Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Decrees That USDA-Inspected Plants May Post Anti-LGBT Materials

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who as Georgia governor once held a public prayer vigil for rain, has responded to Trump’s recent religious liberty executive order by issuing a letter authorizing USDA-inspected plants to post any anti-LGBT materials they like.

Perdue’s edict likely arises from the case of the West Michigan Beef Company, whose CEO Don Vander Boon reacted to the 2015 Obergefell ruling by placing an anti-LGBT screed in his employees’ break room.

Titled “10 Reasons Why Homosexual ‘Marriage’ Is Always Harmful And Must Be Opposed,” the rant was authored by the viciously anti-LGBT red-caped Catholic loons of Tradition, Family, & Property.

USDA inspectors, who by law are constantly present at every meat processing facility, warned the CEO that his message to employees constituted unlawful harassment and unless he removed it, they would leave, effectively shuttering his business. And thus another martyr to the “gay agenda” was born.

Tony Perkins has rushed out an applauding statement:

Family Research Council will work with the administration to ensure the practical effect of this policy protects the First Freedoms of Americans like Don Vander Boon. In light of Secretary Perdue’s policy statement reestablishing respect for free speech and religious freedom, I am very optimistic that the Vander Boon’s complaint against the USDA will be resolved in a positive manner that fully respects the First Amendment. It is refreshing to have a president and administration that recognizes and understands the dangers of the anti-faith policies of the previous administration and are therefore committed to undo those policies and restoring true religious freedom. No American — Christian or otherwise — should have to choose between their careers and their faith.

  • matthewrettenmund

    Where is my pitchfork?

    • Colonel Panic.


    • Silver Badger

      I’ll lend you mine. How you doing on torches? Tar? Feathers?

  • JT

    Another Perdouche.

  • Time for the ACLU to gear up for another lawsuit. Harassment IS illegal.

    • Nowhereman

      They are going be very busy in whatever’s left of the Trump/Pence Era. Also, Freedom From Religion Foundation, The Satanic Temple, and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.

    • narutomania

      It sounds to me like Creating A Hostile Work Environment. I might even claim Sexual Harassment.

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    • Lawerence Collins

      I respect the work that the ACLU does. I can’t understand why. That they’re for the big moneyed, donor class.

      • SFHarry

        Are you a conspiracy theorist?

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          Its lawrence…..

          • Todd20036

            There’s a reason I blocked this fuck-head

          • Lawerence Collins

            Ding, Ding, Ding. You’re right. It’s just not a big deal to me.
            Know who’s your real enemy.

            Education is power.

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            Im very informed lawrence. Very

        • Lawerence Collins

          Hardly.. I’m sadly, someone, with a lot of time. I listen and learn.
          Then if I see a story, that could benefit from more facts. I provide them.
          It’s unfortunate that so many here, have become just like Republicans. The ones that vote against their own best interests.

          • SFHarry

            I don’t believe the ACLU is working against our interests. Maybe your further investigation provided you with facts that are not real. Just because you read further and get different facts than an original story doesn’t mean those fact are then the real ones.
            I choose to look at the actual work the ACLU has done and the freedoms that have defended, sometimes in direct opposition to their donor bases beliefs, just to ensure freedoms are maintained equally for all.

          • Lawerence Collins

            Believe what you want to. You’ll remember this though. The instant you find out I’m right..

      • Daveed_WOW

        Bugger off, troll.

        • Strkr

          Before we go half-cocked (heh)… I may be wrong… but I read his statement as they (the ACLU) do good works (fighting discrimination) but they are for obscene $$ in politics, i.e. they support Citizens United. Or as Chris Rock so eloquently stated: They are like the uncle that molested you….but paid your college tuition.

          • Daveed_WOW

            Another troll.

          • dzerres

            well you read wrong because you trolls don’t know how to read. Now go up from the basement and ask your mom to make you a sandwich.

        • Lawerence Collins

          No troll here! Sadly, just the truth.
          Do you not care about facts?

          • Daveed_WOW

            The more you post, the trollier you look.

          • Lawerence Collins

            Trolls don’t post the facts. Maybe in your case. It’s the wrong person being called a troll.

          • dzerres

            care to provide some links for your “facts” or are they “alternative facts”? The ACLU goes after ALL unconstitutional laws and decrees – they even represented (and won) the American Nazis when they were banned from holding a political rally even though a lot of the ACLU lawyers are Jewish. You’re a Trump-like idiot.

          • Lawerence Collins

            Too funny. I never attacked the work that they do. The point I made is. That they’re for big money in politics. This is common knowledge.
            I’m no toxic 🍊💩, fan.

    • Gerry Fisher

      No need to waste ACLU resources on this one, IMO. The FDA procedures do nothing to existing harassment laws. Employees can still sue the employers into oblivion over this crap.

    • kcken

      Well, he posted those in English, and not to be THAT GUY, but these places tend to hire illegals who probably don’t read english well enough.

      But that’s ok, breaking the law to hire cheap labor is part of Gods plan. Unlike us filthy “marriage wrecking” deviant-sexuals…

      • Librarykid

        But I think the inspectors are government employees and they are protected from that shit. What a shame that Ed Asner could not switch places with Sonny DueDue.

      • Vista-Cruiser

        Please don’t refer to undocumented human beings as “illegals”.

