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Libertarian Party Breaks Half a Million Registered Voters

Libertarian Party also earns a record number of votes for U.S. House elections, in addition to its historic presidential results.

The Libertarian Party (L.P.) started 2016 with around 411,000 registered voters. After a year of Trump and Clinton and the Libertarian's Johnson/Weld campaign with its record over 4 million votes for the L.P., nearly 100,000 other voters have seen wisdom in registering Libertarian.

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According to ballot access maven Richard Winger at Ballot Access News, the Libertarians are now the first nationally-organized Party in American history besides the Republicans and Democrats to break a half-million registered voters.

The L.P. had never broken 400,000 registered voters before this year.

The "nationally organized" part is key, as the California-only American Independent Party has around 507,000. It is well-understood, though, that a vast majority of people registering with it are doing so under the mistaken belief they are merely registering independent of any Party, not joining a specific party with that name. (That Party nominated Trump this year.)

Another sign of increased health for the L.P. is a yearly monetary take for the national Party of likely near $3 million, for what should be their highest-dollar year since 2000.

And another: the L.P. got its most votes ever for U.S. House candidates, 1.67 million, even though it ran the same number of such candidates as in 2014, 122. That's a 73 percent increase in House votes over 2014, with same number of candidates run. (Voter turnout this year was about 58 percent higher than in 2014.)

That's fewer than half the number of federal House candidates the L.P. ran in 2000, the last year in which their House vote total was close to, but not matching, this year's, with a total of 1.61 million. Thus, the Party's votes per candidate have gone up enormously.

For some in-the-weeds discussion of how this year's results on the state level improved the Party's ballot access or "official Party" status, see the Libertarian Party's own blog and Richard Winger's Ballot Access News.

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  • DEATFBIRSECIA||

    Liberarian Party Breaks Half a Million Registered Voters

    Well that's good news for.. Liberia?

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    It's librarian party.

  • The Fusionist||

  • ||

    That's not HAWT, this is HAWT! Don't let anyone tell you that SJWs cannot be hot!

    HAWT!

  • Quincy.||

    Wow, Drew Carey really let himself go, again.

  • ||

    That's a fucking chick! I kid you not!

  • Rich||

    A chick, anyway.

  • AlmightyJB||

    What the hell is wrong with you people?

  • Pan Zagloba||

    Links were 25 minutes late. We are more animals than men at this point.

  • AlmightyJB||

    OMG LINKS ARE NOT CRACK!

  • AlmightyJB||

    Settle down Robby

  • Pan Zagloba||

    Tags: "Liberarian Party, Election 2016 "

    Is this an ongoing joke we missed?

  • Tom Bombadil||

    "Liberarian Party Breaks Half a Million Registered Voters"

    It's a Libertarian incremental moment.

  • cavalier973||

    The Tea Party stole one of the letters. Guess which one!

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Nice!

  • ||

    That's fewer than half the number of federal House candidates the L.P. ran in 2000, the year in which their House vote total was close to, but not matching, this year's, with a total of 1.61 million. Thus, the Party's votes per candidate have gone up enormously.

    You're going to throw out your elbow spinning things like that.

  • ||

    You can thank California's Top Two Primary for contributing a couple dozen to the Libertarian contender deficit.

  • Ted S.||

    Doesn't Washington have a Top Two Primary now, too?

  • ||

    God help the voters who lie under that.

  • Swiss Servator||

    "They are Turks..."

    "God help them"

  • Adans smith||

    The air's cool and it's almost Thanksgiving. I think I'll drink some beer and listen to some Mannheim Steamroller Christmas music. Night all.

  • But Enough About Me||

    Sacrilege!

    Mannheim Steamroller should never be listened to prior to Advent.

  • BakedPenguin||

    FTFY: Mannheim Steamroller should never be listened to.

  • Scarecrow & WoodChipper Repair||

    FTFY: Mannheim Steamroller should never be.

  • MikeT1986||

    Fite me little man.

  • ||

    FTFY: Mannheim Steamroller should never be listened to.

    I didn't think they were. They've always just been the CD you want to buy when you couldn't possibly make a reasonable decision about what music to buy someone. Slightly more festive than a lotto ticket, slightly less tacky than buying someone an CD full of elevator music but not some musical hidden-gem that the recipient would hesitate for exchanging your thoughtful gift. The band that says, "Merry Christmas and please feel free to exchange me for better music."

  • DenverJ||

    It was 77 in Denver today

  • Tom Bombadil||

    It was 666 in Chappaqua.

  • Wasteland Wanderer||

    *looks up Mannheim Steamroller Christmas*

    Synth? Da fuq is this shit?!

  • esteve7||

    Libertarians should just try to take over Republicans and Democrats, like with Rand Paul. They are much more likely to achieve success that way. When 40% pull the R lever each time and 40% pull the D lever each time, there's no room for an L.

  • CZmacure||

    These euphemisms.

  • Ceci n'est pas un woodchipper||

    Every day and twice on Sundays. That's when I go by the drive-through cafe on the way home from the grocery store and chat up the naughty millenials.

  • CE||

    10 million votes in the general election is good for 8 percent.
    10 million votes in the primaries gets you the nomination.

    Unfortunately the best pro-liberty voters have done is 2 million votes for Ron Paul in the primaries and 4 million votes for Gary Johnson in the general.

  • SIV||

    Did Jeb! join?

    Matt Welch Retweeted
    Jeb Bush ‏@JebBush 1h1 hour ago

    Fascinating profile from @reason: Meet Johannesburg's New Libertarian Mayor:
  • straffinrun||

    Let's hope Jeb! decided to read the comments on that.

  • You ARE a Prog (MJG)||

    Please comment.

  • Swiss Servator||

    *considers clapping*

  • Ted S.||

    Introduce him to Sugarfree and Warty.

  • BigT||

    Jeb! is Tulpa?

  • AlmightyJB||

    I don't understand Twitter talk

  • Wizard with a Woodchipper||

    Business as usual: GOP voting to bring back earmarks.

    http://thehill.com/policy/fina.....k-earmarks

    "Republican Reps. John Culberson of Texas, Mike Rogers of Alabama and Tom Rooney of Florida filed the amendment, which will be voted on through a secret ballot during the GOP leadership elections."

