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“Gun Control” — Can Someone Please Make That Man a Ham Sandwich?

“Gun Control” — Can Someone Please Make That Man a Ham Sandwich?

. . By Thomas L. Knapp On January 5, US president Barack Obama unveiled his first major policy action of the new year: A batch of new victim disarmament — or, as its supporters call it, “gun control” — measures which he intends to impose by executive order. The response from Republicans in Congress is, […]

Election 2016: Will You Take a NAP With Me?

Election 2016: Will You Take a NAP With Me?

    By Thomas L. Knapp With the next US national election only a little more than ten months away, you’ll soon be hearing from, and about, candidates of all parties. America’s third largest party, the Libertarian Party, will likely run more than a thousand candidates for local, state and federal office. Some of them, […]

Election 2016: Busted Ain’t Such a Bad Thing

Election 2016: Busted Ain’t Such a Bad Thing

by Thomas L. Knapp . Let me alert you to three facts: .. Fact #1: Donald Trump has a ceiling of support among Republican primary voters. . Fact #2:  While it’s hard to tell exactly how high that ceiling is, it’s almost certainly short of an absolute majority in any state. . Fact #3: The […]

The Stadium Welfairy Tale

The Stadium Welfairy Tale

. . By Thomas L. Knapp Most fairy tales begin “once upon a time, in a land far, far away.” The American sports industry’s fairy tale begins “all the time, right here.” Apart from that, though, it’s very similar to other fairy tales in that no sensible adult really believes the main elements of the […]

Marijuana: A Better Plan

Marijuana: A Better Plan

  . By Thomas L. Knapp In 2014, Florida’s legislature passed the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act. The idea was to make strains of marijuana that are low in THC (the stuff that gets you high) and high in CBD (the stuff that helps children with seizure disorders) legal with a doctor’s prescription. A year-and-a-half later, […]

Canute’s Courtiers Condemn Consumer Crypto — Feds to end encrypted data?

Canute’s Courtiers Condemn Consumer Crypto — Feds to end encrypted data?

. . By Thomas L. Knapp In 1818, Jeremiah Chubb collected a reward of £100 (a fairly princely sum back then — depending on how the inflation is calculated, perhaps upward of half a million US dollars today) from the British government. After a major dockyard burglary, the government ran a competition to produce a […]

Millennials: Let’s You and Them Fight

Millennials: Let’s You and Them Fight

. . By Thomas L. Knapp An October/November survey covering the midsection (adults between 18 and 29) of the “millennial” demographic finds that after the November terror attacks in France (but before the December 2 attack in San Bernardino), that demographic’s support for deployment of US ground troops against the Islamic State in Iraq and […]

Election 2016: Let’s Stop Negotiating With Terrorists

. . By Thomas L. Knapp WordNet defines terrorism as “the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear.” When we think of terrorism, we usually envision a […]

An American Guilt Trip: This is How the Terrorists Win

An American Guilt Trip: This is How the Terrorists Win

. . By Thomas L. Knapp On December 2, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik burst into a meeting at San Bernadino, California’s Inland Regional Center and opened fire, killing 14 and wounding any more. The two were later killed in a shootout with the police. In the wake of this horrific attack, media reports […]

Concerning “Common Sense Gun Control”

Concerning “Common Sense Gun Control”

. . By Thomas L. Knapp Yes, I tire of constantly writing this kind of column. Presumably, you tire of reading this kind of column as well. But when the usual suspects (supporters of victim disarmament) break into their happy dance atop the latest pile of corpses to tout a fraudulently labeled cause (“common sense […]