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 16, 2003
mother davisMother Davis takes a sip of holy water as she considers a couple of tidbits gathered at a talk over in Chattaqua this week:

- Under George W. Bush's push to fund "faith-based intiatives" (translation: religious programs) with taxpayers' money, The Reverend Pat Robertson's evangelical Christian organization Operation Blessing received $500,000 from the federal government

- Under the same push from the Bush Administration, the Department of the Interior paid $100,000 to a church so that it could make repairs to its religious sanctuary

- Republicans in Congress have presented legislation that would make it legal for charities that are funded by the federal government using taxpayers' money to discriminate against people who do not share their religious beliefs. George W. Bush supports this legislation.

By the way, this information doesn't come from the American Atheists or some such group, but from a preacher who is the former head of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Funds and favoritism to certain religious groups from George W. Bush's government - Is that the America we want to vote for in 2004?

Waiting for you to pray on that one for awhile,
Mother Davis

Posted by Katherine Davis at 3:10 PM. # (permalink)

Thursday, August 14, 2003
While enjoying his month-long vacation at his private dude ranch, George W. Bush paused yesterday to proclaim that he has no plan to take any action to stimulate the economy. This is not too surprising, since until now he has had only one plank in his economic policy: give tax cuts to the rich.

Let's take a look at shift indicated by Bush's remarks:

Bush Economic Policy, 2002:

1. Give a huge tax cut to the rich
2. Take a month-long vacation at the dude ranch

Bush Economic Policy, 2003:

1. Do nothing
2. Take a month-long vacation at the dude ranch

That'll insipre just loads of confidence.

Posted by Theodiclus Lock at 10:21 AM. # (permalink)

Wednesday, August 13, 2003
Two items:

1. Over at John Kerry's Blog right now, there are more people posting about why Howard Dean's so great than there are people posting about why John Kerry's so great.

2. Until further notice, Irregular Times has changed its official name to Irregular Times: the Fair and Balanced Website. We are adding ours to a heap of ridicule directed toward Fox News, which is suing Al Franken for poking fun at them. Fox News claims it has trademarked the phrase "Fair and Balanced," and those three words appear in the title of Franken's latest book. Fox News is making the dubious legal claim that nobody else can use the phrase but them. Franken's response was to assert that he had trademarked the word "Funny," and would sue Fox News if they ever tried using the word.


Posted by Theodiclus Lock at 12:04 AM. # (permalink)

Sunday, August 10, 2003
Another Bush Lie About Iraq is Exposed

Before he started his war against Iraq, George W. Bush said that Saddam Hussein was holding regular meetings with top "nuclear scientists", and cited these meetings as evidence of the need to invade Iraq, even though Iraq had shown no interest in or signs of preparing to attack the United States in any way whatsoever.

Now, as Americans are being wounded and killed in Iraq every day, the Bush Administration has acknowledged that it knew that these so called "nuclear scientists" were in fact working on ordinary industrial projects, not the development of nuclear weapons. Bush knew this when he described Saddam Hussein's meetings with these scientists as proof that it was necessary to go to war against Iraq. Bush knew it, but he never told the American people the truth.

This lie is just one more example of the purposeful deception that Bush practiced in order to get the American people to pay for and die in his own family feud with Saddam Hussein. The lies are piling up. The bodies are piling up.

Bush Lied. People Died.

(While each and every member of Bush's own family stayed home.)

Posted by J. Clifford Cook at 8:17 PM. # (permalink)

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