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Same-Sex Family Southwest Refused to Allow to Board as a Family Says Airline Still Hasn’t Even Contacted Them



‘I Feel as Though We Were Profiled the Minute We Walked Up the Boarding Area’

Grant Morse says Southwest Airlines still hasn’t even bothered to contact him or his husband Sam after the airline refused to allow them, their three young children, and 83-year old grandmother to get on their Buffalo to Fort Lauderdale flight during the family boarding period this past weekend.

Morse told local news stations that the airline’s gate agent repeatedly and “aggressively” told them, “This is for family boarding only,” and that he was “humiliated” and made to feel like a “criminal” while having to defend his family’s status.

As of this moment,” Morse wrote on Facebook Tuesday night, “I still have not received any type of contact from Southwest Airlines. I will now take legal action. If any damages are recovered, they will be donated to charities that educate tolerance and how discrimination is never acceptable,” Morse said.

On Saturday, he says, the agent told them: “This is for family boarding only and you are not permitted to board. This is only for family, and I told you that already.”

Her supervisor agreed.

Morse told WBBH he’s actually a frequent Southwest flier, accruing one million miles annually. 

“I feel as though we were profiled the minute we walked up the boarding area,” Morse told WGRZ.

Southwest, instead of contacting Morse and his family, issued a public statement defending their actions.

“The conversation in the boarding area had nothing to do with discrimination,” Southwest claims.

The statement says the issue was with the 83-year old grandmother, who was traveling with them. She was later placed in an emergency exit row seat.

“I have never seen an 83-year-old woman that weighs about 110 pounds be capable of lifting a 40-pound door and throwing it out of the way, in case an emergency evacuation had to occur,” Morse also told WGRZ.

Morse apparently has filed a ccomplaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation, posting the response on Facebook.

Thanking his family and friends “for your love and support during this very painful and challenging time,” Morse says, “I am going to do everything that I can do to put this behind me and continue to the best spouse that I can be and to continue to nurture my three beautiful children into accepting, loving, caring and bright individuals.”

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New Florida Surgeon General’s First Act: Allowing Students Exposed to COVID to Attend School With No Restrictions



He hasn’t even been confirmed yet by the Florida state Senate but Dr. Joseph Ladapo, Governor Ron DeSantis‘s new Surgeon General, on Wednesday signed an executive order that changes state policy on school attendance for students who have been exposed to COVID-19.

The order, which replaces an August 6 order by Dr. Ladapo’s predecessor, declares that students who have been exposed to COVID-19 can continue attending school in-person, as long as they are asymptomatic. It also repeatedly states that parents have sole discretion on how children are educated – in person or virtually – and on masks, effectively eliminating any locally-ordered mask mandates.

“The school boards in Miami-Dade, Broward, Orange, Alachua and Leon counties [had] challenged the Aug. 6 rule, which did not include the new provision about parents or legal guardians having ‘sole discretion’ about opting out of school mask requirements,” the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper reports.

Those lawsuits are now effectively null and void because of the new order.

Dr. Ladapo, who opposes mask and vaccine mandates, has likened the focus on getting Americans vaccinated to a religious obsession, and supports treatment of COVID-19 with drugs that are neither approved for use against the coronavirus nor have been proven to be effective – namely the livestock-dewormer Ivermectin and the malaria-drug hydroxychloroquine. He also appeared in the infamous viral video with a discredited doctor mocked as the “Demon Sperm” physician.


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‘Will Harm Every American’: Trump Blasted for Telling GOP It’s ‘Unpatriotic’ to Not Block Dems on Debt He Created



The former President of the United States, still the leader of the GOP and supposed “kingmaker” to any Republican desperate for his endorsement, is doing his best to undermine the Democrats and President Joe Biden, and he’s being criticized for it.

In one of his many press releases that still do not admit he is a former president, Trump on Wednesday said it would be “foolish and unpatriotic” of Republicans to not use the debt ceiling as a tool against the Democrats’ agenda, as he urged what could be economic catastrophe for the United States, should it default on its credit obligations and the government shut down.

As many have noted, raising the debt ceiling is to pay for the trillions of dollars in spending Trump signed into law.

“Republicans have no choice but to do what they have to do,” he claimed, implying he wants to see them carry out a scorched-earth policy.

Trump also falsely claimed Democrats are “trying to inflict…horror” upon America’s future.

He then called Democrats’ voting rights legislation that will protect and expand the franchise, “the end of our democracy.”

If the debt ceiling is not raised, ultimately, the federal government would default on its bills. What does that mean?

“If the U.S. government cannot pay its bills, millions of Americans would be affected,” CBS News reports today. “Social Security payments would not go out; U.S. troops and federal civilian employees would not be paid. Veterans could see compensation or pension payments lapse. And millions of Americans on food assistance would see benefits stop.”

Democratic Rep. Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands is warning if the GOP follows Trump’s demands it “will harm every American.”

Trump’s press release:



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President Biden Had Two Vulgar Words to Say When He First Encountered One of Trump’s ‘Toys’ in the White House



According to the book “Peril,” as newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden first toured the White House after Donald Trump vacated it January 20, he encountered one room of the former president’s “toys,” and responded with a two-word vulgarity.

“Trump’s existence permeated the White House, even the residence,” Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa write in the new book, per an excerpt cited by ABC News, HuffPost reports. “One night, Biden wandered into a room where a huge video screen covered the wall. To relax, Trump used to upload programs to virtually play the world’s most famous golf courses.”

The new President had just two words to say about the golf “toy.”

“What a fucking asshole,” President Biden responded.


Image: Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz via Flickr


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