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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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Scotland’s fate decided by the young

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Posted by    Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 5:30pm
Scotland Independence

Today’s the day of Scotland’s historic vote on whether it should be an independent country after 307 years of membership in Great Britain.

This a simple majority vote, and is descri...

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Paying ransom: the families versus the government

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Posted by    Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 10:50am
ISIS ransom request hostage

The families of James Foley and Steven Sotloff have complained that the Obama administration threatened to prosecute them if they tried to ransom their loved ones. It is completely understandable why the families would be upset about this: how could any family fail to do anything possible to save their...

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Disapproving of Obama

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Posted by    Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 5:00pm
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We keep seeing reports about how Obama’s approval ratings are “hovering near his all-time lows,” but at this point in his presidency, do low numbers really mean that much?

The latest polls show that only 43% now consider him a strong leader. Only? That 43% figure apparently represents the number of...

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What might Mitt Romney be up to?

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 10:00am
Mitt Romney Meme Right About Everything

Those of you who couldn’t stand him in 2012 probably just wish he’d go away.

The most important thing is this: he’s almost certainly not running again, unless no other candidate emerges and people beg him, absolutely plead with him to run in 2016.

My reading of Romney is...

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Is it legal to revoke citizenship of American ISIS fighters?

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Posted by    Monday, September 8, 2014 at 11:15am
Ted Cruz Obamacare Filibuster

Now that Ted Cruz has proposed that Americans who fight with ISIS be stripped of citizenship, there’s been a rash of articles questioning whether this would be legal, such as this one at Hot Air.

At American Thinker, Rick Moran has written:

Currently, natural born citizens of the US cannot have their citizenship...

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Will civilization decide to fight the enemies of civilization?

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 6:27pm
Americans in ISIS

Lee Harris’s book Civilization and its Enemies: The Next Stage of History first came out in 2004. 2004 seems like a long time ago. And in a sense it is: ten years. But Harris’s book has only grown more topical every day.

That’s unfortunate, because it’s not a book that offers a...

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Why call those who fight for ISIS “Americans”?

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Posted by    Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 10:25am
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It’s really just common sense: “Americans” who leave this country to fight for ISIS, or any other country or entity or group who is our enemy, should no longer be referred to as “Americans” by the press.

I know; fat chance.

Also, the laws governing the involuntary revocation of citizenship should...

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Academic left and Islamists joined at the anti-Israel hip

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 10:02am
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No, they don’t come right out and say they support Hamas, but that’s the effective message of the petition these historians signed, which condemns Israel for “war crimes,” and asks the US to withdraw military aid from the country. And Hamas? It’s never even mentioned. It’s as though it...

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Competing media narratives of Darren Wilson and Michael Brown

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Posted by    Monday, August 25, 2014 at 12:25pm
(Police Protecting Courthouse, Ferguson MO)

On Saturday the WaPo featured a wordy piece devoted to Darren Wilson’s dysfunctional family of origin, and the racial and other problems in the police force he used to work for, difficulties that seem to have had nothing whatsoever to do with him. As William A. Jacobson has written, it’s an...

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Reports: Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson was beaten by Michael Brown

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 8:00pm
Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson

Fox News is reporting that police officer Darren Wilson was severely beaten by Michael Brown during the confrontation that ended with Brown’s death:

Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye...

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American journalist James Foley reportedly beheaded by ISIS

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 7:09pm
James Foley Journalist beheaded ISIS

ISIS has released a video purporting to show the beheading of American journalist James Wright Foley, who had been missing for almost two years. The video, which also threatens to do the same to a man identified as American journalist Steven Sotloff, will not be linked to on this blog.

Foley ...

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Eyewitness testimony often unreliable, as Michael Brown case already shows

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Posted by    Monday, August 18, 2014 at 9:00pm
Mike Brown autopsy sketch

According to the preliminary report from the autopsy requested by the Michael Brown family, Brown was shot six times, four in the right arm and two in the head, the last head shot killing him. All of the shots entered from the front.

These findings could end up being revised, but so...

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Has Obama checked out?

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Posted by    Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 7:52pm
Obama 2008 Acceptance Speech

We keep hearing that Obama has checked out and is no longer interested in being president.

But was he ever especially interested in the work of being president? From the very start, what seemed to interest him was giving speeches and campaigning.

For the rest, he appeared to believe that...

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RIP Robin Williams

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 5:15pm
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My first thought on hearing the news of Robin Williams’ death was that it was shocking because he was “only” 63. Just a moment later, when it came out that he probably had killed himself, that was even more shocking.

But although it was shocking and disturbing it wasn’t so very...

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Can we “understand” evil?

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Posted by    Monday, August 11, 2014 at 3:37pm
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ISIS is the embodiment of evil. But:

“We don’t understand real evil, organized evil very well,” said America’s former ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, in an interview with The New York Times. “This is evil incarnate.”

“People like [Islamic State commander] Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi have been in a fight for a...

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ISIS and Yazidi: barbarism’s back, and how little we are doing about it

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Posted by    Friday, August 8, 2014 at 8:20am
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Post-9/11, I read a quip that went something like this: “I just realized what the problem is with the 21st century. We got the numbers mixed up. It’s not 2001, it’s 1200.”

In the ensuing years, barbarism and religious wars have made a strong comeback—not that they’d ever really...

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Hiroshima atomic bomb 69th anniversary

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 4:15pm
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Today is the anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, with Nagasaki following three days later, and the surrender of Japan on August 15, 1945.

To date these two bombs remain—astoundingly enough, considering the nature of our oft-troubled and troubling species—the only nuclear warheads ever detonated over...

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