I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I found this anecdote to be more than a little amusing:
Christopher Hitchens is currently in Beirut sponsored by the same group that owns that crap NOW Lebanon. He got in a few nights ago and surprisingly went out drinking. On his way out of the bar he saw an SSNP poster and wrote on it “Fuck the SSNP”. There just happened to be some SSNP thugs near by–most likely asking people for their ID, and most likely to no avail–and saw him write on the poster and kicked his ass. He is still walking with a limp.”
I kind of like Hitchens, but he has been running his mouth off and getting away with it for so long that he apparently forgot he’s not actually a tough guy, he’s just a fat old man who can’t walk his talk. One presumes that the lesson he’ll take away from the experience, assuming that it actually happened, is to complain even more about Mother Theresa, Christian missionaries, and others who aren’t so readily inclined to kick his ass for criticizing them.
UPDATE – Forbes confirms it actually took place. “It was a miracle,” exclaimed Hitchens, crediting his survival to a supernatural event….