        • I’m probably more left wing than you but I’ve got to correct you on the legal meaning of the term “illegal” alien and how it’s been used not as a prejoritive but simply to differentiate between the
          citizen and non citizen.
          Kcken made a solid comment, and your preference for the parlance “undocumented” is pure semantics.

    • Strepsi

      I hope an atheist employee posts 10 Reasons Why Christianity is Always Harmful.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        …. good luck with that. How in the hell could you limit it to only ten?

  • nocadrummer

    Then I guess employees have the right to tear them down.

  • Tawreos

    What the fuck does this have to do with the mission of the USDA for fucks sake.

    • Bad Tom

      Nothing at all.

      • saucetin

        Steers and queers? I can’t figure that out, either.

        • MT YVR

          We used to call leather nights that… buuuut I digress into nostalgia.

        • Snarkaholic

          Wham, Bam, Thank You, Lamb?

          • Tori Browning


    • Boreal

      Because jeebus.

    • madknits

      He’s doing it because he can.
      May his life be short and his death long.

      • TampaDink

        Nice sentiment but he’s already 70.

        • madknits

          I know plenty of 70 year olds who have more life in them than some 25 year olds I can think of. I’m just thinking maybe an inoperable and painful brain tumour. Nothing too fancy.

          • TampaDink

            I also know many folks 70 & older who have much more life in them than I do (at 53) and than many 25 yr. old people.
            I was only using reference to his age as unfortunate evidence that his life isn’t going to be short…well, certainly not short enough.

          • Todd20036

            That only hurts if there’s a brain to be afflicted.

      • Jonathan

        Look at him, death looks merely weeks away. Lets hope so.

      • Cattleya1

        I don’t want him to die – just to live another 30 years with inflamed hemorrhoids the size of Mississippi.

      • Hata H. Zappa

        You kinda hit the nail on the head. He knows his kind is a dying breed and he’s pretty far along himself. So they’re all going out in a blaze of glory, because they know they’re becoming dinosaurs. People are so much more tolerant than they were 30 years ago, and we all pretty much know that we’re not going back in time. They just think 45’s Occupation gives them license to pass “before I die” laws.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Homos wrecking your life

      Fuck if I know…

      • Boreal

        Because lizard sushi tortellini wheelbarrow.

        • agcons

          How could you possibly know what my menu and tablescape plans were for tonight?

          • Boreal

            The baby jesus showed me the truth on my toast this morning.

      • TK

        Because… sausage, pork butt, rump roast, lean beef, hard salami… he just can’t get it out of his twisted mind!! Hot dog in a bun for Mr Perdue! A good, plump juicy one!!

        • TK

          And while yer at it, squeal like a pig!!!

          • Ragnar Lothbrok


        • Tori Browning

          I’ve met him, he’s rather small and probably prefers beef tips.

    • clay

      It’s the first federal agency saying that it’s okay to put their workers in hostile environments.

      And no, all you smarter-asses, I’m not including the military.

    • Ninja0980

      Nothing, just another way to harass LGBT employees.

    • Strepsi

      The entire letter is a slap to the USDA, framed as if they did something wrong. Religious nuttery aside, it’s the current administration UNDERMINING the USDA, which is of a piece of destroying all reglatory bodies.

  • Silver Badger

    Can he do this legally?

    • MonochromeMouse


      • Silver Badger


    • clay

      Can he do this, yes.
      Can he get away with it, no.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Nothing he does is legal.

  • BearEyes

    is he trolling us?

  • O/T: This was an open admission the White House engaged in a deliberate act of obstruction of justice.

    • William

      Oopsie, that was on the ‘do not say’ list.

    • Bad Tom

      It is stunning that they don’t see that as obstruction of justice.
      We do.

    • zhera

      …and they expect people to say ‘OK, carry on’?

      • BlindBill

        with “integrity”, with “integrity”, with “integrity” ….

        “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you thinks it means.”

    • BobSF_94117

      I hate it when people “paraphrase” and change the meaning. She did not say that. She said plenty of things that are wrong (about their compliance, for example). There’s no need to make stuff up.

      • clay

        Is it really better, more legal, that she only meant the FBI’s investigation?

        • BobSF_94117

          She said they removed Comey so that a proper investigation could proceed and end. It’s bullshit, of course, but she didn’t SAY they were trying to end it by firing him.

          • clay

            She said that the investigations could continue, but only specified the Senate and House investigations.

          • Priya Lynn

            She DID say they fired comey to bring the investigation to an end. As I recall she said “We want to see this investigation brought to an end, to see it end with integrity, and by removing Director comey we’ve taken action to bring that about”.

  • William

    Is a meat packing plant free to post anti-Catholic materials?

    • zhera

      And isn’t it amazing how they’re so concerned about Teh Geyz, but not a peep about divorce among straight people?

      • clay

        No, no, see it’s teh geyz that cause the divorce among straight people. Why, just last night three different tourist wives had to clutch their husbands tight as they walked past me in Philly’s gayborhood.

    • agcons

      Only on Friday.

  • TampaDink

    Time for Sonny’s barbecue.

    • djcoastermark

      geez, I haven’t eaten there in 20 years or so. But I do agree, it is time to barbecue Sonny.

      • TampaDink

        He could also be frozen, fried…or buried alive.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    I’m so glad I live in California. That’s what’s made the last 6 months bearable.

  • Silver Badger

    Can this be the same Perdue we all blocked?

    • Boreal

      His twin brother.

