, it has a population of 30,000.

    I’m shcoked, I tell you. Shocked.

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    Belafon says:

    @Southern Beale: See, the law’s obviously a success. If there hadn’t been so many guns in town he might have killed hundreds, or even thousands.

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    beltane says:

    Those look like slightly sinister bunnies, not locusts.

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    scav says:

    Dibs on the gummy first born sons!!!

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    wasabi gasp says:

    I got a box of Larvets in the kitchen somewhere. Doesn’t say kosher on the label, but they’re all yours if you wanna munch.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Southern Beale:
    Why does Kennesaw require every household to keep a gun? Does the sheriff have no deputies, forcing him to rely on armed volunteers whenever a situation arises?

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @wasabi gasp: I bet my chickens would LOVE those!

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    jon says:

    Lights! Camel! Action!

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    Shana says:

    Not boils or lice, but they do make chocolate frogs!

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    Cacti says:

    You might be a Republican if:

    You think Richard Sherman talking trash makes him a thug…

    But Cliven Bundy threatening a range war makes him a patriot.

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    flukebucket says:

    @Southern Beale: It would be funny if it was not so damn tragic and predictable. A town where everybody has a gun and the bad man with a gun has to shoot himself. I guess the only thing there to stop a bad man with a gun was the bad man with his own damn gun.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Can the chocolate frogs jump?

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    MikeJ says:


    Dibs on the gummy first born sons!!!

    Sour Patch Kids.

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    gussie says:

    The Makitkat Bechorot are to die for.

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    Trollhattan says:

    Republican candidates will henceforth need to position themselves as objectively pro-cancer.

    Also, too, in Ukrane, brave nazifighters bravely beat evil marchers with metal rods then celebrate by taking over more government buildings, bravely.

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    burnspbesq says:

    Meanwhile, the Supreme Court issues another decision that is not explained by Cole’s Grand Unified Theory of Jurisdprudence, upholding the EPA’s regulations on interstate air pollution. The vote was 6-2, with Ginsburg writing for the majority and Scalia and Thomas dissenting (Alito recused himself).

    Must have been no small amount of swallowing hard and gritting of teeth, given all the nice things that Justice Ginsburg has to say about the dissenting opinion of the odious D.C. Circuit judge Janice Rogers Brown.

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    @burnspbesq: I think there is a typo in the decision. The EPA can now regulate Cole.

    ETA: TXU (private electric/gas company in TX), which was one of the largest private equity leveraged buyouts in history is now subject to one of the largest chapter 11 bk proceedings in history.

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    JustRuss says:

    @Southern Beale: In case anyone’s wondering (I know I was), the gunman shot himself. So no points for Team Good Guy With a Gun.

    Regarding the chocolate locusts, why do they have bunny ears?

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    burnspbesq says:


    The EPA can now regulate Cole.

    The EPA has always had the authority to regulate point sources of hot air. It’s amazing that it didn’t shut down the comments section of this blog a long time ago.

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    @burnspbesq: Heh.

    Sterling gets a $5M fine (0.26% of his worth) and suspended indefinitely. Meh.

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    wasabi gasp says:

    @Betty Cracker:
    I once considered giving those things out at Halloween, but I really don’t need that many eggs.

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    Cacti says:


    Also, too, in Ukrane, brave nazifighters bravely beat evil marchers with metal rods then celebrate by taking over more government buildings, bravely.

    Then, of course, there are the two journalists that have been abducted by the antifascist, freedom-loving separatists this month.

    And Russia’s upper house of parliament who passed a set of bills restricting internet freedom today, particularly blogging.

    Hooray for the new, double plus progressive iron curtain!

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    @Southern Beale: If only every household had been required to own six guns, this never would have happened.

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    JPL says:

    @ranchandsyrup: How did you hear before the announcement/

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    burnspbesq says:


    I imagine that the league’s lawyers told Silver that that was the most he can do under the constitution and by-laws (whose contents are fully known only to league insiders).

    My guess is that the Magic Johnson/Guggenheim Partners group will make Sterling a fair offer, and he’ll take it. The franchise is worth more (possibly a lot more) than it will be a year from now.

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    scav says:

    @MikeJ: pouts you win.

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    JPL says:

    Sterling announcement now.. hateful words.. outrage..

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    JPL says:

    Wow banned for life and cannot participate in any business decisions with team and fined 2.5 million.

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    lamh36 says:

    @ranchandsyrup:This is BULLSHIT!!!! Donald Sterling shits out more than $5million in his poop. Time for the players to stand da fuck up!

