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

Tuesday, December 16, 2003
Bill Hicks

I awoke Sunday morning at roughly 7:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time and, shortly after a quick breakfast, booted up the computer to check the news. I was just about to open the web browser when I thought, "nothing has happened. You'll just way time and would be better off just watching The Simpsons Micah," which is what I did.

Shortly before 9 a.m. I got a call from a friend, bbs, who wanted to know what I thought about the news. Not knowing what "the news" was, I asked, but dancing in my head was a vision of the Bush Administration finally being exposed as the dishonest assholes that they are. Perhaps some document had been revealed, I thought, or Bush had gone back on the sauce, got drunk and admitted at least some aspect of their mendaciousness.

But that was not to be and I had to settle for the news of Saddam being captured.

Was I disappointed?

In a word, yes.

I have serious misgivings about this. As despicable as U.S. President George W. Bush is, his bad deeds pale in comparison to those former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Viewed on an equal scale, both deserve contempt but Saddam deserves far more. However, I suspect that the dichotomy found in their records stems from different political cultures more so than temperament.

In a story filed yesterday, Reuters reports that witnesses say that the U.S. military responded to a pro-Saddam rally in Tikrit by "beating and arresting some protesters."

The Press Association reports that U.S. Lieutenant Colonel Steven Russell said, "They [the protesters] were reminded that protests are not authorised and that participation in protests is punishable."

Commenting on these stories, Eric Garris of antiwar.com notes, "there are numerous reports of anti-Saddam demonstrations that are not being broken up, even though they are also not authorized. Many of these protesters are freely firing guns in celebration without any arrests."

Ironically the Coalition Provisional Authority has promoted the fact that a recent Gallup Poll indicates that the vast majority of Iraqis living in Baghdad want "freedom of speech" and "freedom of assembly."

Perhaps, whenever all the dust has settled, the residents of Baghdad will those freedoms under a government approved by Uncle Sam, but this appears unlikely to happen if the residents of Baghdad get out of line.

The logic behind this conditional freedom is the same as that behind the invasion and occupation of Iraq as a whole. The U.S. doesn't want absolute power -Rummy could care less who runs the drains in Basra- but it does want control of some areas such as the general form of the Iraqi economy and political system, the capabilities of the Iraqi military and what Iraqi media can say. And, if these stories are correct, the U.S. (in the form of the Bush Administration, which doesn't seem all that bothered by this incident) wants to limit want Iraqis can say and protest.

This model appears to have also come to the U.S. Michelle Goldberg's salon.com story "'This is not America'" contains plenty of details on law enforcement's repressive response to a recent protest of a Free Trade of the Americas summit in Miami. The details are too numerous to list here but the basic message is that The Iron Heel can appear when it is requested. Demonstrations of support for military interventions are unlikely to trigger it, however.


The late comedian Bill Hicks was born 42 years ago today.

"They don't want the voice of reason spoken, because otherwise we'd be free," Hicks says on a 1993 recording found on Rant in E-Minor (Rykodisc, 1997).