Posts by New Neo  (Page 20)
 

The New York Times, the nipple, and the Jewish star tattoo

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Posted by    Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 7:30pm 11/28/2013 at 7:30pm

The New York Times chose the following photo to illustrate a front-page article about genetic screening in Israel for a breast cancer gene:

There’s been a lot of flak about the photo’s inclusion of the nipple—or to be more accurate, the half-aureole. But that’s hardly the only issue. Anyone who...

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The nuclear option and risk: why now?

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Posted by    Monday, November 25, 2013 at 8:30am 11/25/2013 at 8:30am

Both Democrats and Republicans have talked about the nuclear option for years—usually in favor of it when they’re the majority party and against it when in the minority. But it’s all been talk, till now.

So why did the Democrats finally do it? In the Wall Street Journal, James Taranto points out...

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Obamacare “discriminates”

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 8:15am 11/19/2013 at 8:15am

The insurance business would not be possible without some sort of “discrimination“—as in “the ability or power to see or make fine distinctions; discernment,” rather than “bigotry or other arbitrary distinctions.”

Those with greater risk are usually charged higher than average premiums or are sometimes even refused coverage...

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Why join Dems as they keep digging the Obamacare ditch?

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 7:56pm 11/13/2013 at 7:56pm

Why should the Republicans try to pull Obamacare’s fat out of the fire by correcting some of its most anger-provoking consequences?

DrewM at Ace of Spades HQ asks a Good question:

The GOP has to be seen doing something. That’s just reality. Millions of people who played by the rules are losing their insurance...

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Obama can keep his Doublethink since he likes it

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Posted by    Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 8:00am 11/10/2013 at 8:00am

NBC’s Chuck Todd was the interviewer who elicited Obama’s weak non-apology last Thursday. But Todd got the distinct impression that Obama “does not believe he lied” when he made those promises about keeping your plan and keeping your doctor, period. Todd adds:

I thought what was revealing in that answer, when I...

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Obamacare: insuring the insurers

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 4:30pm 11/6/2013 at 4:30pm

Well, well, well: it seems that with Obamacare, the insurers got some insurance against loss, too. Just another case of needing to pass the bill to find out what nuggets were hidden within its deep recesses:

If an exchange plan’s performance varies in either direction by more than 3 percent, it either...

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Varieties of deception: Bill Clinton versus Barack Obama

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Posted by    Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 3:02pm 11/2/2013 at 3:02pm

Bill Clinton deceived the American people in a flagrant manner when he said, shaking his finger:

Whatever narrow legal definition Clinton had used in his deposition in the Paula Jones lawsuit, virtually no one listening to what he said in that clip would think he was defining “sexual relations” in such an...

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The Hoyer defense: A lie is just a truth that wasn’t precise enough

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 4:01pm 10/29/2013 at 4:01pm

Here’s Steny Hoyer on Obama’s oft-repeated promise that if you like your health insurance plan you could keep it:

“We knew that there would be some policies that would not qualify and therefore people would be required to get more extensive coverage,” Hoyer said in response to a question from National Review.

Asked...

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Slip sliding towards death panels, eh?

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Posted by    Monday, October 28, 2013 at 10:15am 10/28/2013 at 10:15am

In a Slate article entitled “Canada has death panels, and that’s a good thing,” Yale law student Adam Goldenberg applauds the idea.

The “experts and wise community members” (Goldenberg’s words) who make up Ontario’s Consent and Capacity Board have the final say and can overrule a family’s decision about whether to continue...

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What happens to a society in which young people are not interested in sex?

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:00am 10/22/2013 at 7:00am

Japan may be about to find out.

As you might imagine, the “don’t want to have sex” crowd in Japan doesn’t include all the young people, not by a long shot. But it’s a worrisome percentage, especially considering that this is an age group where the blood usually runs hot. As you...

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“America’s path to the gallows”: inevitable?

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Posted by    Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 4:30pm 10/19/2013 at 4:30pm

Here’s a comment to ponder:

How many more H.W. Bush’s must we support before it is acknowledged that America’s path to the gallows is merely delayed under such men?

My purpose is not to defend George H. W. Bush, a decent man but certainly not high on my presidential list. It’s about that...

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EBT cards and free stuff

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 5:15pm 10/16/2013 at 5:15pm

By now you’ve probably heard about the EBT card breakdown during a power outage in which shoppers at a couple of Louisiana Walmarts purposely took advantage of the situation by “buying” a huge number of groceries for amounts that greatly exceeded their EBT limits in normal times.

You might say the Walmart...

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Remember Alice Palmer

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Posted by    Monday, October 14, 2013 at 8:15am 10/14/2013 at 8:15am

(Photo: AP)

In his post about health insurance executives’ fear of talking on the record about the Obamacare computer problems, Prof. Jacobson offered ...

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For Obama, negotiating with Republicans is tough, almost as tough as math

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 8:42pm 10/9/2013 at 8:42pm

So which will it be: catastrophe or no? And if it’s catastrophe, how soon will that happen?

People on the left are ramping up the fear, and people on the right trying to minimize it, both for obvious tactical purposes of their own. But failure to raise the debt ceiling is uncharted...

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No one expects The Obamacare Sticker Shock

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Posted by    Monday, October 7, 2013 at 4:49pm 10/7/2013 at 4:49pm

There are a lot of surprised people in California now that more Obamacare details are coming out:

In California, 1.9 million people buy plans on the open market, according to officials with Covered California, the state’s new health insurance exchange. And many...

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Obama and financial markets: fear itself

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Posted by    Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 11:00am 10/6/2013 at 11:00am

Instead of exerting a calming influence, Obama ramps up the fear connected with the shutdown and the debt limit.

Watch his demeanor, too; chilling:

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Harry Reid and the Constitution: the power of the purse

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Posted by    Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 5:15pm 10/3/2013 at 5:15pm

Here’s what Harry Reid said yesterday in answer to a question from CNN’s Dana Bash:

What right did [the House of Representatives] have to pick and choose what part of government is going to be funded? It’s obvious what’s going on here. You talk about reckless and irresponsible. Wow. What this is...

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