Famous Hitchens quotes.

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 RIP Christopher Hitchens 1949-2011

The 20 Best Christopher Hitchens Quotes
December 16, 2011 by Daniel Florien 246 Comments
Christopher Hitchens has a lot of quote-worthy material, but here are 20 of my personal favorites:
“What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.”
The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.
The Portable Atheist
By trying to adjust to the findings that it once tried so viciously to ban and repress, religion has only succeeded in restating the same questions that undermined it in earlier epochs. What kind of designer or creator is so wasteful and capricious and approximate? What kind of designer or creator is so cruel and indifferent? And—most of all—what kind of designer or creator only chooses to “reveal” himself to semi-stupefied peasants in desert regions?
The Portable Atheist
The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species.
God Is Not Great
What happens to the faith healer and the shaman when any poor citizen can see the full effect of drugs or surgeries, administered without ceremonies or mystifications? Roughly the same thing as happens to the rainmaker when the climatologist turns up, or to the diviner from the heavens when schoolteachers get hold of elementary telescopes.
God Is Not Great
Religion looks forward to the destruction of the world…. Perhaps half aware that its unsupported arguments are not entirely persuasive, and perhaps uneasy about its own greedy accumulation of temporal power and wealth, religion has never ceased to proclaim the Apocalypse and the day of judgment.
God Is Not Great
Religion comes from the period of human prehistory where nobody—not even the mighty Democritus who concluded that all matter was made from atoms—had the smallest idea what was going on. It comes from the bawling and fearful infancy of our species, and is a babyish attempt to meet our inescapable demand for knowledge (as well as for comfort, reassurance, and other infantile needs). Today the least educated of my children knows much more about the natural order than any of the founders of religion.
God Is Not Great
The Bible may, indeed does, contain a warrant for trafficking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price, and for indiscriminate massacre, but we are not bound by any of it because it was put together by crude, uncultured human mammals.
God Is Not Great
If god really wanted people to be free of [wicked thoughts], he should have taken more care to invent a different species.
God Is Not Great
Is it too modern to notice that there is nothing [in the ten commandments] about the protection of children from cruelty, nothing about rape, nothing about slavery, and nothing about genocide? Or is it too exactingly “in context” to notice that some of these very offenses are about to be positively recommended?
God Is Not Great
Religion has run out of justifications. Thanks to the telescope and the microscope, it no longer offers an explanation of anything important. Where once it used to be able, by its total command of a worldview, to prevent the emergence of rivals, it can now only impede and retard—or try to turn back—the measurable advances that we have made.
Sometimes, true, it will artfully concede them. But this is to offer itself the choice between irrelevance and obstruction, impotence or outright reaction, and, given this choice, it is programmed to select the worse of the two.
Meanwhile, confronted with undreamed-of vistas inside our own evolving cortex, in the farthest reaches of the known universe, and in proteins and acids which constitute our nature, religion offers either annihilation in the name of god, or else the false promise that if we take a knife to our foreskins, or pray in the right direction, or ingest pieces of wafer, we shall be “saved.”
God Is Not Great
Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.
God Is Not Great
Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely solely upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, openmindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake.
God Is Not Great
Religion is man-made. Even the men who made it cannot agree on what their prophets or redeemers or gurus actually said or did.
God Is Not Great
If religious instruction were not allowed until the child had attained the age of reason, we would be living in a quite different world.
God Is Not Great
I try to deny myself any illusions or delusions, and I think that this perhaps entitles me to try and deny the same to others, at least as long as they refuse to keep their fantasies to themselves.
Hitch-22
Faith is the surrender of the mind; it’s the surrender of reason, it’s the surrender of the only thing that makes us different from other mammals. It’s our need to believe, and to surrender our skepticism and our reason, our yearning to discard that and put all our trust or faith in someone or something, that is the sinister thing to me. Of all the supposed virtues, faith must be the most overrated.
Name me an ethical statement made or an action performed by a believer that could not have been made or performed by a non-believer.
Take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way.
Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the ‘transcendent’ and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don’t be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.

