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

Friday, January 02, 2004
A real reason to hate Osama and other things

While perhaps not as much fun as writing about "doing our best to make the Palestinians suffer," Glenn Reynolds talks about patriotism in this January 1 post:

The CNN coverage was interesting, as the tone -- at least of the part I saw -- was quite unabashedly patriotic. They spent a good deal of time with a young man who was about to go off to Fort Benning, and many flags were in evidence. I noticed that the ceremonies seemed rather patriotic in tone, too, right down to the playing of "Proud to Be An American" just before midnight. You wouldn't have seen that a few years ago. . . .
Now I have a legitimate reason to dislike like those motherfuckers in al Qaeda. I mean sure killing three thousand people isn't very nice but I didn't know any of them and probably wouldn't have gotten along with most. The fact that I have to deal with every idiot who's "proud to be an American" is personally distressing, on the other hand. So I say kill them all and let George C.W. Bush sort them out.


There seems to always be a reason to laugh at Reynolds. Today he writes, "The quality is about like Super-8 -- not great, but not terrible."


Pat "From Swinger to Saint" Robertson informed the audience of today's 700 Club that he recently had spent a great deal of time in prayer, which lead to the revelations that the presidential election in the United States will be a "blowout" this year because Bush is a "man of prayer" and that "God loves China."


Pat on "the United States in end-times events."




"Stop the Disease of Masturbation"


In a December 31 AP story, Gavin Rabinowitz writes:

Israel is looking for ways to gag a whistleblower who is due to be released from prison in the new year, fearing that he may have more nuclear secrets to disclose that will embarrass the government, officials said yesterday.

Mordechai Vanunu, a former nuclear technician, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for espionage after giving dozens of pictures and a description of alleged weapons from Israel's top-secret Dimona nuclear reactor to the Sunday Times in 1986.

Israel's official policy about nuclear weapons is ambiguous: officials say only that Israel will not be the first to introduce them into the Middle East. But, based on Mr Vanunu's pictures, experts concluded Israel had the world's sixth-largest stockpile of nuclear weapons.

The CIA estimated more recently that Israel has between 200 and 400 nuclear weapons...

A television report said officials, concerned about what else Mr Vanunu has to say, are considering options including barring him from travelling overseas or speaking in public after he is released. While the Shin Bet security service and Israel's justice ministry had no comment, Israeli security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the report was true but would not elaborate.

I think we all know what would be said if this was being done by a country that Uncle Sam and/or God didn't care for.

Bradley Burston of Haaretz reports on a new Israeli military refusals and raises my level of optimism slightly.




"British troops will still be in Iraq on New Year's Day 2005, Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon has said," BBC News writes. Hopefully nobody was expecting anything different.

In a story from yesterday, Will Dunham of Reuters writes:

The Pentagon is gearing up for a massive rotation of about a quarter million troops in and out of Iraq, a giant logistics chore complicated by concerns about opportunistic attacks targeting Americans as they arrive or depart.

Between late January and May, the 123,000 war-weary U.S. troops currently in Iraq will be pulled out and replaced with about 110,000 fresh Army soldiers and Marines. In addition, the 11,000 U.S. troops currently in Afghanistan will be brought home and replaced with about the same number.


Helen Thomas on the assholes who run the U.S. more...


Amos Harel and Arnon Regular of Haaretz write:

A member of Sweden's parliament, arrested as he took part in a protest against the construction of the West Bank security barrier, is to be freed Thursday evening and fly home, a spokeswoman for the Interior Ministry said.

Green Party lawmaker Gustav Fridolin, 20, was one of four foreigners arrested Wednesday during a scuffle with troops at Budrus, a West Bank village near the line with Israel southeast of Tel Aviv, where bulldozers are clearing ground for a section of a 750-kilometer (450-mile) barrier around the West Bank. All four were Green Party lawmaker Gustav Fridolin, 20, was one of four foreigners arrested Wednesday during a scuffle with troops at Budrus, a West Bank village near the line with Israel southeast of Tel Aviv, where bulldozers are clearing ground for a section of a 750-kilometer (450-mile) barrier around the West Bank. All four were slated for deportation.

Although I'm opposed to both family and heritage, there are moments where I can say I take small amount of pride in my Swedish roots.


Since Ralph Nader has said he won't run for president this year as the Green Party candidate, perhaps Dennis Kucinich should leave the Dems and carry that banner. It appears he would have some support. David Cobb, Paul Glover, Kent Mesplay, Carol Miller and Lorna Salzman have all announced they are seeking the nomination.

More on Nader.


Somebody has the right attitude.Robert Dreyfuss of The American Prospect on new para-military fun.


Mark Twain's "The War Prayer" may be my favorite piece of writing ever.


What was that shit about human rights and democracy and freedom?


John Zarocostas of The Washington Times writes:

Cuban National Assembly President Ricardo Alarcon, dismissing U.S. charges that Cuba is developing weapons of mass destruction as the words of a "liar," says Bush administration policies have made the risk of U.S. invasion "a real, present danger for us."
Of course Castro's government has been saying this for a long time.


Mr. Alarcon, a former foreign minister and one of the founders of the Cuban Revolution, took strong exception to remarks by Undersecretary of State John R. Bolton.

Mr. Bolton on Dec. 2 named Cuba along with Iran, North Korea, Syria and Libya as rogue states "whose pursuit of weapons of mass destruction makes them hostile to U.S. interests [and who] will learn that their covert programs will not escape either detection or consequences."

The similarity is probably lost on most.


I suppose nobody wants to send me to "Three Minutes to Midnight: NPRI Symposium on the Impending Threat of Nuclear War."


CBS News writes:

The Energy Department is conducting a widespread review of security at America's nuclear weapons laboratories after reports of hundreds of missing keys, some of which could allow access to sensitive areas.

Sources tell CBS News that lock and key experts will begin visiting all U.S. nuclear labs next month to assess the problem of missing keys and apparent security lapses, reports CBS News Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson.

The review follows reports last summer that a government facility known by its World War II code name "Y-12" had reported "a number" of keys missing.

In fact, 200 keys were missing.

Located in Tennessee, Y-12 was part of the Manhattan Project where uranium was processed for the first atomic bomb and is today considered the Fort Knox of highly enriched uranium -- the kind terrorists could use for a devastating bomb. Some of the missing keys, according to one source, "provide possible access to sensitive areas" at the Y-12 facility.

Some of the missing keys, according to one source, "provide possible access to sensitive areas" at Y-12.

Remember Bush had to invade Iraq to avoid a possible catastrophic attack on the U.S. and he is our president so he deserves respect.