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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

Friday, November 14, 2003
November 14 vision

I believe it was Moses who first declared November 15 the start of the firearm deer season in Michigan. This was considered nothing short of heresy as everyone knew that firearm hunting was supposed to start three days after the second Sabbath of each and every month, although as the years passed by, and certain economic changes occurred, they got over it and now you would hardly know that there was ever a controversy about the day William Whitetail finds out what it’s like to be an Iraqi (more). Fighting back with antlers against rifles is about as effective as using simple bombs and guns against the U.S. military.

For some infuriating moral relativism, check out this Sunday’s Deer Digest. Last year’s November 16 edition had this as the lead editorial:

Yesterday, as always happened since the early days according to one legend, many of our fellow deer were slaughtered. The hunters and the government that endorses this ritual killing say they do it to stem overpopulation and that is an ostensibly noble goal. But if that really were their concern they wouldn’t provide feed piles for us to gorge on in the hope that we will be as fat and slow as them during the hunt. And, if overpopulation really did motivate them, why wouldn’t they be worried about their hunting have just the opposite effect. The choice between hunting and overpopulation is as clear of a false choice that it might as well be straight out of a Slavoj Zizek essay.

Clearly logic is not on their side, but that’s never stopped them before and is unlikely to do so now. For our own sake, if not the sake of our fellow inhabitants of the animal kingdom, we must take matters into our own hooves. The calls for armed self-defense from the Black Deer and Nation of Antlers are a good start. The slaughter of the MDLC has proven that non-violence is inadequate, as even the FNCC has recognized. But self-defense needs to be augmented with our own efforts to spread contraception. Oh it might not look like it amounts to much now but with further research and more initiative on our part that could change, and allow future fawns to have a far brighter future.

What I would like to see if for the DNR to make a last second announcement that further hunting has been cancelled this year. They should make the announced on November 14 at about 5:45 p.m. so it can be on the six o’clock news. Within five minutes of the announcement every road in the state, sans those located in Ann Arbor, East Lansing and Detroit, would be filled with Angry White Men dressed in orange pseudo-camouflage clothing who have a rifle in one hand and a can of Stroh’s they bought in bulk in 1982 in the other. They’d walk around with a confused look on their faces for a good two or three minutes while they muttered, “what the fuck are we doing now?”

That would turn into various fights in due time and before you know it the whole state would be one big shoot out. Once the hunters had died out and the swill had been safely cleared, the deer would come out and perform a Russian ballet.

All the humans who had dared to venture out would have open jaws at this point even though the fun would only be starting. Once the formal ballet was over, it’d be time to go to movies as the deer have always to see Dead Blake (Bambi, 1996) on a big screen in a human theater. By the time that was done, a tent would be erected outside and the All Forest Klezmer Group would provide the soundtrack to deer debauchery.