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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.

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

Wednesday, December 25, 2002
We should have guns. The towelheads shouldn’t. (A Christmas shopping story that can now be told.)

On Monday I went to Jay’s Sporting Goods in Clare, Michigan to get a monocular to give to my dad for Christmas. When I called them in the morning I was told they only had one monocular left and so I had it put on reserve.

Jay’s is a large store with everything you could need that goes along with fishing, guns and hunting. Apparently all items on reserve at Jay’s are in the gun department and in order to pick up an item you have to wait in the same line as the people who want to look at the handguns. The white male in front of me was slender guy who looked to be in his thirties and wore a ponytail and a thick black beard. He wore leather boots, camouflage pants, an Operation Desert Storm sweatshirt and a National Rifle Association baseball cap. Because I have a thrill seeking side, I engaged the guy and the following is my notes on our conversation.

Me: So what’d you think we should do about Saddam [Hussein]?

Him: Bomb the hell out of ‘em!

Me: Is more than one bomb really needed? I mean he is only one guy.

Him: No Iraq.

Me: May I ask why?

Him: They want to kill us!

Me: Really? How many Americans has Iraq killed over the last 12 years or so? The number is barely in the hundreds even if you count the Gulf War and the U.S. has killed many more Iraqis through bombings, sanctions and turkey shoots. Maybe Iraq should…

Him: Where the fuck did you get that idea?

Me: Oh I don’t know. I guess that instead of killing innocent animals and humans, I like to read.

Him: I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about. Saddam wants weapons of mass destruction and he’ll use them!

Me: The U.S. has used weapons of mass destruction. Should we be bombed…

Him: That was different.

Me: How so?

Him: That was World War II.

Me: Would it have been less justifiable in World War I?

Him: [Shakes his head. Raises his voice.] If we let Saddam get those weapons he will kill us.

Me: O.K. I guess we will have to agree to disagree on this. By the way, I noticed your hat. I assume you are opposed gun control.

Him: Yeah.

Me: Why?

Him: It is my Second Amendment right to own a gun.

Me: Don’t you think that the U.S. denying Iraq the right to weapons of mass destruction when it has such weapons itself is a form of gun control? If you really believe in the right to bear arms, it would seem that you would believe that Iraq has the right to bear arms like the U.S. does.

At this point my friend shook his head and turned around in a clear sign that he was done with the conversation. At that point I realized that there were three others guys staring at with looks of pure hate as they waited in a line in a store that doesn’t exactly sell tofu. “I want to get out of here,” I thought to myself even as I continued to wait in line. “I hope they aren’t packing.”