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  • More on Perry's HPV vaccination scandal (opinion)

    09/14/2011 10:33:27 AM PDT · by Scythian · 132 replies
    Natural News ^ | Mike Adams
    But the story gets even more interesting when you start connecting the dots. A key Merck lobbyist, a man named Mike Toomey, actually served as the governor's chief of staff. In other words, a former top power person for the governor now works for Merck, the drug company that gave money to the campaign of the governor who essentially used dictatorial power to mandate, without any public debate whatsoever, the mass vaccination of young girls with a drug that will earn tens of millions of dollars in profits for Merck. Sound suspicious? It should. The "dirty money connection" seems obvious...
  • Rick Perry to Meet with Donald Trump

    09/14/2011 9:29:48 AM PDT · by Hawk720 · 41 replies ^ | 09/14/2011 | Jen Wlach
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry will meet with real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump in New York on Wednesday, ABC News has learned. After speaking this morning to a conservative Christian audience in Virginia at Liberty University, Perry will attend fundraisers in Virginia, before heading to New York for his private sit down with The Donald and more fundraisers, according source familiar with the meeting. Trump caused a stir when he considered his own presidential bid earlier this year. He ultimately decided not to run, but has tried to continue to influence politics, offering advice to Republicans from...
  • Bachmann Stayed Quiet on Mandatory Vaccinations While Serving Minnesota

    09/14/2011 6:49:22 AM PDT · by BfloGuy · 107 replies
    RedState ^ | 9/13/2011 | Ben Howe
    Bachmann is making the case that opposing vaccinations required by the state is fundamentally a conservative issue, which is news to many conservatives given that mandatory vaccinations have been around as long as they have, and, to my knowledge, we haven’t made it a big part of the Republican platform to oppose them. But if you listened to Bachmann last night, it’s clear that she believes this is the type of issue on which a presidential candidate must stand, must do the right thing, and cannot waver in putting this forth as a conservative principle lest we risk infecting millions...
  • Perry courts religious voters, calls for defense of ‘Christian values’

    09/14/2011 8:53:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | September 14, 2011 | Cameron Joseph, The Ballot Box
    LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Republican presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry used his speech to a packed audience at the conservative evangelical Liberty University to discuss his own faith – and to call for more Christian influence on America. The governor, whose speech at the university was scheduled long before his presidential announcement, is looking to burnish his already-strong evangelical credentials ahead of early primaries in Iowa and South Carolina, two states with heavy numbers of evangelical voters. [snip] He said that his “communion with God” had helped him find the path for his life. Interweaving biblical anecdotes, Perry called...
  • Why Rick Perry would lose the General Election (Vanity)

    09/14/2011 6:04:48 AM PDT · by no dems · 207 replies
    September 14, 2011 | no dems
    I was so disappointed in Rick Perry's two Debate performances. The guy was so friggin' unprepared for both. And, people who watched the Debates objectively, know what so many of us who are Texans have known for years; Rick Perry is a light-weight. FReepers, we need a candidate who can take out Obama in the Debates and Perry is not that man. Obama will wipe the floor with him, and besides, Perry has too friggin' much baggage; which I will list, in part, below: 1. The SS Ponzi Scheme thing plays well among "red-meat" Conservatives but wll not play well...
  • Giving Up on Bachmann

    09/14/2011 6:05:05 AM PDT · by freespirited · 165 replies
    Powerline ^ | 09/14/11 | Steven Hayward
    Up to now I’ve thought Michele Bachman was the most impressive performer in the GOP field, going toe-to-toe with the “big boys” in the field, out-arguing them on several occasions, and introducing serious constitutional arguments that the rest of the field (even Perry) are too timid to attempt. She’s right to go after Rick Perry on the issue of mandating the use of the Gardisil vaccine, along with the issue of “crony capitalism,” both of which get at the issue of a potential president’s sense of the reach and limits of state power. Perry is a mixed bag on this...
  • Perry Wins One-on-One Battle With Romney, Gets Bloodied by Field

