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  • Ann Coulter calls Delta 'worst airline in America' after seating debacle

    07/15/2017 11:08:25 PM PDT · 58 of 90
    Aetius to Timpanagos1

    You make it sound like they politely asked if she would please change seats, with the decision ultimately up to her. But Coulter says she was ordered to change seats, with the implication that she would be removed if she refused.

    Coulter suggests the only explanation provided was some sort of undefined “emergency”. The woman who allegedly got Coulter’s seat doesn’t appear to be disabled. The comfort and convenience of sitting with family (if that’s all that it is) hardly constitutes an emergency.

    And it may be the case that Delta reserves the right to reassign seats without explanation, but even if a refund is offered, that hardly makes it all okay. To behave in such a manner, to just (it seems) arbitrarily remove someone from a seat they paid for defeats the purpose of offering pre-booked, specifically selected seats. Why offer the service/product if you’ll just cavalierly jettison it?

    I get that you don’t like Coulter, but until video surfaces showing her account to be false, or Delta offers a just reason for taking what she paid for from her, then Coulter is in the right.

  • Ann Coulter calls Delta 'worst airline in America' after seating debacle

    07/15/2017 10:55:05 PM PDT · 57 of 90
    Aetius to CharlesWayneCT

    Company policy shouldn’t be to move someone from a specific seat they paid for unless it’s a true emergency type of situation. The comfort and convenience of another able-bodied passenger who did not think to pre-good that seat should not suffice.

  • Ann Coulter calls Delta 'worst airline in America' after seating debacle

    07/15/2017 9:33:44 PM PDT · 44 of 90
    Aetius to Timpanagos1

    So you’ve moved past the absurd “special treatment” argument? Good.

    As to your question; what does that matter? Does obeying the flight attendant somehow hurt Coulter’s case in your view? Should she have refused to move? If she had refused then perhaps she would have been forcibly removed.

    This is (or should be) very simple. Does Delta allow passengers to pre-book and select specific seats? If so, then did Ann Coulter pre-book and select this specific seat? If so, why was she removed from that seat? Was it mistakenly booked twice? If not, then why was someone who did not pre-book and select that specific seat given the seat over the person who did? Is there a clause in the purchase of pre-selected seats that says Delta can arbitrarily refuse to honor them? Even if so, an explanation of why isn’t unreasonable to ask for. So why did Delta refuse to honor a customer’s purchase?

    Maybe some video of the incident will be released that sheds some light on this. Surely someone recorded it. Barring that, or some reasonable justification from Delta, Coulter is justified in being upset. She didn’t get what she paid for.

  • Ann Coulter calls Delta 'worst airline in America' after seating debacle

    07/15/2017 9:03:15 PM PDT · 39 of 90
    Aetius to Timpanagos1

    Special treatment? What are you talking about? Do you consider getting the seat you preselected and paid for to be special treatment? Getting what you paid for is special treatment?

    If all that matters is getting from A to B, then why doesn’t the airline just move people, for whatever reason, out of first class seats and give them to people who paid coach fare?

    Unless you’re arguing that the other woman also preselected and purchased the same seat, and Delta just screwed up and had to choose which booking to honor, then your argument makes no sense.

    If the facts are as Coulter presents them then she should have gotten the seat she paid for.

  • Florist Takes Religious Liberty Case to US Supreme Court

    07/15/2017 8:52:18 PM PDT · 19 of 21
    Aetius to Kenny500c

    This particular florist, like the Baker, was probably targeted. The Left wants to make an example of someone. How many more florists in Washington state (and all other states with similar laws) will dare defy them when financial ruin is the result?

  • Florist Takes Religious Liberty Case to US Supreme Court

    07/15/2017 8:49:45 PM PDT · 18 of 21
    Aetius to Entropy Squared

    Can the President pardon state-level offenses?

