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Nancy Reagan Blocked Rock Hudson's Last Ditch Effort To Seek HIV/AIDS Treatment

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Rock Hudson died of AIDS-related complications in 1985, a year after he is said to have been diagnosed as being HIV positive. In the year between his diagnosis and subsequent death Hudson largely kept his status and deteriorating health hidden from the public while he sought out experimental treatments abroad. According to a lengthy BuzzFeed piece, Hudson’s attempts to maintain his health in France were actively impeded by then First Lady Nancy Reagan.

Hudson had been receiving experimental treatments under the care of Dominique Dormant, a French army doctor, since 1984 at a time when funding for HIV/AIDS research in the U.S. was virtually nonexistent. As Hudson’s health took a turn for the worse in 1985, however, the actor found himself unable to gain access to a French military hospital, as the doctor was fighting to keep him alive. Via BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner:

As Hudson lay deathly ill in the hospital, his publicist, Olson, sent a desperate telegram to the Reagan White House pleading for help with the transfer.

“Only one hospital in the world can offer necessary medical treatment to save life of Rock Hudson or at least alleviate his illness,” Olson wrote. Although the commanding officer had denied Hudson admission to the French military hospital initially, Olson wrote that they believed “a request from the White House … would change his mind.”

First Lady Nancy Reagan turned down the request.


Former Reagan Aide Calls on Southern States to Secede to Stop the Spread of Gay Rights: AUDIO

Speaking with right-wing radio host Janet Mefferd this week about his new book The Secessionist States of America: The Blueprint for Creating a Traditional Values Country...Now, former Reagan administration aide Douglas MacKinnon laid out his bold plan for southern states to secede from the union in order to bring back "traditional" values.

Said MacKinnon:

MackinnonWhether it's in Washington, whether it's in local state Houses, whether it's in county government, for whatever reason the leaders we are picking are deciding not to stand firmly for traditional values, for our rights....if you happen to make a donation in favor of traditional marriage, you can lose your job. If you happen to refuse to bake a cake for a gay couple because it goes against your religious beleifs, you can be driven out of business. If you're a football commentator and you happen to just say innocently, "Maybe I wouldn't have drafted a gay football player becasue I wouldn't want to deal with the distraction, many people on the Left will try and drive you out of a job as well...there's no reason we can't [secede] now. Obviously Thomas Jefferson talked about it in the Declaration of Independence that it was our right to do so. 

MacKinnon went on to discus the logistics concerns related to the creation of this right-wing splinter nation (resource needs require it to start in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida) as well as the proposed interim name for the country ("Reagan")

Listen to the insanity, AFTER THE JUMP...

Fun fact: MacKinnon also served as press secretary to former Kansas Senator and GOP presidential nominee Bob Dole. 

[via Right Wing Watch]

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19-Year-Old Wisconsin Assembly GOP Nominee Faces Backlash For Anti-Gay Tweet

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Jacob Dorsey, the Republican candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly in the 44th District, is facing a backlash following a tweet sent last December that contained a homophobic slur, reports Channel 3000.

TweetThe tweet, which has since been deleted, read:

“10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejects #Utah’s request to stop same-sex marriages.” fags need 2 leave my favorite state alone.”

In a statement, Dorsey apologised for the tweet and said “I regret using unacceptable and hurtful language on social media last year.

I am a staunch supporter of traditional marriage, but the language I used is not in keeping with my character, family values and Christian upbringing.”

Dorsey, a former intern with Citizens for Decency who has been endorsed by Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right To Life, lists on Facebook a Ronald Reagan quote as his favourite: "Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives."

A number of voters have since taken to Twitter to suggest that Dorsey's apology is less than sincere.


Conservative Extremist Janet Porter Launches 'ReaganBook, the Facebook for Patriots': VIDEO

Noted young earth creationist, homophobe, and opposer of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 Janet Porter is building the Reagan-themed social network that the country has been clamoring for.

ReaganBookReaganbook--so clever--is a digital gathering space designed to help facilitate discussion and community organizing around conservative social issues. Citing our 40th president’s civic ethos Reaganbook implores its users not to “Grant your social media any power to collect, sell, exploit and divulge your private information.”

One might think that creating the infrastructure to sustain a social network would be a daunting task requiring an impressive amount of technical knowhow and coding skills. One would be wrong. Reaganbook’s current “About Us” and “Policy” pages are still populated with lorem ipsum dummy text, and the beginnings of what seems to be a grocery list, respectively. Still though, the site currently boasts a growing userbase of over 1400 people, and fun quizzes such as: Who Said It: “Reagan or Hitler?

“It’s the e-mail, it’s the Facebook for patriots.” Porter explained to a crowd at the Ohio Liberty Coalition’s Reload 4 Liberty event. “We’re tearing down walls. Get it?”

We totally get it. Registration is open to the public and will absolutely, positively in no way, shape, or form lead to inbox spam.

UPDATE: Since the original posting of this piece Reaganbook's management has put the entire site into "offline mode" and released the following statement:

"Thank you to all those who participated in the pre-release of ReaganBook.com Your participation is helping us build a more secure site. Thank you! Please be patient while we make the necessary changes to keep the site free from obscenity, pornography, and those intent on the destruction of life, liberty, and the family. We will be opening the doors again soon with additional protections in place. As Reagan taught us, trust, but verify."

Watch a clip of Janet Porter pitching the digital performance art piece that is Reaganbook,
AFTER THE JUMP...

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Zombie Reagan Brought Back From the Grave to Lead Republican Party: VIDEO

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A delicious slice of satire brought to you by The Onion

“Michael Steele was a good attempt at finding a new kind of face for the party, so was Bobby Jindal. But in the end, they just didn’t represent Republican ideals as well as a 100-year-old dead man”

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Nancy Reagan Supports Marriage Equality, Says Her Daughter

Patti Davis, the daughter of former President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan, said earlier this month that her father would have supported marriage for gay couples.

Nancy_reaganIn a new interview with Michelangelo Signorile on his SiriusXM radio show, Davis says that Nancy Reagan supports marriage equality as well.

“She does,” Davis said in response to the question. “I’m hesitant to speak for anyone else, and she’s not comfortable going out in the public eye and getting in the firing line of anything. So, you know, I want to be cautious about speaking on someone else’s behalf. But let me put it this way: I think if she had disagreed with what I said publicly about my father she would have said something publicly.” Davis chuckled and added, “Let’s just put it that way. That’s the most sort of politically correct way I can answer that question.”

Listen to Signorile's interview below:


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