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.
Bush pushes racial segregationists into high office
Saturday, January 17, 2004
Howsabout this for hypocrisy?
Just one day after after making a symbolic visit to the grave of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., George W. Bush appointed Charles W. Pickering to the federal appeals court. Pickering has a long history as an advocate of racial segregation, and an opponent to voting rights legislation.
What's more, Bush appointed Pickering while Congress was out of session, thus depriving the American people of their right to approve the appointment through the Senate confirmation process. This trap-door appointment is just one example of the arrogant disregard Bush and his aides have shown for the constitutionally-established balance of powers in the federal government. It seems more and more that George W. Bush regards himself as King of America more than President.
The Senate had consistently decided not to confirm Pickering, deciding that Pickering's segregationist past made him a poor choice for a federal appeals judgeship. By appointing Pickering in this back-handed manner, Bush not only flouted the will of the United States Senate, he also insulted the very civil rights activists he met with on Dr. King's birthday.
Watch what Bush does, not what the photo opportunities say he's going to do. George W. Bush refuses to lead the Republican Party beyond its segregationist leanings. That's another good reason to give him the boot on Election Day.
Bush Administration: Statue of LIBERTY closed for sake of "security"
Friday, January 16, 2004
Mother Davis waits for the Statue of Security to be built as she reflects on the state of American fear.
A lot of Americans do not realize that the Bush Administration has overseen the closure of the Statue of Liberty for over two years.
Now we're told that the Statue of Liberty will only be re-opened after extensive renovations that will increase security at the national treasure. Among other things, Americans won't be allowed inside the statue in the way that they were before. You never know, say the custodians of the statue, a terrorist attack to destroy the Statue of Liberty could take place at any time, so it's just not safe to allow Americans to have access any more.
It's kind of symbolic, I think, that the Statue of Liberty, the symbol of American freedom, has been shut down for almost the entire time George W. Bush has been in office. This act reflects Bush's priorities: Americans only get to enjoy freedoms when they don't interfere with a paranoid obsession with security.
You know, my car could be broken into and used in a crime at any time. It happens! In fact, cars are broken into, stolen, and used to commit criminal acts far more often than prominent American landmarks are destroyed in terrorist attacks. Does that mean that, for the sake of security, my freedom to drive my own car should be taken away? That's the kind of logic Bush and his friends are using to attack Americans' freedoms, and I just don't buy it.
Are Americans really such cowards that they are afraid to climb the Statue of Liberty out of fear that they'll die in a terrorist attack? Aren't we brave enough to carry on with our lives as normal? George W. Bush is encouraging fear and forbidding us to live in the bravery of freedom. That's hardly strong leadership.
Yes, it bothers me that under the leadership of George W. Bush, liberty has been officially recognized as unsafe. It bothers me enought to boot Bush in 2004.
Wondering if they'll arrest her for Crimes Against Homeland Security if she tries to visit the Statue of Liberty,
Wednesday, January 14, 2004
September, 2002: "There is no doubt that he has chemical weapons stocks." - Colin Powell
February, 2003: "Our conservative estimate is that Iraq today has a stockpile of between 100 and 500 tons of chemical weapons agent. That is enough agent to fill 16,000 battlefield rockets. Even the low end of 100 tons of agent would enable Saddam Hussein to cause mass casualties across more than 100 square miles of territory, an area nearly five times the size of Manhattan. . . . When will we see the rest of the submerged iceberg? Saddam Hussein has chemical weapons." - Colin Powell
January 11, 2004: "Multiple Tests Confirming Iraq WMD Send Media Into Deep Spin. Mulitple tests conducted in Iraq by Danish and British experts indicate that Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction have finally been discovered, but mainstream news editors either ignored the story Sunday morning or are furiously spinning the news as inconsequential... - NewsMax
January 14, 2004: "Four initial tests by British and Danish experts came up positive for blister agents, Danish spokesman, Capt. Kim Vibe Michelsen, told The Associated Press. But later tests by U.S. experts from the Iraq Survey Group on five of the shells have shown no trace of chemical weapons, the Danish military said." - Associated Press
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Yesterday, I had the fortunate opportunity to interview Adbusters editor Kalle Lasn. My primary goal was to ferret out the actuality of plans to produce the Blackspot ethical anti-logo sneaker. My questions on this topic were answered, but Lasn also made sharp hits on the topics of business ethics, anti-branding, the inactivity of activists, Naomi Klein, Naomi Klein, Naomi Klein, Naomi Klein, and the need for credulity in marketing.
