Thomas L. Knapp

Thomas L. Knapp

On Jan. 7, the day after rioters entered the U.S. Capitol and put hundreds of politicians to flight in support of Donald Trump's wild-eyed election fraud claims, Wisconsins's State Assembly passed a resolution. The money line: "[P]olitical violence in any form has no place in the American system of government and should never be tolerated."

"When polls said only about half of all Americans would take a vaccine, I was saying herd immunity would take 70 to 75 percent,"  Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S.  National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and public face of the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, told the New York Times in December. "Then, when newer surveys said 60 percent or more would take it, I thought, 'I can nudge this up a bit,' so I went to 80, 85."

“Military leaders are worried about the shrinking pool of young people who qualify for military service,” Gina Harkins reports at Military.com. “More than 70% of young Americans remain unable to join the military due to obesity, education problems, or crime and drug records.”

Wednesday, 16 December 2020 10:59

OPINION: 2020: I'm tired of superlatives

"2020: The Worst Year Ever," reads the cover of Time magazine's Dec. 14 issue.

“Congress,” The Hill reports, “is barreling toward a veto showdown with President Trump over the mammoth must-pass annual defense policy bill.” At issue: The annual National Defense Authorization Act, which as usual has little to do with actual defense.

A Nov. 23 headline at ABC News reads: "Joe Biden's presidential transition allowed to proceed after 16-day standoff." The 16 days in question, ABC tells us, are the 16 days since Biden "clinched the presidency."

Tuesday, 24 November 2020 10:13

OPINION: Thankful, 2020 edition

It's Thanksgiving week in the United States. Since 1942 by act of Congress, and intermittently before that since the arrival of British settlers in North America, Americans have enjoyed a Thursday holiday around the end of November.

A few weeks before the 2020 election, I visited a local gun shop. It was a madhouse.

Sooner or later, absent some kind of mass extinction event, humankind will establish itself there: On the Moon. On Mars. Among the asteroids. Someday even on planets orbiting distant stars.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020 10:53

OPINION: The up side of divided government

As of late October, the political modelers at FiveThirtyEight gave Democrats a 72% chance of pulling off the trifecta — winning the White House and majorities in both Houses of Congress — on Nov. 3.

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