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, December 13, 2002
I never thought I’d be so disappointed with a link from Instapundit

After writing "If you don't favor war with United Kingdom, you support the Official Secrets Act," I emailed Glenn Reynolds to alert him to the post since it was largely a response to something he had written. Reynolds responded by linking to me and writing:

And I don't think it's any answer to say, as Micah Holmquist does, that: "This is exactly why nuclear weapons are going to be a sought after commodity by countries around the world for the forseeable future. They provide protection, something many countries are trying to obtain in light of the White House's imperial ambitions."
A few things need to be said:

1) Reynolds presents my comments out of context. As my original post makes clear when I wrote what Reynolds quotes me as writing I was responding to him writing about the United States was unlikely to invade North Korea because North Korea has achieved, in Reynolds own words, "a military position that makes invasion prohibitively expensive."

2) As far as I can tell, Reynolds is saying that my comments are an example of an antiwar voice who appears to be siding with President George W. Bush's enemies. Since unlike most bloggers I don't really want the U.S. to win the "war on terror," this comments is understandable if not exactly accurate. Still I doubt Reynolds has read much of my blog and since in that entry I was merely explaining why a country might want weapons of mass destruction, it appears that the real message is that in Reynolds' mind anybody who goes against the War Party Line about other countries wanting weapons of mass destruction exclusively for the purpose of attacking the U.S. -a belief that requires ignoring facts and history but which dominates the popular debate surrounding whether or not the U.S. should attack Iraq- is effectively siding with the enemy. Talking about those Bush deems as the "enemy" in terms that recognize them as anything but 110% evil apparently isn't acceptable.

3) Reynolds ignores my argument about how the U.S. military could do lots of things and that if you believe opposing war with Iraq means siding with Saddam Hussein, then presumably you also believe that not favoring war with the United Kingdom means support for that country's Official Secrets Act. The same argument could be made with countless other examples including Canada and its single payer health care system, Japan and its tariffs and the Netherlands and its legalization of marijuana. In other words, if you don't support using the U.S. military to change those countries policies in those areas, then according to Reynolds' logic you are supporting those policies. It isn't exactly an intelligent way to look at the world.

4) At the risk of sounding petty, I’m disappointed by how few hits I got from Reynolds. Yesterday I got 62 page views which is good for me but isn't unheard of even on days when I don't get a link from something with as many readers as Reynolds has. In contrast, links from antiwar.com, Nick Denton, Spoons and Matthew Yglesias have generated more hits. Maybe Reynolds' readers just aren't interested in reading somebody who goes against the War Party Line.