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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

Tuesday, May 31, 2005
I could blog about minor matters in the world but the big news has to be that Rambo is back and a new masterpiece is set to start shooting this January. This one is said to follow the adventures of a nice family man Rambo who is pushed back into action to fight racists. And some people say that Hollywood isn't turning out great films!

OK let's be honest, this idea is lousy. Rambo should either be fighting "the terrorists" or it should be Rambo & Therapist.

Monday, May 30, 2005
Cheney's perspective

In today's world we have:

-A report says there is now evidence that the United States was trying to goad Saddam's government into war in 2002 (Michael Smith, The Sunday Times, May 29 - to be honest I believe this was self-evident, if you tell someone constantly "I'm going to get you, you just wait, I don't know when but I'm going to get you" for several months, you are risking them coming after you first)

-More allegations of prisoner abuse at a unique part of Cuba (Paisley Dodds, AP, May 30)

-The possibility of civil war in Iraq (Jeffrey Fleishman, The Los Angeles Times, May 29)

-An ever most heroic effort by New Jersey State Assemblyman Craig Stanley to change the name of the New Jersey Devils to something less satanic (Angela Delli Santi, AP, May 29)

Things certainly are crazy, and so it is nice to have a voice of reason like Vice President Dick Cheney to sort things out:

Vice President Dick Cheney says he's offended by a human rights group's report criticizing conditions at the prison camp for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay.

The report Amnesty International released last week said prisoners at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba had been mistreated and called for the prison to be shut down. Cheney derided the London-based group in an interview set to be broadcast Monday night on CNN's "Larry King Live."

"Frankly, I was offended by it," Cheney said in the videotaped interview. "For Amnesty International to suggest that somehow the United States is a violator of human rights, I frankly just don't take them seriously." [AP, May 30]

I know how you feel, Mr. Cheney.

Sunday, May 29, 2005
Media Matters noted noted on friday that the assassination fantasies of Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly on their radio talk shows haven't been getting a lot of press.

I would add that on Tuesday's edition of his show, Michael Reagan made a joke that I didn't quite understand but had something to do with stem cells and pain, if not death, being cause to the seven Republican senators who were part of the recent filibuster deal. John McCain was mentioned by name.

Saturday, May 28, 2005
Fox News (May 28):
The U.S. military is on the offensive in the War on Terror (search) to prevent terrorists from reaching America's shores, President Bush said Friday, adding that 20 years from now, historians will look back on the Iraq war as "America's golden moment."

President Bush speaking at U.S. Naval Academy graduation ceremonies yesterday:

Sitting in that crowd four years ago was Midshipman Edward Slavis. When I gave the order to liberate Iraq, he charged across the Kuwaiti border, leading a rifle platoon through 21 days of tough fighting into the heart of Baghdad. His battalion helped pull down the statue of Saddam Hussein. Ed says, "I will have time for myself later. Now I just feel privileged to spend my life doing something much larger than myself." He went on to say, "The mission will be a success, and 20 or 30 years from now historians will look back on the mission to Iraq as America's golden moment." Ed Slavis is serving his country with courage, and he's adding to the history of this Academy.
Leaving aside the distorted picture most people have of the statue toppling, Bush never called the invasion "America's golden moment." He quoted someone else as saying that in a way that strongly suggests he agrees.

Just thinking about the irony in FNC's mistake makes me dizzy.

Friday, May 27, 2005
Am I the only person who just can't seem to care about "Koran incidents"? No. Am I the only person who follows the "war on terror" with such great interest who doesn't? Maybe.

Sorry but I just don't think it is all that big of a deal.

Thursday, May 26, 2005
Via Matt Drudge, I see that Helen Thomas acted like a stupid raghead bitch and didn't respect a great man like Scott McClellan yesterday:
Q The other day -- in fact, this week, you said that we, the United States, is in Afghanistan and Iraq by invitation. Would you like to correct that incredible distortion of American history --

MR. McCLELLAN: No, we are -- that's where we currently --

Q -- in view of your credibility is already mired? How can you say that?

MR. McCLELLAN: Helen, I think everyone in this room knows that you're taking that comment out of context. There are two democratically-elected governments in Iraq and --

Q We're we invited into Iraq?

MR. McCLELLAN: There are two democratically-elected governments now in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we are there at their invitation. They are sovereign governments, and we are there today --

Q You mean if they had asked us out, that we would have left?

MR. McCLELLAN: No, Helen, I'm talking about today. We are there at their invitation. They are sovereign governments --

Q I'm talking about today, too.

