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Fuck This Entire Election Cycle

When Donald Trump was scheduled March 11 to stump on the University of Illinois Chicago campus, I was driving to Detroit with the goal of getting out of town before the inevitable protests began. I openly questioned on Facebook the purpose of protesting Trump, as if making a scene in public wouldn’t just embolden his supporters, let alone change their vote.

During my drive, what I assumed would be a smaller protest wound up a national news-making calamity that motivated The Donald to cancel his speech. Of course, the Chicagoans on my Facebook News Feed were thrilled at the notion that their “tough,” stalwart city managed to keep him out.

Meh. I’m unimpressed that we “kept out” a man whose name still sits in massive letters on the third-largest building in the city. (I’d be more impressed if protestors burned that bitch down), and the incident certainly didn’t slow his flow. But it was the video footage of the physical altercations at the event – which I’m sure were skewed by the media – that permanently soured me to this entire election cycle.

I’m old enough to legitimately remember seven presidential campaigns (and actually vote in four elections to date), and I’ve never hated everything about any of them like I do this one. I’ve never been so embarrassed at the possibility that space aliens would come down right now to assess our fucked-up state of affairs.

My feelings stand in diametric opposition to those about the election eight years ago, when I was caught up in the excitement of Barack Obama hitting the Big Seat. Not only am I not excited about any current candidate as a future leader of our union, but there’s something special about the sheer unlikableness of damn near each and every candidate in either party.

Four years ago, the GOP – emboldened at the unmitigated gall of someone who (barely) fails the brown paper bag test to run the free world – rolled out a circus of idiots and “birthers” to attempt to unseat Obama. Goof-asses like resident moon cricket Herman “9-9-9” Cain (who won a little respect by making fun of himself after the fact) and Michele Bachmann, a.k.a. Sarah Palin minus the sexiness and including what has to be Tommy-tack-hammer-induced head trauma served as a precursor for what we’re seeing now.

But I didn’t hate them. They don’t evoke powerful feelings of disdain like the motley crew of GOP jagoffs who stepped into 2016 expecting the world to take them seriously. The cavalcade of fuckboys (and one fuckgirl) was such an unwieldy mess that they had to split up the early debates by tiers (I bet not one of you can name each of the 23,471 original GOP candidates. I sure can’t.)

I won’t dedicate many pixels on my opinion of Trump considering countless other think pieces have done it for me. But he’s absolutely right-wing America’s id writ large, his ascendancy an insidious confluence of one population itching to get a darkie out of the White House and another that gets off on grandiloquent demagoguery.

Close your eyes and process for a moment that we’re having an austere national conversation about the dude from “Celebrity Apprentice” who probably looked up a few months ago like, “Well, shit B…these people are taking this whole me-running-for-president thing seriously! What do I do??” Like me, you might just say “fuck all of this.”

Of course, I wouldn’t be writing this if I was excited about the Democratic side of things. Outside of the fact that she’ll likely become the first woman president (which, admittedly, feels less groundbreaking following the first black president), Hillary Clinton is entirely uninspiring. Everything about her is off, from the baggage she comes with to her terrible attempts to cater to the black and woman communities to my general distaste at the presidency circulating within the same damn families in a country with hundreds of millions of natural-born citizens.

Disappointment with some of his policies notwithstanding, Obama’s accomplishments in the last seven years have been profound; Clinton’s stump rhetoric belies a general “business as usual” likelihood in her presidency. Having her in the White House would be the equivalent of making it on “The Price is Right” and going home with nothing but a Ninja blender – not the worst option, but you know you could’ve done so much better.

Which brings me to Bernie Sanders. His Democratic socialist ideas frighten a large swath of voters concerned that he’s the second coming of Josef Stalin come to tax us all to the poor house. That’s why the same bucketheads who liberally used “socialist” as a stand-in for “nigger” in relation to Obama are coming for Sanders by obfuscating his message for the lemmings who refuse to dig deeper.

He has a shitload of support in my circles, and I pulled the lever for him in the primary election. But let’s keep it one-hunnuh: homie looks like he’s one heart palpitation away from passing away face-down in a bowl of his 6 p.m. pre-bedtime Cream of Wheat. Any reservations I have about Sanders as a potential harbinger of positive change come solely from the knowledge that he would be an octogenarian in his second term, yelling “WHAAAAAAAAT?!?! I CAN’T HEAR YOU!!!” from across the War Room and throwing his cane at the head of the Secretary of Defense when he hears something he doesn’t like.

I don’t “Feel the Bern” so much as I do a light itch in my draws that some bacitracin might fix. And it looks like a non-issue since the Millennials who’ll happily use their Flamin’ Hot Cheetos-stained digits to tweet support for Sanders won’t actually cowboy the fuck up and hit the polls.