    09/14/2011 6:07:46 AM PDT · by shield · 47 replies
    Human Events ^ | September 13th, 2011 | Tony Lee
    There were two questions going into Monday's GOP presidential debate, which was sponsored by CNN and the Tea Party Express. First, who would emerge as the victor in the battle between Mitt Romney​ and Rick Perry, the two Republican front-runners, over Social Security. Second, which candidates would elbow their way into the conversation? Perry Wins Battle Against Romney After Perry characterized Social Security as a "Ponzi scheme" in a debate last week in California at the Reagan Library, Romney tried to pounce on those comments by accusing Perry of trying to kill Social Security. Romney tried to depict Perry as...
  • Perry vs. Obamacare

    09/13/2011 9:33:16 PM PDT · by Clairity · 28 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Sept. 14, 2011 | Boston Herald Editorial Staff
    Perry is certainly on target in his criticism of Obamacare. It may well hold the keys to the White House. A poll out just yesterday from the Associated Press and the National Constitution Center pointed out the overwhelming opposition nationally to the president's signature health care legislation. Some 82 percent of those surveyed said the federal government should not have the power to require Americans to buy health care insurance. Fully 95 percent of Republicans polled agreed. But even more startling was the fact that 87 percent of independent voters - those who truly hold the key to any presidential...
  • Perry suggests Romney sounds like a liberal

    09/13/2011 8:42:21 PM PDT · by quantim · 28 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Sep 13, 10:46 PM EDT | STEVE PEOPLES
    BOSTON (AP) -- A day after they clashed at a GOP presidential debate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry told conservatives in rival Mitt Romney's home state that their former governor sounds like a liberal. And without naming him directly, Perry said Romney has changed his position on Social Security. "Other candidates in this race have used words like `fraud' and compared it to a criminal enterprise," Perry said, referencing language Romney used in his book to discuss issues involving Social Security. "Under the media spotlight, they change their tune and they start sounding like liberals." Perry made the comments at a...
  • Rick Perry Loves Stealing Other People's Limelight (The Left tries to use Palin to beat-up Perry)

    09/13/2011 4:32:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 13, 2011 | Elspeth Reeve
    When Rick Perry announced he was running for president the very same day Michele Bachmann won the Ames straw poll in Iowa -- and then proceeded to chat up Republicans in her hometown of Waterloo -- some saw it as a genius move. Others saw it as a dick move. But it looks like Perry has a record of stomping all over everyone else's dress on her big day. In 2008, the Texan literally grabbed Sarah Palin by the arm and yanked her out of the spotlight. The Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan highlights this video from a Republican Governors Association...
  • Texas governor orders STD vaccine for all girls [4 year old article]

    09/13/2011 4:13:15 PM PDT · by perfect_rovian_storm · 116 replies · 1+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | 2/3/2007 | Associated Press
    Merck is bankrolling efforts to pass state laws across the country mandating Gardasil 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. ...SNIP... Perry has ties to Merck and Women in Government. One of the drug company’s three lobbyists in Texas is Mike Toomey, Perry’s 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. The governor also received...
  • HPV Vaccine Mandates Risky and Expensive (Vaccine Safety Group Finds Serious Reactions, High Costs)

    02/06/2007 8:58:03 PM PST · by Marie · 153 replies · 2,121+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | Feb 1, 2007 | Unknown
    ~snip~since the CDC's July 2006 universal use recommendation for all young girls, NVIC found reports of loss of consciousness, seizures, joint pain and Guillain-Barre Syndrome. In a separate evaluation of costs for young girls being vaccinated in private pediatrician offices, NVIC discovered that parents living in the Washington, D.C. area will be paying between $500 and $900 to have their daughters receive three doses of GARDASIL."GARDASIL safety appears to have been studied in fewer than 2,000 girls aged 9 to 15 years pre-licensure clinical trials and it is unclear how long they were followed up. VAERS is now receiving reports...
  • Drug Conglomerate funds campaign to impose Mandatory HPV Vaccine on Young Girls