MR. McCLELLAN: -- and we are doing all we can to train and equip their security forces so that they can provide for their own security as they move forward on a free and democratic future.

Q Did we invade those countries?

MR. McCLELLAN: Go ahead, Steve.

What an asshole. This is a legitimate line of questioning and Scott is allowed to just brush it off to Steven who asks this penetrating question, "Is Prime Minister Abbas doing enough to crack down on terror?"

Oh, if you are an idiot like Jonathan R. at GOP Bloggers and think Afghanistan is sovereign, may I remind you that it was only Monday that Bush said U.S. troops in Afghanistan would remain completely under U.S. control. This despite Karzai's request of a couple days earlier for more Afghan control of these troops in Afghanistan.

The same thing has long been true in Iraq, and you know it should be made clear that although I think stupid liberal elite MSM reporters should be able to ask questions about this, this is a good thing since America is better than these loser countries. We are the greatest nation ever and deserve to be treated as such. I'm not going to take advantage of Memorial Day sales this weekend just so the land that I love can be treated like we are just a bigger Afghanistan or Iraq.

We are better than that, which is why we ain't leaving Iraq anytime soon and I can be certain the home of the brave is kicking ass for me, a good patriotic American.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Tuesday, May 24, 2005
For years America has remained great because great men and Ann Coulter have always stood up for freedom.

Now, however, with the "deal" on filibusters, I fear that this all has bee lost. The terrorists have won, freedom is lost etc. etc.

On the other had, this deal does all for those millions of Americans who did not vote for President Bush last November to have their voices heard.

Monday, May 23, 2005
Michael Howard writes in today's Guardian:
US military commanders are planning to pull back their troops from Iraq's towns and cities and redeploy them in four giant bases in a strategy they say is a prelude to eventual withdrawal.

The plan, details of which emerged at the weekend, also foresees a transfer to Iraqi command of more than 100 bases that have been occupied by US-led multinational forces since the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

However, the decision to in vest in the bases, which will require the construction of more permanent structures such as blast-proof barracks and offices, is seen by some as a sign that the US expects to keep a permanent presence in Iraq.

It is a more centralized way to bury our dead.

Sunday, May 22, 2005
Maybe it is just me, but there seems to be a lot of interesting news in the world as of late

Most of these stories, such as a May 2 Knight Ridder Newspapers report by Mohammed al Dulaimy that says some Iraqi journalists accuse the new Iraqi government of freedom of abusing them for doing their job, I'm probably not going to get around to writing about.

One place I've ignored is Uzbekistan, which is of course my way of saying, I don't care. So at least several hundred people were killed in a protest. What difference does it make to me? I didn't know them. People die all the time. Get used to it. Besides it serves them right for being out on Friday the 13th.

Actually I am just mad that "freedom isn't free" bullshit is a fact of life when it comes to justifying the U.S. running other countries but these same people don't care about Uncle Sam fueling a repressive regime.

Democracy is great in theory but when people don't seem to mind a manipulative and dishonest government, it falls way short.

Saturday, May 21, 2005
Happy Birthday Mr. T!

UPDATE: Responding to laughable charges of abuse (Tim Golden, New York Times, May 20, more about how our great fighting men and women aren't that bothered by Afghans killed by their own is at Tim Golden, New York Times, May 22), longtime puppet Karzai is getting a bit ungrateful for American tastes. Daniel Cooney writes in an AP story from today:

President Hamid Karzai called on Saturday for control of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and demanded the United States take strong action against soldiers who abuse prisoners, following a report of alleged maltreatment of detainees at the main U.S. base here...

Karzai said he will bring up the issue when he meets American leaders during a four-day visit to the United States starting Saturday.

"We want the U.S. government to take very, very strong action to take away people like that are working with their forces in Afghanistan," Karzai told reporters before leaving Kabul. "Definitely ... I will see about that when I am in the United States."

He also demanded greater control over U.S. military operations here, including a stop to raids by American troops on Afghans' homes without the knowledge of his administration.

"No operations inside Afghanistan should take place without the consultation of the Afghan government," the president said.

What a fucking asshole! After all we've done for him, this prick now wants sovereignty? We gave them Freedom, how dare they ask for power.

Don't worry though as it appears that Karzai is nothing but a dirty drug dealer. David S. Cloud and Carlotta Gall writes in a May 22 New York Times story:

United States officials warned this month in an internal memo that an American-financed poppy eradication program aimed at curtailing Afghanistan's huge heroin trade had been ineffective, in part because President Hamid Karzai "has been unwilling to assert strong leadership."