  • Florist Takes Religious Liberty Case to US Supreme Court

    07/15/2017 8:48:44 PM PDT · 17 of 21
    Aetius to webstersII

    I think that is a near certainty, though it may be the Baker case that sets the precedent first. Kennedy is a lost case on all gay-agenda issues and cases.

  • Ann Coulter calls Delta 'worst airline in America' after seating debacle

    07/15/2017 8:44:33 PM PDT · 31 of 90
    Aetius to Timpanagos1

    Why offer pre-booked, specific seats if they won’t be honored? Maybe there is more to the story, but if what Coulter says is true then Delta is in the wrong here. She paid for something that was the taken away for no apparent good reason.

  • Coverage of Montana At Large at 10PM ( and other web sites)

    05/25/2017 9:11:21 PM PDT · 357 of 467
    Aetius to over3Owithabrain

    When did their latest poll for GA-6 come out? Was it before the pounding Trump took for Comey and Russia prior to this week?

  • Coverage of Montana At Large at 10PM ( and other web sites)

    05/25/2017 8:55:44 PM PDT · 307 of 467
    Aetius to Angels27

    The demographics of GA-6 are changing in the Democrats favor, but I’ve never seen a source putting it at 52% black. If that was the case neither Price or Trump would have carried it last year.

  • Dems may be ready to deal on Gorsuch

    03/23/2017 10:57:29 AM PDT · 57 of 91
    Aetius to SeekAndFind

    If the GOP goes along with this, if McConnell cannot reign in and prevent the usual suspects from preemptively surrendering when they hold the high ground, then he is worthless and the party truly is the Stupid Party.

    Schumer would not hesitate to nuke the filibuster on SCOTUS nominees if the roles were reversed. If Graham, McCain, Collins, Murkowski, et al can’t see this, then they are willful idiots.

    This is really simple for the GOP Senators; if the Democrats filibuster Gorsuch, go nuclear and confirm him with 51+ votes. If they hold off, and we are lucky enough to have Kenney and/or Ginsburg retire (not a chance on the latter I know), and then the Democrats filibuster, then go nuclear then.

  • Dems may be ready to deal on Gorsuch

    03/23/2017 10:57:19 AM PDT · 56 of 91
    Aetius to SeekAndFind

    If the GOP goes along with this, if McConnell cannot reign in and prevent the usual suspects from preemptively surrendering when they hold the high ground, then he is worthless and the party truly is the Stupid Party.

    Schumer would not hesitate to nuke the filibuster on SCOTUS nominees if the roles were reversed. If Graham, McCain, Collins, Murkowski, et al can’t see this, then they are willful idiots.

    This is really simple for the GOP Senators; if the Democrats filibuster Gorsuch, go nuclear and confirm him with 51+ votes. If they hold off, and we are lucky enough to have Kenney and/or Ginsburg retire (not a chance on the latter I know), and then the Democrats filibuster, then go nuclear then.

  • Trump Says He’s Open To Legal Pathway For Undocumented Immigrants

    02/28/2017 8:13:52 PM PST · 101 of 113
    Aetius to zeestephen

    If the legalization didn’t include any path to citizenship, and if it excluded a much wider array of criminal illegal aliens than democrats want, and if it excluded recent arrivals (defined by years, not weeks or months), and if it came with serious and vigorous enforcement against future illegal immigration, and most importantly, if it were paired with a permanent and large reduction in legal immigration, then it might be worth pursuing. The legal immigration reform should be along the lines of the RAISE Act introduced by Senators Cotton and Perdue recently.

    Such an approach might get a few Democrat votes, and might get some of the GOP immigration liberals on board.

  • Democrats are becoming the party of secession

    02/05/2017 12:20:03 PM PST · 35 of 35
    Aetius to central_va

    No, if the state votes to secede then nothing happens, at least not based on that vote alone. The rest of the nation would have to agree to let Calif go. And in this scenario, who is to say that the President and Congress wouldn’t negotiate the possible freedom of the red areas of Calif from the rule of LA and SF? Maybe negotiate another ballot initiative for Calif, that allows the individual counties to decide for themselves, allowing the ‘Balkanization’ to happen as a condition of independence?

