Week ending Saturday, September 17, 2011
This week you should run like hell from:
Supporting Michele Bachmann, if you’re a conservative…
When she first began her run, I thought Michele Bachmann had character. I even liked the fact that she would dance with her large dude husband, Marcus. I like large dudes being married to good looking women. But as time has drawn on, she’s beginning to remind me of a wannabe cast member auditioning for a part in “Fargo”. Now, as the debates have progressed, her Minnesota accent grates in my Southern ears.
Scrappy-doo Michele took on the big dog this past week at the debate in Tampa, Florida when she accused 3-term Texas Governor Rick Perry of wanting to give “innocent little twelve year old girls a government injection”. This mainlined a near-porno-video visual into the brains of tea partiers who feel that they’ve had enough of the ‘fed’rul gummint’ sticking it to them. Bachmann labeled the vaccine, Gardasil, “potentially dangerous” that Perry, by executive order would be forcing on middle-school girls in Texas. Michele, immediately following the debate, quoted a woman who tearfully complained to her that her daughter had “suffered mental retardation” after her injection of Gardasil. Neither science nor truth is on Michele’s side.
After 35 million injections there have been absolutely no instances of the sudden onset of “mental retardation” as a side effect of Gardasil. (Although the same, perhaps, cannot be said of the effect of running for President). In fact, a panel of the FDA has voted 7-1 that this same drug is effective in blocking the human papilloma virus (HPV) in young men aged 9 to 26. According to “the science”, HPV causes warts and certain rare cancers of the genitals in both men and women. And those pesky genital warts, too. Gardasil may be the only injection out there that can effectively prevent certain kinds of cervical cancer. But the issue may be, did Perry do the right thing by issuing an executive order requiring the injections?
Texas has an interesting population. We have a lot of teen pregnancies compared to the rest of the country. If that is so, then it stands to reason that if there is a vaccine out there to be administered that will cut cancer rates for sexually active people we could save the government billions in future healthcare costs, particularly here in Texas. We have a lot of folks without any kind of healthcare insurance–relatively speaking. Why? We have a lot of folks arriving here through our porous southern border who come here to become dependent on our welfare system. They get educated in our schools and add to our high drop out rates. They hook up and have anchor babies here while our property taxes pay for their children’s births. Continue reading