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Defying Obama, House Passes Tougher Syrian Refugee Screening

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Defying Obama, House Passes Tougher Syrian Refugee Screening

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By Megan Cassella and Doina Chiacu

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. House of Representatives, defying a veto threat by President Barack Obama, overwhelmingly passed Republican-backed legislation on Thursday to intensify security screenings of Syrian refugees and suspend Obama’s program to admit 10,000 of them in the next year.

The measure, introduced this week following the Islamic State attacks in Paris last Friday that killed 129 people, was approved on a vote of 289 to 137, with 47 of Obama’s 188 fellow Democrats breaking with the White House to support the bill.

The vote followed a testy exchange between lawmakers and State Department official Anne Richard as Republicans responded with incredulity to her assertion that there is only a “very, very small” threat of any of them being a “terrorist.”

Some Republicans have asserted that some refugees could be militants bent on carrying out attacks against the United States, noting reports that at least one Paris attacker may have slipped into Europe among migrants registered in Greece.

The vote would give the bill the two-thirds majority the House would need to override a veto. The measure now goes to the U.S. Senate, which also is controlled by the Republicans although their Senate majority is slimmer. Both houses would have to muster a two-thirds majority to override a veto.

While many Americans see the United States historically as welcoming to immigrants, the issue of accepting refugees from Syria has raised concerns the newcomers may pose a national security threat in a country where about 3,000 people were killed by al Qaeda militants in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The White House had said the House bill would introduce “unnecessary and impractical requirements” that would hamper U.S. efforts to help some of the most vulnerable people in the world while providing no meaningful additional security for the American people.

Under the proposal no refugees from Syria or Iraq could enter the United States until several top-level U.S. security officials verified they did not pose a threat.

Michael McCaul, Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said the bill passed by the House would create “the most robust national security screening process in American history for any refugee population.”

The bill “strikes an important balance between security and our humanitarian responsibilities. It sets up roadblocks to keep terrorists from entering the United States while also allowing legitimate refugees who are not a threat to be resettled appropriately,” McCaul said.

Democratic Representative Steny Hoyer called it “a message bill” to let lawmakers go home “and say how tough they are.”

A DIFFERENT APPROACH

Democrats touted a different approach, promising to push legislation in the Senate to tighten a visa waiver program that intelligence experts say can be exploited by Islamic State militants or others planning attacks against the United States.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein told a news conference their legislation would be introduced after next week’s recess for the Thanksgiving holiday. Republican Senator Jeff Flake is working with Democrats on the measure.

The White House announced in September a plan to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees within a year. Richard, the assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration, said Syrian refugees are not treated differently than other refugees.

“Syrians are less of a threat, actually, because they’ve fled their country. They’ve voted with their feet,” Richard said.

“Let me stop you there real quick,” Republican Representative Lamar Smith of Texas said.

“Terrorist organizations have already said they’re going to use the refugee program to try to infiltrate the United States and you say you’re less worried about Syrian refugees than other refugees?” Smith asked.

“Don’t you think Syrian refugees might someday become terrorists?” Smith asked.

“I think the odds of a refugee being a terrorist is very, very small,” Richard said.

Trey Gowdy, the Republican chairman of a subcommittee on immigration and border security, said no matter how secure the vetting process is, letting in any of these refugees still presents a risk to the United States.

“The potential consequences of us getting it wrong are maybe cataclysmic,” Gowdy said. “We have to be right every time.”

Honduras said on Wednesday it had detained five Syrians seeking to reach the United States for traveling on doctored Greek passports, but authorities in the Central American country said the men did not belong to “any terrorist cell” and four were college students.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said members of two Syrian families — two men, two women and four children — turned themselves in to U.S. authorities in Laredo, Texas, on the Mexican border. There was no evidence the Syrians had any connection to terrorism, U.S. officials said.

(Additional reporting by Richard Cowan, Mark Hosenball and Patricia Zengerle in WASHINGTON and Gustavo Palencia in TEGUCIGALPA; Writing by Will Dunham; Editing by Howard Goller)

U.S. President Barack Obama in Manila, Philippines, November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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120 Comments

  1. Lynda Groom November 19, 2015

    Today Saint Reagan is spinning in his grave. Look what the republican lead House did today to Ronnie’s mythical ‘shinning city upon a hill.’ The shine is being replaced by the tarnish of fear and dishonesty. Another famous republican once referred to ‘the better angles of our nature,’ but of course that was a different kind of republican. Not to mention during turbulent times as well. Yeah the legacy of todays GOP has been dulled by the actions of those very people claiming to be the leadership. With friends like this who needs enemies???

