Monday, October 24th, 2016

From Christopher Hitchens’ memoir, Hitch -22 I can identify the moment when I decided to come off the fence and to admit that I felt that I had been cheating on my dues. One night I was coming back from a TV debate and talking to my Bosnian-Muslim driver, who considered his own country of […]

Nora Ephron died today from pneumonia brought on by leukemia. She was 71. Ephron will forever be remembered as the writer behind Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally. There is a political side to the Ephron story, as well. One of Ephron’s husbands was Carl Bernstein, and Ephron was one of the earliest sources […]

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Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Ye all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this insubstantial […]

Christopher Hitchens in Slate Magazine looks for the simple truth about Al Qaeda: Ten years ago I wrote to a despairing friend that a time would come when al-Qaida had been penetrated, when its own paranoia would devour it, when it had tried every tactic and failed to repeat its 9/11 coup, when it would […]

No contest, really. In short, we do not know who organized the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, or any other related assaults, though it would be a credulous fool who swallowed the (unsupported) word of Osama Bin Laden that his group was the one responsible. An attempt to kidnap or murder an ex-president of the […]

We’re still blessed (if he’ll pardon the phrase) to have Christopher Hitchens with us to offer withering scorn for those that would tamper with Huckleberry Finn. Unfortunately, in the words of St. Augustine (yes, I’m full of irony), “But not yet.” Instead we’re treated to a lecture on making tea. It is already virtually impossible […]

Publication: Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date: Aug 5, 2010; Section: Opinion; Page: 10A Polar opposites stand up for free speech New disclosure rule brings liberals, conservatives together in opposition (James Wigderson is a blogger publishing at and a Waukesha resident. His column runs Thursdays in The Freeman.) The cliché is that politics makes for strange […]

Christopher Hitchens explains the strongest motivation for writers: Why did you choose to write a memoir? I suppose the effect of becoming 60 on me was stronger than I thought it was going to be. I took it quite heavily and began to review my life a lot more than I had before. Did you […]

Senate candidate Terrence Wall, when asked about global warming during an interview on WVCY, said the Earth’s climate changed over billions of years. When the show opened up for phoned questions and comments, one caller said Wall was a hypocrite for saying the Earth was billions of years old when Wall said he believed in […]