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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

Monday, January 12, 2004
A message to Iraqis, the comedy of Sue Murphy and other matters

Bill O'Reilly should tell those stupid Iraqi fuckers to shut up or face the consequences.


The comedy of Sue Murphy –or more precisely the comedy of Sue Murphy that was presented in a Comedy Central Presents special that I watched on Sunday- has conventional themes. Murphy thinks she’s unattractive and has a long history of personal embarrassment. She apparently isn’t ashamed to get on stage and present this to the world in search of laughs. And yet for all that normalcy, Murphy came across much different than the average comedian on Comedy Central. She seemed to be having a good time and yet was awkward, much like the man or woman at a bar or social gathering who is a bit too loud and who doesn’t always make sense as she tells stories, but who entertains herself at least as much as any one else in the audience.

I’m not sure when the special was recorded but my guess is in 1998 or 1999 due to an early reference to Titanic (James Cameron, 1997), a film that is neither particularly good nor anywhere near as bad as it is now fashionable to say it is, which seems appropriate if Alain Badiou is correct about the twentieth century being greatly characterized by a “passion for the Real” and stand-up is a play covered by the mask of conversation. Murphy’s act was most likely more the product of revision than improvisation, but it didn’t seem that way, which made it made beautiful and perplexing.


"Coalition experts are examining dozens of mortar shells found in southern Iraq which could contain chemical weapons," BBC News writes in a Saturday story. "...US officials played down the find, saying the shells were probably left over from Saddam Hussein's 1980-88 war with Iran.

Thank Bush that we got there in time.


In a January 11 story, BBC News writes:

Mr Blair told the BBC's Breakfast with Frost he still believed that weapons of mass destruction would be found.

But asked if he now thought he had been wrong about Iraq's WMD, he said: "You can't say that at this point in time... I do not know is the answer."


John F. Dickerson of Time on Paul O'Neill:

Discussing the case for the Iraq war in an interview with TIME, O'Neill, who sat on the National Security Council, says the focus was on Saddam from the early days of the Administration. He offers the most skeptical view of the case for war ever put forward by a top Administration official. "In the 23 months I was there, I never saw anything that I would characterize as evidence of weapons of mass destruction," he told TIME. "There were allegations and assertions by people. But I've been around a hell of a long time, and I know the difference between evidence and assertions and illusions or allusions and conclusions that one could draw from a set of assumptions. To me there is a difference between real evidence and everything else. And I never saw anything in the intelligence that I would characterize as real evidence."
O'Neill doesn't impress me and he certainly is no Daniel Ellsberg. Assuming that this is true, and I suspect that it is, why didn't O'Neill come out and say this last year around say March when it might have changed the course of events?


nice to know


I find it hard to dislike Dean when he says stuff like, "George Bush is not my neighbor."


Thomas E. Ricks of The Washington Post writes:

A scathing new report published by the Army War College broadly criticizes the Bush administration's handling of the war on terrorism, accusing it of taking a detour into an "unnecessary" war in Iraq and pursuing an "unrealistic" quest against terrorism that may lead to U.S. wars with states that pose no serious threat...

"[T]he global war on terrorism as currently defined and waged is dangerously indiscriminate and ambitious, and accordingly . . . its parameters should be readjusted," [Jeffrey] Record ["a visiting professor at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama"] writes. Currently, he adds, the anti-terrorism campaign "is strategically unfocused, promises more than it can deliver, and threatens to dissipate U.S. military resources in an endless and hopeless search for absolute security."

Why treasonous trash such as this report, which is entitled "Bounding the Global War on Terrorism," is allowed to be published is beyond me. It can only strengthen our enemies and convince Americans to forget September 11.


Who does Hugo Chavez think he is?


"Hunger and homelessness continued to rise in major American cities over the last year, according to the new U.S. Conference of Mayors-Sodexho Hunger and Homelessness Survey, released today at the Conference of Mayors Headquarters. As the overall economy remained weak, requests for emergency food assistance increased by an average of 17 percent over the past year, and requests for emergency shelter assistance increased by an average of 13 percent in the 25 cities surveyed," The U.S. Conference of Mayors writes in a December 18 press release. Read the report here and find out more about Sodexho at sodexhousa.com.




Jennifer and Richard Pryor on the government's new emblem.


Via in search of Sasquatch I find Aidin Vaziri of The San Francisco Chronicle saying, "Chris Rock is still the best stand-up comedian to hit a stage since Sinbad."

When I read stuff like this, I can't help but think this country deserves Bush and the "war on terror."