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Monday, November 01, 2004
Perpetual Delusion Machine

GOP victimhood myths
History of the Perpetual Delusion Machine

The Perpetual Delusion Machine (PDM) isn't new, but it is improved.  It has been refined, upgraded, and sometimes retrofitted over the last 40 years to become handier and more useful to a modern conservative propagandist making a seven figure consulting fee with the Republican party.

The PDM is now small enough to fit into the flannel shirt pocket of any culturally sensitive billionaire and rugged enough to withstand the impact if it should accidentally fall out of your pocket while operating a chainsaw on your 1500 acre ranch after the photo opportunity has ended and the red lights on the video cameras have long since blinked off.  High-end models of the PDM are increasingly becoming more affordable.  Even a first-time GOP congressional candidate running a low-budget virgin campaign for House of Representatives can now afford to purchase a good PDM.

Original and prototype models of the Perpetual Delusion Machine -- created with the inefficiency that only the Defense Department can fully master -- were bulky, slow, and only available through federal procurement.  Advances in technology, mass communications, and miniaturization have improved the original PDM.

Starting with Richard Nixon's improved foreign relations with China in the 1970s, the PDM first underwent significant cost-benefit improvements that the Pacific Rim could offer.  Japanese technological innovations in the PDM could be cheaply mass-produced in Hong Kong manufacturing facilities.  In the following decade, the Asian supply of quality PDMs dried up about the same time that slippery vomit was drying up on the Japanese Prime Minister's lap, courtesy of the original President Bush.

Free trade agreements being all the rage on nearly every private golf course available to corporate executives and the politicians that caddy for them, the Perpetual Delusion Machine was soon made for dimes on the dollar in Mexico.  It easily flooded the marketplace of ideas as fast as you could fire and deport your European nanny and then not only hire a new nanny, but also a landscaper, a personal assistant and a pretty little Mexican maid simply by learning a few new phrases in Spanish.  Por favor, de nada, and Viva Bush being among the most useful.

How does the Perpetual Delusion Machine work?

If you are a politician craving conservative voters in your precinct or state, the PDM is very simple to understand, but you must operate your PDM with the time-tested psychological settings.  The most important thing to remember when operating your own PDM is that no matter what your specific political goals are, conservative voters are willing and perpetual victims of the nebulous boogeyman they commonly call the liberal elite.  The main thing is that you want to create the angry, oppressed backlash.  Here's part of the PDM owners manual:
The Great Backlash has made the laissez-faire revival possible, but this does not mean that it speaks to us in the manner of the capitalists of old, invoking the divine right of money or demanding that the lowly learn their place in the great chain of being. On the contrary: The backlash imagines itself as a foe of the elite, as the voice of the unfairly persecuted, as a righteous protest of the people on history's receiving end. That its champions today control all three branches of government matters not a whit. That its greatest beneficiaries are the wealthiest people on the planet does not give it pause.

In fact, backlash leaders systematically downplay the politics of economics. The movement's basic premise is that culture outweighs economics as a matter of public concern - that Values Matter Most, as one backlash book title has it. On those grounds it rallies citizens who would once have been reliable partisans of the New Deal to the standard of conservatism. Old-fashioned values may count when conservatives appear on the stump, but once conservatives are in office the only old-fashioned situation they care to revive is the regimen of low wages and lax regulations. Over the last three decades they have smashed the welfare state, reduced the tax burden on corporations and the wealthy, and generally facilitated the country's return to a nineteenth-century pattern of wealth distribution. Thus the primary contradiction of the backlash: It is a working-class movement that has done incalculable, historic harm to working-class people.

The leaders of the backlash may talk Christ, but they walk corporate. Values may "matter most" to voters, but they always take a back seat to the needs of money once the elections are won. This is a basic earmark of the phenomenon, absolutely consistent across its decades-long history. Abortion is never halted. Affirmative action is never abolished. The culture industry is never forced to clean up its act. Even the greatest culture-warrior of them all, Ronald Reagan, was a notorious cop-out once it came time to deliver.

One might expect this reality to vex the movement's true believers. Their grandstanding leaders never produce, their fury mounts and mounts, and nevertheless they turn out every two years to return their right-wing heroes to office for a second, a third, a twentieth try. The trick never ages, the illusion never wears off. Vote to stop abortion; receive a rollback in capital-gains taxes. Vote to make our country strong again; receive deindustrialization. Vote to screw those politically correct college professors; receive electricity deregulation. Vote to get government off our backs; receive conglomeration and monopoly everywhere from media to meatpacking. Vote to stand tall against terrorists; receive Social Security privatization efforts. Vote to strike a blow against elitism; receive a social order in which wealth is more concentrated than ever before in our lifetimes, in which workers have been stripped of power and CEOs are rewarded in a manner beyond imagining.

