Posts by New Neo  (Page 10)
 

Social engineering in the neighborhood

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Posted by    Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 4:30pm 6/14/2015 at 4:30pm

As discussed earlier, the Obama administration seeks to transform neighborhoods of privilege by tinkering with their makeup and introducing more diversity, otherwise known as Section 8 housing.

The way the federal camel gets its nose inside the tent is, as usual, through money. What seems like a largess at first almost never...

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Is Obama trying to sway SCOTUS?

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Posted by    Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 8:30am 6/11/2015 at 8:30am

Atlantic writer Russell Berman wonders:

…[Obama’s] decision to champion his signature achievement in such pointed terms just weeks before the high court’s ruling is due raised the question of whether Obama was trying to jawbone the justices at the 11th hour.

…“It seems so cynical,” he said, “to want to take coverage away...

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Waiting for SCOTUS: King v. Burwell

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Posted by    Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 12:30pm 6/4/2015 at 12:30pm

Republicans are in a pickle, and have been since the moment Obamacare was passed.

You might think they’re in a good position, because the Supreme Court is considering overturning the state Obamacare exchanges and subsidies because of wording in the statute, and this would throw the entire Obamacare system into...

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Our Changing Moral Climate

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Posted by    Monday, June 1, 2015 at 4:15pm 6/1/2015 at 4:15pm

More Americans are finding certain behaviors morally acceptable that are nevertheless still widely considered unacceptable. In other words, approval (though still low) of these behaviors has been creeping up:

While a select few actions remain deeply taboo for much of the country, there has been an increasing shift to moral...

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Memorial Day: on Nationalism and Patriotism

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Posted by    Monday, May 25, 2015 at 7:00pm 5/25/2015 at 7:00pm

The story “The Man Without a Country” used to be standard reading matter for seventh graders. In fact, it was the first “real” book—as opposed to those tedious Dick and Jane readers—that I was assigned in school.

It was exciting compared to Dick and Jane and the rest, since it dealt...

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Obama on the Iran deal: Trust me, “it’s my name on this”

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Posted by    Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 10:00am 5/24/2015 at 10:00am

If you were looking for a monument to supreme egotism, you would have to go far to beat Obama’s statement in this interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg:

“Look, 20 years from now, I’m still going to be around, God willing. If Iran has a nuclear weapon, it’s my name on this,”...

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Learning about apocalyptic jihad

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Posted by    Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 11:00am 5/17/2015 at 11:00am

On the first weekend in May I attended a conference held in Boston entitled “GenerationCaliphate: Apocalyptic Hopes, Millennial Dreams and Global Jihad.”

The conference was organized by Richard Landes, millennial scholar, inventor of the term “Pallywood,” blogger at The Augean Stables, exposer of the suspect nature of the claims about al Durah’s...

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Who is defending Pam Geller’s liberty?

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Posted by    Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 10:15am 5/9/2015 at 10:15am

The Pamela Geller incident, and the reaction to it amongst pundits and the press, has demonstrated some disturbing yet important truths. Mainly, it has highlighted how many people are willing to offer what Salman Rushdie called (in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo murders) the “Yes, but…” defense of free...

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Germanwings copilot rehearsed on previous flight

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 11:15am 5/6/2015 at 11:15am

Passengers appeared to have noticed nothing out of the ordinary, but Alps-crash copilot Andreas Lubitz had practiced his descent-programming skills on a previous flight.

He apparently waited until the pilot stepped out of the cabin, after which Lubitz set about his nefarious business:

Over the course of three or four minutes, Lubitz…designate[d] “100...

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The Clintons: on being above the law

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Posted by    Monday, April 27, 2015 at 10:00am 4/27/2015 at 10:00am

Rand Paul said it just a couple of weeks ago, but a lot of people have thought it for a long time:

I think the thing is about the Clintons is that there’s a certain sense that they think they’re above the law.

There are some good reasons the Clin...

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Jeb Bush comes out for Loretta Lynch

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Posted by    Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 7:00am 4/18/2015 at 7:00am

This could be added to the list of reasons some conservatives don’t want Jeb Bush as the Republican nominee in 2016.

But it’s a pretty big one, IMHO:

Jeb Bush says that the Senate should confirm the nomination of Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama’s choice for attorney general. A number of Senate Republicans...

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On shooting fleeing suspects

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Posted by    Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11:00am 4/11/2015 at 11:00am

The killing of Walter Scott by Officer MIchael Slager was caught on video, leaving no doubt that he was shot in the back while fleeing from a traffic stop. A commenter on my blog asked</...

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Obama’s long-held dream of nuclear disarmament

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 10:00am 4/8/2015 at 10:00am

Remember this? It’s one of the few papers that Obama wrote while in college or law school that is still available, a 1983 article that appeared in the Columbia campus paper.

The article is mostly straight reportage and quotes about the Nuclear Freeze Movement, featuring organizations called “Arms Race Alternatives” (ARA) and...

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The Attack on Kenyan Christians

http://youtu.be/Qlmf37pwIqw
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Posted by    Friday, April 3, 2015 at 8:30am 4/3/2015 at 8:30am
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Religious wars continue:

Islamist gunmen burst into a Kenyan university before dawn Thursday, shooting students and taking hostages in a terror attack that left 70 dead, Kenyan officials said.

Two attackers were killed in the ongoing security operation, and one was arrested, authorities said….

Joel Ayora, who was on the campus and witnessed the...

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Things fall apart

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Posted by    Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 8:32pm 3/26/2015 at 8:32pm

THE SECOND COMING

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The...

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Vote, or else

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Posted by    Friday, March 20, 2015 at 1:00pm 3/20/2015 at 1:00pm

It would be so very transformative, you know. Hope and change:

“If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country,” Obama said, calling it “potentially transformative.” Not only that, Obama said, but universal voting would “counteract money more than anything.”…

Obama said he thought it would be “fun”...

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ISIS loses some freedom of movement

http://youtu.be/3o443KJiBTU
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Posted by    Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 1:00pm 3/15/2015 at 1:00pm
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United States officials report that ISIS has lost 25% of the territory it once held. Although it would be good if that were true—and perhaps it is—the announcement sounded a bit hesitant:

…a U.S. assessment…determined that Kurdish fighters are responsible for the majority of the territory retaken from ISIS in...

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