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Slick Rick, Mandatory STD Vaccinations, and Corrupt Practices (oh my!)

Posted on 05/31/2011 1:18:50 PM PDT by BereanBrain

AUSTIN (AP) -- Gov. Rick Perry ordered Friday that schoolgirls in Texas must be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer, making Texas the first state to require the shots.

The girls will have to get Merck & Co.'s new vaccine against strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, that are responsible for most cases of cervical cancer.

Merck is bankrolling efforts to pass laws in state legislatures across the country mandating it Gardasil vaccine for girls as young as 11 or 12. It doubled its lobbying budget in Texas and has funneled money through Women in Government, an advocacy group made up of female state legislators around the country.

Details of the order were not immediately available, but the governor's office confirmed to The Associated Press that he was signing the order and he would comment Friday afternoon.

Perry has several ties to Merck and Women in Government. One of the drug company's three lobbyists in Texas is Mike Toomey, his former chief of staff. His current chief of staff's mother-in-law, Texas Republican state Rep. Dianne White Delisi, is a state director for Women in Government.

Toomey was expected to be able to woo conservative legislators concerned about the requirement stepping on parent's rights and about signaling tacit approval of sexual activity to young girls. Delisi, as head of the House public health committee, which likely would have considered legislation filed by a Democratic member, also would have helped ease conservative opposition.

Perry also received $6,000 from Merck's political action committee during his re-election campaign.

It wasn't immediately clear how long the order would last and whether the legislation was still necessary. However it could have been difficult to muster support from lawmakers who champion abstinence education and parents' rights.

Perry, a conservative Christian who opposes abortion rights and stem- cell research using embryonic cells, counts on the religious right for his political base.

But he has said the cervical cancer vaccine is no different than the one that protects children against polio.

"If there are diseases in our society that are going to cost us large amounts of money, it just makes good economic sense, not to mention the health and well being of these individuals to have those vaccines available," he said.

Texas allows parents to opt out of inoculations by filing an affidavit stating that he or she objected to the vaccine for religious or philosophical reasons.

Even with such provisions, however, conservative groups say mandates take away parents' rights to be the primary medical decision maker for their children.

The federal government approved Gardasil in June, and a government advisory panel has recommended that all girls get the shots at 11 and 12, before they are likely to be sexually active.

The New Jersey-based drug company could generate billions in sales if Gardasil _ at $360 for the three-shot regimen _ were made mandatory across the country. Most insurance companies now cover the vaccine, which has been shown to have no serious side effects.

Merck spokeswoman Janet Skidmore would not say how much the company is spending on lobbyists or how much it has donated to Women in Government. Susan Crosby, the group's president, also declined to specify how much the drug company gave.

A top official from Merck's vaccine division sits on Women in Government's business council, and many of the bills around the country have been introduced by members of Women in Government.


TOPICS: Texas; Campaign News; Issues; Parties
KEYWORDS: corruptlobbyist; gardasil
Yet again, Rick puts gets money coming and going....Is there no end to how corrupt RICK PERRY can be?

Nomiate a TRUE CONSERVATIVE, not a CORRUPT FAT CAT who makes south american dictators look honest.

BTW, the Texas HOUSE AND SENATE voted overwhelmingly to OVERRIDE Slick Rick's "purchase order" to his buddies for dangerous vaccines to be forced on schoolgirls.......Glad we have SOME conservatives in Texas.

1 posted on 05/31/2011 1:18:58 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: BereanBrain

You posted an AP article? Without the source? And no excerpt???

5, 4, 3....


2 posted on 05/31/2011 1:22:04 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (I'm a Birther - And a Deather)
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To: BereanBrain

This is SO WRONG. Supposedly the vaccine only has a 5 year “coverage” and this can only be spread by CONTACT of a sexual nature. It also has some deaths connected to it.


3 posted on 05/31/2011 1:22:07 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: BereanBrain

How did he sign it after they overrode it? That is confusing... and fast.


4 posted on 05/31/2011 1:22:18 PM PDT by Ingtar (Together we go broke (from a Pookie18 post))
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To: Responsibility2nd

Yeah, my bad, should be pulled an quoted correctly.....

But that does not change the story, for those of you who think Rick hung the moon....


5 posted on 05/31/2011 1:25:21 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: BereanBrain
Merck is bankrolling efforts to pass laws in state legislatures across the country mandating it Gardasil vaccine for girls as young as 11 or 12.

If it had passed they would have extended it to boys by now.

6 posted on 05/31/2011 1:26:57 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: BereanBrain

And you did it over here too.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-gop/2727733/posts

Look. I’m not the posting police or anything. But haven’t you been here long enough to know how to post?

I do know this: the mods usually just delete the whole thread whenever stuff like this happens. It’s easier than fixing it.


7 posted on 05/31/2011 1:27:47 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (I'm a Birther - And a Deather)
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To: machogirl

They would vaccinate my daughters over my dead body. Rapidly progressing ALS in healthy teenage girls has been associated with this vaccine.

For the first time in my life I am glad that we don’t live in Texas.


