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.

Anti-Bush Sneaker Badges
Saturday, May 01, 2004
Sadly but truly, supporters of George W. Bush like to look down on those of us who are anti-Bush. And we progressives can be dejected at times, looking down at our sneakers as we contemplate four more years of Bush in the White House.

How can we simultaneously irk Bush supporters and perk up the spirits of dispirited progressives? There must be a thousand ways, but one is to give 'em something to look at down there.

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Posted by Matthew Cook at 10:25 PM# (permalink)

George W. Bush's Telling Statement
Mother Davis wipes the apple pie patriotic grin off her face as she notes,

When the scandal about American torture of Iraqi prisoners broke this week, George W. Bush told reporters that torturing enemy prisoners is "not how we do things in America." Well, that's technically correct, I guess. Technically speaking, torturing enemy prisoners is how we do things in Iraq. Kudos to you, Mr. Bush, for pointing out the difference.

Desperately wanting to hear more from Mr. Bush about how Iraqis are better off now than they were under Saddam Hussein,
Mother Davis

Posted by Katherine Davis at 6:33 AM. # (permalink)

Americans Have Been BamBushelled!
Friday, April 30, 2004
Until today, I thought most Americans had finally clued in on two things:

1) There is NO evidence that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, or major programs to develop them, at the time of the U.S. invasion in March 2003.
2) There is NO evidence of a link between Hussein's regime and al Qaeda, let alone proof that Saddam was supporting bin Laden.

According to a study by the Program on International Policy Attitudes, I was wrong. According to the study:

"a majority of Americans (57%) continue to believe that before the war Iraq was providing substantial support to al Qaeda, including 20% who believe that Iraq was directly involved in the September 11 attacks. Forty-five percent believe that evidence that Iraq was supporting al Qaeda has been found. Sixty percent believe that just before the war Iraq either had weapons of mass destruction (38%) or a major program for developing them (22%)." (Source:

Not surprisingly, most people who think there is evidence Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, or was assisting al Qaeda, plan on voting for Bush in 2004.

Jumpin' Jeezus on a Pogo Stick! What's the matter with you, America? There's not a scrap of evidence for either of these bogus claims the Whitehouse fed us to justify Iraq War II! Over the past year, the glaring lack of evidence for these claims has come out again and again, as flawed and faked sources have been debunked one by one.

Yet most of America remains hoodwinked, bamBushelled. Smell the frickin' coffee, America. Wake up before it's too late!

Posted by Doctor Theopolis at 10:58 AM# (permalink)

Re-Elect Bush: Because They Are Evil and We Are Good
Unlike my fellows here, I have decided to support George W. Bush's re-election bid. Why? Because he was right when he said that the armed struggle in Iraq is a struggle between the Forces of Good and the Forces of Evil. We are the gooddoers, and they are the evildoers.

When you hear a liberal wringing her hands about whether going to war against Iraq was a good idea, remember this:

We would never put a hood over a prisoner's head, attach wires to the prisoner's body, stand them on a box and tell them that if they fell off, they'd be electrocuted. We are good. They are evil.

We would never strip prisoners naked except for hoods on their heads, force them to stack up in a human pyramid, and pose next to the pyramid, smiling, for pictures. We are good. They are evil.

We would never let dogs attack prisoners. We are good. They are evil.

We would never attach electrode's to a prisoner's genitals. We are good. They are evil.

We would never rape teen-age prisoners. We are good. They are evil.

We would never order prisoners to masturbate in public. We are good. They are evil.

We would never order prisoners to strike each other. We are good. They are evil.

We would never order prisoners to strip naked and simulate oral sex on one another. We are good. They are evil.

We would never scrawl obscenities on naked prisoners' bodies. We are good. They are evil.

They are evil. We are good. The world is that simple. God Bless America. United We Stand. Re-Elect George W. Bush.

Posted by Theodiclus Lock at 9:48 AM# (permalink)

Double Standard Censors at Sinclair Broadcast Group
Just when the government's plan to keep photographs of huge numbers of soldiers' coffins secret falls apart, conservative media corporations try to do Bush's censorship for him. This morning, we learn that the Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns eight ABC television stations, is refusing to broadcast the Nightline news program on which the names of all the hundreds of American soldiers who have been killed in Iraq will be read. The Sinclair Broadcast Group says that merely saying who has been killed in Iraq is an intolerable "political statement".

