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    On this date one year ago, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” first profiled the sitting U.S. Senator from Louisiana, John N. Kennedy, who was first elected to that office in 2016. Kennedy’s previous political experience was that, in the 1999 election, he was elected to be the Treasurer of Louisiana, and was, at the time, a Democrat. He spent sixteen years in that role, running an unsuccessful U.S. Senate campaign in 2004 as a Democrat, and after he switched parties in 2007, ran another failed one in 2008 as a Republican. He finally won in an attempt to get to Washington, D.C. in 2016, where he slid into the seat left by Sen. David Vitter, who somehow remained in office as a U.S. Senator for Louisiana for a decade even after the public learned he allegedly solicited sex workers who would pander to his diaper fetish.

    Somehow, we’re left questioning which option for this seat was worse.

    John Kennedy’s voting record is, like most Senators these days, sparse. Mitch McConnell barely allowed votes to happen at all while Majority Leader, and even in the minority, he filibusters most measures. Thus, the only noteworthy things we really can say about Kennedy's record as a legislator are, obviously, that he voted for every member of the Trump Cabinet, all but three judges nominated by Trump, and of course voted against witnesses being allowed in the impeachment inquiry over Ukraine so that it was a “trial” in the Senate, that he then voted to acquit Trump in.

    In a way that is in no way good for the nation, Kennedy has become a favorite of the DC media for being willing to run onto cable news and embarrass himself and not realize it. Repeatedly, he has gone onto CNN, Fox News, or whatever network will host him to thrust his own foot not just into his mouth, but right down his throat without any thinking. Among his worst public partisan comments:



    John N. Kennedy has already announced he will run for re-election in 2022, but let’s keep our fingers crossed that Louisiana’s jungle primary proves to be his undoing, and his time in office is limited to one term.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malvolio View Post
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    Oh, WBE! Is Donna Rozar in your queue yet?
    Seriously? Jeez Louise! This harridan's a real prize.
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    This has to be one of the worst images of our failure at managing immigration that I've ever seen:


    I just can't fathom a situation where that action would be acceptable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Totoro Man View Post
    maybe the Ili Rebellion sides wouldn't "map well" today with career politicians and right-wing pundits... but they'd probably get treated like heroes by a lot of academics, Hollywood, social media, and students... if people can become adoring fans of AOC and Bernie Sanders, they could learn to like these guys too.

    I bet you could make a sure-fire Oscar nominated movie about it. just spin it as...
    the ILI Rebellion in 1944. we could have the main character be Abdulkerim Abbas. that man's life practically reads like a Hollywood script already: doomed and forbidden love affairs, freedom fighters, espionage, war, tragic death scenes, etc.

    it'd be like (Asian) Malcom X + Romeo and Juliet + Lawrence of Arabia.

    sure, the fact that most of them were Asian Muslim socialists would turn off a lot of parochial right-wingers... in spite of some obvious cultural differences, it wouldn't be hard for Americans to read their own nation's historic struggle for independence onto (and alongside) the Ili Rebellion.
    Abbas's life story does seem like it was made for film, and he even has the gigachad jawline to boot. Unfortunately, I'm not sure how well his story would be taken outside of China, given that he rejected the assertion of Turkic nationalist factions that the conflict was a race war to drive the Chinese out of Xinjiang, and instead saw it as a struggle of the working class against the greed and corruption of the KMT government. So from his faction's perspective, the rebellion was just another front in the wider Chinese civil war, and the Ili armies were effective a division of the Red Army, which explains the eagerness to turn Xinjiang over to CPC control after the war was won. Of course in hindsight, the narrative isn't so clear cut, as the subsequent turmoil in China throughout the 50s and 60s demonstrated that Xinjiang was not going to turn into some ethnically harmonious worker's paradise overnight, and had Abbas survived he almost certainly would have eventually ended up on the wrong side of the never ending factional struggles within the party and been purged and his memory defaced. I suppose you could try to play up the angle that the plane crash he died in was not an accident but rather Chinese sabotage, but that's really just a conspiracy theory and it really wouldn't have made any sense for Mao to order the assassination of such a loyal supporter.