  • The Fusionist||

    Secret ballot? How cute. 1/5 of the members on the floor can demand a roll-call vote, so I hope we get to see the names. Let them explain how they voted against it in caucus but had to vote for it in public.

  • Wizard with a Woodchipper||

    Obama is more or less gone and the veneer of fiscal responsibility is no longer necessary. The establishent plans to benefit from a Trump win.

  • CE||

    All federal spending should be earmarked by Congress. The House of Reps is supposed to author the budget, not let it get doled out by the Executive branch.

  • ||

    Take your libertarian moments where you can get them!

  • The Fusionist||

    Don't blink or...you blinked, didn't you?

  • But Enough About Me||

    It's okay — Reasonoids aren't quantum-locked anyways.

  • Florida Hipster||

    WTF?!? Chocolate chip cookie beer?
    http://www.mensjournal.com/foo.....ck-w210916

  • Wizard with a Woodchipper||

    I will of course try this, but these types of faddish beers tend to disappoint. Chocolate stouts have about as much of that flavor that I want in a beer.

  • DEG||

    or been unable to finish a bottle of a cloying, caramel-infused brew, you know that dessert beers can easily go awry

    I tried a winter beer from the Czech Republic. I can't remember the name but it was terrible. A little research showed that the brewer used caramel, actual caramel, in it. Caramel can be nice, but not in beer.

  • Derpetologist||

  • Florida Hipster||

    China better watch it, or they'll end up eating their parents at a chili cook off.

  • DenverJ||

    That was South Park, dude.

  • Wasteland Wanderer||

    Well, perhaps they'll end up being fed to sharks, like Hans Blix.

  • BakedPenguin||

    China should tell NK that they will, as soon as the fat-ass loses a few pounds.

    Then again, Kim has to know already. I mean, he lives in North Korea.

  • ||

    Kim IS one of them Koreas, all by himself! He's a 3rd Korea! He's got his own fucking timezone! He's the Joisey the Hutt of the east!

  • Ted S.||

    Kim Jong Un isn't fat, he's husky.

  • Rhywun||

    'Kim Abundant III' - LOL

  • Grand Moff Serious Man||

    WE'RE NUMBER 3! WE'RE NUMBER 3!

  • ||

  • Pan Zagloba||

    Wooo! Suck it, eco-loons!

  • AlmightyJB||

    Another no class entertainer

    http://toprightnews.com/comedi.....ald-trump/

  • AlmightyJB||

    Didn't realize that was from March. Still.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Their campaigns will now have the momentum of a runaway train.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Built on private tracks built without the use of eminent domain?

  • BakedPenguin||

    Night of the Fat Knives: Christie purge.

  • straffinrun||

    "Stalinesque". I mean, like, literally.

  • __Warren__||

    Fat Bastard jailed Trump's SIL's dad? I can see why there might be some anger there.

  • John Titor||

    Sorry Christie, you're already dead.

    But seriously, 'Stalinesque Purge'? Unless Trump is taking Christie supporters into soundproof cells and blowing their brains out that's just stupid.

  • BakedPenguin||

    They like comparing anyone they disagree with to totalitarians they generally agree with.

    Also, I saw the Stossel pic - got something for you

  • John Titor||

  • Pan Zagloba||

    Oh man, it's totally gonna be worth to see them confess to all their crimes against the Party and the Leader!

  • Rhywun||

    The Donald Trump transition, already off to slow start, bogged down further Tuesday

    hes so incompentent no team ready 4 months before January lolwut smdh

  • Christophe||

    This definitely goes on the "good things Trump did" list.

  • Derpetologist||

  • The Fusionist||

    I think he may insert the same qualifier as General Sheridan supposedly did.

  • ||

    Good.. good... keep it up.

  • SimonD||

    Does it say something about me that I always hear that in the voice of Palpatine?

  • 広森永王||

    There are dozens of us! Dozens!

  • Ted S.||

    Binders full of libertarians?

  • Derpetologist||

    Spot the Not: Hillary Clinton as described by Lena Dunham's newsletter

    1. She is an idea, a world-historical heroine, light itself.

    2. I love Hillary Clinton. I am in awe of her. I am set free by her. She will be the finest world leader our galaxy has ever seen.

    3. But the feminist hero never got to be a legend first. And yet she is one, easily surpassing Ben Franklin, Henry Ford, Steve Jobs.

    4. Hillary Clinton's name belongs on ships, and airports, and tattoos. She deserves straight-up hagiographies and a sold-out Broadway show called RODHAM.

    5. Hillary Clinton did everything right in this campaign, and she won more votes than her opponent did. She won. She cannot be faulted, criticized, or analyzed for even one more second.

    6. Schoolchildren will one day memorize Clinton's name as the greatest woman who ever lived.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Ehhh, 6.

  • The Fusionist||

    6

  • John Titor||

    2?

    Unlike Hillary, Ben Franklin's dating advice works. Although his guide to Parisian prostitutes is woefully out of date.

  • straffinrun||

    Trick question. These are all from Trump's 60 Minutes interview.

  • 広森永王||

    2? Galaxy seems a bit too much, even for Dunham.

  • But Enough About Me||

    What I find most disturbing about this list is that five of these are real.

    SEER
    EEE
    US
    LEE

    unhinged.

  • Password: pode$ta||

    5. Something is just a little off. It doesn't wax poetic enough.

  • GILMORE™||

    2. I read about half that softcore derpporn and don't remember the word "galaxy"

  • Derpetologist||

    6 is the Not. The winners receive a limited edition Lena Dunham pin-up calendar. Here's November.

  • SimonD||

    There is not enough money in the world to make me click that link.

    Not even getting to date Scarlett Johansson for a year would do it.

  • Password: pode$ta||

    No. Shit.

  • Douchey defeats Trumpman, Jr.||

    You guys should click it. It's Dunham at her maximum sexiness. I just ate and didn't even throw up after looking at it.

  • DEG||

    I'll second Douchey's statement.

  • Password: pode$ta||

    "Hey man, smell this!"
    No, thanks.

