Sunday, August 30, 2015

Our Current Presidential Candidates

Daily Beast:
Independent presidential candidate Deez Nuts is pulling some impressive numbers at the polls. A recent study by Public Policy Polling (PPP) showed the candidate polling at 9 percent in North Carolina, 8 percent in Minnesota and 7 percent in Iowa.

According to The Daily Beast the "Presidential Sensation is a 15-year-old farm boy." The 15-year-old behind the "candidate" is Brady Olson, who reportedly filed to run for President with the Federal Election Commission on July 26 using the pseudonym.

“When I heard about the Limberbutt McCubbins story, I realized I could,” Olson tells The Daily Beast. (Limberbutt McCubbins, by the way, is a cat from Kentucky seeking the Democratic nomination for president.)

Now he’s trying to figure out his path to becoming the first 15-year-old President of the United States under an assumed name.

“The next step is to get some party nominations, like the Minnesota Independence Party or the Modern Whig Party,” Olson says. “It would also be great to find a VP, preferably McCubbins because the Nuts/McCubbins ticket sounds amazing."

Dozens of real Deez Nutses or Deez Nutzes do live as citizens in the United States of America with legally changed names, from Phoenix, Arizona, to West Hartford, Connecticut, from sea to shining sea, but a potential president does not appear to be one of them.

“Anybody can fill out a Form 2,” says FEC Deputy Press Officer Christian Hilland. “We do vetting, but it’s more about did they fill out the information correctly? Did they review the fields? It doesn’t speak to the authenticity of the individual who filed the claim.”

“Nuts” did, in fact, fill out a Form 2—a statement of candidacy—on July 26. The form had no information other than the Wallingford address and his Independent party affiliation.

Fellow Form 2 filers for the 2016 election cycle include Sydneys Vuluptuous Buttocks, Kenny Rodeo, Eden, and Ole’ Savior. Savior, a Republican, ran and lost in four other elections since 2006. Savior and Nuts join President Emperor Caesar, Buddy the Cat, Buddy the Elf, Jack Sparrow, James “Titus the Great” Law, Princess Oawlawolwaol, and Donald Trump in the 2016 race for the presidency.

You can fill out your own Form 2 here and—good news—none of the fields are immediately checked against public records searches.

You, too, can be Deez Nuts from Wallingford, Iowa. The problems will only start to appear when your grassroots campaign for the presidency starts to receive the support of almost one-tenth of the residents of North Carolina.

“We check for things like, ‘What election cycle are you running in?’ If one or more of those fields are missing, we have campaign finance analysts who review those reports,” says Hilland. “We send a letter to the listed address that asks for clarification or an amendment.”

Also, if he or she raises $5,000, whoever lives at 2248 450th Avenue is going to have to come up with a real name. Nuts will then have to file a Form 1, which requires a name, phone number and address that check out.

Deez Nuts busted onto the scene thanks to his cheeky name and his some-of-both-sides politics (he's against illegal immigrants but for gay marriage).

The "deez nuts" joke is more familiar to kids his age through references on Adult Swim's The Boondocks, a viral People's Court clip and various Vine jokes. But the true origin of Deez Nuts traces back much further -- eight years before this high school sophomore was born, in fact.

"Deeez Nuuuts" is the sixth track on Dr. Dre's influential G-funk 1992 debut The Chronic. Featuring Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg and Warren G, the track includes a comedy bit from Rudy Ray Moore, best known as Blaxploitation action hero Dolemite.

Rolling Stone:
If you could pose one question to Hillary Clinton, what would it be?
Why can't you be more open and friendly like Bernie?

If you had to back another presidential candidate, who would it be?
Either Bernie Sanders(D-VT) or Gary Johnson(L-NM)

How far are you willing to take this practical joke?
As far as America wants to take it.

A Louisville resident named Limberbutt McCubbins had apparently filed to run for president, gaining attention in recent months from a campaign watchdog and, most recently, The Rachel Maddow Show.

It's not entirely clear whether everyone realized that Limberbutt McCubbins is a cat.

In an interview, Isaac Weiss, 17, a rising senior at duPont Manual High School in Louisville, said he thought it would be funny to enlist his friend's cat to run for president. The presidential candidate belongs to 18-year-old Emilee McCubbins, who is also a rising senior at Manual.

So Weiss logged on to the FEC's website this spring and created "The Committee for the Installation of Limberbutt." According to FEC filings, Limberbutt is a Democrat. Or as Weiss puts it, a "demo-cat."

Candidate McCubbins is not the first non-human to become a presidential candidate. Others include a pig named Pigasus the Immortal in 1968 and Molly the Dog in 2008.

Anyone can start a committee to explore running for president, but actually getting on the ballot requires fundraising, an FEC spokesman said. It doesn't break FEC rules, per se, for a committee to be launched for a cat, the spokesman added.

Weiss said he and his friends started this process — which already includes a Facebook page ("The time is meow, watch out Hillary!" declares one post) and campaign swag — mostly as a joke.

"We often joked around that Limberbutt would make a great president," Weiss said of the 5-year-old cat.

He said what stood out to him was that it was even possible to register a cat with the FEC.

"Anyone can easily run for president, which is why if you go to the FEC website you'll see over 200 people listed—including Limberbutt," Weiss said.


Sunday night, Taylor Swift presented Kanye West with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and an impassioned West told the audience he's planning to run for president in 2020.

"I don't know what I finna lose after this. It don't matter, though; It's not about me. It's about ideas. New ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth," West said. "And yes, as you probably could've guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president."

More information:
» NPR: "This Guy is Running for President, and So Are More Than 200 Others"
» Urban Dictionary: Deez Nuts and Bofa Deez

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