    “@JBaiata: NBC NEWS can confirm that Donald Sterling has been suspended indefinitely and fined $5M, according to a senior NBA official. -@rwindrem

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    JPL says:

    Silver wants the board of governors to force a sale of the team.

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    JPL says:

    double post but Sterling is barred for life from all NBA games

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    @JPL: twitter leaks. which are infallible, naturally.

    @burnspbesq: The owners tamped it down somewhat too (See Cuban’s inane slippery slope arg).
    I could see the purchase happening. I think the clips are valued at 500M plus. Sterling put down $3M and leveraged $10M to purchase. Nice return.

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    JPL says:

    @lamh36: look at my post.. I’m listening to the announcement
    2.5 million is the most they can fine. He might still own the team but cannot make business decisions.

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    JPL says:

    Silver was just asked why a slum landlord was allowed to buy the team and he can’t answer to previous decisions.

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    @JPL: I’m not sure how they police him not making business decisions.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Why does Kennesaw require every household to keep a gun?

    Cleek’s Law.

    And BTW, locusts are actually kosher, so they’re a vaguely appropriate subject for Passover food. None of the other plagues included a kosher foodstuff.

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    JPL says:

    @ranchandsyrup: twitter wasn’t quite accurate. Silver thinks he can be forced to sell by the board of governors. Banned and barred for life is pretty strong, imo.

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    lamh36 says:

    “@Newsweek: Breaking News: NBA commissioner says man on racist recording is Clippers owner Donald Sterling”

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    @JPL: Agreed, not quite accurate. Pretty strong, indeed. Fox news asked about the slippery slope and I laughed out loud.

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @JPL: that’s gotta hurt

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    JPL says:

    @lamh36: If you can later, try to find the feed. I like this guy.

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    ShadeTail says:

    Somewhat ironically, those chocolate locusts rather resemble Ganon.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Cacti: According to Kommersant, there are further restrictions on Internet activity in the pipeline, including pretty substantial changes to DNS services for the RU and РФ (RF in Cyrillic) domains. Today’s changes require bloggers with over 3,000 readers to register with the government censors, and prohibit all individual use of on-line payment systems (I interpret this as PayPal or anything which allows direct transfers of funds between two individual parties.)

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    SatanicPanic says:

    I guess he can stop worrying about the people his girlfriend brings to games being associated with him

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    scav says:

    How long before this is jack-booted FreeMarket over-reach infringing on the poor little plucky underdog with purity in his heart and truth on his lips? As it’s already jack-booted islamo-commie-metrosexual-feminazi government over-reach of course.

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    Roger Moore says:


    Regarding the chocolate locusts, why do they have bunny ears?

    Maybe they’re supposed to be antennae. Though of course the real reason is that it minimizes the amount they have to change the molds compared to the Easter version.

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    JPL says:

    @SatanicPanic: There’s always a bright side.

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    nancydarling says:

    @Roger Moore: Locusts are kosher, but shrimp are not?

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    burnspbesq says:


    Silver was just asked why a slum landlord was allowed to buy the team and he can’t answer to previous decisions.

    Jerry Buss, the owner of the Lakers, was on the verge of BK in the recession of the early 1980s. At the same time, the Clippers were located in San Diego, which at the time was too small and too much of a football-baseball town to support an NBA franchise. Sterling bailed out Buss by buying a bunch of properties from him, and Buss vouched for Sterling as a good potential buyer for the Clippers.

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    ShadeTail says:

    @nancydarling: Anything “of the sea” that “doesn’t have fins” is non-kosher. Shrimp, crab, etc. live in the sea and don’t have fins. Therefore…

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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    So which wingnut does everybody think is going to be the first to claim that Sterling is a victim of liberal PC thugs gone wild and trampling his first amendment rights?

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    mtmofo says:

    Sterling banned for life, fined$2.5 million (max allowed). Will probably try to force sale of Clippers which reqs 3/4 of the other owners to recommend.

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    Keith G says:


    Locusts are kosher, but shrimp are not?

    They started out as nomadic desert goatherds. It’s easy to ban a food one rarely encounters or needs.

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    🌷 Martin says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Putin is really pulling out all the stops to protect his bloggers from BiP’s Ukrainian Nazis. If this doesn’t work, he may need to start sending them to gulags for their own protection.

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    scav says:

    @ShadeTail: Fink, I was hoping for some very determined rabbi examining footprints — at least I can still cherish the idea for the locusts for a few more minutes.

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    burnspbesq says:


    ETA: Silver was a sophomore in college when Sterling bought the Clippers. Larry O’Brien was commish at the time.

