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Going to the US might be cheap, but unless you like being fingerprinted, prodded, anal-probed, racially profiled and interrogated, it's not a pleasant experience at the border.
Me, there's no way I'd visit back until Pres. Obama is sworn in.

A 'centrist' is someone who's neither on the left, nor on the left.
by nicta (nico@altiva․fr) on Sat Mar 15th, 2008 at 05:08:26 AM EST
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If you think the DHS will magically change its procedures the minute Obama is sworn in, I have a bridge to sell you...

Rolling back the US presidency is going to be an uphill battle, assuming the next Democratic president is willing to undertake it.

It'd be nice if the battle were only against the right wingers, not half of the left on top of that — François in Paris

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Mar 15th, 2008 at 06:10:31 AM EST
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I'm not saying everything will be honkey-dory, just that I will not under any circumstance go there until then.

A 'centrist' is someone who's neither on the left, nor on the left.
by nicta (nico@altiva․fr) on Sat Mar 15th, 2008 at 07:02:27 AM EST
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Migeru:
Rolling back the US presidency is going to be an uphill battle, assuming the next Democratic president is willing to undertake it.

It would take some work in Congress, in particular, to repeal a number of bills of the Bush era. I agree that the president's initiative, or lack thereof, would be a big factor. Watch out for the presence in the new administration of people from David Addington's school.

The New Yorker: The legal mind behind the White House's war on terror

Most Americans, even those who follow politics closely, have probably never heard of Addington. But current and former Administration officials say that he has played a central role in shaping the Administration's legal strategy for the war on terror. Known as the New Paradigm, this strategy rests on a reading of the Constitution that few legal scholars share--namely, that the President, as Commander-in-Chief, has the authority to disregard virtually all previously known legal boundaries, if national security demands it.


You're clearly a dangerous pinko commie pragmatist.
by Vagulus on Sat Mar 15th, 2008 at 07:31:34 AM EST
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I mean rolling back the Bush presidency, naturally.

It'd be nice if the battle were only against the right wingers, not half of the left on top of that — François in Paris
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Mar 15th, 2008 at 09:06:37 AM EST
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Not to worry, that's exactly how I understood it. My brain filled in the missing word!

You're clearly a dangerous pinko commie pragmatist.
by Vagulus on Sat Mar 15th, 2008 at 10:14:04 AM EST
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... more Japanese group tours than a big rush of Yurpeans.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sat Mar 15th, 2008 at 03:40:27 PM EST
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Don't fret. The time may soon arrive when the "border crews" will smile for all those shiny Euros entering the country.

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Sat Mar 15th, 2008 at 06:08:33 PM EST
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