Republican Pseudo-Science and Condoms

Republican pseudo-science isn’t limited to intelligent design and twisting any unrelated fact to be “evidence” against climate change.  It comes as no surprise that abstinence-based education programs are providing misinformaiton, according to this report in The Washington Post:

Each of these assertions turns up in federally funded abstinence-only sex education programs: Condoms fail to prevent HIV infection 31 percent of the time during heterosexual sex. The chances of getting pregnant while using a condom are 1 in 6. And condoms break or slip off nearly 15 percent of the time.

And each of them is wrong, says John S. Santelli, a pediatrician and a professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

In a 20-page document submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services this week, Santelli detailed what he calls “misleading” and “scientifically inaccurate” information in three curricula used by programs that receive federal abstinence-only funding. His analysis accompanied a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union demanding that HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt ensure that such programs provide medically accurate information about condoms and sexually transmitted diseases, as required by federal law.

“They have been alerted numerous times, and they haven’t done anything,” said Ava Barbour, an ACLU staff attorney. “Studies have shown that the vast majority of Americans do not remain abstinent until marriage, and they need to have this vital information to protect themselves.”

Two other nonprofit advocacy groups joined the ACLU — Advocates for Youth, and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States.

George Bush Hates The Troops (And Those With Multiple Medical Conditions)

If only the Democrats were as good at spin as the Republicans, and had a lap dog press to spread their views. If the situation was reversed, George Bush’s veto of the funding bill today would be called evidence that George Bush hates the troops. Using the BIzzaro World logic of the GOP, he must hate the troops if he is vetoing a bill which provides them with funding. We could also say he hates the troops for his refusal to bring them home.

We see more signs of Bizzaro World logic when Bush says, “This is a prescription for chaos and confusion.”  The real prescription for chaos and confusion was going to war based upon lies without a plan.

We must also consider the trend behind Bush’s vetos. Besides today’s veto which shows he hates the troops, George Bush’s first veto of funding for stem cell research shows he hates those with Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and other diseases which might be cured with stem cell research.

Scientology and Mormonism

I really hate questions such as choosing a favorite book as I’ve read so many, and I certainly don’t keep going back to make a fair comparison between a book I read this year with a great book I might have read twenty years ago. If I was ever a candidate and, and therefore expecting such a question, with a little thought I’m sure I could find a book which gives the right image without adding a negative connotation. For example, if I wanted to make a point of campaigning against the excesses of the Bush administration, I’d pick something like It Can’t Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis. I fear nobody briefed Mitt Romney on how to answer such a question.

Mitt Romney picked Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard when asked to name his favorite novel. At least he thought to distance himself from scientology. “I’m not in favor of his religion by any means,” Mr. Romney, a Mormon, said. “But he wrote a book called ‘Battlefield Earth’ that was a very fun science-fiction book.”

I can’t fairly comment on the book as I have never read it, after being warned more than once that it was awful. There are so many great science fiction books, some of which also deliver a message such as Robert Heinlein’s, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (althought aspects of it might be too controversial for a mainstream political campaign). With many people already thinking that Romney belongs to a strange religion, the last thing he needs is something which connects him to Scientology, which really is strange.

How soon until Mitt Romeny starts jumping on Oprah’s cough?