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    Vacation turns into ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ when Customs demands to know why woman didn’t take husband’s name

    A mother and daughter were flying back from a European vacation when an agent at Customs and Border Protection couldn’t understand why their last names were different.

    “I was asked if Sybonae was my daughter and I said yes,” Sylvia Acosta wrote on Facebook. “Then they asked why if she was my daughter I didn’t have the same last name. I told them I had already established my career and earned my doctorate with my last name Acosta so I had decided not to change it.”
    The officer then said “maybe you should have taken your husband’s last name so you could prove you were her mom.”

    She explained that she had plenty of proof that the girl was her daughter without needing their last names to match. She was then taken into another room where she and her daughter were interrogated. When she was asked again why she kept her maiden name, she once again was told she should just take her husband’s name.

    “I then proceeded to tell them that they were perpetuating an institutionalized misogynistic system which required that a woman take her husband’s name and after that and a whole lot more about what I thought about what they had said to me that they let us go,” she continued. “I am furious.”

    She even went so far as to include the full statement from the Customs and Border Patrol statement and a “revised” comment from the spokesperson.

    “U.S. Customs and Border Protection has reviewed the audio and video of the encounter between a CBP officer and a woman travelling [sic] with her daughter, and found that the video does not support the claim as it has been reported. The audio and video prove that there weren’t any inappropriate questions discussed,” the first statement read.

    The statement then went on to urge that any parent traveling with a child who has a different last name, get a note from the other parent, in this case, the woman’s husband.

    “CBP strongly recommends that unless a child is accompanied by both parents, the adult traveling with the child have a note from the child’s other parent (or, in the case of a child traveling with grandparents, uncles or aunts, sisters or brothers, friends, or in groups*, a note signed by both parents),” the statement said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZombieHavoc View Post
    I'm glad Jones won but he feels not far from being a republican.
    I prefer him over Roy Moore. But if Alabama democrats are the same as Alabama Republicans, it wouldn't make a difference, whether a democrat or a Republican won the Alabama elections.

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    Ironically, not a very manly chin even if he seems to fit the Manchin mold.
    He is in office for only one year. It's too early to compare him to Manchin. Give Senator Doug a chance.

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    So here's an important thing to bear in mind when talking about Doug Jones.

    If all of the GOP Senators hang together, then the votes of guys like Jones and Manchin are actually irrelevant. You will only see them vote for Kavanaugh if there's zero chance of defeating them. The only real drama is how long it will take Murkowski and Collins to fold and declare that they're sure Roe is settled law and he respects precedent and so on. It's all theatre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendrin View Post
    So here's an important thing to bear in mind when talking about Doug Jones.

    If all of the GOP Senators hang together, then the votes of guys like Jones and Manchin are actually irrelevant. You will only see them vote for Kavanaugh if there's zero chance of defeating them. The only real drama is how long it will take Murkowski and Collins to fold and declare that they're sure Roe is settled law and he respects precedent and so on. It's all theatre.
    While I see what you are saying, I don't really feel like "Actually Irrelevant" is the right way to put it.

    They will exist in a bigger picture than just this one nomination. They are relevant in that bigger picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZombieHavoc View Post
    Brett Kavenaugh is very happy about all the protest votes in 2016.
    And all of the people who didn't vote at all because "Hillary had it in the bag."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zetsubou View Post
    I prefer him over Roy Moore. But if Alabama democrats are the same as Alabama Republicans, it wouldn't make a difference, whether a democrat or a Republican won the Alabama elections.

    He is in office for only one year. It's too early to compare him to Manchin. Give Senator Doug a chance.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tendrin View Post
    So here's an important thing to bear in mind when talking about Doug Jones.

    If all of the GOP Senators hang together, then the votes of guys like Jones and Manchin are actually irrelevant. You will only see them vote for Kavanaugh if there's zero chance of defeating them. The only real drama is how long it will take Murkowski and Collins to fold and declare that they're sure Roe is settled law and he respects precedent and so on. It's all theatre.
    Irrelevant or not, Jones wasn't elected to vote with Trump's cowardly cronies and he should know it. Standing up for his principals isn't going to lose him any of the Dem votes he received and if he's going to lose the seat to the next halfassed GoP candidate who's not a kiddy diddler anyway then I say have some fucking backbone! Sadly even folks like McCain who are dying can't do more than a symbolic act of resistance at best and usually just unleash some mealy mouthed platitudes before falling in line to vote.

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    And all of the people who didn't vote at all because "Hillary had it in the bag."
    Yes, people who voted in ways they knew were meaningless are painted with the same brush as those who chose not to vote for whatever reason IMO. People who voted for Trump and continue to support him have proven they can't be trusted as they'll give a pass on naked corruption and profiteering as long as it's someone they agree with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by numberthirty View Post
    While I see what you are saying, I don't really feel like "Actually Irrelevant" is the right way to put it.