Read the text of the interview here.
Bush questions his own Tax Cuts for the Rich
Monday, January 12, 2004
White House conversation, as related by Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill:
George W. Bush "Another tax cut for the rich? Didn't we give them a tax cut already? Shouldn't we give something to the middle?"
Karl Rove "Stay on principle. Stay on principle."
Dick Cheney "The rich are the entrepreneurs.
George W. Bush "Oh. Okay."
Bush cannot deny Paul O'Neill's claims
Sometimes silence is damning.
The Bush Administration refused to deny the claims of former Bush Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill. O'Neill has claimed that that Bush Administration started planning an invasion of Iraq 10 days after occupying the White House in January 2001.
According to CBS News, "Presidential spokesman Scott McClellan would not confirm or deny that the White House began Iraq war planning early in Mr. Bush's term. But, he said, Saddam 'was a threat to peace and stability before September 11th...'"
If Bush could deny it, he would deny it. In this case, the truth has a plain face.
Waiting to see if the American public is paying attention,
Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley Blames Gays for Heterosexual family problems
Looking for a big laugh?
How about this one: the new Catholic Boston Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley laments the "breakdown of family life", and blames it on the attempts of gays to get their relationships legally recognized, saying, ""The social cost of the breakdown of family life has already been enormous."
Enormous. Hm. I heard that word describe something else in the Boston Archdiocese a little while ago. What was it?
Oh, yes. An enormous sex scandal in the Boston Catholic Church. Enormous numbers of Catholic priests putting their hands in the pants of little boys and girls. An enormous coverup where the leadership of the American Catholic Church tried to thwart the legal system and knowingly put sexually abusive priests in authority over little children.
But now, we are to understand, the Catholic Church wants to give us all advice about the legalities of sex and the family.
Mr. O'Malley, you and your church can go give a sermon on the meaning of the cross, or the symbolism of the burning bush this Sunday, but pretty please keep your filthy hands off the American family. You're the ones who have done the damage, and I don't think you're in any position to give the rest of us advice about sex and decency, thank you.
Yes, it would be foolish...
Sunday, January 11, 2004
Just came across this Perle of weirdspeak from the aptly named military advisor, talking about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction:
"If others are going to take the view that, because these weapons weren't found, nothing that the United States says can be trusted -- there's not much we can do about that. It would be a foolish conclusion to draw."
--Pentagon advisor Richard Perle. (Source: AFP, Jan. 9, 2004)
Well, it's a head scratcher, all right.
I mean, members of the administration repeatedly said they knew for a fact that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. We've got bullet-proof evidence, they said, just believe us. Then we invade, and there are none to be found.
On a basic common-sense level, if somebody tells you something that turns out to be untrue, isn't it foolish to trust them in the future? Why is it foolish not to trust someone who has said inaccurate things in the past?
Well, I'm stumped. At least we can rest assured that those guys at the Pentagon won't be drawing any foolish conclusions before they commit us to further military action...
Ron Suskind's Book: The Price of Loyalty - Yes big news, but how to get a hold of it?
Mother Davis looks through her catalog of left behind items as she chides,
Oh, my impatient fellow bloggers! The revelations of Paul O'Neill are certainly the biggest news of the day, of the week, and who knows, maybe more. However, how are people going to catch the information behind the headlines if they don't get a hold of the book that is their basis?
Dear readers: All the headlines you're reading about Paul O'Neill are based upon the content of a new book by Ron Suskind. It's entitled The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill.
The book is not due to be released until Tuesday, but you can get in on the action now by pre-ordering the book through the above link.
Personally, I always prefer to actually read the material that the news is based upon. The reading gives added depth to what Reuters has time to fit into its narrow columns.
Searching for her reading glasses,
Must See TV - Bush Lied, See Paul O'Neill on 60 Minutes
Paul O'Neill. George W. Bush. The signs of a headbutt of heavy duty cosmic proportions have been gathering all week now.
Still, I don't think any of us saw this big enchilada coming.
I hardly ever recommend watching TV, but tonight I've got to:
Must see TV tonight: 60 Minutes Interviews Paul O'Neill
Don't let this bombshell pass you by! Get it straight from the horse's mouth on 60 minutes TONIGHT, and then get that book for the details: It's called "The Price of Loyalty", and it promises to be a blockbuster in the coming years!
A little afterthought:
With what Bush Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill has told us, we now know that George W. Bush had over 2 years to plan for the occupation of Iraq - AND HE STILL GOT IT WRONG!
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