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We Genocided The Indians And Enslaved The Slaves So Man-Child Could Live With Parents And Whine About Voting

How?Happy Columbus Day, Merkins! Are you so grateful to be a citizen of the US-of-A on this, the day we commemorate how we came over and righteously kicked some Injun ass? How about if you knew we had given our righteous ass-kickings so terrible man-children could live in their parents’ garage apartments, decline full time jobs teaching in their fields, take long meandering drives to nowhere, and then whine about how hard it is to choose between Miffed Romney and B. Barry Bamz, because Mr. Bamz has yet to bring them their own personal ponies? USA! USA! Wonkers, meet the most punchable man in America.

Tyler York lives in a comfortable space above a three-car garage. He has his own entrance and kitchenette stocked with Capri Sun and frozen bagels. There’s a queen-sized bed, a plush leather couch and a large, flat-screen TV. The land around the house is wooded with old oaks and maples, and the yard is curated by the former president of the local garden club. There’s an in-ground pool out back with an HGTV-inspired slide.

It’s a great life, and none of it belongs to him.

Tyler has Capri Sun and frozen bagels. But are there hardships? THERE ARE. Please remove all children and pregnant ladies from the room, you guys: the wifi does not reach all the way to the pool! HOW DOES HE LIVE????

Mostly, Tyler sits on his couch, or poolside, drinks his juicebox, and turns down jobs. But sometimes he goes to his nieces’ birthday party and barks “BE BETTER” at them when he yanks his palm away from their high-fives. Being a dick to children is like a full-time job right there!

Sometimes, he gets in the car for long drives to nowhere in particular. Once he might have considered it a waste of time, but lately he thinks he gets a lot done when he lets his mind drift: work, his little brother’s college decision, his friends’ money worries, politics, the world, right and wrong, what’s next.

“What’s going on?” he wonders. “Am I really happy?”

Is Tyler happy? We should worry about this for a while. Oh right, no we shouldn’t.

But what about Tyler’s vote? Who will earn it?

Tyler can rattle off a quick opinion on almost any issue in the news. He thinks we should rework education and job training entirely, move away from using coal for energy and give women complete, unbiased medical information if they have an unexpected pregnancy. He’s fine with paying taxes but wants the money spent wisely on libraries, fire departments and schools. He does not like public money to be funneled to boondoggles, like, he thinks, Boston’s Big Dig. After all that time and money, he doesn’t understand why it still needs fixing, or why he sits in traffic for hours to visit his girlfriend at her apartment near Fenway Park.

None of those issues are likely to decide his vote. He would back a candidate he disagreed with if he thought the person could make people work together, he says. Tyler thinks all elected leaders — not just the president — should cooperate to help the country grow. He might not like some of their decisions, but he respects the process.

“Being a voter, you just want to see progress, and there really hasn’t been for how many years now?” Tyler says. “If you have a strong argument supporting your opinion that’s different than mine, I’m more than willing to have that conversation with you. I want to talk, I want to understand why you think that way. It could change my mind … but I won’t know unless I have that conversation.”

That’s true, there has been no progress at all for the past four years. Tyler says so!

Of course he doesn’t want his friends or family or anyone else to struggle or be at a disadvantage, he says, but he doesn’t think that’ll happen if politicians will stop being stubborn and start working together.

It is true, if Romney is elected, Congress will stop being stubborn and start working together … on things like slashing education and job training, gifting more subsidies to Exxon-Mobil, banning abortion, and the opposite of every other thing Tyler was jabbering about five paragraphs ago. Teamwork! Tyler is just a super-smart, cool young man, and his parents are very lucky to have him drinking his juicebox in their garage apartment.

He will vote in November, along with millions of others trying to figure out the same things: What’s really going on here? Am I really happy?

He thinks the decision will be good practice, a nice exercise, if not a simple one. He doesn’t like things to be too easy, anyway.

Abortion should be legal through age 26.

[CNN]

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  • http://www.vinoverve.com Maman

    I am not his mother, and I want to abort him.

    (please, please, please… don't let my girls end up like this….)

    • Goonemeritus

      You remind me of my brother-in-law, we were watching his daughter play at a park when she was about two. When I mentioned to him how sweet a kid she was his only response was please Lord don’t let her grow up to be a Crack whore.

      • http://www.vinoverve.com Maman

        I had more hope when they were 2. They are 16 and 17 now. Currently, I am just terrified.

      • WhatTheHolyHeck

        Self-fulfilling prophecy on line one.

    • freakishlywrong

      You're a wino. Not a chance!

    • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

      Kick they asses out!!

