Skip to content
 
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.
Fark NotNewsletter: In which Drew tells us what he's been hinting at
Posted by DisseminationMonkey at 2015-01-26 11:06:06 AM, edited 2015-01-26 11:08:57 AM (79 comments) | Permalink
More: FarkBlog

•       •       •

2803 clicks; posted to Main » and FarkUs » on 26 Jan 2015 at 7:39 PM (6 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



First, a word from Drew Curtis:

--------------------------------------

Hey everyone.  I'm running for Governor of Kentucky in 2015.

Here's the tl;dr version:

I am not a politician

I'm going to win by not playing the game

Why I'm doing this

A friend of mine inspired me to take the shot.  After having deeply negative interactions with a local elected official, and finding out she wasn't alone in that experience, she decided that the only solution was to run for office. She had no political aspirations, no prior experience, and no idea how to even pull it off.  But someone had to step up and do something about it, and she did.  And this past November, she won the election.

It was incredibly inspiring.  Rather than just accept that ineffective government is a way of life, she actually did something about it.

I never wanted to run for office.  Like most of us I have a pretty strong dislike for the political process. Just getting elected is an insanely complicated and difficult.  Why would anyone want to put themselves through that?

I don't remember who it was or when it happened, but about a year ago I was complaining about the lack of good candidates one night when a friend challenged me.  People who are capable of running for office and winning have no right to complain about the system when they have the ability to change it.  If I sit back and do nothing, I'm at least partially complicit.

Like many of us I'm deeply disturbed by what's happening in politics today.  Thanks to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, the amount of influence money in politics has increased exponentially.  It's a windfall for the two political parties, but the effect on government has been catastrophic.  Politicians won't make any decisions based in research and logic.  If elected officials make decisions that go against their campaign donors they risk being blacklisted by their own party - and their entire political future.

Take the issue of Right to Work.  A democrat could never pass it, and a republican could never veto it. Neither would ever look into the data to try to figure out if this law was even a good idea.  Worse, neither would ever look into the unintended consequences of their actions.

Money is the only criteria for legislation these days.   In the last Federal Spending Bill, not only did someone insert a regulation-defeating amendment written by Citibank, but they also increased the amount of money one individual can donate to a political party in a given year to $324,000 - a 10x increase.

The only way to fix this is from within.  So I'm taking my shot.  I'm running for Governor because if I get elected, the vicious cycle of influence money in politics grinds to a halt.  Corporations are remarkably predictable - they won't spend money on politics unless it has a chance of creating a beneficial return. Why would any corporation spend money on legislation in a state where they can't buy the Governor? The game would be completely disrupted.

So that's what this is about - trying something new.  And proving that normal people can run for elected office and win.  If one million people can call the FCC and back Net Neutrality, surely I have a chance. The best part is, win or lose, I'm going to help produce the blueprint to allow other people to run for office and win without party support.

I'm not starting a movement, I'm catching a wave.  In 2014 a number of people in a number of states tried something similar.  There weren't many successes, but there were a lot of close races - enough to make me think this is part of a greater pattern.  Good people who have never contemplated politics are jumping into races.  And I'm hoping we'll see a lot more people take an Independent shot in 2016.

The Kentucky Governor election is this year, 2015.  It gives me a full year to try out all new strategies.

Here's the first new strategy: I'm going to win by not playing their game.

I am not a politician.

One thing that people have been asking is where I stand on "the issues".  I'm still working up a response to that, mainly because I think it's the wrong question.  Political parties use "the issues" as weapons of mass distraction.  If any of the really difficult political questions were solvable we'd have done it already.  Besides, I'll be an unaligned Governor with no ability to submit legislation.  And Kentucky's Legislature is currently split, which I think is a great thing.

I really want people to think in terms of solutions.  For example, someone asked me where I stood on the issue of equal pay for women.  Who would be against that?  However the problem there is what's the mechanism?  What law could we pass that would solve that problem?  I would much rather people provide me with solutions - preferably ones that have worked in other states.