I am reminded every day of why I have such high regards for the late great Christopher Hitchens. He was one to shun foolish PC crap, yet champion the rights of everyone as long as they were trying to play well with others. In this day and age, we are constantly reminded of why we need in-your-face, unafraid intellectuals such as Hitchens to bring people back to their senses. I will never abandon his wariness of anything religious due to it’s ability to take believing in mythology too far and create false morality around it! I LOVE Hitch and his honesty, even though there are areas in which he and I would have most likely strongly disagreed. He might have well told me to piss of as he did some of his best friends due to political differences. I actually LIKE a person who is not afraid to tell a close friend that he thinks that he is fucked up in thinking a certain way! THAT is a person in which you can invest trust! That is a man who will not sell you out, an honest man. GAWD bless you hitch, and may Jeebus keep you in the eternal cheese pit of the Christentatious!

Polyamory-In other words, fucking around made PC.

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Funny thing, this fucking day and age of scrutinized everything. Certain things needed to be scrutinized, but as usual the human animal takes it all to extreme and practices the same as slut-shaming on anyone who doesn’t agree with the pop-speak of the day. Jonah Hill uses the word ‘Faggot’ in the heat of the moment because he was brought up in a day when high schoolers used the expressions, ‘That’s so gay,’ or they called people ‘Faggot’ as a pejorative. We enlightened folk now know that these things are wrong and that the terms marginalize a vast majority of our population that have struggled through the years to overcome the mostly religious-based discriminatory policies of the times. The LGBT people of our world are normal people and have been persecuted for eons and I, for one, am glad that people are getting smarter.

My daughter’s generation has also grown up with the ‘That’s so gay,’ term and I can’t remember how many times that I heard it from so many people in her high school circle in 2010. I chastised her so many times and reminded her that her uncle was gay in order to purge this prejudice from her general repertoire. She eventually listened and now reminds others of their insensitivity when using pejorative terms. I am extremely proud of this. On to the reason for this post.

I read recently that Dr. Richard Carrier, whom I had had incredible respect for, had recently left his wife. I have had a divorce myself and was not overly skeptical of the matter in Carrier’s situation until I read in many articles, including those that included quotes from Carrier himself, that stated that his divorce was due to his “Coming out,” as polyamorous. I say that he came out as ‘I can’t help what I stick my cock into and I’m trying to classify it into the same category as a legitimate sexual orientation,’ situation. Call me intolerant of the fucked up PC bullshit of our time, but if I can’t keep my cock in my pants, I sure as Hell wouldn’t marry someone who would pay for all of my degrees while I don’t fucking hold a goddammed job! This asshole has gotten EVERYTHING off of the back of his wife and then dumped her when he got Atheist famous!

Am I the only fucking atheist who thinks that this asshole gives us a bad name due to the fact that he demonstrates the atheist amoral bastard who can’t have morals due to a lack of sky fairy? This asshole stinks and I would never have him at MY dinner table because he would most likely flirt with my 21 year old daughter. We, as atheists, need to hold our own accountable for their choices, and I mean the popular folks that we have speak at our events. It’s not just about beliefs, it’s about an entire movement built on getting myth out of our lifestyles once and for all! Carrier made the mistake of trying to meld his reprehensible lifestyle with the movement that made him famous. He also used another human being in order to achieve his goals, which is  very prevalent in the area of religion, and if we are to demonstrate our ability to go beyond the idiocy of sky fairy, we need to use common sense and NOT fall into the common traps of the religious community! They are having a field day on this Carrier thing right now, just read they’re fucking blogs as I do!

This so-called news is really hot stuff, because Richard Carrier looks like the jerk of the fucking century! He should have kept his personal shit to himself AND he should have waited until all logic and sense died with my generation due to the fact that we still remember that Hitler was the architect of the movement called, ‘PC.’ Maybe in the future, people who are completely vapid and follow the leader will digest this POLY shit and accept it as some sort of fucked up norm, but until then, sense will prevail and Carrier will be looked upon as a narcissistic opportunist who believes that he is way smarter than the legitimate people in his midst.

I caution my atheist brethren on associating with someone as reckless as this and will continue to exercise skepticism and individuality in this particular matter. POLY is nothing more than naming the want to fuck multiple people. There is nothing wrong with fucking, just don’t fucking use someone else who is goddamned stupid enough to believe in you to reach your goals. I don’t care if you fucking fuck a gerbil before you go to sleep tonight, but don’t involve MY movement in your personal dealings and try to fabricate excuses. Fuck you POLY assholes and your PC verbiage to describe fucking around! You want to fuck around, PERIOD! Label it honestly, don’t fucking be a total amoral piece of shit about it, and leave atheism out of your personal shit, you narcissistic motherfucking, self-important assholes!