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    1. Daniel Jones November 19, 2015

      They are enemies. End stop. (Can’t *believe* I’m stuck living in Roanoke..)

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker November 20, 2015

        Roanoke..oh right…Virginia…the No. 1 state who drools over war profits and tax subsidies for their Military industries, right? How about you stop worrying about these refugees and tell your idiot GOP politicians blue states are NOT their only support?

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    2. itsfun November 20, 2015

      As I respond a terrorist attack in happening in West Africa. Some Americans are being held hostage, and we don’t know how many or who has been killed. Should we stop all Americans from going anywhere outside of the US and allow terrorists in the US. Seven years of Obama saying things like drawing a red line, saying ISIS is contained, ISIS is a JV team. Is Obama just misleading Americans or doesn’t have a clue what is happening in the world. He sees terror threats as just small local problems. He said ISIS was contained 24 hours before the attack in France. Kerry is saying the terrorists are neutralized. I guess Obama and Kerry have a strange of containment and being neutralized.

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      1. Lynda Groom November 20, 2015

        As I write this another terrible events is near its end. Indeed a horrible and tragic day, but not connected to Syrian refugees. The problems in the former French colony have been going on for a very long time. This attack was done by al Mourabitoun, which has been involved in many attacks upon peace keepers. They are loosely allied with al Qaeda and not ISIS. ISIS is not al Qaeda, al Mouabitoun is not ISIS and none are Syrian. The Tuareg people (Berber’s) make up that al Mouabitoun along with some Arab peoples living in northern Mali.

        Conflation of the events of Paris and Mali is disingenuous at best and a tad dishonest. The subject of the House bill was keeping Syrian refugees out of the country based upon overhyped fear and distrust. It is always better to make argument based upon apples and apples, rather than apples and oranges.

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  2. Otto Greif November 19, 2015

    At least the House is doing its job.

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    1. Daniel Jones November 19, 2015

      Yup, the task of “useful idiot” is being well handled!

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    2. joeham1 November 20, 2015

      Exactly! Do be against this is crazy.

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    3. Grannysmovin November 20, 2015

      The French authorities so far in their investigation have identified some of the terrorists and they were European Nationals, the brothers were raised Catholic and went to Catholic School. What would make them want to convert?

      Since 2011 just under 2200 Syrian refuges have been admitted into the U.S. after undergoing an application process that takes from 18 to 24 months. As Senator Angus King said, he is more concerned over the Visa Waiver Program. This program allows people from 38 Countries around the world, including those from Western Europe, to come here for 90 days without a visa, no vetting process. Last year 20 million entered the U.S. under this program. How many stayed beyond 90 days? How many could have been or could become a terrorist”

      Wouldn’t this program be a bigger threat to allowing potential terrorist
      to enter our Country than the refugee process that takes up to 2 years of
      vetting before admitted to the U.S. Perhaps the House is not doing their job if they haven’t addressed this.

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  3. Insinnergy November 19, 2015

    Republicans: “Not Logic, nor Compassion, nor Facts, nor Rational Thought, nor Intelligence, nor the entire Teachings of Jesus… can stop us from being complete cowardly a$$holes.”

    When you consider how you view yourselves, America, take a good long look at this news story.
    America: The home of fatuous cowards. …U… S… A………. U… S…. A….

    Perhaps the saddest thing of all is you are doing exactly what the terrorists want you to do. Not that one of these idiots is capable of understanding that. Or understanding moral courage for that matter.

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    1. itsfun November 20, 2015

      Yep; let the young healthy military age men in, give them housing, food stamps, phones, medical care and send our healthy young men to Syria to get killed. That is what Obama wants to do.

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      1. jmprint November 20, 2015

        No you guys want to send in our sons and daughters in to fight those radicals that just want that opportunity, you keep crying for war, and now you want to say it’s Obama. The President is hard at work negotiating and planning, but you think you know it all, you don’t, your are just a hater, which by the way you are very proud of hating American and what it stands for.

