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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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  • Doglessliberal

    Ohhh, I think there is a bit more competition for the secret-AIDS-in-Congress title.

  • Barry White Zombie

    photo caption: “I’ll see you in hell, motherfucker!”

  • GreatWhiteSnark

    But now we’ll need special “fast gay lanes” at immigration at the airport. Or slow gays, whatever..

  • Yes You Can Own A Piece of History

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

  • queeraselvis v 2.0

    Good. And I sincerely hope that Jesse and Ronnie are still sucking each others cocks in hell forever.

  • Doglessliberal

    this is long, but just check out this comment from under the WaPo story about this. Jesus.

    “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 “

  • Pop Socket

    Swine, on the other hand, have to fly in the baggage compartment.

  • Pop Socket

    [re=447292]Doglessliberal[/re]: Yet another finalist in the WaPo Punditry Contest.

  • queeraselvis v 2.0

    [re=447292]Doglessliberal[/re]: Jesus indeed. Has Politico already taken over?

  • dum librul

    I believe AIDS may actually have David Vitter at this point.

  • Buzz Feedback

    Where’s that picture with Helms’ face drawn onto the end of a penis? Somebody scrounge that up. Mush!

  • Doglessliberal

    [re=447296]Pop Socket[/re]: Yes, the comment sections on blogs are rife with these geniuses.

  • proudgrampa

    [re=447292]Doglessliberal[/re]: I can’t decide who’s the bigger dick: Jesse Helms or ccharles1.


  • stew

    Speaking of racist assholes (don’t you luv my segues?), Lou Dobbs is having a Twana Brawly moment…

  • ManchuCandidate

    It’s too bad that Jesse died before all (Obama’s win, NC voting Demrat, shitting on Jesse’s “legacy”) happened.

  • AbstinenceOnly Ed

    Finally, a comparison I can live with. Andrew Sullivan = Hitler. The 12 hour Reich!

  • SayItWithWookies

    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.

  • PrairiePossum


    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.

  • Jim Demintia

    [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.

  • GreatWhiteSnark

    [re=447313]AbstinenceOnly Ed[/re]: More like a Reich-around….

  • CrunchyKnee

    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

  • leftcoaster

    [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.

  • bitchincamaro

    This is not what I had in mind for Cocktober, at all. Or Blovember, for that matter.

  • magic titty

    [re=447292]Doglessliberal[/re]: Yeah, and?

  • Gumboz1953

    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.

  • bitchincamaro

    [re=447292]Doglessliberal[/re]: ccharles1 has been caught lifting from the Wonkette commenters, of this I am certain.

  • proudgrampa

    [re=447311]ManchuCandidate[/re]: But he’s gotta be spinning like a top in his grave!!! Wheee!

  • Doglessliberal

    [re=447325]leftcoaster[/re]: ditto

  • freakishlystrong

    [re=447292]Doglessliberal[/re]: cccharles1, please define “deficit”.

  • shortsshortsshorts

    David Vitter has yet to deny what exactly he did with his AIDS.

  • V572625694

    “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.

  • Bearbloke

    [re=447332]Gumboz1953[/re]: I still think those pilots were sexing each other…

  • Pop Socket

    [re=447304]Doglessliberal[/re]: As a member of the Achenblog boodle, I resemble that remark.

  • Sharkey

    [re=447302]dum librul[/re]: In Russia!

  • chascates

    I’ll light up a Cuban cigar with an American flag right now.

  • Doglessliberal

    [re=447345]Pop Socket[/re]: OK, that one is the exception. More sanity there than other blogs for some reason.

  • Sharkey

    [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.

  • hobospacejunkie

    [re=447325]leftcoaster[/re]: Now what did the Viking Hordes ever do? Benevolent overlords, I say.

  • Redhead

    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?

  • dum librul

    [re=447346]Sharkey[/re]: In his T cells, you monster.

  • Snarkalicious

    I find the alt-text for the photo to be quite apropos to the life work of Jesse Helms, vis-a-vis its similarity to the shit I just took.

  • Texan Bulldoggette

    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 ….

  • Creative Nickname


  • Terry


    The brought craptastic food with them, such as lutefisk and rommegrot.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    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!

  • Snarkalicious

    [re=447326]bitchincamaro[/re]: Fear not, Dickcember is not far off.

  • coolcatdaddy

    [re=447311]ManchuCandidate[/re]: Yes, too bad. Obama’s win would have killed him.

  • Vulpes82

    [re=447325]leftcoaster[/re]: My sentiments exactly.

  • TGY

    …to be replaced by a travel ban for those people who are acknowledged Republicans?

  • GreatWhiteSnark

    [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.

  • iwillsavethispatient

    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.

  • Redhead

    [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…

  • Atheist Nun

    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.”

  • bored with gravity

    [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.

  • Doglessliberal

    [re=447454]bored with gravity[/re]: even though you expect this bile, it is still disspiriting.

  • Caitifty

    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.

  • Oldskool

    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.

  • Rotundo

    [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….

  • PoignancySelz

    [re=447348]chascates[/re]: It’s OK to burn an American flag if it’s “Made in China”???.

  • Gumboz1953

    [re=447343]Bearbloke[/re]: Heavy breathing on the cockpit voice recorder. Cockpit. Get it? .

  • new complexnegro

    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?

  • Starrigavan

    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.