About: neo-neocon

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




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Brazil faces an ethical and cultural dilemma in dealing with Amazon tribes

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 7:00pm 6/12/2018 at 7:00pm
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“”Should Brazil keep its Amazon tribes from taking the lives of their children?” is the subtitle of a recent article in Foreign Policy. It describes traditional but still-existent customs of many Amazon tribes in Brazil that dictate kill...

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Robert De Niro’s Tony Performance Cursing Trump Speaks to Hollywood’s Diminishing Moral Character

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Posted by    Monday, June 11, 2018 at 5:00pm 6/11/2018 at 5:00pm
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You may have heard about actor Robert De Niro’s standing O performance at last night’s Tony awards. It was bleeped from the broadcast but is readily available:

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The demonization of Alan Dershowitz

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Posted by    Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 6:00pm 6/3/2018 at 6:00pm

One of the things that struck me about this article excoriating Alan Dershowitz for his recent defense (not support, but defense) of Trump is that author Elie Mystal doesn’t actually engage in any detail with the substance of Dershowitz’s arguments.

Mystal’s attack on Dershowitz (and Trump, for that matter) is ad hominem....

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The Economist thinks the NY Times hasn’t been hard enough on Israel

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 9:00am 5/30/2018 at 9:00am
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Only thing is—the Economist thinks the Times hasn’t been hard enough on Israel.

Actually, the article in question from the Economist is about language, in particular, the “weasel voice” of evasion (it’s part of a continuing “Johnson” series about words/grammar in journalism, named after Samuel Johnson).
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Collusiongate: Watergate II?

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Posted by    Monday, May 21, 2018 at 11:00am 5/21/2018 at 11:00am

Unlike Watergate, the current crisis in government/spying/politics doesn’t have a memorable name. But for those of us who lived through Watergate, it has a certain resonance with that event as well as major differences, imparting a strange sense of familiarity, dislocation, and increasing alarm.
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The Conviction of Bill Cosby

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Posted by    Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 2:00pm 4/28/2018 at 2:00pm
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On Thursday Bill Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand for acts committed in 2004.

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The British war on knives is a fool’s errand

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 7:00am 4/10/2018 at 7:00am

When you do away with guns, you apparently get more knives. It stands to reason.
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Why Does Retired Justice Stevens think repealing the 2nd Amendment is a good idea?

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 11:00am 3/28/2018 at 11:00am
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Retired SCOTUS Justice John Paul Stevens (who is now 97 years old) has written a NY Times op-ed piece calling for the elimination of the Second Amendment. The reason he gives is this:

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Joe Biden vs. Donald Trump, Rap Music, and Inuit Song Duels

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Posted by    Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 10:00am 3/24/2018 at 10:00am

What do these three things have in common: the recent Biden vs. Trump war of threatening words, the Dozens, and Inuit song duels? They’re all ways that people threaten each other in an almost-comical way, in which the real competition is about who is being the wittiest and boldest in speech....

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VIDEO: How the MSM parrots Palestinian propaganda

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Posted by    Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 12:10pm 3/11/2018 at 12:10pm
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Richard Landes is a brilliant man who has worked tirelessly for close to two decades to expose the biases and distortions present in worldwide media coverage of the Israel/Palestine conflict. I also count him as a friend.

I’ve written about Landes and his work many times before. Among o...

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Has there been an increase in suicides and murders by young people?

http://nypost.com/2017/10/06/teen-beat-down-stranger-for-being-white-cops/
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Posted by    Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 2:00pm 3/10/2018 at 2:00pm
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Reading reports of so many high-profile murders by teenagers, it’s not unusual for people to assume that there’s been a big increase in killings by young people, both murder and suicide. But statistics tell a much more complex story.

To the question of whether there been a rise in teen suicide, the...

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The Parkland shooting and The Red Badge of Courage

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Posted by    Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 9:30am 2/24/2018 at 9:30am
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Democrats did themselves no favors with their SOTU responses

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 4:00pm 1/31/2018 at 4:00pm

It’s highly likely that the Democrats had prepared a unified strategy in advance for reacting to the SOTU. It probably went something like this:

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S***hole S***storm distracts from valid questions on immigration policy

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Posted by    Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 11:00am 1/13/2018 at 11:00am

The latest furor is over certain remarks that Trump is alleged to have uttered during a meeting about immigration with Dick Durbin, Lindsay Graham, and “other government officials.” His alleged remarks (some of which he has disputed) were criticized variously for both form and content:...

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The Strzok/Page texts and investigator objectivity

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Posted by    Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 9:00am 12/16/2017 at 9:00am
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The recently-released Strzok/Page text messages reveal a pro-Clinton and anti-Trump bias on the part of Strzok and Page that got them removed from their respective positions. The texts made it difficult for them to be seen as part of an objective investigation of the very people for whom they had such...

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Credible accusations

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Posted by    Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 3:30pm 12/3/2017 at 3:30pm

In the wake of the recent spate of sexual offense allegations, particularly against politicians such as Roy Moore, “credible” and “credibly” have become the latest buzzwords.

Take this Politico piece, for example, written by a former Bush speechwriter named Matt Latimer [emphasis mine]:

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The Virginia legislative results, an anomaly, or the beginning of a trend?

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 8:30pm 11/8/2017 at 8:30pm

I wasn’t very concerned about yesterday’s Virginia gubernatorial election results, because I figured that Northam (D) would win and it probably had more to do with Gillespie (R) being a poor candidate than anything else, plus I consider Virginia a purple state becoming ever more blue.

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