As I write this, I’m enjoying the magnificent fourth season of Netflix’s “House of Cards.” There’s a late-season episode in which Claire Underwood is stumping and asks a couple outright, “Why me and not my opponents?” The wife said it was because they got a “feeling” when she saw her and husband Frank at the convention.

That’s what this whole fucking election cycle boils down to: a lot of feelings and very little investment in actual policies. Trump is an easy target because his bloviating is extremely offensive in a way that everyone can either love, hate or roll into a tidy meme (some of which I’m guilty of disseminating). The way we process information – in quick and easy clickbait headlines – is going to make getting substance through progressively harder. There’ll be good guys and bad guys, with little regard for nuance.

If there’s any good thing about this election cycle, it’s watching the Republican Party cannibalize itself in a fashion that will probably permanently change it – hopefully for the better. But, given that U.S. democracy is bleeding out like Jim Caviezel in Passion of the Christ this election cycle, I may as well have voted for the homie Willie Wilson and hoped for the best.

 

Dustin Seibert

Dustin J. Seibert lifts heavy weights and plays all his video games on hard mode to find peace. He has a better ear for hip-hop than anyone else you know. He writes like the English language is going outta style because the steaks in his freezer are dependent on it.

  • Skegeeaces

    1) I wrote down four new vocabulary words I get to use because of you. Thanks!
    2) Are we *really* concerned about Bernie’s age? I mean, Hugh Hefner is about to turn 90 on April 4th. He’s STILL f***in’. Just sayin’. LOL
    3) Pretty much how I feel about the whole thing, except I’m a bit more excited about Bernie.

    • Word…I’m like “what’s bloviating mean?” LOL

      • PhlyyPhree

        Had me over here using context clues like a mug!!!1

    • Brass Tacks

      Wants to make a joke about Bernie saying feel the Bern mid stroke but thinks better of it.

      Cause STDs

  • “But he’s absolutely right-wing America’s id writ large, his ascendancy an insidious confluence of one population itching to get a darkie out of the White House and another that gets off on grandiloquent demagoguery.” <— hold on…lemme get my dictionary.

    • Mika

      *opens google*

    • brothaskeeper

      Not calling you out of your name, but….
      https://youtu.be/2JfzMqwltHk

    • Val

      I think the author of this post is a Michael Eric Dyson fan. Lol

      • brothaskeeper

        Naw. If he was, the article would be 120 pages.

      • Dyson doesn’t try this hard

        • Val

          Morning shade. Lol

    • KB

      Basically he’s saying that trump’s rise is nothing but the dark, under-current of racism from the right-wing that has in some sense, laid dormant during the last few years but is now bubbling up to the surface with the rise of trump.

    • Unicorn Tears

      Bruh! I’ve haven’t had to google so many words in one article in a loonnnggg time. Thank God it wasn’t just me lol.

  • On a serious note, this entire election has seemed like a farce from the begining. I don’t feel ANYTHING for it. I’ve neglected to vote in the primaries…which I’m sure is a big no no. I’m just “meh” on all of it.

    • Mochasister

      That’s how I feel. Meh about the whole thing. I don’t really care for the Democratic contenders and I for damn sure am not voting for Trump. Honestly it seems like it’s going to come down to selecting the lesser of two evils.

  • Me

    I’m weary of the jokes about Bernie’s age. If we’re gonna be real about it, the man is only 5 years older than Hillary, and if jokes were made about her age, feminists would drop deuces all over this election cycle. If his age is the worst thing about him, then he should be winning by a landslide.

    • Hillary’s age is a concern of mine too. Then again her and Bernie have me whelmed.

      • Me

        Agreed on being whelmed by the two of them, but in a world where folks keep clubbing me over the head with “lesser of two evils” BS, his [and her] age should be small potatoes compared to her baggage, so it always perturbs me to read folks going in on him seeming so old. He’s not.

        • They both come off old to me. I honestly think 69 and 74 are told old to be POTUS. I’ve grown used to a leader who doesn’t view the world through a cold war lens. Considering no one on the other side is even close to an option for me I’ll be voting for either Pants Suit Patty and Grumpy Grandpa.

          • Me

            Meh… Reagan was 69 when he was inaugurated, and H.W. Bush was 64 when he was inaugurated. I don’t see the big deal in a 70-something sitting president. Most presidents have been in their mid 50s, and a handful have been in their 60s going into the office. The age angle is a smokescreen to me.

            • Age isn’t a smoke screen for me at all. Ronnie and H.W were those ages and they also acted with the same air of inflexibility that plagues people of that age. I would rather have a president with a more fluid world view at this point.