I don't have "beliefs" on issues of economics.  I'm more or less agnostic on social issues.  And I'm far more excited about retooling the executive branch to better interface with customers than anything else. The boring stuff is the most important stuff.  It doesn't grab headlines but it's the part of being Governor I really want to sink my teeth into.

The only fringe idea I have is that Government could work better.


So what does this mean for Fark?

Hopefully nothing.  I've actually had a similar distraction before - over 19 months across much of 2011 and 2012 I got an MBA from Columbia and Haas/Berkeley.  I wouldn't go so far as to say that Fark thrived - because my attention  was down 50%, - but it managed fine, and this campaign is half the duration of the MBA.

Fark has a lot of moving parts and as CEO of this small company I play a lot of roles.  I'm confident I can keep doing what I need to do to keep these parts moving.  The most important thing is Fark's quality, so if you're worried that that could suffer, don't.  I'll continue to curate the content, because staying informed on current events is who I am  - and an asset I will use during this political run.

Basically, my interaction with Fark will continue to be what it always has been.

In closing, I've received a lot of support from a lot of you already and I really appreciate that.  Thank you for everything.

--------------------------------------

And now, back to your regularly-scheduled NotNewsletter


Comment Mentions

The number of comments these words were mentioned in on Fark and TotalFark in the past week

Governor - 466
Kentucky - 402
CNNamon - 4
Superb Owl - 140
Super Bowl - 975
Inflated - 662
Tom Brady - 194
SOTU - 342
Bread bags - 139
Measles - 265


Comment Voting

Top-voted smartest and funniest comments from the past seven days

Funniest:
mrshowrules explained the consequences of alternative footwear
Eddie Adams from Torrance pointed out why the headline couldn't be true
Blathering Idjut showed the full text of the SOTU response
vernonFL summed up the "Lolita Express"
Blues_X suggested a slogan for a Palin-Nugent White House run
Diogenes explained why Congress has difficulty with technical issues
Mr. Coffee Nerves provided a sample question for a Texas high school civics test
Mugato mentioned a problem with snipers that Michael Moore missed
special20 was forced to side with a plagiarist
shanrick found someone who could benefit from a proposed federal program

Smartest:
ginandbacon took issue with a submitter's tag choice
quatchi pointed out that Huckabee lives in a glass house
jbc brought up a true parenting fail
peasandcarrots discussed conservative humor
ManateeGag had a question for a senator
quatchi presented a different interpretation from the one in the article
Unknown_Poltroon offered some medical advice
quatchi explained why a law needs to be changed
Petit_Merdeux shared what can be learned about under-inflated balls
abmoraz explained herd immunity


Contest Votes

The top-voted contest entries from last week, listed from highest number of votes down

Photoshops:
wickedfish put a very evil practical joker in a photo
Slide10000 showed what a maniac this hair flipper is
DrPainMD put some familiar faces in this picture
imnntt gave this bird some clothes
DrPainMD dressed this guy up
Daddy's Big Pink Man-Squirrel created a new animal
imnntt added a not-so-helpful hand
Yammering_Splat_Vector gave these people something to look at
FarkNUSA found someone an office job
Yammering_Splat_Vector got someone to clean up

Farktography:
DesertDemonWY won Farktography Contest No. 507: "Weather III: Stormy Weather" for the well-timed "Lightning Strike Near Green River"


Farking Tip

Since the early NotNewsletters were missed by a lot of people, I'm recycling an important Farking Tip from one of them.

Are you wondering why your comment calling another Farker a meerkat-slapping fascist was deleted? Do you want to share your idea to make the Fark main page fuchsia with the Fark staff?  Do you want to thank a moderator for deleting the comment where you accidentally posted your grandma's photo and phone number? Does your browser keep crashing when you're trying to read the latest Fark thread debating a monkey's right to keep and bear dynamite? You can contact Fark with all of these things and more with the handy Farkback form.