The Perpetual Delusion Machine now has a Patriotism retrofit available.

"The people can always be brought to do the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism."

--Nazi leader Hermann Goering

[Headphones] :: We Can Do Better - JfZ

Sunday, October 31, 2004
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Saturday, October 30, 2004
TAG board archive - October 2004

Everyone!  Into the pool!!
So ... why?  Well, I go through the TAG board periodically (or when asked) and delete entries.  Mainly I delete your entries because it reloads the page periodically or when you add a new entry for chatting and when it gets too large, it takes up bandwidth loading constantly.  My general rule was this: if you put an annoying little smilie emoticon on the TAG, that entry was the first to go when I cleaned house.

The second rule: if the entry was older.  But the second rule bummed me out because I hate to throw away memories, so, some entries were deemed to be classics and had to be preserved (like Hygelic reading my blog in the bathroom on his cell phone).

Then the first and second rules unfortunately clashed when it came to old school phreeks who might put an ascii emoticon at the end of their sentence, like Skennedy (et al).  These people were violating my first unstated rule through no fault of their own, and, because the programmers of the TAG board must have thought to themselves, "how handy-fucking-dandy would it be if we just translated every ascii emoticon to a different happy little yellow face?"  So, they dropped another few hits of Exstacy, patted each other on the back and went back to coding the TAG board.

So, whether it is a good thing or a bad thing, whether it is wise or terribly, terribly wrong -- I've decided to archive the TAG board here for all to see -- and still be able to delete older entries (and keep the TAG.html small) with a clear conscience.  I normally archive halfway through the month.

Read 2004 Archive: [October][September][August][July][Prior to July 2004]

