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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

Tuesday, October 01, 2002
Two days ago Douglas Anders followed up on an entry of his from last Thursday, which was a response to a post of mine from earlier on Thursday, which was response to a September 19 post by Anders, which was a response to a post that I wrote earlier on September 19.

I enjoyed writing the previous sentence almost enough to forget that the thread started when I pointed out that nobody ever acknowledges that Iraq migh want nuclear weapons for defensive purposes.

I appreciate Anders' thoughts on this and I want to thank for explaining far more clearly than I have how it is difficult to classify nuclear weapons as either defensive or offensive weapons.

I do want to make further comments on two matters, only one of which is serious.

In a better world no country or group should have nuclear weapons but that world is nearly as far off as a world where no weapons exist. In this world, I am uncomfortable with any country having those weapons but I oppose the use of force by any country, especially a country with nuclear weapons, to prevent another country from having those weapons or to eliminate another country's nuclear weapons. A dictator in Iraq or some other country could use nuclear weapons but so could a duly elected U.S. President who received over 50% of the pouplar vote. I have yet to see any justifiable system for determining which countries should have nuclear weapons and which shouldn't and so I remain ambivalent on that.

In some ways this just points to the weakness of the United Nations. Previously I've argued that the U.N. has failed to effectively do anything but be a proxy for the U.S. in matters of war and peace. I stand by that and so I don't support the U.N. becoming involved in these matters.

Yes a terrible tragedy could result from nuclear weapons but that is a risk I do not see being eliminated any time soon and so I think we all need to learn to live with it. (I'm sure the Bush Administration recognizes this and is just using this argument as an excuse for military action against Iraq. Why do I believe that they want to attack Iraq and take the country over? More than anything else, I believe they want to do it to show the world, U.S. citizens and even themselves that they can and will take over countries when they view a country as a threat to U.S. dominance.)

On a lighter note, Andes writes, "Rule #1 for happy, stress-free blogging: only link to webloggers stupider than you."

Actually a good rule for life is to surround yourself by people who are inferior to you. For instance for 7 years now I have competed competed in bicycling league with boys aged six and seven. I win most of the time.