Well, where was the Sinclair Broadcast Group when the names of all the people killed on September 11, 2001 were read? They had no protest then, of course, because that "political statement" benefitted George W. Bush. Is the death of huge numbers of Americans in Iraq, which will apparently continue for some time, not enough of a national event to merit some respect? Apparently, in markets like St. Louis and Columbus, Ohio, people will only get to know the names of the dead when it supports the Republicans.

Now, predictably, conservatives are favoring this kind of censorship. Over at the Weekly Standard, they're saying that reading the names of the dead in Iraq is "a stupid statement." Gosh. This is the same magazine that argued that sending soldiers to Iraq was a really smart idea.

Posted by J. Clifford Cook at 6:17 AM. # (permalink)

A Boon From Frontline
Thursday, April 29, 2004
The PBS investigative program Frontline is now offering the capability to watch the entire length of their documentary shows online. Forty-three documentaries are available now. On May 1, 2004, you'll be able to watch this week's documentary on Bush's relation to religion online. This is all provided free of charge, configured for broadband and dial-up speeds. Huzzah!

Posted by Matthew Cook at 10:23 PM# (permalink)

Change of Heart
It is with a heavy heart that I announce a change of heart. I can no longer in good conscience continue to oppose George W. Bush's candidacy for president. I realized my long-standing error when reviewing George W. Bush's speeches. I was particularly struck by his point that "either you're with us, or you're with the terrorists."

Do I really want to be with the terrorists? I most certainly do not. Therefore, I have concluded that in this time of danger I must stand with George W. Bush. Logic demands it.

It will be difficult to stand as a lone voice championing the candidacy of George W. Bush, but I will continue to do so here in the weeks to come. Someone's got to do it.

Posted by Theodiclus Lock at 7:56 PM# (permalink)

Senator Specter Flip Flops For Votes
Pennsylvania Republican Arlen Specter appears to be trying to waffle his way to Washington D.C. Less than 24 hours after he fought off another Republican trying to unseat him, Senator Specter is now contradicting practically everything he's promised his constituents over the last few weeks.

Arlen Specter says that he's a strong conservative who stands with George W. Bush, then he says that he's a moderate who will stand up to George W. Bush, then he says that he's a conservative who will help defeat liberals in Pennsylvania, then he says that he's a moderate who will help defeat conservatives in Pennsylvania.

Just a couple days ago, Arlen Specter announced, "I think it's very important to focus on what President Bush wants." Now he promises that he won't be a rubber stamp for Bush. This is typical Specter-speak, trying to have it both ways. Where I come from, we have a name for this kind of character: Two-faced.

Arlen Specter is proving that he can't be trusted by anyone, that he's willing to say whatever he thinks it will take to get re-elected. Arlen Specter would rather get re-elected than consistently and strongly stand up for what's right for Pennsylvania, and for America. We're glad to say that we've found a web site that calls Mr. Specter on his waffling ways: It's called the Specter Two-Step, and we encourage you to take a look.

Posted by J. Clifford Cook at 5:59 PM. # (permalink)

Christmas is Nose Fluting
Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Christmas is Coming for four nose flutes and an empty A&W rootbeer bottle.

Posted by Matthew Cook at 11:14 PM# (permalink)

How Bumper Stickers Matter
It has been said that if an idea can fit on a bumper sticker, it must not be a worthy idea.

Well, pense on this: would they say that about haiku? How many words does a painting have?

I think bumper stickers can matter quite a bit -- here's how.

Posted by Matthew Cook at 8:28 PM# (permalink)

John Kerry's underutilized connector
So far, the most striking vulnerability of the John Kerry campaign is the weakness of its grassroots organizing structures. Howard Dean had a great system, modeled after the even greater MoveOn grassroots opportunities.

John Kerry's system, the Kerry Connector, is not as smooth, and not being used very much at all. This needs to change, and we don't have have the time to wait for the Kerry campaign to re-engineer the system so that it's up to snuff. I urge you to get on, sign up, and get going, using what's there to get the grassroots growing again in the struggle to beat Bush - I can guarantee you that if Bush gets another 4 years, we'll need a lot of practice.


ooh, and some good news - We've got the Wisconsin progressive resources page for Irregular States up and running. On Green Bay! On Madison! On Milwaukee!

