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, November 01, 2003
 
Try this link: God Hates Figs. Check out the FAQ.

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Thursday, October 30, 2003
 
Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, asks: Is George W. Bush a Homo?

Thanks to Bob, my favorite but absolutely not fabulous at all pal, for pointing me to this shocking expose.



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Reporting Violence and Death

In the ultimate depressing sign of the times, many newspapers have stopped reporting deaths of American soldiers in Iraq on their front pages. It just happens too often for it to remain front page news, apparently.

Well, we won't criticize them for that. After all, we don't report every soldier that dies either. We would have trouble keeping up if we tried.

Let's take a look at the big picture, then. The trend in violence in Iraq is not improving, as Bush and his elite aides claim. Heck, the level of violence in Iraq isn't even remaining the same. Nope, the violence in Iraq is getting worse - much worse.

Consider this, troop supporters:

Right after the "end of the war", when Bush declared "mission accomplished" in Iraq, the Pentagon reluctantly admitted that there were an average of 13 attacks per day against American soldiers.

Now, months later, the Pentagon tells us that there are an average of 33 attacks per day against American soldiers. That's getting close to a 300% increase in the anti-American violence in Iraq.

American soldiers are not just being killed every day, they're being terrorized and maimed as well. The suicide rate among American soldiers in Iraq is higher than in any other recent war, folks.

No matter what the Republican propaganda would tell you, George W. Bush is not supporting our troops. The best way for us all to support our troops, if that's really what we want, is to support one of the Democratic candidates who is seeking to remove Bush from the White House in 2004. We can't afford another 4 years of this kind of war.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2003
 
This photograph was sent to us by LynneZ, who happened upon this super-sized bumper sticker while driving between Newport and Lincoln on the Oregon coast a couple weeks back. We couldn't say it any better:
oregon anti-bush trucker

Also, we want to pass along a contest sponsored by MoveOn, that fantastic grassroots action organization that helped to bring the anti-war movement together last year. This contest asks people to film or write their own 30-second advertisements that tell the Truth about George W. Bush. Go to it, you irregular cinematographers!

Oh, what a diffuse blog it is today, drifting, thinly, skimming, skipping from rock to rock to rock, touching that shallow water that's been gathering on my mind...

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What's the difference between a progressive and a liberal? A liberal is a progressive without any political ambitions, and a progressive is a liberal who wants is sick of being unpopular.

That's why I'm a liberal progressive, or a progressive liberal. I actually want to make political change, and yet, I want to do so with the aim of moving toward a more free and open society.

Pick up on this crux: The difference between a liberal and progressive is just a matter of personality traits and the tactics that they lead to, not a matter of political philosophy.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2003
 
Presidential words from George W. Bush's photo-opportunity on October 27, 2003 - that's yesterday, folks -

The best way to describe the people who are conducting these attacks are cold-blooded killers, terrorists. That's all they are. They're terrorists.

They don't care who they kill. They just want to kill.

They hate freedom. They love terror. They love to try to create fear and chaos. And what we're determined in this administration is not to be intimidated by these killers.


Is it just me, or is this kind of simplistic attitude toward America's opponents across the world growing thin?

What's really telling is that these statements are offered in response to reporters' questions about what Bush's plans are for stopping the violence in Iraq. Asked for a plan, and Bush says, "They just want to kill."

It still astonishes us that Bush really believes that the people fighting American soldiers occupying Iraq are motivated by nothing other than some kind of general pure evil. The more Bush talks like this, the more he sounds like General Boykin, Bush's aide who tells us that we're fighting Satan.

We can't help but thinking that if we had a President who could understand foreign policy in terms more complex than "good guys" and "bad guys", America might actually have a reasonable plan for how to regain its security.

Kill Bad Guys is not a plan. It's a comic book.

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Monday, October 27, 2003
 
At Irregular Tracking, we've added a new off-beat measurement of candidate success. For each of the 50 states, we've indicated which candidate has sold the most bumper stickers in the past two months. Take a look at the resulting map and see if you can find any meaningful patterns:



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irregular times writerBush Reveals His Plan For Success:
Fail Miserably in Iraq!


Over the last few months, as the war in Iraq has gone from bad to worse to worse than worse, a whole lot of Americans have accused the Bush Administration of having no plan for managing Iraq after the invasion. It's a troubling idea, that George W. Bush would have moved to invade and occupy Iraq without having any idea about how to clean up the mess.

Let us reassure you, oh doubters: George W. Bush had a brilliant plan all along, and we're seeing it in action right now. Don't worry, it really is as Bush says. Everything is going according to plan: Bush meant for Iraq to become a violent, chaotic, crime filled mess. In fact, Bush regards the impending normalization of life in Iraq as a real threat to American soldiers. If only we could keep Iraq dangerous, Bush suggests, the Americans there would be truly safe.

Explaining how four bombings and multiple killings of American soldiers could take place in Iraq in a single day, even after the declaration of "mission accomplished", Bush told reporters that the cause of the extreme violence is the progress made by the American occupation force. The more peaceful things get in Iraq, Bush reasoned, the more violent the Iraqis will become.
"The more progress we make on the ground, the more free the Iraqis become, the more electricity that's available, the more jobs are available, the more kids that are going to school, the more desperate these killers become."

Oh! So that's what Bush meant when he said, "Bring them on!"

Hm. I guess this means that peaceful, quiet neighborhoods and an end to attacks on American soldiers would be a sign of trouble, right?

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