      • BuffaloDan

        There are _two_ of them?

        Oh, what more proof does anyone need that there is no such thing as a loving God?

  • bkmn

    This asshole needs to be taught a lesson. Any JMG readers work for the Dept. of Ag?

    • Menergy

      Used to, retired in 2004

  • saucetin

    Is the enemy animal, vegetable, or mineral? ‘Cuz by “plants” I thought the headline mean the photosynthetic kind.

  • bambinoitaliano

    So these morons are not eating gay livestocks and gay vegetables? Calling all the bees, butterflies and birds. Do not pollinate gay plants!

  • Jim Maloney

    I see what their ‘priorities’ are proving their uselessness another time.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    …..Sonny Perdue…. praying the gay away since 1958… keep praying!

  • JWC
  • saucetin

    I hate to ask this, but is Sonny Blocked Bill’s…funny uncle?

    • Boreal

      Uncle cousin brother.

  • madknits

    We will know they are Christains by their love.
    And friends of mine wonder why I think Christains are evil people.

    • bambinoitaliano

      It’s just another term for satanism or cult.

  • Do Something Nice

    Not with my fucking taxes you don’t.

  • I smell flop-sweat and the reek of panic and full Depends.

    • Boreal
    • pj

      thats right. we only care what russia thinks

    • clay

      It really is something when you read the projection in reverse.

    • Michael R
      • Bryan

        Yeah, then maybe you call me next week right? But on a day I’m not busy, and we’ll schedule a somethin’-somethin’ – and maybe you show up wearing something NICE, and maybe you bring some flowers over here wit’ you, and maybe some nice wine. But maybe you show up about 30 minutes late cos’ maybe I’ll wanna rub one out before I go back to poundn’ that ass.

        • Michael R

          You posted your Grindr message in the wrong spot

          • Bryan

            Nah, just following up on the joke.

    • TampaDink

      Is “laughing up one’s sleeves” a regional saying? I’ve never heard that one before.

      • djcoastermark

        I think he’s trying to invent more sayings that he can credit himself with. Ie, prime the pump. Got news for him, trying to sound clever, doesn’t work on you mr orange one.

        • TampaDink

          His ideas of cleverness are unlike anything or anyone clever that I’ve ever known.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Bad translation of a Russian colloquialism, no doubt.

        • TampaDink

          His Russian contacts are probably intentionally teaching him conversational Russian, replacing insults with compliments, in hopes he’ll use them during his next call or visit with Vlad.

      • BobSF_94117

        Trump just made it up, like “priming the pump” and “laying pipe”.

        • TampaDink

          At least “priming the pump” & “laying pipe” have been used often in popular culture.

      • KCMC

        from the kill-ourselves-to-be-polite mid west, one of my my mom’s friends threw up (morning sickness) up the sleeve of her good car-coat. Busing to Omaha on no-restroom greyhound.
        It’s a thing, how could he be aware of it though?

        • TampaDink

          It seems as unlikely that Hair Furor would be familiar with this concept as the rest of us (like him) who never lived in that region.

      • Robert Flanagan

        That’s because Trump coined it a few days ago.

        • TampaDink

          Wait. What? He did THAT at the same time he was coming to the decision to fire Comey for several different reasons? Wow. He really is a genius!!! /sarcasm.

    • Megrim Twist

      We shall see, oh shitgibbon, we shall see ..

  • Michael R

    When I woke up today that was definitely the most important thing on my mind .

  • Marty Pavelka

    How could this hold up? I mean, from the close-up of the text, their position is that the sterile unions of homosexuals are not true marriage and as such, aren’t worth any state benefits. But…but…heterosexual people who are infertile, or too old to have children…, hell. I give up…..

  • Superman

    Sonny Perdue is a horse’s ass and that’s a tacky piece of meat.

    • Dejerrity Mycron

      That’s the last time I let them inspect MY meat for sure.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    This is sad.

    When I first read that, for a second I thought he was talking about green plants with leaves (cuz USDA). And it didn’t really strike me as out of character for somebody in the Trump administration to say cabbages and broccoli could post anti-LGBT material.

  • TimJ

    Yay, meat packing plants can post anti-gay crap in their breakrooms! A huge victory according to Tony Perkins. What a loser.

  • j.martindale

    Being a bigot is clearly not enough for Sonny. He has to advertise that he is a bigot.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    People are there to work, not to have to see a hate decree in the fucking break room.
    Lots of gays work in these places.

    • Nowhereman

      I agree. I would find it offensive no matter what minority was being shit on.

  • mr wonderful

    Mother fucking cracker

    • Nowhereman

      Are we allowed to call them that again? I had reverted to “water biscuit” because my comments kept getting deleted.

  • JaniceInToronto

    You guys are going to have a HUGE mess to clean up after Trumps demise.
    It’s gotten way beyond belief…

    • ultragreen

      The Trump presidency may start to crumble soon if the rumors about people being arrested tomorrow because of RussiaGate are true.

      • KCMC

        H O P E

      • Grimes


  • Michael

    Typical homophobe: A man no gay guy would ever hook up with.

    2 + 2…. 2 + 2.

  • Blake J Butler

    They canceled Tim allens’s show Last Man Standing. No more Benghazi, Obama, pro-trump rants anymore. The show sucked huge balls, and not the good ones.

    Cheers bitches, one asshole gone.

    Breitbart is bitching about the show having strong ratings.

