2016, Here’s to You!

And so, here we are. The earth has rotated for another 34675 days.  A new year is upon us. Last week, I went over just some of the reasons why 2016 was one of the lamest years ever. Although. I totally forgot about one of the… just… worst things that happened in the year.

This week, I’m basically doing more of the same. But this time. The things are more important? Right? basically. And, this time, I’m actually counting them down and stufs. For what it’s worth, it should be a good time, right?

So. Here we go.


10. 2016’s in Memoriam

With another year, comes another list of those we’ve lost. 2016 was full of them. From Muhammad Ali to Janet Reno. 2016 was filled with the typical, tragic list of those we’ve lost. In particular, at the end there, right? With Carrie Fisher and her morther, Debbie Reynolds, dyin within a day of each other. Craziness.

Others include: Prince, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Antonin Scalia Kimbo Slice, Joanie “Chyna” Laurer… the list goes on. Forreals this time.

9.5. Movies

Since we’re kinda on the subject. 2016 was a big yar for movies. Most of which were universally panned. But it was, undoubtedly, a huge year for movies.

Deadpool proved that R-Rated comic book movies can be successful, and well done.

Batman v Superman proved. Something. If nothing else, then it probed that Jessie Eisenberg really doesn’t make all that good of an evil businessmam. Despite his previous Oscar nomination.

Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar after grunting his way through a movie where he got raped by a bear.

X-Men Apocalypse proved that Braan Singer isn’t the key to making a good X-Men movie. Apparently.

There was another Star Wars movie in there. For some reason.

And Warcraft was kinda a thing.

And. For some reason. There’s some photoshopped Gambit poster in the middle of that image up there. Hrmph.

Apologies for this image here.

9. Numerous Terror Attacks

2016 seemed to have calmed down as far as the gun violence in America is concerned. Outside of the terror attack in Orlando, Florida. And hundreds of attacks worldwide. Including the thousands killed in the Middle East with ISIS/ISIL/Daesh/Whatever.

But to top it all off there were numerous attacks in Europe. The airport bombings/shooing in Belgiium. The Bastile Day attack in Nice, France. And the recent attack in Berling, Germany. All of which took a combined 200 or so lives.

It’s just. Horrible, man. What else can you say? It sucks that we live in a world where idealogies can lead to such tragedies.

It. Just sucks.

Speaking of things that just… suck…

8. Black vs. Blue/All Lives Matter

I mean. This whole, “controversy” (if that’s even the word) first came to my attention last year, during the Democratic Primary race. When that one dude said, “all lives matter.” And everyone lost their shit. Because. We live(d) in 2016. And something as uniting as “ALL lives matter is such an offensive thing. For. Some reaso.

But.The Black Lives Matter protests continued. And the leadership of the Black Lives Matter movement released a manefesto. Which basically calls for segregation and comunism. So. That’s awesome. Right?

Fueled by the 2016 deaths like Aldon Sterling’s, a BLM supporter decided to shoot a bunch of police officers in Dallas. On top of number executions that have gone on throughout the year. And. Just. Like.

Words. Man.

I understand that I’m never going to understand.

But. Literally. The facts on all of this.

Just.

I’ll shut up.

These things are a big deal. And they obviously played a big part in 2016.

7.5 O.J. Simpson Became a thing again. Kinda.

Along these same lines. O.K. Simpson became a thing again this year. Because. F/X’s show American Crime Story. Then there was ABC/ESPN’s Made in America documentary series. Both of which were reall great. Both of which were done absolutely phenominally. Aside for the fact that F/X cast Cuga Gooding J.r as O.J. Simpson.

And. Just.

You know.

Like I said in my rambling about all of this, the O.J. Simpson – Trial of the Century, it’s just instresting. And. Instrest in it became a thing. Again. This year. And it’s noteworthy.

7. The Primary Elections

Before we go into THE big news story. It’s wirtg another mention just how crazy the primaries were. I mean, on the Republican side, there were 17 contenders. And. You know. As we all learned later, the Democratic side was prettym uch, legitimately, rigged.

But like. There was awesomeness happening. On the Repblican side. I say, “Awesomness,” in the “holy hell, this shit is absolutely rediculous” sense. Christ sake. We all know who won the thing. And how it all turned out now.

But like.

Legitimately.

Penis size.

Was a point of contention.

During the Republican primary debates.

That ACTUALLY happened. In 2016.

Then, after some controversy over clothes involving the Iowa Caucus. And. John Kasich being one of the worst human beings ever. And. Martco Rubio doing Guliani’s 2008 stratedy. It all came down to two. And Indiana’s Primary.