Musings on the week in news.

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First of all, I would like to send out a heartfelt thanks to B.B King, who died this week, for all of his incredible contributions to relevant awesome music. This trailblazer has been a staple of my music selection since I was in my late twenties and will be there until the day I also pass. He was the master blaster of Blues guitar.

I would also like to commend the jury in the Boston Bombing case for handing down the verdict to smite that little scumbag, Joker Tsarnaev, from the face of the Earth. Batman, you won’t be needed here, and The Joker won’t go to Arkham this time, he will he injected with a poison to snuff out his worthless existence once and for all! Thank you Logic, for prevailing in the face of uppity Massachusetts liberal elitism that dictates that saving scum is a humane and forward thinking practice. When shitbags blow children up rape and murder, kidnap them as so many prisoners in the system have done, it says little for our race that we are backward enough to justify not putting them to death. And when a dirtsack can tear apart so many bodies in the name of a mythological figure and be considered for a life sentence, the Human race really needs to take a look inward at where their thought processes have become so utterly twisted.`I can safely say that I hope this rat squirms in his chair for an hour before succumbing to the cocktail of drugs that will make this world a better place on that historic day. Fuck him and fuck his belief in his despotic killer deity.

Due to the content of this rant, I would like to add a few things about my system of belief that will shed some light onto why I am such a logical, clear-headed person. I grew up in very scummy neighborhoods across the country that were inhabited by the very poor and the scum that preyed upon them. If you had intelligence, you figured out how to keep yourself safe most of the time, while at other times, even the most wiley could end up catching a stray bullet for no apparent reason. If you were a bit dim, then you perished or learned to make the best out of being used by thugs and reprobates for the rest of your miserable existence.

Life was extremely tough and I was given no breaks at all in my journey through the ghettos of America. I suffered and was forced to steal to support and feed myself as well as the many others who were not given a choice of lifestyle. I, though, decided on my own, without assistance from anyone else, to figure out how to leave this life behind for good, this was called, “Taking personal responsibility.” Many never do this and are instead, given lip-service considerations by the liberal elites as having absolutely no way of alleviating their own suffering. This is the thinking that the poor buy into that keeps them down and looking like mooches on the system as their community leaders would have them do. I, of course, refused to bring a family into this and made the conscious choice not to do so. Not everyone can use insight such as this, but through widespread, actually funded socialized education programs, instead of the dismal failures of a system that we have now, poor kids would at least be given a chance in the Corporate States of America, to succeed and elevate themselves beyond poverty.

But then that would eliminate the desperate masses of poor factory worker mentality people that the Koch Bros. are cultivating so that the can keep them at a perpetual minimum wage. People can change this at the grassroots level by deciding not to commit crimes and banding together to resist the influence of the oligarchy. Yes, it seems to be an insurmountable task, but it beats prison and being referred to as sheep by the intelligent folks who actually made their way out of the ghetto under the same oppressive circumstances the current residents still face.

Idiots will say that because I am white I had a better chance. I will counter that I made the right choices and consciously decided not to hang with a criminal element and chose to reject drugs as a way to anesthetize my bruised self-esteem. I made my choices. I busted my ass. I didn’t get help from anyone besides myself…..see a pattern? I will again refer to Personal Responsibility. Why did I not turn to the same fate as that do-nothing Scummerlan Tsarnaev? That self-righteous bastard and his brother, who were brought here from another country by their parents, supported by the American Welfare system and lived in Section 8 housing because they were lazy sacks of shit? Why, you ask, did I not sit around on the public dime hatching plots to steal or harm others? PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY! I will say it over and over. That worthless piece of shit couldn’t even hold a job to support that idiot wife of his and the child that they knowingly brought into their terrorist midst! What a testament to how extreme liberalism has utterly failed and how extreme conservatism exploits the weaknesses of the left by stealing all of the wealth! As a side note-don’t even get me started on that weak-kneed sop of an idiot, Katherine Russell who converted to an oppressive religion and gave up her freedom and who had inside knowledge of what was going on in her own hovel and refused to do the right thing except for being a punching bag for a terrorist bully. She lucked out when she should be behind bars, if anything, for being a complete waste of space!