8 posted on 05/31/2011 1:28:20 PM PDT by Spudx7
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To: Responsibility2nd

It’s from Feb, 2007.


9 posted on 05/31/2011 1:28:54 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: BereanBrain

Wow, going back to the grooveyard of forgotten favorites (2007) are we? PDS?


10 posted on 05/31/2011 1:34:47 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Spudx7

Concur. Violating the integrity of any person’s physical entity is unconscionable.


11 posted on 05/31/2011 1:45:32 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (You know if I don’t remember I’m gonna forget.)
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To: Spudx7
I don't support mandatory HPV vaccines, but I also don't support vaccine fear mongering. This is the actual quotation from the san francisco doctor who made the claims:

"We don't know for sure if it's coincidence or if they're connected [to the vaccine]," she tells WebMD. "We hope that by raising awareness, we will become aware of any other cases."

from this article: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=106662

12 posted on 05/31/2011 1:45:58 PM PDT by MrShoop
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To: Spudx7

My hairdresser has a family history of cervical cancer so she fell for the “better safe than sorry” routine from her pediatrician. Her daughter got the vaccine at 12. Now, she tells me that the same pediatrician has stopped recommending it since he read several medical reports that it may be linked to infertility. I feel horrible for her. Her beautiful daughter is 18 and who knows what her future may hold. OVER MY DEAD BODY WOULD my daughters get that vaccine.


13 posted on 05/31/2011 1:47:10 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: BereanBrain

Link? This is AP, excerpting only. Sheesh, you must really hate Perry.


14 posted on 05/31/2011 2:03:52 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: BereanBrain
This is the 2nd posting you've made about Perry that “looks” like it is current when it is actually several years old.

I can't stand Perry either but posting things without their date are a little disingenuous.

15 posted on 05/31/2011 2:05:03 PM PDT by Mac n Jac (www.vetsfightingms.org)
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To: BereanBrain

I thought this was a dead issue.


16 posted on 05/31/2011 2:18:38 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: TLI
It’s from Feb, 2007.

Like Rick or not, this is a really cheap shot. Someone needs punished for this. If listed as sarcasm that is one thing. This is another.

We all knew he supported this when it first came out (bonehead mistake then), but this is a clear lie.

17 posted on 05/31/2011 2:18:45 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: TLI

Here is the probable source. The AP article is listed with no source there too.

http://www.thedeltareport.com/2011/05/slick-rick-mandatory-std-vaccinations-and-corrupt-practices-oh-my/


18 posted on 05/31/2011 2:21:27 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Texas Fossil; BereanBrain

That’s strange. That link goes to the same title, but only a few lines of the article are available there.

Where did BereanBrain get the rest of the article from?


19 posted on 05/31/2011 2:57:54 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Where did BereanBrain get the rest of the article from?

I suspect his butt.....

20 posted on 05/31/2011 3:11:03 PM PDT by RVN Airplane Driver
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To: freekitty

Do you belong to Moveon.org?

It’s not a dead issue because it speaks to Rick’s idea of the ROLE of government, and the WAY he does biz in the “smokey backroom”.

Just wait until he throws his hat in the ring — don’t you imagine this would come out if he were the nominee? Or do you think the liberal press would give good ol’ Rick a pass?

I think not, therefore, Let’s get Rick out of the running before he mucks up the race with someone who can’t stand the scrutiny under the hot, national press spotlight.

head in sand is not a plan......


21 posted on 05/31/2011 3:13:11 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: smoothsailing
Where did BereanBrain get the rest of the article from?

Have no idea, but I suspect from an early article in 2007 and rehashed title. Listed with no source but AP. I might look in the AP archive to see if I can find it. Intentional Dem misinformation job.

22 posted on 05/31/2011 3:26:32 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: BereanBrain

Geez, what kind of brain deformity are you afflicted with? All I said I thought it was a dead issue; because the public fought back the first time it became an issue.

I know exactly who Gov Perry is.

I would suggest before you shoot off your very uninformed mouth; use what little brain function you have.


23 posted on 05/31/2011 3:35:37 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: BereanBrain

Oh, and anyone that accuses someone of being on the Lib side right out of the gate is probably on the Lib side.,


24 posted on 05/31/2011 3:36:43 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: smoothsailing

I think this is the original article, but the title does not match. It does not appear to be an AP article.

The first few paragraphs are word for word the same as the posted article.

Friday, Feb. 2, 2007 3:57 p.m. EST

“Texas Gov. Mandates Cancer Vaccine for Girls”

http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2007/2/2/155930.shtml?s=ic

Someone is committing fraud. My guess a Dem.


25 posted on 05/31/2011 3:39:33 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: BereanBrain

What is the source of your article?

This appears to be the original article from 2007.

First few paragraphs are word for word identical text.

Friday, Feb. 2, 2007 3:57 p.m. EST

“Texas Gov. Mandates Cancer Vaccine for Girls”

http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2007/2/2/155930.shtml?s=ic

Someone is committing fraud. My guess a Dem.


26 posted on 05/31/2011 3:41:11 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: freekitty

You can easily go back on FR and see my posts over years have been conservative.