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        1. itsfun November 20, 2015

          You are 100% wrong. The President is hard at work, trying to find someone to blame for his incompetence. If the young Syrian men want to save their homes, then give them weapons and send them back. Let the children and their mothers in until the war is over. I say, let them fight their war and not our men and women. For anyone to say I hate my country, they have no idea of who I am, or what I have done for my country. You are the hater because I don’t agree with you. You have no tolerance for the opinions of others. You belong in a country that has no free speech or freedoms at all.

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          1. Insinnergy November 23, 2015

            Oh there’s first amendment tolerance for your idiocy.

            Just don’t expect that to come with approval or acceptance.
            You’d have to actually make sense for intelligent people to agree with you.
            I’m not holding my breath.

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          2. itsfun November 24, 2015

            First I don’t care if you agree with me or don’t . But according to you, I must have your approval and acceptance.

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        2. Buck Ofama November 20, 2015

          Your president is a surrender monkey, just like you are.

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      2. Insinnergy November 23, 2015

        Idiot.
        A terrorist can get a tourist VISA and fly to the US far more easily.
        This is a straw man… and a cowardly one at that.

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  4. joeham1 November 20, 2015

    It’s great that Congress has passed a smart bi-partisan bill. Even smart democrats who voted for this understand what’s at stake. Of course as usual our wanna be dictator president doesn’t care if the people he is supposed to serve back having more scrutiny. He doesn’t care what anyone thinks. He never compromises, or negotiates. Even a 5 year old can understand it’s better to be more careful letting in THESE refugees when some of them may be radical. ISIS wants us dead. THAT’S THEIR ONLY GOAL.

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker November 20, 2015

      You can congratulate yourself when these idiots in Republican states start denying entry to minorities…that IS what they would love nothing better to do…after all, white makes might, right?

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      1. joeham1 November 20, 2015

        Wow Eleanore, as usual you say things that have nothing to do with the conversation. This isn’t about minorities. This isn’t about whites. Your daddy issues have made you write words that make no sense. Stop hating and go take your medicine!

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        1. Eleanore Whitaker November 20, 2015

          WowJoe…No I am saying men like you are traitors to your country. When there is a war on, you keep your mouth shut and NEVER EVER bash the president or the government. This is about you white men who suffer from mass insecurity and inadequacy and the only claim to fame you have is being a traitor.

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    2. jmprint November 20, 2015

      You guy are playing up to the radicals, you are reacting exactly as they want you to. Why do you let them keep winning.

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      1. joeham1 November 20, 2015

        I’m don’t know who them is. The parties are winning because they control most of the people like Eleanore. The right and left have people hating each other in the name of ideology! Both parties have screwed this country. Big business and the unions control them. So I make a comment about a good BI-PARTISAN BILL THAT MAKES PERFECT SENSE and that nasty partisan hack goes off on a strange rant! We’re all screwed if that’s what it’s come to.

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  5. David November 20, 2015

    Why don’t we let them all come here; put them on welfare; give them Obamaphones; let them vote; and, ignore any crimes they commit? That way we will show ISIS we mean business!

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    1. itsfun November 20, 2015

      You forgot that Obama should draw a red line. That will really scare them.

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker November 20, 2015

        You forgot that the Corn Pones and Mutton Chops Kings and Queens are not going to be the ones who are attacked. No card carrying terrorist wants anything to do with Republican states. Nothing from nothing, equals nothing.

        First of all, only morons don’t know that not ALL Syrians are Muslims or for that matter, terrorists. Do tens of thousands of terrorist run from their homeland to other countries. What a pack of elitist right wing idiots!

        These are the same states that will NEVER suffer an attack and are the first to make ALL the rules for the rest of us while they slash NSA funding and other protections for the most vulnerable states with ports of entry for terrorists. When they bomb hell out of T, OK, KS, IA, WY, ND, SD or Alaska, let me know.

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        1. David November 20, 2015

          Eleanore!!! The reason muslimes would attack the northern states is that your benevolent masters have made their duty that you be disarmed. Of course they are going after soft targets.

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          1. Eleanore Whitaker November 20, 2015

            Its fun…I am fed up with men like you who can’t shut your putrid mouths even when states like mine have already been through 3 attacks. No terrorist can find half of the Corn Pone states and they don’t want to end up dead from pollution from the Big Oil states…so you have NO worries…Now can you shut that gap in your traitor mouth?

