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

Monday, May 26, 2003
Memorial Day

It should never be forgotten that Memorial Day isn't just about car races and a healthy helping of falafel and tomato wrapped up in a spinach tortilla. No, it is also about those who sacrificed for our freedom.

Just over two months ago our country -The Land That I Love- faced a great choice. Should we continue to allow Saddam Hussein to attack us at the time of his choosing or should we strike back and free Iraq so that certain groups can have guns that other groups can't? The Brave, Courageous, Honorable and Honest President George W. Bush made the only patriotic choice. He ordered the military to Liberate Iraq. It went splendid and the successful campaign preserved American freedom at least until Bush and friends start to publicly worry enough about Iran or some other country.

So at this time of great victory may I suggest that we all have a "Moment of Remembrance" for the Iraqi civilians who died so that, if you are a citizen of the U.S., you and I could be free. We don't know how many of them died. Maybe it was as many as 10,000, maybe it was however many Iraqi Body Count Project has tallied at whatever point in time you are reading this or maybe it was 4. It doesn't really matter what does matter is that it was likely more than zero and that right now there are mothers in Iraq who are spending Memorial Day Weekend saddened by the loss of their son or daughter, but still proud that their child gave the ultimate sacrifice for people the brave civilain didn't even know and that all that was asked for was a spot to bury the dead.

We should also thank many of the Iraqi soldiers who didn't put up much of a fight but who are nonetheless reportedly being figuratively bitten. ("This big dog will fight when you rattle his cage," after all.)

There will be new sacrifices as our War to Protect American Freedom moves on. For instance, Schools in Oklahoma apparently are already getting the shit end of the stick. While we should mourn whatever losses happen, we should not forget to, as somebody said at some point in time, "keep our eyes on the prize." President Bush appears to know this as the U.S. of A. has already reportedly moved in to militarily help the government of Sudan, which has been said to have "contributed significantly to the U.S.-led war against Al Qaida, including intelligence exchange and the extradition of suspects" along with aiding and abetting slavery.