Thomas L. Knapp

Thomas L. Knapp

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 13:35

COLUMN: The most controversial belief

Because I'm both a Libertarian and a loudmouth, I'm frequently hit with questions about libertarianism (and the Libertarian Party). Recently this one came up:

"What is the most controversial belief of Libertarians?"

"Congressional Democrats and Republicans," reports ProPublica, "are moving to permanently bar the IRS from creating a free electronic tax filing system."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo "insisted Monday (April 1) that New York will pass a law to legalize recreational pot before the Legislature adjourns in June," The New York Post reports. He's been promising legalization for some time. Many New Yorkers had hoped the measure would be included in this year's state budget.

On Feb. 7, U.S. Senator Ed Markey ,D-MA, and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, released the text of a joint resolution calling for a "Green New Deal."

Fine, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY. Let's vote on it in the Senate.

According to CNN Business, "Facebook, YouTube and Twitter struggle to deal with New Zealand shooting video."

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.

The Boston Globe's Naomi Martin and James Pindell report that all of 2020's formally declared "major party" presidential candidates say they support legalizing marijuana at the federal level. Yes, that includes President Trump.

On Jan. 23,  the U.S. National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service released its "interim report" following up with hearings for public comment in February.

U.S. President Donald Trump recently declared a "national emergency" under which he intends to divert money from the U.S. Department of Defense's budget and use it to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.

No biggie, Trump said as he announced the "emergency." Happens all the time (59 other times since 1976, to be exact). Purely routine.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 23:21

COLUMN: Where justice goes to die

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.

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