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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, December 24, 2002
Armageddon Time

I was introduced to the music of The Clash the weekend before Memorial Day in 1995. I was attending Operation Bentley, which brought high school juniors from throughout Michigan to Albion College for a week of local and state government simulation. On three nights during the program, I violated curfew to hang out with a girl from Grand Rapids with closely cropped red hair named Melissa during the evening. We laid on picnic tables in a park near the dorm we we were staying in, smoked some pot –a first for me- and talked about the likes of Noam Chomsky and Allen Ginsberg. Mostly, however, we just listened to music on the boombox she had. I brought some John Coltrane and Sonny Sharrock while she supplied The Clash.

I wasn’t quite sure what to think of this group I’d never heard of before. I liked the politics but was enthralled by the energy and the vocal combinations of Mick Jones and Joey Strummer on cuts like “Capital Radio” and “Police & Thieves.” The group combined punk, soul and reggae in a way that blew my mind and exposed me to the connections that lie beneath similarly irreconcilable styles. The music didn’t deny darkness in the world but it also made you want to live, if only to feel more.

Over the years I listened to more and more of The Clash but it wasn’t till last year that the group’s brilliance stood out to me. On September 12 I listened to all my Bill Hicks CDs as I needed to hear a voice saying I wasn’t crazy for hating the past, present and future actions of the U.S. military and thinking that terrorist attacks are inevitable when you act the way the U.S. does. That was something I needed but the evening of September 13 was even better as I listened The Clash, Give 'Em Enough Rope, London Calling, Sandinista!, Combat Rock and Live: From Here to Eternity. The Clash never hedged on the problems of the world and, as Jim Henley has noted, didn’t glamorize anybody because it was politically correct to do so. Whereas Hicks told me it was o.k. that I didn’t have patriotism oozing out of body, The Clash told me that turbulent times not only don’t necessitate following leaders but require truthful people to be absolutely honest, even when lies are more comforting. “London Calling” was the song in my head till two days later when I found out my beloved dog Lucky was about to die. Hicks and The Clash made it clear to me that I should not forget that the, in the words of Hicks, “liars and murderers" who ran the U.S. government on September 10 were still in charge.

None of this is to say that the men who made up The Clash were beyond approach. I am appalled that they have allowed “London Calling” to be used in car commercials and Strummer, who passed away on Sunday, was actually a supporter of the “war on terror.” Reportedly he said last year, "I think you have to grow up and realize that we're facing religious fanatics who would kill everyone in the world who doesn't do what they say. The more time you give them the more bombs they'll get." That may be true but I think one of those “religious fanatics” is President George W. Bush who wants kill everyone he has to in order to remake the world.

The strength of The Clash will always be there music, which nowadays seems very relevant. “"It's not Christmas time, it's armageddon time," Strummer once riffed while the Clash was performing “Armageddon Time” in the early 1980s. Given the “war on terror” and the news out of North Korea, he might as well have been talking about today.