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.
“I wouldn’t put myself hopefully in that kind of position, but if I was in a position like that, that’s what I would do.” — Senator John Ensign, August 30 2007, considering whether Senator Larry Craig should resign for having extramarital sex.
“I came to that conclusion recently, and frankly it’s because of what he [...]
“First Amendment speech and press rights may also be subordinated to the overriding need to wage war successfully.”
– Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo, writing the legal opinion of the Republican Bush administration.
Isn’t that Sarah Palin such a folksy ma? Real heartland type there. Woman of the people and all.
The kind of woman of the people who uses her line-item-veto to cut food bank funding in half.
Slashing funding to the food banks that help families without anything. Isn’t that the folksiest thing?
I read this morning that the Republican Party has appointed former Ohio Secretary of State and former candidate for Ohio Governor Ken Blackwell to be Vice Chairman of its Platform Committee, the committee dedicated to writing the 2008 platform for the Republican National Convention.
Who is going to be leading the effort to write the [...]
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