Posted by J. Clifford Cook at 12:03 PM# (permalink)

Get that anti-Bush message out there: The Dump Bush Lawn Sign
At Irregular Times, we've been waiting to plant a "Dump Bush" lawn sign in our yards for a while now, but after waiting some months for some to appear on the 'net, we just couldn't find any. So we're stepping up to the plate, and introducing our own "Dump Bush" lawn sign:

The sign we're selling here is professionally union-made right here in the USA. The charge of just $7.50 per sign includes shipping and handling AND a metal stake to put the sign in the ground if you wish. We'll start shipping out the lawn signs on May 12 -- so we're taking pre-orders now. Just click on the image of the lawn sign to get one for your neck of the nation.

Posted by Matthew Cook at 7:49 AM# (permalink)

Bush Lies (PDF Posters)
John Stracke has a couple of good letter-size pdf posters on the theme of Bush lies available for you to print out and distribute or post. They're available in English and Spanish.

Posted by Matthew Cook at 7:35 AM# (permalink)

Dick Cheney on Dick Cheney
from Conservatives for Kerry:

"Once you've got Baghdad, it's not clear what you do with it. It's not clear what kind of government you would put in place of the one that is currently there. ... How much credibility is that government going to have if it's set up by the United States military when it's there? ... I think to have American military forces engaged in a civil war inside Iraq would fit the definition of quagmire, and we have absolutely no desire to get bogged down in that fashion."

-- Dick Cheney, April 1991

Posted by Matthew Cook at 7:18 AM. # (permalink)

This is the Republican Party
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
Republican radio talk show host Jay Severin, April 22, 2004:
Severin: "Do you think we should befriend them?"

Caller: "Well, I see Muslims in this country, they seem to like freedom."

Severin: "Would you answer my question? Do you think we should befriend them?"

Caller: "I think we should . . ."

Severin: "I'm going to try one more time. The host takes pains to phrase questions sometimes and in a fashion such, the appropriate reply is a yes or a no. This is a three-strike state; you're about to get your third strike. Do you believe we should befriend them?"

Caller: "Yes."

Severin: "I've got good news for you: We have. Thanks for the call and that's what I'm worried about.... I have an alternative viewpoint. It's slightly different than yours. You think we should befriend them; I think we should kill them."
Tip of the pen to Roger Ailes for highlighting this vision of the real Republican Party values at work.

Posted by Matthew Cook at 11:52 AM. # (permalink)

Alaska Progressive Resources page now online
Monday, April 26, 2004
As a part of our ongoing Irregular States project, the Alaska Progressive Resources page is now up online.

That makes three states down, forty-seven to go. Please visit and let us know what you think about what's there. Most importantly, let us know what's missing.

Posted by Matthew Cook at 12:52 PM# (permalink)

When is a Cease Fire Not A Cease Fire?
Mother Davis scratches her chin as she ponders,

How come they're calling it a cease fire, when the Iraqis are lobbing mortars at us, we're shooting the Iraqis, bombs are going off all over the country, and even the President of Bulgaria is being attacked while in in Iraq?

In a cease fire, everyone is supposed to cease firing. So, what does that make this, a slow fire agreement? If this is slow, what are we to expect when the agreement finally crumbles?

Some say that cooler heads are prevailing in Iraq. It looks to me like the cooler heads are getting shot off. I wish that cooler heads had prevented this war last year.

Remembering that wishing won't make it so,
Mother Davis

Posted by Katherine Davis at 9:02 AM# (permalink)

Do the Math
Size of pro-choice demonstration in Washington, DC yesterday:

Size of anti-choice counterdemonstration in DC yesterday:


Posted by Matthew Cook at 6:43 AM. # (permalink)

Nader Stumbles Across America
Sunday, April 25, 2004
Ralph Nader says that he's running for President because Americans are angry with liberals and the Democrats. So is it true? Well, one good measure of whether Americans agree with what Mr. Nader says is how much of an organization Nader has been able to bring together to support his candidacy.

So far, the Nader campaign is looking like a pathetic failure. After Nader failed in his effort to get on the ballot in Oregon, his effort to obtain a space on the Texas ballot is going down in flames as well. Nader, who insists that he's got a grassroots campaign, has had to hire professional petition gatherers to knock on doors in Texas. Apparently, no volunteers are bothering to turn out for the job.

You've got to hand it to Nader - he's persistent. He says that if he can't get enough people to sign his petition, he'll just sue. That's Nader, all right, bravely speaking up for, um... something.

Posted by J. Clifford Cook at 8:40 PM. # (permalink)

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