Posts by Alex Knapp

Alex Knapp
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Alex Knapp writes about pretty much everything under the sun, including politics, art, religion, philosophy, sports, music, culture, and science.

German Police Fired Only 85 Bullets In All Of 2011

Some food for thought: German police officers fired a total of 85 bullets in 2011, 49 of which were warning shots, the German publication Der Spiegel reported. Officers fired 36 times at people, killing six and injuring 15. This is a slight decline from 2010, when seven people were killed and 17 injured. Ninety-six shots […]

Quick ObamaCare Prediction

Just so I’m on the record to see how right or wrong I am. Entire act, including individual mandate, will be upheld 8-1. Roberts will write the Majority opinion, which will center on the “necessary and proper” clause. Scalia, joined with Alito, will write a concurring opinion that’s much narrower in scope. Breyer, joined by […]

Ron Paul Versus The Fourteenth Amendment

Ron Paul’s opposition to the Fourteenth Amendment would make a Paul Administration an enemy of civil liberties.

“Straight Talkers” Are Bad Leaders

“Straight talkers” like Chris Christie make for lousy leaders.

A Great Argument For Raising Taxes From Bill O’Reilly

Bill O’Reilly makes a convincing argument for raising taxes on the wealthy.

The Absurdity of Calling Obama a Marxist

When someone calls Obama a Marxist, they’re exposing their own ignorance.

“Soaking the Rich” in Perspective

Some perspective on “soaking the rich.”

An Outside the Box Stimulus Package: Stop Collecting Federal Taxes For Awhile. Period.

Karl Smith does the math and doesn’t see why the Federal government should be collecting ANY taxes right now.

Reagan and Bush Debate Illegal Immigration

The 1980 debate between Reagan and Bush compared to the GOP primary debates in 2011 is flabbergasting.

Obama Should Listen to Small Businesses, Not Conservatives

Obama’s economic policies are failing because he’s listening to conservatives – not small businesses.

Jon Huntsman Dooms His Campaign

Of all the 2012 GOP candidates, my favorite by far is Jon Huntsman. Unfortunately, I think he just doomed what little chance he had of taking the nomination by tweeting the following: To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy. Alas, those aren’t sentiments that will take […]

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Medicare Spending Has Slowed Significantly Under Obama

For the past 18 months, Medicare spending has slowed down considerably – especially compared to the private sector.

The Debt Ceiling and the Imperial Presidency

Congress failing to raise the debt ceiling would involve abrogating an enormous amount of power to the Executive.

Playing the Victim Card

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The Innumeracy of the Republican Party

Even if we adopt the “Cut, Cap and Balance” plan, tax hikes are a necessity.

GOP Rejects Obama Deal of Replacing Special Interest Tax Breaks With a Payroll Tax Cut

This makes zero sense whatsoever. Mr. Obama suggested in Thursday’s meeting that leaders end tax breaks for ethanol producers, oil and gas companies and corporate jet owners, and offset those tax increases with an extension of the payroll tax credit for employees, a Democratic official familiar with the meeting said, but Republicans said they would […]

Government Debt is Currently Cheaper Than Cash

Right now, it’s more prudent for the Federal government to borrow money than to pay cash.

Philadelphia Decriminalized Pot — And Saved $2 Million a Year

Philadelphia’s marijuana decriminalization program has saved the city over $2 million so far.

The Five Best Inventions of the Founding Fathers

Over at my tech blog at Forbes, I’ve counted down the Five Best Inventions of the Founding Fathers in honor of Independence Day. And yes, if you’re wondering, Franklin does make the list twice.

If the U.S. Defaults, Eric Cantor Makes Money

If the U.S. defaults, Eric Cantor will make some money.

NBC Removes “Under God” From The Pledge. Who Cares?

NBC stoked a minor furor among the perpetually victimized by using the original version of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Rick Perry Advocates the Biblical Virtues of Keynesianism

Rick Perry makes a valid point about bringing the economy back to Biblical principles.

Ten Years Ago Today…

Ten years ago today, the Bush tax cuts passed. They were a landmark piece of legislation which definitively demonstrated the truth of supply side economics by pushing government revenues to all-time highs, keeping the budget in balance, and unleashing an unprecedented wave of economic growth that continues to this day. Oh, wait…. Never mind.

A Resurgence From the Religious Left?

Left-wing religious groups are firing salvos against the Republican Party on the basis of Ayn Rand’s “anti-Christian” influence.

Two Ridiculous Defenses of the Ryan Medicare Plan

Arguments for the Ryan Plan that characterize it as being “against bureaucracy” are apparently oblivious to the fact that private health insurance is full of bureaucracy.

