Posts by New Neo  (Page 10)
 

Kerry: Iran talks “will not be rushed”

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Posted by    Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 9:00pm 7/9/2015 at 9:00pm

As time goes on, and the Iran nuclear negotiations continue, it’s hard to escape the thought that the Obama administration is becoming more and more desperate for a deal. Any deal.

Here are recent developments:

John Kerry, in his usual clear-as-mud manner, says that “We will not rush and we will not be...

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Happy Fourth of July!

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Posted by    Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 5:00pm 7/4/2015 at 5:00pm

I saw the film “Yankee Doodle Dandy” on TV close to 30 times when I was a child. Loved it, and in particular loved the idea that James Cagney (whom I already knew as a tough old gangster from other movies) could dance. His dancing fascinated me because it was so...

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George Takei and the left’s definition of authentic blackness

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Posted by    Friday, July 3, 2015 at 6:00pm 7/3/2015 at 6:00pm

By now you probably know that George Takei, who played Sulu in “Star Trek” and who recently married his longtime partner in a same-sex marriage, had this to say about Clarence Thomas’ declaration in his dissent in the same-sex marriage case that human dignity cannot be taken away by government, even by...

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The New Religious Wars

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 8:30am 6/30/2015 at 8:30am
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If you had asked me twenty years ago to predict what the 21st century would hold in store, “religious wars” probably wouldn’t have been tops on my list.

But it should have been.

Right now we’re seeing many forms of religious war. The most obvious has raged between radical Islam and everybody else....

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The Humpty Dumpty Court of King v. Burwell

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Posted by    Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 7:30pm 6/25/2015 at 7:30pm

A dissent has no power except the power of its words and its logic. So Justice Scalia’s dissent in King v. Burwell (joined by Alito and Thomas) is satisfying only in the rhetorical and intellectual sense. But it is so good that I’m highlighting it again anyway.

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Gun-Free Zones: Real, or Pretend?

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 1:00pm 6/23/2015 at 1:00pm

Here’s an interesting article about how it might have been a good thing if the attendees at the Bible study meeting in Charleston had been armed. That’s not just a fanciful thought. Mass murders, even mass murders at churches, have been thwarted before by a good guy wielding a...

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Liberals ♥ Europe

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Posted by    Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 9:00pm 6/20/2015 at 9:00pm

While thinking about Obama’s comparison of mass murders in the US to the same phenomenon in Europe, it occurred to me that part of what Obama has done during his presidency is to capitalize on an already-existent attitude among many liberals that everything European is better than everything American.

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New York fugitives had history of threats, escape attempts

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 8:30am 6/17/2015 at 8:30am

Who are the escaped murderers in New York, and why oh why were they given the prison privileges they appear to have been given?

The answer to the first question is: they are probably among the most psychopathic, cold-blooded killers in the prison population, and that’s saying something. Both of them...

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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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