  • SimonD||

    I've seen some of y'alls 'woulds'.

    Again, no. Not even with Crusty's eyeballs.

  • lap83||

    Wow, she's exercising now? Good for her

  • ||

    Did we actually elect anyone to office? I mean, dog catcher, anything? How about any libertarian leaning Republicans? Anyone have any data on that?

    Sorry, but even if you score 35 points per game, you aren't getting anywhere when the other team scores 40.

  • Zunalter||

    After a year of Trump and Clinton and the Libertarian's Johnson/Weld campaign with its record over 4 million votes for the L.P., nearly 100,000 other voters have seen wisdom in registering Libertarian.

    FTFY

  • Ted S.||

    I think I'm still registered Republican. I enrolled in the party when I first registered to vote because the small town I lived in has a caucus for town officials and that was effectively the general election. I never changed because it's an inconvenience to change, and the libertarians don't have official party status here.

  • Zunalter||

    I'm registered Republican because I was a Republican when I started voting. Nowadays I am registered for much the same reasons you are, the primary is the election where you choose your representatives, not the general.

  • Derpetologist||

    When you've lost Morning Joe...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCcF7RjO3vw

  • Libertymike||

    Do you think that a cuck ersatz redneck who lives for Mika's approval and pleasures himself fantasizing about locking his lips to her legs ever had any half assed alpha rugged individualist with which to begin?

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Agile?

  • Agile Cyborg||

    There exists only a single agile, dear. I have never and will never post aside from the melting rock of this sanguine neon whisper of an avatar tome of bullshit bullets called the wordy cluttered fuckfest of lines Agile Cyborg. At your attention, Queen of the Ultima Libertas.

  • GILMORE™||

    I saw that earlier.

    I think its worth it not for what Joe says, because its clear he's trying to save his bona-fides with TV Democrats by positioning himself as "one of the sane ones who gets it".... but rather the awkward attempts by others to defend it as "meh, its TV" or pretend it wasn't yucky per se... you can tell the others in the room are getting clammy palms and wondering, "will some of us lose our jobs? is the purging going to begin from within? should i agree or not?"

  • ||

    I sure as fuck saw it coming and I live on the coast. But the difference is, I know the people in flyover. And it's hard to explain to anyone around here how those people do not think the same way you do. This just gets dear in the headlights like 'how could they not think like me? Is there another way?'. Told a friend of mine here after the 2014 midterms that what we're seeing is not an anomaly and if they keep pissing off people in the middle of the country, there are certainly enough of them to fuck up the Democrats party. Well, here we are.

  • Rhywun||

    I grew up in urban upstate NY (the city of Rochester) and even there my family owned guns and went huntin'. You don't have to go far from the coasts to see it.

  • Derpetologist||

    File under: own goal

    The guy who tackled the Trump protester is a Clinton supporter with Asperger's and may have mistakenly thought the guy he shoved was a Trump supporter.

    Tim Adams, the protester who was tackled inside the Ohio Union during a Monday night rally protesting President-elect Donald Trump, announced on Tuesday that he is seeking to drop the charges of assault filed against Shane Michael Stanton, the student who tackled him.
    In a public Facebook post, Adams said the decision came after "it was clear that my assault was not politically motivated in the way that we previously thought, nor was it committed by a Trump supporter."
  • The Fusionist||

    "Since last night, however, we have learned that the man, an OSU student, is not a right-wing activist and was himself upset by the Trump election. We have received further information we will not disclose to protect the man's privacy, but which has made us confident he should not face charges for the action."

    Robby Soave screwed the pooch on this one, and he doesn't even have the excuse of a journalism degree from Columbia.

  • Pan Zagloba||

    Ssshhhhh....he also screwed the pooch on initial reaction to UVA article...

  • The Fusionist||

    Poor pooch.

  • DenverJ||

    So, "Because the man who assaulted me has the same political views as I, and because I generally agree that Trump supporters should be assaulted, I'm not pressing charges, even though in any other case it's not up to the victim to press charges anymore, the state presses charges."

  • SimonD||

    To be fair, when it sounds like the shove-er has some sort of disability (like Asperger's) and he doesn't read social situations well. Of course, he still was violent against someone he perceived as 'on the other side', but that's a different question.

  • Douchey defeats Trumpman, Jr.||

    "But it fit the narrative so cleanly!"

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Even a dude with Asperger's should be able to differentiate between hipster and redneck on sight.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    I do have to say that when I first saw the video, the way he ran down the stairs made me think the guy might be special.

  • GILMORE™||

    Curious to see if Robby issues a correction....Or will he just leave his 'jumping to conclusions' thing out there in perpetuity...

  • GILMORE™||

    *just checked again, and technically, he didn't actually blame anyone for any partisan motives. he just called it de-facto "horrifying". A bit sappy, but not a complete whiff.

  • Sir Digby Chicken Caesar||

    Holy shit... Reading some of those comments. I can't help but say that they deserve this bullshit, and the attention it brings.

    Fucking proto-commies.

  • 0x90||

    Hmm...

    rudy
    November 15, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    I know Shane and he's not autistic. Who's making that stuff up? The only think he does here is yell "You idiot!" and push a guy down a flight of stairs. I'm not defending him but he's definitely not autistic.
  • Password: pode$ta||

    Thank god rudy is here to set the record straight. I love that movie.

  • Sir Digby Chicken Caesar||

    That hipster guy does look very punchable pushable. That said, I think the Assburgers thing is more likely than not, but it's all a bunch of crap, long-term.

  • Derpetologist||

    The best part is the pushee looks like Gavin Mcwhatever's dumb millennial character:

    http://www.streetcarnage.com/w.....beral2.jpg

  • Derpetologist||

    Yosemite is America's very own Death World- mauled by animals, boiled alive in pools of acid, drowned by rivers...

  • The Fusionist||

    It's a Nazi death trap, look at the name, Yo, Semite.

  • CE||

    You forgot the rodent-carried plague.

  • Ken Shultz||

    If we get another million registered, maybe we can get a discount on an oil change or something through Groupon.