Brandon Starr I'm up to non-policy reason to vote for Kerry over Bush #2. I'll be glad when Tuesday comes...
Ruse I really like yer banner
Lyly John- hehehe you be an interestin' dude... "Alas poor Annie, we knew her well, but now's the time to visit hell." hehe I know that's twisted but hey, she's Bill's 'friend.'
Mar have a nice weekend (ty for the tag back)
princessdeirdre *drops off cookies and milk for ya* aww. I'm such a nice princess. hehe
J f Z I'm honored. You're the first Cutie Snow Girl we've had visit, too. So, that's cool.
cutiesnowgirl I've never visited your blog before and I am pleased that I did.....make of that what you will
J f Z <-- Wail, I'm highly tempted to dress up like the 'pudding makes me stronger' guy. It shouldn't be too hard for me to pull off.
J f Z Damn. I'd paid good money to see Ann Coulter with a bright red ball gag in her mouth. Heh.
Lyly figuratively, of course...
Lyly Evening JfZ, watching Bill Maher and Richard Belzer skewer Ann Coulter
wailfulrhyme oh yeah... did you hear that poland has decided to pull it's troops out of iraq? hehe... they're hoping all their soldiers will be out by the end of january. so technically. bush no longer has poland.
wailfulrhyme so what are you being for halloween?
Brandon Starr #5 reason is up now, JfZ.
Mar hi again J f Z
Helleena Boy oh boy I did not know that I was so good at taking pictures. Dam I am good!
just a dot Very nice blog.
Libby no problems
Libby what?
Brandon Starr I'm not in the middle. Bush has gotta go. Polls show more than 80% of Dems like Kerry, and I'll accept those odds. No, I can't send them packing. It's Kerry volunteerism, not Bush.
Duke Besides, what someone claims to be (Dem, Rep, Lib, etc) doesn't necessarily correlate with who they're gonna vote for, so if a Dem is gonna vote for Bush are you gonna send 'em walkin'?
Duke Libertarian (forgot the 'N')
Duke But Brandon, you said you're a Libertaria so why drive Dems and not Reps? If you're in the middle shouldn't you drive whoever needs/wants a ride?
Brandon Starr Why would anyone who needs to fill their gas tank vote for Bush, for that matter?
J f Z If you REALLY DO need a ride, why would you vote for any Republican? That's just crazy talk.
Brandon Starr I presume the Republicans have volunteers doing the same thing.
Duke So what if a Republican needs a ride?
Brandon Starr If anyone lives in a swing state, or within driving distance of one, I'd urge them to volunteer. I'm Libertarian, but I'll be driving Democrats to the polls in my Kerry-leaning state of Washington.
wailfulrhyme hi JFZ... thanks for the wise words on my blog. i forgot to say so earlier which may've been rude of me. take care!
Phases Thank ya bud.
Brandon Starr Ten days til election day, and I've started a daily "ten non-policy reasons to vote Kerry instead of Bush." I invite others to come up with their own top ten lists...
Sinister Ninja I love the graphic J, thank you! I'm gonna try and think of a way to use it, if that's cool with you?
Helleena Ok Duke I will see what is going on right now I have asick kitty I am taking care of. so thigs here are kind of crazy.
Parisian15 great place you have here
Seige your blog is looking greater everytime i visits
Brandon Starr Just blogged about Iran's endorsement of Bush.
Lyly sorry, 'there'
Lyly John- thank you for your comment at my blog...I replied to you their.
Duke Perhaps but his comment leads me to believe otheriwse...BTW, can you please have JfZ EMAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW THAT HE GOT MY EMAIL!?!?!?!?
Helleena I am sure that he is brighter than you give him credit for.
Duke uhh do realize that the Gamerz and Get off You Ass are TWO different graphics! Don't you?
kisses great site!!! love it, really ... im coming back here... would you mind if i drop a *kiss* ?
FreudianSlip lmao @ the Gamerz vote graphic that says geet off your ass! ahaha
jade hey, nice blog... nice entry too
Duke <---New entry...did you check your email yet (JfZ)? Let me know ASAP as it is rather urgent and I want to make certain that you received it!
princessdeirdre Hello. Just stopping in for a look-see.
CuriouslyMad Seriously, I think it's very very barely alive.
CuriouslyMad Hey, I came all the way here to tell you I'm typing on my laptop. That's right, it's on! Ha. And you thought it wouldn't learn it's lesson.
Lyly Hey there, John.
Duke Ok, I originally sent it to your plastic account but just re-sent it to your juno account
J f Z For 32 states in the US, the reg deadline has passed. Since each state has different rules, I decided to leave the Voter Registration Tool up until election.
Duke Did you check your email? If not, check it (JfZ) there is a rather urgent message I sent you.
Lyly John - don't worry I was just teasing Big Brother...
GenePoolLifeguard Dude, its too late to register to vote.
Kristi lol You are so funny. I think I'm gonna go straight and marry you! lol I'm with Phases on that one, need some topless chicks to balance it out.... REALLY! It is ONLY FAIR! lol
Angel_Ameria I second that... :- )
jade heh, i'll take the guys over the girls anytime
J f Z Hi Phases. Been a while. I added some indoor plumbing recently.