              • Me

                I don’t harp on age in that way. To me it’s the flip side of the same coin that called Obama too young to know what he would be doing when he was running in 08. As long as he’s medically healthy enough to run the country, and meets the 35 year old minimum requirement to be president, using someone’s age against them is a low blow in my opinion. Especially since age discrimination wouldn’t be tolerated in any other job application in this country.

                • This isn’t just “any other job”. I get what you are saying though. I think 40 something to 60 is a prime age for the job. I wears down healthy folks so that’s why Hilliary and Bernie’s age also concern me.

                  • -h.h.h.-

                    for what it’s worth, Trump turns 70 in June.

                    however you don’t strike me as the “vote for trump” type, for some odd reason…

                  • Me

                    Lots of jobs wear down healthy folks. Age discrimination is still illegal in those instances. If the man is able to do the job, his age doesn’t matter. Same for her. I don’t want the presidency to be filled by bending rules that wouldn’t be allowed for any other job in this country. We’ve been having social security debates for decades, and pushing back the age of retirement for the working class. If the working class can be eligible for various strenuous jobs at any age, why can’t the president be held by an able bodied person of any age?

                  • miss t-lee

                    Especially when you see the aging process within 4 years. Stress so serious, mayne.

              • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

                That fluidity is much less about age than it is about worldview and politics. Bernie hasn’t demonstrated some mental intransigence any more than candidates half his age. Less in fact. Many of American most malleable presidents have been older in fact.

            • Unicorn Tears

              I think the writer explains really well why his age is an issue: “But let’s keep it one-hunnuh: homie looks like he’s one heart
              palpitation away from passing away face-down in a bowl of his 6 p.m.
              pre-bedtime Cream of Wheat.”

              He really does look like he may have a heart-attack at any moment and doesn’t seem fit to take on one of the most stressful jobs in the WORLD. There’s a website that shows before and after pictures of how all the presidents looked before and after they took office. This role will definitely add years to your life and if you already look like you’re at the end of your life span well……

              • Me

                So I took that line like I believe it was meant, which is facetiously. If we’re going to take it literally, how does someone “look” like they’re going to have a heart attack? Bernie isn’t overweight, I’ve never seen him smoking, and I have no insight to his diet. How would someone realistically draw the conclusion that Bernie “looks” like a medical risk? This is more smokescreen. Absent an actual medical condition that would prevent him from carrying out his duties, the appearance of old age shouldn’t disqualify the man from being taken seriously.

                • Unicorn Tears

                  You’re right, it shouldn’t but that’s the reality of the situation and it’s what I’ve been saying about him from the beginning. I agree with his policies but by the time he reaches office that man will be 75 and almost 80 upon leaving. I personally don’t think he can physically handle the load and stress that is associated with being the leader of the free world and for that he loses my vote. Call it ageist but it is what it is. Maybe we can find him a Cabinet seat or some other office instead.

                  • Me

                    “by the time he reaches office that man will be 75 and almost 80 upon leaving..” So what? We have supreme court justices who are much older than that ruling on laws of the land until they literally die. What does age have to do with whether or not he is capable of running the country the way he says he will?

                    “I personally don’t think he can physically handle the load and stress that is associated… ” Based on what? Not medical records. Not any physical failings during his campaign. Not any noticeable risky habits that he displays.

                    It’s not ageist, it’s sexist. Because as I’ve been saying throughout this thread, no one would dare say anything remotely similar about Hillary who is only 5 years younger than him. People are taking shots at Bernie’s age in place of actually having problems with his campaign, his politics, or his ability to lead. We’d be screaming bloody murder if the same were being done to Hillary.

                    • Unicorn Tears

                      Look honey, we can agree to disagree. I don’t need to see his medical records to know how I feel on the matter. He looks like a crochety old man who’s “one heart palpitation away from passing away face-down in a bowl of his 6 p.m. pre-bedtime Cream of Wheat.” That’s not to say there aren’t other 70+ year olds that could get my vote in an election. Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Al Pacino and Donald Sutherland are just a few men I would consider if they were real contenders. Even though, they’re just as old, they seem to be more alert and have the energy to physically handle the stresses of being POTUS so despite you getting up in arms over this, it has nothing to do with his gender. Some people age better than others, it is what it is.

                      If you don’t think looks matter you should take a look at history with the 1960 debate between Nixon and JFK: http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2021078,00.html

                    • Guest

                      I think you do. Literally, I think you should see his medical records.

                  • Guest

                    Well he is going to have to. So vote for him and hope he chooses a good running mate.