  • The Fusionist||

  • Password: pode$ta||

    That's IU for you. Boiler up.

  • CE||

    It is well-understood, though, that a vast majority of people registering with it [the American Independent Party] are doing so under the mistaken belief they are merely registering independent of any Party, not joining a specific party with that name.

    Brilliant marketing ploy.

  • DenverJ||

    Introducing the Fuck Both These Guys Party

  • DenverJ||

    That's Not OK

  • straffinrun||

    Brain Dead Voter party.

  • PapayaSF||

    Supposedly, back in the post-AT&T breakup days, some clever people started long distance companies with names like "I Don't Care" so that when subscribers were asked which new company they wanted to sign up with....

  • CZmacure||

  • CE||

    nearly 100,000 other voters have seen wisdom in registering Libertarian.

    Is it really wise though? By registering LP you get on another government list, and the only advantages are that the LP hits you up for money and you get to vote in primaries between mostly unqualified candidates. Why not leave the LP primaries to the true believers, and register for a major party so you can vote for the occasional pro-liberty major party candidate in the primaries and help his chances?

  • CE||

    You can always vote LP in the general, if the pro-liberty dude loses in the primaries as usual. Except in Top 2 states of course.

  • Stoic||

    In NC, unaffiliated voters can choose which party primary to vote in, whereas those registered with a party can only vote in that party's primary.

  • AlmightyJB||

    I voted for Paul in the primary, then Johnson in the presidential.

  • DenverJ||

    You say it like those are all bad things.

  • Calidissident||

    Regarding the increase in number of votes from 2014 - turnout is a lot higher in presidential years, so that's not as impressive at it sounds at first. IIRC it's usually about 50% higher in presidential years compared to midterms.

  • PapayaSF||

    I should have taken the election bet he offered. Still, I have the satisfaction.

  • Password: pode$ta||

    The "nationally organized" part is key, as the California-only American Independent Party has around 507,000. It is well-understood, though, that a vast majority of people registering with it are doing so under the mistaken belief they are merely registering independent of any Party, not joining a specific party with that name.

    If that was actually strategy and intended, it's brilliant. The LP should take notes.

    The Independent Libertarian Party
    or maybe
    The (check this box if you want to be Independent) Libertarian Party

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    You know what else was "nationally organized"?

  • DenverJ||

    Girl scout cookie sales?

  • Rhywun||

    The Liberal Party

    BOOM

  • Douchey defeats Trumpman, Jr.||

    You, sir, win the evening. Have the beverage of your choice, on me.*

    *You'll have to pay for it right now, but I'm totally good to pay you back for it.**

    **Note to self: never go to a Reason meet-up

  • Rhywun||

    Have the beverage of your choice

    On it.

  • Derpetologist||

  • Password: pode$ta||

    "This has to be a joke. I can't believe this is happening. I'm literally about to fucking kill myself and I'm not kidding. You better fucking fix this shit right now."

  • AlmightyJB||

    It's comforting to know that I'll always be able to count on her fake suicidal video to cheer me up.

  • 0x90||

    Yes, I love the "fix it" part. Some people's thoughts are not thoughts.

  • Password: pode$ta||

    "We just had an election. A lot of people voted. I don't like the outcome. Therefore, someone needs to overturn all of those votes."

    The narcissism is overwhelming.

  • Derpetologist||

    There are thousands of people who voted for Obama twice who voted for Trump. I wonder how the left explains that.

    Sam Harris has a pretty good take on it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNVtfzyZtTE

  • Ted S.||

    Can't they write down their takes? Quicker to read, less waste of bandwidth since not everybody has unlimited bandwidth.

  • Rhywun||

    Yeah, I skip all videos by default. Hate 'em. Plus I'm watching the game here.

  • Agile Cyborg||

    The AI of earthen power is that it has transformed into an exquisitely granular mathematic. The numerals of its dimensions are cloyingly unsettling.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    For some in-the-weeds discussion

    There's nothing more libertarian than that.

  • Quincy.||

    an exquisitely granular mathematic. The numerals of its dimensions are cloyingly unsettling.

    But enough about the electoral college.

  • ||

    "Al of earthen power..."

    My wife is asking what I am laughing at.

  • ||

    I wonder what's the carbon footprint of the massive lefty pants shitting epidemic currently underway? Is it too late this time, for real?

  • Derpetologist||

    Don't know, but the carbon footprint from the idling VIP vehicles in Morocco is bound to be substantial.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDG9G-ZTFDQ

  • ||

    I'm hopeful that the combined effect will allow me to see the Atlantic from here on my suburban Balmer deck. I might grow pineapples next spring.

  • ||

    Damnit, I didn't watch any TV election night. I just watched the live trackers from FOX and RCP on the intertoobz. But I see I am in luck in that someone recorded the entire fucking evening from CNN. I just uncorked a bottle of Grey Goose here and I think I'm going to enjoy this.

  • Pan Zagloba||

    Be warned: five minutes turned me from "what a fucking clown vs criminal this election is" to "I want a MAGA hat to spite you assholes"

    Maybe it's easier if you know the ending....

  • DenverJ||

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure that in a few months I'll hate his guts, but, right now? Trump's the man.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Everytime he starts to piss you off, go back and watch the videos of sjws crying. It's like Trump Xanax.

  • Pan Zagloba||

    Oh man.

    I just realized - if he pisses me off, what is SJWs reaction going to be?

    Oh this will be delicious.

  • Derpetologist||

    CEO resigns after calling for Trump's assassination

    Harrigan, who founded the cybersecurity firm in 2013, made the remarks about the 70-year-old Republican businessman on election night. "I'm going to kill the president. Elect," he wrote, according to a screenshot of his since-deleted Facebook post on Reddit.

    After a friend suggested, "You just need to get high," Harrigan allegedly responded, "Nope, getting a sniper rifle and perching myself where it counts. Find a bedroom in the White House that suits you….I'll find you."
    Harrigan also took to Twitter to apologize for his actions November 13. "My humble apologies that a flawed joke has become public/out of context. My poor judgment does not represent the views of @packetsled, customers, investors or the officers of @packetsled. I have no malicious intention towards the #POTUS, and apologize to all for my lack of judgment and offensive commentary. I wish you all well."
  • AlmightyJB||

    Hey Preet, getta load of this Harrigan guy.

