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Persecuted

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, the United States recorded over 63,000 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours to set yet another new record. Florida reported over 11,400 alone, but Disney World is still reopening tomorrow.

Meanwhile, up to 28 million people could lose their homes in the next few months as temporary measures to stop evictions expire. That would be nearly 3 times as many people who lost their homes because of the mortgage crisis and Great Recession.

Finally, Reuters reports that the Trump regime began secretly rebuilding a supply chain for execution drugs all the way back in 2017 before more recently announcing their intention to resume executions. Also, some of the companies involved didn't know what it was for.

Intent on enforcing the death penalty, President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice had started building the network of contractors it would need by May 2017, federal procurement records show. Since then, it has pursued a new drug protocol that could survive legal challenges through firms whose identities it has fought to keep hidden. Without the secrecy, the government has argued in court filings, its ability to procure the drugs would be “severely impaired” because the companies are not willing to supply or test execution drugs if they are publicly identified.

In some cases, even the companies involved in testing the deadly pentobarbital said they didn’t know its intended purpose. Among them is DynaLabs in downtown St. Louis, a laboratory that years ago decided against doing quality tests on execution drugs because of the controversy surrounding capital punishment.

So co-founder Michael Pruett was surprised to learn from a Reuters reporter that his firm had been testing drugs that the Justice Department planned to use in lethal injections of condemned prisoners.

This is some shady shit. I mean, if you have to hide the true purpose even from those you're doing business with, that should be as sure of a sign as anything that you're doing the wrong thing.

I don't know to what extent they could sue the federal government, but I would consider it if only to protect my own business.

  • muselet

    • We’re number one. Yay us, I guess.

    • And the Rs will fall all over themselves to denounce those who lose their homes as deadbeats and losers.

    • Why am I not surprised?

    • In other news, Donald Trump commuted Roger Stone’s sentence. Please tell me you’re not surprised.

    • I beg everyone’s indulgence on this one. Years ago, Algernon adopted the family of a dear friend. He was funny and friendly and very unlike the average cat. Yesterday morning, his family found his body in the front yard. This seems an appropriate piece of music for him.

    Have a safe weekend, all.

    –alopecia

    • KanaW

      My sympathy to your friends. It’s so hard to lose even the four-foots in the family.