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  • One of a Kind Candidate: Keith Goodenough, Natrona County Commissioner, Casper, WY

    Here at Comedy Central's Indecision we loooove those definitive Best-Of lists: the top 10 burger joints, the best places to Groupon your massage latte. Maybe we think we deserve the best eyebrow threading in the tri-state area. But maybe we should be satisfied with a pretty decent eyebrow threading, no? Keith Goodenough is our man.

    Casper, Wyoming's Goodenough is running as an independent for commissioner of Natrona County. He's fed up with the animosity of the two-party system that says if your party is the best, the other party has to be the worst. If Bronzed Beauties has the finest tanning beds around, then there's no room for Solar Dreamz at the table. We take these choices so seriously, when the truth is, either party will let you tan your downstairs parts as long as you shower first. Are these metaphors pretty much spot-on, or what?

    Goodenough has created a "party of one" – awww – to combine the bits he likes from Democratic, Republican and Libertarian ideas. It's an Island of Dr. Moreau for city governance: the body of gun rights with the head of a social safety net. What ghastly beasts do ye create in Wyoming? It should be noted that Goodenough is running against Republicans and a Democrat but also candidates from the Constitution Party, yet there is no mention of his political human centipede wearing a tricorne.

    But perhaps his greatest selling point is that by being on the ballot, when voters look at the Republican and Democratic candidates, they won't have to choose the lesser of two evils. Instead they can shrug their shoulders and say, "Eh, good enough. Let’s get tacos."

    Photo via www.casperwyoming.info

    Previously: Stan McEtchin, "Butte shaker"

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    Tags: One of a Kind Candidates, Wyoming
  • Wyoming Legislature Prepares for Zombie Apocalypse

    Different states attract tourists in their own ways. California is known for its beaches, Maine for its lobsters and New York for its culture and nightlife.

    But, if well-planned post-apocalyptic survivalists societies are your thing, then come on over to beautiful Wyoming

    Responding to economic instability both in the U.S. and abroad, lawmakers in Wyoming are advancing what is quickly becoming known as the "Doomsday Bill.

    "If enacted, House Bill 85 would create a "government continuity task force" to study how a variety of crises would affect the state, such as an economic meltdown, a U.S. constitutional crisis, or disruptions in food and energy supplies, according to the bill's text. The law also suggests looking into providing an "alternative currency" if the U.S. dollar should collapse…

    "This isn't about doomsday," the bill's sponsor, Republican state Rep. David Miller told The Daily Caller. "It is just planning. I don't want people thinking that the federal government is going to be there every step of the way to solve all of their problems."

    When faced with the prospect of total economic collapse, why waste precious resources on silly projects like creating jobs or stimulating small business? As the rugged individualists of Wyoming know, the proper response is to form a government task force to help residents grab their guns, build bomb shelters and start collecting canned beans. You see, Wyoming lawmakers don't want to be in the business of solving your problems, just causing them.

    I suppose it's nice to know that even in the event of a zombie apocalypse, Wyoming will have the most ideologically pure libertarian zombies in the country.

    Those state legislators are really using their BRAAAAIIIINS.

    Photo by iluvrhinestones/Wikimedia Commons


    Tags: Armageddon, State Legislature, Wyoming
  • The United States of Unflattering Stereotypes

    How long does it take to travel to every state in the nation and mock it right to its face? About two minutes…

    I think it's really cool that Paul Jury traveled 19,000 miles in the service of writing his book States of Confusion, but you've got to wonder if it was really necessary. If he was really interested in seeing how everybody in the country really lives, couldn't he have just gone to a Wal-Mart in a Hoveround?


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  • The University of Wyoming's Dick Cheney Center for International Students and Brain-Exploding Irony

    When you think of a safe and nurturing set of arms lovingly outstretched for foreign-born young adults, it's pretty much impossible to escape the one most obvious correlation:

    Former Vice President Dick Cheney

    A decision by the University of Wyoming to name a new center for international students for former Vice President Dick Cheney is drawing criticism from people who say Cheney's support for the Iraq war and harsh interrogation techniques should disqualify him from the distinction…

    The center is funded in part with $3.2 million the Cheneys donated to the university in several installments while he was vice president…

    "We feel that by naming it the Cheney International Center, that the programs and UW can't avoid being identified with that ideology and that approach to global politics that the Bush-Cheney administration championed," Pelican said Tuesday.

    Awesome! The new Cheney Center for International Students should really fill out the quad nicely, right alongside the university's excellent Lohan Center for Feminist Studies and the Vick Center for Veterinary Medicine.

    At any rate, it's gotta be more popular than the old Cheney Center for International Students (his basement).


    Tags: Dick Cheney, Education, International Affairs, Wyoming
  • Dick Cheney Tototally Dumbfounded About Why He is Not More Beloved

    As Dick Cheney prepares to enter into his final three weeks of duty as the vice-president of the United States, he may have remarkably low approval ratings at 29 percent. But now it appears that he may also have remarkably low critical reasoning skills as well.

    In an interview with a Wyoming newspaper, Cheney answered a question of his unpopularity

    QUESTION: How do you explain your low approval rating?

    CHENEY: I don't have any idea. I don't follow the polls.

    Apparently, he also doesn't follow his own actions, the things he says, or whatever the hell it is that Constitution thing says.


    Tags: Dick Cheney, Wyoming