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“Secure the Border”: Politician-Speak for “I’m a Tyrant Who Thinks You’re an Idiot”

“Secure the Border”: Politician-Speak for “I’m a Tyrant Who Thinks You’re an Idiot”

. . By Thomas L. Knapp About 30 years ago, in southern California, US Border Patrol officers pulled over the vehicle I was riding in to search for “illegal immigrants.” They carefully checked the ID of each occupant in the vehicle. Yes, all 30 or so of us. The vehicle was a bus marked “US […]

Election 2016: The X-Files/Napoleon Dynamite Factor

. . By Thomas L. Knapp As we come around what may be the final curve of the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton look positioned to be the two horses who break free of the pack and make a neck-and-neck run down the final straightaway toward 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. That pairing and […]

Obama Visits Havana: Cuba Libre for Real?

Obama Visits Havana: Cuba Libre for Real?

. . By Thomas L. Knapp US President Barack Obama’s late March visit to Cuba, continuing his initiative to re-establish friendly relations between the two countries, arouses opposition on both sides of the aisle in Washington. The Republican complaints, of course, are to be expected. If Obama walked across the Florida Strait without wetting the […]

The FBI Has an Enemies List: First They Came for Free Talk Live …

The FBI Has an Enemies List: First They Came for Free Talk Live …

. . By Thomas L. Knapp A typical Granite State Sunday morning on the cusp of spring, and a scene surprising no one who watches the news or any number of television shows dedicated to fictional or real-life law enforcement: SUVs and police cruisers surrounding a house. Figures in bulletproof vests marked “FBI” hauling away […]

Election 2016: They Don’t Own Your Vote

Election 2016: They Don’t Own Your Vote

Mean-Spirited, Low-Lived Fellows Are Nothing New in American Politics

Mean-Spirited, Low-Lived Fellows Are Nothing New in American Politics

. . By Thomas L. Knapp Does Donald Trump have small hands? Is Ted Cruz a wimp (this is a family-oriented column, so I’m using that term instead of the word Trump used)? Are progressives who don’t support Hillary Clinton misogynists if they’re men and traitors to their sex if they’re women? The 2016 presidential […]

Election 2016: “One Person, One Vote” Kills Real Choice

Election 2016: “One Person, One Vote” Kills Real Choice

. . By Thomas L. Knapp As you may have noticed, we’re in the middle of yet another American presidential election (our 57th). The news is full of musings about party primaries and delegate counts and possible brokered conventions, but if things proceed as usual, as many as 130 million Americans will cast votes in […]

Strong Crypto: An Offer in Compromise for President Obama

. . By Thomas L. Knapp For months, US president Barack Obama played coy on the developing controversy over law enforcement bureaucrats’ demands that American tech innovators be required to build “back doors” into their products. That changed on March 11. In a talk at the Austin, Texas SXSW Interactive festival, Obama warned against “an […]

Jail Fees: Adding Insult to Injury

Jail Fees: Adding Insult to Injury

By Thomas L. Knapp   While traveling by bus earlier this week, I made the acquaintance of a fellow passenger who had just been released from jail in Alachua County, Florida, after spending a year fighting charges he was eventually acquitted of. Interesting guy with an interesting story, and one that puts a burr under […]

Marriage Freedom: Yes, Polygamy is Next

Marriage Freedom: Yes, Polygamy is Next

. . By Thomas L. Knapp Back in the bad old days before the US Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, many opponents of same-sex marriage warned us that if it became legal, polygamy would be next. They were — some no doubt for the the first time in their lives — right. Polygamy […]