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Al Gore To Live In San Fran?

What is it with Presidential losers becoming crazy?  If this isn’t’ Algore becoming a caricature of himself I don’t know what is.

Al Gore Buys San Francisco Condo – The American Thinker

Buried at the end of a Matier & Ross column in the San Francisco Chronicle is the news that Al and Tipper Gore have purchased a luxury condo in San Francisco.

Gore is a businessman these days—sitting on the boards of Apple Computer Inc. and Current TV, the cable and satellite channel he started with investor Joel Hyatt—”and those take him (to the Bay Area) pretty regularly for board meetings and the like,” said his spokeswoman, Kalee Kreider.

It also helps explain why Al and Tipper Gore recently bought a luxury condo at San Francisco’s St. Regis tower at Third and Mission streets.

Now where shall I begin?  Since when is sitting on a board of directors make Gore a “businessman”?  But at least he is living up to the Limosine Liberal label by taking up house at a “luxury condo.

I am at least comforted to know that if I do visit San Fran, that Algore won’t be carrying a firearm.  I mean we all know he can’t shoot straight….

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Hillary Holding Up AIDS Funding

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 7:32 am - August 24, 2006.
Filed under: Gay America,HIV/AIDS,Liberals

Sen. Hillary Clinton is taking up where her husband left off.   During President Bill Clinton’s term, he repeatedly “zeroed-out” AIDS funding his the Presidential Budget he sent up to Congress.  You never heard much about it, because it was the post-1995 Republican-controlled Congress (mostly thanks to then Rep. Tom Coburn and Sen. Arlen Specter) that restored and increased funding each year.

Well, here’s what Hillary is up to now — threatening renewal of the Ryan White Act.

Sen. Clinton Delays AIDS Law’s Renewal, Citing Cut in NY Funds – Washington Post

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is holding up renewal of the primary federal law that battles HIV/AIDS, the 1990 Ryan White Act, causing a rift among activists on the subject and threatening approval of the legislation this year.

Clinton (D-N.Y.) said she opposes the measure because it would lower funding for her home state. But some AIDS groups also see broader political motives at work. Other states that would lose out include California, Florida and Illinois — all places Clinton would need to win if she seeks the presidency. Her critics also note that many of the states that would receive higher funding under the new formula are rural and Southern, which tend to vote Republican.

Now here’s what you won’t hear out of this story, but it is true.  The “old formula” was designed when the scourge of AIDS disproportionally affected San Francisco and New York.  But the “old formula” is subsidizing an infrastructure designed for people dying, not people living.  The people living with HIV/AIDS are not growing in the Blue States, they are growing in the Red States.

The current law’s formula is based on the number of patients with AIDS; the new funding formula would, in effect, distribute funding based on the number of patients with HIV or AIDS.

Support for any particular formula “depends where you sit,” said Ernest Hopkins, director of federal affairs for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. From his vantage, he said, the bill in the Senate “is a problem.”

Of course Mr. Hopkins, from San Francisco, gets paid from the Ryan White act under the current formula.  How interesting….

The senator’s insistence on a different formula — one closer to current law — has angered several groups that represent AIDS and HIV patients who stand to get more money under the pending bill. Last week, Harry C. Alford, chief executive of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, wrote a letter to Clinton that said, “It is with sadness that I learn about your efforts to block” the law’s reauthorization.

Alford said that people of color, particularly in the South, are contracting AIDS at a rapid pace and need more funding than was envisioned when the current formula was devised. “I must share with you the bewilderment of African Americans throughout the country who cannot understand why you are taking this stand against opening the door to more equitable funding that will chiefly benefit people of color,” he wrote.

Clinton’s excuse: the Ryan White measure as drafted “would have a devastating impact on New York” and “unfairly shift millions of dollars in funding away from New York and other states that have been hardest hit by the epidemic, jeopardizing their ability to provide vital care and treatment services.”  The key phrase is have been hardest hit.

If this were a Republican Senator, one might even accuse her of racist politics.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Conscientious Effort

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 1:22 am - August 24, 2006.
Filed under: General,Literature & Ideas

While struggling with the introduction to a paper, one of my favorite quotations suddenly popped into my head. I’m not sure yet whether I’ll be using it, but I thought I would share it with y’all. Carl Jung wrote these words in a September 14, 1960 letter to Chilean diplomat Miguel Serrano who includes them in his book, Jung & Hesse: A Record of Two Friendships:

Thus an old alchemist gave the following consolation to one of his disciples: ‘No matter how isolated you are and how lonely you feel, if you do your work truly and conscientiously, unknown friends will come and seek you’.