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          2. David November 20, 2015

            Eleanore!!! They don’t want to end up like their buddies who tried to attack those cartoonists in Dallas. At least they got their 72 virgins. Isn’t that nice of us?

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          3. Eleanore Whitaker November 20, 2015

            Do you always lie, Mr. Bible Thumper? Those who attacked the cartoonists in Dallas were Americans…wow…you swaggering drawling blowhards sure do lay it on thick don’t you?

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          4. David November 20, 2015

            Eleanore!!! The two dead ragheads were Elton Simpson who converted to Islam and Nadir Soofi who was from Pakistan. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. Tell me about those virgins!

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          5. jmprint November 20, 2015

            David do you have a fantasy you are trying to reach, you keep mentioning the 72 virgins, sound like you might be lacking something.

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          6. David November 20, 2015

            What I lack, thankfully, is a religion that promises me 72 virgins if I die killing infidels.

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          7. Sand_Cat November 20, 2015

            Yet people like you do it, even without the promise of a reward, or urge others to do so.

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          8. David November 20, 2015

            Sorry Sand_Cat, I don’t kill infidels. I also don’t urge others to do so either. What do you think about their Koran that tells them to do that?

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          9. Sand_Cat November 21, 2015

            Clearly, you are sorry you don’t kill infidels.

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          10. Eleanore Whitaker November 20, 2015

            Wrong David…You are such a moron. There you sit in Big Rich Texas That Whole Other Country…telling those of us who know the states that are under attack are those with ports of entry..So moron..tell us..how would the Terrorists find Houston? I’ll send them a map.

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          11. David November 20, 2015

            Eleanore!!!! I assume that the terrorists would use their GPS or perhaps the map you are going to send them.

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          12. joeham1 November 20, 2015

            By now you must realize Eleanore is very hateful. Her daddy issues make her hate men, especially men who make sense. Her medicine made her forget the terrorist attack in Dallas. She will only change when they let Syrian refugees move in next door to her. Maybe she will hey lucky and none of them will be radical.

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          13. jmprint November 20, 2015

            Your bulling shows what you are all about, the only one you are impressing are your play buddy little boy itfun & joe.

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          14. joeham1 November 20, 2015

            I didn’t bully anyone. Read from the beginning all the posts! She Started being nasty for nothing. Again jerk, you know nothing about me.

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          15. Sand_Cat November 20, 2015

            They’d certainly never be foolish enough to think they could get any compassion from “Christians” like you. Someone once said the Koran sounded like it was written by someone who was angry, but I’m sure it could never match the hate and intolerance of “Christians” like you.

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          16. David November 21, 2015

            Please feel free to “reason” with them. Any thought what they would do to a woman?

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        2. itsfun November 20, 2015

          You sound like you are hoping for states to get attacked. I see you are still using your childish name calling when you try to make a statement. Just another sign of a weak mind trying to express itself.

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      2. jmprint November 20, 2015

        But maybe if you recite green eggs and ham you can run for president next term.

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        1. itsfun November 20, 2015

          I had plenty of green eggs in the service of my country. Those instant eggs were terrible, but all we had. What have you done in service to our country.

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          1. Sand_Cat November 20, 2015

            Guess that’s why you feel entitled to run it into the ground now by turning it into a fearful, ignorant, paranoid, stingy, and xenophobic place.

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          2. Buck Ofama November 20, 2015

            You’re truly a useless idi0t.

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          3. Sand_Cat November 20, 2015

            From someone like you? That’s a high honor. Thanks. I’m flattered.

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    2. Eleanore Whitaker November 20, 2015

      Why don’t you go and fight for ISIS? Your mouth proves you are an American traitor.

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      1. David November 20, 2015

        Eleanore!!!! Can I get 72 virgins too?

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        1. Eleanore Whitaker November 20, 2015

          David !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…You couldn’t get a single virgin to look your way. Drawling and swaggering is a big time turnoff to virgins. But I do understand how Texan men love to be the “first” and look for naive, big bazonga, big Haired “virgins” to get your jollies.

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        2. Sand_Cat November 20, 2015

          Sure.
          I’d bet a lot of those misguided Muslim boys would be happy to have you. You might get more than 72.

