Gotta Keep ‘Em Separated

Well gosh, that sure didn’t take long, did it?

A top Tennessee Republican lawmaker believes the time has come for the National Guard to round up any Syrian refugees who have recently settled in the state and to stop any additional Syrian refugees from entering Tennessee.

“We need to activate the Tennessee National Guard and stop them from coming in to the state by whatever means we can,” said House GOP Caucus Chairman Glen Casada, R-Franklin, referencing refugees.

“I’m not worried about what a bureaucrat in D.C. or an unelected judge thinks. … We need to gather (Syrian refugees) up and politely take them back to the ICE center and say, ‘They’re not coming to Tennessee, they’re yours.’ “

Hell, we might seriously get to “Round up all the Muslims!” before Thanksgiving at this rate.

Nothing has changed since 9/11.  Nothing.

34 replies
  1. 1
    SFAW says:

    Juden Moooslimen ‘raus!

    Thank FSM we have fine upstanding ‘Muricans like Casada to protect us from the Yellow Brown Peril.

    ETA: I’m hoping someone already has their script done for “The Muslims are Due on Maple Street.” Of course, people like Casada wouldn’t get the point.

  2. 2
    chopper says:

    “ We need to gather (Syrian refugees) up and politely take them back to the ICE center and say, ‘They’re not coming to Tennessee, they’re yours.’ “

    someone needs to look up the definition of ‘polite’.

  3. 3
    NotMax says:

    Chad Mitchell Trio

    Hell, we might seriously get to “Round up all the Muslims!” lynchings before Thanksgiving at this rate.

    Rounding up is just so-o-o time and labor intensive, don’tcha know.

  4. 4
    Peale says:

    Of 4 Million Syrian Refugees, The U.S. Has Taken Fewer Than 1,000.

  5. 5
    Benw says:

    Hopefully some of the GOP have changed their pants at least.

  6. 6
    Cacti says:

    Maybe we could have them wear big yellow crescent moons on the outside of their clothing.

  7. 7
    beltane says:

    Episode 635 of “Ugly Americans are Ugly.”

  8. 8
    Peale says:

    So 1,000 refugees so far and we’re being overrun like Greece and Italy. Maybe we should take in 500 Libyan refugees just so we can go nuts about them as well.

  9. 9
    NotMax says:


    Might be confused with “satanist” Procter & Gamble salespeople, though.

    Maybe a scarlet M instead.


  10. 10
    Cacti says:

    Seriously, it’s stuff like this, and rednecks flinging crap at a Mosque door in the Austin suburbs that make me roll my eyes at pants wetting liberals like Kevin Drum…

    Who today is tut-tutting the rest of us for not treating the right’s bug-eyed paranoia more respectfully.

    Yes, let’s definitely act like the right wing reaction is reasonable and rational, thereby letting them set the frame for the conversation.

  11. 11
    Hal says:

    I mentioned before a couple of friends on Facebook who post not stop about Jebus. Jebus is Lord! Share if you agree! Stories of miracles and constant affirmations about Jebus’s love. Both are all no thanks to the refugees, talking about their grandchildren’s safety and invoking our homeless vets. Apparently there’s no money for our vets, but there is for refugees?!?! It’s all so frustrating and sad, and neither of them sees a hint of irony in their constant Jesus talk compared to their complete lack of support for these people who are clearly in need.

  12. 12
    beltane says:

    @Cacti: Fuck Kevin Drum. I am starting to feel like a bad person for not doing more to counter these evil wingnut assholes. No I don’t respect them, they are unworthy of anyone’s respect.

  13. 13
    Cacti says:


    In the United States, you have a better chance of dying from a lightning strike than an ISIS terror attack.

    I have no interest in coddling the fears of the latest wingnut bogey man.

    Treating their irrational beliefs as reasonable is how ended up with 28 Senate Dems (including Clinton, Kerry, and Biden) “sensibly” voting for the Iraq AUMF in 2002.

  14. 14
    Zandar says:

    To recap, we have Republicans demanding round up and mass deportation of millions of people, but we’re supposed to watch our “tone”.

    Fuck my tone.

  15. 15
    Peale says:

    @Hal: Yep. I get the same thing pretty much about everything these days. Until there are 0 homeless vets (who apparently have been completely abandoned because as we know, there aren’t any government programs for veterans), we should take no immigrant, refugee or raise the minimum wage.