    02/02/2007 3:01:03 PM PST · by wagglebee · 39 replies · 1,782+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/2/07 | Gudrun Schultz
    UNITED STATES, February 2, 2007 ( - A nation-wide campaign to introduce mandatory vaccination against the sexually-transmitted Human Papilloma Virus for girls as young as nine is being funded by the drug company that produced the vaccine. Gardasil, the highly-publicized vaccine recently developed to prevent HPV infections in sexually active young women, has been aggressively marketed in the US as a protection against the disease responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancer. HPV is contracted through sexual activity, with sexually promiscuous behavior greatly increasing the likelihood of infection. The massive drug company Merck and Co. developed the vaccine. Merck...
  • The skeletons in Rick Perry's closet

    07/25/2011 8:36:16 PM PDT · by BereanBrain · 126 replies
    CBS ^ | July 25, 2011 5:22 AM | By Brian Montopoli
    <p>As I have been saying, Perry is not a fit conservative candidate.</p>
  • Downright eerie how Perry's people talked about Merck product on same day Merck gave Perry money

    02/24/2007 7:40:00 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 40 replies · 845+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | Sunday, February 25, 2007 | JOHN KELSO
    I wonder how many people actually believe it when the governor's office says it was just a coincidence that the drug company Merck donated $5,000 to Rick Perry's campaign on the same day Perry's people discussed Merck's HPV vaccine. Hey, it could happen. Coincidences happen all the time, like when an 18-wheeler jackknifes on Interstate 35, and a traffic jam follows. Or, Dick Cheney shows up, and a protest breaks out. Or Christmas is coming comes, and Santa appears at the mall. Coincidence or not, what I can't figure out is why the governor only got $5,000. That's chicken...
  • Perry orders anti-cancer vaccine for schoolgirls

    02/02/2007 1:28:44 PM PST · by YCTHouston · 785 replies · 15,008+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Feb. 2, 2007 | LIZ AUSTIN PETERSON
    AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry ordered today 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,...
  • Rick Perry Compares Pro-abortion Giuliani to Ronald Reagan

    08/16/2011 11:31:26 PM PDT · by South40 · 58 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2008
    Rick Perry on Rudy Giuliani: "He's the closest thing we have to a Ronald Reagan Republican in this race". Slick-Rick apparently thought PRO-ABORTION, PRO-GAY, ANTI-GUN Rudy Giuliani was closer to President Ronald Reagan than was Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, Tom Tancredo and/or Fred Thompson.
  • Gardasil Linked to Nerve Disorder Cervical Cancer Vaccine May Raise Risk of Guillain-Barre Syndrome

    05/01/2009 3:36:55 PM PDT · by pillut48 · 12 replies · 728+ views
    WebMD ^ | April 30, 2009 | Charlene Laino
    (Seattle) -- Girls and women who receive the Gardasil vaccine to prevent cervical cancer may be at increased risk of a rare but serious disorder of the nervous system in the first few weeks after getting their shots, researchers report. Overall, the vaccine does not raise the odds of developing Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), a disorder of the peripheral nervous system, says Nizar Souayah, MD, of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. “But there is clear evidence from our database of an increased incidence of Guillain-Barre syndrome in the first six weeks, especially the first two...
  • Perry's Twin Mandates For Kids---Gardasil for the Veins; Islamopropaganda for the Brains

    08/20/2011 11:52:40 AM PDT · by Brices Crossroads · 327 replies
    08/20/2011 | Brices Crossroads
    Before I began to research Rick Perry's record, I perceived him to be nothing more than a garden variety southern Republican governor, probably conservative, certainly more conservative than his 2010 opponent Kay Bailey Hutchison. But the fact that he had such a spirited challenge from both sides in the GOP primary, both from the moderates AND the Conservatives, made me wonder just how conservative he really was. Just a bit of research revealed the gardasil mandate on preteen girls and their parents (and the cronysim associated with it), his full throated advocacy of open borders, including a pipeline for illegals...
  • Rick Perry's Gardasil Problem