    • bravo_sierra

      Take away their juice boxes. It is all about making the home environment unpleasant enough that the alternative (part time job at Starbucks, living with 3 roommates) is preferable.

  • Kid_Charlemagne

    His name is "Tyler" for Christsakes. If that isn't an invitation to get punched in the face, I don't know what is.

    • http://www.vinoverve.com Maman

      The last "Tyler" I encountered had a Senor Wences mustache tattooed on his finger. I wanted to kick him in the nutz

      • BadKitty904

        Points for you, mam.

    • SexySmurf

      I'm guessing his World of Warcraft name is Tyler the Destroyer.

      • sullivanst

        You think he's a sarcastic Odd Future fan?

    • Chichikovovich

      Commie! I bet you don't like Tippecanoe either.

      • snowpointsecret

        I'll officially never be able to go to Tipp City without thinking about Wonkette now. Or deal with the really annoying kid down the street named Tyler.

      • BoatOfVelociraptors

        Also, too.

    • eggsacklywright

      Bet he wears bow-ties. And polo shirts what have alligators on them.

      • viennawoods13

        Hopefully not at the same time.

    • Boredw/Gravitas

      Don't punch Tyler Durden in the face. He will punch right back.

    • mormos

      Yeah all the tylers i know are fuck ups.
      also, my name is tyler.

  • Steverino247

    Guys like Tyler York are happy because they have no idea how high they are on the Domestic Drone Strike Target List.

  • BadKitty904

    An aging emo is a terrible thing…

  • Terry

    Tyler's parents should be humiliated by this article. They should hang their heads in utter shame.

    • http://www.vinoverve.com Maman

      They should take him to the shelter until he develops the gumption to get a job.

      • BadKitty904

        Or grow a pair…

    • tessiee

      They undoubtedly already hang their heads in utter shame at least once a day.

    • shelwood46

      Indeed. Having wifi that doesn't reach the pool. Buy a wifi extender, losers, for shame.

  • pinkocommi

    Today, we are all Tyler Yorks. By that I mean, spoiled, yet disillusioned brats.

  • Come here a minute

    …why he sits in traffic for hours to visit his girlfriend at her apartment near Fenway Park.

    Because he's too stupid to take the T?

    • larrykat

      Maybe because he likes to stoke his anger at the Big Dig by sitting in the tunnels for a long time.

    • KPod

      That he HAS a girlfriend is kind of amazing to me.

      • tessiee

        Guys like that ALWAYS have a girlfriend… somehow…
        It's mind-boggling, isn't it?

  • Dudleydidwrong

    New Hampshire, huh? He's got the "Live Free" part of their license plate slogan pretty well nailed down. When does the "Or Die" come into effect? (Maybe after he finds out that his parents won't enlarge the swimming pool so that his wi-fi will work while he sits outside.)

    • Boojum

      Change it to Live Free, Die Young.

    • kittensdontlie

      Abortion should be legal through age 26.–Trixy

  • FakaktaSouth

    As one prone to doing nothing, I shan't give a fuck what Tyler does. However, it does appear that Tyler's parents are rich, like what Mitt calls upper middle class, and if THIS shit ain't a reason to raise their taxes, I don't know what the fuck could be.

    • Fairtackle

      And an excellent justification for the inheritance tax.

      • BadKitty904

        AMEN!

      • Gleem McShineys

        Why the fuck doesn't their argument about handouts work in reverse? You know, their meme that "paying poorz just makes them dependent."

        Giving fucking rich people the ability to bequeath riches upon their spawn, tax free, that somehow doesn't make them shiftless dependent piles of Tyler?

        Seems like if you gave these folks the incentive to have to go out into the world to forage for their own juiceboxes, they might actually become productive members of society.

        Pffft, haha, sure, buddy, and logic just magically applies to similar situations, also!

  • SexySmurf

    I bet Tyler's room smells like stale bong water and ass.

    • BadKitty904

      OK, ew…

    • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

      No, because Tyler's stupid mother has the maid clean it for him.

    • tessiee

      You left out Axe Body Spray.

  • Come here a minute

    Why do blogs keep getting fooled into taking articles seriously when they're obviously from The Onion?

    • Mittaplasia

      Every day, they get closer to one and the same.

    • Stevola

      The Onion should run a real news story once in a while, just to see if anybody notices.

  • Goonemeritus

    Having too much time on your hands is the biggest barrier to making a decision. Average Americans aren’t undecided. Having spent the five minuets typically allotted to political decisions they base their choice on who they would least like to punch in crotch.