    They will exist in a bigger picture than just this one nomination. They are relevant in that bigger picture.
    They're irrelevant in so far as their vote makes a difference to this guy getting onto the Supreme Court. What has to happen is vulnerable blue-state GOPers need to be peeled off. The only thing that voting for him does is show independence from the party that might help them stay in their seat and, like it or not, there's no Dem majority without red-state Dems.


    For the record, I do agree that they shouldn't vote for him in any case but these are the factors that have to be weighed. The same is true of vulnerable blue state GOPers, of which there are few going into this election. Collins is, unfortunately, widely respected despite her constant disingenuousness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendrin View Post
    They're irrelevant in so far as their vote makes a difference to this guy getting onto the Supreme Court. What has to happen is vulnerable blue-state GOPers need to be peeled off. The only thing that voting for him does is show independence from the party that might help them stay in their seat and, like it or not, there's no Dem majority without red-state Dems.


    For the record, I do agree that they shouldn't vote for him in any case but these are the factors that have to be weighed. The same is true of vulnerable blue state GOPers, of which there are few going into this election. Collins is, unfortunately, widely respected despite her constant disingenuousness.
    I understand the potential benefit of tactically voting for the Trump pick in this case, but considering the partisan feelings out there right now I don't think any olive branch is going to convince your average GoPer not to vote against the Dem. Then there's the negative effect on the liberals that worked so hard to get Jones into office voting for this SCOTUS pick would cause, as they'd have little reason to put in such efforts again. Oh they'd probably still vote for him but they wouldn't put in the efforts that I believe were necessary to get him elected in the first place. Considering how much support Moore got in the end I don't think that any lessening of that enthusiasm is worth it at this point, whereas showing some backbone would fire that up even more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalak View Post
    I understand the potential benefit of tactically voting for the Trump pick in this case, but considering the partisan feelings out there right now I don't think any olive branch is going to convince your average GoPer not to vote against the Dem. Then there's the negative effect on the liberals that worked so hard to get Jones into office voting for this SCOTUS pick would cause, as they'd have little reason to put in such efforts again. Oh they'd probably still vote for him but they wouldn't put in the efforts that I believe were necessary to get him elected in the first place. Considering how much support Moore got in the end I don't think that any lessening of that enthusiasm is worth it at this point, whereas showing some backbone would fire that up even more.
    I honestly don't disagree with this. It's similar to my own feelings, but don't be surprised if people with their ears closer to the ground than either of us feel differently.

    You know?

    TBH, I do think Jones will wind up voting against him due to the amount of support he received from pro-choice forces that helped elect him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendrin View Post
    I honestly don't disagree with this. It's similar to my own feelings, but don't be surprised if people with their ears closer to the ground than either of us feel differently.

    You know?

    TBH, I do think Jones will wind up voting against him due to the amount of support he received from pro-choice forces that helped elect him.
    Yeah, I get it. Locals might feel differently but as a Blue voter in a Red state I'd like to think I know what I'm talking about here. Of course it seems everything's different in Texas so who knows for sure?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalak View Post
    Yeah, I get it. Locals might feel differently but as a Blue voter in a Red state I'd like to think I know what I'm talking about here. Of course it seems everything's different in Texas so who knows for sure?
    I mean, your state DID elect Ted Cruz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendrin View Post
    I mean, your state DID elect Ted Cruz.
    We're hoping some lucky guy gets to Beto him this fall!

    *hands out whiffleball bats so you can Beto him for that pun*

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    We're all betoing on it.

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    Susan Collins Says Brett Kavanaugh Is ‘Clearly’ Qualified For Supreme Court

    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), whose vote could be critical for confirming President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, said the judge is “clearly” qualified for the position.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry...b048036ea333dd

    Senator Collins claims to be pro-choice and she voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch as associate justice of the supreme court.

    If she backs Trump's supreme court choice, That means Kavanaugh will be confirmed after all the drama of about 3 months. But the real debacle begins when Ginsburg dies or retires before Trump completes his term. Justice Ginsburg is over 85 years old. A very few humans live past 90 years. If she realizes that she might not be able to outlive Trump's term, she will wish she had retired while Obama was in charge.


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    Susan Collins Says Brett Kavanaugh Is ‘Clearly’ Qualified For Supreme Court

    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), whose vote could be critical for confirming President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, said the judge is “clearly” qualified for the position.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry...b048036ea333dd

    Senator Collins claims to be pro-choice and she voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch as associate justice of the supreme court.

    If she backs Trump's supreme court choice, That means Kavanaugh will be confirmed after all the drama of about 3 months. But the real debacle begins when Ginsburg dies or retires before Trump completes his term. Justice Ginsburg is over 85 years old. A very few humans live past 90 years. If she realizes that she might not be able to outlive Trump's term, she will wish she had retired while Obama was in charge.


    All federal judges including SCOTUS are replaced, only when they retire, pass away, resign or are impeached if convicted of any wrongdoing. Neither the POTUS nor the Congress can dismiss a federal judge except through impeachment.

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