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I Watched Cuties so You Wouldn’t Have to (But You Should)

I Watched Cuties so You Wouldn’t Have to (But You Should)

    By Thomas L. Knapp A brigade of pearl-clutching, virtue-signaling, cancel-culture keyboard warriors wants you to know that Cuties (Mignonnes — it’s actually a French film) is a bad, bad movie that no one should watch and that Netflix should immediately remove from its lineup. According to US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) Cuties may […]

No One is “Mentally Fit” to be President

No One is “Mentally Fit” to be President

    By Thomas L. Knapp “Most voters in six 2020 swing states,” an early September CNBC/Change Research poll finds, “do not consider either President Donald Trump or Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden mentally fit to be president.” In Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, 51% consider Trump mentally unfit for the office, […]

Silence is Not Consent in Politics, Either

Silence is Not Consent in Politics, Either

    By Thomas L. Knapp When you undergo a medical procedure or volunteer for a research study, you’re presented with forms to sign, outlining what’s going to happen (and what bad things could happen), and expressly consenting to have those things happen. If you’re accused of rape, “he or she didn’t physically resist” isn’t […]

Trump vs. the Marines: Semper Lactentum

Trump vs. the Marines: Semper Lactentum

    By Thomas L. Knapp We don’t really know (and probably never will) whether President Donald Trump really called America’s World War One dead “losers” and “suckers,” as Jeffrey Goldberg claims in a September 3 piece in The Atlantic. On one hand, the claim rings true. Trump has a history of publicly spitting in […]

Facebook’s Violence Standards Make for a Bad Business Plan

Facebook’s Violence Standards Make for a Bad Business Plan

    By Thomas L. Knapp “Facebook Employees Are Outraged At Mark Zuckerberg’s Explanations Of How It Handled The Kenosha Violence,” reads the headline at Buzzfeed. One such employee asks “[a]t what point do we take responsibility for enabling hate filled bile to spread across our services?” The apparent outrage and the specific question both […]

An Open Letter to Michelle Obama

An Open Letter to Michelle Obama

    By Thomas L. Knapp Dear Ma’am, Where were you in late 2016 and early 2017, when a little bit of encouragement from a much-admired former First Lady might have sparked transformation and reform in the Democratic Party, bringing better candidates out of the woodwork and positioning them as real alternatives to Donald Trump’s […]

Kamala Harris’s Problem Isn’t Her Identity. It’s Her Character

Kamala Harris’s Problem Isn’t Her Identity. It’s Her Character

    By Thomas L. Knapp As you no doubt know by now, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has chosen US Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate. You’ve probably also noticed  the first salvo of Republican attacks on Harris: She’s “not really black,” and she may not even be a “natural born citizen” […]

CNN: “Scientific” Means “Agrees With Us”

CNN: “Scientific” Means “Agrees With Us”

    By Thomas L. Knapp “Trump adds coronavirus adviser who echoes his unscientific claims,” reports CNN’s Kaitlan Collins. Collins neither makes any scientific claims of her own, nor uses actual science to rebut any claims made by that adviser — Dr. Scott Atlas — or President Donald Trump himself, in the article under that […]

America Doesn’t Have Presidential Debates, But It Should

America Doesn’t Have Presidential Debates, But It Should

    By Thomas L. Knapp On August 6, the Commission on Presidential Debates denied US president Donald Trump’s request to increase the number of debates between himself and Democratic nominee Joe Biden from three to four. Trump’s case: The expansion of voting by mail means that many ballots will have been cast before the […]

Election 2020: Biden vs. Trump is an Echo, Not a Choice

Election 2020: Biden vs. Trump is an Echo, Not a Choice

    By Thomas L. Knapp “Democracy,” H.L. Mencken wrote, “is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” Mencken’s assessment is philosophically dismissive of democracy as a theory of government. It’s snobbishly contemptuous of Joe Six-Pack’s qualifications for self-government of the democratic type. And […]

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