HIV Positive Travelers Finally Allowed To Visit The United States

For the past 22 years, the U.S has banned HIV-positive visitors from entering our illustrious and diverse country. Other progressive lands with such rules: Iraq, Saudia Arabia, China, Libya, and the Sudan. But the government has finally lifted the ban and surprisingly, it was George W. Bush who signed the bill that put the repeal into action last summer. But because HIV was still on a list of communicable diseases restricting travel, people were still being kept out of the country and their only option was to apply for a waiver that cost $545 and didn’t guarantee admission anyway. The Department of Health and Human Services made the final steps on July 2nd to officially get rid of this policy altogether.

I’m still confused—did tourists have to get blood work before coming to America? It’s not like sneeze germs pass HIV and, I mean, Americans should know better than to sleep with tourists anyway. (Just kidding!) If I was foreign and HIV positive, I would totally want to go to Graceland for Dippin’ Dots, so thank God the government’s finally done something about this. [Med Page Today] Keep reading »

Tabloid Cheat Sheet: RPatz & Kristen Stewart Breakup, Megan Fox & Shia LaBeouf Get Stoned

Several tabloids this week did Michael Jackson tribute issues, which is to be expected. But there’s so much other trashy celebrity drama that we need to catch up on! We’ve practically forgotten all about Jon and whatsherface or Rihanna and so-and-so. I never thought I’d say this, but I kinda need more diverse hubbub in my life (no offense MJ), so thank goodness this week hit a few of our favorite drama mongers. Keep reading »

Morgan Freeman’s Incest Scandal — Is His Career Over?

I have no problem admitting that I believe the National Enquirer sometimes because the tabloid has a pretty impressive track record for getting things right, except when it comes to aliens. But when I read that Morgan Freeman was having an affair with his step-granddaughter, I thought the Enquirer was making something out of nothing, a misunderstanding. Now, however, I’ve changed my opinion because this scandalous charge has reportedly come out in his divorce proceedings with estranged wife Myrna. Keep reading »

French Parliament Debates Burqa Ban

Toward the end of last month, French President Nicolas Sarkozy addressed Parliament, stating his position on burqas. He said the face-covering, body-length Muslim veils are an unacceptable symbol of “enslavement,” and that it’s not a religious issue, but simply a “sign of the subjugation, of the submission, of women.”

This discussion has resulted in threats from Muslim groups outside of France, but Parliament hasn’t made a decision on the matter just yet. A committee held its first meeting today, and Jean-Francois Cope, the head of the governing conservative party UMP, suggested a two-stage ban of burqas. Meaning there would be “six months to a year of dialogue, explanation, and warnings” before the ban would go into effect. Keep reading »

Michael Jackson’s Memorial Exploited Emotions And Wasted Taxpayer Dollars

I’ve already said that I love Michael Jackson’s music and am very sad that he passed away at far too young of an age. I think it’s terribly sad that his children, who have already led such bizarre lives, at least out in public, now have lost their anchor. Which is why it was heartbreaking to see Paris Jackson speak at her father’s televised memorial yesterday, saying (with prompts from the Jackson clan to “speak up, sweetheart, speak up”), “I just want to say ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just wanted to say I love him, so much,” eventually collapsing into her aunt Janet’s arms.

I agree wholeheartedly with Jessica Grose at Double X, who says that while Paris’ emotions seemed genuine and the Jackson family said it was her desire to speak, they should not have allowed her.

I’m all for public grieving, and for Paris to have spoken at a family funeral would have been entirely appropriate and I’m sure cathartic. But having her grieve in front of the entire world felt incredibly exploitative…. To allow this child to put herself out there in this manner just seemed wrong.

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Former Figure Skating Champion A Part Of A Drug Ring?

I think I’ve found the newest cast member for the next season of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Nicole Bobek! She’s a 1995 U.S. figure skating champion, who skated in the Olympics. But today she is… dun dun dun…accused of being part of a methamphetamine ring. The 31-year-old lives in Florida but was charged by New Jersey police with conspiracy to distribute in Hudson Country, New Jersey. As one of 20 people who have been arrested in connection with the drug ring, Bobek’s story is surely ringing bells for Danielle Staub. AmIrite? Or AmIrite? [CNN] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Madonna Gets Her Rocks Off

Clearly, Madonna is ready to put on a show for all the peeps at the M.E.N. Arena. Yes, that’s really what the venue is called, you can’t make this crap up. [Manchester, UK 7/8/09] Keep reading »

Porn Stars Up In Arms That Production Companies Are Going Plotless

Not that pornos are exactly known for their profound plot lines, but as more people prefer to get off online, “scripts” and “acting” in porn videos and DVDs are being replaced by more raunchtastic sex. In probably the lamest complaint ever, porn stars are whining that adult video production companies are losing the storyline by tailoring to online technology. Gone are the days of 1970s favorites like “Deep Throat” and the 2005 hit “Pirates.” Now porn production companies are catering to viewers by making shorter, more easily downloadable clips and using themes or mini-plots to tie the disparate pieces together, like “Girls ‘n Glasses” produced by New Sensations. We’ve always thought porn plots were pretty amusing, so we don’t know if we’re excited about this change. Also, what about all those porn stars hoping that their work will launch them into a mainstream acting career? Wait, has that happened to anyone besides Sasha Grey? Regardless, if you’re a true “movie buff” then don’t miss “2040” by Digital Playground. The company’s president told the NY Times “2040” is “an almost Romeo-and-Juliet story between an aging porn star and a cyborg.” Sounds like a real tearjerker. [NY Times] Keep reading »

7 In 10 Republicans Still Want Palin To Run In 2012

Yesterday, Sarah Palin said, “Politically speaking, if I die, I die. So be it.” But that doesn’t look like what’s going to happen. According to the latest USA Today/Gallup poll, two-thirds of Republicans want Palin to remain a “major national political figure,” and I don’t think they mean as the butt of late-night comedy jokes. And 7 in 10 Republicans say they would absolutely pull the lever for her for prez in 2012, and that the past week hasn’t changed their perception of her one iota. Um, people, don’t you remember when she QUIT HER JOB? How exactly does that make her fit for the Oval Office? This next stat won’t come as a shocker to anyone—75% of Democrats want to see her career be dunzo, already. So, Frisky GOPers, tell us what you think! [USA Today] Keep reading »

“Dating In The Dark” Wonders If Looks Matter

If my estimates are correct, in three weeks “The Bachelorette” concludes its latest run. What are we going to watch on Monday nights?! Oh don’t worry, ABC knows they have a reality TV dating show void to fill and “Dating In The Dark,” premiering on July 20th at 8 pm, is their latest gimmick. According the ABC.com, “Three single men and three single women move into a house together, and get to know each other and form bonds in total darkness.” The ultimate question — do looks really matter? Um, yes. Which is why they cast realistic, but completely attractive people for this little experiment. In the end, whichever “couples” emerge into the light won’t be disappointed by a schlubby bald guy or a mousy twig with bad teeth at the other end of the hand they’re holding. Still… Keep reading »

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