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          1. David November 20, 2015

            Aren’t the “misguided Muslim boys” reserved for their pedophile Mohammed?

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          2. Sand_Cat November 21, 2015

            Naw, I’m sure that as virgins, they’d have to settle for you, since he’s dead.

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          3. David November 21, 2015

            Or, they would brutally rape you, my daughters, and any other females that they capture. Wouldn’t you love to go “reason” with them?

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    3. BillP November 20, 2015

      You must be really hard up to drag out the inaccurate Obama phone crap. The phone issue was started under the “saintly” Reagan as ” the Federal Communication Commission to implement the Lifeline benefit program for income-eligible consumers in 1984. That program had two parts: Lifeline Assistance, which Report Advertisement which provided discounts on basic monthly landline telephone service at the primary residence of qualified telephone subscribers, and Lifeline Link-Up, which provided discounts on the initial installation fee for landline telephone service at the primary residence of qualified telephone subscribers. “it was expanded in 1996, during the administration of Bill Clinton; and its first cellular provider service (SafeLink Wireless) was launched by TracFone in 2008, during the administration of George W. Bush. All of these milestones were passed prior to the advent of the Obama administration.” You should practice what you preach and do some research.

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    4. Sand_Cat November 20, 2015

      Yeah, Dave, why don’t you – for once – think about WWJD?

      All you good “Christians” would prefer to “pass by on the other side of the road” unless the temptation to kick the guy lying in the ditch overcomes you.

      If it were possible, he’d probably be spinning in his grave every time you or one of your fellow “Christians” spits your venom here.

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      1. David November 20, 2015

        Jesus does not tell us to commit suicide by bringing in muslimes whose religion tells them to kill the infidels who do not convert. Apparently, 32 governors think the muslimes don’t belong here either.

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        1. Sand_Cat November 21, 2015

          No need to rationalize it: you’re passing by on the other side, ignoring those in desperate need, if not stopping to give them an extra kick before going on. Maybe you’re in too much of a hurry to get to church to help the helpless?

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          1. David November 21, 2015

            Does Paris or Mali mean anything to you when talking about the muslimes? These people have sworn to kill us! Wake up!

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  6. itsfun November 20, 2015

    As I write this, another terrorist attack is going on in West Africa. American citizens are among the hostages.. It was reported this morning that the leader of the French attack got there posing as a refugee. How long will Obama just sit on his hands and refuse to do anything to stop ISIS? He will let healthy young Syrian men in and send our boys to get killed.

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker November 20, 2015

      Obama has not been sitting on his hands You American traitor. You are not an American. You are an ISIS supporter with every word out of your lying mouth.

      Every time jealous little boys like you bash our President, ISIS knows there is an underbelly of men who are ready, willing and able to destroy our president and our government…admit it Traitor…you would love nothing better than to see Obama dead.

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      1. itsfun November 20, 2015

        What if anything have you done for this country? Americans have the right to criticize our elected officials. Its called freedom of speech. I know you don’t know it, but freedom of speech is guaranteed in our Constitution. ISIS doesn’t need anyone to boost them, Obama is doing a great job of that by his non action. I want to see Obama out of office because I see him as incompetent and racist. I see him always jumping to conclusions against the police every time there is a tragic killing or other terrible act. I see a man that goes golfing after people get their heads chopped off by a terrorist group. I see a man that draws red lines and does nothing. I see a man that didn’t even know how to pronounce Navy Corpsman. He is suppose to be commander in chief, but doesn’t even know what a Navy Corpsman is. I don’t want to see him dead though. He has a family and probably is a good father. He just doesn’t have a clue and is in way over his head as President. He has let Putin make him look like a fool and probably has allowed another cold war to start.

        Your calling someone a traitor because they don’t agree with the President is a sign of complete ignorance of our government.
        I know though it is just another sign of your weak mind trying to express itself. Get back on your meds.

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        1. joeham1 November 20, 2015

          Lol. I see you have figured out that Eleanore has major issues. Everything to her is about hating white men. She is so stupid she believes the GOP is more dangerous thenot ISIS! The issue being discussed is about being more careful letting possible terrorists into the country! This is no way anyone should be against that!!! She needs help. I feel sorry for her because age tacky is brain dead

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          1. Buck Ofama November 20, 2015

            Everything about “Eleanore” is hate, period – that and left wing talking points.

