OK, I’ve been following the political parts of Twitter all day long without much to show for it. So instead of continuing to watch TweetDeck like an idiot, I figured it was time to come over here and put in some actual writing time. There are about 50 things to cover, although I’ll probably only get to five or so. Still, I won’t let that sad fact get me down. Instead, let’s just jump into the first topic.

This morning, I saw a story that I had begged as a troll job. The screenshot said that the U.S. Department Health & Human Services was welcoming immigrants with HIV and various other STDs into the country. I thought to myself, “No, that’s a right wing site I’ve never heard of having fun with the wording of some press release. That can’t be what it actually meant.”

After I ended up seeing it later on a bigger name site, I saw that it was accurate. We are welcoming those disease carriers into our country. Here’s more, from the Washington Examiner

The Department of Health and Human Services this month opened the borders to those with the STDs, deeming the communicable diseases not a big threat to the United States.

A report from the Center for Immigration Studies said that HHS does not believe that the costs to taxpayers to handle the immigrants with STDs will be significant. Now, said the Center, the list of inadmissible communicable diseases only includes syphilis, gonorrhea, tuberculosis, and leprosy…

‘The results are not economically significant, i.e. more than $100 million of costs and benefits in a single year.’ In other words, the cost of welcoming in aliens with these STDs will be below $100 million every year,” said the CIS report…

The administration had already pulled HIV off the list of diseases that bar immigrants from coming to the U.S.

So, syphilis isn’t cool, but HIV is OK? Look, I don’t mean to discriminate here, but adding to our HIV total doesn’t sound like a very good idea to me. Someone said this meant that people like me hated those with the disease, but that’s simply not the case. I’m not saying we should kill them, only that we should consider whether or not we want to bring them into the country. If you ask me, we shouldn’t, but I wanted to do a short post and see what you guys thought about it.

A Twitter user said this meant I held citizens with HIV in low regard, but I pointed out that there’s a big difference between someone who is already here and an immigrant trying to get it. It’s not that I have anything against the infected immigrant, it’s a public health issue. That’s my take. Let me hear yours while I rush through and try to clear up some storied before the Nevada caucus tonight.