  • not that Dewey

    Endless testimonies . .. prove the mild and pacific temperament of the natives…. But our work was to exasperate, ravage, kill, mangle and destroy; small wonder, then, if they tried to kill one of us now and then….

    -Fra Bartolome de las Casas, via Howard Zinn

    Happy Columbus Day, everyone!

    • BadKitty904

      "I say again that I stood looking at it, and I thought that never on this earth would there be discovered other lands such as these. But of all these wonders that I then beheld, today all is overthrown and lost, and nothing is left standing."

      ~ Don Bernal Diaz del Castillo, reminiscing on his youth as a conquistador in the New World, quoted from his autobiographical "The Conquest of New Spain," published in 1565.

  • freakishlywrong

    Today, we are all juice boxes and frozen bagels.

  • SoBeach

    When is this dude going to man up and ask his parents for $20k to start a business? Because they'd totally give it to him.

    • bikerlaureate

      But would that make him "really happy"?

    • BadKitty904

      Sad to say…

  • pinkocommi

    Oooo, oooo, oooo! Tyler should borrow money from his parents to start a business! Because he sounds like one of the very, very few who actually can.

  • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

    Tecumseh's revenge. Is the economy a tippy canoe, Tyler?

    • Blueb4sinrise

      Also, too.

    • eggsacklywright

      And if I consume 54 40's I'll be too drunk to fight.

      • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

        Have you read any of Sherman Alexie's work? 54 40's might just be the work-up before the Lone Ranger and Tonto have their heavenly fistfight.

  • freakishlywrong

    Tyler really needs to get schtupped. Preferably in butthole. It may wake him the fuck up, as it were.

    • BadKitty904

      He certainly sounds like the type that'd only be "really happy" tied face-down on a mattress with a ball-gag in his mouth…

  • Dudleydidwrong

    Is Tyler the next "Joseph" in Kafka's new novel? It's about oppression from decisions such as having to decide which flavor pop tart to consume today.

    • BadKitty904

      He's certainly got the cockroach thing down – omnivorous parasite, etc.

    • sullivanst

      No trial, just death raining from the sky.

      Although, Tyler seems much further along the way to being Gregor Samsa than Josef K.

      • BadKitty904

        Most def.

  • Blueb4sinrise

    Tyler haz health insurance?

    Y__
    N__

  • barto

    Isn't he kind of violating that 47% rule?

  • Steverino247

    Let me get this straight. All the money I've sent to Obama is being spent to make a useless asshole like Tyler cast his ballot for the guy he thinks will make America like his Kindergarten class?

  • PhilippePetain

    Wow, what a contemptible prick!

  • snowpointsecret

    I'm not sure what's worse. The fact that Tyler is acting like this or the fact that CNN decided it was worth a long article.

    I'm leaning toward CNN and I didn't think I would.

  • HogeyeGrex

    I call bullshit. This is just a figment of David Brooks' imagination.

    Which makes it even more imperative to abort while face-punching.

  • freakishlywrong

    Tyler thinks all elected leaders — not just the president — should cooperate to help the country grow.
    Tyler there has not been fully paying attention for the the last four years. Too much juice box by the pool, maybe.

    • BadKitty904

      Tyler has a remarkable grasp on the obvious…

    • sullivanst

      If only the wifi reached, maybe he could have been learning from the Wonkets while lounging around leeching from his parents.

  • OkieDokieDog

    Oh poor Tyler York, he haz a confoozed.

    Grow the fuck up ya little prick. You live in a freaking fantasy world.
    Get a job and oh yeah, quit fucking with your nieces ya bully.

  • http://www.wonkette.com ChillBill

    Most punchable Tyler since Tyler Perry.

    • tessiee

      Tyler Durden is still on the list, though, right?

      • Gleem McShineys

        FIRST RULE, DAMMIT!

    • PubOption

      Now I'm imagining Tyler York in drag, and it's not pretty.

  • orygoon

    Nice gig, Tyler, but you for sure ought to be helping Mom with the yardwork. Kids these days!

    • PubOption

      From the article, it appears that his parents pay the former president of the garden club to do that.

  • GregComlish

    "The futility of my vapid life is unbearable. One of my coping mechanisms is posing as an undecided voter for our nation's credulous media so I can be, however briefly, showered with attention. My brief media exposure will help sustain the illusion that any of my consumer existence matters. My other coping mechanism is Capri Sun."

    • Gleem McShineys

      Billy Madison: [shouting] Where's my snack pack?
      Juanita: You got a banana, you don't need no snack pack.

  • The_Peckerwood

    In Europe everyone remembers Columbus by going to the clinic to checked for syphillis.

