SPAM Sends ‘Convoy Of Hope’ To Maui After Massive Wildfire

Hormel Foods is working with a humanitarian organization to send SPAM to Maui following a recent massive wildfire, ABC 6 News reports.

Hormel, which produces the canned pork product, is sending ‘The Convoy of Hope’ to Maui after the island was ravaged by the disaster, which resulted in 106 deaths as of Tuesday’s (August 15) update. Hawaii consumes an estimated 8 million cans of SPAM per year, the most of any U.S. state and holds the annual SPAM JAM, which features unique dishes including SPAM Wontons and SPAM Musubi.

“They are our Ohana. They are truly our family, our friends, they bring the SPAM Brand to life,” said Jennesa Kinscher, senior brand manager for the SPAM Brand via ABC 6 News.

SPAM became popular in Hawaii during World War II when soldiers stationed in the Pacific were served the meat on the frontlines and remained popular in the area.

“Now is our time to let our Ohana know that we see them, we love them, we’re supporting them,” Kinscher said via ABC 6 News. “We need to come together for Maui it’s going to take years for them to rebuild.”

“What we’re giving them is hope. Hope that they can make it through this catastrophe that they’re currently living through,” added Ethan Forhetz, national spokesperson for Convoy of Hope. Hormel Foods has partnered with ‘The Convoy of Hope’ for the past eight years with the two sides aiding in other natural disasters nationwide.

Judge Claimed Trump Might Flee If He Learned of Secret Order

U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell said that “immediate notification to the customer or subscriber of the TARGET ACCOUNT(S) would seriously jeopardize the ongoing investigation, as such a disclosure would give that person an opportunity to destroy evidence, change patterns of behavior, notify confederates, and flee from prosecution,” according to a filing from Twitter that was among those unsealed by the judge on Aug. 15.

Judge Howell, appointed under President Barack Obama, entered the non-disclosure order at the request of the special counsel Jack Smith’s team.

The order prevented Twitter, now known as X, from alerting President Trump about the warrant, which forced Twitter to provide extensive data from President Trump’s account to Mr. Smith’s team.

Mr. Smith’s team wrote in a filing, also unsealed this week, that the court should approve the non-disclosure order because the former president might try to flee if the order was not entered.

Keeping the warrant secret “furthers several additional governmental interests, including (1) ‘prevent[ing] the escape’ of individuals who may be indicted,” Mr. Smith’s team claimed.

Twitter objected to the claims from Mr. Smith and Judge Howell, arguing that “there is no reason to believe that notification of this latest search warrant in this investigation would suddenly cause former President Trump or any potential confederates to destroy evidence, intimidate witnesses, or to flee prosecution.”

“The former President has announced that he is running for re-election in 2024, which renders it highly implausible that he will attempt to flee the country, and even more unlikely that such flight would be precipitated by this specific warrant,” Twitter lawyers said in the Feb. 2 filing.

In a hearing on Feb. 7, Judge Howell said that she understood Twitter wanted to have the non-disclosure order modified to take out the “potential risk of flight by the president.”

“Although he does have properties overseas that would be probative,” she said.

The risk of flight claim “doesn’t make a lot of sense,” one Twitter lawyer said later.

“I would agree with that,” Judge Howell said.

Prosecutors recanted the claim in their formal response to Twitter later in February, writing that they included the language in error.

Here’s what was referred to this morning about affidavits being ignored by Kemp’s office