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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

Thursday, March 13, 2003
(unorganized) Notes #2

-get your sad on is David Rees' tribute to the late Mister Rogers. My mom has told me that Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was my favorite show for a few years before I turned five. I, however, have no memory of ever watching it. Don't worry about Rees going soft. He has already returned to the traditional format of the best comic strip now published on anything approaching on a regular basis. The first one of the new batch is one his best.

-Speaking of comic strips, check out Harvey Pekar's take on Sundance, with images by Gary Dumm.

-I want to thank Barbara Flaska for throwing a link my way.

-This post by Saragon made me smile. Click here and here for a discussion about U.S. policy towards Iraq between Saragon and me.

-If you are interested at all interested in the late Bill Hicks, check out this collection of MP3s.

-Why do all the cool things happen to other people? Douglas Anders got to see a sign reading "God Bless the USA & NASCAR."

-Am I the only one who finds the suggestion that Paul Harvey was a blogger before there were blogs more than a bit amusing and something less than a compliment?

-I can and will dream of life without spam.

-A nice quiz has told me:

How evil are you?
What can I say?

- Can people now stop calling hawk Hillary Clinton a leftist?

-Proof that Seymour Hersh just might be the greatest journalist alive

"Sy Hersh is the closest thing American journalism has to a terrorist," Defense Policy Board Chairman Richard Perle said during Sunday's Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer. Perle was asked by Blitzer to respond to "Lunch with the Chairman," a New Yorker article by Hersh that takes a critical look at Perle.

Here is the full exchange from the transcript:

BLITZER: There's an article in the New Yorker magazine by Seymour Hersh that's just coming out today in which he makes a serious accusation against you that you have a conflict of interest in this because you're involved in some business that deals with homeland security, you potentially could make some money if, in fact, there is this kind of climate that he accuses you of proposing.

Let me read a quote from the New Yorker article, the March 17th issue, just out now. "There is no question that Perle believes that removing Saddam from power is the right thing to do. At the same time, he has set up a company that may gain from a war."

PERLE: I don't believe that a company would gain from a war. On the contrary, I believe that the successful removal of Saddam Hussein, and I've said this over and over again, will diminish the threat of terrorism. And what he's talking about is investments in homeland defense, which I think are vital and are necessary.

Look, Sy Hersh is the closest thing American journalism has to a terrorist, frankly.

BLITZER: Well, on the basis of -- why do you say that? A terrorist?

PERLE: Because he's widely irresponsible. If you read the article, it's first of all, impossible to find any consistent theme in it. But the suggestion that my views are somehow related for the potential for investments in homeland defense is complete nonsense.

BLITZER: But I don't understand. Why do you accuse him of being a terrorist?

PERLE: Because he sets out to do damage and he will do it by whatever innuendo, whatever distortion he can -- look, he hasn't written a serious piece since Maylie (ph).

(Thanks to Matt Welch for finding the link.) From this post by Phil Freeman, I see that Perle plans to sue Hersh over the article in question.

-John Hawkins appears to have a better grip on what Team Bush is doing than most:

Can we convince Saddam Hussein to stop supporting terrorism through diplomatic methods? Since the answer to that question is obviously "no," we need to remove Saddam via military force.

Everything else, his cruelty to his people, the threat Iraq presents to the region, his violation of UN Resolutions, hopes that Democracy will spread throughout the region, being able to move our troops out of Saudi Arabia, etc, are secondary considerations to the fact that he supports terrorist groups and will continue to do so unless we stop him.

If this is really why we're going in, why are we talking about the WMD & the breaking of UN resolutions so much and why aren't we hitting Iran first, since they're an even bigger sponsor of terrorism than Iraq? Simple, because we can get a lot more worldwide support for invading Iraq than we can for hitting anywhere else. If that means we have to emphasize Hussein's defiance of the UN to get more nations on board, so be it. You don't catch flies with vinegar. Furthermore, once we're in Iraq, we'll have access to Iran and we won't need to go begging and bribing other nations in the region to get a place to launch our troops from -- if we can't help the people of Iran rise up in revolution first.

-For some strange reason I get the feeling that I wouldn't want to be a member of Patriots for the Defense of America.

-Maybe I should stop giving blood.

-Rep. James P. Moran is a racist idiot asshole however you look at it. His brand of anti-Semitism is most likely not shared by anywhere near a majority of opponents of Bush's "war on terror" but it is a current of thought that can be found in places like libertyforum.org. All that said, I don't think he should step down for his comments. True I don’t like the idea of him holding an elected office, but that is par for the course for those in such positions.

-this Fred Thompson commercial in support of escalating the war with Iraq is funny because it appears that Thompson and those around him are unaware of any terrorism by al Qaeda against U.S. targets prior to September 11, 2001. That, or Thompson and those around him are idiots and/or don't feel that nobody who wasn't one of the hijackers is any way responsible for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

If a celeb advocating the U.N. be in charge of preventing Iraq from having WMD were to have made this claim hawks of all stripes would be all over him or her. But I guess facts aren't so important when you are on the "right side."

- Curtiss Leung's "The New War Profiteers" is worth a read, and not just if you are trying to figure out how Darryl Worley should pay for his crime against intelligence

-I love the American Anti-Colonial and Democratic Spirit!

The U.S. should encourage democracy and economic development in former French colonies in Africa to "punish the French," according to Nick Denton.

Yesterday Glenn Reynolds called Denton's post "Brilliant," which is interesting because on Friday instapundit said he thought the U.S. should have been more supportive of French colonialism towards the Middle East in the 1950s.