Phases Nice blog you got here. Well, except the topless dudes over there. You need to put in some topless chicks to balance it out. It's only fair.
Mark Adams "Oh Dude" Hersh & UK media document US atrocities This needs to get out there.
Spiderman 2(Ronan) thanks for the tag! nice reviews
Rocker boom baby! heh. havent been here in a while, just cruising by.
J f Z Come to FL. TX sux. We're picking up sticks here ... And there's still juice in hurricane season for one nasty one to hit TX.
Kristi But, wondering if maybe TX would be a better place to go since Florida was hit so hard this year.
Kristi Do you really wanna know what happened to me this week? lol You are a sillyman! That is why we all like you so much. lol I'm still looking to move to florida after school is out this year.
J f Z Dang, Jorge. I was never very good at scrabble. They must have counted 'ein' as a word. Preety cool , tho!
J f Z Spanner, if you like the GIF, feel free to rip it. I made it nonpartisan so anyone can use it on their own site to link to whatever they'd like.
J f Z Heh. I don't want a buddy in the WH. I want someone who can think for himself and not rely on his daddy'd friends for everything.
Jorge :]
Jorge The word is Therein
Jorge O.o Woah, ...Hello
Spanner Ilike your threat lvel for voting...Pretty kewl
dennis Kerry = "sonorous" Bush = "sophomoric"
dennis JfZ - You missed it!! Dubya will win because he is an expert at putting on the "virtue" posture, face and tonal qualities - at his best re: "stem cells" which = abortion = conservative votes.
John Furie Zacharias What's shakin' Kristi Fem? I was just being bored sillyman.
Kristi Dude, I was just stating that I exist by peeping in and booing. lol
jade cool blog
jan yep true
J f Z Thanks, you guys. Nice of you to say. Spanner, I added the link to the Ryan a/v clip.
Spanner John go to my site anc heck outthe tim ryan Video and please add it on your blog!
Spanner LOL good one john!
Die Spiegel kick ass place. not going to vote tho.
Steff kewl site, doll, like the lightnin strikes!
J f Z Thanks, Brandon. I would put it on a shirt, but hopefully a few weeks from now, the evil Bush Cheney effort will be foiled and it'll be too dated to be funny. LOL
Brandon Starr Funny "Dynamic Debate Duo" bit, JfZ! Did you really draw the cartoon? It's great! Put it on a Zazzle shirt or something!
dennis Until you have been loved by Mikey you haven't been fully loved yet - dog breath and all (chuckle)
John Furie Zacharias Hehehe. That's because Mikey is a dog and his breath probably smells like cat poop. LOL
jan Mikey still stops at yr trlr for his lovin but gets none -
Brandon Starr I'm definitely watching. TiVoing, too.
John Furie Zacharias Are you going to watch the Cheney-Edwards WWF VP Smack Down tonight? If *that* debate devolves, it'll be like a bulldog chewing on a poodle.
John Furie Zacharias It also means: to degenerate or deteriorate gradually, grow worse. But, anyway ... SNL did have Ben Affleck as James Carville giving Kerry advice.
dennis "devolve" - what an interesting word, Jeff. "De" = down. "Volve" = roll. I never heard it before. Good use of it!!!
Halcyon I don;t know where the pod bay doors are I'm afraid.
John Furie Zacharias You don't scare me, Kristi ... but you do (nevermind) Heh. Tease-Tease.
John Furie Zacharias You're pissing me off! I could only be sure of just TWO of the slogans, dammit!
Brandon Starr The movie poster pics remind me--I just did a Trivia Question of the Day about business slogans in movies. Some easy, some tough.
Kristi Boo
dennis Jan, is that you?!!!I want your e-mail address again. I had a major loss of ALL info. Give Mikey a rub for me
jan sandbox??
Melly thanks for stoppin
John Furie Zacharias There's a photo of Dennis petting Mikey on his Sandbox page, Jan.
jan the laundromat worked good thru the storms Mikey thot twas great!
jan yep
Strangergirl lol... ooo
Strangergirl Heya! Amazing! You visited my website... and I didn't even know I published that... lol... gar, am I stupid.
dennis Hey, good blog on the apocalypse!!
dennis I had a "vision". Cheney watching the debate: "I KNEW that dumb ass's eyes were too close together"
John Furie Zacharias In the [Headphones] of the latest Conspiracy Theory ... might work for your heartburn page. Heh.
Strangergirl Hiya! What? MP3? forgot?
John Furie Zacharias Your mail-in Voter Registration form must be post-marked tomorrow 10/04 in most states! Make me proud!
Brandon Starr Newsweek poll: Kerry's strength in first debate has led to evaporation of recent Bush lead. Link on my blog.
Brandon Starr They may have rotated the tires, too.
J f Z Blogdrive was down on Saturday until 5pm. They upgraded servers and changed the oil.
John Furie Zacharias Thanks for the URL, Dennis. I think the underlying worry>dislike>hatred for the U.S. comes from recent history. IE: Military occupations & colonial puppet governments by past western empire builders.
dennis Get inside the head of a Muslim in Iraq - see what's really happening, eh?
dennis No, this is not what you may fear it is. You'll find more about Iraw - what's really going on- note Mullah!! /Anti-Christ/Mullah%20Omar.htm

