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End the Education Fights: Time for a Divorce

End the Education Fights: Time for a Divorce

, , By Thomas L. Knapp Students at Mount Horeb Primary Center in Wisconsin were scheduled to read the book I Am Jazz, by teen transgender celebrity Jazz Jennings, in late November, the idea being to acquaint the student body — which includes a trans girl — with the basics of gender identity. The reading […]

NATO: This Deal is a Turkey

NATO: This Deal is a Turkey

. . By Thomas L. Knapp Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty states that an “armed attack” on a NATO member “shall be considered an attack against them all” and that all parties to the treaty must join in to “restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.” Left unspecified is what […]

The US and the “Refugee Crisis”: Three Complaints, One Solution

The US and the “Refugee Crisis”: Three Complaints, One Solution

. . By Thomas L. Knapp I oppose president Barack Obama’s plan to import and re-settle 10,000 Syrian refugees at American taxpayers’ expense. But hey, I’m a libertarian. It’s hard to find a government program I DO support. On the other hand, as the old saying goes, “you break it, you buy it.” Sort of, […]

Campus Carry: Will Florida Legislators Do The Right Thing?

Campus Carry: Will Florida Legislators Do The Right Thing?

, , By Thomas L. Knapp Florida’s “campus carry” bill, approved by the state’s House Judiciary Committee on November 19, would allow students who are 21 or older, and who possess special government permission slips (concealed carry “licenses”), to go armed on the state’s public college and university campuses. Pretty weak tea, but better than […]

Paris: No Grave Too Warm for the Political Class to Dance On

Paris: No Grave Too Warm for the Political Class to Dance On

    By Thomas L. Knapp For a columnist or pundit, there’s no greater temptation than to get something written — Quick! Now! — about the latest, greatest, deadliest catastrophe. After all, if it bleeds it leads. I felt that urge the night of the Paris terror attacks. For once, I resisted. I wanted more […]

There’s no Such Thing as an “Accidental” Shooting

There’s no Such Thing as an “Accidental” Shooting

. . By Thomas L. Knapp At least once a week or so, I read stories about allegedly accidental shootings. These stories always puzzle me, because assuming a competent adult and a non-defective gun, there’s no such thing as an accidental shooting. The two kinds of shootings are “intentional” and “negligent.” What’s worse is that […]

Mizzou Protest: Brownshirts on Parade

Mizzou Protest: Brownshirts on Parade

    By Thomas L. Knapp Yes, I understand that invoking the Sturmabteilung, aka the SA, aka the stormtroopers, in relation to protests at the University of Missouri falls squarely into the discourse domain covered by Godwin’s Law (“as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1”). […]

Teen Sexting: Time to Decriminalize Childhood Mistakes

Teen Sexting: Time to Decriminalize Childhood Mistakes

  . By Thomas L. Knapp Disturbing: Reports of a “sexting ring” involving a large number of Colorado teens. More disturbing: The legal response. “Hundreds of students at Cañon City High School who gave little thought to taking and sharing nude pictures of themselves or classmates could now face criminal charges of child pornography,” reports […]

Arbitration Isn’t The Problem

Arbitration Isn’t The Problem

  , By Thomas L. Knapp Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Robert Gebeloff of the New York Times claim to have discovered “a far-reaching power play orchestrated by American corporations” (“Arbitration Everywhere, Stacking the Deck of Justice,” October 31). They’re missing the forest for the trees. Arbitration is not the problem. Corporate preference for private arbitration instead […]

“Papers, Please” is Un-American

“Papers, Please” is Un-American

, , By Thomas L. Knapp When police in Corinth, Texas stopped Dorothy Bland to caution her against walking on the right side of the street (she was out to get some exercise with a “power walk”), Bland — a former newspaper editor and current dean of the University of Texas’s Mayborn School of Journalism […]