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Dec 19 2011

Christopher Hitchens Saluting Bill Maher’s Audience

One last tribute to Christopher Hitchens, who hopefully now finds himself in a position to revise his atheist views. Here he accords the cesspool comprising Bill Maher’s audience the respect it deserves:

On a tip from Gerry.

29 Responses to “Christopher Hitchens Saluting Bill Maher’s Audience”

  1. Bob Roberts says:

    Your audience, which will clap at apparently anything, is frivolous.

    Yes. True generally. Though I was up at Venice Beach and some producer came from his show and gave me tickets for the taping scheduled for the next day. They really dodged a bullet when I decided not to drive back up that day. I decided that I would have been too disruptive, calling him on his lies and nonsense every time I heard a bit of it, which naturally would have been constantly, and they probably would have just thrown me out anyway.

    So there was no point in going just to get thrown out.

  2. Mary says:

    Yeah, I know he was anti-Christian n all that (but any one of us can ride that train given how hard Faith can be by-times), but I am really going to miss seeing his face around the web anymore.
    R.I.P. Chris, I hope you made it to Heaven by some last minute miracle after all.

    And man that Bill Maher is such a turd.

  3. lao says:

    Believe Me, It’s Torture

    Hitchens: … if waterboarding does not constitute torture, then there is no such thing as torture.

  4. TonyD95B says:

    RE: lao at December 19, 2011 at 6:45 pm:

    Lao “cherry-picks” this nugget to support his agenda:

    “Hitchens: … if waterboarding does not constitute torture, then there is no such thing as torture.”

    Funny – in the same link that our Loud Angry Obfuscator posts, we also get:

    “When contrasted to actual torture, waterboarding is more like foreplay. No thumbscrew, no pincers, no electrodes, no rack. Can one say this of those who have been captured by the tormentors and murderers of (say) Daniel Pearl? On this analysis, any call to indict the United States for torture is therefore a lame and diseased attempt to arrive at a moral equivalence between those who defend civilization and those who exploit its freedoms to hollow it out, and ultimately to bring it down. I myself do not trust anybody who does not clearly understand this viewpoint.”

  5. Henry says:

    Again, right between the eyes. Maher looked incredulous that someone would challenge him on his show, especially one of his “own”… Maher really is a turd.

    TonyD95B says: December 19, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    We now know what an empty vessel the pet troll is…

  6. lao says:

    Funny, a couple paragraphs after that quote we get this:

    It may be a means of extracting information, but it is also a means of extracting junk information. (Mr. Nance told me that he had heard of someone’s being compelled to confess that he was a hermaphrodite. I later had an awful twinge while wondering if I myself could have been “dunked” this far.) To put it briefly, even the C.I.A. sources for the Washington Post story on waterboarding conceded that the information they got out of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was “not all of it reliable.” Just put a pencil line under that last phrase, or commit it to memory.

    It opens a door that cannot be closed. Once you have posed the notorious “ticking bomb” question, and once you assume that you are in the right, what will you not do? Waterboarding not getting results fast enough? The terrorist’s clock still ticking? Well, then, bring on the thumbscrews and the pincers and the electrodes and the rack.

    Don’t rely on quotes I have given or quotes Tony, in a very lame attempt to discredit me, offers. Simply read the whole article and make up your own mind.

  7. TonyD95B says:

    RE: lao at December 19, 2011 at 7:05 pm:

    “Don’t rely on quotes I have given or quotes Tony, in a very lame attempt to discredit me, offers. Simply read the whole article and make up your own mind.”

    Then why did our resident troll “spin” it to suit his agenda with his first post, and then complain because someone else doesn’t share his simplistic and distorted opinion?

    Henry at December 19, 2011 at 7:04 pm offers a clue.

  8. TonyD95B says:

    Getting back on topic, it was nice to see someone stand up to the lemming-like mindless parrots that follow Bill Maher.

    Even someone we don’t always agree with.

  9. lao says:

    Tony YOU are the one offering spin. I provided some longer quotes to demonstrate that there’s more to the article than you imply.

    I provided the link in the first place so people could do exactly what I suggested, read the article for themselves.

    The very short quote I provided, was one that has been used in reference to this article many times, to provide some context to the content.

  10. TonyD95B says:

    “lemming-like mindless parrots that follow Bill Maher.”

    Is that a mixed metaphor or a new freakin’ species?

  11. TonyD95B says:

    RE: lao at December 19, 2011 at 7:22 pm:

    Our self-appointed “moderator” (now THERE’S an oxymoron*) keeps laughably flailing and spinning with, “I provided the link in the first place so people could do exactly what I suggested, read the article for themselves.”

    Yeah – and it doesn’t say what Loud Angry Obfuscator implies that it says in his original post.

    He’s caught red-handed again, and his best comeback is along the usual lines of, “I know you are but what am I?” like the rest of his childish nonsense.

    He’s also drifting off topic and trying to redirect the thread.

    Our persistent troll with nothing but time to burn wants to try to “win” on some inane point of irrelevant minutae. I have better things to do than play games with obtuse lying leftie losers like lao.

    *or just a “moron”

  12. lao says:

    Tony, you are a joke. In my initial post I QUOTED part of a sentence from the article and I made NO editorial comment about that article whatsoever. I STILL haven’t.

  13. Pete says:

    “…who hopefully now finds himself in a position to revise his atheist views.”

    That was funnier than the video!

  14. I no longer waste my time looking at Lao’s attempts at self-defense.

  15. Bob Roberts says:

    lao says: December 19, 2011 at 6:45 pm
    Too rich. Our loser lao often accuses others of cherry picking what to quote and what to leave out. Then when he’s caught DOING EXACTLY THAT he tries to start side arguments.

