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Hillary Clinton’s Rally Was Too Boring to Snapchat

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We’ve all heard it before: There’s never been any man or woman more qualified to be president than Hillary Clinton. But does adequate training guarantee a great president who will meet voters expectations? No! A profusion of experience is proving to stale a candidate’s momentum.

Case in point: the palpable boredom meeting Clinton’s campaign. New York Times reporter Amy Chozick tweeted a photo of a nearly empty press pen at an Oct. 3 Clinton rally, lamenting the lack of interest in not only the candidate her publication endorsed, but someone likely to make history as the first female president of the United States.

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Less experienced politicians seem to offer a fresh appeal to voters. The last two open presidential elections — Barack Obama in 2008 and George W. Bush in 2000 — favored the least experienced governor or senator. Abraham Lincoln, who had a limited political career before taking office, didn’t even go to college. He still managed to go down in history as the greatest president of all time, according to a poll by The Washington Post.

And then there’s Donald Trump leading a rebellion against the experienced policy-maker. His rallies jam-pack sports arenas, while thousands more stand outside listening to his speech on loudspeakers.

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So why are less people flocking to offer support for the more experienced candidate? I attended a Clinton rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania to find out what goes down when the former secretary of state campaigns for commander in chief.

While I was there, I was a on a hunt for the 10 most Snapchat-worthy moments to paint a picture for all of the people out there skipping her rallies.

1. The Snap of the parking lot hu$tler.

The lines leading inside campaign rallies are filled with entrepreneurial spirit. Hats, T-Shirts, buttons and other accessories are sold to help decorate supporters cheering on the candidate they hope to send to the White House. These hustlers may be annoying as ball or boob sweat, but the vendors selling political swag on the campaign trail are the real winners this election — well at least until Nov. 8. According to VICE, vendors sometimes make $1,000 at an event.

You go, Glen Coco.

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2. The cutthroat media.

For reporters, the election can be a race for the best soundbite.

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3. The connection with locals.

It’s not uncommon for campaign rallies to feature speakers with nearby ties endorsing a candidate. Clinton’s campaign went the extra mile by inviting an area band, Light Weight, to perform as the modest crowd piled in. As a local, I was excited to watch the band have the opportunity to perform at a presidential rally and thought this was a good move by Clinton’s campaign.

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4. When you notice misleading campaign strategies.

Each candidate is obviously in it to win it. However, handing out signs that appear to be homemade and projecting the illusion voters prioritize the time to turn their support into arts and crafts time is a major turnoff.

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5. When you notice a sign that needed different lettering.

In the words of Barney Stinson, this photo is LEGEN…Wait for it…DARY.

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6. The moment she enters the room.

7. Another local connection.

Naming streets and bringing along revered Scranton native Joe Biden, a much more likable candidate, helped her connect with a crowd in a positive way. Trump connects with Americans solely on prejudice, anger toward a crumbling economy crooked political infrastructure and a sexual desire for a perfect 10 with large breasts. Props on the good vibes, Hill.

— I couldn’t even make it to 10 entire Snapchats of this event. I was too bored.

She didn’t connect with the issues most important to me, such as college affordability. Student debt grows by $2,726 every second! It should be one of the most repeated dialogues in this election.

She says college should be more affordable in short snippets and even outlines a plan with Hillary Clinton’s New College Compact, likely to wrangle Bernie Sanders supporters. But she doesn’t stress the issue enough to excite me or make me believe she’ll fight to make it happen. She doesn’t even get me excited for the revolutionary idea that a woman could be president. Shouldn’t I be more excited for my nation?

Overall, you know she’s boring when you struggle to complete a full Snapchat story of her event. And that’s coming from someone who can turn eating a pickle into a mini-movie on Snapchat.

 

 

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Watch This Solider Dunk for Donuts

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Jason Ciesielski is a Field Artillery Soldier in the Army National Guard and an athlete making his mark on social media. When he’s not busy serving his country, the 20-year-old can be seen on his Instagram and Facebook page showing off high box jumps, dead lifts and freestyle dunks.

“I want to empower people to be the best, strongest versions of themselves,” he says.

Jason recently went Live on Facebook with Better than the Weekend to dunk while treating himself to one of his guilty pleasures — Dunkin’ Donuts. He picked out four of his favorite fried cakes of sweetened dough and made sure he dunked before indulging his sweet tooth. Moral of the story: You can still be fit and eat what you want, as long as you work for it.

Watch and see how he did. Ladies, you’re welcome. 😉

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Real men earn their donuts 🏅Ask Jason Tyler Ciesielski

Posted by Better than the Weekend on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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How to Stop Being a Pussy and Be the Lion You Were Born to Be

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Gentleman,

We are hard-wired to be lions; to go after something we want.

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It’s in our nature to be a total savage when chasing after our desires — despite the consequences. In modern culture, where social media is redefining our lifestyle, we seem to be transforming into this fear-based robot who stays in their comfort zone and doesn’t reach too far.

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My name is Jesse Mundt. I’m a 23-year-old realtor from New Jersey. I’m not worried about remembering Harambe, learning the fucking Juju dance or getting blackout wasted. I’m focused on hitting my goals. I want to see other millennials get as excited as I am about hitting their goals. That’s why I’m here to offer some advice on how to break this formula of being a pussy and finally be the lion you were born to be.

Don’t be a dick. Hear me out.

You’re probably a lot like me, actually. I want to be rich and successful.

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But before we move forward, I believe we have to go backward.

First step in being a fucking lion is to sit down and be your 6-year-old self again — this time with some intellect. Ask yourself these questions: What do you want your life to look like if you couldn’t fail? How much money do you want to make? How big do you want your house to be? What’s your dream car?

Be specific. Your answers should give you butterflies and chills just thinking about them.

Next, dust off the creativity and imagination of your childhood self and dream BIG. Imagine your adult life if your childhood dreams became a reality. (Remember, you only limit your own thoughts. So go fucking wild while dreaming what your life could be like.)

Lastly, find a mentor. Someone who has what you want and is willing to teach you how to get it. Keep in mind, you can’t teach what you don’t have so be careful who you take advice from, especially those close to you. (For example, if you want to make $100,000 each year but the person teaching you makes $60,000 a year, it’s impossible. You get it.)

Being a gentleman isn’t limited to how you respect a woman. A true gentleman works on himself and constantly strives for growth. It’s not only our duty as gentleman, but as human beings.
That’s how he become a fearless lion and takes on the world.

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Are you willing to give up your comfort zone to go up?

I am.

From one gentleman to another,

Jesse

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How to Be Philanthropic Without Breaking the Bank

You don’t have be a celebrity with a $1 million check to make an impact on someone else.

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Philanthropy became an essential part of my life during my fraternity days. Believe it or not, giving back to the community is a key element in Greek culture.

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Sure, most of our money went toward books and beer, but it was important to us to spend a generous amount of our time being charitable. Participating in philanthropy, as I learned, benefits underprivileged people, helps promote the reputation of yourself or your organization, and just makes you feel good.

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Better than the Weekend decided to get involved and give something back by spending a morning at St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen in Scranton, PA. From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. me and two of my interns, Justine and Dana, prepped and served lunch to guests in need of a hot and nutritious meal.

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You don’t have be a celebrity with a $1 million check to make an impact on someone else. And it doesn’t have to be National Philanthropy Day to give back. Here are some ways you can be philanthropic without breaking the bank.

1. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, nursing home or children’s hospital.

At the soup kitchen, some of the people who came to get a meal thanked us individually for being their to help them. That feeling they felt didn’t cost a penny on our ends.

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2. Take some cookies to the local police or fire departments.

Let people who risk their lives to serve and protect us know they’re appreciated it. It doesn’t cost a lot of money to make some cookies and it doesn’t take much time. It’ll likely make their day!

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3. Invite someone for a walk.

When you see a friend or co-worker stressed out, let them know you’re there for them by inviting them to do something that can get their mind off whatever is bothering them. A person doesn’t have to be homeless and living under a bridge to need someone to reach out to them.

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4. Listen!

We’re so often caught up in our own lives that we don’t always take the time to listen to someone who is going through something. Making someone feel heard and worth being listened to can make them feel better.

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5. Pay for the person behind you.

It could be a cup of coffee at Starbucks or the toll on a road trip. Spotting the person behind you in line will surprise them, make their day and remind them there’s good in the world.

That’s what philanthropy is all about.

Cheers to putting some good out there.

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