The only way out of the world’s current problems, is through aggressive population control. If you have to have a license to operate heavy machinery, then you should be required to have one to do the most important job that you will ever do. Fuck freedom at this level, NO ONE has the,’right’ to abuse a child and that is what happens when people are allowed to breed like roaches. We have over 25 million human slaves in the world today, partly because of an unchecked population, and partly because of the criminals that, as I mentioned before, haven’t been rightfully put to death because of liberal bullshit twaddle thinking! With DNA evidence or, as I say, the smoking gun in hand and fresh blood on the shoes, pedophiles, rapists of any kind, murderers, human traffickers, the criminally insane, should ALL be eliminated as soon as possible! This is only LOGIC, not pithy bullshit elitist sentiment designed to cloud the mind with false morality, just logic and the ONLY way to save children en masse and save the Earth from eminent demise.

Corporate welfare needs to be eliminated, green energy needs to be widespread NOW! A system of social education needs to be enacted to level the playing field instead of relegating the poor to welfare and servitude. Drug addicts need to be given prescription for heroin and given needles so that they may continue their destructive behavior without criminalization. When they decide to get clean, then, and only then will rehab work for them. Court mandated rehab is an abject failure and needs to be gone. Many will fall by the wayside due to their own poor choices and that is just life. Invest the wasted money into prevention and early intervention. Build camps where criminal drug offenders can manually work off their sentence when they victimize others. If they desire to reenter legitimate society, then get them rehab!

I can tell you that the reason that I’m an atheist is because it allows me to think much more clearly and to separate the morality from mankind’s penchant for enacting systems of socially enforced PC false morals. I skeptically approach EVERYTHING and do not give any credence to populist speakers and leaders who try to shove unworkable shitty policies down the throats of the masses. My style can best be described as informed, workable, sensible and logical, flying directly in the face of the current ideas of the backward thinking intellectual elitists who claim to be sooo enlightened above the realm of common sense. In other words, I’m not a pedantic fucking asshole who does 2 years of Peace Corps work and afterwards locks myself behind the gates of a rich community to tell everyone how goddammed unequal the social system is without getting my feet dirty EVER again. I’m not that type of fucking hypocrite. I just do my research and spell out the hard workable sensible choices that need to be made.

These are a few of my thoughts and musings and if they smack some in the face, well then, TOO FUCKING BAD! Don’t listen or read! Peace out everyone and I’ll see you later!

Hipster hatred

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You really can’t hate the hipster,  they are entirely too lovable with their skinny jeans and their Chuck Taylors melded with the love of a fine flannel shirt of the color purple. As they sashay about on their fixie bikes with their ever-present man purse, I am suddenly envious of the emaciated unmanly appearance of these Uber fad following assholes and their oh-so-ironic attitudes.
The hipster is possibly the most conformist self important shit heel known to modern man, and will pass into the dustbin of history just as every other groupthink social pablumite scourge has before it, and the world will go on.
The mistaken notion that this fad is unique is the true joke of the times. Hipsters are truly a sad bunch of beard wearing fucking idiots that will follow anything that hipster leadership tells them to and are distinct from nothing. Hipsters are everywhere and are a brand of follower that labors under the impression that they are trailblazers, when in actuality, they are the worst of robots puking forth that which they are instructed to. It’s too bad that they are too “relevant ” to see what sheep they really are.
I truly believe that hipsters are the batteries that power the Matrix.

God is Good — Nepal Baby Boy

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hitchens67:

I said the exact same thing to so many people who took that very dim, ignorant stance. What a very small minded way of thinking about a tragedy that has killed thousands that will supposedly burn for eternity for not being Christians.

Originally posted on Skeptic Mom:

The recent Nepal earthquake has been devastating. At the time of this writing, there are over 5,000 people confirmed dead. The death toll is expected to rise to around 10,000 people. And, these numbers do not include the number of people who have been severely injured.

In the mist of this tragedy, many people are understandably looking for some good news. One positive story that some people have found uplifting is the rescue of a four-month-old baby boy. The infant was trapped for about 22 hours before being rescued. Fortunately, the baby seems to be in relatively good health with no serious injuries.

Like everyone, I am very happy that the baby is in good condition. I am sure his family is overjoyed.

I can understand why many people have gravitated toward this story. It is unexpected good news in the wake of utter devastation. However, I have a hard…

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