              • esa

                Bernie emotes like he’s from Brooklyn. the hyper aggressive edge is a solid method of stress release. it ain’t pretty but it allows him to charge forward while simultaneously blowing off steam. geezers like Bern are made like old steam engine trains.

            • Guest

              They are going to be injecting Bernie with some sh*t to keep him alive I am sure. The good sh*t that made Reagan live for 100 years.

          • miss t-lee

            I think they’re both too old also. We lived thru Reagan, who was elected at 71…and it was well known that he probably had Alzheimer’s throughout that last term. Honestly I think they should do like airline pilots and cap it at 60.

            • *nods*

              If someone of legal age can be to you to rent a car and get fair insurance rates I have no problem with ageism in this case.

            • Mochasister

              Yes. My mother swears up and down that Nancy was the one running things.

              • miss t-lee

                Hmmm. I would not be surprised at all.

              • Cheech

                And her astrologer. And rumsfeld. And cheney.

                • Mochasister

                  You’re right. I forgot about the astrologer.

          • Asiyah

            I was about to pose this question to all of you: do you think there should be an age range for our presidential candidates? Anything younger or older is an automatic no.

            • Early 40’s to Early 60’s is my preferred age. Old enough to have learned things but not to old to have closed your mind off.

            • Me

              We already have an age range. It’s in the constitution that you must be older than 35. I see no reason to put a cap at how old you can be beyond that. It’s not as if invalids are out here raising campaign funds. And that goes for physically inept people of all ages. Campaigning is not for the weak or lazy. So the idea of capping at an age only dilutes the pool that we can draw on for aesthetic reasons.

              • Asiyah

                We don’t have an age range. We have an age limit. An age range would imply a minimum age and a maximum age. We do not have a maximum age and that’s what I’m asking. Do people think we should also have a maximum age for president? Like you can’t be past this age to run.

                • Me

                  We have an age range. It’s 35 to infinity. Not having a finite number on the opposite end of the range doesn’t make it any less of a range. And I’m saying it should stay that way. Because there’s no good reason to cap the other side of the range other than for the way a number rolls off people’s tongues. People are harping on the number 70 as if Bernie has been laid up in the hospital half of his campaign, and that’s just not the case. He’s able and willing, so his bid should count.

              • KB

                Right. Robert Mugabe is out here at 90 years old taking back Zimbabwean land/resources from white folk. Age means nothing.

                • Epsilonicus

                  Mugabe is a bit shady though

                  • mahoganylawlady

                    More than a bit

                  • KB

                    True, but he’s giving zero effs about white folks’ tears.

                    • Epsilonicus

                      But he f*cking his own people to do so.

                    • KB

                      point taken.

                    • He basically has zero to give about anybody’s tears.

                  • A bit?

                • Me

                  Exactly. Or you can look at Fidel Castro who ruled until he was 82, and passed his position on to his then 77 year old brother.

                • Brooklyn_Bruin

                  This is the kind of article I want to read. Let’s see VSB rank the top ten African dictato….democratically elected leaders

                  • KB

                    I’m curious to see where Gaddafi would be ranked, especially since it has been coming out that he supported/was spearheading an effort to unite Africa under a single, gold-backed currency and the U.S./U.N was having nunnadat and a lot of folks think that is the reason for his assassination.

                    • Epsilonicus

                      Gaddafi was also shady.

                      I’ve noticed that a lot of these leftist pan-Africanist leaders really wanted to build a utopia on murder and violence.

                    • KB

                      Agreed.

                    • Janelle Doe

                      Murder and violence and sexual assault of minors *allegedly

                    • Epsilonicus

                      Now now. That sexual assault is wypipo stuff smh

                    • Brooklyn_Bruin

                      He had great fashion sense and his secret service was all women. Plus he was gonna drop a few milli on Farrakhan back in the day. Back before the nation of Islam linked up with Scientology.

                      That’s top ten status at least. Maybe not Mandela, Lumumba, or Nkrumah level…But in recent era African leaders…

                    • Kas

                      What is the source for this? Gold backed currency has huge issues, and I can’t see a majority of the countries on the African continent going along.

                  • Kas

                    I saw what you did there.

                    • Mochasister

                      Lol! Me too!

                • Tambra

                  Circumstances forced Mugabe, not that I support his actions of late, but when the land grab started, I did not fault him.

      • brothaskeeper

        I, also, am whelmed.

        • Lea Thrace

          This is of no consequence to the post but I think I spend a solid 16 or so hours rewatching Young Justice and Justice League this weekend. It’s probably the only reason I am not out threatening people’s lives today…

          • brothaskeeper

            It’s always consequential. Did you catch BvS this weekend? Talk about whelming…

            • Lea Thrace

              Nope. Snyder and Affleck get none of my money. Ever.

