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

Monday, February 02, 2004
Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain (Anthony Minghella, 2003) is a far better movie than it ought to be. None of the technicals are notable and the acting is fine, but the characters never show any sort of self-doubt when it would seem to be a common emotion within and amongst them. Still the film succeeds because it tells details the horrors of the U.S. Civil War that happened on the periphery, but which had little to do with slaves. Specifically it covers the struggles of those who deserted the Confederate Army. There are story has seldom been told on the screen.

The film doesn't pull any punches about the brutality of both sides, which is important to keep in mind since so often arguments in the U.S. amount to "X is a justified cause so those who fought in the military for X were justified in whatever they did." History and Cold Mountain teaches otherwise.

In fact, Cold Mountain makes a strong and implicit argument for the morality of refusing to comply with injustice even when a political alternative is not available and the fruits of this effort will be primarily personal. The war torn remains of the southern U.S. thus come to represent not just the destruction of one society but the modern world.


The biggest flaw with the politics of the film is that the political atmosphere that lead to the Civil War is not explored in any depth. This is a minor flaw, however, since it most likely reflects the character's quite believe flaws.


I saw Cold Mountain with my good friend Mr. Max Standard. Shockingly his reaction differed from mine.

"This 'film' was nothing but a defense of cowardice and fornication," Standard told me. "Cowardice is never acceptable no matter what the cause. This is made most clear by how Saddam of course should have killed a few Americans before he was captured instead of being a pussy. And the film's scandalous glorification of pre-martial sex between Inman Balis (Jude Law) and Ada Monroe (Nicole Kidman) was beyond the pale. Even after the scenes that reminded me of a more expense version of those stag films my uncle used to take me to see at the VFW hall, I thought the film might have some redeeming value. God cleared punished Balis by having him shot dead and making sure that Monroe was burdened with a bastard, but these wicked heathens learned nothing from their punishment. Instead they are shown celebrating that bastard child who will no doubt grow up to be a whore just like her mother."


By the way, Renée Zellweger was great as the hickish Ruby Thewes. Now when is she going to play a character with some depth?


Margaret Cho responds to what she says is "this is the best fan letter i ever got."


The Negrodamus sketch in this past week's Chappelle's Show used Bill Hicks' joke about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and the receipt.


David Rees has posted some new get your war on strips lately. All are worth reading.


Yesterday's Doonesberry was great, although upon a second reading I did think that there are some people for whom "9-11" did change things to such an extent that what previously was acceptable no longer was. Perhaps that it is the real joke.


I very much enjoyed Arizona Bay and Paint Your Wagon Sunday.

At least some others apparently were offended by this.