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 Says: Pour more weapons into Iraq
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
There once was a Papa Bush, and he said that sending weapons to the Iraqi government would be a good idea. So, weapons manufacturers sent lots of weapons to the Iraqi government.
Years passed, and Papa Bush gained even more power. He became the most powerful person on Earth. Then, one morning, Papa Bush woke up and decided that the Iraqi government was very very bad, and he went to war with Iraq. Those weapons he said should be sent to Iraq were now firing on Papa Bush's own soldiers.
The war ended, and Papa Bush said that no one should send any weapons to Iraq anymore.
Years passed, and Little Bush became the most powerful person on Earth, just like Papa Bush. Little Bush said that the Iraqi government was evil, and should not have any weapons. He went to war with Iraq. He told people he went to war because Iraq had big, bad weapons. Little Bush destroyed the Iraqi government and put his own government in, but no one could find those big, bad weapons. They had just disappeared!
Months passed, and on July 21, Little Bush said that what the new Iraqi government really needed was a lot more weapons. So, Little Bush made an official declaration saying that sending weapons to the Iraqi government would be a good idea...
The Peace President
Well, guess what George W. Bush, the self-declared "war president," who prides himself on consistency and accuses his opponent of "flip-flopping," says now? "Nobody wants to be the 'war president,'" he says, "I want to be the 'peace president.'" (Source: AP, 7/21/04)
Funny. Back when that mess he got us into in Iraq was still popular, he was pleased as punch to be the "war president."
Mr. Bush, you may have dodged serving in Vietnam, but you're no peacenik.
A voice of dissent returns in Georgia
A voice of dissent made a striking comeback in yesterday's primary elections in Georgia. Cynthia McKinney, a former congressional representative, earned a strong victory to gain the Democratic nomination to retake the seat.
McKinney had been ousted from the House of Representatives by a conservative Democrat. The problem? McKinney had dared to speak out against Bush's rush to war and attacks on civil liberties. Unlike most of her other colleagues, McKinney dared to dissent when it was not popular to do so. Of course, now all the Democrats are saying the same things she was saying two years ago.
McKinney's foresight should be noticed by the Democratic National Committee, which will be getting a new chair soon and sorely needs to adjust its priorities. After two years of silence and surrender, the conservative Democrats of the Democratic Leadership Council have been discredited by a surging grassrooots progressive movement. It's the grassroots that's been doing the hard work, while the established conservative Democrats sat back and let themselves become Bush's doormats.
We congratulate Cynthia McKinney, who was right two years ago, and is the right candidate for Georgia's 4th congressional district now. With McKinney's return, we can say it for sure: The time for appeasement of Republican radicals is over.
Visit her web site and offer your congratulations and support.
Got Fear? Get Bush!
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Linda Ronstadt: American Evildoer!
Yet another sign that the right wing is starting to wig out at the prospect of losing George W. Bush as their hero in the White House:
The bosses at the Aladdin casino in Las Vegas fired singer Linda Ronstadt because she praised progressive filmmaker Michael Moore. Not only did the casino ban Rondstadt for singing on their stage because of her political beliefs, they managers there even refused to allow her to return to the room in the casino where she was staying.
Censorship of this kind appears to be a last ditch attempt by the Republicans to protect their sinking ship from any criticism. They're longing for the days just two years ago when everyone was afraid to criticize anything Mr. Bush did. Lucky for us, the Republicans' clumsy attempts at intimidation just make matters worse for them, by showing how radical the Republican agenda of fear and freedom-bashing really is. As a case in point, this one piece of Republican blacklisting appears to be reviving Linda Ronstadt's career.
Oops. Well, elephants were never known for their finesse.
Reason #1378 to Boot Bush
Reason #1378 to Boot Bush:
Energy Star is a program that encourages businesses to conserve energy and gives consumers information they need to buy more energy-efficient appliances, preserving environmental resources and saving billions of dollars that would have gone into wasteful energy use. And the cost of the billions of dollars of savings to the taxpayer only runs in the millions of dollars, meaning that the Energy Star program in effect more than pays for itself -- to the tune of $70 saved for every $1 spent. Wonderful!
You know what I'm going to say next, don't you? That's right: the Bush Administration cut funding to the program, resulting in the cancellation of Energy Star programs. (Source: Associated Press August 30, 2003)
George W. Bush on Vacation from Responsibility
Monday, July 19, 2004
It's official: George W. Bush will only take a two-week vacation in 2004, not the full-month vacation he took in 2001, again in 2002 and yet again in 2003. No, this year he pledges to be on the job for two weeks of the month.
What state of world or domestic affairs demands that George W. Bush work like he has never worked before, and limit his summer vacation from four weeks to two weeks? Is it some need for extra diplomacy? Is Mr. Bush going to work extra hard to help Americans generate new jobs? Is the man possibly going to work on reducing his record deficit?
Of course not. When we say that Bush pledges to stay on the job for two extra weeks of August 2004, we don't mean the job of being the President of the United States! Don't be silly! Bush is still going to take his vacation from that job. No, he'll be spending the extra time on the job of trying to get himself re-elected.
That's right: Bush hasn't bothered to cancel his annual vacation to deal with terrorists' threats, a crashing economy, record deficits, looming health-care disasters or any other problem that faces Americans. He only grudgingly cuts back his vacation time to look after his own personal fate.
The only thing that will get George W. Bush off his own ass is looking after his own ass. What a typical silver-spooned, blue-blooded, spoiled rich kid attitude! (Source: International Herald-Tribune July 19, 2004)
Schwarzenegger Changes The Tone in California - To Shrill
Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger promised that if he was elected governor of California, he would change the tone in the state's capital and overcome the partisanship that had troubled the government under Gray Davis.
That's why Schwarzenegger called state legislators "girlie men" for refusing to do things his way. Way to change the tone, Arnold.
Mark Dayton faces election... Someday!
Sunday, July 18, 2004
Mother Davis awards her Delayed Reaction Award as she realizes,
There are some Democrats out there who just aren't content to take back the White House and the Congress this year. No, these Democrats want to take back the future.
In this category I put Mark Dayton, a Democratic senator from Minnesota who sent me a fundraising letter informing me of the alarming fact that he faces an uphill battle in his struggle to gain re-election. He's faced down by nasty Republican challengers who want to do away with all freedoms and install an official Senate Office of Evil, of course.
What Senator Dayton does not inform us of in this fundraising letter is that this election is taking place two years from now.
Thanks for the early panic, Senator Dayton. You know, I would send you a check, but I just discovered that I AM GOING TO DIE... someday!
Running around in a preemptive panic,
Bush Claims God Speaks Through Him
"God speaks through me."