About: neo-neocon

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




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Can We Restore Local Control of Education?

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/loretta-lynch-tapped-replace-eric-holder-attorney-general-n244266
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Posted by    Monday, May 16, 2016 at 1:00pm 5/16/2016 at 1:00pm
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National Review‘s David French suggests that states should reject federal funding if they wish to remain free from executive actions such as the Obama administration’s directive on school bathrooms [emphasis mine]:

Without an act of Congress, without a ruling from the Supreme Court, and without even going through the motions of the regulatory...

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Donald Trump and Alinsky’s rules

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Posted by    Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 12:30pm 5/8/2016 at 12:30pm
Trump AIPAC

Just prior to the Indiana primary and Ted Cruz’s and John Kasich’s suspension of their campaigns, I was contemplating Trump’s “play fair” and “don’t rig the process to deny me” assertions about the process of choosing convention delegates. It became apparent that this was a case of Trump following Alinsky Rule...

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One BIG Difference Between Clinton and Trump

https://twitter.com/TheFix/status/678688616931921921
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Posted by    Friday, May 6, 2016 at 1:30pm 5/6/2016 at 1:30pm
https://twitter.com/TheFix/status/678688616931921921

Republican Senator Ben Sasse has written an open letter to America. I agree with a great deal of it, but I wanted to take issue with something.

Here’s an excerpt:

In the history of polling, we’ve basically never had a candidate viewed negatively by half of the electorate. This year, we have two....

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The Closing of the American Mind: on undermining the American political tradition

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Posted by    Monday, May 2, 2016 at 8:30pm 5/2/2016 at 8:30pm
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Allan Bloom’s book The Closing of the American Mind was published in 1987, which is now very close to 30 years ago. And yet its relevance has only grown in the intervening years. It describes the influence of the left on the university and what it teaches, and how it has...

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Suicide on the rise in the US

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 11:30am 4/26/2016 at 11:30am
suicide rates on the rise in the united states

This is depressing news:

Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, a federal data analysis has found, with increases in every age group except older adults. The rise was particularly steep for women. It was also substantial among middle-aged Americans, sending a signal of...

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A Ted Cruz friendship

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Posted by    Friday, April 22, 2016 at 11:30am 4/22/2016 at 11:30am
LI #09A Cruz Cover

The anti-Cruz hype is that nobody likes him, everybody hates him, he has no friends.

The anti-Republican hype is that they’re racist bigots.

Here’s a story that could kill (or at least slightly injure) those two birds with one stone:

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Advances in hand washing aren’t as sanitary as we thought

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Posted by    Monday, April 18, 2016 at 10:30am 4/18/2016 at 10:30am
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You know those hot air hand dryers found in almost all public restrooms? Time-consuming, don’t really dry your hands thoroughly — and now we discover that they throw a bunch of viruses into the air, particularly the newer design called the Dyson:

Researchers have long known that warm hand dryers can launch...

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How Ted Cruz might win a general election

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Posted by    Monday, April 11, 2016 at 10:00am 4/11/2016 at 10:00am
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Here’s one plausible scenario for Cruz’s prospects in a general election. It’s worth reading the whole thing, but here’s an excerpt:

…[T]he assumption is that Cruz cannot improve his image among the broader electorate, but that’s hard to know for sure, because he’s never had to do it. While opinions on Clinton...

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Trying to explain the Wisconsin results

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Posted by    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 1:00pm 4/8/2016 at 1:00pm
Cruz Victory Speech Wisconsin  Heidi Walker

On the face of it, answering the question as to what happened in the GOP primary in Wisconsin seems like a no-brainer. As Edward Morrissey writes, Trump shot himself in the foot—dissing popular governor Scott Walker, and flubbing abortion questions—and ended...

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Freedom from Boko Haram for some of the kidnapped girls

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 8:30am 4/5/2016 at 8:30am
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Some of the Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram have been freed, but their vale of tears has not ended with their liberation. There are tragedies so deep, suffering so vast, that it’s hard...

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Election 2016 Features Unpopular Frontrunners in Both Parties

https://twitter.com/TheFix/status/678688616931921921
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Posted by    Monday, March 28, 2016 at 12:00pm 3/28/2016 at 12:00pm
https://twitter.com/TheFix/status/678688616931921921

I cannot recall a campaign season even remotely like this one, where the majority of American voters dislike both frontrunners.  This was hinted at following the Florida primary and is confirmed by a recent CBS News/New York Times poll:

Compared to frontrunners in previous presidential primary races, Trump and Clinton’s unfavorable ratings...

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Europe is shifting to the Right

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx0ifj4_Rqw
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Posted by    Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 2:00pm 3/19/2016 at 2:00pm
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Candidates of the so-called “right” or even so-called “far right” are gaining support all over Europe. Because Europe’s political parties tend to be skewed somewhat to the left of ours, these terms don’t mean exactly what they would in this country, but the trend is clear.

Here’s how an article from Vox...

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We need a better primary system

https://twitter.com/FBNStossel/status/634417166943678465
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Posted by    Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 7:00am 3/13/2016 at 7:00am
https://twitter.com/FBNStossel/status/634417166943678465

I’ve been trying to design a good primary system. Or at least a better one.

The more I think about it, though, the harder creating a good design seems to be. The Founders didn’t offer much guidance, because they didn’t envision the party system in its present form, and the nomination process ...

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Cruz and Rubio playing game of Chicken

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 11:30am 3/2/2016 at 11:30am
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Even before yesterday’s Super Tuesday primaries, it seemed that Cruz and Rubio were locked in a game of Chicken, and it promised to be a bumpy ride. The same holds true now:

The game of chicken, also known as the hawk-dove game or snowdrift game, is an influential model of conflict for...

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Is there any support for Mitt Romney’s Trump tax return suspicions?

Romney Trump Tax Returns
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Posted by    Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 6:00pm 2/27/2016 at 6:00pm
Romney Trump Tax Returns

On Wednesday Mitt Romney said some interesting things about Donald Trump and his tax returns, and they got picked up by a lot of news outlets and pundits, including Legal Insurrection. This is the way his remarks were generally reported:

He also called on the entire GOP field to release their...

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2004 Time Mag Report – Trump was in Chicago on 9-11? Unlikely

http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/23/politics/donald-trump-9-11-twin-towers/
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Posted by    Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 3:45am 2/20/2016 at 3:45am
http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/23/politics/donald-trump-9-11-twin-towers/

[See the UPDATE at the end of this post, which indicates that the information published in the Time article was most likely incorrect.]

Donald Trump has said repeatedly that on the morning of 9/11 he watched the burning World Trade Center towers from h...

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Limiting free speech about refugees in Scotland

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Posted by    Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 11:30am 2/18/2016 at 11:30am
Migrants Port of Calais

This is potentially disturbing and seems to be part of a trend in Western Europe:

Following a report of a series of alleged offensive online posts relating to Syrian refugees living in Rothesay on Bute, Police Scotland confirmed on Tuesday that a 40-year-old man, understood to be from the Inverclyde area, had...

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