    07/25/2011 4:37:40 PM PDT · by AHerald · 104 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | June 4, 2011 | Tom Bevan
    Gov. Perry chose to bypass the legislature and on Feb. 2, 2007, he issued an executive order making Texas the first state in the country requiring all sixth-grade girls to receive the three-shot vaccination series (which cost about $120 per shot). ... The controversy over Perry's decision deepened as it came to light that his former chief of staff was a lobbyist for Merck and that his chief of staff's mother-in-law, Rep. Dianne White Delisi, was the state director of an advocacy group bankrolled by Merck to push legislatures across the country to put forward bills mandating the Gardasil vaccine...
  • Notes on the Republican Debate

    09/13/2011 3:22:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Rush ^ | September 13, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I have to tell you, these debates are excellent. They are entertaining. They are eye opening. There are some things wrong with them, obviously. I mean some of these people are making mistakes, but that's to be expected in these circumstances. It is really entertaining to go from person to person to person. I thought Wolf Blitzed kept it moving last night. Last night reminded me of the first debate where it was constant conservatism on parade. I'm just talking about overall, just the overview of this last night. Sure, all of these candidates have flaws. They've...
  • Michele Bachmann Jumps the Shark by Suggesting HPV Vaccine Can Cause "Mental Retardation"

    09/13/2011 3:24:23 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 159 replies ^ | 9/13/11 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Perry goofed up by using an executive order on the Gardasil -- there's no question he goofed up on it -- instead of taking it to the Texas legislature. He's admitted that over and over again. I think one of the reasons that Perry gets tired is that he had all the questions. He had to answer every question three or four times last night, and he did it smiling. I tell you, I would have probably (by the third or fourth time they came at me on this) have said, "What more do you need to hear on...
  • [NV Governor] Sandoval Endorses Rick Perry For President (big deal, since Mitt needs NV)

    09/13/2011 3:14:42 PM PDT · by Hawk720 · 12 replies ^ | 09/13/2011 | Perry for President
    Our nation needs a leader in the White House who understands the role of government and our economy. Governor Rick Perry has the strongest record of job creation, fiscal discipline, and executive branch leadership among the presidential candidates. As a governor, Rick Perry created a tremendous blueprint for job creation and as President, I know he will get America working again. I consider Governor Perry a friend and I am proud to endorse his campaign for President.
  • Pro-Rick Perry radio ads hit Iowa

    07/26/2011 5:06:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 99 replies
    Politico ^ | July 26, 2011 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    GrowPAC, a group founded by former New York Senate candidate David Malpass, will air radio ads in Iowa urging people to write Perry's name onto the Ames straw poll ballot. "President Obama is making things worse. We need a president who will stop this," Malpass says in the spot. "Iowa has a chance to turn things around for America. At the Ames Straw Poll write in Rick Perry, he can win and make America secure again. I worked for Ronald Reagan and I know how countries create growth and jobs. Let’s give Rick Perry a chance." Continue Reading The 60-second...
  • California mulls giving 12-year-olds STD vaccine Gardasil without parental consent

    08/12/2011 2:02:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 62 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 12, 2011 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    WASHINGTON, August 12, 2011 ( - The California legislature is now pushing through a bill to remove parental notification for children as young as 12 to receive the dangerous STD vaccine Gardasil. The American Life League reports that each treatment of the HPV vaccine Gardasil, has an average cost of over $360, a sum that would be footed by taxpayers. Gardasil, the most popular HPV vaccine, has been found to cause dangerous side effects and as many as twelve deaths in the United States alone. The state had attempted but failed in 2007 to mandate HPV vaccinations for all girls...
  • Rick Perry admits HPV vaccine mandate a mistake

