micah holmquist's irregular thoughts and links

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

Please send him email at micahth@chartermi.net.

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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, October 11, 2002
[satirical] remarks from an American who recently visited Canada

It has been said many times, by many different people, in many different places and in many different ways that travel broadens one’s perspective and, after a recent visit to Canada, I have to agree. Canada, I found out, is a country literally teeming with people that President George W. Bush is not the President of.

Sure parts of the country have many beautiful pudding stones but I didn’t see any of the substance that Pardoner and Ben Rumson spent their screen lives in search of. And whereas in 1992 a young PEZ container collector named Micah Holmquist found great containers with likenesses not sold in the America like Droopy Dog and Uncle Scrooge, now the same collector found the same PEZs being sold in Canada that he could buy in the U.S. of A. Sure the Canadians can get PEZ flavored popcorn but that is a product almost as bad as it sounds.

And don’t think I was in some anti-American backwater either. No I spent most of my time on St. Joseph Island, a beautiful place where they speak American, can watch All in the Family and Monday Night Football and can even see America from their shores and yet the people there seemed like they wanted to live in Canada, a country that has neither invaded Haiti, Grenada, Somalia, Cuba and Puerto Rico nor bombed Germany, Japan, Vietnam, Libya, Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, Serbia and hopefully a few other countries.

To tell you how strange and twisted this country is, it should be noted that while their media is only slightly less interested in our the affairs of the America than the FOX News Channel and refers to a “War on Terror” without saying that it belongs to us and not them, that on Monday they did not broadcast President Bush’s call to war. There is no excuse for this and quite frankly I think it is time for us to remember the immortal question of Mark Russell, “Do we really trust Canada all that much?”

The answer should be no because it is a country full of people unprepared to defend Freedom. They are unprepared to defend Freedom because they are in fact not free. Sure they can start their own business, say almost anything they want and perhaps soon smoke the cigarettes of hippies and Rastafarians, but they are not free. How else can you explain the fact that their House of Representatives and Senate have not given their President the authority to attack another country without anything more than a weak implication that the country intends harm on Canada?