Erik Marcus at Vegan.com, which I've started checking daily because it has news I don't find elsewhere, has a hilarious post regarding the secretary of the USDA. (It's short -- go read it.)
The story he cites is about USDA Secretary Ed Schafer maintaining that, although there have been eight meat recalls in the past week, the USDA doesn't need to change its procedures.
[Schafer] noted the many innovative ways the industry has stepped up to control bacteria in its facilities, from using 87,000 lbs of water pressure to kill bacteria to using black light to detect contamination.
87,000 pounds of water pressure? That should be good for the environment.
A blog by a North Dakota resident -- Schafer used to be that state's governor -- reveals that the USDA secretary has plagiarized articles for a conservative magazine at least twice.
While not a criminal offense, I have to question this guy's intelligence. He has an MBA, which means he went through high school, college and graduate school -- and he never learned that plagiarism is wrong? This man is in charge of the safety of our country's meat and dairy -- ok, that's a bit oxymoronic, but you know what I mean. I'm just saying I'd prefer someone with better judgement.
In announcing Schafer's nomination, President George W. Bush said, "At every stage of his career, Ed has shown wisdom, foresight and creativity."
Except when it comes to writing apparently.
In accepting Bush's nomination, Schafer said, "[I]t will be a great pleasure to join forces with the dedicated, talented and loyal employees of the USDA to enhance our country's vibrant agriculture economy, to advance renewable energy and protect America's food supply, improve nutrition and health, and conserve our natural resources."
One out of five ain't bad.
(Photo courtesy of enn.com.)