It is a time of fear in the face of freedom, a time of an emptying country and swelling cities, a time for the widening of previous roads and the opening of new paths, yet a time when these paths are mined by knowing algorithms of the all-seeing eye. 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, old landmarks crumble 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.
If you ever visit the historical sites of Boston or Philadelphia, you’ll notice t-shirts and buttons for sale at just about every available souvenir stand, referencing Benjamin Franklin’s quote, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Made by historically-minded Guatemalan and Chinese sweatshop workers, these pieces of swag offer [...]
What’s the different message of a bumper sticker in the shape of the United States and the label “occupied territory” and a bumper sticker that’s exactly the same but with a label that reads “occupy”? [...]
I don’t know why (I live two states away from Vermont), but the Bernie Sanders for Senate campaign has sent me a Re-Elect Bernie bumper sticker:
It’s free to the first person in Vermont who leaves a comment to this post with an e-mail address — the public won’t see your e-mail; I’ll use [...]
The Obama Administration has just agreed to expand offshore drilling along the shore of Virginia, and to allow Shell Oil to conduct offshore drilling in the Beaufort Sea’s icy Arctic waters, using untested technology. Barack Obama has been an anti-environment President, in the pocket of corporations that profit from selling fossil fuel. He is not a decent choice for serious environmentalist voters in 2012. [...]
Today, U.S. Representative Bobby Rush wore a hooded sweatshirt on the floor of Congress and delivered the following message:
“The death of Trayvon Martin is an American tragedy. Too often this violent act is repeated in the streets of our nation.
Racial profiling has to stop. Just because someone wears a hoodie, does not make [...]
Chris Christie, why don’t YOU shut up for a second? While you’re at it, why don’t you step down from office, and allow someone more dignified and decent to represent the state of New Jersey? [...]
We aren’t trying to make a religious test that Michele Bachmann has to pass to qualify for public office. Michele Bachmann is – and she’s working to apply that religious test to everyone else. It’s in order to defend the separation of church and state that we need to examine the religious agenda that Michele Bachmann has insisted on making a part of the 2012 presidential election contest. [...]
Recently seen bumper stickers in tandem:
The America Bless God website referred to on the bumper sticker explains itself:
As I have been growing in my faith, learning about God, country, life, and all that makes up our life, I have rediscovered that we, America, the United States, were founded as a God honoring [...]
Rich Weitzman writes in today with a pointed question:
Enough with Bush, that is old news. Where are your anti-Obama products??? Especially since this moron just started a war in Libya???!!!
That’s a good question, Rich, and I have what I hope is a good answer: that we do offer anti-Obama products of various sorts, [...]
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