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“Blanket Licensing” – a Collectivist, Bureaucratic, One-Size-Fits-All Deprivation of Property Rights Proposal

America’s legacy of unparalleled copyright protections and free market orientation has cultivated a music industry unrivaled in today’s world or throughout human history.

From the first days of the phonograph, through the jazz age, through the rock era, through disco, through country, through hip-hop and every other popular musical iteration since its advent, it’s not by accident that we lead the world in the same manner in which we lead in such industries as cinema and television programming.  We can thank our nation’s emphasis on strong copyright protections.

Unfortunately, that reality doesn’t deter some activists from periodically advocating a more collectivist, top-down governmental reordering of the music industry in a way that would deprive artists and creators of their…[more]

July 06, 2020 • 02:32 PM

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On the Media's Take on President Trump's Mount Rushmore Speech:
 
 

"Never before has a speech extolling America's virtues and the marvels or the nation's heroes played to such poor -- and completely dishonest -- reviews.

At Mount Rushmore on Friday night, President Trump gave a speech that was very tough on the woke Left, while largely celebrating America -- its Founders, its ideals and freedom, its capacity for self-renewal, its astonishing variety of geniuses, adventurers, warriors, inventors, and great musicians and athletes.

Then, his speech ended, and the press piled on with one of its most its unhinged and dishonest performances of his presidency, which is saying something."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
Posted July 06, 2020 • 07:53 AM
 
 
On Why We Celebrate the 4th of July:
 
 

"Let's not forget why we celebrate 4th of July, it is the day Will Smith saved us from the aliens."

 
 
— Unknown
— Unknown
Posted July 02, 2020 • 08:09 AM
 
 
On Current Presidential Election Polling:
 
 

"If you have noticed all the recent polls showing former Vice President Joe Biden winning the November election, you should know two things. First, the election is not this month. Second, this is a standard propaganda media polling offensive.

"I have had long experience of the left's efforts to depress, disorient and defeat Republican campaigns. Part of the left's goal is to simply lower the energy level, diminish campaign contributions, and get the campaigns fighting internally over what is going wrong (even when there is nothing to be concerned about)."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
— Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Posted July 01, 2020 • 08:02 AM
 
 
On Reports of Russia Putting a Bounty on Coalition Soldiers in Afghanistan:
 
 

"CBS reporter Catherine Herridge said Monday that the NSA had been unable to corroborate a story published by The New York Times about Russia putting a bounty on coalition soldiers in Afghanistan.

"According to that story, Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) had offered bounties to Afghan terrorists for killing coalition troops -- including American soldiers.

"But as Herridge tweeted Monday, she was told by an intelligence officer that the report was not 'verifiable' and lacked 'sufficient reporting to corroborate any links.'"

 
 
— Virginia Kruta, Daily Caller Associate Editor
— Virginia Kruta, Daily Caller Associate Editor
Posted June 30, 2020 • 07:50 AM
 
 
On the Cost of Looting in American Cities:
 
 

"Looting costs in America's 20 largest metropolitan areas exceeded $400 million from the first weekend of rioting, according to a new report from the Anderson Economic Group.

"'This includes property damage, lost inventory, cleanup and reconstruction costs, and closure-related lost wages,' the report stated. '[The study] did not assign any costs to peaceful protests or demonstrations.'

"The report, published June 5, used 'news publications to identify where looting occurred ... and estimate the total costs of looting between May 29 and June 3.' The report authors say this value could be severely underestimated.

"'Our estimates are based on observed patterns of looting in the 20 largest metropolitan areas across the country. We did not estimate costs in smaller metro areas that may have also experienced looting,' stated Brian Peterson, the firm's director of public policy and economic analysis. 'Furthermore, our estimates do not include costs to state or local governments that experienced property damage or incurred increased emergency service costs.'

"According to an approximation given to Market Watch by Property Claim Services, damage incurred by riots in just Minnesota could total more than $25 million."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Jordan Davidson, The Federalist
— Jordan Davidson, The Federalist
Posted June 29, 2020 • 07:41 AM
 
 
On Request for SCOTUS to Invalidate Obamacare:
 
 

"In a dramatic election-year request, the Trump administration Thursday night asked the Supreme Court to strike down the entirety of the Obamacare law, saying it wrongly limits consumer choices, raises Americans costs and violates the Constitution.

"In a closely-watched filing, the Justice Department told the justices that the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate violated the Constitution, and if that provision is struck down, the rest of the law must be terminated.

"'The entire ACA thus must fall with the individual mandate, though the scope of relief entered in this case should be limited to provisions shown to injure the plaintiffs,' the administration's brief argued.

"In identifying harm to American consumers, the DOJ cited two of the law's least popular impacts among critics: rising costs and fewer insurance choices."

 
 
— John Solomon, Just the News Editor in Chief
— John Solomon, Just the News Editor in Chief
Posted June 26, 2020 • 07:59 AM
 
 
On NY Governor Cuomo's Travel Restrictions:
 
 

"New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that New York, as well as New Jersey and Connecticut, will begin enforcing quarantine orders on travelers from nine other states. ...

"In late March, Gov. Cuomo criticized President Trump for suggesting a state-based quarantine order that would restrict travel for residents of the tri-state area. ...

"Cuomo shot back at Trump's suggestion, calling it a 'declaration of war on states' and saying 'we would be Wuhan, China' if such a quarantine order was enforced. ...