And even though Mke Pence endorsed Ted Cruz.

Donald Trump still won.

And Ted Cruz still refused to endorse him during the RNC Convention. I mean. Trump LITERALLY accused the guy’s father of killing JFK. And all sorts of nonsense. Yet. He Cruz was dubbed, “Lyin’ Ted” (even though he’d been one of the MOST consistently small government minded Senators in history… and fucking… everything else about how much I love[d[ Ted Cruz). I’ve been over all of this.

The point is. It ended with this.

The primaries were crazy. This election cycle was crazy. But more of thatin a minute. because.

6. Fake News on the Horizon

Sre. Fake news has, probably, always been a thing. I mean. Tabloids. And shit. Right?

But then.

TABLOIDZ ARE AWESOME~!

TABLOIDZ ARE COOL IF THEY BENEFIT TRUMP~!

TABLOIZ ARE AWESOME~!

WHEN THEY DRAIN THE SWAMP~!

But that’s neither here nor there.

Fake news has been readily available recently. Because. Facebook. Basically.

Basically. Hell, man, how are you reading this right now? right? Because. Statistically, no one reads anything published on facebook beyond the headline. And so. People are sharing headlines. And that’s it. No matter the source. No matter the truth.

There’s a post. On Facebook.

SO LET’S SPEAD THE “NEWS~!”

And that’s basically the society we live in these days.

This problem of “no citizen journalism,” is one on both sides of the political aisle. Dems. Repubs. You both are guilty. Statistically. Both are equally guilty of spreading “fake news.”

So., if you’e a Republican and found this headline to be share-worthy…

“President Obama Confirms He Will Refuse To Leave Office If Trump Is Elected”

Or if you’re on the left and you shared the headline…

“Pope Francis Shocks World, Endorses Donald Trump for President, Releases Statement”

Just know. Yu’re doing it wrong. You are a part of the problem.

And. Just.

Google things, right?

It’s not THAT hard. Is it? We’ve LITERALLY got the Library of Congress in the palm of our hands if we want it. Why in the hell are we not doig a BIT of research on our own, right?

It’s just. Dumb. Like all of 2016.

Speaking of dumb.

And 2016…


Because. Fake news.

5. Just… Kaepernick

Look, man.

Colin Kaepernick, just like the rest of those at the TOP of the BLM movement.

They’re just dumb.

MAYBE Kaepernick had an effect on the NFL’s ratings droppe. According to polls. He did. But, we all know that polls are bullshit by now, RIFGHT?! (more on that in a bit)

But still.

Point is.

Kaepernick is just speweing the same retoric and bullshit that’s at the top of the BLM movement.

And just to clarify. Because I didn’t really do that before in the last bit about BLM and such. Those at the TOP of the BLM movement, largely, have nothing to do with those protesting in the streets.

I’d make a comparison to help this to all make sense. But. I mean.

It’s just not worth it at this point. Pretty much.

Kaepernick. Is stupid. No matter the spin the NFL Network, ESPN, Shannon Sharpe, or whoever else wants to give it. The whole situation. Is torally stupid. The end.

4. Brexit

I ABSOLUTELY hate when Brits come over to America and try to tell us how to run our country. Well. You know. Aside from this bit ofawesomness. But still. Legit. I can’t stand it when Brits try to do this shit to us. It’s dumb. Period.

So. I’ll keepthis brief.

Because. I don’t want to be the thing I hate. Because. I. You know. Actually have principles. Or. I at least try to. And. I try to stick by them. Sigh. I’m keepoing this brief because I don’t want to do to Brits what I hate them doing to us.

So.

I’ll just say.

Me. Being a small government minded, American. That is totally anti-UN. And such. I think it’s awesome for personal, individual freedom that Great Britain voted to leave the EU. It gave me hope that individual rule is still possible in the Western world.

Aside from my feelings, Brexit was an obvious big deal. That happened. In 2016.

3. Russia

So. According to. You know. Pretty much every single credible source there is outside of Breitbart.com and Fox News and the like. Russia pl;ayed a major role in hacking America’s inteligience and such. And. You know. Attempted to influemce the Presidential election. and what not.

But hey.

The Repuiblican won this time.

So.

Fox News. Breitbart.com. The Drudge Report. And the like.

They’re all saying, “Look, Dems, the 1980’s called and they want their foreign policy back!”

As far as I know, or I’m concenred. It’s obvious that Russia p.;ayed a big part in the wikileaks things that hurt Hillary Clinton. Russia, essentially created the nonsense that is “Pizzagate.” (Trust me… this sis a conspiracy that isn’t even worth a second of your investigation… that how rediculous this one is) Russia played a part in exposing that the DNXC did all that they could to make sure that Hillary Clinton won the Dem’s Primary.