  • TootsStansbury

    I am reminded of the prince getting married in Monty Python's Holy Grail.

    • BadKitty904

      BWAHAHAHAHHAHA…

    • tessiee

      NO SINGING!!

  • rocktonsam

    wait, he has a girlfriend too?

    guys, we're all working way to hard

    • Kid_Charlemagne

      I'd really like to meet the lovely lady who is lucky enough to call this specimen of manhood her own.

    • GregComlish

      Too bad my dick Dad cut-off my supply of Capri Sun. Fuck You Dad!

  • http://twitter.com/bookofruthless boobookitteh

    My brother doesn't believe in voting because he believes that jackasses like this having an equal vote to his is asinine. I'm starting to see his point.

    • HogeyeGrex

      Sadly, when he doesn't vote, jackasses like this have infinitely more say than he in how our country is run.

      At least if one votes it dilutes the jackassery.

      But yeah, I can understand the general despair part of it.

      • http://twitter.com/bookofruthless boobookitteh

        I am despairing this very moment for my country. Which seems right for Columbus Day.

  • kyeshinka

    Hey, we gave one of your people a starring role in "Northern Exposure," so shaddup already, damn!

  • chicken_thief

    A little OT, but if that is the snivelling Injun from the littering commercials, he isn't really of Indian heritage – he's a faker like Liz Warren!!!!

    • tessiee

      He's Iron Eyes Cody, born Espera DeCorti, the offspring of two Sicilian immigrants, which is I'm guessing why they ran his pic, today being Columbus Day.

  • eggsacklywright

    Drinkin' juice box by the pool
    I'm so glad I finished skul….

    • lloydstool

      Just so! Tyler's Little Creatures on Display.

  • synykyl

    I wonder if Tyler is in favor of cutting social welfare programs to balance the budget.

  • http://wonkette.com/ Sharkey

    He should not be allowed to call himself "independent".

  • Baconzgood

    THE BUMS WILL ALWAYS LOSE LEBOWSKI!!!! THE BUMS WILL ALWAYS LOSE!

    • Kid_Charlemagne

      "My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir."

  • belmontreport

    I don't hate Tyler, I hate CNN for trying to pretend like Tyler is representative of Millenials. Really, he has no debt, lives rent free, and works from home? He is sooo representative of ME. That is why young people were occupying wallstreet, because they thought that they needed more debt and higher rents! And more part-time jobs that they can do from their couch in their posh apartment filled with juice boxes and frozen bagels.

    But I guess he might be representative of the idiots that are "undecided".

    • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

      Haven't you figured out by now that CNN is even stupider than Tyler? Unless this is somebody's idea of punking the idiot into national derision.

      • bibliotequetress

        I really thought that he had to be pulling the CNN editorial staff's leg. Still not totally convinced otherwise.

    • BartStarrland

      (Regrettably) I read the whole piece. At times it felt like a bad school essay by Tyler himself, where he just referred to himself in the third person.

      • tessiee

        Maybe it is.
        Maybe that's something he does.
        "Tyler's a little chilly. Tyler would like you to turn down the air conditioning, because Tyler doesn't like sweaters."
        Wow, I just made him *more* punchable!

  • fawkedifiknow

    Don't begrudge this young man his slacker life style. It's the same as George W. Bush's at the same age, and look how wonderful it turned out for everyone.

    Er, wait…… Never mind.

  • BadKitty904

    I'd be curious to get a look at the parents that produced (and support) this freeloading hellspawn…

  • WhatTheHeck

    I blame the Niña, Pinta and the Santa Maria for the mistake of going west instead of east. Same for Tyler. He can’t tell his right from his right.

  • belmontreport

    "She's seen how tapping into the subconscious mind, listening to one's intuition and nurturing creative, optimistic thinking can change lives and organizations. It's worked for her, for people she's helped and, she believes, it can do the same for the country."

    Now this lady, fuck this lady.

    • realmurkin

      She is the absolute fucking worst. I hate her far more than Tyler, who at least has the excuse of being an idiot babychild.

  • SpeedoFart

    "Please remove all children and pregnant ladies from the room…"

    God damn it! Now I will never know of the terrible hardships faced by entitled jackasses. I feel like I've beeen cheated out of… something.

    *waddles off in search of lunch*

  • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

    Infuriatingly insipid.

  • calliecallie

    This kid makes me think maybe the Republicans are on to something, turning us all into corporate serfs because clearly this kid needs a corporate overlord to tell him what to do with his life.

    • BadKitty904

      A good smack upside the head, also.

  • MistaEko

    "but lately he thinks he gets a lot done when he lets his mind drift."

