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We can’t blame it on a food coma.

The republican controlled House of Representatives moved quickly:

H R 4038 RECORDED VOTE 19-Nov-2015 1:55 PM
QUESTION: On Passage
BILL TITLE: American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act
—- AYES 289 —
Graves (MO)
Smith (MO)
—- NOES 137 —

[emphasis added]

At the Washington Monthly:

November 21, 2015 5:57 AM
Syrian Refugees, the “SAFE” Act, and the Shortsighted Panic of Steve Israel
By David Atkins

….It goes without saying, of course, that all of this is yet another manufactured non-issue being ballyhooed by Republicans in order to stir up their xenophobic base and the occasional ignorant independent. Of all the ways for a terrorist to enter the United States, the refugee program is the slowest and the likeliest to get them caught. All of the Paris gunmen were European nationals, not refugees. If an Islamist terrorist group wants to come to the United States, all they need do is send European compatriots here on tourist visas. Meanwhile, ISIS also despises refugees and desperately wants western nations to reject them and send them back to Iraq and Syria to be used and exploited for skills, sex and labor. Once again, Republicans are acting in the most counterproductive way, doing ISIS’ dirty work for them while condemning thousands of people to near certain death—all so they can whip up the basest sentiments from America’s most fearful, least moral and most ignorant voters….

Well, those are salient points.

Yesterday via Twitter from Representative Vicky Hartzler (r):


Rep. Vicky Hartzler ‏@RepHartzler
What are you thankful for? I am thankful to serve you, and wish you a #happythanksgiving [….] 9:35 AM – 26 Nov 2015

You ain’t seen nothing yet. From the link in the tweet to Representative Hartzler’s (r) message:

….When I think of this holiday I think of the Pilgrims and that first Thanksgiving in 1621 when they gathered with their Native American friends to thank the Lord for His provision after surviving that first perilous year. So many had perished during the harsh winter but the dream lived on. That original dream is captured in one of the paintings displayed in the Capitol rotunda. The painting depicts the beginning of the Pilgrims journey and captures the essence of why they came….

….The Pilgrims came here for religious freedom and for a better life for their children…

Cognitive dissonance? You bet. Let’s celebrate a holiday which is ostensibly about persecuted peoples coming to the new world and at the same time vote to complicate or deny refuge to people who are being persecuted.

So far there are two responses:


Jalal El-Jayyousi ‏@JUC_jalal
@RepHartzler I’m thankful for the safety of my family in spite of your fearmongering 9:39 AM – 26 Nov 2015



pomme_de_doodie ‏@pomme_de_doodie
@RepHartzler You seem to be more concerned about what’s going on in Louisiana than here in Mo. You voted against vets! How much subs$ u get? 9:41 PM – 26 Nov 2015

That’s quite a list.


Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): Quick, jump on that bandwagon of fear before it pulls away! (November 19, 2015)

White House Petitions: pants wetters (November 22, 2015)