A cable sent on May 13 from the United States Embassy in Kabul, the Afghan capital, said that provincial officials and village elders had impeded destruction of significant poppy acreage and that top Afghan officials, including Mr. Karzai, had done little to overcome that resistance.

"Although President Karzai has been well aware of the difficulty in trying to implement an effective ground eradication program, he has been unwilling to assert strong leadership, even in his own province of Kandahar," said the cable, which was drafted by embassy personnel involved in the anti-drug efforts, two American officials said.

A copy of the three-page cable, which was addressed to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, was shown to The New York Times by an American official alarmed at the slow pace of poppy eradication.

The cable also faulted Britain, which has the top responsibility for counternarcotics assistance in Afghanistan, for being "substantially responsible" for the failure to eradicate more acreage. British personnel choose where the eradication teams work, but the cable said that those areas were often not the main growing areas and that the British had been unwilling to revise targets.

There you have it. The new bastard and our old oppressors are working against us to make sure that DRUGS flood the streets of America.

It is once again time for us to nuke the rest of the world! 3:14 p.m. est 05/21/05

Friday, May 20, 2005
"Thousands of Shiites stomped on American flags painted on roads outside mosques in a show of anger over the U.S. presence in Iraq," Abdul Hussein Al-Obeidi writes in an AP story published today. "Tensions spiraled throughout Iraq, particularly in its southern Shiite heartland, as more than 10,000 protesters heeded a call by anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to step on and drive over American and Israeli flags painted on roads outside mosques. Many of the worshippers were chanting or waving the Quran, Islam's holy book."

In related news, in response to a question about the pics of Saddam in his underwear showing up in Rupert Murdoch owned newspapers, our great leader Bush said:

Well, you asked me whether or not that would inspire people. You know, I don't think a photo inspires murderers. I think they're inspired by an ideology that is so barbaric and backwards that it's hard for many in the Western world to comprehend how they think.
But Bush can!

Thursday, May 19, 2005
Satan appears busy.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005
If Freedom Tower is built, Donald Trump said a few minutes ago in what I do not believe was an event made up by the little men in the television who draw the nice pictures, "the terrorists win."

The sad thing is this wasn't just some stupid comment but part of his bit for promoting his design.

This makes me into a big supporter of Freedom Tower because the way I see it, if we build it all is lost and we can stop talking about "the terrorists" and the clear concept "war on terror." We could just enjoy whatever remains of our lives, kind of like I would think believe who believe the rapture will happen soon would do if they acted like they believed the rapture will happen soon.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Here are some destinations on the web that you might want to visit.

Monday, May 16, 2005
I'm what is sometimes called under the weather right now so I won't say much. However, Calgacus' "Newsweek Got Gitmo Right" (antiwar.com, May 16) is a must read if you want to get some more insight into the Koran Desecration controversy.

This really shouldn't be as big of a deal as dead and/or tortured Afghans and Iraqis.

Friday, May 13, 2005
Yeah! We can make those evils look bad!

Thursday, May 12, 2005
The cancellation of Dennis Miller is all the proof I need that the public just doesn’t like pro-Bush propaganda. When will the evil conservatives in Hollyweird learn?


How come nobody talks about the positive impact slavery has on the economy?

Wednesday, May 11, 2005
The AC and God need to work this kind of thing out

The Capitol and the White House were evacuated today as a result of the actions of the Antichrist who mistakenly had been under the impression that the rapture would happen by 10:00 a.m. eastern standard time.

I know this because while everyone else was leaving like fearful weaklings who never wrestled a mixed martial art match in their lives, I stayed in my office to get the truth.

"Why the devil are you still here?" yelled some Matrixesque thug straight out of Six: The Mark Unleashed.

"Um… Uh… I’m trying to get the truth out," I said with supreme confidence.

"Do you have the mark?" he replied.

"No… um… what ‘mark’ are you talking about?"

"Didn’t the message get out?" he asked one of his underlings.

The underling made a phone call. In the meantime I explained that while I didn’t have the mark that I had to be in good standing because I had been looking on the web for young boy from Jersey to have as a slave.

As I was telling my story, the underling interrupted to say that there had been a problem. The rapture had not happened and the planned takeover had to be postponed. A tear could be visibly seen in his eye.

They rushed out of the room and shortly thereafter people started returning to the buildings.