    PROTIP: You have 2 months, Tyler. Maybe a bit more depending on when performance reviews are.

  • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

    IM N YR COACH-HOWSE
    DRINKN YR JUICE-BOX

    — LOLMillenials.com

    • emmelemm

      Ugh. Just ugh.

      Nail, meet head.

    • bibliotequetress

      Thank you, Chet. I think I'll go bask in my childlessness for the ten thousandth time now.

    • Joey_Blau

      lolling by the pool house
      smaking up the dead mouse.

  • Guppy

    In his position, I would be too mortified to date, let alone have my lifestyle plastered all over cable news.

  • MinAgain

    I went to high school with boys like this. But they could blame it all on the pot they were smoking.

    • tessiee

      We *all* went to high school with boys like this.
      Some of them were *still* like this at 26.
      A few of them are still like this at 46.

  • sullivanst

    Oo, just spotted the Kundera reference in the surtitle. Nice!

  • poorgradstudent

    why he sits in traffic for hours to visit his girlfriend at her apartment near Fenway Park.

    It was the fact that he has all…that and is still getting laid that really makes me hate him.

    EDIT: Well now that I've seen the picture of him via the link…I have to say, I wouldn't kick him out of bed myself.

    • tessiee

      So of course, I had to click the link…
      Wow, he really IS cute!
      Now if only he could be trained to keep his mouth shut.

      • poorgradstudent

        Or you could just keep his mouth occupied until you're done with him.

  • ednamillion22

    Did you catch the contemptible "see his stuff" section?

    On 'his' TV, which is (natch) owned by his parents, he watches 'Breaking Bad'. And it made me think that I'd pay a decent chuck of money to let Walter White have at him. Or, even better, Mike.

  • Steverino247

    I'm surprised he even drives to see his girlfriend. She must have figured out how to train him to do something because nobody else appears to be able to do that.

  • Beowoof

    One of the hardest things I did as a parent was to teach my kids to work. At the time they hated me, which was okay, I was just doing my job. Now they are both trying to teach their kids the same things and appreciate me a whole lot more. And I would like to hit this guy in the head with a bag votes, okay I would also like a couple of bricks in the bag.

  • DahBoner

    "What's going on?"

    Besides avoiding the hassle of Sheet labels? Not much…

  • http://rightthinkingamerican.blogspot.com johnnyzhivago

    I could see my kids doing this….

  • tessiee

    "give women complete, unbiased medical information if they have an unexpected pregnancy"

    Which at least puts him one up on Todd Akin.

  • tessiee

    "Abortion should be legal through age 26."

    "The fetus becomes a person when it is admitted to Med School." — my friend Debbie

  • tessiee

    "Tyler thinks all elected leaders — not just the president — should cooperate to help the country grow."

    "Why are you filibustering yourself? Why are you filibustering yourself? Why are you…"

  • anniegetyerfun

    No, my ex is still the most punchable man in the entire universe.

  • tessiee

    After so much Loathesome over the past few days and weeks, all this Vapid is like a nice, refreshing palate cleanser.

  • emmelemm

    Terrible man-children, indeed.

  • bibliotequetress

    This is not satire?

  • deliman4

    And he grew up to become a U.S senator

  • littlebigdaddy

    Who, over the age of 12, drinks juicebox? Unless, I mean, he's putting gin in there.

  • decentcitizen

    I call bullshit. How hard did the media have to look before they found this useless turd to showcase?

  • Gleem McShineys

    Wow, an entitled carefree dickbucket! I am not jealous, however, because this fuckstick actually can sit by a pool, dribbling ironic juicebox juice into his ironic beard and actually think with his brain-area "Am I happy?"

    Tyler York / Billy Madison 2012

  • chascates

    No angst about school loans or having to pay any rent? Sounds like Tyler hit the parent lottery.

  • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

    What about Lunchables? Doesn't Mommy buy him any Lunchables?

  • HistoriCat

    CNN has discovered the Washington Post's next columnist.

  • http://citizenfuturist.wordpress.com/ RufusTFirefly

    I blame Death Cab For Cutie.

  • Negropolis

    The undecided voter is the scourge of the electorate. They are more shallow than the uneducated voter, if you ask me, but the worst thing about them is their self-righteousness.

  • Heneage

    Well, at least he doesn't shave his chest?

  • ttommyunger

    I'm guessing if I handed Tyler a baseball cap he would put it on backwards, after which he would prolly fall backwards, after being punched-with votes.

  • Joey_Blau

    Capri Sun = horrible High Fructose Corn Syrup and water drink..

    I never let my kid drink that swill. might as well drink apple juice!