  • The Fusionist||

    "See? We keep telling you that Trump's election would lead to violence and threats!"

  • ||

    These people are self-destructive. I've been saying it for a while, no need to fight them, just sit back and watch them self destruct.

    ION, did Lizzie White Squaw just say she's going to introduce a bill to repeal the Electoral College? Really? Are these people for fucking real?

  • Password: pode$ta||

    Frankly, I'm surprised we don't hear about repealing the electoral college more often. It obviously biases towards more rural states. And therefore away from cities. And therefore racist. And, more importantly undemocratic!

  • AlmightyJB||

    Not to mention no id required to vote in CA, NY, IL, NJ, or DC. Rigging a few major cities much easier to do.

  • Ted S.||

  • 0x90||

    Translation:

    "I am literally shaking in my boots right now. Holy shit, what was I thinking? Please, please, please, for goodness sake, don't let anything happen to me. I sure wish I could really apologize, but that would be an admission. Oh, mother, what kind of a moron did you raise..."

  • Rhywun||

    Yeah, right? My immediate thought was how hard it probably is to delete a Facebook account and how desperate you would have to be to try it.

  • Derpetologist||

    UK journalist fired after calling for Trump's assassination
    http://madworldnews.com/hillar.....ssination/

    Meanwhile, Derpbook refuses to remove Assassinate Donald Trump page:
    http://www.infowars.com/facebo.....rump-page/

  • AlmightyJB||

    Did you see the Tweets?

  • AlmightyJB||

    What WILL peak derp look like?

  • 0x90||

    Like HyR, but with the Tony:everybody else ratio flipped.

  • ||

    I can go to Facebook and see the anti-feminist thingy but I cant seem to find the assassination page.

  • AlmightyJB||

    "Libertarian Party Breaks Half a Million Registered Voters"

    You know who else thought they were hot shit?

  • DenverJ||

    Turd sandwich?

  • DenverJ||

    And this guy's in jail, right? The secret service has him in custody, right? Because if I said that I was going to assainatate Obama or Hillary, I'm pretty sure I'd be rounded up in a matter of hours.

  • Pan Zagloba||

    Yes, but it's not like he was threatening to kill people, unlike your example.

  • Douchey defeats Trumpman, Jr.||

    OT: Just made and consumed two hamburgers. Mustard, onion roll, green leaf lettuce, grilled sweet onions, pickles, tomato, with jalapeno-muenster cheese.

    I made a special trip to the store for the tomatoes before coming home. A hamburger without any of the four vegetables is substantially poorer for its absence. I don't like tomatoes much, but I refuse to eat a hamburger without them.

    If you believe otherwise, you are stupid and probably ugly.

  • DenverJ||

    Jalapeño? Check
    Pickles? For cleansing the palette after, not to actually be consumed at the same time as the burger.
    Grilled onions are a preview of heaven. Unfortunately, sometime in the last couple years i got old enough that they give me heartburn, so i must reluctantly decline.
    You are wrong on tomatoes. Perhaps you haven't had any other than bland store bought and tasteless. True tomatoes, with the water and the earthy taste and the hint of the soil they come from, are something wonderful. And if you cook those tomatoes, if you stew them, or god forbid, can them, then you create an abomination unto the Lord your God.
    Turning perfectly good tomatoes into tomato sauce is an act abhorrent to the universe.
    Sauces should be Alfredo, and tomatoes should be fresh.
    So it is written.

  • ||

    How many are vegans or wear boots on their heads and voted with Her?

  • ||

    Follow

    Donald J. TrumpVerified account
    ‏@realDonaldTrump
    If the election were based on total popular vote I would have campaigned in N.Y. Florida and California and won even bigger and more easily

  • Douchey defeats Trumpman, Jr.||

    I am certain that many, likely most, of his policies are going to make me facepalm. But I'm this (hold up thumb and forefinger) close to liking the guy personally.

  • Pan Zagloba||

    I can never like him personally. Isn't he a teetotaller?

    But then again, so is Penn. heeeey, think we can get Penn/Teller for LP 2020? Would be first time someone gave a shit about VP debates.

  • DenverJ||

    Carey/Penn 2020

  • Cdr Lytton||

    Why not? Another LP BP pick that endorses the Democrat candidate.

  • Cdr Lytton||

    *LP VP pick*

  • Cdr Lytton||

    And I see corrects by Pan zagloba below.

  • Pan Zagloba||

    I can never like him personally. Isn't he a teetotaller?

    But then again, so is Penn. heeeey, think we can get Penn/Teller for LP 2020? Would be first time someone gave a shit about VP debates.

  • The Fusionist||

    Didn't he endorse Hillary this round?

  • Pan Zagloba||

    No, he sold his vote for dozen GJ votes. Hopefully he actually got something out of it.

  • The Fusionist||

    So he didn't endorse Hillary but he voted for her?

  • The Fusionist||

    As for Trump, his brother drank himself to death, Trump wants to steer clear of the booze.

  • Pan Zagloba||

    Stop making me see Trump as a person!

  • Douchey defeats Trumpman, Jr.||

    Those 90-second stretches of silence at the VP debate are going to be awkward.

  • Pan Zagloba||

    Only if you're on the radio. Teller can do wonders with facial expressions and few illusions.

  • Password: pode$ta||

    3AM

    Donald J. TrumpVerified account
    ‏@realDonaldTrump
    Chinese launched their nukes. Sad! Losers. They're going to lose and we're going to win bigly, folks.

  • The Fusionist||

    "Why doesn't he acknowledge our pain and just resign already!"

  • 0x90||

    Edward Snowden Verified account

    @Snowden

    This tweet taught me political science is not a science.

    [screenshot of NYT: "Election Forecast: Hillary Clinton has a 93% chance of winning."]
  • ||

    Half a million registered libertarians? How many wear boots on their heads, are vegan, and voted for Hillary?

  • ||

    Goddamned squirrels. This was a repost for one that never showed up. I post this one and the other one shows up.

