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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, November 10, 2003

Today, on his radio show, Bill O'Reilly said al Qaeda had "no reason" to attack Saudi Arabia.

Makes sense.


Glenn Reynolds keeps on the sunny side today:

ON THE UPSIDE, THIS WOULD GIVE US AN EXCUSE TO INVADE: "Al Qaeda aims to topple Saudi royals."

This may be a revision of an earlier position.


In a post from yesterday Andrew Sullivan writes:

MARSHALL COMES UP EMPTY: Desperate to prove the notion that the administration did too call the threat from Saddam "imminent," Josh Marshall, becoming ever more stridently anti-Bush, came up with a contest. He asked his readers to send in the best administration "imminent threat" quote. Well, you can judge for yourself. But, to my mind, he comes up completely empty. No administration official used that term. None.
Apparently it would be impossible for Sullivan to think about what was said unless a specific term was used.

More from Sullivan:

The actual threat hangs over us all the time. It is unlike previous threats from foreign powers. It is accountable to no rules and no ethics. We know it will give us no formal warning. But we cannot know it is "imminent". If we had such proof - that the U.S. was under an imminent threat of attack - there would have been no debate at all.
If Sullivan had respect for logic, this would come back to embarrass him at some point in the future, and the present and all of the past since he wrote it, but he doesn't and so it won't. Let's march on to war like good little Americans!


The real connection between these three comments is that all reflect the mentality of "just say something that supports my argument at the moment," which O'Reilly, Sullivan and Reynolds probably didn't learn from the Bush Administration although that group has modeled the practice for all to see. That and/or this stems from a fundamental difference in how to understand the world. If that's the case I really don't see where the hawks are coming from.

UPDATE: One day I’ll stop rewarding myself with Glenn Reynolds Brilliance:


VIENNA (Reuters) - Arms experts say a U.N. nuclear watchdog report on Iran supports U.S. claims that Tehran has a secret atomic weapons programme by detailing a two-decade cover-up of research possibly linked to bomb making.

Despite Iran's secretiveness and the array of activities possibly associated with weapons, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) concluded there was no evidence to date Iran had a weapons programme. Iran has always denied the charge.

"The report is a stunning revelation of how far a country can get in making The Bomb, while pretending to comply with international inspections," said Gary Milhollin of the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control, a U.S.-based non-profit think-tank. "This is a classic case of a bomb in the basement."

"Iran has secretly enriched uranium, made plutonium, and hidden the evidence of it from the world," he told Reuters. "There's only one reason why anybody would do that -- because they want to make the bomb."

And what's an appropriate response to that?

Then there's John Hawkins' complaint that a mainstream journalist actually called King Bush on the shit that was one could be excused for thinking Bush thought was pretty goddamn important and Andrew Sullivan summing up a piece he wrote with the headline "BI-POLAR NATION" even thought that piece includes this bit of wisdom, "'Bi-polar' suggests serial ups and downs, whereas America's divisions are deep and simultaneous." 2:11 p.m. 11/12/03

UPDATE #2: Andrew Sullivan writes:

THE FRUITS OF ANTI-SEMITISM: When you construct an extremist movement based in part on irrational hatred of Jews, it is only a matter of time before you start targeting Jews in every country for death. That much we know from history. Except it isn't history any more, is it? For good measure, a Jewish Middle School was just burned down in France by what even the French Interior Minister describes as anti-Semites. Never again? It's already here.
I certainly don't want to diminish what happened here but I have a strange feeling Sullivan wouldn't have reacted in the same manner to similar action from a little over 40 years ago. 11:33 p.m. 11/16/03

UPDATE #3: Here are some more of similar quality. 12:36 p.m. 11/16/03