Just a few quick notes on the passing of Christopher Hitchens, who died today. I always found him maddeningly effective in his prose style. I often disagreed with him, especially about religion, for which he blamed much of the world's troubles. But I also respected him for taking on former allies in attacking the left's blind spot towards militant jihad. He seemed to veer wildly between leftist positions and a deep regard for liberty, but the man could write. We will miss his sharp wit.