It is a time of freedom and fear, of Gaia and of borders, of many paths and the widening of a universal toll road, emptying country and swelling cities, of the public bought into privacy and the privacy of the public sold into invisible data banks and knowing algorithms. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection.

These are the times when maps fade and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread.

Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.

Saturday, April 19, 2003
Mother Davis takes her cart to the self checkout counter as she calls for your attention:

Our editor, Albert G. Smith, has given us contributors to Irregular Times a new assignment. We've been told that Irregular Times needs to attract new readers by offering saucy personality quizzes of the kind offered in Cosmopolitan. Personally, I'm a bit new to this, so I'm asking for your help, dear reader.

These are the personality tests I've come up with so far. Email Me to let me know which ones you think have the most potential.

- Which Presidential candidate are you when you go out on a date? Take this quiz to find out if your significant O sees you as John Kerry or Al Sharpton!
- Are you the kind to withhold, or are you looking for a refund? What your tax return says about your sexual personality!!
- The airport bookshop and your mother. You enter an airport bookstore and see a rack full of bestsellers. The one you pick reveals whether you write home enough!!!
- Pick a baby name, reveal your true self. Choose among the top 20 most popular baby names, for boys and girls, and discover what your future spouse's most annoying financial habits will be.(!!!!!)

The only other one I could think of was the garden vegetable stress test. Perhaps I don't have a future in supermarket publishing after all.

Sighing as she combs through her cat's horoscope,
Mother Davis

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Thursday, April 17, 2003
American Rulers of Iraq Seek to Evade Certifications of WMD Destruction

I read the news today, oh boy...

Before they invaded Iraq and became an occupying force, the Bush Administration demanded that the Iraqi government come up with proof for the destruction of their weapons of mass destruction, saying that if they really wanted to give such proof, they could do so in a matter of days. Less than six months into the process of inspection of weapons elimination, Bush demanded war, saying that the lack of complete success in the process was a sign that the Iraqi government was engaged in an evil plot to take over the world.

Now that George W. Bush is himself the de facto Dictator of Iraq, he's seeking to do away with all those United Nations resolutions that demand proof of Iraq's elimination of weapons of mass destruction. Today, spokespeople for the Bush Administration are saying that it's just going to be too hard to prove to the United Nations that all of the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq have in fact been destroyed. The American occupiers of Iraq are now calling for the United Nations to ignore its own security resolutions.

Of course, this comes from the government that won't even turn over records to Congress about which oil corporation executives were given the chance to shape Bush's national energy policy. The fact that Bush is unwilling to give proof of the destruction of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq now that he has authority over them should come as no surprise.

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