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Welcome to the musings and notes of a Cadillac, Michigan based writer named Micah Holmquist, who is bothered by his own sarcasm.

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Sites Holmquist trys, and often fails, to go no more than a couple of days without visiting (some of which Holmquist regularly swipes links from without attribution)

Aljazeera.Net English
AlterNet (War on Iraq)
Alternative Press Review
Always Low Prices -- Always
Another Irani online
antiwar.com (blog)
Asia Times Online
Axis of Logic
Baghdad Burning (riverbend)
BBC News
blogdex.net ("track this weblog")
The Christian Science Monitor (Daily Update)
Common Dreams
Daily Rotten
Democracy Now
The Drudge Report
Eat the Press (Harry Shearer, The Huffington Post)
Empire Notes (Rahul Mahajan)
frontpagemag.com (HorowitzWatch)
Guardian Unlimited
The Independent
Information Clearing House
Informed Comment (Juan Cole)
Iranians for Peace

Iraq Dispatches (Dahr Jamail)
Iraqi Democrats Against Occupation
Iraq Occupation and Resistance Report (Psychoanalysts for Peace and Justice)
Mr. Show and Other Comedy
The Narco News Bulletin (blog)
The New York Times
Occupation Watch
Political Theory Daily Review
Press Action
Project Syndicate
Raed in the Middle (Raed Jarrar)
The Simpsons Archive
Simpsons Collector Sector
Technorati ("search for mth.blogspot.com")
United States Central Command
U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq
War Report (Project on Defense Alternatives)
The Washington Post
Wildfire (Jo Wilding)
wood s lot
www.mnftiu.cc (David Rees)

Blogs that for one reason or another Holmquist would like to read on at least something of a regular basis (always in development)

Thivai Abhor
As'ad AbuKhalil
Ken Adrian
Christopher Allbritton
Douglas Anders
Mark W. Anderson
Aziz Ansari
Atomic Archive
James Benjamin
Elton Beard
Charlie Bertsch
alister black
Blame India Watch
Blog Left: Critical Interventions Warblog / war blog
Igor Boog
Martin Butler
Chris Campbell
James M. Capozzola
Avedon Carol
Elaine Cassel
cats blog
Jeff Chang
Margaret Cho
Citizens Of Upright Moral Character
Louis CK
Les Dabney
Natalie Davis
Scoobie Davis
The Day Job
Jodi Dean
Dominic Duval
Steve Earle
Daniel Ellsberg
Tom Engelhardt
Lisa English
Barbara Flaska
Brian Flemming
Joe Foster
Yoshie Furuhashi
Al Giordano
Rob Goodspeed
Grand Puba
Guardian Unlimited Weblog
Pete Guither
The Hairy Eyeball
Ray Hanania
Mark Hand
Hector Rottweiller Jr's Web Log Jim Henley Arvin Hill Hit & Run (Reason) Hugo Clark Humphrey Indri The Iraqi Agora Dru Oja Jay Jeff Lynne d Johnson Dallas Jones Julia Kane Blues Benjamin Kepple Ken Layne Phil Leggiere Brian Linse Adam Magazine Majority Report Radio Marc Maron Josh Marshall Jeralyn Merritt J.R. Mooneyham Michael Scott Moore Bob Morris Bob Mould Mr. Show and Tell Muslims For Nader/Camejo David Neiwert NewPages Weblog Aimee Nezhukumatathil Sean O'Brien Patton Oswalt The Panda's Thumb Randy Paul Rodger A. Payne Ian Penman politx Neal Pollack Greg Proops Pro-War.com Pure Polemics Seyed Razavi Rayne Simon Reynolds richardpryor.com Clay Richards Mike Rogers Yuval Rubinstein
Steven Rubio
Saragon Noah Shachtman Court Schuett The Simpsons Archive Amardeep Singh Sam Smith Soundbitten Jack Sparks Ian Spiers Morgan Spurlock Stand Down: The Left-Right Blog Opposing an Invasion of Iraq Aaron Stark Morgaine Swann Tapped (The American Prospect) tex Matthew Tobey Annie Tomlin Tom Tomorrow The University Without Condition Jesse Walker Warblogger Watch Diane Warth The Watchful Babbler The Weblog we have brains Matt Welch
Alex Whalen
Jon Wiener
Lizz Winstead
James Wolcott
Wooster Collective
Mickey Z

Friday, May 24, 2002
What makes the sins of communists so permanently damning? Yesterday on The Weekly Standard web site Lee Bockhorn attacked Ossie Davis for praising the Soviet Union in the 1960s and the organizers of PBSMemorial Day Concert on the Mall for having Davis emcee the event.

Bockhorn doesn’t think Davis should do this because everyone knew by the 1960s that the U.S.S.R. “had slaughtered tens of millions of innocent victims.”

However, Bockhorn never grapples this aspect of Soviet history not being qualitatively different from the history United States, as genocide against Native Americans was an integral part of the foundation of the U.S. Thus it logically follows that if any praise of the Soviet Union equals supporting the destructive aspects of that now defunct conglomerate nation’s history then any praise of the U.S. equals supporting the genocide of Native Americans, not to mention a host of other atrocities.

That is of course a ridiculous notion. as there are unquestionably many admirable aspects of the U.S. and its history and to deny their existence is to deny reality. I even acknowledge that the genocide against Native Americans, while not justifiable in any way, shape or form, lead to one of the most egalitarian distributions of land ever to have occurred. Furthermore every society when viewed broadly has admirable qualities and yet also a dark side. As Joe Lockard recently put it in a piece for Bad Subjects, “No nation-state exists without an inheritance of pre-foundational violence and a history of violent self-maintenance.”

And yet only certain countries get blamed for this in the popular political discourses of the U.S. In the pages of LA Weekly John Powers recently lambasted leftists in the U.S. who admire Fidel Castro despite that leader’s undisputable legacy of using “police-state tactics to keep himself in power” and “crushing free speech, purging revolutionary allies, imprisoning political prisoners by the thousands, summarily executing ‘counterrevolutionaries.’”

But how far are you going to go with this? As far as I’m concerned what the U.S. has done to Iraq over the last 11 or so years is worse than anything Castro ever did. The U.S. has contributed to the deaths of many thousands of people there for the crime of living in a country with a dictator who has never done anything the U.S. hasn’t done at one point or another. And Castro’s sins are beyond the pale?

The reason for this hypocrisy is the very standard on which it is based. People in the U.S. largely apply different standards to other countries than they do the U.S. Americans think America can make mistakes and/or, or as I argued yesterday, America is justified in doing things other countires should not be allowed to do. Namely dominating the world.