  • DenverJ||

    Yeah, but you forgot some words in the other and it didn't make sense.

  • DenverJ||

    OK, never mind. You had same post, was my drunkenness. I apologize for nothing.

  • Douchey defeats Trumpman, Jr.||

    Derek and Julianne Hough are hosting the AMAs. Let's be real here: they banged at least once, right? I mean, come on.

  • ||

    Is it me but I don't seem to recall all this violent rhetoric after Obama was elected. Can anyone confirm?

  • DEG||

    No, I don't remember it.

  • Pompeius the Quant Retard||

    I remember a lot of speculation that a racist nut job was going to make an attempt on the light bringer, but that's about it. thingsthatneverhappened.txt

  • Derpetologist||

    I think I got the college student freak-out thing figured out. See, they're used to being able to get their way. They shout down chase away speakers they don't like. They bully administrators into declaring safe spaces and policing Halloween costumes. And the powers that be usually cave in to their demands because college is a business and they want keep students. So naturally, the students get the idea that the way to handle things they don't like is to whine and throw tantrums. Then when they graduate, they enter a world where that approach does not work at all. It's like those dumb interns who sent their boss a petition about changing the dress code.

    Someone has to put a stop to this. If I had the time and the money, I'd drive around in a van blasting the South Park safe space song.

  • 0x90||

    CalExit game: make other ###exit permutations using state abbreviations and give their meanings:

    alexit: some kid is definitely named this
    axit: what happens when they smell your body spray
    arexit: this is still pending FDA approval
    coexit: you've seen this on a bumper sticker
    colexit: a place where your insides meet your outsides
    conexit: a part of immigration reform
    delexit: a drunk guy once asked about this in a mexican bar
    flexit: when Hulk Hogan leaves the room
    hexit: when you leave, but with a curse
    ilexit: "you stay here"
    inexit: when you leave the outside, and go inside
    ioexit: an ethernet port
    kexit: when you leave, and take the beer with you
    kyxit: Styx's unreleased farewell album
    lexit: how you leave a zz top show
    mexit: what happened when jack white went solo
    mdexit: obamacare
    maexit: the place where I leave the interstate
    miexit: a.k.a. la puerta
    msexit: when a women's libber leaves the room
    moexit: Shemp leaves after this
    nyexit: Snowden may be told this upon requesting to leave Russia
    ohexit: a primitive form of birth control
    okexit: when you leave in good, but not great, style
    orexit: this is a hole in the side of a mountain
    paexit: this is often followed by child support
    rhexit: frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn
    vaexit: they just let you grab this
    waexit: when people leave the country, because they lost an election
    wyexit: why not?

  • Agile Cyborg||

    x90 manual on how to strap a shoelace when Trump jizz rains on your little village. How fucking goddamn sweet this space ship of long fucking trails of oddly tuned exit colons.

  • Agile Cyborg||

    ah so that long tune swings down like a gray angel before the list and after the fucking time shift
    vellum is deep as letters and clouds are always imprinted on the living

  • Agile Cyborg||

    x90 maker town of exit colons. Fucking badass tramp letter dance.

  • Password: pode$ta||

    +50

  • Rhywun||

    I'm awed at the effort that must have gone into this.

    *drinks, burps*

  • Agile Cyborg||

    many cheap thrills amid massive fucking chainsaws laid to a fuckton of exit redwoods... fucking brillio

  • Agile Cyborg||

    If you are gentle pharma boy or girl you can overdose on el-theanine which doesn't make this a precaution, merely advice for a cheap thrill with few audible rabbit trails the next egg you fry.

  • Sevo||

    The Chron just cannot let it go; I'd love to be in the editorial meeting and laugh, laugh, laugh:

    "Chinese think poofy-headed bird looks like Trump"
    http://www.sfgate.com/politics.....616433.php

    Well, when I walked the dog this evening, she pooped and the poop looked like the hag. Or maybe it was the other way around.

  • Sir Digby Chicken Caesar||

    I admit I would pay 40 oarlocks to see Trump open his mouth and make whatever squawk noise that bird makes.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I have to say, they're right.

  • Sevo||

    Yeah, but I am too.

  • Agile Cyborg||

    dead people axe your head
    with their problems and jobs
    they complained about on hinges
    their brains were bashed into
    on old hickory townhouses
    next to the tall chert rivers

  • Derpetologist||

    To review

    Saying trump looks like a bird or a slug: OK

    Saying Michelle Obama looks like [anything]: RAAAAAAAAAAAAACIST!

    'Member Attack Watch? I 'member.

  • ||

    Saying mean things about Democrats = hate crime

    Openly calling for assassinating the president elect = ok

    /Derpbook

  • Sir Digby Chicken Caesar||

    "There's a new Twitter account making President Obama look like a creepy, authoritarian nutjob,"

    Is that what it was; a Twitter account?

  • Rhywun||

    #POTUS?

  • Agile Cyborg||

    the future is a drag race of consternation
    where roots printed on the soil of gathering storms
    pelts tunes of handshakes and chess games
    on the bar tops of old boys planting seeds in
    monsters bored and fucking taking forever
    on Ohio roads under old suns

    I have literally rocked with fucking ohio
    farmers in dark houses filled with lost nights
    and brother believe me plying their fucking
    forever trade of life plastics all janky about
    unending where the neon squeeze comes
    down emptying a million demons into the fucking room...

    the strum clasps the long golden rod where
    tusks rape the traps and thucked brainology
    on the swerve testicle roads of raging rivers
    unleashed on the fucking plastic downtowns
    of ephemeral cascading collapse dreams and
    agile could sell shares in my trips because

    i live alive in dreams i scream in and awake when i cannot
    and when alive i am not and screaming is dream voice
    of my alive alarms when i always fall and odd circumstances
    save my fucking face from death

    i need to be alive when i dream
    and i fucking struggle with this

  • Rich||

    i live alive in dreams i scream in and awake when i cannot

    Good evening, A C! Sometimes I think REM is the purpose of life.

  • Rich||

    Libertarian Party Breaks Half a Million Registered Voters

    You know, Brian, that can be read in more than one way.

