History and Development of the Libotometer

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The Need for a Standard

Everyone knows that liberals are nuts. But it wasn't until the advent of the "Misery Index" brought about by the policies of the Carter administration that someone hit upon the idea of quantifying liberal madness.

In 1978 Dr. Dwayne deTubbe developed a scale that became the acid test for liberal insanity. It was an acid test in the literal sense because its logarithmic scale represented the total quarts of acid that someone would have to have dropped in the 60s in order for a given liberal viewpoint to make any sense. Dr. deTubbe discovered that this number also corresponded to the total cubic feet of model airplane glue fumes that a person would have to sniff to be fooled by the liberal position at issue.

Finally the world had the answer to the perennial question: "How crazy is that?"

Typically the results were represented within the industry by a syringe with a logarithmic scale displayed next to the person or situation in question like this:

At the time the measurement was arrived at through an educated analysis based on behavioral patterns, since no known scientific means of measuring the condition existed. While still useful, the number varied from analyst to analyst and represented just a ballpark figure.

Early Efforts

Instrumentation pioneer I.M. Dwouning was troubled by this lack of precision. During the early 1990s, Dr. Dwouning experimented with various devices in an effort to physically measure the madness that Dr. deTubbe's scale quantified. Dr. Dwouning built many ineffective prototypes until he finally hit upon an ingenious idea.

I.M. Dwouning got the idea from the fact that a distorted view is required to believe the liberal position. He combined a series of distorting lenses together in such a fashion that turning them in the right combination would bring the distorted view into focus. At that point the position of the lenses would give a direct reading of the lunacy being measured.

He built a device that worked perfectly. Having thus fulfilled his engineering goal, Dr. Dwouning moved on to other projects without giving any more thought to further development of his contraption.

The market success of the device was waiting on a surprise development in another field.

A Renewed Need

In the early spring of 1999 the medical community was astonished to discover that democratic dementia is an actual medical condition (just like sexual addiction to minor interns) which leaves identifiable physiological traces. Because its main symptom is diminished brain capacity, these traces were dubbed "Libotomy scars," although they don't leave a mark that is visible to the naked eye.

A new scale quickly emerged relating liberal lunacy to the length of lobotomy scar required to remove enough brain to get you to buy the liberal viewpoint. The advent of the new scale and the awareness of a measurable medical condition caused a renewed interest in the topic.

During the 2000 election The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Inc. approached Dr. Dwouning to develop a commercially viable version of his gadget. The idea appealed to the aging inventor's sense of legacy. Many Americans were obviously very confused and society could benefit greatly from the data his device would yield.

Dr. Dwouning incorporated the libotomy scar concept into his optical through-the-lens metering system and came up with an accurate device that anyone could use.

This is a rare picture of an early prototype of Dr. Dwouning's instrument.

The user looks through this device at a political position or character he wishes to measure. He adjusts the device until the position makes sense. At that point the scale displays the insanity level being measured. In keeping with the prevailing scale at the time, the Libotometer 2000 reading relates to the size of lobotomy scar a person would have to have to buy into the position being viewed.

Sadly, I.M. Dwouning perished in an unfortunate bathing mishap without seeing his invention achieve commercial success. But like any good idea, his could not be stopped from blossoming.

A New Application

The project was picked up by Dr. Heywood U. Lukadat, a physician at St. Ronald's Medical Center. Building on the work of Dwayne deTubbe, I.M. Dwouning, and others, Dr. Lukadat refined the design and integrated solid state electronics with the intent of applying the apparatus to the medical field.

(The case illustrated is interesting because the first time it was tested it registered quite low. After a time the gauge started creeping up. Now every time it's measured the needle registers a little higher, demonstrating the accuracy and usefulness of the machine.)

The main markets at first were industrial applications like hospitals because the early models were expensive and tricky to use. For example, a direct reading of John Kerry spouting his bilge about how "American soldiers are terrorists breaking into houses in the dark of the night" might register much lower than expected in the hands of a novice user. Because the machine is so complex, results can be clouded by what industry experts call the "Smack-down factor." That's when the machine tunes out the input before getting a good reading because the whiny, sniveling tone of voice just makes you want to smack the guy around regardless of what he might be saying. A trained technician is required to filter those elements out with a careful adjustment of the squelch.

The main attraction of the sophisticated Lukadat version was the use of the variety of scales that had been developed to measure democratic dementia. With the incorporation of solid state electronics, the following scales were easily read directly off the commercial grade Libotometer:

A-scale: The classic Dwayne deTubbe scale representing how much acid you'd have to drop to buy into the position. Also correlates to the G-scale, for the total cubic feet of airplane glue fumes you'd have to sniff. Applying a simple modulus will convert this into the Botox index for democratic insanity as well.

M-scale: The number of martinis you'd have to ingest for the liberal viewpoint to make sense. Corresponds roughly to the distance in inches you'd have to have your head up a dark and unsanitary place to think the liberal viewpoint makes sense.

DD-scale: The bra size a person explaining the particular liberal position would have to have before you'd say "Sure, I'll buy that."

T-scale: Total annual mass of tin foil hats (in lbs.) you go through if you believe the crap you're hearing.

R scale: Total number of minutes your head would have to be in the Chernobyl reactor core before the liberal position seems logical.

L-scale: Length in inches of the lobotomy scar you'd have to have to believe it.

S-scale: Distance in yards you have to be away from the source to tolerate the stench of it.

pH-scale: Inverse Phil Hendrie clue-in time. This reading is the inverse of the number of hours a new Phil Hendrie listener could listen to this position without cluing in to the fact it's bogus. For example, a reading of 15 means that in 4 minutes (1/15 hour) the most clueless Phil Hendrie listener would discard the philosophy as junk.

A Libotometer for Everyman

In time, market forces prevailed, as they do. Democrat Watchers were thrilled in 2005 when the consumer grade version of this ingenious device was released.

Combining the simplicity of the Dwouning version and the sophistication of the Lukadat device, the Libometer LT is easy to use and accurate. The observer simply looks at the issue through the viewer, then turns the distortion lens to the left until it makes sense. When the view is distorted to the left far enough to make the subject clear, the libotometer scale directly displays the accurate reading.

View the Libotometer LT ad.

Charts are available to convert the raw readings from the left-twisted distortion dial into various popular scales.

Libotomy Reports

Unlike other scars (lobotomy scars for example), libotomy scars can't be seen with the naked eye (even though their effects can't be hidden). Following the success of the Libotometer, Dr. Ludakat made the next logical step and developed a machine to view and photograph the physiological traces that liberal lunacy leaves. His apparatus scans the patient's head with ultraviolet light filtered through a polarizing lens made from an unobtanium alloy. St. Ronald's Medical Center is one of the few hospitals in the country that can scan these scars and produce actual photographs.

Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Lukadat (and the Freedom of Information statutes) many people are seeing for the first time the root cause of the previously inexplicable behavior of a lot of public figures. These data are stored in the medical files which I have been able to get access to in the SRMC archives.

As a public service I am passing these files along to you, the general public, so that you can be more informed about some of the handicaps that are crippling these people who make decisions about our lives.

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