Oink. Bacon-hater Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and the House Judiciary Committee that hog producers are a greater threat to the United States and U.S. democracy than Osama Bin Laden. Kennedy also said that every public official in North Carolina has been corrupted by the pork industry(?)
That’s when King busted RFK Jr. in his chops.
A lively shouting match ensued Wednesday on Capital Hill:
The Washington Times has more on the exchange, via Free Republic:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Wednesday said he thinks hog farmers are a greater threat to Americans than Osama bin Laden.
Mr. Kennedy, son of the the slain New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, is an environmental law attorney who was testifying before a House Judiciary subcomittee when Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, asked him if a quotation attributed to him in 2002 about hog farmers representing a greater threat than the leader of al Qaeda was accurate.
“I don’t know if that [quotation] is accurate, but I believe it and I support it,” said Mr. Kennedy, who has been involved in a vigorous legal effort against the meat industry for some years, arguing that manure and other products associated with large livestock producers emit toxic wastes that threaten the environment.
Mr. Kennedy also has said that a single hog consignment can put out more pollution than a city of a million people.
He has also said that every public official in North Carolina has been corrupted by the pork industry. He cited as evidence an editorial in a Raleigh newspaper, although he also said there may be some exceptions.
I say we all send Mr. Kennedy one of these.