Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Doofus Of The Day #563

Today's winner is from Oklahoma.

A Republican state senator from Oklahoma City introduced a bill Tuesday that would ban the use of aborted human fetuses in food, despite conceding that he's unaware of any company using such a practice.

Freshman Sen. Ralph Shortey said his own Internet research led him to believe such a ban is necessary and prompted him to offer the bill aimed at raising "public awareness" and giving an "ultimatum to companies" that might consider such a policy.

Shortey said he discovered suggestions online that some companies use embryonic stem cells to develop artificial flavors, but added that he is unaware of any Oklahoma companies doing such research.

In an e-mail to The Associated Press, U.S. Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman Pat El-Hinnawy said: "FDA is not aware of this particular concern."

There's more at the link. Bold print is my emphasis.

Excuse me while I apply a cool, damp cloth to my forehead for a moment. I feel a headache coming on . . . aaahh, that's better.

Right. Getting back to Senator Doofus Shortey: so, he wants to pass a law about a practice that isn't used by anyone, as far as even he knows, and which hasn't raised so much as a twitch of concern among even the most vociferous pro-life campaigners, pressure groups or constituencies. Just what the hell does he think he's playing at? (To be fair, his fellow Senators are asking that question as well - even those from his own party.)

This is utterly ridiculous! It's enough to give a bad name (by association) to even sober, rational, reasonable opponents of abortion. May I suggest to the voters in Senator Shortey's constituency in Oklahoma that they can do much, much better for themselves at the next election by choosing someone more rational to replace him?




BobG said...

Doesn't he know that Soylent Green was just a movie, not a documentary?

Bob@thenest said...

It was? Uh oh...


Bryan Reavis said...

I think it's a matter of publish or perish. Get a new law passed, get one step closer to running for national office. And let's face it, who in their right mind is NOT going to vote for a ban on the eating of babies? It's an easy pass that can be used as a PR bludgeon against anyone who notes"nay".