November 1st, 2005

Reason #6,034,296 Why I Hate Fundamentalists

Cervical Cancer Vaccine Gets Injected With a Social Issue
Some Fear a Shot For Teens Could Encourage Sex
A new vaccine that protects against cervical cancer has set up a clash between health advocates who want to use the shots aggressively to prevent thousands of malignancies and social conservatives who say immunizing teenagers could encourage sexual activity.

Although the vaccine will not become available until next year at the earliest, activists on both sides have begun maneuvering to influence how widely the immunizations will be employed.

Groups working to reduce the toll of the cancer are eagerly awaiting the vaccine and want it to become part of the standard roster of shots that children, especially girls, receive just before puberty.

Because the vaccine protects against a sexually transmitted virus, many conservatives oppose making it mandatory, citing fears that it could send a subtle message condoning sexual activity before marriage. Several leading groups that promote abstinence are meeting this week to formulate official policies on the vaccine...
So, in the name of Jesus' love - let's allow women to die from cancer rather than entertain the possibility of them having sex before marriage. Did you hear that? That was the sound of the logic train screaming through the station at 700MPH.

Hat tip to pir_anha for this story, I read it earlier in WaPo but thanks for pointing it out all the same.

Excuse me, kettle, but you're black as hell.

Few things bring me a greater sense of joy than when hypocrisy is exposed, especially when it is hypocrisy of the Republican flavor - that flavor admittedly being mostly boring, bland and bordering on bitter. Alliteration aside, a few things went down this afternoon that brought a smile to my face.

The first was when Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid did the Jedi mind trick (Reid Demands Answers, Accountability) on the floor calling for a closed session. See also Why Reid did what he did. Then predictably, the GOP flips out.
The unexpected shutdown immediately provoked a furious reaction from Senate Republicans, who denounced it as a stunt and an affront.

Frist angrily denounced the move, charging that "the United States Senate has been hijacked by the Democratic leadership." He told reporters that he has never as majority leader "been slapped in the face with such an affront to the leadership of this grand institution."

Frist called the closed session "a pure stunt" by Reid, Durbin and the Democratic leadership.

"This is an affront to me personally," he said. "It's an affront to our leadership. It's an affront to the United States of America. And it is wrong."

Frist sharply criticized Reid personally, saying he could never trust the Democratic leader again.

Alrighty then, fuckstick. I'll play your game. You may be a surgeon, but I'm dissecting this one.

For starters, YOU Bill Frist do not get to use phrases like "the United States Senate has been hijacked by the Democratic leadership" in light of your own party's well documented self whoring to the religious reich. Consider this before you go on about a political party that has been hijacked.

Between yourself and Tom DeLay alone, you have enough shit on your hands in the way of your own respective scandals and ethics violations that you need not say things like "I have never been slapped in the face with such an affront to the leadership of this grand institution" or for that matter use words like "trust", but I'm loving that you stand in front of the cameras and give your best outraged grandstanding and empty posturing. Don't worry about whether or not you can trust Harry Reid, you need to worry about the dogs in your own kennel that are biting you in your overindulged ass!

A "pure stunt" on behalf of the Reid-led Democrats? Um, WTF? YOU, of all people, GOP Senate Majority Leader trying to call out a "pure stunt"?

Keep shooting yourself in the foot, Bill. Eventually you'll make it up to your temple.


C&L has video up of both the Senate shutdown and Frist's reaction and Reid's press conference.