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, August 09, 2003
Hmmm... I see that the Conspiracy Meetup reports only 61 members.

Well, that's what they report. Clearly, there's a much bigger group out there than this public report indicates. The next reasonable question to ask is: why is someone squelching the formation of this group? What do they have to gain by doing so?

You'll find any answers in the mainstream (paltry trickle!) press. But I think we all know what's really going on.

Posted by Matthew Cook at 7:56 AM# (permalink)

A quick note to refer you to a useful resource from the mainstream press.

ABC News has published a timeline of what we know so far about what Bush knew about the fake "evidence" he used to justify his war and when he learned about it being fake.

Posted by J. Clifford Cook at 5:55 AM. # (permalink)

Friday, August 08, 2003
Have you Announced YOUR Candidacy for California Governor Yet?

Howdy to all you great irregular California bruins out there. We've been following the never-ending story of the little candidates who could lining up to become the new governor after the upcoming recall elecction. We're disturbed that any of this pack of hyenas could become the leader of the most populous state in the union with a tiny minority of the vote, and we've been thinking about what we can do in such a ridiculous situation.

We've made up our minds, and decided that this calls for judo politics. Let the Republican numbknees fall under the weight of their own corrupt process, we say! If Arnold Schwarzenegger can join the race, we say that practically any Californian can. All it takes is 65 signatures on a petition and $3500 in fees, and you too can be on the ballot! Just get 100 people to donate $35, and you can be a candidate too!

The way we figure it, if enough people get on the ballot, the situation will become so obviously ridiculous that the Republican effort will go down in flames.

Of course, you don't have to actually get on the ballot to campaign for governor. Announce yourself as a write-in protest candidate! We've got a couple of bumperstickers in irreverent tutti-frutti flavors with which you can announce your intention to run for Governor of California. Who knows - you just might win a small following!

Here they are:

vote for me, governor of california

Happy campaigns!

Posted by J. Clifford Cook at 10:52 AM. # (permalink)

Thursday, August 07, 2003
So, DOES War equal Peace?

Earlier this year, before he launched his unprovoked war against Iraq, Resident George W. Bush justified his plan for violence by explaining that the invasion of Iraq would be a war for peace. A wonderful example of Bushspeak. John Ashcroft will soon be explaining how painting a house black is the best way to make it appear white, I suppose.

Well, let's not just dismiss Bush's interesting claims out of hand, now. How does his idea of a war for peace hold up to reality? Let's look at the results.

Months now after George W. Bush declared major combat over and dressed up like an military pilot to celebrate victory, what's going on?

In the last 48 hours alone:

  • A bomb exploded outside an embassy in Iraq, killing at least 11 people and wounding far more than 50.
  • Two American soldiers were killed and another was injured in a battle on the city streets of Baghdad.
  • Iraqi resistance fighters set off a bomb underneath an American military vehicle carrying American soldiers, then sprayed the vehicle with gunfire, gravely wounding two Americans and provoking a prolonged firefight in a prominent commercial district in Baghdad.

On average, there are still between ten and fifteen separate battles in Iraq every day.

Um, yeah, Bush. Sounds like that war for peace thing really worked out. Like a humdinger.

Posted by J. Clifford Cook at 7:59 PM# (permalink)

"Here is the pattern that I see: the President's mishandling of and selective use of the best evidence available on the threat posed by Iraq is pretty much the same as the way he intentionally distorted the best available evidence on climate change, and rejected the best available evidence on the threat posed to America's economy by his tax and budget proposals. "

Al Gore address to Move On members at New York University,
August 7, 2003

Posted by J. Clifford Cook at 3:53 PM# (permalink)

Yet again, on April 22, Bill O'Reilly said on his own show while interviewing retired Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis:

"Colonel, if weapons of mass destruction aren't found, your reputation, my reputation -- because I will have to apologize because I bought into it, I bought into it -- and out of a scale 1 to 10, 10 is the best, how certain are you that we're going to find these weapons of mass destruction?"

