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Chelsea Manning: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished Again

Chelsea Manning: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished Again

  by Thomas L.  Knapp One of the 21st century’s greatest heroines is behind bars again, held in contempt by federal judge Claude M. Hilton for refusing to help prosecutors trump up charges against the journalists who published information she paid dearly for giving them. Chelsea Manning spent more than six years in prison —  […]

Mueller Report: Secrecy Shouldn’t be an Option

Mueller Report: Secrecy Shouldn’t be an Option

  By Thomas L. Knapp As February draws to an end, rumors abound that we’re about to see Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Or at least that someone — namely, newly confirmed US Attorney General William Barr — is about to see that report.  The rest […]

Judicial Secrecy: Where Justice Goes to Die

Judicial Secrecy: Where Justice Goes to Die

  by Thomas L. Knapp The traditional depiction of Lady Justice is a woman wearing a blindfold to demonstrate impartiality. In her right hand she wields a sword (symbolizing swift punishment for the guilty). Her left arm holds aloft a scale to weigh the opposing sides’ cases — publicly, for all to see. Over time, American […]

“Second Shutdown” Theatrics: Heads Trump Wins, Tails America Loses

“Second Shutdown” Theatrics: Heads Trump Wins, Tails America Loses

  by Thomas L. Knapp Unless Congress and the Trump administration reach a new spending deal by February 15, the federal government will go back into “partial shutdown” status. As of February 10, congressional negotiators seem to be nearing agreement on a deal that includes about $2 billion in funding for President Trump’s “border wall” […]

“No-Knock Raid” is Just Another Term for “Violent Home Invasion”

“No-Knock Raid” is Just Another Term for “Violent Home Invasion”

  By Thomas L. Knapp On January 28, home invaders murdered 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas and 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle of Houston, Texas. Nicholas and Tuttle wounded five of the (numerous) armed burglars before being slain. That’s not how the news accounts put it, of course.  Typical headline (from the Houston Chronicle): “4 HPD officers shot in […]

The Fired Next Time: A “Shutdown” Proposal

The Fired Next Time: A “Shutdown” Proposal

  By Thomas L. Knapp The longest partial “government shutdown” in US history ended on January 25. To get Leviathan’s gears turning at full speed again, President Donald Trump said uncle on funding for his pet border wall project in return for a three-week “return to normalcy.” More interesting than the (quite possibly temporary) end […]

Venezuela: None of Our Business

Venezuela: None of Our Business

  by Thomas L. Knapp On January 23, the President of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Juan Guaido, was sworn in as “interim president.” In what was presumably a pre-coordinated move, Guaido’s administration was quickly recognized by the governments of the United States, Canada, and several countries in Latin America. Guaido’s claim rests on a provision in […]

Syria: In the History of Bad Excuses, This One’s Top-Tier

Syria: In the History of Bad Excuses, This One’s Top-Tier

  By Thomas L. Knapp US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) thinks — I’m using the term “thinks” very loosely here — that Americans dying in Syria is a compelling reason to continue exposing Americans to the danger of dying in Syria. So do Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), James Inhofe (R-OK), and Jack Reed (D-RI). Ever […]

Parkland and Covington: Two Schools, Two Causes, One Lesson

Parkland and Covington: Two Schools, Two Causes, One Lesson

  by Thomas L. Knapp “You’re not interesting because you went to a high school where kids got shot,” comedian Louis C.K. said at a New York gig in December, addressing Florida high school students who trafficked on their credentials as “school shooting survivors” to shill for the gun control movement. “You didn’t get shot. […]

Shutdown Theater: Blame? Why Not Credit?

Shutdown Theater: Blame? Why Not Credit?

  By Thomas L. Knapp According to the headline at CNN, “Trump bears most blame for shutdown.” But according to the CNN/SSRS poll the story is based on, the question asked was “Who do you think is MORE RESPONSIBLE for the government shutdown?” (emphasis mine). Those are two entirely different questions. “Blame” is only one […]

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