    08/15/2011 10:49:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/15/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    As Tim Pawlenty said early in the campaign, if you govern long enough, you’ll have a clunker or two on your record. The key to running for higher office is whether the candidate can acknowledge, explain, and if necessary apologize for them while maintaining credibility. Rick Perry faced that challenge in libertarian-tinged New Hampshire over a mandate he pushed to vaccinate young girls against the HPV virus, a cause of cervical cancer, a mandate that a friendly legislature overturned when Texans balked at the notion. Perry said he made a mistake, and the legislature took the right action: His third...
  • Ten things about Rick Perry that may worry some conservatives

    08/17/2011 9:24:25 PM PDT · by TBP · 205 replies ^ | August 2011 | Texas on the Potomac
    Rick Perry has counted on the staunch support of Texas conservatives during his two decades of statewide triumphs in Texas. He’s an anti-tax, anti-spending, anti-regulation, anti-Washington stalwart. Richard A. Viguerie, chairman of and a leader on the right since the days of Ronald Reagan, called Perry a “committed conservative” whose presidential announcement “brought a wave of relief to conservatives.” Then why are some conservative bloggers and activists warning others on the political right about a Perry presidential candidacy? “Before Republicans start salivating too heavily, it is important to examine Perry closely,” says conservative talk-show host David Zublick. “His conservative...
  • Perry Says Vaccine Order Was Mistake

    08/18/2011 12:47:22 AM PDT · by Fred · 99 replies
    WSJ ^ | 081811 | ALICIA MUNDY
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, under questioning from voters in recent days, has switched positions on a 2007 executive order he issued mandating the vaccination of all young girls before they enter sixth grade to ward off cervical cancer. Mr. Perry's order that Texas school girls receive the vaccine, Gardasil, made by Merck & Co., was overturned by the state legislature and never got off the ground. But it still has roiled conservatives and Christian groups for years. After long defending the decision, Mr. Perry has apologized repeatedly for the order since launching his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. As...
  • The Glaring Differences Between Palin & Perry

    08/19/2011 7:09:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 48 replies
    Conservatives 4 Palin ^ | August 19 2011 | Stacy Drake
    After his announcement last weekend, Rick Perry’s record has come under considerable scrutiny from the media and the blogs. One of the most notable items of discussion has been about an executive order that Perry signed, mandating young girls to receive the HPV vaccine known as Gardasil. It was so controversial that the Texas State Legislature stepped in and repealed the law just weeks after Perry had pushed it through.Tuesday evening, Michelle Malkin published a very detailed column about Perry’s Gardasil mandate. She wrote: In February 2007, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a shocking executive order forcing every sixth-grade girl...
  • Perry's health policy perspective

    08/20/2011 3:08:58 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 92 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 18, 2011 | Benjamin Domenech, research fellow at The Heartland Institute
    With Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s entry into the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, it’s worth taking a look at his views on health care, which remains one of the most critical domestic policy challenges facing the nation, and one where the next president will have a game-changing impact on the nation’s future. Perry’s actions have made his position clear. He has consistently opposed President Barack Obama’s health care law, has joined the state lawsuit against the individual mandate, declined to participate in the new federal high-risk pools, and made public his refusal to create a state-level health insurance exchange mandated by...
  • Why CMA supported Perry's HPV vaccination order

    08/26/2011 10:46:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies · 1+ views
    One News Now ^ | August 26, 2011 | Bill Bumpas
    GOP presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry is taking a lot of heat from some conservatives for issuing an executive order in 2007 that required middle-school-age girls to be vaccinated for HPV -- a sexually transmitted disease that is a main cause for cervical cancer. Dr. David Stevens, CEO of the Christian Medical Association (CMA), says his group sent a letter to Governor Perry at the time. While remaining neutral, the CMA told him they were not opposed to his mandate, as long it included an easy opt-out for parents -- which it did. "In most states, and Texas...
  • Rick Perry loves big government and other true political stories

