Pandemic Investigation Finds Meat Industry Acted Like Common Scooby Doo Villain

Actual lobbyist quote: 'Now to get rid of those pesky health departments!'

Probably the worst effects of Donald Trump's presidency was that there was so much widespread incompetence, corruption, and downright criminality that it's nearly impossible to keep track of it all. Trump and his Team of Evils got away with stuff that would have sunk prior administrations every damn day. Steve Bannon's approach to misinformation — "flood the zone with shit" — applied equally to misbehavior in office. There was far more than any of the official watchdogs in government, or the unofficial ones in the media, could keep track of. So much criminality, so little time, and so little brain space for all of it.

As a prime example, take this report released yesterday by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, which found that the meatpacking industry was thick as thieves with Trump's Department of Agriculture, where career staff were sidelined so that political appointees could do everything possible to keep meat plants running during the pandemic, worker safety be damned. At least 269 workers died during the pandemic, and more than 59,000 became infected, all while the industry resisted any attempt to protect workers from spreading infection.

Worse, the report presents evidence that the industry pushed "flimsy if not false" claims of an impending meat shortage to justify keeping plants running near capacity, no matter what, although internal industry documents showed management knew there was no such shortage. Ultimately, the report says, the industry enlisted the USDA and the White House in an effort to avoid oversight from state and local health authorities. Donald Trump's April 2020 executive order demanded that meat plants stay open, to keep meating America with all the meat the meat industry could meat at us.

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Once Roe's Overturned, Fetus Cultists Can't Wait To Start Executions, Oh Boy!

Maybe some light civil war, too, as needed.

You've probably already heard that if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade next month as expected, some 26 states are set to ban most abortions almost immediately, because they either have old pre-Roe bans still on the books, or because they've passed "trigger" bans that will become effective the moment the Court rules, if not when CNN misreports the news.

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And while you might be worried about what the new legal hellscape will mean for reproductive health, women's rights, and other constitutional protections, you may want to keep in mind that people who have been looking forward to the end of Roe also have a lot of concerns about what comes next. Like, for starters, how soon can they start executing people for performing or getting abortions?

See, we're not so dissimilar, are we?

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Very Serious GOP Senators: January 6 Peaceful, Vigils At Justices' Homes The Real Insurrection

Gateway Pundit pretty sure literal demon was caught on video outside John Roberts's house.

The peaceful protests outside the DC-area homes of Supreme Court justices have really upset a lot of people on the right, because what sorts of monsters would protest outside someone's home, where they live? At least, as long as the protest wasn't over COVID policies. Then it's OK to terrify public officials' kids not only by marching outside their homes, but by flashing strobe lights at the windows and pounding on the door.

Among those upset by the protests are Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), who went on Newsmax to call for arrests of all the protesters, and who claimed it's illegal to protest outside a judge's home, a claim House Republicans have advanced as well. (More on that in a moment.)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was even more upset by the peaceful protests, which have involved chanting, picketing, and candle-lit vigils, but which have stayed on public streets and sidewalks outside the justices' homes. On Sean Hannity's Smile-Time Lying to Old People Hour Monday, Cruz suggested the protests might even be worser than the completely peaceful protests of January 6, don't you see:

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Fine, Tucker, See You Lext Tuesday.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson was simply delirious with joy at learning that New York Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sunday, because it proves no one needs to be vaccinated or something. Hochul wrote on Twitter, "Thankfully, I’m vaccinated and boosted, and I’m asymptomatic. I’ll be isolating and working remotely this week."

Tucker found it simply hilarious that, after saying she was vaxxed and boosted, Hochul called on all New Yorkers to get vaccinated and boosted, because what the hell good would that do? Like, apart from the vaccines' proven effectiveness at preventing serious illness and death.

Also too, Carlson left out the part about her being asymptomatic, which is kind of a big deal, and the point of why the vaccines are extremely effective even against a quickly changing virus.

Here's the video of Carlson being extremely weird about all of this, via Media Matters:

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