    ETFA: I got the timing a little wrong in the recounting of how Sterling came to own the Clippers. His bailout of Buss took place in 1979, and the funds were used by Buss to complete and unleverage his purchase of the Lakers, Kings, and Forum.

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    JPL says:

    @burnspbesq: Thanks. I knew Silver was young but had no info on when Sterling purchased the Clippers.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @🌷 Martin: Alexei Navalny is already under house arrest, which was extended last week for another six months.

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    Trollhattan says:

    @Roger Moore:

    All I can say is had Kwai Chang Caine been named “Locust” instead of “Grasshopper,” the show would have had a much different vibe.

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    Cacti says:


    Silver was just asked why a slum landlord was allowed to buy the team and he can’t answer to previous decisions.

    When Sterling purchased the Clippers in 1981 or thereabouts, the NBA was a second rate professional sports league. Jerry Buss was able to buy the Lakers and the Forum for $67 million in 1979, and they were one of the flagship franchises of the league.

    Even adjusted for inflation, that’s about $226 million in 2014 dollars. The current value of the Lakers franchise is about $1.4 billion.

    The Clippers sold to Sterling for a paltry $12.5 million.

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    randy khan says:

    We had the chocolate locusts at our seder and they were pretty good, actually. No actual locusts are involved, but lots of dark chocolate. Haven’t seen any of the other plagues, but if you cover them in dark chocolate, I’m in.

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    Trollhattan says:


    Last year’s Sac Kings sale set the all-time NBA high price at $535M, and that’s in the #21 media market. With that said, because it’s the region’s only big league pro team it has added value beyond what a team in a giant and crowded market like So/Cal can generate, so they’re a little hard to compare agains one another. But since only one of LA’s teams made the playoffs….

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    AliceBlue says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    If I’m remembering correctly, it was an assholish response to a town in Illinois that enacted some sort of gun ban.

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    Older says:

    @JustRuss: Why do they have buttocks? Why do they have creepy smiles?

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    Older says:

    Apparently “locusts” is a term of art in the kosher candy field, meaning — what? — “Trust us”?

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    Manyakitty says:

    @randy khan: And just like that, I’m enormously relieved. Kosher or not, the idea of eating bugs freaks me out. I think ants and grasshoppers are on the list, too. My consistent observance of the laws of kashruth have saved me from eating something scary more than once, and I’m actually pretty adventurous within my limits.

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    Paul in KY says:

    I’m guessing no real locusts in them. Bummer.

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    be;tane says:

    @Older: They also have paws, something I have never seen on a locust.

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    RobertB says:

    Insects aren’t kosher, but there’s an exception for locusts.

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    Roger Moore says:


    Locusts are kosher, but shrimp are not?

    Don’t expect Jewish dietary law to be logical. YHWH made up some rules; it’s up to religious people to follow them, not to question them.

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    Roger Moore says:


    I was hoping for some very determined rabbi examining footprints

    Nope, that’s a different section. Locusts fall into the “creeping things” category, which AFAIK covers land animals other than mammals and birds. They’re generally prohibited, with a special exception for ones whose hind legs go higher than their bodies, e.g. locusts and crickets.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Roger Moore:

    Don’t expect Jewish dietary law to be logical.

    A certain amount of it makes some sense for a croup of people in a hot climate with no refrigeration. Shellfish go bad pretty quickly, for example.

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    beltane says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: All fish go bad pretty quickly in a hot climate. And none of the neighbors of the ancient Jews, living in the same exact hot climate, have a prohibition against eating shellfish.

    One explanation I’ve read regarding the much more widespread prohibition against eating pork, is that swine wreak havoc on thin desert soils. As the climate of the middle east became more arid, pork became taboo.

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    scav says:

    @Roger Moore: I knew I was in for only a short period of free-wheeling visualisation. Should be plenty to work with though with the high-legged subclause though. Kosher Genetic Manipulation of Chimera . . . .

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    ShadeTail says:

    Somewhat ironically, Zelda’s chocolate locusts rather resemble Ganon.

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    Jay C says:


    IIRC, the rule for kosher sea products is “fins AND scales”, even some “normal” fish like shark aren’t kosher.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:


    And none of the neighbors of the ancient Jews, living in the same exact hot climate, have a prohibition against eating shellfish.

    There is the “rule” against eating oysters in months that don’t have an “r.”

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    Shana says:

    @JustRuss: Reminds me of a package of foil-covered chocolate macabees we bought in our synagogue’s gift shop one year when I was a kid. We unwrapped them only to find that the chocolates were Santas in a different wrapper.

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    Shana says:

    @nancydarling: Doesn’t seem fair to me either.

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