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.
Direct support for candidates to Dump Bush!
Saturday, September 13, 2003
Here at Irregular Times, we do a lot of talking about politics. However, we're not big fans of the sit-back-and-gripe-but-do-nothing brand of American citizenship. No, for every article they write, our contributors are out there as active members of their local political communities, organizing events, giving lectures, serving on committees, marching in protest, working with candidates to help their campaigns.
In the current political climate, we see that action is the most irregular thing of all.
Starting with the 2004 election campaigns, we're building new ways to help our readers get irregularly active too. This was the motivation behind the launch of the Irregular Goods site, where we offer the largest collection of progressive political bumperstickers available anywhere on the Internet. 25% percent of our profits from Irregular Goods go to humanitarian charities, and another 25% of those profits go to progressive political causes. In the three months that Irregular Goods has been up and running, we've already made donations to OxFam, the Dean for America campaign, and the Cayuga County Democratic Party. As individuals, we've made even more donations. We are, for one thing, proud card-carrying members of the ACLU.
We want to help link our readers to the political action out there too, and so, starting today, we're building in links through the Irregular Times web site that enable our readers to give their support to the candidates of their choice.
We've noticed, both through written comments and through orders at the Irregular Goods site, that our readers overwhelmingly support the candidacy of Howard Dean for the Democratic presidential nomination. So, we're starting with Dean, offering you our own site through which you can support Howard Dean's grassroots campaign. Check in regularly to catch up-to-date news, information, activism opportunities, and our own channel for financial contributions.
For those of our readers who support other opponents of George W. Bush, hang in there! We're in the process of developing similar resources for those candidates as well. In the end, we're so disgusted with the dismal record of miserable failures from the Bush Administration that we're inclined to vote for Anyone But Bush in 2004!
2004 Reasons: We've (Ouch!) hit the Ten Percent Mark
Friday, September 12, 2003
Here at Irregular Times, we've committed to naming 2004 reasons to boot Bush by November 2004. Today we've reached the 10% mark with 201 reasons. Click here to read them. Better yet, if you have your own special reasons to boot Bush, click here to send them our way and give us a hand.
For some reason, "The Farmer and the Cowman Should Be Friends", a tune from the musical Oklahoma, sticks in the mind of Mother Davis as she writes,
We here at Irregular Times have been mighty impressed with the powerful grassroots organizing that Howard Dean has accomplished in recent months. George W. Bush may do $2000 per plate fundraisers, but Howard Dean is keeping right up with Bush by getting ordinary Americans to contribute small amounts, like $25. I guess that shows you who's got the real popular support, and who has to buy his friends off with kickback legislation.
Among the great tools that Howard Dean has added to his grassroots campaign is DeanLink, an online networking resource that allows Dean supporters to find each other and organize local events to strengthen the Democratic Party and support Dean's campaign. In my rural county, I'm able to do political networking through the DeanLink in ways that I never could have otherwise.
Well, we here at Irregular Times admire Dean's People-Power campaign so much that we want to contribute our own little mechanism to his machine. That's why we've designed some new postcards that you can use to introduce your friends, family, and other folks you know to Howard Dean. On the front is some basic information about who Howard Dean is, and what sets him apart, and on the back, there's space for you to write a personal message about why you're backing Dean's candidacy.
We're still a bit shy of making an official endorsement of Howard Dean for the Democratic nomination, but we're edging closer all the time. Also, we're noticing that among our readers, support for Howard Dean is by far the strongest. That's got to count for something.
Here's hoping that the rest of the Democratic Party can follow Dean's example, and work through People Power to end the Reign of King George the Second.
Going to get her postcard stamps,
Thursday, September 11, 2003
We here at Irregular Times have been known to avoid making predictions, given the near impossibility of making predictions that are consistently accurate. We generally prefer on-target observations to predictions of the future course of current events, but we know a sure thing when we hear about it, and so we are making the following prediction:
After the Democratic Convention, Republican Kingpin Karl Rove will begin a dirty whisper campaign using private innuendo and commercially-funded fake "push polls" designed to impugn the character of Democratic nominee Howard Dean.
Together Karl Rove and George W. Bush have conducted such smear campaigns too often during elections in the past to doubt that they will do it again. Watch for the Rove-Bush rumor mongers to be at it again starting in May or June of 2004, when you'll start to read comments about unsubstantiated concerns about Howard Dean. Remember, you heard about it first here on Irregular Times.
Although the better parts of the mainstream press will report on the role of Karl Rove and George W. Bush in this smear campaign, the story will not be given top billing, buried beyond page 11 in most newspapers. Most of the American public will only learn of the Republicans' dirty and fundamentally false techniques months or years after the election is over, if they ever learn of them of all.
Will you be among those Americans? As for ourselves, we here at Irregular Times intend to pay attention, and as soon as Karl Rove gets up to the dirty tricks he used in the 2000 Bush campaign, we'll let you know what we find.
Irregular Times was online before Bush knew what online was, and we'll be here long after he fades to fiddling on his dude ranch in Crawford, Texas. We're no fortune tellers, but we can tell a deep bucket of slime when we see one. We'll be around as long as the times are irregular, and that should prove to be a very long time indeed.
Wednesday, September 10, 2003
John F. Kennedy: Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.
George W. Bush: Give me 80 billion dollars to pay for the occupation of Iraq and a big tax giveaway to the rich.
Franklin D. Roosevelt: We have nothing to fear but fear itself.