    And if you zoom out a bit, there are actually way more parallels between the rise of the Chinese communists and the American revolution than anyone would like to admit, starting from a small band of guerrillas fighting against an oppressive regime and eventually prevailing in turning the nation into something much greater than it could have ever been under the bumbling and backward thinking old empire. It's hard for us to picture now, but in the early years the CPC did have overwhelming support among ethnic minority populations because they were fighting against the Western-backed KMT government, which openly served the interests of the Han Chinese ruling class and saw the minorities as little more than rowdy children to be whipped into line, whereas the communists were selling a much more attractive angle of inter-ethnic solidarity against capitalist oppression and promised that everyone would share in the newfound prosperity once the war was won. Now, the constant purges and chaos during the subsequent decades ruined much of this relationship, and caused many minority groups to abandon any hope of communal solidarity in favor of trying to establish their own breakaway ethnostates. But we need to remember that these attitudes are relatively rare and mostly active among vocal diaspora activists, and that at home most people reject the idea of starting a race war because they can just look across any of China's many borders and see exactly what the results of that look like, and would still prefer to enjoy the stable, if flawed, rule of the communists instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thwhtGuardian View Post
    This has to be one of the worst images of our failure at managing immigration that I've ever seen:


    I just can't fathom a situation where that action would be acceptable.
    What action is that? Rounding up illegal entrants at the border? Would a jeep be better optics? We are cowboy country so I see no shame in this or aggressively stopping people from flooding the country. The look on the nabbed fella's face tells us all what a freaking joke he thinks it is to cross over without going through channels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xheight View Post
    What action is that? Rounding up illegal entrants at the border? Would a jeep be better optics? We are cowboy country so I see no shame in this or aggressively stopping people from flooding the country. The look on the nabbed fellas face tells us all what freaking joke he thinks it is to cross over without going through channels.
    Why am I not shocked to see you supporting terrorizing asylum seekers with men on horseback with whips?

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    Seems like the only folks that approve how immigration handled the Haitian immigrants are the "party of family values".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xheight View Post
    What action is that? Rounding up illegal entrants at the border? Would a jeep be better optics? We are cowboy country so I see no shame in this or aggressively stopping people from flooding the country. The look on the nabbed fella's face tells us all what a freaking joke he thinks it is to cross over without going through channels.
    I don't have words to describe how wrong this reaction is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xheight View Post
    What action is that? Rounding up illegal entrants at the border? Would a jeep be better optics? We are cowboy country so I see no shame in this or aggressively stopping people from flooding the country. The look on the nabbed fella's face tells us all what a freaking joke he thinks it is to cross over without going through channels.
    Some people are mistaking reins for whips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Mets View Post
    Some people are mistaking reins for whips.
    Later photos show more clearly that they're using using' reins' with a very long end. Hard to imagine why they might do that. I wonder...
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    I don't think I need to tell anyone that you don't hold the reigns of a horse like this:

    https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/c8...5cdc7fde77828f

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Mets View Post
    Some people are mistaking reins for whips.
    Heck, even if it is a long set of reins(which I doubt) it's still a truly inhumane image. These illegal immigrants are human beings and should be treated as such, not like animals.

    The opening scene of Planet of the Apes with Taylor and his fellow astronauts fleeing through the fields is so shocking and evokes a feeling of horror specifically because it's humans being hunted like animals so the reaction should be the same here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thwhtGuardian View Post
    Heck, even if it is a long set of reins(which I doubt) it's still a truly inhumane image. These illegal immigrants are human beings and should be treated as such, not like animals.
    They're seeking asylum so I'll call them 'asylum-seekers', rather than just 'illegal immigrants'.
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    Even if you get delight from the plight and mistreatment of others. Maybe it's bets if you kept that to yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendrin View Post
    They're seeking asylum so I'll call them 'asylum-seekers', rather than just 'illegal immigrants'.
    Very true, my apologies.
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