February / March #68 : Puppet Masters - by Shana Naomi Krochmal

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Table of Contents

A Daily Affirmation

Feed Your Head

TO: President George Bush

Puppet Masters

License to ddI

Longtime Companions: Tips For Two

You Sexy Thing

Indiana Jonesing

The Hanging CHAT

A Play In the Life

You Schmooze, You Lose

I Want My HIV

Speak Out

Once and Again


Redemption Song

Art from the Heart

S.O.S: Mouth Off

Zen at Work



Suck It Up

Comfort Zone

His M.O. is Her N-0

Sean's Trough Luck

Soul Survivors

Dyke Strike

A Rage to Age

Blood Brothers


02.16.90 Radiant Baby


Total Discord

Choosing Our Religion

Dogma & Devotion

The Brain Drain

Liver Lovers

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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February / March 2001

Puppet Masters

by Shana Naomi Krochmal

Two of Bush's cabinet nominees could make a major dent in HIVers' lives. Though controversy surrounds both good ol' boys, at press time their confirmations seemed likely, barring a personal scandal or two.

John Ashcroft

  • Most likely to be: U.S. Attorney General
  • Last seen: Missouri governor, 1984-1992; U.S. Senator, 1994-2000
  • Best known for: Being a Christian Right poster boy and losing his last election to a dead man.
  • For the record: Tried to block Surgeon General David Satcher's confirmation by sensationalizing the former CDC head's AIDS policies and voted to ban HIVers from the military.
  • What's next: "He could go beyond not supporting our work and actually oppose it," said Lambda lawyer Catherine Hanssens. AG Ashcroft would enforce (or not) the Americans with Disabilities Act and could urge Congress to criminalize HIV transmission.
  • Tommy Thompson

  • Most likely to be: Health and Human Services Secretary
  • Last seen: Wisconsin governor, 1986-2000
  • Best known for: Overhauling the Badger welfare state, often cited by President Clinton as the model for his controversial federal reforms.
  • For the record: His was the second state to request Medicaid for HIVers without AIDS, and the state's extra ADAP funding means no caps or waiting lists for residents who qualify. But the pro-abstinence guv was less savvy with supporting sex ed. Overall considered a pragmatic public official by locals.
  • What's next: Sec'y Tom would rule the holy HIV troika: the CDC, FDA and NIH.

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