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Do You Have ORD? If You're In The GOP You Probably Do

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Ronald Reagan

You may be wondering what ORD is and if you have it, is it curable?

Well, ORD is a phrase, coined by Republican political strategist, Ford O'Connell, who worked on Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign. Though McCain lost to Obama, O'Connor made a name for himself in political circles as a man who understands the national branding of a party.

ORD is Obsessive Reagan Disorder and O'Connell ranks it highly as a reason the Republicans can't move forward. From The Hill:

Rule #1 of the political analyst's newly released book, "Hail Mary: The 10-Step Playbook for Republican Recovery," is: "Ronald Reagan is dead. Accept it."

"The Reagan fixation is a drag on the future success of the GOP at the national level. It undermines the candidates because it becomes a crutch for their inability to articulate an actual agenda or a forward-looking vision," he writes.

Republicans have always excelled in hindsight. Sadly for them, America is looking forward, for a vision of the future. Reagan ain't it.

I'm a strong believer that Reagan was bad for America and never did understand why the Republicans fixated on this guy. I know that will spike the hairs on the back of some people's necks, but he was a failure as a president. His trickle down economics nearly ruined the generation that followed him. It took Clinton to clean up that spill.

He was guilty of trading arms for hostages (Iran) and the military drug scandals down in Nicaragua. He was corrupt and sadly, quite ill during the final two years of his office. If it wasn't for Nancy Reagan, we wouldn't have had any president at all. His one foreign policy victory, if you can call it that, was getting Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall. Beyond that, his illegal actions while in office ranked up there with Nixon and Watergate. He knew he was breaking the law but did it anyway. He was everybody's friend, as well as everybody's fool.

Perhaps I'm being too rough. If you're looking for the good things Reagan did, you have to look domestically. You can't overlook that he signed the amnesty program for immigrants, building a pathway to citizenship for 3 million undocumented workers. Today, that would get him kicked out of his own party. He also raised taxes 11 times. That would get his GOP Conservative membership card cut up in no time. So who really are these GOP stalwarts talking about when they invoke the name of Reagan? Though they won't admit it, a moderate Democrat today.

So bye-bye Gipper. If the GOP wants any chance at the White House they need to consider this:

Among the book's 10 rules or "winning plays": "Stop Giving a S--t About Obama's Birthplace," "Hug the Gays (No, Really)" and "Kill Immigration Reform, Kill the GOP."

You know, for a Republican, this O'Connell guy has his sh** together.

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You Might Be A Political Extremist If...

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you  might be a redneck

I always got a lot of laughs while watching Jeff Foxworthy with his routine, "You Might Be A Redneck." You've all heard some of his "You might be a redneck:"

  • If you mow your lawn and discover a car.
  • If your dad walks you to school because you're both in the same grade.
  • If someone asks to see your ID and you show them your beltbuckle.
  • If someone comes to your door every day thinking you might be having a yard sale.
  • If you ever made change in the 'offering' plate.
  • If you go to a family reunion to meet women.

You get the idea, I'm sure.

Well, Veracity Stew has printed out a "You might be..." of it's own. Only this one is the "You might be an extremist" test. Here's a sampling:

Until nothing remains

YOU  MIGHT BE A POLITICAL EXTREMIST IF:

  • If you think an Assault Weapons Ban “gives jackbooted Government thugs more power to take away our constitutional rights, break in our doors, seize our guns, destroy our property and even injure and kill us”…
  • If you try to control what other people do with their stinky parts…
  • If you display any Confederate flag in any way….
  • If you think there is a spy drone in the sky watching you in your backyard….
  • If you think the federal government feels constrained in any way by the fact that Skeeter in Southswamp, Georgia, owns an AR-15
  • If you think paying taxes is the same thing as slavery….
  • If you still think there is any doubt that the globe is heating up or that human activity is a driver….
  • If you resent it when government or business communicates with people in a language other than English….
  • If you think that the president is a socialist, fascist, communist or any twisted combination thereof….
  • If you question the president’s birthplace and citizenship….
  • If you think Obama is intending to create a “new” military, as strong as the U.S. military, answerable only to him….
  • If you think you, as en employer, have the “right” to impose your morals on your employees….
  • If you think the government is secretly plotting to take away all guns….
  • If you support giving full legal and constitutional rights to fertilized eggs….
  • If you think that people standing in a group and singing songs is a reason to tackle, handcuff, arrest, jail, and fine the singers….
  • If you think it’s a good day when children living in poverty cannot get government nutritional assistance….
  • If only 23% of Americans believe your party is “in touch with the concerns of most people in the United States today,” and 70% believe that it is “out of touch”….
  • If you’re calling for assassination, secession or insurrection….
  • If you have to gerrymander voting districts and disenfranchise millions of voters to win elections….
  • If you think it’s OK for an armed, full-grown man to pursue and kill an unarmed boy….
  • If you’re willing to shut down the government over women’s access to contraception….

