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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 Obama's Treasury Department Spying on U.S. Citizens:
 
 

"President Barack Obama's Treasury Department regularly surveilled retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn's financial records and transactions beginning in December 2015 and well into 2017, before, during and after when he served at the White House as President Donald Trump's National Security Director, a former senior Treasury Department official, and veteran of the intelligence community, told the Star Newspapers.

"'I started seeing things that were not correct, so I did my own little investigation, because I wanted to make sure what I was seeing was correct' she said. 'You never want to draw attention to something if there is not anything there.'

"The whistleblower said she only saw metadata, that is names and dates when the general's financial records were accessed. 'I never saw what they saw.'

"By March 2016, the whistleblower said she and a colleague, who was detailed to Treasury from the intelligence community, became convinced that the surveillance of Flynn was not tied to legitimate criminal or national security concerns, but was straight-up political surveillance among other illegal activity occurring at Treasury. ...

"'It wasn't just him,' the whistleblower said. 'They were targeting other U.S. citizens, as well.' ...

"This surveillance program was run out of Treasury's Office of Intelligence Analysis, which was then under the leadership of S. Leslie Ireland. Ireland came to OIA in 2010 after a long tenure at the Central Intelligence Agency and a one-year stint as Obama's daily in-person intelligence briefer."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Neil W. McCabe, The Ohio Star
— Neil W. McCabe, The Ohio Star
Posted May 21, 2020 • 08:08 AM
 
 
On Joe Biden Listed as Alleged Perpetrator of Crime in Firing of Ukraine's Chief Prosecutor:
 
 

"The infamous story of Joe Biden's effort to force the firing of Ukraine's chief prosecutor in 2016 has taken a new legal twist in Kiev, just as the former vice president is sewing up the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination in America.

"In Kiev late last month, District Court Judge S. V. Vovk ordered the country's law enforcement services to formally list the fired prosecutor, Victor Shokin, as the victim of an alleged crime by the former U.S. vice president, according to an official English translation of the ruling obtained by Just the News.

"The court had previously ordered the Prosecutor General's Office and the State Bureau of Investigations in February to investigate Shokin's claim that he was fired in spring 2016 under pressure from Biden because he was investigating Burisma Holdings, the natural gas company where Biden's son Hunter worked.

"The court ruled then that there was adequate evidence to investigate Shokin's claim that Biden's pressure on then-President Petro Poroshenko, including a threat to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, amounted to unlawful interference in Shokin's work as Ukraine's chief prosecutor."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— John Solomon, Just the News Editor in Chief
— John Solomon, Just the News Editor in Chief
Posted May 20, 2020 • 07:31 AM
 
 
On How The FBI Used ‘News Hooks’ To Advance the Trump-Russia Probe:
 
 

"A common theme that has emerged from the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane investigation is bureau officials' use of media reports and leaks to advance aspects of the bureau's probe of the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia.

"In at least five instances, FBI officials capitalized on the so-called news hooks -- also called news pegs, in journalistic jargon -- as justification to open up new areas of the investigation.

"James Comey, Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok all took advantage of media reports to push the investigation forward. And in one case, Comey orchestrated a leak of his own to spur the appointment of a special counsel.

"Prominent media outlets played a key role in advancing the now-debunked theory that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government. Much of that media manipulation centered around the infamous Steele dossier, which the Clinton campaign and DNC funded."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Chuck Ross, Daily Caller Investigative Reporter
— Chuck Ross, Daily Caller Investigative Reporter
Posted May 19, 2020 • 07:48 AM
 
 
On Reporting the Truth of Anti-Trump Spy Operation:
 
 

"As new details emerge about the Obama administration's broad spying-and-leaking campaign against the incoming Trump administration, reporters have a choice to make about whether to cover this story honestly, at long last. There is a brief window of time afforded the media to get the story right. They should take advantage of it. ...

"It was one thing to spin the Russia collusion hoax during a time of mass elite freakout. But now everyone knows it was false. The truth is an existential threat to journalists, which is why the more activist among them are scrambling to kill the story and paint it as a distraction. These reporters won book contracts, TV gigs, promotions, and political success by peddling the hoax. They truly can't be honest about it.

"But others who weren't so complicit have a shot here. There is no getting out of this easy, so if there are any reporters who care about their reputation, much less the truth, they should get on the side of truth now."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist
— Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist
Posted May 18, 2020 • 08:09 AM
 
 
On Speaker Pelosi's Virtue-Signaling 'Relief' Bill:
 
 

"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is happy to play rank politics with the federal coronavirus response. Exhibit A is the absurd $3 trillion 'relief' bill she's set for floor vote on Friday.

"It's the first emergency bill written by one party with zero input from the other. Some Dems say it's just an 'opening bid,' but why waste time crafting 1,800 pages of legislation full of poison pills for the opposition?

"It seems Pelosi thinks virtue-signaling to her base is worth the trouble.

"The bill is packed with junk that has nothing to do with the pandemic or the economic chaos the response to it has created. It would, for example, end the cap on state and local tax deductions enacted in the 2017 tax reform, putting more money in the hands of the rich in high-tax states.

"It also has no-way-Republicans-will-agree provisions on abortion, immigration and other hot-button issues irrelevant to the crisis."

 
 
— The Editors, New York Post
— The Editors, New York Post
Posted May 15, 2020 • 07:48 AM
 
 
On Attempts to Undermine and Destroy the Incoming Trump Administration:
 
 

"The list released Wednesday by acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell of top Obama officials who asked to 'unmask' former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's name from NSA reporting is the latest bombshell in the story of how the Obama administration weaponized intelligence to undermine and destroy the incoming Trump administration.

"But it also suggests this conspiracy began earlier and was much broader than previously believed.

