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




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Now that Romney’s out

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Posted by    Friday, January 30, 2015 at 1:30pm
Mitt Romney Meme Right About Everything - large

Now that Romney has released a statement to his supporters announcing that he won’t be running in 2016, the next question is, to whom will he throw his support and his proven ability to raise money?

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Measles and the anti-vaccination movement

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6:55pm
LI #02 Measles

It is ironic that the success of modern vaccination programs against ancient scourges such as measles has been part of the reason parents today are so ignorant about what these diseases can do. A recent outbreak in California has demonstrated the effects of this lack of knowledge:

Researchers have found that...

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Tolerating intolerance

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Posted by    Friday, January 23, 2015 at 7:00am
Bumper Stickers - Roswell NM - Tolerance

It’s long been apparent that the West faces a special dilemma, which is expressed very well in the following passage by Roger Kimball (and “liberal” and “liberalism” in the following doesn’t just mean “liberals” as in “progressives,” but also “liberals” as in “classical liberals”):

Liberal regimes have always suffered from this paralyzing antinomy: Liberalism implies openness to other points of view, even those points of view whose success would destroy liberalism. Tolerance to those points of view is a prescription for suicide. Intolerance betrays the fundamental premise of liberalism, i.e. openness.

Of course (may I say “of course”?), there is a sense in which the antinomy is illusory, since any robust liberalism, i.e., a liberalism buttressed by a core of conservative backbone, understands that tolerance, if it is to flourish, cannot be synonymous with capitulation to ideas that would exploit tolerance only to destroy it. The “openness” that liberal society rightly cherishes is not a vacuous openness to all points of view: it is not “value neutral.” It need not, indeed it cannot, say Yes to all comers.

And yet that basic instinct for practical self-preservation, that paradoxical prohibition necessary for the general openness, is often ignored today. “Democracy is not a suicide pact”—at least, it shouldn’t be.

The origin of that last phrase lies in several statements by historic Americans, but the most specific one was by Supreme Court Justice Associate Justice Robert Jackson in 1949, in a dissent to the decision in the freedom of speech case known as Terminiello:

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Boehner’s revenge?

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Posted by    Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 12:00pm
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Remember all those articles about Boehner planning to take revenge on Republicans who had opposed his Speakership? Remember how he was going to take away their committee positions as punishment? And remember how angry a great many people on the right got about it?

I wrote

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Leslie Gelb: “if only Obama knew”

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Posted by    Friday, January 16, 2015 at 10:00am
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In his latest editorial, Leslie Gelb seems both frightened and clueless about Obama.

Gelb is a liberal whose foreign policy credentials are impressive if you like this sort of thing. At the age of 77, his resume includes “former correspondent for The New York Times and …currently President Emeritus and Board Senior...

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France is cracking down on “hate speech”

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 4:30pm
https://twitter.com/MarkGSparrow/status/552963377354780672

This seems to be a disturbing development in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings:

France ordered prosecutors around the country to crack down on hate speech, anti-Semitism and those glorifying terrorism…

Authorities said 54 people had been arrested for hate speech and defending terrorism since terror attacks killed 20 people in Paris...

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Congress plots course on immigration

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Posted by    Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 12:45pm
childhood immigration flood

Here’s what’s planned on immigration by Republicans in the new Congress:

The House plans to vote next week on legislation that would defund President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

Republicans also plan to include language rolling back a 2012 order from...

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Why would Cuba follow through?

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 8:30am
Cuban Relations

Promises, shmomises:

An air of secrecy surrounds the fate of 53 political prisoners whom Cuba agreed to free in its historic deal with the United States last month, as Washington and Havana’s refusal to publicly identify the dissidents is fueling suspicion over Cuba’s intentions…

…[O]fficials said a prisoner release was not a precondition...

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Suddenly, it’s 2015!

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Posted by    Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 5:39pm
Times Square Ball Drop 2015 Live Feed Lives Stream Webcast

The last year I remember noticing as a huge transition was 2000. We had entered science fiction territory, and 2001 was similar because of the Stanley Kubrick film.

But after that it’s all been a blur. How did it pass so quickly? That’s a cliche, but there’s no question that as you...

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Found: Debris and bodies from AirAsia Flight QZ8501

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 10:00am
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Ordinarily one wouldn’t think that news of wreckage and multiple bodies being pulled from the sea could be classified as “good.”

But given what we already very strongly suspected—which was that AirAsia Flight QZ8501 had crashed, and that the likelihood of survivors was very poor—and given the continued unknown whereabouts of Malaysia...

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Targeting police officers: looking forward, looking back

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Posted by    Monday, December 22, 2014 at 8:30am
https://twitter.com/StevieB4Real/status/546436018501853184

When I read the news of the murder of NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu by shooter Ismaaiyl Brinsley as they sat in their police car, it had an air of sickening familiarity.

If you’re as old as I am, and especially if you’re from New York, you...

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The future of single-payer health insurance

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Posted by    Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 1:20pm
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Vermont appears to have given up on single-payer health insurance, having run out of other people’s money before the program even began.

If leftist Vermont can’t make it work, does that mean the drive for single-payer has been abandoned? One might think so, but not so fast. Perhaps the time just...

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Obama got exactly what he wanted from faux Cuba negotiation

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Posted by    Friday, December 19, 2014 at 8:30am
Marco Rubio Cuba

Marco Rubio, among others, believes that Obama is a bad negotiator, the worst since Carter:

I don’t know what [Obama's] intentions are. His foreign policy is at a m...

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Pakistani Taliban kill over 140 schoolchildren and teachers

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 7:43pm
Terrorism-and-barbarism

There has been another outrageously evil attack in which Islamist terrorists target children, this time in Pakistan:

Militants from the Pakistani Taliban have attacked an army-run school in Peshawar, killing 141 people, 132 of them children, the military say.

Officials say the attack in the north-western city is over, with all the attackers...

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Obamacare: cost-savings, safety, and Gruber

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 7:00am
Gruber Obamacare awesome in its evilness

The administration is still trying to convince us that Obamacare is a good thing:

On Dec. 3, federal actuaries released data showing that health spending inched up only 3.6 percent in 2013.

Marilyn Tavenner, the head of Medicare and Medicaid, boasted that it’s “evidence that our efforts to reform the health-care-delivery system are...

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UVA frat gang rape story covered in red flags but too good to fact check

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Posted by    Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10:30am
http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/a-rape-on-campus-20141119?page=5

I wish I could say it is a shock that Rolling Stone would publish the inadequately-researched UVA rape story, or that a journalist with supposedly strong investigative credentials such as Sabrina Rubin Erdely would write it. No, the bigger shock is that the WaPo decided to

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U. Virginia Gang Rape Story: Truth or irresponsible journalism?

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Posted by    Friday, December 5, 2014 at 7:00am
UVa Fraternity

Rolling Stone has gotten a lot of attention with a controversial article alleging a rape occurred in 2012 at the University of Virginia, written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely and featuring some harrowing and disturbing details. The victim was identified only as “Jackie.”

Almost as soon as the story was published, doubts arose...

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