Hitchens vs Hitchens debate on War and God – podcast special Unbelievable?

An interesting debate between Christopher Hitchens and his brother Paul. Paul does a medium job. Hitch is a powerful orator but, with respect to God in particular, he rarely says something. Hitch blithely dances atop his unexamined presuppositions.

It is interesting to hear their different perspectives on the Iraq war.

Unbelievable?

In this podcast special edition of the show Justin broadcasts the 2008 public debate between Christopher Hitchens and his brother Peter Hitchens. Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) was one of the four so-called ‘horsemen of the new atheism’, well known for his colourful anti-theistic polemical writing and speaking. In contrast his journalist brother Peter Hitchens is a Christian who converted from atheism in his adult years. In this classic public debate from 2008, hosted by the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University, both men debate the Iraq war, the case for God and respond to questions from the 1,400 strong audience. For the Hauenstein Center: https://www.gvsu.edu/hc/

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“Check Out The Big ‘Strain’ On Brett”: GOP Commences Final Push for Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Vote as FBI InvestigationConcludes Morning Joe

Another current affairs program. They used to be a staple of my podcast listening but Joe and Mika fell victim to such a bad case of Trump derangement syndrome that it ceased being worth listening to. This is the first episode I’ve listened to (almost) in full in well over a year. They seem to be mostly back in their right minds.

Morning Joe

Last night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took to the floor of the Senate to announce that the FBI investigation involving the allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had been completed, and the findings will be shared with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday morning.

According to sources familiar with this morning’s schedule, Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) was the first to receive the FBI’s report, at 8 a.m. EST, for analysis. At 9 a.m., Ranking Member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) will then be allowed to view the findings.

The staggered release of the report will continue with GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee at 10 a.m., Democratic members at 11 a.m., and remaining members of the Senate, afterward.

Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell has already set a vote for the continuation of Kavanaugh’s confirmation for Friday. If Kavanaugh’s confirmation effort survives this next round of voting, the Senate can then debate for up to 30 hours, placing the first opportunity for a penultimate confirmation vote on Saturday morning.

That being said, a handful of Senators, on both sides of the aisle, still remain undecided on the Kavanaugh vote — most notably, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Both of whom have been targets of vigorous protests in the halls of the Capitol Building, leading Capitol Police to block some areas of the building off from media and civilians.

President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has been doubling down on his and his base’s support of Judge Kavanaugh, attempting to “fire up” his loyal supporters by feeding off of and exploiting their distaste and distrust of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

Joining us with her new reporting, out today, is White House Correspondent for Bloomberg News Shannon Pettypiece. 

She’ll explain how Trump is “tapping in” to core conservative values by drumming up unyielding and intense support of Judge Kavanaugh and, in turn, drumming up GOP-voter enthusiasm a little more than a month before the midterm elections.

What’s more, new polling out from Fox News, this morning, is showing that support for multiple GOP senate candidates across the country is up, amidst the confirmation fight of Brett Kavanaugh, indicating that President Trump’s push has some political merit.

It’s Thursday, October 4, 2018. Welcome to Morning Joe.

Ep. 630 – Did The Kavanaugh Allegations Just Implode? The Ben Shapiro Show

From a decidedly conservative perspective, a reasonably evenhanded assessment of the current state of affairs.
I wouldn’t normally post a podcast about news but thought this was worth it.

The Ben Shapiro Show

We take a look at all the breaking news on the Kavanaugh allegations, the media humiliate themselves, and we take a look at the funniest story of the year! Date: 10-03-2018

#1081 – Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying – The Joe Rogan Experience

A fascinating discussion with two extremely smart people who do not fit neatly into any one category.

The Joe Rogan Experience

Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying are former professors of Evolutionary Biology at Evergreen State College. Watch more of Bret’s work at http://patreon.com/bretweinstein and read Heather’s writing at http://heatherheying.com.

Trump’s Exoneration

We have a problem.

For the sake of this discussion let us presume that Trump and all connected with him are completely innocent of any form of wrong doing with respect to Russia. However, only you and I know this.

Now, allegations (which in this hypothetical are unfounded) have been made about Russian ties to the Trump campaign. Trump needs to be shown blameless so that this issue will be put to rest.

Here is the problem:

Who can do this?

Jeff Sessions? He is not credible simply by virtue of his appointment. The same problem holds true of the Assistant AG as well as the soon to be FBI Director.

I have been distressed by people’s propensity for #Russiantojudgement but that doesn’t mean we should never have a judgement.

I am confident we will find a way through this but I don’t see what that will be and it bothers me.

The U.N. – Oxford Union debate

The Oxford Union was founded in 1823 and is a famous platform for debate. The merits of a given motion are debated and then a vote is taken.

The motion: This House Believes the United Nations is a Failing Institution.

Eight speakers with strong arguments on either side.

I’m not a fan of the U.N. but it was fun and educational to hear about people’s argument’s in favor of it, as well as brutal criticisms. Saudi Arabia being on the U.N. human rights council would be one of them. Does that seem right to you?