    09/01/2011 9:06:58 PM PDT · by Tempest · 191 replies
    WSJ Marketwatch ^ | Cody Willard
    I spoke to a group of politically active, so-called conservatives last week at a hotel here in my New Mexico hometown. One of the topics that kept coming up was whether I despised Texas Gov. Rick Perry as much as I despised most other candidates that the Republican/Democrat regime is trying to force me to pick from in the next election. Let’s think through some deep thoughts and do fact-checking on Perry and the entire Left/Right paradigm as most people seem to see it right now: You can spend about five minutes on the governor’s official website confirming that Rick...
  • Steve Forbes: I'm Leaning Toward Perry Endorsement

    09/01/2011 9:26:08 PM PDT · by Clairity · 90 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Aug. 31, 2011 | Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter
    Forbes magazine editor Steve Forbes says he "very impressed" with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and is leaning toward endorsing him for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. "Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, is now the front-runner. He's had a good record even though liberals are now trying to trash it, along with perhaps some of his GOP opponents," Forbes, a two-time presidential candidate, tells Newsmax. "He did some very good things in reforming their personal injury liability system, very very positive reforms. He encouraged energy production instead of states like California that discourage it, and refused to put in a...
  • Levin Says Rick Perry "Up there with (Candidates) Acceptable to Me," After Perry Call

    09/03/2011 4:04:09 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 129 replies
    Radio Show ^ | Yesterday | Mark Levin
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry called in to Mark Levin's radio show and the two had a wide-ranging conversation. Levin ended by saying, while he is not endorsing anyone yet for the GOP Nomination, Perry is "up there with candidates acceptable to me."
  • Opposing HPV Vaccine "Unethical" - M.D. Anderson Cancer Center President

    09/13/2011 11:03:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 216 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | September 13, 2011 | Reeve Hamilton
    Gov. Rick Perry's 2007 attempt to require that girls in Texas be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, commonly known as HPV, has become a political hot potato. But Dr. Ronald DePinho, the new president of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, says the vaccine is not just sound but "one of the great scientific advances in the history of medicine." In last night's GOP presidential debate, Perry faced repeated criticism from other candidates for his HPV push. Michele Bachmann said it was “flat out wrong” to require that “innocent little 12-year-old girls be forced to have a government injection through...
  • Michele Bachmann: Accidental Kamikaze

    09/13/2011 12:51:57 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 133 replies
    RedState ^ | September 13, 2011 | streiff
    I’ve been leaning towards Rick Perry for a few weeks with Michele Bachmann as my second choice if he implodes. My first preference didn’t change last night but my second place choice did. Last night Michele Bachmann lost my support. She not only lost it for consideration as a presidential nominee, she lost it period. Full stop. In my view she beclowned herself beyond redemption and the sooner she disappears from the national stage the better. For reasons that seem to have more to do with being behind Ron Paul in the polls and trying to scab some of the...
  • Gardasil and the GOP

    09/13/2011 2:48:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 188 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | September 13, 2011 | Henry I. Miller
    More than an hour into last night’s debate, Rep. Michele Bachmann attacked Gov. Rick Perry on the HPV vaccination controversy — or more accurately pseudo-controversy. It stems from an executive order issued by Perry in 2007 that required all Texas girls to receive Gardasil, a vaccine against the most common strains of human papilloma virus, before entering the sixth grade. However, Texas lawmakers blocked that mandate. Some critics argued that the vaccine was too new to have been confirmed safe, while others said that Perry’s order would preempt parental rights or give girls a false sense of security, possibly causing...
  • What’s so electable about Rick Perry?

