Friday, July 04, 2008

Stuff to Read

Liberal war supporter Christopher Hitchens undergoes waterboarding and discovers that enhanced interrogation and torture may not be all that far apart. Be sure to watch the accompanying video.

The New York Times has a fascinating profile of right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh, who just signed a $400 million deal with Clear Channel.

Pakistan cricket coach Geoff Lawson tells Pakistani reporters to ask questions that make sense, and while they're at it, learn to speak properly in English. With typical restraint, said reporters boycott his press conference and expect him to be sacked for the 'offense'.

12 comments:

ali said...

wow

Ahsan said...

"But in my heart and soul, I know I have become the intellectual engine of the conservative movement."

Hahahaha.

Laila said...

They should have subjected Hitchens to readings of God is not great: how religion poisons everything. It would probably have been worse torture than waterboarding I'm sure.(not that this is written from an anti-atheist point of view - I just can't stand the guy)

bubs said...

I like Hitchens. Sure, he's a pompous ass but he's also a great journalist and the best extempore speaker I have ever heard.

Ahsan said...

Bubs:

I don't believe you're defending Hitchens. He's a complete and utter choot, only useful when one needs a foil to mock.

bubs said...

Hitchens might be a choot but the range of topics about which he is knowledgeable is remarkable. Every time I read his book reviews in The Atlantic I learn something new. You could also compile a book of all the brilliant insults he directs at people right after they die.

Ahsan said...

Yeah, his Jerry Falwell-enema line was brilliant, that I will grant.

Laila said...

well a lot of people are great writers and journalists, but that does not mean you cannot dislike them for their biased, hardline opinions (a good example would be Alan Dershowitz who jumps up anyone's ass whenever they make a slightly pro-Palestine comment). Sure Hitchens is quite knowlegeble but he doesn't do a good job being very objective (which I guess would make him less interesting to read probably). I guess a lot of my dislike comes from the fact that he's written some very hard core anti-muslim essays that were almost bordering on racism. It was almost like reading a more subtle version of the kind of crap Ann Coulter spouts.

bubs said...

Laila:
There are plenty of things I dislike about Hitchens, but to call him even borderline racist is absurd. His hatred of Islam is matched by his hatred of all religions, to the point where he disses even the Dalai Lama. I also think Ann Coulter is hilarious. I'm sure she's a radical leftie whose been pulling a Colbertesque stunt all these years.

Laila said...

the only reason I said that was because I read an article by him (I can't remember the name I just kind of stumbled on it on Slate.com I think), and basically he was talking about how muslims should be completely segregated when they go to airports and have a seperate security check in so other 'normal' people don't get ditrubed. Now I know security is a big issue in the West right now, but this argument sounded kind of similar to the ones used in the South to segregate the Blacks from the Whites. Maybe I'm just reading to much into it. I know he hates all religions equally but I didn't think that excused this particular comment.

Nah I don't think Ann Coulter is a radical leftie (though that would be funny :) she probably won't get any more invitations to participate in Islamo-facism week for sure) She's just found a great way of attracting attention and staying in the limelight (kind of in a similar vein as Paris Hilton without the table dancing)

Ahsan said...

Laila:

All I'll say about that comparison is, if a 40 min sex-tape, including a 10 minute blowjob, of Ann Coulter showed up online, the internet would end up puking all its content out, and we would all be left without the wonders of the web.

Laila said...

ok ok i get it that was a bad comparison! And please I bet Bill o reilly would totally get off on an Ann Coulter sex tape :P