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Posted: Jul 15, 2010 - 2:59pm

 Lazy8 wrote:
 mzpro5 wrote:
I have a love-hate relationship with Christopher Hitchens.  His views are so interesting but he can be a real rude SOB.

(and can someone teach him to iron a shirt?)

I don't agree with him on every issue but I admire his courage and intellectual honesty. And his wit. Kee-rist that man is funny.

And he does seem barely housebroken. I'd love to have a beer or twelve with him...at somebody else's house.
 
Yea, that's bout how I view him as well.{#Yes}
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Posted: Jul 15, 2010 - 11:44am

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I KNOW! We never dug foxholes when I was in the Army!

And what has been the effect on your religious development?

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Posted: Jul 15, 2010 - 11:19am

 Manbird wrote:

Some people ask... Is that a real theory or a hollywood movie theory? 

 
I KNOW! We never dug foxholes when I was in the Army!

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Posted: Jul 15, 2010 - 11:16am

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Christopher Hitchens has recently been diagnosed with throat cancer. We'll see how this plays with the theory of conversions under dire situations ("there is no such thing as an atheist in a fox hole.")
 
Some people ask... Is that a real theory or a hollywood movie theory? 


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Posted: Jul 15, 2010 - 11:12am

Christopher Hitchens has recently been diagnosed with throat cancer. We'll see how this plays with the theory of conversions under dire situations ("there is no such thing as an atheist in a fox hole.")
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Posted: Jul 15, 2010 - 10:00am

 Lazy8 wrote:
 
I don't agree with him on every issue but I admire his courage and intellectual honesty. And his wit. Kee-rist that man is funny.

And he does seem barely housebroken. I'd love to have a beer or twelve with him...at somebody else's house.
 
{#Yes}  I didn't share his POV on the war. And I'll have Scotch or whatever he's having...... {#Drunk}
I have to thank my friend rgj13 for my Hitch re-enlightenment.

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Posted: Jul 15, 2010 - 8:42am

 Lazy8 wrote:
 mzpro5 wrote:
I have a love-hate relationship with Christopher Hitchens.  His views are so interesting but he can be a real rude SOB.

(and can someone teach him to iron a shirt?)

I don't agree with him on every issue but I admire his courage and intellectual honesty. And his wit. Kee-rist that man is funny.

And he does seem barely housebroken. I'd love to have a beer or twelve with him...at somebody else's house.
 
I've read some of his writing and always try to catch him when he is on TV.

And beers with him would be great - but like you said, not at my place.  {#Lol}
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Posted: Jul 15, 2010 - 8:36am

 mzpro5 wrote:
I have a love-hate relationship with Christopher Hitchens.  His views are so interesting but he can be a real rude SOB.

(and can someone teach him to iron a shirt?)

I don't agree with him on every issue but I admire his courage and intellectual honesty. And his wit. Kee-rist that man is funny.

And he does seem barely housebroken. I'd love to have a beer or twelve with him...at somebody else's house.

mzpro5

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Posted: Jul 15, 2010 - 8:31am

 Lazy8 wrote:

The Defector

Christopher Hitchens’ memoir details a lifetime in combat journalism


 
I have a love-hate relationship with Christopher Hitchens.  His views are so interesting but he can be a real rude SOB.

(and can someone teach him to iron a shirt?)

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Posted: Jul 15, 2010 - 8:15am

The Defector

Christopher Hitchens’ memoir details a lifetime in combat journalism

Hitch-22: A Memoir, by Christopher Hitchens, New York: Twelve, 448 pages, $26.99

In 1990, Commentary magazine warned its readers that Christopher Hitchens, then a bomb-throwing columnist at The Nation, was “a highly visible piece of leftist bric-a-brac in East Coast literary salons.” The targets of Hitchens’ wrath, said the conservative monthly, were typically “anyone in the democratic West,” with the exception of the left-wing lion Gore Vidal, the writer who once anointed Hitchens as his dauphin.

Twenty years later, writing in Vanity Fair, Hitchens dismissed his former comrade Vidal as a “crackpot” whose recent political writings were inseparable from the bilge found on loony conspiracy websites. This lefty bric-a-brac, it appeared, had transmogrified into a dues-paying member of the neocon establishment.

While he had always smuggled heterodox views into the pages of The Nation on issues ranging from abortion to the Falklands War, Hitchens’ real apostasy (and it is always referred to in quasi-religious terms) was precipitated by the attacks of September 11, 2001. In the weeks and months following the mass murder in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, Hitchens unloaded on his Nation stablemates, including Vidal, Noam Chomsky, and Alexander Cockburn, for not recognizing what he diagnosed as the West’s decades-long war with Islamic fascism.

The responses to Hitchens’ noisy break with the left were routinely ad hominem and, in the case of his ex-allies, often intensely personal. Cockburn, editor of the radical newsletter and website Counterpunch, seethed that his former friend was a “truly disgusting sack of shit.” Another Counterpunch writer, Jack McCarthy, sputtered that Hitchens was a “lying, self-serving, fat-assed, chain smoking, drunken, opportunistic, cynical contrarian.” Norman Finkelstein, who had previously praised Hitchens’ writings on the Israel-Palestine conflict, suggested that he might do the world a favor by committing suicide.

Sifting through the detritus of post-9/11 opinion journalism, you’ll see newly minted detractors accusing Hitchens of being, variously, an alcoholic, snitch, racist, cad, Holocaust denier, and predatory homosexual. Small wonder that The New Yorker would ask, in 2006, “What happened to Christopher Hitchens?”


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