"By releasing this list, Grenell did a great service to his country to protect the principle of the peaceful transfer of power. But the intelligence community needs to release much more information to get to the bottom of this conspiracy. This should include information on the content of the NSA reports and which officials made unmasking requests of them.

"Intelligence officials also need to provide a broader list of all unmasking requests made by senior Obama officials during this time period because it is likely that other Trump campaign and transition officials also were targeted. ...

"The lists of requesters to unmask Flynn's name from intelligence reports after the 2016 election is not a smoking gun, but it does strongly suggest some coordinated effort by senior Obama officials to target Flynn and undermine the incoming Trump administration."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Fred Fleitz, Center for Security Policy President, 2018 Deputy Assistant to the President and to the Chief of Staff of the National Security Council, Previously held national-security jobs with the CIA, the DIA, the Department of State, and the House Intelligence Committee Staff
— Fred Fleitz, Center for Security Policy President, 2018 Deputy Assistant to the President and to the Chief of Staff of the National Security Council, Previously held national-security jobs with the CIA, the DIA, the Department of State, and the House Intelligence Committee Staff
Posted May 14, 2020 • 08:01 AM
 
 
On Trump-Backed Candidates in Special Elections:
 
 

"Candidates backed by President Trump were outperforming expectations in two closely watched congressional special elections on Tuesday night, as former Navy combat pilot Mike Garcia inched closer to retaking Democrat Katie Hill's California seat and Republican Tom Tiffany easily prevailed in Wisconsin.

"Garcia grabbed a substantial early lead Tuesday in the fight for the open U.S. House seat north of Los Angeles in the swing 25th District, giving California Republicans a chance to claim a Democratic-held congressional seat in the state for the first time since 1998. With 76 percent of precincts reporting and approximately 143,000 ballots counted, Garcia was leading Democrat Christy Smith 55.9 percent to 44.1 percent.

"But, California routinely counts large numbers of votes after election day, and mail ballots can arrive as late as Friday and still be counted as long as they were postmarked by Tuesday. An unknown number of ballots remained uncounted and Los Angeles County, where most of them are located, was not expected to update its tally again until Friday. ...

"The contest is the only competitive House race in the country in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. It's seen nationally as a proxy vote on Trump's leadership and a possible harbinger for November elections."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Gregg Re, FOX News
— Gregg Re, FOX News
Posted May 13, 2020 • 08:03 AM
 
 
On List of Obama-era Officials Involved in Unmasking:
 
 

"Richard Grenell, the acting director of national intelligence, has declassified documents related to Obama administration officials' unmasking of Michael Flynn in transcripts of phone calls he had with Russia's ambassador, a senior intelligence official told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

"Grenell visited the Justice Department last week to meet with officials there to discuss releasing the documents, which include names of Obama-era officials involved in unmasking Flynn's name in the phone call transcripts. ...

"Unmasking refers to a process where top U.S. government officials can request information on American citizens picked up during electronic surveillance of foreigners. Flynn was unveiled as taking part in a Dec. 29, 2016 phone with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador.

"It is not illegal for U.S. officials to make unmasking requests. But the information on Flynn was leaked to The Washington Post, opening up the possibility that someone in the Obama administration illegally disclosed classified information.

"An unidentified senior U.S. official provided details of the Flynn-Kislyak phone call to The Washington Post for a column published on Jan. 12, 2017."

 
 
— Chuck Ross, Daily Caller
— Chuck Ross, Daily Caller
Posted May 12, 2020 • 07:48 AM
 
 
On Revealing Obama's Truth in the Michael Flynn Fiasco:
 
 

"No wonder Barack Obama is 'pretty darn invested' in making sure Donald Trump doesn't win re-election. The former president knows his Teflon coating is wearing thin.

"With his nemesis, Gen. Michael Flynn, suddenly exonerated, he also knows that Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr are closing in on the truth of his role in the whole dirty Russia-collusion lie.

"'There's more to come,' President Trump told 'Fox & Friends' on Friday, the day after the Justice Department dismissed its case against Flynn, having found that the FBI had laid a 'perjury trap' for his short-lived national security adviser.

"'I believe [Obama] and Biden -- Sleepy Joe was involved in this also, very much.'"

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Miranda Devine, New York Post
— Miranda Devine, New York Post
Posted May 11, 2020 • 08:04 AM
 
 
On Dropping the Case Against Michael Flynn:
 
 

"The collusion house of cards has finally and fully collapsed.

"In a stunning turn of events Thursday, the Justice Department dropped its case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Exculpatory documents concealed by the FBI and federal prosecutors for more than three years showed that the retired Army lieutenant general never lied or committed a crime.

"The FBI knew Flynn did not collude with Russians. He is a patriot, not a traitor.

"The notion that candidate Donald Trump conspired with Moscow to steal the 2016 presidential election was always an implausible phantasm built on a foundation of Russian disinformation commissioned by the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democrats.

"The malevolent James Comey, fired director of the FBI, knew this but it didn't deter him. He and his lieutenants sedulously stacked the cards, one by one, against Trump by exploiting the bogus allegations and pursuing an illicit investigation designed to drive him from office.

"House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and his sycophants in the media propagated the Russia hoax by insisting there was 'solid evidence' that Trump was a secret Kremlin asset and predicting the imminent demise of his presidency. Except no such evidence ever existed. Collusion was nothing more than an illusion and a delusion.

"Tragically, people like Flynn became collateral damage amid the carnage of corruption, dishonesty, abuse and injustice."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Gregg Jarrett, FOX News Legal Analyst and Commentator
— Gregg Jarrett, FOX News Legal Analyst and Commentator
Posted May 08, 2020 • 08:08 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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"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
 
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