Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.

- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Friday, February 13, 2009

Peanut paste CEO takes the 5th

Peanut Corp. of America owner Stewart Parnell - represented by (you can't make this stuff up) one Bill O'Reilly - pleaded the 5th and refused to answer questions during a House Energy & Commerce Committee hearing concerning the nationwide salmonella outbreak. Apparently Bill O'Reilly cut his mic.

Really. He won't talk? He was pretty free with his opinions via email.

According to an AP story that appeared in Forbes:

Salmonella problems were so common at a Georgia peanut plant that the company's owner seemingly shrugged them off in e-mails.

"I go thru this about once a week. ... I will hold my breath .......... again," Peanut Corp. of America president Stewart Parnell wrote last June.

The e-mail was in response to information from an employee about a positive test for the bacteria that may have killed nine and sickened 600 people in an outbreak traced to the company's Blakely, Ga., plant.

The document was among several released by House investigators on Wednesday contradicting what little the company has said publicly about problems dating to 2006 at its plant.

Parnell's Oct. 6, 2008 e-mail to his Georgia plant manager Sammy Lightsey detailing a different positive test for salmonella in 441 cases of peanut granules, some of which had already been shipped out, concentrated on money, not safety.

"We need to discuss this ... the time lapse, besides the cost is costing us huge $$$$$ and causing obviously a huge lapse in time from the time we pick up peanuts until the time we can invoice," Parnell wrote. "We need to protect our self and the problem is that the tests absolutely give us no protection, just an indication at best."

One set of documents show Peanut Corp. issued a "certificate of analysis" last June for a sample of peanut products, assuring that the peanuts were free of salmonella. However, that batch of nuts got one positive test for salmonella from one lab and a negative finding from another.

Soon after that, Peanut Corp. stopped using the positive-testing lab for regular checks, saying they didn't like the lab's results, according to Darlene Cowart of JLA USA testing service, the Albany, Ga., lab dumped by Parnell's company.

Instead of cleaning up his business after finding salmonella, he fired the company that found the tainted peanuts.

And now he won't talk. Fine. Perhaps its time for this to go to court. I'd like to see some jail-time come out of this one.

The People of the United States vs. Stewart Parnell. I'll be waiting to see this case prosecuted legally, in front of a jury of his peanut-eating peers. This man obviously knows he is guilty as hell; and people died because of it.

Nuts to that!

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