Do you see yourself in any of the above? If you wish to find more, check out the full list here: The Extremest ID Test For All Political Factions

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So Congressman Lamborn, How Do You and Uncle Remus Really Feel

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Tea party burning cross

Yesterday Florida Congressman Alan Grayson came under an amazing amount of heat for a picture he included on a fundraising letter sent out to his constituents and contributors. He was lambasted on the right, the very far right, for using an image of a burning cross and associating it with the Tea Party.

I personally enjoy the unbridled behavior and unfiltered comments that the representative has become known for. Unfortunately, he may have stepped over the line with this one. I said, "May."

"[T]here is overwhelming evidence that the Tea Party is the home of bigotry and discrimination in America today, just as the KKK was for an earlier generation," he said in a statement provided to HuffPost. "If the hood fits, wear it."

Without a doubt, the right wing extremists have made some amazingly over the top, out of bounds statements about the President as well. As the commander in chief, he's fair game -- when the criticisms are based on his actions, not his race or his religion. We've heard the Tea Party mouth that roared, Larry Klayman as he made religiously malicious statements about the President being on his knees, bowing to Allah and needing to put his Quran down and come out with his hands out (up).

I didn't see anyone on the right or in the tea party saying THAT crossed the line.

Then there was Congressman Doug Lamborn who said this:

So Obama's called out as a "Tar baby" and I didn't see anyone from the right or the Tea Party saying that crossed the line.

But Alan Grayson equates the intolerance of the Klan with the Tea Party and he's now to be shunned, reprimanded and made a pariah?

Perhaps. It's a thin line he's traversed. There is certainly vociferous public outcries against Obama and all Blacks for that matter from geographic regions where the Klan publicly and openly still reside. And government voting records show those areas did NOT vote for Obama. But does that allow us to paint those specific regions with a broad brush of racial intolerance?

Reality says, yes. Propriety and respect for differences of opinion say no.

I wish Rep. Grayson hadn't used such an inflammatory image, whether or not I agree with his "copy" that accompanied the picture. But if I condemn or chastise his questionable taste, shouldn't the Tea Party also be up in arms (maybe they prefer lighting a cross) over the racially charged, intentional slurs their party's spokespeople have heaped upon the duly elected President of the United States?

Oh, that's right, the Tea Party still denies his election was legal. Something about where he was born. They can have that argument, but then they must apply it equally to Canadian-born Rafael Cruz, their poster boy. Wouldn't that be the only fair thing to do? That's the American way. That's the Constitution.

Fairness isn't something the Right exercises very often. Aside from the right to bear arms, they have a squishy record on the other pieces of the Bill of Rights and the entire Constitution with its amendments.

So I'll go on record that the line of taste and propriety was dinged, if not outright crossed by Grayson, but not until someone on the Right or the Tea Party (generally the same people) comes out and condemns Klayman and Congressman Lamborn for their egregious, shameful remarks.

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Video- Texas Judge Quits GOP Over Social Issues, Shutdown

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You Thought Being Gay In Russia Was Bad, How About In The US?

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NY police precinct

Ever walk past a police station and say to yourself, well, at least I know I'm safe here? You just know that street criminals aren't going to be so stupid as to hassle you in front of the station. So you continue to walk on by with great confidence. After all, this isn't Russia.