George W. Bush: Orange Alert! Orange Alert! Quick! Grab your duct tape and plastic sheeting! Orange Alert!
Abraham Lincoln: A nation of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from this Earth.
George W. Bush: Come to my fundraiser. It costs two thousand dollars per ticket.
George Washington: I cannot tell a lie.
George W. Bush: What I said about there being an imminent threat of a nuclear attack from Iraq was technically correct.
Patrick Henry: Give me liberty or give me death!
George W. Bush: There ought to be limits on freedom.
Tuesday, September 09, 2003
Paul Krugman and E.J. Dionne Channel Each Other
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and E.J. Dionne appear to be channeling each other today, if not out-and-out sharing notes. If they were two of my students, I'd be suspicious. Uncanny similarities follow:
Krugman's Title: "Other People's Sacrifice"
Dionne's Title: "Whose Sacrifice?"
Krugman: "It's now clear that the Iraq war was the mother of all bait-and-switch operations."
Dionne: "Was this just a big bait-and-switch operation?"
Krugman: "Yet, as always, what he means by unity is that he should receive a blank check, and it turns out that what he means by sacrifice is sacrifice by other people."
Dionne: "President Bush's address on Iraq was unpersuasive because he asked nothing of himself. "
Krugman: "Is he prepared to roll back some of those tax cuts, now that the costs of war loom so large?"
Dionne: "If Bush wants us to believe that this war is as important as he says it is, he needs to ask something from himself and something from Americans who can most afford it. That means rescinding some of his tax cuts for the most well-off even if his campaign contributors squawk."
Krugman: "Then they insisted that the costs of occupation and reconstruction would be minimal, and used the initial glow of battlefield victory to push through yet another round of irresponsible tax cuts."
Dionne: "Bush might at least have offered a wink or a nod to the fact that he did nothing to prepare Americans for the full cost of this enterprise -- perhaps because being too explicit too early about the burdens might have made it harder to pass his dividends tax cut."
I'm looking to hear an explanation -- maybe they spoke on the phone or over lunch, or maybe it's that left-wing conspiracy thing after all. ;)
Who Said This?
"I am a Republican Speaking out against a Regime which is sending our nation over a cliff, and has many reasonable Democrats using the word "Fascism...." The last time we had a Republican President who lied this much to the American people, we threw Dick Nixon's ass straight out of the White House. Bush has lied to you, he has lied to me, he has lied to our allies, and no one is talking about it. Republicans are walking around in a malaise, fearing that Abdul will blow up their mom's chess club meeting, because Bushy and Rummy want you to be afraid."
Who said this? Click here to find out.
Monday, September 08, 2003
Over the 500 Mark!
Woo hoo! We have flown past the half-century mark, now offering 508 bumper stickers against George W. Bush, for Democratic alternatives, and bashing the Republican Party. We have committed to offering at least one new bumper sticker a day in the effort to defeat Bush, and we're nowhere near out of ideas.
If you'd like to take a gander at what we've got, click here if you've got a high-speed connection, and click here if you've got a dial-up connection.
Will George W. Bush Run Away Scared from the United Nations Again?
Before he invaded Iraq, George W. Bush promised to the American people in a nationally-televised speech that he would insist that the members of the United Nations Security Council "put their cards on the table" and force them to vote on a resolution explicitly authorizing an invasion of Iraq. Then, within a week, George W. Bush broke his promise to the American people and withdrew that resolution from the United Nations Security Council so that none of the member nations ever had the chance to "put their cards on the table".
Now, after the invasion and occupation of Iraq have failed to achieve the basic objectives that George W. Bush identified before he began his war, Bush is begging the United Nations to bail him out. He promises that he's going to present a resolution to the United Nations Security Council that will bring in United Nations soldiers to help out the American soldiers who are being shot at every day. Well, we've heard that promise before. We'll be watching closely to see if George Bush runs away from the United Nations again when he doesn't get what he wants.
America doesn't need a Commander-In-Chief who's infamous across the world for talking tough, but then turning tail and running away when he can't back up his tough words with the tough-minded diplomacy it takes to really get things done.
Sunday, September 07, 2003
Mother Davis breathes easier as she finds out that at least one public figure is willing to stand up and demand the truth about the aftermath of September 11, 2001.
Hillary Clinton, U.S. Senator from New York State, isn't the first politician of national stature to do the right thing and demand that George W. Bush explain why he ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to lie to New Yorkers about the safety of the air in Manhattan in the days after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Thousands of residents and rescue workers listened to Bush's lies and believed that the air was safe. But George W. Bush had documents in his hands that led scientists to believe that it was not safe for those people to return to lower Manhattan, near the site of the World Trade Center Twin Towers. Since that time, hundreds of New Yorkers have become seriously ill from breathing in the air that George W. Bush said was safe.
No, Hillary Clinton isn't the first to demand answers, but she's the first to put teeth into her demands. She has announced that she'll use her position as United States Senator to block the nomination of a new head to the EPA until Bush thoroughly explains why and how he ordered the officials at the EPA to lie about the deadly air around the World Trade Center site.
We urge the other 99 senators to join Senator Clinton's demand for answers, and support her blockade of Bush's nomination until those answers are given. Whether we live in Manhattan or Montana, none of us are safe when we have a President who is willing to lie to the American People about the risks they face whenever it suits his political ambitions. Therefore, we also urge Americans of all stripes and all localities to stand up for their right to know the truth, and support Senator Clinton's effort to get George W. Bush to talk.
Thinking that a petition would help Senator Clinton gain traction for her action,
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