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.

Friday, May 16, 2003
On May 15, 2003, Jim Shella of WISH TV-8 in Indianapolis reported that before a speech by George W. Bush in support of a tax cut, Republican White House operatives instructed wealthy donors and political players to remove their neckties if they would appear on-camera behind the image of George W. Bush.

Why remove neckties? As Shella reports, Republican operatives wanted it to appear that the individuals clapping and cheering on Bush's tax cut plan were not wealthy donors and political players, but rather just regular old plain folks. To make wealthy donors and political players look like just regular old plain folks, the neckties have got to go.

As the polls show, George W. Bush is having a hard time getting real working-class Americans to support his tax cut for the rich. Apparently, manufacturing fake working-class Americans for TV cameras is good enough.

This isn't the first time George W. Bush has had to manufacture a fake image because he couldn't deal with reality. Just a week ago, George W. Bush spent millions of taxpayer dollars keeping a ship and its crew idling in circles out in the Pacific away from its port so he could land on it in a jet for a campaign commercial. A few months before that, Dubya had his aides put "Made in America" stickers on Chinese-made boxes, then stacked them next to Bush. Apparently, the foreign-made truth would look bad on television. As far back as the Republican Convention of 2000, George W. Bush's handlers arranged for black faces to be painted on the Convention floor and black gospel choirs to be hired as entertainment in order to balance out the lilly white faces of the real Republican Party players there that week.

This is a pattern, people. And these aren't matters of opinion -- they are observed, confirmed facts. When it makes him look bad, George W. Bush can't handle the truth. Bush's choices demonstrate a galling lack of the honor and integrity he promised to maintain while occupying the office of President.

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Posted by Theodiclus Lock at 10:29 PM. # (permalink)

Wednesday, May 14, 2003
Mother Davis clucks her tongue as she asks,

What has gotten into the Republicans in Congress these days?!?

They say that they're for Homeland Security, so they pass a bunch of legislation that allows the government to spy on law abiding Americans, but they refuse to pass any laws that would actually help the government to keep track of high powered, portable weapons being sold and transported within out own country! Oh sure, these Republicans think it's okay for the FBI to read all your personal emails, but will they let the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms create a registery system so that convicted felons aren't able to buy sniper rifles? No, they say, that would be big government!

Just yesterday, Republican Congressional Representative Tom DeLay announced that he opposes a renewal of the assault weapons ban of 1994. This ban simply makes it illegal for Americans to buy extremely dangerous guns like Uzis for their own "personal" use. Since the ban was passed, deaths from these kinds of guns are way down, but DeLay and most of the other House Republicans think that the ban was an awful idea, because they believe that Americans ought to be able to privately own whatever kinds of weapons they want to own.

DeLay says that he has enough Republican votes to kill the assault weapon ban. He says he's doing it for the hunters. Folks, do you know any hunters who go after turkey or deer with an Uzi?

This isn't just an issue of Homeland Security, it's an issue of crime. If Republicans can't summon the inner strength to renew a law that bans Uzis and other similar machine guns from America's streets, then it seems clear to me that these Republicans are soft on crime.

Luckily, Democrats and a few moderate Republicans in Congress are organizing a filibuster against this dangerously extremist Republican attempt to open America's neighborhoods to automatic-firing machine guns.

Please, call your representative in the House of Representatives and urge them to participate in the filibuster until the Republicans agree to abandon their reckless attempts to allow anyone in America to stockpile private armories of Uzis and other machine guns.

Wiping little beads of sweat off her forehead,
Mother Davis

Posted by Katherine Davis at 7:59 AM. # (permalink)

Tuesday, May 13, 2003
Workers Have to Work Saturday To Make Up Pay Lost During Bush's "Jobs" Speech

In one particularly telling moment of Bush's push for his plan for tax give-aways to the leisure class, workers at a factory in Nebraska are being told that they'll have to come in to work an extra day to make up for the delays caused by Bush's presence. If they don't, they're being told that they'll have to lose a day's pay.

This is just the latest example of how Bush leaves economic chaos in his wake wherever he goes. Economic losses resulting from his various appearances pushing tax cuts range from the tens of thousands to the millions of dollars.

Of course, it's not the factory's owners who will be taking the financial hit. It's the floor workers who are being asked to work the weekend as a result of Bush's visit. This aptly reflects the unfair focus of Bush's special tax giveaways, which will not help the workers, but are designed to provide a big bonus to people like the factory owners: corporations and the nation's one percent most wealthy citizens.

While the workers are forced to take extra time away from their families, and Bush makes his public relations appearance, a group of concerned citizens who are worried about the failures of Bush's economic policies is being selectively excluded from the event. Nebraska's Fair Taxes for All Coalition is being told by the factory owners to stay out of sight.

Apparently George W. Bush's photo opportunity requires a quick cover-up of the real struggles of Nebraska's workers, who are wondering whether Bush will ever get around to helping anyone who doesn't have enough money to own a yacht or eat foie gras for lunch.

We're waiting.

Posted by J. Clifford Cook at 5:27 PM. # (permalink)

Monday, May 12, 2003

File This Under "It's the Economy, Stupid"

U.S. Deficit Will Exceed $300B, CBO Says This year's federal deficit should exceed $300 billion -- the largest ever -- mainly due to growing defense spending and a limp economy that has depressed government revenue, the Congressional Budget Office said.

Posted by Matthew Cook at 2:14 PM. # (permalink)

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