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

Thursday, March 20, 2003
Deadline Iraq United States

President George W. Bush says the escalated war is on -as part of an effort "against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001," of course-, so now seems like a good time to point how ridiculous the U.S. reaction to Bush's Monday deadline was.

First of all, there is the media. Yesterday MSNBC had a "DEADLINE" clock on screen. This is funny in part because the clock was ticking down to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and Bush actually gave his 48 hour ultimatum at slightly past 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday. But mostly it is funny because it was a clock. My sources tell me that Dick Clark was flipping through the channels, came across MSNBC and said, "What the hell? I didn't know I was supposed to blather about how 'we made it' and introduce Darryl Worley tonight."

Sadly MSNBC was far from the worst of the media. That distinction probably has to go to Bill O'Reilly. Yesterday on his radio show he made it clear that he feels anybody who opposes this war and expresses this belief while not in his or her place of living is a "bad American." (If you merely oppose this war and don't express this outside of your house, you are a "misguided American," in his view.) He also called Walter Cronkite "too self-important" and said he "should just shut up." O'Reilly presumably wasn't trying to be as funny as he actually was.

Then there is the general public, which according to my observations is in the mood to show the Red, White and Blue a bit more than they had been say a week ago. As someone inside the spectator sports fandom subculture, I understand the desire to show one's "colors" and the positive feeling that one gets when you see that someone else is on the same side as you. Having said that, it seems to me that maybe, just maybe, the spectator sports fandom model is not a good a model for how people should react when their country is dropping bombs and launching missiles.

Most laughable is the idea that war has broken out between Iraq and the United States. Now I'm not considered properly credentialed to talk about foreign policy on television shows, but something in me says that when one country has already been bombing another country regularly for several years, and the country being bombed shoots back, that war is going on. "Operation Iraqi Freedom," as this new mission is known, may represent a new stage in the conflict that was going on like usual yesterday afternoon, but war is nothing new.


I've contemplated changing the format of this blog now that a new state of war with Iraq has broken out, but decided not to. There are plenty of far more useful blogs, not to mention sites publishing reporting, to go to for links to excellent stories on this stage of the Bush's "war on terror." I don't have the time to compete with those sites and so I am going to stick to what can I do well, which is provide commentary.