    • clay

      If only there were 1 million mothers who could have watched . . .

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        Both of them were busy screeching at Target and Disney.

    • Nowhereman

      I’m glad to hear that. I watched Home Improvement, but mostly for the rest of the cast and because I’m a tool and woodworking junkie. I watched maybe one episode of Last Man Standing. I found it offensive and not at all funny. I looked Tim Allen up, thinking maybe he was just playing a bigoted asshole like Carroll O’Conner’s Archie Bunker. But no, that’s who he really is.

      • Blake J Butler

        It’s right wing sympathy, Hillary is a crook, trump isn’t so bad, Obama is evil, etc. basically was allen’s Jin of lines.

        They tried to do an all in the family like show, minus the clever writing and the voice of reason (Edith) Michael was right but would come off as a blowhard like Archie. And instead of people laughing at Archie others were identifying with his ignorance and found if was just a show that tried to identify with white, straight, republicans.

    • Todd20036

      I always thought Tin Allen was on our side. Who knew?

      • Blake J Butler

        He made a big sympathy plea for trump since Kasich clearly wasn’t going to win the nomination.

        The wall comments aside as he put it, this country would be better off with a businessman running things.

        Because somehow Hillary would have been way worse. (Rolls eyes).

  • DesertSun59

    Do what 45 does. ATTACK AND PUNISH any American you feel like attacking and punishing.

    I suggest no one normalize this egregious behavior. It’s a sign of total mental illness.

  • Ninja0980

    Both parties are the same though right?

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    I won’t sweat it. He’ll be outta there soon.

    hey Sonny, KEEP MY MEAT SAFE, YOU FAT OLD [email protected]!

  • Thorn Spike

    See ya in court, Sonny.

  • BobSF_94117

    I was wondering what the owner had put out in the break room. As screeds go, that one’s pretty mild.

    I’m sure there’ll be all sorts of nice “literature” people have to put out now about gay people, Muslims, other religions, etc., etc., etc.

  • JWC

    These refined southern gentlemen (bullshit) one day will be dragged kicking and screamin (albeit) into the 21 century Ah shit just keep them quioet where they are

    • Boreal

      No. They’ll just die eventually but they will never accept us.

      • Tulle Christensen

        darn you beat me by a few seconds 😉

        • JWC

          they say that it take 3 generations for attitudanal change In ths south, where you don’t want to be rushin things it may just take a tad long maybe 4-5

    • Tulle Christensen

      I think they will be dragged to the cemetery before making it to the 21st century

      • JWC

        more that likely ps I like the spelling of the last name

    • Leo Tallant

      I first read that as “southern fried gentlemen”. LOL

      But then I guess that would work too…

      • JWC

        decidedly , the slow rendering of prime Grade A hog fat

    • BudClark

      … and / or in to the orgy room of your friendly neighborhood baths.


  • JoeMyGod
  • JoeMyGod
  • LBGT rights seems to be the hill upon which the religious right has chosen to die. Hasta la vista, assholes.

    • Robincho


  • geoffalnutt

    “Sonny Perdue”? Stop it!.

  • David

    Not all of us here in Georgia are bat-shit-crazy extremist-Christian religious lunatics who hate everyone.

    • Vista-Cruiser

      Any people like that in Georgia’s 6th congressional district: please get out and vote on Tuesday June 20.

  • RavennaBonet

    That means lbgt need to start putting up pro slavery / pro mysgogist / Pro rape quotes from their sick fucking book (I am including quran and the bible since both condones each one of those things )…Its like todays generation of lbgt do not know how to play eye for a damn eye …
    They could take away marriageEquality and just put ones head down in the sand …
    That was a in general statement

    • JWC

      ther is no reasonwhy not The quickest way to stop this shit is thru mockery Whatever they do merits a similar and equal action back

  • Mike Thakar

    Well, I’ll NEVER buy a fucking purdue chicken again.

    • David

      Different Perdue. But you should never eat Predue anyway. It’s overflowing with antibiotics, growth hormones and fat.

      • Helen Damnation 🍑™

        Or Tyson. Definitely not Tyson.

        • David


      • Mike Thakar

        thanks for letting me know

  • FAEN

    Dear bigoted asshole,

    While you will always attack us while you’re alive you should realize that you and your bigoted views are losing steam every day. Even young republicans think you’re out of step and bat shit crazy. Enjoy motherfucker!

    • RavennaBonet

      or they are pretending
      I know plenty of dems/repub’s that are not team lbgt rights
      But they will vote yes for a poll

      • FAEN

        There are always people like that but there are certainly more allies than not. You wouldn’t get far as a Dem if you don’t support equality.

  • Tiger Quinn

    Well we’ll go ahead and put your “freedom of speech” (which is not what this is) case against hostile work environment and see who wins.

  • vorpal 😼

    Is it a requirement to be a really shitty, obnoxious person to have the last name Perdue?

    • JWC

      or the first” Sonny” it should now be “Olde Goat” or “Pharte” or…

    • m_lp_ql_m

      Frank Perdue, speaking of poorly-inspected chicken?

  • JoeMyGod

    The red-caped loons even made a video to go along with their “10 Reasons.”

    • Hate-filled monsters.

      • Sam_Handwich

        I call them Whiny babies. Why give them any power?

    • ByronK

      Hey Joe, Vander Boon’s company is West Michigan Beef Company, not Western Beef Company.