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    catclub says:

    @Hal: It might help to point out to them is that the thing Jesus said most often was “Fear Not”.

    But I do not have high hopes.

  17. 17
    Cacti says:



    When Chris Christie says he wouldn’t even admit orphans under age 5, we need to treat that as a reasonable adult position.

    When Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz propose per se violations of the First Amendment by applying religious tests to refugees, we’re supposed to regard that as sensible.

    Not a chance.

  18. 18
    scav says:

    @Hal: Bit of a mind-freak there, I read

    friends on Facebook who post not stop about Jeb!. Jeb! is Lord! Share if you agree! Stories of miracles and constant affirmations about Jeb!s love. …

    and that seriously was a more than unexpected development. (And, as an aside, if the “nothing” for homeless vets includes the VA, why don’t more of us have nothing?) But, if they’re bog-standard ‘Merkan evangelicalists, well, the unkindness to others not exactly like them is just SOP, based upon observed behaviors. Any chance to justify their faith by kicking others, they’re out there protesting their divine right to do so.

  19. 19
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    He played upon a label, a label, a label,
    He played upon a label
    And his name was Kevin Drum.

  20. 20
    beltane says:

    @Peale: I saw the same message on FB yesterday. The person who posted it is a loud liberal except on issues dealing with the Middle East and Muslims where she is pretty much a Pam Geller clone. I was tempted to respond to her post with the following comment: “Yes, and not a penny more aid sent to Israel until every American child is lifted out of poverty.”

    Too bad we can’t do a swap, take some refugees in exchange for some worthless assholes who will get to live out their fears for real.

  21. 21
    NotMax says:

    When do the slavering mobs descend on the factory?

    After all, it’s the very word the Founding Fathers used for adherents of Islam. And the connection between the devil and the apple is part and parcel of the unquestionable dogma, isn’t it?

  22. 22
    beltane says:

    So many guns and so little in the way of brains, courage, and heart.

  23. 23
    Luthe says:

    So what if the Syrian refugees in Tennessee are *Christian* refugees? Is this asshole going to throw them out?

    The stupid, it burns.

  24. 24
    Hoodie says:

    @Cacti: Fitting that he’s been inundated by a gaggle of bigot commenters. Kevin can be kind of a dope, but that was getting down to Saletan level.

  25. 25
    Citizen_X says:

    I’m not worried about what a bureaucrat in D.C. or an unelected judge thinks.

    “…going on and on about blah blah Constitution blah blah blah.”

  26. 26
    Paul in KY says:

    @Hal: You should point that out to them, in a kind way of course…

  27. 27
    Paul in KY says:

    @Zandar: I’ve thought you’ve always had a fuckish tone.

  28. 28
    Paul in KY says:

    @scav: The ones who would post that about Jeb! would be crazier than the Jebus ones…

  29. 29
    Bobby Thomson says:

    @Cacti: that was yesterday’s stupidity, but yeah, fuck Kevin Drum. At best he’s an enabler of Good Germans. Being squishy on Iraq sure as shit didn’t work out well for Democrats. And coddling people who are dangerously close to advocating ethnic cleansing is the most reprehensible form of cowardice.

  30. 30


    I’m lucky that I seem to only see the feed from one person I know on Facebook who’s freaking out about refugees, but even she seems to have calmed down over the weekend. Of course, I’ve blocked the feed from most of my relatives who would be posting crap like that, so it’s not all luck.

    (The person who was freaking out is a social worker who works at a homeless shelter for pregnant women, so I think it was a bridge too far for her when Christie started saying even children shouldn’t be admitted.)

  31. 31
    chopper says:


    nothing reeks of political desperation like publicly shitting on war orphans.

  32. 32
    LanceThruster says:

    Oh it’s changed alright (it’s gotten worse).

  33. 33
    Karen says:

    Hell, we might seriously get to “Round up all the Muslims!” before Thanksgiving at this rate.

    We’re already there. A mayor in Virginia wants to bring back resettlement camps.

  34. 34
    dr. bloor says:

    I’d gladly support a tax increase for a wall to keep Syrians out of Tennessee, as long as it also kept the Tennesseans in.

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