    09/12/2011 7:26:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post's ComPost ^ | September 12, 2011 | Alexandra Petri
    Electability. It's an elusive quality. It's like chemistry, between movie stars. It's like tinnitus, for wine. Or is that tannins? You know what I mean — the quality of wine that keeps wine experts' voices ringing in your ears when you are stuck next to them at dinners. It's like buzz. It's like the It factor. It's what Bertie Wooster would call a certain indefinable Thingness. Somehow, we have this idea that a person can be “electable.” Of course, you can’t be electable in a vacuum. If I am electable in the middle of a forest and no one is...
  • Rick Perry’s Political Judo

    09/12/2011 8:42:02 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 134 replies ^ | 09-12-2011 | sayoung80913
    As I have said before, it constantly amazes me to watch what the media describes as “experienced” senior campaign advisers fail to follow through and do their research. “Know thy enemy” is the first rule of politics 101 and yet supposed ” unbeatable” campaign influence peddlers have failed to learn this lesson when it comes to Rick Perry. I t is downright amusing to watch the show. <snip> Perry’s people will either leak something Perry has said that is “damaging” in the past or will leak something written to the media. It is either this or it is said in...
  • Perry comes under fire at the CNN/Tea Party Debate

    09/12/2011 7:57:15 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 235 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/12/11 | Peter Hamby
    <p>Perry repeatedly found himself in the crosshairs, as the field of candidates took turns attacking his positions on illegal immigration, Social Security, and his controversial 2007 push to vaccinate Texas schoolgirls against human papillomavirus, a common sexually transmitted that can lead to cervical cancer. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, whose standing among Republicans has slipped dramatically since Perry entered the race, said she was "offended" by Perry's executive order, which included an opt-out provision for parents who did not want the vaccine.</p>
  • Perry's pain is Romney's gain

    09/13/2011 6:05:49 AM PDT · by VU4G10 · 48 replies
    TAMPA — Mitt Romney’s path to the Republican nomination became clearer Monday night – and it had little to do with his attacks on Rick Perry over Social Security. Instead it was the fire Perry took from the right at the CNN-Tea Party Express debate that suddenly seemed more threatening to the Texas governor’s chances than Romney. Perry was sharply criticized by Michele Bachmann for his support of vaccinating girls against HPV and whether he did so as a favor to an aide-turned-lobbyist and a pharmaceutical firm; he was hit by Rick Santorum for his opposition to a border fence...
  • Tea Party debate turns into Perry pile-on (and you know who that helps...)

    09/13/2011 7:00:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 95 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/13/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Last night’s debate turned into a fine donnybrook at times, as the candidates took off the gloves and started landing a few blows. As one would expect, and as many of us expected for last week’s debate, most of the Republicans on stage took aim at the undisputed front-runner, Rick Perry, and this time they scored points. Perry remained cool under fire, but two issues may have lost him a few Tea Party voters in the audience. Will it have an impact, or will Perry maintain his momentum as he did after his initial foray into the fire?Perry actually did...
  • For Perry, being governor has perks

    09/13/2011 7:29:45 AM PDT · by free me · 22 replies
    Pollutico ^ | 9/12/2011 | KENNETH P. VOGEL
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s humble origins and down home straight talk are central to his political identity, but for years Perry has enjoyed lavish perks and travel — mostly funded by a group of deep-pocketed supporters — that are allowed under his state’s lax ethics and campaign rules. Some of the same Texas donors who have funded Perry’s political rise also have footed the bills for Perry and his family to jet around the world, stay in luxury hotels and resorts, vacation in tony Colorado ski towns, attend all manner of sporting events and concerts, and to maintain, entertain —...
  • Joe Scarborough says "I just don’t see Rick Perry surviving past March"

    09/13/2011 8:41:18 AM PDT · by martosko · 40 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/13 | Jeff Poor
    “[A]fter listening to him talk last night in detail, I do not know how many levels there are to Rick Perry,” Scarborough said. “But I do know this … The phrase ‘Ponzi scheme’ is not Rick Perry’s biggest problem. “The word that he’s going to have to wrestle with during Republican primaries, let alone a general election, is the word ‘unconstitutional,’ because when you call Social Security … unconstitutional … this is about as funny as anything I’ve heard on ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm.’”
  • And the rest…Here at the GOP Debates (Bachmann, Palin, Perry & Romney the only real contenders)

