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Thankful, 2020 Edition

Thankful, 2020 Edition

    by Thomas L. Knapp It’s Thanksgiving week in the United States. Since 1942 by act of Congress, and intermittently before that since the arrival of British settlers in North America, Americans have enjoyed a Thursday holiday around the end of November. This year, the words of President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 proclamation ring especially […]

Mask Mandates: COVID-19 and the Law of the Instrument

Mask Mandates: COVID-19 and the Law of the Instrument

    by Thomas L. Knapp “One day after the state reported a record 92 COVID-19-related deaths,” the Wisconsin State Journal‘s Mitchell Schmidt reports, “Gov. Tony Evers announced Wednesday he plans to extend the state’s emergency declaration and accompanying mask mandate through mid-January. … The current mask mandate was issued in July and extended by […]

Section 230 Doesn’t Need “Reform”

Section 230 Doesn’t Need “Reform”

    by Thomas L. Knapp Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 is under attack — disguised as a cry for “reform” — from politicians on both sides of the “major party” aisle. To what purpose? Well, let’s look at Section 230’s key provision: “No provider or user of an interactive computer […]

America in Transition: How Joe Biden Can Score a Major Foreign Policy Win on Day One of his Presidency

America in Transition: How Joe Biden Can Score a Major Foreign Policy Win on Day One of his Presidency

    by Thomas L. Knapp “President-elect Joe Biden has promised to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal,” writes Tom O’Connor at Newsweek. “But a return is set to face challenges on both sides as they attempt to rebuild trust in a radically different environment than five years ago.” Those challenges? “For one, Iranian officials see no […]

America in Transition: Why I’m Not Worried About the Biden/Harris “Gun Control” Talk

America in Transition: Why I’m Not Worried About the Biden/Harris “Gun Control” Talk

    by Thomas L. Knapp A few weeks before the 2020 election, I visited a local gun shop. It was a madhouse. Weapons flew off the shelves as fast as customers could get their wallets out. Ammunition was in short supply too. Why? Well, on the front door, a flyer warned that, if elected, […]

No, Google is Not a Monopoly

No, Google is Not a Monopoly

    By Thomas L. Knapp On October 20, the US Department of Justice — joined by 11 Republican state attorneys general — filed a civil lawsuit against Google, with the stated goal of stopping it from  “unlawfully maintaining monopolies through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the search and search advertising markets.” The lawsuit is […]

America in Transition: Two Things Donald Trump Can Do to Burnish His Legacy

America in Transition: Two Things Donald Trump Can Do to Burnish His Legacy

    by Thomas L. Knapp This column assumes that Joe Biden has won the 2020 US presidential election. While that SEEMS like a safe assumption — it would take successful legal challenges in several states to change the outcome — it IS an assumption. I could be writing for naught. But if Joe Biden […]

Why “Preference” is a Dirty Word to the New Puritans

Why “Preference” is a Dirty Word to the New Puritans

    By Thomas L. Knapp “I do want to be clear,” Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett said during her Senate confirmation hearing, “that I have never discriminated on the basis of sexual preference and would not ever discriminate on the basis of sexual preference.” A laudable stand, one might think. But some don’t. […]

A Lot More People Elected Jack Dorsey Than Elected Ted Cruz

A Lot More People Elected Jack Dorsey Than Elected Ted Cruz

    By Thomas L. Knapp “[W]ho the hell elected you,” US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey at an October 28 Commerce Committee hearing, “and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear?” Cruz was exercised over Twitter’s […]

Trump’s October Fizzle: A Difference Which Makes No Difference

Trump’s October Fizzle: A Difference Which Makes No Difference

    By Thomas L. Knapp When the New York Post began rolling out a series of stories on Hunter Biden’s supposed laptop and its supposed contents, I immediately thought of Stormy Daniels and the “hush money” incident. “Everyone who cared about Donald Trump’s marital infidelities and sexual peccadilloes,” I wrote at the time, “already […]

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