Thursday, March 09, 2006

Fuck Off and Die

The Bush Administration's war on science has been well documented, and I won't rehash all the incredibly sad stories about how politics trumps facts in the Republican party.

But here's one little blurb that I came across in the March 13 issue of the New Yorker. It's not online, so I can't link it.

It begins by recounting the story of the development of a vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is spread by sexual contact; there are a hundred strains of this virus; two cause cervical cancer and two others gential warts. Merck came up with a vaccine that successfully protected people against the four nasty strains. Good news, right? We wipe out a nasty bug and big pharma gets some ka-ching. Everyone's happy.


Bushco decided that we would rather have people die of cancer than "encourage" kids to have sex. That's not a joke; I swear that was their argument.

That part I knew about, but I had no idea how deeply these sickos' hatred of their fellow human beings ran. If there is any doubt how deeply un-Christian these people are, this paragraph should show you the light.

Here's the last paragraph on page 60. It's my transcription, so I apologize for any misspellings, grammatical errors, etc.:
Religious conservatives are unapologetic; not only do they believe that mass use of an HPV vaccine or the availability of emergency contraception will encourage adolescents to engage in unacceptable sexual behavior; some have even stated that they would feel similarly about an H.I.V. vaccine, if one became available. "We would have to look at that closely," Reginald Finger, an evangelical Christian and former medical adviser to the conservative political organization Focus on the Family, said. "With any new vaccine for H.I.V., disinhibition" - a medical term for the absence of fear - "would certainly be a factor, and it is something we will have to pay attention to with a great deal of care." Finger sits on the Centers for Disease Control's Immunization Committee, which makes those recommendations.

Did you get that? If an effective vaccine for H.I.V. was invented tomorrow, there would be a debate on whether or not to release it to Americans because the citizens of this country cannot exhibit any self-control. Thank you Government! You're saving me from myself; Lord knows the only thing keeping me from sodomizing prostitutes while sharing heroin needles is the threat of AIDS. Now we just have to get rid of the hepatitis vaccine...

What a bunch of sick fucks.

I'd also like to point out this wasn't a yahoo on the street talking through a crystal meth haze. This man was appointed by the President of the United States of America to a committee that oversees this very issue!

Truth, Justice, and the American Way just ain't what it used to be.


Noah said...

Reginald Finger gets....the finger.

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I am glad that they are not letting public health and safety get in the way of our crusade against sex.

Noah said...

DAMN!!!! My middle finger graphic was PERFECT, but it got messed up when I hit post. Oh's the though that counts.

Otto Man said...

Christ on a crutch. Nice post, iRod.

Noah said...

I used to work for the American Cancer Society, and this was actually a huge issue between us the the CDC. A ton of research money was (and is) going to find such a vaccine, with not a lotta help from the CDC, given this particular lunatic. The sick part was that if a vaccine was found, anyone with private insurance would most likely be able to get it, but anyone on public assistance like Medicaid/care may not have, given the voracity of the poilitical arguments against such a vaccine. A true two-tiered health care system in which the "haves" get to live and the "have-nots" continue to screw at their own risk.

Mrs_Thrillhous said...

The gov't may allow Third World countries to have an HPV vaccine...

Mr Furious said...

This is not news to me, but after the rest of the stuff going on the last two weeks or so, I'm dangerously close to an anger overload/meltdown.

That Finger guy is an asshole alright, but assholes are entitled to their stupid fucking opinions, and he can have his... The true motherfucker in this story is the President. He is the malevolent cocksucker who put this Finger guy in a position where his "stupid fucking opinion" is a threat to the health and welfare of this country.

I've long thought Bush was the worst President ever, but I've tried not to come off as just a "Bush-hater" driven not by fact, but by emotion. Well, that time has passed. Bush is a piece of shit and I hate the man with every fiber of my being.

When you see clear evidence like this that he would play with people's lives simply to cater to religious voters, how you honestly say he's above using soldier's lives for oil? Seriously. IS it ridiculous to think that such a man wouldn't let 9/11 happen? What's 3,000 lives to him? How many women die of cervical cancer? A.I.D.S?

Even I don't like the way any of that sounds and I don't necessarily believe it, but I can no longer dismiss it...

Isaac Carmichael said...


I wish HPV and AIDS on these STUPID FUCKS!!!!

S.W. Anderson said...

This isn't politics and it isn't religion, any more than the Holocaust was. This is hatred and hatefulness.

The people behind this, Finger and anyone else, are sick bastards who belong in therapy, at the least, and maybe in an institution. They represent a clear and present danger to other human beings, strangers, who've done nothing to them.

It's even worse than the sick bastards in Kansas who make ugly scenes at soldiers' funerals, on the insane theory our soldiers get killed because God is mad at the U.S. for not outlawing homosexuality.

We've got to get back to segregating from the rest of society those who are dangerously mentally ill.

Pooh said...

This first came up last fall.

My biggest question then, (and now) is
Query, whither the similar outrage from the Right Reverend Hal over Viagra/Cialis, etc., Rogaine and other items which promote male sexuality? Is he positing that only married people should be able to get hard or grow hair once they hit fifty?


Thrillhous said...

Now THIS is how I like to get my morning outrage on. Great post, iRod.

Yeah, I'd heard about the HPV thing, but the HIV thing is just the icing on the wingnut cake. And this guy is at the CDC?

Kinda puts the lie to all of Bush's crap about wanting to fight the aids epidemic. Man, the best way to make sure you propogate, whether you're a terrorist or a virus, is to get Bush to go to war against you.

Thrillhous said...

Dude, that guy andrew sullivan totally ripped off your post!

(ugh, I hate to give the link; you can find it referred to over at eschaton)