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Election 2016: The Incredible Evitable (AVOIDABLE) Hillary Clinton

Election 2016: The Incredible Evitable (AVOIDABLE) Hillary Clinton

. . By Thomas L. Knapp Yes, I’m a concern troll. I’m no Democrat, nor am I a Republican. But I would really, really, really like to see the Democratic Party nominate a viable candidate for President of the United States this year. Why? In a word, gridlock — or at least what passes for […]

The Ziegfeld’s Last Picture Show

The Ziegfeld’s Last Picture Show

    By Joel Schlosberg The Ziegfeld, New York City’s most elaborate movie theater, shut its doors after final screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on January 28. Its sumptuous decor in the tradition of early-1900s movie palaces made it the go-to place for premieres. A throwback even when it opened in 1969, let […]

Hands Up Don’t Shoot, Oregon Edition

Hands Up Don’t Shoot, Oregon Edition

. . By Thomas L. Knapp “They shot him right there, he was just walking — I saw it,” says Victoria Sharp . “I swear to God, he was just walking with his hands in the air.” She’s describing the January 26 killing of LaVoy Finicum by FBI agents and an Oregon State Police SWAT […]

So Much for Peak Trump

So Much for Peak Trump

. . By Thomas L. Knapp When Donald Trump declared his presidential candidacy, quite a few people, including me, thought “never in a million years will he be the Republican nominee, let alone president.” As his poll numbers rose, we thought “he’s got a hard ceiling; not a chance he’ll carry the race.” And “not […]

Prosecutors, Police Get Medieval on Privacy and Progress

Prosecutors, Police Get Medieval on Privacy and Progress

. . By Thomas L. Knapp Ashley Carman of The Verge reports on the opening of a new front in American politicians’ war on personal privacy and technological progress: Legislators in California and New York have introduced bills requiring the makers of smart phones sold in their states to intentionally compromise those phones with “back […]

The Strange Establishment Backlash Against Bernie Sanders

The Strange Establishment Backlash Against Bernie Sanders

. . By Thomas L. Knapp “I have friends and supporters in the Human Rights [Campaign], in Planned Parenthood,” Democratic presidential aspirant Bernie Sanders told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on January 19. “But you know what, Hillary Clinton has been around there for a very, very long time and some of these groups are part of […]

Legislation: The Moral of the Story

Legislation: The Moral of the Story

. . By Thomas L. Knapp It feels to me (and Google seems to bear the feeling out) as if not a minute goes by without someone asserting “you can’t (or shouldn’t) legislate morality” and someone else retorting “oh yes you can (and should)!” This is a pet peeve of mine. Please bear with me […]

King for a day — The rest of the year, not so much

King for a day — The rest of the year, not so much

. . By Thomas L. Knapp Since 1986, Americans have observed the third Monday of January as a federal holiday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Schools and communities put on marches and commemorative events. Some workers (sadly not including most of the working poor of all races to whose advancement King dedicated his life) get […]

Yosemite Sham: Trademark Trolls Try to Tap Taxpayers

Yosemite Sham: Trademark Trolls Try to Tap Taxpayers

. . by Thomas L. Knapp Hell hath no fury like a former business partner scorned. The Associated Press reports that a company called Delaware North, which ran Yosemite National Park’s hotels and restaurants for two decades under contract with the US National Park Service, wants a $51 million payoff after losing those concessions to […]

What Does The Federal Reserve Have to Hide?

What Does The Federal Reserve Have to Hide?

. . By Thomas L. Knapp Over the years, dissidents in Congress (notably including former US Representative Ron Paul and current Republican and Democratic presidential contenders Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders) have periodically proposed legislation to audit the Federal Reserve. The legislation is always rejected and, when it gets any significant attention at all, roundly […]

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