As Christy at Firedoglake has noted, it has been 25 years since the discovery of AIDS.
She chose to honor the occasion with a loving remembrance of an old friend who was killed by the disease.
The President chose to honor the occasion by beating the drum for more exclusion of gay men and women from full American citizenship.
I would like to create a small memorial here, if anyone else is inclined to join me, by mentioning the names of a friends who have passed. If you have lost a friend to AIDS related illness, mention his or her name in the comments, and please pass it on.
Phillip Joseph Pamlieri, died of AIDS-related illness in 1985.