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YOU ARE VISITING THE OLD MALKIN(S)WATCH. THAT'S FANTASTIC. PLEASE VISIT THE NEW MALKIN(S)WATCH WHEN YOU GET A CHANCE.
[cross posted to LiberalAvenger...]

What was 25 year old Rhodes Scholar and wingnut think-tank RAND Corporation analyst Jesse Malkin doing in 1994?

Spending his evenings curling up with his new bride Michelle and a bag of microwave popcorn in front of the idiot box, naturally - and dishing on his favorite shows with his pals on USENET.

Here's the Rhodes Scholar on Melrose Place:
A subject I've never seen discussed on this board: Why is the Melrose Place gang still renting? Certainly Billy and Allison make enough money to buy their own home. In fact, if we assume Amanda charges $1,000 a month (par for the course for nice apartments in L.A.), any Melrose Place occupant could find himself or herself a nice condo for about the same monthly price. Haven't these folks ever heard of the mortgage interest deduction?

A related point: Now that Chris the Aussie is broke, we can safely assume he is no longer paying Sydney's rent. It is hard to imagine Sydney could swing the bill herself on her Shooters' salary. Since Jane is bankrupt, it is only logical that the two sisters should move in together.
Here is one of the conservative movement's greatest minds weighing in on Beverly Hills, 90210:
What kind of message are 90210's producers trying to send by letting Dylan off with a slap on the wrist? Certainly not that people should be held accountable for their actions!
Yeah, Jesse... What's up with that? Dylan was so handsome he could talk a dog off a meat wagon... Must have been a bunch of unhinged liberals writing/producing that show.

The show that really consumed Jesse intellectually, however, was MTV's Real World San Francisco.

It wasn't Puck that caught Jesse's eye during that fateful season in the City by the Bay. It wasn't Rachel, either. It was Pedro Zamora, the Cuban-American anti-HIV educator who was suffering from AIDS.

Here's what one of RAND's top health care analysts had to say about Zamora's tireless crusade to educate the public about the risks of HIV and AIDS:
Pedro's main message in his lectures was that AIDS doesn't discriminate, that everyone is at equal risk. He went so far as to conceal his homosexuality in one of his lectures to drive home the point that *anybody* can get AIDS. But the truth is that AIDS *does* discriminate. Only about 2-3% of the U.S. public is homosexual, but homosexuals comprise about two-thirds of AIDS cases.

As Michael Fumento showed in The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS, your chances of contracting this disease if you are straight and don't use drugs is close to zero. Studies have shown that straight men who are married to infected partners and have sex with them on a frequent basis tend not to contract AIDS. If Magic Johnson got AIDS by having sex with an infected woman, as he claims, then he is the exception, not the rule.

As Fumento observes, telling straight people that *anybody* can get AIDS is sort of like telling men that *anybody* can get breast cancer. Technically it is true but it obfuscates more than it clarifies.

It is sad that Pedro's death has been used to further perpetrate this myth.
Hold on a minute here, winger! The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS? Saying that anybody can get AID is like saying anybody can get breast cancer?

Here's an excerpt from the GOP's platform on AIDS:
AIDS is one of the deadliest epidemics in human history. An estimated 38 million people worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS and more than 20 million people have died as a result of the disease. This disease has created an estimated 14 million AIDS orphans – children who have lost at least one parent to HIV/AIDS.
Now I'm no public health policy expert, but I have to imagine that at least some of the estimated 14 million AIDS orphans' parents contracted AIDS heterosexually.

Malkin is arguing against safe-sex here. If you're not gay and you don't share needles then there is no need to be concerned about AIDS. While he made this assertion in 1994 it was abundantly clear even then that heterosexual sex without a condom is behavior that risks the transmission of HIV, particularly from men to women.

I'm not sure what to make of this. Is the message he's sending "only fags and degenerates get AIDS?" Is this a valiant attempt to keep wingnut penises out of latex? Is it a simple case of Jesse preferring to ride bareback?

Whatever the reason behind this disinformation, we should be thankful that Jesse's public health pulpit today is restricted only to the blogging he does under his wife's name and any future books published by Regnery that he writes for her.

Saddle up, kids - and remember, don't shoot the bleach.