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Jesse Helms' life work, eliminated!Great news, everyone: America is now .0000000001% less insane and bigoted! Barack Obama signed a final administrative repeal today of the Jesse Helms-authored travel and immigration ban on persons with HIV/AIDS. It only took 22 years for our government to realize that the HIV virus is not the very contagious “gay flu.”

You can thank George W. Bush (R) and John Kerry (D) and ex-Sen. Gordon Brown (R) (R-D-R!) for passing this repeal last year (it took them another year to rewrite the rules, officially, or something), which faced no real opposition from anyone except David Vitter, the member of Congress most likely to have secret AIDS.

[Washington Post]

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  1. No joke, this is huge for my non profit. That funding goes a long way to providing assistance for people living with HIV.

  2. this is long, but just check out this comment from under the WaPo story about this. Jesus.
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    “Man, Obama and his minions have gotten outright stupid in there decisions… man..

    First he does this Gay rights for Federal workers thing… side steps the law and vote of the people

    Then he lift the travel and other restrictions off cuba… they still a communist country, and now the UN is calling for the lifting of the embargo.

    His advisors (CZARS) are all pretty much out on the fringes of American thinking.. way out on the fringe. And the White house answrs no questions as to why these people are there!!

    His party has grand ideas and no pratcial way to impliment them… but yet talk about it as though its possible. BAH

    And now he wants to let in people Affected with Aids into our country. WHY???? so they can get free healthcare?? Isnt it good enough he will give “HIS” people free health care, does he have to make america pay for the World??? I wonder where these aids people coming from… Africa… DOH

    Obama .. now ur getting stupid with this stuff.. and you are angering the American people…. Wake up!!! Or continue what you are doing and DESTORY the USA…

    In one term.. not even that.. only a quarter of a term and its in shambles.. So much for a Black man being president!! See what you get!

    All we get from This goverment is lies… Lies on the health care.. you think any one believes you that this wont raise the deficit?? Not every one is that dumb.. The stimulus package did nothing for our econmoy except put us in BIG DEBT. No jobs created… only jobs created are for CZARS that get paid taxdollars.

    This Has become a 35 ring CIRCUS!!!!!

    Posted by: ccharles1 | October 30, 2009 2:23 PM “

  3. There is not a damn thing I will thank Dubya for. Hell, he couldn’t save a couple of babies from a burning building without causing some forseeable yet disastrous consequence.

  4. [re=447292]Doglessliberal[/re]:

    Wait ’til ccharles1 finds out about our plan to make Kenya our 51st state and give everyone in Kenya a Wii and a pony as welcome to the neighborhood gifts.

  5. [re=447292]Doglessliberal[/re]: His letter proves that he’s right about Obama’s program being too ambitious in one respect: re-education camps are simply unrealistic given the state of the country. We will have to settle for education camps.

  6. when will congress get off their pasty asses and make it illegal to fly with “wingnut” – a truly horrible condition if there ever was one. /selah

  7. [re=447292]Doglessliberal[/re]: with the notable exception of Wonkette and couple of other sites, Internet commenters have destroyed my faith in humanity. It just shows that there is no limit to ignorance and cruelty when there’s no accountability. See also: Viking hordes, every genocide ever, that rape in California last week.

  8. I’d rather fly with an AIDSie, than a couple of bored pilots surfing Ebay. Or whatever the hell they were doing when they overshot the Greater Bumfuck International Airport.

  9. “Then he lift the travel and other restrictions off cuba‚Ķ they still a communist country.”

    O, Cuba, we fear you and your Communist hordes! They still!

    Now China is no problem, because Wal*Mart wouldn’t have anything to sell w/out China to make it.

  10. [re=447340]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: David Vitter gave his AIDS to his aides. Who gave it to the maids, who lost it in a game of Texas hold-em charades.

  11. Wait, people with AIDS couldn’t travel? You mean by plane? I honestly did not know this. I’m kind of confused. Other than those wanting to join the mile-high club, who exactly is in danger because of an HIV positive person on a plane? How do they even ban these people?

  12. I guess this means Sully is free to stay here with his husband to get to the bottom of Snowbilly’s 5th baby or Bristol’s 1st baby or ….

  13. Shit! Why do George W. Bush (R) and John Kerry (D) and ex-Sen. Gordon Brown (R) HATE AMERICA!!1911!!

    SHIT! Here comes a huge-ass planeload of pure 100% refined AIDS virus from some gay country! Spain or something! Run for the hills!!!!911!!!11!

  14. [re=447356]Redhead[/re]: When a foreigner applies for a visa to come to the U.S., he is asked if he has any “communicable disease of public health significance,” and if he answers yes, it is potentially grounds to refuse his request for a visa. HIV/AIDS has been one of those (dis)qualifying diseases.

  15. But the AIDs test was the highlight of my pre-Green Card medical check-up.

    Remember folks, nothing gets you tail like a piece of paper saying you don’t have AIDs.

  16. [re=447418]GreatWhiteSnark[/re]: I mean I figured it was something along those lines. So basically if someone decides that HIV/AIDS is a “communicable disease of public health significance” and then admits it to airport officials (hah), then that person is banned. Wow, sounds like a foolproof and highly-enforceable plan to me.

    Besides, what are the Repugnicants so scared of anyway? I mean, with current screening procedures about blood transfusions/donations, they’re not likely to get it unless they’ve been shooting up or having unprotected sex with infected people, so it’s not like they’re in any danger… oh wait…

  17. Reactions I Expect From Andrew Sullivan:

    a.) “Now that Obama has finally done something which directly effects Me, Andrew Sullivan, that also happens to effect other gay people, I will finally acknowledge that he is doing something for all gay people. But mostly, for Andrew Sullivan.

    b.) “Not Enough!!!!”

    c.) “Obama is just pandering to the British Homosexual Gadflys With AIDS Whose Visas Are Running Out contingent. A cheap ploy to win votes.”

    d.) “I’m Seeing Starbursts…”

    e.) “Sarah Palin’s Coont.”

  18. [re=447292]Doglessliberal[/re]: The comments section after this article in the Houston Chronicle, usually the home of righty nutcases, has exploded with this kind of crap today. Not that I was the least surprised.

  19. The doctors in San Francisco, Palm Springs, NYC, etc who make a nice living cranking out prescriptions for AIDS meds to gay tourists who didn’t want to bring their own meds with them on their trip in case it ‘outed’ them as having HIV at US customs are gonna be real sad about this.

  20. You know this news made the dirt on top of Reagan and Helms graves shutter when they started to spin. I bet someone was there taking a piss and witnessed it.

  21. [re=447625]Oldskool[/re]: I can almost imagine the caretaker muttering about re-sodding the plots (just can’t get the damn grass to grow over that spot, tried everything and it just keeps dying off…) and then seeing the stone jumping around….

  22. Is it me or does Jesse Helms look like the dirty old pervert down the street who would try to stick in in your pre pubsecent daughter when no one else was around?

  23. Jesse Helms. A man who raped his black maid in the 1930’s. Then he and his rich family made everyone keep the daughter of that union a secret for decades. Yep. He was a modern, deeply twisted, self-loathing, bigoted republican before it was cool. The spiritual father of Larry Craig, David Vitter, Newt Gingrich, and Mark Sanford. What. A. Douche.

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