"But under Cuomo's new order, police in New York are now authorized to pull over vehicles with license plates from hotspot states and grill them on why they aren't isolating."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Elle Reynolds, The Federalist
— Elle Reynolds, The Federalist
Posted June 25, 2020 • 08:01 AM
 
 
On Discovery of New Notes in Michael Flynn Case:
 
 

"In the latest twist, the Justice Department disclosed to a federal court Tuesday it has located a new page of notes from Peter Strzok, the former lead FBI agent in the Russia collusion investigation, that are exculpatory to former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

"Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin informed U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan of the discovery in a midday court filing, revealing the single page of notes were believed to have been taken by Strzok during the critical juncture of early January 2017 when FBI agents recommended shutting down their investigation of Flynn only to be overruled by FBI superiors. ...

"A source directly familiar with the discovery of the document told Just the News they include one paragraph of notes believed to be taken around Jan. 4, 2017, the date Strzok relayed a request from FBI leadership to the lead agent in the Flynn case asking him not to shut down the investigation as had been planned. The notes are 'highly exculpatory,' the source said, declining to describe them more fully because they are under seal."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— John Solomon, Just the News Editor in Chief
— John Solomon, Just the News Editor in Chief
Posted June 24, 2020 • 07:55 AM
 
 
On Statues and The Mob:
 
 

"Spasmodic attempts to remake the world invariably involve the throwing out of the good along with the bad. Our ongoing bout of statuary iconoclasm has proven no exception.

"The list of figures whose likenesses have been defaced now includes Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ulysses S. Grant, Winston Churchill, Mohandas Gandhi, Cervantes, Robert the Bruce, Voltaire, General Schuyler, the abolitionist Mathias Baldwin, and the guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. One can only imagine the philosophy that could draw a line around as motley a crew as that.

"Of course, no such philosophy exists -- and nor will it. Rather, we find ourselves in the middle stages of a cultural riot in which everything -- and everyone -- has become fair game. What do Cervantes and Stevie Ray Vaughan have in common? Well, that they are both made of bronze, and are thus liable to make a sickening thud when pulled by force from their pedestals. The violence, to borrow a fashionable phrase, is the point.

"But it is not acceptable. Irrespective of the nature of their grievance -- or of the strength of the feeling undergirding it -- violent mobs can't make decisions on behalf of everyone else. If, as is occasionally the case, it is necessary for public monuments to be altered, updated, revisited, or removed, that work must be done within the democratic process and under the rule of law. Bad taste is not an excuse for anarchy.

"One of the great ironies of our present upheaval has been the tendency of its most vocal advocates to engage in precisely the type of reactionary thoughtlessness that they believe themselves to be fighting."

 
 
— The Editors, National Review
— The Editors, National Review
Posted June 23, 2020 • 08:15 AM
 
 
On the Real Crisis in American Cities:
 
 

"The real story of America's cities right now is not that people are fleeing the coronavirus or the George Floyd unrest. It is that the very reasons people flee cities are also those that have created the poverty, rage, and despair currently on full display.

"It has been customary for city leaders to blame big problems such as inequality and racism on overarching, borderless culprits such as the rich, corporations, or 'the system.' Yet it is the cities themselves that have limited housing supply and have priced lower-income and minority residents out of good neighborhoods. It is the cities themselves that have let unionized public employees turn their police forces and school systems into sloppy, and sometimes downright corrupt, disasters. It is the cities themselves that have played politics with pensions and squeezed budgets that should support public goods such as infrastructure. It is the cities themselves that have moved away from community policing to command-and-control police tactics. And it is the cities themselves that have let homelessness grow to sometimes shocking levels.

"Those with the least ability to pack up and move -- typically low-income Americans -- are stuck in cities dominated by blame-shifting overlords who have priced them out of better neighborhoods, required their kids to go to lousy schools, and taxed them to pay public servants who are protected by a qualified immunity they could only wish to have. According to the Economic Innovation Group, the number of high-poverty neighborhoods in American cities doubled in the 30 years after 1980. This effectively moved most urban poor people from neighborhoods in which less than 10 percent of the population is poor to communities in which the poverty rate exceeds 30 percent. Low-income African-Americans have been hit especially hard. Someone who is poor and black is three times as likely as a poor white person to live in a neighborhood with a 30 percent poverty rate.

"So here we are. The m.o. of (mostly progressive) urban leaders is out in the open for all to see: Using housing policy, they redline low-income people into violent districts with bad schools and overly aggressive police while blaming poverty and violence on big, nebulous forces beyond their control. They are helped in getting away with it by a pliant mainstream media all too happy to blame the same forces. But as the coronavirus, bad police, poverty, and failing neighborhoods all target the same people at once, the blame is shifting back to where it should have been all along. It is time for mayors, city councils, zoning commissions, and school districts to do their jobs and accept responsibility for what is happening around them."

 
 
— Ryan Streeter, American Enterprise Institute Director of Domestic-Policy Studies
— Ryan Streeter, American Enterprise Institute Director of Domestic-Policy Studies
Posted June 22, 2020 • 07:21 AM
 
Question of the Week   
John Adams, then-delegate to the Continental Congress and signatory to the Declaration of Independence, said this “… will be the most memorable in the history of America …” with regard to which historic day?
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Quote of the Day   
 
"Never before has a speech extolling America's virtues and the marvels or the nation's heroes played to such poor -- and completely dishonest -- reviews.At Mount Rushmore on Friday night, President Trump gave a speech that was very tough on the woke Left, while largely celebrating America -- its Founders, its ideals and freedom, its capacity for self-renewal, its astonishing variety of geniuses, adventurers…[more]
 
 
—Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
 
Liberty Poll   

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