☑ Election Day 2016 ☑ Open Thread




I’ve experienced a lot of elections in my lifetime. I have never been so glad to see one finally come to an end. It has been like being physically restrained and forced to watch mudwrestling for a year.

Perhaps one good thing has come out of this miserable election cycle in that people, well most people, finally have all the proof they need that we do not have a free and fair media. From the left or the right.

For all the yowling on the right about the “liberal” media it turns out that the “rightwing” media, FOX in particular, and talk radio in general is no more fair and balanced than the leftwing cable channels.  Information and telling the truth are not a part of their agenda. So most of them, the vast majority of the media people are not to be trusted.

Well-known, big name folks on the right have prostituted themselves to Trump so horribly that most of us will never listen to them again. Or if we listen, we won’t believe. Even Mark Levin has tarnished his brand. Limbaugh has too. Although I was never a fan I thought Limbaugh was a dedicated conservative. At least he blathered a lot about conservative principles. Too bad he didn’t have any.

What will either of these men do once the aged and aging audiences they’ve counted on for years is gone? We ain’t gonna live forever honey. And after this year, who would want to?

The usual suspects from the cesspool aka as Hollywood have made their love of Hillary very clear. Why they think they know anything about politics is beyond me. Inflated ego often leads to inflated sense of self-importance.

The best I can say is that I believe we will survive. We will not have the country that many of us older folks knew and loved – that’s already gone. But I don’t expect an apocalypse no matter who wins. Politicians cannot destroy this country no matter how hard they try. Idiot voters can and they seem to be working on just that. The cultural trend is not our friend.

So in homage to this election day here’s how some of my favorite people see Election Day 2016:

Cartoonist Gary Varvel had the right idea IMO.

Gary Varvel

This seems the best solution to me. Pray brothers and sisters. The politicians won’t save us. The government will not save us. The voters for the most part seem too ignorant to save us. That leaves prayer. And that should be enough. Just remember that God may not have the same idea about what “saving us” means as we do.

This cartoon from Chip Bok has the right idea, at least for this year – combine polling places and showers. At least you wouldn’t feel quite as dirty if you decide you must vote for one of the two major candidates.

Chip Bok

 Cartoonist Lisa Benson reminds us that the world is watching. I would imagine that they have been watching in amazement as we nominated two irrevocably reprehensible individuals. Now they must watch in horror to see which of these two vile people will captain our ship of state. Because we aren’t the only ones that will have to deal with the results.

Lisa Benson

David Fitzsimmons gives us a good idea for ballots. Wouldn’t you love to actually see one printed like the one below?

Mike Lester gets right to the heart of the question – how can you possibly vote for either of these miscreants?

Mike Lester

Cartoonist Drew Sheneman has a little problem with James Comey getting too involved in this election. So do I.


Mike Keefe goes with the combination voting booth and shower stall idea. A lot of that going around in cartooning circles.


Jerry Holbert has been one of my favorite cartoonists for a long time. He comes up with a new twist on the old “clothes pin on the nose” meme.

Jerry Holbert

Independent cartoonist Nick Anderson seems to feel that perhaps the FBI inserted itself into this election just a tad too much.

Nick Anderson

R. Mekel of the Augusta Chronicle give us a cartoon showing how many people feel after voting this year.

Personally the whole disastrous mess makes me look for another kind of bag…

Try to have a nice day.


  Here’s a map showing poll closing times if you’re interested.


17 Responses to “☑ Election Day 2016 ☑ Open Thread”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Ben Shapiro: Some Good News – This Election Has Exposed The Media

    If Hillary Clinton becomes president of the United States tonight, she’ll have one force to thank above all others: the love and protection of the mainstream media. Yes, they’ve covered her foibles – but only after being forced to do so by Wikileaks and the FBI. Sure, they’ve criticized her – but only just enough to maintain the patina of credibility.

    In reality, the media pushed Clinton to her perch atop the Democratic Party, then ensured that she stayed there despite being destroyed by Barack Obama in 2008 and nearly beaten by septuagenarian asylum escapee Bernie Sanders in 2016. A charisma-free, grating personality, visionless candidate like Hillary never could have ascended to the White House without her friends in the media.