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[Headphones] :: Bush and Brando debate - JfZ

Thursday, October 28, 2004
Supreme Post-election Clusterfuck

She's peeking, you can tell
It is not a huge stretch of pessimistic imagination to predict that this upcoming presidential election in the United States is likely to become a legal clusterfuck eclipsing the 2000 election debacle.  No matter which candidate appears to win the election on November 2nd, I fear George Bush or John Kerry will unfortunately carry a scarlet letter of illegitimacy into their presidency.  In the eyes of almost half of the population of the United States, either candidate will serve their term as president under a cloud of invalidity that will rival only that of Interim Prime Minister, Ayad Allawi in Iraq.

These angry supporters of the losing candidate aren't likely to launch mortars into the green zone encompassing 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  No, they will wage war the civilized way.  They will hire an army of lawyers and file lawsuits -- many, many lawsuits -- in every court they possibly can.

I'm not the only grouchy, pessimistic person prophesying doom.  George Washington University Law School Professor and Legal Affairs editor for the The New Republic, Jeffrey Rosen, highlights the upcoming legal scenario that could be played out in court rooms all over America.
It's November 2, and the presidential election looks close in Ohio. An army of lawyers are dispatched by the Bush and Kerry campaigns to scour all 11,614 precincts in the state for any hint of voting irregularities. Within hours, both sides have filed competing suits in state courts challenging the standards for counting provisional, absentee, and military ballots, as well as for the use of different voting machines. Within days, Laurence Tribe and James Baker are filing petitions to the Supreme Court, arguing that Bush v. Gore--the case that decided the 2000 election--compels the justices to intervene. The justices, who once confidently predicted that Bush v. Gore would have no effect on future elections, are horrified. Even the Bush v. Gore dissenters are shocked at the mess the decision has created. After all, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called Bush v. Gore a "one-of-a-kind case" as recently as February 2003 in a speech to San Diego law students, adding optimistically, "I doubt it will ever be cited as precedent by the court on anything."

Unfortunately, the hopes that Bush v. Gore would fade from memory like an embarrassing dinner guest have proved to be wildly mistaken. And, if the election is close, the nightmare scenario described above seems all too likely to come to pass.

Call it a nightmare scenario.  I just choose to call it a post-election clusterfuck.
"What do you think? Donald Duck is going to decide it?"

-- Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, 10/28/04
Stories of voter registration irregularites, voter intimidation, or what I simply call ballot bullying are already flying out from both candidate's campaign camps faster than Girl Scouts running and screaming through the woods in the middle of the night because a grizzly bear in the tent is raiding all the good boxes of cookies.

Although hundreds of court rooms all over the country could be jammed with individual lawsuits based upon ballot bullying, the final outcome of the 2004 presidential election could easily be in front of the Supreme Court to decide -- again.  According to John Hanna of AP news, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is hopeful that it won't come to that again.
When asked about the prospect of more litigation over the 2004 vote, Thomas said, "I would prefer not to have to decide it, but that joins a long list of things," adding: "It's my job."
Personally, I hope the Supreme Court doesn't have to select the next president this year either.  I didn't care much for their choice the first time around in 2000.

[Headphones] :: Dancing with the Dubya - JfZ

Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Black Voters in Florida Caged

Just shut up and shoot
I was sitting there with RNC chairman Ed Gillispie after eating a dinner that he kindly put on his Bush Cheney 2004 American Express Gold Card, picking the remnants of the filet mignon I had just eaten out of my teeth, when I asked him how he planned to win in the battleground state of Florida and get its 27 electoral votes.

"That's going to be easy," he said as he sipped on his Jack Daniels.

"But 2000 was a nail biter and you had Jeb ..." I started to interject.

"We got it covered.  Don't worry.  We have a bigger budget," he said as he unconsciously twirled the AMEX card around in his fingers.  He continued, "We have sophisticated demographic databases, paid and volunteer action teams, and we know who to target."

He finished his drink off and swirled the ice around in his glass as he said, "You see, unlike the big cities on either coast where I couldn't pay the bravest Bush supporter to go in and disrupt a polling place in an inner city ghetto, Florida is a totally different scenario.  Sure, it might get messy.  People expect that.  But, we've been working on this for some time and we do still have Jeb."

"What about that journalist, Greg Palast, and that so-called Caging List story?" I asked.

"You know, it's funny," he chuckled, "Voters in the U.S. aren't likely to hear about that anyway."

He continued, "People in the U.S. think everyone in the United Kingdom is on-board with the president 100 percent.  Tony Blair tells them so.  When he speaks, it gets played on the news.  Hell, when a couple hundred Scots go to Iraq, we run stories about their 250 year old fighting tradition."

"You mean, like the Don't Forget About Poland thing?" I asked.

"Yeah, but even betterWe've blocked the Bush-Cheney web site from those pesky, dentally-challenged Brits and we've got Bush supporters in the middle of our country thanking Jesus that the Highlander is on our side in Iraq, now".

Brandon Starr

I've been reading Brandon Starr's top ten non-policy reasons not to vote for George W. Bush.

Reason #10: Bush is lazy.
Reason #9:  Bush is careless with his words.
Reason #8:  Bush is super-secretive, to a dangerous level.
Reason #7:  Bush is incapable of changing his mind.

[Headphones] :: Bush and Brando debate - JfZ

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