    • Bryan

      Careful with that sword nutzo….I’m pretty sure my imported Japanese steel will make your medieval meat cleaver look like cardboard. Or’s that more of a butter knife?

    • BudClark

      Fat? Check. Ugly? Check. Double chin? Check. Can’t get a date? Check.

  • david fairfield

    Another for my DROP DEAD list. It’s getting popular!

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    One more reason to buy organic. Almost all of Corp Ag are rabid trumpanzees,
    The way to kick them back is to NOT give them money. Sourcing food with a Farmers market or CSA gives you the opportunity to vet who you are supporting.

    • Boreal

      I buy from our farmers market and from friends with farms.

    • Joe in PA

      When we can…we grow our own.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Edit to add- It doesn’t necessarily need to be ” organic ” just local, or personally sourced.

      • Oh’behr in Minnesota

        Thank you.

    • SoCalGal20

      Yes, I believe it’s good to buy local when you can. It supports local businesses, it’s more environmentally friendly, it keeps you in better touch with who grows your food and how it’s produced. It may cost a little more but it’s worth it.

  • coram nobis

    It’s not just USDA-inspected plants we’re talking about here.

    The policy statement seems to cover USDA workplaces as well, and we’re talking about civil service employees. The Forest Service alone is a large and widespread agency — and very rural in most of its job locations.

    How long before this religious stuff gets posted in Federal workplaces? We’re talking Establishment clause lawsuits here and maybe on-the-job harassment as well.

    • Menergy


  • Paula
    • NZArtist

      Yoiks. I’m starting to look like him.

  • Kali

    Good luck with that, assholes. Keep in mind that employees of the plants aren’t the only folks potentially harassed by this.
    Want to know who does a lot of USDA inspection work? Veterinarians.
    Want to guess how queer and queer-friendly that profession is becoming? Deliciously so.
    Want to conjecture how much pickier those inspectors are gonna be when you show your bigoted ass? Whoooo, lawdy.

  • JT

    Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Decrees That USDA-Inspected Plants May Post Anti-LGBT Materials

  • Jay George

    Screw him and his shitty, sub-par products.

  • 5moreminutes*imtired

    To court! To court, I say!

  • Jay George
    • KCMC

      so much yesssss

    • M Jackson

      Barry Blitt !!!

  • Baltimatt

    So, can we post passages from the OT and Qu’ran against eating pig in a pork processing plant?

  • Observation: I really miss slow-news days.

    • Bryan

      So does my liver!

    • pch1013

      I miss 2016.

    • ByronK

      How the hell am I supposed to get any work done during the day if this keeps up?!!

  • Paula

    If any of you guys worked there, I would so buy you this clock for the wall by your desk.

    • Joe in PA

      Mmm mmm…and in a meat packing facility no less. 🙂

      • Paula

        Ironic, oui?

  • If they ban Pansy’s, I’m going rogue!

  • Xuuths

    Um, see you in court. (HINT: You can’t ‘approve’ something that’s illegal)

  • baruchzed

    Another self hating closet case christofascist asshole.

  • Gaymurcan

    If “anti-everyone Xianity” would merely Shut The Fuck Up, Stop Lying and Get Therapy, they wouldn’t need constant reminders every fucking damned day of the year.

  • coram nobis

    Linda Greenhouse in today’s NYT on the administration’s executive order and “religious freedom”, although no mention of the USDA as such.

    The same wink and nod mark the other sections of the executive order. Asking cabinet secretaries to “consider” amending the contraception regulation “to address conscience-based objections to the preventive-care mandate” doesn’t mean much divorced from knowledge of the people in a position to take up the president’s invitation. As Emily Bazelon noted in The Times last week, the Department of Health and Human Services “is getting an anti-abortion makeover.” The department is headed by a strongly anti-abortion former congressman, Tom Price …

  • ultragreen

    After reading the title of this article, I had this image of anti-LGBT material being attached to USDA-inspected living plants (those green things) before they are shipped out to their customers. This seemed a little eccentric to me, even for a wingnut Secretary of Agriculture.

  • John

    So, I guess this means that ISIS can post recruiting posters in this plant?

  • M Jackson

    If I worked there I would keep a Sharpie on me at all times.

  • LovesIrony

    I love this: everywhere you go:
    Chef Sandra Lee Kicks Paul Ryan Off Her Fox News Cooking Set In Frosty Snub
    “I need you to go away.”

    • Lazycrockett

      Well Sandra Lee grew up incredible poor which is where her style of cooking comes from. I can totally understand her hatred for this welfare killing Ayn Rand Loon.

      • LovesIrony

        and the dishes weren’t cleaned yet so he couldn’t even pretend to clean them for her.

      • Chanel5

        She also had battled breast cancer.

      • barrixines

        I am struggling to get my head around how the incredibly poor manage to afford the amount of frosting and “lickoor” that Aunt Sandy puts into every recipe.

    • UrsusArctos

      Get that gal a drink.

    • greenmanTN

      Every time I think of the review I saw of her Kwanzaa cake, which included Corn Nuts(!), I laugh.

      “A culinary hate crime!”

  • Frostbite

    Someone please tell me what brands these are, so I may never buy them again. You want to be a bigot? Fine. But be proud of it, don’t lurk in the shadows like the little bitch you are.

  • Dana Chilton

    Check out the comments at their website.. truly awful human beings

    • ByronK

      And they’re a gay-looking bunch of little fucks to boot. That would explain a lot.

