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A 2009 story about a 12-year-old musical prodigy caught my eye today. His name is Jay Greenberg. He composes in his mind. It comes to him naturally. When we think of musical prodigies we imagine a child on a piano bench, or playing a violin. Not many compose. Greenburg has written five symphonies.


 

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That sign that Hitchens made with his hands... well, I have the desire to return that very hand signal in your direction.

The day Hitchens regained some respect. He'd have gotten even more if he'd gone back and apologized to Bill Maher's audience.

That was pretty impressive Tim, but just what should he have apologized for? As JoAnn demonstrated above, he was only using language your people can understand to show what trained seals they were. The shattered look on Maher's face was proof that Hitchens was spot on.

Wait a minute. Are you actually disputing the assertion that George W. Bush is a dolt? You'll notice that Hitchens didn't actually dispute the assertion, he merely complained that it was too easy of a criticism.

The fact that Hitchens, a steadfast critic of religion, would defend a moron who shamelessly used religion to ascend to ill-deserved power indicates that even geniuses are prone to shocking gaps in reasoning.

No, I'm disputing the meme that anyone who calls George Bush a dolt is therefor smarter than George Bush. I think it's pretty clear that's what Maher's audience has been trained to think, and what Hitchens brilliantly destroyed.

As for gaps in reasoning, I think he defended his reasoning extremely well over the years.

He defended his reasoning by regurgitating neocon talking points, some of which are thoroughly debunked falsehoods. For instance, his assertion that Iraqis welcomed US & UK troops as liberators is taken out of context at best, and completely untrue at worst.

Later in the clip, he describes how people were forced to cheer for Hussein, even in instances in which their relatives had been executed. Sooooooo...what do you think such a population would do in the presence of their new conquerors? They're groveling, not cheering. That's if it even happened at all, which I doubt.

Hitchens also recites the litany of all the reasons Hussein was a bad guy. While that's no doubt true, it isn't justification for war. If being a bad guy is all the justification we need, why don't we invade Saudi Arabia or Israel or the Philippines or Indonesia or Malaysia or Singapore or any of the many, many other despotic regimes we support?

Hitchens was wrong on Iraq. He was so fucking wrong on Iraq that his bullshit defenses of our illegal, unwinnable occupation of Iraq are just as easily shredded as Cheney's or Perle's or Bush's. And given his intellect, I am forced to conclude he was lying rather than just stupidly following the game plan, which is even worse. So Hitchens was a liar just like all the other neocons.

He should have apologized for throwing in with war criminals - and it was apparent from the beginning that Cheney was eager to torture people. Cheney was talking about the 'dark side' immediately after 9-11 and he was lying about the connection between 9-11 and Iraq incessantly.

Hitchens' reasons for favoring invasion were more honest, but in my opinion, far from sufficient. The American people were sold the war under many false pretenses - and although Hitchens didn't offer most of the Bush administration's lies, he did offer misdirection when he harped in Zarqawi. There was no evidence for Zarqawi-Hussein connection. He also sat pretty much silent while the rest of the lies used to justify the war were being foisted on the public.

If the American people had been told the truth about Iraq in 2003 and told that the current (2011) situation in Iraq (including it's position vis-a-vis Iran) was a pretty likely end-game scenario, I'm betting that the invasion never would have happened. And there were plenty of reasons to think that the war would end up pretty much as it has - a far cry from the neoconservative fantasy we were sold.

What is it about American Presidents and their war mongering? Jimmy Carter was the only President we've had in decades who did not have US troops in a war during his administration. Nowadays, Ron Paul is the ONLY republican candidate today who is against the militarist model of the US.

Perhaps the separation of powers and the self-serving politicization of Congress makes the Executive so frustrated that they are driven to seek adventures they can control without dealing with the Hill.

re: Syngas: "I'm disputing the meme that anyone who calls George Bush a dolt is therefor smarter than George Bush."

well,.... There is basic intelligence, and then there is curiosity, and knowledge. I couldn't speak to assessments of basic intelligence, but I think that Georgie was intellectually lazy, all his life. Hence he graduated from University basically still ignorant, and stayed that way. I'm reminded so much of George when looking at Rick Perry. That poor guy looks like a deer in the headlights in the Republican debates. I mean, good grief. John Huntsman talks of moving beyond transactional diplomatic relationships with China, and Rick talks about Tim Tebow.

Hells Bells. It's enough to make me vote for Obama.

What is it about American Presidents and their war mongering? Jimmy Carter was the only President we've had in decades who did not have US troops in a war during his administration. Nowadays, Ron Paul is the ONLY republican candidate today who is against the militarist model of the US.

Perhaps the separation of powers and the self-serving politicization of Congress makes the Executive so frustrated that they are driven to seek adventures they can control without dealing with the Hill.

re: Syngas: "I'm disputing the meme that anyone who calls George Bush a dolt is therefor smarter than George Bush."

well,.... There is basic intelligence, and then there is curiosity, and knowledge. I couldn't speak to assessments of basic intelligence, but I think that Georgie was intellectually lazy, all his life. Hence he graduated from University basically still ignorant, and stayed that way. I'm reminded so much of George when looking at Rick Perry. That poor guy looks like a deer in the headlights in the Republican debates. I mean, good grief. John Huntsman talks of moving beyond transactional diplomatic relationships with China, and Rick talks about Tim Tebow.

Hells Bells. It's enough to make me vote for Obama.

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