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.

The Bush Administration: Personal Accountability is Bullshit
Saturday, April 03, 2004
Richard Clarke had the class to publicly apologize to the families of victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks for not having done enough to prevent their deaths. But now in the March 28 issue of Time Magazine, Bush Administration officials say Clarke's public apology is "political bullshit."

What happened to the idea of personal accountability in the Bush Administration? They ran on it. They forgot it.

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Roy Moore Candidacy Picking Up Steam?
Friday, April 02, 2004
As we've said before, we think it's a great idea that Roy Moore is thinking of running for President under the aegis of the Constitution Party. This is the judge who shoved a gigantic Ten Commandments monument into a public courthouse, then wouldn't obey the rule of law when it required him to remove the monument. Anti-law? Religion over government? The right wing loves that kind of stuff. And to the extent that he can draw a few votes off of Bush, well dandy to that!

There's signs that the "Draft Roy Moore" movement is expanding, with a website, articles, and even a petition circulating.

Is this just a fizzle in a frying pan, or a sign of something real going on? Stay tuned.

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Thursday, April 01, 2004
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Posted by Matthew Cook at 9:13 PM# (permalink)

Shall we call this Yawngate? Today's Late Show With Dave Letterman's Wahoo Gazette Reports:

"Monday we showed a clip of a speech given by the President from March 20 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Directly behind the President stood a boy of 14 or so bored to tears. While the President spoke, the lad yawned, stretched, yawned some more, checked his watch, took a knee, yawned, and fell asleep standing up near the end. It was a very humorous actual clip we uncovered.

Well, CNN played the clip the next day, Tuesday morning, stating that the White House had called and said the Late Show did some editing to the piece and it never happened. Two hours later, CNN showed the clip again and this anchor person said that the boy was at the speech, but was not standing behind the President as we had seen.

Dave informs America that neither statement from CNN is true. The boy was at the rally and the boy was standing behind the President. Something strange is going on, and Dave smells a cover up. CNN is now saying the White House never called them. But why would CNN say the White House HAD called if the White House never did? Hmmm. And Dave reveals that our source, a very good source, confirms the White House DID call the CNN. Hoo boy, this is getting interesting. While Condoleeza Rice is testifying in front of the 9/11 Commission, perhaps she can shed some light on this as well.

Perhaps the White House truly believes the kid wasn’t there due to faulty intelligence. "

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Irregular Times Endorses Ralph Nader for President in 2004
In the election year of 2004, the stakes could not be higher. Americans are being strung up from Iraq bridges. Energy prices are soaring. The deficit booms. The chasm of job losses yawns wider. The safety net is endangered. Lies seem to be metastasizing like an invidious form of cancer, spreading to areas of political and social life heretofore untouched by scandal.

Because it matters so much who wins the 2004 elections, we have (after careful deliberation) decided to formally endorse a candidate for office. Without further ado:

Irregular Times officially announces its endorsement of Ralph Nader for President.

Read a detailed explanation of our endorsement here.

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Black SUV Down
Today, American minds have returned to the Black Hawk Down images of an American soldier's body being dragged through the streets in Mogadishu, Somalia. That was just one American soldier, but it ended an entire military campaign.

In Iraq yesterday, the bodies of four Americans were dragged out of their sport utility vehicle by a mob, pulled through the streets of Fallujah, and hung from a bridge. One American body was torn apart by a group of Iraqi boys, ripping at it with their bare hands.

This comes ten months after George W. Bush declared "Mission Accomplished". Since then, it has become clear that even though America has the strongest military in the world, war can never be easy and clean, even for us. Americans are not untouchable.

With these terrible images of the real violence of war, our tattered denial is finally disintegrated. War is not something to be started casually, for political purpose. We also see quite clearly that the violence in Iraq has nothing to do with Osama Bin Laden and September 11, 2001. These were Iraqis who killed and mutilated Americans, not members of Al Qaeda. They would have had no chance to do so if it were not for the American occupation.

Over a year after he began the war in Iraq, George W. Bush still has no plan for putting it to an end. Bush actually believes that America can just hand power over to an Iraqi puppet regime two months from now, and all the troubles will come to an end.

It's hard to offer any advice now that Iraq has become such a mess. We can say for sure that Bush's decision to start the war at all demonstrates an exceptional lack of foresight. So, the most plausible start of a plan to get America out of Iraq is to change the leadership that caused this problem in the first place. It's time for Bush's reign of violent folly to end. Election Day can't come soon enough.

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George W. Bush: Invigorating America's Youth
Wednesday, March 31, 2004
Video Clip: George W. Bush Invigorating America's Youth

(Credit: The Late Show)

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Air America Radio: Tuning In
Today is the first day that Air America broadcasts, and while the A.A. website shows a link for people to listen via the Internet, it's hopelessly clogged as people stream to the website.

Here's another way to listen:

AM 620 KPOJ -- Portland's Progressive Talk

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Bush Economy Betrays American Values
Mother Davis puts away her little red wagon as she reads,

Radio Flyer, which has made its little red wagons an icon of American childhood, has announced that it will shut down its American factories, currently found in Illinois. From now on, the Radio Flyer wagons will be made in China.

As a result of this outsourcing, half of Radio Flyer's workers will be kicked out of their jobs, and join the huge numbers of unemployed Americans that have suffered under George W. Bush's vision of economic "progress". Radio Flyer public relations says that hiring American workers is just too expensive.

Bush says that this sort of thing is all for the best. I wonder how Americans are going to afford any outsourced toys when there aren't any jobs left for them to support their families with.

What's good for Bush's corporate buddies is not good for America. They're shipping every symbol of our national identity overseas. Heck, even those flags that Bush loves to wrap himself in are being made in sweatshops across the Pacific Ocean. Corporate misleaders like Bush are taking the American Dream and converting it into the American product line.

Wondering when Bush's corporate supporters will outsource apple pie,
Mother Davis

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Who Said This?
Sunday, March 28, 2004
Who said this?

"When the president was elected, everyone was looking for a breath of fresh air -- Democrats and Republicans alike -- for the good of the country we wanted a bipartisan effort. We were all so weary of partisan trench warfare, and now it is deeper than ever. The president's agenda has been so different from his campaign rhetoric. He is pushing an extreme agenda, from the abandonment of Kyoto, to banning access to abortions for service members overseas."

- Senator Lincoln Chafee, Republican of Rhode Island

(Source: Salon, March 26, 2004)

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