Dark Bilious Vapors

But how could I deny that I possess these hands and this body, and withal escape being classed with persons in a state of insanity, whose brains are so disordered and clouded by dark bilious vapors....
--Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy: Meditation I

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09/30/2004: Thought for the Day:


The United States is having a presidential election involving a number of confusing things such as issues, platforms, and electoral votes. As a member of the DNRC, you know that this is an elaborate scheme concocted by the Founding Fathers to protect voters from the embarrassing realization that they always elect the candidate with the best hair.

Democracy might have some rough edges, but itís still the best system in the world. If you donít believe it, here are some true quotes overheard from the citizens who will help decide which leader should have the nuclear launch codes:

"If there was a rainbow at night, how would you know it was there?"

"Just because he's our landlord doesn't mean he owns the place."

"Wasn't bronchitis a dinosaur?"

"All old people should be shot at birth."

"I know that area of town like the back of my head."

The biggest issue this election is something called flip-flopping, and all candidates are accused of doing it. A strong leader is expected to maintain steadfast resolve in his opinion even if the environment changes or he gets new information. In any other context, that would be considered the first sign of a brain tumor. When presidents do it, itís called leadership, and frankly, we canít get enough of it.

Tip: Place your houseplants in front of the television during the next presidential debate and watch how leafy they get.

This election the decision is especially difficult because it pits a sitting president who started a war in order to find things that donít exist, versus an ugly guy. I donít think Iím alone in saying Iím not totally comfortable with either choice.

The official DNRC position in this campaign is that other peopleís votes shouldnít count. So find someone who disagrees with all of your opinions and convince that person to stay home on Election Day. Promise that youíll do the same. Then use your absentee ballot to vote from home so that technically you didnít lie. If there is one thing that our role models in this election have taught us, itís that omitting important information is completely different from lying.

If you are not a citizen of the United States, you can still vote in the election by using an absentee ballot. Iím pretty sure no one checks to see if theyíre real.
--Scott Adams (in the "Dogbert's New Ruling Class" newsletter)

Len on 09.30.04 @ 06:13 AM CST

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