Just because I am a dyed in the wool conservative does NOT mean I support CROOKS.

We have them, they have them.....The difference is, we DON’T RELECT ours after they show their true colors.


27 posted on 05/31/2011 3:45:05 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: BereanBrain

Did you intentionally copy the 2 articles and post them here with new titles and no source but listed as “Campaign News”????

If you did, you are on very shaky ground.


28 posted on 05/31/2011 4:06:12 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Texas Fossil

They are articles originally from Dallas Morning News, and other widely reported across the state.

What is news is that Rick is now making noises about running.

Let’s not play into the opponent’s hand by letting poor candidates run.

It was posted in the correct venue, but an excerpt and link would have been proper form.

I guess you are right, it’s not news that Rick Perry is slimey.


29 posted on 05/31/2011 4:14:01 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: BereanBrain

Your first mistake was assuming I supported anyone.

Second mistake was calling me a lib in so many words.

You should really think before you start opening your yap.


30 posted on 05/31/2011 4:29:09 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: BereanBrain

First of all, there was an opt out clause in the original exeutive order. It was never in reality “mandatory.” My son and his wife have opted my grandkids (ages 15 and 16) out of ALL vaccinations here in Texas, and have attended public and private schools here. It is always the parent’s choice, and Perry even stated that in an interview, saying parents would have the final word and they could opt their children out for religious, scientific, or any other reason - the final decision rested with the parents. So much hysteria about something that happened 4 years ago. But the lies continue. And I am a conservative, and I did not approve of what Perry wanted to do, but I knew it was not really mandatory, either.

Perry’s ties with Merck are fair game, but the hysteria over a “mandatory” vaccine that was never mandatory in reality is just silly. Once again two of my grandkids have NEVER received any vaccinations in their entire lives as their parents opted them out for religious reasons, and they have attended both public and private schools here in Texas.


31 posted on 05/31/2011 4:40:04 PM PDT by Texas Deb
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To: Texas Deb

So you support someone who want to increase state control over for example, vaccinations required of students (for other than religious reasons)?

Isn’t that a “big government” position?

Just asking...


32 posted on 05/31/2011 4:45:47 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: Texas Fossil; BereanBrain

Good sleuthing!

It also was posted on FR when it was first published in 2007. The thread got over 700 hits. The source is the Houston Chronicle and it carries an AP byline....

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1778223/posts

At the time, many freepers lambasted Perry, while a few pointed out the opt-out provision.


33 posted on 05/31/2011 6:29:55 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

A lot of people on FR and many in Texas do not like “Governor Rick”. But as far as I can tell the 3 bonehead moves he has made were: supporting Giuliani for President, promoting the Gardisil vaccine and supporting the Trans Texas Corridor.

Past that he has done a pretty good job as governor.

I have never met him, but he is from Haskell County, where I live and where my family has lived since the 1880’s.

I know his parents and was a delegate at the Texas Republican Convention the year he was elected to governor on his own for the first time.

My daughter and son-in-law know Rick and have been to many functions that he attended. They live near, not in, Austin.

I have no issue with people bringing forward valid criticism of any office holder or POL. But if they distort the information presented that is a whole other issue.

I have hated cheap political shots since I saw the little girl picking the daisy with the nuke going off in the background during the Goldwater campaign. (Bill Moyer’s cheap shot)


34 posted on 05/31/2011 6:51:43 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Spudx7

When my pediatricians office listed this as one of the vaccines needed/suggested for school, I said: “NO WAY” and listed the reasons why to the nurse. She hadn’t heard of the deadly side effects.

If they were to make this state law in AZ, I would refuse.


35 posted on 05/31/2011 7:19:02 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: Texas Fossil

I live in Pennsylvania, so my interest in Rick Perry has started recently with the presidential candidacy speculation.

I’ve posted a couple of articles about it and done a little research on his position on issues. So far he seems to be a relatively conservative politician who has a long track record in Texas. In that time he’s gotten a few things wrong, particularly the ones you mention.

I was reminded in something I read yesterday of the saying “The perfect is the enemy of the good”. From what I know so far, Perry has been a pretty good governor and stacks up just fine against the current Republican presidential wannabes. I would argue that he has a solid Texas success story to tell that could dwarf his competition and rock Obama back on his heels, if smartly packaged and promoted.

I know what you mean about cheap political shots, I don’t like them either. I’ve noticed that Perry critics on most every thread I’ve seen can be quite passionate, some to the point of abrasive personal attacks on other freepers. They do their cause no good with such behavior.


36 posted on 05/31/2011 7:54:24 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
They do their cause no good with such behavior.

Yep, makes some of us suspicious they might support the enemy.

37 posted on 05/31/2011 8:02:00 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: smoothsailing

And amid all this speculation about Rick Perry, I don’t think he will run.

He is in a pretty good position where he is and I think he likes being Governor. He would certainly be out of place among the Libs in DC.


38 posted on 05/31/2011 8:05:20 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: smoothsailing

and now we have a bill that Perry probably will sign, that make it a 250$ fine for texting while driving.

Nanny-State anyone?


39 posted on 05/31/2011 9:28:31 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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