              • KB

                Affleck does not do a convincing job of playing Batman. Someone on facebook says he plays Bruce Wayne well, but not Batman, which is extremely accurate.

                • Epsilonicus

                  Interesting

                • That’s frighteningly accurate. I kept waiting for Alfred to slap Bruce and say “Ninja stop!” He really was going to murk Clark.

                  • KB

                    *spoiler alert*
                    The WORST part about the fight scene between them in the movie was when Batman was about to hand superman that L then stopped once finding out both of their mother’s were named Martha. I was like STAHP!

                    • TeeChantel

                      Yes, I had the ultimate screw face during that scene.

                    • It was so terrible! Supes could have said all that *before* the fight started!

                    • Quiana

                      You share my sentiments. Im a DC and Batman fanatic. I give the movie a “C”. It felt choppy and not a cohesive movie. Parts were good but overall, I was bores with it. But I actually like Ben as Bruce Wayne. It fits. By this point, Batman has been fighting for 20 years. Love Gal. The Martha scene was wackkk.

                    • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

                      *SPOILER ALERT*
                      Why do so many people have a problem with that? It makes perfect sense….Batman is questioning Supes humanity and when he sees he’s motivate by the need to protect the ones he loves, his family and most specifically his mother, it shows he’s ‘human’ regardless of being an alien.

                • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

                  Nah. Disagree. I though his Batman was one of the better parts of the movie.

              • Batman works out.

              • orchid921

                I’m still mad about Sucker Punch and (to a lesser extent) Watchmen.

          • KB

            Speaking of Justice League; Batman v Superman was underwhelming at best.

            • Quirlygirly

              Really?? I wanted to see it this weekend but I had a death in the family so it didn’t happen. I was hoping it would be better than the previews/commercials

              • Epsilonicus

                I have heard the opposite. People I know who have seen it really like it.

                • KB

                  Despite making almost $200M domestically, it has been getting slammed by critics and a lot of people I know who saw it stated it could have been way better. It was ok, but it didn’t get me excited for any of the future DC movies. Maybe they should have went the Marvel route and released more of the individual movies before throwing out the Justice league next year. the movie was slow to develop.

                  • AquaTeamV3

                    I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m told that it feels like DC is forcing characters into their movies without giving them enough time to develop. With Marvel you have characters that have stand-alone movies before the big team-up movies, and they all share a continuity. Makes the transition feel a lot more natural.

                    • KB

                      That is EXACTLY the issue with DC. With Marvel we had Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and Thor before the first Avengers came out. With DC You have Batman and Superman, then Justice League and later Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, and Cyborg movies later.

                • TheCollinB

                  It’s a s s B, basura. Superman is a hater in his feelings. Batman, I still don’t know if his job was fighting crime or buying tweed blazers. Wonder Woman was Latina tho (!!!). Down vote that movie

                • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

                  I really liked it…though the holes are certainly there. But my feeling is that it was inevitable given all they had to do. Batfleck did his thing though. He’s a natural Batman.

            • I liked what it was trying to do but it was too long. Jesse’s star turn as a young Donald Trump was interesting. I was also skeptical about WW going in but old girl kind of owned it. Her crew in that picture was interesting. I’m assuming Chris Pine is playing S**** Tr****.

              • KB

                Gal Gadot did do a good job as wonder woman. I am eager for her movie to come out.

              • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

                I’ve heard that photo will be backstoried and explaned in her movie.

            • Lea Thrace

              I have ZERO plans to watch it in theaters. Bootleg however? Prolly.

              • I will say that this and the last Superman movies were the only ones I’ve liked since Superman I back in the day. Just not a fan of Supes.

          • AquaTeamV3

            I’ve been shamelessly binge-watching Young Justice and JL/JLU recently. The show’s quality has really stood the test of time!

            • Epsilonicus

              I am watching JLU right now. Idk if I like it

              • AquaTeamV3

                I was mixed on it at first; I’m more of a Marvel head so I wasn’t at all familiar with the majority of the cast, but the show is really well-written and the characters start to grow on you. Plus it helps that it shares a universe with the other shows like Superman/Batman/JL/Static so there’s a sense of congruency if you’ve watched one of those.

                • Epsilonicus

                  There are too many heroes in JLU for me. It is too congested.

                  • The rotating teams on JLU was too much for me as well. The regular justice league from the mid 2000s was perfect :)

            • Lea Thrace

              Seriously good stuff. Made me realize that I love DC cartoons but hate Marvel ones. Its the opposite for movies/tv. Love Marvel hate DC. They should each stay in their lane.