The First Memorial Day

David Blight recounts the story of the first Memorial Day.

ObamaCare Is Working As Advertised to Increase the Number of Insured

Even before the individual mandate kicks in, the ACA has added hundreds of thousands of people to health insurance rolls.

Quote of the Day, Ryan Plan Politics Edition

The bungled politics of the Ryan plan.

Is Donald Trump Back?

Is Donald Trump back in the race? Not yet, but he hasn’t ruled it out.

A Quick Thought on Media Coverage of Mitch Daniels Leaving the Race

I’ve been reading quite a bit of commentary about Mitch Daniels deciding not to run for the Presidency and I admit to some surprise at something. There is an awful lot of weeping, moaning and gnashing of teeth at his departure, which makes no sense to me because he had zero chance of winning the […]

It’s Okay To Be Takei

George Takei has a deal to offer Tennesseans in the event that the “Don’t Say Gay” bill passes in the Legislature. More info here.

Newt Campaign Slogan Open Thread

Gingrich 2012: He will always love America. Unless it gets cancer.

Don’t Count the Tea Party Out of 2012

New rules for the 2012 primary open the door for a Tea Party candidate to take the GOP nomination.

An Excerpt From A Real Conversation

Other Person: “I’m really sick and tired of people getting rich because they get special favors from the government.” Me: “Maybe it’s a good idea to raise income taxes, then, because if people are getting rich off of the government, it only makes sense that we take some of that back to help close the […]

Trailer for Atlas Shrugged: Part Two

It appears there may be some budget cuts.

Remind Me Not To Play Poker With Obama

Watch this video. Watch Obama’s reaction to the joke. Now keep in mind that the kill order had been given more than 24 hours prior. Damn.

Bin Laden Was Mostly Disconnected From The World

Bin Laden spent the last half-decade in a compound where his only contact with the outside world was a few couriers.

Thought for the Day – T. Roosevelt Edition

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs […]

The Politics I Missed Over Lent

Lent is over, so I can talk about politics again! Just to get it over with, here’s a quick take on some of the issues that I missed: Libya – An immoral and stupid war. Stupid. Evil. Horrible. And, in retrospect, inevitable, given the elite foreign policy appartus in Washington. The Ryan Budget – I […]

Chess, Art, Robots, and the Future of Science

Pardon me while I indulge in a little self-promotion. I’ve penned my first real long-form essay up at my Forbes blog , weaving in and out of a few themes to develop what I think is the potential for a real creative explosion in science in the future by harnessing automation and computers. I thought […]

Pesticide Exposure Leads to Lower IQs in Children

A survey of three studies demonstrates consistently that exposure to certain pesticides used in farming diminishes mental development.

Comedian John Mulaney on Donald Trump

Speaking of Donald Trump, this is my all-time favorite comedic bit about him, courtesy of John Mulaney.

Roger Ebert Reviews Atlas Shrugged

Roger Ebert lays the smack down on the Atlas Shrugged film — but not for the reasons you’d think.

Nitrogen Pollution Costs Europe Billions Per Year

A five year study in Europe determined that the costs of using nitrogen fertilizers significantly outweigh the benefits, costing billions of dollars worth of damage. Nitrogen pollution costs Europe between 70 and 320 billion euros ($100bn-$460bn) per year in its impact on health and the environment, according to a major European study launched in Britain […]

What Lessons Has The Economy Learned From 2008? Apparently None.

The systemic risks of financial institutions haven’t changed much since 2008.

Giving Up Political Commentary For Lent, An Update

As you may recall, I gave up day to day political commentary for Lent. If you’re curious, here’s how it’s going: pretty damn well. I’ll admit, it was hard at first. But now that I’m in week five, I’ve noticed that getting out of the day to day political slog-fests has been rather liberating. It’s […]

How the Existence of One Store Disproves Capitalism

This is pretty staggering news: According to experts, the Connecticut-based franchise, which arranges skewered pieces of fruit into displays vaguely resembling floral bouquets, has defied all modern economic models, expanding continuously for the past decade despite its complete lack of any discernible consumer appeal. “In theory, the market should have done away with Edible Arrangements […]

Has the Growth of the Financial Sector Harmed the Economy?

A new study finds that the robust growth of the financial sector in the United States in recent decades has come at the expense of entrepreneurship.

Switch From Cable to Satellite – Get a Free Gun

Customers at a Radio Shack in Montana have an opportunity to get a free gun if they switch to Dish Network.

The Fukushima Reactor Suffered a Partial Meltdown

The Japanese government has announced that the Fukushima Reactor suffered a partial meltdown.

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