A few years ago, I taped a long conversation into the night with the late Christopher Hitchens. We’ve been running excerpts this month and you can read all of it from the beginning here. Here’s the latest new installment: H: [Jihadism] is motivated by a hatred for not just America’s hedonism, but for its existence, … Continue reading Sully And Hitch: “That Great Avian Demagogue, Saint Francis”
This thread compiles the transcribed outtakes of a late-night discussion between Andrew and Christopher Hitchens on a range of topics from religion to free will to the war in Iraq. Tue Feb 05, 2013 – 2:20pm: Sully And Hitch After Dark: God And Coffee A while back – by which I mean several years ago … Continue reading Sully And Hitch After Dark
There's a point that few make when talking about the whole "coming out" issue. When gays are, say, around 3 percent of the population, it is not unreasonable to assume they are straight, until told otherwise. Odds are: a random person will be straight. And so it is simply a fact of homosexual life that … Continue reading The Closet And The Status Quo I
"Remember: Tax reform will already have slashed rates radically. In one Simpson-Bowles scenario, the top rate plunges to 23 percent. Conservatives could at that point contemplate increasing net revenues by slightly tweaking these new low rates, say, back to Reagan’s 28 percent, still much lower than the current 35 percent and Obama’s devoutly desired 39.6 … Continue reading Yglesias Award Nominee
by Patrick Appel
Daniel Williams of Human Rights Watch was detained by the Egyptian government for a day and a half. An important paragraph:
[I]n this and other cases, now being documented by Human Rights Watch, the army was clearly in charge of arbitrary and sometimes violent arrests, even if the beatings and torture had been “outsourced” to other agencies or thugs.
I've been trying to get a handle on the role of Egypt's military. Joshua Stacher's analysis:
A reader writes: The appropriateness of the Weigel's comments about Drudge aside, I'm much more horrified by the suggestion, on Goldblog and elsewhere, that this is somehow the Washington Post's fault for hiring journalists who, you know, have opinions about stuff. When will news outlets give up on the charade of neutrality in reporting? In … Continue reading The Out Of Touch MSM
And the Post accepts. A sad day for journalism. Ben Smith claims Dave is a liberal. Not from where I sit. He's a sane libertarian, which means he understood just how completely nuts the conservative movement and Republican party now are. But Ben is right about this: There's no sign the Post really thought this … Continue reading Dave Weigel Quits
I have to say it’s been a long time since I read an essay as ornerily brilliant as Kenneth Anderson’s in the current Weekly Standard. It will offend a lot of people – for all the right reasons. It’s a liberal (in the old sense) critique of Huckabee’s bigotry, Romney’s cynicism, leftist multiculturalism and Hitchensian … Continue reading Mitt Romney’s Multicultural Cop-Out
If Drudge is right and the general and the ambassador are going to give Fox News’ Brit Hume an exclusive hour-long sit-down, then it seems to me they forfeit any pretense of neutrality. They really need either to stick to the Congressional testimony, or appear on more outlets than a purely Republican network. It’s extremely … Continue reading Petraeus, Crocker … Hume?
I’m no fan of George Bush, but lots of folks seem to be bashing him unfairly today (although, one might ask, what makes today any different than any other day)? For example, the New York Times says: President Bush spoke out today against an increase in the gasoline tax, an idea that is being discussed … Continue reading Fighting Fair [Stephen]