    Anyway, this is all speculation based on something that’s not going to happen. Californian elites are upset now in the wake of Trump becoming President, but the last decade has shown multiple wild swings in power, so the Democrats will likely and unfortunately be back in charge before too long. And there is no way the LA-SF-Silicon Valley elites will pass up the chance to once again impose their will on the red states.

  • Democrats are becoming the party of secession

    02/01/2017 11:39:15 AM PST · 31 of 35
    Aetius to ChicagoConservative27

    Let them go...minus the red areas of the state, and any federal land (like military bases and national parks) in the blue areas.

  • Democrats are becoming the party of secession

    02/01/2017 11:37:26 AM PST · 30 of 35
    Aetius to central_va

    If this far-fetched idea ever came to be, who is to say the rest of the nation would let the entire state go? Sure, economic hubs like LA, SF, and Silicon Valley would go as they are the most left wing areas of the state. And that would provide the breakaway state a strong base for its economy.

    But much or most of inland California is red. Why, in this highly unlikely scenario of secession actually happening, would the rest of the union allow the coastal secessionists to have the whole state? If it’s about divergent values, then those red counties (with significant agricultural and mineral wealth) may wish to remain in the union, and the union might insist that they be allowed to do so.

  • Why California’s Silly Secession Scheme Can’t Succeed

    01/12/2017 11:28:08 AM PST · 55 of 64
    Aetius to Ozark Tom; bert

    Sounds good to me.

  • LIVE: Confirmation Hearing of James "Mad Dog" Mattis, Trump's Pick for Secretary of Defense

    01/12/2017 11:21:11 AM PST · 23 of 26
    Aetius to NKP_Vet

    I hope you’re right. Trump and Mattis should jettison as much of the Obama social engineering as they can, and abolishing the allowance of women in ground combat should be step one. I know some say it should be allowed so long as standards aren’t lowered, but how likely is that? Maybe in this administration with excellent people like Mattis running things then perhaps standards would be maintained. But in a future democrat or liberal Republican administration would that hold true? It seems inevitable that the standards will be lowered (either officially or unofficially) because the number of women who can meet the same standards as men will always be small and much lower than can be tolerated by the left wing extremists pushing this bad idea-turned policy.

    The problem though with reversing this bad idea is that unfortunately Anthony Kennedy will probably end up deciding the matter. The left (ACLU I think) already had a lawsuit in the pipeline seeking to have the courts order the military to open all positions to women. I think they withdrew the suit once Obama did what it sought to have imposed by judicial usurpation and decree. So if they policy is reversed, the lawsuit will resume.

    Even if Trump replaces Scalia with a suitably good conservative, that likely means a 4-4 split with Kennedy breaking the tie. At this point there is no reason at all to be confident Kennedy will get it right.

    Trump and the GOP congress could try making the old policy law and stripping the courts of jurisdiction on the matter, but that will never happen.

  • Why California’s Silly Secession Scheme Can’t Succeed

    01/12/2017 5:31:04 AM PST · 26 of 64
    Aetius to Pollster1

    Yes, but not the whole state. Only the blue areas of California should be allowed to go, minus any federal land (like national parks) within those areas.

  • 'Cheap Shot': Al Roker Slams Media For Suggesting Jenna Bush Is Racist After Golden Globes Mistake

    01/10/2017 9:27:32 AM PST · 8 of 41
    Aetius to Mr. K

    Exactly. The worst thing about this is that apologized, or ever felt that an apology was necessary. Then to almost cry over it? WTF?

    It should be a lesson for this liberal Bush that even with the advocacy for gay marriage and obvious contempt for people who actually voted for her father and grandfather, it gains her nothing with her preferred fellow leftists.