Upcoming Fark Parties

See Farkers up close in their unnatural habitats

Saturday, March 21st: Chicago Fark Party
Saturday, April 11th: Fort Worth, TX Fark Party
· · ·

79 Comments     (+0 »)
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


Oldest | « | 1 | 2 | » | Newest | Show all

 
2015-01-26 11:11:56 AM  
Drew-running-for-governor trifecta complete?
 
2015-01-26 11:13:46 AM  

foo monkey: Drew-running-for-governor trifecta complete?


Pretty much.
 
2015-01-26 11:16:41 AM  
I can't really commit until I know his stance on large testicled squirrels.
 
2015-01-26 11:18:30 AM  

mrmyxolodian: I can't really commit until I know his stance on large testicled squirrels.


His stance is bowlegged.
 
2015-01-26 11:19:42 AM  
This needs to be put on TF, it's everywhere else

/not on foobies
//drew's boobs not hawt?
///NTTAWT
 
2015-01-26 11:20:31 AM  
I submitted this with a better election.
 
2015-01-26 11:28:16 AM  
Where HotW? Where?
 
2015-01-26 11:28:24 AM  

DisseminationMonkey: mrmyxolodian: I can't really commit until I know his stance on large testicled squirrels.

His stance is bowlegged.


It's called manspreading.
 
2015-01-26 11:28:25 AM  
So, what you're really asking is for us to start a carpetbagger movement. Get all of Fark to move to Kentucky and get you into office so you can raise the beer and porn tax, making Kentucky the most prosperous country in the US. I'm onto you.
 
2015-01-26 11:32:17 AM  
Ask Bernie Sanders for advice, Drew.
He's a straight shooter in politics.
The last honest man.
Outside of Lehey.
 
2015-01-26 11:33:00 AM  

cgraves67: Where HotW? Where?


Because of timing with the Drew announcement, we couldn't get it into this week's NotNewsletter, but Unfreakable will be posting them as usual.
 
2015-01-26 11:35:08 AM  
Fair enough.
 
2015-01-26 11:44:45 AM  
My wife is an actual Kentucky Colonel, so let me know if you need her to pull a few strings.
 
2015-01-26 11:45:47 AM  
Drew: I'm going to win by not playing the game

You play the Game of Thrones to win, or you die.
 
2015-01-26 11:46:42 AM  
It's like Saul Goodman announcing he's changing his profession from shyster to obstetrician - you can't fix the problem unless you get inside the system.

Good luck, Drew, I hope you win. But as was the case with Obama, the day you're sworn in some guys with serious expressions on their face will pay you a visit and explain just exactly how things work, and more importantly, who you work for.

Close Gitmo? Hahaha!
 
2015-01-26 11:48:47 AM  

DisseminationMonkey: cgraves67: Where HotW? Where?

Because of timing with the Drew announcement, we couldn't get it into this week's NotNewsletter, but Unfreakable will be posting them as usual.


Fair enough.
 
2015-01-26 11:48:48 AM  
Fark the governorship, just run for President. It's not as though you have to have any experience.
 
2015-01-26 11:49:37 AM  

ISubmittedThisYesterdayWithAMuchFunnierHeadline: My wife is an actual Kentucky Colonel, so let me know if you need her to pull a few strings.


But does she make a mean fried chicken?
 
2015-01-26 11:49:55 AM  
How many times will he announce this? He's like that one dude who goes around high-fiving people for weeks after getting laid.
 
2015-01-26 11:52:12 AM  

ISubmittedThisYesterdayWithAMuchFunnierHeadline: My wife is an actual Kentucky Colonel, so let me know if you need her to pull a few strings.


Is her chicken finger-licking good?
 
2015-01-26 11:52:27 AM  

Intelligent_Donkey: How many times will he announce this? He's like that one dude who goes around high-fiving people for weeks after getting laid.


He didn't actually announce it until today, but of course it all got out there on Friday. And of course it had to go in the NotNewsletter.
 
2015-01-26 11:53:04 AM  

unfarkingbelievable: ISubmittedThisYesterdayWithAMuchFunnierHeadline: My wife is an actual Kentucky Colonel, so let me know if you need her to pull a few strings.

