There are some truly insane people in the world. Some of them are state legislators.
The following is the entire wording of a bill introduced in the Oklahoma legislature by Republican State Sen. Ralph Shortey:
STATE OF OKLAHOMA
2nd Session of the 53rd Legislature (2012)
SENATE BILL 1418 By: Shortey
An Act relating to food; prohibiting the manufacture or sale of food or products which use aborted human fetuses; providing for codification; and providing an effective date.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:
SECTION AUTONUMLGL \e . NEW LAW A new section of law to be codified in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 1-1150 of Title 63, unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:
No person or entity shall manufacture or knowingly sell food or any other product intended for human consumption which contains aborted human fetuses in the ingredients or which used aborted human fetuses in the research or development of any of the ingredients.
SECTION AUTONUMLGL \e . This act shall become effective November 1, 2012.
53-2-3065 JM DATE \@ “M/d/yyyy h:mm:ss am/pm” \* MERGEFORMAT 1/18/2012 11:40:45 AM
Req. No. \*Req. No.*\Page page 1
Req. No. 3065 Page PAGE 1
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Honestly, what kind of psychopath would even conceive of something like this?
According to Talking Points Memo, Sen. Shortey was essentially asked, “Hey, Dude, WTF?”
Though he has allowed that he is not aware of this occurring in Oklahoma, or anywhere for that matter, Shortey cited research he did on the internet that claimed that some companies use embryonic stem cells to help develop artificial flavoring. “It would be a public relations nightmare for a company to use” aborted human fetuses for R&D, Shortey told KRMG Radio, so when asked they usually say something like “we strive to do things ethically.”
“I’m not entirely sure if there are any” companies doing this, he continued. “But the fact is that there is a potential that there are companies that are using aborted human babies in their research and development of basically enhancing flavor for artificial flavors. And if that is happening — because it is a possibility — and if it’s happening then I just don’t think it should even be an option for a company.”
Oh, OK, he saw it on the Internet. Well, then it must be true.
I wonder? Do people in Oklahoma purposely seek out the biggest idiots at the tractor pull and stick them in the legislature?
I can’t even figure out why reporters would then ask government officials, who are sane, if something like this was happening.
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.”
Oh, great. It just got worse. The Wichita Eagle reporter calls the federal government and gets a response from someone with a last name that looks Arabic. Like that’s going to get a rational reaction in Bizarro World.
TPM’s home page did have the perfect headline for this. I won’t write it down. The late chairman of the National Rifle Association said it best: