November 2004 Archives

Again with the Cult

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So, I have decided that it's time to get serious about starting a cult. I mean, really, have you seen what passes for religion these days? I can certainly do better.

Some of you long time readers (yes, I know, I am talking to myself) may remember when I originally decided to start a cult.

Well, now it's time to get serious.

To kick things off, I am going to post a series of promotional images that I have created to build my mystique, and gather a following.

You can see them here. And here. Oh, and here.

Yes, I know. The last one sucks.

But still, a year from now, I will be up to my ears in followers.

And you will still be working a $9.95/hr job fixing someone elses's HTML.

Someone to Watch Over Me

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There's a new group working to protect fair use rights and other copy-wrong issues. It's called IPAC and I've joined and donated. You probably should too.

We need to have as many groups like this as possible out there in order to provide some kind of balance to the entertainment industry lobbies who are currently trying to make it illegal for you to fast forward through a commercial with your DVR.

If groups like this don't exist, within ten years there will be retina monitors on TV sets that call the police if your eyes don't remain fixed on the TV during commercials. See if there aren't.

The problem is people are stupid

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I've really tried to avoid attributing the election results to the fact that the American people are basically just dumb as posts. I've rationalized that it was fear-based, or simply that people will vote against their best interests based on a candiates espousal of "moral values" regardless of their actions. But no - turns out that people are just stupid.

The following is stolen from Salon, but I don't feel too bad about the snatch, because they are basically reporting on someone else's reporting. So I say that I am doing the same...

"Chris Hayes first person report on undecided voters, published yesterday on The New Republic Online, is fascinating not just for what it says about the recent race, but for what it tells us about our polity.

After seven weeks canvassing swing voters in Wisconsin, Hayes concludes that the pundits' contempt for undecided voters is misplaced. It's not that they're undeserving of derision, he writes. It's "just that Jonah Goldberg, and the rest of us, may well be deriding them for the wrong reasons."

Hayes portrays undecided voters as so fatalistic that Bush's manifold failures only confirm their conviction that the world's problems are intractable, a conviction that worked against Kerry's promises to fix things. He paints them as weirdly irrational, possessed of chimerical "facts," and unable to connect to politics to material outcomes.

"Members of the political class may disparage undecided voters, but we at least tend to impute to them a basic rationality," Hayes writes. "We're giving them too much credit. I met voters who told me they were voting for Bush, but who named their most important issue as the environment. One man told me he voted for Bush in 2000 because he thought that with Cheney, an oilman, on the ticket, the administration would finally be able to make us independent from foreign oil…Then there was the woman who called our office a few weeks before the election to tell us that though she had signed up to volunteer for Kerry she had now decided to back Bush. Why? Because the president supported stem cell research."

More disturbing still is Hayes's portrayal of the odd lacuna in voters' understanding of what a political issue even is. "As far as I could tell, the problem wasn't the word 'issue'; it was a fundamental lack of understanding of what constituted the broad category of the 'political,' he writes. "The undecideds I spoke to didn't seem to have any intuitive grasp of what kinds of grievances qualify as political grievances. Often, once I would engage undecided voters, they would list concerns, such as the rising cost of health care; but when I would tell them that Kerry had a plan to lower health-care premiums, they would respond in disbelief -- not in disbelief that he had a plan, but that the cost of health care was a political issue. It was as if you were telling them that Kerry was promising to extend summer into December."

The depressing upshot of this is that Democrats can't make headway by configuring their policies. In the end, Hayes sees only two options: "either abandon 'issues' as the lynchpin of political campaigns and adopt the language of values, morals, and character as many have suggested; or begin the long-term and arduous task of rebuilding a popular, accessible political vocabulary -- of convincing undecided voters to believe once again in the importance of issues." In other words, find a demagogue or educate the country -- either way, Democrats have their work cut out for them."

So, basically people who are voting really have no idea what they are even voting for - they assign candiate positions that are the opposite of those the candiate espouses, and completely ignore facts. Okay, I admit it now. Most Americans are, in fact, stupid.

It just gets better

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So, hooray! John Ashcroft is leaving as Attorney General! No more "Let the Eagle Soar" and covered up statue boobs!

Oh...wait...maybe it's not so good. Our president, in his wisdom, has choose Albert Gonzales to replace Ashcroft. You may remember him as the wacky next door neighbor in the Abu Ghraib scandle - the one who wrote the memos arguing that during a war the president can use torture and suspend whatever national or international laws happen to restrain him.

He's also the guy who determined that we can hold citizans without charges indefinately because we feel like it.

I'm told that we are supposed to be happy about the job he has done advising the President because at least we don't have Muslim Internment camps.

Yeah...this is the guy who should be the head of law enforcement in the U.S. Right.

On the bright side

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I suppose there is one potential bright side to all of this election news. Keep in mind that Nixon also got his second term...and enough rope to hang himself.

Oh well

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So, the American people have choosen four more years of deception and incompetance.

I am disappointed, though I can't really say I am surprised.

Lies and fear mongering on the part ogf the Bush administration have had thier desired effect, and all I can say is that we will get exactly what we deserve.

This will be much worse than the last four years.

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