    • ByronK

      I posted a link to the homophobia means more likely to be gay study with a comment. “Just sayin’, cause those sure are prudy sashes.” I don’t think it will make it past their moderators. LOL

  • SnowFlake

    Is it 2020 yet?

  • another_steve

    This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper.

    ~ “The Hollow Men,” T. S. Eliot

  • John Ruff

    Supposing the media had learned about the story, I wonder how many big volume customers would’ve stopped buying from him had he left it up? The USDA probably saved his customer base by making him take it down.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Hmm, … sounds like a few food plants may see an uptick in animal feces, dead roaches and stray meat tissues in the meat coming off their production lines. Sad!

  • ByronK

    Vander Boon’s company is West Michigan Beef Company, not Western Beef Company. It would certainly be interesting to see who their client are, hmmm?

    • Stogiebear

      Holy. Shit.

      From their website: “Above all, West Michigan Beef seeks to glorify and honor God in all that we do.” (About Us)

      • Ben in Oakland

        So we kill animals to glorify God.

      • coram nobis

        I still think “West Michigan Beef” sounds like a porn title from the VHS/Betamax era.

  • coram nobis

    Sidebar in Salon: It’s not just Comey’s sacking that should worry us. The Census director also got the heave-ho.

    Having a full and accurate picture of the American population cuts against many conservative goals, so it’s no surprise that the party of “alternative facts” is not particularly interested in letting the Census Bureau do its job.

    The most obvious concern is that census data is used to determine political representation, which is critical to a functioning democracy.

  • David in Palm Springs

    “…and ensure our employees and customers work in an atmosphere of dignity and equality…”

    Yeah, if that were true you wouldn’t allow “10 Reasons Why Homosexual ‘Marriage’ Is Always Harmful And Must Be Opposed” to be posted in a break room that might have gay employees or those that support gay rights viewing it. That doesn’t create an atmosphere of dignity or equality. So, yeah, Sonny… go fuck yourself with a rancid flank steak. Thanks.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    This fits in under just about any of Joe’s posts, including this one. LOL.

  • SFHarry

    Does that mean employees can post pro gay material?

    • JWC

      it should and if it doesn’t thereis a problem What is sauce for the goose is alsosauce for the gander The thing is they don’t expect it and are flabergasted when it happens

  • Michael R

    Next brochure :
    ” Why women who wear revealing clothing deserve to be raped “

    • ByronK

      And don’t forget “A child fathered by a rapist is still a miraculous gift from God”. The Handmaid’s Tale? Naw, too far fetched.

      • Michael R

        That series is so timely . I’m pretty amazed by it so far .

        • ByronK

          It really is!

        • When that book was first released it seemed so very far fetched, a great read however. Oh how our country has changed in 20 or so years.

  • billbear1961

    O/T: From a poster on Political Wire

    Deltacross • 2 hours ago

    “I don’t know – it’s hard for me to see any U.S. ties to Russia, except for…

    • the COMEY firing thing

    • the FLYNN thing

    • the MANAFORT thing

    • the TILLERSON thing

    • the SESSIONS thing

    • the KUSHNER thing

    • the CARTER PAGE thing

    • the ROGER STONE thing

    • the Felix Sater thing

    • the Boris Ephsteyn thing

    • the Rosneft thing

    • the Gazprom thing

    • the Sergey Gorkov banker thing

    • the Azerbajain thing

    • the ‘I LOVE PUTIN’ thing

    • the Sergey Kislyak thing

    • the Russian Affiliated Interests thing

    • the Russian Business Interests thing

    • the Emoluments Clause thing

    • the Alex Schnaider thing

    • the HACK OF THE DNC thing

    • the Guccifer 2.0 thing

    • the Mike Pence ‘I don’t know anything’ thing

    • the Russians mysteriously dying thing


    • the president’s house sale for $100 million at the bottom of the housing bust to the Russian fertilizer king thing

    • the Russian fertilizer king’s plane showing up in Concord, NC during his rally campaign thing

    • the Nunes sudden flight to the White House in the night thing

    • the Nunes personal investments in the Russian winery thing

    • the Cyprus bank thing


    • the Republican Party’s REJECTION OF AN AMENDMENT to require him to show his taxes thing

    • the ELECTION HACKING thing

    • the GOP platform change to the Ukraine thing

    • the Steele Dossier thing

    • the Leninist Bannon thing

    • the Sally Yates can’t testify thing

    • the intelligence community’s investigative reports thing


    • the Spicer’s RUSSIAN DRESSING ‘nothing’s wrong’ thing

    • the Chaffetz not willing to start an investigation thing

    • the Chaffetz suddenly deciding to go back to private life in the middle of an investigation thing

    • the The Lead DOJ Investigator Mary McCord SUDDENLY in the middle of the investigation decides to resign thing

    • the appointment of Pam Bondi who was bribed by the president in the

    Trump University scandal appointed to head the investigation thing

    the The White House going into full-on cover-up mode, refusing to turn

    over the documents related to the hiring and subsequent firing of Flynn


    • the Chaffetz and White House blaming the poor vetting of Flynn on Obama thing (LOL!)