  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    Final Election Update: There’s A Wide Range Of Outcomes, And Most Of Them Come Up Clinton

    By Nate Silver

    Clinton is a 71 percent favorite to win the election according to our polls-only model and a 72 percent favorite according to our polls-plus model. (The models are essentially the same at this point, so they show about the same forecast.) This reflects a meaningful improvement for Clinton in the past 48 hours as the news cycle has taken a final half-twist in her favor. Her chances have increased from about 65 percent.


  3. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Thank you so much for doing this post, Marge. I truly appreciate it. Your sense of humor is much needed on this day!

    I had a very busy morning up in Charleston – all medical related, and am finally home after stopping at my polling place to vote. We have the nicest poll workers at out district, all black in case anyone is keeping score. I will be sorry to change districts after we move early next year.

    Anyway, it is done. My vote is cast for 2016, the worse election season ever. I hope and pray things will get better in 2020, but only if people stop joining political cults like they have for the past few cycles. I thought that would have stopped after Obama. Can’t believe it has continued in the service of someone like Trump, but there you go.

    Nothing to do now but sit back and wait for the official numbers though it seems the Republicans willingly handed over this election to the Democrats for reasons that continue to escape me.

    Anyway – great post, Marge. Thank you!

  4. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    For those who might like a respite from the insanity of Election Day, Firefox has a Red Panda Cam from the San Francisco Zoo you can watch:

  5. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    In case you would rather watch explosions on screen instead of things that make yourhead explode, Military.com has a list of Top 10 military movies/shows on Netflix you can watch:


  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Just got back from voting a few minutes ago. Wrote in Evan McMullin and then voted Republican down ticket. I wanted the vote to be counted to send a message to the GOP that we don’t have to support their stupid, idiot of a candidate. We do have somewhere else to go.

    I’m hoping Ron Johnson can pull out a win – he’s gotten closer but I still think ultra lib Russ Feingold will win. And that’s so stupid because the exploding health insurance rates we are experiencing in Wisconsin were what Feingold voted for when he supported ObamaCare. I just don’t understand people anymore.

    I am so disgusted I can barely stand to turn on the television. Feingold ads are everywhere. I think I’ll just turn off the television tonight and read.

    First election for me when I just don’t care while of the two vile slugs wins.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I am right there with you, Marge. I was delighted that McMullin was on the ticket. That was a good thing. Since both Scott and Sanford have done a very good job for their constituents, as in doing what they said they were going to do, I decided to go ahead and vote for both of them. At least Sanford was a reluctant endorser of Trump, though he went back and forth on it. Suffice it to say, he was NOT a fan of Trump’s, so there is that. I was very disappointed in Scott for endorsing Trump after Rubio dropped out, but he has been a very good Senator for us and the nation, so there is that…

      I hope Johnson can pull it out, too. He should have just put up ads of him challenging Clinton at the Senate hearing. 🙂

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Oh, I haven’t turned the tv on since I got home, but I check in on the red pandas (link above) often. They are SOOO cute!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        That is exactly what Johnson should have done. It was his finest moment and one that will haunt her forever. Johnson too should have just been quiet about Trump. With him, IMO, it’s not the lessor of two evils – he is better than Feingold by far.

        Johnson just doesn’t go out and play “hail fellow well met” , like Feingold is so good at doing. People think because he comes and talks to them he will do what they want. He doesn’t but they never seem to get that.

        I thought maybe they had finally saw through him after Johnson beat him but I guess not. As disgusted as I am with the media and the politicians I am more disgusted with the voters.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          It is truly astonishing, isn’t it? And it is a shame that voters are so allergic to facts…

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    My question is, why aren’t these numbers at 100%? But hey – I guess 71% is something: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/305028-exit-poll-nearly-three-quarters-of-voters-bothered-by

  8. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    A friend said Jonah Goldberg just tweeted that he thinks Trump is going to win. WOW.

  9. piper Says:

    An interesting election win. We’ll see if Donald keeps any of his promises that he made on the campaign trail.

    The biggest losers here is our beautiful country. But we were doomed whether we him or her.

  10. justine Says:

    I’m glad that the US has a chance at good SCOTUS justices.

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