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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

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 […]

Election 2016: Finally a Real Third Way?

Election 2016: Finally a Real Third Way?

. . By Thomas L. Knapp As I write this column, the polls haven’t yet opened for “Super Tuesday.” By the time you read it, polling predicts that Donald Trump will have carried at least 12 of the 13 Republican primary and caucus states, the possible exception being Texas (which may go for Ted Cruz), […]

Government Has a Hard Heart for the Homeless

Government Has a Hard Heart for the Homeless

. . By Thomas L. Knapp Elvis Summers helps the homeless. As Gale Holland of the Los Angeles Times reports, Summers has so far (with the help of $100,000 in private donations) built and placed 37 “tiny houses” in the LA metro area so that people with nowhere to live can move off the sidewalks, […]

#FreeStacy: Twitter Meets the Sarkeesian Method and the Streisand Effect

#FreeStacy: Twitter Meets the Sarkeesian Method and the Streisand Effect

. . By Thomas L. Knapp I suppose I should be enjoying a bit of a schadenfreude moment: About two years ago, I was banned from commenting on Robert Stacy McCain’s blog, The Other McCain, for offending one of his gatekeepers. Now Stacy’s been banned from Twitter, apparently for offending one of its gatekeepers, professional […]