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, September 06, 2003
I came home to find that a cat had thrown up on one of my wife's medical books. Washing off the front cover, I discovered that its title was Gastrointestinal Pathology.
Friday, September 05, 2003
We just got a love letter from a new fan, Nancy Crickenberger, and we thought you'd like to share in the glow:
The Best Laid Plans of Bushie Men...
George W. Bush's request to the United Nations to rubber stamp its approval of the American occupation and military dictatorship of Iraq looks likely to fall apart, as once again the Bush Administration makes the diplomatic mistake of "negotiating" by merely asking for what it wants over and over and over again, like an impatient toddler.
Can you blame the rest of the world for rejecting George W. Bush's pleas for the United Nations to help him with the mess that he's created in Iraq? I don't care how much someone promised to pay me - I wouldn't set foot in Iraq for the best job offer in the world (putting the work in Iraq automatically makes it the worst job offer possible). With bombs killing United Nations officials, aid workers, and soldiers, what nation's government could possibly convince its people to send its army into this quagmire?
Only the American government, misled by the lies of George W. Bush, could do that.
Yesterday, retired General of the Marines Anthony Zinni described the situation in Iraq as follows: "There is no strategy or mechanism for putting the pieces together... Our feelings and sensitivities were forged on the battlefields of Vietnam, where we heard the garbage and the lies, and we saw the sacrifice. I ask you, is it happening again?"
I say that the time has come for us to listen to people like General Zinni. After all, he's had years of military experience. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney don't. They both dodged the draft for the Vietnam War. It's time that Bush and Cheney stop dodging and tell the American people the truth about what it's going to take to end the war in Iraq.
Thursday, September 04, 2003
A rapidly descending and desperate John Kerry lashes out and joins the Joe Lieberman warmonger fringe of the Democratic party, as he shrieks, "Howard Dean's opposition to the war was wrong!" Wrong? Has Kerry been paying attention to the news?
Okay, so Irregular Times has not officially endorsed a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. Let's just say then that with every passing day of inaction and very poorly-timed statements like this one, the Kerry campaign is making it ever less likely that we'll be tossing our votes their way.
Mother Davis wonders what's next as she reflects upon...
...the news that George W. Bush has issued a new royal edict, oops - executive order, that allows dirty old coal-burning power plants to get to avoid installing technology to prevent air pollution? That technology was mandated by the Clean Air Act that Bush's own father signed into laws almost a generation ago, but now George W. Bush is letting those old coal-burning power plants keep on pumping out pollution at the same level as they did back in the 1960s!
A lot of people don't realize that these power plants are a major health problem for rural populations in the Northeastern United States. Pennsylvania, Upstate New York and idyllic back roads New England is covered in a blanket of smog that poses a significant health risk to the country folk that live there. That smog is a direct result of these pollution plants, and George W. Bush is letting them keep on belching their filth.
It's good for the economy, he says.
What's next, an executive order that lets big, old-fashioned corporations keep on discriminating against women and blacks, 'cause it's "good for business"?
Give Bush another 4 years, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Bush do it.
Registering to vote this very minute,
Wednesday, September 03, 2003
We got this entrepreneurial idea from a reader today. We have no idea how to go about doing this, but it sounds like fun. If anyone can help this person make her vision reality let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org -- we'll be sure to pass the tip along.
"I was driving down the road recently, listening to more BS from the Bushies, and I wanted to throw something at the radio. But I didn't want to destroy my own property. I thought, "Bush Balls!", made of nerf material, so that folks can take out their frustrations, feel better, and not need to replace their TV/stereo. The Bush Balls would be emblazoned with likenesses of the fine, honest, upstanding members of the current administration-people could choose who they want to heave through the air next. Anyway, I'm a social worker, not a manufacturer, so I thought I'd send this idea over to you all. Perhaps you'll know how to get Bush Balls out to the irritated, frustrated public."
Two news stories in two days should stop the hearts of all the lurking racists and elitists out there. In yesterday's Washington Post, an advance report was made on research to be published this month. In a twin study with impressively large numbers, it was demonstrated that for the rich, genetic factors strongly determine the IQ score. But for the poor (who are disproportionately black) environmental factors, not genetics, determine IQ. The sensible conclusion is that if you're rich, you've bypassed the environmental factors that can hamper intelligence and genetics largely determines how smart you'll get. But if you're poor, environmental factors play such a strong role in hampering IQ that genetics largely don't matter. The "equal opportunity society" everybody gives lip service to is simply not possible without a good childhood environment for everybody -- rich and poor.
In today's New York Times, Donald G. McNeil Jr. reports on surveys in multiple African countries. It turns out that, contrary to what some drug company executives had been arguing, African AIDS patients are better at taking complicated "cocktails" of pills on time than Americans are.
Monday, September 01, 2003
130 Reasons to Boot Bush... And Counting
Okay folks. Just a couple weeks ago, we here at Irregular Times started a new challenge: to come up with 2004 reasons to Boot Bush. With the help of our readers, we've come up with 130 reasons so far.
Oh, there are lots more to go, but at this rate we're confident we'll hit the mark before our self-imposed deadline of November, 2004. We need your help, though, so if you can come up with any more reasons to boot Bush in 2004, email your suggestions to us, and we'll add them to the list faster than a Crawford crawfish.
And now, it's later. As promised, there's an extended discussion of Bush's autographs on American flags, up on the front page of Irregular Times.
Of course, you can also go directly to the article, Flagging Signs of American Democracy, to find out how George W. Bush spilled ink all over Old Glory.
More to come later... but for now let us just say thank you to the Washington Post, which calls attention to George W. Bush's shameful desecration of the American flag in Livonia, Michigan. Read all about it...
What's worse than burning a flag? How about autographing it?
Is George W. Bush dressing in drag as Betsy Ross? Details to come...
Sunday, August 31, 2003
Mother Davis scans her newspaper for more lies from American military leaders as she conveys the following story:
You may remember that about a month ago, riots erupted in the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad when an American helicopter knocked down a religious flag that commemorated an important Shiite prophet. During the resulting riots, Americans shot and killed an Iraqi teenager, and the Sadr City neighborhood turned against the new American military dictatorship over Iraq.
Until now, the American military leadership has vigorously insisted that the whole thing was just one big misunderstanding, that the American helicopter team never intended to remove the flag from its post, that it was all an innocent accident. American Staff Sergeant J.J. Johnson said that any suggestion that the destruction of the Iraqi Shiite religious display was intentional was "totally bogus, totally untrue".
It turns out that the American military leadership was lying to the American public when it said that. Who's totally bogus now?
(Don't take my word for it. Read about it in the Contra Costa Times.)
Now, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez admits that the American soldiers in that helicopter were ordered to remove the religious flag from the display in Sadr City. The American military refuses to identify the commander of the helicopter mission, but acknowledges that the order was given to "tear the flag down."
I find it ironic that a war heavily supported by conservative Christians includes the purposeful removal of private religious displays, when those same conservative Christians insist that no one can remove the governmental displays endorsing religion that they put up and maintain using taxpayers' money.
Is it any wonder that Iraqis believe that the Bush Administration is waging a holy crusade against Islam?
Oh, and then there's another story from the American Empire today. Two more American soldiers are killed in Afghanistan. Yeah, that's right, Afghanistan, where the fighting with the Taliban and Al Quaeda still isn't over, where there still is no democracy, and where the opium trade is bigger than ever. George W. Bush's wars against evildoers don't seem to be working out quite right, do they?
Wondering why she should believe anything that the American military or the Bush Administration says about what's happening in Iraq or Afghanistan,
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