              • AquaTeamV3

                Only Marvel cartoons that I felt that stood out were Spectacular Spiderman and Avengers EMH, both which ended up cancelled. Otherwise yeah, DC runs circles around them in the animation department.

                They still need to be slapped for promoting “Teen Titans Go!” after they cancelled the original TT and Young Justice tho…

                • KB

                  On a kinda related, but not really note; I cant wait for Netflix to drop the remake of Voltron in June.

                  • Epsilonicus

                    They better not mess it up!!

                  • I hope it will be the good. The original from the 80s did not hold up well >___<

                  • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

                    I was just thinking this. Dreaming of Netflix coming through and scooping up Teen Titans for the quick resurrection.
                    #squeal

                • I like the new run of Marvel cartoons that are on Disney HD. The GoG one isn’t that great but they’ve managed to create a contained universe.

                • Quirlygirly

                  Bwhahaha- yup slap them with a crow bar because TTG is just a mockery

                • Lea Thrace

                  I am still hot over YJ and TT being cancelled all these years later. Like I still feel like writing another strongly worded email/letter to express my displeasure over that decision.

                  • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

                    My name is CheGueverraWitBlingOn and I approve this message.

                • Photoshop’s a helluva drug

                  I have lost friends because teen titans go is my guilty pleasure……

                  • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

                    Fix it….

                • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

                  That’s cartoon network shenanigans I’ve been told by my nephew. Merchandising for the kiddies.

              • I just can’t get into Arrow or the Flash. Gotham started hot but I don’t even bother anymore. I’ve seen Supergirl a few times but it isn’t much watch.

                • KB

                  Something about the superheroes being made into tv shows that takes away from the overall character. Leave it at cartoons/movies.

                • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

                  Flash is worth the good and Arrow is also good though I’ve fallen off.

              • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

                Exactly…just had this convo with a couple of peeps. DC animation is on fire.

          • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

            You are personal spirit animal for the day.

            Shout out to Young Justice. Dear lord…, why do you always have to take them so young?

        • Brass Tacks

          Upvote for Young Justice!

        • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

          By that way…I rocks with everyone on this particular thread. I didn’t know there were so many of us here.

    • Brandon Allen

      Five years is more than a presidential term and it clearly matters at over 70 years of age.

      • Me

        Five years means squat once you’re over the age of 30. There’s nothing siginificantly different whatsoever about his age vs hers.

        • Question

          Yea there is. Men die earlier.

          • Me

            There’s no evidence that Bernie is going to die in office if elected, nor that he’s specifically at greater risk of death than Hillary.

    • Brother Mouzone

      Hillary was one of those people who always looked old even when she was “young”

      • Me

        Yet, it would be wholly off-limits for the number of articles written about Bernie’s age to be written about Hillary’s. Moreover, it would be completely unacceptible to question whether she could do the job just because she looks old.

  • Mr. quojo .

    Make sure you still Vote. Even it’s for the lesser of two evils, it’s still the lesser though still evil.

  • I feel your pain man. As much as I just want to see the whole system burn, Im also good at math. Say what you will about McCain or Rombey

  • RAP GAME GRAY DAVIS™

    I don’t think “zipperhead” means what you think it means…

    • If it’s the term I’m thinking of, it surely doesn’t.

      • Kas

        The Asian readership of this blog might be slightly offended.

    • Dustin John Seibert

      Yep. That’s a fail on my part. I genuinely didn’t know. I acknowledge and I apologize. Fixed.

      • RAP GAME GRAY DAVIS™

        Definitely gonna have to start using “bucketheads” in everyday conversation.

        • Dustin John Seibert

          Yeah man I always liked the way that word sounded as an insult, but I never knew it was a slur. Had to learn it the embarrassing way. Go figure.

          • Kas

            Honest mistake

    • miss t-lee

      I said that also.

      • Epsilonicus

        I had to Google it. I never knew that was what it meant. I also have not heard it said by anyone under 50

        • Everyone I’ve ever heard it from either fought in Vietnam or Korea.

          • Kas

            That would make sense.

          • miss t-lee

            Yup. I got family members who fought in Vietnam and they still use the “G” word. I wince every time.

            • Yep. Somebody should’ve hugged them fellas after they got home.

              • miss t-lee

                Indeed.

        • miss t-lee

          Just because you didn’t know what it meant, doesn’t mean that it didn’t mean what it meant…lol

          • Epsilonicus

            I agree. I am just saying. I find it easy to miss it because it is not common at all. So I am glad someone noticed and shared out.

            • miss t-lee

              I’m just saying, I think you should be aware of terms you’re throwing around all willy nilly. Just because you aren’t aware that it’s not a slur, doesn’t mean someone isn’t going to take it that way.
              It’s in bad taste, period.