What Russia didn’t do was play a major part in the general election. THere is NO evidence, that I’ve found that they influenced Americans’ vote for Trump.

If the American right was the American right ity was just four years ago, this should be a MAJOR outrage. Russia tried to influence the election. THey even hacked into our servers and shit. This SHOULD be a big deal.

But hey. The American right. In 20916 is like, “Eh. Our guy won. So fuck it.”

Aside from the establishment right. John McCains. Lindsey Grtahms. And the like.

Fuck man.

NOTHING makes sense.

2.The Divided States of America

It’s no secret, dude. America, in 2016, found itself to be more divided than it’s been since the Civil War. We’ve been at each other’s troats. Over the BLM movement. Over the election. Over the reviews of Batman v Superman and Captain America: Civil War.

In 2016.

We’ve been trying to start fights with one another. Just cause. Hell man. Even during the Primary elections. We’ve just divided and divided and divided. And we continue to do so.

Shit. As much as I compalin about it. I’m sure I played some divisual cards throughout this rambling.

It’s all stupiud man. Legit.

We’ve just got to stop this.

We’ve GOT to realise that we live in a REPLUBLIC.

NOT a Democracy.

We’ve GOT to realize.

That we are all human. And. First and foremost. We all try to do what’s best for our families. THose things have nothing to do with race. They have nothing to do with “social justice.”

We’re all trying our damndest to be equals.

The majority of us? We all want an equal playing field. We want all things to be fair and just.

We’re all. Americans.

If you’ve made it this far throughout this rambling. Then. You can take a bit more time. Right.
Tell .me. Do ypoi disagree with any of these things?

  1. No one should FORCE you to believe the things that you do, to say the things that you do, to feel the way that you do?
  2. As a bear has size and claws to defend itself. Should you also be able to defend yourself and your family?
  3. The government should be allowed to tell you who resides in your household? Soldiers, in particular.
  4. Police, FBI, NSA, etc. should be allowed to search any piece of your property without your knowledge?
  5. Should you be forced to criminalize yourself?
  6. Should you or someone you know be held in jail/prison for an extended period of time before being tried in court?
  7. If someone sues you for something stupid should it be tangled up in courts forever?
  8. Should you pay an inhumane price for crimes you may have committed?
  9. Should the entire country, unjustly, decide how you or your state feels about any sort of issue?

If you answered “No.” To… even… four of those questions. Fuess what? You’re a small fgovernment-minded… Constitution-loving American. Congratulations.

Let’s all. Do our best. To get back t that. Right?

1. The Election

#1. I’ve been saying this whole tie. What’s the differnce? This election boilded down to Hillary Clinton against a Hillary Clinton donor. All of that.

#2. The unthinkable hppened. Trump. Actually won. Despite all of the polls. Despite how horrible of a person he may or may not be. Sigh. He’s a horrible person. Obviousl. Despite all of the conventional wisom. Trump won. Some how. Some way. The Clinton machine. Lost.
And it’s pretty God damn astonishing.

But let’s clear something up real quick.

The polls? They weren’t all that wrong. At all. The polls showed that Hillary Clinton would win. By about 3-4%.

She won. The popular vote. But about 1-2%.

The polls. Were. Basically right.

They just didn’t account for the electoral college.

And. Sigh.

The electoral college is VEWRY important. It CAN NOT be lost. The country. SHOULD NOT be controlled by popular vote. If you’re like me (living in middle) and have little-to-no say in the presidential election.,. at all. Then why would you POSSIBLY want to be dictated by states that have a larger population than you do?

Sure. Hillary Clinton may have won my state (and for the record once again, I’m still unsure who would have been better or worse a President as far as this cycle is concerned) but I’m more than happy to know that this election wasn’t dictated by the coasts.

Basicallyu. In a nutsheell. This is how best to describe the 2016 election:


Then again, South Park was so wrong about the election that the episode the following night had an f-bomb and EVEN a “Cunt” get passed the Comedy Central censors. So…

2016?

It sucked.

These were many-a reasons why. There’s plenty more.

And of course. Lena Dunham still exists. And. That’s pretty much a terrible thing.


Funny or Die? Guys? Will Farrell. Dudes? People? I’ll take the latter, please.

Here’s to hoping 2017 is better. And Lena Dunham fucksoff. Forever.

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Ryan

I’m pretty awesome. I write drunken ramblings. Lover of gaming. Engaged in an on-again-off-again relationship with pro-wrestling. And I am your resident Batman expert.

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