UPDATE FOR ANYBODY WHO CARES:
HIV/AIDS was approved this morning around 2 a.m., according to a
representative for Congresswoman Mary Bono.
provisions contained in this critical piece of legislation will ensure
that necessary life-saving treatments and services continue,” Bono said
in a press release.
I JUST CAN’T HELP IT
to anyone that actually picked up the phone and called the offices of
Dennis Hastert and John Boehner to urge them to pass the Ryan White
CARE Act Reauthorization. I won’t bore you
with the ins and outs of the politics surrounding this legislation, but
it has been a long, long road to reach a compromise version that
everyone was happy with. The Senate passed it on Tuesday, and the AIDS advocacy community was REALLY hoping the House would pass it today. But as far as I can tell from scouring news reports, they didn’t vote on it. So,
the future of a large number of organizations that serve people with
AIDS is still teetering on the brink of disaster while Congress goes on
Now, I am sorely tempted to blog upon this vile pile of hateful lies regarding Mary Cheney (the Vice President’s gay daughter’s) pregnancy, not to mention all the vitriol being spewed by the “Concerned Women of America,” and other right-wing groups, but instead I will just say something (relatively) nice. My (generally limited) esteem for the Vice President went up a whole bunch of notches when I read this:
vice president and Mrs. Cheney are looking forward with eager
anticipation to the arrival of their sixth grandchild,” Cheney’s
spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride told ABC News.
White House spokeswoman, Dana Perino, said that when Mr Cheney told the
President, George Bush, of Mary Cheney’s pregnancy, “the President
congratulated them and said he is very happy for them”.
…making Bush and Cheney my favorite politicians for the day. Who’d a thunk it?
Cheney on gay marriage (from the Washington Post, 2004):
Asked his position on the subject at a town hall meeting here, Cheney
replied: “Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it’s an issue that our
family is very familiar with. . . . With respect to the question of
relationships, my general view is that freedom means freedom for
everyone. People . . . ought to be free to enter into any kind of
relationship they want to.”
Cheney went on to reiterate the position he first
outlined in the 2000 campaign — that same-sex marriage should be left
to the states to decide. He noted, however, that Bush has endorsed a
constitutional amendment preventing the states from recognizing such
“At this point . . . my own preference is as I’ve
stated,” Cheney said. “But the president makes basic policy for the
administration. And he’s made it.”
No matter what their motivation was, Bush and Cheney made
public statements supportive of Mary and in opposition to the
homo-haters who, like the wicked fairy/witch in Sleeping Beauty, have
already rained curses down upon this child. And that’s enough to
earn kudos from me today.