  • Africameleon

    I was gonna comment on your article – which was dope btdubs – but I want to point out the f’d up ad above the comments section. Am I the only one seeing this? It really caught me off guard. It’s titled “1 Exercise for Diabetes” and is “Sponsored by Simple Blood Sugar Fix” and features a women (white or asian, skeletal, w/ a pony tail) squatting in two different positions. The Right side at a tight 15 degree angle, the Left side at an upward posed 45 degree angle. It is odd, gross, and awkward looking. Just like this election cycle.

    • panamajackson

      Nope. I saw that too. If I could pick and choose the ads that showed up here, I promise I would. We get some of the ODDEST ads ever.

    • Val

      I got a “Kale-Apple Smoothie” ad?

    • brothaskeeper

      I see it too. It looks like a diagram on scrubbing the ground.

      step 1.) drop down low
      step 2.) make sure it reaches “all the way to the flo’ ”
      step 3.) repeat steps 1 and 2.

      • Africameleon

        “Stop, drop, shut ’em down open up shop.” Lol, that’s ill! haha.

      • Quirlygirly

        LOL!!- The words “Scubbing the ground” just makes me shutter. Why does it have to be called Scrubbing.. I don’t mind dropping it low, but scrubbing just makes me think of a brillo pad scrubbing a pot. The imagery is too much for me.lol

        • brothaskeeper

          I’m glad I didn’t go with “buss it wide open”!

          • Quirlygirly

            Yeah- thanks for being so considerate..lol..

            • brothaskeeper

              You’re welcome :-).

    • LaMissLy

      Adblocker plus–If your work computer permits

  • overandout

    I get that you’re not excited about Hillary Clinton, ok cool, and I don’t want to get into her specific issues, but FUCK anyone who thinks having a woman president is ‘less groundbreaking’ than having a black president. I think Obama is amazing, but don’t forget that black men got the right to vote before white women. The first black representative in Congress was in 1870, the first female representative in Congress was in 1916. For all the talk we talk about gender equity in this country, fucking third world countries that have barely moved past autocracy have had more female representation in their decision making bodies and executives than America. So historically, this country has been way more comfortable with a black MAN in power than a woman of any color near anything. As a woman of color, I can’t think the fight is over with Obama.

    http://www.thenation.com/article/why-does-us-still-have-so-few-women-office/

    • I agree that Madam President would indeed be ground breaking. That said… This chick? Really? Like there are options all over the map that would be interesting besides her.

      • overandout

        I really like Hillary but I can understand why people don’t.

        • brothaskeeper

          I would vote for a Warren-Obama (Michelle) ticket a million times. Either one would be more than effective as President or Vice President.

          • miss t-lee

            I really wish Warren would have ran.

            • Val

              At first I thought Warren must have had skeletons in her closet. But now after seeing how much the Democratic machine is supporting Hillary I’m positive they shut her down.

              • miss t-lee

                I really think they told her to sit out. Which is unfortunate, because I really think she could have done well.

              • Me

                Probably a combo of both. I always assume every politician has skeletons. It’s a prerequisite for the job.

          • LaMissLy

            That is a wondrous, dream really do come true ticket.

          • LMNOP

            I want to see Marilyn Mosby, the Baltimore prosecutor be president some day. If she was running, she’d definitely have my vote for 2016.

            • Val

              I would definitely like to see her run for governor of Maryland.

              • Epsilonicus

                She could only win if there is incredible voter turn out in Baltimore. White people across the state hate her.

                • Val

                  That or her on SCOTUS.

              • LMNOP

                I want Bernie Sanders to pick her to run as VP, somehow they win, and then either she becomes president if he dies in office or she’s next up as president.

                • Val

                  I don’t want Bernie to kick it but yeah that would be interesting. Lol

                  • LMNOP

                    I mean me neither, I’m just saying in case it happens, otherwise she runs to be the next president.

        • Val

          A lot of folks don’t trust her. She’ll say anything to get elected.

          • Kas

            Unlike the other career politicians? Not to fire shots, just pointing about I think they all do it. However she definitely comes across less genuine.

            • Val

              She’s worse. She changes her positions so much that you really never get a sense of what she really stands for. Other than being the first woman President.

              • Asiyah

                You never get a sense for what she really stands for because she has no real beliefs. Her only belief is winning. Her only goal is her political advancement. She’s the female Trump.

                • ak1991200

                  She’s Democratic Mitt Romney

                  • Asiyah

                    yes!

              • overandout

                She is not worse, people just give white guys a pass for some reason.

                • Hugh Akston

                  “people”? define them?