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          2. jmprint November 20, 2015

            Oh but look at you you shine with brightness, is that why your dad called you sunny boy.

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          3. Buck Ofama November 20, 2015

            And you’re dull with stupidity.

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          4. jmprint November 20, 2015

            No she doesn’t hate all white men, only those that are represent by your kind, and no one can blame her. Your bunch are a sorry excuse for being humans.

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          5. joeham1 November 20, 2015

            I’m not part of a bunch! I’m not affiliated with any party or group meat head. I’m not a sheep like you. You have no idea about my kind. You know nothing about me and don’t pretend you do. If you’re anything like that nasty piece of work Eleanore go #%× yourself. It’s amazing that an article about a bill passed in the house with 48 democrats voting for it and people like Eleanore are still mean and nasty. It’s a good bill. If we are going to take these people in then off course we should be more careful because of ISIS threatening to have people pose as refugees. Anyone against that couldn’t be a bigger moron!

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          6. Buck Ofama November 20, 2015

            What an ironic post from a loser like you.

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          7. Sand_Cat November 20, 2015

            Actually, the GOP has far more potential to do long-term and widespread damage to the Constitution and the United States than ISIS can even dream about at this point. Of course, the GOP is working overtime to gain more recruits for ISIS and other terrorist groups with its bigotry and xenophobia.

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          8. joeham1 November 20, 2015

            Wow your nuts! You do realize that our president is acting like a dictator when you he won’t negotiate at all with the GOP. A BIPARTISAN bill is passed worth 48 democrats and the president says he will veto it. He know what the people want and yet again he’s doing it his way and that’s it. And you have the nerve to say the GOP is damaging the constitution? Really? What’s wrong with you? Are you that hooked on a party that common sense has completely left you mind? How many times has the courts told Obama he can’t do some odd the things he’s doing with executive orders? How could he agree to the terms of the Iran deal? The alternative isn’t war, that’s a lie!

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          9. Sand_Cat November 20, 2015

            I realize you’re a delusional moron.

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          10. Sand_Cat November 21, 2015

            You’ve got nothing. The president’s vetoing a bill is part of his job, nopt “acting like a dictator,” you moron. It’s a bill that exemplifies all the worst of what this country represents, so bnaturally you support it. You have no respect for the Constitution or anything else.
            As I said, the more you right, the more plain it becomes that you’re just delusional.

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    2. jmprint November 20, 2015

      Itsfun, I haven’t seen you sign up, since President Obama is doing such a bad job, do us all a favor and go defend our country in Syria, keep those terrorist out. Come on itfun please protect us, go join.

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      1. itsfun November 20, 2015

        Already been in one war, lucky to get back unhurt except for the terrible memories. How about you doing something for our country or are you just a coward?

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      2. Buck Ofama November 20, 2015

        No one wants to protect your kind. We’ll feed you to ISIS.

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  7. Eleanore Whitaker November 20, 2015

    Once again, the right wing bigots and supremacist prove what idiots they are. Do they realize that not ALL Syrians are Muslims? In fact, Syria before Bush created his BS Axis of Evil, had many Byzantine Catholics. I know this because there are many Syrian Byzantines living in Northern NJ for the past 20 years.

    But, as usual, these jerk boys from the Corn Pone and Mutton Chops brigade are ready to label ALL Syrians Muslims and therefore, since it’s not a Christian religion, well you round up refugees some of whom have daughters who were raped by ISIS and children who were tortured, and you do what bigots always do…lock them away in concentration camps.

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    1. Buck Ofama November 20, 2015

      You mean like this “bigot,” you utter fool?

      http://nypost.com/2015/11/19/syrian-community-leader-isis-is-already-in-new-york-city/

      Suck on that, numbskull.

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker November 20, 2015

        So bully boy…when do you haul out your AR-15 and join ISIS You traitor…I understand ISIS is looking for a guy like you who can make up childish names to call the president. Like you, they also hate the president…geee….aren’t you the man in good ISIS company? Eat it and die.

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        1. Buck Ofama November 20, 2015

          And again, gutless, I’m the one trying to keep ISIS out. You’re the one trying to let them in, nitwit.

          ISIS hate your messiah? Nothing could be farther from the truth. He’s their boy all the way.

