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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, February 23, 2004
The problem with this democracy or why the fact that Nader could be a "spoiler" shows there are bigger concerns than electing the non-Bush

Ralph Nader is running for president again.

From the look of the media, Nader's big campaign issue will be whether or not he can prevent the democratic nominee from beating George W. Bush.

I for one am furious at Nader for messing up the nice fun binary political system that has served us so well.

Actually, in case the sarcasm wasn't clear, no I'm not. The two-party system is a sad joke and if these enraged Democrats who are so furious about Nader running and ruining their chance of beating Bush should be, especially after 2000, pushing for electoral reform so that the impact of third-party candidates is lessened.

More importantly, isn't it odd that, despite how much they dislike Bush, none of these Democrats seem to think Bush shouldn't be running. Apparently a non-stop festival of war and corporate cronyism is a record that needs to be considered, but Nader is beyond what's acceptable.

Essentially what the Nader shouldn't run crowd is saying that the U.S. not only has a two-party political system but that it should have a two-party political system. (When will be the right time to run?)

If that's their view of "democracy" in the Uncle Sam's land, fine. But don't expect me to be satisfied by the "solutions" that come from such a limited vision.

UPDATE: The above grafs were more of a rant than most posts on this blog are. It sharply put forward my opinion on one of the main issues related to Nader's candidacy, but was not a complete assessment.

For the record, I think Nader running as an independent, as opposed to as the candidate of the Green Party, is problematic because it lessens the potential for leaving behind institutions, and Nader is delusional if he thinks he could actually win.

Nader's gambit of not running on social issues is interesting, but I'm doubtful if it will pay off politically or ethically.

Most importantly, while I think there is merit to Nader's critique of corporate power, I suspect that the "war on terror" will be the biggest issue in this campaign and I'm doubtful that Nader's criticisms of it will be particularly to the point. 2:35 p.m. 02/23/04

UPDATE #2: Last night I watched CSPAN's broadcast of Nader's responses yesterday to questions from reporters. Unlike more mainstream prez candidates Nader neither looks particularly happy nor talks as if his election would solve most of the problems they want to solve. These qualities, along with the realities of the electoral system, probably ensure that Nader will never gain much popular support.


It would be such a shame if Kerry isn't elected. Such a shame. It might be the worst moment ever, and I do mean ever. 8:48 a.m. 02/24/04