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A Farewell to Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens, the polarizing author and essayist, died on Thursday night at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston due to complications of esophageal cancer. He was 62. I didn’t agree with everything he wrote about in his lifetime, but I admired his stand as an atheist in a world which places so much emphasis on religion.

I thought he was brilliant.

While I was looking through the web for things about Hitchens, I found this 45 minute or so video called Stephen Fry and Friends on the life, loves and hates of Christopher Hitchens. This is really a special piece, recorded shortly before his death, and says more than I can:

Just picked this up by PZ Myers at his great Pharyngula blog…

clipped from scienceblogs.com
 

Holy crap, Texas, how can you stand your governor?

Governor Rick Perry has been talking about education.
 

Well, there is a lot of fat to cut from our public schools, especially those in our biggest urban areas like Houston and Dallas. I am

Texas Governor Rick Perry
Texas Governor Rick Perry

concerned that some of the highly diverse Magnet public schools in this city are becoming hotbeds for liberalism. Do we really need free school bus service, Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Asian-Pacific Heritage Month, ESL, special needs and enrichment programs like music, art or math Olympiad? I think we should get back to the basics of the three Rs, reading writing and arithmetic. I mean when is the last time a 6th grade science fair project yielded a cure for a disease?

There are strange, wild, guttural sounds spilling from my lips right now; I dare not transcribe them here lest innocents repeat them, summoning vindictive elder gods to rend their sanity. I’m a trained professional in coping with madness, others may not be.


In this same talk, he also babbles about making private Christian schools more affordable. Kill public education, promote religion instead. That’s his position.When’s the insurrection? Or at least the repeal? Don’t Texans have any self-respect?

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And I thought Rick Santorum was the Stupidest Governor in America.
Now I see it is a Republican disease that infects both of them.