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          1. jmprint November 20, 2015

            But right now you are looking more interesting to them, you scared of babies and families that need help, Poor you, do you sleep under your bed.

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          2. David November 20, 2015

            Almost all of the refugees pictures I saw were of military age men. I know that there were children also, but most were men.

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          3. David November 21, 2015

            I have also seen pictures of them teaching children to behead Christians. These people are murderous scum. I do not want them next door — to me or you!

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          4. Jan123456 November 21, 2015

            The beheaders are not Muslims who take the Koran to heart. They are the people who denigrate it with their actions.

            It’s people like you who help ISIL recruit.

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          5. David November 21, 2015

            Right!!! Let’s give them jobs and reason with them!!!

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          6. Jan123456 November 21, 2015

            You mean like Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Keith Ellison, Andre Carson, David Chapelle, Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan (US soldier killed in Iraq), Aasif Mandvi, Casey Kasem, Shaquille O’Neal, Dr. Oz,?

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          7. Buck Ofama November 22, 2015

            Do you know the difference between anecdotes and data??

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          8. Buck Ofama November 20, 2015

            When I come to your door, you’d better run and hide, punk.

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  8. Eleanore Whitaker November 20, 2015

    As Obama announced this past week, he and the US military have carried out 320 drone strikes on Syria…I guess all that sitting on his hands must have been between flights to meet with Putin and now the French?

    Don’t you jealous little boy traitors EVER shut the hell up? You are destroying our country with your bad mouthing and forcing more division. You are the only nut freak militia this country has had to put up with that has done more damage to our country than ISIS ever could.

    Nice legacy your fearmongering, warmongers leave our kids. We have not been without a war for over 2 decades…and it’s all to keep your Republican military industrialist states in our tax dollars.

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    1. David November 20, 2015

      Eleanore!!! You mean Obomo helped some of those muslimes get their 72 virgins?

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker November 20, 2015

        David!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (See? Your exclamation points don’t impress me.) You mean your Bush and Cheney won’t get their share of more KBR and Halliburton WAR profits? Let’s see…$350 of the $6 trillion Iraq cost went to your Befrigged state as part of your wheeling and dealing with Hallburton. Then when your precious TX Halliburton realized it sold substandard equipment to BP and they were responsible for that Horizon Deep Water Oil spill in the Gulf that killed 11 men…Halliburton moved its headquarters offshore to avoid any responsibility..

        Gee isn’t that just like Texans? Do the crime, blame someone else for the crime and then make off with all the money? Don’t you Jesse James boys ever give it up?

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        1. Sand_Cat November 20, 2015

          I think maybe he was trying to be friendly.

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  9. Böcker November 20, 2015

    These RW jack holes just reacted, they didn’t do their homework.

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker November 20, 2015

      Their motor mouths are their only claim to fame. But, this time it is no longer amusing…this time, their constant bashing of our government and president is just what ISIS wants. Maybe, that’s the reason the terrorists never go after Republican states. They figure if they somehow managed to be the rulers of the world, the Republican states will be right there to support them all the way…built in ISIS army..right here in the US heartland.

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  10. Eleanore Whitaker November 20, 2015

    Hey righties…You want to tell us which of you are members of the TrollJackers paid to high jack these sites?

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    1. Buck Ofama November 20, 2015

      Have anyone in particular in mind, sweetcheeks? How ironic for someone who just spammed this page with about 20 foul-mouthed moronic posts to accuse anyone else of “highjacking.” Lines at the welfare office must be short for you to have all this time to puke here.

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker November 20, 2015

        Your page lists you as a part of the TrollJacker group…why?

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        1. Buck Ofama November 20, 2015

          What’s the trolljacker group, fool?

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  11. Sanity Please November 20, 2015

    Republicans are great at wasting tax payer time and money. This bill is a knee jerk reaction which only further promotes fear mongering and throws red meat to the fanatics back in their districts. Thanks for nothing, Republicans. Add this one to your other non-accomplishments
    like voting to repeal the ACA over 40 times.

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker November 20, 2015

      It won’t go anywhere. In order for any bill to pass, it has to also be approved by the Senate and signed by the President. So once again, these little blowhard Twerps are blowing smoke up their own butts.