    • the Poland and British intelligence gave information regarding the

    hacking back in 2015 to Paul Ryan and he didn’t do anything thing

    • the Agent M16 following the money thing

    • the president’s team KNEW about Flynn’s involvement but hired him anyway thing

    • the Corey Lewendowski thing

    • the Preet Bharara firing thing but before he left he transferred evidence against trump to a state level Schneiderman thing

    • the Betsy Devos’ brother thing

    • the Sebastian Gorka thing

    • the Greg Gianforte from Montana thing

    • the VP Pence actually was warned about Flynn before he was hired thing

    • the Pence and Manafort connection thing

    • the 7 Allies coming forward with audio where the president was picked up in incidental wire tapping thing

    • the Carter Page defying the Senate’s order to hand over his Russian contact list

    • NOW the president attempts to intimidate Sally Yates’ testimony via tweets thing!


    • Jay George

      And the awfulest part of it, it’s not a complete list.

      • billbear1961

        Hello, Jay!


    • John Ruff

      “Sessions hanging out with Russian ambassador Kyslyak at the 2016 GOP convention thing.”

    • kaydenpat

      And it has just been a few months since his inauguration. Arghhhhh!!!!

  • Hank Ovaslip

    Perhaps I’m ignorant, but does Perude’s statement say anything that Joe says it does. I think this is the big pull: “the USDA will continue to uproot and elimate discrimination, harassment, and relatiation and ensure our employees and customers work in an atmosphere of dignity and equality.”

    That sounds like the opposite of what Joe is saying.

    • KT

      It is just double speak to appear as if Purdue is not anti-gay. By federal law it is not illegal to discriminate against people for their sexual orientation or gender identity. The discrimination Purdue is most likely referring to is “religious discrimination” towards anti-gay zealots. He wants to protect their rights to be assholes.

  • Stephen Elliot Phillips

    So does this mean a package of hotdogs will have a warning on it that says
    “These weiners are for pussy only” ??

  • Lee Grupsmith-Pedersen

    So noted. Now are you going to allow me to post literature advocating complete celibacy for employees of both sexes (on and off the clock) or do I have to file a hostile workplace complaint?

  • Christine

    Yet another reason — albeit a really odd one — for me to be glad I’m a vegetarian! Boycott meat!

  • Halou

    It’s just a short hop from this to making it compulsory.

  • Jack

    I’m pretty sure the inspectors didn’t handle the situation properly UNLESS it’s policy for them to walk out when they claim harassment.

    But even if that were the case, due process requires a hearing.

  • Tomcat

    Does this mean it is alright to put anti religious stuff on walls also?

    • It’s time for the Satanic Church to pin up some of their religious tracts on this wall.

  • jimbo65

    It’s shit like this that has the world laughing at us. 45″s shenanigans aside.

  • Tomcat

    Now at the USDA, no one beats our meat except ourselves.

  • Tomcat

    Could your next meat meal have been a sacrifice to god.

  • ceeenbee

    In the deference to the first amendment and free speech, I think we need to post this next to any LGBTQ material.


    catholicism, a fictitious religion with stories stolen from ancient mythology, is a brainwashing ideology used throughout history to control the masses and subjugate women.

    It is based on Bronze Age thinking and its manual is populated with a dizzying array of loathsome characters, chief among them a vicious, despotic, mass murdering, insecure “god”. It celebrates the worst in man — mass murder, infanticide, rape, incest, torture, human sacrifice, cannibalism and misogyny. It’s core teaching revolves around the “son of god”, a bastard, begat from the rape and non-consenting insemination of an underage girl by the god “father”.

    the fake narrative of catholicism has been used throughout history to justify he stealing of land through a series of wars and purges — the “crusades”, the witch hunts all he way to the barbaric killing of rival tribes in modern day Africa where they used burning, amputations and rape as tools of war.

    The rape culture so celebrated in the catholic manual is still seen today in the countless incidents of child sexual assault by priests and nuns and the indifference to the suffering of children by everyone in the hierarchy from lowly nuns to the pope himself.

    In writing this statement, we have no intention to defame or disparage anyone. We are not moved by personal hatred against any individual. In intellectually opposing individuals or organizations promoting the catholic agenda, our only intent is the defense of free thinking.

    As people who can think for themselves, we are filled with compassion and pray for those who struggle against unrelenting and violent temptation to catholic brainwashing. We pray for those who fall into catholic ideology out of human weakness, that [insert mythological sky faerie of your choice here] may assist them with its grace.

    We are conscious of the enormous difference between these individuals who struggle with their weakness and strive to overcome it and others who transform their sin into a reason for pride and try to impose their bigotry on society as a whole, in flagrant opposition to common sense and logic.

    We pray also for the judges, legislators and government officials who in one way or another take steps that favor catholicism and other fake xtian gobblygook.” We do not judge their intentions, interior dispositions, or personal motivations.

    We reject and condemn any violence. We simply exercise our liberty as those not beholden to mythological gods and our constitutional rights to free speech and the candid, unapologetic and unashamed public display of our ability to think on our own. We oppose arguments with arguments. To the arguments in favor of catholicism and all other fake religions we respond with arguments based on right reason, natural law and common sense.

    In a polemical statement like this, it is possible that one or another formulation may be perceived as excessive or ironic. Such is not our intention.

  • olandp

    “No American — Christian or otherwise — should have to choose between their careers and their faith.”

    Does that include the LGBT community too, Tonette?

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Is it possible that these types of things are a coordinated events intentionally designed to financially bleed the ACLU and similar organizations? Its obvious that they want the left to suffer from outrage fatigue so even if not accepting things as normal, we aren’t in the streets with pitchforks. And each days (many) scandals and outrages serves to push many past outrages down the memory hole.