  • The Fusionist||

  • Rich||

    Friends of the suspect say the video doesn't tell the whole story.

    It never does, does it?

  • Derpetologist||

    Let's see if CNN has issued an update to the story.

    Nope.

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/14/.....index.html

  • Rich||

    Well, to be fair -- most of the CNNers are "on the spectrum".

  • JeremyR||

    Does it really matter? It's the ratchet effect. People only remember (and believe) the initial report anyway, no matter what the truth turns out to be.

  • GILMORE™||

    I love how they're like, "LOOK HE'S DERANGED AND RETARDED, BUT FOR GOD'S SAKE, NOT A TRUMP-SUPPORTER!!"

    Because that's the worst possible thing.

    I also like how everyone quickly agreed that violence suddenly doesn't matter if it can't be blamed on political enemies.

  • Agile Cyborg||

    Railroads to mars
    are lined with invisible
    singularities

  • Agile Cyborg||

    American universities will train all their native american scalping power at you
    if you so deign to visit our shitty progressive harvard slash yale empowered cities....

    How can Harvard nutrition host healthy ways to avoid breast cancer and vegan diets ) i am a sort of vegan ( with tons of videos on how people should live long lives but their school is rich with death... and killing

  • Rich||

    ) i am a sort of vegan (

    Genius construct! Maestro!

  • Agile Cyborg||

    Exo RICH Man Edge of Space: agile swims nude with his lithe svelte musclular love machine among the confused atoms of this space pool and even my dreams grow wings smashing dimensions for mushrooms and super hot pink cars blazing trails along the edges of cracks broken underneath RICH nightmare.... how the fuck this goddamn face loves RICHey my love , shit .... i love RICHEEZ

  • 0x90||

    So, the chick (@page88 below) who wrote the "Hillary is light itself" piece... yeah, well:

    @TraceOddity
    It would behoove you to listen to the WOC who are gently trying to explain why your piece is troubling, instead of arguing with them
    @page88
    I am listening. I am hearing. Maybe I will revise the piece.
    @BellicoseMooney
    You'd be a wimp if you did. Your piece is wrong-headed, but it's YOURS. Don't turn it into a mushy slop of tepid goo.
    @BookArrowHeart
    don't listen to them - your piece is great & it's how you felt... Call-out culture is finished (it helped Trump win!).
    @TraceOddity
    I won't deny that was part of it, but she left multiple groups of women behind. It's on us to change that.
  • GILMORE™||

    I have no idea what any of that means.

    I also don't know what the original piece means.

    Honestly i just don't understand some aspects of the left's obsessions.

    On one level i understand its about self-affirming that "they are the good ones". Its not about politics - its some fucking religious narcissistic thing, where "supporting the right party" means that they are God's Chosen People...

    its the reason Jamelle Bouie had to write this follow up piece saying, "There's No Such Thing as a Good Trump Voter"... it says nothing about 'trump voters', and everything about themselves, that their politics "makes them good people". Being Good =Being One Of Us.

    That part i understand. The part i don't understand is the fucking idolotry of someone as obviously flawed as *#@()*$*@ HILLARY. How can you pretend she's "good"? Were none of these people alive in the 1990s, when she character-assassinated all the women who Bill left in his wake? or when she cast young black people as a pack of animals that needed to be 'brought to heel'? What damaged part of your mind needs you to pretend she's a fucking *saint*?

    That anyone could see *ANY* politician in those terms is insane. I'd forgive it for Obama because it was a special case.... but for someone like Hillary? Whose politics 10 years ago were indistinguishable from Trump's? incomprehensible.

  • 0x90||

    Oh, those tweets above are just showing the author of probably the most Poerrific piece in recent memory being called to account by her fellow-travelers on the charge that the historical figures to which she compared the Goddess-Clinton were apparently too white/male.

  • The Fusionist||

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  • GILMORE™||

    the historical figures to which she compared the Goddess-Clinton were apparently too white/male

    ah.

    basically, the SJW can only destroy, never create... so that crazy burst of idol-worshipping gibberish needed to be called out as being problematic.

    ok, fine.

    i still don't get the original piece. or maybe i do, a little. I think its that they love "performative' gestures. they hate logic. they love these effusive "I DONT CARE WHAT IT *MEANS*... I"M JUST EMOTING-HERE" things, because it allows them to respond "you go girl", etc. If you're "thinking" about their stuff, you're doing it wrong.

  • 0x90||

    I can see that -- a wordy I. Can't. Even. wrt Her Royal #LightItselfness.

  • Derpetologist||

    File under: play stupid games, win stupid prizes

    Trump protester blocking highway hit by car

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMZeJLm-xnw

  • The Fusionist||

    Left-wing sites ought to develop a Safety Video about how Highways Are for Vehicle Traffic Only, accompanied by gory footage of protesters getting run over.

    "We want you to be in a safe space, and a highway isn't a safe space, even for people who Feel Very Strongly about something."

  • The Fusionist||

    And it's interesting how many of the people who step out into busy highways, expecting vehicles to stop for them, profess to believe that society doesn't value their lives. But you're *really* willing to put that proposition to the test, aren't you, snowflake?

  • Derpetologist||

    Flesh, Metal, Glass, and Che Shirts

  • The Fusionist||

    I was about to suggest that they could say, "throwing your life away is just what the haters want! If you're dead, how will you be able to vote for Democrats."

    But I realized what I was saying...

  • SimonD||

    Not to mention they can probably recoup their investment due to people who would purchase it because.... gory footage of protesters getting run over.

