About: neo-neocon

Neo-neocon is a writer with degrees in law and family therapy, who blogs at neo-neocon.




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Robert Hayden for Father’s Day: “what did I know / of love’s austere and lonely offices?”

https://youtu.be/XmJYs6PQKVc
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Posted by    Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 5:30pm 6/18/2017 at 5:30pm
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It’s Father’s Day, a sort of poor stepchild to Mother’s Day, although fathers themselves are hardly that. They are central to a family.

Just ask the people who never had one, or who had a difficult relationship with theirs. Or ask the people who were nurtured in the strength of a father’s...

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The rise in the use of the anonymous source

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/national-govt--politics/read-president-trump-speech-coast-guard-academy-commencement/jU7CcqSBvvn0a1d305HSeJ/
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Posted by    Monday, May 22, 2017 at 5:30pm 5/22/2017 at 5:30pm
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Lately it seems as though there’s a story a day reporting some new Trump administration scandal based on a leak from an anonymous government “official.” We are asked to take the facts in those stories on trust, without a chance to evaluate the veracity or motives of the source of the...

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Side effect: House health care bill causes opponents to foam at the mouth

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Posted by    Monday, May 8, 2017 at 2:30pm 5/8/2017 at 2:30pm

Is the American Health Care Act (AHCA) the most dreadful program ever? You would think so, from the coverage of it in the press.

You would also think, from the vehemence with which they’re carrying on, that the AHCA was a statute that had been passed by both houses, and not a...

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Hillary and the messaging problem

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Posted by    Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8:30pm 4/21/2017 at 8:30pm

Amidst all the discussion of the new book Shattered, describing the failed Hillary Clinton campaign, Rolling Stone author Matt Taibbi has written an article emphasizing Hillary’s failure to even know why she was running, and the inability of her campaign to convey any reason to the public:

“…a root problem that confounded...

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Choices in Syria and the World

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Posted by    Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 7:30am 4/8/2017 at 7:30am
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After the Syrian gas attack, President Trump had a choice: do nothing or do something.

It’s a choice all presidents face, because sooner or later they will be tested—usually sooner, and not just once but many times and in many ways in many places.

When faced with similar circumstances in Syria, Obama declared...

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Did Obamacare Create the Expectation of Universal Health Coverage?

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 7:00am 3/28/2017 at 7:00am

Was the end goal of Obamacare to create the expectation of universal health coverage?

Charles Krauthammer thinks so:

On Friday’s edition of ‘Special Report’ on Fox News Channel, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer made the case...

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America looks at the first month of Trump’s presidency

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Posted by    Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 7:30am 2/25/2017 at 7:30am
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The first month of Trump’s presidency has highlighted marked divisions in public opinion that have been building for many years.

Do you remember Obama’s 2004 DNC speech? It had a dramatic effect on many listeners, and helped to set him on the road to the eventual presidency. The lines that appeared to...

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Obama’s legacy: Liberal tilt of appeals courts

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Posted by    Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 8:00pm 2/11/2017 at 8:00pm
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During recent decades, the left’s Gramscian march has allowed it to conquer several institutions: education, media, religion, and entertainment. But at the same time, it has become clearer lately that (except for the charismatic Obama) the left has been losing at the ballot box, both on the national and state...

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The New York Times Spinning of the Sally Yates Firing

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 8:30am 2/1/2017 at 8:30am
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In his pre-presidential life, Trump was famous for saying, “You’re fired!” to people on his TV reality show. But Trump’s firing of acting AG Sally Yates was no reality show. In real life, an AG advises a president on the law, but if that AG refuses to enforce an order that ...

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Reflections on the Trump inauguration

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Posted by    Friday, January 20, 2017 at 4:30pm 1/20/2017 at 4:30pm

Today is a day of pomp and circumstance. It’s also a day many people thought would never come: Donald Trump is now the 45th president of the United States. But as I type those words, they seem far less strange than they did a year ago.

Some feel a sense of relief...

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Should “hate” be a separate category of crime?

http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/crime/227116738-story
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Posted by    Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 7:00am 1/7/2017 at 7:00am
http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/crime/227116738-story

Despite some initial hesitation by Chicago authorities to call the torture of a mentally disabled white man by four young black people a hate crime, they were charged with committing one, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

Additional charges were: “aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint, [and] aggravated battery…[one was...

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Trump Responsible for Low Libido Epidemic?

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 4:00pm 12/28/2016 at 4:00pm

Okay, now we’ve heard everything:

Sex therapist Kimberly Resnick Anderson claims Trump winning the presidency has led to a widespread loss of libido in the bedroom among her clients.

Dubbing it ‘The Trump Bedroom Backlash’ Resnick Anderson says she has seen it time and again in her office…

The certified sex expert told DailyMail.com:...

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The Rise of Burqa Bans

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 1:00pm 12/14/2016 at 1:00pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently suggested the banning in Germany of the full-face veil. The idea that a Western country such as Germany might have a right to make such laws, and to do so with motives other than racism, has certainly not been universally accepted. For example, a few days...

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Trump meets the press and excoriates them

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Posted by    Friday, November 25, 2016 at 7:00am 11/25/2016 at 7:00am

By now you probably have read the stories about how Trump called a meeting with the press, only to give them a dressing down. If you don’t care all that much—well, the press certainly does.

Just as an example, read this from David Remnick of the New Yorker:

The fantasy of the...

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Obama’s post-presidency plans

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/11/11/us/elections/state-legislature-change-in-control.html?_r=0
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Posted by    Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 7:00pm 11/20/2016 at 7:00pm
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/11/11/us/elections/state-legislature-change-in-control.html?_r=0

There’s long been speculation about what President Obama will be doing after January 20, 2017.

Much of it has centered around ideas connected with the international scene, particularly the UN and the post of Secretary-General. But by custom, that position has never been filled by anyone who is a citizen of a...

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Oprah Winfrey Takes Heat for Being Optimistic About Trump Presidency

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 1:00pm 11/15/2016 at 1:00pm

Now that Donald Trump has become the president-elect, the reactions of Democrats seem to be sorting out into two camps: the optimists and the pessimists. The optimists are saying some version of “wait and see how it goes.” The pessimists are saying that the political apocalypse is coming soon or is...

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Analysis: Rolling Stone Defamation Verdict

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 7:00am 11/8/2016 at 7:00am

Last Friday, in the civil suit regarding the Sabrina Erdely story about an alleged gang rape at UVA—the attention-getting piece that portrayed “Jackie” as victim extraordinaire—the periodical Rolling Stone and journalist Sabrina Erdely

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