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Does anyone know how I can get

tickets to President Manchin's inauguration?

Beyond disgusted

As I lawyer in practice 33 years I am beyond thoroughly disgusted with the trial of little Kyle and the horrendous verdict. It seems that Trump's theory of being able to shoot someone on 5th avenue without consequences is now the state of the law to all RW wingers. I can't wait to see the Aubrey verdict - they'll probably give Shotgun Bob the Medal of Freedom.

Yee Haw - "When do we get to use our guns?". Now, Jethro. Now.

Is it true that Bannon attempted to evade arrest

by disguising himself as a man who had recently showered?

(Just askin')

With the critics howling for Cuomo's head

and Democrats in Albany calling for his impeachment, how long will it take for the Repukes and their media hack echo chamber to resurrect the Loonie that claimed Biden touched her neck (or whatever - the story changed so much that any new version will work)?

Thank you so much for the latest heart!

I can't begin to tell you how very much I appreciate such a nice gesture. Thanks again!

Another heart! Thanks so much to the kind DUer

for this unexpected gesture. I'm not at all convinced that I deserve it but nonetheless sincerely appreciate it! Thank you very much!

Thank you so much! to the kind DUer

who gave me another heart. This kind gesture is sincerely appreciated. Thank you!

Thanks to another kind DUer who gave me a heart!

This is most sincerely appreciated. Thank you for your thoughtfulness!

Many thanks to the kind DUer who gave me a heart!

I'm not sure it's deserved but it certainly is very appreciated! Thank you!

Trump's xenophobia effects, large and small

Trump's patented xenophobia was no secret, nor was his penchant for following wannabe SS Officer Steven Miller's anti-immigrant hot flashes. But I just got a glimpse at how far down the pecking order that attitude has gone and is affecting routine government functions.

A little over 5 years ago TSA began offering the "Pre-Check" program, which meant that upon completing an application, having a personal interview with TSA and paying an $85 fee you could get a Pre-Check number which would permit you to skip some of the more burdensome requirements in the Security Line at the airport. Since my wife and I travel extensively both for business and pleasure we decided to apply for it. It has proven to be worth every dime.

Fast forward to now. We both received e-mails informing us that the original 5-year period for our Pre-Check status would soon expire, inviting us to renew for another 5 years. I completed a very short application. Since my application and my wifes' were different by a few days I sent mine in first. It was approved within a day.

I now went to renew my wife's status . She was born overseas but has been a U.S. citizen since 1988 and, like me has travelled extensively on her US Passport. Neither of us have ever had any kind of issue with TSA (or for that matter with anyone else). I began her renewal process expecting it to be identical to mine. Not so. For her to renew she is first expected to complete an extremely detailed application (almost identical to that required for applying for a first time US passport) and then must go with both US Passport and State Drivers License in hand for a personal interview with the TSA to see if they'll grant her renewal. No explanation is given for the difference between her renewal and mine nor is there any possibility of getting an explanation much less seeking an exception. The only difference between her renewal application and mine is because she was born somewhere else.

The Trump acolytes have managed to insert pure xenophobic hurdles into some of the most mundane interactions with the Federal government. It's sickening to see how our system has been infected with this virulence. God only knows in how many other routine activities anyone not born here will be expected to jump though meaningless and degrading hoops.
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