  • Agile Cyborg||

    I do not know if chains will get built with rivers of wires snaking into the flickering back heads of
    shivering drug boys melting in the plastic prisons
    but there is a river connected to a large bus and the bus floats in space because my eyeballs
    are not stuck in my head holes but so this dolce gabbana recollection stairway

    underneath the serial killer fog gray svelte agile smoosh'
    find the lost ghosts undertow dolce gabbana chest
    against the invisible target balls shot into melted hearts

  • Agile Cyborg||

    paint walls with live eels eating scrum y
    alley lords wait underneath the
    sideglances of people designed for sideglance
    and look down at the feet for people who always look down at the feet
    and think their fucking stupid opinion really means anything about jack FUCKING shit

    you FUCKING STUPID MOTHERFUCKING GODDAMN MORONS
    does anyone really give a single GODDAMN MOTHERFUCKING FUCK
    what you think anyone wears? on your STUPID FUFKCIN TV FUK SHOW?
    I promise you MISERABLE LAME ELITE PRETEN HARVARD SHIT
    no one cares...
    people can wear trailer hitches or fucking chickens for all the FUCK i care

    BUT your shitty shit seems to think in all your fucking simpleton YALE life of nothing times
    that your New York TImes CRAP recoil is worth an apartment on whatever the FUCK streets in the shitty
    town TRUMP built and so on... fuck your shitty sucky stories

    get real in the thick clutching lightbulb smashing hallways you fucking pen swervers

  • Agile Cyborg||

    Cars tang down under the shush neons
    where little Monica boobs lay on my kneons
    Tall steel on teen streets next to lakes and rivers
    erase vapors even though they do not becuase
    mother nature just melted my entire crew
    with a fucking nuclear holocaust
    which means some shit killed gentle shadows
    played across a soft vagina fucked by an agile cock
    under a storm of digital stars and future curtains all
    manufactured under the fucking mafia of the goddamn
    future forever

  • The Fusionist||

    Another entry in the "mostly peaceful genre of stories:

    "City of Miami police on the scene told Patch that the protesters were generally well behaved but that the rally forced the closure for a time of major highways..."

  • The Fusionist||

  • Agile Cyborg||

    deft shadows alight with reverses
    now pints pound for some reason
    a smashing refrain of shitty foods associated
    with shitty restaurants and agile is starting
    to thing shitty rap is due to shitty mental oddities- oddly enough that which we seek

  • Derpetologist||

    The current top Google result for "protest":

    More than half arrested at recent Trump protest didn't vote

    http://www.kgw.com/news/local/...../351964445

  • The Fusionist||

    Thank God.

  • Derpetologist||

  • The Fusionist||

    They're so brave, protesting the new Hitler, if only everyone else was as alert to the danger of incipient fascism as they are.

  • SIV||

    Lol Radley Balko Attacks Reason For Not Standing With SJW Allies Against Trump

    I'm trying to process all this, is Balko trying to say Nick Gillespie is an "alt-cuck"?

  • The Fusionist||

    "1. You know I love you, @reason, but I'm not getting your homepage right now. Lots of mocking the left, lecturing people who are scared..."

    The SJWs scare *me,* but that doesn't stop their lecturing, does it?

  • Pan Zagloba||

    Fuck you for linking, fuck Balko for tweeting, fuck me for clicking on it, fuck Robby for whining and above all fuck idiot lefties in that thread.

    gocart mozart ‏@gocartmozart1 13h13 hours ago
    @radleybalko @reason
    Scratch a libertarian, find a fascist. You may be a lone exception Radley.

    jms ‏@malthusian_trap 8h8 hours ago
    @scareduck @radleybalko @reason You've seen the comparisons of email coverage to just about anything Trump did? Clinton was savaged by media

    #StockTheSwamp2017 ‏@glossontech 14h14 hours ago
    @radleybalko Same. Have stopped reading recently for that reason. Hoping it's a lapse in judgment and not part of a new pattern @reason.
  • SIV||

    Fuck you for linking

    You're welcome

  • Pan Zagloba||

    Balko-senpai :'(

    There are No More Heroes.

  • Cdr Lytton||

    #StocktheSwamp??? Wow...

  • Butts Wagner||

    Projection dude. This is Balko's personal internal identity struggle.

  • The Fusionist||

    You know who else had a struggle?

  • Butts Wagner||

    Hitl....I'm going to explain. Radley posted the video of 12 year old, staunchly Republican Radley giving an anti-drug presentation multiple times here on Reason. He became staunchly anti-drug war, hence anti-Republican, as a young adult and is still grappling with that. HENCE, Trump is Republican and (I actually have no idea what Trump's drug views are....but I do know that he claims to have never had a drink in his life) therefore, Radley is anti-Trump.

  • The Fusionist||

    I hadn't seen that.

  • Butts Wagner||

    I fail at google. There's a video of Balko in like 7th grade giving this video arguing against drugs to his class. The effects are pure early 90s home video. He's all serious about how bad drugs are. You don't remember this?

  • GILMORE™||

    Radley Balko Verified account
    ‏@radleybalko

    1. You know I love you, @reason, but I'm not getting your homepage right now. Lots of mocking the left, lecturing people who are scared..


    Radley Balko ‏@radleybalko 14h14 hours ago

    2. ...and touting positives about Trump's election. But just one article that I can see warning about the threat he poses.


    because what the world really needs is a *completely sealed* echo chamber, where everyone is singing off the same sheet of music all the time.

    Clearly there's not enough media downplaying the protesting as 'justified actions by a confused and frightened minority', and not actually a juvenile temper-tantrum by self-righteous authoritarians who feel entitled to power.

  • ||

    Is that supposed to be sarcasm? Mocking people who are scared? Only one anti-Trump article? I don't think he is looking at Reason.

    He must be talking to us, not Reason proper.

  • SIV||

    I suspect the stories Radley refers to as "mocking people who are scared" were written by ENBrown. The ones in which she debunks the wave of reports of post-election hate crimes and transgender suicides.

  • Butts Wagner||

  • The Fusionist||

    I think you just freaked AC out.

  • Butts Wagner||

    If only there wasn't a 2 link limit.

  • The Fusionist||

  • Butts Wagner||

    ::dead:: how?

  • The Fusionist||

    What's dead?

  • Butts Wagner||

    Me. Breaks? That would ruin my freaktention.

  • PapayaSF||

    https vs. http

  • Butts Wagner||

    ...and now I know

  • Longtobefree||

    How many others live where you cannot register Libertarian? Pick from Republican, Democrat, non-affiliated.
    And at only half a million, surely we qualify for protected minority status? Say a bad thing about us, go to jail!

  • Hank Phillips||

    So, can we get rid of the yellow-chicken Trump hairdo torch and get the liberty gal back?

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