              • Hugh Akston
          • There’s always been this weird student body president vibe about her, like she’s trying to be president more than anything else. It’s definitely off-putting.

            • Val

              Exactly. She just wants to win. How she wins doesn’t seem to really matter to her.

          • TheCollinB

            When she got in trouble for blatantly talking out her neck about how much Nancy Regan helped bring AIDS to the forefront as a serious problem Hilary showed she’d really say anything. You can’t trust people like that.

    • Me

      Having the first female president would’ve felt far more groundbreaking if the woman being presented to hold that title were more appealing. I absolutely hated the early part of her campaign when she tried to run on the “it’s my turn” angle and all the BS that comes out of her mouth trying to guilt women into voting for her because she has a vagina. Give me a better woman to vote for, and I’ll be more excited about our first female president. Right now, she’s making me yawn at the distinction.

      • overandout

        I guess, but you could have said that about Obama too (I found most of his policy plans as a candidate to be atrocious). You can always say ‘not this woman’ and ‘not this woman’ etc. and before you know it 60 years goes by.

        • Me

          Except Obama never ran on the “first black president” slant. He was just a black guy who happened to make history by winning the election. People have been pushing the “make Hillary the first woman president” angle since she was SOS. It’s a sickening and demeaning campaign.

          • overandout

            Whoa, demeaning? I mean, if it’s not important to you, it’s not important to you, but there are a lot of people for whom it is important.

            • Me

              Nope. It’s demeaning to tell me to vote for someone specifically because we have a reproductive system in common. Either Hillary is a great candidate who could’ve made history by being elected or she isn’t. I don’t need her keeping tabs on my vagina while I vote, though.

    • ??? With the exception of a very brief period of Reconstruction, any Black man who tried to vote in the Southern United States before the 1940s~1960s was taking his life/freedom into his hands, and the lives of any Black people living in the general area. Black men may have technically had the right to vote before white women but once white women were able to vote there was not state sponsored deadly violence against them or lynch mobs being formed to “convince” them to stay away from the polls.

      This country has always been more comfortable with white women in power than black people of either gender. A quick walk through any corporate work place will show that.

    • Val

      “don’t forget that black men got the right to vote before white women”

      While that may have been technically true, it was not true in practice.

      • Hugh Akston

        it seems that’s something a lot of people want to send under the rug…shrugs**

  • Me

    My take on this election cycle is that Republicans are panicking after losing 2 in a row to a black man despite the racist dog whistles, so they’re just letting out the rabid canines, hoping to incite enough racists to the polls to swing in their favor — basically win at all costs. After all, even if Trump loses the primaries, he alone would’ve stirred enough hatred within the party to motivate sideline Republicans to vote in November. Meanwhile, Hillary was expecting to run unopposed this season, and is having to work slightly harder to not lose to Bernie AND not disenchant Bernie supporters b/c even if she does win, she’ll need them to not give her the middle finger come November to actually get into the WH — basically just don’t create complacency. And the third party to all of this, no, no the Green party, but the media, finally figured out how to turn politics into ratings by employing reality TV etiquette to the race. So they’ve decided to bring the gasoline, the Republicans have committed to lighting the match, and the Democrats are doing everything they can to catch it before it hits the puddle. None of this turns me on as a voter.

    • KB

      The crazy thing is that now even the Republicans are realizing that they have let the inmates run the asylum in regards to Trump and the extreme right wing, racist fan base who have come out in droves to support him. This is so much the case now that they are trying in any way feasible to get rid of him, even floating the idea of bringing in Mitt Romney to try and run for the republican nomination (which would be an absolute disaster). One on hand it’s fun to sit back and watch the party self-destruct, that is until you realize Trump will most likely win the republican nomination and has an actual shot at winning the presidency.

      • Me

        I actually don’t believe the Republicans when they talk about trying to stop Trump. I can’t believe Republicans don’t want Trump to be president when every time they’re asked if they’ll endorse him if he wins the nomination, they keep saying yes or giving a half-as$ed “it would be a hard decision to make”. They know damn well, they’ll take Trump if it means winning.

        • Epsilonicus

          I disagree. Trump as the nominee puts them at risk of losing the House and Senate. That is why they don’t want him to win.

          • Kas

            They don’t want him but they will accept him.

            • Epsilonicus

              Because Republicans don’t rebel. They are not that type at all

              • KB

                Tell that to all the people in various states who threatened to “secede” when Obama was elected to a second term.

                • Epsilonicus

                  And they are fringe. But I am speaking of the folks who control the levers of the party.

          • Me

            They may not want him to win, but they’re not trying to stop him from winning. They’ll take a win however they get it.

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