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You Might Be A Political Extremist If...


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


  • 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


How Sleazy Can Congress Be? A Dirty Deeds Chart



Hypocrite Watch via Huffpo:

Here are some of the sleaziest things members of Congress have done since the shutdown:

Grandstand at the World War II Memorial

Members of congress, reacting to their shutdown of government and national parks, chose not to vote to open the government but rather turn their denial of a veterans group visit to the WW II monument into a photo op. The closure that they caused.

Berate a Park Ranger for the effects of the shutdown.

Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) found a Park Ranger doing her job --  including controlling the crowd at a closed memorial -- then the congressman blamed her for the closure he had voted for, finally telling her she should be ashamed of herself.

Put on lab coats and chastise Democrats for not funding cancer research.

Some House Republicans went to the National Institutes of Health, where they threw on lab coats and pleaded with Democrats to undo the damage the shutdown had done to services for children with cancer. This, after these very same House Republicans voted against funding the NIH.

Fund raise off the whole debacle.

Feeling no pain or remorse over their decision to shut down the government and furlough without pay nearly a million workers, a number of Republicans held fundraisers -- not for the out of work people -- for themselves.

Send soldiers off to war and then refuse to pay to bury them.

No explanation necessary. This is what the shutdown did and caused and uproar.

Tell furloughed employees they shouldn't get back pay while they're prohibited by law from working.

Despite voting for a measure to compensate government workers for the time they spent furloughed, Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) then went on to tell a caller to his town hall meeting, "Well, when we voted on that, they [the furloughed workers] were supposed to come back to work as part of that deal. I agree 100 percent with you. If they're not working, they shouldn't get paid."

And finally,

Giving out asinine financial advice showing how ignorant of the situation they really are:

Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.)


Dems Won't Compromise -- We Already Did!



What short memories the Republicans have. The GOP says the government shutdown is because the Democrats, especially the president, refuse to negotiate. WE ALREADY DID! I thought an elephant never forgets.

The compromise was the sequester, and the continuing resolution is to continue funding at those levels. Your negotiated levels. The Paul Ryan budget levels.

These working figures are crazy, but the Democrats agreed to give into them in order to keep the government funded despite Speaker Boehner's refusal to send the higher/saner budget bills to conference. The sequester numbers cut money from nearly every branch of the government. They literally are taking food out of the mouths of babies. It's prohibiting medical care for thousands. It's denying adequate safety in the skies and greatly contributing to high unemployment on the land. Did you forget that already?

So Boehner, quit your crying. As Harry Reid pointed out time and time again, you have to learn to take yes for an answer.

There is one small chance to save face, a slight glimmer of light coming from the crack in the door. Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and George Miller (D-Calif.) are planning to circulate a discharge petition. It is very iffy at best. It requires 218 signatures. But if they can achieve that magic number of representatives signatures, the full House will be forced to vote on the petition. In this case, it's a clean continuing resolution.

The trick is getting roughly 18 Republicans to go on record as standing up to Boehner. According to various reports, there are between 18 - 21 GOP'ers who have said they favor a clean CR in order to get the government back up and funded. Yet when they had a chance to vote before this, they got cold feet.

What the Democrats can take out of this most likely futile effort is bragging rights. They tried -- and the Republicans didn't. And those like Peter King and Scott Rigell who have been outspoken in asking for a vote on a clean resolution, will have to put up or shut up. I'm betting they won't sign and that means they'll be painted by the same brush as the rest of the obstructionist Republicans who have refused to listen to the people and kept this government shut. The Tea Party stink will be all over them.

Prove me wrong, Republicans. I dare you to!


Congress Boozes While America Burns


Fiddler on the Capitol Roof

We've all heard the legend of the ancient Roman leader, Nero. He is infamously known as the Emperor who "fiddled while Rome burned."

Well, there's a modern day equivalent now that we have the government shutdown and the debt ceiling looming, just two weeks away. It's called Boehner boozed while America burned. (C'mon, you don't think the speaker got that color from tanning, do you?)

Numerous reports have surfaced that members of both parties were so well oiled, or boozed, or even potentially drunk during the final vote in the House of Representatives just prior the the shutdown, that the wafted aroma of alcohol could be sensed hundreds of feet away. These "representatives" didn't even care to hide their liquid inebriation with an Altoid or stick of gum.

Luckily for them, they weren't given Breathalyzer tests before driving home. I wonder who was their designated driver, if they had been tested.

These reprehensibles had the gall to take such an important vote while on Stoli and Jim Beam? C'mon. Rumor has it, Jack Daniels got thirty-three write in votes and it was a "yes" or "no" vote they were talking.  Show America some respect. Here's just a few of the things your vote has impacted and explain why you didn't feel sobriety was in order for this decision:

From HuffPo:

Medical research won't move forward
The National Institutes of Health will not add new patients to life-saving clinical trialsduring the shutdown, reports NBC. And that could delay crucial new trials.

Francis Collins, director of the NIH, told the Wall Street Journal that about 200 patients, 30 of them children, who would have otherwise been admitted to the NIH Clinical Center this week will be turned away. He noted that most of the kids are cancer patients.

Stoli vodka

Take a swig.

Nutritional support for women and children will be suspended
While most government "safety net" programs, like retirement and welfare, won't be shut down, that's not the case for a program that ensures nutrition, counseling and food benefits to low-income pregnant women and new mothers.


Bend that elbow again.

Food safety could be at risk
The Food and Drug Administration will put half its employees on furlough. While a skeleton staff will handle high-risk recalls, regular food inspections will be suspended,reports NBC.

Jim Beam flask

Go ahead, pop another one back.

New drug approvals
What's more, the FDA will be unable to continue its review and approval process of new drugs. Here are five drugs that were scheduled for October reviews and that may now face delays under a government shutdown. They include a new osteoporosis drug for postmenopausal women and a new approval for the cancer drug methotrexate to treat rheumatoid arthritis.


Top it off with one for the road, your vote.

Congress does not take their jobs or responsibilities seriously. They are politically motivated, not morally so.

I've said it before and I'll echo it through the next election cycle. Sometimes even the good have to go with the bad in a house cleaning, but it's time we start thinking about "Dump the Chump." Washington needs to be swept clean and voices to represent the people's best interests must be their replacements. The moment you start picking and choosing from the current crop, you end up with the same old people with their same old flask uncorked.

Congress has a 10% approval rating. It's certainly not going up anytime soon. So why try to find the one good among the nine unfavorable?

Time for a real change in 2014. And for those few 2013 elections coming up, make some noise. It's a long, long time from now to the next general election. We could burn down, just like Rome if we don't let ourselves be heard.