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      1. Buck Ofama November 20, 2015

        Leaving your messiah free to open our borders to his – and your – favorite terrorist groups. Enjoy having your head cut off, you blowhard twerp.

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        1. Eleanore Whitaker November 20, 2015

          You don’t have to worry about MY President ISIS boy…You have No brain. So why worry about borders? You afraid you might get a punch in that fat yap from a terrorist? Oh right..I forgot you are an American Terrorist…Enjoy having your balls cut off when you mouth off at one of your ISIS comrades.

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          1. Buck Ofama November 20, 2015

            How ironic for you to associate ME with ISIS, fool. I want to keep them out, and you want to let them in. Of course, that’s completely consistent with your plan to destroy America. Now why don’t you go get a job, loser?

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          2. jmprint November 20, 2015

            Hey Buck Ofama, Mr. Tea Party Elite, you scared of helping babies and families that have been terrorized by radicals. Do you realize that in the United States there has been more people killed and terrorized by white folks. Your ilk’s foul mouths, disrespect for others, and fear mongering is what is destroying America. But keep it up, soon you will be extinct.

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          3. Buck Ofama November 21, 2015

            Proof, liar?

            Another brilliant riposte from a left wing loon. Too bad it’s a pack of lies.

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          4. Sand_Cat November 20, 2015

            You have precisely their attitude of intolerance. If you don’t like it, change your ways.
            And your pathetic accusation of trying to destroy the country and urging the critic to get a job are laughable. She’s probably twice as bright as you could ever be…well, actually, two times ZERO is still zero, so let’s just say she has a far higher IQ than morons like you and let it go at that.

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          5. Buck Ofama November 21, 2015

            Oh, the irony. Such a brilliant riposte. Just so you know, dumbass, the dumbest conservative is still smarter than the smartest liberal.

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          6. Sand_Cat November 21, 2015

            :>)))) (Laughing)

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          7. Eleanore Whitaker November 21, 2015

            Nothing remotely ironic about it. ISIS hates the US government…So do you. By your very childish choice of a very childish name, you prove you hate this president. So does ISIS.

            You are as bossy, bullying, dictatorial, militant, hostile and hateful as ISIS. Where’s the irony in that?

            You and your ideology have done more in the 8 years your Texas Swaggering, Drawling Axis of Evil president to destory the peace and order our tax dollars pay for. And all you punk mouths had to do was hate, hate, hate, hate….just like ISIS.

            That you feel you must defend your hatefulness only proves that your defense of an idiot ideology is not going to deter the rest of us from crushing the hell out of you and your ideologues in order to have the peace we pay for. Now, fat mouth. You are also an American traitor. With every word out of your mouth, ISIS is already hoping you’ll join their hateful destruction of anything the US does. Get a life you traitor!

            By the way, my third book is about to be published…I suppose I should thank you for giving me the inspiration for the rat bag antagonist character I modeled after you and your big mouth.

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        2. Sand_Cat November 20, 2015

          You’re just another ass with an nasty name spewing your ignorance and bigotry.

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          1. Buck Ofama November 21, 2015

            You’re just another traitorous left wing punk.

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        3. Whatmeworry November 21, 2015

          Barack has kept us terrorist free, unlike young bushwhacker

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          1. Buck Ofama November 22, 2015

            Another liar spews. Tell us the one about ISIS being contained. That was my favorite lie…of the week.

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          2. Whatmeworry November 23, 2015

            You must not have access to newspapers in your town

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          3. Buck Ofama November 23, 2015

            You must be mentally deficient.

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    2. Sand_Cat November 20, 2015

      Another step in making the US a meaner, stingier, and nasty place: i.e., the GOP dream!

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  12. CrankyToo November 20, 2015

    An open message to Congressman Trey Gowdy:

    Dear Mis-Representative,

    I just read, with great interest, a quote from you that “The potential consequences of us getting it wrong are maybe cataclysmic…” (as regards providing sanctuary to a handful of bedraggled refugees.)

    If you think the infiltration of our borders by a few jihadists is likely to precipitate “cataclysmic” consequences, then you must be sh!tting your Pampers over the depletion of the ozone layer, the greenhouse effect and global warming. Either that, or you have no phucking earthly idea of just what a cataclysm really is.

    My advice: pull your head out of your a$$ and see if you can’t focus on the real problems confronting us.

    Your Pal,
    Cranky

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