As it turned out, they were unaware that President George W. Bush had not died Tuesday at the hands of a grenade. Obviously President Bush’s survival changed everything.

It is really a shame that such confusion occurred. It may cause some people to change their opinions.

Nonetheless I felt quite lucky to have gotten out alive because I had really been working on a story about how I didn’t think the Army’s new influencing the influencers recruitment effort was going to work. I mean my son is 14, I’d love to see him become a man by beating up Iraqis in the expanding Iraqi prison market and the little shit won’t even talk to me since I first beat the hell out of him for not trying out for football 10 years ago. He just sits in his room, his cold dark room where I won’t allow him to even have a bed since he disappointed his family by not trying to be a gridiron hero.

I don’t believe that I owe him a second chance and the Good Lord knows that he certainly doesn’t deserve one but you know what I told him? "Son there are two types of wars. One is football and the other is war. You failed all of us with regard to the former but in the latter you still have a chance to be the next Pat Tillman. If you did that I would stop hating you and if you were dead, I wouldn’t even be able to beat you up anymore. I only do it so you have pent up anger and rage that you will be forced to let out on the enemies of this great land."

Still he didn’t respond and he has yet to join. These young kids today just don’t have what it takes to defend freedom and I blame them and the liberals.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005
I like flags

Lew Rockwell makes an excellent point in a May 6 piece ("The Glory of War," lewrockwell.com) about how people in the this great land of ours tend to jump whenever they are told to:

The bloom on the rose of war eventually fades, leaving only the thorns. By the time this takes place, most everyone has already begun the national task of averting the eyes from the thorns, meaning the awful reality, the dashed hopes, the expense, the lame, the limbless, the widows, the orphans, the death on all sides, and the resulting instability. The people who still take an interest are those who first took an interest in war: the power elite, who began the war for purposes very different from that which they sold to the public at the outset.

Thus does the American public not care much about Iraq. It is not quite as invisible as other nations that were the subject of national obsessions in the recent past. Hardly anyone knows who or what is running El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti, Libya, Serbia, or Somalia, or any of the other formerly strategic countries that once engaged national attention.

In fact, the president of Nicaragua, Enrique Bolanos (never heard of him, huh?) is visiting the White House next week in hopes of soliciting support for the upcoming election, which could prove to be dicey since the old US nemesis Daniel Ortega is running and gaining some support on a consistently anti-US platform. Should he win, one can imagine the White House swinging into high gear about how Nicaragua is harboring communists, er…terrorists. Or maybe not. Maybe he will rule the country and never make a headline. It is all up to the state.

Sounds good to me.

Monday, May 09, 2005
I always hate it when they leave a young witch alive. Witches are just like the terrorists. They must be killed.

In other news, Friday evening I witnessed a beautiful rainbow. I also overheard a woman in her late 40s or early 50s tell a girl who I doubt was 8 that a rainbow is God's way of smiling.

Sunday, May 08, 2005
"After spending more than $4.5 billion on screening devices to monitor the nation's ports, borders, airports, mail and air, the federal government is moving to replace or alter much of the antiterrorism equipment, concluding that it is ineffective, unreliable or too expensive to operate," Eric Lipton writes in a New York Times story dated May 7. "Many of the monitoring tools - intended to detect guns, explosives, and nuclear and biological weapons - were bought during the blitz in security spending after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001."

All that patriotism sure paid off.

Friday, May 06, 2005
Two U.S. soldiers have been arrested in Colombia on Wednesday for alleged ammunition distribution:
The two soldiers were detained during a raid Tuesday in a gated community in Carmen de Apicala, 50 miles southwest of the capital and near Colombia's sprawling Tolemaida air base, where the detained soldiers worked and where many U.S. servicemen are stationed.

National Police chief Gen. Jorge Daniel Castro said officers stopped a suspicious man in the area, who offered a bribe to be allowed to go free. Under threat of arrest, the man led the officers to a nearby house where more than 40,000 rounds of ammunition for assault rifles, machine guns and pistols were found, officials said.

Shortly afterward, the two U.S. Army soldiers - apparently unaware of the police operation - tried to go to the house. Castro said three Colombians were also involved.

``In the course of the investigation, two Americans arrived, they did not give a satisfactory explanation and were put at the disposal of the prosecutors' office,'' Castro said.

The U.S. State Department has confirmed the arrests.


I am all in favor of cracking down on sexy cheerleading. If this doesn't stop, men will think about female cheerleaders and want to look at pictures of them and, before you know it, an adult movie will be made about them.