Evidently we need to think again. This from takepart.com.

Islan Nettles

Islan Nettles was out in New York City with friends when a group of young men approached her, learned she was a transgender woman and began taunting and maliciously beating her—right in front of a police precinct in Harlem.

The fashion design student with delicate features was punched in the face, knocked to the ground and beaten until she lost consciousness on the night of August 16.

“They were called f****, they were called he-she’s, she males, things of that nature,” Nettles’ mother told a local newscast.

Islan Nettles, born Vaughn Nettles, fell into a coma she would never awake from. She died Thursday after being taken off of life support. She was only 21.

And this happened right in front of the police.

What's wrong with this picture? A lot. And maybe this will help someone down the road. Let's not stay a society of Kitty Genovese onlookers. Let's not just walk the other way. Let's support those who are being picked on or attacked -- it's not color, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation. It's people standing up for other people. I rather take a risk and save a life, than live with knowing I did nothing to help. I hope you feel the same way.

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Seeing A Movie Twice Took His Breath Away, Permanently

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Police judgement

Can police judgment be trusted? Are they capable of making good decisions? We know they get away with murder, literally many times. Generally this is the result of an active pursuit when their lives or the lives of others are on the line. They train arduously for these situations and have to make snap decisions. Sometimes innocents get hurt.

Just a year ago, in trying to apprehend a murder suspect, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said nine innocent bystanders were wounded in the Empire State Building shooting had been hit with police gunfire. It was a dangerous situation and stuff happens.

But since when does sitting in your seat watching a movie justify police coming over and killing you?

Sound outrageous? Ask the family of Ethan Saylor, of Frederick's County, Maryland. He was a victim of Down's Syndrome. But that's not what killed him. It was three off-duty policemen. The unarmed, handicapped man had gone to see a movie with his caretaker. While the aide was going to get the car after the film, Ethan wandered back into the theater and sat down, to watch the movie again.

What happened next is horrific. According to WUSA, Channel 9

Twenty-six-year-old Saylor and his aide went to the movies in January to see Zero Dark Thirty. They bought two tickets. When it was over, the aide left to get the car, Ethan went back inside because he wanted to see the film again. He did not have a ticket for the second showing. That's when three off-duty Frederick's County Sherriff's deputies removed him.

As we now know, he died after a hand-cuffed struggle and fall.

What made these three OFF DUTY sheriffs take it upon themselves to harass and ultimately kill this obviously handicapped man? They used the same kind of judgment that is being rightfully vilified as the reason NYC's 'stop and frisk' laws are being struck down or put on hold. It's profiling. And it's wrong. If Ethan Saylor wasn't a down-syndrome man would these cops have harassed him?

Here's how wrong it is -- an innocent man is dead. And his killers? Off Scott-free. And as it turns out,

Now, we are finding out, he may not have even needed a ticket at all. Maryland Delegate and Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Heather Mizeur is fighting for justice for Ethan, "It turns out that under the ADA laws, a caretaker doesn't need to have a ticket with someone with a disability at a movie theater anyway, so the two tickets that were purchased for Ethan and his caretaker would have been sufficient for him to stay a second time."

I'm not against the police. I'm against their occasional brutality and abuse of power. I've been a victim of it, so I know what I'm talking about. I also know that most of the abuse doesn't get reported for fear of retribution. So anytime I hear of the police being given even more discretion in how they behave, and the lack of criminal oversight, I'm concerned.

I hope you are too.

Ethan Saylor's family needs help -- not money. They want justice for their late family member. And you can do something about it. They're circulating a petition just asking for a full investigation. Unarmed man. No threat to others. Harassed because he's handicapped. No punishment for the three officers. What's wrong with this picture.

If you're incensed the way I am, join me and sign Ethan's Petition.

I want us to support our police. In general they do a great job. Let's not condemn all for the evils of the few. But doing nothing invites you to be next.

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Cartoons of the Day- San Diego's Mayor Bob Filner Goes Into Therapy

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Steve Breen

MAYOR FILNER

Deb Milbrath

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Steve Breen

Did you hear? He's out early!! Must have aced his tests...

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