Comic relief GOP candidate Michele Bachmann proved just how unqualified she is to hold any public office including dog catcher by endorsing the ludicrous claim that the HPV vaccine can cause "mental retardation". What reams of scientific research has she produced. None, of course. She claims that an anonymous constituent told her that her daughter, "suffered mental retardation as a result of that vaccine." Now, you will note, that Michele Bachmann is supposedly trained as a lawyer, albeit from a Christian school. However, even there, they presumably teach them the difference between hearsay/gossip and actual, legally admissible evidence. If Bachmann truly believed there was strong evidence that the vaccine caused "mental retardation" then surely she would have offered her legal services to sue the pants of Merck & Co, the makers of the HPV vaccine Gardasil. Surely she would be proposing legislation to immediately ban the drug. Instead, she is repeating idle gossip from a source that probably does not even exist.
Enter Bioethicist Art Caplan, who offered Michele Bachmann ten thousand dollars, donated to the charity of her choice, if she could produce this alleged constituent and her "evidence" that Gardasil had caused her daughter's mental retardation. What are the odds that Michele Bachmann, who believes in the resurrection of a 2000-year-old super zombie named Jesus without any evidence, will be able to produce any reasonable evidence for this latest ridiculous belief?
This is the same woman whose "clinic" performed de-gay-ification therapy. Yes, you can guilt a gay person into repressing his or her sexual desires, just as you can do with a straight person, and you can change someone's sexual orientation from gay to straight about as easily as you can change it from straight to gay, which is to say, not very damn easily. Maybe she should see if she can get Merck to work on an anti-gay vaccine for her. It might, of course, have the side effect of turning them into retards and fundamentalist Christians, but I'm repeating myself.