But does she make a mean fried chicken?


/Shakes greasy tiny fist.
 
2015-01-26 11:53:44 AM  
This is a stroke of brilliance, and I hope you see a ton of traction and media attention.
 
2015-01-26 11:58:39 AM  
With all the truly brilliant Farkers, Drew should be able to handle any politics simply by listening to the smart ones.

Of course, distinguishing them from the ones who will troll him unmercifully should he be elected is the hard part.

(A rather large part of me wonders: did Drew do this in order to pass legalization?)
 
2015-01-26 12:01:00 PM  
Good luck to you.  I hope it doesn't kill you.  Or completely drain any remaining faith you may have in humanity, our country, our world. (Oh wait, this is Fark - you probably don't have any left anyway)   I will try to keep positive thoughts for you, but it feels like an increasingly losing battle.  The system is no longer set up to be improved upon for the benefit of "we the people".

Good luck, again, Drew. You're gonna need it.
 
2015-01-26 12:10:11 PM  
I just want to tell you good luck, we're all counting on you.
 
2015-01-26 12:15:45 PM  
Best of luck, Drew.  Although I don't know how you plan on changing an oligarchy without money...lots and lots of money.  Without money, how will enough people in KY ever hear about you or your platform?  You likely won't get invited to any significant debates because you won't poll high enough.  It is a vicious circle that many 3rd parties / unaffiliated candidates run into.
Advertising & campaign funds requires money.
Financial donors supply the money.
If you can figure out how to raise A LOT money from individual people (not businesses) AND poll high enough to even be consider for ballot access, there are A LOT of people that would love to know how you did it.
 
2015-01-26 12:18:05 PM  
This should end well
cdn.inquisitr.comView Full Size
 
2015-01-26 12:44:23 PM  
The only caution I would offer is that because the game is set up as a series of playoffs, you have no lower division wins. You've not had your ticket punched by running for local city, county, or state assembly seats, you went straight to the regional playoffs without a political win under your belt.

That will cause a lot of grief.

You will have few if any political allies in the legislature to help you with any agenda no matter how sane it may be. The rotten system of bribed legislators have to vote and pass bills before they get too the governor's desk.

What you'd be looking at is a lot of gridlock.

However, you may have a bully pulpit it expose the infection for what it is. The question then is are the voters smart enough to listen. They have the power to change the cast of the play but the apathy and resulting low voter turnout is the largest part of the problem.

The tribal nature of politics cause the electorate to keep empowering the people which are screwing them because they think it's one big football game. Gotta fly the colors.

Breaking the tribal behavior is not going to be easy.

Good luck sir.
 
2015-01-26 12:47:26 PM  
i291.photobucket.comView Full Size
 
2015-01-26 12:50:02 PM  

Degenz: It's like Saul Goodman announcing he's changing his profession from shyster to obstetrician - you can't fix the problem unless you get inside the system.

Good luck, Drew, I hope you win. But as was the case with Obama, the day you're sworn in some guys with serious expressions on their face will pay you a visit and explain just exactly how things work, and more importantly, who you work for.

Close Gitmo? Hahaha!


The name "Clinton Tyree" suddenly drifts into my head.....
 
2015-01-26 12:52:36 PM  
Wow.. I finally got a mention in a weekly thread and Drew has to go and steal all my thunder.

/just kidding.  Wish you well.
//Want to move to Pennsylvania?  I'd vote for you for governor here...
 
2015-01-26 12:52:37 PM  
Drew, I would certainly be interested in how this pans out for you. I've been studying ballots these last few elections with a specific focus on the city/county level offices with the idea being to have more of an impact on my immediate surroundings.
 
2015-01-26 12:53:30 PM  
I don't live in Kentucky, but will drive over and vote often for him.
 
2015-01-26 1:04:11 PM  
Pants full of macaroni!!:The name "Clinton Tyree" suddenly drifts into my head.....