    And his usual:

    lao says: December 19, 2011 at 7:40 pm
    I made NO editorial comment about that article whatsoever. I STILL haven’t.

    The bits you cherry pick ARE your “editorial comments”, lao. I know you’re too ignorant to realize that, but we are not!

    In any case, we’re back on the subject of Hitchens. He was funny and he was right on one or two subjects, but he was still way off the reservation and I’m really doubting he “saw the light” in time to save his soul.

  16. Bob Roberts says:

    As for the whole nonsensical “waterboarding is torture” argument, that remains a matter of opinion, obviously. Fools believe it, many do not.

    It boils down to which of several definitions of torture you accept, I guess.

    Is the intentional infliction of extreme mental suffering on a non-consenting, defenceless person necessarily torture? Assume that B’s friend, A, is being tortured, e.g. A is undergoing electric shock treatment, but that B himself is untouched—albeit B is imprisoned in the room adjoining the torture chamber. (Alternatively, assume that B is in a hotel room in another country and live sounds and images of the torture are intentionally transmitted to him in his room by the torturer in such a way that he cannot avoid seeing and hearing them other than by leaving the room after having already seen and heard them.) However, A is being tortured for the purpose of causing B to disclose certain information to the torturer. B is certainly undergoing extreme mental suffering. Nevertheless, B is surely not himself being tortured. To see this, reflect on the following revised version of the scenario. Assume that A is not in fact being tortured; rather the ‘torturer’ is only pretending to torture A. However, B believes that A is being tortured; so B’s mental suffering is as in the original scenario. In this revised version of the scenario the ‘torturer’ is not torturing A. In that case surely he is not torturing B either.


  17. lao says:

    Oh I see bobby, you are afraid to actually READ the article to see what HItchens actually wrote about waterboarding after volunteering to be waterboarded himself.

    By the way, if Hitchens is the subject, we never left it.

  18. Bob Roberts says:

    Not to worry, Mary. You can still see him any time you want, while the links last…



    You’re welcome!

  19. Hedgehog says:

    Hitchens was a great mind stuck in a body that never quite touched the ground. Hitchens could not humble his powerful intellect enough to admit that the mystery of life cannot be explained without recognizing a supreme power. Maher is a mindless idiot stuck in a body that slithers along the ground that we humble souls tread. I do hope and pray that Hitchens’ soul finds peace. I hope that Maher gets to reside for eternity with his boss. Satan.

  20. Bob Roberts says:

    lao says: December 19, 2011 at 8:10 pm
    Afraid? Of what?

    I don’t waste time on your nonsense links.

    You fill yourself so full of crap, and we call you on it, so why do you think we waste time on your links?

    Obviously if it were all that bad he would not have agreed to subject himself to it.

    We waterboard many of our “special operators” as part of their training. So you’re saying we torture our own troops? Is that what you’re claiming?

  21. Bob Roberts says:

    Besides, lao, you already “cherry picked” the “best parts” and they were nonsense, so why bother to read the rest? Why waste my time? And, on that note, why do you keep wasting yours by coming here?

  22. lao says:

    Too funny bobby.

    You yourself declared Hitchens was the subject @8:02.

    Hitchens volunteered to be waterboarded and he wrote about it in considerable detail in the link I provided. He then went on to address the entire issue of torture.

    You don’t waste time on “nonsense links” but you would far rather concoct a piece of absurd A vs B spin @8:10 and then GUESS about Hitchens opinions.

    Thanks for the laughs, you are obviously beyond any rationale hope.

  23. rockman says:

    If we gave Maher

    If we gave Maher an enema prior to death, we could bury him in a matchbox (with room to spare for lao, post enema of course).

  24. Marci says:

    Priceless. And as usual, Bill Maher has the audacity to chime in with “So does Bush…” when talking about A-Jad? Yep, bunch of dumbasses in the audience. I remember once where he proclaimed Americans as stupid and like dogs and his loyal idiotry clapped like seals. He proved that THEY were stupid that is for sure.

  25. Bob Roberts says:

    lao says: December 19, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    In case you haven’t figured it out yet, lao, I don’t pick the subjects here. BLOUNT DOES. I didn’t declare Hitchens to be the subject, he did. More specifically this was about one of Hitchens’ rare moments of lucidity when he correctly characterized the vapid sort of person who hangs on every word uttered by the likes of Bill Maher – in other words, people like YOU, lao.

    And you tried, and succeeded perhaps in a small way, to change the subject to waterboarding, but in the process once again revealed what a cherry-picking, hypocritical fool you are. Very few of us care and the only real care we have is that you’re once again making a fool of yourself, providing comic relief by once again cramming both your feet deep down your own throat.

    Really, I would think you would grow tired of doing that.

    I don’t “guess” about Hitchens’ opinions, I dismiss them out of hand the same as I do with yours. My 8:10 post had nothing to do with Hitchens. If you go back and read it, you won’t find any mention of his name there.

    So basically you’re guessing, wrong as usual, about what I’m thinking and saying. Thanks for playing, come again soon!

  26. Adam says:

    Hedgehog, well- said.

  27. Bob says:

    The cat at the end really tops it off, LOL!

  28. Jeff says:

    It is a given that Hitchens was a talented speaker and writer. However, his gift was wasted. He will be forgotten. I doubt if anyone will be quoting him, or reading his books. His book, God is not Great, did not add any thing new to the argument on the existence of God. Dispite all the attempts to deny Christianity and the Bible, it is still here.
    I suppose too, that the trolls will still be here, unfortunetly, attempting to prove just how superior in every way they are to the rest of us.
    Merry Christ-mass to all.

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