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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, February 20, 2004
Advice to the Department of Defense's Information Ministers

Josh Marshall has posted the Department of Defense's Talking Points - Iraq's WMD: February 12, 2004" (PDF) for all to see and not be impressed.

The DOD ought to say, "We invaded Iraq to stop the threat posed Saddam. Everybody knows Saddam was a threat, or at least they ought to since, amazingly enough, you in the press didn't challenge that contention prior to the invasion. What we don't understand is your change of heart. Don't you still love us? The American people love us!"

UPDATE: And now for some odds and ends...

In a February 15 New York Times story on the evangelization efforts of Southern Baptists in New York City, David D. Kirpatrick writes:

...New York may also present the ultimate test of the Southern Baptists' evangelism. To many evangelical Christians and more than a few New Yorkers themselves, the city occupies a special place as something close to an American Babylon, perhaps the least Christian and most secular metropolis in the country. "I don't know if I thought of it as Sin City, but I knew it wasn't the closest place to God," Mr. Rourk said, diplomatically.

The missionaries may also face some hostility. The city is home to millions of people of other religions, including Hindus, Muslims and Catholics and Jews, who may not appreciate the Southern Baptist efforts to draw others to their faith. Jewish groups, in particular, have often complained that the Southern Baptists target Jews for special proselytizing.

The missionary board has a special division for Jewish ministries and seeks to start "Messianic Jewish" churches, including one on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The Southern Baptists also support Messianic Jewish groups like Jews for Jesus that try to persuade other Jews that they can become Christians without renouncing Judaism — something most Jewish authorities reject...

The theology, however, sticks closely to the Southern Baptist tradition. "For those who are Christians, you will have eternal life," Mr. Searcy told the mostly 20-something crowd that filled the theater in a recent Sunday morning. "For those who are not, Jesus describes it as eternal punishment," he continued, warning, "You don't want to go there."

I have no idea how anybody could reconcile a loving God with this eternal damnation. The concept of "free will" sounds nice, but why does God give a damn about it? Isn't it a bit odd that an all-powerful God would be bound by the constraints that humans face when dealing with other humans? (Of course, all of this just assumes that God has a good answer for, "why bother with creating anything?")


This past February 15 was the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in New Jersey, Chris Newmarker reports in a February 16 AP story.


yet another reason to not vote for John Kerry


"Jeremy Hinzman said he could barely stomach chanting 'kill we will' during basic training and, as a Quaker, he didn't want to shoot anybody. But it was the thought of serving U.S. interests in Iraq that made the 82nd Airborne Division specialist flee to Canada last month," Julia Oliver writes in yesterday's The Fayetteville Observer.


Why not ethnic cleansing for Iraq? It isn't like Uncle Sam cares what happens to those poor fucks or anything. "We only don't kill them all," Sam says, "because we are smart enough to know that would make us look bad."


In a Wednesday story, the AP writes:

The Bush administration is considering a major shift in its plan for transition to Iraqi self-rule, possibly extending and expanding the U.S.-appointed Governing Council so it can take temporary control of the country on July 1, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.

The serious consideration of that option comes as the Bush administration waits for U.N. help now delayed by at least a week in settling differences among Iraqi leaders on how to meet the July 1 U.S. deadline.

Under active consideration is extending and expanding the U.S.-handpicked Iraq Governing Council so that it could take interim control in Baghdad until a legislature could be elected, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The administration is eager to see if U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan approves of the idea, the official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

LMDL (laughing my disgusted laugh) 4:51 p.m. 02/20/04