We can't have that, so the solution should be that cheerleaders only perform in front of the team in order to inspire them.


When it comes to spending money on "defense," America kicks everyone else's asses combined!!! (Guy Anderson, Jane's Defence Industry, May 4)


Politics in Egypt is so confusing. Supposedly a bunch of Muslims who support the Muslim Brotherhood were arrested on Wednesday for demanding democracy (Nadia Abou El-Magd, Associated Press, May 4) and then more were arrested today to protest those arrests (Maamoun Youssef, Associated Press, May 6).

Now one could wonder why these people don't have jobs -lazy bastards- but everything else sounds good save for the Muslim Brotherhood part as those guys are evil.

I don't understand why evil people would support democracy as that bring hope and hope means that terrorists can't thrive. Maybe they are just bad at being evil.



Thursday, May 05, 2005
For America so loved the world, that Bush gave his permission to look the other way at Evil that doesn't bother us

From the This Does Not Shock Me And This Should Be Getting More Attention file, Ken Silverstein reports in the April 29 edition of The Los Angeles Times that the U.S. of defeating evil in the world has been getting to know Sudan:

The Sudanese government, an unlikely ally in the U.S. fight against terror, remains on the most recent U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. At the same time, however, it has been providing access to terrorism suspects and sharing intelligence data with the United States.

Last week, the CIA sent an executive jet here to ferry the chief of Sudan's intelligence agency to Washington for secret meetings sealing Khartoum's sensitive and previously veiled partnership with the administration, U.S. government officials confirmed.

A decade ago Bin Laden and his fledgling Al Qaeda network were based in Khartoum. After they left for Afghanistan, the regime of Sudanese strongman Lt. Gen. Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir retained ties with other groups the U.S. accuses of terrorism.

As recently as September, then-Secretary of State Colin L. Powell accused Sudan of committing genocide in putting down an armed rebellion in the western province of Darfur. And the administration warned that the African country's conduct posed "an extraordinary threat to the national security" of the United States.

Between this and us freedom fighters getting friendly with the good non-abusive and democratic government of Uzbekistan -the U.S. never does anything else bad- it has become clear that Laura needs to get on Bush's case about a lot more than going to bed too early if they actually care about ending tyranny, which I'm going to guess they don't.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Great, I can now sleep at night knowing that Abu Faraj al-Libbi is not on the loose, but it just boils me deep down inside to know that even as we speak liberals are trying to figure out ways to exploit the latest details of the death of American hero Pat Tillman.

The mans was a great hero and a tribute to America and God. That is all anybody needs to know, although I hope he did get to abuse some Afghan haji ragheads while he was over there.


It is good to see that the great new democracy of Kuwait won't be allowing those with vaginas to vote (Diana Elias, Independent, May 3).

Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Bob Herbert (New York Times, May 2) makes me sick. If the brave fighting men and women who keep me safe and free call the stupid Iraqis ""hajis" and "ragheads," then I say haji raghead is the name God should have given them. If the brave fighting men and women who keep me safe and free want to abuse some haji ragheads, it must be for the best.

Any haji raghead who doesn't answer to their name should be shot or tortured, based on which is more convenient at the time. And since we are liberating them, those haji ragheads better have a smile on their face. God doesn't like grumpy people.


"The U.S. military plans to allow regional combatant commanders to request the president for approval to carry out preemptive nuclear strikes against possible attacks on the United States or its allies with weapons of mass destruction, according to a draft new nuclear operations paper," says Kyodo News in a May 1 story.


John Tierney has a column in today's New York Times where he argues that "middle-class Americans" support Republicans and Bush because they identify with him:

...they don't vote for Mr. Bush simply because he reads the Bible every day. One of the main reasons they like him is that he gets bashed so often. When Jon Stewart sneers at him, they empathize because they're used to being sneered at themselves.
OK, that makes a lot of sense. Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity -both of whom are at least as influential with the U.S. as a whole and certainly more influential with the demo in question- sneer at Democrats all the time. Limbaugh and Hannity also criticize "the terrorists" regularly, but I don't seen too many "middle-class Americans" supporting "the terrorists.

Tierney is right that the people he speaks of tend to identify with Bush and the Republicans more, but I suspect the reason is the GOP tells a more attractive story.

Monday, May 02, 2005
Having nukes is bad, unless you are a cool country like Tony Blair's.

Sunday, May 01, 2005
I don't think the new pope is working out.