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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 17, 2002
Unorganized comments about The Simpsons

Thirteen years ago today the very first half-hour edition of The Simpsons, "Simpson's Roasting on a Open Fire," aired.

I didn't watch the premiere but do remember many of my sixth grade classmates at Cadillac High School talking about it. It wasn't till January 28, 1990 and "There's No Disgrace Like Home" that I watched my first episode. From that moment on I was hooked and remember for the rest of the year watching the show weekly regardless of whether or not I had seen the episode before. My dad wasn't as religious about it as me but if it was an episode he hadn't seen before, he made a point of seeing it. At the time we weren't getting along and watching the show was one of the few things we could do together without yelling at the other. I find this interesting because I have since talked with a number of people about my age who wer forbidden to watch the show by their parents.

As much as I loved The Simpsons, at first I assumed it would be just a fad and quickly become something other than "must see tv." Those thoughts ended on December 6, 1990 and the airing of "Bart the Daredevil." The plot involves Bart's dreams of becoming a daredevil like his idol, Evel Knievel parody Captain Lance Murdoch. In a dream about this vocation Bart hears an announcer say:

Ladies and gentlemen, the ten-year old who's brave and bold,
when he's not in class, he's risking his ass,
the world's greatest daredevil, Bart Simpson!
My dad and I burst out with uncontrollable laughter at the point and hardly stopped till we had seen the whole tale of how Homer J. Simpson suffered great pain to prevent Bart from doing so. The episode was hillarious but also established the characters as likeable people.

I started watching reruns daily during the summer of 1996 and didn't stop when I went to college that fall. I didn't have many friends in college and I spent more than three of my four years in school highly depressed but The Simpsons gave me great joy during many times when music was the only other source of that feeling. I was quite proud in the spring of 1997 when I realized I said "Doh!" naturally when something went wrong. People who know me know are often amazed by how it sometimes seems I can't get through a conversation without referencing the show. That's come from watching the episodes over and over, something I don't regret at all.

One could be quite philosophical about the greatness of The Simpsons by making comparisons to Plato’s Republic and the like but my honest feeling is that the show succeeds because of great writing for characters that I care about. I believe it really is that simple, and that important.