Posts by New Neo  (Page 19)
 

On moral relativism and the university

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Posted by    Monday, February 10, 2014 at 7:30am 2/10/2014 at 7:30am

Allan Bloom’s masterwork The Closing of the American Mind is so laden with thoughtfulness that a reader could stop to reflect on nearly every sentence. Plus, Bloom accomplished the extraordinarily difficult task of writing a serious work about education, politics, history, and philosophy in a very lively and readable style.

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The undead: Communism and Socialism

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Posted by    Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 6:15pm 2/6/2014 at 6:15pm

Communism/Socialism is an idea whose time has always come, ever-fresh and ever-new. It keeps rearing its ugly head wearing a new mask, like some vampire returning in a different guise. But can’t we finally drive a stake through its wretched heart?

Robert Stacy McCain describes the latest renaissance of an idea that...

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Tom Perkins’ Kristallnacht reference failed, but not his larger point

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Posted by    Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 5:00pm 2/2/2014 at 5:00pm
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Remember Tom Perkins? The guy who wrote a letter to the editors of The Wall Street Journal comparing the war on the 1% not to Kristallnacht, but to the beginnings of a pattern that could possibly lead to something like Kristallnacht further down the road?

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Churchill: now there’s an orator

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Posted by    Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 7:00am 1/30/2014 at 7:00am

When I was solidly engaged in not watching Obama’s SOTU speech, I thought of the antidote: Winston Churchill.

I have long cringed when anyone refers to Obama as a great orator. To me he seems like a terrible one: flat, repetitive delivery; devoid of content (that is, when...

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Virginia AG Mark Herring refuses to do his job and defend state law on marriage

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Posted by    Friday, January 24, 2014 at 8:32am 1/24/2014 at 8:32am

Newly-elected Virginia AG Mark Herring announced he will be joining the plaintiffs in lawsuits challenging the state’s ban on gay marriage. So not only is he declining to defend Virginia’s gay marriage ban, which was passed with 57% of the vote (including Herring’s) in 2006, but he is arguing for the...

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Does Wendy Davis really want to turn campaign into contest of courage?

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:30pm 1/22/2014 at 8:30pm

Yesterday Wendy Davis and her supporters got quite a bit of blogosphere attention for accusing her opponent Greg Abbott of a failure to understand struggle and hardship, despite the fact that he has been a paraplegic since a terrible accident in his mid-20s.

Davis added, with no sense of irony, that her...

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The politics of impeachment

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Posted by    Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:00am 1/19/2014 at 11:00am

On a recent Hot Air thread about whether it’s desirable to impeach Obama I saw this comment:

Impeachment would be like a child throwing a temper tantrum — lots of sound and fury signifying extreme frustration. But in the end Obama would still be there.

Impeachment is not an absolute impossibility before Obama’s...

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Obamacare and insurance companies in a death grip

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:30am 1/15/2014 at 8:30am

We’ve finally gotten some data on who has actually signed up for Obamacare on the exchanges.

At first glance, it would look bad for the insurance companies. There are way fewer young people (only 24% are between...

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The great dividing line: love of liberty

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Posted by    Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 8:00am 1/12/2014 at 8:00am

Ever wonder how it is that so many self-proclaimed liberals and “progressives” don’t seem to care about preserving liberty?

Especially in the last decade or so, as the liberal wing of the Democratic Party has moved ever leftward and the assaults on liberty have cascaded, liberals seem more and more to divide...

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Giving people Medicaid doesn’t reduce their number of ER visits

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Posted by    Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9:00am 1/5/2014 at 9:00am

According to a study of the Medicaid expansion program in Oregon, giving people Medicaid appears to increase their ER use, rather than decreasing it as Obamacare proponents had predicted.

Why on earth would this be any sort of surprise? I know, I know: the idea was that people without health insurance or...

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The NY Times wants clemency for Snowden

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Posted by    Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 6:36pm 1/2/2014 at 6:36pm

The New York Times says Edward Snowden should be allowed back into the country and given clemency, but the title of the editorial, “Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower” sets the tone for inaccuracy because the term is not legally applicable to Snowden whether you support wh...

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Some questions for a post-Obama era

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Posted by    Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:32am 12/27/2013 at 10:32am

Here are some questions from Victor Davis Hanson on how the precedents Obama has set could result in a changed America even after he leaves office:

The nation has grown used to the idea that what the president says is probably either untrue or irrelevant — and yet it does not really...

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The Blogger’s Night Before Christmas

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 7:00pm 12/24/2013 at 7:00pm

‘TWAS THE BLOGGER’S NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the ‘sphere
Bloggers were glad to see Christmas draw near.
Their laptops were turned off and all put away
The bloggers were swear...

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Catastrophic insurance for the Obamacare catastrophe

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Posted by    Friday, December 20, 2013 at 8:33am 12/20/2013 at 8:33am

The Obama administration had a bright suggestion for their insurance companies (they do seem to belong to the governement, don’t they?):

The Obama administration said Thursday it would allow millions of Americans whose insurance policies had been canceled to purchase bare-bones plans next year, in another 11th-hour tweak to the law likely to...

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Obama portrayed as victim

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 8:53am 12/18/2013 at 8:53am

Take a look at the wording of this WaPo headline:

“Obama Suffers Most From Year of Turmoil, Poll Finds.”

Accompanying it is this photo:

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Obamacare wants YOU!

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Posted by    Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 8:45am 12/15/2013 at 8:45am

Once-privileged New Yorkers who supported Obamacare are discovering that Obamacare means they’ll be losing some of their privileges:

Many in New York’s professional and cultural elite have long supported President Obama’s health care plan…They are part of an unusual, informal health insurance system that has developed in New York, in which independent...

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Obamacare: What about those volunteer firefighters?

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8:15am 12/11/2013 at 8:15am

Obamacare was pushed through Congress at high speed, without much debate and without the usual haggling. The reason was that, like thieves in a hurry to grab what they could and get out safely before being caught, Democrats were eager to move the legislation through while they still had the momentum...

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