Christopher Hitchens??

“He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lampposts… for support rather than illumination. ” –

Andrew Lang (from When Insults Had Class)

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My Problems Won’t Be Fixed Either

“The most important thing I learned as a foreign correspondent in about 80 countries is that it takes a very shallow knowledge of history to think that there are solutions to most problems.”

Robert Kaplan

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The High Water Mark

Strange memories on this nervous night in Las Vegas. Has it been five years? Six? It seems like a lifetime, the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. But no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant. There was madness in any direction, at any hour. You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning. And that, I think, was the handle – -that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark – that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.

– Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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Homoerotic Necessities

From Kids in the Hall – Brain Candy:

Drill sergeant: You… are… scum! Do you hear me soldier?
Wally: Yes, sir!
Drill sergeant: Do you know what we are going to be doing today?
Wally: No, sir!
Drill sergeant: We are going to be doing push-ups all day, you and me, all day!
[Wally smiles]
Drill sergeant: Do you think that’s funny soldier?
Wally: No, sir!
Drill sergeant: Well, just for that, you are going to be doing those push-ups with me lying on your back! You are going to discover muscles, you never knew you had! Big… muscles, hard… muscles!
Wally: Oh, yesss, sir!

Quickly followed by:

[Wally’s squad is watching naked men shower]
Drill sergeant: [to Wally] You go over there and Fuck ’em. We’ll stay here and Masturbate. Go, go, go!

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Kill… the brown babies??

“I contend [abortion] affects you in immigration,” DeLay told the Washington-area gathering. “If we had those 40 million children that were killed over the last 30 years, we wouldn’t need the illegal immigrants to fill the jobs that they are doing today. Think about it.”

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