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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

Wednesday, December 31, 2003
The primary theme of this blog in 2003…

...had to be that the Bush Administration is a dishonest bunch of assholes.

I wouldn't be surprised if they are dishonest in other areas as well but they are certainly less than truthful in terms of their "war on terror."

The examples I given in posts are too numerous to count and new support for this theory regularly appears. For example, in a December 15 floridatoday.com story, John McCarthy writes:

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Monday the Bush administration last year told him and other senators that Iraq not only had weapons of mass destruction, but they had the means to deliver them to East Coast cities.

Nelson, D-Tallahassee, said about 75 senators got that news during a classified briefing before last October's congressional vote authorizing the use of force to remove Saddam Hussein from power...

The White House directed questions about the matter to the Department of Defense. Defense officials had no comment on Nelson's claim.

Nelson said the senators were told Iraq had both biological and chemical weapons, notably anthrax, and it could deliver them to cities along the Eastern seaboard via unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones.

Assuming Bill Nelson is telling the truth, this claim was, to state the obvious, either true or it was not. If it is true, then either the Bush Administration has secretly, and for reasons that they are most likely the only ones to know, neutralized this threat and not told anyone or they have at least publicly pretended this threat doesn't exit and in the process mislead many people. If it is not correct, the Bush Administration was either dishonest or mistaken. The latter would mean that they had bad information and analysis, which they have not been upfront about. The former means that they are guilty of deceit on matters involving war and have manipulated the public's fears in order to get a war that they wanted for one reason or another.

In other words, so long as Nelson's story is correct, they don't come out looking well and have been dishonest, if only for pretending that their failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq did not leave open the possibility of attack and/or that their information and the primary basis for their argument for war was based on faulty information. If Nelson's story isn't correct, there is a whole lot of information that has checked out and which leads to similar conclusions. (See October 2's "Did the Bush Administration expect to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?" for example.)

This is significant because democratic decision making is a charade and restraints on government action are useless if that government can be dishonest with impunity for the sake of achieving the outcome they desire.

I suspect that I will continue to make this point in 2004 but I don't expect it to make any difference. buzzflash.com's suggestion that "Bush's Worst Enemy" is "the truth" is at best delusional. Digging and investigative reporting aren't what’s needed to expose this administration. Just a little bit of time critically thinking about the contents of www.dod.mil, state.gov and www.whitehouse.gov will show that they’ve been dishonest, regardless of what David Brooks would have you believe.

This doesn't matter, however, because there is no political force of any significance that stands firmly against the concept of the "war on terror" and points out that the vague nature of it amounts to "war on whoever the Team in power says war should be waged on." That's unlikely to change so long as it is easier to just say "we were attacked" so we can do whatever we want in the name of "protecting ourselves" or "Bush is stupid."

If I had the ability to lethally inject Bush, my opposition to the death penalty would be tested greatly.