Where's the apology, Bill?

And lest you think Mother Davis is quoting Bill O'Reilly out of context regarding his March 18 promise, here's the full bag:

"If the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it's clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush Administration again.

Here's, here's the bottom line on this for every American and everybody in the world, nobody knows for sure, all right? We don't know what he has. We think he has 8,500 liters of anthrax. But let's see. But there's a doubt on both sides. And I said on my program, if, if the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it's clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush Administration again, all right?

But I'm giving my government the benefit of the doubt. . . . . . . if he has 8,500 liters of anthrax that he's not going to give up, even though the United Nations demanded that he do that, we are doing the right thing. If he doesn't have any weapons, then we are doing the wrong thing."

... Bill O'Reilly should listen to himself. As he writes today (about another topic, of course):

"Come on. Denying the obvious is intellectually dishonest. We are now living in a time where facts and evidence no longer exist for agenda-driven fanatics."

E-mail O'Reilly and ask him when he'll keep his promise... or is that sort of thing just for "lefty losers?"

Posted by Theodiclus Lock at 11:47 AM# (permalink)

Mother Davis grimaces as she forces herself to log on to Fox News to confirm the following:

Back on March 18, before Bush's war began, conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly made a promise. He said:

"If the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it's clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush Administration again."

So, Bill - where's that apology?

The Bush Administration has had many months now to find just one little itty bitty weapon of mass destruction. They've found zero. The American people, in the meantime, have found out that much of the Bush Administration's so-called "evidence" for an Iraqi threat was based on forgeries, exaggerations, hearsay, and lies.

We think it's time for Bill O'Reilly to offer up that apology and admit to us all that the time has come when even he can no longer trust the Bush Administration.

We want you to help us remind Mr. O'Reilly of his promise, so we've gone and searched for his email. You know, the funny thing is that Mr. O'Reilly actually makes people pay him money just in order to have the privilege of finding his show's email. We had to go through O'Reilly's boss, conservative FoxNews, in order to scrounge for an email address.

Here it is though: We encourage you to email Bill O'Reilly at Remind him of his promise to the American people. Ask him when he's going to keep it, or whether he's going to spin that promise of his into hiding as he continues to make his bombast on behalf of Bush.

Posted by Katherine Davis at 7:19 AM. # (permalink)

Wednesday, August 06, 2003
So far this month, we've sold 50% more Howard Dean bumper stickers than we have Dennis Kucinich stickers. Both Dean and Kucinich sales swamp sales for all other candidates.

But before the folks over at Dean headquarters start crowing, it might be helpful to note that a full 95% of our sales this month bear an anti-Bush message, and a mere 1% of the items we've sold mention a specific Democratic candidate at all. This seems to indicate that politics is being driven by animus toward George W. Bush much more than it is driven by a fondness toward any Democratic candidate.

Posted by Matthew Cook at 4:24 PM# (permalink)

More Big Lies from Li'l W.

george w. bush americorps promiseOh, we all know about George W.'s big whopping lies -- the lies about all of Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction, the ones that Bush can't find now that he's the new dictator of Iraq.

There are other lies that Resident Bush makes in his State of the Union Addresses though. You could say that his State of the Union speeches tend to have more lies in them than truths.

They're pretty bald-faced lies at that. Howsabout this one: Bush promised us that he'd dramatically increase the number of Americorps volunteers, and he got a lot of good press for saying that. Well, now that all the media attention has faded away, what is Bush really doing? He's cutting the number of Americorps volunteers in half, of course.

Good show, Bush! That kind of lie takes real courage!

Of course, Bush doesn't admit that he lied. He says that it's all due to an accounting error - no I'm not kidding about that. Guess he learned the skill of lying from his old friend, Enron's Kenneth Lay...

Posted by J. Clifford Cook at 12:12 PM. # (permalink)

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