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August 26, 2006

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Last night Christopher Hitchens told the audience on Bill Maher's show they were "frivolous." Then he gave them the finger and told them "fuck you":

HITCHENS: [Ahmadinejad] says the Messiah is about to come back. Who's looking for a war here?

MAHER: So does George Bush, by the way. [Audience applauds] That's not facetious.

HITCHENS: That's not facetious. Your audience, which will clap at apparently anything, is frivolous. [Audience groans, Hitchens gives them the finger] Fuck you, fuck you.

This prompted Instapundit to explain:

Should things go badly with the war, Maher's audience -- and, for that matter, Maher himself -- will be cited by historians as evidence of the American opposition's unseriousness.

Oh, if only it were possible for people like ourselves to be deeply, deeply serious like Christopher Hitchens and Glenn Reynolds. Sadly, that can never happen, for we are empty-headed ninnies.

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Posted at August 26, 2006 02:02 PM | TrackBack

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UPDATE: Rand Simberg emails: "I suspect that historians will judge Democrats unserious regardless of the war's outcome. In fact, if it goes badly enough, history of the era will be written in Arabic." And even those historians won't respect Maher and his audience, though they may be grateful for their petty Bush-hatred.

Do these people actually beleive such things?

Posted by: jojo at August 26, 2006 02:31 PM

history of the era will be written in Arabic

I wouldn't like that. I already have enough guilt of procrastination for not learning damn French.

Posted by: abb1 at August 26, 2006 03:00 PM

Do these people actually believe such things?

Yup. In their confused minds it goes like this:

1. They turn their backs on Michael Moore and Cindy Sheehan for ONE SECOND.

2. Moore and Sheehan engineer a handover of the U.S. to Osama bin Laden.

3. Sheehan becomes Osama's ninth wife, fulfilling her deepest desire, while Moore runs the death squads slaughtering American patriots (in return for all the ring dings he can eat).

4. History is written in Arabic!!!!!

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at August 26, 2006 03:17 PM

So if the US were to win The War Against Terror, would there be 1) no Arab historians, 2) no Arab language, or 3) no Arabs?

Posted by: at August 26, 2006 03:52 PM

I have often wondered why some people are conservative and others are liberal. Of course it is not as simple as that but is it because people's brains are wired differently? Or is it the way they were raised? Is it an emotional reaction to life experiences? Or is it a combination of all these things or none of these things.

Then of course you have the American rise of religious fanatics and what makes these people tick?

My impression is that the answer lies in fear. People fear change, some a great more deal than others. People fear change because change brings unknown factors into our lives. Look at the success of fast food chains and one of the secrets to their success, other than fat tastes great, is that you can count on buying food that looks and tastes the same time after time, no matter where you are or when you are. A MacDonald's hamburger tastes the same if you buy it in New York or chomp one down in Los Angeles.

Or look at one of Bill Clinton's campaign mottos that being people want change. This was clever because he was not saying that people want change, he was saying there was too much change and people longed to return to a more stable reality kind of a change back to less change.

If you think about the two conservatives who recently came to this site look at their approach, it was attack, name calling and aggressive. These are the earmarks of frightened people.

Posted by: rob payne at August 26, 2006 06:44 PM

Cheers Jon, that made me laugh out loud.

Posted by: jojo at August 26, 2006 06:58 PM

why do people take glen reynolds seriously? he isn't very thoughtful in his approach to human understanding, and although he uses many big words (lugubriously) and is mighty smart, he doesn't appear to be very bright.

just my two cents....

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Posted by: poindexterhaslefthebuilding at August 26, 2006 07:52 PM

Glenn Reynolds is a wise man. Historians always blame comedians when a country loses a war (sarcasm.)

Posted by: Eric Jaffa at August 26, 2006 09:35 PM

"*Should* things go badly in the war?" Is he kidding?

Posted by: DRK at August 26, 2006 10:12 PM

Here is a snippet from Wikipedia, part of an interesting history of the word barbarian. I thought that there was a remarkable likeness to a certain president we have come to know and love.

Out of those sources the Hellenic stereotype was elaborated: barbarians are like children, unable to speak or reason properly, cowardly, effeminate, luxurious, cruel, unable to control their appetites and desires, politically unable to govern themselves.

Posted by: rob payne at August 27, 2006 12:43 AM

the short play starring C-Hitch is still one of the sharpest things I've seen on the site. but, I'm probably only saying that because I'm such a witless ninny

Posted by: trotchizo at August 27, 2006 03:14 AM

they can't stand the fact that Bill Maher has a huge following. Hitchens's 'fuck you' makes me think they're really getting desperate.

this makes me a happy grrl.

Posted by: rimone at August 27, 2006 07:55 AM

Don't confuse the Bush gang with actual Conservatives.

Their behavior is based on a strange mixture of superstition and Nietzschian Will-to-Power - Jesus-sanctioned Will-to-Power, shall we say. Conservative values of moderating the pace of change, and self-reliance, (values that thoughtful Liberals balance against speeding changes to foster justice, and empowering the powerless,) are mere talking points for these people to bring the right of center folks into their nefarious fold.

I recently heard that in his final days, even Barry Goldwater was disgusted with this crew. Also, John Dean has not given over his Conservative credentials, but deprecates the lot of them.

Posted by: DK Johnson at August 28, 2006 02:55 PM