Never heard of him, but then I've been reading non-fiction mostly. Life needs to imitate art more often. Thank you for sharing that. I'll add it to my reading list.
 
2015-01-26 1:07:46 PM  

lohphat: The only caution I would offer is that because the game is set up as a series of playoffs, you have no lower division wins. You've not had your ticket punched by running for local city, county, or state assembly seats, you went straight to the regional playoffs without a political win under your belt.

That will cause a lot of grief.

You will have few if any political allies in the legislature to help you with any agenda no matter how sane it may be. The rotten system of bribed legislators have to vote and pass bills before they get too the governor's desk.

What you'd be looking at is a lot of gridlock.

However, you may have a bully pulpit it expose the infection for what it is. The question then is are the voters smart enough to listen. They have the power to change the cast of the play but the apathy and resulting low voter turnout is the largest part of the problem.

The tribal nature of politics cause the electorate to keep empowering the people which are screwing them because they think it's one big football game. Gotta fly the colors.

Breaking the tribal behavior is not going to be easy.

Good luck sir.


I think that's a very honest and fair assessment of the situation.
 
2015-01-26 1:24:34 PM  
I posted this with a funnier headline.
 
2015-01-26 1:26:30 PM  
img.fark.netView Full Size
 
2015-01-26 1:38:36 PM  

utsagrad123: [img.fark.net image 480x640]


Okay, we're done here.
 
2015-01-26 2:25:39 PM  
Ummm... Ya know, I was thinking hell yeah I'd cough up $5 or $10 to help our buddies down South put an informed person in a position of importance.

But it the donation site says I have to be a US citizen in order to contribute.  I'm guessing there's no way around that?

Not even for a Canadian?  Granted, being from Canada doesn't make me a US citizen... Except when the chips are down.

\admit it, if anyone farks with Canada you guys get pissed off
\\I'll admit when anyone farks with the USA it pisses us off too
\When we disagree with you it is because you are wrong
 
2015-01-26 3:06:27 PM  
I can see the interview now where the unknowing "journalist" asks where he gets his news and opinions from.

"You've heard of Reddit, right?"
 
2015-01-26 4:14:35 PM  

cyber_slacker: I posted this with a funnier headline.


So did Kirby Delauter.

/reporting self....
 
2015-01-26 4:27:12 PM  
Meh. Foobies hasn't been updated since Friday. Drew wants to look respectable now.
 
2015-01-26 5:13:38 PM  

Coming on a Bicycle: Meh. Foobies hasn't been updated since Friday. Drew wants to look respectable now.


Fark actually doesn't own Foobies anymore.
 
2015-01-26 6:15:07 PM  

cyber_slacker: Ummm... Ya know, I was thinking hell yeah I'd cough up $5 or $10 to help our buddies down South put an informed person in a position of importance.

But it the donation site says I have to be a US citizen in order to contribute.  I'm guessing there's no way around that?

Not even for a Canadian?  Granted, being from Canada doesn't make me a US citizen... Except when the chips are down.

\admit it, if anyone farks with Canada you guys get pissed off
\\I'll admit when anyone farks with the USA it pisses us off too
\When we disagree with you it is because you are wrong


Yeah, apparently that's not allowed.
 
2015-01-26 7:40:34 PM  
img.fark.netView Full Size
 
2015-01-26 7:44:16 PM  
img.fark.netView Full Size
 
2015-01-26 7:48:12 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Drew, your chances of being governor of KY are about as good as mine of being King Shiat of Turd Mountain.

/sorry


You probably have a pretty good shot at that. I'd imagine there's not a lot of competition for that position.
 
2015-01-26 7:48:23 PM  

lifeboat: [img.fark.net image 800x998]


41.media.tumblr.comView Full Size
 
2015-01-26 7:50:22 PM  

lifeboat: [img.fark.net image 800x998]


reactiongifs.usView Full Size
 
Displayed 50 of 79 comments


Oldest | « | 1 | 2 | » | Newest | Show all


View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking




On Twitter


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.