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.

Thursday, May 29, 2003
Mother Davis pokes her own belly button as she asks herself,

When should a peacenik refrain from saying, "I told you so?" In Iraq, the situation appears to be much as the anti-war protesters predicted. Almost no one suggested that America would lose the war, but we did predict that America would lose the peace. Now, with suicide bombings and daily attacks along with gigantic protests of Iraqis demanding that American troops leave their country, the Bush Administration claim of "liberation" is shown to be a farce. Americans are refusing to allow United Nations weapons inspectors to have anything like the unfettered access to Iraq that months ago Bush cited as a valid provocation for war. The American military, with its hundreds of thousands of soldiers, has failed to find any of the "weapons of mass destruction" that they said made war against Iraq a necessary action. Even Donald Rumsfeld has admitted that it is likely that Saddam Hussein destroyed any such weapons before the war began, before Bush's deadline.

We could spend a lot of time pointing out that all the arguments George W. Bush used to urge America to invade Iraq have proved to be groundless. Still, before we do so, we should ask ourselves: What would be the point?

The invasion of Iraq is over, a done deal. It was wrong, way wrong, and historians will point out the hollow propaganda and loose logic the Bush Administration used to push America into war. We cannot undo the invasion.

What we can do is to prevent further ridiculousness by preparing for the future. We all know that as long as Bush is in the White House, more wars will be in the planning. For George W. Bush, W. stands irrevocably for war.

It is time for us to rededicate ourselves to the anti-war movement, a movement which exists whenver general conditions threaten war, as they still do. We need to look to the future instead of carping on a past that is by definition not up for debate.

This morning, I put a new bumpersticker on my car, and prepared to drive the streets with my little billboard shining for peace.

Looking forward even more to the chance to vote against war in 2004,
Mother Davis

Posted by Katherine Davis at 3:16 PM. # (permalink)

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

At it Yet AGAIN!

"Local" Conservative Columnist Plagiarizes from the National Republican Script

The practice of Republican plagiarism continues with a new and particularly pernicious instance. In previous instances of astroturf, the Republican National Committee recruited non-journalists to commit plagiarism for them. But this time, the Republicans have gone further. After the Republican National Committee wrote a polemical letter (the text of which you can read here), the very same words miraculously ended up as letters to the editor of the Robertson County Times (April 23, 2003) and the Southeastern Louisiana University Lion's Roar (April 17, 2003).

As far as regular astroturf goes, this is small potatoes. But then on May 15 of 2003 a columnist for the Weirs Times, a weekly newspaper distributed across New Hampshire, decided he'd take up the pen -- or rather, the copy machine. W.R. Carr is his name, although he prefers to be called Bill. He wrote the column as a representative of the New Hampshire Business Council, effectively localizing and hiding the true national source of the Republican Party's words.

After noting the similarities, I decided to contact Weirs Times directly. What happened next? Read here for the full skinny.

Posted by Matthew Cook at 8:57 PM. # (permalink)

Sunday, May 25, 2003
Have Bush and Cheney Identified Next Target for Invasion?

According to the Reuters news wire, the Bush Administration is showing signs of having chosen its next target for pre-emptive regime change: Iran. Accusing Iran of holding Al-Quaeda agents within its borders, the Bush Administration has abruptly cut all contact with the Iranian government and is discussing plans for replacing the current Iranian government with a new regime approved by Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld.

Take a look at a map, and things get interesting. You see, the United States already occupies Afghanistan and Iraq. What country, currently unoccupied by the United States, lies directly between Afghanistan and Iraq? You guessed it: Iran.

Now, scratch your chin hard and ask yourselves: What is the Bush Administration really up to, making plans to occupy a stretch of Asia reaching all the way from the Persian Gulf to the Himalaya mountain range, south of Russia, north of the Arabian Penninsula and east of Israel, knocking on China's western door?

I'm still scratching on this one myself, but the little thoughts that are coming to mind have me quite unnerved.

Posted by J. Clifford Cook at 8:29 AM. # (permalink)

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