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Trial and Error: Pelosi’s Foolish Impeachment Ploy

Trial and Error: Pelosi’s Foolish Impeachment Ploy

  By Thomas L. Knapp To the extent that the third presidential impeachment in US history is a “victory” — the public jury is still out on that question and likely to remain so for some time — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) seems determined to snatch defeat from its jaws. In a press conference […]

Afghanistan: Oh, When Will We Ever Learn?

Afghanistan: Oh, When Will We Ever Learn?

  by Thomas L. Knapp “U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign,” the Washington Post’s Craig Whitlock reports, “making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable.” Whitlock bases that claim on a collection of candid, confidential interviews […]

Voters Say They Want a Third Party. They Should Vote Accordingly

Voters Say They Want a Third Party. They Should Vote Accordingly

  by Thomas L. Knapp According to an October Rasmussen poll, 38% of likely voters say they intend to vote for “someone other than President Trump or the Democratic presidential nominee” in the 2020 US presidential election. In a three-way presidential race, 38% constitutes a winning plurality, assuming it’s distributed among the states such that […]

Impeachment: A Night at the Movies

Impeachment: A Night at the Movies

  by Thomas L. Knapp The US House of Representatives soberly fulfills its constitutional obligation to investigate alleged wrongdoing by a sitting president, steadily building its case for that president’s impeachment. The Deep State schemes to remove a sitting president, trumping up (pun intended) supposed “high crimes and misdemeanors” and gaming a faux-constitutional “impeachment probe” […]

Holiday Consumerism: Who Decides What “Nobody Really Needs?”

Holiday Consumerism: Who Decides What “Nobody Really Needs?”

  By Thomas L. Knapp “Wasting resources, capital and income on stuff nobody really needs,” Charles Hugh Smith wrote in 2017, “is a monumental disaster on multiple fronts. Rather than establish incentives to conserve and invest wisely, our system glorifies waste and the destruction of income and capital, as if burning time, capital, resources and […]

Messaging as Manslaughter: Massachusetts Modernizes the Salem Witch Trials

Messaging as Manslaughter: Massachusetts Modernizes the Salem Witch Trials

   by Thomas L. Knapp In July of 2014, 18-year-old Conrad Roy killed himself in Fairhaven, Massachusetts by pumping carbon monoxide into the cab of his truck. In a bench trial, a judge convicted Roy’s 17-year-old girlfriend, Michelle Carter, of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced her to 2 1/2 years in prison. In May of 2019, […]

Coming Sooner or Later: Elizabeth Warren’s Mondale Moment

Coming Sooner or Later: Elizabeth Warren’s Mondale Moment

  By Thomas L. Knapp “Let’s tell the truth,” said Walter Mondale as he accepted the Democratic Party’s 1984 presidential nomination. “It must be done, it must be done. Mr. Reagan will raise taxes, and so will I. He won’t tell you. I just did.” That comment looms large in popular memory as the cause […]

Excuses, Excuses: Now Hillary Clinton’s Attacking Her Own Party’s Candidates

Excuses, Excuses: Now Hillary Clinton’s Attacking Her Own Party’s Candidates

  By Thomas L. Knapp “I’m not making any predictions, but I think [the Russians] have got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate,” said Hillary Clinton on her former campaign manager’s podcast.  “They know they can’t win without a third party […]

On Twitter, Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others

On Twitter, Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others

  By Thomas L. Knapp “There continues to be meaningful public conversation about how we think about Tweets from world leaders on our service,” begins a post at the micro-blogging service’s non-micro-blog. In summary, certain Super Very Important Special People (“world leaders”) are exempt from Twitter’s rules, but henceforth Regular Normal Completely Unimportant People (like […]

Instead of Explaining Greta Thunberg, Debate Her Claims

Instead of Explaining Greta Thunberg, Debate Her Claims

  By Thomas L. Knapp What is Greta Thunberg’s superpower? She obviously has one, if not more. Your average sixteen-year-old doesn’t start successful global activist movements,  address UN Climate Action Summits, and have those addresses go viral as death metal videos. Critics slam Thunberg as everything from “mentally ill” (a claim which got one Fox […]

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