    Who is talking about the soldier killed in the botched raid in Yemen as just one example out of hundreds…

  • TK

    Yet another asshole way overdue for his dirt nap.

  • Jason

    Anyone know where they sell their meat? Time to start pressuring the large outlets to ensure they don’t use him as a supplier.

  • Lumpy Gaga
  • Bryan

    I protest this on the grounds that he’s not following his company’s own rules. They’re allowing a gigantic pig to walk around free, and he’s even harassing other humans and getting into their shit. Somehow this pig escaped slaughter, so Trump ought to fire him for being a piss-poor excuse of a butcher, can’t even keep the damn pigs in line.

  • Gerry Fisher

    The FDA was just doing the bigots a favor. Go ahead, post that crap. You’ll still get sued into oblivion in civil court. “Hostile work environment” harassment law will still be law.

  • Robincho

    God doesn’t like it when men of a certain age continue to call themselves Sonny. Remember what He did to Sonny Bono? Just sayin’…

  • David

    Speaking of the shitty Perdue family, these highway billboards are posted all over Georgia.
    Not surprisingly, he’s been MIA.

  • lcr999

    Sue them for a hostile work environment. Different area of government.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Shut the fuckers down. And tell this Perdue idiot that he’s…oh wait…which are we? Oh right, tell this Sonny fella to fuck off and die, preferably by being trampled to death by a herd of angry bovine.

  • kaydenpat

    Wow. Speechless.

  • Ginger Snap

    Glad I don’t eat meat.

  • Barry William Teske

    Hankering for HATE.
    eh’ old guy?

  • KQCA

    Okay, I’ll admit, I had an intensely messed up brain from being raped and tortured by my sociopath father. So you know it’s bad when I am the one looking at a dude like this and having to ask, “What the hell happened in YOUR childhood?”

    • BudClark

      KQCA: gentle hugs from an old fart in the California desert. I’ve been there as well. Only it was a ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST.

      • KQCA

        Same hugs back. I hate to hear that. I know it’s a long trip trying to find a “normal” life, whatever that’s supposed to be. A RC Priest. I hope he was brought to justice. Was he?

  • Dk6

    Jesus, some 70 yr old out of touch geezer, what a surprise

    • Please, age has nothing to do with it.

  • fuzzybits

    We get it,you hate us.

  • Bill Harnsberger

    Whatever. That opens the door to pro-LGBT materials, too, so…bring it on.

  • hdwb

    someone needs to put together a really amazing list of points explaining that religion is just a lot of make believe, that god does not exist and that adults who believe in virgin birth, bearded men in clouds and places like heaven and hell are really ignorant. then post THAT as a form of “freedom of speech”.

  • xzargo

    Notice how one of them fellas in the background is pulling a long rag out of Sonny Perdue’s ass.

  • MBear

    Really? That’s top on their agenda? LOL

    Pathetic, tragic little toadies.

  • Eric in Oakland

    “Freedom of expression flourishes in a climate of mutual respect and tolerance”

    Umm… how is it respectful and tolerant to post hateful screeds that denigrate some people’s marriage? I don’t think he’s actually serious about the “mutual” part.

  • Gianni

    When they grow up to be assholes, they’ll go to the grave being the same assholes. Age will not make them nicer, better, more thoughtful/considerate people. If I got a chance to attend any of such pricks’ viewings, I’d find a way to spit on the corpse out of sheer animosity and spite. Tony Perkins is such a wonderful Christian asshole that he considers it a win of some sort to have workers be allowed to denigrate, demean, insult, and otherwise freely degrade their fellow gay coworkers for being gay and possibly married. Religion, ya gotta love it! It’s the greatest thing that allows one to express the worst of their human nature and all in the name of their love for GOD! Jesus fucking Christ this world is nuts with hatred!

  • In the state of Maryland, where discrimination based on sexual orientation is explicitly forbidden by the state constitution, posting anti-LGBT material will still get you into trouble. Sorry, Sonny, but in at least one state your little hate train gets derailed.

  • Jimmy R

    First, they came for the Muslims…

    …then they came for us.

  • SnowFlake

    I just can’t…..I am so over the entire sham of a presidency….and it is not even 6 months in… ugghhh

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  • Then we should be able to post [email protected] matter!

  • Linda Heyroth

    Yes well if they are seen then you buissness will be burned to the ground. The cost for hate

  • Michael Hampton

    Were all plant owners just chomping at the bit to post anti-LGBT materials? Where did this come from? I get the ‘martyr’ thing, but come on! Tony Perkins can’t be that influential.

  • Pete Carroll

    Another pointless lawsuit because a Southern state passed another Jim Crow law. Why are there still avenues for these bigots to use? They need to shut them down, hard, so they remember doing stupid things ensures a big retaliation.

  • Sonny Perdue is promoting a HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT – I’d strongly suggest that he resign since he is not competent and is wholly unfit for any position of public trust.

  • Is this MAGA? This reduces USDA to thugs by endorsing homophobia.

  • Tony Thompson

    What a load of horseshit.
    The next president (which will hopefully be pretty damn far from these right-wing white supremacist Neo-Nazi stool samples) is going to have to spend their entire four years cleaning up the messes made by the Tangerine Tyrant and his Legion of Asshats.