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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 16, 2004
The commercial war

Yesterday I saw and add that asked "What's more patriotic than saving big money" at Kohl's this President's Day? The t.v. spot also informed me that going to Kohl's to save money was what George Washington would want me to do.

Maybe I'm giving the people who came up with this ad and the public too much credit, but I have a hard time believing that anybody can take this seriously. If they did, I imagine that one day they expect to be asked something along the lines of "what did you do on September the 11th, Grandpappy?"

"Well little George, I went to Kohl's to get some great deals and, unlike those cowards in the National Guard, I kept shopping in order to fight the terrorists."

"Wow Grandpa Luke! You're my hero!"

Nobody could expect that, and so this ad is better understood not as conveying any information beyond there is a sale going on at a specific store on a specific day, but rather as setting a mood much as is done in a great deal of other commercials for companies like Nike that have little to do with any product and use few words.

If Kurt Vonnegut is correct about the government of the United States now being "a made-for-TV movie," it follows that the speeches of the Bush Administration are really just commercials. And, given the changing stories told in them, they would have to be commercials that, like the one I've described for Kohl's, are not intended to give information beyond what a person should do -whether that be buy a product or support a policy- and yet use other details to convey the message. FReeper The Wizzard's February 13 message "***The Hard & Fast Facts The Democrats & Media STILL Don't Understand***" is in line with this thinking. The arguments are idiotic but the message is clear; George W. Bush and friends are to be supported no matter what because of his response the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 so either adopt the correct point of view or shut the fuck up.

Somebody's smiling.


It seems to me that a lot more holidays need to be commercialized. I bet everyone would like 50% off airline tickets each September 11, 0% financing for five years on all slaves purchased on Juneteenth, 1/3 off all Sony products each August 6 as part of a celebration of how the dropping of nuclear bombs lead to modern home entertainment and, of course, a Buy One Get One Free deal on all pork products every November 9 to commemorate Kristallnacht.

America would unquestionably be a better country if retailers and shoppers gave these holidays their due, but we also need to set a day aside to show how generous we are as a people. So, in honor of the Ghost Dance, we should set aside October for the hunting of buffalo. Any meat that we do not want should be given to impoverished Native American children.