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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.

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, July 09, 2004
Nader and the GOP, insurgents and the Patriot Act lives

Being a dedicated member of the Michigan Republican Party, info@migop.org sent me this email yesterday with the subject line reading, "Mich. GOP Alert: Help get Ralph Nader on the ballot!"


TO: Republican Leaders
FR: Greg McNeilly
Executive Director

Your help is needed in the next five days to ensure that Michigan voters are not disenfranchised. Michigan Democrats are trying to block an independent candidate from having access to the ballot in Michigan. More specifically, they want Nader off the ballot.

In 2000, Ralph Nader got 1.8% of the vote in Michigan. According to Detroit News pollster Steve Mitchell (6/30/04) Ralph Nader is currently pulling 4% among Michigan voters. Those voters deserve the option and choice!

Michigan Democrats today announced that they fear Ralph Nader's access to the ballot will prevent John Kerry from winning Michigan.

In 1992 and 1996 Ross Perot was on the Michigan ballot. Many Republican strategists believed this hurt Republican candidates. It may have. But the Republican Party never tried to deny access nor disenfranchise voters by opposing ballot access for Perot.

This election will be close. Michigan Democrats are going to try every dirty trick possible.

While the Michigan Republicans are expending no funds to assist Nader's efforts, we are seeking volunteer help to ensure Nader's ballot access.

Right now, today, we need to assist efforts to provide Ralph Nader access to Michigan's ballot. Please contact your local Victory Center to help, our Lansing headquarters or click here for a link to obtain a petition from the Nader campaign: http://www.migop.org/nader.asp

(Nader volunteers will collect the petitions from there)

Michigan Republican Party HQ
2121 E. Grand River Ave.
Lansing, MI 48912

Brighton Victory Center
Linda Palazzollo
123 Brighton Lake Rd., Suite 101, Brighton, MI 48116

Dearborn Victory Center
Yvette Robinson
23852 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48124

East Lansing Victory Center
Jeremy Marks
315 W. Grand River Ave., E. Lansing, MI 48823

Farmington Victory Center
Bryan Bernys
28124 Orchard Lk. Rd., Ste.100, Farmington Hills, MI 48834

Flint Victory Center
Casey Braybrook
4110 Pier North Blvd., Suite A, Flint, MI 48504

Grand Rapids Victory Center
Matthew Summey
353 Fuller N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Holland Victory Center
Doug Komejan
230 Central Ave., Holland, MI 49423

Jackson Victory Center
Jason Wadaga
1310 W. Michigan Ave., Jackson, MI 49202

Kalamazoo Victory Center
Lindsay Case
1710 W. Milham Rd., Portage, MI 49008

Macomb Victory Center
Amanda Hayner
48129 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Twp., MI 48317

Plymouth Victory Center
Cathryn Neracher
44780 Helm Street, Plymouth, MI 48170

Port Huron Victory Center
Eric Ventimiglia
4861 24th Ave., Fort Gratiot, MI 48059

Rochester Victory Center
Lindsay Lee
1633 Star Batt Dr., Rochester Hills, MI 48309

St. Joseph Victory Center
Mitzi Grier
815 Main St., St. Joseph, MI 49085

Wyandotte Victory Center
Darrin Moore
364 Eureka Rd., Wyandotte, MI 48192

Visit the Michigan Republicans web site at http://www.migop.org

| Paid for by the Michigan Republican State Committee with |
| regulated funds. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate |
| committee. 2121 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing MI 48912-3299 |

If politics is about power, Republican support for Nader is certainly less problematic than Medea Benjamin shilling for Kerry.


"Contrary to U.S. government claims, the insurgency in Iraq is led by well-armed Sunnis angry about losing power, not foreign fighters, and is far larger than previously thought, American military officials say," Jim Krane of the AP writes. "The officials told The Associated Press the guerrillas can call on loyalists to boost their forces to as high as 20,000 and have enough popular support among nationalist Iraqis angered by the presence of U.S. troops that they cannot be militarily defeated."


"The Republican-led House bowed to a White House veto threat Thursday and stood by the USA Patriot Act, defeating an effort to block the part of the anti-terrorism law that helps the government investigate people's reading habits," writes Alan Fram of the AP.

I feel safer already.