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Day 177/365: Primary Elections in Regional Politics: The Last Bastion of the Overtly Loony-Tunes? [20180626|13:52]
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I was going to muster up the energy to post some photos from the weekend, but then the pamphlet for local elections in Hometown USA popped through my door. And it is a thing of beauty. Honestly, I haven't been this entertained by printed material since...well, since The Secret Barrister, which I read fairly recently, so never mind.

Anyway, I present you with some samplings of candidate statements for US Senator, which just in case you didn't know this already, is a six-year term. I'm not sure if some of these people would last six minutes in office.

All credit for misspellings, random capitalisation, and incoherence goes to the original authors.

From Alex Tsimerman, I give you an excerpt, because six paragraphs of Alex Tsimerman might break the internet:

Are we better now than a few years ago?* Stop Seattle fascism with idiotic face!

I, Alex Tsimerman, speak to all Washingtonians stop Seattle emerald degenerate super smart freaking idiot, who bring Seattle to number One Fascist City in America with Nazi Social Democrat Mafia with progressive Gestapo principle. That always choose dirty garbage rats that drink from fat cat toilet and who make your life miserable and brought us to total collapse. Enough is Enough.

* No. But this is literally the only coherent sentence in your statement.

From RC Smith, whose six paragraphs are almost entirely dedicated to the dangers of wireless communication, we have:

We're allowing industry controlled FCC to microwave poison our children, families, homes, workplaces...(google: microwave sickness webster's**). We must stop deployment of these deadly 5G cell tower transceivers (google: press democrat Verizon antennas***). Enough's Enough!****

** "a condition of impaired health reported especially in the Russian medical literature that is characterized by headaches, anxiety, sleep disturbances, fatigue, and difficulty in concentrating and by changes in the cardiovascular and central nervous systems and that is held to be caused by prolonged exposure to low-intensity microwave radiation." Not terribly illuminating, as the distance from, intensity of, and length of time of the exposure are not defined here.
*** I did this so you don't have to. Funnily enough, the article is about how the residents hated the large size and ugly appearance of the antennas, not the radio waves coming from them.
**** Hey, I know someone else who thinks that. You two should meet! OR MAYBE NOT. O.O

From the "Oh dear, there is way too much to unpack in here, and also, which state do you live in and what office do you think you're running for" files, I bring you Mohammad Said:

...As an immigrant myself Spanish speaking, I advocate to institute a guest worker program, so Latinos come to work in the US leaving their families behind given enough time to go back to visit. Amended Constitution to reform War Powers Act, National Guard under State control and Second Amendment as privilege and not right, foreign born American citizens able to run for president. Cut foreign aid, former President Obama gave Israel 38 billion dollars from tax payers in the next 10 years. No politician protested. Reign on military not treat them as sacred cow, need to finance our infrastructure.

From the "Someone needs a lesson in the definition of the word hubris" files, I bring you a very small excerpt of Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente:

I don't have to pretend to understand the minority issues because I am one. I don't have to pretend how to create jobs because I have created thousands...I don't have to pretend to understand international relations because I've traveled extensively and both lived and worked abroad.

And finally, the jewel in the crown comes from George H. Kalberer, who cannot see the tragic element of his ability to believe simultaneously that innocent civilians in America should not be unjustly slaughtered and that innocent civilians in Asia should be:

...Compel Body Cams on each and every Cop in America with strict Federal supervision - all Body Cam information stored on Federal Computers and available to FOIA requests - All Police Unions abolished by law - Each and every Cop involved in the death of an unarmed person must be immediately fired and banned from Police work for Life both going forward and retroactively*****.

...North Korea - Kick Jung's Ass with 30,000 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles. China - Kick Xi Jinping's Ass, by Blockading, then Conquering China by firing the necessary number****** of Tomahawk Cruise Missiles to destroy all Nuclear Targets, all Air Defense Targets, all Military Targets including each and every Chinese ship, submarine and airplane launched from a safe distance with a goal of no loss of American Life and with no US ground troops used until after China's Unconditional Surrender.*******

***** How do you fire someone retroactively?
****** This suggests he actually did the calculation for the necessary number for North Korea! Well done Mr Kalberer! Although he may want to check what the actual US stockpile of Tomahawk missiles is, considering that less than 300 were used during the entirety of the 1991 Gulf war.
******* Will they be required to Surrender in ALL CAPS?

Key statement at the end of the pamphlet: "Statements are the opinions of the authors and haven't been checked for factual or grammatical accuracy by the Auditor's Office." NO SHIT, SHERLOCK.

This entry was originally posted at https://nanila.dreamwidth.org/1167548.html. The titration count is at comment count unavailable.0 pKa.

[User Picture]From: meathiel
2018-06-26 15:16 (UTC)
Uhm ... that's a joke, no? Not real?
(Please, please say yes ... )
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-06-26 15:41 (UTC)
I'm sorry, but nope, those are genuine. If it's any comfort, these are the primary elections for state senator, and there are at least 15 candidates who've cast their names into the hat. Only two candidates will make it through to the November elections. There are plenty of far more rational people running.
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[User Picture]From: alice_mccoy
2018-06-26 15:52 (UTC)
Ooohhh can I watch Helpful_mammal read this post. The waves of twitching, terror, pain and contortions rippling across his face will be a sight to behold.

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-06-27 11:20 (UTC)
Yes, yes they would. Poor helpful_mammal.
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[User Picture]From: helpful_mammal
2018-06-27 11:32 (UTC)
Nnnngggg….. gaaaaah! *whimper*
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-06-27 11:36 (UTC)
*proffers tea*

I'm so, so sorry.
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[User Picture]From: helpful_mammal
2018-06-27 11:42 (UTC)
Tea helps, thanks.

I'm all for political discourse that hasn't been polished into unrecognizability by spin doctors but that... that is shocking.

Enough is enough.
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From: alice_mccoy
2018-06-27 19:39 (UTC)
He he he
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[User Picture]From: lindahoyland
2018-06-27 06:50 (UTC)
Mind-boggling. I'm glad I don't have to choose one to vote for! Our politicians are as stupid, but their leaflets are coherent.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-06-27 11:32 (UTC)
Oh, please don't worry that these were the only choices! There are around 30 candidates and there are far more rational people running. From these primaries only two candidates will go through to the November elections. It is highly unlikely that the authors of these rather outlandish statements will be amongst them.
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