    09/13/2011 9:48:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies · 1+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | September 13, 2011 | John G. Winder
    Do you remember the old reruns of Gilligan’s Island? The really old ones were in black and white and that famous theme song ended without mentioning the Professor and Mary Anne. The song originally ended, “and the rest are here on Gilligan’s Isle.” That’s how I’m starting to feel about the GOP presidential field. “and the rest…” are really mucking it up for the real contenders. Let’s face it, this race should be down to no more than four people at this point: Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and that open slot for...
  • Vanity: Republican Tea Party Debate Impressions

    09/13/2011 9:51:44 AM PDT · by JDW11235 · 46 replies · 1+ views
    September 13, 2011 | Me
    Hi Freepers, having watched last nights debate, I have come away with a little bit more information on each of the candidates, and I was wondering if anyone would be willing to share their thoughts and impressions about how each of the candidates did. I will be looking through the live thread further (there are thousands of comments), but mostly I am looking for a few specific things, if anyone would be willing to oblige: 1) Were there any "Deal Breakers" or any positions which were taken that would keep you from endorsing a candidate at this stage in the...
  • PPP: Obama leads Perry by 11

    09/13/2011 10:40:01 AM PDT · by free me · 46 replies
    pollutico ^ | 9/13/2011 | ALEXANDER BURNS
    This, from PPP, is pretty helpful to the narrative Mitt Romney wants to feed right now: When PPP did a national poll three weeks ago Barack Obama led Perry by only 6 points at 49-43. Now that gap has widened to 11 points at 52-41. The main movement has come with Democratic voters. On the previous poll Obama had only a 68 point lead with the party base at 81-13 but now it's 80 points at 89-9. We know there are a lot of Democratic voters disenchanted with Obama right now but if the GOP puts forward someone like Perry...
  • Rush Limbaugh: 'Bachmann may have jumped the shark'

    09/13/2011 12:29:10 PM PDT · by supahstar2005 · 139 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 13, 2011 | Jeff Poor
    After scoring points against Texas Gov. Rick Perry in last night’s Republican debate on the issue of Gardasil vaccinations, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann made a statement on the Fox News Channel that she was informed Gardasil caused one child’s mental retardation. On his Tuesday radio show, Rush Limbaugh thought attacking Perry on that issue was ill-advised but admitted Perry had “goofed up” with that executive order. “Alright, Perry goofed up by using an executive order on the Gardasil,” Limbaugh said. “There’s no question he goofed up on it instead of taking it to the Texas legislature. He’s admitted that over...
  • “Opting-Out” of HPV Vaccine WILL NOT WORK for Many in Texas (So there will be no doubt)

    09/13/2011 1:04:49 PM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc ^ | 2009 | Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc.
    “Opting-Out” of HPV Vaccine WILL NOT WORK for Many in Texas Governor Perry is misleading legislators and families in Texas by claiming that they will be able to “opt-out” of having their 6th grade daughter vaccinated with the vaccine for the sexually transmitted virus HPV. For many families currently, the exemption isn’t worth the piece of paper it is printed on. Besides the simple fact that parents should not have to get permission from the state to make informed consent medical decisions for their own children, here are four reasons why “opting-out” of sate mandated vaccines doesn’t work for many...
  • Transmission of HPV in general

    09/13/2011 1:09:14 PM PDT · by xzins · 63 replies
    ******From Centers for Disease Control: REPORT TO CONGRESS Prevention of Genital Human Papillomavirus Infection (2004) Other types of genital contact in the absence of penetrative intercourse (oral-genital, manual-genital, and genital-genital contact) leading to HPV transmission have been described, but these routes of transmission are less common than sexual intercourse (21;88-90). For example, a recent study of college-aged women in Seattle reported a two-year genital HPV incidence rate of 39% among sexually active women and 8% among women who had not engaged in penetrative vaginal intercourse. Almost all of the infections in women who had not engaged in sexual intercourse appeared...