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.

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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, February 25, 2003

--Right now I'm listening to Roscoe Mitchell's Sound Songs (Delmark, 1997), which is a two-disc collection of music performed by Mitchell. Some of the cuts feature Mitchell as a solo blower while others feature overdub combos between that and Mitchell playing small percussion instruments like bells. The line between composition and improve is difficult to discern but the quality of this minimalist yet generally very pleasant music is undeniable.

-Click here for a discussion about U.S. policy towards Iraq that I took part in.

-Here I got into something of exchange about something but I don't want to think about it enough to figure out what.

-And here are some useful but hardly all encompassing notes on "Rebel Music."

-No piece of writing should ever sink low enough to actually be titled "Why guys chase trophy girls" and attempt to answer that question. Now asking why "trophy girls" are "trophy girls" is a perfectly good topic that doesn't have an obvious answer but explaining, "Why guys chase trophy girls" makes as much sense as asking, "Why guys like girls that they find physically attractive."

-Brendan O'Neill's "Save us from the warbloggers" and "Don't mention the U-word" are worth reading.

-Somebody should tell John Naughton and The Observer that Google has been around for more than a "little over two years" and that Google already indexes material on blogspot.com They should also be informed that it is far from accurate that “the blogging community refuses to accept the news 'agenda' as determined by mainstream media” with regards to U.S. policy towards Iraq. A look at the more popular political blogs will show that most of them readily accept the Bush Administration’s premise that the U.S. should be preventing Iraq from developing and possessing weapons of mass destruction, which just happens to be an assumption of the “mainstream media.”

-It really shouldn't bring me pleasure to see that Douglas Anders has shoveled a fair amount of snow, but it does.

-"How I Learned to Love the War" by Greg Beato has to be the most entertainingly written pieces I have seen in a while.

- I try to be tolerant but nostalgia for Jeane Kirkpatrick goes too far.

-Simon Reynolds consider himself to be one of the "Rock Critics 4 Peace."

-Kudos to Toni Smith!

"Can I get your swastika number?" sometimes comedian Randy Credico reportedly asked a thuggish police officer at the February 15 ant-iwar protest in New York City. According to Cynthia True's book American Scream: The Bill Hicks Story, Credico was influential in politicizing the late Bill Hicks. Credico is now head of the the William Moses Kunstler Fund for Racial Justice.

You know the hawks could blame Indonesia's treatment of East Timor on Muslims. It wasn't as if the U.S. was involved or anything.

-Somebody needs to tell Students for War that I did think "September 11th could happen." In fact I think it was almost certain to happen given U.S. foreign policy.

-A country preparing to strike back if it is attacked. Where do the Iraqis get these crazy ideas?

-It appears safe to say that the U.S. and Great Britain will soon be conquering Iraq for whatever the reason of the moment ends up being. The threat of Iraq is very real and immediate attention but not so real and immediate so that there isn’t time for another U.N. resolution. Apparently Saddam will be just about ready to strike us whenever Bush and Blair get around to escalating the war with Iraq.

-For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed the product of a snack mix recipe that my mom clipped off a box of one variety of Chex or another. The recipe is titled “Traditional Snack Mix.” Sunday I was making a batch and noticed that the Chex boxes had a similar but different recipe on them. It was titled “Original Snack Mix.” The recipe for the "Original" variety is on chex.com. The recipe for the "Traditional" isn't. That’s capitalism for you.